Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Donald Trump cannot act as a dictator and throw the power of the presidency around. It doesn't work that way. 

Senator Bernie Sanders does not have a problem with the idea of limiting military contracts to preserve American jobs, but, to simply end treaties takes Congress and quite frankly American jobs at the expense of the Ozone Layer will not be effective. If Earth's ozone layer is not protected, the USA could have $100,000 per year jobs but the people won't benefit from them long enough to make it a moral decision. 

People on Earth cannot live without an ozone layer. That is not negotiable.

Mr. Crutcher was unarmed and there was no one else on the scene that could have killed him.

No one in the USA wants a police officer to be guilty of killing an unarmed citizen. But, it happens and it happens in particular to young African American men. The phenomena cannot be denied. No one is making false accusations. 

September 22, 2016

Tulsa, Oklahoma - A prosecutor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, (click here) says arrangements are being made for the surrender of a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man on a city street.
Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler filed a first-degree manslaughter charge Thursday against officer Betty Shelby, who shot and killed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16. Dashcam and aerial footage of the shooting and its aftermath showed Crutcher walking away from Shelby with his arms in the air.
The footage does not offer a clear view of when Shelby fired the single shot that killed Crutcher. Her attorney has said Crutcher was not following police commands and that Shelby opened fire when the man began to reach into his SUV window.
Tulsa police say Crutcher did not have a gun on him or in his vehicle.

Flag burning is decided law.

Gregory Lee Johnson burned an American flag outside of the convention center where the 1984 Republican National Convention was being held in Dallas, Texas. Johnson burned the flag to protest the policies of President Ronald Reagan. He was arrested and charged with violating a Texas statute that prevented the desecration of a venerated object, including the American flag, if such action were likely to incite anger in others. A Texas court tried and convicted Johnson. He appealed, arguing that his actions were "symbolic speech" protected by the First Amendment. The Supreme Court agreed to hear his case.

This is the real twist. The liberals split the decision regarding flag burning. The decision came down from Justice William Brennan that it was "symbolic speech" and was protected by the First Amendment.

The Justice that dissented is now retired. Justice John Paul Stevens wrote the dissenting opinion stating the flag had special status and the First Amendment did not apply.

So, while the right wing extremists are having a rip roaring good time with the standards of our government so the hubris of the GOP is intact, it wasn't a conservative judge that dissented. 

What did the Late Justice Scalia say?


The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (click here) stressed that flag burning is protected by the Constitution — even if he doesn't think it should be.
In 1989, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in Texas v. Johnson, which found a man named Gregory Lee Johnson had a Constitutional right to burn the American flag during the Republican National Convention.
Scalia sided with the majority in that case, which found the First Amendment protects political expression like setting the stars and stripes on fire. That doesn't mean the 78-year-old justice likes flag desecration, but it's the justices' job to interpret the Constitution, not to pass moral judgment, Scalia has said repeatedly....

As the country goes through the next four years, remember, the bills the US Congress passes are suppose to be read three times and the bills are stated to have been read three times, but, the truth is the bills aren't read even once in the Congress. 

The Republican Hubris exists in a vacuum. They have no idea what they are talking about and this is a prime example.

Now people can begin to be terrorized by Donald Trump. These jobs cannot reverse the use of CFCs.

November 29, 2016
By Stephen Singer

President-elect Donald Trump (click here) may have considerable leverage in negotiations with United Technologies Corp. as he tries to force the conglomerate to reverse its decision to move 1,400 Carrier jobs to Mexico from Indiana.

Trump can renegotiate UTC's aerospace contracts with the Pentagon and seek revised federal environmental regulations and performance standards governing air conditioning and cooling equipment made by Carrier. He also could propose new federal tax policy affecting billions of dollars in cash that UTC and other conglomerates hold overseas....

The USA and the world is in real trouble. There is a mad man in the White House.

The Montreal Protocol (click here)  on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer(a protocol to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer) is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances that are responsible for ozone depletion.

If dismantling entire international agreements is what Donald Trump plans to keep jobs in the USA there have to be sanctions placed on the country. The Republican majority has already stated they will simply rubber stamp all the plans of Donald Trump. Donald Trump is planning on the support of the Red State voters to enforce his demented ambitions.

November 24, 2011
By David Doniger

...The good news: (click here) Support continued to grow in Bali for taking steps to avoid disastrous increases in production of HFCs.  108 countries – more than half the world’s nations – have now backed moving forward on HFC phase-down proposals from Micronesia and from Canada, Mexico, and the United States.  That’s up from 91 supporters last year and 41 two years ago.  (The countries are listed below.)...

If the previous Goldman Sachs run down didn't do it for you. There is this.

“These banks have literally millions of email flying around a day. If you don’t have a system that can find the 0.001% instead of the 0.1%, the sheer number of alerts you have to deal with is overwhelming,” says Estes. “It required a quantum leap in cognitive review so you don’t have to spend 100-times the money in manual review,” he adds. Estes began pushing Digital Reasoning into finance in 2012 and now counts firms such as Goldman Sachs, UBS and billionaire Steven A. Cohen’s family office, Point72 Asset Management, as customers.

So, it sounds interesting doesn't it? Right? Think "Super Spy."

November 7, 2016
By Antoine

When Tim Estes, 37, created Digital Reasoning as a twenty-one year old with a philosophy degree from the University of Virginia, his startup aimed to use software to bridge mathematics with language and understand human behavior. Sixteen years on, Estes’ language-learning technology is used by a who’s who roster of Wall Street’s most scrutinized firms as they rein in employees and avoid the multi-billion dollar regulatory fines that have plagued the industry since the crisis.

Nashville-based Digital Reasoning, a new member of Forbes’ Fintech 50, was created with the premise that people build recognizable behavioral patterns using language and quantitative technology can be used to define these habits to understand corresponding action. Over time, the firm’s quantitative software teaches itself about patterns thus developing ever more-sophisticated models of individuals’ behavior, which can be used for surveillance ranging from counterintelligence to the combatting of fraud.

Estes’ bet has paid off. A few years after its founding in 2000, Digital Reasoning became an important cog utilized by the Department of Defense during the war in Afghanistan for communications surveillance aimed at gaining intelligence and protecting troops. Digital Reasoning was one of the successful startups that helped the Army comb through a haystack of digital information to spotlight counter terrorism intelligence, or uncover threats to troops on the battlefield.

Supposedly this really works to end the war in Afghanistan. Really?

In 2012, Estes decided to ply this surveillance to Wall Street amid the industry’s litany of billion-dollar fines for actions ranging from insider trading, to client fraud, and market manipulation. In a short period of time, Digital Reasoning’s Army-grade technology has become a staple inside the biggest banks and hedge funds in the world as they use big data and analytics to track employee communications and prevent against the next front-page scandal....

I guess Wells Fargo didn't buy it or use it enough to know the scams that was occurring.

So, there you have it. The frosting on the Edward Snowden cake.

Goldman Sachs is back in the Treasury.

Don't worry about it, last time Goldman Sachs was in the US Treasury he spent most of his time in China. Mr. Mnuchin can visit with his former peer at Goldman, Hank Paulson (click here).

President-elect Donald Trump (click here) is planning to name investor and former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary, opting for an industry insider with no government experience to helm the agency in charge of the nation’s finances, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mnuchin joined Trump’s whirlwind campaign in May as finance chairman, despite the fact that he has never worked in politics and that he donated to Democrats in the past. He quickly earned Trump’s trust as he worked closely with the Republican National Committee to raise substantial amounts of money in a short period of time. On the policy front, he was instrumental in crafting the details of Trump’s proposal to overhaul the tax code....

By the way, there are five positions opening at the Federal Reserve during the next four years.

November 18, 2016
By Dan Burns and Jennifer Ablan (see link above at Paulson)

With President-elect Donald Trump promising to spend as much as half a trillion dollars on infrastructure and slash taxes – initiatives that could add dramatically to the U.S. debt and balloon the budget deficit - Wall Street is far more focused on who will next head the U.S. Treasury than it was in the previous selection process under President Barack Obama.

Unlike current Secretary Jacob Lew, who assumed the role in early 2013 with little fanfare and has operated largely in the background, the next Treasury chief is expected to be a featured player in articulating and executing the Trump administration's economic policies and initiatives.

"You need somebody who has the experience and the knowledge and understands the gravity of the position," said Richard Bernstein, chief executive of Richard Bernstein Advisors LLC, an asset management firm. "It's a huge position. It has implications not only for the U.S. economy but also the global economy."...

There is a volunteer from Goldman Sachs to serve as Secretary of State. 

November 15, 2016
By Jennifer J. Jacobs

...Bolton would likely face a tough confirmation (click here) fight in the Senate, particularly after Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Tuesday that he would strongly oppose Bolton. Two other contenders have emerged in addition to Giuliani: former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, who served under Colin Powell, and Henry Paulson, who was Treasury secretary under Bush, according to one person familiar with the transition....

See, Hank Paulson made this huge investment in China and opened a financial firm after leaving his Secretary of the Treasury post. I guess things in China didn't pan out as he expected, so a post as Secretary of State would provide him the seat of power to turn things around to benefit his Chinese financial firm. 

Noooooo, this folks are corrupt. Not at all. They are simply incompetent financial wealthy men that have no foresight. That's all.

Get this right. This is a perfect time to do so. 

The men that head up the most abusive financial firms in the world, simply game the system. They don't care if the game is at the Treasury post of then USA, it is just the next seat to secure to improve their game. 

Got that?

But, before Goldman Sachs could take over the US federal government they had to clean up those pesky fines.

November 6, 2016
By Karen Freifeld

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (click here) has settled a 2011 lawsuit claiming the investment bank fraudulently induced a bond insurer to guarantee payments on the doomed Abacus collateralized debt obligation ahead of the financial crisis.

ACA Financial Guaranty Corp. claimed Goldman and the hedge fund headed by John Paulson tricked it into insuring the CDO, which was tied to subprime mortgage securities....

Oh, interesting. Goldman Sachs Group was actually going to double dip insurers along with AIG. Well, that is somewhat clever. Did they actually think they wouldn't get caught?

Recently, Goldman Sachs have executives leaving the firm.

November 7, 2016
By Sam Shead

In 2014, Rahul Parekh (click here) left his job as a derivatives trader at Goldman Sachs in order to launch his own food company.

That company, EatFirst, is now shipping ready made meals to people's homes and offices across London and is considering expanding to other UK cities from next spring....

October 17, 2016
By Michael J. de la Merced

San Francisco — One of Goldman Sachs’s top bankers in Asia (click here) is planning on retiring after nearly three decades at the firm.
16 Mark Schwartz, who is chairman of Goldman’s Asia Pacific region and a vice chairman of the firm, will retire at the end of the year, the firm said in an internal memorandum on Monday.

His departure comes as Goldman faces challenges in Asia, particularly a slowdown in investment banking in the region for all Western firms. Goldman is expected to lay off a significant number of its bankers in Asia. (Mr. Schwartz’s plans were unrelated to those issues.)...

I have to start this now because by the time the mischief shows up there will be no time to work up the background noise.

21 November 2016
By Jill Treanor

One of the City’s most influential and highest-paid bankers, (click here) Michael Sherwood, is leaving Goldman Sachs after a 30-year career, including becoming embroiled in controversy over the collapsed retailer BHS.

Sherwood, a Londoner who joined Goldman after graduating from Manchester University, plans to focus on charitable activities when he leaves the US bank in about six months.
A former bond trader who was paid $21m (£16.8m) last year, Sherwood usually keeps a low public profile. But this year he appeared before MPs investigating the collapse of BHS, which put 11,000 jobs at risk and left a £571m pension deficit. It was a public appearance that Goldman bankers would usually prefer to avoid. The bank is proud of its work behind the scenes in securing deals and offering advice to governments and big businesses.
But Goldman was forced to talk about its relationship with Sir Philip Green when he was selling BHS. Green said he was “1,000,000%” would not have sold the department store chain to Dominic Chappell had the buyer not passed an informal vetting by the bank....

Tourism will be severely effected by these fires. Everyone was told.

Tea Party nominations. They are the extremists.

The US Senate will pass all the nominees through. The opportunity to oppose these extremists is when they write regulations and the public comment period occurs.

This administration will cause a lot of work for everyone who cares about the country, but, it needs to be done.

Lawsuits following the institution of the regulations must follow to halt the installation of the regulations, even it eliminates it. The challenges may very well be met with obstruction by the judiciary because the extremists will all go too far and the public will be in peril.

It is important citizens participate during the comment period. I am wondering right now why I have a AARP membership.