Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Chevron: Ecuador Court Ordered Inspections To Resume Tuesday

More at CNN Moneyy: “QUITO -(Dow Jones)- After a nearly 10-month pause, judicial inspections will resume Tuesday in a lawsuit in Ecuador against Chevron Corp (CVX), the oil company said Monday.

Chevron said in a press release that presiding justice Juan Nunez of the Superior Court in Nueva Loja has ordered four of eight remaining judicial inspections to be carried out this week.

They are on oil well Auca-17, oil well Auca-19, Auca Central Station and Auca Sur Station.

Four remaining inspections are scheduled to be carried out by March 26.

"Judge Nunez ruled in response to a request by the plaintiffs' lawyers that he move quickly to issue a ruling in this case," Chevron said.”

-- I have to say I think this court's a total joke. It's in Ecuador, and the judge is under the influence of the President in a society not known for fair due process. While Chevron reportedly asked for the venue to be Ecuador, it would have been better here in America. We'll see, but I would be surprised if a fair ruling came out of this judicial system.

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Oprah Calls on Viewers to Demand Action Against Child Abuse

On Monday, September 15, Oprah issues an urgent call to her viewers to take action against child predators in an all new episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. “What you are going to see is going to shock you to the core, but I'm asking you to please not turn away, because this is happening in our country to our children in the United States every day,

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The Caucus: Obama Calls for Overhaul of Education System

In an address to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, President Obama issued a challenge to states to increase the quality of reading and math instruction to keep American students at pace with other countries and renewed his support for a merit-based system of payment for teachers.

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Obama Alarmed Over U.S. Nurse Shortage, Health Expansion Cri

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Macon Phillips: Obama's new-media messenger

Phillips works for President Obama as the White House's new-media director, a new job for an administration that embraces technology.

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Republicans Unnecessarily Politicize Spending Bill

Jon Kyl of Arizona, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, pushed for an amendment barring any money for relocating refugees from Gaza to the United States. Not that the bill ever designated any money for that purpose. Mr. Kyl just wanted to be extra sure and, in doing so, to force Democrats to take a politically charged vote.

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Tiahrt, Huelskamp Oppose Sebelius Nomination

Kansas Congressman Todd Tiahrt and State Senator (and candidate for the KS-01) have both released statements critical of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius's nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary. Why? They both call Sebelius an "abortion extremist."

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RNC Fights Over Dwindling Funds

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How to Delete Any Online Account

Canceling accounts you've created on the Web isn't always easy. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to ditch social networks, online retailers, blogging services, and more.

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15 Percent of Americans Have No Religion

The percentage of Americans who call themselves Christians has dropped dramatically over the past two decades, and those who do are increasingly identifying themselves without traditional denomination labels, according to a major study of U.S. religion being released today.

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Hillary Clinton comes to Europe, Brings the Stupid

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Don’t Rely on Bush’s Signing Statements, Obama Says

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McCain's Daughter: Ann Coulter Is a Trainwreck

Meghan McCain ripped Coulter for being "a train wreck" and called her the "biggest culprit" when it comes to perpetuating the negative stereotype of Republicans in her most recent blog post for the Daily Beast.

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Kim wins re-election with 99.9% of the vote

In other news, 0.1% of North Koreans put into labor camps.

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iPhone: Renegade app store opens but Apple wants to kill it

Yes, Apple's App Store carries great stuff for your iPhone. But some of the best applications Apple banned from the App Store are now found at an unauthorized store, called Cydia. But Apple is already prepping to send its legal sharks after The Cydia Store by leveraging DCMA in order to push jailbreaking into illegal territory.

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