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The DOJ is investigating big money re violation of bribery laws involving Libya's investment fund

WSJ: Financial firms probed over possible bribery in Libya. The Department of Justice has joined an expanding probe of banks, private-equity firms and hedge funds over the possible violation of bribery laws involving Libya's state investment fund prior to the rebellion against Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the WSJ reports. The investigation originally focused on Goldman Sachs (GS) but now includes Credit Suisse (CS), JP Morgan (JPM), Société Générale (OTC:SCGLF), Blackstone (BX) and hedge-fund operator Och-Ziff Capital Management Group (OZM).


I don't subscribe to the WSJ, but the blurb tells us quite a bit. Maybe murder, maybe suicide, big money, as we know, has many tentacles.

Sweet Vengeance 2013, this is a movie that lightened my load

Trailer:

In the late 1800s, a fanatical religious leader, a renegade Sheriff, and a former prostitute collide in a blood triangle on the rugged plains of the New Mexico Territory. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2224004/


This film is written and directed by Logan and Noah Miller (who also act in it) and shows a true representation of the early and extreme behavior of the Mormons and their mission to populate the West. Jason Isaacs plays the creepy, patriarchal prophet and Ed Harris is his nemesis and I know not everyone appreciates Ed Harris the way I do, but his crazy sheriff portrayal has such panache.

I say it lightened my load because I met men in Utah who still carry the crazy notions expressed by the male characters and even though it is set in the past, any exposure at all of the American Taliban is valuable to me. It might be called revenge porn, but like the movie Inglourious Basterds, it provides an inkling of much needed satisfaction.



I considered putting this in the Movie group, but it doesn't quite match their SOP and I wanted to be sure anyone concerned with patriarchal abuse would see it.

The M$M only makes it look like the RW is winning

Now, it is true, the RW is all about looking like winners. They lie and cheat and then act like they are paragons of virtue. Then they write superficial little books extolling their plight against socialism and bums. They erect statues of themselves in an attempt to belie that they are weak and smell of decay.

"The letter helpfully states that there are "no assessable fees for the request."'

No really, they need to start charging us for wasting their time as we inquire about how our privacy is being invaded. Who are we to make demands on them?

And they must keep repeating this about the metadata:
It also contains a paragraph about the ways in which the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has authorized the NSA to "acquire telephone metadata, such as the telephone numbers dialed and length of calls, but not the content of call or the names of the communicants." The court was created in 1978, as we recently laid out in our surveillance timeline.


Of course the response excludes anything about National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, which will in fact allow analysis of any and all metadata.

On May 22, 2013 the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities, one of several Armed Services Committees, met to discuss the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2014. The main subject of the hearing was Sec. 1061, otherwise known as Enhancement of Capacity of the United States Government to Analyze Captured Records. This enhancement provision of NDAA 2014 would effectively create a new intelligence agency, one with the authority to analyze information gained under the Patriot Act, FISA, and known spying programs such as PRISM.
http://truth-out.org/news/item/17070-indefinite-surveillance-say-hello-to-the-national-defense-authorization-act-of-2014


More here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023057822

We have also posted regarding the NSA gathering data on all Americans

And the threads sink. Maybe there is a formula, I mean other than having an extreme and generally unaccepted view, for keeping an OP kicked.

Once Obama knew the actual scope of the GOP plan, he devised a counter-plan

Probably the most difficult, complex problem he has ever faced. He has methodically moved forward and now it seems people are just noticing. The GOP must be noticing as well, it will be interesting to see what new tricks they might have.

The IRS did not inappropriately target conservative groups

WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service agents who inappropriately targeted conservative groups had been following orders from the Obama administration, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said on Sunday.

And he called the administration's top spokesman a liar.


The groups filed for tax exempt status, which stood out as unusual so they were flagged. The teabaggers made an error and like any error with the IRS it is investigated.

This is just more GOP obfuscation and obstruction.

The pic of Issa . . .

Buddy brought in a live baby bird, advice needed (pic)

This little bird can hop well, but cannot fly. I put him outside, keeping the cat in, to see if there was anyway he could make it. He was calling for his family, but they didn't respond. I put him back in the crate and gave him sunflower seeds and water. He is in the garage now, still calling for his family. I live in Seattle, it is warm here now. I am concerned that he is too young to feed himself the seeds. Maybe I should mush them up in water?

Echelon Extra

But “this is more than just a data center,” says one senior intelligence official who until recently was involved with the program. The mammoth Bluffdale center will have another important and far more secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical, he says, for breaking codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily encrypted. According to another top official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.”
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1


Construction of the $1.2 billion Data Center is scheduled to be completed in October 2013.
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705363940/Utahs-15-billion-cyber-security-center-under-way.html


And I gather infinite storage and retrieval capability of collected data is also in the plans. I am not familiar enough with Echelon to know all of the differences.

BRAVE Awards Now Accepting Nominations. International award honors non-professional caregivers

"Those nominated for the BRAVE Awards represent the invisible army of millions of family caregivers," said Flemming Ornskov, MD, Chief Executive Designate, Shire. "Their consistent care of others is an enormously generous and selfless commitment. We are privileged to raise awareness about the significant impact non-professional carers play in our society and to recognize individuals who work tirelessly to give their loved ones as normal and healthy a life as possible."

A caregiver is defined by the Shire BRAVE Awards as an individual who is providing regular, consistent care for another person in a volunteer capacity. The caregiver can be a relative, neighbor, or friend who gives their time, support, and compassion regularly, helping another person who is not able to care for himself or herself. The caregiver cannot be a professional healthcare provider and cannot be compensated in any formal way through their activities as a caregiver. Doctors, nurses, hospital staff and other healthcare workers are not eligible for consideration; however, they can nominate non-professional caregivers. Nominees must be age 18 or older at the time of nomination. In 2013, the Shire BRAVE Awards are open to eligible nominees in 19 countries - Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

There are no restrictions on the type of care being provided, no correlation with any health condition or therapeutic area, and the care recipient need not be prescribed a Shire medicine or treatment. The program has been developed to ensure confidentiality and privacy, and adheres to Shire's Privacy Policy. The BRAVE Awards are presented in the spirit of Shire's BRAVE culture.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/brave-awards-now-accepting-nominations-110500467.html


http://www.shirebraveawards.com/

If you know a caregiver who performs in extraordinary ways, who gives their time, support and compassion regularly through caring for someone else in a meaningful, selfless manner, then click below to learn more about the Shire BRAVE Awards. If they meet the eligibility criteria, nominate them for a 2013 BRAVE Award and they could receive $10,000 USD or their local country currency equivalent from Shire.


I am sure there are people here who know people who deserve this award. There are people here on DU who deserve to be nominated for this award, so I hope those that know them will click on the second link and fill-out the forms. I know they don't do it for the recognition, but $10,000 and an official appreciation award wouldn't be rejected.
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