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Sure They Are Following The Rules

…But what about the “unknown unknowns” that they might be guilty of if the US knew what they were?

The BBC version: UN mixed on Iran nuclear report

The UN nuclear watchdog has said Iran has provided it with information about its past nuclear activities as agreed under a work plan made in August.

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November 15, 2007   Comments Off on Sure They Are Following The Rules

Bank Shot

You’ll never believe the latest “outrage” by “an activist judge” – banks are being required to prove they actually hold the mortgage when they foreclose on a someone’s home.

This was noted by the Pensacola Beach Blog in The Bank You Know…, and Susie Madrak in Roadblock linking to an article in the New York Times: Foreclosures Hit a Snag for Lenders

“The big issue in all these cases, whether we are dealing with a bankruptcy court, a state court or a federal court, is who really owns the mortgage note, and that is allegedly what they securitized,” said O. Max Gardner III, a lawyer who represents borrowers in foreclosure in Shelby, N.C. “A collateral question is, has that mortgage note really been transferred and assigned to the securitization trust? If not, then they really don’t have standing. It’s Law School 101.”

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November 15, 2007   4 Comments

Back To The Beginning

The BBC reports on the re-birth of one of the earliest computers: Colossus cracks codes once more

Colossus is widely recognised as being one of the first recognisably modern digital computers and was developed to read messages sent by the German commanders during the closing years of WWII.

It was one of the first ever programmable computers and featured more than 2,000 valves and was the size of a small truck.

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November 15, 2007   4 Comments

I’m Sick Of Saying This

The crime rate in the United States is directly proportional to the number of males in the 15 to 45 year old age group. Crimes increase when that number goes up and decrease when that number goes down. If you want to plan for future increases or decrease in activity in the criminal justice system that is the gold standard of indicators.

The “Baby Boom” started in 1946. In 1992 the “Boomers” started turning 46 and passing out of that group. What do you think happened to the crime rate?

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November 15, 2007   7 Comments