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Microsoft seeks emergency patch for IE

Computer users may want to stop using the Internet Explorer browser — at least for the next day or so.

Microsoft has announced that it is preparing an emergency patch to plug a gaping security hole that cyber criminals have been using to grab control of unsuspecting IE users’ machines. The software giant plans to issue the remedy sometime Wednesday.  More HERE


December 16, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Technology, trucking | , , , , , | Leave a comment

US Anti-kidnapping Expert Kidnapped In Mexico

A U.S. anti-kidnapping expert was abducted by gunmen in northern Mexico last week, a sign of just how bold this nation’s kidnapping gangs have become.

U.S. security consultant Felix Batista was in Saltillo in Coahuila state to offer advice on how to confront abductions for ransom when he himself was seized, local authorities said.

Unknown assailants grabbed him on Dec. 10, said Charlie LeBlanc, the president of the Houston, Texas-based security firm ASI Global LLC., where Batista is a consultant.  More HERE

December 16, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Border Security, Homeland Security | , , , , | 1 Comment

Christmas Countdown – Snoopy vs. The Red Baron

This is a cute video to “Snoopy’s Christmas”.  I haven’t heard this one in years.  Enjoy!

December 16, 2008 Posted by | trucking, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Exclusive: Book Review: ‘Sarah Takes on Big Oil’

When Alaska Governor Sarah Palin burst onto the national political scene during the 2008 Presidential election as Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s running mate, she captured the attention and imaginations of voters across the country. With her confidence and positive message for America, Gov. Palin breathed a breath of fresh air into the American political scene that left admirers and foes alike clamoring to know more. Even after the last vote was counted and the Palin family plane landed back home in Alaska, the fascination and desire for everything “Sarah” continues on.

It was the battle the feisty governor inherited from her predecessor and “Big Oil,” primarily BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil that gave Petroleum News publisher and editor, Kay Cashman, the inspiration to write Sarah Takes on Big Oil. “I was researching for another project,” Cashman recently told, but found the new governor to be a reformer, a straight arrow, whose story compelled Cashman to change her course.

December 16, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, economy, Politics, trucking | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Falling Fortunes, Rising Hopes and the Price of Oil

By Peter Zeihan (from

Oil prices have now dipped — albeit only briefly — below US$40 a barrel, a precipitous plunge from their highs of more than US$147 a barrel in July. Just as high oil prices reworked the international economic order, low oil prices are now doing the same. Such a sudden onset of low prices impacts the international system just as severely as recent record highs.

But before we dive into the short-term (that is, up to 12 months) impact of the new price environment, we must state our position in the oil price debate. We have long been perplexed about the onward and upward movement of the oil markets from 2005 to 2008. Certainly, global demand was strong, but a variety of factors such as production figures and growing inventories of crude oil seemed to argue against ever-increasing prices. Some of our friends pointed to the complex world of derivatives and futures trading, which they said had created artificial demand. That may well have been true, but the bottom line is that, based on the fundamentals, the oil numbers did not make a great deal of sense.

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December 16, 2008 Posted by | economy, trucking | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment