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Rich-Bored-Unable to find a job because of Obama-Then tap into your inheritance & start a hedge fund

Has everyone seen today’s dispatch from the One Percent and their delusions of persecution? A recent college graduate is starting his own hedge fund, and he’s offering to job-create for some of his frat-bros:

After a series of summer internships, however, I have somehow found myself without a full-time job offer for the upcoming year. F***n’ Obama’s fault for strangling this economy.
Luckily, due to the tough job market, my dad has agreed to let me access my trust fund early (mid 7-figures) to start a relatively small hedge fund, ___ ...

With my financial expertise, help from my powerful father and connections, and a skilled team, I have no doubt that this fund will rise quickly to prominence. We’ll all get filthy rich and, inevitably, bag hot slampieces.

“slampieces”, for my fellow un-unenlightened olds, means women.

The Rugged Rhetoric Of Reince Priebus


The Rugged Rhetoric Of Reince Priebus
By Charles P. Pierce at 12:30pm
Obvious anagram Reince Priebus, figurehead high priest of the Silly Party, has decided to butch himself up again.

"If you have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC's Summer Meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote of the RNC stating that the committee will neither partner with you in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates which you sponsor."

In other words, if you don't kill a major project involving the biography of the most famous woman in the world and starring a very bankable movie star, we will refuse to let you participate in Wingnutnado, the ratings blockbuster featuring Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, Peter King, Scott Walker, and Tara Reid. Wait. Maybe not Tara Reid. Anyway, Reince is never more adorable than when he pretends he is an Important Person Of Influence. Really. It's like watching a toddler in a Mark Hanna sui

Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Reince_Gets_Tough

DEA Special Operations Division Covers Up Surveillance Used To Investigate Americans: Report

Source: Reuters/Huffpo

By John Shiffman and Kristina Cooke

WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) - A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.

Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin - not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.

The undated documents show that federal agents are trained to "recreate" the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant's Constitutional right to a fair trial. If defendants don't know how an investigation began, they cannot know to ask to review potential sources of exculpatory evidence - information that could reveal entrapment, mistakes or biased witnesses.

"I have never heard of anything like this at all," said Nancy Gertner, a Harvard Law School professor who served as a federal judge from 1994 to 2011. Gertner and other legal experts said the program sounds more troubling than recent disclosures that the National Security Agency has been collecting domestic phone records. The NSA effort is geared toward stopping terrorists; the DEA program targets common criminals, primarily drug dealers.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/05/dea-surveillance-cover-up_n_3706207.html

"You have to wake the people up first, then you''ll get action."

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H. L. Mencken

wakey, wakey everyone!!!

and peace, kp

Accused rapist has his dad send threatening note, police say

Accused rapist has his dad send threatening note, police say

According to an affidavit:

On July 27, the victim's daughter found a letter taped on their apartment door.

Ronnau wrote, "I told you what I would do if I ever lost you."

He also wrote, "There have better not be another man ever cuz when I get out all hell will break loose. I don't care how long it takes for me to get out. You don't want to know how or what I will do if I find out you've been with another man."

He added, "Please please don't take any of this as just words."

Police spoke to Ronnau's father, who confirmed he delivered the letter to the victim's residence for his son without knowing its contents, the affidavit states.

The victim requested an order of protection.


"Greetings Suspects! - D'oh" I Mean Citizens!" - The NSA comes clean --- by Tom Tomorrow

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
H. L. Mencken

The NSA & Anthony's Weiner

In Norway, Start-ups Say Ja to Socialism

In Norway, Start-ups Say Ja to Socialism

We venture to the very heart of the hell that is Scandinavian socialism—and find out that it’s not so bad. Pricey, yes, but a good place to start and run a company.

"The tax system is good—it's fair," he tells me. "What we're doing when we are paying taxes is buying a product. So the question isn't how you pay for the product; it's the quality of the product."

Dalmo likes the government's services, and he believes that he is paying a fair price.

AN EXPANSIVE MOOD Jan Egil Flo (left), Simen Staalnacke (center), and Peder Børresen, the co-founders of Moods of Norway. In the early days of their $35 million company, they lived almost rent free, courtesy of the government

Norway, population five million, is a very small, very rich country. It is a cold country and, for half the year, a dark country. (The sun sets in late November in Mo i Rana. It doesn't rise again until the end of January.) This is a place where entire cities smell of drying fish—an odor not unlike the smell of rotting fish—and where, in the most remote parts, one must be careful to avoid polar bears. The food isn't great.

Bear strikes, darkness, and whale meat notwithstanding, Norway is also an exceedingly pleasant place to make a home. It ranked third in Gallup's latest global happiness survey. The unemployment rate, just 3.5 percent, is the lowest in Europe and one of the lowest in the world. Thanks to a generous social welfare system, poverty is almost nonexistent.

Norway is also full of entrepreneurs like Wiggo Dalmo. Rates of start-up creation here are among the highest in the developed world, and Norway has more entrepreneurs per capita than the United States, according to the latest report by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, a Boston-based research consortium. A 2010 study released by the U.S. Small Business Administration reported a similar result: Although America remains near the top of the world in terms of entrepreneurial aspirations -- that is, the percentage of people who want to start new things—in terms of actual start-up activity, our country has fallen behind not just Norway but also Canada, Denmark, and Switzerland.

If you care about the long-term health of the American economy, this should seem strange—maybe even troubling. After all, we have been told for decades that higher taxes are without-a-doubt, no-question-about-it Bad for Business. President Obama recently bragged that his administration had passed "16 different tax cuts for America's small businesses over the last couple years. These are tax cuts that can help America—help businesses...making new investments right now."


read the rest:
(posting this especially for mr pete)


Even Orwell didn't go so far as to write:

"We've always been at war with (REDACTED)."


Who Are We at War With? That’s Classified

Sunrise from space, with a late crescent Moon adding a poetic touch.

read about it (there is a surprise incl):
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