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Posted in: Australian PM says Macron not taking his calls See in context

France made a sub-optimal product I’ll-suited to the task. Australia exercised an exit option in the contest to.

its done Macron, get over it.

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Posted in: Trump sues niece, New York Times over Pulitzer-winning tax story See in context

his is where property and other investments come in.

You mean Trump Hotel in DC which is now on the market (so far unsold) for the second time?

Or perhaps the golf courses in Scotland which have never turned a profit?

Or the Trump courses in FL which are now trying to get a variance to open a casino because they are bleeding cash? (This would seem like a bad idea given Trump's previous experiences running casinos, but I digress...)

Long story short: his "Empire" (House of cards built on a shaky debt foundation would be a more apt analogy) is collapsing. There is approximately zero chance the businesses will generate the necessary free cash flow to service the $400 million coming due in less than 2 years. AND.... His chances of re-financing are slightly lower than my chances of becoming a commander of the Space Shuttle (Full disclosure: The program has been cancelled and I do not as yet have a private pilot's license.)

One would think a business professional such as yourself would be able to see this given the abundant open-source information available, ROFL.....

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Posted in: Trump sues niece, New York Times over Pulitzer-winning tax story See in context

Bob Woodward??? ROFL! Ok…

So you discount the reporting of a Pulitzer Prize winner. Also THIS specific article in the NYT which (checks notes) also won a Pulitzer.

Perhaps you would like the award winning journalism of Judge box-o-wine? Or perhaps Bill O' of "I swear it was a Peabody and no, I only paid the 30 million to shut them up!" fame?

Let's see, NYT and WAPO have won a grand total of (quick google search) 201 Pulitzer Prizes for journalism.

Judge box-o-wine's "news" network? 0.

I think the sentient can make a rational judgement on which side has credibility here.....

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Posted in: Trump sues niece, New York Times over Pulitzer-winning tax story See in context

The fundamental core of this case is the NDA that Mary Trump signed. 

And has already been adjudicated (that means ruled on). It was found to be overly vague and unenforceable. Furthermore, the court found that it didn't forbid 3rd parties, then the publisher - now the NYT from reporting factual information that they attained.

Do try to keep up.

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Posted in: Trump sues niece, New York Times over Pulitzer-winning tax story See in context

To further Takeda's point:

Ok, but seriously, you find out and how does that help you at this point in time? Doesn’t put food on your table, won’t lower taxes, won’t unify the nation, so what’s the uptick?

So your argument is "sure he lied and cheated. Maybe he was vulnerable to blackmail by foreign powers or domestic interests, but what does it really matter now?"

Seriously, THAT is what you are going with?

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Posted in: Trump sues niece, New York Times over Pulitzer-winning tax story See in context

I sure hope his attorneys got their fees paid up front in cash.....

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Posted in: Trump sues niece, New York Times over Pulitzer-winning tax story See in context

No one mentioned anything about Trump U.

Actually rather a lot of people have mentioned Trump "University". It just so happens that none of them are you.

Why would that be?

Could it be perhaps because it was not an actual University?

Could it be perhaps it was a con-job to divest the gullible from their money using the Trump "Brand" to offer false promises never kept?

Or perhaps because in a massive class-action suit which he was almost guaranteed to lose Trump, who in his own words "never settles" (BTW, this is a lie) settled for $20 million?

Or perhaps you didn't mention it (and several other people did) because it is illustrative of Trump's basic business model, which is to say fraud?

To be fair, it could be all of them. (Hint: it's all of them.)

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Posted in: Trump sues niece, New York Times over Pulitzer-winning tax story See in context

Anyone else see another typical weak Trump deflection attempt as Woodward's and Costa's new book rolls out with new bombshells of Trump's perfidy.....

Or as the FFG's "administration" used to call it "Infrastructure Week!"

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Posted in: Trump sues niece, New York Times over Pulitzer-winning tax story See in context

Uylsses, to your excellent point reprinted below:

If the former guy can prove Mary’s information was wrong, he doesn’t have anything to worry I guess.

Mary submitted court records and documents submitted by Trump and Trump org. (Are you listening Trump fan-boys?)

In order to prove that these documents are false or defamatory, Trump would have to admit that documents of record SUBIMITTED ON HIS BEHALF were knowingly false and intentionally submitted as such.

Oops.... It seems like SOMEONE might not have thought this whole law suit thing all the way through to it's logical conclusion.

Would you agree, Ulysses?

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Posted in: Trump sues niece, New York Times over Pulitzer-winning tax story See in context

I vehemently disagree, I think the case is in good standing, he should prevail on this.

Then you exhibit poor judgment and are vulnerable to fraudsters. You are also not an attorney nor know anyone who is because any law student at any accredited law school would site case, precedent and then for good measure sit on a whoopie cushion when discussing the merits of this case.

I urge you not to open any e-mails from Nigerian Princes.

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Posted in: Trump sues niece, New York Times over Pulitzer-winning tax story See in context

Clean up to aisle 5, The man-baby is throwing a fit and needs a WAAAAmublance, stat

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Posted in: Trump sues niece, New York Times over Pulitzer-winning tax story See in context

If what Mary Trump did was done to you or to someone you liked, you would definitely have a problem with it.

"I don't like it" does not equal cause of action. It has to be knowingly false (it isn't) and published with an intent to harm (I would say that a 10 year scheme to defraud NYC of millions in tax revenue is in the public interest - but that's just me.)

Because it is wrong, and she and the NY Times deserve to get sued.

It's wrong? Gee, I think defrauding the tax authorities of HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS is wrong. I think hiding it is wrong I think cheating your family members out of their inheritance is wrong. Unlike your claim, all of these are legitimate causes of action.

"The bad man published mean things about me!!!" Is not a cause of action.

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Posted in: Trump sues niece, New York Times over Pulitzer-winning tax story See in context

I think the left are just angry because they just can’t get rid of this guy

I seem to remember that he lost his re-election bid, tried to overthrow a free and fair election that he lost (and failed) and tried to incite an insurrection to overthrow a co-equal branch of govt (and failed by less margin than I would have liked).

Seems to me, we (which is not just "the left" but a lot of people who find him an anathema to democracy) DID get rid of him.

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Posted in: Trump sues niece, New York Times over Pulitzer-winning tax story See in context

So, your case is "The bad man published nasty but true things about me! Make him pay!"?

That is weak even for you. It is of the public interest. It is factually correct. As for the NYT, case closed.

As for Mary, I forgot that a judge already adjudicated the NDA when her book came out. He ruled it was far too vague and that the NDA did not cover 3rd parties - in that case a publisher, in this case the paper of public record.

So No, no you don't. Trump has no leg to stand on and it neither do you.

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Posted in: Trump sues niece, New York Times over Pulitzer-winning tax story See in context

True, but I do know about defamation lawsuits.

No, um no you don’t. Just to help you out a bit, truth is an absolute defense. NOWHERE does Trump claim the reported into is untrue. So the NYT is off the hook.

As for the niece m, there are 2 points: first, to defame the information has to be knowingly false. Again, NOWHERE does he claim it’s untrue.

Also, as far as violating the NDA, if he wants to sue, have at it. You know what they say about discovery, right? It’s a B.

mary’s lawyers can put him under oath and ask him ALL KINDS of thing and if he lies (which even you know he will) it’s a crime.

But wait, it gets better! He can be called as a witness at trial where he MUST appear under oath. All kinds of detailed questions about his business practices.

But wait! There’s more! This has all the makings of a SLAP SUIT. GOOD NEWS, NY has updated SLAP suit legislation which both lowers the bar for bs suits (Trump files no other kind: remember when he sued the journalist for claiming he wasn’t a billionaire?) AND dictates that the filer pay the defendant’s legal fees.

So to sum up, he has no case against the NYT, zero zilch, zip; He dare not pursue Mary because she will make him out for the fool and crook he is; and you don’t really know much about defamation suits.

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Posted in: Biden hails Australia alliance in meeting with Morrison See in context

Did he remember Scotty from marketing’s name this time?

I gotta say, that was legitimately funny, but not as funny as the Aussie reaction.

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Posted in: China's Xi: Handle disputes with 'dialogue and cooperation' See in context

And if that doesn’t work, we’ll descend like a hoard of locusts with our “civil” fishing fleet.....

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Posted in: Facebook seeks to defend itself after scathing reports See in context

FB is a cancer on civil democratic society.

I resisted government regulation but I don’t know how democracy survives when a private company willingly spreads knowingly false conspiracies on behalf of a foreign power (or a domestic extremist organization) for money.

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Posted in: 'Who the hell are you?' Japanese man asks bear while it’s attacking him See in context

"Who the hell are you?"

"Why thank you for asking, My name is Robert Bear, but my friends call me bob. I enjoy climbing, berries and an occasional foraging trip. My, you are certainly strong for a person of your age. Do you work out?"

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Posted in: Biden promises relentless diplomacy to skeptical allies See in context

How nice it is to have a President who can go to the UN an give a speech without being laughed at and/or openly mocked.

The look on Trump's face when the generally assembly started audibly laughing at his (admittedly laughable) assertions was priceless.

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Posted in: COVID-19 deaths in U.S. topping 1,900 a day See in context

In business school (an actual business school) one of the first things one learns is ratio analysis. Instead of comparing absolute #s or percentages which can be used to present a false narrative, actual analysts compare firms of various sizes on a like basis.

For example Return on Owner's Equity compares the amount of income generated for every $1 of owner capital. It's how real analysts compare firms (in this case states) of unequal size to make apples to apples comparisons. It's how an actual analyst interested in finding actual comparisons would evaluate a very large automobile company like Toyota, with a smaller niche player like Mazda (my personal favorite brand).

Any real business person knows this is the true measure of successful analysis. Anything else is an attempt to confuse, deflect and dissemble.

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Posted in: COVID-19 deaths in U.S. topping 1,900 a day See in context

In my example, Shenzhen is Maine; a smaller state doing a good job on vaccination with a small bump in absolute terms that has a larger effect in percentage terms BECAUSE THE STATE WAS ALREADY DOING SUCH A GOOD JOB.

The “great” state of Texas, on the other hand has done a crap job, can have a 50+% reduction in infections, AND STILL BE DOING A CRAP JOB due to sheer idiocy. Thus the only way to fairly compare these states is on a per 100k infection and hospitalizations rate. On said basis, TX infections are 47% higher Hospitalization is 3 times higher

I think the analogy is fairly obvious to any sentient being, but “certain” commenters have clearly proven that assumption false.

My bad.

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Posted in: Taliban ask to address U.N. General Assembly See in context

No. (Insert exploitive her) NO!

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Posted in: COVID-19 deaths in U.S. topping 1,900 a day See in context

BlacklabelToday  09:10 am JST

clearly shows that the NE us a success and the “great” state of Texas is a case study in failure.

Not in the last week. Those highly vaccinated states have more cases by percentage increase and Texas has less with a huge decrease percentage wise.

Let me make this easy for you. In 1990, the Shenzhen special economic zone had a year on year GDP growth rate of 25%.

By comparison the US GDP was somewhere around 3%.

Now an uneducated person (cough cough) would say “Why is this SOE eating America’s lunch?”

An educated rational person would realize that at that point Shenzhen was 1 generation from being a fishing village and any economic growth was going to look huge in percentage terms.

On the other hand the US was (and is) the worlds largest economy and even small amounts of growth in % terms have large impacts.

That’s why you comparison is intellectually dishonest.

But you know that being a business expert...

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Posted in: COVID-19 deaths in U.S. topping 1,900 a day See in context

*Which is what it was *clearly identified as when posted. 

And it is clearly a false comparison meant to disinform. An actual apples to apples comparison of cases and hospitalizations per day clearly shows that the NE us a success and the “great” state of Texas is a case study in failure.

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Posted in: COVID-19 deaths in U.S. topping 1,900 a day See in context

”I don’t trust big pharma” This is the same crowd that swears by a horse de-wormer made my Merick who specifically says “Don’t take this product to fight COVID 19.”

You can’t make this stuff up, folks.

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Posted in: COVID-19 deaths in U.S. topping 1,900 a day See in context

You agreed with a post the other day stating that around only 6% of deaths attributed to Covid are actually Covid related deaths.

He won’t because it’s not true. It’s a loonie-tunes talking point from the dark web.

Yesterday, a poster of disinformation stated that NE states like Maine had higher rates of infections than states like TX sighting Johns Hopkins.

Seemed counter-factual so I had a look.

Under the category “lies, damn lies, and statistics” said day trader was talking about percentage increase/decreases in infections and hospitalizations.

As any real MBA would know, this is an apples to oranges comparison since so few are infected in NE, a small outbreak would equal a huge percentage increase.

A better way to compare (which is why he didn’t) would be to compare infections and hospitalizations per 100k population. This compares states on a like basis and is the only way to make comparisons of states (or companies) of varying sizes.

So here it is: Maine 67% fully vaccinated. Infections per 100k 35. Hospitalizations per 100k 15.

The “great” state of Texas: 50.8% fully vaccinated. Infections per 100k 52 (49% higher). Hospitalizations per 100k 45 (3 times higher).

this is all part of the gaslight by the loonie right trying to imply that COVID isn’t deadly, the #s are fudged and the vaccines don’t work so why bother?

It is, they aren’t and they most certainly do work.

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Posted in: Supreme Court to hear arguments in big abortion case See in context

We are going to find out if the propaganda about precedent and being against “judicial activism is just that, Federalist Society propaganda or if it actually means something.

My bet is that it’s will all be forgotten as soon as the Religious zealots see the opportunity to enforce their patriarchal version of morality on women in America.

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Posted in: PM hopefuls seek summit with N Korea on abduction issue See in context

They’re all dead. I feel for their families but they are gone and they are not coming back. The best we can hope for now is a full accounting, and even that seems like a bridge too far given the North’s pathology of lying and deceit.

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Posted in: COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu See in context

You don’t wait for the solution to manifest itself before you start planning. It’s called logistics.

I guess they didn’t teach that In day-trader school....

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