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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Judge OKs Solyndra bankruptcy plan; U.S. won't recover loan
Hattip USN, Ret. In his honour a tutorial on how to post articles will be posted in the near future. As I once upon a time unintentionally demonstrated, this stuff is not intuitively obvious, however much it makes perfect sense once one knows how.
A Delaware judge is overruling government objections and approving a bankruptcy exit plan for failed solar power company Solyndra LLC.

Posted by: trailing wife || 10/24/2012 00:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Will the campaign contributions be recovered?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/24/2012 3:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Executive bonus payments outrank bond holders in the new world disorder - or at least labor executive payments do (Chrysler), so I figure campaign contributors all rank the same.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/24/2012 8:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Almost all big companies are Delaware ones. Look at a typical politician from there - slow boy Biden...
What do you think rules his ilk would approve of would look like?
Posted by: Water Modem || 10/24/2012 14:31 Comments || Top||

#4  "US won't recover loan" > D *** NG IT, I'M NOT SHOCKED, I TELL YA, I'M NOT SHOCKED!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/24/2012 19:54 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
More guns, less crime?
Posted by: Dale || 10/24/2012 20:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "New bill that would allow Russians to own and carry firearms".
Posted by: Dale || 10/24/2012 20:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Why is there a question mark on the headline? This is proven fact.

It is also well known that corrupt governments like crime.It is a useful control mechanism.
Posted by: Iblis || 10/24/2012 22:33 Comments || Top||


Economy
New Front in Illinois Blue Civil War
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/24/2012 11:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Based on history... if it is a plan Pat Quinn came up with himself... It Won't Work!
If anybody else did the plan there is random chance in its favor. Pat should never play with dice or I-Ching.
Posted by: Water Modem || 10/24/2012 14:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Quinn is about as useless a governor as Champ is a President.

Close a few prisons, shut down some of the different parts of the universities that we don't need (e.g., the new law school at NIU), reform the PEU pensions to 401Ks, reform the PEU health care mess, end all the good-old-boy no bid consulting contracts, and cap Medicaid reimbursements to nursing homes. Then see how close you are to a balanced budget and go from there.
Posted by: Steve White || 10/24/2012 17:45 Comments || Top||

#3  In Quinn's favor, at least he's not in jail - yet.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/24/2012 18:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Well, The Illinois Governor's Wing at Terre Haute is full up right now. I'm sure they'll be a vacancy one of these days. And some one to fill it...
Posted by: tu3031 || 10/24/2012 19:35 Comments || Top||

#5  I recommend a toll rate increase on I-95. Something in the neighborhood of $3. to $4. per stop, per tire x the number of passengers.

Oh just forget it, Illinois will NEVER get out of the hole they've Chicago has dug.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/24/2012 19:47 Comments || Top||

#6  You do realize that I-95 runs down the East Coast from Maine to Flordia, don't you, B?

It doesn't go within 600 miles of Illinois. And we certainly don't want to pay for their profligacy greed.

Perhaps you meant I-90?

M
Posted by: Barbara || 10/24/2012 20:02 Comments || Top||

#7  I-95'd work too, statistically, anyway; 95% of the trtaffic on it is deep, dark blue. And reds can go around on local highways without too much problem.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/24/2012 20:10 Comments || Top||

#8  Duhhhh, yes, I-90. Chicago to Rockford, Beloit, etc.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/24/2012 20:12 Comments || Top||


Europe
'Perverse, ludicrous' verdicts lead to resignations of scientists
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 10/24/2012 07:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [319 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gee, what do you think these boneheads want to do to scientists that don't warn about MMGW?

Can't come up with the words to describe this. Has anyone found a tie between someones money and this?
Posted by: AlanC || 10/24/2012 11:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Link is 404.
Posted by: gromky || 10/24/2012 15:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Copy the link address, paste it in the URL block and trim off the unneeded part.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 10/24/2012 16:13 Comments || Top||

#4  If you google the headline, the BBC article should pop up as the first option. I tried copy/pasting that URL into the source box, but for whatever reason that did not fix the problem.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/24/2012 18:15 Comments || Top||

#5  i think they were convicted because they were state employees, not because they were scientists.
Posted by: phil_b || 10/24/2012 18:42 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm a professional geophysicist - don't try this at home. My prediction: If you are near a known fault there will be an earthquake; if you are not near a known fault there will be an earthquake; the only difference is probabilities. Probabilities are just statistical variation around the unknowable answer.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/24/2012 18:46 Comments || Top||

#7  Glen more, that is all well and good... But when do i buy the soup...
Posted by: Shipman || 10/24/2012 19:02 Comments || Top||

#8  I could give you my best guess, but if I'm wrong - and odds are real high I would be - I get sued or jailed, so make your own guess.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/24/2012 19:28 Comments || Top||

#9  It is a terrible verdict, and a terrible prosecution, but in your heart of hearts, don't you wish even a teensy weens bit that Obama's economists who assured that the stimulus would keep unemployment below 8 percent were next?
Posted by: Perfesser || 10/24/2012 20:46 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Culture of impunity blamed for violence against women
[Dawn] Of 4,585 cases of violence against women reported in the country during the first half of this year, about 1,027 incidents -- nearly 22 per cent of the total number of cases -- happened in Sindh, states a report released by a rights group on Monday.

The report adds that the FIRs of around 59 per cent of the cases in the province were not registered.

An overwhelming impunity granted to perpetrators of violence against women has led to a steady rise in the number of cases across Pakistain, the report says.

Prepared by Aurat Foundation, the non-governmental organization working for women's rights, the report finds 3,153 incidents of violence against women reported in Punjab only. While this figure makes nearly 69 per cent of the total number of cases reported in the country, the report cites better awareness level along with easy access to the media and police for the high number of reported cases in the province.

Aurat Foundation has been collecting data and releasing annual reports on violence against women over the past four years, showing alarming trends prevailing in the country.

Since these reports are based on the incidents published in national dailies, it can be assumed that the actual number of violence cases is much higher.

While studying the cases district-wise, the organization finds Lahore as the district where most cases of violence against women (272) were reported, followed by Okara (262) and Sargodha (223).

The report mentions a total of 15 districts with maximum number of cases. Of these, 12 are in Punjab, one in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
and two in Sindh, it says.

In Sindh, 90 per cent cases of violence against women are reported in Khairpur Mirs, followed by 80pc in Ghotki, and 60pc cases in Sukkur, Naushahro Feroz and Larkana.

Forms of violence

The most common form of violence against women was found to be murder, with 153 killings reported in the media, the organization says. It was followed by abduction/ kidnapping (146), domestic violence (140), honour killings (131), custodial violence (194), vani (102), suicide (59), rape/ gang rape (54), attempt to commit suicide (36), threat to violence (35), sexual assault (33), attempted murder (30), and burning (four).
Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [347 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  The real War on Women alert.
Posted by: jack salami || 10/24/2012 12:35 Comments || Top||

#2  reinforcing culture there is this verse from the qrn

4:34 Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted, Great
Posted by: lord garth || 10/24/2012 19:56 Comments || Top||


Teenage girl rescued from sex trade
[Dawn] Police have rescued a teenage girl from the illegal custody of a couple who were planning to sell her in Afghanistan, police said on Monday.

The recovery of Shahina came after she made a call to Rescue-15 from her detention place and sought police help.

Investigation officer SI Anis Akbar told Dawn that Rescue-15 informed Shahzad Town police that a girl had been placed in long-term storage
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
by a couple in a house at Sanam Chowk and was seeking help for her release.

In response, a police team raided the house and recovered her and took the couple into custody.

In her statement, Shahina told police that she had been sold thrice and the couple, Jamila and Kareem, were her last buyers. She said Ikram, a native of Charsadda, had brought Shahina to Rawalpindi and sold her to them some 19 days back.

She alleged they used her as sex worker, and Kareem raped her several times.

Shahina said she was first kidnapped by Akram in Shabqadar while she was going to school. He dragged her in a car and made her unconscious. When she regained her consciousness she found herself locked in a room.

Akram made Shahina addict by giving her narcotics.

He continued to rape her during her stay with him and later sold her to Rashid for Rs60,000.

Later, Ikram bought Shahina for Rs55,000 and brought her to Rawalpindi.

Shahina said the couple wanted to sell her in Afghanistan, but somehow she came to know about their planning and luckily got a chance to inform Rescue-15 about their move.

The police have started the paperwork but haven't done much else against the couple under sections 371-A (selling person for purposes of prostitution, etc), 371-B (buying person for purposes of prostitution, etc) and 376 (punishment for rape).

During investigation, Jamila and Kareem told the police that they had recently been shifted from Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
to Islamabad to extend their illegal business they had been running for many years. They would buy girls from different sources, including sex traders and kidnappers, the IO added.
Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [350 views] Top|| File under:

#1  planning to sell her in Afghanistan
I wouldn't think there is much of a market for girls in Afgan. Goats, on the other hand...
Posted by: Spot || 10/24/2012 8:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Probably a market among NATO soldiers and various contractor and NGO employees.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/24/2012 8:42 Comments || Top||

#3  My first trip into Afghan I was amazed at that this was going on. Mostly run by the russians. It was clear they were not there by choice and it needed to be stopped. I'm certain it is still going on.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 10/24/2012 8:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Isn't there a large number of U.N. in Afghanistan?

Isn't the Food for Nookie program going on there too?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/24/2012 8:51 Comments || Top||

#5  I was snarking on the Afgans, but it's really not a laughing matter. I forgot about all the UN and other NGO types.
Posted by: Spot || 10/24/2012 10:36 Comments || Top||

#6  @Glenmore

Don't believe everyone is like you.
Posted by: JFM || 10/24/2012 11:12 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm acquainted with an Indian chap (Lawyer) that has worked for the U.N. for years (I have no idea exactly what he does). He makes an obscene amount of money, and brags about all of the "prime" talent (his words) available. He's been all over the place, Bosnia, Africa the 'stan...etc. It would seem that wherever the U.N. is, there is extensive trafficking for the sex trade.

He is a thoroughly despicable person, I've told my wife I'd like to punch his ticket, but it seems he is quite admired by my in-laws. Someday...
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 10/24/2012 11:51 Comments || Top||

#8  JFM, prostitution exists everywhere, and especially so where men with money are deployed among impovrished people. This Shahina was quite possibly destined to be sold to a brothel somewhere in Afghanistan, where she would have earned her 'owner' a good bit of money, no doubt some from American soldiers (though I understand that has become a lot more challenging than in wars past), as well as all the rest. Prostitution as seen in most of the west is often called a 'victimless' crime because both parties are willing participants; the sex slave trade in the Third World and even many of the 'rough' areas of the developed world is clearly not victimless.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/24/2012 12:10 Comments || Top||

#9  Prostitution in the Umma? Are you shitting me?

Mutaa marriage is at the core of Islam and why Mullahs are so wealthy...it is the 20 minutes marriage organized(for alms) by the Mullahz...then you say "I divorce you" three times when you are done and she can service another of the Mullah's customer.
Posted by: Menhadden Grumble7602 || 10/24/2012 12:32 Comments || Top||

#10  Mutaa marriage is at the core of Islam and why Mullahs are so wealthy

It is my understanding that mutaa marriage is a Shiite specialty, and that Sunnis have to make other arrangements. You might want to look that up, Menhadden Grumble7602.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/24/2012 15:12 Comments || Top||

#11  on other words Menhadden Grumble7602, Mullah's are little more than holy pimps.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/24/2012 15:24 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraq and Kuwait agree to develop disputed fields
Iraq and Kuwait have signed an agreement on the joint development of deposits which are the subject of a dispute between the two countries for many years, spokesman for the Iraqi Oil Ministry Asym Jihad told Trend today. According to the agreement between the parties, a joint venture will be established to regulate the work in the fields to be the operator.
Beats going to war...
"There is a big breakthrough in resolving the problems of joint oil fields with Kuwait," he said. "Iraq intends to fully resolve the problem hindering the development of joint prospective oil fields."

The main joint oil fields between Iraq and Kuwait are Ravdatain, Sabria and Bahra, with most belonging to Kuwait. Zubair, Qurna and Majnoon are located in Iraq. The main point of dispute between the two countries is the Al-Ratka field which is a continuation of giant Iraqi Rumaila field.
Posted by: Steve White || 10/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [335 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hmmm... nice.
Posted by: newc || 10/24/2012 19:23 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Creating Opportunities To Miss Opportunities: West Bank On Strike
[Ma'an] The Paleostinian Authority cabinet on Tuesday called on civil servants to go back to work as strikes in ministries, universities, schools and refugee camps paralyzed the West Bank.

The cabinet in its weekly meeting said employees who continued to strike would be "held liable."

Paleostinian Authority employees, including public university staff and school teachers, suspended work Tuesday over the late and incomplete payment of their salaries.

On Thursday, the Paleostinian Authority finance ministry announced it was distributing partial September salaries after repeatedly delaying payment to employees and capping payments to high earners.

Ministers in Ramallah urged unions to "continue the dialogue" and said that while the government understood unions' needs, the financial crisis and challenges facing the PA provided "limited possibilities."

The cabinet urged donor countries, especially Arab countries, to keep providing support to the Paleostinian people.

University staff are also embroiled in an ongoing dispute with the Ministry of Education over employee benefits and demands to abolish taxes on end-of-service pay.

Amjad Barham, head of the union for university staff, said the union would call a general strike if the ministry continued its "policy of procrastination and intransigence."

UNRWA staff on strike

Employees of UNRWA, the UN agency for Paleostinian refugees, also went on strike Tuesday to protest cuts in the agency's services and the dismissal of 130 workers

UNRWA health clinics, schools and offices were closed and shops shut their doors for two hours.

Ahmad Abu Khayran, who chairs a popular committee in Hebron's al-Fawwar refugee camp, said UNRWA's austerity measures were making life harder for refugees who were already suffering from the economic crisis.

Abu Khayran told Ma'an that UNRWA was trying to "shirk its responsibilities" to refugees and treating them as Europeans or Americans, forcing them to pay 25 to 40 percent of their medical costs.

He said UNRWA should reduce the wages of its foreign staff instead of increasing medical expenses for refugees, as well as pressuring donor nations to meet their obligations.

UNRWA criticized the strike, which it said had prevented 51,000 from attending school. The agency said it remained committed to meeting the needs of refugees, but a 50 percent drop in funding since 2010 had forced the agency to "re-prioritize" its emergency services.

Basic services -- including schools, primary health clinics and food aid -- are not affected by the restructuring, the UN agency said in a statement.

UNRWA said it would continue working to secure resources to maintain its emergency services, which depend on donor response to its emergency appeal.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [462 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  So the Paleos are on strike, the civil servants are on strike, the refugees are on strike, and the UN wankers are on strike. Don't you have to, like, actually do something to go on strike from? Please tell me this is The Onion.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/24/2012 2:40 Comments || Top||

#2  In solidarity, the panhandlers near my train station have gone on strike too. It's tough holding that cup out all day.
Posted by: Spot || 10/24/2012 7:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Can the subsidies go on strike?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/24/2012 8:08 Comments || Top||

#4  ...after repeatedly delaying payment to employees and capping payments to high earners.

Why didn't I think of that?
Posted by: B.H. Obama || 10/24/2012 9:47 Comments || Top||

#5  "No pay, no work."
Posted by: mojo || 10/24/2012 12:45 Comments || Top||

#6  UNRWA said it would continue working to secure resources to maintain its emergency services, which depend on donor response to its emergency appeal.

Heh, they do that more often than PBS.
Maybe they should invest in some tote bags...
Posted by: tu3031 || 10/24/2012 14:44 Comments || Top||

#7  Time to cue HISTERIA'S MISS INFORMATION/
OPPORTUNITY, wid her Pitcher-Tray of Water, Johnson, stage left.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/24/2012 21:54 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Lasers On USN Ships Within 2 Years?
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Expect to see the Navy using lasers on both of its ships within the next couple of years. Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, chief of the Office of Naval Research, tells Wired that they have pushed up the timetable from four years to two to install laser weapons on board ships.

"We're well past physics," Klunder told the magazine. "We're just going through the integration efforts. Hopefully, that tells you we're well mature, and we're ready to put these on naval ships."

Klunder added that tests have been "very successful," telling Wired that lasers were recently able to shoot down drones.

On top of lasers, the Office of Naval Research is also working on drone subs that they hope can go underwater for 60 days at a time. A prototype of the drone sub is expected to be ready by 2016.

"The propulsion systems that I think you're going to see within a year are going to [give] a (unmanned underwater vehicle) with over 30 days of endurance," Klunder explained to the magazine. That's ahead of schedule of what we told the secretary of the Navy a year ago."
Posted by: Steve White || 10/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [538 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But we won't need to many, since not only do we have the smallest number since a long time ago, but we cannot count those that we land airplanes on, called aircraft carriers or submarines that go under the water when we count the ships....
BO said so and i b'lieve him (spit)
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 10/24/2012 0:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Yup, should have thought of that angle. How many frickin' lasers will we need anyways?
Posted by: Steve White || 10/24/2012 0:14 Comments || Top||

#3  The lasers go on sharks. Everyone knows that.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 10/24/2012 0:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Yawn. Call me when they get the trans-warp drive worked out...
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) || 10/24/2012 0:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Or at least on very annoying trout.
Posted by: Steven || 10/24/2012 0:25 Comments || Top||

#6  ...and rail guns! Don't forget the rail guns!
Posted by: tu3031 || 10/24/2012 0:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Will they be able to lase swarms of small boats?
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 10/24/2012 8:29 Comments || Top||

#8  These are pretty cool actually. They replace the phalanx systems and have longer range, can fire faster and farther and have no ammo limit.

They aren't going to take down swarms of small boats (that is what the Ma-duce is for), but it makes it a lot harder to kill our ships with swarms of missiles from swarms of boats.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/24/2012 9:11 Comments || Top||

#9  And despite what you see in movies lasers are invisible so i can see lots of fun misuse.
Posted by: Rjschwarz || 10/24/2012 9:52 Comments || Top||

#10  ..or a Chronosphere.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/24/2012 10:14 Comments || Top||

#11  Line-of-sight weapons are of limited value. Especially when they require a large portion of a ships power to charge.
Posted by: mojo || 10/24/2012 12:46 Comments || Top||

#12  I don't think you'd need as large a portion of the ship as you think if you've got a nuclear powered ship you could use that power source. Line of site works as close-in-defense. Much more accurate than any kind of projectile and it woudln't take much to knock a missile out of its path.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/24/2012 14:40 Comments || Top||

#13  Lasers also don't work as well in rain or fog - yes, they work, but the signal is degraded.

Also, controlling the laser and keeping it on target is a major challenge in heavy weather when the ship is rocking and rolling.

This is not as much of a challenge for aircraft carriers, since a six degree roll is considered a major disturbance.

By the way, the only surface nuc ships these days are aircraft carriers.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/24/2012 21:34 Comments || Top||

#14  As per FREEREPUBLIC Artics, looks like the Bammer's "horses and bayonets" debate gaffe has re-started controversy oer the size of the post-2014 Navy + DOD in a troubled US, Global economy.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/24/2012 21:50 Comments || Top||

#15  Rambler, I had not realized the nuclear guided missile cruisers were all scrapped; didn't even last 20 years.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/24/2012 22:34 Comments || Top||

#16  See also WAFF > [StrategyPage] BARACK AND MITT: THE WAR FOR THE US NAVY HAS JUST BEGUN.

and

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > BOEING HAS TESTED [new Cruise] MISSLE THAT DESTROYS ELECTRONICS [+ Computers] ONLY LEAVING EVERYTHING | BOEING PERFECTED A MISSLE THAT WIPES OUT ELECTRONICS AND LEAVES EVERYTHING ELSE INTACT | BOEING'S COUNTER-ELECTRONICS HIGH-POWER MICROWAVE ADVANCED MISSLE PROJECT - BUSINESS INSIDER.

versus

* WORLD NEWS > [Asia Times] ITS THE WORLD OR NOTHING FOR CHINA.

* SAME > CHINA STEPS UP RHETORIC AGZ US MISSLE DEFENSE, as per US-led GMD-TMD in East Asia includ NE Asia + new "Pivot" Asia strategy.

* TOPIX > RUSSIA WARNS OF "TECHNICAL" RESPONSE [ + other]TO US MISSLE SHIELD.

ZOOOMG, everybody panic!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/24/2012 23:49 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran Says May Stop Oil Sales if Sanctions Intensify
Iran said on Tuesday it would stop oil exports if pressure from Western sanctions got any tighter and it had a "Plan B" contingency strategy to survive without oil revenues.

Western nations led by the United States have imposed tough sanctions on the Islamic Republic this year in an attempt to curb its nuclear program that they say is designed to produce an atomic bomb. Tehran says its nuclear plans are peaceful.

"If sanctions intensify we will stop exporting oil," Iranian oil minister Rostam Qasemi told reporters in Dubai.

Qasemi's statement is the latest in a series of threats of retaliation by Tehran in response to the sanctions, which have heightened political tensions across the Middle East and, analysts say, led to a sharp drop in Iranian oil exports.

"We have prepared a plan to run the country without any oil revenues," Qasemi said, adding, "So far to date we haven't had any serious problems, but if the sanctions were to be renewed we would go for 'Plan B'.

"If you continue to add to the sanctions we (will) cut our oil exports to the world."

Iran has in the past said it could shut the vital shipping lane of Hormuz at the head of the Middle East Gulf, through which much of the region's seaborne oil exports pass.

Earlier on Tuesday, Qasemi said Iran was still producing 4 million barrels per day (bpd), rejecting reports the country's output has fallen to around 2.7 million bpd.

According to the latest secondary source estimates published by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Iran pumped just 2.72 bpd in September, and Iran's own data submitted to OPEC showed the country produced 3.75 million bpd in August.

But Qasemi said Iran was pumping oil at full capacity:

"It is currently 4 million barrels per day," Qasemi said, declining to give export figures.

"Iran has been facing U.S. sanctions for 30 years while successfully managing its oil sector," he said.

Qasemi said Iran was now consuming much more of its own oil thanks to a rapidly rising refining capacity.

He said Iran's refining capacity was now 2 million barrels per day (bpd) with another 200,000 bpd of capacity to be added before the end of Iranian year next March.

The increase in refining capacity had already ended Iran's need to import vehicle fuel and could soon drive a boom in fuel exports, the minister said.

"Our daily consumption of petrol (gasoline) is 90 million liters ... Earlier, a big portion of that was being imported but we no longer import products," he said.

"Right now, we not only don't import but we also export some products ... there are always customers for Iranian oil.

"By the end of the Iranian year they will reach their maximum capacity and then we can export more Iranian oil products," he said.
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*holds gun to own head*
"nobody move or the n.... mullah gets it"
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#2  That's kinda the idea, isn't it?
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