Ford Posts Unexpected Profit

Posted on Nov 02, 2009 in Economic News

Ford Motor Co. posted Monday better-than-expected financial results for the third quarter. The company also revised its projection for 2011, from “breakeven” to “solidly profitable.”

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Ford Posts Unexpected $997 Million Profit

Posted on Nov 02, 2009 in Economic News

Earnings were fueled by U.S. market share gains, cost cuts and the government's Cash for Clunkers rebates.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us Click here to read entire article If you are the author or agent of this article and would like your RSS feed removed from www.TruthisTreason.net, please email 'contact@truthistreason.net' and your RSS Feed will be deleted.

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Retailers Try For Edge With Holiday Shoppers

Posted on Nov 02, 2009 in Economic News

The holiday retail season is here. Last year retailers got slammed with a lot of unsold inventory as the economy collapsed, and they don't want that to happen again. So this time around, they are carrying less merchandise, and are trying to lure customers in early.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us Click here to read entire article If you are the author or agent of this article and would like your RSS feed removed from www.TruthisTreason.net, please email 'contact@truthistreason.net' and your RSS Feed will be deleted.

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Hog Prices Lower On Swine Flu Concerns

Posted on Nov 02, 2009 in Economic News

Last spring's H1N1 outbreak came at a terrible time for hog farmers. While you can't get swine flu from eating pork, its association with the virus pushed hog prices down 20 percent. Some economists believe the non-threat from swine flu cost the industry more than $1 billion. Most hogs still sell at a loss, but farmers believe their industry has seen the worst of the nightmare.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us Click here to read entire article If you are the author or agent of this article and would like your RSS feed removed from www.TruthisTreason.net, please email 'contact@truthistreason.net' and your RSS Feed will be deleted.

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US / NATO Forces Involved in Drug Trade, Afghan Minister says.

Posted on Nov 01, 2009 in Featured Articles

Source: PressTV via RogueGovernment

Nov 01, 2009

The Afghan minister of counter narcotics says foreign troops are earning money from drug production in Afghanistan.

article_opium_soldierGeneral Khodaidad Khodaidad said the majority of drugs are stockpiled in two provinces controlled by troops from the US, the UK, and Canada, IRNA reported on Saturday.

He went on to say that NATO forces are taxing the production of opium in the regions under their control.

Afghanistan is the world’s biggest supplier of opium.

Drug production in the Central Asian country has increased dramatically since the US-led invasion eight years ago.

A recent report by the United Nations states that Afghan opium is having a devastating impact on the world, killing thousands in consumer countries.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Ahmad Wali Karzai, a brother of the Afghan president, is involved in the opium trade, meets with Taliban leaders, and is also a CIA operative.

The opium trade is the major source of Taliban financing....

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How Terahertz Waves Tear Apart DNA

Posted on Nov 01, 2009 in Science & Technology

Source: TechnologyReview.com via BlackListedNews.com

Friday, October 30, 2009

A new model of the way the THz waves interact with DNA explains how the damage is done and why evidence has been so hard to gather

Great things are expected of terahertz waves, the radiation that fills the slot in the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and the infrared. Terahertz waves pass through non-conducting materials such as clothes , paper, wood and brick and so cameras sensitive to them can peer inside envelopes, into living rooms and “frisk” people at distance.

The way terahertz waves are absorbed and emitted can also be used to determine the chemical composition of a material. And even though they don’t travel far inside the body, there is great hope that the waves can be used to spot tumours near the surface of the skin.

With all that potential, it’s no wonder that research on terahertz waves has exploded in the last ten years or so.

But what of the health effects of terahertz waves? At first glance, it’s easy to dismiss any notion that they can be damaging.

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CIT Group Files For Bankruptcy

Posted on Nov 01, 2009 in Economic News

Lender CIT Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday, one of the biggest Chapter 11 filings in U.S. corporate history. The move will likely mean the U.S. government will lose the $2.3 billion it sunk into CIT last year to prop up the ailing company. But the government could have lost billions more.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us Click here to read entire article If you are the author or agent of this article and would like your RSS feed removed from www.TruthisTreason.net, please email 'contact@truthistreason.net' and your RSS Feed will be deleted.

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Commodity Futures News Oct 30, 2009

Posted on Oct 30, 2009 in Economic News

Source: DailyFutures.com U.S. Economy The U.S. Commerce Department said that personal incomes were down less than .1% in September while spending was down .5%, roughly as expected. The December S&P 500 is trading lower, just one day after a positive third-quarter GDP report. The University of Michigan's index of consumer sentiment fell from 73.5 to 70.6 in October, a little better than expected. The December 2010 eurodollars closed up .11 at a new contract high of 98.46. The National Association of Purchasing Managers said that its Chicago index increased from 46.1% to 54.2% in October, the first sign of expansion in over a year. Grains and Cotton Rain continues to hammer the Midwest in a line from Michigan to Louisiana, making the harvest difficult. The ten-day for

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Soviet Soldier Recounts What They Believed About Their Mission

Posted on Oct 30, 2009 in Featured Articles, Police, Military, & War

The universality of war propaganda

A soldier with the Russian army in Afghanistan recounts what they believed about their mission

By Glenn Greenwald

I’m traveling still today, but I wanted to note an amazing Op-Ed that was referenced in a book I’m reading:  the Op-Ed is by Nikolai Lanine, published in The Toronto Globe and Mail in November, 2006.  Lanine was drafted into the Russian Army at the age of 18 and spent several years as part of the Russian occupying force in Afghanistan.  Thereafter, he moved to Canada, and in 2006, his wife’s first cousin, a medic in the Canadian Army, was killed in Afghanistan.  Lanine wrote this column after attending his funeral, and recounted what he and his comrades in the Russian Army believed they were doing in Afghanistan:

I identified with the Canadian soldiers at the funeral mourning the loss of their friend. Like them, I went to Afghanistan believing in “fighting terrorism” and “liberating Afghans.” During my first mission, we were protecting refugees escaping an area that was under attack by the mujahedeen. I was deeply affected by their misery, and by the poverty and suffering of the Afghan people in general....

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Cash for Clunkers: Taxpayers Paid $24,000 per Car

Posted on Oct 30, 2009 in Economic News

 

By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNNMoney.com senior writer

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — A total of 690,000 new vehicles were sold under the Cash for Clunkers program last summer, but only 125,000 of those were vehicles that would not have been sold anyway, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the automotive Web site Edmunds.com.

Still, auto sales contributed heavily to the economy’s expansion in the third quarter, adding 1.7 percentage points to the nation’s gross domestic product growth.

White House blows a gasket on Clunkers critique

The Cash for Clunkers program gave car buyers rebates of up to $4,500 if they traded in less fuel-efficient vehicles for new vehicles that met certain fuel economy requirements. A total of $3 billion was allotted for those rebates.

The average rebate was $4,000. But the overwhelming majority of sales would have taken place anyway at some time in the last half of 2009, according to Edmunds.com. That means the government ended up spending about $24,000 each for those 125,000 additional vehicle sales.

“It is unfortunate that Edmunds.com has had nothing but negative things to say about a wildly successful program that sold nearly 250,000 cars in its first four days alone,” said Bill Adams, spokesman for the Department of Transportation....

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14 x 24 Owner Built Cabin w/Loft

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

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Editor’s Note: This is by far one of my favorite low-cost, owner built cabin plans that I’ve ever seen.  While I am an avid ‘shipping container fan’, when I began reading this and similar stories, I realized I could have more square footage, better insulation, and more customization by building a small lofted cabin.  I still plan to build with shipping containers, but I think I may shift my initial focus to something like this – but in a 16’x 30′ plan in order to have a large bathroom and much larger bedroom upstairs without so much ‘open area’ in the loft floorplan.

The evolving story of an owner-built 14×24 Little House.

Update 9/16/09 Click to see Ladder to Loft.

“I’ve had a number of request for shots of the interior. So here are some updated pictures.”

First an overview of the outside of our Wyoming cabin…

cabin in the woods

Now to the inside…

Owner-built 14x24 cabin interior

The stove and living room area

Owner-built 14x24 cabin

Looking from the living area towards the downstairs bed area

Owner-built 14x24 cabin kitchen

The kitchen area and the bath behind the stove wall

Owner-built 14x24 cabin bedroom

The bedroom corner of the main floor

Owner-built 14x24 cabin catwalk above

Looking up to the loft and catwalk

loft sleeping area

Loft bedroom

Owner-built 14x24 cabin small loft

The smaller sleeping area along the catwalk loft area


Ladder to Loft Updated 9/30/08

Hal has sent in photos of the pull down ladder he is using for the loft....

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Spooky Silhouette Candleholders & Glasses

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 in DIY Projects

DIY Project: Evita’s Spooky Silhouette Candleholders d*s reader evita smith of the happy heathen sent over this beautiful halloween diy project inspired by the silhouettes of carew rice. i’m usually not a fan of halloween decor (i don’t like orange and black together for some reason) but these manage to look holiday-appropriate and sophisticated, so i’m sold! thanks so much to evita for sharing her clever halloween crafts with us! CLICK HERE for the full project after the jump!   To me, nothing is more quintessentially ‘Lowcountry’ in art form than the silhouettes of Carew Rice. He also influenced the design we did for the invitations from our recent wedding. This project was started as an attempt to recreate and share our beloved vintage Carew tumblers that

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AMERIgreen Biofuels

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Despite the bad press some types of biofuels have attracted, it doesn’t mean all biofuels are not green, viable alternatives to fossil fuel in the quest to curb global warming. Enter AMERIgreen Biofuels. The company provides clean, renewable energy for vehicles and heating oil systems. They are ASTM-certified, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, out-perform regular petroleum fuels and are comparable in price. In order to further reduce its environmental impact, AMERIgreen Biofuels are produced in America, which also helps the country win its energy independence. It comes from local farmers, not oil wells in the Middle East. AMERIgreen Biodiesel is a thoroughly-tested premium-quality clean fuel. It performs like conventional diesel, but without the environmental damage. It is also the fir

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Son Stabs Home Invader; Charged with Murder

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 in Featured Articles

Wednesday October 28,2009 By David Pilditch A son hailed a hero for tackling two teenage burglars, stabbing one of them to death, was charged with murder yesterday. Omari Roberts, 23, was widely praised after tackling Tyler Juett, 17, and a 14-year-old accomplice when he caught them breaking into his mother’s home.  He chased the 14-year-old off, then returned to the house to find Juett still there. They scuffled and Juett suffered a six-inch stab wound that severed vital arteries. Juett was rushed to hospital but later died from his injuries. Read the entire article here - Editor's Note: This is absolutely sickening to read. Further into the article, the authorities state that they based their 'murder charge' on the gratuitous nature of the stabbing - h

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British Couple Hijacked by Somali Pirates; Held Hostage

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 in Featured Articles

By MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN and JILL LAWLESS (AP) MOGADISHU, Somalia — Paul and Rachel Chandler, a retired British couple who sailed to exotic locales aboard their 38-foot yacht, said in one of their last cheery messages they would likely be "out of touch for some time." After disappearing for a week, a somber Paul Chandler is back in contact, saying by telephone Thursday that he and his wife are being held captive by gun-toting pirates who stripped their vessel of everything of value. Despite the presence of warships and aircraft from more than a half-dozen nations, the pirates prowl the Indian Ocean off Somalia seemingly at will, pouncing on pleasure craft, fishing vessels and huge cargo ships. With the recent end of monsoon season in East Africa, there has been a rash of attack

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