Saturday, December 03, 2011


News Links, December 4, 2011

## Global economic meltdown ##
Italy's Monti seeks broad support for crisis measures
Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy meet in Paris for summit on fiscal union
Jacques Delors: Euro was flawed from beginning
German Finance Minister Hatches "National Redemption Fund" Scheme to Kick the Debt-Can Another 20 Years
Europe, facing abyss, embraces German might
Double-digit inflation continues: CPI increases by 11.1pc during July-Nov (Pakistan)
Forget Bazookas -- Only Howitzers Can Save Us Now

## Fault lines/flashpoints/military ##
Napolitano: Lone wolf terror threat growing
"U.S. Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano said Friday that the risk of 'lone wolf' attackers, with no ties to known extremist networks or grand conspiracies, is on the rise as the global terrorist threat has shifted."
And who might profit from that? -- RF
Analysts Warn on NATO's Dwindling Supply Options in Afghanistan
At least 23 dead in intensifying Syria violence
Syria must sign Arab peace plan by Sunday: Qatar
Rival militias wage turf war near Libyan capital
The US Is Sending 4 Of These State Of The Art Destroyers To Join The Contested European Missile Shield
Deadly clashes rock Yemen second city Taez
Panetta to Israel, Palestinians: 'Just get to the damn table'
These 5 Aerial Weapons Could Change Warfare As We Know It
Mexico drug war casualty: Citizenry suffers post-traumatic stress
France pulls some diplomats out of Iran
Baghdad blast 'targeted Iraq prime minister'
"Military says Monday's attack in the Green Zone might have been bid to kill Nouri al-Maliki or another top politician."

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people ##
Strike Wave in China Puts Heat On Official Union
Occupy LA Raid: Los Angeles Police Reportedly Went Undercover At Encampment Prior To Raid To Gather Information
Angolan police, youths clash at protest rally
Occupy Catch-22: Boston Cops Throw Out the Kitchen Sink
China worried about unrest as economy flags
"The Chinese leadership's law-and-order chief is warning that China is ill-prepared for social unrest generated by changes in the economy, in the latest sign that the government is worried about the consequences of flagging growth."
Unemployed and liberal groups to hold protests in D.C.

## Energy/resources ##
Saudis to spend $66B to boost water supply
Lack of Electricity Crippling Businesses, says Ugandan Legislator
"In Uganda, the shortage of electricity is crippling business, especially in the capital, Kampala. There are power outages, also called load shedding, that some say can last as long as five days in a row."
Australia Going Solar - Gonna Cost Ya, Mate
"Green activists, take note – for Australia fully to embrace solar power, Canberra would have to spend $100 billion, with photovoltaic cells to generate the electricity covering an area twice the size of Sydney in order to replace Australia's indigenous inexpensive coal-fired power plants with renewable energy sources."
Crude oil price closes above $100

## Infrastructure scavenging ##
National taskforce will be set up to tackle metal theft (UK)

## Got food? ##
Grape tomatoes recalled over salmonella concern
Fertiliser shortage of 240,000 tons expected in December (Pakistan)

## Environment/health ##
Extreme Weather Photos Of The Week From Around The World
Swiss ski resorts hit by drought

## Intelligence/security/internet/systemic breakdown ##
Carrier IQ Admits Holding 'Treasure Trove' of Consumer Data, But No Keystrokes

## Japan ##
TEPCO's interim Fukushima report short on answers
Tepco: Staff at nuclear plant felt helpless
Japan to store emergency fuel in South Korea

## China ##
U.S. Students Take Note: China Axes College Majors That Don't Pay
Chinese grain harvest rises for the eighth consecutive year
But it's still not nearly enough. -- RF
China's Creeping Foreign-Oil Addiction

## UK ##
Most Britons believe children will have worse lives than their parents – poll
UK banks charging as much as 800,000% on overdrafts
£8.5 billion "black hole" from HS2 high-speed rail link – report

## US ##
The Ten States Where The Most Unemployed Could Lose Benefits
Unreliable buses highlight Detroit's worsening fiscal crisis
"If you call 911 to have an ambulance take you to the hospital, there's a likelihood that ambulance won't come."
American Airlines pensions may strain PBGC

And finally... 7 Extravagant Hotel Amenities For The 1%

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