HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » kpete » Journal

kpete

Profile Information

Member since: Fri Sep 17, 2004, 02:59 PM
Number of posts: 52,363

Journal Archives

2002: Esteemed professors-Who got it right on Iraqi War-Had to pay to get this AD published in NYT

:large

I Remember

Imagining Peace


The ad ran opposite this pro-war view which obviously got it very wrong:
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/26/opinion/why-iraq-can-t-be-deterred.html

UBS to Plead Guilty on Libor, Settle Currency Probe With Fed

Source: Bloomberg

UBS Group AG will pay $545 million to settle U.S. investigations into its role in manipulating currency and interest rates, removing two of the bank’s biggest legal hurdles.

The lender’s main unit, UBS AG, will plead guilty to fraud for manipulating benchmark interest rates and pay $203 million in fines after the Swiss bank violated an agreement that had allowed it to avoid prosecution, UBS said in a statement Wednesday.

In the currency case, UBS said it will pay $342 million to the Federal Reserve, which regulates foreign banks, and undertake remedial measures. It won immunity for cooperating in a parallel antitrust probe, sparing the bank possible fines and felony charges on that score.

Four other global banks are expected to announce U.S. settlements Wednesday over manipulating foreign exchange rates, people with knowledge of the discussions have said. Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc will probably enter pleas related to antitrust violations, the people said.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-20/ubs-to-plead-guilty-on-libor-fined-by-fed-in-currency-probe



UBS Pleads Guilty to Biggest Financial Scam in History - 4 More Banks to Follow Today
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/20/1386140/-UBS-Pleads-Guilty-to-Biggest-Financial-Scam-in-History-4-More-Banks-to-Follow-Tomorrow

BOSTON WRKO dropping Limbaugh from its lineup-latest reminder that Rush Limbaugh is bad for business

WRKO dropping Limbaugh from its lineup is just the latest reminder that Rush Limbaugh is bad for business.

Rush Limbaugh's Boston radio affiliate WRKO has announced it is dropping Limbaugh's talk show from its lineup. Limbaugh's syndicator, Premiere, confirmed the news in a statement, which reads in part: "We were unable to reach agreeable terms for The Rush Limbaugh Show to continue on WRKO. A final broadcast date will be announced in the near future."

WRKO has now become the second major radio station in recent weeks to drop Limbaugh's program. Limbaugh's longtime Indianapolis affiliate WIBC severed ties with him in April. WIBC's parent company noted that Limbaugh's absence could actually improve its advertiser prospects.

The commercial viability of Rush Limbaugh's show has suffered since 2012, when advertisers began fleeing the program in the wake of Limbaugh's prolonged attack on then-law student Sandra Fluke. The Wall Street Journal has reported on the millions of dollars in advertising revenue stations who carry Limbaugh's show lose, as well as the industry-wide damage resulting from Limbaugh's toxicity to advertisers. Notably, according to the report, the exodus of national advertisers has played a significant part in reducing talk radio advertising rates to about half of what it costs to run ads on music stations, even though the two formats have "comparable audience metrics."


http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/05/19/bostons-wrko-dropping-rush-limbaughs-show-from/203671

O'Reilly & Family Values


http://wonkette.com/586005/bill-oreilly-my-daughter-is-a-dirty-liar-i-never-beated-up-her-mom

McCain: Let me tell you about the one that got away

“There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody's expense but his own.”
― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick




http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/national/heres-why-john-mccain-brought-photo-giant-catfish-/nmKGJ/

Wow, this is quite a speech from Obama's top civil rights person at the Department of Justice.

The White HouseVerified account
‏@WhiteHouse
"Kids who grow up here—they're America’s children. Just like children everyplace else" —Obama: http://go.wh.gov/G2vAMy
https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/600686844112740352




Let’s start with the first question and consider the source of the mistrust. Mistrust can’t be explained away as the kneejerk reaction of the ill-informed or the hyperbolic. It’s in part the product of historical awareness about the role that police have played in enforcing and perpetuating slavery, the Black Codes, lynchings and Jim Crow segregation. As FBI Director James Comey noted, “At many points in American history, law enforcement enforced the status quo, a status quo that was often brutally unfair to disfavored groups.”

It is also the product of lived experience, of negative interactions that individuals — or their family members, friends, or neighbors — have had with law enforcement. Something as quietly humiliating as being mistreated during a traffic stop, or being followed in a retail store. These stories can circulate through a neighborhood — or these days, across the nation via the web and social media — and they can build up over time into a painful narrative that divides community members and police.

The lack of trust also undeniably results from our criminal justice policies over the last few decades, and the concentrated impact they have had on communities of color and people living in poverty. Law enforcement practices such as the stopping and frisking of young black men based on stereotypes. Sentencing policies that result in mass incarceration, particularly of people of color. And the devastating consequences that convictions have had on individuals’ ability to find work, secure stable housing and reintegrate as full members of society. These are deliberate policy choices that we made over the last several decades. We bear the responsibility to confront their consequences.



MORE:
http://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/principal-deputy-assistant-attorney-general-vanita-gupta-delivers-remarks-colorado
http://theobamadiary.com/

Metaphor For Sexism? Cannes Film Festival Event Won't Admit Women Wearing Flat Shoes

The Cannes Film Festival is reportedly not allowing women into screenings if they’re wearing flat shoes. I’m not sure I could’ve come up with a better metaphor for sexism in the film industry if I was really, really trying. If you wrote this into a novel about sexism in the film industry, it would seem heavy-handed. “Too much,” your editor would say. “Tone it down.”

Flatgate erupted on Twitter this week after several women were apparently turned away from a red carpet screening of Cate Blanchett’s new movie Carol because they were in the demon flats. According to Screen Daily, the screening was on a Sunday night and the women weren’t exactly wearing Keds:

Multiple guests, some older with medical conditions, were denied access to the anticipated world-premiere screening for wearing rhinestone flats.

The festival declined to comment on the matter, but did confirm that it is obligatory for all women to wear high-heels to red-carpet screenings.


Obligatory, huh. Asif Kapadia, director of the new Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, confirmed that his wife, too, nearly missed a screening because of her shockingly non-vertical footwear:


http://www.screendaily.com/festivals/cannes/cannes-women-denied-palais-entry-for-wearing-flats/5088395.article
http://jezebel.com/cannes-film-festival-wont-admit-women-wearing-flat-shoe-1705462774

Knowing what we've known all along...

Knowing what we've known all along...
by One Pissed Off Liberal



QUESTION TO ALL PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES:

Would you lie the country into war? Order people tortured to death? Start wars while cutting taxes to the shamefully rich? Continue to trash the planet and fuck over its people? Push policies based on greed and corruption while lying about everything under the sun? Ignore war crimes and economic depravity at the highest levels of society? Favor corporations over humanity? Neglect the national infrastructure? Ignore the climate CRISIS? Ignore racism? Ignore poverty? Ignore homelessness, veterans, regular people? Crap on all the good people of the earth who desire PEACE? Shit on your oath of office and wipe your ass with the Constitution? Laugh behind your hand at the gullible idiots who vote for your soulless ass?


Come on, we're dying to know.


from:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/19/1385985/-Knowing-what-we-ve-known-all-along

Knowing what we've known all along...

Knowing what we've known all along...
by One Pissed Off Liberal

Would you lie the country into war? Order people tortured to death? Start wars while cutting taxes to the shamefully rich? Continue to trash the planet and fuck over its people? Push policies based on greed and corruption while lying about everything under the sun? Ignore war crimes and economic depravity at the highest levels of society? Favor corporations over humanity? Neglect the national infrastructure? Ignore the climate CRISIS? Ignore racism? Ignore poverty? Ignore homelessness, veterans, regular people? Crap on all the good people of the earth who desire PEACE? Shit on your oath of office and wipe your ass with the Constitution? Laugh behind your hand at the gullible idiots who vote for your soulless ass?


Come on, we're dying to know.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/19/1385985/-Knowing-what-we-ve-known-all-along

In case you didn't yet know Cheney was recklessly incompetent: Cheney Thought Al Qaeda Was Bluffing.



Dick Cheney would like you to believe that he knows more about protecting the nation from terrorism than anyone else. But he actually knows less.

When presented with an actual terror threat — the one that turned into the 9/11 attacks — Cheney thought al Qaeda was bluffing.


No kidding. This is from The Great War Of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism, a new book by former acting CIA director Mike Morell:


The threat reporting continued (in the spring and summer of 2001)— other pieces were titled “Bin Ladin Attacks May Be Imminent” and “Bin Ladin Planning High-Profile Attacks” — but I sensed some skepticism about it. The vice president one morning asked me whether all this threat reporting might not be deception on the part of al Qa‘ida — purposely designed to get our attention and to get us to needlessly expend resources in response.



According to Morell, who was then in charge of the daily presidential intelligence briefing, the CIA felt they then needed to produce a report titled “UBL (Usama bin Laden) Threats Are Real.”

......................

UBL Threats Are Real. Take a minute and think about that. Think about what would have happened on the afternoon of September 11, 2001 if Americans had known that had been Cheney’s attitude just a few months before. Think about how, if he’d been a Democrat, that would have defined liberals as weak, cowardly children for the next 50 years.

..........

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/05/19/cia-tell-bush-cheney-al-qaeda-threats-real/
http://thegreatwarofourtime.com/
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/19/1385971/-Cheney-Thought-Al-Qaeda-Was-Bluffing
Go to Page: « Prev 1 ... 540 541 542 543 544 545 546 547 548 549 550 ... 1858 Next »