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  • Column - Norma White: You want change? Try these ideas

    02/03/2016 4:47:22 AM PST · 18 of 42
    CutePuppy to Persephone Kore
    Is this now a conservative position? Really?!! A limited Constitutional government cannot control what salaries private businesses are allowed to pay. And it wouldn't want to.

    Hope and change, dontcha know?

  • Column - Norma White: You want change? Try these ideas

    02/03/2016 4:44:24 AM PST · 17 of 42
    CutePuppy to Carry_Okie; All
      When you cut the pay of lawmakers below what they can live on guess what happens? They become even more beholden to those who will employ them on the way out.

      Term limits in California have been a disaster. What we got was a string of nameless incompetents planning to be future lobbyists if they couldn't move up the ladder.

    When people are frustrated they want to vent and not think too deeply of unintended consequences of part-time / cut-rate government and "revolving doors" — they are looking for simple and easy answers (often provided by competing special interests)...

    But just, as one example, who is going to run all the investigations of Clintons and Obamas and oversee all the runaway agencies and their unaccountable bureaucrats if the people "cut their pay and send them home"? If many Congress critters are not doing the job or not doing it well, that is no reason to slash and burn - people may end up with even weaker, less accountable and responsive institutions and system.

    "There is always an easy solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong." - H. L. Mencken

    "The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple." - Oscar Wilde

  • [false] Reports question Trump's giving to veterans groups

    02/01/2016 5:15:13 PM PST · 124 of 124
    CutePuppy to Hostage
    Here's proof that you are FOS:

    First, you completely ignored everything I posted (twice, second time with "feeling"). Probably because it doesn't fit your misguided meme of "Donald Trump raised money for some veterans' organizations and causes, and nobody else who is running raised more, therefore we must vote for him." Nobody is contesting that he can write bigger check than most, that was well covered in this and many other threads, in fact, that's what he extensively brags about. "Hi, I am Donald Trump and you are not."

    Second, you provided as "proof" (of what, exactly?) your own puff peace post with lots of pictures of NYC Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza with the misleading phrase "Donald Trump built the New York City Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza"...

    We already know that it's not true. This is from New York City Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza: The Making of a Memorial"

      In 1982, New York City Mayor Edward Koch established a 100-member commission to create a memorial that would reflect the conflicting emotions of the Vietnam War (as well as a "living memorial" to assist Vietnam veterans in need of jobs). .....

      ..... Built in 1985, the City's first bonus plaza was chosen because it provided a unique, spacious and respectful area in the midst of a supportive corporate neighborhood. In 1999, it was apparent that the Plaza was underutilized and in need of serious repairs in order to respectfully honor the men and women who served in Vietnam. .....

      In 1982 Donald J. Trump was named as Co-Chairman of the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission, established by Mayor Edward I. Koch. Their mission was to raise the necessary funds in order to build a memorial in honor of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War, and to create a counseling and employment program for veterans. The commission raised in excess of three million dollars. .....

      ..... In November of 2001, the Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Plaza completed the renovation phase by raising $7.1 million from both the public and private sectors.

    BTW, the Memorial is under renovation again, should be finished in a few months, but again, that is all non sequitur and missing the points. So, I give up trying to explain the obvious...

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

  • [false] Reports question Trump's giving to veterans groups

    02/01/2016 1:04:46 PM PST · 122 of 124
    CutePuppy to Hostage; All
    Trump's love for America's vet is genuine and comes from his father who was a great supporter of vets.

    And he proves it occasionally, whenever he needs to use them to boost his ego and/or financial, political and PR interests... especially when it can be done with OPM (Other People's Money) and billed as 'charity' so he can take the credit and bask in all the glory... (know any other people like that?)

    There are a lot of celebrities who help veterans and other charities with donations or fundraisers, without being ostentatious about it or taking credit, and especially not using them to draw attention to themselves instead of relevant debates, by creating a fake feud with a TV network / TV personality during an event he should have been part of... That is the real issue, and anybody who criticizes Trump for using vets this way should not be calleed a "hater" or "denier" or other names. He could show his love for veterans by doing this fundraiser another time, not setting it up as an "alternative" to debates — many would have happily joined him, and it wouldn't be divisive, internecine, underhanded, egotistical, and event would raise a lot more money and Trump would be much better liked and respected. But being who he is, it's really all about him...

    You are FOS. Trump built the Vietnam Veteran's War Memorial BEFORE he built anything else nearby.

    You are likely thinking linearly... You have missed a lot of things that had happened BEFORE that... Let me refresh the events in sequence:

      He made the move from the outer boroughs into Manhattan's real estate market in the mid-'70s, and instantly won a deal from the bankrupt Pennsylvania Railroad Company for rail yard property on Manhattan's West side from West 30th-39th streets, and from West 59th-72nd streets along the Hudson River. ..... < snip >

      ..... Trump reportedly benefited in the 1970s from the financially strained New York City government's willingness to give tax concessions in exchange for investment. He proposed reconstruction of the Commodore Hotel in 1976, funding the project with tax breaks .....

      ..... Later in 1980, a similar situation would take place .....

      Trump Organization soared in the economic highs of the '80s with Donald's own real estate deals in residential and hotel properties. He and Ivana ruled Manhattan society, and his status grew on the contacts he made with politicians and other businessmen. .....

      ..... The rail yards along the Hudson River Trump acquired in the 1970s became the basis for a multi-billion dollar housing project, comprised of 5,700 units, called Trump Place. Trump Place expands along his entire Upper West Side rail yard property. .....

  • [false] Reports question Trump's giving to veterans groups

    01/31/2016 11:58:37 PM PST · 115 of 124
    CutePuppy to Zhang Fei; caww; X-spurt; norwaypinesavage; ironman; Mariner; Sacajaweau; PghBaldy; silverleaf; ...
    What Trump got / gets in exchange for his 2 (as his spokeswoman Hope Hicks said) "in-kind" donations in Manhattan:

    From 2007 account (skipping the material about his marriages):

      At the Trump Organization, Donald Trump started out working with middle-class rental housing. He made the move from the outer boroughs into Manhattan's real estate market in the mid-'70s, and instantly won a deal from the bankrupt Pennsylvania Railroad Company for rail yard property on Manhattan's West side from West 30th-39th streets, and from West 59th-72nd streets along the Hudson River. ..... < snip >

      ..... Trump reportedly benefited in the 1970s from the financially strained New York City government's willingness to give tax concessions in exchange for investment. He proposed reconstruction of the Commodore Hotel in 1976, funding the project with tax breaks, and eventually sold his stake to Hyatt Hotels two years later, when the construction started. ..... < snip >

      ..... Later in 1980, a similar situation would take place with the renovation of Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park. The New York City Government estimated the construction would take under three years, but after spending $12 million, the rink was still under renovation in 1986.

      Trump Organization soared in the economic highs of the '80s with Donald's own real estate deals in residential and hotel properties. He and Ivana ruled Manhattan society, and his status grew on the contacts he made with politicians and other businessmen. ..... < snip >

      ..... In the late '80s, he acquired a shuttle service run by Eastern Airlines and renamed it the Trump Shuttle. Flights ran from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Boston's Logan Airport, and also to D.C.'s Reagan National Airport. He quickly defaulted on his loans, though, having been hit by the recession at the time, and the shuttle became operated by US Air as of 1992. Trump gave up ownership in 1994. ..... < snip >

      ..... Despite his difficulties, and loan debts of almost $2 billion, Trump continued to have multiple pots boiling... The real estate mogul, famous for being "the master of the deal," restructured his financial assets and debts using bankruptcy protection and offloaded some of his assets to banks and creditors in the early '90s.

      His businesses, especially casinos, suffered, but he was soon on his way to a multi-million dollar comeback in the mid-late 1990s. Trump built up his reputation using media exposure to his advantage with numerous contacts, quotes and cameos.

      Trump tried to overcome rumors and failed investments and to negotiate and reclaim any lost stakes in his Trump assets through financial loan and bond deals. ..... < snip >

      ..... Trump quit the Republican party in 1999 and switched to the Reform party, and ran for president again in 2000. Trump is a centrist who gives money to both parties, mostly maintaining Democratic contacts but openly admits he voted for President Bush because of his tax cut policy. He remains a friend of Democrats Sen. Chuck Schumer, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Sen. Frank Lautenberg. ..... In the 2004 presidential election, he gave $2,000 to both Bush and his rival John Kerry.

      The rail yards along the Hudson River Trump acquired in the 1970s became the basis for a multi-billion dollar housing project, comprised of 5,700 units, called Trump Place. Trump Place expands along his entire Upper West Side rail yard property. ..... < snip >

      ..... Trump constantly hailed "The Apprentice" as "the best show on television," where he would note in every episode that something he did was the biggest, tallest, most successful or most expensive.

    From another source, on 1987 parade :

      < snip > ..... Trump gave $1 million to the [United Veterans War Council] parade back in 1987 after the American Legion stopped producing it in part over the organizers' decision to allow gay veterans to participate.

    From Veterans Day Parade Tries for a Comeback - NYT, November 10, 1995:
      < snip > ..... There will be 40 marching bands, 20 floats and 30,000 marchers from groups from the Pearl Harbor Survivors to the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Veterans. ..... < snip >

      ..... Organizers received no contributions from the 200 corporations they asked ..... < snip > ..... Then Donald Trump, a nonveteran, agreed to throw in $200,000 as well as raise money from his friends, in exchange for being named grand marshal.

      Since then, money has come in, though not enough to meet the original budget, which was reduced from $2.9 million to $2.4 million. Fireworks were just one of many cuts.

    In conclusion : Donald Trump is quick to take the personal credit but in reality he had collected most of the donated money from the political and business friends and associates (OPM) and matched the funds in 1987 to "save" the parade that "was in transition" to another organization; then in 1995 in exchange for being named Grand Marshal, and $1M donation in 1983 to be Co-Chair and Founding Member of Vietnam Veterans Memorial (dedicated by NYC mayor Ed Koch in 1985), which is built not far from — and thus adding value to — his properties, generating great PR for himself and getting in-kind NYC contracts with tax breaks and expedited construction permits, again using veterans for his own financial benefit... until he needed to use them again recently to justify his ducking out of debate which couldn't improve his position but could very well damage it.

    Q.E.I., Q.E.D.

  • [false] Reports question Trump's giving to veterans groups

    01/31/2016 6:02:59 PM PST · 31 of 124
    CutePuppy to be-baw; livius; ETL; elhombrelibre; nickcarraway; St_Thomas_Aquinas; All
    Dumping on Trump for not giving more to veterans is absurd. Of all the candidates, who has done more? Who has come even remotely close?

    I think you completely missed the point of the article, comment, and links within. Why now all of a sudden and why at the time of debates where he should have been, and when it hurt both events, and pulling a "celebrity" and "military" cards to get political allies into giving to his foundation.

    Instead, the excuses sound like typical Clintons' diversion attack machine: "old story, time to move on" ... "what did you/they do?" ... "so what?" — all without thinking about or answering the real questions posed.

    Do check the comments and questions within the links, to get a different perspective than Clintonian / Obamian "deny, deny, deny."

  • [false] Reports question Trump's giving to veterans groups

    01/31/2016 5:30:01 PM PST · 5 of 124
    CutePuppy to Kenny
    Boy they are pushing this story. I've seen it in three different places.

    I did the search and found none posted. Is it not accurate or relevant? Check the links, please.

  • [false] Reports question Trump's giving to veterans groups

    01/31/2016 5:24:05 PM PST · 1 of 124
    CutePuppy
    ** Hope Hicks, employee of Trump Organization and Trump's campaign spokeswoman:

    Ivanka: My Dad's Feud With Megyn Kelly Was 'Sensationalized' - FR, posts #22, #24, 2016 October 15

    Donald Trump: The Least Charitable Billionaire In The World - FR, post #41, 2015 December 27

    Using veterans as a background for phony 'OPM charity' events is a tradition of "celebrities" to endear themselves to the gullible public. Trump to Hold Veteran Rally in Place of GOP Debate - FR, post #71, 2016 January 28

    "The Checkbook Election 2016" is ... the predictably anti-climactic result of the Campaign Finance reforms that allow the celebrity multimillionaires finance their own campaigns (because Citizen's United decision isn't complete as long as money have to go to 'issue PACs' which cannot, by law, coordinate with [Republican] candidates and finance their own campaigns which require extensive travel, advertisement and a lot of other expenses... The idea that this makes a rich candidate "not dependent / accountable" to "Special Interest Groups" is clearly asinine — in reality it makes them ultimately unaccountable to you — but boy, do they have a "deal" for you if you elect them! Far better would be to get rid of any limits on donations to candidates (proxies for political ideas) as long as donations are transparent - i.e., allow to "buy" the candidates who can [hopefully] credibly and eloquently represent "ideas of the class" ...

    From Bushes (rich) to McCain (richer), to Romney (richer), to Trump (the richest so far), the "conservatives" are "evolving" and "progressing" at nice speed...

    Next stop - Bloomberg? Great resume for new "Conservative Progressive Checkbook" "He Can Win" party — far richer than Trump, wealth not inherited, self-made multibillionaire, no business bankruptcies, no debt defaults, no financial shenanigans and scandals, political and executive experience - 3-time mayor of largest US city, little "baggage," Democrat/Republican/Independent)/autocrat...

    Yes, "he can win" and he can promise to "Make America Great," again ... at least he would sincerely believe it.

  • Trump to Hold Veteran Rally in Place of GOP Debate

    01/28/2016 8:54:20 PM PST · 73 of 73
    CutePuppy to BigEdLB
    Why are the Cruz supporters always prone to long posts.

    I wouldn't know, I am not a Cruz supporter. Why are Trump supporters always trying to personally attack someone instead of answering pertinent questions and sticking to the issues?

  • Fiorina throws $3.5 million at Trump, Cruz to join debate

    01/28/2016 8:52:07 PM PST · 76 of 76
    CutePuppy to samtheman; All
    Trump should counter all this BS by just flat-out donating $10 million to veterans groups with no pre-conditions and then say publicly to the others, there, match it, with no pre-conditions.

    Exactly, that's the way to do it — let's fold the military charity / charities into the GOP campaign!

    Instead of having silly "ideas" debates let's see which multimillinaire or billionaire can donate more to a charity picked by other billionaires and multimillionaires. Maybe have Bloomberg join in (he was a "Republican" at one time, after all) and Ben Affleck is already making commercials for wounded veterans, so maybe Big Hollywood can choose a representative and donate in his name, so we can vote for that guy / gal (or whatever they "identify" themselves) to be The Nominee and dispense with the other campaign nonsense.

    Let's go forth and find out who can give the biggest donation to charity, declare them The Nominee and let the Force$ be with them! This will save so much time and money eventually; and we can still have a convention, it will be just one big party!

    There is some danger of Hillary or Bernie show up with military, sheriffs and other LEOs in the background but I don't think it's going to fool us into voting for them — I am sure that "our guy/gal" can outbid them...

  • Trump to Hold Veteran Rally in Place of GOP Debate

    01/28/2016 6:33:29 PM PST · 71 of 73
    CutePuppy to brivette; BigEdLB; Perdogg; elhombrelibre; Mr Ramsbotham; Cboldt; All
    There are couple of things about the explanations The Donaldâ„¢ gave for his boycott that I don't understand:

    1. If Trump is genuinely interested in helping to fundraise a military charity like Wounded Warrior (which may be one of the worst on the basis of their spend/charity ratio, but that's another issue) why does he have to do it at the same as the debates, when the people supposedly most predisposed to donate to said charity are supposedly the same people who will be "distracted" by The Trump-less debate?

    If he were concerned more about this charity and maximizing donations to it than with himself and his own "brand," then would / could it make a lot more sense to hold this charity event at another time? And did he ever hold the fundraising event for this (or similar) charity before he became a presidential candidate? So is it about the charity or is this really "all about me, Donald J. Trump" and the charity is just being used as another distraction from issues, just as his non-substantive trumpgasms-generating "low-energy nasty disgusting horrible disaster" personal insults that are so favored by his cult? The only thing missing is white Greek columns, but maybe it's still early in the season.

    2. Trump keeps talking about "the ratings" for The Trump-less debate as if this is the whole point of these debates - to showcase Trump? He treats this a reality TV celebrity contest, not the debate of political ideas or actions. Which would be understandable coming from a TV celebrity and a "brand" maker fighting for TV "face time" among many other celebrities and reality TV "stars" but not from a serious presidential candidate, unless it's "i am not really a presidential candidate, I just play one on TV, and I have more TV time at the moment than George Clooney, Matt Damon or Kardashians"?

    3. Regarding the money that Fox (or other network) will be supposedly getting from the debates — they run uninterrupted, networks are not running commercials during that time, so exactly what "money" are they getting based on debates ratings? Why would Trump-less debates get networks less money that Trumped-up debates?

    Also, with today's technology, why can't RNC and DNC / Socialists simply stream the debates into the Vast Internet Space, with any "moderators" they want, cutting the networks out of this business altogether or allowing the networks to retransmit in real time? Everybody who is interested can watch, even if they don't have access to cable / satellite, and then nobody has to "lose money" (in Trump's vernacular, since he knows so much about it)...

  • Climate skepticism is just bad science: "There is no cohesive, consistent alternative theory.."

    12/06/2015 7:27:03 PM PST · 99 of 114
    CutePuppy to exDemMom; Cincinatus' Wife; All
    Climate alarmism is just bad science: there is no cohesive, consistent evidentiary support of the human-caused global warming hypothesis.

    Alarmism, of course, is necessary to advance political goals and personal enrichment opportunities, otherwise the whole "scientific" issue would not exist. The "cap-and-trade" system and "green loans" to Solyndra, A123 and other bankrupt "green" companies, as well as "carbon credits" (which are currently the only source of profitability at companies like Tesla) can only be accomplished through corrupt government vehicles based on nakedly fraudulent "science" and alarmism.

    How else can they justify and sell something like EPA's upcoming draconian Clean Power Plan if not for "the sky is falling" tactics?

    Yet if anybody looks into the supposed "benefits" of such plan, which can only be accomplished at great present and future cost to "regular folks" they will find this (from Carbon Dioxide Reduction Policies Are Destructive And Immoral - IBD, by Roger Bezdek and Paul Driessen, 2015 December 04):

      < snip > ..... The EPA's own analyses suggest that its fully implemented Clean Power Plan would bring an undetectable, irrelevant reduction of perhaps 0.05°F in average global temperatures 85 years from now — assuming that carbon dioxide actually does drive climate change.

      What's being discussed in Paris would have similarly minimal effects. But it would let unelected, unaccountable activists and bureaucrats decide which industries, companies, workers and families win the Climate Hustle game — and which ones lose. ..... < snip >

      ..... Earth's climate changes regularly, but recent trends and events are in line with historic experience, and many scientists believe the sun and other powerful natural forces may soon usher in a new era of colder temperatures.

      Fossil fuels facilitated successive industrial revolutions and enabled billions to live better than royalty did a century ago, average incomes to increase elevenfold, and average global life expectancy to climb from less than 30 in 1870 to 71 today.

      Carbon and hydrocarbon energy still provide 81% of world energy, and support $70 trillion per year in world GDP. They will supply 75%-80% of global energy for decades to come, studies by the Energy Information Administration, International Energy Agency and others forecast.

      More than 2,400 coal-fired power plants are under construction or planned around the world. China and India will not consider reducing GHG emissions until 2030. Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels will continue to climb, greening the planet and spurring faster crop, forest and grassland growth. ..... < snip >

      ..... Because there is a strong causal relationship between GDP and fossil energy consumption, eliminating that much energy would reduce 2050 world per capita GDP to less than what Americans "enjoyed" in 1830! Modern technologies would still exist, but few would be able to afford them.

    No wonder that in every poll the "climate change" is at or near the bottom of the list of issues concerning regular people, while it's at the top of the list and requiring "immediate action" among politicians.

  • Climate skepticism is just bad science: "There is no cohesive, consistent alternative theory.."

    12/06/2015 3:42:29 PM PST · 94 of 114
    CutePuppy to Cincinatus' Wife; All
    Bernie Sanders (and other Global Warmers) deconstructed:

    "The debate is over."

    Pretty much - the childish "I am right, you are wrong; I win, you lose" is not a debate. If one side declares their opinions / "projections" as incontrovertible "facts" and/or one of two sides doesn't engage in the "debate," because they are "right" and the other side is "wrong" (and is declared a "denier") then there is no debate possible.

    "Climate change is real,"

    True, and has always been true. The same cannot be said of Global Warming - witness the major and mini cooling (Ice Ages) and warming periods. If the climate never changed (i.e., remained constant) even the notion of climate wouldn't exist.

    "... it is caused by human activity,"

    Patently false, because dramatic and/or drastic changes in climate existed for much longer than the alleged ability of humans to radically affect climate. If anything, relatively recent man-made technologies greatly increased the ability of humans to adapt to effects of naturally ever-changing climate, and even provide the conditions that saved many species of animal kingdom from extinction.

    Even most non-alarmist environmentalists, including "The Skeptical Environmentalist" Bjorn Lomborg, admit that "cutting too much CO2 would be very costly" and that warming climate over last several centuries has been and, if continues, would be greatly beneficial for agriculture, eradicating or containing many epidemic diseases and increasing economic activity and thus survivability and prosperity of people in most parts of the world.

        "Not only is there huge potential for farming to adjust to warming conditions, but higher temperatures of as much as five degrees Fahrenheit will most likely increase agricultural yields in many regions of the world. The result will be a reduction rather than an increase in food prices.

        On the issue of health and disease, the author points out that even in disease-prone Africa, the rise in the incidence of disease from climate change will be 3% at most, and that even this estimate is probably "exaggerated." He emphasizes an irony with upbeat implications: Rapid economic growth is central for scenarios producing global warming, but with higher incomes resulting from that growth, disease is manageable and will be managed." - Bjorn Lomborg

    People may, at best and at great expense, marginally affect the local climate environment and — as most organic physicists and biologists know — it would not be due to increased emitted amounts of CO2 / carbon dioxide, which has been proven not to affect climate but which is a byproduct and is necessary for the carbon-based life on planet Earth (UN climate change body suffers mammoth European carbon fraud - FR, posts #1, #14, 2015 September 08)

    "... and it is already causing profound disturbances all over America and all over the world,"

    Whatever one's definition of "profound disturbances" may be, this is sheer idiocy devoid of any facts, and ignoring all the provable facts to the contrary. But by the standard of "I said it, therefore it is true and anyone who doesn't echo this is the denier", then all that can be said is "that'll do pig, that'll do"...

    "If we have data, let's look at data. If all we have are opinions, let's go with mine." - Jim Barksdale

  • Climate skepticism is just bad science: "There is no cohesive, consistent alternative theory.."

    12/06/2015 4:32:09 AM PST · 48 of 114
    CutePuppy to Billthedrill; Cincinatus' Wife; Cincinatus; Politicalkiddo; Gaffer; Arthur Wildfire! March; ...

      Fallacy: Straw Man

      The Straw Man fallacy is committed when a person simply ignores a person's actual position and substitutes a distorted, exaggerated or misrepresented version of that position.

    The "If you don't give me an alternative [that I, as a final arbiter, can decide not to accept as valid]" straw man argument has been often used by Obama and is now widely adopted by liberal/progressive/socialist/Democratic disciples as a way to brand the opponents as "deniers" and thus avoid the real arguments against their position. If you have more than one alternative explanation, then you are also inconsistent and incohesive (because there can be only one explanation — their theory) and thereby all the other arguments are "deemed" invalid.

    Or, as former CEO of Netscape Jim Barksdale said, ""If we have data, let's look at data. If all we have are opinions, let's go with mine."

  • The Worst Reactions to San Bernardino

    12/05/2015 1:56:32 AM PST · 17 of 18
    CutePuppy to himno hero; wastedyears; Kaslin; BipolarBob; driftless2; MHGinTN; Lurkinanloomin; All
      Remember, 'Guns don't kill people, doctors do.'

    There was a brief mention about a Syed Farook's neighbor saying that he noticed suspicious activity and behavior, but was reluctant to report it for fear of being accused of "racial profiling, islamophobia" etc...

    So remember, 'Guns don't kill people, political correctness kills people.'

  • In Ego, Obama and Trump Are Two Of A Kind

    10/25/2015 4:36:14 PM PDT · 275 of 289
    CutePuppy to HiTech RedNeck; sitetest; zeestephen; All
    Trump’s stock was not on Wall Street which is investors making other investors richer with funny money.

    Here's what happened when it was (like with most of other Trump celebrity brand-name corporate entries, which were non-inherited and that he started himself, public or private — which means they didn't have a nice downward chart with the words "default" or "bankruptcy" prominently displayed for everyone to see):

    Oh, and in the process he stiffed many people who invested in him via stock or debt loans, while structuring it so that he could only make money while not losing a penny himself (from royalties and salary and dividends from special class of zero-cost preferred stock) but sticking the losses to the celebrity-blinded "investors" ("how can you lose investing in Trump, right?"):

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3331138/posts - FR, 2015 August 20

    There are plenty of people who did the calc that he underperformed both the stock market and the real-estate market. Do the search. He is YUGE in his own mind / ego and his celebrity persona which feeds Trump brand.

    :

  • The Surprising Disappearance of Inflation

    10/22/2015 7:25:18 PM PDT · 65 of 100
    CutePuppy to Gaffer; arthurus; ConservativeDude; InterceptPoint; Kaslin; DiogenesLamp; lentulusgracchus; ...
    Go buy a pound of cheese, bacon, or hamburger etc. These people don’t know in the hell they are talking about.

    Many people underestimate the effects of low employment growth, productivity, low or negative income growth, negative income and wealth effect, relative to pre-Great Recession period (in large part due to fiscal and regulatory policies of Obama administration) as well as cheaper production of many goods and services due to automation, disunionization and importation of deflationary or disinflationary trends from parts of Europe and Asia, and more recently huge "tax cut" for consumers in the form of lower oil / gasoline and energy (coal, NG) and commodities (iron, steel, copper etc.) prices which dampened the rise of consumer prices (different sectors are affected differently to these inputs) which are countering generally inflationary administration policies, like ObamaCare, rabid "environmentalism," financial regulations etc. etc. ...

    From The Bacon-Cheeseburger Index - B (sub), by Robin Goldwyn Blumenthal, 2015 October 03

      Uh-oh: The last time the bacon-cheeseburger index showed deflationary trends of this magnitude was 2009.

      Janet Yellen is plotting the monetary future using complex data points that consider inflation, employment, and productivity. But one brokerage is resorting to more tangible evidence: bacon cheeseburgers.

      Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at Convergex, a global brokerage based in New York, tracks "off the grid" economic indicators. He found that measuring the prices of ingredients in a bacon cheeseburger can determine the impact of inflation.

      Colas tracked prices for ground beef, cheese, and bacon since 1980 — he left off the bun "in deference to history and those on a low-carb diet." It turns out the bacon-cheeseburger index reveals deflation over the past few months. On a year-over-year basis, the ingredients fell 2.9% in June, 1.2% in July, and 2.7% in August. Historically, bacon-cheeseburger deflation has signaled a slowing economy, he notes.

      "Go back through the price history, and negative 3% to 4% price declines for bacon cheeseburgers are often a sign that the Fed needs to cut interest rates and push liquidity into the domestic economy. I know that sounds weird, but the last time our bacon cheeseburger showed negative price trends of this magnitude was in 2009. Before that, it was 1998 [Asia crisis] and 1991-92 [Gulf War I]."

      Will Yellen heed the warning and delay rate hikes? Colas urges her to sink her teeth into this issue: "Even if bacon cheeseburgers aren't on the cafeteria menu at Fed HQ, Chair Yellen would do well to heed the sizzle of deflationary pressures."

    Also have to keep in mind that "inflation" or more properly, CPIs, are measured year-over-year, so comparing the price of certain goods or services today to the prices of decade ago is not a proper measurement of consumer price increases or decreases.

    Also, the increase in money supply (or more accurately in this case, US Dollar supply) whichever Mx you want to use, will not necessarily show up in consumer price increases, since it's used and in high demand all over the world, even at a ZIRP rate, since quite a few countries have effective negative interest rate of return.

  • The Surprising Disappearance of Inflation

    10/22/2015 6:40:21 PM PDT · 62 of 100
    CutePuppy to Moonman62
    Inflation was put in check by Reagan’s policies of less government and more economic growth. All the Fed did was cause a nasty recession.

    Exactly, so many people keep getting this wrong. Thank you for making the same point I was going to post.

  • Trump: Media afraid to show 'outpouring of love' for me

    10/20/2015 3:19:58 PM PDT · 31 of 31
    CutePuppy to Admin Moderator
    "“common keywords”

    Not trying to be cute but "common" as in common to the threads or the theme, and is useful to the [future] search for the [past or other] threads of interest, as opposed to "commonplace" keywords like "election" or "election2016" or "trump" which is pretty useless for search because of high number of irrelevant hits.

    ... the admonition stands as posted.

    Accepted.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Russian jets 'intercept' US predator drones over Syria, officials say

    10/19/2015 9:13:02 PM PDT · 11 of 11
    CutePuppy to mac_truck
    Did you write those keywords all by yourself?

    Definitely not all of them, only the relevant ones. You can now guess fairly well which ones are not mine. I am sure you have heard of #hastags / indexing / search algorithms / unstructured data / Lexis-Nexis?

  • Trump: Media afraid to show 'outpouring of love' for me

    10/19/2015 9:07:23 PM PDT · 23 of 31
    CutePuppy to Repeal The 17th
    Ha Ha
    Busted

    How so? I am fully aware that keywords can be tracked. See my previous post for explanation.

  • Trump: Media afraid to show 'outpouring of love' for me

    10/19/2015 9:05:44 PM PDT · 22 of 31
    CutePuppy to Admin Moderator
    Cute Puppy, we prefer you debate with comments on threads instead of through keywords.

    It was not done for debate purposes, rather linking threads with common themes, for easier search through common keywords, like #hashtags.

    I've seen it done on other threads, with other candidates, where it was a lot more gratuitous.

  • Trump blames Bush for 9/11... and he's right in some ways

    10/17/2015 6:27:33 PM PDT · 179 of 198
    CutePuppy to Republican Wildcat; shelterguy; 1010RD; kempster; snoringbear; MeshugeMikey; ratzoe; mware; ...
    "Raymond Shaw Donald Trump is the kindest, warmest, bravest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life, and even now I feel that way - this minute..." - Major Bennett "Ben" Marco (Manchurian Candidate, 1962)

    "Allow me to introduce our American visitors. I must ask you to forgive their somewhat lackadaisical manners, but I have conditioned them - or brain-washed them, which I understand is the new American word." - Dr. Yen Lo

    "His brain has not only been washed, as they say, it's been dry-cleaned."

    "Why don't you pass the time by playing a little solitaire?" - Dr. Yen Lo

  • Ivanka: My Dad’s Feud With Megyn Kelly Was ‘Sensationalized’

    10/15/2015 7:23:41 PM PDT · 24 of 24
    CutePuppy to lee martell; Tax-chick; dmz; nickcarraway; livius; All
      Of course it was. No such thing as bad publicity.

      Kept in the news by none other than Trump himself with his tweets and retweets.

    Precisely, it's a "celebrity" culture / "reality" TV strategy - sucking the media oxygen from others keeps your "numbers" up with the "converted" / "followers" (exactly what the Twitter term for them implies) in the "popularity contest" polls, despite high negatives. Trump played the "brand" game all his life, so it's not a surprise that he is an active twit-poster.

    Here's what Donald Trump thinks about you and himself, in his own words, from his book Art of the Deal (1987) (which he still falsely claims to be "the No. 1 selling business book of all time"):
    "The final key to the way I promote, is bravado. I play to people's fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That's why a little hyperbole never hurts."

    From Donald Trump's Blustery 1990 Campaign Against a Wall Street Analyst - B (subscription), by Jonathan R. Laing, 2015 Ocrober 10

      Barron's recounts an incident in which the presidential candidate attacked an unknown securities analyst who didn't think the Taj Mahal was a good bet for his clients.

      If there were ever a Teflon presidential candidate it would have to be Donald Trump. He has not only gotten away with insulting many of his fellow aspirants for the GOP nomination, ..... < snip > but the moves have added to his smack-down, reality TV popularity with a large segment of the American Public.

      Perhaps his constant self-preening and simplistic policy ideas delivered with country-club locker room bravado will wear thin with the electorate as the campaign drags on. ..... < snip > ..... But Trump continues to run ahead in almost all of the major Republican polls, testament to voter disgust over the dysfunction in Washington and distrust of politicians in general.

      Barron's isn't going to join the many attempted media takedowns of Trump by unearthing new details about his business and personal life. They, so far, have only seemed to add to his celebrity and popularity.

      But we would like to revisit an incident dating back to the early-1990s that, we feel, reflects on his character. That was when he unleashed a brutal personal attack on an obscure gaming-securities analyst, Marvin Roffman, who toiled for a midsize Philadelphia brokerage house, Janney Montgomery Scott, leading to Roffman's unceremonious sacking.

      Roffman's sin was to express skepticism about the financial prospects of Trump's Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., to The Wall Street Journal just prior to its opening April 4, 1990. ..... < snip >

      ..... He'd been sounding warnings on the giant casino ever since the Trump entity issued $675 million in junk bonds at an interest rate of 14% so construction could be finished. For a time in early-1990, the glitz of the project (Trump's publicists dubbed it the "Eighth Wonder of the World") and the magic of the Trump name helped drive the bonds' price to be valued at 101 cents on the dollar.

      But Roffman had been advising investors to sell the bonds virtually from their date of issue all the way up to his firing, when the bonds had sunk to around 80. He reasoned that the Taj couldn't earn enough revenue to cover the interest.

      And he proved right. The Taj defaulted on its first interest payment in October 1990, driving the bonds' price down into the 20s. This pushed the Taj into filing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization the following spring.

      This was the first of four bankruptcies that Trump casino-related entities filed over the next two decades. And at least in this instance, more folks suffered than just a bunch of big institutional lenders, branded by Trump in the August Republican debate as a bunch of "total killers," who by implication deserved their losses. In fact, many of the Taj bonds were owned by the general public via high-yield bond funds. Asked about the bankruptcies in a recent debate, Trump explained that "hundreds of companies" have gone through the same legal process and that he'd "used the law four times and made a tremendous thing. I'm in business. I did a very good job."

      ..... < snip >

      ..... Trump expressed "outrage" at Roffman's disparaging remarks about the Taj and said that he'd long considered Roffman "an unguided missle (sic)" as an analyst. Trump added that he was "planning to institue (sic) a major lawsuit against your firm unless Mr. Roffman makes a major public apology or is dismissed." ..... < snip >

    It's a very detailed article but long story short, Roffman (who worked for 30 years as a Wall Street analyst) was made to write a fawning, humiliating and groveling letter of apology to Trump, which was not enough for Trump, because Roffman didn't quite "endorse" the Trump Taj Mahal project, rather only expressed the "hope" rather than "every expectation" that Taj would succeed "and be very profitable." So Trump demanded that Roffman revised the letter using Trump's words, because he wanted to publish it and make Roffman's humiliation public, as well as bolster Trump Taj Mahal's "investability." Roffman couldn't possibly agree to that because he felt he would disavow everything he has written before about casino's prospects and betray the potential investors in what he felt was going to be a colossal failure. Since there was no other way he could appease Trump any more, he sent a fax to Donald retracting his apology. The next day he was fired from the firm.

    His reputation besmearched and prospects for finding another job in the industry where he spent 30 years being slim, Roffman filed for arbitration at NYSE for wrongful discharge against his former employer. At the same time he filed a lawsuit against Trump, seeking $2M and punitive damages, in federal court in Philadelphia, charging him with defamation and interference with employment contract by way of threatening legal action against employer.

    At that point even his personal life apparently became a "fair game" — at one time the Philadelphia police contacted him about neighbors' reporting that they saw people going through his garbage cans.

    Eventually, in March of the following year, NYSE arbitration resulted in award of $750,000. And in July, Trump settled with Roffman for an undisclosed amount, subject to non-disclosure clause, just before the case was scheduled to go to trial.

    Roffman, who is now 76, wealthy and retired after starting and running a financial advisory firm, recollects: "... the hell he subjected me to in 1990, sliming my reputation so much that I got fired and couldn't find another job as an analyst. He acted viciously towards me because, I guess, he felt that I had personally attacked his brand. His image is all-important to him."

    Regarding Trump's business "successes," several people calculated and commented that if he just left his inheritence in the form of real estate or invested the equivalent of that entire amount in the S&P 500 over the years since, he would be richer today than he claims he is.

    That's not surprising either, this post recounts his many failures in business based on nothing but his celebrity name: Jeffrey Sonnenfeld: Why I Still Think Fiorina Was a Terrible CEO - FR, post #43, 2015 September 21

    BTW, Jeffrey A Sonnenberg, a "progressive" Yale professor, which Trump occasionally quotes, is completely in the tank for Trump for all his "progressive" views:

    From What Can We Learn from Trump? - Yale, by Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, Jacob S. Hacker, 2015 September 15

      Q: You study politics and leadership. Donald Trump is right now at the center of discussion in those fields. Is there something you take away from meeting someone like that in person and seeing the differences between the actual human being and the various projections?

      Jeffrey Sonnenfeld: You absolutely do. You see somebody who is selling an image. I would say that is a core aspect of leadership that you see across many fields, whether it's Sam Zell, who elected to create an image of the rebel without a cause look of the 1950s, versus the Averell Harriman look for Steve Schwarzman. I don't really think that Tommy spends a lot of time in the hood, or Ralph really plays polo. And Martha, when you get to the backstage of her true life, she's hardly the doyenne of domestic tranquility. But they all create an image.
      Trump is masterful at creating what that image is, and living that life, and he knows that it doesn't just happen on its own. You need to fuel it.
      It's something that Jimmy Carter never understood — as a virtue and as a failing. As a virtue, there was a certain humility about Carter with the people's inauguration and carrying his own bags. A lot of folks wanted the kind of aura that Ronald Reagan projected. They want the sense of heroic stature, a leader who projects an image larger than the rest of us. We hope that they know something we don't know.
      Trump projects a notion of, I'm in charge, I know what's going on, you can relax. Nobody ever called Alexander III of Macedonia "Alexander the Great" until he and his mother invented that whole false lineage to Achilles and Zeus. And Trump somehow instinctively knows that working that image is a critical part of leadership.
      And it's a studied maneuver. He is a very disarming personality up close. This will sound like a paradox, but despite all the bravado and grandiosity, there is an authenticity about him when you speak to him in person. He clearly wants to make an impression on everybody, but he cares to know if it works. A truly arrogant person is not that attentive to the audience.
      You can feel it in the building, you see it in the elevators, see it in the people that work with him, that they're all proud to be there. They carry themselves with a sense of mission. He makes them all feel important. It's quite different than the persona on his now-gone TV show, where he would sit there frowning, lower lip protruding, with that skeptical, show-me attitude. That's anything but the reality of who he is.

      Jacob Hacker: One of the things about Trump is that he's really a politician, even before he seriously entered into politics.
      Sonnenfeld: That's a really good point.
      Hacker: And that is the essence of politics. It's performance as well as authenticity and policy. And Trump is well versed in presenting an image of himself. ..... < snip >

      ..... Hacker: Yes. But we need candidates who have policy positions grounded in evidence and who have thought seriously about challenges of public leadership. And so far Trump really does not have many established positions. Most of his policy platform is around immigration, where his position is both completely unrealistic and completely offensive.
      He has so far benefited enormously from the fact that he's the story himself. And the degree of press coverage of him is truly remarkable. He basically is getting more coverage than all the other Republican candidates combined.
      The people who study politics know that the odds are very much against him. But I do think he's likely going to have a big effect on the Republicans. Initially his effect has been to push many of the other leaders to the right on immigration, Scott Walker most notably.

      Sonnenfeld: And now a progressive position on taxation. ..... < snip >

    Donald Trump

  • Ivanka: My Dad’s Feud With Megyn Kelly Was ‘Sensationalized’

    10/15/2015 1:48:02 PM PDT · 22 of 24
    CutePuppy to lee martell; nickcarraway; Patriot Babe; BigEdLB; Tau Food; cookcounty; All
    Trump campaign's media PR / communication manager is Hope Hicks — she's 26 years old and the only woman in his campaign strategy circle.

    The reason this came about is that Hicks connected with Trump family when she worked closely with Ivanka Trump while employed at Hiltzik Strategies, a political and entertainment PR firm, run by Matthew Hiltzik.

    One interesting thing is that before starting to work for The Donald's campaign, Hicks deleted and scrubbed her entire social media profile (FB, Twitter, even LinkedIn). She is still employed by Trump Organization. Her father, former high-ranking Ogilvy executive, is now PR spin doctor for NFL's top nincompoop Roger Goodell.

    Another interesting thing is who Matthew Hiltzik and his PR firm has been working for in politics for decades — almost exclusively Democrats (rare exception was Glenn Beck, which he "inherited" from his father George Hiltzik, then a PR executive at Ogilvy & Mather) and particularly Hillary Clinton, including being a liaison to Jewish community in her Senate run in 2000, and Eliot Spitzer and Chuck Schumer in their 1998 campaigns. When he is not taking a sabbatical for political campaigns, he works as a PR man, spokesman and a liaison to Democratic Party for Harvey Weinstein (of Weinstein Brothers and formerly of Miramax media company.) Among others, he also represented Katie Couric, Alec Baldwin, Annie Leibovitz and Don Imus.

    Profile of public relations guru, Matt Hiltzik

    That's the political shop / environment where Ivanka Trump and Hope Hicks have met and worked together; soon after Hicks was hired by Trump Organization to be on Ivanka's staff. Ivanka is also a friend of Chelsea Clinton, which is not surprising, considering how much money Donald contributed to Hillary and their friendly relationship.

    /em

  • EXCLUSIVE: Russian jets 'intercept' US predator drones over Syria, officials say

    10/08/2015 12:17:38 AM PDT · 2 of 11
    CutePuppy to All
    Could be related: (?)

    Potentially game-changing oil reserves discovered in Israel - FoxNews, by Paul Alster, 2015 October 07

      Haifa, Israel – After Israel complained for years that it was surrounded by oil-rich states but didn't have a drop within its own borders, it appears there's a big-time turnaround with the announcement Wednesday that massive oil reserves have been located in the Golan Heights, close to the country's border with Syria.

      Afek Oil and Gas, an Israeli subsidiary of the U.S. company Genie Energy, confirmed the find in an interview with Israel's Channel 2 TVbut conceded that until the oil is actually extracted, they won't be sure of the actual amounts and quality of the oil that has been discovered. ..... < snip >

      ..... According to a September 2014 Times of Israel report on the Golan exploration, Genie Energy is chaired by Howard Jonas and counts among its more notable investors the "former US Vice President Dick Cheney, Michael Steinhardt, Jacob Rothschild, and Rupert Murdoch."

      Experts say actually extracting meaningful quantities of oil from the deposits is likely some time away. ..... < snip >

      ..... The other key consideration in the development of the potential oil feed is its close proximity to the vicious fighting taking place just over the border in neighboring Syria, where ISIS and other jihadi organizations had been battling the Syrian forces of President Assad and his Iran-backed allies Lebanon-based Hezbollah even before Russia' recent entry into the regional conflict. ..... < snip >

      ..... The rugged land, captured from Syria during the 1973 Yom Kippur War and still under dispute between the two countries, includes vital underground water sources that feed directly into the Sea of Galilee itself, Israel's main source of fresh water. ..... < snip >

  • EXCLUSIVE: Russian jets 'intercept' US predator drones over Syria, officials say

    10/08/2015 12:14:21 AM PDT · 1 of 11
    CutePuppy
    ..... "The Russians carried out only one half or at best a quarter of the strikes they claim to have conducted," said a senior military official.
  • People Have Been Thrown in Prison for the Kinds of Stuff Carly Fiorina Engaged in as Lucent’s CEO

    09/30/2015 1:37:30 AM PDT · 15 of 17
    CutePuppy to Cold Heat; FR_addict; 2ndDivisionVet; fulltlt; upchuck; soycd; House Atreides; stevio; ...
    The problem with these silly hit articles and statements is that they are either written by economic / business idiots (including some in academia and the business press) or by people who know better but are purely politically biased and ideological (including some in academia and the business press) but realize that their intended audience doesn't really understand the issues and will believe anything that aligns with their [usually already formed or soft and pliable] views about a candidate or the subject of attack. Know thy audience!

    Article is, on its face and on many levels, financially illiterate and incredibly stupid, and deliberately confuses apples with oranges.

    Lernout and Hauspie have engaged in many fraudulent money-laundering operations with the "shell companies" and false booking of sales (U.S. SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission v. Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products, N.V. Civ. No. 1:02CV01992 (D.D.C.), October 10, 2002). L&H fraud had nothing in common with the bursting of the telecom / dotcom bubble.

    What they are supposedly accusing Fiorina of doing is known as "vendor financing" which is a legitimate way of doing business, and has existed at Lucent before Fiorina, has existed before Bell Labs was spun off as Lucent from AT&T, has existed before AT&T, has existed before Nortel, Alcatel, Nokia, Ericsson, Siemens, Cisco, IBM, GE, Boeing and many other companies and private parties, and is being used today and will be used tomorrow. Some of these companies have failed, but Fiorina didn't kill / destroy any of them.

    First, Fiorina was not the CEO or CFO of Lucent, just a president of one very successful $19B division (bigger than most S&P 500 companies and much bigger than any enterprise Donald Trump has ever ran) — see the chart of Lucent and its spinoffs under Fiorina: Lucent Technologies Inc. and spinoffs flowchart - FR, post #26, 2015 August 15,   and   Carly Fiorina as a boss: The disappointing truth - FR, post #28, 2015 August 16.

    Second, she left Lucent for HP in 1999, at the height of Lucent's success, before dotcom bust, when Lucent and other telecom suppliers like Nortel (now bankrupt), Alcatel, Ericsson, Juniper Networks, Extreme Networks, Cisco et al (all shadows of their 1999 valuations, if still alive) were all participating in the buildout of physical infrastructure of the Internet and were all doing well, competing for the piece of the Internet pie. All have done vendor financing because it was beneficial for both parties — vendors and buyers. Fiorina didn't "destroy" Lucent anymore than she "destroyed" all these other companies (like Bell Canada's Nortel Networks which was competing with Lucent for every account and acquisition).

    To understand why vendor financing is so popular — particularly in capital-intensive industries (such as technology or heavy industry or construction or medicine, media etc. etc.) — you have to understand what it actually is and how it works:

    A profitable vendor has a growing pile of cash sitting in the bank at low interest rate because the copany can finance its operations and capital expenses from free cash flow. At the same time the fast growing but capital-intensive industry has many entrants that are either too young and doesn't have the best credit terms at the bank, or doesn't have the bank that understands their business well, or some stable profitable companies with a lot of debt which they can service fine, but can't tap more debt at the bank on favourable terms to expand into areas of growing business opportunity. Who'd be better to finance the purchase of the equipment than the equipment supplier who understands the business and can evaluate the opportunity risk of financing a purchase versus having this money sitting in the bank and potentially losing business to another equipment manufacturer (OEM)?

    If all goes well, OEM / vendor not only makes the sale, beating the competitors, but also collects a substantial interest in excess of bank interest rates. Acting as a "banker" has additional benefits of repeat sales ("locking" the customer) because it may be difficult to switch from one manufacturer / "platform" to another. If not, the rights to equipment / collateral go back to vendor.

    In simplified accounting terms it works something like this — sales are recorded, [loaned] cash and expected interest goes from the asset side of the ledger to receivables and collateral is recorded as a depreciated liability (depreciation and acceleration are different for different types of merchandise / product / equipment).

    Most of you have been the "victims", er, beneficiaries of vendor financing. Examples?

    Ever bought a car on credit from the dealer? You have just experienced a "vendor financing" transaction. The dealer you bought it from may also have had financing from the auto manufacturer, to fill the lot with cars to sell.

    How about refrigerator or a washing maching or furniture from Sears or a specialty store, with a store credit / loan? Another "vendor financing" or maybe double, if the store had the merchandise "vendor-financed" as well.

    And your smartphone that would cost $600-$700 to buy outright but you get it for less than $250 with a two year "contract" — you may not recognize it as a "vendor financing" but that's exactly what it is.

    What do you think many of the leasing programs are? Yep, most leases are "vendor financing" in pretty transparent disguise.

    To blame dotcom bust (and demise of the whole industry) on "vendor financing" and Fiorina is either financially idiotic or cynically political — you decide which one is which, depending on the authors.

  • Carly Fiorina: Hillary Donor?

    09/24/2015 12:15:11 PM PDT · 34 of 39
    CutePuppy to BRL; BigEdLB; Jane Long; ifinnegan; maggief; hoosiermama; Feather; Norm Lenhart; Uncle Miltie; ...
    This is just like 2012 season, let's knock out anybody who presents any competition to "our" candidate, no matter how many degrees of separation we can "find" (or more likely, imagine but pass for the "truth" in absence of facts) or what kind of pretzel we have to twist ourselves by omitting or distorting the data / facts, to make our point, in favor of our confirmation bias. Then, after they are knocked out, one by one, we are going to be left with Mitt Romney Jeb Bush who will unload on Trump in Florida (and there is a lot to unload, as we all know)...

    Let's start with a few facts that are not in the article:

      TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the technology industry by advocating a targeted policy agenda at the federal and 50-state level. TechNet's diverse membership includes dynamic startups to the most iconic companies on the planet and represents more than two million employees in the fields of information technology, biotechnology, green tech, e-commerce, venture capital and finance. TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Seattle, Boston and Austin...

      As the technology industry's largest fundraising organization and most active supporter of candidates and elected officials on both sides of the aisle, TechNet offers its members unparalleled access to the leading decision-makers... Annually, TechNet hosts over 100 high-level political events including meet-and-greet and fundraising events with U.S. Presidents, Cabinet Members, Congressional Leadership, Governors, and state officials...

      With a network of 60+ committed CEOs and Senior Executives – from the leaders of the nation's largest technology companies to venture capitalists to founders of innovative start-ups – TechNet provides invaluable opportunities for our members to build relationships and connect with other CEOs and Senior Executives...

      TechNet's annual Washington, D.C. fly-in includes high-level meetings with Cabinet Secretaries and other Senior Administration officials as well as Congressional Leadership, accompanied by exclusive networking receptions and CEO roundtables...

      Like the federal team, TechNet's state team organizes a monthly CA Public Policy Committee meeting and a Multi-State Public Policy Committee meeting with a guest speaker and legislative updates. TechNet's California state team also hosts a weekly Lobbyist Meeting to discuss, strategize and collaborate on priority legislation...

    Let's see who they are giving money to, besides "Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer (later Fiorina’s 2010 Senate opponent), Senate Democratic Leaders Harry Reid and Tom Daschle, and the late Ted Kennedy."

    From Carly Fiorina's Political Donations Always Go to Republicans. Sort of. - OpenSecrets.org, by Dave Levinthal, 2009 November 06

      ... a Center for Responsive Politics analysis of her own campaign contribution history indicates a bulletproof loyalty to her Republican kinfolk. Sort of.

      During the past decade, Fiorina and her husband, Frank, have donated $57,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Additionally, they've contributed $6,000 to former President George. W. Bush, $4,600 to 2008 GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and $1,000 to James Cunneen, who in 2000 unsuccessfully ran to represent California's 15th Congressional District.

      Fiorina, who served as a close adviser to McCain during his presidential bid, also bundled between $100,000 and $250,000 in campaign cash for him.

      Where is gets a little sticky is that Fiorina, ousted in 2005 as Hewlett-Packard's chief executive officer, has contributed $25,000 to Hewlett-Packard's PAC over the years. The Hewlett-Packard PAC, in turn, has consistently donated significant sums of money to Democratic candidates — including $15,000 to Boxer this decade, $5,000 of which came during Fiorina's tenure.

      Bottom line? The Hewlett-Packard PAC funneled between 39.1 percent and 45.4 percent of its federal political donations to Democratic candidates during the election cycles in which Fiorina led Hewlett-Packard, CRP's analysis indicates.

      In 2000, Fiorina also donated $5,000 to the Technet PAC. That election cycle, Democratic candidates received more than 47 percent of the Technet PAC's more than $133,000 in political contributions.

    Wow, such "generosity" to her company's PAC "over the years" and the bipartisan PAC representing interests of the industry where she was a "big honcho," isn't it?

    Now that (I hope) we are done with relying on and reposting from the less reliable sources, who don't mind leaving out important facts or just making stuff up, let's check out one more that seems to be becoming this silly political season's "Newt Gingrich on the couch with Nancy Pelosi" - picture of Carly Fiorina on the set of NBC's "Meet the Press" that was held at the CGI in 2014.

    She was the only conservative member of the "Meet the Press" panel of five, with then host David Gregory — advocating for smaller government solutions, against minimum wage, "global warming" regulations crushing energy / coal sector, Dodd-Frank that created even bigger TBTF banks while choking the credit and crushing small community banks, "crony capitalism" as a result of big government, etc., etc.

    Watch the YouTube video to see for yourselves: The Case for Economic Justice: Meet the Press [at CGI] - 32m:26s

    Don't miss her jab at Bill Clinton: "The era of Big Government is over!"

  • What Carly Fiorina's Failed Senate Race Says About Her Presidential Campaign

    09/23/2015 11:47:28 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    CutePuppy to editor-surveyor; HarleyLady27; manc; jimbo123; Vigilanteman
      They acquired her by default when they bought the company she was with. They were stuck with her inflated contract.

    Would you care to name the company that HP bought where she had the "inflated contract"? Because HP did not buy Lucent, where she was President of a very successful $19B division (that's larger than most S&P 500 companies)?

    Instead, HP board was looking for someone with a record of success to replace CEO Lewis Platt and revive moribund sales in a company with a bloated headcount of labor force and stale commoditized products in the increasingly competitive markets, and voted unanimously on hiring her and the compensation / exit package. (see Lucent Technologies Inc. flowchart and Carly Fiorina as a boss: The disappointing truth).

      During her 2010 campaign, Fiorina was hit hard by ads from Boxer that criticized her laying off of 30,000 employees at Hewlett-Packard,...

    You know what else she "was hit hard by" at the time? Breast cancer, chemotherapy (and receding hair as a result), and the death of her stepdaughter who died of drug overdose...

    Not to mention that she ran in California where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2:1 and have nearly super-majority legislature and where people elected Jerry "moonbeam" Brown as their Governor (again).

    So what does any of this say about anything, except that another liberal writer is trying to paint a picture from distorted and/or omitted facts?

  • Gloria Steinem eviscerates Carly Fiorina with scathing post on Facebook

    09/23/2015 6:18:54 PM PDT · 46 of 54
    CutePuppy to WayneS; Scrambler Bob; BlackFemaleArmyCaptain; kcvl; Steely Tom; NRA1995; All
    From Phyllis Schlafly: - IBD, 2015 September 22

      ... last week Fiorina dazzled the grass roots with her compelling performance in the CNN debate. While other candidates resorted to inside-the-Beltway jargon about "defunding" Planned Parenthood, Fiorina cut to the chase with her vivid declaration:

      "I dare Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain. This is about the character of our nation."

      Because mainstream media have ignored the video evidence, Democrats think they can get away with pretending it doesn't exist. One pro-abortion journalist even said the video "may have been a figment of Fiorina's fevered imagination."

      To see for yourself the truth of what Fiorina said, just point your computer to the seventh video released by the Center for Medical Progress and advance to the 5:56 mark. There you can watch as Holly O'Donnell, a former employee of Planned Parenthood's body-parts customer Stem Express, explains what her job required her to do.

    If anything, the "controversy" raised by the "deniers" of the tapes is going to get more people to watch them or pay attention to the issue... and that's a good thing!

  • Jeffrey Sonnenfeld: Why I Still Think Fiorina Was a Terrible CEO

    09/21/2015 10:03:04 AM PDT · 49 of 55
    CutePuppy to yadent; nclaurel
    And yet ‘Dumber than a Box of Rocks’ Boxer UTTERLY destroyed Fiorina with a few HP ads...

    You don't have to be smart to win a statewide race in California, you just have to have a (D) after your name. Look at their legislature, Governor Moonbeam etc., so what Boxer was doing or what Fiorina was doing made no difference.

    To draw any inference about nationwide race from California elections is a non sequitur and deliberate exercise in futility and confirmation bias.

    ...we won’t even bring up HP sales to then sanctioned Iran...

    When a company sells a product to a contractor / reseller, which sells to another reseller which sells to another reseller which sells to Iran, I don't know how the company can prevent that (which is why sanctions for common, non-military, non-strategic goods, e.g., printer ink, are not 100% "enforceable") — it's not exactly the same as direct sales to then sanctioned Iran.

    We don't need to make stuff up or rely on silly, weak liberal arguments to like or dislike a candidate. Really, we can just do it for a whole lot of other reasons, like voice or "persona" or... just because.

    Noted that all the pro Fiorina posts you listed are yours.

    Yes, of course they are, because I presented in them the facts that were distorted or omitted from the same rehashed and propagated hit opinion pieces or articles by the same people at Fortune or NYT. These facts change things rather dramatically, and should change the perceptions of the unbiased people who until then / now were only relying on the liberal opinions, which are posted over and over on FR, with very little counter or factual content. Especially when so many people seem not well versed in relationships between business, stock market, layoffs, bankruptcies, boards and executives, policy time lag, etc. etc.

    We can interpret facts any way we want, but isn't knowing the facts important anymore, even in the election silly season?

    "Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please" - Mark Twain

    "You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts" - Bernard Baruch

    "If facts conflict with a theory, either the theory must be changed or the facts" - Baruch Spinoza


  • Jeffrey Sonnenfeld: Why I Still Think Fiorina Was a Terrible CEO

    09/21/2015 12:29:34 AM PDT · 44 of 55
    CutePuppy to livius; RginTN; txhurl; Mastador1; freespirit2012; AmericanVictory; yadent; Fury; Mase; Amntn; ...
    Trump declared bankruptcy four times, leaving his gullible creditors on the hook for his debts.

    Actually, only four Chapter 11 bankruptcies were official, but in some cases he just turned over the failed enterprise to his creditors, without going through the bankruptcy process (examples below).

    It's not surprising that Trump is using rehashed liberal opinion hit pieces (like in Fortune and NYT) and liberal academics like Sonnenfeld who have vested interest, to attack Carly's business record (do I hear echoes of 2012's "attack from the left"?)...

    He wants to deflect and divert attention from his own record of failures in many enterprises (e.g., Trump University, Trump Airlines / Trump Shuttle, Trump Magazine, Trump Vodka, Trump Mortgage etc., most of which ended up in debt defaults to creditors, or his Trump line of clothing which were manufactured in... China, Mexico and Bangladesh) and especially his former gaming empire built on nothing but his celebrity persona and pile of his high-interest expensive "junk-grade bonds" debt which he successfully offloaded it on unsuspecting shareholders in his public company Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc. / Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts (DJT) after he bought-in his Trump Castle and later Trump Taj Mahal, while running the parent umbrella company through ownership of a separate (not common) controlling class of stock. That debt brought all 4 of the Trump casinos to bankruptcies, massive layoffs and loss of billions of dollars for shareholders and lenders who basically "invested in Trump's celebrity name and self-promoted aura of success" while he walked away with a pile of money from royalties (on his name), salaries and preferreds, and discharging his own debt...

    Folks, stop rehashing the same opinion hit pieces based on superficial but deliberately incomplete or misconstrued "facts." Please read the actual facts in a few posts and links before you give credence to liberals, and ignore huuuuuuge problems with Trump's business record which will become huuuuuge issue in general election if he is the nominee, just because Trump (or someone else) is your candidate of choice. Nobody is asking you to renounce your candidate, or support Fiorina, but please stop spreading the liberal lies about her record at Lucent and HP - she didn't destroy either, and she saved HP from going into oblivion or obscurity like Kodak, Polaroid, Sun Microsystems, Xerox, Lexmark (former IBM printer division), Blackberry, etc.

    Please, follow the links in these posts, so you won't have to ask the questions that have already been answered there - they will give you real facts, not opinions based on distortions and convenient omissions which would change the numbers and alter the picture (unless, of course you are so invested in your candidate and "destruction of Fiorina" that the "confirmation bias" would make it impossible) :

    Carly Fiorina as a boss: The disappointing truth - FR, post #28, 2015 August 16

    Carly Fiorina as a boss: The disappointing truth - FR, post #26, 2015 August 15

    Carly Fiorina's Business Record: Not So Sterling - FR, posts #28, #30, 2015 August 18

    Ex-HP board member who voted to fire Fiorina endorses her [Tom Perkins] - FR / The Hill, 2015 August 30 (links and posts ##1, 2, 9, 16, 22, 27, 32, 34)

    Forget what Trump says about Fiorina's face. Her HP record is the issue - FR, posts ##27, 30, 33, 2015 September 10

    Carly Fiorina terrifies me - FR / YouTube, posts ##94, 95

    By contrast, here's some of Donald Trump's "magic" in his own words (Art of the Deal): "The final key to the way I promote, is bravado. I play to people's fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That's why a little hyperbole never hurts."

    - FR / The Hill, 2015 August 30 (links and posts ##1, 2, 9, 16, 22, 27, 32, 34)

  • Jeffrey Sonnenfeld: Why I Still Think Fiorina Was a Terrible CEO

    09/21/2015 12:12:48 AM PDT · 43 of 55
    CutePuppy to livius; RginTN; txhurl; Mastador1; freespirit2012; AmericanVictory; yadent; Fury; Mase; Amntn; ...
    Trump declared bankruptcy four times, leaving his gullible creditors on the hook for his debts.

    Actually, only four Chapter 11 bankruptcies were official, but in some cases he just turned over the failed enterprise to his creditors, without going through the bankruptcy process (examples below).

    It's not surprising that Trump is using rehashed liberal opinion hit pieces (like in Fortune and NYT) and liberal academics like Sonnenfeld who have vested interest, to attack Carly's business record (do I hear echoes of 2012's "attack from the left"?)...

    He wants to deflect and divert attention from his own record of failures in many enterprises (e.g., Trump University, Trump Airlines / Trump Shuttle, Trump Magazine, Trump Vodka, Trump Mortgage etc., most of which ended up in debt defaults to creditors, or his Trump line of clothing which were manufactured in... China, Mexico and Bangladesh) and especially his former gaming empire built on nothing but his celebrity persona and pile of his high-interest expensive "junk-grade bonds" debt which he successfully offloaded it on unsuspecting shareholders in his public company Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc. / Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts (DJT) after he bought-in his Trump Castle and later Trump Taj Mahal, while running the parent umbrella company through ownership of a separate (not common) controlling class of stock. That debt brought all 4 of the Trump casinos to bankruptcies, massive layoffs and loss of billions of dollars for shareholders and lenders who basically "invested in Trump's celebrity name and self-promoted aura of success" while he walked away with a pile of money from royalties (on his name), salaries and preferreds, and discharging his own debt...

    Folks, stop rehashing the same opinion hit pieces based on superficial but deliberately incomplete or misconstrued "facts." Please read the actual facts in a few posts and links before you give credence to liberals, and ignore huuuuuuge problems with Trump's business record which will become huuuuuge issue in general election if he is the nominee, just because Trump (or someone else) is your candidate of choice. Nobody is asking you to renounce your candidate, or support Fiorina, but please stop spreading the liberal lies about her record at Lucent and HP - she didn't destroy either, and she saved HP from going into oblivion or obscurity like Kodak, Polaroid, Sun Microsystems, Xerox, Lexmark (former IBM printer division), Blackberry, etc.

    Please, follow the links in these posts, so you won't have to ask the questions that have already been answered there - they will give you real facts, not opinions based on distortions and convenient omissions which would change the numbers and alter the picture (unless, of course you are so invested in your candidate and "destruction of Fiorina" that the "confirmation bias" would make it impossible) :

    Carly Fiorina as a boss: The disappointing truth - FR, post #28, 2015 August 16

    Carly Fiorina as a boss: The disappointing truth - FR, post #26, 2015 August 15

    Carly Fiorina's Business Record: Not So Sterling - FR, posts #28, #30, 2015 August 18

    Ex-HP board member who voted to fire Fiorina endorses her [Tom Perkins] - FR / The Hill, 2015 August 30 (links and posts ##1, 2, 9, 16, 22, 27, 32, 34)

    Forget what Trump says about Fiorina's face. Her HP record is the issue - FR, posts ##27, 30, 33, 2015 September 10

    Carly Fiorina terrifies me - FR / YouTube, posts ##94, 95

    By contrast, here's some of Donald Trump's "magic" in his own words (Art of the Deal): "The final key to the way I promote, is bravado. I play to people's fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That's why a little hyperbole never hurts."

    - FR / The Hill, 2015 August 30 (links and posts ##1, 2, 9, 16, 22, 27, 32, 34) /strong

  • The Scheming Marxist Architect of Obamacare, Robert Creamer, Helped Sell the Iran Deal

    09/20/2015 8:15:10 PM PDT · 6 of 12
    CutePuppy to GOPJ
    Was Grubber in on it too? Gruber's job was complementary. It was Robert Creamer that provided the foundation and "moral case" for ACA to Democrats, and later helped train organizers on selling points; Gruber used his pseudo-statistical simulation model to provide flawed justification and the fudged costs of ACA to fool CBO with "tortured numbers":

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    Rep. Schakowsky's husband, Robert Creamer, used to be the leader of Citizen Action/Illinois. He also founded its predecessor, Illinois Public Action, in which Ms. Schakowsky served as Program Director. He runs a political consulting firm, the Strategic Consulting Group, which lists ACORN and the SEIU among its clients and which made $541,000 working for disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.

    ​​Creamer resigned from Citizen Action/Illinois after the FBI began investigating him for bank fraud and tax evasion at Illinois Public Action. He was convicted in 2006 and sentenced to five months in federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, plus eleven months of house arrest.

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    (From HuffPo) :

    Robert Creamer has been a political organizer and strategist for four decades. He and his firm, Democracy Partners, work with many of the country's most significant issue campaigns. He was one of the major architects and organizers of the successful campaign to defeat the privatization of Social Security. He has been a consultant to the campaigns to end the war in Iraq, pass universal health care, pass Wall Street reform, change America's budget priorities and enact comprehensive immigration reform. He has also worked on hundreds of electoral campaigns at the local, state and national level — and served as a consultant to the DNC and President Obama's campaigns in 2008 and 2012. Creamer is married to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky from Illinois. Arianna Huffington calls his book, Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win, a master's class in electoral politics.

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    (From Petterico) :

    Because it's the number-crunching that allowed the law's authors to write it in a way that would fool the CBO and the American people. And he was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to do this. .....

    As the agency put it, "Dr. Gruber developed a proprietary statistically sophisticated micro-simulation model that has the flexibility to ascertain the distribution of changes in health care spending and public and private sector health care costs due to a large variety of changes in health insurance benefit design, public program eligibility criteria, and tax policy."

    The model, the Gruber Microsimulation Model, is the coin of the realm, in large part because it is similar to the model used by the Congressional Budget Office. That means administration policy-makers could predict with reasonable certainty how CBO would score legislation. Given that legislation in Washington often falls or rises depending on the CBO score, that made this model a very powerful tool for administration officials.

    So it's clear that part of his job was to disguise the cost of the plan by running models similar to what CBO runs. Remember when he said that "this bill was written in a tortured way to make sure" the Congressional Budget Office "did not score the mandate as taxes"? He was right there with the lawmakers, crunching numbers and working with them to make sure that the language of the law was "tortured" to take advantage of what he calls "the stupidity of the American voter."

  • The Scheming Marxist Architect of Obamacare, Robert Creamer, Helped Sell the Iran Deal

    09/20/2015 5:11:46 PM PDT · 1 of 12
    CutePuppy
    Creamer also claimed that the $150 billion being given to Iran from Obama, will be used to bolster their economy. When asked if it would go to terrorism, he slithered around the question and stated they were doing that anyway. In the end, the dynamic Marxist duo of Robert Creamer and Jan Schakowsky helped push the Iran deal through. They threatened other Democrats and came up with rhetoric that was upside down and backwards to sell the deal.

    He is definitely an Alinsky torch-bearer: his other opus, Progressive Agenda for Structural Change, identifies 10 point plan for implementing universal health care.

    In the Acknowledgements section of Stand Up Straight! How Progressives Can Win (published in 2007) Creamer stated that his political views had been deeply influenced by "the legendary community organizer" Saul Alinsky.

    Find more detailed info and links on Robert Creamer in Robert Creamer - Discoverthenetworks.org and Fox News review from December 2009 (Glenn Beck was still host then) Robert Creamer's Book Is a Hit With Progressives.

  • Most Senior Citizens Have Vitamin D Deficiencies

    09/18/2015 9:55:43 PM PDT · 113 of 116
    CutePuppy to MacMattico
    ... so the doctor prescribed B12 and Magnesium which she says has helped a lot. Maybe a genetic thing?

    It's not impossible, but unlikely. More likely, similar lifestyle and diets lacking in foods which are supplying B12, (e.g., beef, liver etc., which is why vegans usually use B12 and other supplements) and sufficient amount of absorbable magnesium (e.g., magnesium oxide is the most popular form sold in stores, but nearly useless, except for softening / laxative effect, because less than 7% of it is actually absorbed by the body.)

    Magnesium also has certain smooth muscle-relaxing effect, so that's another way it might help alleviate muscle pain and reduce instances of tension / migraine headaches.

  • Most Senior Citizens Have Vitamin D Deficiencies

    09/18/2015 8:59:12 PM PDT · 111 of 116
    CutePuppy to MacMattico

    Instead of 50,000IU once a month you could try 10,000IU once or even twice a week (definitely check with your doctor on this regimen) with B12 (sublingual should suffice, use better absorbing methylcobalamin form instead of cyanocobalamin) and highly bioavailable form of magnesium supplement (your fatigue is a classic sign of insufficient B12 and magnesium - see post #97 on magnesium depletion while taking large doses of Vitamin D).

    Definitely run this by your doctor, so he can monitor it.

  • Carly Fiorina terrifies me

    09/18/2015 8:26:06 PM PDT · 95 of 98
    CutePuppy to CutePuppy
    BTW, she was the only candidate who gave the exact amount of her and her husband's wealth, not a range of several millions or billions dollars...
  • Carly Fiorina terrifies me

    09/18/2015 8:22:26 PM PDT · 94 of 98
    CutePuppy to ifinnegan; wmfights; nickcarraway; jwalsh07; Rockpile; Romulus; Guenevere; Catsrus; ...
    More recently she supported and participated in the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Global Initiative, sharing the stage with Bill Clinton in 2014.

    Maybe it's more important what she was saying on that stage (Meet the Press held at CGI) than where she was saying it — she was the only one (on the panel of 5 people) who was against minimum wage, against useless "global warming" regulations crushing the energy / coal sector, against Dodd-Frank creating even bigger TBTF banks and crushing small community banks, and against big government and resulting "crony capitalism" (count how many times she said that, when she had the chance) :

    YouTube link: The Case for Economic Justice: Meet the Press [at CGI] - 32m:26s

  • Most Senior Citizens Have Vitamin D Deficiencies

    09/18/2015 3:47:47 PM PDT · 97 of 116
    CutePuppy to goodnesswins; Black Agnes; spacejunkie2001; Yaelle; PA Engineer; DoughtyOne; Calpublican; xzins; ...
      If you take vitamin D3 be sure to get enough vitamin K....

      Look into vitamin K2 along with D3 supplements.

      Vitamin D deficiency is generally caused by magnesium deficiency.

    Take Magnesium and Vitamin D Together to Avoid Side Effects

    Vitamin D supplement may cause magnesium depletion, so magnesium (in one or more forms specified by spacejunkie2001 in post #39) needs to be supplemented as well. Many more people are deficient in magnesium today due to different agri-soil composition.

    Also the "medical community" tended to stress and overprescribe the calcium supplements (especially for women) which may cause the kidney, gallbladder, salivary gland and other calcium oxalate stones, as well as more brittle bones — which is one of the reasons women have far more bone fractures.

    Higher magnesium and potassium intake also balance sodium (as in salt), which is necessary for healthy organisms.

  • Most Senior Citizens Have Vitamin D Deficiencies

    09/18/2015 3:09:35 PM PDT · 95 of 116
    CutePuppy to EnquiringMind
    My number was 34.

    If you read post #80, you are within the "norm," just slightly above insufficient, though like everything, the "norm" is individual.

  • Most Senior Citizens Have Vitamin D Deficiencies

    09/18/2015 2:55:20 PM PDT · 94 of 116
    CutePuppy to Yaelle
    What do you suppose the losing brain volume is from? Could that possibly be a good thing?

    Yes, I think so. Reduction in some lipids, calcium, amyloid / protein deposits would account for losing some brain volume. Notice that the effect "mirrors findings from other Alzheimer's treatment studies" and that placebo group also lost brain volume, though less than the resveratrol-treated group.

  • Most Senior Citizens Have Vitamin D Deficiencies

    09/18/2015 12:23:36 PM PDT · 81 of 116
    CutePuppy to bert
    the focus on Alzheimer’s misses the wider point

    Large doses of D3 pretty much end respiratory congestion and problems.

    There is no question, and has been proven by many studies, that Vitamin D deficiency is a factor in many other diseases (including respiratory, diabetes, MS etc.) but this study was done by Alzheimer's Disease Center at UC Davis and the Rutgers University, so that was their focus.

  • Most Senior Citizens Have Vitamin D Deficiencies

    09/18/2015 12:16:22 PM PDT · 80 of 116
    CutePuppy to grania
    uh.....26% have a deficiency. Another 31% have an insufficiency. The title says "most seniors have a deficiency".

      Although often used interchangeably, vitamin D "insufficiency" and "deficiency" are defined differently. Vitamin D insufficiency is commonly defined as a [25(OH)D] level of less than 32 ng/mL; deficiency is defined as a 25(OH)D level of less than 20 ng/mL. Thus, patients who are vitamin D deficient are a subset of patients who are vitamin D insufficient.

    The math seems to be correct. 25% + 36% = 61% = "most."

  • Most Senior Citizens Have Vitamin D Deficiencies

    09/17/2015 11:00:34 PM PDT · 7 of 116
    CutePuppy to steve86
    No such thing as D3 deficiency.

    Correct, vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is a supplement. Lapsus digiti.

  • Most Senior Citizens Have Vitamin D Deficiencies

    09/17/2015 10:53:30 PM PDT · 5 of 116
    CutePuppy to CutePuppy
    Somewhat related:

    Resveratrol May Reduce Onset Of Alzheimer's

    9/15/2015, by RTT Staff

    Resveratrol, a compound found in red grapes, red wine and dark chocolate, may help treat Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study.

    The study, published in the journal Neurology, was conducted with 119 participants, all with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's, ranging from age 50 to 90. The mean age for the resveratrol group was 70; the mean age for the placebo group was 73.

    Researchers synthesized the resveratrol and, over a two-year study period, test group participants took two doses daily, equivalent to the amount found in about 1,000 bottles of red wine. The large dose was necessary because the compound rapidly metabolizes in the brain.

    In addition to the difference in amyloid-beta40 levels, researchers also observed that, compared to the placebo group, the resveratrol-treated group had fewer cancers and lost weight.

    The resveratrol-treated group lost more brain volume than the placebo-treated group, which researchers said was unexpected but mirrors findings from other Alzheimer's treatment studies.

  • Most Senior Citizens Have Vitamin D Deficiencies

    09/17/2015 10:46:18 PM PDT · 1 of 116
    CutePuppy
    Vitamin D3 deficiency seems to be on the rise, possibly due to increase in more sedentary lifestyle, or spending less time outside (of home or office) or the use of sun-blockers for skin protection (due to increased awareness of sun damage and other factors in melanoma).
  • Hewlett-Packard Plans To Cut Up To 30,000 Jobs

    09/17/2015 11:03:06 AM PDT · 37 of 37
    CutePuppy to rarestia
      The problem with shadow IT and with service-based IT models is the lack of enterprise cohesion....

      I am all too familiar with this way of working. I spend a lot of time writing documentation for our offshore resources, only to have to be the bad guy at least once a week...

      As time goes on, the number of IT professionals needed in house will go down, but their skill sets will need to be vast and deep. Patience is key, and I know most IT engineers often lack that quality.

    Exactly, you are speaking from experience and confirming everything that the article is pointing out about the "shadow IT" especially in variety of "hybrid" models, which are getting more and more popular. Most have been done haphazardly from the beginning, due to lack of experience or vision but their use is expanding and, as the article and you noted, requires higher level of both technical skill sets and business acumen as well as leading to reduced number of in-house IT personnel.

    OT: Then you need IDS/IPS in front of your firewalls. Then you need to have a comprehensive patching process. Then you need to have consolidated hosting.

    Check out NetScaler (11.0 is the latest rev.) at the front or the periphery (depending on your configuration — it might reduce a lot of frustration if used properly — the functionality capabilities are beyond what they can "legally" claim.

  • Hewlett-Packard Plans To Cut Up To 30,000 Jobs

    09/16/2015 11:55:10 AM PDT · 33 of 37
    CutePuppy to rarestia; 9YearLurker; Gen.Blather; The Antiyuppie; DoodleDawg; Resolute Conservative; ...
    Work visas are not limited to IT only, but speaking of IT, consider larger implications of offshoring/inshoring/re-shoring: the "cloud" and SaaS/PaaS make a lot of these issues even more difficult for in-house personnel:

               

               

               

    A significant number of CIOs and IT directors believe that the phrase "IT department" will eventually cease to exist, according to a recent survey from Logicalis. There's no need to panic, however, because there will always be a huge demand — in fact, there will be a rapidly increasing demand — for tech professionals, especially those who combine IT skills with business-focused savvy. The accompanying survey report, "Establishing the Internal Service Provider: A Global Study of CIO Pressures and Priorities," depicts a dramatically evolving landscape in which technology leaders, managers and staff are getting more involved with ROI-impacting initiatives, while business units are making their own decisions about technology acquisitions. In the past, organizational leadership often took issue with internal users who circumvented IT to get the tech they wanted: a practice referred to as "shadow IT." Now, however, shadow IT is increasingly perceived as a logical means to an end in terms of addressing unfulfilled needs to support objectives. "It is clear that businesses don't want a technology solution," says Mike Martin, senior vice president of solutions and services for Logicalis US. "They want their business needs to be met. That means the CIO's role must change from that of a technology provider to one that is laser-focused on delivering IT services that meet line-of-business users' needs." More than 177 global CIOs and IT directors took part in the research.

    Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine. (Baseline, 2014-12-19)