Timecapsule Timeline

Calendar Months

   "Most newspaper article events happen anywhere from days, to months, to years before they reach publication. Consequently, most newspaper articles (on this timeline) are preceded by the date of the newspaper in which they appear." [E.M.]    *Color Code

December 2011

2011 - Astronomic Configuration - December 1st, 2011: "Sun [8 Sagittarius], Moon [25 Aquarius ], Mercury [15 Sagittarius R.], Venus [5 Capricorn], Mars [9 Virgo], Jupiter [1 Taurus R.], Saturn [25 Libra], Uranus [0 Aries R.], Neptune [28 Aquarius], Pluto [6 Capricorn], Chiron [0 Pisces]."

[Based on: http://www.biopscinst.com/bpi/ephm/E201112.html]

2011 - U.S. National Debt - December 1st, 2011: "U.S. National Debt Clock - The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 02 Dec 2011 at 12:59:34 AM GMT is: $15,115,002,408,864.21. The estimated population of the United States is 311,775,641 so each citizen's share of this debt is $48,480.38. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $4.00 billion per day since September 28, 2007! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House! [Based  on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/] - [T.D. - 12/01/11]

2011 - Winds shake West - December 1st, 2011: "Some of the worst winds in years blasted the West [U.S.A.] on Thursday [12/01/11], toppling trees and trucks, kicking up blinding dust across highways and bringing hurricane-force gusts of more than 100 mph in the mountains." [Based on: Digest article (Winds shake West), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/01/11]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 1st, 2011: "A coordinated move by the world's central banks to lower the cost of borrowing sent the Dow soaring 490 points. It was the Dow's biggest gain since March 2009. The Dow rose 4.2 percent. The S&P 500 index rose 4.3 percent. The Nasdaq composite rose 4.2 percent." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/01/11]

2011 - Britain orders Iranians out - December 1st, 2011: "Britain [11/30/11] orders Iranians out ['within 48 hours'] / Entire diplomatic corps is being ousted after attack on Bristish Embassy in Tehran." [Based on: Title (and text) for A.P. article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 12/01/11]

2011 - No economic growth? / St. Louis, Mo. - December 1st, 2011: "New Fed survey paints bleak picture for area [St. Louis, Mo.] / Beige Book shows that region is only one of 12 throughout country [U.S.A.] with no economic growth." [Based on: Title for Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/01/11]

2011 - Banks act to avert global credit crisis - December 1st, 2011: "Banks act to avert global credit crisis / Central banks lower cost of borrowing; Dow records its 7th-largest point gain." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/01/11]

2011 - 17 Syrian officials facing a travel ban - December 1st, 2011: "17 Syrian officials facing a travel ban / Arab league puts more pressure on Assad regime to end violence against protestors." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A23, S.L.P.D., 12/01/11]

2011 - British workers stage one-day strike - December 1st, 2011: "British workers [11/30/11] stage one-day strike ['over government demands that they work longer before receiving a pension and pay more in monthly contributions']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 12/01/11]

2011 - Israel reverses ban on funds to Palestinians - December 1st, 2011: "Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas' governemt narrowly dodged a full-blown cash crisis after Israel agreed Wednesday [11/30/11] - under intense international pressure - to resume the transfer of $100 million a month in frozen tax funds. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israel reverses ban on funds to Palestinians), p. A23, S.L.P.D., 12/01/11]

2011 - New census data show increase in older adults - December 1st, 2011: "New census data [U.S.A.] show increase in older adults ['older residents now make up 13 percent of the population, up from 12.4 percent in 2000.']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/01/11]

2011 - Fate of European Union could rest with debt crisis - December 1st, 2011: "Fate of European Union could rest with debt crisis / EU could collapse if leaders can't work out a solution to the economic turmoil it's mired in." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/01/11]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 2nd, 2011: "A rally pushed major stock indexes up more than 7 percent this week stalled Thursday. Stocks ended mixed. The Dow fell 0.2 percent. The S&P 500 fell 0.2 percent. The Nasdaq rose 0.2 percent. Wednesday was the market's best day in two and a half years." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 12/02/11]

2011 - Ceremony marks end of U.S. role - December 2nd, 2011: "[....] The Vice president spoke Thursday [12/01/11] of his son, as well as the 4,486 Americans who died in Iraq and whom he called 'fallen angels.' [NP] 'We owe you,' Biden said, his voice thick with emotion. 'We owe you.' " [Based on: New York Times article (Ceremony marks end of U.S. role / With departure near, troop sacrifices over eight years in Iraq are commemorated.), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/01/11]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 3rd, 2011: "The market's best week in more than two years ended with a flat day. A drop in unemployment sent stocks higher early, but the gains fizzled in the afternoon. The Dow fell less than a point. The S&P 500 also fell less than a point. The Nasdaq rose under a point." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/03/11]

2011 - Return U.S. fire, Pakistanis told - December 3rd, 2011: "Return U.S. fire, Pakistanis told / Order shifts troops' focus from stopping Taliban to protecting nation's border." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/03/11]

2011 - Lee plans to refinance in bankruptcy - December 3rd, 2011: "Lee Enterprises, owner of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch [S.L.P.D.], announced Friday that it will file a 'prepackaged' bankruptcy in an effort to refinance about $1 billion in debt. [....]" [Based on: Article (Lee plans to refinance in bankruptcy), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/03/11]

2011 - U.N. official calls for intervention in Syria - December 3rd, 2011: "U.N. official [12/02/11] calls for intervention in Syria" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/03/11]

2011 - Honda recalls cars for air bag problems - December 3rd, 2011: "Honda recalls cars for air bag problems" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/03/11]

2011 - Pest damage in corn spreading, EPA finds - December 3rd, 2011: "Pest damage in corn spreading, EPA finds / Monsanto's genetically engineered plants are cited; monitoring is called 'inadequate.' " [Based on: Title for Article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/03/11]

2011 - Cain exits race to focus on family - December 4th, 2011: "Cain exits race [12/03/11] to focus on family / He says 'Plan B' involves website where he'll continue to work on nation's [U.S.A.] ills." [Based on: Title for Cox Newspapers article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/04/11]

2011 - Kabul steps up pressure against U.S. night raids - December 4th, 2011: "Kabul steps up pressure against U.S. night raids / Government links issue with talks over long-term strategic pact." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/04/11]

2011 - Latin American nations form bloc without U.S., Canada - December 4th, 2011: "Latin American nations form bloc [CELAC] without U.S., Canada [12/03/11]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/04/11]

2011 - Upset in Slovenia - December 5th, 2011: "Upset [12/04/11] in Slovenia [Positive Slovenia ... took 28.5 percent of the vote']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/05/11]

2011 - 28 killed in Yemen - December 5th, 2011: "28 killed in Yemen ['over the last three days']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/05/11]

2011 - Opposition wins in Croatia - December 5th, 2011: "Opposition ['Kukuriku' coalition] wins in Croatia [12/04/11]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/05/11]

2011 - 2012 military budget / U.S.A. - December 5th, 2011: "Senators passed, 93-7, a $662 billion fiscal 2012 defense budget that provides $117 billion for war in Afghanistan and Iraq and $53 billion for military health care.  A yes vote backed S1867, which raises military pay by 1.6 percent and stiffens U.S. economic sanctions on Iran. [....]" [Based on: Article (2012 military budget), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/05/11]

2011 - Occupy DC protest in standoff  - December 5th, 2011: "Occupy DC protestors started building what looked like a small barn early Sunday in the middle of a park two blocks from the White House where they have been camping out, setting off a series of arrests and a standoff with the police that lasted into the evening. [...] Police arrested 31 people and dismantled the structure." [Based on: Digest article (Occupy DC protest in standoff), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/05/11]

2011 - Putin's party struggles to victory - December 5th, 2011: "Putin's party struggles to victory" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/05/11]

2011 - U.S. spy plane downed, Iran says - December 5th, 2011: "U.S. spy plane downed, Iran says [12/04/11]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/05/11]

2011 - Military custody, civil liberties / U.S.A. - December 5th, 2011: "Senators refused, 38-60, to strip S1867 ... of its requirement that terrorist suspects be held in military custody rather than assigned to the U.S. civil system of criminal justice. A yes vote opposed the requirement on grounds that it goes too far by denying civil liberties to suspects who are American and arrested in the U.S. [....]" [Based on: Article (Military custody, civil liberties), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/05/11]

*Related Links:
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2011/1203/Guantanamo-for-US-citizens-Senate-bill-raises-questions

2011 - Dramatic jump shown in carbon emissions - December 5th, 2011: "[....] Emissions rose 5.9 percent in 2010, according to an analysis released Sunday by the Global Carbon Project, an international collaboration of scientists tracking the numbers. Scientists with the group said the increase, a half-billion extra tons of carbon pumped into the air, was almost certainly the largest absolute jump in any year since the Industrial Revolution, and the largest percentage increase since 2003. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Dramatic jump shown in carbon emissions / 5.9 percent increase in 2010 is worrisome record, analysts say.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/05/11]

2011 - New Italian premier proposes spending plan - December 5th, 2011: "New Italian premier proposes spending plan [12/04/11] / Measures raise retirement age, years for full pension eligibility, and impose new taxes on private wealth." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 12/05/11]

2011 - Islamist parties win majority in Egyptian vote - December 5th, 2011: "Islamist parties win majority in Egyptian vote / Two more rounds of voting are still to be held." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/05/11]

*Trivia: "Israel troubled by emerging election results / Netanyahu calls for Egyptian treaty to be honored." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/05/11]

2011 - Fukushima Daiichi facility spills more radioactive water into area - December 5th, 2011: "At least 45 tons of highly radioactive water has leaked from a purification facility at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, and some of it may have reached the Pacific Ocean, the plant's operator said Sunday [12/04/11]. [...] The company, known as TEPCO, has said that it hopes to bring the plant to a stable state known as a cold shutdown by the end of the year. [...] In all, as much as 220 tons of water may now have leaked from the facility, according to a report in the newspaper Asahi Shimbun that cited TEPCO officials. [NP] The company said the water had about 1 million times as much radioactive strontium as the maximum safe level set by the government but appeared to have already been cleaned of radioactive cesium before leaking out. Both elements are readily absorbed by living tissue and can greatly increase the risk of developing cancer. [NP] TEPCO said it was exploring ways to stop the water from leaking through the crack. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Fukushima Daiichi facility spills more radioactive water into area), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/05/11]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 6th, 2011: "Stocks rose after reports said Germany and five other European nations could face a credit rating downgrade. The Dow rose 78 points, or 0.7 percent, to 12,097. The S&P 500 rose 12, or 1 percent, to 1,257. The Nasdaq composite rose 28, or 1 percent, to 2,655." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/06/11]

2011 - Peru declares emergency over protests - December 6th, 2011: "Peru declares emergency ['a 60-day state of emergency that took effect Monday'] over protests ['... against the $4.8 billion Conga gold-and-copper mining project. U.S.-based Newmont Mining Corp. is the project's majority owner.']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/06/11]

2011 - Health providers to be rated using Medicare data - December 6th, 2011: "Health providers to be rated using Medicare data [U.S.A.]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/06/11]

2011 - Cyclone Alenga - December 7th, 2011: "Tropical Storm Alenga formed over the Indian Ocean on December 5, 2011, and strengthened into a cyclone two days later. On December 8, 2011, the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported that Alenga was located roughly 400 nautical miles (740 kilometers) south-southeast of the Cocos Islands. Alenga had maximum sustained winds of 80 knots (150 kilometers per hour) with gusts up to 100 knots (185 kilometers per hour). [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=76627]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 7th, 2011: "Europe's debt crisis continues to dominate Wall Street, leaving stocks mixed on Tuesday. The Dow rose 52.30, or 0.4 percent, to end at 12,150.13. The S&P 500 rose 1.39, or 0.1 percent, to 1,258.47. The Nasdaq fell 6.20, or 0.2 percent, to 2,649.56." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/07/11]

2011 - Died / Harry Morgan - December 7th, 2011: "... Mr. Morgan [b. 04/10/15] died at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles [12/07/11] after a bout with pneumonia ... ." [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Harry Morgan / Star of TV's 'M*A*S*H,' 'Dragnet' enjoyed an acting career that spanned seven decades), p. A25, S.L.P.D., 12/08/11]

*Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Morgan

2011 - Greece approves austerity budget - December 7th, 2011: "Greece approves austerity budget [early today]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/07/11]

2011 - Settlement / KV Pharmaceutical Co. - December 7th, 2011: "KV Pharmaceutical to pay $17 million to settle fraud case / Deal resolves allegations that firm misrepresented status of two drugs ['nitroglycerin extened release capsules and hyoscyamine sulfate extended release capsules']." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/07/11]

2011 - Strong Earthquake / Atcama, Chile - December 7th, 2011: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Strong earthquake occurred at 22:23:09 (UTC) on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 27.884°S, 70.932°W; Depth 15.6 km (9.7 miles)] was located @ ATCAMA CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc00073nc.php]-[T.D.- 12/08/11]

2011 - Violence in Kabul takes sectarian turn - December 7th, 2011: "In Afghanistan's first major sectarian assault since the fall of the Taliban regime a decade ago, a suicide bomber slaughtered 56 Shiite worshippers and wounded more than 160 others Tuesday [12/06/11] outside a Shiite shrine in the capital. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Violence in Kabul takes sectarian turn / Scores of Shiites perish in suicide attack, an apparent switch in tactics.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/07/11]

2011 - $210 million settlement in mine explosion - December 7th, 2011: "$210 million settlement in mine explosion ['West Virginia coal mine where 29 men were killed in an explosion in April 2010']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/07/11]

2011 - Occupy protests move to foreclosed homes - December 7th, 2011: "Occupy protests move to foreclosed homes [12/06/11] / Tactical shift for movement comes after cities have rousted protestors from public places." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/07/11]

2011 - Indonesia ratifies global ban on nuclear tests - December 7th, 2011: "Indonesia [12/06/11] ratifies global ban on nuclear tests" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/07/11]

2011 - Brazillian Senate loosens Amazon protections - December 7th, 2011: "Brazillian Senate loosens Amazon protections ['Senate has passed a preliminary environmental bill']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/07/11]

2011 - Hard-line Islamists take fourth of Egypt's vote - December 7th, 2011: "Hard-line Islamists ['ultraconservative Salafi movement'] take fourth of Egypt's vote" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/07/11]

2011 - Ohio nuclear plant with cracked concrete restarts - December 7th, 2011: "Ohio nuclear plant [FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse plant near Toledo] with cracked concrete restarts [12/06/11]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/07/11]

2011 - Sandusky arrested - December 8th, 2011: "Sandusky arrested [12/07/11 - ''on new sex abuse charges brought by two new accusers']" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/08/11]

*Trivia: "Sandusky out of jail [12/08/11]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/09/11]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 8th, 2011: "Stocks were mixed after French and German leaders tried to downplay expectations for a key European summit this week. The Dow rose 46.24, or 0.4 percent, to 12,196.37. The S&P 500 rose 2.54, or 0.2 percent, to 1,261.01. The Nasdaq fell 0.35 points to 2,649.21." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/08/11]

2011 - Japan recalls baby food - December 8th, 2011: "A Japanese baby food manufacturer has announced the recall of 400,000 cans of infant formula which reportedly contain traces of radioactive cesium connected to the nation's recent nuclear plant meltdown. Tokyo-based Meiji Co. said it does not know how much of the tainted formula had reached consumers." [Based on: Digest article (Japan recalls baby food), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/08/11]

2011 - San Francisco rousts Occupy - December 8th, 2011: "San Francisco rousts Occupy [12/07/11] / Police arrest 70 in early morning raid, cart off dozens of tents, makeshift shelters." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/08/11]

2011 - DISASTERS IN AMERICA - December 8th, 2011: "Toll from weather [U.S.A.] hits $52 billion / But this year paled to 2005, when Hurricane Katrina cost $145 billion in today's dollars." [Based on: Title for Hartford Courant article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 12/08/11]

2011 - Blagojevich gets 14 years - December 8th, 2011: " 'I have nobody to blame but myself for my stupidity.' / Blagojevich gets 14 years: 'Very stiff ... but necessary' / Ex-Illinois governor's crimes include attempt to auction off Senate seat." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/08/11]

2011 - Arch Coal pays settlement - December 8th, 2011: "Arch Coal Inc. has agreed to pay $350,000 to settle claims of unpermitted mine discharges in West Virginia. [....]" [Based on: Article (Arch Coal pays settlement), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/08/11]

2011 - Mars rover plans to keep active - December 8th, 2011: "[....] The hardy rover survived four previous Martian winters. Scientists expect no different and even drew up a to-do list. [...] With a little over 21 miles on its odometer, Opportunity is showing some wear, including an arthritic shoulder, but is otherwise in good health. 'It's going on eight years, but we're not done yet,' said Ray Arvidson, the mission deputy scientist from Washington University in St. Louis. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Mars rover plans to keep active), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/08/11]

2011 - Monsanto tops profit expectations - December 8th, 2011: "Monsanto tops profit expectations / Company cites growth in Brazil and Argentina among factors." [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/08/11]

2011 - U.S. puts boots on ground in Africa - December 8th, 2011: "[....] The armed commandos aren't there to fight, only to help the Ugandan army hunt down the elusive Lord's Resistance Army and its legendary leader, Joseph Kony, officials say. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (U.S. puts boots on ground in Africa / Commandos will serve as advisers to Ugandan soldiers fighting rogue rebel band.), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/08/11]

2011 - Occupy protestors arrested in D.C. - December 8th, 2011: "Occupy protestors arrested in D.C. [12/07/11] / Assailing wealth inequality, they lie on busy street, snarling midday traffic." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/08/11]

2011 - U.S. infected 1,082 in '40s in Guatemala - December 8th, 2011: "[....] The report says 2,082 people were infected with syphilis, gonorrhea or chancroid. Previous studies said about 1,300 people were exposed, including soldiers, prostitutes, prisoners and mental patients." [Based on: Digest article (U.S. infected 1,082 in '40s in Guatemala), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/08/11]

2011 - Pakistani president won't quit, aides say - December 8th, 2011: "Pakistani president won't quit, aides say / Zardari is hospitalized in Dubai after heart attack [12/06/11]." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/08/11]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 9th, 2011: "Stocks fell after Europe's central bank said it doesn't plan to boost bond purchases, as markets had hoped.  The Dow fell 198.67, or 1.6 percent, to 11,997.70. The S&P 500 fell 26.66, or 2.1 percent, to 1,234.35. The Nasdaq fell 52.83, or 2 percent, to 2,596.38." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 12/09/11]

2011 - Israel strikes Gaza Strip - December 9th, 2011: "[....] Airstrikes took place early today against training facilities of the militant Hamas group. Gaza officials say an airstrike also targeted a Hamas training facility in southern Gaza, but no casualties were reported. The Israeli military confirmed the airstrikes." [Based on: Digest article (Israel strikes Gaza Strip), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/09/11]

2011 - Human remains at landfill - December 9th, 2011: "[....] New data from the Air Force obtained by The Washington Post showed that 976 fragments of remains from 274 military personnel were incinerated and taken to the landfill between 2004 and 2008. All told, when other unidentified remains were included, more than 2,700 incinerated fragments were discarded in the landfill, the Post reported. [....]" [Based on: Tribune Washington Bureau article (Human remains at landfill / Air Force inquiry reveals number of fragments discarded there.), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/09/11]

2011 - Senate rejects payroll tax bill - December 9th, 2011: "Senate [U.S.A.] rejects payroll tax bill [50-48]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/09/11]

2011 - 7 Nations on Neocon Hit List - December 9th, 2011: "Some 10 years before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., top neoconservatives in the Pentagon orchestrated a major 'policy coup' to start wars with multiple Middle Eastern countries and secure total domination of the Middle East in order to take their oil. That’s according to a top former U.S. military officer. [....]" [Based on: AFP article (7 Nations on Neocon Hit List) by James P. Tucker Jr., December 09, 2011]

*Link: http://americanfreepress.net/?p=1794

2011 - Putin blames Clinton for unrest - December 9th, 2011: "Putin [12/08/11] blames Clinton [Hillary] for unrest / Protests over Russian elections could grow to the biggest since fall of Soviet Union." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/09/11]

2011 - Iran shows off downed drone - December 9th, 2011: "Iran shows off downed drone [12/08/11] / In video and photograph, vehicle appears to resemble a U.S. reconnaissance craft." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/09/11]

*Related Links: http://tinyurl.com/6pwoe56

2011 - Fear returns to Virginia Tech - December 9th, 2011: "Fear returns to Virginia Tech [12/08/11] / Campus is paralyzed again after fatal shootings of police officer, another man." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/09/11]

2011 - Baseball Trivia / Albert Pujols - December 9th, 2011: "Pujols is out of here [St. Louis, Mo.] after signing 10-year deal worth $254 million with Angels" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/09/11]

2011 - Wells Fargo settles fraud cases - December 9th, 2011: "Wells Fargo settles fraud cases / Firm pays $184.2 million for bid-rigging activities in cities and counties generated by Wachovia, which Wells Fargo acquired in 2008." [Based on: Titlefor A.P. article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 12/09/11]

2011 - Listeria's final toll is put at 30 deaths - December 9th, 2011: "Listeria's final toll is put at 30 deaths ['The CDC says 146 people were sickened in 28 states.']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/09/11]

2011 - Senate blocks consumer protection nominee - December 9th, 2011: "Senate [U.S.A.] blocks [12/08/11] consumer protection nominee [Richard Cordray]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/09/11]

2011 - Late Dublin archbishop accused of abuse - December 9th, 2011: "Late Dublin archbishop [John Charles McQuaid] accused of abuse" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/09/11]

2011 - Afghan bomber fails, but so does security - December 9th, 2011: "Afghan bomber fails ['... at a graduation ceremony in Kandahar'], but so does security [12/08/11]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/09/11]

2011 - U.S. climate change negotiator put on defensive - December 9th, 2011: "U.S. climate change negotiator put on defensive [12/08/11]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 12/09/11]

*Links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yncq4dwBhEc

2011 - Lunar Eclipse - December 10th, 2011: "Today, Dec. 10th, the full Moon passed through the shadow of Earth, producing a total lunar eclipse visible across the Pacific hemisphere. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=10&month=12&year=2011]

2011 - Uranus turns direct - "December 10th, 2011: "Early today, Uranus turns direct after many months of retrograde motion. [....]"

[Based on: http://www.cafeastrology.com/thisweekinastrology.html]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 10th, 2011: "Stocks rose on hopes that Europe has moved closer to resolving the debt crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 186.56, or 1.6 percent, to 12,184.26. The S&P 500 rose 20.84, or 1.7 percent, to 1,255.19. The Nasdaq rose 50.47, or 1.9 percent, to 2,646.85." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/10/11]

2011 - Captive ex-FBI agent shown - December 10th, 2011: "Captive ex-FBI agent [Robert A. Levinson] shown [12/09/11] / Release of 2010 videotape indicates little progress in search for man held hostage ['... disappeared in March 2007 while on Kish Island, a resort in the Persian Gulf.']." [Based on: Title (and text) for New York Times article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/10/11]

2011 - Letter bomb injures Italian official - December 10th, 2011: "Letter bomb [12/09/11] injures Italian official [Marco Cuccagna]." [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/10/11]

2011 - Birth control patch gets experts' OK - December 10th, 2011: "Birth control patch [Ortho Evra patch, by Johnson & Johnson] gets experts' OK / FDA panel decides benefits outweigh potentially higher risk of blood clots." [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 12/10/11]

2011 - DuPont is fined $750,000 for violations at plant - December 10th, 2011: "DuPont is fined $750,000 for violations at plant [Chambers Works facility in Salem County, Deleware]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/10/11]

2011 - Solar Wind - December 11th, 2011: "Earth is entering a minor solar wind stream that could spark auroras around the Arctic Circle. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for Northern Lights tonight. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 12/11/11]

2011 - Population explosion / India - December 11th, 2011: "India faces fallout from population explosion" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/11/11]

2011 - Libyan general escapes ambush - December 11th, 2011: "Libyan general [Gen. Khalifa Hifter] escapes ambush [12/10/11]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/11/11]

2011 - Russian protestors take on Putin - December 11th, 2011: "Russian protestors take on Putin [12/10/11]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/11/11]

2011 - Strong Earthquake / Guerrero, Mexico - December 11th, 2011: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Strong earthquake occurred at 01:47:26 (UTC) on Sunday, December 11th, 2011. The magnitude 6.5 event [Location: 18.038°N, 99.796°W; Depth 64.9 km (40.3 miles)] was located @ GUERRERO, MEXICO."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc000753u.php]-[T.D.- 12/11/11]

2011 - Gingrich tries to patch fence over statement - December 11th, 2011: "[....] In footage released Friday, the former House speaker told the Jewish Channel, a U.S. cable TV network, that the Palestinians were an 'invented people.' [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Gingrich tries to patch fence over statement / After calling Palestinians an 'invented' people, presidential hopeful says he backs peace agreement between them, Israel.), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/11/11]

2011 - Cod fishing may be banned / New England - December 11th, 2011: "[....] Fishermen insist that there are plenty of cod and that the real problem is fuzzy science." [Based on: Digest article (Cod fishing may be banned), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/11/11]

2011 - Noriega return causing jitters among old allies - December 11th, 2011: "Noriega return causing jitters among old allies / They fear he may reveal decades-old secrets as the former dictator intends to speak out about his case upon his return ['to a jail cell in his homeland.']." [Based on: Title (and text) for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/11/11]

2011 - Boston police clear out remaining protestors - December 11th, 2011: "Boston police clear out remaining protestors [12/10/11] / Among major cities, Occupy Boston encampment was one of the last to be removed; police cite public safety." [Based on: Title for Marketwatch article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/11/11]

2011 - Fat children face heart risks as young as age 3 - December 11th, 2011: "Fat children face heart risks as young as age 3 / University of Miami study says problems with cholesterol levels, artery inflamation begin early." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 12/11/11]

2011 - Gingrich draws attacks as new GOP front-runner - December 11th, 2011: "Gingrich draws attacks as new GOP front-runner [12/10/11]" [Based on: Titlefor A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/11/11]

2011 - Youths seized amid unease of Congolese election - December 11th, 2011: "Youths seized amid unease of Congolese election [12/10/11]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/11/11]

2011 - Gene therapy succeeds as hemophilia treatment - December 11th, 2011: "[....] Hemophilia B is the first well-known disease to appear treatable by gene therapy, a technique with a 20-year record of almost unbroken failure." [Based on: New York Times article (Gene therapy succeeds as hemophilia treatment / It's first time process has worked on a well-known disease.), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/11/11]

2011 - Strong Earthquake / South Sandwich Islands Region - December 11th, 2011: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Strong earthquake occurred at 09:54:55 (UTC) on Sunday, December 11th, 2011. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 55.980°S, 28.238°W; Depth 115.5 km (71.8 miles)] was located @ SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc000756n.php]-[T.D.- 12/14/11]

2011 - Richer Russians take to streets - December 12th, 2011: "Richer Russians take to streets [12/10/11] / Middle class protestors who have gotten wealthier under Putin may now be seeking more political rights and an end to corruption." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/12/11]

2011 - Iran says it won't return U.S. drone - December 12th, 2011: "Iran says [12/11/11] it won't return U.S. drone" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/12/11]

2011 - Italian unions going ahead with strike  - December 12th, 2011: "Italian unions going ahead with strike ['to protest pension reforms']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/12/11]

2011 - Occupy San Francisco protestors arrested - December 12th, 2011: "Occupy San Francisco protestors arrested [12/11/11]" [Based on: Digest article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/12/11]

2011 - Polluters won't change for climate's sake - December 12th, 2011: "[....] Sunday's deal extends by five years the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 agreement that has binding emissions targets for some industrial countriesbut not the world's biggest carbon polluters, China and the United States. Scientists say more reductions are needed before 2020, but the Durban talks produced no new commitments to cut emissions." [Based on: Digest article (Polluters won't change for climate's sake), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/12/11]

2011 - McDonnell Douglas workers played role in Cold War eyes in the sky - December 12th, 2011: "Local engineers can finally talk [since Sept. 17] about top-secret work / McDonnell Douglas workers played role in Cold War eyes in the sky [Hexagon]." [Based on: Title for Article, pp. A1 & A11, S.L.P.D., 12/12/11]

*Related Links:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44568418/ns/technology_and_science-space/t/declassified-us-spy-satellites-reveal-rare-look-cold-war-space-program/

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 13th, 2011: "Stocks fell on worries that Europe's plan to fix its debt crisis won't do enough in the near term. The Dow fell 162.87, or 1.3 percent, to 12,021.39. The S&P 500 fell 18.72, or 1.5 percent, to 1,236.47. The Nasdaq fell 34.59, or 1.3 percent, to 2,612.26." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/13/11]

2011 - Al-Maliki cracking down - December 13th, 2011: "Al-Maliki cracking down / Authoritarian bent in Iraq draws concern as former Baath Party members are arrested; companies evicted from Green Zone." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/13/11]

2011 - Deal reached on spending / U.S.A. - December 13th, 2011: "Deal ['tentative agreement'] reached on spending [12/12/11] / Congressional plan follows blueprint from summer's battle; conservatives lose out on many policy changes they had sought." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/13/11]

2011 - Occupiers hinder port operations - December 13th, 2011: "Occupiers hinder port operations [U.S. West Coast - 12/12/11]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 12/13/11]

2011 - Canada pulls out of Kyoto Protocol - December 13th, 2011: "[....] Canada, joined by Japan and Russia, said last year that it would not accept new Kyoto commitments, but renouncing the accord is another setback to the treaty concluded with much fanfare in 1997. [NP] No nation has formally renounced the protocol until now." [Based on: Digest article (Canada pulls out of Kyoto Protocol), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/13/11]

2011 - Mexico claims capture of a drug cartel founder - December 13th, 2011: "Mexico claims capture of a drug cartel founder [Raul Lucio Hernandez Lechuga - 12/12/11]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/13/11]

2011 - Obama asks Iran to return fallen surveillance drone - December 13th, 2011: "Obama asks Iran to return fallen surveillance drone" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/13/11]

2011 - Strong Earthquake / Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia - December 13th, 2011: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Strong earthquake occurred at 07:52:11 (UTC) on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 0.010°N, 123.027°E; Depth 156.1 km (97.0 miles)] was located @ MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc00075ux.php]-[T.D.- 12/14/11]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 14th, 2011: "Stocks fell Tuesday after the Federal Reserve held off on any new steps to stimulate the economy. The Dow fell 66.45 points, or 0.6 percent, to 11,954.94. The S&P 500 fell 10.74, or 0.9 percent, to 1,225.73. The Nasdaq fell 32.99, or 1.3 percent, to 2,579.27." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/14/11]

2011 - Washington Mutual OKs settlement - December 14th, 2011: "Washington Mutual OKs settlement / Bank holding company files new reorganization in bankruptcy." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/14/11]

2011 - Hindus in Hungary protest new law - December 14th, 2011: "Hindus in Hungary protest new law ['... that could strip them of their status as a recognized church.']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/14/11]

2011 - Explosions hit oil pipeline in Iraq - December 14th, 2011: "Explosions hit oil pipeline in Iraq [southern Iraq]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/14/11]

2011 - Train links Moscow, Paris in 37 hours - December 14th, 2011: "Train links Moscow, Paris in 37 hours" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/14/11]

2011 - U.S.-born Syrian faces criminal charges - December 14th, 2011: "U.S.-born Syrian faces criminal charges [Razan Ghazzawi was arrested Dec. 4]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/14/11]

2011 - U.S. drone crashes at Seychelles airport - December 14th, 2011: "U.S. drone [MQ-9 Reaper] crashes at Seychelles airport [12/13/11]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/14/11]

2011 - New member Palestine raises its flag at UNESCO - December 14th, 2011: "New member Palestine raises its flag at UNESCO [12/13/11]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/14/11]

2011 - Major Earthquake / Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea - December 14th, 2011: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Major earthquake occurred at 05:04:57 (UTC) on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011. The magnitude 7.1 event [Location: 7.518°S, 146.767°E; Depth 121.2 km (75.3 miles)] was located @ EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc00076e5.php]-[T.D.- 12/14/11]

2011 - War in Iraq End - December 15th, 2011: "The Iraq War, or the War in Iraq (also referred to as the Occupation of Iraq, the Second Gulf War, or Operation Iraqi Freedom by the United States military), was a conflict that occurred in Iraq from March 20, 2003[41][42] to December 15, 2011.[43] [....]"

[Based on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_War]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 15th, 2011: "Worries about Europe's debt crisis dragged stocks down again on Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 131.46, or 1.1 percent, to 11,823.48. The S&P 500 fell 13.91, or 1.1 percent, to 1,211.82. The Nasdaq fell 39.96, or 1.5 percent, to 2,539.31." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/15/11]

2011 - Teens turn to pot / U.S.A. - December 15th, 2011: "One out of every 15 high school students smokes marijuana on a near daily basis, a figure that has reached a 30-year peak even as use of alcohol, cigarettes and cocaine among teenagers continues to decline, according to a government report." [Based on: Digest article (Teens turn to pot), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/15/11]

2011 - Israeli women blocked at polls - December 15th, 2011: "[....] Israel's Channel 2 TV video showed the men screaming at a few dozen women, demanding that they leave a voting station Wednesday. Then the men pushed them away." [Based on: Digest article (Israeli women blocked at polls), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/15/11]

2011 - Defectors kill 8 Syrian troops - December 15th, 2011: "Defectors kill 8 Syrian troops [12/14/11] / Attack on convoy is in retaliation for the death of five civilians." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/15/11]

2011 - Nuclear chief is called a bully - December 15th, 2011: "Nuclear chief [NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko] is called a bully [12/14/11] / Colleagues cite verbal assaults, intimidation, blocking information." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/15/11]

2011 - Coca-Cola buys into Saudi company - December 15th, 2011: "Coca-Cola buys into Saudi company [Aujan Industries]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/15/11]

2011 - Defense spending bill clears the House / U.S.A. - December 15th, 2011: "Defense spending bill [$662 billion] clears [283-136] the House [12/14/11]" [Based on: Title (and text) for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/15/11]

2011 - Radical Israelis will face no-charge detention  - December 15th, 2011: "Radical Israelis will face no-charge detention / Justice meted out to Palestinians will be applied to Jews who attack police, Netanyahu says [12/14/11]." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/15/11]

2011 - China slaps trade traiffs on U.S. car, SUV imports - December 15th, 2011: "China slaps trade traiffs on U.S. car, SUV imports [12/14/11]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/15/11]

2011 - Brazil seeks $10.6 billion in offshore Chevron spill - December 15th, 2011: "Brazil seeks $10.6 billion in offshore Chevron spill" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/15/11]

2011 - Strong Earthquake / South of the Kermadec Islands - December 15th, 2011: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Strong earthquake occurred at 10:10:08 (UTC) on Thursday, December 15th, 2011. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 32.604°S, 179.103°W; Depth 34.1 km (21.2 miles)] was located @ SOUTH OF THE KERMADEC ISLANDS"

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc000770k.php]-[T.D.- 12/17/11]

2011 - Chirac is convicted - December 16th, 2011: "Chirac is convicted [12/14/11]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/16/11]

2011 - Tropical Storm Washi - december 16th, 2011: "Tropical Storm Washi devastated the Philippines on December 16 and 17, 2011. The storm was not powerful in the traditional sense—it’s winds never surpassed 55 knots (100 kilometers per hour or 63 miles per hour) and it lacked the organization of an intense typhoon or hurricane. Nonetheless, Washi unleashed extremely heavy rain on northwest Mindanao,. and the resulting floods left hundreds dead or missing. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=76702]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 16th, 2011: "Stocks rose Thursday on encouraging economic reports about the job market and manufacturing. The Dow rose 45.33, or 0.4 percent, to 11,868.81. The S&P 500 rose 3.93, or 0.3 percent, to 1,215.75. The Nasdaq rose 1.70, or 0.1 percent, to 2,541.01." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 12/16/11]

2011 - Japanese debris reaches U.S. - December 16th, 2011: "Some debris from the March tsunami in Japan has reached the West Coast, the start of what oceanographers expects [<typo?] will be tons of debris from Japan washing ashore in about a year, from California to southern Alaska. Items that wash up may include portions of houses, boats, ships furniture and cars, an official said." [Based on: Digest article (Japanese debris reaches U.S.), p. A25, S.L.P.D., 12/16/11]

*Links: http://www.adn.com/2011/12/18/2224239/tsunami-debris-expected-on-alaska.html

2011 - Military defectors kill 27 soldiers in Syria - December 16th, 2011: "Military defectors kill 27 soldiers in Syria [12/14/11], group says" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A23, S.L.P.D., 12/16/11]

2011 - 662 billion defense bill is approved by Congress - December 16th, 2011: "$662 billion defense bill [12/15/11] is approved by Congress [86-13]" [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/16/11]

2011 - Documents Reveal Israel Stole Uranium from U.S. Stockpiles In 1950s and 1960s - DEcember 16th, 2011: "Documents Reveal Israel Stole Uranium from U.S. Stockpiles In 1950s and 1960s" [Based on: Title for AFP article, December 16, 2011]

*Link: http://americanfreepress.net/?p=1876

2011 - Died / Kim Jong Il - December 17th, 2011: "North Korean leader dies [12/17/11] / Some had expressed fear his death could lead to power struggle, nuclear instability." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/19/11]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 17th, 2011: "Stocks were mixed Friday on more worries about Europe's debt crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 2.42 points to 11,866.39. The S&P 500 rose 3.91, or 0.3 percent, to 1,219.66. The Nasdaq rose 14.32, or 0.6 percent, to 2,555.33." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/17/11]

2011 - Flash floods hit Plilippines - December 17th, 2011: "Flash floods hit Plilippines ['... have killed nearly 60 people.']" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/17/11]

*Trivia: "Hundreds are killed in Philippines storm ['more than 400 were killed and 162 missing Saturday'] / Scores missing after flash floods, landslides in southern part of nation." [Based on: Title for dpa article, p. A30, S.L.P.D., 12/18/11]

*Trivia: "[....] Most of the rain fell on Friday, December 16. The rain rushed down mountain slopes and converged on coastal communities overnight, while people were sleeping. The ensuing flash floods left 957 dead and 1,582 injured as of December 20, reported the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Most of the fatalities came in Cagayan De Oro and Iligan City. Nearly 340,000 people have been affected by the disaster. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=76702]

2011 - Violence returns amid Egyptian vote - December 17th, 2011: "Violence returns amid Egyptian vote [12/16/11]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/17/11]

2011 - Japan declares end to nuclear crisis - December 17th, 2011: "Japan [12/16/11] declares end to nuclear crisis" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 12/17/11]

2011 - Chicago Rally to Thank Obama for Supposedly Ending War in Iraq ... . - December 17th, 2011: "Chicago Rally to Thank Obama for Supposedly Ending War in Iraq Turns Up 30 Speakers and 10 Audience Members" [Based on Title for War Is A Crime.org article - 12/17/11]

http://warisacrime.org/content/chicago-rally-thank-obama-supposedly-ending-war-iraq-turns-30-speakers-and-10-audience-membe2011

2011 - NATO ends mission in Iraq - December 18th, 2011: "NATO [12/17/11] ends mission ['its seven-year training mission'] in Iraq" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A30, S.L.P.D., 12/18/11]

2011 - Kazakhstan declares emergency - December 18th, 2011: "Kazakhstan declares emergency [12/16/11] in town ['where striking workers and police had fought the day before']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A30, S.L.P.D., 12/18/11]

2011 - Kenya continues offensive in Somalia - December 18th, 2011: "Kenya continues offensive in Somalia" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A30, S.L.P.D., 12/18/11]

2011 - Right wing is new headache for the Israelis - December 18th, 2011: "Right wing is new headache for the Israelis / Rising strife - Spate of attacks by Jewish extremists calls into question definition of the word 'terrorist.' / Enemy territory? - West Bank demolitions by soldiers amount to declaration of war, settler charges." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/18/11]

2011 - Legacy of war: Saudis, Iraq remain at odds - December 18th, 2011: "Legacy of war: Saudis, Iraq remain at odds" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 12/18/11]

2011 - Medvedev stands up for protestors in Russia - December 18th, 2011: "Medvedev stands up for protestors in Russia [12/17/11]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A30, S.L.P.D., 12/18/11]

2011 - Senate OKs bill to extend payroll tax for 2 months - December 18th, 2011: "Senate [12/17/11] OKs bill [89-10] to extend payroll tax for 2 months" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/18/11]

2011 - Toll of dead, wounded rises as Egyptian violence rages - December 18th, 2011: "Toll of dead, wounded rises as Egyptian violence rages / Soldiers, protestors trade rock barrages in post-election mayhem." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A30, S.L.P.D., 12/18/11]

2011 - Occupy Wall Street protestors in NYC try to set up new campsite - December 18th, 2011: "Church lot becomes a scene of arrests / Occupy Wall Street protestors in NYC try to set up new campsite [12/17/11]." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/18/11]

2011 - More clashes in Egypt - December 19th, 2011: "More clashes in Egypt [12/18/11]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/19/11]

2011 - Russian oil platform capsizes - December 19th, 2011: "Russian oil platform ['Russia's east coast'] capsizes [12/18/11]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/19/11]

2011 - Many just vanish in Philippines storm  - December 19th, 2011: "Many just vanish in Philippines storm / More than 900 missing as death toll tops 650 in southern part of nation." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/19/11]

2011 - Kazakh police defend use of live rounds - December 19th, 2011: "Kazakh police defend [12/18/11] use of live rounds" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/19/11]

2011 - U.S. reaches food aid deal with N. Korea - December 19th, 2011: "U.S. reaches food aid deal with N. Korea / The agreement is linked to suspension of Pyongyang's enrichment program." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 12/19/11]

2011 - Israel completes swap for captured soldier - December 19th, 2011: "Israel completes swap ['released hundreds of Palestinaian prisoners late Sunday'] for captured soldier [12/18/11]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/19/11]

2011 - Last U.S. troops in Iraq leave with no fanfare - December 19th, 2011: "Last U.S. troops in Iraq leave with no fanfare [12/18/11] / Soldiers in convoy head for Kuwait under cover of darkness after not even saying farewell to Iraqi comrades on base." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/19/11]

2011 - Hunt for nuclear waste site could point to granite deposits - December 19th, 2011: "Hunt for nuclear waste site [U.S.A.] could point to granite deposits ['in the East and Midwest']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/19/11]

2011 - Snowstorm / U.S.A. - December 20th, 2011: "Snowstorm [12/19/11] smacks Plains [U.S.A.]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/20/11]

*Links: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=76610

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 20th, 2011: "Financial stocks led the market lower on Monday on worries about Europe's debt crisis. The Dow fell 100.13 points, or 0.8 percent, to 11,766.26. The S&P 500 fell 14.31, or 1.2 percent, to 1,205.35. The Nasdaq composite fell 32.19, or 1.3 percent, to 2,523.14." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/20/11]

2011 - Seattle bans plastic bags - December 20th, 2011: "Seattle bans plastic bags [12/19/11]" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/20/11]

2011 - Saab declares bankruptcy - December 20th, 2011: "Saab declares bankruptcy [12/19/11]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/20/11]

2011 - Syria to allow Arab monitors - December 20th, 2011: "Syria to allow Arab monitors ['agreed Monday']; 100 killed" [Based on: Title (and text) for World Digest article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/20/11]

2011 - Questions loom over North Korea - December 20th, 2011: "Questions loom over North Korea / Dictator's death fuels doubts over son's ability to retain power, let alone run nation." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/20/11]

2011 - Iraq issues arrest warrant for Sunni VP - December 20th, 2011: "Iraq issues arrest warrant for Sunni VP [12/19/11]" [Based on: Title for World Digest article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/20/11]

2011 - Tunisia's new president asks Jews to return - December 20th, 2011: "Tunisia's new president asks Jews to return [12/19/11]" [Based on: Title for World Digest article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/20/11]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 21st, 2011: "Stocks rose Tuesday on encouraging economic data from Europe and the U.S. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 337.32 points, or 2.9 percent, to 12,103.58. The S&P 500 rose 35.95, or 3 percent, to 1,241.30. The Nasdaq rose 80.59, or 3.2 percent, to 2,603.73." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/21/11]

2011 - Snowstorm / Midwest U.S.A. - December 21st, 2011: "Snow drifts impede travel as storm swings east, eases [12/20/11]" [Based on: Title for article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/21/11]

2011 - Women protest abuse / Egypt - December 21st, 2011: "Women protest abuse [12/20/11] / Outrage flares over treatment of female activists at hands of troops." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/21/11]

2011 - Hot-potato tax issue tossed back - December 21st, 2011: "Hot-potato tax issue tossed back by House [U.S.A. / Chamber's rejection of deal [12/20/11] brings rebuke from Obama; tax break for millions hangs in the balance." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/21/11]

2011 - Sunni leader in Iraq denies hit squads - December 21st, 2011: "[....] In a news conference, the vice president, Tariq al Hashimi, blamed the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for using the country's security forces to persecute political opponents, specifically Sunnis." [Based on: Digest article (Sunni leader in Iraq denies hit squads), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/21/11]

2011 - 2 days of violence in Syria leave 150 dead - December 21st, 2011: "2 days of violence in Syria leave 150 dead" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/21/11]

2011 - Mexico's Mayan region launches apocalypse countdown - December 21st, 2011: "Mexico's Mayan region launches apocalypse countdown" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/21/11]

2011 - Sun in Capricorn - December 22nd, 2011: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Capricorn." [Based on: http://www.biopscinst.com/bpi/ephm/E201112.html]

2011 - DECEMBER SOLSTICE - December 22nd, 2011: "Tonight is the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest night in the Southern Hemisphere. The December Solstice, which marks the change of seasons, occurs at 12:30 a.m. on the 22nd EST (9:30 p.m. on the 21st PST) when the Sun reaches its farthest point south on the celestial sphere. Happy Solstice!"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 12/21/11]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 22nd, 2011: "Technology stocks slumped Wednesday after disappointing earnings from Oracle. The Nasdaq fell 25.76 points, or 1 percent to 2,577.97. Broader indexes rose slightly. The Dow rose 4.16 points to 12.107.74. The S&P 500 rose 2.42, or 0.2 percent, to 1,243.72." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/22/11]

2011 - New EPA rules / U.S.A. - December 22nd, 2011: "New EPA rules aim to rein in polluters / Tough regulations target utility emissions; industry cries foul." [Based on: Title for article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/22/11]

2011 - Opposition says Syria kills 100 - December 22nd, 2011: "Opposition says Syria kills 100 / Attack near Turkish border [12/20/11] comes on offensive by government forces vs. protestors." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/22/11]

2011 - Lax environment cited in leaks case - December 22nd, 2011: "Lax environment cited in leaks case [12/21/11] / Witnesses say members of intelligence unit played CDs, watched videos." [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/22/11]

2011 - Peace Corps pulls out of Honduras - December 22nd, 2011: "Peace Corps pulls out of Honduras." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A24, S.L.P.D., 12/22/11]

2011 - Bank to pay $335 million in bias suit - December 22nd, 2011: "Bank [Bank of America] to pay $335 million in bias suit" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/22/11]

2011 - U.S. mandates more rest for pilots - December 22nd, 2011: "U.S. mandates more rest for pilots [12/21/11] / FAA takes action after fatigue is cited in fatal crash ['Colgan Air reginal airline flight'] near Buffalo, N.Y. [02/12/09]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Chicago Tribune article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/22/11]

2011 - European Central Bank moves to ease crisis - December 22nd, 2011: "European Central Bank moves to ease crisis / It is making money available to lenders at bargain rates in bid to keep the credit flowing." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/22/11]

2011 - Iraq leader threatens to drop power-sharing - December 22nd, 2011: "Iraq leader threatens [12/21/11] to drop power-sharing / As U.S. troops leave, country's fragile democracy faces crisis." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 12/22/11]

2011 - 8 U.S. soldiers charged in death of bullied comrade - December 22nd, 2011: "8 U.S. soldiers charged [12/21/11] in death of bullied comrade / Asian-American [Pvt. Daniel Chen], 19, killed himself in Afghanistan in October [10/03/11], Army says." [Based on: Title (and text) for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/22/11]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 23rd, 2011: "Stocks rose Thursday on encouraging signs about the job market and economy. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 61.91, or 0.5 percent, to 12,169.65. The S&P 500 rose 10.28, or 0.8 percent, to 1,254.00. The Nasdaq rose 21.48, or 0.8 percent, to 2,599.45." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. C3, S.L.P.D., 12/23/11]

2011 - New Island / Red Sea - December 23rd, 2011: "A new island is forming in the Red Sea. About 60 kilometers (40 miles) from the coast of Yemen, an undersea eruption began in mid-December 2011. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=76911]

2011 - Italy passes austerity plan - December 23rd, 2011: "Italy passes [Senate voted overwhelmingly ... 12/22/11] austerity plan [$40 billion]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 12/23/11]

2011 - Severe storms hit Georgia - December 23rd, 2011: "Severe storms hit Georgia" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/23/11]

2011 - U.S. concedes error in attack - December 23rd, 2011: "U.S. concedes error in attack [11/26/11] but says Pakistan fired first" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 12/23/11]

2011 - Argentina OKs tough land law - December 23rd, 2011: "Argentina OKs tough land law ['limits on foreign ownership of farmland.']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 12/23/11]

2011 - House will deal on tax cut / U.S.A. - December 23rd, 2011: "House will deal on tax cut / As political pressure builds, GOP leaders agree [1222/11] to extend payroll break by two months." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/23/11]

2011 - Chinese protestors in police standoff - December 23rd, 2011: "[....] Thousands of people in the town of Haimen [China] wanting to block a highway were locked in a standoff with riot police Thursday [12/22/11], protestors said. It was the third day of unrest in the area. [NP] The protestors say an existing coal-fired power plant has contributed to what they say is a rise in cancer cases and heavy pollution in the seas, a serious problem for a town where fishing is a source of livelihood." [Based on: Digest article (Chinese protestors in police standoff), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 12/23/11]

2011 - Test results awaited / Infant formula - December 23rd, 2011: "Second infant's death [12/21/11] widens inquiry / Premature baby dies in Granite City [Mo.]; test results awaited on powered formula linked to Missouri infant." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 12/23/11]

2011 - Medvedev suggests big changes to Russia - December 23rd, 2011: "Medvedev suggests big changes to Russia [12/22/11] / In odd twist, outgoing president proposes ways to dismantle centralized government built by Putin." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 12/23/11]

2011 - Iran, Taliban, al-Qaida found liable for 9/11 - December 23rd, 2011: "Iran, Taliban, al-Qaida found liable [12/22/11] for 9/11" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/23/11]

2011 - Oil spill off Nigeria worst there in decade - December 23rd, 2011: "Oil spill off Nigeria ['from Shell's Bonga field'] worst there in decade" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 12/23/11]

2011 - Blasts rock Baghdad, raise fear of civil war - December 23rd, 2011: "A terrifying wave of bombs tore through mostly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad on Thursday [12/22/11], killing at least 60 people and evoking fears that Iraq could dissolve into a new round of sectarian violence now that American troops have left. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Blasts rock Baghdad, raise fear of civil war / Shiites aare targeted in well-coordinated sectarian violence.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/23/11]

2011 - Report lists damage to Washington Monument - December 23rd, 2011: "Report [12/22/11] lists damage to Washington Monument ['... has extensive cracks and loose stones along the entire length of the 555-foot structure ... .']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/23/11]

2011 - Journal retracts paper on chronic fatigue syndrome - December 23rd, 2011: "[....] The paper's lead researcher, Judy Mikovits ... began linking XMRV [a retrovirus] to other frustrating disorders, including autism and Gulf War Syndrome, without publishing data to support her statements. [....]" [Based on: Digest article (Journal retracts paper on chronic fatigue syndrome), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/23/11]

*Related Links:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904563904576586911675053954.html?KEYWORDS=xmrv#project%3DXMRV1012%26articleTabs%3Dinteractive

2011 - Moderate Earthquake / Christchurch, New Zealand - December 23rd, 2011: "Earthquake ['5.8 ... at a depth of 2.5 miles'] rattles New Zealand" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 12/23/11]

*Links: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0007b7t.php

2011 - Car Bombers / Syria - December 24th, 2011: "Bombs [two car bombers] kill 44 in Syria [12/23/11] / Twin suicide blasts hit intelligence compounds." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/24/11]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 24th, 2011: "Stocks rose after Congress extended a payroll tax holiday for workers and emergency unemployment benefits. The S&P 500 rose 11.33, or 0.9 percent, to 1,265.33. The Dow rose 124.35, or 1 percent, to 12,294.00. The Nasdaq rose 19.19, or 0.7 percent, to 2,618.64." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/24/11]

2011 - 3 U.S. citizens among bus attack victims - December 24th, 2011: "3 U.S. citizens among bus attack victims [Veracruz, Mexico - 12/22/11]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 12/24/11]

2011 - Helen Thomas: Israel should get that Hamas was chosen democratically - December 24th, 2011: "Noted US journalist Helen Thomas told a Hebrew newspaper that she wonders why Israel cannot absorb the idea that the Palestinian people elected Hamas Movement democratically. [NP] 'I do not know why it is difficult for Israel to believe that the Palestinian people elected Hamas,' she told Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper. [NP] Replying to a claim during the interview that Hamas was a terrorist group, she said that she is against violence, but she understands Hamas's desire to restore what was taken from the Palestinians. [NP] She noted that she is not against Jews but against Zionism and stressed that the Jews must give back what they took from others and is not theirs. [NP] The US journalist added the Jews' right to exist does not give them the right to seize other people's land. [NP] The journalist underlined that the Jews in the 1940's after the end of the second world war had homelands and they should had returned to their homes without having to occupy the country of another people. [....]" [Based on: Article (Helen Thomas: Israel should get that Hamas was chosen democratically) - 24/12/2011 - 10:20 AM ]

http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/en/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7%2bryg2HBZJHgEKIk5A%2bHqYepMIz7TTa%2bfSzv%2bzsFhNqQSwCsgqV8W2s7dDNu%2f5eu8hiqrEH793eFNa9JHqoy3gzADI393DTvf4WBHdMaJqlU%3d

2011 - Clashes kill dozens in Nigeria - December 25th, 2011: "Clashes ['between a radical Muslim sect and paramilitary forces'] kill dozens ['at least 61 people over several days'] in Nigeria" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A33, S.L.P.D., 12/25/11]

2011 - Attack spurs Saleh's vow to go to U.S. - December 25th, 2011: "Troops led by relatives of Yemen's outgoing president attacked more than 100,000 protestors peacefully marching into the capital Saturday [12/24/11], killing at least nine and driving the president to promise to leave the country temporarily. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Attack spurs Saleh's vow to go to U.S.), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/25/11]

2011 - First freely elected Tunisian officials sworn in - December 25th, 2011: "First freely elected Tunisian officials sworn in [12/14/11]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A33, S.L.P.D., 12/25/11]

2011 - Hamas leader touring - December 26th, 2011: "Hamas leader [Ismail Haniya] touring [12/25/11]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/26/11]

2011 - 20 killed in Afghanistan - December 26th, 2011: "A suicide bomber attacked a funeral in northern Afghanistan [Takhar province] on Sunday [12/15/11], killing at least 20 people ... ." [Based on: Digest article (20 killed in Afghanistan), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/26/11]

2011 - CMEs TARGET EARTH, MARS - December 26th, 2011: "The odds of a geomagnetic storm on Dec. 28th are improving with the launch of two CMEs toward Earth in less than 24 hours. [...] According to a forecast track prepared by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the cloud should squarely strike Earth's magnetic field on Dec. 28th at 20:22 UT (+/- 7 hours). Another CME could deliver a glancing blow a few hours earlier on the same date. The double impact is expected to spark mild-to-moderate geomagnetic storms at high latitudes. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [12/26/11] 

2011 - Strong Earthquake / Tonga - December 26th, 2011: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Strong earthquake occurred at 04:48:08 (UTC) on Monday, December 26th, 2011. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 16.155°S, 173.799°W; Depth 78.6 km (48.8 miles)] was located @ TONGA"

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0007cwg.php]-[T.D.- 12/27/11]

2011 - Huge rally for Pakistani politician - December 26th, 2011: "Huge rally [12/25/11] for Pakistani politician ['Pakistani media estimated ... as many as 100,000 supporters'] / Momentum builds for Imran Khan, who has pledged an end to corruption if elected in turbulent country." [Based on: Title for (and text) Los Angeles Times article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/26/11]

2011 - Virginia ballot loss staggers Gingrich campaign - December 26th, 2011: "Virginia ballot loss staggers Gingrich campaign / failure to submit enough signatures to get into primary signals poor organization, is 'disaster.' political scientist says." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/26/11]

2011 - Formula maker tests product, finds no bacteria - December 26th, 2011: "Formula maker tests product, finds no bacteria / health regulators are investigating death of infant who drank Enfamil." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/26/11]

2011 - Sudan forces claim death of Darfur's rebel leader - December 26th, 2011: "Sudan forces claim [12/25/11] death of Darfur's rebel leader [Khalil Ibrahim] / He was considered one of the most powerful commanders of the western region of Sudan, where as many as 300,000 have died." [Based on: Title (and text) for Los Angeles Times article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/26/11]

2011 - Hackers post client list of security research group - December 26th, 2011: "[....] Among the organizations listed as Stratfor [Stratfor Global Intelligence Service] clients: Bank of America, the Department of Defense, Lockheed Martin and the United Nations. [...] The hackers said the attack would be the beginning of a weeklong holiday hacking spree. [NP] The attack was likely intended to embarrass Stratfor, which specializes in intelligence and security." [Based on: New York Times article (Hackers post client list of security research group / Collective known as Anonymous claims responsibility, puts up receipts for donations made with stolen credit card details.), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/26/11]

2011 - Christmas attacks on churches in Nigeria leave dozens dead - December 26th, 2011: "Christmas attacks on churches in Nigeria [12/25/11] leave dozens dead ['at least 40 people'] / Carnage blamed on Islamist militant group [Boko Haram]; equipment to handle casualties is lacking." [Based on: Title for (and text) dpa article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/26/11]

2011 - Top cartel leader arrested - December 27th, 2011: "Top cartel leader [Felipe Cabera Sarabia] arrested" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/27/11]

2011 - Chinese writer gets 10 years - December 27th, 2011: "Chinese writer [Chen Xi] gets 10 years ['on a charge of inciting subversion of the state']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/27/11]

2011 - Report reveals crucial NATO delays - December 27th, 2011: "Report reveals crucial NATO delays / Inquiry into strike on Pakistani forces [last month] suggests quicker action may have saved lives." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/27/11]

2011 - China, Japan move away from dollar - December 27th, 2011: "China and Japan agreed to start direct trading of their currencies, officials announced during a visit in Beijing Monday [12/26/11] by Japan's prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda. Japan also will apply to buy Chinese bonds next year, allowing it to accumulate more renminbi in its foreign-exchange reserves. The currency agreement is part of a move away from using dollars." [Based on: Digest article (China, Japan move away from dollar), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/27/11]

2011 - Shrimpers fear rise of tiger prawn - December 27th, 2011: "[....] The tiger prawns from the western Pacific, which can grow up to 13 inches long, have been spreading along the Gulf Coast since 2006, but their numbers took off this year." [Based on: Houston Chronicle article (Shrimpers fear rise of tiger prawn), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/27/11]

*Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penaeus_monodon

2011 - Heavy shelling in Syrian city / Homs - December 27th, 2011: "Heavy shelling [12/26/11] in Syrian city [Homs] ahead of Arab League visit" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/27/11]

2011 - Bright signs for comeback of salmon / U.S.A. - December 27th, 2011: "Bright signs for comeback of salmon [U.S.A.] / Species, once on life support, is experiencing a banner year in Maine rivers." [Based on: Title for New York Times article (Shrimpers fear rise of tiger prawn), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/27/11]

2011 - Bloc led by cleric al-Sadr calls for new Iraqi elections - December 27th, 2011: "Bloc led by cleric al-Sadr calls for new Iraqi elections [12/26/11]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/27/11]

2011 - Strong Earthquake / Southwestern Siberia, Russia - December 27th, 2011: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Strong earthquake occurred at 15:21:56 (UTC) on Tuesday, December 27th, 2011. The magnitude 6.6 event [Location: 51.858°N, 95.825°E; Depth 6.9 km (4.3 miles)] was located @ SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA"

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0007dax.php]-[T.D.- 12/27/11]

2011 - Cyclone Thane - December 28th, 2011: "Tropical Storm Thane formed over the Indian Ocean on December 25, 2011. By December 28, Thane had strengthened into a cyclone and was headed toward southern India. On December 28, the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported that Thane was located roughly 270 nautical miles (500 kilometers) southeast of Chennai. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 knots (120 kilometers per hour) with gusts up to 80 knots (150 kilometers per hour). [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=76814]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 28th, 2011: "Stocks barely budged Tuesday [12/27/11] on mixed news about housing and consumer confidence. The Dow fell 2.65, or 0.02 percent, to 12,291.35. The S&P 500 rose 0.10, or 0.01 percent, to 1,265.43, and the Nasdaq composite index rose 6.56, or 0.3 percent, to 2,625.20." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/28/11]

2011 - Israelis riled up over extremists - December 28th, 2011: "Israelis riled up over extremists [12/27/11] / Thousands take to streets against ultra-Orthodox bullying of women, schoolgirls." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 12/28/11]

2011 - Democrats take hit as Sen. Nelson to bow out - December 28th, 2011: "Democrats take hit as Sen. Nelson to bow out / Nebraskan's decision not to run again leaves state ripe for GOP victory there." [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/28/11]

2011 - Iran threatens to block shipments of oil in strait - December 28th, 2011: "Iran [12/27/11] threatens to block shipments of oil in strait [Strait of Hormuz]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/28/11]

2011 - Solar Wind - December 29th, 2011: "Earth is entering a dense solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole [see link]. Credit: SDO/AIA."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 12/29/11]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 29th, 2011: "Worrisome signs about the debt crisis in Europe sent stocks falling sharply Wednesday. The Dow fell 139.94, or 1.1. percent, to 12,151.41. The S&P 500 lost 15.79, or 1.3 percent, to 1,249.64. The Nasdaq composite index fell 35.22, or 1.3 percent, to 2,589.98." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/29/11]

2011 - 8,000 protest in China - December 29th, 2011: "8,000 protest in China [Chinese employees of the LG Display factory in Nanjing, west of Shanghai, walked off the job Monday']" [Based on: Title (and text) for article, p. A11 S.L.P.D., 12/29/11]

2011 - U.S. ends Afghan PR effort - December 29th, 2011: "[....] The Afghans said the Americans were annoyed over a news conference Saturday that featured criticism of civilian deaths in NATO raids." [Based on: Digest article (U.S. ends Afghan PR effort), p. A17 S.L.P.D., 12/29/11]

2011 - U.S. to sell F-15s to Saudis - December 29th, 2011: "[....] Officials say the deal will send 84 new fighters and upgrades for 70 more, for a total of $29.4 billion. [....]" [Based on: Digest article (U.S. to sell F-15s to Saudis), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/29/11]

2011 - Gold, Silver prices crumble - December 29th, 2011: "Gold, Silver prices crumble / European debt crisis drives value of commodities, stocks down." [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/29/11]

2011 - Paul, under fire, sticks to guns - December 29th, 2011: "Paul [Ron Paul], under fire, sticks to guns / Contender in Iowa ignores questions over newsletters, attacks federal policies." [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/29/11]

2011 - Saudi women get voting rights - December 29th, 2011: "Saudi women get voting rights ['will not need a male guardian's approval to run or vote in municipal elections in 2015']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A17 S.L.P.D., 12/29/11]

2011 - Iran sentences dissident, 80, to prison - December 29th, 2011: "Iran sentences dissident, 80 [Ebrahim Yazdi], to prison [8 years]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A17 S.L.P.D., 12/29/11]

2011 - Tougher H1N1 flu may be on its way - December 29th, 2011: "Tougher H1N1 flu may be on its way [... version resistant to the drug Tamiflu is spreading more easily in the land Down Under.] " [Based on: Title (and text) for Los Angeles Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/29/11]

2011 - Same germ is culprit in 3rd baby illness - December 29th, 2011: "Same germ is culprit in 3rd baby illness / Infant from Oklahoma had not consumed Enfamil; powdered formula, water are tested." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/29/11]

2011 - Iranian threat to close strait is played down - December 29th, 2011: "[....] Instead, they ['U.S. and European officials'] said, the latest Iranian threat to close the route reflected Tehran's anger at the U.S. pledge to impose sanctions on its nuclear program that for the first time directly target Iran's oil exports, the source of some 80 percent of its government revenue. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Iranian threat to close strait is played down), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/29/11]

2011 - Chavez wonders if U.S. gave Latin leaders cancer - December 29th, 2011: "Chavez wonders if U.S. gave Latin leaders cancer" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A17 S.L.P.D., 12/29/11]

2011 - Solar Wind - December 30th, 2011: "Solar wind speed: 366.5 km/sec / density: 22.9 protons/cm3 ... Updated: Today at 2205 UT " [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 12/30/11]

2011 - Cyclone Benilde - December 30th, 2011: "Tropical Storm Benilde formed over the southern Indian Ocean on December 28, 2011. On December 30, the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported that Benilde, now a cyclone, was located roughly 545 nautical miles (1,010 kilometers) southeast of Diego Garcia. Benilde had maximum sustained winds of 50 knots (95 kilometers per hour) with gusts up to 65 knots (120 kilometers per hour). [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=76850]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 30th, 2011: "News on home sales and applications for unemployment benefits sent stocks higher Thursday. The Dow rose 135.63, or 1.1 percent, to 12,287.04. The S&P 500 rose 13.38, or 1.1 percent, to 1,263.02. The Nasdaq composite rose 23.76, or nearly 1 percent, to 2,613.74." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 12/30/11]

2011 - Greek tax officials strike - December 30th, 2011: "Greek tax officials [12/29/11] strike ['to protest salary cuts and other austerity measures']" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A17 S.L.P.D., 12/30/11]

2011 - D.C. charged $1.1 million - December 30th, 2011: "[....] Dick Heller sued the city in 2003 over its ban on handgun ownership, and the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the ban in June 2008, saying it violated the Second Amendment. A federal judge on Thursday [12/29/11] issued an opinion awarding Heller's attorneys $1,137,072.27 in fees and expenses." [Based on: Digest article (D.C. charged $1.1 million), p. A9 S.L.P.D., 12/30/11]

2011 - Two U.S. probes converge on moon - December 30th, 2011: "[....] The Grail probes - short for Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory - won't land on the lunar surface. Instead, they were poised to slip into orbit to study the uneven lunar gravity field. [NP] Grail-A was scheduled to arrive on New Year's Eve, followed by Grail-B on New Year's Day. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Two U.S. probes converge on moon), p. A5 S.L.P.D., 12/30/11]

2011 - Above normal temperature / St. Louis, Mo. - December 30th, 2011: "Weather warms hearts in the region [St. Louis, Mo.] / Thursday's high [12/29/11] of 61 is 20 degrees above normal for time of year." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A11 S.L.P.D., 12/30/11]

2011 - Schnucks is sued again over E. coli outbreak - December 30th, 2011: "Schnucks [St. Louis, Mo.] is sued again over E. coli outbreak / Second person [Charles Meyer] who fell ill after eating salad seeks damages for sickness linked to romaine lettuce." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A12 S.L.P.D., 12/30/11]

2011 - Turkey says raid may have killed civilians - December 30th, 2011: "[....] The military said its warplanes late Wednesday [12/28/11] hit an area of northern Iraq regularly used by Kurdish militants to infiltrate Turkey after a drone detected people approaching the border, according to local media reports. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Turkey says raid may have killed civilians), p. A10 S.L.P.D., 12/30/11]

2011 - China announces major exploration plans - December 30th, 2011: "China announces major exploration plans [12/29/11] / Launching a space lab and collecting samples from the moon are part of an effort to exert its might." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A17 S.L.P.D., 12/30/11]

2011 - Suit against Monsanto over dioxins to proceed - December 30th, 2011: "Suit against Monsanto over dioxins [Nitro, West Virginia] to proceed" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1 S.L.P.D., 12/30/11]

2011 - Court upholds telecom companies' role in intelligence gathering - December 30th, 2011: "A federal appeals court on Thursday said a 2008 law granting telecommunications companies legal immunity for helping the National Security Agency with an email and telephone eavesdropping program is constitutional [...] The case stems from new surveillance rules passed by Congress in 2009 that included protection from legal liability for telecommunications companies that allegedly helped the U.S. spy on Americans without warrants. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Court upholds telecom companies' role in intelligence gathering), p. A9 S.L.P.D., 12/30/11]

2011 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - December 31st, 2011: "Stocks fell Friday, the last trading day of 2011.The Dow fell 69.48, or 0.6 percent, to 12,217.56. The S&P 500 fell 5.42, or 0.4 percent, to 1,257.60. The Nasdaq composite fell 8.59, or 0.3 percent, to 2,605.15. The S&P 500 was virtually unchanged for the year." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/31/11]

2012 - Light Earthquake / Ohio - December 31st, 2011: "Quake [4.0] hits Ohio [McDonald, Ohio]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 01/01/12]

*Links: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/ld60029101.php

2011 - U.S. refinery exports set record - December 31st, 2011: "U.S. refinery exports set record [2011]" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A7 S.L.P.D., 12/31/11]

2011 - Enfamil is cleared in death of babies - December 31st, 2011: "Enfamil is cleared in death of babies [12/30/11]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15 S.L.P.D., 12/31/11]

2011 - U.S. selling $3.48 billion of missiles to UAE - December 31st, 2011: "[...] The deal includes 96 missiles, along with supporting technology and training. Wary of Iran, the U.S. has been building up missile defenses of its allies, including a $1.7 billion deal to upgrade Saudi Arabia's Patriot missiles and the sale of 209 Patriot missiles to Kuwait, valued at about $900 million." [Based on: Digest article (U.S. selling $3.48 billion of missiles to UAE), p. A11 S.L.P.D., 12/31/11]

2011 - Flood Trivia / 2011 - "Number of notable floods this year (reported by U.S. newspapers, generally): at least 9. Number of deaths due to flooding: at least 2,356." [- E.M.]

2011 - Volcano Trivia / 2011 - "Number of volcanic eruptions [and, or] notable volcanic events this year: at least 8. Number of reported deaths include: 0." [- E.M.]

2011 - Avalanche Trivia / 2011 - "Number of notable avalanche, landslide, mudslide or roof collapse events this year (reported by U.S. newspapers, generally): at least 2. Number of reported deaths: at least 22" [- E.M.]

2011 - "Hurricane" Trivia / 2011 - "Number of notable storms this year include: at least 10 Tropical Storms, 11 Hurricanes, 9 Cyclones & 5 Typhoons. Number of reported deaths: at least 100. [deaths due to flooding are generally recorded under Flood Trivia]." [- E.M.]

2011 - Earthquake Trivia / 2011 - "Number of notable earthquakes [generally, 6.0 or above] in 2011: at least 196 [1 Great, 18 Major; 177 Strong]. [2010: 158; 2009: 141; 2008: 217; 2007: 171; 2006: 145; 2005: 110]. Number of reported deaths due to earthquakes (and earthquake tsunamis) in 2011: at least 11,827." [- E.M.]

2011 - "Natural Disaster" Deaths / 2011 - "Number of reported deaths [generally, according to national (U.S.A.) news headlines] from natural disasters [not all illustrated on this timeline] in 2011: at least 14,903." [- E.M.]

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