NEW PULSE POSTED
That’s the url to the November 27, 2006, issue of DOE Pulse. Pulse is a newsletter about accomplishments at the Department of Energy’s national laboratories. Here is some of what you’ll find in this issue:
* SLAC: Imaging in a FLASH
* Sandia: Red Storm tops in scalability
* Savannah River: H power system
* Pacific Northwest: Biofuel cells without the bio cells
Feature: Argonne’s work with biorefineries
Researcher profile: Prof. Alex Dzierba and Jefferson Lab’s GlueX project
Advance Contracting Techniques
This list contains such goodies as:
CPGS- Cost Plus a Good Screwing: “This contract form uses very high overhead, G&A and fee, with a triple no-risk 15% incentive fee plus award fee.”
CPGW- Cost Plus Get Well: “Common form of CPFF contract, wherein the contractor recovers all profits lost from previous FFP efforts.” [don’t they do this anyway?]
CPOCC- Cost Plus Overhead Center Charge: “The contractor wins the CPFF award by bidding a 70% overhead rate. Shortly after contract initiation, the company reorganizes and the project is moved to a 200% overhead center.”
Jordanian king – arguably the most moderate, pro-U.S. leader in the entire region – warns that U.S. actions have helped increase the risk of at least 3 middle-eastern civil wars in 2007
Plant and Factory Closings
Franklin’s Worthington metal plant to close in January
Dickson Herald – Dickson,TN,USA
… “Each and every job at the facility is being eliminated as a result of this plant closing,” wrote Kip Mostowy … “This is a permanent plant closing.”. …
Job cuts, plant closing seen in Chrysler comeback bid
Chicago Tribune – United States
… to include job cuts and the closing of at … The carmaker’s Newark, Del., plant, where the Dodge Durango sport … GM is trimming 35,000 factory jobs, and Ford about …
BUSH’S DESIRE FOR A CONFLICT WITH IRAN IS A CRISIS MADE IN ISRAEL
By Scott Ritter, Nation Books
One must recognize the role that the Holocaust plays on the psyche of Israel to understand why it would never tolerate a nuclear Iran.
Behind the U.S. Jet Down in Iraq
AP is reporting: “A U.S. Air Force jet carrying one pilot crashed in Iraq on Monday, the military said.”
Author of the book “Baghdad Bulletin: Dispatches on the American Occupation,” Enders has spent more than 18 months in Iraq and has reported from the Middle East since 2003 for The Washington Times, The Nation, Mother Jones and Pacifica Radio.
He said today: “The number of aircraft shot down compared to the number of daily overflights by helicopters and other aircraft suggest that for the most part, sophisticated anti-aircraft weaponry eludes Iraqi fighters. Imagine if they were to obtain it.
“Whatever the cause, today’s crash should highlight the role of air power in the U.S. occupation. It is a necessity in a place where guerrillas have made roads extremely dangerous. Drones providing
real-time aerial surveillance have been among the most effective tools in the U.S. arsenal. And finally, as U.S. troops continue to encounter resistance, air strikes continue to be a major facet of the fighting; however, they are the least-covered aspect of combat.
“This is, perhaps, in part because it is hard for journalists to visit the sites that have been bombed. It is hard to verify what’s been hit and whose story (the U.S. military invariably must be pushed to admit the possibility of civilian casualties) is correct. But CENTAF releases daily reports on its website. For instance, there were 30 missions flown over Iraq on Sunday, including some which involved the expenditure of heavy munitions, including missiles fired from an unmanned predator drone and air support for U.S. and Iraqi troops fighting guerrillas in western Iraq. This is not an unusual day for the use of U.S. air power in Iraq. So where’s the reporting?”
From: Institute for Public Accuracy
Religious divide is not narrowing
Cathy Young, guest columnist: Behind the political divide in America, there is also a religious divide. So far, the debates on this subject have generated more heat than light, as both sides preach to the converted and talk at, not to, those who disagree.
Complete article at:
Cathy Young is a contributor editor at Reason magazine. Her column appears regularly in The Boston Globe.
THE UNITED STATES V. GEORGE BUSH
By Elizabeth de la Vega, Tomdispatch.com
What would the case against George Bush for intelligence fraud in the leadup to the war in Iraq look like? A former federal prosecutor lays out her case to an imaginary grand jury, and all she needs is the evidence available in the public record to make her case.
Borowitz Report – Euphemism Shocker
Bush: US Committed to Finding New Synonyms for Civil War
Launches Operation Noble Euphemism
President George W. Bush said today that he would not allow a civil war in Iraq to erupt on his watch, and said that in order to prevent that from happening the United States would aggressively search for new synonyms for the phrase “civil war.”
In order to seek out the most sanitized alternatives to that phrase, the president announced that he was launching an ambitious new mission called Operation Noble Euphemism.
Showing his trademark steely resolve, Mr. Bush told reporters at the White House that the US was prepared to hunt down every last thesaurus on Earth and would not quit until the job was done.
As if to demonstrate the high priority he was placing on finding new synonyms, Mr. Bush said that the government would spend $12 billion, most of which had been previously earmarked to find Osama bin Laden.
But critics of Operation Noble Euphemism were skeptical of its outcome, particularly after the White House unsuccessfully launched a slogan contest last month to replace the phrase “stay the course.”
That contest, which was announced with much fanfare, was abandoned after a leak revealed that the top contender was “slog through the mire.”
White House spokesman Tony Snow attempted to quiet those critics today, saying that “the United States is committed to finding a lasting euphemism for civil war in Iraq.”
Mr. Snow refused to say which if any euphemisms were under consideration, but did say that the White House had already ruled out “Shiitepalooza.”
Elsewhere, getting obese children to exercise can improve their sleep habits, according to a study published today in “Yeah, That’ll Happen” magazine.
three to see
This Modern World: Ballad of a neocon
Jeff Danziger: Bush, Kissinger, Failure, Alcohol
Sandy Huffaker: oh boy, here comes james baker