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Massive "I Love America" Facebook page, pushing pro-Trump propaganda, is run by...

23 September 2019 - 03:28 PM

Something we've known already. I fully expect "crickets" from my Trump fan buddies.

Report: A network of pro-Trump Facebook pages is operating from Ukraine

A network of Ukraine-administered Facebook pages has been posting content geared to Americans, promoting President Trump and attacking his critics, reports Popular Information, a newsletter from the liberal journalist Judd Legum.

Among the pages is one titled “I Love America,” which shares generic patriotic content alongside pro-Trump memes with its more than 1 million followers. Facebook data indicates that it’s run by 10 people in Ukraine, someone in the United States, and someone in Russia, according to the report.


This is not in Syria

17 September 2019 - 06:27 AM

You may have seen the national news about the explosion in Farmington, Maine. (About 20 miles from where I am)

Veteran firefighter killed, seven others injured in Farmington explosion

Firefighters were called to the Farmington Falls Road building at about 8:07 a.m. for a smell of propane. The explosion occurred minutes later.

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An aerial view of the devastation after an explosion at the Life Enrichment Advancing People (LEAP) building, 313 Farmington Falls Road, in Farmington killed one firefighter and injured seven other people, including a NorthStar Ambulance employee on Monday morning. The injured have been transported to multiple hospitals in Maine and Massachusetts. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal


Moral Injury: Violating your ethics. I can see where this is going.

16 September 2019 - 07:49 AM

Recently, a local TV station had a segment on "Moral Injury". It follows up an article in Medical Press about the issue. While I fully recognize the seriousness of the issue I've bolded what I think will become the new "Conservative/Evangelical" excuse for not doing a job because it "goes against the Bible" (My moral compass)

Moral injury: Violating your ethical code can damage mental health – new research

Should a soldier shoot the child who is pointing a gun at them and their colleague? Should a photographer film the aftermath of a terrorist attack or help the injured? Many situations present professionals with ethical dilemmas – and the decisions made can have profound psychological consequences.

These are very real ethical dilemmas people encounter in day to day situations. They definitely should not be overlooked.



I caught something in the TV station segment that didn't give me that "warm fuzzy" feeling.

TV Station Segment:

Seminar to bring awareness to Moral Injury

BELFAST, Maine (WABI) - As Maine deals with the opioid crisis and as our veterans and first responders deal with issues with their mental health, more professionals are helping those dealing with moral injury.

The term is used for the emotional and spiritual pain that can come when an individual feels like they've violated their inner moral code.
Some call it a wound to the conscience.


How long does anyone here think it will take for VP Pence or Gov Huckabee and all the clerks/store owners/goverment offficials to start citing this as a reason NOT to provide services to someone who does "not fit their moral code". Because: "It would personally cause them stress and illness."

Missing CEO, Missing Millions, Missing Deposits. Not exactly dull in Upstate NY

13 September 2019 - 04:24 PM

You may have heard about the staggering loss of deposits in worker's paychecks to the tune of about $ 35 MILLION.

This is the best review of how it happened. Spoiler: Seems some internal controls and guidelines were not followed.

NY Payroll Company Vanishes With $35 Million


Remembering the Golden Rule: "Those who have the gold make the rules"

12 March 2019 - 03:26 PM

It's bad enough they get the goodies, now they get their kids involved in fraud. NOTE: I was of the opinion if you wanted to get your "less than stellar" rich kids into a big name university, you just paid full tuition. I did not realize it cost $ 1.2 Mil

FBI accuses wealthy parents, including celebrities, in college-entrance bribery scheme

The Justice Department on Tuesday charged 50 people — including two television stars — with being part of a long-running bribery scheme to get privileged children with lackluster grades into big-name colleges and universities.

The alleged crimes included cheating on entrance exams, as well as bribing college officials to say certain students were coming to compete on athletic teams when those students were not in fact athletes, officials said. Numerous schools were targeted, including Georgetown University, Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and UCLA, among others.

Boston’s U.S. attorney, Andrew Lelling, called it the largest-ever college admissions scam prosecuted by the Justice Department. Of the 50 people charged as part of the FBI’s Operation Varsity Blues, 33 were parents, officials said, warning that the investigation is ongoing and that others could be charged.


Two participants in the scheme are scheduled to enter guilty pleas Tuesday afternoon, prosecutors said. One is William Singer, a well-connected college admissions adviser and the central figure in the scheme, officials said. He is accused of disguising the bribery scheme as a charity, enabling parents to deduct the bribes from their taxes.

Singer is charged with taking about $25 million from 2011 to 2018 — paying some of it to college coaches or standardized-testing officials for their help rigging the admissions process and pocketing the rest, according to the criminal complaint. He allegedly disguised the money using a nonprofit, the Key Worldwide Foundation, prosecutors said, characterizing it as a slush fund for bribes.

That coach, Rudolph Meredith, allegedly took a $400,000 bribe to pretend to place a student on the team and help get her into the school, even though the student did not play competitive soccer, officials said. The student’s parents paid $1.2 million in bribes, officials said.