A Few Updates …

Today I have some new/additional information on a few of my recent posts that I thought I would share with you.

Some People Never Learn …

Remember my June 29 post about Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical magnate who increased the prices of certain drugs by as much as 5,000%, showed no remorse, and made outrageous statements while wearing a perpetual smirk.  Well, in August he was convicted on three counts of securities fraud, and is currently out on bail while awaiting sentencing.  Or rather, he was out on bail until yesterday, when U.S District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto revoked his bail.

Shkreli.jpgSeems that Shkreli just has to be in the limelight and isn’t too bright about how he gets there.  On his Facebook page, he offered his Facebook followers $5,000 to grab a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair during her book tour.  Now why … ??? His attorneys produced an apology, and pleaded with the judge, but to no avail.  “The fact that he continues to remain unaware of the inappropriateness of his actions or words demonstrates to me that he may be creating ongoing risk to the community,” said Judge Matsumoto. “This is a solicitation of assault. That is not protected by the First Amendment.”

Shkreli was immediately taken into custody and will be sent to a maximum-security prison until his sentencing hearing in January. He could face up to 20 years in prison.

Something Rotten at Equifax …

Last Friday I wrote about the major security breach at Equifax that affected 143 million in the U.S. alone, some 98% of the adult population.  I mentioned that I had concerns because, while Equifax discovered the breach on July 29th, the public was not informed until September 7th, fully 41 days later.  What were they doing?  Damage control? Meanwhile, at least three senior Equifax executives had divested themselves of shares after learning of the breach … shares worth $1.8 million.  My thoughts then were that there was more to this than meets the eye.

Well, apparently I am not alone in my suspicions, but they are shared by the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee.  The leaders of the committee, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Ron Wyden of Oregon have sent a letter to Equifax seeking additional information into the hacking, and also information about the three officers who sold stock.  Those three officers are Chief Financial Officer John W. Gamble Jr., Rodolfo O. Ploder and Joseph M. Loughran III.  The letter asked that Equifax respond by Sept. 28th.

Additionally, a group of thirty-six senators signed a letter asking the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to look into the executive stock sales.  And Equifax’ chief executive, Richard Smith, is expected to testify on Oct. 3 before a House of Representatives panel. Expect more updates.

The Hate is Spreading …

The case of the little 8-year-old boy who was nearly lynched by a group of teens in Claremont, New Hampshire is finally being taken seriously, it seems. On Tuesday, Governor Christopher Sununu instructed the state attorney general to assist Claremont police in the investigation. “It is my expectation that local and state authorities will investigate appropriately and I’ve asked for regular updates on how things are proceeding, Hatred and bigotry will not be tolerated in New Hampshire.”

Although it is still not being widely reported, the New York Times, Newsweek and International Business (IB) Times have reported on it.  And some members of the community came together on Tuesday in a peaceful gathering to protest against racism.  Meanwhile,  Jasper Hill Farm in rural Vermont reported a swastika and other racist graffiti on a barn.

graffiti.jpgThe hate is spreading, folks, and I don’t foresee an end anytime soon.





29 thoughts on “A Few Updates …

  1. Dear Jill,
    Thanks for the updates. The good news is that Martin Shkreli, is being treated like the criminal that he is.

    This case about the near lynching of a young boy is frightening. This is the USA that DDT and his sycophant republicans have been condoning. It is crucial for the community leaders to send a message that there will be serious consequences when teenagers attempt a hate murder.DDT was at it again today, arguing the equivalency between the WHITE RACIST GROUPS AND THOSE WHO OPPOSE THEM.
    At any other time, Equifax would be the biggest scandal ever. Its executives should send the White House a thank you note. They were probably grateful for the storm Irma news.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I think we have not heard the last of Equifax. There is more, and it is likely to come to the surface soon. It is being compared the Enron scandal of 2001.

      Yes, I heard (read) that DDT has reversed course again and is now blaming everybody for Charlottesville. I really want to say to him what my mother used to say to me … “if you don’t know what you’re talking about, shut up!” He has indeed brought the slugs, the white supremacists and the neo-Nazis out from under their rocks and created an atmosphere of hate, an atmosphere where children think it’s okay to hurt or even kill other children because they may look different.

      As to Shkreli … I laugh, for he has been so arrogant throughout it all, and he is about to get his comeuppance! 😀


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  2. Sad and distressing, while also uplifting that someone is getting his just desserts- apparently What-his-face -Shirkey or Jerky carried the headline in the UK media as ‘The Most Hated Man in America’…Wow! That was against some pretty stiff competition!
    Meanwhile here is a mixed opinion from someone who is History-bingeing (currently Holy Roman Empire 800AD to its demise in 1805)….actually as regards Hate, Ignorance and Stupidity- nothing changes. On the good side, these days more folk are willing to take a stand against them. (You don’t what no-nonsense socialists like me running the country)

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    • Stiff competition indeed!!! But see, he hit people in their very own pockets, made their life-saving medicines out of their reach. People don’t seem to get all that riled until they actually feel the gut punch themselves. So yeah, perhaps he is the most hated, though there are others I would rank ahead of him. He is actually rather pathetic and I am eager to know how he will fare in prison … heh heh heh …

      au contraire …. I would love to have a no-nonsense socialist just like yourself in the Oval Office! I would sleep better at nights, be healthier, saner, and be able to start writing of other things, knowing our nation was in capable, intelligent hands. I liked that about Bernie, but I also knew his ideas were ‘pie in the sky’.

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      • Ah yes..Prison…. once more we say cough (Shawshank) cough. Oh well….
        I dunno about being in the Oval Office; my tendency to go raw-bone Old Testament/Hard-Nose Socialist/Deliverer of Retribution and Woe might cause some concern.
        No tweets: Just regular TV broadcasts of someone glowering from a pulpit and starting off with ‘Citizens of America……’😠
        See what I mean?
        (I would not do well in politics)

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        • Yes, I see exactly what you mean, and for my money, YOU’RE HIRED! When can you start? Y’know the part that clinched it for me? It was when you said “no tweets”. A so-called president whose only method of communication with the citizens of the nation is Twitter is an imbecile … but then, we already knew that, didn’t we? 🎺

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          • Y’know Jill I do feel sorry for those folk who simply felt he was a fresh face in a corrupt and Soap Opera Legislative system. They are going to be so disappointed- a lot of them don’t deserve that kind of let down.
            And our ‘Missus’ Theresa ( ‘jolly good fellow’) May gave him a public wrist slap.
            This is weird I’m like a reverse demagogue 🙃 😋- no I would not make a good leader😂.
            Interesting item today. Within the ranks of the UK Labour Party a group in forming called ‘Catholics for Labour’, within the article it’s mentioned Labour owes more to British Christian Non-conformist Methodism than Marxism….. I knew it!
            Someone build me my pulpit!! 😃 😄

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            • I suppose you are right, that some of them don’t deserve what they will end up with under wobble-belly. But some do, for they are still singing his praises.

              I saw that Ms. May had royally put him down, and though I am not a fan of PM May, I DID applaud her on that one! 👏 👏 👏

              Perhaps you would not make a good leader, for you are not filled enough with hot air and are far too good, decent and honest. But … you are just what I WISH we could have in our leaders. I wish I could believe that it would someday happen, but looking back throughout history, I don’t think there has EVER been a completely honest, committed to the good of humankind, leader yet, so why should I think it will ever happen? Perhaps the best we can hope for is one who is kinda-sorta good. Sigh.

              And as to that last … I shall have to ponder on it a bit, for I am confused and my brain is too tired & mushy tonight to think very hard, BUT … I will happily build you a pulpit … meanwhile, feel free to borrow my soapbox whenever you wish! 😀

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  3. It is at least comforting that some justice is sought by good people and law makers. I have been finding bad news just a bit of an assault on the senses lately. I think we need to address what teenagers are learning to emulate these days…for they are the ones who are carrying us forward into a corruption that we haven’t seen for decades. Aggression is on the increase and mainstream media (at least in UK) keep talking about a psychopathic element in the population that has some worrying trends. Psychopaths have no empathy, nor do they possess the ability to feel remorse for bad actions. Add in narcissism to that equation, and we have a population that only wants to destroy all others and gratify themselves. It is an evil that we must not allow to get the upper hand.

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    • I fully agree with what you say, but here’s a question for you: what do we do with them, once we have identified a teen who is a psychopathic narcissist? Some might argue that psychiatric/psychological counseling and therapy can turn things around, but frankly I see no evidence of it. What that does, as a rule, is makes him/her dependent on psych drugs for the rest of his/her life. It really does not change who that person is. Is there a way to ‘fix’ a broken human?


  4. The news about Shkreli yesterday made my day. As Hugh noted, I wish more judges and other law-maker types would recognize what the 1st amendment is really all about. Not to mention the 2nd amendment…but hey, what do I know? I’m not ‘Murcan.

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    • I fully agree with both you and Hugh … and you already know I would like to see the 2nd Amendment’s hands tied, if not chopped off! It’s rather like telling a child he may have ‘a cookie’ after dinner. The kid proceeds to eat all the cookies, and when asked why, he says, “you said I could have a cookie, but you didn’t say which one!” Sigh. Humans are incredibly creative, just not always in the right ways.

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  5. Thanks for catching us up. I thought Judge Matsumato’s comment was remarkable, and would have disallowed much of the recent president’s oratory during the election he backed into: “This is a solicitation of assault. That is not protected by the First Amendment.” Too bad more don’t follow up on his interpretation of the First Amendment.

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  6. I liked the news about Mr. Shkreli (funny name, sounds alien – and on the picture he does look a bit like from outer space!). And good to hear that a least that hideous crime against that boy in New Hampshire is being taken seriously. But these signs on the barn … Sometimes I wonder if those people even remotely understand what they are invoking. If this is the doing of teenagers, it might be worth the money to bundle them up and send them to a guided tour to one of the concentration camps in Europe. I don’t think anyone who has still a shred of humanity in them can see what is documented there without being deeply affected. – Chances are their grandfathers even fought over here to help getting rid of the very thing they are relating to now! It is so ironic …

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    • No, my friend, they have no concept. Enough time has passed, apparently for some, that it is but a distant bit of history, not much different than Julius Caesar or the French Revolution. How quickly, relative to all time, we forget the lessons of history. I do not, you do not, but some do. And … what bothers me also … some these days seem to actually praise Hitler, think he had the right idea. I don’t get it!!! Sigh. Freedom of speech is sometimes taken too far … more and more so, of late.


      • And yesterday I read an article in “Der Spiegel” about everyday racism in Germany … and it made me feel sick. Apparently things that were common in the 80s/90s (verbal abuse, intimidation of migrants/people that did not look like the common German) and that everyone thought had disappeared in the last years, are raising their ugly heads again! Especially (but not only) the Eastern part of Germany seemed to have a deep distrust towards different cultures. And here I am happily sitting in my multi-cultural-bubble dreaming of people just being people, no matter what they look like or who they pray to … sigh.

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        • I, too, have lived in that bubble until the killings of unarmed black people by police began. I thought the civil rights era had accomplished its purpose. I thought we had learned lessons. I thought we had learned to accept people in spite of superficial differences. And then came Trump. And I fell headfirst from a tear in the bubble. I know it is not just in the U.S. … I have read of racism in the EU, particularly Germany. I have a friend in Ghana who tells me that there is racial bias based on how light or dark one’s skin is. I am torn between believing that it is inevitably a part of human nature and not likely to ever be eradicated, and believing that with enough of us with good values and consciences, we can overcome this. I do not know the answer. I wish I did.


          • Still hoping we can overcome this!! Thinking otherwise would mean giving up, which is not an option. As I have said on various occasion, I think our children are the key. Young children don’t care about skin colour or cultural background, they just want someone to play. If we encourage this natural openness, everything is possible. (And I also think that fear and greed are behind a lot of these problems: people that feel secure are much more likely to welcome “outsiders” in, because they do not need someone to blame for an unhappy situation.)

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            • I agree that if there is a solution, it lies with the children, for they are born without hatred, greed, fear or prejudice. The problem I see is that parents who are bigots tend to instill the same into their children at a very early age, and thus the hatred is passed on down the line. How we stop that, I think, is with education and enlightenment, but … at least here in the U.S., education is taking a back seat these days, is being downplayed while career training is more the ticket for many. Sigh. I am convinced there IS a solution, I just don’t know how we attain it. But no, you are right, we cannot give up … not an option. Hugs, my friend!


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