It happened years before I was born but, I can’t post today’s news without at least a passing reference to The Day Which Will Live in Infamy:
A group of Pearl Harbor survivors will gather on Mt. Diablo Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. to commemorate the “day that will live in infamy” at the annual beacon lighting ceremony.
The 75-foot aviation beacon was removed from service on Dec. 7, 1941 as a wartime security measure but later refurbished. Dec. 7 is usually one of a few days a year that visitors can stay late enough at the top to see the sunset without camping overnight, according to park officials.
This year’s ceremony will include a color guard in WWII uniform, remembrances from three or four Pearl Harbor survivors and a featured speaker, Maj. Gen. Ronald Lowe, U.S. Army Ret.
RAW STORY UPDATE: Bernie Sanders, the only avowed socialist in the United States Senate, has hinted that he will filibuster the tax cuts extension deal President Barack Obama struck with Republicans on Monday.
In an appearance on MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Show, Sanders, the junior senator from Vermont, said, “I’ve got to tell you, I will do whatever I can to see that 60 votes are not acquired to pass this piece of legislation.”
While that doesn’t amount to a firm commitment to filibuster, Sanders’ mention of 60 votes — the number needed to overcome a filibuster — is telling.
I’d by tickets to it if I thought he meant it. But, I expect we’ll be reading about Sander’s trip on Air Force One in a day or two.
One of my secret vices is that I do occasionally shop at Walmart. It’s less than a mile from my house and if I just want a seam ripper or I’ve run out of dog food …. well, I’m not going to apologize (so why do I sound defensive? . . . It’s within walking distance!) Anyway, they’ve got TVs blaring weird messages and even with my extraordinary daydreaming abilities you can hardly tune them out:
Shoppers at Walmart will soon have something other than glossy magazines and chewing gum to look at when in the checkout line: A “video message” from the Department of Homeland Security asking them to look out for “suspicious” activity and report it immediately.
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The Walmart video, which will soon be launched at 230 locations nationwide and may eventually be expanded to nearly 600 locations in 27 states, features Napolitano thanking the retailer by name for participating in the program.
Napolitano then says: “If you see something suspicious in the parking lot or in the store, say something immediately. Report suspicious activity to your local police or sheriff. If you need help, ask a Walmart manager for assistance.”
Do politicians have this gene?
In what is being called a first of its kind study, researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY) have discovered that about half of all people have a gene that makes them more vulnerable to promiscuity and cheating.
Those with a certain variant of the dopamine receptor D4 polymorphism — or DRD4 gene — “were more likely to have a history of uncommitted sex, including one-night stands and acts of infidelity,” according to lead investigator Justin Garcia.
DRD4 is the “thrill-seeking” gene, also responsible for alcohol and gambling addictions. The gene can influence the brain’s chemistry and subsequently, an individual’s behavior.
In a story ignored virtually everywhere, the Obama administration cracked down on Ponzi Schemes:
At a news conference headlined by Attorney General Eric H. Holder, authorities unveiled “Operation Broken Trust,” a collection of unrelated criminal and civil cases involving Ponzi schemes, foreign currency frauds, investment scams and other market cons.
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Authorities said the operation involved 343 defendants facing criminal charges and 189 facing civil charges, though some will be counted in both categories. The cases represent more than $8.3 billion in investor losses and 120,000 victims.
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“Fraud by well-known companies or high-profile executives gets the biggest headlines, but other scams are equally devastating to hard-working families and retirees,” said Robert Khuzami, enforcement director of the Securities and Exchange Commission. “Victims want justice and don’t much care who the fraudster is or how unique the fraud. Today’s actions underscore that law enforcement agrees and will pursue fraud in whatever form.”
My mother in law has been targeted by the Canadian Granny Scam a couple of times. Once we came home to find her tearing the house apart trying to find her checkbook so she could tell the crook her bank’s routing number. The second time, my husband happened to be there when the call came.
So, if they can put a stop to some of this, I’m all for it.
Over €31,000 set aside for the legal defense of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been frozen by the Swiss bank PostFinance, which said that Assange had given false information in creating the account.
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“Assange cannot provide proof of residence in Switzerland and thus does not meet the criteria for a customer relationship with PostFinance,” the bank said. “For this reason, PostFinance is entitled to close his account.”
The bank reviewed Assange’s account because he is a “high profile” individual, WikiLeaks said.
Last week, Internet payment leader PayPal also froze a WikiLeaks-linked account containing over $60,000, the site added.
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Assange was staying with a group of WikiLeaks supporters outside London last week, according to published reports.
British authorities had delayed the arrest for days citing a lack of necessary paperwork from their Swedish counterparts.
Finally, this story is so sad I almost can’t bear it:
Elizabeth Edwards, … thanked her supporters online Monday as word spread the disease may take her life within weeks.
“The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered,” Edwards wrote on her Facebook page. “We know that. And yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.”
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The Edwards family issued a statement that said doctors have told Edwards that further treatment for her cancer would be unproductive. And a family friend who is among those who have gathered with Edwards at her North Carolina home told The Associated Press that she is gravely ill.
Edwards was briefly hospitalized last week and received treatment, but doctors have now told her that she may only have up to a couple months of life left, the friend said. The friend spoke on condition of anonymity because of the personal details divulged.
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