G.O.P. Unveils Immigration Plan:We Must Make America Somewhere No One Wants to Live - enate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his party‚Äôs long-awaited plan on immigration on Wednesday, telling reporters, ‚ÄúWe must make America somewhere no one wants to live.‚ÄĚAppearing with House Speaker John Boehner, McConnell said that, in contrast to President Obama‚Äôs ‚ÄúBand-Aid fixes,‚ÄĚ the Republican plan would address ‚Äúthe root cause of immigration, which is that the United States is, for the most part, habitable.‚ÄĚ From Nony
Study: U.S. regime has killed 20-30 million people since World War Two - After the catastrophic attacks of September 11 2001 monumental sorrow and a feeling of desperate and understandable anger began to permeate the American psyche. A few people at that time attempted to promote a balanced perspective by pointing out that the United States had also been responsible for causing those same feelings in people in other nations, but they produced hardly a ripple. Although Americans understand in the abstract the wisdom of people around the world empathizing with the suffering of one another, such a reminder of wrongs committed by our nation got little hearing and was soon overshadowed by an accelerated "war on terrorism." From OLGA
Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required - ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa ‚ÄĒ For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away ‚ÄĒ until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her funds, almost $33,000. From Anawaram
GMs hit and run: How a lawyer, mechanic, and engineer blew open the worst auto scandal in history - As the sun was setting on a stormy Georgia day, Brooke Melton was 30 miles outside of Atlanta in her Chevy Cobalt. It was March 10, 2010, her birthday, and the 29-year-old pediatric nurse was on her way to her boyfriend‚Äôs to celebrate.Melton had purchased the white GM Cobalt in 2005, the year the four-cylinder compact first rolled out of factories, and lately it had been giving her trouble. A week earlier the engine had unexpectedly shut off. Melton managed to pull over to the side of the road and restart it, but the incident shook her. She phoned her father, who advised her to bring the car in to the local dealership. So she wouldn‚Äôt forget, Melton scribbled a list of the problems in a notebook: ‚ÄúKey locking in the ignition,‚ÄĚ she wrote. ‚ÄúSuddenly shutting off while driving and unable to turn vehicle.‚ÄĚ Under ‚Äústrange knocking sound‚ÄĚ she underlined ‚Äúignition problems.‚ÄĚ Mechanics at the dealership assured her nothing was wrong, and after cleaning the fuel injection gave Melton back her car a few days later with a clean bill of health. From Nony
Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System - Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million. From Nony
French Report ISIL Leader Mossad Agent - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, so-called ĒCaliph,Ē the head of ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is, according to sources reputed to originate from Edward Snowden, an actor named Elliot Shimon, a Mossad trained operative.
Simon Elliot (Elliot Shimon) aka Al-Baghdadi was born of two Jewish parents and is a Mossad agent. From Roddy
Experts: Foley Beheading Video Is Staged - A study of the 4:40 minute video clip suggest that ďcamera trickery and slick post-production techniques appear to have been used.
ISIS was created by the US and Israel to help justify war on Arabs. From Roddy
Bank of America Adds a Mortgage Settlement to Its Collection - Bloomberg View - The Bank of America mortgage-settlement-industrial complex generated another settlement today. This one is the biggest so far, but it is also the most recent so far, and the word "record" gets used a lot in Bank of America settlement announcements. If there's a $30 billion Bank of America mortgage settlement in November, my mind will remain un-blown. From Nony
Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd, Home - Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), located in the center of Israel, is a world leader in small arms for the past 70 years. IWI is a member of the SK Group, which is composed of companies that develop and manufacture a wide array of military products for governmental entities, armies, and law enforcement agencies around the world. IWIís most-known products include the TAVORģ and GALILģ ACE families of Assault Rifles, the NEGEVô Light Machine Gun, the legendary UZIģ SMG (Mini, Micro and UZIģ PRO) and the JERICHOģ family of pistols Ė which have all been considered weapons of choice by military units and top law enforcement agencies around the world. The companyís firearms are developed in close collaboration with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). IWI and the IDF joint forces in developing these weapons, whose final configurations are the product of ongoing interaction, field tests, and modifications, resulting from combat requirements and experience. All IWI weapon systems are in compliance with the most stringent military standards (MIL-STD) and ISO 9000 standards. From Nony
War on waste: Pentagon auditor spotlights US billions blown in Afghanistan | Fox News - Another day, another report of rampant waste of U.S. taxpayer money in the effort to rebuild Afghanistan.John Sopko, the inspector general charged with monitoring aid sent by the U.S. to Afghanistan, has identified potentially billions of dollars wasted in Afghanistan, including donation of planes the local government doesn't need or can't use, weapons that disappear as soon as they're handed over and and construction of brand new buildings that are basically firetraps. In a steady stream of audit reports, Sopko's office of Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, has spotlighted seemingly endless waste in the war-torn nation. From Nony
Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots | World news | The Guardian - Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says.Some of the controversial "sting" operations "were proposed or led by informants", bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist. From Nony
Scholarly journal retracts 60 articles, smashes %u2018peer review ring%u2019 - The Washington Post - Every now and then a scholarly journal retracts an article because of errors or outright fraud. In academic circles, and sometimes beyond, each retraction is a big deal.Now comes word of a journal retracting 60 articles at once.The reason for the mass retraction is mind-blowing: A ‚Äúpeer review and citation ring‚ÄĚ was apparently rigging the review process to get articles published. From Anawaram
Credit union workers accused of fraud, theft - A former bank employee has been indicted in federal court, accused of taking tens of thousands of dollars in cash and unauthorized loans from customer accounts.A second employee was indicted for helping in a cover up. From Anawaram
Elder-care provider arrested, accused of stealing $917K - A woman working as an in-home caregiver was arrested Thursday, suspected of stealing $917,000 from an elderly client.Shirley Gonzales, 59, is accused of writing 818 checks on the 70-year-old victim‚Äôs account over the course of four years, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department From Anawaram
Book sellers: Amazon uses 'blackmail' - The Local - The US giant has been delaying delivery of printed books from Sweden's media and publishing group Bonnier, which has 16 publishers in Germany, since early May, the German Publishers' and Booksellers' Association said. From Nony
The scandal of fiddled global warming data - Goddard shows how, in recent years, NOAAís US Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) has been ďadjustingĒ its record by replacing real temperatures with data ďfabricatedĒ by computer models. The effect of this has been to downgrade earlier temperatures and to exaggerate those from recent decades, to give the impression that the Earth has been warming up much more than is justified by the actual data. From Roddy
Greenpeace executive flies 250 miles to work - Greenpeace campaigns to curb the growth in polluting air travel and end ďneedlessĒ domestic flights. In a briefing on ďthe problem with aviationĒ, the group says: ďIn terms of damage to the climate, flying is 10 times worse than taking the train.Ē
Do as we say, not as we do. We are the elite, you are the peons. From Roddy
The Teaching Class by Rachel Riederer - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics - When Mary Margaret Vojtko died last September‚ÄĒpenniless and virtually homeless and eighty-three years old, having been referred to Adult Protective Services because the effects of living in poverty made it seem to some that she was incapable of caring for herself‚ÄĒit made the news because she was a professor. That a French professor of twenty-five years would be let go from her job without retirement benefits, without even severance, sounded like some tragic mistake. From Anawaram
America's Health Care Ranks 11th óOut of 11 - "Although the US spends more on health care than any other country and has the highest proportion of specialist physicians, survey findings indicate that from the patients' perspective, and based on outcome indicators, the performance of American health care is severely lacking," From Roddy
Florida City Fires Their Entire Police Force - One Florida town has been hit by corruption and it is so bad, the entire police force has been fired. The most corrupt city in the state has been exposed for its unlawful ways during a recent audit. All cops and elected officials in office have been let go or will be soon as this is just one of the stipulations that had to be followed to spare the city of Hampton, as its corruption runs deep. From cw
Banks: Credit Card Breach at P.F. Chang - On June 9, thousands of newly-stolen credit and debit cards went up for sale on rescator[dot]so, an underground store best known for selling tens of millions of cards stolen in the Target breach. From Anawaram
US: Cops In Texas Seize Millions By 'Policing For Profit' - Texas law enforcement are continuing to enrich themselves using a little-known legal doctrine known as civil forfeiture, according to a new series of investigative reports. Under civil forfeiture, property can be forfeited even if its owner has never been charged with a crime. From Anawaram
Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance - Vodafone, one of the world's largest mobile phone groups, has revealed the existence of secret wires that allow government agencies to listen to all conversations on its networks, saying they are widely used in some of the 29 countries in which it operates in Europe and beyond. From Nony
The profit of 12-step treatment - The success of this 12-step 'treatment' is so dubious, however, that the AA General Service's own statistics, which obviously wish to portray AA in a positive light, admit that less than 5% of first-time attendees continue after the first year and most relapse multiple times. At best, your odds of staying sober through the 12-steps are perhaps 1 in 19, and the success rate of treatment facilities is even lower.
In other words, totally ineffective. From Roddy
Putin sets new popularity record - Vladimir Putin continues to break records of popularity. The head of state would definitely win the presidential election in Russia, if it were held next Sunday. This is the result of the survey conducted by sociologists of Levada Center. Vladimir Putin enjoys the support of 80 percent of the country's citizens. Sociologists point out that people's trust in the head of state grows every month. His popularity skyrocketed after Russia reunited with the Crimea. Will Vladimir Putin be able to keep this position?
Sexton Made Faculty Housing Into Duplex for Son -- Daily Intelligencer - As anyone who has ever attended or been otherwise affiliated with NYU can tell you, finding anything but exorbitantly priced housing convenient to the school's Greenwich Village campus is extremely, extremely difficult, which makes the New York Post's Wednesday story on controversial, expansion-happy university president John Sexton extra irritating: In the spring of 2002 ‚ÄĒ as Sexton was preparing to take over the top spot at NYU after serving as dean of the law school for ten years ‚ÄĒ he had two one-bedroom apartments in a building reserved for students and professors turned into a duplex for his son, Jed, and daughter-in-law, Danielle Decrette. At the time, Jed was a 33-year-old aspiring actor, and Decrette was a NYU law school administrator. They stayed for five years. From Nony
TurboTax Maker Linked to Grassroots Campaign Against Free, Simple Tax Filing - The maker of TurboTax, Intuit, has lobbied against free, simple tax filing, or hear how ProPublica's director of research, Liz Day, discovered Intuit's grassroots campaign.Over the last year, a rabbi, a state NAACP official, a small town mayor and other community leaders wrote op-eds and letters to Congress with remarkably similar language on a remarkably obscure topic. From Anawaram
$1,000-a-day miracle drug shocks U.S. health care system - Gilead is offering Sovaldi in Egypt at a 99 percent discount to U.S. prices, or about $900 for a full course of treatment. Gilead wants to tier its pricing based on a country's per-capita income. So patients in the U.K would pay about $57,000, Reuters reports, while Germans would pay $66,000 and Americans are paying $84,000. From Popper
CIA Official Dies in Apparent Suicide - A senior CIA official has died in an apparent suicide this week from injuries sustained after jumping off a building in northern Virginia, according to sources close to the CIA. From Nony
Number of hurricanes reaches 30-year low - Somebody needs to send a memo to the Algorites who are ranting about extreme weather caused by Global Warming.
Well, call it Global Cooling, because it's been getting colder for 16 years.
Let's call it Climate Change, then we can blame anything that happens on whatever we want to.
Yeah, that's the ticket.
Anything that happens, even if it doesn't happen.
Arkansas Lawmaker Admits He Just Wants Fewer Uninsured People To Sign Up For Health Care | ThinkProgress - During a political fight over Medicaid expansion in Arkansas on Tuesday, one Republican lawmaker admitted that he doesnít want to educate uninsured residents about their new health care options because itís simply too expensive to provide them with insurance.
State Rep. Nate Bell (R), who offered an amendment to Arkansasí proposed Medicaid expansion bill that would prevent the state from using federal funds to promote Obamacare, acknowledged that his policy would result in fewer people signing up for health care. He noted that ďwithout active marketing, you probably get declining enrollment.Ē But in his mind, thatís not a problem ó thatís the whole point.
News Corp%u2019s $882m blew the budget - The single largest factor in the underlying deterioration of the federal budget announced by Treasurer Joe Hockey in December was a cash payout of almost $900 million to Rupert Murdoch‚Äôs News Corporation.The massive windfall, revealed in the US group‚Äôs accounts a week ago in New York, was at a time when News Corp newspapers were highly critical of the budget and called for deep cuts. From Nony
US Plummets In Press Freedom Rankings - The US in now ranked 46th on the RWB list, in between Romania and Haiti. It was ranked 32nd in the 2013 index. (Finland tops the entire list.)
This is why you cannot get your news from American TV, newspapers, or websites. From Roddy
Cop Tases Handcuffed Girl Until She Becomes Vegetative, Dies - Officer Cole, who was known as ‚ÄúTrigger Happy Trooper,‚ÄĚ can be seen on dashcam video Tasing the girl until she passed into a vegetative state (footage below).She clearly posed no threat to the officer, but he Tased her anyway. From Nony
Rachel Aviv: The Scientist Who Took on a Leading Herbicide Manufacturer : The New Yorker - In 2001, seven years after joining the biology faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, Tyrone Hayes stopped talking about his research with people he didn‚Äôt trust. He instructed the students in his lab, where he was raising three thousand frogs, to hang up the phone if they heard a click, a signal that a third party might be on the line. Other scientists seemed to remember events differently, he noticed, so he started carrying an audio recorder to meetings. ‚ÄúThe secret to a happy, successful life of paranoia,‚ÄĚ he liked to say, ‚Äúis to keep careful track of your persecutors.‚ÄĚ From Anawaram
Governor Tries (And Completely Fails) To Prove Widespread Welfare Fraud Exists | I Acknowledge - The Governor of Maine‚Äôs quest to prove that welfare is a veritable den of thieves backfired spectacularly.Governor Paul LePage (R) was convinced that there must be a lot of welfare recipients wasting their taxpayer-funded dollars on vices instead of food and necessities, so he decided to look into the matter. He did manage to uncover some cases where people were using their EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards in places that suggest their purchases were less than wholesome: bars, sports bars, and even strip clubs. This only confirmed LePage‚Äôs suspicions and, victorious, he released the data to warn the public. From Nony
1970s Global Cooling Alarmism - During the 1970s the media promoted global cooling alarmism with dire threats of a new ice age. Extreme weather events were hyped as signs of the coming apocalypse and man-made pollution was blamed as the cause. Environmental extremists called for everything from outlawing the internal combustion engine to communist style population controls. This media hype was found in newspapers, magazines, books and on television.
I was 19 on the first Earth Day. Banners warning about the Coming Ice Age were center stage at UConn. I believed this crap for a few years. Now I see another generation trying to force their religious beliefs on the people.
Fool me once, blah blah blah. From Roddy
Passive smoking Ė another of the Nanny State's big lies - Passive smoking doesn't give you lung cancer. So says a new report publicised by the American Cancer Institute which will come as no surprise whatsoever to anyone with a shred of integrity who has looked into the origins of the great "environmental tobacco smoke" meme.
The "methodology" (or lack of it) used to prove second hand smoke causes cancer also proves that that living with a fat person causes "second hand fat". From Roddy
Christie ally steps down in wake of George Washington Bridge scandal | NJ.com - Gov. Chris Christie‚Äôs top appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey resigned Friday amid questions over whether he ordered a traffic jam at the world‚Äôs busiest bridge as political payback.The Republican governor accepted the resignation of Bill Baroni, the agency‚Äôs deputy executive director, effective immediately, and praised the former state senator‚Äôs four-year stint at the bi-state agency. From Nony
LA Sheriff's Deputies Arrested In Jail Probe (VIDEO) - LOS ANGELES (AP) ó Federal officials said 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies saw themselves as being "above the law" when they engaged in crimes that included beating inmates and jail visitors, falsifying reports, and trying to obstruct an FBI probe of the nation's largest jail system. From Anawaram
$122 Million in 2012 Spending by Koch Group - NYTimes.com - A political nonprofit group founded by the billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch spent $122 million during 2012, according to documents filed with the Colorado secretary of state, putting it among the biggest election spenders in the country. From Nony
Home builder grabs drilling rights beneath thousands of Tampa Bay homes | Tampa Bay Times - When Mallory and Zach Sinclair were looking for their first home, they swooned over a new townhouse in the Brandon subdivision of Whispering Oaks. With well-manicured lawns, it looked fresh and untouched, with streets bearing pastoral names like Spring Flowers and Summer Clouds.But in January, when the young parents cracked open their closing papers, they noticed an alarming clause. Their home builder had quietly signed away the rights to the land beneath their home to its own energy company. It now had free rein deep below the surface to drill, mine or explore. From Nony
Power Company Comes Clean: We Bankrolled Arizona's Anti-Solar Blitz - n recent months, sunny Arizona has been the scene of a shady dark money-fueled battle pitting Arizona's largest electricity utility against the burgeoning solar power industry. Over the weekend, the fight took an interesting turn: The utility, the Arizona Public Service Company (APS), outed itself as a funder of two secretive nonprofits fueling the anti-solar fight‚ÄĒand revealed that it had funneled its anti-solar money through a political operative associated with the Koch brothers and their donor network.
And the Koch brother's are involved too ... From Nony
FBI %u2014 Attorney-Turned-Racketeer a %u2018Stunning%u2019 Betrayal of the Law - Earlier this year, a man was put on trial in a federal courtroom in Newark, New Jersey. From the list of charges‚ÄĒnearly two dozen in all‚ÄĒhe sounded like a gang leader, drug lord, or organized crime boss. He was accused of running a criminal enterprise, conspiring to murder a federal witness, committing wire fraud, distributing cocaine, and facilitating prostitution, bribery, and other crimes. From Anawaram
Homeland Security workers routinely boost pay with unearned overtime, report says - The Washington Post - Federal employees at the Department of Homeland Security call it the ‚Äúcandy bowl,‚ÄĚ a pot of overtime money they have long dipped into to pad their pay even if they haven‚Äôt earned it, whistleblowers say.This practice, which can add up to 25 percent to a paycheck, has become so routine over the last generation that it‚Äôs often held out as a perk when government managers try to recruit new employees, according to these accounts. From Nony
American Cancer Society admits that some cancers go away naturally - "We're finding that about 25 to 30 percent of some cancers stop growing at some point, that can make some treatments look good that aren't doing anything." -American Cancer Society's Chief Medical Officer
That's much higher than the cure rate for chemo and radiation and surgery combined, but the cancer establishment has been taking credit for any remissions. From Roddy
Pentagon to sell bunker busters, cruise missiles to Gulf monarchies in $11bn deal %u2014 RT News - The Pentagon plans to sell $10.8 billion worth of advanced weaponry to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The hardware includes bunker buster bombs and cruise missiles.The planned deal includes shipping 1,000 GBU-39/B bombs to Saudi Arabia and 5,000 to the UAE, AFP reports. They have air-deployed wings, which allow them to strike targets as far away as 110km. Their warheads can penetrate up to a meter of reinforced concrete. From Nony
Experian Sold Consumer Data to ID Theft Service %u2014 Krebs on Security - An identity theft service that sold Social Security and drivers license numbers ‚ÄĒ as well as bank account and credit card data on millions of Americans ‚ÄĒ purchased much of its data from Experian, one of the three major credit bureaus, according to a lengthy investigation by KrebsOnSecurity. From Anawaram
PressTV - Pentagon admits to holding phony arrival ceremonies for soldiers' remains - The Department of Defense unit charged with recovering servicemembers‚Äô remains abroad has been holding phony ‚Äúarrival ceremonies‚ÄĚ for seven years, with an honor guard carrying flag-draped coffins off of a cargo plane as though they held the remains returning that day from old battlefields.The Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday that no honored dead were in fact arriving, and that the planes used in the ceremonies often couldn‚Äôt even fly, and were towed into position. The story was first reported on nbcnews.com. From Nony
Ex-FBI agent to plead guilty to leak to media - Part 1 - WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) - A former FBI agent has agreed to plead guilty to leaking secret government information about a bomb plot to a news agency, a leak that Attorney General Eric Holder called one of the most serious in U.S. history, the Justice Department said on Monday. From Anawaram
FBI agent to Plead Guilty to Child Porn - Part 2 - INDIANAPOLIS‚ÄĒJoseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today that former FBI agent Donald J. Sachtleben, age 54, of Carmel, has filed a petition to plead guilty to charges of possessing and distributing child pornography. As part of the defendant‚Äôs agreement to plead guilty, Sachtleben will pay restitution to an identified victim portrayed in the images and videos he allegedly possessed. From Anawaram
Theft: Duct tape used too keep 23 goats - Kahuku, Hawaii - More than 20 purebred goats‚ÄĒ most of them pregnant ‚ÄĒ were stolen from a Hawaii farm on a full moonlit night, with duct tape used to keep the animals from making noise, their owner said. From Anawaram
Colorado House Republicans ask for flood relief after voting against Sandy aid - Four Colorado Republicans who voted against a $50 billion federal relief bill to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy have asked the president for emergency aid to help clean up their state after devastating floods.President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration Sunday to help Colorado recover from the floods that continue to ravage many parts of the state. From Nony
Pro-Syrian opposition analyst fired for lying about credentials | Fox News - A Washington scholar whose writings on Syria were touted by top U.S. officials in making the case for a military strike has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for allegedly lying about her education credentials. The development comes after Elizabeth O'Bagy's credibility and objectivity had come under scrutiny over her work with a Syrian opposition advocacy group. The institute, where she had worked as a senior analyst, on Wednesday posted a terse statement on its website claiming she also misled the organization about having a Ph.D.
DEA.gov / Los Angeles News Releases, 08/27/13 - The Las Vegas Sands Corp., which operates the Venetian-Palazzo hotel complex in Las Vegas, has agreed to return $47,400,300 to conclude an investigation into the casinoís failure to alert authorities that a high-stakes gambler, who was later linked to international drug trafficking, made numerous large and suspicious deposits with the casino. From Anawaram
Special License Plates Give State Lawmakers Free Parking ę CBS Denver - State lawmakers are getting special perks because of their legislative license plates. The plates issued to the 100 state lawmakers and representatives elected to serve Colorado are preventing them not only from receiving photo radar tickets but also collection notices from past due parking tickets. The legislative plates are not entered into the Colorado DMV database, so when photo radar cameras catch these drivers speeding, they never received tickets. From Nony
Israel Grants Golan Heights Oil License to Cheney owned comp - Israel has granted a U.S. company the first license to explore for oil and gas in the occupied Golan Heights, John Reed of the Financial Times reports. A local subsidiary of the New York-listed company Genie Energy -- which is advised by former vice president Dick Cheney and whose shareholders include Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch -- will have exclusive rights to a 153-square mile radius in the southern part of the Golan Heights. That geographic location will likely prove controversial. Israel seized the Golan Heights in the Six-Day War in 1967 and annexed the territory in 1981. Its administration of the area -- which is not recognized by international law -- has been mostly peaceful until the Syrian civil war broke out 23 months ago. "This action is mostly political Ė itís an attempt to deepen Israeli commitment to the occupied Golan Heights," Israeli political analyst Yaron Ezrahi told FT. "The timing is directly related to the fact that the Syrian government is dealing with violence and chaos and is not free to deal with this problem." From Nony
Black budget summary details U.S. spy network - The $52.6 billion ‚Äúblack budget‚ÄĚ for fiscal 2013, obtained by The Washington Post from former ¬≠intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, maps a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny. Although the government has annually released its overall level of intelligence spending since 2007, it has not divulged how it uses the money or how it performs against the goals set by the president and Congress. From Nony
New Docs Detail U.S. Involvement in Saddam's Nerve Gas Attacks - The U.S. knew about, and in one case helped, Iraq's chemical weapons attacks against Iran in the 1980's, according to recently declassified CIA documents obtained by Foreign Policy. Their detailed timeline, also constructed with the aid of interviews with former foreign intelligence officials, indicates that the U.S. secretly had evidence of Iraqi chemical attacks in 1983. The evidence, FP writes, is "tantamount to an official American admission of complicity in some of the most gruesome chemical weapons attacks ever launched."
N.Y. AG sues Trump, 'Trump University,' claims fraud - New York's attorney general sued Donald Trump for $40 million Saturday, saying the real estate mogul helped run a phony "Trump University" that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars, and even failed to deliver promised apprenticeships.
US IT worker files hiring lawsuit against Infosys | ITworld - August 05, 2013, 3:16 PM ‚ÄĒ A Wisconsin IT professional has filed a lawsuit against Indian outsourcing firm Infosys alleging that the company discriminates against U.S. job applicants in favor of South Asians for jobs in the U.S.Brenda Koehler, an IT worker with 17 years of experience, alleges that Infosys ignored her qualifications and eventually hired a Bangladeshi worker to staff a position she was qualified for. Koehler and her lawyers are asking the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin to allow a class-action lawsuit against Infosys, with "thousands" of potential plaintiffs in the case, according to the lawsuit, filed Thursday. From Anawaram
Obamacare Call Center Will Not Offer Healthcare Benefits to Employees - In order to ensure Americans understand how to access the benefits available to them when many provisions of the Affordable Care Act go online October 1, the Obama administration announced last month that it is setting up a call center that will be accessible to Americans 24 hours a day. From Roddy
Leading From Behind Al Sharpton - Why are white folks nervous about strange young black men in the neighborhood? Perhaps because they commit interracial muggings, robberies and rapes at 35 times the rate of whites.
American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World - Seven months pregnant, at a time when most expectant couples are stockpiling diapers and choosing car seats, Renťe Martin was struggling with bigger purchases.
At a prenatal class in March, she was told about epidural anesthesia and was given the option of using a birthing tub during labor. To each offer, she had one gnawing question: ďHow much is that going to cost?Ē From Popper
WikiLeaks Volunteer Was a Paid Informant for the FBI - On an August workday in 2011, a cherubic 18-year-old Icelandic man named Sigurdur ‚ÄúSiggi‚ÄĚ Thordarson walked through the stately doors of the U.S. embassy in Reykjav√≠k, his jacket pocket concealing his calling card: a crumpled photocopy of an Australian passport. The passport photo showed a man with a unruly shock of platinum blonde hair and the name Julian Paul Assange.Thordarson was long time volunteer for WikiLeaks with direct access to Assange and a key position as an organizer in the group. With his cold war-style embassy walk-in, he became something else: the first known FBI informant inside WikiLeaks. For the next three months, Thordarson served two masters, working for the secret-spilling website and simultaneously spilling its secrets to the U.S. government in exchange, he says, for a total of about $5,000. The FBI flew him internationally four times for debriefings, including one trip to Washington D.C., and on the last meeting obtained from Thordarson eight hard drives packed with chat logs, video and other data from WikiLeaks. From Nony
Animals abandoned in bins during summer holidays - Pets have been found dumped in bins, boxes and even a cemetery in the run-up to the summer holidays as owners choose to abandon them rather than pay for their care while they are away, a charity has said. From Nony
Before his death, father of ADHD admitted it was a fictitious disease - ADHD was merely a theory developed by Eisenberg. It was never actually proven to exist as a verifiable disease, despite the fact that Eisenberg and many others profited handsomely from its widespread diagnosis.
And modern psychiatry continues to profit as well, helping also to fill the coffers of the pharmaceutical industry by getting children addicted early to dangerous psychostimulant drugs like Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall (amphetamine, dextroamphetamine mixed salts). From Roddy
Holy Helicopter Contribution - There's is no question Bishop I. V. Billiard has built a religious empire at New Light Church in Houston. There are thousands of members with 6 locations including one in Austin.This is the controversy that's sparking heated debates on social media. It's a news letter by Bishop Billiard sent to some members of New Light.It tells members of the flock they would like to raise $50,000 to replace the blades on the church's helicopter. The letter goes on to tell those who donate $52 each will receive a blessing from God. The letter from Billiard indicates if you donate they could received the transportation mode or car of their choice from God...That blessing would arrive in either 52 days or 52 weeks.
Moderate Iranian Leader Could Hinder Israel - ABC News - The surprising victory of a reformist candidate in Iran's presidential election has put Israel in a difficult position as it tries to halt the Iranian nuclear program: With Hasan Rowhani likely to enjoy an international honeymoon, Israel could have a hard time rallying support for new sanctions ‚ÄĒ or possible military action ‚ÄĒ against its arch foe, even as it says the clock is ticking on Tehran's march toward nuclear weapons.
Those Israeli are never happy ... always complaining and asking for more $ From Nony
Sean Hannity Displays Hypocrisy On NSA Surveillance - Sean Hannity sure has changed his tune.The rambunctious Fox News host on Monday lashed into the Obama administration over the revelations of widespread Internet and phone surveillance by the National Security Agency, warning that "anarchy and tyranny will follow."But back in 2006, when a similar NSA spying scandal was unearthed during President George W. Bush's administration, Hannity wasn't so concerned. He came out as a staunch defender of the NSA then, saying it was "staggering to me we are even debating the use of these techniques in this country even at this time." From Nony
Natural News challenges Angelina Jolie to denounce corporate patents on human genes - Following recent revelations of how Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy P.R. stunt feeds into the profits of the trillion dollar industry which claims to own human genes, Natural News is now calling on Jolie to publicly denounce patents on human genes, including the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes she has now made famous.Does Angelina Jolie really stand up for women and human rights? Or is she a corporate sellout who corrals women into the for-profit cancer industry that claims ownership over the genetic code of all women? From Nony
The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever | Politics News | Rolling Stone - Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. We found this out in recent months, when a series of related corruption stories spilled out of the financial sector, suggesting the world's largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything. From Nony
Homeland Security's New $3.9 Billion Headquarters - Businessweek - President Barack Obama is trying to solve big problems in his proposed 2014 budget. His efforts to curtail entitlement spending have gotten most of the headlines. But he also seems determined to complete the U.S. Department of Homeland Security‚Äôs new headquarters, the largest federal construction project since the Pentagon rose in the 1940s. The cost: $3.9 billion. From Nony
Settlers set fire to olive trees near Hebron - Israeli settlers on Wednesday set fire into a number of olive trees east of Yatta.Locals told Ma‚Äôan that a number of settlers set fire into 10 olive trees east of Yatta near Maon settlement. The land is owned by Ibrahim Khalil Rabi.
LIST OF INDIVIDUAL JOURNALS | Scholarly Open Access - This is a list of questionable, scholarly open-access journals. We recommend that scholars read the available reviews, assessments and descriptions provided here, and then decide for themselves whether they want to submit articles, serve as editors or on editorial boards. From Anawaram
Scientists Are Struggling to Wade Through the Bullshit of Fake Academic Publications | Motherboard - It's easy to forget that science is not always as scientific as we might like to think it is. Like any other discipline, scientific research is a complex web of connections between scientists, universities, other research institutions, the government and the arbiters of all things worthy: the journals. Back in the ink-and-tree days, journals were few and many were prestigious with names like Science and Nature. If you read about something in one of these journals, it was damn legit. From Anawaram
Smuggler caught with more than 10 percent of an entire species : TreeHugger - Ploughshare tortoises, native to Madagascar, are one of the most critically endangered species on the planet. And, while countless conservation groups are actively working to save them, the arrest of a wildlife smuggler in Thailand is proving just how easily a handful of criminals could bring about their demise. From Nony
Leaks reveal secrets of the rich who hide cash offshore - Millions of internal records have leaked from Britain's offshore financial industry, exposing for the first time the identities of thousands of holders of anonymous wealth from around the world, from presidents to plutocrats, the daughter of a notorious dictator and a British millionaire accused of concealing assets from his ex-wife.The leak of 2m emails and other documents, mainly from the offshore haven of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), has the potential to cause a seismic shock worldwide to the booming offshore trade, with a former chief economist at McKinsey estimating that wealthy individuals may have as much as $32tn (¬£21tn) stashed in overseas havens. From Nony
Dumb Power4Patriots Scam Ad - YouTube - Another scam ad running on a number of websites, including Wonkette. This is a capture of the Flash animation that plays when you click on those "POWER COMPANIES HATE THIS!" advertisements.We love the combination of "save money by buying our crappy plans" and "Obama is going to destroy America, so buy our crappy plans NOW." Pretty sure there's no real political agenda here; the Obama-bashing and "Patriot" stuff are just window dressing for the scam pitch.All content belongs to the advertiser; please see our critique of the Power4Patriots ad at http://wonkette.com/?p=507988. From Nony
Bush's pension benefits top $1 MILLION in 2012 - For former presidents, the job may be over, but the money continues to roll in.The Congressional Research Service has released a study on salaries and benefits that former commander-in-chiefs collected during the 2012 fiscal year. The allowances, however, are far from uniform.Former president George W. Bush received the most ‚Äďabout $1.3 million. He‚Äôs followed by Bill Clinton‚Äôs $978,000, George H.W. Bush‚Äôs $842,000 and Jimmy Carter‚Äôs $518,000. From Nony
The $400 Billion Military Jet That Can't Fly in Cloudy Weather - The F-35 isn't even close to fully operational - it can fly only on sunny days. It can't fly at night. And it can't fly in clouds or near lightning.
What is the big deal? The purpose of the defense industry is to transfer wealth from the taxpayers to the ruling elite. Nobody needs it to work. From Roddy
Cheney's Halliburton Made $39.5 Billion on Iraq War - The accounting of the financial cost of the nearly decade-long Iraq War will go on for years, but a recent analysis has shed light on the companies that made money off the war by providing support services as the privatization of what were former U.S. military operations rose to unprecedented levels. From Popper
LocalLeaks - Steubenville Files - On August 22, 2012 two members of the Big Red High School football team in Steubenville, Ohio - USA were arrested and charged with the rape and kidnapping of an out of town 16 year old girl that took place on August 11th. At the time of this gang rape, the girl was intoxicated and unconscious.The victim had been intentionally drugged with a "date rape" intoxicant. She was photographed and video was taken of her in this condition, and there is evidence that she was hauled in a comatose state to multiple parties - and almost certainly raped by more members of the local high school football and wrestling team than just the two players who currently stand charged. There is even evidence that she was urinated upon during this hideous assault. From Nony
Experts: America shot 35 thousand tons of uranium to Iraq - Iraqi Dinar News, Information and Facts - IRAQI DINAR - A number of experts and specialists to risk remnants of war and its impact on future generations in a symposium held by the Organization of the Kurdish House.And lectured at the seminar all of Muthanna Mahmoud Shaker, teaching at the University of Baghdad, secretary of the Association of Iraqi common diseases, and Essen Kamal faculty in the College of Nursing, and a member of several health organizations, attended the symposium audience of followers.
A way to get rid of your radioactive waste ... From Nony
The Great Green Con no. 1 - No, the world ISN'T getting warmer (as you may have noticed). Now we reveal the official data that's making scientists suddenly change their minds about climate doom.
The awkward fact is that the earth has warmed just 0.5 degrees over the past 50 years. And Met Office records show that for the past 16 years temperatures have plateaued and, if anything, are going down.
Arctic Ice Almost Identical To 1974 - NSIDC conveniently ignores pre-1979 satellite data, preferring to start their graphs right at the peak. This supports the impression that Arctic ice is declining due to evil humans.
Fortunately, the 1990 IPCC report captured the pre-1979 satellite data, revealing how NSIDC is cherry-picking their 1979 start date at a local maximum. From Roddy
FBI employees, entrusted with stopping computer crimes, commit them too | Ars Technica - Though FBI agents are held to a high standard of conduct, some fall short‚ÄĒfar short. Take, for instance, an incident in 2007 when an FBI employee "drove past a felony traffic stop, yelled 'Rodney King' out his car window and momentarily lost control of his vehicle, swerving into the oncoming lane and almost striking a police officer," according an account of an internal FBI investigation. ( From Nony
Cheney Admits that He Lied about 9/11 | Washington's Blog - In a documentary soon to appear on Showtime, ďThe World According to Dick Cheney,Ē [Cheney said] ďI got on the telephone with the president, who was in Florida, and told him not to be at one location where we could both be taken out.Ē Mr. Cheney kept W. flying aimlessly in the air on 9/11 while he and Lynn left on a helicopter for a secure undisclosed location, leaving Washington in a bleak, scared silence, with no one reassuring the nation in those first terrifying hours. From Nony
US Senate Approves John Brennan To CIA Post - The US Senate has confirmed John Brennan as head of the CIA after the Obama administration bowed to demands from Republicans to clarify its drone strikes policy.The appointment of Mr Obama's chief counter terrorism advisor to the nation's top spy post had been delayed as lawmakers pressed the president for specific limits on his authority to order drone strikes against American citizens on US soil. From Nony
%u2018Homeland security%u2019 has received $791 billion since 9/11 %u2014 MSNBC - What is ďhomeland security?Ē
Whatever it is, the federal government has spent on a fortune on it. In the aftermath of 9/11 and the beginning of the interminable War on Terror, the Bush administration founded the Department of Homeland Security to act as a central, coordinating office which could respond to the new threats of the modern era. But in addition to the funds pouring into that department, Congress has allocated vast sums for ďhomeland securityĒ expenditures in other departments, most notably at the Pentagon. From Nony
Domestic Violence- Women are Half the Problem - YouTube - Domestic Violence- Women are Half the Problem
- When a woman feels she has lost control, she instigates a fight (or speculates she has been abused), plays the poor innocent victim, and brands the man as being a villain. Endgame - she regains the position of control at the cost of the man. Men, don't settle for being abused. From Anawaram
The Strad - Top cellist's bow is damaged - 08 February 2013 - A rare Heinrich Knopf bow belonging to Alban Gerhardt was damaged by security officers as he entered the US. In what the cellist called ‚Äėan act of brutal and careless behaviour‚Äô, the bow stick (left) was snapped in two, over the bridge of the cello, by air security staff at O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, as they examined the case‚Äôs contents. From Nony
Duke Energy to Shut Florida Reactor and Seek $1.65 Billion - Duke will seek $1.65 billion from Florida customers for its failed investments in the reactor, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based company said in a filing today. The cost recovery can begin in 2017 and last 20 years under a settlement approved by state regulators last year. From Nony
Small surgeries, huge markups - A Southern California surgery center charged teacher Lynne Nielsen $87,500 for a routine, 20-minute knee operation that normally costs about $3,000.Despite the huge markup, the Long Beach Unified School District and its insurer, Blue Shield of California, paid virtually all of the bill from Advanced Surgical Partners in Costa Mesa. Blue Shield mailed the $84,800 check to the high school Spanish teacher last month and told her to sign it over to the surgery center. From Nony
Flu epidemic strikes millions of Americans already vaccinated against the flu L - The CDC says it's the worst flu pandemic in a decade, and it's of course urging everybody to get injected with flu vaccines. But here's the dirty little secret the vaccine industry doesn't want you to know: Most people getting the flu right now are the same people who were vaccinated with the flu shot.
Airlines working on new fees - Anyone who has flown on a commercial airline recently might assume that air carriers have run out of ideas for new passenger fees.
After all, the world's biggest airlines are expected this year to rake in $36.1 billion from fees for such things as food, drinks, wireless Internet service, roomier seats and checked bags.
But the airline industry is not resting on its money-making laurels. From Popper
TWO former executives at an Icelandic bank which collapsed in the 2008 financial meltdown were sentenced to jail on Friday for fraud which led to a Ä53m loss, in the first major trial of Icelandic bankers linked to the crisis. From Popper
Armstrong nominated for Texan of the Year award - Heís been stripped of his Tour de France victories, heís been handed a lifetime ban from competition and his reputation has taken a battering, but Lance Armstrong has been nominated as a contender for the Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year competition, an accolade he won thirteen years ago. From Nony
Huckabee blames school shooting on no God in classroom - As the nation mourns and asks how could something like the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting happen, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has an idea: It's because God is absent from our schools. While speaking with Fox New's Neil Cavuto, Huckabee answered the question, "How could God let this happen?" by saying, "We've systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools have become a place for carnage because we've made it a place where we don't want to talk about eternity, life, responsibility, accountability?" Huckabee's words quickly made him a trending topic on Twitter, with some users applauding his comments, while others said his statement lacked empathy.
Twinkie Company Took Employees Pensions and Put It Toward Executive Pay - Twinkie-maker Hostess continues to screw over its workers. The company is in the process of complete liquidation and 18,000 unionized workers are set to lose their jobs. More troubling Ė they could lose their pensions.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal , Hostessí CEO, Gregory Rayburn, essentially admitted that his company stole employee pension money and put it toward CEO and senior executive pay (aka ďoperationsĒ). While this isn't technically illegal, it's another sleazy theft by Hostess executives - who've paid themselves handsomely while running their company into the ground. Just last month, a judge agreed to let Hostess executives suck another $1.8 million out of the bankrupt company to pay bonuses to CEOs. From Popper
Jeb Bush to become chairman of National Constitution Center - The National Constitution Center announced today that Governor John Ellis ‚ÄúJeb‚ÄĚ Bush has been elected Chairman of the Center‚Äôs Board of Trustees. His term will begin on January 1, 2013. He will succeed President William J. Clinton, who has served as Chairman since January 2009. Governor Bush‚Äôs father President George H.W. Bush served as Chairman prior to Clinton. From Nony
US CA: Cop Plans To Plead Guilty In Drug Case - The former commander of an elite Contra Costa County police squad will plead guilty this week to charges that he stole narcotics from evidence lockers and tried to sell them back on the street with the help of a private investigator, court records show. From Anawaram
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers taking bids to build complex for Israeli Air Force - CNN.com - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is receiving bids to build a five-story complex for the Israeli Air Force, or IAF, near Tel Aviv.The facility, mysteriously dubbed "site 911," will be built under the auspices of the Foreign Military Sales program and is expected to cost the U.S. between $25 million and $100 million, according to a solicitation for bids posted on a U.S. government website. From Nony
Israel announces plans for 3,000 more housing units in West Bank - Following a landmark United Nations vote upgrading the status of the Palestinian territories to become a ‚Äúnonmember observer state‚ÄĚ in the international body, Israel said Friday it would construct an additional 3,000 units of Jewish housing in the West Bank. From Nony
Karl Rove Served With a Subpoena for Illegal Election Operations in Ohio - Yesterday, Ohio election attorney Cliff Arnebeck filed a two-count complaint with the Ohio Election Commission against The Partnership for Ohio's Future, an affiliate of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, alleging two overarching charges under state racketeering laws. First, that the Partnership is "...not truly independent, but rather has been coordinated with the Republican candidates, their agents, committees, parties and their de facto coordinated national campaign being directed by Karl Rove." Second, that the Partnership is making false statements by saying that its ads are "not authorized by a candidate or a candidate's committee," when in fact they are. From Popper
Feds claim teacher-qualifying-exam fraud - MEMPHIS, Tenn. - It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. From Anawaram
Donald Trump: Twitter's greatest villain rails against the US election - Why is it that even though there are no rules on Twitter, it still feels as though Donald J Trump is breaking them? His boorish ranting started almost immediately after Barack Obama was re-elected on Tuesday night and, a few tweets aside, Trump hasn't really stopped since. It's been a cartoonish display. But, it's tough to dismiss as simply craven rantings of a black-hearted villain from behind the glass of his dark tower as he fades into irrelevancy ("Back to the drawing board!" he tweeted. He'll get us next time). We could probably ignore him if it weren't for two things: how Twitter brings us together, like it or not, and ultimately, what a sad sight he is.
Breaking: Romney Paid Zero Taxes From 1996 To 2009 - Using a tax shelter called a CRUT (charitable remainder unitrust) that was held by the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), Mitt Romney was able to pay zero taxes (legally) every single year from 1996 to 2009. Why did he stop in 2009? Because he would make public his 2010 tax return, that is why. From Popper
Mexican Cartels Enslave Engineers to Build Radio Network - The Mexican military is trying to dismantle an extensive network of radio antennas built and operated by the notorious Zeta drug cartel. But the authorities haven‚Äôt had much luck shutting Radio Zeta down. Not only is much of the equipment super-easy to replace. But the cartel has also apparently found some unwilling ‚ÄĒ and alarming ‚ÄĒ assistance by kidnapping and enslaving technicians to help build it. From Nony
'Dark Money' In 2012 Election Tops $400 Million - Four conservative nonprofits and the business industry's lead trade association have spent nearly $300 million on political efforts over the course of the past two years, accounting for 70 percent of the so-called "dark money" reported to have been spent since the beginning of 2011.The Karl Rove-founded Crossroads GPS, the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity, Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, the shadowy American Future Fund, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have spent $295 million since the beginning of 2011, targeting candidates from President Barack Obama on down to the most contested House and Senate races, all without disclosing the names of their donors to the public.
and the republicans keep going on about Soros! From Nony
The Top 20 Airports for TSA Theft - At the head of the list is Miami International Airport, which ranks twelfth in passengers but first in TSA theft firings, with 29 employees terminated for theft from 2002 through December 2011. JFK International Airport in New York is second with 27 firings, and Los Angeles International Airport is third with 24 firings. JFK ranks sixth in passenger traffic, while LAX is third. Chicago, while second in traffic, ranked 20th in theft firings. From Popper
Special Report: How Starbucks avoids UK taxes | Reuters - Starbucks' coffee menu famously baffles some people. In Britain, it's their accounts that are confusing. Starbucks has been telling investors the business was profitable, even as it consistently reported losses.This apparent contradiction arises from tax avoidance, and sheds light on perfectly legal tactics used by multinationals the world over. Starbucks stands out because it has told investors one thing and the taxman another. From Nony
USADA: Armstrong doping most sophisticated in cycling, 11 ex-teammates testify against him - The Washington Post - Lance Armstrong said he wanted to see the names of his accusers. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency gave him 26, including 11 former teammates.
The worldís most famous cyclist said he wanted to see the hard evidence that he was a doper. The agency gave him that, too: About 200 pages filled with vivid details ó from the hotel rooms riders transformed into makeshift blood-transfusion centers to the way Armstrongís former wife rolled cortisone pills into foil and handed them out to all the cyclists. From Nony
Lance Armstrong was at heart of 'sophisticated doping ring' - In addition to using banned substances himself, Armstrong pressured other riders to do so and threatened them with ejection from the team if they did not comply, the report says. A subsection of the report is devoted to "retaliation against witnesses." From Nony
Bristol Palin Was Paid Seven Times Candie's Foundation Donations - Forbes - Apparently, the organization was only able to find $35,000 to grant to charities from the $1,242,476 donated from the public. Meanwhile, the young Ms. Palin managed to pull in a $262,500 paycheck for her role as an ambassador for their teen pregnancy prevention campaign in 2009. From Nony
IT Outsourcing: Anatomy Of A Brokerage IT Meltdown - Regulators last year issued the SEC's first-ever privacy fine against broker-dealer GunnAllen for failing to protect customer data. But former IT staffers say regulators didnít seem to know half of this cautionary tale of outsourcing and oversight gone wrong. From Anawaram
Recycling fraud is draining California cash - California's generous recycling redemption program has led to rampant fraud. Crafty entrepreneurs are driving semi-trailers full of cans from Nevada or Arizona, which don't have deposit laws, across the border and transforming their cargo into truckfuls of nickels. In addition, recyclers inside the state are claiming redemptions for the same containers several times over, or for containers that never existed. From Nony
JP Morgan Profits Over A Half Billion Dollars Off Food Stamps - A new report by the Government Accountability Institute finds that JP Morgan has made at least $560,492,596 since 2004 processing the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards of 18 of the 24 states it has under contract for the food stamp program. From Nony
Thousands of Millionaires Collect Unemployment - A new report shows that some 2,400 millionaires received unemployment insurance benefits during the economic downturn, a number that has caught the attention of politicians who funded extensions of benefits for up to 99 weeks as the economy crumbled. From Popper
RNC cuts ties with firm over voter fraud allegations - Election officials in six Florida counties are investigating what appears to be "hundreds‚ÄĚ of cases of suspected voter fraud by a GOP consulting firm that has been paid nearly $3 million by the Republican National Committee to register Republican voters in five key battleground states, state officials tell NBC. But the veteran GOP consultant, Nathan Sproul, who runs the firm, strongly defended his company's conduct, saying it has rigorous "quality controls" and blamed the alleged fraud on the actions of a few "bad apples," workers who were hired to register Republican voters for $12 an hour and then tried to "cheat the system." From Nony
A vote for Romney might be a vote for Torture in your name! - Mr. Romney's advisers have privately urged him to "rescind and replace President Obama's executive orde"Ě and permit secret "enhanced interrogation techniques against high-value detainees that are safe, legal and effective in generating intelligence to save American lives"Ě according to an internal Romney campaign memorandum. From Nony
Putin Turns Photo Ops Into Soviet-Style Agitprop : NPR - It is rare to hear a politician say, "Of course it was a set up." But Russian President Vladimir Putin told a Russian journalist that many of his most picturesque media appearances ‚ÄĒ shooting a tranquilizer dart into a tiger who appeared about to pounce; tagging a wounded snow leopard; and, just this week, wearing a feathery white suit to pilot a glider to guide a group of cranes south for the winter ‚ÄĒ were staged."Of course there are excesses," he told Masha Gessen in Bolshoi Gorod magazine. But they were constructive deceits, he said, because they called attention to endangered wildlife. From X Isle
Concerns Raised After Living Voters Flagged as Dead %u2014 2012 Elections | The Texas Tribune - Travis County resident Michael Moore isn‚Äôt dead. And he doesn‚Äôt know why he has to prove it to be able to vote.Moore received one of about 82,000 letters recently mailed out by elections officials asking recipients to verify their voter status and prove they are not deceased, the result of a little-known House bill passed last year by the Legislature. From X Isle
R.E.M. orders Fox News to stop playing ĎLosing My Religioní during DNC - The American rock band R.E.M. on Thursday demanded that Fox News ďcease and desistĒ using their song ďLosing My ReligionĒ during its coverage of the Democratic National Convention.
ďR.E.M.ís ĎLosing My Religioní was used in the Fox News coverage of the Democratic National Convention last night,Ē a statement on the R.E.M. HQ website said. ďR.E.M. today, through its music publisher, Warner-Tamerlane Music, demanded that Fox News cease and desist from continuing its unlicensed and unauthorized use of the song.Ē
ďWe have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage,Ē lead singer Michael Stipe said. ďOur music does not belong there.Ē From Popper
Slavery and Colonialism Make Up the True Legacy of Columbus - New York Times - I expected that ''The Real Columbus Day, at Last'' (editorial, Oct. 12) would explore, however briefly, the real meaning of Christopher Columbus's accidental encounter with America. Instead, you presented a startlingly ethnocentric view of that encounter's consequences. To say that Columbus ''forged a lasting link between the civilization of Europe and the largely undeveloped continents of North and South America'' suggests that Columbus found mostly empty lands inhabited by a relatively few uncivilized peoples. From X Isle
Eric Kasum: Columbus Day? True Legacy: Cruelty and Slavery - Once again, it's time to celebrate Columbus Day. Yet, the stunning truth is: If Christopher Columbus were alive today, he would be put on trial for crimes against humanity. Columbus' reign of terror, as documented by noted historians, was so bloody, his legacy so unspeakably cruel, that Columbus makes a modern villain like Saddam Hussein look like a pale codfish. From X Isle
Wells Fargo Fires Iowa Worker for Minor 1963 Crime -
OK, let me get this straight... 49 years ago a fellow steals ten cents and as a result loses his position with an organization that was complicit in the disappearance of over a trillion dollars, required federal help to recover, and of that federal help firstly paid its executives millions in bonuses.
The executives remain employed but the worker is fired.
I guess, after all, they are job creators... From dhh
Democratic registration all but dries up since new Florida laws | jacksonville.com - Since a new set of state voting laws went into effect more than a year ago, the number of new Democrats registering in Florida has all but disappeared, according to a Times-Union review.During the 13 months beginning July 1 the year before elections in 2004 and 2008, registered Democrats increased by an average of 209,425 voters. From 2011 to this year, that number was 11,365. From X Isle
The Bain Files: The Documents - Gawker has obtained a large cache of confidential internal financial documents from more than 20 secretive hedge funds and other investment vehicles in which Mitt Romney has stashed his considerable wealth. All told, the partnerships and limited liability corporations detailed below accounted for, at minimum, $10,069,000 of Romney's assets in 2011 and yielded $913,300 in income, according to his 2012 financial disclosure (those figures are derived from adding up the low end of ranges Romney disclosed; the actual numbers could be astronomically higher). From Popper
AP Exclusive: Romney uses secretive data-mining - Mitt Romney's success in raising hundreds of millions of dollars in the costliest presidential race ever can be traced in part to a secretive data-mining project that sifts through Americans' personal information - including their purchasing history and church attendance - to identify new and likely, wealthy donors, The Associated Press has learned.
For the data-mining project, the Republican candidate has quietly employed since at least June a little-known but successful analytics firm that previously performed marketing work for a colleague tied to Bain & Co., the management-consulting firm that Romney once led. From Popper
My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer - n June 19, 2010, my sister was driving in Baltimore when her car was struck by another car and she was killed. The other driver had run a red light and hit my sister as she crossed the intersection on the green light. From Nony
Romney says his tax rate was at least 13% in last 10 years - latimes.com - The Obama campaign has seized on Romney's tax rate as an example of what it calls the unfairness of the tax code. Because most of Romney's income derives from investments, his tax rate falls well below that paid by many middle-class families. Obama, who has released 12 years of tax returns, paid 20.5% last year on less income than Romney reported. From Nony
Door-to-door scam operations on the rise - The young man who showed up at Brendan Cullen's house in Port Orchard, Wash., claimed to be selling magazines to raise money for his school. If he sold the most, he said, he'd win a trip.
"He sounded sincere," Cullen remembered. "When a kid comes to your door you don't expect him to be trying to scam you." From Popper
Ten theories on Romney%u2019s taxes - Mitt Romney knows how to do a cost-benefit analysis, and he‚Äôs determined that it‚Äôs better to be dogged by reporters for failing to release his tax returns for the duration of the 2012 campaign than it is to make the documents public. Never mind that a majority of Americans ‚Äď and a third of Republicans ‚Äď think he should come clean. Itís beyond obvious that whateverís in those returns must be enough to do serious damage to Romney, or even sink his candidacy completely. From X Isle
The problem with our economy is political corruption - Nothing else really matters.Our nation's problems are 100% due to politicians taking cash bribes and then giving taxpayer assets in return. Who pays off whom, for fewer regulations or more subsidies or less taxes. There is a political price for everything, and money works as intended.So we watched the Bush tax cuts destroy revenue of the government, and now we wonder about why the country is losing money.How long are taxpayers going to allow politicians to dip into their families' income and future wealth? How long are we going to allow them to destroy our economy and schools and jobs and climate, and transfer wealth to themselves and those at the top? From X Isle
Florida Mogul, Claims 'Personally Responsible' For George W. Bush's 2000 Victory - David Siegel, the Florida real estate mogul behind timeshare company Westgate Resorts, claims that he was "personally responsible" for George W. Bush's 2000 presidential victory. When the subject comes up in a newly released documentary, Siegel declines to elaborate, stating, "it may not necessarily have been legal."
Wow. From Popper
Smelling a leak: Is the natural gas industry buying academics? | Grist - Last week, the University of Texas provost announced he would reexamine a report by a UT professor that said fracking was safe for groundwater after the revelation that the professor pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Texas natural gas developer. It‚Äôs the latest fusillade in the ongoing battle over the basic facts of fracking in America. From X Isle
News from The Associated Press - meddling underscores what is widely known but rarely discussed outside intelligence circles: Despite inarguable ties between the U.S. and its closest ally in the Middle East and despite statements from U.S. politicians trumpeting the friendship, U.S. national security officials consider Israel to be, at times, a frustrating ally and a genuine counterintelligence threat. From X Isle
Music Labels Wonít Share Pirate Bay Loot With Artists - Earlier this year the sentences against the Pirate Bay defendants were made final. Aside from prison sentences, they will have to pay damages to the entertainment industries, including Ä550,000 to several major music labels. The court awarded the damages to compensate artists and rightsholders for their losses. However, it now turns out that artists wonít see a penny of the money, as the labels have allocated it to IFPI to fund new anti-piracy campaigns.
Music Labels Wonít Share Pirate Bay Loot With Artists - Earlier this year the sentences against the Pirate Bay defendants were made final. Aside from prison sentences, they will have to pay damages to the entertainment industries, including Ä550,000 to several major music labels. The court awarded the damages to compensate artists and rightsholders for their losses. However, it now turns out that artists wonít see a penny of the money, as the labels have allocated it to IFPI to fund new anti-piracy campaigns.
Six ways big banks screwed Grandma - Salon.com - 1. Lower LIBOR reduced rates of return on prudent investments.
2. Lower LIBOR squeezed pension yields.
3. Finagling LIBOR is securities fraud, which ultimately spanks bank profits and harms shareholders.
4. Artificially low LIBOR prevented bank problems from being nipped in the bud.
5. Low LIBOR helped foreclosure rates to skyrocket for the elderly.
One of the worst ways Grandma has been slammed concerns whatís probably her single biggest asset: home sweet home. From X Isle
Fracking researcher has ties to industry - The lead author of a recent University of Texas study that suggested that hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, does not contaminate groundwater is a paid board member and shareholder in a company that engages in the practice, a situation that critics are calling a conflict of interest and of which the researcher's supervisors were unaware."The report was presented as if it was an independent study of fracking when, in fact, the study was led by a gas industry insider," said Kevin Connor, the director of the nonprofit Public Accountability Initiative in Buffalo, N.Y., which reported the researcher's role Monday. From X Isle
Police: Mom Catherine Venusto hacked system to change grades - UPI.com - Pennsylvania mother has been accused of hacking into a school's computer system to change her children's grades, officials said.State police said Catherine Venusto, a former Northwestern Lehigh School District employee, used her understanding of the district's computer system and the superintendent's password to alter her children's grades, The (Allentown) Morning Call reported Wednesday. From X Isle
Super rich hold $32 trillion in offshore havens | Reuters - Rich individuals and their families have as much as $32 trillion (20 trillion pounds) of hidden financial assets in offshore tax havens, representing up to $280 billion in lost income tax revenues, according to research published on Sunday. From X Isle
Wall Street's Biggest Heist Yet? How the High Wizards of Finance Gutted Our Schools and Cities | Economy | AlterNet - And now, Wall Street may get away with the biggest heist of the public purse in the history of the world. You know it‚Äôs an unprecedented crime when the conservative Economist magazine sums up the situation with a one word headline: ‚ÄúBanksters.‚ÄĚIt has been widely reported that Libor, the interest rate benchmark that was rigged by a banking cartel, impacted $10 trillion in consumer loans. Libor stands for London Interbank Offered Rate and is supposed to be a reliable reflection of the rate at which banks are lending to each other. Based on the average of that rate, after highs and lows are discarded, the Libor index is used as a key index for setting loan rates around the world, including adjustable rate mortgages, credit card payments and student loans here in the U.S. From X Isle
IPCC Admits Its Past Reports Were Junk - It means that all of the "endorsements" of the climate consensus made by the world's national academies of science -- which invariably refer to the reports of the IPCC as their scientific basis -- were based on false or unreliable data and therefore should be disregarded or revised. It means that the EPA's "endangerment finding" -- its claim that carbon dioxide is a pollutant and threat to human health -- was wrong and should be overturned.
Was the petrol price rigged too? - Telegraph - Motorists may have been paying too much for their petrol because banks and other traders are likely to have tried to manipulate oil prices in the same way they rigged interest rates, an official report has warned. From Nony
Auditors say billions likely wasted in Iraq work - After years of following the paper trail of $51 billion in U.S. taxpayer dollars provided to rebuild a broken Iraq, the U.S. government can say with certainty that too much was wasted. But it can't say how much.In what it called its final audit report, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Funds on Friday spelled out a range of accounting weaknesses that put "billions of American taxpayer dollars at risk of waste and misappropriation" in the largest reconstruction project of its kind in U.S. history. From Nony
Big Paychecks, Tiny Tax Burdens: How 21,000 Wealthy Americans Avoided Paying Income Tax - ABC News - A recent IRS report showed that 20,752 households that reported earning more than $200,000 in 2009 paid no federal income taxes. About 1,500 of those tax-free Americans were millionaires.So how does someone in the top 3 percent of America‚Äôs income earners finagle their income tax burden down to zero? For the majority of them, it‚Äôs all about donating to charity, investing in local and state governments, earning money overseas and writing off doctor bills. From X Isle
Iraq-Iran Ties Grow Stronger As Iraq Rises From The Ashes - In the run-up to the war in Iraq, neoconservative hawks in and out of the Bush administration promised that the U.S. invasion would quickly transform that country into a strong ally, a model Arab democracy and a major oil producer that would lower world prices, even while paying for its own reconstruction."A new regime in Iraq would serve as a dramatic and inspiring example of freedom for other nations in the region," President George W. Bush told a crowd at the American Enterprise Institute in 2003, a few weeks before he launched the attack. From X Isle
Wildlife officers investigate 3-ton catch | KeysNews.com - The fisherman, 36-year-old Jorge Luis Concepcion Del Rio of Cape Coral, was cited for not having a restricted species endorsement for commercial harvest, a second-degree misdemeanor, Dube said. If the charge is dismissed, the check will be returned, he added. [Photo courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission|Officer Jimmy Johnson is seen next to a container of yellow snapper.]"I didn't get an excuse from him as to why he didn't have what is really basic paperwork that all the guys out here know you have to have," said Jimmy Johnson, FWC's investigating officer at the scene.Johnson is investigating Del Rio's past sales to Fishbusterz, Johnson said, noting that Del Rio apparently was paid about $13,000 by the fish house on July 3.Commercial fishermen are required to have the endorsement to sell nearly all fish, except species such as grunts, blue runners and others with little value as food fish, Johnson said."I was shocked," Johnson said."This is a standard license for these guys. I've been here for 25 years -- I haven't heard of a snapper case this big."Dube said officers also are investigating Fishbusterz, which is required by state law to make sure it is buying from licensed sellers."We're looking into why they didn't catch this," Dube said."Was this just an oversight? Technically, they're required to check endorsements, but often the fish houses deal with the same guys for 20 years and don't always physically look at it. In real world application, everyone knows everyone by name and face."firstname.lastname@example.orgShare your thoughts and opinions related to this posting. Login or register to post comments. More InfoMore Florida Keys HeadlinesJara resigns to take new jobFriday, July 13, 20122 commentsPopular musician OK after accidentFriday, July 13, 2012CAMPAIGN CORNERThursday, July 12, 2012Bald eagle undergoing beak repairThursday, July 12, 20121 commentState wants your take on mooring planThursday, July 12, 2012HARC nixes Ponce statueThursday, July 12, 20124 commentsAvailable Only in the Electronic EditionFBI: Man lures girls into sex tradeFriday, July 13, 2012 -Keys schools mostly A-ratedThursday, July 12, 2012 -Veolia out,Reynolds on deckWednesday, July 11, 2012 -Druckemiller to go before grand juryWednesday, July 11, 2012 -Ward, Vogel sound off at forumTuesday, July 10, 2012 -Code officers get involved in chicken caseMonday, July 9, 2012 -Get the electronic edition of The Key West CitizenClick here for today's front page From X Isle
Yahoo Breach Extends Beyond Yahoo to Gmail, Hotmail, AOL Users - NYTimes.com - Yahoo confirmed Thursday that a file containing approximately 400,000 usernames and passwords to Yahoo and other companies was stolen Wednesday. A group of hackers, known as the D33D Company, posted usernames and passwords for what appeared to be 453,492 accounts belonging to Yahoo, but also Gmail, AOL, Hotmail, Comcast, MSN, SBC Global, Verizon, BellSouth and Live.com users. From X Isle
Ann Darby, Wife Of New York Fed President, Gets $190,000 A Year From JPMorgan Chase - The relationship between JPMorgan Chase and its regulators is gaining a bit more attention these days.Plenty of people have already registered their concern over the fact that Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan, sits on the board of directors at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, one of the bodies meant to act as a watchdog for the bank. But the ties don't end there. From X Isle
The Spreading Scourge of Corporate Corruption - NYTimes.com - Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the Libor scandal is how familiar it seems. Sure, for some of the world‚Äôs leading banks to try to manipulate one of the most important interest rates in contemporary finance is clearly egregious. But is that worse than packaging billions of dollars worth of dubious mortgages into a bond and having it stamped with a Triple-A rating to sell to some dupe down the road while betting against it? Or how about forging documents on an industrial scale to foreclose fraudulently on countless homeowners? From X Isle
Another Brokerage Missing Over $200M In Client Funds - Forbes - Looks like MF Global may not be the only firm capable of losing hundreds of millions of dollars in client money.Regulators are going after a Chicago-based a futures brokerage saying it engaged in fraud, misused client money, violated customer fund segregation law and made false statements about its finances. From Nony
Electronic Pick Pocketing WREG News Channel 3 - YouTube - Contactless credit card skimming a real danger. Another news report where Identity Stronghold shows how easy it is to scan or skim all credit card data without touching you. The RFID chips make the card vulnerable
From X Isle
GlaxoSmithKline Agrees to Pay $3 Billion in Fraud Settlement - NYTimes.com - The British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay $3 billion in fines for illegally promoting the antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin and for failing to report safety data about the diabetes drug Avandia, federal prosecutors announced Monday. The settlement marks the largest payment ever by a drug company, eclipsing the previous record of $2.3 billion set by Pfizer in 2009, the government said. From X Isle
AllGov - News - Romney Tax Deduction for Care and Feeding of Horse More than Average U.S. Household Income - Dressage cost Romney $77,000 in 2010, money that was spent on the feeding and care of Ann Romney‚Äôs co-owned horse, Rafalca, which will compete in the summer Olympics. The Romneys were able to declare the expenses as a tax-deductible loss. This amount is considerably more than what the average American household earned in 2010‚ÄĒ$49,445, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. ==== Please explain how come he gets to deduct the fucking horse! From Taxpayer
Federal Reserve Board Members Gave Their Own Banks $4 Trillion in Bailouts - Following the 2008 financial crisis, the Federal Reserve provided more than $4 trillion in near zero-interest loans and other help to banks and businesses whose executives also served as directors for the national bank. At least 18 current and former Fed regional bank directors had a direct stake in the trillion-dollar bailout given to teetering institutions, according to a report produced by the Government Accountability Office, but released by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont). ++++ need I draw a picture with this? Where you think that money came from? Probably will have to be paid by our great-grand children From Taxpayer
28% of Federal Contract Funds Go to Just 10 Companies%u2026All Make Weapons Systems - This top heavy pattern, in which companies that have fattened themselves for years on the government teat push and shove to crowd out the runts, is even more egregious when one examines the top five providers of military hardware. Lockheed-Martin, which has been the largest government contractor every year since 1995, collected $42.9 billion, an increase of $7.1 billion over 2010 and almost double the haul of Boeing ($22.1 billion), and far ahead of General Dynamics ($19 billion), Raytheon ($14.4 billion) and Northrop Grumman ($12.8 billion). Put another way, Lockheed-Martin got 11.5% of defense contract dollars and 8% of all contract funds. Boeing also saw an increase of $2.7 billion. ++++ I don'tgive a shit if it's a republican or a democrat in the white house, they're all in it for the money. MY money and YOUR money! And you wonder why we have wars? LOL From Taxpayer
European Jewish group calls for Le Pen to be banned from EU parliament - The European Jewish Congress (EJC) condemned Jean-Marie Le Pen for his renewed comments that "gas chambers were a detail of second world war history" and called for the French extreme-right leader to be banned from the European Parliament. ARIZONA'S HERO NOTHING BUT A VILE XENOPHOBIC CROOK From Olga
Republicans plot to steal White House - There's a fiendish cleverness in perpetrating a fraud in broad daylight, at the same time as you tell the people that it must be done to guard against - you guessed it - fraud. From Nony
3 Years After Taxpayer Bailout, Bank of America Ships Jobs Overseas - Bank of America, which last fall announced plans to lay off 30,000 workers, is about to go on a hiring spreeóoverseas.
America's second-largest bank is relocating its business-support operations to the Philippines. BofA is the last of the "big four" US banks to move their business-support network to his island nation, where the average family makes $4,700 a year. From Popper
Why do Hospitals Charge $4,423 for $250 CT Scans? Blame Arizona Republicans - Forbes - One of the main criticisms of consumer-driven health care is that, today, consumers have no way of figuring out how much a particular health care service costs. Indeed, one of the reasons that health care is so expensive in America is because people have no idea what theyíre paying for it. Hence, itís important for reformers to encourage hospitals and doctors to become more transparent about the prices they charge for these services. But an Arizona bill to do just that was killedóby the stateís Republican legislature.
Senate panel backs $631 billion in defense spending | Reuters - A Senate panel voted on Thursday to authorize $631.4 billion in defense spending for the 2013 fiscal year, blocking plans to cut the Air Force and ordering offsetting reductions in Pentagon civilian personnel to stay within the president's budget limits. From Nony
$72 Billion of Tax Money Spent on Global Non-Warming - Remember when global warming was called global warming? You know: back in 2001, before a decade elapsed in which there was no measurable global warming.
Itís not called global warming any longer. That was just too embarrassing, because there hasnít any global warming for a decade. This stable temperature has taken place, despite the fact that worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide are higher. From Roddy
Dept. of Justice sues Sheriff Arpaio - By Jacques Billeaud Associated Press | Thursday, May 10, 2012 11:08 am
PHOENIX ó Federal authorities sued Americaís self-proclaimed toughest sheriff Thursday, a rare step after months of negotiations failed to yield an agreement to settle allegations that his department racially profiled Latinos in his trademark immigration patrols. From Anawaram
Multi-billion dollar ponzi scheme involving Romney and Son - In February of 2009, the Washington Post revealed that the SEC was alleging $8 Billion in savings fraud by Allen Stanford AND HIS COLLEAGUES, read Mitt Romney and Son, of lying about investments and CDs in a Ponzi scheme concerning staggering amounts of investorís money, partnerships in which they invested upon collapse of the fraud.
Rutgers Student, Died But His Student Loan Lives On - When Christopher Bryski, a Rutgers University undergraduate student, died from a traumatic brain injury in 2006, his family wasn't thinking about his student loans. That is, not until KeyBank, a Cleveland-based institution with nearly $90 billion in assets, asked his parents to assume responsibility for his debt. From Popper
Barack Obama Foreign Student - American Media Threatened into Silence - On March 7th, 2012, Pravda called out the U.S. press for its deliberate neglect of the largest scandal in modern American history. Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio released credible forensic evidence that Barack Obama, presumed President of the United States, presented to the world a forged Birth Certificate on April 27th, 2011. From Roddy
Wells Fargo's prison cash cow - Wells Fargo is one of the top five largest banks in America, a fact that on its own is damning enough, basic human decency not exactly being conducive to success in the financial industry. Despite, or rather because of, its role as one of the leading sub-prime mortgage lenders prior to the 2008 crash in the housing market, the bank was handed $37 billion from the U.S. government, a transfer of wealth from the foreclosed upon have-nots to the haves doing the foreclosing ‚Äď people like chairman and CEO John Stumpf, whose compensation actually rose after his company‚Äôs de facto bankruptcy to a cool $18 million last year. From X Isle
Small Businesses Pay The Price For Big Corporations - When big corporations use offshore tax havens, small businesses pay the price -- literally. If they were to cover the cost of corporate abuse of tax havens in 2011, the average U.S. small business would pay $2,116, according to a report released Tuesday by consumer group U.S. PIRG. The estimate is based on Census numbers for businesses with fewer than 100 employees. From X Isle
New Bush-Era Torture Memo Released, Raises Questions About What Has Changed And What Hasn't - Many have known all along that these war mongering crooks sent the U.S. into low world wide respect with their unjustified invasion in Iraq (WMD lies) and torture..............unprecidented. War Criminals......make 'em do the perp walk!!!!Might does not make right!!!! X
A six-year-old memo from within the George W. Bush administration that came to light this week acknowledges that White House-approved interrogation techniques amounted to "war crimes." The memo's release has called attention to what has changed since President Barack Obama took office, but it also raises questions about what hasn't.
The Bush White House tried to destroy every copy of the memo, written by then-State Department counselor Philip Zelikow. Zelikow examined tactics like waterboarding -- which simulates drowning -- and concluded that there was no way they were legal, domestically or internationally. From X Isle
Brazil police hunt 'blonde kidnap gang' in Sao Paulo - Brazilian police say they are hunting a gang of mostly blonde young women who have committed a series of kidnaps and robberies in Sao Paulo.The criminals have been targeting wealthy women in shopping centres, Sao Paulo's anti-kidnap police unit says.The victims are followed to their cars, where they are robbed and held captive at gunpoint while the gang uses their credit cards to make luxury purchases.Police said the "blonde gang" consisted of young, educated, middle-class women. From X Isle
Confirmed: CIA secret prison in Poland - Another CIA-run interrogation 'black site' has been exposed after the confessions of top-ranking Polish officials blew the lid on the dirtiest secret in Eastern Europe.¬≠The former head of Poland‚Äôs intelligence service secret Zbigniew Siemiatkowski has been charged with taking part in establishing a secret prison for the CIA in a remote part of the country. Allegedly, foreign prisoners in the detention center were tortured in connection with America's global war on terror. From Nony
Dick Cheney undergoes heart transplant surgery - CNN.com - Former Vice President Dick Cheney was recovering Saturday evening after undergoing heart transplant surgery, his office said.Cheney, 71, had surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia.He had been on the cardiac transplant list for more than 20 months, a statement from his office said. From Nony
Companies That Profit The Most From War - Global sales of arms and military services by the 100 largest defense contractors increased in 2010 to $411.1 billion, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The increase reflects a decade-long trend of growing military spending. Since 2002, total arms sales among the 100 largest arms manufacturers have increased 60%. From Nony
Santorum: Time to Ban Pornography - Looks like he's found time in his busy schedule of condemning 'radical' women for working outside the home and using birth control and now is turning his hot, penetrating gaze to manfolk-bizness.
I wonder what kind of twisted secrets this mutant has in his closet. From Roddy
Westboro Baptist Church Offers to Advertise on Limbaugh's Show - There's something so deliciously ironic, so perfectly just in this. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that Rush Limbaugh has a new sponsor anxious to buy up lots of ad space on his show: Westboro Baptist Church. Is there anything more delicious than the idea of the haters advertising on the hater's show? From Popper
$25B foreclosure settlement filed in federal court - New Mexico Business Weekly - The U.S. Department of Justice , the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and 49 state attorneys general, including New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, on Monday filed their landmark $25 billion agreement with the nation‚Äôs five largest mortgage servicers over alleged foreclosure abuses.It‚Äôs the largest industry settlement since the U.S. struck a deal with tobacco companies in 1998. The agreement includes Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), Wells Fargo From X Isle
Top 10 Scams of the Year -
Scams, much like viral cat videos, are a staple of the Internet. Even the savviest of Internet users can still get tangled in the web's latest harmful trick - such as these 10 highlighted from the past year.
The Better Business Bureau has released this infographic, charting the biggest consumer scams of 2011. Their rankings are based on the volume and spikes in complaints, the economic climate and major events exploited by scammers, information collected by its Scam Source, and alerts issued through local BBBs during 2011. From X Isle
GRIME WAVE - Law enforcement officials across the country are puzzled over a crime wave targeting an unlikely item: Tide laundry detergent.Theft of Tide detergent has become so rampant that authorities from New York to Oregon are keeping tabs on the soap spree, and some cities are setting up special task forces to stop it. And retailers like CVS are taking special security precautions to lock down the liquid. One Tide taker in West St. Paul, Minn., made off with $25,000 in the product over 15 months before he was busted last year.‚ÄúThat was unique that he stole so much soap,‚ÄĚ said West St. Paul Police Chief Bud Shaver. ‚ÄúThe name brand is [all] Tide. Amazing, huh?‚ÄĚTide has become a form of currency on the streets. The retail price is steadily high ‚ÄĒ roughly $10 to $20 a bottle ‚ÄĒ and it‚Äôs a staple in households across socioeconomic classes.Tide can go for $5 to $10 a bottle on the black market, authorities say. Enterprising laundry soap peddlers even resell bottles to stores.‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no serial numbers and it‚Äôs impossible to track,‚ÄĚ said Detective Larry Patterson of the Somerset, Ky., Police Department, where authorities have seen a huge spike in Tide theft. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs the item to steal.‚ÄĚ From X Isle
Republican House of Scandal - "Voters are finding out that Republicans leaders have zero intention of carrying through on their zero-tolerance pledge for Republicans' ethics scandals and corruption," said DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson. He added, "Each month it seems another scandal-plagued Republican is revealed. Republicans' top priorities are their special interest allies, ultra-wealthy campaign contributors, their campaign treasuries and their personal bank accounts -- not the best interest of middle-class families and seniors." From X Isle
Being in Congress loses its thrill for some lawmakers - POLITICO.com - For members of Congress, the thrill is gone.
They donít make national policy anymore. They canít earmark money for communities back home. The public hates them.
And perks little and big, from private jet travel to a little free nosh now and then, have been locked down by ethics rules.As they head for the exits this year, many leaving Congress say the prestigious job of being a congressman sucks now, and that‚Äôs why lawmakers young and old are trading in their member pins for a new life in the private sector. From X Isle
Obama: End Oil Subsidies NOW - Obama wants Congress to vote yes or no on extending $4 billion in oil company subsidies within the next few weeks (video below). Obama has stepped up to the plate big time with this portion of a recent speech on energy below. First is the video, followed by some of the key quotes in text with commentary: From X Isle
'Jewish Indiana Jones' Rabbi Menachem Youlus admits to Torah scam and faces jail - A rabbi who proclaimed himself the ďJewish Indiana JonesĒ admitted Thursday he was really the villain in a made-for-Hollywood swindle.
Menachem Youlus, a Baltimore bookstore owner, pleaded guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to spinning a web of lies that snared a billionaire philanthropist.
He faces up to five years in prison for creating a bogus charity built on fictional tales of rescuing Holocaust-era Torahs, selling forgeries and pocketing the dough.
Zynga called out by the company its new game rips off - Much of the animosity stems from the fact that their games are accused of being unoriginal and derivative. Proof can be found in Zynga's latest iOS release "Dream Heights," which strikes a very close resemblance to "Tiny Tower" by NimbleBits, for the same platform. It was actually Apple's pick for best iPhone game of 2011. From Popper
President Obama refuses to meet with Governor Gibbons about tourism comments - KTNV ABC,Channel 13,Las Vegas,Nevada,News,Weather,Sports,Entertainment,KTNV.com,Action News .:. - This could get ugly (I hope, I hope, I hope): President Obama refuses to meet with Governor Gibbons about tourism comments.
In a speech in Elkhart, Indiana, Obama sez:
"You can't get corporate jets. You can't go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer's dime."
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reports over 400 conventions and business meetings scheduled to take place in Las Vegas recently have cancelled. These cancelled events translate into 111,800 guests in Las Vegas and over 250,000 "room-nights". The cancelled conventions and meetings have cost the Las Vegas economy over $100-million, not including gaming revenue.
Jim Gibbons, governor, assumes this is because of that sentence from Obama.
The Office of Governor Jim Gibbons was notified today that President Barack Obama has refused to meet with the Governor and key business leaders from Nevada. Governor Gibbons requested the meeting in a letter to President Obama so the President could address statements he made that were critical to Nevada and have caused economic damage to convention business and tourism business in the Silver State.
Uh... there's a recession going on, Jim. During a recession, people stop spending money on worthless crap like Las Vegas.
More about Jim Gibbons at Wikipedia.
Holy cow! He's like the poster child for corrupt politicians. We have plagiarism, favoritism, bribery, undocumented housekeeper, sexual assault, undeclared donations, interference with ongoing investigation. The only thing in is favor is that he's not listed as being a Christian. He even looks like a scumbag. People who look like that usually run used car lots.
Refusing to meet with this jerk was a good move, Obama. From danomil