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« Reply #2355 on: Dec 27th, 2010, 07:48am »

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Imprisoned Russian Oil Tycoon Is Convicted Again

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December 27, 2010
By CLIFFORD J. LEVY and ANDREW E. KRAMER

MOSCOW — A judge in Moscow on Monday handed down a new conviction against Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, the former oil tycoon, in a case that has been widely seen as an indicator of the Kremlin’s tolerance for political dissent. Mr. Khodorkovsky, who has already been imprisoned for seven years after feuding with Vladimir V. Putin, was found guilty on embezzlement charges that could keep him behind bars for several more years.

Formerly Russia’s richest man, Mr. Khodorkovsky, 47, is the country’s most well-known prisoner, and his treatment has been held up by opponents of the Kremlin as evidence that the justice system here is readily manipulated by those in power.

The judge did not immediately pass sentence, and it was unclear when he might do so. While a guilty verdict was expected, the length of the sentence will be scrutinized as a sign of whether the Kremlin wants to loosen or tighten control over the political system.

Mr. Putin, the former president and current prime minister, has often assailed Mr. Khodorkovsky as a criminal who ordered his associates to kill people so that he could amass wealth. Just this month, Mr. Putin referred to Mr. Khodorkovsky as a thief who should “sit in jail” — criticism that Mr. Khodorkovsky’s lawyers described as a blatant attempt to pressure the court.

A short prison sentence might be considered a victory for Mr. Putin’s protégé, President Dmitri A. Medvedev, a former law professor who is thought of as less of a hard-liner. Mr. Medvedev has been promoting policies to modernize Russia, and analysts say the Khodorkovsky case is an obstacle toward convincing foreign investors that the country’s legal system is fair.

Mr. Khodorkovsky’s co-defendant and business associate, Platon L. Lebedev, was also found guilty on Monday by the judge, Viktor Danilkin.

Mr. Khodorkovsky earned his fortune in the rough-and-tumble 1990’s after the fall of Communism, snapping up state-owned oil fields at a fraction of their worth and then creating one of the world’s largest oil companies. Like many Russian businessmen at the time, he had a reputation for engaging in practices that would be illegal or unsavory in the West.

He later decided to reform both his image and his business, and became a champion, at least publicly, of good corporate governance. He also delved into politics, which is where he seems to have run into trouble.

After Mr. Putin became president in 2000, he made clear to the class of tycoons who earned their fortunes in the 1990’s that they could keep their holdings if they did not interfere with the Kremlin.

Mr. Khodorkovsky apparently did not heed the message. He financed political parties and ignored increasingly pointed warnings from Mr. Putin’s associates. In 2003, Mr. Khodorkovsky was arrested on the tarmac of an airport in Siberia. He has been in prison since then.

He was convicted of tax fraud in 2005, and his companies were essentially confiscated by the government.

His current sentence ends in 2011, which is just before Russia’s next presidential election. Analysts suggested that Mr. Putin did not want Mr. Khodorkovsky out of prison before then, which is why prosecutors brought fresh charges against him.

In the current case, he was accused of stealing $27 billion in oil from subsidiaries of his own oil conglomerate through pricing schemes. Mr. Khodorkovsky’s lawyers call the charges absurd, and politically motivated.


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« Reply #2356 on: Dec 27th, 2010, 07:55am »

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The Obamas attend church service in Hawaii

President Barack Obama and his family took a break from their Hawaiian vacation
to attend Sunday church services, a rare occurrence for a president who prefers to worship in private.

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The first family arrived at a chapel at Marine Corps Base Hawaii midmorning for a multi-denominational service.

The Obamas were greeted by clapping parishioners and a band playing "Joy to the World" as they were led to their seats in the front row.

In his sermon, chaplain Steve Moses asked worshippers to recommit to God in the new year. He also joked that the reason God put him through a recent heart surgery was so he wouldn't suffer a heart attack while preaching before the president.

Mr Obama was the first worshipper to take communion, dipping the wafer in wine before placing it in his mouth.

Though Mr Obama speaks frequently about his Christian faith, his family rarely attends church services in Washington. The White House says the president hasn't joined a parish because his appearances would be disruptive to the rest of the congregation, though he does attend private services when he spends weekends at Camp David, the presidential retreat.

Mr Obama last attended church in September, shortly after a poll was released indicating that a majority of Americans had doubts about the president's religious beliefs.

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« Reply #2357 on: Dec 27th, 2010, 08:01am »

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2010: The Year the Internet Went to War
By David Kravets
December 27, 2010 | 7:00 am
Categories: Copyrights and Patents, Cybersecurity, WikiLeaks


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It was a year without parallel. Threat Level’s bread-and-butter themes of censorship, hacking, security, privacy, copyright and cyberwar were all represented in tug-of-war struggles with unprecedented outcomes.

Google defeated China’s censors, but caved to corporate censorship in the United States. The largest computer-crime case ever prosecuted ended in the nation’s longest prison term. A small-time Xbox modder who advertised his services online beat the federal rap. And a mysterious computer virus called Stuxnet finally put proof to decades of warnings that malware will eventually be used to kinetic effect in the real world.

A myriad of court decisions seemed to be a boon for online rights, while others clearly were a step backward. The year 2010 saw the rise of the newspaper copyright troll, and judges pushed back on absurd jury verdicts for music file sharing and outdated electronic spying rules.

And a secret-spilling website flirting with insolvency and dissolution suddenly burst onto the world stage. WikiLeaks was without a doubt the biggest 2010 development in Threat Level’s world.

WikiLeaks Takes On World Powers
As the year began, the project appeared to be on its last legs — just another cypherpunk fever dream destined for the same dustbin as digital cash and assassination politics. Site founder Julian Assange had abandoned the wiki portion of the concept, after crowds of volunteer analysts failed to congeal around WikiLeaks’ impressive, but not yet explosive, trove.

Assange also experimented with auctioning early access to leaks for news outlets, without immediate success. By January, the site had hit financial bankruptcy, and its homepage and archive were replaced by a public plea for donations.

Then came Bradley Manning, a disaffected 22-year-old Army intelligence officer who wanted “people to see the truth.” With one disturbing video and nearly a million leaked U.S. documents later, WikiLeaks had raised more than $1.2 million, and ignited a battle over the meaning of journalism, national security and censorship.

The WikiLeaks saga began in earnest with the April release of the “Collateral Murder” video showing more than a dozen people in Iraq being killed in three U.S. Apache helicopter attacks.

Victims included two Reuters employees, one carrying a camera that was apparently mistaken for a weapon. The partial release of 92,000 reports from the war in Afghanistan followed in July. Then came 400,000 Iraq war reports in October, and finally the slow, steady disclosure of 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables that kicked off just after Thanksgiving.

Along the way, Manning was arrested and locked away in a Marine brig. A war broke out within WikiLeaks’ ranks. And Assange became the subject of a U.S. grand jury investigation that may have broad ramifications for the First Amendment.

The State Department said Assange’s publication of U.S. diplomatic cables was “illegal.” But Assange bills WikiLeaks as a media organization, and no media outlet has ever been prosecuted for publishing classified information in the United States.

WikiLeaks and the Future
Yet more is at stake than Assange’s freedom and the future of WikiLeaks. The site has shown us that the right to maintain a presence on the internet regularly runs counter to the net’s gatekeepers that often are motivated by profit.

As the New Year approached, WikiLeaks was caught scrambling to maintain its online presence and financial pipeline. Amazon cut off its web hosting, and PayPal, Visa, MasterCard and Bank of America blocked donations to the organization. Apple even banned an iPhone app designed to facilitate access to Wikileaks’ cache of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables.

“A lot of really important stuff happened this year that forces us to begin to think about that there are so many people who depend on private companies to enjoy the fruits of technology,” said Cindy Cohn, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s legal director. “If the private company stands up for us we have rights, and if it doesn’t, we don’t.”

Springing to WikiLeaks’ defense were the pranksters and activists known as Anonymous, who overwhelmed the websites of WikiLeaks’ enemies — real and perceived — with junk internet traffic in coordinated attacks dubbed Operation Payback. A more constructive protest grew from the grassroots, with supporters volunteering their own websites to host mirrors of WikiLeaks’ “Cablegate” page, ensuring it can never be removed from the web.

More than anything, the online protests exposed a generational struggle for the heart and soul of the net. It’s a high-stakes conflict between corporations that have grown fat and powerful off the web over nearly two decades and the first generation to grow up with the modern internet as a daily element in their lives.

Both sides believe the internet belongs to them. If history is a guide, it would be unwise to bet against the kids over the establishment.

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Genetic Variant That Can Lead to Severe Impulsivity Identified
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A multinational research team led by scientists at the National Institutes of Health has found that a genetic variant of a brain receptor molecule may contribute to violently impulsive behavior when people who carry it are under the influence of alcohol. A report of the findings, which include human genetic analyses and gene knockout studies in animals, appears in the Dec. 23 issue of Nature.

"Impulsivity, or action without foresight, is a factor in many pathological behaviors including suicide, aggression, and addiction," explains senior author David Goldman, M.D., chief of the Laboratory of Neurogenetics at the NIH's National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). "But it is also a trait that can be of value if a quick decision must be made or in situations where risk-taking is favored."

In collaboration with researchers in Finland and France, Dr. Goldman and colleagues studied a sample of violent criminal offenders in Finland. The hallmark of the violent crimes committed by individuals in the study sample was that they were spontaneous and purposeless.

"We conducted this study in Finland because of its unique population history and medical genetics," says Dr. Goldman. "Modern Finns are descended from a relatively small number of original settlers, which has reduced the genetic complexity of diseases in that country. Studying the genetics of violent criminal offenders within Finland increased our chances of finding genes that influence impulsive behavior."

The researchers sequenced DNA of the impulsive subjects and compared those sequences with DNA from an equal number of non-impulsive Finnish control subjects. They found that a single DNA change that blocks a gene known as HTR2B was predictive of highly impulsive behavior. HTR2B encodes one type of serotonin receptor in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter known to influence many behaviors, including impulsivity.

"Interestingly, we found that the genetic variant alone was insufficient to cause people to act in such ways," notes Dr. Goldman. "Carriers of the HTR2B variant who had committed impulsive crimes were male, and all had become violent only while drunk from alcohol, which itself leads to behavioral disinhibition."

"Discovery of a genetic variant which predicts impulsive behavior under certain conditions in one human population may have much wider implications," says NIAAA Acting Director Kenneth R. Warren, Ph.D. "The interaction with alcohol intoxication is interesting, as is the apparent involvement of a neurotransmitter pathway that has been regarded as important in addictions and other behavior."

The researchers then conducted studies in mice and found that when the equivalent HTR2B gene is knocked out or turned off, mice also become more impulsive. Studies of any alcohol interaction in the knockout mice are ongoing.

Taken together, the findings could lead to a better understanding of some aspects of impulsivity and ultimately may lead to strategies for diagnosing and treating some clinically important manifestations of impulsive behavior. The researchers caution, however, that impulsivity is a complex trait with multiple genetic and environmental causes.

"Although relatively common in Finland, the genetic variant we identified in this study is unlikely to explain a large fraction of the overall variance in impulsive behaviors, as there are likely to be many pathways to impulsivity in its various manifestations," says Dr. Goldman.

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange told the Guardian about "references to UFOs" in some of the cables that his organization hasn't released. Now rumors are swirling that these cables are about an underwater UFO base in the Southern Ocean.

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The EU Times reports:

A new report circulating in the Kremlin today prepared for President Medvedev by Russian Space Forces (VKS) 45th Division of Space Control says that an upcoming WikiLeaks release of secret US cables details that the Americans have been "engaged" since 2004 in a "war" against UFO's based on or near the Continent of Antarctica, particularly the Southern Ocean.

According to this report, the United States went to its highest alert level on June 10, 2004 after a massive fleet of UFO's "suddenly emerged" from the Southern Ocean and approached Guadalajara, Mexico barely 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) from the American border. Prior to reaching the US border, however, this massive UFO fleet is said in this report to have "dimensionally returned" to their Southern Ocean "home base".

The fears of the Americans regarding these Southern Ocean UFO's began, this report says, during the unprecedented events of July 11, 1991 (referred to as 7/11) when during the Solar Eclipse these mysterious aircraft appeared by the hundreds over nearly all of Mexico, even their Capital city. Most notable about the events of 7/11 were that as millions of Mexicans were watching on their televisions the National broadcasts of these UFO's over Mexico City, the American media refused to allow their people to view it.

Since 2004, this report continues, fleets of Southern Ocean UFO's have continued to emerge from their bases, with the latest such event being this Friday past when another of their massive fleets was sighted over the South American Nation of Chile.

The "immediate danger" to our World when these massive UFO fleets emerge from the Southern Ocean, this report warns, are the massive waves caused by their sudden eruption from what are believed to be their underwater base, or bases. In the past week alone, the Clelia II, an Antarctic cruise ship with 160 people onboard, was nearly capsized when hit by waves generated by these UFO's emerging from the Southern Ocean, and just today the Number One Insung has been reported sunk with only 20 of its 42 member crew said saved due to the same cause.

And it only gets weirder. Read the full story via EU Times:
http://www.eutimes.net/2010/12/wikileaks-set-to-reveal-us-ufo-war-in-southern-ocean/

http://io9.com/5717426/rumors-continue-that-wikileaks-will-release-cables-about-war-on-ufos

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Thanks for this video Phil.

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"The Tiwanaku: Portrait of an Andean Civilization"
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East Anglian Daily Times

Experts to probe famous UFO tale


By Craig Robinson, craig.robinson@eadt.co.uk
Monday, 27 December, 2010

IT’S known as Britain’s very own Roswell – a story that has left many scratching their head and searching for answers in the night sky.

In December 1980 strange lights were seen by US Air Force personnel posted to the twin bases of RAF Bentwaters and Woodbridge.

To this day they have never been explained – although it has spawned a variety of theories and attracted worldwide interest.

Tomorrow a selection of leading experts will be on hand at Woodbridge Community Hall for a 30th Anniversary Conference.

It starts at 6pm and speakers will include eye-witnesses John Burroughs and Jim Penniston, who will talk for the very first time about what they saw, former Ministry of Defence employee Nick Pope and Emmy award winning documentary maker Linda Moulton-Howe.

Also on the bill is US based investigative writer Peter Robbins, whose book, Left at East Gate, which he co-wrote with eye witness Larry Warren, is a best seller.

Mr Robbins, 64, who has been staying with friends in Knodishall, near Leiston, spent almost a decade researching the incident, pouring over military reports and collating eye witness accounts.

He said: “I had no idea what I was letting myself in for.

Initially Larry had given me a challenge – prove me wrong. “My starting agenda was the truth and wherever it took me. I didn’t care if it embarrassed me or him. It became an obsession.”

He said he is convinced the sightings were something out of this world and not a number of other theories such as lights from a police car, a meteor shower, a piece from an American space capsule or a physiological operation to test how military personnel would respond when 
confronted with something unexplained.

It does seem to be something genuinely unusual,” he said. “When you hear audio from that night the fear in those men’s voices, that can’t be replicated by even the most gifted actor.

“I followed strict reasoning and research and in my opinion is was intelligence from parts unknown.

“But to claim to know why they were here is the height of intellectual arrogance. How can one truly know?”

Mr Robbins said he was looking forward to speaking at the conference, which is raising money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice’s Treehouse Appeal.

“It is very exciting,” he said. “We are all very proud we have been asked to attend and to help raise money for this worthy cause.”

To mark the 30th anniversary 
the East Anglian Daily Times has teamed up with BBC Radio Suffolk to try to explain the incident in an
investigation called Rendlesham Revealed.

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Rendlesham Revealed will be interesting. Thanks Swamp. cheesy
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December 27, 2010
South Korea Leader Sends North a Message
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TOKYO — President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea on Monday vowed a fearless retaliation against North Korea if attacked again, while the Japanese foreign minister said that his nation’s military ties with South Korea would slowly increase in response to the North.

In a radio address, Mr. Lee said his nation would not shy away from defending itself against the North, even if it meant the possibility of war.

“We have now been awakened to the realization that war can be prevented and peace assured only when such provocations are met with a strong response,” Mr. Lee said.

In an interview in Tokyo, Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara of Japan said that on North Korea, his nation stood with South Korea and the United States.

Tensions have remained high on the Korean Peninsula since a North Korean artillery barrage of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island last month, which killed four people, including two civilians. The two Koreas have intensified the war rhetoric, while the South has held a series of military drills apparently intended to show the North that it was ready to strike back forcefully if provoked again.

Mr. Maehara noted that South Korea had for the first time sent military observers to joint United States-Japan military drills held near Japan earlier this month. American officials like the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, have been calling on Japan and South Korea to join three-nation military exercises with the United States.

Mr. Maehara said that such military cooperation faced obstacles like Japan’s pacifist Constitution, which limits the uses of its forces, and also the “feelings” in both countries, an apparent reference to the bitter emotions in South Korea over Japan’s early-20th-century colonization.

However, he characterized Japan’s relations with South Korea as “extremely good,” particularly in the area of cultural exchange, and said enhanced security links were also being talked about in the two nations.

“South Korean observers participated in the joint United States-Japan exercises, and, in that sense, I think these sorts of connections and bonds will slowly appear,” said Mr. Maehara, 48, a hawkish and relatively young member of the cabinet.

Even a limited raising of its military profile would represent a significant step for Japan, whose public shares a deep phobia of all things military since its devastating defeat in World War II. At the same time, Japan has also been reconsidering its defensive stance in the region, largely in response to the rise of neighboring China.

Earlier this month, the Japanese Defense Ministry released new guidelines calling for shifting the focus of the Japanese military, the Self-Defense Forces, toward more mobile air and sea units that could respond to contingencies in the southern islands. This was the site of a bruising diplomatic standoff with China in September over the arrest of a Chinese trawler captain caught off islands claimed by both Japan and China.

On Monday, Mr. Maehara was cautiously neutral in describing his nation’s ties with China, which in recent years has surpassed the United States as Japan’s largest trading partner. He said Japan did not seek to contain China, but he also expressed concern about a lack of transparency in China’s rapidly growing defense spending.

“We want China to follow the norms of international society,” he said, “and pursue a peaceful emergence.”


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Train crash carrying gifts for Kim Jong-un crashes, sabotage suspected

A train packed with birthday gifts for North Korea's leader-in-waiting Kim Jong-un derailed earlier this month in a possible act of sabotage, a Seoul-based radio station which broadcasts across the border reported on Monday.


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Open Radio for North Korea, a non-profit station which often cites sources in the reclusive, impoverished North, said the train laden with gifts including televisions and watches came off the rails on Dec 11 near North Korea's border with China.

"The security service has been in an emergency situation because a train departing Sinuiju and headed for Pyongyang derailed on Dec 11," the radio station quoted a source in the security service in North Phyongan province as saying.

The city of Sinuiju is a North Korean trading gateway.

"The tracks and rail beds are so old it is possible there was decay in the wood or nails that secured the tracks could have been dislodged but the extent of damage to the tracks and the timing of the incident points to a chance that someone intentionally damaged the tracks," the source said.

"It's highly likely that it was someone who is opposed to succession to Kim Jong-un," the source said, according to the radio station.

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I am afraid I can't disagree with you there... wink Its a worry actually.... The offspring (if they are near their parents in character) can take things a step further than their parents did. Kim Jong has shown the world that he is a childishly, self centered tyrant.

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Former Oil Exec Predicts $5-a-Gallon Gas by 2012, Energy Shortages by Decade's End


Published December 27, 2010

The former president of Shell oil is predicting that the United States will face 1970s-style energy shortages and rationing by the end of the decade, accusing the federal government of turning its back on the country's domestic oil supply.

The dire prediction comes as energy analysts toss out a string of frightening predictions about the rising price of oil in the short term. Oil has topped $90 a barrel, and JP Morgan Chase & Co. earlier this month predicted oil could hit $120 a barrel by the end of 2012. At the same time, the national average gasoline price is about $3 a gallon for the holiday season.

But former Shell executive John Hofmeister offered a more aggressive estimate, saying Americans could be paying $5 a gallon in two years. And he predicted that sometime between 2018 and 2020, supply and demand will become so out of balance that gas stations in several regions of the country will simply start to run out.

"I think it's going to be a cumulative problem that won't happen suddenly," Hofmeister, who now heads Citizens for Affordable Energy, told FoxNews.com. He predicted the problem would start with "stockouts" at select gas stations during the summer and during bad weather and then spread. He said those states farthest from refineries would get hit the worst and that in order to maintain some consistency, local and state governments might resort to the kind of rationing they employed in the early '70s -- when drivers with even-numbered license plates would buy gas on even days, and vice-versa.

With this kind of possibility on the horizon, Hofmeister, who earlier aired his concerns in an interview with Platts Energy Week, criticized the administration for cracking down on domestic oil drilling in the wake of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"It is pure politics that keeps us from drilling more of our own resources," he said.

The Interior Department announced earlier this month that it would not pursue any new drilling off the East Coast or in the eastern Gulf of Mexico for at least seven years. Planned lease sales would be pushed off until late 2011 or early 2012.

"As a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill we learned a number of lessons, most importantly that we need to proceed with caution and focus on creating a more stringent regulatory regime," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a written statement at the time, calling the new plan a "careful, responsible path."

The April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 people and opened up a leak that gushed oil into the Gulf for months. The decision to tighten Gulf drilling regulations was cheered by environmental groups. The Sierra Club said the BP disaster showed how "dirty, deadly and dangerous offshore drilling is," applauding the administration for heeding those lessons -- the group praised the administration for moving to support alternative-energy investment like wind power.

While clamping down on domestic energy production, the Obama administration has invested billions in renewable energy sources via last year's stimulus bill and has pushed improved energy efficiency for a range of products in a bid to at least keep demand a bit lower in the long term. New emissions standards for cars and trucks will soon mandate an average fuel economy of just over 35 miles per gallon for new vehicles by 2016.
In addition, the Interior Department is continuing to honor leases for oil drilling in the Arctic.

But government-fueled investment in alternative-energy research takes time, while other options, like nuclear energy, are slow and costly to get off the ground. Hofmeister, noting that domestic oil production has dropped from 10 million barrels a day just a few decades ago to about 5 million a day, said the United States could address its short- and medium-term energy needs by expanding drilling at existing sites and exploring new sites. He said that could help bridge the gap toward ultimately implementing alternative energy sources on a wide scale, as well as improving mass transit.

Oil industry organizations joined together this month in predicting the new regulations on domestic oil production would hurt the economy and increase dependence on foreign oil. The president of the American Petroleum Institute plans to deliver a speech next week in Washington, D.C., on how domestic oil and natural gas production can help stabilize the country.

Oil and gas magnate T. Boone Pickens is likewise pushing for U.S. production of both those energy sources in his high-profile campaign to pry the country off foreign oil. But that's just one component. His Pickens Plan organization argues that while the U.S. needs every ounce of domestic energy it can muster, there's not enough oil in all the potential U.S. deposits combined to make up for the 12 million barrels the United States imports every day.

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on Dec 27th, 2010, 8:37pm, Luvey wrote:
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I hope you had a lovely Christmas. smiley



I am afraid I can't disagree with you there... wink Its a worry actually.... The offspring (if they are near their parents in character) can take things a step further than their parents did. Kim Jong has shown the world that he is a childishly, self centered tyrant.

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Good morning Luvey! We had a very nice Christmas. After 33 years I finally figured out how to fix a ham without drying it out!

And I think you have it in a nutshell about Kim Youngin'. He looks like he wouldn't care a whit about anyone but himself.
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