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the ONLY source of the story above is an Australian newspaper, which
is cited in this ABC report. I do not know whether the story is accurate.
Weapons of mass photography The
first impulse of government is to put a lid on information about itself,
even when the public has a right to know.
paying KBR for truck trips without cargo
current and former truckers who regularly made the 300-mile re-supply
run from Camp Cedar in southern Iraq to Camp Anaconda near Baghdad told
Knight Ridder that they risked their lives driving empty trucks while
their employer, a subsidiary of Halliburton Inc., billed the government
for hauling what they derisively called "sailboat fuel."
While working for MS Carriers we hauled a lot of loads for FedEx,
UPS, Dell Computers, the Post office, and many others that contract
for trucks to move from point A to point B at a certain time and arrive
at a certain time.
These trucks moved full or empty. I have hauled loads with a single
package and trailers nearly full. This is very common practice.
Now this is not to say that KBR isn't ripping off the government.
They probably are. But giving them the benefit of doubt, they may
be doing exactly what Uncle Sam wants them to.
Just thought I'd add my two cents worth. Thanks,
As a editor for a trucking magazine I have to agree with the writer
who said trucks in the US often move without loads, but the industry
tries to keep that movement to about 6% of all miles traveled.
There are in fact special companies that only move empty trailers,
usually deliveries of new and used units or trailers being taken to
staging sites. The practice of moving empty trucks or lightly loaded
trucks was common before 1981 when carriers were regulated and had
to run trucks along their specified routes on a schedule regardless
of the freight available, but that practice has long died out. And
sometime hot freight hauled by Fed Ex is very light weight, maybe
only a pallet or a package, but he customer has ordered the freight
for a special critical delivery, in fact an entire segment of the
trucking industry, called expedited freight, is dedicated to that
The Iraq business was pure and simple padding, the result of cost
plus payments and the need to keep the truckers bringing in an income
as they are paid whether or not they work.
postwar fiasco coming full-circle? Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his
inner circle thought they could liberate a nation without even talking
with those they were liberating. The Pentagon never had a policy or a
software will show whether email opened "..
will keep tracking the e-mail even after it is opened. It will show
how often someone opened a message, whether that person forwarded it
to others, and whether those people read it."
neighbors with bats, sticks capture suspected child predator
rabbit attacks moped and man
Went to visit mom this weekend. Coming back through Alice they seem
to have an old fashioned gas war. Wal-Mart put in a multi-acre store
and now sells gas. Sunday afternoon they were selling gas for $1.73.
I understand Wal-Mart has deep pockets and wants to shake thing up a
bit, being new in town. What gets me is that every other station in
town also dropped prices to $1.73 to $1.81.
The tried and true mantra from the gas stations, "We only make
1 to 2 cents per gallon", seems to fall apart. I do not believe
that they would absorb an 18-20 cent loss per gallon just to try to
keep up with wally world.
Do you think Citgo, Shell, Diamond Shamrock et al are absorbing the
loss for their retail outlet? ...
Ten-Foot Poll on City Spending RESULT
810am Fri 5/21 10pm Sun 5/23/2004
Should San Antonio's new city budget cut back on tax money that
is given to "the arts"?
A few days ago, a photo
of Alexandra Kerry taken at the Cannes Film Festival caused a stir because
her dress was translucent. Many of us thought there was no way she could
have NOT known it was a see-thru dress. Well, maybe and maybe not. I stumbled
across the photo below and wonder whether Ms. Kerry might not have been
the victim of flashbulbs rather than of brazen immodesty.