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Them sailing on their ego trip
Blast off in their spaceship
Million miles from reality
No care for you, no care for me

Now they sitting on a time bomb
Now I know the time has come
What goes on up is coming on down
Goes around and comes around

Rant...When the workers have to stay home the world crashes

the tiny middle class shrinks a bit more and the ultra-wealthy demand handouts from the taxpayer. Oh, and that we return to work and get back to making money for them as quickly as possible.

At times I wonder why we support a system that doesn't support us?

Dispensaries closing tonight in Nevada for the duration per Governor's order

Get it while you can.

No related story other than the Governor's formalizing the temporary closure of non-essential businesses. I personally called the dispensaries to verify.

Keep your head down...things are getting weird.

The Coronavirus Relief Bill H.R. 6201 does not apply to companies with more than 500 workers.

H.R. 6201, which would require employers to provide up to 14 days of paid sick leave, does not apply to companies with more than 500 workers.

It's true.

Everything's behind pay walls, but it's true...no paid sick leave for me or for you.

Charity for Disabled Veterans Raised Nearly $300 Million. Why Did Most of the Money Not Reach Them?


In the summer of 2014, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation was in dire straits. Only seven years after setting up shop, DVNF had raised more money than all but a handful of other veterans groups, but only 15 percent of its revenue in that time directly reached veterans. The rest was owed, almost entirely, to a single contractor—an outcome that had already sparked a congressional probe and investigations by Florida and New York’s top prosecutors.

Like other groups, DVNF used sappy solicitations to raise money, often centered around veterans with heartbreaking stories of injuries suffered in combat. But many of these characters were completely made up. By the time New York authorities announced a settlement with DVNF that summer, the charity was spending 90 cents of every dollar it raised to pay Quadriga Art, the direct mail firm that coordinated its fundraising campaign, and Convergence Direct Marketing, a firm that designed the direct-mail solicitations. As part of the agreement, Quadriga was ordered to forgive DVNF’s massive debt and pay the state nearly $10 million, the “largest amount of financial relief ever obtained in the US for deceptive charitable fundraising,” according to the New York attorney general’s office.

read more at https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/03/disabled-veterans-national-foundation-quadriga-innovairre/

David Corn follows the money...and yes, he went to Jared's.

How a Russian Billionaire With a Criminal Past Became a Major Investor in Lyft.

A Russian billionaire with a criminal record and alleged links to organized crime has been making large investments in US companies, including the ride-hail service Lyft, a biotech firm that does work for the Defense Department, and a prominent software company.

Gavril Yushvaev, who according to Forbes is worth $1.6 billion, invested a reported $100 million in Lyft. On a 2018 list of its investors that the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission last year—which named LeBron James, General Motors, the Kuwait Investment Authority, and scores of other individuals and investment funds—Yushvaev stood out with his checkered past, which includes being cited in a Spanish government report as an associate of a Russian banker linked to organized crime and money laundering.

read more at https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/03/how-a-russian-billionaire-with-a-criminal-past-became-a-major-investor-in-lyft/

A Right-Wing Billionaire Was Just Convicted of Bribery and He's Dragging Republicans Down With Him

The GOP candidate for governor in North Carolina is already being plagued by his connection to Greg Lindberg.

On Thursday, Greg Lindberg, one of the largest Republican political donors in North Carolina and a self-described billionaire insurance baron, was convicted of trying to bribe a state official who oversaw his businesses.

It’s a case that has torn the Republican firmament in the state apart—right before a pivotal election year with new maps that are expected to help Democrats pick up seats.

The April 2019 indictments against Lindberg were a bombshell. Lindberg had been secretly recorded by North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who was working with the FBI, as the businessman tried to bribe Causey with $2 million. The charges linked state GOP Chairperson Robin Hayes to the scheme, who promptly stepped down from his role. He pled guilty and is now awaiting sentencing. (Dallas Woodhouse—dubbed the “Roger Stone” of North Carolina politics and Hayes’ second hand—stepped down too.) The indictments also revealed that Republican Congressman Mark Walker’s political action committee received $150,000 from Lindberg at the same time Lindberg was asking Walker to exert pressure on Causey. (Walker is not accused in the case.)

read more at https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/03/a-right-wing-billionaire-was-just-convicted-of-bribery-and-hes-dragging-republicans-down-with-him/
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