Maybe it's cheaper to buy the blu-rays than to archive them...
My company does this, but selectively not on some sites, such as my WellsFargo banking account.
I'm a quantitative analyst at a bank, you insensitive clod!
(that aside, I have a BS, and 15 years experience in computer programming, and I essentially code solutions I design for internal clients. It's not bad at all!)
The reason it's not a sworn statement is because it's probably illegal to give her the letter, so the Malaysian Airlines personnel who gave her the letter could face criminal prosecution (and also find out how well the Malaysian government cooperates with the US Department of Justice).
Like you said, though, effin unreal.
How can she prove she is on the list when the airlines are instructed not to let the passenger know the reason why the passenger is denied boarding...
Did the airline refund her the price of the ticket and all associated transportation costs (hotel, etc?) No? Nice. If she paid for the ticket, and she's on a no-fly list, who reimburses her for the services not rendered?
You're pretty close to describing communist China.
Aren't US Ambassadors also part of the group being spied on?
Doesn't the NSA have the ability to put a manila envelope on the president's desk, and next thing you know: boom! Hellfire missile blows up you and your family. No police, no judge, no jury...
Actually, no. Once you enter the TSA screening area, you may not leave without going through with it...
Ah, uh, I have to replace the network card.
Oh, no, the machine is welded shut.
Get a new machine...
How do you know whether an order is lawful or not if the law itself is a secret?
Granted, it's a grey area. I would say, though, that cheap doesn't mean bad, and fast doesn't mean bad either. I went to Cal State Northridge, and Pierce college before that. It took me 12 years (working, family, etc) but the total cost was probably no more than $15,000. (Pierce is dirt-cheap, CSUN was 600-1200 per semester, and I did 12 semesters). $15K in some places pays for one semester!
I recommend against that. Some companies do check, and then they can fire you for cause, and you can kiss severance and unemployment benefits goodbye.
There are fewer restrictions there, because no page numbers, etc.
People scour the internet to find talent.
Be open to contract work, even 3 months contract, as these can turn into 6, 12, or full time.
My story: 2010 a recruiter found my resume through google search, called me for position, was 3 months contract, got extended 3 more, then 9 more, then full-time, and I've been full-time at the firm 15 months now.
Looking for a job is a full-time job, which includes research.
Also, if a degree is holding you back, get one online (as cheap as possible and as fast as possible). Showing on your resume that you are continuing your education toward a degree can positively influence the resume-filter guy in HR. (Put something like: Attending University XYZ, aiming for a B.S. in Information Systems.) Also, degree does not have to be absolutely related to your career; it's just needed for HR to check the box marked "4-year diploma".
Take any work you can get. You don't have to put it on your resume (there's no database of jobs people have had out there except in govt) if it's not related to your career.
To start your own business and if you don't have assets to protect, you just do work on invoice basis. File a schedule C when you do your taxes (turbotax etc, have that). Do report your income, and pay your taxes. It will be a hassle to find clients, but you can find them. Everybody has crappy computer systems that break. Establish trusted relationships with a few, and before you know it, by word of mouth, they will advertise for you. A word of warning: do not take on exploratory work. Do only what you have done in the past, successfully. It will be easier on everyone, and your reputation will be: gets the job done well and fast. Exploratory work should be considered part of your ongoing education. Any costs incurred there (books, computers, etc) can become a business cost and be deducted from your schedule C income.
I am not a lawyer, a tax professional, etc. Check local laws. etc.