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  • Shoppers warned bigger bills on way

    02/24/2008 5:30:07 PM PST · by Iris7 · 139 replies · 529+ views
    Financial Times ^ | February 24 2008 | Javier Blas
    When William Lapp, of US-based consultancy Advanced Economic Solutions, took the podium at the annual US Department of Agriculture conference, the sentiment was already bullish for agricultural commodities boosted by demand from the biofuels industry and emerging countries. He added a twist – that rising agricultural raw material prices would translate this year into sharply higher food inflation. “I hope you enjoy your meal,” Mr Lapp told delegates during a luncheon. “It is the cheapest one you are going to have at this forum for a while.” His warning that a strong wave of food inflation is heading towards the...
  • The Dangers of Wind Power

    08/26/2007 4:33:36 PM PDT · by Iris7 · 43 replies · 1,402+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 8/20/2007 | Simone Kaiser and Michael Fröhlingsdorf
    Wind turbines continue to multiply the world over. But as they grow bigger and bigger, the number of dangerous accidents is climbing. How safe is wind energy? After the industry's recent boom years, wind power providers and experts are now concerned (about reliability and safety of installed turbines). The facilities may not be as reliable and durable as producers claim. in just a few years. Because energy providers have to purchase wind power at set prices, everyone, it seems, wants in. At the Allianz Technology Center (AZT) in Munich, the bits and pieces from wind turbine meltdowns are closely examined....
  • Harbinger of Collapse

    06/28/2007 7:46:06 PM PDT · by Iris7 · 27 replies · 781+ views
    Al-Ahram Weekly ^ | June 28, 2007 | Galal Nassar
    Harbinger of collapse The division of the occupied territories encapsulates US-Israeli plans for the region, writes Galal Nassar -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recent events in Gaza and the West Bank give poets and writers yet another chance for one of those sad epics that seem to best describe the last century or so of our history, although what has happened in the past few days is far worse, on a moral and national level, than the continued Israeli occupation. The loss of life within less than a week exceeded that of a whole year of the first Intifada, when stone-throwing children challenged the...
  • Moscow’s Assault on the Vatican The KGB made corrupting the Church a priority.

    01/26/2007 12:15:33 PM PST · by Iris7 · 52 replies · 1,037+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 25, 2007 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    The Soviet Union was never comfortable living in the same world with the Vatican. The most recent disclosures document that the Kremlin was prepared to go to any lengths to counter the Catholic Church’s strong anti-Communism. In March 2006 an Italian parliamentary commission concluded “beyond any reasonable doubt that the leaders of the Soviet Union took the initiative to eliminate the pope Karol Wojtyla,” in retaliation for his support to the dissident Solidarity movement in Poland. (Major snip)
  • The Bush Factor In the Victory By Democrats

    11/10/2006 4:29:09 PM PST · by Iris7 · 32 replies · 819+ views
    THE NEW YORK SUN ^ | November 10, 2006 | ALICIA COLON
    Most of the post-election editorial analysis lays the blame for the GOP losses on corruption and the war in Iraq. However, an examination of the results in the Northeast, the "blue" states, discloses the flaw in that conclusion. New Yorkers re-elected Alan Hevesi as state comptroller even though he faces charges of fraud that may end his tenure in office. Andrew Cuomo is the state's new attorney general even though he cannot account for the millions that went missing when he was in charge at HUD and, according to the New York Post, refuses to release his 2005 income tax...
  • Can the West defeat the Islamist threat? Here are ten reasons why not

    09/09/2006 1:32:58 PM PDT · by Iris7 · 166 replies · 3,467+ views
    Times Online ^ | September 09, 2006 | David Selbourne
    LET US SUPPOSE, for the sake of argument, that the war declared by al-Qaeda and other Islamists is under way. Let us further suppose that thousands of “terrorist” attacks carried out in Islam’s name during the past decades form part of this war; and that conflicts that have spread to 50 countries and more, taking the lives of millions — including in inter-Muslim blood-shedding — are the outcome of what Osama bin Laden has called “conducting jihad for the sake of Allah”. If such war is under way, there are ten good reasons why, as things stand, Islam will not...
  • General Motors, Delphi and the unions Last tango in Detroit?

    04/08/2006 6:06:25 AM PDT · by Iris7 · 78 replies · 1,770+ views
    The Economist ^ | Apr 6th 2006 | staff
    As fears grow that General Motors will go bust, management and unions are locked in a mournful embrace. “IN THIS case, it takes three to tango.” So said Rick Wagoner, the boss of General Motors (GM), this week—his re-working of an old cliché, capturing the contortions he is having to perform as he struggles to save the ailing giant of the car industry. Given its shrinking market share, GM would be hard enough to revive were it any firm in any industry. But GM is not any old firm, and designing more sellable cars is arguably the least of its...
  • General Motors at a Fork in the Road ……And…… A Possible Solution for a Robust Resurgence

    01/14/2006 12:09:21 PM PST · by Iris7 · 79 replies · 1,424+ views
    Automotive News ^ | January 10, 2006 | Jerome B. York
    General Motors at a Fork in the Road ……And…… A Possible Solution for a Robust Resurgence Jerome B. York Advisor to Tracinda Corporation January 10, 2006 Good afternoon to all of you, and thank you, Stephen (Polk), for that very nice introduction. Needless to say, it’s a real pleasure to be here with a bunch of other folks keenly interested in the auto industry. As Stephen indicated, by coincidence it was almost exactly ten years ago today that I last spoke before this group. And it’s always fun to go back and re-read a speech you gave some years ago...
  • The Kremlin and the world energy war

    01/11/2006 12:19:53 PM PST · by Iris7 · 24 replies · 635+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | Jan 10, 2006 | W Joseph Stroupe
    Russia's Gazprom, the world's largest gas-producing company, has become locked in a commercial battle with Ukraine over the price of the fuel, but it is widely and correctly understood that the Kremlin's hand is behind what is quickly being recognized as the final ascent to the summit of a struggle between "East" and "West" for global power, even for dominance, by virtue of control over strategic energy resources. Why can it accurately be said that such a monumental struggle of global proportions is now heating up? What evidence exists to support the insinuation that the world order is polarizing again...
  • TOP STORY: Doctors told dying Bay girl to go home (Socialized Medicine Ping)

    12/26/2005 4:48:10 PM PST · by Iris7 · 49 replies · 1,627+ views
    Hawke's Bay Today ^ | 12/27.2005 | LINDY ANDREWS
    Wellington Hospital junior doctors told a dying Napier student to walk home to the Newtown flat where her body was found a day later, an inquest has found. Cassandra (Cassie) Ann Laurent, 19, was found dead by flatmates at her Newtown home on July 25, 2003. Wellington coroner Garry Evans found the talented graphic art student died of pneumonia after a series of oversights by unsupervised junior doctors. Cassie had been discharged from Wellington Hospital's emergency department three times in the six days leading up to her death. Each time, she showed worsening flu-like symptoms and stiffness in her limbs...
  • INTERVIEW-GM aid gives Delphi options for labor talks-CEO

    12/17/2005 4:24:25 AM PST · by Iris7 · 18 replies · 391+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 15, 2005 | David Bailey
    Delphi Corp.'s proposed wage and benefit cuts have not factored in aid from General Motors Corp., which now gives the bankrupt company alternatives in its union labor talks, chief executive Steve Miller said on Thursday. The company's proposal has met stiff opposition from unions that represent nearly all of Delphi's 34,750 U.S. hourly workers and have formed a coalition to fight the terms, raising the possibility of a production-disrupting strike. "The prospects of additional financial support from General Motors has really changed the nature (of the discussions)," Miller told Reuters in an interview at Delphi headquarters. "The financial assistance will...
  • Navigating a sea change at Delphi

    12/05/2005 12:47:38 AM PST · by Iris7 · 70 replies · 929+ views
    Chicaago Tribune ^ | 12/4/2005 | Rick Popely
    To some, turnaround specialist Robert S. "Steve" Miller is a straight-shooter. To others he's a trigger-happy cost-cutter bent on destroying the middle-class lifestyle enjoyed by Midwestern auto workers. Miller, who took over as chief executive of Delphi Corp. in July, may never be a household name like former Chrysler chief Lee Iacocca, but he could leave a larger, more lasting imprint on the U.S. auto industry. The drastic pay cuts he seeks at the auto-parts company could set the pattern for hundreds of thousands of workers and, his critics warn, help sink America's middle class. "The unpleasant truth about the...
  • Automakers Are Lining Up Aid, But Just Don't Call It a Bailout

    12/04/2005 5:27:49 AM PST · by Iris7 · 97 replies · 1,635+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 12-4-2005 | Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and Sholnn Freeman
    Troubled U.S. automakers and their allies on Capitol Hill are seeking billions of dollars in aid from the federal government ranging from health coverage for their workers to extra tax write-offs for themselves. They're also asking for one rhetorical favor: Please don't call the requests a bailout. "I don't view it as a bailout," Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) said. "We're not looking for a bailout," agreed William C. Ford Jr., chairman of Ford Motor Co. The "B" word has been taboo ever since Chrysler Corp., faced with impending insolvency, sought and narrowly won $1.5 billion in loan guarantees from...
  • Gasoline Prices Worldwide

    08/16/2005 1:19:01 AM PDT · by Iris7 · 10 replies · 1,311+ views
    A little humor break for this evening………   Notice the difference a bit of tax policy or subsidy policy can make. Price per US gallon in US dollars.     Netherlands Amsterdam $6.48 Norway Oslo $6.27 Italy Milan $5.96 Denmark Copenhagen $5.93 Belgium Brussels $5.91 Sweden Stockholm $5.80 United Kingdom London $5.79 Germany Frankfurt $5.57 France Paris $5.54 Portugal Lisbon $5.35 Hungary Budapest $4.94 Luxembourg   $4.82 Croatia Zagreb $4.81 Ireland Dublin $4.78 Switzerland Geneva $4.74 Spain Madrid $4.55 Japan Tokyo $4.24 Czech Republic Prague $4.19 Romania Bucharest $4.09 Andorra   $4.08 Estonia Tallinn $3.62 Bulgaria Sofia $3.52 Brazil...
  • Brazilian Killers Blame Game for Murders

    05/31/2005 2:59:54 AM PDT · by Iris7 · 1 replies · 490+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 31, 2005 | Michael Astor
    The crime was shocking by any standard — a family of three bound, drugged and shot in the head at close range in their beds. Then, a twist: The killers said it was all a game, and the penalty for losing was death. When they were arrested on May 13, Ronald Ribeiro Rodrigues, a 22-year-old glass worker, and Mayderson Vargas Mendes, an unemployed 21-year-old, confessed to the murder of 21-year-old physics student Tiago Guedes and his parents, Douglas and Heloisa, in Guarapari, a seaside city of 230 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro. They said the killings were part of...
  • Who poisoned Yushchenko?

    12/08/2004 4:07:24 AM PST · by Iris7 · 49 replies · 1,981+ views
    Times On Line ^ | December 8, 2004 | Jeremy Page
    MEDICAL experts have confirmed that Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine’s opposition leader, was poisoned in an attempt on his life during election campaigning, the doctor who supervised his treatment at an Austrian clinic said yesterday. Doctors at Vienna’s exclusive Rudolfinerhaus clinic are within days of identifying the substance that left Mr Yushchenko’s face disfigured with cysts and lesions, Nikolai Korpan told The Times in a telephone interview. Specialists in Britain, the United States and France had helped to establish that it was a biological agent, a chemical agent or, most likely, a rare poison that struck him down in the run-up to...
  • Senators' Stocks Beat the Market by 12 Percent

    03/14/2004 11:46:38 PM PST · by Iris7 · 26 replies · 134+ views
    Financial Times ^ | February 24, 2004 | unknown
    (This is an exerpt only. Fair use of copywrited material applies.) US senators' personal stock portfolios outperformed the market by an average of 12 per cent a year in the five years to 1998, according to a new study. "The results clearly support the notion that members of the Senate trade with a substantial informational advantage over ordinary investors," says the author of the report, Professor Alan Ziobrowski of the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. He admits to being "very surprised" by his findings, which were based on 6,000 financial disclosure filings and are due to be...
  • The Inner Life of Orcs (Vanity, but not in vain, I hope!)

    12/14/2003 4:32:31 AM PST · by Iris7 · 4 replies · 173+ views
    I am a great fan of the Professor's story of the War of the Ring. The Lord of the Rings is wonderfully written; the last time I read it I found myself reading aloud to myself. The language rings and shimmers. Professor Tolkien agreed with his many critics that the story was too short. The Professor was correct in this, I believe. Another thousand pages would have rounded out the story nicely. I have a question, important to me that I wish the Professor had answered about Orcs. What were Orcs really like? Jackson gives his opinion in Towers where...
  • What about the inner life of Orcs? (Not totally vanity, I hope!)

    12/14/2003 4:04:28 AM PST · by Iris7 · 94+ views
    I am a great fan of the Professor's story of the War of the Ring. The Lord of the Rings is wonderfully written; the last time I read it I found myself reading aloud to myself. The language rings and shimmers. Professor Tolkien agreed with his many critics that the story was too short. The Professor was correct in this, I believe. Another thousand pages would have rounded out the story nicely. I have a question, important to me that I wish the Professor had answered about Orcs. What were Orcs really like? Jackson gives his opinion in Towers where...
  • A question about Orcs? (This bothers me, and is not utterly Vanity, I hope!)

    12/14/2003 3:38:46 AM PST · by Iris7 · 28 replies · 631+ views
    self. Vanity.
    I am a great fan of the Professor's story of the War of the Ring. The Lord of the Rings is wonderfully written; the last time I read it I found myself reading aloud to myself. The language rings and shimmers. Professor Tolkien agreed with his many critics that the story was too short. The Professor was correct in this, I believe. Another thousand pages would have rounded out the story nicely. I have a question, important to me, that I wish the Professor would have answered about Orcs. What were Orcs really like? Jackson gives his opinion in Towers...
  • Going Hypersonic: Flying FALCON for Defense

    07/24/2003 1:44:11 AM PDT · by Iris7 · 18 replies · 762+ views
    Science - ^ | July 23, 2003 | Tariq Malik
    A swift, powerful air strike can be an invaluable tool for U.S. military forces in battle, so long as it gets there fast enough, and the Department of Defense is developing just the aircraft for the job. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the United States Air Force (USAF) are seeking contractors to build an unmanned hypersonic aircraft capable of reaching any point on the world map in about two hours. Though initially a creature of war, such an aircraft could eventually serve as a springboard into space, developing technology that could lead to a single-stage-to-orbit spacecraft. The...
  • The Geopolitics of Pipelines (long and interesting)

    05/30/2003 2:03:41 AM PDT · by Iris7 · 6 replies · 164+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | 5/29/03 | Paola Ceragioli and Maurizio Martellini Middle East The geopolitics of pipelines By Paola Ceragioli and Maurizio Martellini Over the past 90 years Iran, with its huge oil reserves representing 9 percent of those of the world, has founded its strategic and economic interests in the Persian Gulf on oil. Its economy is based on oil export revenues, which contribute as much as 80 percent of its total export earnings and 40-50 percent of the government budget. In recent years, Iran has held a share in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) production of 13-14 percent. In order to maintain this share, it needs...
  • Moskow Hostages rescued

    10/25/2002 10:22:57 PM PDT · by Iris7 · 1 replies · 78+ views
    BBC World Service
    BBC World Service reports that the Russians have gone in to rescue the hostages taken by Islamist terrorists held in a Moscow theater. Earlier reports spoke of as many as eight hundred hostages were being held. Early reports are of ten dead hostages. If this is all, it is a miracle. This happened about 20 or 30 minutes ago. The Spetsnatz are making sure there is no escape for the terrorists. God be praised! This is all I have.
  • It's Criminal

    05/23/2001 1:23:54 AM PDT · by Iris7 · 16+ views
    The Spectator (UK) ^ | 19 May 2001
    The root cause of crime is the decision to commit it; and the decision to commit it is profoundly influenced first by the chances of being caught, and second by the consequences of being caught. If the consequences are slight, the fear of capture is also slight. These considerations are so obvious that it might be thought unnecessary to state them. On the contrary: throughout the last century intellectuals have sought to deny them by every sophistical argument which their imaginations could conjure. Their fear of crime is not that of the ordinary citizen — that is to say of ...
  • Bay of Pigs Betrayal

    04/29/2000 9:07:07 AM PDT · by Iris7 · 10+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | April 29, 2000 | Matt Drudge
    The WASHINGTON POST, citing a recently declassified doc, is reporting in Saturday runs that the Soviet Union was aware -- in advance -- of the ill-fated 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. Even though the CIA was aware that Soviet leaks existed, the invasion intended to oust Fidel Castro from power went ahead as planned...
  • An American's Duty

    01/14/2000 2:17:56 AM PST · by Iris7 · 12+ views
    Cooper's Commentaries ^ | January 2000 | Jeff Cooper
    Remember that Jefferson told us that the Second Amendment would not be needed until they tried to abolish it. There are people who have that in mind right now. The personal ownership and usage of firearms is not a common aspect of today's culture worldwide. It is up to Americans - those who know what it means to be an American - to uphold the light of liberty in the face of those both here and elsewhere who would extinguish it. We see the hysterics who feel that the abolition of firearms would bring about major changes in the human ...
  • Thanksgiving

    11/24/1999 11:07:02 PM PST · by Iris7 · 15+ views
    To all members of our Free Republic: On General and President Washington's Thanksgivings Day: May the Lord bless you and keep you and bring you Peace.