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  • Treasury Directs Employers to Begin Withholding Taxes

    02/21/2009 3:48:37 PM PST · by EagleUSA · 41 replies · 2,441+ views
    Fox News / Politics ^ | 02/20/2009 | EagleUSA
    The notoriously slow Congress passed the $787 billion economic stimulus package in a matter of weeks. President Obama signed it into law less than one month into his presidency. So, just how soon will Americans start reaping the benefits of tax cuts in it? By April 1, according to the president. "Never before in our history has a tax cut taken effect faster or gone to so many hardworking Americans," Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address. He said the Treasury Department has begun directing employers to reduce the amount of taxes withheld from people's paychecks in...
  • Some Americans, Underwater but Ineligible, are Riled Up

    02/19/2009 8:32:46 AM PST · by SJackson · 30 replies · 1,241+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | 2-19-09 | NICK TIMIRAOS and MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
    "What do you expect from the government?" David Newton, 46 years old, proprietor of DJN Management LLC, which owns 232 rental apartments in the Atlanta area. "The government isn't out there to help people who obey the law and follow the rules. Mr. Obama told everybody, 'I'm going to spread wealth around,' and that's what he's going to do” "We can afford to make our payments, so no one is going to help us," Jill Wong, has watched the value of her Modesto, Calif., home drop to $350,000, from the $605,000 she paid four years ago…left her with a mortgage...
  • Bill Would Give State Unused Gift Card Money (MD)

    02/06/2009 5:55:24 AM PST · by JZelle · 49 replies · 1,305+ views
    WBALTV.COM ^ | 2-5-09
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Annapolis lawmakers are introducing a bill that would allow for the collection of money from unspent gift cards to put into the state treasury. Nationally, gift cards are a $59 billion industry. Experts estimate that 6 percent of gift cards go unspent in Maryland. The bill would allow the state to claim 70 percent of that unused money and use the cash to fund education. "To me, this is a no-brainer. If you haven't used your gift card for four years, you are not going to use it, and why can't we share? The bill states we...
  • GOP defies Obama overtures

    01/29/2009 9:15:01 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 12 replies · 863+ views
    Yahoo / POLITICO ^ | 01/29/2009 | EagleUSA
    House Republicans have proposed an alternative that leaders say would create 6.2 million jobs for only $478 billion. "What Member can't go back his or her District and explain: Rather than voting for a bloated bill, ... I voted for an alternative that would create twice the jobs at half the cost, and faster?" a House Republican leadership aide said. "That's why we didn't lose a single Republican and picked up 11 Democrats." Pushing back against the unanimous House Republican vote against President Obama’s stimulus plan, the White House plans to release state-by-state job figures “so we can put a...
  • US rock group win vinyl art prize (recycling old paintings)

    01/05/2009 10:55:45 AM PST · by weegee · 8 replies · 483+ views
    BBC News ^ | Page last updated at 13:17 GMT, Monday, 5 January 2009 | no byline
    The debut album by US indie rock group Fleet Foxes has won the Art Vinyl prize for best cover. The self-titled album features the 1559 painting Netherlandish Proverbs, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. A mixture of 50 obscure and well-known vinyl record sleeves from 2008 were shortlisted for the prize, with 3,000 people voting online. The winning covers will be on display at art galleries in London, Birmingham, Northampton and Norwich. Londoner Roots Manuva's album Slime and Reason - featuring a classical-style bust of the rapper complete with green slime - was voted second while the cover of Coldplay's Viva...
  • Both California Houses Approve Tax Measure

    12/18/2008 3:31:55 PM PST · by thesharkboy · 24 replies · 815+ views
    KFI 640 ^ | Dec. 18, 2008 | KFI 640 Radio
    Both houses of the California legislature have approved the measure to raise income and sales taxes and replace the gas tax with a "gas fee."
  • Democrats may tax health benefits

    12/01/2008 12:42:09 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 214 replies · 7,087+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 2008-12-01 | Lisa Wangsness
    WASHINGTON - In the last month of the presidential campaign, it was one of Barack Obama and Joe Biden's strongest attack lines: John McCain, they warned, would "tax your healthcare benefits for the first time ever." But now, some Congressional Democrats in charge of health reform are talking about doing just that. They would not go as far as McCain, who wanted to end the tax exclusion entirely for employer-sponsored insurance, which excludes money spent by employees and their employers on health benefits from income and payroll taxes. But some key Democrats are talking about limiting the benefit for workers,...
  • Hollywood Pinups are back (Modern Celebs recreate Vargas famous pinup gals)

    11/24/2008 9:02:10 AM PST · by Mister Ghost · 99 replies · 31,605+ views
    Style Drama ^ | Nov 24th, 2008 | Style Drama
    The famous Vargas pinup girls were given a rebirth by celebrity photographer Tim White, whom decided to honor Alberto Vargas, the pin-up girls painter, with a book called Hollywood Pinups. Angie Harmon, Susan Sarandon, Kate Hudson, Tea Leoni, Michelle Trachtenberg, Elisha Cuthbert, Denise Richards and even the Olsens are all given a touch of that old Hollywood glam in Tim White’s photographs.
  • Fannie Mae Gets Delisting Notice

    11/18/2008 1:38:22 PM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 9 replies · 753+ views
    Fannie Mae, Yahoo Business News ^ | November 18, 2008 | Fannie Mae (8K)
    18-Nov-2008 Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Cont Item 3.01 Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing. (a) On November 12, 2008, Fannie Mae (formally, the Federal National Mortgage Association) received a notice from the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") that we had failed to satisfy one of the NYSE's standards for continued listing of our common stock. Specifically, the NYSE advised us that we were "below criteria" for the Exchange's price criteria for common stock because the average closing price of our common stock during the 30...
  • Paulson's Gift (Banking Bailout was the Biggest Taxpayer Rippoff Ever)

    11/11/2008 8:29:31 PM PST · by curiosity · 19 replies · 365+ views
    University of Chicago Graduate School of Business ^ | 11/11/2008 | Pietro Veronesi and Luigi Zingales
    We calculate the costs and benefits of the largest ever U.S. Government intervention in the financial system. We estimate that the revised Paulson plan increased the value of banks’ financial claims by $109 billion at a taxpayers’ cost of $112 -135 billions, creating no value in the banking sector. We compare the cost of Paulson’s plan with the costs of alternative solutions that would have achieved the same objective in term of solvency of the banking system. We find that the revised Paulson plan is the most expensive for the taxpayers, second only to the original Paulson plan. The biggest...
  • This bailout doesn't pay dividends

    10/23/2008 2:15:43 PM PDT · by curiosity · 23 replies · 511+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 20, 2008 | David Scharfstein and Jeremy Stein
    ON Oct. 13, the chief executives of nine large American banks were called to a meeting at the Treasury Department. At the meeting, Secretary Henry Paulson offered them $125 billion from the federal government in exchange for shares of preferred stock. The chief executives accepted his terms. In some accounts of the meeting, Secretary Paulson is described as playing the role of the Godfather, making the banks an offer they could not refuse. But in one important respect, he was more Santa Claus than Vito Corleone: the agreement allowed the banks to continue paying dividends to common shareholders.
  • Not so much bail-out as rip-off

    09/29/2008 11:29:59 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 3 replies · 529+ views
    http://www.guardian.co.uk ^ | Monday September 29 2008 | Nouriel Roubini
    Thus, the treasury plan is a disgrace: a bail-out of reckless bankers, lenders and investors that provides little direct debt relief to borrowers and financially stressed households and that will come at a very high cost to the US taxpayer. And the plan does nothing to resolve the severe stress in money markets and interbank markets that are now close to a systemic meltdown. It is pathetic that Congress did not consult any of the many professional economists that have presented – many on the RGE Monitor Finance blog forum – alternative plans that were more fair and efficient. This...
  • Time to Clng to your Customers

    09/12/2008 9:37:34 AM PDT · by mikebeam · 23 replies · 563+ views
    09/12/2008 | Michael Beam
    Today in America times are tough and customers are hard to come by. That is why it is important not to do your customers wrong. DirecTV doesn’t seem to understand this philosophy. They give you substandard service and then when you had enough they try to extort money from you. I have cancelled my DirecTV service because of bad or what I like to call NO customer service. Now they want to tell me I owe almost $400.oo in contract cancellation fees. I never signed a contract with DirecTV. I have noticed through all my research that many people have...
  • Traveler Beware: Priceline Customer Service is an Oxymoron

    07/26/2008 3:40:48 PM PDT · by SantaLuz · 25 replies · 762+ views
    Here is cautionary tale for travelers considering using Priceline to book their travel... I haven't used Priceline for years because of bad experiences in the past. But I thought I'd give them one more try. I booked a hotel room through Priceline for our family, and requested 2 beds, but got a standard room with 1 king sized bed instead. Somehow in the booking process Priceline swapped what we asked for without us knowing. I'm sure this was just a glitch of their computer system , but none-the-less we didn't know this had occured first. I discovered this later when...
  • San Diego drivers appreciate Mexico's Cheap Gas

    06/15/2008 7:35:16 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 35 replies · 112+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 6/15/2008 | EagleUSA
    SAN DIEGO - If there's pain at the pump in the U.S., Mexico may just have a remedy. A gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in San Diego retails for an average price of $4.61 a gallon. A few miles south, in Tijuana, it's about $2.54 — even less if you pay in pesos. More and more people appear to be taking advantage of the lower price. "I used to buy exclusively in the U.S. before gas started really going up," said Patrick Garcia, a drama teacher at an elementary school in San Diego who lives in Tijuana. "Since then, I've...
  • A Style of Obama Poster Not Likely To Be Widely Imitated

    03/14/2008 4:12:05 PM PDT · by jdm · 65 replies · 3,507+ views
    NRO Campaign Spot ^ | March 14, 2008 | by Jim Geraghty
    It's a free country, and if Barack Obama's campaign wants to make money from posters ($70 a pop!) designed by the artist Shepard Fairey, they can go right ahead. (The candidate himself thanked the artist, and said that his "images have a profound affect on people, whether seen in a gallery or on a stop sign." You know, because they're put on stickers and posted all over public property.) And I'm sure I'll be told that the artist uses Communist propaganda imagery in an ironic way, or a satirical way, or in a way of making a pro-freedom political statement...
  • The Costa dream that turned sour (The Spanish Housing Bubble goes "Pop!")

    02/07/2008 9:39:10 AM PST · by 2banana · 5 replies · 117+ views
    The Guardian ^ | February 6, 2008 | Paul Hamilos
    In the past two decades, thousands of Britons have moved to Spain in search of a place in the sun. But now property sales are plummeting, following the news that many of the expats' homes were built illegally, and demolition crews are moving in. Paul Hamilos reports ... LOTS OF GOOD STUFF ... After three decades of growth that made Spain one of Europe's strongest-growing economies, the wheels are starting to come loose. At the end of last year inflation reached its highest point in more than 10 years. Add falling house prices, a struggling stock market and rising unemployment...
  • Diamond/DeBerrs Class Action Lawsuit

    01/22/2008 5:29:24 AM PST · by SuzanneWeeks · 7 replies · 869+ views
    www.msn.com ^ | 1/21/08 | Marilyn Lewis
    Buy a diamond? Get a refund You may be owed a cut of a $295 million class-action settlement for gems purchased as long ago as 1994. Here's how figure out whether you're eligible and how to make a claim. advertisement Article Tools E-mail to a friendTools IndexPrint-friendly versionSite MapDiscuss in a Message BoardArticle IndexBy Marilyn Lewis How would you like a little refund on that diamond nose stud you bought in your wilder days? Or the diamond engagement ring you purchased for your sweetie when you settled down? If you bought a piece of diamond jewelry -- or jewelry with...
  • VANITY - Buying Electronics From Amazon A Good Deal or a Risk?

    01/06/2008 2:39:14 PM PST · by Yaelle · 50 replies · 209+ views
    self | 01/06/08 | self
    I am buying a very expensive though small piece of electronics (a HD camcorder that can fit in a purse or pocket). It's got a great price on Amazon, better than anywhere else. I was thinking that because it's so small and I have little kids, I might need some kind of extended warranty, which I usually never get nor need. Can I count on the manufacturer to provide good customer service for this product? Should I buy elsewhere in case something goes wrong or I get a lemon? Any suggestions from the techies?
  • Shot In Boston, With A Cast Of 42, "It's A Wonderful Kwanzaa" (Commie Pig Theater)

    12/16/2007 11:04:48 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies · 589+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 16, 2007 | Rich Fahey
    Shot in Boston, with a cast of 42, it's a wonderful Kwanzaa December 16, 2007 While the Christmas film has been a staple of American cinema since George Bailey discovered it's a wonderful life, the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa, observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 each year, has been around for only about 40 years, and the cinematic pickings are much slimmer. That's why a Boston-based independent filmmaker believes he's breaking new ground with his movie. "Kwanzaa with the Jones's" will have its premiere Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. The film is the...
  • Lotto a Rip-off for Illegal Immigrants [you can't make this stuff up!!!]

    06/19/2007 8:08:02 AM PDT · by jdm · 84 replies · 2,446+ views
    Independent Press Association ^ | June 19, 2007 | Lucy Gunderson
    BROOKLYN, N.Y. – No one can say exactly how much money illegal immigrants spend on lottery tickets. However, the owner of a small store in Bensonhurst admitted to me that the biggest fans of the New York Lottery are Mexicans. “They earn next to nothing doing dirty work, yet they throw $20 to $30 a day to the wind,” he marveled. “Sometimes entire families play!” Vendors rarely ask their lottery customers for ID. They couldn’t care less about a person’s age, legal status, or knowledge of English. This amounts to legalized fraud because illegal immigrants who win large sums of...
  • Toll road agreement reached

    05/25/2007 4:01:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 663+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 25, 2007 | Ben Wear
    House, Senate passage seem likely The careening vehicle that has been this legislative session's toll road overhaul appeared to pull into the garage about 4:35 p.m. Thursday. At that moment, Republican state Sen. Robert Nichols of Jacksonville, after spending several moments huddling on the floor with Sen. Tommy Williams, sponsor of Senate Bill 792, affixed his signature to a compromise version of the bill, and the two shook hands. "We've got a deal now," Williams, R-The Woodlands, said about an hour later. "This is really going to move transportation issues forward, particularly in large metropolitan areas." The deal was among...
  • Fair weather brings strong profit for Lloyds of London

    03/30/2007 2:58:48 AM PDT · by jsh3180 · 4 replies · 211+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | March 29, 2007 | AP
    LONDON: Lloyd's of London, the world's biggest insurance market, on Thursday reported a pretax profit of 3.66 billion pounds (€5.4 billion, US$7.2 billion) in 2006, a year of few global catastrophes. That reversed Lloyd's 2005 result of a loss of 103 million pounds (€152 million, US$202 million) because of hurricane damage claims. "During the year, we benefited from strong underlying conditions and an exceptionally low level of catastrophes," said Lord Levene, Lloyd's chairman. "However, it would be unrealistic to expect such a favorable claims experience this year." The 2005 season was the most destructive in recorded history, with 27 named...
  • "Coupe" Deval: ‘I really screwed up’ Admits gaffe on Caddy, furniture but defends $72G for wife

    02/22/2007 6:19:25 AM PST · by Hemingway's Ghost · 72 replies · 2,642+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 22 Feb 2007 | Casey Ross
    Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday admitted he “really screwed up” by spending tax dollars on a leased Cadillac and high-end office furniture, but he strongly defended the hiring of a $72,000-a-year chief of staff for his wife. “Every governor has had staff to help support the work of the office, including the work of the first lady,” Patrick said during an impromptu press conference. “It’s official business.” However, a Patrick aide could recall only two events Diane Patrick has attended this year, one to promote early education initiatives in the State House and a second to appear at a reading event...
  • Drug dealer's body severed in Homewood (Pittsburgh) crash

    02/19/2007 1:03:17 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 19 replies · 1,812+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | February 19, 2007 | Torsten Ove
    A man found dead on a Homewood street this morning was cut in half when he reached into a car and the driver took off, slamming him into a pole on Hamilton Avenue, police said Pittsburgh Police said the victim, who was identified as Antwon Williams, 45, was selling drugs to the driver of a blue Dodge Neon shortly after 6 a.m. Witnesses told police that the driver accepted crack cocaine but tried to drive away without paying. The seller then reached inside the driver's side window to try to put the car into park, but the driver drove off....
  • The Gift-Card Economy

    01/07/2007 7:23:43 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 21 replies · 743+ views
    New York Times ^ | 7 January 2007 | STEPHEN J. DUBNER and STEVEN D. LEVITT
    What do a gym membership, a bottle of prescription pills and a holiday gift card have in common? Each of them is a thing that is bought and then often goes unused. In their recent paper “Paying Not to Go to the Gym,” the economists Stefano DellaVigna and Ulrike Malmendier showed that people who buy an annual membership to a health club overestimate by more than 70 percent how much they’ll actually use it. Many people, therefore, would be better off buying monthly or daily passes. ...As for gift cards — well, let’s just say there is good reason that...
  • Rumors-Winnings Fixed by ISP

    12/12/2006 6:28:48 AM PST · by GYPSY286 · 22 replies · 517+ views
    Me | December 12, 2006 | Gypsy286
    I've been playing bingo on-line at a popular bingo site and it appears that almost every game has the same 3-4 winners (not me) and jackpots are won over and over by the same players. Got to chatting on the bingo site and someone suggested that the company pre-determines the winners by customer ISP number. We figure the winners are those who may not play the most cards but make the most deposits. Does this sound plausible? Any software designers out there?
  • Payday Loans Blamed for Trapping Poor in 'Quicksand'

    12/01/2006 10:30:23 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 139 replies · 2,792+ views
    Cybercast News ^ | 1 December 2006 | David Thibault
    Cash-starved Americans, many of them serving in the U.S. military, are watching an increasing crackdown on one of their most frequent sources of last ditch credit - payday loans. Even Congress has clamped down on the practice, but a spokesman for the payday loan industry Thursday told Cybercast News Service that criticism of the loans is being led by "elitist" consumer groups whose members "never have to go paycheck to paycheck." Payday loans allow individuals to stay financially afloat between paychecks. They are short-term cash loans in which the borrower often hands over electronic access of their bank account to...
  • Richardson Railroads Taxpayers (New Mexico)

    12/01/2006 7:34:29 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 13 replies · 683+ views
    National Review ^ | December 1, 2006 | By Paul J. Gessing
    "New Mexico’s infatuation with costly rail projects will continue to burden the state’s economy with wasteful spending into the distant future. This reality was made clear earlier this year when Rep. Tom Davis (R., Va.) secured $1.5 billion in federal money for Washington’s Metro rail system, contingent on local governments raising taxes on their citizens to create a “dedicated revenue source” for that system." >Snip<
  • Zuned: What’s the ‘deal’ with Microsoft Points?

    11/13/2006 5:52:42 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 170 replies · 1,047+ views
    Mac Daily News ^ | Sunday, November 12, 2006 - 01:24 AM EST
    Microsoft's Zune Marketplace will sell individual songs for Windows PCs and Zune digital media players "through a system called Microsoft Points. The new Microsoft cash system will work by adding money to an account, as with a prepaid phone card. Points will then be deducted from the account with each purchase. A single song will cost 79 points, 'the equivalent of 99 cents,' according to Microsoft spokeswoman Kyrsa Dixon," Candace Lombardi reported in late September for CNET News. Lombardi reported, "The point system is already used in the Xbox Live Marketplace, and Microsoft plans to host other online stores where...
  • City Finds Widespread Fraud at a Bronx Charity ( Air America Radio/Gloria Wise Club update )

    10/06/2006 8:41:36 AM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 12 replies · 642+ views
    NewYorkTimes.com ^ | October 6, 2006 | Sewell Chan
    Top employees of a city-financed Bronx charity diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars for personal expenses like home renovations, furniture and the purchase of a Volvo and a BMW, a city investigation has found. The widespread fraud in recent years at the charity, the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club, which received $9 million a year in city financing to help children and the elderly, also included off-the-books bank accounts — created under the guise of supporting youth athletic programs — that were used to pay bonuses to the executive director and four other officials, according to the city’s Department...
  • Judge Sides With Original Supernova In 'Rock Star' Suit

    09/13/2006 8:54:57 AM PDT · by weegee · 10 replies · 471+ views
    MTV ^ | 09.12.2006 8:58 PM EDT | — Chris Harris
    Judge Sides With Original Supernova In 'Rock Star' Suit Ruling requires Tommy Lee's band to change name following show's finale. David has defeated Goliath. According to a Tuesday (September 12) ruling by San Diego Judge John Houston, the producers of CBS' "Rock Star" are going to have to come up with an alternate name for Supernova, the band made up of Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee, Voivod's Jason Newsted and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke. Last month, the original Supernova — an Orange County, California, punk trio — filed for a preliminary injunction in San Diego's U.S. District Court...
  • Bill Richardson’s Immodest Medicaid Proposal

    08/16/2006 5:28:33 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 8 replies · 391+ views
    National Review ^ | August 15,2006 | Paul J. Gessing
    New Mexico governor and presumptive presidential candidate Bill Richardson recently joined the ranks of governors who have proposed significant changes to their state’s Medicaid systems. Starting with passage of Mitt Romney’s groundbreaking and controversial universal-coverage plan in April, states from West Virginia to Idaho and from Florida to Maine (to name just a few) are taking steps to improve care while cutting costs. Richardson, however, despite his national image as a “moderate,” has taken a different path, namely the path of least resistance. Rather than making tough decisions and prioritizing as most other states are doing, Richardson plans to leverage...
  • Panel’s Report Urges Higher Education Shake-Up

    08/12/2006 11:44:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 695+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 11, 2006 | SAM DILLON
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 — A federal commission approved a final report on Thursday that urges a broad shake-up of American higher education. It calls for public universities to measure learning with standardized tests, federal monitoring of college quality and sweeping changes in financial aid. The panel also called on policy makers and leaders in higher education to find new ways to control costs, saying college tuition should grow no faster than median family income, although it opposed price controls. The report recommended bolstering Pell grants, the basic building block of federal student aid, by making the program cover a larger...
  • Free Havana

    08/01/2006 5:08:32 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 17 replies · 714+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1 August 2006 | Editorial Leader
    Cuban Communism: Fidel Castro's slide toward death's embrace is bringing closer the island-state's day of reckoning: Either it lives free or dies a tyranny. The U.S. must now push for freedom relentlessly. The ailing dictator will probably go out the way he shouldn't — in his bed. But the legacy he leaves just 90 miles from our shores is one of the worst in the world and should be destroyed. Contrary to the media's puerile awe at the 79-year-old Castro's significance — he's often reverently called "the longest-serving" Latin American ruler or "maverick leader" — he is one of the...
  • Inventor's discovery yields better gas mileage

    07/29/2006 12:32:09 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 29 replies · 1,636+ views
    vortexvalvenw.com ^ | 07/29/2006
    Recently, we met an engineer from Air Synergy Labs, Inc. who has invented and patented (U.S. and Canadian Patents) a simple device that may in fact help to increase the performance of most any internal combustion engine.  If that’s the case, then his invention (he calls it the VortexValve™) might provide us with a simple and easy way to save huge amounts of money on transportation costs (i.e., the amount of fuel we have to buy for our cars, trucks, buses, etc.).  The story behind this unique device and its almost serendipitous discovery is quite fascinating and one of these...
  • The African Connection:Rep. Jefferson and Joe Wilson

    07/25/2006 8:44:51 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 72 replies · 2,731+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 7/25/06 | Clarice Feldman
    The documents seized in the FBI raid on the offices of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) remain unread by Justice Department investigators, pending a federal Appeals Court ruling scheduled for August 27. [snip] But we already know a bit about the charges and some of the alleged partners of Congressman Jefferson. Two people have pleaded guilty to bribing him.
  • N. Korea Holds onto Chinese Trains Bringing Aids(NK brazenly rips off China)

    07/04/2006 6:41:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 48 replies · 7,580+ views
    The Daily NK ^ | 07/04/06 | Yang Jung-a
    /begin my translation N. Korea Holds onto  Chinese Trains Bringing Aids Japanese Media, "(N. Koreans) say that trains are part of the aid package." [2006-07-04] Outdated N. Korean trains N. Korea refuses to return (Chinese) trains which brought aid supplies from China, even after the supplies were unloaded, leaving Chinese authorities increasingly frustrated, it has been revealed. Quoting sources inside China, Jiji Press of Japan reported in its July 4th dispatch,  "China is sending materials and goods to N. Korea, but, in recent days, N. Korea frequently refuses to return these trains, raising frustration of Chinese authorities." According to Jiji, the sources speculated, "N....
  • Nigerians foiled in black banknote scam in Vietnam

    06/27/2006 2:45:54 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 23 replies · 1,045+ views
    thanh nien news.com ^ | June 26, 2006 | Reported by Dam Huy – Translated by Hoang Bao
    Vietnamese police have foiled three Nigerians in their scams duping thousands of dollars out of Vietnamese women who lent them money to ostensibly buy chemicals to restore ‘blackened US banknotes’. A source said they had been deported from Vietnam The police refused to reveal their names or say whether the three cases were related, but they happened with different women earlier this year by different Nigerians with the same trick. In April, one Nigerian befriended a café owner in southern Vung Tau resort city and promised to give her a share in a restaurant he was about to open if...
  • The worst bill you’ve never heard of

    06/05/2006 7:41:20 PM PDT · by thebaron512 · 55 replies · 1,718+ views
    Ipac ^ | Ipac
    This will be a busy week in the House -- Congress goes into summer recess Friday, but not before considering the Section 115 Reform Act of 2006 (SIRA). Never heard of SIRA? That’s the way Big Copyright and their lackey’s want it, and it's bad news for you. Simply put, SIRA fundamentally redefines copyright and fair use in the digital world. It would require all incidental copies of music to be licensed separately from the originating copy. Even copies of songs that are cached in your computer's memory or buffered over a network would need yet another license. Once again,...
  • 2007 Shelby Mustangs: $20,000 over sticker

    05/19/2006 7:10:32 AM PDT · by mr. mojo risin · 91 replies · 2,576+ views
    cnn.com ^ | 5-19-06 | Valdes-Dapena
    GT500 will not be released until later this month, but dealers pre-selling cars on the Internet get high prices. NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Ford hasn't yet announced the price of the 2007 Shelby Cobra GT500. But, whatever it is, buyers have already indicated a willingness to pay at least $20,000 more. The Shelby Cobra GT500 is a version of the popular Ford Mustang equipped with a 500-horsepower supercharged V-8 engine. The original Shelby GT500s, made in the late 1960s by race driver turned sports car maker Carroll Shelby, are now highly coveted collectibles that can sell for hundreds of thousands...
  • Occidental seeks over $1 bln in damages from Ecuador

    05/18/2006 2:15:11 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 20 replies · 1,035+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5-18-06 | Staff
    NEW YORK, May 18 (Reuters) - Occidental Petroleum Corp. (OXY.N: Quote, Profile, Research) is seeking damages totaling more than $1 billion as part of an arbitration claim against the Ecuadorean government for seizing its assets, a company spokesman said on Thursday. The U.S. oil producer has also terminated all local employees in Ecuador and is relocating its expatriate staff, the spokesman said.
  • Venezuela could drill former fields of Oxy in Ecuador

    05/18/2006 11:34:05 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 10 replies · 612+ views
    El Universal (Ecuador) ^ | 18 May 2006 | Staff
    Venezuela and Mexico are among the potential strategic partners for joint operations in the fields that used to be developed by oil corporation Oxy. The corporate agreement to drill oil in the Ecuadorian Amazon was made null and void, the Ecuadorian Government disclosed Tuesday. "There is the possibility of forming a strategic alliance with a state company, as set forth in the regulations," Ecuadorian Minister of Energy Iván Rodríguez said. Additionally, there is the possibility of "contracting directly a state company of a foreign country to reinforce technically Petroproducción. The subsidiary of state oil company Petroecuador will be responsible for...
  • Latin Lunacy Spreads To Ecuador (Guess who behind it)

    05/18/2006 7:15:25 AM PDT · by Isara · 18 replies · 1,127+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/17/2006 | Editor
    Latin America: Ecuador's government deserves all the trouble it's got coming now that it's decided expropriation is the way to get rich. But the trouble won't come from the U.S. It's headed their way from Ecuadoreans....The loss of Ecuador's hard-won free-trade pact with the U.S., something it was on the razor's edge of signing, is virtually guaranteed. Ecuador also will probably lose all practical access to U.S. markets when its 2006 Andean trade preferences expire.Two free-trade-pact neighbors, Peru and Colombia, will gladly help themselves to Ecuador's market share in exports of flowers, shrimp and other regional specialties. About 60% of...
  • Be VERY Careful with Credit Card Use at Gas Stations

    04/27/2006 5:17:22 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 34 replies · 653+ views
    Me ^ | 4-27-06 | Me
    My advice: pay cash. Here's why--TWICE within the last 3 months (at different gas stations in the northeast--one in Westchester County, NY and one in Morris County, NJ) I was charged a second time on my credit card. The one in Westchester charged the 34 dollar fill-up twice and the Jersey one added a dollar as a separate charge to the gas charge (I imagine the dude was giving himself a tip). Has this ever happened to anyone else? Or was this a remarkable coinkydink? Probably also a coinkydink that neither of the gas pumpers was born in the USA......
  • U.S. Gas Prices by county

    04/25/2006 6:51:36 AM PDT · by mr. mojo risin · 15 replies · 1,050+ views
    Gas Buddy ^ | 4-25-06 | gasbuddy
    Now you can see what gas prices are around the country at a glance. Areas are color coded according to their price for the average price for regular unleaded gasoline. gasbuddy *** TIP: Right click on the map for more information about each county(parrish/borough) or zip. ***
  • Can a resturant charge gratuity? (vanity)

    03/25/2006 9:12:25 PM PST · by HOTTIEBOY · 28 replies · 740+ views
    03/25/2006 | hottieboy
    Hello all,I am writing a rare vanity and I hope it is in the correct forum. I need some information as I am not too swift on business law. I hope some freepers can help me. I went this evening to Billy Jeans, a resturant here in Gastonia, NC. It seems they charged my visa debit card more than the tab was. We were a party of four and my tab was for $54.93 but my online statement shows they charged me $65.92.The receipt that I signed said $54.93. On the line where it says "Tip" I wrote "On Table"...
  • Carnahan Orders St. Louis Company to Repay $100,000 to Investors

    03/06/2006 7:35:50 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies · 563+ views
    Missouri Secretary of State ^ | 3/3/06 | Robin Carnahan, MO Secretary of State
    Jefferson City, Missouri -- Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's Commissioner of Securities Matt Kitzi issued a consent order last week concerning a St. Louis business that claimed it could produce a car that runs on water. The order alleges that William P. Alexander and his company, Emerging Technologies Development Company, offered and sold unregistered investments in Emerging Technologies Investment Group LLC. In a July 2004 news release, the company claimed it would create several thousand jobs in St. Louis to produce a water-powered car that would likely make the need for gasoline obsolete in 100 days. However, the company admits...
  • Policy on illegal aliens lacks political coherence

    02/23/2006 11:55:47 AM PST · by JZelle · 4 replies · 309+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-23-06 | TOM KNOTT
    Maryland lawmakers are forever trying to resolve the vexing issue of illegal aliens seeking driver's licenses, which would be almost funny if their moral flaccidity did not show how vulnerable we are to another terrorist strike. The obtuse thought process is hardly limited to Maryland's windbags. Nothing provokes doublespeak or total capitulation in a politician like the seemingly clear-cut issue of illegal aliens. They are here illegally, so send them back, right? That old-school thinking apparently has no place in these enlightened times of feeling pain and emoting on Oprah's couch. We are obligated to embrace the desperate plight of...
  • Hawaii residents paid highest taxes in the nation in 2004

    02/08/2006 6:19:46 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies · 965+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 8, 2006 | Associated Press
    Hawaii residents paid more state taxes in 2004 than residents of any other state in the country... Hawaii residents paid an average of $3,050 per person in 2004, while Texans paid the least — an average of $1,368. Every state but one collected more taxes per person in 2004 than it did a decade earlier... State taxpayer burdens increased by an average of 41 percent from 1994 to 2004. Only Alaska saw the amount it collects per person decline. Even when the numbers are adjusted for inflation, the individual tax burdens increased in 43 states. Rising education and Medicaid costs...