Tygodniowy przegląd wiadomości ze świata: 17-23.10

1. Przegląd wiadomości z tygodnia ubiegłego można znaleźć tutaj

2. Katastrofa nuklearna w Fukushimie – informacje znajdują się  tutaj. W ostatniej aktualizacji z dnia 23.10 m.in.:

Ujawniony, tajny raport TEPCO z czerwca 2011: Podczas pierwszych 100 godzin po trzęsieniu ziemi z elektrowni atomowej Fukushima Dai-ichi do atmosfery wyciekł pluton-238, -239, -240, -241. Całkowita ilość wyemitowanego plutonu wyniosła 120 miliardów bekereli.

Frigyes Reisch pracował dla Międzynarodowej Agencji Energii Atomowej jako ekspert edukujący o skali atomowych katastrof INES, spędził 27 lat w Szwedzkim Inspektoracie Energii Jądrowej (SKI) – jest profesorem bezpieczeństwa jądrowego w Królewskim Instytucie Technologii i czołowym ekspertem w dziedzinie bezpieczeństwa jądrowego: „Japończycy chronią swoje gospodarcze interesy. Ta katastrofa to poziom siódmy [w skali INES]. Fukushima jest absolutnie porównywalna z Czarnobylem. Chodzi o skażenie dużego, gęsto zaludnionego obszaru i lokalną emisję materiału promieniotwórczego w prawdopodobnie śmiertelnych dawkach.”

Reuters: Około 370 ton radioaktywnego popiołu spiętrzyło się w spalarni śmieci zlokalizowanej ponad 100 km od stopionych reaktorów Fukushimy. Przewiduje się, że zakładowi Ohtawara w ciągu dwóch tygodni skończy się chroniona przestrzeń magazynowa, po czym radioaktywny popiół będzie pozostawiany na zewnątrz, bez odpowiedniego zabezpieczenia.

NHK, TEPCO ostatecznie potwierdziły, że spod ziemi reaktora nr 1 wydostawała się para. Teraz radiacja wynosi 4,7 siwertów na godzinę, prawie 20% więcej niż w czerwcu.

„Głos Ameryki”: Mieszkańcy Tokio poszukujący radiacji dokonują „nieoczekiwanych odkryć”. Zaledwie kilka metrów od ‘gorącego, radioaktywnego miejsca’ o wysokiej koncentracji cezu – którego obecność parę dni wcześniej potwierdziło prywatne laboratorium – odbywał się w niedzielę mecz Małej Ligi baseballa.” Wiadomość o „gorącym miejscu” trafiła na pierwszą stronę New York Timesa, ale „media japońskie jeszcze o tym nie wspomniały.” Testy znajdującej się tam ziemi wykazały, że „czterokrotnie przewyższa minimalny poziom stref skażonych podczas wypadku w Czarnobylu z 1986 roku.”

Agencja AFP: Ponad 4 mikrosiwerty na godzinę wykryto w poniedziałek w szkole podstawowej w okręgu Adachi w Tokio.

„Tokyo Shimbun”: W błocie z rynsztoka w Hachioji wykryto jod-131. Próbka z 30 września zawierała 179 bekereli na kilogram jodu oraz 8434 bekerele na kilogram radioaktywnego cezu. Nowe znaleziska wskazują na to, że w Fukushimie miał miejsce powtórny stan krytyczny reaktora.

Radny miasta Minamisoma: Promieniowanie pozostaje na poziomie 3 mikrosiwertów na godzinę. „Zdaję sobie sprawę, że być może toczę swoją ostatnią walkę.”

ABC Australia: Społeczności w Japonii odnotowują promieniowanie na poziomie Czarnobyla. „Aby pomóc swojej społeczności w pozbyciu się tego niewidzialnego ‘radioaktywnego śniegu,’ mnich Abe pozwala, aby ludzie składowali zebraną radioaktywną, wierzchnią warstwę swojej ziemi na terenie świątyni. Uzbrojony w cztery liczniki Geigera, pokazuje mi, jak bardzo jest skażona. Skala na japońskim liczniku szybko się kończy.”

Arnie Gundersen z Fairewinds Associates: Analiza opublikowanego przez TEPCO filmu pokazującego duże ilości pary wydobywającej się z podłogi reaktora nr 3. Potwierdza to fakt uszkodzenia zbiornika osłonowego reaktora, który przecieka. Od chwili nakręcenia filmu radioaktywna para wydobywa się nieustannie.

3. Tygodniowy przegląd wiadomości ze świata (w wersji oryginalnej). Codzienne aktualizacje znajdują się na witrynie Rice’a Rarmera.

GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN

U.S. rating likely to be downgraded again: Merrill

EU leaders urge action from Italy to reduce debts

Euro Zone Fund May Draw on China, Brazil: Officials

EU is reporting „Progress” but None of it is Meaningful

Currency Market Braces for Japanese Intervention

Nicolas Sarkozy tells David Cameron: ‘We’re sick of you telling us what to do’

Eurozone summit – despair and backbiting in the corridors of power

Industrial Commodities Swan Diving

Global systemic crisis – First half of 2012: Decimation of the Western banks

Europe Goes Full Bailout Retard: EFSF Rescue Capital To Be Officially Double-Counted

The European Financial Crisis In One Graphic: The Dominoes Of Debt

„He/she who gets out first gets out best.”

EU Diplomatic Source Says Worst Case Scenario Would Consume Entire EFSF, Haircut of „At Least 50%” Coming or IMF will Not Proceed

Spain, Italy under pressure as EU frames deal on bank capital

„After nearly 10 hours of talks, finance ministers overcame strong opposition from Spain, Italy and Portugal and agreed on the need to inject around 100 billion euros into European banks to protect them from the threat of a Greek debt default, and the broader risks of financial contagion in the euro zone.”

Revised Troika Forecast Sees Total Greek Debt-To-GDP Peaking At 186%: Here Is What Happens Next

The Greek Haircut Could Reach 100%

Traders See 44% Default Chance Under Fernandez: Argentina Credit

Thai floods, hard drive shortage threaten PC sales

Shifts cancelled as engine shortage stalls Chryslers Windsor Assembly Plant (Canada)

25m jobs needed to halt rise in Arab unemployment

Magic Turns 340 Billion Euros Into 940 Billion Euros; Six-Day Marathon of Lies, Deceit Underway

S&P Did Its Own Stress Test For Europe, And It Looks Pretty Grim

India food inflation returns to double-digits

„India’s food inflation on Thursday returned to double-digits, as prices of vegetables and other staples surged, creating fresh problems for the country’s embattled government.”

Malaysia’s Inflation Unexpectedly Quickens on Food, Transport

Skills shortages is a global problem

„Everywhere you look there are national and international skills gaps that international recruitment agencies are trying to fill.”

Posco Net Plunges 78%

„Hefty foreign-exchange translation losses pulled Posco’s third-quarter net profit down by 78%, and the South Korean steelmaker signaled it expects tough conditions ahead as global economic problems weaken demand.”

Italian bond yields reach point of no return

The Truth Behind Europe’s (€1.7 Trillion) „Triangle Of Terror”

US Money Supply Surges 33% in 4 Months – Global Money Supply to Lead to Gold $10,000/oz?

German growth to drop to 1 percent in 2012

Rocky path seen ahead for Gulf debt restructurings

„Two years after the Dubai debt crisis erupted, contributing to a wave of loan restructurings across the Gulf, those restructurings may be entering a more difficult phase as banks become reluctant to extend maturities further.”

Asian Stocks to Decline Up to 20% in Next Few Months: Strategist

Late Payments in Spain Soar to 7.14%, Highest Since 1994; Portugal Economy Expected to Contract More than Forecast in 2012

Franco-German split over bailout fund threatens crisis

Extra euro crisis summit called

Euro Summit Statement „Leaked” Draft Looks Like Swiss Cheese; 10-Point Proposal for More Meetings

EU Given Rope, Hangs Itself

EU may demand rating blackout for crisis states

„The European Union’s executive may ask for powers to censor credit ratings for countries in crisis, its financial reform chief said on Thursday, describing a ban as one way of stopping fallout from „ill-thought-out” ratings.”

Greece adopts austerity bill amid protests

The Coming Derivatives Crisis That Could Destroy The Entire Global Financial System

Euro-Zone Crisis Hits Banks in Emerging Markets (WSJ)

„Across Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and elsewhere around the world, banks are tightening credit standards and facing an increase in bad loans, according to the survey to be released Friday by the Institute of International Finance, a global association of big banks.

„The report found that funding conditions in international markets have „deteriorated significantly” even as local funding conditions remained stable, clear evidence of the euro zone’s troubles hitting economies that have been a key driver of global growth since the recovery began.”

Thai Flooding Submerges Hard-Drive Stocks

„Stocks of hard-drive parts manufacturers sank Thursday on the growing likelihood that output of hard-disk drives will be dampened significantly by the flooding in Thailand.”

Canadian jobless claims rise again

Airlines rake in billions in add-on fees

Leveraged EFSF Violates Maastricht Treaty; „Merkozy” Master Plan Comes Unglued

EU Banks Vow To Slash Assets By $1 Trillion

„‘Asset sales are impractical in the current environment,’ said Simon Maughan, head of sales and distribution at MF Global UK Ltd. in London. ‘Every bank is selling, and no bank is buying. It just won’t work. Beyond that, the magnitude of the cuts the banks are talking about is nowhere near the likely required amount of deleveraging. They need to reduce hundreds of billions more to adjust to the new world order. There has to be a recapitalization.’”

German 10 Year Bund Auction Fails To Cover Issuance As Contagion Rages At The Core

European CDS Ban Sends 1 Year Greek Bond Yield To 188%

Guest Post: Portugal – Fiddler Paid, Music Stops

China’s forex drop looks suspicious: analyst

Less Than Two Months After Its First Rate Cut, Brazil Once Again

Lowers Key Interest Rate 50 Bps To 11.50%

Power shortages may cause 35-40% industrial loss in NCR: ASSOCHAM (India)

„The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India said that power and water shortages may reduce Industrial production in NCR [National Capital Region] by nearly 35-40% and the competitiveness of SMEs will severely be impacted.”

Thailand flooding could affect PC supplies, prices

Belarus central bank sells off its office furniture

Korean Air swings to loss in Q3

„Korean Air Lines Co., South Korea’s leading airline, said Wednesday that it swung to a net loss in the third quarter due to increased fuel costs and a weakening local currency.”

UAE house prices, rents to drop 20% more

Occupy Wall Street signals end of utopia economics: Rich world’s social discontent will result in restored trade barriers

Moody’s cuts Spain’s rating by two notches

S&P downgrades 24 Italian banks, financial firms

Central banks may need to burst bubbles: Bernanke (Gasp!)

Germany, France Near 2 Billion Euro Rescue Fund Deal: Report

Greek Debt Writedown of 100 Percent Needed: Analyst

Wall Street soars on reports of progress in Europe

Pump, baby, pump! — RF

Chinese yuan’s new global challenge to the dollar

China Reduced Its Holdings of U.S. Treasuries by Most on Record in August

Concern grows over Bangkok as Thai floods damage 14,000 factories

Thai floods to slash growth, crisis not over for Bangkok

Mervyn King: time ‘running out’ to solve world economy crisis

Maersk Shareholders Suffering With Overwhelming Container Supply: Freight

French-German Yield Spread Hits 1.13 Percentage Points, Widest Since 1992; Bailout Campaign Bogs Down in Bickering; Dead Before Arrival? (Mish)

Peter Schiff: Brace for „Abrupt” Dollar Collapse

Dubai’s Drydocks hit with $45.4m lawsuit over loan default

Boeing Expects More Dreamliner Cancellations

Maruti Suzuki Loses $307 Million Revenue on Strike

Greece heads for standstill before austerity vote

„Greece’s two main unions, representing about half the four million-strong workforce, have promised one of the biggest strikes since the crisis began two years ago, hitting food and fuel supplies, disrupting transport and leaving hospitals run by skeleton staff.”

Greece Faces ‘Hellish Week’ as Debt Crisis Tests Nation

Banks Ready to Kill Greek Bailout

Wolfgang Schäuble dampens hopes of swift resolution to eurozone crisis

Europe’s lost decade as $7 trillion loan crunch looms (Ambrose Evans-Pritchard)

Greek ‘Haircut’ No Threat to French Banks: Noyer

Deutsche Bank Warns France May Be Put On Downgrade Review Before Year End

Singapore Exports Fall Unexpectedly

Saudi Arabian Inflation Accelerates to Fastest Since January

Philips cutting 4,500 jobs as profits fall

Southern Europe’s lost generation stuck in junk jobs

Another Weekend of Mass Layoffs

Thailand Floods Could Be A Washout For Disk-Drive Companies

Global fallout of Thai floods / Parts makers’ production delays expected to last months

Cummings Inc’s Incoming CEO Expresses Recession Fears – Report

Hong Kong starts trading gold in renminbi

Central Banks Sell Most U.S. Bonds Since 2007

Airline stocks decline; business travel drops

„The number of deep-pocketed business travelers flying internationally is declining as the euro-zone crisis pushes the fragile economy to the edge of recession, data from the International Air Transport Association showed Monday.”

FAULT LINES / FLASHPOINTS / MILITARY

Saudi King prepares key appointments after heir dies

Saudi Arabia faces backlash over appointment of likely heir apparent to country’s throne

Pakistan forces Indian helicopter to land

The FBI Announces Gangs Have Infiltrated Every Branch Of The Military

Panetta Says U.S. to Remain Power in Pacific

Crown Prince Sultan Death Starts Plans for Saudi Succession

Afghanistan to back Pakistan if wars with U.S.: Karzai

Hezbollah, Israel war imminent, both sides well prepared

„Political sources close to Hezbollah said the party has received a wide range of missiles, including ‘thousands of rockets, advanced anti aircraft [weapons], long-range missiles as well as land to air and sea missiles.’”

U.S. Troop Pullout May Leave Iraq Struggling as Iran Benefits

Heavy fighting in Yemen after U.N. resolution

Left behind in Iraq: thousands of contractors

U.S. Could Send More Supplies Through Uzbekistan

China cautions against Western intervention

„China on Friday called for an ‘inclusive political transition’ to begin in Libya following the death of Qadhafi, but reiterated its unease over Western-backed interventions in the Arab world as calls grow for action against Yemen.”

Iraq rejects US request to maintain bases after troop withdrawal

„The Iraqi decision is a boost to Iran, which has close ties with many members of the Iraqi government and which had been battling against the establishment of permanent American bases.”

The Iraq War Ain’t Over, No Matter What Obama Says

„On January 1, 2012, the State Department will command a hired army of about 5,500 security contractors, all to protect the largest U.S. diplomatic presence anywhere overseas. (…) No one outside the State Department knows how its contractors will behave as they ferry over 10,000 U.S. State Department employees throughout Iraq — which, in case anyone has forgotten, is still a war zone.” Since Iraq wouldn’t grant legal immunity to U.S. troops, it is unlikely to grant it to U.S. contractors, particularly in the heat and anger of an accident resulting in the loss of Iraqi life. It’s a situation with the potential for diplomatic disaster. And it’s being managed by an organization with no experience running the tight command structure that makes armies cohesive and effective. You can also expect that there will be a shadow presence by the CIA, and possibly the Joint Special Operations Command, to hunt persons affiliated with al-Qaida. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has conspicuously stated that al-Qaida still has 1,000 Iraqi adherents, which would make it the largest al-Qaida affiliate in the world.”

Obama, the king of Africa

Next Arab Domino May Be Oil Darling Algeria

Kenya, Uganda snared in battle for Africa

„…helping the Pentagon fight global terror is the name of the game. But so is securing the emerging energy boom in West and East Africa, along with other minerals in what is becoming a strategic contest between the United States and China, widely seen as the Americans’ paramount rival in the years ahead.”

China, U.S. see Guam as militarily central

Pirate attacks on the rise

Weekly Piracy Update: Pirates hovering off coast of Zanzibar and southern Somalia

U.S. officials met Haqqani representatives: Clinton

The scary prospect of global drone warfare

In Syria, protests mutate to armed resistance amid economic meltdown

Railways collapse averted (Pakistan)

This conclusion is premature at best. Only promises have been made, but nothing delivered. Pakistan’s rail system lacks not only money, but also fuel and locomotives. And Pakistan’s economy is a shambles. — RF

Putin defends Kremlin bid, warns of Soviet-style collapse

„Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin defended Monday his controversial plan to seek a third mandate as president, saying Russia needed stability and was still at risk of a Soviet-style collapse.”

Mexico: Felipe Calderon, Mexican President, Accuses U.S. Of

Dumping Criminals At Border

Gaddafi killed in hometown, Libya eyes future

U.S. seen struggling to win fight in Afghan east

The Son of Africa claims a continent’s crown jewels (John Pilger)

„On 14 October, President Barack Obama announced he was sending United States special forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will only ‘engage’ for ‘self-defence’, says Obama, satirically. With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way.”

Clinton urges Pakistan to get tougher on terrorists

„If Secretary of State Clinton asks Pakistan to carry out targeted operations against the Haqqani network on her visit this week, she is likely to be met with a frosty response, say analysts.”

NATO Teargasses Serbs As Kosovo Teeters On The Brink

Turkey continues attacks on Kurdish fighters

Libya: The Real U.S. Drone War – 397 conventionalstrikes, 145 drone attacks

UK embassy in Kuwait suspends operations after threat

China demands Manila to hand back seized fishing boats

„China demanded on Thursday that the Philippines return fishing boats that it said were seized in disputed waters in the South China Sea after a collision between a Philippine navy ship and a Chinese trawler.”

US forces ‘massing on Afghanistan-Pakistan border’

„US forces are massing on the Pakistan border in eastern Afghanistan amid reports of an imminent drone missile offensive against fighters from the feared Haqqani Network, a Taliban faction which operates from safe havens in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency, Pakistan Army sources have confirmed.”

Flying Spy Surge: Surveillance Missions Over Afghanistan Quadruple

Civil war on Yemen’s horizon?

Al-Sadr: U.S. Trainers OK After ‘Full Withdrawal’

„A U.S. mission in Iraq would be acceptable after year-end if a complete withdrawal were carried out and the U.S. paid „compensation,” radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Oct. 19.”

India to base anti-piracy patrol aircraft in Maldives

Germany wants to cut defense orders

Initial U.S. drawdown to pull from restive Afghan east

Analysis: Saudi king’s surgery points to succession plans

„When Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah had a back operation on Monday, the weekly cabinet meeting was instead chaired by Prince Nayef, indicating the likely path for any future transfer of power in the world’s largest oil exporter.”

Israel mulls new ships to guard gas fields

Special Report: Middle East trade under serious threat [from piracy]

Commander: Iran to Deploy Home-Made Destroyer in Red Sea

US, Philippine marines begin drills near Spratlys

China heats up stance on South China Sea

U.S. sending more contractors to secure Libya’s weapons stockpile

Syria Claims More Israeli Weapons Seized

Mexican drug cartels recruiting Texas children

U.S. Army to Fly ‘Kamikaze’ Drones

US worries over China’s underground nuclear network

GLOBAL UNREST / MOB RULE

Police break up „Occupy Sydney” protest in raid

About 130 arrested at Occupy Chicago protest

Marines Are Calling In Reinforcements To Occupy Wall Street

Tens of thousands rally against Hungarian government

St Paul’s may seek injunction to move Occupy London activists

Riot police move in to Melbourne protest

Occupy Melbourne Protesters Arrested, Dragged By Police (VIDEO)

Violence flares in Yemen after Gaddafi’s death

SFPD allows OccupySF to grow into a tent city

Pete Seeger, pals attend NYC protest

Biggest Challenge for Occupy Wall Street Will Be to Prevent Police Infiltrators From Provoking Violence

Mideast power brokers call for „Marshall Plan” after unrest

„Arab politicians and financiers at the World Economic Forum in Jordan called on Saturday for a huge injection of cash to narrow the inequalities that led to the Arab Spring revolts against authoritarian regimes across the region.”

Second Occupy London camp forms at Finsbury Square

‘Flash Robs’ Vex Retailers (US)

„Retailers this holiday season are preparing to protect themselves against a new group of unwanted visitors: swarms of teenagers and young adults who plot via Twitter, phone texts and Facebook to descend on stores and steal merchandise.”

Gaddafi’s death emboldens anti-Assad protesters in Syria

Occupy London Stock Exchange camp refuses to leave despite cathedral plea

‘Occupy’ to hit Bush, Clinton in Canada

Bolivian crowds greet road protesters in La Paz

Greek protests continue violent turn

Kuwait sees biggest anti-government protest yet

Strike shuts down Greece before austerity vote

Violent anti-austerity protests grip Greek capital

Chile Student Protests Rage On

Bolivian protesters arrive in La Paz

Protests Show Capitalism Losing ‘License to Operate,’ Blood Says

Flash mob of at least 25 attacks the Pedal Pub (US)

Two Tibetans shot as unrest spreads

Tibetan nun ‘dies in fire protest’ near China monastery

Analysis: Is a winter of discontent on the way?

„In the corridors of Whitehall, Washington, think tanks and even investment banks, there are dark murmurs that the events of the year so far may only be the beginning. Some fear the world faces a systemic rise in anger, protest and political volatility that could last years or even decades.”

Nepal’s political unrest poses big threat to India

Portugal unions propose general strike

„Portugal’s two largest labor unions proposed on Monday holding a general strike to protest against the government’s austerity plans.”

Yemen clashes kill 6 in intensifying crackdown

Student protests turn violent in Chile capital Santiago

Greece: Huge protests loom over austerity

Anti-Wall Street protesters march against New York police

Protests against power tariff hike (Pakistan)

Pakistan railroad workers block trains

Schedule Of Greek Strikes For The Upcoming Week

Occupy London: Protest continues for third day

Wall Street Protests Spread to Four Continents

Occupy movement: from local action to a global howl of protest

‘Occupy’ protest spreads to 82 nations

Indian Nuclear Power Plant Emerging as Protest Magnet

No „Occupy Wall Street” protests for Russia: Putin

„Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin defended plans to bolster social spending on Monday, telling global corporate chiefs that it would help stave off the type of protests that occurred in the United States and Europe over the weekend.”

Yemen: Sanaa Protests See Worst Violence In Weeks

ENERGY / RESOURCES

Diesel users facing fuel pinch (US)

„With harvest season for row crops right around the corner, farmers will be paying more for diesel fuel — where they can find it. North Dakota, and most of the Upper Midwest for that matter, is in the midst of a diesel fuel shortage with no sign of relief, at least in the short term.”

Off the rails: Multan railways in shut down mode (Pakistan)

„Train services have been completely suspended in Multan. According to hundreds of protesters, electricity, fuel and faulty engines have caused the railway offices to shut down completely in the area.”

GCC to meet oil shortages to maintain stable prices

Cooking gas prices continue to go up amid erratic supply (Kenya)

The energy trap

A very sobering essay by a physicist. If you thought we were going to continue on to a glorious technological future with solar panels, wind turbines, and biofuels, you’ve got another think coming. — RF

Pakistan industry remained without gas for half of FY2011

Shortage of diesel: Khyber Mail remains stranded for 13 hours (Pakistan)

„During the stoppage, hundreds of enraged train passengers staged a demonstration on the rail track and also blocked other trains.”

Electricity: Crisis without end (India)

„Rolling blackouts have adversely affected many businesses dependent upon a reliable supply of electricity, and nconvenienced a large number of retail consumers. Last fortnight many states across the country plunged into darkness for days on end, forcing angry citizens to pile on to the streets in revolt.”

Petroleum shortages reported in Gobi-Altai aimag (Mongolia)

Govt to rush teams to CIL mines for faster evacuation of coal (India)

Cement producers to shift to high cost imported coal (India)

Shortage of bitumen halts roadworks, knocks firms (South Africa)

„A severe shortage of bitumen in the domestic market is causing chaos in the road construction and rehabilitation industry. Phillip Hechter, the chairman of the Southern African Bitumen Association and chief executive of Much Asphalt, a unit of Murray & Roberts, said yesterday that the shortage started about a month ago and had resulted in a crisis in the road construction industry.”

LP gas shortage in South Africa

„The shortage was due to refineries being shut down because of ageing infrastructure.”

Why the World May Be Running Out of Clean Water

Not a Myth: The Skyrocketing Cost of New Oil Supply (Gregor Macdonald)

Biofuels False Promise: Breakthroughs May be Tougher Than Previously Thought

Peak Production for U.S. Oil-Producing Regions

COURSE REVIEW (or why Daniel Yergin needs to do his homework) (Richard Heinberg)

Iraq oil exports in September lowest in seven months

Outages at US nuclear plants hit four-year-high in Spring 2011

Heating oil adds pain to winter fuel bills

„Europeans face higher energy bills this winter as low heating oil stockpiles clash with cold weather forecasts and a tight power and gas sector.”

Pakistan seeks Iran’s help to meet energy shortage

„Pakistan plans to import gas and electricity from Iran to overcome the country’s energy shortage, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said.”

Spanish Wind Power Companies Distressed by Subsidy Cuts

Wind Energy Lies and Turbine Noise Pollution

The Role of Energy in Economic Growth (The Oil Drum)

Oil flows again in Libya but challenges remain

OPEC corrects data, names Iran as second oil exporter

„The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries corrected its data on the ranking of major oil exporters within the organization and placed Iran as the second largest exporter next to Saudi Arabia, Iran’s OPEC governor said here on Wednesday.”

Energy ministers: Demand, pollution to skyrocket

Failure to Grow: Global Oil Supply

More good observations from Gregor Macdonald. — RF

Kidding Ourselves About Future MENA Oil Production (Gail Tverberg)

Peak Oil Is About Price, Not Supply (Jeff Rubin)
Turning Wood Into Oil, In Two Simple Steps

Sounds great… except that everyone is presupposing that oil-fueled industrial logging operations will supply plenty of feedstock. — RF

Iran’s Nuclear Facility Losing Power, Experts Say

Fuel crisis hits hard (Malawi)

Chinese rare earth major plans hiatus

Xstrata Coal Plants ‘Significantly Impacted’ by Strike

„Xstrata Plc (XTA), the largest exporter of coal used in power plants, said its coal operations in South Africa have been „significantly impacted” by a strike.”

‘Industry remained without gas for half of FY11′ (Pakistan)

Countdown to $100 Oil – No Normal Recession (The Oil Drum)
Kiev considers raising domestic gas prices

US denies interest in Uganda oil

No respite from outages in Delhi

1/3rd coal-fired power plants have less than 4 days’ fuel (India)

Energy Armageddon – Oil Starvation in the 21st Century

Power shock rubs salt into wounds (Pakistan)

Massive gas load shedding awaits industrial consumers

„The Managing Director SNGPL, while ruling out any sort of unscheduled load-shedding in future, has said that a massive gas load shedding awaits industrial consumers in Punjab this winter as the province faces a severe gas deficit at the moment.”

MENA Unrest May Lead To Oil Underinvestment, Higher Prices-IEA

Global oil demand has never been higher, despite recent revisions
Dark Clouds Threaten Solar Makers’ Future

Black market fuel (BBC video on rampant fuel theft for the black market)

Hello Cheap Energy, Hello Brave New World

Proponents of infinite growth had damn well better hope this works. I can’t help wondering what the „secret catalyst” is. By the way, whatever happened to the Orbo? — RF

EU Faces 20 Years of Rising Energy Bills

„European businesses and consumers face at least 20 years of electricity price rises, according to a leaked European Commission report on how the region can meet its green energy targets. It also forecasts a huge growth in the number of wind farms, which would push up prices even higher.”

Electricity plants to close if floods threaten (Thailand)

Are Regulators And The Nuclear Industry Applying The Valuable Lessons Learned From Fukushima? (video)

Vermont Experiments in Cow Power

Sounds great, but thanks to cheap fossil fuel energy it was possible to build and maintain huge herds of cows. Here we see the same blind spot as with waste-to-energy schemes. — RF

Analysis: Libya oil fields face guerrilla war threat

„Pro-Gaddafi fighters may resort to hit-and-run guerilla attacks against Libyan politicians, foreign workers and oil installations in the remote southwestern Fezzan district if they are driven from their last bastions, risk consultants say.”

Power outage cripples south Bombay business district

„Severe power outage in the south Mumbai business district-Nariman Point and Cuffe Parade areas- on Monday grounded work in a large number of offices, including that of broking houses, insurance companies and mutual funds.”

Seafood industry takes a hit in south Bombay outage

„The city’s seafood industry located in Cuffe Parade suffered in multiple ways as the transformer at Machchhimar Nagar failed on Sunday: at Sassoon Dock, the biggest landing centre, the manufacture of ice was affected, cold storages began to drip water and it became impossible to sort fresh fish in the dark shed.”

Crippling gas shortage (Pakistan)

INFRASTRUCTURE SCAVENGING

Midnight cable thieves cause blackouts in Ho (Ghana)

Special Report: Metal theft hits new highs across county

„The phenomenon of metal theft is now British Transport Police’s second priority behind terrorism after levels of the calculated crime shot up in the last five years.”

Derry metal thieves hit street lights (includes video)

GOT FOOD?

Fresh & Easy recalls bagged spinach

The Nutrient Levels In Our Food Are Declining

Readiness Training: 8 Essential Survivalist Skills to Survive Any Disaster

High food inflation due to supply constraints (India)

Reduced ND crop harvest expected to hurt economy

„The U.S. Agriculture Department has reported that floods, hail, wind and early frost will mean farmers will harvest about half as much from some crops as they did last year.”

Got Water?

Major funding needed for food security

More Americans than Chinese can’t put food on the table

Some southern farms hit by drought AND floods

ENVIRONMENT / HEALTH

GM Crops Promote Superweeds, Food Insecurity and Pesticides, say NGOs

7.2 earthquake kills 88 people in eastern Turkey, collapses dozens of buildings

Taj Mahal hit by pollution due to frequent power cuts (India)

„Operation of diesel-powered generators threatens monument”

Shortage of Antimicrobials Hits Hospitals Hard (USA)

„Doctors around the U.S. are reporting frequent incidents in which the drug they prescribe for treatment of a microbial infection is not available — forcing delays in treatment, switches to a more toxic drug, and even patient deaths.”

Some media reports say that experts are baffled by this widespread and continuing North American pharmaceutical shortage, but those of us who follow the process of systemic breakdown can see collapse in action. Act now to reduce your dependence on complex systems and long supply chains. — RF

Thai PM warns deadly floods to last weeks more

Texas Could See More Dust Storms as Record Drought Continues

Mobile phones don’t hike cancer risk: Danish study

Misleading Danish Mobile Phones and Brain Tumour Study

Unvaccinated People Affected By Largest Measles Outbreak In Years, USA

Floodwaters Reach Bangkok

„Floodwaters started seeping into Bangkok Friday, as Thailand’s deepening flood crisis cast fresh light on the way rapid urbanization has increased risks for some of the developing world’s biggest cities, making them more vulnerable to natural disasters.”

Bolivian president Evo Morales scraps plans for Amazon highway

The disease killing Europe’s plane trees

Thailand leader admits flooding has overwhelmed her government

High winds whip up waves in Chicago

„High wind whipped up 10-foot waves and blew windows out of at least one building Wednesday in Chicago. And forecasters warned the worst was yet to come.”

Scarce Resources, Climate Biggest Threats To World Health

„The Earth’s natural resources like food, water and forests are being depleted at an alarming speed, causing hunger, conflict, social unrest and species extinction, experts at a climate and health conference in London warned Monday.”

The Nano-Silver Bullet Backfires

Dust storm roils through Texas South Plains (includes video)

Bangkok may face new flood front

Climate Change Spawns The Incredible Shrinking Ant

„Plants and animals are shrinking because of warmer temperatures and lack of water, researchers said on Monday, warning it could have profound implications for food production in years ahead.”

World’s population to reach 7 billion this month

INTELLIGENCE / SECURITY / INTERNET / SYSTEMIC BREAKDOWN

U.S. Embassy warns of imminent terror threat in Kenya

Weaknesses In Power Systems Spark Fear Of Science Fiction-Style Hack Sabotage

Anonymous and Antisec Attack Law Enforcement Websites

FBI Ramps Up Next Generation ID Roll-Out—Will You End Up in the Database?

Naval Academy preparing officers for cyberwarfare

FBI official calls for secure,alternate Internet

Darpa Wants to Master the Science of Propaganda

Net banking viruses hit nation’s PCs / Illegal transfers via foreign malware jump (Japan)

Son of Stuxnet Found in the Wild on Systems in Europe

DHS: Anonymous Interested in Hacking Nation’s Infrastructure

„The hacker collective known as Anonymous has expressed interest in hacking industrial systems that control critical infrastructures, such as gas and oil pipelines, chemical plants and water and sewage treatment facilities, according to a Department of Homeland Security bulletin.”

US crafting framework for cyber offense: general

„The United States is still crafting a legal framework to guide any offensive moves in cyberspace, months after the Pentagon unveiled a broad cyber strategy, the head of the military command responsible for such operations said on Tuesday.”

US Officials Peddle False Intel to Support Terror Plot Claims

JAPAN

Radioactive Cesium Detected in Chiba Prefecture, Asahi says

Radioactive rain likely caused Kashiwa cesium spike: ministry

Govt to check Fukushima pollen / Cedar pollen may carry cesium on the wind, but at ‘harmless’ levels

TEPCO to raise Y20 bil for nuclear compensation payouts

TEPCO to sell off 400 billion yen in assets this year

Q+A – What’s going on at Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant?

„Even if a cold shutdown is declared, Tepco has acknowledged that it may not be able to remove the fuel from the reactors for another 10 years and experts say cleanup at the plant could take several decades.”

Fukushima: Towards the Formation of a Radioactive Graveyard in the Pacific Ocean?

Radioactive ash piles up in Japanese cities

Forests to be used to store radioactive soil / Agency to let local govts open temporary sites

Cost-cutting unit locks sights on Monju reactor

Japan Cabinet OKs $158 billion extra budget

Cabinet OKs ¥2 trillion for yen crisis

Anti-nuke demonstration in Tokyo

Panasonic to scale back TV operations, cut 1,000 jobs

Flooding forces 400 Japanese plants to close in Thailand

Radiation hotspot found in residential Chiba

Natl debt likely to top 1 quadrillion yen in FY11

Tepco’s ‘Deal With Devil’ Signals End to Japan’s Postwar Era

Local gov’ts facing widened evacuation perimeter against nuclear reactor restarts

City assembly members find radiation hotspot in Chiba, call for better monitoring

Yen Hits Record High On Doubts On Japan Battle Plan

Many in Fukushima jobless / Nearly 70% of those in temporary housing unable to find work

Civil servants face bigger pay cuts

Electricity sales log record decline

Japan’s TV makers struggling / High yen and fierce competition changing global market

Japan to bid for oil field development in Arctic Circle

Japan to Sell $10.4 Billion More Debt to Pay for Earthquake Reconstruction

Japan Still Considering Total Nuclear Power Pullout

Japan to spend at least $13 billion for decontamination

3 tons of radioactive water leak at Fukushima facility

Interim Storage Sites For Radioactive Soil Eyed In 3-5 Years

„The government is considering building in three to five years interim storage facilities for the vast amounts of soil and waste being removed from sites contaminated by the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, government sources said Thursday.”

Just another way in which nuclear power is crushing the economy. — RF

Sanyo planning to slash 800 jobs

Thai flooding halts all car production by 9 Japanese automakers

New Calculation Sees Weaker Post-Quake Economic Recovery

„TOKYO (Nikkei)–The Japanese economy had not surpassed its pre-earthquake level as of August, according to an index that uses a revised calculation method. The previous version of the index indicated that the economy had recovered by summer.”

Japan on the rise as former culinary mecca France fades

For about two decades, IIRC, there has been an infatuation with „gourmet eating.” But when the food crisis hits, people will eat half-rotten food and be grateful for it. — RF

School’s radioactive compost was 74 times the maximum

Discovery of radiation ‘hot spots’ in Tokyo sparks calls for decontamination standards

Radiation map gives close-up fallout readings

Bye bye nukes in Japan by 2012

Fukushima victims are desperate, angry, homeless

Fukushima City begins decontamination of homes

Farmers stuck with radioactive rice straw

„Farmers in eight prefectures have 7,200 tons of rice straw containing radioactive materials that at present there are no plans to dispose of, agriculture ministry officials confirmed Tuesday, without identifying the prefectures.”

High levels of radiation detected near elementary school pool in Tokyo

PM hints at approval for some nuclear reactors under construction

Madness. But the prospects for new reactors starting operation are dim. — RF

Criteria for ‘cold shutdown’ of Fukushima nuclear plant remain vague and ambiguous

TEPCO asks for Y700 bil in gov’t aid to help cover compensation

The accident has totally devastated TEPCO financially. As I said before, the company is a dead man walking. And yet we are supposed to believe that power companies or their agents will be around for thousands of years to manage their massive piles of nuclear waste. — RF

Thai Floods To Idle 5 Japanese Carmakers’ Plants

Industries’ relocation to Thailand undone by historic floods

„Thailand’s worst flooding in 50 years is dealing a drastic blow to Japanese automobile, precision and other industries because the nation is now an important global production base for many manufacturers.”

Japan cuts economic view in face of slowing overseas economies

Tohoku Electric may buy up to 3 spot LNG cargoes this winter: source

Japan cities face growing radioactive ash, troubles ahead

Here we can see how even ordinary municipal solid waste incinerators are inadvertently compounding the problem. — RF

Fukushima reactor on track for cold shutdown by year-end: TEPCO

Outlook cut amid slowing overseas

Taxpayers lost 47 bil. yen on JAL / Massive cost of airline’s bailout package confirmed for 1st time

MSDF planes flying over diplomatic flashpoint Senkaku Islands every day

CHINA

Chinese Railway Ministry Saved from Default

„China’s debt crisis looks like it could be the biggest in history. And from the looks of the Railways Ministry’s problems, that crisis is coming soon.”

China Must Control Prices to Curb Inflation: Wen

China’s coal consumption rises 10.3 pct in first three quarters

China’s Crippled Financial Sector

Private fuel stations scramble as diesel supplies tank

„Private-sector gas stations, which account for almost half of the nation’s total, are experiencing a severe diesel shortage that won’t pass quickly, analysts said.”

China Faces Potential Winter Power Cuts

„China is again facing the prospect of winter power cuts, and in recent weeks government organizations have issued a series of warnings to prepare industry and consumers for the worst.”

China’s GDP growth slowdown likely to continue

Beijing grows nervous about Occupy Wall Street

China increasinglydependent on oil imports -the dependence ratio on foreign oil was over 54 percent and dependence on foreign iron ore was more than 53 percent

Wenzhou backs away from the ‘Wenzhou model’

Debt panic in China’s Wenzhou may predict wider woes

Funding Shortages Halt China Rail Projects

China officials propose seasonal surcharge to ease power shortage

TABLE-China winter-spring power shortage forecasts

UK

Home finances and debt worsen during grim October

Half of North Sea oil remaining, says energy minister

That would be the hard-to-get half. — RF

Heating oil shortage may be worse after late orders

Cold homes will kill up to 200 older people a day, warns Age UK

„Two hundred people, most of them elderly, will die in Britain of cold-related diseases every day this winter, according to calculations by Britain’s leading advocacy group for old people, Age UK.”

Protests highlight severity of benefit cuts for disabled people

Fuel bills: Trouble turning up the heat

British firms urged to secure Libya contracts

Plans for UK’s first ‘clean coal’ plant collapse over£1.5bn cost

Rising energy bills causing fuel poverty deaths

Scotland’s economy grows by just 0.1%

Here’s How The Chinese Government Plans To Rescue The City Of Wenzhou

„In the last couple of weeks, the Chinese city of Wenzhou went from economic boom to total bust. Business owners left factories and employees to rot, and it is estimated that the city has racked up $17.2 billion in underground banking loans.”

Chanos: China’s hard-landing has already begun

„China’s bust will be a thousand times worse than Dubai”

China Drives Away Investors on Hard Landing Concern

Inflation hits three-year high

„UK inflation jumped to a three-year high last month as energy bills rose sharply, tightening the squeeze on households.”

Cuts hit 47 children’s centres, MP’s survey finds

Cameron urges work to bring down energy bills

Energy chiefs agree bills cut

„Energy firm bosses have agreed a number of measures aimed at reducing household energy bills after a summit meeting at which David Cameron told them action was ‘absolutely vital’.”

Elderly patients condemned to early death by secret use of do not resuscitate orders

USA

Residents of Nation’s Richest Metro Area Tell „Occupiers” To Get a Job

„Their idea involved a march to McPherson Square, where many of D.C.’s protesters are camped out, to hand out job applications, college enrollment forms, and military brochures.”

Now that’s what I call a solution! They’ll hand out job applications for nonexistent jobs, college enrollment forms so more people can stack up student debt, and military brochures so more can join the poverty draft. Why didn’t I think of that? — RF

Drivers face drug checkpoints on highways near Flint

TSA deploys on Tennessee highways

„The TSA is hitting the Tennessee interstate highways to search for terrorists under the auspices of the Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) program.”

First nationwide test of Emergency Alert System on November 9, 2011

It’ll Be a Grinch’s Holiday Season When the U.S. Credit Rating Gets Downgraded Again

Rhode Island: The Little State With a Big Mess

EU bank failures will crash Wall Street — again (Paul Farrell)

„Worst-case scenario’s closing fast: Occupy Wall Street growing. But no political power or allies yet. Feared yes, attacked by GOP proxy tea party. Soon the Occupation will explode into a new American Revolution.”

Student Loan Debt Leads to Despair, Protests — and Many Defaults

Banks in Georgia, Florida, Colorado Shut Down by Regulators, for total of 84 this year

Trust in financial system falls to 23%

Stockton, California, Warns of Possible Default on 2006 Debt

California Warns 26,000 Prison Employees That They May Be Fired

Households are paring debt: Fed’s Duke

The American Nightmare: Student Debt Will Be A Long-Term Drag On The Economy

„Barely more than a third of loan holders are actively paying down their debts.”

20% of Detroit in the dark, paper says

„About 20% of Detroit is without working street lights, and in some areas up to 50%, the Detroit News reports.”

The new American standard of living (Daily Reckoning)

„The popolo minuto are headed for the barricades. Yes, dear reader, prepare for revolution, repression, and ruin. Buy stocks in companies that make police batons and pepper gas…prisons and window glass…drones and bandages.”

‘Occupy’ camps provide food, shelter for homeless

Heading Into The Holiday Season, The US Consumer Is Worse Off Than Last Year

Another blowout quarter for McDonald’s

Visualizing The True Cost Of The First Bank Bailout: $3.5 Trillion And

Rising At Over $1 Trillion Every Year

Sears’ desperate Hail Mary plan

„Sears is in bad shape. Sales are down, profit is nonexistent, and stores are closing. Even the chairman has described the company’s finances as unacceptable.”

What the Revised Productivity Rate Will Mean

„The Labor Dept.’s new measure sets the stage for slower income gains, fewer job opportunities, and larger federal deficits”

Lindsey Graham: ‘Let’s Get In On The Ground. There’s A Lot Of

Money To Be Made In The Future Of Libya’

„TPM’s Brian Beutler reports that Graham is eager to build infrastructure in Libya, even while opposing a bill to improve infrastructure in the U.S.”

Gangs growing, turning to financial crimes: FBI

Crossing the student debt point of no return – for-profit colleges have default rates now rivaling subprime mortgage debt.

How Six Layers of Deficits will Lead to a Retirement Disaster

„This truth is that the deficits are far too large to be repaid by taxpayers decades from now, but will be instead effectively repaid through the destruction of retiree savings and retirement investment portfolios in the coming years.”

The Ranks of the Underemployed Continue to Grow

Poverty rates up in most U.S. states, cities

1 in 5 Americans Plans On Finding A Second Job For The Holidays

18,000 Busy Bridges Are Structurally Deficient, New Study Says

Drought to continue in Southern plains, officials say

Adapting to the new dust bowl

U.S. ‘Misery Index’ Rises To Highest Since 1983

Fewer Than 1 in 4 Americans Trust the U.S. Financial System

Half of millennials don’t think they’ll get Social Security

And they’re right. — RF

In Closed-Door Meeting, Bernanke Reveals: No More Monetary Stimulus Coming

Federal Reserve official says Fed should consider buying mortgage bonds again to boost growth

Equity Mutual Funds See Biggest Outflow Since August Despite Market Ramp

Philly Fed factory activity highest since April

„The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank said its business activity index jumped to 8.7 from minus 17.5 the month before.

„That far exceeded economists’ expectations for minus 9.0, according to a Reuters poll, and was the highest since April 2011.”

A Long, Steep Drop for Americans’ Standard of Living

Ironic „Scariest Chart Ever” Redux – America Will Surpass 100%

Debt To GDP On Halloween

Older Americans’ challenge: No time to recover from recession

American Air parent AMR posts loss on fuel costs

The airlines are steadily being eroded. Remember: In the future, only the rich will fly. — RF

The Federal Reserve and Bank of America Initiate a Coup to Dump Billions of Dollars of Losses on the American Taxpayer

Not With A Bang, But A Whimper: Bank Of America’s Death Rattle

Washington’s Office Market Dials Back

Federal regulators vote to curb financial speculation in commodities

Student Loan Debt Hits Record Levels

Monetary Madness – Is the US Monetary System on the Verge of Collapse? (Daily Reckoning)

„Honestly describing the current monetary system of the United States in just a few words, you could do far worse than stating that it is ‘money from nothing, cash ex nihilo.’”

Money Funds Feel the Squeeze

Hedge funds suffer worst quarter since 2008

Food and Gas Cost More in September

Lower Oil Inventories & Refining Capacity Drive Home

Five Banks Account For 96% Of The $250 Trillion In Outstanding US

Derivative Exposure; Is Morgan Stanley Sitting On An FX Derivative Time Bomb?

Bank Of America Forces Depositors To Backstop Its $53 Trillion

Derivative Book To Prevent A Few Clients From Departing The Bank

Pennsylvania Senate OKs state takeover of Harrisburg

Goldman posts only its second quarterly loss

„Goldman Sachs Group Inc posted its second quarterly loss as a public company on Tuesday as its investment portfolio lost billions of dollars in value.”

As Retail Crime Rises, Employees Are Often the Culprits

Budget Cuts Claim Hundreds of Thousands of County, City Jobs

Patients Delay Surgery for Fear of Losing Jobs

Wholesale Prices in U.S. Rise More Than Economists Estimated on Food, Fuel

30-Year Mortgage Rate Falls to Record Low

Housing Market Stuck Despite Low Prices, Rates

The Fraud At The Heart Of Student Lending Exposed – The One Sentence Everyone Should Read

Debt-Serfdom Is Now the New American Norm

Debt-to-GDP Reaches World War II Levels (a collection of charts)

Highland Park city council: no money for new streetlights

Wells Fargo posts record-setting quarter in earnings

N.Y. manufacturing remains in contraction

Anti-Wall Street movement grows to dozens of cities

Some Laid-Off Wall Streeters Are Becoming Taxi Drivers And

Handing Out Their Resume To Prospective Employers

For Older Job Seekers, An Even More Difficult Road

Lowe’s to close 20 stores, cut almost 2K jobs

Mall Vacancies Hit All Time Record

Last gasp for Sears

Foreclosures Empty Homes, and Criminals Fill Them Up (NYT)

„The police and neighbors say those vacant homes are filling with drug dealers, addicts, prostitutes, gang members, squatters and copper thieves.”

The slumification of America continues apace. — RF

Postal union hires big guns to save service

Credit card late payments edge higher in September

Prepare for Higher Heating Bills this Winter

Noose Tightens Around Newspapers, Magazines

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