Septaper Surprise!: 20 Wonky Financial Slang Terms You Probably Didn’t Know


Terms that are use to obfuscate financial transitions.
Note: add to data mining research programs

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Slang, linguist Jonathan Lighter once wrote, is a way to convey an insider’s wry appraisal, something to boost a slangster’s ego by showing familiarity with concepts that bemuse others. That description may help explain why slang is so prevalent in the financial world, a generally bemusing place where insider knowledge reigns supreme.

Right now, the wonky buzzwords making the rounds are Septaper and Octaper. Financial analysts had predicted that September would be a time for tapering, a drop-off in bond-buying that the Fed has been doing to keep interest rates in check. That hasn’t happened yet—which was a “Septaper surprise” to analysts—but the annals of wonky Wall Street buzzwords do, at least, have another entry.

Here are some other weird and wacky financial slang terms, with definitions derived from Oxford University Press’s specialized dictionaries:

alligator spread (n.): any spread (the difference between the buying and selling price) in which any…

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THEFT SUSPECTED ARRESTED IN NYC


This is a job well done and reassuring.

At first glance it sounds common, someone was arrested for theft in NYC, not much of a extraordinary story there.

What makes it good news was the tip from the public in a NYC closed a fraud and corruption case in Georgia. That is awesome. It gives optimism that the soap-boxing, the spiels, and the chalk talks of curbing corruption at the grassroots is taking hold.
That is pretty awesome of you Mr. NYC person! Thanks for helping curb fraud and corruption!

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Blog

SAVANNAH, GA (September 24, 2013): A tip from the public has helped Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police coordinate with New York City police to arrest a Savannah man wanted on theft and deception charges.

Daniel Emanuel Alvin, 46, was arrested on a Savannah warrant charging him with first degree felony forgery at a homeless shelter in New York on Monday. The process is underway to have him extradited back to Georgia.

The charges stem from a fraudulent non-profit organization he operated in Savannah. He was considered armed and dangerous by Metro police.

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Bradley Manning: “Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society” | Democracy Now!


The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.

I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing. It was at this time I realized in our efforts to meet this risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity. We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability.

In our zeal to kill the enemy, we internally debated the definition of torture. We held individuals at Guantanamo for years without due process. We inexplicably turned a blind eye to torture and executions by the Iraqi government. And we stomached countless other acts in the name of our war on terror.

Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. When these cries of patriotism drown our any logically based intentions [unclear], it is usually an American soldier that is ordered to carry out some ill-conceived mission.

Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy—the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, the Japanese-American internment camps—to name a few. I am confident that many of our actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light.

As the late Howard Zinn once said, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

I understand that my actions violated the law, and I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intention to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.

If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society. I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal.

via Bradley Manning: “Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society” | Democracy Now!.

 

The Fifth Estate


The Fifth Estate.

Exposing wrongdoing is what journalists are supposed to do

  • US government officials responded negatively to WikiLeaks because they were embarrassed.
  • They should be embarrassed. WikiLeaks’ publications showed that they were doing something wrong.
  • It is not the job of journalists to rescue government officials from embarrassment.
  • It is also not the job of journalists to protect governments from the diplomatic or political consequences of their own wrongdoing.
  • When powerful wrongdoers fear being found out, they are forced to behave more acceptably. That is a good thing.

Take a look at Al Qaeda’s Syrian oil paradise: big profits and big plans for an “Islamic caliphate” – Vocativ


There’s no disputing the fact that jihadi groups in Syria—propped up by weapons and petrodollars from wealthy Persian Gulf monarchies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar—are the dominant rebel force on the battlefield, and have been for some time. But with the civil war now two-and-a-half years old, a new element has emerged in the bloody, multidimensional conflict: self-sustaining jihadi fiefdoms.

A young man known as the “emir of gas” spoke with The Guardian in July from the Ash Shaddadi natural gas refinery in the country’s eastern Hasaka province. The rebel commander now controls the refinery’s output after militants affiliated with Al Qaeda from Jabhat al-Nusra pushed out Syrian army troops.

His designs for the surrounding area are pretty clear, as the paper reported: ”Go and ask the people in the streets whether there is a liberated town or city anywhere in Syria that is ruled as efficiently as this one,” he boasted. “There is electricity, water and bread and security. Inshallah, this will be the nucleus of a new Syrian Islamic caliphate!”

Following up on this, reporters for McClatchy newspapers recently traveled to the refinery and found that things haven’t changed much in the past few months. They wrote: “Today, Nusra runs the town. It controls the grain silos, the cotton warehouses, and most important the region’s gas and oil output. Yet the biggest windfall from victory may have been the proceeds from the sale of some 400 major construction vehicles, which they captured when they overran state facilities in January. The sale of the equipment netted 4 billion Syrian pounds, almost $40 million at the time, according to local Free Syrian Army commanders.”

However, as with just about everything in Syria today, things are a bit murky. Residents of regime-held areas of Damascus have reported seeing fuel from rebel-held areas being sold on the black market, at a discount, apparently because of the poor quality of jihadi refining techniques.

More from McClatchy: “That approach is different from what’s taking place in Deir el Zour, about 80 miles to the south, where the Free Syrian Army accepted an arrangement under which gas is shipped to the Syrian government, which distributes it throughout the country. The government, in turn, pays the salaries of the employees who keep the plant going.”

So, what does a self-sufficient jihadi paradise in the heart of the Middle East look like? Here are some pictures to give you an idea.

All photos by Andree Kaiser/MCT.

via Take a look at Al Qaeda’s Syrian oil paradise: big profits and big plans for an “Islamic caliphate” – Vocativ.

Chambliss’ Reply Concerning the Syrian Revolution To The Julia Clark Organization


Dear Honorable Clark:

Thank you for contacting me regarding Syria.  I appreciate your concern on this important issue.

As you are aware, in March 2011, Syrian protesters began calling for political reforms and the reinstatement of civil rights under the corrupt regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Since that time, the situation in Syria has devolved into a civil war between pro-government forces loyal to the Assad regime and a coalition of rebel groups killing tens of thousands of Syrians, mostly civilians.

This instability threatens the security of the entire region.  Recent reports from the United Nations indicate that approximately 1.6 million people have been displaced by the civil war.  Many of these refugees are seeking safe haven in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, and Egypt.  It is imperative that the United States remains committed to joining with partner nations in providing humanitarian assistance to these displaced refugees.

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, of Georgia.

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, of Georgia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While I am deeply concerned about the regional effects of the Syrian conflict, I am very troubled by the threat of chemical weapons within Syria. Since August 2012, President Obama has stated that the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime would be a red line that the United States could not tolerate.  Since March 2013, we have received reports of the deployment of chemical weapons by forces loyal to President Assad; however President Obama failed to take any meaningful action to neutralize the threat posed by these weapons.  Compounding this problem is the increase in the number of Islamist fighters who are traveling from all over the world to gain control of Syria.  In this way, they can have a territory closer to the United States and Europe to carry out their mission of attacking the Western Hemisphere. The world is looking to the United States to lead the effort to neutralize these dangerous threats to the region and elsewhere.  I encourage the President to work with Congress to immediately develop an appropriate response to restore stability to this troubled region.

Currently, there are a number of legislative measures pending in Congress relating to U.S. involvement in Syria. My support for any foreign aid or deployment of U.S. troops will continue to be based on relevance to our national security and other important U.S. strategic interests. Furthermore, I remain concerned about the effect of multiple deployments on our military personnel. As legislation regarding Syria comes before the Senate, I will keep your thoughts in mind.

If you would like to receive timely email alerts regarding the latest congressional actions and my weekly e-newsletter, please sign up via my web site at: www.chambliss.senate.gov. Please let me know whenever I may be of assistance.

9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask


9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask.

3. That’s horrible. But there are protests lots of places. How did it all go so wrong in Syria? And, please, just give me the short version.

That’s a complicated question, and there’s no single, definitive answer. This is the shortest possible version — stay with me, it’s worth it. You might say, broadly speaking, that there are two general theories. Both start with the idea that Syria has been a powder keg waiting to explode for decades and that it was set off, maybe inevitably, by the 2011 protests and especially by the government’s overly harsh crackdown.

Before we dive into the theories, you have to understand that the Syrian government really overreacted when peaceful protests started in mid-2011, slaughtering civilians unapologetically, which was a big part of how things escalated as quickly as they did. Assad learned this from his father. In 1982, Assad’s father and then-dictator Hafez al-Assad responded to a Muslim Brotherhood-led uprising in the city of Hama by leveling entire neighborhoods. He killed thousands of civilians, many of whom had nothing to do with the uprising. But it worked, and it looks like the younger Assad tried to reproduce it. His failure made the descent into chaos much worse.

Okay, now the theories for why Syria spiraled so wildly. The first is what you might call “sectarian re-balancing” or “the Fareed Zakaria case” for why Syria is imploding (he didn’t invent this argument but is a major proponent). Syria has artificial borders that were created by European colonial powers, forcing together an amalgam of diverse religious and ethnic groups. Those powers also tended to promote a minority and rule through it, worsening preexisting sectarian tensions.

Zakaria’s argument is that what we’re seeing in Syria is in some ways the inevitable re-balancing of power along ethnic and religious lines. He compares it to the sectarian bloodbath in Iraq after the United States toppled Saddam Hussein, after which a long-oppressed majority retook power from, and violently punished, the former minority rulers. Most Syrians are Sunni Arabs, but the country is run by members of a minority sect known as Alawites (they’re ethnic Arab but follow a smaller branch of Islam). The Alawite government rules through a repressive dictatorship and gives Alawites special privileges, which makes some Sunnis and other groups hate Alawites in general, which in turn makes Alawites fear that they’ll be slaughtered en masse if Assad loses the war. (There are other minorities as well, such as ethnic Kurds and Christian Arabs; too much to cover in one explainer.) Also, lots of Syrian communities are already organized into ethnic or religious enclaves, which means that community militias are also sectarian militias. That would explain why so much of the killing in Syria has developed along sectarian lines. It would also suggest that there’s not much anyone can do to end the killing because, in Zakaria’s view, this is a painful but unstoppable process of re-balancing power.

The second big theory is a bit simpler: that the Assad regime was not a sustainable enterprise and it’s clawing desperately on its way down. Most countries have some kind of self-sustaining political order, and it looked for a long time like Syria was held together by a cruel and repressive but basically stable dictatorship. But maybe it wasn’t stable; maybe it was built on quicksand. Bashar al-Assad’s father Hafez seized power in a coup in 1970 after two decades of extreme political instability. His government was a product of Cold War meddling and a kind of Arab political identity crisis that was sweeping the region. But he picked the losing sides of both: the Soviet Union was his patron, and he followed a hard-line anti-Western nationalist ideology that’s now mostly defunct. The Cold War is long over, and most of the region long ago made peace with Israel and the United States; the Assad regime’s once-solid ideological and geopolitical identity is hopelessly outdated. But Bashar al-Assad, who took power in 2000 when his father died, never bothered to update it. So when things started going belly-up two years ago, he didn’t have much to fall back on except for his ability to kill people.

9. Hi, there was too much text so I skipped to the bottom to find the big take-away. What’s going to happen?

Short-term maybe the United States and some allies will launch some limited, brief strikes against Syria and maybe they won’t. Either way, these things seem pretty certain in the long-term:

• The killing will continue, probably for years. There’s no one to sign a peace treaty on the rebel side, even if the regime side were interested, and there’s no foreseeable victory for either. Refugees will continue fleeing into neighboring countries, causing instability and an entire other humanitarian crisis as conditions in the camps worsen.

• Syria as we know it, an ancient place with a rich and celebrated culture and history, will be a broken, failed society, probably for a generation or more. It’s very hard to see how you rebuild a functioning state after this. Maybe worse, it’s hard to see how you get back to a working social contract where everyone agrees to get along.

• Russia will continue to block international action, the window for which has maybe closed anyway. The United States might try to pressure, cajole or even horse-trade Moscow into changing its mind, but there’s not much we can offer them that they care about as much as Syria.

• At some point the conflict will cool, either from a partial victory or from exhaustion. The world could maybe send in some peacekeepers or even broker a fragile peace between the various ethnic, religious and political factions. Probably the best model is Lebanon, which fought a brutal civil war that lasted 15 years from 1975 to 1990 and has been slowly, slowly recovering ever since. It had some bombings just last week.

Johnny Isakson – I will vote against the resolution to authorize a U.S. military strike in Syria.


Sen.Johnny Isakson

Sen.Johnny Isakson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Ms. Clark:

 

You have recently written in to my office regarding the use of military force in Syria, and I wanted to provide you with an update. If you do not want to receive this type of update in the future, please fill out the webform on my website and choose “DO NOT SEND ISSUE UPDATES” from the drop down topic list.

 

On August 21, 2013, chemical weapons were used in an attack that killed over 1,000 Syrian citizens, including women and children. President Obama asked Congress for authorization to use military action against Syria in response to this attack on August 31, 2013. I believe it is appropriate for the president to seek authorization from Congress.

 

The decision to use U.S. military forces is not one that I take lightly. Over the past week, I have traveled my state and have talked personally to hundreds of Georgians. Thousands more constituents have contacted my office by phone and email. It is clear to me that Georgians overwhelmingly oppose our country getting involved militarily in Syria.

 

After carefully weighing this very important issue, I have decided that I will vote against the resolution to authorize a U.S. military strike in Syria.

 

The administration’s lack of a clear strategy is troubling, and the potential fallout following a military strike is also troubling.

 

Thank you again for your interest in this subject. Please visit my webpage at http://isakson.senate.gov/ for more information on the issues important to you and to sign up for my e-newsletter.
Sincerely,
Johnny Isakson
United States Senator

The Statement 9/9/13 Wikileaks


[02:18] <JC> I am not angered easily.
[02:18] <JC> I am not disgusted , nor disappointed easily
[02:20] its okay i wont hold it against you
[02:22] jc why are you so angry
[02:22] <JC> This was not cool today.
[02:22] <Guest10219> what wasnt cool?
[02:23] <JC> I am not happy about having to bring my knowledge forward.
[02:28] <JC> I’ll make a drink and speak with you.
[02:29] <JC> But know , I am not in the mood for tomfoolery
[02:29] <Guest10219> are you feeling okay precious?
[02:29] oh it’s buju
[02:29] <Guest10219> weirdo
[02:33] <JC> No, it is you.
[02:35] I had made my mind up that I was going to bring to attention and address the issues of the catfishing and how it was affecting people negatively across the wikileaks spectrum.
[02:36] <JC> People even contributed to my knowledge base for the task .
[02:37] <JC> Most the good and noble folks came to bring me knowledge for my letter
[02:39] <Guest7237> oh cool
[02:39] <Guest14254> nice
[02:39] I had decided to wait until after the elections. There was already enough stress. Plus the outcome of such uncertainty would effect the letter.
[02:40] affest*
[02:40] There was much chatter that the closing the the IRC would be best.
[02:41] <Guest7237> so … r u going to close it down? o.O
[02:41] <JC> if not imminent (sp?)
[02:43] The catfishing is affecting across the board. It is not just a wikileaks IRC issue.
[02:43] <JC> I too like to ave fun and relax.
[02:44] However, the catfishing has made such impossible.
[02:46] <JC> It is unfortunate for me and fortunate for others that I am able to describe what they knew was wrong , but unable to explain.
[02:48] I have no obligation of loyalty here other than protection of works done.
[02:52] <JC> What I observed today moves me from a personal address to a briefing for key persons of interest.
[02:54] And I am moved with a very heavy heart. A briefing is not something I wish to do.
[02:56] When I first arrived, I was honored to have more of a reception than what was expected.
[02:58] However, as I was attempted to be conditioned into accepting catfishing , I realized that all was not as should be and it was more than just a bit of sadness from cabin fever.
[03:00] Though I may not be well loved, I am well respected.
[03:02] And I respect pleas and contributions that are given toward already establish plans, such as the letter.
[03:03] <JC> This is really all I have to say.
[03:04] I am tired and have clients to concern myself with tomorrow
[03:21] <belladonna> is there anybody out there?

 

How to deal with an Atos mole and cunningly fake, complex Messiahs.


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I’m an ordinary person who happens to be ill, and like many others, I also happen to have a few strong principles, a strong sense of fairness, justice and I am clear on what’s decent, right and wrong. I don’t want to be a leader of any kind, nor do I see myself as an “expert” on disability issues. I don’t believe we should be looking to individuals for answers, to speak for us, or to take responsibility for us. One size does not fit all: our individual challenges vary greatly, and so, therefore, will our individual solutions.

So we need a broad variety of spokespersons to reflect a wide spectrum of needs within our community, and we ought to welcome such a pluralist approach and recognise our diversity as a great strength. Furthermore, much campaigning is about issues around social exclusion, we can only approach this effectively by making…

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The Civil War Within Syria’s Civil War – By Harald Doornbos and Jenan Moussa | Foreign Policy


The fights erupted after Syria’s 2 million Kurds declared “self-governance” this past June in a region the Kurds call “Western Kurdistan” or “Rojava,” which is Kurdish for “where the sun sets.”

via The Civil War Within Syria’s Civil War – By Harald Doornbos and Jenan Moussa | Foreign Policy.

 

Approximately 2005 or 2006 the Julia Clark Organization and an associate researched Kurdistan.

It is recalled that Kurdistan not having their own country was due to lines being drawn from an era when imperialist ruled with no question.  It was the position of that research The Julia Clark Organization and associates of that time period that Kurdistan should have a region.

Kurdistan was not factored in my imperialist that were ignorant of the region and were attempting to categorize a  region with little to no knowledge of the region itself.

When the files are located concerning this research they will be added to this post.

The purpose of this post is as a placeholder for said files.

 

Dave Chappelle in Hartford walks off stage, heckled. What happened? (VIDEO)


“I only have three minutes left. And when my three minutes is up, my ass is gone. I’m going straight to the bank and doing night deposit.” He then walked off stage to Kanye West’s “New Slaves.”

via Dave Chappelle in Hartford walks off stage, heckled. What happened? (VIDEO).

I by no means was as wildly popular as Dave Cappelle, but I wonder if Cappelle is using the type of contract I used in music before I left for good, the Clean Cut Contract.

A Clean Cut Contract is just what is says it is. All money that is owed is paid at the time of performance or work created.

Frankly, I did not care who you were I was not getting into a contractual obligation that required money to be owed to me.

It can be a smart move, but it comes with risk of course. But I think better risk than getting entangled with a corporate powerhouse.

 

Lino Zambito – The Impassioned Firebrander


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I find it strange that despite my bankruptcy the city of Montreal is still taking legal action against me … We’re offering information and solutions and they’re attacking the people who are being transparent.
– Whistle blower Zambito

Mr. Zambito,

The Julia Clark Organization is proud of your open and transparent testimony.

You are a whistleblower and deserve all the esteem that goes with being a whistleblower.

Whistleblowing is important to curbing the cancer of corruption.

It is wrong that whistleblowers are themselves prosecuted in so many ways. Often whistleblowers , and that is what you are with no doubt, endure shooting the messenger scenarios. They suffer revenge for embarrassment caused by shining a light of corruption.

Change is happening all over the world. It is pressure that is moving citizens across the globe to act against corruption at all levels of society, the very type of pressure that your testimony gave.

The construction industry not only in Canada, but also places like Morocco where the King demands hefty bribes to engage in even minor building in his kingdom. It is much bigger.

There is also a strong movements to address the corruption within unions that includes the arrangement of questionable practices.

One cannot fight corruption with corruption because that only leads to more corruption.

Curbing corruption cannot be just sometimes, for the hygiene of an open society curbing corruption must always be in place.

Thank you very much for your service to the Culling Corruption Campaign.

I invite you to join us in the campaigns full-time.

With great sincerity & yours truly,

Julia Clark