Sunday, 18 November 2012 17:58

Free World News Desk Sundays 11.18.12

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From Jenna Orkin in New York

 

Headlines
Britain is now most powerful nation on earth

That's what happens when the others collapse. - JO

Israel ready to invade Gaza as troops mass on border

Search Called Off For Workers After Oil Platform Explosion

'Some indications' of a Hamas-Israeli truce

Stratfor Update On Gaza, Israel, And Hezbollah

The Era Of Cheap Food Is Over

Man Tasered by Police for Trying to Prevent His House from Burning Down

SPAIN SUSPENDS HOUSE EVICTIONS FOR TWO YEARS

Sandy Aftermath: Description of Situation Inside FEMA Camp

Fault Under Japan Nuclear Plant May be Active

Torrential rains and flooding in Málaga city, Spain (video)

 

Economy

Poorest families hit hardest by income squeeze

Germany or Bust Southern European Jobseekers Head North in Droves

Major Bank In Hot Water Over Sandy Policy

Why a Writedown in Greek Debt Should Wait: Official

Economic Woes Turn US, Japan Into Ugly Stepsisters

ART CASHIN: We Are On The Verge Of A Major Currency War


Energy/Resources

In Sandy's Aftermath, Nursing Home Residents Missing, Some Dead

Pelicans blown north by Sandy get ride home to Fla.

Giant reed seen as biofuel — or kudzu-like disaster

Sandy debris piles up in Queens, N.Y. — 4,500 tons so far

Are You at Risk? Shortages of Life-Saving Drugs Persist

Shale Gas Will Be The Next Bubble To Pop

No Evidence Tamiflu Can Actually Stop the Flu

Malaysia: ‘Smart Village’ Offers World Model for Rural Poverty Relief

Blame Wimpy for Slow U.S. Response to Climate Change: The Grid

 

Military/Intelligence

Press regulation a minority concern, according to poll

Cairo's Balancing Act Egypt Faces Fraught Diplomatic Test

Human Rights Watch Expert Russia on Path to 'Higher Level of Authoritarianism'

Israel Authorizes More Reservists After Rockets Hit Gaza

Paper-Thin Material Can Stop Bullets

Securing the Homeland: You Might Be A Terrorist If… (Hotel Guest Edition)

Salt Lake City: Police to Wear Video Cameras

Google Says Government Surveillance Growing

CNN Article Bashes the Growing Number of People That Question Mass Media

The New York Times Is Wrong: Strong Passwords Can't Save Us

 

Civil Unrest/Politics

Why Is President Obama Visiting Southeast Asia?

Protests continue against fuel hikes in Jordan

 

 

From Rice Farmer in Japan

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##

Banks seen shrinking for good as lay-offs near 160,000

"Major banks have announced some 160,000 job cuts since early last year and with more lay-offs to come as the industry restructures, many will leave the shrinking sector for good as redundancies outpace new hires by roughly two-to-one."

Economic & steel market outlook for Q4 has darkened further

"EUROFER's Q4 2012 Economic & Steel Market Outlook shows that the outlook for the EU steel market has darkened further in recent months."

Singapore Sees 2012 Growth at Low End of Forecast on Exports

Europe's Economy: Look Out Below, Again

Tens of thousands more hotel rooms planned for the UAE

JP Morgan and Credit Suisse pay $417m to settle securities charges

Minor Glitch Emerges In Spanish "Bad Bank" Deployment: No Investor Interest

Gold Bullion "Seen as Source of Cash Right Now" as Stocks Fall Ahead of Fiscal Cliff Talks

Soros and Rogers adding to precious metal positions

Foreign holdings of U.S. debt hit $5.46 trillion

Czech economy remains stuck in recession


Airline Death Spiral

Delta to withdraw jets and curb costs by $1B in savings

"The world’s second-largest carrier, Delta Air Lines Inc. plans to withdraw its older jets, allowing it to save $1 billion but forcing it to cut back its flights."

The airline industry is doing the same thing as businesses in other industries have done in the last few years, and that is to downsize themselves into profitability. -- RF

Kansai airport logs ¥11.2 billion loss (Japan)

 

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##

Turkey recognizes rebels in Syria

Israeli Defense Minister approves summons of 30,000 soldiers for Gaza operation

Gaza crisis: Israel doubles call up of military reservists

Gaza crisis: Hamas aims missile at Jerusalem for first time

New Israeli anti-missile system gets ready

Spain says will protect fishermen in disputed Gibraltar waters

Iraqi forces clash with Kurdish troops, one dead

Iran ready to double nuclear work in bunker: IAEA

Pentagon Says 75,000 Troops Might Be Needed to Seize Syria Chemical Arms

"The Pentagon has told the Obama administration that any military effort to seize Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons would require upward of 75,000 troops, amid increasing concern that the militant group Hezbollah has set up small training camps close to some of the chemical weapons depots, according to senior American officials."


Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks

Violent clashes as austerity protests grip EU cities

Wal-Mart workers plan Black Friday walkout

"A group of Wal-Mart workers are planning to stage a walkout next week on Black Friday, arguably the biggest holiday shopping day for the world's largest retail store."

Jordanians rally against king, fuel price hikes

Briton becomes first Western Tibetan Buddhist monk to die from self-immolation


Energy/resources

Bosch quits Desertec

"The world’s most ambitious renewable energy project suffered another blow yesterday when the Germany technology supplier Bosch announced it was pulling out of the DESERTEC solar project."

Desertec's Promise of Solar Power for Europe Fades

"As recently as three years ago, many thought that it was only a matter of time before solar thermal plants in North Africa supplied a significant portion of Europe's energy needs. But Desertec has hit a road block. Industrial backers are jumping ship, political will is tepid and a key pilot project has suddenly stalled."

Spanish economy and jittery businesses threaten Desertec project

Long queues mark oil-rich Nigeria's fuel shortage

Nigerian oil sector in decline

"With flooding, theft and corruption plaguing the country's oil sector, the Nigerian government said the estimated oil reserves were on the decline."

Gas stations at risk of depleting supplies (US)

S.Korea unveils power plan after nuclear closures risk blackouts

PM calls on S. Koreans to join power-saving campaign

South Korea warns of rolling power blackouts after nuclear closures

Massive blackout hits Trinidad and Tobago

Report Suggests Closing 353 US Coal Plants which are Too Uneconomical to Run

IEA Manipulates Stats to Predict Unrealistically High Oil Forecasts

Canada Targets Unemployed US Oil Workers

EPA Rejects Requests to Ease U.S. Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate

Japan’s abundant ground water resource is attracting huge foreign investment

Russian oil company close to offshore Cuba drilling


## Got food? ##

Very few people understand this trend

"There are only a few people who get it: the era of cheap food is over."

The Incredible Shrinking Sugar Bag



## Environment/health ##

Poor who live near coal plants show health issues

EU doctors turn to last-ditch antibiotics as resistance to superbugs grows

Antibiotic resistance 'big threat to health'

Growing concerns over 'in the air' transmission of Ebola

Australia creates world's biggest marine park

Energy drink sold in Canada cited in 13 death reports in U.S.

Streams Affected by Even the Earliest Stages of Urban Development

 

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##

Anonymous hacker group attacks Israeli websites

Attorneys: Obama’s ‘secret’ cyber security law may allow ‘military deployment within the U.S.’

Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can’t Protect Us Anymore

Preparing For Cyberwar

Scotland Yard investigating 142 complaints of computer hacking, Leveson Inquiry told

SDF seeks white-hat hackers / Cyberdefense skills hard to cultivate, especially at SDF wages (Japan)


## Systemic breakdown ##

Shortage of hydraulic skills not unique to South Africa

South Korean Nuclear Plants Riddled with Substandard Parts

Where infinite growth meets biophysical limit

Rolling Jubilee highlights the need for conversations on debt cancellation

A debt jubilee is fine, but it won't make a difference in the long run unless the economy is restructured. Our current system involves growth through steady debt expansion, so unless that system is changed, debt will just pile up again because expensive energy hinders debt repayment. I'm pleased to see that the article touches on this reality. -- RF


## Japan ##

Japan averts 'fiscal-cliff' as it passes financing bill

"Japan's lawmakers have approved a crucial bill that will ensure that the government does not run out of money at the end of this month. It will allow the government to borrow additional money by selling bonds to pay for a large chunk of its expenses."

This doesn't avert anything. It just puts off the inevitable by kicking the can. -- RF

Japan again cuts economy assessment

"Japan Friday reduced the forecast for its economy, the fourth straight monthly downward revision, as threat of another recession loomed."

Power sales fall in Oct.

"Electricity sales of 10 major power suppliers in October logged their first year-on-year decline in three months on sluggish demand from large-lot industrial users, industry data showed Friday."

Japanese Diplomat Decries Japan's Post-WWII Subservience to the U.S.; Advocates an Independent Japanese Foreign and Security Policy

Chinese ships seen in disputed waters for 28th straight day

Crimes by Silver Generation on the rise in Japan

Radiation level of the seawater at reactor2 reached the highest level since August 2012


## China ##

Chinese banks still see NPLs rise in Q3

"CHINESE banks suffered the longest streak of bad loans worsening for the fourth consecutive quarter since data were released in 2004, increasing pressure on asset quality as the economy cooled."


## UK ##

HMS Astute: nuclear submarine beset by design problems and construction failures

British wind energy controversy deepens

Home ownership on long decline in Britain

Supermarkets could be forced to show shoppers all data held on them

'Over £66 billion' of taxpayers' cash invested in RBS and Lloyds may never be recovered

## US ##

More law enforcement agencies require body armor

"A rising number of law enforcement officers are required to wear body armor after two consecutive years in which police were being killed by gunfire with increasing frequency, a new Justice Department study has found."

Heads up: Banks told by Fed to test for 12% unemployment

"The Federal Reserve is asking 30 big banks to make sure their capital can withstand a deep recession in which the unemployment rate rises to 12%."

Fiscal Cliff Talks Underway Between Obama, House Speaker Boehner; Market Rallies on Talk of "Fluff" Compromise

The Worst Economic Numbers In More Than A Year

Housing recovery could also tumble off the 'fiscal cliff'

Army suicides for 2012 surpass last year's numbers

Mo. man charged with plotting 'Twilight' mass shooting

Twinkies maker Hostess plans to go out of business

Fire On Oil Rig In Gulf Of Mexico Leaves 11 Injured

Weak Regional Manufacturing Surveys: Philly Fed, NY Fed, Dallas Fed; Don't Blame Hurricane Sandy

The New Normal Has Capacity Utilization Rates Still at Recessionary Levels

Multigenerational Homes: Real Estate's Next Big Thing as More Families Share a Space


And finally… 
Video: Wild turkeys attack car on roadway

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