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Military to use Burton as a training ground for a week
The Flint Journal
Wednesday May 13, 2009, 7:15 AM
Citing safety and security concerns, the military is being mum on details about the exercises, including the size of the force being trained.
There's also no word on where exactly the operations will take place, although Potter said soldiers could be working in neighborhoods and industrial sites.
Military operation in Burton has some residents running for cover
The Flint Journal
Monday May 18, 2009, 6:51 AM
When Boggs' sister, Cassie Baumbach, asked the soldiers what they were doing she said she was met with silence.
"They ignored me," said Baumbach.
Boggs later found out the helicopters and soldiers were part of a week-long military training exercise in Burton but is upset that more wasn't done to alert residents.
An article about the training ran on the front page of The Journal on Wednesday but Boggs said she didn't see the report until she Googled it following the helicopter sighting.
She and Baumbach said the sound of helicopters terrified their three children.
"We thought the sky was falling," said Boggs.
Added Cassie: "It sounded like our whole house was going to lift off the ground."
The U.S. Special Operations Command is using Burton for a training mission that is expected to end this week.
A Naval spokesman has declined comment on specifics of the operation, including how many soldiers are in town. The purpose of the training in Burton is to prepare the soldiers for deployment overseas by placing them in an unfamiliar urban setting.
The purpose of the training in Burton is to prepare the soldiers for deployment overseas by placing them in an unfamiliar urban setting.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by fromunclexcommunicate
It's a US holiday, the rest of the world will have to trade without us.
Under GM's new capital structure, the government would forgive about $10 billion of its loans and get 50 percent of the company, and the United Auto Workers would own 39 percent for cutting in half the $20 billion GM owes to a union-run retiree health care trust.
Police hunting for a New Zealand couple who allegedly fled the country after a bank mistakenly paid them $NZ10 million ($6 million) believe they traveled to Hong Kong.
TVNZ said the couple applied for an overdraft from Westpac worth up to NZ$100,000 ($61,000). However, on or about May 5, the bank erroneously put NZ$10 million ($6.1 million) into their bank account.
New Zealand authorities have sought help from Interpol in locating the couple who disappeared May 7, two days after an employee error at Westpac bank paid them 100 times the amount they asked for.
Exacerbating the problem, the Obama administration on Thursday all but formally rejected a request by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for a $6 billion loan guarantee to back the state’s debt. Speaking to Congress, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said he was skeptical that he had the authority to provide aid to the state without new legislation, a view echoed by the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs.
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Blue Double Cross
That didn’t take long. Less than two weeks have passed since much of the medical-industrial complex made a big show of working with President Obama on health care reform — and the double-crossing is already well under way. Indeed, it’s now clear that even as they met with the president, pretending to be cooperative, insurers were gearing up to play the same destructive role they did the last time health reform was on the agenda.
So here’s the question: Will Mr. Obama gloss over the reality of what’s happening, and try to preserve the appearance of cooperation? Or will he honor his own pledge, made back during the campaign, to go on the offensive against special interests if they stand in the way of reform?
The story so far: on May 11 the White House called a news conference to announce that major players in health care, including the American Hospital Association and the lobbying group America’s Health Insurance Plans, had come together to support a national effort to control health care costs.
The fact sheet on the meeting, one has to say, was classic Obama in its message of post-partisanship and, um, hope. “For too long, politics and point-scoring have prevented our country from tackling this growing crisis,” it said, adding, “The American people are eager to put the old Washington ways behind them.”
But just three days later the hospital association insisted that it had not, in fact, promised what the president said it had promised — that it had made no commitment to the administration’s goal of reducing the rate at which health care costs are rising by 1.5 percentage points a year. And the head of the insurance lobby said that the idea was merely to “ramp up” savings, whatever that means.
Originally posted by stander
I don't know. Maybe you know. If we don't know the cause(s), then we can't devise a remedy.
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Flu scare seen dampening investor sentiment
MANILA, Philippines - As the Philippines confirmed its first case of the Influenza A(H1N1) virus, short-term risk aversion is seen creeping up among investors particularly due to a potential dampening effect of such an epidemic on consumer confidence, analysts said.
“Although it is too early to tell how the public will react, we anticipate some heightened degree of risk aversion to take place, probably temporary. Consumer may tend to shy away from public places, which means less eat outs and lesser trips to commercial centers,” said Jose Mari Lacson, head of research at stock brokerage Campos Lanuza & Co.
“There will be some knee-jerk reaction, although it is not alarming, because of concerns that it may have an impact on spending, particularly tourism and mall traffic,” said Paul Joseph Garcia, chief investment officer at ING Investment Management.
Originally posted by jimmyx
it's amazing how "the S*** hitting the fan", keeps getting pushed farther and farther into the future. could someone update me on when the next date is? thank you in advance.