Thursday, August 11, 2022

Subpoena Preceded Search Warrant in Push to Retrieve Material From Trump


Donald had MONTHS to return the boxes of documents. They asked nicely, via subpoena. He ignored the request. Some things don't just go away when you ignore them. 

From the article:

Trump received a subpoena this spring in search of documents that federal investigators believed he had failed to turn over earlier in the year, when he returned boxes of material he had improperly taken with him upon moving out of the White House, three people familiar with the matter said.


Sunday, August 7, 2022

best of craigslist: 1999 Toyota Corolla - Fine AF


You want a car that gets the job done? You want a car that's hassle free? You want a car that literally no one will ever compliment you on? Well look no further. 

The 1999 Toyota Corolla. 

Let's talk about features. 
Bluetooth: nope
Sunroof: nope
Fancy wheels: nope
Rear view camera: nope...but it's got a transparent rear window and you have a fucking neck that can turn. 

Big Pharma costs are NOT driven by Research. They spend more on Sales & Marketing than Research.


New Study: In the Midst of COVID-19 Crisis, 7 out of 10 Big… - AHIP
New Study: In the Midst of COVID-19 Crisis, 7 out of 10 Big Pharma Companies Spent More on Sales and Marketing than R&D

Everyone should be able to get the medications they need at a price they can afford. But drug prices are still out of control, driven by high launch prices and price hikes that Big Pharma alone control. And a new analysis from AHIP shows that in most cases, more of the dollars spent by drug manufacturers go toward selling and marketing costs than toward research and development (R&D) for new treatments, cures, or expanded indications and uses of existing drugs.

The AHIP analysis examined the 10 largest pharmaceutical companies by revenue in 2020. Using pharmaceutical companies' own annual reports and other financial filings, AHIP compared spending on research and development with a combination of selling, general, and administrative costs. In the analysis, selling and marketing costs constituted the bulk of spending for selling, general, and administrative costs.

Of the 10 drug manufacturers examined, 7 of them spent more on selling and marketing expenses than they did on research and development. For this group of 10 companies alone, selling and marketing expenses exceeded R&D spending by $36 billion, or 37%. Moreover, this use of dollars occurred during a year dedicated to the development of new treatments and vaccines to overcome the COVID-19 crisis.

Of particular note:

  • Abbvie, which manufactures branded drugs like Humira®, spent $11 billion on sales and marketing in 2020, compared with $8 billion on R&D.
  • Bayer, which manufactures branded drugs like Xarelto® (codeveloped with Johnson & Johnson) and Eylea®, spent $18 billion on sales and marketing, compared to $8 billion on R&D.
  • Johnson & Johnson, which manufactures branded drugs like Xarelto® (codeveloped with Bayer) and Stelara®, spent $22 billion on sales and marketing, compared to $12 billion on research and development.

Drug manufacturers offer many important medicines that people need and deserve, but patients and our health care system should not be priced gouged for them. Big Pharma's practices clearly show that their growth strategy is based on selling a greater volume of drugs to patients – not on creating groundbreaking new therapies and delivering more value to patients. We do not have to choose between innovation and the affordability of prescription drugs. With thoughtful solutions that encourage private-market competition and end pharma's gaming of the system, we can have both.

https://www.ahip.org/news/articles/new-study-in-the-midst-of-covid-19-crisis-7-out-of-10-big-pharma-companies-spent-more-on-sales-and-marketing-than-r-d


Saturday, August 6, 2022

Trump's Save America PAC paid $60K to Melania Trump's fashion designer


Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!!!!!!!!!

Suckers!!

The fund affiliated with former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election paid $60,000 to a fashion designer known for styling Melania Trump's wardrobe when the couple was in the White House.

The Save America political action committee distributed the money to Hervé Pierre Braillard in four paymentsstarting April 7 and going through June 24, according to records filed with the Federal Elections Commission.


https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/08/05/save-america-melania-trump-designer/10130359002/

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Upset over LGBTQ books, a Michigan town defunds its library in tax vote | Bridge Michigan


Voters in Jamestown Township, a politically conservative community in Ottawa County, rejected renewal Tuesday of a millage that would support the Patmos Library. That vote guts the library's operating budget in 2023 — 84 percent of the library's $245,000 budget comes from property taxes collected through a millage.

Without a millage, the library is likely to run out of money sometime late next year, said Larry Walton, library board president.

https://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-government/upset-over-lgbtq-books-michigan-town-defunds-its-library-tax-vote

Thursday, July 14, 2022

IRS Form 13909 - Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint (Referral)


Form 13909 (December 2016)
Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service
Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint (Referral)

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f13909.pdf


Friday, July 8, 2022

Elon Musk files to pull out of Twitter deal




Musk said he's done with trying to buy Twitter, but it's unclear if he can just walk away without a massive legal fight. 

By Gerrit De Vynck, Faiz Siddiqui and Rachel Lerman


https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/07/08/musk-deal-sec/

Saturday, June 25, 2022

But he was just a tourist /sarcasm



Intelligence contractor, alleged Nazi sympathizer charged in Jan. 6 riot

A Navy reservist described by prosecutors as a heavily armed Nazi sympathizer with top-level U.S. government security clearance was arrested.

By Spencer S. Hsu


FTA:

They cited his alleged statements to an undercover FBI employee in which he "espoused the use of violence to further his anti-government and anti-Semitic ideologies," and his firearm-related purchases totaling over $50,000 after the Capitol attack in a bout of "panic" buying that included a dozen pistols, revolvers, shotguns and rifles.
U.S. prosecutors did not ask to jail Speed, but they requested a judge detain him until court authorities could find and remove weapons that were not seized in a search of his home and storage unit when he was arrested. An FBI search found 13 firearms, seven silencers, evidence of three more unrecovered suppressors and 25 firearms belonging to housemates, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexis J. Loeb wrote.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/06/24/hatchet-speed-jan6-arrest/

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Sign the Sedition Petition NOW



18 U.S. Code § 2384 - Seditious Conspiracy

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Column: Trump’s push for higher gas prices is misguided - Chicago Tribune



For decades, American presidents and American consumers have complained when oil prices rose and rejoiced when oil prices fell. But this week, President Donald Trump helped forge an agreementwith Russia, Saudi Arabia and other oil-producing nations to raise prices by slashing production. Then he bragged about it.

"The big Oil Deal with OPEC Plus is done," he tweeted. "This will save hundreds of thousands of energy jobs in the United States. I would like to thank and congratulate President Putin of Russia and King Salman of Saudi Arabia … Great deal for all!"


https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/steve-chapman/ct-column-trump-oil-deal-gas-pricesi-chapman-20200415-iwwn3cpegngo5krsm6tfdycqvy-story.html

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Line 6 - Bass Pod - User Manual


QUICK START GUIDE
or:
"MANUAL? I DON'T NEED NO STINKING MANUAL!"
1. Turn the POD OUTPUT LEVEL control down to zero.
2. Plug the POD AMP MODEL OUTPUT into your recorder or mixer's input, or plug the AMP MODEL OUTPUT into your amplifier's effects loop return. Or connect headphones to the POD's PHONES jack.
2. If you're plugged into an amp, set A.I.R. switch to 'AMP.' Otherwise, set it to 'DIRECT.'
3. Plug the power adapter into the POD POWER CONNECTOR, then plug the other end into an AC wall socket.
4. Connect your bass to the POD INPUT JACK.
5. Flip the POWER switch near the POD power connector to fire up.
6. Select an AMP MODEL.
7. Set the CHAN VOL to max and the BASS, MID, and TREBLE to your heart's desire. OUTPUT LEVEL sets the output level (duh).
8. Pick an EFFECTS setting and adjust the COMPRESS (compressor) and EFFECTS TWEAK so you're happy with the sound.
9. Browse pre-programmed settings using the UP/DOWN arrows. You can press the MANUAL button for a "Manual Override" that gives you where-the-knobs-are-is-how-it-sounds operation.
10. What number 10?You're already up and running!
But wait, before you go any further, flip to the inside back cover of this manual and notice that it folds out. The idea is to have this handy pictorial reference always opened out while you're thumbing through the manual. If you photocopy the back of it, you'll have a handy template for making a note of your favorite POD settings. Now then, before you run off....




Monday, March 21, 2022

WTAF? “Only the best people” my ass. Trump is disgusting.


Ashley Biden's Diary Was Shown at Trump Fund-Raiser. Weeks Later, Project Veritas Called Her.

A month before the 2020 election, Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s daughter, Ashley, received a call from a man offering help. Striking a friendly tone, the man said that he had found a diary that he believed belonged to Ms. Biden and that he wanted to return it to her.

Ms. Biden had in fact kept a diary the previous year as she recovered from addiction and had stored it and some other belongings at a friend's home in Florida where she had been living until a few months earlier. The diary's highly personal contents, if publicly disclosed, could prove an embarrassment or a distraction to her father at a critical moment in the campaign.

She agreed with the caller to send someone to retrieve the diary the next day.

But Ms. Biden was not dealing with a good Samaritan.

The man on the other end of the phone worked for Project Veritas, a conservative group that had become a favorite of President Donald J. Trump, according to interviews with people familiar with the sequence of events. From a conference room at the group's headquarters in Westchester County, N.Y., surrounded by other top members of the group, the caller was seeking to trick Ms. Biden into confirming the authenticity of the diary, which Project Veritas was about to purchase from two intermediaries for $40,000.