Adam Smith, former CFO and treasurer of medical supplies manufacturer Vante, riled people up today when he put up a video of himself bullying a Chick-fil-A drive-thru employee in Tucson on YouTube.
Smith unsympathetically berates the worker in the video, which was initially titled ”Reduce $’s to Chick-Fil-A’s Hate Groups.” It has since been taken down (though other have uploaded it too).
”I’m a nice guy, by the way … totally heterosexual,” he says to the worker. “Not a gay in me, I just can’t stand the hate.”
Smith has now been fired from his job at Vante. Here’s the press release from Vante announcing that Smith is “no longer an employee of our company,” effective immediately:
Read more at businessinsider.com
Many Lebanese have understandably adopted the Syrian uprising against Bashar al-Assad as their own. During Syria’s 15-year occupation of their country, they experienced firsthand the suffering of living in the shadows of a brutal police state. Mr. Assad’s security chiefs (some recently killed) ran Lebanon with an iron fist, and are believed to be largely responsible for a string of assassinations targeting that country’s political leaders.
But once the euphoria of toppling the dictator of Damascus subsides, Lebanon is in for a rude awakening. For all his brutality, Assad is not Lebanon’s foremost curse, nor will his departure be that country’s salvation. The real threat to Lebanon’s body politic, as with most Arab societies, is the sectarian mindset that permeates all aspects of life and allows for foreign meddling in its affairs.
Over the years, the Assad regime learned how to manipulate Lebanon’s sectarian divisions to maintain its dominion over a fractured nation. But so did Iran and Hezbollah, the Shiite militant group that now dominates Lebanon’s political scene. In the absence of Beirut’s Damascene master, Iran will work to fill the void left behind.
In fact, this process of growing Iranian influence is already underway and will likely accelerate after Assad’s fall. Lebanon is largely an Iranian dominion, governed by a Hezbollah dominated coalition government since the toppling of the Western leaning parliamentary majority in 2010. Key state security posts are securely within the militant group’s sphere of influence.
Read more at csmonitor.com
Buoyed by White House inaction, China’s state-owned oil company has made a multibillion-dollar bid for a Canadian company with interests in Canada’s oil sands — North American oil for the lamps of China.
‘Do we really want to be buying our oil or Canadian oil back from the Chinese?” asked Sen. John Hoeven on Thursday as he reacted to news that China’s state-owned oil company, CNOOC Ltd., had launched a $15.1 billion takeover bid for Canada’s Nexen Inc., a company with operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
Our answer would be no. But it may happen, thanks to the Obama administration’s indifference to developing energy resources anywhere on the North American continent or building the Keystone XL pipeline linking Alberta’s oil-rich sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
“This is really a direct result of the administration’s resistance to Keystone,” Hoeven said. Hoeven, a Republican, represents North Dakota, where oil production is booming. The pipeline would carry some of that oil to southern refineries, bringing up to 20,000 immediate jobs and perhaps 10 times that many in an economic ripple effect.
… Prior to Nexen, CNOOC has made roughly $6 billion in smaller acquisitions in recent years. It has most notably hooked up with Chesapeake Energy for a joint venture in the Eagle Ford Shale formation in Texas, and with Norway’s Statoil in the Gulf of Mexico,an area where the Obama administration has placed draconian restrictions on U.S. drilling.
As the Institute for Energy Research reports, PetroChina, owned 86% by the Chinese government, produced 2.4 million barrels of oil a day last year, surpassing Exxon by 100,000. …
…State-owned Chinese oil and gas firms have invested more than $10 billion in Alberta’s oil sands and British Columbia shale gas in the past couple of years.
Read more at news.investors.com
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