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dixiegrrrrl

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Gender: Female
Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 01:09 PM
Number of posts: 38,752

About Me

Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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We are now bombing TWO groups in Syria, for TWO different reasons.

We are bombing both ISIL AND a "new" Al-Quada "affiliated" group in Syria.
That was the happy headline that greeted me this am.

Just to be clear...here is the WH reasons for bombing ISIL in Syria:
Senior Obama administration officials: Airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria are legal because they were done in defense of Iraq

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/syria/

and here is the WH reason for bombing another group in Syria:
The White House this morning is confirming that airstrikes against the al-Qaida-affiliated Khorasan Group in Syria were carried out due to its plotting of an 'imminent' attack against the US. This information was also confirmed earlier today by the US Central Command.


same source as above

"Here's what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey.
And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we’re hooked on."

Kurt Vonnegut

Virginia sues 13 big banks, claiming mortgage securities fraud

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring on Tuesday announced a $1.15 billion lawsuit against 13 of the nation’s biggest banks, accusing them of misleading a state retirement fund about the quality of bonds made up of residential mortgages.

The lawsuit, unsealed in Richmond Circuit Court, is the largest financial fraud action ever brought by the state of Virginia.
It mirrors legal actions being taken across the country by attorneys general seeking redress for state pension funds that were ravaged by the financial crisis.
“These securities were financial time bombs that a lot of banks tried to get off their books as soon as possible,” Herring said during a news conference.
“And some of them provided . . . investors with information they knew or should have known was false in order to lure them into buying these new investments.”

Herring said the banks — including JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Credit Suisse — knowingly packaged faulty home loans into securities they sold to the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). The pension fund, which counts 600,000 members on its rolls, purchased 220 residential-mortgage-backed securities starting in 2004. When the financial markets tanked and the value of those bonds took a nose dive, the fund was forced to sell the vast majority of the securities and lost $383 million
.http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/virginia-sues-big-banks-for-mortgage-securities-fraud/2014/09/16/6314e4d2-3dc1-11e4-b03f-de718edeb92f_story.html

I am really surprised it is taking the states this long to figure out the scam.
But, states need money now, and banks have it.

Free pdf download of The National Intelligence Strategy of the United States of America

For those who like to hear info from the horse's mouth, so to speak.


Document: The 2014 National Intelligence Strategy of the United States, unveiled by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper today.
http://www.odni.gov/files/documents/2014_NIS_Publication.pdf

" law enforcement is concerned the post will give people a chance to..*self-radicalize*. "

Heads up, DU.......do NOT attempt to "self radicalize"......

Here's a little non news item which appears to be propaganda for The Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism center:

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police announced Wednesday it was aware of an online post by a group sympathetic to the militant group ISIS that suggests tourist destinations in the United States as potential attack locations.

The post named Las Vegas as one of the cities.

According to police, the post has been taken down. Police also say they have no information of planning or operational phases to carry out any attack.

However, law enforcement is concerned the post will give people a chance to self-radicalize.

The Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism center works 24-hours a day seven days a week to stay ahead of threats. Metro also works with federal, state and local governments, along with hotels and casinos to keep locals and tourists safe.
Metro is asking people to remember to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.
http://www.8newsnow.com/story/26560904/breaking-news-metro-aware-of-online-isis-threat-to-las-vegas

Need dates for a Syria timeline, DU.

Pres. Obama wanted to go after Assad, tried to get the country/Congress behind the idea, but it did not work.( except for McCain, of course)
When was this, exactly?

ISIS popped up in Iraq ...when?



Facebook Messenger appears to have more spyware code in it than commercial spyware products...."

tweeted Jonathan Zdziarski, a noted author and expert in iOS related digital forensics and security on Tuesday.

The story:
In August, Facebook announced that it would no longer be allowing its users to communicate via private message on mobile phones without first downloading its proprietary "Messenger" app.

Some of those who downloaded the app may be thinking twice this week about keeping the app around, however, in light of one iOS forensics and security researcher's recent assertions that Messenger is tracking more data than most people realize.

"Messenger appears to have more spyware type code in it than I've seen in products intended specifically for enterprise surveillance," tweeted Jonathan Zdziarski, a noted author and expert in iOS related digital forensics and security on Tuesday.

Several of his tweets previous to this shed light upon what he found while disassembling Facebook Messenger's iOS binary.

Messenger has so many analytics running (even in the background), it would not surprise me if your battery life noticeably suffered.
-- Jonathan Zdziarski (@JZdziarski) September 9, 2014

Messenger performs analytics on everything - windows you view, everything you tap, icon badge number, application state, everything you do.
-- Jonathan Zdziarski (@JZdziarski) September 9, 2014

Messenger even gathers data on how much time you spend using it in the foreground, vs. background time. So glad I don't use Facebook.
-- Jonathan Zdziarski (@JZdziarski) September 9, 2014

Messenger even gathers data on what orientation you're holding your phone in most often.
http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2014/09/facebook-messenger-found-to-be-tracking-a-lot-more-data-than-you-think.html?cmp=fbtl&utm_content=buffera73d4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

NM city plans to auction excavated vintage video games

At first I thought WTF
but THEN I wanted to grab a shovel and head to our landfill..

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - A city in New Mexico where 1,300 unwanted vintage video games were discovered buried in a landfill has voted to auction off more than half of the cartridges in the run-up to Christmas.

Members of the Alamogordo City Council voted 7-0 late on Tuesday to offer some 800 of the Atari games found earlier this year for sale on eBay and the council's own website.


Snip......The find included hundreds of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" cartridges, considered by some the worst video game ever made.
It flopped after being rushed out to coincide with the release of Steven Spielberg's 1982 hit movie, and it contributed to a collapse of the video game industry in its early years.
Atari is believed to have been saddled with most of the 5 million E.T. cartridges produced. The New York Times reported at the time that the game manufacturer buried the games in the New Mexico desert in the middle of the night.
http://af.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idAFKBN0H526A20140910?sp=true







Pope Francis: Pope says world's many conflicts amount to piecemeal World War Three


REDIPUGLIA, Italy, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a "piecemeal" Third World War, condemning the arms trade and "plotters of terrorism" sowing death and destruction.

"Humanity needs to weep and this is the time to weep," Francis said in the homily of a Mass during a visit to Italy's largest war memorial,
large, Fascist-era monument where more than 100,000 soldiers who died in World War One are buried.
http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL5N0RE04M20140913

AGREE?
DISAGREE?

Cops are seizing hundreds of millions of dollars from drivers and bragging about it in chat rooms

This weekend, The Washington Post published a deeply reported look at "highway interdiction," a controversial tactic that has allowed police to seize hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists without formally charging anyone with a crime. Typically, police will stop a driver under suspicion of drug trafficking, seize their cash as evidence, and refuse to return it without a legal challenge. Only one in six seizures were challenged, typically because of the high cost of legal assistance.

But the legal justification is only part of the practice. As private consultants sought to expand the practice, they turned to surprisingly familiar methods, including an encrypted chat room where officers could brag about their latest hauls, share tactics, and spread private information about juicy targets passing through other jurisdictions.
Known as the Black Asphalt Electronic Networking and Notification System, the chat room has over 25,000 members spread across the country, most of whom are law enforcement officers. Until recently, it was hosted at a DEA intelligence center, but has never received any official government oversight. Within the system, officers are encouraged to brag about particularly big hauls, and the member with the highest seizure total at the end of the year is dubbed a "Royal Knight."

In other words, it's Reddit for the highway interdiction, turning an otherwise sketchy practice into a game of online oneupmanship. If highway cops aren't encouraged to make seizures within their department, they can get that encouragement online, with plenty of other interdiction-happy cops cheering them on. And the encouragement works: seizures have more than tripled since 2000. Any dissenting voices, worried about the legal or moral implications of grabbing cash based on the thinnest tissue of reasonable suspicion, are kept out of the conversation entirely.
http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/8/6120971/cops-are-seizing-hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars-from-drivers-and

The Washington Post article is a hell of an eye-opener, highly recommended:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/investigative/2014/09/07/police-intelligence-targets-cash/

Edited to add:
It just got worse:
from the Post article...
In January last year, David hired himself and his top trainers out as a roving private interdiction unit for the district attorney’s office in rural Caddo County, Okla. Working with local police, Desert Snow contract employees took in more than $1 million over six months from drivers on the state’s highways, including Interstate 40 west of Oklahoma City. Under its contract, the firm was allowed to keep 25 percent of the cash.


Remember the phrase highway robbery? It's baaaack.






there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there?

Wow...no wonder Bank of America was not too bothered by that $7 BILLION settlement.

These banks get plenty of input into settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice,
and this last big one is no exception.
So BOA had plenty of time and plenty of ways to negotiate the settlement...

which is one of the reasons, perhaps, why BOA started selling off its mortgage servicing biz last year.
3 companies were all too happy to buy mortgage servicing rights: Nationstar, Ocwen and Green Tree.
They do not have to operate under the new strict banking reform regulations that were implemented.

And why is BOA selling off the servicing biz?

Turns out, with this settlement....
Not only will the bank be able to take sizable tax write-offs, but some of the $7 billion earmarked for homeowner relief will actually come from sources other than B of A.

How? In part because many of those mortgages are now being serviced by companies other than Bank of America, which means that those companies will now be responsible for assisting the borrowers of those troubled loans.

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/08/31/4-winners-in-the-big-bank-of-america-corp-settleme.aspx

Yep...the companies that bought the mortgage servicing contracts are liable for a huge hunk of the settlement costs.
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