The country of Dominica is a tropical paradise in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea with an average temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter months and precisely zero snowfall.
But, thanks to a couple of carpetbagging amateur skiers who live in Montana, it now has an Olympic cross-country ski team for the first time ever.
However, their fraudulent scheme has come crashing spectacularly down around them.
It has been revealed that the two founding members of Dominica's Winter Olympic team, Gary di Silvestri and his wife, Angelica Morrone, in their late-40s, 'scammed the Olympics and the press' with reportedly fictitious tales about the backgrounds of its athletes - namely themselves. read more
Tom Donohue, the CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, writes in an op-ed that the U.S. needs more low-skill immigration because Americans are not "qualified" or "willing" to do such work. "Immigration can also address labor shortages in lesser-skilled fields where there are insufficient numbers of either qualified or willing U.S. workers to fill positions," he writes. "Many studies have concluded that the greatest percentage of job growth in the United States through 2020 is expected in low- and moderate-skilled jobs that cannot be automated or outsourced. Services like home health and nursing home care, landscaping and hospitality cannot be provided without capable staff ready to do the work." read more
A national newspaper chain with nearly 100 publications and 1.6 million readers is considering building "state-by-state databases" on concealed weapons permit holders, according to an internal email. The plan, laid out in an email from an editor at Civitas Media, was sent to newsrooms across the chain, which has papers in 11 states, including Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania. The project "examines the explosion of 'conceal and carry' gun permits across the U.S.," wrote Jim Lawitz, Civitas' director of content. "Through public records act requests, we will attempt to build state-by-state databases that list those who have the right to carry a concealed weapon." read more
On or about Jan 14, 2014, a confidential 185-page report covering the entire scope of the Department's domestic and worldwide activities was leaked. The report, commissioned by the Secretary of Fear for our corporate partners, has since been made available to the public on the website of an electronic bookstore. We are in contact with the company that operates the website and hope to have the report taken offline shortly. read more
In August, (HP) Managing Editor Jimmy Soni announced the end of anonymous comments on the site and said: "The change will only affect users creating new accounts on HuffPost. Existing accounts will be grandfathered into the new system." At the time, Soni was vague about how the site would internally verify new user accounts, but just a few months later all users are now subject to the Facebook requirement, causing no small amount of outrage in the comments.
The article and comments are worth reading for more insight. read more