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Time-Warner wants to charge you an Internet “Meter Fee”

By Peter Svensson – AP Technology Writer – June 3, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) – You’re used to paying extra if you use up your cell phone minutes, but will you be willing to pay extra if your home computer goes over its Internet allowance?

Time Warner Cable Inc. customers — and, later, others — may have to, if the company’s test of metered Internet access is successful.

On Thursday, new Time Warner Cable Internet subscribers in Beaumont, Texas, will have monthly allowances for the amount of data they upload and download.

Those who go over will be charged $1 per gigabyte, a Time Warner Cable executive told the Associated Press.

Metered billing is an attempt to deal fairly with Internet usage, which is very uneven among Time Warner Cable’s subscribers, said Kevin Leddy, Time Warner Cable’s executive vice president of advanced technology.

This will be as popular as a turd in a punchbowl


June 3, 2008 Posted by | Commentaries, In the news | Leave a comment

GM closing 4 truck and SUV plants in North America

By Associated Press – June 3, 2008

WILMINGTON, Del. – General Motors is closing four truck and SUV plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico as surging fuel prices hasten a dramatic shift to smaller vehicles.

CEO Rick Wagoner said Tuesday before the automaker’s annual meeting in Delaware the plants to be closed are in Oshawa, Ontario; Moraine, Ohio; Janesville, Wis.; and Toluca, Mexico.

He also said the iconic Hummer brand may be discontinued.

Wagoner said the GM board has approved production of a new small Chevrolet car at a plant in Lordstown, Ohio, in mid-2010 and the Chevy Volt electric vehicle in Detroit.

Wagoner said GM’s board approved the production schedule of the Chevrolet Volt


GM plans to bring on-line around 2010 the “All-Electric” Chevrolet Volt … a technological breakthrough required to make this concept a reality is a large lithium-ion battery.

This type of electric car, which the technical community calls an “EV range-extender,” would require a battery pack that weighs nearly 400 pounds.

Some experts predict that such a battery – or a similar battery – could be production-ready by 2010.

The images below are clickable to see them full-size…

June 3, 2008 Posted by | Commentaries, In the news | 1 Comment

Hurricane season is here – $150 for oil is a reality too

By Associated Press and Kiplinger Business Center – May 30, 2008

I just recently predicted oil would get to around $200 per barrel, and it looks like I’m right on target … price of oil expected to rise on news that busy hurricane season in Gulf of Mexico will push cost of barrels to $150

Meteorologists are predicting a busy hurricane season this year, and any direct hit on the Gulf of Mexico’s extensive oil and gas infrastructure could easily send already sky-high oil prices rocketing past $150 a barrel.

But predicting whether, much less where a big storm will strike, is tricky business. Energy markets haven’t priced in a potential catastrophe, and won’t factor in a hurricane until a storm actually forms.

The 2005 hurricane season was one of the most destructive in history

One powerful Hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico would put gasoline at $6.00 a gallon

June 1, 2008 Posted by | Commentaries, In the news, Oil and Gas News | Leave a comment

General Electric – getting out of the appliance business forever

By Yahoo! News – May 14, 2008

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – General Electric Co. plans to auction off its appliances business, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

GE has hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to run an auction for the appliance division, according to the newspaper, which quoted unidentified sources.

The sale could yield between $5 billion and $8 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported.

G.E. entered the appliance business in 1907

May 14, 2008 Posted by | Commentaries, In the news | 1 Comment

Dallas High School Seniors graduating – can’t add nor subtract


Meet your new burger-flippers, the Class of ’08 … 75% of graduating Dallas, TX seniors can’t read above 8th grade level or handle enough math to deal drugs …

And, just think … these are America’s “Future Leaders” …

It’s May, which means thousands of high school seniors across North Texas can almost taste it – their diploma … this month 7,500 DISD seniors are expected to walk across the stage and make their families proud.

But what if we told you that 75 percent of the seniors headed to Dallas community colleges, can’t read above an 8th grade level, and others can’t add or subtract?

Graduation is a time for feeling proud, but that might quickly change to frustration for thousands of DISD students like Gia Hollis come fall, when reality hits.

The students will tell you themselves what the focus was in high school.

And then there’s math … There are some students in these remedial courses who cannot add, subtract, or do basic multiplication.

And one professor says calculators are a big problem.

No, Professor – I blame the 2-job parents who didn’t teach their kids anything for 18 yrs! .

May 11, 2008 Posted by | Commentaries, In the news | Leave a comment

Fuel prices rising – I wasn’t off by far according to this forecast

By Dan Dorfman – New York Sun – April 28, 2008

Analysts predict that market factors with drive gas prices up to $7 to $10 a gallon … and most likely higher than that …

>>>>> For those not as familiar with the oil / Petrochem market as I am, I’ll explain this in easy-to-understand terms …

The prices are high due to the fact of the recession in the United States and the economic crisis which has touched several countries, a situation which has an effect on the devaluation of the dollar, and therefore each time the dollar falls one percent, the price of the barrel rises by $4, and of course vice versa.

If the dollar strengthens by 10 percent, it is probable that (oil) prices will fall by 40 percent … <<<<<

Get ready for another economic shock of major proportions — a virtual doubling of prices at the gas pump to as much as $10 a gallon.

That’s the message from a couple of analytical energy industry trackers, both of whom, based on the surging oil prices, see considerably more pain at the pump than most drivers realize.

An Arco gas station in San Mateo, Calif., has already raised its price to a sky-high $4.62.

These increases are taking place before the all-important summer driving season, signaling even higher prices ahead.

Translating this price into dollars and cents at the gas pump, one of our forecasters, the chairman of Houston-based Dune Energy, Alan Gaines, sees gas rising to $7-$8 a gallon.

The other, a commodities tracker at Weiss Research in Jupiter, Fla., Sean Brodrick, projects a range of $8 to $10 a gallon.

This would undoubtedly create considerable global economic distress

April 28, 2008 Posted by | Commentaries, In the news, Oil and Gas News | Leave a comment

Wachovia Bank – caught laundering drug money

By CNN News – April 26, 2008

When Wachovia Bank isn’t busy losing billions of your dollars in bad lending, they midnight as a drug-money laundromat …

Was that wrong? …

Should they not have done that? …

The bank is being investigated by prosecutors as part of a probe into alleged drug money laundering by Mexican and Colombian money-transfer companies, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Wachovia Corp. is being investigated by Federal prosecutors as part of a probe into alleged drug money laundering by Mexican and Colombian money-transfer companies, according to a Wall Street Journal report Saturday morning.

A Wachovia official said the bank is cooperating in the probe, which is also scrutinizing several other large U.S. banks, according to the newspaper.

The bank severed its ties to these money transfer firms in December and January, when the investigation began.
*** AHA! … in other words, you got caught red-handed back then and are trying to squirm out of the picture by offering such a dumbass statement! … ***

The U.S. banking industry has pursued a foothold in the remittance industry, which transmits more than $50 billion from the U.S. to Latin America annually – primarily on behalf of immigrants sending money back to their families.

The industry charges high fees to transfer these funds.

The probe comes at a difficult time for the bank, which announced on Friday that it will pay $144 million to settle federal charges that it failed to stop telemarketers from taking advantage of thousands of elderly consumers.

If you bank with them now, run as fast as you can and close your accounts!

April 28, 2008 Posted by | Commentaries, In the news | 4 Comments

Route 66 – America’s Last Frontier Most Have Never Seen


How many of you can name the original actors of Route 66 from this photo … “Tod” and “Buzz”?

Yeah; it’s Nostalgia time for this old fart … Historic gas station on Route 66 re-opens

WOW … I remember I was riding a Triumph 500 Motorcycle from Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton, CA to Las Vegas on the week-ends, passing thru these small towns along the way … so much of America’s open landscape and open highway’s have changed so much since then!!!

Before you miss a very important part of America’s history … the next time you get 2 – 3 weeks of vacation time from work … do yourself and family a huge favor before it’s completely gone forever…

1. Put your cellphone away unless you absolutely need it!
2. Grab your video camera instead!
3. Stop at numerous “out-of-the-way” places as often as you can … these will offer the largest, juiciest hamburgers that have ever hit your lips!

Are you ready to go traveling across America by vehicle?

Have you ever gone thru actual American Ghost Towns?

If you’ve never gone thru this awesome experience … check out this other story about … Roy’s Gas Station

After that, I hope you check out this awesome website about Ghost Towns of the American West

April 25, 2008 Posted by | Commentaries | 1 Comment