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kick - FAIR: according to @WSJ: $18 trillion. Actual cost of Sanders' programs: -$2 trillion

to find later

Posted by slipslidingaway | Thu Sep 17, 2015, 11:09 PM (0 replies)

UBS and Obama ...

people can google this for themselves, believe I posted about this back in 2009.

There is a reason why some say there is no difference between an "D" and an "R"

Both parties are beholding to the rich corporate masters on some level, to say that the big money only plays one side of the political coin means they might not always have both eyes open ... trying to be diplomatic


"But UBS stands alone in one rather formidable respect-it was the defendant in the largest offshore tax evasion case in U.S. history, accused of helping wealthy Americans hide their income in secret offshore accounts. To settle a massive investigation, UBS forked over $780 million to the US treasury. This settlement came shortly before Wolf rounded out Obama's golfing party. Given this rather problematical situation, why then would the President choose UBS's Wolf of all people for this honor?

Wolf declined a request for an interview about his relationship with the President, so it was not possible to pose that question to him. This hardly matters, though, for the story goes far beyond Wolf and UBS. It involves Republicans as well as Democrats, the Bush Administration as well as Obama's. More importantly, behind the trivialized golf outing on Martha's Vineyard, lie the interests that increasingly set the course for every administration.


When most people criticize those aspects of government that seem most impervious to the democratic process, they cite the permanency and perceived self-interest of the mandarins of the Washington bureaucracy. But when it comes to real power, an ability to come out ahead no matter which party is in power, it's hard to top certain financial institutions.

UBS is very much a part of that permanent government. Though not a household name in the United States, UBS is a major player in the Beltway game. During the 2008 campaign, while Robert Wolf was courting Democratic hopeful Obama, his UBS cohort, former Senator Phil Gramm, was working the other side of the street. As chairman of the Senate Banking Committee in the 1990s, Gramm, a corporate-friendly Texas Republican, played a key role in the deregulation of the banking industry, an act so central to the nation's financial collapse. Since 2002, Gramm has been UBS Americas' vice chairman. In 2008, he was the leading economics adviser for Obama's opponent, John McCain- and even touted as a possible treasury secretary in a McCain administration.

The bottom line: UBS hedged its bets, and so had an inside track no matter which party took the White House. Thus, when Obama won, it was Wolf who ascended. The new president named the banker-donor to his White House Economic Advisory Board..."

more at link

Posted by slipslidingaway | Sun Sep 13, 2015, 11:16 PM (0 replies)

There was a spontaneous protest at a non-Sanders event and then there was a planned "protest"

at a Clinton event that was published in advance and for which the protestors were too late to clear security.

Call it dishonest or whatever name you want, but they are not the same.

Posted by slipslidingaway | Wed Aug 19, 2015, 09:58 PM (0 replies)

^^^^^^^^^^^^ n/t

Posted by slipslidingaway | Wed Aug 19, 2015, 09:34 PM (0 replies)

No, I think what has been claimed and documented is that the 'disruption' was published in advance,

and that the activists did not allow enough time to clear the security detail which surrounds a former First Lady.

One has to wonder if someone really wants to disrupt an event why speak to a media outlet in advance, have them write a story and then have BLM Boston put it on twitter hours before the event?

And then on top of that arrive late?

Posted by slipslidingaway | Tue Aug 18, 2015, 12:21 AM (0 replies)

Implying that Sanders is an AOWM " ...even the arrogant old white men have to face reality..."

great way to continue a discussion.

Posted by slipslidingaway | Mon Aug 17, 2015, 06:36 PM (1 replies)

Advance warning of a planned disruption, note the times below ...

and then the activists were late so they could not get in to the main event.

#BlackLivesMatter Activists Plan to Disrupt Hillary Clinton Event

By Jamil Smith @JamilSmith

Her Keene, NH community forum will focus on substance abuse.

12:02 PM - 11 Aug 2015



"Tuesday, August 11

-10:00AM: Hillary Clinton will attend a town hall meeting at River Valley Community College in Claremont, NH

-2:30PM: Hillary Clinton will hold a community forum on substance abuse at Keene Middle School in Keene, NH"
Posted by slipslidingaway | Sun Aug 16, 2015, 11:47 PM (1 replies)

#BlackLivesMatter Activists Plan to Disrupt Hillary Clinton Event


"BlackLivesMatterBOS retweeted

Jamil Smith ‏@JamilSmith ∑ Aug 11

#BlackLivesMatter protesters plan to disrupt a Hillary Clinton event in Keene, NH today. My @tnr exclusive report. http://on.tnr.com/1IWU6CR

12:02 PM - 11 Aug 2015 ∑ Details"

Followed from this post in LBN that was locked and I had recommended.

Clinton Campaign Shuts Down Black Lives Matter Protest



Posted by slipslidingaway | Sun Aug 16, 2015, 11:18 PM (0 replies)

Home again, home again for a long weekend ...

after two plus months in NYC we are home for three nights and it feels so good!

My sister and angel, who lives in the UK, planned to stop by for several days and as the doc was stretching out visits it worked our well. We are taking advantage of this moment in time.

Health care costs in the UK and the world cannot even be discussed, the US is so far behind! WTF are we thinking and doing in that respect, being stupid and lacking compassion comes to mind, but that is a whole different topic!

Relapse sucks, having a second allogeneic transplant is not for the faint of heart. Google is not your friend, the word curative is dismissed when discussing a second allo transplant. Hoping to be in that in small percentage that moves forward, hope becomes a favorite word in the cancer arena. All that being said my husband has a strong will and is doing well. They did detect a certain mutation, FTL 3, which makes things more complicated as the cancer is more aggressive.

Choices are an insurance policy with a drug Nexavar, which is FDA approved, that could cause could low counts and liver problems. The other choice is to hope that a second transplant, from the same donor, will wipe out any leukemia cells.

Still on the roller coaster of life and wishing all a safe journey.

But what a long strange trip it has been!

Posted by slipslidingaway | Fri Feb 27, 2015, 02:08 AM (0 replies)

Democracy Now - Palestinian Journalist Mohammed Omer

Lifting the Blockade Isnít a Hamas Demand ó Itís a Human Right


"...AARON MAT…: Mohammed, we have 30 seconds. The main issue for Hamas is ending the blockade of Gaza. Can you talk about why this is such a critical issue for Gazans who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the siege to be lifted?

MOHAMMED OMER: Remember that this is not a demand by Hamas. This is also a demand by the international community. The U.N. have always called on Israel to lift the blockade, to open the borders and make life possible. To lift the blockade, itís pretty easy. Itís a pretty easy equation here. Israel will have to open the border. If you remember, in January 2008, when Palestinians knocked down the wall between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, there was not one single rocket that was fired into Israel. If that indicates to you something, it shows that Palestinians just want open borders, and they want lifting the blockade, and they want to enjoy their life, like the rest of the neighbors. And Israel is not giving the chance for the Palestinians to basically get in and outside of the Gaza Strip.

Iím afraid that we are going to have more radical generations in the Gaza Strip, and I fear the future of Gaza, and I fear the future of the West Bank, and I fear the future of the region, if the international community is not acting now to end the blockade and to end the aggression in Gaza and to make sure that people are safe and secure. There is nowhere safe. There is nowhere secure. We are being bombed constantly by Israeli F-16s and tank shells. And the international community is waiting. We areóthe way the international community is dealing with the Gazans is unfortunately as numbers. Now itís 1,200 people who were killed. Thatís only a number. But each one of these numbers is a story. Each one of them is a memory. Each one of them is a whole narrative that we need to understand. We need to see the people. I have been to the cemetery yesterday, where a mother was screaming over the body of her son. And why? Because Israel targeted one of the graveyards, and she was collecting the bones of her own son who was killed some years ago. Imagine, if thatís something thatís happening anywhere in the world, what the reaction of the international community would be. But because itís in Gaza, there is no reaction..."

Posted by slipslidingaway | Tue Jul 29, 2014, 11:26 PM (3 replies)
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