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  • 36 Things You Obviously Need In Your New Home

    07/09/2013 7:36:19 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | July 8, 2013 | Peggy Wang
    In case you wanted some inspiring ideas for all that disposable income you’ve got just sitting around.
  • DEUTSCHE BANK: The New Estimates For The US Budget, Total Gamechanger For Fiscal And Monetary Policy

    05/15/2013 3:09:13 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    TBI ^ | 5-15-2013 | Rob Wile
    DEUTSCHE BANK: The New Estimates For The US Budget Are A Total Gamechanger For Fiscal And Monetary Policy Rob Wile May 15, 2013, 5:08 PM The CBO said this week that America's fiscal deficit will be much smaller than anyone thought, and that long term debt growth will slow by at least 3 points through the next decade. That's good news right? In his note today, Deutsche Bank's Joe LaVorgna says there is even more than meets the eye in the report. Specifically, the rosier CBO report means there's now less pressure on Congress to keep the Sequester, and more...
  • I-270 gridlock cries out for solutions

    01/08/2013 6:40:13 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 7, 2013 | Ari Ashe
    WASHINGTON - Interstate 270 is considered one of the most choked roads in the Washington region, but solutions for the gridlock are few and far between. Figures from the Maryland Department of Transportation show about 114,000 cars use I-270 daily, and that number is expected to jump to 200,000 in the next 10 to 15 years. "Everyone who is familiar with 270 knows it is jammed up in the morning rush hour and evening rush hour," says Gus Bauman, who studies transportation and funding and who chaired a Maryland Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding. One proposal to ease congestion...
  • Soldiers Improve Conditions at Patrol Base

    08/18/2009 4:27:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 232+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. Bethany L. Little, USA
    PATROL BASE MAHAWIL, Iraq, Aug. 18, 2009 – Despite the threat of sandstorms and extreme heat Aug. 6, the Multinational Division South command sergeant major visited soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, to view the improved living conditions and morale at this patrol base. Army 1st Sgt. Richard A. Mitchell, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, talks with Army Command Sgt. Maj. Doug L. Julin, Multinational Division South senior enlisted leader, at Patrol Base Mahawil, Iraq, Aug. 6, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Bethany L. Little  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “I came to...
  • Face of Defense: NCO Works to Improve Soldiers' Gear

    08/03/2009 4:21:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 240+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Renita Foster
    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J., Aug. 3, 2009 – Army Sgt. 1st Class Debra Tanacea was eager to begin her first deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She had been wearing the Army uniform for 16 years, she said, and felt more than ready to accept the challenge of serving in a hostile environment. But after learning the requirements of one particular project, she wasn't sure it was a mission she could accomplish. Her job was to collect personal protective equipment, or PPE, damaged by improvised explosive devices for forensic testing so that it could be improved. But it was the...
  • Soldiers Improve Life for Citizens in Baghdad District

    12/01/2008 3:22:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 164+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Matt Meadows, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq, Dec. 1, 2008 – A task force of National Guard soldiers has spent nearly $450,000 during the past three months to improve living conditions for residents of eastern Baghdad’s Rusafa district. Residents of Baghdad’s Rusafa district working for an Iraqi company clean up trash on a street Nov. 23, 2008. Leaders of Task Force Gold Spike contracted the company to remove trash as part of a mandate to improve living conditions for the people of Rusafa. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Eight Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers from the Mississippi National...
  • Renovations, Improvements in Sadr City Brighten Hopes

    11/28/2008 6:32:41 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 229+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Zach Mott, USA
    Iraqi men play a game of soccer on a renovated field in front of a renovated school in Baghdad’s Sadr City District, Oct. 30, 2008. Photo by Maj. Michael Humphreys, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — More than $55 million in both U.S. and Iraqi funds have been pumped into Sadr City to improve the quality of life for residents there since the end of major combat operations this past spring. In a combined effort between both Iraqi and American forces, the people of Sadr City have benefited from renovated and re-opened schools, new parks, improved medical facilities, more...
  • Colonel Credits Predecessor, Iraqi Forces for Improvements

    08/28/2008 6:18:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 48+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2008 – Coalition forces in the Madain community south of Baghdad are shifting their efforts from predominantly offensive operations to improving central services and further developing the local government, a military official posted in Iraq said today. “Progress in Madain is absolutely phenomenal,” Army Col. Pat White, commander of the 1st Armored Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, known as the Iron Brigade, told Pentagon reporters via teleconference. The Iron Brigade’s main mission in Madain may suggest heavy combat, as they’re responsible for filtering the flow of insurgents and munitions entering Baghdad. But attack levels are down from...
  • Security Improvements Amplify Stability in Iraqi Province

    08/15/2008 5:55:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 80+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Seaman William Selby, USN
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2008 – Citizens of Iraq’s Babil province feel secure, and overall quality of life in the area is improving due to the efforts of Iraqi and coalition forces, a U.S. commander said yesterday. Army Col. Tom James, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, detailed for military bloggers and online journalists the ongoing effort to secure his region of Iraq and stimulate its economy. James has oversight of Babil province, part of the military’s Multinational Division Center area of responsibility south of Baghdad. “Our mission is to secure the population, defeat extremists and neutralize...
  • Mullen Gets First-Hand Look at Sadr City Improvements[Mullen "Success Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint."]

    07/27/2008 4:37:11 AM PDT · by Son House · 1 replies · 113+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tuesday, 08 July 2008 | By Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
    The U.S. military’s top-ranking officer encountered one of Iraq’s most dangerous areas July 7 and saw first-hand the improvements Iraqi and U.S. forces have made during recent months. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, received a glimpse of the success that has seen attack levels in Iraq fall to their lowest in four years - a 90 percent decline in attacks during the past year alone. The progress in security has allowed Coalition forces to focus more on other issues, military officials in Baghdad said. Less than 60 days ago, the streets of Jamilla Market...
  • Mullen Gets First-Hand Look at Sadr City Improvements

    07/07/2008 5:04:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 108+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    BAGHDAD, July 7, 2008 – The U.S. military’s top-ranking officer encountered one of Iraq’s most dangerous areas today and saw first-hand the improvements Iraqi and U.S. forces have made during recent months. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, received a glimpse of the success that has seen attack levels in Iraq fall to their lowest in four years -- a 90 percent decline in attacks during the past year alone. The progress in security has allowed coalition forces to focus more on other issues, military officials in Baghdad said. Less than 60 days ago, the...
  • Hawr Rajab Sees Significant Economic, Quality of Life Improvements

    03/10/2008 5:32:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 190+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael Paredes, USA
    Capt. Gregory Curry II, commander of Troop A, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division signs over a micro-grant to a general store owner in the Hawr Rajab area. Curry, of Walnut Creek, Ohio, said the purpose of the micro-grants is to improve and jumpstart the local economy. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Paredes. FOB KALSU — With security improving in Hawr Rajab, stores and schools are reopening and a number of programs are revitalizing a community once on the brink of chaos. In November 2007, al-Qaeda launched their last well-coordinated offensives into...
  • Security Improvements Pave Way for Iraqi Infrastructure Projects

    11/26/2007 4:53:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 55+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2007 – The improved security environment in Iraq is creating conditions that promote the large-scale infrastructure projects under way to support Iraq’s security forces, a defense official in Iraq told online journalists and “bloggers” today. Navy Cmdr. Patrick Mack, deputy engineer for Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq, noted marked security improvements, particularly since August. He noted that when he arrived in Iraq in March, security problems hindered MNSTCI’s efforts to develop or renovate sites for Iraq’s police, national police, army and border patrol forces. Material being shipped to work sites was frequently interdicted, and workers were intimidated...
  • Mullen Visit to Iraq, Afghanistan Revealed ‘Noticeable’ Improvements

    10/16/2007 5:28:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 55+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2007 – After traveling with Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen during Mullen’s first visit to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Joint Staff’s operations director said today that he was struck by “noticeable” security improvements throughout the theater. Army Lt. Gen. Carter F. Ham told Pentagon reporters the troop surge in Iraq that began in the spring is “having the intended effect” of better security. “That's not to say that there’s not still significant work required; there is,” Ham said. But he reported that throughout his travels with Mullen earlier...
  • Northwest Baghdad residents welcome variety of improvements

    09/14/2007 6:18:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 256+ views
    Sgt. 1st Class Mendez J. Frith, Bravo Battery 9th Engineer Battalion, enjoys a brief chat with neighborhood youngsters while checking on a variety of essential service projects in northwest Baghdad. USACE photo. BAGHDAD — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing more than $50 million in essential service projects in northwest Baghdad. Water and sewer lines are being repaired, roads paved, and electrical distribution networks upgraded under contracts USACE is managing. “And that’s just a portion of the work being carried out there,” said Lt. Col. Glen Masset, commander of the U.S. Army’s 9th Engineer Battalion, who keeps track of...
  • Improvements Keep Coming at Iraq’s Busiest Trauma Center

    06/04/2007 5:52:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 369+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Norris Jones
    Improvements Keep Coming at Iraq’s Busiest Trauma Center Corps of Engineers oversee $21 million in repairs, improvements at Ibn Sina Hospital By Norris JonesGulf Region Central DistrictU.S. Army Corps of Engineers BAGHDAD, June 4, 2007 — It’s the U.S. military’s busiest trauma center in the world. Ibn Sina Hospital, built in 1964 and located in Baghdad’s International Zone, has been operated by the U.S. Army since October 2003. It has handled more than 13,000 emergency room visits, air evacuated more than 10,000 patients, taken more than 60,000 X-rays, accomplished 14,500 surgical hours, and given more than 33,000 units of...
  • Reconstruction projects provide Iraqis with improvements to essential services

    03/02/2007 8:01:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 185+ views
    BAGHDAD — U.S. reconstruction efforts are providing successful, tangible results in the lives of Iraqis every day, said Brig. Gen. Michael J. Walsh, commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Walsh addressed the media at two press conferences recently at the Combined Press Information Center – one with Adm. Mark I. Fox from Multi-National Force–Iraq, the other with Ambassador Joseph Saloom from the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office. “Every day in Iraq we see the successes of the U.S. government’s construction program – better essential services where, in many places, there were none; and 75 percent of the country...
  • Study: California's children need more - Improvements in health, education issues necessary

    01/03/2007 9:56:20 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 367+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 1/3/07 | Naush Boghossian
    Despite heightened attention to children's health and education issues, a greater investment needs to be made in California's 9.7 million youngsters so they're prepared to compete as adults, a study released Tuesday says. The annual California Report Card, released by Children Now, says the state has made progress in reducing drug and alcohol use, decreasing teen pregnancies and lowering mortality rates. However, the percentage of children covered by their parents' work-based health insurance is declining; while the rates of smoking, obesity, asthma and autism are on the rise, the report said. "Despite some progress, when you measure that against the...
  • Improvements to the Missal

    01/01/2007 3:31:08 PM PST · by occu77 · 223+ views
    The Missal ^ | 1/1/07 | Jack
    I am making several changes and improvements to the site. First of all as some of you already know I am adding new writers and contributors to the Missal. More will be joining shortly once the details can be arranged. For now the list of writers includes: Steve, Andy, K, and me. Also there will be occasional guest posts by writers and contributors like Del, as can be seen by his first article on Analyzing Terrorism which has already been published on the Missal. Let me take this opportunity at the beginning of the New Year to welcome aboard all...
  • Baghdad counts on local improvements

    12/07/2006 9:24:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 258+ views
    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s capital is facing challenging times, and for the situation to get better most officials believe residents need to see that their government is working and improvements are taking place. Maj. Robert Nash, officer in charge, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers International Zone office, said his staff is overseeing about 150 projects worth $500 million to upgrade essential services in Baghdad. “We’re rebuilding gas stations, paving roads, repairing sewer lift stations, installing new potable water networks, and paving roads,” Nash said. “We’re also renovating hospitals, building healthcare centers, installing neighborhood electric distribution networks, and rehabilitating water treatment plants.”...
  • Improvements Coming Slowly to Fallujah (Clean water, wireless network, phones, internet)

    07/11/2006 4:34:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 514+ views
    Daily Comet ^ | 7/11/06 | ANTONIO CASTANEDA
    Improvements Coming Slowly to FallujahBy ANTONIO CASTANEDA Associated Press Writer July 11. 2006 6:21PM A US military humvee patrols a main street covered with a canopy of electircal wires at the site of the largest U.S. battle in Iraq, 65 kilometers (40 miles), west of Baghdad, Iraq, in Fallujah, in this May 1, 2006 file photo. Clean water should flow to 80 percent of Fallujah's homes this fall, and by summer's end a planned wireless network will provide phone service and Internet access to thousands, a technological leap unimaginable just months ago. (AP Photo/Jacob Silberberg, File) Clean water should flow...
  • Al-Basrah Oil Terminal Improvements Increase Oil Exports

    04/25/2006 6:35:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 251+ views
    (GRD Photos) (GRD Photos) Al-Basrah Oil Terminal Improvements Increase Oil Exports By Lisa J. Anderson Gulf Region Southern District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Base Camp Adder (Ali Base) Iraq – The Al-Basrah Oil Terminal (ABOT) Hydraulic Bridge System Repair is now complete. After years of neglect and disrepair, the telescopic platform bridging systems at Berths 1 & 2 (Platform A) and Berths 3 and 4 (Platform B) were removed, repaired and reinstalled. Hydraulic power units, directional control valves and other system-critical equipment was also repaired and reinstalled. This refurbishment will make terminal operations more efficient which will increase the terminal’s...
  • Some Advice to the Studios on the New TV Lineup

    09/30/2005 4:52:47 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 5 replies · 284+ views
    The Morning Paper - Late Edition | 09/30/05 | vanity
    Some Suggestions for the Network Execs I’ve been watching as much of the new TV shows as I can stand- usually about the first 5 to 6 minutes – commercials included. Having subjected myself to that torment, I feel entitled to make a few suggestions. (No extra charge, of course !) The Ghost Whisperer: Let’s liven thing up a bit ! If dead people need somebody to explain to them that they are really and truly dead, let’s put Judge Judy on the job ! Judge Judy : Read my lips , Skeletor ! I don’t care who your widow...
  • Sadr City Residents See Many Improvements

    09/27/2005 5:00:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 543+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sep 27, 2005 | Norris Jones
    SADR CITY, Iraq, Sept. 27, 2005 — Sadr City residents say they’re definitely seeing a difference as nearly $86.5 million in infrastructure improvements have been completed with an additional $246 million ongoing. Local citizens report their sewers are working (unlike last year when all the lift stations were inoperable with broken pumps), water pressure is better, and they’re seeing electric lines going up. U.S. Army Lieutenant Col. Jamie Gayton, Commander, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Brigade Troops Battalion Commander, is overseeing the work and says he couldn’t accomplish the mission without the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). “The lash-up...
  • In Bush's Trail, Scarred Ground

    09/22/2005 7:18:36 AM PDT · by MurryMom · 50 replies · 1,180+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 21, 2005 | Matthew L. Wald
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 - When people refer to battlegrounds in presidential races, they are usually not thinking of airport runways. But those people probably have not heard of Runway 4/22 at the airport in Las Cruces, N.M. The runway, the airport's longest, has been closed since President Bush made a campaign stop in August 2004. It has gouges six inches deep and a hundred yards long, which the city says were put there by two Air Force cargo planes accompanying the president. Las Cruces put the damage at $2.1 million. The city said airport officials warned the Air Force that...
  • Aeromedical Evacuation Improvements Saving Lives

    08/10/2005 6:15:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 353+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 10, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2005 – Better training, more advanced equipment and aeromedical evacuation procedures that are constantly being improved are helping save thousands of lives of troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, Air Force medical officers told the American Forces Press Service during a Pentagon interview. Air Force Lt. Col. Warren Dorlac, chief of critical care and trauma surgery at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, described the extensive network of patient care that's helping reduce battlefield deaths and speed up patients' recovery. Casualties are getting medical treatment faster and closer to the point of injury than ever before, Dorlac...
  • CA:State regulators signal approval of improvements to nuclear plant(Diablo Canyon-$706M renovation)

    02/25/2005 11:18:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 350+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/25/05 | AP - San Francisco
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators have cleared the way for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to charge its customers $706 million to renovate the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. PG&E wants to replace eight steam generators at the San Luis Obispo-area plant. But the plan has drawn fire from environmentalists and consumer advocates, who question spending hundreds of millions on a $5.8 billion facility just 20 years old. On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission unanimously agreed that PG&E's customers will probably be responsible for the costs of the work. The bill could run as high as $815 million if...