Elizabeth Warren #2020 told us in 2004

Elizabeth Warren was the one who was tapped to clean up the mess by creating an agency to protect consumers — the CFPB.

This is Elizabeth Warren in 2004 on how banks were taking risks to make the biggest profits—warning of an oncoming crisis. Nobody listened. But she was the one who was tapped to clean up the mess by creating an agency to protect consumers — the CFPB.Sen. Elizabeth Warren Predicted the 2008 Financial Crisis in 2004

Watch @eWarren predict the 2008 financial crisis with shocking clarity in this interview from 2004.

<div#Warren2020Warren is  smart. She knows how to do the job. And she’s not afraid to tell the hard truths. She’s well aware that Washington does not regulate Wall St, Wall St regulates Washington. She was the go-to-expert on how people were having to go bankrupt because of corrupt banking practices. She taught it, she fought it and now the only candidate who truly understands it.

Season 2009 Episode 14 | 56m 7s
Long before the economic meltdown, one woman Elizabeth Warren tried to warn about the threat to the financial system…
https://www.pbs.org/video/frontline-the-warning/

Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)
Elizabeth Warren was in an interview that she did with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.” As I recall, she did an excellent job explaining the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).
http://www.cc.com/video-clips/ecpfjd/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-elizabeth-warren-pt–1
Elizabeth Warren likens capitalism without bankruptcy to Christianity without hell.
When Bloomberg News’s Reporting on China Was Challenged, Bloomberg Tried to Ruin Me for Speaking Out
Leta Hong Fincher
February 18 2020, 11:18 a.m.
https://theintercept.com/2020/02/18/mike-bloomberg-lp-nda-china/
I am one of the many women Mike Bloomberg’s company tried to silence through nondisclosure agreements. The funny thing is, I never even worked for Bloomberg.
But my story shows the lengths that the Bloomberg machine will go to in order to avoid offending Beijing. Bloomberg’s company, Bloomberg LP, is so dependent on the vast China market for its business that its lawyers threatened to devastate my family financially if I didn’t sign an NDA silencing me about how Bloomberg News killed a story critical of Chinese Communist Party leaders.
Trump just pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr, former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in gambling scandal DeBartolo was a business partner of Les Wexner in the 1980s, before Wexner teamed up w/Jeffrey Epstein, DeBartolo’s alleged mob ties are described here
https://freepress.org/article/shapiro-murder-file-0

Fracking has largely negative impacts on affected PA school districts

Fracking has largely negative impacts on affected PA school districts
…. because the last Republican Governor Tom Corbett took the  frackers money but also failed to investigate abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse while serving as attorney general prior to being elected.

In the aftermath of Corbett’s loss to Democrat Tom Wolf, it was a common theory that the Republican’s seat on the Penn State Board of Trustees had hurt him politically.

2011 Gov. Corbett’s Budget Guts Education Funding To Reduce Corporate Taxes, Give Gas Frackers Free Rein

Fracking has largely negative impacts on affected PA school districts

Fracking Has Led to a Bust for Pennsylvania School District Finances

State school districts are struggling because of increases in special education and charter school costs, a group of school business professionals and superintendents said at a news conference Friday.

The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (#PASBO) and the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (#PASA) released a report Friday on the financial health of the commonwealth’s 500 school districts. State officials begin the budgeting process for the 2020-21 fiscal year next week.

Much of that cost burden has been placed on local taxpayers as partial reimbursement for charter school tuition ended in 2011 and increased state funding has not kept up with growth, the group said

School officials from across Pennsylvania push for state to address special education, charter school funding
https://www.thecentersquare.com/pennsylvania/school-officials-from-across-pennsylvania-push-for-state-to-address/article_fcbe750e-4459-11ea-9be5-73edcc358258.html.

 

2017 Pennsylvania’s public university crisis, and what the fixes could be
A new report on the troubled state system of higher ed drops this afternoon.
https://billypenn.com/2017/07/12/pennsylvanias-public-university-crisis-and-what-the-fixes-could-be/

FROM SELF ASSERTION TO SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS by Jonathan A. Weiss Esq.

FROM SELF ASSERTION TO SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS
by Jonathan A. Weiss Esq.

We live in a world where man and nature both persistently insist on us, resist us, and offer opportunities. Catastrophes can be man made, or natural while also partially being caused by mankind. Most of us seek meaning and purpose in life. We are lured by the “good” in a world, often pervaded with evil, where we will die. Meaning and purpose seem best served by self fulfillment, creativity, with enjoyment induced or associated. Human choices are made here.

Doing Good

The simplest approach to “good” is by existential affirmation, life style, and career. When we vote in a “democracy” we make such an affirmation about society and humanity. Our life styles also produce relevant effects from not littering, to acts of cleaning both public and private spaces,  giving up seats to others,  having manners, showing courtesy, giving tips, reflecting, and engaging in friendly and fruitful conversation and dialectic.

On the other hand, we are all consumers. The products we buy often feed corporate greed and monopolies, enslave or use the very badly unpaid, unhealthy labor (from production to distribution to sales to deliveries) while despoiling the environment and sometimes creating “conspicuous consumption”. If our existential affirmation works towards the good, it can also participate in the bad.

Hypocrisy

We can make the claim that our careers can serve ideals commensurate with life styles. Hypocrisy, however, may abound. I remember when I first started representing the poor in slums, as a lawyer, I was attacked by fellow graduates, who were working for some corporate firms that were prosecuting the poor for using cannibus.  Those same lawyers were also using marijuana and had that in common.

I opposed the abolition of jury trials for those accused of Civil Rights crimes and raised difficulties with “affirmative action” advocating instead recruitment in slum schools and Indian reservations and educational institutions to entice the best students, encouraging those who wanted to learn more, offer  remedial and early education, and the elimination of “legacy” and “athletic” scholarships  from many mainly white dominated Sports in “elite” institutions.  Yet, I was not deemed “radical” enough in my attempts to help ameliorate some bad contributing conditions.

There are many ways to help those less fortunate. There is grassroots organizing, worker owned and/or factories and means of production (sometimes entailing destruction), co-operatives (including banks) and political participation, with a range of volunteer work (e.g. sewing).

What should a civilization  provide?

A civilization should provide sustainability, health, education, transportation, safety, stable currency, human agency, secure government software that works, data privacy, fair commerce, facilities for creativity in art, science, thoughts, crafts, and enjoyment including the law, mathematics and philosophy. Participation by your career offers real occasions for self fulfillment and meaning for living. Yet, in these activities we still participate in the institutions of evil.

  1. Master’s in Leadership for Sustainability
  2. Seattle Council Just Passed America’s First Ban on Winter Evictions
    The West Coast city is getting more active about preventing homelessness.

There is no such thing as an “offline” world.

There is no barrier between the physical world and cyberspace it is indistinguishable.

  1. NY Bar Exam In Complete Disarray
  2. 2/12/2020 Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is in favor of private transactions for digital currencies. “As we look at cryptocurrencies and an overall societal shift toward digitizing our financial transactions, it’s vital that we build privacy values into both the technology and the regulatory systems.”
  3. Plastic Surgery Patient Photos, Info Exposed by Leaky Database
  4. IANA locked itself out! Love the Internet
  5. Take Entire Countries offline also see Hubs and Spokes
  6. Steal This Book ~ Abbie Hoffman
  7. How to See the First Show You Watched on Netflix

WHAT TO DO?

We must selectively choose our battles.

Not buying toilet paper because it is made by Koch industries will have little effect. Boycotting concert halls or hospitals named after corrupt oppressors does very little. The test should rather be when there is an organized activity to join (e.g. grape pickers) for the collective movement may make a difference! We could argue the only successful embargo for countries condemned was against “apartheid” in South Africa because of such a powerful local movement progressing. Currently, law students at Yale and Harvard are attempting to prevent the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind from recruiting at those schools because the firm represents fossil fuel companies who do environmental damage. Where is the ideal that the popular client still has the right to representation (right to counsel)? During the McCarthy era, the first rate small firm of Rabinowitz and Boudin lost most of their clients  because of their representing claimed communists or “pinkos” (Cuba and Poland) – echoing the Hollywood black list. I do suggest that lawyers can make an ethical choice as to the class and type of clients they seek to serve. Trump should be disbarred and prosecuted in State Courts now.

We are omnivores. We do not condemn carnivores in the wild. It is easy to engage in anthropomorphism and write the pathetic fallacy to condemn eating meat. But, we know little about ourselves, less about humans, and nothing really about the interiority intellectual or emotional of other beasts. True enough we have an apparent aversion to cannibalism which is easy to carry over to primates and even other intelligent animals, whales, elephants, and apparently goats. True it is also  that most “modern” consumers can buy meat with no obvious animal nature.

When I lived in Italy in 1966 (when they baked real bread loaves, frozen beef from Argentina in parts and lamb racks from New Zealand (and horse meat) wine and oil stores, drinkable fresh eggs in bars, pasta stores, separate food and good stores, I purposely went to the butcher to watch them cut up “Bugs Bunny” for my rabbit dinner; goats, and cows. I believed one should confront what is disturbing in what we obtain – as well as evil in other commercial projects.

Some only eat fish (some hunt it as others do some animals – of course, there are societies which subsist on one or the other). They squirm, writhe, seem to undergo pain. It appears that octupi are intelligent (even in the buds of the tentacles), become attached to owners, and appear to dream and express emotions. Why is this different in kind than eating animals?

Finally, there are vegans and vegetarians. (I have read of some Indian religious group that only eats dead leaves). Yet, it is established that plants cry in pain (supersonically) when cut, that they communicate to each other (particularly about dangers) struggle to survive. Because it is more remote than what we see in the mirror are they more “moral” to eat?

Worse, agribusiness is a plague, not to mention golf courses, amusement areas, etc.  Not only does it enslave workers in disgusting ways, it destroys ecology (in conjunction with some dams)  poisons our air and water, eliminates directly and indirectly other species and varieties, but has also destroyed much of nature’s beauty. Except for a few “farm raised” products (and in the United States there are no Federal standards for “organic”), vegetables come from agribusiness (as eggs and (beakless) chickens come from confining cages, cows deprived of calves -slaughtered as veal – to have milk pumped until killed young for meat. Most vegetable eaters existentially participate in Monsanto and their ilk.  As omnivores, of course, their diet also suffers defects- not as bad as that of artificial sugars (fructose) thrust upon the poor particularly, but defects nonetheless.

None of us have a right to be self righteous (let alone castigate those who nourish themselves differently. . . or cause disruptions for other diners who continue the human historical omnivorous past.  We all participate in existential furthering of evil which leaves the squeamish as bad as the rest of us. To be self-righteous about being a vegetarian or a vegan, cause others inconvenience and embarrassment adds to the evil in the world, not approaching the “good” beckoning somehow, somewhere…

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Dirty Republican Opposition Reasearch

DCCC security fail

DCCC was holding a polling meeting with the blinds wide open.

All their information on display for passersby to see.

THE NRCC AND DCCC have disagreed on where to draw the line when it comes to opposition research. The Republican committee, for example, has declined to sign an agreement to not use hacked information in its campaigns.

https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2020/02/14/exclusive-republicans-snooped-on-democrats-house-polls-488331

BEHIND THE SCENES … CAMPAIGN COMMITTEES IN WASHINGTON pay lots of money to get an edge on their opponent. They have research teams, conduct detailed and pricey polls and dispatch trackers across the country to catch members of the other party in unscripted and damaging moments.

BUT ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT, THE NRCC walked across the street to the DCCC’s headquarters on Capitol Hill to stake out some Dem candidates, and stumbled upon what they consider a quite fortuitous find. Dems say it represents tactics that are totally out of bounds, and downright creepy.

THE DCCC was holding a polling meeting with the blinds wide open, all their information on display for passersby to see. The meeting was billed as part of their Red to Blue program — the GOP seats Democrats are trying to flip. The NRCC aides snapped photos, and you can see their photo document here.

Picture 1: Our view when we got to the DCCC and realized we could see the slideshow. Slide reads “DCCC California Delegation

REPUBLICANS SAY THEY GLEANED a wealth of valuable intel on the state of key House contests. For example, the NRCC learned that Democrats’ internal polling shows the special election in California’s 25th District — Katie Hill’s former seat — as just a 4-point race, with Republican former Rep. Steve Knight trailing Chrissy Smith 30-26. They also had slides that appeared to show the DCCC’s favorites in contested Democratic primaries.

THE NRCC AND DCCC have disagreed on where to draw the line when it comes to opposition research. The Republican committee, for example, has declined to sign an agreement to not use hacked information in its campaigns.

Fed Chair Powell Is a Member of a Private Club with a History of Racism and Sexism

Definition of Boodle, Boodle Boys and the Good Ole’ Boy Network

Alfalfa Club is the Definition of #Boodle, Boodle Boys and the Good Ole’ Boy Network #BoodleBoys #OleBoyNetwork “Power To The People” #PowerToThePeople

Fed Chair Powell Is a Member of a Private Club with a History of Racism and Sexism
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: February 14, 2020 ~
<https://wallstreetonparade.com/2020/02/fed-chair-powell-is-a-member-of-a-private-club-with-a-history-of-racism-and-sexism/>
Congresswoman Katie Porter opened a hornet’s nest on Tuesday during a House Financial Services Committee hearing where Fed Chair Jerome Powell answered questions. As we reported, Porter held up a photo of Powell in black tie attending a lavish party for billionaires and politicians at the Washington D.C. home of one of the richest men in the world, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. As it turns out, that wasn’t even the worst part of the story. The real jaw dropper is that the Bezos party was the after-party for a secretive private club’s annual dinner.  The so-called Alfalfa Club is a 107-year old, invitation-only club that bars the press from attendance and banned membership of blacks and women for the bulk of its existence. Fed Chair Powell is a member of that club. More on that shortly, but first some background.

US President Donald Trump hugs his daughter and senior advisor Ivanka Trump, who attended a party at billionaire Jeff Bezos’ home in January where Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell was also present

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Tuesday had to fend off accusations he may be feeling undue influence from billionaire Jeff Bezos and Ivanka Trump.

Good Sunday morning. JOHN KERRY’S BEST LINES LAST NIGHT AT THE ALFALFA CLUB DINNER:

“Thank you for your kind words, President Bloomberg. Mike, usually when I’m next to someone as rich as you, I propose. … Here I am — President John Kerry! I knew this day would come. Although given the Alfalfa average income, thank GOD I didn’t get Swift Yachted. … I’m proud to serve as your new club president. And don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you’re also getting John Edwards. … #SwiftYachted

new members:

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook
  • Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.)
  • Lazard chairman and CEO Ken Jacobs
  • Secretary of Defense James Mattis
  • James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox
  • Sen. Rob Portman (R- Ohio)
  • Jerome Powell, incoming Federal Reserve chair
  • Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and CEO of IBM
  • Anthony Welters, executive chairman, BlackIvy Group

POLITICO Playbook: Best lines from the Alfalfa Club dinner

ABOUT LAST NIGHT … HE’S GOT JOKES! — ALFALFA CLUB PRESIDENT JOHN KERRY gave his farewell address last night at the Capitol Hilton: “This is the only speech in Washington that hasn’t been canceled by Nancy Pelosi. I got to tell you, you all look incredibly dapper tonight in your ball gowns, your tuxedos, your bow ties, and your cummerbunds — or as we call it at our house, workout gear. Or as we call it at our other house, pajamas. Or as we call it at our other house, swimming costumes. But tonight it looks like I’ve done something Donald Trump can only dream of: finishing my term. …

“I’ve learned so much over the past year as your President: I learned that I’m at an awkward age, too old to run a marathon, too young to be in the House Democratic leadership. And I learned that at an average Alfalfa dinner, this crowd goes through 70 cases of beer, 300 bottles of wine and over 2,600 mixed drinks. Or as Brett Kavanaugh calls that — a quiet weekend. …

“Roger Stone isn’t here. He’s always been controversial. I remember when he got caught advertising for sex in bondage and swingers magazines. So, [Friday] morning probably wasn’t the first time he started his day in handcuffs.

Alfalfa Club: The ‘Other’ America for the Rich and Famous

I have no idea why four tweet threads concerning the Alfalfa Club were deemed “unavailable” by Twitter when we checked on Sunday. On Saturday, the club held its famous dinner in Washington, DC.
But those silenced tweets seem like a good metaphor for the ultimate insider event. The Alfalfa Club’s sole purpose is to hold one glitzy dinner once a year, to celebrate, so the story goes, the birthday of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
The club, founded in 1913, got around to admitting African Americans in 1974. It didn’t admit women until 1994. Legend has it that the club was named after the alfalfa plant because of the plant’s thirst. The name implies that its members, like alfalfa, will do “anything for a drink.”

Between February 15, 2020 and May 29, 2023 are 3 events dated January 30, 2021 and later. Click in the Event column for details on any event.

List of Alfalfa Club members

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Alfalfa_Club_members

 

Emily Heil (29 January 2015). “What’s the deal with the Alfalfa Club?”. The Washington Post.

TAX THE RICH

THIS IS WHY BERNIE SANDERS IS GOING TO WIN THE 2020 ELECTION

10,599 Corporate Lawyers Have Donated to Buttigieg’s Campaign: Here Are the Dirty Little Secrets

 

IANA locked itself out! Love the Internet

Internet’s safe-keepers forced to postpone crucial #DNSSEC root key signing ceremony – no, not a hacker attack, but because they can’t open a safe https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/02/13/iana_dnssec_ksk_delay/

Internet’s safe-keepers forced to postpone crucial DNSSEC root key signing ceremony – no, not a hacker attack, but because they can’t open a safe
By Kieren McCarthy in San Francisco 13 Feb 2020 at 06:09

The organization that keeps the internet running behind-the-scenes was forced to delay an important update to the global network – because it was locked out of one of its own safes.

“During routine administrative maintenance of our Key Management Facility on 11 February, we identified an equipment malfunction,” explained Kim Davies, the head of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), in an email to the dozen or so people expected to attend a quarterly ceremony in southern California at lunchtime on Wednesday.

The malfunction “will prevent us from successfully conducting the ceremony as originally scheduled” on February 12, Davis explained. “The issue disables access to one of the secure safes that contains material for the ceremony.” In other words, IANA locked itself out.

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update

On Feb 14, 2020,
The organization that keeps the internet running behind-the-scenes was forced to delay an important update to the global network – because it was locked out of one of its own safes.

As the _other_ FIPS 140-2 Level 4 DNSSEC platform operator, I have deep, deep sympathy for Kim in this, and absolutely understand that it could have happened to us just as easily.  I very much doubt that ICANN staff were in any way at fault in this.

We use the same model of IPS that ICANN does, and I believe the same super-clunky Kaba-Mas X10 electromechanical lock.  I can well believe that it got into a weird state and had to be drilled out.  The good news is that that’s completely orthogonal to all the DNSSEC processes, and just means the principals need to reconvene after the lock has been replaced.

-Bill

Tax the rich

DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM VS. PREDATORY CAPITALISM

#Election2020
#ElectionPrediction

Bernard Sanders will win the 2020 election

There are only 2 teams – It’s the .01% Rich vs. everyone else.

Mr. Bernard Sanders is the only one who has maintained his principles and stood his ground over the past 40 years. You can not even imagine him caving in over anything or to anyone. You believe he will do the job needed to reverse the damage done by Rethuglicans.

AMERICANS WANT DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM  NOT  PREDATORY CAPITALISM.

There is no such thing as an undecided voter. Everyone ALREADY  knows who they are going to vote for right now. Democrats want their team to win in 2020, and they will win because THEY WILL VOTE THIS TIME. This is NOT like last election when they were sick and tired of the Clinton Dynasty, and the way they rigged it to get rid of Sanders, so they didn’t vote for anyone.

Bernie Sanders

sanders.senate.gov is the one straight guy in a crooked / rigged game. That is why he is going to win.  There aren’t any undecided  voters. There is no swing vote. Citizens want their team to win!!! Citizens will come out and pull the lever to elect Bernie….. PERIOD.

Starting back in the 80’s when an actor named Reagan got into the White House and started talking that  Trickle down theory crap, it was obvious to all that  the “Dynasty” class divide sky-rocketed. It was all about “the show” and Marketing your Status and your Image rather than be honest, reliable, and happy with being a normal person.  Wall Street was getting set up and poised to bring down the world economy.

At the same time countries like Finland and Norway were thinking about how to help their population with education, and healthcare. Now in 2020  their population has all their ducks lined up in a row and their citizens are happy with life.

AMERICANS WANT TO BE HAPPY, THEY CARE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE TOO !!!

2020 Election Prediction

It’s simple … voters will turn out in 2020 and this time VOTE for a President. They will vote for a Democrat because they want their team to win.  All the military families that know Trump has disrespected them will vote for a Democrat now. It’s going to happen, count on it.

The [Clinton} Democratic Party better NOT interfere with Bernie like they did in the last election, or they will ruin themselves just like they did in IOWA.  The media is part of the .01% and trying to erase both Sanders and Warren. It won’t work.

The Pitchforks will come out and vote – they won’t allow Trump and his cult party of liars and cheaters to win. Trump is The Anointed One by The Family will go down.

Americans want the separation between Church and State F^^k that prayer breakfast.

The Family: It’s Not About Faith, It’s About Power | Official Trailer | Netflix

Trump just hired televangelical Paula White as his faith advisor, which doesn’t come as a surprise given that both of them worship the same god: Money.

The Trump Cult is all about Predatory Capitalism

How Billionaire Greed Ruined a Perfectly Good Strategy Called Corporate Sustainability. (Part 1) “How incessant greed from billionaires might ruin their federal gravy train” You know America will not be able to sustain itself if the Department of Justice is allowed to be undermined by Barr. He needs to be impeached immediately.

Jun 24, 2016 An Economic Hit Man Confesses and Calls to Action ~ John Perkins

This is so disgusting.

THE PITCHFORKS ARE COMING

Unregulated capitalism and not being taxed appropriately. What a gross demonstration of excess

Amazon paid a 1.2% tax rate on $13,285,000,000 in profit for 2019

THIS EXPLAINS the  10,599 Corporate Lawyers Have Donated to Buttigieg’s Campaign: Here Are the Dirty Little Secrets  all the firms on the Tech Payrolls want their Tech clients happy. Trump isn’t going to tax Bezos, Zuckerberg and the rest.

  • Amazon paid a tax rate of just 1.2% last year, versus 14% for average Americans
  • Amazon paid a 1.2% tax rate on $13,285,000,000 in profit for 2019
  • In 2018, Amazon paid $0 in U.S. federal income tax on more than $11 billion in profits before taxes. It also received a $129 million tax rebate from the federal government.
  • Prior to the amazon take over every employee at Whole Foods would receive stock options as a part of their compensation package. Now only upper management get that benefit.
  • Jeff Bezos also advertises on Fox News owns: @amazon @PillPack @WholeFoods @Ring @audible_com @Zappos

These guys are rich for a reason – their accountants – their lawyers – their bankers

WATCH THE MOVIE  “THE LAUNDROMAT” on Netflix starring Meryl Streep.

Right now, Netflix is running a film called The Laundromat, a Steven Soderburgh work that traces the massive—and allegedly criminal—operations of an offshore law firm called Mossack Fonseca, whose extraordinarily vast alleged money-laundering and asset-hiding empire was revealed through a huge leak of the firm’s documents in 2016 that came to be known as The Panama Papers. Messrs. Mossack and Fonseca, it will be interesting to see what happens when and if the investigators run up against some of the Trump Organization’s pals in Russia.

The 2016 Panama Papers investigation centered on 11.5 million records leaked from Mossack Fonseca that revealed how politicians, business leaders, celebrities and criminals operated through hard-to-trace shell companies in tax havens. The investigation, a collaboration of almost 400 journalists from 80 countries, led to the resignation of prime ministers, criminal charges in Latin America and Europe and to governments from Australia to Iceland recovering more than $1.2 billion in unpaid taxes and penalties. #MossackFonseca

Partial List of all the folks found in the Panama Papers

More than $1.2 billion in back-taxes and penalties has been publicly collected by governments around the world after the 2016 investigation. Its analysis of over 1,000 shell companies in the United States “found that both Nevada and Wyoming have become secretive havens much like Bermuda and Switzerland have long been.” Americans don’t need to go to Panama to hide money – they can set up shell companies with undisclosed beneficial owners in Wyoming or Nevada. The United States, with Wyoming’s help, has become the world’s tax haven of choice. What about the State of Delaware?

Jeff Bezos’ new $165 million Beverly Hills mansion will have:

— 3 hot houses
— 2 guesthouses
— A nine-hole golf course
— A tennis court
— A “motor court” with gas pumps

Remember when Amazon’s Whole Foods cut health benefits for part-time workers to save money? Tax the rich. #TaxTheRich

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Has Purchased David Geffen’s Beverly Hills Home for $165 Million. The final figure makes it the most expensive home sale ever recorded in the Los Angeles area. The final sale price makes it the most expensive home every purchased in the Los Angeles area, according to the Wall Street JournalThe title had previously been held by Chartwell estate, commonly known as the Beverly Hillbillies mansion, which sold for $150 million in December 2019 to Rupert Murdoch’s son.

Mackenzie Bezos is 3rd Richest Woman in the World After Divorce from Jeff Bezos. Cheating Tech Boss Jeff Bezos Sent Mistress Lauren An X-Rated ‘D*ck Pic’

Bezos Hacked

Stupid Bezos hacked in a WhatsApp chat with Saudi’s MBS

AND #Loophole that allows @jeffBezos #Amazon get away with NO #TAXES

AND AMAZON Voted The Most Evil Company in Tech

https://people.com/home/jeff-bezos-buys-house-david-geffen-los-angeles-beverly-hills-165-million/

TRUMP WANTS TAX RETURNS STALLED UNTIL AFTER THE 2020 ELECTION

Mar a Lago was the largest private home ever built in North America. Because Trump couldn’t afford the upkeep after he bought it he turned it into a club. Part of the massive home is sectioned off for his personal use. Tax him too. See his tax returns. He pays none also.

Deutsche Bank and Capital One should comply with subpoenas from the House Financial Services and House Intelligence committees seeking information about Trump’s finances. In a court filing released Tuesday evening, lawyers for the House asked District Judge Trevor McFadden to allow the case to proceed, complaining, “this case has been stalled long enough.” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/28/democrats-cite-starr-trump-tax-case-108480

March 15, 2017 A Trump tax return revealed — here’s what accountants think of it https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trumps-tax-return-leaked-rachel-maddow-what-accountants-think-alternative-minimum-tax/

Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming | Nick Hanauer

Billionaired Nick Hanauer warned his #plutocrat buddies in 2014 (see quote below), but they chose a higher fence rather than a longer table. Here’s a more recent message from Hanauer:

Dulles CBP Intercepts Dead Birds in Passenger Baggage from China

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Dulles CBP Intercepts Dead Birds in Passenger Baggage from China

February 10, 2020
STERLING, Va. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists recently seized a package of tiny dead birds in a passenger’s baggage at Washington Dulles International Airport.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists discovered a package of pet food that consisted of dead tiny birds in a traveler’s baggage from China January 27, 2020
The package of pet food from  China consisted of tiny dead birds.
The traveler arrived on a flight from Beijing, China January 27 and was destined to an address in Prince George’s County, Maryland. During a baggage examination, CBP agriculture specialists discovered a package with pictures of a cat and dog that the passenger said was cat food. The package contained a bunch of unknown small birds, about 2.5 to 3.5 inches in length.
The birds from China are prohibited for import due to the potential threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The avian products were seized on behalf of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and destroyed by incineration, with USDA approval.
“These dead birds are prohibited from importation to the United States as unprocessed birds pose a potentially significant disease threat to our nation’s poultry industries and more alarmingly to our citizens as potential vectors of avian influenza,” said Casey Durst, Director of Field Operations for CBP’s Baltimore Field Office. “Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists continue to exercise extraordinary vigilance every day in their fight to protect our nation’s agricultural and economic prosperity from invasive pests and animal diseases.”

https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/dulles-cbp-intercepts-dead-birds-passenger-baggage-china

PRC is trying to make the numbers look better be redefining the meaning of infected.

PRC is trying to make the numbers look better be redefining the meaning of infected.

Can’t call it an epidemic if we don’t diagnose the cases

If “symptom-free infected patient” start to show clinical signs, revise his categorization to “confirmed case.” It implies they aren’t counted before the symptoms show.

The new rule has triggered provinces to find cases that can be deducted from the total no. of confirmed cases. Heilongjiang has axed 13 cases from their tally stating the new definition. #Hubei has deducted 87 cases today, but authorities did not explain why. Over 100 cases have been deducted over the past 2 days. The concerning problem is that authorities do not disclose the no. of symptom-less infected patients after they count them separately. There will be no way of knowing the exact magnitude of the outbreak.
Alex Lam 林偉聰

has put out an interim guidance on #WuhanCoronavirus surveillance last month and it has a definition for Confirmed Case: person with laboratory confirmation irrespective of clinical signs and symptoms. It is very clear.
https://www.who.int/publications-detail/global-surveillance-for-human-infection-with-novel-coronavirus-(2019-ncov)
https://hk.appledaily.com/

Feb 10
Chinese National Health Commission has changed their definition of #WuhanCoronavirus “confirmed case” in their latest guidelines dated 7/2. Patients tested positive for the virus but have no symptoms will no longer be regarded as confirmed. This inevitably will lower the numbers.

The new rule has triggered provinces to find cases that can be deducted from the total no. of confirmed cases. Heilongjiang has axed 13 cases from their tally stating the new definition. #Hubei has deducted 87 cases today, but authorities did not explain why.

Over 100 cases have been deducted over the past 2 days. The concerning problem is that authorities do not disclose the no. of symptom-less infected patients after they count them separately. There will be no way of knowing the exact magnitude of the outbreak.

Article written by team led by Dr. Zhong Nanshan suggested the #WuhanCoronavirus can be transmitted by infected patients even they began to show symptoms. This is what makes the virus so infectious. People could be spreading it without knowing.

Clinical characteristics of 2019 novel coronavirus infection in China

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.06.20020974v1