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Virgin Islands Diocese, Schools Suffer From Madoff Scam – Indianapolis Business Journal – USVI diocese loses $2 million in Madoff scheme

Wish I believed in hell.  Madoff could go there and clear burning Bushes.

Roman Catholic schools in the U.S. Virgin Islands will have to turn away parents seeking financial aid for their children because of losses in a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, church officials said Wednesday.

The Diocese of St. Thomas lost nearly $2 million on investments made with disgraced Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff, most of which represented endowment funds for youngsters at two Catholic elementary schools in St. Croix, the poorest of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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50 Visionaries who are changing your world

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

—Audre Lorde, writer and activist

“The dreamers are the saviors of the world.”

—James Allen, writer

“Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.”

—Frank Gaines, mayor, Berkeley, California, 1939–1943

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.”

—Howard Aiken, computing pioneer

via 50 Visionaries who are changing your world.

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Bush Administration Covered Up 500+ Blocked Water Pollution Cases

“Our investigation reveals that the clean water program has been decimated as hundreds of enforcement cases have been dropped, downgraded, delayed, or never brought in the first place. We need to work with the new Administration to restore the effectiveness and integrity to this vital program.”

via Bush Administration Covered Up 500+ Blocked Water Pollution Cases.

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This May Seem As Though It Has Nothing To Do With Buddhism, But…

…how can we sit back and watch this sort of thing go on, if we claim to want to dispel suffering?  We are in the midst of a recession.  People are losing jobs and homes right and left, and credit card companies are raising rates unmercifully.  One of ours recently went from 12% to 29%.  People cannot afford this, the country can’t afford it, and the millions of people who used credit cards because they had no real choice can’t afford it.  If this isn’t an issue of metta, tell me what is.

Received from a friend:

After getting hundreds of billions from taxpayers, banks want to reach into your pocket again.

Lawmakers are considering more bailouts, but still haven’t addressed our credit card woes, so now we need you to help spread the word.

Please take a moment right now to forward this email to people you know so they can tell their own Senators to rein in the credit card companies.

Your friends can click here to take action and watch our newest holiday song and animation.

Over the past decade, credit card banks offered us trillions more in credit than we actually wanted. Sending dozens of offers a year by mail, hawking cards to college students without regard to their ability to pay, and offering ever more attractive balance transfer deals, they captured millions of new customers.

Now they want to switch the deal–just because they can.

The House has already passed a strong bill–thanks in part to your strong support. Now, it’s up to the Senate. The Senate bill will stop the banks from hiking interest rates and fees on your credit card balances for no reason. It will require banks to allocate a portion of your payment to higher-interest balances. And it will finally set some limits on giving credit cards to young people.

Please forward this message to everyone you know–we need as many people as possible to act right now, while Congress is back in session.

The proposal is tough, and the banks don’t like it. But they already got what they wanted–$700 billion taxpayer dollars to bail them out from their own mistakes. American card holders aren’t asking for a bailout…just a fair system so they can reasonably pay down their debt.

Pam Banks
A project of Consumers Union
1101 17th Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036


So, What Have You Done Lately?

I don’t care what George Bush does.  He’s a loose cannon, but he will do what he will do, no one can stop him, and it will go down in history along with his failed legacy and whatever he manages to make of the rest of his life.

The same is true of any further Sarah Palin shenanigans.  She has had her fifteen minutes.  If her followers are foolish enough to try elevating her further, it will simply make her an easy target for more skilled thinkers and doers.  I will not consign her to being a Nobody, for we are all more than that, but unless she again threatens my country she’s not very interesting, and I won’t be paying much attention to her from now on.

As for John McCain — Continue reading

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U.S. kosher meatpacker files for bankruptcy protection

DES MOINES (AP) — Kosher slaughterhouse Agriprocessors has filed for bankruptcy court protection, blaming its financial difficulties on the May immigration raid on its Iowa plant in which more than 300 people were arrested.

U.S. meatpacker files for bankruptcy protection –