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  • Trouble in the Water: Acidifying Oceans Hinder Health of Northwest Shellfish (Video / Transcript)

    12/08/2012 8:37:36 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 4 replies
    PBS News Hour ^ | AIR DATE: Dec. 7, 2012 | HARI SREENIVASAN
    SUMMARY The world's oceans are absorbing carbon dioxide at an unprecedented rate and the resulting acidification is transforming marine ecosystems. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how ocean acidification is already affecting oysters and other shellfish in the U.S. Transcript HARI SREENIVASAN: Pacific oysters like the ones grown on Shina Wysocki's family farm near Olympia, Wash., are served in restaurants around the country. SHINA WYSOCKI, Chelsea Farms: We think our water tastes great here, and that makes our oysters taste great. ARTICLE TOOLS Print Email Share HARI SREENIVASAN: But there's trouble in the water. The ocean's pH, which measures the level of...
  • Pacific Northwest At Risk For Mega-Earthquake

    05/26/2010 10:06:33 AM PDT · by Clint Williams · 18 replies · 655+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 5/26/10 | kdawson
    Hugh Pickens writes "Science Daily Headlines reports on research by Oregon State University marine geologist Chris Goldfinger showing that earthquakes of magnitude 8.2 (or higher) have occurred 41 times during the past 10,000 years in the Pacific Northwest. By extrapolation, there is a 37% chance of another major earthquake in the area in the next 50 years that could exceed the power of recent seismic events in Chile and Haiti. If a magnitude-9 quake does strike the Cascadia Subduction Zone, extending from northern Vancouver Island to northern California, the ground could shake for several minutes, highways could be torn to...
  • Odds are about 1-in-3 that a mega-earthquake will hit the Northwest in the next 50 years

    05/24/2010 10:10:03 AM PDT · by decimon · 18 replies · 421+ views
    Oregon State University ^ | May 24, 2010 | Unknown
    CORVALLIS, Ore. – The major earthquakes that devastated Chile earlier this year and which triggered the catastrophic Indonesian tsunami of 2004 are more than just a distinct possibility to strike the Pacific Northwest coast of the United States, scientists say. There is more than a one-in-three chance that it will happen within the next 50 years. New analyses by Oregon State University marine geologist Chris Goldfinger and his colleagues have provided fresh insights into the Northwest’s turbulent seismic history – where magnitude 8.2 (or higher) earthquakes have occurred 41 times during the past 10,000 years. Those earthquakes were thought to...
  • Northwest at risk of megaquake like one in Chile

    03/04/2010 5:02:30 AM PST · by Kartographer · 46 replies · 1,291+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 3/2/10 | ALICIA CHANG
    Just 50 miles off the Pacific Northwest coast is an earthquake hotspot that threatens to unleash on Seattle, Portland and Vancouver the kind of damage that has shattered Chile. The fault has been dormant for more than 300 years, but when it awakens — tomorrow or decades from now — the consequences could be devastating.
  • TSA: Unruly Northwest Flight Passengers Questioned

    01/13/2010 6:52:04 AM PST · by nuconvert · 39 replies · 1,780+ views
    ROMULUS, Mich. -- The Transportation Security Administration says unruly passengers on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit were interviewed by Customs and Border Protection officials after the plane landed.
  • Passenger forced off Detroit-bound plane after shouting 'I want to kill all the Jews'

    01/07/2010 5:51:46 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies · 1,732+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Jan. 7, 2010 | Wil Longbottom
    An airline passenger has been forced off a Detroit-bound plane and arrested after shouting 'I want to kill all the Jews'. Miami police said in a statement today that 43-year-old Mansor Mohammad Asad, of Toledo, Ohio, faces several charges including disorderly conduct. Police say the Northwest Airlines flight was taxiing at Miami International Airport yesterday, but was turned around after Asad became abusive. Witnesses told authorities he was loud, disruptive and claimed to be Palestinian. They believed he was sometimes speaking Arabic. The Transportation Security Administration said three of his companions were also taken off the plane and questioned. The...
  • Detroit: Were Northwest Airlines screeners haunted by memories of the 'Flying Imams'?

    01/03/2010 1:37:40 PM PST · by Schnucki · 8 replies · 501+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | January 3, 2009 | Stephanie Gutmann
    What were those Northwest Airlines screeners thinking when they let a young Muslim man with no luggage and a one-way ticket board a transatlantic flight without the minor inconvenience of a full body search? You may not remember the story the press dubbed the “Flying Imams” case, but it had a long grisly life in the American courts and must still haunt the dreams — and stay the hands — of anyone who works in the airline industry. It all began in 2006, when six Muslim clerics boarded a US Airlines plane at Minneapolis-St Paul Airport but were removed after...
  • Domestic-Terrorism Incidents Hit a Peak in 2009

    12/30/2009 11:48:06 AM PST · by La Enchiladita · 9 replies · 559+ views
    TIME ^ | Dec. 23, 2009 | Bobby Ghosh
    You may not have noticed, because most of the plots were foiled, but 2009 saw an unprecedented surge in terrorism events on U.S. soil. When analysts tally these events, they refer to anything from a disrupted plot to U.S. citizens traveling abroad to seek terrorism training or a lone gunman running amok in the U.S. And by the calculations of Rand Corp. expert Brian Jenkins, more terrorist threats were uncovered in the U.S. in 2009 than in any year since 2001. "There appears to be an increase in [terrorist] activity in the U.S.," warns Jenkins, who calculates that there have...
  • Link Between Ft. Hood Terror Attack and Attempt on Northwest 253 Troubling for Obama

    12/30/2009 7:14:34 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 5 replies · 376+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 30, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of President Obama making a statement again yesterday about the attempted terrorist attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253. Obama continued to call terrorist Umar Farouk Abdumutallab an "extremist," which is what he called him during his first statement - "an isolated extremist." To be sure, Abdumutallab is an "extremist," but that really does not cover it and Obama knows it. Abdumutallab is an Islamic Jihadist trained and sent out by Al-Qaeda in Yemen. Very interestingly, he has been linked to the same radical Islamic cleric in Yemen that Fort Hood terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan had been in...
  • Haskell tells Fox News about the airline passenger who may have had a bomb inside his carry-on bag

    12/28/2009 11:35:04 PM PST · by Frankusa · 26 replies · 1,800+ views
    As I noted previously, Kurt Haskell - a passenger who was on board Northwest Airline flight 253 on Friday - claims that after the flight had landed, a bomb-sniffing dog was sent in to check the bags, and that something was detected in a passenger’s carry-on bag. Mr. Haskell retold the story to Fox News anchor, Gregg Jarret on Monday. The following is an excerpt from the interview: JARRETT: Fast forward... The plane lands safely, although, obviously, given the terror attack or the attempted terror attack, a great deal of commotion. And then you see someone else being arrested other...
  • Concealed Explosive Could Have Blown A Hole In Side of Northwest Flight, Officials Say

    12/28/2009 6:29:50 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies · 1,107+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 28th 2009 | Carrie Johnson
    Concealed Explosive Could Have Blown A Hole In Side of Northwest Flight, Officials Say By Carrie Johnson Washington Post Staff Writer December 28 A dangerous explosive allegedly concealed by Nigerian student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in his underwear could have blown a hole in the side of his Detroit-bound aircraft if it had been detonated, according to two federal sources briefed on the investigation. Authorities said they are still analyzing a badly damaged syringe that Abdulmutallab allegedly employed as a detonating device on Christmas Day. But preliminary conclusions indicate that he used 80 grams of PETN -- almost twice as much...
  • Congress Banning Technology That Could Of Stopped Bomber? Plus, Pic's Of His Underwear Released

    12/28/2009 6:52:30 PM PST · by Starman417 · 25 replies · 1,214+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-28-09 | Curt
    ABC has the pictures of Umar Farouk Abdulmutalla's underwear: And you can see for yourself none of the present day security at our airports would of protected us against that, except the technology our Congress is attempting to ban: Privacy advocates, for example, have tried to stop or at least slow the introduction of advanced checkpoint screening devices that use so-called millimeter waves to create an image of a passenger’s body, so officers can see under clothing to determine if a weapon or explosive has been hidden. Security officers, in a private area, review the images, which are not stored....
  • Al Qaeda Group Claims Bombing Attempt

    12/28/2009 12:17:09 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 14 replies · 557+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-28-09 | The Wall Street Journal
    President Barack Obama prepared to outline immediate steps the government has taken to keep travelers safe as investigators around the globe worked to determine how the son of a Nigerian banker became the first person in eight years to try to set off an explosive aboard a U.S. commercial airliner. Meanwhile, the group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attempted Christmas day attack, saying it was retaliation for a U.S. operation against the group in Yemen. In a statement posted on the Internet, the group said 23-year-old Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab coordinated with members of the...
  • Al Qaeda Press Release Calls Nidal Hasan A “Moujahed Brother”, Calls For Soldiers to Follow His Act

    12/28/2009 1:00:55 PM PST · by jveritas · 100 replies · 3,261+ views
    December 28 2009 | jveritas
    In the latest press release by Al Qaeda where they took responsibility for the terrorist attempt on the plane in Detroit they said the following: “We call on every soldier working in the crusader armies and puppet governments to repent to allah and follow the example of the hero Moujahid brother Nidal Hasan, and kill with all available tools every crusader to bring victory to religion of allah and to keep his word in the land.” From the context of the press release by “every soldier” they mean “every muslim soldier working in the US military and other Western militaries”....
  • 'Global War On Terror' Is Given New Name; Bush's Phrase Is Out, Pentagon Says (24 March 2009)

    12/28/2009 7:39:00 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 27 replies · 1,316+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 25 March 2009 | Scott Wilson/Al Kamen (WaPO)
    (24/3/09) The Obama administration appears to be backing away from the phrase "global war on terror," a signature rhetorical legacy of its predecessor. In a memo e-mailed this week to Pentagon staff members, the Defense Department's office of security review noted that "this administration prefers to avoid using the term 'Long War' or 'Global War on Terror' [GWOT.] Please use 'Overseas Contingency Operation.' ..."
  • Debate: C.A.I.R. VS. (Former) SECURITY CHIEF FOR EL-AL AIRLINES (Re: "Profiling) My Challenge

    12/28/2009 12:30:33 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 22 replies · 1,432+ views
    AmericanInTokyo proposal ^ | 28 December 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    VS. WHO: Yeffet Isaac, Former Director of El-Al Airlines Security -VS.- Ibrahim Hooper Executive Director of C.A.I.R.WHAT: A Well Overdue DEBATEWHEN: As Soon As PossibleWHERE: LIVE NATIONWIDE on American TV, CNN, FOX, Major Networks, Radio Stations, NPR, etc., With Studio Audience Able to Ask QuestionsWHY: America dodged a major bullet on Christmas Day in Detroit. Reports are that additional terrorist acts involving US airliners are probably on the way. El-Al has a clean record of never being attacked by Islamist Extremists. C.A.I.R. has stated that the US should not, at all costs, racially and religiously profile passengers in the...
  • BINARY EXPLOSIVES: FROM DISCUSSION TO IMPLEMENTATION

    12/26/2009 2:37:05 PM PST · by Cindy · 265 replies · 7,929+ views
    INTERNET HAGANAH.com ^ | December 26, 2009 | Aaron Weisburd
    SNIPPET: "Discussion: I first observed discussion of binary explosives on the al-Firdaws forum in January of 2007. In light of recent events I will post here my archive:" SNIPPET: "Implementation: On Christmas Day, 2009, Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab boards a flight in Amsterdam, bound for Detroit, and on final descent he attempts to set off what was most likely a binary explosive. Thank goodness he either screwed up or had bad instructions, because the chemicals he was working with were evidently quite good."
  • Obama handles Northwest Airlines terror incident differently than Ft. Hood

    12/26/2009 11:32:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1,039+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/26/09 | Byron York
    The Obama White House has been aggressive in its press outreach regarding the Northwest Airlines terrorist incident. Some of the earliest stories on accused terrorist Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab's attempt to set off an explosive device on board Northwest Flight 253 were sourced to the White House, and White House officials were quick to label the incident an "attempted act of terrorism." The White House wants the public to know that President Obama, on vacation at a luxurious oceanfront home in Hawaii, has received conference call updates and is keeping close tabs on the situation.
  • Terrorist attack on Northwest Flight 253

    12/26/2009 2:06:20 PM PST · by Jack L. Lee · 11 replies · 679+ views
    Post Scripts ^ | Dec. 26th 2009 | J. Lee
    A POST SCRIPTS EXCLUSIVE, in this story... •We were warned well in advance •The Islamic extremist was in our data base •Visa contained clues of impending attack •Yemen connection and known terrorist associations •High explosive made it through best security screening •Terrorist fit the perfect "profile" but profiling is not allowed •Suspect granted permission to enter USA •Billion dollar security failed us. . . again! "On or about Oct 8th 2009, Dr. Umaru Abdul Mutallab, a wealthy banker and the father of airplane bomber Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, contacted US Counter-terrorism officials and said he was extremely concerned about his son's...
  • Nigerian Charged in Northwest Bomb Attempt

    12/26/2009 1:52:37 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 16 replies · 899+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-26-09 | Evan Perez in Washington, Neal E. Boudette in Detroit and Andy Pasztor in Los Angeles
    Man on Flight to Detroit Claims al Qaeda Ties; Obama Tightens Security WASHINGTON -- U.S. prosecutors charged a 23-year-old Nigerian man with attempting to carry out a Christmas Day terrorist bombing on a Northwest Airlines flight on its approach to Detroit. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was charged in a federal criminal complaint with placing a destructive device on Flight 253. Federal Bureau of Investigation analysts, in preliminary tests, determined the device contained PETN, also known as pentaerythritol, a highly explosive compound, the Justice Department said. In addition, FBI agents recovered what appear to be the remnants of the syringe from the...
  • Scotland Yard Conducting "Raids in Central London" Connected to Attempted Terror Attack - Video

    12/26/2009 7:58:21 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 1 replies · 513+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 26, 2009 | Brian
    Here is a video report from NBC News saying Scotland Yard is carrying out "raids in central London" this morning in connection with the attempted terrorist attack aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253. The attacker reportedly went to school there, and British authorities are looking for evidence. The report also discusses the attempted attack, and the way passengers acted to subdue the Nigerian attacker. . . .(VIDEO)
  • Flight attendant caught wayward pilots unaware (Who Overflew Minneapolis)

    12/16/2009 2:03:15 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 61 replies · 2,886+ views
    AP ^ | 16 Dec 09 | JOAN LOWY and JOSHUA FREED
    WASHINGTON — A call from a flight attendant to the pilots of the Northwest Airlines plane that overshot Minneapolis catapulted the cockpit crew from complacency to confusion. On Oct. 23, 2009 file image made from video and made available by KGW-TV in Portland, Ore., shows Northwest pilot Richard Cole at his home in Salem, Ore. Interviews with the flight crew and other documents released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board indicate the pilots were completely unaware of their predicament until the moment the intercom rang. They were unaware that they had flown their Airbus A320 with 144 passenger more...
  • FAA Reacted Slowly to Errant Jet

    10/29/2009 10:51:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies · 605+ views
    wsj ^ | OCTOBER 29, 2009 | CAM SIMPSON and ANDY PASZTOR
    The Federal Aviation Administration violated its own rules by taking more than 40 minutes to alert the military after losing communication with a Northwest Airlines flight last week, according to officials familiar with internal reviews under way at several federal agencies. The delay has sparked consternation within the military, concern within the FAA and special oversight by the White House, these officials said, particularly because such time lags were supposed to be eliminated as a result of the lessons learned from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks... the man charged with protecting the skies above North America, U.S. Air Force...
  • Mystery deepens over what distracted pilots on plane that overshot by 150 miles

    10/25/2009 9:59:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 118 replies · 4,558+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 10/24/09 | Philip Sherwell
    Mystery deepens over what distracted pilots on plane that overshot by 150 miles The mystery of the Northwest Airlines plane that overshot Minneapolis by 150 miles has deepened after the first officer insisted that he and the pilot were not asleep or arguing. By Philip Sherwell in New York Published: 6:39PM BST 24 Oct 2009 The mystery of the Northwest Airlines plane that overshot Minneapolis by 150 miles has deepened after the first officer insisted that he and the pilot were not asleep or arguing. Pilots on the Northwest Airlines plane that overshot Minneapolis by 150 miles will not say...
  • Arguing pilots fly 150 miles past runway

    10/23/2009 4:53:30 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 117 replies · 3,248+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 23 October 2009 | Haroon Siddique
    Many a person has missed their stop on a bus or train at one time or another because they were engrossed in a weighty conversation or a book. But when the pilots of Northwest Airlines flight 188 became distracted it had more serious consequences as they overflew their Minneapolis destination by 150 miles. "They were in a heated discussion over airline policy and they lost situational awareness," the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explained. When the pilots got their "situational awareness" back they turned the Airbus A320 around and landed it safely on Wednesday evening, apparently without any of...
  • Some NWA flight attendants want to wear red dress (Fat Stewardesses don't get new uniform)

    07/13/2009 7:55:04 PM PDT · by tlb · 71 replies · 8,595+ views
    AP ^ | July 10, 2009 | Harry R. Weber
    Northwest flight attendants want Delta to offer bigger sizes of signature red dress uniform ATLANTA (AP) -- The union that represents flight attendants who worked for Northwest Airlines before it was bought by Delta Air Lines is crying foul over Delta's failure to offer bigger sizes for its signature red dress uniform designed by Richard Tyler. The Northwest chapter of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA has filed a grievance with the world's largest airline operator, asking it to offer the red dress up to size 28. The union hopes the grievance will go to mediation in August. The red dress...
  • Pacific Northwest Freepers

    07/05/2009 2:46:50 PM PDT · by The Watcher · 3 replies · 318+ views
    http://www.pnwcc.info There's a new site up for you Freepers in the Pacific Northwest. Not attempting to take anything from FR, here, but to augment your ability to accomplish things. If you want a state or region based chapter or association to help you make a difference, I've built the site for you. It offers: 1. Forums 2. Blog space 3. Topical Archives of information 4. Real file storage It's time we got more active, and less "readers" than "doers". The site is currently configured for WA, OR, ID, but we'd be happy to add MT or AK if need be....
  • Plane (NW 757) due for LA makes emergency landing in Waterloo (IA)

    06/02/2009 9:38:49 AM PDT · by hawkeye101 · 15 replies · 1,330+ views
    WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A Boeing 757 made an emergency landing at the Waterloo Regional Airport just after 10:00 a.m Tuesday morning. Northwest flight #335 took off around 8:30 a.m. Iowa time from Detroit due for Los Angeles. The airport was notified that there was smoke in the cockpit and the plane needed to land in Waterloo. The airport was notified when the plane was ten miles out. We have a crew on the scene and will bring you the latest on the KWWL News at Noon.
  • Economic Challenges Create Opportunity to Reevaluate and Rebuild

    11/16/2008 11:50:39 AM PST · by nateriver · 1 replies · 203+ views
    The financial woes facing Minnesota are the same financial woes facing the country as a whole. Themis, the author does an excellent job explaining what is wrong with the quick, non-thought-out solutions politicians are ready to jump and use rather than examine and address the causes of the problem.
  • Mysterious Midair Dent in Jetliner’s Nose

    07/08/2008 10:39:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies · 231+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 7, 2008 | Micheline Maynard
    Don’t blame a bird for the punch that the Northwest Airlines plane took in the nose on Sunday. Northwest is now examining the dented nose cone of a Boeing 757 jet that was damaged during a flight from Detroit to Tampa. Images snapped by passengers... show the front tip of the plane looking a bit like a beer cup smashed in after a football game. Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the F.A.A. in Atlanta, said pilots heard a bang when the plane was at 18,000 feet during its descent into Tampa. Its radar went out, prompting the crew to suspect...
  • US merger forms 'largest carrier' [Delta and Northwest!!]

    04/14/2008 10:23:25 PM PDT · by Enchante · 15 replies · 103+ views
    BBC News ^ | 04/15/08 | BBC Staff
    Rival US companies Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines have agreed to merge in a $5bn deal that would create the world's biggest carrier. The directors of the two companies agreed the stock-swap deal on Monday. The combined airline, which will be called Delta, will have an annual revenue of more than $35bn and employ more than 75,000 staff. The merger could trigger similar moves by other US carriers struggling with rising oil prices, correspondents say.
  • Delta, Northwest to announce merger: report

    04/13/2008 2:17:19 PM PDT · by BGHater · 31 replies · 241+ views
    AFP ^ | 13 Apr 2008 | AFP
    Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines this week are expected to announce a long-anticipated merger, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The merger may to be unveiled as early as Tuesday, The Journal reported, adding that the deal could go through without support of Delta's 6,000 pilots. Delta and its pilots were holding separate talks this weekend on a post-merger contract, while negotiations with Northwest's 5,000 pilots were to be held at a later date, the daily reported. Last week, US authorities gave tentative approval for Delta, Northwest, and four of their international partners to combine their transatlantic routes in...
  • Cause of bird beak deformity stumps scientists

    04/07/2008 2:26:12 PM PDT · by Renfield · 17 replies · 298+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 4-07-08 | Robert McClure
    ....This "long-billed syndrome" has been recorded in about 160 birds, mostly in western Washington and southern British Columbia and mostly since 2000. It's also documented in more than 2,100 birds in Alaska, where the deformity seems to have started affecting lots of birds in the early 1990s. Researchers say the weird beaks appear to be concentrated in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, although reports are coming in from farther south -- from Southern California in one recent case. The cause remains a mystery. A small band of puzzled, poorly funded scientists is scrambling to find answers. Could it be chemicals?...
  • Virtual Mega-quake Shows Earthquake Could Inflict Major Damage On Pacific Northwest US

    02/28/2008 3:20:50 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies · 116+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-28-2008 | University of California - San Diego.
    Virtual Mega-quake Shows Earthquake Could Inflict Major Damage On Pacific Northwest USScientists used a supercomputer-driven "virtual earthquake" to explore likely ground shaking in a magnitude 9.0 megathrust earthquake in the Pacific Northwest. Peak ground velocities are displayed in yellow and red. The legend represents speed in meters per second (m/s) with red equaling 2.3 m/s. Although the largest ground motions occur offshore near the fault and decrease eastward, sedimentary basins lying beneath some cities amplify the shaking in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, and Vancouver, increasing the risk of damage. (Credit: Kim Olsen, SDSU) ScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2008) — On January 26,...
  • Prospective airline merger puts labor in limelight

    02/24/2008 7:24:13 AM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies · 99+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | 2/24/2008 | Christopher Hinton
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. apparently won't be rushed into a merger until the carriers' pilots have ironed out their own integration plan, highlighting the importance of successfully negotiating thorny labor issues that have plagued industry mergers in the past. "If you don't have the pilots in, the success of the merger is definitely questionable because you won't get the efficiency you need over time to make the deal worth it," said Henry Harteveldt, analyst with Forrester Research. Pilots, not to mention mechanics and flight attendants, have to be satisfied with their pay...
  • North By Northwest

    12/21/2007 3:13:32 PM PST · by blam · 38 replies · 310+ views
    Science News ^ | 12-21-2007 | Sid Perkins
    North by NorthwestThe planet's wandering magnetic poles help reveal history of Earth and humans Sid Perkins Hikers in the wilderness often place their faith in a trusty compass. But any navigator worth his salt knows that compasses can't truly be trusted: Only along certain longitudes in the Northern Hemisphere does a compass needle point due north. MOVED BY MAGNETISM. Explorers first found the north magnetic pole at Canada's Cape Adelaide in 1831. Blue dots (direct surface observations) and red dots (models using satellite data) denote the pole's movement since then. Green dots indicate the pole's future location if its current...
  • (WaPo: Pakistani) Army Plans Offensive in Pakistan's Northwest (North Waziristan)

    07/19/2007 4:44:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 444+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7/19/07 | Griff Witte and Kamran Khan
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 19 -- The Pakistani army fought pitched battles with militants Wednesday in a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan following an insurgent assault that killed 17 troops. The fighting in North Waziristan, an area where the al-Qaeda leadership is believed to be active, went on late into the night, residents said. A local official confirmed that at least six loud explosions were heard in the hills that surround Miram Shah, the main town in North Waziristan. It was not immediately clear who or what had been targeted. The fighting came during a period of deep turmoil in Pakistan,...
  • Militants kill 38 in northwest Pakistan

    07/15/2007 9:36:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 545+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/15/07 | Riaz Khan - ap
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Suicide attackers struck a police headquarters and a military convoy on Sunday in Pakistan's northwest, killing as many as 38 people in an intensifying anti-government campaign in an area long known as a haven for the Taliban and al-Qaida. Militants in the Afghan border region disavowed a 10-month old truce with the government that critics said gave them a safe haven from which to launch attacks on Afghan, U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. The government has deployed thousands of troops to the region to thwart calls by extremists for a holy war to revenge the bloody...
  • Leaner Northwest Airlines set for bankruptcy exit

    05/31/2007 10:19:32 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies · 533+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 31, 2007
    Northwest Airlines is set to exit bankruptcy on Thursday, marking the end of a 20-month spell in Chapter 11 for the No. 5 U.S. carrier, and the first time in almost five years that a major U.S. airline has not been in bankruptcy. Northwest has spent the last year and a half hacking $2.4 billion off its annual costs, mostly from an aggrieved work force. Like other so-called "legacy' airlines, it has been forced to drastically slash its costs to keep pace with newer low-cost carriers and deal with wild spikes in fuel costs. [Snip] Despite major cost cuts, Northwest...
  • Judge OKs Northwest bankruptcy plan

    05/18/2007 12:23:00 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 422+ views
    AP ^ | 05/18/07 | VINNEE TONG
    Judge OKs Northwest bankruptcy plan By VINNEE TONG, AP Business Writer 7 minutes ago After 20 months of a wrenching reorganization, Northwest Airlines got approval on Friday to emerge from bankruptcy protection into an industry besieged by higher fuel costs and crowded with competitors. Eagan, Minn.-based Northwest Airlines Corp. announced it would exit bankruptcy on May 31, after Judge Allan Gropper approved its reorganization plan Friday. Northwest, the nation's fifth-largest airline, also plans to announce any post-bankruptcy marketing plans when it emerges. Chief Executive Douglas Steenland said the company had reached all its bankruptcy goals, which included cutting annual operating...
  • Delta, Northwest In Talks On Link-Up - Report Delta+Northwest instead of US Air)

    01/10/2007 10:18:13 PM PST · by saganite · 4 replies · 289+ views
    Airwise news/reuters ^ | January 10, 2007 | staf
    Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines are in talks on a possible link-up, according to a newspaper report on Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal, which cited sources "familiar with the matter", said representatives of the two carriers, which are numbers 3 and 5 in the United States respectively, have met regularly for weeks discussing a possible link-up after they both emerge from bankruptcy. The two airlines have been restructuring in bankruptcy since September 2005 and aim to exit this year. A Northwest spokesman declined to comment. Delta officials were not immediately available for comment. The report came in the wake...
  • Alice In Chains Singer's Life Could Become Movie

    11/03/2006 7:26:31 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 32 replies · 2,427+ views
    Rock Radio Online ^ | October 6, 2006 | Staff
    A biography of late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley might be turned into a movie, reports Blabbermouth.net. A press release from Arts Publications indicated that Argentinean journalist Adriana Rubio has been contacted by Philadelphia-based filmmaker Eric Moyer about making a film version of her book, Layne Staley: Get Born Again. Moyer said in a statement, "I am determined to make this film about Layne Staley, not only to celebrate his life and talent, but to warn others through his compelling story that heroin will kill you...no matter who you are." Staley died in April of 2002 after struggling with...
  • Air scare: All 12 detained Indians freed

    08/25/2006 4:35:12 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 13 replies · 794+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 25 Aug, 2006 0002hrs IST | The Times of India
    AMSTERDAM/MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: An edgy Dutch security apparatus, after creating the impression of a foiled terror plot when it arrested 12 Indian on Wednesday following the return of a Northwest Airlines flight to Amsterdam, late on Thursday night brought the curtains down on the high-voltage drama by releasing all of them. The 12 held were all Muslims, most of them Bohra Muslims from Mumbai. Their irrational exuberance during takeoff — when they reportedly talked on mobile phones and exchanged them around — seems to have aroused the suspicion of the air marshals. The moral of the story: there is currently zero...
  • Passengers On Northwest Plane Tell Of Air Marshal Action

    08/24/2006 3:10:46 PM PDT · by saganite · 57 replies · 2,844+ views
    Airwise news/Reuters ^ | 24 Aug 06 | staff
    Passengers aboard a Northwest Airlines plane bound for Mumbai and forced to turn back to Amsterdam said air marshals swooped after 12 people began fidgeting with mobile phones and plastic bags, Dutch media said on Thursday. The 12 were arrested on Wednesday after the plane landed at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Prosecution authorities said they were still holding the 12 but would not give their identities or nationalities. "I saw the air marshals run and I knew something was amiss," a 31-year-old businessman aboard the plane told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. "Some had beards, others were unshaven, one was wearing a...
  • Muslim Converts in Britain Seen as Among Most Extreme (interesting perspective)

    08/24/2006 4:19:00 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 22 replies · 976+ views
    LATimes.com ^ | 8/22/2006 | Kim Murphy
    "The converts are seen as the most extreme, and they're seen as the most extreme even by other Muslims who may not come from the U.K. Which is really worrying," said Anthony Glees, director of the Brunel University Center for Intelligence and Security Studies in West London. The growing number of homegrown converts in the ranks of militant Islam in Britain is raising troubling new questions not only about what it means to be British, but whether new Muslims must choose between family and faith across what many see as a yawning divide between civilizations. Britain now has perhaps 50,000...
  • Twelve Passesngers Arrested From Plane That Returned To Amsterdam

    08/23/2006 9:22:09 PM PDT · by SaxxonWoods · 50 replies · 2,175+ views
    The Hindu ^ | 8/23/2006 | Not Listed
    Amsterdam, Aug. 23 (AP): Dutch police arrested 12 passengers who aroused the crew's suspicion on a U.S. airline flight to India after it returned on Wednesday to Amsterdam escorted by two F-16 jet fighters, a spokesman said. Police spokesman Rob Staenacker said he could not disclose the nationalities of the people taken from the Northwest DC-10 after it was diverted over German airspace, or the nature of the suspicions against them. ``I can tell you 12 people have been arrested,'' he said. It was not immediately clear if they had been charged. An American passenger, who identified herself only as...
  • Amsterdam - F-16s escort Northwest Airlines flight back to airport

    08/23/2006 3:46:44 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 35 replies · 2,931+ views
    AP News Alert | August 23, 2006
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- An airport spokeswoman says Dutch F-16s have escorted a Northwest Airlines flight back to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.
  • Neolithic Stone Carving Of Big Dipper Discovered In Northwest China

    08/16/2006 4:05:21 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 806+ views
    Neolithic stone carving of Big Dipper discovered in northwest China A neolithic stone carving of the Big Dipper star formation has been found on Baimiaozi Mountain near Chifeng City in northwest China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, according to experts. The stone carving was discovered by Wu Jiacai, a 50-year-old researcher in literature and history with Wongniute Banner of Inner Mongolia. Wu found a large yam-shaped stone, 310 centimeters long, onto which 19 stars had been carved. The representation of the Big Dipper is on the north face of the stone. The stars are represented by indentations in the stone. The...
  • No Deals Yet for Pilots, Airlines [Northwest, Delta]

    03/02/2006 11:22:10 AM PST · by La Enchiladita · 28 replies · 877+ views
    The Street. com ^ | March 2, 2006 | Ted Reed
    Negotiations between Northwest Airlines (NWACQ:OTC BB) and its pilots reached a critical point Thursday as a bankruptcy court deadline for a deal expired. Meanwhile, talks between Delta Air Lines (DALRQ:OTC BB) and its pilots are headed for arbitration. In the Northwest case, it's unclear when U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Allan Gropper will issue a ruling on whether the airline can impose contract terms on its pilots, a move that would likely lead to a strike. Gropper didn't say when he would rule, according to a Wednesday night posting on the Web site for the Northwest chapter of the Air Line...
  • Vanity - NPI Intimidation towards WA state signature gatherers? (Is this happening in your state?)

    02/18/2006 9:03:57 AM PST · by Seattle Conservative · 7 replies · 473+ views
    Came across this and thought I'd pass it along. If it's happening here, there are probably similar organizations in other states and areas. This is from their Web site: "Report Right Wing Signature Gathering Activity - Add A Button to Your Site Yesterday, I wrote the following: Progressive activists should be on the lookout for signature gatherers collecting signatures for Initiative 917 and other right wing initiatives. If you see petitioners collecting signatures for any right wing initiative, please use Permanent Defense's new reporting tool to tell us about it so we can more efficiently organize and mobilize. Permanent Defense...