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  • Boom and bust capitalism won't be fixed (We've squandered the opportunity to make real changes)

    09/03/2009 4:56:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 565+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/3/2009 | Edmund Conway
    Finance ministers are now simply papering over cracks having squandered the opportunity to make real changes to the way the world economy works. There is a hideous hissing noise escaping from the world economy, the piercing sound of deflating ambitions. Any hopes that, in this crisis, we would find an opportunity to redesign our system of capitalism and finance are all but forlorn. Any prospect that the leading nations would overhaul either the banking system or the wider framework that ties our economies together, and so prevent another crisis, has pretty much disappeared. We know this because, this weekend, finance...
  • Rep. Pete Sessions accuses Obama of deliberately driving stock market down

    05/11/2009 6:11:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies · 1,644+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Monday, May 11, 2009 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Dallas, a member of the House Republican leadership, is accusing President Barack Obama of intentionally driving up unemployment and dampening stock prices in a bid to consolidate power. Sessions told The New York Times that the administration intends to “diminish employment and diminish stock prices” as part of a “divide and conquer” strategy. And he asserted that the Obama agenda is “intended to inflict damage and hardship on the free enterprise system, if not to kill it.” White House aides declined to comment. Other Democrats denounced Sessions for accusing the president of economic sabotage. Rep....
  • WTF was that? Loud rolling booming noise North San Diego

    05/05/2009 7:50:09 PM PDT · by Bush_Democrat · 94 replies · 3,758+ views
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  • Ventura City Manager Rick Cole to California Real Estate Industry: ‘Get Real!’

    04/05/2009 11:45:16 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies · 1,162+ views
    The Planning Report ^ | March 2009 | Rick Cole
    Looking back three years ago, it is hard to fathom how much has changed from the frenzied pace of development then going forward. Land and housing prices were still rising, ever-larger development projects were being launched, and growth debates were raging across Southern California. That’s all gone now. As key real estate players suddenly find themselves without jobs, as more developers file bankruptcy, and more projects bite the dust, the depth of this “downturn” is sinking in. Many, of course, have “been through this before.” By that they mean, they’ve weathered the cyclical postwar busts that have intermittently interrupted the...
  • Acoustic superlens could cloak objects from sonar

    04/01/2009 4:27:03 PM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 559+ views
    technologyreview ^ | 4/1/09 | mit
    First experimental demonstration of a technology that could trigger a new game of cat and mouse beneath the waves
  • Iran able to build nuclear bomb in year: Israel

    03/25/2009 2:59:14 PM PDT · by Flavius · 6 replies · 369+ views
    afp ^ | 3/25/09 | afp
    Iran will have the capacity to build a nuclear bomb within a year but is not rushing into production, the head of Israel's military intelligence claimed on Wednesday. *snip* But he stressed it was too early to conclude that the international campaign to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon has failed and that a mix of pressure and dialogue could still work.
  • Alaska's Redoubt volcano erupts three times

    03/23/2009 4:14:42 AM PDT · by wolfcreek · 51 replies · 1,716+ views
    Newsminer.com ^ | 3.23.2009 | n/a
    FAIRBANKS — After months of rumbling, Alaska’s Mount Redoubt volcano erupted three times late Sunday and early Monday.
  • UPDATED: Mysterious Boom Rattles CSRA....

    Aiken, Richmond and Columbia counties. Local law enforcement agencies also report hearing the boom, but no one knows what caused it. Chris Turner, and Aiken County resident, told WJBF News Channel 6’s Sheena Bodie what he saw and heard, in a phone interview. We have also been informed that two Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies reportedly saw a fireball in the sky. An Aiken County resident describes to WJBF that he saw a fireball in the sky, after a loud boom was heard all over the CSRA around 3:00 a.m., Friday morning. Dr. Gary Senn, the director of the DuPont...
  • Iran Goes to Space

    02/04/2009 3:40:04 AM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 9 replies · 561+ views
    Space Daily-Opinion ^ | 2-04-09 | Andrei Kislyakov
    On February 3, Iran fulfilled its promise to launch its first satellite, Omid (Hope), into orbit by its own carrier rocket before the end of the Iranian year (which ends in March). The world media reported that it has already transmitted a message from the Iranian leader to the effect that the successful launch "officially seals Iran's presence in space." The technical details of this start may be very interesting, but they are not decisive. What difference does it make if the satellite works in orbit for the declared several months, or merely makes a suborbital flight? The bottom line...
  • Man accused of planning to blow up Mall of America and threatening Obama

    01/29/2009 9:52:41 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 30 replies · 960+ views
    KARE11.com ^ | 1/29/09 | AP
    A Colorado man has been indicted on charges of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and blow up the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis. A federal grand jury in Denver handed up the indictment Tuesday against 20-year-old Timothy Ryan Gutierrez of Cortez. The U.S. attorney's office said Thursday Gutierrez isn't yet in custody. Gutierrez has no listed phone number and it's not known if he has an attorney.
  • Obama's Public Spending Program: A Very Expensive Farce

    01/13/2009 2:24:36 PM PST · by arthurus · 2 replies · 452+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | January 12, 2009 | Gerard Jackson
    Poor Obama just cannot get his story straight. Over the last two months he has given America several proposals about the number of jobs he is going to "save" as well as "create". The great thing about 'saving' jobs is that no matter how high unemployment rises, he can and will assert...
  • Shuttle Endeavour’s sonic boom heard across O.C.

    11/30/2008 10:45:31 PM PST · by JohnJeykis · 15 replies · 1,160+ views
    OCregister - ScienceDude ^ | November 30th, 2008 | Gary Robbins
    More than 150 readers have contacted us to say they heard the twin sonic boom produced by the space shuttle Endeavour moments before it made a perfect landing at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert. We’re hearing from people everywhere from Rancho Santa Margarita to Irvine to Fullerton to Chino to Panorama City, Palmdale, Burbank and Ventura.
  • America's Unsustainable Boom

    11/22/2008 10:51:47 PM PST · by WesA · 19 replies · 788+ views
    www.mises.org ^ | 11/8/2004 | Stefan Karlsson
    "...But the sector that poses the biggest threat to the economy is the household sector which is spending and borrowing at an unsustainable level. The household savings rate which in the early 1980s was more than 10% of disposable income is now only 1% which is a record low and actually somewhat lower than when the stock market bubble reached its peak. At the same time household debt has risen steadily, from roughly 65% of disposable income in the early 1980s to 80% in the early 1990s to 95% in 2000 to 114% in the second quarter of this year.In...
  • No theory can stop recurrent boom and bust ( it's the nature of things -- live with it ! )

    09/23/2008 4:24:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 232+ views
    Times Online | Sept 23,2008 | William Rees-Mogg
    In 1847, a Dr Hyde Clark wrote a paper entitled Physical Economy - a Preliminary Inquiry into the Physical Laws Governing the Periods of Famines and Panics. His paper was published in the Railway Register. It opens with the comment: “We have just gone through a time of busy industry and are come upon sorrow and ill-fortune; but the same things have befallen us often within the knowledge of those now living...a period of bustle, or of gambling, cut short in a trice and turned into a period of suffering and loss, is a phenomenon so often recorded, that what...
  • Kerosene company has new Web site with recall info (tainted with gas) Penn, Ohio, NY, WV

    09/21/2008 5:21:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies · 147+ views
    Post Gazette ^ | 9/09/08
    Kerosene company has new Web site with recall infoTuesday, September 09, 2008 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Terminals Corp. announced today it has established a new Web site (www.kerosenerecall.com) to provide customers with up-to-date information about the company's recall of kerosene sold between May 1 and Aug. 19 in Western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, southwestern New York and northern West Virginia. All kerosene sold during that time is being recalled because it may be contaminated with gasoline, creating a risk of fire, explosion and serious injury. "We've had a steady return of kerosene since the recall began, but we are still very concerned...
  • Report: Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed

    08/12/2008 1:10:51 AM PDT · by Deetes · 46 replies · 209+ views
    http://www.foxnews.com/ ^ | Tuesday, August 12, 2008 | FOX NEWS
    BREAKING NEWS — Senior Al Qaeda commander Abu Saeed al-Masri has been killed in recent clashes with Pakistani forces in a Pakistani region near the Afghan border, a security official told Reuters on Tuesday. "He was believed to be among the top leadership of Al Qaeda," the senior security official told the news agency on condition of anonymity. Al-Masri, which means Egyptian, was the senior most Al Qaeda operative
  • Report: Convoy shipping arms to Hizbullah destroyed in Tehran blast

    07/25/2008 2:34:38 AM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 13 replies · 260+ views
    Y-NET (Israel) ^ | 7-25-08 | Staff
    London-based Daily Telegraph reports of mysterious blast in military convoy leaving Revolutionary Guards Base last weekend. At least 15 people killed in explosion, but Iranian authorities seeking to silence incident Was sabotage responsible for disrupting a shipment of arms from Iran to Hizbullah? The London-based Daily Telegraph newspaper reported Friday of a mysterious explosion which devastated an Iranian supply convoy intended to reach Hizbullah. According to the report, the strong blast took place in one of Tehran's suburbs as a military convoy left a Revolutionary Guards' ammunition storehouse. At least 15 people were killed in the explosion. Western sources reported...
  • Commodities Boom Recalls 70s Surge; Prices Not There Yet

    06/27/2008 7:34:42 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies · 99+ views
    Cattlenetwork ^ | 06/27/08
    Commodities Boom Recalls 70s Surge; Prices Not There Yet CHICAGO (Dow Jones)--Despite record highs that seemed unthinkable to many just a year ago, most commodities prices still have a long way to go before inflicting the pain global consumers felt in the 1970s. An analysis of 18 different commodities by Barclays Capital shows that only crude oil and heating oil have surpassed inflation-adjusted highs from almost 30 years ago. Of key food commodities, the closest to those highs is corn, which was still 42% below its inflation-adjusted October 1974 peak as of Thursday's close. Wheat was 57% below its 1970s...
  • [UK] Army ‘vacuum’ missile hits Taliban

    06/21/2008 3:45:28 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 67 replies · 135+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | June 22, 2008 | Michael Smith
    Apache attack helicopters have fired the thermobaric weapons against fighters in buildings and caves, to create a pressure wave which sucks the air out of victims, shreds their internal organs and crushes their bodies. ...When it hits the target, the charge disperses the aluminium powder throughout the target building. The cloud then ignites, causing a massive secondary blast that tears throughout any enclosed space. The blast creates a vacuum which draws air and debris back in, creating pressure of up to 430lb per sq in. The more heavily the building is protected, the more concentrated the blast. ...When the American...
  • Hamas militant killed in explosion in Gaza City

    05/31/2008 3:12:09 AM PDT · by river rat · 11 replies · 177+ views
    Foxnews ^ | May 31, 2008
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An explosion in the house of a Hamas militant killed him and wounded 16 of his relatives and neighbors, health officials said Saturday. Doctors say two are in critical condition. The Palestinian Interior Ministry says it's investigating the cause of the blast at the home of Hamas activist Nader Abu Shaban. Hamas officials say Abu Shaban was handling explosives just before the blast.
  • Eight militants killed in Bajaur blast(by drone)

    05/28/2008 8:35:51 PM PDT · by milestogo · 20 replies · 116+ views
    Eight militants killed in Bajaur blast Thursday, May 29, 2008 By Mushtaq Yusufzai PESHAWAR: At least eight militants, affiliated with regional militant commander Maulana Faqir Mohammad, were killed and two others seriously injured when a pick-up truck they were travelling in was blown up in the troubled Salarzai subdivision of Bajaur Agency on Wednesday morning. There were conflicting reports about the cause of the blast, as one report said a pick-up truck, carrying militants to Afghanistan's restive Nuristan province for attacks on the US-led Nato forces, was allegedly targeted by an American spy plane.Local residents said the moment they heard...
  • John Bolton on Fox Business - America's Nightly Scoreboard (possible Syrian/NK nuke connection)

    04/28/2008 7:06:44 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 1 replies · 94+ views
    Fox Business Channel
    During the lead-in to the nightly summary "America's Nightly Scoreboard" - host David Asman mentioned John Bolton will be joining for comments about possible Syrian / NK nuke connection. Should be coming up in minutes.
  • Are You Ready for Dow 20,000?

    03/23/2008 7:37:19 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 43 replies · 2,749+ views
    Barron's ^ | 24 March 2008 | JONATHAN R. LAING
    DESPITE THE BEAR STEARNS BAILOUT AND THE FED'S rate cut, a sense of foreboding is still abroad on Wall and Main Streets. Few investors feel good with an economic slowdown gathering force, the dollar in the dumps and contagion threatening to hit financial sectors previously unscathed or not even suspected of being at risk. This in mind, we contacted James Finucane, a 67-year-old stock strategist who now works as a consultant in West Lafayette, Ind., home of Purdue University... ...To him, we're now at yet another extraordinary low, especially with the unprecedented actions taken by the Fed of late to...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, March 16-22, 2008: The More Things Stay the Same...

    03/20/2008 7:46:24 AM PDT · by cogitator · 13 replies · 395+ views
    Hawaii Volcano Observatory Kilauea Update Page | 03/19/2008 | USGS
    The more things stay the same... the more they change, of course. The famous Halemaumau crater (formerly the site of an active lava lake) has had a couple of changes, and yesterday a new steam vent exploded violently, casting rocks about. Below is an image of the crater, half-size (click for full), with the new steam vent. The link below is to the images page, where you can see other pictures of what happened. In the first comment, the picture and link is from Stromboli Online, which recently visited Erta Ale in inhospitable Ethiopia, which hosts an active lava lake...
  • Record grain prices boost rural economy

    03/08/2008 4:27:28 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 646+ views
    AP ^ | 03/07/08 | ROXANA HEGEMAN
    Record grain prices boost rural economy By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press Writer Fri Mar 7, 6:31 AM ET Record-high grain prices are fueling a rural economic boom in farm states such as Kansas. Farm equipment dealers have a backlog of several months in orders for new machinery. Cropland rents are rising, along with agricultural land prices. And with spring planting just weeks away, farmers are watching the volatile commodities markets as they decide which crops to grow in the coming season. While their city neighbors are struggling with foreclosures and fears of a recession, a lot more money is circulating...
  • Navy Missile Hits Spy Satellite

    02/20/2008 7:51:05 PM PST · by TexasBeth · 385 replies · 687+ views
    AP via Drudge Report ^ | February 20, 2008 10:53 PM US/Eastern | By ROBERT BURNS
    <p>A HIT! A missile launched from a U.S. Navy ship in the Pacific hit the decaying U.S. spy satellite it was targeting 130 miles above Earth's surface..... Developing...</p>
  • American al-Qaida member missing?(Adam Gadahan)

    02/08/2008 2:52:30 PM PST · by Dog · 34 replies · 268+ views
    msnbc.msn.com ^ | February 07, 2008 | By Robert Windrem, NBC News producer
    Where is accused terrorist Adam Gadahn? That’s what Taliban sources along the Afghan-Pakistan border are wondering about the American-born al-Qaida member. Gadahn, known as Azzam al-Ameriki (Azzam the American), joined al-Qaida in 2003 and has appeared in several bombastic al-Qaida videos since then. Federal prosecutors indicted the Californian for treason in October 2006, and he's now on the FBI's Most Wanted List. U.S. intelligence officials have heard the same rumors, but tell NBC News that they have no information to suggest Gadahn is dead. They specifically deny that Gadahn was killed in the same Predator missile attack that killed al-Qaida’s...
  • Adam Gadahn - American al-Qaeda Killed In U.S. Strike?

    02/08/2008 9:35:41 AM PST · by penelopesire · 157 replies · 355+ views
    Adam Gadahn - American al-Qaeda Killed In U.S. Strike? February 7, 2008 UNCONFIRMED: Following unconfirmed reports of killing of a high-profile al-Qaeda commander Abu Laith al-Libi, there are now rumours that an American al-Qaeda militant Adam Gadahn, also known as Azzam al-Amriki, had been killed in the alleged Predator attack by the US on a house in Mirali, North Waziristan, a few days back. 32-year-old Adam Gadahn, who is American citizen belonging to southern California, has been accused by the US of praising the perpetrators of September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington and attending al-Qaeda training camps...
  • 20,000 Pound "Bus" To Hit Earth "Dead Pool"

    01/28/2008 6:07:19 AM PST · by Doc Savage · 61 replies · 345+ views
    January 28, 2008 | Doc Savage
    Take your best guess as to where the 20,000 spy satellite (big as a bus!) will crash to earth. Winner gets lunch with Hillary. My guess... 1. SuperBowl Halftime!
  • Pentagon Shares Footage of Al Qaeda Insurgents Killed by Apache Missile Attack

    12/25/2007 12:19:59 PM PST · by frogjerk · 41 replies · 1,123+ views
    U.S. commanders in Iraq have released dramatic video showing a car containing Al Qaeda operatives being blown up by hellfire missiles attached to Apache attack helicopters. The car was destroyed in the mission that military officials say demonstrates greater cooperation between locals and coalition forces in Iraq. One of the terrorists killed in the attack on Sunday is an insurgent who had been imprisoned on Nov. 11 but released shortly afterward. He conducted two attacks on U.S. and coalition forces, including one on Thanksgiving, before being killed, officials said. One of the "high value" individuals targeted "is believed to be...
  • Video of Islamic Jihad commander that was blown up in his car bij IDF

    12/20/2007 4:04:10 AM PST · by knighthawk · 46 replies · 151+ views
    NieuwsNieuws ^ | December 20 2007
    The IDF released a video of a Islamic Jihad commander being sent to his virgins. Click the link to the article, scroll a little down and press play! Enjoy!
  • Israeli attack kills three Hamas men

    12/04/2007 1:59:40 PM PST · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 46+ views
    al Bawaba ^ | December 04 2007
    An Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip killed three Hamas activists overnight, medics said Tuesday. The attack targeted a Hamas training camp in the center of the territory, they said, according to AFP. The victims were all members of Hamas' armed wing, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades. Al-Aqsa hospital sources confirmed that Abed al-Rahman Abu Gaza, Sameer al-Dakran and Salman al-Hiuli were the victims. One of them died instantly and the other two died of wounds in hospital, they added. It should be mentioned that earlier this week, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told ministers he had authorized military action in...
  • Skilled Jobs Go Unfilled

    11/04/2007 8:01:31 PM PST · by floozy22 · 135 replies · 155+ views
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | 11/04/2007 | Roy Wenzl
    A revolution is playing out right before our eyes. Peter Gustaf has warned us for months now, since he took over as president of Wichita Area Technical College. Most of us are not paying attention, he says, and that has already cost us dearly. In the 1950s, 60 percent of the American work force was unskilled labor. Today, it is 15 percent unskilled. The technological revolution of the past half-century has made it so. What should have happened with such a dramatic change in the work force is a dramatic change in how we prepare our children for the world....
  • U.S. strikes Taliban in Afghanistan (leadership strike)

    08/03/2007 12:32:48 PM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 33 replies · 952+ views
    AP ^ | 8-3-07 | NOOR KHAN
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - U.S.-led airstrikes hit a Taliban gathering in volatile southern Afghanistan and killed at least three senior figures of the militant group, government officials said Friday. The ministry said its intelligence reports indicated three militant leaders, including Taliban commander for Helmand province Mullah Rahim, were among those killed Thursday. The Taliban commander for all of southern Afghanistan, Dadullah Mansoor, was at the scene but his fate was not immediately known, Azimi said. A purported Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, denied Rahim was killed. The U.S.-led coalition would not confirm Azimi's account. But a coalition statement said it carried...
  • Official: About 100 Taliban militants killed in air strike(5 SENIOR Leaders killed)

    08/04/2007 5:00:30 AM PDT · by Dog · 76 replies · 3,606+ views
    xinhuanet.com ^ | 08-04 -07
    KABUL, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- About 100 Taliban rebels including five senior commanders were killed during an air strike in southern Afghanistan, Defense Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi told reporters Saturday. Foreign troops carried out an air strike in remote Baghran district of Helmand province on Thursday when many Taliban militants were gathering to watch the execution of several persons accused of cooperating with the government, Azimi said. About 100 insurgents were killed in the bombardment, he said, adding five senior Taliban commanders including Mullah Rahim, top Taliban commander in Helmand, were among the killed.Azimi said Mansor Dadullah, top Taliban military...
  • Nato airstrike kills senior Taliban leaders

    08/04/2007 11:12:59 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies · 1,025+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:29am BST 04/08/2007 | Tom Coghlan in Bermal, Paktika Province
    Nato is reported to have killed at least two senior Taliban leaders in an airstrike north of Helmand as they were watching a public execution.The bombing took place in the northern district of Baghran on Thursday, a district entirely controlled by the Taliban.The Taliban's commander for southern Afghanistan, Mansoor Dadullah, was among those targeted, according to unconfirmed reports. advertisement The Afghan Defence Ministry said that the airstrike took place as Taliban leaders gathered to watch the public hanging of several alleged government spies. Dadullah replaced his older brother Mullah Dadullah Akhund after he was killed by the Special Boat Service...
  • Question: Major Explosion in Manhattan

    07/18/2007 3:01:43 PM PDT · by RinaseaofDs · 202 replies · 14,070+ views
    Telephone call with client | 7/18/2007 | RinaseaofD's
    I just hung up with a client located on the E40's in Manhattan. Tons of sirens to the point where he felt compelled to check on what was up. He came back to the phone and said there had just been a massive explosion near their building, and that they were evacuating. Any NYC Freepers have any information on this? Happened at 6 PM EDT or there abouts.
  • VIDEO - Drug smugglers shot down over Amazon jungle

    06/21/2007 7:43:02 AM PDT · by Freeport · 24 replies · 1,200+ views
    www.flightglobal.com ^ | 21/06/07 | Barbara Cockburn
    This video shows drug smugglers being shot down over the Colombian Amazon jungle. The Colombian air force had been trailing the drug smugglers in an Embraer Super Tucano, which is used to patrol borders, among other missions. The video presents a coordination between English speaking and Spanish speaking crews during the interception.
  • Booms Were Made to Go Bust

    06/26/2007 2:30:38 PM PDT · by hripka · 25 replies · 1,261+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 6/25/2007 | Robert Kiyosaki
    During the height of the real estate bubble, I wrote a column saying that the crash was coming and suggested selling any piece of real estate that was overpriced, questionable, or non-performing. As expected, I received angry replies. Today, I'm predicting the next crash, what I believe will cause it, and why it'll be a severe blow to the global economy. The signs are already here. Busts Beat Booms First of all, it's no big deal to predict booms and busts. All markets boom and bust. It's just easier to predict a bust because the signs are so obvious --...
  • Ordnance disposal makes for no ordinary day

    04/11/2007 7:27:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 616+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Master Sgt. Bryan Ripple
    /11/2007 - BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFNEWS) -- Airmen assigned to the 332nd Civil Engineer Squadron's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight have a dangerous mission that keeps fellow coalition forces safe. It takes nerves of steel and a steady hand to do the work these Airmen do. After all, getting anywhere near an improvised explosive isn't something most people want to do. Airmen from the EOD flight put their extensive combat training and experience to the test every day in support Operation Iraqi Freedom. When they are not on a mission, they keep busy maintaining their equipment, vehicles and robots for...
  • Booming For Bush

    04/10/2007 5:34:29 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 21 replies · 918+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 10 April 2007 | Staff
    Economy: A White House spokesman says in many respects the current expansion is healthier than the one under President Clinton. Of course, he's immediately ridiculed. But that doesn't make his claim less true. Given the media's failure to cover the ongoing Bush boom, it's no surprise that some would treat such an idea with disdain and outright disbelief. President Bush's economy better than Clinton's? Preposterous!
  • Population boom

    04/05/2007 5:46:29 AM PDT · by randita · 6 replies · 350+ views
    Allentown Morning Call ^ | 4/5/07 | Gregory Karp
    April 5, 2007 Population boom Just three Northeast metropolitan regions added more people this decade than the Lehigh Valley By Gregory Karp The Lehigh Valley smashed through the 800,000 population mark during 2006 and ranks among the very fastest growing regions in the Northeast, according to Census data to be released today. Population growth has caused a before-your-eyes metamorphosis of the region in a few years. Since the last full Census in 2000, the Lehigh Valley added 59,942 people, nearly the same as the Boston metropolitan area. The nearly 60,000 people are more than twice the population of Easton, and...
  • Ethanol boom could worsen world hunger: study (Unintended Consequences? or?)

    04/03/2007 10:14:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 828+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/07 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The boom in ethanol fuels in the United States and elsewhere could have devastating effects on food prices and worsen world hunger, a new study argues. The study by C. Ford Runge and Benjamin Senauer of the University of Minnesota said the rush into ethanol threatens to divert massive amounts of corn and other food crops into biofuels. The researcher write in the May/June edition of Foreign Affairs that governments should stop incentives for ethanol until biofuels can be economically produced from sources other than corn and soybeans. "Resorting to biofuels is likely to exacerbate world hunger,"...
  • All Sonic, No Boom (Quiet Supersonic Transport)

    03/29/2007 8:41:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 35 replies · 1,764+ views
    Popular Science ^ | Eric Hagerman
    All Sonic, No Boom Eric Hagerman For a closer look at the QSST concept inside and out, launch the photo gallery.If you’re ever lucky enough to fly a Quiet Supersonic Transport between New York and Los Angeles, you’ll have just enough time to get through a movie—a short one. Instead of the usual six hours, it will be a 1,100mph, two-hour hop. The QSST, as the proposed luxury private jet is known, could be the first civilian supersonic plane approved for overland routes, thanks to aerodynamics designed to muzzle its sonic boom. Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works has been developing the...
  • Explosion kills two in Pakistan

    02/23/2007 10:56:15 PM PST · by csvset · 7 replies · 310+ views
    BBC ^ | 24 February 2007 | Beeb
    Police in Pakistan say two people have been killed in the province of Punjab after the bomb they were carrying on a bicycle accidentally exploded. Police say they hit a road bump on the outskirts of a town in the province. Deputy Superintendent Bashir Ahmed said they did not know whether the two men intended to plant the explosives or to carry out a suicide attack. Correspondents say Pakistan has suffered a series of suicide attacks in recent weeks. The two men died near Chichawatni, 120km (75 miles) north of Multan. There is speculation that there were intending to...
  • Red Cross says 269 killed in Nigerian fuel blast

    12/26/2006 1:30:34 PM PST · by raygun · 26 replies · 660+ views
    Yahoo News (via Reuters) ^ | 26 Dec 06 1417 EST | By Akintunde Akinleye
    <p>LAGOS (Reuters) - Hundreds of people were burned alive on Tuesday when fuel spilling from a vandalized pipeline exploded in Nigeria's largest city, Lagos, emergency workers said.</p> <p>"The number of dead is confirmed at 269. We have retrieved all the bodies," said Abiodun Orebiyi, secretary-general of the Nigerian Red Cross. Another 160 people were taken to two hospitals in Lagos suffering from burns, another Red Cross official said.</p>
  • The 25 Best Affordable Suburbs in the U.S.

    11/29/2006 11:52:14 AM PST · by RockinRight · 173 replies · 5,585+ views
    Business Week ^ | Maya Roney
    Low crime, reasonable commute, and good schools—who says you can't find a nice house in a suburb without paying a fortune? Buying your first house? Fleeing the city for a life within your means? Here's a novel idea: Move to a suburb where you won't break the bank or get your car broken into. A community with reasonable home prices and decent schools. A suburb close to your city job, with a lively downtown of its own. For hedge-fund managers, plastic surgeons, corporate lawyers, and other people who earn millions a year, choosing a suburb is not about affordability but...
  • Explosion in the Distance, Shook My Windows, (North of Salem, MA)

    11/21/2006 11:58:26 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 110 replies · 5,795+ views
    My window | Wednesday, November 22, 2006 | Momaw Nadon
    Something exploded in the distance, I can see fire in smoke.
  • Panelists stress understanding to improve relations (expanding horizons)

    11/03/2006 8:51:57 AM PST · by Jakarta ex-pat · 6 replies · 250+ views
    ocolly.com ^ | 3/11/06 | Jaclyn Cosgrove
    A group of about 600 people, mainly composed of students, attended a discussion about U.S.-Muslim world relations, in which the four panel members mentioned that understanding one another is the first step to improving relations. “The first thing the United States should do is listen,” said Vincent Cornell, professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies at Emory University. “Since we’re talking about Islam and American foreign policy today, I think it’s important to point out Muslims feel they need to be seen more but I look at it slightly differently. I think Muslims sometimes are seen all too much and...
  • Kerry: 'I apologize to no one'

    11/01/2006 3:12:01 AM PST · by MadIvan · 83 replies · 1,793+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 1, 2006 | JENNIFER LOVEN
    WASHINGTON -- The White House and Sen. John Kerry traded their harshest accusations since the 2004 presidential race on Tuesday, with President Bush accusing the Democrat of troop-bashing and Kerry calling the president's men hacks who are ''willing to lie.''The war of words came after Kerry told a group of California students on Monday that those unable to navigate the country's education system ''get stuck in Iraq.'' The two parties are searching for any edge amid indications Democrats could take back the House in next week's midterm elections. White House press secretary Tony Snow was asked about Kerry's comment at...