#2468: Riot Club’s Bitcoin Clocks in Death-Pool City – Serco Ammo, 8(a) Visas – Educator Gunmakers’ Oregon Shots
1. AD ASSERTS THAT “RIOT CLUB” ALUMNI ARE USING BITCOIN MASTER CLOCKS TO OPERATE DEATH POOLS FOR THE CITY OF LONDON LIVERY COMPANIE now control the Teachers pension fund (TIAA-CREF) and over 800 other investors with a total of over $95 trillion of assets in the Carbon Disclosure Project.
2. AD ASSERTS THAT SERCO IS EQUIPPING THE LIVERY COMPANIES WITH AMMUNITION AND 8(A) VISAS needed to support remote assassination betting on the times of death of useless breathers where out-of-country assassins get paid by Bitcoin on presentation of time-stamped money shots to the Riot Club.
3. AD ASSERTS THAT THE EDUCATORS AND GUNMAKERS LIVERY COMPANIES SYNCHRONIZED SHOOTINGS AND SPIN AT OREGON’S Umpqua Community College on October 1, 2015 and reminded some 822 CDP investors that the City of London operates a death-pool Bitcoin protection racket.
United States Marine Field McConnell (https://abeldanger.blogspot.com/2010/01/field-mcconnell-bio.html) is writing an e-book “Shaking Hands With the Devil’s Clocks” and invites readers to e-mail him images (examples below) for a proof by contradiction of the three assertions above.
“The Riot Club is a 2014 British drama thriller film directed by Lone Scherfig and written by Laura Wade, based on Wade’s 2010 play Posh. The film stars Max Irons, Sam Claflin and Douglas Booth. It is set among the Riot Club, a fictional all-male, exclusive dining club at Oxford University. When the play Posh premiered, the Riot Club was often described as a thinly veiled version of the real-life Bullingdon Club, or High Trees Society although according to Wade it is entirely fictitious.”
“Chris Harper-Mercer: Shooter who killed 10 was BRITISH and an IRA-supporting Nazi fanatic
EXCLUSIVE: THE shooter who killed at least 10 people at a US college has been identified as 26-year-old Briton Chris Harper-Mercer, who appeared to have bought Nazi paraphernalia online and supported the IRA.
By TOM PARFITT
PUBLISHED: 02:43, Fri, Oct 2, 2015 | UPDATED: 12:37, Fri, Oct 2, 2015
Chris Harper-Mercer, who was born in England, carried out the horror massacre
In disturbing images posted online, Harper-Mercer, who was born in England and moved to the States at a young age, posed with guns and shared pro-IRA newspaper front pages, an Express.co.uk investigation has found.
He also posted a three-minute video on the social networking site MySpace featuring IRA fighters branding guns and wearing balaclavas.
On his dating profile on the website Spiritual Passions, he wrote that he “doesn’t like organised religion”.
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His username on the dating site was ironcross45 – a possible reference to the Iron Cross, a German military symbol reintroduced by the Nazis.
A user with the same name spent almost £100 on a Nazi SS officers’ cap on a different website more than two years ago.
Chris Harper-Mercer appeared to buy Nazi memorabilia online
In a review posted online, the user wrote: “I have received my order. The customer service is the very best, they are fast and very great to work with.
“I highly recommend this company they are a great pleasure to work with. there attention to detail is awesome.
“i will continue to make purchases from this company. i am very impressed with there products/service and highly recommend them. thanks Steve”
Harper-Mercer on the day of his brother’s wedding
Harper-Mercer listed himself as spiritual but non-religious
It is not known whether Harper-Mercer attended Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where the shooting took place.
But he was listed as a “production assistant” in a Facebook post promoting a performance of a Noel Coward play by the school’s drama group.
He was armed with three handguns and an AR-15-style long gun, and was killed after a shootout with police on the scene yesterday, according to reports.
He worked on a Noel Coward play by the school’s drama group
In his dating profile he described himself as “Not Religious, Not Religious, but Spiritual”.
He described himself as a “lover, conservative, professional, intellectual, introvert” – and under his interests listed the “internet, killing zombies, movies, music, reading”.
Harper Mercer also said he was “mixed race”, did not drink and was a “conservative, Republican”.
WATCH: THE IRA VIDEO POSTED ON HARPER-MERCER’S MYSPACE PAGE
IRA from Chris Harper-Mercer on Myspace.
He shared this newspaper front page on MySpace
He also appeared to write a blog post hosted on a torrent site about Vester Flanagan, who shot two journalists live on air in late August.
He reportedly wrote: “I have noticed that so many people like him are all alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are.
“A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone. His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person on the planet, all in the course of one day.
“Seems the more people you kill, the more your’re [sic] in the limelight.”
Harper-Mercer’s online dating profile
The Iron Cross was reintroduced by the Nazis
The most recent torrent uploaded by the account username was a BBC documentary about the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, according to Gawker.
Hours before the attack, an anonymous poster on the message board 4Chan, warned: “Some of you guys are alright. Don’t go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest.”
Oregon is a state in the Pacific northwest of the United States.
Another post read: “Happening thread will be posted tomorrow morning. So long space robots. Will post again am. 10 min countdown. Won’t say more to much to prepare.”
Harper-Mercer’s devastated family have reacted to the news, saying they are “shocked”.
Close to tears, his father said: “I am just as shocked as everybody about what happened today.
“i can’t answer any questions right now and I don’t want to answer any questions right now. Obviosuly it’s devastating for me and my family.”
His step-sister said: “I am still in shock. All he ever did was put everyone before himself.
“He wanted everyone to be happy, no matter if he was sad or mad he would always try to cheer up everybody.”
Clearly distressed and with her head in her hands, she added: “It doesn’t sound like something he would go through.”
The deadliest mass shootings in US history
Fri, July 24, 2015
From Columbine High School in Colorado, to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, these are America’s deadliest mass shootings.
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Colmbine high School students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, killed 12 fellow students and one teacher before committing suicide in the school library in 1999 [Getty Images]”
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“The Worshipful Company of Mercers is the premier Livery Company of the City of London and ranks first in the order of precedence of the Companies. It is the first of the so-called ‘Great Twelve City Livery Companies’. Although of even older origin, the Company was incorporated under a Royal Charter in 1394, the Company’s earliest extant Charter. The Company’s aim was to act as a trade association for general merchants, and especially for exporters of wool and importers of velvet, silk and other luxurious fabrics (mercers). By the 16th century many members of the Company had lost any connection with the original trade. Today, the Company exists primarily as a charitable institution, supporting a variety of causes. The Company’s motto is Honor Deo, Latin for “Honour to God”.”
“The Worshipful Company of Gunmakers is one of the 110 Livery Companies of the City of London. The Gunmakers’ Company received a Royal Charter of incorporation in 1637. The Company was, and still is, responsible for proof-testing gun barrels/actions for safety. Thus, unlike many Livery Companies, the Gunmakers have retained a link to their trade. The barrel testing technique involves test-firing a gun barrel/action whilst loaded with an extra-powerful charge of ammunition (the test cartridge develops two-and-a-half times the service pressure of the cartridge intended for the gun in question), held in a special carriage. The barrel and action are then inspected and, if they have maintained structural integrity, they will be stamped with proof marks indicating the test pressure, bore diameter in millimetres at 9″ from the breech face, chamber length, suitability for use with steel shot in the case of a smoothbore shotgun, a date stamp or code and the mark of the house (London or Birmingham). Since 1675, the Company has been located at Proof House on Commercial Road, just east of Aldgate and outside the old City walls. The Gunmakers’ Company ranks seventy-third in the order of precedence of the Livery Companies.”
“The Worshipful Company of Educators is the 109th livery company of the City of London, having been granted livery status on 10 September 2013 by the Court of Aldermen. The Company was founded on 24 May 2001 as a Guild to represent the education and training profession and for charitable purposes. On 15 September 2009 the City’s Court of Aldermen granted the petition of the Guild of Educators and agreed that the Guild be constituted one of the Companies of the City, without a grant of livery, with the title of The Company of Educators and that its Ordinances be approved and duly enrolled amongst the records of the City. Upon being advanced to the status of City livery company in 2013, the Company was accorded the official title of Worshipful Company of Educators, although less formally it can continue to be known as the Educators’ Company.”
“ARLINGTON, Va., April 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Stanley, Inc. (Stanley), a leading provider of systems integration and professional services to the U.S. Federal Government, announced today that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Stanley partner Federal Concepts, LLC (FedConcepts) of Stevensville, Md., the Region III Subcontractor of the Year. FedConcepts is a systems integrator focused on communication systems infrastructure operations, continuity of operations, disaster recovery and enterprise architecture.
At the SBA’s invitation, FedConcepts will represent Maryland during Small Business Week in Washington, DC from April 23-24, an annual event that honors the estimated 25 million American small businesses. SBA Region III includes Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
FedConcepts has been a key partner to Stanley since 2000 delivering mission-essential solutions under multiple contracts to customers such as the Department of Transportation, Department of Treasury, Department of Health and Human Services, and Joint Strike Fighter Program Office.
“The Stanley-FedConcepts relationship is a true partnership. We are proud of the contribution we are able to make together to our customers’ missions,” said Eric Wolking, vice president of federal agency programs for Stanley. “FedConcepts has managed its rapid growth — 35 percent annually — very effectively and exemplifies true small business entrepreneurship.”
“It’s difficult at times to differentiate Stanley employees from ours on the contracts we support,” said Christian Sullivan, chief executive officer of FedConcepts. “This shows how well we work together to meet the needs of our customers.”
About Stanley Stanley (NYSE: SXE) is a provider of information technology services and solutions to U.S. defense and federal civilian government agencies. Stanley offers its customers systems integration solutions and expertise to support their mission-essential needs at any stage of program, product development or business lifecycle through five service areas: systems engineering, enterprise integration, operational logistics, business process outsourcing, and advanced engineering and technology. Headquartered in Arlington, Va., the company has nearly 2,800 employees at over 100 locations in the U.S. and worldwide. In 2007, Stanley was recognized by FORTUNE(R) magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Please visit www.stanleyassociates.com for more information.
About FedConcepts Federal Concepts is an IT systems integrator focused on delivering infrastructure and application solutions and consulting to federal civilian government agencies and the Department of Defense. The company provides project management, design, standardization, consolidation and integration to help customers achieve lower Total Cost of Ownership and improved system performance. The company’s specific areas of technical expertise include communication systems, infrastructure operations, continuity of operations, disaster recovery and enterprise architecture.
Any statement in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Stanley, Inc., including statements about the estimated value of the work performed, and other statements containing the words “estimates”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “expects” and similar expressions, constitute forward- looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors discussed in our Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on May 12, 2006, as amended, and other filings with the SEC. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent our views as of April 19, 2007. We assume no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or any other forward-looking statements made by us, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.”
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“WASHINGTON (CNN) — The CEO of a company whose employee is accused of improperly looking at the passport files of presidential candidates is a consultant to the Barack Obama campaign, a source said Saturday.
Analysis Corp. President John Brennan, shown here in 2004, advises Barack Obama, a source tells CNN.
John O. Brennan, president and CEO of the Analysis Corp., advises the Illinois Democrat on foreign policy and intelligence issues, the source said.
Brennan briefed the media on behalf of the campaign this month.
The executive is a former senior CIA official and former interim director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
He contributed $2,300 to the Obama campaign in January.
When asked about the contribution, a State Department official told CNN’s Zain Verjee, “We ethically awarded contracts. Political affiliation is not one of the factors that we check.”
On Friday, the department revealed that Obama’s passport file was improperly accessed three times this year, and the security of passport files of the two other major presidential candidates — Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John McCain — had also been breached.Watch the secretary of state apologize for the breach »
Three contract employees are accused in the wrongdoing, including the one who works for Analysis Corp. and who was disciplined. That contract employee accessed McCain’s file in addition to Obama’s. None of the contract employees was identified. Learn more about the companies involved »
The other two contract employees worked for Stanley Inc. They were fired.
The Washington Times, which broke the story Thursday night that Obama’s records had been improperly accessed, reported Saturday that the State Department inquiry is focusing on the Analysis Corp. employee. Also, the investigation by the department’s inspector general will include polygraph tests for supervisors in the passport section to find out whether there was any political motive.
Obama urges inquiry into passport snooping
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The department spokesman said Saturday that he would not comment on whether the department was administering polygraphs to employees in connection with the investigation.
“While this is a rare occurrence, we regret the unauthorized access of any individual’s private information,” the company said Friday in a statement.
Stanley has had contracts with the department since 1992 and was recently awarded a $570 million contract to continue providing support for passport processing. Its CEO, Philip Nolan, contributed $1,000 to the Clinton campaign. Watch how contractor execs are linked to campaigns »
The department official said the three contract employees worked in three offices in the Washington area. One office does consular work and visas on evenings, holidays, weekends and overnights; another office issues passports; the third office scans and files materials.
The source said there has been no problem in the past with the Analysis Corp. employee, who has “extensive” experience. The worker has been with the company for years and has always worked under a State Department contract.
Explaining that the department had “complimented” this person for work in the past, the source said the individual is considered a “terrific” employee, except for this one instance, characterized as an “aberration.”
The department asked the Analysis Corp. not to take any administrative action against the employee while the investigation is under way.
On Friday, the company released a statement saying it would fully cooperate with the federal investigation. The source said the Analysis Corp. has told the employee to do the same.
Echoing the State Department spokesman Friday, this source said there is no indication the motivation was anything but curiosity.
The source said Analysis Corp. learned of its employee’s actions from the State Department on Friday morning. In its statement, Analysis Corp. confirmed that one of the accused was an employee and called the incident “isolated.” E-mail to a friend”
“Forget Gold, Bitcoin is Backed by Time
Travis Patron (@TravisPatron) | Published on July 4, 2015 at 11:00 BST
Travis Patron is a digital money researcher and author of The Bitcoin Revolution: An Internet of Money. Here he explains why bitcoin may be an intrinsically valuable form of money because it is regulated through time-bound algorithms.
One of the most common criticisms of bitcoin is it is not backed by anything, nor is it intrinsically valuable. However, pundits have long been arguing that the US dollar has no intrinsic value and neither does gold.
The utter misconception of this economic principle as it relates to bitcoin is too large, and too important to ignore. Everything from Dutch tulips in the 17th century to stacks of paper USD notes have had some degree of intrinsic value. What we need to debate is the quality of intrinsic value attributed to each.
What cryptocurrency investors and enthusiasts must understand is that bitcoin is not only a financial asset with considerable intrinsic value, but it is regulated by a universal constant unlike any man-made money system that has come before it – time itself.
This universal construct allows us to plot the supply schedule of bitcoin, meaning it is highly predictable while also being uncheatable through the manipulation found in traditional monetary policies.
The argument goes that dollars are backed by the US government and the largest force of military might on the planet, but what is backing bitcoin? Even if programmable, digital money brings intrinsically valuable capabilities, how can we have faith in it if there is no core party overseeing its acceptance and adoption?
At the very root of what makes the bitcoin network tick is a regulatory algorithm determining that new blocks of bitcoin will be mined on average every 10 minutes. This ‘uncheatable’ maths which is intelligently constructed by system design, ensures that nothing can alter the predetermined issuance rate, nor the block size halving rate, of bitcoin.
Every 10 minutes, more bitcoin becomes available at a disinflationary rate. This mathematical guarantee formulated by a crude form of artificial intelligence is exactly what backs a system that boasts remarkable intrinsic value.
Friedman’s k-percent rule
American economist, statistician and writer Milton Friedman once posed the idea of replacing central banking institutions with a computer capable of mechanically managing the supply of money.
He proposed a fixed monetary rule, called Friedman’s k-percent rule, where money supply would be calculated by known macroeconomic and financial factors, targeting a specific level or range of inflation.
Under this rule, a central reserve bank would have no leeway as money supply increases could be determined by a computer and the market (and its citizens) could then anticipate all monetary policy decisions.
Will we ever see Friedman’s computerized banking institution put into action? Considering the mining network is the closest thing to an authority within bitcoin, and mining will only get more specialized and thus centralized in the future, we may well already be on the path towards it.
An intelligent force
Bitcoin boasts the economic backing of a force magnitudes more intelligent and pervasive than the promise of men and military might: an uncheatable, highly predictable, chronological supply schedule enabled by Friedman’s k-percent rule.
Friedman predicted the rise of a computer capable of automatically adjusting the inflation rate of money, and this is precisely what we see in the case of bitcoin, as a regulatory algorithm intelligently adjusts the mining difficulty to make the issuance of blocks more or less easy depending on the demand for network hashing power.
The computerized function of the bitcoin system boasts intrinsic value which will continue to grow as more users join the fold and the network becomes more valuable for every participant.
No money system we have seen to date can claim it is chronologically regulated. The universal construct of time is the backing of the bitcoin digital economy.
Time image via Shutterstock
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, CoinDesk.”
Bitcoin: ‘Assassination Market’ website raising the online virtual currency to hire assassins that target key US figures revealed
Those allegedly targeted on the site include Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, President Obama and NSA director Keith Alexander
Tuesday 19 November 2013 18:27 GMT
Bitcoin, the online virtual currency, has long been associated with the dark side of the web. The anonymity it provides has made it a favourite haunt of drug dealers and anyone else looking to sell illicit goods or services.
But even more alarming examples of underworld exploitation of Bitcoin have started to emerge, among them claims made anonymously to a writer for Forbes magazine this week that he is the mastermind behind a website called Assassination Market, which purports to encourage individuals to pay into crowd-sourced funds with Bitcoins that in turn can be used to reward those who murder top government officials.
The idea – assuming it is not a scam merely to dupe gullible followers out of increasingly valuable Bitcoins – is as simple as it is grotesque. The larger the funds grow, the greater the payment to those who successfully rub out federal officials whose actions appear most heinous to the site’s users. To receive their bounty, shooters must prove they are behind a successful hit.
So far those allegedly targeted on the site, which runs on the encrypted Tor network which guarantees anonymity, include Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, President Barack Obama and NSA director Keith Alexander. The largest bounty on offer is for Mr Bernanke’s head – 124.14 Bitcoins, roughly $75,000 (£46,500) or more if the value of the currency keeps rising.
Contacted by Forbes writer Andy Greenberg, the creator of Assassination Market identified himself as Kuwabatake Sanjuro and said the purpose was to destroy “all governments, everywhere.” He said he conceived of the site after reading news reports of the NSA’s spying operations, leaked by Edward Snowden.”
“London takes the lead in Bitcoin innovation
29 June 2015 3:28am
by Annabelle Williams
London is fast becoming a global hub for development of innovations using digital currency Bitcoin. City institutions including the Bank of England, Barclays, UBS and Goldman Sachs are all looking into the potential for using Bitcoin to speed up processes in traditional finance.
Bitcoin is a digital currency which is bought online and then either used for web transactions or held as a store of value. One of the unique aspects of the currency is that every transaction is recorded on a vast spreadsheet stored in the cloud and known as the “blockchain.”
Users’ identities are hidden on the blockchain, but a unique identifier prevents a Bitcoin from being spent more than once.
It is this technology which banks believe could be used for cheaper and faster money transfers, as well as clearing and settlements of trades, which are presently slowed down by legacy systems at the banks.
It is hoped that using a decentralised ledger to record transactions could remove the requirement for a central clearing authority.
A report released this month, co-authored by Santander, estimates that blockchain technology could reduce banks’ infrastructure costs related to cross-border payments, securities trading and regulatory compliance by $20bn (£12.7bn) a year up to 2022.
“George Osborne has been among the most vigorous champions for making London a hub for the new technology,” says Nathaniel Popper, author of new book Digital Gold. The chancellor earmarked £10m for investment into Bitcoin research during the last Budget.
The plans are testament to Bitcoin’s strength, as its architecture is considered so brilliant all the big players want to use it. But it’s ironic too – “Bitcoin is becoming integrated with the very thing that it was trying to circumvent,” explains Popper.
One of the biggest impediments to Bitcoin’s growth is that it is too volatile to be used for its original purpose as a digital currency. It is struggling with a chicken and egg conundrum; greater takeup of Bitcoin will only happen when it becomes less volatile, but lower volatility depends on it being more widely used. To some, this means Bitcoin’s future lies in other areas.
Bitcoin’s early developers hoped to create a kind of monetary utopia, through a currency that has no affiliation to a central bank. It is also anti-inflationary, as a finite number of Bitcoins will be created. Its creator, an anonymous genius who goes by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto, launched the currency three months after the fall of Lehman Brothers. Hidden in the code was a reference to a newspaper headline announcing the UK was on the brink of a second bank bailout. This was a pivotal moment in monetary history, and reflect how Bitcoin’s creator had a social – even political – motivation in creating the currency.
“There was a sense that if you change the way money works you can change power structures. You take power from [central banks] and give it to the people who use the currency,” Popper explains.
In a way, Bitcoin has become “the exact opposite of what its founders wanted it to be,” he adds. “That’s what makes it so interesting – there is a battle between idealism and reality.”
In the meantime, Bitcoin is slowly becoming less volatile, with price spikes less frequent and severe – which bodes well for the digital currency’s future.”
Jan 31, 2001
SBA modernizes to help feed its growing programs
BY PATRICIA DAUKANTAS | GCN STAFF
Under a five-year plan for overhauling its information technology systems, the Small Business Administration recently acquired new software for financial and other administrative tasks.
By the time SBA celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2003, agency officials want all their programs up and running around the clock, chief financial officer Joseph Loddo said.
In the first phase of the modernization, the agency has upgraded systems for managing its extensive portfolio of guaranteed loans, chief operating officer Kristine Marcy said.
SBA processed its first electronic loan last November through its Sacramento, Calif., office and plans to add more private lenders during fiscal 2001.
The agency’s staffing level has dropped 22 percent over the past eight years, which is another reason to improve IT, Marcy said. Over the past decade, SBA’s portfolio of loans to small and disadvantaged businesses has more than doubled to $50 billion.
‘We’re a small agency with a huge portfolio,’ Marcy said. SBA supplies more than half of the U.S. venture capital available each year.
Seventy percent to 80 percent of the loans are booked through a preferred lender program, which involves nearly 7,000 banks, Marcy said. SBA guarantees the loans, just as the government backs student and housing loans.
‘The financial and IT businesses were changing so rapidly, we had to make some changes to stay current with the private sector,’ Marcy said. Banks had been asking SBA to make faster decisions on loan guarantees. The agency decided to aim for a turnaround time of one hour.
In the second phase of modernization, SBA is revamping its financial, human resources, procurement and travel systems with Web-enabled Oracle Corp. applications.
Online in October
The financial system will use Oracle’s U.S. Federal Financials 3.3, which meets the requirements of the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program.
SBA announced the $1.5 million Oracle contract late last year and plans to bring the software online by Oct. 1, Loddo said.
‘We need to make sure we are appropriately sensitive to small businesses’ and have small-business partners, not just Oracle, Marcy said.
The second-phase integrator, SRA International Inc. of Arlington, Va., has subcontracted with a number of small firms for things such as training and data conversion.
Also, a core team of senior SBA employees has been transferred away from day-to-day tasks to help with the modernization, Loddo said.
In the final phase of the modernization, SBA will upgrade the computers in its 8(a) Business Development Program, which assists small businesses in competing for government contracts, Marcy said. The agency wants to be able to improve its tracking of clients’ successes and failures.”
“8(a) Business Development Program
The 8(a) Business Development Program assists in the development of small businesses owned and operated by individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged, such as women and minorities. The following ethnic groups are classified as eligible: Black Americans; Hispanic Americans; Native Americans (American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, or Native Hawaiians); Asian Pacific Americans (persons with origins from Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, China (including Hong Kong), Taiwan, Laos, Cambodia (Kampuchea), Vietnam, Korea, The Philippines, U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (Republic of Palau), Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Samoa, Macao, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, or Nauru); Subcontinent Asian Americans (persons with origins from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, the Maldives Islands or Nepal). In 2011, the SBA, along with the FBI and the IRS, uncovered a massive scheme to defraud this program. Civilian employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, working in concert with an employee of Alaska Native Corporation Eyak Technology LLC allegedly submitted fraudulent bills to the program, totaling over 20 million dollars, and kept the money for their own use. It also alleged that the group planned to steer a further 780 million dollars towards their favored contractor.”
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British PM David Cameron Selects Bitcoin Company for Asian Delegation
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The City of London has long been considered the financial hub of Europe, and the inclusion of Bitcoin company, Blockchain, on last weeks trade delegation to South East Asia, suggests the UK Government may be positioning itself to take a similar role in the world of cryptocurrency.
Blockchain may be considered an interesting choice to accompany Prime Minister, David Cameron, on such a visit alongside such British stalwarts as Rolls Royce and Lloyds of London. But trade missions are designed to give a more holistic (yet of course unabashedly positive) view of the potential of British trade partners, indicating that the UK government sees the company as one of the country’s bright hopes for the future.
Although the British Government is yet to announce a regulatory framework regarding cryptocurrencies, recent indications have been overwhelmingly positive. Back in February, the Bank of England altered its previous stance on digital currencies, publishing a report espousing many of the benefits of both Bitcoin and blockchain technologies, as reported on CoinTelegraph.
And in his 2015 budget, UK Chancellor George Osborne announced a £10M research fund looking into the opportunities presented by cryptocurrency, whilst at the same time promising any regulation would be designed to “support innovation and prevent criminal use.”
Osborne has also made several comments through Twitter and other avenues publicly supporting Bitcoin.
Blockchain has been experiencing impressive growth recently. The London-based company now claims over 4 million users, and a doubling of transactions through its wallets and API in the past six months. So with an announcement on a regulatory framework expected soon, perhaps the inclusion of the company seems a little less esoteric.
Blockchain co-founder and CEO, Peter Smith states:
“We’ve been working pretty closely with Number 10 and the policy makers in the U.K. generally. I think the invitation is a reflection of the positive relationship and the Prime Minister’s dedication to fintech, and especially fintech 2.0.”
London’s “Silicon Roundabout,” situated around Old Street, “just up the road” from the financial district of the city, is already an impressive hub of tech startups. Thus, it would certainly make sense for the UK to consider the benefits of a regulatory framework promoting cross breeding between the two industries.
In addition, London has reportedly over 44,000 people working in the booming fintech sector, more than New York or Silicon Valley.
It seems that with government support, the UK is certainly well-placed to capitulate on this and become a truly global player in the world of cryptocurrency and fintech
However, this initiative could be significantly undermined and hurt business if the government’s controversial Investigatory Powers Bill is passed. This includes a mandatory requirement for software companies to include cryptographic back-doors, making a mockery of having secure cryptography in the first place, and leading to one prominent company, Eris Industries, already threatening to leave the UK.”
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We enable the Royal Navy to move in and out of port at HM Naval Bases Faslane, Portsmouth and Devonport for operational deployment and training exercises. Managing a fleet of over 100 vessels, we operate tugs and pilot boats, provide stores, liquid and munitions transportation and provide passenger transfer services to and from ships for officers and crew.
We provide facilities and information systems support to the MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the UK government’s leading defence research establishment, including a £400m programme to rationalise the Dstl estate. We also provide facilities management services to the Defence Estates in support of the UK military presence in Gibraltar.
Serco provides extensive engineering and maintenance support to UK military aviation, including to the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Air Force, working on over 16 military aircraft types, in addition to the logistical support services at RAF bases across the country, including Brize Norton, Lyneham and High Wycombe, the Headquarters of Air Command.
Our space and security specialists provide spacecraft operation and in-theatre support to the Skynet 5 secure military satellite communications network; we maintain the UK’s anti-ballistic missile warning system at RAF Fylingdales and support the UK Air Surveillance and Control System (ASACS); Serco also supports the intelligence mission of the MoD and US Department of Defence at RAF Menwith Hill.
Serco enables the training of national security personnel through its services at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, the MoD’s world class institute responsible for educating the military leaders of tomorrow; we train all of the RAF’s helicopter pilots at the advanced training facility at RAF Benson; and we manage the Cabinet Office’s Emergency Planning College, the government’s training centre for crisis management and emergency planning.
In the UK, we also developed an approach that combines the introduction of windfarm friendly radar technology at RRH Trimingham, Staxton Wold and Brizlee Wood that has enabled >5GW windfarm development projects, which are equally important to the Department of Energy and Climate Change to meet its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the Ministry of Defence”
“A dead pool, also known as a death pool, is a game of prediction which involves guessing when someone will die. Sometimes it is a bet where money is involved. The combination of dead or death, and betting pool, refers to such a gambling arrangement.[clarification needed]
In the early 20th century, death pools were popular in dangerous sports such as motorsport, for example the first edition of the Indianapolis 500.
A typical modern dead pool might have players pick out celebrities who they think will die within the year. Most games start on January 1, and run for 12 months although there are some variations on game length and timing.
In 2000, website Fucked Company claimed to be a “dot-com dead pool” which invited users to predict the next Internet startups to fail during that era’s dot com bust. The site itself folded in 2007 after a long history as a target for strategic lawsuits against public participation by companies.”
Field McConnell, United States Naval Academy, 1971; Forensic Economist; 30 year airline and 22 year military pilot; 23,000 hours of safety; Tel: 715 307 8222
David Hawkins Tel: 604 542-0891 Forensic Economist; former leader of oil-well blow-out teams; now sponsors Grand Juries in CSI Crime and Safety Investigation