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  • Sect moms torn over children

    05/11/2008 2:43:21 PM PDT · by neutrino · 52 replies · 196+ views
    Express-News ^ | 05/10/2008 | Lisa Sandberg
    Sarah Steed and Gladys Jessop knew they'd face a stark choice when Child Protective Services removed their children: remain on their Yearning for Zion Ranch outside Eldorado or relocate to a faraway city near their kids. They chose to relocate. The women, followers of a breakaway Mormon sect that practices polygamy as a religious requirement, soon faced a crueler choice: which child to be near. Though child welfare workers promised to make every effort to keep siblings together, it hasn't always happened. Steed's six young children have been scattered across the state, at four foster care facilities in three cities:...
  • MERC (New Army ration) request for information [Vanity]

    05/05/2006 9:21:04 PM PDT · by neutrino · 10 replies · 520+ views
    n/a ^ | 05/05/2006 | Neutrino
    I've heard that a new MRE component is being manufactured, but there seems to be limited information about it. Here's what I've found so far: Pocket Food (Includes a picture) And an older item that discusses the matter at: seabeecook The second article mentions GoodMark Foods Inc., which has been acquired by ConAgra. Anyway, I'm curious - has anyone come across such things? Who is the contractor that produces the components? How do they taste? Is there a viable (and legal) source? Yours for culinary excellence, Neutrino
  • Which MRE is best? [Vanity]

    04/19/2006 5:25:34 PM PDT · by neutrino · 85 replies · 2,981+ views
    n/a | n/a | neutrino
    I've been thinking of procuring some MREs as the hurricane/severe weather season approaches - and thought my fellow FReepers would be the best possible source of information. It appears that there are two general options - the MRE pack from SOPAKCO - an example of which is here The other supply seems to be assembled from contract overruns, for example the item at this link It appears that MREs are more cost-effective than freeze dried items. I prefer to have an assembled meal instead of purchasing individual items. Also, I recognize that the Sopakco meals don't have heaters - but,...
  • The black stuff has world order over a barrel

    06/26/2005 11:59:50 PM PDT · by neutrino · 8 replies · 491+ views
    Guardian Limited ^ | June 27, 2005 | Larry Elliott
    Crude oil is at $60 a barrel and rising. British motorists are paying record prices on the forecourts. The Ł1 litre may not be that far away. Traders on commodity exchanges are warning that a cold winter in the northern hemisphere could see prices, already up 38% since the start of the year, rise a lot further. Policymakers are clearly worried by the short-term picture. The G8 summit at Gleneagles next week will discuss the likely impact of high oil prices on the global economy and what the rich countries of the west ought to do in response. Every other...
  • Best Combat Boot? (Vanity)

    05/07/2005 10:56:05 AM PDT · by neutrino · 46 replies · 6,688+ views
    self | 05/07/2005 | Neutrino
    I'm thinking of purchasing a pair of combat boots - I want something durable, comfortable, and suitable for extended walking. I'm in Texas, so heat is a greater environmental challenge than cold. In this instance, price is not a concern. Quality, durability, and functionality are critical. Altama seems to have some good products; Magnum has some strong advocates. Corcoran has some proponents - one model is here Danner has an interesting model here So, as I asked earlier...what is your favorite? Which would you never use? And why? Quite possibly I'm not aware of the best brands or models, so...
  • Terri Schiavo - A moral conundrum for you. [Vanity]

    03/31/2005 5:37:12 PM PST · by neutrino · 72 replies · 1,157+ views
    Neutrino | 03/31/2005 | Neutrino
    The courts ordered all water and nourishment to be withheld from Terri Schiavo. This was more that removal of the feeding tube - no one was permitted to give her a drink of water or a crumb of bread. As we know, she survived for 13 days. Presumably, it was known that she was in pain, since she was given morphine. The question is coming. First, a small disclaimer - I don't think Terri Schiavo should have been killed. Question: since the court's order was, in essence, an order to kill her, would it not have been kinder to have...
  • Saving Oil in a Hurry:

    03/29/2005 3:32:44 AM PST · by neutrino · 3 replies · 844+ views
    During 2004, oil prices reached levels unprecedented in recent years. Many IEA member countries and non-member countries alike are concerned about oil costs and oil security, and are looking for ways to improve their capability to handle market volatility. This book aims to provide assistance. A core mission of the International Energy Agency (IEA) is energy supply security. Indeed, the Agreement on an International Energy Program (I.E.P.), the treaty signed by all IEA member countries, obliges IEA member countries to not only to maintain emergency oil reserves, but also to apply voluntary and mandatory measures for reducing oil consumption on...
  • Michael Schiavo, Model of Spousal Devotion?

    03/29/2005 3:11:17 AM PST · by neutrino · 14 replies · 745+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | 03/29/2005 | Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
    In May 1995, Christopher Reeve was taking part in a cross-country equestrian competition when a fall separated his skull from his spinal cord. He was left totally paralyzed. Of that moment, he later said, "It dawned on me I was going to be a huge burden to everybody, that I had ruined my life and everybody else's. Not fair to anybody. The best thing to do would be to slip away." When his wife Dana came into his room, he looked at her and mouthed the words, "Maybe we should let me go." It was the defining moment that saved...
  • U.S. trade deficit soars to all-time high

    01/12/2005 6:18:34 AM PST · by neutrino · 471 replies · 3,515+ views
    AP News ^ | Jan 12, 2005 | MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's trade deficit soared to an all-time high of $60.3 billion in November, reflecting record levels for imports of everything from oil and consumer goods to farm products, the government reported Wednesday. The Commerce Department said the November deficit was up 7.7 percent from an imbalance of $56 billion in October, which had been the previous monthly record. The new record caught private economists by surprise. They had been forecasting a slight narrowing in the November trade gap.
  • Russian Tragedy - Where can we send messages of support? [Vanity]

    09/03/2004 5:03:39 PM PDT · by neutrino · 24 replies · 800+ views
    self | 09/03/2004 | Neutrino
    After 911, people around the world sent America messages of support and condolence. I believe we all appreciated that. The tragedy in Russia seems to be on the same order as our own 911. Fewer people, yes - but so many innocent children and infants. Is there someone/somewhere that we can send messages of condolence to the Russians during this time of pain and loss?
  • Get set to jet set to Uncle Sam

    08/06/2004 11:09:56 AM PDT · by neutrino · 27 replies · 623+ views
    The Times of India ^ | August 6, 2004 | PRIYA RANJAN DASH
    Get set to jet set to Uncle SamPRIYA RANJAN DASH TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ FRIDAY, AUGUST 06, 2004 12:03:18 AM ] NEW DELHI: India seems to have finally acquired some trade chutzpah. It is all set to offer a free trade agreement on services to the champion of free trade, the US.  The offer has already been discussed between prime minister Manmohan Singh and commerce minister Kamal Nath and will be brought to the cabinet shortly. New Delhi feels the FTA deal would be a win-win for both the countries. While American banks and insurance companies can open as many...
  • Simmons hopes he’s wrong [My title: Saudi Oil Reserves]

    08/02/2004 9:21:08 AM PDT · by neutrino · 34 replies · 1,004+ views
    Petroleum News ^ | August 1, 2004 | F. Jay Schempf
    Simmons hopes he’s wrongLeading energy analyst believes Saudi Arabia’s crude oil supply near peak; calls for greater global reserve transparency to anticipate ‘cataclysm’F. Jay SchempfPetroleum News Contributing Writer (Houston) Matt Simmons hopes he is wrong. But if he’s right in his belief that Saudi Arabia’s giant oil fields might already have peaked and could start into rapid decline in as few as three years, somebody better have a “Plan B” ready or there’s no way, he says — absolutely no way — to avoid a world energy cataclysm. Pretty strong words. Stronger, perhaps, than any uttered before about energy. Simmons spoke...
  • Damage Control: How to combat offshore outsourcing backlash.

    07/12/2004 10:38:36 AM PDT · by neutrino · 24 replies · 704+ views
    Computerworld ^ | JULY 12, 2004 | Julia King
    JULY 12, 2004 - Last November, after a deluge of customer complaints about unintelligible English, lengthy telephone waits and poor service, Dell Inc. rerouted technical support for its U.S. corporate clients from a call center in India to facilities in Texas, Idaho and Tennessee. Weeks later, Lehman Brothers Inc. followed suit, shifting offshore help desk support for the financial firm's internal users back to the U.S. Another company, Fremont, Calif.-based Everdream Corp., pulled the plug on its offshore help desk center in Costa Rica in April. The reason: plummeting customer satisfaction. Elsewhere, a decision by the Washington State Health Care...
  • China Warns Rice It Won't 'Sit Idle' If US Backs Taiwan Independence

    07/08/2004 8:25:09 PM PDT · by neutrino · 46 replies · 865+ views
    Asia Pacific News ^ | 09 July 2004 0109 hrs | AFP staff
    BEIJING : China's military strongman Jiang Zemin told visiting US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice China would not "sit idle" if foreign forces supported Taiwan independence. "If Taiwan authorities are determined to pursue Taiwan independence; if foreign forces interfere and support this, we would definitely not sit idle without doing anything," Jiang was paraphrased on Chinese state-run television station CCTV as saying. The aging but still powerful former president's veiled warnings against US military intervention if Taiwan formally declares independence and China attacks the island came amid increasing tension between Beijing and Taipei. The recent re-election of pro-independence Taiwan President...
  • Investment rush to China

    06/29/2004 6:20:23 PM PDT · by neutrino · 64 replies · 590+ views
    Lou Dobbs Tonight ^ | 06/28/2004 | Lou Dobbs
    DOBBS: Still ahead here tonight -- the investment rush to China has hit a new level tonight. We'll have that story for you. China's latest gain coming at the expense of, guess what, the United States. We'll have that special report next. (COMMERCIAL BREAK) DOBBS: Stocks today barely moved on Wall Street: the Dow down 15; the NASDAQ down almost 6; the S&P fell a point. Startling new numbers tonight on a changing trend in foreign investment affecting this country and you and me. Christine Romans with the story -- Christine? CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Lou, companies rushed to invest...
  • Jolted workers rethink life's basics

    06/27/2004 4:52:11 AM PDT · by neutrino · 195 replies · 247+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | June 26, 2004 | KATHERINE YUNG
    Jolted workers rethink life's basics 09:54 AM CDT on Saturday, June 26, 2004 By KATHERINE YUNG / The Dallas Morning News  Mark Olesen and Jerry Dugick live 181 miles apart. They're strangers to each other, but they share a common bond. Losing their tech jobs to overseas workers cost each of them more than paychecks and pride. For Mark, a former software engineer for IBM in Austin, it led to bankruptcy and nearly a year away from his family, driving big rigs to natural gas fields around the country. Jerry, a former engineer and project manager for Cadence Design...
  • Editorial: Lawyers' sex cases expose system flaws

    06/19/2004 2:57:07 PM PDT · by neutrino · 17 replies · 207+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 06/18/2004 | San Antonio Express-News
    San Antonio Express-News The legal community has suffered a black eye at the hands of lawyer Ted Roberts. Using an unorthodox legal tactic, Roberts threatened to expose the indiscretions of several of his wife Mary's lovers by notifying them of his intent to explore whether he had grounds to sue them. The Express-News exposed the situation earlier this week. Ted Roberts' actions became part of a case that entered the court system when he was sued by former law partner Robert V. West III, but those records were sealed in March 2002 by a district judge. Some of the...
  • IT becomes pillar industry of Chinese economy

    06/19/2004 2:10:20 PM PDT · by neutrino · 38 replies · 369+ views
    People's Daily Online (English) ^ | June 19, 2004 | Xinhua news agency
    IT becomes pillar industry of Chinese economy   China's information technology (IT)sector has become a leading pillar industry, which enables the country to surpass Japan and edge into the world's second place, next only to the United States, in terms of scale. China's IT sector realized 1.88 trillion yuan (226.5 billion USdollars) in sales income last year, compared with the 190-billion-US dollar sales revenue for Japan's IT industry, said Chen Wei, a senior official with the Ministry of Information Industry, at a press conference held Thursday on SINOCES 2004, or China International Consumer Electronics Exposition. The exposition, said to be among the best and...
  • AMERICAN PROSCENIUM

    06/12/2004 5:49:12 PM PDT · by neutrino · 75 replies · 800+ views
    May 2004 Chronicles ^ | May, 2004 | Tom Piatak
        Earlier this year, Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina defended her company’s decision to send American jobs to Asia by declaring, “There is no job that is America’s God-given right anymore.” She probably did not mean to include CEO’s of Fortune 500 corporations in this statement—Hyderabad does not offer all the amenities she is used to, after all—but her blunt declaration that patriotism has no place in the board room perfectly captures the logic behind outsourcing.     Fiorina’s sentiments were echoed by Greg Mankiw, the chairman of President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors, who observed that “outsourcing is just a new...
  • Exporting America

    06/10/2004 8:03:39 PM PDT · by neutrino · 185 replies · 737+ views
    CNN, Lou Dobbs Transcripts ^ | 06/10/2004 | Lou Dobbs
    The Department of Homeland Security recently awarded what could be a $10 billion border security contract to Bermuda-abased Accenture. My guest tonight says it is outrageous and wrong to reward a company for abandoning our country. Congresswoman Rosa DeLaura has authored legislation that would prevent government contracts from being awarded to foreign companies. In her statement, she said, "The United States should not be doing business with those who want all the benefits of citizenship without any of the responsibilities."
  • Big Three's Outsourcing Plan: Make Parts Suppliers Do It

    06/10/2004 3:57:36 PM PDT · by neutrino · 44 replies · 237+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 10, 2004 | NORIHIKO SHIROUZU
    Global trade and American labor are creating a quandary for the Big Three auto makers. Facing intense price competition, they want to take advantage of the plunging cost of manufacturing in China. Yet their labor agreements at home make it hard to shift jobs overseas. Now the auto giants have hit upon an unusual strategy: Push their suppliers to do the outsourcing for them.
  • OUTSOURCING: A Brief Timeline

    06/03/2004 4:33:26 PM PDT · by neutrino · 41 replies · 478+ views
    The Discovery Channel ^ | June 3, 2004 | Staff
    OUTSOURCING: A Brief Timeline   By 2005, 830,000 formerly American jobs will belong to foreign workers overseas, according to Forrester Research. And a study by two University of California economists identifies 14 million American workers whose future employment may be at risk by the practice of outsourcing. Proponents say outsourcing helps U.S.-owned companies remain competitive in the global marketplace, holds down consumer prices, and ultimately preserves American jobs by keeping companies afloat. Opponents say Americans risk being forced out of certain professions by foreign competition. They also warn that reliance on overseas technical talent will undermine American industry's research and...
  • Outsourced IT staff fingered porn stash banker

    06/02/2004 5:35:40 AM PDT · by neutrino · 114 replies · 213+ views
    The Register ^ | 1st June 2004 15:28 GMT | Lucy Sherriff
    Porn-surfing bank supremo Michael Soden was caught with his browser down last week by the very same staff he outsourced to HP at the start of his reign at the Bank of Ireland. Soden hit the headlines last year in Ireland when staff took industrial action in protest of the department's shift to Hewlett Packard. Staff were unhappy about the prospect of becoming HP employees, as they had enjoyed considerable perks at the Bank of Ireland: favourable mortgage and loan deals for instance. Now it seems that he has been forced to resign thanks to the very department which he...
  • U.S. Spacesuits Unusable, Astronauts Face Tougher Spacewalk Next Month

    05/24/2004 11:32:21 PM PDT · by neutrino · 8 replies · 102+ views
    Fox News - AP ^ | May 24. 2004 | Fox News/AP
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA (search) ruled Monday that U.S. spacesuits on the international space station are unusable and ordered the crew to use Russian gear instead, adding considerable time and distance to a critical spacewalk next month.
  • Report: Outsourcing Here To Stay

    05/20/2004 7:52:22 PM PDT · by neutrino · 11 replies · 104+ views
    NewsFactor Top Tech News ^ | May 17, 2004 | Erika Morphy
    Forrester Research has revised upwards its previous -- and controversial -- 2002 year end projection that 3.3 million high-tech and computer-related jobs will flee U.S. shores by 2015. In a new report, the company validates its figures, saying 3.4 million will leave by 2011, and offers more insight into near-term trends. By 2005, it says, an additional 240,000 jobs will have left the United States, bringing the total to a cumulative 830,000 positions lost in the near term. Since the first report surfaced, along with similar estimates by other consulting firms, the business environment has changed in the United...
  • China And The US: The Great Unravelling Begins?

    05/18/2004 8:06:21 PM PDT · by neutrino · 39 replies · 219+ views
    Prudent Bear ^ | 05/18/2004 | Marshall Auerback
    The late economist Herb Stein used to say that when a trend was unsustainable, it usually would come to an end. It’s worthwhile considering this rare nugget of economic wisdom in the context of the US/China relationship. We could well be on the threshold of a very important growth inflexion point in both economies, the implications of which have clearly alarmed the markets over the past several weeks. So with apologies to Graham Greene, it behoves us to ask: is it truly the end of the affair between these two economic behemoths? The economic intertwining of the US and China...
  • No democracy please, we're shareholders

    05/08/2004 5:02:30 PM PDT · by neutrino · 4 replies · 130+ views
    The Economist ^ | Apr29th, 2004 | The Economist (staff author)
    No democracy please, we're shareholders   Apr 29th 2004 From The Economist print edition   Another proxy season, another gazillion wasted votes AMERICA is the world's most prominent democracy, and its most successful exponent of shareholder capitalism. But when it comes to shareholder democracy America has barely moved beyond the corporate equivalent of the rotten borough. American firms look democratic. During these past few weeks of the annual “proxy season”, shareholders have been electing board members and voting on resolutions listed on a firm's proxy statement. But given how little difference such votes can make, they might as well not...
  • Shell to slash its information technology jobs

    05/06/2004 7:18:08 PM PDT · by neutrino · 5 replies · 121+ views
    Business Day ^ | April 29, 2004 | Sheila McNulty
    HOUSTON Oil multinational Royal Dutch-Shell said yesterday that it was cutting 2800 jobs in its information technology (IT) division over three years, but insisted that the cutbacks were not related to the scandal over its reserves. Jobs in Britain, the Netherlands and the US, where Shell employs about 9300 people in IT, would be affected, with some work being outsourced to India and Malaysia. Shell hopes to save about 850m. Shell spokeswoman Lisa Givert said the move was part of an overall revamping of the IT operations, now concentrated in the UK, the Netherlands and the US, which had been...
  • India doubting its US 'strategic partnership'

    04/10/2004 2:19:29 PM PDT · by neutrino · 29 replies · 254+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | Mar 27, 2004 | Sultan Shahin
    South Asia   India doubting its US 'strategic partnership' By Sultan Shahin NEW DELHI - Clearing the way for close military ties, resumed sale of defense equipment and millions of dollars in direct economic assistance, United States President George W Bush has lifted the sanctions imposed against Pakistan following the bloodless military coup led by now-President General Pervez Musharraf in October 1999. The move comes a week after US Secretary of State Colin Powell announced in Islamabad that Pakistan's status was being elevated to that of a major non-NATO ally (MNNA). Sanctions related to Pakistan's nuclear tests in 1998...
  • India Economic Growth Rises To 10.4% as Farm Output Surges

    03/31/2004 6:55:51 AM PST · by neutrino · 37 replies · 289+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/31/2004 | Dow Jones Newswires
    <p>NEW DELHI -- India's economy grew a scorching 10.4% rate in the latest quarter, powered by a surge in farm output and a strong performance in the manufacturing sector.</p> <p>On the strength of the growth in the October-December quarter, the economy is almost certain to overshoot the government's forecast of 8.1% expansion for the fiscal year, which ends March 31.</p>
  • Bangalore Forces US Techies to Auction Themselves

    03/28/2004 5:42:56 PM PST · by neutrino · 23 replies · 160+ views
    The Economic Times ^ | 03/29/2004 | N/A
    What do you do after you lose your job to outsourcing? One way to beat the creditors would be to make T-shirts with the message ‘I lost my job to India and all I got was this (lousy) T-shirt' and make oodles of money! Or, like Gus Grubba and his team of San Francisco software programmers you could put yourself up to the highest bidder on e-bay! ( BPO Wave Full coverage ) Go to ebay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3668406628) and you will find that Gus Grubba and his team of a dozen programmers offering their service. Here is your opportunity to hire...
  • US cannot win outsourcing battle with India

    03/21/2004 7:09:47 PM PST · by neutrino · 5 replies · 187+ views
    ExpressIndia ^ | 03/21/2004 | Prem Shankar Jha
    Prem Shankar Jha  In the last year or more, as the US and India have come palpably closer on political issues, they have found themselves increasingly on a collision course on economic ones. This became glaringly apparent when India spearheaded a group of 22 countries at the WTO ministerial meeting in Cancun and prevented the imposition of new commitments to liberalise trade upon the developing countries till the industrialised nations had first honoured commitments made during the Uruguay Round to substantially lower their trade barriers on agricultural imports and reduce subsidies on exports. But since then the conflict has...
  • Answers on Outsourcing

    03/20/2004 6:08:20 AM PST · by neutrino · 15 replies · 217+ views
    CNN Money ^ | 03/12/2004 | Rory L. Terry
    <p>A finance professor argues against placing blind faith in outsourcing. His views follow.</p> <p>The following is a guest column by Rory L. Terry, an associate professor of finance at Fort Hays State University.</p> <p>NEW YORK (CNN) -- A great deal of effort is being expended to convince us all that the outsourcing of jobs under the rubric of free trade is a good thing. I would like to discuss some of these arguments.</p>
  • Offshoring Goes on the Offensive

    03/19/2004 5:19:47 AM PST · by neutrino · 61 replies · 372+ views
    The McKinsey Quarterly, McKinsey & Co. ^ | 03/17/2004 | John Hagel III
    Offshoring Goes on the OffensiveCost cutting is only the first benefit. Offshore companies can also deliver superior performance, even in highly skilled activities, and a better platform for entering new product markets.The McKinsey Quarterly, McKinsey & Co. March 17, 2004 The big news at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was all of the plasma televisions, digital music players, and other crossover gadgets that Dell, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, and other computer giants are using to challenge consumer electronics stalwarts such as Philips, Samsung, and Sony. Behind the trade show buzz, however, lies a bigger story&mdash;one that goes...
  • U.S. Tax Code Provisions Encourage Offshore Jobs

    03/12/2004 7:17:50 AM PST · by neutrino · 42 replies · 1,097+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/12/2004 | STEVE LIESMAN
    <p>As if U.S. workers didn't have enough going against them. Turns out there really are provisions in the tax code that seem to encourage sending jobs offshore.</p> <p>I have to admit not believing the claim when I first heard Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry shout about it. So I thought either Mr. Kerry has trumped this thing up -- in which case there's a good story -- or there's one very wacky part to the tax code -- in which case, there's a better story.</p>
  • [Vanity] 1823 Science - Time for an upgrade?

    03/06/2004 11:37:55 AM PST · by neutrino · 56 replies · 263+ views
    Neutrino | 03/06/2004 | Neutrino
    The originator of the free trade argument is David Ricardo, who lived from 1772 to 1823. You can read a brief biography at the link: Ricardo Here's an excerpt: At age twenty-seven, after reading Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations, Ricardo got excited about economics. He wrote his first economics article at age thirty-seven and then spent only fourteen years—his last ones—as a professional economist. The world has changed considerably since 1823. We have new technologies, new political and social paradigms, and entire new fields of science. Nevertheless, we ignore all of that and continue to use economic ideas from...
  • Long a Low-Tech Power, China Sets Its Sights on Chip Making

    02/17/2004 3:01:26 PM PST · by neutrino · 3 replies · 107+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb 17, 2004 | JASON DEAN
    <p>BEIJING -- In a vast, empty field outside Beijing, Richard Chang is trying to build one of the world's most advanced semiconductor factories.</p> <p>On a recent visit, migrant workers in shabby clothes could be seen trundling around the construction site, hanging laundry outside dormitories made of gray concrete slabs. When the plant starts production later this year, engineers clad head-to-heel in protective suits will operate multimillion-dollar machines in dust-free "clean rooms," etching circuits onto silicon plates.</p>
  • Petition to Congress to stop the RIAA

    09/12/2003 6:43:29 AM PDT · by neutrino · 14 replies · 206+ views
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | 09/11/2003 | Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Take a Stand Against the Madness; Stop the RIAA! The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is on a rampage, launching legal attacks against average Americans from coast to coast. Rather than working to create a rational, legal means by which its customers can take advantage of file-sharing technology and pay a fair price for the music they love, it has chosen to sue people like Brianna LaHara, a 12 year-old girl living in New York City public housing. Brianna, and hundreds of other music fans like her, are being forced to pay thousands of dollars they do not have...
  • 18 kids are charged with racially motivated beating of teenage girl

    06/16/2003 11:39:41 AM PDT · by neutrino · 43 replies · 288+ views
    The Plain Dealer ^ | 06/14/2003 | Brian E. Albrecht
    A May Day ritual described as "beat up a white kid" resulted in delinquency charges of felonious assault, ethnic intimidation and aggravated riot filed Thurs day in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court against 18 black and Hispanic youths from Cleveland. Twelve girls and six boys, ages 9 through 15, are accused of beating, kicking and choking a 13-year-old white girl at West 110th Street and Almira Avenue near Wilbur Wright Middle School on May 1. The victim was a student at Wilbur Wright, as were five of her assailants. Each of the at tackers received a 10-day suspension, a Cleveland school...
  • Thank you, Mr. Robinson

    04/21/2003 8:44:26 PM PDT · by neutrino · 26 replies · 197+ views
    Neutrino | 09/29/2003 | Neutrino
    This evening, I was reading some of the older threads I've enjoyed on FR - along with some of the delightful discussions with other FReepers. It's easy to forget to say thank you - I'd like to take this opportunity to do so. Not only is this site a source of news and a bastion of conservatism, it's home to some of the finest people anywhere. It is a source of pleasure and enjoyment to many thousands. Mr. Robinson has, in fact, made the world a better and happier place. As the title says, Thank you, Mr. Robinson!
  • Fiasco in the making?

    03/24/2003 9:07:52 PM PST · by neutrino · 90 replies · 247+ views
    Neutrino | 3/24/2003 | Neutrino
    We have long supply lines, from Kuwait to Baghdad. Those lines appear to be vulnerable, or may actually be insecure. We are using light troops, such as the 101st Airborne, and mechanized infantry (the Third Infantry division) against armor. We are trying to minimiaze civilian casualties and damage to infrastructure while we fight an enemy that engages in guerrilla tactics, deceives us with false surrenders, and murders and abuses our POWs. I have no doubt that our troops and equipment are the finest in the world. But I begin to wonder if we are not at risk of a major...
  • Supporting the troops - over the long-haul

    03/18/2003 4:51:37 PM PST · by neutrino · 6 replies · 158+ views
    Neutrino | 3/18/2003 | Neutrino
    As we approach war, we all hope that we'll be granted a swift and easy victory. Yet, it may be that other battles will come - North Korea threatens, and other nations in the Middle East harbor terrorists. Even if the battle ends quickly, winning the peace may take somewhat longer, as is the case in Afghanistan. And during that time, our soldiers, airmen, and sailors will be a long way from home...and the other pleasures we civilians take for granted. I came across a website at http://pizzaidf.org/ that is set up to let individuals quickly and easily arrange for...
  • I simply do not understand.

    03/08/2003 2:58:16 PM PST · by neutrino · 31 replies · 247+ views
    Neutrino | 3/8/2003 | Neutrino
    I truly do not understand why France, Germany, Russia, and other nations are so determined in their opposition to the US, their support of Iraq, or both.I don't understand why a variety of women's groups, including NOW, persist in protests in favor of Saddam Hussein.  And yet we have reports such as the following: Yahia described, in detail, nighttime scenes in Baghdad of group sex and violent acts. He said he once saw Odai beat and rape a pregnant woman. "Odai, he can't sleep with a woman if he don't hit her and see the blood coming out of her,"...
  • Iraq, countering leftist peaceniks

    02/16/2003 9:25:11 AM PST · by neutrino · 31 replies · 369+ views
    Self (Vanity) | 2/16/2003 | Neutrino
    This past weekend, we've seen a great deal of leftist activism.  The purported basis for the worldwide demonstrations is to prevent or discourage war against Iraq.  The real reasons are something else entirely, as is made clear in a variety of threads on FReepublic.We face a frustrating problem.  On the one hand, we as conservatives have jobs, families, and responsibilities.  The leftists, socialists, and anti-Americans are, in many cases, free of such constraints.  How do we counter them?  During the weekend, our efforts seemed notably deficient.I would like to solicit comments and ideas on how we can encourage President Bush...
  • Playing the ‘last, best hope’ card

    01/31/2003 6:00:15 PM PST · by neutrino · 18 replies · 129+ views
    MSNBC News ^ | Jan 31, 2002 | Howard Fineman
    U.S. must realize that saviors aren’t always appreciated WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 — I am told by men who dine with generals that the war to remove Saddam Hussein will start on March 3 — the night of a new moon. It’s not an exaggeration to say that this dark evening will be one of the most fateful in our history, when America’s role changes forever and, we hope, for better. To usher in this new imperial age, Tony Blair comes to the White House to meet with President Bush — not to pass a torch, but to share one. What...
  • Mexican Chiapas rebels threaten U.S. ranch owners

    01/31/2003 5:52:18 PM PST · by neutrino · 30 replies · 524+ views
    Reuters Alert News ^ | 01 Feb 2003 00:09 | Elizabeth Fullerton
    MEXICO CITY, Jan 31 (Reuters) - A U.S. couple from Idaho is trapped in their own hotel-ranch in southern Mexico's Chiapas state with local Indian peasants sympathetic to the Zapatista rebels threatening to take their land. Glen Wersch, 49, and Ellen Jones, 55, have closed their 10.5-hectare (26-acre) Rancho Esmeralda and the U.S. embassy in Mexico City has advised them to leave their property in the wake of threats from the neighboring Tzeltal community. "This is terrifying. We're more or less trapped here. The local government has sent us a clear message they can't do anything because they're afraid of...
  • Huge dust cloud threatens Asia

    01/26/2003 4:21:31 PM PST · by neutrino · 40 replies · 507+ views
    Independent, UK ^ | 26 January 2003 | Geoffrey Lean
    Huge dust cloud threatens Asia By Geoffrey Lean in Washington 26 January 2003  Gigantic dust clouds swirling over China are threatening the world's most populous country with the first-ever "ecological meltdown", experts here warn.The clouds – which stretch for thousands of miles over Asia and have even reached across the Pacific to North America – are rising from a rapidly growing dust bowl in northern China that far outstrips the notorious one in the United States in the 1930s.It threatens to drive up the price of food and greatly increase starvation worldwide, and could lead to tens of millions of...
  • Real nightmare, or needless worry?

    01/07/2003 9:07:56 AM PST · by neutrino · 10 replies · 229+ views
    Self | 1/7/2003 | Self
    I have noted that the Comfort hospital ship has set sail for Diego Garcia in preparation for possible military action in Iraq. But I keep remembering the Cole, and the suicide attack on that fine ship. Am I the only one who wonders if the Comfort might be a target for just such an attack, especially if it gets any closer to the actual area of operations? Or is such an attack something that could never happen, and I'm just being silly worrying about it?
  • AC130 gun-cam video!

    12/09/2002 7:59:31 PM PST · by neutrino · 12 replies · 2,785+ views
    http://skynet.bizatchu.com/AC130_GunshipMed.wmv
  • Billionaire Investor Alwaleed Reflects on the Bush Mandate

    11/08/2002 3:28:56 PM PST · by neutrino · 1 replies · 118+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 8, 2002 | ANDREW HIGGINS
    RAMAH, Saudi Arabia -- Prince Alwaleed bin Talal sat on the floor of a cavernous fiberglass tent pitched in the desert some 40 miles north of the Saudi capital, Riyadh. Next to him were three telephones. Before him a procession of some two dozen poets declaimed verses composed of florid praise and pointed requests. They wanted help to pay off debts, buy a new car or secure a job on the royal payroll. "Your generosity is so enormous, it is bigger than a mountain that shields us from the burning sun," intoned one supplicant. Another compared the prince's benevolence to...