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Daily Digest 9/22 - Shell Sues Greenpeace, Wind Power Industry Is Withering

Saturday, September 22, 2012, 9:47 AM


CSIS warns business leaders of Chinese cyber-spies (westcoastjan)

In an e-mail, a CSIS spokesperson said the agency can't comment on specific conversations. But the spokesperson said there is “no denying that Canada is an attractive target for economic and political espionage, owing to our prominence in strategic sectors such communications, biotechnology, mineral and energy extraction, aerospace and others.”

Iranian hackers target Bank of America, JPMorgan, Citi (westcoastjan)

The attacks on the three largest U.S. banks originated in Iran, but it is not clear if they were launched by the state, groups working on behalf of the government, or "patriotic" citizens, according to the sources, who requested anonymity as they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

The hackers also targeted other U.S. companies, the sources said, without giving specifics. They said the attacks shed new light on the potential for Iran to lash out at Western nations' information networks.

Judge Napolitano: “We Know Far More About the CIA Than We Do the Federal Reserve” (David B.)

In 2008, as Presidential election day was approaching, the rug was pulled out from under U.S. stock markets by restricting the flow of capital to banks and the broader economy. The crash and subsequent economic crisis was used as a means to torpedo John McCain’s Presidential hopes and propel the policies of progessive socialists and Barack Obama into the spotlight.

China calls for free-trade deal with Canada within a decade (westcoastjan)

In an exclusive interview with The Globe and Mail at his Ottawa residence, Mr. Zhang, speaking in a forthright manner rare for a Chinese envoy, said that if Canada wants new broad, investment rules and guarantees that its companies will get greater access to investment and markets in China, it should strike a wide-ranging, “overall” free-trade agreement with Beijing.


Tax Credit in Doubt, Wind Power Industry Is Withering (westcoastjan)

About 10,000 of those jobs have disappeared since, according to the association, as wind companies have been buffeted by weak demand for electricity, stiff competition from cheap natural gas and cheaper options from Asian competitors. Chinese manufacturers, who can often underprice goods because of generous state subsidies, have moved into the American market and have become an issue in the larger trade tensions between the countries. In July, the United States Commerce Department imposed tariffs on steel turbine towers from China after finding that manufacturers had been selling them for less than the cost of production.

Shell sues Greenpeace to stop Arctic protests (westcoastjan)

Greenpeace has protested Artic drilling with other stunts around the world, but the trigger for Friday's lawsuit was a Dutch demonstration on Sept. 14, in which Greenpeace protesters blocked more than 70 Shell gas stations in the Netherlands for several hours, draping banners and clamping gas pump handles together with bike locks.

Fifteen people were arrested.


Mystery of the disappearing bees: Solved! (amanda)

Research published last month in the prestigious journal Science shows that neonics are absorbed by the plants’ vascular system and contaminate the pollen and nectar that bees encounter on their rounds. They are a nerve poison that disorient their insect victims and appear to damage the homing ability of bees, which may help to account for their mysterious failure to make it back to the hive.

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