Sunday, October 30, 2011


News Links, October 31, 2011

## Global economic meltdown ##
Why the latest eurozone bail-out is destined to fail within weeks
"I give this deal two weeks."
Xinha commentary says China not a "savior" for Europe
How the Eurocrisis laid bare world's new economic order
Greeks threatened with power cuts if they fail to pay property tax
After China, Fund Chief Goes to Japan
"The head of Europe's bailout fund, Klaus Regling, takes his tour of potential Asian investors to Japan next, after Beijing proved unwilling to open its checkbook until European leaders could offer more details about their plan to save the euro zone."
More than 60 percent of global consumers downbeat: Nielsen
Occupy Vatican? (RT video)

## Fault lines/flashpoints/military ##
U.S. to boost Gulf presence after Iraq pullout: report
US Quietly Assumes Military Posture in Africa
Somali piracy: Armed guards to protect UK ships
"Ships sailing under a British flag will be able to carry armed guards to protect them from pirates, the prime minister has announced."
Israel Airstrikes on Gaza Strip Kill Nine in Worst Fighting in Two Months
Nato all but rules out Syria no-fly zone
Kenya kills 10 Shabaab fighters in air strike
"Ten al Shabaab rebels were killed in a Kenyan air raid on the southern Somali town of Jilib on Sunday, the military said, as the east African nation fights to rid Somalia of the al Qaeda-linked militants."
Honduras Becomes Main Transit Route For Cocaine Trafficking
Nuclear powers plan weapons spending spree, report finds
New Saudi crown prince says kingdom to remain stable
Indications so far suggest he will rule KSA with an iron fist. -- RF
Every day is 'Day of the Dead' in Mexico drug war

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people ##
Occupy Denver Clash: Police Use Force On Denver Protesters
Occupy Wall Street arrests in Texas, Oregon
Thousands demonstrate against rising rents in Germany's Hamburg
Punjab farmers block rail traffic, slam government for anti-farmer stance (India)
Railways employees protest against power cut (Pakistan)
Traffic accident in China sparks violent protest
Violent protests in Tunisia after election result
Students stage anti-government protest in east Sudan
"Hundreds of students staged an anti-government rally in eastern Sudan on Sunday, protesting against poverty and rising food prices, witnesses said."
Protests awaken a Goliath in India
"Hazare movement that rattled establishment offers glimpse of what could happen if middle class mobilises"
Tens of thousands of Israelis protest economic conditions, military spending
"A march of tens of thousands of Israelis took place in Tel Aviv Saturday, with thousands more gathering in Jerusalem, to call on the Israeli government to change its budgetary priorities and address social concerns."
Germany's 'Occupy' protesters return to voice anger
"Thousands gathered across Germany on Saturday to protest over wealth inequalities and a perceived lack of transparency in the financial services industry."
Spanish shepherds lead 5,000 sheep through Madrid
"Spanish shepherds led flocks of sheep through the streets of central Madrid on Sunday in defence of ancient grazing, migration and droving rights threatened by urban sprawl."
Thousands rally for Fukushima compensation, decontamination
"Thousands of people angered by Japan's nuclear power plant accident rallied in Fukushima on Sunday to demand full compensation for victims of the crisis, and swift decontamination of their neighborhoods."

## Energy/resources ##
Site reveals the human slavery behind your stuff
Mystery power outage hits 16,000 customers in Sacramento region
Believing in Cold Fusion and the E-Cat
Saudi opposition to Iran fades on $100 oil goal
Not so much: Shale gas shows its limitations
A good read that throws cold water on the overblown promises of shale gas. -- RF
Electricity consumers fuming
"A 10-month delay in commissioning Medupi's first generating unit will cause huge electricity and financial problems for the country. South Africa's projected energy deficit should reach its peak of nine terrawatt (TW) hours next year, equal to around 1 000 megawatts (MW) of baseload generation capacity."

## Got food? ##
Shortage of farmers looms with aging agri workers (Philippines)

## Environment/health ##
Invasion Of The Mind-Controlling Zombie Parasites
Thailand floods: aid agencies warn of humanitarian crisis in Bangkok

## Intelligence/security/internet/systemic breakdown ##
Planes stranded on tarmac for 7 hours

## Japan ##
Japan Likely to Pass Tepco Aid Package
"The Japanese government is expected to approve financial assistance toTokyo Electric Power Co. this week, after the embattled utility sought about ¥1 trillion, or about $13 billion, in public funds Friday to deal with compensation claims from the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant."
Radioactive soil to be disposed of 30 yrs after interim storage
Virus that hit embassy computers designed to send data to servers in China
No summer '12 power-saving order, just peak-time rate hike
But infinite growth requires limitless and cheap energy. -- RF
Fukushima shiitake cesium spikes
Govt to name 49 remote EEZ islets
"The government has decided to name 49 remote small islands that have so far been nameless to safeguard the integrity of Japan's exclusive economic zone in the face of bids by China and other countries to expand their influence over maritime affairs, it has been learned."

## China ##
China to 'Firmly' Maintain Property Curbs: Wen
Coal purchase price of power plants keeps rising in China
U.S. Embassy air quality data undercut China's own assessments

## UK ##
Met police using surveillance system to monitor mobile phones
"Britain's largest police force is operating covert surveillance technology that can masquerade as a mobile phone network, transmitting a signal that allows authorities to shut off phones remotely, intercept communications and gather data about thousands of users in a targeted area."

## US ##
IMMINENT THREAT: Foreign Borrowings Will Lead To The Destruction Of The US Financial System
"No country has ever managed to create a perpetual growth machine for its economy."
Snow smacks Northeast; power could be out for days
Although this outage was caused by weather, consider it a prelude to the inevitable widespread blackouts to come in the future. -- RF
In Idaho, Banks Sue Hard-Hit Homeowners
Are Pensions Becoming A Thing Of The Past?
"A generation from now, there may be very few people left that are still receiving pension benefits."
Drilling Debate in Cooperstown Turns Personal
"The letter that arrived in Kim Jastremski's mailbox on County Highway 52 suggested that she stop protesting the possibility of natural gas drilling. It seemed more of a threat than a request.
"Computer-generated, unsigned and sent to about 10 other opponents of a practice known as fracking, it compared them to Nazis and said they were being watched while picking up their children at school in their minivans."
A protracted winter is imminent for housing: Lessons from the Great Depression Part 36.
Facing Downgrade to Junk, California Tries Pension Reform

And finally...
Police: Florida pizza workers burned down rival store
Online Witch School Claims Wicca Fastest Growing Religion

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