“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 the SOURCE, “what if the Russians really are colluding with Americans…on the left?
“#1 New York Times-bestselling author Newt Gingrich returns with this rollicking tale of high-stakes international intrigue—the first book in a contemporary series filled with adventure, betrayal, and politics, that captures the tensions and divides of America and the world today.
“Valerie Mayberry comes from the kind of wealthy family that would be royalty in any other country. Obsessive and compulsive, she’s also the FBI’s counter-intelligence expert on domestic terrorism.
“Brett Garrett is a dishonorably discharged ex-Navy SEAL coming off a secret opioid addiction. A brusque, fiercely independent operative who refuses to play by the rules, the seasoned pro is now a gun for hire, working as a security contractor in Eastern Europe.
“When a high ranking Kremlin official with knowledge of a plan to attack the US must be smuggled out under the nose of a kleptocratic Putin-like Russian president and a ruthless general, Mayberry and Garret are thrown together to exfiltrate him and preempt a deadly poisonous strike.
“As these unlikely partners work to protect their human asset, their mission is threatened by domestic politics: leftist protests, Congressional infighting, and a culture riven by hatred.
“Collusion raises many of the most significant issues facing America in real life today. Is Russia our ally, or our enemy? Are American leftist activists susceptible to influence from aboard? How far will our enemies go to disrupt our politics and weaken the nation? Can we trust the media to differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys?
“Newt Gingrich and Pete Earley have entertained and educated readers with three previous novels of Washington scandal and foreign interference. From its explosive opening through several twists and turns to its heart-stopping end, Collusion is their most timely and powerful novel yet.”
NEWT GINGRICH is the former House Speaker and 2012 Presidential Candidate. Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor and To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine are three of his 14 New York Times bestsellers. He is a regular guest on national political shows.
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
At first read, the #SCS* of this story seems to make sense… ___ * SCS = #SocialCurrentSee
Even though toll roads are almost as ancient as civilization, the idea remains a mixed blessing. Government officials at every level embrace the idea as a win-win. Taxing authorities defray or avoid full-revenue generation to pay for vital transportation needs while they offload much of the administrative cost for transportation. Taxpayers unevenly assume the costs of toll roads because those who pay are only those who use. Seems fair? ▶ NUZZEL
A comprehensive lookat the crisis of unfunded pension liabilities and what must be done to avoid the same problem in the future
As the generational bubble of the Baby Boomers begins to retire, it is increasingly evident that governments, corporations, and individuals have failed to adequately prepare for the obligations and needs of this giant cohort. Retirees are outliving actuarial life expectancies, pension liabilities are skyrocketing, pension plans are underfunded, and medical costs rise, the United States alone can expect unfunded liabilities to exceed $4 trillion.
#VarsityBlues (continued) Like most other stories in the SocialCurrentSee® of our time, public sentiment in this is largely divided in determining what, if any, justice should follow in the pending trials of the elites who are charged by the FBI.
The April 3 Boston court appearance by Loughlin, Giannulli, and others so charged brought some additional notoriety due to the showtime display by some of the defendants. We welcome your comments.
Since the Ides of March, our SocialCurrentSee (scs®) archives have been populated with ample content linked to #VarsityBlues, aka the college admissions scandal. By now, the world knows that actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman headline a list of more than 50 high-profile personalities indicted in the blockbuster FBI undercover sting to expose the scandal.
According to a SOURCE in Boston (where the trial began April 3), Lori Loughlin cleared any trace of her presence on social media after being charged in the scandal. As news emerged of the Full House star’s alleged involvement, the actress decided to delete her Instagram and Twitter, which has been inundated with tweets about the conspiracy. One daughter Olivia Jade is a well known YouTube star and beauty expert. Reports claim that there are actually court documents that show that Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 to get their daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team despite the fact that they don’t participate in crew.
Now, much of the public angst about this case invokes certain sympathy for the deserving students who were blocked from attending these elite schools because of the admissions scam.
characters are principals in the public domain, icons overexposed in continuing SocialCurrentSee® and linked to billions, including monetary interests
characters have common names and lives to match, but titles under pseudonyms designed to protect revelation (An unrelated CASE in HALLMARKS)
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.
When you search for computer tech help, you may be inclined to Google “Geek Squad”, but you may not be aware of the following caveat.
Pay attention to a new scam warning. Reports say people are getting calls from someone who claims to work for Geek Squad or some other computer repair service.
The scammer claims they will reimburse you for some previous repairs if you go to a site and enter bank information but instead, they take funds from your account.
Now, from KENNEWICK, WA comes a similar account – “A scam is going around and one woman is warning others about it. Luckily, she did all the right things to protect herself.
“Betty Lee received a phone call Monday from a local number she thought she had recognized. But when she answered, a man she did not recognize came on and offered to give her a refund for some computer work she had done a while back.
“He was wanting to give me a refund on some computer work I had done and I said ‘what company are you with?’ And he said Geek Squad,” Lee said.
“Lee thought it was odd that Geek Squad would reach out to give her a refund, but she followed along with the caller. He told Lee that in order to give her the refund he was going to need to access her computer and information, and proceeded to ask her how much she paid for the work she had done.
“That’s when the red flag went up in her head. “I thought that was kind of strange because if they are calling me for a refund… they should have that information,” Lee said.
“Knowing something was off, Betty quickly got off the phone and dialed her local Geek Squad to see if this was right. A representative ensured her that Geek Squad does not reach out unless the customer reaches out first and that the phone call she received was indeed a scam.
“My fear is that they will get a hold of someone who will let them into their computer,” Lee said.
The shocking reality of this scam is confirmed recently by a friend of mine who was swindled by this identical fraudulent operation. Never give any personal financial information over the phone and never trust “robocallers” with access to your computer. ▶SEARCH▶
Arriving in my inbox today and now archived in See ♥ Worth via my @flipboard SocialCurrentSee (SCS) is details about AMP, an open-source library that (according to the source) provides a straightforward way to create web pages that are compelling, smooth, and load near instantaneously for users. AMP pages are just web pages that you can link to and are controlled by you.
AMP builds on your existing skill sets and frameworks to create web pages. AMP is supported by many different platforms, and it’s compatible across browsers.
AMP’s ecosystem includes 25 million domains, 100+ technology providers, and leading platforms, that span the areas of publishing, advertising, e-commerce, local and small businesses, and more!
But if you visit the video link from this source, you will find about a dozen detractors, skeptics about AMP.
Among the lead flips today is the SocialCurrentSee about the national scholarship scandal in which around 50 elites were caught paying extraordinary sums to get their offspring enrolled in prestige universities and colleges.