Wednesday, December 28, 2011


News Links, December 29, 2011

## Global economic meltdown ##
Christmas gloom as retail sales fall 30 percent in Greece
India: A Massive Keynesian Failure
Greek economic crisis turns tragic for children abandoned by their families
"Nation shocked by stories of parents forced to give up children because of poverty – but charities warn of more cases to come"
Europe's Besieged Banks Have Trillions In Claims Against US Banks
World Economy Is in a Frightful Mess: Economist (CNBC video; warns of depression)
China-Japan Currency Deal Points Way to a New World Monetary Order: View
Thailand Output Plunges, Major Floods Cut Activity
What Happened To Economic Growth?
European Bank-to-Bank Lending Mistrust Hits Second Consecutive High; ECB's LTRO Won't Stop Collateral Contagion
Update on Brazil, BRICs
Moody's downgrades ratings of loss-making Shuaa

## Fault lines/flashpoints/military ##
Preparing to Attack Iran with Nuclear Weapons: "No Option can be taken off the Table."
U.S., Israel Discuss Triggers for Bombing Iran's Nuclear Infrastructure
An accelerating covert war with Iran: Could it spiral into military action?
Iran navy chief says shutting off Gulf "very easy"
"Closing off the Gulf to oil tankers will be 'easier than drinking a glass of water' for Iran if the Islamic state deems it necessary, Iran's top naval commander told the country's state television Wednesday."
U.S. Fifth Fleet says won't allow Hormuz disruption
"The U.S. Fifth Fleet said on Wednesday it would not allow any disruption of traffic in the Strait of Hormuz, after Iran threatened to stop ships moving through the world's most important oil route."
Arab monitors face crowds, blasts in second Syria tour
"Arab League monitors in Syria faced angry crowds, gunfire and explosions during their second visit to Homs, the heart of a nine-month revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, online videos appeared to show on Wednesday."
Syria: Arab League attacked for ignoring scale of violence
"An Arab League peace mission to Syria was in crisis on Wednesday night, attacked by opposition activists for failing to get to grips with the scale of the violence even as more people were shot dead in fighting."
Attackers bomb Arabic school in south Nigeria
Grim toll as cocaine trade expands in Honduras

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people ##
Large mob causes lockdown at Mall of America
Ailing India anti-graft activist cuts short hunger strike
Algeria leaders have lost touch, risk anger: review
"Algeria's leaders are out of touch with their people who are growing increasingly angry about unemployment, red tape and poor housing, said a senior official carrying out a presidential review of the country's economic and social woes."
Occupy Geeks Are Building a Facebook for the 99%

## Energy/resources ##
Dark Times Fall on Solar Sector
Ukraine mulling investing USD 1 billion in Iranian oil fields
New Forms of Biofuel Fall Short (WSJ)
"Hopes for a surge in production of alternative biofuels are falling flat, and the U.S. expects to continue to rely on corn- and sugarcane-based ethanol to meet a national mandate for renewable fuels in 2012."
In Philippine Slums, Capturing Light In A Bottle

## Got food? ##
'India's pulses imports likely to touch 8 million tons by 2020'
Eat Raw Food To Lose Weight, Cooked Food Contains More Calories
I suspect that in the future many people will be eating more of their food raw, anyway. Providing they have food to eat, that is. -- RF
There's A 25% Chance Your Ground Meat Has A Potentially Fatal Bacteria
Farmers Markets Flourish In Winter's Snows

## Environment/health ##
Giant shrimp raises big concern as it invades the Gulf
Oil and Fish Embryos in Shallow Water
Too clever by half: is technology killing the planet?
Wrap Your Phone in Tin Foil: Massive Solar Storm Is Coming

## Intelligence/security/internet/systemic breakdown ##
SOPA is the end of us, say bloggers
SOPA is losing steam, Internet censorship may not become law
Your cell phone is out of your control

## Japan ##
Japan Industrial Production Declines 2.6%, 3rd Quarter Capital Spending Drops 9.8%, Corporate Sentiment Drops to Minus 4; Powder Keg Waiting for a Spark (Mish)
Busby: Fukushima ' criminal event ' calls for investigation (RT video)
Thai flooding dents November Japan factory output
Fukushima governor demands TEPCO decommission all its 10 nuke reactors
Job market recovery loses steam
TEPCO asked to consider coming under temporary state control
"The government on Tuesday floated the idea of putting the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant under temporary state control, as it asked for $8.9 billion more in compensation aid."
Radioactive cedar pollen detected in Fukushima
Gov't wants to buy abandoned Fukushima land to store radioactive waste
Japan — Land of the Rising Debt

## China ##
Food security to be concern in 2012
Beijing Lets Natural-Gas Prices Rise in Two Areas

## UK ##
Street Cams Can Now Tag, Track and Follow Individuals (video)
Unemployment 'set to rise in 2012'
Care for elderly in 'absolute crisis', charity warns
"Age UK says cuts leaving increasing numbers of old people with either no support or very limited help at home"
UK switch to low-carbon energy will cost £5,000 per person a year
Police banned from charging their mobile phones at work
"Officers and civilian staff in Sussex have been told not to power up their personal phones, iPods and other electrical items at work in the hope of slashing electricity bills."

## US ##
11 Things That Will Be More Expensive in 2012
Gun sales at record levels, according to FBI background checks
Americans Shoplifted $1.8 Billion Worth of Stuff This Christmas
Police deaths rise sharply again
Obama Nominates Carlyle Group Partner to The Federal Reserve
What worries us most: Economic collapse
"Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, global disease – if you're so inclined, there's no shortage of major issues to fret about these days.
"Still, a new poll finds that the catastrophic event Americans are most likely to be worried about is economic collapse."
All should prepare for cold, power outage
"With colder temperatures approaching, U.S. health officials suggest everyone prepare their homes in case of severe cold temperatures or power outages."
U.S. Homeowners Are Ditching Their Mortgages And Getting Away Scott-Free
6 years later, Katrina victims fight FEMA debts
S&P moved into negative territory for 2011

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