Sunday, January 12, 2014


News Links, January 11-13, 2014

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Baltic Dry Index Collapses 35% - Worst Start To Year In 30 Years
Economic growth slows in Europe
Unemployment rate climbs to 7.2 percent in Canada
'There was no relief': Quebec, B.C. and Ontario's lost year in the Canadian job market
A dire year for the job markets in Canada's three largest provinces was capped by an ugly December where the country lost 45,900 positions.
Greece Industrial Production Declines 5th Consecutive Month, Unemployment New High of 27.8%
48.6% of Spaniards Aged 18-24 Would Take Any Job, Anywhere, for Low Wages; Ikea Spain Gets 100,000 Applicants for 400 Jobs; Walmart, McDonalds Comparison

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Norway Proposes To Support SAS Plan to Raise Hybrid Capital
Having teetered on the edge of bankruptcy only a year ago, SAS is now narrowly back in the black following massive job cuts, asset sales and reduced compensation to is staff.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA) in urgent talks with bankers after £7m annual losses
Drunks On A Plane: Inebriated Air Rage Incidents Hit New Heights
Alcohol and 'cattle class' flying lead to air rage

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
U.S. has deployed military advisers to Somalia, officials say
The U.S. military secretly deployed a small number of trainers and advisers to Somalia in October, the first time regular troops have been stationed in the war-ravaged country since 1993, when two helicopters were shot down and 18 Americans killed in the "Black Hawk Down" disaster.
Israel announces plans for 1,400 new settlement homes
'Very good progress' at Iran nuclear talks - EU
Iran, Russia negotiating big oil-for-goods deal
Iranian official dismisses Iran-Russia oil-for-goods deal
U.S. lawmaker says deeply troubled by Russia-Iran talks on oil swap
China fires back at U.S. for criticism on fishing curbs
Japan condemns China fishing curbs; vows to defend islands
Thailand plays down coup talk ahead of city "shutdown" by protesters
US considers training Iraqi elite military forces in Jordan
Why Are US Special Operations Forces Deployed in Over 100 Countries?
Today's Reserve Currency = Tomorrow's Wallpaper
This smart rifle never misses, now in semi-automatic form
Red-Hot Power Struggle In Turkey
Africa sees violent, deadly start to 2014; Thousands killed, children beheaded
South Korea to contribute $867 million for U.S. military forces in 2014
US, Iran find common ground in chaos of Middle East
Iran, 6 world powers agree to deal opening Islamic Republic's nuclear program from Jan. 20
The tone of the mainstream US media has changed on Iran. I scanned a number of articles related to this subject and noted that, even though articles on Iran were until recently peppered with the term "regime" to describe Iran's government, I did not see a single occurrence. This suggests that by and large the propaganda machine has shifted toward the Obama administration's stance of pursuing rapprochement with Iran, and accordingly is cutting back on the heavy-handed demonization campaign. -- RF
Gunmen assassinate Libya's deputy industry minister
N Korea calls Abe 'militarist maniac'
Cannibalism, looting reported in CAR

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Seven injured in Thai protest shooting
Thai protesters occupy key roads in Bangkok
Driver in deadly road rage shooting in Pennsylvania chased motorist 15 miles: police
Brooklyn car passenger shot to death by pedestrian in road rage attack 
At least ten injured in overnight clashes outside Ukraine court

## Energy/resources ##
Peak Oil becomes an Issue Again after the IEA Revised its Predictions
Fears of global oil crisis aired at Transatlantic Energy Security Dialogue.
Iraqi oil flows to Turkey despite Baghdad objections
Iraq in Kurd export 'legal threat'
Iraq is reportedly threatening legal action against companies that trade in "smuggled" oil exported from Kurdistan after the first shipments of crude from the region started flowing along a new pipeline to Turkey.
German Solar Installs Sink, Prompting Calls to Slow Subsidy Cuts
Indonesia implements law banning export of unprocessed minerals despite worry from companies
As automakers use more aluminum, can providers expand fast enough?
Sochi Olympics electricity grid 'still being worked on,' official says
Why has Nuclear Power become so Important to Saudi Arabia?
Report: High Investment In UK N.Sea Unlikely To Continue Past 2015
Britain's government is battling to revive the North Sea, whose plunging output has acted as a drag on economic growth, and has commissioned a review to help it do so, but the rising cost of projects and a dearth of new discoveries in the mature area, in its fifth decade of pumping oil, means reversing the decline is challenging.
France struggles to cut down on nuclear power
Emergency powers eyed (Philippines)
To forestall power shortages, some members of the House of Representatives are proposing to give President Benigno Aquino III emergency powers to give him more control over power generation in the country.
New Kenya Power boss aims to reduce blackouts
Nationwide Blackout Looms As Electricity Workers Begin Strike Tuesday (Nigeria)
The already deplorable power situation in the country may worsen as workers in the power sector have threatened to stop the supply of electricity across the country by Tuesday, January 14.
US mulls seismic tests to map oil drilling potential in Atlantic

## Infrastructure scavenging ##
Copper thieves vandalize over a dozen street lights

## Got food? ##
Supply squeeze push US 'choice' beef price to new high
The price of choice-grade U.S. beef at wholesale set a new record on Thursday as already tight supplies were further squeezed by harsh weather that reduced the number of cattle that came to market in parts of the country, analysts said.
Pig virus threatens to bump pork cost
A virus that kills young pigs is roiling the U.S. pork industry, boosting prices in the $9 billion hog-futures market and threatening to create more pain for food shoppers.
Zimbabwe: Govt Imports Corn to Avert Food Shortage
Beef shortage hits local markets as exports soar (India)
'Meat Atlas' sheds light on hidden costs of beef, pigmeat
Europeans need to more aware of the little-known environmental and social cost of their high-meat diets, green campaigners said at the launch of their global 'Meat Atlas' report on Thursday (9 January).

## Lifestyle Solutions ##
65 Tips to Save Money for Self-Reliant Living

## Environment/health ##
Chemical spill shuts down much of W.Va. capital, surrounding counties; 300,000 affected
Gaia: you ain't seen nothing yet
More than three quarters of large carnivores now in decline
Study finds lions are nearly extinct in West Africa
Duke Fracking Tests Reveal Dangers Driller's Data Missed
Obesity in UK 'could be far worse than predicted'

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Target says millions more customers than previously disclosed affected by data breach
Neiman Marcus falls victim to cyber-security attack, says some customers' cards compromised
More well-known U.S. retailers victims of cyber attacks - sources
New Gmail messaging feature causes privacy concerns
U.S. warns of possible terrorism at Sochi, but no specific threat
FBI Sends Dozens of Agents to Help Guard Sochi Olympics
Google has built a neural network to identify 100 million house numbers for Streetview
NSA Spy Data Seen Costing Carriers $60M a Year (video)
Life in The Machine
Microsoft Twitter Account Reportedly Hacked
Major Parts of World Ignored by US TV News in 2013
China ALSO building encryption-cracking quantum computer
Hackers gain 'full control' of critical SCADA systems
Researchers have found vulnerabilities in industrial control systems that they say grant full control of systems running energy, chemical and transportation systems. The vulnerabilities were discovered by Russian researchers who over the last year probed popular and high-end ICS and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems used to control everything from home solar panel installations to critical national infrastructure.
Push is on to get 'kill switch' into smartphones
Smartphone thefts now account for 30 to 40 percent of all robberies nationwide, according to the Secure Our Smartphones (S.O.S.) Initiative, a coalition of police, prosecutors, lawmakers and consumer advocates. The group claims about 1.6 million people were attacked for their phones in 2012.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Abandoned Homes Plague Tijuana's Outlying Suburbs
The 2008 global economic downturn combined with bad urban planning and other factors have led many lower-middle-class Mexicans to abandon their newly purchased homes in recent years. Provive estimates that there are 50,000 abandoned homes in Tijuana and some 600,000 across Mexico.
The Challenges Presented by Global Population Growth
Tokyo can't handle heavy snowfall
"When 8 cm fell on Tokyo a year ago, the city practically descended into panic," Watanabe is quoted as saying. "A heavy snowfall would paralyze most of the city's functions and leave the transport network in tatters. The railway switchers would fail to function and signal cables snap. The schedules of the subway lines that share their tracks with regular commuter trains would be thrown into disarray. Auto traffic would come to a standstill."

## Japan ##
Fukushima Reactor 3 - TEPCO responds
What You Should and Shouldn't Worry about after the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdowns
On Fukushima Fears and Sensationalistic Reporting
Fish caught near Fukushima had 124 times safe radiation levels
MSDF looks to deploy drones on destroyers
Defying Japan, rancher saves Fukushima's radioactive cows

## China ##
China exports, trade surplus miss forecasts
China Oil Data Show December Crude Imports at Record High
China Decides Which Solar Companies Live or Die
China imposes new access rules over sea, angering neighbors, US
Central Hong Kong Sees Near-Record Pollution Levels in 2013

## UK ##
Dire day for UK high street as retailers reveal poor Christmas trading
The corruption of Britain: UK's key institutions infiltrated by criminals
Metropolitan Police releases 'alarming' strip-search figures
French oil giant Total to invest in UK shale gas
Jaguar Land Rover posts record car sales figures
Britons pay more for wind farms
The scale of subsidy for UK wind farms is on average a third higher than in other countries, according to an official report
Customers left cold by the 'big six' power firms
'We're going all out for shale,' admits David Cameron

## US ##
Governor declares a fuel shortage emergency in Michigan
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of emergency to address shortages of heating oil and propane brought on by severe winter conditions.
Haulers Dealing With Diesel Fuel Shortage (North Dakota)
Oklahoma Propane Shortage
Millionaire's club: The 10 richest members of Congress
Surprisingly weak hiring in December puzzles economists, 'flies in the face' of other data
Real Unemployment Rate Of 11.5% Means Difference To Reported Rises To Record
Employment vs. Jobs Discrepancy - December 2013 Data
More Than Half Of December Jobs Added Were Temporary
People Not In Labor Force Soar To Record 91.8 Million; Participation Rate Plunges To 1978 Levels
More than 1K camp out for union jobs
Cutoff of extended unemployment benefits leaves many Americans with bleak options
After 20 Years of NAFTA Poverty, Lawmakers Move to Fast-Track TPP
Obama picks ex-Bank of Israel head Fischer as Fed vice chair, giving Yellen top global expert
Network news decline: Who is this man? Many Americans don't recognize top news anchor
Holiday sales plunge at Sears U.S., Kmart stores
Dell Layoffs Are About To Hit And Could Be Huge
West Coast Radiation Exposure from Fukushima: What are the risks? (Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds)
Why 'Too Big to Fail' Is a Bigger Problem Than Ever
Sears enters 'death-spiral,' retailer could be gone by 2017
Dollar Stores Are Getting Too Expensive For Many Americans
Deputies catch thieves pilfering from gas station's underground tank
Three males suspected of using a van equipped with five 55-gallon tanks to steal hundreds of gallons of fuel were arrested in Compton after deputies saw them pilfering diesel from a gas station's underground tank, it was reported Saturday.
Lundberg Survey: US gas prices up 8 cents a gallon over past 3 weeks
Death threats for researcher who demonstrated college athletes read below a third-grade level

And finally...
Man wakes up in Kenyan morgue 20 hours after death declare
Ex-Russian spy Anna Chapman launches clothing line
Beagle chicken nuggets: Clever dog steals food from oven [VIDEO]
No Pants Subway Ride sends thousands out in underwear

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