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Recently discovered element – heaviest known to science

I don’t normally report on scientific discoveries, but a fellow blogger forwarded this article posted at Brutally Honest and I felt obligated to the Human Race to repost and make sure as many people as possible knew about this phenomenon!

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California  has now identified with certainty the heaviest element known to science.

The new element, Pelosium (PL), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.

Pelosium is inert, and has no charge and no magnetism.  Nevertheless, it can be detected because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.  A tiny amount of Pelosium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years to complete.

Pelosium has a normal half-life of 2 years.  It does not decay, but instead undergoes a biennial reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.

Pelosium mass will increase over time, since each reorganization will promote many morons to become isodopes.

This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Pelosium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.

When catalyzed with money, Pelosium becomes Senatorium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Pelosium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

No matter what your political affiliation, you have to admit….that’s funny! Change the name to make it apply to who every you want. Pelosium works just fine for me. Just thought I would give you all a little break from the “not so humorous” world of DoD contracting and their fraudulent contractors.

Smile!!

Ms Sparky

Uncle Sam wants you…..to pay your damn taxes or “No contracts for you!”

It would be nice if these multi-billion dollar defense contractors had to follow the same laws the rest of us do!!

Obama cracking down on contractor tax cheats

January 20, 2010 at 9:09 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is ordering a new crackdown on federal contractors who don’t pay their taxes.

He was signing an executive order Wednesday telling federal agency chiefs to take steps to bar those companies from receiving new government contracts. Obama was also directing the IRS to review contractor filings to ensure the companies are not lying about the taxes they’ve paid.

“It is simply wrong for companies to take taxpayer dollars and not be taxpayers themselves,” Obama said in his prepared remarks. “We need to insist on the same sense of responsibility in Washington that so many of you strive to uphold in your own lives, in your own families and in your own businesses.”

A White House fact sheet said the move is part of the president’s effort to restructure government contracting to root out waste and abuse.

That effort has included measures to end no-bid contracts and to crack down on what the administration deems improper payments. Administration officials estimate the measures saved as much as $100 billion last year. Read the remainder of this entry »

KBR and the Pentagon breathe sigh of relief at Dorgan’s announcement

Senator Dorgan (D-ND)

As the Chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee since 1999, Senator Dorgan and been a thorn in KBR’s side ever since he started investigating and holding hearings into KBR’s fraud, waste and abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan. This Senator has held a total of 21 hearings targeting Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Iraq since this series of hearings began 2003.

It was Senator Dorgan and Senate Democratic Policy Committee who brought to light the exposure of our soldiers and civilians to sodium dichromate at Qarmat Ali by KBR.

It was Senator Dorgan and Senate Democratic Policy Committee who brought to light the deaths of SSG Ryan Maseth, SSG Christ Everett and others due to electrocution caused by shoddy electrical work by KBR.

It was Senator Dorgan and Senate Democratic Policy Committee who brought to light the contaminated water and expired food that was served to our troops and civilians by KBR.

It was Senator Dorgan and Senate Democratic Policy Committee who publicly exposed the Pentagon for their utter incompetence in managing contractor contracts.

Senator Dorgan has been an honest and fair voice for the citizens of North Dakota and all Americans who believe lying, cheating and stealing are wrong.

Senator Dorgan will never be replaced on the Senate Democratic Committee, but hopefully Senator Reid will find someone who can adequately continue his work.

(I can just see  KBR’s Bill Bodie and Bill Utt doing the  KBR Happy Dance at 4100 Clinton Drive in Houston.) Read the remainder of this entry »

KBR still owes at least $61M for improper billing

Hand ShakeKBR improperly billed for security guards, senator says

Bloomberg News
Nov. 11, 2009, 2:54PM

KBR, the largest contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan, improperly billed the Pentagon and was paid about $103 million for armed security guard services, a U.S. senator says.

In a Nov. 6 letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who chairs a contracting oversight panel, wrote that the Pentagon has recovered $42 million of the payments.

McCaskill said she was concerned the Defense Department “is not moving quickly enough to recover the remaining $61 million” and asked Gates for a status report by Dec. 1.
KBR officials have not seen the McCaskill letter but “the assertion KBR has engaged in ‘improper’ billings is false,” said company spokeswoman Heather Browne in an e-mail. “KBR has previously addressed billing issues and worked with the government to answer questions raised,” she said.

The billings were part of the Houston-based company’s $34 billion contract to provide housing, food, laundry, mail delivery and fuel. The Defense Contract Audit Agency first identified the billings in August 2007. McCaskill said the failure to recover all the money by now “raises questions about the sufficiency” of Pentagon efforts “to recover disapproved costs on other contracts.”

The Pentagon audit agency believes the entire amount should be repaid, because the contract specifically prohibits contractors billing the Pentagon for armed security guards, said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Darryn James, a Defense Contract Audit Agency spokesman.

“KBR billed the costs as part of the payments to subcontractors,” James said in an e-mail.

Army Sustainment Command spokesman Linda Theis said the private security costs “were embedded in subcontract costs and were not evident in the normal review of interim vouchers,” and the Army is continuing its efforts to recover the remaining $61 million.

KBR’s Browne said the company is contesting the $42 million in court and will fight paying back any additional funds. (click HERE for original article)

I have to add something in response to this statement: Army Sustainment Command spokesman Linda Theis said the private security costs “were embedded in subcontract costs and were not evident in the normal review of interim vouchers,”

Does anyone else think that KBR MIGHT have been just a snidge bit deceitful?? Or is it just me being too hard on poor little ole KBR!!!

As for the Army Sustainment Command, it would appear managing  KBR’s LOGCAP contract might be a little more than you can handle at this time. Why not subcontract that out to someone who doesn’t have a vested interest?

Ms Sparky

Senate DPC Hearing held on Burn Pits Nov 6 (Video link)

Senate DPC

Today, Senator Dorgan (D-ND) chaired the Senate Democratic Policy Committee’s 21st  hearing into contractor fraud, waste and abuse  entitled:

Are Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan Making Our Soldiers Sick?

Committee Members

Senator Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND), Chairman

Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Witnesses

Lt. Col. Darrin Curtis
Former Bioenvironmental Engineer, U.S. Air Force

Rick Lamberth
Former KBR Employee

L. Russell Keith
Former KBR Medic

Anthony Szema, M.D
Chief of the Allergy Section, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Northport, New York

Click HERE to watch entire unedited video, read witness testimony and Senator Dorgan’s opening statements

I just love the way Senator Dorgan and the Senate Democratic Policy Committee does not back down and keeps nipping at the heels of fraud, waste and abuse that is Defense Department contracting!

Ms Sparky