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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Army schedules suicide training


I SWEAR that's the headline in my local paper today..

I thought WTF?! Are they not killing themselves correctly? They require additional training to do so properly?

Perhaps we need to get a f'ing clue as far as what we are demanding of these people??? Perhaps we are demanding WAY too much???

Greg soapbox --end


By PAULINE JELINEK - Associated Press
In a service-wide "stand down," the Army has ordered soldiers to put aside their usual duties Thursday and spend the day on suicide prevention training as the military struggles with a spike in the number of self-inflicted deaths this year.

The plan will focus on making sure that troops know what behavioral health programs are available to them and helping them get over the embarrassment that keeps many from seeking help.

There are limited exceptions to Thursday's stand down: Troops with duties such as combat operations in Afghanistan or medical duties in Army hospitals will schedule their training when possible.


"The Army has decided that this issue is so important to us that we're going to devote an entire day ... that was otherwise devoted to something else and say 'That's not as important as this,'" the Army's top enlisted man, Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler, told a news conference Wednesday.

The Army is the largest of the services, it has the highest number of suicides, and it is the only branch planning the special training Thursday.

For the first seven months of 2012, the Army recorded 116 suicides among active-duty soldiers, officials reported last month. If that pace were maintained through December, the year's total would approach 200, compared with 167 total in 2011.

Suicidal behavior in the military is thought to be related to cumulative stress from combat duty as troops fought two simultaneous wars over the past decade. It also is believed linked to a range of other pressures such as marital and financial problems and health issues.

Still, military and defense leaders have been puzzled by the rise after years of working to blunt the problem with new programs such as a regime of resilience training starting at boot camp and the hiring of more psychiatrists and other mental health workers. So far this year the number of suicides in the military has surged beyond expectations, given that the pace of combat deployments has begun to slow and that rates were leveling off for two previous years. Suicides also are rising in the civilian population, officials said.

"The nation has asked our soldiers to carry a heavy load over the last 11 years, and they have not failed," Chandler said. "But suicide is an enemy we have yet to defeat."

He said the ultimate goal is to "change the mindset across the force and society at large to see behavioral health as a routine part of what we do and who we are as we strive to maintain our physical and mental wellness."

Troops in Europe held their training Sept. 20 because of other previously scheduled training they have Thursday. Activities included discussions and use of Facebook for an exchange of ideas. Other activities commanders might use can "be as basic as a terrain walk," Chandler said, in which a leader takes his subordinates to locations where care is given and they meet the professionals who are providing treatment.

"It's about reducing stigma, building trust and making soldiers aware of programs out there," he said.

The day's activities are also open to troops' families as well as the department's civilian employees.



Army suicide prevention www.army.mil/readyandresilient

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

$SPX h4 - 2012/09/26


Chart should be self explanatory..

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Shelves bare at pantry


Lest you forget.. The recession ended in 2009..

This story pilfered from The Joplin Globe All credit given


September 25, 2012

Organizers say Pittsburg’s fourth annual food drive more important than ever

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The executive director of Wesley House says a communitywide food drive slated for this weekend couldn’t come at a better time: The cupboards have been bare several times in recent months, and more people have been served so far this year than ever before.

I did the comparison between 2007 and this year, and it just blows my mind,” said Ellie Foster, who oversees the food pantry and other operations at Wesley House.

From January to August 2007, the year before the recession, the pantry served 9,692 people. The numbers have been climbing each year. For that same period this year, the pantry has served 13,016 people — a 34 percent increase.

Lots of times the shelves are bare, and I think, ‘Can we make it through?’” Foster said.

Wesley House is a local nonprofit agency supported by churches and volunteers. Foster said she is seeing more new families that haven’t ever accessed services there.

“People who are so apologetic because normally they donate, and now they’re having to ask for help,” she said. “It’s really humiliating for them.”

The Rev. Kevin Arensman, pastor at the First Christian Church of Pittsburg, is hopeful that the fourth annual food drive, called The Horn of Plenty, will help.

The need has not decreased at all,” he said. “So we’re trying harder. Last weekend, we distributed almost 5,000 sacks that Dillons donated, and we’re asking people to pick up just a few extra things at the grocery store this week to put in those sacks.”

Those who want to contribute nonperishable food items may do so by leaving the sacks on their front porches by 1 p.m. Sunday. As many as 25 volunteer groups are slated to canvass the community until 5 p.m. to pick them up for transport to Wesley House.

“About 200 people have volunteered, from pint-sized Girl Scouts to senior citizens to young professionals to students from the middle school, the high school, the college, as well as civic and church groups,” Arensman said. “It really, truly is a communitywide effort.”

Significant effort

IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, the drive has gathered more than 40,000 pounds of food for Wesley House. “That starts to show the significance that the community has made,” the Rev. Kevin Arensman said.

--- end of story..

It is the policy of the federal reserve bank and our own government that has forced us into this situation.. In MY opinion..



Tuesday, September 25, 2012

$SPX monthly short sell progress


My 1st SPX sell was at the bearish 23.6 I doubled up on / near the bullish 88.6 (entry 1459)

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

#OccupyTheBanks = #OTB : #ACCOUNTING Secret US States' Investments #CAFR

#OccupyTheBanks = #OTB : #ACCOUNTING Secret US States' Investments #CAFR

#OccupyTheBanks = #OTB : #ACCOUNTING Secret US States' Investment #ACCOUNTS

#OccupyTheBanks = #OTB : #ACCOUNTING Secret US States' Investment #ACCOUNTS

“Every War Starts With A False Flag” – This Is Why Jesse Ventura Is Not Allowed On Live TV!


Thx to @makinggood1 [on twitter] for passing this one along..

Most of it makes sense to me..


CAFR - Do YOU know about it?


Mrs Warrior provided me with this document as "proof" that CAFR is not a hidden governmental account.. To me the document presented certainly seems to indicate otherwise!


Bold highlights are my own doing

From WikiPedia

[CAFR] History

The National Committee on Municipal Accounting (NCMA) was formed in 1934 by the Government Financial Officers Association[2] to create accounting standards. As a result of its work, the 'Principles of Municipal Accounting', the predecessor to the CAFR, was created. The successor to the NCMA, the National Council on Governmental Accounting (NCGA), issued 'Governmental Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting', which is the basis of the format for the current standard. This document, known as the "Blue Book", and its successors documented the CAFR accounting structure and provided standardization and example documents. By 1946, the various levels of government--federal, state, local and municipal—each began producing a CAFR to catalog an accurate picture of institutional funds, enterprise or financial holdings, assets and total investment incomes for those government and nongovernmental entities using the report. This measure is above and beyond the budget process and replaced what was regularly an "off-the-books" practice called the "general fixed-asset account group". General Purpose government "budget" reports did not reflect accounting of this financial data, only reporting on the budget or "rainy day" funds or pension fund investments. By the 1970s, the CAFR became the nationwide paradigm for local government accounting.[3]

The resulting CAFR is presented to the GFOA, which conducts each year a review of applicant local government CAFRs and upon review awards their Certificate of Achievement Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting to those local governments that are in compliance with their CAFR accounting standards of preparation. Presently, accounting principles for government entities are set by transmittal letters issued to local governments by the GASB.

[edit]Differences between a general budget and a CAFR

The primary difference between a budget and a CAFR is that where the budget is a plan for the a fiscal period (often a year) primarily showing where tax income is to be allocated, the CAFR contains the results of the period (year) with previous years accumulations. A CAFR shows the total of all financial accounting that a general purpose budget reports does not. The CAFR contains a section that provides a comparison of period budget and actual. Additionally, the CAFR gives a detailed showing of investment accounts by category reflecting balances over previous years.
A Government budget document is a blueprint for a "specific grouping" of government agencies' spending over the course of an annual financial period. General Purpose Budgets contain both the spending categories of specified units of government, such as school districts, social services, transportation, police, fire, and park services; along with estimates of revenues expected to occur during the year, such as investment return; overrides of money from the previous year, and tax payments. They [budgets] are usually more limited to the expected costs of running the aforementioned government operations through tax income as opposed to describing the status of any government fixed assets and investment wealth.

A CAFR is a report of the complete overall financial results of both those "specific groupings" of government agencies that appear in the current fiscal year General Purpose Budget and all other agencies and departments. These can be autonomous, enterprise (for example government or city owned golf courses), recycling, water, sewer, and financial management - often these agencies were created with the inception of that local, state or government. The CAFR provides information about all of these other government agencies that may have their own budgets and separate investment accounts but their financial holdings are not combined with the general purpose budget that the same government presents to the public. The CAFR, or as it is called in CANADA CanFR can be used along with a budget document to compare the organizations total financial standing to the annual general purpose budget. The CAFR is the complete showing of the financial investment and income records from all sources, that reflects what has developed over decades whereas a budget report is an inferior document to the CAFR being that it is primarily focused on what revenue is expected to be brought in and spent for just the year.

In contrast with the rules applying to governments, publicly traded US companies are required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to provide their Annual Financial Report (AFR) to every shareholder each year. Some publicly funded non-profits (or Not-for-profit) quasi-government private associations have claimed that they are not subject to the public records laws and that their reports are not subject to open records acts.(Ky.Atty.Gen cashe link below)

[edit]Media Coverage & Misconceptions

News stories covering financial issues of government cite "rainy day funds" or special "ear marked" funds, loans between government entities, sales of government holdings in, for example, shares of a health care insurance company and the "budget" is often referred to, along with mentions of pension funds investments, but the full accounting of assets of government entities, the "CAFR" is typically not mentioned. "Alternative" media, since the late 1990s, has exposed segments of the public to the subject of the (U.S.) CAFR contributing to the topic being labeled as "conspiracy theory" or "soap box" issue. Reporting on government financial issues can be seen as sensationalized in dealing with alleged excesses in spending. A $10,000 dollar Christmas tree for example, or vague mentions of "many billions" in referring to issues around the pension funds managed by a state. In one recent series of reports, the Kentucky Association of Counties whose spending came under scrutiny by the Lexington Herald-Leader provided some awareness of these types of entities as well as their surpluses and the claimed spending excesses while using money acquired from government fees for products like municipal insurance at premium rates, which build surpluses beyond the needs of the entity. [4] Typical topics of the alternative media may include examples of: government entities financing each others bond issues; Orange County California's or other divisions of government investments in derivatives; financial deals that are kept from the public to entice businesses to locate in a state, which may include tax incentives in exchange for stock assets in a company. Much of both the mainstream and alternative media coverage of the topic of government financial issues must be considered a factor in public's confidence towards issues of government Accountability.

*I* heard that if you add together ALL the CAFRs you discover that fully 52% of equity markets are owned by government entities.. Greg

Check out this link for more information YOU should know about..