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Billionaire Florida donor rails against Trump

Source: Politico

TALLAHASSEE — Billionaire health care mogul and former GOP megadonor Mike Fernandez has harsh words for Republicans who don't stand up to President Donald Trump.

“All the Republicans who hide behind the flag and hide behind the church, they don’t have the f------ balls to do what it takes,” Fernandez told POLITICO Florida in a telephone interview on Thursday.

Fernandez, a Miami-area resident, has long been a political rainmaker and donor, spending $3.5 million in ads against Trump in 2016 alone. He has, however, grown disenchanted with the direction of political leaders at both the state and federal level. He left the GOP due to Trump.

“I am out of the political process. Too disgusted, too expensive, too supportive of ego maniacs whose words have the value of quicksand,” he wrote in an email to a Republican fundraiser seeking political contributions.

Read more: Billionaire Florida donor rails against Trump

More at the site. Fernandez supported Jeb and then HRC.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Fri Jul 21, 2017, 02:05 PM (4 replies)

Reckitt cuts the mustard with $4.2 billion food business sale

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - U.S. spices maker McCormick & Co Inc (MKC.N) has agreed to buy Reckitt Benckiser Group's (RB.L) food business for a higher-than-expected $4.2 billion to give it a wider variety of seasonings and sauces.


At $4.2 billion, the price represents a multiple of more than 7 times the annual sales from the business and 20 times its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization.

That is much higher than the long-term average of major deals in the sector, which Bernstein analysts say is 3.3 times sales and 16.2 times EBITDA.

Sources had previously estimated that the business, which attracted interest from several other U.S. players, would fetch more than $3 billion.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-reckitt-food-mccormick-idUSKBN1A32GQ

Anyone notice how spices and vitamins, the latter of which is not part of this deal, have skyrocketed over
the last 15 or 25 years?

15 years ago, or during the recession, discount stores were loaded with off-brand spices at 99 cents. In the
1990s mail-order vitamin catalogs practically begged consumers to purchase with discounts, free shipping.
Now consolidation has concentrated ownership in fewer companies, sometimes private equity, and not only
are prices up, but the product is shrinking. 99 cents, if you can find them, is 1.5 to 2 ounces now. I can
recall 6 or even 8 ounces of dill, mustard, cinnamon, turmeric at those prices.

We are so cooked. In this deal we have more concentration of product lines. I'm sure it's not a monopoly, but
what major spice brands are there? McCormick, Durkee ... ?
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed Jul 19, 2017, 06:36 AM (4 replies)

Promising discovery in 1830s deaths of Irish rail workers on the Main Line

In 2002, twin brothers William and Frank Watson discovered documents kept by their late grandfather, who had been the executive assistant to the president of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The file came with instructions that the information be kept private.

The documents contradicted the story released during the cholera epidemic. They revealed that instead of eight deaths, 57 people had lost their lives. But untreated cholera has a mortality rate of only 50 percent. Something didn’t add up. Why did everyone die? The Watsons embarked on 15 years of research.


William Watson said he believes a vigilante group murdered the immigrants out of a fear of cholera and prejudice against the Irish, who were often blamed for the epidemic. The Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad then covered up a massacre.

“What happened at Duffy’s Cut is kind of an epitome of the fear of cholera, of the fear of the foreigner,” said the Rev. Frank Watson, president of the Lutheran Archive Center in Mount Airy. “It certainly speaks to some of the worries and concerns people have today and the craziness that we see perpetrated in different communities around the world.”

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Thu Jul 13, 2017, 05:29 PM (2 replies)

Trump to postpone London visit until 2018

Source: ABC News

President Donald Trump will no longer be visiting London in his first year as president, a senior White House official confirmed to ABC News today.

The official cited a "scheduling conflict" as the reason behind the change, and said the White House has gotten in touch with the British government to iron out plans for a visit in 2018.

Downing Street did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

During the president's bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the G-20 summit on Saturday, Trump said he still planned to move forward with the visit but dodged on providing any details about timing.

Read more: http://6abc.com/news/trump-to-postpone-london-visit-until-2018/2207012/

Official reasons, or toxic? Now or never?

Five and a half month scheduling conflict! Incredible obstacle.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed Jul 12, 2017, 08:33 AM (16 replies)

Connections are made, sparking questions and more reasons to investigate

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue Jul 11, 2017, 10:02 AM (0 replies)

Slow internet and Firefox problems

Started around July 1. I still think it is summer network maintenance. But for 2 weeks?

eTrade Pro got very slow. Then eTrade itself would hang in Firefox tabs. For hours.

eTrade IT ran a traceroute that showed the connection was slow and truncated west
of Philadelphia. Told me to call Verizon.

Verizon told me my bandwidth was too slow and I should pay more, and did 2 hours
of tweaking to my PC. Now after all that I (I didn't upgrade the speed), it runs the same, with
eTrade problems in Firefox. He upped the strength of my router, but I think no one can hear
me when I use the telephone.

In Opera however, eTrade and eTrade Pro work very fast, no problems. When I boot eTradePro it launches
a tab in Firefox. That tab hangs, just loads with a blank page. Forever. In Opera though, the eTrade tabs
are fine with Pro running.

Other websites sporadically hang in Firefox too, even late at night.

Is this my Vista machine reaching obsolescence with Firefox?

I'm thinking run a lot of maintenance ... remove and reinstall FF if I can get a clean download which
is proving difficult as well. Are FF browsers under attack? For awhile I thought it was related to using
DU, but the problem is ongoing everywhere.

============== Update=============
I spent 8 hours on this today. I restored the system to last week, installed a new browser, Safari, and Firemin, a memory
clearing program. Now that it's 6 pm things are running well. I still say they're doing regional installs or maintenance. Verizon
guy would not validate the traceroute malfunction. Seems strange. I may go with Safari and Opera next week and see what happens. Tonight they are running well, and Firefox has only had a couple of hung tabs.

============== Update 2=============
Today, Saturday, the internet is fast and crisp as could be. No problems, hangs, slowdowns at all.
They just try to distract you from the problem and blame you: if you paid more you would have
fast service. Totally ignore any network maintenance that's underway. I've lost days over this.
Do I get credited for lousy service? No.

It's on my agenda to downsize my online activities and use public computers. This is a fleecing.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Fri Jul 7, 2017, 02:28 PM (7 replies)

George Clooney's Billion Dollar Payday


Wonder if he'd run for office?
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed Jun 21, 2017, 01:10 PM (6 replies)

Trump lawyer 'not going to speculate' on whether president might fire special counsel

Source: 6ABC Philadelphia

A member of President Trump's personal legal team said he is "not going to speculate" on whether the president may order the firing of the special counsel investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and its possible ties to Trump associates.

But lawyer Jay Sekulow added that he "can't imagine the issue is going to arise."

"I'm not going to speculate on what [Trump] will or will not do" with regard to Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the FBI's Russia probe, Sekulow told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview on "This Week" Sunday.

"Right now the role of the president is to govern the United States of America. He's going to do that. He's going to leave anything else to the lawyers. But I can't imagine that that issue is going to arise" with Mueller, said Sekulow.

Read more: http://6abc.com/news/trump-lawyer-not-going-to-speculate-on-whether-president-might-fire-special-counsel/2083997/

More at link. The country and some of the Congress wouldn't tolerate firing Special
Prosecutor Mueller, but Don has a tin ear to what will fly in politics.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sun Jun 11, 2017, 01:52 PM (19 replies)

GOP Senator: If Donald Trump Has Tapes Of James Comey, He Should Hand Them Over

Source: Huffington Post

WASHINGTON ― Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Sunday demanded that if President Donald Trump continues to suggest that he has recordings of his conversations with fired FBI director James Comey, he should either “voluntarily turn them over” or receive a subpoena.

“This is an issue that the president should have cleared up in his press conference,” Collins said on CNN’s State of the Union. “He should give a straight yes or no to the question of whether or not the tapes exist, and he should voluntarily turn them over not only to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but to the special counsel.”

Trump and White House officials have repeatedly refused to confirm or deny whether the tapes exist.

“I’ll tell you about that in the very near future,” Trump said on Friday during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-comey-tapes_us_593d4775e4b0c5a35ca04eff?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

More at the link.

A very subtle and subliminal if tangential element of this curious "tapes" tweet, is that it could
imply that taping has been going on a long time. Were any of Trump's offices, hotels, residences
wired? Was mentioning "tapes" an attempt to warn people there exists "tapes" of their conversations?
It almost begs the question is there evidence of other interactions? 'Your secrets have all
been recorded, can we expect loyalty?'
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sun Jun 11, 2017, 01:20 PM (6 replies)

Congressional phones have gone silent

The Resistance is flagging. We must renew and fight harder. It's not enough to
dethrone Trump. We must then dethrone Pence, Ryan, McConnell, and reverse their
corporate thievery if America is to be reclaimed for the people.


Posted by bucolic_frolic | Fri Jun 9, 2017, 09:23 AM (2 replies)
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