FM newswire for 10 December, hot articles for your morning reading

This is what I found interesting, so it’s today’s broadsheet from the FM website pressroom, with several sections of hot news.  Lot’s happening in the world today, mostly either overlooked or misinterpreted by the mainstream media. 

  1. Links to interesting news and analysis
  2. Update: women on top of men
  3. Update:  info ops run against us by our government
  4. Plus an Afterword

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(1)  Today’s links 

  1. A look at a future headline for America:  “Ireland suffers harshest budget in decades“, Financial Times, 9 December 2009
  2. A look at the future of global energy:  “Outlook for Energy – A View to 2030“, ExxonMobile, December 2009
  3. We are neither the only nation with an age wave problem, nor the worst situated:  “Pensions in Crisis: Europe and Central Asia“, World Bank, December 2009
  4. Snapshots of the transformation of the world:  “‘A Normal Warrington Girl Who Liked The Beatles’“, Mark Steyn, National Review Online, 8 December 2009
  5. Obama’s Big Sellout“, Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, 9 December 2009 — “The president has packed his economic team with Wall Street insiders intent on turning the bailout into an all-out giveaway.”
  6. Strange science article for the day, reminding us of how little we know:  “Possible correlation between solar and volcanic activity in a long-term scale“, Jaroslav Streštik, published by the European Space Agency, 28 June 2003

 (2)  Update:  women on top of men

Other posts about the “mancession:

Other posts about women on top of men:

(3)  Update:  Update: info ops run against us by our government

  • Spinning Out of Control“, Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, American Conservative, 1 January 2010 — ” The Pentagon propaganda plan to win hearts and minds — of Americans”

More about government info ops run against us:

(4)  Afterword  

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2 thoughts on “FM newswire for 10 December, hot articles for your morning reading

  1. Your link to the Financial Times website doesn’t work, FM. Here’s a link to MSN Australia that reprinted the story in full: http://money.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=981969.

    I fully agreed with your article on Obama backlash and the Taibbi article seems to be the first stirrings of what you predicted. The sad thing is that at least the first few paragraphs of Taibbi’s article are inaccurate, claiming that Obama made specific promises and then did something else. Obama’s promises were actually very vague, mostly allowing people to fill in the blanks with whatever they desired. Now Obama gets to pay the price.

  2. {About} “Progress and prospects in neutrino astrophysics“, Nature, 4 May 1995

    Data collected by an Earth-based detector over a period of 20 years suggest that the neutrino flow from the sun varies from time to time rather than remaining constant. Moreover, the flux seems to follow a pattern that runs counter to the rise and fall in the number of sunspots visible on the sun’s surface.
    “This time variation of the neutrino flux coincides with the well-known 11-year cycle of solar activity”, says physicist Kenneth Lande of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The neutrino flux is high when solar activity is low and declines to near-zero values as the number of sunspots rises to a peak.

    I posit that perhaps the neutrinos create lattice defects which function as nucleation sites where crack initiation and subsequent propagation leading to earthquakes becomes more likely.
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    FM reply: This is old science. For a description of the question and the resolution see the Wikipedia entries on the “Solar neutrino problem” and “Neutrino oscillation“.

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