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SNL – Democratic Debate Featuring Larry David as Bernie Sanders

Awesome stuff. Larry David was the perfect pick to play Bernie and he was spot on!

Is New York Asking Too Much from Tax Paying Parents?

There was a time when all a parent had to buy for their child, to prepare them for the new school year, was a few notebooks and an assortment of writing/drawing utensils. Well, like the classic Bob Dylan song puts it, “the times, they are a changing.”

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For Hackers, Medical Records Are the New Gold – Via Yahoo Finance

ios-hackThis is sort of scary.

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Adventures in Facebook Friending


Facebook, it’s a brand name that is a part of the global lexicon. Many visit the site daily to check out their friends’ status and chat. The site has created a new verb “to friend,” or as the Urban Dictionary defines it, “the act of requesting someone to be your friend on, in which they can accept or reject you.” This unique way of growing one’s digital inner circle creates moments that can be awkward and unnerving.

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Shooting and Murder Rates Higher in 2015


Despite a decline in overall crime rates since 2001, shootings and murders are on the rise in New York City. There were 149 shootings and 54 violent deaths (nine in the Bronx) by March 2nd of 2015, both up 20% from this time last year. The New York Police Department has responded by increasing patrols in troubled neighborhoods and by installing ShotSpotter, a gun shot detection system, in areas of high gun violence.

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US Government Has Questions to Answer After Major Leaks from HSBC Bank – Via The Guardian

The US financial agencies “got sum splaining to do”. Interesting excerpts to come out of this article are below:

-“We acknowledge and are accountable for past compliance and control failures,” the bank said in a statement. The Swiss arm, the statement said, had not been fully integrated into HSBC after its purchase in 1999, allowing “significantly lower” standards of compliance and due diligence to persist. (riiiiiiight)

-Public disclosure of the leaked files comes at a critical moment for HSBC in the US, where prosecutors have already warned the bank is operating under a “sword of Damocles”. HSBC global and its US bank was forced to pay a $1.9bn fine two years ago after the DoJ uncovered evidence HSBC subsidiaries had enabled clients to breach US sanctions against Cuba, Sudan and Iran and, due to oversight failures, allowed Mexican drug cartels launder billions of dollars.

via US government faces pressure after biggest leak in banking history | News | The Guardian.

Obama Solidifying his Legacy with Succesful Forward Thinking…Crazy Right? – BBC News

Barack Obama


Really good read from Echo Chambers. Key excerpts below:

-That briefing came in the wake of a number of other decisive moves from the White House. In the last two months Obama announced an overhaul of the country’s immigration system that extended protection to millions of illegal immigrants, signed off a law that will reduce ozone emissions by power plants and factories, and broke with 50 years of precedent by moving to normalise relations with Cuba.

-This past quarter, the US economy grew at its fasted rate in 11 years –up by 5%, an adjustment from the original estimate of 3.9%.

BBC News – Is an energised Obama’s stock on the rise?.

US and Nato Formally End War in Afghanistan – The Guardian

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Resolute Support will serve as the bedrock of an enduring partnership” between Nato and Afghanistan, Campbell told an audience of Afghan and international military officers and officials, as well as diplomats and journalists. He paid tribute to the international and Afghan troops who have died fighting the insurgency, saying: “The road before us remains challenging but we will triumph.”

From 1 January, the new mission will provide training and support for Afghanistan’s military, with the US accounting for almost 11,000 members of the residual force.

My thoughts:

It’s good to see a semi-official end to the war over there. But knowing that 11,000 American soldiers will still be stationed there for the duration is unfortunate. I, and I’m sure many Americans, would love to see a total and complete end to our presence there. But just like in Iraq, sometimes the mess you make has a much longer clean-up than expected.

via US and Nato formally end war in Afghanistan with Kabul ceremony | World news | The Guardian.

Could New York Become the Colorado of the East?

The question of legalizing marijuana has become one of the true hot-button topics of this generation. Could New York be the next state to battle over this topic in the political arena? Paving its way to become the Colorado of the east coast?

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Powtoon Animation: Benefits of Marijuana Legalization

This is a short animation I made myself, in about (30 minutes) using the PowToon free animation website. A story in more detail will come in the next couple of weeks. Enjoy.