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World Hacked By Leaked NSA Cyber-Super-Weapon

IN MID-APRIL, an arsenal of powerful software tools apparently designed by the NSA to infect and control Windows computers was leaked by an entity known only as the “Shadow Brokers.” Not even a whole month later, the hypothetical threat that criminals would use the tools against the general public has become real, and tens of thousands of computers worldwide are now crippled by an unknown party demanding ransom.

For a real-time active attack mapper, Click here.(very cool graphic interface)

It turns out the malware was stopped by accident.

“I was out having lunch with a friend and got back about 3pm and saw an influx of news articles about the NHS and various UK organisations being hit,” he told the Guardian. “I had a bit of a look into that and then I found a sample of the malware behind it, and saw that it was connecting out to a specific domain, which was not registered. So I picked it up not knowing what it did at the time.”

The kill switch was hardcoded into the malware in case the creator wanted to stop it spreading. This involved a very long nonsensical domain name that the malware makes a request to – just as if it was looking up any website – and if the request comes back and shows that the domain is live, the kill switch takes effect and the malware stops spreading. The domain cost $10.69 and was immediately registering thousands of connections every second.

MalwareTech explained that he bought the domain because his company tracks botnets, and by registering these domains they can get an insight into how the botnet is spreading. “The intent was to just monitor the spread and see if we could do anything about it later on. But we actually stopped the spread just by registering the domain,” he said. But the following hours were an “emotional rollercoaster”.

“Initially someone had reported the wrong way round that we had caused the infection by registering the domain, so I had a mini freakout until I realised it was actually the other way around and we had stopped it,” he said.

MalwareTech said he preferred to stay anonymous “because it just doesn’t make sense to give out my personal information, obviously we’re working against bad guys and they’re not going to be happy about this.”

People are scared of nuclear war, terrorism, and all manner of bogeyman, but I tell you tis – our civilization will be undone by technology. You read that right. I’m saying that the very technology which enables our life of ease, will be our undoing, and it will most-likely be facilitated by some bullshit gov’t code that was leaked into the wild.

The terrifyingly awesome things our government is capable of doing, can also be done by 12 year olds … in their Mom’s basement.

As an aside,”Why is the NSA ransoming computers?”…

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Solar Panel Company Files For Bankruptcy Despite Getting Lots Of Your Money

Another Obama pipe dream fails. The government just can not make winners out of losing proposition. This time they only wasted two hundred million.

“Largest US Solar Panel Maker Files For Bankruptcy After Receiving $206 Million In Subsidies”

The ongoing price erosion and the development of the business” has left the company “over-indebted and thus obliged to file for insolvency proceedings,” SolarWorld, which is also the largest U.S. solar panel maker, said in a statement.

The filing comes after SolarWorld was forced to lay off employees earlier this year. The company employs around 3,000 people, including 800 in Hillsboro, Oregon, and was one of the few German-based solar companies to survive a recent market downturn.

SolarWorld is only the latest bankrupt solar company to blame the Chinese. U.S.-based Suniva Inc. filed for bankruptcy in April, also citing stiff competition from Chinese solar panel makers.”

From the Daily Caller

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What Do You Call Firing 2,300 Bureaucrats? A Good Start.

But it’s only three percent of the staff.

“Tillerson Cuts 2,300 Jobs From Bloated State Department”

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has begun fulfilling President Donald Trump’s mission to reduce the size of government and save taxpayers a boatload of money by proposing to eliminate 2,300 jobs at the State Department.

If implemented, the plan would trim the State Department’s budget by more than a quarter and its staff by approximately 3 percent, according to The Associated Press.

The majority of the job cuts would be attained through attrition, or the process of waiting for employees to simply retire, while the remainder would be acquired via buyouts. As noted by The AP, buyouts would be offered first to employees over the age of 50 who have at least two decades of government service under their belts.”

More at Conservative Tribune

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It Starts Now

Import tariffs are being used by Trump administration as weapons.

“Trump Administration Plans to Impose 20% Tariff on Canadian Softwood-Lumber Imports”

The U.S. plans to impose a 20% tariff on imports of Canadian softwood lumber, effective retroactively. Above, a worker stands on lumber at Delta Cedar Products in Delta, British Columbia. PHOTO: DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Trump administration is taking retaliatory action against Canada over a trade dispute, moving to impose a 20% tariff on softwood lumber that is typically used to build single-family homes.

In an interview Monday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the tariff will be applied retroactively and imposed on Canadian exports to the U.S. of about $5 billion a year. He said the dispute centers on Canadian provinces that have been allegedly allowing loggers to cut down trees at reduced rates and sell them at low prices.”

Retroactively.

More at the Wall Street Journal

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How Does That Work, Chuck?

Chuck Schumer is quoted in Politico talking out of both sides of his mouth.

“Schumer to GOP: Funding the wall means government shutdown”

Chuck Schumer’s message comes the day after he and fellow Senate Democratic leaders wrote to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with a similar message. | AP Photo

So, Senator Schumer says Democrats will shut down the government if their demands are not met. Here’s more:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned Republicans on Tuesday that they’d risk a government shutdown if they try to attach money for President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall to a must-pass bill to keep the government open. The same applies to any attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, Schumer said.”

So then he tries to blame a shutdown on Republicans:

The New Yorker’s message came the day after he and fellow Senate Democratic leaders wrote to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) with a similar message. Schumer’s warning grew starker on Tuesday, as he began to try to blame Republicans if a shutdown occurs.

“If they put these poison pill amendments in and try to shove them down the American people’s throat,” Schumer told reporters, “of course they might be responsible for shutting the government down.”

Of course the media is running with his effort to blame Republicans. No one is saying that it’s the Dems who are doing the threatening. No one except Mitch McConnell:

McConnell also noted the irony of the turnabout for Democrats, who savaged the GOP for its role instigating the 2013 government shutdown under former President Barack Obama.

“I’m amused by the Democrats apparently warming up to the idea that threatening to shut down the government is a good idea,” he said.”

The solution to all this is to pass a proper budget so ‘Continuing Resolutions’ are no longer needed.

Read it all at Politico

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Will The Last Person To Leave California Please Turn Out The Lights?

“California’s cap-and-trade program survives a legal battle in a win for Gov. Jerry Brown and environmentalists”

This is great news for one of the world’s most ambitious climate programs and one of the best tools to solve climate change globally,” said Erica Morehouse, a lawyer with the Environmental Defense Fund. “We need that kind of positive news more than ever these days.”

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The program has also been an important source of revenue for the state, with billions of dollars generated by auctioning off pollution permits. The money is required to be used on projects that reduce emissions, and Gov. Jerry Brown is counting on some of it to help finance the bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco.”

Read the rest at the LA Times

Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, oversees the cap-and-trade program that was upheld by a state appeals court on Thursday. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Related: “California Senate just passed a new gasoline tax”

The legislation, for which final details were unveiled last week, would raise the base excise tax on gasoline by 12 cents per gallon, bringing it to 30 cents. Another variable excise tax would be set at 17 cents.

The excise tax on diesel fuel would jump 20 cents per gallon and the sale tax on diesel would go up four percentage points. Electric cars would pay a $100 annual fee.

The package also creates a new, annual vehicle fee ranging from $25 for cars valued at under $5,000 to $175 for cars worth $60,000 or more.”

Again from the LA Times

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It Appears Trump Had A Very Good Meeting With China’s Xi

There are a couple of stories this morning about the outcome. Reuters has this:

“China, South Korea discuss more sanctions on North Korea amid talk of Trump action”

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se (R) walks with Wu Dawei (L), China’s Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs, and Kim Hong-Kyun (C), South Korea’s representative to the six-party talks, after their meeting in Seoul, South Korea April 10, 2017. REUTERS/JUNG Yeon-Je/Pool

Then there is this story about US-China trade. The word ‘Huge’ is hyperbole. But it’s a word Mr. Trump likes to use.

“China Caves: Trump Wins Huge Trade Concession”

It is being reported that Beijing is offering the Trump Administration greater market access to avoid an all-out trade war between the two powers.

The Financial Times claims that these concessions are not all that difficult for Beijing.

At present, foreign investors cannot hold a majority stake in securities and insurance companies in China. The country’s largest companies in these sectors, such as Citic Securities and China Life Insurance, have achieved enormous scale in the 15 years since the world’s second-biggest economy joined the World Trade Organization, making them formidable competitors for new entrants to the market.”

Apparently China is also planning to end the 14-year ban on United States imports, as well as purchasing more grain from America in an attempt to ease escalating trade tensions.”

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New Audit Of HUD Reveals Half A Trillion Dollars Lost During Two Years Of Obama Administration

Wait until the other departments are audited.

Here is the 126 page report.

An excerpt from page 3:

This report presents our reissued independent auditor’s report on HUD’s
fiscal years 2016 and 2015 (restated) consolidated financial statements, including an update to
our report on HUD’s internal controls.

What We Found

The total amounts of errors corrected in HUD’s notes and consolidated financial statements were
$516.4 billion and $3.4 billion, respectively. There were several other unresolved audit matters,
which restricted our ability to obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to express an opinion.
These unresolved audit matters relate to (1) the Office of General Counsel’s refusal to sign the
management representation letter, (2) HUD’s improper use of cumulative and first-in, first-out
budgetary accounting methods of disbursing community planning and development program
funds, (3) the $4.2 billion in nonpooled loan assets from Ginnie Mae’s stand-alone financial
statements that we could not audit due to inadequate support, (4) the improper accounting for
certain HUD assets and liabilities, and (5) material differences between HUD’s subledger and
general ledger accounts. This audit report contains 11 material weaknesses, 7 significant
deficiencies, and 5 instances of noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations.”

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When Democrats Threaten To Shut Down The Government Media Blames It On Republicans

When Republicans talked like this the media and the Democrats accused them of threatening to shut down the government. Now that Democrats are doing it it is being praised.

Another thing: When Harry Reid was Majority Leader he never let a budget be passed. The country had to exist on ‘Continuing Resolutions. Every time another on became necessary and members of the GOP tried to get conservative values included he was bludgeoned with the ‘Threatening to shut down government’ accusation. Not true now that Democrats are doing it. Instead they are continuing to use it against Republicans.

From the Washington Pos:

“Democrats have a new and surprising weapon on Capitol Hill: Power”

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speak at a March news conference. The two have found their party fortified by the GOP’s increasing openness to Democratic help in avoiding a government shutdown. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

It turns out that Republicans need the minority party to help them avoid a government shutdown at the end of April, when the current spending deal to fund the government expires. And Democrats have decided, for now at least, that they will use their leverage to reassert themselves and ensure the continued funding of their top priorities — by negotiating with Republicans.

“I think we have a lot of leverage here,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). Republicans “are going to need our help putting together the budget, and that help means we can avoid some of the outrageous Trump proposals and advance some of our own proposals.”

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Evidence? See Detroit, Chicago, and California

There really is something to the crushing effects that social support programs have on the human spirit. People who are trained to seek safety over opportunity will not pursue efforts to better their economic and emotional situations. Early Democrats like Lyndon Johnson knew that and said so. His choice was to use the power of the federal purse to enslave minority Americans in a welfare system that they could no escape in exchange for their votes. The same can be said of social programs at state and local levels. Johnson led the way and Mayors, Governors, and Congress people followed. Now we are seeing an exodus of producers, leaving behind the non-producers.

All this safety stuff costs a lot of money and it is being taken from those who make money. Is it surprising that they are moving to more favorable economic climates?

“Migration Data: Where the Left Governs, Citizens Flee”

People Moving from New York Outnumber Arrivals by Nearly Two-to-One, Report Says.”

That was a recent Albany Times Union headline highlighting the ongoing mass exodus from deep-blue New York:

United Van Lines reported Tuesday that nearly two-thirds of the moves involving New York households were outbound, a higher proportion than any other state except New Jersey and Illinois. The 2016 National Movers Study by Fenton, Missouri-based United also found that almost 59 percent of the moves within the eastern United States were outbound. Where were people moving? Mostly to western states and the Carolinas… South Dakota had the highest share of inbound moves, at 68 percent.

That exodus pattern isn’t limited to the listed states, either. It’s broadly endemic to states where liberals govern.”

This is from an article at the Center For Individual Freedom

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Nan, Nan, Nan

She’s been into the Guinness.

She also believes that the most important consideration is how much money flows into Washington.

Is ‘Comity’ anything like Jameson’s?

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The ‘Get To Cuba Before It’s Ruined’ Crowd Isn’t Going To Cuba

When President Obama removed the US travel ban to Socialist ‘Paradise’ Cuba a group of neo-socialsts all got together and declared thet wanted to see the ‘Paradise’ before it was westernized with clean hotels, fast food joints, and jobs.

It appears they are staying home instead. Home is where there are clean hotels, decent restaurants, and jobs.

“U.S. airlines flee Castro’s island hellhole”

Today, JetBlue has cut back its flights “to better match demand.” And in the last few days, it has been joined by two other airliners, Silver and Frontier, fleeing for their lives like Marielitos. They all said demand isn’t what they expected.

This is a fancy way of saying what’s really going on: Cuba is a tourist hellhole. The service stinks, the amenities are gross, the place is thick with thieves and woman-gropers, the cost is high, and the alternatives are out there. In fact, the Caribbean is loaded with pleasant, accommodating destinations well worth a tourist’s dollar for a vacation. Taking a vacation at a communist military-run resort really falls more into the Gulag category.

How is this for tourist hell? Observers noticed Cuban customs officials rummaging through tourist luggage and taking what they wanted. When the tourists complained, they were thrown in jail.”

More at American Thinker

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If The Government Can Give It Can Take Away

Politicians use promises of subsidies to sell expensive public works and other projects. That’s how they sold Obamacare. They told us that we peasants wouldn’t have to pay full premiums if we couldn’t afford them because we could get a subsidy from them.

The same thing has taken place in the field of alternative energy. Solar panels are expensive. In order to get more of them installed the government offered a subsidy. Not just in the US but other countries as wwell.

The United kingdom was one. Now they are taking it away. They say they are, “Taking their profits”. In the process they are killing companies that provide jobs.

You know how you can tell if a politician is lying? His lips move.

“Dark Days Ahead For UK’s Solar Industry”

Solar power in Britain has been comfortably subsidized for years now, allowing it grow substantially in a short amount of time. Last year, the subsidies stopped. Now, the government plans to enact further change with a new tax policy.

44,000 solar rooftop panels, previously exempt from business taxes, will now face a wall of expenses as the government finally takes its share of profits. This does not bode well for the UK’s solar industry, which seems to be extremely sensitive to governmental policy changes – when subsidies were cut last year, the industry lost 12,000 jobs and growth fell 85 percent.”

More at Oil Price

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‘Flippy’ Is Not A Dolphin

No, Flippy is not related to Flipper. Nor does it require fifteen bucks an hour. Someone is planning for the fast foods layoffs by inventing mechanical burger flippers. In this case it is Miso Robotics. From Miso’s website is this Mission Statement:

OUR MISSION

Develop technology that assists and empowers chefs to make food consistently and perfectly, at prices everyone can afford.

Flippy is portrayed in the video below as a happy machine.

More at Zero Hedge

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More About Trump Attacking The ‘Administrative State’

While an admirable goal, reducing the size and power of the nation’s bureaucracy is going to be a tough nut to crack. President Trump will meet resistance from people at all levels in the agencies he is trying to reduce or eliminate. By announcing ahead of time what his goals are he has put them on warning. They will be ready. The Administrative State can and will frustrate efforts to eliminate any part of them.

“Trump Seeks Sharp Increases In Military Spending, “Drastic Cuts” To State Department, EPA”

President Trump with the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, left, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, at the White House last week. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

As part of his proposed budget, President Trump will instruct federal agencies on Monday to assemble a spending plan for the coming fiscal year that includes sharp increases in Defense Department spending and “drastic cuts” to domestic agencies such as the State Department, the EPA and other non-defense programs, so that he can keep his promise to leave Social Security and Medicare alone, according to four senior administration officials cited by the NYT. The budget outline will be the first move in a campaign this week to reset the narrative of Mr. Trump’s turmoil-tossed White House.

Coming one day before delivering his high-stakes “State of the Union” address on Tuesday to a joint session of Congress, Trump will demand a budget with tens of billions of dollars in reductions to the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department, administration officials reported. The NYT adds that social safety net programs, aside from the big entitlement programs for retirees, would also be hit hard. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, speaking on Fox News earlier on Sunday, said Trump’s budget would not seek cuts in federal social programs such as Social Security and Medicare.”

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Steve Bannon Says Trump Will ‘Deconstruct’ The Progressive Machine In Washington

This happened at a public discussion at CPAC. Bannon explains how the leftists will become even more determined to stop the Trump administration. He also points out that Mr.Trump is resisting them. This is just an excerpt of the 25 minutre video. From here

The video of the complete discussion has him saying this:

If you look at these Cabinet appointees, they were selected for a reason, and that is the deconstruction.”

“The way the progressive left runs is if they can’t get it passed, they’re just going to put it in some kind of regulation in an agency. That’s all going to be deconstructed.”

You can view the long version here.

Also, From Right Wing News: This Is Fascism? Bannon Vows Trump Will “Deconstruct The Administrative State”

Deconstructing the administrative state is a tall order, even for a President. There are literally millions of cushy jobs on the line. The resistance we see today to Mr. Trump’s actions is nothing compared to what we will when it becomes apparent that he is serious about reducing the size of the bureaucracy. The group he is threatening is almost all progressives. He needs to watch his back.

Related: “Trump Tears Into The FBI: It Is “Totally Unable To Stop National Security Leakers””

The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security “leakers” that have permeated our government for a long time. They can’t even find the leakers within the FBI itself. Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S. FIND NOW” he tweeted moments ago.”

From Zero Hedge

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Maybe This New President Can Do Something To Control US Spending

The writers at the New York Times think so and they are worried about it. Admittedly these proposed cuts are not very big but Mulvaney has only been seated for a few days.

“Popular Domestic Programs Face Ax Under First Trump Budget”

Former Representative Mick Mulvaney, a spending hard-liner, was confirmed as White House budget director on Thursday. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including longstanding conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.

Work on the first Trump administration budget has been delayed as the budget office awaited Senate confirmation of former Representative Mick Mulvaney, a spending hard-liner, as budget director. Now that he is in place, his office is ready to move ahead with a list of nine programs to eliminate, an opening salvo in the Trump administration’s effort to reorder the government and increase spending on defense and infrastructure.”

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Congress Moves To Control Federal Reserve

“House Financial Services Committee Sends Warning Letter to Yellen “This is Unacceptable””

Janet Yellin

The Trump team wasted no time in telling Fed Chair Janet Yellen what is and is not acceptable.

Patrick McHenry, the vice chairman of the House financial services committee, sent Yellen a letter of admonishment regarding international negotiations the Fed conducts in secret, with no oversight.

One line stands out: “This is unacceptable”. The preceding paragraph tears into the Fed’s secret negotiations with foreign bureaucrats, “without transparency, accountability, or the authority to do so.”

More here

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State Of California Considering Ignoring Federal Tax Laws

“This means war!”

The progressives who are running the state just don’t feel they have to honor laws or previous agreements. I’ll bet they have underestimated the Trump team.

“California Threatens To Cut Off Funds To Washington”

KPIX5 reports that officials are looking for money that flows through Sacramento to the federal government that could be used to offset the potential loss of billions of dollars’ worth of federal funds if President Trump makes good on his threat to punish cities and states that don’t cooperate with federal agents’ requests to turn over undocumented immigrants, a senior government source in Sacramento said.”

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McDonalds Is Trying Out Vending Machines In Boston

“Dear Bernie, Meet the “Big Mac ATM” That Will Replace All Of Your $15 Per Hour Fast Food Workers”

Wendy’s, another popular fast-food establishment, announced plans in May to start installing self-serving kiosks at some of its over 6,000 locations later in the year. The chain is replacing cashiers and other low-skilled jobs with computers and automated machines because, as Wendy’s president Todd Penegor told Investor’s Business Daily, it has to compensate for wage hikes.

McDonald’s Europe president Steve Easterbrook announced in 2011 that the fast-food restaurant was planning on “hiring” 7,000 touch-screen cashiers to be installed across the continent, according to CNET and the Financial Times. Easterbrook said it would make transactions more efficient — namely lowering the average interaction three to four seconds each.”

More at Zero Hedge

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Here’s Another Thing That Needs Investigation

Can anyone come up with Any reasonable explanation of this?

“IRS Sent $46,378,040 in Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens at 1 Atlanta Address”

The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to “unauthorized” alien workers who all used the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

That was not the only Atlanta address theoretically used by thousands of “unauthorized” alien workers receiving millions in federal tax refunds in 2011. In fact, according to a TIGTA audit report published last year, four of the top ten addresses to which the IRS sent thousands of tax refunds to “unauthorized” aliens were in Atlanta.”

More at CNS News

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A Slap On The Wrist For Jon Corzine

I thought they had forgotten about the way he illegally took money from customer’s trust accounts and gambled it on high-risk investments – and lost it. He should be in prison for what he did. Instead he got a fine that amounts to pocket change for him and a lifetime ban from ‘CFTC markets’.

Big whoop. He is, after all, a Democrat and a FOO (Friend of Obama).

Corzine

“Jon Corzine Gets $5 Million Fine and Lifetime Ban for Tanking MF Global”

Five years after he oversaw the collapse of commodities brokerage MF Global Holdings Ltd., CEO Jon Corzine is finally paying the piper. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) sued Corzine for financial indiscretions at MF Global that saw the firm transfer some $700 million of customer money to its own accounts (they also loaned $175 million in customer funds to their U.K. subsidiary). The CTFC agreed to accept $5 million.

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Corzine walked away from the Goldman fiasco with some $400 million so it’s hard to feel too sorry for him. But after paying his part of a $132 million settlement funded by Corzine and other MF Global execs to customers who lost funds, plus spending well over a hundred million on his US Senate and gubernatorial runs, it can’t be a ton of laughs to fork over another $5 million.”

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Time For A Federal Program

“ILLINOIS ENDS 2016 WITH AN $11 BILLION IN UNPAID BILLS”

Though spending on government-worker salaries and pensions has grown at a rapid rate, many service providers and grant recipients are still awaiting payment.

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Illinois state government has left the people of the Prairie State quite the stocking stuffer this holiday season: an $11 billion bill backlog that is expected to hit $14 billion by summer 2017.”

More at Illinois Policy.org

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Dr. Thomas Sowell Retires at 86

“Farewell,” by Dr. Thomas Sowell.

The man isn’t dead so I will try not to make this sound like a eulogy, but I will miss his contributions to conservative thought all the same.

At 86 years of age, the man has more than earned himself some respite, but I will admit to being very glad–and perhaps selfishly so–that he didn’t retire at the “normal” age of 65. He’s been just as valuable to the cause of conservatism in the last 20 years as in the previous 20 before that. His insights are particularly valuable because he is willing to ask the questions that few others are willing to ask, and he doesn’t shy away from the answers if they end up being uncomfortable ones.

(Kevin D. Williamson has a great tribute article from 2011 that expounds on a lot of this.)

I will simply close by saying that I think I speak for the entire Real Revo cob logger-ship when I say that we wish Dr. Sowell a pleasant retirement, and wish to thank him for his many years of tireless and eminently enlightening work.

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We Have Seen This Map Before…

But today Zero Hedge has a more thoughtful take on it.

“Here’s Where You Absolutely Don’t Want To Be “When It All Turns Ugly”

Map Shows Us Where We Don’t Want To Be When It All Turns Ugly h/t All News Pipeline

OK, this is actually pretty obvious – but it is worth pointing out that the “archipelago” of islands across the vast expanse of the United States that carried the vote for Hillary Clinton during the election – also happens to be a ring of the liberal cities that:

a) have exploded with crime, riots and unrest

b) have provided sanctuary for millions of illegal immigrants that have destabilized the country

c) are going bankrupt and will be unable to fulfill pension obligations, or pay their share of social security, welfare, etc.

d) have been foremost in advocating gun control, and ensuring that only criminals and police have guns, while 2nd Amendment arm-bearing citizen have flocked to the rural areas where their rights are not generally restricted

e) will be the first places to be become unstable during any major crisis – as soon as grocery store shelves go empty. Martial law will be the only way to maintain stability, and that will come at a further price to liberty.

f) will be the first place to line up for FEMA camps and beg for food, shelter and rations, again, at a further price to liberty

Of course, there are many more items that could be added to the list, but it gets tedious, and I think everyone gets the point.”

If you live in one of those progressive islands you might make a New Year’s resolution…

Happy New Year everyone.

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