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I watched on C-SPAN again this year. I double checked after it was over and I did not hear the woman announce Obama at the beginning...so I started the applause stopwatch when Boehner hit the gavel as Obama was entering. I pulled the numbers I sent you from 2010 and 2011 and will include them here.
After "Madam/Mr. Speaker, the POTUS" until the gavel was hit:
2010 - Just over 4:00 until the gavel was hit, 50 seconds of applause after Pelosi announced Obama
2011 - 4:58 until the gavel was hit, 30 seconds of applause after Boehner announced Obama
2012 - 5:25 until the gavel was hit, 27 seconds of applause after Boehner announced Obama
Total speech time:
2010 - 75 minutes from the time Obama entered until the speech was finished
2011 - I didn't have the exact time. It was around 70 minutes.
2012 - 71 minutes
Total applause time:
2010 - 24 minutes during the speech, 1 minute after the speech ended
2011 - 19 minutes during the speech, 40 seconds after
2012 - 19:45 during the speech, 50 seconds after
Percentage of time wasted on applause:
2010 - 33%
2011 - 28% plus or minus a few %
2012 - 29%
Keep up the great work on No Agenda!
My son told me to tell you about this tissue box issue and my theory about it. Since you know about the boxes I will tell you my theory. I think China has be disposing of some of its nuclear and toxic waste by incorporating it into some of their products. Besides getting rid of it; the exposure to the wastes would degrade the health of their competition making them more vulnerable. If I had the equipement I would love to take it into a Dollar Tree store and see what happened.
John and Adam,
While listening John rant on episode 376 about the eBay CEO's idea of taking pictures of people's shoes to find out where to buy them, it occurred to me that I've heard this idea before. This idea was pitched on "The Big Bang Theory" last season:
"Penny finds Sheldon playing it at the hallway and tells him about her idea for an app that help user find places on the internet to buy shoes which Sheldon turns down, ... After a brief period back in the team, Sheldon is kicked off again and is seen in the last scene making an the algorithm for Penny's shoe app."
Also, I thought that you would find this amusing. As I flipped over to the debate last night, what popped up on my on screen guide was too funny not to take a picture. (see attached)
Right now, George Soros is saying things that he has never said before.- Just check out what George Soros recently-told Newsweek.... "I am not here to cheer you up. The situation is about as serious and difficult as I've experienced in my career," Soros tells Newsweek. "We are facing an extremely difficult time, comparable in many ways to the 1930s, the Great Depression. We are facing now a general retrenchment in the developed world, which threatens to put us in a decade of more stagnation, or worse. The best-case scenario is a deflationary environment. The worst-case scenario is a collapse of the financial system." Later on in that same article, Soros is quoted as saying that we could soon see the U.S. government using "strong-arm tactics" to crack down on rioting in the streets of major U.S. cities.... As anger rises, riots on the streets of American cities are inevitable. "Yes, yes, yes," he says, almost gleefully. The response to the unrest could be more damaging than the violence itself. "It will be an excuse for cracking down and using strong-arm tactics to maintain law and order, which, carried to an extreme, could bring about a repressive political system, a society where individual liberty is much more constrained, which would be a break with the tradition of the United States." It almost sounds like George Soros is anticipating the same kind of abreakdown of society that many survivalists and preppers are getting ready for.
Now Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, has stepped into the extortion racket herself and threatened that there would be another Great Depression--the red line on the financial threat-o-meter--if certain countries and their taxpayers didn't fork over more money. She never mentioned Germany and the US by name, but those were her prime targets. "It is about avoiding a 1930s moment," she said at the German Council of-Foreign Affairs in Berlin, "a moment, ultimately, leading to a downward spiral that could engulf the entire world." Paulson couldn't have phrased it more darkly. The discussions Sunday evening between her and German Chancellor-Angela Merkel must have been interesting, and there was no dog and pony show or even common statement afterwards. But Monday, Lagarde made clear what she wanted:
Iceland is free.- And it will remain so, so long as her people wish to remain autonomous of the foreign domination of her would-be masters -- in this case, international bankers. On April 9, the fiercely independent people of island-nation defeated a referendum that would have bailed out the UK and the Netherlands who had covered the deposits of British and Dutch investors who had lost funds in Icesave bank in 2008. At the time of the bank's failure, Iceland refused to cover the losses.- But the UK and Netherlands nonetheless have demanded that Iceland repay them for the "loan" as a condition for admission into the European Union. In response, the Icelandic people have told Europe to go pound sand. The final vote was 103,207 to 69,462, or 58.9 percent to 39.7 percent.- -"Taxpayers should not be responsible for paying the debts of a private institution," said Sigriur Andersen, a spokeswoman for the Advice group that opposed the bailout. A similar referendum in 2009 on the issue, although with harsher terms, found 93.2 percent of the Icelandic electorate rejecting a proposal to guarantee the deposits of foreign investors who had funds in the Icelandic bank. The referendum was invoked when President Olafur Ragnur Grimmson vetoed legislation the Althingi, Iceland's parliament, had passed to pay back the British and Dutch. Under the terms of the agreement, Iceland would have had to pay £2.35 billion to the UK, and ‚ā¨1.32 billion to the Netherlands by 2046 at a 3 percent interest rate. -Its rejection for the second time by Iceland is a testament to its people, who feel they should bear no responsibility for the losses of foreigners endured in the financial crisis.
Are you getting the drift? No pun intended. The Costa Concordia is the omen of the future of the European Union collapse set to happen this year. This is no joke. The illuminists' rituals are sacred. Can you wonder why Captain Schettino fled? if we are correct in assuming the ship was 'sacrificed' for the harlot riding the red beast, he may well have anticipated martyrdom.
Captain Schettino is being pilloried by the corporate press. Even within their coverage you can see how the story is twisted. They are reporting that they made an unscheduled turn in an attempt to sail close to Isola del Giglio to impress a former captain who it turns out wasn't even there anyway. In the text they imply the ship was holed at her resting place. They leave out the fine details. In the diagram below Costa Concordia struck a reef. The captain says it wasn't charted. At that point we have an explosion, a power failure and a loss of control. I suspect the Captain fully realized his ship was sinking and did what sailors have done since sail - beach her.
The size of Europe's bail-out fund needs to be more than the 500 billion euros currently envisaged, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said on Tuesday, but he declined to give an alternative figure. Speaking to reporters in Brussels, Monti said the European Stability Mechanism, due to become effective in July, needs to be increased but he refused to confirm reports that he had asked for a capacity of 1 trillion euros, Reuters reports. The PIIGS countries have huge welfare/bureaucratic governments, which means their revenues will never keep up with spending. Further, increasing taxes won't do the trick as it will only result in more of the economy going underground while others flee. Greek and Spanish youth are heading to Brazil.
The Government spent huge amounts of public funds to pay for a massive YES campaign, whilst denying any funding to the NO case. In addition, the European Commision ran its own very expensive YES campaign. State enterprises and corporations were also enlisted. State Television aired pro-EU adverts for free or at discounted rates, Croatia Post home delivered more than 2 million government leaflets for free, and the City of Zagreb provided free EU advertising on its trams. The official referendum campaign was restricted to a four week period at the height of winter and favoured the official YES case which had almost exclusive access to the electronic media. It also exploited seasonal distractions provided by Christmas and New Year celebrations as well as winter school holidays. The real referendum campaign had actually started much much earlier and involved, not thousands, but tens of thousands,- pro-EU advertisements on radio and Television. The 'Vecernji List' daily reported on 10.8.2011 that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and EU Integrations had in the two preceeding months (June and July 2011) paid the broadcasting of- more than 13 thousand radio adverts and more than 2300 TV adverts on 80 radio stations, 6 national and 15 local TV stations. This massive propaganda campaign continued and even increased in scope and intensity over the next six months leading up to the referendum.
I just wanted to give you guys an update on Croatian referendum on entering EU. As I was writing it, it turned into a lengthy monster, but oh-well.
Total turnout: 43%. Voted for: 66%. Voted against: 33% (Coincidence? I think NOT) See for yourself: http://www.izbori.hr/2012Referendum/rezultati/rezultati.html
By my calculation, 0.43 * 0.66 = 0.28. That is, 28% people confirmed a parliamentary desire to enter EU. Around 71% did NOT confirm it.
Constitution from 2001 contained the following sentence: (http://narodne-novine.nn.hr/clanci/sluzbeni/232289.html -- Article 86)
"Na referendumu se odlu?uje ve?inom bira?a koji su glasovali, uz uvjet da je referendumu pristupila ve?ina od ukupnog broja bira?a u Republici Hrvatskoj."
"Referendum decisions are made by the majority of voters who voted, with the condition that the referendum was attended by the majority of total number of voters in the Republic of Croatia."
New constitution from 2010 (http://narodne-novine.nn.hr/clanci/sluzbeni/2010_07_85_2422.html -- Article 87):
"Na referendumu se odlu?uje ve?inom bira?a koji su pristupili referendumu."
See the missing/changed sentence part? Let's translate this:
"Referendum decisions are made by the majority of voters who attended at the referendum".
They actually kicked out a large part that makes it a democratic referendum.
Of course, constitution changes require no referendum in Croatia, and all they require is a 2/3 majority in parliament.
Those people should be ashamed of themselves. I'm ashamed that I didn't track the changes when they were made!
This morning I bought one of the largest newspapers in Croatia, "Ve?ernji list" ("Evening Paper"). It's comparable to "New York Times", scaled down to our country's size.
Guess what? First four pages were EU propaganda. (Not counting the front page, which is not content-filled in Croatian newspapers.) In fact, first two pages told us "You decide: either we go with these guys [images of Herr Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy, et al] or we go with these guys [images of Albanian and Serbian presidents, et al]".
Reading the text, they basically told us "If you don't vote for EU, you're going to doom yourselves to being with these… primitives! Doom we tell you!" (In the process, they insulted four nations by implying they are primitives.)
This guy has played a major role in the last great war operation in Croatian war of independence. EU has spent a large part of the previous decade blackmailing Croatia to find the fugitive Gotovina and turn him over to the tribunal in The Hague. He was arrested, deported, prosecuted and sentenced to jail time for war crimes. Without a debate whether or not this guy is guilty, let's see what happened.
Yesterday, this guy came out and (after the EU basically declared a manhunt against him) said "Everyone should vote according to his conscience -- and I'll be voting FOR Croatia entering the EU."
Milk and sugar quotas
Article from May 9, 2011:
Title. "Zbog europskih kvota moramo zatvoriti jednu ?e?eranu"
Heading: "Hrvatska je dosad u tri ?e?erane proizvodila 300.000 tona ?e?era na godinu, no nakon dobivene kvote od 193.000 tona ?e?era od repe plus 40.000 tona sirovog ?e?era, jedna ?e?erana je postala vi?ak"
Title: "Due to european quotas we must close one sugar plant"
Heading: "Croatia has until now in 3 sugar plants produced 300.000 tons of sugar per year, but after getting a quota of 193.000 tons of sugar produced from sugar beet plus 40.000 tons of raw sugar, one of the plants has become redundant"
Also, in the text:
Ina?e, kvote za ?e?er vrijede prve tri godine ?lanstva u Uniji, a one za mlijeko do 2015., kad se na razini EU-a ukidaju.
Ipak, Hrvatska je imala vi?e sre?e s proizvodnim kvotama za mlijeko, jer je dobila kvotu od 765.000 litara mlijeka na godinu na osnovi najbolje referentne godine (2007.). To je za 140.000 tona vi?e mlijeka nego ?to ga je bilo pro?le godine, tvrde u Ministarstvu poljoprivrede.
Sugar quotas are valid for first 3 years of EU membership, and those for milk are valid until 2015, when they are eliminated on the EU level.
However, Croatia has had more luck with manufacturing quotas for milk, since it has received a quota of 765.000 liters of milk per year, based on the best reference year (2007.). That's 140.000 tons more of milk than last year, claims the Ministry of Agriculture.
What does all this tell you? We are being screwed for the last few years. I'm so ashamed of not tracking all that happened, and I want to thank you for the excellent show that has taught me to track these things.
I'm so ashamed that we let this sort of thing happen. I'm also ashamed that only guys who opposed EU with a strong enough voice were far-right ultra-nationalist douchebags, or other types of dumbasses (judged by the comments on various news portals in Croatia). Rarely was an intelligent voice heard saying anything against the EU. I'm deeply ashamed.
Finally, Adam, thank you for mentioning the preliminary results of the vote on the show.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who's Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows. The firm, Covington & Burling (see Holder link), is one of Washington's biggest white shoe law firms. Law professors and other federal ethics experts said that federal conflict of interest rules required Holder and Breuer to recuse themselves from any Justice Department decisions relating to law firm clients they personally had done work for. Both the Justice Department and Covington declined to say if either official had personally worked on matters for the big mortgage industry clients. Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said Holder and Breuer had complied fully with conflict of interest regulations, but she declined to say if they had recused themselves from any matters related to the former clients. Reuters reported in December that under Holder and Breuer, the Justice Department hasn't brought any criminal cases against big banks or other companies involved in mortgage servicing, even though copious evidence has surfaced of apparent criminal violations in foreclosure cases. The evidence, including records from federal and state courts and local clerks' offices around the country, shows widespread forgery, perjury, obstruction of justice, and illegal foreclosures on the homes of thousands of active-duty military personnel.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said that if President Obama wins a second term, he won't ask Geithner to serve again as Treasury Secretary, according to Bloomberg. One wonders if this has anything to do with 8.5 PERCENT UNEMPLOYMENT. But I doubt it. From Bloomberg: "He's not going to ask me to stay on, I'm pretty confident," Geithner said in an interview with Bloomberg Television today. "I'm confident he'll be president. But I'm also confident he's going to have the privilege of having another secretary of the Treasury."
On Tuesday, January 24, 2012 President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address. The address was carried live from 9:00PM to approximately 10:15 PM on 14 networks.* The sum of average audience for those networks was 37,752,613 viewers, with a combined household rating of 24.0. The networks carrying the address were ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNBC, CNN, FBN, FOXNC, GALA, MSNBC, MUN2 and on tape delay on TEL, TF and UNI.
On Monday, I authorized an operation to rescue Jessica Buchanan, an American citizen who was kidnapped and held against her will for three months in Somalia. Thanks to the extraordinary courage and capabilities of our Special Operations Forces, yesterday Jessica Buchanan was rescued and she is on her way home. As Commander-in-Chief, I could not be prouder of the troops who carried out this mission, and the dedicated professionals who supported their efforts. Jessica Buchanan was selflessly serving her fellow human beings when she was taken hostage by criminals and pirates who showed no regard for her health and well-being. Last night I spoke with Jessica Buchanan's father and told him that all Americans have Jessica in our thoughts and prayers, and give thanks that she will soon be reunited with her family. The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens and to bring their captors to justice. This is yet another message to the world that the United States of America will stand strongly against any threats to our people.
Please note that the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 cut the fixed interest rates on newly originated subsidized Stafford loans for undergraduate students to 6.0% (2008-09), 5.6% (2009-10), 4.5% (2010-11) and 3.4% (2011-12), with a return to 6.8% in 2012-13. These cuts are available only to undergraduate students, not graduate students, and only for subsidized Stafford loans, not unsubsidized Stafford loans. Those loans remain at a fixed rate of 6.8%.
BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner says Wednesday's rescue is the highest profile US action in Somalia since it pulled its forces out of the country in 1994. A Pentagon official has confirmed to the BBC that the unit involved was the elite Seal Team Six, which killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan last May, although the same personnel were not necessarily involved. Vice-President Joe Biden said the bravery of the special operations team "takes your breath away" Seal Team Six suffered heavy losses last August in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan which killed 38 people. US officials said the Somali kidnappers were "criminals" rather than Islamist al-Shabab militants.
Controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is getting into the television game. Assange, who has made headlines with his disclosure of government secrets along with allegations of sexual misconduct, will host a TV series comprising "in-depth conversations with key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries from around the world," WikiLeaks said late Monday. The title of the series has not been announced yet, but the theme will be "the world tomorrow." Hey, you know what's funny? When a bar puts up a sign saying "Free beer tomorrow." Sorry. Anyway, the series, scheduled to premiere in mid-March, "will draw together controversial voices from across the political spectrum -- iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders -- each to offer a window on the world tomorrow and their ideas on how to secure a brighter future," WikiLeaks said. Wow, sounds impressive. Think they'll ever have the Muppets on?
Greetings, Citizen Adam!
Suppose you were given the task of scripting a false flag event to get us to go to war with Iran. Wouldn't it make sense that the target chosen would be big and significant -- perhaps even carry an iconic name -- be something really old and relatively inefficient, something we were planning to decommission in the next 18 to 36 months anyway?
I present to you the plan: sink the USS Enterprise in the Straights of Hormuz. The "Big E" is the oldest active duty ship in the navy (not counting the USS Constitution), is the smallest of our active duty carriers, is EXPENSIVE (eight reactors -- four times more than all of the Nimitz class boats), and is due for decomissioning next year... after it completes it's last deployment (which is scheduled to start in March and be "in the middle east"). An ideal location for the sink-ex will be in or near the straights of Hormuz allowing us to militarize the zone for at least 30 days and cease all commercial shipping (don't forget to place your heavily leveraged longs on crude oil first... we can make some money on this deal!). Also, an attack in the straights would allow the crew of the carrier to "heroically" navigate the ship out of the shipping channels -- and into shallow water where we can get to it easily if we want or need to -- in order to not block commercial shipping, but close enough to warrant our militarily shutting down shipping while we attempt rescue and recovery operations on the carrier as well as "defensive beach landings" to create a defense perimeter around the Iranian side of the straight.
And as long as we're taking out the trash, let's get the air wings with the most problematic, oldest aircraft, and worst rated officers on the boat for it's deployment, and hold a drill where all of the "good stuff" (like current generation F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets) are cross-decked for training or pulling temporary, ground-based no-fly-zone duty ashore. And lets get our least-like media crews embedded on this ship and make sure they have sufficient satellite bandwidth to stream the fatal event back to us in real time. Make sure Anderson Pooper isn't on vacation, that Piers Morgan is, and make sure the promo and graphics departments have their "Iran Attacks America" graphics ready to go.. you know, just in case.
Far-fetched? We already know the USS Gerald R. Ford is the scheduled replacement for the Enterprise and that this replacement will happen in the next two years:
If producers are allowed to submit items for the Red Book (or if you want to make it your own -- I'm cool with that) then I submit the sinking of the Enterprise as the false flag event for going to war with Iran.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta aboard the USS Enterprise Three weeks after Tehran threatened action against any US aircraft carrier entering the Strait of Hormuz, Washington made two moves: US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta disclosed Sunday, Jan. 22, that the USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group would steam through the strategic strait in March; a few hours later, the US Navy sent the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier through the strategic strait without incident, accompanied by British and French warships. DEBKAfile: Defusing the Hormuz crisis set the scene for resumed nuclear negotiations leading up to which several messages were exchanged through back channels between the Obama administration and Tehran in recent weeks - amid Israeli preparations to strike Iran's nuclear facilities.
Reuters report that the EU has agreed to freeze the assets of the Iranian central bank and ban all trade in gold and other precious metals with the Iranian Central Bank and other public bodies in Iran. According to IMF data, at the last official count (in 1996), Iran had reserves of just over 168 tonnes of gold. The-FT reported in March 2011 that Iran has bought large amounts of bullion on the international market to diversify away from the dollar, citing a senior Bank of England official.
Reports coming in from the United States verify these extraordinary troop movements are currently underway with videos showing massive amounts of tanks and other war equipment being brought into the California region by train near Santa Cruz [see video HERE] and Morgon Hill [see video HERE] along with reports detailing that areas of Los Angeles were cordoned off this week for secret military exercises. -
Joint military training exercises will be held evenings in downtown Los Angeles through Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD will be providing support for the exercises, which will also be held in other portions of the greater Los Angeles area, police said. Training sites ``have been carefully selected to ensure the event does not negatively impact the citizens of Los Angeles and their daily routine,'' a department official said. The training, which a department official said would involve helicopters, has been coordinated with local authorities and owners of the training sites, police said. Police said safety precautions have been taken to prevent risk to the general public and military personnel involved. The exercises are closed to the public, police said. The exercises are designed to ensure the military's ability to operate in urban environments, prepare forces for upcoming overseas deployments, and meet mandatory training certification requirements, police said.
Although all justices voted that police must obtain a warrant, the reasoning differed among those involved. In a 5-4 split over the explanation, the majority of the justices said that the Fourth Amendment's protection of "persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures" was implied with a person's private property, such as their automobile. Justices Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor voted in the majority. Justices Samuel Alito, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan added that, while in agreement, the practice would also violate a person's "reasonable expectation of privacy."
Earlier today, President Obama spoke with the late Joe Paterno's wife, Sue, and son, Jay, to offer his condolences for their family's loss.- During their conversation, the President recalled fond memories of when he first met Coach Paterno and said that he and Michelle would keep the Paterno family in their prayers during this difficult time.
But, when news of Joe Paterno's deteriorating health reached the tiny borough of Archbald Saturday night, it happened to Nyeem Wartman. "I was at our semi-formal. I found out right before the music came on," said the Valley View High School senior. "I don't know. I know I didn't feel like dancing. It just put me in a bad mood, just took something out of me. It's such a sad thing. A great man died." Paterno's passing Sunday morning induced similar feelings across the Commonwealth, included was a group of talented teenagers formally introduced at the Capital Rotunda Monday as the Pennsylvania Big 33 team.
Kaiser Permanente researchers used electronic health records to conduct an observational safety study of 189,629 females aged 9 to 26 years old in California who were followed for six months after receiving each dose of the quadrivalent HPV vaccine in 2006-2008. Researchers found no increase in 16 pre-specified autoimmune conditions in the vaccinated population compared to a matched group of unvaccinated girls and women. The quadrivalent HPV vaccine was licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2006 and recommended for young women and girls to protect against genital warts, which infects 6.2 million people annually, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, and can lead to cervical cancer in women. But autoimmune reactions have been a long-standing concern surrounding vaccination and many parents withhold the vaccine from their children because of perceived safety concerns. However, most speculated associations have stemmed from case reports that have not been confirmed by large, controlled epidemiologic studies. This study presents findings from a well-designed, post-licensure safety study of the vaccine on a large, ethnically diverse population, researchers said. "This kind of safety information may help parents with vaccination decisions," said study lead author Chun Chao, PhD, a research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Department of Research & Evaluation in Pasadena, Calif. "These findings offer some assurance that among a large and generalizable female population, no safety signal for autoimmune conditions was found following HPV4 vaccination in routine clinical use." The study looked for autoimmune conditions such as immune thrombocytopenia, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, Hashimoto's disease, Graves' disease, multiple sclerosis, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, other demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system, vaccine-associated demyelination, Guillain-Barre syndrome, neuromyelitis optica, optic neuritis and uveitis.
"Anyone taking several medications knows how easy it can be to lose track of whether or not you've taken the correct tablets that day," he added.
"Add to that complex health issues and families caring for loved ones who many not live with them and you can appreciate the benefits of an information service that helps patients to get the most from their treatments and for families to help them to remain well."
Lloydspharmacy said the World Health Organisation has found that about half of all patients fail to take their medicines correctly, which can lead to people not getting the full benefits of treatment, or ending up with harmful side-effects.
Unused prescription medicines are estimated to cost the NHS nearly £400m a year.
While many pundits have taken to describing the race for the Republican nomination as a two-man competition, a third of all voters nationwide think it would be good for the GOP if someone else jumped into the fray. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 34% of Likely U.S. Voters think it would be good for Republicans if another candidate entered the race for the party's presidential nomination. But nearly as many (31%) say it would be bad for the party, while 24% believe it would have no impact. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Alan Wilson, South Carolina's Attorney General, has contacted the United States Justice Department and notified them of potential voter fraud in the primary according to WTOC. Wilson states that his analysis has uncovered a whopping 953 ballots which were cast by voters who are, in fact, listed as deceased.
One more sign? This will be the fourteenth State of the Union address I've covered. It's the first one I can remember in which the White House director of legislative affairs, the person responsible for driving the president's agenda in Congress, will not be in the first lady's box. Because this year, he won't be needed.
Warren Buffett's Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC is among U.S. and Canadian railroads that stand to benefit from the Obama administration's decision to reject TransCanada Corp. (TRP)'s Keystone XL oil pipeline permit. With modest expansion, railroads can handle all new oil produced in western Canada through 2030, according to an analysis of the Keystone proposal by the U.S. State Department. "Whatever people bring to us, we're ready to haul," Krista York-Wooley, a spokeswoman for Burlington Northern, a unit of Buffett's Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), said in an interview. If Keystone XL "doesn't happen, we're here to haul." The State Department denied TransCanada a permit on Jan. 18, saying there was not enough time to study the proposal by Feb. 21, a deadline Congress imposed on President Barack Obama. Calgary-based TransCanada has said it intends to re-apply with a route that avoids an environmentally sensitive region of Nebraska, something the Obama administration encouraged. The rail option, though costlier, would lessen the environmental impact, such as a loss of wetlands and agricultural productivity, compared to the pipeline, according to the State Department analysis. Greenhouse gas emissions, however, would be worse.
Despite a billionaire history buff's pledge of $7.5 million to speed up repairs on the Washington Monument, officials say the complex work could last until August 2013 -- two years after the landmark was damaged by an earthquake.
Businessman David Rubenstein said he was inspired to help fund the repairs to the 555-foot obelisk when it became clear how severely damaged it was by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake Aug. 23. The National Park Service and nonprofit Trust for the National Mall announced Rubenstein's gift Thursday morning. It is the largest gift to the nonprofit group that's working to restore the mall.
If you have a FAA Pilot License now, you get endorsements is normal, to fly a bigger aircraft, multi-engine aircraft, helicopter etc, so it is just an added certification that goes on your license. FAA new rules, 2013? 2014? who knows. I do know of one other major aerial company out of business too, these guys in New York. One more item. In discussions with staffers about-FAA regulations they indicated that a first time offense minimum fine is $10,000, up to $100,000, plus carries a possible 3 to 10 years in the pen. Not a light thing to consider, even if you get probation for the time ! This morning (1/24) I got several emails from real estate photographers and real estate agents in the LA area-pointing out that -the California Association of Realtors® today sent out a notice saying: Los Angeles authorities have asked C.A.R. to communicate this warning to REALTORS® who hire unmanned aircraft operators to take aerial photographs for marketing high-end properties. Using these devices (also known as drones) for flight in the air with no onboard pilot may violate, among other things, the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) policy on unmanned aircrafts, and Los Angeles's local ordinance requiring permits for filming commercial motion pictures and still photographs... Under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)'s current policy, no one can operate an unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System without specific authority. Operators who wish to fly an unmanned aircraft for civil use must obtain an FAA experimental airworthiness certificate, which will not be issued to an unmanned aircraft used for compensation or hire. Although the FAA allows hobbyists to fly model airplanes for recreational purposes under specific guidelines, that authority does not extend to operators flying unmanned aircraft for business purposes...
Search after search and even some phone calls and I am not finding anything on who to call until I find the Nation Response Center.- With their website saying that they are "the sole national point of contact for reporting all oil, chemical, radiological, biological and etiological discharges into the environment, anywhere in the United States and its territories" this sure seems like the correct place to start. I tried to use their web reporting pages to report this, but there were question being asked that I just did not know, so I gave up and picked up the phone.- The Coast Guard staffed 800 number was answered immediately, and I explained to the officer what I had seen and how.- I asked if I had called the correct place, and was assured that I had.- The officer took my report and asked me quite a few questions.- I then asked what was going to happen from here, and I was told that the appropriate authorities, including the TCEQ (Texas Commision on Environment Quality) would be notified.- A local investigator was dispatched within 20 minutes and onsite within another 20.
A website named Gay City News posted an e-mail it says it acquired through the Freedom of Information Act. It's purportedly from a detective in the NYPD counterterrorism division, asking the Federal Aviation Administration about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles as a law enforcement tool. And the following is part of a recent interview with Commission Ray Kelly that raised more questions than it answered. "In an extreme situation, you would have some means to take down a plane," Kelly told "60 Minutes." Drones are already being used by law enforcement in other cities. CBS 2 has obtained footage of a huge protest in Poland a few months ago, shot by a small drone that could fly a few dozen feet right over the heads of the crowd and the police. High-resolution cameras can capture every detail, including faces and license plate numbers. In this country, Miami and several cities in Texas are experimenting with such aircraft. "We're always looking at technology," said NYPD Spokesman Paul Browne. "Drones aren't that exotic anymore. Brookstone sells them. We've looked at them but haven't tested or deployed any."
After the Washington Post wrote about the Texas Department of Public Safety's (DPS) and other domestic law enforcement agencies' use of drones last January, EFF filed a Public Information Act request with the agency for more information. The Texas DPS was very forthcoming and not only sent us unredacted records of their program but also agreed to provide more information over the phone. The records they sent us are linked at the bottom of this post, and I was able to speak with Mr. Bill Nabors, chief pilot of Texas DPS's Aircraft Section. Interestingly, according to Mr. Nabors, Texas hasn't flown its drones since a final training flight in August 2010. The drones were constantly having maintenance issues because they weren't designed to land in a rocky environment like Texas and didn't fly well in high winds. The supplier, AeroVironment (AV), took a long time to fix the drones so they were often out of service. There also may have been some issues with the frequency used to operate and control the device. Ultimately, according to Mr. Nabors, the drones did not offer Texas significant advantages over the agency's existing airplanes and helicopters so the agency cancelled its 2010 order for two additional drones. Mr. Nabors said he was not sure patrolling the border was a good use of the small drones or even whether they should be used in the National Airspace. He does believe the FAA should strictly control the use of unmanned aerial systems within the National Airspace. According to Mr. Nabors, he doesn't see going back to using unmanned systems. Texas' experience should be taken seriously by other law enforcement looking into spending tax dollars to purchase these devices.
THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL OR CAPABILITY STATEMENTS.- THIS POSTING IS TO OBTAIN INDUSTRY FEEDBACK ON THE DRAFT WIDE AREA AERIAL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM RFP. Accordingly, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will not pay for any information submitted or be responsible for any costs incurred by interested parties in responding to this notice. For full consideration, interested parties should submit their questions/comments in writing via email by 4:00PM Easter Time, January 30, 2012.-- Please submit questions/comments to Carolyn.A.Smith1@dhs.gov .-Answers will be posted on or about February 6, 2012.-
DHS is building its drone fleet at a rapid pace despite its continuing inability to demonstrate their purported cost-effectiveness.- The unarmed Predator and Guardians (the maritime variant) cost about $20 million each. Yet DHS has little to show for its UAV spending spree other than stacks of seized marijuana and several thousand immigrants who crossed the border without visas.
Did you see all the tweets and mentions on the web last week about Comcast apparently blocking NASA's website on their network? While it made for great headlines, the truth was that there was an error with the DNSSEC signing of the NASA.gov domain and now that Comcast has deployed DNSSEC-validating DNS servers those DNS servers were correctly responding with a failure and blocking access to the site.
What bill are we talking about? It's S. 3804, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). It's currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. What exactly does it do? The bill creates a blacklists of Internet domain names which the Attorney General can add to with a court order. Internet service providers, financial transaction providers, and online ad vendors (everyone from Comcast to PayPal to Google AdSense) would be required to block any domains on the list.
Dejavu in the form of OPEN -- The New Anti-Piracy Bill As an alternative to SOPA-PIPA, Representative Darrell Issa (CA-R), and 24 co-sponsors introduced the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN)-H.R. 3782 on Wednesday, during the Internet blackout. From-PCWorld: OPEN would give oversight to the International Trade Commission (ITC) instead of the Justice Department, focuses on foreign-based websites, includes an appeals process, and would apply only to websites that "willfully" promote copyright violation. The bill pretends to only target foreign websites, while keeping Americans free to surf and post, but the-bill's wording is wide open to pursue American sites. Just one example: when describing aninfringing site, it starts with those "that are accessed through a non-domestic domain name," but continues in section (8)(A)(ii) for any site that "conducts business directed to residents of the United States." It sounds like, "in general," copyright holders will be the ones filing complaints to the Commission, but the writing leaves it open for any complainant to file. The ITC would still have the ability to coerce payment processors and ad networks to cease funding and linking the accused in question. Who could determine "willful" infringement?
WSI: U.P.B – Urban Partnership Bank…just another community activist sounding entity. The kind that is so familiar to this administration. The name change was reported on…just not nearly to the degree that the "collapse" of Shorebank was. And so…Shorebank lives on – simply having changed its name.
UM: How so? The money…the investments—
WSI: (interrupts) —The investments were quickly assembled – and directly by the Obama administration. Look over the list of investors – that information is easily available to you as well. Institutions that had received tax payer funded bailouts were pushed to invest in the re-born version of Shorebank. That is what the bailout and the stimulus provided the federal government – the regulatory authority to tell these institutions what to do. And so they did. Hundreds of millions of dollars – bailout funds…the people’s money…hundreds of millions spent to prop Shorebank back onto its feet and continue on its way.
And the very same staff remained. The very same individuals who ran Shorebank and who worked so closely with Democrats and the globalization architects…those very same individuals now run U.P.B. Shorebank then did not collapse. She is the very same woman at the dance doing no more than wearing a different dress. And you, like so many others who pretend to pay attention…you were fooled.
And are you aware of the motto that was Shorebank – that is still the unspoken motto of U.P.B. ?
WSI: "Building an inclusive global financial system"
Although mission-based, the bank's financial performance has historically matched or exceeded that of its peer banks. However, the bank faced significant losses in 2009. and as of May 2010 was seeking $200 million in additional capital from major investors and the U.S. government. The bank's losses were related to the recession, though it was not engaged in subprime lending. It exceeded its goal of private capital commitments but did not receive requested government support, a condition of the private investors. In August 2010, the bank faced possible insolvency and risked having its deposits taken over by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which insured its deposits. On August 20, 2010, the bank was declared insolvent, closed by regulators and most its assets were acquired by Urban Partnership Bank.. Some of the more recent management hirees of ShoreBank, in an unprecedented move by the FDIC, have been allowed to continue to run the restructured bank, now a part of Urban Partnership Bank. According to the FDIC, the recent hirees "did not contribute to the bank's problems." , 
In July 2011, Urban Partnership Bank was certified as a Community Development Financial Institution. As such, other institutions can receive Community Reinvestment Act credit for depositing their funds in the bank. It is also eligible to apply for programs through the CDFI Fund that support its mission to revitalize its urban neighborhoods.
ShoreBank was the 15th Illinois bank to fail this year and the 118th to be seized by federal and state regulators nationally. Its failure is expected to cost the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. $367.7 million. The FDIC, which is funded by the banking industry, said it received only one bid for the bank. Major investors in Urban Partnership include American Express Co., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup, Ford Foundation, GE Capital's equity investments arm, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Key Community Development Corp., Morgan Stanley, Northern Trust Corp., PNC Investment Corp., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., and Wells Fargo & Co. Former First Chicago executives who joined ShoreBank in recent months will run the bank.
Meanwhile, outside the dungeon in which the revolution's "mastermind" was being held, millions of Egyptians had poured into the streets as the flailing security apparatus turned off cellphone service and the Internet. When Ghonim was released after 12 days in solitary confinement, the once-anonymous Facebook page admin had become the unlikely face of a youth revolution. But it was still far from clear that Mubarak was going down; it was Ghonim's emotional appearance on a popular talk show, where he defended the revolution and broke down in tears as he was shown pictures of young men and women killed in the protests, that turned the tide of public opinion. We are nearing the one-year anniversary of Jan. 25, 2011, and much has changed in Egypt. The long-banned Muslim Brotherhood has won a plurality of votes in the country's first free and fair elections in memory, and Mubarak is on trial. Yet the Egyptian military has retained the commanding heights of power, imprisoning thousands of activists, raiding the offices of human rights NGOs and engaging in deadly clashes in and around Tahrir Square. Leaderless, angry and dejected, many "Facebook youth" now wonder whether theirs was even a revolution at all or just a military coup by another name. Various groups have called for a massive day of protest this Jan. 25, but, like last year, nobody knows what's going to happen. Ghonim, who maintains a low profile despite his global celebrity, has canceled his book tour to stay in Egypt for the big day. Time for Revolution 3.0?
According to Microsoft, Kelihos was created by Andrey N. Sabelnikov. The Russian person is believed to have written Kelihos and the one who made it so powerful. The botnet was used to send billions of spam emails as well as stealing personal information. In addition, the Redmond-based company accuses Sabelnikov for using Kelihos to organize several scams. The problem in this case is not that simple because Microsoft has presented strong evidence that Sabelnikov was working as a software engineer for a company that developed antivirus software. The firm hasn't been mentioned but it seems like Andrey was also a project manager and was actively involved in creating firewalls, security programs, and other antivirus software.
Robert Bennett, one of the best-known US defense attorneys, has withdrawn from the defense team of content-sharing Internet service Megaupload.com. Bennett had to refuse the job due to a conflict of interest with at least one other client of his law firm, Hogan Lovells, Reuters reports. Under American ethics rules, a firm generally does not represent two clients whose interests are at odds. Megaupload.com and seven of its executives were charged in a 5-count, 72-page indictment released Thursday. Investigators claim Megaupload made more than $175 million by distributing copyrighted content without the required authorization. Bennett, who was President Bill Clinton's personal attorney in a sexual-harassment case brought by Paula Jones, initially advised Megaupload.com before the website's executives were indicted, according to Ira Rothken, another one of Megaupload's lawyers. Rothken said Bennett was handling matters not pertaining to criminal defense. Earlier in the week, after thousands of websites temporarily shut down to protest the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Internet Privacy Act (PIPA), federal prosecutors pulled the plug on Megaupload.com
A former CIA officer was charged Monday with disclosing the identity of a covert CIA officer and with telling journalists the name an agency officer involved with the interrogation of alleged Al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah. The Justice Department charged that John Kiriakou, 47, who worked as a CIA officer from 1990 to 2004, revealed the information to journalists and that one reporter passed some of the secrets onto attorneys representing prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Kiriakou's case is the sixth leak-related criminal prosecution brought since President Barack Obama took office, a figure that exceeds the number of such cases in all previous administrations combined. "Safeguarding classified information, including the identities of CIA officers involved in sensitive operations, is critical to keeping our intelligence officers safe and protecting our national security," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. "Today's charges reinforce the Justice Department's commitment to hold accountable anyone who would violate the solemn duty not to disclose such sensitive information."
Kiriakou worked for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as a Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigator from March 2009 to April 2011, according to Senate records.
India has reportedly agreed to pay Tehran in gold for the oil it buys, in a move aimed at protecting Delhi from US-sanctions targeting countries who trade with Iran. China, another buyer of Iranian oil, may follow Delhi's lead. The report, by the Israeli-based news website DEBKAfile, states that Iran and India are negotiating backup alternatives with China and Russia, should the US and EU find a way to block the gold payment mechanism.
Investor Kyle Bass discloses his discussion with a senior Obama admin about how this economic crisis is going to play out. The answer is to export our way out of this mess by making our exports cheaper by destroying the dollar in a global game of currency devaluation. This simply means that they are going to print more and more dollars until all of your purchasing power is destroyed and you will need more and more dollars to buy the same amount of goods. (ie. Massive Inflation.)