Here is where the supporters of Goldman and other big banks will stand up and start wanding the air full of confusing terms like “scienter” and “loss causation” — legalese mumbo jumbo that attempts to convince the ignorantly enraged onlooker that, according to American law, these grotesque tales of grand theft and fraud you’ve just heard are actually more innocent than you think. Yes, they will say, it may very well be a prosecutable crime for a corner-store Arab to take $2 from a customer selling tap water as Perrier. But that does not mean it’s a crime for Goldman Sachs to take $100 million from a foreign hedge fund doing the same thing! No, sir, not at all! Then you’ll be told that the Supreme Court has been limiting corporate liability for fraud for decades, that in order to gain a conviction one must prove a conscious intent to deceive, that the 1976 ruling in Ernst and Ernst clearly states…. … [Read more...] about The People vs. Goldman Sachs
Lipkin, who traveled to China earlier this year to study the outbreak and recently tested positive for COVID-19 himself, says the opposite needs to happen. National leaders should put in place the kinds of strict measures used in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the coronavirus was first detected in humans. “They did tests once people were isolated to see who was clearly infected, potentially infected, and not infected. Then they began separating those people within the community,” Lipkin says. “That’s what we would be shooting for.” … [Read more...] about The Coronavirus Nightmare Crippling New York Will Soon Be in Cities Nationwide
While Alpert handled A&M’s creative affairs and Moss specialized in sales, Friesen was the day-to-day exec who made everything run. Alpert, reached during a vacation in Hawaii, recalled Friesen driving the taxi in the Tijuana Brass’ “Tijuana Taxi” video and dating Dolores Erickson, the beautiful, cream-covered model in the band’s iconic Whipped Cream and Other Delights cover photo. “He was an all-purpose guy,” Alpert says. “When we started doing concerts, he came out with us several times – he was manning the lights.” … [Read more...] about Gil Friesen, Influential Music Mogul, Dead at 75
He dies in jail, and it’s ruled a suicide. A lot of people think that he didn’t kill himself. Why do you believe that he did?Yeah, no doubt in my mind. His entire being was predicated on being the king and being in power and having control over everyone and everything at all times. Here is a guy who was a sex addict and of a particular type. He only engaged in sex acts with vulnerable people that he could control. The control and power was much more important to him than the sex. And whether the vulnerabilities that he was preying on was the young age of the victim, or the financial situation, or even the dancers and models of New York City who had a dream, and he could give them promises and then puppeteer the situation and manipulate them — it was being able to control all of these people and using sex to demean them, degrade them, humiliate them, and further control them. … [Read more...] about Who Was the Real Jeffrey Epstein?
Tedros has used his political acumen to reach out to governments and cast public health within the framework of their economic needs. He’s made mistakes — like naming the late Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador, an appointment he was forced to rescind — but he’s worked to revamp some of WHO’s structural and staffing issues while increasing the organization’s transparency. Crucially, he’s promoted sharing the burden of some of WHO’s responsibilities with other global public health organizations and encouraged governments to invest in their own health systems. “The World Health Organization used to be competing for resources against other actors in the global health system, but now it’s trying to be a steward of the system as a whole,” says Hoffman, who describes Tedros as a “global-health political megaphone about what governments need to do and the type of investments they need to make.” … [Read more...] about Why the World Health Organization’s Response to COVID-19 Is Crucial to the Future of Public Health