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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...