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South Korea ferry was overloaded on 246 trips
in months before sinking, documents show

Associated Press, by Jung-yoon Choi*

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 5/4/2014 4:24:04 AM

INCHEON, South Korea – The doomed ferry Sewol exceeded its cargo limit on 246 trips — nearly every voyage it made in which it reported cargo — in the 13 months before it sank, according to documents that reveal the regulatory failures that allowed passengers by the hundreds to set off on an unsafe vessel. And it may have been more overloaded than ever on its final journey. One private, industry-connected entity recorded the weights. Another set the weight limit. Neither appears to have had any idea what the other was doing. And they are but two parts of a maritime

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South Korea ferry was overloaded on 246 trips
in months before sinking, documents show
Associated Press, by Jung-yoon Choi*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/4/2014 4:24:04 AM     Post Reply
INCHEON, South Korea – The doomed ferry Sewol exceeded its cargo limit on 246 trips — nearly every voyage it made in which it reported cargo — in the 13 months before it sank, according to documents that reveal the regulatory failures that allowed passengers by the hundreds to set off on an unsafe vessel. And it may have been more overloaded than ever on its final journey. One private, industry-connected entity recorded the weights. Another set the weight limit. Neither appears to have had any idea what the other was doing. And they are but two parts of a maritime

   

 

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Benghazi Made Simple
Tribune Media Services, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/3/2014 2:45:56 PM     Post Reply
Deer Reader, On Wednesday, Jay Carney explained — as if he was talking to a room full of children — that the Benghazi e-mail the White House refused to release until the White House was forced to release its Benghazi e-mails wasn’t in fact about Benghazi, even though the e-mail talks about Benghazi. This is Monty Pythonesque of “Dead Parrot” proportions. That’s not a Benghazi e-mail, it’s just an e-mail about Benghazi, in a folder marked “Benghazi” e-mails, idiot. As I said on Fox yesterday, Jay Carney is a very strange creature for Washington. He’s an extremely confident liar — we’ve got

Damn Right I Taped
Kerry’s ‘Apartheid’ Talk
Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/3/2014 2:42:51 PM     Post Reply
And if I had to do it all over again, I’d do it in the exact same way. Ten years ago, when I was a rookie reporter for the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, I looked up to Joseph Nye as a sacred figure, the preeminent American expert on Japan. So it hurt a little when Nye wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday to accuse me of “sneaking in” to a meeting of the Trilateral Commission last week in Washington, where John Kerry made explosive remarks warning that Israeli could become “an apartheid state.” But I don’t blame

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/3/2014 2:37:26 PM     Post Reply
It was just days ago that I provided an update of the Merritt Landry self-defense case down in New Orleans: Merritt Landry home-defense shooting prosecution stalls. In that post I noted the remarkable degree to which the Prosecutor was struggling to obtain an indictment from the Grand Jury on the charges of attempted second degree murder brought against Landry. Twice the Grand Jury had taken up the case, and twice they had declined to take any definitive action, neither returning a “no-bill” (which would have dismissed the second degree murder charges against Landry) or an indictment (which would have progressed the

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/3/2014 4:17:45 AM     Post Reply
There’s one candidate who would make a whole lot of sense—and he’s got history and plenty of experience in his favor. Do you share with me a deep sense that we haven’t spent nearly enough time covering the 2016 presidential race? Oh, sure, Nexis tells is that there have been 520 stories written between January and March, compared with 176 stories at this time four years ago. OK, the National Journal looked at TV coverage, and found that there were 69 mentions between January and March on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and the PBS New Hour, compared with 31 in 2008 and

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/3/2014 4:14:44 AM     Post Reply
BP claims that $500 million of the money it set aside to compensate victims of its 2010 oil spill has been awarded to businesses that don´t deserve it. Among the unwarranted claims, says BP, were an escort service in Florida, a surgical practice 300 miles from the spill and a wireless phone company that burned to the ground before the spill occurred. Scott Pelley reports the latest twist in this story that began with an oil rig explosion that killed 11 and polluted the Gulf of Mexico with over 200 million gallons of oil. Pelley´s report will be broadcast on

   

 

  


 
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CNN, by Scott Bronstein*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/3/2014 4:12:04 AM     Post Reply
Washington -- He´s the leader of the Department of Veterans Affairs, which runs the VA hospitals where dozens of U.S. veterans died waiting for simple medical screenings. Yet in the six months that CNN has been reporting on these delays, Eric Shinseki has been silent. And he hasn´t spoken out on the matter to any other news organization, either. Early Friday evening -- after this story appeared on CNN.com -- the VA gave a response, via spokesman Drew Brookie. He explained that the VA´s inspector general´s office (referred to as OIG), which is probing the matter, "advised VA against providing

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Associated Press, by Josh Boak    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/3/2014 4:08:14 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Employers added a sizable 288,000 jobs in April. Hiring in February and March was better than first thought. The unemployment rate plunged to 6.3 percent from 6.7 percent. At first glance, Friday´s U.S. jobs report suggested that the agonizingly slow 5-year-old economic recovery had burst into a full sprint. Yet several cautionary signs emerged from the report, starting with that spectacular plunge in the unemployment rate. Here´s why: The government uses two surveys for the jobs report. The job gain comes from a survey of businesses, the unemployment rate from a survey of households. Sometimes, the two conflict. The survey of businesses showed 288,000

Life on a Navy Sub Relies on Rules: Some
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Wall Street Journal, by Julian E. Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/2/2014 5:28:01 AM     Post Reply
ABOARD THE USS NEW MEXICO—There are subcultures. And there are cultures aboard a sub. Silently cruising the ocean depths while safely operating a 130-man tin can powered by a mini nuclear-power plant doesn´t leave much room for error. That is why sub culture is built around rules, some dead serious, others completely ridiculous and some that are both. There are rules to run the systems that provide the submarine´s oxygen, water and power. And there are rules that keep the crew, whose bunks allow just 14 inches of headroom, somewhat sane. One of the most important rules has every new junior officer teamed

Where was Barry? Where was Hillary?
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/2/2014 5:25:31 AM     Post Reply
As I wrote here, one of the striking features of the White House’s latest email production is the complete absence of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton from the communications on the evening of September 11, 2012. Their names appear only later, when staffers write heartfelt statements about the deaths of four Americans to be released over their names. So where were they on the fateful night of September 11? Tommy Vietor–formerly Obama’s van driver, now, apparently, a foreign policy spokesman–says that Obama wasn’t in the situation room. Where was he? Resting up for his big fundraising trip to Las Vegas the

Barack Obama laughs at but not with
Politico, by Todd S. Purdum    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/2/2014 5:24:00 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is very smart (as he could tell you). He is also very funny (and the first to laugh at his own jokes). He is a master of comic timing, has an appealing sense of the absurdities of his chosen profession and an unerring ear for the withering one-liner. As long as the subject is someone else. When it comes to the sine qua non of political humor — devastating self-deprecation — Obama is less skilled or at least less willing to play an A game, as this weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner is once again likely to

   

 

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Tribune Media Services, Inc., by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/2/2014 5:16:32 AM     Post Reply
After the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001, members of the American Left found one thing they could all agree on: Our First Amendment rights were in peril. The American Prospect insisted on September 12, when the rubble was still burning and the dead had not yet been retrieved, that “a number of government agencies and their cheerleaders would be clearly tempted to lock the Bill of Rights away in some basement dustbin of the National Archives.” Two weeks later, novelist Barbara Kingsolver warned, “Patriotism threatens free speech with death.” She bravely attacked the claim that “free speech is un-American.” Author Richard penned an



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