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Wells Fargo workers: I called the Wells Fargo ethics line and was fired

Source: CNN

"They ruined my life," Bill Bado, a former Wells Fargo banker in Pennsylvania, told CNNMoney.

Bado not only refused orders to open phony bank and credit accounts. The New Jersey man called an ethics hotline and sent an email to human resources in September 2013, flagging unethical sales activities he was being instructed to do.

Eight days after that email, a copy of which CNNMoney obtained, Bado was terminated. The stated reason? Tardiness.

One former Wells Fargo human resources official even said the bank had a method in place to retaliate against tipsters. He said that Wells Fargo would find ways to fire employees "in retaliation for shining light" on sales issues. It could be as simple as monitoring the employee to find a fault, like showing up a few minutes late on several occasions.

"If this person was supposed to be at the branch at 8:30 a.m. and they showed up at 8:32 a.m, they would fire them," the former human resources official told CNNMoney, on the condition he remain anonymous out of fear for his career.


Read more: http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/21/investing/wells-fargo-fired-workers-retaliation-fake-accounts/index.html



This was so obviously a scheme pushed from the top, starting with CEO Stumpf, who proclaimed the "Eight is Great" criteria for accounts per customer, at a time when the average bank customer held only 3 accounts.

Activity Trackers May Undermine Weight Loss Efforts

Wearable activity monitors can count your steps and track your movements, but they don’t, apparently, help you lose weight. In fact, you might lose more weight without them.

The fascinating finding comes from a study published today in JAMA that found dieting adults who wore activity monitors for 18 months lost significantly fewer pounds over that time than those who did not.

Those who had not worn activity monitors were, on average, about 13 pounds lighter now than two years ago.
Those who had worn the monitors, however, weighed only about 8 pounds less than at the start.

The people using the monitors may also have assumed that, in some roundabout way, the technology removed responsibility from them for monitoring their energy intake, Dr. Jakicic says. “People may have focused on the technology and forgotten to focus on their behaviors” and ate too much, he says.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/09/27/well/activity-trackers-may-undermine-weight-loss-efforts.html

Who would have guessed your fitbit is keeping you fat?



Why Democrats think Applegate could unseat Issa

Douglas Applegate knew he might get an earful when he started knocking on doors in this solidly Republican town, once home to Richard Nixon’s Western White House.

“You’re a Democrat? You’re in the wrong place,” snapped one woman, holding her dog at bay before she sent Applegate on his way.

That may have been true for generations in the coastal enclaves of California’s 49th Congressional District, but this once-impenetrable GOP stronghold is now in play. Applegate, a retired Marine colonel and Iraq war veteran, has Republican stalwart Rep. Darrell Issa sweating his bid for reelection.

Issa had trounced his opponents in eight straight elections, winning by an average margin of almost 30 percentage points. In the June primary, Issa finished ahead of Applegate, who is new to politics, by a mere 5.3 percentage points.


http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-congress-darrell-issa-douglas-applegate-20160920-snap-story.html

There will be greater Dem turnout on Nov. 8 than in the June primary. Plus Issa's endorsement of Trump should hurt him. Keeping my fingers crossed!


Republican Andy Martin started birtherism, not Hillary or her supporters.

The MSM has finally gotten around to calling out Trump's lie that Hillary started birtherism. But they tend to dispute Trump's lie by repeating another lie: that "diehard Clinton supporters" started the birtherism whisper campaign in 2008.

As Chris Hayes told Trump campaign strategist A.J. Delgado on Monday when she repeated the lie that Hillary started the birther movement in 2008, in fact it was a man named Andy Martin, a Republican (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Martin), who started the birtherism campaign against Obama -- in 2004. Chris Hayes wrote about it in The Nation in 2007. https://www.thenation.com/article/new-right-wing-smear-machine/

And as reported by the NY Times in 2008:

Theories about Mr. Obama’s background have taken on a life of their own. But independent analysts seeking the origins of the cyberspace attacks wind up at Mr. Martin’s first press release, posted on the Free Republic Web site in August 2004.

Its general outlines have turned up in a host of works that have expounded falsely on Mr. Obama’s heritage or supposed attempts to conceal it, including “Obama Nation,” the widely discredited best seller about Mr. Obama by Jerome R. Corsi. Mr. Corsi opens the book with a quote from Mr. Martin.

“What he’s generating gets picked up in other places,” said Danielle Allen, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., who has investigated the e-mail campaign’s circulation and origins, “and it’s an example of how the Internet has given power to sources we would have never taken seriously at another point in time.”

Ms. Allen said Mr. Martin’s original work found amplification in 2006, when a man named Ted Sampley wrote an article painting Mr. Obama as a secret practitioner of Islam. Quoting liberally from Mr. Martin, the article circulated on the Internet, and its contents eventually found their way into various e-mail messages, particularly an added claim that Mr. Obama had attended “Jakarta’s Muslim Wahhabi schools. Wahhabism is the radical teaching that created the Muslim terrorists who are now waging jihad on the rest of the world.”
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2008/10/13/us/politics/13martin.html

And while Hillary explicitly told her supporters and campaign staff not to repeat the rumor (http://www.politicususa.com/2016/09/16/trump-proves-clinton-not-birther.html), this is what Andy Martin did in 2008:

On October 17, 2008, Martin filed a lawsuit against the state of Hawaii calling for the public release of Barack Obama's birth certificate and other vital records.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Martin


No, MSM, Clinton Supporters did NOT start birtherism, it was started by GOPer Andy Martin.

As Chris Hayes told Trump campaign strategist A.J. Delgado on Monday when she repeated the lie that Hillary started the birther movement in 2008, in fact it was a man named Andy Martin, a Republican (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Martin), who started the birtherism campaign against Obama in 2004.

As reported by the NY Times:

Theories about Mr. Obama’s background have taken on a life of their own. But independent analysts seeking the origins of the cyberspace attacks wind up at Mr. Martin’s first press release, posted on the Free Republic Web site in August 2004.

Its general outlines have turned up in a host of works that have expounded falsely on Mr. Obama’s heritage or supposed attempts to conceal it, including “Obama Nation,” the widely discredited best seller about Mr. Obama by Jerome R. Corsi. Mr. Corsi opens the book with a quote from Mr. Martin.

“What he’s generating gets picked up in other places,” said Danielle Allen, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., who has investigated the e-mail campaign’s circulation and origins, “and it’s an example of how the Internet has given power to sources we would have never taken seriously at another point in time.”

Ms. Allen said Mr. Martin’s original work found amplification in 2006, when a man named Ted Sampley wrote an article painting Mr. Obama as a secret practitioner of Islam. Quoting liberally from Mr. Martin, the article circulated on the Internet, and its contents eventually found their way into various e-mail messages, particularly an added claim that Mr. Obama had attended “Jakarta’s Muslim Wahhabi schools. Wahhabism is the radical teaching that created the Muslim terrorists who are now waging jihad on the rest of the world.”
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2008/10/13/us/politics/13martin.html

And while Hillary explicitly told her supporters and campaign staff not to repeat the rumor (http://www.politicususa.com/2016/09/16/trump-proves-clinton-not-birther.html), this is what Andy Martin did in 2008:

On October 17, 2008, Martin filed a lawsuit against the state of Hawaii calling for the public release of Barack Obama's birth certificate and other vital records.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Martin


Trump defiant as poll numbers rise, won’t say Obama was born in United States

Source: Washington Post

In the interview, conducted late Wednesday aboard his private plane as it idled on the tarmac here, Trump suggested he is not eager to change his pitch or his positions even as he works to reach out to minority voters, many of whom are deeply offended by his long-refuted suggestion that Obama is not a U.S. citizen. Trump refused to say whether he believes Obama was born in Hawaii.

“I’ll answer that question at the right time,” Trump said. “I just don’t want to answer it yet.”

When asked whether his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was accurate when she said recently that he now believes Obama was born in this country, Trump responded: “It’s okay. She’s allowed to speak what she thinks. I want to focus on jobs. I want to focus on other things.”He added: “I don’t talk about it anymore. The reason I don’t is because then everyone is going to be talking about it as opposed to jobs, the military, the vets, security.”


Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-defiant-as-polls-rise-wont-say-obama-was-born-in-united-states/2016/09/15/48913162-7b61-11e6-ac8e-cf8e0dd91dc7_story.html?postshare=7541473982541387&tid=ss_tw



Once a birther always a birther.

No, A. J. Delgado, Clinton supporters did not start birtherism.

As Chris Hayes told you last night when you said that lie, a man named Andy Martin, a Republican (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Martin), started the birtherism campaign against Obama.

As reported by the NY Times:

Theories about Mr. Obama’s background have taken on a life of their own. But independent analysts seeking the origins of the cyberspace attacks wind up at Mr. Martin’s first press release, posted on the Free Republic Web site in August 2004.

Its general outlines have turned up in a host of works that have expounded falsely on Mr. Obama’s heritage or supposed attempts to conceal it, including “Obama Nation,” the widely discredited best seller about Mr. Obama by Jerome R. Corsi. Mr. Corsi opens the book with a quote from Mr. Martin.

“What he’s generating gets picked up in other places,” said Danielle Allen, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., who has investigated the e-mail campaign’s circulation and origins, “and it’s an example of how the Internet has given power to sources we would have never taken seriously at another point in time.”

Ms. Allen said Mr. Martin’s original work found amplification in 2006, when a man named Ted Sampley wrote an article painting Mr. Obama as a secret practitioner of Islam. Quoting liberally from Mr. Martin, the article circulated on the Internet, and its contents eventually found their way into various e-mail messages, particularly an added claim that Mr. Obama had attended “Jakarta’s Muslim Wahhabi schools. Wahhabism is the radical teaching that created the Muslim terrorists who are now waging jihad on the rest of the world.”


http://mobile.nytimes.com/2008/10/13/us/politics/13martin.html

WaPo: 4 Pinocchio's for Trump’s ‘pay-for-play’ attack on Clinton

In all, this is an almost nonexistent case for “pay-for-play.” Obama’s executive order, the result of discussions that included agencies besides the State Department, logically flows from administration policies. There is no evidence that Ericsson’s mobile business in Iran was ever under consideration to be part of the executive order — or that Bill Clinton’s speech five months earlier in Hong Kong played a role in what, ultimately, was an order signed by Obama.

One can certainly question the size of Bill Clinton’s speech fee — and whether it was appropriate, given his wife’s job as secretary of state. But that’s a different matter than suggesting that Ericsson influenced U.S. policy through the Hong Kong speech.

Interestingly, Trump has denied that he engaged in pay-for-play when his charitable foundation made a $25,000 donation to Pam Bondi, Florida’s attorney general, a few days after news reports indicated that Bondi’s office was reviewing complaints of deceptive practices against Trump University. After the donation was received, Bondi dropped the case. The donation was a violation of tax laws, but it was not noticed for several years because the Trump Foundation listed the donation in tax filings as a contribution to an unrelated group with a similar name as the Bondi’s political group. The foundation recently paid a fine for making an improper political contribution.

Perhaps it was all a coincidence, as Trump claims. But if his contribution to Bondi is not pay for play, by his standards, then he has even less evidence in the Ericsson case to level this charge against Clinton.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/09/12/trumps-thin-case-for-pay-for-play-regarding-clinton-and-ericsson/?hpid=hp_special-topic-chain_factchecker-840a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

CNN notices Melania has not been seen on the campaign trail for 2 months.

CNN points out she has been absent since she read a speech at the RNC that plagiarized part of a Michelle Obama DNC speech. CNN further notes that she has yet to appear to make a promised speech spelling out her immigration process. They played a clip of her talking to Anderson Cooper, telling him she came over on a visa, and returned to Slovenia every three months to get it stamped. But CNN notes that the type of visa she would need that would allow her to work would not require stamping every three months; a work visa is good for three years.

http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/09/09/where-is-melania-trump-kaye-dnt-ac.cnn

Hillary Clinton Is Within Striking Distance Of Donald Trump In Arizona And Georgia

Source: HuffPost

Four new state polls out Sunday morning from NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist show that although Donald Trump leads in typically red Arizona and Georgia, they are up for grabs. And in typically close Nevada and New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton leads, but only by a razor-thin margin.

All four state polls show the race within the margin of error.

In Arizona, Trump leads by 1 point among likely voters, 42 percent to 41 percent. Among registered voters, Clinton has the 1-point advantage, 41-40. With Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein in the race, Trump leads by 2 points.

The poll confirms Arizona’s status as a battleground state in this election. The state has been solidly red since 1952, with the exception of Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election. HuffPost Pollster’s estimate based on publicly available polls gives Trump only a 1.6-point lead over Clinton.

Read more: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_57d5536ce4b03d2d459ad24b
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