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CEO Council Demands Cuts To Poor, Elderly While Reaping Billions In Government Contracts, Tax Breaks

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 26, 2012

Comment: Equality is not possible practically even though many are campaigning and struggling for this. All are equal, but some are more equal always exists in both societies: capitalism and socialist

WASHINGTON — The corporate CEOs who have made a high-profile foray into deficit negotiations have themselves been substantially responsible for the size of the deficit they now want closed.

The companies represented by executives working with the Campaign To Fix The Debt have received trillions in federal war contracts, subsidies and bailouts, as well as specialized tax breaks and loopholes that virtually eliminate the companies’ tax bills. Read the rest of this entry »

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Are Chinese Telecoms Firms Really Spying on Americans?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 10, 2012

A congressional committee warned U.S. companies against dealing with two prominent Chinese firms whose products could compromise national security
Executives of two major Chinese technology companies, Charles Ding, Huawei Technologies Ltd senior vice president for the U.S., left, and Zhu Jinyun, ZTE Corporation

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Executives of two major Chinese technology companies, Charles Ding of Huawei, left, and Zhu Jinyun of ZTE, right, are sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept 13, 2012, before testifying whether their expansion in the American market poses a threat to U.S. national security

The charm offensive didn’t pay off. Last month, senior Chinese executives unaccustomed to sharp scrutiny sat in front of a foreign government and tried to explain just what their companies did. But on Oct. 8, after 11 months of study, the House Intelligence Committee recommended that American businesses stay away from computer-network products made by two Chinese firms, Huawei and ZTE, for fear that they may compromise U.S. national security. The world’s second and fifth largest information-and-communications-technology companies have large operations overseas but have failed to expand extensively in the U.S. Now, the U.S. looks like an even more distant destination.

“Based on available classified and unclassified information,” said the U.S. panel’s 52-page report, “Huawei and ZTE cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence and thus pose a security threat to the United States and to our systems … Malicious implants in the components of critical infrastructure, such as power grids or financial networks, would also be a tremendous weapon in China’s arsenal.” Read the rest of this entry »

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American X-37B Space Plane ‘Probably’ Spying On China

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 5, 2012

A classified American spy plane is “probably” spying on China, a report in Spaceflight magazine has claimed.

Neither the Pentagon or the US Air Force have revealed what mission their X-37B vehicle, which is unmanned and has been in space since March, is undertaking.

However amateur space researchers have been tracking the plane, and say they have compiled enough evidence to reveal what it’s up to from a low orbit about 300km above the Earth.

According to Spaceflight and the BBC, the X-37B’s path is almost exactly the same as China’s Tiangong-1 space laboratory.

“We think the X-37B may be using to maintain a close watch on China’s nascent space station,” Spaceflight editor Dr David Baker told the BBC.

Other researchers quoted in the Spaceflight article, which will be published on Saturday, claim that if the Pentagon wanted to spy on Tiangong-1 it could do so without using the X-37B, and argue the similarity in their flight path could just be a coincidence.

The US Navy has kept tight-lipped about the X-37B, saying merely that it is a testbed for new technologies.

The Boeing-built craft, which is about 9m long, reusable and can automatically land on a runway. It also has space for a payload about the size of a small van – but what is carried inside is not known.

China expects to send its astronauts to the lab later this year. Whether or not they’ll be greeted by the mysterious American spaceship or not is yet to be seen.

Of course given the state of the Pentagon’s research into creating time holes to hide entire events inside, it’s possible they’ll never know either way.

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Our Future Planes? NASA Reveals The Airplanes Of 2025 (PICTURES)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 16, 2011

NASA also never face budget problem I reckon. Budget problem only for general people.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Wikileaks Nepal Document: Gachchhadar offered bribe to PAC member to approve aircraft deal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 4, 2011

A US diplomatic cable leaked recently by Wikileaks has revealed that influential Nepali politicians including Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Loktantrik) were actively lobbying for either Airbus or Boeing while making decision to purchase two new aircraft for the national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC).

Date 2010-02-24 12:46:00

Source Embassy Kathmandu

Classification CONFIDENTIAL



E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/23/2020


Classified By: Charge d’ Affaires, a.i., Donald A. Camp. Reasons 1.4 (b

1. (C) Summary. The Government of Nepal is unlikely to guarantee the Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) loan to purchase two Airbus aircraft, according to Finance Secretary Khanal, essentially killing the deal and reviving Boeing’s hopes to sell its aircraft to the NAC. The European Union continues to lobby aggressively for Airbus, most recently by sending a strongly-worded letter to the Prime Minister urging him to complete the Airbus purchase immediately (full text in para 8). End Summary. Read the rest of this entry »

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