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  • Bradley Cooper's DNC appearance irks some 'American Sniper' fans

    07/28/2016 5:31:37 PM PDT · 42 of 46
    CutePuppy to Rastus
      Cooper was spotted by TV cameras seated at the meeting in Philadelphia alongside his Russian model girlfriend, Irina Shayk.

        He *is* conservative and he's there getting sensitive information from the DNC on behalf of his Russian masters and the Trump campaign! It's so obvious!

    Finally someone put 1 and 3 together... It is obvious, don't people watch spy movies anymore?

  • Alexandria [VA] police officer says she was denied service at Noodles & Company

    07/27/2016 3:12:15 AM PDT · 45 of 56
    CutePuppy to Viking2002; All
    Refuse to serve an on-duty cop: a First Amendment social statement. Refuse to bake two dykes a 'wedding' cake: a federal snivel rights case.

    Police officer is not a member of "protected class" — the concept which should be entirely foreign, illegal and done away with in a "classless" society with the First and Fourteenth ("equal protection of the laws") Amendments.

    The "right" of some not to be "discriminated" against is, in itself, discriminatory...

  • What One Million Recently Fired Chinese Coal And Steel Workers Are Doing Now

    07/24/2016 4:59:22 PM PDT · 46 of 47
    CutePuppy to PJammers
      When the collapse happened, the story out of Washington was it was our fault.

    Depending on who was telling the "story," one of the many different "stories" out of "Washington" (i.e., the same politicians who created the regulatory mess in the first place) was that it was "our" fault... "We" (the people / humans) have what is known as a "confirmation bias", so we tend to see, hear and choose the "stories" we would like to believe in the first place (or be comfortable with, or get angry about — depending on whichever your natural tendencies or preferences usually are and/or whichever chemical, hormonal or situational/circumstantial mood is at the time)...

    Just because the "Big Short" is telling you just one of the "stories" and manages to make sweeping conclusions by injecting its political "color" and point of view (however clumsy, as Jeffrey Tucker and others pointed out) doesn't mean that it is the correct point of view unless you really want to believe it, or have no [other, real] facts before you.

      They blamed poor loan decisions and the fact that the poor banks were forced to lend to minorities.

    And you don't see anything wrong with them laying off that blame on someone else, other than themselves? As an example, isn't Dodd-Frank law named after the two people who were the principals in demanding relaxed lending standards to accommodate certain "disadvantaged minorities" and "poor" (not necessarily poor, but those who were not able to afford higher mortgages when market prices went up which is usually what happens with higher demand) and who were screaming the loudest, standing in the way of reforming the "accountable" federal agencies and GSEs, in the name of the "social justice"? "We" always want to put the blame on someone else for "our" own mistakes or misfortunes — those who were able to "flip" the properties and were the winners in the "musical chairs" game of "flipping" real-estate before mortgage market collapsed felt/feel pretty smart for taking advantage of the opportunity provided to them by the government and dutifully executed by the banks, some of which saw the danger and have taken the measures to protect themselves — i.e., "insurance" or selling most of the "paper" in the forms of MBS and CDOs to others who were either "greedy" or had no [real] choice in the matter). Are we ever blaming or asking the questions of those who were buying the properties knowing they had no means or reserves to pay back the mortgage?

      Well, we had no other choice but to bail them out.

    The "bank bailout" really had nothing to do with whose "fault" it was, it had everything to do with stopping the collapse of the [U.S. and the world's] financial system, which was necessary and proper, as the government (and the Fed / Central Banks) is ultimately the "last resort" in these rare occasions. And of course, the government was in great measure responsible for this particular financial crisis (compare with the Dot-Com / Internet / telecom / technology crash of 2000-2001 when no "heroic measures" needed to be and were not taken because the "financial system" was not affected while the finances of many people, financial institutions, pension funds that participated in the "bubble" became vapor or suffered greatly...)

    And the "bank bailout" eventually didn't cost taxpayers a penny, most of the loans were repaid with interest and in the aggregate the Fed and the government ended up with the surplus of money made on the "bailout"... not even mentioning the money from all the phony "nuisance" and "social justice" lawsuits against the surviving banks that followed and are still going on today from federal agencies and states' and cities' Attorney Generals and every two-bit "regulators" who see the banks as nothing more than a "pot of money" they can tap whenever they want money and burnishing their political cred, ambitions and careers.

      "It wasn't the banks fault."

    Sorry, but unfortunately, that's not the prevailing view, probably not even on FR, where I constantly see the incessant blame for Great Recession and sluggish economy laid on the "banksters" and The Fed and calls for wholesale "perp walks."

    Again, "we" always want to blame someone else for the troubles, and the politicians who are often actually responsible for the societal problems (minimum wage, mandates, regulations, ObamaCare, "public" debts and deficits, just to name a few) are great at pointing fingers and convincing people — who are not known for researching the facts, especially when they are drowned in media carrying the [liberal / Krugmanian] point of view on most things of financial nature — of some large scale "industry" malfeasance.

    "Big Short" is not swimming upstream here, trying to sell people on what they either already believe, or are very receptive to believing... In terms of Hollywood's "production values" it is well made and has plenty of stars, it's also a fun "commercial" for ill-advised and stifling Dodd-Frank "reform" of banking industry, giving even more power and creating more (and more expensive) government bureaucracies.

  • What One Million Recently Fired Chinese Coal And Steel Workers Are Doing Now

    07/23/2016 7:52:01 PM PDT · 44 of 47
    CutePuppy to PJammers; Excellence
      The Big Short is playing on Netflix. If you haven't seen it, I would strongly recommend doing so.

        People need to see this movie. It does an outstanding job of explaining how the major banks ripped the American people off. I don't understand why there wasnt riots. Oh that's right, "Blame the poor and immigrants ".

    If that's what you got from the movie, then you bought the political propaganda and Krugmanism it is selling (i.e., "Wall Street and big banks are responsible for the Great Recession and people should have gone to jail and big financial institutions need to be broken up and we need a lot more regulation of "Wall Street" and the banks") behind a pretty good story by Michael Lewis about few (not even the largest, by far) short sellers who figured out how to use leveraged CDS (Credit Default Swaps) — issued mostly by AIG's London-based financial derivatives office, to insure against mortgage "paper risk" — to short the MBS/ CDO market. One of the big problems was that because there was no central clearance, CDSs were seriously oversubscribed, which exacerbated but by no means caused the Great Recession.

    Read more in Did 'The Big Short' Get It Right? - Newsweek, by Jeffrey A. Tucker, 2016 January 2

    There are several movies about the period, most are crappy left-wing pseudo-documentaries (like Charles Ferguson's Inside Job (2010) or Michael Moore's Capitalism: The Love Story (2009) etc. etc.) that make up the "facts" about "Wall Street" or "The Fed" but completely leave out or mention only in passing the role of the government regulations and mandates (like CRA, FHA and HUD, among others) and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which have been responsible for relaxing the lending standards and forcing banks to make certain percentage of subprime loans — which they had to package into MBSs and CDOs and sell, often to the agencies, to reduce their own risk (which was neither illegal nor imprudent)...

    From the rest, though, I would only recommend Margin Call (2011) and Too Big To Fail (2011), in that order...

  • Ivanka Champions Equal Pay for Women, Child Care

    07/22/2016 5:45:48 PM PDT · 1 of 62
    CutePuppy
    From Ivanka Trump: My Father Will Change Labor Laws to Benefit Women - FBN, 2016 July 21

      Ivanka Trump, the daughter of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, cast her father as a "fighter" for working people, particularly working women, in her remarks ..... < snip >

      ..... Then, matching a campaign promise by presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, she vowed her father would "fight for equal pay for equal work and I will fight for this too, right alongside him." ..... < snip >

    Ivanka Trump is currently writing a book "Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success," due to be published next year.

  • CalPERS posts worst year since 2009, with slim returns

    07/20/2016 1:54:20 AM PDT · 30 of 30
    CutePuppy to monkeyshine; TexasGator

    OK, you two, stop with your PDS (Public Display of Sanity) - you are spoiling a perfectly good bashing party...

  • Deutsche Bank to close almost 200 branches

    07/20/2016 1:14:34 AM PDT · 10 of 10
    CutePuppy to nickcarraway
    Trump's bank.

    True, DB is one of the few remaining banking / WS institutions which would [unhappily] still do business with Trump (after he destroyed so much of their and their investors and customers capital) but DB didn't / doesn't have much choice in the matter at this point — it is trying to save some of the value of previous loans while some segments of the real estate market are still going [relatively] strong...

    They had a settlement in 2010 to extend part of $640M loan on his Chicago Trump International Hotel & Tower after DB countersued Trump on his attempt to get out of paying off the interest and principal (essentially defaulting) on a debt he used to buy the property near the peak in early 2008 while at the same time "warning" everybody that the real estate crash is coming and to be ready for opportunities to buy... Since then, they pretty much had to roll over the loans several times until they can get their money back, but nothing is going to new projects. (Ref: Donald Trump sued Deutsche Bank to get out of $40 million debt over Chicago property two years after rooting for housing collapse - NYDN, by Cameron Joseph, 2016 May 24)

      < snip > ..... In a counter-suit, the German conglomerate fired back that "Trump is no stranger to overdue debt" and called his lawsuit "classic Trump" after highlighting his casino's bankruptcies. ..... < snip >

    Most WS / financial institutions won't do business with him, lest they end up with more losses after they've had a painful experience of "investing in Trump" before ** (Ref: Art of the spin: Trump bankers question his portrayal of financial comeback - CNBC / Reuters, by Emily Flitter, 2016 July 18)

      < snip > ..... BANKING ON "TRUMP THE SALESMAN" ..... < snip >

      ..... Though it was true that a personal bankruptcy would have made it harder for the banks to collect what Trump owed them, he had little leverage in the talks, they said. He, too, would have been seriously hurt in a bankruptcy, especially since he had personally guaranteed so much of what he had borrowed. In Pomerantz's analysis, he would have been able to hold on to little else beyond his home and his pension plan. ..... < snip >

      ..... The banks decided they could recover more of the $4 billion they were collectively owed if they sold Trump's holdings one by one, waiting until the market recovered, rather than taking possession of the assets, four participants in the talks said. ..... < snip >

      ..... "We had to be sure he would pay attention," Pomerantz said of the liens on Trump's personal holdings. "We would meet with him every Friday morning. He was under very strict restrictions by the banks." ..... < snip >

      ..... The banks did not recover 100 percent of what they were owed and several lenders vowed never to work with Trump again. ..... < snip >

    ** Ref: Who will buy New York's Plaza Hotel? Chinese or Arabs - FR, posts #2, #9, 2016 March 20

    So here's the Trump's revenge — new Trump's GOP platform includes reinstatement of Glass-Steagall, which is the same as Democratic Party Sanders / Warren / OWS plank. Isn't it wonderful that both parties are working together on the "Wall Street problem"? ***

    *** Ref: GOP platform pushes for big-bank breakup, return of Glass-Steagall - CNBC, by Michael Nagle, 2016 July 18

      and

    *** Ref: GOP platform to call for return to Glass-Steagall - The Hill, by Peter Schroeder, 2016 July 18

      < snip > ..... Paul Manafort, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump 's campaign manager, told reporters gathered in Cleveland Monday that the GOP platform would include language advocating for a return of that law, which was repealed under President Bill Clinton.

      "We also call for a reintroduction of Glass-Steagall, which created barriers between what big banks can do," he said.

      Including that language in the GOP platform comes shortly after Democrats agreed to similar language in their own, calling for an "updated and modernized version" of the law. ..... < snip >

  • Sowell: The Dumbest Idea

    07/19/2016 7:01:04 PM PDT · 57 of 65
    CutePuppy to piytar; Pollster1; jazusamo
    My informal rating is about 2200.

    Last official ELO, long time ago, is 2537, racked up in just a few relatively high level tournaments. Record against two ex-WC is +1.5/2 (1 win, 1 draw). To get higher (over 2600) the curve gets much steeper and requires a lot of time, energy, travel, sense of financial stability and unconditional support.

    Like you said, there were several other, potentially much more interesting and lucrative challenges and opportunities, with much less family-related stress and sacrifices.

    But the intensive training, at young age, in logic (and by extention, STEM+ and other disciplines), strategy and tactics is invaluable and serves well for the rest of the life.

  • Trump Campaign Denies Reports Mike Pence Picked as VP

    07/15/2016 2:53:05 AM PDT · 214 of 221
    CutePuppy to nikos1121
      Interesting that Condi Rice was approached. She was my pick. I thought she'd be amazing. Would have really turned some heads. Surprised she turned him down. I like to see her in his administration...

    Condoleezza Rice preemptively, publicly and categorically took herself out from consideration more than a month ago, as well as Govs. Nikki Haley (SC), Susana Martinez (NM) and Mary Fallin (OK), though Fallin is expected to speak at the convention... That Condi was approached again at this late time shows the paucity of candidates in her league left for consideration, to enhance the ticket.

  • Alvin Toffler, 'Future Shock' Author Who Predicted Disconnection of Modern World, Dies at 87

    07/03/2016 5:00:32 PM PDT · 47 of 48
    CutePuppy to j.argese
    I used the word "prediction" as in a thing to come.

    That's how I understood your post — you actually put it in quotes.

  • Silicon Valley Reacts to Autonomous Tesla Crash

    07/02/2016 12:56:57 AM PDT · 34 of 37
    CutePuppy to Ben Hecks
    I have no desire to be on the highway with a driverless car, a drunk or a pothead.

    They all are / will be around you, anyway. And believe me, you'll be much better off with the driverless cars — some might even help you avoid drunks and potheads at the wheel.

  • Alvin Toffler, 'Future Shock' Author Who Predicted Disconnection of Modern World, Dies at 87

    07/01/2016 3:47:29 PM PDT · 44 of 48
    CutePuppy to nickcarraway; ifinnegan; All

      Toffler was a radical student at NYU in the 40's, who said he was more interested in political activism than grades. He later worked at a union-backed newspaper and in the progressive media.

    "If you are not a socialist in your 20s you don't have a heart, if you are a socialist in your 40s you don't have a brain" - Winston Churchill

    From Wiki:

      Toffler graduated from New York University in 1950 as an English major, though by his own account he was more focused on political activism than grades. He met his future wife, "Heidi", when she was starting a graduate course in linguistics. Being radical students, they decided against further graduate work and moved to the Midwest, where they married on April 29, 1950.

      Seeking experiences to write about, Alvin and Heidi Toffler spent the next five years as blue collar workers on assembly lines while studying industrial mass production in their daily work. ..... In their first factory jobs, Heidi became a union shop steward in the aluminum foundry where she worked. Alvin became a millwright and welder.

      His hands-on practical labor experience helped Alvin Toffler land a position at a union-backed newspaper, a transfer to its Washington bureau in 1957, then three years as a White House correspondent covering Congress and the White House for a Pennsylvania daily newspaper.

      They returned to New York City in 1959 when Fortune magazine invited Alvin to become its labor columnist, later having him write about business and management. After leaving Fortune magazine in 1962, Toffler began a freelance career, writing long form articles for scholarly journals and magazines. .....

      His 1964 Playboy interviews with Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov and Ayn Rand were considered among the magazine's best. .....

      Toffler was hired by IBM to conduct research and write a paper on the social and organizational impact of computers, leading to his contact with the earliest computer "gurus" and artificial intelligence researchers and proponents. Xerox invited him to write about its research laboratory and AT&T consulted him for strategic advice. This AT&T work led to a study of telecommunications which advised its top management for the company to break up more than a decade before the government forced AT&T to break up.

      In the mid-'60s, the Tofflers began five years of research on what would become Future Shock, published in 1970. .....

    From Toffler Associates:

      ..... Alvin Toffler's wide life experience infused his work as a keen observer and predictor of global trends. His notable career includes work as an editor at Fortune magazine, a White House correspondent, and an educator.

      From the beginning, he pursued knowledge up close. His earliest career was as a welder, a post he took in order to become fully informed about assembly lines and industrial mass production. This experience led to a stint as a newspaperman, writing first about labor before shifting his focus to business and management, and then to the computer and telecommunications businesses.

      The Tofflers bravely forecast many of the realities of contemporary society and politics, including the acceleration of daily life, the decline of the nuclear family, cloning, virtual reality, information overload, and the threat of terrorism. Many of these predictions have come to bear and the central thesis of their work has proven absolutely true — that a knowledge-based new economy would replace the Industrial Age. .....

    Sounds like he wanted to think and write from personal experience, so he went out and got a range of different experiences, in labor, politics and [information] business. He seemed to me leaning libertarian, but I didn't see him pushing or colouring any particular outcome in his books, just what the future might bring — whether I desired or agreed with a particular potential outcome (based on my knowledge or experience), it was a fascinating, educational and enlightening read. I don't automatically discard good or interesting ideas just because they come from someone I don't like or ideologically opposed to, or who they were in their youth, just as I do not automatically accept bad and known flawed ideas just because they come from someone I like or respect.

    It always helps to be prepared and have strategies for the future new or recycled old ideas with new gist or lipstick (what we see in "gun control" and "minimum wage / dignity of work" and "isolationism vs globalism" etc.) — whether we like it or not, it helps to know what to expect so we could either be ready for them, help advance some of them or lead the fight against some of them.

    "Ignorance may be a temporary bliss but it comes with permanent consequences"

  • Alvin Toffler, 'Future Shock' Author Who Predicted Disconnection of Modern World, Dies at 87

    07/01/2016 11:42:26 AM PDT · 39 of 48
    CutePuppy to ifinnegan; nickcarraway; Pontiac; ManHunter; j.argese; wardaddy; lee martell; Kipp; Jack Hammer

      I found an old copy of Future shock a few years ago and read it expecting it to have been wrong, like most of the prediction books. But it was not. It was pretty darn accurate. .....

      How much was he predicting vs working toward? .....

      Could you please provide one example of his "predictions" from "Future Shock" which had NOT come to pass within 50 years of it's publication? .....

    Futurists are not — nor do they claim to be — clairvoyants, mediums or psychics, so "prediction" is not an accurate way to describe or evaluate the content.

    Futurism, not unlike good [technological] science fiction, is not about hard "predictions" — rather it's a vision of one or more possibilities or paths the civilization or [some] societies may take based on the state and trends of current technology and political or population shifts.

    It's not necessarily what they personally want to happen or are afraid that would happen, rather these are things or paths that they see that have a good chance and high probability of happening and how they might evolve and affect people in different societies.

    Often, even if the technology comes true, it may not be either economically viable at that period of time for society as a whole or there may be other new technology that, while not necessarily better may be cheaper or better promoted and catches the people's fancy or will be imposed on them by the industry or the governments. There are too many variables so exactly which paths the society will take is impossible to "predict" but getting some of the minor future developments "wrong" shouldn't detract from the overall value of the content — it's an opportunity to escape the daily news cycle and learn about things we don't necessarily know, understand or think about and look a little further ahead.

    Alvin and Heidi Toffler's book Third Wave (1980) was a sequel to Future Shock (1970), which later was followed by Powershift: Knowledge, Wealth and Violence at the Edge of the 21st Century (1990). However, in 2006, an updated theme of Third Wave was published in a much expanded book Revolutionary Wealth (2006), which I would highly recommend — particularly because many of the things described there as "the future" have already happened, and some are happening with lightening speed... whether we like it or not, it helps to know what to expect so we could either be ready for them, help advance some of them or lead the fight against some of them.

  • Alvin Toffler, 'Future Shock' Author Who Predicted Disconnection of Modern World, Dies at 87

    07/01/2016 12:38:50 AM PDT · 37 of 48
    CutePuppy to Captain7seas
      And Dear old Newt advocated his ideas like "The Third Way".

    You keep getting it incorrectly — "Third Wave" is not "Third Way" — which is entirely different, political concept of public-private economic integration, which was promoted by the Clintons and Tony Blair. **

    ** Ref: Donna Shalala to head Clinton Foundation [long history with Hillary] - FR, post #38 by CutePuppy, 2015 March 08

    • To: Captain7seas; Cincinatus' Wife

      If I remember correctly, back when Newt first was Speaker he held a press conf. on CSPAN where he advocated reading Alvin and Heidi Tofflers book which was about advancing the Third Way.

        You remember incorrectly. Alvin Toffler's book Third Wave (1980) was a sequel to Future Shock (1970), which later was followed by Powershift: Knowledge, Wealth and Violence at the Edge of the 21st Century (1990). However, in 2006, an updated theme of Third Wave was published in a much expanded book Revolutionary Wealth (2006), which I would highly recommend - particularly because many of the things described there as "the future" have already happened, and some are happening with lightening speed... whether we like it or not, it helps to know what to expect so we could either be ready for them, help advance some of them or lead the fight against some of them.

        Third Wave in Tofflers' terminology is the Information Age, contrasted with the Second Wave which was the Industrial Age, assigning the First Wave to the Agrarian Age **. It has nothing to do with the Third Way which is a euphemism for a fascist socialist tight public-private economic integration, which was promoted by the Clintons and Tony Blair, among others. ***

  • The brutal numbers behind a very bad month for Donald Trump

    06/21/2016 3:13:06 PM PDT · 74 of 81
    CutePuppy to Sarah Barracuda; Berlin_Freeper; lee martell; LS; Lakewood; Al; Nero Germanicus; marygam; Roccus; ..
      Yeah only thing about the argument about Reagan being down 20 points is that I read the same thing when Mitt Romney was running in 2012 and was down in the polls, people reminded us all about Reagan being down..>

    Actually, "favorable / unfavorable" ratio is a better predictor of the elections outcome — Romney had 47% vs Obama's 42% in the beginning, but he was stuck at 47% while Obama's steadily rose to 51% by the end of October, so while polls were all over the place and Romney & Co. (as well as most Drudgereport readers) were sure of his victory, the outcome was very clear for a couple of months before election.

    Also, most comparisons to 1980 Reagan-Carter polls are invalid for many reasons, including but not limited to very different sophistication and frequency of the polls and number of polling organizations / methodologies, entirely different political dynamic ("Iran hostage crisis"), vast changes in the numbers and nature of the available media and information channels, states delegates / electoral college count and realignment vs national two-factor / multi-factor percentage polls, and of course, the individuals involved and their [un]favorability...

    BTW, Obama's favorability rose within the last year from the low 40s (where it stayed for most of his presidency) to the 51% (which explains why he is now more active in campaigning for his de facto "third term" — that Hillary would represent — which has not been accomplished since Ronald Reagan).

    This recent article demonstrates very well why comparisons of current polls to the polls during Reagan election in 1980 don't hold water and represent more of a wishful thinking than a reliable historical precedent (again, pay closer attention to favorability numbers than any other):

    This Is Not 1980, And Donald Trump Is Not Ronald Reagan - Redstate, by Dan McLaughlin, 2016 March 15

  • Minimum wage, maximum mess in Oregon

    06/12/2016 11:24:08 AM PDT · 1 of 17
    CutePuppy
    Another fine mess on the road to hell paved with politically correct seemingly "good intentions".
  • Silicon Valley Venture Capital Pioneer, Tom Perkins, Dead At 84

    06/10/2016 3:54:47 AM PDT · 6 of 10
    CutePuppy to Nifster; nickcarraway
      Ah yes the vulture capitalists.... the necessary evil of the start up company

    Why is providing necessary capital to startup companies is necessarily vulture and/or evil?

    Some are, but it's mostly for those companies that are "in distress" — there are enough VCs and so much money floating around that for many startups there are a lot of opportunities to pick a firm that will provide not just money but also direction and experienced business advice along with potential symbiotic relationships with other companies, usually overseen by some position(s) on the company board of directors.

    Quite a few startups have an idea or a product, but very little in the way of the business plan. VCs might be the ones who would see the bigger picture or the market(s) and have the capital and relationships to make it into reality.

    VCs often become good partners. Cisco and appointment of John Chambers to CEO is just one such example.

  • WOW! Paid Hillary Protester Met with National Review Editor to Plot How to Take Down Trump

    05/25/2016 9:57:19 PM PDT · 40 of 45
    CutePuppy to DIRTYSECRET
      I was on a Naitonal Review Post Election Cruise in 2010. 800 people signed up. The best showing ever. If Trump wins(even if he doesn't) find out the numbers my friends. I don't think they will be so proud.

    Wouldn't the numbers from 2008 and 2012 — the presidential elections years — be the better comparison, i.e., apples-to-apples, regardless of results?

    And, would the 'Victory Cruise' be much bigger than 'Losing Cruise' or are we talking about a pretty small number of people — i.e., the sample of "like-minded" people willing to go on any cruise is too small to make any reasonable conclusions?

  • SHOCK POLL: Trump Leads Hillary Among Hispanic Voters [VIDEO](by 10 points)

    05/13/2016 5:52:14 PM PDT · 44 of 45
    CutePuppy to af_vet_1981; AustinBill; GilGil; GraceG; Augie; All
    Thanks for complilation. What we see is the gradual increase of Hispanic support (with the minor exception of GWBush, which provided him with the slimmest winning electoral margins in 2000 and 2004) and Blacks / AA support for Democrats, but the one striking point is the massive reversal of increasingly larger and fastest growing electoral group in the US: well-educatied, affluent and influential in professional, legal and medicine, science and technology areas — Asians, which like Jews should be natural allies of the "conservative" Republican party, yet there is little outreach from the party and the candidates or attempts to explain what conservatism / Reaganism is.

    Increasingly, GOP tends to win during low turnouts - meaning in the "out" years.

    With the 2016 campaign built on personalities, rather than ideologies and practical solutions to everyday problems, it's not surprising that numbers are changing for the worse for the GOP.

  • Trump Picks Former Goldman Partner And Soros Employee As Finance Chairman

    05/07/2016 6:34:55 AM PDT · 83 of 86
    CutePuppy to Robert DeLong; circlecity; Milhous; coloradan; RaceBannon
      While employed at Goldman, he purchased the remains of IndyMac Bank (now known as OneWest Bank), the Pasadena, California-based mortgage lender that collapsed in 2008

      At best it is 8 tears.

    The article is from ZeroHedge which means that most of its timeline is inaccurate. He didn't work at Goldman when the group which included his hedge fund Dune Capital Management, George Soros, John Paulson, J. Christopher Flowers and Michael Dell acquired bankrupt IndyMac from FDIC receivership. Mnuchin was named Chairman and CEO of renamed OneWest Bank Group.

    Here is the link to condensed version of Steven Mnuchin's business career: Trump Names Former Goldman Partner, Soros Money Manager As Finance Chairman - FR, post #288, 2016 May 05

  • What MakerBot exit means for N.Y.C. and the 3D business

    05/03/2016 6:32:31 PM PDT · 1 of 11
    CutePuppy
    High taxes, expensive mandates, onerous regulations, increasing costs of doing business (like increases in minimum wage, medical insurance, increases in mandatory paid leaves from work etc.) are forcing even the most creative and relatively high gross-margins businesses out of production in the U.S. If "inversions" to escape double or triple taxation are shut down by sleight of hand by DOJ, SEC or other administrative agencies, there will be plenty of companies doing design and manufacturing elsewhere, with the money flowing one way - out of the U.S. ...

    10 years ago U.S. corporations had $2T in cash on their balance sheets — $1.2T in the U.S. and $800B outside; today corporations have about $3T in cash, of which $800B are in the U.S. and nearly $2.2T outside (which they cannot bring home, lest they be taxed another 45% tax on it, so they keep reinvesting it there, providing jobs, and building plants and other infrastructure.)

    Tariffs, VATs and higher taxes are not going to fix this, more likely just exacerbate the exodus of capital from the U.S. and diminishing the capital formation in the U.S.

    "Capital will always go where it's welcome, and stay where it's well treated" - Walter Wriston

    "The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen" - Dennis Prager

    "Big government is not the solution to our problems. Big government is the problem" - Ronald Reagan

    "One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results" - Milton Friedman

  • FBI arrests brother of San Bernardino terrorist and 2 others on marriage fraud charges

    04/28/2016 6:13:57 PM PDT · 14 of 14
    CutePuppy to Eddie01; Dr. Ursus; outpostinmass2
    Good, only took 5 mos.

    It might be related to the [new] information they've gotten recently from the recovered iPhone (thanks to the Israeli digital forensic company, no thanks to Apple management and their phony 'privacy' argument).

  • Are the GOP rules really rigged against Donald Trump?

    04/26/2016 2:24:17 AM PDT · 1 of 103
    CutePuppy
    * (Abramson is a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, and director of policy at the Iron Dome Alliance. Ballabon is CEO of B2 Strategic where he advises and represents corporate and political clients on interacting with the government and media.) *

    "Open" primaries that allow "Operation Chaos" subterfuge in many states is not a new subject and should have been dealt with by national and states' party leaderships long time ago.

    Getting 95% of the delegates while getting 60% of the vote in a large state like NY and then complaining about "rigged" and "unfair" system may be considered "good politics" or strategy in the primary (like Charlie Sheen's "Winning!!" refrain), but it should not confuse anybody but low-information voters or be tolerated by anyone but the audiences of Comedy Channel and late-night "comedy news" shows.

    Today's celebrity-driven culture (particularly of younger generations, like Millennials or younger Gen-Xers) favour those with name recognition (see Eddie Murphy's "The Distinguished Gentleman" (1992))  —  whether in politics or "entertainment"  —  and/or those who mass media wants to elevate and make the "king" or the "queen" (if only temporarily, for "15 minutes" or only to set up an easier "kill" later.)

    Current election rules and limits on personal donations give enormous advantage in primaries to ego-driven super-rich with little or no ideology or attachment to the constituents of the party, but who don't need to spend tremendous amount of time and money on fund-raising efforts just to be able to stay in the race, e.g., Perot, Romney, Trump. These rules also need to be changed and simplified, or we will keep getting the "lesser of the evils" candidates who represent, at best, a small fraction of what "we" [want to] believe in.

  • The Latest: Trump says bathroom laws 'discriminatory'

    04/21/2016 7:23:07 PM PDT · 238 of 264
    CutePuppy to TexasCajun; don-o; Bruce Campbells Chin; Yashcheritsiy; Vigilanteman; bramps; Cobra64; ...
    People are finally figuring out that Donald Trump is in the TransParty — he can "identify as" a Democrat, Republican, UniParty or independent depending on how he feels and who he thinks he is talking to at the moment...

    Depending on circumstances that transpire, he can be transparently transgressive or translucently transactional, but always transitionally transposing and transforming, and whatever he says can be translated and transfigured to take on some kind of almost transcendental meaning.

  • Trump 1991: Reagan's Tax Reform A 'Catastrophe,' U.S. Is Like The Soviet Union

    04/21/2016 12:19:52 AM PDT · 47 of 47
    CutePuppy to babble-on; KansasGirl; PROCON; RaceBannon; norwaypinesavage; All
      The ability to shelter income through tax losses in real estate limited partnerships was severely curtailed, and it hurt people like Trump whose equity required the cheap financing pipeline to stay open. I think this was the middle of one of Trump's many bankruptcies.

    1986 tax reform signed by Reagan was a compromise (like most of these "sausage" bills are) that further built on the 1981 general tax reductions and simplification — one of which was about getting rid of counterproductive and revenue-costly "tax shelters" that were used in a lot of shady and outright phony real-estate deals which existed only for purposes of tax "losses," on top of which many of them were also partly or entirely financed by other local, state and federal tax incentives. **

    And no, that had nothing to do with Trump's many bankruptcies which destroyed about $5B in wealth of Other People's Money, while some hundreds of millions of these dollars ended up in Donald's pockets (yet he still grossly underperformed the average annual gains in real-estate and equity markets over time, though he did build the "Trump brand"). And Trump is still using phony "charity" loopholes (like "conservation" on his golf courses) through his Foundation, while bragging how "charitable" he is... **

    ** Ref : 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, posts #75, #81, 2016 April 07


    Ref : Fresh document trove sheds light on Clinton-Trump ties - FR, post #56, 2016 April 12


    ** Ref : Who will buy New York's Plaza Hotel? Chinese or Arabs (What Donald Trump's Plaza Deal Reveals About His White House Bid) - FR / NYT / TSC / DR, posts #1, #2, #9, 2016 March 31


    ** Ref : Here's what Trump gets wrong - FR / CNBC, posts #2, #49, #54, 2016 March 16


    Ref : Is the Media Protecting Donald Trump? - FR / FBN / TCP, posts #1, #96, 2016 March 09


    ** Ref : Reports question Trump's giving to veterans groups - FR / FN, posts #1, #115, #122, #124, 2016 January 29


    ** Ref : In Ego, Obama and Trump Are Two Of A Kind - FR, post #275, 2015 October 25


    THCR / DJT stock - Trump's chumps

    The [often irrelevant non-tangential single-factor] ridiculous comparisons of ideals, character and motives of Trump to Reagan — as a way to win or blunt the opposite argument — are so inapplicable, superficial and phony that they shouldn't belong on FR (though, unlike Trump and his supporters, I wouldn't advocate banning them) :

    "Great minds talk about ideas. Average minds talk about events. Small minds talk about people. And the smallest of minds talk about themselves"

    I think everyone can clearly see which part belongs to Ronald Reagan and which parts belong to Donald Trump.

  • Is There Not Cause to Fight for Conservatism?

    04/20/2016 10:17:08 PM PDT · 51 of 91
    CutePuppy to montanajoe; writer33; TheWriterTX; KansasGirl; PROCON; RaceBannon; norwaypinesavage; babble-on; ...
      Reagan united the three legged stroll of Conservatism e.g. fiscal responsibility, religious liberty and overwhelming military superiority.

    ... While Trump has been busy dividing, alienating and destroying the people whose support and votes he would need to have even a decent showing in the general election, not even talking about the damage to down-ballot/down-ticket races who can't win the ir races hitching their wagon to Trump's half-baked, unserious 'ideas' and incoherent mesh of Ron Paul-ish and liberal economic and foreign policy 'philosophies' — just like he's been doing in his failed businesses, with the same kind of 'hyperbole and bravado' sales pitch (what does his brand stand to lose, anyway?)...

    Ref : 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, posts #75, #81, 2016 April 07


    Ref : Fresh document trove sheds light on Clinton-Trump ties - FR, post #56, 2016 April 12


    Ref : Who will buy New York's Plaza Hotel? Chinese or Arabs (What Donald Trump's Plaza Deal Reveals About His White House Bid) - FR / NYT / TSC / DR, posts #2, #9, 2016 March 31


    "Great minds talk about ideas. Average minds talk about events. Small minds talk about people. And the smallest of minds talk about themselves"

    I think everyone can clearly see which part belongs to Ronald Reagan and which parts belong to Donald Trump.

  • In meeting with Orthodox, Donald Trump reveals Israel advisers: His Jewish lawyers

    04/16/2016 12:21:52 AM PDT · 17 of 18
    CutePuppy to 2ndDivisionVet; SJackson
    Related articles:

    Fearing Trump, Republican Jews give Cruz another look - JP, by Ron Kampeas, 2016 April 12

      LAS VEGAS — Ted Cruz came here to woo Republican Jews over the weekend, and in the absence of his opponents for the GOP presidential nomination came away with qualified support based not on who he is but who he is not — Donald Trump.

      Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich skipped the spring meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, leaving Cruz as the sole hopeful to address the 560 Jews packed into a conference room at The Venetian casino resort.

      Trump's high negative approval ratings among women and minorities coupled with his seeming fecklessness on Israel — pledging neutrality one week and support the next — seemed to drive many in attendance to give Cruz a second look after months of shunning the Texas senator for his social conservatism and reputation for not making nice with other Republicans. ..... < snip >

      ..... No one questioned Cruz's Israel bona fides, and his impassioned expressions of support for the country earned standing ovations, the longest when he swore to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. But his more important qualification was the possibility that he could beat Trump, whose candidacy, as folks whispered in conversations in the corridors, would lead inexorably to President Hillary Clinton. ..... < snip >

      ..... After Cruz spoke, many in the room appeared reassured. ..... < snip >

    Cruz, acknowledging social issues gap with Republican Jews, stresses Israel support - JP, by JTA, 2016 April 10

      Ted Cruz appealed to Republican Jews to back him for his outspoken support of Israel, while acknowledging differences with the constituency on social issues and immigration.

      "I recognize that is a question that many people here wrestle with," Cruz said Saturday at the Republican Jewish Coalition's leadership meeting, which gathers annually in Las Vegas, after one of the attendees earned applause for saying Cruz's attitudes on abortion and gay marriage were unpopular with Jewish Republicans.

      But Cruz, the Texas senator running for the Republican presidential nod, said he would not abandon his social conservatism.

      "No Republican has ever won without campaigning and running as a fiscal conservative, a national security conservative and a social conservative," he said.

      Cruz was the only one of the three remaining presidential candidates to attend the RJC confab, and held separate private meetings with donors over the weekend. He is seeking Jewish support in his bid to keep front-runner Donald Trump from accruing enough delegates to win on the first round of voting at the convention. Cruz believes he can win a second round of voting. ..... < snip >

  • In meeting with Orthodox, Donald Trump reveals Israel advisers: His Jewish lawyers

    04/15/2016 6:34:21 PM PDT · 15 of 18
    CutePuppy to Greetings_Puny_Humans
      Who's demanding? ... if a Jewish columnist like Ben Shapiro demands we take in Muslims because we are "big,"

    I really don't care what Ben Shapiro or anyone else "demands" what does any of this in any way have to do with the subject of the thread?

  • In meeting with Orthodox, Donald Trump reveals Israel advisers: His Jewish lawyers

    04/15/2016 6:14:01 PM PDT · 13 of 18
    CutePuppy to Greetings_Puny_Humans
    Israel's population consist of more than 20% percent of Muslims and more than 20% of Arabs. Israel does take refugees from other countries on a regular basis — as a matter of policy, particularly Druze from Lebanon or Syria, which are considered official religious minority, with some special rights and independence accorded to them.

    I doubt there is a huge flood of Syrian refugees trying to get to Israel, nor do think demanding that a tiny country like Israel with all the geopolitical and religious problems and constraints should take "their fair share" of Muslim refugees is in any way reasonable.

  • In meeting with Orthodox, Donald Trump reveals Israel advisers: His Jewish lawyers

    04/15/2016 5:26:16 PM PDT · 11 of 18
    CutePuppy to sheik yerbouty
    Everyone knows that Trump is not the first person to ask that question of American Jewish population in general nor is he the first to refer to certain segment of population as "you people."

    What is strange is asking that question of Jewish journalists, especially when Orthodox Jews are solidly in conservative camp and usually generously donate to and vote for GOP candidates.

  • In meeting with Orthodox, Donald Trump reveals Israel advisers: His Jewish lawyers

    04/15/2016 5:14:44 PM PDT · 9 of 18
    CutePuppy to Don Corleone
      Who knew My..Gyn Kelly was Jewish?

    Exactly, that's what immediately caught my attention. Why would Trump even have the need to mention Megyn Kelly at the meeting with the invited Jewish reporters? That is so immature and insecure.

  • In meeting with Orthodox, Donald Trump reveals Israel advisers: His Jewish lawyers

    04/15/2016 4:50:42 PM PDT · 7 of 18
    CutePuppy to Yashcheritsiy
      Thanks for highlighting all the places that were solely the article author's opinions.

    Only one highlighted sentence was author's opinion, the rest are either direct quotes by Trump or the facts about the meeting. "Eye of the beholder"?

  • In meeting with Orthodox, Donald Trump reveals Israel advisers: His Jewish lawyers

    04/15/2016 4:32:16 PM PDT · 2 of 18
    CutePuppy to CutePuppy
    Some bullet points from the article:

      • Trump's chief "Jewish/Israel 'policy' advisers" are real estate and bankruptcy lawyers.

      • Trump said that he cancelled his planned visit to Israel in December 2015, not Netanyahu.

      • Trump said "the world would be much better off if Saddam Hussein of Iraq ... had been left in power ... because now you've destabilized the entire Middle East."

      • "Tell my friends from, in some cases Israel, how loyal was Mr. Trump to you, Corey?"

      • When Ttump saw that almost all reporters around the table were Orthodox he immediately summoned some "Orthodox Jews of his own" into the room. "It was an exchange reminiscent of ... the first episode of "Mad Men" ..."

      • Trump on Hillary Clinton: "She's been saying strongly in favor of Israel and so do I. ... She's not a trustworthy person..."

      • Trump talked about his Jewish 'philantropy' saying that his father bought some Israel bonds.

      • Trump chastised American Jews for supporting Democrats and Barack Obama fundraisers: "Someday you people will explain to me what you're doing."

    • Now that Trump confirmed (there was little doubt) that his ghostwriter for AIPAC speech was his son-in-law Jared Kushner, some information on him and his Democrat family, donations and ties (I wonder if that was the [only] reason why Ivanka and Eric Trump 'forgot' to register for NY GOP primary — after all, their votes are not needed in NY primary, so why mess up the Trump brand with the 'Republican' label?):

    Refs: 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, posts #75, #81, 2016 April 07

    Refs: Fresh document trove sheds light on Clinton-Trump ties - FR, post #56, 2016 April 12

  • In meeting with Orthodox, Donald Trump reveals Israel advisers: His Jewish lawyers

    04/15/2016 4:30:45 PM PDT · 1 of 18
    CutePuppy
    Worth reading the entire article.
  • Fresh document trove sheds light on Clinton-Trump ties

    04/13/2016 11:37:24 AM PDT · 59 of 59
    CutePuppy to jjotto

    Thanks, I didn’t know that, but I am not surprised. Humility is not Trump’s strong suit.

  • Fresh document trove sheds light on Clinton-Trump ties

    04/12/2016 5:43:22 PM PDT · 56 of 59
    CutePuppy to ScottinVA; Oldeconomybuyer; Charles Martel; Seruzawa; Bloody Sam Roberts; Innovative; Nickname; ...
      Released by whom specifically? Or by whose directive? And why now?

    It's in the article:

      The National Archives said they had reviewed a batch of several FOIA requests, for which they planned to release more than 9,000 pages. Regarding the Trump files request, the record-keepers said just three pages would be restricted. The FOIA request itself came from BuzzFeed ..... < snip >

      ..... The documents released Tuesday also reflect the Clinton White House's interest in Trump's flirtation back in 1999 and 2000 with a third-party presidential run.

      One internal White House email in early 2000 among staff notes that Trump "has his eye on the big JOB." Another from November 1999 forwards an Associated Press article detailing then-potential candidate Trump's proposal for a one-time 14.25 percent tax on the net worth of wealthy Americans. ..... < snip >

      ..... FoxNews.com has asked the Cruz and Trump campaigns for comment on the Clinton documents. Neither campaign has yet weighed in. ..... < snip >

    Little more on Trumps-Clintons ties and Trumps-Democrats ties (including Ivanka and their extended family, Kushners) : 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, posts #75, #81, 2015 April 07

    So, Little doubt about Trump being a big-tax / big-tariffs / big-government authoritarian Democrat / third-party (which can be hijacked with little money and effort, especially for rich celebrity) guy...

    And his constant — since the beginning of campaign — threats that if he is not "treated fairly" (which could mean anything at any given time, and provide an out for Trump if/when things don't go his way) he could go third party (supposedly damaging Republican chances, particularly down-ticket) that he keeps trying to use as a leverage over Republican primary voters, show that he is in it only for his ego, his brand, and has very tenuous relationship with conservative or Tea Party movement, but will say anything he thinks "we" want to hear to get the nomination :

    Trump: The Two-Party Political System Is 100% Rigged, "It's A Crooked Deal," - FR / RCP, by Tim Hains, 2016 April 11

  • ‘You dirty SOB!’ Spluttering Geraldo calls Ted Cruz’s ‘New York values’ comment ‘anti-Semitic’

    04/08/2016 8:28:03 PM PDT · 102 of 112
    CutePuppy to CutePuppy
    Right URL, wrong number in second link description - s/b : FR, post #17, 2014 April 07
  • ‘You dirty SOB!’ Spluttering Geraldo calls Ted Cruz’s ‘New York values’ comment ‘anti-Semitic’

    04/08/2016 8:15:52 PM PDT · 101 of 112
    CutePuppy to Mastador1; livius; jjotto
      ... if your impressed by someone with a big wallet I bet you would be thrilled if soros ran, or bloomberg, or maybe bill gates, hell they're all successful businessman that could write large checks, and run for President without being beholden to anyone,hell they can all make big promises too. I mean that's the new standard right? Only billionares that self fund are allowed to run for President?

    And that's exactly the problem that has been festering since at least McCain-Feingold's stupid Campaign Finance Reform that went in the wrong direction — restricting, instead of liberalizing campaign donations — and that has not gone away with the Citizens United decision, it just allowed creation of SuperPACs but it is nowhere near of removing the advantage of very rich self-funding candidates who can "loan" money to their campaigns in primaries and suffocate most worthy but cash-strapped candidates, particularly with many candidates running and donations being spread among them.

    Look at the one-richer-than-the-other candidates Republicans had recently — McCain, Romney, now almost/possibly Trump? What's the next stop — "successful, self-made, many times richer than Trump, one-time-Republican" Michael Bloomberg? Or better yet, Hillary Clinton donor Warren Buffett, who is self-made, has 15-20 times more humility than Trump despite being 15-20 times richer — they were worth about the same $40M in 1974 — doesn't sue or gets sued by many people and created $billions of wealth for other people, instead of destroying $billions of other people's money?)

    Newt Gingrich was right "on the money" in 2014 about the checkbook politics and what needs to be done:

    Newt Gingrich: Unlimited campaign donations will 'equalize the middle class and the rich' - FR, post #4, 2014 April 07
    and
    Newt Gingrich: Unlimited campaign donations will 'equalize the middle class and the rich' - FR, post #4, 2014 April 07

  • Ivanka Trump Scarves Recalled Because Of "Burn Risk"

    04/08/2016 5:23:29 PM PDT · 81 of 81
    CutePuppy to jjotto; Steelfish
      Ivanka and Chelsea are friends because they have so much in common.

    Yep, here are just a couple of "uncommon" things in common:

    Both Ivanka and Chelsea have fathers-in-law who committed [financially-related] felonies and served time in prison.

    Both Ivanka and Chelsea chose to keep their last names after marriage ("not that there is anything wrong with that" nor is it that unusual anymore) likely for the very same reason: Trump and Clinton are brands, Kushner and Mezvinsky — not so much...

    TRUE: Father of the Groom - The father of Chelsea Clinton's husband is a former congressman who pled guilty to fraud charges.

  • Ivanka Trump Scarves Recalled Because Of "Burn Risk"

    04/07/2016 4:28:01 PM PDT · 75 of 81
    CutePuppy to jjotto; betsyross60; Duchess47; nickcarraway; Steelfish; ETL; dp0622; altura; Larry Lucido; Kipp; ..
      Unlikely. Because Ivanka has her own business endeavors, she has chosen to be more PC like most businesses. Her husband Jared Kushner is definitely an active Republican, and is actively helping The Donald.

    Jared Kushner and his family were very active Democrats. Now that Trump is running as a Republican (just like Bloomberg in NYC, because it's easier for salesmen to bamboozle the people who are often impressed by and associate and confuse the personal riches and BS / "Business Success" with "conservatism" and economic and political knowledge and acumen, i.e., "more money = more blind unquestionable respect with many aspects of personal, financial and political history") he has no choice but to [pretend to] be a "Republican" (whatever it is or may mean today). Generally, I would say that the Trump family is only in the Trump Party (T-NY,FL,CA,...).

    From 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 - TRD, by Konrad Putzier, 2016 March 11 :

      These days, political observers may recognize Jared Kushner as the man who stands on stage at some campaign events next to his father-in-law, Donald Trump. ..... < snip >

      ..... Whether out of political conviction or family obligation, the CEO of development firm Kushner Cos. is now a high-profile supporter of the Republican Party's front-runner. But until 2014, Jared, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, was a reliable and influential patron of the Democratic Party.

      His paper, the New York Observer, was the first in the city to endorse Barack Obama for president in 2008. "It was hard for me to do," said Jared in an interview for a book about the Observer, "because I really like Hillary a lot and respect her, and she's as stand-up as they come as a person. But I felt that Obama would be a great president for the country at the time."

      And he has a long history of financially supporting Democrats: In 2014, he donated $10,000 each to the New Jersey Democratic State Committee and the New York State Democratic Committee, according to data from watchdog site OpenSecrets. In 2013, he donated a combined $20,800 to the U.S. Senate campaign of then-Newark mayor Cory Booker and $5,200 to Sean Eldridge's unsuccessful congressional campaign.

      Jared declined to comment for this article. ..... < snip >

      ..... In 2005, his father Charles Kushner pleaded guilty to charges of making illegal campaign contributions (among other things). According to news reports, he avoided contribution limits in part by donating through different entities and under the names of relatives.

      Charles, whom Jared succeeded as CEO of the family firm after his 2005 incarceration, is known as a long-time supporter of the Democratic Party in New Jersey. According to New York magazine, he gave more than $1.5 million to Jim McGreevey in his 1997 and 2001 New Jersey gubernatorial campaigns.

      Jared's brother Joshua, a co-founder of health insurance startup Oscar and venture capital firm Thrive Capital, which is a significant investor in the real estate technology space, is also no stranger to the Democratic Party. In October 2013, he donated $4,950, the maximum amount permitted, to Bill de Blasio's mayoral campaign, according to New York City campaign finance records. ..... < snip >

      ..... His father also appears to be in the Trump camp: In August, Charles hosted a fundraiser for Trump in his New Jersey home and also gave $100,000 to a Super PAC supporting him, according to Politico. And in one of the many ironies of the Trump campaign, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who prosecuted the case against Charles, is now Trump's most important cheerleader. ..... < snip >

    More on Kushners, from Is the Media Protecting Donald Trump? (Trump Tower Funded by Rich Chinese Who Invest Cash for Visas) - FR, post #37

      Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has attacked China and warned about the dangers of deficient immigrant screening.

      "They've taken our jobs, they've taken our money, they've taken everything," he said of China in a speech late last month. He has called for a revamping, even a freezing, of the immigration system, but says he would make an exception for the highly skilled.

      Yet no skills are required of the wealthy Chinese being courted by a Chinese-subtitled video to help finance a huge Trump-branded tower in New Jersey. ..... < snip >

      ..... The video was produced to help raise tens of millions of dollars through a controversial government program that offers expedited visas to foreign investors overwhelmingly from China. ..... < snip >

      ..... Trump Bay Street is a 50-story luxury rental apartment building being built by Kushner Companies, whose chief executive officer, Jared Kushner, is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka. ..... < snip >

      ..... The Jersey City project has raised $50 million, about a quarter of its funding, from loans obtained through EB-5, according to a slide presentation by US Immigration Fund. Mark Giresi, general counsel of US Immigration Fund, said he believed nearly all of the EB-5 investors in the Trump project were from China. ..... < snip >

      ..... Department of Homeland Security Inspector General found politically connected participants may have received favorable treatment, citing projects involving Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Hillary Clinton's brother, Tony Rodham. ..... < snip >

      ..... Kushner Companies is a New Jersey-based real estate firm built by Kushner's father Charles, a former rainmaker in New Jersey Democratic politics who pleaded guilty to a federal campaign finance violation, filing false tax returns as well as attempts to silence a witness. Charles was sentenced in 2005 to a prison term of two years. He remains active in the company. ..... < snip >

    Another "one of many ironies" is that Trumps are using "off-shoring" manufacturing of their clothing, jewelry and other "product lines" in China, Mexico and Bangladesh.

    And the Trump campaign's "mysterious" PR / communications manager Hope Hicks (because she deleted and scrubbed her entire social media profile — Facebook, Twitter, even LinkedIn before starting to work for the campaign) comes with a long line of Democratic connections and worked almost exclusively in liberal PR and media sphere, where she met Ivanka Trump before coming to work for her as an employee of Trump Organization, where she is still employed simultaneously with the campaign.

    Ref: Ivanka: My Dad's Feud With Megyn Kelly Was 'Sensationalized' - FR, posts #22, #24, 2015 October 15

    Ivanka Trump is also a friend of Chelsea Clinton, which is not surprising, considering how much money Donald contributed to Hillary and the friendly relationship between their families. From 2006 to 2009 Chelsea was "employed" as an "associate" at the Avenue Capital Group hedge fund, co-founded and controlled by Moroccan-born Jewish liberal billionaire and big Democratic Party donor Marc Lasry, who was asked in 2009 by Donald Trump to help avert Carl Icahn's takeover bid of what remained of his twice-bankrupt THCR (Trump Hotels and Casino Reports) company.

    From Trump's attacks raise eyebrows on Wall Street - CNBC / FT, by Gina Chon, 2015 December 28

      As Donald Trump has barnstormed his way across America in recent months stirring up the Republican heartland with populist invective, it is not just immigrants the billionaire property tycoon has had in his sights.

      The frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination has also waged a vituperative campaign against Wall Street, accusing hedge funds of "getting away with murder" — somewhat to the entertainment of the bankers who helped finance the rise of his business empire.

      "I have been highly amused about Trump's comments about us given he's almost one of us, at least in a business sense," said one Wall Street banker whose group has provided Mr Trump's properties with millions of dollars in financing. "He is totally comfortable around Wall Street and bankers."

      Mr Trump characterises himself as not beholden to special interests, ridiculing hedge funds as "guys that shift paper around and ... get lucky" and highlighting a contrast with his own record of building large construction projects.

      Big banks and hedge funds, however, have played a pivotal role in the growth of his real estate empire, providing his companies with loans, acquiring stakes in Trump properties and restructuring debt terms in his times of trouble — as he has acknowledged happily in the past.

      "Morgan Stanley is one of the finest investment banking names on Wall Street," Mr Trump said in a 2004 press release, when the bank helped during the 2004 bankruptcy of Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, a holding company for several properties. ..... < snip >

      ..... A banker who has worked on Mr Trump's real estate deals said he built good relationships with Wall Street, capitalising on financial professionals' desire for his business. He was also skilled at renegotiating debt deals, taking advantage of banks and hedge funds that wanted to get at least some money back from their investments.

      Those skills helped Mr Trump at the time of his first corporate bankruptcy in 1991, which involved the debt-laden Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. Although Mr Trump had personally guaranteed at least $900m in Taj Mahal debt, he avoided having to declare personal bankruptcy by convincing the banks, led by Chase Manhattan Bank, to restructure the liabilities.

      A year later, Mr Trump's Plaza Hotel in New York filed for bankruptcy. Citigroup stepped in, leading a handful of lenders to buy a 49 per cent stake in the property. ..... < snip >

      ..... Mr Trump's relations with high finance were more amicable in 2009, on the occasion of his last corporate bankruptcy. ..... < snip > ..... Mr Trump teamed up with Avenue Capital, the hedge fund founded by Marc Lasry, to beat back a takeover attempt by Beal Bank and Carl Icahn the activist investor. ..... < snip >

    More details on Trump's dealings and how the Wall Street bankers saved him from personal bankruptcy are in: Who will buy New York's Plaza Hotel? Chinese or Arabs (What Donald Trump's Plaza Deal Reveals About His White House Bid) - FR / NYT / TSC / DR, posts #2, #9

  • Trump's Plan to Make Mexico Pay for the Wall by Blocking Money Transfers

    04/06/2016 2:06:15 AM PDT · 40 of 41
    CutePuppy to Thibodeaux; RedWhiteBlue; Kaslin; semimojo; All
    Are we already in Idiocracy?

    First, there was a "Great Wall of Trump"... now, there's another grandiose Trump idea: "let them eat cake pay for it."

    People can transfer the money to almost anywhere in the world, so the only money transfers to Mexico will be from gringos bailing out their friends and relatives tourists (I would expect more incidents of that happening... sooner than later). Mexicans in the U.S. would just set up different, inexpensive alternative channels for sending regular remittances.

    Oh, and did The Donald hear about digital currencies that people use to transfer money from countries like China? There already are or will be TrumpCoin, MexicanCoin, FUDJTcoin, at least for a few months until enough people would be sufficiently pissed off for Trump to declare a "great success" and put the kibosh on yet another "brilliant" harebrained Donald "Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho" Trump idea.

    Rolling Stones (of the free concert for "culturally starved" Cubans fame) were right about Trump:
    "If you start me up
    If you start me up I'll never stop
    If you start me up
    If you start me up I'll never stop
    I've been running hot
    You got me ticking gonna blow my top
    If you start me up
    If you start me up I'll never stop
    I'll never stop
    You make a grown man cry
    Spread out the oil, the gasoline
    I walk smooth, ride in a mean, mean machine...

    Love the day when we will never stop, never stop
    Never stop, never stop
    Tough me up
    Never stop, never stop, never stop..."

  • Why Apple Really Lost Its Privacy Fight with the FBI

    04/04/2016 9:58:55 PM PDT · 110 of 111
    CutePuppy to DiogenesLamp; All
      A COMMON obfuscatory tactic used by those people who are losing a debate is to state things that are factually correct, but which have no relevance to the point in question.

    Exactly, it also helps to ignore the facts, like Apple and Google having been cooperating with LEAs and their legally obtained court orders to help "unlock" a small number of phones / devices for years, with apparently no loss of "privacy" by average citizens, nor any compunctions of such "possibility" or likelihood, nor worries about loss of Apple / Google phones' secrets.

    The company's attitude should not have changed with the changes in technology, especially with FBI being very accommodating to Apple's [unfortunately public] demands. Yet, all of a sudden, now they decided to make a very unnecessary and public "populist" stand... Fortunately, the FBI seems to be stepping into the middle, as an intermediator, to facilitate needed "access" for local and state agencies and to draw the heat off NSA.

      ... they try to present themselves as an "expert" in the topic, and they hope that the listener will be "awed" by their supposed command of the material, and just stop arguing with them.

    Well, when someone states that "Certificates are registered. ... Those enterprise certificates are guarded like the crown jewels for obvious reasons." (Well, duh!) or that "Fake certificates will not work. ... A fake one will fail the registration test." — it will certainly put nobody in "awe" of their "expertise" — we all know that faked and stolen CAs have been used in cybercrimes (including very recent cases) and particularly via MITM type of attacks. Certainly, CheckPoint guys are not dummies and didn't present this as a "theoretical" vulnerability, yet the reaction from Apple was stunningly dismissive.

    The reason I usually stop arguing the issue at some point is when:

    1. I hope that by that time, the other readers, who really want to know and educate themselves on the issue, will have been provided enough factual material and references so that they can easily understand what the real issues are, without belaboring the point and beating the dead horse by keeping to talk past each other and getting off on tangents.

    2. When it becomes obvious that it's useless to try and convince someone, because of his/her obvious bias, ego, rudeness and/or being "invested" in the specific outcome of the argument, I don't mind letting them "win" and have the last word:

    "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink"

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it" - Upton Sinclair

    "Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength" - Eric Hoffer

  • Why Apple Really Lost Its Privacy Fight with the FBI

    04/01/2016 3:20:22 PM PDT · 101 of 111
    CutePuppy to Swordmaker
      Fake certificates will not work. Certificates are registered. A fake one will fail the registration test. This shows you don't know what your are talking about.

    Again, read the post, do the search, and think about how the CheckPoint guys did crack Apple's MDM MITM flaw.

    That's about all I can say any more on the subject. We obviously have different NDAs.

  • Why Apple Really Lost Its Privacy Fight with the FBI

    04/01/2016 1:10:23 PM PDT · 96 of 111
    CutePuppy to Swordmaker; ImJustAnotherOkie; DiogenesLamp; CodeToad; All
      I see what you did there. . .

    "Did what" exactly, leave the MITM mechanism specifics out of the excerpt? Was that so essential to be included for people to understand Apple's "feature, not a bug" attitude? Or does anybody claim that the hack is so "trivial" that anybody could do it? On the contrary, the point is that these issues are not trivial, which is exactly why FBI / LEOs went to court to get a legal warrant to ask Apple to open access to the phone, which they have done before (few times over many years) without the phony "privacy" hissy fits.

      That means for this to work, they'd have to have stolen the involved company's Enterprise Certificate. There is why it won't work.

    No, not exactly and necessarily "stolen," and getting them is not impossible, and because these are aimed at enterprises they are well worth the time to get / fake — and there have been successful MITM with fake or stolen CAs / EVCs in real life (e.g., search "fake certificates mitm attack" without quotes) — but it's a separate subject.

      Good try.

    "Good try," really? I am sure some people appreciated the information which I didn't see posted before, and they don't try to attack the messenger, even if they don't like the message. "Don't shoot the messenger, for you may never again be warned of impending danger"

      ... but has been able to retrieve un-encrypted data for law enforcement pursuant to legal search warrants on devices prior to devices which were fully encrypted to which Apple does not have the keys. ..... < snip > ..... included devices that did not have any encryption at all and were only protected by the passcode with no lock-out.

    That's a nice fudge of real issues. As you well know, this request / warrant had nothing to do with encryption / decryption (which Apple kept putting emphasis on, to confuse the uninformed) — FBI didn't ask Apple to decrypt the contents of the disk, only to enable the access to the contents of the [encrypted] device bypassing the data destruction mechanism. That the previous devices that Apple helped legally unlock had older technology (duh!) that "included devices that did not have any encryption at all and were only protected by the passcode with no lock-out" doesn't tell us anything about the mechanism Apple used to unlock, nor do we have a need to know.

    In other words, it may be 100% correct (especially with fudged language) but it's also 100% irrelevant.

    Again, there was nothing about encryption or decryption. Here's what FBI did ask Apple to do in the legal warrant, and it was well within Apple's capabilities to comply, without jeopardizing anyone else's or any of their users' "privacy," any more than their previous [for the time] "state-of-the-art" security measures. U.S. Says It May Not Need Apple's Help to Unlock iPhone (What FBI wants from Apple) - FR, post #47, 2016 March 21

    It's time to take the tinfoil off where it's not needed. If anyone's iPhone is lost or stolen, then the data is encrypted and if password / bio security are enabled and applied by user, then that phone is of no use to the casual thief or hacker, so iPhone users' privacy is already very well protected. It's not endangered by Apple cooperating with LEAs to unlock a terrorist's phone (especially if it were done quietly, just like they did before and will surely do in the future with the Chinese or some other governments).

    Few dozen cases over decade of federal and state law enforcement agencies obtaining legal court orders and asking Apple or Google to cooperate in unlocking the phones / devices should hardly warrant the hue and cry about "loss of privacy" to the government that Apple decided to generate by going "full Snowden" and obfuscating issues with the phony "backdoor" and "breaking encryption" pretenses.

    Our devices are better protected than ever, if we exersise even a modicum of caution and common sense, and Apple and Google and Facebook know more about average citizen or non-citizen than the government. Time to take the tinfoil off where it's not needed.

  • Why Apple Really Lost Its Privacy Fight with the FBI

    04/01/2016 12:05:25 AM PDT · 79 of 111
    CutePuppy to ImJustAnotherOkie; Swordmaker; CodeToad; rlmorel; nascarnation; marron; vette6387; DuncanWaring
    From Unpatched stealthy iOS MDM hack spells ruin for Apple tech enterprises - Reg, by Darren Pauli, 2016 March 31 :

      Clicking 'OK' to ordinary and expected phishing prompt enough for complete iPhone compromise.

      Enterprises the world over are at risk from a seamless new attack that allows the latest Apple devices to be quietly compromised in what researchers say requires a total overhaul of Cupertino's enterprise provisioning architecture for mobile device management.

      The unpatched hack – dubbed SideStepper and crafted by Israel-based Check Point hackers Ohad Bobrov and Avi Bashan – begins with a near-perfect phishing attack targeted at staff, and ends with complete compromise of fully updated iOS devices running version 9.2.

      It takes advantage of Apple's newly streamlined enterprise provisioning architecture, which allows tech shops to install non-App Store applications on staff handsets.

      Mobile device management of Apple devices is a system used by almost all Fortune 100 companies and scores more enterprises. Almost all are at risk of the attack, the pair told The Register.

      Apple's upgrade means attackers need only send an SMS – to trick staff into accepting a legitimate-looking request to install a configuration file – for attackers to have remote man-in-the-middle access. From there, attackers can install applications that will quietly eviscerate Apple devices. ..... < snip >

      ..... Apple has been contacted for comment. However, the pair say they informed the tech giant of their research, and Apple labeled it "a feature, not a bug."

      The pair say the attack is cleaner and more deadly than any that have come before, and is explicitly thanks to Apple borking its enterprise provisioning service. ..... < snip >

      ..... "Apple tried to solve the problem but actually made it worse, because now it is even easier to infect a mobile device." ..... < snip >

      ..... Bobrov and Bashan are already working on further iOS vulnerability and exploitation research. They also have Android in their sights. ..... < snip >

    "And now for something completely different..."

    From US asked Google to unlock phones 9 times since 2012 - CNBC, by Arjun Kharpal, 2016 March 31 :

      Fresh off the back of the tussles between U.S. law enforcement and Apple, new research has revealed that search giant Google has been asked several times since 2012 to help unlock Android phones.

      The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) found 63 cases where the government had used the 1789 All Writs Act to ask Apple and Google help unlock data on phones.

      While the majority of these cases across the U.S. involved Apple, there were nine instances where Google was asked by law authorities for help. ..... < snip >

      ..... law enforcement has been asking tech companies for help for eight years. It appears the firms have been willing to help law enforcement too. Prosecutors have said that Apple has helped unlock phones 70 times since 2008. The uncovering of the 63 cases however is the first major look at government requests to Google, which owns the Android operating system installed on the majority of the world's smartphones. ..... < snip >

      ..... While Apple has been known to comply with such requests in the past, the latest battle with the government was a step too far for the technology giant. ..... < snip >

      ..... Most of the orders related to drug cases in which officers were trying to access devices of people who were in possession of drugs. Warrants requesting help from Google were filed in Oregon, California, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alabama and North Carolina.

    Sometimes "quiet is good," but I guess this time it was not a "bug" [up their @ss], it was a "feature" — it was about terrorism, not drug-related?

  • Why Apple Really Lost Its Privacy Fight with the FBI

    03/31/2016 2:50:05 AM PDT · 63 of 111
    CutePuppy to ctdonath2; Swordmaker; ImJustAnotherOkie; nascarnation; marron; vette6387; DuncanWaring; ...
    Why? The flaw has already been fixed.

    Which one, and how "fixed" are they?

    If you mean iOS 9.3, then not quite - iPad bricked by iOS 9.3?, Reg, by Shaun Nichols, 2016 March 24 :

      Earlier this week, word broke of a bug in Apple's iOS 9.3 update that was leaving some iPad 2 tablets unable to function.

      We asked Reg readers if they had experienced this problem, and the responses came pouring in, along with tips for workarounds that at least let you use your iPad until Apple can come up with a fix.

      So, we've decided to share our collection of reader horror stories in the hopes that, should your iPad 2 be stricken by this malady, you can take some comfort in knowing that you're not alone. ..... < snip >

      ..... Apple has finally published a couple of suggested fixes if you get stuck installing iOS 9.3. It's also suspended downloads of the new OS for older iThings until it's sorted out the problems at its end.

    The latest one is more fun / serious (depending on how you look at it) - Apple's fruitless rootless security broken by code that fits in a tweet, Reg, by Chris Williams, 2016 March 30 :

      Apple's much-hyped rootless security mechanism in OS X can be evaded even in the latest version of the operating system, according to a top researcher.

      The Cupertino goliath fixed an exploitable bug in its rootless code in the latest round of patches for Macs and iThings. But that's the not the end of the story, we're told.

      Apple's rootless design, aka System Integrity Protection (SIP), marks sensitive directories in the computer's file system as being off-limits even to the root user.

      Normally, on Unix-flavored OSes, root is all powerful and can do whatever it likes. Well, Apple hates that idea: it means malware with elevated privileges or a clumsy user can infect or trash vital executables and other files. On OS X El Capitan, root is no longer allowed to rule the roost and take over all aspects of the computer.

      The way SIP works is simple: mark /System, /bin, /sbin and /usr except /usr/local with a special flag that means only programs with a particular attribute can modify files in those directories. And very few programs – the software update tool being one of them – are given this special com.apple.rootless permission to access SIP-guarded folders. A shell running as root certainly doesn't have it.

      There are other restrictions imposed by SIP, such as limiting the debugging of certain apps and the blocking of certain kernel extensions from being loaded.

      Earlier this month, Apple squashed a logic bug in SIP found by SentinelOne researcher Pedro Vilaça. It could be exploited by software already running on a Mac to bypass Apple's SIP defenses, rendering the safeguards useless. Vilaça demonstrated at the SyScan360 2016 conference the design weakness using GDB to modify and create files in /System as a normal root user.

      However, flaws within SIP remain. One problem is that just like bugs lingered in root-owned setuid binaries that were exploited by hackers, flaws present in SIP-entitled programs can be abused, too. ..... < snip >

    Looks like Tim Cook picked the wrong fight with the wrong people at the wrong time. He could have handled things very quietly, just like he did before, and just like he is and will be doing with China — they can squeeze Apple in Chinese market and with Chinese manufacturing and materials (e.g., Hon Hai / Foxconn and some parts suppliers) much easier than the U.S. can with Huawei, Xiaomi or ZTE, for example — instead of going "full Snowden" on the phony "privacy" and "encryption backdoor" pretext.

  • Clinton Foundation Corruption and Pay to Play Schemes

    03/26/2016 2:20:29 AM PDT · 19 of 25
    CutePuppy to kcvl; All
    Yes, Trump's financial, political and ideological ties to high-level Democrats (not just his friends Clintons) run far and deep; Kushners and other scoundrels among them:

    From Trump Tower Funded by Rich Chinese Who Invest Cash for Visas - FR, post #37, 2016 March 07

      < snip > ..... Trump Bay Street is a 50-story luxury rental apartment building being built by Kushner Companies, whose chief executive officer, Jared Kushner, is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka. ..... < snip >

      ..... The Jersey City project has raised $50 million, about a quarter of its funding, from loans obtained through EB-5, ..... < snip >

      ..... ..... Department of Homeland Security Inspector General found politically connected participants may have received favorable treatment, citing projects involving Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Hillary Clinton's brother, Tony Rodham. ..... < snip >

      ..... Kushner Companies is a New Jersey-based real estate firm built by Kushner's father Charles, a former rainmaker in New Jersey Democratic politics who pleaded guilty to a federal campaign finance violation, filing false tax returns as well as attempts to silence a witness. Charles was sentenced in 2005 to a prison term of two years. He remains active in the company. ..... < snip >

    That's the man who is going to hijack take over the Republican Party and save the conservatives from GOPe and the "Big Government Uniparty"!!

  • Why Restaurant Automation Is on the Menu

    03/25/2016 9:41:45 PM PDT · 72 of 72
    CutePuppy to Kent C
    Direct result of minimum wage, obamacare and union organizing. Caesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers union campaigning 'for the good of farm workers', made it 'economical' to use tomato picking machines.

    Yep. It's called "pricing oneself out of the market" and then complaining about "the market" and the "capitalist greed" and the "banksters" and whoever/whatever else the OWC crowd come up with...

    The fear of automation and increase in productivity has been as old as Ned Ludd (and the Luddites).

  • How Microsoft’s Friendly Robot Turned Into a Racist Jerk in Less Than 24 Hours

    03/25/2016 2:57:38 AM PDT · 45 of 45
    CutePuppy to Kent C
    I think FR has been invaded.... lol

    Give a robot/AI a Twitter account and 24 hours and it turns into Trump?

  • U.S. Says It May Not Need Apple’s Help to Unlock iPhone

    03/21/2016 10:46:57 PM PDT · 47 of 55
    CutePuppy to Hugin; DiogenesLamp; All
      Apple built software encryption that was to the best of their ability uncrackable.

      The government now want's them to create software that will crack software that they designed not to be crackable.

    Not even close, but that's what Apple's hysterical propaganda claims want you to think...

    1. Apple didn't "build" software encryption — they are using standard military-grade AES-256 encryption engine, like most everyone else.

    2. Government / FBI has not asked Apple to crack the software or decrypt the phone.

    3. Apple is deliberately defying a court order having to do with national security, to appear to care about their users' "privacy."

    Here's what they are actually asked to do — it has nothing to do with encryption / decryption or wide-ranging "backdoors" or some such nonsense and it should not take more than 10 minutes for any software engineer at Apple who has the firmware's source code to create it — in fact, they woud not be able to test their phones' firmware without this "pseudo-hack":

    Apple - FBI