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  • Brazil oil auction: Lone bid wins exploration rights

    10/22/2013 5:48:28 PM PDT · by haffast · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | 21 October 2013 Last updated at 17:01 ET | BBC
    The rights to explore Brazil's biggest oilfield have been won at an auction by a consortium led by Brazil's state-run Petrobras, backed by Total, Shell and Chinese firms. The group made the only bid in the auction, offering the minimum share of the surplus production. The Rio de Janeiro beachfront hotel, where the auction took place, was guarded by 1,100 security personnel. Earlier, striking oil workers opposed to the contest clashed with police. Eleven companies had expressed interest in the Libra oilfield, but the Spanish Repsol pulled out on Monday, leaving the five winners as the only ones to present...
  • 11,588,500 Words: Obamacare Regs 30x as Long as Law

    10/14/2013 6:19:18 PM PDT · by rktman
    CNSNews ^ | 10/14/2013 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) -- Bureaucracies in the Obama Administration have thus far published approximately 11,588,500 words of final Obamacare regulations, while there are only 381,517 words in the Obamacare law itself. That means unelected federal officials have now written 30 words of regulations for each word in the law. What is commonly known as the Obamacare law includes both the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA). Since these bills were signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010, various agencies in the administration have published 109 final regulations spelling out...
  • SHOULD THE PERMANENT NATIONAL DEBT LIMIT BE CAPPED AT 17.83 TRILLION DOLLARS ?

    10/08/2013 6:34:52 PM PDT · by Graewoulf · 55 replies
    Graewoulf | October 8, 2013 | Graewoulf
    The Treaty of Paris, signed on September 3, 1783, ended the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain on one side and the United States of America and its allies on the other. 17.83 Trillion dollars. What a great Patriotic number to make the limit of our Total National Debt that we will agree to pay back, with interest. When we know, with certainty, our limit of Total Debt, we can then chose either the 10 or 15 % Reduction in TOTAL Federal spending on a year to year basis to get our National Debt back to the pre-TARP National Debt...
  • This Is How We Resist *Video*

    02/28/2013 11:16:31 AM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | Mac Slavo
    This Is How We Resist *Video* Mac Slavo February 28th, 2013 It should be clear by now that the Federal government, through various agencies like the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, is rapidly moving towards a legal model that aims to strip fundamental rights traditionally protected by the Constitution of the United States. The Second Amendment is and has been under fire for quite some time, but what many Americans fail to realize is that the attack on our right to bear arms is only part of a much broader plan, one that aims to quietly kill any semblance...
  • General Mills Comes Out Against Minnesota Marriage Amendment, Cites ‘Inclusion’

    06/19/2012 5:54:31 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 42 replies
    AFTAH ^ | June 18 2012 | Peter LeBarbara
    Remember when Big Business was conservative and was protested by hippies and leftists? Well now, socially speaking, corporate titans are siding with the Left against historic Judeo-Christian values – and God-fearing Christians and Jews are chiding the soulless, capitalist sellouts. The latest Behemoth to kick the Creator to the curb is General Mills — seemingly right up there with apple pie and motherhood as a symbol of American wholesomeness, but no more. General Mills is maker of these iconic breakfast cereals: Cheerios Chex Cinnamon Toast Crunch Fiber One Kix Lucky Charms Monsters Total Trix Wheaties In bowing to the revolutionary,...
  • US States Are Facing Total Debt of Over $4 Trillion (Give or take a few Trillion.)

    10/25/2011 12:35:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/24/11 | Reuters
    The total of U.S. state debt, including pension liabilities, could surpass $4 trillion, with California owing the most and Vermont owing the least, a new analysis says. The nonprofit State Budget Solutions combined states' major debt and future liabilities, primarily for pensions and employee healthcare, unemployment insurance loans, outstanding bonds and projected fiscal 2011 budget gaps. It found that in total, states are in debt for $4.2 trillion. The group, which follows state fiscal conditions and advocates for limited spending and taxes, said the deficit calculations that states make "do not offer a full picture of the states' liabilities and...
  • French oil giant Total to buy majority stake in San Jose-based SunPower

    04/28/2011 9:18:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 4/28/11 | Dana Hull
    In a powerful signal that traditional energy companies are banking on solar power as part of their future, French oil giant Total plans to buy a controlling stake in San Jose-based SunPower (SPWRA), Silicon Valley's dominant solar panel manufacturer. Under the deal, jointly announced by the two companies Thursday as "a broad strategic relationship to shape the future of the solar industry," Total will buy a 60 percent stake in SunPower for $1.38 billion, paying a more than 40 percent premium over SunPower's stock price Wednesday. "This is old energy betting on new energy," SunPower CEO Tom Werner told this...
  • Total, Shell, Statoil, Eni Pull Out of Iran

    10/02/2010 9:44:30 AM PDT · by epithermal · 9 replies
    Rigzone ^ | September 30, 2010 | Dow Jones Newswires
    Energy giants Total, Shell, Statoil and Eni have pledged to end their investments in Iran. The pledges fall in line with tough new energy and financial measures the U.S. Congress imposed on Iran in June, which came atop U.N. Security Council sanctions imposed earlier the same month to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions.
  • 4 firms stop investing in Iran

    09/30/2010 7:49:09 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    WASHINGTON - UNDER threat of US sanctions, European oil firms Total, Shell, Statoil and Eni have pledged to stop investing in Iran in what amounts to a 'significant setback' to Teheran, a US official said on Thursday. The pledges fall in line with new energy and financial measures against Iran that US President Barack Obama signed into law in July in the wake of UN Security Council sanctions imposed in June to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions. 'We have received commitments from four international energy firms to terminate their investments and avoid any new activity in Iran's energy sector,' Deputy Secretary...
  • Iran's Oil Mafia (pro-regime Iranian lobby in U.S.)

    04/16/2007 5:08:26 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 552+ views
    Frontpagemagazine.com ^ | April 16, 2007 | Hassan Daioleslam
    Iran's Oil Mafia April 16, 2007 Frontpagemagazine.com Hassan Daioleslam Robert William (Bob) Ney is a current federal prisoner and a former Ohio Congressman from 1995 until November 3, 2006. Ney pled guilty to charges of conspiracy and making false statements in relation to the Jack Abramoff lobbying and bribery scandal. Ney reportedly received bribes from Abramoff, other lobbyists, and two foreign businessmen - a felon and an arms dealer - in exchange for using his position to advance their interests. Conspicuously missing from this dossier of disservice to the country was Ney’s assistance in the creation of a Washington-based lobbying...
  • Debunking the Carter Ruck defence of British-Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi ( + REZKO et al)

    07/01/2009 11:09:45 AM PDT · by 1066AD · 5 replies · 346+ views
    Hawaii Free Press / WikiLeaks ^ | 5/29/2008 | Andrew Walden
    May 29, 2008 By Andrew Walden (Hawai'i Free Press) Nadhmi Auchi, seen here with the Governor of Illinois, Rob Blagojevich (middle) at a 2004 Chicago dinner in Auchi's honor arranged by Antonin Rezko (potentially, right)[1]. All three men have been convicted of corruption related charges (Auchi 2003, Rezko 2008, Blagojevich 2009).[2] “A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser (dual US-Syrian citizen Tony Rezko) just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses. The money transfer raises the question of whether funds from Nadhmi Auchi,...
  • Protests in Britain over foreign workers

    01/30/2009 7:32:37 PM PST · by Murtyo · 8 replies · 503+ views
    RTE - Ireland - Public Broadcaster ^ | Friday, 30 January 2009 17:26
    Energy workers in Britain have staged unofficial walkouts as protests over the use of foreign workers spread. Contractors at Total's Lindsey refinery in Lincolnshire began a protest on Wednesday after a project to build a hydro desulphurisation unit was given to an Italian company. Unions say the firm has excluded local workers from the contract and has shipped in workers from abroad instead. Advertisement They argue that it flies in the face of promises made by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2007 to provide 'British jobs for British workers'. Around 1,000 angry demonstrators gathered at a car park opposite the...
  • Political Tensions Force Total to Pull Out of Iran

    07/12/2008 10:08:53 AM PDT · by fella · 64+ views
    RigZone.com ^ | 7/11/2008 | David Jolly
    Political Tensions Force Total to Pull Out of Iran by David Jolly, The New York Times Media Group International Herald Tribune 7/11/2008 URL: http://www.rigzone.com/news/article.asp?a_id=64066 Total, the French oil giant, has decided to back away from planned investments in Iran because of political uncertainty, a company official said Thursday. Total's withdrawal from Iran, including a planned massive gas project in the South Pars gas field, makes it the last major Western oil company to give up on Iran amid pressure from Washington to stop doing business with the Tehran government. The United States, Israel and other Western countries say Iran is...
  • France's Total to Stay in Venezuela, Iran

    02/14/2008 5:36:22 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 86+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 13, 2008
    France's Total to Stay in Venezuela, Iran February 13, 2008 Reuters Barbara Lewis and Marie Maitre PARIS -- French oil company Total pledged on Wednesday to stay in Venezuela and Iran, two OPEC nations locked in disputes with the United States, but said it was still too dangerous to invest in Iraq. Total has been at odds with Washington for years about its investments in Iran and faces growing domestic pressure as President Nicolas Sarkozy hardens France's stance against Tehran's nuclear activities. Total has a long-standing deal to develop gas from Iran's huge South Pars field, but the project has...
  • Total lunar eclipse to occur on Tuesday (North and South America and South Pacific viewable)

    08/26/2007 1:04:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 77 replies · 2,293+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/26/07 | Colleen Slevin - ap
    DENVER - The Earth's shadow will creep across the moon's surface early Tuesday, slowly eclipsing it and turning it shades of orange and red. The total lunar eclipse, the second this year, will be visible in North and South America, especially in the West. People in the Pacific islands, eastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand also will be able to view it if skies are clear. People in Europe, Africa or the Middle East, who had the best view of the last total lunar eclipse in March, won't see this one because the moon will have set when the eclipse...
  • Total Recall

    03/29/2007 4:54:16 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 3 replies · 236+ views
    WSJ / OpinionJournal.com ^ | March 29, 2007 | Editorial
    Total Recall A French oil giant's deals with a rogue regime--this time in Iran. Don't stop us if you've heard this one: French oil giant Total SA is being investigated for illicit dealings with a rogue regime in the Middle East. This time it's Iran, but maybe you recall its experience with another dictator and something called Oil for Food. A French judge is investigating bribes that Total executives allegedly paid Iranian officials to secure business in the Islamic Republic. Last week, the judge issued preliminary charges of abuse of company funds and corruption of foreign agents against Chief Executive...
  • Total's CEO Charged in Iran Probe

    03/22/2007 11:44:17 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 9 replies · 279+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 22, 2007 | PIERRE-ANTOINE SOUCHARD
    Total's CEO Charged in Iran Probe By PIERRE-ANTOINE SOUCHARD The Associated Press Thursday, March 22, 2007; 6:26 PM PARIS -- An investigating judge filed preliminary charges Thursday against the chief executive of Total SA in a corruption case linked to a 1997 contract with Iran, the company and judicial officials said. Preliminary charges were filed against Total Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie for alleged abuse of company assets and corruption of foreign agents, the judicial officials said. They were not authorized to speak publicly about the case and provided information only on condition of anonymity. De Margerie, who replaced Thierry...
  • Stargazers watch total lunar eclipse

    03/03/2007 6:47:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 817+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/3/07 | Raphael G. Satter - ap
    LONDON - The moon darkened, reddened, and turned shades of gray and orange Saturday night during the first total lunar eclipse in nearly three years, thrilling stargazers and astronomers around the world. The Earth's shadow took over six hours to crawl across the moon's surface, eating it into a crescent shape before engulfing it completely in a spectacle at least partly visible on every continent. About a dozen amateur astronomers braved the cold and mud outside the Croydon Observatory in southeast London to watch the start of the eclipse. "It's starting to go!" said Alex Gikas, 8, a Cub Scout...
  • Total faces investigation over $2bn Iran contract [paid bribes to win a HUGE gas contract in Iran]

    12/19/2006 7:44:57 PM PST · by jdm · 5 replies · 406+ views
    Financial Times ^ | Dec 20, 2006 | Martin Arnold in Paris
    A Paris judge has launched an investigation into allegations that Total, the French oil and gas group, paid bribes to win a $2bn gas contract in Iran almost a decade ago. The move is a further blow for Christophe de Margerie, Total's head of exploration and production, who was involved in negotiating the Iranian South Pars contract and is due to take over as chief executive in February. Mr de Margerie, head of Total's Middle East activities from 1995 to 1999, is facing separate charges over allegations that he was involved in corruption during the scandal-plagued UN oil-for-food programme in...
  • Operational Missile Defense Test a Total Success

    09/01/2006 2:38:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 449+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sep. 1, 2006 – A test of the Ground-based Missile Defense System today was a total success, said Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry A. Obering III, the director of the Missile Defense Agency. Obering called today’s test, the first operational one for the system, a huge step in fielding of the missile defense shield. He said he feels good about the capability for the United States to defend itself from an attack from a rogue nation. The test was the most realistic to date without a nation like North Korea launching the real thing, the general said. “The test...
  • First province under total Iraqi control

    07/14/2006 3:19:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 402+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. Rick Rzepka
    Iraqi security forces celebrate at a ceremony in Samawah, in southern Iraq, on July 13. Full responsibility for the province was handed over to the al-Muthanna provincial government by Coaltion forces. It is the first of Iraq's 18 provinces to have total responsibility for security. SAMAWAH - Hundreds gathered in Samawah, the capital of al-Muthanna province in southern Iraq, to witness the formal passing of responsibility for security and governance from Coalition forces to Iraqi control today.  Al-Muthanna is the first of Iraq’s 18 provinces to have complete responsibility for its own security. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki attended...
  • Father kills 4 children, self after spousal dispute (2006 US murder totals - 8788 and rising)

    07/08/2006 7:59:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 162 replies · 5,608+ views
    Father kills 4 children, self after spousal disputeAssociated Press Posted on Wed, Jul. 05, 2006 An undated photo provided by the Gustine Police Department shows twins Alyssa Branscum, 5, left, and Taylor Branscum. The twins and their two other siblings were found dead in their Gustine, Calif., home Tuesday, July 4, 2006, officials said. The children apparently died of gunshots to the head, and their father, Trevor Branscum, 38, died of a self-inflicted wound, Mayor Jim Bonta said. Police Sgt. Vince Inaudi said the children appeared to be sleeping when they were shot. The evidence was consistent with a murder-suicide,...
  • Murdered mother buried with her three children (2006 US death total, so far, 8649)

    07/03/2006 2:51:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 3,819+ views
    WKBN ^ | 6/29/06
    A young mother who was murdered, along with her three children, in Columbus last week, were loved by many in her old hometown of Warren, and they showed that love today. The funeral for Jameila West, daughter Jameire, and sons Trevion and Jakia, was held today at the family's church in Warren. Beyond the uplifted hands and voices at the Greater Apostolic Church in Warren, is the devastating loss of four loved ones, but only two caskets. 27 year old Jameila West and her 3 year old son Jakia lie in one, 10 year old Jameire and 5 year...
  • Multinational Corporations Aid Terrorist Regime In Iran: Do You Own Any Of These Stocks?

    05/26/2006 8:23:46 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies · 866+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | 26 May 06 | Christopher Holton
    Millions of American investors, as well as their pension funds, mutual funds and other institutions, have unsuspectingly invested their hard-earned wealth in foreign companies that aid and abet the Islamofascist theocracy in Iran. If you are reading this article, you’re probably one of those unsuspecting investors. You may not directly own shares of corporations that do business in and with the Islamic Republic of Iran, but chances are your 401K, mutual fund portfolio or public pension system is invested in such companies. Congratulations. A portion of your money is going toward arming and training Hezbollah terrorists, sheltering members of Al...
  • Why ice-cream vans face total meltdown(hint commie nanny staters)

    05/10/2006 3:28:04 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 48 replies · 1,422+ views
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2170199,00.html ^ | 5 8 06 | Rajeev Syal and David Sanderson
    Those familiar jingles could be a thing of the past if a health campaign succeeds FOR 60 years the tinny jingle of Greensleeves that announced the arrival of the ice-cream van has been an indelible memory of childhood, but that sound may soon be removed from suburban streets. Health lobbyists have decided that ice-creams are too much of a danger to children’s health. MPs and health officials are planning a series of measures across the country that are already forcing Mr Whippy and his helpers into meltdown. Under an amendment to the Education and Inspection Bill to be put forward...
  • IRAN AWARDS ENERGY BIDS TO WESTERN MAJORS

    03/01/2006 8:46:43 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 6 replies · 477+ views
    IRAN AWARDS ENERGY BIDS TO WESTERN MAJORS NICOSIA [MENL] -- Iran has decided to award energy development contracts to Western majors. An Iranian state oil firm said the Oil Ministry would grant Total, Royal Dutch Shell and Repsol upstream development contracts in the South Pars gas field in the Gulf. The Pars Oil and Gas Co. said the three Western contractors would develop phases 11 and 13 of South Pars. France's Total was expected to be awarded the contract to develop Phase 11 of South Pars, regarded as the largest reservoir of natural gas in the world. Iran wants Total...
  • WSJ: Multilateralism a la Francaise - Saddam sure liked doing business with the French.

    10/14/2005 5:52:05 AM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 613+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 14, 2005 | Editorial
    In reviewing the career of French diplomat Jean-Bernard Mérimée, two key moments stand out. In June 1995, Mr. Mérimée, then France's ambassador to the U.N., announced he was largely satisfied with the progress Iraq had made on disarmament and wanted sanctions lifted sooner rather than later. And this week, a French investigative magistrate brought Mr. Mérimée in for questioning on an allegation that he took a bribe from Saddam in the form of 11 million barrels of oil. So now we know what French officialdom means by the word "multilateralism": One part involves speechifying about the need for international "consensus"...
  • Geren lauds total AF Katrina effort

    09/07/2005 6:31:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 281+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Sep 7, 2005 | Master Sgt. Mitch Gettle
    WASHINGTON -- Within hours of Hurricane Katrina passing through the Gulf Coast region, the Air Force started responding by not only taking care of its own people and infrastructure, but also assisting in rescue and recovery missions. "The total force of the Air Force -- the active duty, Guard and Reserve -- have responded aggressively and effectively to the challenge of the Hurricane Katrina (aftermath)," said acting Secretary of the Air Force Pete Geren. "We currently have over 8,000 Air Force personnel deployed right now (in support of operations)." Air Force units have provided aerial photography and imagery of the...
  • Psychopolitics, Joe Six-Pack, and the Crocodile - (powerful assessment of encroaching Communism)

    07/13/2005 9:37:40 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 36 replies · 725+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | JULY 14, 2005 | LINDA KIMBALL
    Not too many years ago, Americans had never heard of sensitivity training, and if a facilitator of it tried to convince them that they needed to be conditioned with it, he would have been told, very quickly and in no uncertain terms, to take a hike. Yet step by careful step, sensitivity training began to be stealthily inserted into our society. Today, Americans simply submit to it without much thought, let alone any protest. In a recent column entitled, “Pavlov’s Dogs versus the Spirit of Truth and Freedom,” I detailed how progressive (communist) homosexual operatives had successfully brainwashed a large...
  • France rejects rights groups' calls for Total to leave Myanmar

    07/05/2005 7:23:38 AM PDT · by LwinAungSoe · 4 replies · 370+ views
    AFX News Limited ^ | 07.05.2005
    PARIS, (AFX) - The French government has described accusations by human rights groups that it was protecting the French oil company Total's activities in Myanmar as 'unfair and baseless' and insisted it was observing EU sanctions on the military junta ruling the Asian country. A spokeswoman for the foreign ministry told journalists that Paris is 'especially preoccupied by the situation in Myanmar.' The spokeswoman noted that the European Union decided in April to renew for a year sanctions against the Myanmar regime and said that 'France is strictly and forcefully applying these sanctions.' The comments were in reaction to a...
  • Iran Not Worried Over Threat of Sanctions

    04/26/2005 2:23:29 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 6 replies · 355+ views
    TEHRAN, Iran Apr 26, 2005 — Day after day, Iranians shrug off the prospect of U.N. sanctions, Washington's key threat against Iran's unwillingness to abandon nuclear ambitions and for good reason: Tehran has powerful friends with keen financial interests in blocking such punishment. But even if Iran cannot secure a Russian or Chinese veto of any attempt at imposing U.N. Security Council sanctions, it has weathered an American embargo for 25 years. Many Iranians, while acknowledging some pain, credit the U.S. embargo with making them more self-reliant. A Foreign Ministry spokesman, exasperated by repeated warnings for Iran to end its...
  • Campaign launched to pressure Total into leaving Myanmar

    02/22/2005 1:20:24 AM PST · by LwinAungSoe · 2 replies · 200+ views
    AFP ^ | 02-21-2005
    PARIS (AFP) - Some 40 organizations launched an international campaign aimed at pressuring the French oil giant Total to pull out of Myanmar, where they said the company's activities support a military dictatorship, a French activist collective announced. The campaign is led by the International Federation for Human Rights, Actions Birmanie of Belgium and the French collective, which is called "Total pollutes democracy." "Total must pull out of Burma (Myanmar) not only for having taken advantage of army-imposed forced labor, between 1995 and 1998, for the construction of the Yadana gas pipeline but also because it fills the coffers of...
  • The Sickness of the MSM

    02/20/2005 8:20:00 PM PST · by RKV · 17 replies · 1,135+ views
    The New Sisyphus ^ | 20 Feb 2005 | NewSisyphus
    President Bush is thought to have ordered the invasion and occupation of Iraq in order to secure control of that country's vast oil fields for his friends and contributors in the oil industry, especially Vice President Cheney's former company Halliburton. This is taken as an article of faith among many, especially for many in our universities, our cultural industries, and in our press. Hundreds, if not thousands, of essays, articles and reports have been circulated in the past 3 years about the motivations of President Bush when it comes to Iraq. Typical examples of the genre can be found daily...
  • 'They Are Total Scum' (UK Footballers)

    02/12/2005 5:33:26 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 1,084+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-13-2005 | Tony Freinberg/Andrew Warshaw
    'They are total scum' By Tony Freinberg and Andrew Warshaw (Filed: 13/02/2005) Sir Alan Sugar, the former chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, has described the nation's football players as "total scum" and claimed that "most of them would be in prison" if they had not become professional sportsmen. In an interview in The Telegraph, Sir Alan also claims that footballers have no concept of loyalty or honesty and are interested only in themselves. Alan Sugar: ‘football players don't know what honesty is’ Although his comments might strike a chord with some members of the public, former Spurs players responded angrily, describing...
  • VOLCKER THE IN-'CREDIBLE'

    01/27/2005 11:31:20 PM PST · by kattracks · 7 replies · 674+ views
    New York Post ^ | 1/28/05
    Paul Volcker was picked by U.N. Sec retary-General Kofi Annan to head an "independent" panel to investi gate the Oil-for-Food scandal ostensibly because of the former Federal Reserve chairman's international credibility. But credibility, like fame, can be fleeting — and Volcker's is fading fast. [snip] As Fox News Channel's Jonathan Hunt reported yesterday, Volcker is smack in the middle of the interlocking global corporations that appear to lie at the very heart of the scandal. Proceed slowly; it's complicated: [snip] * Volcker, along with a close friend named Paul Desmarais, Sr., sits on the advisory council of a Canadian...
  • Where will raw vote totals be posted - nation and state.

    11/01/2004 10:57:44 PM PST · by 20mm lib babies in city dumps · 17 replies · 187+ views
    I'm trapped on the coast of Kah-lee-for-nee-ah and am looking for a site that will show the accumulating raw vote totals nationally and state by state so I don't have to wait for all the gun shy anchormen to regurgitate results at their leisure. Fellow freepers know of some good ones?
  • WSJ: Saddam's U.N. Payroll

    10/28/2004 5:31:00 AM PDT · by OESY · 3 replies · 644+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 28, 2004 | Editorial
    ...Iraq's top customer was Russia, whose firms bought $19.2 billion worth of Iraq oil and exported $3.3 billion in humanitarian goods. Fellow Security Council member France was a distant but significant second, at $4.4 billion and $2.9 billion respectively. China is also high on the list. Oil voucher recipients are alleged to include the Russian presidential office, former French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua, and even former Oil for Food program director Benon Sevan of the U.N.... Against this backdrop, it is impossible to take Secretary-General Annan seriously when he calls it "inconceivable" that this could have affected the Security Council's...
  • Kerry's Latest Attacks on Bush Borrow a Page From Scripture (TOTAL NYT hurl alert)

    10/24/2004 9:01:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies · 763+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10/25/04 | DAVID M. HALBFINGER, DAVID E. SANGER
    Kerry's Latest Attacks on Bush Borrow a Page From Scripture By DAVID M. HALBFINGER and DAVID E. SANGER Published: October 25, 2004 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 24 - Appealing to late-deciding voters in explicitly religious terms, Senator John Kerry used the Bible on Sunday to accuse President Bush of trying to scare America, and said his own Catholicism moved him to help those in need but not to "write every doctrine into law." "The Scripture teaches us - John says, 'Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid,' " Mr. Kerry said, alluding to Mr. Bush's strategy...
  • U.S. Pressing for High-Tech Spy Tools (Total Information Awareness)

    02/22/2004 2:13:00 PM PST · by RickofEssex · 5 replies · 232+ views
    AP ^ | Feb 22 2004 | MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
    U.S. Pressing for High-Tech Spy Tools (AP) Retired Adm. John Poindexter, senior vice-president of Syntek Technologies Inc., WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite an outcry over privacy implications, the government is pressing ahead with research to create powerful tools to mine millions of public and private records for information about terrorists. Congress eliminated a Pentagon office that had been developing this terrorist-tracking technology because of fears it might ensnare innocent Americans. Still, some projects from retired Adm. John Poindexter's Total Information Awareness effort were transferred to U.S. intelligence offices, congressional, federal and research officials told The Associated Press. In addition, Congress left...
  • Recall campaign spending total: Nearly $88 million

    02/03/2004 6:29:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 81+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/3/04 | AP- Sacramento
    <p>In the brief but wild recall campaign that rewrote California history, major candidates spent close to $88 million -- nearly a third of it by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was elected the state's 38th governor.</p> <p>Schwarzenegger, whose personal wealth is estimated at more than $100 million, spent more than $10 million of his own money on his campaign but also relied heavily on support from business executives, real estate developers and financial institutions, according to final spending reports covering 2003.</p>
  • Cheney to be Prosecuted? (By the French)

    12/20/2003 1:13:18 PM PST · by quidnunc · 31 replies · 200+ views
    News24 [Cape town, SA] ^ | December 20, 2003 | Agence France-Presse
    Paris – A French prosecutor is examining whether to prosecute US Vice President Dick Cheney over alleged complicity in the abuse of corporate assets dating from the time he was head of the services company Halliburton, the French newspaper Le Figaro said on Saturday. The case stems from a contract by a consortium including the American company Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), a Halliburton subsidiary, and a French company, Technip, to supply a gas complex to Nigeria, the newspaper reported. A Paris investigating magistrate has been conducting investigations since October into allegations that $180m were paid in secret commissions during...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 12-08-03

    12/07/2003 9:54:49 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 169+ views
    NASA ^ | 12-08-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 December 8 An Antarctic Total Solar Eclipse Credit & Copyright: Fred Bruenjes (moonglow.net) Explanation: The Sun, the Moon, and two photographers all lined up last month in Antarctica during an unusual total eclipse of the Sun. Even given the extreme location, a group of enthusiastic eclipse chasers ventured near the bottom of the world to experience the surreal momentary disappearance of the Sun behind the Moon. One...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 11-22-03

    11/22/2003 5:52:28 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 4 replies · 203+ views
    a mirror site ^ | 11-22-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 November 22 Moon AND Sun Credit & Copyright: Fred Espenak (courtesy of www.MrEclipse.com) Explanation: This composite image was made from 22 separate pictures of the Moon and Sun all taken from Chisamba, Zambia during the total phase of the 2001 June 21 solar eclipse. The multiple exposures were digitally processed and combined to simultaneously show a wealth of detail which no single camera exposure or naked-eye observation...
  • The French Connection (Oil giant Total trying to get back into Iraq?)

    09/04/2003 7:29:34 PM PDT · by Stultis · 2 replies · 249+ views
    Forbes ^ | 7 July 2003 | Joshua Levine
    Oil giant Total has long played a dangerous game in Iran, Sudan and Burma. Now it's trying to get back into Iraq.Total S.A., The French oil major that has been in Iraq since 1927, isn't saying much these days about how it's going to maneuver its way back in. But that doesn't mean it can't dream. Word is that it has already had informal discussions with ExxonMobil about forming a joint venture to exploit Iraq's Majnoon and Nahr bin Umar oilfields as soon as a new Iraqi government is formed. Together those two fields have the potential to pump out...
  • A total deterioration of leadership (Rush)

    08/13/2003 6:04:06 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 203+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8/13/03 | Rush Limbaugh
    <p>So, Californians are going to decide whether to remove their hapless governor, Gray Davis, in a recall vote and elect a new one. The big date is Oct. 7, and the liberal elitists are shaking in their Ferragamo shoes.</p> <p>Art Torres, California's Democrat Party chairman, complains that the recall ``just exacerbates the impression that we're a bunch of wackos out here.''</p>
  • Purge Of Ba'athists May Total 30,000

    05/17/2003 7:54:28 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 163+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 5-17-2003 | Rory McCarthy
    Purge of Ba'athists may total 30,000 Rory McCarthy in Baghdad Saturday May 17, 2003 The Guardian The US-led authority running Iraq said yesterday that up to 30,000 Ba'ath party members would be banned from taking part in a new government. The purge, to begin within a week, is likely to make it even more difficult to find qualified staff to run the ministries and other authorities. "Deba'athification will entail some inefficiencies in the running of the government," an official of the office of reconstruction and humanitarian assistance said. "That's the price we're willing to pay in order to extirpate Ba'athism."...
  • TotalFinaElf Profits Soar on Oil Prices; Changes Name to "Total"

    05/06/2003 12:31:33 PM PDT · by Shermy · 21 replies · 216+ views
    AP ^ | May 6, 2003
    PARIS - French oil giant TotalFinaElf reported Tuesday a 48 percent jump in profit in the first quarter, boosted by high oil prices, and said it was changing its name to Total in an effort to revamp its image. Chairman Thierry Desmarest also said the group stands "a good chance" of taking part in the future development of Iraqi oil fields despite Paris' opposition to the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein's regime. Speaking at the annual shareholders' meeting in Paris, Desmarest conceded that TotalFinaElf will find it harder to secure contracts than its American and British rivals. But, he...
  • Do Privacy Fears Allow Terrorism?

    04/03/2003 12:38:17 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 18 replies · 318+ views
    wired news ^ | 4.2.03 | Michelle Delio
    NEW YORK -- Privacy advocates: Quit picking on the U.S. government. If you don't want the government to do what it must to protect you from terrorists, you should butt out, said Heather MacDonald, a lawyer at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank. She made her remarks Wednesday at the 13th annual Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference. And, she urged, stop all the panic-stricken screaming, because it's endangering human lives.
  • Curtain up on final act of French bribery saga

    03/17/2003 3:05:46 PM PST · by MadIvan · 7 replies · 238+ views
    The Times ^ | March 18, 2003 | Charles Bremner
    A PARIS court has begun to hear the case against 37 defendants at the heart of the Elf-Aquitaine corruption saga, a scandal that has tainted leaders in France and beyond. The trial of Loik Le Floch-Prigent, a former Elf boss, and his associates, which began yesterday after an eight-year investigation, marks the final act of an affair that laid bare a system of state-sanctioned bribery and personal enrichment at the formerly state-owned oil concern. The Elf executives and other defendants are alleged to have embezzled and otherwise abused £140 million in the late 1980s and early 1990s in schemes that...
  • Pentagon spy database funding revealed (Total Information Awareness )

    02/27/2003 8:54:45 PM PST · by FreeSpeechZone · 7 replies · 193+ views
    CNET News.com ^ | February 27, 2003 | Declan McCullagh
    WASHINGTON--The U.S. Defense Department has awarded millions of dollars to more than two-dozen research projects that involve a controversial data-mining project aimed at compiling electronic dossiers on Americans. Nearly 200 corporations and universities submitted proposals to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, according to government documents brought to light by a privacy group Thursday. John Poindexter, who oversees the agency's Total Information Awareness (TIA) program, approved 26 of them last fall, including grants to the University of Southern California, the Palo Alto Research Center, and defense contractor Science Applications International. Over the last few months, TIA has become a lightning...