I also wonder if this helps to improve overall morale, which I believe has been generally abysmal for the last three years. I suspect conscientious officers not only bear the mental burdens of their own actions, but of their fellow officers as well. Knowing that any officer in their department making a visibly questionable arrest or using excessive/deadly force can bring a town to its knees and undo any good the collective department has done to that point has got to be discouraging. A boost in morale can only do good things, both for the officers and the communities they police.
When I saw this earlier, I wondered if it's A) the small group of inherently bad cops curbing their bad behavior now that they are being monitored; or B) fewer [perceived] opportunities for dishonestly reported complaints. I imagine it is some combination of the two.
...and was then asked to supply supporting documentation, as the original chain of supplied documents was found to be insufficient. The interdepartmental transfer of documents did not happen smoothly, and some of my documents ended up on one clerk's desk while the rest were in another official's catalog. In this instance, poor document control procedures were clearly at fault. However, at each step of the process, I was told to wait 8 - 12 weeks to allow for an official reply. In the end, I submitted a 5-page letter that sounded more like a court briefing than a business letter outlining the chronology, duration, and content of every phone call and letter. This finally drew an IRS investigators attention and it was resolved within 3 weeks. Inefficiency and unreliability are already.
The flow of information into and out of federal beurocracies is already torturous enough without the government supplying faulty information that we turn around and feed-back. My concern is for the taxpayers who made an effort to be responsible with their withholding and punctual in their filing. I suspect the government will be even less likely to address this queue of corrections since the only reason I can fathom people wish to file early is to get a refund sooner rather than later.
I fear this will not end well for those who happened to already file. I have previously dealt directly with the IRS for three filings, two of which were multi-month-long processes. In the worst case, I spent the better part of 13 months corresponding via phone and U.S. Mail regarding an amended return -- they owed me money.
I'm not sure what percentage of filers end up owing taxes versus owed refunds. I imagine the number is fewer, so perhaps less than 400,000 people were even motivated to file early. But for those that were, I could see the amendment process dragging on until 2016.
Within 24 hours, it appears that most repositories had a fix in place. While that's certainly encouraging, it also speaks to how severe the vulnerability is. For anyone running Ubuntu, make sure you update to the following:
Ubuntu 13.10: libssl1.0.0 1.0.1e-3ubuntu1.2
Ubuntu 12.10: libssl1.0.0 1.0.1c-3ubuntu2.7
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS: libssl1.0.0 1.0.1-4ubuntu5.12
Does the stolen-card pusher take plastic?
1. Buy 1 stolen card for $35
2. Buy x stolen cards using a previously acquired stolen card
I first noticed these last summer outside my house about 30 miles west of Washington, DC in the northern VA suburbs. For about a month, I would see one every couple of days hurling itself into the porch light at night. I initally thought it was a locust because of its size and impact sound. Only when it gave up and buzzed away did hear the menacing sound of its wings, which was nothing like the familar clatter of a locust/cicada. Then one night while working on my car in the garage, four of them came in -- fortunately not at the same time! Each time, one of them would come tearing in through the open garage door and attack each of the 6 overhead lights like mad. It would pause for about 10 seconds after each 3-minute light-bulb battle.
These fuckers are relentless. On the first one, I wasn't sure what I was dealing with, so I assumed I could easily dispatch it and be about my car repair. I grabbed my hornet spray and cautiously waited for it to land. As soon as I got within 10 feet of where it paused, the damned thing came after me dive-bomber style. Thanks to a violent fit of crouching, ducking, and infant-fall-reflex, I didn't get nailed. This happened at least 6 more times before I finally hit it with the spray...BUT THEN IT WAS JUST MAD. It went absolutely berzerk and did its pelting attack routine against everything in my garage. Again, I hit it after 3 minutes when it landed. It finally ended up on the ground, but was still trying to fly, so I emptied a quarter of the spray can, which finally got it.
After enjoying a brief sense of accomplishment from a 20-minute battle with mother nature, I got back to work....for 5 minutes...before another one came in. I HATE these things. I spent 90 minutes that night duking it out with them. I killed another one a week ago but I have no clue where the nest might be. And I don't want to know. I've warned my kids about them, but I know it's only a matter of time. I just hope it doesn't go badly.
I grew up in New Orleans where "French Bread" is a staple. I recall many years ago asking my mother why they call the meal French toast. She relayed what her grandmother told her years before -- that the French dish "lost bread" uses dipped, stale bread to salvage what would otherwise be wasted food. A fresh loaf of common bread will fall apart when you pull it out of the milk and eggs. However, New Orleans "French Bread" as a firm crust yet porous, sponge-like interior to both soak up the mix while hold together.
Is it possible that this announcement is merely a ploy to see who starts reaching for cookie jars in the organization? What better way to identify potentially disgruntled or idealogically-opposed employees than this exact type of provocation? Once a handful of individuals get caught behaving suspiciously, RIF them and say "just kidding about the 90%". It doesn't seem implausible to me.
While money can't buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery.