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  • Obamacare: Fewer Doctors, More Demand

    09/10/2014 6:42:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/10/2014 | Michael Tanner
    Obamacare, as its advocates increasingly point out, has succeeded in expanding the number of Americans with insurance. Even though this achievement came at enormous cost, still leaves millions of Americans uninsured, and dumped millions more into Medicaid, this is still one of the few “successes” that the health-care law can claim. However, health insurance and access to health care are not the same thing. And evidence is growing that Obamacare is likely to make it harder for us to see a doctor or otherwise obtain care. Of course, we already know that the limited network of physicians available through most...
  • White House rejects media´s demand for openness, reporters slap ´bunch of spin´

    08/14/2014 5:54:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/14/14 | Paul Bedard
    The White House blew off a demand for openness and transparency from 40 prominent media groups, offering instead a “bunch of spin” that has reporters calling for a public debate on the administration’s anti-press policies, according to a prominent journalism organization. “We need to have a discussion,” said David Cuillier, president of the 10,000-strong Society for Professional Journalists. Cuillier, in Washington to address a national convention of archivists, told Secrets that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Monday sent a response to a July 8 letter from SPJ and others demanding that the administration stop blocking reporter
  • The 10 Most In-Demand Software Skills

    07/02/2014 9:19:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    CIO Insight ^ | 07/02/2014 | By Karen A. Frenkel
    The current job market has been very good for software developers, especially those with experience in several programming languages. The unemployment rate for software developers was 2.8 percent in Q1 of 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a notable drop from the 5 percent unemployment rate in Q2 of 2009, the quarter when the economic recession ended, and 5.5 percent in Q1 2010. This quarter's report by Dice.com reveals the most-requested skills and platforms, and notes that those with expertise in clusters of language skills are in demand. Furthermore, the Dice report looks at what skills may...
  • Anti-Gun Activist Shannon Watts Isn’t Who She Seems to Be (Not even her real name)

    05/01/2014 5:45:34 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 13 replies
    Freedom outpost ^ | April 30th 2014 | The Common Constitutionalist
    She has actually been a public-relations/communications executive for a couple of decades. The Huffington post wrote that she has been Susie homemaker for the last five years, but her own LinkedIn account states that in December of 2008 Susie homemaker founded her own public relations agency.
  • Lapid: Israel's demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as Jewish state is rubbish

    01/01/2014 3:17:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    An op-ed published in the New York Times on Tuesday by Roger Cohen, titled "My Jewish State" has shed light on comments Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid made during a sit down with the columnist in August 2013. During their chat last summer, Lapid reiterated his lack of interest in Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Lapid reportedly told Cohen “the fact that we demand from Palestinians a declaration that they recognize Israel as a Jewish state, I just think this is rubbish. I don’t need that. The whole point of Israel was we came here saying we...
  • If Obamacare Insurance was no longer Mandatory, would Liberal Democrats still buy it?

    11/13/2013 6:41:58 AM PST · by Graewoulf · 23 replies
    Graewoulf | November 13, 2013 | Graewoulf
    What would be the incentive for increased consumer demand for purchase of an Obamacare Insurance Policy instead of purchasing a policy from a private insurance company? After one year of competition on an open insurance market, how would Obamacare rate in terms of new policies, customer satisfaction, customer privacy, customer recommendations to others, and profit margins? After five years of insurance sales, would Obamacare still be operating at a net financial loss? Could a non-mandatory Obamacare be packaged for sale to a private Insurance Company? What would the the Fair Market Value of the privatization sale of Obamacare?
  • France and Mexico demand answers over US spying (“deeply shocked”)

    10/21/2013 2:40:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 10/22/13
    PARIS — France and Mexico have angrily demanded prompt explanations from the United States over new spying allegations leaked by former US security contractor Edward Snowden. French daily Le Monde and German weekly Der Spiegel said in separate reports published Monday that the US National Security Agency (NSA) secretly monitored tens of millions of phone communications in France and hacked into former Mexican president Felipe Calderon’s email account. The allegations come on top of revelations already leaked by Snowden and published in June that the US had a vast, secret program called PRISM to monitor Internet users, which French prosecutors...
  • Demand Exceeds Supply In 90% Of America's Major Housing Markets

    09/11/2013 7:49:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/11/2013
    Price appreciation is largely driven by the degree to which demand exceeds supply. While the best short-term measure of the housing demand/supply balance is months of supply of homes on the market, the best long-term measure is the ratio of household formations to new home construction. Since household formation data is highly unreliable, we use job growth as the best proxy because there are typically 1.2 jobs per household. Affordability, confidence, and demographic factors determine whether that household rents or buys. We have a great demand model that estimates that demand by price and rent range. Consider the following: *...
  • It’s All Relative: STEM Workers are in High Demand in the USA

    05/02/2013 7:31:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Engine ^ | 04/30/2013 | Ian Hathaway
    Recent claims of an excess supply of high-skilled workers in the STEM occupations of science, technology, engineering and math are at odds with anecdotal and empirical evidence. While it’s difficult to definitively conclude whether or not there is a shortage of workers in any field, publicly available government data and common sense reject the notion that there are “too many” high-tech workers in the United States. More importantly, this entire discussion misses a larger point—high-skilled employment isn’t a zero sum game where a fixed set of workers are competing for a fixed set of jobs in an economy free...
  • Benghazi investigators demand cable signed by Clinton; White House balks

    04/25/2013 9:08:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/25/13 | Susan Crabtree & Stephen Dinan
    The White House accused Republicans of a political distraction Wednesday after House committee chairmen asked President Obama to release a State Department cable that they said would prove Hillary Rodham Clinton, as secretary off state, signed off on security cuts at the diplomatic post in Benghazi ahead of the attack Sept. 11. According to the committee chairmen, the April 2012 Clinton cable denies the U.S. Embassy in Libya’s request for more security. Five months later, the outpost in Benghazi was attacked and four Americans were killed, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
  • Ammunition Manufacturers Producing '24 Hours a Day' to Match Demand

    04/08/2013 8:39:36 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 79 replies
    breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 4-8-2013 | AWR Hawkins
    Amid the myriad questions and theories behind the ammunition shortage currently being experienced across the country, manufacturers have gone on the record to say they are producing as much as they can and are working to produce even more. Hornady ammunition, makers of some of the most popular self-defense ammo for concealed carry applications, explained it this way: "We are producing as much as we can, much more than last year, which was a lot more than the year before, etc. No one wants to ship more during this time than we do." The demand for Hornady's ammo is so...
  • Immigrants denied mental health services

    03/20/2013 9:42:05 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    Indy Week.Com ^ | March 20, 2013 | Billy Ball
    Angelica Velazquillo's fight for mental health care for undocumented immigrants began not in a hospital room but in a busy downtown Charlotte intersection. In September 2011, Velazquillo, then a 25-year-old undocumented woman brought to the U.S. when she was 4, joined nine protesters who blocked traffic, chanting "undocumented and unafraid." Charlotte police arrested the group, charging them with impeding traffic and disorderly conduct, offenses that sparked their deportation proceedings. Their deportations were later dropped and they were ordered to perform community service, a decision the group credited to the public interest in their case. "It was a turning point," she...
  • McCain, Graham Demand Benghazi Answers Before Brennan Vote

    03/03/2013 12:17:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/3/13 | Face the Nation
    CBS: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on why they'd like to have some questions about the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi answered, ideally, before the vote to confirm John Brennan.
  • Greens to rally on Mall to demand climate specifics from Obama

    02/16/2013 7:08:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/16/13 | Zack Colman
    More than 20,000 protestors from around 160 organizations will swarm the National Mall Sunday in hopes of intensifying the pressure on President Obama over climate policy. The president has not yet detailed the specifics of how he will address the issue, aside from a pledge made in the State of the Union address to take executive action on climate if Congress fails to make progress. Demonstrators are likely to offer plenty of loud suggestions in what green groups are branding the largest ever United States climate rally. “We’re really past the point of playing games with any of this stuff,”...
  • New York fast food workers strike over low wages [want $15/hr]

    12/01/2012 7:15:07 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 165 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | Thursday 29 November 2012 19.32 EST | Gizelle Lugo
    Hundreds of fast food workers at New York City branches of McDonald's, Burger King and other big-name chains have staged a walk out in protest of low wages. The strike, organised by pressure group New York Communities for Change (NYCC), was part of an attempt to gain union recognition for staff at fast food outlets in the city. "So many people in our neighbourhoods work at fast food restaurants and make poverty wages so low people can't put food on the table, put clothes on their kids' back or even afford the train ride to work." The group staged a...
  • US Factory Goods Demand Falls Unexpectedly

    08/02/2012 6:55:23 PM PDT · by Son House · 22 replies
    Irish Times ^ | August 3, 2012 | Financial Times Limited
    Demand for US factory goods fell unexpectedly in June, reflecting a drop in corporate investment and the biggest decreases in non-durable goods orders for over three years. Factory orders fell 0.5 per cent, compared with analysts’ expectations of a 0.7 per cent rise, US commerce department figures showed yesterday. June’s fall followed a downwardly revised 0.5 per cent increase in May, after sharp declines the two previous months. Economists fear a slowdown in momentum, given that manufacturing had been regarded as the mainstay of a US economic recovery. The sector accounts for about 12 per cent of the economy.
  • Other voices: Supply and demand in the Oil Patch

    07/11/2012 1:59:20 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-10-12 | editors-Grand Forks Herald
    The guy has zero college and walks out of high school and is making 90-grand," said a Williston, N.D., teacher with a master's degree, speaking to The Associated Press about a former student who's working in the Oil Patch. "To me, that seems to be an injustice." Say what? Neither justice nor a degree entitles a person to a higher income. That's one of the fundamental truths of the labor market, and people in Williston and elsewhere should understand why.
  • State agencies, colleges demand applicants' Facebook passwords (Communism around the corner)

    03/06/2012 4:39:15 AM PST · by tobyhill · 27 replies
    msnbc ^ | 3/6/2012 | Bob Sullivan
    If you think privacy settings on your Facebook and Twitter accounts guarantee future employers or schools can't see your private posts, guess again. Employers and colleges find the treasure-trove of personal information hiding behind password-protected accounts and privacy walls just too tempting, and increasingly, they are demanding full access from applicants and students. In Maryland, job seekers applying to the state's Department of Corrections have been asked during interviews to log into their accounts and let an interviewer watch while the potential employee clicks through wall posts, friends, photos and anything else that might be found behind the privacy wall.
  • Can Increasing the Minimum Wage Boost GDP?

    12/07/2011 8:08:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2011 | Political Calculations
    Does increasing the minimum wage increase GDP? Bloggingstocks' Joseph Lazaro outlined the theory that it might back on 1 August 2009, shortly after the U.S. federal minimum wage reached its current level of $7.25 per hour (emphasis ours): ... the U.S. Federal Reserve will be monitoring prices and costs to see if the higher minimum wage is creating inflation havoc at a time when U.S. businesses least need another concern to deal with. Businesses have enough to worry about; and some are struggling just to maintain operations for another quarter or two -- the recession has been that damaging. But...
  • Natural Gas Storage Hit Record High

    11/28/2011 10:24:40 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 14 replies
    Zacks Equity Research ^ | November 28, 2011 | Zacks
    ...A supply glut has pressured natural gas futures for most of 2011, as production from dense rock formations (shale) – through novel techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing – remain robust, thereby overwhelming demand. As a matter of fact, natural gas prices have dropped more than 25% from this year’s peak of about $5.00 per million Btu (MMBtu) in June to the current level of around $3.70 (referring to spot prices at the Henry Hub, the benchmark supply point in Louisiana). Of late, a mild autumn weather has driven a string of above-average inventory builds, indicating a grossly oversupplied...
  • Weiner goes into rehab and asks for time off after top Democrats demand he stand down

    06/12/2011 12:04:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/11/11 | Fiona Roberts
    Anthony Weiner tonight dramatically announced he is seeking professional help and has asked for temporary leave from his seat in Congress.The beleaguered congressman finally buckled just hours after the most senior figures in the Democrat party demanded he stand down.A spokesman for the New York Democrat said he has left for professional treatment and will focus on 'becoming a better husband and healthier person'. His decision is the culmination of days of intense pressure following his public admission
  • Chu Pimps Your Budget at the Pump

    06/01/2011 9:20:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    Memorial Day normally kicks off the summer vacation and heavy driving season, but with gas prices at the pump more than twice as expensive as they were two years ago, American families are being forced to stay close to home and pull back on normal family expenses.   The cost to fill up the tank is consuming 40% more of the family budget than it did last summer.  According to AAA, 17 cents of every consumer dollar is spent at the pump, up from 12 cents one year ago.  That has consequences, of course.  "Dining, shopping, museums, and gambling are taking...
  • Here Is Your Chance To Demand Answers From The Fed's General Counsel, Scott Alvarez

    05/31/2011 2:56:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 5/31/11 | Tyler Durden
    For all Zero Hedge readers who have long waited for their chance to ask Mr. Scott Alvarez of "Have The Federal Reserve Or Prime Brokers Ever Tried To Manipulate The Stock Market?" fame a question about life, the universe or why the CME decides to hike ES margins in an environment of rising realized vol, here it is. Tomorrow, at 2PM, Ron Paul will lead a hearing by the Financial Services Committee, which will luckily be carried by C-SPAN meaning one will be actually able to hear the dialog (alas, the House continues to believe that investing in microphones for...
  • Why oil prices will spike again soon

    05/23/2011 12:57:07 PM PDT · by Signalman · 12 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 5/23/2011 | Colin Barr
    Energy prices have been coming down this spring as fears of a Middle East blowup fade. But persistent global demand, tepid supply growth and easy money mean it may not be long till the next damaging spike, Goldman Sachs economists say. Oil prices could surge again by the end of 2012, economists Jan Hatzius and Andrew Tilton wrote in a note to clients this past weekend. They say the snail-like pace of global oil supply expansion – which Goldman projects at 1% or so annually – can't keep a petroleum-addicted world economy rolling without prices rising, perhaps sharply. So don't...
  • Jim Rogers: The Bull Market Will Go Up, Consolidate, Go Up, Consolidate, Go Up And Consolidate...

    05/07/2011 6:37:11 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 1+ views
    TBI ^ | 5-7-2011 | Gus Lubin
    JIM ROGERS ON COMMODITIES: The Bull Market Will Go Up, Consolidate, Go Up, Consolidate, Go Up And Consolidate For Years Gus Lubin May 7, 2011, 8:56 AM Jim Rogers didn't buy or sell anything during last week's commodity sell-off. He says he isn't good at market timing. What he does believe is that we're in the middle of a commodity bull market where everything will go up for years. Rogers tells the Economic Times: "5% correction in gold is meaningless. These things correct 10-15-20-30% every year. Nothing unusual about that. That is the way the markets work. I do not...
  • Crude Oil Inventory Watch: U.S. Inventories Plunge as Demand Soars

    12/31/2010 9:27:54 AM PST · by Son House · 26 replies
    Daily FX ^ | 31 December 2010 | By Sumit Roy
    Inventories The Department of Energy reported that in the week ending December 24th, 2010, U.S. crude oil inventories decreased by 1.3 million barrels, gasoline inventories decreased by 2.3 million barrels, distillate inventories increased by 0.2 million barrels, and total petroleum inventories decreased by 9.1 million barrels. After a brief pause last week, the total petroleum surplus resumed its downward trend. Stocks are now 56.2, or 5.5%, above the 5-year average, down from 6% last week. Back during the middle of September, the surplus was almost double what it is now at 111 million, or 10.7%. Crude oil inventories fell seasonally,...
  • Netanyahu Presents US Demand for 3-Month Freeze

    11/13/2010 7:34:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies · 1+ views
    inn ^ | 11/13/10 | Hillel Fendel
    Saturday night: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has convened his top mini-Cabinet of seven ministers for an emergency meeting in which they will vote on the United States demand that Israel re-freeze Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria for another three months. In exchange, the U.S. promises 20 jet fighters, as well as an automatic veto of any anti-Israel resolution or demand in the United Nations. The Palestinian Authority has repeatedly demanded that Israel freeze all construction for the 320,000 Jews of Judea and Samaria, as well as for the 300,000 Jews of northern and eastern Jerusalem. In fact, a year...
  • Demand for Guns, Food Stamps Indicates Uncertainty: Analyst

    10/18/2010 11:51:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/18/10 | Michelle Lodge
    The rise in gun sales and food stamp demand are indicators of a fearful public struggling financially, Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist, ConvergEx Group, told CNBC Monday. “Oddly enough, buying a gun still holds very steady, but buying ammunition not so much,” said Colas, who analyzes trends in the economy and financial markets. In addition to firearms and food stamps, ConvergEX reviewed sales of gold and silver coins and used cars. “That tells us that there are more first-time [gun] buyers coming in to buy firearms and that speaks to your worries about security. They buy a few rounds
  • Intel: Chip giant warns consumer demand for PCs is weakening

    08/27/2010 4:51:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies · 2+ views
    Mercury News [San Jose, CA] ^ | 8/27/10 | Steve Johnson
    In another sign the economic recovery is stalling, Intel -- whose fortunes are a key barometer of the technology sector's health -- cut its forecast for third-quarter sales, citing "weaker than expected demand for consumer PCs in mature markets." The Santa Clara company -- the worlds' biggest chip maker -- said it now expects its revenue for the quarter to range between $10.8 billion and $11.2 billion, compared with its previous prediction of $11.2 billion to $12 billion.
  • Weak Sales Pose Threat to Recovery in Stocks

    08/09/2010 8:15:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Money News ^ | 08/09/10
    Weak Sales Pose Threat to Recovery in Stocks Monday, August 9, 2010 08:26 AM Weak revenue growth, which corporate America managed to mask in the second quarter by holding costs at unsustainably low levels, stands as the biggest threat to a recovery in U.S. stocks. Many of the largest U.S. companies sailed past Wall Street's expectations, their profit boosted by last year's brutal cost-cutting campaigns. Companies laid off tens of thousands of workers, sent remaining staffers out on unpaid leave and halted contributions to employee retirement accounts. Their top-line performance, though, was less stellar. Shares of blue chip companies, including...
  • McCain, Kyl Demand Top Obama State Dept. Official Retract Statement and Apologize ...

    05/18/2010 12:50:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies · 775+ views
    cns news ^ | 5/18/10 | Susan Jones and Pete Winn
    (CNSNews.com) -- Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) Tuesday called on the top Obama State Department official responsible for human rights issues to “retract and apologize” for telling officials of the Communist government of China that Arizona's new immigration-enforcement law is an example of a “troubling trend in our society” and for portraying Arizona as the moral equivalent of Communist China.
  • Torrington parents demand action on race relations (Connecticut)

    03/16/2010 4:29:13 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 9 replies · 482+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | March 16, 2010 | Kevin Litten
    TORRINGTON -- Parents on Monday demanded action from school officials whom they said have long ignored deep-rooted racial tensions in the school system and community at the expense of Hispanic students. The issues were raised during a town hall-style event at Workman Memorial AME Zion Church attended by about 70 people, most of them Hispanic. The dialogue was at times impassioned as parents criticized the school system for being out of touch with an increasingly diverse community and for ignoring students' discrimination complaints. The meeting came in response to the revelation last week that undercurrents of gang activity had colored...
  • Chinese exports surge in reaction to bank policy

    03/11/2010 3:51:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 260+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 03/10/10 | Leo Lewis
    March 10, 2010 Chinese exports surge in reaction to bank policy Leo Lewis, Asia Business Correspondent Chinese trade surged last month following the country’s rise in bank lending, leading economists to predict a strong increase in exports over the course of 2010. Exports grew by 45.7 per cent in February compared to the same month in 2009 despite the lunar new year holiday, which shut down the country for several days last month. Although global fund managers have been encouraged by some brokers to think of Chinese consumption as an attractive investment, more bearish observers believe that it will be...
  • Demand for Bible Outstripping Supply in China

    02/21/2010 6:35:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 542+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 02/21/2010 | Charles Boyd
    LONDON – The U.K.-based Bible Society has reported a growing demand for copies of the Bible in China where an estimated 500,000 people convert to Christianity every year. Although some four million Bibles were printed and distributed across China last year, the rapid growth of the church year on year means that demand for Bibles is now outstripping supply, according to the Bible Society. The official number of Christians in China stands at 28.6 million, but it is believed the true figure could be as high as 90 million if the estimated number of worshippers at unofficial house churches is...
  • U.S. Will Donate Part of H1N1 Vaccine Supply to Foreign Nations Before Meeting This Nation’s Demand

    10/24/2009 8:22:56 PM PDT · by FreeKeys · 100 replies · 5,214+ views
    CNSNEWS.COM ^ | Thursday, October 22, 2009 | Chris Neefus
    Sebelius Says U.S. Will Donate Part of H1N1 Vaccine Supply to Foreign Nations Before Meeting This Nation’s DemandThursday, October 22, 2009 By Chris Neefus      ....... Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) asked Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebilius why the United States should get vaccinations ahead of people in other countries, including those in countries that are producing the vaccine for the United States. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)When Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) had his turn to question Sebelus, he raised the issue of whether the United States was "entitled" to the vaccine more than other nations. "Why should we be more entitled, the U.S. be more   entitled to...
  • U.S. farm income to plunge 38 percent in 2009: USDA

    08/28/2009 9:48:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 1,946+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/27/09 | Christopher Doering
    U.S. farm income to plunge 38 percent in 2009: USDA By Christopher Doering Thu Aug 27, 1:16 pm ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. farm income this year was forecast to plunge 38 percent to $54 billion due to lower commodity prices for crops and livestock, the Agriculture Department said on Thursday. Grain and livestock prices falling from record highs set in 2008 means farmers will see earnings slump by $33.2 billion in 2009 from last year's near record net farm income of $87.2 billion. The 2009 forecast was $9 billion below the 10-year average of $63.2 billion in net farm...
  • Pilots demand US equipment

    07/29/2009 3:02:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 1,114+ views
    news24.com ^ | 7/29/09 | staff
    Paris - The top pilots' union at Air France demanded on Wednesday that European airspeed monitors be replaced by US-made models across the airline's fleet after a new malfunction was reported this month. An Airbus 320 equipped with new speed probes made by European electronics giant Thales was flying from Rome to Paris on July 13 when the sensors, known as pitot tubes, broke down, Air France said late on Tuesday.
  • U.S. Cities Consider Congestion Pricing

    07/14/2009 6:11:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 689+ views
    National League of Cities ^ | July 13, 2009 | Matt Bradley and Julia Pulidindi
    The social and economic costs of lost productivity and wasted fuel from traffic-choked streets are estimated to be $87 billion a year, according to the Texas Transportation Institute’s 2009 Urban Mobility Report. So far, federal, state and local efforts — focused mostly on expanding road capacity — have been largely unsuccessful at slowing the growing congestion on U.S. roads. Transportation experts now advocate a different approach, changing the emphasis from increasing supply to reducing demand. To reinforce smart growth policies, plug mounting transportation funding gaps and achieve immediate traffic relief, London, Stockholm, Singapore, Milan and three cities in Norway have...
  • US demand fuels spike in small arms trade: UN survey

    07/09/2009 1:08:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 1,245+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/9/09 | Denis Rousseau
    GENEVA (AFP) – Ballooning US demand and the handgun's surge in popularity drove up the global trade in small arms by more than a quarter between 2000 and 2006, a UN-backed study showed Thursday. Those weapons in the hands of civilians, security forces or armed groups were behind the deaths of 450,000 people, said the authors of the Small Arms Survey 2009. Pistols, revolvers, rifles and heavy machine guns accounted for 60 percent of deaths through intentional violence of any kind, including the use of bombs, knives or bare hands, whether in conflicts or crime, the experts said. By 2006,...
  • Obama's Worst Role

    06/20/2009 2:55:53 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies · 596+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 20, 2009 | Randy Fardal
    Vice President Biden recently confessed that the administration "guessed wrong" on the stimulus bill. Even President Obama reluctantly admitted that unemployment is likely to reach ten percent this year, after promising in February that his stimulus package would keep it from exceeding eight. The US economy is so large and globally dominant that it probably will recover at some point -- perhaps just in time for the 2010 elections. And once it recovers, no doubt Mr. Obama will stop blaming his predecessor and take credit for it. But his actions only worsened the economic recession, just as President Roosevelt's did...
  • Shortages stir coffee and sugar prices

    05/10/2009 8:00:29 PM PDT · by muawiyah · 46 replies · 1,361+ views
    Financial Times ^ | Sunday May 10, 2009 | By Javier Blas and Jenny Wiggins in London
    Caffeine addicts face higher prices for their daily fix as the wholesale cost of both coffee and sugar rise sharply because of poor crops and robust demand.
  • Central banks succumb again to bullion’s lure(gold)

    05/07/2009 11:28:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 741+ views
    FT ^ | 05/06/09 | Javier Blas and Patti Waldmeir
    Central banks succumb again to bullion’s lure By Javier Blas in London and Patti Waldmeir in Shanghai. Published: May 6 2009 23:31 | Last updated: May 6 2009 23:31 Ten years ago on Wednesday the UK Treasury sent gold prices tumbling when it announced it would sell a chunk of its gold reserves. In a matter of weeks prices plunged to a 22-year low of $250 a troy ounce and, over the course of that year, central banks from Australia and Switzerland to the Netherlands announced plans to sell a large slice of their bullion. “There was a feeling that...
  • Gold demand has risen to 3,659 tons: WGC

    02/19/2009 3:11:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 67 replies · 950+ views
    Gold demand has risen to 3,659 tons: WGC Commodity Online LONDON: The global economic meltdown has propelled a surge in demand for gold jewellery, bars and coins that the demand for the yellow metal has risen to touch 3,659 tons, says a new report from the World Gold Council (WGC). The Gold Demand Trends, compiled for WGC by GFMS Limited said that investment demand for gold, including gold exchange traded funds (ETFs), bars and coins, was 64% higher in 2008 than in 2007. ”This is equivalent to an additional inflow of $US15 billion. Demand for gold bars and gold coins...
  • Oil demand to fall at fastest rate since 1982

    02/11/2009 7:13:03 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies · 883+ views
    FT ^ | 02/11/09 | Ed Crooks
    Oil demand to fall at fastest rate since 1982 By Ed Crooks, Energy Editor Published: February 11 2009 09:47 | Last updated: February 11 2009 09:47 Demand for oil will fall this year at the fastest rate since 1982, the International Energy Agency has forecast. The rich countries’ energy think-tank has again cut sharply its prediction for world oil demand this year, and now expects it to average 84.7m barrels per day, down 1m b/d from last year, because of the steep downturn in the world economy. This year is expected to mark two successive years of falling demand for...
  • Hamas regime's ceasefire demand: Israel must leave it in power

    02/10/2009 10:21:35 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 371+ views
    world tribune ^ | 2/9/09 | staff
    GAZA CITY — Hamas has demanded a guarantee from Israel that it would not attack the Islamic regime in the Gaza Strip. ShareThis Hamas sources said a five-member delegation that completed negotiations in Cairo has insisted that any Israeli ceasefire include a guarantee backed by the international community that Israel would not topple the Islamic regime. The sources said this has been the main obstacle to a ceasefire agreement, Middle East Newsline reported. "They [Egypt] have a duty to provide guarantees that bind the Zionist entity, and the Egyptians have to give us answers to our inquiries," Hamas spokesman Fawzi...
  • How will China deal with the US adjustment?

    01/12/2009 9:23:38 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 434+ views
    FT ^ | 01/09/09 | Michael Pettis
    How will China deal with the US adjustment? January 9, 2009 by FT By Michael Pettis The post-1997 global balance is breaking down, and the world is lurching drunkenly to find a stable new balance. Until now, Chinese overproduction has balanced US overconsumption, leading to China’s massive trade surplus and capital account deficit. Inevitably, however, a reduction in US overconsumption, a necessary consequence of the financial crisis, must force a corresponding reduction in overproduction elsewhere, and China, like it or not, will have to bear the brunt of the adjustment. The US and Europe must design their fiscal and monetary...
  • It's time to demand Fox create a nightly news

    11/22/2008 4:19:53 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 56 replies · 1,224+ views
    ABC has Gotcha Gibson. NBC has Williams. CBS has Couric. Fox has............ Nothing. There is no national broadcast coming from Fox news. This needs to change.
  • Oil touches 3-1/2 year low under $50 as demand weighs

    11/20/2008 10:26:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 853+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/20/08 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil dropped more than 3 percent on Thursday, touching the lowest level since May 2005 as record U.S. job losses intensified concerns of a long and deep global recession and further crushed demand expectations. The U.S. government reported the number of workers making new claims for jobless benefits last week surged to the highest in 16 years, helping to push down global equity markets. U.S. crude fell $1.81 to $51.81 a barrel by 1251 p.m. EST after earlier touching $49.75, marking the lowest level since May 25, 2005, when prices hit $49.58. London Brent crude shed...
  • Oil falls below $79 on profit-taking, demand drop

    10/14/2008 2:27:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 814+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/14/08 | Stevenson Jacobs - ap
    NEW YORK – Oil prices fell below $79 a barrel in choppy trading Tuesday as investors took profits from the previous day's rally and shifted their focus back to signs of dwindling world energy demand. A falling U.S. stock market, a day after a record-breaking advance, also weighed on crude prices as oil market traders continued to fixate on equities as a barometer for the overall confidence in the shaky world economy. At the pump, retail gas price kept dropping. A gallon of regular dropped 4.3 cents overnight to a new national average of $3.163, according to auto club AAA,...
  • CBOT Rice Review: Slips As Lack Of Demand Weighs (shrinking demand)

    10/08/2008 5:28:51 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 401+ views
    INO ^ | 10/08/08
    CBOT Rice Review: Slips As Lack Of Demand Weighs 3 hours ago CHICAGO (Dow Jones)--Chicago Board of Trade rice futures ended sharply lower Wednesday as a lack of demand continues to weigh on the market, an analyst said. November rice ended down 40 cents to $17.30 per hundredweight and January rice ended down 41 1/2 cents to $17.62. Prices have fallen sharply since hitting a high of $20.44 last month, when the market had rallied on concerns about the crop following hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Although the crop remains troubled, with lower yields expected, firstgrain.com analyst Ed Taylor said the...