Matt Taibbi on why the JOBS Act ‘couldn’t suck worse’
‘The “Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act” (in addition to everything else, the Act has an annoying, redundant title) will very nearly legalize fraud in the stock market.
‘In fact, one could say this law is not just a sweeping piece of deregulation that will have an increase in securities fraud as an accidental, ancillary consequence. No, this law actually appears to have been specifically written to encourage fraud in the stock markets…’
Child Porn Suspect Takes Spot on FBI List
Eric Justin Toth has been on the run since 2008
You just have to laud FBI for treating child porn perps as one of the worst
‘A suspected child pornographer has replaced the late Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s most-wanted list.
‘Eric Justin Toth, a former third-grade teacher at the prestigious Beauvoir-National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., is the newest addition to the list, joining people the FBI call the worst of the worst fugitives.
‘Toth has been sought by the FBI’s Washington Field Office for almost four years since he was indicted in December 2008 after pornographic images were found months before on a school camera that Toth had used for some time. It is unclear how many children he has allegedly abused and possibly molested. Details of an indictment against him in Washington are under seal at the federal court, according to FBI officials…’
Twitter Vigilantes Foil Carjacking
Tweeters track cell phone of driver shut in trunk
‘Two armed thieves shoved the owner of a Volkswagen Golf into the trunk and drove away with his car on Saturday evening, the South African Independent Online reported.
‘Luckily for the owner, the bandits weren’t smart enough to steal his phone, too.
‘The frightened owner sent text messages to his girlfriend, Lynn Peters, who then pleaded for help on Twitter.
Be on the look for DSS041GP my boyufriend has just been hijacked and is in the boot please RT
— Lynn Peters (@onebadvillynn) April 7, 2012
‘From one retweet to the next, Peters’ word eventually grabbed the attention of Pigspotter, a blogger dedicated to making South African motorists aware of the police presence on the roads. Pigspotter retweeted the plea for help from one of the owner’s friends, Tanisha Reddy, to his 109,000-plus twitter followers…’
Fukushima Radiation Now in California Kelp
What happened to California can be compared to the 1991 Zambales Mt. Pinatubo explosion. While typhoon winds and seawaves carried radiation away from Japan and into California, storms carried away lava mud away from Zambales and into Pampanga
‘Radioactive particles released in the nuclear reactor meltdown in Fukushima, Japan, following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami were detected in giant kelp along the California coast, according to a recently published study.
‘Radioactive iodine was found in samples collected from beds of kelp in locations along the coast from Laguna Beach to as far north as Santa Cruz about a month after the explosion, according to the study by two marine biologists at Cal State Long Beach…’
Capacity Development and Torture
The most interesting blog post you’ll ever read on ‘capacity development’
‘As I started working at NGOs, a phrase kept popping up that, honestly, I didn’t quite understand at the time.
‘“Capacity development” or “building capacity” was among the new NGO-ese I had yet to become acquainted with. In this field – as any other – there is a whole new language to learn. This included “concept note”, “actors”, “stakeholders”, “facilitators”, “good governance”, among many others. However, as I started working at the IRCT, I heard this particular phrase a lot, and most often in context with our Non-State Actors project…’
A Periodic Stress Meter
Everyday Stress Can Shut Down the Brain’s Chief Command Center
Ask yourself this set of simple questions every few weeks to help gauge how much damaging stress you are experiencing