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  • Gas Prices To Remain Low This Summer

    05/31/2016 3:47:11 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 18 replies ^ | 31-05-2016 | Geiger
    It’s easy for U.S. drivers to forget the high gas prices in recent years after the ultra-lows seen only months ago, but prices going into the summer months of 2016 are still well below what they were this time last year, and the lowest price heading into the summer months since 2009. Despite a recent uptick in the price per barrel of oil—up $20 since the last week of January 2016—U.S. drivers will still enjoy the low gas prices this summer. The spot price for WTI crude oil is still significantly lower than this time last year, trading today at...
  • IRS Wipes Hard Drive that Court Ordered It to Preserve

    01/20/2016 5:20:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/20/16 | Nate Church
    Despite a court preservation order, the IRS has wiped the hard drive of their former director of transfer pricing operations, Samuel Maruca. Maruca is connected to the agency’s controversial retainer of law firm Quinn Emanuel. The IRS privately contracted the litigation firm to assist in an audit of a corporate taxpayer, overlooking the firm’s lack of any experience managing sensitive tax data. The IRS has faced criticism for its decision, specifically from Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) 43% . In a letter to the IRS, Senator Hatch voiced his concern that the agency’s $2.2 million tax-payer funded contract...
  • TN: Lt. Cmdr Tim White honored for his actions during July 16th shootings

    12/13/2015 12:18:26 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    WSMV ^ | 14 October, 2015 | Kelly McCarthy
    CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - The American Red Cross honored local heroes during the 8th annual Heroes Luncheon. Among the brave men and women recognized, Lt. Cmdr Tim White gave his first TV interview describing his experiences during the July 16th shootings. Lt. Cmdr Tim White says the community has been so supportive since the attacks. White wants to thank everyone for donating their time and money to help the victims and their families, and for showing the local military their support. "We've been receiving cards, and letters, and gifts to the units and it's been overwhelming, it's been really amazing,"...
  • Strange thrust: the unproven science that could propel our children into space

    11/25/2014 1:21:49 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 56 replies
    BoingBoing ^ | 11/24/14 | Charles Platt
    Strange thrust: the unproven science that could propel our children into space For many decades, a fantasy among space enthusiasts has been to invent a device that produces a net thrust in one direction, without any need for reaction mass. Of course, a reactionless space drive of this type is impossible. Or is it? By Charles Platt div#main-image {background-image:url('');} Ever since I was old enough to read science fiction, I've wanted to visit Mars. Even the Moon would be better than nothing. Alas, rocket technology is unlikely to take me there within my lifetime. The problem is that rockets are a...
  • Women may soon be able to drive in Saudi Arabia (if they’re over 30, off the road by 8 p.m. and

    11/09/2014 7:03:32 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    National Post ^ | November 8, 2014
    only women over 30 would be allowed to drive and they would need permission from a male relative — usually a husband or father, but lacking those, a brother or son. They would be allowed to drive from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday through Wednesday and noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. It wasn’t immediately clear why the restrictions would be different Thursday and Friday ... The conditions would also require that a woman driver wear conservative dress and no makeup, the official said. Within cities, they can drive without a male relative in the car,...
  • Head of Virginia GOP under investigation in connection with land deal in Fluvanna County

    05/19/2014 3:00:12 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jenna Portnoy
    A special prosecutor is investigating the newly installed executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia amid allegations related to his tenure as chairman of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors. Shaun Kenney, who took over day-to-day operations of the party last month, is under investigation for his role in a purchase of land that may have been poised for public development, according to The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk. Kenney confirmed the investigation but denied any wrongdoing in an interview with the newspaper.
  • McDonald's restaurant turns to opera to drive out loitering teenagers

    11/21/2013 3:34:57 AM PST · by markomalley · 35 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/21/2013 | Jonathan Pearlman
    A McDonald's outlet in Australia has begun playing classical musical and opera late at night to deter young people from loitering around the restaurant. Fed up with their outlet's nocturnal transformation into an unofficial youth club, the store adopted the tactic a few weeks ago and says it has significantly reduced the number of loiterers, particularly around the car park. The strategy has reportedly been tried before by a local council at a car park in Australia, though previous efforts involved blaring songs by Barry Manilow. Matthew Watson, the operations manager at the Mt Annan McDonald's on the outskirts of...
  • Over 100 Saudi scholars say no to female driving ( War on women )

    10/24/2013 10:20:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Dubai Media ^ | October 24, 2013 | Nadim Kawach
    Authorities warn women against joining a driving campaign on Saturday. ... the scholars from Saudi Arabia said they were vehemently opposed to any decision to permit women to drive cars amidst intense female campaigns to have a permanent ban on their driving lifted. The statement was issued just before the Ministry of Interior announced that it would not allow women to take to the streets and drive ... “There is no doubt that a decision to allow women to drive is the shortest way for them to take off their face veil so they can see the road more clearly...
  • Arrest Made in Wild Drive Around Manhattan

    09/07/2013 9:09:24 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 32 replies
    The NY Slimes ^ | 6SEP2013 | Marc Santora
    The driver, who went by the name Afroduck, was fast and proud of it, using a dashboard camera to capture his wild 26.5-mile journey around Manhattan in 24 minutes.
  • Engage! Warp Drive Could Become Reality with Quantum-Thruster Physics

    08/24/2013 8:14:33 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 42 replies ^ | 8/21/13 | Miriam Kramer
    DALLAS — Warp-drive technology, a form of "faster than light" travel popularized by TV's "Star Trek," could be bolstered by the physics of quantum thrusters — another science-fiction idea made plausible by modern science. NASA scientists are performing experiments that could help make warp drive a possibility sometime in the future from a lab built for the Apollo program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. A warp-drive-enabled spacecraft would look like a football with two large rings fully encircling it. The rings would utilize an exotic form of matter to cause space-time to contract in front of and expand...
  • Jeff Gordon Test Drives a Chevy Camaro

    03/14/2013 6:06:43 PM PDT · by do the dhue · 35 replies
    liveleak ^ | 3/12/2013 | unknown
    3/12/2013 For all you NASCAR fans!...a disguised Jeff Gordon takes an unsuspecting car salesman on the test drive of his life. Jeff Gordon test drive
  • NHS staff drive fleet of taxpayer-funded luxury cars

    07/02/2012 12:20:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 7/2/12 | Staff
    National Procurement, a branch of the NHS National Services Division, arranged for staff who are deemed to be "regular users" of cars for business to get the cars through a taxpayer-backed vehicle-leasing scheme. The role of National Procurement, which is funded by the Scottish Government, is to buy medical supplies for the NHS, and to "increase savings" for the health service. Figures provided by National Procurement in response to a Freedom of Information request showed that 40 employees, or one in eight members of staff, had used the 4x4s and convertibles to drive to work. Much of the
  • Study Reveals Most Popular Cars Of Each Major Political Party

    04/01/2012 2:26:39 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 101 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | MARCH 31, 2012 | Tom Joslin
    Study Reveals Most Popular Cars Of Each Major Political Party Marketing research company Strategic Vision recently completed a study that sought to identify what new vehicles found the most favor with Democrats and Republicans. After 38,000 responses the study revealed some rather interesting results. The most popular vehicle of those who self identified as members of Republican Party was the not so conservative Ford Mustang Convertible, followed by the Audi A8, Mercedes GL, Ford Expedition and Ford F-150. In fact it seems convertibles are a big hit with members of the Grand Old Party, who were responsible for 69% of...
  • Merry Christmas: what the TSA missed on trip to canada

    12/25/2011 12:26:06 PM PST · by max americana · 36 replies
    FR vanity ^ | 12/25/11 | max
    Now with family and friends in canada...last night at LAX we went to the idiotic, commie routine of putting our hands on our heads and posed for the x-ray like the rest of the sheep. TSA nazis were in the same mood: yelled at everyone especially to take out ALL ELECTRONICS, place them in the bin etc. There was a very noticeable line of people that AFTER the x-ray, they were still pulled to the side and had to take out every stuff they had in their bags of course, especially the women who had to embarrassingly take out their...
  • Democrats drive drop in support for healthcare law in new poll (RIP ObamaCare: DOA)

    10/28/2011 9:05:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/28/11 | Noam N. Levey
    Public support for the new healthcare law dropped significantly in October, a new survey shows, dealing a blow to the Obama administration as Republican presidential candidates keep up their pledges to repeal the president’s signature domestic legislative achievement. More than half of Americans now view the law unfavorably, according to a tracking poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. And just 34% of Americans view the law favorably, the lowest level of support since the president signed the law in March 2010. Much of the decline appears to have been driven by faltering support among Democrats, just 52% of whom...
  • On “World Car-Free Day,” Let’s Be Guilt-Free for a Change

    09/21/2011 5:43:09 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 65 replies
    CEI ^ | 9-21-11 | Christine Hall
    On Thursday, September 22, environmentalists want you to feel guilty about driving cars. In other words, it’s annual “World Car-Free Day.” Instead of celebrating the many ways that the automobile has liberated and improved the lives of ordinary people, environmentalists want to suggest that rejecting the car for a day is somehow virtuous. The governor of Massachusetts is going even further by advocating a car-free week – notwithstanding the governor’s real-world choice to drive around in an SUV this week.
  • The Non-Quitter: Sarah Palin

    06/15/2011 11:40:40 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 189 replies
    The letter she wrote to her family before the birth of Trig gives us a glimpse into the soul of the penultimate "NON-quitter." In her email Palin imagines a letter from God to the family about to launch on its challenging child-rearing experience together. "Then, I put the idea in your hearts that his name should be 'Trig', because it's so fitting, with two Norse meanings: "True" and "Brave Victory"." "I've given Trig's mom and dad peace and joy as they wait to meet their new son. I gave them a happy anticipation because they asked me for that.I'll give...
  • wiping a hard drive on a laptop

    04/15/2011 9:56:34 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 66 replies
    me ^ | 4-15-11 | wobbly bob
    I have a friend willing to GIVE me a free laptop but wants assurances it will be thouroughly wiped 1st. since I have no deniro , is there an easy , free , portable way I can take something to his locale to do this there and in person so he can see that it's done? (not a computer guru so a step by step printable guide would be best) thanks in advance to all . my previous FRiends have been quite helpful in computer matters.
  • German adventurers drive wind-powered electric car across southern Australia

    02/18/2011 2:21:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/18/11 | Tiffany Hsu
    Adventurers try to trek across Australia all the time – but few attempt the journey in a wind-powered electric car. Two Germans, Dirk Gion and Stefan Simmerer, recently wrapped up an 18-day drive that took them 3,000 miles along the southern Australian coast in a vehicle that used the breeze to juice up its battery. The total electricity cost for the Wind Explorer vehicle came out to less than $15. In addition to an 8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, the car is equipped with a kite system and a portable wind turbine with a 20-foot bamboo mast.
  • CNN Mocks Obama's 'Arsenal Of Metaphors'

    10/27/2010 11:00:40 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 34 replies
    Hope for America ^ | Oct. 27, 2010 | Staff
    Funny vid at the link . . .
  • The Honesty of Obama's Joke About Driving

    08/18/2010 3:24:42 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 8-18-10 | Jared H McAndersen
    There's this clever little joke the president told a few days ago. This Washington Post blog makes it sound like he his teleprompter came up with it, but I've actually heard other liberals use it before him. I'm going to tell it my way... Incidentally, I think he's absolutely right.... You can see the full size version of the image by clicking on it. The Looking Spoon is a conservative humor/satire/art/commentary blog, visit to see more posts and art
  • Drives of a Lifetime: The World's Greatest Scenic Routes

    10/14/2009 5:32:18 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 48 replies · 2,068+ views
    National Geographic ^ | (Recently--Not listed) | UNKNOWN
    Sometimes it's the journey, sometimes it's the destination—and sometimes, it's both. National Geographic Traveler has scoured the globe for the world's most beautiful, interesting, and off-beat road trips. Dive in to get directions, quizzes, photos, and more.
  • Does racism drive anti-Obama protests?

    09/15/2009 1:07:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 1,382+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/15/09 | Kerry Sheridan
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – A southern conservative lawmaker breaks decorum and hollers "You Lie," at the president in Congress. Protesters display guns at venues where the president is speaking. And a movement arises alleging that the president's birth certificate is forged. To some, it is clear that the burgeoning opposition to President Barack Obama is rooted in racism, driven by whites' discomfort with the fact that the United States is now led by an African-American president. A series of Democratic lawmakers and political columnists have pointed to the trends -- the heckling, the gun-toting, the preachers leading congregations in prayers that...
  • Four Wheel Drive & Four Wheel Steering = Government Healthcare

    08/12/2009 12:21:26 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 2 replies · 412+ views
    Great video example of government healthcare. See link...
  • Harassment, Islamic Radicalism Drive Flight of Palestinian Christians

    05/15/2009 1:06:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 223+ views
    CNS News ^ | 5/15/2009 | Patrick Goodenough – Standing alongside Pope Benedict XVI in Bethlehem this week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Israel for the emigration of Palestinian Christians, but researchers say the reasons for the declining numbers of Christians in the place of Jesus’ birth are considerably more complex.
  • Taxing the Miles You Drive. GPS to Track and Record All Vehicles?

    02/02/2009 9:41:42 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 83 replies · 3,233+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 2-2-09 | Bobby Tall Horse
    Gas prices were too high and we weren't green enough. Fine, buy an electric car or gas saving car and all is fine. Right? Wrong. The Oregon Governor thinks gas taxes are going away. His answer? Tax the miles you drive. Tax the miles you drive with GPS technology. Think they are kidding? They're not.
  • Retailer Helps to Keep Care Package Drive on Target

    11/04/2008 4:00:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 242+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2008 – With mailing deadlines rapidly approaching, a “targeted” effort at the Van Nuys National Guard Armory on Nov. 1 and 2 ensured that 70,000 servicemembers would receive goodies from California this holiday season. Operation Gratitude was joined by employees of retail giant Target. At least 100 Target employees from southern California helped to pack boxes during the weekend initiative. “Not only did so many employees devote their weekend to assembling care packages, but their companies also made large donations of products to fill the packages and funds to pay for shipping,” said Carolyn Blashek, founder...
  • Wall Street: The Cure Is Worse Than the Disease

    09/22/2008 8:19:39 AM PDT · by Invisigoth · 12 replies · 156+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | September 22, 2008 | David Karki
    The credit markets have been bouncing around wildly as of late, with one Wall Street firm after another – Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, AIG – either merging with a more stable entity or being bailed out by taxpayers. This follows the massive government bailout of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a veritable cesspool of corruption. How did this come to be? Ironically, from the very thing that is now being proposed to correct it – more government involvement and oversight. The main reason these entities are looking to Washington to be saved is because it was, for the...
  • Freeper's we need more of this: My Letter to Arlen Specter about energy

    07/03/2008 11:05:22 AM PDT · by Pharmer · 18 replies · 92+ views
    my fertile mind | today | me
    Dear Senator Specter As my only local federal elected official from my own party I am calling on you to take action to relieve the current and most unnecessary energy crisis. I have no choice in my energy consumption. I am a research pharmacologist working for a local pharmaceutical. I live in Ambler, but my office is in Princeton NJ. I often go to our main lab in Collegeville which is just as fuel consumptive as Princeton. I already drive a very fuel efficient car. I car pool when I can. But I don’t always have the same work schedule...
  • Mike Ivey: Should Madison ban the drive-through?

    06/25/2008 8:23:36 PM PDT · by em2vn · 23 replies · 107+ views
    The Capital Times ^ | 06-25-08 | mike ivey
    First it was a proposed ban on plastic bags. Now, a member of the influential Madison Plan Commission wants to ban the restaurant drive-through -- or at least restrict the ubiquitous symbol of America's auto-centric lifestyle. "Given the concern about all the carbon going into the atmosphere, I'm not sure we should be building more places for people to sit idling in their cars," says Eric Sundquist, who was appointed to the citizen panel by Mayor Dave Cieslewicz this spring. A former newspaper reporter in Atlanta now working as a researcher at the UW-Madison's Center on Wisconsin Strategy, Sundquist notes...
  • Londoners could pay $50 a day to drive in city[UK]

    04/04/2008 3:42:05 PM PDT · by BGHater · 13 replies · 75+ views
    NBC News ^ | 04 Apr 2008 | Gregory White
    Mayor Livingstone stakes re-election bid on hefty tax for big vehicles LONDON - As New York commuters brace for possible charges for driving into the midtown area, they can at least be thankful they don't live in London, where Mayor Ken Livingstone has staked his re-election hopes on boosting the "congestion tax" to as much as $50 a day. The New York State Legislature still needs to approve Mayor Michael Bloomberg's pricing plan this month or the city stands to lose $354 million in funding to help kick-start the project. The proposal involves raising tolls for entering New York via...
  • Second Driving School Searched

    03/21/2008 10:40:41 AM PDT · by AuntB · 6 replies · 394+ views ^ | Mar. 21, 2008 | DAVE ALTIMARI | Courant Staff Writer
    On the same day that the owner of a Stratford driver training school was charged with forging documents to help illegal immigrants obtain driver's licenses, state police searched another driving school in Waterbury. Law enforcement sources said state police detectives executed a search warrant Thursday morning at Classic Driving School on Fairfield Avenue in Waterbury as part of what appears to be a burgeoning investigation into suspected license fraud involving undocumented immigrants. Henry Kruszewski, 57, of Milford turned himself in at state police Troop G in Bridgeport on charges of racketeering and forgery. He is charged with producing phony documents...
  • Oklahoma's Most Wanted

    11/19/2007 7:53:26 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 2 replies · 105+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 19 November 2007 | Editorial Staff
    A veteran political activist is facing 10 years in prison and a hefty fine for attempting to petition government for redress of grievances. The latest news from Pakistan? No, this is happening in Oklahoma. ...In 2005 Mr. Carpenter, a Tulsan, launched a signature campaign to get a state-wide vote on a Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Tabor, as it is known, would cap the rate at which state government spending could increase. Mr. Jacob and Ms. Johnson were later brought on board to assist the effort. Not surprisingly, politicians and interest groups that favor big government have developed an intense dislike...
  • Politicians "Embarrassed" With Strippers At Golf Outing

    07/03/2007 7:08:02 PM PDT · by Socratic · 38 replies · 1,804+ views
    My Fox Toledo ^ | 7-3-2007 | Michelle Zepeda
    TOLEDO -- A golf outing for politicians left some embarrassed after they found out strippers were handing out drinks at the event. Days after the annual event, members of the Lucas County Democratic Party are calling for John Irish to resign and to clear the party's name. One participant said he saw a woman flash a group of golfers. Others at the fundraiser for the Democratic fundraiser said they didn't see any inappropriate acts. "When the word got out that these girls are strippers, it gave the party a black eye," said Clerk of Courts Bernie Quilter. "Every elected official...
  • America Supports You: Girl Launches DVD Drive to Entertain Troops

    05/17/2007 5:23:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 346+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, May 17, 2007 – Collecting 50,000 DVDs to send to deployed troops is an ambitious goal, but that isn’t stopping 7-year-old Katherine Toebes of Janesville, Wis., from trying. She said she’s collecting the DVDs “so (servicemembers) can laugh when they’re away from their families.” Katherine’s original goal was to send 50,000 DVDs to soldiers currently serving overseas in two years, her mother, Denise Toebes, said. The project also aims to send boxes of 100 DVDs to Veterans Affairs hospitals, Toebes said. Since the last week in April, Katherine has collected about 100 DVDs and has received cash donations...
  • America Supports You: Group Shows Gratitude with ‘Patriotic Drive’

    05/17/2007 5:19:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 275+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, May 17, 2007 – As Memorial Day nears, so does the start of Operation Gratitude’s fourth “Patriotic Drive” to send care packages to troops serving overseas. The California-based troop support group has been collecting and sorting items for the drive since March, Carolyn Blashek, the group’s founder said. Volunteers will begin assembling the packages during the Memorial Day weekend and continue to do so for three additional weekends, concluding the project on June 30 and July 1. “We want to continue our mission to lift morale, put smiles on servicemembers’ faces and provide the American people an avenue...
  • Miami holds top spot on rude driver list

    05/15/2007 9:14:39 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 6 replies · 551+ views
    Yahoo Via AP ^ | Tue May 15, 9:07 AM ET | By SARAH LARIMER, Associated Press Writer
    MIAMI - For the second straight year, rude Miami drivers have earned the city the title of worst road rage in a survey released Tuesday. Miami motorists said they saw other drivers slam on their brakes, run red lights and talk on cell phones, according to AutoVantage, a Connecticut-based automobile membership club offering travel services and roadside assistance. Other cities near the top of the rude drivers list were New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
  • World powers won't thwart Iran nuclear drive: Ahmadinejad

    04/09/2007 9:01:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 701+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/9/07 | AFP
    NATANZ, Iran (AFP) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday vowed that world powers would not be able to stop Iran's nuclear drive and that the Islamic republic would defend its atomic programme "to the end." "The great Iranian nation, which for past centuries has been a pioneer of science, will not allow some bullying powers to put obstacles in its path of progress by influencing the international community," he said in a speech. "We will go on to reach the summits," he added in a keynote address at Iran's ultra-sensitive uranium enrichment plant in Natanz. "Today... this country has joined...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 09-03-2006

    09/03/2006 8:27:13 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 262+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 09-03-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. I ask you all, "What's in a name?" And I'm NOT talkin' Valerie Plame Celebrating the life behind the GINSU knife Marketing is the name of the game!
  • MT: Burns says terrorists drive taxis by day

    08/31/2006 11:46:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,326+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/31/06 | Matt Gouras - ap
    BELGRADE, Mont. - Republican Sen. Conrad Burns (news, bio, voting record), whose recent comments have stirred controversy, says the United States is up against a faceless enemy of terrorists who "drive taxi cabs in the daytime and kill at night." During a fundraiser Wednesday with first lady Laura Bush, the three-term Montana senator talked about terrorism, tax cuts and the money he has brought to his state. Burns is one of the more vulnerable Senate incumbents, facing a tough challenge from Democrat Jon Tester. He has drawn criticism in recent weeks for calling his house painter a "nice little Guatemalan...
  • Move To Speed Up Pay-As-You-Drive (UK)

    08/07/2006 6:41:01 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 371+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-7-2006 | David Millward
    Move to speed up pay-as-you-drive By David Millward, Transport Correspondent (Filed: 07/08/2006) The country's first pay-as-you-drive road pricing scheme could be in operation within four years after the Transport Secretary urged Cabinet colleagues to find room for a Bill in the next parliamentary session. Douglas Alexander's pitch for a legislative slot is the strongest signal yet that a major overhaul of the way in which motorists are taxed will become a reality. Without the necessary powers, the 2010 deadline for a pilot study set by Alistair Darling, Mr Alexander's predecessor, could slip. The Department for Transport has been looking for...
  • Lawsuits drive prison operations in California

    08/05/2006 10:37:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 371+ views
    Operations within California's prison system are increasingly being driven by court orders, as federal and state judges demand improvements in inmate health care, mental health services, employee discipline, juvenile justice and other aspects of the corrections department. Watchdogs have been appointed in five of the most far-reaching cases. Meanwhile, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his Democratic opponent, state Treasurer Phil Angelides, have proposed their own reforms plans. A look at the main lawsuits and the proposals to change the system: ___ THE LAWSUITS _ Madrid case/inmate abuse: Filed in 1990, the lawsuit originally alleged abuse of inmates at Pelican Bay State...
  • Pakistan Launches Huge Nuclear Arms Drive

    07/25/2006 4:47:07 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 471+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7-25-2006 | Randeep Ramesh - Julian Borger
    Pakistan launches huge nuclear arms drive · Satellite images reveal major building site· US and China embroiled in buildup of rival arsenals Randeep Ramesh, Julian Borger in Washington Tuesday July 25, 2006 The Guardian (UK) A satellite image showing Pakistan's Khushab plutonium production reactor. Photograph: EPA Pakistan appears to have embarked on a dramatic expansion of its nuclear arsenal with the construction of a new heavy water reactor capable of producing enough plutonium for up to 50 warheads a year, according to a report released yesterday by a US thinktank. The report by the Institute for Science and International Security...
  • Drive to register Hispanic voters aims to boost political clout - "Democracy Summer"

    06/28/2006 3:41:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 549+ views
    ap on Daily Comet ^ | 6/28/06 | Peter Prengaman - ap
    Immigrant rights groups have a message for unsympathetic politicians around the country: Change your stand or risk getting voted out of office. A coalition of unions, Hispanic activists and religious groups is trying to convert the massive street protests of recent months into long-term political power by launching nationwide citizenship and voter registration drives Saturday in at least 19 states. The effort known as "Democracy Summer" aims to register a million new voters and convince many of the 8 million legal residents in this country to apply for citizenship. Such applications are already up nearly 20 percent over past year...
  • Commentary: Soldiers, Marines Drive on Through Adversity

    06/06/2006 5:58:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 295+ views
    HIT, Iraq, June 6, 2006 – The soldiers and Marines here put up with more adversity in their deployment than most Americans will see in a lifetime. And they do it with a great attitude. These are not some goody-goody type servicemembers. They are profane to the extreme, and expletives make an appearance in most conversations. No one takes offense. "Busting chops" is a fine art, and people are always ready to tell or listen to a fine story that uses a buddy as the butt of the joke. But life in Hit, like the troops' language and jokes, is...
  • Mugabe Seizes Black Farms To Drive His Maize Economy

    05/27/2006 5:55:51 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies · 1,164+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-28-2006 | Daniel Pepper
    Mugabe seizes black farms to drive his maize economy By Daniel Pepper in Zhampali, Zimbabwe (Filed: 28/05/2006) For years, Zimbabwe's white farmers have felt the wrath of Robert Mugabe, as they have been thrown off their land to make way for soldiers and ruling party cronies. Now, black farmers have also become the focus of his unwelcome attentions. Lot Dube's crops of onions, tomatoes and sweet potatoes were growing nicely when soldiers marched into Insiza district, in the south of the country, set up camp and declared that all crops other than maize would be destroyed. Robert Mugabe has ordered...
  • Grads Join Iraqi Police Ranks, Support Blood Drive

    05/19/2006 5:03:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 166+ views
    Defend America News ^ | 2nd Lt. Alexander Callahan
    Iraqi police officers conduct drill and ceremony during an Iraqi police graduation at the Imam Police Academy in Najaf, Iraq, May 18, 2006. U.S. Army photo Grads Join Iraqi Police Ranks, Support Blood Drive U.S. soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, were on hand to witness the graduation ceremony. By U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Alexander Callahan 2nd Brigade Combat Team 4th Infantry Divison FORWARD OPERATING BASE DUKE, Iraq, May 19, 2006 — The Imam Ali Police Academy in Najaf hosted a graduation ceremony May 18, inducting more than 280 new...
  • Iraqis line up to join Iraqi Army in latest recruiting drive

    05/10/2006 4:28:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 278+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | May 9, 2006 | Cpl. Mark Sixbey
    FERRIS, Iraq (May 9, 2006) -- Dozens of Iraqi men waited outside an Iraqi Police station here at the break of dawn to enlist and serve their country, May 8. Marines from I Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, provided logistical and security support during an Iraqi Army recruiting drive. It was overseen by Iraqi policemen. It was part of a recruiting drive to bring Iraqis from the outskirts of Fallujah to the Iraqi Army. A similar drive held nearly two months ago inside Fallujah brought in more than 800 men. Lance Cpl. Michael Betancourt, an...
  • Baggage collection drive receives national recognition (Troops Families Support others)

    04/23/2006 9:02:16 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 370+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — A hugely successful drive to help Cochise County’s foster children has received nationwide recognition. USA Weekend Magazine has chosen the Herald/Review and the Fort Huachuca Community Spouses’ Club as honorees in its Make A Difference Day Awards. It follows the amazing support given by our readers to an appeal for luggage for youngsters who often have to throw their belongings into a trash bag when they leave home. The campaign culminated in a one-day collection last October of more than 1,000 suitcases and travel bags — making a difference in the lives of more than 1,000 children....
  • Dearborn Plant Employees Told To Drive Ford

    01/27/2006 9:14:47 AM PST · by Westlander · 18 replies · 794+ views
    clickondetroit ^ | January 27, 2006 | WDIV
    Some employees at a Ford Motor Co. assembly plant will now have restrictions on what they drive. The rule to drive only Ford vehicles is limited to the Dearborn Truck Assembly Plant, and will affect about 300 of the 2,800 employees at the plant who have special permits to park on site, Local 4 reported. Workers are told to drive Ford vehicles or they will have to park in another lot outside the plant and walk across a pedestrian bridge to the facility, the station reported.