Daily Digest 10/12 - U.S. Prepares First-Strike Cyber Forces, Japan Goes Fracking
If you take a closer look, you will recognize these patterns constantly around you. Unless you are able to move past these mental issues, you will stay blindfolded. It doesn’t matter which evidence is presented, like for example a ten-year gold price chart or the decline in value of currencies.
Mr. Minchin, more than most, knew the land he lived in. He had hiked many of the valleys within a 100-kilometre radius of Kitimat. He had spent six months paddling the B.C. coast with his wife. He felt an intimacy with the land and sea. It was a feeling that was shattered when he wandered onto that pocket beach and found a boomstick, a massive log used to corral other cut trees for forestry, saturated in oil. Fumes washed over the entire area.
US prepares first-strike cyber-forces (westcoastjan)
The US defence department had developed tools to trace attackers, he added, and a cyber-strike force that could conduct operations via computer networks. And it was now finalising changes to its rules of engagement that would define when it could "confront major threats quickly".
"Potential aggressors should be aware that the United States has the capacity to locate them and hold them accountable for actions that harm America or its interests," he said.
Iraqi Oil Problems are Global Oil Problems (James S.)
Iraq is producing, on average, about 3.4 million barrels of oil per day, roughly 40 percent more than it was in 2009. Iraqi officials had said the growing interest in its oil reserves gave it reason to expect production levels could reach 12 million bpd by 2017, a level considered ambitious by most analysts. Providing few specifics, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Hussein al-Shahristani, a former oil minister, said talks with independent consultants led him to believe a target of around 10 million bpd by 2020 was "feasible and desirable," however.
Energy Bereft Japan Goes Fracking (James S.)
Finding substitutes for the shuttered nuclear plants’ electrical output is a high priority for the Japanese government, which estimates that if Japan’s 50 nuclear reactors were permanently closed, then Japanese power companies would suffer losses of $55.9 billion, with at least four companies declaring bankruptcy, according to the Japanese government’s Agency for Natural Resources and Energy. Seeking to preserve the billions of dollars spent on the country’s nuclear infrastructure over the last 50 years, Japan’s biggest and most influential business lobby, the Keidanren, warns of disaster should all the country’s nuclear power plants remain shuttered, with hundreds of thousands of jobs lost, while energy alternatives would be both more expensive and hampered by problems.
At Chen Qiang’s tilapia farm in Yangjiang city in China’s Guangdong province, which borders Hong Kong, Chen feeds fish partly with feces from hundreds of pigs and geese. That practice is dangerous for American consumers, says Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety.
“The manure the Chinese use to feed fish is frequently contaminated with microbes like salmonella,” says Doyle, who has studied foodborne diseases in China.
About seven weeks after Beach started eating cantaloupes, a private, for-profit inspection company awarded a top safety rating to Jensen Farms, the Granada, Colorado, grower of his toxic fruit. The approval meant retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) and Wegmans Food Markets Inc. could sell Jensen melons.
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