Mar. 5  12:37 pm

every single issue with lok can be traced back to not thinking ahead (which is odd because atla being planned from beginning to end was kind of a big deal so idk what happened). this is why we have these disjointed seasons with contradictory plots and characters magically appearing. but beyond that, nick has clearly abandoned anything even resembling an attempt of getting kids to watch this show. it is overwhelmingly clear its target audience is/should be teenagers and young adults, and if they had thought ahead about this then they would have come to the conclusion that they should do away with the childish stuff holding it down like a y7 rating, and not even air it on nick but its sister channel through viacom: mtv, where there are already successful fandom and concept-driven shows. they should have also pretty much completely followed hbo’s model for game of thrones: sunday night timeslot, serial, continuous plot, and even directly market it as the animated game of thrones. but now it has kids show trappings and kids are actively being kept from it. if they were going to do this they should have taken kids and kids show out of the picture in the first place.

Fans of the show waited 18 months for Benedict Cumberbatch’s and Martin Freeman’s shooting schedules to open up, so the third season could go to production — and then that premiere was a sloppy, thudding mess, mishandling the emotional fallout of “Fall” with bad accents, slapstick, and mean-spirited fake-outs.
—  From TEH’s entry on the AV Club: “The 26 Worst Episodes of the 2013/2014 Television Season”.


Several orders that were placed at my shop earlier were never sent through to me, but were charged with their new payment system - Stripe. From what I can understand, Stripe authorized payment (sometimes several times for a singular order) but Storenvy never received record of it. I’ve emailed Storenvy support and anyone whose order was “lost” or overcharged. All PayPal payments look fine. I’ll be marking items in my store as “coming soon” so that no purchases can be made, but it won’t look like I just abandoned shop. Orders that were able to be placed normally will be shipped as normal. If you’re concerned that your order was mishandled in some way, please email me with your order number at kris@fatandnerdy.net so I can verify for you.

I’m so sorry guys. Please understand that I am working to get this resolved ASAP!

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Tribes mishandle funds, go unpunished

In this Sept. 2004 photo, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe who lives on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, attends the festivities on the National Mall for the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington.

ETHETE, Wyo. (AP) — American Indian tribes have been caught misappropriating tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, according to internal tribal audits and other documents. But federal authorities do little about it — due to a lack of oversight, resources or political will.

The result? Poor tribes like the Northern Arapaho of Wyoming suffer.

One Arapaho manager pocketed money meant to buy meals for tribal elders. Another used funds from the reservation’s diabetes program to subsidize personal shopping trips. And other members plundered the tribal welfare fund, then gambled the money away at one of the tribe’s casinos.

Altogether, employees drained at least a half-million dollars from the coffers of a tribe whose members have a median household income of about $ 16,000 a year.

Federal agencies questioned millions more dollars the Northern Arapaho government spent, but decided not to recover any of the money — and even increased funding to the tribe.

The Wyoming tribe is hardly unique.

An Associated Press review of summaries of audits shows that serious concerns were consistently raised about 124 of 551 tribal governments, schools or housing authorities that received at least 10 years of substantial federal funds since 1997.

Fraud and theft occur across the range of nonprofits and local governments that get federal money. But tribes are five times as likely as other recipients of federal funds to have “material weaknesses” that create an opportunity for abuses, according to the review. Overall, 1 in 4 audits concluded that tribal governments, schools or housing authorities had a material weakness in their federally funded programs; the rate was 1 in 20 for nontribal programs.

Thousands of pages of audits and dozens of reports by federal investigators, obtained by the AP under the Freedom of Information Act, show evidence of embezzlement, paychecks for do-nothing jobs and employees who over-billed hours and expenses. The audits, conducted by private firms, are required of tribes that spend more than $ 500,000 in federal funds annually.

Agencies often cannot legally cut funding because of treaties, Supreme Court decisions and acts of Congress, and they frequently refuse to take control of failing programs.

“It’s basically a reluctance to take on tribes. The Department of the Interior bends over backwards to be their friends,” said Earl Devaney, the former inspector general at the department that houses the bureaus of Indian Affairs and Indian Education. “It’s ‘make nice,’ and what you don’t know, you don’t know.”

Many amounts were relatively small. But there are so many instances of abuses that the total was substantial.

Tribal council members in Northern California used federal grants to pay their utility bills and mortgages. A Nebraska tribe spent health clinic money on horses and ATVs. An environmental supervisor with a Washington tribe received $ 16,000 for mileage and other charges he either exaggerated or never incurred. A tribal housing authority in Nevada sprang for a 25-night, $ 6,500 retreat at a resort in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Among grant programs with a significant track record in a government database of audits, tribes ran 16 of the 20 with the highest rates of rule-breaking. Auditors flagged welfare grants to tribes, for example, 39 percent of the time. Most prominent were programs funded by Interior’s bureaus of Indian Affairs and Indian Education and the Indian Health Service, under the Department of Health and Human Services.

Many findings by auditors suggest mismanagement, not theft or fraud.

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Petraeus to plead guilty to mishandling classified info, raising new questions about Benghazi

I find the timing of this to be very strange.  Yesterday, we learned that Hillary Clinton used a secret email account during her entire tenure as Secretary of State, including during the fallout of the 9-11 terrorist attack on Benghazi.  

If you will recall, General Petraeus’s legal troubles that led up to his resignation at the CIA all began immediately following Benghazi.  He personally investigated the burned out CIA facility after the attack.  He testified before Congress that it was the Obama administration that intentionally removed all references to terrorism from the CIA talking points on the attack in the days afterward.

His resignation and this new round of criminal charges stem from his affair with his official biographer Paula Broadwell.  The charges he has agreed to plead guilty to are misdemeanor charges of mishandling classified documents by giving them to Broadwell. 

from ABC News:

Decorated war veteran and former CIA director David Petraeus has entered into an agreement with federal prosecutors in which he would plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge for mishandling classified information.

Specifically, the charge is unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.

The charge stems, in part, from documents the former director allegedly provided to his mistress.

Contacted by ABC News, Petraeus’ attorney, David Kendall said he had “no comment” on the guilty plea.

Following the agreement with Petraeus, the Justice Department issued a statement: “Three documents — a criminal information, a plea agreement and a statement of facts — were filed today in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina’s Charlotte Division in the case of United States v. David Howell Petraeus. The criminal information charges the defendant with one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. … The plea agreement and corresponding statement of facts, both signed by the defendant, indicate that he will plead guilty to the one-count criminal Information.”

In November 2012, Petraeus resigned as director of the CIA after little more than a year on the job. For 37 years before that, he served in the U.S. Army, including as commander of American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Here’s what is strange about this whole ordeal.  Following the attack on Benghazi, Paula Broadwell spoke openly about the fact that the CIA was operating a secret detention facility on the compound in Benghazi.  This was, of course, denied by the Obama administration, who was still struggling with allegations that prisoners in Benghazi were being interrogated there, possibly using the same enhanced interrogation methods Obama promised to put a stop to. 

Not a single piece of evidence has surfaced to disprove Broadwell’s claim about a detention center being operated by the CIA in Benghazi.  The Obama administration still refuses to release all the documents pertaining to the attack there.

Furthermore, with the new revelations that Hillary Clinton’s secret email account was destroyed along with all of her emails (in violation of the Federal Records Act), we have more reason to believe that the Obama administration is still hiding damaging information about what was really happening in Benghazi before the attack.

Petraeus’s misdemeanor concerning classified documents is an excuse to keep him silent.  The Obama administration knew about his affair with Broadwell before the election in 2012 and kept silent about it until afterwards.  They even had Petraeus’s email tapped at the time (and likely still do).  Despite knowing about Petraeus’s illegal interactions with Broadwell, the Obama administration didn’t do anything about it until after Benghazi, when they needed the man who investigated it himself to be silent. 

If Hillary Clinton used a secret, personal email account to handle all of her communications as Secretary of State, the chances are high that she violated some of the very same laws regarding classified information as General Petraeus.  However, we don’t see the Justice Department pursuing criminal charges of Clinton because she already has good reason to keep her mouth shut about Benghazi.

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Please read this young woman’s story, she’s actually one of my best online friends, and please reblog this. It’s an incredible story of what she had to put up with at her school, simply because her school could not figure out a way to be better equipped for a student with disabilities. The school only worsened her PTSD related disabilities. 

Our dream would be for this story to go viral. We want people to read this story. We want people to make the school take action and to fix their ways, just like all of the other schools in this country that are fucking up. But most of all, I want this brilliant young woman to be heard. She deserves to have her story told.