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She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn't take it anymore. "It was like watching an old lady get mugged on the street," she says. "I thought, 'I can't sit by any longer.'" Fleischmann is a tall, thin, quick-witted securities lawyer in her late thirties, with long blond hair, pale-blue eyes and an infectious sense of humor that has survived some very tough times. She's had to struggle to find work despite some striking skills and qualifications, a common symptom of a not-so-common condition called being a whistle-blower. Featured News From Fleischmann is the central witness in one of the biggest cases of white-collar crime in American history, possessing secrets that JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon late last year paid $9 billion (not $13 billion as regularly reported – more on that later) to keep the public from hearing. Thanks to a confidentiality agreement, she's kept her mouth shut since then.

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Meet Arthur the stray dog who followed an extreme sports team through the Amazon rainforest Team Peak Performance were sat down for a meal before a 20 mile trek in Ecuador when they saw a stray dogSwedish group were taking part in the Adventure Racing World Championship through the Amazon rain forest Mikael Lindnord fed the animal a meatball before the team carried on - but the scruffy creature followed themThey tried to get rid of him, primarily for his own safety, but he refused to go so he became a fifth team memberThe group of four decided to name him Arthur and have now adopted him and flown him back to Sweden Lindord said: 'I came to Ecuador to win the World Championship. Instead, I got a new friend' By Wills Robinson for MailOnline Published: 15:16 GMT, 23 November 2014 | Updated: 02:09 GMT, 24 November 2014

Big Banks Take Huge Stakes in Aluminum, Petroleum and Other Physical Markets, then Manipulate their Prices The findings and recommendations from the bipartisan report are as follows: Findings of Fact (1) Engaging in Risky Activities. Ordering The Vegetarian Meal? There’s More Animal Blood On Your Hands Please note: the author of this article is Australian, and much of the information in the following article applies specifically to that area of the world. Farming practises differ around the globe. The ethics of eating red meat have been grilled recently by critics who question its consequences for environmental health and animal welfare. But if you want to minimise animal suffering and promote more sustainable agriculture, adopting a vegetarian diet might be the worst possible thing you could do. Renowned ethicist Peter Singer says if there is a range of ways of feeding ourselves, we should choose the way that causes the least unnecessary harm to animals. Most animal rights advocates say this means we should eat plants rather than animals.

White House: Obama Sees ‘Emperor’ Label As ‘Badge Of Honor’ Reporters grill Press Secretary, ask if Obama sees himself as ‘King’Steve Watson November 20, 2014 In a remarkable exchange, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told gathered reporters Wednesday that President Obama looks upon being criticised as an ‘emperor’ as “a badge of honor”. Responding to a question regarding Republican criticism of Obama’s executive amnesty plans, Earnest said “We’ve heard this rhetoric for some time.” “Their most recent statement referred to ‘Emperor Obama,’” Earnest said, adding “The fact is the president is somebody who is willing to examine the law, review the law and use every element of that law to make progress for the American people and that’s a criticism the president wears with badge of honor.”

Must-see morning clip: Jon Stewart ridicules ex-AIG head for being a cry baby Because there aren’t enough angering events in the world, Jon Stewart would like to call your attention to former AIG Chairman and CEO Hank Greenberg, who is suing the government because he’s unhappy with the terms of the generous $184.6 billion bail-out AIG received during the financial crisis. This lawsuit is analogous to, as Stewart put it, receiving CPR and complaining about your savior’s bad breath. In exchange for the bailout, the government gained a 92 percent stake in the flailing company — which Greenberg argues is too much (despite its valuation of only $15 billion, as Stewart discovers). That Didn't Need To Take An Hour Have you ever finished something and thought to yourself, “That didn’t need to take an hour?” In my world, I have an endless stream of requests to do something for an hour. I just looked at my calendar for the next two weeks and almost everything that someone else scheduled and invited me to is for an hour. In contrast, all of the things I (or my assistant) have scheduled are for 30 minutes. And many of them will take five minutes. If you schedule a meeting for an hour, it’s remarkable to me how often it takes an hour, even when it doesn’t need to.

Bankers dishonest by training, not by nature, Swiss study finds Updated A Swiss study has set out to establish once and for all whether bankers are scheming, untrustworthy scoundrels. The study of more than 200 international bankers put their honesty to the test and found them to be fundamentally decent human beings, until they were reminded about what they did for a living. At that point, the research team discovered they began cheating on their tests. Interestingly, that result was not replicated when sample groups from other professions were asked to complete similar tests. Lasting Relationships Rely On 2 Traits Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the year, about 13,000 American couples will say “I do,” committing to a lifelong relationship that will be full of friendship, joy, and love that will carry them forward to their final days on this earth. Except, of course, it doesn’t work out that way for most people. The majority of marriages fail, either ending in divorce and separation or devolving into bitterness and dysfunction. Of all the people who get married, only three in ten remain in healthy, happy marriages, as psychologist Ty Tashiro points out in his book The Science of Happily Ever After, which was published earlier this year. Social scientists first started studying marriages by observing them in action in the 1970s in response to a crisis: Married couples were divorcing at unprecedented rates. Psychologist John Gottman was one of those researchers.

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Prosecuting Wall Street Two whistleblowers offer a rare window into the root causes of the subprime mortgage meltdown. Eileen Foster, a former senior executive at Countrywide Financial, and Richard Bowen, a former vice president at Citigroup, tell Steve Kroft the companies ignored their repeated warnings about defective, even fraudulent mortgages. The result, experts say, was a cascading wave of mortgage defaults for which virtually no high-ranking Wall Street executives have been prosecuted. The following is a script of "Prosecuting Wall Street" which aired on Dec. 4, 2011. Steve Kroft is correspondent, James Jacoby, producer. It's been three years since the financial crisis crippled the American economy, and much to the consternation of the general public and the demonstrators on Wall Street, there has not been a single prosecution of a high-ranking Wall Street executive or major financial firm even though fraud and financial misrepresentations played a significant role in the meltdown.