December 9 is the scheduled release of the long-anticipated FISA Court abuse report from the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Here is some amplified previews of this content which is already creating much speculation and concern on every political aisle.
ex·on·er·ate/iɡˈzänəˌrāt/verb 1.(especially of an official body) absolve (someone) from blame for a fault or wrongdoing, especially after due consideration of the case.”they should exonerate these men from this crime”synonyms: absolve, clear, acquit, declare innocent, find innocent, pronounce not guilty, discharge;
2. release someone from (a duty or obligation). synonyms: release, discharge, relieve, free, liberate; More
Perhaps no other word in the 400+ pages of the Mueller Report was as controversial or dissected than the word, exonerate. Exoneration occurs when the conviction for a crime is reversed, either through demonstration of innocence, a flaw in the conviction, or otherwise. Attempts to exonerate convicts are particularly controversial in death penalty cases, especially where new evidence is put forth after the execution has taken place.
Nothing in the American system of justice requires investigators and prosecutors to exonerate the subject of an investigation and on that point Mueller had no defense for his statement.
The Mueller Report is the culmination of 22 months of investigation into potential Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. There may never be a document like this again in our lifetimes. We do not know its consequences yet, and the next 22 months will confront us with decisions to make that will ripple through history – and our lives – for generations. Democrat, Republican or none of the above, read the report for yourself. Come to your own conclusions unfiltered through the agenda of the media, pundits, politicians, lobbyists, and the latest hot take from “experts” who said a Trump presidency was impossible. This version of the report was released to the public on April 18, 2019 and has been formatted specifically for Kindle using Kindle software.
As of April 4, 2019, the Bezos divorce is apparently settled in record time according to this SocialCurrentSee® and an ample number of other accounts, now archived. Is this possibly the most-quickly-settled divorce in history?
Reports of the Bezos divide were widely circulating early January 2019. Four months to settle the high-profile split may be a record even in the amicable divorce zone. Statistics shared indicate uncontested divorces generally take about 24 months. to settlement sounds like a Prime Amazon delivery? We all know of many couples who spend years in such litigation, one of whom is archived in the LOWER CASE of this composition.
Speaking of stories, the second novel for Mackenzie Bezos,TRAPS, prompted critics to praise how Mackenzie seals the mundane with a sense of dread, presenting four women trapped by sad circumstances and their own fallibility, as they gradually make their way through four tense days during which their lives intersect. If that skill to capture drama doesn’t come via rumination, it must be native talent?
But as for talent hidden, the current FLIPBOARD stats of the MackenzieBezosstory may underwhelm most followers. FLIPBOARD has 100 million users and an estimated 10x visitors/readers. So, the 15 followers (as of May 2019) of the MackenzieBezos subject line redefines the term, mundane, even while her story is far from dull. HerAMAZON pages.
Like her mentor, Toni Morrison, Mackenzie practices a sense of timing in her work that displays real characters in human conflict. In selecting the theme for her next work,Mackenzie may explore the life and times of some of the “lower case” characters that follow. Given her status, Mackenzie won’t need a formal introduction.
One person who won’t get an introduction to Mackenzie Bezos is the anonymous Twitter scribe, aka HACKER, who once created an unverified account under her moniker. Thousands errantly followed that site for a time, thinking it was authentic. Now, a search for Mackenzie on Twitter at least leads to real content.
That page nixes the controversial content that once resided at a dormant URL, no longer visible, fortunately for the Bezos legacy. This unauthorized publishing of social media content is not unusual, but it seems more ubiquitous and viral when the subjects are facing well-publicized trials. Even after Mackenzie established her verified account, some mischievous followers are population her feed with dubious content. Why do so many celebrity types launch social media sites without intent to monitor, edit, and manage those sites?
APATHY begets silence and APATHY portends a stagnant organization. Those in the vocations of the day may apply this observation only to a corporation, a nonprofit, or a governmental division. But what about common interest developments (aka homeowner associations or HOAs)? Surely, this caveat applies here as well in TRILOGY Glen Ivy ▶ PDF
From Trilogy Glen Ivy, incorporated on October 11, 2001, one of the first common interest developments in the Temescal Valley, Inland Empire, Riverside County, CA 92883
How many residents live here?
Total dwellings = 1317
▶ 514 (est.) are dwellings with a single occupant (39% is the CA state average) ▶ 803 dwellings have two occupants, generally married couples = ▶ 1606 dual habitants + ▶ 514 single habitants = ▶ 2120 total population of Trilogy Glen Ivy (est.)
This may or may not be the actual number that only the HOA knows. So consider this… If 20% of the 2120 Trilogy residents actually voted in and became informed about HOA elections that number would equal 424 residents. The 2018 TGMA election had 471 participants, or about 10% greater than the expected 20% (as per the Pareto’ Rule), but still very close to the 20% rule. But that enumeration may not tell the complete story. On any given day, due to the nature of a 55+ community, the following factors may diminish (shrink) homeowner (member) participation in HOA matters:
20% of the population may well be on vacation or out-of-area (A. 424)
20% of the population left may have health reasons that prevent participation (B. 339)
20% of the population left may be home, but not able to understand the election issues well enough to be comfortable with election participation (C. 271)
20% of the population may simply be too apathetic to be engaged (C. 217)
So add the numbers: 424 (A) + 339 (B) + 271 (C) + 217 (D) = 1251
2120 – 1251 = 869
So these calculations leave the HOA to consider influencing the remaining 869 homeowners who are not otherwise preoccupied or unable to be engaged. In the last election (2018), TGMA was able to get more than half (471) of this number to actually vote. Such is the reality of conducting HOA elections today. One other consideration? What about the number of 55+ residents in an HOA community who still work?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), about 40 percent of people ages 55 and older were working or actively looking for work in 2014. That number, known as a labor force participation rate, is expected to increase fastest for the oldest segments of the population—most notably, people ages 65 to 74 and 75 and older—through 2024. In contrast, participation rates for most other age groups in the labor force aren’t projected to change much over the 2014–24 decade. So, if you consider that 40 percent of 2120 Trilogy residents (848) are likely to still be working, what impact might occupations, vocations, and avocations have on their attention, interest in matters HOA? It is a safe bet to believe this is a real underlying cause for what HOA managers, legal counsel, and other residents like to blame on APATHY.
The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. … Pareto developed both concepts in the context of the distribution of income and wealth among the population.
Maybe, these statistics have some bearing on why the 2019 election for the TGMA board included the minimum number of candidates (3), all incumbents. No new candidates declared. So, truly, there is a dirth of new candidates available to run for the HOA board after the Pareto 20% principle is applied and after one calculates the number of 55+ residents (40%) still in the workplace, either full-time or part-time.
… is an American anti-abortion activist who previously worked at Planned Parenthood as a clinic director, but resigned in October 2009. She states that she resigned after watching an abortion on ultrasound. Her memoir, Unplanned, was made into the 2019 movie of the same name. ▶ @PRIME
All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women about their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose even led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in.
Until the day she saw something that changed everything, leading Abby Johnson to join her former enemies at 40 Days For Life, and become one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America.
“What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.
“Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance. Longtime New Yorker contributor John Brooks’s insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962, the collapse of a well-known brokerage firm, or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history repeats itself.
“Five additional stories on equally fascinating subjects round out this wonderful collection that will both entertain and inform readers . . . Business Adventures is truly financial journalism at its liveliest and best.”
According to SOURCE, “cybercriminals have been directing users to download something called Exodus, an app that was actually malware. It allowed access to photos, videos, device IDs, audio recordings, and contacts, potentially tracking a victim’s location and listening to their conversations through the microphone. It’s an unusual break-in for Apple’s locked-down ecosystem, but it’s a reminder to stay vigilant no matter how safe you think your devices are.” ▶ NUZZEL
Despite all of the press, public outrage, and constant comments in the socialcurrentsee® of the high-profile scholarship scandal, the legal arguments will primarily deal with tax matters. Allegedly, a fraudulent charity was at the center of the scheme.
The dispute may end up in the United States Tax Court, a tribunal of record established by Congress under Article I of the U.S. Constitution. When the Commissioner of Internal Revenue determines a tax deficiency, the taxpayer may dispute the deficiency in the Tax Court before paying any disputed amount.
Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, stand accused of paying half a million dollars to get their daughters into USC. The couple reportedly paid a bribe to the school’s crew coach to falsely admit their daughters as rowing prodigies, though neither really participated in the sport. Loughlin and Giannulli are due to appear in Boston court April 3 to be arraigned.
According to the Boston Globe, many of the #varsityblues defendants have hired A-list legal teams to represent them in federal court in Boston, where they’re among assorted wealthy parents caught in the nationwide college admissions scandal. Legal findings show Felicity Huffman, 56, and Loughlin, 54, are each charged for allegedly paying bribes to advance the likelihood of their children getting into selective schools. Loughlin allegedly had her daughters falsely accepted as athletic recruits at USC, and Huffman allegedly paid to aid in the cheating of her daughter’s SAT.
Eventually, it could well be that the California defendants in this case will appeal their eventual convictions at a Federal courthouse closer to home, perhaps the well-known Pasadena location.
As of late March 2019, the identity of the defendant that made the $6 million alleged bribe has not been revealed and that was also the alleged discovery which led to more than 50 other indictments, including the Hollywood notables cited above.
Many who follow this story will know that the starlet Lori Loughlin wasn’t even supposed to be a regular on Full House, where she starred alongside the Olsen twins as Uncle Jesse’s lady love. She was originally contracted to only six episodes, but Aunt Becky soon became a fan favorite and producers loved the way she interacted with the Tanner girls. Producers ended up giving her a supporting role, where she became a mainstay and finished out the series in 1995.
For trivia nuts, Loughlin’s first big break was a Tab Cola commercial, and by the time she landed her role in Full House, she was already working in TV. The series helped make her a household name, and she’s since landed some big roles, from the 90210 reboot, to some G-rated basic cable cult hits. All this hard work helped her amass a pretty impressive $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Now documented: Lori Loughlin wiped clean her social media presence on the same day news of the college admissions scandal broke, and her Twitter and Instagram pages no longer exist. The FBI has also accused the Netflix star’s husband, Mossimo, for teaming up with his wife to allegedly agree “to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC,” according to the court documents that HollywoodLife read.
According to this source, Mossimo appeared in federal court on March 12 and his bond was set at $1 million, as he and Lori were specifically charged for “conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud,” aa described by CNN. Daughters Olivia, 19, and Isabella, 20, have built impressive social media empires, as Olivia has nearly two million YouTube subscribers, while her older sister boasts over 260,000 followers on Instagram. Olivia turned the comments off on her social media pages once the scandal broke.
“On March 12, the FBI disclosed from its investigation that 50 celebrities, executives, lawyers and professors had paid millions of dollars to change their children’s standardized test scores, bribe university officials and coaches and create fake athletic profiles to earn their children admission to USC, UCLA, Yale and Stanford, among other colleges. ▶ SOURCE
“According to court records, 24 students were allegedly admitted to USC under the guise of athletic recruitment between 2011 and 2019, the most of any university implicated in the investigation.”
According to this SOURCE, thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. Scammers use the regular mail, telephone, or email to set up individuals, businesses, payroll and tax professionals.
IRS warns of new phone scam using Taxpayer Advocate Service numbers
The IRS warns the public about a new twist on the IRS impersonation phone scam whereby criminals fake calls from the Taxpayer Advocate Service. See IR-2019-44.
IRS: Don’t be victim to a ‘ghost’ tax return preparer
The IRS warns taxpayers to avoid unethical tax return preparers, known as ghost preparers. See IR-2019-09.
IRS warns of “Tax Transcript” email scam; dangers to business networks
The IRS and Security Summit partners today warned the public of a surge of fraudulent emails impersonating the IRS and using tax transcripts as bait to entice users to open documents containing malware. See IR-2018-226.