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Propaganda

Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument. Propaganda is usually repeated and dispersed over a wide variety of media in order to create the chosen result in audience attitudes.
As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda, in its most basic sense, presents information primarily to influence an audience. Propaganda often presents facts selectively (thus possibly lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or uses loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the attitude toward the subject in the target audience to further a political or religious agenda. Propaganda can be used as a form of political warfare.
While the term propaganda has justifiably acquired a strongly negative connotation by association with its most manipulative and jingoistic…

Airworthiness Directives; Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Airplanes

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation: Docket No. FAA-2015-0677; Directorate Identifier 2013-NM-244-ad. (a) Comments Due Date Back to Top We must receive comments by May 15, 2015. (b) Affected ADs Back to Top None. (c) Applicability Back to Top This ad applies to all Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Model GVI airplanes, certificated in any category. (d) Subject Back to Top Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 36, Pneumatic. (e) Unsafe Condition Back to Top This AD was prompted

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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection Renewal; Comment Request (3064-0109, 0162 & 0165)

1. Title: Notice of Branch Closure OMB Number: 3064-0109. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Affected Public: State nonmember banks and state savings associations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 509. Estimated Time per Response: 2.6 hours. Total Annual Burden: 1319 hours. General Description of Collection: Section 42 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act mandates that an institution proposing to close a branch give its primary regulator no less than 90 days written notice. Notices of closure are

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HUD Approval of Requests for Transfers of Multifamily Housing Project-Based Rental Assistance, HUD-Held or Insured Debt, and Income-Based Use Restrictions

Commencing for transfer requests submitted pursuant to Section 214, HUD will evaluate the request, on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with the following criteria. The receiving property must be a multifamily housing project prior to or as a result of the Section 214 transfer. The receiving project may already be HUD-affiliated, meaning it has existing HUD project-based rental assistance, an existing use restriction, or debt (either HUD-held or FHA-insured). HUD will approve a transfer under

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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-National Universal Product Code (NUPC) Database

Title: National Universal Product Code (NUPC) Database Form Number: N/A OMB Number: 0584-0552 Expiration Date: May 31, 2015 Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection Abstract: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), (Pub. L. 109-85), provides low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five with nutritious supplemental foods. The program also provides nutrition education and referrals to health and social services. The WIC

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Registration and Financial Security Requirements for Brokers of Property and Freight Forwarders; Association of Independent Property Brokers and Agents’ Exemption Application

FMCSA has considered AIPBA's exemption request and all of the comments received, including AIPBA's subsequent comments, and FMCSA denies the request. FMCSA does not have the authority to disregard Congress's directive in the revised statutory provision by exempting all property brokers and freight forwarders from the bond requirement. Essentially, AIPBA's opposition to the increase in the bond amount is a challenge to Congress's judgment that the increase is necessary and appropriate, indeed in the public

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Princeton Private Equity Fund and Princeton Fund Advisors, LLC; Notice of Application

1. The Fund is a continuously offered non-diversified closed-end management investment company registered under the Act and organized as a Delaware statutory trust. 2. The Adviser, a Delaware limited liability company, is registered with the Commission as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the “Advisers Act”). Northern Lights Fund Distributors, LLC, a registered broker-dealer under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“1934 Act”), will act as a

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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Employee Retirement Income Security Act Section 408(b)(2) Regulation

This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) section 408(b)(2) regulation information collection requirements codified in regulations 29 CFR 2550.408(b)(-2(c) that require certain retirement plan service providers to disclose information about their compensation and potential conflicts of interest to responsible plan fiduciaries. These disclosure requirements provide guidance for compliance with a statutory exemption from ERISA prohibited transaction provisions. Failing to satisfy the 408(b)(2) regulation disclosure requirements may result

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Notice for Public Comment on the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)

Section 106(b)(2)(B)(x) of CAPTA requires a certification by the State Governor that the State has in effect and is enforcing a State law, or has in effect and is operating a statewide program, relating to child abuse and neglect that includes “provisions which allow for public disclosure of the findings or information about the case of child abuse or neglect which has resulted in a child fatality or near fatality.” We revised our policy interpretation

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