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« Reply #9860 on: April 16, 2018, 03:21:02 PM »
Mea culpa -- external deficits.  Fixed it.
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« Reply #9861 on: April 16, 2018, 03:58:10 PM »
Trump's propagandist in chief Sean Hannity is vehemently asserting that Michael Cohen's legal advice to him was not related to any matter involving a third party, from which I think we can safely conclude that Cohen's advice was directly related to a matter involving a third party. ;) These people lie with the subtlety of four year olds.

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« Reply #9862 on: April 16, 2018, 08:15:04 PM »
Judge finalizes $25 million settlement in Trump’s fraud case

"A federal judge finalized the $25 million settlement between President Trump and students of his now shuttered Trump University on Monday, with New York’s attorney general claiming “victims of Donald Trump’s fraudulent university will finally receive the relief they deserve.”

The order from U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel – the same Indiana-born judge Trump called biased because of his “Mexican heritage” – comes a year after he first approved the settlement. It marks the end of two class-action lawsuits and a civil lawsuit from New York accusing Trump of “swindling thousands of Americans out of millions of dollars through Trump University,” in the words of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

The circumstances are nothing short of bizarre: a sitting president of the United States has written a check for $25 million to a group of Americans who credibly claimed that he ripped them off by perpetrating a fraud.

You know things are bad for a president when a story like this goes almost entirely unnoticed by the public, eclipsed by a dozen or so more pressing scandals."

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« Reply #9863 on: April 16, 2018, 08:29:11 PM »
I feel like putting this here as well:

“Is curing patients a sustainable business model?” Goldman Sachs analysts ask

"The investment banks’ report, titled “The Genome Revolution,” asks clients the touchy question: “Is curing patients a sustainable business model?” The answer may be “no,” according to follow-up information provided.

Analyst Salveen Richter and colleagues laid it out:

The potential to deliver “one shot cures” is one of the most attractive aspects of gene therapy, genetically engineered cell therapy, and gene editing. However, such treatments offer a very different outlook with regard to recurring revenue versus chronic therapies... While this proposition carries tremendous value for patients and society, it could represent a challenge for genome medicine developers looking for sustained cash flow.

For a real-world example, they pointed to Gilead Sciences, which markets treatments for hepatitis C that have cure rates exceeding 90 percent. In 2015, the company’s hepatitis C treatment sales peaked at $12.5 billion. But as more people were cured and there were fewer infected individuals to spread the disease, sales began to languish. Goldman Sachs analysts estimate that the treatments will bring in less than $4 billion this year.

“[Gilead]’s rapid rise and fall of its hepatitis C franchise highlights one of the dynamics of an effective drug that permanently cures a disease, resulting in a gradual exhaustion of the prevalent pool of patients,” the analysts wrote. The report noted that diseases such as common cancers—where the “incident pool remains stable”—are less risky for business.

To get around the sustainability issue overall, the report suggests that biotech companies focus on diseases or conditions that seem to be becoming more common and/or are already high-incidence. It also suggests that companies be innovative and constantly expanding their portfolio of treatments. This can “offset the declining revenue trajectory of prior assets." Lastly, it hints that, as such cures come to fruition, they could open up more investment opportunities in treatments for “disease of aging.”

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« Reply #9864 on: April 16, 2018, 10:11:42 PM »
The hilarious soap operas go on. Now Hannity says that he didn´t tell of the Cohen connection because "he has the right to privacy", and that he didn´t pay anything to Cohen, so there actually wasn´t any client relationship.
Yet their communications were protected from disclosure by the attorney client privilege, which extends only to conversations that take place within an established attorney-client relationship.

Apparently Hannity made $36 mio last year as a news anchor on the Fox News, so he can afford any lawyer he wants. Did Hannity gain anything extra for his promotion of Trump? For his fierce defence of Cohen, without mentioning their relation?
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« Reply #9865 on: April 17, 2018, 01:11:49 AM »
Trump businesses making millions from political and taxpayer spending – report

"Trump’s customized 757 plane, with its gold-plated bathroom taps and seatbelts, was the biggest beneficiary. Some $9.2m – equal to 60% – of the money spent went to Tag Air, which controls the plane.

Trump Tower in New York sucked up close to $2.5m in funds. Trump launched his presidential bid from there, where his campaign leased space.

The president has openly speculated that he could make money in the White House. “It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it,” he told Fortune in 2000.

Trump will arrive in Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach resort, on Monday, where he will host Japan’s prime minister, Shinzō Abe. He is expected to spend much of the week in Florida. Since his inauguration in January 2017, Trump has spent 138 days at his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia.

“Trump’s propensity for travel to his own resorts and dining at his own restaurants has resulted in considerable spending of tax dollars at Trump-owned properties,” the report concludes. However, it is difficult to assess quite how much money has been spent as the information is not yet fully available. The final tally is likely to be far larger than the $15.1m identified in Public Citizen’s report."


Far larger? Yeah, add a zero. Probably add two. But, you know: "That makes me smart!"
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Re: Sound The TRUMPets! A Thread for Presidential Pondering 2016-2020(?)
« Reply #9866 on: April 17, 2018, 02:17:16 AM »
I feel like putting this here as well:

“Is curing patients a sustainable business model?” Goldman Sachs analysts ask

"The investment banks’ report, titled “The Genome Revolution,” asks clients the touchy question: “Is curing patients a sustainable business model?” The answer may be “no,” according to follow-up information provided.

Analyst Salveen Richter and colleagues laid it out:

The potential to deliver “one shot cures” is one of the most attractive aspects of gene therapy, genetically engineered cell therapy, and gene editing. However, such treatments offer a very different outlook with regard to recurring revenue versus chronic therapies... While this proposition carries tremendous value for patients and society, it could represent a challenge for genome medicine developers looking for sustained cash flow.

For a real-world example, they pointed to Gilead Sciences, which markets treatments for hepatitis C that have cure rates exceeding 90 percent. In 2015, the company’s hepatitis C treatment sales peaked at $12.5 billion. But as more people were cured and there were fewer infected individuals to spread the disease, sales began to languish. Goldman Sachs analysts estimate that the treatments will bring in less than $4 billion this year.

“[Gilead]’s rapid rise and fall of its hepatitis C franchise highlights one of the dynamics of an effective drug that permanently cures a disease, resulting in a gradual exhaustion of the prevalent pool of patients,” the analysts wrote. The report noted that diseases such as common cancers—where the “incident pool remains stable”—are less risky for business.

To get around the sustainability issue overall, the report suggests that biotech companies focus on diseases or conditions that seem to be becoming more common and/or are already high-incidence. It also suggests that companies be innovative and constantly expanding their portfolio of treatments. This can “offset the declining revenue trajectory of prior assets." Lastly, it hints that, as such cures come to fruition, they could open up more investment opportunities in treatments for “disease of aging.”

Yes.  This is how inflating the retail price of an “epi pen” becomes “a purely business decision,” e.g.
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Re: Sound The TRUMPets! A Thread for Presidential Pondering 2016-2020(?)
« Reply #9867 on: April 17, 2018, 03:32:35 AM »
Trump businesses making millions from political and taxpayer spending – report

"Trump’s customized 757 plane, with its gold-plated bathroom taps and seatbelts, was the biggest beneficiary. Some $9.2m – equal to 60% – of the money spent went to Tag Air, which controls the plane.

Trump Tower in New York sucked up close to $2.5m in funds. Trump launched his presidential bid from there, where his campaign leased space.

The president has openly speculated that he could make money in the White House. “It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it,” he told Fortune in 2000.

Trump will arrive in Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach resort, on Monday, where he will host Japan’s prime minister, Shinzō Abe. He is expected to spend much of the week in Florida. Since his inauguration in January 2017, Trump has spent 138 days at his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia.

“Trump’s propensity for travel to his own resorts and dining at his own restaurants has resulted in considerable spending of tax dollars at Trump-owned properties,” the report concludes. However, it is difficult to assess quite how much money has been spent as the information is not yet fully available. The final tally is likely to be far larger than the $15.1m identified in Public Citizen’s report."


Far larger? Yeah, add a zero. Probably add two. But, you know: "That makes me smart!"

I’ll say it before she does: But he donated his salary !!  :D

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Re: Sound The TRUMPets! A Thread for Presidential Pondering 2016-2020(?)
« Reply #9868 on: April 17, 2018, 03:41:46 AM »
The Search for Trump's Brain


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Mahler, you ought to go see it.
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Re: Sound The TRUMPets! A Thread for Presidential Pondering 2016-2020(?)
« Reply #9869 on: April 17, 2018, 04:02:18 AM »

     Ryan Zinke Is Opening Up Public Lands. Just Not at Home.

In the last year, Mr. Zinke has torn up Obama-era rules related to oil, gas and mineral extraction and overseen the largest reduction of federal land protection in the nation’s history, including an effort to slash the size of Bears Ears National Monument.

But here in Montana, where support for drilling in certain beloved areas can be a career killer, Mr. Zinke has struck a different note. And as he faces allegations that he has violated travel and ethics rules, an examination of his Interior Department record shows that his pro-development bent has not always applied to his home state, where he is viewed as a fiercely ambitious candidate for future office.

In the past year, Mr. Zinke has halted the sale of oil and gas leases near Yellowstone National Park, opposed gold mining in that area, and urged the president to protect one national monument, Montana’s Upper Missouri River Breaks, while creating another, the Badger-Two Medicine, just miles from his childhood home.


     It's Zinke FTW. Scott Pruitt will never be able to match this.
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« Reply #9870 on: April 17, 2018, 04:35:10 AM »
Broader than Trump, but Donny gets a name check.  (It's in AmPo, so it's legit!)

The liberal world order is an ‘artificial construction.’ And now it’s in trouble.

Quote from: Neocon turned Liberal Interventionist Bobby Kagan
“My argument is that the liberal world order is an incredible achievement. It, in fact, is sort of an aberration from history[.]  We need to understand that this liberal world order is an artificial construction. It isn’t just an evolution of mankind, humankind, and it won’t stay. And that the forces of nature, human nature, and the forces of history going back centuries, inclines to overrun this order, unless it’s actively protected.”

Pay special attention to the last two words: actively protected.  For a neocon turned liberal interventionist, that means something rather concrete.
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Re: Sound The TRUMPets! A Thread for Presidential Pondering 2016-2020(?)
« Reply #9871 on: April 17, 2018, 05:23:57 AM »

     Yes, culture compared to nature is "artificial" and needs maintenance. You have to try hard to not understand that. But it isn't just the liberal world order that requires active protection, any world order would, the liberal one is just the best we've ever had, thousands of year of cultural engineering went into it and as an evolutionary work in progress it's not going to be abandoned. We'll keep tinkering with it.

      Neocons are liberal interventionists for the most part, I've always understood that. Even liberals know this, the smart ones anyway. What makes it look like one is turning into another is circumstantial, first Trump, now Trump plus Bolton, enough to turn anyone.
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Re: Sound The TRUMPets! A Thread for Presidential Pondering 2016-2020(?)
« Reply #9872 on: April 17, 2018, 08:51:45 AM »

     Russian Journalist Who Reported on Secretive Paramilitary Dies

     Certainly Putin has available to him more robust means to combat Fake News than Trump, as we see in the case of this "failing by falling" reporter.
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Re: Sound The TRUMPets! A Thread for Presidential Pondering 2016-2020(?)
« Reply #9873 on: April 17, 2018, 09:45:59 AM »
Borodin reported on a lot of subjects, also about corruption etc. Concerning the stories about the Wagner mercenaries, Strelkov (a former FSB officer & Russian nationalist who led Russian forces in Donbass & is particularly known from the MH17 case etc.) was perhaps the first who went public with the news about the massive defeats in Syria; tweets from him exist from early January & early February. They drew some attention in the West also, but the story only broke really a few weeks ago.

Strelkov has long said that it would be a surprise if he lived to be very old.

https://twitter.com/JohnDelacour/status/949654679570567169
"John Delacour" is otherwise an unreliable news source, but others have told about it too.

https://twitter.com/bordoni_saker/status/962432917376045058
https://twitter.com/lennutrajektoor/status/963417218796212224
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« Reply #9874 on: April 17, 2018, 01:12:24 PM »

      Why is Sean Hannity beginning to have never heard of Michael Cohen?

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Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective.

     Is Cohen on his way to being a volunteer who gets coffee for his clients who can barely remember seeing him all the time?

     Let's ask Sarah Huckabee Sanders if she can barely remember Cohen as a guy who used to temporarily be around doing something a long time ago briefly.
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« Reply #9875 on: April 17, 2018, 03:04:59 PM »

     W.H. blames Russia sanctions 'confusion' on Haley

     
     What part of "everything he touches dies" does she not understand?
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« Reply #9876 on: April 17, 2018, 04:58:30 PM »
     W.H. blames Russia sanctions 'confusion' on Haley

     
     What part of "everything he touches dies" does she not understand?

Larry Kudlow in particular seems to be apologizing for blaming Haley and acknowledging the WH changed its mind after she made that statement...

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« Reply #9877 on: April 17, 2018, 06:04:18 PM »
     
Larry Kudlow in particular seems to be apologizing for blaming Haley and acknowledging the WH changed its mind after she made that statement...

      He'll get run over looking for a bus to throw someone under.
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« Reply #9878 on: April 17, 2018, 08:34:19 PM »
Interesting.
Also, besides Cohen possibly meeting the Kremlin link Konstantin Kosachev in Prague, the Russian hacker Yevgeniy Nikulin (who was recently extracted to US custody from the Czech Republic) was probably in Prague at that time.

http://praguemonitor.com/2018/03/08/ln-czechs-locked-power-game-over-nikulins-extradition
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/30/suspected-russian-hacker-step-closer-to-us-extradition-yevgeniy-nikulin
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-czech-usa-russia-cybercrime/russian-accused-of-massive-u-s-hacking-is-extradited-pleads-not-guilty-idUSKBN1H60VU

"Nikulin (a missing link in the Russian-FSB-hacking-DNC-election-meddling case) was in court today-- in handcuffs/restraints, moreover. "Discovery is voluminous" meaning more than 3 TB of data, plus 1000s pages of evidence to be reviewed. Defense suggests plea deal possible."

https://twitter.com/Mike_Eckel/status/986419866210131970

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« Reply #9879 on: April 18, 2018, 08:17:56 AM »

     Trump Should Be Worried by Cohen Probe. Really Worried.

Naming the president as subject to potential felony prosecution would be a game-changer in Congress. It’s one thing for congressional Republicans to dispute potential Mueller findings that might connect Trump to Russian collusion -- on the assumption that such evidence even exists, which it might well not.

It would be another thing altogether for Republicans to ignore independent career prosecutors’ naming of Trump as an unindicted felon. They would come under huge pressure to impeach, and pay a huge political price if they did not.

Meanwhile, Trump would not be able to do anything about it. A potential felony charge would hang over his presidency. On leaving office, he could face charges and even prison.
   

     
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