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Smokin' Joe April 20, 2014 at 11:14 pm
Lib, I have no deep connections with the National Security Council or with Bloomberg, but I'll takeRead More this quote from the article Donald cited to mean that it's probably true: "Staff of the National Security Council, which is the president’s main forum for considering national security and foreign policy matters, has reached out to businesses to provide information on sanctions against Russia, said Laura Lucas Magnuson, a spokeswoman for the council. " You can maybe argue that it's a normal matter for hedge fund managers to be briefed on potential US Economic Strategies. Maybe it's been going on since Roosevelt. No matter, if it affects the market, it's supposed to be disclosed to all. Mary Jo White from the SEC should be the one to decide whether this is appropriate.
Liberaltarian April 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm
Based on the Bloomberg article, DL asserted that certain hedge-fund managers were given the heads upRead More regarding potential sanctions. "If true" - that's a problem. The statement put out by the NSA though could simply mean that the National Security Council is providing information on sanctions already in place. I imagine somebody has to get the information out there so that investment people know what they can and can't do. I'm also a little suspicious about how the NSA weasels its way into everything.
Donald Lee April 21, 2014 at 02:55 pm
I'm afraid that "weasel" is the word. I take this answer as "no".
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Roys A. Liar April 22, 2014 at 05:08 pm
Roy Roscoe: "Try the truth. It might set you free." Indeed, you should, Roy. ----- YouRead More can believe what you want, Roy, but I am only posting under this profile name. Keith and I are not related but we have met. I met him at the same time I met his wife, so quit speculating as you're not even close. I don't even know why that is relevant to anything going on here. I do not want to hijack this conversation--I only jumped in to tell Roy that he was peddling another lie. I think I made my point quite clear on the last story so let's stop speculating/assuming/finger pointing, okay? I am confident there are others here who would like to get back an honest and interesting discussion.
Keith O. April 22, 2014 at 06:05 pm
OC, I'd say more in the tradition of O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Hannity, Maher, Maddow and others. And,Read More with the exception of Maddow, none of them exudes a friendly disposition. And keep in mind that Gandhi's letters to Hitler, which addressed the dictator as "my friend" and closed with "your sincere friend," didn't prevent WW II.
Keith O. April 22, 2014 at 06:57 pm
I only know the aptly named Roys A. Liar in the offline world. The others I know only from theseRead More discussion threads. You're interesting to debate, OC, but you're a little thin-skinned when challenged. You're smart and educated, but as "Roy" continually demonstrates, it's not about being right or factual, it's about controlling the message, Putin-style. 1. Muzzle the opponents by over-posting 2. Rebrand the argument 3. Sound furious, signify nothing 4. Bend the rules 5. Follow your script.
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Donald Lee April 18, 2014 at 08:50 pm
You do the most to reduce "overlap" by making government do less. Rather than try toRead More reduce government to doing things only once, let's try to get it out of businesses where it does not belong, and make sure it does each absolutely necessary thing at most once.
Donald Lee April 18, 2014 at 08:51 pm
Our founders warned us. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Look at the sacrifices that theyRead More made. Ours pale by comparison.
Keith O. April 18, 2014 at 09:38 pm
Donald, if you're referring to the sacrifices detailed in the oft-circulated essay, variously calledRead More "The Price They Paid" or "Our Nation's First True Patriots," (including being captured by the British, tortured and killed) it's basically a bunch of BS. Historians including Joseph J. Ellis have noted the "distinction between history as experienced and history as remembered." John Adams himself spoke to the propaganda promoted soon after the Revolutionary War that distorted events and created heroes to fit a dramatic formula. The boring, real-life biographies of the founders have been repeatedly embellished over the years with exaggeration and pure fiction to make for a better story, when what most of them went through was what everyone went through on the American side during the war.