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  1. This site is as old as the hills and still has decent traffic. The signal to noise ratio has gotten a little high but you can still find decent discussion there on trading anything financial product. You'll find much of the discussion that use to take place on these type of forums has migrated over to Twitter.
  2. Canada draws a red line on NAFTA renegotiation Canada prepared to walk away if US wants to scrap dispute resolution The main dispute on NAFTA renegotiations could be how to resolve disputes. The current agreement includes an independent panel that rules on disputes. That system, called Chapter 19, has been used 47 times against US tariffs and Trump has said he wants it scrapped. In an announcement last week, using US courts instead was cited as one of the administration's top priorities. Canada says it won't budge. A senior official cited by the Globe & Mail said Trudeau will walk away from negotiations if the panels are scrapped. "A senior Canadian official who was not authorized to speak on the record said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regards Chapter 19 as the 'red line' that Canada will not cross," the Globe reports. In the original negotiations in 1987, Canada initially walked away from the table because the panel wasn't included. The first trilateral renegotiations begin Aug 16 and headlines from it will be movers for CAD and MXN.!/canada-draws-a-red-line-on-nafta-renegotiation-20170725 ***************************************** Yeah we'll just scrap independent dispute resolution and use US courts instead. LOL
  3. Tweety Bird is at it again this morning. So this morning we have Jeff Sessions further chucked under the bus. It appears Sessions and Trump are engaged in a Mexican stand off. Trump doesn't want to have to fire him and Sessions doesn't want to quit. At this point it's playing out like an old "I Love Lucy" skit. And acting FBI director McCabe who was considered by Trump for the permanent FBI gig taking his turn under the bus. Pretty clear if you're not a General or a family member that he will at some point chuck you under the bus and back over your head 6 times.
  4. Teens who laughed at drowning man to be charged for not reporting death under obscure law Police in Florida are investigating an obscure law that could allow for a group of teens to be charged with a misdemeanor after watching, videotaping, and laughing at a drowning man. Jamel Dunn’s body was found near a pond in Cocoa, Fla. on July 14, two days after his fiancée reported him missing. There was widespread anger after the video of the drowning was made public, with the teenagers saying things like “Ain’t nobody fixing to help you.” While it’s generally not a crime to fail to come to someone’s rescue in Florida or elsewhere in the U.S., police say they’ve found an obscure law that will allow them to charge the teenagers. The law, Section 406.12 in the Florida Statutes, states: “It is the duty of any person in the district where a death occurs… to report such death and circumstances forthwith to the district medical examiner. “Any person who knowingly fails or refuses to report such death and circumstances… shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.” Cocoa Mayor Henry Parrish III says the misdemeanor charge is at least a start in the July 9 drowning death of 31-year-old Dunn. “While this in no way will bring justice for what occurred, it is a start,” Parrish said in a statement. “I know that everyone working on this investigation has been tireless in their efforts to find answers.” While police are pursuing charges, police chief Mike Cantaloupe says there’s not a lot of justice in a misdemeanor charge. “I don’t know as there’s any just outcome to this, I’ve got to be honest with you,” he said Friday. “There’s nothing that’s going to replace somebody’s life.” Dunn’s fiancée says it’s not enough. “I think there should be some type of laws put in place that if someone’s asking for help, that you should be obligated to at least call 911,” she told WESH News.
  5. Trump Jr. and Manafort reach deal with Senate panel to avoid public hearing Updated 7:40 PM ET, Fri July 21, 2017 Washington (CNN)The leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee have cut a deal with President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to avoid a high-profile public hearing next week, with the two men agreeing to provide records to the panel and to be privately interviewed ahead of any public session. In a joint statement, panel Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Dianne Feinstein said, "(W)e will not issue subpoenas for them tonight requiring their presence at Wednesday's hearing but reserve the right to do so in the future." The committee has issued a subpoena for Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the political firm that compiled a dossier at the center of the federal Russia probe. Attorneys for Simpson say he will not accept the committee's invitation to testify Wednesday. Grassley and Feinstein said in their statement: "Glenn Simpson, through his attorney, has declined to voluntarily attend Wednesday's Judiciary Committee hearing regarding compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Therefore, a subpoena has been issued to compel his attendance. Simpson's attorney has asserted that his client will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to the subpoena." The subpoena was served by email Friday afternoon. Also on Friday, the House intelligence committee announced it will interview Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner on Tuesday as part of its probe into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. Kushner is being interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday.
  6. Jeff Sessions reportedly discussed campaign issues with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak says he talked with Jeff Sessions about policy matters of interest to the Kremlin during the 2016 election U.S. officials say intercepted communication show the two discussed issues of interest to the Kremlin Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, according to current and former U.S. officials. Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s accounts of two conversations with Sessions — then a top foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Donald Trump — were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, which monitor the communications of senior Russian officials both in the United States and in Russia. Sessions initially failed to disclose his contacts with Kislyak and then said that the meetings were not about the Trump campaign. One U.S. official said that Sessions — who testified that he has no recollection of an April encounter — has provided “misleading” statements that are “contradicted by other evidence.” A former official said that the intelligence indicates that Sessions and Kislyak had “substantive” discussions on matters including Trump’s positions on Russia-related issues and prospects for U.S.-Russia relations in a Trump administration. Sessions has said repeatedly that he never discussed campaign-related issues with Russian officials and that it was only in his capacity as a U.S. senator that he met with Kislyak. “I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign,” Sessions said in March when he announced that he would recuse himself from matters relating to the FBI probe of Russian interference in the election and any connections to the Trump Current and former U.S. officials said that assertion is at odds with Kislyak’s accounts of conversations during two encounters over the course of the campaign, one in April ahead of Trump’s first major foreign policy speech and another in July on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention. The apparent discrepancy could pose new problems for Sessions at a time when his position in the administration appears increasingly tenuous. Trump, in an interview this week, expressed frustration with Sessions’s recusing himself from the Russia probe and indicated that he regretted his decision to make the lawmaker from Alabama the nation’s top law enforcement officer. Trump also faulted Sessions as giving “bad answers” during his confirmation hearing about his Russian contacts during the campaign. Officials emphasized that the information contradicting Sessions comes from U.S. intelligence on Kislyak’s communications with the Kremlin, and acknowledged that the Russian ambassador could have mischaracterized or exaggerated the nature of his interactions. “Obviously I cannot comment on the reliability of what anonymous sources describe in a wholly uncorroborated intelligence intercept that the Washington Post has not seen and that has not been provided to me,” said Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokeswoman in a statement. She reiterated that Sessions did not discuss interference in the election. Russian and other foreign diplomats in Washington and elsewhere have been known, at times, to report false or misleading information to bolster their standing with their superiors or to confuse U.S. intelligence agencies. But U.S. officials with regular access to Russian intelligence reports say Kislyak — whose tenure as ambassador to the United States ended recently — has a reputation for accurately relaying details about his interactions with officials in Washington. Sessions removed himself from direct involvement in the Russia investigation after it was revealed in The Washington Post that he had met with Kislyak at least twice in 2016, contacts he failed to disclose during his confirmation hearing in January. “I did not have communications with the Russians,” Sessions said when asked whether anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign had communicated with representatives of the Russian government. He has since maintained that he misunderstood the scope of the question and that his meetings with Kislyak were strictly in his capacity as a U.S. senator. In a March appearance on Fox television, Sessions said, “I don’t recall any discussion of the campaign in any significant way.” Sessions appeared to narrow that assertion further in extensive testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June, saying that he “never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States.” But when pressed for details, Sessions qualified many of his answers during that hearing by saying that he could “not recall” or did not have “any recollection.” A former U.S. official who read the Kislyak reports said that the Russian ambassador reported speaking with Sessions about issues that were central to the campaign, including Trump’s positions on key policy matters of significance to Moscow. Sessions had a third meeting with Kislyak in his Senate office in September. Officials declined to say whether U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted any Russian communications describing the third encounter. As a result, the discrepancies center on two earlier Sessions-Kislyak conversations, including one that Sessions has acknowledged took place in July 2016 on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention. By that point, Russian President Vladimir Putin had decided to embark on a secret campaign to help Trump win the White House by leaking damaging emails about his rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to U.S. intelligence agencies. Although it remains unclear how involved Kislyak was in the covert Russian campaign to aid Trump, his superiors in Moscow were eager for updates about the candidate’s positions, particularly regarding U.S. sanctions on Russia and long-standing disputes with the Obama administration over conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. Kislyak also reported having a conversation with Sessions in April at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, where then-candidate Trump delivered his first major foreign policy address, according to the officials familiar with intelligence on Kislyak. Sessions has said he does not remember any encounter with Kislyak at that event. In his June testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sessions said, “I do not recall any conversations with any Russian official at the Mayflower Hotel.” Later in that hearing, Sessions said that “it’s conceivable that that occurred. I just don’t remember it.” Kislyak was also a key figure in the departure of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was forced to leave that job after The Post revealed that he had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with Kislyak even while telling others in the Trump administration that he had not done so. In that case, however, Flynn’s phone conversations with Kislyak were intercepted by U.S. intelligence, providing irrefutable evidence. The intelligence on Sessions, by contrast, is based on Kislyak’s accounts and not corroborated by other sources. Former FBI director James B. Comey fueled speculation about the possibility of a Sessions-Kislyak meeting at the Mayflower when he told the same Senate committee on June 8 that the bureau had information about Sessions that would have made it “problematic” for him to be involved in the Russia probe. Comey would not provide details of what information the FBI had, except to say that he could only discuss it privately with the senators. Current and former officials said he appeared to be alluding to intelligence on Kislyak’s account of an encounter with Sessions at the Mayflower. Senate Democrats later called on the FBI to investigate the event in April at the Mayflower hotel. ********************************** Stick a fork in this poor b*stard, he's done.
  7. Yes Chefboy Harvey, I know how to read a Twitter feed. Tanden called for "massive street demonstrations". The 19 year old fraudster's tweet your posted equated that with inciting violence. That's loony tunes. Thanks but I'll pass on the Chianti. Hanging out with an over the hill salesman isn't my idea of fun.
  8. I had no idea marching in the streets equaled inciting violence and anarchy. Good to know. LOL You sure pick trustworthy sources. Jacob Wohl, The Teenage-Hedge Fund Manager, Ordered To Cease And Desist Jacob Wohl, the 19-year-old “Wohl Of Wall Street” hedge fund manager, faces a pending action by the Arizona Securities Commission that accuses Wohl’s companies of violating the state’s securities laws. Contents Of The Order Among the 14 alleged counts of fraud in connection with the offer or sale of securities included in the cease and desist order are the following: Wohl and WCIG falsely represented to Investor 1 that only 20 percent of his investment would be at risk, yet lost approximately 50 percent of his Investor 1's account value between December 2015 and January 2016, according to the securities commission. Wohl and WCIG falsely represented to Investor 1 that WCIG managed between $9 million and $10 million in assets, but actually managed less than $500,000, the order said. Wohl and WCIG misled Investor 1 regarding the risk associated with the investment by representing that a textbook trade for WCIG had a 99.5 percent probability of profit, according to the commission. Wohl, Johnson, and MAl falsely represented to potential investors that MAl had 35 years of experience flipping single-family residential real estate, but MAl had existed for less than six months, the order said. Wohl, who has received significant media attention in recent years, and his company Nex Capital were banned for life March 2 by the National Futures Association for failure to cooperate with the organization. Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Jacob Wohl and now-defunct Nex Capital were banned by the National Futures Association and to clarify the status of an administrative action brought by the Arizona Securities Commission. Harv, I suggest you change your avatar to this......... Because no one serves up more "NothingBurger" than Chef BoyHarvey.
  9. Was really hoping they would have promoted KellyAnne Conway to Press Secretary. Could you imagine what an epic sh*t show that could have been? Sarah Huckabee Sanders is so blah and grumpy all the time. Fifty percent of her answers are "I don't know".
  10. Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions Greg Farrell and Christian Berthelsen July 20, 2017, 7:31 AM PDT Special counsel examines dealings of Kushner, Manafort, Trump Trump has warned Mueller against going beyond Russia in probe The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe. The president told the New York Times on Wednesday that any digging into matters beyond Russia would be out of bounds. Trump’s businesses have involved Russians for years, making the boundaries fuzzy so Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears to be taking a wide-angle approach to his two-month-old probe. FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said. Agents are also interested in dealings with the Bank of Cyprus, where Wilbur Ross served as vice chairman before he became commerce secretary, as well as the efforts of Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law and White House aide, to secure financing for some of his family’s real estate properties. The information was provided by someone familiar with the developing inquiry but not authorized to speak publicly. The roots of Mueller’s follow-the-money investigation lie in a wide-ranging money laundering probe launched by then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara last year, according to the person. FBI agents had already been gathering information about Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, according to two people with knowledge of that probe. Prosecutors hadn’t yet begun presenting evidence to a grand jury. Trump fired Bharara in March. The Bharara probe was consolidated into Mueller’s inquiry, showing that the special counsel is taking an overarching approach to his mandated investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Altogether, the various financial examinations constitute one thread of Mueller’s inquiry, which encompasses computer hacking and the dissemination of stolen campaign and voter information as well as the actions of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Joshua Stueve, Mueller’s spokesman, declined to comment, as did Abbe Lowell, a lawyer for Kushner and a Manafort spokesman. Spokesmen for the White House, Trump Organization and Ross didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Mueller’s team is looking at the Trump SoHo hotel condominium development, which was a licensing deal with Bayrock Capital LLC. In 2010, the former finance director of Bayrock filed a lawsuit claiming the firm structured transactions in fraudulent ways to evade taxes. Bayrock was a key source of capital for Trump development projects, including Trump SoHo. The 2013 Miss Universe pageant is of interest because a prominent Moscow developer, Aras Agalarov, paid $20 million to bring the beauty spectacle there. About a third of that sum went to Trump in the form of a licensing fee, according to Forbes magazine. At the event, Trump met Herman Gref, chief executive of Russia’s biggest bank, Sberbank PJSC. Agalarov’s son Emin helped broker a meeting last year between Trump’s son and a Russian lawyer who was said to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton and her campaign. Another significant financial transaction involved a Palm Beach, Florida estate that Trump purchased in 2004 for $41 million, after its previous owner lost it in bankruptcy. In March of 2008, after the real estate bubble had begun losing air, Russian fertilizer magnate Dmitry Rybolovlev bought the property for $95 million. As part of their investigation, Mueller’s team has issued subpoenas to banks and filed requests for bank records to foreign lenders under mutual legal assistance treaties, according to two of the people familiar with the matter.
  11. Good luck.
  12. Poll: Third of Trump voters don’t think Trump Jr. met with Russian, even though he admitted it Not even going to bother posting the article. The headline says it all. Not really surprising after reading the ramblings of some in this thread.
  13. What casino in the world will deal practically to the end of an 8 deck shoe? Been to local casinos, Vegas, Atlantic City. Not even Trump's old casinos in Atlantic City were that foolish. The count I taught myself was fairly basic. 5 cards = -1, 5 cards = +1, with an Ace side count. If someone can't master that on a single deck in 1 hour they should not bother going further. Yes I do think I can count effectively on a fast paced table with lots of distractions, because I have done it. Seven seat tables full of chatty people, throw in a guy in the anchor seat guessing on most decisions (adding to the aggravation). Sure you're going to lose the count from time to time. It's a very mentally tiring thing to do for prolonged periods. And of course if some blonde with her chest hanging out of her blouse happens by you may become distracted by that as well. That's all part of it. Casinos are supposed to be full of distractions. The true count is not a true count. It's a supposition. Same as in poker. When counting your outs in poker (cards that will help strengthen your hand) you assume all of those cards are remaining. Even though you have no idea if any of them were folded earlier in the hand. Counting cards with more decks is not "just as easy" as you put it. There are less breaks and it is far more mentally tiring. Not to mention it is not nearly "just as effective". Simply dividing the count to account for decks remaining doesn't cover all the variables multiple decks bring. That's why casinos have all but abandoned 1 and 2 deck games and are happy to use 6-8 decks. The reason for that is to neutralize the advantage of counting. That advantage is not defeated by simple division. Question: Have you actually tried counting a 6-8 deck shoe in a busy casino full of distractions? As far as betting strategies go I will pass. My betting strats are employed in foreign exchange and futures markets. My business is never refused and there is no chance of getting beaten up by security. cheers
  14. Card counting is really not all that difficult. Years ago I taught myself how to do it in fifteen minutes and had it mastered within an hour. It's really only effective in 1 or 2 deck games where they deal very deep into the shoe. These days most games deal from a 6 deck shoe and cut off between 1.5-2 decks. Rendering it fairly useless. Good luck finding a casino that will deal a single deck or even a 2 deck game that isn't totally on the look out for counters. Fairly easy to spot a counter with the very predictable bet jumping. About 6 years a go a buddy of mine was in Vegas and counting at The Wynn. He took them for about 4k and while cashing out, security approached him and congratulated him on his winnings and told him to never come back. They were pissed enough to ban him after losing a measly $4,000. So good luck thinking you're going to take them for any serious amount of cash. No comment on the cryptos. Others here can offer better advice than I can.