Fake Investigations – Designed To Fool You – The Burning Platform

Sunday, January 19, 2020

For the Deep State, hiding and destroying evidence of guilt is standard operating procedure.  They simply report a “glitch” that destroyed the key evidence and that’s the end of it.  Or, they simply redact the portions of the record that would expose the truth.  To my memory, no one ever suffers any consequences for this.

Source: Fake Investigations – Designed To Fool You – The Burning Platform

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Unless someone goes to jail or gets fired, it’s all smoke and mirrors to me.

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Treasury brings back the 20-year bond to pay for the ballooning deficit

Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Treasury Department is issuing a 20-year bond for the first time in 34 years to help pay for the ballooning $1 trillion dollar budget deficit.

Source: Treasury brings back the 20-year bond to pay for the ballooning deficit

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​We talked about the bond bubble.  Here’s a wild card in the equation.  I think it’s a bad sign.  IMHO the only reason to issue a 20 year is the 10, 30,​ and 50 are not selling. Or not selling at rates they find acceptable (i.e., too high).  If I am right, then you’ll see a consumer price increase as well as a drop in the overall value of bonds.  That will translate to higher interest rates on mortgages, cars, and credit cards.  We’ll see.
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PSA: Watch Out for This New Text Message Package Delivery Scam

Friday, January 17, 2020

We’ve been trained to expect and look out for spam emails. But now, scammers are sending realistic-looking text messages (like the one above) posing as shipping and package delivery companies such as FedEx.

Source: PSA: Watch Out for This New Text Message Package Delivery Scam

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Why would you give anyone your credit card number?

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[Josh Blackman] The Houston Astros Cheating Scandal and Legal Education

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Mike Barry , the Dean of the South Texas College of Law, sent an insightful message to the students and faculty concerning the Houston Astros cheating scandal . With his permission, I reproduce it here. — I long have been a fan of baseball.

Source: [Josh Blackman] The Houston Astros Cheating Scandal and Legal Education

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First, culture starts at the top. Many of you will run your own law firms. Others will rise to prominent positions in government, the judiciary, business, and the legal community. And, regardless of the role you find yourself in, you will be a leader for, at the very least, your clients and your staff. You will set the tone for those who work for you and who work with you.

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If the manager – their on-field leader – had told the players to stop, they would have done so.  When you are a leader, your action – or your inaction – speaks volumes.  What you tolerate, you teach.  What you condone, you own.  Every leader must set not only a culture of ethical conduct, but must identify and eliminate behavior that deviates from that standard.

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A wise admonition to all Information Technology executive, especially those in Information Security and Disaster Recovery.

I’ve worked in and gotten “downsized” for expressing a factual opinion that the top leadership was being mislead as to the organization’s capabilities — to resist being hacked, the capabilities / capacities of new systems, as well as the organization’s ability to recover from a catastrophic failure.

Sure, being downsized stung.  But I went to Catholic school, where I was taught a standard — would your Mother be proud of you for what you’ve done.

In my book, I observed that “Catholic school taught them that it was their obligation, and could even be a mortal sin, if you didn’t use all your talents to the greater glory of God.” — “Chapter Fifty — Samaritans going to Jericho / Monday November 5, 1962 – Church Day + 17 (continues)” CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 1 Page 296

Can’t say I’ve always met that standard, but I’d like to think, that more often than not, I did.

It seems that we’d have a much better world if politicians, bureaucrats, and everyone observed that.  John Wooden said: “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”

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British Robbery Could Have Gone Differently In The U.S.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Any law that makes people victims is a law that should simply not exist. The ability to defend ourselves against any kind of attack is something we should all enjoy regardless of what country we call home.

Source: British Robbery Could Have Gone Differently In The U.S.

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Criminals should be made afraid that their next victim could be there last!

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How computers will steal jobs from white-collar workers

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

While fewer than 5 percent of these could be completely automated with existing technologies, more than 60 percent were made up of tasks of which at least 30 percent could be automated, the study found. In short, most jobs — including white-collar ones — already involve a sizeable chunk of activity that can be automated.

Source: How computers will steal jobs from white-collar workers

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This should be a wake up call to all the the big fat old turkeys from the big fat old turkey hisself.

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Man hospitalized with ‘3-day erection’ from bull sex stimulant

Monday, January 13, 2020

This is no “cock-and-bull story.”

Source: Man hospitalized with ‘3-day erection’ from bull sex stimulant

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I don’t know why but I thought this was “funny” (peculiar and haha at the same time!).

How dumb can someone be?

It’s like giving cow’s milk to children and being surprised that we have fat children? (It’s “designed” to develop a calf into a several hundred pound cow!)

This fellow was NOT in the running for a “Darwin Award” but I’m confident he’ll do better in his next attempt.


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