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  • The Republican Couldn't Care Act   1 day 1 hour ago

    It was ruined a long time ago by Wash DC politicians. Made worse by Obamacare.

    K2

  • Is It Time To Execute Equifax?   1 day 3 hours ago

    Ha! Good enough to be repeated, Wet Willie! I inadvertently jumped past changeX.

  • Podcast on iPhone?   1 day 3 hours ago

    Yes, I can no longer get the daily podcasts on my iPhone. I listened in the morning and when I installed the latest iOS update (11.0) later in the day, I was no longer able to get them. Thankfully, I have not updated my iPad, and I can still get the podcasts, but it's kind of inconvenient not being able to put it in my pocket while gardening.

    Apparently, apps that aren't compatible with iOS version 11.0 were given fair advanced warning to update to 64 bit, a more "modern software architecture" (whatever that means) and I'm guessing the Thom Hartman App failed to do this. Does anyone know how to notify them that this is a problem and find out if they are working on a fix? Meanwhile, DO NOT update to iOS if you want to continue to get this app on your iPhone or iPad. Version 11.00 is apparently a major update and there are a lot of other changes to be aware of. Unfortunately, you can't go back to the previous version.

  • The "Catastrophic" Climate Change Probability You'll Want To Know   1 day 3 hours ago

    Keywords:

    Puerto Rico Pharmaceutical Industry Hurricane Maria Employees

  • Is It Time To Execute Equifax?   1 day 3 hours ago

    Oh, goody. Wrong place. AGAIN.

  • Is It Time To Execute Equifax?   1 day 3 hours ago

    "We deserve the benefit of doubt right up front. "

    What? This is Capitalism.

    We 'deserve' whatever they choose to give us.

    And we damn well better LIKE it.....

    KKKorps RULE!

  • Is It Time To Execute Equifax?   1 day 3 hours ago

    This comment is sposed to be on a different comment. wtf?

  • Is It Time To Execute Equifax?   1 day 3 hours ago

    "We deserve the benefit of doubt right up front. "

    What? This is Capitalism.

    We 'deserve' whatever they choose to give us.

    And we damn well better LIKE it.....

    KKKorps RULE!

  • Is It Time To Execute Equifax?   1 day 3 hours ago

    All of the above: kill the corporation and spread its ashes so that it can't reanimate under a different name; prosecute and jail those responsible; force shareholders to take the haircut, without the protection of investment insurance, as stocks tumble and are retired by the SEC, so that the next time, they might think twice before investing with a corrupt, unaccountable company.

    In addition to hefty fines, make such a grave breach of trust a mandatory jailable offense. At the very least, it should be an unambiguous, cut-and-dry Class D felony with a minimum of five years for each individual transgression -- swift justice that moves through the courts unentangled by frivolous legal technicalities dragging on and on.

    For example of that not being the case, although charged with financial crimes of a much different nature, how long was screwball Martin Shkreli allowed to swagger around flaunting the law and common decency before he finally became Federal inmate #87850-053 in the Brooklyn prison? And that was just for being a beyond-the-pale douchebag Hillary hater on social media, unrelated to his beyond-the-pale greedy, Trump-like, megalomaniacal, white-collar criminal activity on Wall Street.

    The easily prosecutable perps, also subject to class action lawsuits, would be any person or entity, private or public -- especially in the hack-happy online environment -- that collects, shares, or sells any personal data whatsoever without one's very explicit permission (and not just by clicking some big green, pulsating "accept" button that overlays tiny-print, eye-bleeding, legalese jargon that, by design, hardly anyone bothers to read).

    Most importantly, educate and counsel as many consumers as possible as young as possible -- much like dry-out centers do for alcoholics and druggies -- on personal strategies to end dependency on debt-ridden lifestyles and overconsumption, which has transformed the over-billed "American dream" into a no-win nightmare for so many low-wage slaves living from paycheck to paycheck.

    Such a vital education program absolutely should be augmented with very progressive tax policies, which would put more money into the pockets of consumers so that they won't be as easily tempted to purchase goods with credit cards, and which would ensure a more robust economy -- quite the opposite of the cynical and cruel GOP tax "reform" (Yeah right!) giveaway plan for wealthy political campaign donors.

    That means reducing taxes across the board on the middle and lower classes while increasing taxes across the board on the wealthy, who command the lion's share of our nation's income and riches -- a process of re-redistributing that wealth back down to the 90 percent from whence it came and to where it rightfully belongs!

    Specifically target the destructive patterns of debt behavior by the mega-wealthy. Start with tighter asset-to-debt ratio requirements and with behavior-altering fees levied on all individual stock transactions -- especially on lightening fast, automatic computer algorithms that can move huge amounts, sometimes big enough to affect the course of the entire market in one fell swoop in the blink of an eye, potentially causing massive instability.

    Then start gunin' with even heavier transactional fees and taxes on phony-paper profits from all those many bewildering, largely unregulated, wildly speculative investment vehicles hidden behind complicated lingo-jingo, lurking in the shadow banking industry -- a quasi-legal, three-piece-suit crime syndicate spanning the globe of good ol' boys (and a few girls).

    These high-octane, obsessed risk takers happily brought us the crash of 2008 and careened the collective economy of planet Earth into an ongoing, inevitable death spiral (just since 2000!), artificially inflating a paper-debt bubble to over $700 trillion, which is based on a worldwide GDP of only $75 trillion, approximately (Bank of International Settlements).

    Astonishing! Greed begets greed at biblical proportions -- the grand finale, ultimate failure of unregulated capitalism run amok.

    Other national policies to enrich and protect everyday workers and their families: a broad unionized workforce; higher wages and salaries; free healthcare (at the point of individual consumption); free higher education (at the point of individual consumption); more aggressive and highly enforceable consumer protection laws; term limits for Supreme Court judges -- a right-wing institution that has awarded itself (ever since 1803 in Marbury v. Madison) more power than both other branches of government put together, and that in nearly every case for the last several decades has ruled in favor of monopolistic corporations against the interests of the People; [Feel free to add to the above list here.].

    Incidentally, it has been reported out that for years upper management ran Equifax like John Belushi's Animal House, ignoring repeated calls to upgrade their internet security systems that were woefully inadequate, playing fast and loose with people's information and government regulations, even taking insider trading to an unprecedented level. They also brazenly used the delay in reporting the breach to dump stock before it would likely crash. Then, once the jig was up, they tried to further cash in by charging their worried victims, who simply wanted to verify their credit reports, and by trying to lure them into yearly subscriptions.

    Of course, rectifying our current sad state of affairs, as 2950-10K constantly reminds us, will NEVER happen unless America can conduct free and fair elections where every vote counts! On that score, the U.S. has sunk to third-world, one-party-rule status.

    Hello, The Carter Center ...HELP!!!

    https://www.cartercenter.org/peace/democracy/observed.html

  • Is It Time To Execute Equifax?   1 day 3 hours ago

    Doesn't the Bible command us to worship the golden calf and then be rated on it?

  • Is It Time To Execute Equifax?   1 day 12 hours ago

    The commercial use of the internet needs to be shut down. It can not be protect our citizens from fraud even if they don't use it.

  • reading in the mirror   1 day 15 hours ago
    Quote gumball:

    Socialism is defined as government owning the means of production and distribution.

    That's the definition that the radical left prefers, adopting the confusion of the term with communism which Marxists are responsible for. And it is true that is the original defintion given that Saint Simon is credited with coining the term. But Marx lived at a time when socialism was opposed to monarchy, and also when socialism was sometimes defined in the way we use it today to mean any governmental activity which at least loosely fits the definition of "redistribution of wealth". Marx wrote about Napoleon III for example, who is sometimes referred to as the "socialist emperor". Its where the expression "History repeats itself, first as tragedy then as farce comes from.

    Emperor Napoleon III is often referred to as the socialist emperor because he gave many socialized programs to the citizens. He gave hospitals, socialized medicine, the right to unionize and strike, shorter hours, injured worker homes, a revamped prison system, and more.

    https://www.coursehero.com/file/10903883/European-History-101/

    On December 2 1851, followers of President Louis Bonaparte (Napoleon's nephew) broke up the Legislative Assembly and established a dictatorship. A year later, Louis Bonaparte proclaimed himself Emperor Napoleon III.

    Marx wrote The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon between December 1851 and March 1852. The "Eighteenth Brumaire" refers to November 9, 1799 in the French Revolutionary Calendar — the day the first Napoleon Bonaparte had made himself dictator by a coup d'etat.

    In this work Marx traces how the conflict of different social interests manifest themselves in the complex web of political struggles, and in particular the contradictory relationships between the outer form of a struggle and its real social content. The proletariat of Paris was at this time too inexperienced to win power, but the experiences of 1848-51 would prove invaluable for the successful workers' revolution of 1871.

    https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1852/18th-brumaire/

    "...all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.​"

  • Is It Time To Execute Equifax?   1 day 15 hours ago

    The problem is not with Equifax. The problem is the banks that give away money to strangers who convince them that they are us. Then the banks come after us and demand that we fix their screw up. It's on them. How did it ever get turned around to be our fault? We deserve the benefit of doubt right up front. Especially these days.

  • Is It Time To Execute Equifax?   1 day 15 hours ago

    As much as the republicans want us to think of corporations as humans, they are not. Death of a corporation is just selling off all it's possessions and data allowing the owners to be enriched even further. Then it is just renamed and starts again. The owners and operators of the corrupt corporation needs to be imprisoned in a deep, dark, dirty, hole for the remainder iof their lives. All their funds hidden away or transferred for their later use need to be taken, making their families suffer like the rest of us. Greed is diamond hard and runs deep, only harsh treatment will even scratch the surface. Lots of blood and pain is necessary.

  • Is It Time To Execute Equifax?   1 day 16 hours ago

    So who was it that gave the 3 credit angencies the right to collect our info to begin with?

    It sure wasn't me.

  • Is It Time To Execute Equifax?   1 day 16 hours ago

    Hi Tom,

    It is very likely the Equifax hack is much worse than reported to date. Although we did hear a press report a few days ago using the word "rummaging around" in referring to the Equifax hacker's activities, and not just stealing data, no one is talking about the hackers CHANGING the content of credit reports.

    Long story short, as part of updating the passwords on our long-established freezes on our credit reports, we found that my wife's financial records at Equifax had been changed. Her birthdate was removed from her file, leaving a blank data field.

    We have spoken to at least 8 individuals (multiple conversations with our banks' fraud departments, Experian, Chase credit cards, Lexus/Nexus, FTC, CFPB) with extensive experience with financial reports, and none of them have ever heard of such core identity data being changed/removed from a 40 year plus established financial record, with current credit cards reporting monthly and including the birthdate as part of the identity data in their monthly reports. TransUnion and Experian had no such change.

    This highly unusual missing data from my wife's financial files at Equifax implies the hackers were conducting probes to see what data they could change in credit reports. If you query a credit record with a blank birthdate field, it will report back as an invalid match, and the credit check will fail, and whatever new purchase or credit account you wished to open will be denied. I would hazard a wild guess that in Equifax's computer system it may be easier to blank a birthdate field then change the actual date, and still have the same net effect.

    It is obvious why a public discussion of hackers' ability to change our credit files would be undesirable for Equifax and the financial industry in general. If this credit information can be changed at will, the entire US / World credit system would fail. For example, individuals with perfectly good credit would find their attempted purchases declined and their car insurance rates drastically increasing (because car insurance rates are based on Lexus/Nexus reports that are inturn build on credit data). Meantime, individuals with well-deserved terrible financial records, could suddenly find themselves with great credit scores. The system would lock up in days.

    If you assume the Equifax hack was conducted by state actors, and consider other recent probe attacks on our electrical grid, power plants, water systems, etc., this takes on the dimensions of a wide-ranging test of how to bring our country to it knees without firing a single shot. This strong possiblity deserves a robust public discussion, not fearful suppression of "scary thoughts" by cowardly corporate managers and politicians.

    May I suggest that over the next few months you ask the financial experts you have on your program about such hacker changes to financial data files, and perhaps initiate a discussion on your program to find out whether other listeners have found such "impossible" changes in their credit reports.

    All the best, Ron

  • Is It Time To Execute Equifax?   1 day 17 hours ago

    I'm sure that every time we buy about anything or open any account, buried in the fine print, we sign some release that allows firms like Equifax to gather all our personal information, charge us to look at it and charge us to stop others from looking at it and then charge us again to allow others to look at it again. What a scam!!

    One would think that a class action lawsuit could be brought against these companies if they are hacked and the info is used to steal identities or used to harm anyones credit.

    But of course, addressing this problem would take politicians with a spine which is non existent. You have to wonder how these bastards can stand up at all. You would think that they are all just nebulas blobs that slither around on the floor of the congress. Actually, I guess that most of them are really snakes, some just more venomous than others.

  • Is It Time To Execute Equifax?   1 day 17 hours ago

    Tsk! Tsk! You know perfectly well that corporations aren't persons. The ones who deserve the death penalty are the corporate officers, CEO on down, who made the evil decisions.

    Seriously, money is all they care about, so (a) fine the corporations enough that directors and shareholders will experience serious hurt, (b) fine/jail boards enough that other boards will protect themselves by draing their own little swamp, and (c) fine/jail officers seriously, including ripping gaping holes in their golder parachutes, (d) confiscate any bonuses or performance based goodies received by officers involved in destructive decisions.

    P.S. No actual death penalties. One evil can't compensate for another.

  • Just How Seriously Should We Treat The Threat From Graham-Cassidy?   1 day 19 hours ago

    Here's a video of Bernie Sanders' foreign policy speech to Westminster College in Missouri yesterday. (Wayne, #12 described it quite accurately -- "...incredibly inspiring and is spot-on.")

    https://youtu.be/kxvP6jDtt4c

  • Little Prince Jeffie’s Thin Skin Can’t Even Take a Laugh   1 day 19 hours ago

    Cowards, Murderers and Liars of the Just Us Department. Is America so weak that it needs such wimps heading up the cops? Paying tax dollars to liars to spread fear to sick people on a daily bases. Is this really how Americans act? Or is profit a higher priority than citizens lives?

    The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy announced 719 grants to community anti-drug coalitions across the country.
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/grants-programs

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify at Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on October 18.
    https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/10/18/2017/oversight-of-the-us...

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed in a press conference that legalization leads to increased marijuana use, adding, "Federal law remains in effect."
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2017/09/20/jeff-sessions-slams-ma...

    A study found that "despite the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana in some states...perceptions that marijuana would be very easy to obtain are on the decline among American youth."
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28930065

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a speech that "just say no" is a key drug prevention strategy.
    https://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/attorney-ge

    The American Legion is calling on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Sec. David Shulkin to direct department personnel to stop blocking veterans' participation in medical cannabis research.
    https://twitter.com/LegioninDC/status/910593574760255488

    A study concluded that "THCA shows potent neuroprotective activity, worth consideration for the treatment of Huntington's Disease and possibly other neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases."
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bph.14019/full

    A review concluded that medical cannabis "might be effective for chronic pain treatment, based on limited evidence, primarily for neuropathic pain patients."
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28934780

    Dr. Mehmet Oz is petitioning the federal government to expand marijuana research and is devoting an episode of his TV show to the topic.
    https://www.change.org/p/national-institutes-of-health-fund-more-researc...

  • Little Prince Jeffie’s Thin Skin Can’t Even Take a Laugh   1 day 20 hours ago
    Instead of church rituals.

    All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

    1. Share everything.
    2. Play fair.
    3. Don't hit people.
    4. Put thngs back where you found them.
    5. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS.
    6. Don't take things that aren't yours.
    7. Say you're SORRY when you HURT somebody.
    8. Wash your hands before you eat.
    9. Flush.
    10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
    11. Live a balanced life - learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
    12. Take a nap every afternoon.
    13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
    14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
    15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
    16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first workd you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.”
    ― Robert Fulghum

    if you want to have a better chance at succeeding and being happy with your life:
    1. Get married, and if you are already married, try to stay that way.

    Then why didn't Jesus marry? Or Priests? You advocate child molesters to marry? Wife beaters to stay married. Why do half of marriages end in divorce? Because its a man made unnatural ritual. Why are there married people in homeless shelters? Or unemployed? Or wealthy single people. Again you have no evidence, just childish lists with no meaning. Again, get married if you want but when you stigmatize those who don't, that's the problem you keep buring your head in the shit over. Some slower states still sell marriage and in such a blatantly corrupt church and some states intertwining laws. Prejudice against non married the same as they use against other denominations or religions. Social clubs have no business in government. You are either an American or a Catholic. You have allegiance to the country or the church. If you side with the church over the country you are a traitor and treason will be your crime. Not that Napoleon complex Bo Sessions has the integrity to enforce the laws. He hasn't got the guts to stand up against bad laws either.

    2. Do not have children outside of marriage.

    Are you advocating mandated abortion for single women? Another bit of bullshit that only gets kids beat up and chastised by redneck kids believing your bullshit. You promote bullying and hazing and even killing kids you and the church has titled "Bastards" Why do you want to hurt children? Why do you want to give child molesters a haven to continue? Why do you want to abuse women? The only conclusion to out of wedlocked up kids are Newty's Orphanages and child labor. Look dude, kids can be brats but that's no reason for you to hate them or be so afraid of them that you wish them harm if their parents decided to stop hating each other and get divorced.

    3. Try to get as much education as you can.

    Here ya go

    Private education teaches falsehoods like creationism as science theory. Or prohibition of cannabis. Or whatever Monsanto school books print about GizMO frankenfud. Public schools have a larger peer review. Although all history is written by the victors. Math and Science go beyond human opinion like yours. The laws of physics determine fact more than religious story telling. Just to be clear, Ganja is an ECS supplement not a man made drug that treats symptoms for profit. So get your nomenclature in order.

    4. Stay away from drugs.

    Again you need to learn how to comprehend what you or what someone reads to you. Drugs are sold on every corner with as many drug stores as bars and liquor stores. Its sold on TV every 20 minutes with most of the commercials describing debilitating side effects. Legal drugs do more harm than illegal drugs. Your blanket statement is what Hippies advocated. NO white powders. You advocate drugs daily for the Military its speed to stay alert on missions and then downers to sleep. Truck drivers getting produce to market popping black beauties and women in marriages popping pick me uppers and college kids cramming tests popping white crosses. Such a hypocritical bullshitter you are dude.

    5. Stay out of trouble.

    That is as lame as any child could muster. Marriage Laws protecting wife beaters and child molesters keeps them out of trouble but they still cause harm. I said it before, you follow blindly like you were taught. You have no means to decipher right from wrong so you just follow dysfunctional orders designed for profits you will never see. Sessions didn't get busted for racial profiling in Alabama or his lying about Ganja now. Trouble in the profit prison max cap contracts is designed for profits, not goodness. Your backward thinking was chased out of the mainstream and it doesn't seem like Americans are that gullible to being it back. Marriage is legal for those who want it but it isn't a magic wand and just as many are successful without it. Kids too aren't taking the same blind orders seriously as in the 50s. Teasing handicap children or those with mental disabilities.

    Might makes right is complete and utter bullshit that has no place in civilization you are deathly afraid of for some odd reason. Maybe you've been married too long, for the sake of the kids. This particular issue shows your cowardice. You would have advised MLK to keep quiet, it will only make trouble speaking out. You would have whined about the Forefathers revolting against King George. You are the worst of America. The racist ugly side of cowards without the ability to reason. Sad you are the plastic people jerking flags while denying civil rights or even human rights. Those afraid to speak against injustice are destined to live under tyranny. Gutless is not a redeeming trait boy.

    “Good people don’t smoke marijuana”
    Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III

    Archeology:
    Ancient Temple Hashish Incense!
    Did Jesus Inhale?
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1090

    ☛ The 7 Corporal Works of Mercy With Cannabis
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/852

    No Jeffy good people don't terrorize Americans finding relief with Ganja.

  • FBI Settles Out Of Court For Mass Filing Lawsuit.   1 day 20 hours ago

    This V2K sotted at my ex friends house ( Vilma Roa)... when I was paying her to stay in her basement . it started there and it is still following me everywhere . I work in nursing and she is in violation pf not only my human rights and but HIPPA LAW!

    She is not even a citizen of the United States. I need to know where I can get a lawyer before I go to homeland Security about this to file a complaint, I can even have visits with my family and friends, She followed me across 4 states to my Fathers Funeral and Nephews.

    I am right now being targeted in my private area when I try to sleep day and night constantly asking them to stop and they just laugh.

    This is ridiculous , can even look my children n the eyes long before they start reading them. and my co workers and friends are being read whom ever I am around. She wants to know everybody I am in contact with. And constantly threating me.

    This program is constantly repeating everything I say and reading out all my passwords to Vilma. Telling me What I need to do , where I need to go? how much weight I should lose, why a certain ex ( baseball player ) would not like me. that I'm not beautiful enough just constant harassment so much I could on and on...I need a lawyer.!!!

    it's been going on for a year almost and I am sick and tried of this intrusion upon my life.

  • Just How Seriously Should We Treat The Threat From Graham-Cassidy?   1 day 20 hours ago

    Thanks, Wayne! Will check it out. Need a breath of real intelligence.

  • Just How Seriously Should We Treat The Threat From Graham-Cassidy?   1 day 20 hours ago

    Fock healthcare! World "leaders" trading childish insults is a much weightier matter that, ah, "Trumps" all other issues, one that should concern every swingin' dick, lily-white-ass Meerkkkan staring vacantly at Fux-head News.

    Kim Jong-un dared to call our great Pussy Grabber a "gangster, a scared barking dog, and a deranged senile old lunatic." Damn, he nailed it! Not good. Not good. One up on the scoreboard!

    "Dotard" (neukdari in Korean) is so much better than "rocket man," or any of the other sissified schoolyard taunts that Pussy Grabber can squeeze out of his juvenile pimple-head: "Crooked Hillary, Crazy Bernie, Goofy Elizabeth Warren, Little Marco, Lyin' Ted, Low Energy Jeb, blah, blah" ...yaaawn.

    Yeah, yeah, whatever, two puss-gut mad men name-calling each other with their fat stubby fingers on the nuke buttons is more than a little frightening (Ya think?), but "dotard" (pronounced "doe-TURD" -- haha) is, man oh man, so fitting and well-deserved!

    IOW, the worst dictator on the planet is obviously much smarter ("smart", in this case, certainly does not equal intelligence) than our own pathetic wannabe tyrant.

    Sure, the end of the world and all that, but the truly big earth-shattering question facing humankind: Why do egomaniacal mad men with too much power sport weird hairdos, which their bathroom "mirror, mirror on the wall" tell 'em is cool? You'd think self-centered pricks worried about their self-image would be more aware that everyone laughs behind their backs?

    So, why isn't our shallow worthless media splashing wall-to-wall coverage 24/7 for the entertainment of their shallow worthless audience of that most important question of our times? Inquiring minds want to know.

  • Just How Seriously Should We Treat The Threat From Graham-Cassidy?   1 day 20 hours ago

    I have recently read Bernie Sanders' speech to Westminster College. It is incredibly inspiring and is spot-on. I strongly encourage everyone to Google that speech and read it. If Bernie's words don't motivate the reader to action, I'm at a loss to understand what would.

Is It Time To Execute Equifax?

The Equifax hacking scandal just keeps getting worse.

So should we bring back the corporate death penalty and do away with this security threat once and for all?

According to Bloomberg, the credit reporting firm: