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Good gravy - more fraud / waste at the pentagon

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/probe-of-silencers-leads-to-web-of-pentagon-secrets/ar-BB8X1J2

The mysterious workings of a Pentagon office that oversees clandestine operations are unraveling in federal court, where a criminal investigation has exposed a secret weapons program entwined with allegations of a sweetheart contract, fake badges and trails of destroyed evidence.
Capping an investigation that began almost two years ago, separate trials are scheduled this month in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., for a civilian Navy intelligence official and a hot-rod auto mechanic from California who prosecutors allege conspired to manufacture an untraceable batch of automatic-rifle silencers.

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The exact purpose of the silencers remains hazy, but court filings and pretrial testimony suggest they were part of a top-secret operation that would help arm guerrillas or commandos overseas.
The silencers — 349 of them — were ordered by a little-known Navy intelligence office at the Pentagon known as the Directorate for Plans, Policy, Oversight and Integration, according to charging documents. The directorate is composed of fewer than 10 civilian employees, most of them retired military personnel.
Court records filed by prosecutors allege that the Navy paid the auto mechanic — the brother of the directorate’s boss — $1.6 million for the silencers, even though they cost only $10,000 in parts and labor to manufacture.

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“By design, that office is supposed to do a little more than policy and programmatic oversight,” the former defense official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because much of the directorate’s work is classified. “But something happened and it lost its way. It became a case of the fox guarding the henhouse, and I suspect deeper issues might be in play.”


there needs to be prosecution - next thing you tell me
hammers do not cost 1000 dollars and toilet seats do not
cost 3000.

can someone tell me how is it that

Kay H. is only up by 2 against Tillis ?

and how can Gardner be up over Udall by 5 ?

I have some questions about the VA.

I am a retired Vet. had a few things happened to me while I was in.
some of it documented in my med record, some not.
how long and how many hoops am I going to have to jump thru
to get a claim processed?

thanks

has anyone heard anything on wether the ACA

subsidies are legal. I know there is a lawsuit saying the
IRS overstepped their authority. but I haven't heard
anything else on the lawsuit.

Did a quick google search and nada ....

Carlos Slim proposes 3 day work week however 11 hours shifts and retire at 75.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/08/investing/carlos-slim-3-day-work-week-will-happen/index.html

Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecom tycoon worth over $80 billion, believes life would be better with a three-day work week.
"You should have more time for you during all of your life -- not when you're 65 and retired," Slim told CNNMoney's Christine Romans on Tuesday.
But if Slim had his way, people would also work longer days and much later in life. He suggested 11-hour shifts and pushing the retirement age to 75.

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"I am sure it will happen," the 74-year-old told CNNMoney, though he conceded he's not sure when.
While "machines should work 24 hours and services should work as much as possible," Slim said people deserve more time for entertainment, family and to train for better jobs.

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He also believes the radical change would give younger workers more opportunity to enter the workforce and be a positive for the economy and financial markets.
"It's a society of knowledge and experience. You have better experience and knowledge when you are 60, 65 and 70," Slim said.

more at the link. comments?


A friend of mine sent me this. I thought it funny and thought I would share.

A little boy goes to see his Dad and asks, "Dad, What is politics?"

His Dad says: "Well son, let me try to explain it this way:

I'm the breadwinner of the family, so let's call me the Treasury.

Your Mum, she's the administrator of the money, so we'll call her the Government.

We're here to take care of your needs, so we'll call you The People.

The nanny, we'll consider her the Working Class.

And your baby brother, we'll call him the Future.

Now, think about that and see if that makes sense."

So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what Dad had said.

Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him.

He finds that the baby has severely soiled his nappy.

So the little boy goes to his parents' room and finds his mother sound asleep.

Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny's room.

Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the nanny.

He gives up and goes back to bed.

The next morning, the little boy says to his father, "Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now!"

The father says, "That's great son! Tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about."

The little boy replies:

"Well, while the Treasury is screwing the Working Class, the Government is sound asleep, the People are being ignored and the Future is in deep shit."

WTF GSK "accidentally" releases 45 liters of concentrated POLIO virus in europe.

http://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/press/news/_layouts/forms/News_DispForm.aspx?List=8db7286c-fe2d-476c-9133-18ff4cb1b568&ID=1065

As reported to ECDC by Belgian authorities, on 2 September 2014, following a human error, 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution were released into the environment by the pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in Rixensart city, Belgium. The liquid was conducted directly to a water-treatment plant (Rosieres) and released after treatment in river Lasne affluent of river Dyle which is affluent of the Escaut/Scheldt river. Belgium’s High Council of Public Health conducted a risk assessment that concluded that the risk of infection for the population exposed to the contaminated water is extremely low due to the high level of dilution and the high vaccination coverage (95%) in Belgium.

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ECDC's assessment is that the accidental release in the environment of large amounts of live polio virus represents a risk to public health if susceptible populations, such as areas with low polio vaccine coverage, are exposed to contaminated waters or mud. Particularly since the Lasne and Dyle rivers are joining the Escaut/Scheldt river which flows in the southwestern part of the Netherlands where various orthodox protestant communities present a lower polio vaccination coverage, before reaching the North Sea.


what kind of human error releases 45 liters of concentrated polio virus
into a water supply.

this is a nice change. couple leaves 100 dollar tip.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/09/29/news/economy/iowa-couple-100-dollar-tip-poor-service/index.html

I did a quick search and did not see this here yet so I am posting this.
we hear about people who stiff wait staff. so when I saw this I thought
I would post it.


Makenzie and Steven Schultz of Cedar Rapids, Iowa hired a babysitter Saturday night and headed to a new restaurant in town to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Despite a dining experience that "sucked," the couple left a $100 tip for the server on a bill of $66.65 to emphasize they knew it wasn't his fault.
"We've both been in your shoes. Paying it forward," Makenzie wrote on the receipt.

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She later shared a photo of the bill on Facebook (FB, Tech30) with a post that concluded: "I'm just sharing this as a friendly reminder to think of the entire situation before you judge. And always always always remember where you came from."

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Just how terrible was the meal? It "took 20 minutes to get water, 40 minutes for an appetizer and over an hour for an entree," Makenzie said in the Facebook post.
She also told CNNMoney that one couple actually walked out of the restaurant and another ran up to the hostess booth to warn a friend not to eat there.
But the Schultzes looked around the restaurant and realized something: There was only one waiter serving 12 tables, and he was doubling as the bartender too.
Makenzie and Steven have had those kind of nights. They met when they were both waiters at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in the Mall of America in Minnesota.

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They know that sometimes the kitchen messes up or someone calls in sick and it's not the waiter's fault, but guests still blame the server, often leaving horrible tips."Steven and I agreed it would feel good to make this guy's night when he would probably be getting minimal to no tips due to slow service," she wrote in the Facebook post that displayed the bill (but omitted the name of the restaurant).


I thought this was excellent - and am posting this for something positive.

Oh FFS nothing like giving the GOP ammo.

http://www.nhregister.com/government-and-politics/20140926/bridgeport-state-rep-christina-ayala-arrested-on-19-voting-fraud-charges?fb_locale=id_ID


Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts she did not live, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press release.
The arrest warrant affidavit also alleges Ayala provided fabricated evidence to state Election Enforcement Commission investigators that showed she lived at an address in a district where she voted while actually living outside the district, according to the release.

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Ayala, who represents the 128th District, was elected in 2012, replacing her cousin, Andres Ayala, who was elected to the state Senate. She chose to run for reelection earlier this year, despite the voting fraud investigation, but lost a four-way primary in August.

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Ayala allegedly voted in various Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee elections, a municipal primary election and a state primary election between 2009 and 2012 in districts inconsistent with the location of her residence, according to the release. She is also accused of voting in the Bridgeport state general election in 2012 in a district where she didn’t live.

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Christina Ayala was charged with eight counts of fraudulent voting, 10 counts of primary or enrollment violations and one count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
According to the release, fraudulent voting is a felony punishable by not less than one year or more than two years in prison and a fine of $300 to $500 per count. Primary or enrollment violations and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence are class D felonies carrying a maximum prison sentence of up to five years per count.

all this does is give the GOP ammo for voter ID laws.

Oscar Pistorius will not be found guilty of murder.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/oscar-pistorius-will-not-be-found-guilty-of-murder-104616981.html

Oscar Pistorius has been found not guilty of murdering Reeva Steenkamp.
The stunning development was revealed as Judge Thokozile Masipa read her summation of the evidence Thursday in front of a packed courthouse in Pretoria, South Africa, and a worldwide television audience.

Masipa has yet to hand down her final decision, which will come Friday. She did reveal in the waning moments of Thursday's summation that she determined Pistorious to have been "negligent," which means he could still be found guilty of culpable homicide, a conviction that comes with a maximum of 15 years in prison but carries no mandatory jail sentence.
"He acted too hastily and used excessive force," Masipa said.
Pistorius also faces gun charges that carry potential prison sentences.

Oscar Pistorius reacts during judgment at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. (REUTERS)
But a murder charge is out, for the time being anyway. The prosecution can appeal the decision and, if they do, Pistorius could still be convicted of murder, according to legal experts contacted by Yahoo Sports.

All along, the prosecution pressed for a conviction for cold-blooded murder. But the Blade Runner has always maintained it was a tragic accident, that he shot his girlfriend in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's morning last year in a moment of terror, believing that he was protecting them both from an intruder locked behind a bathroom door.

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