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1,000 Banks to Fail In Next Two Years

CNBC – The US banking system will lose some 1,000 institutions over the next two years, said John Kanas, whose private equity firm bought BankUnited of Florida in May.”We’ve already lost 81 this year,” Kanas told CNBC. “The numbers are climbing every day. Many of these institutions nobody’s ever heard of. They’re smaller companies.”Â  Read Article

The Historian – Quick, pass the bail out bucket around again

Nitrous Oxide: A Necessary Evil Of Agriculture

NPR – Scientists are surprised to discover that a gas produced mainly in agriculture is doing more to damage the Earth’s ozone layer than synthetic chemicals such as chlorofluorocarbons. The culprit is a gas called nitrous oxide, known in your dentist’s office as laughing gas. But in the stratosphere, it’s no laughing matter. Read Article

The Historian – First the “enemy” was cows farting which “caused climate change”. Now it is agriculture itself which is being portrayed as a problem. Is it, or is it just another line of attack by the eugencis movement?

Japan jobless rate hits new high

BBC – Japan’s jobless rate hit a record 5.7% in July and consumer prices fell at a record pace, figures released days before a general election have shown. Read Article

Rising Plague

The Scientist – How do you look the family members of a critically ill patient in the eyes and tell them that their loved one is going to die because there are no drugs left to treat their illness? I’m an infectious diseases specialist. I’m not supposed to have to bear such bad news to patients or their families. I expect to cure my patients’ infections, and their families and friends hope that I can. It’s been that way ever since the 1940s, when penicillin burst onto the scene. But this is the 21st century, and things are different now. [Read Article]

Gut harbors antibiotic resistance

The Scientist – The millions of microbes that crowd the human intestinal tract are teeming with new antibiotic resistance genes that could jump to disease-causing pathogens, according to researchers from Harvard University.
They found more than 90 undiscovered bacterial genes capable of conferring antibiotic resistance hiding in microbes harvested from two healthy adults. They report their findings in Science today (August 27). Read Article

Military monitoring reporters’ work in Afghan war

AP — The U.S. military in Afghanistan acknowledged Thursday that it pays a private company to produce profiles on journalists covering the war.But despite a report showing the company rated some reporters on their work, officials denied that the information is used to decide which media members travel with military units.Pentagon officials are on the defensive after a recent series of stories in the Stars and Stripes newspaper that said journalists were being screened by a Washington-based public relations firm, The Rendon Group, under a $1.5 million contract with the military. Read Article

The Historian – A move that is bound to encourage open and unbiased reporting after-all. The Rendon Group by the way were the PR firm employed to sell you the fear of Iraqi WMD’s back in 2003 by the way.

US seen easing Israeli settlement demands

AP — The Obama administration appears to be backing down on its insistence that Israel halt all settlement activity as a condition for restarting peace talks with the Palestinians. While U.S. officials insist their position on the matter has not changed, they are now hinting that a less blanket moratorium would be acceptable provided the Palestinians and Arab states agree. Read Article

Suicide bomb hits Pakistan border

BBC – A suicide bomber in Pakistan has killed at least 22 guards at a checkpoint in the Khyber Pass on the border with Afghanistan, officials said. The bomber approached on foot as guards were breaking their Ramadan fast, local police said.  Read Article

Chinese glut hinders local solar cell trade

The Australian – LAVISHLY subsidised Chinese solar cells are flooding the world market and creating a glut that threatens to hamper the Rudd government’s efforts to foster a solar cell industry in Australia. Under pressure from low-priced Chinese solar cell exports, European and US producers are cutting production, sacking staff, reporting financial losses and looking to relocate manufacturing plants in Asia. Some of the leading solar cell manufacturers in California have warned that low-priced Chinese cells could hurt US President Barack Obama’s plans to promote the growth of renewable energy industries. Read Article

The Historian – Can you see anything wrong with this picture. Governments are claiming that they are restructuring entire economies to “combat climate change” (not to enrich banks – honest) and yet here we have a non-polluting power source not being fully utilised due to the profit motive and the psychological nature of corporations. If Governments were really serious about reduciong pollution (not CO2) they would subsidise this technology where-ever possible.

Facebook changes privacy policy

BBC _ Facebook has agreed to make worldwide changes to its privacy policy as a result of negotiations with Canada’s privacy commissioner. Last month the social network was found to breach Canadian law by holding on to users’ personal data indefinitely. Read Article

New blood tests diagnose heart attacks quicker

AP – LOS ANGELES “” A new generation of blood tests can quickly and reliably show if a person is having a heart attack soon after chest pains start “” a time when current tests are not definitive, two studies found.
Those having a heart attack need to have blocked arteries opened quickly to limit damage to the heart muscle from lack of blood. [Read Article]

Cities turn off streetlights to save money

USA Today – The old-fashioned streetlight is the recession’s latest victim. To save money, some cities and towns are turning off lights, often lots of them.The cost-cutting moves coincide with changing attitudes about streetlights. Once viewed as helpful safety measures, the lights are increasingly seen by some public officials and researchers as an environmental issue, creating light pollution and burning excess energy. Read Article

The Historian – “Climate Change” vs Citizen Safety. Of course they could just replace the street lights with solar powered ones. The technology exists after-all.

Israel Makes Waves by Simulating an Earthquake

Israel National News – The Seismologic Division of the Geophysical Institute of the Ministry of National Infrastructure will attempt to simulate an earthquake in the southern Negev on Thursday. The experiment, financed by the U.S. Defense Department, is a joint project with the University of Hawaii and is part of a scientific project intended to improve seismological and acoustic readings in Israel and its environs, up to a 1,000 km/621 mile radius. Read Article

The Historian – Military applications? You bet.

Measuring the Damage of our ‘Water Footprint’

De Spiegel – A Dutch hydro engineer has come up with a “water footprint.” At a conference in Sweden, he and other participants discussed water waste, supermarkets filled with fruits and vegetables produced in some of the world’s most arid regions and ways we can stop wasting our most precious resource. Read Article

Memos: CIA pushed limits on sleep deprivation

AP — A year after the Bush administration abandoned its harshest interrogation methods, CIA operatives used severe sleep deprivation tactics against a terror detainee in late 2007, keeping him awake for six straight days with permission from government lawyers. Read Article

The CIA Names File on Adolf Eichmann

George Washington University, National Security Archive – The CIA was surprised by Israeli agents’ capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960, and a subsequent CIA file review uncovered extensive ties between Eichmann and men who served as CIA assets and allies (like Franz Alfred Six and Otto Von Bolschwing), according to the CIA’s three-volume Directorate of Operations file and their Directorate of Intelligence file on Eichmann, posted today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University Read Article

Australian Police Quizzed If Terror Group Contained Intelligence Agent

The Age – THE Australian Federal Police has come under pressure to reveal whether a covert operative was planted in a group of five Melbourne men charged with terrorism offences.The charges relate to an alleged plot to attack the Holsworthy Army Base in NSW. Read Article

The Historian – The Ten Steps To a Closed Society, number 5. Infiltrate Citizens’ Groups (agent provocateurs)

Use fake trees to cut carbon, “experts” say

ABC _ Scientists in Britain say the most cost-effective and practical method to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is the use of artificial trees.Researchers say that at a cost of almost $25,000, a single artificial tree could absorb the amount of CO2 produced by 20 cars. Read Article

The Historian – Honestly you couldn’t make this stuff up. And they will have got funded by Governments/ Corporations to undertake this “research”.