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Investigative Documentary Exposes Reasons Behind Non-Prosecution of Goldman Sachs; Includes Full Transcript

March 23rd, 2016

Last Friday a remarkably well-produced investigative video was released on YouTube by John Titus under the username “BestEvidence”. John Titus is known for his role in the production of Bailout, a movie that explains the political corruption and financial crimes that occurred during the era of the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent bailouts of “too big to fail” global banks.

This latest video is titled “The Veneer of Justice in a Kingdom of Crime”, and it investigates the question of why Goldman Sachs and other “too big to fail” financial institutions have managed to avoid prosecution for fraud or other financial crimes in spite of the fact that many other reports, for example the Untouchables episode that aired on PBS Frontline back in 2013, seemed to expose and implicate them. The video does a very good job of connecting the metaphorical dots and showing the extent to which political corruption in the United States, along with the influence of global banks, has effectively subverted the rule of law and rendered a certain elite class of people immune from prosecution.

After watching this enlightening documentary I searched online for a transcript but could not find one at the time, so after several hours of rather tedious work, I managed to compose a text transcript of it myself. I have posted this text below the video.

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Starbucks Frappuccino Replica Recipe

March 19th, 2016

starbucks-frappuccino-bottles.pngOne of the most popular drinks produced by the famous Starbucks coffee houses is the Frappuccino, an iced coffee beverage designed for those who would rather cool down on a hot day instead of drinking a traditional cup of hot coffee. Over the past few years, Starbucks has distributed a bottled version of the drink to stores and supermarkets around the country. After noticing that a few other people had developed an affinity for the drink, I looked at the ingredients list on the bottles and decided to try making my own “copycat” version to see if I could bring the taste and flavor close enough to the original to qualify it as an acceptable alternative.

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Amazon Makes Minor Changes to Its Affiliate Program

July 31st, 2013

amazon-associate-logo.jpgIt has been a while since I have managed to put a post together and I definitely need to catch up on some things, but until then I figured that I might as well give anyone who happens to land on the home page a quick “heads up” on some changes that will be happening with Amazon’s affiliate program, Amazon Associates.

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How to Make Lutenitza

March 16th, 2013

lutenitza-jar.jpgLutenitza is a traditional Bulgarian relish that is often used as a spread with bread or toast, and may also be used as an accompaniment to foods such as grilled meats, meatballs, or even chips (fried potatoes). Variations of lutenitza, including ajvar and pindjur, are popular in the Balkan countries of Serbia and Macedonia. Traditionally lutenitza is prepared and stored in jars as a way of preserving surplus vegetables during the winter.

I first discovered lutenitza while browsing through the international foods section of our local Big Lots store. After noticing that it was made in Bulgaria and included ingredients that were similar to vegetables that I was already growing in the garden, I decided to give it a try. Although it is essentially a combination of vegetables (typically red bell peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and occasionally carrots) minced and mixed together, lutenitza has a distinctive taste derived from the grilling or roasting technique used to cook the vegetables and facilitate removal of their skins. Salt and sugar are usually added to enhance the overall flavor.

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Humorous Examples of Ignorance in America

March 14th, 2013

ignorant-americans.jpgWhen former president George W. Bush asked the question, “Is our children learning?” (Florence, South Carolina, January 11, 2000), somehow I suspected that the status of education in the United States was unlikely to improve over the next few years, and that ignorance in America would continue to flourish. A few days ago I encountered some particularly humorous examples of such ignorance while reading through the Friday Funnies section of the Casey Daily Dispatch (the remainder of the linked article makes for an interesting read as well, although the other subjects addressed are much more serious). Supposedly these questions and answers were from previous student responses to the GED examinations dating back to 2000, although I was unable to track down the primary source for them.

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Reasons to Tutor Online

February 15th, 2013

online-tutoring.jpgA good way to make money from home is to tutor online. Several options exist for experts in all sorts of fields. Whether you are a certified math teacher or you have a passion for gardening, put your knowledge to work tutoring others online.


Some sites such as Ed2Go, BuddySchool, and Fortemall allow teachers to develop their own content, charge what they want, and schedule their classes. These types of tutoring platforms can help the independent tutor who does not have her own tutoring software. Use these sites’ software for your classes. You can often list your services for free. You may have to pay a small fee for advertising to get your name out so students can see it, however.

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5 Great Tourist Attractions in Norway

January 15th, 2013

norway-travel-photo.jpgWith its beautiful fjord-shaped coastline, ski resorts, woods, and mountains, Norway attracts many visitors who enjoy hiking, skiing, and mountaineering. Compared to other places in Europe, Norway has fewer castles to serve as tourist attractions. But many parts of the country remain unspoiled and are sparsely populated, thus the picturesque natural environment in Norway is the main reason several hundred thousands of tourists visit the country every year.

When you vacation in Norway, do not look for the ornate palaces and cathedrals seen in most European countries. Instead, check out these five great tourist attractions.

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The New Lytro Camera with Light Field Sensor

January 11th, 2013

lytro-camera-review.jpgAlmost two years ago, the startup company Lytro announced that it was going to revolutionize the world of digital cameras, and just recently they finally announced their first line of products. The Lytro cameras boast new cutting edge technology that lives up to the hype that the company stirred up, allowing consumers to take and experience pictures in a whole new way. However, this doesn’t change the fact that fewer people are buying point and shoot digital cameras, since many people simply choose to take pictures with their smartphones instead.

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Nikon D7000 Camera Review

August 15th, 2012

nikon-d7000-camera.jpgThe Nikon D7000 was first announced in September of 2010 as an anticipated successor to the D90. This model of the Nikon began shipping in October of 2010. Since its departure from Nikon to the consumer, it has since been earning respect for being very close in specifications to its semi-pro relative, the D3005.

In comparison to the D90, both cameras are very similar. The first difference that one notices from the D90 to the D7000 is the feel of the camera. The D7000 has a much heftier feel to the hand thanks to its shell that is made from a magnesium alloy. This gives it that more substantial feel of professional cameras. Nikon has also added a thicker rubber to the grip area that makes for easier operation. This thicker coating is also found on the back of the camera, a new addition that gives it better holding power.

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Six Important Steps to Take When You Are Desperate for Money

July 30th, 2012

money-bag.jpgWith the hard economic times that so many people in the world are facing today, you could easily find yourself in a situation where you are desperate for money. Before you start looking at crazy schemes to earn money fast or decide to rob a bank, there are six important steps that you need to take in order to ensure that you do not create even more problems in your attempt to get out of your current money crunch.

1. Stop and take a deep breath. You will not be able to resolve your problem in a positive way if you are not calm and thinking clearly. When you are desperate for money, you could easily go into “panic mode”. When you operate in this mode, you are less likely to solve the problem, and more likely to make it worse.

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Eucalyptus Oil Uses and Benefits

June 28th, 2012

eucalyptus-leaves.jpgEucalyptus is one of the most popular essential oils. It is a common ingredient in many cold and flu remedies, and its scent is familiar to most people. Eucalyptus essential oil has a wide range of uses: it is a good home remedy for colds and coughs and it can be added into bath and massage oil blends to relieve muscular aches and pains.

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