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  • Teens defend ‘fail factory’ high school in error-filled letters

    02/23/2014 5:18:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 83 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/23/14 | Susan Edelman
    These kids should learn write from wrong. Earlier this month, The Post exposed a scheme at Manhattan’s Murry Bergtraum HS for Business Careers in which failing students could get full credit without attending class, but instead watch video lessons and take tests online. One social-studies teacher had a roster of 475 students in all grades and subjects. Red-faced administrators encouraged a student letter-writing campaign to attack The Post and defend its “blended learning” program. Eighteen kids e-mailed to argue that their alma mater got a bad rap. Almost every letter was filled with spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.
  • Obama to talk economy during visit to Cleveland steel plant

    11/12/2013 6:48:04 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | Nov 12, 2013 | Joe Vardon
    Obama to talk economy during visit to Cleveland steel plant By Joe Vardon The Columbus Dispatch Tuesday November 12, 2013 5:46 AM President Barack Obama won re-election in Ohio last year on the winds of the argument that the economy here and elsewhere was improving. On Thursday, he’ll be back, but Democrats’ message on the economy has changed now that the goal is to defeat Republican Gov. John Kasich next fall. Obama will visit the ArcelorMittal steel plant in Cleveland to “deliver remarks on the economy and the strength of American manufacturing,” said a White House official. How Obama’s talk...
  • The Excuse Factory

    05/03/2013 4:14:38 PM PDT · by wildbill · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/3/2013 | James Taranto
    In her column for tomorrow's Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan makes an astute observation about the Obama presidency--one that also presents a puzzle, which this column will endeavor to solve. The observation is that Obama's presidency was permanently damaged by the way he and his men reacted to "the trash-talking some Republican leaders indulged in after the 2008 campaign."
  • Let's Build Our Own Ammo Factory!

    03/28/2013 11:20:53 AM PDT · by catnipman · 80 replies
    3/28/2013 | Self
    There's essentially NO ammo available for retail sale in Colorado. None at all. Not in popular calibers like 9mm, .40 S&W and .45ACP. The fascist Obammunists have locked up the domestic supply and are shutting down imports. Why the hell don’t we conservatives set up a NEW ammo manufacturer in Texas and then refuse to sell to the FedGov. Maybe even make it a co-op, with member-owners getting first dibs on production. I’m sure we could get any number of offshore companies to build us a turnkey ammo factory in Texas. I’m sure ammo companies in Italy, China, Korea, Israel,...
  • The Sanders Polynomial: Mortgage Applications Rise 15%, Factory Orders Down 2%

    03/06/2013 7:42:33 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 03/06/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to a Mortgage Bankers Association release this morning, mortgage applications were up 14.8% from the previous week. Mortgage purchase applications rose 15.04% from the previous week. But in the general scheme of things, we are still stuck in a lower volume rut (as Chris Whalen and I discussed in Zero Hedge in October 2010). Mortgage refinancing applications rose 14.77% from the previous week. But one week doesn’t make a trend. In other economic news, factory orders fell 2.0% in January. And the stock market continues to rise. The Dow is up over 50 point as of 10:15am EST. And...
  • Sudan: Israel is 'Legitimate Target' Now

    10/27/2012 1:30:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/10/12 | Gil Ronen
    Sudan's Information Minister, Ahmed Bilal Osman, has warned that his country would take "resolute steps" against Israeli interests following the bombing of an ammunitions factory in Sudan's capital, Khartoum. Osman told the BBC that his country now sees Israeli interests as legitimate targets for attack. He said that Sudan possesses proof that Israel is behind the attack on the Yarmouk weapons factory, and said that experts who combed the location of the blast sound evidence that Israeli arms were used to destroy it. Australia's ABC News quoted the minister as saying: "We have to reply because this is too much....
  • UK: Ford considers Southampton factory closure [last in UK]

    10/24/2012 9:23:54 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/24/2012 | Angela Monaghan,
    Ford’s vehicle manufacturing in Britain is at risk of coming to an end after more than a century following the US car maker’s decision to shrink its European production operations. Ford’s vehicle manufacturing in Britain is at risk of coming to an end after more than a century following the US car maker’s decision to shrink its European production operations. It is understood that Ford’s Southampton plant has been earmarked for closure risking 500 jobs as part of a broader consolidation process prompted by the negative impact of the eurozone debt crisis on the industry. In a statement Stephen Odell,...
  • Ugh! Jobless Claims Rise, Factory Orders Plunge, Consumer Comfort in Stagnation

    10/04/2012 8:16:03 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/04/2012 | Snakeeyes Econ
    Today’s economic news is not pleasant. As we move more and more towards central planning from the government, we are seeing a lack of growth in the economy. First, initial jobless claims rose to levels back in January showing little long-term improvement. Seasonally adjusted initial claims was 367,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 363,000. The 4-week moving average was 375,000, unchanged from the previous week’s revised average. Continuing claims rose from the previous week (but exactly matched the revised number). Continuing claims are stuck in a rut going back to March. Factory orders plunged...
  • US Factory Goods Demand Falls Unexpectedly

    08/02/2012 6:55:23 PM PDT · by Son House · 22 replies
    Irish Times ^ | August 3, 2012 | Financial Times Limited
    Demand for US factory goods fell unexpectedly in June, reflecting a drop in corporate investment and the biggest decreases in non-durable goods orders for over three years. Factory orders fell 0.5 per cent, compared with analysts’ expectations of a 0.7 per cent rise, US commerce department figures showed yesterday. June’s fall followed a downwardly revised 0.5 per cent increase in May, after sharp declines the two previous months. Economists fear a slowdown in momentum, given that manufacturing had been regarded as the mainstay of a US economic recovery. The sector accounts for about 12 per cent of the economy.
  • Santorum bashes public schools, says they're stuck in factory era

    02/18/2012 6:44:04 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/18/12 | Mitchell Landsberg
    Santorum bashes public schools, says they're stuck in factory eraBy Mitchell Landsberg February 18, 2012, 12:51 p.m. Reporting from Columbus, Ohio— Republican GOP hopeful Rick Santorum may be the most prominent homeschooler in America. So it might not have been surprising that, on Saturday, he told a conservative Christian audience that he intended to homeschool his children in the White House. In his remarks to the Ohio Christian Alliance, however, Santorum went further, seeming to attack the very idea of public education. In the nation’s past, he said, “Most presidents homeschooled their children in the White House.… Parents educated their...
  • Desperately seeking Americans for factory jobs

    02/16/2012 7:46:02 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 36 replies
    CNN Money ^ | February 16, 2012 | Parija Kavilanz
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- U.S. factories are creating many new jobs. But owners are hard pressed to find skilled American workers to fill them. There is a "critical shortage of machinists," a common and crucial position in factories, said Rob Akers, vice president at the National Tooling and Machining Association. "Enrollment in this field in technical schools has been down for a long time." The problem comes at a terrible time. Domestic contract manufacturers -- known as "job shops" -- are seeing a boom in business.
  • Chrysler factory workers to get $1,500 profit-sharing checks

    02/02/2012 12:06:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2/2/12 | Staff
    Detroit - Factory workers at Chrysler are getting $1,500 profit-sharing checks next month, a sign the automaker’s turnaround is succeeding. About 26,000 union-represented workers in the U.S. should get the payments, according to Chrysler’s contract with the United Auto Workers union. The profit-sharing figure is based on an Associated Press analysis of company earnings, and the labor contract formula for profit-sharing. Chrysler would not say how much the workers will get. But the formula in its new four-year contract with the UAW shows that the checks will be about $1,500. The checks are based on Chrysler’s $2 billion operating profit
  • Solar Company Scraps Factory, Leaves Michigan in Dark (GlobalWatt)

    01/03/2012 11:20:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 1/02/12 | Scott McGrew
    Solar Company Scraps Factory, Leaves Mich. in DarkGrant applications don't match up with solar company's other information. By Scott McGrew | Monday, Jan 2, 2012 | Updated 2:59 PM PST A San Jose-based company has pulled out of plans to build a multimillion-dollar solar cell factory in Saginaw, Mich. GlobalWatt CEO Sanjeev Chitre blamed the shutdown on the poor economy and competition from overseas; however, many critics are wondering if there really was much of a factory to shut down. Far from a mega-factory promised in early paperwork, GlobalWatt's Saginaw operations actually employed slightly more than a dozen workers. GlobalWatt...
  • Report: Chinese workers at LG factory strike over complaint of pay discrimination

    12/31/2011 6:32:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/28/11
    Report: Chinese workers at LG factory strike over complaint of pay discriminationBy The Associated Press | The Canadian Press – Wed, 28 Dec, 2011 BEIJING, China - Some 8,000 employees of a factory in China owned by a unit of South Korea's LG Corp. over complaints about pay discrimination, a labour group said Wednesday. Chinese employees of the LG Display factory in Nanjing, west of Shanghai, walked off the job Monday over complaints Korean employees at the factory received annual bonuses equal to one year's salary while those for Chinese workers were equal to one month's pay, the New York-based...
  • Factory Explosion Kills 7 in Iran

    12/12/2011 4:10:06 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/12/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Seven people, including foreign nationals, were killed, and more than a dozen wounded in another blast in Iran, this time at a steel plant. It is not known if the factory has any connection with Iran’s nuclear facilities. The explosion occurred Monday evening in the city of Yazd and comes after two previous blasts in the area of nuclear facilities. Yazd is located approximately 175 miles southeast of Isfahan, where an explosion severely damaged a uranium enrichment facility last month. Iranian stage television reported that five people were found dead on the scene at the steel plant and that another...
  • Federal government pulls plug on failed cellulosic ethanol factory (Enviro-weenies hardest hit)

    12/03/2011 10:53:32 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    12/03/11
    Link only - Federal government pulls plug on failed cellulosic ethanol factory
  • Factory orders edge up 0.3% in September

    11/03/2011 7:54:29 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan
    Marketwatch ^ | 11.3.11 | Steve Goldstein
    Factory orders edged up 0.3% to $453.5 billion in September...Economists polled by MarketWatch had anticipated a 0.1% fall...
  • ISM: U.S. manufacturing growth slows in October

    11/01/2011 7:52:35 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan
    Marketwatch ^ | 11.1.11 | Jeffr
    The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing gauge dropped to 50.8% last month – just slightly above a 2011 low - from 51.6% in September. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected the closely followed index to rise to 52.1%. Reading over 50% indicate more manufacturers are expanding instead of shrinking.
  • General Electric picks Colorado to build biggest US solar factory (to make a PROFIT!)

    10/14/2011 5:17:50 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    General Electric picks Colorado to build biggest US solar factoryBy Associated Press, Published: October 13 NEW YORK — General Electric Co. will build the largest solar factory in the U.S. near Denver. The company, which had announced in April it would build the factory, said Thursday it had selected Aurora, Colo., a suburb east of Denver, as the location. **SNIP** The falling prices have led to the bankruptcies of three solar panel makers in the last two months, including Solyndra, a panel maker that collapsed despite receiving a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government. Vic Abate, who runs...
  • Factory orders slip 0.2% in August

    10/04/2011 7:40:57 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 5 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 10.4.11 | Steve Goldstein
    ...Factory orders fell 0.2% in August. Economists had expected a 0.3% drop...
  • Philly Fed’s factory index in August freefall (butt ugly manufacturing report)

    08/18/2011 7:54:58 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 10 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 8.18.11 | Gregg Robb
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Factory activity in the Philadelphia region weakened sharply in August to the lowest level seen in more than two years, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said Thursday, adding to fears that the economy has ground to a halt. The Philly Fed’s business outlook survey fell to negative 30.7 in August from 3.2 in July. This is the lowest reading since March 2009. Readings below zero indicate contraction in the region’s factories. The size of the decline in the index stunned analysts — economists had expected a reading of 0.5 in August...
  • Jobs and factory slowdown pile on recovery fears

    06/01/2011 2:16:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/1/11 | Leah Schnurr - Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. companies hired far fewer workers than expected in May and output in the manufacturing sector slowed to its lowest level since 2009, adding to concerns that the U.S. recovery is running out of steam. Economists slashed their forecasts for Friday's payrolls report, considered the best barometer of the world's biggest economy, after private-sector job growth tumbled to just 38,000, its lowest level in eight months. Wednesday's reports were the latest signals that economic growth remained sluggish in the second quarter after hitting a weak spot in the first months of the year. "It fits very...
  • ISM manufacturing gauge tumbles in May (lowest level in one year)

    06/01/2011 7:40:26 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 5 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 6.1.11 | Jeffry Bartash
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector receded in May, according to a closely followed index released Wednesday. The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing gauge fell to 53.5% in May from 60.4% in April, marking the third straight decline and the biggest one-month drop since 1984. It’s also the lowest reading in one year. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast the index to drop to 57.1%. Three months ago the index peaked at a seven-year high of 61.4%.
  • Republican senators drop legislative bomb on NLRB

    05/13/2011 7:37:15 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 73 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4:29 PM 05/12/2011 | Caroline May
    In the wake of the National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB) contentious decision to prevent Boeing from opening a plant in South Carolina, three Republican senators have introduced legislation to protect South Carolina’s right-to-work laws. Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jim DeMint of South Carolina introduced the Job Protection Act Thursday. If passed, the legislation would prevent the NLRB from blocking a company from moving jobs to another location, guarantee employers the ability to decide where to conduct business, and protect employers’ ability to discuss the costs associated with unionization without fear of an...
  • Philly Fed’s factory index hits seven-year high

    02/17/2011 9:15:16 AM PST · by Free Vulcan · 13 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 2.17.11 | Gregg Robb
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — An index tracking manufacturing activity in the Philadelphia region jumped in February to its highest level since January 2004, a sign that the factory sector is gaining strength, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia reported Thursday. The Philly Fed business condition index rose to 35.9 in February, up from 19.3 in January — an increase much stronger than expected. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected the index to tick higher, but just to 20.8. See MarketWatch economic calendar.
  • Factory Order Growth Slides To 0.1% In July (Worse than predicted, much worse than June)

    09/02/2010 7:24:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Biz insider ^ | 9/2/10
    The number: Factory orders of 0.1% have come in a bit lighter than expected, and the number is down from 0.6% in June.
  • Putin deepens ties with Chavez on Venezuela visit

    04/02/2010 11:17:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies · 289+ views
    AP via Google News ^ | April 2, 2010 | By FABIOLA SANCHEZ
    CARACAS, Venezuela — Russia has offered to help Venezuela set up its own space industry, including a satellite launch site, as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made his first visit to the South American country on Friday. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Russia's offer before Putin arrived, saying officials would discuss the possibility of setting up a "satellite launcher and a factory." The two countries are also discussing new weapons deals, Chavez said Thursday night in televised remarks, without giving details. Chavez has built close ties with Russia, buying more than $4 billion in Russian weapons since 2005, including helicopters, fighter...
  • California factory jobs have disappeared

    09/06/2009 10:51:41 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,273+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 9/6/09 | Dan Walters
    As California's population expanded dramatically after World War II and the state constructed a world-class freeway system, the state became famous for its car culture. Detroit saw opportunity, not only adopting California name places as monikers for its products (Catalina and Ventura, for example) but also establishing design studios in Southern California and opening auto assembly lines. Those auto plants have closed, one by one, victims of consolidation, cost-cutting and foreign competition. Last month, Toyota announced that it would shutter the last of them, a partnership with General Motors called New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., after GM pulled out. Not...
  • Ethnic clash in Chinese factory kills 2, hurts 118

    06/27/2009 2:19:54 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies · 469+ views
    BEIJING -- Ethnic tensions between workers at a toy factory in southern China sparked a brawl that left two dead and 118 injured, state media and a government spokesman said Saturday. The official China News Service said hundreds of workers at the Xuri Toy Factory in Shaoguan City fought for two hours before more than 400 police restored order early Friday morning. A spokesman from the Shaoguan City government said the brawl was due to tensions between Uighurs - Turkic-speaking Muslims - and Han Chinese, who make up most of China's population.
  • Vo-Tech Trains Iraqis for Joint Base Factory

    04/12/2009 12:19:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 197+ views
    TAJI — The Taji Vocational Institute (TVI) has achieved another important milestone in its education of Iraqi Soldiers for future employment at the Taji National Maintenance Depot, now known as the Joint Base Factory (JBF), with the combined graduation of four classes here, April 8. The ceremony, co-hosted by Iraqi Brig. Gen. Schalal, commander of the JBF here, and Iraqi Brig. Gen. Sabah, commander, Taji Location Command, recognized each of the previous TVI honor graduates that have completed their on-the-job training experience in their respective industrial maintenance shops. Each honor graduate was presented an award of achievement of their outstanding...
  • 'Bomb factory' found in mosque (Ramallah)

    04/12/2009 11:40:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 747+ views
    News24.com ^ | 4/12/09 | staff
    Ramallah - Palestinian security officials said on Sunday that they had found a Hamas bomb-making factory underneath a mosque in the occupied West Bank. "Security forces found a bomb-making factory inside a mosque in Qalqiliya," an Interior Ministry statement said. "Many of the bombs were ready to use and many of them were of industrial grade."
  • Laugh Factory Owner's Stimulus-Sponsored Comedy Tour No Joke [$700,000]

    04/05/2009 5:37:30 AM PDT · by Son House · 9 replies · 508+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | April 04, 2009 | FOXNEWS
    That's right, Jamie Masada wants government stimulus funds to launch a nationwide comedy tour. And he’s not joking. “We thought if we could get 1/10,000th of 1 percent of the bailout money, we could get comics on buses, tour the country, do free shows and feed the people who come,” Masada said. Masada wants to take 200,000 signatures from the Laugh Factory’s online petition to Washington, DC so he can make his case to President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. So far, he says they have about 10,000 signatures. “I have already spoken with Paul Rodriguez, Dave Chappelle, Dom...
  • NP, MND-B Soldiers confiscate Iraqi, U.S. currency, weapons...

    01/21/2009 4:52:55 PM PST · by Cindy · 1 replies · 259+ views
    mnc-i.com via MNF-IRAQ.com ^ | January 21, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.mnf-iraq.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25035&Itemid=132 www.mnc-i.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RELEASE No. 20090121-09 Jan. 21, 2009 NP, MND-B Soldiers confiscate Iraqi, U.S. currency, weapons from suspected IED-making factory in Karadah Multi-National Division – Baghdad BAGHDAD – National Policemen from the 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st NP Division, conducting combined operations with Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers, discovered a large amount of Iraqi and U.S. currency in a potato chip factory in Baghdad’s Karadah district Jan. 21. The factory is suspected of being used in the production of improvised-explosive devices and in funding terrorist operations. The combined forces seized...
  • Chrysler says to shut down all production for month

    12/17/2008 5:37:10 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 21 replies · 835+ views
    Reuters ^ | 17 Dec 08 | A Reuters HS Dropout Who is Overpaid
    DETROIT (Reuters) - Citing a credit crisis and dwindling sales, Chrysler LLC on Wednesday said it would shut down all of its manufacturing operations from the end of this week for at least a month. The blanket shutdown marked a deepening of the financial crisis for the embattled U.S. auto industry and came as Chrysler and its larger rival General Motors Corp both seek to shore up cash as they seek a federal bailout they say they need to survive. Chrysler, considered the weakest of the Detroit automakers, made the announcement on its plant shutdown in a letter sent on...
  • Dairy Factory Sees Better Days Ahead

    08/19/2008 5:34:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 123+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. David Turner, USA
    Ahmed Adnan Hashim proudly shows off a container of Nu-Nu brand yogurt, produced at the factory he manages with his brother, Qahetan, in Bada, a small town south of Baghdad. Soldiers recently delivered two industrial generators donated by a factory in Iskandariyah to help the dairy plant stay on its feet. Photo by Sgt. David Turner. FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — Ahmed Adnan Hashim is passionate about yogurt. He’s passionate about cheese and cream and the other products produced at the Nu-Nu factory in Bada, a small town in northern Babil province. With his brother, Qahetan, managing the factory, Nu-Nu...
  • Six Killed in Kentucky Factory Shooting, Including Gunman

    06/25/2008 8:14:41 AM PDT · by RonPaulLives · 33 replies · 274+ views
    ABC NEWS ^ | June 25, 2008 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    A factory worker with a reputation for not getting along with co-workers went on a shooting spree at a Kentucky plastics plant early today after getting into an argument with his supervisor, police told ABC News. The gunman killed five other employees before shooting himself to death, police said. A seventh person who was wounded is listed in critical condition.
  • In China’s Medal Factory, Winners Cannot Quit

    06/20/2008 8:05:03 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies · 170+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6/21/08 | Juliet Macur
    FENGCHENG, China — As a reward for winning an Olympic gold medal in flatwater canoeing four years ago, Yang Wenjun — the son of peasant rice farmers — was handed the deed to a three-bedroom apartment here in a neighborhood called Sunny City. The local government bought and decorated it, hanging giant scrolls in the living room that announce in Mandarin: “Yang Wenjun won gold in the Olympics. It brings good luck here.” But his mother, Nie Chunhua, said Yang had been anything but lucky. She wiped away tears with hands dark and swollen from farming. “If I had better...
  • Citizen’s tip leads MND-B Soldiers to EFP-making factory in local bakery (New Baghdad)

    05/17/2008 5:49:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 67+ views
    BAGHDAD – An Iraqi citizen’s tip led Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers to a weapons cache in the New Baghdad district of eastern Baghdad May 16. After receiving a tip about an explosively formed projectile-making operation in a Kamaliyah bakery at approximately 2 p.m., Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, cordoned off the suspected building. Criminals attacked the Soldiers with small-arms fire but were driven off by MND-B Soldiers returning fire. Soldiers from another platoon rushed to the scene to provide additional security. The search operation continued and the MND-B Soldiers found a cache including two explosively...
  • Iraqi Furniture Factory Fills First Order in Two Years

    11/18/2007 6:28:45 AM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies · 412+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Shejal Pulivarti
    Navy Capt. John Dillender (right), economics and industrial advisor for Baghdad 5 Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team, which operates north of the Iraqi capital with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, mimics the sanding technique used by a furniture factory worker near Taji, Iraq Nov. 11. The Henning, Tenn. native helped facilitate (200) pieces of furniture purchased from the State Company for Furniture Industry-Baghdad to be delivered to area schools. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Shejal Pulivarti, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. PAO. CAMP TAJI — The State Company for Furniture Industry-Baghdad, located near Taji, recently filled its first...
  • Concerned Local Citizen Tip Leads Coalition Troops to Explosives Factory

    11/04/2007 2:31:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 157+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Russell Bassett
    A Soldier from 1st Platoon, Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, from Fort Lewis, Wash., holds up a 12-inch copper plate (the largest size found in Iraq) used to pierce armored vehicles when fired from an explosively formed projectile (EFP). The plate was part of a large EFP cache recently discovered in a home in Husseiniyah. Photo by SSgt. Russell Bassett, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. BAGHDAD — A Concerned Local Citizen (CLC) led Coalition forces to a home Wednesday where explosively formed penetrators (EFP) and improvised explosive...
  • Suspected IED factory destroyed("intelligence from a suspected insurgent detained the day before")

    08/10/2007 4:50:35 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 12 replies · 478+ views
    Blackanthem Military News ^ | Aug 10, 2007 | 2nd BCT, 3rd Inf. Div PAO
    HAWR RAJAB - Coalition Forces destroyed a suspected improvised explosive device factory in Hawr Ratab, south of Baghdad, Aug. 9. Paratroopers of Troop C, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, made the discovery while conducting searches of two buildings in the area. The search was based on intelligence from a suspected insurgent detained the day before.      The searches uncovered about 1,000 pounds of white powder in bags, a blue barrel full of the white powder, pressure plate initiators and switches.      All of these materials are known components of homemade explosives used to...
  • Soldiers seize, destroy bomb factory

    06/13/2007 4:30:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 297+ views
    U.S. Army Spc. Marquis Dawkins, an infantryman assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, surveys more than 120 five-gallon cans of nitric acid, a component used to make bombs, discovered at a bomb-making “factory” in Baghdad’s East Rashid District Monday. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ben Washburn, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers seized a bomb-making factory along with a large weapons cache while on patrol in eastern Rashid District here Monday.Troops from Company A, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment and Company A, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry,...
  • Troops Detain Scores of Suspects, Discover Bomb Factory

    03/22/2007 6:11:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 446+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 22, 2007 – Coalition forces nabbed more than 50 suspects and dismantled a bomb factory in Iraq over the past few days. During operations today, coalition forces northwest of Taji detained seven suspects with reported ties to foreign-fighter facilitation. In Ramadi, troops nabbed four other suspects with alleged ties to al Qaeda. Early this morning in Mosul, coalition forces captured a former paramilitary leader who allegedly is responsible for setting up al Qaeda terrorist training camps in Iraq and Syria, military officials said. Coalition forces discovered a large car-bomb factory during operations in northern Baghdad today. The...
  • Najaf Factory to Make Garments for U.S., International Retailers

    03/22/2007 5:49:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 279+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 22, 2007 – A garment factory in Najaf, Iraq, will start supplying clothes to U.S. and international retailers in a few months, a senior U.S. official said in Baghdad yesterday. The Najaf facility is “one of the most state-of-the-art clothing factories I’ve seen,” Paul A. Brinkley, deputy undersecretary of defense for business transformation, told reporters at a Baghdad news conference. “It will be providing garments to American and international retail beginning this summer.” The Najaf factory is but one of several economic success stories occurring across Iraq today, said Brinkley, who has been busy showing off the...
  • Iraqi Tips Lead to Bomb Factory Discovery

    02/26/2007 4:20:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 447+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2007 – Tips that led to the discovery of a bomb-making factory in western Iraq demonstrate that the Iraqi people are fed up with terrorists operating in their midst and stepping forward to help remove them, military officials in Baghdad told reporters today. Officials from 3rd Brigade, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, briefed reporters about a search for weapons caches that ultimately led to the bomb factory Feb. 20 in Gharmah, about 10 miles east of Fallujah. Army Capt. Matt Gregory, commander of Company A, described the materials uncovered during the raid: blasting...
  • Insurgent bomb factory found in Baghdad

    02/22/2007 3:20:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 370+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/22/07 | Kim Gamel - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - The U.S. military warned Thursday that insurgents are adopting new tactics in a campaign to spread panic after troops uncovered a car bomb factory with propane tanks and chlorine cylinders — possible ingredients for more chemical attacks following three explosions involving chlorine. Those blasts and a recent spate of attacks against helicopters have raised fears that insurgents are trying to develop new ways to confront U.S. and Iraqi forces. Any increase in chemical bombings could complicate the Baghdad security crackdown, now in its second week. Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, the No. 2 American commander in Iraq, said...
  • Bomb-Making Factory Destroyed; Two Suspects Captured

    02/16/2007 4:26:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 342+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2007 – Coalition forces destroyed a munitions factory, detained two suspects and found scores of weapons in operations around Iraq over the past three days. Coalition forces cordoned off an area in Salman Pak, Iraq, and conducted a controlled detonation of an improvised-explosive-device factory. U.S. Army photo  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Coalition forces destroyed an al Qaeda in Iraq improvised explosive device factory yesterday during a controlled detonation in Salman Pak. While searching the factory, coalition forces found a large amount of IED-making material, including 1,000 pounds of various types of explosives. An explosive...
  • Bombing of Liban Lait leaves a sour smell

    09/01/2006 9:12:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 665+ views
    Daily Star ^ | August 30, 2006 | Lysandra Ohrstrom
    BEIRUT: A lucrative contract to supply dairy products to United Nations peacekeepers in South Lebanon may have motivated the destruction of Lebanon's largest dairy farm, Liban Lait said Tuesday. The Bekaa-based factory had been providing the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with milk and yogurt since it out-bid an Israeli firm in 2001, but has been inoperational since six precision-guided bombs targeted the dairy's processing plant on July 19.  "The Israelis knew the outcome of conflict and they knew that they would be asking for 15,000 troops to be stationed at the border," Liban Lait's marketing manager, Mark...
  • Chinese Workers Protest at Factory Making Toys for McDonald’s(Happy Meal toys)

    07/28/2006 10:41:52 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 1,235+ views
    NYT ^ | 07/28/06 | JIM YARDLEY
    July 28, 2006 Chinese Workers Protest at Factory Making Toys for McDonald’s By JIM YARDLEY BEIJING, July 27 — A violent protest erupted last weekend at a factory in southern China that makes toys for McDonald’s and other international companies, a rights group said Thursday, and the local police were called to the scene to restore order. China Labor Watch, a New York-based labor rights group, described in a news release a riot by more than 1,000 workers protesting low pay and poor living conditions at the factory in the industrial city of Dongguan. However, a distributor for the factory...
  • Tips Lead Coalition Forces to IED Factory

    05/21/2006 4:06:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 692+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 21, 2006 – Based on tips, coalition forces located and killed six terrorists, detained three and destroyed a safe house and multiple weapons caches in Ramadi during a search May 17 for a wanted terrorist known as the "Prince of IEDs," military officials in Baghdad reported today. During a search in Ramadi May 17 for a wanted terrorist known as the "Prince of IEDs," coalition forces seized a civilian pickup truck filled with weapons, including machine guns, one rocket-propelled grenade launch tube, six RPG rounds, a suicide vest, an AK-47 assault rifle and a DSHKA heavy machine...