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  • U.S. Is Still Using Private Spy Ring, Despite Doubts

    05/16/2010 10:05:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 488+ views
    ny times ^ | 5/16/10 | Mark Mazzetti
    WASHINGTON — Top military officials have continued to rely on a secret network of private spies who have produced hundreds of reports from deep inside Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to American officials and businessmen, despite concerns among some in the military about the legality of the operation. Earlier this year, government officials admitted that the military had sent a group of former Central Intelligence Agency officers and retired Special Operations troops into the region to collect information — some of which was used to track and kill people suspected of being militants. Many portrayed it as a rogue operation that...
  • In This Political Battle, a River Runs Through It

    04/08/2010 12:55:44 AM PDT · by Palter · 5 replies · 642+ views
    WSJ ^ | 07 April 2010 | STEPHANIE SIMON
    Colorado Rafters, Anglers Square Off Over Use of Streams Through Private Land In a clash that some lawmakers have dubbed "Row v. Wade," rafters and anglers are squaring off over rights to prized Colorado waterways. The debate has spilled into the state legislature and inspired at least 24 citizen-sponsored ballot initiatives. The core question: Do paddlers have an absolute right to float down any river in the state, even rivers that run through private property reserved for fly-fishing? Steve Roberts says no. His family owns a 150-acre dude ranch amid the aspens and lodgepole pines of southwest Colorado. The Taylor...
  • Obama's Private Army now law. Hidden in health care bill

    04/01/2010 3:51:59 PM PDT · by BornToBeAmerican · 95 replies · 5,027+ views
    FOX News ^ | March 31, 2010 | Judge Napolitano
    The brown coats are a comming November is going to be a doozy
  • Christie looks for ways to privatize jobs

    03/11/2010 10:24:24 AM PST · by Jersey Republican Biker Chick · 23 replies · 820+ views
    New Jersey Herald ^ | 03/11/2010 | BETH DeFALCO
    TRENTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is looking at ways to privatize jobs to save money as he tries to find to plug a projected $11 billion budget deficit for the 2011 fiscal year. Christie will sign an executive order today to create a task force to recommend ways to privatize jobs. The administration did not specify which jobs or how many could be privatized. Speaking on New York radio station WCBS, Christie said he’s looking at privatization as a way around the “sweet deal” former Gov. Jon Corzine made with state workers union. Earlier in the week, Christie...
  • Baltimore issues call to contractors for snow removal help (FEMA offices in DC, Philly closed)

    02/10/2010 5:03:58 PM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies · 1,474+ views
    MD Daily Record ^ | 2/10/10 | Robbie Whelan
    Baltimore issues call to contractors for snow removal helpPosted: 1:30 pm Wed, February 10, 2010 By Robbie Whelan Daily Record Business Writer With Marylanders battling the fiercest snowstorm in generations, Baltimore officials have called on local businesses to help deal with snowfall that is choking roadways and confining city residents to their homes. The National Weather Service warned Wednesday of “extremely dangerous” blizzard conditions in the Baltimore region, and as of 1 p.m., the seasonal snowfall totaled 72.3 inches at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. That’s the most since record-keeping began in Baltimore in 1893. The previous record, from 1995-96,...
  • Zero Private-Sector Jobs Created Since 1998

    02/05/2010 8:23:22 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 19 replies · 647+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 2/5/2010 | Jed Graham
    Some analysts are focusing on the positive in the jobs report: a gain in temporary jobs, decent hiring outside construction, and a drop in the jobless rate. But these silver linings shouldn’t cloud the depth of the labor market’s woes. Factoring in a modest 12,000 drop in private payrolls in January and revisions to prior data that wiped out another 1.4 million jobs, private nonfarm payrolls were at their lowest level since November 1998.
  • Zero Private-Sector Jobs Created In Past 11 Years

    01/27/2010 10:30:17 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 10 replies · 445+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 1/27/2010 | Jed Graham
    It’s been pretty widely discussed that the past decade was a lost one for job creation. But focusing on private payrolls alone would also wipe out nearly all of the employment gains from 1999, among the better years on record. Next Friday’s employment report comes with an annual benchmark revision that the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated would erase 855,000 private jobs (and add 31,000 government jobs). Subtract that from the seasonally adjusted December payroll number of 108.44 million and that would leave just 107.59 million private payroll jobs. That’s the least since January 1999, when there were 107.40 million.
  • White House budget director blames old computers for ineffective government

    01/14/2010 1:04:56 PM PST · by SeattleBruce · 67 replies · 1,627+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/14/2010 | Ian Swanson
    A big reason why the government is inefficient and ineffective is because Washington has outdated technology, with federal workers having better computers at home than in the office. This startling admission came Thursday from Peter Orszag, who manages the federal bureaucracy for President Barack Obama. The public is getting a bad return on its tax dollars because government workers are operating with outdated technologies, Orszag said in a statement that kicked off a summit between Obama and dozens of corporate CEOs.
  • BOOK REVIEW: A (flawed) case against contractors

    12/22/2009 9:13:42 AM PST · by R4Roger05 · 2 replies · 251+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 22, 2009 | Roger Lott
    "The private sector is not the solution to bad government; the private sector makes government bad." Ms. Wedel mourns the "emasculation" of the government due to the increased role of contractors, for which she blames former Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. "Gone are the days when government contractors primarily provided services such as printing, serving food, or landscaping," says Ms. Wedel, who apparently thinks the private sector isn't worthy of anything more important than mowing the White House lawn. If there's a chance the contractors may influence public policy, it's off-limits, she argues. This includes military...
  • LOOK WHO'S GETTING RICH Federal Bureaucracy Salary Growth Dramatically Larger than Private Sector

    12/11/2009 8:26:51 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 495+ views
    USA Today/The_lid ^ | 12/11/09 | The Lid
    For most of this country, this recession been a tough one. Chances are If you haven't lost a job you know someone who has. The real unemployment number (including people who are no longer getting unemployment dollars or have given up looking) is over 17%. Many many who have kept their jobs, have lost income either through pay cuts or unpaid furloughs. There is one group of people who have had nothing but good news. People working for the federal government have seen their salaries skyrocket. Not surprisingly, the number of people working for the federal bureaucracy has grown as...
  • All Debt is Not Created Equal: Government Debt is NOT the Same as Private Debt

    10/29/2009 7:05:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 893+ views
    Naked Capitlaism ^ | 10/29/2009 | Marshall Auerback
    A major shortcoming in an otherwise thoughtful post on deficit spending is a traditional mistake in which analysts seek to analogize the expenditures of government with that of a private household or business. The government is sovereign. This fact gives to government authority that households and firms do not have. In particular, government has the power to tax and to issue money. The power to tax means that government does not need to sell products, and the power to issue currency means that it can make purchases by emitting IOUs. No private firm can require that markets buy its products...
  • Arizona May Put State Prisons in Private Hands (gubmint broke, desperate and often overburdened)

    10/24/2009 7:26:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies · 894+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10/23/09 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    Arizona May Put State Prisons in Private HandsBy JENNIFER STEINHAUER Published: October 23, 2009 FLORENCE, Ariz. — One of the newest residents on Arizona’s death row, a convicted serial killer named Dale Hausner, poked his head up from his television to look at several visitors strolling by, each of whom wore face masks and vests to protect against the sharp homemade objects that often are propelled from the cells of the condemned. It is a dangerous place to patrol, and Arizona spends $4.7 million each year to house inmates like Mr. Hausner in a super-maximum-security prison. But in a first...
  • Chamber of Commerce Says Private Sector, Not Government, Will Create Jobs

    10/15/2009 3:01:15 AM PDT · by Son House · 9 replies · 742+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 15, 2009 | By Penny Starr
    At an event Wednesday to launch its ‘Dream Big’ campaign to promote the American free enterprise system, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said that people, not government, will create the jobs needed for economic recovery. “The government can support a few jobs in the short-run, but over the long-run only the private sector, powered by free enterprise, can keep America working,” Donohue said in his prepared remarks. “We believe it is imperative to remind, educate, and persuade our fellow citizens and leaders that it was a free enterprise system based on individual initiative, hard work, and personal responsibility...
  • APF(American Police Force) Show Up IN HARDIN, Montana-Comandeer Jurisdiction

    09/28/2009 11:51:20 PM PDT · by ebiskit · 226 replies · 13,688+ views
    http://www.kulr8.com/news/local/61320122.html ^ | Sep 24, 2009 at 7:00 PM MDT | By Nick Lough
    BILLINGS - American Police Force officials showed up in Mercedes SUV's that had "Hardin Police" stenciled on the vehicles. The twist, the city of Hardin doesn't have a police department. Two Rivers Authority officials say having APF patrol the streets was never part of their agenda. "I have no idea. I really don't because that's not been a part of any of the discussions we've had with any of them," said Two Rivers Authority's Al Peterson. As it stands now the Big Horn County Sheriff's Department is contracted to patrol the city and APF has no jurisdiction. If that was...
  • Private sector can't afford public sector employees

    07/21/2009 7:54:33 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 15 replies · 731+ views
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | july 4 2009 | John Reiniers
    USA Today reports that "The federal government has unfunded obligations of $1.2 trillion to pay for retired health care for retired federal workers ... and Medicare and Social Security obligations pushing the total to more than $5 trillion."
  • Revealed: the hidden benefits of a private-school education

    07/20/2009 6:31:30 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 23 replies · 928+ views
    guardian-uk ^ | Sunday 19 July 2009 | Gaby Hinsliff
    Private schools offering lavish extracurricular activities give their pupils an unfair advantage and should be forced to share their facilities with state pupils, says a report commissioned by the prime minister. Former cabinet minister Alan Milburn was asked to look at how class barriers could be broken down in Britain and found that middle-class children whose parents do not move in the "right" circles, as well as those from poorer families, now risk being shut out of professions that have become more socially exclusive.
  • Administration: Rein in pay in US private sector

    06/11/2009 7:55:47 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 27 replies · 1,085+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/11/2009 | Yahoo
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration says executive compensation must be better managed to prevent the sort of risk-taking that jeopardizes the economy. Gene Sperling, who advises Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, said Thursday the administration does not want to impose caps on executive pay. But he also laid out for the House Financial Services Committee a list of guidelines calling on publicly-held companies to link compensation to long-term performance, not short-term gains. Sperling said in prepared testimony that the administration believes compensation practices "must be better aligned with long-term value and prudent risk management at all firms, and not just...
  • State is wrongly seizing private funds (New Hampshire raids insurance loot to balance budget)

    03/25/2009 4:42:50 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 938+ views
    Union Leader ^ | 3/25/09 | CHARLES M. ARLINGHAUS
    State is wrongly seizing private fundsBy CHARLES M. ARLINGHAUS 7 hours, 30 minutes ago New Hampshire's budget is being balanced this year in part by turning private insurance funds into government money and appropriating the funds for government use. The raid illustrates how fiscal problems can tempt a government to limit property rights and rationalize behavior it would never consider otherwise. The state's current financial crisis is well known. During the governor's budget address, he announced his intention to use $110 million from a little-known medical malpractice fund to balance the budget. His announcement immediately sent policy makers scrambling to...
  • Today we decided to homeschool our daughter

    03/16/2009 11:56:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 116 replies · 2,776+ views
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 3/16/09 | self
    Finally, after realizing we could no longer afford the tuition at our daughter's Jewish day school, we have come to the decision to homeschool our daughter. We just cannot afford another $3000 to keep her there. Public education is not an option for us, so we are going to homeschool. Now, the school board at the school is asking to "meet with us" to "discuss" things. Anyway, I know there are other FReepers who homeschool. Any information would be helpful.
  • Out of America: Farewell to Private Industry and Property

    03/05/2009 6:00:49 AM PST · by arthurus · 3 replies · 476+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | March 05, 2009 | Ira Artman
    Were you surprised to read why David Moffet resigned from Freddie Mac (FRE)? According to Freddie, its CEO resigned this week because: ...he wants to return to a role in the financial services sector...Well, what if Freddie’s CEO IS right, and Freddie Mac is NOT part of the financial services sector? It shouldn’t be too hard to figure out where Freddie belongs...
  • New Rules Target Private Aviation (Tiger Woods can't bring his clubs)

    02/25/2009 6:14:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies · 3,598+ views
    Rush Limbaugh .com ^ | 2/24/09 | The Maha
    New Rules Target Private AviationFebruary 24, 2009 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT There are new rules that are proposed by the transportation safety administration, part of homeland security, that would treat private business aviation identically to commercial aviation. One of the results of this could be that if the rules are adopted treating private aviation the same as commercial aviation, Tiger Woods, nor any other professional golfer, nor any or golfer could carry their golf clubs on their airplane because the baggage compartment in the private jet is accessible from the passenger cabin and the clubs could theoretically be used as weapons even...
  • Aid wasted on private healthcare in poor nations: Oxfam (Obama-care Preview)

    02/20/2009 8:32:25 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 6 replies · 420+ views
    Canada.com ^ | 02/11/09 | AFP
    LONDON - International aid agency Oxfam urged the World Bank and rich nations to stop "wasting" donations and possibly risking lives by backing unproven private health care programs in poor countries. A new Oxfam report on health care reveals many private schemes perform poorly - in China, for example, one third of drugs dispensed by private vendors are counterfeit - but they continue to be backed by international donors. "Donors' romantic views of private sector health providers are completely divorced from the facts," said report author Anna Marriott ...snip.... "After years of donor under-investment in government health care, to claim...
  • GOP Senator Warns of 'Riots' if Automakers Are Bailed Out

    12/11/2008 10:54:13 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 33 replies · 1,424+ views
    Business & Media Institute ^ | 12/11/08 | Jeff Poor
    Time and again we’ve heard about the lost jobs and economic impact of failing to bail out the beleaguered American auto manufacturers. But little mention has been made of the consequences of going through with the bailout, and how such an action would be viewed by other Americans. In an interview following a Dec. 10 press conference where he and four other senators aired their opposition to the proposed bailout deal struck by congressional leaders and the White House (and approved by the U.S. House of Representatives 237-170 that evening), Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., warned that the perception that some...
  • Mahoney says allegations 'false,' matter is private

    10/14/2008 11:13:26 AM PDT · by radar101 · 24 replies · 706+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/14/08 | Aaron Blake
    Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.) on Tuesday called the sex scandal allegations against him “false” and said that the alleged hush money he paid his former mistress is a “private matter.” In a statement delivered in his district with his wife, Terry, by his side, Mahoney said he takes “full responsibility” for his actions and the pain he has caused his family. He offered vague statements about an arrangement that, as ABC News reported, he had with former aide Patricia Allen, which allegedly included more than $120,000 and a job to ward off a threatened lawsuit after Mahoney apparently fired Allen....
  • Wells Fargo Buys Wachovia, (Gov Backed Citicorp Deal Nixed), Gambling on Bailout Equity

    10/03/2008 8:55:58 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 16 replies · 858+ views
    Wall Street Journal : Markets ^ | 10/03/2008 | Peter A. McKay
    A big bank acquisition and hopes that a Wall Street bailout will pass Congress Friday afternoon pushed stocks higher, outweighing a weak jobs report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which slid almost 350 points in the previous session, recently posted a 206-point gain, trading up 2%, at 10688.66. Investors' mood was boosted by news that Wachovia has agreed to sell itself to Wells Fargo in a $15.4 billion takeover that will require no government assistance, scrapping a federally backed deal with Citigroup. Wachovia shares surged more than 71% in recent action and Wells Fargo rose about 8% while Citi was...
  • SpaceX Did It -- Falcon 1 Made it to Space (1st privately funded rocket to reach earth orbit)

    09/28/2008 7:44:38 PM PDT · by fontoon · 8 replies · 558+ views
    SpaceX has made history. Its privately developed rocket has made it into space. After three failed launches, the company founded by Elon Musk worked all of the bugs out of their Falcon 1 launch vehicles. The entire spectacle was broadcast live from Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific. Cameras mounted on the spacecraft showed our planet shrinking in the distance and the empty first stage engine falling back to Earth. As the rocket ascended, cheers rang out during every crucial step of the launch sequence, and at the final stage their headquarters in Hawthorne, California erupted in excitement. The tensest...
  • Successful Launch for Falcon 1 Rocket

    09/28/2008 7:09:40 PM PDT · by anymouse · 19 replies · 661+ views
    SpaceflightNow ^ | September 28, 2008 | STEPHEN CLARK
    The Falcon 1 booster redeemed itself Sunday with an electrifying launch that put an exclamation point on six years of hard work and disappointment for SpaceX, the startup company chartered to revolutionize space travel. The 70-foot-tall rocket successfully delivered a 364-pound hunk of aluminum to orbit on the launcher's fourth flight, ending a streak of three consecutive Falcon 1 failures dating back to 2006. "That was freakin' awesome," said Elon Musk, CEO and chief technical officer of Space Technologies Corp. Musk established SpaceX in 2002 and funded the company from the fortune he earned from starting Zip2 and PayPal. "We...
  • THE LATEST BUZZ FROM SPACE

    08/07/2008 6:04:59 AM PDT · by spacejunkie01 · 159+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 8/6/2008 | Alan Boyle
    Q: That would be an area where you’d like to depart from the current course – because in the COTS program, both of the companies receiving NASA money are developing space capsules as well. A: You’re very observant, following my well-chosen words. I’m quite aware that a number of years ago, the Russians had a design that they tested with scale models. We re-engineered and studied it and renamed it the HL-20. … My group of engineers thought it was very, very attractive, and together with Raytheon we were working on a proposal… It really surprised us when the upper...
  • Freep This Survay (Private Health Care vs. Government Health Care)

    07/08/2008 12:46:37 PM PDT · by 84rules · 13 replies · 116+ views
    HealthCareForAmericaNow.org ^ | 2008 | HealthCareForAmericaNow.org
    Which side are you on? The time is now for an American solution that will secure our families' health and a healthy economy. The first order of business for the new President and Congress in 2009 should be to pass health care legislation that guarantees quality, affordable health care for all. We are asking everyone to tell us which side you are on: - I’m for a guarantee of quality affordable health care for all.- I’m for leaving us on our own to buy private health insurance.Which Side Are You On?
  • N.Y. Fed's private OTC actions under fire[Federal Reserve]

    06/16/2008 11:17:19 AM PDT · by BGHater · 8 replies · 106+ views
    Reuters ^ | 15 June 2008 | Joanne Morrison
    The New York Federal Reserve's closed-door rule making with top players in the massive $60 trillion credit default swaps market came under legal fire on Sunday, as a fair finance activist filed a complaint questioning why it was done in the dark. "The Federal Reserve seems to think it can engage in rule making in secret only with the industry," said Matthew Lee, executive director of the New York-based non-profit group Inner City Press/Community on the Move. Lee filed the administrative complaint on Sunday with both the New York Fed and the Federal Reserve Board in Washington. In the complaint,...
  • Private Companies To Take Over Failing NHS Hospitals (UK)

    06/03/2008 6:18:38 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 192+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-3-2008 | Rebecca Smith and Andrew Porter
    Private companies to take over failing NHS hospitals By Rebecca Smith and Andrew Porter Last Updated: 11:09PM BST 03/06/2008 Private companies are to be drafted in to run failing NHS hospitals for the first time, under plans to be announced. Poor managers are to be sacked without receiving large payouts and replaced by staff from profit-making companies who would be paid with public money. The NHS will retain ownership of hospital buildings and services but the private firm will "take over" the day to day running of the hospital. Ministers believe the proposals will drive up standards within the health...
  • Obama Seeks Private Funding

    04/26/2008 11:28:18 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 12 replies · 91+ views
    WSJ ^ | April 26th, 2008 | MARY JACOBY
    Barack Obama is poised to run the first privately financed general-election presidential campaign since Watergate, giving him more control over his own operations than any candidate since 1972. Buoyed by record-setting fund raising, the Democratic front-runner already has laid the groundwork, through seeking a Federal Election Commission ruling, to reject traditional taxpayer funding for a contest this fall against Republican John McCain. If the Illinois senator were to win the Democratic nomination and take that option, he would be the first White House hopeful from either party to abandon completely the federal campaign-finance system, created in 1974. Obama spokesman Bill...
  • Democrats push to end private tax collections (IRS more efficient)

    07/18/2007 5:33:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 877+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/18/07
    Democrats push to end private tax collectionsWed Jul 18, 2007 3:51PM EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Wednesday moved to end a treasured Republican program that allows private debt collectors to pursue tax debts owed to the U.S. government. The House Ways and Means Committee, on a mostly party line vote of 23-18, approved a bill ending the program enacted in 2004 by the then Republican-led Congress. Democrats, who now control Congress, and unions opposed the program, saying it was a costly way to collect tax debts that could more efficiently be collected by IRS...
  • House says 'no' to voucher plan for a third time (South Carolina)

    04/02/2007 7:15:55 AM PDT · by Livin_large · 5 replies · 348+ views
    GoUpState.com ^ | March 30, 2007 | ROBERT W. DALTON
    The state House on Thursday rejected a plan to give public money to parents to send their children to private schools. It's the third consecutive year the House has voted against establishing a voucher program. This time around, voucher supporters tried to attach three separate proposals to a bill allowing open enrollment in public schools. All three were defeated; two of them by slim margins. The emotional issue triggered some heated debate and brought a surprise appearance by Rep. James Smith, D-Columbia. Smith flew home from National Guard training in Kansas to vote on the controversial proposals. Rep. Bob Walker,...
  • Why Private Colleges Are Surging in India

    03/28/2007 10:15:36 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies · 190+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 29, 2007 | PAUL GLADER and PETER WONACOTT
    NOIDA, India -- India's continued economic success depends in part on what's happening in this city on the outskirts of New Delhi, where construction workers lay brick for new science buildings, libraries and dormitories for the rapidly expanding Amity International School. Amity is part of a wave of private universities in India -- the most high-profile backed by the nation's business moguls -- that are sprouting up to meet the exploding demand for skilled workers. While the private universities are adding much-needed capacity, they are also raising questions about the quality of their degrees and the motives of some wealthy...
  • Toll-road fever no bargain for consumers

    01/20/2007 4:58:00 PM PST · by A. Pole · 42 replies · 1,088+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 20, 2007 | Henry Lamb
    Across the country, state highway officials are almost giddy about the prospects of selling the right to build toll roads to private investors. Financial wizards have learned how to amass gigantic pools of capital to pay the states for the privilege. Prestigious financial institutions are promoting the new method of financing infrastructure as the greatest development since sliced bread. Left out of the equation is the consumer – the poor working stiff who has paid exorbitant local, state and federal taxes on every gallon of gasoline he ever purchased so that highway officials would have the funds necessary to construct...
  • Group opposes private toll loop around Indianapolis

    01/16/2007 8:13:10 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 4 replies · 557+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | 15 Jan 2007 | David Tanner
    Opposition is mounting against a proposal by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels for a private investor to design and build a 75-mile tolled loop around Indianapolis. About 300 people met last week in Martinsville, IN, according to one of the toll road opponents, Steve Bonney of West Lafayette, IN. More meetings are scheduled to take place later this week. Bonney was one of the plaintiffs last year who files a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of Daniels’ “Major Moves” transportation plan, which included the 75-year lease of the Indiana Toll Road to private investors. Bonney and others are on record on...
  • The Private Arm of the Law[Private Security Firms]

    01/03/2007 11:15:01 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 19 replies · 826+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 02 Jan 2007 | Amy Goldstein
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kevin Watt crouched down to search the rusted Cadillac he had stopped for cruising the parking lot of a Raleigh apartment complex with a broken light. He pulled out two open Bud Light cans, an empty Corona bottle, rolling papers, a knife, a hammer, a stereo speaker, and a car radio with wires sprouting out. "Who's this belong to, man?" Watt asked the six young Latino men he had frisked and lined up behind the car. Five were too young to drink. None had a driver's license. One had under his hooded sweat shirt the tattoo of...
  • Summary Judgment: Bush Administration Proposes Massive Land Grab

    11/15/2006 8:36:52 AM PST · by libertylovinactivist · 108 replies · 3,451+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 11/14/06 | William Perry Pendley
    Days ago, in a proposal unnoticed by the media, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced the largest land grab since President Clinton designated massive national monuments across the West. When Clinton decreed 1.9 million acres of federal land in Utah as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to kill a vast underground coal mine that would have employed 1,000 locals in the most economically depressed region of southern Utah, generated $20 million in annual revenue, and produced environmentally - compliant coal for generating electricity, there were protests across the West. When the Bush Administration published its plans, there was...
  • Can science get by without your tax money?

    10/31/2006 7:19:14 PM PST · by Logophile · 40 replies · 753+ views
    Times Online ^ | 5 June 2006 | Terence Kealey
    Can science get by without your tax money? Just ask them over at IBM Science Notebook by Terence Kealey SCIENCE POLICY across the globe is but a series of footnotes to Vannevar Bush’s 1945 book Science: The Endless Frontier. Before the Second World War the US Government spent little on applied science and nothing on pure science. In 1940 its total research budget was only $74 million, mainly for defence and agriculture, when the private sector was spending $265million, of which $55 million was for pure science. Yet by 1940 America had long been the richest country in the world,...
  • Boston unplugged

    10/05/2006 6:22:55 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 13 replies · 522+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 5, 2006 | Globe Editorial
    THOMAS MENINO wants to make Boston wireless. From park benches or street corners, people would have low-cost access the Internet. Just as Oz is the Emerald City, Boston could become an Internet city, a place where life is enriched by the glow that radiates from a vibrant mix of online services. [...] Menino has three sound goals for wireless service in the city: close the digital divide; encourage economic development; and improve city services. Under this vision, the system would be built on lampposts, the outsides of buildings, and other structures. Bringing the service inside buildings would involve buying inexpensive...
  • ZOT! Our Congress has flipped out

    09/19/2006 1:44:03 PM PDT · by SlackerSlayer · 69 replies · 2,074+ views
    Opinion after a half hour of C-SPAN/ U.S. House ^ | Tuesday September 19th 2001 | SlackerSlayer
    Our Congress has gone off the deep end of an empty pool, they have flipped out, they are crazy. They have just spent the last half hour that I have seen, 1:30PM PST, discussing the huge problem of "Private Property Ownership,,, in Vietnam!!! Why do we send them to Washington? To work for us I thought. Why are they wasting our Dime on the problems of Vietnamese Citizens? What Wealthy Former vietnamese is pushing this resolution through Congress? Is it one of those that were working with the CIA-Air America drug smugglers of the 1960's?
  • Revised 'Super Slab' proposal outlined(Toll Road-Colorado Corridor)

    08/29/2006 8:04:14 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 9 replies · 1,311+ views
    The Denver Business Journal ^ | 28 Aug 2006 | The Denver Business Journal
    Super Slab, the proposed 210-mile long road curving through Colorado's eastern plains from Fort Collins to Pueblo, has been reborn as the $2.5 billion "Prairie Falcon Parkway Express." The Front Range Toll Road Ltd., doing business as the Prairie Falcon Parkway Express Company, announced Monday it has filed a new corridor plan with the Colorado Secretary of State's office. The company is sending official notices via certified mail to owners of property along the project's path, said spokesman Jason Hopfer. About 4,000 notices were mailed, although the company figures there's only about 2,000 individual property owners -- some owning more...
  • Calif. prison chief wants private care

    08/04/2006 8:09:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 336+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/4/06 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO - The California prison system, plagued by mismanagement and negligence in delivering health care to inmates, is ill-equipped to provide hospital services to prisoners and should let an independent health care provider take over, the state's corrections chief said Friday. "Clearly, I've seen examples where inmates are dying due to a lack of care in the system," Acting Corrections Secretary James Tilton said. "The facts are there: We have people not getting appropriate care." A federal receiver took control of the prisons' medical system in April after a U.S. District Court judge found that an average of one inmate...
  • NASA's Bold Plan for Private Spaceflight

    06/29/2006 8:27:53 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 3 replies · 226+ views
    Technology Review ^ | 06/29/06 | Mark Williams
    From its beginnings in the 1950s, through the glory years of Apollo and to the present day, NASA has always owned and operated the rockets with which it launches crew and cargo into space. But last fall the agency attempted to kick start a quiet revolution in near-earth spaceflight. In an announcement, titled "Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS); Spaceflight Demonstrations," NASA requested proposals from companies interested in building and operating rockets that could reach the International Space Station and serve both government and private-sector customers (see "Private Space," March/April 2006).
  • KINDER MORGAN BUYOUT PROPOSED

    05/30/2006 3:49:56 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 6 replies · 255+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 30 May 2006 | Tom Fowler
    When Richard Kinder left Enron in late 1996 he set out to build an empire out of the staid yet steady energy pipeline business. Nearly 10 years later he plans to take Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc., where he is chairman and chief executive, private in a $13.5 billion transaction that could be one of the largest such buyouts in U.S. corporate history. Kinder, along with members of his management team, board of directors and a group of investment firms, wants to give Kinder Morgan Inc. shareholders $100 cash for every share, an 18.5 percent premium over KMI's $84.41 closing price...
  • Phone-Records Surveillance Is Broadly Acceptable to Public (ABC Poll)

    05/12/2006 5:57:25 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 127 replies · 2,059+ views
    ABC News ^ | 5/12/06 | Mikey_1962
    May 12, 2006 — Americans by nearly a 2-1 ratio call the surveillance of telephone records an acceptable way for the federal government to investigate possible terrorist threats, expressing broad unconcern even if their own calling patterns are scrutinized. Lending support to the administration's defense of its anti-terrorism intelligence efforts, 63 percent in this ABC News/Washington Post poll say the secret program, disclosed Thursday by USA Today, is justified, while far fewer, 35 percent, call it unjustified. Indeed, 51 percent approve of the way President Bush is handling the protection of privacy rights, while 47 percent disapprove — hardly a...
  • Obama rouses crowd for Sanders, Welch

    03/11/2006 11:15:19 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies · 1,027+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Saturday, March 11 | LISA RATHKE
    In a rousing speech that drew an overflow crowd to the University of Vermont on Friday, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama endorsed Bernie Sanders for U.S. Senate and Peter Welch for the U.S. House, saying the country could use a "nice cool blast of the truth." The rising star of the Democrats said Americans were starting to pay attention to their federal government and are ready for a "call to action." He called Sanders and Welch "two outstanding progressive candidates" who could bring about change in Washington He also praised former Gov. Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who...
  • Chicago to target absent teachers

    02/04/2006 8:54:24 PM PST · by george76 · 108 replies · 1,913+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 4, 2006 | Tracy Dell'Angela and Darnell Little
    $10 million spent annually by district for classroom subs... Driven by parental concerns about teacher absenteeism, the Chicago Public Schools for the first time will start scrutinizing schools with high numbers of teachers taking sick days. On any given school day in Chicago, an average of 1,500 teachers, about 6 percent of the teaching staff, call in sick or take a personal day, according to a Tribune analysis of teacher payroll records. The absentee rate is highest on Fridays, when an average of 1,800 teachers don't show... For each of the last six school years, Chicago teachers missed an average...
  • Teachers Union To Demonstrate Against ABC Commentator

    02/12/2006 12:34:57 AM PST · by paudio · 38 replies · 2,853+ views
    IMDB.com ^ | 2/10/06
    The New York City teachers union has decided not to stage a demonstration at ABC's offices on Feb. 14 to protest John Stossel's recent 20/20 feature criticizing the public education system, Stossel said in an email to viewers of the show on Thursday. "They are apparently planning something else," he wrote. "Stay tuned." Earlier in the week, Stossel said that he had been scheduled to receive an award from the union's Social Studies Conference "for the oustanding work which you have done for social causes." However, he said, after the broadcast the union wrote a letter withdrawing the invitation and...