Sunday, December 11, 2011


News Links, December 11, 2011

## Global economic meltdown ##
France may now be downgraded, says ratings agency
Britain Seethes, Germany Sulks, France Gloats; UK "Big Loser" Falls into "French Trap"?; Who is the "Real Loser"? Bazooka Math
Commerzbank may have to ask for new bailout
Due To Austerity, The Italian Catholic Church May Have To Begin Paying Property Tax
India Overstated Exports by $9 Billion
US electronics manufacturers latest to be hit by Thai flooding supply chain disruption

## Fault lines/flashpoints/military ##
Pakistan says U.S. drones in its air space will be shot down
Russia sends warship to Somali coast
China launches river patrol with neighbors

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people ##
Russians Rally in Biggest Nationwide Protests Against Putin
Police evict Occupy Boston protesters; 46 arrested
Occupy DC Prepares for Its Valley Forge
Faced with evictions, occupy movement protesters look to new tactics
"Disrupted by police, Occupy movements in several major cities now mobilize largely during daytime hours or through marches designed around specific issues. Some are aligning with local community groups, churches, and unions."

## Energy/resources ##
Diesel shortage hits large development projects (Nepal)
Bangalore: Without Coal, Thermal Plants may have to be Shut
"The severe shortage of coal hampering power generation in the thermal power plants in Karnataka figured in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Friday again with Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje coming with a dire warning that the State may be forced to shut down all its thermal power plants if sufficient supply of coal was not ensured."
How to Choose the Right Woodstove
If you can afford it, I highly recommend a catalytic model. You will be amazed at the clean burning and efficiency. I need to clean my chimney only once a year. -- RF
Can space heaters lower your energy bill?
Central heating is going the way of the dinosaurs. This is a good way to start reducing dependence on something we're going to lose, anyway. -- RF
Bill Gates's Nuke Startup Flirting With More Than Just China

## Infrastructure scavenging ##
Vandalism could cripple power supply (Uganda)

## Got food? ##
The Destruction of Canada's Family Farm
Georgia Farmers Create, Sell Olive Oil For First Time In Over A Century

## Environment/health ##
What's on Your Face? Ten Most Toxic Cosmetics
Durban climate change: Talks descend into farce

## Intelligence/security/internet/systemic breakdown ##
Senator Wants Answers from DHS Over Domain Name Seizures

## Japan ##
Radioactive water leaks inside Japan plant (not Fukushima)

## China ##
China Story Turns Negative (WSJ)
China's Weakest Export Growth Since 2009 Raises Odds of More Easing by Wen
Satellite Pictures Of The Empty Chinese Cities Where Home Prices Are Crashing
Absolutely stunning. You've got to see it to believe it. -- RF
China November Commodity Imports Surge on Shortages

## UK ##
Watch out for the oil thieves
"Last year there were 176 thefts recorded across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin where tanks were drained of oil."
McCausland 'appalled' by winter payment fuel cuts
The UK is as Isolated as Somebody Who Refused to Join the Titanic Just Before it Sailed

## US ##
30 Major U.S. Corporations Paid More to Lobby Congress Than Income Taxes, 2008-2010
Because that's the way money works. -- RF
Social Security Is Running Out Of Money At Least 5 Years Ahead Of Schedule
Public Retirement Ages Come Under Greater Scrutiny
Obama says he doesn't want to redistribute wealth

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