The New York Police Department will no longer allow local precincts to release to the media information about crime in communities they serve. Taking the place of that long-standing practice is a new one: talk to the PR guys at headquarters.
News website DNAinfo New York reports that “the city’s 77 police precincts [are] to stop giving out any information to the media about crimes taking place in their neighborhoods, cutting off a long-standing source of information for New Yorkers.”
According to a terse NYPD edict transmitted citywide, precinct commanders were instructed: “Any requests by media to view complaint reports be referred to the office of the Deputy Commissioner For Public Information.”
The NYPD’s public information office, known as DCPI, typically disseminates only select major crimes such as murders, sexual assaults and grand larcenies, but often does not include lower level neighborhood crimes. Those complaints could traditionally be found at the precinct, a reliable source for information of interest for residents.
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Given that Americans are overwhelmingly concerned about the Federal government’s surveillance efforts in the wake of leaks providing evidence that the National Security Agency has abused its powers and routinely disregarded privacy protections, officials at the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office appear oblivious of current events or are simply unconcerned about the image they present to the American people.
A spy satellite named NROL-39, launched by the office Thursday night, features a new logo portraying a sinister-looking octopus wrapping its tentacles around the globe. A tagline at the bottom of the logo informs: “NOTHING IS BEYOND OUR REACH.”
After questions about the logo intended message arose, an agency spokesperson told Forbes that the logo was not meant to have a sinister connotation.
“NROL-39 is represented by the octopus, a versatile, adaptable, and highly intelligent creature. Emblematically, enemies of the United States can be reached no matter where they choose to hide,” said Karen Furgerson. “‘Nothing is beyond our reach’ defines this mission and the value it brings to our nation and the warfighters it supports, who serve valiantly all over the globe, protecting our nation.”
The California Medical Association (CMA), the State’s largest physician’s organization, estimates that 70 percent of doctors won’t participate in Covered California, the State’s Obamacare health insurance exchange.
That prediction comes after the CMA reviewed Obamacare coverage forecasts provided by independent insurance brokers, even though Covered California is touting an expected 85 percent doctor participation rate.
CMA’s vice president of medical and regulatory policy, Lisa Folberg, told the Washington Examiner that Covered California comes by its 85 percent participation figure through some optimistic statistical legerdemain.
“Some physicians have been put in the network and they were included basically without their permission,” she said.
That’s because Covered California is using a pre-deployment document released in May that came out before doctors had a chance to respond to a memo of understanding with Obamacare insurers. The doctors’ reticence then was understandable – they hadn’t seen a rate schedule, so they had no idea what kind of compensation they were being asked to accept.
“Only in September did insurance companies disclose that their rates would be pegged to California’s Medicaid plan, called Medi-Cal,” reports the Examiner’s Richard Pollock. “That’s driven many doctors to just say no.”
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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.
- The Affordable Care Act is “intentionally designed to screw over young people” who are being forced to pay higher premiums, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says. “It wasn’t a mistake. This thing was not an accident,” Priebus told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV on Thursday. “Obamacare was intentionally designed to screw over young people so that young people pay for everyone else’s stuff. It’s about time that we start telling the truth and quit monkeying around with talking points and go right to the American people and right to young people and say exactly what I just said,” Priebus said. Source: Newsmax…
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- President Obama rejected the notion that the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party groups was illegal — or even improper — during his interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Thursday. “And by the way, Chris, I’ll point out that there are some so-called progressives and, you know, perceived to be liberal commentators who during that week were just as outraged at the possibility that these folks, you know, had — had been, you know, at the direction of — the Democratic Party, in some way — discriminated against these folks.” Source: The Daily Caller…
Well, isn’t that special? Now that the Obamacare website has been “fixed” (more on that travesty in a moment), the Administration of President Barack Obama has announced it will ramp up efforts to build support for its takeover of the American healthcare system. I can hardly wait.
The New York Times reported the Administration is preparing “a daily barrage of more positive messages about the health care law during the next several weeks — some to be delivered by Mr. Obama personally.” And it quoted one anonymous official as promising: “Every day, there will be something coming out of the White House.”
The new propaganda effort kicked off two days ago, with a speech by the President to a White House Youth Summit meeting. Interestingly enough, that was the same day a new poll was released, showing that the President and his signature healthcare measure have become strikingly unpopular with a group that used to be his most fervid supporters: the so-called millennials.
A new poll from Harvard University’s Institute of Politics confirms just how much support Obama and his signature healthcare legislation have lost among young people between the ages of 18 and 29.
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Media buzz surrounding Bitcoin has grown in recent months as the digital currency has gained wider acceptance among investors, retailers, economists and even regulators. The ongoing mainstreaming of the online currency, which was once thought attractive only to gold bugs, hardline libertarians, Federal Reserve critics and drug dealers, has driven up the value of the digital currency greatly. And while some skeptics say that Bitcoin fans should brace for a bust, individuals and institutions who are supporters of the new currency are working to ensure its longevity.
During a recent Senate hearing regarding Bitcoin and other digital currencies, Ben Bernanke told lawmakers that virtual currencies may hold “long-term promise.” Shortly thereafter, the value of Bitcoins broke the $1,000 mark.
Bitcoin is recognized as the world’s first completely open financial network. The virtual currency is decentralized, meaning that hundreds of computers all over the Internet process Bitcoin transactions in a peer-to-peer manner. The currency’s structure exempts it from much of the regulatory burden and central bank meddling that accompanies more traditional currencies.
The Washington Post explains:
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A bevy of usual suspects who style themselves as spokesmen for black Americans have come out against the knockout game, with none other than Al Sharpton leading the charge to decry the violent street fad.
Don’t know what the knockout game is? Here you go.
If the pervasiveness of the racial component of the knockout game were nothing more than a racist Tea Party fabrication, wouldn’t the Rev stay quiet, sit back and watch his ideological adversaries make fools of themselves on national TV by overreacting to a few isolated incidents of random, unprovoked black-on-white crime?
Instead, Sharpton and some other people who claim to have their finger on the pulse of American black culture — National Urban League president Marc Morial and rap grandpa Russell Simmons — are joining together in denouncing the attacks and calling on would-be perpetrators to eschew “ugly” racial violence.
Here’s Al in two of his finest smoking jackets, laying nine seconds of smack down on the gamers:
“These kids are targeting innocent people, and in many cases specifically targeting Jewish folks,” Sharpton said in a statement. “We would not be silent if it were the other way around, and we will not be silent now. This behavior is racist, period. And we will not tolerate it.”
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Detroit municipal workers learned Tuesday that promises made by the city and their union leaders that they would have lifetime pensions and healthcare benefits were hollow ones. It’s an ill omen for pensioners across the country.
Detroit is $8 billion in debt, and a Federal judge ruled Tuesday the city can file for bankruptcy in order to develop a plan to reorganize (i.e., stiff bondholders and pensioners). The ruling allows the city to cut worker pensions and retiree health benefits, despite a provision in the Michigan Constitution protecting them.
Bondholders are expected to get back about 18 cents on the dollar, based on a plan previously submitted by the city’s emergency manager. But it’s the effect on public pension holders that is the most significant part of the ruling.
“This is the first opinion of its kind where a bankruptcy court has directly expressed the view that the supremacy of U.S. bankruptcy laws trumps state constitutional protections of public pension holders,” Mark S. Kaufman, senior partner at the Atlanta law firm McKenna, Long & Aldridge, told The Washington Post. “The implications of that decision are significant not only to Detroit but also potentially to other cities gauging their level of fiscal distress and how to deal with it.”
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New York City is sending notices to gun-owning residents — who already must register their weapons and obtain city-specific ownership permits — telling them they must turn in, dispose of or modify any rifles or shotguns equipped to fire more than five rounds of ammunition.
The NYPD is stepping up enforcement of a local gun law that’s been in place for three years, sending out letters to lawful gun owners giving them one of the three options.
This is one of those stories that best unfolds by letting the subject do the talking. Here’s what the letter actually says, with a hat tip to The Truth About Guns blog for posting its contents (the boldface from the original letter is preserved):
It appears that you are in possession of a Rifle and/or Shotgun (listed below) that has an ammunition feeding device capable of holding more than five (5) rounds of ammunition.
Rifles and Shotguns capable of holding more than five (5) rounds of ammunition are unlawful to possess in New York City, as per NYC Administrative Code 10-306 (b).
You have the following options:
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Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has offered a proposal to cut taxes for economically troubled regions of the Nation such as Detroit, which recently filed the biggest bankruptcy in U.S. history, to create “Economic Freedom Zones” as an alternative to dumping grounds for government stimulus.
Paul’s proposed tax cuts would be applied in areas of the Nation where unemployment is 50 percent greater than the national average, in addition to cities that have filed or are at risk of filing for bankruptcy.
“Where we truly think this is different than government stimulus, is that a government stimulus takes money from one area of the country, brings it to Washington, then somebody — a central planner — has to decide who to give it to. The problem is, central planners never are smart enough to know which entrepreneurs will succeed… so they typically give it to the wrong people,” Paul said. “In ours, basically the money will go back to people who the customers have already voted for, businesses that are making a profit, a welding business in Detroit that has 10 employees. They’re the one that’s going to get the taxes back.”
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DURHAM, N.C. — Crystal Mangum, who made national headlines in 2006 for falsely accusing three Duke University lacrosse players of rape, was found guilty Nov. 22 of second-degree murder.
Mangum stabbed her boyfriend, Reginald Daye, with a kitchen knife in 2011 during an argument. Daye, 46, died 10 days later from complications due to the wound. Magnum claimed self-defense for stabbing Daye. She stated that he dragged her by her hair and threatened to pour hot water on her face and make it so no man would want her.
Mangum stated the argument was about her flirting with other men.
Before dying, Daye admitted to dragging Mangum by her hair, but insisted he was attempting to get away when she stabbed him.
Mangum was sentenced to 14 years and two months in prison, with a maximum of 18 years.
Daye’s cousin Tracey Daye-Wilson was relieved by the verdict, saying: “We are just so overwhelmed. I thank God the jury made the correct decision, and we are just very happy.”
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What would you do if you logged in to your bank account one day and it showed that you had a zero balance and that your bank had absolutely no record that you ever had any money in your account at all? What would you do if hackers shut down all online banking and all ATM machines for an extended period of time? What would you do if you requested a credit report and discovered that there were suddenly 50 different versions of “you” all using the same Social Security number? Don’t think that these things can’t happen. According to Symantec, there was a 42 percent increase in cyberattacks against U.S. businesses last year. And according to a recent report in the Telegraph, big banks are being hit with cyberattacks “every minute of every day”. These attacks are becoming more powerful and more sophisticated with each passing year. Most of the time the general public never hears much about the cyberattacks that are actually successful because authorities are determined to maintain confidence in the banking system. But if people actually knew the truth about what was going on, they would not have much confidence at all.
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