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  • Anthony Scaramucci's wife files for divorce over Trump support:

    07/30/2017 8:01:03 PM PDT · 138 of 138
    CutePuppy to CutePuppy
    Correction: She just gave birth to their second son, he has another child from his first marriage.

    Also, she has been a VP of Investor Relations in his hedge fund, SkyBridge Capital that he just sold to a US subsidiary of shady Chinese financial conglomerate HNA Group (pending expected approval from US agency), so she might have some dirt which he may not want to come out.

  • Anthony Scaramucci's wife files for divorce over Trump support:

    07/30/2017 7:49:24 PM PDT · 137 of 138
    CutePuppy to napscoordinator; COUNTrecount
      He better have learned his lesson on marriage and put an iron clad prenup.

    He probably does but there is no such thing as an "ironclad" prenup, even if it's a "Massey Pre-nup" in the "non-community property" NY state.

    Though most of his assets predate their marriage, they were much smaller in 2014 when they got married (began dating in 2011), they have two young children and she is 9 month pregnant with their third.

    Like another hedge-fund manager, Martin Shkreli, Scaramucci is not exactly an endearing personality, despite fake outward "charm" which Shkreli lacks. His new high-profile status and latest profanity-laced interview will not be helpful in the divorce court and the court of public opinion. Expect that besides the divorce settlement, alimony is going to be very substantial and for a long time.

  • Anthony Scaramucci's wife files for divorce over Trump support:

    07/29/2017 11:22:56 PM PDT · 134 of 138
    CutePuppy to lewislynn; napscoordinator; nickcarraway
      Nickcarraway thinks Trump is a liberal too.

    Well, The Mooch was a donor to John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and donor and big fund-raiser for Obama (before sidling up to Mitt Romney, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush and, finally, Trump) and according to his speeches and numerous tweets (now scrubbed, so they "wouldn't be a distraction" ) he is an adamantly open-border, pro-choice, anti-gun rights, pro-LGBTQ "rights", pro-gay "marriage", promoted man-made global warming / climate change hoax...

    Otherwise he can pass for your basic "charming" rich moderate "new Republican" chameleon who can't hold liquor and his mouth in check.

    -----
    He scrubbed his tweets but they still "live" elsewhere on the Internet for everyone to see.

  • Anthony Scaramucci's wife files for divorce over Trump support:

    07/28/2017 6:06:10 PM PDT · 119 of 138
    CutePuppy to Ann Archy
      What the HELL is with these LEFTIST marriages that don't take their husbands last names???

    You mean like Chelsea Clinton (Mezvinsky) or Ivanka Trump (Kushner) or Marla Maples (Trump) or Elaine Chao (McConnell) etc? **

    ** Ref: Ivanka Trump Scarves Recalled Because Of "Burn Risk" - FR, post #81, 2016 April 08

  • Anthony Scaramucci's wife files for divorce over Trump support:

    07/28/2017 3:26:36 PM PDT · 76 of 138
    CutePuppy to nickcarraway
      She married a liberal. It's false advertising that he's pretending to be something else.

      Like Jared Kushner, he was a big fundraiser for Obama, later he was on Romney's finance committee, now he is on "Trump train" and [nearly] single and he has some money.

      If Tiffany Trump is still available, then "welcome to the family" may be in the cards, unless she has higher ambitions and better or more expensive taste.

  • Anthony Scaramucci's wife files for divorce over Trump support:

    07/28/2017 3:16:04 PM PDT · 71 of 138
    CutePuppy to Sacajaweau
      Read that he was worth a billion.

    His total net worth, including real estate, is disclosed to be about $85M, despite all the self-publicity and media presence he was generating (annual SALT events in Las Vegas, CNBC and FBN guest appearances and buying rights from PBS and hosting Wall Street Week (formerly "with Louis Ruleyser").

    Anthony Scaramucci

    He just received $5M for a month's "work" at Ex-Im Bank to which he was appointed after selling his SkyBridge Capital hedge fund to Chinese HNA bank with strong ties to Chinese Communist Party (that's still in the process of being approved, but now that he has proved his "loyalty" to Trump I doubt it would be a problem).

    Scaramucci-Priebus feud reaches boiling point - TH, by Jordan Fabian, 2017 July 27

  • The Communications Novice At The Heart Of Spicer's Exit

    07/22/2017 2:11:41 AM PDT · 31 of 31
    CutePuppy to Arthur McGowan
      He doesn't now.

    It makes sense now. I guess now we should expect the adoption of the same (or noncommittal) position on this and/or some other issues from Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci.

    He already publicly profusely "for the 50th time" apologized to Trump for calling him "hack politician," so he might as well shed and change the rest of his skin, at least into the one similar to what Ivanka and Jared are wearing.

  • The Communications Novice At The Heart Of Spicer's Exit

    07/22/2017 12:14:26 AM PDT · 29 of 31
    CutePuppy to WVMnteer; zeestephen
      The fact that's a pro-choice, open borders Democrat does not matter.

    Not to mention that he is also a gun-grabbing Goldman Sachs alumni, favors LGBTQQQ "rights" and he and his wife have been donors to Obama and other Dems... which should make him fit right in with Ivanka and Jared Kushner, no?

    -----
    BTW, he sold his shares and majority ownership in his SkyBridge Capital hedge fund to HNA Capital Holding (US subsidiary of HNA Group Co., a Chinese behemoth bank, with a stake in Deutsche Bank, dodgy ownership structure and strong ties to Chinese Communist Party, and recently discovered huge [mortgage] debt problems — enough so that Bank of America, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley instructed their investment bankers to stop working on transactions, and JP Morgan and UBS are significantly scaling down their dealings involving HNA). HNA is currently undergoing the scrutiny in China similar to Anbang Insurance Group, from which the Kushners unsuccessfully tried to get the financing for their Manhattan property (the fact which Jared Kushner originally denied).

  • Study blows 'greenhouse theory out of the water'

    07/09/2017 9:39:28 PM PDT · 69 of 74
    CutePuppy to Freedom_Is_Not_Free; rktman; Moonman62; alloysteel; Cboldt; Ozark Tom; lurked_for_a_decade; ...
    Here's the great collection of summaries (with links to the actual research publications) of scientific findings on "CO2 / greenhouse effect" theory of global warming / climate change:

    17 New Scientific Papers Dispute CO2 Greenhouse Effect As Primary Explanation For Climate Change - NoTricksZone.com, [compiled] by Kenneth Richard, 2017 June 08

      "[T]he absorption of incident solar-light by the atmosphere as well as its absorption capability of thermal radiation, cannot be influenced by human acts." — Allmendinger, 2017

        "[G]lobal warming can be explained without recourse to the greenhouse theory. The varying solar irradiation constitutes the sole input driving the changes in the system's energy transfers." — Blaauw, 2017

      "The down-welling LW radiation is not a global driver of surface warming as hypothesized for over 100 years but a product of the near-surface air temperature controlled by solar heating and atmospheric pressure." -Nikolov and Zeller, 2017

    Interesting comments section as well.
  • Mueller legal team approaching size of entire US Attorney’s Office for Rhode Island

    06/27/2017 10:52:52 PM PDT · 59 of 59
    CutePuppy to Drew68; HypatiaTaught
      Have you seen the Cover of Time Magazine lately?

    Funny, I've just read this an hour ago:

    Trump golf clubs displaying fake Time magazine cover - TH, by John Bowden, 2017 June 27

    Time asks Trump Organization to remove fake cover from golf clubs - TH, by Olivia Beavers, 2017 June 27

  • Mueller legal team approaching size of entire US Attorney’s Office for Rhode Island

    06/27/2017 10:37:26 PM PDT · 58 of 59
    CutePuppy to RummyChick
      Thats abbe lowell

    A couple of interesting details you might already know, but most don't:

    From Kushner Adds Prominent Lawyer Abbe Lowell to Defense Team - NYT, by Matt Apuzzo, 2017 June 26

      Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and adviser, has added to his legal team one of the nation's most prominent trial lawyers, Abbe D. Lowell, his lawyers said on Monday.

      Mr. Kushner was already represented by Jamie S. Gorelick, a former deputy attorney general who is known for steering clients — often behind the scenes — through complicated Washington investigations.

      Mr. Lowell is a trial lawyer who has represented figures from both parties in high-profile cases. His clients have included the former Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards and the disgraced former Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff **. He is currently defending Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, against federal corruption charges. ..... < snip >

      ..... Mr. Lowell's hiring was set in motion with Mr. Mueller's appointment. He and Ms. Gorelick worked at the same firm, WilmerHale.

      "When Bob Mueller left WilmerHale to become special counsel and three of our colleagues joined him, ..." ..... < snip >

    Mueller was a partner at WilmerHale since 2014 before resigning to become appointed as Special Counsel. At least two partners and one associate from WilmerHale are on his team now. Both Jamie Gorelick and Abbe Lowell are partners at WilmerHale.

    ______________________
    ** Didn't work all that well for "Casino Jack" Abramoff.

  • Disable Intel AMT on Windows (fix Intel's ME/AMT/SMT bug on vPro or consumer machine)

    05/08/2017 11:10:11 PM PDT · 2 of 10
    CutePuppy to dayglored; Ernest_at_the_Beach

    Ping, in case it may be useful.

  • Disable Intel AMT on Windows (fix Intel's ME/AMT/SMT bug on vPro or consumer machine)

    05/08/2017 10:59:25 PM PDT · 1 of 10
    CutePuppy
    This is a fix for Intel's AMT bug for a number of Intel's Core, Centrino and Xeon chips.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Trump to stick with conservative list for next Supreme Court pick

    04/30/2017 10:09:12 PM PDT · 30 of 88
    CutePuppy to Rastus; ForYourChildren; All
      Damn, and I was sure he was going to take the media's advice and pick Garland to appease the Dems! /sarc

    Exactly, that's an easy, "low-hanging fruit" kind of promise to make.

    1. If Democrats won the Senate in 2016, does anyone think Trump would nominate anyone from "the list" or would he be making a deal for Garland (or worse) with his political "good friend" Chuck Schumer?

    2. Any conservative President would be very happy to nominate either someone from "the list" or "unlisted" proven conservative judge being assured of confirmation by Republican Senate.

    Whatever people think of Mitch McConnell, he deserves a lot of credit for keeping the SCOTUS seat "warm" for potential Republican President.

  • Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas

    03/28/2017 4:48:57 PM PDT · 150 of 151
    CutePuppy to BlatherNaut; 9YearLurker; exnavy
      He will likely continue to demonize and marginalize conservatives going forward.

    That's his MO — demonizing anybody who stands in his way or doesn't idolize him — whether by Twitter, in person, or by proxies (like FoxNews or other surrogates). He's attacked conservatives and played victim during the primaries, too, except many people thought it was "cute" and funny at the time.

      His self-dealing connections were no secret.

    Anybody can open the Art of the Deal on almost any page and see for themselves that the book is mistitled — it should be called The Art of Self-Dealing. Why people thought that it meant he would represent them, based on the title of this book, is beyond me — it's quite clear who the single beneficiary of that exploit was supposed to be. But people didn't read, they judged the book by its cover [title].

    "To Serve Men" — "It's a cookbook!"

      You can think what you want, this is not what I voted for.

    I hear you and understand you. That's why it was "collective" and in quotes "we" — not you.

  • Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas

    03/28/2017 4:01:25 AM PDT · 141 of 151
    CutePuppy to 9YearLurker
    Impeachment proceedings will start right after that, with Ivanka and Jared given them enough conflict of interest/enrichment material to use as fodder for their charges.

    There is also likelier scenario if Dems get the House (or come close to it) in 2018.

    Trump is far more comfortable with agenda of "spending Other People's Money" (after all that's what he's done most of his life and now he doesn't have to beg bankers for $$) than dealing with nuts and bolts of policy, so working / "making deals" with Dems on spending (e.g., $1T for infrastructure, using public domain authority, even "healthcare for all" including Ivanka's pet causes like paid maternity leave and pre-kindergartens etc. etc.) and trying to peel off few GOP Senators to pass them would be his way to ensure his "legacy" and try to bump up his approval ratings (and maybe stave off the Dems' threat of impeachment proceedings in the process)...

    This would put him back into his element — selling stuff / ideas and taking credit if they pass, and blaming conservatives if they don't.

    Steve Bannon pretty much confided in that when he alluded to the desire to do "some things that conservatives will not like."

  • Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas

    03/28/2017 2:49:40 AM PDT · 139 of 151
    CutePuppy to Starboard; nathanbedford; Pinkbell; 9YearLurker; exnavy; RummyChick; imardmd1; ichabod1; ...
      I'm growing increasingly uncomfortable with the nepotism in the Trump administration. This isn't what we voted for.

    Yes, I am afraid, "we" kind of did... if we had paid a slightest bit of attention to anything about The Family except the "glamour" of Trump women and his Art of the Deal "business genius" which left numerous Trump enterprises — outside of few of his old core real estate holdings which were acquired while Fred Trump was still alive (approximately 40% of his RE and branded assets are within Manhattan) — in bankruptcy or in default.

    Jared Kushner is the "perfect man" for the job — he, like the Trumps, understands bigly the private benefits and "art" of the public-private partnership (PPP, aka The Third Way). Expect PPP (sold as "privatization," possibly using public domain power of the government) to be the "Big Idea" coming from Jaret Kushner.

    From Rich Chinese Race to Apply for a U.S. Golden Visa - BL, by Enda Curran, Jun Luo, and Dingmin Zhang, 2017 March 26

      As members of Congress in Washington debate raising the minimum required to obtain a U.S. immigrant investor visa from $500,000 to $1.35 million, concern about the hike has set off a scramble among wealthy would-be participants in China.

      "Some clients are demanding that we make sure their applications are submitted before April 28," the date the program expires unless extended or amended by Congress, said Judy Gao, director of the U.S. program at Can-Reach (Pacific), a Beijing-based agency that facilitates so-called EB-5 Immigrant Investor visas. ..... < snip >

      ..... The initiative channels money to high-profile U.S. real estate projects from New York to Miami to California — including those by the family of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser. A current plan by the Kushner family to refinance and reconstruct its New York office building at 666 Fifth Avenue** is seeking $850 million in EB-5 funding, as well as cash from Anbang Insurance Group and other investors, according to terms of the proposal reported by Bloomberg News. A spokesman for Kushner Cos. declined to comment. ..... < snip >

      ..... At stake if the EB-5 is curtailed is a program estimated to have played a role in creating at least 200,000 U.S. jobs and drawing as much as $14 billion from Chinese investors alone, based on data provided by Rosen Consulting Group and the Asia Society. Past projects taking advantage of EB-5 include New York's Hudson Yards, Hunter's Point Shipyard in San Francisco, and a Trump-branded tower in Jersey City.***

      New projects recently doing the rounds in China's chat rooms, web forums and hotel-ballroom investor seminars include a 5-star hotel complex in Palm Springs, California, and what's touted as "the world's tallest residential building," on New York's 57th Street, known as Billionaires' Row. ..... < snip >

    ----------------

    Refs:

    ** Kushner family to make $400M from real estate deal with Chinese firm: report - TheHill, by Mallory Shelbourne, 2017 March 13

    China's Anbang denies report of Kushners property investment - CNBC / Reuters / AFP, by Nicholas Kamm, 2017 March 14

    Possible conflict of interest looms over Kushner family skyscraper deal - CNBC, by Luqman Adeniyi, 2017 March 21

    Jared Kushner's family mocked for plans to build a $7.5billion skyscraper at 666 Fifth Avenue... - Daily Mail, 2017 March 22

    Inside the Troubled Kushner Tower: Empty Offices and Mounting Debt | Need to refinance 666 Fifth Avenue may explain Anbang talks | Ramifications of record-setting purchase linger a decade later - BL, by Caleb Melby and David Kocieniewski, 2017 March 22

    *** The son-in-law also rises: For Jared Kushner, championing Trump marks break with Democratic past - Kushner Cos. CEO was an active donor to liberal politicians in NJ, NY - FR, 2016 April 07 - (Jersey City Trump-branded Trump Bay Street promoted and built by Kushner Cos. using funding from EB-5 visas)

  • Trump Wine Flying Off the Shelves at Wegmans Despite Boycott

    02/17/2017 9:21:07 PM PST · 21 of 22
    CutePuppy to KC_Conspirator; markomalley; Jumper
    From Trump winery seeks more foreign help: report - TH, by Mark Hensch, 2017 February 17 :

      A Virginia winery owned by President Trump's son Eric has requested permission to bring in nearly two dozen foreign workers, according to a new report.

      The Trump Winery in Virginia is seeking 23 workers from overseas to plant and harvest grapes there this spring, BuzzFeed reported Thursday.

      The Department of Labor published a request from the winery, which is also known as Trump Vineyard Estates LLC, earlier that day.

      Thursday's posting says potential workers will earn $11.27 hourly working at the 1,300-acre estate from April 3 to as late as Oct. 27. ..... < snip >

      ..... BuzzFeed added that companies owned by President Trump or bearing his name have sought to hire at least 286 foreign workers since he launched his White House run in June 2015.

      Many laborers now work as servers and housecleaners at Mar-a-Lago, the report said, Trump's luxury resort in Palm Beach, Fla. ..... < snip >

    This is structured as part of the H-2A visa program for temporary / seasonal agricultural employment of foreign workers.
  • Kremlin says it wants apology from Fox News over Putin comments

    02/06/2017 8:43:43 PM PST · 171 of 182
    CutePuppy to Helicondelta; Enlightened1; henkster; octex; Grampa Dave; All
      The irony is that the Saudi King is the biggest shareholder of News Corp (Fox News) after Murdoch. .....

      ..... Last I saw was that it was only about 10%.

    That's not accurate. Saudi King never had investment in News Corp / Fox Entertainment Group.

    One of the more than 100 Saudi princes, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who is very prominent as an investor via his financial vehicle Kingdom Holding Company, had 6.6% of pre-split News Corp, but by the end of 2014 has sold most of his B-shares in post-split News Corp (NWS) leaving him with only 1% stake in News Corp, while keeping entire 6.6% stake in the new 21st Century Fox (FOX) which had spun off from its parent NWS in 2013.

    Rupert Murdoch and his family has about 39.5% of the voting power in News Corp., while only holding 14% of ownership in the company, due to dual-class shareholder structure of the company, same as with Fox. Many companies that are run by the founders have similar structures, e.g. GOOGL / Alphabet, Facebook, CBS / Viacom etc.

    The selling of News Corp shares was done mostly throughout first half of 2014, "to rebalance portfolio" and reduce exposure to several lawsuits against News Corp. in UK related to "spying on employees" which ended with both News Corp and 21 century Fox cleared of charges.

  • Trump Foreign Profits in Violation of Constitution, Suit Claims

    01/24/2017 3:50:25 AM PST · 19 of 56
    CutePuppy to Cobra64; greeneyes; Fhios; Fedora; Eleutheria5; rottndog; All
      Trump's people took care of this a few days ago on 11 January 2017 ... "Trump plans to donate hotel profits from foreign government payments to U.S. Treasury"

    Have to read the "fine print" here.

    1. As you can see, this only refers to "foreign government" payments (which would be rare or non-existent) not private parties doing business with Trump Organization or its many affiliates, so that's a sleight of hand trick / diversion.

    2. Even if (1) above is true (and it's tremendously difficult to track and/or enforce) it doesn't avoid the emolument clause.

    3. Trump / TO are now both the lessor and lessee of this particular hotel and there is an iron-clad clause in the GAO contract about prohibiting any government official's ownership / stake in the hotel.

    The only question at this point is one of "standing" / "injured party" but these would not be hard to find even if this particular suit is thrown out on this ground.

      Are they paying excessive amounts for their patronage of Trump businesses and hotels? Or are they in line with the market value?

    The market value / market rates is entirely irrelevant to the issues at hand.

    Bill / Hillary / Chelsea Clintons Foundation was "creative" way of avoiding the legal problems while she was SoS, but created a different set of problems in and of itself.