Tuesday, June 02, 2009

From Jenna Orkin:


Headlines
South Korea Sends Missile Ship to Northern Sea Border
Join Us As We Watch the Crisis Unfolding
Kenneth Deffeyes' latest:

"September 12, 2008: 2031 rigs running
May 22, 2009: 900 rigs running"
But Governor: You CAN Create Money
How the Nation's Only State-Owned Bank Became the Envy of Wall Street

Energy
Some Cautionary Thoughts About Wind
from Gail the Actuary of The Oil Drum
A New Oil Shock is Inevitable
OPEC Predicts Demand Recovery
China Closing Energy Deals
China Tightens Grip on Rare Earth Metals
Western Nations' Share of Economy to Fall Below 50%
Rise in Taxes on US Petrol "Not Feasible:" Chu
Tidal Power Keeps on Truckin'
Transition Towns

Economic Crisis
Citigroup's Exit from Dow Cements Bank's Downfall
Loans by Banks Taking US Aid Fall by $42 Billion
Quarter Million Jobs Could Be Lost in Bankruptcies (from Rice Farmer)
If You Think the Banks Have Recovered, Think Again
More Small Banks Ailing as Recession Toll Mounts
German Debts Set to Blow "Like a Grenade"
Gold Fever Hits Chinese Investors


Quote of the Day:
There are about $1,600 trillion worth of derivatives in the world…$125 trillion worth of real estate and business assets…$100 trillion worth of stocks and bonds secured by assets…$65 trillion worth of government bonds (rising rapidly)…$4 trillion worth of actual currency…and only between $2 and $4 trillion worth of gold and silver.


Intelligence/Torture
Mysterious Chip is CIA's Latest Weapon Against Al-Qaeda in Pakistan
Is Obama Selling Military Secrets to China for Debt Forgiveness?
Identity of Men on CIA Rendition Flight to British Island Revealed
Former Head of MI6 on Torture
Abu Ghraib Abuse Photos Show Rape
MI5 Faces Fresh Torture Allegations
Report: Faulty Communications Imperil President
Hence the new cyber-czar.

Middle East/Asia
France Opens Military Base in UAE
New CSTO Military Force Will Protect Central Asia (from Rice Farmer)
Iraqis Prepare for Summer with Nonfunctional Electric Grid (from Rice Farmer)

Russia
Russian Gas Output Hits New Lows in May
Russia Urges Global Help for Ukraine to Help Pay Gas Bill
Central Bank Raises Reserve Requirement
Bid to Deepen Ties with Berlin
Pipelineistan Goes Iran/Pak

Six from Rice Farmer
Memorial Day Disaster: Foreigners Dump US Bonds
Home Prices Fall a Record 19%
Smile! The US Sees You Coming
More Documents Needed Soon to Enter the US From Mexico
Yet Another Bogus Terrorist Plot
What Happened to Sovereign Wealth Funds?

Africa
China Consulting Britain on Avoiding Mistakes of Colonialism
Kinder, gentler exploitation. Or perhaps just more ruthless, efficient exploitation.
Africa Almost Giving Land Away, Says UN (from Rice Farmer)

Climate Change
Rainforest Area the Size of Egypt Could Be Lost in Ten Years
Professor Steven Chu: Paint the World White to Fight Global Warming
Melting Ice Could Cause Gravity Shift
The rise in sea levels would be highest on the west and east coasts of North America where increases of 25 per cent more than the global average would cause catastrophic flooding in cities such as New York, Washington DC and San Francisco.
The Methane Time Bomb
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Says Solar Panels Take 100 Years to Recoup Installation Cost
Water Levels Dropping in Major Rivers
Water Wars Strike Ahead of Predictions
Evaporation of the Aral Sea
But not to worry because... Brazil Under Water and Thousands Evacuate Australian Floods, One Dead
Greenland Ice Could Fuel Severe US Sea-Level Rise
Government Greatly Concerned by Palm Oil Production
Rare Animals To Be Moved From Natural Habitat Because of Climate Change

17 comments:

ecosutra said...

hi everyone, we finally are ready for subscribers. The Geoff Lawton design course is available.

Jenna can you make an announcement?

Most if not all proceeds will go to project development.

Sebastian Ronin said...

Re Quote of the Day, sure glad I'm holding some of that silver.

The Silver Warcry!

Sebastian Ronin said...

Oops, try it now:

The Silver Warcry!

JohnT said...

Weird.

Seedbomb: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/05/seedbomb-instills-fear-plants-trees.php

agape wins said...

Remember "we" here are looked upon as more than a little "strange"; who needs more help the patient or the Analyst?
I have little argument with what is posted here, RandD sometimes writes at a level above other posters, I try to post at a level anyone can understand, which can seem too general or simplistic, I am not a missionary.
I will not direct you to the "right" GOD, or salvation--Just a little compassion for others, even those we disagree with, dislike, And suppose will not survive, let alone be "Saved". I follow the map drawn in 1 John, I will save the Scorpion
at the risk of my own life!


http://news.aol.com/article/bride-saves-family-from-fire/505907?icid=main|netscape|dl8|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fnews.aol.com%2Farticle%2Fbride-saves-family-from-fire%2F505907

Another Positive "Bit"

http://www.trib.com/articles/2009/05/31/news/casper/2000cb59d9bb86f4872575c600807b77.txt

Lets all "get" hot!!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090601/ap_on_sc/us_dinosaur_tracks

Breithaupt doubts the same dinosaur species made the Wyoming and Scotland tracks.

Did These "Experts" forget that Wolves tagged in Canada have moved as far as Texas?


http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_12438865

Who should be saved, Where, at what age, with what potential of a future?

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9804607-1.html

Tracking Jacket?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/08/books/review/Dreisinger-t.html?_r=1

"Passing"?
Comics:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/comics/archive.pl

http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2009-05-10/

http://www.arcamax.com/mothergooseandgrimm/s-553662-125101


http://wpcomics.washingtonpost.com/client/wpc/db/2009/05/31/

I, being a follower of Christ,ask you; if/when you meet your god, will he/she shake your hand,
how do you visualize them, will they excuse themselves when they pass gas?

Come on; My God; the foundation, the start/completion of everything is more than I dare think about! If you were to "inspire" someone/any writing, would you say something factual--Or
something which would interest your audience, inspire them, give them hope, in words which they relate to, wherever they are. Would they do crazy, brutal things? Of course,
they are just primitive specks which take century's to recognize the effect they have on anything around them, pointing at someone/thing as the cause.
Why would a "just GOD" allow---etc, etc; why was that allowed,why weren't they/it saved?
Look around you, reflect on the broad scope of the Universe!!


http://news.aol.com/article/couple-jump-from-cliff-with-sons-body/508949

Look for more & more of this, I'm not placing blame!

Pandabonium said...

S Asia hunger 'at 40-year high' BBC "A UN report says hunger in South Asia has reached its highest level in 40 years because of food and fuel price rises and the global economic downturn."

Peter J. Nickitas said...

Jenna and Mike:

Does this story add a useful time dimension to the road map?

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=WEN20090602&articleId=13826

Are there any lawyers out there, or clients with cases in litigation, who can say whether insurance companies have been more reluctant to settle in light of the economic crisi? Is there any sense that juries are more tightfisted, or open?

I ask the questions out of self-interest and to test my intuitive sense that the civil justice system in the U.S. will collapse with the rest of the present economy.

Peter J. of Minneapolis

Michael Anderson said...

Might just be temporary, but I think it correlates to Mike's saying that geography will determine who prospers and who doesn't. Glad my daughter is down under, quite frankly. They are way ahead of us....because they have to be.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/business/story/0,28124,25580881-643,00.html?referrer=email&source=AusBus_Lunch_email_nl

John said...

Experimental homes made out of hemp are to be built under new government plans.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5419032/Hemp-homes-to-be-built-in-government-drive.html

A prototype three-bedroom house, funded by the taxpayer, will go on show today. The home is part of a government drive to build more housing with a smaller carbon footprint.

The "renewable house" features walls made from Hemcrete - a mix of hamp and lime...

Diaspora said...

What a coincidence. Several cities have just completed “Dirty Bomb” exercises including one in Albany NY yesterday. Gee I hope something doesn’t happen while Obama is reading My Pet Goat while on his Middle Eastern and European trip.

“U.S. Releases Secret List of Nuclear Sites Accidentally
The federal government mistakenly made public a 266-page report, its pages marked “highly confidential,” that gives detailed information about hundreds of the nation’s civilian nuclear sites and programs, including maps showing the precise locations of stockpiles of fuel for nuclear weapons.
The publication of the document was revealed Monday in an online newsletter devoted to issues of federal secrecy. That set off a debate among nuclear experts about what dangers, if any, the disclosures posed. It also prompted a flurry of investigations in Washington into why the document had been made public…”
“…President Obama sent the document to Congress on May 5 for Congressional review and possible revision, and the Government Printing Office subsequently posted the draft declaration on its Web site…”
“…In his letter of transmittal to Congress, Mr. Obama characterized the information as “sensitive but unclassified” and said all the information that the United States gathered to comply with the advanced protocol “shall be exempt from disclosure” under the Freedom of Information Act.
The report details the locations of hundreds of nuclear sites and activities. Each page is marked across the top “Highly Confidential Safeguards Sensitive” in capital letters,”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/03/us/03nuke.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss&pagewanted=print

Metemneurosis said...

Sibel Edmonds has started a new project called Project Expose MSM. Check it out. And please digg it.

http://123realchange.blogspot.com/

cj said...

Diaspora: What does a dirty bomb exercise involve? Does having one in your city increase the likelihood one will occur there? The one you mention was in my neck of the woods.

Diaspora said...

To cj: A Full-scale Exercise is the most involved of the 6 emergency management training activities, where a real-life emergency situation is replicated to be as close to an actual incident as possible. The players in an exercise include company emergency response personnel, employees, management and community response organizations. Any exercise tests the ability of the emergency support functions (esf) and other signatories to the National Response Plan to coordinate response activities. “Empire 09”, the dirty bomb exercise in Albany, involves 2 dirty bombs going off within blocks of each other in downtown Albany. I have no inside knowledge of this exercise other than the releases issued to the press. http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=806113

Obviously, I can’t say whether this training exercise increases the chances that a dirty bomb incident will take place in New York but if you look to the past you can sometimes get an inkling as to what might happen in the future. Increasingly these exercises involve International response as opposed to National response (even though they still refer to them as such) as will be the case in July. “This year the United States welcomes the participation of Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom in NLE 09.”
http://www.fema.gov/media/fact_sheets/nle09.shtm
http://www.radioreference.com/forums/federal-monitoring-forum/142905-fema-national-level-excercise-2009-sw-usa.html

I’ve become a bit of a coincidence theorist (a conspiracy theorist with out the tin foil hat). The unraveling continues at break neck pace and my gut tells me we’re going to have another “Coincidence” in the not so distant future. To the uninitiated I highly recommend “Crossing the Rubicon”. Short of that a search of past terrorist acts is a good place to start.
“On the morning of September 11 2001, within minutes of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the CIA had been running "a pre-planned simulation to explore the emergency response issues that would be created if a plane were to strike a building". The simulation was held at the CIA Chantilly Virginia Reconnaissance Office. The Bush administration described the event as "a bizarre coincidence". The matter was not mentioned by the media.” (AP, 22 August 2002) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=821
“A fictional ‘scenario’ of multiple bomb attacks on London's underground took place at exactly the same time as the bomb attack on July 7, 2005…Rudolph Giuliani…so closely identified with his city's recovery after the Sept. 11 attacks, was in London Thursday morning, just yards from Liverpool Street…station, when the bombs went off.”
http://www.mail-archive.com/ctrl@listserv.aol.com/msg118053.html

Sebastian Ronin said...

Diaspora, re "I’ve become a bit of a coincidence theorist (a conspiracy theorist with out the tin foil hat)."

I keep two standard responses in my back pocket to counter those with, let us say, a more linear perspective on things.

1. Conspriracy theory is no longer a theory, is it?

2. It's okay if you call me a conspriacy theorist just as long as you call yourserlf a coincidence theorist.

Your mileage may differ.

cj said...

Diaspora:

Thank you for your information about the dirty bomb exercises. I am of the same mindset as you when it comes to coincidences anymore, and have become increasingly convinced that large cities are to be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, I still work in one, so if something comes down in my area, I hope it occur be on my day off. Am looking for a nice off-the-beaten path place to relocate to but with all the suspicions of what is to come and information floating around, it is difficult to determine exactly where the best would be. What with a failing economy,global warming, droughts, rising sea level, pollution,travel more difficult due to upcoming fuel shortages, etc., one doesn't know whether to run to the right, left or stay put.

Mr. Ronin:

The Silver Warcry link takes one to a sports page. Can you post it again?

Sebastian Ronin said...

cj, here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FywT-txGuss

Diaspora said...

cj et al: If I may, I would highly recommend an essay by Carolyn Baker that deals with the questions you raised. She is a colleague of MCR and her “Speaking Truth to Power” website offers many thoughtful postings by some of the best (MCR included). Last year Baker wrote about the process she went through in determining whether to stay or go and the criterion she employed to arrive at her decision and new location. Cj, She’s practically your neighbor now.

“LOCATION, LOCATION, RE-LOCATION” http://carolynbaker.net/site/content/view/516/