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817. SAMUEL G BOGORAD CEOExpressSelect Member
     (1/29/2017 11:21:13 PM)
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I do earn it, that's why I PAY for my CEO membership.
I support a-holes like you here.
And it isn't the Green movement who was setback by Trump's election, but the U.S.A. as a whole.
People are getting what they wished and voted for, and oh boy, are they going to get it.

816. Kevin V
     (1/29/2017 5:17:13 PM)
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Is this still the Obama poll, or the ALL Gullible Sam all the time Pole?

Yes SAM the weather is warmer. The GREEN movement got a setback electing Trump.

Try making money the old fashioned way... earn it...

815. SAMUEL G BOGORAD CEOExpressSelect Member
     (10/19/2016 12:28:47 PM)
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The New Era of Secret Law
Elizabeth (Liza) Goitein October 18, 2016

An unprecedented buildup of secret law has been created by the federal government since 9/11 through legal memos, court opinions, agreements with foreign nations, and more. All have been issued without public scrutiny or input — and many impact crucial decisions about the lives and liberties of U.S. citizens, from the use of torture to mass surveillance.

See the Freedom of Information Act documents referenced in this report and a chart of significant Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinions here.

Download the Report


On June 8, 2004, The Washington Post revealed the existence of a previously secret memorandum drafted by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), which concluded that the laws prohibiting torture did not bind officials interrogating suspected members of Al Qaeda or the Taliban. This was the first in a series of legal opinions that became known as the “torture memos.” These documents parsed the domestic and international laws against torture and, in seeming contradiction to their plain terms and historical implementation, determined that they posed no barrier to a presidentially-ordered regime of waterboarding, so-called “stress positions,” slamming against walls, exposure to extremes in temperature, and sleep deprivation.

Nearly a decade later, The Guardian broke a different story: the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, also known as the “FISA Court,” had been secretly authorizing the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect the phone records of all Verizon Business customers — and almost certainly the customers of every other major telephone company — since 2006. This appeared to violate Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allowed the NSA to obtain such records only if it could show the FISA Court they were relevant to an international terrorism or foreign intelligence investigation. The court, it turned out, had secretly interpreted this law to allow the collection of vast amounts of irrelevant records, as long as relevant ones were thought to be buried within them.

What these stories had in common was the government’s reliance on “secret law.” Both the OLC memos and the FISA Court opinions were authoritative legal interpretations: while they were in effect, they had the same legal force as the statutes they interpreted. Both were concealed from the public and shared with only select members or committees of Congress. And both construed the law in a way that was at best counterintuitive, resulting in a dynamic where the law on the books misled the public, rather than enlightening it, as to the rules the government was actually following....

814. SAMUEL G BOGORAD CEOExpressSelect Member
     (9/6/2016 2:26:16 PM)
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Iraqi Woman Uses Chilcot Report in War Crimes Lawsuit Against George W. Bush Sunday, 04 September 2016 By Marjorie Cohn, Truthout

Sundus Saleh, an Iraqi woman, first filed her lawsuit against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz in September 2013. Alleging that the Iraq War constituted an illegal crime of aggression, Saleh filed the suit on behalf of herself and other Iraqis in the US District Court for the Northern District of California...
...In her appeal, Saleh is arguing that the Bush officials were acting from personally held convictions that the US should invade Iraq, regardless of any legitimate policy reasons, and that theyknowingly lied to the public when they fraudulently tied Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda and the threat of weapons of mass destruction.
...Saleh's lawyer, explained, "Nuremberg held that domestic immunity was not a defense to allegations of international aggression. Everything the Germans did was legal under the law. We are asking the Ninth Circuit to reject the application of domestic immunity in this case, in line with the holdings of Nuremberg." ...

On July 22, Saleh urged the Ninth Circuit to take judicial notice of portions of the Chilcot Report, which makes factual conclusions about the run-up to the Iraq War. A court can take judicial notice of a fact that is not subject to reasonable dispute and can be accurately and readily determined from sources whose accuracy cannot be reasonably questioned. That includes public records, such as reports issued by a commission of inquiry.

The report was published by the Iraq Inquiry Committee, an independent committee established by the British government, on July 6, 2016, ...

...The report includes copies of notes between Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in which they discussed the invasion of Iraq as early as October 2001.

The report concluded that Hussein posed no imminent threat on March 20, 2003, the date the US and the UK invaded Iraq. It also noted that a majority of the United Nations Security Council favored continuing UN monitoring and inspections.

Legal Experts Conclude War was Illegal...


813. SAMUEL G BOGORAD CEOExpressSelect Member
     (4/14/2016 11:01:44 AM)
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Many Big Corporations Paid Zero Federal Income Taxes
Washington, D.C. (April 13, 2016) By Michael Cohn

Large, profitable American corporations paid only 14 percent of their profits in federal income taxes on average from 2008 through 2012, and approximately one-fifth of them paid nothing at all in each of those years, according to a new government report commissioned by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

In each year from 2006 to 2012, at least two-thirds of all active corporations had no federal income tax liability, although larger corporations were more likely to owe tax, according to the report.

The report, from the Government Accountability Office, found that among large corporations (generally those with at least $10 million in assets) less than half—42.3 percent—paid no federal income tax in 2012.

Of those large corporations whose financial statements reported a profit, 19.5 percent paid no federal income tax that year. The reasons why even profitable corporations may have paid no federal tax in a given year include the use of tax deductions for losses carried forward from prior years and tax incentives, such as depreciation allowances that are more generous in the federal tax code than those allowed for financial accounting purposes. Corporations that did have a federal corporate income tax liability for tax year 2012 owed $267.5 billion.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., the ranking Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee, who is facing off against Hillary Clinton in next week’s Democratic primary, requested the report from the GAO. On the campaign trail, Sanders has been calling for steep tax increases on large corporations and the wealthy.

“There is something profoundly wrong in America when one out of five profitable corporations pay nothing in federal income taxes,” Sanders said in commenting on the report. “Large corporations cannot continue to get more tax breaks when children in America go hungry. We need real tax reform to ensure that the most profitable corporations in America pay their fair share in taxes. That means closing corporate tax loopholes to raise the revenue necessary to rebuild America and create millions of jobs.”

Last year, Sanders, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., introduced the Corporate Tax Dodging Prevention Act to prevent profitable corporations from receiving tax breaks by sheltering income in Panama, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and other offshore tax havens.

According to a 2015 report by Citizens for Tax Justice, most Fortune 500 corporations have established offshore subsidiaries.

The percentage of large, profitable American corporations that paid nothing at all in each of the years studied by the GAO ranged from 17.9 percent in 2008 to 24.1 percent in 2011.

Large corporations use a variety of deductions to pay far less than the federal corporate income tax rate of 35 percent, including maneuvers that shift profits overseas, Sanders noted. “Corporate greed is destroying the fabric of America,” he said. “It must come to an end.” ...

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812. SAMUEL G BOGORAD CEOExpressSelect Member
     (4/14/2016 10:54:52 AM)
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Delphi Wins Dispute with IRS over Claim of British Tax Address
New York (April 13, 2016) By Zachary R. Mider Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) Delphi Automotive Plc said it won a long-running dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over whether the parts maker, which is run from a Detroit suburb, should be allowed to call itself British for tax purposes.

The IRS on April 8 dropped an effort to tax Delphi as a U.S. company, Delphi said in a regulatory filing Wednesday. The victory may have spared the company as much as $100 million a year in taxes.

The former auto-parts arm of Detroit-based General Motors Co., Delphi changed its legal address in 2009 as part of a plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection. Under the deal, creditors including GM and a group of U.S. hedge funds purchased most of Delphi’s assets through a newly formed English entity.

The U.S. Treasury, which had bailed out GM amid a collapse in the U.S. auto market, took part in the negotiations and authorized GM to release Treasury funds to pay for its portion of the deal.

Since going public in 2011, Delphi has claimed that its tax address is in a diesel plant and research compound in an industrial park about an hour’s train ride east of London. Most of its top executives continue to work from its Troy, Michigan, offices.

In a regulatory filing in February, Delphi said that a loss in the IRS case would increase its long-term effective tax rate to about 20 percent or 22 percent, from about 17. Analysts estimate Delphi will earn about $2.1 billion before taxes this year, translating to a savings of $63 million to $105 million.

811. SAMUEL G BOGORAD CEOExpressSelect Member
     (3/14/2016 12:53:31 PM)
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Climate change

February breaks global temperature records by 'shocking' amount

Warnings of climate emergency after surface temperatures 1.35C warmer than average temperature for the month

“Nasa dropped a bombshell of a climate report,” said Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, who analysed the data on the Weather Underground website. “February dispensed with the one-month-old record by a full 0.21C – an extraordinary margin to beat a monthly world temperature record by.”

“This result is a true shocker, and yet another reminder of the incessant long-term rise in global temperature resulting from human-produced greenhouse gases,” said Masters and Henson. “We are now hurtling at a frightening pace toward the globally agreed maximum of 2C warming over pre-industrial levels.”
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810. SAMUEL G BOGORAD CEOExpressSelect Member
     (2/19/2016 3:37:52 PM)
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The heat goes on: Earth sets 9th straight monthly record
Published February 17, 2016 · Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The January figures are in, and Earth's string of hottest-months-on-record has now reached nine in a row. But NASA said January stood out: The temperature was above normal by the highest margin of any month on record.
And January set another record: Arctic sea ice reached its lowest point for that ice-building winter month.

NASA said January 2016 was 2.03 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which calculates temperatures differently, said last month was 1.87 degrees, which is the second biggest margin in history. NOAA said the greatest was this past December.

January's average global temperature was a record 55.5 degrees Fahrenheit, easily beating the old January record set in 2007, according to NOAA Records go back to 1880.

There were colder-than-normal patches in parts of the United States, Europe and Asia in January, but they were overwhelmed by incredible "off our chart" warming in the Arctic region, according to NOAA climate scientist Jessica Blunden. Siberia, northwest Canada, and a lot of Alaska were at least 9 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than normal, she said.

That heat was why there was record low sea ice in the Arctic for this time of year, when sea ice grows, Blunden said.

January Arctic sea ice averaged only 5.2 million square miles in January, which is 90,000 square miles below the previous record set in 2011, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. It's also 402,000 square miles — about the size of Texas and New Mexico, combined — less than the 30-year normal.

The string of nine consecutive record hot months matches June 1997 to February 1998, which was the last time Earth had a large El Nino. It is still behind the 10 straight months of record heat in 1944, Blunden said. It's likely we'll tie that record in February, she said.

The current El Nino — an occasional natural warming of parts of the Pacific that changes weather around the world and spikes global temperatures — is tied with 1997-1998 for the strongest on record, according to NOAA. And while it has been predicted to ease soon, it has not lessened yet, said NOAA Climate Prediction Center deputy director Mike Halpert.

NASA chief climate scientist Gavin Schmidt blamed the record heat mostly on man-made climate change, with an assist from El Nino.
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809. SAMUEL G BOGORAD CEOExpressSelect Member
     (2/4/2016 4:33:37 PM)
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Judges say Black death row inmate is innocent, but he’s still set to be executed
...police claimed that evidence including a bloody footprint, a drop of blood and a piece of cigarette paper tied him to the crime scene. But when Josh Ryen recovered from his injuries, he stated that it was three white or Hispanic men that attacked and killed his family and that Cooper was not involved. This started a chain of events that now indicate a startling 30 year cover up and blatant falsification of evidence by law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office in the case. This includes the fact that the blood at the crime scene did not belong to Cooper and contained the DNA of two people. But now there is no sample left because it was consumed during the testing process.

...Cooper’s conviction on the murder charges was appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court, which became bitterly divided. His conviction was upheld but five of the federal judges issued a blistering 103 page dissent. These judges stated, “There is no way to say this politely. The district court failed to provide Cooper a fair hearing. The district court impeded and obstructed Cooper’s attorneys at every turn. [T]he court imposed unreasonable conditions, refused discovery that should have been available as a matter of course; limited testimony that should not have been limited; and found facts unreasonably, based on a truncated and distorted record. Public confidence in the proper administration of the death penalty depends on the integrity of the process followed by the state. … So far as due process is concerned, twenty-four years of flawed proceedings are as good as no proceedings at all.” The judges found that the prosecution and the Sheriff’s office destroyed, tampered with and hid from the defense significant evidence that the jury never heard. Finally, in a damning statement the judges wrote, “The State of California may be about to execute an innocent man.”...

•Two days after the crimes were discovered; the Sheriff’s Department issued a “Criminal Bulletin” stating the suspects were “three . . . white or Mexican males,” one wearing a “blue short-sleeve shirt.” In 2004, the defense uncovered that the day after the murders a Sheriff’s deputy recovered a blue shirt with blood on it near the scene of the crimes. The prosecution never disclosed this blue shirt to the defense, and it is now “missing.”
•A woman identified as a girlfriend of one of the possible murderers alerted the sheriff’s department that her boyfriend, a convicted murderer, left blood-spattered coveralls at her home the night of the murders. She also reported that her boyfriend owned a hatchet matching the one recovered near the scene of the crime, which she noted was missing in the days following the murders; it never reappeared; further, her sister saw that boyfriend in a vehicle that could have been the Ryens’ car on the night of the murders.
•The Sheriff’s deputy who destroyed the bloody coveralls lied at trial when he testified that he acted on his own in destroying them. In 1998, over 13 years after the trial, the defense uncovered a Sheriff’s office “disposition report” that showed that the deputy’s supervisor had in fact approved the destruction of the coveralls. That report was never turned over to the defense, and the jury thus never knew that the testimony they heard from the deputy was false...

808. SAMUEL G BOGORAD CEOExpressSelect Member
     (2/3/2016 2:51:50 PM)
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Should Lobbyists Have to Disclose Sex With Lawmakers?

Sue Reisinger, Corporate Counsel February 1, 2016

At least one lawyer has spoken out against a proposed ethics bill in Missouri that would require lobbyists to disclose as a “gift” any sexual relations with state lawmakers or their staffers.

Jessica Tillipman, an assistant dean and lecturer at the George Washington University Law School, calls the bill “invasive.” Tillipman often writes about bribes and gifts as senior editor for the FCPA blog.

And while “we firmly believe in the importance of a rigorous ethics regime, several aspects of this proposal are concerning,” the blog states. The article was co-authored by second-year law student Whitney Suflas.

In addition to privacy concerns, the blog cites the vagueness of the term “sexual relations,” as well as the potential for manipulation and even extortion if a lobbyist threatens to expose a real or fake relationship unless the lawmaker votes a certain way.

Missouri state Rep. Bart Korman, a Republican from High Hill, introduced the bill in January to try and discourage sex scandals. Although there has been no public sex scandal involving corporate lobbyists recently in Missouri, two state legislators did leave office last year after being accused of sexual misconduct with interns.

Korman’s bill reads: “The term ‘gift’ shall include sexual relations between a registered lobbyist and a member of the general assembly or his or her staff. Relations between married persons or between persons who entered into a relationship prior to the registration of the lobbyist, the election of the member to the general assembly, or the employment of the staff person shall not be reportable.”

But the bill continues, “The reporting of sexual relations for purposes of this subdivision shall not require a dollar valuation,” as the reporting of other gifts does.

While Korman’s bill is not expected to pass, his idea is not so far-fetched. And it is not the first time someone has questioned whether a lawmaker’s sexual tryst with a lobbyist is a reportable gift.

The North Carolina State Ethics Commission actually reviewed the topic and published an opinion on it last year. That group found that a consensual relationship between a lobbyist and a lawmaker is not reportable as a gift because it lacks monetary value.

However, if a lobbyist or any principal provides a paid prostitute to a lawmaker, it “could constitute a gift or thing of value, albeit an illegal one, depending on the particular facts,” the opinion added.

Tillipman’s blog doesn’t suggest how a state should deal with lobbyists who trade sex for votes. It simply concludes, “We applaud legitimate attempts to strengthen state ethics laws, particularly at a time when most state regimes are notoriously lax. In this case, however, Missouri needs to go back to the drawing board.”

Contact Sue Reisinger at
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