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VIDEO – MIDDLE EAST AIRLINES THREATEN U.S. AIRLINE INDUSTRY

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

 

 

This is an ABSOLUTELY – MUST WATCH if you are or have been involved in the Airline Industry – or – care about Business in The USA.

Subj: SOS – Rise of Gulf Carriers – Bad News for US Air Carriers

After you go to Vimeo, put in the password and you’ll see a finely made presentation by Delta.

In light of Qatar’s plan to take a 10% stake in American, this is an important issue to American as well as ALL US airlines and our country.

 

 

The password is: OFOF17  The ‘O’ is a letter not a number.

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NATIONAL SECURITY CRISIS – U.S. DEPENDENT ON CHINA FOR RARE EARTH MINERALS

Friday, February 10th, 2017

 

We have a national security crisis  – U.S. Dependent on China For Rare Earth Minerals

By John Moody      February 9, 2017

John Moody is Executive Vice President, Executive Editor for Fox News. A former Vatican correspondent and Rome bureau chief for Time magazine, he is the author of four books, including “Pope John Paul II : Biography.

Can the United States do anything to reverse a dangerous dependence on crucial mineral supplies that put our future military security in the hands of China? We may be about to find out.

The challenge to our future security was outlined in a grim, largely overlookedreport from the U.S. Geological Survey. In stark terms, it demonstrated that the U.S. is 100 percent reliant on foreign producers for at least 20 elements and minerals, some of them of strategic importance to our military. The most common source: China.

As Bellwether noted last week, a group of 17 materials, known collectively as rare earths, are produced almost exclusively by China. That’s the country President Trump has labelled a currency manipulator and trade cheat and which he has vowed to bring to heel in future bilateral negotiations.

The USGS report, points out other metal deficiencies, and raises serious questions about how much leverage the U.S. will have over China. Almost all the minerals in question are essential components needed for advanced fighter bombers, satellite guided missiles and catapults that launch planes from the decks of aircraft carriers.

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REVEALING ARTICLE ON EXXON CEO REX TILLERSON

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

 

DALLAS NEWS.COM

What I learned about Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson after spending a week on jury duty with him

What I learned about Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson after spending a week on jury duty with him

Nine years ago, I showed up to the Denton County Courthouse for jury duty and got myself picked for the job. A young girl had accused her mom’s boyfriend of sexual assault, and the case was being brought to trial.
If you’ve ever served on a jury trial before, you understand the almost immediate yet very temporary bond that ties 12 strangers together who are randomly chosen from each of their private lives to fulfill a solemn public purpose.
One of our first tasks was to choose our jury foreman. Perhaps it was his business suit, his impressive stature, or his charisma, but almost everyone in that jury room suggested that this middle-aged man with graying hair was likely the most fit for the task.
Thanks, but I decline. I’m not interested in the spotlight, he told us. I didn’t think anything of it.
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COAL IN TRUMP’S STOCKING

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Coal in Trump’s Stocking

A last-minute Obama regulation sets Donald up for a big win.

December 21, 2016

The Obama Administration has given Donald Trump an early Christmas gift, in the form of a punitive 11th-hour regulation on coal. Issued by the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), the rule takes effect Jan. 19 as a classic example of the job-killing rules that Mr. Trump has vowed to overturn.

Though issued Monday, the Obama Administration has been working on the Stream Protection Rule for six years. Ostensibly it’s about keeping American waterways clean. In reality it’s a power grab aimed at giving federal regulators more authority to make coal too expensive for anyone to mine or use.

No one should be surprised. In 2008 candidate Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle that while people would still be free to build a coal-powered electricity plant under his energy policies, it would “bankrupt them” because of the costs his regulations would impose.

This is what Hillary Clinton meant in March when she said “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of work.” It’s also what Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthymeant last month when she said that a Trump Administration would fail in its promise to revive the coal industry because her agency had helped destroy the market for coal.

Under the Stream Protection Rule, federal regulators will have expanded power to draw up new standards that make it harder to get a coal-mining permit. OSM’s federal water standards would suddenly take precedence over the state standards that have long governed the industry under the Clean Water Act. The Fish and Wildlife Service would also gain the power to veto coal permits.

The aim is to take permitting power from states and impose a one-size-fits all standard. When this process started, 10 states signed onto Interior’s rule-making process as state cooperating agencies. But eight of the 10 later withdrew because Interior wasn’t interested in what they had to say.

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DONALD TRUMP’S FULL ECONOMIC SPEECH – AUGUST 8, 2016

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

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THE CLINTON FOUNDATION AND THE RUSSIAN RESET

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

 

This is a very informative, important and hopefully damaging article about the ” Russian Reset” in which Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation were very instrumental in encouraging U.S. companies who were Clinton Foundation donors to invest in Russia. 
   Companies such as  Google, Intel  and Cisco were encouraged to invest in Skolkovo which would hopefully become a “Russian Silicon Valley”.     Cisco, by the way, invested $1 Billion !!!.   The purpose was to  provide state-of-the-art technological research to Russia which ultimately  raised alarms among U.S. military experts and federal law-enforcement officials. 
No wonder the Clintons didn’t mention the Clinton Foundation or the Russian Reset  during “their” convention !   Now, this is a subject Trump should be talking about !  Nancy
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The Clinton Foundation, State and Kremlin Connections

Why did Hillary’s State Department urge U.S. investors to fund Russian research for military uses?

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Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer on links between the Clinton Foundation, Putin’s regime and Hillary’s State Department. Photo credit: Getty Images.

Hillary Clinton touts her tenure as secretary of state as a time of hardheaded realism and “commercial diplomacy” that advanced American national and commercial interests. But her handling of a major technology transfer initiative at the heart of Washington’s effort to “reset” relations with Russia raises serious questions about her record. Far from enhancing American national interests, Mrs. Clinton’s efforts in this area may have substantially undermined U.S. national security.

Consider Skolkovo, an “innovation city” of 30,000 people on the outskirts of Moscow, billed as Russia’s version of Silicon Valley—and a core piece of Mrs. Clinton’s quarterbacking of the Russian reset.

Following his 2009 visit to Moscow, President Obama announced the creation of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. Mrs. Clinton as secretary of state directed the American side, and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov represented the Russians. The stated goal at the time: “identifying areas of cooperation and pursuing joint projects and actions that strengthen strategic stability, international security, economic well-being, and the development of ties between the Russian and American people.”

The Kremlin committed $5 billion over three years to fund Skolkovo. Mrs. Clinton’s State Department worked aggressively to attract U.S. investment partners and helped the Russian State Investment Fund, Rusnano, identify American tech companies worthy of Russian investment. Rusnano, which a scientific adviser to PresidentVladimir Putin called “Putin’s child,” was created in 2007 and relies entirely on Russian state funding.

What could possibly go wrong?

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AN OUT-OF-CONTROL JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Do you think there is even the remotest chance that the Justice Department and FBI  agents will go after Hillary because of her deleted emails like they went after this man?   Nancy 
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

I Was an Oil Spill Scapegoat

I helped to cap the Deepwater Horizon well. The Justice Department then turned my life into a legal nightmare.

 The scene of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil-rig accident in the Gulf of Mexico.
By
Kurt Mix 

Mr. Mix was a BP project engineer from 2006-12.

 

Nov. 9, 2015
At 6:30 a.m. on April 24, 2012, federal agents, wearing Kevlar vests and with guns drawn, raided my home in Katy, Texas, with a warrant for my arrest. This was as shocking to me as it would be for any normal, law-abiding citizen.
I’m not a drug dealer, violent criminal or money launderer. I’m an engineer. In 2010 I helped stop the BP BP -1.09 % oil spill after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig left a damaged well spilling crude directly into the Gulf of Mexico
On the morning of the raid I left early for work, so I was not at home when it occurred. My wife was alone and had to deal with the shock of a squad of FBI agents ripping through our home. We’ve seen it a hundred times on “Law and Order.” They raced through our house and badgered and interrogated my wife.
Later that morning, after a frantic call from my wife, I drove to a local police station to surrender. As bad as that day was, I had no idea what was about to happen. I didn’t realize I had become a central focus of the Justice Department’s investigation into the BP oil spill. For the next three and a half years, a Justice task force was dedicated to putting me in jail.
What had I done to merit this? I had worked as hard as I knew how for nearly 90 straight days to help stop the Deepwater Horizon spill. Plugging the well, as fast as possible, was the focus of my life.
Looking back now at the Justice Department’s conduct, I realize that I made one egregious error: I naïvely believed that the task force simply wanted the truth. I was certain that once it had the full record of my actions, everything would be fine, and the trauma my family and I had gone through would end.
I was in for a rude awakening. Facts were not what the investigators wanted. They wanted a conviction. They wanted to prove to the public that their lengthy, expensive investigation was successful. And success meant conviction. I had banked on the truth saving me, but the truth was not enough.

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THE GREAT INTERNET POWER GRAB

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
THE GREAT INTERNET POWER GRAB
by L. Gordon Crovitz  February 9, 2015

The era of open innovation can be dated to 1971, when teenager Steve Jobs and his engineer friend Steve Wozniak became “phone phreaks.” They sold kits to create routing tones spoofing government-regulated phones into making free long-distance calls. Evading the absurdly high prices that federal regulators set for AT&T calls felt like civil disobedience. The same spirit of disruptive innovation led them to found Apple.

Last week Washington abandoned open innovation when the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission yielded to President Obama ’s demands and moved to regulate the freewheeling Internet under the same laws that applied to the Ma Bell monopoly. Unless these reactionary regulations are stopped, they spell the end of the permissionless innovation that built today’s Internet.

Until now, anyone could launch new websites, apps and mobile devices without having to lobby a regulator for permission. That was thanks to a Clinton-era bipartisan consensus that the Internet shouldn’t be treated as a public utility. Congress and the White House under both parties kept the FCC from applying the hoary regulations that micromanaged the phone system, which would have frozen innovation online.

Last week’s announcement from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler rejects 20 years of open innovation by submitting the Internet to Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Once Mr. Wheeler and the commission’s Democratic majority vote this month to apply Title II, the regulations will give them staggering control. Any Internet “charges” and “practices” that the bureaucrats find “unjust or unreasonable is declared to be unlawful.”

This is an open invitation to entrenched companies challenged by new technologies. The Internet has been a source of creative destruction, upending industries from music, movies and newspapers to retail, travel and banking. History teaches that companies threatened by competition will hire as many lawyers as necessary to get regulators to protect them. (more…)

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VIDEO – IF I WANTED AMERICA TO FAIL

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

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FUMES FROM OBAMA’S CHEMICAL BOARD

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
FUMES FROM OBAMA’S CHEMICAL BOARD
by Kimberley A. Strassel
July 11, 2014

EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:  CSB staff told Congress that seasoned investigators who tried sticking to the facts of investigations—rather than the Moure-Eraso agenda—were bullied, humiliated in front of peers, and stripped of duties by senior CSB leadership. Since Mr. Moure-Eraso took over, at least nine senior employees (nearly one-quarter of the agency) have left. This has crippled CSB investigations and piled up their costs.

CSB once tended to get reports out within six months of an accident; today the average is three to four years. It is still working on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill and has racked up $4.25 million in expenses on that investigation alone. The average CSB probe runs about $400,000.

In the smallest stories we sometimes find the biggest themes. The small story of the past month has been dysfunction at a backwater federal agency known as the Chemical Safety Board. Yet in this tale of obstruction, bullying and lawlessness we find what is now the clear pattern of the Obama administration.

If you’ve never heard of the CSB, join the rest of humanity. Created by Congress in 1990, the CSB is charged with probing industrial chemical accidents. Like the National Transportation Safety Administration, it’s a rare entity with no regulatory authority; CSB’s only job is to investigate and make recommendations. Its board and staff have mainly been wonky safety experts, and the agency largely devoid of political controversy.

That changed with this administration. The scandal popped in late 2013 when the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general, Arthur Elkins (charged with CSB oversight), sent a “seven-day letter” to Congress. Said letters are rare, since they are used (reads the statute) to convey to legislators “particularly serious or flagrant problems” at an agency.

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Rafael Moure-Eraso, chairman of the Chemical Safety Board. Associated Press

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