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9551  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Fed, Monetary Policy, Inflation, & the US Dollar on: April 01, 2011, 10:46:57 AM
Call me king of the chicken littles, but I think this is where the wheels really start to come off.
9552  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Fed, Monetary Policy, Inflation, & the US Dollar on: April 01, 2011, 10:24:38 AM
So what happens to our nat'l debt when the rates go up?
http://www.cnbc.com/id/42363070

Fed Is Likely to Raise Rates By End of the Year: Lacker
Published: Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 10:46 AM ET Text Size By: CNBC.com and Reuters

Richmond Federal Reserve President Jeffrey Lacker told CNBC Friday that he "wouldn't be surprised" if the central bank raised interest rates before the end of the year.

 
Source: Richmondfed.org
Jeffrey Lacker
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 

In an interview at a banking meeting hosted by the Richmond Fed, Lacker also said ending the Fed's bond-buying stimulus program also "deserves consideration."

He gave no timetable for the rate hikes and other actions. "The exact sequencing of that is something we’re hashing out and trying to think through," he said.

Raising interest rates and ending asset sales is warranted this year because of concerns about inflation and a need to "normalize interest rates" as the economy improves.

He said his greater concern is rising inflation and controlling it in the next nine months "will be critical for us."

Lacker's comments echoed those by another inflation hawk, Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota, told the Wall Street Journal Thursday that the Fed could raise benchmark borrowing costs, which are now close to zero, by three-quarters of a percentage point by the end of the year,

Kocherlakota, a voter on the Fed's policy-setting panel this year, also said the Fed's latest stimulus program should end as scheduled in June.

9553  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Who's up for more inflation? on: April 01, 2011, 10:21:16 AM
http://www.cnbc.com/id/42363054

Inflation Getting Stronger than a 'Whiff'
Published: Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 3:48 PM ET Text Size By: Patti Domm
CNBC Executive News Editor


There's more than just a whiff of inflation in the air, especially if you're standing outside a Hershey chocolate factory or shopping in a Walmart.

Hershey [HSY  54.305    -0.045  (-0.08%)   ] Wednesday announced a nearly 10 percent price increase across its line of candy products to cover rising raw material costs, fuel and transportation.

 
CNBC.com
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 

Those rising costs are impacting many other manufacturers that rely on everything from diesel fuel to corn to cotton to copper and of course, cocoa.

It will also be true if you are shopping in Walmart, or anywhere else. Wal-Mart Stores [WMT  52.23    0.18  (+0.35%)   ] CEO Bill Simon told USA Today this week that inflation "is going to be serious" and price rises are already showing up in dairy and cotton products and more are coming in transportation-related products.

Moody's Economy.com economist Mark Zandi said the idea that inflation is picking up may be actually more of a reality than economists are currently forecasting. He said he attended a meeting with consumer products companies officials this week, and he heard plenty.

"They were all on the verge of jacking up their prices," he said. Price increases are not always seen as bad though. When companies have pricing power, it often means there is some traction in the economy, but it's a fine balance.

The threat of inflation is even more worrisome now that oil has crossed above $105 per barrel and looks set to stay high due to unrest in the Middle East. Some commodities have also seen shortages for other reasons and that has combined to drive prices. For instance, cocoa, trading lower Thursday, has been driven higher by civil war in Ivory Coast.

9554  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Libya and on: April 01, 2011, 07:54:14 AM
I don't think the eagerness shown by France and the UK to go into Libya is motivated by this. Our leadership is a different story.
9555  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: April 01, 2011, 07:38:52 AM
Bolton.
9556  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: How to cut government spending on: April 01, 2011, 07:34:56 AM
We can't even get 1/3 of a french fry cut out of the Big Mac meal.
9557  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Eat the rich! on: April 01, 2011, 07:17:48 AM
http://hotair.com/archives/2011/03/31/excellent-bill-whittle-on-eating-the-rich/

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9558  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Libya: What’s Really Behind the U.S. Action on: April 01, 2011, 07:13:38 AM
http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2011/03/30/Libya-Whats-Really-behind-the-US-Action.aspx

Libya: What’s Really Behind the U.S. Action
     
By LIZ PEEK, The Fiscal Times
March 30, 2011Self interest is at the core of diplomacy. Therefore, the acknowledged lack of apparent U.S. self interest in containing Gaddafi’s troops in Libya has led some to question our military intervention in that country. Last night President Obama defended our engagement in Libya, suggesting that the United States is “different” from those countries that can stand by and witness atrocities; unlike others, Mr. Obama said, we have a moral mandate to protect innocent citizens. Naturally, we are led to wonder whether that same obligation extends to Syria or to Bahrain, or to any other country where a desperate government decides to slaughter its own people.

Is there something that President Obama is not telling us? Is it possible that we have a greater vested interest in squashing Gaddafi’s belligerence than we are letting on? Could it be that Gaddafi’s reported threats to bomb his country’s oilfields lit the fuse under the leaders of France and Britain who all but shamed us into climbing aboard? Or was it Gaddafi’s prediction that a flood of immigrants would “swamp” Europe that aroused Sarkozy’s energies? 

It is possible that the U.S. is more vulnerable to chaos in Libya than is generally known. Our economic recovery is hanging by a thread — a thread which weaves through the EU and also through Asia. Our modest recovery has been threatened repeatedly — by the government debt crisis in Europe last year and more recently by the tsunami in Japan. Rising oil prices and the prospect of more wide-spread inflation appears to be taking a toll. The recent swoon in consumer confidence presages a fall-off in all-important spending while the housing numbers continue dismal.

Europe’s leaders might have convinced Obama that
Gaddafi’s threats to attack oilfields or create chaos
through disruptive immigration could sow the seeds of a
double dip in Europe.

As important as the consumer is in the U.S., it is also essential that our major export markets remain healthy. As in our country, the OECD members are challenged by fiscal difficulties and more recently by inflation. Consumer prices rose 2.4 percent in the OECD in February — the highest rate of increase since October 2008. Concerns about price hikes are likely fueling anxiety among consumers in Europe as well as in the U.S.

All of these developments mean that the upturn from the banking crisis remains fragile. Fed Chair Ben Bernanke repeatedly has used this uncertainty to argue for the quantitative easing program (QE2) that many view as dangerously encouraging inflation. Bottom line: It is not a stretch to imagine that Europe’s leaders might have convinced President Obama that Gaddafi’s threats to attack oil fields or create chaos through disruptive immigration could sow the seeds of a double dip in Europe.

They could have made the case that a slump would have pulled the U.S. down as well — the worst of all possible preludes to the 2012 election for Mr. Obama. Were that case made, it is equally believable that Obama would engage all possible measures to thwart such a development.

In Europe, Italy is especially vulnerable to threats by Gaddafi to bomb his own oilfields and to unleash a massive wave of illegal immigrants. Because of its location, that country is already dealing with the exodus of large numbers of Tunisians and would be the natural entry point for Libyans as well. Italy, like other countries in the E.U., is already struggling and in no position to support a wave of dependent newcomers. At the same time, Italy has sizeable economic interests in its former colony — its state-owned oil company is the largest in the North African nation.

9559  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Libya and on: March 31, 2011, 11:55:47 PM
Doug,

You want the reason they are saying or the real reason?
9560  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Heartbreaking on: March 31, 2011, 08:43:54 PM
http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/03/31/6380113-dear-mommy-i-hope-youre-alive-are-you-okay-4-year-old-quake-survivor-writes

9561  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / So, how does this play out? on: March 31, 2011, 11:17:28 AM
Not well, methinks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/31/ecb-fed-rates-idUSLDE72S1AE20110331

* ECB hiking before Fed would be new in a tightening cycle

* Shows Asia's increased influence on euro zone

* Fed likely to narrow rate gap with ECB later


By Paul Carrel

FRANKFURT, March 31 (Reuters) - After following the Federal Reserve's lead for over a decade, the European Central Bank is poised to launch a series of interest rate hikes before the U.S. central bank for the first time in the ECB's history.

The change from the traditional pattern reflects the ECB's greater preoccupation with inflation pressures, as well as its higher level of discomfort with the emergency bond-buying programmes run by central banks.

But the "decoupling" of ECB and Fed policies is also the result of an historic shift in the global economy: the increased influence that Asia, rather than the United States, is having on the euro zone's economy.

"I think we are in a new world where global interest rate cycles are not initiated by the Fed," said Jens Sondergaard, senior European economist at Nomura.

"There has been a lot of import price inflation pushing up euro area inflation...and a lot of this is related to above-trend growth in Asia."

9562  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Anti-semitism & Jews on: March 30, 2011, 09:38:15 PM
Rachel,

Just a few points to consider:

Liberal Jews who support Israel should stop and contemplate who your true friends really are. You might roll your eyes at Sarah Palin and her kind, but we are the one demographic that would readily pick up a rifle and go toe to toe with those that chant "Khaybar Khaybar ya Yahud, jaysh Muḥammad sayaud"on your behalf.

Take a hard look at the leftist values taught to you in academia and compare them to your Jewish values. Notice some profound contradictions there? So what are your values?

I almost always read what you post in "Word" even though I'm about as kosher as a bacon double cheeseburger. Why? Because there is some very good stuff there that transcends the theological divisions between judiasm and christianity. Wisdom is wisdom, truth is truth.

9563  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy & Big Brother (both State and Corporate) on: March 30, 2011, 06:20:26 PM
I think it's obvious that the "war against copyright infringement" is a failure and the only option is legalization.


 evil
9564  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Paging the "vast majority of peaceful muslims" on: March 30, 2011, 06:15:59 PM

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/29/bangladesh.lashing.death/

Only 14, Bangladeshi girl charged with adultery was lashed to death
By Farid Ahmed and Moni Basu, CNNMarch 29, 2011 -- Updated 2309 GMT (0709 HKT)

 Darbesh Khan and his wife, Aklima Begum, had to watch their youngest daughter being whipped until she dropped.STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Hena Akhter, in her last words to her mother, said she was innocent
At first, an autopsy said she committed suicide
But later, the ugly details of her case surfaced
Her family says she was punished twice -- raped and then lashed
Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN) -- Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl.

Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public.

Hena dropped after 70.

Bloodied and bruised, she was taken to hospital, where she died a week later.

Amazingly, an initial autopsy report cited no injuries and deemed her death a suicide. Hena's family insisted her body be exhumed. They wanted the world to know what really happened to their daughter.

9565  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / U.S. admits that Mexican cartels get military weaponry from Central America on: March 30, 2011, 03:23:44 PM
http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/03/30/u-s-admits-that-mexican-cartels-get-military-weaponry-from-central-america/

U.S. admits that Mexican cartels get military weaponry from Central America
Here’s a breaking story that’s only reported by Central American media and Fox.

“The most fearsome weapons wielded by Mexico’s drug cartels enter the country from Central America, not the United States, according to U.S. diplomatic cables disseminated by WikiLeaks and published here Tuesday by La Jornada newspaper.”

Inventory includes grenades and rocket launchers, necessary items for beating the Mexican army.

This corroborates an LA Times report from early 2009, which catalogued “hand grenades, grenade launchers, armor-piercing munitions and antitank rockets…”

The U.S. still blames American gun owners, by asserting that American guns “fuel” Mexico’s drug war. Even President Obama asserts: “More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States.”

In statistics, “sampling error” essentially means that a small subset isn’t representative of the entire group.

In 2008, Mexico confiscated 30,000 firearms from drug cartels. Out of this, they selected 24% (7,200) to send to the U.S. for tracing. Of these, the ATF was able to trace 4,000. Of the 4,000, 3,480 (87%) were American.

**I wonder how many of those came from US, thanks to "Gunwalker"?**

Actually, 90% of all cartel guns are not American. (For more, read here.)

Why would cartels spend over $1,000–plus a background check and smuggling risks–for a decent American semi-automatic rifle, when they can buy 4-5 fully automatic AK-47s for the same price on the black market?
9566  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: March 30, 2011, 12:55:10 PM
AUSA=Assistant US Attorney

The federal version of an assistant/deputy DA.

It would go up the chain of command. How far? We'll need to subpoena the paper trail and people answering questions under oath to determine this.
9567  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / A compelling case for Libya on: March 30, 2011, 12:30:58 PM
http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2011/03/30/Libya-Whats-Really-behind-the-US-Action.aspx

Libya: What’s Really Behind the U.S. Action
     
By LIZ PEEK, The Fiscal Times
March 30, 2011Self interest is at the core of diplomacy. Therefore, the acknowledged lack of apparent U.S. self interest in containing Gaddafi’s troops in Libya has led some to question our military intervention in that country. Last night President Obama defended our engagement in Libya, suggesting that the United States is “different” from those countries that can stand by and witness atrocities; unlike others, Mr. Obama said, we have a moral mandate to protect innocent citizens. Naturally, we are led to wonder whether that same obligation extends to Syria or to Bahrain, or to any other country where a desperate government decides to slaughter its own people.

Is there something that President Obama is not telling us? Is it possible that we have a greater vested interest in squashing Gaddafi’s belligerence than we are letting on? Could it be that Gaddafi’s reported threats to bomb his country’s oilfields lit the fuse under the leaders of France and Britain who all but shamed us into climbing aboard? Or was it Gaddafi’s prediction that a flood of immigrants would “swamp” Europe that aroused Sarkozy’s energies? 

It is possible that the U.S. is more vulnerable to chaos in Libya than is generally known. Our economic recovery is hanging by a thread — a thread which weaves through the EU and also through Asia. Our modest recovery has been threatened repeatedly — by the government debt crisis in Europe last year and more recently by the tsunami in Japan. Rising oil prices and the prospect of more wide-spread inflation appears to be taking a toll. The recent swoon in consumer confidence presages a fall-off in all-important spending while the housing numbers continue dismal.

Europe’s leaders might have convinced Obama that
Gaddafi’s threats to attack oilfields or create chaos
through disruptive immigration could sow the seeds of a
double dip in Europe.

As important as the consumer is in the U.S., it is also essential that our major export markets remain healthy. As in our country, the OECD members are challenged by fiscal difficulties and more recently by inflation. Consumer prices rose 2.4 percent in the OECD in February — the highest rate of increase since October 2008. Concerns about price hikes are likely fueling anxiety among consumers in Europe as well as in the U.S.

All of these developments mean that the upturn from the banking crisis remains fragile. Fed Chair Ben Bernanke repeatedly has used this uncertainty to argue for the quantitative easing program (QE2) that many view as dangerously encouraging inflation. Bottom line: It is not a stretch to imagine that Europe’s leaders might have convinced President Obama that Gaddafi’s threats to attack oil fields or create chaos through disruptive immigration could sow the seeds of a double dip in Europe.

They could have made the case that a slump would have pulled the U.S. down as well — the worst of all possible preludes to the 2012 election for Mr. Obama. Were that case made, it is equally believable that Obama would engage all possible measures to thwart such a development.

In Europe, Italy is especially vulnerable to threats by Gaddafi to bomb his own oilfields and to unleash a massive wave of illegal immigrants. Because of its location, that country is already dealing with the exodus of large numbers of Tunisians and would be the natural entry point for Libyans as well. Italy, like other countries in the E.U., is already struggling and in no position to support a wave of dependent newcomers. At the same time, Italy has sizeable economic interests in its former colony — its state-owned oil company is the largest in the North African nation.

9568  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: March 30, 2011, 12:21:44 PM
It's my understanding that every federal operation like this has an AUSA monitoring/advising on it, so it can reasonably be assumed that the DOJ was aware/signed off on this.
9569  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: March 30, 2011, 12:12:24 PM
Tell that group that one of their tribesmen converted to christianity and see what happens.

We once supported an oppressed people in a country called Afghanistan. We are still receiving their gratitude and goodwill to this day, yes?

Remember how we protected Bosnian muslims? I think their gratitude can be summed up in the "allah akbar" shouted as a bosnian muslim went on a shooting rampage in Salt Lake City, or "allah akbar" as a bosnian muslim shot our troops in a German airport shuttle recently.
9570  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: March 30, 2011, 11:43:12 AM
So by arming and providing air support to jihadists, this will happen?
9571  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Islam in Europe on: March 30, 2011, 11:41:58 AM
The "vast majority of peaceful muslims" should be arriving any second to offer their support and protection to the imam.



Yup, any time now.....



Where is Andrew to again assert his claim about the scientific superiority of islamic though?
9572  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: March 30, 2011, 11:17:44 AM
What would constitute success in Libya?
9573  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / NBC's journalistic ethics on: March 30, 2011, 11:15:44 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/on_nbc_the_missing_story_about_parent_company_general_electric/2011/03/29/AFpRYJyB_story.html?wprss=rss_politics

On NBC, the missing story about parent company General Electric
 
Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press - The story that General Electric did not pay federal taxes last year was widely reported everywhere but NBC.
 
Paul Farhi, Tuesday, March 29, 8:24 PM
It’s the kind of accountability journalism that makes readers raise an eyebrow, if it doesn’t raise their blood pressure first. General Electric Co., reported the New York Times last week, earned $14.2 billion in worldwide profits last year, including $5.1 billion in the United States — and paid exactly zero dollars in federal taxes.

The front-page story drew widespread commentary in newspapers and on many Web sites. ABC News and Fox News, among others, were all over it.

But the story was conspicuously absent from the reportage of one news organization: NBC.

During its Friday broadcast, “NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams” had no time to mention that America’s largest corporation had essentially avoided paying federal taxes in 2010. Or its Saturday, Sunday or Monday broadcasts, either.

Did NBC’s silence have anything to do with the fact that one of its parent companies is General Electric?

NBC News representatives say that it didn’t. “This was a straightforward editorial decision, the kind we make daily around here,” said Lauren Kapp, spokeswoman for NBC News. Kapp declined to discuss how NBC decides what’s news or, in this case, what isn’t.

But to others, NBC’s silence looks like something between a lapse and a coverup. The satirical “Daily Show” on Monday noted that “Nightly News” had time on Friday to squeeze in a story about the Oxford English Dictionary adding such terms as “OMG” and “muffin top,” but didn’t bother with the GE story.

Ignoring stories about its parent company’s activities is “part of a troubling pattern” for NBC News, said Peter Hart, a director at Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), a liberal media watchdog group that often documents instances of corporate interference in news. He cited a series of GE-related stories that NBC’s news division has underplayed over the years, from safety issues in GE-designed nuclear power plants to the dumping of hazardous chemicals into New York’s Hudson River by GE-owned plants.

9574  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: March 30, 2011, 11:13:11 AM
But Obama wore a kippa at AIPAC!





 rolleyes
9575  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Double Dip in Housing Could Be Imminent, Scholar Says on: March 30, 2011, 09:19:23 AM

http://mercatus.org/expert_commentary/double-dip-housing-could-be-imminent-scholar-says

EXPERT COMMENTARY
Double Dip in Housing Could Be Imminent, Scholar Says
By Anthony B. Sanders
Mercatus Center Senior ScholarU.S. home prices for the month of January fell 3.1% from year-ago levels, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller composite 20-city home price index — a barometer for national home prices.

There is definitely a chance that a double dip could occur in housing, given that recent data show little support for housing. (See this graph.) If interest rates begin to climb, that could be the tipping point for the double dip.

Notice that progressive interest rate declines have done little to stimulate housing demand. That is similar to the “liquidity trap” where asset demand is unaffected by lower interest rates. That could signal the end of quantitative easing by the Fed.



9576  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: March 30, 2011, 08:29:57 AM
Libya, one way or another, will turn out to be a total goat-rope.
9577  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / GB 3/29/11 on: March 30, 2011, 08:25:23 AM
http://www.therightscoop.com/glenn-beck-show-march-29-2011/
9578  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: China on: March 30, 2011, 08:21:56 AM
R2P? NFZ?
9579  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: March 30, 2011, 12:19:41 AM
I'll say this for Trump, at least he has balls.
9580  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Anti-semitism & Jews on: March 29, 2011, 11:43:58 PM
This is part of the islamification of europe.
9581  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Supplements: Legal and Illegal, steroids, growth hormone, etc on: March 29, 2011, 11:39:34 PM
Hell hath no fury.....
9582  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Supplements: Legal and Illegal, steroids, growth hormone, etc on: March 29, 2011, 06:01:20 PM
"with silicone breasts (a form of lying in my book"

Well, if a woman is going to lie in your face....
9583  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Here is why Ka-daffy can wait us out on: March 29, 2011, 04:00:28 PM

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/8412467/Shortage-of-RAF-pilots-for-Libya-as-defence-cuts-bite.html

Since the conflict began, a squadron of 18 RAF Typhoon pilots has enforced the Libya no-fly zone from an air base in southern Italy. However, a shortage of qualified fighter pilots means the RAF may not have enough to replace all of them when the squadron has to rotate in a few weeks.

The situation is so serious that the RAF has halted the teaching of trainee Typhoon pilots so instructors can be drafted on to the front line, according to air force sources. The handful of pilots used for air shows will also be withdrawn from displays this summer.

The shortage has arisen because cuts to the defence budget over the past decade have limited the number of pilots who have been trained to fly the new Typhoon.

There are also fewer newly qualified pilots coming through after the RAF was forced to cut a quarter of its trainee places due to cuts announced in last year’s Strategic Defence and Security Review.

The Government’s decision to decommission HMS Ark Royal, Harrier jump jets and the Nimrod reconnaissance aircraft — all of which could have played a role in the Libya conflict — has exacerbated the problem. Serving RAF pilots contacted The Daily Telegraph to warn of the risks to the Libya operation. “We have a declining pool of pilots,” one said. “There’s less people to do twice as much work. If we are not training any more we are going to run out of personnel very soon.”

9584  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Fed, Monetary Policy, Inflation, & the US Dollar on: March 29, 2011, 12:11:35 PM
I can say I'm very doubtful that the pols/public is willing to seriously address this until the system actually collapses.
9585  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Same stuff? on: March 29, 2011, 11:55:01 AM
http://homelandsecuritynewswire.com/hhs-continues-controversial-anti-radiation-purchasing-path-raising-ire-critics

HHS continues on controversial anti-radiation purchasing path, raising the ire of critics
Published 14 February 2006

The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) said Monday it would buy more than 400,000 doses of an anti-radiation drug for nearly $22 million. Buffalo Grove, Illinois-based Akorn will sell HHS 390,000 doses of a calcium-based compound and 60,000 doses of a zinc-based solution, which together work to cleanse some types of radiation from the bodies of those who have been exposed. The five-year contract has an option for HHS to buy an additional 500,000 doses of each drug.

Akorn is, in fact, the American distributor of German manufacturer Hameln Pharmaceuticals, which makes the Ca-DTPA and Zn-DTPA products. The two drugs have already been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The deal is part of Project Bioshield, a $5.6 billion program aiming to encourage pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to do the R&D and production of bioterror-related vaccines and medications.

As we reported a couple of months ago, the radiation aspect of BioShield has come under ever more intense criticism by experts and industry insiders. A major goal of BioShield is the treatment of acute radiation syndrome (ARS), but Ca-DTPA and Zn-DTPA would not do it. The two drugs will not address ARS symptoms such as neutropenia (depletion of the body’s infection-fighting white blood cells), and they also would also not treat radiation from sources other than plutonium, americium, and curium. A year ago HHS bought 1.7 million pediatric doses of liquid potassium iodide, medication which prevents the thyroid gland from absorbing too much radioactive iodine but which does not prevent the effects of other radioactive elements. Note that Akorn will deliver more than 400,000 doses, but the ARS solicitation requests only 100,000 doses, with a possibility for an additional 100,000.

Robert Marsella, senior vice president of San Diego-based Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals, a persistent and eloquent critic of the HHS anti-radiation approach said: “The dosing amount [of the Akorn contract] was surprising due to the fact the product has to be delivered the first day of radiation exposure and has to be given intravenously …. And it’s specific to a particular radiation isotope that is not used in all nuclear weapons, so that’s what’s so surprising.”

-read more in this Zack Phillips’s CQ report (sub. req.); read more about the two drugs at Akorn Web site; and see the ARS section of Hollis-Eden Web site

9586  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The United Nations/ US Sovereignty on: March 29, 2011, 10:43:11 AM
US out of UN, and the UN out of the US.
9587  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics on: March 29, 2011, 10:30:20 AM
Rather than various and sundry gov't programs, the USG should meet treaty obligations and leave it at that.
9588  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Rules of the Road/Fire Hydrant on: March 29, 2011, 10:26:58 AM
Cool, have fun.
9589  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Law Enforcement on: March 29, 2011, 10:26:05 AM
"Please consider:

(1) Have dealers - working as "confidential informants" - sell guns to straw buyers and report details to ATF.

(2) Allow guns to be smuggled into Mexico, without the knowledge of anyone IN Mexico - not the Mexi.gov, not US ATF agents or their boss the "attache", not ANYONE.

(3) ?

(4) Make some big case!

**It doesn't make sense. You could work a investigation like this, but you work it like any other similar case. You arrest the small fish making the buys and pop them while still in the US, you flip them and grab the next level, use that testimony to indict the major players. You don't just let thousands of guns float over the border for years. Not unless it isn't really intended to be an investigation.
9590  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Rules of the Road/Fire Hydrant on: March 29, 2011, 10:19:24 AM
What class are you taking?
9591  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Law Enforcement on: March 29, 2011, 10:18:48 AM
Do we have enough law enforcement threads? I was thinking another 3-4 would be nice..... 



 evil
9592  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues on: March 29, 2011, 09:02:41 AM
The problem isn't the 14th, it's the common misinterpretation of it.
9593  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The congnitive dissonance of the left on: March 29, 2011, 08:29:51 AM
He never responded to my emails challenging his assertions about islam, BTW.
9594  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Food, hunger and revolution on: March 28, 2011, 09:59:42 PM
http://yargb.blogspot.com/2011/03/way-to-mans-heart.html

I wonder how our economic policies are contributing to this.....
9595  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The congnitive dissonance of the left on: March 28, 2011, 09:15:26 PM
I doubt there is much that is useful in watching the whole thing. I think it is revealing of how false his protests of civility are.
9596  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Obama doctrine, finally articulated! on: March 28, 2011, 04:21:20 PM

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/152181-white-house-says-libya-decision-based-on-best-interests-in-region
White House says Libya decision based on 'best interests'
By Michael O'Brien - 03/28/11 12:54 PM ET
 
No sense of precedent guided President Obama’s decision to intervene in Libya, administration officials said Monday.

"We don’t make decisions about questions like intervention based on consistency or precedent,"
said Denis McDonough, the administration's deputy national security adviser, amid an off-camera gaggle of reporters. "We make them based on how we can best advance our interests in the region."


9597  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Robert Wright=douche on: March 28, 2011, 04:17:18 PM
http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/35028?in=44:52&out=46:21

Still like Wright, Crafty?
9598  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Newt Gingrich on: March 28, 2011, 02:20:43 PM
Very, very doubtful. Newt has the ideas of a conservative and the personal morals of a liberal. That won't fly.

The left will hammer this point, over and over, unless he suddenly became liberal, then it's a "private matter".
9599  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Watch this to understand on: March 28, 2011, 02:04:17 PM
http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=mpg&mpid=174&load=5147

This video - translated and subtitled by Reza Kahlili - is an abbreviated version of a documentary produced by allies of the Iranian Islamic regime in response to recent crisis in the Middle East.  Its intention is to show how these violent chaotic events indicate the imminent arrival of the Mahdi - the Shiite Islamic messiah - and the unification of the world under Islam.
9600  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Lieberman: Maybe we should go into Syria, too on: March 28, 2011, 11:36:10 AM
http://hotair.com/archives/2011/03/27/fresh-attacks-in-syria-kill-at-least-12-more-demonstrators/

Escalation?
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