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More proof that the stock market is completely gamed....

Apparently the "Flash Crash" of the stock market in May 2010 was perpetrated by a futures trader in the UK. The US Justice Department alleges that he used a "dynamic layering scheme" of large-volume sell orders to confuse other buyers, hence winning big in his futures trades.

"By allegedly placing multiple, simultaneous, large-volume sell orders at different price points—a technique known as 'layering'—Sarao created the appearance of substantial supply in the market.  As part of the scheme, Sarao allegedly modified these orders frequently so that they remained close to the market price, and typically canceled the orders without executing them.

When prices fell as a result of this activity, Sarao allegedly sold futures contracts only to buy them back at a lower price. Conversely, when the market moved back upward as the market activity ceased, Sarao allegedly bought contracts only to sell them at a higher price."

Discover Seattle! / Not spam
« on: Apr 21 15 09:04 »
No way this could be spam, right?

Discover Seattle! / Zazbof
« on: Apr 19 15 10:20 »
All hail Zazbof.

Discover Seattle! / Hmmmmmmm
« on: Apr 18 15 08:53 »
A tortoise in a dress walking through Tokyo. That is all.

Discover Seattle! / Stay Classy, Mississippi
« on: Apr 16 15 09:04 »
Gotta love Mississippi- it's 2015 and they still think it's 1915. This poll is from 2011, but I've no doubt a similar poll taken today would yield similar results: 

"We asked voters on this poll whether they think interracial marriage should be legal or illegal- 46% of Mississippi Republicans said it should be illegal to just 40% who think it should be legal. 

For the most part there aren't any huge divides in how voters view the candidates or who they support for the nomination based on their attitudes about interracial marriage but there are a few exceptions."

That's right in 2011,  46% of Mississippi Republicans said interracial marriage should be illegal.

Discover Seattle! / iGun
« on: Apr 14 15 04:37 »

Snake woman dance by Nokulunga Buthelezi

Discover Seattle! / Spendy Table
« on: Apr 09 15 01:20 »
Cool, but it'll set you back about $35,000 or so.

"The Megalith Table: A concept inspired by the space odyssey series

This monolithic design takes its inspiration from The Sentinel, a book by Arthur C. Clarke that went on to be made into the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick.

A glass table top seems to balance miraculously on top of toppling monoliths, which appear to be frozen in a permanent state of impending collapse.

via /.

With the FY2016 H-1B visa cap reached in the first week of April (only the USCIS knows how many applications were submitted by outsourcing companies and from Bentonville, AR), it's no surprise that groups like Mark Zuckerberg's PAC and Steve Ballmer's Partnership for a New American Economy Action Fund are pooh-poohing Jesse Jackson's claims that foreign high-tech workers are taking American jobs, and promoting the idea that what's really holding back Americans from jobs is a lack of foreign tech workers with H-1B visas.

Yeah, not importing enough low-paid foreign workers is what's screwing over American workers. Right.

I mean, seriously, people- would a bunch of billionaires lie in order to make more money? Would billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Ballmer ever tell a little fib in order to make a few billion more dollars? Would they?

This is what is happening in the US.  Companies are disqualifying American workers so that they can justify hiring foreign workers.  They claim that they can disqualify based on any reason: over qualified, requested pay too high, etc.  They don't even try to negotiate.  They come up with ridiculous requirements that are impossible to meet and then turn around and hire a foreign worker with a different set of requirements.

Immigration attorneys from Cohen & Grigsby explains how they assist employers in running classified ads with the goal of NOT finding any qualified applicants, and the steps they go through to disqualify even the most qualified Americans in order to secure green cards for H-1b workers. See what Bush and Congress really mean by a "shortage of skilled U.S. workers." Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and thousands of other companies are running fake ads in Sunday newspapers across the country each week.

If you like gambling, then you'll love Los Angeles' new parking signs because parking next to one of these is just like going to the casino. Take a look and tell me when it's okay to park, and for how long.

Discover Seattle! / Heh
« on: Apr 05 15 08:14 »
Some prize tweets

Discover Seattle! / Low Rate Of Pay
« on: Apr 04 15 10:59 »
Kevin Christopher Bollaer operated a 'revenge porn' web site. He also ran a second web site that solicited payments of $250 to $350 from people who wanted to have the photographs deleted. All in all, Bollaert made about $30,000 on that site.

In February Bollaert  was found guilty of six counts of extortion (stemming from the 2nd site) and 21 counts of identity theft. He faced a maximum of 23 years but was ultimately sentenced to 18 years in prison. 18 year sentence has 157,680 hours in it, which (assuming a profit of $30K) works out to just under 20 cents an hour. Brilliant business plan ya got there, Kevin.

(Personally, I find an 18-year sentence for this a bit much. I mean, you can rape and/or murder someone and not get this much time. 5 years for what he did would have seemed about right to me. )

Revoke Scientology's tax exempt status

Scientology received tax exempt status in 1993 through the use of numerous frivolous lawsuits and blackmail against government officials. Please tell the IRS to retract COS tax exempt status. They are estimated to have made billions of dollars since the illegal 1993 agreement.

The money is used to harass former members, coerce abortions, to secure their Int. base so people can’t escape, child abuse, forcing members to disconnect from family who aren’t Scientologist friendly, and to litigate to death anyone who opposes them. They litigated the “Cult Awareness Network” to death years ago and then bought the name. The C.A.N is now a Scientology run enterprise.

Over the years Scientology has put many government officials and politicians in their pocket. Stop this before it's too late.

Discover Seattle! / The uppermost inch of England
« on: Mar 30 15 06:25 »
Lol, I love this. An artist took the uppermost inch of the highest mountain in England and put it on display as art:

An entire nation's height is modified and its landscape redefined by means of a single precise action."

A lot of people in England are pretty cranked off about his "vandalism" to the mountain and aren't taking it well at all. lol

How to Determine if Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened in Just 10 Quick Questions.

  Just pick "A" or "B" for each question.

  My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to go to a religious service of my own choosing.
B) Others are allowed to go to religious services of their own choosing.

2. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to marry the person I love legally, even though my religious community blesses my marriage.
B) Some states refuse to enforce my own particular religious beliefs on marriage on those two guys in line down at the courthouse.

3. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am being forced to use birth control.
B) I am unable to force others to not use birth control.

4. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to pray privately.
B) I am not allowed to force others to pray the prayers of my faith publicly.

5. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) Being a member of my faith means that I can be bullied without legal recourse.
B) I am no longer allowed to use my faith to bully gay kids with impunity.

6. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to purchase, read or possess religious books or material.
B) Others are allowed to have access books, movies and websites that I do not like.

7. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) My religious group is not allowed equal protection under the establishment clause.
B) My religious group is not allowed to use public funds, buildings and resources as we would like, for whatever purposes we might like.

8. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) Another religious group has been declared the official faith of my country.
B) My own religious group is not given status as the official faith of my country.

9. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) My religious community is not allowed to build a house of worship in my community.
B) A religious community I do not like wants to build a house of worship in my community.

10. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to teach my children the creation stories of our faith at home.
B) Public school science classes are teaching science.

If you answered "A" to any question, then perhaps your religious liberty is indeed at stake. You and your faith group have every right to now advocate for equal protection under the law.

If you answered "B" to any question, then not only is your religious liberty not at stake, but there is a strong chance that you are oppressing the religious liberties of others.

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