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To: brushwud who wrote (110405)2/28/2012 11:31:36 PM
From: Mac Con Ulaidh
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If you look like Gavin. Exactly. I read about that law just after it took effect and... just wow. It's a pure hostility to people who don't "look right" or look like Gavin. And at least those who comment, they were lapping it up.

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To: Road Walker who wrote (110371)2/29/2012 12:35:45 AM
From: tejek
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I was kicking on the tires of clne two years ago when it was trading at $5. I backed away because the Obama administration was not endorsing nat. gas. That changed a couple of months ago when Obama came out in support of nat. gas. CLNE is in a sweet spot if it can stop bleeding money and turn a profit.

Right now I am heavy in 3 favorites.........SPPI, ARIA and HGSI. If you're interested, I will give you my reasoning. DNDN was on that list but mgmt keeps screwing up.

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To: mindmeld who wrote (110382)2/29/2012 12:40:08 AM
From: tejek
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It's amazing what magnificently positive forces are unleashed when we use bankruptcy to re-organize a company for success! It's even more positive when our government doesn't interfere and let's the free market force a company to seek bankruptcy protection to reorganize. I wonder why Obama didn't do that with the Too Big Too Fail banks, as I and many others have suggested he do?

But gov't did interfere............Obama replaced GM's dead wood with guys who were innovative and jazzed. What's more amazing to me than GM's financial successes is the fact they are designing cars I like.

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To: mindmeld who wrote (110354)2/29/2012 12:46:37 AM
From: tejek
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And that is your evidence of what? Collusion?

A strange coincidence since Rand wants to be Romney's VP......don't you think?

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To: Sr K who wrote (110251)2/29/2012 12:51:03 AM
From: tejek
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Bicycle Rush Hour Utrecht (Netherlands) III!

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From: tejek2/29/2012 12:59:16 AM
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Diplomats Warn Syria of Consequences for Violent Crackdown


Published: February 28, 2012

The Syrian military continued its bombardment of opposition strongholds on Tuesday as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton suggested during a Senate hearing that President Bashar al-Assad could be considered a war criminal for his relentless crackdown.

The diplomatic pressure on Mr. Assad was also applied in Geneva, where Navi Pillay, the United Nations’ top human rights official, told a meeting of the Human Rights Council that in the face of “unspeakable violations that take place every moment,” Syria should be referred to the International Criminal Court.

Mrs. Clinton said in response to a question that “there would be an argument to be made” that Mr. Assad was a war criminal based on the definition of crimes against humanity. But, she added, the label “limits options, perhaps, to persuade leaders to step down from power.”

A senior official in Tunisia told Reuters that the Tunisian government, which took power after a popular uprising ousted the president last year, would be willing to offer asylum to Mr. Assad if he would agree to hand over power.

Syrian activists said the government’s military offensive in the besieged Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs continued apace, with 26 people killed there on Tuesday, according to the Local Coordination Committees, an antigovernment group. Around the country, 102 people died in fighting on Tuesday, the group said, with 50 killed in Homs and 37 killed farther north in of Hama.

A spokesman for the United Nations said that “well over 7,500” people had died so far in more than 11 months of conflict in Syria. “We cannot give exact figures,” said the spokesman, Eduardo Del Buey, calling the new number “a reasonable estimate building off the previously provided figures and the regular, credible daily reports of casualties since.” The United Nations halted its official count of the dead in Syria after it passed 5,400 in January, saying the situation on the ground had made it impossible to verify the numbers.

As diplomats denounced the continuing violence, the British Foreign Office confirmed that a wounded photographer from Britain, Paul Conroy, who had been trapped in the city of Homs, had escaped to nearby Beirut, Lebanon. Britain’s Press Association news agency quoted Mr. Conroy’s father, Les Conroy, as saying his son was safe.

The circumstances of his rescue were murky, though Syrian activists said that the group smuggling him into Lebanon had come under artillery fire. The activist group Avaaz said 13 people were killed in the operation, though that figure could not be independently confirmed.

Also unclear were the whereabouts of Edith Bouvier, a French journalist who was injured in the same attack last Wednesday in the Baba Amr neighborhood.

The confusion over her situation extended to the top of the French government, with President Nicolas Sarkozy telling reporters early in the day that she had been freed before retracting his statement shortly after. His office said that it was “not yet able to confirm” her evacuation. Le Figaro, her employer, said she was still in Syria, Agence France-Presse reported.

Efforts were also under way to retrieve the bodies of two journalists, Marie Colvin, an American working for The Sunday Times of London, and Rémi Ochlik, a French photographer, who were killed in Homs last week.

Their bodies were being preserved in cold storage, said an activist in the Syrian capital, Damascus, who had been in touch with activists in Baba Amr and would give his name only as Mohammed. He said the bodies were in refrigerators “that work through generators because there is no electricity.”

Diplomats in Geneva urged Syria to allow access for humanitarian agencies to treat the wounded and deliver aid, and Ms. Pillay lashed out at the Syrian leadership for its continued assault.

“More than at any other time, those committing atrocities in Syria have to understand that the international community will not stand by and watch this carnage and that their decisions and the actions they take today ultimately will not go unpunished,” she said.

Her comments resulted in a bit of staged diplomatic drama as the Syrian ambassador, Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui, walked out of the council meeting, saying that its true purpose was “to cover up for the violence and murder perpetrated by the armed groups against innocent civilians” and blaming Western sanctions for depriving Syrians of medicine and fuel.

Afterward, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, the American representative, said, “Anybody who heard the Syrian ambassador should be aware that his comments were borderline out of touch with reality.”

The United Nations Human Rights Council cannot itself refer states to the International Criminal Court, a power that lies with the Security Council.

A report by a United Nations’ panel released last week said that the panel had found evidence that people at the highest levels of Syria’s government and military bore responsibility for crimes against humanity. The panel did not release the names of the officials it had identified as bearing responsibility, but it gave Ms. Pillay’s office a list.

Her remarks on Tuesday coincided with what seemed to be the stirrings of a new diplomatic effort to halt the fighting and permit humanitarian access to opposition strongholds. China and Russia vetoed an earlier effort by Arab and Western countries at the Security Council to put pressure on the Assad government.

On Tuesday, France said that the Security Council would begin a fresh effort immediately, focusing particularly on Homs. A French Foreign Ministry spokesman said he hoped that Moscow and Beijing would not oppose the move.

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To: ChinuSFO who wrote (110406)2/29/2012 1:10:25 AM
From: tejek
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"I've got to admit, it's been funny to watch some of these folks completely rewrite history now that you're back on your feet. The same folks who said if we went forward with our plan to rescue Detroit, 'you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.' Now they're saying, 'We were right all along.'

"Or you've got folks saying, 'The real problem was with the workers. They all made out like bandits. Saving the American auto industry was just about paying back unions.' Really? Even by the standards of this town, that's a load of you-know-what. About 700,000 retirees saw a reduction in the health care benefits they had earned. Many of you saw hours reduced, or pay and wages scaled back. You gave up some of your rights as workers. Promises were made to you over the years that you gave up for the sake and survival of this industry, its workers, their families.... I keep hearing these folks talk about 'values' all the time. You want to talk about values? Hard work -- that's a value. Looking out for one another -- that's a value. The idea that we're all in it together -- that I am my brother's keeper; I am my sister's keeper -- that's a value.

"But they're still talking about you as if you're some greedy special interest that needs to be beaten down. Since when are hardworking men and women special interests? Since when is the idea that we look out for one another a bad thing? I remember my old friend Ted Kennedy; he used to say,

'What is it about working men and women they find so offensive?'"

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To: mindmeld who wrote (110353)2/29/2012 1:41:45 AM
From: tejek
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You don't avoid the consequences of your actions

Nuts. Humans are sentient. Our brains are capable of averting disaster. Why don't you believe in humanity; your fellow Americans?

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To: Road Walker who wrote (110389)2/29/2012 2:12:07 AM
From: tejek
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I continue to be impressed how hard the Midwest and Midwest metros are working to get a leg up on the competition.

Can’t get there from here

Need to fly to San Francisco? Seattle? Houston? You’ll have to go somewhere else first. Port Columbus has direct flights to only 32 destinations, but officials are working to increase that number.

By Steve Wartenberg

The Columbus Dispatch

Sunday February 26, 2012 6:23 AM

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Every day, an average of 118 travelers headed for San Francisco get on an airplane at Port Columbus.

Instead of flying directly to the city by the Bay, these passengers will land in Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Phoenix or Las Vegas and then board a second flight to their final destination.

You can get there from here — but not without a layover.

It’s more of the same for the 54 people headed to London every day, who must fly first to Boston; New York; Newark, N.J.; or even Chicago for the overnight hop across the pond.

While there are approximately 150 daily flights from Port Columbus to about 30 U.S. cities plus Toronto and Cancun, Mexico (on a seasonal basis), several major U.S. cities and all of those in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America cannot be reached via direct flights from the country’s 52nd-busiest airport.

Officials at Port Columbus are working to change that, as they meet with and try to persuade airline executives to add flights to new destinations from Port Columbus. These flights, they say, will increase revenue for the airport and help make Columbus more business-friendly, which in turn could add jobs and otherwise improve the local economy.

Those efforts evidently could pay off soon. There’s a chance, airport officials say, for a trans-Atlantic flight as soon as next year.

“We’re optimistic we will secure European service in the next few years, and the earliest date is the spring or summer of 2013,” said David Whitaker, vice president of business development for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority.

London or Paris, he added, is the most likely destination for this flight.

The economic impact of a daily European flight would be about $50 million a year, Whitaker said studies have shown. He added that the airport can offer incentives valued at between $800,000 and $1.1?million a year for two years to an airline willing to offer direct European service.

These incentives come in the form of $300,000 a year to the airline to use for marketing, $392,000 in waived airport space fees, and $134,000 to $424,000 in waived landing fees, depending on the size of the aircraft.

The economic impact comes from local companies’ increasing their international operations and exports and European companies’ doing more business and adding employees here, said Stephen Lyons, vice president of member services for the Columbus Partnership.

“As companies become more global, having an international flight becomes more and more important,” he said.

The projected $50?million economic impact is the reason the Columbus Partnership, a group of local corporate executives, is working with the city, county and state and local businesses to put together an additional revenue guarantee — or subsidy — that could rival the $9?million it took to persuade Delta to introduce nonstop service from Pittsburgh to Paris in June 2009.

“Long term, it’s important to get an international flight to keep Columbus growing,” said Kenny McDonald, the Columbus Partnership’s chief economic officer. “With the amount of international business and international students we have here, it’s another tool in our belt to retain and add companies and build our economy.”

The Pittsburgh-to-Paris flight has cost Pennsylvania and Allegheny Conference on Community Development at least $7?million of the $9?million guarantee, as the revenue generated by Delta did not meet certain minimums during the first two years of operation.

“That’s one of the risks of starting a new product,” said Ken Zapinski, senior vice president of the conference. “We sold as many tickets as the business model projected, but what we didn’t anticipate was the worst economic climate in the last 60 years and the bottom dropping out of the airfare market and ticket prices dropping 35 to 40 percent.”

Pittsburgh had flights to Paris, London and Frankfurt in the late 1990s, but they were all canceled by 2005 — leaving several area companies upset and forcing their executives to make connections to get to these cities.

Without the new flight to Paris, Zapinski said, “any of these companies might have thought about moving to New York, Chicago or Atlanta. We didn’t lose those jobs.”

And this, he added, made the $9?million guarantee a wise investment.

McDonald thinks subsidies for a similar flight from Port Columbus are a sound investment.

An international flight, he said, “is one of the screening criteria companies use when they look at us (to bring operations here). And not having one means we can’t compete for those opportunities.”

Pittsburgh International is the country’s 45th-busiest airport with just under 8?million passengers a year. Port Columbus had 6.2?million passengers last year.

Incentives for domestic flights and incentives and subsidies for international flights have become an industry norm — and can nudge an airline into adding a new route.

The formula airlines use to determine whether to add flights “is like the secret recipe at KFC,”said Southwest Airlines spokesman Brad Hawkins.

And while he wasn’t about to divulge Southwest’s secret recipe, he did say some of the factors include market demand and fuel costs — and that airport incentives do play a role in decisions.

Southwest added a flight from Port Columbus to Denver in June, even though United already had three daily flights.

“It connects people coming and going in all different directions,” Hawkins said of the flight to the Mile High City. Southwest has the biggest share of the passenger market at Port Columbus, at 28.2?percent.

Whitaker said airport officials meet regularly with route planners from domestic airlines to pitch Port Columbus. “Virgin America is a target for us,” he said, adding that a Columbus-to-San Francisco flight has been discussed, and that there have been discussions with Alaska Airlines for direct West Coast flights.

Port Columbus has several incentives available to attract domestic flights.

For a route without direct service, the airport offers airlines operating out of Port Columbus $50,000 for marketing for destinations with 50 to 99 passengers a day, and $75,000 for destinations with 100 or more passengers.

These passengers currently have to take a connecting flight to get to their final destination.

Only San Diego (106) and San Francisco (118) meet this higher requirement, while Seattle falls just short at 99, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics says.

An airline new to Port Columbus would receive the $50,000 or $75,000 for adding a destination, plus an additional, one-time $75,000 incentive.

“Also, if a carrier adds a flight to an already-served market, they get $50,000 after a year if they grow the market by 50 to 99 passengers and $75,000 if they grow it by 100 or more,” Whitaker said. This payment could apply to Southwest’s new Denver flight after a year of service, he said.

Incentives are the bridge that helps airlines ramp up services, Whitaker said.

“The goal is to help them get it up and running and then let the free marketplace work,” he said.

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To: ChinuSFO who wrote (110401)2/29/2012 3:26:53 AM
From: koan
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<<It is very likely that the women who support may themselves not use contraception. They support it so that they can stand up for the rights of women.

I am very glad to see it happening. When we get half the members of congress being women watch how much more intelligent and compassionate we will become as a nation.

Old conservative white guys suck-lol.

And you can bet most of the women will be Dems-lol.

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