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The Blackwater saga never ends when it comes to murder.
According to CNN “Two men who worked as security contractors for the company formerly known as Blackwater have been charged with murder in the killings of two Afghan men, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.”
“Christopher Drotleff and Justin Cannon are charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted murder each in connection with the May shootings in Kabul. The 12-count, 19-page indictment returned by a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia also includes weapons charges against the two men.”
“Drotleff, Cannon and two other contractors, Steven McClain and Armando Hamid, were involved in a shooting in Kabul on May 5, 2009, that left two Afghan civilians dead and another wounded. The men had been hired by Paravant, a subsidiary of Xe, the controversial military contracting firm formerly known as Blackwater, to help the U.S. Army train ..continue reading
don’t hold your breath.
The administration found $19 billion in cost savings by making cuts to contracting services and consolidating purchase contracts.
By modifying and consolidating purchasing contracts the Department of Homeland Security will save more than $87 million. The cuts will be made at every agency according OMB Deputy Director for Management Jeff Zients.
The Office of Management and Budget outlined some of the cuts and announced the government will create an online “dashboard” so taxpayers can gauge whether agencies are meeting their goals.
talkingpointsmemo reports that “The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is using more online tools such as one that’s like eBay and will save $73 million.”
“Contractors enter prices until the bid ‘auction’ ends with the selection of the lowest-price contractor. As eBay allows bidders to enter a higher price for an item if they are outbid, a contractor can revise its bid if another firm offers a lower ..continue reading
Talking about something that is annoying… The constant barrage of anti-Republican and highly political messages here! Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like the GOP… I don’t like Sarah Palin but it would be nice to see basic annoying topics here like…. Shoe laces that never stay tied or the call procedures at the DMV.. I’ve been a member of this site for 6 months and joined because I loved the inane annoyances.. For political banter I can go to CNN.com, the Onion, The SmirkingChimp, Buzzflash, NewsMax…. and the list goes on… Leave politics where they belong.. on their own trashy sites….
I can’t understand why we are being jerked around about the usefulness of mammograms.
Every year or so you get a completely conflicting report about some issue that you have come to believe in. Mercury in tuna, the detrimental affects of eating chocolate or drinking coffee, etc.
This week the United States Preventive Services Task Force, described as the ”leading independent panel of private-sector experts in prevention and primary care”, released a statement that women should not begin routine mammograms until age 50, contradicting the long established advice that women 40 and older should be screened.
Two members of this task force are affiliated with non-profit insurance organizations.
Maybe it is me but I have to question why this statement was released now on the verge of health care reform.
Several reports have circulated that insurance companies look to statements from this task force when determining what coverage will be offered. This would lead one to conclude that insurance companies may not ..continue reading
Last month the NYT ran a story about insurance companies raising premiums to ridiculous levels in anticipation of health care reform.
Now the second shoe drops. In another story today in the NYT reports that the drug companies are also raising rates on medications before any legislation is enacted.
Just another blaring indicator why health care reform is required immediately. These companies are just out to screw Americans as quickly as possible and boost their bottom lines.
The Times notes “Even as drug makers promise to support Washington’s health care overhaul by shaving $8 billion a year off the nation’s drug costs after the legislation takes effect, the industry has been raising its prices at the fastest rate in years.”
“In the last year, the industry has raised the wholesale prices of brand-name prescription drugs by about 9 percent, according to industry analysts. That will add more than $10 billion to the nation’s drug bill, which ..continue reading