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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Standford-Dartmouth Flier/ Fed Reserve Meeting

Missoulian: Mailer on Montana Supreme Court unethical, academics say
McCulloch v Stanford & Dartmouth, COPP-2014-CFP-0046
“Issue: On October 24, 2014 Linda McCulloch filed a complaint against Stanford University & Dartmouth University alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.”

“It is anticipated that the closed meeting of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, will be held under expedited procedures, as set forth in section 26lb.7 of the Board's Rules Regarding Public Observation of Meetings, at the Board's offices at 20th Street and C Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. The following items of official Board business are tentatively scheduled to be considered at that meeting.”
Matter(s) Considered
1.            Discussion of Medium-Term Monetary Policy Issues.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Distributed Common Ground System/ Bribery

Missoulian: INSIDE WASHINGTON: Profiting from failure
HOUSE Hearing, 113th Congress - [H.A.S.C. No. 113-38] BUDGET REQUEST FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY [PDF 2981 KB]
“When the Army creates its own cloud—Google did their cloud a few years ago and it is fairly successful. DCGSs [Distributed Common Ground System] cloud isn’t working yet, but it is soon to be there. Apple created a cloud a few years ago. It is working fantastically. That is what I use on my phone right now. You have a lot of products and a lot of commercial software out there, and in this time of extreme budget cuts—we have already spent almost $3 billion on DCGS. You asked for another, I think, $270 million this year. Life cycle costs going up—upwards towards $8 billion or $9 billion going into the future here on an internal DOD, in-the-Belt-way, trying to recreate systems that already exist in real life and are used by big business every single day; that are used by the CIA [Central Intelligence Agency], the DEA [Drug Enforcement Agency], the FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation], all the special operations forces. They use some of these off-the-shelf products.”

Missoulian: Northern Va. Army contractor gets 4 years
Former Army Contracting Official Pleads Guilty In Bribery and Kickback Scheme
“Lim, 48, of Fairfax Station, Va., also known as InSeon Lim, pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to three offenses: conspiracy to commit bribery and honest services wire fraud; bribery; and attempting to interfere with and impede tax laws. The conspiracy charge carries a statutory maximum of five years in prison, the bribery charge carries up to 15 years, and the tax charge carries up to three years of incarceration. The charges also carry potential financial penalties. The plea agreement calls for Lim to pay restitution, including $250,000 to the Department of Defense and nearly $125,000 to the IRS. In addition, the plea agreement requires Lim to pay a forfeiture money judgment of $490,262. The Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema scheduled sentencing for Oct. 17, 2014.”

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ebola in NY/ Civil War History

Missoulian: This Week in the Civil War
The Monitor and the Merrimac - 2
“As this French engraving attests, the battle of the Monitor and the Merrimac––the first encounter of ironclads––made news around the world. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress”
Lincoln, Grant, and the 1864 Election
“"Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible." These determined words of advice were given to General Grant as reassurance and approval of his costly plans for defeat of the Confederate army from a war-weary President Lincoln, just months before the 1864 presidential election that seemed unwinnable at the time.”