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  • Another Saudi port deal - Selling off control of America one piece at a time

    08/04/2014 5:53:03 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 20 replies
    The Patroit Factor ^ | August 3, 2014 | Diane Sori
    What pray tell has our country come to, and what pray tell has my beloved state of Florida allowed, as a Middle Eastern company…Gulftainer…was recently awarded a 35-year, $100 million concession agreement to ‘supposedly’ boost cargo operations at Port Canaveral…a port NOT far from the Trident Turning Basin which the Navy uses to support our fleet of nuclear ballistic missile submarines…and a port perilously close to the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral where our space launches take place…or at least they did until Obama cut their funding. And while it’s claimed by port officials that the new container and...
  • California Economy Threatened by Texas from Panama Canal Expansion

    05/05/2014 8:45:05 PM PDT · by Moseley · 35 replies
    American Uncensored News Network ^ | June 5, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    California will take another hit right in the struggling economy starting April 2015. Instead of loading and unloading at California ports, many international cargo ships and oil tankers will start accessing the booming Texas economy. Texas is flourishing under Rick Perrys Republican policies. A dramatic expansion of the Panama Canal will give more choices to massive, new cargo ships. The Panama Canal has been at maximum capacity, with more ships transiting the Isthmus of Panama than the canal was designed to handle. But more importantly, changes in the shipping industry are in play. Massive new megaships are transforming the industry....
  • Environmentalists target local ports for unprecedented regulation

    10/05/2013 1:52:31 PM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | October 4, 2013 | Jeff Kropf
    The Pacific Northwest is proposing to build three port facilities to export coal and other commodities. These projects will bring tens of millions of jobs to our region and employ thousands of people. Unfortunately, national anti-coal campaigns funded by climate change activists are trying to stop this investment. Governors Kitzhaber and Inslee are propping up President Obamas war on coal by insisting that the projects clear unprecedented regulatory hurdles. Climate change activists will be busing people in from all over the Pacific Northwest for a hearing on the Longview export facility, scheduled for Wednesday October 9th at 5pm at the...
  • Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO (It's a sign of things to come)

    09/01/2013 6:48:21 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 43 replies
    LABORNOTES ^ | 08/31/2013 | Mark Brenner
    Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO In a surprise move, the 40,000-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced its disaffiliation from the AFL-CIO yesterday. The news comes just a week before the federation is set to hold its national convention in Los Angeles, the nations biggest port and an ILWU stronghold.. The ILWU, known for its militant traditions and progressive politics, has been drawn into turf wars with other unions in recent yearsparticularly in the grain export terminals of the Pacific Northwest, where longshore workers have been locked in a high-stakes battle over master contract standards since 2011. - See more...
  • Obama cant remember Dr. Jill Bidens name or where the Gulf of Mexico is

    08/08/2013 4:40:12 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 72 replies
    HotAir ^ | August 7, 2013 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Oh, just a bit of fun this evening. President Obama was talking military issues at Camp Pendleton today when he referenced his wifes and Dr. Jill Bidens work on behalf of military families, only he couldnt remember one of their names. Better Jill than Michelle, I suppose: And, on Jay Lenos show last night, the president showed a great interest in deepening the nations ports, but not a lot of geographical aptitude. If we dont deepen our ports all along the Gulf places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida if we dont do that,...
  • (Documenting today's Arab slavery) Film Stolen exposes modern-day slavery in Polisario camps

    10/05/2012 2:33:19 PM PDT · by Milagros · 4 replies
    Al-arabiya ^ | Friday, 05 October 2012
    Last Updated: Fri Oct 05, 2012 07:26 am (KSA) 04:26 am (GMT) Film Stolen exposes modern-day slavery in Polisario camps Friday, 05 October 2012 The film, Stolen, the story of a Sahrawi girl called Fatim Sellami, herself a slave, who was reunited with her mother after 35 years of separation with the help of the United Nations. (Image grab from film Stolen By KHADIJA FATHI AGADIR / MOROCCO A controversial documentary film that exposes slavery in the Western Sahara camps controlled by the Polisario front has been screened in Moroccos coastal resort city of Agadir. The film, directed by Violeta...
  • What the Looming Port Strike Is Really About

    12/21/2012 3:56:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    It's not about jobs. It's not about safety. It's not about improving dockworkers' living standards. The looming, long-planned East and Gulf Coast port strikes are about protecting Big Labor's archaic work practices and corrupt waterfront rackets. Are you ready for a fiscal cliff? The union bosses of an estimated 14,500 workers at 15 ports are preparing to send the economy plunging back into recession over productivity and efficiency rules changes. You read that right. Much more on that in a moment. But first, here's what's at stake. The International Longshoremen's Association's (ILA) grip extends from Boston to Texas to Florida...
  • ExxonMobil Wins as Obama Finances Energy, Port Project Trips to India

    11/28/2012 4:19:11 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    Patriot Update ^ | Nov. 28, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    In the days and weeks after Hurricane Sandy wrecked ports, resorts, and power lines across the mid-Atlantic coast, the Obama administration launched multiple projects targeting the revitalization of such infrastructure. Not in seaside New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, but in cities across India: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, and Mumbai Patriot Update has discovered that taxpayers will foot the bill for industry trips to India trips taken on behalf of a consortium whose members include multinationals such as ExxonMobil, GE, and IBM.
  • More Than A Dozen Fisker Karma Hybrids Caught Fire And Exploded In New Jersey Port After Sandy

    11/01/2012 11:13:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 67 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Nov 01,2012 | Staff
    Approximately 16 of the $100,000+ Fisker Karma extended-range luxury hybrids were parked in Port Newark, New Jersey last night when water from Hurricane Sandys storm surge apparently breached the port and submerged the vehicles. As Jalopnik has exclusively learned, the cars then caught fire and burned to the ground. Our source tells us they were first submerged in a storm surge and then caught fire, exploded. This wouldnt be the first time the vehicles, which use a small gasoline engine to charge batteries that provide energy to two electric motors, had an issue with sudden combustion. The vehicle, despite only...
  • Pakistan leader visits Russia after bin Laden death

    05/11/2011 6:21:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    AFP ^ | May 11, 2011
    AFP - Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari was expected in Moscow on Wednesday for talks with Russian leaders on his first major foreign visit since the killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will host Zardari for talks on Thursday at the Kremlin where officials from the two countries were also expected to sign agreements on cooperation in agriculture, aviation and energy, a spokesman for the Pakistan Embassy in Moscow told AFP. "Economics will be the focus of the visit," said the spokesman, Raja Abdul Qayyum. The three-day visit to Russia will be Zardari's first...
  • Port security: U.S. fails to meet deadline for scanning of cargo containers

    07/17/2012 6:47:50 AM PDT · by upchuck · 5 replies
    WaPo ^ | July 15, 2012 | Douglas Frantz
    The Obama administration has failed to meet a legal deadline for scanning all shipping containers for radioactive material before they reach the United States, a requirement aimed at strengthening maritime security and preventing terrorists from smuggling a nuclear device into any of the nations 300 sea and river ports. The Department of Homeland Security was given until this month to ensure that 100 percent of inbound shipping containers are screened at foreign ports. But the departments secretary, Janet Napolitano, informed Congress in May that she was extending a two-year blanket exemption to foreign ports because the screening is proving too...
  • Occupy protesters try to disrupt ports; police make arrests (costs workers their wages)

    12/13/2011 5:51:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/13/11 | Mike Pearson
    Occupy protesters try to disrupt ports; police make arrestsBy Mike Pearson, CNN updated 5:27 AM EST, Tue December 13, 2011 (CNN) -- Occupy protesters succeeded in shutting down overnight operations at California's port of Oakland on Monday night after a day of similar protests in several other U.S. cities. The protests in Oakland have "disrupted workers trying to get to work and impaired the port's ability to operate," port spokesman Issac Kos-Read told CNN. Craig Merrilees, a spokesman for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, said the port has told its members not to report for work for the overnight...
  • Container-Ship Plunge Signals U.S. Slowdown

    07/28/2011 6:47:20 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 15 replies
    Hellenic Shipping News ^ | July 29, 2011 | Hellenic Shipping News
    Plunging rates for chartering container vessels that carry sneakers, furniture and flat-screen TVs may signal a U.S. consumer slowdown and losses for shipping lines in what is traditionally their busiest time of the year. Fees for hiring vessels have fallen 9.3 percent since the end of April, according to the Howe Robinson Container Index, which tracks charter rates for a range of vessels. Last year, the index surged 56 percent in the period, as lines added ships on demand from U.S. and European retailers restocking for the back-to-school and holiday shopping periods. The troubling part is that charter rates are...
  • Los Angeles Signs Labor Deal Covering $1.5B in Port Projects

    07/06/2011 6:53:38 PM PDT · by Eva · 28 replies
    Pacific Maritime Online ^ | June 30, 2011 | editors
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed a five-year labor agreement on Tuesday that will cover more than $1.5 billion in planned Port of Los Angeles construction projects. Approved by the port governing board in March and the City Council in May, the agreement sets guidelines on the types of workers that must be hired by contractors for all capital projects at the port. The terms cover about 95 percent of the port's projected capital projects outlays for the next five years. "This project labor agreement gives thousands of our local workers in some of the most economically disadvantaged communities the...
  • Galveston port poised to outsource its operations (Li Ka-shing's first U.S. toehold)

    03/05/2011 2:48:20 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 4, 2011 | Harvey Rice
    GALVESTON The Port of Galveston is in final negotiations to lease its facilities to a major investment group, which could make it the first U.S. port to turn over its entire operation to the private sector. Several U.S. ports lease terminal operations to private operators, but "in this case it is the entire port structure, which is really a unique opportunity," said economist John Martin, who heads Martin Associates, based in Lancaster, Pa. Martin Associates had done work for every U.S. port and did the economic study for the proposed lease, a 50/50 joint venture of global investment firm...
  • National Media Ignoring San Diego Report of WMDs In America

    02/14/2011 1:03:08 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | February 14, 2011 | Bob McCarty
    A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent in San Diego confirmed that weapons of mass effect (a.k.a., “WMDs”) had been found by U.S. officials, but not at the particular port where he was being interviewed by a reporter from ABC affiliate 10News.com. The video below aired during the local newscast Feb. 9 and featured this “money quote” from Al Hallor, the assistant port director and CBP officer, during the interview: “At the airport, seaport, at our port of entry we have not this past fiscal year, but our partner agencies have found those things.”
  • Cruise Lines Abandon San Diego due to Mexico Drug Crime, High California Taxes

    01/16/2011 12:59:30 PM PST · by La Lydia · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Uncoverage ^ | January 15, 2010 | Jane Jamison
    The new year 2011 and lack of confidence in the tax policies of incoming governor Jerry Brown brings devastating news to Southern California. The progressive tax-and-spend policies of Democrat-run California government have chased another lucrative business out of the state. The open-borders, do-nothing immigration policy of the Obama administration claims the runner-up prize for this economic blow to an already-reeling economy in San Diego. The major cruise lines have just announced they are leaving San Diego, California to make NEW home ports in Texas, Florida and Australia. Im sure its just a coincidence that Texas and Florida dont have state...
  • Mayor seeks to block tankers Wants Yemen gas delivery offshore

    01/01/2010 5:34:02 PM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 32 replies · 1,873+ views
    The Boston Glob ^ | January 1, 2010 | Andrea Estes
    Mayor Thomas M. Menino said yesterday he will ask Bostons lawyers to see whether the city can block Yemeni tankers from delivering liquefied natural gas into Boston Harbor, calling such deliveries wrong. Were in extraordinary times that call for extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of our city, the mayor said in an interview. They cannot be coming into a harbor like Boston, where there is less than 50 feet between the tankers and residential areas. -snip- The Globe reported yesterday that shipments of liquefied natural gas from Yemen are scheduled to arrive for the first time in Boston as...
  • Doomsday looming for many truckers at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports

    11/27/2009 7:55:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 69 replies · 3,014+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/27/09 | Patrick J. McDonnell
    Filiberto Cervantes has already separated from his wife and kids, lost his car, moved into his truck and says he subsists largely on a diet of $1 cheese burritos. But Jan. 1 looms like a date with the grim reaper himself. ... Cervantes is among thousands of truckers servicing the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex who are facing a day of reckoning this New Year's. That's because Jan. 1 is the day new clean-air guidelines go into effect at the ports, banning all pre-1994 trucks -- as well as 1994-2003 rigs that have not been retrofitted with costly diesel particulate...
  • Dubai Wants Billion-Dollar Debt Suspension

    11/25/2009 4:11:00 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 16 replies · 1,232+ views
    Sky News ^ | 11/25/09 | Jo Couzens
    Dubai is asking creditors to accept a six-month suspension on debt repayments for its severely cash-strapped conglomerate Dubai World. The government of the Gulf emirate has also appointed consultants Deloitte to restructure state-run Dubai World's operations. The group includes property developer Nakheel, which built one of the state's most ostentatious projects, the palm-shaped, man-made residential islands of the Palm Jumeirah. The conglomerate also includes DP World, owner of the former P&O ports operator. According to Nakheel, Dubai World has $59bn (35bn) of liabilities, a large proportion of Dubai's total debt of $80bn (47bn). The emirate's government said in a statement:...
  • U.S. Box Imports Plummet 22 Percent [Christmas alert]

    06/14/2009 5:56:48 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 16 replies · 910+ views
    The Journal of Commerce Online ^ | June 9, 2009 | Bill Mongelluzzo
    Slight April gain over March gives weak signal for peak season Container volumes at U.S. ports edged up in April compared to March, but remained well below the volumes recorded in April 2008, according to the monthly Port Tracker published by the National Retail Federation and IHS Global Insight. The second half of 2009 appears to be trending the same way the first half progressed, with containerized imports creeping up compared to the month before, but down noticeably from the same month last year. It therefore looks like the back-to-school shopping season this summer, traditionally the second busiest period on...
  • U.S. court refuses to halt clean-truck program at L.A. and Long Beach ports

    04/16/2009 9:59:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 317+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/16/09 | Carol J. Williams
    <p>A federal judge in Washington refused Wednesday to halt the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach's clean-truck program, which aims to phase out 17,000 polluting big rigs that shuttle freight to and from rail terminals and other transport hubs.</p>
  • Venezuela Seizes Seaports, Airstrips

    03/22/2009 3:43:55 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 1,279+ views
    CARACAS, Venezuela Venezuela's federal government seized seaports and airstrips in at least four states on Saturday, a move critics say is meant to limit the powers of mayors and governors opposed to President Hugo Chavez. The takeover, ordered by Venezuela's socialist president last weekend and approved by lawmakers, aims to bring the country's major transportation hubs under federal control this year.
  • Venezuela Military 'Seizes Ports' [Obama's "tiny countries"]

    03/21/2009 7:20:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies · 463+ views
    BBC News ^ | March 21, 2009
    Venezuela military 'seizes ports' Venezuela's military has taken control of key airports and sea ports under the terms of a move rubber-stamped by parliament a week ago, reports say. The move centralises the running of the country's main transport hubs. President Hugo Chavez has pushed for the move, describing it as "reunifying the motherland, which was in pieces". Critics of Mr Chavez says the plans are unconstitutional, but the National Assembly backed them a week ago, saying they would improve essential services. State-level governments in Venezuela have controlled the country's most important airports, sea ports and major highways since a...
  • Venezuela brings ports under federal control

    03/21/2009 4:51:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 3 replies · 274+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 21, 2009 | RACHEL JONES
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Venezuela's government seized seaports and airstrips in at least four states on Saturday, a move that critics say is meant to limit the powers of mayors, governors and other potential rivals to President Hugo Chavez.
  • Venezuela military 'seizes ports'

    03/21/2009 3:46:08 PM PDT · by frankiep · 82 replies · 5,201+ views
    Venezuela's military has taken control of key airports and sea ports under the terms of a move rubber-stamped by parliament a week ago, reports say. The move centralises the running of the country's main transport hubs. President Hugo Chavez has pushed for the move, describing it as "reunifying the motherland, which was in pieces". Critics of Mr Chavez says the plans are unconstitutional, but the National Assembly backed them a week ago, saying they would improve essential services. State-level governments in Venezuela have controlled the country's most important airports, sea ports and major highways since a move towards decentralisation began...
  • Port cargo levels are sinking fast

    03/02/2009 6:13:49 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 21 replies · 1,033+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 2, 2009 | Ronald D. White
    February imports fall 18.1% in L.A. and Long Beach. Other West Coast harbors see even worse declines. The international trade business is foundering faster than ever seen before, with some U.S. seaports watching cargo traffic fall by more than a third. It's gotten so bad that Los Angeles and Long Beach are slashing cargo rates to keep old customers and lure new business. Oakland's port has laid off 12% of its staff and canceled free tours for the public. The number of ships idled around the world is approaching three times the number that were out of work during the...
  • Terror From the Sea: Warning From the Indian Naval Chief

    02/26/2009 1:21:40 AM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 519+ views
    http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/papers31/paper3068.html ^ | 24-Feb-2009 | Guest Column By Commodore R. S. Vasan
    Paper no. 3068 Admiral Sureesh Mehta, the Chief of the Naval Staff sounded a stern warning on 18th February 2009, about the possibility of nuclear weapons being smuggled in to the country through the ever increasing container traffic. The warning was issued at a seminar to discuss Port Development and related security issues. At one level, there is nothing new in the warning. Similar warnings were issued post 9/11 by US and other maritime analysts who expected the seas to be the next medium for transportation and manifestation of terror. It is this fear that prompted the US to examine...
  • Maritime Intelligence Opportunity lost due to bad P.R.

    02/19/2009 11:27:02 AM PST · by DJ Elliott · 322+ views
    US Naval Institute Blog ^ | 19 February 2009 | FFry
    Remember the furor back in 2006 over the news that a Dubai-based company was going to buy a ship terminal operator in the United States? Remember how all of a sudden many Americans decided against letting a foreign company operate cargo terminals inside the US, despite the fact that the same terminals were already being operated by a foreign corporation? (P&O Ports, UK) Remember how nobody, including Congress, wanted to take a second and actually investigate what risks there were, if any, given that this purchase would not have changed the fact that the US Coast Guard would have remained...
  • Immigrants ravage U.S. infrastructure

    01/16/2009 2:08:23 AM PST · by Man50D · 14 replies · 1,074+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | January 15, 2009 | Chelsea Schilling
    The United States will need $1.6 trillion to repair damage to its infrastructure from a massive influx of immigrants, a new report reveals. In his report titled, "The Twin Crises: Immigration and Infrastructure," prominent researcher Edwin S. Rubenstein examines 15 categories of infrastructure: airports, border security, bridges, dams and levees, electricity (the power grids), hazardous waste removal , hospitals, mass transit, parks and recreation facilities, ports and navigable waterways, public schools, railroads, roads and highways, solid waste and trash, and water and sewer systems. Rubenstein, a financial analyst and former contributing editor of Forbes and economics editor of National Review,...
  • TxDOT seeking public input on project

    09/05/2008 6:13:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 375+ views
    The Nueces County Record Star ^ | September 4, 2008 | Staff Reports
    The Texas Department of Transportation is asking Nueces County residents to attend a public meeting in Driscoll to comment and provide input on proposed upgrades of US 77 to a controlled access facility that meets interstate standards. The purpose of the meetings is to review proposed options for upgrading US 77 and to present recommendations, TxDOT officials said. The first round public meetings were held in early March. This second round of public meetings is being held as part of TxDOT's continued effort to gain public input on issues related to proposed improvements and to provide an opportunity for public...
  • Russian soldiers take prisoners in Georgia port

    08/19/2008 10:24:52 AM PDT · by eastforker · 5 replies · 156+ views
    yahoo news ^ | 08/19/08 | BELA SZANDELSZKY
    POTI, Georgia - Russian soldiers took about 20 Georgians in military uniform prisoner at a key Black Sea port in western Georgia on Tuesday, blindfolding them and holding them at gunpoint, and commandeered American Humvees awaiting shipment back to the United States.
  • Dubai Ports World first international port operator to be certified for security by U.S.

    06/21/2008 4:46:21 PM PDT · by MrCFdovnh · 8 replies · 202+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 06-16-2008 | World Tribune
    ABU DHABI A leading Gulf firm in the United Arab Emirates whose plans to operate six U.S. ports was last year rebuffed by Congress, has been certified as a partner in a U.S. port security program. The state-owned Dubai Ports World has been certified as a partner in the Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism. DP World underwent a successful audit that determined the company met international ISO 28000 security standards required by C-TPAT. In 2007, DP abandoned plans to purchase a British company that operated six major ports in the United States, Middle East Newsline reported. Congress was opposed to...
  • Nacogdoches County will fight TTC as new member of regional planning commission

    05/01/2008 5:34:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 372+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | April 29, 2008 | Michael Rodden
    County commissioners reaffirmed their stance against the Trans-Texas Corridor, and they took another step toward keeping county government transparent when they met Tuesday. First up on the court's agenda, commissioners heard a presentation by Connie Fogle on behalf of the newly formed Pineywoods Sub-Regional Planning Commission. According to Fogle, the Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 391, requires state agencies to coordinate with local commissions to "ensure effective and orderly implementation of state programs at the regional level." "Critical in the code is the word 'coordinate,'" she said. "This does not mean the commission has to cooperate. The intent is to...
  • Corridor comment period extended to April 18

    04/02/2008 6:15:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 150+ views
    The Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | April 1, 2008 | Stephen Palkot
    Thanks to an extended comment deadline, almost three weeks remain for people to let their feelings be known about the Trans-Texas Corridor. The most recent study of the proposal, which includes a stretch in Fort Bend County, must be approved by the federal government for the Texas Department of Transportation to proceed with planning and, eventually, construction. TxDOT and the Federal Highway Administration have extended their formal comment period through April 18. During this time, individuals are encouraged to submit written comments on either the project itself or what is called the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS), which is a...
  • Anti-corridor groups apprise locals of ways to 'just say no to TTC'

    03/17/2008 5:19:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 513+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 17, 2008 | Steven Alford
    Plots by Communists to infiltrate America. The disintegration of borders and rural areas. Citizens mobilizing and rising up against government agencies and big business. It all sounds like the plot for a summer blockbuster, but it's something that could be happening in your own backyard. These were just a few of the topics addressed in the "How to fight the TTC" workshop, held Monday at the Pitser Garrison Civic Center in Lufkin. The conference served as an informational meeting aimed at informing citizens and local government officials how they can unite in trying to stop the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor project....
  • ILWU to Shut Down West Coast Ports on Socialist Holiday (Protest of Iraq, Afghan Wars)

    03/12/2008 6:16:41 PM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies · 1,907+ views
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, March 12, 2008 | Matt Smith
    Arriving in the Port of Oakland at 6 a.m. last Thursday, the grey-blue colossus auto carrier Century Highway No. 3 carries enough cars to fill all the parking lots surrounding the Giants stadium a mere fraction of the average 368 million annual tons of autos, toys, and other goods moving through the 29 ports along America's Pacific coast. Could there be a force of man or nature powerful enough to interrupt this perpetual merchandise tsunami? Would you believe San Francisco radical peaceniks? On May 1, the usually bustling ports along the West Coast will become still, as members...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor

    03/09/2008 1:08:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies · 1,328+ views
    Nolan Chart ^ | March 8, 2008 | Adam Rink
    Topic: Globalism The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is planning on building a new super highway system called the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC). The Trans-Texas Corridor will not be just another interstate and will it will be used by more than just automobiles. It will include 10 lanes for traffic, two high speed rail tracks, four standard rail tracks, utility lines, oil pipelines, and gas pipelines. The Trans-Texas Corridor will consist of many corridors segments that are 1,200 feet wide, with each mile consuming 146 acres of land. This land is currently ranch and farm land that is being taken by...
  • Texans ponder where superhighway might take them

    03/04/2008 1:28:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 415+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 4, 2008 | Peter Canellos
    REFUGIO, Texas - With an abandoned Wild West-vintage town of storefronts slumbering just a block from old US 77, tiny Refugio is a place where myth and reality coexist in a ghostly silence. more stories like this Obama faces heat over aide's NAFTA remarks to Canadians Texas, Ohio could decide Dem nomination Canada says didn't misrepresent Obama over NAFTA McCain tags Dems on trade treaty NAFTA seen differently in Ohio, Texas And now this South Texas outpost is swept up in one of the more intriguing tests of myth vs. reality in today's political life: the battle over the so-called...
  • Residents rally against Trans-Texas Corridor

    02/16/2008 3:10:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 645+ views
    Galveston County Daily News ^ | February 16, 2008 | Sara McDonald
    TEXAS CITY A massive superhighway that Texans have protested at public hearings statewide drew heated opposition among Galveston County residents, who said they feared the toll road would cripple the local shipping industry and do nothing to improve insufficient hurricane evacuation routes. The Trans-Texas Corridor would wind from Laredo to Corpus Christi, wrap around the western edge of Greater Houston, parallel Interstate 59 through East Texas and leave the state in Texarkana. But residents at a public hearing Thursday night in Texas City questioned the real purpose for the road, which would also be part of a national Interstate...
  • Hundreds in Nacogdoches speak out against TTC-69

    02/15/2008 4:53:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 975+ views
    Lufkin Daily News ^ | February 15, 2008 | Matthew Stoff (The Daily Sentinel)
    NACOGDOCHES The rows of extra chairs brought into the The Fredonia's biggest meeting room Thursday night were not enough to accommodate more than 750 people who attended an open house and public hearing on the proposed TTC-69 highway. Texas Department of Transportation officials heard hours of public testimony that continued late into the night overwhelmingly opposed to the construction of new roadways through East Texas. Applause throughout the hours-long meeting never swelled as loudly as it did when the first speaker of the night, state Rep. Wayne Christian, told TxDOT representatives emphatically that "our answer is 'no' on the...
  • Senators unhappy with TxDOT

    02/08/2008 12:59:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 500+ views
    Palestine Herald-Press ^ | February 7, 2008 | Palestine Herald-Press
    Sometimes the truth just has a way of coming to light. A public information officer with the Texas Department of Transportation this week wrote a column in the Herald-Press describing the financial woes facing TxDOT and how because of those problems the states transportation department doesnt have the money to deal with many of the states transportation issues. Apparently, several of the states senators do not feel that is the case at all. David Dewhurst called out the states interim chairwoman of the Texas Transportation Commission, Hope Andrade, on this very issue, according to a story from the Associated Press....
  • Valley leg of I-69 a big maybe

    02/05/2008 1:12:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 267+ views
    Brownsville Herald ^ | February 4, 2008 | Kevin Sieff
    A so-called “NAFTA Superhighway” earned support from the city’s mayor and discussion among residents Monday during a public hearing on the Texas Department of Transportation’s I-69 project. TxDOT held a public hearing at the Brownsville Events Center Monday to explain the progress of the Trans-Texas Corridor, a future segment of Highway I-69, which will link the U.S.-Mexico border to the U.S.-Canada border. After a short presentation, the floor was open for comments. Among the local politicians, college students and retirees at the hearing there was a wide range of opinion on the project. According to Mario Jorge, district engineer for...
  • No public support for corridor

    01/25/2008 6:00:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 2,368+ views
    Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | January 25, 2008 | Stephen Palkot
    Leaders with the Texas Department of Transportation sought to allay fears about the Trans-Texas Corridor Thursday night in Rosenberg with a town hall meeting. The meeting proceeded fairly smoothly, but hardly seemed to put a dent in the large crowd's seemingly uniform opposition to the proposal of a massive transportation corridor. Hank Gilbert, a regular speaker at TTC events and leader of an anti-TTC non-profit group, drew cheers for suggesting TxDOT officials have failed to make the case for a large, privately owned transportation cluster. No good argument has been made for the TTC that would allow farmers to be...
  • State audit blasts Port of Seattle [corrupt liberal Seattle]

    12/23/2007 7:16:30 AM PST · by Clint Williams · 10 replies · 187+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 12/20/2007 | Jim Brunner
    A state audit released this morning blasts the Port of Seattle for lax management of construction projects, citing a host of failings that have wasted taxpayer money and left the Port "vulnerable to fraud, waste and abuse." The report found that the Port frequently has circumvented public bidding requirements in violation of its own policies, and sometimes in violation of state law. In one instance, Port management authorized a contract related to construction of the third runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport that was $32.7 million higher than an engineer's original estimate. That contract violated state law and details of it...
  • CA: Board to consider ban of polluting trucks at LA, Long Beach ports(replacing 16K diesels by 2012)

    11/04/2007 7:55:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 79+ views
    The Port of Long Beach's Board of Harbor Commissioners was scheduled to vote Monday on a proposal to sharply reduce pollution at the nation's busiest port complex by banning an aging fleet of diesel trucks. The proposal calls for replacing about 16,000 trucks serving the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles by 2012. The trucks, which regulators said are a leading cause of unhealthy air around the ports, could also be retrofitted to meet more stringent emissions standards. If approved, it would move a step closer to becoming the first action taken by Long Beach and Los Angeles under...
  • In search of the NAFTA highway to hell

    10/08/2007 1:48:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies · 1,205+ views
    Macleans ^ | October 8, 2007 | Luiza Ch. Savage
    Road plans in Texas have conspiracy theorists in an uproar I am driving along a mostly empty road in rural Fayette County, Texas, about an hour east of Austin, looking for the NAFTA superhighway -- the one that Stephen Harper, George W. Bush and Felipe Caldern mocked as a conspiracy theory when they were asked about it at their trilateral meeting in Montebello, Que., in August. Critics, who say that behind the leaders' denials lurks a larger, nefarious plan to unite North America, fear that such a roadway will eventually be a four-football-stadium-wide artery connecting Mexico, the U.S. and Canada,...
  • No Protesters Allowed at NAFTA Superhighway Meeting

    10/04/2007 9:13:52 PM PDT · by mhowe · 2 replies · 200+ views
    WND ^ | 9/25/07 | Michael Howe
    Protesters were kept outside for the third and final day of the Great Plains International Conference a Denver event on intercontinental trade corridors in which a Mexican official urged swift movement toward a "North American Union."
  • DHS fudged test results, watchdog agency says[Radiation detectors At U.S. ports]

    09/24/2007 1:00:07 PM PDT · by BGHater · 2 replies · 183+ views
    CNET News ^ | 19 Sept 2007 | Mark Rutherford
    A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office charges that the Department of Homeland Security used biased methods to enhance performance results in tests on a new generation of radiation detectors meant to protect U.S. ports. At stake are $1.2 billion in contracts to produce advanced spectroscopic portal (ASP) monitors and thousands of lives should they fail to work. Experts from four national laboratories were consulted prior to publication of the report (PDF) by the GAO, the nonpartisan audit and investigative arm of Congress, which was released yesterday. The agency found that the DHS' Domestic Nuclear Detection Office "used...
  • I-69 route gains funds with federal recognition

    09/13/2007 6:02:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 684+ views
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | September 13, 2007 | Fanny S. Chirinos
    The Interstate 69 corridor, a Mexico-to-Canada concept discussed since 1991, has received government recognition as a "corridor of the future," a designation that immediately means $800,000 in federal money for studies. Local officials say it could mean more trade in South Texas. The corridor -- a 2,680-mile international trade route from Mexico to Canada also known as the Trans-Texas Corridor-69 -- was one of two designated Tuesday as corridors of the future. Interstate 10 from California to Florida also received recognition. Hailed as a route that would facilitate trade resulting from the North American Free Trade Agreement, I-69's Texas portion...