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  • It’s getting hotter

    SAVING the planet is now a matter of a few clicks—at least on a small scale. On September 22nd the UN’s Climate Change Secretariat launched Climate Neutral Now, a website that estimates an individual’s carbon footprint based on whereabouts, recycling habits, energy use and so on. Offsetting any resulting guilt is easy: the site takes donations to fund clean development projects. Your correspondent paid $24 to a facility capturing methane from pig dung to cover the carbon-dioxide emissions she had caused during the past year
  • ‘Hug a Terrorist’ mentality following Paris attacks?

    01/14/2015 9:26:05 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/14/15 | Judi McLeod
    Before we know it, we will be hearing that Islamist terrorists don’t kidnap, enslave, decapitate, crucify and bury their victims alive While 40 ‘world leaders’ were preening before cameras with linked-arms, during their highly flamboyant “Je suis Charlie!” march in Paris on Sunday, all five collared terrorist suspects had been released from custody by Parisienne authorities the night before. Was world attention deliberately drawn to the world leaders who stole the “Je suis Charlie” show rather letting focus fall on French authorities having to own up to the trail having gone cold in the hunt for Islamic terrorists, who slaughtered...
  • Ebola: Intrusive Requirements for Everyone?

    10/14/2014 9:50:13 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/14/14 | Dr. Don Boys
    We must react as concerned, committed, and compassionate people who have the facts, rather than as people have historically reacted in times of distress, disease, and death If the Ebola virus disease (EVD) explodes across America we can expect many oppressive but necessary laws to be passed. There will be limitations on personal liberty, but hopefully lawmakers will think these issues through, debate them, and implement only those most necessary. Reasonable people will argue that, in times of emergency, extreme measures must be taken for everyone’s good; however, there is always a problem. When extreme measures are taken “for the...
  • Government's power over ranchers and their land is frightening

    05/18/2014 8:24:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    youtube ^ | 4/6/14 | fox
    Video at link
  • Local governments cutting hours over Obamacare costs

    08/22/2013 8:51:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    WaPo ^ | 8/22/13 | Reid Wilson
    Many cash-strapped cities and counties facing the prospect of shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars in new health-care costs under the Affordable Care Act are opting instead to reduce the number of hours their part-time employees work. The decisions to cut employee hours come 16 months before employers — including state and local governments — will be required to offer health care coverage to employees who work at least 30 hours a week. Some local officials said the cuts are happening now either because of labor contracts that must be negotiated in advance, or because the local governments worry
  • Photo: 20,000 Pages of Obamacare Regulations

    03/12/2013 5:55:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2013 | Guy Benson
    Late last week, Obamacare regulators added more than 800 pages to an ever-growing document that will govern your healthcare. The bureaucrats' work product now prints out to 20,000 pages -- nearly eight times the length of the infamous original bill: That tower is already taller than Kobe Bryant (see update), and much of the law hasn't even gone into effect yet. According to the Government Accountability Office, Obamacare is projected to add $6.2 trillion to the nation's long-term deficits, despite presidential assurances that it wouldn't add a "single dime" to our red ink:
  • The Limits of Government Power

    10/15/2012 5:27:23 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 12 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | October 14, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    A country and a people can be measured in its breath and its depth. A government can either choose breadth of control or depth of control—but it cannot have both. Breadth of control allows for governing a large area, but with only limited control and influence over those who live there. Depth of control allows for extensive control over the lives of a population, but such control requires government infrastructure of equal depth that is difficult to sustain or project over a large territory. One is a mile wide and an inch deep. The other is a mile deep and...
  • Jim Rickards: Look for War with Iran and QE3 by this Summer (Video)

    02/12/2012 11:41:57 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 4 replies
    capital account @ rt.com ^ | February 9, 2012 | Jim Rickards (Interview by Lauren Lyster)
    US Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum won all three republican voting contests last night. Let's just remind our viewers what some of his thoughts are regarding foreign policy and Iran…remember what he said on the campaign trail about nuclear scientists ending up dead being a good thing? He's also advocated airstrikes on nuclear facilities. As we hear the drum beat of war between the West and Iran, we often see war and politics as separate from the economy. They are not. Putting aside the human cost for a moment, which is huge, let's look at the economic cost. The price...
  • Extreme Eurozone Disruption? Peril Threatens Financial Globalisation?

    11/28/2011 6:40:59 AM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    TMO ^ | 11-28-2011 | DK Matai
    Extreme Eurozone Disruption? Peril Threatens Financial Globalisation? Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis Nov 28, 2011 - 02:17 AM By: DK Matai 1. The crisis in the Eurozone has reached fever pitch as all the alarm signals have gone on red alert in the bond markets; 2. Italian bond yields at a record of nearly 8% coupled with German bund yields above those of the US and the UK, suggest that the entire core of the Eurozone is now infected; 3. Germany appears to have been hoist with its own petard by delaying the much needed rescue of Eurozone peripherals which...
  • NYC Mayor Bloomberg: 'Government’s Highest Duty' Is to Push 'Healthy' Foods

    09/28/2011 12:36:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/28/11 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - During a United Nations General Assembly summit on non-communicable diseases -- a discussion that included diet and eating habits -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said “governments at all levels must make healthy solutions the default social option. Speaking on the government's role in diet and health last week, Bloomberg told the UN General Assembly, “There are powers only governments can exercise, policies only governments can mandate and enforce and results only governments can achieve. To halt the worldwide epidemic of non-communicable diseases, governments at all levels must make healthy solutions the default social option. That is...
  • Inflation Inferno I

    04/29/2011 12:56:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Mises ^ | April 28, 2011 | George F. Smith
    Throughout history, governments have fought against the use of sound money. ... Governments can only wring so much money from their citizens through taxation without inciting civil disobedience, so they make friends with bankers, who have a way of making money appear from nowhere. The money they create isn't sound, but almost no one cares. For politicians, it's sound enough; it provides them with claim tickets to market wealth, which is all they want. Sound money would not cooperate in this manner. It does not emerge from central-bank policy decisions. Governments and bankers hate gold because its supply cannot be...
  • Authoritarian governments start stockpiling food to fight public anger

    02/01/2011 3:47:53 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 11 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/1/11 | Ben Farmer
    Commodities traders have warned they are seeing the first signs of panic buying from states concerned about the political implications of rising prices for staple crops. However, the tactic risks simply further pushing up prices, analysts have warned, pushing a spiral of food inflation. Governments in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa have recently made large food purchases on the open market in the wake of unrest in Tunisia which deposed president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Resentment at food shortages and high prices, as well as repression and corruption, drove the popular uprising which swept away his government. Youths...
  • Indirect v Direct Stimulus

    11/29/2010 9:50:16 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 11 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | 11-21-2010. | Martin Armstrong
    Yes, you actually have to go read it before you make a comment since it is in .pdf format and I'm not going to take the time to convert it to a word document since most here just skim over these types of posts.
  • IMF warns high public debt "tremendous" challenge

    04/10/2010 9:38:15 PM PDT · by mlocher · 3 replies · 236+ views
    Reuters via Fidelity.com ^ | April 10, 2010 | Natsuko Waki
    CAMBRIDGE, England (Reuters) - IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn said on Saturday that public debt in the advanced economies is set to increase significantly and reversing the rise would be a "tremendous" challenge. Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, also said that global economic recovery is still sluggish and uneven and needs continued policy support in many advanced economies. Growing concerns about the ability of governments to finance the high level of public debt after the financial crisis, particularly in the case of Greece, have been making investors jittery in the past few months. Strauss-Kahn said public debt in...
  • IPCC scientist admits Glaciergate was about influencing governments

    01/24/2010 9:24:53 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies · 753+ views
    American Thinker | 1/24/10 | Rick Moran
    In a stunning admission, the scientist responsible for publishing the part of the 2007 IPCC report on global warming in Asia says he knew the evidence for the disappearing Himalayan Glacier was suspect but allowed it into the report in order to put pressure on governments to take action. This story is getting huge play in Great Britain - not so much here in America. David Rose of the Daily Mail pens this piece: The scientist behind the bogus claim in a Nobel Prize-winning UN report that Himalayan glaciers will have melted by 2035 last night admitted it was included...
  • Barnum and Bailey have nothing on the U.S. Senate

    12/18/2009 7:10:49 PM PST · by James H. Shott · 2 replies · 360+ views
    Annuit Coeptis ^ | December 18, 2009 | James H. Shott
    The health care destruction effort in the U.S. Congress has been a humiliating mish-mash of incoherency and chaos from the beginning, with Democrats missing one of President Obama’s deadlines after another. Opposed on principle by Republicans, these outrageous bills in the House and Senate have split off significant factions of Democrats, who have run away from them as fast as they can. After weeks of chewing gum- and duct tape-patching, the Senate is still so divided that the bill either may not come to a vote, or may not have the necessary 60 votes needed. Majority Leader Harry Reid and...
  • Calif. governments face $118 billion in retiree health costs

    01/07/2008 1:24:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 85+ views
    A state commission is recommending that California's state and local governments begin setting aside money to pay unfunded retiree health benefits that will total at least $118 billion over the next 30 years. That is on top of $63.5 billion in unfunded pension benefits facing state and local agencies. California's public pension systems have set aside money to cover 89 percent of their pension obligations. Otherwise, the $63.5 billion figure would be larger, the Public Employee Post-Employment Commission said Monday. But the commission says governments are just beginning to deal with the costs of retirees' health benefits. Just 22 percent...
  • When Governments Whine (California's Prop 90)

    09/18/2006 9:54:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 414+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 9/19/06 | Ray Haynes
    One of the favorite tricks of the opponents of an initiative is to claim they oppose an initiative because it is “poorly written” or it has “unintended” consequences. If the opponent believes that the policy of an initiative is popular, the opponent will say “Hey, I support that policy, I just don’t support this initiative because it just does too much, or it will cost too much, or it is poorly written.” We are currently seeing this tactic used by those that oppose California's Proposition 90. Let’s start with the context of the discussion. For years, state and local governments...
  • What Would MLK/Gandhi Do?

    08/04/2006 1:39:23 PM PDT · by forty_years · 15 replies · 1,148+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy, LLC ^ | 8/4/06 | Andrew Jaffee
    Just as Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah admitted publicly that Israel's offensive against his terrorist army was taking its toll, some Muslims poured into their streets to stomp on Israeli and U.S. flags. U.N. diplomats and Western appeasers are busily trying to back Israel into an indefensible corner. But how would Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi stand on the current conflict? Gandhi called terrorists "murderers." MLK recognized the Jewish "religious and cultural commitment to justice." Just yesterday, Hezbollah leader Nasrallah: ...for the first time since fighting began 22 days ago, offered Thursday to stop rocket attacks on northern Israel in...
  • The Government's Sick War on Marijuana

    07/25/2006 1:08:16 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 184 replies · 4,355+ views
    http://tx.mpp.org ^ | 7 21 06 | Jim Hightower
    Excuse me for a moment while I vent about the mind-boggling stupidity of the autocratic, bureaucratic, right-wing, Neanderthal numskulls who keep pushing an insane, inane, and inhumane holy war against marijuana – which is, after all, a weed. The most embarrassing thing for these holy warriors is that the weed is winning! They've been at this war since 1937, spending billions and billions of our tax dollars, militarizing our borders, and stomping on our Bill of Rights. They've used phone taps, garbage searches, jackbooted raids, and draconian prison terms to ... well, to do what? To nab peaceful, mellow tokers...
  • U.S., Parwan governments build ‘bridge to future'

    07/18/2006 5:15:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 194+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Maj. David Kurle
    7/18/2006 - NAWAJ, PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- In the culmination of more than a year's efforts, the Parwan deputy governor cut the ribbon on a bridge July 11 in the northern part of this province connecting Afghans to their country. The new bridge spans a river in the mountains and was built with the future in mind as it accommodates both foot and vehicle traffic. It will connect 600 to 700 families in mountain villages to a main highway and, by extension, to the rest of Afghanistan. "This is a very great day," said Parwan Deputy Governor Gulam Sedeeq Sedeeq...
  • Defense Leaders: U.S. Remains Committed to Iraqi Government's Success

    06/14/2006 4:36:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 146+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 14, 2006 – President Bush's visit to Iraq and the historic joint meeting of the U.S. and Iraqi Cabinets yesterday represent an important sign of solid U.S. support for Iraq's new government, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said. "It's important that this government be supportive. The president wanted them to know we wanted to be supportive of them and that we wished them well," Rumsfeld told reporters on Capitol Hill yesterday following briefings with the Senate and House of Representatives on the day's events. Rumsfeld, Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Gen. Peter Pace, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Director...
  • Full Victory in Iraq Depends on New Iraqi Government's Success

    06/09/2006 8:07:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 326+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, June 9, 2006 – The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is great news for Americans and Iraqis alike, but ultimate victory in Iraq depends on the success of the country's new government, President Bush said today. "Removing Zarqawi is a major blow to al Qaeda. It's not going to end the war, it's certainly not going to end the violence, but it's going to help a lot," Bush said during a joint news conference with Danish Prime Minister Anders Rasmussen at Camp David, Md. Victory in Iraq will come only when the country "can sustain itself, govern itself and...
  • Bush: Troops' Sacrifices Helped New Iraq Government's Formation

    05/20/2006 2:06:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 219+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 20, 2006 – President Bush singled out the efforts of U.S. servicemembers in his salute to the new unity government that formed in Iraq today. "The sacrifices of many of our country's noblest and bravest have helped make this day possible," he said. "We will not forget their contribution to our security and Iraq's democracy." Thirty-nine ministers and state secretaries received the Iraqi Parliament's approval today, culminating the move to form a democracy that started with the U.S. and coalition's toppling of former dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003. "Iraqis now have a fully constitutional government, marking the end...
  • Nepalis cheer climbdown by king

    04/24/2006 7:49:07 PM PDT · by Paddlefish · 4 replies · 214+ views
    BBC ^ | 4/24/06
    Jubilant Nepalis have taken to the streets in celebration after embattled King Gyanendra agreed to their demands to reinstate parliament. "This is the people's victory! Long live democracy!" hundreds chanted in parts of the capital Kathmandu. Opposition leaders say a huge anti-monarchy protest planned for Tuesday will now be a victory rally. The king's announcement follows weeks of unrest by opponents to his absolute rule. At least 14 people have died. A tired and tense-looking King Gyanendra announced the move in a late-night televised address, saying it was aimed at "protecting multi-party democracy and restoring peace". We are confident that...
  • FBI alleges engineer passed B-2 bomber secrets to foreign governments

    10/28/2005 1:14:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 1,819+ views
    afp on Yahoo ^ | 10/28/05 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - An engineer who worked on the development of the US B-2 bomber has been arrested in Hawaii for allegedly passing secret technology related to the radar-evading plane to three foreign governments, the FBI said. Noshir Gowadia was accused of "willfully communicating national defense information to a person not entitled to receive it," the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. A Pentagon spokesman said he was unaware of the details of the FBI investigation and so could not comment on the extent of the damage that may have been caused. "Our modern weapons sytems use advance...
  • Socialist governments bond Chavez, Castro

    08/26/2005 2:50:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 268+ views
    AP - Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/26/05 | Vanessa Arrington - AP
    HAVANA (AP) - They've been called dictators and terrorists, and blamed for brewing trouble throughout Latin America. But Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro insist they represent peace, progress and regional solidarity, and that it will take more than their enemies' wrath - including a call for Chavez's assassination by American evangelist Pat Robertson - to derail their socialist projects. Of enemies there are no shortage for Castro, communist Cuba's 79-year-old leader, and Chavez, Venezuela's fiery, self-declared socialist president. But the two barely heeded the latest remarks by their U.S. foes during a four-day visit by Chavez to Cuba, focusing instead...
  • Denver Pit Bull Owners in a Panic Over Ban

    07/20/2005 3:56:48 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 343 replies · 3,520+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo news ^ | 20 July 2005 | By MEGAN McCLOSKEY, Associated Press Writer
    DENVER - A few weeks ago, two police cars and two animal control vehicles pulled up at the home of Stef'ny Steffan looking for her beloved 4-year-old pit bull, Xena. Seven officers hauled the animal off to the city shelter, putting her on death row. Xena became an outlaw after Denver won a court fight and reinstated one of the toughest pit-bull bans in the nation. Since May, more than 380 dogs have been impounded and at least 260 destroyed — an average of more than three a day. Dog owners are in a panic. Some are using an underground...
  • The Morning Paper- Happy Bastille Day !

    07/14/2005 5:35:55 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 19 replies · 508+ views
    The Morning Paper | 07/14/05 | vanity
    Happy Bastille Day ! On July 14,1789,the people of Paris rose up in revolt,and marched on the Bastille: a grim prison, that had long been the symbol of despotic government. They were armed with little more than gardners’ and farmers’ tools,and should have been easily scattered by the soldiers guarding the prison-but the soldiers threw open the gates,and joined forces with the people. Within two days,the hereditary monarchy of France – for all its pomp and power – was in ruins ; and, within weeks, the privileged aristocrats were fleeing for their lives. Today – despite the frictions between France...
  • Poverty in Africa > Live 8 – How 'not' to make poverty

    07/03/2005 4:11:15 PM PDT · by AWestCoaster · 8 replies · 344+ views
    Email > Re Manama, Behrain local magazine article | Une 2005
    Notwithstanding the foreign debt of many African countries being forgiven a number of times by lending nations and banks, somehow things never seem to change on that continent. Another round of debt forgiveness is about to start with the G8 summit meeting next week. Article: Here we go again. Bob Geldof announces ‘Live8’ to ‘Make Poverty History’ in Africa, timed to coincide with the G8 Summit of World leaders in ScOtland. This bit of poseur politics is chiefly aimed at certain Western leaders who are entirely blameless for Africa’s current woes and severely constrained in their ability to do anything...
  • THE DEMISE OF THE U.S. DEMOCRATIC PARTY

    06/24/2005 7:54:55 PM PDT · by servant675 · 2 replies · 339+ views
    http://www.CatholicMessagesUSA.CatholicWeb.com/ ^ | To be published on my website | Vincent Bemowski
    THE DEMISE OF THE U.S. DEMOCRATIC PARTY (The moral issues discussed below should concern people of all Faiths, and therefore this letter is being sent to members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate, the Federal Executive Branch of the Government, and to officials of governments throughout the world. It briefly covers the critical political and moral issues of abortion, homosexuality, the Iraq war, the death penalty, euthanasia, and stem cell research (see footnotes). For the good of your country, and for the good of your soul, your studied response, based on the Highest Authority (the Word of God),...
  • Anti-Semitism Evolves

    02/15/2005 1:35:09 PM PST · by forty_years · 9 replies · 785+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | February 15, 2005 | Daniel Pipes
    Anti-Semitism may seem to be a static, unchanging phenomenon but in fact the obsessive hatred of Jews has a history that goes back millennia and continues to evolve.Developments since World War II and the Holocaust have been especially fast-paced and portentous. Here are four of the most significant shifts: From right to left: For centuries, anti-Semitism was the hallmark of the right and merely episodic on the left. To take the ultimate examples of these trends, Stalin's Judeophobia was peripheral to his monstrous project, but Hitler's was central to his. Even a decade ago, this pattern still basically held true....
  • MAKE PEACE POSSIBLE (So necessary now...)

    12/22/2004 8:35:22 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 188+ views
    DALLAS NEWS.COM ^ | DECEMBER 21, 2004 | MARK DAVIS
    Supporting the troops means more than wishing them a safe return. It means believing in their mission. If that grows hard with each day of new attacks by insurgents, that is a call to all of us to show but a fraction of the steel spines our fighting forces muster each day. If they can dodge insurgents' bullets and car bomb shrapnel, the least we can do is refresh our familiarity with what wars are. They are hard, sometimes long and always bloody. This Christmas finds thousands of our military friends and family stationed in barren locales, enduring those hardships...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Delegates Seek Ways to Confront Warming (European governments want limits beyond 2012)

    11/28/2004 3:37:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 444+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | 11/28/04 | CHARLES J. HANLEY
    Delegates Seek Ways to Confront Warming By CHARLES J. HANLEY AP Special Correspondent November 28, 2004, 4:20 PM EST The ice is melting and the heat is on for international delegates assembling in Buenos Aires next week to find new ways to confront global warming under the 194-nation treaty on climate change. The treaty's Kyoto Protocol, requiring initial cuts in "greenhouse gas" emissions by 2012, finally comes into force in February, seven years after it was negotiated. Next, European governments want the annual treaty conference -- Dec. 6-17 in the Argentine capital -- to get down to talks on steps...
  • The Truth about Separation of Church and State

    11/24/2004 3:29:29 PM PST · by RepCath · 15 replies · 965+ views
    Alliance Defense Fund ^ | 11-24-2004 | Alliance Defense Fund
    Contrary to popular opinion, the term “separation of church and state” is found nowhere in the United States Constitution. While the First Amendment clearly forbids the creation of a national denomination, it says nothing about the so-called “separation of church and state.” The term “separation of church and state” was first used by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptists in 1801, when he responded to their concerns about state involvement in religion. Jefferson’s letter had nothing to say about limiting public religious expression, but dealt with government’s interference in the public expression of faith. It was U.S....
  • CA: Schwarzenegger vows support for local governments, ballot measure

    09/15/2004 5:38:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 291+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/15/04 | Beth Fouhy - AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose own attempt to raid tax revenues from local governments helped lead to a lengthy budget stalemate last summer, campaigned Wednesday on behalf of a ballot measure to prevent the state from attempting such tax grabs in the future. At a training center for Los Angeles firefighters, Schwarzenegger joined Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn, police chief William Bratton and other local officials urging support for Proposition 1A, one of 16 major initiatives on the Nov. 2 ballot. If passed, the measure would prohibit the state from dipping into local tax revenue except in...
  • Newspapers: California governments misspent anti-terrorism funds (Oakland Tribune/Daily News)

    09/05/2004 12:57:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 576+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/5/04 | AP - Oakland
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Many government agencies in California have misspent federal money to strengthen security against terrorist threats following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, according to newspaper investigations published Sunday. Investigations conducted by The Oakland Tribune and the Daily News of Los Angeles found that officials have used federal anti-terrorism money to purchase equipment and cover police work not directly related to the war on terror. The newspapers, which conducted dozens of interviews and reviewed government documents obtained under the California Public Records Act, also determined that hundreds of millions of dollars have been disbursed without giving enough consideration...
  • You'll drown in blood: terrorists

    07/26/2004 5:17:47 AM PDT · by wgeorge2001 · 18 replies · 963+ views
    News.com.au ^ | July 26, 2004 | Sue Dunleavy
    You'll drown in blood: terrorists By Sue Dunleavy July 26, 2004 ISLAMIC terrorists have told the Government to pull troops out of Iraq or they will swamp Australia in "pools of blood". An internet site run by the Tawhid Islamic Group, which claims to be al-Qaeda's European wing, said: "We will shake the earth under your feet as we did in Indonesia, and lines of car bombs will not cease." Hostage... gunmen holding diplomat Mohammed Mamdouh Hilmi Kotb ASIO was last night investigating the credibility of the group, which was unknown until last Wednesday when it made similar threats against...
  • Judgment Day

    06/02/2004 3:49:23 PM PDT · by NotQuiteCricket · 3 replies · 146+ views
    forbes.com ^ | (I think it was done on 6/1/04) | Michael Freedman
    U.S. companies complain they can't get a fair shake from America's plaintiff-friendly juries. Try resolving a dispute in Russia, Indonesia or Ukraine. Mark Getty may have just kissed $175 million good-bye. Four years ago an investment vehicle owned by the famous clan acquired a 62% stake in an oil and gas company owned by a subsidiary of Russian giant Gazprom. But when the family tried to sell the stake last year, Getty claims, these powerful Russian companies interfered with the deal and cast doubt on the validity of the licenses to produce oil. In March he filed legal complaints in...
  • Fiscal picture for states is brightening - governments sensing a turnaround

    02/21/2004 8:56:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies · 288+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/21/04 | David Westphal
    <p>WASHINGTON - For the first time in at least three years, the nation's governors are headed for their annual meetings here wearing something other than long faces.</p> <p>After one of the worst sieges of budget-cutting and general economic misery in decades, state governments are sensing a turnaround. With revenues once again on the rise, nearly half of the states say this year's tax receipts are likely to come in ahead of forecasts, according to a new survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures.</p>
  • Governments on the WWW: United States of America

    09/22/2003 2:01:10 PM PDT · by Born in a Rage · 6 replies · 2,374+ views
    Found this on the WWW - thought some of you might like to bookmark this as a resource. Governments on the WWW: United States of America [Home] [Table of Contents] [List of Countries] [Signs and Symbols] [Feedback] Copyright © 1995-2003 Gunnar Anzinger --- last change: 2002-06-26 United States of America Official language: English Notice: Regional and municipal governments of this country are not covered by this database. General Resources: FirstGov Federal Institutions: Office of the President Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) National Coordination Office for Information Technology Research and Development (NCO/IT R&D)...
  • Draining the Swamp

    09/01/2003 11:25:19 PM PDT · by sfwarrior · 22 replies · 175+ views
    SFGATE.com (The SF Chronicle) ^ | September 2, 2003 | ADam Sparks
    "Above and beyond toppling the regime of Saddam Hussein and dismantling its deadly weapons, the driving motivation of a new American endeavor in Iraq and in neighboring Arab lands should be modernizing the Arab world." -- Fouad Ajami, a Lebanese immigrant and professor at Johns Hopkins University Following last month's deadly bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad and the nearly daily terrorist attacks against U.S. troops, it's time to reevaluate both our determination to continue with nation building in Iraq and our goals in the Middle East. Modernizing the Arab world and bringing it out of the Dark Ages...
  • California local governments facing cuts amid state budget crisis

    02/24/2003 8:11:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 208+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/24/03 | Paul Chavez - AP
    <p>SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.(AP) - Anescia Boyd's job for the county is to interview down-and-out residents to determine if they're eligible for welfare benefits.</p> <p>Now she's worried she may become one of them, a possible victim of the state's record budget deficit and its potential ripple effects across California cities and counties.</p>
  • Canadian Nuclear Waste

    07/08/2002 10:52:39 PM PDT · by shamus11 · 3 replies · 192+ views
    Numberten Web Site ^ | July 9th, 2002 | James Bredin
    The near nuclear melt down at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl seem to have passed into history. Except that these nuclear power stations are still producing electricity and the waste from these power stations has to be stored somewhere. This waste will be radioactive for thousands of years. But the public is told very little about this problem or where it is stored.