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Virginia resident gets foreclosure notice on Port St. Lucie home she sold in 1994

Posted on December 6th, 2010 at 18:36 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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Treasure Coast legal experts say Hammers’ case could be one of the most unusual to occur within the 19th Judicial Circuit, which encompasses Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.

“When I talked to Marshall Watson, Sonya in their litigation department, and asked why I was being served foreclosure papers on a mortgage I did not sign, on a property I haven’t lived in for almost 20 years, she got snippety with me and asked if I had an attorney. Why would I need an attorney when they’ve made the mistake?” Hammers said.

Marshall Watson is one of four practices under investigation by the Florida attorney general for questionable foreclosure paperwork. Attorneys Ida Moghimi-Kian and Ingrid Fadil, who are listed on Marshall Watson’s foreclosure documents, did not return calls.


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Swiss bank freezes Julian Assange’s account

Posted on December 6th, 2010 at 18:28 by Paul Jay in category: News

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The Swiss post office bank, PostFinance, has frozen the accounts of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

The whistle-blowing website says the freeze includes a defence fund and personal assets worth 31,000 euros.

Wikileaks has published hundreds of secret US diplomatic cables, angering the US government and triggering moves by several companies including PayPal and Amazon to end their services.

Meanwhile, a warrant for Mr Assange’s arrest has reached the UK authorities.

Sources have told the BBC that the European Arrest Warrant for Mr Assange arrived on Monday afternoon.


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WikiLeaks will release encrypted ‘doomsday file’ if site blocked

Posted on December 6th, 2010 at 17:03 by Paul Jay in category: News

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has circulated across the internet an encrypted “poison pill” cache of uncensored documents suspected to include files on BP and Guantanamo Bay.

One of the files identified this weekend by The (London) Sunday Times — called the “insurance” file — has been downloaded from the WikiLeaks website by tens of thousands of supporters, from America to Australia.

Assange warns that any government that tries to curtail his activities risks triggering a new deluge of state and commercial secrets.

The military papers on Guantanamo Bay, yet to be published, believed to have been supplied by Bradley Manning, who was arrested in May. Other documents that Assange is confirmed to possess include an aerial video of a US airstrike in Afghanistan that killed civilians, BP files and Bank of America documents.

One of the key files available for download — named insurance.aes256 — appears to be encrypted with a 256-digit key. Experts said last week it was virtually unbreakable.


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Amazon deforestation; surprisingly high for a record low

Posted on December 6th, 2010 at 17:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“Brazil has done more than any other country over the past five years to cut global warming emissions," says Doug Boucher, who heads the tropical forest program for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in Washington. "Brazil had been the biggest source of deforestation pollution. Its reduction is a stunning turnaround."


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    The dramatic reduction of deforestation in Brazil is very good news (indeed!) but it is important to note that the deforestation statistics refer only to total clearing (clear-cutting) and do not include forest degradation from fire and selective logging.

    Recently, in part because landowners have been switching to logging smaller patches that are not defined as “deforestation” and because of other forms of back-country development, the result is that forest degradation has been surging and is an unreported but substantial source of carbon emissions.

    Under the pressure of drought, selective logging, infrastructure development, small-scale fragmentation, etc, large areas of the Amazon are shifting from rainforests of timber to drier forests of tinder and approaching the really feared tipping point where much of the forest land shifts to savanna.

    This shift has happen before in the history of Amazonia and has profound implications for the rainfall patterns across the nearby agricultural zones and for the global climate system.

    Lou Gold
    http://lougold.blogspot.com/2010/12/brazils-amazon-deforestation-falls-to.html

Church youth group leader repeatedly raped boy

Posted on December 6th, 2010 at 16:56 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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A former Anglican Church youth group leader who repeatedly raped a boy, 11, over a two-year period told his victim the assaults were okay because they were not against God’s word.

Simon Antony Jacobs, 58, from North Sydney, has pleaded guilty to four charges against two boys while he was a leader in the Church of England Boys Society, or CEBS, at two churches on the north shore during the 1970s and 1980s.

The charges – one count of buggery and three counts of committing an indecent act – relate to offences committed while he supervised the boys, who were both 11, as a CEBS leader at Christ Church, St Ives, and St Swithuns, in Pymble.

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Jacobs is also accused of molesting another two boys, both 10, during the same period.

Deuteronomy 22:28-29 says the boy must now marry his rapist after receiving 50 shekels.

A spokesman for the Anglican Church said Jacobs had worked as a CEBS leader at Christ Church, St Ives, ”in various roles” from 1971 to 1981. In 1982 he moved to CEBS at St Swithuns in Pymble but left in 1984.

”The record is unclear, but at some point, possibly after leaving Pymble, a note was made that he was not to be issued with a leaders warrant, which he would have required in order to move to leadership in any CEBS group in another parish,” the spokesman said.

In other words, they knew and covered it up. And they’re not even Catholic…


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Heimlich manure

Posted on December 6th, 2010 at 16:01 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Wikileaks cables reveal that the US wrote Spain’s proposed copyright law

Posted on December 6th, 2010 at 11:19 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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Spain’s Congress is about to vote on a new and extremely harsh copyright/Internet law. It’s an open secret that the law was essentially drafted by American industry groups working with the US trade representative.

But it gets gets more interesting: 115 of the Wikileaks cables intercepted from the US embassy in Madrid were tagged with "KIPR" — that is, relating to "intellectual property," The big question has been: will El Pais, the Spanish newspaper that has the complete trove of Wikileaks cables, release them in time to affect the vote on the new law?

Well, now they’ve started. The first 35 of the 115 cables have been released, and they confirm the widespread suspicion: the Spanish government and the opposition party were led around by the nose by the US representatives who are the real legislative authority in Spain.


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Could Just Reading Wikileaks Get You Nixed From Working as a Federal Attorney?

Posted on December 6th, 2010 at 10:27 by Paul Jay in category: News

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As if law students did have enough to worry about when trying to get a job, career services at Boston University School of Law has pointed out another potential pitfall that may terrify its students. According to BU, merely reading the Wikileaks could cause you to fail security clearances necessary to get some types of government jobs.


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