Ep. 23 – Holding Trump's Feet To The Fire

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2016 – *Correction. March for Life 2017 is scheduled for January 27 NOT January 21st.* Originally aired live on Saturday January 21st on WSB 750 Atlanta. We talk about whether or not Trump will live up to his oath of office, why we must hold his feet to the fire, the inauguration speech, and callers let us know what they want to make sure Trump follows through on.
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The Midas Touch?

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Mark Burnett, Donald Trump, and NBC’s Jeff Zucker during NBC All-Star Party – Red Carpet at Hollywood and Highland Entertainment Complex in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)

I have long wondered if Trump did not release his tax returns because his main source of revenue for the past ten or fifteen years might have been his long-running reality show The Apprentice, during which time he worked for then NBC’s Jeff Zucker. Zucker, by the way, now-head of CNN, along with the rest of the media, gave Trump 25x the coverage of his Republican competitors, to the chagrin of reporters. (Trump’s Screen Actors Guild pension was $168,000 last year, which means he must have been making some serious bank as an actor.)
See also: Donald Trump refers to Jeff Zucker as his ‘personal booker’ and CNN president PERSONALLY calls him all the time to ask him to appear on segments
Trump’s true source of income could be more important than any other president’s, in my opinion, because if he’s not really a super successful billionaire with the golden touch, than he’s just a guy whose businesses went bankrupt four times only to be bailed out by the likes of Rothschild (specifically, Wilbur Ross, banker at Trump’s savior, Rothschild Inc, and now Trump’s pick for commerce secretary) and George Soros who inexplicably padded Trump’s Chicago condo deal. (Trump’s claim of being a billionaire is plausibly disputed by Tim O’Brien in the book TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald.)
If Trump is a billionaire builder and businessman with the Midas Touch, he doesn’t really have to give details on his plans because people will have faith based on his proven success that he knows what he’s doing. But if this faith is misplaced, we might be wise to understand his plans a-to-b-to-c so we can evaluate for ourselves the risk-reward trade-off and express our approval or displeasure directly or through our representatives.
Trump moving on NAFTA, won’t release tax returns; WH closer to moving embassy to Jerusalem

Conway said Sunday that Trump won’t release his tax returns, appearing to shut the door on a decades-long tradition of transparency.
Every president since 1976 has released their returns. During the campaign, Trump refused to make his filings public, saying they were under audit by the Internal Revenue Service and saying he’d release them after that review is complete.
Conway was asked Sunday about a petition on the White House website signed by more than 200,000 people calling for Trump to release his returns.
“The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns,” she said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care.”
However, polls appear to show a majority of Americans want Trump to release the returns.

My big fear is that because Trump has the trust of his supporters based on what they think is proven business success, they will give him wide latitude even to the point of encroaching on America’s founding principles of limited government, civil liberties and respect for sovereignty in the name of pragmatism and “getting it done.” This is the kind of slippery slope that can put the last nail in the coffin of the American Experiment. Even if Trump himself could be trusted with such vast power and presumption of good faith, the next guy might not be, yet the scaffolding of technocratic government would be in place. (I said something similar to liberals when Obama’s presidency grew in power beyond the limits of the Constitution.)
On a side note, Trump will continue to work on The Apprentice while he’s president, earning $7 million for the role as executive producer while spending “zero time” on the job…If that’s true, why is NBC paying him for no work and is it ethical to take a job you don’t plan to do?

The Memory Hole!

ministry-of-truth-300x238.pngAs per George Orwell’s 1984, “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” Hence the memory hole:

A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a website or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened. The concept was first popularized by George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, where the Party’s Ministry of Truth systematically re-created all potential historical documents, in effect, re-writing all of history to match the often-changing state propaganda. These changes were complete.
Well, the memory hole is here! I’ve noticed the date range filters have been disappearing from search engines. Here is an article about google intentionally removing this feature from mobile but promising to maintain it on the desktop, though it is hard to find. (I can’t find it at all on yahoo anymore.)
Google is removing the custom date range search filter for mobile users
Mobile searchers on Google will no longer be able to use the custom date range search filter. To access that feature, they need to go to the desktop version of Google.
One of the disadvantages of the digital information age is how easy it now is to erase history.
 

#WTWOF: Trump To Terminate Tweets?

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this one is fake

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but I actually think this one is real

I read an article today in the WSJ about Trump supporters who are on the fence about him now. The article cited two different supporters who expressed concern about Trump’s tweeting. That struck me as odd. That‘s the thing that gives these Trump supporters pause? Also, it didn’t ring true to me, especially since in a recent conversation with one of my sisters she mentioned a few times that Trump’s tweeting is the thing she likes most about him. She feels it’s his end-run around the media and she loves it! It doesn’t get less fake–or more real–than @realDonaldTrump! So my “agenda alert” went off.
Are we being prepared for Trump to withdraw into the confines of the White House, loathe to give press conferences and now reining in the tweets? That’s what I thought at the end of the first article I read this morning. By the end of section A, two more articles–both opinion pieces–called attention to the damage done by Trump’s tweets. More agenda alerts! (Might have to start a hashtag after this!)
This is a bummer. First Trump says no more drain the swamp, then that we should build the wall on spec, now we may lose the twitter feed? I don’t think this administration is going to be nearly as fun as the campaign was 🙁
Here are the articles–all from Section A of the January 19, 2017, Wall Street Journal.
Don’t let the first article’s title–and subtitle–fool you–almost the entire article is about Trump’s use of twitter.
Trump Voters Harbor Mixed Feelings Ahead of Inauguration
Evolving view of president-elect among ambivalent supporters could tip the balance of public opinion

…Ms. Forster, a 52-year-old attorney, voted for Mr. Trump mostly because she didn’t want Democrat Hillary Clinton to win. Now she is nervously watching as he prepares to enter the White House. She likes some of his cabinet picks, but isn’t pleased with his penchant for sending harsh tweets about everything from the U.S. intelligence community to actress Meryl Streep….
Despite complaints from supporters, Mr. Trump shows no sign of giving up his use of Twitter. In a weekend interview with the Times of London, Mr. Trump said, “the tweeting, I thought I’d do less of it, but I’m covered so dishonestly by the press, so dishonestly, that I can put out [on] Twitter” a fast response that is viewed by millions….
As of now, voters generally are giving him the benefit of the doubt. Many are pleased with his cabinet picks, but are uneasy with his attacks on people and broad, often confusing, statements of policy that he circulates on Twitter…
“So far I think he’s doing a decent job,” said Matt Triplett, 47, a Republican salesman in Dublin, Ohio. “But I sure wish he’d get off Twitter. The guy is a loose cannon. I’m going to sit back and be entertained by what’s going to be transpiring. But it’s a little unnerving.”

At least the following article by Karl Rove is honest about wanting Trump off twitter…
A Perfect Sign-Off for @RealDonaldTrump
Now that he’s taking office, he should finally give up his Twitter account.

…Which brings us to Mr. Trump’s Twitter account. What voters tolerated during the campaign now seems inappropriate for a presidential transition and is likely to be thought unacceptable once Mr. Trump takes office. As a candidate, he could punch down at lesser figures and comment carelessly on foreign leaders. But if President Trump continues this in the Oval Office, he will lessen his stature, move markets, poison relationships, and encourage adversaries to make miscalculations.
On this, at least, Americans agree. Fifty-three percent say Mr. Trump’s actions since Election Day have made them “less confident in his ability to serve as president,” according to a Jan. 15 poll by CNN and ORC. More than eight in 10 respondents in a Dec. 5 survey by the Pew Research Center said President Trump “will need to be more cautious about the kinds of things he says and tweets.” Only 15% said that “there is no need for him to change.” The message? End the compulsive tweeting and, especially, the Twitter wars.

This article by Daniel Henninger seems to take a shot at Trump’s twitter for the heck of it…
The Trump Question
Will his presidency produce a new order or merely more disorder?

People seem both amused and unnerved by Mr. Trump’s social-media compulsions. We know that social media disrupts. What else it does at the summit of political power is not clear. One wonders if the hard, daily work by his colleagues to restore world order or a proper constitutional relationship between governing elites and the governed will be hampered by the turbulence of the Twitter storms.

I don’t necessarily think Trump will announce he is shutting down his twitter account but I do believe this is foreshadowing something….#WTWOF #AgendaAlert

Propaganda Report Episode 22: "But I'm a Germophobe!"

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Donald Trump, Vince McMahon, Bobby Lashley
You think Trump hates Obama??? McMahon is the one he REALLY hates!!

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 – Irrational fear of nationalism has made World Government part of the Progressive agenda, analyzing the elite’s long-range, big picture propaganda approach, the ridiculous story of illusive, former British spy, Remington….I mean, Christopher Steele, Trump double dog dares the EU, we analyze a Wall Street Journal Story that demonstrates the degrading integrity of one of the nation’s most respected news sources, and we show how the British, who manipulated America into WWI & WWII, might be pulling the wool over our eyes yet again, as they manipulate us into WWIII with their subtle, yet effective propaganda approach. We’ve got a jam packed show for you today!

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The Chatham House document that reveals the British intent to conduct information warfare on Russia, from back in June of 2015 is linked at the bottom with some notes. The quoted books are as well.

Show Notes (in chronological order)…

***Monica’s Word of the Week***
This isn’t even my word–it appeared in an article in the WSJ this week and I had to look it up–sometimes I think sounding extra smart is a way these guys use to deliver propaganda to those who consider themselves intellectuals…
sybaritic: pertaining to or characteristic of a sybarite; characterized by or loving luxury or sensuous pleasure

Globalism is good, nationalism is a Russian plot

Omar Mateen’s Wife really should have gotten her Knowledge Report in on time

Trump Dares the EU to Double Down

Davos 2017: Aristocrats Face the Pitchforks
The disconnect between the Davos community—among the principal beneficiaries of globalization— and the rest of the world is striking

The World Economic Forum, under whose auspices the Davos crowd meets, does its best to play down the elite nature of this week’s gathering, frowning on some of the more ostentatious sybaritic displays and encouraging earnest dialogue about the responsibilities rather than the privileges of being among life’s winners.

The Crisis of Democracy, by Zbigniew Brzezinski
‘Kompromat’ and the Danger of Doubt and Confusion in a Democracy (Kompromat is the K word I couldn’t remember on the air)
Trump Dossier Spotlights Russian History of ‘Kompromat’
Diplomats, politicians and bureaucrats have been embarrassed by leaks of compromising material
Cambridge Analytica (Surprise, surprise! It’s a British company!)
Trump supporter Robert Mercer heavily funds Cambridge Analytica:
Meet the Mercers: A Quiet Tycoon and His Daughter Become Power Brokers in Trump’s Washington
Armed with data on an alienated electorate, a hedge-fund magnate and his family shun the GOP establishment to support the winning campaign; advising on cabinet selections
Ted Cruz using firm that harvested data on millions of unwitting Facebook users
Exclusive: Documents reveal donor-funded US startup embedded in Republican’s campaign paid UK university academics to collect psychological profiles on potential voters
Cruz campaign paid $750,000 to ‘psychographic profiling’ company
Trump Campaign Turns to ‘Psychographic’ Data Firm Used by Cruz
Neurotic? Extroverted? Disagreeable? Political campaigns have an ad for you.

Scientology Exposé by Leah Remini
Westworld
Humans
Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons, by George Pendle
Sex and Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons, by John Carter

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John Lewis & Nancy Pelosi trying to provoke Obamacare protesters in 2010

The Politics of Black Hair, and don’t miss, this video (“My hair is my is-ness.”)

People of all ethnicities have benefited from the tremendous strides in hair-care products since the ’80s. The value of this revolution should not be underestimated. I just got a “gratitude journal” (it’s a long story), and one of the first things I thought of was “smoothing creme.” A picture is worth a thousand words…here’s Jane Badler before and after (and me–defo before!) for that…(fyi…you have to put your cursor over the picture to see the captions)

House of Cards (original BBC mini-series)
Deadwood
#WTWOF (what to watch out for): increasing mention of Cognitive Dissonance
Jefferson Bible
The most powerful media magnate in the US is Australian with deep roots in UK politics (and media). Meet Rupert Murdoch.
Tony Blair is Godfather to Rupert Murdoch’s daughter
Tony Blair is godfather to one of Rupert Murdoch’s young children, it has emerged in an interview with the media tycoon’s wife Wendi.  

US Government Spending
Going Galt, or Pulling a Ron Paul
Philosophy of Metrics article: The Mystery of Truth – Information Power and Its Controlled Distribution
Trump Meets With Judge Nap to Talk Supreme Court
Awake During Surgery: I’m in Hell!

The Story on the Chatham House Program to propagandize Russia from June 2015

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2015/06/john-helmer-chatham-house-rule-propaganda-is-what-comes-out-of-other-peoples-mouths-and-pockets.html

Summary of Chatham House Report Titled: The Russian Challenge. This was written in part by Sir Andrew Wood, the former British diplomat who leaked information to John McCain about the possibility of there being blackmail evidence on Trump.

https://www.chathamhouse.org/publication/russian-challenge-authoritarian-nationalism#sthash.jIQ6oBQP.dpuf

The first line of the summary reads, 

“The West has yet to absorb the full implications of Russia’s descent into authoritarian nationalism.” Again, this was published by the British in June of 2015, in a document about the need to target Russia with a strategic communication plan (code for propaganda) in order to combat messages that the British, the U.S., and NATO do not like….in a document essentially calling for the needs to conduct information warfare against Russia. This is a plan for demonization. 

The document then goes on to say….

“The West has neither the wish nor the means to promote, or for that matter to prevent, regime change in Russia. But Western countries need to consider the possible consequences of a chaotic end to the Putin system.” This is a pretty backwards, yet blatantly clear way to say that they want to remove Putin and install someone who is friendly to the globalist agenda.

Here is one of the stated objectives listed in the summary of the document. 

“To prepare for the complications and opportunities that will inevitably be presented by an eventual change of leadership in Russia.”

Sounds to me like they’re assuming the existing Russian government is going to collapse. What do they assume the cause might be? You be the judge.

Here is another one of their stated objectives. 

“Not to isolate the Russian people. It is not in the Western interest to help Putin cut them off from the outside world.”

This sounds like intent to assimilate the public into a world government system. It’s like invading a country that you plan on ruling after claiming victory. To more easily assimilate the people, whose homes and way of life you’re about to plunder and destroy, to the values you intend to force upon them after the invasion and take over, go easy on them during the destruction. The more resentment created within the people attacked, the more they will resist the rule of the their new kings.

Click the link below to read the full Chatham House Document Titled: The Russian Challenge.

https://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/files/chathamhouse/field/field_document/20150605RussianChallengeGilesHansonLyneNixeySherrWoodUpdate.pdf

The White House BRAIN initiave.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/BRAIN

401ks, Baby Boomers & "Privatizing" Social Security

mousetrap-dumb-money-imageThis is a follow-on to my recent post on Anthony Scaramucci, Trump’s handler-apparent.
The Champions of the 401(k) Lament the Revolution They Started
The dominant vehicle for retirement savings has fallen short of its early backers’ rosy expectations; longer life spans, high fees and stock-market declines

Ms. Ghilarducci wants to ditch the 401(k) altogether. She and Blackstone Group President Tony James are recommending a mandated, government-run savings system that would be administered by the Social Security Administration and managed by investment professionals. While both are Democrats, they believe their solution has bipartisan appeal.
“There are a lot of governors and mayors who are Republicans, and the first wave of the crisis will affect states and cities,” Ms. Ghilarducci says.
She says she has already reached out to President-elect Donald Trump’s advisers to float the plan.

You might think that as a libertarian, I would be for anything with the word “private” in it, but I am actually staunchly opposed to government-mandated spending directed into private coffers. This is the essence of cronyism, is tantamount to fascism and is referred to lovingly by the late Irving Kristol as “the conservative welfare state:”

The basic principle behind a conservative welfare state ought to be a simple one: Wherever possible, people should be allowed to keep their own money—rather than having it transferred (via taxes) to the state—on condition that they put it to certain defined uses.

Unfortunately, the conservative welfare state creates hyperinflation and mispricing in targeted industries and directs individual decisions in a direction they would not go in a free market, which per force reduces that individual’s utility. In addition, the providers of these government-mandated services are often highly-regulated and exploit legislated barriers to entry to keep competitors out of the industry giving them the room to make out-sized profits and deliver inferior returns driven down by artificially high demand and reduced competition.  In my opinion, this approach should be avoided at all costs in all industries, and particularly in retirement planning as it might be doubling down on what was possibly a trap from the beginning to convert middle class pensioners into the dumb money when 401ks replaced defined-benefit plans the country over.
Before the 401k revolution, pension funds made up 44% of the market, if I recall correctly. The little guy with a pension was represented by the smart money and was insulated from much of the risk of the market. Once the government made regulatory changes that made defined-benefit pension plans too costly to maintain in many cases at the same time they introduced 401ks, the little guy’s savings was retirement money was shifted from professionally-managed, guaranteed-return investments to being the “dumb money” in the market. Not only did he not have defined benefits but he bore the brunt of market risk and as an amateur couldn’t even assess it properly for the most part–these are the guys who sell at the bottom and buy at the top, or at least that might have been the intended consequences.
This new plan to send social security down the same path also looks like a trap cooked up by the investment industry to shore up their investor base just as the first Baby Boomers are forced en masse to liquidate their 401ks.
Pulling Retirement Cash, but Not by Choice
Baby boomers’ mandatory withdrawals from 401(k)s, IRAs and other tax-deferred retirement accounts start in full force this year, touching off a massive shift of cash

The largest generation in U.S. history has to start pulling its retirement money this year, kicking off a mandatory movement of cash that could total hundreds of billions in the coming decades.
U.S. law generally requires anyone age 70½ or older to begin annual withdrawals from their tax-sheltered retirement accounts and pay taxes on those distributions.
The oldest of the nation’s 75 million baby boomers cross that threshold for the first time this month, according to a U.S. Census Bureau estimate of when that demographic group began.
The obligatory outflows from 401(k)s and IRAs are expected to ripple through the U.S. economy, stock market and a money-management industry that relies heavily on fees from boomers’ tax-sheltered savings plans and assets.

I have read that Bismarck invented the welfare state in the wake of the Industrial Revolution: People were finally able to take care of themselves and did not need the paternalistic protection of the Kaiser so he taxed them until they did and doled it back to them piecemeal so they would keep coming back.
What’s the solution to underfunded Social Security and too little retirement savings? Let the free market decide. Let companies decide how they want to offer incentives for high-quality loyal employees and let individuals decide how they want to plan for the future. Also, let interest rates be determined by the free market so individuals can earn some risk free return for long-term savings. If you think this free market approach would be worse than we have now, think again. The consequences of poor planning will scare society straight in short order, and even if some people fall through the cracks and have to go on welfare in old age it certainly won’t be worse–as it is we basically force the entire population into that position by taking everyone’s money during their working years and squandering it instead of investing it!
Update (1/20/17): Here’s a relevant quote I read in a recent WSJ article:

Some of the better presidents used the inaugural to make courageous stands. Rutherford B. Hayes proposed a constitutional amendment limiting the chief executive to a single six-year term. John F. Kennedy and Grover Cleveland urged self-reliance. “The lessons of paternalism,” Cleveland said in 1893, “ought to be unlearned and the better lesson taught that while the people should patriotically and cheerfully support their Government, its functions do not include the support of the people.”

 

Meet the New Valerie Jarrett

scaramucci_romney_spacey_bush_twitter_328.jpegIn Davos, Anthony Scaramucci Translates Trump Message to Global Elite
Financier-turned-Trump adviser seeks to soothe nerves about the president-elect at the World Economic Forum; ‘one of the last great hopes for globalism’

“This is my 10th year here, but my first year here with a food taster,” Mr. Scaramucci quipped at the beginning of a conference session Tuesday afternoon nominally on the “Outlook for the United States” but really about President-elect Trump—and a little bit about Anthony Scaramucci….
Mr. Scaramucci depicted the system of global trade, whose apostles and architects compose the core of the Davos audience, as in need of repair. President-elect Trump “could be one of the last great hopes for globalism,” he said….
“If you guys get a little bit upset about the tweeting or some of the things that he’s saying, I want to put your mind at ease,” he said. “Directionally, this is a super-compassionate man.”
“He’s not necessarily communicating in a way that the people in this community would love,” Mr. Scaramucci said, “but he is communicating very, very effectively to a very large group of the population in Europe and in the United States that are feeling a common struggle right now that maybe many of us here in this room do not feel.”
Mr. Scaramucci gave a capsule history of European civilization, from Solon to Charlemagne to von Metternich, and suggested that Mr. Trump was following a similar path to the ancient Athenian statesman. “What did Solon make a decision to do? He empowered the lower classes,” Mr. Scaramucci said.

Let me get this straight…Trump-the-Populist, Trump-the-Nationalist, Trump-the-Anti-Globalist’s guy is a member of the World Economic Forum and has been to Davos TEN YEARS IN A ROW???!!!  In case you are not acquainted with “Davos Man,” read this:
Davos 2017: Aristocrats Face the Pitchforks
The disconnect between the Davos community—among the principal beneficiaries of globalization— and the rest of the world is striking

If the highly integrated, early 21st-century global economy had an aristocracy, it would be roughly the group of people who gather this week in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos.
There, the heads of governments, central bankers, chief executives of major banks and global corporations, leading academics, the gorgeous media and entertainment stars, meet each January to survey the global landscape they have constructed and ruled to discuss how to improve it.

In addition to the cognitive dissonance of this guy being that guy, I also thought the words Scaramucci was using to talk about Trump sounded like code–“you might not like the way he talks, but trust me it’s genius,” or worse, “don’t worry, he’s one of us.”
So I wondered who this guy “The Mooch” was, especially since he will have the title held by Valerie Jarrett, widely considered to be Obama’s globalist handler in the White House, Director of the Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs. Could this guy be Trump‘s globalist handler?
Scaramucci went to Harvard Law School and even played basketball with President Obama, he used to be an Obama supporter, and he even got some notoriety having a little tête-à-tête with Obama for our amusement. (I’m quoting the account of the incident here in case it disappears.)
Watch A Hedge Fund Manager And Obama Go From Laughing To Arguing

Obama: Great to see you.
Scaramucci: Actually I went to law school with you back in the day.
Obama: You’ve done very well! Congratulations, that’s great.
(Laughter in the audience)
Scaramucci: And if I fouled you on the hoop court – it wasn’t intentional.
Obama: I remember that!
Scaramucci: You would remember if I fouled you – I’ve got a low center of gravity

Around the time of this exchange, he paid Bill Clinton $175,000 to speak at a business event, but soon after that Scaramucci served as a National Finance Co-Chair for Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign. Given all these heady credentials, I was surprised to read evidence of low horse-power (kinda reminded me of Jared Kushner) as Scaramucci failed the bar and got a notoriously low score on the Series 7 (a no-brainer exam–trust me, I took it myself). He was hired then fired then re-hired by Goldman Sachs. (How did he get re-hired after turfing it out of the box? It’s a “hilarious story” no one’s really telling.) And finally….wait for it…he’s a card-carrying member of the CFR, the Council of Foreign Relations, “The Mothership” where we find out what we should be doing and how to think about the world according to Secretary of State Clinton.
And how ’bout this? I have witnessed first hand influencing-peddling that really looks a lot like this. We shall see if it amounts to anything.
Trump Aide Sells China an Entree to Wall Street Hedge Funds
In buying Anthony Scaramucci’s SkyBridge Capital stake, China’s HNA takes an important step in building a global asset-management business

Anthony Scaramucci, a loyal Trump surrogate known as “The Mooch,” is selling his controlling stake in SkyBridge Capital—which manages roughly $12 billion—to Chinese conglomerate HNA Group and investment partner RON Transatlantic EG in a deal that values SkyBridge at around $200 million, according to people familiar with the situation.

Even if HNA gave Mooch more than SkyBridge was worth (I don’t know if they did, but that’s how it would be if they were buying influence), the deal would work out for them if a massive change in government policy funneled Social Security money into hedge funds, which is a very real possibility, especially if the new president is on-board.
For more on what might be on deck for 401ks, read my recent post here.
Wonder if this guy will bear any resemblance to the original? I sometimes wonder what’s in a name what with Donald Trump playing the trump card, Shepherd Smith shepherding the sheeple and Anthony Weiner–well, you get the idea…

Yeah…I'm gonna need those Knowledge Reports…

lumberghIf someone in your family is suspicious, turn him in or be held responsible for his crimes.
Regardless of what really happened in Orlando or what the alleged shooter’s wife did or didn’t do in furtherance of the crime, this case will be used to broaden the scope of how family members can be held accountable in the crimes of relatives. This reminds me of the Scientology expose by Leah Remini that I’ve been watching lately. She explained that family members will submit Knowledge Reports about other family members who have begun questioning the Church (a crime in that organization) because if they don’t tell on the thought crimes of their associates they will be considered guilty of the crime itself. According to Remini et al, as a result of Knowledge Reports, families can be broken up as the guilty party is expelled and “disconnected” from the family members who remain within the Church. If family members don’t disconnect, they too may be expelled and disconnected!
The moral of the story? Submit your Knowledge Report or get arrested!
On a side note, I’ve been thinking for awhile now that all crimes should have to be prosecuted and tried to the full extent of the law even if the alleged perpetrator is dead. I feel this would serve several purposes: force the state to confine the number of crimes to true crimes against person or property rather than victimless crimes such as personal drug use decisions; remove the incentive to kill suspected perps in the commission of the crime (from Dallas to Orlando, the police were not required to prove the sole guilt of the dead perp–this means false narratives can be perpetuated without check or accomplices can get away as law enforcement “got their man”); prevent vindictive sting operations such as the one that imprisoned Tommy Chong for a crime he was not even accused of committing (he was permitted to do time for his son–the obvious goal of the operation from the start.)
I would love to see Mateen’s wife tried for this crime so we could get to the true story, but somehow I doubt that will happen. Here’s the story. Wonder why his White House-connected father wasn’t arrested: FBI arrests wife of Pulse nightclub shooter