Just saw the Wolf of Wall Street http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iszwuX1AK6A and though it was billed as some kind of comedy but it really is an indictment of our financial system. The movie is based on the true story of a convicted stock market swindler named Jordan Belfort. This story is what underfunded regulatory agencies deal with and how the investor gets bilked while the criminal financial brokers continue to long win before they're caught (if ever). Recently Barron's weekly did a piece on Mr. Belfort. Turns out Jordan served 28 months of a 42 month sentence from his 1999 conviction.
New York Post
Inside the Saudi 9/11 coverup
By Paul Sperry
December 15, 2013
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After the 9/11 attacks, the public was told al Qaeda acted alone, with no state sponsors.
But the White House never let it see an entire section of Congress’ investigative report on 9/11 dealing with “specific sources of foreign support” for the 19 hijackers, 15 of whom were Saudi nationals.
It was kept secret and remains so today.
Budget deal cuts benefits to some vets: Heartless or painless?
Some Republicans criticized the budget deal passed by the Senate Wednesday because it cuts retirement benefits to some veterans. Military cuts are often tough for Congress to stomach. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/2013/1218/Budget-deal-cuts-benef...
Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal
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WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration appears to have almost no international support for controversial new trade standards that would grant radical new political powers to corporations, increase the cost of prescription medications and restrict bank regulation, according to two internal memos obtained by The Huffington Post.
Online education at home without the hype.
The sign reads, "FREE!!! I live in Sylvania and just cleaned out my garage for the holidays."
Henry was a recent guest on Moyers & Company. His ideas are what many of us have been thinking for a long time.
Toledo Free Press
Thomas Pounds: Outside looking in
The November 15th column in the Toledo Free Press made hay with stories of doom from outside Toledo. In the story a unnamed developer (some source) stated that some businesspeople and suburban partners (again who and how many?) are concerned about the new Toledo Mayor Collins. Ironically most of jobs in the businesses the developer quoted were low wage unlivable jobs.
Sen. Sanders provides history lesson on deficits during budget meeting
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Wednesday released his prescription for reducing the deficit and creating jobs. Here are 10 suggestions from his “progressive budget blueprint” for raising revenue and reducing spending:
• Stop corporations from using offshore tax havens to avoid U.S. taxes.
Collins' transition team to include Finkbeiner, Ford
"George Tucker, executive secretary of the Greater Northwest Ohio Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO, and Ray Wood, president of United Auto Workers Local 14 who was recently selected president of the local chapter of the NAACP, will also be co-chairmen, Mr. Collins said."
Toledo media was mentioned on PBS Bill Moyers & Company. Video time19:55
Michael Collins 56.53%
Mike Bell 43.47%
Larger then expected turnout 25.4% of registered voters.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
North Carolina GOP official resigns after interview
FDA Seeks Pet Owner Help on Dangerous Jerky Treats
WASHINGTON October 23, 2013 (AP)
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'The problem appears to be tied to dog pet treats made in China, the FDA said, though investigators haven't yet found a certain cause. The FDA says it has received reports of illnesses in 3,600 dogs and 10 cats in the United States since 2007, and 580 dogs died. The pet treats were sold under a wide variety of brand names.
Diebold Incorporated Resolves Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Investigation and Agrees to Pay $25.2 Million Criminal Penalty
Diebold-SEC Fraud Settlement Reached: Former Voting Machine Maker To Pay $25 Million