Massey Energy’s Negligence Led to Mine Blast, Study Finds The report, released on Thursday by an independent team appointed by former Gov. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and led by J. Davitt McAteer, a former federal mine safety chief, echoed preliminary findings by federal officials that the blast could have been prevented if Massey had observed minimal safety standards. But it was more pointed in naming Massey as the culprit, using blunt language to describe what it said was a pattern of negligence that ultimately led to the deaths of 29 miners on April 5, 2010, in the worst American mining disaster in 40 years. “The story of Upper Big Branch is a cautionary tale of hubris,” the report concluded. In a statement on Thursday, Massey Energy’s general counsel, Shane Harvey, disputed some of the report’s findings. For people in the industry, the report was surprisingly direct. “It was very hard-hitting,” said Tony Oppegard, a lawyer who represents miners and their families. Mr. Miners who tried to remedy the situation were punished.
CIA Torture Jet wrecks with 4 Tons of COCAINE Avión usado por la CIA y la DEA traficaba drogas (Airplane used by the CIA and the DEA dealt drugs) BOGOTA G.GUILLEN / El Nuevo Herald Un jet ejecutivo que el gobierno de Estados Unidos usó durante año para extraditar delincuentes desde Colombia y talibanes desde Europa a la base de Guantánamo, Cuba, es el mismo que have dos meses se precipitó a tierra en una selvática zona de la península de Yucatán, México, con un cargamento de 3.3 toneladas de cocaína que, al parecer, fueron cargadas en Medellín, en donde hizo el último despegue. El avión, un Gluf Stream II, de matrícula norteamericana N987SA, era célebre en Colombia porque durante años en él fueron embarcados en Bogotá centenares de delincuentes para ser puestos en poder de la justicia estadounidense. The above Miami Heralds Spanish Language edition called Nuevo Herald confirms the information revealed on these videos.I've been following this story in the Spanish Language Press since the plane crash. Torture the NEO CON Wet Dream
Aegis Combat System The Aegis Combat System is an integrated naval weapons system developed by the Missile and Surface Radar Division of RCA, and now produced by Lockheed Martin. It uses powerful computer and radar technology to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy targets. Initially used by the United States Navy, Aegis is now used also by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Spanish Navy, Royal Norwegian Navy, and Republic of Korea Navy. Etymology The word "Aegis" is a reference that dates back to Greek mythology, with connotations of a protective shield, as the Aegis was the buckler (shield) of Athena. Overview The diagram of the Aegis Combat System (Baseline 2-6). The Aegis Combat System (ACS) is an advanced command and control (command and decision, or C&D, in Aegis parlance), and weapon control system (WCS) that uses powerful computers and radars to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy targets. The computer-based command-and-decision element is the core of the Aegis Combat System.
White Collar Crime Prosecutions for March 2014 White Collar Crime Prosecutions for March 2014Table 1. Criminal White Collar Crime Prosecutions The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during March 2014 the government reported 565 new white collar crime prosecutions. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is down 6.9 percent over the previous month. Figure 3. Drug legalization ‘worst thing that could happen’ to organized crime, say advocates By Samantha KimmeyFriday, December 7, 2012 20:29 EDT In light of the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, the BBC interviewed two advocates of further reforms, both in the U.S. and world-wide. The BBC sat down with Ethan Nadelmann, founder of the N.Y.C.-based Drug Policy Alliance, and Richard Branson, chair of Virgin Group. “Countries that are oppressive about drugs are suffering, and the people in particular are suffering. “This is a lot like what happened with the repeal of alcohol prohibition in America in the late twenties and early thirties,” said Nadelmann, “where more and more state governments began to repeal their own state alcohol prohibition laws, and eventually the national government followed suit.” When asked if legalization could increase drug use, he replied, “Is there a risk of more people using marijuana? When asked if legalization could make “drug gangs” more powerful, Branson referred to Portugal. Watch the video, via the BBC, below.
Ticonderoga class cruiser History Shoot down of Iran Air Flight 655 Interception of United States satellite USA-193 Possible early retirement Due to Budget Control Act of 2011 requirements to cut the Defense Budget for FY2013 and subsequent years, plans are being considered to decommission some of the Ticonderoga-class cruisers. For the U.S. Because of these retirements, the U.S. By October 2012, the U.S. Design The Ticonderoga-class cruiser's design was based on that of the Spruance-class destroyer. The Ticonderoga–class introduced a new generation of guided missile warships based on the AEGIS phased array radar that is capable of simultaneously scanning for threats, tracking targets, and guiding missiles to interception. Operations research was used to study manpower requirements on the Ticonderoga class. Vertical Launching System In addition to the added radar capability, the Ticonderoga-class ships subsequently built after the USS Thomas S. Upgrades See also
Power crime Introduction Despite making strides in scrutinizing crimes committed by economically and politically powerful actors, organizations, and even states, the field of criminology remains disproportionately preoccupied with socially vulnerable offenders involved in street crime. This observation is more than just a vague impression. Examinations of the major US and British journals of criminology and criminal justice reveal that a mere 3% of research articles focus on the criminal activities of corporations and governments . Establishing a common theme for this issue
Give Pot a Chance Timothy Egan on American politics and life, as seen from the West. SEATTLE – In two weeks, adults in this state will no longer be arrested or incarcerated for something that nearly 30 million Americans did last year. For the first time since prohibition began 75 years ago, recreational marijuana use will be legal; the misery-inducing crusade to lock up thousands of ordinary people has at last been seen, by a majority of voters in this state and in Colorado, for what it is: a monumental failure. That is, unless the Obama administration steps in with an injunction, as it has threatened to in the past, against common sense. For what stands between ending this absurd front in the dead-ender war on drugs and the status quo is the federal government. But it shouldn’t. Prosecutors in Washington and Colorado have announced they are dropping cases, effective immediately, against people for pot possession. Maine (ever-sensible Maine!) Hypocrisy. Tax and regulate. Lead.
HMS Hood (51) HMS Hood (pennant number 51) was the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy. Commissioned in 1920, she was named after the 18th-century Admiral Samuel Hood. One of four Admiral-class battlecruisers ordered in mid-1916, Hood had serious design limitations, though her design was drastically revised after the Battle of Jutland and improved while she was under construction. Profile drawing of Hood as she was in 1921, in Atlantic Fleet dark grey Hood's secondary armament was a dozen 50-calibre BL 5.5-inch Mk I guns, each with 200 rounds. They were shipped on shielded single pivot mounts fitted along the upper deck and the forward shelter deck. The original anti-aircraft armament consisted of four QF 4-inch Mk V guns on single mounts. Two quadruple mountings for the 0.5-inch Vickers Mk III machine gun were added in 1933 with two more mountings added in 1937. These mounts could depress to −10° and elevate to a maximum of +70°. Aerial view of Hood in 1924.
Search a database of the Power Elite Welcome to the Power Elite portal on WhoRulesAmerica.net. Included here is a database of the "Power Elite" in the U.S. as of 2011-2012, defined as the intersection of the boards of directors of the corporate community, the extremely wealthy and well-connected, and the boards and trustees of the policy-planning network. Note that this definition does not include politicans; you will not find any current or former presidents in the database. (See "The Class-Domination Theory of Power" for more information.) There are four different kinds of searches you can do, each of which yields slightly different results. If you search for a person's name and set the results type to People, you will receive information on each person whose name matches the pattern you entered. The search results also display rankings for some individuals and organizations. Click here for more information about the sources of the data in this portal.
Respect State Marijuana Laws Act Introduced In Congress NEW YORK -- Republicans and Democrats in Congress are coming together in defense of states' rights -- and marijuana. Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-Calif.) introduced a bipartisan bill on Friday to protect marijuana users and businesses from federal prosecution when they are following state laws. The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act would shield both medical and recreational pot users. "This bipartisan bill represents a common-sense approach that establishes federal government respect for all states’ marijuana laws. Despite promising not to go after medical marijuana dispensaries, the Obama administration has raided hundreds of them. Rohrbacher's bill should take away any doubt: It would say that residents of states that take steps to reform drug laws on their own shouldn't be subject to federal harassment. "Marijuana prohibition is on its last legs because most Americans no longer support it," said Steve Fox, national political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. Also on HuffPost:
Blue-water navy A blue-water navy is a maritime force capable of operating across the deep waters of open oceans. A term used in the United Kingdom to describe such a force is a navy possessing maritime expeditionary capabilities. While definitions of what actually constitutes such a force vary, there is a requirement for the ability to exercise sea control at wide ranges. The Defense Security Service of the United States has defined the blue-water navy as, "a maritime force capable of sustained operation across the deep waters of open oceans. A blue-water navy allows a country to project power far from the home country and usually includes one or more aircraft carriers. Smaller blue-water navies are able to dispatch fewer vessels abroad for shorter periods of time."  Blue-water capability means that a fleet is able to operate on the high seas far from its home base. The term blue-water navy should not be confused with the capability of an individual ship.  Blue-water navy France
Who Rules America? Power, Politics, & Social Change by G. William Domhoff Welcome to WhoRulesAmerica.net, a site about how power is distributed and wielded in the United States. It both builds upon and greatly supplements the book Who Rules America? Among the many things you'll find here: supplementary information and updates for readers of WRA; an overview of the American power structure at the national level and an in-depth look at power at the local level; a look at the wealth and income distribution in the U.S.; and an overview of the Four Networks theory of power, which provides the best general theory of power and social change within which to situate the class-domination theory we've developed specifically for the United States. There's a special section (including photos and first-hand accounts) about a unique elite social club that's been holding its annual California summer retreat for well over a century: The Bohemian Club & The Bohemian Grove. Questions and Answers Q: So, who does rule America? A: No, not quite.