Published: November 19th, 2013
Surprised? I am not at all….
In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington.
The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated.
And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it.
Just two years before the presidential election, the Census Bureau had caught an employee fabricating data that went into the unemployment report, which is one of the most closely watched measures of the economy.
And a knowledgeable source says the deception went beyond that one employee — that it escalated at the time President Obama was seeking reelection in 2012 and continues today.
“He’s not the only one,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous for now but is willing to talk with the Labor Department and Congress if asked.
The Census employee caught faking the results is Julius Buckmon, according to confidential Census documents obtained by The Post. Buckmon told me in an interview this past weekend that he was told to make up information by higher-ups at Census.
read the rest here
Published: August 6th, 2013
Dem Rep: We’re Not Broke; Gov’t Just Doesn’t Have Your Money…Yet
“The bottom line is we’re not broke, there’s plenty of money, it’s just the government doesn’t have it,” said Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), “The government has a right, the government and the people of the United States have a right to run the programs of the United States. Health, welfare, housing – all these things.”
Video after the jump….
Published: June 27th, 2013
High hopes for Obama’s second coming in Africa - LOL, Sure, when he focuses like a laser towards something there will be results…..Just not the ones he was telling us about…
….The focus on trade and investment that President Barack Obama plans to bring to his second coming in Africa will be welcome both for the countries he is visiting this week – Senegal in the west, South Africa and Tanzania in the east – and for the US companies waking up to African economic potential.
Obama to Take Action on Global Climate Change…video after the jump. Sure the A..hole leads by example
Published: June 25th, 2013
There is a new study by the Georgetown University
In the past, a college degree all but assured job seekers employment and high earnings, but today, what you make depends on what you take. In Hard Times 2013, we show differences in unemployment and earnings based on major for BA and graduate degree holders. We show that STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics — majors typically offer the best opportunities for employment and earnings, while unemployment is higher for graduates with non-technical degrees.
Here are some of our major findings:
1. Even as the housing bubble seems to be dissipating, unemployment rates for recent architecture graduates have remained high (12.8%). Graduate degrees and work experience did not shield these graduates from a sector-specific shock; graduates with experience in the field have the same jobless rates as the economy overall (9.3%)
2. Unemployment is generally higher for non-technical majors, such as the arts (9.8%) or law and public policy (9.2%).
3. People who make technology are still better off than people who use technology. Unemployment rates for recent graduates in information systems, concentrated in clerical functions, is high (14.7%) compared with mathematics (5.9%) and computer science (8.7%).
4. Unemployment rates are relatively low for recent graduates in education (5.0%), engineering (7.0%), health and the sciences (4.8%) because they are tied to stable or growing industry sectors and occupations.
5. Graduates in psychology and social work also have relatively low rates (8.8%) because almost half of them work in healthcare or education sectors.
Slide presentation after the jump….
Published: June 21st, 2013
How Can Any Company Ever Trust Microsoft Again?
Back in 1999, it was asserted that backdoors had been built into Windows:
A careless mistake by Microsoft programmers has revealed that special access codes prepared by the US National Security Agency have been secretly built into Windows. The NSA access system is built into every version of the Windows operating system now in use, except early releases of Windows 95 (and its predecessors). The discovery comes close on the heels of the revelations earlier this year that another US software giant, Lotus, had built an NSA “help information” trapdoor into its Notes system, and that security functions on other software systems had been deliberately crippled.
More recently, there has been concern about Skype, bought by Microsoft in May 2011. In 2012, there were discussions about whether Microsoft had changed Skype’s architecture in order to make snooping easier (the company even had a patent on the idea.) The recent leaks seems to confirm that those fears were well founded
GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world’s communications
Britain’s spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world’s phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the National Security Agency (NSA).
The sheer scale of the agency’s ambition is reflected in the titles of its two principal components: Mastering the Internet and Global Telecoms Exploitation, aimed at scooping up as much online and telephone traffic as possible. This is all being carried out without any form of public acknowledgement or debate.
One key innovation has been GCHQ’s ability to tap into and store huge volumes of data drawn from fibre-optic cables for up to 30 days so that it can be sifted and analysed. That operation, codenamed Tempora, has been running for some 18 months.
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NSA: If Your Data Is Encrypted, You Might Be Evil, So We’ll Keep It Until We’re Sure
…The minimization procedures say that the NSA has to destroy the communication it receives once it’s determined as domestic unless they can demonstrate a few facts about it. As part of this, the rules note:
In the context of a cryptanalytic effort, maintenance of technical data basesrequires retention of all communications that are enciphered or reasonably believed to contain secret meaning, and sufficient duration may consist of any period of time during which encrypted material is subject to, or of use in, cryptanalysis.
In other words, if your messages are encrypted, the NSA is keeping them until they can decrypt them. And, furthermore, as we noted earlier, the basic default is that if the NSA isn’t sure about anything, it can keep your data. And, if it discovers anything at all remotely potentially criminal about your data, it can keep it, even if it didn’t collect it for that purpose
Published: March 28th, 2013
Here you go…
That is happening in the UK, but soon it is coming in the USA, because of the Obamacare.
Here you can read the two stories from the Sun Online (in the print paper they are on a double page, opposite to each other, but online you have to search separately to find both stories) -
NHS boob-job girl Josie Cunningham posed for her first topless shoot yesterday, telling taxpayers: “I couldn’t have done it without you.” (Links is NSFW!!!)
“I could never have felt so confident about showing off my body if it wasn’t for the support I’ve had from the NHS. I’d have collapsed in tears a couple of months ago if I’d had to go topless in front of a photographer — but now I can’t wait to do more.”
Parents forced to raise £1m after NHS cash snub to cancer fight girl (so in the UK they have “free health care”, heh?)
THE parents of cancer girl Lilly Macglashan have had to raise more than £1million for pioneering treatment in America — because the NHS refused to fund it.
And what to expect in America….Read the following links and make your own conclusions
Published: February 26th, 2013