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"Everyone On The Ground... We Can Fly"

So this is what I did tonight, met Susan, Paul & Bob Cowsill at their show in Holly Springs NC. When they realized they had forgotten to do one of their hits, they did an impromptu performance of it for everyone in the lobby.

If you know/remember the song from the 1960s, you realize what a great job they're doing on it.

Tonight would have Barry Cowsill's 59th birthday. He died in Hurricane Katrina.

"An Astounding Amount of Money" - The Price of Failure: Ex-CEOs Still Living Large


The Price of Failure: Ex-Wall Street CEOs Still Living Large

Five years after Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy plunged the global economy into chaos, over 11 million Americans remain unemployed — including nearly all Wall Street CEOs at the center of the crisis. But none of the executives have faced any criminal charges nor appear to be suffering for their contributions to the worst recession since the Great Depression. Quite the contrary.

The former CEOs of Wall Street’s biggest firms circa 2008 are “living in quiet luxury,” according to a report this week by The Center for Public Integrity. The 5 former CEOs examined by the Center – Dick Fuld (Lehman Brothers) Jimmy Cayne (Bear Stearns), Stanley O’Neal (Merrill Lynch), Chuck Prince (Citigroup) and Ken Lewis (Bank of America) -- took home nearly $1.5 billion in total compensation from 2000 to 2008.

It’s an astounding amount of money, especially given their collective incompetence and mismanagement, for which we’re all still paying.

By Aaron Task

1. Richard Fuld
Former CEO Lehman Brothers

*Compensation at Lehman
$529 Million

Real Estate:
9-bedroom mansion in Greenwich, Conn.
(Est. value: $8M)
40-plus-acre ranch in Sun Valley, Idaho
5-bedroom home in Jupiter Island, Fla.
(Est. value: $10.6M)
Park Avenue apartment,
NYC: Sold for $25.87M (2009)

Current Employment:
Matrix Advisors
(clients include AT&T, GlyEco, Ecologic Transportation)

Source: Center for Public Integrity, SEC Filings


@breakingstorm: 172 people unaccounted for after floods in Boulder, Colorado

@BreakingNews: RT @breakingstorm: 172 people unaccounted for after floods in Boulder, Colorado, Office of Emergency Management says - @CBSDenver

White House: No Subsidies For Union Health Plans

Source: Associated Press


— Sep. 13 8:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Low-income workers on union health plans are not eligible for the same federal subsidies available to those who buy insurance in the new state health care marketplaces, the White House said Friday.

The decision is a disappointment for labor unions, coming shortly after top union officials met for more than an hour with President Barack Obama to press their case that subsidies could be extended to union-sponsored plans.

Labor leaders have complained for months that without the subsidies, the Affordable Care Act would drive up the cost of some union plans, leading employers to drop coverage and jeopardizing health coverage for millions of union members.

The White House cited a Treasury Department letter saying there is no legal way for union members in multiemployer group health plans to receive subsidies. In a statement, the White House said it would work with unions and encourage them to offer their multiemployer plans "through the marketplace, on an equal footing, to create new, high-quality, affordable options for all Americans."

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/obama-meet-union-leaders-health-care

U.S. Won't Insist On Threat of Force in U.N. Resolution, Official Tells CBS News

Source: CBS News

U.S. won't insist on threat of force in U.N. resolution, official tells CBS News

September 13, 2013

The United States will not insist, after all, that a United Nations Security Council resolution include a threat of force, a senior official told CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante.

The resolution being drafted demands that Syria give up its chemical weapons but Russia said it would veto the resolution if it specified a military option.

U.S.-Russia talks on Syria at pivotal moment The compromise by the Obama administration could clear the way for a united, international effort to dispose of Syria's chemical arsenal.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that a report on last month's deadly attack in

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57602942/u.s-wont-insist-on-threat-of-force-in-u.n-resolution-official-tells-cbs-news

UN Report to Show Chemical Weapons Were Used in Syria, Ban Ki-moon Says

Source: Bloomberg

A report by United Nations inspectors will show that chemical weapons were used on Aug. 21 in Syria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
A team has been analyzing evidence gathered in Syria about the attack in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, which the U.S. says was launched by Syrian government forces and killed more than 1,400 people.
Ban, in comments today at a UN development forum in New York, said the inspectors’ report will be released “as soon as possible.”
The UN chief said he is “very much troubled” by divisions over Syria among members of the UN Security Council, which hasn’t been able to adopt any resolutions on humanitarian, political and security issues regarding Syria during 2 1/2 years of conflict.

Read more: http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-13/un-report-to-show-chemical-weapons-were-used-in-syria-ban-says.html

Florida Police Chief: George Zimmerman Is ‘a Sandy Hook Waiting to Happen’

Source: Guardian

Florida police chief: George Zimmerman is ‘a Sandy Hook waiting to happen’

By Richard Luscombe, The Guardian
Friday, September 13, 2013 12:45 p.m.

A series of indiscreet emails by a Florida police chief has revealed his belief that Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman is a volatile character who is “a Sandy Hook waiting to happen”.

Steve Bracknell is the chief of the Lake Mary police department, which is investigating Zimmerman, 29, for allegedly threatening his estranged wife, Shellie, and his father-in-law with a gun on Monday.

In an email exchange with a Lake Mary resident critical of the department’s initial decision not to arrest or charge Zimmerman, Bracknell appears to agree with the writer’s description of Zimmerman, acquitted in July of murdering Martin, an unarmed black teenager, as “a ticking time bomb”.

“Zimmerman is a Sandy Hook, Aurora waiting to happen,” the resident, Santiago Rodriguez, told Bracknell in his first email, seeking an explanation for why Lake Mary officers did not charge Zimmerman.

“Your reference to Sandy Hook … I agree,” Bracknell replied.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/13/george-zimmerman-florida-police-chief

Twitter Tweets That It Is Filing For an Initial Public Offering of Stock

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Twitter tweets that it is filing for an initial public offering of stock.

@BloombergNews: BREAKING: Goldman Sachs said to be lead underwriter in Twitter IPO


Twitter files for its IPO

By Josh Ong, 11 minutes ago

Twitter has announced that it has filed for its IPO.

Twitter ✔ @twitter

We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.
5:00 PM - 12 Sep 2013

Since Twitter was able to submit confidentially, it had annual revenue of less than $1 billion in its most recent fiscal year. The JOBS Act allows for “emerging growth” companies with less than $1 billion in annual gross revenue to file in secret.

Twitter has been steadily preparing for a public offering with key hires and acquisitions. In May, it hired Morgan Stanley veteran Cynthia Gaylor to head up corporate development. Last December, the company brought on Mike Gupta as CFO and shuffled Ali Rowghani to COO. Recent acquisitions include the world’s largest mobile ad exchange MoPub and social data company Trendrr.

Read more: http://thenextweb.com/twitter/2013/09/12/twitter-files-for-its-ipo

U.S. Weapons (Funded & Organized by CIA Begin) Reaching Syrian Rebels

Source: Washington Post / CNN

@BreakingNews: Report: CIA begins delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, according to US officials, Syrian figures - @washingtonpost http://t.co/8zdI7ySsg9

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U.S. weapons reaching Syrian rebels

By Ernesto Londoño and Greg Miller, Published: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 9:30 PM ET

The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the Stoate Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war.

The arms shipments, which are limited to light weapons and other munitions that can be tracked, began arriving in Syria at a moment of heightened tensions over threats by President Obama to order missile strikes to punish the regime of Bashar al-Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons in a deadly attack near Damascus last month.

The arms are being delivered as the United States is also shipping new types of nonlethal gear to rebels. That aid includes vehicles, sophisticated communications equipment and advanced combat medical kits.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cia-begins-weapons-delivery-to-syrian-rebels/2013/09/11/9fcf2ed8-1b0c-11e3-a628-7e6dde8f889d_story.html

Bush's Full Seven Minutes of Silence

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