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  • U.S. Transportation department executive approved grant days before taking job with rail contractor

    02/19/2017 9:01:04 PM PST · by blueyon · 25 replies
    LATimes ^ | 2/18/17 | Ralph Vartabedian
    "U.S. Transportation department executive approved grant days before taking job with rail contractor" A top Obama administration executive at the U.S. Department of Transportation approved a $647-million grant for a California rail project in mid-January and less than two weeks later went to work for a Los Angeles-based contractor involved in the project, The Times has learned. The grant provides a significant part of the money required to install a $2-billion electrical power system on the Bay Area’s Caltrain commuter rail system, allowing the rail to retire its diesel locomotives.
  • Metro’s crumbling crossties may be too small to begin with

    11/17/2016 10:13:41 AM PST · by detective · 23 replies
    WTOP ^ | November 17, 2016 | Max Smith
    The Federal Transit Administration is raising questions about whether Metro rail ties are the proper size to keep tracks safely in place. A federal inspection report released Wednesday says inspectors have “consistently noted” WMATA crossties on mainline track that are 7 1/2 inches. Metro’s own standards call for rail ties at switches to have at least an 8-inch face. The inspection report noted that as of Sept. 24, Metro had not responded to federal inspectors’ questions about crossties that are a half inch narrower than internal standards. It is not clear how many of the smaller crossties exist in the...
  • The Trans Pacific Partnership: Just Change for the Sake of Change, or Well-Disguised Destruction?

    10/12/2015 11:13:15 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 12, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The short version – the one we know from the mainstream media (MSM) – is as follows: The TPP is a terrific trade deal which would increase our economic activity on both sides of the Pacific, and which might be the greatest lasting victory of the Obama administration. It involves some unsavory compromises, but the benefits far outweigh them, if the administration is to be believed. And that may be true. But it may also be very wrong. The fact is, the Trans Pacific Partnership is a massive agreement that changes the entire scope of international trade policy, and merits...
  • Texas lawmaker pushes ban on federal aid to Texas rail transit

    03/18/2015 7:26:02 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 24 replies
    examiner.com ^ | March 8, 2015 | Lyndon Henry
    Austin,Texas — A North Texas state senator has introduced a bill in the Texas legislature that would effectively prohibit the state or any of its subsidiaries, such as cities and transit authorities, from using money from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for rail mass transportation.
  • S. Korea-China FTA still faces hurdles before implementation

    11/10/2014 1:37:27 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 72 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/11/10 | Byun Duk-kun
    S. Korea-China FTA still faces hurdles before implementation 2014/11/10 11:56 By Byun Duk-kun SEJONG, Nov. 10 (Yonhap) -- A long and what could be a very difficult process still awaits the free trade agreement (FTA) between South Korea and China before it can be implemented, despite a joint declaration of a deal by their leaders earlier Monday, government officials said. South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, declared a "de facto" conclusion of FTA negotiations at their summit in Beijing. Officials here, however, say it could take months before the FTA can actually go into effect....
  • Shutdown Theater: NPS Orders Closure of Park that Receives No Federal Funding

    10/02/2013 9:41:19 AM PDT · by don-o · 72 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 2, 2013 | Lachlan Marka
    The National Park Service has ordered the closure of a Virginia park that sits on federal land, even though the government provides no resources for its maintenance or operation. The Claude Moore Colonial Farm announced on Wednesday that NPS has ordered it to suspend operations until Congress agrees to a deal to fund the federal government. According to Anna Eberly, managing director of the farm, NPS sent law enforcement agents to the park on Tuesday evening to remove staff and volunteers from the property. “You do have to wonder about the wisdom of an organization that would use staff they...
  • Foreign Influence and the Monroe Doctrine Today

    02/21/2012 7:29:24 AM PST · by InsightSur
    InsightSur ^ | February 21, 2012 | InsightSur Editor
    With the introduction of the Monroe Doctrine in 1823, influence from outside powers in Central and South America had been strategically limited to the United States. It is a doctrine that shaped the Cold War, and has served to deter international meddling in Central and South America. Recently, influence is growing from unexpected regions; notably, Asia and the Middle East. In the past few decades, Latin American dependence on US policy has waned for a number of reasons, including a distracted US diplomacy, as well as a desire from Latin American powers to decrease their economic dependence on a single...
  • South Korea Passes U.S. Free-Trade Agreement, Lawmaker Sets Off Tear Gas Canister in Protest

    11/22/2011 1:45:41 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | 11/22/11
    South Korea Passes U.S. Free-Trade Agreement, Lawmaker Sets Off Tear Gas Canister in Protest Published November 22, 2011 | NewsCore SEOUL – South Korea's parliament Tuesday approved a free trade agreement with the United States, minutes after an opposition legislator set off a tear gas canister in the assembly in protest over the pact. Television footage showed legislators coughing and wiping their eyes after the canister went off next to the speaker's rostrum, forcing the deputy speaker to flee, AFP reported. Legislators voted 151-7 in favor of the long-delayed deal, live footage showed, after ruling party members caught the opposition...
  • U.S. farmers celebrate approval of free trade deals

    10/13/2011 7:19:04 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 10/14/11
    U.S. farmers celebrate approval of free trade deals World Oct. 14, 2011 - 07:15AM JST ( 3 ) DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. farmers on Thursday celebrated the approval of free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, saying the pacts will increase demand for their products, though American consumers shouldn’t see a drastic increase in overall food prices. Congress approved the agreements Wednesday night, calling for the elimination of tariffs on U.S. products exported to those countries. Farm exports are expected to increase by $2.3 billion and 20,000 agriculture-related jobs are expected to be created under the agreements,...
  • Caption this Photo

    10/06/2011 5:28:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Yahoo!Korea ^ | 10/06/11
    Anti-FTA protest by local farmer's union.
  • Mexican truckers to be allowed in U.S.

    03/04/2011 2:49:06 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 35 replies · 1+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | March 4, 2011 | David Hendricks And Gary Martin
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderón on Thursday agreed tentatively to open up U.S. highways to Mexican trucks — a step that finally could put the United States in permanent compliance with the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexico proposes to cut in half its retaliatory tariffs on 99 U.S. products exported to Mexico immediately upon completion of a final proposal. Once the first Mexican trucking company is authorized to make deliveries beyond the border zone, the remaining half of the tariffs will be removed, the White House said. In a far-ranging summit in Washington,...
  • Jane Fonda Decries Hanoi Jane ‘Myth’ ‘Created by Right-Wingers,’ Palin Popularity ‘Worries Me’

    04/06/2010 6:34:27 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 114 replies · 3,571+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | April 6, 2010 | Brad Wilmouth
    On Monday’s Larry King Live on CNN, guest Jane Fonda portrayed herself as a victim of a "myth" that was "created" by "right-wingers" about her infamous "Hanoi Jane" visit to Vietnam to protest the Vietnam War. Without specifying what aspect of the "Hanoi Jane" story she considered to be a fallacy, though the "Product Description" at Amazon.com seems to shed some light on what she was referring to, she claimed that author Jerry Lembcke’s new book, "Hanoi Jane: War, Sex, and Fantasies of Betrayal," is "about the myth," and asserted that it is "sad" that some conservatives are "still stuck...
  • EU Grabs Korea Trade Pact That Was Ours

    10/16/2009 5:30:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 950+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 16, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Free Trade: Europe just walked off with the second-biggest trade deal in history with South Korea, bringing a fresh $26 billion to both economies and extending their clout globally. It's a prize that could have been ours. Welcome to the new America, the land of the left behind. As the Obama administration dithers for the eighth straight month about three pending free-trade treaties, those dust clouds you see are Europe taking off and running with the big one — South Korea. Late Thursday, Europe completed a free-trade pact with Korea in which 99% of all tariffs will be scrapped within...
  • Assembly Panel Approves KORUS FTA

    04/21/2009 11:22:23 PM PDT · by Tamar1973 · 207+ views
    KBS World ^ | 4-22-09
    The parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, trade and unification has approved a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States, despite strong resistance from opposition parties. The committee chairman Park Jin approved the passage of the bill on Wednesday. Some ten lawmakers of the main opposition Democratic Party and minority Democratic Labor Party protested, saying the bill’s passage was premature. GNP floor leader Hong Joon-pyo said the bill will be sent to a plenary session for final approval during an extraordinary session in June depending on the outcome of a South Korea-U.S. summit the same month. The FTA was signed...
  • [Vietnam] PM welcomes US Senator McCain [climate change alert]

    04/07/2009 7:31:35 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 557+ views
    Vietnam wants to increase multifaceted cooperation with the US for peace, stability and development in the region and the rest of the world, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung while receiving Senator John McCain in Hanoi on April 7. Mr Dung told his guest that the Vietnam-US relationship has developed well on the basis of positive friendship, mutual respect and multifaceted cooperation. He noted with satisfaction the effective investment and trade ties between the two countries, saying bilateral trade reached US$15 billion in 2008 and the US was one of Vietnam’s top 10 foreign investors. He proposed that the US...
  • REFUEL THE FIRE (Jane Fonda, Viet Nam Vets protest)

    02/24/2009 10:27:33 PM PST · by STARWISE · 17 replies · 853+ views
    NYPost ^ | 2-24-09 | Richard Johnson
    SOMEBODY at the Sundance Channel must have something against Jane Fonda. Before Saturday's preview of "33 Variations," her first Broadway performance in 46 years, Vietnam War vets picketed the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, still riled up about her 1972 visit to North Vietnam, where she straddled an anti-aircraft gun and gave her support to the enemy. *snip* "FTA" stands for "[Bleep] the Army."
  • Jane Fonda's Feb 2nd (2009!!) screening of "F*** The Army", a 1970s anti-US military roadshow

    02/22/2009 5:41:38 PM PST · by ETL · 16 replies · 998+ views
    various sources, inc Jane Fonda's website | various authors
    February 16, 1971: Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland form "FTA" (F*** The Army), an anti-war, anti-American road show that tours near Army bases in order to undermine troop morale. Skits and songs portray American defeats, soldiers refusing to fight, and the murder of officers by their troops. FTA cast members mingle with soldiers after the shows, encouraging them to desert or to sabotage the Army.http://www.wintersoldier.com/index.php?topic=Timeline _____________________________________________________ From Fonda's website, February *2009*... Rare Screening of Restored Archival Print of Classic Vietnam War-Era Documentary Monday, February 2, 2009 7:00pm, 9:15pm IFC Center 323 Sixth Avenue New York, NY, US 10014 With Former...
  • UAW Set to Sabotage Colombia Free Trade Agreement

    11/11/2008 10:36:05 AM PST · by Fox_Mulder77 · 6 replies · 231+ views
    Stealthy News ^ | November 11, 2008 | Tom Fox
    Hugo Chavez, Iran, Russia, China, FARC, and drug cartels have a new ally: the United Auto Workers. The UAW's chief lobbyist announced they would put on a full court press in the hopes of preventing the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, saying, "We don't think we should be doing free-trade deals with countries that are murdering people because they're engaged in union activity." The UAW, Democrats, and leftists of South America seem to ignore one very important fact: the unions in Colombia desperately want the FTA to go through!
  • South Korea: No renegotiation of FTA with US

    11/06/2008 9:29:37 PM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 10 replies · 750+ views
    AP ^ | 11-06-08 | KELLY OLSEN
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday that a free trade agreement with the U.S. stands as is, resolving to resist possible calls to redo the deal by the new administration of President-elect Barack Obama. "I repeat that there will be no renegotiation, whether it's automobiles or any other issue," said Trade Minister Kim Jong-hoon, according to a transcript of an interview with local radio network KBS. "We will respond by sticking to such a stance."Kim's comments came one day after his deputy Lee Hye-min told reporters that reconsidering the already signed agreement would be like opening a...
  • Court Protects Privacy of Satellite Receiver Owners (FTA = FREE-TO-AIR)

    10/01/2008 1:34:37 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 14 replies · 1,588+ views
    eff.org ^ | September 29th, 2008 | Fred von Lohmann
    It has not been a good year in the courts for Echostar / Dish Network. Today thanks for the folks at the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) a court has blocked a request from Echostar to subpoena the records containing the name, address, email address and purchase details of everyone who has ever purchased a Coolsat Brand Free To Air Satellite Receiver. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Last month, EFF filed an amicus brief in Echostar v. Freetech, where Echostar sought the identities of every consumer who purchased a Freetech "CoolSat" free-to-air (FTA) satellite receiver during the past five years. EFF argued that this demand,...