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  • NSA Paid a Huge Security Firm $10 Million to Keep Encryption Weak

    12/20/2013 4:16:47 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 99 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 20 dec 2013 | Gizmodo
    Reuters reports that the NSA paid massive computer security firm RSA $10 million to promote a flawed encryption system so that the surveillance organization could wiggle its way around security. In other words, the NSA bribed the firm to leave the back door to computers all over the world open. Thanks to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, we already knew the NSA played a central role in promoting a flawed formula for generating random numbers, which if used in encryption, essentially gives the spies easy access to computing systems. A piece of RSA software, bSafe, became the most significant vector...
  • Canadian officials fired IT firm behind troubled Obamacare website

    10/10/2013 12:33:27 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10-10-2013 | RICHARD POLLOCK
    Canadian provincial health officials last year fired the parent company of CGI Federal, the prime contractor for the problem-plagued Obamacare health exchange websites, the Washington Examiner has learned. CGI Federal’s parent company, Montreal-based CGI Group, was officially terminated in September 2012 by an Ontario government health agency after the firm missed three years of deadlines and failed to deliver the province’s flagship online medical registry. The online registry was supposed to be up and running by June 2011. Officials at the U.S. government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded six technology contracts worth $87 million to CGI Federal for...
  • Canadian firm hired to build troubled Obamacare exchanges

    10/04/2013 11:21:57 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | OCTOBER 4, 2013 | RICHARD POLLOCK
    A Canadian tech firm that has provided service to that country's single-payer health care system is behind the glitch-ridden United States national health care exchange site healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is a subsidiary of Montreal-based CGI Group. With offices in Fairfax, Va., the subsidiary has been a darling of the Obama administration, which since 2009 has bestowed it with $1.4 billion in federal contracts, according to USAspending.gov. The "CGI" in the parent company's name stands for "Conseillers en Gestion et Informatique" in French, which roughly translates to "Information Systems and Management Consultants." However, the firm offers another translation: "Consultants to Government...
  • Fraud firm gets OK to sign people up for ObamaCare

    10/01/2013 9:44:40 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10-1-2013 | Leonard Greene
    Rampant fraud on a New York City contract last year didn’t stop a major nonprofit from landing a slew of federal contracts to sign people up for ObamaCare. Seedco, a New York-based community-development organization, was sued by the federal government for faking at least 1,400 of 6,500 job placements under a $22.2 million federally funded contract with the city. Eighteen months later, the feds and Seedco are teaming up again, this time to help medical-insurance seekers maneuver through the maze that is the Affordable Health Care Act. When ObamaCare’s open-enrollment period starts Tuesday, among the frontline agencies will be Seedco,...
  • German firm to Israeli client: Jews are a disease

    05/02/2012 5:58:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 5/2/12 | GIL SHEFLER
    Manufacturer in Nuremberg sends anti-Semitic mail to owner of Tel Aviv toy store after business deal turns sour. Eti Doron wanted to buy toys from a company in Germany for her store in Tel Aviv, but when the deal fell through she started receiving anti-Semitic letters. Doron provided The Jerusalem Post with emails in which Walter Adler, who identifies as the founder of Hoff-Interieur, a manufacturer based in Nuremberg, calls Jews a disease and praises German poet Günther Grass for saying Israel is a danger to world peace. “We see that you have decided to be a real Jew, not...
  • GORDON: Obama’s deadly new PR firm- Whatever happened to SEAL Team 6 being a ‘secret’ weapon?

    01/30/2012 9:23:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/31/12 | J.D. Gordon
    The dramatic rescue of an American aid worker and her Danish colleague in Somalia by Navy commandos was a terrific encore to the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan nine months ago. However, all the White House-driven publicity for both events has helped turn the once-secret SEAL Team 6 into a household term, with likely negative consequences. Although SEAL Team 6 and its official successor, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, have been around since the 1980s, their missions always were kept secret to shield their members’ identities and protect operational security. Every president since the team’s founding has...
  • Holder’s Law Firm Has Questionable Ties to Mortgage Banks, D.C. Government and Obama Administration

    01/22/2012 11:48:54 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Big Government ^ | 1/22/12 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    Nevadans are probably wondering why their own Attorney General, Catherine Cortez Masto is prosecuting corrupt lenders for the fraudulent act of robo-signing, but U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is not. In fact, millions of Americans, particularly those who are being foreclosed upon are probably wondering the same thing since the Obama administration decided in October to forego criminal charges against Bank of America, JPMorgan, Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and Ally Financial in exchange for a $25 billion civil settlement. But new information reported by Reuters today implies that Holder and other top Justice Department officials may be restraining themselves because...
  • Stand Firm, Weiner! Don't Resign

    06/07/2011 5:15:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 6/7/11 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, on a related item, I hope Anthony Weiner never resigns. I hope Weiner is never forced to resign. I hope Pelosi does not make a full pitched effort here at the Ethics Committee. I'm hoping that that's just for public consumption. I don't want this guy to go away. This guy, Anthony Weiner, Tony Weiner -- look at what they're asking us to believe. Here you have the classic dictionary definition of a nerd, the classic dictionary definition of a pencil-necked geek, and they are telling us that this guy would walk into a bar and women would...
  • Chinese firm tied to steel used in Iran nukes

    01/23/2011 10:13:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/24/11 | BIll Gertz
    The State Department in 2009 sought the Chinese government's help in blocking a sale to Iran of 25 tons of specialty steel for Tehran's defense industry to be used in building nuclear-related centrifuges, according to a classified department cable. "Post is instructed to inform appropriate-level Chinese officials of this transaction, and request that they investigate the entity and individuals involved," according to the cable, which is labeled "secret." It noted that the Chinese were to be told that the company faces sanctions for the proposed sale under U.S. law. (Snip) An earlier State Department cable revealed that China helped North
  • Candidate Files Criminal Complaint Over Firm Handshake

    10/29/2010 6:25:07 AM PDT · by Puppage · 25 replies
    NBC Miami. com ^ | 10/29/2010 | Puppage
    A firm handshake is usually seen as a good thing in business and even in politics. Not so much in South Florida. A candidate for the Broward County School Board wants the cops to lock up her opponent after what she claims was akin to battery after a recent debate. Jaemi Levine filed a complaint with the Broward Sheriff's Office claiming David Thomas squeezed her hand so hard during a post-debate handshake Tuesday that it now hurts. Instead of getting a grip on education issues, Thomas decided to get a grip on his opponent for the Disctrict 4 seat. Levine...
  • Buffy Wicks Departs White House, Joins Axelrod’s Old Media Firm

    04/26/2010 6:54:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 446+ views
    verum serum ^ | 4/26/10 | Morgen
    Buffy Wicks, remember, was the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement who was implicated (along with Yosi Sergant) in orchestrating a propaganda campaign for health care reform with the National Endowment for the Arts. Sergant ended up resigning over this incident, but I believe “Buffy the Integrity Slayer” was more to blame. Anyway, I’m not sure how this news slipped through the cracks but according to this press release posted by Politico on April 4, Buffy has joined David Axelrod’s old firm, AKPD Message and Media: AKPD Message and Media today announced that political strategist Buffy...
  • Politics, Military

    12/06/2009 9:27:33 PM PST · by stolinsky · 1 replies · 239+ views
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 12-07-09 | stolinsky
    We must confront our enemies, using whatever force is necessary. We cannot try to “shoot in the shoulder” people who are trying to blow us up, knock down our buildings and cut our throats. We cannot temporize with fanatics who are building nuclear weapons. We cannot be both “firm and flexible.” We cannot set a date to end a “war of necessity.” We cannot ignore what George Orwell taught us: “The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.”
  • Israeli Firm Patents Unmanned Helicopter

    10/14/2009 10:15:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 540+ views
    Isreal National News ^ | 10/14/09 | Yoni Kempinski
    (IsraelNN.com) Muslim terrorists' newest nightmare? Steadicopter, an Israeli company, has developed an unmanned helicopter using patented technology that enables the chopper to stay stable while airborne. The new technology was on display at ISDEF 3 – the third annual Israel defense show, currently being held at Tel Aviv's fairgrounds. The developers said that the unmanned helicopter can be used wherever manned helicopters are currently used, for a smaller price and with no danger to human life, and also in place of unmanned fixed wing aircraft.
  • Treasury cracks down on firm linked to North Korea

    06/30/2009 10:45:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 231+ views
    breitbart ^ | 6/30/09 | ap
    The Obama adminstration has imposed financial sanctions on a company accused of involvement in North Korea's missile proliferation network.
  • Millions for Axelrod in sale of firm

    04/03/2009 5:59:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 593+ views
    Politico ^ | 4/3/09 | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    As he prepared to take a job in the White House at the end of last year, David Axelrod sold the political consulting firm that helped elect President Obama for $2 million to a group of consultants who helped steer Obama’s campaign. According to a disclosure form released Friday evening by the White House, the firm, AKP&D Message & Media, paid him $897,000 last year, when it had basically turned itself into an arm of the Obama campaign, which paid the company $2.5 million.
  • (CPR) Campaign Against Obama Health Plan Run By Notorious Conservative PR Firm

    03/03/2009 5:06:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies · 945+ views
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 3/03/09 | Elana Schor
    Campaign Against Obama Health Plan Run By Notorious Conservative PR FirmBy Elana Schor - March 3, 2009, 5:55PM A new group called Conservatives for Patients Rights (CPR) is about to launch the opening salvo in the fight to sink President Obama's health care plan. CPR is running TV, radio, and web ads that attempt to stoke irrational fears of "a central national board" in charge of medical decision-making, asking Americans to envision a world where "bureaucrats decide the treatments you receive, the drugs you take, even the doctors you see." Of course, that vision has nothing to do with the...
  • 500-Year-Old Shipwreck Found By Diamond Firm

    04/30/2008 8:44:11 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 212+ views
    500-year-old shipwreck found by diamond firm Last Updated: 1:47AM BST 01/05/2008 A shipwreck, believed to be 500 years old, containing a treasure trove of coins and ivory has been discovered off the southern African coast. The site yielded a wealth of objects including thousands of Spanish and Portuguese gold coins A Namibian diamond company, Namdeb, said on Wednesday that it found the wreck during mining operations in the Atlantic. "The site yielded a wealth of objects including six bronze cannon, several tons of copper, more than 50 elephant tusks, pewter tableware, navigational instruments, weapons and thousands of Spanish and Portuguese...
  • Enron law firm seeks $700m

    11/22/2007 11:04:51 AM PST · by BGHater · 7 replies · 67+ views
    BBC ^ | 22 Nov 2007
    Trials of Enron executives attracted worldwide attention The law firm that helped investors in failed energy giant Enron secure a $7.2bn (£3.5bn; 4.9bn euros) settlement hopes to earn fees of $700m.If the judge approves the payout to Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman and Robbins, it will be the largest yet paid in a securities fraud case. Enron hid billions of dollars in debts, in one of the biggest of a series of scandals that hit corporate America. Investors won compensation from banks they accused of helping Enron. These banks included JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup. Legal deals Enron went bankrupt...
  • Turkish bible firm attack kills 3

    04/18/2007 7:00:42 AM PDT · by bedolido · 12 replies · 463+ views
    cnn.com ^ | 4-18-2007 | staff writer
    DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) -- Attackers on Wednesday slit the throats of three people in a Turkish publishing house which printed bibles, security officials said, the latest attack on minorities in mainly Muslim Turkey.
  • Anna Nicole Smith has died according to ABC News

    02/08/2007 12:39:03 PM PST · by kcvl · 25,618 replies · 415,004+ views
    Anna Nicole Smith collapsed in her hotel room at the Hard Rock Cafe and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., and was rushed to a hospital on Thursday. A Hollywood, Fla., fire department spokesman told MSNBC TV that the actress was unresponsive when the rescue unit arrived on the scene. Sources confirmed to Access Hollywood that Smith was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital shortly after 2 p.m. EST on Thursday. Access Hollywood also is reporting that Smith was intubated at the scene. Officials told the Miami Herald, "it does not look good."
  • Testimony links firm to William Jefferson D-La probe

    10/08/2006 5:03:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 808+ views
    NOLA ^ | 10/08/06 | Bruce Alpert and Bill Walsh
    Testimony links firm to Jefferson probe In papers filed with the FBI, Suleiman YahYah, a Nigerian businessman listed as a target in the ongoing probe of Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, said that one of the 2004 meetings he attended with Jefferson and iGate Inc. CEO Vernon Jackson, occurred in the Washington offices of Worldspace Inc., an international satellite radio provider. YahYah's statement is the first to provide any kind of link between iGate and Worldspace, whose CEO, Noah Samara, said in a June filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that he turned over documents and gave testimony to...
  • CA: AG: Boston-area firm to be searched in HP pretexting probe

    09/14/2006 4:37:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 270+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 9/14/06 | Jordan Robertson - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO Investigators plan to search the Boston-area offices of a private investigation firm involved in the Hewlett-Packard Co. spying scandal, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said Thursday. Lockyer told The Associated Press that he is working with Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly in the investigation of Security Outsourcing Solutions, a small firm believed to have aided HP in its possibly illegal probe to root out media leaks in its ranks. "He's assisting in getting our search warrants served on that firm so that we can fully examine their records," Lockyer said. He said the firm's Needham, Mass., offices will...
  • Olmert Firm On Lebanon Blockade

    08/30/2006 4:30:40 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 383+ views
    BBC ^ | 8-30-2006
    Olmert firm on Lebanon blockade Ehud Olmert and Kofi Annan Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has rebuffed calls for a swift end to Israel's seven-week blockade of Lebanon. Speaking after talks with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, he said the siege would only be lifted once ceasefire terms were fully implemented. Mr Olmert said that one of the key conditions was the release of two Israeli soldiers captured by Hezbollah.A Hezbollah cabinet minister has said that there will be no unconditional release of the Israeli soldiers. Lebanese Energy Minister Mohammed Fneish said on Wednesday that such a release was "not possible",...
  • Florida lawmakers approve funds to lure another California firm

    08/18/2006 3:49:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 453+ views
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Legislators have approved $155.3 million to lure yet another California biotechnology institute to Florida. The Burnham Institute for Medical Research, based in the San Diego area, now is deciding whether to build its 175,000-square-foot facility in Port St. Lucie or Orlando. "This is the beginning of us becoming the premier research state in the nation, if not the world," state Sen. Ken Pruitt, R-Port St. Lucie, said Thursday after the Legislative Budget Commission's approval of the funds. The commission meets periodically when the Legislature isn't in session to make certain state financial decisions that can't wait until the...
  • Satellite radio firm lent William Jefferson (D-La.) at least $50,000 (could be $100,000)

    06/15/2006 1:46:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies · 921+ views
    NOLA ^ | 6/15/06 | Bill Walsh, Bruce Alpert
    Firm lent Jefferson at least $50,000Business pressed FCC to launch satellite Thursday, June 15, 2006 By Bill Walsh and Bruce Alpert - Washington bureau WASHINGTON -- Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, who is at the center of a federal criminal bribery probe, received a personal loan from a satellite radio executive who has had business before the federal government, financial records released Wednesday show. Noah Samara, CEO of WorldSpace Inc., loaned Jefferson between $50,001 and $100,000, according to Jefferson's financial disclosure form for 2005. The date of the loan is not given, but Samara's company was pressing the Federal Communications...
  • CA: More lobby firm clients subpoenaed - Rep. Jerry Lewis-R

    06/03/2006 3:42:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 796+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 6/3/06 | The Press-Enterprise
    The federal grand jury investigating the relationship between Rep. Jerry Lewis and a Washington lobbying firm has subpoenaed records from Riverside County and the Cal State San Bernardino Foundation, in addition to San Bernardino County and the city of Redlands, The Press-Enterprise confirmed Friday. Officials with the University of Redlands, Loma Linda University Medical Center and Redlands-based ESRI declined to say whether their organizations had been served. All are or have been clients of the lobbying firm Copeland, Lowery & Jacquez, which has been linked to former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham. The Rancho Santa Fe Republican pleaded guilty last year...
  • Poll: Calif. voters have firm, varied views on illegal immigrants

    04/12/2006 10:32:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 494+ views
    Three quarters of California voters favor allowing some illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens, but 60 percent support imposing stiff penalties on employers who hire undocumented workers, according to results of a new poll released Wednesday. The telephone poll by the Field Research Corporation of San Francisco also found that 64 percent of state voters oppose letting illegal immigrants obtain California drivers licenses and 57 percent are against charging them with felonies for their unlawful presence in the country. Voters are about evenly split on building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. More than 90 percent of people surveyed said...
  • Law firm records sought by feds (Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, investigation continues)

    03/24/2006 3:48:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies · 581+ views
    NOLA ^ | 3/23/06 | Bruce Alpert
    Law firm records sought by fedsJefferson's daughter once worked there Thursday, March 23, 2006 By Bruce Alpert Washington bureau WASHINGTON -- In an indication that the federal investigation of Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, is continuing, a Virginia grand jury has subpoenaed records from a law firm where one of the congressman's daughters once worked, according to sources familiar with the case. In addition, Judge T.S. Ellis III has agreed to delay sentencing for Brett Pfeffer, 37, a former Jefferson congressional aide who pleaded guilty in January to two felony charges, including aiding and abetting the solicitation of bribes. The...
  • Australian firm proposes LNG terminal in ocean off Malibu coast (22 miles offshore)

    03/16/2006 9:45:10 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 607+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/16/06 | Tim Molloy - ap
    In the latest proposal to import liquefied natural gas to California, an Australian company has unveiled plans to place a terminal about 22 miles off the coast of Malibu. The plan announced Wednesday by Woodside Energy attempts to sidestep fears from environmentalists and some residents that importing natural gas is too dangerous because it is volatile and potentially explosive in its gaseous state. Woodside wants to ship supercooled LNG from Australian fields to the California coast in specially designed tankers. But unlike other proposed terminals off the West Coast, the plan doesn't require any large, permanent structures. Instead of feeding...
  • Hamas Stands Firm In Talks With Russia

    03/03/2006 7:29:48 PM PST · by blam · 15 replies · 425+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-4-2006 | Adrian Blomfield
    Hamas stands firm in talks with Russia By Adrian Blomfield in Moscow (Filed: 04/03/2006) An attempt by Russia to persuade Hamas to recognise Israel's right to exist and to give up its armed struggle against the Jewish state has failed. The talks between the radical Islamic group and the Russians were the first Hamas had held with any member of the international community since it swept to power in the Palestinian territories six weeks ago. Khaled Meshaal and the Hamas delegation in Moscow But the Kremlin failed to win any concessions from the militant group, which has claimed responsibility for...
  • Paper: Texas Favored Firm Tied to Abramoff (Austin American-Statesman newspaper)

    01/25/2006 7:08:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 341+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/25/06 | AP
    AUSTIN, Texas - The state of Texas hired a firm with close ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff after rejecting competing bids that met more of its selection criteria and cost less, a newspaper reported Wednesday. What the winning firm, Cassidy & Associates, had was access all the way to presidential aide Karl Rove, the Austin American-Statesman reported, citing memos and e-mails it obtained through a Texas open records request. The firm was awarded a $15,000-a-month contract in 2004 to lobby Congress for the state. "Cassidy is the best fit for Texas," David Pagan, associate director of the Office of State-Federal...
  • Chirac Warns Of Firm Response To (Muslim) Rioting

    11/02/2005 6:24:41 AM PST · by blam · 81 replies · 2,035+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 11-2-2005 | Christine Ollivier
    Chirac Warns of Firm Response to Rioting Wednesday November 2, 2005 1:16 PM By CHRISTINE OLLIVIER Associated Press Writer PARIS (AP) - French President Jacques Chirac, intervening after six nights of rioting in suburban Paris, called Wednesday for calm and said authorities will use a firm hand to curtail what may become a ``dangerous situation.'' The violence, sparked initially by the deaths of two teenagers, has exposed the despair, anger and deep-rooted criminality in the poor suburbs, where police hesitate to venture and which have proved fertile terrain for Islamic extremists. ``The law must be applied firmly and in a...
  • U.N.: 2,200 firm gave Iraq illicit funds ("Final" Oil-FoR-Food Report released)

    10/26/2005 9:18:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 2,706+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/26/05 | Edith M. Lederer - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - More than 2,000 companies made about $1.8 billion in illicit payments to Saddam Hussein's government through extensive manipulation of the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq, according to key findings of a U.N.-backed investigation. The report — to be released in full Thursday by the committee probing claims of wrongdoing in the $64 billion program — indicates that about half the 4,500 companies doing business with Iraq paid illegal surcharges on oil purchases or kickbacks on contracts to supply humanitarian goods. The investigators reported that companies and individuals from 66 countries paid illegal kickbacks through a variety of...
  • Va. firm pleads in oil-for-food scandal

    10/20/2005 9:38:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 415+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/20/05 | Samuel Maull - ap
    NEW YORK (AP) - A Virginia oil trading company has pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the United Nations oil-for-food scandal, prosecutors said Thursday. Midway Trading of Reston, Va., was accused of being part of a scheme to pay kickbacks to Iraq in connection with oil purchases made under the program, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said. The company will pay a $250,000 fine for its guilty plea to first-degree grand larceny, Morgenthau said. Midway and a trading partner, Bulf Oil, are accused of paying more than $440,000 in kickbacks to Iraqi officials in connection with oil purchases, but falsely...
  • CA: LA firm seeks to seal records in executive's divorce case

    10/16/2005 4:46:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1,022+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/16/05 | Greg Risling - ap
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of the nation's largest money management firms, with assets totaling more than $1 trillion, is attempting to limit access to a divorce case involving one of its executives because it doesn't want its financial records made public. Capital Group Cos. filed a motion Friday in Superior Court in the divorce trial of Timothy Armour, 45, and his wife, Nina Ritter. The company wants a judge to seal exhibits, transcripts and other materials so they won't become public during the trial, which is expected to begin Monday. The request is unusual in divorce cases because third...
  • Tucson firm works with Navy Seals on bomb detonators

    08/10/2005 7:10:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 732+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Aug 10, 2005 | Andrea Kelly
    A group of former Navy Seals is training with a Tucson company to help make military operations in Iraq safer for troops. The former Seals are training to use a device, made by Ionatron Inc., to detonate roadside bombs in Iraq before U.S. troops encounter the explosives. The devices are called JINs, or Joint Improvised Explosive Device Neutralizers, and can detect and disable or detonate roadside bombs, one of the deadliest threats facing U.S. troops in Iraq, Ionatron executives say. The Seals and other troops are expected to be deployed with the JIN devices "very, very soon," company president and...
  • Investment firm's payments to GOP probed

    08/09/2005 10:09:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 404+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/9/05 | Mike Robinson - AP
    CHICAGO (AP) - Federal prosecutors investigating corruption at a state pension fund have subpoenaed records concerning $4.5 million in fees a Washington-based investment firm is paying the new treasurer of the Republican National Committee, government sources confirmed Tuesday. The subpoena calls for documents related to the fund, the Carlyle Group and Robert Kjellander, said sources familiar with the investigation who spoke only on condition of anonymity, saying prosecutors want details of the probe kept secret. Kjellander, a lobbyist who headed President Bush's re-election campaign in three states, was named the RNC's treasurer over the weekend. Illinois Teachers Retirement System officials...
  • CA: Trade panel rejects Canadian firm's challenge to Calif MTBE ban

    08/09/2005 6:40:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 289+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/9/05 | Terence Chea - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A trade tribunal has rejected a Canadian company's challenge to California's ban on the gasoline additive MTBE under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Methanex Corp., which produces an MTBE component called methanol, had filed a $970 million claim against the United States under NAFTA six years ago. The Vancouver-based firm claimed the state ban was aimed at removing foreign competition for American makers of ethanol, a potential substitute for MTBE, or methyl tertiary-butyl ether. The U.S. State Department has not officially announced the ruling and declined to comment on the case, said spokesman Steven Pike....
  • CA: Former LA Mayor James Hahn takes job at investment firm

    07/19/2005 11:25:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 364+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/19/05 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Mayor James Hahn, who lost his re-election bid in May to Antonio Villaraigosa, has taken a job at a Los Angeles-based real estate investment banking firm, the company announced Tuesday. Hahn, who served four terms as Los Angeles city attorney, will advise Chadwick Saylor & Co. on real estate and securities transactions, managing partner Bill Chadwick said. "We're a broker-dealer and an investment adviser, both of which are heavily regulated," Chadwick said. "His primary responsibility will be legal. Secondarily, he will be involved in business development." Chadwick, who was a Hahn political supporter, offered the...
  • U.S. Tech Firms Help Governments Censor Internet (Iran & China included)

    07/18/2005 5:13:46 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 16 replies · 839+ views
    Fox News ^ | By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    WASHINGTON — Free speech advocates are frustrated with a host of American companies they say have been collaborating with oppressive regimes in countries like China, Iran and Saudi Arabia, to help them filter and monitor the Internet activity of their citizens. Big technology names like Microsoft, Yahoo! and Cisco have been criticized roundly in recent years for providing foreign governments with the tools they need to crack down on Internet use, but critics say they have not been able to do much more than complain. "These companies' lack of ethics is extremely worrisome," said Lucie Morillon, the Washington representative of...
  • Bus firm takes car sharers to court

    07/12/2005 11:43:06 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 41 replies · 1,648+ views
    thegaurdian ^ | July 11, 2005 | Kim Willsher
    They might have been congratulated for their "green" efforts in an area of heavy air pollution. Instead a group of French cleaning ladies who organised a car-sharing scheme to get to work are being taken to court by a coach company which accuses them of "an act of unfair and parasitical competition". The women, who live in Moselle and work five days a week at EU offices in Luxembourg, are being taken to court by Transports Schiocchet Excursions, which runs a service along the route. It wants the women to be fined and their cars confiscated. Two years ago a...
  • CA: Garbage firm at center of scandal (NorCal Waste Systems)

    06/18/2005 10:15:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 681+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 6/18/05 | Brandon Dailey and Deborah Lohse
    SAN JOSE - Like many of its competitors in the waste management business, the trash-hauling company at the center of a developing San Jose city hall scandal is no stranger to political controversy and legal disputes. Norcal Waste Systems, which traces its origins to the aftermath of the Great San Francisco Earthquake, is a $420 million company with subsidiaries involved in trash-hauling, recycling and landfill operations around the state. --snip-- ''Norcal is a big player in small markets,'' said Kyle Rhorer, a management consultant who advises waste companies. In the current flap, a Santa Clara County civil grand jury has...
  • Microsoft CEO: Firm Backs Gay Rights

    05/06/2005 3:18:35 PM PDT · by cougar_mccxxi · 19 replies · 615+ views
    Fox News ^ | Friday, May 06, 2005 | AP
    SEATTLE — After being criticized for quietly dropping support for a state gay rights bill, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) chief executive Steve Ballmer told employees Friday that management would publicly back such legislation in the future.
  • Goldman’s $105 Oil Prediction a Little Too Slick

    04/05/2005 3:32:20 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 67 replies · 1,515+ views
    INTELLECTUAL CONSERVATIVE.COM ^ | APRIL 5, 2005 | NOEL SHEPPARD
    One day the public is going to wake up and realize that when analysts are telling them to buy things at all-time highs, it might be time to sell. The day after a government report showed that crude oil inventories have risen to their highest levels since July 2002, the esteemed Wall Street brokerage firm, Goldman Sachs, released an analysis forecasting a continued increase in energy prices that could result in oil hitting $105 per barrel. As reported by Reuters: "We believe oil markets may have entered the early stages of what we have referred to as a ‘super spike’...
  • Austrian firm sells 800 rifles to Iran

    02/09/2005 2:28:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 997+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/9/05 | George Jahn - AP
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Iran has contracted to buy hundreds of high-powered rifles from an Austrian firm, the company's owner said Wednesday. The sale drew an indirect rebuke from the United States, but Austrian government ministries said no laws were broken. Wolfgang Fuerlinger, head of Steyr Mannlicher GmbH, confirmed the deal between his company and Iranian authorities and said U.S. Embassy officials had expressed concerns the arms could make their way to Iraq for use against American troops. He said he could not confirm Austrian media reports that part of the order - 800 long-range semiautomatic rifles that can penetrate...
  • CA: Firm hires governor's fund-raiser to pitch program to agencies

    01/19/2005 4:06:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 177+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/19/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A communications firm with close ties to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is helping a state contractor persuade department heads to join a struggling procurement program, an official with the contractor said Wednesday. The contractor, Virginia-based CGI-AMS, recently hired Wilson-Miller Communications, which is co-owned by Marty Wilson, a top political adviser to Schwarzenegger and his main fund-raiser. Last May, the Schwarzenegger administration hired CGI-AMS to help the state trim its $4.9 billion purchasing bill. A spokeswoman for CGI-AMS said her company hired Beth Miller, Wilson's partner, to develop a marketing and education program aimed at getting more state officials...
  • News Flash: Iraq is OK

    11/22/2004 4:52:01 PM PST · by forty_years · 12 replies · 964+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | November 22, 2004 | Andrew L. Jaffee
    For those bad-news-from-Iraq-only information consumers, stop reading here. There have been several recent developments out of Iraq that should give some comfort to those who believe that Arabs and Muslims are capable of embracing democracy. There have been military victories in Iraq, a debt relief agreement for the country has been hammered out, and Iraq’s independent electoral commission has set a firm date for elections. First Najaf was cleaned up, then Sadr City, then Fallujah, then Mosul… Yes, Iraq’s “insurgency” won’t go away overnight, but it is certainly getting harder and harder for the “militants” – they’re either dead or...
  • CA: Biotech firm moving away (to Missouri :-?)

    11/20/2004 9:21:32 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 657+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/20/04 | Mike Lee
    Sacramento biotech company Ventria Bioscience is moving its headquarters and controversial field trials of genetically engineered plants to Missouri. Officials at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville said the move could help turn the school into a center for plant-made pharmaceutical production. Ventria has been looking to move for months, partly because of the hostile reception and regulatory hurdles it faced earlier this year in California when it tried to expand field trials of rice that contains common human proteins. "We looked at several companies and decided that Ventria was a perfect fit to be our anchor company," university President...
  • Sandy Berger's Firm to Aid Oil Interests in Iraq

    09/16/2004 3:05:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies · 428+ views
    Washington Post .com ^ | 9/16/04 | Judy Sarasohn
    Berger's Firm to Aid Oil Interests in Iraq By Judy Sarasohn Stonebridge International, the "global strategy firm" founded by Clinton administration national security adviser Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger, has taken on an interesting client, Gulfsands Petroleum Ltd., a private Houston-based oil and gas company.
  • Firm bans e-mail at work - John Caudwell owner of Phones 4u, has banned staff from using e-mail

    09/19/2003 2:26:56 PM PDT · by bedolido · 30 replies · 348+ views
    CNN ^ | 09/19/03 | Staff Writer
    <p>LONDON, England -- John Caudwell, the multi-millionaire owner of high street retailer Phones 4u, has banned staff from using e-mail, he has said.</p> <p>The tycoon -- who does not use e-mail -- told more than 2,500 employees Friday they would have to swap cyberspace for face-to-face.</p>