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Cez★ 06-11-2010 02:07 PM

morning fucksticks

Lazarus 06-11-2010 02:09 PM


Originally Posted by Cez (Post 107297)
finished human centipede

Saw this also wish it was more fucked up like the reviews made it seem.

stonehenge 06-11-2010 02:15 PM

Re: The Chat Thread
Morning :blah:

Cez★ 06-11-2010 02:24 PM


Originally Posted by Lazarus (Post 107301)
Saw this also wish it was more fucked up like the reviews made it seem.

:truestory: yea it was pretty disturbing. but it was overhyped

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morning wan!

jschrock 06-11-2010 02:31 PM

Hey did you all see my new tattoo?

Chadster08 06-11-2010 02:32 PM

Everyone on has is from gmfs, you don't think they know about the thread? Hell even I know about it lol

Cez★ 06-11-2010 02:32 PM


JayBo 06-11-2010 02:37 PM

Mornin. Bout to ride the bike

jschrock 06-11-2010 02:39 PM


Originally Posted by Chadster08 (Post 107306)
Everyone on has is from gmfs, you don't think they know about the thread? Hell even I know about it lol


IT was a joke Chadwick.

Cez★ 06-11-2010 02:40 PM

hello jay and james

and chad :blah:

jschrock 06-11-2010 02:43 PM

whats up Cez?

AOT Smilies at work!

Cez★ 06-11-2010 02:59 PM

cant see link bro.

holy mother of fuck. i went to take a shit. just as i was about to get up this douchenozzle comes in and starts grooming his fucking self
had to wait like 10 minutes for that fuck to GTFO

jschrock 06-11-2010 03:00 PM

Lmao say :fiwdil:

Cez★ 06-11-2010 03:01 PM

and i know who it is too. its mr. sits behind a fucking desk and goes to meeting and thinks hes mr. fucking CEO.

jschrock 06-11-2010 03:05 PM

Got to love those people

Cez★ 06-11-2010 03:09 PM

least im only here til about 1 :pepper:

jschrock 06-11-2010 03:15 PM

You suck!! I may try to get off early too....I have to get up at about 4:30 tomorrow.

Cez★ 06-11-2010 03:16 PM

for what?

jschrock 06-11-2010 03:19 PM

Got to take my bro-in-law to his OCCRA race (quads). :blah:

Cez★ 06-11-2010 03:28 PM

you no like quad races? :crazy: or not getting up early :pow:

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haiti ftw
A comfortably-appointed passenger ship that United Nations peacekeepers in earthquake-battered Haiti call home is still on duty, its rental meter running at $72,500 per day. The tab for U.N. member states is more than $6.5 million since March — and counting.

Both the 480-foot vessel named Ola Esmeralda, and its smaller companion the Sea Voyager — known among U.N. staffers as the "Love Boat" — have been generating controversy ever since their arrival in Haiti was reported on by Fox News.

On May 11, the Love Boat left Haiti after completing its 90-day initial contract with the U.N. — at a cost of roughly $3.5 million. A recent U.N. peacekeeping budget, however, has set aside an additional $6.5 million for Ola Esmeralda to cover rental until the end of August.

According to an expert in international shipping operations, management and finance consulted by Fox News, however, that $13 million projected tab for Ola Esmeralda, an 11,000-ton Venezuelan-registered vessel whose owners have close ties to the Hugo Chavez government, is "outrageous, ridiculous, whatever bad words you can use. I'd love to have that contract."

He estimates that the ship deal is spinning off cash for its owners at a rate that is two or three times what is normal for the "flotel" — floating hotel — business.

Welcome to the "Love Boat," a chartered cruise ship where many U.N. relief workers are living while they stay in Haiti's ruined capital of Port au Prince, where most residents are homeless. The U.N. is paying over $10 million to rent a pair of ships, because "you have to be in good shape in order to help the Haitians," a senior U.N. official told Fox News.

The expert's estimate of the lucrative nature of the Ola Esmeralda contract raises new questions about the choice of the vessel for U.N. peacekeeping work by the agency that struck the deal, the World Food Program (WFP).

According to WFP, Ola Esmeralda was chosen after rigorous competitive bidding, in which five different vessels were vying for the job on the basis of the lowest competitive price. Said a WFP spokesman: "The Ola Esmeralda is relatively old and was the most cost effective in terms of price per cabin."

The expert consulted by Fox News, however, was skeptical. His conclusion: "It's a dream deal for somebody."

Using the "most generous" operating cost assumptions, plus the actual technical specifications of the ship, the expert concluded that the U.N. is paying at least 100 percent more than Ola Esmeralda costs to operate — a tally that the expert said should be no more than $36,200 per day.

That would leave an estimated excess of revenue over operating expenses of more than $36,280 per day, and even after making further allowances for administrative overhead, the Ola Esmeralda is likely generating a cash flow for its owners of at least $29,000 per day — more than $2.6 million during its first three months in Haiti.

Normal cash flow in the floating hotel business, the expert said, would be more like $10,000 to $15,000 a day.

Indeed, the operating costs for Ola Esmeralda could be even lower than that, the expert concluded — and the cash flow could be a lot higher. Among other things, Fox News' expert — who requested anonymity — based his cost calculations on the likelihood that Ola Esmeralda, which can carry a maximum of 482 passengers, was hosting 375 U.N. staffers per day, or 78 per cent capacity.

According to a spokesman for the U.N. peacekeepers the ship has recently been hosting about 250 passengers, or 52 percent capacity.

That should lower expenses for such things as hot meals, laundered sheets and other personal services — all of which make Ola Esmeralda a luxury pit-stop on the ravaged island — by another 25 percent, and add another estimated $1,400 per day to Ola's potential profit margins.

"These are huge, huge commissions," said the expert. "Somebody's making a fortune."

Fox News first revealed the murky ownership details of Ola Esmeralda last April, as the U.N. agency that contracted for the vessel, the World Food Program, was ridding its web-site of a photo-essay and story about the two ships' arrival.

According to WFP, the ship's owner is a Miami company called Lighthouse Ship Management LLC, whose office address is that of a suburban Miami residence.

But in fact, as of the end of January 2010, the registered owner of the Ola Esmeralda, according to official ship registries, is a Venezuelan company, Servicios Acuaticos de Venezuela, C.A., or Saveca. Lighthouse Ship Management is the vessel's manager, a fact confirmed to Fox News by a Saveca executive who otherwise declined to answer questions.

Saveca, in turn, boasts on its website that it has an "alliance" with a Venezuelan shipyard, Dianca, that is jointly owned by the Chavez government and its state-owned oil firm.

Neither Saveca nor Lighthouse Ship Management has answered questions about their relationship initially posed by Fox News in April.

Through a spokesman, however, WFP has tersely defended to Fox News both its procurement procedures in the Ola Esmeralda selection and the cost of the ship's rental. According to the spokesman, ten ships were originally offered for the contract, and half of them survived a technical analysis to determine if they could adequately provide the required services.

Ola Esmeralda was chosen from among the surviving five on the basis of lowest price bid, WFP's spokesman said.

When informed that Fox News had been told the cost of renting the Ola Esmeralda was considered to be high, the spokesman replied that its expenses included "refueling costs over a three-month period, and food requirements of passengers."

"Refueling costs alone account for almost one-third of the daily rate," the agency's spokesman declared.

Fox's expert agreed that fuel costs made up one-third of his own estimated operating costs for the vessel — but that was $12,000 out of an estimated total expense of $36,200, rather than the $72,500 the U.N. is paying for the ship.

He based his estimate on normal commercial rates for fuel oil and lubricants and the consumption rates of the diesel "generator" engines listed in Ola Esmeralda's specifications. He noted that in a moored "flotel," those "generator" engines would be used to produce roughly 4,000 kilowatts of energy per day for the vessel in port, rather than the main engines, which are used to propel the ship at sea — and which use much more fuel.

The Fox News expert's numbers also included food and laundry services for a crew of 150 plus the 375 assumed passengers.

"The galley and housekeeping is where the real labor is aboard this kind of ship," he said, and those workers are often less expensive than the operating crew.

According to the shipping expert, it would be "very difficult" for any costs to be higher than his estimates, given the labor markets and wage rates in the Caribbean zone where Ola Esmeralda operates.

As for food costs, he mused, "maybe they're flying in porterhouse steak and lobster tails. But I don't think so."

2005_Silverado 06-11-2010 03:31 PM

oh hai...quadtech seat cover and foam are BAMF...bought a Scott's reusable oil filter this morning :pepper: no more buying oil filters :happy:

Cez★ 06-11-2010 03:35 PM

hai eddiez

2005_Silverado 06-11-2010 03:36 PM more oil filters...just gotta clean this bish and reinstall

Cez★ 06-11-2010 03:37 PM

:drool: looks toight. can haz for lowgmc?

2005_Silverado 06-11-2010 03:38 PM

no :( powersports only :emo:

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