Disgraced Loser Loses Again, This Time in Case to Enforce Omarosa Manigault Newman’s NDA

Source: New York Times

“Former President Donald J. Trump has lost an effort to enforce a nondisclosure agreement against Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former White House aide and a star on ‘The Apprentice’ who wrote a tell-all book about serving in his administration. … Mr. Trump’s campaign filed the case shortly after Ms. Manigault Newman published her book, ‘Unhinged.’ It claimed that she violated a nondisclosure agreement she had signed during the 2016 campaign stipulating that she would not reveal private or confidential information about his family, business or personal life. … In papers made available by Ms. Manigault Newman’s lawyer, John Phillips, the arbitrator, Andrew Brown, said that the definition of the type of comment protected by the nondisclosure agreement was so vague that it had been rendered meaningless. What was more, he wrote, the statements Ms. Manigault Newman had made hardly included privileged information.” (09/28/21)


Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 376

Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

“In this episode, we welcome Nick Weaver back for a special appearance thanks to the time-shifting powers of podcast software. He does a sack dance over cryptocurrency, flagging both China’s ban on cryptocurrency transactions and the U.S. Treasury’s sanctioning of the SUEX crypto exchange.” [various formats] (09/27/21)


Corruption at the Fed: Are America’s Money Masters Engaged in Self-Dealing?

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Jp Cortez

“America’s central bankers are tasked with impartial oversight over aspects of the American economy. But could these individuals be making decisions on interest rates and bailout operations based on what is best for their own personal investment portfolios? After some embarrassing revelations regarding the trading activities of two senior officials, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell abruptly ordered a comprehensive examination last week into internal compliance with an ethics rule directing Fed employees to avoid ‘actual and apparent conflicts of interest.’ … Documents revealed that Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan and Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren made several trades of individual stocks, in some cases worth $1 million or more, in markets where Fed actions have impacted financial performance. Additionally, several Fed officials personally held the same type of assets the Fed itself was buying.” (09/28/21)


Press Freedom Groups to Convene People’s Tribunal on Murders of Journalists

Source: Common Dreams

“Decrying the level of impunity in cases involving the murders of journalists, three international press freedom groups on Tuesday announced a people’s tribunal aimed at holding perpetrators accountable and securing justice for reporters who have been killed for doing their jobs. Following a request to the Permanent People’s Tribunal in Rome, Free Press Unlimited, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Reporters Without Borders will convene a people’s tribunal to investigate three murders — those of Lasantha Wickrematunge in Sri Lanka, Miguel Ángel Lopez Velasco in Mexico, and Nabil Al-Sharbaji in Syria. … Key witnesses will include family members of other international journalists who have been killed for their reporting, including Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in 2018 in Saudi Arabia.” [editor’s note: Kashoggi was murdered in Turkey – TLK] (09/28/21)


Britain Will Never be Taken Seriously with a Genuine Charlatan as Prime Minister

Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

“For a proportion of the public, the fact that their prime minister is a charlatan (or a mountebank — a useful word that has largely gone out of fashion) is an accepted if regrettable feature of the political landscape. But dismissive contempt and furious hostility both serve to prevent proper analysis of the real-life consequences of having somebody as frivolous as Johnson, along with his lightweight appointees, in charge of the country. The result is not automatically negative, since their very incapacity may undermine their ability to do real harm. But of course one should not bet on a happy outcome.” (09/28/21)


French, Greek regimes sign deal for new warships

Source: ABC News

“France and Greece on Tuesday announced a defense deal worth around 3 billion euros ($3.5 billion), including Athens’ decision to buy three French warships as part of a strategy to boost its defense capacities in the Eastern Mediterranean amid recurring tensions with longtime foe Turkey. President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a defense and security strategic partnership in a joint news conference in Paris. … Greece will purchase three French frigates to be built by defense contractor Naval Group in Lorient, in western France. The deal includes an option for the acquisition of a fourth frigate.” (09/28/21)


How the Media Brainwashes You

Source: Antiwar.com
by Starte Butone

“The lack of understanding by the American public, as well as people of other nations, of conflicts of interest present within the media is one of (and likely the) largest driver of America’s world empire present in western society today. Through their benign reputation, nationalistic propaganda, cyclical messaging, and systemic disinformation and misinformation, they managed to get Americans to support a foreign policy as terrible as the one we currently have. Mainstream media corporations have massive conflicts of interests when it comes to providing people with accurate information on foreign policy. If we are to ever have media reporting which accurately depicts what’s going on in the world and what the West’s role should be in it, then we must not allow the government to provide massive corporations with the money and incentive they need to implement such a system in the first place.” (09/28/21)


What To Do Right Now in this Bullwhipped Market

Source: American Consequences
by Dr. David Eifrig

“It’s a scene a lot of us experienced last year: Arist Mastorides had one last meeting at the office. Then he headed off to a work-from-home future. It was March 2020, and many of us expected to be back at our desks in a couple weeks. But Mastorides had an early clue that something much more cataclysmic was happening. On his way home that last day, Mastorides stopped at Walmart. He found the aisle that stocked his company’s product empty, the shelves completely barren. And he knew he had a lot of work to do. See, Mastorides works for Kimberly-Clark (KMB). He’s the president of the company’s North American Family Care division. It’s his responsibility to put the toilet paper on the shelf. And as everyone knows now, the toilet paper wasn’t there.” (09/28/21)


NC: Novant Health to fire 175 employees who refused COVID vaccine mandate

Source: Fox News

“North Carolina’s Novant Health is set to fire an estimated 175 employees this week after the group of medical professionals refused to comply with the hospital system’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Less than 200 Novant Health employees out of more than 35,000 — spread across 15 hospitals and 800 locations statewide — opted to be noncompliant with the mandate, Megan Rivers, a spokeswoman for Novant Health, which is based in Winston Salem, North Carolina, said in an email to Fox News Digital. That means more than 99% of Novant Health employees were compliant with the vaccine mandate, according to the hospital system. ‘We are thrilled that the vast majority of team members gave Novant Health’s patients and visitors, as well as our team members, better protection against COVID-19 regardless of where they are in our health system,’ Rivers said.” (09/28/21)