Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.
Major World Indices (Investing.com) There is a lot of green this morning. Data shown as of 4 am New York time 12 October. For latest data click on chart.
After Intelligent Life Is Discovered (The Atlantic) Verification of any signal from alien intelligent life is a tricky problem. And what if they are so "smart" that we can't understand them? Could we end up rejecting intelligent communication as random noise because of our limited mental capacities?
Cold 'Blob' in North Atlantic Ocean May Affect Weather in Europe, Eastern US (AccuWeather, MSN Weather) A cold area in the North Atlantic produced by melting Greenland ice has developed over recent years and could affect weather and climate in North America and Europe, and even northwest Africa, for years to come. The Gulf stream which brings temperature moderation and moisture along its path is being weakened and deflected to the south leaving coastal North America, especially north of Cape Cod, and much of Europe exposed to significantly colder late winter and spring temperatures compared to recent centuries due to the strengthening of the cold Labrador current. Scientists suggest the effect may not be as strong during summer and autumn months. For updates, follow Sig Silber's in-depth weekly review of global weather at GEI every Tuesday morning.
Glencore looks to sell Australia and Chile assets (Financial Times) Glencore has fired the starting gun on a sales process for two copper assets after the miner-cum-trader was approached by several suitors. The two mines are the Cobar mine in Australia and Lomas Bayas in Chile. The mines were not included in the $2bn of assets sales flagged by the company in its wide-ranging debt reduction plan announced last month. Any proceeds would be incremental to that target. A person said Glencore would abandon the sale process if it did not receive an attractive offer.
Turkey May Find Life Without Russian Gas Easier Said Than Done (Bloomberg) Russian gas keeps the lights on in Turkey. Over the centuries, the two nations have been sworn enemies yet also pragmatic neighbors able to set aside their mutual mistrust when economic interests were on the line. That is why President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's threats to break trade ties over Vladimir Putin's escalating military campaign in Syria ring hollow.
Syria crisis: The West wrings its hands in horror but it was our folly that helped create this bloodbath (The Independent) Hat tips to Roger Erickson and Chuck Spinney. Irish journalist Patrick Cockburn reviews the wishful thinking that created a catastrophe. Reaction (or lack of reaction?) to Russia's military intervention in Syria shows that the lack of knowledge of the Syrian political landscape on the part of Western political leaders and media is hindering the adoption of more constructive policies. The West has viewed the solution to be the removal of President Bashar al-Assad; in fact that event would probably just make the situation worse.
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