Wednesday, September 21, 2016

What was in those Rod Blagojevich wire taps?

As more leaks from the DNC and Hillary Clinton's private email server see the light of day, a pay-to-play ethos emerges and it's not just the White House and Department of State.

Except, four years ago former Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich reported to federal prison in Colorado for attempting to sell the Illinois Senate seat (vacated by President-elect Barack Obama).

Carefully selected clips from the wiretaps were played at Blagojevich's trials - it took 2 tries to convict him. His defense counsel wanted all the wiretaps played. Federal Judge Zagel denied the motion.

HuffPo Blagojevich Wiretaps

HuffPo Transcripts of Blagojevich tapes from trial

FBI Rod Blagojevich Public Corruption Case, March 12 2012

Journal Star Wiretap transcripts at issue in Rod Blagojevich appeal

Jump forward 4 years
Zero Hedge This Is How Much It 'Costs' To Get AN Ambassadorship: Guccifer 2.0 Leaks DNC 'Pay-To-Play' Donor List [September 14 2016]

A large number of the largest donors received senior diplomatic or political positions following thge donations, ranging from UK Ambassador to Assistant Attorney General. The DNC released a statement pre-emptively claiming that this was the work of Russia (and reigniting Trump's links to Putin).
 Let us prey. h/t Thomas Nast

A brief history of the end of summer 2016

The autumnal equinox in 2016 takes place Thursday, September 22.

Events still be placed into below timeline:
Deutsche Bank fined $14bn
Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf appears before Senate

Saturday, Sep 17
9:30am ET Seaside Park NJ: pipe bomb blows apart a trash can just before the start of a Marine Corps charity run. No injuries.
Multiple devices found in trash can but did not detonate. A fingerprint from one of the devices led to Ahmad Khan Rahami. []

10:00am ET / 5:00pm Syria time: US airstrike kills Syrian forces in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour at an army base on Al-Tharda mountain. The US claims they meant to target ISIS. [New York Times]
The strike was called off only when Russian commanders notified Centcom they were attacking Syrian forces.
The US airstrike was followed immediately by an offensive by ISIS.
A partial ceasefire had been agreed to by Russia and the US on Monday, Sep 19.
Russia called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting.
Syrian deaths range from 62 to 83, over 100 injured.

7:00pm CT (est) Dahir A. Adan, 22, rampaged through St. Cloud MN mall stabbing 10 people before being fatally shot by an off-duty police officer about 9:00pm CT. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

8:30pm ET Dumpster explodes in Chelsea, NYC on 23rd St between 6th and 7th Avenues.
29 injured. []

Sunday, Sep 18
2:30am ET Pressure cooker found by NYPD at West 27th Street.

10:50am ET Linden NJ: After a shootout Ahmad Khan Rahami was taken into custody.
2 officers wounded []

??? The United Nations Security Council convenes for an emergency session called by Russia.
[Financial Times] Vitaly Churkin, Russian ambassador to UN: "I would suggest it is not accidental that it happened just two days before the Russia-American arrangement was supposed to come into force." He also accused Samantha Powers, the US ambassador to the UN, of demogoguery of the highest order.
[Counterpunch] US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers was plainly irked she would have to spend her Saturday night why the US did this. Why, from  her point of view, should the US ever have to apologize, or even explain its actions[.]
More at Lima Charlie News.

Monday, Sep 19
12:40am ET IED in backpack detonated in Elizabeth NJ.
No injuries.

5:30am ET / 12:12pm Syria: United Nations aid convoy attacked, 18 of 31 trucks hit. [CNN]
Corporate press reported the attackers used "barrel bombs," used by Assad's regime.
But upon closer inspection they are large mortars - used by so-called moderate rebels backed by the US. [American Everyman]
US blames Syria and Russia.
Syria and Russia deny attacking convoy

Reddit thread discovered where Paul Combetta of Platte River Networks asking how to do a bulk strip-and-replace of email address from a VERY VIP client.
House Oversight Committee learns of Reddit thread same day and demands Combetta appear by Friday, Sep 23 2016.
Reddit threads were deleted but not before others archived them. [Inquistr]

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Try to prove this claim:

A minimum of 2 elements to be determined before the claim can be tested.

The Chief must:
How to quantify the "walks of life" represented.
What is the time frame? From birth to now? Last 30 days?
What level of interaction required to count?
How are all of the above proved?

How does The Chief measure Donald Trump's interaction with different "walks of life?"
How does The Chief obtain the data elements to determine if the interaction was substantial enough to count?
How does The Chief vet all this?

More importantly, how does an impartial observer vet all of the above?

Monday, September 12, 2016

Yesterday's contemptibles are today's deplorables

From Business Insider:
"Clinton said on Friday evening [September 9 2016] that you could put half of of the Republican presidential nominee's supporters in a "basket of deplorables," which she said would include racists, xenophobes, and homophobes."

Saturday, September 10 she walked back part of her statement:
"But, following a firestorm of backlash, Clinton released a statement saying her comments were 'grossly generalistic,' and that she regretted denigrating 'half'' of Trump's supporters."

Kaiser Wilhelm II allegedly called Britain's forces "a contemptible little army."
The BEF ran with that, calling themselves the Old Contemptibles.
It didn't work out for the Kaiser, and it may not for Hillary Clinton.

Then on Sunday, September 11 2016 at Ground Zero ceremonies Hillary Clinton followed up her self-inflicted wound with a "medical event."

She was taken to her daughter Chelsea's apartment, and emerged later in the day to announce she felt great.
Then later in the day the Clinton Campaign released a note from her doctor that Hillary had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.
As Zero Hedge asked: isn't pneumonia contagious? Yet she was fundraising and politicking Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wretched is the word

Fatigue. Night sweats. Hot flashes. Sweating. Early awakening. Insomnia. Irregular periods. Anxiety. Dry skin. Irritability. Moodiness. Reduced sex drive.

Menopause. Per the Mayo Clinic it is usually self-diagnosable.
Yes. It certainly is.

I'm going through a phase where extreme fatigue overwhelms me mid-morning, lasting 1-2 hours.
Regrettably, it happens to be working hours so I have new gratitude for high cubicle walls.

In addition to the symptoms listed above, taken from Mayo Clinic, there is also:
Heightened sensitivity to sounds.
Heightened sensitivity to smells.
Heightened sensitivity to tactile sensations (e.g. wool feels rougher).
Mental fogginess.
Broken attention span.

I find there is no food that alleviates symptoms but there are plenty that aggravate the condition.
Processed food.

Food that is neutral:
Caffeinated coffee and tea.
Good cuts of meat.

eMedicine answers some FAQs on menopause.
Average age? US women = 51.
I started at 48.

Most common age range women experience menopause?
48 - 55

The web site 34-menopause-symptoms reminds me of other problems I'm coping with:
Changes in body odor
Brittle nails. ***my nails break often***
Memory lapses
Difficulty concentrating
Weight gain ***I've never eaten healthier in my life and the best I can do is hold steady at 200 lbs.***
Headaches. ***My migraines have decreased in frequency and intensity but I get more headaches.***
Itchy skin.

And then something reminded me of Mr. Boffo and I spent the last 15 minutes reading Mr Boffo comic strips.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Observations on the 2016 Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention is in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center.
WFC is one of the Big Five Banks, and profited from government largesse in the wake of the 2008 Financial Crisis.

The DNC has a double wall encircling the Wells Fargo Center.
The Democratic Party is pro-amnesty for illegal immigrants, and attacks Trump for his proposal to build a wall on the Mexican border.

Security at the convention is armed.
The Democratic Party is pro gun control and avowedly wants to disarm Americans.

Attendees to the convention must show ID to gain entrance.
The Democratic Party is opposed to showing ID to vote.

The 2016 Democratic Party platform is here.

Still assuming 8%

AG Loretta Lynch formerly served on the board of the New York Federal Reserve, 2003 to 2006.
Tim Geithner, now of Warburg Pincus, was President of the New York Federal Reserve from 2003 to 2009. That period of time also known as the run up to and including the Great Crash of 2008.

From there he sashayed into Pres. Obama's Cabinet as Treasury Secretary.

When you look at the projected annual rate of return by Chicago-area public pension funds, one can understand why Moody's was compelled to downgrade all levels of government in Illinois.
The lowest one is 7.5%. 7.5%!
The CTA is at 8.25%! There's a footnote stating the CTA lowered their annual rate of return projections in 2013 - from 8.5%.

The City of Chicago details where the funding for public pensions comes from:

Patrick Jenkins in the July 26 Financial Times notes: