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  • 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
    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 >



    ** 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.

  • Alibaba job boom: Jack Ma chats with Trump about creating 1 million US jobs over 5 years

    01/11/2017 1:19:17 AM PST · 95 of 95
    CutePuppy to ConsCA; RegulatorCountry
      But, they have been thinking about this expansion for a couple of years. So, it's probably just to get on the good side of Trump. At one point, they had selected office space in Silicon Valley - but that fell through.

    It's a nice photo-op for Jack Ma and Trump but announced 1 million new jobs is entirely speculative and unrealistic since there is really nothing that is going to be "built" except [possibly] the new sales channel, for some who already sell on eBay and Amazon and from their own web stores. It's mostly a promo for Alibaba, to help increase market share in the US.

    Worth mentioning that Yahoo! (aka Altaba / "Alternate Alibaba") after the sale of IP and most operations to Verizon) owns 14% of Alibaba (BABA) which could be worth approximately US$35-$40bn, besides holding a 35% stake in Yahoo! Japan subsidiary - becoming essentially a financial equity holding company and similar to ETF / "tracking stock" of Alibaba (which is no longer necessary since BABA ADR has been trading on NYSE since 2015).

  • Donald Trump hits back at 'Hillary flunky' Meryl Streep's Golden Globes dig

    01/10/2017 10:49:07 PM PST · 118 of 118
    CutePuppy to alexander_busek; SeekAndFind
      While I support Trump %100, I still think that it's about time that he start ignoring pinpricks like those from Streep.

    Not only this makes him look thin-skinned, petty and lacking self-control (unless it's a diversion designed to occupy the media from other events, in which case there were many better options), but it also makes him look somewhat hypocritical because a little more than a year ago (just before campaign got under way) he "loved" the now-"overrated" Meryl Streep:**

      Q: Any actress you love?

      Trump: Julia Roberts is terrific, and many others. Meryl Streep is excellent; she's a fine person, too. The problem is I'll name three or four or five and then the hundred that I know will be insulted, and I don't mean to insult them.

    "A phone and a pen" or Twitter should be put to better use, or else it will keep one very busy responding to irrelevant triviality.

    "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't" - Margaret Thatcher


    ** Ref: The Donald Trump Conversation: Murdoch, Ailes, NBC and the Rush of Being TV's "Ratings Machine" — HR, by Janice Min, 2015 August 19

  • Cinnamon Cools Your Stomach, New Study Says

    11/22/2016 11:48:40 AM PST · 46 of 47
    CutePuppy to logi_cal869
      Your cavalier attitude reflects a bias toward those in the medical field...

      Blaming the patient with 'assumption of risk'...

    Sorry, I expressed nothing of the sort. I merely commented on the facts of the state of [litigious, government- and insurance-run] medicine today, as well as society's attitudes.

    I think you may have misinterpreted or misunderstood my comment.

  • Donald Trump Meeting Ari Emanuel in New Jersey

    11/21/2016 8:47:16 PM PST · 124 of 127
    CutePuppy to nclaurel; jjotto; dsc
    Just in: additional info about Ari Emanuel:

    Excerpts from Donald Trump Meets With Ari Emanuel: Inside Their Long-Standing Relationship - ABC, by Lesley Messer, 2016 November 21

      ..... Though Emanuel was Trump's agent for some time, WME-IMG told CNN Money that the firm no longer represents the president-elect. .....

      ..... In June, Trump told The Hollywood Reporter that Emanuel, whom he called "a very good friend of mine," offered to helm a movie about the GOP candidate for the Republican National Convention. "He calls me a lot. I call him a lot, and we talk. ..... "But yeah, I might do something with Ari."

      ..... According to The Washington Post, Trump gave $50,000 to Rahm Emanuel's mayoral campaign in 2010 ..... "I like Rahm, I've always liked him as a person, and more importantly, Ari, his brother, is my agent. So I did make a contribution to him...," he told Rush Limbaugh in 2011 .....

      ..... In September 2015, WME-IMG acquired the Miss Universe Organization from Trump. Ari Emanuel told The Hollywood Reporter "He was running [for president]. He wanted to sell it," Emanuel explained. "[WME-IMG] said, 'Great, we want to buy it.'"

      ..... Emanuel donated to Hillary Clinton's campaign... However, he indicated to The Hollywood Reporter that it wouldn't necessarily preclude him from taking Trump back as a client had he lost the election. .....

  • Cinnamon Cools Your Stomach, New Study Says

    11/21/2016 2:18:08 PM PST · 38 of 47
    CutePuppy to logi_cal869
      How doctors can peddle this crap with a straight face is beyond me (COI is the only logical explanation).

    Most doctors don't have a choice or flexibility but to follow "the protocol" if they want to remain insured (and in practice) so diag almost always have to be followed by the "standard" prescriptions.

    Some good doctors may explain the potential side effects and/or also recommend trying some alternative or parallel treatments or procedures, especially to their long-time patients, but it may come with some assumption of risk. It could help them if the patient is somewhat knowledgeable and would ask questions, then they could veer off the protocol slightly and say "you could try this or that"...

  • Cinnamon Cools Your Stomach, New Study Says

    11/21/2016 1:25:16 AM PST · 36 of 47
    CutePuppy to wally_bert; logi_cal869; ladyjane
      I'll stay with my Prilosec.

      Btw, if you're taking prilosec, you're worsening your health ...

      It is good you don't get the side effects of Prilosec...

    Be careful with long-term intake of PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) like Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium. They are usually relieving GERD by significantly reducing gastric acid which is necessary for proper digestion, so the cells are still producing HCl which may result in later "overcompensating" PPI inhibition by overproduction thus intensifiying GERD / acid reflux, as well as creating other digestive issues.

    There are also other possible side effects, one of which is severe reduction in magnesium in the system (that's why Nexium capsules contain some magnesium, but it's not nearly enough) and magnesium depletion is already very common, even in people who don't use PPIs.

    If you take magnesium supplement, make sure it's a very absorbable (high-bioavailability) form, i.e., not magnesium oxide which is the one mostly sold in drug stores (citrate, malate, taurinate/taurate, amino acid chelate etc. are much better forms — there are threads on FR that describe advantages of each). Yet it's best not to use PPIs at all, if possible, especially over long term.

  • Cinnamon Cools Your Stomach, New Study Says

    11/20/2016 5:00:34 PM PST · 25 of 47
    CutePuppy to cloudmountain; caltaxed; corkoman; logi_cal869
      ... There have ALWAYS and ALWAYS been smart folks around, geniuses too, who figured out good herbs and spices THOUSANDS of years ago. REINVENTING THE WHEEL syndrome.

      ... Cinnamon has no effect on the stomach; its beneficial effect is in the colon.

      ... Cools??? Low pH is supposed to be "hot"?

    The article describes how researchers used first-of-a-kind "smart pill" sensor capsule to measure precise temp and gas (in this case, CO2) before and after intake of chemical or food agent. It provides factual, in vivo scientific foundation and mechanism to things people may have "known" for a long time. It's a scientific approach to prove or disprove what the people think they know.

      < snip > ..... This work is part of a bigger study into gut health using swallowable gas sensor capsules or smart pills. ..... "The capsule is swallowable but indigestible, which has enabled real-time and precise gas measurements in different sections of the gastrointestinal tract in animal models." ..... < snip >

      ..... "Our experiments with pigs and cinnamon show how swallowable gas sensor capsules can help provide new physiological information that will improve our understanding of diet or medicine... They are a highly reliable device for monitoring and diagnosing gastrointestinal disorders."


    "There are known knowns - there are things we know we know... There are known unknowns - we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - the ones we don't know we don't know" - Donald Rumsfeld

  • Donald Trump Meeting Ari Emanuel in New Jersey

    11/20/2016 2:47:24 PM PST · 87 of 127
    CutePuppy to nclaurel; jjotto
    I am not familiar with Ari ...

    The HBO multi-season series Entourage was based on Ari Emanuel (the Hollywood "talent super-agent"). Emanuel only agreed to the show if actor Jeremy Piven was going to play "Ari Gold" — his fictional character in the series.

    Two Hollywood Mega Agencies Combine Forces, With Clients the Likes of Oprah Winfrey and Gisele Bundchen | William Morris Endeavor Acquires IMG: The Rise of Ari Emanuel - ABC, by Susanna Kim, 2013 December 18

      ... "Ari has a lot of ink," Patten said, in part because of the fame of his other Emanuel family members. It doesn't hurt that Emanuel's brother, Rahm Emanuel, was one of the most powerful congressman, chief of staff for President Obama, and now mayor of Chicago, while his other brother is a world-renowned doctor, Patten added. ..... < snip >

      ..... "Ari is thoughtful and insightful, profane and louder than a Marshall amp when required and someone who has created a persona on the knowledge of how to use real power," Patten said. "A lot of people know him from the caricature in Entourage: superagent Ari Gold. That is part of the secret of his success. A lot of people know about him." ..... < snip >

      ..... "Emanuel was one of the first to recognize that the new money flowing into Hollywood was from corporate America, so he opened doors and made it easy for brands to work directly with entertainment assets," Raih said. ..... < snip >

  • Cinnamon Cools Your Stomach, New Study Says

    11/20/2016 2:25:51 PM PST · 1 of 47
    Cinnamon is not the only spice with gut-cooling properties. According to Ayurveda (ancient [mostly Indian] healing and preventative medical science) coriander, cumin and some other spices are also cooling agents.

    Useful article on some spices and their relation to digestion, enzymatic and bacterial response and overall health : Five Spices to Rock your Digestive World - LifeSpa, by John Douillard, 2014 October 9

  • Bill Clinton Took Twice As Many Flights On ‘Pedophile Island’ Billionaire’s 'Lolita Express'....

    10/08/2016 12:13:44 AM PDT · 38 of 61
    CutePuppy to RitaOK
    It's not "news" — there are a lot of documented [and substantiated] material on the Web...

    Search Trump Epstein or lolita (this is a site that has a lot of material on sexual and financial history of The Donald) but there are many others. While you are there can also check Trump Ivanka.

    Here is, BTW (I don't know it is has been posted), the history of Trump and his own lawyers having to protect themselves from Trump's "I don't recall" convenient memory lapses — Toggle navigation Share on Twitter You Won't Believe What Donald Trump's Own Lawyers Did When Meeting With Him - RS, by streiff, 2016 October 06,

    Trump donated to state attorneys general reviewing his business: WSJ - Reuters / WSJ, 2016 October 05 . . . and . . . Donald Trump's Charity Scandal Is About to Go National - TDB, by Tim Mak, 2016 October 05

    A couple of articles on his financial self-dealings (out of thousands some of which I posted and explain during the primaries) :

    The story of Donald Trump's Atlantic City comeback is even worse than his collapse - CNBC / Vox, by Matthew Yglesias, 2016 October 06 . . . and to accomplish that he was doing this: When Donald Trump Went to Washington and Got Himself a Tax Break - NYT, by Nicholas Confessore, 2016 October 06

    There is a lot more, in the same vein, but that's not what people want[ed] to hear / see / pay attention to... maybe until now...

  • Bill Clinton Took Twice As Many Flights On ‘Pedophile Island’ Billionaire’s 'Lolita Express'....

    10/07/2016 11:34:24 PM PDT · 35 of 61
    CutePuppy to GrandJediMasterYoda
      I mean seriously, what the hell is going on here?

    What's going on is that if you are Hillary and have a huge "unfavorable" rating, you would go out of your way to help other party choose someone with even higher unfavorable rating and a ton of scandals that match or exceed your own.

    Need to take two guesses who that was as soon as Donald J. Trump entered the race (after talk with Bill Clinton who reminded him that 70-year old Donald may not have another chance to realize his life-long dream, and what does he have to lose, when the worst-case scenario would be showcasing Trump brand once again)?