Day 22- This Phone is Tapped

Day 22- This Phone is Tapped
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Day 22- This Phone is Tapped

Getting my morning coffee at the local gas and grab, and the rarely used pay phone caught my eye- the sticker is from a organization called CrimethInc. Ex-Workers’ Collective- which, in what I can gather, is an anarchist group…..I always smile when I think about anarchists doing anything organized!

Their site- for informational purposes only. I’m not affiliated with them….yet 😉
www.crimethinc.com/

Question by Raul D: How often do you get paid in the air force? And when do you usually get a rank upgrade?
Do you get paid twice a month? Usually when does your rank go up? And how often do you get a pay raise?

Best answer:

Answer by Masterofnone
You can get paid twice or one a month, the twice just splitting the once a month. Your rank goes up automatically for the first few years, and then it depends on how well you’re doing and if your worth promoting. You get a pay raise when you rank up and the more time you spend in.

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Sexual Behavior in the HUMAN MALE (1948) …item 2.. ANSWERS — SAT TEST CHEATING (October 27, 2011) …item 3.. Atomic Dog [Original Extended Version] – George Clinton (1982) …
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“Colleges look for the best and brightest students, yet these six defendants tried to cheat the system and may have kept honest and qualified students from getting into their dream school,” Rice said.
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…..item 1)…. CBS … NEW YORK … newyork.cbslocal.com

7 Arrested For Alleged SAT Cheating Ring At Great Neck North High School
Educator: Pressure On Kids Massive; Attorney: District, Not Courts, Should Rule

September 27, 2011 11:58 PM
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MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Seven former and current students of a prestigious Long Island high school were arrested Tuesday in an alleged SAT cheating ring.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that six Great Neck North High School students had paid 19-year-old Samuel Eshaghoff thousands of dollars to take the SAT for them.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera with the details of the case

Eshaghoff, who graduated from the high school in 2010 and is currently enrolled at Emory University in Atlanta, was paid between ,500 and ,500 per student. He has been arrested and charged with scheme to defraud, falsifying business records and criminal impersonation.

Eshaghoff faces up to four years in prison if convicted, but his attorney said there’s no way this alleged scam should end up in a court room. Bail was set at ,000 for Eshaghoff.

“Even if something happened it happened within school grounds, under age, should be handled administratively within school. Across the U.S. no one has ever had a case go to criminal court due to cheating or alleged cheating in an exam,” Matin Emouna told CBS 2′s Jennifer McLogan.

Photo Gallery: Suspects Arrested In SAT Scam
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SAT Scam Arrests

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Rice said the six students accused of hiring Eshaghoff have also been arrested and face misdemeanor charges. They have not been identified because of their ages and all six of them were arraigned and released on their own recognizance.

“Colleges look for the best and brightest students, yet these six defendants tried to cheat the system and may have kept honest and qualified students from getting into their dream school,” Rice said.

Rice said the students registered to take the test at a different school so they would not be known by the proctors and then Eshaghoff would present unofficial identification with his photo and the paying student’s name on it.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria With More On The Story

Rice said the students got caught because their SAT scores were so much higher than their school grades, some with as high as 2200 out of a perfect 2400, reports CBS 2′s McLogan. Rice is recommending that all schools who know a student who has cheated on the SAT notify the college the student has applied to.

“The goal here is not only to hold those accountable for their wrongdoing, but to level the playing field for all of the students who play by the rules,” Rice said.

Eshaghoff apparently also took the test at no charge for a female student.

An investigation is currently underway into whether similar scams occurred in at least two other Nassau County high schools, as well as allegations that Eshaghoff took the SAT exam for students of other high schools. Rice would not name those schools.

WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell On The Story

The Great Neck School District released a statement saying it “does not tolerate cheating” and remains “committed to cooperating with law enforcement in the matter.”

“It is our hope that the actions currently being taken by the DA’s Office will serve to bring an end to any dishonest practices which may have placed students at an unfair disadvantage and will also bring to light any shortcomings in the security of the SAT testing system,” district officials said in the statement.

Great Neck educator Barbara Rothman tried to explain how this could have happened.

“There is a tremendous amount of pressure on these students in a town like Great Neck,” Rothman told McLogan.

Many students were defensive.

“I don’t think they should be arrested. I think the school should be taking care of it, not the court,” Nicole Nicholis said.

Rice demanded Education Testing Service, the non-profit that administers the test, make other immediate security changes like matching photos and handwriting. Late Tuesday night the ETS said it will comply immediately.

If convicted, what do you think is the appropriate punishment in this case? Let us know below…
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…..item 2)…. THE HUFFINGTON POST … www.huffingtonpost.com

October 27, 2011

SAT Officials To Testify At NY Cheating Ring Hearing
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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — A security firm run by the former director of the FBI has been retained to review security – and will recommend changes – on standardized testing procedures following an SAT cheating scandal on New York’s Long Island, officials with the nonprofit organizations behind the tests said Tuesday.

The officials from The College Board and Educational Testing Service made the announcement at a hearing of the New York state Senate’s subcommittee on higher education. The ETS administers the SAT on behalf of the Princeton, N.J.-based College Board.

Sen. Kenneth LaValle, the subcommittee chairman, convened the hearing after seven current or former students at Great Neck North High School were arrested last month. Authorities said six of the students had an older college student who had attended the high school take their exams in their place in a quest for better scores.

The scandal surfaced when teachers at the school heard rumors of the scheme earlier this year and found that some of the student scores were far better than their high school grades had been previously.

LaValle and others have questioned test security procedures in the wake of the scandal, particularly focusing on the allegation that the accused impersonator, 19-year-old Samuel Eshaghoff, allegedly posed as a female during one of the tests. Eshaghoff also is accused of accepting payments of up to ,500 for taking the tests. He and the other six, who are accused of misdemeanors, have all pleaded not guilty.

LaValle noted in remarks at the start of the hearing that there is increasing pressure on students to perform well on the tests, which are used by many universities as criteria for admission.

"Education is critically important," LaValle said. "It gives one a ticket to their success. This committee and our legislature and our society cannot tolerate where one group of students play by different rules that give them an advantage over other students. Sadly, the losers in this are the honest, hard-working students who play by the rules."

He said he will introduce legislation early next year to change existing laws that sometimes prevent the College Board or ETS from notifying schools when allegations of cheating have been confirmed.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, who filed criminal charges in the Great Neck case, said her investigation has widened to other high schools – both public and private schools – and more arrests are expected. She was initially expected to testify at the hearing, but withdrew because of potential conflicts with the ongoing investigation.

Former West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton, who is now the president of The College Board, said the cheating scandal has prompted an international review of security testing procedures. He said Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC, which was founded by former FBI director Louis J. Freeh, has been retained to assist with security concerns.

Caperton insisted that impostors taking SATs for another student is a rarity. He said security changes being considered include a review of what would be acceptable ID information and possibly using digital photography at testing sites. He did not provide a timetable for when Freeh’s company would make recommendations, but appeared willing to accede to whatever changes are suggested.

LaValle sought assurances that the cost of any security upgrades not be passed along to students taking the test. Caperton’s spokesman, Peter Kauffmann, said it is too early to know whether additional costs would be incurred.

The College Board, which charges for the test, has faced criticism from some educators over fees. This year it says it granted fee waivers to 350,000 students – an increase of 77 percent in the last four years – because of the weak economy.

Bernard Kaplan, the principal at Great Neck North, criticized the lack of security procedures employed by the College Board and ETS. But he said he could not answer questions, citing the ongoing prosecution case involving his school. He noted that Eshaghoff did not allegedly take the tests at Great Neck North, but went elsewhere so he wouldn’t be recognized. Some senators have questioned the effectiveness of allowing students to take the exam at locations other than at their own high schools; something that is currently permitted.

"Many, many educators have come to believe that the SATs are over used, over emphasized, and generally given much more credibility than they warrant," Kaplan said. "In fact, what SATs measure best is how well you will do on your next SATs."

Kaplan added: "Very simply, ETS has made it very easy to cheat, very difficult to get caught, and has failed to include schools in the process."

Another critic of standardized testing contended that more can be done to improve test security.

Bob Schaeffer of FairTest, said photos of all students should be taken when they arrive at a school to take the SAT, something that Caperton said is now being considered.

"As the Great Neck scandal demonstrates, the current level of security is inadequate," he said. "Savvy students can circumvent these minimal protections with relative ease, particularly by using modern technologies to forge identity cards, covertly copy exam materials, or secretly transmit correct answers."
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"Atomic Dog" is a song by George Clinton from his 1982 solo album "Computer Games". The track was released as a single in December of 1982. The single failed to reach the Top 100 of the Pop Chart at all, though it has arguably attained greater popular stature over the years since its release.

George Clinton’s P-Funk Collective reached its commercial and conceptual height in 1976 with the release of the Parliament album "Mothership Connection" and a series of spectacular concert tours. However, as the band and their concept of funk grew, the organization became entangled in internal dissension, legal disputes, and creative exhaustion. "Atomic Dog" was the P-Funk Collective’s last single to reach #1 on the U.S. R&B chart. According to Clinton, most of the song’s lyrics were ad-libbed during the recording process.

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Only after very strong sales was the song finally put on the air. The single "Atomic Dog" was released in December of 1982 and reached #1 on the R&B charts, but peaked at #101 on the pop chart.

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From the 2011 Relentless Freeze Festival at Battersea power station.
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Newsweek Magazine (February 16, 2009) … Lenders Add Bigger Fannie, Freddie Fee – Thanks to Payroll Tax Cut (January 15, 2012) …item 2.. Dupuy: GOP trying to sell pyrmaid scheme to voters (September 3, 2012) …
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But the model — the idea of those at the bottom sacrificing their retirement benefits (pensions, Social Security, Medicare, etc.) so that the top tier can pay even less in taxes — is what the Romney/Ryan ticket is peddling. Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney wants to cut taxes for the wealthy. Congressman Paul Ryan, the vice presidential half of the ticket, has proposed a budget that would shrink benefits to give the savings in the form of a tax cut to the highest brackets.
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The increase in the mortgage fee is to pay for the roughly billion package the Senate approved last month to extend a 2 percentage point payroll tax cut for another two months. About 160 million people benefit from that tax

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…..item 1)…. eCreditDaily … ecreditdaily.com … Your Resource for Financial Empowerment

Lenders Add Bigger Fannie, Freddie Fee – Thanks to Payroll Tax Cut
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Lenders are already adding an increase in fees on mortgages backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration to new loans – a hike that will pay for the extension of the payroll tax cut.

The fee increase of 0.1 of a percentage point is to be added to all loans that Fannie and Freddie buy from April 1 to Oct. 1, 2021.

But lenders are already adding the increased fee to loan price structuring since it can take months to close a loan and deliver it to the two mortgage-financing companies taken over by the U.S. government three years ago.

The increase in the mortgage fee is to pay for the roughly billion package the Senate approved last month to extend a 2 percentage point payroll tax cut for another two months. About 160 million people benefit from that tax cut.

But the mortgage fee increase is good for the life of new mortgages and refinancing – about 90 percent of U.S. mortgages are financed or backed by the government-sponsored companies. Existing mortgages are not affected.

“Think of it as a back-door tax increase,” writes Peter G. Miller, a syndicated real estate writer and operator of OurBroker.com. “While the public was watching the payroll debate in Washington, Congress was actually increasing the cost to finance or refinance a home.”

The Fannie/Freddie fee would rise about 0.1 percent to an average of 0.3 percentage point. It would amount to about a month more on a 0,000 mortgage ­– that’s 0 a year.

Congress has also directed the FHA to increase its annual mortgage insurance premium by .10 percent – from 1.15 percent to 1.25 percent for most borrowers.

Homeowners would have the fee increases worked into their mortgage.

The mortgage providers would then send that additional revenue to the U.S. Treasury, which already extends an open credit line to Fannie and Freddie to cover quarterly losses. That bailout tab is expected to reach 0 billion this year.
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…..item 2)…. Online Athens … Athens Banner-Herald … onlineathens.com/opinion

OPINION

Dupuy: GOP trying to sell pyrmaid scheme to voters
By TINA DUPUYpublished Monday, September 3, 2012

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A few years ago, I had a friend who didn’t want anyone to know she was going to therapy. Instead, she would announce at her place of business she was leaving to attend her Amway meeting. At one point I had to inform her, “You know that doesn’t make you look any less crazy, right?”

The classic multi-level marketing program — or pyramid scheme — is where one guy at the top convinces people at the bottom to give money to the people at the top. The hope is that the guys in the middle will recruit enough people under them to move from the middle to the top — hence the pyramid shape. The model is, clearly and provably, unsustainable. Only a couple of people (those at the top) do well. Everyone else gets ripped off.

In fairness, Amway has massaged its methods enough to not qualify as the illegal type of pyramid scheme. It’s now the more legal type of pyramid scheme.

But the model — the idea of those at the bottom sacrificing their retirement benefits (pensions, Social Security, Medicare, etc.) so that the top tier can pay even less in taxes — is what the Romney/Ryan ticket is peddling. Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney wants to cut taxes for the wealthy.

Congressman Paul Ryan, the vice presidential half of the ticket, has proposed a budget that would shrink benefits to give the savings in the form of a tax cut to the highest brackets.

What didn’t work in the Bush years to strengthen the middle-class (evident by their Lost Decade), they tell us will work this time. Or as veep-pick also-ran, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., put it, “We have never been a nation of haves and have-nots. We are a nation of haves and soon-to-haves.”

No, actually, we are a nation of haves and have-nots. We have the worst wealth inequality of all industrialized nations. Our poverty rate is the highest in more than 50 years at 15.7 percent. Contrast that with the top 1 percent of Americans who own nearly half — 42 percent — of the nation’s wealth. Also, that same top 1 percent only has 5 percent of the nation’s debt. So 99 percent of Americans own 58 percent of the pie and have 95 percent of the debt. We’re fatter, sicker, further in debt and using the most illegal drugs in the world — all signs that Americans have become overspent from bad economic policies.

But the haves — these demigods of capitalism — won’t trickle their wealth down to us because of “uncertainty in the market” according to Republicans. Therefore we bribe them with an even lower tax rate.
Instead of calling it “trickle down” which has been largely panned for decades — the new term is “not punishing success.”

“If your priority in this country is to punish success, vote for President Obama,” said offshore account holder Mitt Romney.

If the rich get richer, we’re not getting thinner, healthier, solvent and off the crack cocaine. If the rich get richer, the middle-class doesn’t get more stable.

If the rich get richer, the working poor don’t get pulled out of poverty. If the rich get richer — they just get richer and park their money in Luxembourg (where at least their money will be near universal health care).

We’re actually not a nation of haves at all. If you go by a simple majority — or even a supermajority — we’re a nation of have-nots. Have-nots being sold on a fantasy of wealth trickling down if we’re nice enough to the haves.

Trickle-down economics is a pyramid scheme. It’s the rich telling us if we just recruit others to believe in the con, then we will become the rich, too.

It’s a lie.

• Tina Dupuy is an award-winning writer and editor-in-chief of TheContributor.com. Send email to tinadupuy@yahoo.com.
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Gas Man at Kings Cross
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Taken by the payphones at Kings Cross St. Pancras Underground Station. He got quite a lot of looks from the commuters. He was later stopped and searched under the Terrorism Act but not arrested.

16 Comments on Day 22- This Phone is Tapped

  1. El Dorko
    November, 23rd 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Organized anarchy – that’s sort of like military intelligence . . .

  2. thegirlsmoma
    November, 23rd 2012 at 9:25 pm

    "Crimethinc" — except for the "c" at the end — sounds like Newspeak. See? I’m all 1984 up in here!

  3. Jinx!
    November, 23rd 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Yeah, girlsmoma, you’re all up in the big brother thang ;0

  4. furyksx
    November, 23rd 2012 at 10:06 pm

    how amusing… 😀

  5. girlbruise
    November, 23rd 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Haha, this is neat 😀

  6. Niques
    November, 23rd 2012 at 11:12 pm

    lol, I like this

  7. † Jack Davison
    November, 23rd 2012 at 11:42 pm

    nice one gregory by darling terroist

  8. 1987porsche944
    November, 23rd 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Whoa!

    Great shot!

    …words cannot express…

  9. patart00
    November, 23rd 2012 at 11:52 pm

    very good shot.

  10. † Jack Davison
    November, 24th 2012 at 12:09 am

    i stand corrected

  11. ripopentheuniverse
    November, 24th 2012 at 12:27 am

    It’s almost as if he took a nap :3

  12. Remy
    November, 24th 2012 at 12:40 am

    The Air Force works the same way as all the other branches. You get paid twice a month on the 1st and 15th, except when those fall on a non-business day, ie a weekend or holiday, in which case you get paid the business day before. People with USAA accounts also get paid a day early. You can also elect to have a single paycheck each month that will be deposited on the 1st. How fast you get promoted depends on time in grade and your own individual performance. If you’re completely useless, they can find ways to keep you from getting promoted and if you’re exceptionally good at your job, you can be promoted early. Pay raises occur with promotions and with time in service. An E3 who has two years in makes more than an E3 with less than two years of service. There are also occasional raises across the board on a yearly basis, which is just a cost of living adjustment, meaning that all salaries will go up 3% for example.

  13. NWIP
    November, 24th 2012 at 12:53 am

    You get paid on the 15th & 1st of each month (once a month no longer an option unless they reinstated it recently). It is based on your rank and the time you have in the military. The pay charts you see are per month before deductions. You go up in rank when you meet the necessary qualifications for it and it is available. There can be a pay raise when you 1) go up in Rank; 2) Your time in goes up for example 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, 6 years; and 3) When Congress approves a yearly pay raise.

  14. Laura B
    November, 24th 2012 at 1:16 am

    1st and 15th of every month… Rank goes by time in service up until E-5 then you test….it takes 4 years to reach E-4 and on the 5th year you test for E-5. Search a military pay chart… that will give you your base pay

  15. R
    November, 24th 2012 at 1:42 am

    You get paid once, but the payment is split up between the 1st and 15th of the month. Alternatively, you can choose that the pay is not split up and get it all once a month.

    Nobody is “ranked up” in the military. It is called a promotion. You are promoted according to Air Force rules. You can join as an E-1, E-2 or E-3 depending on what incentives you were given to enlist. If you join as an E-1, then you are automatically promoted to E-2, 3 and 4 without doing much other than not messing up. In order to get promoted to E-2, you need to meet the Time in Service and Time in Grade requirements. That means you wait until you’re in long enough. Same thing with E-3 and E-4.

    However, if you are a really, really, really good airman, you can be nominated for Below the Zone in which as an E-3 you can be awarded E-4 six months earlier than you normally would. After that, you need to pass tests based on your job field and general Air Force knowledge (you will need to pass tests once you graduate BMT and Tech school but will have to pass another to make E-5 once you are an E-4) to keep your career on track. If you do not pass the tests, you will not go far in the Air Force.

    Most jobs in the Air Force are technical in nature and the only way to gauge how much you know and how much you’ve progressed, is by testing you. So if you want the extra pay, responsibilities, and perks of a higher rank, you need to pass your tests. Note that if you do not pass your first CDC test, or repeatedly fail them, you will be separated from the Air Force. The Air Force does not tolerate people who don’t know how to do their jobs.

    Pay raises (basic rate hikes for every pay grade) happen all the time to counter inflation. But to be promoted, you need to do what I said above.

  16. usafbrat64
    November, 24th 2012 at 2:39 am

    You get paid twice a month… 1st and 15th. No option for a once month paycheck.

    Rank… E-1 through E-4 are automatic. But, to earn a promotion to E-5 and up, you must test. Your test scores, along with performance report scores, time in service, and time in grade, will determine if you will get promoted. And no one used the phrase “rank up”,

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