Lawmaker Seeks FBI Files On Financial Crash; Wants To See Why No Bank Execs Were Arrested – Consumerist
Millions of Americans lost their jobs, houses, savings, and more when the housing market collapsed under the weight of mortgages that should never have been approved, let alone bundled and converted into worthless, toxic securities. And yet, no senior Wall Street bank executives were ever charged with a crime. Now one U.S. congressman is asking to look at the FBI files to find out why. In a letter [PDF] sent yesterday to FBI Director James Comey, Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ) points out that in 2004 — four years before the collapse — the FBI had already expressed concerns about questionable mortgage practices that would ultimately result in the loss of trillions of dollars in household wealth.
A team of Israeli archaeologists have reconstructed the floor tiles used in the biblical Temple of Herod the Great. The find marks a breakthrough in biblical archaeology, but also shows how the Jordanian Waqf, which controls the site, has been careless at best with the site’s Jewish heritage. In 1999, the Waqf which controls the Temple Mount (known as the Haram al-Sharif to Muslims), created a new entrance using bulldozers.
Bloomberg reports, “Monsanto’s ‘reputation is disastrous, it’s a mess,’ said Eric Schiffer, chief executive officer of Irvine, California-based Reputation Managements Consultants.com, an advisory firm. ‘Monsanto is viewed as evil.’
“In the event of a deal, Bayer would probably drop the Monsanto name and conduct a review of its business practices, including how to litigate on patents, Schiffer said. Such moves might encourage investment from money mangers who until now ‘didn’t want to be aligned with evil,’ he said. Bayer declined to comment on Monsanto’s reputation.’”
Monsanto had been aware for 40 years now that glyphosate causes cancer — yet they remain mum about it. This was revealed by a new paper by researchers Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff through an article published by GMWatch. Samsel examined Monsanto’s secret toxicology data after he obtained it through a request to his senator. Both Samsel and Seneff concluded that “significant evidence of tumors was found during the investigations.” They also revealed that Monsanto diluted the data to decrease its significance by including data and statistics from unrelated experiments to create doubt and obscure significant evidences.
The FBI is warning all states to tighten security measures related to their online election systems after hackers successfully infiltrated one state board of election and targeted another, ABC News has confirmed. “The FBI is requesting that states contact their Board of Elections and determine if any similar activity … has been detected,” the agency’s Cyber Division said in a bulletin recently sent to private-industry partners across the country.
Police in Sao Paulo have used tear gas to disperse a crowd of supporters of suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on the day she is set to testify at her impeachment trial to deny accusations of hurting the economy with alleged budget manipulations.
Pope Francis gets model of Facebook’s solar-powered drone designed to ‘deliver message of hope’ — RT News
The founder of Facebook and philanthropist Mark Zuckerberg has welcomed the Vatican’s dream of alleviating poverty through the use of modern technology by presenting Pope Francis with a scale model of Aquila, Facebook’s solar-powered internet-transmitting aircraft. In a private audience with the head of the Catholic Church, Zuckerberg and his wife took the time to tell Pope Francis of their admiration for “his message of mercy and tenderness, and how he’s found new ways to communicate with people of every faith around the world.”
Editor’s note: Woe when men speak well of you