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The Woman Who Brought Down a Massive Tax Fraud Ring


Two years ago, a branch manager at Widget Financial, a federal credit union in Erie, Pennsylvania, began to get suspicious. He had been processing several account opening requests and thought it unusual that they had all come from distant New York City. At around the same time, a Widget vice president got a strange phone call from a New Yorker complaining that he had never opened an account with Widget, yet was receiving mail from the credit union.

The coincidental occurrence of two red flags was enough to catch the attention of Widget CEO Gail Cook, who ordered her information technology department to pull the details of every account from New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island that had been opened in the previous two years.

Cook had no idea that she had just taken the first steps in uncovering a massive tax fraud scheme that involved thousands of stolen identities, fake tax returns, and millions of dollars drained from the U.S. Treasury.

Cook said in an interview that as soon as the details from eight different accounts were put side-by-side, she and her employees began to see problems. “There was a lot of cut-and-paste type information,” she said. There were driver’s licenses with the same person’s photo and different names, and multiple names listing the same address. The next step was to examine account activity, and on some of the accounts, Cook said, there was nothing other than run-of-the-mill transaction activity. But others were different, with activity almost exclusively limited to money order purchases and payments to and from pre-paid credit card accounts.

Bryce Campaign: Randy Bryce announces candidacy for 21st state Senate District


Running to end Political Games, Attacks on Veterans, Job Creation Failures

MADISON – Today, active community member, veteran, and father Randy Bryce announced his candidacy for the 21st State Senate District in Wisconsin. A local ironworker, Randy is running to stop the partisan games, attacks on veterans and job creation failures in Madison.

“I have always put my community first,” said Bryce, “After the partisan games of the last sessions allowed partisan redistricting, attacks on veterans and a job creation failures, I knew I had to stand up for the community that I love.

“It is time to stop the single-party rule in Madison that jammed through countless pieces of harmful legislation without regard for the impacts on our communities. From making it harder for veterans to obtain compensation when dying from service-caused mesothelioma to the failure to keep up with our neighboring states in job creation, our community deserves better. I am running to give the 21st State Senate District the representation it deserves.”

Richards responds again to massive mismanagement of child predator cases


MILWAUKEE— The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported today that contrary to prior assertions by the Attorney General, at least 43 tips related to child predators were not investigated in a timely manner. Jon Richards, candidate for Attorney General, released the following statement:

“When this matter first became public several weeks ago, Attorney General Van Hollen insisted that problems related to un-investigated tips about child predators were an isolated problem of two or three cases. Rather than address the issue, he levied personal attacks. Today’s report makes clear that the problem is far from isolated, and we still don’t know the full extent of the problem.

“As I said then, protecting our children from online predators must be a top priority of the Attorney General. And being truthful and transparent should be a core tenet of taxpayer-funded agencies.

“As I said when these problems first came to light, it’s simply not enough to blame ‘rogue’ employees and say an ‘internal review’ indicates no systemic problem exists.

“I reiterate my call for a full, independent investigation. We need a full public accounting of the problem to ensure the Van Hollen-led Department of Justice can manage the task of going after child predators.

Jon Richards for AG!!

Democrat Brett Hulsey enters governor's race


Forces Democratic primary with Mary Burke

State Rep. Brett Hulsey has announced his candidacy for governor, forcing a Democratic primary against Mary Burke.

Hulsey says he has a plan to reinvest more than $2 billion to create clean energy jobs, increase job training and send more money to public schools, the University of Wisconsin System and technical colleges.

Hulsey has been in the state Assembly for four years and served on the Dane County Board for 14 years. He runs an energy and environmental consulting business.

Welp! This is a surprise!!

Latest White House Gatecrasher a Real Fox

Source: abc NEWS

While President Obama deals with Russian President Vladimir Putin abroad, the groundskeepers and Secret Service agents who guard the White House are trying to combat an equally wily opponent at home.

The latest gatecrasher to show up at the president’s home uninvited is not a “Real Housewife” but a real, live fox.

The little red fox was first spotted on the White House grounds last fall, just before the government shutdown.

According to The Wall Street Journal, while White House staffers found themselves at home during the furlough, the fox made himself at home at the White House.

“We don’t mind that he passes through, but we don’t want him to stay,” Dale Haney, the superintendent of the White House grounds, told the newspaper. “No overnight guests.”

Though the ground that houses the First Family is one of the most highly-protected properties in the world, the fox has managed to outfox everyone, literally.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/04/latest-white-house-gatecrasher-a-real-fox/

All security can't keep the Red Fox away!!

Appeals court revives protest group lawsuit over Capitol sign tickets


A state appeals court on Thursday revived a civil rights lawsuit brought against state officials by a group of sign-carrying protesters who were ticketed at the state Capitol in 2011.

A three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeals said that Dane County Circuit Judge Frank Remington made legal errors in dismissing the lawsuit brought by six people who were issued tickets for carrying signs. The judges also rejected the state's argument that the issue was moot because of changes in policies at the Capitol.

Writing for the panel, Judge Brian Blanchard wrote that Remington's errant decision may have kept him from deciding whether the lawsuit was moot because of the policy changes.

"We cannot discern what might have happened, or should have happened, in the proceedings before the circuit court absent the errors, adding to the difficulty of concluding that any issue should be treated as moot," Blanchard wrote.


In Many Cities, Rent Is Rising Out of Reach of Middle Class


MIAMI — For rent and utilities to be considered affordable, they are supposed to take up no more than 30 percent of a household’s income. But that goal is increasingly unattainable for middle-income families as a tightening market pushes up rents ever faster, outrunning modest rises in pay.

The strain is not limited to the usual high-cost cities like New York and San Francisco. An analysis for The New York Times by Zillow, the real estate website, found 90 cities where the median rent — not including utilities — was more than 30 percent of the median gross income.

In Chicago, rent as a percentage of income has risen to 31 percent, from a historical average of 21 percent. In New Orleans, it has more than doubled, to 35 percent from 14 percent. Zillow calculated the historical average using data from 1985 to 2000.

Nationally, half of all renters are now spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, according to a comprehensive Harvard study, up from 38 percent of renters in 2000. In December, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan declared “the worst rental affordability crisis that this country has ever known.”

Apartment vacancy rates have dropped so low that forecasters at Capital Economics, a research firm, said rents could rise, on average, as much as 4 percent this year, compared with 2.8 percent last year. But rents are rising faster than that in many cities even as overall inflation is running at little more than 1 percent annually.

Your Bra May Be Killing You – Scientists Call For Boycott Of Komen


The bra/breast cancer connection is a thing of myth, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the American Cancer Society (ACS). But at least five research studies have shown that there IS a strong connection between breast cancer and bra wearing for many hours per day. Some scientists are calling for a boycott of Komen and the ACS, because they say this cover-up is costing lives.

The problem with bras, according to medical anthropologists Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, is that they restrict the flow of lymphatic fluid, thereby retaining toxins in the breast that have nowhere to go. They compare it to the feet and ankle swelling that occurs on long flights, because the lymphatic fluid pools in the lower extremities and isn’t allowed to circulate.

Singer and Grismaijer, co-authors of Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras, say that wearing a bra more than 12 hours a day dramatically increases the risk of getting breast cancer. A woman who wears a bra 24/7 is 125 times more likely to develop breast cancer than a woman who rarely or never wears a bra. Those who sleep in their bra, they found, have a 75% chance of developing breast cancer at some point in their lives.

Harvard did a study in 1991 that showed greatly increased incidence in breast cancer in those who wear bras over those who don’t.

This research has been shown to the Susan G. Komen Foundation as well as the American Cancer Society, and they have been aware of the research for at least 20 years. There are no studies that refute this. Yet nowhere in their information about breast cancer is there as much as a mention that taking off one’s bra at the end of the day can make a difference. That omission of information is what has Singer and Grismaijer so frustrated. It is why they are “calling for a boycott of these organizations until they stop dismissing the bra-cancer link, and begin educating doctors and women about the cancer hazards of wearing tight bras.”

Elusive 'Exotic Hadrons' Really Do Exist, CERN Research Shows

Source: HUFF POST Science

The existence of exotic hadrons — a type of matter that doesn't fit within the traditional model of particle physics — has now been confirmed, scientists say.

Hadrons are subatomic particles made up of quarks and antiquarks (which have the same mass as their quark counterparts, but opposite charge), which interact via the "strong force" that binds protons together inside the nuclei of atoms.

Researchers working on the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) collaboration at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland — where the elusive Higgs boson particle was discovered in 2012 — announced today (April 14) they had confirmed the existence of a new type of hadron, with an unprecedented degree of statistical certainty.

"We've confirmed the unambiguous observation of a very exotic state — something that looks like a particle composed of two quarks and two antiquarks," study co-leader Tomasz Skwarnicki, a high-energy physicist at Syracuse University in New York said in a statement. The discovery "may give us a new way of looking at strong- interaction physics," he added.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/15/exotic-hadrons-exist-cern_n_5153111.html

Bundy Ranch 'Militia' Considered Using Women As Human Shield


Updated 8:34 AM EDT, Tue Apr 15 2014

It appears that the anti-government activists protesting the Bureau of Land Management's actions against a Nevada cattle rancher were considering using women as a human shield if a gun battle had erupted during the standoff.

The Blaze, the conservative news site affiliated with Glenn Beck, flagged the comments made Monday by Richard Mack, identified as a former Arizona sheriff who had joined more than 1,000 other protesters alongside Cliven Bundy, who has been feuding with BLM over his use of federal land to graze his cattle.

“We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front,” Mack said in a Fox News clip pulled by The Blaze. “If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers.”

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bundy-ranch-women-human-shield?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+tpm-news+%28TPMNews%29&utm_content=Netvibes
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