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  • RuralRebel 10:46 pm on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Carbon capture and storage, Carbon dioxide, Coal, Department of Energy, Fossil-fuel power station, Ohio State University   

    Coal without emmissions? Not if Obomber can help it! 

    Coal Without Emissions? Researchers Announce Breakthrough in Chemical Combustion Technology

    Credit Decumanus / Wikimedia Commons

    Researchers at Ohio State University have developed a way to extract energy from coal without burning it, eliminating the greenhouse gases which are usually emitted from the process.

    From OSU:

    Typical coal-fired power plants burn coal to heat water to make steam, which turns the turbines that produce electricity. In chemical looping, the coal isn’t burned with fire, but instead chemically combusted in a sealed chamber so that it doesn’t pollute the air. A second combustion unit in the lab does the same thing with coal-derived syngas, and both produce 25 thermal kilowatts of energy.

    “In the simplest sense, combustion is a chemical reaction that consumes oxygen and produces heat,” [professor Liang-Shih] Fan says. “Unfortunately, it also produces carbon dioxide, which is difficult to capture and bad for the environment. So we found a way to release the heat without burning.”

    Usually when people talk about clean coal technology, they’re referring to Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS). This process uses some of the energy generated by burning the coal to separate the carbon dioxide that’s emitted, and then injects it deep underground. This new process uses chemical combustion to separate the carbon dioxide, without using any additional energy. Then, presumably, the carbon dioxide would have to be either injected underground or used in enhanced oil recovery. The researchers are calling this process Coal-Direct Chemical Looping, or CDCL.

    The process does still release coal ash, so it’s probably not the “cleanest energy source there is,” as Fox News proclaimed in its headline. But if this technology is actually viable and affordable, it could have a real effect on the coal industry. The real test will be to see if CDCL can operate on a large scale–and if it’s cheap enough to convince coal-fired power plants to install it to keep burning coal instead of switching to natural gas.

    The next step for the project is a larger-scale test at the Department of Energy’s U.S. National Carbon Capture Center in Alabama.

    http://wfpl.org/post/coal-without-emissions-researchers-announce-breakthrough-chemical-combustion-technology

     

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  • RuralRebel 10:32 pm on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: John Yarmuth, Violence Against Women Act   

    VAWA just another program to divide the people. Keep the FED out of our bedrooms! 

    I am sorry, but no one is for violence against women…these programs are nothing other than…”you vote for me, I will fund a NGO for you…in other words…”Get out the vote funds”…

    Yarmuth Calls for House Vote on Violence Against Women Act

    By PHILLIP M. BAILEY


    Credit Phillip M. Bailey/WFPL
    Joined by victims’ advocates and domestic abuse survivors, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is calling on House Republican leaders to bring the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act up for a vote.

    The bill ensures $659 million in federal funding over five years, and pays for services and legal aide for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. It recently passed the Senate with a bipartisan 78-22 vote, but has lingered in the GOP-controlled House.

    Yarmuth says it has been more than 500 days since lawmakers allowed the act to expire, and federal money for organizations such as the Louisville-based Center for Women & Families remain uncertain.

    “In that time nearly 290,000 Americans, more than 90 percent of them women have been raped or sexually assaulted. That is appalling, and it is unconscionable that Congress has not reauthorized one of the most successful programs in combating this violence,” he says.

    Enacted in 1994, VAWA provides $4 million for 45 different organizations agencies across Kentucky. Those funds help victims through the court process, pay for shelters and provide counseling.

    In Louisville, that’s about $700,000 for groups such as Catholic Charities, which use the funds to combat human trafficking. Those advocates warned that if Congress doesn’t reauthorize the act, important staff and services will be cut.

    “We saw 6,748 people last year directly with 84 full-time staff and about 20 more part-time staff. That’s a lot of people that our staff sees,” says Marta Miranda, executive director of the Center for Women and Families. “Imagine cutting four or six positions as a result of that—not acceptable.”

    Miranda’s group receives around $100,000 annually from VAWA funding.

    Yarmuth urged residents to pressure other members of Kentucky’s congressional delegation such as Republican Congressmen Thomas Massie and Brett Guthrie.

    Among the 22 votes opposed to the bill in the Senate were Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.

    Speaking at a press conference in downtown Louisville, Paul cited federal overreach as the reasoning behind his no vote and said many are trying to use VAWA as a wedge issue.

    “I think many of the things that the Violence Against Women Act want to accomplish are better accomplished at a local level,”Paul told WFPL.

    “There’s not a civilized person in our country who is not against violence against women,” he says. “The bill that we had that I opposed was $600 million in spending that would be borrowed from China. So even if it’s a good and noble cause that I support, I still have to ask myself can we borrow the money from China for it.”

    A spokesman from McConnell’s office told The Courier-Journal he had previously supported VAWA, but was concerned because certain criminal penalties were removed.

    Other GOP lawmakers have opposed the measure in part because it now includes illegal immigrants, Native American tribes and same-sex couples. Those opponents argue it shows that Democrats have put their liberal social agenda over protecting victims.

    But supporters says excluding individuals from protections is discriminatory, and all those groups experience domestic abuse.

    “From a moral perspective there is no difference between someone who is raped or sexually assaulted on a reservation or in a migrant worker camp or in a gay and lesbian situation,” says Yarmuth. “These are human beings (and) they deserve the same protection as everyone.”

    Earlier this month, over a dozen GOP lawmakers wrote Speaker John Boehner and called for “immediate action” saying VAWA saves lives.

    Yarmuth says he is confident the bill would pass overwhelmingly if House leaders allowed a vote.

     
  • RuralRebel 9:16 pm on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: compost pile, Photos journal, red tail hawk   

    Our Compost Pile

    Our Compost Pile

     Nice to wake up to

    Nice to wake up to

    Red tail Hawk on nest

    Red Tail Hawk on nest

     

     
  • RuralRebel 9:03 pm on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Broke 

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  • RuralRebel 7:45 pm on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: California, , Murder, Saddleback College   

    Yet another foreigner kills senselessly and media can’t figure out why on this one! :( 

    The mystery of the OC killer’s first victim: Police trying to identify woman shot dead in gunman’s home that even his parents don’t know before highway shooting spree
    First victim was unidentified woman in her 20s at his parents’ home in Ladera Ranch, California
    No one knows who she was or how she got into the home
    Other victims identified as construction worker Jeremy Lewis, 26, and business owner Melvin Lee Edwards, 69
    Gunman Ali Syed, 20, was also shooting at passing cars on the freeway in carjacking and killing spree that ended with his suicide
    By THOMAS DURANTE
    PUBLISHED: 10:32 EST, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:39 EST, 20 February 2013

    Murderer: Ali Syed killed three people and himself in the bloody shooting spree in California
    Authorities in California are puzzled by what led a 20-year-old college student to go on a violent rampage yesterday, and are hoping the answer lies with the mystery woman who became his first victim.
    Ali Syed, of Ladera Ranch, killed three people during his killing and carjacking spree, which spanned about 25 miles before he killed himself at an intersection in Orange.
    But it all started with the murder of an unknown woman in his parents’ home at about 4:45am.
    Cops can only say that the woman is not related to Syed.
    CBS Los Angeles reported that even Syed’s parents, who were home at the time of the murder, have no idea who the woman was and how she got into the home.
    Police are now running the woman’s fingerprints to unlock her identity, and hoping that it would explain Syed’s motive in the killings.
    The two other deceased victims who were shot dead in the street were identified yesterday.
    Business owner Melvin Lee Edwards, 69, was on his way to work when he crossed paths with Syed, who forced the man out of his BMW before shooting him ‘execution-style,’ witnesses said.
    The second male victim, 26-year-old construction worker Jeremy Lewis of Fullerton, was killed a short time later at an electronics store in Tustin before Syed took off in his small truck.
    Syed’s 25-minute shooting spree through Orange County left a bloody trail of dead and injured victims in a series of carjackings and gunfire, police said.
    Scroll down for video

    House of horrors: Police are trying to identify Syed’s first victim, a female, who was shot dead at his parents’ house on Red Leaf Lane in Ladera Ranch, California

    Gruesome: Investigators gather in front of Syed’s parents, where he shot a young woman to death in Ladera Ranch

    Killer: Syed’s body is covered by a tarp after his chaotic shooting spree ended early on Tuesday morning

    Firearm: Police investigators examine Syed’s shotgun at the intersection of Wanda Road and Katella Avenue, where he killed himself with the weapon

    Trail of blood: Orange County coroner’s officials remove Sayed’s body from the scene

    Violence: Syed ran after this Cadillac as the driver tried to get away, and the gunman shot through the back window, striking the driver in the head but not killing him
    His first carjacking victim was a man waiting in a shopping center parking lot to carpool with his son, who saw Syed had a gun and tried to escape in his Cadillac, Tustin police Chief Scott Jordan said.
    Syed ran after the car as it drove away and shot through the back window, striking the driver in the head but not killing him.

    More…
    Jodi Arias gives lurid details on how ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander was sexually violent in the hours before she stabbed him to death as she prepares to testify about the fatal moment
    Was Dallas prosecutor gunned down by Aryan Brotherhood? Authorities looking for clues after beloved ADA was killed in a courthouse parking lot last month
    Woman, 90, shot dead during seven-hour standoff between police and her upstairs neighbor
    Jordan said that the driver ‘noticed that he was loading his shotgun, so he simply gets back in his car and tries to escape.
    ‘He’s driving through the parking lot trying to get away and the suspect is actually chasing him on foot, taking shots at him.’
    Victims: Syed shot and killed business owner Melvin Lee Edwards, left, and construction worker Jeremy Lewis, right, during the early morning shooting spree on Tuesday

    Gunshots: The body of one of the shooting victims is examined by law enforcement officers

    Grisly: A body is surrounded by police vehicles at one of the crime scenes

    Timeline: This map shows the various locations of violence during Syed’s shooting spree in California

    Meeting: Police officers huddle at an intersection while the body of one of the dead is covered with a yellow tarp at right
    At a Mobil gas station across the street, Syed spotted a man about to pump gas into his Dodge pick-up truck.
    According to police, Syed told the man: ‘I don’t want to hurt you. I killed somebody. Today’s my last day, give me your keys.’
    Syed got in the truck and drove on the I-5 Freeway before pulling over and began spraying bullets at passing cars. No drivers were killed, but one reported injuries to his mouth and face.
    He got back into the car and drove off, later stopping at State Route 55 and McFadden Avenue in Santa Ana, where he found Mr Edwards, a business owner who was on his way to work.

    Victom: The Orange County coroner’s office wheels a body to a waiting van after the shooting spree

    Chatoic scene: Law enforcement officers inspect one of the bodies

    Terror on the streets: A Tustin police officer speaks to the media as a handout image is posted of 20-year-old Ali Syed

    A closer look: A police investigator looks under a disabled SUV that was apparently driven by the gunman in Tustin
    Syed forced Mr Edwards out of the car, and shot him three times in the head and back, killing him.
    Santa Ana police Cpl Anthony Bertagna said: ‘He was basically executed. There were at least six witnesses.’
    The shooter then drove to the Micro Center and carjacked another small truck after killing Mr Lewis, who was about to start work at a nearby construction site.
    When another worker approached Syed, the gunman told him to run – and with his back turned – Syed shot him, striking him in the arm.

    Spree: Between 5:30am to 5:55am, Tustin police received numerous calls about shootings in several locations

    Violence: A Tustin police officer looks at one of several crime scenes on Red Hills Avenue – under the 5 Interstate in Tustin
    His shooting and car-stealing spree ran came to an end as officers from the California Highway Patrol located Syed and followed him into the city of Orange, police said.
    He pulled into the intersection of Katella Avenue and Wanda Road and exited the still-moving vehicle, where he quickly shot himself in the head with the same shotgun.
    Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said: There wasn’t a confrontation at that very end. It happened so quickly.’
    Authorities said Syed was unemployed and taking one course at Saddleback College, a two-year community college.
    Tustin is about 35 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2281718/Ali-Syed-Police-investigate-motive-Orange-County-shooting-spree.html#ixzz2LTD2SQPM
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  • RuralRebel 4:07 pm on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Child, culture, New York, taught violence   

    ‘Slap her! Punch her hard!’ Horrific moment teenagers force LITTLE GIRLS to fight each other in vicious New York park row 

    Want to bet taxpayers are supporting these animals? Want to bet the state calls this quality time? Want to bet the state does all it can, to keep these “families” intact? Wonder if Obomber will get right on this…get this violence off  the streets? Bet not!

    • * The two minute, 34 seconds long footage was uploaded to YouTube
    • * It shows two young schoolgirls – no older than 10 – being forced to fight
    • * Teenagers – perhaps older sisters or even parents – can be heard egging them on, shouting: ‘Slap her. Punch her. Harder’

    By Suzannah Hills

    PUBLISHED: 04:49 EST, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:11 EST, 20 February 2013
    A shocking video has emerged showing a young girl being egged on by teenagers to attack another child in a New York park.

    The footage, which is a little over two minutes and half long, was uploaded to the video sharing website YouTube.
    The video makes for difficult viewing as two young girls – who appear to be no older than ten – stand off against each other as onlookers encourage them to fight.
    Scroll down to watch the videoStand off: Two young girls – who appear to be no older than 10 – are shouted encouragement to fight in a New York park
    Stand off: Two young girls – who appear to be no older than 10 – are shouted encouragement to fight in a New York park’Slap her!’ The girl in the white puffa jacket then hits the other after being told to hit her by older girls
    ‘Slap her!’ The girl in the white puffa jacket then hits the other after being told to hit her by older girls
    One of the girls, who is wearing a white puffa jacket and pink trousers is then told to slap the other child who is wearing a black puffa jacket.
    The teenagers – who may be older siblings, girls at school or even parents – then accuse the girl in the black puffa jacket of ‘not playing fair before’ and telling the other girl to ‘just slap her’.

    As the girl in the black puffa jacket stands her ground, the other does as she is told and shoves her twice before slapping her on the face.

    The older people in the background then scream on more encouragement, shouting: ‘Whoop her ass. Just do it. Punch her. Harder’.Shocking: The girl in the white puffa jacket then grabs the other after being told to ‘whoop her ass’
    Shocking: The girl in the white puffa jacket then grabs the other after being told to ‘whoop her ass’Egged on: The girl in the white puffa jacket then spins the other around as the onlookers shout: ‘yes, yes’
    Egged on: The girl in the white puffa jacket then spins the other around as the onlookers shout: ‘yes, yes’
    The young girl in the white puffa jacket then grabs the other and spins her round as the teenagers cheer and shout: ‘Yes, yes, slap her harder’.

    One then instructs: ‘The hair, the hair’, and the girl in the white jacket grabs her young opponent’s locks.

    They continue to grapple while being cheered on until the girl in the black puffa escapes the other’s grip.VIDEO Two LITTLE GIRLS forced into violent fight in New York parkFollowing instructions: The girl in the white jacket grabs hold of the other girl’s hair after being told to by the teenagers
    Following instructions: The girl in the white jacket grabs hold of the other girl’s hair after being told to by the teenagersBrutal: The girls continue to push and shove each other as the teenagers – who may be older siblings or even parents – shout encouragement
    Brutal: The girls continue to push and shove each other as the teenagers – who may be older siblings or even parents – shout encouragement
    She then appears to be crying as she shouts at the group who are laughing as they film the whole incident: ‘I’m not playing. It’s not funny’.

    The girl goes to grab her bag and is surrounded by the group as they continue to taunt her. The video then ends.

    The footage has been sent to NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services who are currently reviewing it.
    The girl in the black puffa jacket eventually manages to get out of the grip of the other girl
    The girl in the black puffa jacket eventually manages to get out of the grip of the other girlBullying: The girl in the black puffa appears to be crying ad the teenagers continue to taunt her
    Bullying: The girl in the black puffa appears to be crying ad the teenagers continue to taunt her

    This news link http://tiny.iavian.net/ox6 was sent from a friend.

     
  • RuralRebel 3:54 pm on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Memorial Grows For Longmont Girl Who Died Mysteriously 

    I find these stories interesting, in that health inspectors must don protection, but our Federal politicians, especially on the left, are just fine with letting illegals cross into this country and actually want to give them a free pass for doing so. How long must we wait before a real pandemic wakes these politicians wake up?

    LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators had to don protective suits as they are tried to determine what killed a 6-year-old girl in Longmont Monday morning.
    The investigation began at approximately 9 a.m. when the girl, identified as Lluvia Espinoza Morales, was taken to the hospital. She was pronounced dead at the hospital, but there were no signs of foul play.
    Police started going down the list of what could have killed the girl. One thought was that she had influenza. Investigators consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to go into the girl’s home.
    “We don’t know the cause. The initial investigation is not showing us anything suspicious,” Cmdr. Jim Lewis with Longmont police said.
    Crews in hazmat suits, using all the precautions, entered the girl’s home. Some were also washed down when they were done.
    “We don’t know. It could be the flu or it could be something pre-existing,” Lewis said. “But to send our people into an unknown environment and possibly expose them to that would have been irresponsible on our part.”
    Neighbor Chloe Dominguez said Morales looked fine when she was outside playing the past few days.

    This news link http://tiny.iavian.net/oxd was sent from a friend.

     
  • RuralRebel 3:44 pm on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: France, French Union, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company   

    US tyre boss mocks ‘crazy’ French unions – FRANCE – FRANCE 24 

    3 hours 58 min ago – FRANCE
    US tyre boss mocks ‘crazy’ French unions

    French employees at Goodyear’s loss-making plant in Amiens “only work three hours” a day and are represented by “crazy” unions, the head of US tyre manufacturer Titan said on Wednesday after France approached the firm to discuss a possible takeover.

    The head of US tyre manufacturer Titan International told the French government Wednesday that his firm will not take over a loss-making Goodyear factory because the unions there are “crazy” and its employees “only work three hours a day”.

    “How stupid do you think we are?” Titan Chief Executive Maurice Taylor asked French Minister for Industrial Renewal Arnaud Montebourg in a letter published by French business daily Les Echos
    [in French and English].

    “I have visited that factory a couple of times. The French workforce gets paid high wages but only works for three hours.

    A Titan commercial shows its CEO Maurice Taylor expressing his opinion of the French.“They get one hour for breaks and lunch, they talk for three and they work for three. I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that’s the French way!”

    Taylor was responding to a proposition by Montebourg to see if Titan, which makes tyres for agricultural vehicles, wanted to invest in the plant in Amiens, northern France.
    Titan had approached Goodyear Dunlop Tyres France in 2012 to discuss a possible takeover, but negotiations were blocked by the Communist-backed CGT union.

    Montebourg’s appeal to Taylor was a last ditch attempt to woo Titan back and save the plant and its employees after Goodyear announced at the end of January that it was definitively closing the plant – which employs 1,173 workers – following a long struggle with the unions.

    Poor sales at the plant resulted in a loss in 2011 of 61 million euros, according to company figures.

    Rising unemployment

    The decision was taken against a backdrop of plummeting demand for new cars which is threatening tens of thousands of jobs in France, where the Socialist government has vowed to stem rising unemployment and improve the competitiveness of the country’s manufacturing sector.

    Taylor warned Montebourg that despite his tougher stance toward EU trade protection, the French manufacturing sector was doomed if the government did not face up to the realities of Asian competition and deal more effectively with troublesome unions.

    “You are a politician so you don’t want to rock the boat,” he wrote. “The Chinese are shipping tyres into France, really all over Europe, and yet you do nothing. In five years Michelin won’t be able to produce tyres in France.

    “Titan is going to buy a Chinese Tyre company or an Indian one, pay less than one euro per hour wage and ship all the tyres that France needs. You can keep your so-called workers. Titan has no interest in the Amien [sic.] North factory.”

    The CGT union had not answered FRANCE 24’s request for comment when this article was published, while Montebourg’s office said the minister had not yet responded to Taylor’s letter.

    This news link http://tiny.iavian.net/ox7 was sent from a friend.

    And this is how daily Mail UK reports on it….

    ‘They get one hour for breaks, chat for three hours and work for three!’ US tycoon reveals why he WON’T be rescuing ‘lazy, workers who talk too much’ at doomed French tire factory

    • Chairman of US tire giant Titan International attacks work ethic in France
    • Maurice Taylor, aka ‘The Grizz’, tells French industry minister: ‘You are lazy’
    • He REFUSES to buy Goodyear tire plant which employs 1,170 people
    • Goodyear announced it was cutting its workforce in France by 39 per cent
    • Even International Monetary Fund boss has said French workers ‘lethargic’

    By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

    PUBLISHED: 07:34 EST, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:28 EST, 20 February 2013

    Tire tycoon Maurice Taylor has disparaged workers at a French factory‘The Grizz’: Tire tycoon Maurice Taylor said French workers were ‘lazy’ and ‘overpaid’

    An American tycoon has refused to rescue a doomed tire factory in France because the workers are ‘lazy, overpaid and talk too much’.

    Maurice Taylor, chairman of US tire giant Titan International and nicknamed ‘The Grizz’ because of his tough negotiating style, asked the French industry minister ‘How stupid do you think we are?’ in a blunt letter published today.

    In the note to Arnaud Montebourg, Mr Taylor explained why his company would not be buying a Goodyear tire plant in Amiens, northern France that is threatening to close with the loss of 1,170 jobs.

    He told Mr Montebourg: ‘I have visited the factory several times. The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours.

    ‘They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three hours and work for three. I told the French union workers this to their faces. They told me that’s the French way!

    ‘Your letter states that you want Titan to start a discussion. How stupid do you think we are?’

    ‘Titan is the one with the money and the talent to produce tires. What does the crazy union have? It has the French government.’

    ‘The French farmer wants cheap tires. He does not care if the tires come from India or China and these governments are subsidising them. Your government doesn’t care either.’

    His letter also accuses the French government of ‘doing nothing’ in the face of Chinese competition.

    The embarrassing assessment of French workers comes as France teeters on the brink of recession and unemployment has hit three million, the highest level of joblessness in 15 years.

    'Lazy, overpaid and talk too much': Workers leaving the doomed Goodyear tyre plant in Amiens, northern France which American tycoon Maurice Taylor has refused to rescue‘Lazy’: Workers leaving the doomed Goodyear tire plant in Amiens, northern France, which Mr Taylor has refused to rescue as Goodyear announces a 39 per cent cut to their French workforce
    Blunt: The Titan International boss was scathing in his assessment of the work ethic of staff at the Goodyear factory in AmiensBlunt: The Titan International boss was scathing in his assessment of the work ethic of staff at the Goodyear factory in Amiens

    Goodyear said on January 31 that it would be closing its main French plant and cutting its workforce in France by 39 per cent amid labour disputes and plunging car demand in Europe.

    Mr Taylor added in the letter published in Les Echoes financial newspaper today: ‘Goodyear tried for over four years to save some of the highest-paid Amiens jobs, but the French unions and the French government did nothing but talk.’

     The U.S. government is not much better than the French,’ he said, referring to a dispute over Chinese exports.

    Montebourg’s office said the letter was an authentic response to Paris consulting Titan as a possible buyer of U.S. group Goodyear’s Amiens Nord factory in northern France.

    FRENCH WORK FOR JUST 35 HOURS A WEEK (AND ECONOMY IS TANKING)

    The French have some of the best working conditions in the world – but its economy is flatlining. It has been beset by the combined effects of a rigid job market, complex labour laws, and fraught labour relations.

    Under socialist rules introduced in 2000 workers put in 35 hours a week, down from 39 hours a week. Yet its jobless rate is at a 13-year high. More than one in ten of the workforce is unemployed.

    France’s economy stalled in 2012 and growth contracted by 0.3 percent in the final quarter of 2012. If it contracts again in the first quarter of 2013, it will be back in recession — officially defined as two straight quarters of negative growth.

    Public spending already accounts for almost 57% of national output, the public debt stands at over 90% of GDP and in January 2012 it lost its AAA grade from Standard & Poor’s, a rating agency.

    French President Francois Hollande is desperately trying to make the country, the world’s fifth largest economy, more competitive by slashing government spending and relaxing Labour regulations. But he faces opposition from the traditionally strong union movement which resists changes to employment law.

    In January the country’s powerful unions finally agreed to labour law reforms following talks that had dragged on for three months. The measures will allow for greater latitude in slashing salaries and firing staff, but will also offer more protection for employees, including better health cover.

    In France, the legal length of the working week is 35 hours in all types of companies. The working day may not exceed 10 hours, and employees may not work for more than 4.5 hours without a break.The maximum working day may be extended to 12 hours under a collective agreement.

    In principle, no more than 48 hours a week may be worked, 44 hours per week on average over a period of 12 consecutive weeks (up to a maximum of 46 hours, under conditions).

    Workers are entitled to a break of at least 20 minutes every six hours, and all staff must be allowed a daily rest period of 11 consecutive hours – although that figure can be reduced to nine in some cases.

    The minimum weekly rest period is 35 consecutive hours (11 hours plus a 24 consecutive hour rest period per week). Sundays are largely considered to be rest days in France.

    The average salary in France is
    €20,783, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, significantly higher than the OECD average of €16,749.

    The minister refrained from an immediate reply: ‘Don’t worry, there will be a response,’ Montebourg told reporters on Wednesday after meeting Hollande. ‘It’s better written down.’

    Union leaders were less cautious. CGT official Mickael Wamen said Taylor belonged more ‘in an asylum’ than the boardroom of a multinational company.

    Four years ago, former French finance minister Christine Lagarde, now head of the International Monetary Fund, also branded French workers as ‘lethargic’.

    She told French newspapers: ‘Instead of thinking about their work, people think about their weekends, organising, planning and engineering time off.

    ‘If you say to a French person, “would you like to be an entrepreneur?” all they do is run scared.’

    A recent global study of working hours also revealed the French worked the fewest hours of any country on earth.

    The report by Swiss bank UBS found the French work for just 1,480 hours a year, with 27 days annual holiday meaning they have more free time than any other nation on the planet.

    Britons work 1,782 hours a year – 301 more than the French – and have 20 days holiday a year, making us the world’s 36th most lazy nation, it was found.

    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co’s Amiens Nord plant employs 1,250 workers, who have been battling demands that they work more shifts or accept layoffs.

    The government said in January that the site faced imminent closure.

    Talks with Titan over a possible purchase of the plant’s farm tyre section fell through last September after a failure to reach a deal with the CGT union on voluntary redundancies.

    Titan did not return calls on Monday evening for comment, but the company’s website says that Wall Street analysts have dubbed Taylor ‘The Grizz’ for his tough negotiating style.

    Mr Taylor built Titan International from a small wheel manufacturer into an international producer of wheels and tyres.

    In the tyre business for 30 years, Mr Taylor also tried his hand at politics, running as a Republican candidate for American president in 1996.

    He spent a reported $6million (£3.92million) on his campaign but received only 1 per cent of the vote in all the primaries he ran in.

    ‘The Grizz’ has featured in various titles including Michael Lewis’s book Trail Fever, an episode of This American Life entitled ‘Rich Guys’ and featured on a skit on Saturday Night Live.

    He was president and CEO of Titan International from 1990-2005, becoming chairman and CEO from then on.

    According to figures compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development workers in the United States rack up an average 1,695 hours of work per year.

    Another report released by the OECD in December indicated that – in marked contrast to Mr Taylor’s assessment of their French counterparts – many workers in the U.S. choose not to use all of their holiday entitlement for fear of appearing lazy in the eyes of managers and co-workers.

    It found the average worker in the U.S. takes just two weeks off each year.

    Maurice Taylor wrote to Arnaud Montebourg to explain why he refused to buy a doomed Goodyear factory
    Maurice Taylor said French workers are 'lazy' and refuses to rescue a doomed Goodyear factory in Amiens

    ‘The French way’: Mr Taylor wrote to the French industry minister Arnaud Montebourg (left) saying that French workers are ‘lazy’. He said he visited the factory in Amiens (right) several times where the ‘workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours’

    Former French finance minister Christine Lagarde, now head of the International Monetary Fund, said French workers were 'lethargic' and scared of becoming entrepreneurs‘They all run scared’: Former French finance minister Christine Lagarde, now head of the International Monetary Fund, said French workers were ‘lethargic’ and scared of becoming entrepreneurs

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2281645/Maurice-Taylor-Tycoon-reveals-WONT-rescuing-lazy-workers-French-tyre-factory-doomed-closure.html#ixzz2LSb5bWtJ

     
  • RuralRebel 3:22 pm on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Buffalo in Texas 

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  • RuralRebel 12:43 pm on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How to win a Obomber election…. 

    Then of course you need a sycophant media paparazzi….

    Ohio Officials: Poll Worker May Have Voted Six Times
    By Eliana Johnson
    February 19, 2013 3:37 P.M.  
     
    Melowese Richardson is the Ohio poll worker who admitted to casting two votes in November for President Obama. Now, Ohio officials are investigating if she voted in the names of four other people as well and cast a total of six ballots in the 2012 election, according to Fox News. The investigation is part of a wider one into a number of cases of alleged voter fraud in Hamilton County, Ohio. Richardson says she filled out and submitted an absentee ballot on her granddaughter’s behalf, and her granddaughter has confirmed that claim, saying, “It wasn’t a big deal.” Furthermore:

    Three other absentee ballots in the names of different people were submitted to the Board of Elections from Richardson’s address on Nov. 1. Officials say the handwriting on those ballots is similar and that they were all received together, on the same day that Richardson’s absentee ballot arrived at the office. Richardson maintains that some of the other voters live at her house.

    Attempts by Fox News to reach Richardson were unsuccessful, but she claimed to the local station that the votes were “absolutely legal votes.”

    Richardson is currently facing charges of voter fraud but maintains her innocence. “I can’t understand these charges against me of voter fraud,” she told Cincinnati’s Channel 9 News. “Have they never heard of . . . overlooking mailing in a ballot or registering to vote at a precinct after you’ve forgotten that you’ve mailed in a ballot or you’ve been told that the ballot may be too late?”

    The local news report below includes an interview with Richardson, who is set to appear before Ohio’s Hamilton County Board of Elections on Friday, as well as footage from the testimony of five other Ohio voters accused of voting, or attempting to vote, twice. One individual revealed she was unaware that it was illegal to vote twice, while several reported confusion caused by absentee ballots.

     
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