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  • U.S. Destroys $500M Planes, Sells for 6 Cent Scrap

    10/10/2014 7:05:25 AM PDT · by mykroar · 30 replies
    WA Free Beacon ^ | Adam Credo
    Sixteen military transport planes bought by the United States government for the Afghan Air Force (AAF) at a cost of nearly $500 million were recently destroyed by the Afghan military and sold for scrap parts at around six cents per pound, prompting a government inquiry to determine why millions of taxpayer dollars were wasted on the ill-fated program. The Department of Defense purchased for the AAF a total of 20 Italian-made G222 military transport planes at a cost of $486 million. However, the fleet was grounded in March 2013 “after sustained, serious performance, maintenance, and spare parts problems” were discovered,...
  • Tacoma couple charged after explosive device blew up in their home

    06/11/2014 8:17:46 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 10 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | 06/10/2014 | Stacia Glenn
    They spent a year collecting used ammunition around Joint Base Lewis-McChord and melting it to sell as scrap metal – until one of the rounds exploded at a Tacoma home, injuring the couple and tipping police off to what they’d been up to. Pierce County prosecutors have charged Juliette Parker, 32, and Cody Hyman, 27, with possession of an explosive device, third-degree assault and reckless endangerment. The couple, who now live in Texas, is set to be arraigned June 23. Agents from the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives joined the investigation and helped search the home....
  • "Love Boat" Goes To The Breakers ... Decrepit Pacific Princess Hulk Awaits Turkish Scrappers

    02/22/2014 7:19:18 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies
    Opposite Lock ^ | February 22, 2014 | Opposite Lock
    Love Boat Goes To The Breakers For those of us of a certain age, we remember the cheesy, comedic voyages of the Love Boat as a staple of late 1970s TV. Captain Stubing, Gopher, Doc, Isaac and the blond chick would sleep their way through the passengers, smile and serve drinks. All this happened in a tidy hour format complete with laugh track. Well, the ship that was at the core of the show, the Pacific Princess, has finally sailed its last and is at the wreckers in Turkey. Unfortunately, the Turkish ship breakers are not known for saving furnishings...
  • The Love Boat sails on final voyage to Aliaga shipbreakers

    08/08/2013 2:53:40 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 30 replies ^ | 08/08/2013 | NA
    The Love Boat sails on final voyage to Aliaga shipbreakers 8/8 - The MS Pacific, a cruise ship made famous by its appearance in the popular U.S. 1970s television show “The Love Boat,” has sailed its final voyage to a ship-breaking yard on Turkey’s Aegean Sea coast, a shipping group said on Wednesday. Called the Pacific Princess when it was on the long-running comedy, the iconic 13,500 tonne, 171-m-long (561-foot-) vessel will be stripped for its metal and parts, said Ersin Ceviker of the Ship Recyclers’ Association of Turkey. Aaron Spelling’s “The Love Boat,” starring Gavin MacLeod as the ship’s...
  • In Afghanistan, U.S. military scraps billions in equipment

    06/28/2013 12:29:40 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    KDH News/WaPo ^ | 6-26-13 | Ernesto Londoño
    The massive disposal effort, which U.S. military officials call unprecedented, has unfolded largely out of sight amid an ongoing debate inside the Pentagon about what to do with the heaps of equipment that won’t be returning home. Military planners have determined that more than $7 billion worth of equipment — about 20 percent of what the U.S. military has in Afghanistan — will not be shipped back, because it is no longer needed or would be too costly to send home. That has left the Pentagon in a quandary about what to do with the items. Bequeathing a large share...
  • Catalytic converters prove to be easy targets for thieves

    06/25/2012 9:18:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    JS ONLINE ^ | 6-22-12 | Rick Barrett
    ~snip~ Since May, several dozen catalytic converters have been stolen from vehicles in the Milwaukee area by thieves who have targeted the equipment for its scrap metal value. Converters contain platinum, or palladium, and rhodium. There's only a fraction of an ounce of platinum in them, but once processed, the metal is worth about $1,450 an ounce. Thieves get from $50 to $200 for a converter when they sell it to a metal recycler. Some of the thefts have occurred in the daytime, while vehicles were parked at restaurants and hotels. Other thefts have occurred at night - sometimes on...
  • Greece examining ‘free’ US tank offer

    12/07/2011 10:09:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Greece examining ‘free’ US tank offer ATHENS — Cash-strapped Greece is considering a free offer of hundreds of redundant M1A1 Abrams tanks extended by the US government, the Greek army said on Wednesday. “This is a free offer,” army spokesman Yiannis Sifakis told AFP. “A delegation of officers has travelled to the United States to examine tanks in storage; we are departing on the premise of picking 400 of them,” he said. “The only cost will be that of transport, which is estimated in the region of eight million euros ($11 million),” the spokesman added. Ta Nea daily reported that...
  • SS United States headed to junk pile?

    03/11/2009 1:45:45 PM PDT · by americanophile · 72 replies · 1,739+ views
    Philadelphia Business Journal ^ | February 23, 2009 | Peter Van Allen
    Efforts to save the SS United States — a storied former ocean liner that has been mothballed in South Philadelphia — have apparently fallen through. Two Washington, D.C.-based foundations that seek to preserve the ship are sounding the alarm that the historic vessel may be sold for scrap metal. Robert Westover, who heads the SS United States Foundation, said this week that plans for refurbishment by Norwegian Cruise Line appear to be dead, and that the ship may be sold to a scrap dealer. “I’m hoping this does not have a sad end, but it’s shaping up as an American...
  • Suffolk police make arrests in catalytic converter thefts

    07/12/2008 5:01:52 AM PDT · by csvset · 10 replies · 185+ views
    July 12, 2008 ^ | The Virginian-Pilot | Linda McNatt
    SUFFOLK Police have filed more than 150 charges against three people accused of stealing dozens of catalytic converters from vehicles in Suffolk and Chesapeake.Late Friday, police announced that the three were arrested Wednesday, after a Suffolk officer saw them near a car at King’s Fork Middle School, city spokeswoman Debbie George said.David Christopher Bone, 27, and Nicholas Edward Villi, 26, both of Windsor, and Tiffany Nicole Holt, 22, of Chesapeake are being held without bond at Western Tidewater Regional Jail, a jail spokesman said.Bone and Villi each face 27 criminal charges in Suffolk; Holt faces 12 charges. All were charged...
  • Metal thieves converge on Patterson farms

    01/09/2008 7:35:21 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 24 replies · 683+ views
    California Farm Bureau Federation ^ | January 9, 2008 | By Christine Souza
    Patterson grower Dave Santos of Lucich/Santos Farms switched over to plastic irrigation ­fittings after thieves stole the brass ones that were likely sold to a scrap yard for cash. Patterson farmer Mike Lara stands at the scene of the crime--at his pump station along the Delta Mendota Canal where thieves rammed the junction box for his irrigation pump, ripped off the power meter and stripped the copper wiring, leaving live electrical wires exposed and several thousand dollars worth of damages. It was another case of metal theft on agricultural lands, a crime spree of growing proportions that spares no county...
  • Two more bodies found in manhole near Coveleski Stadium

    01/12/2007 9:26:23 PM PST · by csvset · 25 replies · 1,279+ views
    South Bend Tribune ^ | January 12. 2007 | TOM MOOR & PATRICK M. O’CONNELL
    SOUTH BEND — Two bodies were found Friday in a manhole not far from where two other men were discovered dead earlier this week. Police found the bodies of two men in the hole above a railroad viaduct east of the 600 block of South Scott Street — near Coveleski Stadium — about noon while investigating Tuesday’s homicides. The most recent deaths also appear to be homicides, South Bend police Capt. Phil Trent said. Autopsies will determine for certain the cause of death and who they are. The deaths appear to be connected in what could be a quadruple homicide,...
  • Scrap for the US, gold for India

    09/09/2006 6:55:19 PM PDT · by steppenw0lf · 2 replies · 390+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | Amit Sharma
    The 9/11 attacks may have occasioned anxiety around the planet, but for this small town on the Delhi-Amritsar highway in the Fatehgarh Sahib district, it has meant a boom for the scrap and metal remoulding business. Overcoming health concerns and superstitions, the dealers here have made it a habit to track international terrorist strikes, simply to pick up the scrap from such incidents. In 2002, about 70,000 tonnes of scrap found its way to India, amid fear of toxicity, and of that, 10,000 tonnes reached this town. Parveen Kumar, a former manager at Patiala Castings, which imported the scrap, says...
  • Police attempt to scrap a new type of crime

    08/17/2006 7:00:32 AM PDT · by hoosierboy · 30 replies · 908+ views
    WNDU ^ | 08/17/06
    Scrap theft is pushing the stats higher, as more and more vacant houses are stripped of metals like copper. A pound of copper a year ago went for about $1.75, now scrap dealers are paying upwards of $3.00 per pound. It’s enough to make police rethink their tactics. Division Chief Darryl Boykins of the South Bend Police Department says, "There’s been a spike in the price of metal and so that's caused a whole new different type of crime now that we have to look at, that, we didn't have to look at that 10 years ago, or even five...
  • Looting at Weapons Plants Was Systematic, Iraqi Says

    03/12/2005 5:56:56 PM PST · by Valin · 20 replies · 2,100+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/13/05 | JAMES GLANZ / WILLIAM J. BROAD
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 12 - In the weeks after Baghdad fell in April 2003, looters systematically dismantled and removed tons of machinery from Saddam Hussein's most important weapons installations, including some with high-precision equipment capable of making parts for nuclear arms, a senior Iraqi official said this week in the government's first extensive comments on the looting. The Iraqi official, Sami al-Araji, the deputy minister of industry, said it appeared that a highly organized operation had pinpointed specific plants in search of valuable equipment, some of which could be used for both military and civilian applications, and carted the machinery...
  • Bush takes on crucial debate about reforming Social Security

    02/15/2005 12:36:22 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 2 replies · 356+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 2-15-05 | rod grams
    When talking about Social Security reform, we need to make two points extremely clear: No one is going to end Social Security or reduce or take away any benefits you have earned over the years. And discussing other options is healthy for our country. Our Social Security system, in its current form, was designed for another era. It cannot meet the needs of today's demographics and it cannot support the benefits it has promised for tomorrow. A program that 50 years ago relied on 16 workers for each beneficiary now relies on three workers. And in less than 30 years...
  • What a Tangled Web We Weave- When we pursue policy objectives through tax loopholes.

    01/25/2005 7:52:24 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 388+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1-25-05 | Andrew Ferguson
    DISCOUNTING FOR AN UNDERWATER EARTHQUAKE that sent 40-foot-high waves traveling thousands of miles across the open sea to inflict death and destruction on an unimaginable scale, it was kind of a sleepy holiday for the Washington political community, newswise. So you can understand the titillation that shimmered through the capital when the local paper announced, a few days after Christmas, that President Bush might delay his plan to "simplify" the tax code! "Bush Expected to Delay Major Tax Overhaul," said the headline in the Washington Post. At last there was something else to talk about on Inside Politics.
  • U.S. Troops Tell Rumsfeld They Use Scrap as Armor in Iraq

    12/08/2004 10:28:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 82 replies · 2,048+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/8/04 | Tabassum Zakaria - Reuters
    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait (Reuters) - An American soldier complained to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Wednesday troops were being forced to dig up scrap metal to protect their vehicles in Iraq (news - web sites) because of a shortage of armored transport. "A lot of us are getting ready to move north (into Iraq)," the soldier said to Rumsfeld during a question-and-answer session with hundreds of troops at the Camp Buehring military base, 12 miles south of the Iraq border in Kuwait. "Now why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic...
  • Scrap bomb trail leads to Iraq (WHERE THE WMDS WENT?)

    10/09/2004 10:42:31 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 2 replies · 751+ views
    The Times of India ^ | October 9, 2004 | RANJAN ROY
    NEW DELHI: The trail of rockets, exploded and unexploded is now snaking not only around the Indian capital, but also extending to foundries as far as Jaipur. But where is this deadly cargo coming from and could it have more than just elementary explosives? So far, Army engineers examining the ordnance concealed in cargoes of metal scrap imported from companies in the Persian Gulf, haven't disclosed the source, but scrap dealers who export tonnes to India daily say that the rockets and shells that have killed at least 10 people in Ghaziabad are likely to have been shipped out of...
  • UN inspectors: Saddam shipped out WMD before war and after

    06/11/2004 1:17:07 PM PDT · by freebilly · 207 replies · 9,577+ views
    The United Nations has determined that Saddam Hussein shipped weapons of mass destruction components as well as medium-range ballistic missiles before, during and after the U.S.-led war against Iraq in 2003. The UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission briefed the Security Council on new findings that could help trace the whereabouts of Saddam's missile and WMD program. The briefing contained satellite photographs that demonstrated the speed with which Saddam dismantled his missile and WMD sites before and during the war. Council members were shown photographs of a ballistic missile site outside Baghdad in May 2003, and then saw a satellite...
  • Scrapped Iraqi missile engines found in Jordan

    06/10/2004 11:21:29 AM PDT · by murdocj · 1 replies · 100+ views
    murdoc online ^ | 06/10/2004 | murdoc
    Taken alone, the discovery of these rocket motors doesn't really prove anything. Just like the SA-2 motor found in a scrapyard in Rotterdam. Just like the other scrapped dual-use equipment discovered in junkyards around the world. Just like the sarin-filled artillery round discovered recently. And the other chemical rounds uncovered just before that. And the murder of many Iraqi scientists who were cooperating with US investigators after the invasion. And the burned up computers in a locked weapons research lab. And the rumors of those semi-trucks headed to Syria in the months before the invasion. I mean, this is just...