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  • Roy Kulcsar Disbarred (Defense Attorney "was a real crook" says Jailed Mob Crook & Former Client)

    06/25/2012 11:13:15 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 1 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Sunday, June 24, 2012 | Larry McShane | NY Daily News
    Defense attorney Roy Kulcsar disbarred for using inmates to recruit new clients Attorney -- who defended terrorist Ramzi Yousef -- paid prisoners through commissary accounts Renowned defense attorney Roy Kulcsar didn’t chase ambulances — just inmates. And to make sure he caught them, he paid cash. Kulcsar funneled nearly $20,000 in illegal “retainers” to dozens of federal prisoners as compensation for steering fellow felons to his law practice, authorities said. The cash-for-clients deal operated between August 2004 and February 2010, with Kulcsar depositing funds into prison commissary accounts, a federal disciplinary committee reported last month. Kulcsar, who once represented 1993...
  • Microsoft's Research Scientists Finally Solve Why E-mail Scammers Say They're From Nigeria

    06/20/2012 6:58:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/20/2012 | Matt Lynley
    Scam emails usually have two things in common: they're comically bad, and they're from a Nigerian prince. You might think that's a silly strategy, but it turns out it's not. Microsoft released a new white paper from its research division this month that explains why scammers use such a "terrible" approach. It turns out it's a method for sifting out "false positives," — basically finding only the most gullible people so the scammer doesn't waste any time exchanging with a mark that isn't going to result in a payout. You can read the full paper on its research site —...
  • Md. man accused of selling bogus energy credits

    06/17/2012 9:28:29 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-16-12 | ALEX DOMINGUEZ
    BALTIMORE—A Maryland man faces trial in a $9.1 million fraud case that is shedding light on problems in a renewable energy credits program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Federal prosecutors accuse Rodney Hailey of Perry Hall of selling renewable fuel credits even though his company, Clean Green Fuel LLC, did not produce any renewable fuel. Instead, prosecutors say he pocketed the money and bought Ferraris and other luxury cars, as well as tractor-trailers, homes, jewelry and computers.
  • Study: More Teens Smoking Pot Than Cigarettes

    06/17/2012 12:46:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | June 11, 2012 | Aylin Zafar
    Seems like teens have gotten the memo that cigarettes are bad for you; however, the same isn’t true for marijuana, according to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.Released late last week, the government study revealed that in a nationwide study of 15,000 high school students, pot is now more popular among teens than cigarettes, CBS reports. Eighteen percent of surveyed students in 2011 reported smoking a cigarette in the past month, while 23% reported smoking marijuana in the last 30 days. Perhaps thanks to the anti-smoking campaigns in ads and in schools, or to the personal...
  • Scam Artist Steals $169K from Two Women: Cops

    06/16/2012 2:46:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 | Monica Garske
    Suspect Fadi Boulos Chaiban is accused of defrauding at least two women in San Diego Source: Scam Artist Steals $169K from Two Women: Cops | NBC San Diego Detectives are looking for victims or witnesses who may have fallen prey to the scams of a con artist in San Diego. According to investigators, a 49-year-old man named Fadi Boulos Chaiban – who also goes by the aliases Eddie Morretti, Anthony Paul Marino and Eddie Baker – had defrauded at least two different women of approximately $169,000. Detectives said Chaiban meets women on social networking websites and begins dating them. He...
  • Iran, North Korea, Sudan rack up millions by trading U.N. carbon credits

    06/13/2012 9:57:53 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 13 | Zach Noble
    The U.N. is funneling millions of dollars worth of tradable carbon credits to corrupt nations worldwide, including Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Uzbekistan in an attempt to encourage clean energy projects in the developing world. The U.N. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is defined in Article 12 of the Kyoto Protocol. Western European countries fund energy projects in the developing world in order to obtain Certified Emission Reduction credits (CERs), tradable credits that enable Europeans to count foreign emission reductions towards their own domestic emission reduction targets. “The CDM started from a page and a half in the Kyoto Protocol,” said...
  • Navy’s Green Fleet Runs Into Fiscal Storm (Algae Based Bio-Fuels Cost 4X More Than Petroleum Fuels)

    06/10/2012 7:45:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    San Diego U-T ^ | June 9, 2012 | Jeanette Steele
    Navy’s green fleet runs into fiscal storm Demo still on for next month, includes San Diego ship Republicans in Congress are blocking the Navy’s march toward a future in which jets and ships run on biofuels, saying the “green” most in question is whether the United States has the money, with a shrinking military budget, to invest in a pricey fuel experiment. The Navy will demonstrate its “great green fleet” concept next month, a toe in the water toward easing the country away from dependence on unfriendly foreign oil. But opposition in Congress could push the effort onto the rocks...
  • Issa: Obama administration classifies jobs with political purpose.

    06/06/2012 5:26:09 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 12 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 6, 2012 | Fox News
    The Obama administration on Wednesday acknowledged a wide-ranging definition of “green jobs” that includes bus driver, bicycle-shop clerk and other unexpected lines of employment, which the chairman of the GOP-led House oversight committee said is being done for “clearly political purposes.” GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, made the assertion during a hearing on how the administration counts so-called green jobs and the Labor Department’s recent change to how reporters can access key unemployment reports and other information. The Labor Department "has jeopardized the integrity of employment data in some cases for...
  • SEIU Sues State, Governor to Keep Home Health Care 'Dues Skim' Money Flowing

    06/06/2012 12:43:35 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/3/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The union that was taking money from the state subsidy checks of 60,000 home health care workers has sued Gov. Rick Snyder and the state Department of Community Health a few days after the Attorney General ordered an end to the practice. The Service Employees International Union Healthcare Michigan lawsuit claims the state is ending an existing collective bargaining agreement and is in violation of the contract clause of the U.S. Constitution. The SEIU has taken more than $30.4 million from the home health care aides since 2007. A judge has put disputed union dues of $500,000 — the amount...
  • Nanny State Update: Radioactive Meters and Flavored Cigar Wrappers

    06/05/2012 10:36:13 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-06-01 | [Staff]
    ...Farewell to Flavored Cigar Wrappers in Illinois: In the process of cracking down on the use of heroin, legislators in Illinois this week took the next step towards criminalizing the sale of flavored cigar wrappers this week. The one-size-fits-all ban would punish legal behavior in the name of being “tough on drugs,” banning cigar wrappers just because some have mispurposed them for use with illegal substances. The lone opponent to the ban, which passed the state Senate 46-1, expressed dismay at the cavalier attitude displayed by fellow lawmakers; proponents failed to offer any sound reason for why flavored cigar wrappers...
  • Europeans cannot shake suicidal habit (cigarette smoking)

    06/02/2012 10:41:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 31.05.12 @ 09:16 (May 31) | Andrew Rettman
    It killed 695,000 people in the EU last year. But despite restaurant bans and gruesome health labels, the number of smokers is hardly going down. A European Commission survey published for the UN's international anti-smoking day on Thursday (31 May) shows that 28 percent of the EU population smokes today compared to 29 percent in 2009. The number is still going up in the Czech Republic, Finland and Slovenia. Another 21 percent used to smoke but say they have given up. The typical smoker's profile is unflattering: it is the most prevalent among young men aged 15 to 54 who...
  • Sallie Mae Operates A Data Mining Operation Called Upromise

    05/30/2012 2:08:14 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 5 replies
    Upromise ^ | May 30, 2012 | Stayfree
    In doing some research on coupon websites, we discovered that Sallie Mae is using what appears to be a harmless coupon website called Upromise to collect information on our pre-college age youth and sell it for a profit
  • California 9/11 Fund Raided for Deficits (Governor Brown Perpetrates Legalized Embezzlement)

    05/30/2012 9:51:04 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies
    AP Exclusive ^ | May 30, 2012 | HANNAH DREIER
    AP Exclusive: Calif. 9/11 fund raided for deficits SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After the 2001 terrorist attacks, California lawmakers sought a way to channel the patriotic fervor and use it to help victims' families and law enforcement. Their answer: Specialty memorial license plates emblazoned with the words, "We Will Never Forget." Part of the money raised through the sale of the plates was to fund scholarships for children of California residents who perished in the attacks, while the majority — 85 percent — was to help fund anti-terrorism efforts. But a review by The Associated Press of the $15 million...
  • $3M of California's 9/11 license plate fund meant for victim's families raided..

    05/29/2012 8:42:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    AP ^ | May 29, 2012 | Staff
    After the 2001 terrorist attacks, California lawmakers sought a way to channel the patriotic fervour and use it to help victims' families and law enforcement. Their answer: specialty memorial license plates emblazoned with the words, 'We Will Never Forget.' Part of the money raised through the sale of the plates was to fund scholarships for the children of California residents who perished in the attacks, while the majority - 85 per cent - was to help fund anti-terrorism efforts. But an Associated Press review of the $15 million collected since lawmakers approved the 'California Memorial Scholarship Program' shows only a...
  • Illinois to fix Medicaid shortfall by promoting smoking

    05/27/2012 2:04:30 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 26, 2012 | Jazz Shaw
    No, this isn’t a story about Mark Block. Out in the Land of Lincoln, the state is facing a serious shortfall in their Medicaid funding. (A story which is being repeated across the nation, in case you haven’t been keeping score.) But the Governor has a plan! Fear not, citizens. We’ll raise the money to help people with their medical bills by counting on people smoking more. What could possibly go wrong?
  • O’Malley signs hundreds of bills that will tint Maryland a deeper shade of blue

    05/23/2012 7:51:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 22, 2012 | Aaron C. Davis
    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law a package of tax increases Tuesday targeting six-figure earners, tobacco users and companies engaged in real estate transactions to cover record spending on education. In a two-hour ceremony, it was easily the most recognizable measure O’Malley (D) signed but hardly the most popular. Rather, union members, minorities and interest groups crowded the State House to celebrate more than 200 lesser-known and often narrowly tailored bills. They passed the General Assembly with little fanfare but, taken together, will color the state’s social and political identity a slightly deeper shade of blue. The bills included...
  • SSA Radically Restrict Smoking in Russia:Promise to Rescue Up to 200 Thousands Each Year[Videos RU]

    05/20/2012 7:09:40 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 1 replies
    NEWSru ^ | 20 мая 2012 г. | Staff
    The Ministry of health and social development has submitted to the Government Bill, radically restricting smoking in public places, said on Sunday the site of the Ministry. The main restrictions-prohibition of smoking in public places, including workplaces, as well as to European prices. The document provides for the ban on smoking in all catering establishments, government buildings, workplaces (indoor), elevators, educational, medical, cultural and sports institutions, all means of public transport, train stations and ports. Therefore, smokers will leave only their own House and the street. The tobacco control activists stress that even the most modern ventilation and specially designated...
  • Anyone Have Any Experience with Silverleaf's Award Verification Center Time Share Pitch?

    05/16/2012 7:20:15 PM PDT · by aruanan · 40 replies
    vanity ^ | 05-16-2012 | aruanan
    I know a young refugee who filled out a card for one of those "You can win this car!" at the local mall. Several weeks later he got an Award Verification Center bulk rate blue card saying that he had WON a BMW or a Mercedes or something else exotic or $40,000 or a vacation and had 72 hours to call. I heard about this when his brother told me that he had won a car and was on the home phone with the guy who was going to give him the car. I told him it was a scam...
  • WND Helps Expose Child Porn Scourge on Facebook

    05/08/2012 5:11:13 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 16 replies
    American Clarion ^ | May 8, 2012 | Gina Miller
    WND’s Chelsea Schilling is a brave lady. She courageously took an assignment to go undercover on Facebook to expose the darkest, most sickening aspect of that social network: prevalent child rape imagery and video. The result of her gut-twisting investigation is a four-part series being published this week at WND. Part one, titled, “Kids Raped, Sodomized on Facebook Pages,” was published on Sunday. For the many millions of Facebook users, this is new information. As Ms. Schilling reports, not many people are aware that this side of Facebook exists. She is shining the light on this depraved, criminal enterprise, and...
  • Investigating the IRS: Why it gives billions to illegal immigrants (Tax loophole cost billions)

    05/07/2012 2:02:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    wthr.com ^ | April 26, 2012 | wthr.com
    Investigating the IRS: Why it gives billions to illegal immigrants INDIANAPOLIS - Why are many illegal immigrants getting a bigger tax refund than you? Blame it on the IRS and a massive tax loophole that's now being exposed by Eyewitness News. 13 Investigates has found the IRS is giving away your tax dollars to illegal workers and people who don't even live in the United States - and the problem is costing billions! We want you to see exactly where your money is going and why the IRS is allowing it to happen. From the homes of illegal workers in...