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Zalatix

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Member since: Fri Dec 16, 2011, 10:30 PM
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I'm a liberal looking to make a difference in politics.

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Ready to defund and reboot the law enforcement system yet?

Or perhaps we want to see more and more of this?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021019257

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021004204

Feeling safe yet with these psycho cops running around?

Say "HELL NO!!! Don't reboot!!!" if you don't know anyone who was a victim of this shit.

One reason why France taxes the rich and America doesn't.

What happens when we protest here:

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What happens in France:
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It's not necessary for Americans to physically lay down a carpet of whupass or kidnap CEOs like they did in France, but we at least need to show some spine. And greater numbers wouldn't hurt.

There are 70 million Democrat voters. How many of them took to the streets at any one time between 2008 to 2012? What percentage of liberals took to the streets in France? Compare and discuss.

So, free traders, when does globalization start benefiting American workers?

When will America's working class be able to emigrate to China, Mexico and India to find jobs under their own H1-B equivalent programs?

When can Americans go find jobs at Whirlpool Corp. in Mexico? At Infosys in India? At any one of several companies in China?

When do companies start outsourcing to here as much as they outsource from here?

When does America's working class get a share of the benefits that every other country is enjoying from globalism?

This is CRIME CONTROL done right.

Law enforcement has caught at least three wannabe copycats before they could go on a shooting rampage.

Why didn't law enforcement do this the first time around?


http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/james-holmes-copycat-panic-grips-us-batman-movie-theatres-three-people-arrested-16189027.html

James Holmes copycat panic grips US Batman movie theatres - three people arrested

At least three people have been arrested at US showings of the new Batman film amid audience fears following the Colorado cinema massacre.

All were accused of making threats during or after watching the film in separate incidents.

Moviegoers in Sierra Visa, Arizona, panicked when a man who appeared drunk was confronted during a showing of the movie. The Cochise County Sheriff's office said it caused "mass hysteria" and about 50 people fled the cinema.

How Apple's phantom taxes hide billions in profit

http://news.yahoo.com/apples-phantom-taxes-hide-billions-profit-183821426--finance.html

NEW YORK (AP) On Tuesday, Apple is set to report financial results for the second quarter. Analysts are expecting net income of $9.8 billion. But whatever figure Apple reports won't reflect its true profit, because the company hides some of it with an unusual tax maneuver.

Apple Inc., already the world's most valuable company, understates its profits compared with other multinationals. It's building up an overlooked asset in the form of billions of dollars, tucked away for tax bills it may never pay.

Tax experts say the company could easily eliminate these phantom tax obligations. That would boost Apple's profits for the past three years by as much $10.5 billion, according to calculations by The Associated Press.

While investors might rejoice if Apple suddenly added $10.5 billion to its profits, unilaterally erasing a massive U.S. tax obligation could tarnish its reputation as a relatively responsible payer of U.S. taxes. Instead, the company is lobbying to change U.S. law so that it can erase its liabilities in a less conspicuous fashion. The issue has become part of the presidential campaign.

"Big Fines, Big Schmines, who cares?" says Corporations

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/the-exchange/big-fines-business-usual-170402105.html

Big Fines, but Business as Usual?
By Yahoo! Finance | The Exchange 14 hours ago

By Vera H-C Chan
Claiming your hazlenut chocolate spread is a healthy breakfast treat: $3 million. Inadvertently sneaking past browser privacy settings: $22.5 million. Falsely claiming a shoe will tone your buttocks: $40 million.

Companies have been paying hefty fines and negotiating high-profile settlements, among them GlaxoSmithKline's $3 billion charge the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history. HSBC, which just copped to money laundering, might see a $10 billion penalty.

These are staggering figures to an ordinary person but do they make would-be violators think twice? Or do companies easily absorb penalties as the cost of doing business? A $22.5 million charge may be a Federal Trade Commission record, but Google can pay that in five hours. (See chart, below.) Plus, during a time when citizens rail against big government and too-big businesses, there can be a split sentiment over large-penalty cases and class-action settlements.

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I'd like to know something regarding threats.

When death threats are issued to private or semi-private citizens, such as Hillary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin, or maybe even you or me, why do we get less protection than when there's a threat made to the President?

I'm guessing everyone's equal, but some are more equal than others?

Behold the benefits of globalization for America's working class.

When you send as many jobs overseas as we have in America, skyrocketing poverty is guaranteed.

Any free trader want to explain why no other nation in the world sends as many jobs out of their own country?

http://news.yahoo.com/us-poverty-track-rise-highest-since-1960s-112946547--finance.html

US poverty on track to rise to highest since 1960s

WASHINGTON (AP) The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.

Census figures for 2011 will be released this fall in the critical weeks ahead of the November elections.

The Associated Press surveyed more than a dozen economists, think tanks and academics, both nonpartisan and those with known liberal or conservative leanings, and found a broad consensus: The official poverty rate will rise from 15.1 percent in 2010, climbing as high as 15.7 percent. Several predicted a more modest gain, but even a 0.1 percentage point increase would put poverty at the highest level since 1965.

Attacking men over the size of their genitals should be hide-worthy.

Yes, this insult is typically hurled in debates over gun ownership. I'm not sure what makes this a special occasion, though. When people say "gun owners just want to compensate over having a small penis" that is a sexist remark no matter what debate you're in. It most certainly is not something one would say to a woman who's a gun owner unless it's said by someone who's completely ignorant of human biology.

I'd like to see someone get away with making fun of a woman's genitalia (sight unseen, no less) because of her beliefs. Actually, no, wait, I wouldn't.

That behavior is sexist. It has no place here.

How Outsourced Call Centers Are Costing Millions In Identity Theft

How much of YOUR personal information is being managed in countries that American law enforcement has no jurisdiction over?

http://consumerist.com/2008/10/how-outsourced-call-centers-are-costing-millions-in-identity-theft.html

A former Chase call center rep tells the story about this one thief who was able to rip off one customer for over $40,000, thanks to his constant outwitting out the internationally out-sourced security department. It wasn't that hard. Over and over again, he was able to commit credit card fraud just knowing the guy's name, social, and mother's maiden name.

The Americans would beg and plead with the Filipinos to not unblock the account, and over and over again they would. Says our insider, "if US security had been able to intervene from the get-go, he would never have been able to do so much financial damage. For the rest of his life, the true owner of that account will be dealing with the effects of this crime." It's not the outsourced place's fault, though. They're just following orders. It's whoever designed the laminated binder they were blindly following that should really be held accountable. Read the whole messed-up story below.

Here's the part of the story where some poor guy's account get's completely f-ed. This thief had been bounced to the out-sourced to security so often that he must have made a check list of any possible questions they would ask him. Through whatever means, he managed to get the answers to these questions. Now when he called, he could give us the information we were asking for, but by this point we knew his voice so well that we still tried to get him to security. It worked like this: We put him on hold and dial the extension for security. We get a security rep and start to explain the situation; we tell them he was able to give the right information, but that we know is the same guy that's been calling for weeks and we are certain he is not the account holder. They begrudgingly take the call. Minutes later another one of us gets a call from a security rep saying they are giving us a customer who has been cleared by them. And here the thief was back in our department. For those of us who had come to know him, the fight waged on night after night.

Chase is a revolving door. If you work there longer than a year, you're considered to have seniority. The few of us who knew this account was being raped could do nothing to protect it. Some newbie wouldn't know about the situation and would let the thief have his way with the account. The US security department became aware of the issue and put blocks on the account as well as incredibly long notes that explicitly said to not remove the block for any reason at any time. But sure enough, over and over, the guy would call in overnight, talk to the out-sourced security, and the block would be removed. Again, they were only able to verify with him with information that he was already known to have, yet that never seemed to deter them from clearing him.

Things got quiet for a while, and we thought maybe he'd finally been stopped from unblocking the account. Turns out that he'd actually been caught, but only after more than $40,000 in fraudulent charges on this one account. I cannot stress enough that if US security had been able to intervene from the get-go, he would never have been able to do so much financial damage. For the rest of his life, the true owner of that account will be dealing with the effects of this crime.
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