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  • I'm asking you, and here's why: [email from nobama]

    12/30/2013 8:58:28 AM PST · by upchuck · 12 replies
    email | Dec 30, 2013 | Barack Obama (supposedly)
    Friend -- On January 1st, our nation turns a corner on health care -- and we're never going back. From here on, no American should have to go broke just because they get sick. You can't be dropped from your plan when you need it most. Pre-existing conditions will never prevent someone from getting coverage, and women can't be charged more than men for their plans. And for millions of Americans, affordable, quality coverage is finally within reach. I am so proud of that. And I have people like you to thank, truly. Fundamental change like this doesn't happen just...
  • Poor Quality Ammuniton due to Shortage Blows up 1911 Kimber (YouTube video, 7m36s)

    07/30/2013 10:07:35 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 45 replies
    YouTube ^ | April, 2013
    Click here for video (7 min, 36 sec)
  • Three Falsehoods Refuted (Obamacare)

    05/29/2013 2:59:12 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    CCHF ^ | 5-29-13 | twila brase
    The health care reform debate is littered with false statements. Truth is hard to come by. However, several recent news stories counter a whole series of mistruths and half-truths. Here are just three falsehoods -- there are many more, including one countered in our news release below -- and the new facts and findings that counter the false claims: FALSE: "Patient satisfaction" scores improve patient care. The scores have little to do with the efforts of doctors and nurses. A new study on "patient experience" found that only 3% of the executives at 1,072 hospitals said physicians or other clinicians...
  • Intoxicated Auto Workers Reinstated

    12/15/2012 2:04:58 PM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    Chrysler was forced to reinstate 13 assembly line workers fired two years ago when a TV news crew caught them drinking and smoking pot on the job at the company's Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. “First of all, the filming was an invasion of these employees' privacy,” arbitrator Justin Moran ruled. “Second, since the film showed no evidence that the accused were actually working on assembling vehicles at the time, the company's prohibition against 'drinking on the job' could not be proved to have been violated. Consequently, the company's argument that the firing was justified because intoxicated employees could...
  • 54 high-speed trains recalled over safety concerns (China)

    08/12/2011 5:52:54 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    china.org.cn ^ | 8-12-11 | Xinhua
    China CNR Corp. Ltd. will recall 54 high-speed trains used on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail line over safety concerns, the company said in a statement Friday. The Shanghai-listed train maker said in a statement at the website of Shanghai Stock Exchange that it had asked the Ministry of Railways for approval of recalling its 54 high-speed CRH380BL trains. Previously, the Beijing-based company has decided to suspend delivery of CRH380BL trains which the company said have defects in the automatic protection system. The trains were assembled in the company's subsidiary, Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd., in northeast China's Jilin Province. Friday's...
  • EPA to downgrade Dallas air quality to serious

    01/19/2011 4:19:29 PM PST · by TLI · 35 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 18, 2011 | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI
    HOUSTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to downgrade Dallas' air quality from "moderate" to "serious" after the city failed to meet a 1997 pollution limit and new regulations the agency is considering could put the city even further behind. The announcement the EPA planned to make Wednesday will force the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to submit a plan detailing how Dallas will meet federal guidelines by 2013. But, the EPA plans to unveil a more stringent ozone cap by July 31, making it even harder for Dallas to get in line. .
  • So You want to open a business in California?

    11/24/2010 1:28:10 PM PST · by marsh2 · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/23/21010 | humboldtnative707
    This is a satire on trying to open a trucking business in CA.
  • 10 Cars Mechanics Hate

    09/12/2010 7:39:28 PM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 159 replies · 1+ views
    autos.yahoo.com ^ | Tom and Ray Magliozz
    These are the cars that cause us to mumble under our breath when they drive by. So smug. So reliable. Sure! Drive right past our shop! How's a mechanic supposed to make a monthly boat payment with so many of these things on the road? Yes, the cars we hate most, as mechanics, are the cars that provide us with the fewest repair dollars. I mean, you see a '99 Jeep Grand Cherokee roll into the shop and you can practically smell the transmission rebuild. But the cars on this list? You'll be lucky to sell their owners a set...
  • Do you really want quality health care?

    07/31/2010 4:00:59 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 13 replies · 4+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | July 31st, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    You’ve heard the phrase “We should pay the health care providers not for “volume of care” but for “quality of care”. You’ve heard it from politicians on the left, right and center. You’ve heard about the transition to “evidence based” care that will save us tons of money. But do you really know what “quality of care” means and what “evidence based medicine” means. Quality means different thing to different people. Quality may refer to the perception of the degree to which the product or service meets the customer’s expectations. Your grandma’s apple pie may be the standard for quality...
  • Some see white iPhone delay as part of bigger problem(Too much focus on design?)

    07/24/2010 1:10:36 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 71 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 07/23/10 | Cynthia Lin
    July 23, 2010, 4:03 p.m. EDT Some see white iPhone delay as part of bigger problem Too much focus on design and an arrogant attitude seen by public By Cynthia Lin, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Apple Inc. users may have shrugged off another push-back in the release of white iPhone 4s, but some of them say the delay adds to a string of recent issues that call the company's priorities into question. Customers outside Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) store in midtown New York who spoke to MarketWatch were mostly unconcerned about white versions being unavailable -- but they thought the delay...
  • Dumbing down Intel

    07/21/2010 4:31:56 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 20, 2010 | Ralph Peters
    The fundamental problem with our national intelligence system is that it assumes that quantity can substitute for quality. The result is a vast, expensive network that's far less than the sum of its parts. It's as if the Yankees, stung by a string of losing seasons, avoided seeking out talented ballplayers in favor of hiring a thousand Little Leaguers (at major-league salaries). This week, The Washington Post has done something of a service with a series of articles, "Top Secret America," chronicling the lack of accountability in our intelligence community. The analysis is a bit superficial, but diligent reporting drives...
  • Afghanistan Army on ‘Glide Path’ to Meeting Quality, Growth Goals

    06/02/2010 6:16:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 153+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 2, 2010 – Just six months after activating the NATO Training Mission- Afghanistan, one of the command’s deputy commanders said that changes to the training program have produced marked improvements in the quality of troops entering the Afghan National Army. During yesterday’s DOD Live Bloggers Roundtable Army Brig. Gen. Gary Patton, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and deputy commander for the Army Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan discussed the results of the first 180-day assessment. Patton highlighted remaining challenges, along with some significant achievements. “We now see an army that is meeting its growth objectives and lowering its attrition rate,” Patton...
  • Connecticut Supreme Court: Students guaranteed adequate standard of education quality

    03/22/2010 3:23:49 PM PDT · by Steve495 · 7 replies · 256+ views
    Radio Vice Online ^ | March 22, 2010 | Steve McGough
    The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that not only must the state provide a substantially equal educational opportunity to its youth in its free public elementary and secondary schools, but they must also get an education that will adequately prepare them for college or a job in the real world. ... It's not student to teacher ratios, it's not overall enrollment, it's not computers in the classroom, or dollars spent per student ... it's the median income of residents in the school district. It is the hopes and aspirations of the parents, and the drive to get into a good college...
  • Are you Americans corny?

    10/19/2009 1:56:01 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 76 replies · 2,410+ views
    10/19/2009 | WesternCulture
    Since WWII, America has enjoyed too many of Democratic lies. As a matter of example, many Americans today think they run Western Civilization. This is a major delusion. French president Sarkozy and the elite of European bankers do. America is presently scrapping much of her industrial core while Europe is gearing up in that department. Anyone who today would drive between the Ruhr district (Germany) and Antwerpen, Belgium, would have to admit Europe, again, constitutes the center of the world economy. The Asians? The Japanese will never make a car as safe as a Volvo and as drivable like a...
  • Canada: Hippocrates in the Hallway

    10/02/2009 11:30:55 AM PDT · by Libertas aut Mortis · 12 replies · 758+ views
    National Post ^ | October 02, 2009 | Blazing Cat Fur
    I suppose I should have been tipped off by the fact that the surgeon who performed my 84-year-old Mom's angioplasty on Friday at Toronto General Hospital couldn't be bothered to check up on her afterward. This same surgeon discharged her Saturday morning from TGH - by phone.
  • On the Ground: Forces Aid City, Improve Quality of Life in Iraq

    07/08/2009 5:00:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 459+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 8, 2009 – U.S. forces strengthened relationships with their Iraqi counterparts in recent days as they worked to help a city in need and to improve health care and quality of life throughout Iraq. U.S. forces are providing humanitarian aid to the residents of an Iraqi city recovering after a devastating truck bomb attack in June. Representatives from the 1st Cavalry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team and the Kirkuk provincial reconstruction team traveled to Taza, south of Kirkuk, on June 27 to assist in the recovery. Forces assessed the security situation, delivered much-needed water and inspected a tent...
  • And so, why exactly would anyone want to buy a Fiat, anyway?

    05/06/2009 7:16:03 AM PDT · by catnipman · 59 replies · 1,594+ views
    Consumer Reports ^ | May 5, 2009 | Jeff Bartlett
    ..... Now, the real question is, how will working with Fiat affect quality? Fiat reliability For those Americans who recall when Fiat cars were sold here, the brand made a less-than-stellar impression. Looking back at Consumer Reports reliability ratings from the late 1970s, Fiat models typically had more dreaded solid black blobs than most car shoppers would prefer. In particular, the Fiat 128 and 131 received a worse overall reliability rating for several years. Back then, Fiat was sometimes referred to as “Fix It Again, Tony.” A lot can happen in 30 years, but don’t get your hopes up. For...
  • ‘Alpha Dog’ Oversight Means Quality of Life for Iraqis

    05/05/2009 5:51:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 288+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Maj. Pat Simon, USA
    BAGHDAD, May 5, 2009 – They call him “Alpha Dog” for staring down a vicious dog, but Army Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Nordby, who serves with the 225th Engineer Brigade, really is more of a gentle giant who oversees construction work being done at various sites throughout the Abu Ghraib area here. Army Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Nordby, right, and an Iraqi contractor discuss plans to build a wall near a clinic in Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib area, May 4, 2009. Nordby oversees quality assurance and quality control of about 27 projects in the area. U.S. Army Photo by Maj....
  • Infrastructure Team Projects Improve Iraqi Quality of Life

    11/06/2008 3:20:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 254+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. David Hodge, USA
    In this file photo, Iraqi National Policemen raise an Iraqi flag during the Airport Road Renovation groundbreaking ceremony, July 5, 2008, in the Rashid District of southern Baghdad. Photo by Sgt. David Hodge, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. FOB FALCON — Although capturing terrorists and finding weapons here make the headlines in the news, restoring essential services and key infrastructure elements to the citizens of Baghdad are considered by Soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, Infrastructure Coordination Element (ICE) Team, as the real victories in the Global War...
  • Government of Iraq Works to Improve Quality of Life in Baghdad

    09/17/2008 9:23:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 122+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Jason Thompson, USA
    Dr. Ahmed Adnan Ahmed, the local doctor in Hatim Mutliq, northwest of Baghdad checks the pulse of one of his patients during a medical operation in the town. Photo by Brad Willeford, 2nd Stryker Brigade 25th Infantry Division. BAGHDAD — For citizens of a war-torn city, often the smallest things that help make life easier are the most welcome of sights. Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers are working hand in hand with government of Iraq (GoI) officials to help local citizens return to a more normal way of life.  They are improving essential services throughout the region with a program...
  • IOC: Beijing air provides some risks

    03/17/2008 1:56:38 PM PDT · by steel_resolve · 6 replies · 294+ views
    CNNSI via AP ^ | 3/17/2008 | unknown
    BEIJING (AP) -- Beijing's air quality is better than expected, though a study shows athletes in outdoor endurance events will face some risks from pollution and the weather may be less than ideal at this summer's Olympics. ...snip... an analysis by four independent experts of data supplied by Beijing organizers found heat and humidity might be a greater threat to athletes than the city's noxious air. ...snip... "It means we may not see much of world records under unfavorable conditions, but that's not the main purpose of the Olympic Games -- to set records."
  • Hawr Rajab Sees Significant Economic, Quality of Life Improvements

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

    03/08/2008 3:17:28 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 331+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-8-2008 | Blackwell Publishing Ltd..
    Increasing Food Quality Risks Are Affecting Global Food Supply Chain ScienceDaily (Mar. 8, 2008) — A new study illustrates the real potential for contamination of globally sourced foods and proposes a conceptual framework of supply chain quality management. Led by Aleda V. Roth of Clemson University with co-authors Andy Tsay of Santa Clara University, Madeleine Pullman of Portland State University, and John Gray of Ohio State University, the study utilized information from trends of U.S. food imports from China, subsequent recall events, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data to highlight the inherent difficulties and risks posed by global...
  • Focus Shifts from Recruitment to Quality for Iraqi Police

    02/28/2008 4:55:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 111+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2008 – Following the growth of Iraqi Interior Ministry forces from about 350,000 members to 410,000 in 2007, the coalition’s focus is shifting from police recruitment to improving overall operational quality, a senior officer said from Baghdad yesterday. While the growth of the forces accounts for all functions under the ministry, success recruiting provincial-level Iraqi police last year makes up a significant portion of the increase, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael D. Jones, commander of Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq’s Civilian Police Assistance Training Team, told online journalists and “bloggers” in a teleconference. A major development that...
  • The New Bugaboo: Low Prices in China

    11/02/2007 10:24:10 PM PDT · by Justmay · 7 replies · 175+ views
    The China Game ^ | Nov 2 | P Midler
    The New Bugaboo: Low Prices Consider yourself in the following situation: You ask someone to run to the store for you to buy you a candy bar, and you give him more cash than necessary. Keep the change, you tell him. The guy gets to the store and decides to shoplift the candy bar instead. Now, are you responsible for the person’s unethical actions? In an article titled “China Pays Steep Price As Textile Exports Boom”, the Wall Street Journal suggested that companies like Wal-Mart, Nike and Liz Claiborne bear a responsibility for the unethical behavior of their suppliers. I...
  • Combined Medical Staff Provides Quality Care

    10/25/2007 4:42:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 40+ views
    FARAH CITY, Afghanistan, Oct. 25, 2007 – Afghan and American medical staffs recently combined resources to provide quality medical care to the local people. Army Dr. (Maj.) Elizabeth Lawrance, a surgeon, discusses the details of a surgical case with Dr. Rabani, a surgeon from Farah City, Afghanistan. The two surgeons performed a surgery together on a village elder. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. When Army Dr. (Maj.) Elizabeth Lawrance, Farah Provincial Reconstruction Team surgeon, was faced with several hernia operations, she called on a local urology expert, Dr. Rabani, and Rahim, a nurse anesthetist, from Farah...
  • Ms Owl Develops Sermonitis !

    09/24/2007 9:31:20 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 7 replies · 84+ views
    Finneran Lane ^ | 09/24/07 | vanity
    The usually elegant Ms Owl looked at bit shopworn when she visited today: she had a bad weekend in church ! Who knew OWLS were so devout ?
  • General Assesses Quality of Iraqi Army, Police

    08/09/2007 4:43:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 255+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2007 – Iraq’s security forces are making great strides, but the army is enduring a shortage of experienced military leaders, while law enforcement is troubled by sectarian divisiveness on a national scale and distrust by some local societies, the general overseeing training for Iraqi security forces said today. “There are a lot of positive developments in the Iraqi army, there’s absolutely no doubt about it,” Army Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik, commander of Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq, told military analysts during a conference call. But raising and replenishing an army during a war and in the...
  • Quality Fade in China

    08/02/2007 8:52:22 AM PDT · by Justmay · 37 replies · 1,277+ views
    Forbes ^ | July 25, 2007 | Paul Midler
    Dealing With China's 'Quality Fade' Paul Midler 07.26.07, 11:11 AM ET Recent media reports detailing a series of quality problems with Chinese-made exports--pet food tainted with prohibited chemicals, toys covered with lead paint and tires that fall apart at high speed--have understandably alarmed the American public and resulted in a number of international product recalls. But supply chain professionals not directly affected by these recalls remain unusually calm. "Everything will be all right," said one U.S. importer on a buying mission to China. "As the country continues to develop, the quality of its products will naturally rise." It's the sort...
  • Ford Motor Company Captures Most Awards in 2007 Initial Quality Study

    06/06/2007 10:53:19 AM PDT · by eraser2005 · 56 replies · 1,108+ views
    J.D. Power ^ | 6/6/2007 | J.D. Power
    WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.: 6 June 2007 — Ford Motor Company garners five top model segment awards—more than any other automobile corporation this year, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) released today. In the study, Ford Motor Company earns model segment awards for the Ford Mustang, Lincoln Mark LT, Lincoln MKZ, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Mercury Milan. “The 2007 IQS results contain some encouraging and positive news for Ford Motor Company,” said Neal Oddes, director of product research and analysis at J.D. Power and Associates. “Fourteen Ford Motor Company models place in the top three...
  • Wind Turbines 'Are Ruining Our Quality Of Life' (UK)

    04/15/2007 6:43:12 PM PDT · by blam · 46 replies · 1,749+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-16-1007 | Martin Beckford
    Wind turbines 'are ruining our quality of life' By Martin Beckford Last Updated: 1:15am BST 16/04/2007 The majority of people living near wind turbines believe that the noise they make is ruining their health and quality of life, a report has revealed. Neighbours also claim that the constant hum and the loud "whooshing" sound made by the blades in high winds is destroying the value of their homes. A survey of people whose homes are situated within 1.2 miles of turbines has shown that three-quarters of them feel that the noise has damaged their quality of life while four out...
  • Reconstruction Projects Help Improve Quality of Life

    02/12/2007 5:04:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 213+ views
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 12, 2007 — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division has completed 3,825 construction projects as of Feb. 9, 2007, with a total of 4,035 construction projects planned. Currently, there are 802 construction projects ongoing – all funded through the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund, the Development Fund for Iraq, the Commander’s Emergency Response Program, the Economic Support Fund and the Iraq Security Forces Fund. Previous construction rollups included only IRRF and DFI projects, this and future roll-ups will include GRD projects under all funding programs. One project completed in the past two weeks is the...
  • Toyota recalls half a million trucks, SUVs

    01/20/2007 4:39:11 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 89 replies · 1,701+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 19, 2007 | Sean M. Wood
    Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 533,000 Tundra pickups and Sequoia sport utility vehicles built in Princeton, Ind. The recall is due to steering problems that might have led to 11 accidents and six injuries, according to the company. Vehicles affected include some 2004 to 2006 model-year Tundras and some 2004 to 2007 model-year Sequoias. It doesn't include the 2007 Tundras being built in San Antonio. The recall could be troubling news for Toyota, which is launching its redesigned, San Antonio-built Tundra pickup next month. It's another recall for a company viewed as a model of quality and reliability but plagued...
  • Quality of life projects find success

    09/11/2006 6:07:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 262+ views
    An Iraqi construction worker pounds an iron rod into the ground at an electrical substation construction site in Shamia, June 25. The substation, once complete, will provide electricity to the residents of the town. Department of Defense photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adrian Cadiz. BAGHDAD -- While operations aimed at bolstering security in Iraq continue to move forward, quality of life projects - such as reconstruction, improving the health-care system and building the economy - are also finding success.According to a recent Gulf Region Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report, building an Iraqi health-care system based on primary...
  • For Baghdad residents, quality of life improves one operation at a time

    08/25/2006 2:12:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 393+ views
    Brig. Gen. Jaleel (left), commander, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, and Col. Michael Shields, commander, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, answer questions from Iraqi and Western media Aug. 23 during a combined press conference held at Camp Liberty. Department of Defense photo by Army Spc. Karl Johnson. BAGHDAD  -- During a press conference Aug. 23, Iraqi and Coalition leaders discussed a recent combined operation in Baghdad’s Shulla, Nur and Ghazaliyah neighborhoods that resulted in a sharp decrease in levels of violence in the area and paved the way for improved essential services.Brig. Gen. Jaleel, commander, 1st Brigade, 6th...
  • Civil affairs projects improve Nineveh quality of life

    08/21/2006 5:55:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 391+ views
    MOSUL, Iraq (Army News Service, Aug. 21, 2006) – Three towns west of Mosul in northern Iraq are benefiting from several newly completed projects as a result of cooperation between local leadership, and members of the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion. Local contractors completed construction of a new courthouse for the citizens of Sununi on Aug. 7. The month-long project employed 35 local workers and is expected to make the adjudication of laws easier for the judges in the Sunini sub-district by providing a place for judges to meet and hear cases. When inspecting the work, coalition force personnel assessed the...
  • Signs of improved security, quality of life witnessed in Baghdad

    08/20/2006 9:53:27 AM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 540+ views
    An Iraqi soldier from the 6th Iraqi Army Division assists an Iraqi citizen with a census form as part of Operation Together Forward. The operation is an Iraqi led, combined effort with Coalition forces to secure the city of Baghdad against terrorists activities. BAGHDAD — Iraqi and Coalition forces this week began witnessing the positive results of their efforts to secure Baghdad and improve quality of life here. Since Amaliya Ma’an ila Al-Amam or Operation Together Forward began July 9, combined forces have killed 97 and detained 501 terrorists associated with death squads, and seized more than 59 weapons...
  • Bolstering security, improving quality of life in Iraq

    08/12/2006 3:22:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 345+ views
    BAGHDAD — As news here this week centered on bolstering Baghdad security, quality of life projects are still progressing with notable results in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq. For nearly two years, the Al Wathba Water Treatment Plant has been undergoing a $22 million upgrade to bring fresh, potable water to Baghdad residents. That facility serves the Rusafa area in northeast Baghdad with markets, businesses, medical facilities, and about 300,000 residents dependent on its output. “Al Wathba is more than 40 years old and the dilapidated, poorly maintained equipment was producing about 1,000 cubic meters (264172.1 gallons) of drinking water...
  • Toyota Tops Vehicle Dependability Study (J.D. Power)

    08/09/2006 1:53:27 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies · 1,015+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 9, 2006 | Associated Press
    DETROIT — Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) won top honors in eight categories of a closely watched vehicle dependability study, more than any other company, while mainstream brands closed in on luxury nameplates, J.D. Power and Associates said Wednesday. Lexus, Toyota's luxury brand, was the top-ranked nameplate for the 12th consecutive year. It was followed by Ford Motor Co.'s (F) Mercury and General Motors Corp.'s (GM) Buick and Cadillac. Last-place Land Rover, which is owned by Ford, lagged far behind the second-to-last brand, Saab, which is owned by GM. Land Rover owners reported 438 problems per 100 vehicles, while Saab...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 08-07-2006

    08/07/2006 6:26:17 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 1 replies · 355+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 08-07-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. So, what in the world is that smell? It's smoke shooting out of my Dell! And as the thing blazed I remained unfazed and quipped,"It's the laptop from Hell!"
  • Recruit Quality Remains High, Defense Personnel Official Says

    07/12/2006 6:07:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 214+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 12, 2006 – The military has been able to fill its ranks without sacrificing quality, DoD's top personnel official told reporters yesterday. David S. C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said all active-duty components met their recruiting goals in June for the 13th month in a row. He said the reserve components also did well, with all but the Navy Reserve making their recruiting goals. All told, DoD recruits about 300,000 servicemembers in all components each year. Chu called the fact that the department can fill the ranks of the volunteer force a testament to...
  • China #1 in Producing Ph. Ds

    07/06/2006 6:36:16 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 2 replies · 304+ views
    TheBizofKnowledge ^ | June 29, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    China, number one again; it has turned out more Ph.Ds last year than any other country in the world. But a Ph. D. does not a good teacher make. Quality of teaching is being seriously questioned in China. Professors are caught up in 1. The publish or perish mentality 2. Raising funds and 3. Attending conferences, making them absent from class. Gee, it sounds like the same problem there is with traditional colleges in America, no? As a result, China has had some problems with plagiarism in the recent past. In the near future, the Chinese universities are likely to...
  • U. S. Airlines Lose More Business to Asia

    06/25/2006 6:32:59 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 3 replies · 462+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 23, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    While US airlines cut and slash service -- care and feeding -- of their travelers, the Asian airlines have been buying new planes, installing elaborate entertainment systems, and allowing passengers in-flight e-mail and web surfing options. Add to that plush seats and meals created by celebrity chefs, and the result is that America doesn't know service. Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines services beat all American carriers, hands down. On the long-haul flights, choices of movies, frequent meals (America doesn't need this) -- Western or Asian style -- and friendly service are the standard. Not only are the US airlines behind,...
  • Higher-Ed Accreditation is Under Fire

    06/21/2006 6:25:10 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 1 replies · 256+ views
    TheBizofKnowledge ^ | June 19, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Higher-ed accreditation practice does not have the trust it once had. Just because a school is accredited, it no longer means that the school can be relied on to deliver quality education. How many full-timers are there? It doesn't matter as much because they are not available. How many books are there in the library? It doesn't matter any more, because nearly all resources needed are now online. How much classroom space is there? It doesn't matter anymore, because students are taking classes online. How stable is the school financially? It matters a lot, because schools ought not be allowed...
  • Grand Canyon University

    06/21/2006 5:47:47 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 1 replies · 252+ views
    TheBizofKnowledge ^ | June 16, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Grand Canyon University might be a school for ultramarathoners (super marathoners) -- guys and gals who run multiple marathons in one day. I know of one race that goes from rim to rim of the Grand Canyon and back all in one day. But that is not relevant here. Sorry. Grand Canyon School was a traditional University with an annual shortfall of $12 million to $15 million as late as 2004. It broke even last year and is now turning a profit. The difference is, it was bought by a significant other -- Significant Education -- and turned into a...
  • Quality vs. Quantity

    06/15/2006 3:13:38 PM PDT · by conserv371 · 5 replies · 678+ views
    6/15/06 | conserv 371
    After thinking about what is the battle between creationism and evolution, I see it boiling down to whether we live in a qualitative universe or a quantative universe. In a quantative universe, change takes a long time to occur while a qualatative universe, dramatic change can occur quite rapidly. Quantative starts with building blocks where qualatative starts with a finished product. With quantative, circumstances continue as a long series of events, while qulatative works on the principle of sudden and even violent change. We see with war where B-52 would carpet bomb places but compare that to one lone B-29...
  • Toyota is Top in Quality - Again!

    06/09/2006 2:05:41 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 10 replies · 772+ views
    RisingSunofNihon ^ | June 9, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    According to a JD Power and Associates' 2006 Initial Quality Study, Toyota and its upscale Lexus division took 11 of 19 vehicle-category top spots. Toyota's Camry and Corolla sedans, its high-priced Lexus LS430 model, and four of its SUVs also took top spots. However, the best their Prius could muster in the compact car division was fourth. It was beat out by two Japanese cars (no surpise) - the Corolla (1st) and the Honda Civic (3rd). Surprise second-place finisher was the Hyundai Elantra. Maybe Elantra wasn't surprised, but I was. The problem with the Prius seems to not be a...
  • J. D. Power and Associates Quality Survey (of Automobiles)

    06/09/2006 9:38:41 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 3 replies · 1,042+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 9, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    J.D. Power and Associates Ranked the different classes of cars by quality. There were 19 classes of cars. Asian car makers too 14 of the top spots in the 19 classes. Japan was on top in 12 classes. 11 of those were taken by Toyota alone! The last Japanese spot was taken by Mazda. South Korean car makers Kia and Hyundai each took a top spot. Subcompact: Kia Rio Compact: Toyota Corolla Compact Sporty: Mazda MX-5 Miata Entry Premium: Lexus IS 250/350 Mid-size Premium: Lexus ES 330 Large Premium: Lexus LS430 Premium Sporty: Lexus SC 430 Mid-size sporty: Toyota Solara...
  • Rhode Island Shellfish Offer Clue to Health of Chesapeake Bay

    05/08/2006 8:50:48 AM PDT · by cogitator · 2 replies · 217+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 8, 2006 | Elizabeth Williamson
    Excerpts: "What we captured in 2001 was the loss of those mussels and implications for an entire ecosystem," said Brown University ecologist Andrew Altieri, who with biology professor Jon Witman wrote the study published in the March issue of Ecology. "That's instructive for what historic and future losses might be for the Chesapeake." Altieri calculated that the [mussel] reefs were processing the [Narragansett] bay's entire water volume once every 20 days, even though they covered less than 1 percent of the bay floor. Within days, a hypoxic episode triggered by warm weather, low wind and the usual nutrients contributed to...
  • Outsourcing saves less than claimed

    04/13/2006 10:53:57 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies · 1,397+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/13/06
    Outsourcing saves less than claimed Thu Apr 13, 4:32 AM ET Outsourcing of information technology and business services delivers average cost savings of 15 percent, a survey found on Thursday, disproving market claims that outsourcing can reduce costs by over 60 percent. After professional fees, severance pay and governance costs, savings range between 10 percent and 39 percent, with the average level at 15 percent when contracts are first let, according to outsourcing advisory firm TPI. "This research proves that the promise of massive operational savings is unrealistic when you take into account the costs of procurement and ongoing contract...