Links from The Duran's 'How $65,000 was stolen from each American'

Which is, by the way, an excellent piece.  An excerpt:

Looking into this issue by using data published on the government’s own websites, he found that $21 trillion in unsupported adjustments have been reported by DOD and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the years 1998-2015. That’s $65,000 for every person in AmericaHas Our Government Spent $21 Trillion Of Our Money Without Telling Us?
Jim Minnery of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service traveled the country in 2002 looking for records on $300 million. “We know it’s gone. But we don’t know what they spent it on,” he said. He says higher-ups covered up the problem by writing it off, and he was reassigned.
According to a 2013 Reuters report [“Special Report: The Pentagon’s doctored ledgers conceal epic waste”], the Pentagon is the only federal agency that has not complied with a 1996 law [actually a 1992 law that took effect in 1996] that requires annual audits of all government departments.
The Pentagon has spent tens of billions of dollars to upgrade to new, more efficient technology in order to become audit-ready. But many of these new systems have failed, either unable to perform all the jobs they were meant to do or scrapped altogether.
That Reuters article says:
“Linda Woodford spent the last 15 years of her career inserting phony numbers in the U.S. Department of Defense’s accounts. Every month until she retired in 2011, she says, the day came when the Navy would start dumping numbers on the Cleveland, Ohio, office of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the Pentagon’s main accounting agency. Using the data they received, Woodford and her fellow DFAS accountants there set about preparing monthly reports to square the Navy’s books with the U.S. Treasury’s – a balancing-the-checkbook maneuver required of all the military services and other Pentagon agencies. And every month, they encountered the same problem. Numbers were missing. Numbers were clearly wrong. Numbers came with no explanation of how the money had been spent or which congressional appropriation it came from. For those, Woodford and her colleagues were told by superiors to take ‘unsubstantiated change actions’ – in other words, enter false numbers, commonly called ‘plugs,’ to make the Navy’s totals match the Treasury’s.”
This is also standard operating procedure for the other defense branches. Difficulties included a massive backlog of audits meant to ensure that vendor contracts had been fulfilled.
In a December interview on USAWatchdog (Dr. Mark Skidmore – $21 Trillion Missing from US Federal Budget), an online news outlet run by former CNN and ABC News correspondent Greg Hunter, Dr. Skidmore said he frequently consults for local governments, and undocumentable adjustments, while common, are never more than one percent of the budget. In the case of the Army in 2015, the adjustment was over 50 times their budget for that year.
Of the missing $21 trillion he discovered, $11.5 trillion was for the Army, usually on the expenditure side. But in the 2016 OIG report for 2015, he found a single transfer from the Treasury to the Army of $800 billion when their budget was only $122 billion. The additional $688 billion had not been appropriated by Congress, and the Army doesn’t know what it was spent on.
Read more here
& ty Blacklisted News despite your having been overrun by conservatives
 

And the links:


Because... DUH. (Prospects Of Historic Peace With DPRK No Longer Threatened By US, S Korea Drill)


WTF did we think he would think?

From Zero Hedge (via Blacklisted News):





I found myself holding my breath; unfortunately it has become rare to see evidence that adults are in charge.

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Google's Short-Lived Ban On The Word "Gun" Included "Glue Gun" And "Shogun"




















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The Least Anyone With An Opinion Should Know About Global Warming | VIDEO

...in three minutes and sixteen seconds:



The least anyone should know, that is, whether or not they 'believe' (in) it.

Indeed, if one is not to risk being called an ass hat,** one may find it useful to actually be familiar with a subject in order to have an opinion about it.*

*An uninformed opinion, the quintessence of irrelevance, is not worth as much as the air, time, kilo-calories, etc., by means of the waste of which it seemingly was communicated. Ideally, communication, lest it risk being an empty referent, as an activity encompasses only that which may be said with a straight face to have meaning on some level.





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Music What Kicketh Political Arse | Tim Minchin (NSFW) (MUST SEE)

This installment of M.W.K.P.A., if it is lucky, gets to introduce you to one of the brightest bulbs in the twenty-first century's collective chandelier, Mr. Tim Minchin.  He is the only luminary to date for whom it appears more appropriate for the transcribed lyrics to follow, rather than precede, the audio-visual presentation.

Almost everything I have heard by him to date qualifies for this honor, but today, in belated observance of the October 4th anniversary of the day Sinead O'Connor tried to tell us what was up, I offer my Gentle Readers this fine and fitting bit of song:

Sit down, pay attention, and enjoy.






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LEST WE FORGET : WHY FRIDAY THE 13TH BECAME UNLUCKY


from Wikipedia, emphasis mine:


...criminal charges that had been made two years earlier by an ousted Templar and were being discussed by King Philip IV of France and his ministers. It was generally agreed that the charges were false, but Clement sent the king a written request for assistance in the investigation. According to some historians, King Philip, who was already deeply in debt to the Templars from his war with the English, decided to seize upon the rumours for his own purposes. He began pressuring the church to take action against the order, as a way of freeing himself from his debts.  
At dawn on Friday, 13 October 1307 (a date sometimes linked with the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition) King Philip IV ordered de Molay and scores of other French Templars to be simultaneously arrested. The arrest warrant started with the phrase: "Dieu n'est pas content, nous avons des ennemis de la foi dans le Royaume" ["God is not pleased. We have enemies of the faith in the kingdom"]. Claims were made that during Templar admissions ceremonies, recruits were forced to spit on the Cross, deny Christ, and engage in indecent kissing; brethren were also accused of worshipping idols, and the order was said to have encouraged homosexual practices. The Templars were charged with numerous other offences such as financial corruption, fraud, and secrecy. Many of the accused confessed to these charges under torture, and their confessions, even though obtained under duress, caused a scandal in Paris. The prisoners were coerced to confess that they had spat on the Cross: "Moi, Raymond de La Fère, 21 ans, reconnais que [j'ai] craché trois fois sur la Croix, mais de bouche et pas de cœur" (free translation: "I, Raymond de La Fère, 21 years old, admit that I have spat three times on the Cross, but only from my mouth and not from my heart"). The Templars were accused of idolatry and were suspected of worshipping either a figure known as Baphomet or a mummified severed head they recovered, amongst other artefacts, at their original headquarters on the Temple Mount that many scholars theorise might have been that of John the Baptist, among other things. 
Relenting to Phillip's demands, Pope Clement then issued the papal bull Pastoralis Praeeminentiae on 22 November 1307, which instructed all Christian monarchs in Europe to arrest all Templars and seize their assets. Pope Clement called for papal hearings to determine the Templars' guilt or innocence, and once freed of the Inquisitors' torture, many Templars recanted their confessions. Some had sufficient legal experience to defend themselves in the trials, but in 1310, having appointed the archbishop of Sens, Philippe de Marigny, to lead the investigation, Philip blocked this attempt, using the previously forced confessions to have dozens of Templars burned at the stake in Paris.
With Philip threatening military action unless the pope complied with his wishes, Pope Clement finally agreed to disband the order, citing the public scandal that had been generated by the confessions. At the Council of Vienne in 1312, he issued a series of papal bulls, including Vox in excelso, which officially dissolved the order, and Ad providam, which turned over most Templar assets to the Hospitallers.
Do read more.  Fascinating, how easy it is to exploit and profit by evil, when you have power in the first place.  Funny too, all that about inappropriate or indecent kissing.  Not really that funny.

Just ask Sinead O'Connor (like some journo with balls should've at the time -- Oh that's right -- never mind) 

There is only always and already one thing on the collective mind of the Catholic Church:




Of course it couldn't be anything healthy, could it.  This would be because they only see themselves, and they hate themselves.  Funny, that.  Actually funny: because I hate them too.  And, they're not the only religion with the problem.  These last to sentiments best summed up, respectively, by one Tim Minchin.







"Because," I roundly say,  all references intentional, "...Love is here, get used to it."


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