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  • 28 from local Guard unit returning home today

    01/25/2009 2:18:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 446+ views
    Red, white and blue will be waving today in the passenger terminal at Tucson International Airport as members of a local National Guard unit are welcomed home from war. Twenty-eight members of the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing are expected to arrive around midday on commercial aircraft, returning from deployments to Balad Air Base in Iraq. The Tucson-based guardsmen, all pilots and aircraft maintainers for the F-16 Fighting Falcon, have been overseas for one to eight months. While away, they assisted members of a Minnesota-based Guard unit in supporting F-16 operations in Iraq.
  • Bad Times Spur a Flight to Jobs Viewed as Safe

    01/24/2009 1:53:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 388+ views
    New York Times ^ | Jan 24,2009 | LOUIS UCHITELLE
    After years of struggling to get their wages up, the nation’s workers are trying to find jobs that will simply last, least through the deep recession. Fearing layoffs, investment bankers at Merrill Lynch or Morgan Stanley are joining small Wall Street firms for less pay but with signed employment guarantees. Academics are migrating to community colleges, which are adding teachers as enrollment rises. In Eastern Wisconsin, workers furloughed from paper mill they fear will not reopen are training as truck drivers and welders. “Looking online and in newspapers and talking to my instructors, I’ve decided that trucking and welding stand...
  • China forex watchdog burnt by WaMu collapse

    12/31/2008 4:28:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 420+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/30/08 | George Chen
    China forex watchdog burnt by WaMu collapse Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:08am GMT By George Chen, Asia Private Equity Correspondent HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's foreign exchange watchdog, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, will cut back on overseas equity buys next year after suffering major losses on the collapse of U.S. lender Washington Mutual, according to sources. Earlier this year, SAFE, which controls around $2 trillion of China's foreign reserves, agreed to invest up to $2.5 billion in fund of U.S. private equity giant TPG TPG.UL -- its first foray into a foreign private equity fund, people close to...
  • U.S. Military Team in Israel Reported Safe Despite Attacks

    12/30/2008 5:12:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 236+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2008 – About 100 U.S. European Command soldiers, airmen and Marines deployed to Israel to help set up an early warning radar system reported no close encounters with air strikes or retaliatory attacks along the Gaza Strip, a Eucom spokesman said. The Palestinian militant group Hamas refused to renew a ceasefire agreement with Israel when it expired Dec. 19, and began stepping up rocket attacks on civilian targets in Israel. Israel, in turn, began launching airstrikes against Gaza Strip targets Dec. 27 in an effort to eliminate Hamas’ ability to fire rockets into Israeli territory. Air...
  • Bush says `no debate' about his keeping US safe

    12/17/2008 12:24:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 56 replies · 1,002+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/17/08 | Ben Feller - ap
    CARLISLE, Pa. – President George W. Bush, ever focused on his legacy, said Wednesday "there can be no debate" about his record of preventing another terrorist attack. Evoking harrowing memories of Sept. 11, 2001, Bush said virtually no one could have predicted back then that the country would not be hit again for the rest of his presidency. "It's not a matter of luck," Bush said, defending his security policies.
  • China tells US to make sure Beijing's investments are safe

    12/03/2008 6:52:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 700+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/3/08 | AFP
    BEIJING (AFP) – China's top envoy to high-level economic talks with the United States urged Washington Thursday to make sure Chinese investments in the US economy were safe. "We hope the US side will adopt every necessary measure to stabilise its economy and financial markets and ensure the safety of China's assets and investment in the United States," Vice Premier Wang Qishan said. He made the remark in prepared comments at the start of two days of Sino-US economy talks in Beijing that he is co-chairing with US Treasury chief Henry Paulson. At the end of September, China officially became...
  • The World in Crisis: Where are the Safe Havens?

    10/07/2008 1:20:04 PM PDT · by 2banana · 26 replies · 861+ views
    Merk Insights ^ | Axel Merk, October 7, 2008 | Axel Merk
    The World in Crisis: Where are the Safe Havens? Axel Merk, October 7, 2008 Merk Insights provide the Merk Perspective on currencies, global imbalances, the trade deficit, the socio-economic impact of the U.S. administration's policies and more. We have been warning for some time that “there is no such thing as a safe asset anymore, you have to take a diversified approach to something as mundane as cash.” Unfortunately, the current crisis shows that we may be right. Physical gold is attractive to many investors because of its lack of counter party risk. The only counter party risk with gold...
  • Soldiers, Sailor Secure Safe Passage in Afghanistan

    10/06/2008 4:53:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 196+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace, USAF
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2008 – “Stay alert and stay vigilant,” shouted a chiseled-face soldier during an Oct. 4 pre-convoy briefing at Camp Eggers, Afghanistan. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Matt Hildebrand, Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan force protection, drives an armored bus from Camp Eggers to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, as soldiers in a silver truck provide security for an Oct. 4, 2008, convoy. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace, Combined Joint Task Force 101  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Staff Sgt. Carlos Padilla was one of five servicemembers charged with securing...
  • Father drops off 9 kids under safe haven law

    09/25/2008 6:49:46 AM PDT · by dware · 38 replies · 2,523+ views
    Nebraska.tv ^ | 9/25/08 | AP
    Father drops off 9 kids under safe haven law Associated Press - September 25, 2008 8:45 AM ET OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A hospital spokeswoman say nine children left at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha by their father under the state's safe haven law were turned over to child protection services. The spokeswoman says the children were left at the emergency room Wednesday night. She had no other details.
  • What's Safe Now ? ( Where to Put Your Money in These Uncertain Times )

    09/18/2008 4:20:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies · 448+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | Sept 18,2008 | Mike Steinhardt
    Most people say “flight to safety.” I just don’t think Treasuries are the definition of “safety.” Some people say “flight to quality.” I just don’t think Treasuries are the definition of “quality” when they represent the financial condition of this country with its deteriorating tax base, its overleveraged consumer, its increasingly unemployed workforce working in lower quality jobs, its devaluing real estate, its trade deficits, its budget deficits, its excessive government spending, its expanding and underfunded social programs, its expanding list of failed banks, its underfunded FDIC, its underfunded and reckless PBGC, its deteriorating Federal Reserve balance sheet, its nationalized...
  • President George W. Bush Made Obama Possible

    08/15/2008 4:47:26 PM PDT · by thinkingIsPresuppositional · 13 replies · 237+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | August 15, 2008 | Seth Swirsky
    President George W. Bush Made Obama Possible By Seth Swirsky People in America feel safe. If they didn’t, a leftist newcomer with little experience – like Barack Obama – would never be considered for the presidency. Americans simply will not elect a liberal when they feel fear. Since President Bush deserves the credit for our security (through the countless actions he’s initiated: tough FISA laws, winning in Iraq, taking on The Taliban in Afghanistan, etc.), he’s made the Obama candidacy palatable. Similarly, Jimmy Carter, could only have beaten Republican Gerald Ford if Americans felt safe. And in 1976, they did....
  • Iraqi Soldiers Train to Keep Roads Safe

    08/12/2008 4:38:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 109+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Shawn Coolman, USMC
    During a training exercise, Iraqi army Pfc. Waisam Rashash Mohammed, 22, an explosive ordnance disposal technician, locates a possible improvised explosive devise at Camp Mejid, Iraq, Aug. 5, 2008. Soldiers of Iraqi army Seventh Infantry Division have undertaken months of training and practical application by coalition forces to keep the roads of Iraq safe. Photo by Cpl. Shawn Coolman. CAMP MEJID — Protecting Coalition forces from hazards on the roads in Iraq is an enormous task that is undertaken everyday, but now it has become a little easier. Marines with Route Clearance Platoon, Company A, Third Combat Engineer Battalion and...
  • Sovereign funds cut exposure to weak dollar

    07/16/2008 6:11:49 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies · 119+ views
    Financial Times ^ | July 16 2008 23:24 | By Henny Sender in New York
    Some of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds are seeking to scale back their exposure to the US dollar in a sign of global concern about the currency. One big sovereign fund in the Gulf has cut its dollar-denominated holdings from more than 80 per cent a year ago to less than 60 per cent, while China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) has been looking to strike deals with private equity firms in Europe as a part of a strategy to reduce its dollar holdings. Sovereign wealth funds have played a leading role in helping to recapitalise faltering US...
  • Shi’a Pilgrims Make Safe Journey From Najaf to Samarra and Back

    07/11/2008 5:25:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 88+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Michael Moody, USA
    CAMP TAJI — Shi’a pilgrims traveled more than 620 miles round trip, from Najaf to Samarra, north of Baghdad, in order to attend a religious observance, July 6. Iraqi Army Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 37th Brigade of the 9th Iraqi Army Division and the 4th Battalion, 17th Brigade, 4th IA Div., closed portions of the Baghdad-Mosul highway as more than 3,000 devoted Shi’a Muslims crossed four governates on their way to Samarra. The recent gains in security and stability enjoyed by Iraqi citizens were demonstrated as the convoy traveled the approximately 300 miles each way without incident. The IA...
  • Muslim Voters' Waning Support for Obama?

    06/24/2008 6:32:20 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 148+ views
    abcnews.go.com ^ | June 24, 2008 | Kristina Wong
    In Democratic primaries this year the overwhelming majority of Muslim Americans voted for a man who has, throughout the campaign, vigorously knocked down rumors that he is a Muslim. But support for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., during the primaries doesn't mean the Democrat has a free pass from the Muslim American community. Last week's incident at an Obama rally in Michigan put some added strain on Obama's support in the Muslim American community. A campaign volunteer reportedly barred two Muslim American women from appearing in camera-range behind Obama's podium after they refused the campaign representative's request to remove their headscarves....
  • 12 Airmen live among thousands of Iraqi Soldiers

    06/16/2008 4:57:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 131+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 1st Lt. Lisa Spilinek, USAF
    6/16/2008 - BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Twelve Airmen working together for the past nine months at the remote Iraqi Military Training Base of Kirkush, located in the Diyala Province just over 10 miles from the Iranian border, are hoping to work themselves out of a job. As the only Americans living among thousands of Iraqi Soldiers and trainees, their objective has been to work with the leadership at the base to improve operational and logistical processes. "We're here to train and advise the Iraqi Army. Our goal is to put ourselves out of a job," said Master Sgt....
  • Neighborhood Checkpoints Keep Residents Safe

    02/20/2008 3:36:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 116+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. April Campbell, USA
    QAHIRA, Iraq, Feb. 20, 2008 – Citizens in the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Qahira play a large role in securing their backyard through local checkpoints. Army Lt. Col Michael Pemrick, deputy commander of the 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team in Multinational Division Baghdad, greets Sons of Iraq members at a neighborhood checkpoint while on a patrol in Baghdad’s Qahira neighborhood, Feb. 14, 2008. Pemrick talked to the group members about their security operations in the area. Photo by Pfc. April Campbell, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Lt. Col. Michael Pemrick, deputy commander of the...
  • China: Beijing buys into leading Australian banks

    01/04/2008 7:39:09 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 306+ views
    IHT ^ | 01/04/08 | Tim Johnston Published: January 4, 2008
    Beijing buys into leading Australian banks By Tim Johnston Friday, January 4, 2008 SYDNEY: The Chinese state body responsible for managing the country's massive foreign reserves is starting to diversify its holdings, buying up stakes in three Australian retail banks during the past two months. Australian bankers say that a Hong Kong-based subsidiary of China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange, which controls more than $1.4 trillion in assets, has bought minority stakes of less than 1 percent in ANZ Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and National Australia Bank. The SAFE purchases were first reported in the Australian press in late...
  • Once haven for insurgents, rural Iraqi town recovers

    10/23/2007 6:12:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 63+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Stephen M. DeBoard
    Children mass in the doorway of their Zaidon, Iraq, classroom Oct. 22 after receiving school supplies from Iraqi Police and Marines from Company I, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6. The supply run served the dual purpose of both helping schoolchildren by providing much-needed pens, pencils and bookbags, in addition to introducing the city's new mayor, Iraqi Police Lt. Col. Ishmael, to the people. “The relationship between us and the IPs is absolutely critical. Lt. Col. Ishamel established the IPs, and they have made it possible for the kids to come back to school after four...
  • Soldiers, Local Leaders Create a Place for Kids’ Play (GIs and Kids; a natural!)

    09/27/2007 6:56:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 78+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Mike Alberts
    Soldiers, Local Leaders Create a Place for Kids’ Play Children in the Tisin neighborhood of Kirkuk, Iraq, have a safe playground at which to play, courtesy of their local government leaders and U.S. and Iraqi soldiers. By Sgt. Mike Alberts 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs KIRKUK, Iraq, Sept. 27, 2007 — The children here show no shortage of energy or imagination. On any given day, some play soccer in dirt alleys; others noisily run among parked cars playing in an Iraqi equivalent of “tag.” What the children in Tisin, an ethnically mixed neighborhood in northwest Kirkuk, lacked was...
  • Viking Red Marines Train Iraqis to Keep Judges Safe

    08/31/2007 6:10:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 242+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Cpl. Eric C. Schwartz
    U.S. Marines with Viking Red Section, Mobile Assault Platoon, Regimental Combat Team 2, observe an Iraqi personal security detachment fire AK-47 rifles on a firing range at Camp Gannon. The Iraqis are training to be personal security officers for local judges. Viking Red Marines Train Iraqis to Keep Judges Safe Troops employ visual cues to bridge language barrier. By Cpl. Eric C. Schwartz 2nd Marine Division CAMP GANNON, Husaybah, Iraq, Aug. 31, 2007 — It’s not news to read that politicians, famous athletes and even entertainers have bodyguards protecting them from dangerous people, but in Iraq, their judges need...
  • Safe-Harbor Procedures for Employers Who Receive a No-Match Letter

    08/18/2007 1:23:17 PM PDT · by em2vn · 17 replies · 772+ views
    DHS ^ | 08-17-07 | DHS
    SUMMARY: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is amending the regulations relating to the unlawful hiring or continued employment of unauthorized aliens. The amended regulation describes the legal obligations of an employer, under current immigration law, when the employer receives a no-match letter from the Social Security Administration or receives a letter regarding employment verification forms from the Department of Homeland Security. It also describes ``safe-harbor'' procedures that the employer can follow in response to such a letter and thereby be certain that the Department of Homeland Security will not use the letter as any part of an allegation that the...
  • What's in the Future? Massive Liabilities (Private and Public Pension Liabilities)

    04/21/2007 2:27:37 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 2 replies · 739+ views
    Barron's ^ | 19 April 2007 | RANDALL W. FORSYTH
    AMERICA'S RETIREMENT FUNDS are a good-news, bad-news story. The biggest corporate pension funds are nearly fully funded for the first time in years. But the bad news is state and municipal pension plans face an unfunded liability of upwards of $1 trillion. And the worse news is the public sector has an additional unfunded liability half again as big for other post-retirement expenses such as health care, a staggering $1.5 trillion. First, the good news from the private sector. The 100 largest corporate defined-benefit plans were nearly 100% funded on average in 2006, according to an annual survey by Seattle...
  • Soldiers strive to make Iraqi village safe

    04/02/2007 6:36:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 373+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Sgt. Corey Strand
    KHAN DARI — On March 25, three improvised explosive devices went off here. Soldiers from Company E, 2nd “Lancer” Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment entered the village in an attempt to find the assailants. “We know if we can continue getting information from anyone who can help us clean out insurgents here and find weapons caches, we’re making this a safer place down the line for the [citizens of the community],” said Staff Sgt. William Stone, a squad leader from the regiment. “All the people here say the same thing, they want our help, they want safety and they want the...
  • Lancer Troops Work to Make Streets Safe for Iraqis

    03/29/2007 7:48:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 123+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp
      Lancer Troops Work to Make Streets Safe for Iraqis After three improvised explosive devices detonated, patrols make villagers feel safer. By Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Divison KHAN DARI, Iraq, March 29, 2007 — Making the streets safer for Iraqi civilians in their area of operations has been one of the main goals for troopers from the 2nd "Lancer" Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment. After three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) detonated, including one that injured two children near a school here March 25, soldiers were out gathering information March 26 to help catch those...
  • Military Working Dogs Keeping Troops Safe (WOOF! - WOOF!!)

    03/22/2007 5:41:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 42 replies · 3,344+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Chris McCann, USA
    CAMP STRIKER, Iraq, March 22, 2007 – The terrorist is quiet during the search, letting Army Sgt. Harold Corey pat him down all along one side. But when Corey gets to his right hip, the terrorist shoves at him. It’s less than a second before Wandor’s huge mouthful of teeth is clamped around the terrorist’s arm and Corey is out of danger, telling the dog “away!” to make him release the man’s arm. Army Chief Warrant Officer Julio Hall, a supply systems technician with the 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), is...
  • Building Global Network, Denying Safe Havens Essential in War on Terror

    02/26/2007 4:26:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 230+ views
    ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 26, 2007 – In the long war on terrorism, it takes a network to defeat a network, a senior Defense Department official said today at the 18th annual Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Symposium here. Mark Kimmitt, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Near East and South Asian affairs, said al Qaeda and its associates operate within a “full-spectrum network” that extends beyond the physical battlefield into the virtual and financial worlds. “It has the ability to use the virtual and physical network, all tied together in this center of gravity of this radical Islamist ideology,”...
  • Cheap, safe drug kills most cancers

    01/31/2007 2:34:12 PM PST · by SirLinksalot · 24 replies · 1,243+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 01/23/2007 | Andy Coghlan
    Cheap, safe drug kills most cancers What makes cancer cells different - and how to kill them ? New Scientist has received an unprecedented amount of interest in this story from readers. If you would like up-to-date information on any plans for clinical trials of DCA in patients with cancer, or would like to donate towards a fund for such trials, please visit the site set up by the University of Alberta and the Alberta Cancer Board. We will also follow events closely and will report any progress as it happens. It sounds almost too good to be true: a...
  • Iraqi Army, Coalition Forces Continue To Clear Safe Haven

    01/07/2007 5:27:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 371+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2007 – During ongoing operations south of Balad Ruz, Iraq, soldiers of the 1st Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army, with support from coalition forces, continue to target specific terrorist cells that use the area as a safe haven. The current operations began Jan. 4, with a combined air and ground assault into the outskirts of Turki village. Iraqi army and coalition force soldiers established mobile and stationary positions along possible escape routes to isolate the area and facilitate searching the area for weapon supplies, bomb-making material and terrorists. "The terrorists believe we will not attack them in...
  • Soldiers pull security, EOD keeps streets safe

    11/28/2006 8:47:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 394+ views
    Pfc. Jason Ferris, a gunner for 1st Platoon, Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery, 2ndBrigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, pulls security in the turret for his platoon during a mission in Baghdad Nov.26. Photo by Pfc. Shea Butler, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.CAMP LIBERTY -- A group of Soldiers stand in line for lunch as they jokingly make fun of one another, like good friends do, until they get a call on the radio - ‘An improvised explosive device has been found.’ Before the voice in the radio can finish, the Soldiers take off in a sprint toward...
  • Fear is shaping our children

    09/06/2006 2:11:18 PM PDT · by Leisler · 12 replies · 577+ views
    yahoo.com ^ | Tue Sep 5 | Patricia Pearson
    Summertime," goes that wonderful old song by the Gershwins, "and the livin' is easy." Well, it used to be, anyway. This past one seemed fraught with peril, as they usually do, these days, for parents. Allergies, skin cancer, air pollution, injuries, drownings, heat stroke, West Nile virus ... oh my. Gone are the golden afternoons of my own childhood, when I left the house without a hat, or sun screen, to noodle about on my bike (without a helmet) and play hide-and-seek in the bushes (without benefit of mosquito repellant or pedophile spray) and invariably stayed out until supper (which...
  • Bush sees no end to war on terrorism

    08/15/2006 2:40:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 784+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/15/06 | Nedra Pickler - ap
    WASHINGTON - President Bush said Tuesday that the foiled plot in Britain to blow up jetliners over the Atlantic is evidence the U.S. could be fighting terrorists for years to come. "America is safer than it has been, yet it is not yet safe," Bush told reporters at the National Counterterrorism Center just outside Washington. "The enemy has got an advantage when it comes to attacking our homeland: they got to be right one time and we got to be right 100 percent of the time to protect the American people." The counterterrorism center is located at an undisclosed site...
  • Ammo Specialists Keep Brigade Safe

    07/18/2006 5:28:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 244+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Creighton Holub
    U.S. Army Spc. Alejandro Perez, a Longbow Apache armament specialist assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, and Sgt. Kris Woodburn, a Longbow Apache helicopter mechanic assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, remove a Hellfire missile from a Longbow Apache helicopter as Spc. Eben Gonzales, an Apache mechanic assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, observes. Ammunition that is maintained at the Combat Aviation Brigade’s Ammo Transfer Holding Point eventually finds it way onto the brigade’s attack helicopters. U.S. Army...
  • Marines keep Iraq’s waterways safe

    07/07/2006 4:28:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 341+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Roe F. Seigle
    HADITHA, Iraq (July 7, 2006) -- In Iraq, a country where temperatures often soar above 110 degrees and terrain is mostly fine grains of sand, Cpl. Derek Metallo never thought he’d find himself patrolling Al Anbar province in a boat when he arrived three months ago. Metallo, a 27-year-old Marine reservist from Jacksonville, Fla., is part of a team of Marines who patrol the Euphrates River by boat, providing security to the Haditha Dam – one of the country’s largest sources of electrical power and home to the Hawaii-based 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment’s headquarters. The dam provides electricity to...
  • Body armor keeps Marines safe in Habbaniyah

    06/14/2006 6:28:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 524+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Graham M. Paulsgrove
    HABBANIYAH, Iraq (June 12, 2006) -- The enemy snipers hit their targets- but it yielded them no results. In less than a week’s time, Sgt. Joshua S. Adams and Pfc. Jason Hanson, of D Company, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion were hit by sniper shots. But the enemy had little effect because both were left with only minor injuries thanks to their small-arms protective inserts, or SAPI, plates. While working in support of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, to complete counterinsurgency and humanitarian operations in the town of Habbaniyah, Hanson was the lead man on a patrol looking for roadside...
  • PJs train to keep U.S. waters safe

    05/16/2006 8:33:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 241+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Master Sgt. Ruby Zarzyczny
    5/16/2006 - PORTLAND, Ore. (AFPN) -- The 304th Rescue Squadron here hosted a Homeland Defense-sponsored underwater hazardous devices search course at the Portland Air National Guard base May 8 to 12 to help pararescuemen and local public safety divers keep Oregon and Washington’s ports safe from terrorism. The course is designed to enhance the protection of U.S. maritime infrastructure -- ports, water ways, and ships -- by training public safety divers to search for, identify and mark underwater hazardous devices, according to a Homeland Defense press release. This training, and the associated increase in critical infrastructure responsiveness it provides, enhances...
  • Water Now Safe in Part of Lower Ninth Ward

    05/08/2006 8:09:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 231+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/8/06 | Janet McConnaughey - ap
    NEW ORLEANS - The state Health Department cleared the way Monday for people to begin to return to the New Orleans neighborhood that faced Hurricane Katrina's worst fury, saying tap water in part of the Lower Ninth Ward is safe. "Our displaced residents in some of the hardest-hit areas are now able to return to their homes and begin to rebuild their lives," Mayor Ray Nagin said Monday in a statement. The area encompasses the 10 blocks or so closest to the Mississippi River, where the ground is higher. In other parts of the neighborhood, people still must boil water...
  • Fears That Chicken Farm's 'Safe' Bird Flu Could Mutate

    04/27/2006 6:37:36 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 410+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-28-2006 | David Sapsted
    Fears that chicken farm's 'safe' bird flu virus could mutate By David Sapsted (Filed: 28/04/2006) As ministry vets prepared to gas 35,000 chickens to curb an outbreak of bird flu, a prominent virologist warned the government not to be sanguine over this supposedly "safe" strain of the disease. Prof Albert Osterhaus, a Dutch virologist, said that the H7 strain found in the flock just outside Dereham, Norfolk, had the potential to mutate into a form just as hazardous as the H5N1 strain, which has killed more than 100 people in Asia. The farm in Hockering, Norfolk, where 35,000 chickens are...
  • Going nuclear can be 'green'

    04/25/2006 9:55:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 24 replies · 600+ views
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 04.23.06 | PATRICK MOORE
    In the early 1970s when I helped found Greenpeace, I believed nuclear energy was synonymous with nuclear holocaust, as did most of my compatriots. That's the conviction that inspired Greenpeace's first voyage up the spectacular rocky northwest coast to protest the testing of U.S. hydrogen bombs in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Thirty years on, my views have changed, and the rest of the environmental movement needs to update its views, too, because nuclear energy may just be the energy source that can save our planet from another possible disaster: catastrophic climate change.Look at it this way: More than 600 coal-fired electric...
  • MND-B, IA Soldiers keep Green Zone safe

    04/21/2006 4:01:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 179+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Staff Sgt. Kevin Lovel
    BAGHDAD (Army News Service, April 21, 2006) – Working together as a cohesive team, Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers, Iraqi army soldiers and private-security company employees work at entry control checkpoints to provide safety and security for Baghdad’s “Green Zone.” “Our mission is to provide safety for the local nationals (and IA and MND-B Soldiers). We try to keep terrorists out of the Green Zone. It’s pretty much a safe haven,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jesse Matthews, infantryman, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, who works at an Entry Control Point near Forward Operating...
  • In war-torn Al Anbar, Marines, Iraqi soldiers keep city streets safe

    04/12/2006 5:03:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 302+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Roe F. Seigle
    HADITHA, Iraq (April 12, 2006) -- The windswept streets of Haditha are lined with stores and houses pocked with bullet holes that tell a story of a community once plagued by fear from insurgents and terrorists. Now, those stories are fading memories and new memories are being formed. The buildings in the city of approximately 30,000 are being rebuilt and children are free to play safely in the streets guarded by United States Marines. “The Marines are our friends and have been a gift from God,” said “Josem," in French, which he learned while studying at a university in France....
  • Maintainers multi-task to keep C-17s safe

    03/27/2006 3:55:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 316+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Lara Gale
    3/27/2006 - MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan (AFPN) -- In a dusty tent in the middle of maintenance town, computers are humming and a lone radio squawks the status of an incoming C-17 Globemaster III. The only sign that anybody works here is a row of desert camouflage blouses hung neatly near the door. A few of them belong to crew chiefs. The rest were shed by jet engine specialists, hydraulics specialists, navigation and avionics specialists, and fuel cell specialists as the calls came in for one jet landing after another. “We’re all crew chiefs here,” said Staff Sgt. Jason Wells,...
  • Safe Haven For Abandoned Babies: Causing More Harm Than Good? (New term - "neonaticide")

    03/09/2006 3:53:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies · 1,948+ views
    Columbia University ^ | April 2004 | Jesse Hyde
    Safe Haven For Abandoned Babies: Causing More Harm Than Good?By Jesse Hyde April 2004 Tim Jaccard looked at the dead baby curled in the toilet bowl and cursed God. The Nassau County paramedic was supposed to be on his way home to comfort his stepdaughter. She had called him at work, crying because she could not get pregnant. Minutes after he hung up, the call came to respond to the women's restroom in the lobby of the First District Court in Hempstead, Long Island. "My daughter can't get pregnant and somebody throws their baby away," he remembered thinking in the...
  • The Secret In The Steppes Thought Safe For All Time (Genghis Khan)

    02/09/2006 11:00:19 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 1,477+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2-9-2006 | Edward Cody
    The Secret in the Steppes Thought Safe for All TimeDespite Misgivings in Mongolia, Explorers Hope to Find Site of Genghis Khan's 800-Year-Old Tomb By Edward Cody Washington Post Foreign Service Thursday, February 9, 2006; Page A20 ULAN BATOR, Mongolia -- On the vast flatlands of eastern Mongolia, enclosed by a two-mile wall in the form of an oval, diggers have uncovered tantalizing clues to the solution of one of history's enduring mysteries: the site of Genghis Khan's secret grave. Finding the spot where the great Mongolian conqueror was laid to rest in 1227 by his famed horseback warriors would fill...
  • Norwalk, Calif., native keeps commander safe

    01/16/2006 10:52:35 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 270+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 16, 2006 | Cpl. Adam C. Schnell
    HADITHA DAM, Iraq (Jan. 16, 2006) -- The job of lead vehicle gunner for a convoy in Iraq is one of the most dangerous and demanding jobs for a Marine, as insurgents continue to place roadside bombs aimed at injuring Marines, Iraqi soldiers, police and civilians. Norwalk, Calif., native, Cpl. Jason M. Farias, isn’t just the lead gunner on some convoys, he is the first line of defense for 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment’s commander as he travels to visit Marines in the area. With his M-240G machine gun, he sits high above the lead vehicle to provide fire support...
  • Keeping Predators flying helps keep Balad safe

    01/03/2006 4:26:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 351+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Jan 3, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Tammie Moore
    1/3/2006 - BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Airmen who maintain the MQ-1 Predator here take great pride in ensuring the unmanned aerial vehicles they look after can keep and eagle eye on what goes on in Iraq. The 61 Airmen of the 46th Aircraft Maintenance Unit -- and three Royal Air Force Airmen -- keep the Predators flying for the pilots who fly them from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and Balad. They ensure the Predators can provide interdiction, surveillance, target acquisition and conduct armed reconnaissance against critical and perishable targets. "The aircraft's ability to loiter over an area...
  • Controllers keeping Iraqi skies safe

    12/29/2005 5:01:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 214+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Dec 29, 2005 | Tech. Sgt. Paul Dean
    12/29/2005 - ALI BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Another small dot drags a string of numbers with it as it hesitantly shuffles onto the screen. Now there are 30 dots with numbers. Airman 1st Class Grant Gers slips a strip of paper, no wider than a magazine and shorter than two end-to-end sugar packs, neatly but quickly enters the squawk (four of the numbers —- the call sign) and the time, adjusts his microphone and makes contact. “Welcome to my sky,” he said. The aircraft was in the 50,000 square miles of Iraqi airspace controlled by a small group of Airmen...
  • Baghdad's Highway Of Death 'Now Safe'

    12/09/2005 6:04:16 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 663+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-10-2005 | Oliver Poole
    Baghdad's Highway of Death 'now safe' By Oliver Poole in Baghdad (Filed: 10/12/2005) The US military says it has secured the road linking Baghdad airport to the city - two and a half years after American troops first entered the capital. Attacks on the five-mile route have dropped from 142 between April and June to fewer than a dozen last month. The road had been a glaring symbol of the US failure to control Iraq. It became known as the Highway of Death since the journey meant risking shootings, suicide car bombs and booby traps. In April, 13 people were...
  • Coalition forces keep streets of Iraq safe

    12/09/2005 2:53:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 202+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Dec 9, 2005 | Spc. George Welcome
    YUSUFIYAH, Iraq (Army News Service, Dec. 9, 2005) – Soldiers from Task Force Baghdad, alongside Iraqi forces, constantly search the streets and alleyways of Baghdad and surrounding communities for weapons, insurgents and anti-coalition propaganda. The searches are thorough, yet the Soldiers still respect people's rights and property. “I feel that our patrols make a difference,” said Sgt. Kenneth Casica. “I guess the patrols make the insurgents nervous because they know…we'll push them out of this area to make the people feel safe.” When Task Force Baghdad Soldiers get ready for a mission, a lot of things take place before the...
  • 'Safe' Painkiller Is Leading Cause Of Liver Failure

    12/08/2005 3:07:50 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies · 2,620+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12--8-2005 | Alison Motluk
    'Safe' painkiller is leading cause of liver failure 08 December 2005 NewScientist.com news service Alison Motluk A POPULAR over-the-counter painkiller is now the leading cause of acute liver failure in the US - and almost half of those cases are accidental overdoses. Paracetamol (or acetaminophen as it is known in the US) is used by millions of Americans each year, and is commonly thought to be safe. Until 1980, paracetamol was not even listed as a cause of acute liver failure. But between 1998 and 2003, the proportion of cases of liver failure caused by the drug nearly doubled. William...