China receives infrastructure contracts in United States

November 30, 2009

Is our media corrupt, lazy or stupid? Last week China Daily announced another infrastructure contract that the largest contractor in China — China State Construction Engineering Corp – won for a Manhattan, New York subway ventilation project worth around $100 million.

Yet, not a hint of this from our US media — short of a reference to “the Wall Street Journal quoted a source as saying”. I have yet to find the WSJ article.

China’s largest contractor, has, in fact, landed three infrastructure orders in the United States this year. A $410-million Hamilton Bridge project and a $1.7-billion entertainment project in the United States will be fulfilled by this Chinese contractor.

China State Construction has signed on as contractor for a high school, a railway station and the Chinese embassy in the US.

According to China’s Ministry of Commerce, overseas project contracts have increased 22.7 percent to $100.15 billion in the first 10 months of this year.

Stimulus money going towards Chinese causes include: International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) U.S.-China Collaboration on Dinosaur Eggs and Education ($141,000 to date); HIV and Related High-risk Behaviors among Commercial Sex Male Clients in China ($90,484); Study of Coseismic Damage and Post-mainshock Healing on the Longmen-Shan Fault Ruptured in the 2008 M8 Wenchuan Earthquake in China ($108,558); Is the Tibetan Plateau Rising? ($327,277); Bioactive Compounds from the Biodiversity of China Vietnam ($400,000); see other entries here and inserting “China” as the keyword.

Is this the kind of bailout you expected with our tax dollars?

Additionally, China’s Suntech plans to build a solar panel assembly plant in the United States now that our government has announced $2.3 billion in tax credits to clean energy equipment manufacturers.

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Obama brother Mark releases book – talks about Obama Senior

November 15, 2009

President Obama’s younger half brother, Mark, who lives in China, has just released a book about the infamous Obama family.

Barack wrote fondly of his father in what some call a mythical biography, “Dreams From My Father.”

Brother Mark has another story to tell.

Last week, Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo self-published the autobiographical novel, “Nairobi to Shenzhen: A Tale of Love In The East.” (Order at Amazon.com)

Never reported in the US by the mainstream media, Mark confirms that Barack Senior was a violent drunk who died in an automobile accident in Africa bringing credibility to a very interesting must read January 2007 article by the DailyMail.co.uk

Barack stayed with his father Barack Senior until he was two while his half brother Mark stayed with his father until he was eight years old.

Baracks’ mother was wife number two. Marks’ mother was wife number three. Both were American women.

President Obama’s father, Barack Senior married his first wife Kezia at 18. Kezia was pregnant with their second child when he received his American-sponsored scholarship in economics. He was 23 years of age when he headed for the University in Hawaii.

While in Hawaii studying he met and married his second wife, who was 18, Barack Jrs mother, Ann.

Within two years of his entry to the US, Barack Sr. was accepted at Harvard whereupon he left behind the Barack Jr and his second wife.

Still legally married to Kezia and Ann, Barack Sr. met his future third wife while at Harvard. Marks mother, Ruth, is an American-born teacher who is still currently residing in Kenya

Obama Senior was born in 1936 in Nyangoma-Kogelo, Siaya District, Kenya and died in a car crash in Nairobi, Kenya in 1982. Yes, he was a goat herder. Technically. Obama Seniors father was a wealthy man who owned goats. But rather was raised a child of privilege, not privation. Obama Senior was a finance minister in Kenya. Read more about the Obama family.

Half brother Mark hopes his brother meets his Chinese wife while the President is in China. “My plan is to introduce my wife to him. She’s his biggest fan,” he said.

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Obama’s Uncle Odinga: Prime Minister of Kenya

Brother Samson and the sex scandal

The Kenyan Ambassador  speaks out about Obama’s birth

The maize (corn) scandal in Kenya


China rejects US products

September 23, 2009

Our media has not fully addressed the initial story, inconvenient details nor the repercussions of our Presidents’ decision to impose special protectionist tariffs on tire imports from China less than two weeks ago.

China immediately responded to the September 11 decision by President Obama citing the U.S. violated World Trade Organization (WTO) and other related rules. Trade protection, which is strongly discouraged — especially during times of economic struggle — is an issue Obama had strongly spoke out against.

China and the United States are both the second-largest trading partners to each other.

China said this move would only slow world economic recovery and ultimately hurt the interests of the businesses and people of all countries.

Two days later China launched anti-dumping and anti-subsidies investigations into some automobile and chicken products originally produced in the United States.

This week China announced prominent PepsiCo and Mead Johnson among the companies blacklisted from a monthly report by a State Council watchdog in charge of product quality. The watchdog names unqualified imported goods which are either returned or destroyed. Does this have anything to do with the tire tariff? Who knows.

According to the list, a quarter of the substandard products came from the US.

PepsiCo: nearly 38 tons of frozen concentrated orange juice that the firm allegedly imported from Louis Dreyfus Citrus Trading LDA in Brazil in July were found with excessive yeast, according to the website of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. Excessive yeast causes foods to spoil faster.

PepsiCo — which has it’s international branch based in New York — produces a vast array of products including Pepsi, Gatorade, Tropicana, Quaker, Doritos, Lipton, Propel, Ethos Water and Aunt Jemima.

Mead Johnson: allegedly imported 300 kg of baby formula in July with substandard protein content.

Mead Johnson — based in Illinois — is a global leader in infant and children’s nutrition. It’s a baby formula leader in China, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Mexico, five of the six largest children’s nutrition markets.


Obama pokes China in eye over tire tariff — what isn’t being reported

September 13, 2009

Updated 9/14/09 1AM ET
President Obama has poked China in the eye over tires manufactured in their country because of a petition filed by the Steelworkers Union. American consumers should likely expect to pay more for tires in the future because of the incident.

As an interesting sidenote:  Ron Bloom, a fierce advocate of the “Cash for Clunkers” program who served as special assistant to the President of the United Steelworkers Union since 1996 when assigned head of the Auto Recovery Task Force was named Manufacturing Czar to the White House on September 7 (Labor Day). The Pittsburgh-based United Steelworkers Union has 1.2 million members.

Chronicled by date — you’ll see  China has poked the United States back.

While the country continues to argue over health care, a more serious matter has been materializing this weekend. China has made a gesture of retaliation to our US government over the announcement of new trade protection tariffs to be imposed on China for tires.

Friday, September 11, 2009 — With a slow news cycle, the Obama administration announced late Friday that a hefty tariff would be levied against China for tires imported into our country. This move is referred to as trade protection which is strongly discouraged – especially during times of economic struggle.

In a petition filed by the Steelworkers Union, the US International Trade Commission placed an investigation of allegations that China is flooding the US marketplace with passenger car and light truck tires.

In response to the investigation, President Obama chose to impose a punitive tariff on China. Beginning Sept. 26, a 35 percent, 30 percent and 25 percent tariff will be imposed in the coming three years, respectively, on the tires in addition to the current 4 percent tariff in spite of negotiation attempts.

Saturday, September 12, 2009 China’s Ministry of Commerce said the U.S. had violated the WTO (World Trade Organization) rule by this decision. Since the outbreak of the global financial crisis, commitments were made at the G-20 financial summit when leaders from around the globe – including President Obama — opposed trade protectionism because it would slow economic recovery.

China contends that since their tires primarily enter the maintenance market and the U.S. tire producers have  shown no apparent changes in their business situation there exists no direct competition between China’s tire products and the U.S. The slowdown in the US tire industry is the result of the global downturn rather than increased tire exports to the U.S.

China said U.S. lacked bases for the case because tire products exported to the U.S. from China had actually declined 16 percent in the first of this year, compared to the same period last year. China’s tire exports to U.S. in 2008 only rose 2.2 percent from 2007.

China’s tire exports to the U.S. tripled between 2004 and 2007 while, during the same period, U.S. tire manufactures doubled profits. Four U.S. tire companies –Bridgestone/Firestone, Goodyear, Michelin and Cooper — manufacture in China and account for two thirds of the exports to the U.S. It appears that the U.S. government is penalizing it’s own companies for stepping away from union jobs to make cheaper goods. Remember…the union filed the complaint.

China said it reserves the right to bring the case to the World Trade Organization and may not ship tires for the first tariff year.

On Sunday, September 13, 2009 – China launched anti-dumping and anti-subsidies investigations into some automobile and chicken products originally produced in the United States. In effect, China is now charging the US with the same allegations.

The announcement from China is termed under the same policies, laws and allegations that the US accused China of.

Allegations that the US goods entered China’s markets with an “unfair competition manner”, which harmed domestic industries. The investigation was in accordance with the World Trade Organization rules and China’s laws.

Additionally, China stated that it always firmly opposes protectionism. The country hoped all countries worked together to promote a quick recovery of the world economy.

China has pointed it’s proverbial middle finger back to the United States.

Not only has the US created an antagonism through what may result in trade wars – but lets not forget China is a major player in supporting funds for our debt by buying our US bonds.

China is the second largest trading partner with the U.S. and vice versa.


Alzheimer’s ‘distant cousin’ of mad cow? and other obscure news articles for the day

July 10, 2009

Obscure news for today include a study grant for further study on Alzheimers. Other news includes a new computer worm detected, an EPA representative admits in Senate hearings that US action alone won’t impact Co2 levels  (we’re downwind from China, who won’t participate. Neither will India)

Alzheimer’s ‘distant cousin’ of mad cow — A researcher at Novato’s Buck Institute for Age Research on Monday received a $1.5 million, four-year federal “Eureka” grant to further study his novel theory that Alzheimer’s Disease affects people in much the same way that mad cow disease acts in cattle [read it at Navato Advance]

Under cyberthreat: defense contractors — The defense industry faces “a near-existential threat from state-sponsored foreign intelligence services” that target sensitive IP, according to a report by the Internet Security Alliance, a nonprofit organization. Northrop Grumman experienced the implications of that threat firsthand recently [read it at Business Week]

Swiss vow to block UBS from handing data to U.S.  — UBS has refused a demand from U.S. authorities that it turn over the names of 52,000 American clients, arguing that to do so would be illegal under Swiss banking secrecy laws and would open it to prosecution at home [read it at New York Times]

Trend Micro discovers new ransomware ‘WORM_RANSOM.FD’ — According to Trend Micro security researchers, they have detected a new ransomware that proliferates through an e-mail on the internet [read it at Spamfighter]

Big banks don’t want California’s IOUs — A group of the biggest U.S. banks said they would stop accepting California’s IOUs on July 3, adding pressure on the state to close its $26.3 billion annual budget gap [read it at Wall Street Journal]

EPA admits cap and trade will fail — “I believe that essential parts of the chart are that the U.S. action alone will not impact CO2 levels,” stated Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson at the hearings held by The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee [read it at Heritage]

15 cameras now watching downtown Albany — Fifteen downtown Albany, Georgia, cameras got their first test with the city’s Fourth of July celebration and are now watching the area day and night [read it at WALB 10]

U.S., German intel: Al Qaeda plots multiple attacks on U.S.-, Israel-bound airliners — Western anti-terror agencies have warned that a group of 15-20 al Qaeda terrorists, who were trained in Pakistan and Algeria to hijack and blow up airliners, deployed secretly to at least six European and Middle East countries in early July [read it at Debka]

Administration issues new rules on egg safety — On July 7, the Presidential Administration released a rule to deal with the nation’s egg problem and used the moment to promise a sweeping overhaul of the system to ensure the safety of spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, melons, beef and chicken [read it at NY Times]

State health officials order clinic to stop performing surgeries — State public health officials ordered the Las Vegas Clinica de Mujeres medical clinic to shut down Tuesday because it was performing surgeries without a license [read it at Las Vegas Review Journal]

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Customs sieze counterfeit sneakers out of China

July 9, 2009

Palm Beach, Fla. – On June 25, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers detained a shipment of sneakers in order to determine if they were counterfeit and in violation of trade mark rights.

The shipment arrived from China and was in transit to the Bahamas. Once detained, samples were forwarded to the Import Specialists Branch for review and further investigation. After a thorough review CBP import specialists made the determination that the goods were indeed counterfeit. The items were determined to have a MSRP value of $300,000 and on July 7, all were seized.

 “The people who traffic in this type of crime not only steal from legitimate companies, but they also dupe the unknowing consumer into buying items that are substandard. In some cases a counterfeit item that does not meet the manufacturer’s specifications can even threaten the health or safety of a consumer. CBP Field Operations in Miami is committed to stopping trade in pirated and counterfeit goods,” said Director of Field Operations Harold Woodward.


“Do you earn more than a teacher?” and other obscure news for July 1

July 1, 2009

Obscure news for July 1st includes an article published stating that the US DOD mistakenly transferred intercontinental ballistic missile parts to Taiwan. More great articles given little media attention…

Do you earn more than a teacher? — No one seems to dispute the argument that school teachers are underpaid – but no one outside the education system seem to know how much they make [read it at the Examiner]

GAO: Arms sales program still flawed — In March 2008, the Department of Defense disclosed that it mistakenly transferred intercontinental ballistic missile parts to Taiwan through a U.S. program that sells pre-approved defense articles and services to foreign governments  [read it at Military.com]

‘Hacker’s hacker’ from San Francisco pleads guilty in $86 million fraud — A mild-mannered computer geek people once believed could do no wrong admitted Monday to stealing nearly 2 million credit card numbers, which he and others used to rack up more than $86 million in fraudulent charges [read it at Pittsburgh Live]

DOJ opposes antitrust immunity for Continental – According to the Justice Department, Continental and United plan to sell seats on each other’s U.S. flights, combine customer lounges, consolidate operations at airports… [read it at RTTnews]

Tom Davis says he doesn’t want cyber-coordinator job – “For this job to work you’d better get some understandings up front, if you’re the cyber czar and you want to have any clout in this,” Davis said [read it at Federal Computer Week]

China remains spam haven due to ‘bulletproof’ hosting —  An overwhelming majority of Web sites promoted through spam are hosted in China at service providers that many times choose to ignore complaints and allow illegal activity, according to research from the University of Alabama [read it at PC World]

Vontae Davis identity theft incident is another reminder for athletes — Identity theft and fraud affected nearly 10 million Americans last year at a cost of more than $48 billion, according to Javelin Strategy & Research [read it at Palm Beach Post]

AF tests missile in launch from Calif. Coast – It’s an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile [read it at Air Force Times]

Unclear what happens to personal info with Clear  — Hundreds of thousands of people relinquished their personal information for faster passage through TSA – now the company holding your info is out of business – do you need to worry? [read it at Mercury News]

Pro-Iranian regime hackers invade U.S. computers — Hackers posted a caustic message telling the U.S. President to mind his own business and stop talking about the disputed Iranian election on a U.S. university home page on June 24. Attempts to access the Oregon University System’s Web site were automatically redirected to another page… [read it at Enterprise Security Today]

Drowning of the Mississippi Delta due to insufficient sediment supply and global sea-level rise – LSU researchers have concluded that  Coastal restoration projects doomed to fail . Even under best-case scenarios for building massive engineering projects to restore Louisiana’s dying coastline, the Mississippi River can not possibly feed enough sediment into the marshes to prevent ongoing catastrophic land loss, two Louisiana State University (LSU) geologists conclude [read it at nature.com]

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