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More winter? The groundhog says…

Ground Hog Day

Banking Giant Accused of Laundering Billions

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NEW YORK – A former employee of HSBC in New York has 1,000 pages of customer account records he claims are evidence of an international money-laundering scheme involving hundreds of billions of dollars by the global banking giant, which reportedly is under investigation by a U.S. Senate committee.

John Cruz: “When I began bringing to the attention of my supervisors suspicious activity in accounts that needed to be reported to legal authorities, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, I was told to shut up,” he said.  He ended up writing a book titled World Banking World Fraud, published Oct. 7, 2011, because nobody would listen to him

Also:

The Impending Undeclared Default Of 5 Major US Banks

 

Romney Plays Trump Card… In Vegas

Real estate developer Donald Trump endorses U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's candidacy for president as Romney and his wife Ann look on at the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Romney gets Trumps endorsement for the White House and pretty much ends rumors and fear of a 3rd party Trump run~

House votes to repeal part of 2010 health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-led House on Wednesday voted to repeal a financially troubled part of the 2010 health care law that was designed to provide affordable long-term care insurance.

The House vote comes months after the Obama administration suspended the Community Living Assistance Services and Support program, known as the CLASS Act.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in October said she was unable to find a way to make the program financially solvent.

Still, the White House has said it does not support repealing the program, under which workers would pay a monthly premium during their careers and collect a daily cash benefit if they become disabled later in life.

Republicans have targeted the program as part of their overall goal of dismantling the health care overhaul law. Action on the bill in the Democratic-controlled Senate is uncertain.

The House vote was 267-159, with 28 Democrats joining all 239 voting Republicans in support.  (Read Full Article Here)

San Onofre Nuclear Plant Closed After Radiation Leak

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A small quantity of radioactive gas leaked inside one of the buildings at San Onofre nuclear power plant north of San Diego, according to a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Officials say the radiation leak likely occurred in the steam generator tubes of San Onofre’s reactor #3. The steam system, which is supposed to be shielded from exposure to radiation, was replaced in December 2010. Alexander said plant officials will be conducting an investigation into why the new steam tubes leaked. San Onofre is one of dozens of U.S. reactors facing new scrutiny after Japan’s nuclear crisis. It… Full article HERE.  Some old CA volcanoes are also acting up

Meteor Streaks Across North Texas Sky

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The FAA has confirmed a meteor likely passed across the sky of the Southwest United States Wednesday night, with many people in the Dallas/Fort Worth area hearing and feeling the sonic boom.

The meteor, which was reported from everywhere from San Antonio to Oklahoma City, was spotted around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Kevin Palivec, a former television photographer in the Abilene area captured video of the meteor on two remote cameras 60 miles apart. Images from the cameras show a bright streak passing overhead.  See Video Here and Here.

TUNGUSKA GENETIC ANOMALY AND  ELECTROPHONIC METEORS
http://www.actaphys.uj.edu.pl/vol36/pdf/v36p0935.pdf

Pork Chops and Bacon in Texas

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Texas pig …Over 1,800 lb. wild boar, cousin of the razor back shot and killed in Conroe, Texas near the county airport (a small community just east of Conroe & north of The Woodlands & Houston). Did you ever wonder what happens to those people that just leave home and disappear but their car is found out on a dirt road?  There was a documentary on about a month ago about these PIGS growing up rapidly in the US.

About Ask Marion

I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place".
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