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2018-07-20 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Corruption , 86 references
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There's a load of BeeEss flying around about boys in blue who are being lauded as "heroes" for their actions in apprehending a couple of thugs.

Watch the video.

I don't see heroes -- I see felons committing multiple serious criminal acts of malfeasance and felony negligence.

Repeatedly driving with one hand to repeat the obvious multiple times (e.g. "shots fired") in traffic, during a pursuit is the very definition of reckless driving.  That alone is a criminal offense.

But then it gets much worse because that cop plays Hollywood Movie and shoots through his windshield.

Anyone who has any knowledge of ballistics would never do that.  The reason is simple -- the glass will alter the trajectory of the round and the degree of deflection is then magnified by the distance from the windshield to the intended target.

In other words you cannot aim at someone through a windshield in your car when the intended target is orders of magnitude further away from the windshield than you are and have that actually be "aimed fire."  It is random fire and randomly firing a weapon is the very definition of a negligent and felonious discharge of said weapon.

It does not matter if you had a legitimate target or not because your rounds are not aimed at him or her.  If you are chasing someone who is shooting at you and you randomly fire your weapon, not aiming at the perpetrator but rather shooting literally at random, you are still a felon irrespective of whether the other person is a felon too.

Second, when said cop took both hands off the wheel to fire with his (presumed) "strong hand" out the window that also was not aimed fire, never mind the outrageous reckless operation of his vehicle during that time.  His shooting in that instance in the video was nothing different than the thug who turns a gun sideways; it is by definition random fire and thus felonious in that it is grossly negligent.

How is it that we live in 2018 and yet with MDTs in every car, which you can see in this cop car, the officer has to tell the dispatcher where he is and to do so he must key a microphone that requires taking his hands off the wheel?  What sort of horse**** is this where the vehicle is not set up to automatically and continually report position by GPS whenever the lights and/or siren are engaged so the officer can pay attention to not ramming the other vehicles on the road, or being rammed by them, while he engages in his pursuit?

I get it -- he got the bad guy.  Ok.

But that doesn't change a thing.  The shots he fired were reckless and intentionally so as was his operation of the vehicle during the pursuit.  All of those are criminal offenses and those that involved the use of a firearm were felonies.

Yeah, the bad guy needs to go to prison.  But there was more than one bad guy -- the cop who played Hollywood was the other one, and he too needs to face charges for that outrageous display.  Had that been you or I we'd be sitting in jail right now facing multiple felony indictments and it must be the same for the so-called "boys in blue" when they outrageously endanger the public, as was the case here.

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2018-07-18 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Corruption , 108 references
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It's really quite simple.

In any market where there is either a flat-out monopoly, evidence of lock-step pricing changes among alleged "competitors" or the alleged "competitors" have "captive" customers (e.g. the government on long-term contracts), a condition that is factually present in banks, airlines and the entire medical industry (among many others) you cannot enforce anti-trust or consumer protection law with fines.


The reason is simple: The threat of being a fined is only a deterrent if imposing them raises a realistic threat of the firm's competitors destroying the company that intends to do the bad thing.

If that threat is not present then the fines will always be paid by customers -- either the general customer (that's you!) or, in the case where a "captive" customer is present, by said captive customers (that's also you, since you fund the government with taxes!)

In such a circumstance there is only one way to enforce said laws against a company and actually deter repeat offense and that is to jail people within the corporation because the company cannot force someone else to serve a prison sentence.

Congress recognized this when it passed 15 USC Chapter 1, and it is the reason that the law specifically denotes all trust and monopolist offenses as criminal felonies to which attach prison sentences in addition to monetary fines.  This is also why directly "higher prices" are not required for a violation to be present; in fact the mere attempt to restrain trade or damage competition is sufficient to sustain a conviction.

The judiciary and executive, which bring and adjudicate violations of the law, have unlawfully and unconstitutionally re-written said statutes through their "interpretation" of same despite the fact that no change in the actual language of the law has been passed by Congress and signed by the President.

The resulting refusal to both bring criminal indictments and jail offenders in the banking and health industry, to name two very specific industries where serial offenders serious enough to implicate "three strikes" laws had you as an individual person been involved is the reason why Wells Fargo (among many others) has repeatedly robbed and defrauded people yet continues to business today and why the entire medical industry has not seen virtually every board member, officer and CEO indicted, tried and imprisoned -- instead you've got medical costs that are five hundred percent of what they should be in America today.

Incidentally if you want "market proof" of this Google just got slapped with a five billion dollar fine by the EU due to illegal monopolist practices they were found to have engaged in with Android.  The impact on the firm's stock?  Nothing.

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2018-07-17 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Corruption , 1480 references
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It's amusing to watch the screamfest from both sides of the aisle -- including on Drudge which claimed that "Puntn Dominates in Hel".

Oh please; I watched the presser, as did everyone else who wanted some fodder to slam the President.

I find it especially amusing that former CIA people claim that this rises to "Treason".  May I remind everyone that treason is a very specific criminal offense and requires certain specific predicates (e.g. a declared war for instance) that simply do not exist?

McCain, for his part, ought to shut the **** up -- or take his last nap -- already.  That miserable son of a bitch knows more about committing actual treason (since in his case there was at least a shooting "conflict" going on) than any sitting Senator or House member.

As for comments about autocrats, perhaps these jackasses could all go get up, look in the mirror, and then they'd see one; Putin at least admits it.  It's pretty easy to deal with someone who admits what and who they are, as there's very little to leave to the imagination when it comes to what their viewpoint on the world is.

For those who simply ignore the law and allow the screwing blind of the American people through their willful and intentional malfeasance and misfeasance -- but who claim to be for "representative government" and "the rule of law" -- not so much.

I'll remind you that on average every American has one dollar in six of everything they make stolen by these evil **********s, and that's before they pay a penny in taxes!  I'm speaking of course of the medical monopolists first among others where every bit of what goes on in that industry is flat-out illegal under laws passed more than 100 years ago.  Then you add taxes on top of that and the******job gets even worse.

Is Putin an *******?  Yes.

Is John McCain a worse *******?  Absolutely.  I'd rather do a deal with Putin than McCain as Putin might actually keep his word.  With McCain there's no chance of that happening -- ever.

As for spying and hacking, well, gee, we have this thing called the NSA I believe.  Their job is the spy and hack other nations -- including the political processes there.  They're responsible for a huge percentage of all the cyber-attack tools ever written and used against anyone.  We've used them to destroy physical equipment (in Iran, for example), not just steal secrets too.

Then there's the so-called disruption of our 2016 elections.  May I remind everyone that even if Russia was actually officially involved (that is, all the indictments leveled against the GRU are factual and eventually proved) the fact remains that the "damage" occurred, almost-exclusively, due to the release of information from the DNC that documented that they had rigged their primary.

The funny thing about government espionage is that there are two kinds of it -- one particularly ugly and the other that really is not much more than taking advantage of self-inflicted gun-in-mouth incidents.  When some foreign agent cons a person with a clearance or other sensitive information into sleeping with them, for example, or simply hacks in and steals valuable material, the former happens.  That's ugly and, I remind you, as old as governments themselves; it's a time-honored game to stick a cute chick in front of a balding man with power and money and convince him (frequently with a bit of booze involved) that "she really likes him."

The second is another matter entirely; exposing someone who likes to **** little boys may well be espionage in the formal sense but isn't the real problem with the foreign government getting ahold of that information that said politician likes to **** little boys?

In this case Russia exposed that the DNC rigged the Democrat primary.  Now it happens to be true that other than through common-law fraud there's no crime there.  In other words primaries are not actual binding votes; the very name is a Presidential PREFERENCE primary.

But if you represent that it's a fair contest, and it's not, well now that's at least civil and arguably criminal fraud, especially when there are people who spend or give money on that basis.

That's what happened here if you remember - the entire "DNC Hack" narrative is all about the exposure of a fraudulent, and therefore criminal, series of acts taken BY THE DNC against the American people who supported Bernie Sanders!

Was that quite-possibly damaging enough to change the outcome?  Maybe.  But exactly who's fault is that? 

Did Russia corrupt the primaries?  No, the DNC did!  The responsible parties were all Americans who engaged in a series of systematic frauds for the specific purpose of tampering with the election of our President and every one of them was an American citizen acting within one of our two major political parties with said party leadership's explicit consent, complicity and active involvement!

Never mind that the summit also confirmed long-suspected belief that the Clinton Foundation got some $400 million from Russia.  What did they get in return?  If you want to talk about "political interference" where the hell are the indictments against Bill and Hillary for that load of crap?  And if you're wondering who the culprit was in that, Putin says it's Browder -- google that and sit down before reading any of it, because this is a guy who both sides of the aisle have implicated repeatedly (including Feinstein, I might note.)  Oh, and if you really want to get mad, look at Senator Ben Cardin and where his money has come from -- and what legislation he rammed through.

So cry me a river folks.  Espionage is never something one should cheer but let me draw a big fat distinction between a foreign government's spies and intelligence services stealing actual state secrets and the very same foreign government and/or its spies exposing corruption within the existing government structure in the United States.

I'm quite cranked off about the former in every case.

The latter?  Not so much.

Of course I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Crimea.  Now there is a real issue, along with the uprising in Ukraine and, I remind you, the wee matter of Flight 17 that got blown up -- including exactly who shot that missile. There's still disagreement on who fired it after all these years but not its provenance; it was clearly a Russian missile and I reported on that, and why it had to be a Russian missile (the obvious damage pattern visible in the first images of the crash and thus type of warhead involved), shortly after the incident.  But I find it hard to be all that cranked off when Germany, which I might remind you is a part of the EU (the block where the flight originated -- in Amsterdam) is continuing and in fact increasing reliance on Russian natural gas, including building new and larger pipes to carry it!  After all if the EU's formal and informal "seat" of control over the common area government is and has continued to increase reliance on Russian energy supplies after that incident should America carry the water for Europeans who clearly don't give a **** that a civilian airliner full of their people was blown out of the sky?  I think not.

In short, to McCain and others: Stop crying and shut the **** up.  If politicians would just stop corrupting our own elections from within our own political parties you would all have much less to fear from so-called "State sponsored" election-related hacks.

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2018-07-14 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Corruption , 253 references
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Mueller indicted a bunch of GRU dudes?

For violating the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act?

Are you kidding me?

Actually, no.

He really did.

Under exactly what rubric is the GRU (Russian Nationals, in Russia) subject to US jurisdiction?

I'm sure that Putin and the alleged parties involved are all telling Mueller the same thing: Go **** yourself.

As well they should.

Does anyone really think our meddling in the Ukraine, or for that matter the dozens of other nations in which we've done equally bad or worse over the last 20, 30 or 40 years, is a lesser offense?

Oh please.

Never mind the myriad times that US firms and individuals were violated -- or attempted to be -- by Russians, Chinese and every other manner of hacker, and there has been exactly ZERO interest within the FBI to indict ANY of them.  Ever.  I can document dozens of such attempts daily against my own personal equipment alone.

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2018-07-01 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Corruption , 308 references
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There are frauds that are so outrageous, so blatant, you wonder why they haven't led to a revolution when the government flat-out refuses on either a state or federal level to do anything about them -- despite knowing full well that they're going on and in fact egging them on and cheering when they result in higher stock prices.

This is one of them. reported that a family from South Korea was visiting the city in 2016 when their infant son fell off a hotel bed and hit his head. The baby reportedly never lost consciousness, but was crying hysterically. So out of an abundance of caution, the family took the baby to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, the report said.

Doctors quickly determined that eight-month-old Park jeong-whan was fine. The family told the news site that the baby had some formula, took a little snooze and they got on with their vacation.

Two years later, the family said they were handed the bill: $18,836.

“If my baby got special treatment, OK,” Jang Yeo-im, the baby’s mother, told Vox. “But he didn’t. So why should I have to pay the bill?”

The report pointed out that the family was charged more than $15,000 for “trauma activation.”

Note carefully the following facts:

  • The family did not request any such "activation."  The hospital made that determination on its own.

  • The hospital never provided a single second of such care.  The doctors knew there was nothing serious wrong with the infant within minutes.  The "care" they provided amounted to a bottle of formula and a nap.

  • The family was not informed in advance of any such charge.  Had they been they almost-certainly would have refused.

This sort of crap implicates multiple federal laws, with the first and most-glaring being in the FTC's wheelhouse, which broadly prohibits unfair and deceptive trade practices by everyone.

All states have a similar state law.

Then there's basic criminal fraud -- the hospital billed for something it never provided and knew, within minutes, was unnecessary.  Yet they billed it anyway "on the come."

If I tried this in any other line of work I'd be sitting in a federal prison right now, with just cause.  It's an outright scam.  I'd be unable to walk down the street without being jeered at, there would be protesters with signs outside my house, my kid would get flipped the bird at school by the children of those who I screwed blind and when I went to fill up my gas tank the gas station would magically change the price on the pump to $50/gallon -- just for me.

When the impact of this crap detonates federal, state and local budgets, which is just getting started, it'll be too late.

But I'll put this sign up for you....


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