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  • Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

    10/02/2018 12:41:13 PM PDT · by Reno89519 · 133 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 2, 2018 | David Barstow, SSusanne Craig, and Russ Buettner
    President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents, an investigation by The New York Times has found.Snippets: "The president’s parents, Fred and Mary Trump, transferred well over $1 billion in wealth to their children." and "President Trump had virtually no involvement whatsoever with these matters". Robert Trump, the president's brother: "Our dear father, Fred C. Trump, passed away in June 1999. Our beloved mother, Mary Anne Trump, passed away in August 2000. All appropriate gift and estate tax returns were filed, and the...
  • Stanford Study Reveals California Pensions Underfunded By $1 Trillion Or $93k Per Household

    12/03/2016 7:06:36 AM PST · by george76 · 72 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Dec 2, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier today the Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy highlighted an updated pension study, released by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, which revealed some fairly startling realities about California's public pension underfunding levels. After averaging $77,700 per household in 2014, the amount of public pension underfunding for the state of California jumped to a staggering $92,748 per household in 2015. But don't worry, we're sure pension managers can grow their way out of the problem...hedge fund returns have been stellar recently, right? Stanford University’s pension tracker database pegs the market value of California’s total pension debt at...
  • Koch Brothers Ready To Oppose Trump

    02/01/2016 8:26:05 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 85 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/1/16
    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Donald Trump is so fiercely opposed by the Koch brothers network that some donors believe the powerful group will intervene to stop the billionaire if it looks like he could win the Republican presidential nomination. "They are always very hesitant to get involved in a primary, but I think if they were going to do it, this would be the time because they just hate the guy,” said a donor who attended the Koch network’s winter retreat, held over the weekend at a luxury resort on the edge of Coachella Valley. Both officials and donors within...
  • Professor arrested in racial profiling hoax [dashcam recording used as evidence]

    08/06/2015 1:04:44 PM PDT · by grundle · 53 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 5, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    False claims of racism and hate crimes related to sexuality seem to be endemic. So desirable is the status of victim that some people, especially those in academia, have been known to vandalize their own cars, attach nooses to their office doors, and otherwise fabricate hate crimes against themselves. Oberlin College, with a history of hysteria over fake hate crimes, even generated worldwide headlines for its overwrought response to a series of “hate crimes” that turned out to be false. We don’t know what percentage of hate crime reports are self-generated hoaxes by the purported victims. Often there is no...
  • Vacation Clubs

    01/27/2014 2:08:22 PM PST · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 5 replies
    On January 14th I started a thread Vacation Clubs. It was about signing up/paying for one and then regretting it the next day. As I said on the 14th I followed refund procedures and returned their portfolio on the 13th. And...........................
  • Vacation Clubs

    01/12/2014 8:12:30 PM PST · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 36 replies
    We got pulled into a so-called vacation club pitch. Long story short, after the pitch which included stated price of $9k I told the interviewer I wasn't interested and then added but might for $3k. Two or three talked back and forth and they finally said OK. That should have been a clue but in any case I went for it. We do travel a bit and I thought I might be able to use the site. MAYBE??? Got 3 days to change my mind and thought I might toss this out to the Freepers,
  • Fortune tellers defrauded bestselling author of $20 million, feds say

    08/21/2011 5:46:07 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | August 19, 2011 | Paula McMahon
    From storefront businesses in upscale Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods, a family of fortune tellers ran a $40-million scheme that defrauded people from near and far since 1991, federal prosecutors said in court Friday. Among the victims was a bestselling author who gave an estimated $20 million to the family. The woman, who prosecutors refused to identify, lost her 8-year-old son in a motorcycle accident and was allegedly exploited by at least one of the defendants, Rose Marks, who she considered a friend.
  • Lawrence Solomon: The $7-billion carbon scam

    12/07/2010 9:08:56 AM PST · by enduserindy · 13 replies
    Financial Post ^ | December 5, 2010 | Lawrence Solomon
    Scam artists from around the world, capitalizing on lax regulations at the Danish emissions trading registry, have made off with an estimated $7-billion over the last two years, according to Europol. Denmark’s Office of the Auditor General is now investigating the fraud, which occurred after the Danish registry dropped requirements that carbon traders be documented. While allowing a free-for-all served the carbon market on the short term, by appearing to inflate the interest in carbon as a commodity, it ultimately backfired when much of the trading proved to be phony. Read more:
  • Obama fiddles, a rogue schemes: The U.S. strategy toward North Korea leaves us in danger

    05/12/2010 9:31:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 155+ views
    ny daily news ^ | 5/12/10 | John Bolton
    North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il has now left Beijing and returned home after a typically secretive visit, his first trip abroad in four years. Kim's last trip was also to China, the North's dominant benefactor; his core mission was undoubtedly to ensure continued Chinese support for his ironfisted rule. Also undoubtedly central was North Korea's nuclear weapons program. President Obama has been silent for many long months on Pyongyang's continuing nuclear threat, but silence does not equal good news. Although "all quiet" on the North Korean nuclear front might seem to indicate that the menace is receding, precisely the...
  • GPs 'should offer climate change advice to patients (UK)

    11/29/2009 8:40:04 AM PST · by listenhillary · 27 replies · 869+ views
    Telegraph.UK ^ | 11/29/09 | Nick Britten
    The Climate and Health Council, a collaboration of worldwide health organizations including the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal Society of Medicine, believes there is a direct link between climate change and better health. Their controversial plan would see GPs and nurses give out advice to their patients on how to lower their carbon footprint. The Council believes that climate change “threatens to radically undermine the health of all peoples”. It believes health professionals are ideally placed to promote change because “we have ethical responsibility… well as the capacity to influence people and our...
  • Chamber: White House attacks are backfiring

    10/26/2009 4:01:04 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 27 replies · 1,598+ views ^ | October 26, 2009 | JIM VANDEHEI & MIKE ALLEN
    Tom Donohue sits for an interview with POLITICO. CEO and President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donahue, talks with POLITICO about his relationship with the White House, the health care debate and the Chamber's membership. Photo: John Shinkle U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue says a campaign by the White House and its allies to undermine his $200-million-a-year association has largely failed — and actually has helped raise even more money for its pro-business efforts. In a 75-minute interview with POLITICO, Donohue dismissed recent defections by Apple and at least four other companies, which quit over the...
  • Spread the Work

    10/05/2009 1:37:19 PM PDT · by arthurus · 3 replies · 218+ views ^ | 1979 | Henry Hazlitt
    But there are other schemes for “spreading the work,” often put forward by union spokesmen and legislators. The most frequent of these is the proposal to shorten the working week, usually by law. The belief that it would “spread the work” and “give more jobs” was one of the main reasons behind the inclusion of the penaltyovertime provision in the existing Federal Wage-Hour Law. The previous legislation in the states, forbidding the employment of women or minors for more, say, than forty-eight hours a week, was based on the conviction that longer hours were injurious to health and morale. Some...
  • No We Can't! - A Defense of Conservative Pessimism

    09/21/2008 11:25:24 AM PDT · by foutsc · 9 replies · 381+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 21 Sep 08 | foutsc
    John Derbyshire of National Review Online has written a curmudgeonly piece railing against irrational optimism. It's an entertaining read that is even more apt in light of recent developments. I'm sure the jackasses who wrecked our financial system were full of exuberant optimism and overinflated self-esteem. This hits home with me because, like the author, I do not believe in the perfectibility of man. We are flawed vessels. This brought to my mind William Butler Yeats' poem, "The Second Coming." Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and...
  • Get Real About China

    11/15/2005 10:40:01 AM PST · by Paul Ross · 57 replies · 968+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 15, 2005 | Frank J. Gaffney
    This week, President Bush visits the People's Republic of China. As with all such high-level diplomatic missions, he will doubtless be tempted to accentuate the few, putatively positive aspects of the Sino-American relationship, and gloss over the increasing number of negative ones. In that happens, history may record this as a moment when the failure to speak truth to the Chinese communists condemned the two nations to conflict later.
  • 'Untouchable' utilities foil insurgent’s schemes

    10/06/2005 5:24:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 428+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 6, 2005 | Cpl. Micah Snead
    AL ASAD, Iraq (Oct. 6, 2005) -- Thought to be one of the four rivers to flow from the Garden of Eden and known to be the heart of ancient civilizations like Sumeria and Babylonia, the Euphrates River now supplies water for coalition forces based in the Al Anbar province. Marines and Sailors from Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24 keep water flowing from the Euphrates, despite the efforts of insurgents. “They blow up the pipes, we go fix them,” said Sgt. Richard Tulley, a hygiene equipment operator and Hammond, N.Y., native. “It’s that simple....
  • Ukraine leader's son in new controversy

    08/03/2005 12:05:28 PM PDT · by jb6 · 4 replies · 381+ views
    AFP ^ | Wed Aug 3,
    KIEV (AFP) - Controversy has enveloped the son of Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko for a second time in a week, amid reports that the 19-year-old owned the copyright to the lucrative trademarks of last year's "orange revolution." ADVERTISEMENT The new scandal erupted as the legal chief of Yushchenko's campaign tried to put to rest a controversy that flared last week, after local media reported that Yushchenko's eldest son, Andriy, appeared to be living beyond his declared means. "Andriy Yushchenko has author's rights to all political brands that were used during the 'orange revolution,'" Mykola Katerynchuk was quoted as saying during...
  • Liberty League - Use Caution

    02/24/2005 7:33:06 PM PST · by Just Kimberly · 4 replies · 2,496+ views
    The Better Business Bureau ^ | 2-24-2005 | Just Kimberly
    Intro - " The Liberty League" A friend called tonight and wanted an opinion regarding this new found company he is considering jumping into.I checked the site out, and could not discover what products were being sold, and when I clicked 'products' it asked for MY info. Out of curiosity, I then went to the BBB. The report was disturbing, so I posted it to my journal. Maybe this will save someone a little heartache." "The Better Business Bureau 4428 N. 12th Street Phoenix, AZ 85014-4585 602-264-1721 May Not Be Reproduced for Commercial or Sales Purposes LIBERTY LEAGUE...