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The [Monday] Papers

I need a new place to live! Seeking a 1BR in Humboldt Park, Ukrainian Village or thereabouts; will consider unusual situations as well, i.e., basements, storefronts, being somebody's butler in exchange for housing. Inquire within.

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The Truth About Chicago
Is the Chicago Police Department really juking murder stats? We have the surprising answer. Plus: Chicagoetry with J.J. Tindall, The Cub Factor with Marty Gangler, Remembering Big Glo, Jim "Coach" Coffman on sports and the week in politics and music. On The Beachwood Radio Hour #2. (Now with Show Notes!)

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And, this week in Beachwood International with The Angry Aussie, the best summation yet of Chicagoland:

"It's like, 'South Side, bang bang, violence, bang bang, and look at what a fucking great job the mayor's doing!'

"What this series promised was an investigative, journalistic look, in eight episodes, so they can get into the meat of the story, as to the trials and tribulations and problem-solving capabilities of a modern city, and it just turned out to be this total fucking wank.

"If you want to learn about what has happened to North American cities over the past 30 years or so, you can borrow the series, it's called The Wire. It's five seasons, and a) it's way more entertaining than this shit, and b) you'll learn a helluva lot more and there's a helluva lot more truth in The Wire than there is in any of these episodes."

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Obama's Internet
"Stepping into a heated debate within the nation's intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should - in most circumstances - reveal them to assure that they will be fixed, rather than keep mum so that the flaws can be used in espionage or cyberattacks, senior administration officials said Saturday," the New York Times reports.

"But Mr. Obama carved a broad exception for 'a clear national security or law enforcement need,' the officials said, a loophole that is likely to allow the N.S.A. to continue to exploit security flaws both to crack encryption on the Internet and to design cyberweapons."

Typical Obama, setting forth a rule that allows for exceptions that render the rule meaningless.

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"The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said," Bloomberg reports.

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Meanwhile . . . The First Rule Of Barack Obama's National Security Letters Is That You Aren't Allowed To Talk About Barack Obama's National Security Letters.

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Economics 101*
Emanuel Pension Deal: Take Two.

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Groupon's Exec Bonus Deal: Heads They Win; Tails They Win.

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Allstate CEO Wilson Gets $18.7 Million Pay Package.

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Fitch Ratings Changes Outlook For Palos Hospital To Negative.

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"Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. (4502) and Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY:US) were ordered to pay a combined $9 billion in punitive damages after a federal court jury found they hid the cancer risks of their Actos diabetes medicine in the first U.S. trial of its kind."

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Discover Settles 'Auto-Dial' Case For $8.7 Million.

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Wealthy Candidates Steal Their Elders' Tales Of Woe.

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Illinois Goes After Payday Loan Middlemen.

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U.S. Chamber: Trade Agreements Key To Growth.

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You now have a Ph.D in America.

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* All headlines from last Tuesday's Crain's Morning 10 e-mail.

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Jon Stewart vs. The NCAA
Take that, Davids Haugh and Kaplan.

See also: Why Is Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald Playing The Union Buster?

Note: He's the university's highest-paid employee.

The White Sox Report
If Only Adam Eaton Could Pitch.

Note: SportsMonday will return next week; The Cub Factor will appear on Tuesday.

The Midwest's Best: Little Known Facts
Celebrity skin.

The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Charlene Kaye, The Kurt Michaels Continuum, Krisiun, Daley, Sidi Toure with Billy Branch, Tycho, Malevolent Creation, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Machine Gun Kelly, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

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BeachBook
* Rahm's Rick Perry Moment.

Couldn't name anything he's done that other mayors should emulate.

* Misrepresentations Help Motorola Get $50 Million Federal Grant.

Federal grant = taxpayer subsidy.

* Vincente Zambada-Niebla, A Billion-Dollar 'Narco Junior,' Cuts A Deal.

"In 2009, Vicente Zambada was arrested by Mexican authorities and promptly extradited to Chicago, where he was expected to stand trial for importing drugs to that city as a key logistics manager for the cartel."

* IRE Nomination Call For Most Secretive Government Agency.

Something Rahm or the Cook County State's Attorney's Office?

* White House 'Awarded' For Press Freedom; NYT's Abramson: New Levels Of Secrecy In Obama White House.

Chicago media uninterested in reporting the truth about their favorite son's presidency, from war crimes in Pakistan and Yemen to his massive surveillance state to his war against journalists and whistleblowers to his economic bungling (his sequester lives).

* NSA Spied On Windows Crash Reports.

"It appears that this information leakage greatly amused the NSA, with Der Spiegel reporting that the spy organization created a comedy mock-up of the Windows error message."

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Posted on April 14, 2014


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