Mortgage brokers to be fingerprinted and registered

Posted July 28th, 2010 by masshole

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mortgage loan originators will have to be fingerprinted and sign up to a central registry to do business in future, according to final rules issued on Wednesday by the Federal Reserve and other regulators.

The rules are part of the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008, also called the S.A.F.E. Act.

They were issued by the Fed, Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, Office of Thrift Supervision, Farm Credit Administration and National Credit Union Administration.

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The Death Throes of Pro-IP Libertarianism

Posted July 28th, 2010 by Deslock Darkstar

The latest in the Intellectual Property debate...
From Mises Daily: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 by Stephan Kinsella

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Oakland Gives Final OK To Large-Scale Pot Farms

Posted July 28th, 2010 by rancemuhamitz

Under the plan, which would take effect in January, license recipients would be heavily taxed and regulated. They would have to pay the city $211,000 in annual permit fees, carry $2 million in liability insurance and be prepared to devote up to 8 percent of gross sales to taxes.

The measure also would require bidders to meet certain labor, environmental and product safety standards.

However, there would be no size restrictions on the facilities.

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Kop runs over lady while in hot pursuit of open container vigilante

Posted July 27th, 2010 by berserker13

OVER-THE-RHINE, Ohio - Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher says a woman has died after she was run over by a cruiser driven by a Cincinnati police officer in Over-the-Rhine on Tuesday.

Streicher says the officer was patrolling Washington Park when he made a turn off of a walking path and accidentally struck the woman.
Family members identify the victim as 48-year-old Joann Burton.
Witnesses tell 9 News Burton was lying on the ground in blankets when she was run over by the cruiser around 11:45 a.m.

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Ripping DVDs and Jailbreaking now Legal in the US

Posted July 27th, 2010 by rancemuhamitz

This is simply awesome! Today the US Copyright Office issued new rules that make it legal to make changes to your device and software. This means now you can jailbreak your iphone or rip a DVD that you own!

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US Military Unable to Account for Over $9 BILLION Dollars

Posted July 27th, 2010 by Pilot_MKN

A US federal watchdog has criticised the US military for failing to account properly for billions of dollars it received to help rebuild Iraq.

(They sure as hell won't just 'criticize' you or I if we did the same thing....

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Judge Declares First Amendment Doesn't Matter

Posted July 27th, 2010 by thinkliberty

According to The National Law Journal, D.C. Superior Court Judge Judith Bartnoff signed a temporary restraining order barring it from publishing the material the reporter had found out, specifically saying that The National Law Journal could not name the government agency that was involved in a regulatory inquiry into one of the participants in the lawsuit. When the NLJ reporter pointed to the First Amendment, the judge allegedly replied that she did not care:

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San Francisco Cops Shut Down Kids' Lemonade Stand

Posted July 27th, 2010 by EternityAblaze

The law is the law -- come what may.

So when the police sergeant in this photo gave the heave-ho to dozens of bell-ringing Mexican ice cream vendors during yesterday's San Francisco Symphony event at Dolores Park -- bell-ringing and classical music do not a mixture make -- he felt compelled to turn his attention upon the cherubic kiddies hawking lemonade and brownies...

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Nobody wants to talk about war anymore

Posted July 26th, 2010 by slimey

Something that crosses my mind a lot is how little anti-war and pro-war talk there is. I mean, even though I am only a quarter century old, I remember times seeing news of large protests against the war and people actually debating the purpose and the pros and cons to it choosing sides.

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CNN Host Calls for Crackdown on 'Bloggers' in Wake of Sherrod Incident

Anchors Kyra Phillips and John Roberts discussed the "mixed blessing of the internet," and agreed that there should be a crackdown on anonymous bloggers who disparage others on the internet.

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Modern slavery. H.R. 5741 introduced by Charles Rangle.

Posted July 26th, 2010 by suicide2121

H.R. 5741 introduced by Charles Rangle has been introduced to a congressional Committee. The bill requires every citizen of the United States, and every other person residing in the United States, who is between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform a period of national service as prescribed in this title unless exempted under the provisions of this title.

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Inspired PorcFest 2010 Attendees Feed The Homeless In Orlando Florida

Posted July 26th, 2010 by TJLawJX

Successful civil disobedience in response to Orlando Florida's unjust laws preventing peaceful people from feeding other peaceful people in public places.

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Open container health suggestion.

Posted July 26th, 2010 by NonE

Open container activism: By now everyone should know that drinking water from plastic containers may be bad for your health due to BPA, a chemical coating additive. With that in mind, I make this suggestion: Collect nice beer bottles, wash them, fill them with good water, and use them everywhere you go to drink good, clean, healthy water. Use them to drink water while you drive. Use them to drink water while walking down the street. Use them to drink water as you interact with government agencies. Here's to your health and fun, too!

- NonEntity

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One of the biggest leaks in US military history.

Posted July 26th, 2010 by Kirill134

One of the biggest leaks in US military history has exposed several cover-ups over the war in Afghanistan, including the deaths of hundreds of civilians.

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Ron Paul: 850,000 share "top secret" U.S. access

Posted July 26th, 2010 by dadaorwell

NPR was up in arms a while back about Croatia's dozen or so presidential-security bureaucracies. But how much have they questioned the 1271 government-security bureaucracies in America?

Read more » helping Obama with that “transparency” thing

Posted July 26th, 2010 by loungedaddy

Gosh, wasn’t Obama going to be bringing transparency? Guess that didn’t work out too well after the election wrapped. Funny how those promises get broken. Sometimes we forget that politicians don’t have convictions. They only have platforms.

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SF Underground Farmers Market

Posted July 26th, 2010 by losingfeeling

"To sell at a farmers market, you need to produce your wares in a commercial kitchen. This is an impossible expense for many of us, so the underground farmers market is about helping to get some exposure for all of our fellow producers without the cash for a commercial kitchen."

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2010 Q2 NPMSRP National Police Misconduct Statistical Report

Posted July 25th, 2010 by penn

The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project as started in 2009 as a method of recording and analyzing police misconduct in the US.
From 01/10 through 06/10 there were:
* 2,541 Unique reports of police misconduct cited.
* 3,240 Law enforcement officers cited in recorded police misconduct reports.
* 178 Of the law enforcement officers reported were departmental leaders, police chiefs, and sheriffs.
* 4,199 Alleged victims of police misconduct associated with these reports.
* 124 Fatalities associated with these reports.

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AGAINST SCHOOL: How public education cripples our kids, and why

Posted July 25th, 2010 by penn

In 1918, Alexander Inglis said about the true goal of public education "Divide children by subject, by age-grading, by constant rankings on tests, and by many other more subtle means, and it was unlikely that the ignorant mass of mankind, separated in childhood, would ever re-integrate into a dangerous whole."
1) The adjustive or adaptive function.
2) The integrating function.
3) The diagnostic and directive function.
4) The differentiating function.
5) The selective function.
6) The propaedeutic function.

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22 Statistics That Prove The Middle Class Is Being Wiped Out

Posted July 25th, 2010 by think4yourself

The 22 statistics that you are about to read prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the middle class is being systematically wiped out of existence in America.

The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer at a staggering rate. Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world, but now that is changing at a blinding pace. (Click link on article to see 22 Statistics.)

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