New Chicago Fed Letter Information posted
The September 2007 Chicago Fed Letter (Number 242b) “Using Payment Innovations to Improve Transportation Networks: A conference summary” by Gene Amromin, Carrie Jankowski, Elizabeth Nieman, Richard D. Porter, William A. Testa
On June 12, 2007, Chicago Metropolis 2020 and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago jointly hosted a conference to discuss road pricing strategies, as well as other issues related to reducing transportation congestion and improving economic efficiency in the Chicago region and around
Simply click on the following link to review it.
Hannity refused to disavow Ted Nugent’s slurs against Obama and Clinton
On the August 24 edition of Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes, co-host Sean Hannity aired video footage of musician and right-wing activist Ted Nugent at an August 21 concert calling Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) a “piece of shit” and referring to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) as a “worthless bitch.” In the video clip, Nugent holds up what appear to be two assault rifles and says he told Obama “to suck on my machine gun” and says he told Clinton “you might want to ride one of these into the sunset.” After airing the clip, Hannity referred to Nugent as a “friend and frequent guest on the program,” and then compared Nugent’s comments to recent statements by Obama, which Hannity again distorted by claiming Obama “accus[ed] our troops of killing civilians.” Hannity then asked Democratic strategist Bob Beckel: “What’s more offensive to you? Is it Barack Obama’s statement about our troops or Ted Nugent?” Beckel responded by asking Hannity if he was “prepared to disavow this lowlife,” to which Hannity responded: “No, I like Ted Nugent. He’s a friend of mine.” When Beckel said that Nugent “ought to never come on your show again, and if you have him on, you ought to be ashamed of yourself,” Hannity responded: “Not at all. We have you on.”
HANNITY DEFENDS TED NUGENT’S DEATH THREATS ON OBAMA
By Steve Benen
This is a reminder that in conservative circles, there is no line to be crossed. There are no
limits, and there are no consequences.
Was the office of General Betrayus arming ‘insurgents’ in Iraq? Iraq Weapons Are a Focus of Criminal Investigations
Aug 28 2007
Several federal agencies are investigating a widening network of criminal cases involving the purchase and delivery of billions of dollars of weapons, supplies and other matériel to Iraqi and American forces, according to American officials. The officials said it amounted to the largest ring of fraud and kickbacks uncovered in the conflict here. The inquiry has already led to several indictments of Americans, with more expected, the officials said. One of the investigations involves a senior American officer who worked closely with Gen. David H. Petraeus [Betrayus] in setting up the logistics operation to supply the Iraqi forces when General Petraeus was in charge of training and equipping those forces in 2004 and 2005, American officials said Monday.
Now, what’s interesting about New-Fields? (‘We find new-fields for you.’)
New-Fields, http://www.new-fields.com/whoweare.htm uniting and marketing corpora-terrorists who are trying to start (and profit from) an avian flu pandemic, are also actually hosting the Iraqi Oil & Gas Technology Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, 5-6 September 2007.
(New-Fields) It has been estimated that with its natural resources Iraq has the potential to earn between $10 billion and $15 billion over the next few years. The Iraqi oil industry faces three distinct phases of development… The immediate task is restoring historical capacity which could require an investment of $5-10 billion and take 18 to 24 months. This work could be carried out under the auspices of an occupation regime… The second phase is developing prospects already found, raising capacity significantly. Cost is estimated at $40-80 billion, with a lead-time of seven to 10 years, depending upon the scope of the program. This work would need a legitimate government to assign new contracts… The third phase would be new exploration… and that also would require a legitimate government to negotiate fresh exploration rights. Iraq also has a substantial natural gas potential that could be used for industrial and power generation purposes. [People need to question the possible links between those running/managing (mismanaging) and profiting from the Iraq war and those who are poised to run/manage (mismanage) and profit from an avian flu pandemic. --LRP] http://www.legitgov.org/flu_oddities.html
Realities of Iraq
An independent journalist who has spent over eight months reporting from Iraq, Jamail is author the forthcoming book “Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq.”
He said today: “There is no need to wait for a September report to tell us what every Iraqi source I have can already confirm, much of which has been released recently in an Oxfam report: 8 million Iraqis are in need of emergency assistance, over 2 million are displaced inside Iraq, and over 2 million Iraqis have fled to neighboring countries, mainly Syria and Jordan, making this the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world. According to the Oxfam report: ‘forty-three percent of Iraqis suffer from “absolute poverty.” … Children are hit the hardest by the decline in living standards. Child malnutrition rates have risen from 19 per cent before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 to 28 per cent now. … The number of Iraqis without access to adequate water supplies has risen from 50 percent to 70 percent since 2003, while 80 percent lack effective sanitation.’”
From: Institute for Public Accuracy
ATF Gun Site Sparks State Finger Pointing
Monday, August 27, 2007
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has released data to the public showing where guns, many of which used in violent crimes, come from. Now the public can go to the ATF Firearms Trace Data site to find out what kind of guns were used in what kind of violent crime and from which states those guns came. It takes a bit of clicking through the site to find out which states are the biggest supplier of guns, but it eventually becomes clear: Southern states (namely Texas, Georgia and Virginia) and California.
That information is important to states like New York, according to an editorial in NYDailyNews.com. Of the 6,085 guns traced in New York in 2006, only 29 percent came from a New York gun dealer, according to the ATF gun tracing Web site. The rest of the guns found their way to New York from other states. Those states, in descending order, were: Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Federal Prosecutions Down in Large Districts
“A new TRAC study shows that criminal prosecutions in eight of the nation’s twelve largest districts are substantially lower than they were in the past. The report is based on TRAC’s analysis of millions of Justice Department records covering the period from FY 1986 through the end of April 2007. Among the most populous districts with many fewer federal filings are California Central (Los Angeles), California North (San Francisco) Illinois North (Chicago), Massachusetts (Boston) and New York East (Brooklyn) [Table 1]. Texas South (Houston) was one of the four largest districts where prosecutions have increased.”
Vehicle Fuel Economy: Reforming Fuel Economy Standards Could Help Reduce Oil Consumption by Cars and Light Trucks, and Other OptionsCould Complement These Standards.
GAO-07-921, August 2.
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d07921high.pdf
three thousand words
Cartoon du Jour – By Khalil: w.l.o.r.s
Ted Rall: I, not rudy giuliani, am the true hero of september 11
Slowpoke: Strip Mining