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Why the latest eurozone bail-out is destined to fail within weeks

„I give this deal two weeks.”

Xinha commentary says China not a „savior” for Europe

How the Eurocrisis laid bare world’s new economic order

Greeks threatened with power cuts if they fail to pay property tax

After China, Fund Chief Goes to Japan

„The head of Europe’s bailout fund, Klaus Regling, takes his tour of potential Asian investors to Japan next, after Beijing proved unwilling to open its checkbook until European leaders could offer more details about their plan to save the euro zone.”

More than 60 percent of global consumers downbeat: Nielsen

Occupy Vatican? (RT video)

China: No Pushover for Euro-Zone Rescue

Treaty of Debt – An Eye Opening Video on the ESM Bailout Mechanism

Portugal Is Next: Improverished PIIG Demands US Assistance, Debt „Haircut” To Come Next

The US Paper Dump Continues: Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Sells All Of Its US MBS Exposure

Thailand Flooding Supply Chain Breakdown

„Supply Chain Digital looks at the automotive, electronics and retail supply chain constraints caused by the 2011 Thailand Floods”

Thai floods disrupt Indian auto firms’ ops

$12,000,000 worth of Hondas Left Floating in Water

Australian Airline Qantas Grounds Entire Fleet due to Strike

Air France cancels flights as five-day strike hits

Kuwait office rents drop 50% from peak, says Global

UAE banks to face tough 2012 as lending plummets

„Financial institutions across the emirates will see a surge in non-performing loans and find fewer opportunities for growth while finance to real estate and retail customers remains subdued.”

Can the Chinese Save Saab?

Fitch says 50% Haircuts would Constitute Default; No Official Ruling from ISDA Yet; WrongDecision Could Kill CDS Market; How Will Setup be Resolved?

Italy’s Borrowing Costs Rise to Euro-Era Record at Bond Auction

Spain’s Unemployment Rate at 21.5% as Europe Flounders

One Day After The Euphoria, Here Comes The Hangover

Greeks abandon cash resort to bartering (RT video)

The Next 7 Critical Dates In Europe That You Need To Watch

What’s a young person supposed to do?

„Young people in bankrupt western nations do not have a particularly bright future. To put it bluntly, society is going to force-feed you a shit sandwich.”

Quote Of The Week (Larry Summers)

Abu Dhabi chasing Dubai as GCC’s worst construction market

Dollar Decline in Full Swing in Risk-On Environment

Euro zone strikes deal on second Greek package

„Euro zone leaders struck a deal with private banks and insurers on Thursday for them to accept a 50 percent loss on their Greek government bonds under a plan to lower Greece’s debt burden and try to contain the two-year-old euro zone crisis.”

Eurozone bail-out: holes emerge in the ‘grand solution’ to solve EU debt crisis

„A trillion euro bail-out to save the EU’s single currency is in danger of unravelling after Germany’s central bank warned that the rescue measure was too dependent on the high-risk deals that caused the economic crisis.”

Greek Bank Investors Facing Wipeout as Nationalization Looms

George Osborne to block IMF cash for eurozone bail-out

GLOBAL MARKETS-European debt deal ignites rally in stocks, euro

Why ‘Voluntary’ Haircuts On Greek Bonds Will Haunt Europe

Credit Default Swaps Useless as Hedge Against Default; CDS on Greece a Purposeful Sham; Derivatives King Always Wins

Europe Pact Only Buys Time: Rogoff

„European leaders’ agreement to expand a bailout fund to stem the region’s debt crisis only buys time as the problem worsens, Harvard University economist Kenneth Rogoff said.
„‘They don’t have any idea what the end game is here,’ Rogoff said… ‘It’s pretty darn clear the euro does not work.’”

Toyota, Ford Cut Production as Thai Floods Disrupt Supplies

Is steel industry heading for overcapacity?

Sarkozy Sees More Budget Cuts to Save AAA Rating

Analysts warn of 30% fall in UAE house prices on supply

Argentina Takes a Turn for the Worse

Eurozone debt crisis: EU leaders dither over rescue plan

Graphic: eurozone debt levels and bailout fund

German Lawmakers Set to Back EFSF

„A broad majority is virtually certain to support a resolution backing a package of options to boost the firepower of the €440 billion ($611.91 billion) fund to more than €1 trillion without increasing contributors guarantees for the fund. All major parties approved the resolution in their parliamentary groups on Tuesday, making the resolution’s passing highly likely.”

Idiot Market Jumps On 12 Hour Old News Of Yet Another Chinese Euro Bailout, Since Refuted

Euro Zone to Quadruple Bailout Fund: Sources

EBA Releases Details Of €106 Billion Bank Capital Shortfall

What Happens If Europe Crushes the Swap Market?

Grateful for Idiocy, a Pack of Lies, Financial Engineering, Legerdemain, and Trickery; Opposition Leader Rebukes Merkel’s Lies and Arrogance of Power

European Drama Engulfs The World’s Oldest Bank

Brazil Rejects Plan to Purchase Europe Debt

France Eyes More Belt-Tighting as Election Looms

Thai Flooding Hits Big Manufacturers

„The damage from floods in Thailand is spreading to more of the world’s biggest manufacturers as supply chains falter and break under the weight of the spreading disaster.”

Flooding in Thailand does major damage to local plastics processors

ArcelorMittal to idle Polish furnace on weak demand

This is a bellwether. Recall that after the crash of 2008 many blast furnaces around the world were shut down. Japanese and Korean steelmakers are likewise reporting poor results. — RF

Central Bank Gold Buying Likely To Continue – WGC Official

Central banks are losing fight against gold, Tocqueville’s Hathaway tells King

Italy Pledges Asset Sales to Reduce Debt

Borrowing Costs Rise as Italy Auctions 10.5 Billion Euros of Debt

Capital flight from Russia may reach $60 billion this year

ECB row, Italy flare on eve of euro rescue summit

„Just 24 hours before European leaders are due to adopt a plan to reduce Greece’s debt burden, fortify European banks to withstand bond losses, and scale up the euro zone rescue fund to prevent market contagion, disputes raged in Rome and Berlin.”

Eurozone debt crisis: talks break down as Angela Merkel rejects rescue deal

IMF considering participation in EU bailout fund

„The International Monetary Fund is considering taking part in a special investment vehicle being proposed by the euro zone bailout fund but has not made a decision yet, euro zone officials said on Tuesday.”

Will US Be Drawn Into Euro Bailout Fund?

Greece Pension Plans Insolvent; No Conceivable Way to Make Promises; Can Spain and Portugal be Far Behind?

Lines to Withdraw Deposits Queue Up as Run on the Banks starts in Greece

Guess Who’s Even More Leveraged Than the European Banks?

„The BIG picture is that there is far too much debt in the financial system. Europe’s getting taken to the cleaners today… but these very same issues are going to spread to Japan and the US in short order. Even China, which is considered THE creditor nation of the world, is estimated to post a REAL Debt to GDP ratio of 200%.”

Europe’s Crisis May End in a ‘Violent Blow-Up’: Galbraith (Daily Ticker)

Berlusconi’s coalition on verge of collapse

Bank of Canada warns of euro recession

India cabinet approves manufacturing push

„The policy aims to create a 100 million jobs in the next 10 years and allows for a series of special new zones to support manufacturing growth.”

It takes a lot of energy to create manufacturing jobs, and India is already energy-starved. This plan is pure fantasy. — RF

James Turk Report – Why Gold Will Go Above $11,000

Businesses stumble in India over protests from farmers

„HALLIGUDI, India–Some big corporate names in Asia are seeing their investments delayed or even scrapped in India because farmers refuse to give up their land for what they see as modest compensation.”

The Real Contagion Risk (Chris Martenson)

New bailout fund ‘to increase to 1 trillion euros’

Italy, Spain May Be Biggest Losers in European Bank Capital Plan

Recapitalization Agreement Set at 108 Billion Euros; Krugman Argues for ECB Printing; Contagion Spreads to Insurance Sector

Spain Slipping on Deficit Means Chances of Contagion Increase: Euro Credit

„Spain will struggle to meet its deficit-reduction target this year as economic growth slows, threatening further debt-crisis contagion as Europe fails to erect a fail-proof firewall.

„‘They will never make it,’ said Ludovic Subran, chief economist at credit insurer Euler Hermes SA in Paris. ‘Our September forecast sees Spain’s deficit at 7 percent’ of gross domestic product this year, he said, adding that the prediction was made before the nation’s credit rating was cut this month.”

Peripheral And Core Eurozone Yields And Spreads At Widest Since October Equity Lows

Inflation Up Globally

Europe Banks Clash With Policy Makers on Greek Rescue as Bond Losses Loom

Singapore’s inflation up 5.5 per cent in Sept

Global retail theft up 6.6 percent in latest year

Vatican calls for global authority on economy, raps „idolatry of the market”

Euro Regions’s Debt Quality Declines at a Record Pace: Chart of the Day

Moody’s Turns Spotlight on „Austria Banks Derivatives”

Trichet Repeats Call For European Finance Ministry, Abdication Of National Sovereignty

Global woes stall Dubai real estate recovery


U.S. to boost Gulf presence after Iraq pullout: report

US Quietly Assumes Military Posture in Africa

Somali piracy: Armed guards to protect UK ships

„Ships sailing under a British flag will be able to carry armed guards to protect them from pirates, the prime minister has announced.”

Israel Airstrikes on Gaza Strip Kill Nine in Worst Fighting in Two Months

Nato all but rules out Syria no-fly zone

Kenya kills 10 Shabaab fighters in air strike

„Ten al Shabaab rebels were killed in a Kenyan air raid on the southern Somali town of Jilib on Sunday, the military said, as the east African nation fights to rid Somalia of the al Qaeda-linked militants.”

Honduras Becomes Main Transit Route For Cocaine Trafficking

Nuclear powers plan weapons spending spree, report finds

New Saudi crown prince says kingdom to remain stable

Indications so far suggest he will rule KSA with an iron fist. — RF

Every day is ‘Day of the Dead’ in Mexico drug war

Upping the ante: Saudi prince backs cleric’s bounty offer for Israeli soldier

„A member of the Saudi royal family has pledged $900,000 to a bounty offered by a prominent cleric to any Palestinian who kidnaps an Israeli soldier, according to comments aired on a private TV station Saturday.”

Israel, Gaza Militants Exchange Fire

South Sudan rebels attack town in oil state: officials

Syrian forces kill 10 in Homs, report of soldiers

Afghan Insurgents Kill 13 Americans in Car Bomb

20 Syrian soldiers killed in ‘clashes with deserters’

Profile: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Nayef

„Nayef is generally described as a ‘conservative,’ often in opposition to Abdullah. His work as interior minister has focused on stamping out what he perceived as threats to Saudi Arabia’s stability. He controls security services that employ more than 130,000 people.”

Army confirms Chinese buildup along India border

Union members join Occupy Toronto protesters in march

U.S. Embassy in Bosnian Capital in Lockdown

Pakistan Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Missile

U.S. Flying Armed Drones Out of Ethiopia: Report

37 killed as anti-government Syrians demand no-fly zone

Preparing For Regime Change?: Turkey Shelters Anti-Assad Fighters

Saudis mull oil as a weapon against Iran

The US departure from Iraq is an illusion

DFA hits China over ‘cannons’ statement

„The Philippines is planning to elevate its claim to parts of the South China Sea to the Hamburg-based International Tribunal on the Laws of the Sea but Beijing refused to be a party to the case.”

ExxonMobil says finds hydrocarbons off Vietnam

„China has pressed international oil companies, including BP and ExxonMobil, to withdraw from oil and gas exploration deals with Vietnam.”

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef named new crown prince

Bomb blasts kill 18 in Iraqi capital: sources

Insurgents attack two foreign bases in Afghan south

Analysis: Defections test Assad’s ability to sustain crackdown

Greeks Fear They Are Losing Their Sovereignty

Russia delivers radar jammers to Iran

Bombs in Iraq’s Mosul kill five, injure 22: police

Fall of Syrian government is „unavoidable”: French formin

Silvio Berlusconi ‘makes secret pact to step down’

As Yemen crisis grows, south separatists see opportunity

Taliban commanders say Pakistan intelligence helps them

„Pakistan’s security service provides weapons and training to Taliban insurgents fighting U.S. and British troops in Afghanistan, despite official denials, Taliban commanders say, in allegations that could worsen tensions between Pakistan and the United States.”

Saudi king set to name Prince Nayef as heir

Qatar admits it had boots on the ground in Libya; NTC seeks further NATO help

Arab League meets Syrian President Assad in Damascus

Report: Syrian forces preparing to storm Damascus suburb

China Wants Bases in Pakistan

Drug Violence Swamps A Once Peaceful Mexican City

NATO Preps for World War? (Daily Bell)

Vietnam, Philippines eye alliance on Spratlys row

Panetta Pledges ‘Nuclear Umbrella’ for S. Korea

Ukraine says will let Russia modernize Black Sea Fleet

China paper warns of „sound of cannons” in sea disputes

„BEIJING, Oct. 25, 2011 (Reuters) — One of China’s most popular newspapers warned on Tuesday that nations involved in territorial disputes in the South China Sea should ‘mentally prepare for the sounds of cannons’ if they remain at loggerheads with Beijing.”

Somalia kidnaps: how the country is splitting into self-ruled enclaves

„Somalia, which has had no central government ruling its territory since 1991, is facing an increasing Balkanisation as several regions break away to form their own self-ruled enclaves.”

Swedish Analyst Calls For ‘Nordic Union’

Syrian forces ‘battle anti-government troops’

Looming China fosters Taiwan identity in independence heartland

Islamists claim win in Tunisia’s Arab Spring vote

U.S. pulls out envoy to Syria, southern strike spreads

McCain: NATO May Have to Strike Syria

Deadly explosion hits Nairobi bus stop

Cristina Kirchner’s increasingly combative Falklands stance

Asian powers scrambling for regional space

Five dead in attacks on Iraq traffic police

Panetta: US Will Keep Large Numbers of Troops Around Iraq


Occupy Denver Clash: Police Use Force On Denver Protesters

Occupy Wall Street arrests in Texas, Oregon

Thousands demonstrate against rising rents in Germany’s Hamburg

Punjab farmers block rail traffic, slam government for anti-farmer stance (India)

Railways employees protest against power cut (Pakistan)

Traffic accident in China sparks violent protest

Violent protests in Tunisia after election result

Students stage anti-government protest in east Sudan

„Hundreds of students staged an anti-government rally in eastern Sudan on Sunday, protesting against poverty and rising food prices, witnesses said.”

Protests awaken a Goliath in India

„Hazare movement that rattled establishment offers glimpse of what could happen if middle class mobilises”

Tens of thousands of Israelis protest economic conditions, military spending

„A march of tens of thousands of Israelis took place in Tel Aviv Saturday, with thousands more gathering in Jerusalem, to call on the Israeli government to change its budgetary priorities and address social concerns.”

Germany’s ‘Occupy’ protesters return to voice anger

„Thousands gathered across Germany on Saturday to protest over wealth inequalities and a perceived lack of transparency in the financial services industry.”

Spanish shepherds lead 5,000 sheep through Madrid

„Spanish shepherds led flocks of sheep through the streets of central Madrid on Sunday in defence of ancient grazing, migration and droving rights threatened by urban sprawl.”

Thousands rally for Fukushima compensation, decontamination

„Thousands of people angered by Japan’s nuclear power plant accident rallied in Fukushima on Sunday to demand full compensation for victims of the crisis, and swift decontamination of their neighborhoods.”

More arrests of Occupy protesters in Tenn.

Tenn. protesters to challenge curfew for 3rd night

Man urges mailing junk if you can’t Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Oakland: As injured Iraq vet recovers, occupiers promise to ‘shut the city down’

Protesters invade Brazil dam site

Tents return to Oakland protest site

Occupy San Diego: Update on 3 Weeks of Occupation

Occupy camps in Nashville and San Diego broken up

Occupy RoundUp: San Diego and Nashville Protestors Arrested; Egyptians March in Solidarity

Shanghai Homeowners Smash Showroom in Protest Over Falling Prices

St Paul’s showdown: lawyers act to clear Occupy London camp

Greek protesters call president „traitor”, halt parade
Egypt protesters demand that army quit power

Occupy Vancouver protesters expect police to employ force at tent city

Occupy Oakland protesters push for general strike

Oakland protesters hold late-night march after vet injured

Protest rallies in Punjab to increase chaos: analysts

South Africa: ANC Youth League protests call for reform

Tax Protests Rock Eastern China Town

„The protesters assaulted police and overturned cars in the town of Zhili, part of the city of Huzhou, which is roughly 130 kilometers west of Shanghai, witnesses and reports said.”

Tenth Tibetan monk burns self in west China: group

Mongolians call for protests after herder’s death

Tibet: Students Storm Chinese Embassy In India

Clashes as police destroy „Occupy Oakland” camp

Egyptian Brutality Comes to America: Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Peaceful Protesters

Atlanta cops eject Wall Street protesters

Riots erupt over Pakistan’s chronic electricity cuts

Yemeni women set veils ablaze in protest at Saleh crackdown

„Hundreds of Yemeni women set fire to veils on Wednesday in protest at the government’s crackdown on demonstrators, after overnight clashes in the capital and another city left 25 people dead, officials said.”

Truck kills herder in China Inner Mongolia protest: group

Police disobey orders to arrest Occupy Albany Protesters

Rogue Drummers, Disobedient Cops, Oakland Evictions: An Occupy Round-Up

Occupy Wall Street arrests increase. Have mayors reached their tipping point?

China: Tibetan-consciousness movement spreads

In China, self-immolations add radical bent to Tibetan protests

Latest developments in the global Occupy protests (AP)

Yemen unrest likely to worsen shortage of food –UN

Arab business forum urges reform to stem unrest


Site reveals the human slavery behind your stuff

Mystery power outage hits 16,000 customers in Sacramento region

Believing in Cold Fusion and the E-Cat

Saudi opposition to Iran fades on $100 oil goal

Not so much: Shale gas shows its limitations

A good read that throws cold water on the overblown promises of shale gas. — RF

Electricity consumers fuming

„A 10-month delay in commissioning Medupi’s first generating unit will cause huge electricity and financial problems for the country. South Africa’s projected energy deficit should reach its peak of nine terrawatt (TW) hours next year, equal to around 1 000 megawatts (MW) of baseload generation capacity.”

Bengal staring at major power shortage

„West Bengal is likely to sever power shortage from next week as cash-starved State utilities have nearly exhausted all avenues to meet peak demand.”

Violence-hit Yemeni capital struggles with power cuts

TNB In Talks With Government, Petronas Over Gas Shortage (Malaysia)

Gas shortage hits hard (South Africa)

„The ripple effect of the Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) gas shortage is spreading to a number of industries as supply of the fuel dwindles.”

Refinery production slow down causing diesel shortage (Canada)

„The shortage is being blamed on a scaling back of production at Edmonton’s Suncor refinery. Suncor says that’s because its hydrogen supplier is running low.”

After nearly a century, Kansas’ helium supplies may be waning

Gas leak: Rotorua short of bread, pies (New Zealand)

Energy from Waste: A Waste of Time or a Genuine Energy Solution?

Excellent essay. Scaling waste energy sources up to power industrial society is a joke. And this essay only deals with the energy yields from the waste, not the energy that is consumed in producing the waste and transporting it. A fine reality check. — RF

India clears oil debt to Iran through Russia’s Gazprombank

India and China target Afghanistan mineral resources

It will require huge investments just to build the infrastructure needed to exploit them. — RF

India’s decision to stop nuclear program may trigger problems

33 power plants running at less than 4-day coal stock (India)

Cabinet considers leasing electricity-generating ships (Lebanon)

„Energy and Water Minister Gibran Bassil disclosed Wednesday that the Cabinet is studying a proposal to lease powerful electricity generation ships to compensate for the electricity shortage in the country.”

PetroChina runs at full pace, boosts imports amid diesel shortage

Gasoline Cargoes to U.S. May Rise as Refineries Cut Production

„U.S. agricultural demand for diesel has spurred refineries to increase production of that fuel, and cut gasoline output.”

World Running Out of Water

1 250 SA restaurants close shop amid gas crisis (RPA)

„About 1 250 restaurants across South Africa had to close shop because of gas shortages, the Restaurants Association of SA (Rasa) said on Wednesday.”

Gas shortage threatens supply cuts to industries (Pakistan)

China Warns Against Hoarding As Fuel Shortage Spreads

China Says Its Power Gap May Peak at 40 Million Kilowatts

Another power crisis looms in Mindanao

Oil jumps above $92 in Europe after EU outlines plan to tackle debt crisis, Brent above $110

There, I told you. Europe will of course crash and burn, but just the suggestion of a recovery and increased consumption pushes up oil prices. BTW, winter is just around the corner. — RF

Jordan Scrambling to Replace Lost Egyptian Natural Gas Imports

Japan and U.S. DOE Looking into Economical Production of Methane Gas Hydrates

Given the expense of exploiting methane hydrates, it is doubtful the resulting gas will be cheap enough. One Japanese energy expert has stated flatly that methane hydrates aren’t even a resource. — RF

Saudi oil production cut looms

Shell: Nigeria Oil, Gas Output Declines For First Time In 2 Years

The human cost of defending Libya’s oil

„Oil companies are still mainly visible only in hotel lobbies in the form of security contractors hired to assess infrastructure and monitor threats to security. The first step no doubt, but it is only a tentative move.”

Yergin: Only politics can threaten energy supplies

„Author says new technologies have unlocked enough resources to feed growing energy demand”
Every time Yergin opens his mouth, he gets ten times more in refutations. — RF

MENA oil exporters face uncertainty in 2012 from global slump, unrest: IMF

China’s oil thirst will squeeze market -funds

Sinopec lifts diesel output to ease severe shortages

Saudi cement firms face fuel shortages

The Peak Oil Crisis: The Energy Trap (Tom Whipple)

Oil Price Rises Above $91 On Signs Of Growth

Even at the mention of the words „growth” or „recovery,” oil shoots up. That’s because oil is already expensive even with the world economy in the toilet. Airlines have been dying a slow death since 2008. Any kind of vigorous economic activity by the global economy is bound to be stamped out by rising energy prices, not to mention the inexorably rising tide of debt. The only meaningful question left to ask is: How long can the world stave off the inevitable crash? — RF

BP Q3 Profit Falls as Global Production Slumps

Steady decline in days of OECD oil supply (Gregor Macdonald)

China the culprit of potential water wars?

Water Use Rising Faster Than World Population
Hyundai Heavy Scraps $700 Million U.S. Solar Plants, Maeil Says

China’s imports of S African thermal coal surge 69% on year in Sep

Furnace oil import: MoF expresses inability to arrange funds (Pakistan)

„Finance Ministry has, reportedly, expressed its inability to arrange funds to cover more than one month’s import of furnace oil critical for power generation during gas curtailment period, well informed sources told Business Recorder.”

Mindanao’s rotating brownouts dampen business as power reserves go negative (Philippines)

State-run banks stop fresh loans to loss-making power utilities (India)

World demand for gas sparks fears for supply (Australia)

Oil and the Economy (Chris Martenson)

China Sept coal imports set record at 19.1 mln T

Saudis aim to build 16 nuclear reactors to cut domestic oil use

Small fire stops Swedish nuclear reactor

Expected Price Gains in Solar Stocks are Strictly Illusions


Brass rings taken from Chicago hydrants

100+ Stolen Drain Covers Cause Danger, Expense

Metal theft ‘epidemic one of biggest threat to UK’s heritage’

Historic bell stolen from San Francisco cathedral

High Prices Trigger Rise in Copper Thefts

Action on cable theft aimed at easing rail delays (UK)


Shortage of farmers looms with aging agri workers (Philippines)

A Worrying Look At Food Inflation In The Coming Year

Growers told to brace themselves for crop input cost surge

Food Companies Petitioned To Ban New Monsanto GMO Corn

Gas leak will cause food price hikes (New Zealand)

„Repercussions from a leak which cut gas flows north of Taranaki could ripple through the whole country, with core groceries such as cereal headed for short supply, and prices of greenhouse vegetables set to soar.”

15 insects you won’t believe are edible

U.S. Retail Food Prices Expected to Keep Rising

Food inflation soars to over 6-month high of 11.43% (India)

Watch those rice price spikes: WB’s Zoellick, analysts

Rice Crops Take A Pounding From Southeast Asian Floods

Fertilizer import must to avert crisis (Pakistan)

U.S. Food-Inflation Forecast Raised to 3.5%-4.5% on Fruit

Crop Scientists Now Fret About Heat Not Just Water

„Interviews with crop researchers at American universities paint the same picture: high temperatures have already shrunken output of many crops and vegetables.”

Floods in Southeast Asia May Cause Food Shortages, UN Says

Kudzu bug threatens US soybean crops

Rice Jumps Exchange Limit to One-Month High on Asia Flood Damage


Invasion Of The Mind-Controlling Zombie Parasites

Thailand floods: aid agencies warn of humanitarian crisis in Bangkok

Global warming: Middle East’s vital wet winters are disappearing

Weather Changes Mean More Dead Zones For Lake Erie: Expert

Thai Floods Swamp Grand Palace as Bangkok River Reaches Record

Residents flee as floods spread in Thai capital

„Floodwater swamped a new area of Thailand’s capital on Wednesday as some shops started rationing food and the prime minister warned that parts of Bangkok could be flooded for up to a month.”

Inmates Evacuated From Thai Prisons As Epic Floodwaters Rise

Thai floods: Bangkok Don Muang airport suspends flights

Paul Ehrlich, a prophet of global population doom who is gloomier than ever

„The population of Earth has doubled since Paul Ehrlich first warned the world that there were too many humans. Three and a half billion people later, he is more pessimistic than ever, estimating there is only a 10% chance of avoiding a collapse of global civilisation.”

Bangkok floodwaters threaten central districts


Planes stranded on tarmac for 7 hours

Facebook says 600,000 account logins compromised every day

Google Docs down in cloud outage

Vodacom blames gremlins for blackout (South Africa)

„The country’s leading mobile operator, Vodacom, has blamed software glitches for its network failure that shut out customers on Tuesday. This was the second time in five months the network has failed.”

Outage disrupts Time Warner Internet, phone service

Construction trades project decade of shortages (Canada)

U.S. Firm Acknowledges Syria Uses Its Gear to Block Web

China link found to virus targeting Japanese diplomatic offices

Virus tailored to Japan ministry / Skilled hackers may have used secret info to prepare attack

Google Refused U.S. Government Request To Pull Police Brutality Video

Netflix is the single-biggest user of Internet bandwidth

„The U.S. streaming entertainment service Netflix takes up 32.7 percent of Internet bandwidth worldwide, a study found.”

Hackers Targeted U.S. Government Satellites

‘Rogue websites’ bill introduced in US House

Blog: Major U.S. corporations hacked

American Corporations Asked To Disclose Costly Cyberattacks That Might Impact Share Prices

Virgin Galactic’s Flights Seen Delayed Yet Again

The private sector was supposed to lead space development. Will I ever get to vacation on Mars? — RF

National Security Agency helps banks battle hackers

„The National Security Agency, a secretive arm of the U.S. military, has begun providing Wall Street banks with intelligence on foreign hackers, a sign of growing U.S. fears of financial sabotage.”

An apocalyptic end to world’s biggest bubble: Denial, addictions feed inability to deal with population (Paul Farrell)

U.S. Requests for Google User Data Spike 29 Percent in Six Months

Google: US law enforcement tried to get videos removed from YouTube

„Google faced down demands from a US law enforcement agency to take down YouTube videos allegedly showing police brutality earlier this year, figures released for the first time show.”

Cyber-attack stole Mitsubishi warplane, nuke plant data (Japan)

Japan cyber attackers may have military info

Doctrine to Establish Rules of Engagement Against Cyber Attacks


Japan Likely to Pass Tepco Aid Package

„The Japanese government is expected to approve financial assistance toTokyo Electric Power Co. this week, after the embattled utility sought about ¥1 trillion, or about $13 billion, in public funds Friday to deal with compensation claims from the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.”

Radioactive soil to be disposed of 30 yrs after interim storage

Virus that hit embassy computers designed to send data to servers in China

No summer ’12 power-saving order, just peak-time rate hike

But infinite growth requires limitless and cheap energy. — RF

Fukushima shiitake cesium spikes

Govt to name 49 remote EEZ islets

„The government has decided to name 49 remote small islands that have so far been nameless to safeguard the integrity of Japan’s exclusive economic zone in the face of bids by China and other countries to expand their influence over maritime affairs, it has been learned.”

Japan’s public debt to hit record Y1,024 trillion

Daiwa to Slash 15% of Asia, Europe Jobs

Gov’t announces plan to store radioactive soil in Fukushima

Still unclear when, if reactors can restart

„With a number of nuclear reactors set to be suspended for regular inspections, but no clear government criteria for allowing their reactivation, it remains unclear whether a sufficient electricity supply can be secured this winter. Uncertainty also remains as to whether local governments and residents will approve restarting the reactors.”

After Japan’s Disaster, the Deluge

„Japan’s manufacturers still recovering from the triple disasters of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown now have to contend with a fourth crisis: Floods in Thailand. For the companies involved, it may be the biggest problem of them all.”

8 Toyota Group Firms Post Worse Interim Net Results

„Reeling from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, eight of 10 major group firms under Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) on Friday reported net losses or lower net profits for the April-September half.”

Toyota reduces N. America operations over Thai floods

New figures show extent of quake’s impact on car industry

Japan’s jobless rate falls to 4.1% in September

The real unemployment rate is certainly much higher. Many young people, for instance, are unemployed or underemployed and living with their parents. — RF

Gov’t to slash upper limit on internal radiation exposure from food

Panel advises limiting lifetime radiation exposure to 100 millisieverts

TEPCO forecasts net loss of 580 billion yen for fiscal 2011

Stopgap measures for TEPCO / Utility’s liabilities may exceed assets without government’s help

Yen’s new highs could derail Japan’s economic recovery

Nuclear radiation from Fukushima plant twice more than estimated: report

Fukushima nuclear pollution in sea was world’s worst: French institute

Gov’t expects more than 30 years to decommission Fukushima nuclear reactors

TEPCO won’t build retaining wall to stop radioactive water seeping into ground water

Toyota To Cut Auto Output In 7 Nations Next Week On Thai Flooding

„NAGOYA (Kyodo)–Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it will reduce vehicle output in Japan, the United States and five other countries for six days from next Monday as flooding in Thailand could hamper the supply of auto parts.”

Japan says it is ready to help stabilize Europe

With a debt-to-GDP ratio of over 200%, Japan could use some help. — RF

Japan’s population declined for 1st time on record in 2010

World Economy Increasingly Shaky: BOJ Gov

The financial elite’s powers of observation never cease to astonish. — RF

BOJ ups asset purchase program by ¥5 trillion

Japanese dealers selling ‘radioactive cars’

„Unscrupulous used-car dealers in Japan are selling vehicles exposed to dangerously high levels of radiation to unsuspecting buyers.”

Japan steel firms cut outlook as market worsens

Cyberattacks hit Japanese embassies, consulates in 9 countries

Tokai No. 2 leaks 22 tons of water

Japan Unveils Emergency Aid for Thai-Based Firms

Fears of flood damage grow / Growing number of industries hit by Thai supply disruptions

Everybody Print! BOJ Will Reenter Global Currency Devaluation Frenzy To Kill Yen

Computers in Diet hit by China-based cyberattack

Power station sitting on active faults

Accidents add to expense of N-power / Damage may cost 1.1 yen per kilowatt-hour

But the cost of managing nuclear waste for thousands of years is incalculable. — RF

Japan kerosene heater sales surge on power worries

But kerosene is already ¥82/liter where I live. It’s going to be expensive heat. — RF

Japanese village reconsiders nuclear power

Toyota Cutting Domestic Output Due To Thai Floods

„NAGOYA (Nikkei)–Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) said Monday that it will scale back domestic production for five days to prepare for a possible shortage of parts imported from Thailand, indicating that the massive flooding in the Southeast Asian country has started to impact automobile output in Japan.”

Ghosn: ‘Yen too high to compete’

„YOKOHAMA — Nissan Motor Co. President Carlos Ghosn said Monday that the yen’s strength is at an „abnormal level” and indicated it could force the automaker to shift operations overseas.”

Record trade deficit for first half laid to quake

Kashiwa’s hot spot just one of many to come, expert says

Municipalities reluctant to host storage facilities for contaminated waste

Residents to file suit seeking halt of Tsuruga reactors


China to ‘Firmly’ Maintain Property Curbs: Wen

Coal purchase price of power plants keeps rising in China

U.S. Embassy air quality data undercut China’s own assessments

Chanos Interview: China Slowdown Just Beginning

Stars shoot east for riches raining down from China’s golf boom

The day will come when people plow up golf courses to grow food. — RF

Chinese Town Cancels Tax That Sparked Riots

There’s A Much Bigger Underground Banking Crisis Brewing In Ordos

And check out the slide show. — RF

Saab sells for $140 million to Chinese firms

Chinese Real Estate Developers Profits Fell In 3rd Quarter

Analysis: China steel output growth could halve in 2012

Desalination part of solution for China?

China’s Big Banks Set to Report Record Profits

China stepping up purchases of European businesses

Great Wall Collapsing due to Climate Change & Human Activity

China to step up social media censorship

China Largest Real Estate Developer Warns of Price Falls

Dropping Real Estate Prices Draw Protests

„Irked by markdowns in their homes’ values, hundreds of Shanghai homeowners staged a protest this weekend against their real estate developer.”

Boots On The Ground In China: Signs Of A Slowdown Are Obvious

Police in China hunt for ‘runaway bosses’

„Police in China have launched a crackdown on entrepreneurs who have gone into hiding to avoid repaying bank and informal high-interest loans.”

Chinese See Communist Land Sales Hurting Mao’s Poor to Pay Rich

Boom In Shadow Financing Exacts High Toll In China

„In recent weeks, at least 80 business owners have fled Wenzhou in eastern China and gone into hiding because they can’t pay crushing debts to the city’s empire of underground lending firms and loan sharks.”

China’s economy may face hard landing

„Analysts see ominous signs in credit, employment and monetary policy”

Beijing’s growing pains mirror global population boom

China Regulator Warns Of Insurers’ Worsening Solvency Ratios

„SHANGHAI -(Dow Jones)- China’s insurance regulator on Monday warned of domestic insurers’ worsening ability to make payments to policyholders, and said it will help insurers tap the Hong Kong offshore yuan market for funds.”

BlackRock Sees Slowdown of China GDP Growth

„A near doubling in the Chinese economy’s reliance on credit over the past decade will prompt slower growth in coming years, risking diminished returns for investors, according to research by BlackRock Inc.”

China Still Fails to Participate in Two Week Global Rally


Met police using surveillance system to monitor mobile phones

„Britain’s largest police force is operating covert surveillance technology that can masquerade as a mobile phone network, transmitting a signal that allows authorities to shut off phones remotely, intercept communications and gather data about thousands of users in a targeted area.”

Rising petrol costs mean more motorist are calling out breakdown services after running out of fuel

100 leading economists tell George Osborne: we must turn to Plan B

London Riots Were Motivated by Poverty, says British Government Report

Fuel poverty to cause 2,700 deaths in the UK this winter

Four in ten wealthy people forced to work longer

Cotswolds: Fall In England’s Countryside (PHOTOS)

Take a few moments to feast your eyes on nature’s beauty in England. — RF

Misery for millions as elderly care funds cut

„Millions of elderly people are facing a ‘care crisis’ after figures disclosed that government funding for nursing homes and support for frail pensioners has been cut by almost a fifth.”

95pc of private sector pensions have no inflation protection at all

U.K. Signals Solar Tariff Cut Due to ‘Unacceptable Returns’

UK population ‘to hit 70m by 2027′

Fat chance. Britain’s food self-sufficiency rate is about 59%. — RF

Graphic: Lowest disposable income growth in 30 years

Job insecurity for millions is fuelling social unrest, expert warns

Education spending ‘falling fastest since 1950s’

Choose Youth rally: ‘Cuts are causing failing generation’

Time is running out for our hourglass economy

Torrential rain causes flooding across UK


IMMINENT THREAT: Foreign Borrowings Will Lead To The Destruction Of The US Financial System

„No country has ever managed to create a perpetual growth machine for its economy.”

Snow smacks Northeast; power could be out for days

Although this outage was caused by weather, consider it a prelude to the inevitable widespread blackouts to come in the future. — RF

In Idaho, Banks Sue Hard-Hit Homeowners

Are Pensions Becoming A Thing Of The Past?

„A generation from now, there may be very few people left that are still receiving pension benefits.”

Drilling Debate in Cooperstown Turns Personal

„The letter that arrived in Kim Jastremski’s mailbox on County Highway 52 suggested that she stop protesting the possibility of natural gas drilling. It seemed more of a threat than a request.
„Computer-generated, unsigned and sent to about 10 other opponents of a practice known as fracking, it compared them to Nazis and said they were being watched while picking up their children at school in their minivans.”

A protracted winter is imminent for housing: Lessons from the Great Depression Part 36.

Facing Downgrade to Junk, California Tries Pension Reform

National debt nears size of U.S. economy

Debtpocalyse: Army Futurists See Fiscal Meltdown on the Horizon

Even Debt Collectors Are Struggling In This Economy

Auto Sales: The Next Bubble? (CNBC video)

Snow in Northeast could cut power to millions

Calif. to cut Medicaid by 10 percent

Task force moves toward rationing access to community colleges

Markets rally. Don’t get too excited. (Bill Bonner)

Regulators close Illinois bank

Arkansas city loses two factories in one day

Wisconsin city turns out the lights to save cash

Bank of America Derivatives Transfer Draws Lawmaker Scrutiny

Power failure leaves Cannon Air Force Base in the dark

Whirlpool Plummets as Appliance Demand Slips

„Whirlpool Corp. (WHR), the world’s largest maker of appliances, sank the most since 1987 after saying it will cut 5,000 jobs and lowering an annual profit forecast by as much as 36 percent with demand in the U.S. falling back to recessionary levels.”

Wintry Storm to Spread Snow Across U.S. Northeast

Forecasters Predict Colder U.S. Winter Will Spur Fuel Demand

Nightmare scenario: U.S. deflation risks rising

Report: Fights erupt among Occupy Wall Street protesters

Employee Compensation Growth Is Smallest in Nearly 30 Years

The Next Worry for Markets: No Deal Yet on US Debt

Supply chain risk poses ‘greatest threat’ to one-third of US firms

Highway funds shrink as car mileage improves

Q3 Cargo Thefts Up; Averages 87.6 Incidents per Month

Philadelphia schools face additional $39 million budget shortage

Scarcity of drugs alarms doctors

„There are more than 200 drugs on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s shortage list — including antibiotics, nausea medication and drugs to treat high blood pressure. The number of drugs on the list has tripled in the last five years.”

Medicaid costs balloon for cash-strapped states

States Rationing Healthcare Under Medicaid

With budgets under pressure, Minn. cities fray at the edge

Wall Street soars 3 percent as Europe deal draws buyers

A sucker’s rally if there ever was one. — RF

The Great American False Dilemma: Austerity vs. Stimulus (Gregor Macdonald at Chris Martenson)

US Republicans Call for $2 Trillion in Spending Cuts

Supercommittee Flirts With Failure as Deficit Deadline Nears

Foreigners Losing Confidence in Holding US Treasury and Agency Debt

Crime turns oil boomtown into Wild West

More Southerners Are Off the Banking Grid

„More people in the Southeast don’t have bank accounts than in any other part of the country. Mississippi leads the country with more than 16% of households using cash-and-carry for all their transactions.”

Patriot Act Turns 10, With No Signs of Retirement

Income of top 1 percent far outgrew others: report

Company Directors See Pay Skyrocket

Defense Industry: Keep Paying Us or the Economy Dies

Deficit-cutting ‘super committee’: Can it come up with a plan in time?

Supercommittee Dems Said to Pitch $3T Plan

FBR to Cut Workforce Up to 35 Percent

As State Funds Dry Up, College Costs Skyrocket

„The cost of a public college education is up more than 8 percent, and as the College Board reports, there’s no end in sight to the tuition hikes.”

The US Is Fast Becoming a Third World Police State

Relentless Equity Outflows Continue: YTD Mutual Funds Redemptions Surpass 2010 Total, Despite Broad Market Squeeze

More Coal In The Stocking For Holidays

Consumer confidence tumbles, home prices stagnate

In Cautious Times, Banks Flooded With Cash

„Bankers have an odd-sounding problem these days: they are awash in cash. Droves of consumers and businesses unnerved by the lurching markets have been taking their money out of risky investments and socking it away in bank accounts, where it does little to stimulate the economy.”

US States Are Facing Total Debt of Over $4 Trillion

Government announces new program to help ‘underwater’ homeowners

More women falling into ranks of homeless veterans

The Defense Industrial Base: A National Security Imperative (Armed Services Committee)

Survey: Economists more bleak about US economy

The IPO market, an engine of job growth, stalls

With aging infrastructure, Verizon has trouble on the line

Palm Beach County bus system facing money shortage

„Palm Tran won’t have enough to maintain system”

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