With sharp increases in walnut prices inDiamond encountered a situation where it needed to pay more to its growers in order to maintain longstanding relationships with them. Yet Diamond could not increase the amounts paid to growers for walnuts, which was its largest commodity cost, without also decreasing the net income that Diamond reports to the investing public. And Neil was facing pressure to meet or exceed the earnings estimates of Wall Street stock analysts. The SEC alleges that while faced with competing demands, Neil orchestrated a scheme to have it both ways.
Howe in 'Confessions of a Monopolist'.
First, says Howe, politics is a necessary part of business. To control industries it is necessary to control Congress and the regulators and thus make society go to work for you, the monopolist. So, according to Howe, the two principles of a successful monopolist are first to let Society work for you; and second to make a business of politics.
Sutton in his book "Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution" "Regimes throughout the Middle East, from Turkey to the United Arab Emirates, have gone on what appears to be a shopping spree for former members of Congress.
Compared to the rest of the world, Middle East governments have accounted for more than fifty percent of the latest revolving door hires for former lawmakers during this time period.
But the other side of the story is that members of Congress may implicitly threaten businesses that if they don't change their policy, or if they are not heavily involved in the political process, that bad things might happen to them. Our government has become a clearing house for corporations and plutocrats whose dollars grease the wheels for lucrative contracts and easy regulation.
As soon as it was done, he was made vice chairman of one of the largest international banks - Swiss global financial services company UBS AG - and paid a multi-million dollar income, and his only duties were to go around giving speeches.
Wilkinson "The two party system is nothing but a ruse designed to keep the people believing they have a say in how things are run in this country. Both parties support the military industrial complex.
Both parties support the militarization of police forces around the country. Both parties support the mass surveillance of its citizens. Both parties do the bidding of their rich corporate and special interest benefactors.
Both parties favor deficit spending for eternity.
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Both parties believe the government should expand its role in our everyday lives. Both parties do the bidding for and protect the Wall Street interests who really run this country.
No more proof is needed than what has occurred over the last five years, as criminal Wall Street bankers were rewarded for their malfeasance with trillions of dollars from taxpayers and their puppets at the Federal Reserve.
While we were allowing ourselves to be distracted, amused, entertained, and indebted, the oligarchs were busy conducting a silent coup.
Since July, Coleman has been a registered lobbyist for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, hired in part to work on sanctions against Iran, a key priority of Saudi Arabia's ruling family. Shortly after signing up as a lobbyist for the Saudis, Coleman gave a speech on Capitol Hill imploring his congressional allies to realize that Israel and Saudi Arabia have many shared policy priorities, and that the United States should be hand in glove with our allies in the region.
Mike Krieger, "Once upon a time the GOP stood for Grand Old Party - now it stands for Guardians of Privilege, and this is payback time for everything from fracking to getting the big banks off the hook; from doing away with the minimum wage and coddling off-shore corporate tax avoiders to privatizing Medicare and Social Security; to gutting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Environmental Protection Agency, even the U.
Democrats are so compromised by their own addiction to Big Money they have forgotten their history as champion of the working stiff, the little folks down there at the bottom. The great problems facing everyday people in America - inequality, stagnant wages, children in poverty, our degraded infrastructure and stressed environment - are not being seriously addressed because the political class is afraid to offend the people who write the checks - the corporations and the rich.
Everyone else can be safely ignored. Without exception, they embrace either socialism or some other form of collectivism, because these represent the ultimate monopoly.
These government-sponsored monopolies are tolerated by their citizens because they assume that, by the magic of the democratic process and the power of their vote, somehow, it is they who are the benefactors.
"While loneliness and social isolation are often used interchangeably, there are notable differences between the two. Social isolation is defined as a lack of contact with other individuals, while loneliness is the feeling that one is emotionally disconnected from others. Feb 13, · According to Diamond Foods’ most recent annual report, in and Mr. Mendes received total bonuses of approximately $ million and incentive compensation valued at more than $ million, while Mr. Neil received bonuses totaling more than $, and incentive compensation worth more than $ million. Ex-Diamond Foods CFO ‘Did Nothing Wrong,’ Lawyer Says. Charged by the SEC with fraud and earnings management along with his former boss and company, the ex-CFO of Diamond Foods is going to court.
This might be true if they took the trouble to become informed on such matters, and if they had independent and honest candidates from which to choose, and if the political parties were not dominated by the super-rich, and if it were possible for men to win elections without vast sums of campaign money.
The regulations, upon close examination, almost always turn out to be what the cartels have agreed upon beforehand, except that now they have the police power of the state to enforce them.
And it makes it possible for these financial and political interests to become secure from the threat of competition. Hoekstra has not disclosed that he has worked as a paid representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government. What they gave pales compared to what those same corporations got: Rather than creating a level playing field, Citizens United gives disproportionate power to corporations and elites to decide elections.
Meanwhile, most voters are left disempowered on the sidelines, pawns in elections that are largely fueled by clandestine corporate money. Between corporate toadies on the Supreme Court who have granted corporations rights to spend unlimited money lobbying and buying legislators as a form of "free speech" Now it's just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president.
And the same thing applies to governors and U. So now we've just seen a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect and sometimes get favors for themselves after the election's over.
The incumbents, Democrats and Republicans, look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves. Somebody's who's already in Congress has a lot more to sell to an avid contributor than somebody who's just a challenger.
Supreme Court took for granted that "favoritism and influence" are inherent in electoral democracy and that "democracy is premised on responsiveness" of politicians to those who support them. In the Citizens United case, the Supreme Court ruled in their majority decision that corporate spending on federal elections would not "give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.MyGen web site Outlaw Geneology, Outlaw Lost Chords mp3, leslutinsduphoenix.com demonstrates the latest in deployment of Linux as a server.
Examples of SSL/Stronghold, Java, VRML, RealAudio and more. Come here for old and new Linux tools. Diamond Foods Inc.’s former CFO has agreed to pay $, to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit alleging he oversaw the snack foods company's efforts to falsify walnut costs.
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Unfortunately, while Diamond Foods attempted to save a few percentage points in , it may have caused much more severe damage in due to improper accounting standards.
Diamond Foods is a. The other day, I was in Starbucks, working on my laptop, until I said hello to the lady that just came in and sat next to my table and started chatting. What follows is my story and experience about meeting an Amway/World Wide Dream builders recruiter.
I will make efforts to be as objective as I can and Continue reading "An encounter with an Amway / WWDB recruiter". "While loneliness and social isolation are often used interchangeably, there are notable differences between the two.
Social isolation is defined as a lack of contact with other individuals, while loneliness is the feeling that one is emotionally disconnected from others.