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Dekomount for your TV Wall Brackets plus more

There are you standard wall mounts for your television and then there is Dekomount. A Dekomount TV Wall Bracket is the absolute best quality you will find. As a flat screen is next on my list there is a need for one of these mounts. In fact Dekomount Limited has made it easy to choose your TV Wall Bracket mounts by handily allowing you to choose from the main page of their size your particular make of your television screen as well as the specific size of your screen from 15 to 63 inches! With your purchase of Dekomount TV Wall Bracket which you can buy direct from their site you get a 18 month warranty, a quick delivery which is also trackable and as with any good business a money back guarantee is offered. Dekomount has wall mounts not only for flat screens but for DVD players, computer monitors and even more. The hyperlinks in this blog post will take you to where you want to go for your wall mount treats.

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IMPORTANT! Activist and Author Red Beckman

AUDIO: PART I Alex welcomes activist and author Red Beckman

AUDIO PART II Alex welcomes activist and author Red Beckman

AUDIO PART III Alex welcomes activist and author Red Beckman
Citizen's Rule Book 44 pages
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Citizens Rule Book ***JURY HANDBOOK***

Here is another source...

Citizens Rule Book***JURY HANDBOOK***

At 04:07 PM 7/31/2008, x wrote:

The Citizen's Rule Book


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Identity Theft Protection The LifeLock Way

After having my credit card number of various credit cards being used to buy various goods over the internet by other parties who I have no idea who they are, and what is more are not authorized by me, I am strongly considering various identity theft prevention services offered by my bank or other well established companies. Of course I have heard of one that I am researching and there is a very good possibility you have too. It is called lifelock. Lifelock is an identity theft prevention service that helps to proactively protect you from identity thieves. Lifelock has been featured on well known television stations such as CNBC and CNN as well getting covered in such popular and famous newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal and even has received widespread coverage by Rush Limbaugh. One of the benefits of the LifeLock service is that you protected by their $1,000,000 service guaranty. You should visit lifelock.com and see their helpful frequently asked questions section but by visiting the hyperlinks in this article you will be able to get and use the lifelock promotion code that will save you over 10% annually on LifeLock and much more. I am impressed, give a visit and have a look today and you can rest assured and happy that you will be protected from identify theieves.

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Ooops, another two oil companies with record profits AGAIN

            Gee, I wonder how they got those record profits........?????    LOL Takes just a little bit of thinking to figure it out.   Definition of "profits" is:   (pay attention to definition #2)

1: a valuable return : gain

2: the excess of returns over expenditure in a transaction or series
of transactions; especially : the excess of the selling price of goods
over their cost

3: net income usually for a given period of time

4: the ratio of profit for a given year to the amount of capital
invested or to the value of sales

5: the compensation accruing to entrepreneurs for the assumption of
risk in business enterprise as distinguished from wages or rent


Exxon, Chevron Rely on "RECORD PRICES" for Gains as Output Drops (DROPPING OUTPUT MEANS SQUEEZING SUPPLY).

By Joe Carroll

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. may report their lowest production since 2005, leaving investors reliant on record energy prices to drive profit gains at the largest U.S. oil companies.

Second-quarter output fell more than 5 percent, the most in at least a decade, at Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil, said Jason Gammel, an analyst at Macquarie Bank Ltd. in New York. San Ramon, California-based Chevron Corp. estimated July 10 that it pumped 3.4 percent less oil and gas than a year earlier.

While Exxon Mobil and Chevron will report record earnings this week, according to analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg, the companies are having their largest stock declines since 1982 and 2002, respectively. Share drops wiped out $90 billion in market value this year, even as oil surged above $140 a barrel.

``They've been throwing a lot of money at new projects and it begs the question of how long is it going to be before we start to see production increase,'' said Barry James, who manages $2 billion, including Exxon Mobil and Chevron shares, as president of James Investment Research in Xenia, Ohio.

After its latest output decline, Chevron will need to pump 7.5 percent more petroleum in 2008's second half to meet its full-year forecast. An increase that big would be six times the biggest ever achieved by Chief Executive Officer David O'Reilly without an acquisition.

More than a third of Exxon Mobil's production drop stemmed from contracts with oil-rich nations that give governments and state-owned oil companies a bigger share of output when prices rise, Gammel said in a July 25 interview.

Spending Plans

Exxon Mobil is expected to report tomorrow that second- quarter net income rose 26 percent to $12.9 billion, the highest ever for a U.S. company without one-time gains, according to the average of seven analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Chevron, which is slated to release earnings Aug. 1, probably netted $5.95 billion, an 11 percent gain, estimates indicated.

The companies held 1.4 percent of the world's proved oil and gas reserves at the end of 2007.

Exxon Mobil and Chevron budgeted almost $48 billion in capital spending this year, more than 75 percent of which is aimed at boosting production and stemming declines in reserves.

Chevron cut its 2008 forecast in February to 2.65 million barrels of oil equivalent a day, partly on the effects of price triggers in production-sharing agreements. The company fell more than 4 percent short of that pace in the second quarter.

Access Reduced

Countries such as Russia and Venezuela reduced or cut off foreign access to their oil riches, leaving international producers with fewer projects to pursue.

As Exxon Mobil and Chevron spend a combined $100 million a day to find and develop new deposits, they're funneling even more cash to stock buybacks and dividends. If it maintains its first-quarter pace of buybacks, Exxon Mobil will repurchase $38 billion of stock this year, or almost $104 million a day.

For Exxon Mobil, repurchasing stock is preferable to investing in oil and gas projects that won't produce at least a 30 percent return, James, the James Investment Research president, said in a July 25 interview.

``I like buybacks and in this environment, that's often the best investment they can make,'' James said. ``One of the things I really like about Exxon is that unless a project is going to really hit their target return, they won't do it.''

Investors want to know if the company's gas-export projects in Qatar will begin later this year as scheduled, Gammel said. The developments are slated to account for 42 percent of new output this year, Exxon Mobil's largest source.

Nigerian Project

Chevron may be close to starting its $5.4 billion Agbami development off the coast of Nigeria, the company's largest new project this year, Gammel said.

Exxon Mobil Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson, 56, and Chevron's O'Reilly, 61, declined through spokesmen to be interviewed for this article.

Each $1-a-barrel increase in oil prices boosts Exxon Mobil's earnings per share by 11 cents and Chevron's by 16 cents, according to William Featherston, an analyst at UBS Securities LLC.

Regardless of profit gains, the companies are struggling to show they can stop declines in output as crude prices slide from all-time highs. Oil futures closed yesterday at $122.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, down 17 percent from their high of $147.27 set on July 11. Exxon Mobil has dropped 14 percent this year in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. Chevron is down 11 percent.

The Standard & Poor's index of major U.S. oil companies has fallen 12 percent, the worst performance since 2002. Profits at Exxon Mobil and Chevron that year tumbled 25 percent and 66 percent, respectively.

``More important than how they did in the June quarter will be some sign of production growth going forward,'' said Robert Sweet, who helps manage $170 million at Horizon Investment Services LLC in Hammond, Indiana.

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Iraq Contract Fraud: Mother Jones Blog: Senators Call For Arrests, RICO

Byrd = PORK KING of Senate / ?former? member of KKK -- who died and left him in charge and for him to bitch about fraud is excellent case of the pot calling the kettle black -- he should be right there with Stevens of Alaska being as how they are from the same bolt of fabric (at least neither has been known to leave someone drown because they were driving drunk & ran off the road into the water as has another Democrat senator)


This morning, the Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd, heard testimony from Pentagon officials about their efforts to counter waste and fraud in federal contracts related to the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Byrd expressed outrage at the "appalling" mismanagement of funds. "Tens of billions of taxpayer dollars are lost, ... gone!" he cried, his outrage visibly building as he spoke. "How many minutes have passed since Jesus Christ was born? A billion! So, that's a lot of money! ... This is a failure of leadership. Individuals think they can get away with bilking—they're not just milking—bilking the U.S. and Iraqi governments... taking bribes, substituting inferior workmanship, or plain, old-fashioned stealing! Stealing!" he exclaimed.

Byrd cited a April 2007 GAO report (.pdf) that concluded, among other things, that the Pentagon "lacks clear and comprehensive guidance and leadership for managing and overseeing contractors" and "does not have a sufficient number of oversight personnel to ensure that contracts that are in place are carried out efficiently and according to contract requirements." To illustrate the scale of the waste and fraud, the report estimates that the Army Material Command loses about $43 million each year solely on the provision of free meals to contractors who also get per diem food allowances. Another GAO report (.pdf), released in May 2007, found that the amount of money obligated in DOD contracts for support services "exceeded the amount the department spent on supplies and equipment, including major weapons systems." [Emphasis added.] And with all this money being spent, often under cost-plus arrangements (the more a contractor spends on expenses, the more it collects in fees), the scale of abuse, fraud, and "plain, old-fashioned stealing" has been historic. We still do not know exactly how much money has been lost, and we may never know. But last year, the Defense Contract Audit Agency identified $4.9 billion wasted on overcharging or fraud, and an additional $5.1 billion spent without any documentation. Since only a sampling of contracts have yet been audited, the murky waters of corruption remain largely undisturbed.

This is something neither Byrd nor his Appropriations Committee colleague, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, will abide. Leahy, in particular, told the witnesses that he's interested in "seeing some people go to jail" for the contract abuses in Iraq. Only then, he argued, is there likely to be a chilling effect on contractor fraud and corruption.

So far, though, given the scale of the problem, the penalties imposed for such abuses can be described as modest at best. The Pentagon's new acting inspector general, Gordon Heddell, took office just a few days ago. But in this morning's testimony, he was predictably sanguine about his department's prospects at reigning things in, proudly enumerating its past successes to the committee. Watching it, one got the feeling that his statistics-laden monotone was designed to put the senators to sleep so they wouldn't take notice of how laughably inadequate enforcement efforts have been. Remember now, the amount of taxpayer dollars lost or stolen is somewhere in the tens of billions. That being noted, Heddell told the committee that Defense Criminal Investigative Service has targeted 286 people in 124 separate investigations related to U.S. military operations in southwest Asia, and 32 cases have already reached the courts. So far, so good, right? Well, since the wars began only 22 people have been indicted on contract fraud, resulting in only 32 felony convictions. And wait, it gets better: those convictions have resulted in a combined total of just 54 years in prison, 44 years of probation, 10 debarments at four companies, and 28 suspensions. All told, the federal government has received $13.5 million in restitution, $1.76 million in forfeitures, and seized an additional $2.65 million in assets. Fines and penalties imposed amount to just shy of $350,000. So, for the tens of billions (with a "b") that have vanished into the sinkhole, the federal government has recovered a total of just $17 million and sentenced violators to minimal prison terms.

Still, Heddell told senators, his office "is on a firm footing to provide the necessary oversight." The numbers speak for themselves.

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UK nuclear weapons convoy

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The Geopolitics of Iran: Holding the Center of a Mountain Fortress

To understand Iran, you must begin by understanding how large it is. Iran is the 17th largest country in world. It measures 1,684,000 square kilometers. That means that its territory is larger than the combined territories of France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Portugal - Western Europe.

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Iran: Stop War With Iran: Excellent video: The Listening Post - Irans Media



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