The U.S. Marshal Service has been “unable to locate” two former participants in the federal Witness Security Program “identified as known or suspected terrorists,” states the public summary of an interim Justice Department Inspector General’s report obtained by CNN.
The Marshals have concluded that “one individual was and the other individual was believed to be residing outside of the United States.”
Read the public summary here.
The news comes from an audit of [...]
BALTIMORE, MD (CBS) – New research shows that most people diagnosed with depression do not actually meet the criteria for the illness.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health looked at a sample of 5,639 people from across the country that had been diagnosed with depression in a non-hospital setting between 2009 and 2010.
Participants in the studywere then re-evaluated during a face-to-face interview to see if they met the criteria for Major [...]
Former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin came out with a strongly worded tweet condemning the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, calling its participants “assclowns” after the dinner concluded.
Here’s the tweet:
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/sarah-palin-whcd-tweet-white-house-correspondents-dinner-2013-4#ixzz2RloKYr4j
Longtime readers know that I see our system not just as financially sick but as spiritually and psychologically deranging.
The illnesses are related, of course—a distorted economic system (i.e. financialization) that rewards parasitic sociopathy and political predation cannot help but make its participants physically and psychologically ill.
Read more: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-18/silent-epidemic-broken-deranged-system-stress#ixzz2R3ehXttL
Kyle Bass, managing partner at Hayman Capital Management, told Bloomberg TV’s Stephanie Ruhle and Erik Schaztker on “Market Makers” today that he thinks “it’s the beginning of the end” for Japanese bonds. He said, “When I started sharing our views more globally it was the middle of 2010 and I said I believe the stress would begin to show itself in the next three years. Pretty much three years in, [...]
From The Big Picture:
I mentioned last week that bullish sentiment was getting a bit frothy. After a few weeks of record highs, expectations that stock prices will continue rising had surged.
Not quite an extrapolation of recent trends into infinity, but getting there.
This morning, I wanted to address the flip side of that — Bearish sentiment (expectations that stock prices will fall in the near future). This Pessimism remains above historical [...]
There are 2 scenarios: mass casualty and a rope rescue. All Latah Co first responders and nearby counties will be participating. CERT will be assisting in the EOC and other duties as deemed necessary.
Name: Zombie UFO Crash Disaster Full-Scale Exercise
Description: There are 2 scenarios: mass casualty and a rope rescue. All Latah Co first responders and nearby counties will be participating. CERT will be assisting in the EOC and [...]
February 21, 2013
During the January meeting of the Federal Reserve, some members of the central bank admitted the obvious – a tidal wave of nearly worthless paper money will not turn the economy around and the Fed’s bond-buying program will create dangerous inflation and “foster market behavior that could undermine financial stability.”
Fed minutes reveal “a number of participants” in disagreement with the bond-buying scheme. An ongoing review of the practice “might [...]
January 27, 2013
Using only publicly available online information, a team of researchers from the Whitehead Institute showed that it is possible to discern the identities of people who have submitted personal genetic information to scientific studies, even when that information is supposedly stored anonymously. The findings were published in the journal Science.
“This is an important result that points out the potential for breaches of privacy in genomics studies,” says [...]
A Connecticut town thirty miles from Sandy Hook will give people $25 to incinerate their violent video games.
Southington, Connecticut is encouraging owners of violent video games to deposit them in a local dumpster near a drive-in movie theater, so that the games can be collected and destroyed. In return, the local Chamber of Commerce will give participants $25 gift cards to be used toward purchases of non-violent entertainment.
Weird comment [...]
It could be fairly normal to have the markets down over the new year though generally this type of futures signal would end up being a 500 point drop…
Check out what happened with the DOW futures since Dec 21st 2012:
Margin Debt Soars To 2008 Levels As Everyone Is “All In”, Levered, And Selling Vol
There were some readers who took offense at our “bloodbath” recap of yesterday’s market action (modestly different [...]
December 1, 2012
A new study has found that living a stressful life may lead to shrinking in important parts of the brain.
Researchers at Yale University saw reductions in the amount of gray matter in parts of the brain that control physiological and emotional functioning in those who endured significant amounts of stress.
According to a press release on Yale’s website, the study observed over 100 healthy participants by conducting magnetic resonance [...]
According to the latest U.S. Department of Agricultural report released on November 9, 2012, the number of U.S. participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or also referred to as Food Stamps) has hit an all-time record high of 47,102,780 for the month of August 2012, with an average per person benefit of $133.42 per month.
Nearly 421,000 new participants were added in just one month from the July 2012 figure [...]
Oct 24, 2012
The 2012 Third Party Presidential Debate participants include Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, & Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson.
The debate was moderated by Larry King & hosted by the Free And Equal Elections Foundation at the Hilton Chicago. Topics discussed include war on drugs, legalization of marijuana, foreign policy, civil liberties, economy, education reform, & domestic policy.
At the second presidential debate on Tuesday night, a camera caught first lady Michelle Obama clapping after moderator Candy Crowley told Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney that President Obama called the Benghazi attack an “act of terror” soon after the attack on the U.S. consulate.
Nearly all of the audible applause came from those sitting away from the actual debate, but when FOX News’ camera shot moved to a bird’s-eye view it [...]
ROCKVILLE, Md. (CBSDC) - A new study has found that a woman’s sensitivity to stress is heightened by reading bad news stories.
The same study also reportedly found that men are not affected the same way by similar press coverage.
According to HealthDay, a team of researchers based at the University of Montreal asked 60 participants to read real news items, ranging from neutral in nature to negative. Some of the negative stories included [...]
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon ran out of medals for about 1,300 participants who finished the course seven hours after it had begun. Marathon organizers said they were reaching out to all of those individuals to arrange to mail or ship them a medal, said Diane Wagner, a spokeswoman for Bank of America….
An airline says it will help voters distraught over backing the losing candidate in next month’s presidential contest flee the country — for free.
JetBlue Airways’ new “Election Protection” promotion allows voters the chance to win a free round-trip ticket to one of the airline’s 21 international destinations if the election doesn’t go their way. Contestants first must preregister at jetblue.com/electionprotection. After the Nov. 6 results are in, the airline will give [...]
Researchers found persistent users of the drug, who started smoking it at school, had lower IQ scores as adults.
They were also significantly more likely to have attention and memory problems in later life, than their peers who abstained.
Furthermore, those who started as teenagers and used it heavily, but quit as adults, did not regain their full mental powers, found academics at King’s College London and Duke University in the US.
The FBI probed a late-night swim in the Sea of Galilee that involved drinking, numerous GOP freshmen lawmakers, top leadership staff — and one nude member of Congress, according to more than a dozen sources, including eyewitnesses.
During a fact-finding congressional trip to the Holy Land last summer, Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) took off his clothes and jumped into the sea, joining a number of members, their families and GOP staff during a night out [...]
Officials from the Los Angeles Police Department are investigating two officers who allegedly operated a military-style boot camp for kids that employed harsh physical methods.
The Juvenile Intervention Program, which bills itself on its website as a 12-week program that will “improve the lives of “at risk” youth and their families by implementing structure, self-discipline and respect,” has been operating its weekend classes in Hollywood since at least February, according to [...]
Just because Bernanke did not explain everything in the post-FOMC conference, here is more:
A FEW FOMC MEMBERS SAID MORE STIMULUS WOULD PROBABLY BE NEEDED
SEVERAL ON FOMC SAID FED SHOULD STUDY `NEW TOOLS’ FOR EASING – C5 Galaxy??
FOMC PARTICIPANTS SAW MODERATE GROWTH LIKELY IN COMING QUARTERS
FOMC AGREED `IT WAS PREPARED’ FOR FURTHER ACTION AS APPROPRIATE
FOMC SAW `UNUSUALLY HIGH’ UNCERTAINTY FOR JOBLESS, GROWTH
SEVERAL OTHER FOMC MEMBERS SAW ACTION NEED IF ECONOMY WORSENS
Apple are about to do an about-turn and, if rumours are to believed, release a seven-inch iPad Mini later this year.
But one survey suggests the market is not keen for this new size of tablet – with nearly half of those surveyed judging the idea as a ‘flop’ right out of the gates.
However, no-one should underestimate Apple’s ability to sprinkle magic dust on a new product, and get their PR [...]
July 1, 2012
A group of about 150 Mormons quit their church in a mass resignation ceremony in Salt Lake City on Saturday in a rare display of defiance ending decades of disagreement for some over issues ranging from polygamy to gay marriage.
Participants from Utah, Arizona, Idaho and elsewhere gathered in a public park to sign a “Declaration of Independence from Mormonism.”
“This feels awesome,” said Alison Lucas, from West Jordan, Utah, [...]
A new study is raising questions about the age-old belief that a calorie is a calorie.
The research finds that dieters who were trying to maintain their weight loss burned significantly more calories eating a low-carb diet than they did eating a low-fat diet.
But some experts say these findings are very preliminary.
The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, was designed to see if changing the type of diet people consumed [...]
The majority of respondents of an opinion poll conducted by Press TV believe that the eurozone debt crisis will spur the world economy into further recession.
The survey showed that 54 percent of participants said more recession is predictable following the current financial crisis in the European Union member states.
According to the poll, 39 percent said the debt crisis will lead to the demise of the euro.
This is while only seven [...]
If you need an excuse for a long lie-in, this could be it.
Those of us who regularly get fewer than six hours of sleep a night are at significantly increased risk of stroke, a study suggests.
Researchers found that those in middle age who skimped on sleep were more likely to suffer stroke symptoms than those who got at least nine hours of shut-eye – even if they were a [...]
Friday, June 8, 2012
The BBC is set to air a new ‘Conspiracy Road Trip’ hit piece on the 7/7 London bombings. As we saw with last summer’s 9/11 version, the program tries to get “truthers” to recant and swallow the official story – in the process ideologically burning them at the stake for the consumption of the viewing sheeple.
I talk to Jon Scobie of We Are Change Birmingham who took [...]
More than half of the world’s computer users admit to using pirated software, resulting in £63.4 billion of lost annual revenues for the software industry.
Results from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) survey show that 57 per cent of computer users confess to software piracy – a 17 per cent increase from 2011.
For the first time researchers asked 15,000 people from 33 countries: ‘How often do you acquire pirated software or [...]
Taking a calcium supplement to help prevent bones from thinning puts people at a greater risk for heart attacks, says a report out today in the journal Heart.
The study of approximately 24,000 people between the ages of 35 and 64 found participants who took regular calcium supplements were 86% more likely to have a heart attack than those who didn’t take supplements. Those who took only calcium supplements were twice [...]
Men often get accused of seeing sexy women as nothing more than ‘objects’ – and advertisers have been using this to their advantage for generations.
However a new research study from a team in Belgium implies that men should not get all the criticism for objectifying women – as women do the same thing too.
The most surprising part of the research is that, while both men and women see sexy women’s [...]
In his latest Sunday Start note, Morgan Stanley strategist Joachim Fels describes the mood and opinions of big investors at a recent event in Florence.
The gist: Most investors still aren’t betting on anyone quitting the Euro.
However, the beautiful historic setting didn’t fail to make an impression on most participants: while many worried about the potentially catastrophic consequences of a Greek exit from the euro (rightly so in my view), very few [...]