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Payback on the Front Burner

Worldwide Inequality Becomes More Pronounced Both Wealth and Income continue to skew in favor of privileged 1% as seen in these reports and charts: First there is the trend of income inequlity shows three disturbing trends: First, the top 10% of the population continues to increase its disproportionate percentage of  National Income giving substance to …

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Yet Again Executive Pay Levels

The recent surge in Sports Pay Levels has added a new dimension to the annual astonishment “let us see what Pay Executives are now making”. Here are the numbers from Euilar and ESPN  for compensation levels: ORGANIZATION CEO YEARS TOTAL  COMPENSATION Facebook Mark Zuckerberg 7 $5,600,752,735 CBS Corp. Leslie Moonves 12 $1,023,459,129 Apple Timothy Cook …

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How Google Lost Computing Credibility

“Do No Evil” Google has in the past 3 years lost a lot of its technical lustre and credibility as  Google+ has been killed. Google was once the goto computing innovator among scandal ridden monopolistic players like Apple, IBM and Microsoft. But now Google  is crashing in technical and business stature. And It all seems to …

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How the Web Went from Benign to Malvolent & GDPR

The Web has been transformed from benignly hopeful just 25 years ago to an increasingly  dangerous place. There are key players silently vying for control of Web Space – the Nation-State cyber warriors almost all have been  armed primarily by an incompetently vulnerable NSA and CIA.The Cyber Criminals trolling for vast amounts of easy money pickings …

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Champions League Final: FIFA Fails Again

I just abandoned watching the Champions League Final at the half between Liverpool and Real Madrid + The Referee. The Referee was bad enough ignoring Real Madrid dives, tripping and gouging. But then a crushing judo-like tackle by Sergio Ramos on Liverpool’s star,  44 goal star Mohammed Salah was the tipping point – this was …

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Why We Are Looking To Replace Adobe Photoshop

The title says it all – Adobe has once again made using Adobe Photoshop 3 impossible: This is a replay of the Activation Game we played with Adobe on this same edition of Photoshop as part of Adobe CS3 Suite 2 or 3 years ago. At that time Photoshop would not start as Adobe claimed …

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North Korea: China’s Protected Pitbull Terror

This Truthdig cartoon by Dutch illustrator Tom Janssen  encapsulates the true position of China as economic and political protector of the rabid rogue state of North Korea. Despite Chinese many protestations to the contrary, the aspiring new Responsible Nation in Asia  is using North Korea as a military suzerain or puppet state to keep its …

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Its The Economy By The Stupidly Greedy

Make America Great Again has a half-life of about 1-2 years at most. Then disastrous economic decision making will have the  Political Fiddler on the Roof calling the End Tune. And nowhere has this become more obvious in the cobbled together, greed and revenge ridden “GOP Tax Plan”. The “Plan” is in quotes because  it …

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David Brooks Lamentation: The GOP Is Rotting

David Brooks has had a thankless task since 2000. He has had to defend the policies of the Republican Party first under George W. Bush and 9/11 and the Iraq War and then Wall Street Housing Collapse. This was quickly followed in 2008 to 2016 by the Newt Gingerich+Mitch McConnell Scorched Earth NO DEAL policy …

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GOP Bought Out by NRA, NBD

The New York Times has done the leg work to show how the GOP lawmakers have been bought by the NRA in both Houses of Congress. The list is of the top ten beneficiaries of NRA money first in the Senate and then in the House of Representatives. The layout is telling. First is a …

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The Republican Partisan Wall

This reviewer did a story 7 years ago about Obama Hitting the Republican Partisan Wall. The recent Charlottesville Travesty has exposed the underlying bigotry embraced by President Trump and seen as a defining flaw by the Economist as seen in two telling magazine covers. So the underlying motivations and support for the Republican Radical Partisanship of …

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Venezuela: Inequality Precursor

The Venezuelan economy is contracting quickly in part due to the halfing of oil prices [oil is Venezuela’s largest export] . But also social and political unrest as seen in the video is also a cause for the following economic distress: Venezuela Economy [source] GDP growth rate GDP/Capita in 2016 $ Unemployment Rate 2016 -10% …

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Trump and Russian Collusion

This weekend on the Sunday News talk shows the following idea got repeated over and over– “There is no direct evidence of Trump colluding with the Russians during the Presidential campaign”. The meme was repeated by Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow on several shows, NYTimes David Brooks  on Meet the Press, Amy Walter of the Cook …

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North Korea: Trumps First Big Success?

After a disastrous last 2 weeks domestically, President Trump may be securing an improbable success in foreign policy with his changes in strategy for dealing with China over North Korea. In the past year with its nuclear detonations and ballistic missile trials, North Korea has become an ever more dangerous player in East Asia.The chances of a …

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Who is the Crooked One?

Original image – Daily Journalist An MBA Buddy and Your Editor were discussing today another Day of Maximum Chaos courtesy of the Trump White House Demolition Derby Team.Donald Trump started the rollback of Wall Street Financial Regulations to the pre-Great Recession days of 2002 to 2008 under the George Bush Administration. We considered which was …

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A WTF Statement from President Obama?!

Its been rare that one would expect to a hear a WTF statement from President Obama; but in the waning days of his Presidency Barack Obama served up just such a message to his good friend and campaign cohort, David Axlerod. We don’t even have to paraphrase it because its all caught on tape.About Hope …

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2016 Presidential Election Thank You Notes

In French, the results of the US Presidential election is expressed as C’est Domage – It is a great pity. In that spirit we present here some Thank You Notes in the Style of Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show. Thank You, Hillary Rodham Clinton, for trying to be filthy rich, a halfway progressive and the …

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5G WIFI Developments

5 different view of when 5G WiFi arrives WhatIs tells us that “5G is the coming  fifth-generation wireless broadband technology based on the IEEE802.11ac standard.” 5G will provide better speeds, latency response and density of coverage than the current 4G. 5G operates with a 5Ghz signal and is set to offer speeds of up to …

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GOP Vindictive Obstruction – 4 More Years

How the Republican Party staves off Disintegration The Republican party has become petty and vindictive as it clings to a fracturing voter Base It is a two-faced union of  the Business Establishment  attached to self-identified victim groups like Evangelicals, National Debtors [where were they when George Bush rang up a massive $5trillion in debt with unpaid …

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The Bachelor vs Hells Kitchen: Which is Worse?

American Television over the past 10 years has seen a Renaissance in specialty channels and innovative TV productions. However, the 4 major networks in contrast are stuck  grinding down  to the lowest common denominator of low gear values. Two of the worst  offerings this Fall are many-year repeats, so you know they have gained at the …

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Hillary’s Romney Moment

Hillary Clinton just had her Mitt Romney moment and here is  one of a flood of GOP reactive remarks: https://youtu.be/LOOOfUFtPHA Never marginalize your opponent’s supporters. Cardinal mistake. So the interesting question is why did the Democratic Party, 32% of the US Population, However, an earlier 2013 Gallup survey found that 42% of Americans identified as …

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The Price of Hillary Rodham Clinton

The Price of Hillary Clinton can be thought of in three ways. First there is the price lobbyists and executives have  to pay to get a hearing from Hillary. There is a  constant stream of  Pay-to-Play revelations starting with Hillary’s $200k speeches to Goldman Sachs and even more questionable “dealings” that are being revealed  by investigative reporting …

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The Clinton Minefield

Hillary Clinton and the DNC should be congratulated for a convention that produced more clearly stated testimonials for Hillary – Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders and Tim Kaine being the most eloquent. Likewise the attacks on Trump were very telling including Muslim father Khizr Khan, Independent Enterepreneur Michael Bloomberg, and Vice President Joe Biden . Clearly, the …

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5 Questions for Democrats: Clinton Email Disaster

Why  nominate a presidential candidate who used a private email server  a)which was illegal according to the State Department and then used irresponsibly according to the FBI; b)so then she has had to  continuously and  profusely lie about its use; c)because  she used it to avoid FOIA-Freedom Of Information Act requirements for disclosure by petitioning media and d)that …

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5 Questions for Democrats: Restoring Rule of Law and Financial Safety

Rule of Law and Financial Safety are deeply intertwined through the nexus of unfettered campaign financing allowed by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United Decision. Justice Stevens dissenting opinion states the case succinctly – “the Court’s ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation….a democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are …

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5 Questions for Democrats:Why Give Hillary So Much Leeway

Hillary Clinton has been the beneficiary of so much leeway by her party.First she has a former Campaign Manager as DNC Party Chair who instead of being neutral was actively working to give every advantage to Hillary  throughout Primaries. Only because of WikiLeaks, has Debbie Wasserman Schulz   been  finally  ousted from her post. Likewise early in the primaries …

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5 Questions for the Democratic Party: Elizabeth Warrens Endorsement Ambiguity

In our ongoing series of 5 questions of the Demoratic Party – here are 3 about Elizabeth Warren. Elizabeth Warren for the past 10 years has been a staunch advocate for Consumer Financial protection Reforms. This  work has gained her open emnity from the Financial Community but also a legions of supports among Progressive from …

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5 Questions for the Democratic Party: DNC Chair Rigged Primaries

Here are five burning questions for the Democratic party and some of their key politicians prior to their Presidential convention. The first question is why was Debbie Wasserman Schulz retained as DNC party chair despite strife and ongoing problems with Ms Schulz starting in 2012 with Congressional, Obama, and other key leaders of the Democratic party parrying …

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Murder She Wrote

Hillary Rodham Clinton just got away with murdering Rule of Law, As a lawyer Hillary is pledged to uphold Rule of law; but she has  quietly eviscerated Rule of Law with her privileged Elite Escape from Criminal Prosecution without any indictable offense on the use of her email server..Clearly it was not a mere convenience …

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Paul Krugman – Political Whitewash Man

It is ironic that Paul Krugman having just finished one of the better and succinct analyses of the GOPTrump symbiotic relationships, turns on a dime and becomes such a whitewashing shill for Hillary Clinton one wonders what Cabinet Post the Professor is Chris Christie-ing for? The fallacies, omissions, blatant truthiness and ad hominem attacks on …

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Sanders Is Right About the Toxicity of Hillary Rodham Clinton

Bernie Sanders is remarkably right again  about the toxicity of Hillary Rodham Clinton positions. This is not about Hillary’s unfavorability ratings as bad as  or worse than Donald Trump’s nor her failure to outpoll Donald  by anything but small single digits nor her stonewalling on producing her Goldman Sachs speeches. Nor is this about her …

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Malaise in the Investment Community

The following post from John Mauldin Economics hit my inbox by way of  an MBA buddy. The almost palpable angst and uneasiness of the post is worth examining in more detail. Here is a capsule summary of the article which can be seen in its entirety here. Central Banks and the Rise of Extremism John Mauldin …

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