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  • Endangered Humans [IBD Editorial on the ESA vs. Klamath farmers and four dead firefighters]

    01/19/2005 3:52:16 PM PST · by snopercod · 15 replies · 846+ views
    Investor's Business Daily | January 19, 2005 | IBD staff
    A judge has ruled that coho salmon have been illegally listed as an endangered species, a victory that comes too late for the farmers of the Klamath River Basin and the families of four young firefighters. In the spring of 2001, the government ordered irrigation water cut off to 1,400 farms in southern Oregon and northern California to save suckerfish and salmon... [snip] Last week, federal judge Michael Hogan agreed with the Pacific Legal Foundation that the government violated the ESA when it failed to include hatchery fish in its assessment of the coho’s status. ...the Klamath community was practically...
  • Former McDonald's head Bell dies

    01/16/2005 6:23:04 PM PST · by snopercod · 21 replies · 767+ views
    cnn.com ^ | January 16, 2005 | not listed
    SYDNEY, Australia -- Charlie Bell, the former president and chief executive officer of McDonald's Corp., has died of colorectal cancer in his hometown of Sydney, Australia, the company said. Bell, who was diagnosed with cancer last May, was 44 years old. "Charlie Bell gave his all to McDonald's," Andrew J. McKenna, chairman of the company's board of directors, was quoted by the Associated Press as saying.
  • Proposal to Remove Aeronautical Information from Public Sale and Distribution - Comments Requested

    01/12/2005 4:53:39 AM PST · by snopercod · 14 replies · 464+ views
    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency ^ | November 18, 2004 | Dave Burpee and Jim Mohan
    NGA Invites Public Comment on Proposal to Remove Aeronautical Information from Public Sale and Distribution Bethesda, Md, Dec 3, 2004 -- The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) announced November 18, 2004, it is considering withdrawing its Flight Information Publications (FLIP), Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File (DAFIF), and Navigation Planning Charts from public sale and distribution. NGA has proposed to implement the changes on October 1, 2005. Today, NGA invites public comment on the proposed action through June 30, 2005. Comments may be returned to: aero.ocr@nga.mil or mailed to: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Mail Stop D-111, Attn: Public Release of Aeronautical Products 4600...
  • Did anybody just see John Hinderaker of powerlineblog on Fox News?

    01/10/2005 3:47:21 PM PST · by snopercod · 117 replies · 2,454+ views
    Fox News | January 10, 2005 | John Hinderaker of powerlineblog.com
    I was very disappointed that John Hinderaker [Hindrocket] chose to take full credit for exposing the CBS memogate scandal rather than at least tipping his hat to those here on FreeRepublic who actually discovered and proved the fraud. Other than that little omission, he did well. He emphasised that the report failed to discuss the coordination between CBS and the Kerry campaign. He emphasized [in legalese, he's a lawyer] that CBS engaged in what he called "affirmative misrepresentation" - what us mere civilians would call outright lies, which puts the lie to their "we were rushed" defense. He mentioned the...
  • GOP Principles Fall By Wayside In Party Ascent

    01/08/2005 4:12:28 AM PST · by snopercod · 162 replies · 2,327+ views
    Cato Institute | January 4, 2005 | Doug Bandow
    The Republican Party now seems to have it all: possession of the U.S. presidency and expanded control of Congress. Ironically, however, President Bush’s victory might destroy American conservatism. The GOP and conservative movement have lost their souls. Modern American conservatism grew out of the classical liberal tradition that birthed the U.S. For years Republicans emphasized their commitment to individual liberty and limited constitution government. They believed Washington to possess only specific enumerated powers. The most important domestic issues were matters for the states. Internationally American needed to be strong but responsible: War was a tool to protect U.S. security, not...
  • Seabees Join Relief Effort In Indonesia

    01/07/2005 3:49:28 AM PST · by snopercod · 1 replies · 208+ views
    Engineering News Record ^ | January 6, 2005 | Tom Sawyer
    Fifty Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40, forward deployed to Camp Shields, Okinawa, Japan, have shipped out to the tsunami-ravaged shores of Indonesia to assist with initial disaster recovery efforts, their command reported Jan. 6. An additional 300 are preparing to follow, as missions require. They will serve in the relief effort along with Marines from the 3rd Marine Division, and sailors from 7th Fleet. The initial wave of Seabees will focus on contingency construction, such as road clearing and runway repairs, while the sailors they accompany aboard USS Fort McHenry, an LSD class vessel, will use water...
  • Losing It [IBD Editorial on the bizarre spectacle of the modern democrat party]

    01/07/2005 3:35:51 AM PST · by snopercod · 52 replies · 1,761+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 7, 2005 | IBD staff
    Politics: The Democrats should be in the middle of a vital debate over their disastrous performance in national elections in recent years. So what do they do? They continue to fight lost battles. Losing a major election is usually a time to reflect on your strengths and, more important, your weaknesses. For Democrats, this seems now to be impossible. Their recent behavior will doom them to more electoral failure, and even possible irrelevance.
  • Computer Woes Continue to Plague Airlines [Comair Update]

    12/28/2004 4:38:38 AM PST · by snopercod · 21 replies · 730+ views
    AP via myway.com ^ | December 27, 2004 | HARRY R. WEBER
    ATLANTA (AP) - The cancellation of 1,100 Christmas Day flights by Comair because of computer troubles is prompting calls for more investments in backup systems and other technologies to prevent further groundings and damage to an already struggling industry. The foul-up was hardly the first: A computer glitch grounded 40 Delta flights in May. A power failure created a computer problem that forced Northwest to cancel more than 120 flights in July. A worker keystroke error grounded or delayed some American and US Airways flights for several hours in August. "Obviously, the airlines have become way too dependent on computers,"...
  • Horse dead, rider critical after collision with car

    12/22/2004 1:51:22 PM PST · by snopercod · 68 replies · 1,185+ views
    KNRV Reno ^ | December 22, 2004 | anonymous
    A horse is dead and its rider in critical condition after colliding with a car in northeast Las Vegas. The accident happened about 6:00 PM Tuesday on North Walnut Road and Judson Avenue near East Lake Mead Boulevard. Police say the horse and rider darted into traffic, hitting a 1994 Chevrolet Beretta driven by 22-year-old Noe Renteria. 52-year-old Mike McCutcheon was thrown from the horse. The horse died shortly after the collision. McCutcheon was taken to a local hospital. A 13-year-old juvenile inside the car suffered minor injuries. Renteria was not injured. The accident remains under investigation.
  • China Relents, and Promises Textile Tariffs

    12/13/2004 4:15:53 AM PST · by snopercod · 4 replies · 478+ views
    NYT via Drudge ^ | December 13, 2004 | KEITH BRADSHER
    HONG KONG, Monday, Dec. 13 - The Commerce Ministry in China announced Sunday night that it would impose tariffs on some textile exports, a step that could avert a trade war with the United States and the European Union over a new influx of low-cost Chinese garments that had appeared likely to flood Western markets starting Jan. 1. The ministry's Web site, where the announcement was posted, did not specify the level of these export taxes or what textiles would be taxed. If the tariffs are not high enough to limit the competitiveness of Chinese exports, then the Bush administration...
  • Robot lets down fans of telescope [Bye-bye Hubble...]

    12/12/2004 7:52:14 AM PST · by snopercod · 142 replies · 2,180+ views
    Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | December 12, 2004 | AP
    Rescue missions expensive, ineffective. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Trying to save the famed Hubble Space Telescope with a robot would cost $2 billion with just a 50-50 chance of success, an aerospace research group is advising NASA in the coming days. And that thumbs-down is likely to be preceded by another potentially negative finding from the National Academy of Sciences, due to report on Wednesday. Both reports could spell doom for the popular, aging Hubble, whose fans have heavily lobbied to get it repaired to prolong its life and continue its stream of stunning and revealing pictures from space....
  • Plane crash kills three; FAA investigating [Greenville, SC]

    12/09/2004 12:29:07 PM PST · by snopercod · 28 replies · 1,465+ views
    Anderson Independent-Mail ^ | December 9, 2004 | Nicholas Charalambous
    WEST PELZER - Three people were killed when a single-engine corporate plane crashed about 10:20 a.m. in bad weather Thursday in a residential area outside Williamston, authorities said. The flight plan of the plane, a Diamond A40 model registered to Accu-Pad, Inc., a silicone products manufacturer located at 1324 Harris Bridge Road in Anderson, remains unclear. The plane clipped power lines and hit trees around an abandoned home on Hardwood Road before it began to disintegrate and hit the ground inside a field with a "catastrophic impact," Anderson County Public Safety Director Tommy Thompson said. Identities of the three victims...
  • Jury Rules WTC Attacks Were Two Events

    12/07/2004 5:21:23 AM PST · by snopercod · 12 replies · 444+ views
    GlobeSt.com ^ | December 6, 2004 | Barbara Jarvie
    NEW YORK CITY-Late yesterday, a jury determined that the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center constituted two occurrences for insurance purposes. This decision paves the way for the site’s master leaseholder Larry Silverstein, president and CEO of Silverstein Properties, to potentially collect billions more in insurance payouts. “I am thrilled with today's victory," Silverstein says in a statement. "But this is a win for all New Yorkers. Today's decision means an additional billion dollars of insurance proceeds will be available, which, together with Liberty Bonds, will ensure a timely and complete rebuild of the World Trade...
  • China official says Beijing to curb illegal power plant investment - report

    12/06/2004 1:57:08 PM PST · by snopercod · 8 replies · 257+ views
    AFX News Limited via Engineering News Record ^ | November 28, 2004 | anonymous
    BEIJING (AFX) - Beijing will curb excessive investment in the energy sector by cracking down on the construction of power plants lacking approval from the authorities, the China Daily said, quoting a senior Chinese official. Xu Dingming, director of the Energy Bureau of the National Development and Reform Commission, said power plants with a generating capacity of 120,000 megawatts are being constructed without permission, putting China's sparse coal supplies and railway transportation system under "great stress," the China Daily said. "We are moving now," Xu told the paper, offering no further explanation. The paper added the projected capacity of the...
  • Is Jimmy Carter sick or something?

    12/05/2004 2:19:43 PM PST · by snopercod · 11 replies · 243+ views
    powerlineblog.com ^ | December 5, 2004 | "a reader"
    A reader writes, "Is Jimmy Carter sick or something? A gang of thugs just stole an election in Ukraine, and our former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner wasn't there to give it thumbs-up."
  • Balking At The TSA

    12/05/2004 1:24:41 PM PST · by snopercod · 7 replies · 521+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | Sunday, Dec. 05, 2004 | SALLY B. DONNELLY
    New security regulations have some airlines concerned safety is being sacrificed The uniformed screeners from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have become familiar sights to air travelers across the country. But not all airport officials are happy to have them around. Nevada's Elko Regional Airport last week became the first airport in the country to apply to get rid of TSA screeners altogether and return to private employees. The airport, which handles just 15 flights a day, has 14 screeners. Elko director Cris Jensen said there were no problems with the government screeners, but he feels his airport can do...
  • Return To Sanity? [IBD Editorial on CalPERS]

    12/03/2004 4:01:10 PM PST · by snopercod · 10 replies · 414+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 3, 2004 | IBD staff
    State Finance: California's massive public employee retirement fund, dubbed Calpers, sacked its top executive this week. To that we say: It's about time. If you don't know about Calpers, or think it's of interest only to California, shame on you. Calpers is the largest public investment fund on earth, and wields enormous clout in stock markets around the world — including our own. So when the State Personnel Board voted 3-to-2 to fire controversial head Sean Harrigan, it made waves. Some blamed "big business" for the firing, others a secret deal between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his big-money backers in...
  • Spammer Sentenced to Nine Years in Jail

    12/02/2004 5:02:34 AM PST · by snopercod · 60 replies · 2,980+ views
    PC World ^ | Friday, November 05, 2004 | Linda Rosencrance, Computerworld
    Case results in the nation's first-ever felony spam convictions. A brother and sister were convicted this week of three felony charges of sending thousands of junk e-mails through servers located in Virginia, according to Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore. The convictions of Jeremy Jaynes, who was sentenced to nine years in prison, and his sister, Jessica DeGroot, who was fined $7500, were the nation's first-ever felony spam convictions, Kilgore says in a statement. A third defendant, Richard Rutkowski, was found not guilty, the attorney general says. The cases were heard in Loudoun County Circuit Court. The case was prosecuted by...
  • Letter From Rep. Sherwood Boehlert Regarding the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act

    11/19/2004 4:03:49 PM PST · by snopercod · 33 replies · 336+ views
    Space Science Committee via www.nasawatch.com ^ | November 19., 2004 | Sherwood Boehlert
    Dear Colleague: A few minutes ago you received a letter from congressman Oberstar about H.R. 5382 which will be before the house shortly. Mr. Oberstar’s objection to the bill is well intentioned but reflects fundamental misunderstandings about the bill. Here are some facts: The house passed earlier this year by a vote of 402 to 1 and earlier version of this bill (HR 3752) that gave the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) less regulatory authority over commercial human space flights than does the bill before us today. The Science Committee which has primary jurisdiction over this bill which was given the...
  • Kerry Defeat Smolders For AFL-CIO’s Sweeney

    11/18/2004 5:10:42 PM PST · by snopercod · 35 replies · 2,359+ views
    Engineering News Record ^ | 11/22/2004 | Sherie Winston
    Divided federation is taking up issue of union consolidation as some leaders thirst for change Changes are brewing in the AFL-CIO. A new committee of union leaders is exploring possible mergers and how to put new life into organizing. And when transformations eventually are made, they are likely to have a significant impact on the labor federation’s Building and Construction Trades Dept. The leadership of long-time AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney is being tested and may be doomed by the defeat of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Unions spent more than $100 million in their attempt to send Kerry to...
  • Calling Eliot Spitzer [IBD Editorial on UN Oil-for-Food]

    11/18/2004 5:01:41 PM PST · by snopercod · 10 replies · 359+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 19, 2004 issue | IBD staff
    Scandal: The U.N.'s oil-for-food swamp just keeps spreading. Now it appears U.N. money was used to pay off terrorists. Could anything be worse? Yes, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein shifted money from the U.N. oil-for-food program to pay off families of Palestinian suicide bombers who murdered Israeli citizens. As such, it became a kind of cash-for-killers program. Almost as bad, the Paris-based BNP-Paribas bank, which handled the U.N.'s $60 billion escrow account for the oil-for-food program, seems to have broken U.S. money-laundering laws, investigators for the House International Relations Committee said. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Saddam had siphoned...
  • A Marine Writes Home [regarding the killing of the "innocent" terrorist]

    11/17/2004 3:30:32 PM PST · by snopercod · 128 replies · 4,283+ views
    powerlineblog.com ^ | November 17, 2004 | A Marine
    This is one story of many that people normally don't hear, and one that everyone does. This is one most don't hear: A young Marine and his cover man cautiously enter a room just recently filled with insurgents armed with Ak-47's and RPG's. There are three dead, another wailing in pain. The insurgent can be heard saying, "Mister, mister! Diktoor, diktoor(doctor)!" He is badly wounded, lying in a pool of his own blood. The Marine and his cover man slowly walk toward the injured man, scanning to make sure no enemies come from behind. In a split second, the pressure...
  • On The ANWR Path [IBD Editorial on oil in Alaska]

    11/11/2004 3:45:45 AM PST · by snopercod · 9 replies · 511+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 11, 2004 | IBD staff
    Energy: The oil under the permafrost of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge hasn't changed since the White House failed to get the green light to drill there 19 months ago. But the political climate has. It was March 2003 when the administration's bid to open ANWR to oil development fell in the Senate by a vote of 52 to 48. But in January 2005, a new Senate hits town with four fresh members who are expected to support President Bush's wish to make use of the energy gift that awaits. snip... Since 1977, oil companies have pumped 12.8 billion barrels...
  • Private pilots must present original birth certificates to rent planes?

    11/08/2004 7:48:27 PM PST · by snopercod · 75 replies · 991+ views
    via E-mail | November 8, 2004 | Western North Carolina Aviation
    I just received this via E-mail: NEW REQUIREMENT EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 20, 2004 Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration TSA requires proof of citizenship of all WNC Aviation,LLC customers. US CITIZENS OR NON-CITIZENS. Anyone receiving training or renting, regardless of aircraft weight or number of training events, must provide one of the following documents to WNC Aviation,LLC prior to the next flight. Acceptable forms of identification: A valid current passport A Birth Certificate with a raised seal. Copies or faxes are not acceptable. (We cannot use copies from previous training.) After verification of identification, a flight instructor must endorse the...
  • Axis Of Eiffel [IBD Editorial on French Perfidy]

    11/05/2004 4:25:14 AM PST · by snopercod · 9 replies · 399+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 5, 2004 | IBD staff
    Geopolitics: A gravely ill Yasser Arafat's final journey to Paris has reunited the father of modern-day terrorism with the birthplace of modern-day appeasement. Arafat's presence in Jacques Chirac's France must warm the hearts of America's enemies who cite our support for Israel and our liberation of Iraq as the prime motivations behind their desire to do us harm. The French government's opposition to our Iraq policy seems less rooted in principle and more rooted in cash. As so-called French intellectuals like to say, the war to liberate Iraq was indeed about blood and oil — American and Iraqi blood and...
  • Core Beliefs [IBD Editorial SLAMMING Kerry and the left]

    11/04/2004 1:42:51 AM PST · by snopercod · 11 replies · 792+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 4, 2004 | IBD staff
    Decision '04: It's easy to say now, we know. But the election went about as we expected. From the start, we just couldn't understand how the Democratic left could think Middle America would buy what it was selling. Most Americans — especially those in the South, Midwest and Rocky Mountains — are like those in Missouri, the Show Me State. You have to prove it to them. And Kerry didn't. Because he couldn't. The most liberal senator from one of the most liberal states in the union had to prove he was something other than what he seemed: a pompous...
  • This Is Not Sierra Leone...[IBD Editorial on foreign election observers]

    11/02/2004 2:52:50 PM PST · by snopercod · 5 replies · 209+ views
    Investor's Business Daily | November 2, 2004 issue | IBD staff
    Democracy: The U.S is about to join in the ranks of countries whose elections have been scrutinized by international observers on the theory that foreigners are more qualified than U.S. citizens to police U.S. elections.Thought the U.S. is the greatest example of representative democracy the world has ever seen, election observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have arrived. They were invited by the State Department in an unfortunate attempt to neutralize an issue raised by a dozen Democratic congressmen – the theory that the 2000 presidential was “stolen” and that, without them, the 2004 elections...
  • Free At Last

    10/30/2004 6:42:03 AM PDT · by snopercod · 5 replies · 501+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 1, 2004 issue | IBD staff
    Election: What do Bill Clinton and Mary Cheney have in common? Both have been exploited by the Kerry campaign to prevent a political sea change — George Bush being re-elected by the African-American vote. When both John Edwards and John Kerry managed to slip in references to Mary Cheney's sexuality in the debates, most pundits assumed it was an attempt to drive a wedge between President Bush and his evangelical Christian base. A few saw it for what it really was — an attempt to stem an exodus of socially conservative black voters away from Kerry and toward Bush on...
  • We're Not Surprised [IBD Editorial-media bias-missing explosives]

    10/29/2004 6:27:25 AM PDT · by snopercod · 4 replies · 558+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 29, 2004 | IBD staff
    Campaign '04: The more we learn about the Iraq weapons "scandal," the more our initial doubts about the accuracy and importance of the story are confirmed. We said here that Monday's New York Times report of U.S. soldiers allowing 380 tons of weapons to be looted from the al-Qaqaa site was an October surprise to damage President Bush's chances for re-election. Nothing that has happened since has changed our minds. [snip] What is clear is that those who seized on the story to discredit Bush were far too hasty — though that hasn't stopped Sen. John Kerry from deceitfully hammering...
  • Markets react to China's rate move

    10/29/2004 4:16:49 AM PDT · by snopercod · 21 replies · 673+ views
    www.chinaview.cn ^ | October 29, 2004
    BEIJING, Oct. 29 (Xinhuanet) -- Crude oil futures fell to a three-week low in New York after China's central bank raised its benchmark interest rates for the first time in nine years, a move that may reduce growth in fuel consumption. Bond prices fell around the world, sending yields higher. The US dollar strengthened but then eased as investors feared a slowdown in China would weaken growth across Asia and weaken demand for commodities. US Treasury Secretary John Snow said he was pleased with China's decision to raise interest rates and said it was an appropriate means to cool the...
  • Vets Can't Forget [IBD Editorial on *Stolen Honor*]

    10/27/2004 5:35:44 PM PDT · by snopercod · 5 replies · 372+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 28, 2002 issue | IBD staff
    Campaign '04: Did a single Democrat try to stop Americans from seeing "Fahrenheit 9/11," Michael Moore's vulgar propaganda piece? Some sure went to great lengths to keep them from seeing "Stolen Honor." We've seen "Stolen Honor: Wounds that Never Heal," so we know why the Kerry camp wanted to be sure it wasn't broadcast. It puts Sen. John Kerry in a poor light and it does so with facts, not with the cheap shots, half-truths, innuendoes and juvenile tricks that the fact-challenged Moore uses to make his films. [large snip] "He has destroyed the good name of all Vietnam veterans,"...
  • October's 'Surprise' [IBD Editorial on media bias - calls NYT 'liars']

    10/26/2004 5:57:48 PM PDT · by snopercod · 50 replies · 2,889+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 27, 2004 issue | IBD staff
    Campaign: Both the Kerry camp and its big-media arm warned of an October surprise. But they didn't say that they — and not Bush's operatives — would be behind it. The "surprise"? The New York Times reported Monday that U.S. troops allowed 380 tons of explosives to be looted from a military site in Iraq during the first days of the war. John Kerry immediately pounced on the news. He suggested the administration's incompetence may have led to weapons getting into "the hands of terrorists (who) can use this material to blow up our airplanes, blow up our buildings, kill...
  • TSA's Rear Admiral Stone, Meet GA's Major Concerns...[GA=General Aviation]

    10/25/2004 4:17:08 PM PDT · by snopercod · 19 replies · 383+ views
    AvWeb ^ | October 25, 2004 | AvWeb Editorial Staff
    TSA's Rear Admiral Stone, Meet GA's Major Concerns... Chief of the Transportation Security Administration, Rear Adm. David Stone, spoke to a full house at AOPA Expo 2004 in Long Beach Friday morning in what was a sometimes optimism-inspiring, sometimes contentious interaction with some of the people most directly affected by his agency's actions -- us, the pilots. Appearing as both the gentleman and politician (insofar as that is possible) Stone was in the end sent on his way by a standing ovation. The act seemed either a reflection of patriotism, respect for a good man in a difficult job ......
  • Airports Await Rules for Hiring Screeners

    10/22/2004 12:57:46 PM PDT · by snopercod · 5 replies · 201+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | October 21, 2004 | Leslie Miller, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - With a deadline looming, the government has yet to come up with guidelines for commercial airports that want to replace federal baggage and passenger screeners with privately employed workers. Officials at some of the nation's 445 airports say they're frustrated with the 2-year-old government work force. They say federal rules don't allow the flexibility to reassign workers to handle surges in air travel, which sometimes result in long waits for passengers at security checkpoints. But those considering hiring private companies say they can't make a decision because they lack crucial information. The application period begins Nov. 19 and...
  • Fumbling Freedom [IBD Editorial on the UN and Iraq]

    10/21/2004 6:59:05 PM PDT · by snopercod · 7 replies · 224+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 22, 2004 issue | IBD staff
    Iraq: Just a year ago, the U.N. was furious it wasn't more involved in Iraq's rebuilding. Now, as Iraq struggles to hold elections in January, the U.N.'s hardly to be found. Iraq's interim foreign minister, Hosiery Zebari, had some choice words for the world body, which so far has failed to live up to its vow to help his country become a democracy. "It is unfortunate that the contribution and participation of U.N. employees in this process is not up to expectations," he said Wednesday, using carefully couched diplomatese that only barely concealed his anger and disappointment. And he has...
  • World Trade Center Investigation "Exonerates" Twin Towers' Design in Sept. 11, 2001 Collapse

    10/21/2004 6:38:52 PM PDT · by snopercod · 28 replies · 2,743+ views
    Engineering News Record ^ | October 21, 2004 | Nadine M. Post
    Structural steel of the twin 110-story towers of the World Trade Center was stripped of its fireproofing by debris from the aircraft impact and weakened by the resulting fires, eventually causing the towers to collapse, according to an interim report by the National Institute of Standards & Technology. The report says the region of dislodged fireproofing was determined from the predicted path of the debris. “Had the fireproofing not been dislodged, the temperature rise of the structural components would likely have been insufficient to cause the global collapse of the towers,” says NIST in the Oct. 19 release of another...
  • Public TV zapper hot product

    10/21/2004 3:36:28 PM PDT · by snopercod · 45 replies · 1,321+ views
    CBC News ^ | October 21, 2004 | anonymous
    SAN JOSE, CALIF. - A keychain device that enables people to turn off TVs just about anywhere is flying off the shelves, its inventor says. Cornfield Electronics, which makes the device, is rebuilding its website because of the rush of orders. The TV-B-Gone ($14.99 US) remote control was made public Monday in Wired magazine and on the web. "I thought there would just be a trickle, but we are swamped," the inventor, Mitch Altman of San Francisco, told the Associated Press. "I didn't know there were so many people who were into turning TV off." The device, an on-off switch,...
  • Election's Key Issue

    10/21/2004 4:17:02 AM PDT · by snopercod · 3 replies · 298+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 21, 2004 | IBD staff
    Election '04: Time has come to focus on two questions: Who best to lead us in defeating a fanatical enemy that plots to destroy our way of life? And which party can be trusted to be stronger on defense and more competent in protecting our homeland? We are in the middle of a worldwide war on terrorism. No longer do our oceans protect us. On Sept. 11, 2001, planes attacked the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Another was headed for either the White House or the Capitol. More of our citizens were...
  • Bush sends Ramadan greetings

    10/15/2004 12:30:49 PM PDT · by snopercod · 106 replies · 1,463+ views
    Washington Times ^ | October 15, 2004 | anonymous
    Jacksonville, OR, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- President George Bush sent greetings Friday to Muslims in America and around the world at the start of the Ramadan season. ~~~snip~~~ Ramadan commemorates the revelation of the Koran to the prophet Mohammed. The remembrance season features fasting, prayer and charitable works.
  • Russian Rocket Takes New Russian-U.S. Crew to ISS

    10/14/2004 4:26:30 AM PDT · by snopercod · 2 replies · 177+ views
    MosNews ^ | October 14, 2004 | anonymous
    A Russian-U.S. space crew set off for the International Space Station (ISS) on a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Thursday morning. Russian Salizhan Sharipov and American Leroy Chiao will replace Russian Gennady Padalka and American Michael Fincke who have been at the ISS since April. The new crew will spend six months at the station. Russian space forces officer, Yuri Shargin, went with Sharipov and Chiao but he will return in 10 days with the outgoing crew. Both Sharipov and Chiao have until now only flown into space aboard U.S. Space Shuttles, Reuters reported....
  • The Lame Shall Walk

    10/14/2004 3:34:53 AM PDT · by snopercod · 23 replies · 791+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 14, 2004 | anonymous
    Stem Cell Research: In more than 2,000 years, only one man who walked the Earth has done what John Edwards says John Kerry will do if elected. And His name isn't on the ballot. In perhaps the most egregious example of political pandering in American political history, Edwards, in a 30-minute speech before 1,300 supporters jammed into a Newton, Iowa, high school gymnasium for a Monday morning campaign rally, promised the crowd: "We will stop juvenile diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other debilitating diseases. . . . When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to get up...
  • Robert Miniter, author of *The Shadow War*, on O'Reilly tonight 8PM EDT

    10/11/2004 3:48:20 PM PDT · by snopercod · 39 replies · 1,194+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 11, 2004 | self
    From covert operations to plans to capture terror mastermind Usama bin Laden (search)... Richard Miniter's new book reveals the inside story of President Bush's War on Terror. We'll talk to the author of "Shadow War: The Untold Story of How Bush Is Winning the War on Terror" tonight when Miniter he joins us in the No Spin Zone!
  • Maxime Faget, Mercury Spacecraft Designer, Dead at 83

    10/11/2004 8:50:25 AM PDT · by snopercod · 17 replies · 811+ views
    TechNewsWorld ^ | October 11, 2004 | Deutsche Presse
    Maxime Faget conceived and proposed the development of the one-man spacecraft used in Project Mercury, which put the first American astronauts into suborbital flight, then orbital flight, events that paved the way for landing on the moon. After retirement, Faget helped found one of the first private space companies, Space Industries. Maxime Faget, who designed Project Mercury and contributed to every U.S. manned spacecraft Latest News about spacecraft afterwards, died at his home in Houston, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said Sunday. Faget, who was 83, died Saturday. The engineer conceived and proposed the development of the one-man spacecraft...
  • Revealing Reading [IBD Editorial on Oil-for-Food bribery]

    10/09/2004 2:57:06 AM PDT · by snopercod · 20 replies · 747+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 9, 2004 | anonymous
    Scandal: A great debate has raged over why so many of the world's major countries suddenly went all weak in the knees when the U.S. went after Saddam Hussein. A new CIA report makes the reason clear, and it isn't pretty. The report by Charles Duelfer, chief weapons inspector of the Iraq Survey Group, sketches out in plain language what could be the biggest bribery scandal of the last century — one that reaches into the highest political circles. It makes for shocking reading. It shows how Saddam evaded U.N. sanctions from 1997 to 2003 by illicitly selling oil through...
  • California Powers Up With Private Financing [Path 15]

    10/08/2004 4:28:24 AM PDT · by snopercod · 31 replies · 428+ views
    Engineering News Record ^ | October issue | Paul Rosta
    Design-build delivery rightfully has earned credit for unclogging many congested highways. But in a remote, rugged stretch of central California, design-build now is about to clear a different sort of traffic jam. In an innovative partnership teaming the U.S. Dept. of Energy, a private developer and an investor-owned utility, a contractor is completing an 84-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission line in the San Joaquin Valley that will relieve a longtime bottleneck on a grid segment called Path 15. The line’s 1,500 megawatts of additional transmission capacity will provide flexibility "to move generation up and down the state to meet the load demands,"...
  • Chicago Taxpayers Hit For Meigs Closure Fines Could Reach $4.5 Million...

    10/06/2004 4:31:31 PM PDT · by snopercod · 35 replies · 879+ views
    AvWeb ^ | October 6. 2004 | anonymous
    The city of Chicago (in particular, its taxpayers) could face fines approaching $5 million for its midnight assault on Meigs Field 18 months ago. The FAA announced Friday it's proposing the city be fined $33,000 (the maximum) for failing to provide 30 days notice of the closure. The agency also said it was launching an investigation into whether $1.5 million in federal funds that were supposed to be spent on development of O'Hare International were diverted to pay the contractor hired to tear up Meigs. If it's true, the penalty could reach as high as $4.5 million. City spokeswoman Annette...
  • Britain Shutters Chiron, Delivering Major Blow to U.S. Health During Flu Season

    10/06/2004 6:15:28 AM PDT · by snopercod · 30 replies · 1,280+ views
    The British government delivered a major blow to the U.S. health prospects this winter when it shuttered Chiron's (CHIR) flu vaccine shipments, leaving a significant shortage that sent U.S. health officials scrambling. The only other major supplier, Aventis (AVE), a unit of Sanofi-Aventis (SNY), appears able cover only another 10% from its inventory, and there are doubts about that. Medimmune (MEDI) can produce only 2 million flu vaccine doses out of about 100 million needed. Flu season begins in November. Flu shots are usually given in October. It takes six months to bring a production cycle up to par. Some...
  • United's pension woes: sign of bigger issue

    10/04/2004 9:08:48 AM PDT · by snopercod · 7 replies · 430+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 4, 2004 | Alexandra Marks
    Ailing airline may end all of its pension plans, creating the biggest default in US history and forcing a possible bailout. NEW YORK – Despite ongoing negotiations with its unions, United Airlines has told the bankruptcy court that the "likely result" will be a decision to terminate all of its pension plans. That would precipitate the biggest pension default in history, more twice the size of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation default in 2002. The move is expected to destabilize the already struggling airline industry, prompting other old-line carriers like Delta to eventually follow suit to maintain competitiveness. It would also...
  • Second phase of China, Kazakhstan oil pipeline starts today

    10/04/2004 3:59:45 AM PDT · by snopercod · 7 replies · 257+ views
    Engineering News Record ^ | September 28, 2004 | AFX News Limited
    BEIJING (AFX) - Construction of the second phase of a 3,000 km crude oil pipeline linking Kazakhstan and China starts today, the China Business Times reported, citing Bai Lingjie, a senior diplomat at the Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan. The 1,200 km section of the pipeline from Atasu in Kazakhstan to the Xinjiang region in western China will connect with the existing 450 km pipeline from Atyrau on the coast of the Caspian Sea to Kenkiyak in 2006 after completion. China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) and its Kazakhstan counterpart will each hold a 50 pct stake in the joint venture company...
  • With no garbage pickups in two years, space station gets cluttered

    10/02/2004 12:11:04 PM PDT · by snopercod · 30 replies · 4,146+ views
    AP via Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, Inc. ^ | September 30, 2004 | Marcia Dunn
    CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - There's no space in the space station. So a few weeks ago, the two astronauts who live there tossed out some useless junk, like so many old hubcaps for the trash heap. Only this stuff floated away in space. And the throwing-away - done during a recent spacewalk - was done cautiously so that the discarded antenna covers and expired pump panel didn't become deadly boomerangs. Such is life in space, post-Columbia. With no garbage pickup by shuttles for nearly two years, the international space station is looking more and more like a cluttered attic. "Room...