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The Federal Savings Bank was uploaded to Flickr

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A strange little bank in Fulton Market, tied in closely to Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, and maybe Russian money laundering.

New York prosecutors have demanded records relating to up to $16 million in loans that a bank run by a former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump made to former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The subpoena by the Manhattan district attorney’s office to the Federal Savings Bank, a small Chicago bank run by Steve Calk, sought information on loans the bank issued in November and January to Mr. Manafort and his wife, the person said. The loans were secured by two properties in New York and a condominium in Virginia, real-estate records show.
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I took The Federal Savings Bank on May 18, 2017 at 10:03AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on July 17, 2017 at 10:39PM

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July 17th, 2017 at 10:43 pm

Entrance to The Federal Savings Bank was uploaded to Flickr

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Actually, entrance to the building where The Federal Savings Bank is located. A strange kind of bank, only on the third floor, with a building security employee that won’t let you go up unless you are a member of the bank, plus won’t allow photography in the lobby.

The FSB has been in the news lately for its Trump ties, and allegedly Russian money laundering schemes with Paul Manafort.

For instance:
Chicago-based Federal Savings Bank wouldn’t comment Tuesday on a report that New York prosecutors have subpoenaed records related to $16 million in loans the institution made to former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

chief executive, Steve Calk, was an economic adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign. Manafort is under scrutiny from a special prosecutor and members of Congress for his dealings with Russian interests, part of the wider investigation into ties between Russia and members of Trump’s campaign and administration.

Federal Savings Bank made about $6.5 million in loans in January to Manafort and his wife for a Brooklyn property, documents show. That came about a month after Federal Savings lent $9.5 million to Summerbreeze, a limited liability company connected to Manafort, according to 377 Union, a website run by two New York lawyers that is named for the address of the Manafort property in Brooklyn.

The combined $16 million in loans to one borrower represents nearly a quarter of the small bank’s loan portfolio and approaches the level at which regulators would start to think about imposing limits on lending to one customer.

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I took Entrance to The Federal Savings Bank on May 18, 2017 at 10:02AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on July 21, 2017 at 10:06AM

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May 21st, 2017 at 2:26 pm

Iron Cock Head was uploaded to Flickr

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Rooster, whatever.

Toronto’s City Hall

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I took Iron Cock Head on September 09, 2013 at 06:07AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 10, 2017 at 05:28PM

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March 10th, 2017 at 10:24 pm

Ready To Flee The Room was uploaded to Flickr

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West Loop

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I took Ready To Flee The Room on September 18, 2012 at 02:17PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 09, 2017 at 10:03AM

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March 9th, 2017 at 12:42 pm

Crumbling Institutions was uploaded to Flickr

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West Loop somewhere

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I took Crumbling Institutions on June 25, 2012 at 03:35PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 09, 2017 at 09:40AM

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March 9th, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Our Desire To Believe in A Metaphor was uploaded to Flickr

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Kinzie St Bridge aka Chicago & Northwestern Railway Bridge

Located just north of the Loop, the Chicago & Northwestern Railway Bridge is an early example of an overhead counterweight bascule bridge based on the patents of Joseph Baermann Strauss. Strauss was a prominent engineer who later achieved fame as the designer of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The Chicago & Northwestern Railway Bridge was reported to be the world’s longest and heaviest bridge of its type at the time of its completion. The single-leaf bridge is made from heavily-bolted steel girders and plates whose superstructure consists of a fixed tower and an overhead counterweight comprised of concrete, reinforced with a steel skeleton. The leaf’s axis of rotation, the main trunnion, is located about halfway up the tower and power is provided by a pinion which engages a rack on the operating strut to raise and lower the leaf. Today, the bridge is no longer in service, due to the rerouting of passenger traffic and dwindling freight traffic. It is locked in a raised position creating a massive steel silhouette familiar to residents of the Near North side and commuters on Brown Line and Metra trains.

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I took Our Desire To Believe in A Metaphor on April 25, 2014 at 01:22PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 15, 2017 at 12:27PM

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January 15th, 2017 at 1:06 pm

Born Already Ruined was uploaded to Flickr

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Cruising on Highway 41 (aka LSD)

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I took Born Already Ruined on September 25, 2016 at 11:34AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on November 23, 2016 at 09:22AM

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November 23rd, 2016 at 9:10 pm

Spoke Together All In A Rush was uploaded to Flickr

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Lake Michigan somewhere

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I took Spoke Together All In A Rush on March 29, 2013 at 06:12AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on October 06, 2016 at 10:13AM

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October 6th, 2016 at 9:57 am

Moorish Science Temple of America inc was uploaded to Flickr

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Temple Nine, 1000 N Hoyne, Ukrainian Village, Chicago.

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I took Moorish Science Temple of America inc on June 16, 2013 at 01:55PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on August 24, 2016 at 01:42PM

((Sometimes, not all times, but more than half of the time, these automatic IFTTT posts are created twice. Too lazy to troubleshoot, so this is an apology for all the future times it will happen))

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August 24th, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Things Go Back and Forth was uploaded to Flickr

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Metra train, Ogden Avenue

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I took Things Go Back and Forth on May 21, 2013 at 11:58AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on August 24, 2016 at 11:38AM

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August 24th, 2016 at 10:42 am

M. Hohner Special 20 – Key of C was uploaded to Flickr

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Harmonicas are extremely easy and hard to learn.

I had one for many years, but it got sat on and squished one drunken night (might even have been me, but probably not). I never got around to replacing it until today.

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I took M. Hohner Special 20 – Key of C on August 19, 2016 at 07:03AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on August 19, 2016 at 01:28PM

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August 19th, 2016 at 12:44 pm

Drink Your Sidewalks Like Wine was uploaded to Flickr

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Construction, West Loop somewhere, Chicago

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I took Drink Your Sidewalks Like Wine on June 07, 2012 at 04:59PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on August 19, 2016 at 10:03AM

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August 19th, 2016 at 10:44 am

The Colors Cannot Change You was uploaded to Flickr

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Random Austin hipsters at Hope Outdoor Gallery

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I took The Colors Cannot Change You on January 18, 2016 at 07:14AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on July 26, 2016 at 10:19AM

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July 26th, 2016 at 10:16 am

Location of Last Season’s Acorn Woodpecker Party was uploaded to Flickr

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Castle Rock Trail, Walnut Creek, CA.

From Wikipedia:
The breeding pair excavate a nest in a large cavity in a dead tree or a dead part of a tree. A group of adults may participate in nesting activities: field studies have shown that breeding groups range from monogamous pairs to breeding collectives of seven males and three females, plus up to 10 nonbreeding helpers. Young from a single brood have been found with multiple paternity.

Male acorn woodpecker with "granary tree" full of acorns

Acorn hoarded by acorn woodpecker
Food and homes
Acorn woodpeckers, as their name implies, depend heavily on acorns for food. In some parts of their range (e.g., California), the woodpeckers create granaries or "acorn trees" by drilling holes in dead trees, dead branches, telephone poles, and wooden buildings. The woodpeckers then collect acorns and find a hole that is just the right size for the acorn. As acorns dry out, they are moved to smaller holes and granary maintenance requires a significant amount of the bird’s time. They also feed on insects, sap, and fruit.

Defense and storing
The acorns are visible, and the group defends the tree against potential cache robbers like Steller’s jays and western scrub jays. Acorns are such an important resource to the California populations that acorn woodpeckers may nest in the fall to take advantage of the fall acorn crop, a rare behavior in birds.
Acorn woodpeckers can also be seen sallying from tree limbs to catch insects, eating fruit and seeds, and drilling holes to drink sap. The acorn woodpecker will use any human-made structures to store acorns, drilling holes into fence posts, utility poles, buildings, and even automobile radiators. Occasionally the woodpecker will put acorns into places where it cannot get them out. Woodpeckers put 220 kg (490 lb) of acorns into a wooden water tank in Arizona. In parts of its range the acorn woodpecker does not construct a "granary tree", but instead stores acorns in natural holes and cracks in bark. If the stores are eaten, the woodpecker will move to another area, even going from Arizona to Mexico to spend the winter.

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I took Location of Last Season’s Acorn Woodpecker Party on July 01, 2016 at 04:09AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on July 06, 2016 at 10:11AM

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July 6th, 2016 at 9:25 am

Colleen and George, Castle Rock Trail was uploaded to Flickr

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Walnut Creek

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I took Colleen and George, Castle Rock Trail on July 01, 2016 at 04:07AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on July 05, 2016 at 08:06PM

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July 5th, 2016 at 7:24 pm