The IRS is under siege for investigating conservative political groups applying for tax-exempt status. But the real problem wasn’t that the IRS was too aggressive. It was that the agency focused on the wrong people—“none of those groups were big spenders on political advertising; most were local Tea Party organizations with shoestring budgets,” writes The New York Times—and wasn’t aggressive enough. The outrage that Washington should be talking about—what my colleague [...]
Six months after Hurricane Sandy, Breezy Point struggles to rebuild
Residents of the seaside community are in defense mode with everything from insurance companies to electric companies as they try to rebuild their homes and their lives. In the meantime they ask where the politicians are who made so many promises when the cameras were present in the storm’s aftermath.
Six months after Hurricane Sandy rampaged through the tranquil seaside [...]
April 16, 2013
Bay State residents can expect the massive security surge prompted by the marathon bombing to continue throughout the week, with Copley Square under lockdown, the Common converted into a National Guard staging area and a flood of law enforcement officials patrolling Boston — even as city officials urged residents to return to work as normal.
“The city of Boston will be open, but it will not be [...]
April 10, 2013
This isn’t a leak. It isn’t a timid flow. It’s a flood.
I’m talking about about the criticism of Monsanto’s so-called science of genetically-engineered food.
For the past 20 years, independent researchers have been attacking Monsanto science in various ways, and finally the NY Times has joined the crowd.
But it’s the way Mark Bittman, lead food columnist for the Times magazine, does it that really the crashes the whole [...]
Iceland could become the first Western democracy to block all internet porn under radical new proposals.
Fears about the damaging effects on children have led the government to work on legal measures to try and stop the flood of graphic sexual material reaching the island’s shores.
Interior Minister Ögmundur Jónasson has set up working parties to find the best ways to stem the tide of online images and videos being accessed by [...]
Flood of Foreclosures Could Cause Home Prices to Drop 20%: Gary Shilling (Aug 10, 2012)
As Shilling sees it, the banks have three options to get the bad mortgages off their books:
Flood them onto the market
Institute a mortgage modification plan
Try to convert the properties into rentals
He says the second and third options are a lot less likely because mortgage modifications rarely work and rental properties are very difficult to maintain on [...]
The Food and Drug Administration has warned more than 350 medical practices that Botox they may have received from a Canadian supplier is unapproved and could be fake and unsafe.
In a letter released last week, the FDA warned against batches of the wrinkle treatment sold by wholesalers controlled by Canada Drugs, which was previously linked to fake cancer medicines.
It said the Botox has not been approved by the FDA so the agency cannot [...]
If there’s one government agency really looking forward to Dec. 22, it’s NASA.
The space agency said it has been flooded with calls and emails from people asking about the purported end of the world — which, as the doomsday myth goes, is apparently set to take place on Dec. 21, 2012.
The myth might have originated with the Mayan calendar, but in the age of the Internet and social media, it [...]
by AGXIIK, Silver Doctors:
With the media fixated on the fiscal cliff, no one seems to be noticing the fact that the FDIC’s expanded 100% coverage for insured deposits ends January 1st, 2013.
As of January 2013 the FDIC stops offering 100% coverage for all insured deposits. That amounts to $1.6 trillion in deposits, 85-90% deposited with the TBTF mega banks. Once the insurance ramps back to $250,000 the FDIC risk amelioration offered to large depositors [...]
November 12, 2012
Kudos to Louisianans who on Nov. 6 overwhelmingly voted for Proposition Two, an amendment to their state’s constitution that solidifies the Second Amendment in the state of Louisiana.
The new law says that “the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right” and would require courts to apply “the highest standard” of law when and if state municipalities enact laws that act in violation of [...]
70 per cent of central Venice underwater today reaching 59 inches
Tourists waded through waters in wellington boots and donned swimwear
Iconic St Mark’s Square flooded leaving normally bustling square deserted
It may be known as the Floating City of love.
But romance was cast aside today as gondolas were swapped for wellington boots and swimwear.
High tides and heavy rain flooded Venice’s dry streets, leaving tourist hotspots virtually deserted.
Tourists chose to wade through the [...]
SPECIAL REPORT: Bix Weir and Andy Hoffman join me to discuss the latest breaking Wall Street Fraud: The DTCC’s claim that a large amount of their $36.5 Trillion in securities holdings at 55 Water Street in NYC have been “damaged” by flooding from Hurricane Sandy. How convenient. Just when the criminality on Wall Street reaches an apex, they come up with a way to burn (or drown) the evidence of [...]
And what would be the impact? Do they hope problem will go away with just under 100 hours left?
NJ to use military trucks as polling places
MOONACHIE, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will deploy military trucks to serve as polling places on Election Day in storm-battered communities, the state secretary of the state announced Thursday during a visit to this flood-ravaged town. The state is also extending the deadline on mail-in [...]
Iranian rescuers and aid workers are on standby to fly to New York City to provide assistance to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, the head of Iran’s Red Crescent Organization said on Wednesday.
“We are ready to help the flood-stricken people of America,” Mahmud Mozaffar, who leads the organization, told the semiofficial Fars News Agency.
CHICAGO — An Illinois lawmaker wants to implement a so-called “violence tax” on guns and ammunition sold in Chicago and surrounding areas, hoping it will curb crime.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle created a budget to be introduced Oct. 18 that includes the tax, which is of an unspecified amount, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
That’s a super good idea, but I have a few additional equally good ideas to flood [...]
The financial and banking industries are on high alert tonight as a massive cyberattack continues, with potentially millions of customers of Bank of America, PNC and Wells Fargo finding themselves blocked from banking online.
“There is an elevated level of threat,” said Doug Johnson, a vice president and senior adviser of the American Bankers Association. “The threat level is now high.”
“This is twice as large as any flood we have ever seen,” said [...]
Thousands of Spaniards have returned to Madrid’s Plaza de Neptune to demand the government resign in protests against the latest banker bailout austerity measures.
Watch: As Goes Spain… Spain Could Ruin Your Fall
As Goes Spain – Spain Could Ruin Your Fall
Protestors against harsh austerity measures in Spain to pay for banker bailouts are demanding the government resign as the country teeters on the brink of civil war.
For the second day thousands of [...]
From Washington’s Blog:
Deutsche Bank analysts Daniel Brebner and Xiao Fu have just released a new report:
While it is included in the commodities basket it is in fact a medium of exchange and one that is officially recognised (if not publically used as such). We see gold as an officially recognised form of money for one primary reason: it is widely held by most of the world’s larger central banks as [...]
Rebels in Syria are becoming increasingly radicalised as more and more foreign fighters join the battle to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, United Nations human rights investigators have warned.
The UN team, expressing concern at the “increasing and alarming presence” of Islamist militants in Syria, said the numbers of human rights abuses committed by both sides had risen dramatically in recent weeks.
The independent panel of experts, commissioned by the UN Human [...]
by George Washington
Russia has just declassified a secret it has been keeping for 40 years: it is sitting on trillions of carats of diamonds, enough to supply the global diamond market for 3,000 years.
The diamonds are “twice as hard” as normal, making them ideal for industrial applications, such as diamond saws.
We’ve previously discussed an even bigger stash of diamonds which may eventually flood the markets: one which is 10 billion trillion trillion carats.
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The claim against the euro bailout fund ESM has become the largest constitutional complaint in the history of the Federal Republic: 37,000 people have joined it. The government, however, before the verdict relaxed anyway.
Karlsruhe – the number of citizens who complain against the euro bailout fund ESM has tripled since the end of June to about 37,000. To show that the constitutional complaint “Europe needs more democracy,” the greatest constitutional [...]
[Updated 12:10 p.m. ET] Pike County Civil Defense’s latest Facebook update says: “Flood warning for the Tangipahoa River at Osyka. The dam at Lake Tangipahoa, better known as Percy Quin State Park, has been damaged by the torrential rains from Hurricane Isaac, but is intact, and is not leaking. We are monitoring it. All residents below the dam that live along the Tangipahoa River are being notified of the damage.”
[Updated 12:07 p.m. [...]
our people have died, three more are missing and over 1,500 have been affected by a devastating deluge that inundated the region, already severely battered by the deadly disaster in July.
Three of the dead have already been identified, Emergency Ministry says. They are reported to have been tourists.
The overall number of those affected by the disaster currently stands between 1,500 and 1,800 people, according to different sources.
The heavy rainfalls battering [...]
(Reuters) - The White House is “dusting off old plans” for a potential release of oil reserves to dampen rising gasoline prices and prevent high energy costs from undermining the success of Iran sanctions, a source with knowledge of the situation said on Thursday.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A large sinkhole opened up Wednesday afternoon in Brooklyn, creating a close call for at least one family that had just parked their car in its vicinity.
The 20-foot-deep by 20-foot-wide hole, which formed at around 6 p.m., is located between 4th and 5th avenues in Bay Ridge. Photos posted on Twitter showed cars teetering on the edge of the large opening.
Maddie Flood said she and her mother, [...]
An automated stock-trading program accidentally flooded the market with millions of trades Wednesday morning, spreading turmoil across Wall Street and drawing renewed attention to the fragility and instability of the nation’s stock markets.
While the markets quickly recovered, it was the latest black eye for the financial markets and suggests that regulators have not been able to curb the market disruptions that have led to frequent halts in trading and wild [...]
As the icy waters of the North Atlantic began to flood the Titanic, the men aboard the doomed liner stood aside to let women and children off first.
Their selfless courage ensured that nearly three quarters of these passengers survived the disaster.
And yet, contrary to popular perception, such gallantry is the exception and men – including crew – are much more likely to survive maritime disasters.
Gallantry: The policy of women and [...]
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The man who served as the no. 2 official in Saddam Hussein’s air force says Iraq moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria before the war by loading the weapons into civilian aircraft in which the passenger seats were removed.
The pilots told Mr. Sada that two Iraqi Airways Boeings were converted to cargo planes by removing the seats, Mr. Sada said. Then Special Republican Guard brigades loaded [...]
All Things Digital
July 12, 2012
For all the good that smartphones can do, they can also cause us to be disconnected workaholics incapable of living in the moment.
“Somebody called the smartphone in your pocket ‘the terrorist in your pocket,’” German Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen said during a speech in Munich on Wednesday.
“You are always present,” von der Leyen told attendees of the DLDWomen event. “You are always reachable, [...]
At least 152 people have been killed in a devastating flood in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region. It’s the worst of its kind in nearly a century, and the death toll continues to rise.
Over 130 people are currently in hospital, including 14 children following the flood.
More than 12,000 people have been affected by the disaster. A state of emergency has been declared in the cities of Krymsk, Novorossiysk, and Gelendzhik. In [...]