The MTA Fucks Itself: Slow Train Comin’ And Goin’ And Stopping Short

030This is what it said when entering the Queens Lefferts Blvd destination A train on 14th Street in Manhattan. Fuck the MTA.

It’s been almost a year since this digital publication decreed the MTA as the worst fucking transit system in the universe, which to no surprise to me is the most read post in the existence of Impunity City. Your city and mine. Since then, there has been a multitude of articles by professional journalists actually confirming my vulgar opinion. But none as deftly infuriating as the most recent piece by the now full time digital Village Voice. It ultimately turns out that the rationale for the perpetual shit service of the transit system is because of the actual modernization of the signal system leading to a policy of running the trains at a slower speed which was discovered in a three year old study by an intern at Columbia University that the MTA, in their hapless way, tried to throw it in the memory hole. (The only bright side of this is that this study probably didn’t cost taxpayers a dime).

The Village Voice: The Trains Are Slower Because They Slowed the Trains Down

The root cause of the subway system’s decay, it turns out, isn’t budget cuts or overcrowding — rather, the collapse of the subway system appears to have been primarily self-inflicted by the authority itself, in response to a single accident two decades ago that set the transit system on a path to disaster.

 But there is one type of delay that’s gotten exponentially worse during that time: a catchall category blandly titled “insufficient capacity, excess dwell, unknown,” which captures every delay without an obvious cause. From January 2012 to December 2017, these delays increased by a whopping 1,190 percent — from 105 per weekday to 1,355. In December, one out of every six trains run across the entire system experienced such a delay. The increase has been steady and uninterrupted over the past six years.

In 1995, a Manhattan-bound J train crossing the Williamsburg Bridge rear-ended an M train that was stopped on the bridge, killing the J train operator and injuring more than fifty passengers. The National Transportation and Safety Board investigation placed most of the blame on the J train operator, who the NTSB suspected had been asleep. But the NTSB also identified potential issues with the signal system that contributed to the accident, which it found didn’t guarantee train operators enough time to apply the emergency brakes even when awake.

“They slowed the trains down after the Williamsburg Bridge crash,” a veteran train operator who asked not to be identified told the Village Voice. “The MTA said the train was going too fast for the signal system.” As a result, the MTA, quite literally, slowed all the trains down, issuing a bulletin informing employees in April 1996 that their propulsion systems would be modified so they could achieve a maximum speed of 40 miles per hour, down from the previous high of 50 to 55 miles per hour on a flat grade.

But the MTA didn’t stop there, internal documents show. One of the NTSB’s safety recommendations was to set speed limits. As a result, the MTA began a still-ongoing process of changing the way many signals work to meet modern safety standards. Previously, trains would encounter green lights if the track ahead was clear; if not, a red light would trip the train’s brakes if it tried to cross that section of track, stopping it a safe distance from the train ahead. (Restarting the train after it is tripped can take anywhere from one to ten minutes, and the incident gets noted in the operator’s performance file, according to MTA sources.) Under the new program, generally referred to as signal modifications, the brakes would be tripped based not only on whether the track ahead was vacant, but also on the train’s speed.

NYCT’s estimates were so off in part because they didn’t account for a human element. The most problematic of the newly modified signals were “one-shot timers,” so called because the operator has only one chance to meet the posted speed limit. One-shot timers are easier and cheaper to install, say MTA sources; the more “shots” the operators have to get under the required speed, the more timing mechanisms have to be installed across a longer portion of track. (An MTA spokesperson disputed this, characterizing the decision to install one- or two-shot timers as safety-related.) But the consequences of going over the speed limit are high — the train is stopped, and the operator gets penalized — so many operators now opt to go well below the posted speed limit just to be on the safe side.

So because of a train wreck on the bridge, the trains have been pussyfooting across the rails for the past two decades, extending platform wait times and commutes. And this exposes the dirty little secret of the daily refrain during the daily sojourns of commuters “train is delayed because of red signal ahead”. It also explains why the commute the day after this Voice article came out that the trains were moving sloooowwer than usual.

Now with the city’s population explosion from all the tower development and rampant tourism growing every year, in addition to the reprehensible etiquette of commuters lethargically boarding and exiting trains while gazing at their phones, the frightening overcrowded platforms especially by major transfer hubs where commuters have to wait on the stairs, it has made this fubar transit system slower and slower. Which must be throwing those new countdown clocks and jumbo touch screen schedules off kilter.

This is ultimately an existential and irremediable disaster. But my prophecy is becoming possible because of the feud nobody likes of the two top officials nobody likes, Mayor de Blasio and Governor Andy Cuomo. de Blasio refuses to pony up half of the money for the $830 million action plan (which the Voice points out won’t help much, but it’s a start since it’ll supposedly fund overtime work) and at the last MTA board meeting in a stroke of funding blowback, Mario’s son decided to allocate 1 billion dollars for renovations and modernizations at 6 stations. So instead of signal modernization. track repairs and train maintenance, expect more art on the walls to ignore or pricey novelty take-out eateries on the mezzanines.

This retarded targeted spending comes on the heels of the NY Times expose of the MTA’s expensive moronic contracting, worker redundancies at work sites, and the transit union’s abuse of overtime hours. And with the recent revelations of the new crop of hired operators and conductors had insufficient training, it makes the MTA’s decision to run trains at a slugs pace for safety reasons utterly without merit. It should be worrisome how quick their reactions are when they confront those sudden switches from those pesky “one stop timers” which explain why lately the trains are always stopping short in the tunnels and arriving at the stations.

(On the subject of lacking merit for safety, at a train yard in East New York, four workers have filed suit against the MTA refusing to place flags on tracks to warn arriving trains of their presence on the rails and withheld their pay and denied them work hours the more they continued to address the hazards in their surroundings.)

But the necessity to worry should take hold for the MTA under the new leader Andy Byford, who is very cognizant of the inefficiencies causing commuters to lose money every day. He has ordered office workers to get out of their cubicle pens and head underground donning orange vests to assist and mollify commuters to make their terrible train rides easier, making them basically yoeman subway escorts as they through no fault of their own disregard their actual responsibilities to make the MTA operate. Get this, they called this the Subway Action Plan, just like the continuing dormant joint city and state plan that is currently languishing in civic purgatory.

And that’s not all that twit directing the worst fucking transit system of the universe just did, they took another dump on the bureaucratic shitshow by inventing a new executive job called Chief Customer Officer and hired some chick from a marketing firm who the MTA contracted for consulting services last year. Apparently, according to the press release, the CCO’s focus is to not alleviate the constant delays that is effecting the customers salaries every goddamn day, but to get workers to be more customer friendly (holy shit, just like what was mentioned right above this paragraph!) and get rid of “transit jargon” which you would think would be the same verbal pablum excuse for every damn delay but it’s actually the workers euphemisms and abbreviations for the technical problems plaguing the system. Which is actually a workplace order and nothing familiar to what the populace are paying $2.75 for every fucking day.

This woman is getting paid $200,000 for doing what Byford calls in his own native Britain euphemistic terms, doing away with redundancies like token booth clerks and putting them on “the field” to help commuters. Which is bloody ironic and hysterical since the idea was already in place, making the Chief Customer Officer position fucking redundant itself!

It can’t be any more transparent that the MTA is more concerned with spinning the optical quality of the transit service than actually running it efficiently.

All this fucking nonsense, squabbling, machinating, marketing and incompetence as the MTA’s debt is now at fucking $38.6 billion dollars.

Fuck the MTA. Nah, it’s already fucked.

 

 

Update:

At a MTA committee board hearing the other day, an official, Stephen Plochochi audaciously revealed that the transit agency recently extended the contracts of corrupted firms that have settled billion dollar suits involving bribery in three nations, the U.S. Army and for half-assed work at a nuclear power plant. They are tasked with upgrading the antiquated and jiggered for slow service for the last 20 years signal system and the renovation of the Cortlandt St. station by the New World Trade Center.

How is the new Chief Customer Officer going to spin this craven bullshit of wanton stupidity and enabling to the commuting public.

Quoted VP Stephen, who clearly doesn’t give a fuck:

“New York City Transit and the MTA as a whole for many, many, many years — for the 30 years that I’ve been here and for many before that — have looked at this as a rehabilitative organization,”

Except when it obviously comes to rehabilitating the essential infrastructure of the subway and the fleet of train cars. Fuck no, it’s to rehabilitate recidivist criminal contractors who are so corrupted and moneyed that they can still thrive and get rewarded for their unethical standards and tactics.

Plochochi said the MTA has a “robust program” for overseeing contractors that includes assigning monitors to ensure “good ethics and compliance” by companies with checkered pasts.

Yes, these firms will be good little boys and girls now that they got another billions of dollars which will surely go to its targeted and intended purpose, even with the MTA’s and the state’s sordid past and present for unchecked wasteful spending and obvious lousy vetting. Actually, the latter is clearly intentional and standard executive-driven procedure at the fucking worst and robustly unprofessional transit system in the universe. Fuck Plochochi, Fuck Byford and fuck the MTA.

 

 

 

 

Executive Carnage Brings Actual American Carnage: Figurehead Trump’s Disgusting Gerald Ford Moment And Ultimate True Character Reveal After The Latest Mass Murder Involving An Easily Bought AR-15.

See the source imageThe AR-15. Purchasing and owning this thing has more civil rights than the right to speak against it’s indiscriminate distribution.

Washington D.C., U.S.A.

A week after the latest mass murder, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida at the Marjory where 17 students and faculty got shot to death by a homicidal sociopath named Nicholas Cruz, who went through his adolescence expressing fantasies for shooting people and claimed to know areas for precise hits. Who abused his sick mother. Who was part of an extracurricular program shooting class sponsored by the NRA, and who suffered from the mental conditions of autism and depression and was able to purchase the AR-15 rifle legally from a distributor with the ease of buying a burner phone from a bodega or a lotto newsstand. The Trump administration arranged to have a listening session with relatives of the victims of the recent massacre.

As it was an appropriate response to have such a meeting one thing should be clear, this session would not have been possible by the revolutionary reactions of the students and citizens of Parkland. Whilst Trump was busy on his morbid iconic twitter account rattling off his theories and usual deflections, the kids organized protest rallies that called out the bullshit inherent in the defense of current federal gun regulations and the seedy integration of money and politics behind them and the compromised sellout elected leaders who enable it and ratify them.

Actually, two things should be clear, and it was when Figurehead Trump decided to go lampin’ at his Mar-A-Lago resort and hit the links while the funeral and burial processes for the victims were going on a short secret service escorted drive away.

Figurehead Trump, showing thoughts and prayers, now watch this putt.

As expected as these recent gaffes were and how they are every minute Trump opens his mouth and presses his blackberry keyboard, none can be more repugnant than what transpired at the actual session with the bereaved citizens of Parkland, along with other families that experienced the mass shootings of Sandy Hook and ghetto street violence.

Figurehead Trump, the deal artist, the alleged billionaire businessman, the commander in chief with the best words equipped with the asset of mental stability, pulls out a bunch of notes from his jacket while Mike Pence does the instruction, revealing crib notes on the topics about to be discussed.

Image result for trump crib notes Either Trump is showing a sign of senility by writing the number 45 on his cuff as a reminder what number is his presidency, or that is monogrammed there to sell a designer shirt line. Emoluments be damned again. (Carolyn Kaster, A.P.)

That is some zooming there by the photographer from the AP. (You would think it was a rogue CIA mole from the Deep State). As it now confirms all the leaks about the President’s preferred method of reading daily intel briefs, sans pictures and graphics which probably resembles a Howard Johnson’s menu.

And they were just basic questions that could have been asked if one had a conscious or even functioning brain cells.

The man who won the presidency on his first try needs his aides tips on how to address the people devastated over the unnecessary deaths of their kids from a confirmed and armed mentally ill person, a whole week after the attacks. Trump, who proclaimed only he can fix the government actually needs the advice of the grieving group of people on how to handle gun policy and what to say on how to assure them he’s got their attention.

“I hear you”. Trump needs a response written down for him. A dismissive one too.

That’s just what the savvy cameraman caught without the Figurehead’s expectation. It’s was the wretched thing he did during the listening session that was boneheaded and awkward.

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During VP Pence’s introduction, Trump pulls out the dotard cue cards from his pocket, giving the immediate impression that he doesn’t read and probably hasn’t read anything in his time in office. It gets more demented when instead of having an aide take them from him after he memorized them on the spot apparently, like say Hope Hicks who was there and who probably wrote the dotard cue card too going by the loopy handwriting, he just places them down on the carpet next to the student sitting next to him!

Later on, while someone was giving an idea on how to close loopholes interfering with background checks to prevent to sell to mentally unstable or recidivist criminal consumers, Trump bends over to pick up his notes, nods his head a bunch of times obviously to feign giving attention (conveying “I hear you”), peruses the papers a bit then sloppily stuffs them into his pocket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This may be understating it, but this was extremely bad optics which is where the crack media team under Trump immediately got to work. As the White House upload of the session cuts off where Trump picks up the notes and goes to the straight to the guy asking the question and poof! the notes were gone after they were on the floor for a good 50 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

This could be Figurehead Trump’s Gerald Ford moment. Although more disgusting and unfunny, albeit expected. On national TV, President Ford was exiting Air Force One and suddenly and comically slipped on the steps. Granted it wasn’t his fault and it was raining but it’s the only lasting memory of the 38th President which was immortalized in comic infamy by Chevy Chase on Saturday Night Live, who did not even wear makeup to portray him but just falling on his ass was enough for everyone to get the joke.

This is stretching it a bit, kind of like everyone in the media and the feds trying to tie Trump’s election victory to Russian interference. But the thing that should show that this is Trump at his absolute worst and how he should not be taken seriously or credibly ever again, even after everything he’s done as President and his whole fucking life.

And that is the gravity of the situation. And when it comes to Trump, gravity itself, for he has never felt it until now.

It has exposed these elected nimrods assigned to lead and legislate that they have no fucking clue how to stem the next mass shooting. For Trump is bandying about arming teachers and even janitors to get weapons training to defend themselves and the students. Which will naturally result in more money for the gun industry and probably the military contractor complex too, being that they have to get the skills to ward off the next attack. Which will be majorly convenient for Education Secretary Betsy Devos and her brother and Blackwater CEO Erik Prince. Making this plan derivative of the main plot of Under Siege, where Steven Segal was able to kill a terror group who had no idea he was a chef that was a Navy Seal.

It has exposed that everyone knew this kid was a danger to himself and society, as all the warnings were there for most of Cruz’s adolescent life even until the day before he invaded the school and went on his killing spree. Which was made possible by warped state legislation ratified 7 years ago that would levee fines on town mayors who tried to set their own regulations regarding the purchasing of guns. That even with the presence of police, he was still able to get inside the school and murder 17 and wound 14 others. That even with social media and all the unchecked surveillance of it, Cruz was still able to carry out his slaughter.

And with this domestic debacle resulting from the massacre, everyone touched and traumatized that day in Parkland have rose up and are pointing out the brazen hypocrisy and arbitrariness of this nation’s security system and the nefarious role of donor money. Because the mass shooting at that high school has exposed Trump’s failed domestic policies and the deadly consequences of the NRA’s expenditures to influence the Figurehead and the hacks in the Congress and Senate to overturn regulations regarding mental qualifications and criminal background checks that has made it easier to own a military grade weapon.

It has galvanized the town of Parkland and wrought awareness and information from voices that are pissed off yet whose words are measured and articulated with eloquence. People like Andrew Pollack who brought the fact that he can’t get on an airplane with a bottle of water yet anyone can get a machine gun. And the new activist youth of America, kids like Sam Zeif, David Hoss and the outstanding Emma Gonzalez bringing up the hard facts that most of the mainstream news media would not even broach.

 

 

 

In fact, this massacre has brought out all the kids nationwide to rise up and organize. This movement and revolution has a face for it in Samantha Fuentes who dismissed Trump’s facetious comforting and bravely went on national television with her sharpnel laid scars and wounds

Video thumbnail for MSD school shooting victim Samantha Fuentes shares her story

As for the defenders of the false faith justifying the civilian ownership of military weapons, the spineless millionaire NRA Chairman Wayne Le Pierre emerged from his gilded palace and to his safe space at the CPAC Covention to decry and cry about the new general hatred against the gun lobby by conjuring up red scare accusations and calling people socialists against the second amendment right to bear arms.

Yet again, La Pierre and even that despicable coward cheerleader Dana Loesch conveniently gloss over the first part of the second amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

No doubt about the right of the people. But the well-regulated militia? What La Pierre and many, many others are doing is instead of separating the the two are conflating them. People are not a well-regulated militia, (such as people are not corporations). A well-regulated militia is established by the regulations inherent in them.The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are a well-regulated militia. A person is not but is instilled in the right to own a gun. The NRA lobby, not so coinicidentally is against any regulations to insure that guns remain only in responsible hands of people of sound mind, which goes against all their claims, including Figurehead Trump, is what they interpret as the main problem and cause of mass shootings. The NRA through their obstinance are actually putting responsible gun owners rights in jeopardy with their manic spending preventing needed regulations to protect the public and prevent the disenfranchisement of said rights from the inevitable overreach they fear. Which has actually happened with the first and fourth amendments under the Patriot Act and the recent re-implementation of section 702 of the FISA amendment.

Which makes Figurehead Trump, in his embrace of the mistaken ideology of the second amendment and his widely reviled solution at preventing another mass killing that does not involve the government approved killings in senseless wars in other nations, all you have to do is remember his awkward inappropriate actions at the listening session. The guy does not care and can’t think for himself.

Despite his broken campaign promise to be a populist independent leader because of the security of his purported wealth, turns out to be a broke ass president reliant on the foul moneyed donors who gave him his job and on his staffers who vainly try to make him look sympathetic and concerned for those victimized by their lunatic self-serving and self-enriching policies.

Trump needs notes to show sympathy and garner ideas. There is no doubt what a real-time fraudulent president he is, fraudulent business man he was and a fraud he is as a human being.

He is exposed now. The wind that blew his Rumplestilsken hair off his bald head weeks ago has now been replaced by the winds of change being wrought by the kids of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.

 

This time. The kids are really all right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Blue Wall Of Insouciance: Police Captain Exposes NYPD Crime Reclassification Malfeasance

Liars with statistics. They like what they prefer to see.

NY Daily News: NYPD captain claims some cops are fudging crime stats to advance their careers, igniting police investigation

Police brass are investigating claims by a veteran captain who alleges that some NYPD commanders are misclassifying felonies to hold down crime statistics in a bid to further their careers.

Capt. Marash Vucinaj has gathered 156 cases over the past two years from multiple commands that he contends show a pattern of downgrading some felony-level crimes to misdemeanors. The crimes include thefts and attempted thefts, assaults and assaults on cops. He does not claim the manipulation extends to murders and rapes.

The purpose, he said, is to shift crimes out of the all-important index crime category — made up of murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, grand larceny and auto theft.

 Among the methods he claims he has seen:

  • Classifying incidents where cops are injured by suspects as resisting arrest, rather than assault.
  • Classifying grand larcenies as lost property and ignoring details that suggest a crime took place.
  • Classifying incidents where someone purposefully shot at someone but missed as “investigate shots fired,” reckless endangerment or criminal mischief.
  • Classifying incidents where a would-be thief slipped his hand into someone’s pocket or bag as misdemeanor “jostling” rather than attempted grand larceny.
  • Compressing several crimes with separate victims into one complaint report.
  • Failing to record crimes in the city handled by other law enforcement agencies.

 

High-ranking police officials sharply disputed Vucinaj’s claims of any widespread downgrading of crime. “I take serious offense at these allegations that crime reports aren’t taken right because cops shed their blood for these crime reports,” said Dermot Shea, the chief of crime control strategies.

“It goes against everything we’re trying to do to deploy our resources. We need those crime reports to deploy appropriately.”

 

A few days after touting and actually celebrating the record low murder rate (just 290 dead, a murder every 36 hours, hooray!), our NYPD of this/your city is under new scrutiny for downgrading the severity of crime statistics.

The creativity behind this according to Captain Vucinaj is disturbingly and conspiratorially widespread, showing an insidious sophistication that resembles the craft and skill sets of the biggest public relations firms. For example, Mayor de Faustio’s buddies in Berlin/Rosen.

Captain Vucinaj’s study revealed drawn down and peculiar reclassifying. Like shootings, targeted and crossfire, being filed as criminal mischief, basically associating sporadic gunfire with throwing eggs or toilet paper on Halloween. Shootings also qualified under the redundantly described reckless endangerment. The severity of such lethal activity got conveniently and literally lessened as long as the shots don’t hit or kill anybody.

Like how four people were held up at knife point and robbed and how three women had their wallets lifted and both were filed as one robbery because it was committed by one suspect.

Speaking of lifting wallets and also cellphones, the latter seeing a great increase because of it’s ubiquity and exposure, crime reports fell under the term “jostling” if the victims happened to robbed while asleep, bumped into and even with the perp just putting his hand in a purse or pocket, or classified as lost property instead of the standard, serious and accurate charge of grand larceny. Because your cherish personal belongings aren’t that essential you materialists, especially those fancy phones containing all your vital personal data and information.

The standout and most egregious of criminal activity is the diminishing of resisting arrest. What was previously classified as felony assault resulting from injuries caused during struggles was marked down to misdemeanor assault according to Capt. Vucinaj’s probe while working in the Transit Division. A remarkable amount of over 2,200 incidents out of over 3.500 involved a cop getting injured during an arrest with a rambunctious suspect in the span of 6 months.

Why that outstanding statistic is not revealed is not disturbing enough. But it makes a shitload of sense of why perpetrators are emboldened to go down with a fight before getting cuffed.

Similar altercations have happened in the last few months when a chump knocked over a cop after he was stopped jumping the turnstile when his train arrived, and a mentally ill man engaged in a struggle with two cops on a platform, causing one of the cops to fall down the stairs trying to apprehend him as he fled.

What’s perplexing is that these machinations are being ordered by the top brass of the precincts.More perplexing is that cops react with fervor and fury when a colleague gets shot or injured and this is going to encourage, as it has already, more skells to battle with cops and resist arrest. And it puts the cops on the street in more precarious and dangerous positions and situations, it may lead to more excessive use of force or another senseless, preventable and ultimately galvanizing fatality. The chiefs overseeing these crime spins are putting the lives of citizens and cops at more risk.

As with the standard procedure for investigating crime patterns, these markdowns gain more validation and credulity considering Deputy Inspector Peter Rose, recently promoted from captain from his precinct in Greenpoint. The same Inspector Rose who marginalized/reclassified the meaning of rape by stating that being raped by someone you know or dated is not as serious as being raped by a stranger (you can always depend on the kindness and aggressive sexual advances of those familiar with you, to misquote Tennessee Williams). Nearby in Bushwick, a woman had tremendous difficulty shaking off a stalker because the precinct she reported to kept giving her conflicting advice to avoid writing up her experience and told her flat out that she was wasting her time. An almost exact treatment by two precincts was given to a woman who was assaulted on the train because of the fact that the attack occurred when the train was moving as officers gave her conflicting excuses of where to file a complaint.

As with all great stories of the process of law enforcement and justice, there has to be a motive behind this. Maybe an ulterior motive. And it could only be, albeit cynically, is to make the neighborhoods virtually safe for habitation for market rate renting and home and condo ownership. As recent reports show a herculean percentage of whites moving into neighborhoods were crime was rampant in the bad old decades of the 70’s and 80’s like in Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights and Bushwick. And with the recent hyper-development in the South Bronx, Jamaica, Queens and the MIH zoning development being pushed by the city in East New York and East Harlem it is sure to get virtually safer there soon too.

It sure looks like the overlords of real estate are defining the charges, because all those nasty murders and muggings will make moneyed individuals think twice about living in these new posh burghs.

And these methods and stats seem to be in sync with sociopolitical and city planning interest from elected officials and those gadabouts in development and real estate for the  (quasi-)imminent closing of Rikers Island.

Captain Vucinaj should be highly commended for his due diligence for this irresponsible white washing and fudging of the stats, and the distressing fact that Compstat, like all technology, is not, never was and never will be infallible and can be easily taken advantaged of by the minds and hands of conniving humans. And since the persecution and casting out of Detective Frank Serpico, Captain Vucinaj has unfortunately become just another victim of the perpetual Blue Wall Of Silence and the sad, maddening culture of unquestioned exclusivity and fraternity of the NYPD.

Privately, police sources said, Vucinaj is known as a stickler for the rules and is not well-liked. “Cops don’t like him, his peers don’t like him, and no one wants to work with him,” one police source said. “Look at how frequently he’s been transferred.”Vucinaj, 45, has 24 years on the job and is the highest-ranking active-duty officer ever to publicly make such claims. A captain since 2009, he has been in 10 commands in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn.From 2004 to 2007, he was assigned to Interpol in Lyon, France, by then-Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. He also commanded the special frauds squad and was twice selected to help write promotional exams. He has never been formally disciplined.For the past six months, however, he has been marooned in a do-nothing post in Transit Borough Brooklyn without an office phone, he says, as retaliation for reporting crime stat manipulation and other misconduct by commanders to Internal Affairs and the Quality Assurance Division — the unit that audits NYPD crime stats.All too often, the NYPD retaliates rather than investigates when officers report internal misconduct, and that sure looks like what’s happening here,” said Christopher Dunn, associate legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.“Instead of going after Captain Vucinaj, the department should be getting to the bottom of his reports, which come from a high-level official and raise serious concerns about downgrading and other wrongdoing.”The last time chicanery like this was going on was when it was exposed by a regular cop, Adrian Schoolcraft,  who also exposed endemic corruption involving ticket and arrest quotas, and the reclassifying and lessening serious charges of those arrests, arbitrary and retaliatory orders and assignments, the unconstitutional usage of stop question-and frisk and disregarding citizens complaints of vagrant and criminal activity. For doing his duty to protect and serve the public and not the culture of corruption fostered and enabled by precinct command and control, he was taken from his apartment by his fellow officers in the Emergency Services Unit and had him thrown into a psych ward at Jamaica Hospital in an attempt to get him institutionalized. That idiotic CIA-style rendition mission cost the city $600,000.This time it’s a decorated Captain and a city being run by an inveterate liar mayor. Although fortunately for Captain Vucinaj, he is protected by his high brass rank.As with all great stories of the process of law enforcement and justice, there has to be a motive behind this. Maybe an ulterior motive. And it could only be, albeit cynically, is to make the neighborhoods virtually safe for habitation for market rate renting and home and condo ownership. As recent reports show a herculean percentage of whites moving into neighborhoods were crime was rampant in the bad old decades of the 70’s and 80’s like in Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights and Bushwick. And with the recent hyper-development in the South Bronx, Jamaica, Queens and the MIH zoning development being pushed by the city in East New York and East Harlem it is sure to get virtually safer there soon too. This isn’t standard procedure, this is a conspiracy.It’s like there is new blue wall being built next to one of silence. A bigger blue wall of insouciance. 

The Oligarch Welfare Bill

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/9785531/871814086.jpg.jpgWith god on their side, Speaker Ryan and Senator McConnell in a moment of solemn praise for growing wealth disparity. Say your prayers, nation and society.

Washington D.C., The Cesspool By The Potomac, U.S.A.

“The city of Washington was built on a stagnant swamp some 200 years ago, and very little has changed. It stank then, and it stinks now. Only today, it is the fetid stench of corruption that hangs in the air” 

Lisa Simpson

“Cash rules everything around me, CREAM get the money, dollar dollar bill y’all”

Method Man

The “Tax Cut and Jobs Act”, this abominable bill to further continue the repatriation of wealth that has been going on for over 30 years is a virtual death sentence and double taxation on the citizenry of this nation. Unless anyone in the middle and lower classes wins the state lottery or avoids injury or sickness, in 10 years they will be more responsible maintaining the solvency of this country and it’s budget than all the greedy misers it is solidly ascertained to benefit.

This is a budget plan for corporate and inheritance welfare that no one is confident in. No one that counts anyway according to the Senate leader, House speaker, Figurehead Trump and his plutocabinet, which consists of the Tax Policy Center and about 70% of the people of this nation who are aware of this circle jerking by the donor money whoring GOP members of the legislative and the current executive branch.

You think after the last national tax cuts passed with bipartisan approval from the 80’s and 90’s, and the truly irresponsible hazardous ones from 2001, 2003 and the one approved a year after the bailout of the banks in 2009, which was one of the greatest acts of unacknowledged socialism since the New Deal, that these ultra successful corporations and beneficiaries of personal wealth would feel somewhat content with what they have achieved and earned with all the breaks they got. Fuck, no. You think that these people (including corporations, for they are considered individual persons) gave a shit if they were willing to spend so much money on lobbyists influencing legislation to install loopholes and donating to dutiful congressional whores instead of using that cash to give dutiful raises to their employees? Fuck, no.

The gargantuan cut to repatriating money from offshore bank accounts placed there by corporations is supposedly to encourage them to use the savings to create jobs here. So with these obscene tax cuts, will there be raises, better health plans and retirement benefits for all their efforts, eliminating the need for a nationwide raise of the minimum wage to $15 and universal coverage? Fuck no, either. Will all that money they will save legally evading their fair share of taxes go towards innovation or opening up new facilities for manufacturing products like clothes? Fuck no, either. For all that money will continue to stay put in their personal portfolios and accounts, only now they will keep the money in the basements of their sprawling mansions. Hell, they might just be able to build actual poolside banks of their own to keep their government sanctioned ill-gotten gains in and the money they will save on a p.o. box in a hut on some island resort. As the working poor will continue to live check to check and the middle class will continue to struggle to maintain themselves and accrue their own savings.

According to the authors of this bill, these cuts will pay off in the long run with all the new business it’s prospected to generate. What is not prospected by these jackasses is the inevitable burdens this will place on the people and their livelihoods it’s proclaimed to help. What is not prospected is the immediate effect it will have on the people, who vote but don’t donate, on the deleterious effects on their health insurance programs, their ability to own a home or rent, and what will happen when they are aged and unable to work.

It doesn’t even take into account on what happens when the affordable care act gets repealed, which will give millions of people a virtual death sentence lead to a jump in mortality rates. Or even how the future military conflicts, which might include a new world war induced by the idiotic social media insulting by Figurehead Trump and his catastrophic stupid executive order determining Jerusalem as the sole capital city of Israel, will affect the oligarch welfare tax cut. But the small mega-moneyed population doesn’t want to pay taxes for their vast personal property and foreign investments.

And they certainly don’t want to pay for their other properties in coastal cities and metropolises in New York and California, via the cuts for pass-through companies like LLC’s that consist of partners unnamed and unverified and foreign, which have been wholly responsible for the spread of rampant gentrification of them and the elimination of state and local tax deductions for it’s citizens. These new profits will come at the expense of street infrastructure and transit services, law enforcement, fire prevention and public education, which will certainly be vulnerable for privatization.

The obvious beneficiary and most important to our leader Trump, is that all these cuts will benefit him and his brand (though both are not mutually exclusive), his businesses and his family. Making this look like the brazen quid pro quo between this president and the GOP hacks that disgruntledly backed him last year after all the disparagement he gave them. It looks like their masochism paid off.

This bill if verified will have the most detrimental impact on the nation and it’s citizens since the Patriot Act, which has dwindled the freedoms entitled to everyone in the first and fourth amendments and has not stopped or discouraged terrorism at all and like this oligarch welfare bill, was rushed into legislation and approved without a thorough reading. But at least that didn’t have chicken scratch revisions to it placed just hours before convening to vote on it.

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This is less legible than the letter Navin Johnson got from Bernadette Peters in The Jerk, which in his case he had difficulty reading because his dog Shithead gave it to him while he was taking a bath.

Besides, according to two sniveling senators, you should take responsibility and be more frugal. Sen. Chuck Grassley advises the people, which includes his constituents, to avoid spending money on booze, women and movies. For leisures like those can only be enjoyed by his moneyed donors and trust fund babies, which they will be able to partake more in with all the extra money being doled back to them to enable their frivolous spending habits.

This 500 page abomination is nothing but a government sanctioned Ponzi Scheme. For the multi-trillion dollar plan to be funded, it has to rely on induced investment monies extracted from the paychecks of the current workforce, then the future workforce once they get old and retire, depriving them of their hard earned money that would have went to pay for college debts and/or expensive health plans. And in the next 10 years their paychecks as retired people dependent on the social security and medicare that they invested in by working all their lives to enhance more obscene personal wealth for oligarchs and their heirs and the avaricious executives of multinational corporations and their shareholders.

Most of all, Trump and his family and his oligarch peers make off like the bandits they are. As their long time American Dreams, which will by law become a luxury, for collective wealth concentration will become infinite.  And no one will be able to do a fucking thing. Even a true revolution would be thwarted, because they will have the finances to own their own police and military. Which in the case of Figurehead Trump, he already has with the votes of you, the people. 

Essentially, it’s a domestic attack on everyone and the nation, not immediate like being attacked by a foreign enemy looming on the horizon, but a gradually slow disemboweling of people’s personal dwindling finances. It is plain and simple economic fascism. In a way, the oligarch welfare bill is sort of like how that hypothetical question given at polls of what would you do if you just a got a million dollars, except it’s billions over time with the help of a compliant congress of spineless beggars. The answer is clearly “I got mine”, because is if this piece of shit bill does pass, those whores who are in congress and the senate certain to lose their seats by the screwed over voters would not even give a shit because they will be set for life via their investments and personal fortunes, which they had no trouble building while remaining in their elected positions. These tax cuts will give them absolute finality to retire in tax payer funded comfort.

If “It’s A Wonderful Life”‘s Mr. Potter, the biggest symbol of selfishness, corruption and avarice, was still alive or even real, he would be doing donuts in his wheelchair all over the snow covered streets. Just like all those certainly to benefit for the next decade will do in their new private jets and yachts.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s Self-Serving And Telecom Corporation-Serving Plan For The Internet Must Be Destroyed

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Washington D.C.

The days of universal fair usage of the internet are winding down as the planned pricing restructuring of the third biggest utility behind electricity and water will be officially put into place. Unless saner heads prevails and Figurehead Trump wakes the fuck up and actually looks at the discriminatory and economically systematic fascist plan to gouge customers and curtail usage.

Ajit Pai is the worst and the penultimate kind of corporate bootlicking sell-out shills (it should be noted that Figurehead Obama hired this dork). The kind of dick that will charm then hang with you, then malign you when he’s with the boss, causing you to lose your place or employment, no matter what the facts are. He is also another selfish individual with absolutely no shame or moral sense, character traits that have become common with most of the youth of this distracted with bullshit, status and money obsessed generation and of course the boss of America, Figurehead Trump. For his last job was as a lawyer for Verizon, which despite being worth billions and having the most powerful bandwith of all telecoms, is purely not content with their success and wants more and having their dutiful patsy leading the brigade has the executives and shareholders nipples and reproductive extremities erect and excreting sticky fluids.

Pai and the FCC had to get credibility to back this seizing of the internet by putting a poll on their the organization’s website. As expected it got a massive turnout with a majority of the poll actually against net neutrality. Too bad and as predictably expected it was tainted with multiple postings by former world wrestling champ John Cena, Jesus Christ and even the last president Barack Obama, who happened to sign the net neutrality rules into law in the first place. And in the old school way of rigging votes, it had comments from the grave.

All of the comments had the same talking points pablum that has been repeatedly hammered to sway the public (unconvincingly) and the easily led and bought government officials.

Which is typical in the pandemic culture of cheating that has enveloped the way business of any kind, especially with this case involving the predominant telecoms (and also, obviously, real estate) is conducted.

The bottom line is to make as much money at as much expense on the finances of consumers that rely on this utility but mostly on the rights to be informed. Because the abolishment of net neutrality will make the acquiring of information a luxury product, or even worse will lead to total censorship for networks or individuals to disseminate information if it’s not in line with the ISP’s protocols or standards. Or if they don’t pay enough on their bills. This is cut and dry economic fascism.

The end of net neutrality will be another nail in the coffin containing democracy’s corpse if this selfish greedhead Pai and his two fellow shill monkeys on the FCC panel get their and their telecom overlords way. And they have clearly shown that they don’t give a rat’s ass what anyone thinks, which is 70% of the public that’s aware of this digital sabotaging which includes a nationwide solidarity group of the left and right from standouts like the Young Turks and Breitbart Media.

The deadline is this Thursday, which is just less than a week to persuade them to care. So here’s the commish’s email and phone number along with the two other guys who plan to vote with him.

ajit.pai@fcc.gov (202-418-2000)

mike.o’rielly@fcc.gov

Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov

Sign this petition also:

savebroadbandprivacy.org

Although the signs look dreadful, it’s worth the effort to break their brains trying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrath Of The Scumlords: NYCHA Reneges On Recent City Funding With Shitty Roof Renovation And Secret Water Toxicity.

 

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Brooklyn, N.Y.

NY Daily News: NYCHA signs off on botched Brooklyn roof repairs that allowed water pooling

A major rehab effort failed to fix the roof of a building at a Brooklyn housing development, but NYCHA still signed off on the job as complete — just one of many failures noted in a city audit to be released Monday.

So when it rained this past Nov. 30, about 5 inches of water pooled on the roof of Building Five at the Lafayette Houses in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The pooling, which remained two days later, can cause leaks, and it’s just the type of problem the rehab of all roofs in the Brooklyn development was supposed to address.

City Controller Scott Stringer’s audit describes a pattern of ineptitude in NYCHA’s struggle to repair its aging buildings. Of NYCHA’s 320 developments, 270 are more than 30 years old and 114 were built before 1967. Lafayette, for example, opened in 1962, the year John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

Lafayette was part of a $300 million, three-year effort by Mayor de Blasio to fix roofs throughout public housing. NYCHA paid Universal Construction Resources $10.9 million to rehab roofs on all seven Lafayette buildings.

After the November rainstorm, Stringer’s auditors randomly checked Building Five and found the pooled water. Two days later they found it was still there, contrary to industry standards that require water to drain completely within 48 hours.

Stringer’s team also found minor ponding on the roofs of several other NYCHA developments that had been certified as repaired, including the Sumner Houses in Brooklyn, King Towers in Manhattan and South Beach Houses in Staten Island.

Lafayette was part of a $300 million, three-year effort by Mayor de Blasio to fix roofs throughout public housing. NYCHA paid Universal Construction Resources $10.9 million to rehab roofs on all seven Lafayette buildings.

NYCHA could provide no proof that it had actually inspected the work on Building Five roof two years after the repair was completed, even though the warranty required semiannual inspections.

And because NYCHA didn’t identify the problem within the one-year warranty, the taxpayers are on the hook for the lousy repair job.

This is only the start of the nearly half century long neglect of NYCHA housing, the real affordable housing program. And true to their nature when it comes to actually handling the effects of it, they botch another job they are entrusted with.

This recent oversight and criminally incompetent offense comes just months after a one billion dollars and 10 year renovation budget to repair all of the buildings leaky roofs. But after this recent revelation which came out 10 months later after the fact, the residents of these dilapidated buildings and decrepit, neglected apartments probably will look at this allocation with collective apprehension. Mostly it will entail buying extra pots and pans. Hey, maybe they will be dispensed as new amenities to go along with the free Wifi as part of the encompassing new budget.

With this exhibition of gross indifference the spread of more mold and other infrastructure damage from shorting light fixtures to ceiling collapses and wall damage leading to new egress for rodents and roaches of unusual size. It’s going to take another 300 million to fix the damages caused by the roof that they dismissively thought was sound.

How can something of such expenditure and magnitude, especially coming from an administration that is so (but mostly feigns) concern for the less fortunate and from an government organization that is indebted and responsible for the tenancy. Well, look no further than a decision by NYCHA commissioner and technocrat Shoya Olatoye leveled on the Department of Investigation. Ms. Olatoye decided to kill funding for city’s independent inspector general in charge of regulating the housing authority just to save a comparably measly 200 grand. The timing of this decision is equally awful and suspicious.

NY Daily News: NYCHA rejects funding boost for inspector general who discovered fraud, corruption at agency

Last month, Housing Authority Chairwoman Shola Olatoye notified DOI Commissioner Mark Peters she would not grant his request for an extra $199,000, bringing the NYCHA IG’s total budget from $3.3 million to $3.5 million.

In an April 13 letter to Olatoye obtained by the News, Peters notes that last year his office uncovered $6.5 million in fraud, opened 270 investigations and developed 53 criminal cases involving NYCHA staff and tenants.

The inspector general has also issued three critical reports about NYCHA mismanagement, including a stunning revelation that a caretaker falsely claimed smoke detectors were functioning shortly before a fire engulfed an apartment and killed two children.

This may be why this leaky roof report is so late.

Housing Authority spokeswoman Zodet Negron made clear the agency’s historic money crunch was the rationale for the decision. “NYCHA is facing crippling budget cuts ahead that will have a direct impact on the quality of life of our residents, Negron said.

So, the way to save and reallocated funding is to fire the guy responsible for pointing out the profligate waste and corruption in the system.

The answer to such opaqueness and obfuscation being employed and encouraged in the NYCHA higher echelons is to take matters in your own hands. Without resorting to threats to city workers like what happened recently. But even that is, of course unsurprisingly, a tall order. Take the trials and tribulations of reporter Louis Flores who runs the local borough blog Progress Queens, he has been chronicling for few years on the amount of lead in the water service of lines of NYCHA buildings via FOIL requests and discovered a disturbing increase in the toxicity and lead levels over the last four years which included the over threshold amount of 15 parts per billion, which was the amount found in the drinking water of the city of Flint, Michigan.

Mr. Flores found 13 housing projects that exceeded the safe amount from 10 to 100 times.

  • Metro Plaza North, Spanish Harlem, Manhattan : 1,249 ppb
  • Ocean Hill-Brownsville, Crown Heights, Brooklyn : 947 ppb
  • Berry Houses, Staten Island : 675 ppb
  • Forest Hills Co-Op, Forest Hills, Queens : 541 ppb
  • Vladeck II Houses, Lower East Side, Manhattan : 99 ppb
  • White Houses, Spanish Harlem, Manhattan: 89 ppb
  • Ravenswood Houses, Astoria, Queens : 88 ppb
  • Vladeck Houses, Lower East Side, Manhattan : 53 ppb
  • Haber Houses, Coney Island, Brooklyn : 39 ppb
  • Drew-Hamilton Houses, Harlem, Manhattan : 37 ppb
  • Woodside Houses, Woodside, Queens : 32 ppb
  • Queensbridge South Houses, Long Island City, Queens : 17 ppb
  • Vladeck Houses, Lower East Side, Manhattan : 17 ppb

Mr. Flores also found in his request of many buildings below the lead contamination amount but still above 5 ppb, which according to reports from the Flint scandal, is still toxic enough to be a health hazard.

This even got the attention of Attorney General Preet Bharara, as it got included in his investigation on de Blasio’s multifaceted and multi-pronged pay to play shadow government administration.

Alas, A.G. Bharara got sacked by Figurehead Trump on the advice of his shyster advisers which put the end of the case of the Teflon mayor away for good. And now the Department of Environmental Protection has watered down (absolutely pun intended) the most recent FOIL request by Progress Queens with redactions and incompletions, with the standout refusal for determining water service toxicity in a housing project in East Harlem. Kismet works in amazing ways, especially for vile scummy people.

So now the residents of the projects have to deal with water they don’t want from the skies seeping from their apt. ceilings to the tainted water they need to drink, cook and bathe.

It ceases to amaze the outright stupidity and arrogance that continues unabated regarding NYCHA management, especially from the top. And especially in this maniacal age of real estate speculation. For even the technocrats at NYCHA want a seat at the table of the Gentrification Industrial Complex. Mr. Flores thoroughly reported last year how certain NYCHA buildings got repairs before contracts were awarded to a consortium of private developers and their shell organizations. Which adds tons of credence to the author’s theory that the gradual destruction of public housing and the displacement and disenfranchisement of poor people is definitely intentional. Which is immensely helped by the transparent duplicity of Mayor De Faustio and his continued boot licking to the real estate pogrom.

As for NYCHA, it may be the biggest scumlord of all. Each year there is the list for the 100 worst landlords, which for some reason, the same people are on the fucking chart year after year instead of being banished from owning and running buildings or serving a prison sentence. But NYCHA is a government service. It’s a service that should be taken for granted like social security or universal health care if it existed. It should be treated with the same reverence and care as a military base and even more than any embassy house. And it continues to betray the citizenry as if management feels they aren’t worthy of dignity or security because of what they are deemed to be worth.

This is not a cynical rant, it is a veritable fact. And this maltreatment is going to continue for another decade going by these egregious and incompetent official acts.

Comptroller Stringer should give his endorsement to Bill De Faustio a extremely long second thought.

 

 

 

 

 

The Grenfell Tower In London: Gentrification’s 9/11

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Kensington And Chelsea, London, England, United Kingdom

The Grenfell Tower’s torching was absolutely and undoubtedly preventable. The tenants there have been complaining for years about it’s negligence, even with an excellent and thoroughly detailed community blog about the terrible building managers and the willful indifference of city and parliamentary officials.

This horrific disaster was brought forth not only by the cause of the fire, which allegedly was sparked by a malfunctioning refrigerator that had plastic coils, but how it accelerated so fast in the first place. It was caused by the “cladding” encompassing the entirety of the building, supposedly to be used as protection from rain but the popular opinion is that it was used more for decorative purposes to gussy up the area to mesh with recent looming luxury tower development and recently installed fancy public spaces. This cladding is actually banned to use here in America, yet paradoxically this nation has industries that make it and sell it for import where there is little to no regulation, the same with the crappy plastic coiled fridge that ignited the fire.

It’s also more for the actions from those responsible for it’s upkeep and the deeply hidden but naked contempt for it’s residents, made up of working class poor people, recent Syrian refugees and those of modest means.

The NYC DOB and the 100 worst landlords have nothing on the Tories. For it was their rigid ideological conservative thinking that led to the homelessness and deaths of the residents of that building from the majority ruling shutting down of the Labour Party bill to provide safety measures that was actually called the “Homes Fit For Human Habitation”, for the reason described as the culture of safety. And for good measure, the majority of those upper class twit MP’s happen to own and rent properties for habitation themselves.

And it the borough council’s hoarding of 274 million pounds meant for the building’s upkeep and safety, the latter which was legally blown off by officials and exacerbated by gruesome government cutting, seems inspired from the grotesque money managing of NYCHA. Since Grenfell did not even have a sprinkler system installed in the building and apparently was bereft of fire extinguishers. The insane thing is that the RBKC and the KCTMO board had decided that cosmetic improvements were more important than emergency preparedness, as the cladding cost 11 million pounds to install.

The victims of what is being called corporate manslaughter were told to stay in their apts. by phone operators during the inferno. Reportedly most of the advisory signs in the building also suggested that tenants remain inside too if that isn’t too ironically warped. For hours the building blazed people remained inside because of this advice leaving them trapped. To this date, 79 people perished and died and there are still some missing. A mural of photographs of family members and neighbors cover a fence by the charred remains.

Apparently, as is going on here in the boroughs of NYC and all over the nation’s biggest cities (even Nashville) there has been a rush of influx tower hyper-development and ambitious and haughty city planning promoting luxury living and dining, and brand vibrancy nearby the struggling project complexes. The Gentrification Industrial Complex influence and manipulation of cities apparently has no limitations. Although in Britain, it’s called “regeneration”.

And as it is in NYC and other metropolises, London also is experiencing a dwindling middle class and a widening economic gap between the rich and poor.

Days after the inferno and the horrendous protective photo ops and embarrassing video of P.M. Theresa May fleeing a church from the yelling hordes and press photographers, there was actually a report on CBS News at 11 that focused on Grenfell and the pestilence of tower development on the coasts of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn (and soon the Bronx) that wondered if it could happen here also. In the 2 minute segment fragment, they interviewed a DOB official who looked like he shit himself when he claimed that there is nothing much to worry about, which may have some truth because these new behemoths packed by the rivers don’t have the cheap cladding that ignites easily. The fire inspector they skyped with basically gave the same advice as those useless posters in Grenwell’s stairwell.

Since the devastation and destruction of the community of Grenfell, proactive though arbitrary measures were taken that led to the entire evacuation of another public housing building with the same cheap cladding and the transfer of the surviving tenants into a hotel for temporary shelter, a Holiday Inn Express (this chain does great business with the destitute even in London). Unfortunately, they all got kicked out of the hotel after a few weeks on short notice because of prior reservations and of course lack of warning and funding by the horrendous and primeval management group that destroyed their homes and livelihoods.

Not only is this Gentrification’s 911, but it’s neoliberalism’s WTC cleanup site or Iraqi Freedom, since it’s now producing collateral damage and existential dread among the displaced and disenfranchised from the massive tragedy. And like those analogies, the ones truly responsible, the elected and the appointed officials will not face any consequences or express genuine remorse, for this is how the preternatural way of progress works when it comes to shaping societies and economies in the new century. It comes to the point were Some Lives Don’t Matter when it comes to the lower and middle classes because their incomes don’t speak loud enough to be heard or to even give a fuck about, even if the people have a meticulously detailed blog about the rancid incompetence and vile indifference of the former Grenfell management group.

 

 

Predisent Donald Trump, American Gangster

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Washington D.C., U.S.A.

The impeachment and maybe indictment process has begun. James Comey, FBI director unceremoniously and cowardly terminated by Predisent Trump, went to the House of Senate to testify for 3 hours of his dismissal and his awkward confrontations and meetings in thorough detail. This hearing may be the equivalent of a filing to a human resources complaint dept. in any corporation.

What Predisent Trump did to and how he treated Comey was basically the equivalent of making a pass at a comely female executive or bombshell secretary, but more likely the way a mafia crime boss would make certain demands during a payoff or a threat to some spineless elected or appointed official at one of their “social clubs”. The problem, the big problem is that it was the FBI director,the United States’ primary federal law enforcement agency, and is responsible for its day-to-day operations, he was trying to coax into easing up on his disastrous and erroneous pick for NSA advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn., a man who was an essential and loyal piece for Trump’s victory lap to the White House but, as with many other advisors and in his former/current business dealings especially those related to the predisent, had dealings and meetings involving money and promises with top Russian officials and purposely did not mention it to secure positions in government.

Trumpie must have assumed, as he declared to Lesley Stahl in that first 60 minutes interview and to the NY Times editorial board back in January that since as president he has absolutely can’t have a conflict of interest, that it applied to his browbeating and demands of abject loyalty of the deposed Comey, as it applies to his refusal to release his current tax returns and his defiant disobeying of the emoluments clause and the running of his businesses. How in spite of Comey’s comforting reassurances that the predisent was not involved in the probe of Russian breaches of the election, Trump still pressed him to back off, like some cartoon parody of Al Capone.

And in defiant spite of the fact that you don’t fire the person who you think is investigating you.

Comey’s public and televised employer complaint forum showed the nation a lot of what is already and obviously known. The predisent is a confirmed and validated fucking liar instead of a just a reputed, notorious one.

James Comey did an interesting and what should be inspiring thing that every employee going through hardship, stress and intimidation in the workplace, and that is that he took notes of every interaction and conversation with Predisent Trump, being that you can’t believe a word out of his halitosis emitting mouth and he cannot be trusted. Apparently, it’s more efficient and less risky to write everything down instead of filming video and audio recording.

Speaking of audio recording, Comey and the nation certainly are wondering and are awaiting these alleged tapes produced by the predisent/Godfather of America. Comey brought new heft to his usage of the word “lordy” by outright challenging Trump to release them.

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Following Comey’s damning exposure of the wretched executive in chief, Trump’s hillbilly consigliere and Comey’s former immediate supervisor AG Jefferson Sessions took the stand the other day and refused to answer reasonable questions and remember or recall anything at all about his illicit involvement of Comey’s dismissal and his bosses attempt to obstruct an investigation. Basically, what this goober has historically done at the pleasure of the predisent is preemptive executive privilege.

“Stonewall” Sessions behaved like a petulant little brat as he yelled how offended he was as a long time public servant/establishment political hack with self-righteous indignation then proceeded to blow off every question with seething contempt, especially to Senator Kamala Harris of California, who properly persisted to his swaggering obfuscations and bullshit only to be interrupted by Sen. McCain demanding the AG weasel have a chance to respond even though he refused during the whole hearing. The look on Sessions face was scuzzy with vile glee after that order from the flesh and blood version of Grandpa Simpson.

Jefferson couldn’t be more like Frank Cantangeli in the Godfather II when he abruptly developed amnesia during Michael’s trial.

What the predisent has done, quite unsophisticated and ineptly has integrated government and organized crime.

It has even upended his very cabinet, for the day before Sessions performance, the Predisent gathered some all of his plutocabinet members at a table for a press release, with each member verbally demonstrating their loyalty privilege to serve under Trump.

In a way, it is quite amusing to see people of such worth and stature reduced to undignified groveling. Good thing no one went rogue and dissented, because this could have been a recreation of Al Capone’s baseball analogy in The Untouchables.

Aside from the easy movie classic references, this is deranged. These are college educated, wealthy adults and former business leaders here acting as subjected yes men and women. It seems the only thing that was built during infrastructure week is the massive bubble built around the white house, encasing the predisent when he walks around in public and his golf resorts and hotels with his dumb name on it.

And if these disgraceful acts by our predisent isn’t lousy enough, Trump has decided to let his capo  General Mattis take over the reigns and make future decisions of troop deployments in future missions in Afghanistan to go along with fighting ISIS and other splinter terror groups. So if things go wrong, he will not be responsible so he assumes. (But mostly because he thinks he is a big shot but he is a another lazy deadbeat with a government job.) And his dimwit son and nepotism beauty expert Eric got caught diverting funds from his cancer patient charity golf tournaments to his poppop’s foundation, possibly/certainly to get much needed funding to Trump’s then struggling campaign that he allegedly funded himself.

This cannot end soon enough, but clearly this is going to take a while. A long while. Enough time to rewrite the budget and legislation that will benefit all those ghouls fortunes at that table, corporate monopolies as well as the international gangsters who financed Trump for the past decade and a half.

Justice is practically in standstill and languishing in purgatory, but with these hearings it still faintly exists. Even if it’s a dreadful imitation of it and in a state of disarray.

Better hope it doesn’t befell the fate of normal…

 

For now, everyone willing to be in and profit from the DC bubble, bow down and kiss the ring of Don Worthless.

 

 

 

Executive Carnage And Anarchy In 100 Plus Days: The President Embraces Dictators And Becomes A Lame Ass One-Sacking His FBI Director And Investigator And Establishes And Parades A Criminal Conspiracy In Plain Sight In The Oval Office

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Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Looks like President Trump has gone full time gangster on the nation. And revealing some disturbing though not surprising characteristic traits.

Like recent reports that he gets an extra scoop of ice cream after dinner every day, like a petulant brat having a birthday.

Like that red button he installed on his desk in the oval office that brings him a Coke. Clearly put there to freak out invited domestic and international dignitaries, cabinet aides and most certainly ideologue wealthy individuals when he presses it. The stupid asshole.

Like telling Face The Nation his warped rationale that having a sore knee or a bad back is not as important than launching missles, which shows that he definitely knows what’s in the Expendable American Health Care Act.

Like congratulating recent victories and the treacherous exploits of despots of other nations, dictator scumbags like Al-Sisi in Egypt and Erdrogan in Turkey. No word yet if Trumpy called the victor of the election in France who beat that dirty money-bundled douchehag Marnie Le Pen though.

Like inviting that extrajudicial mass killing vigilante asshole Duerte from the Philippines, probably for advice that made AG Jefferson Sessions, that mutant herpes boil, bring back excessive sentences for drug offenses.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions*

But mostly, and most defiantly egregious and boastful, the firing of the FBI director James Comey. The man leading the investigation into alleged Russian influence and interference in the democratic process of last year’s election in the final months. Surely, after the Figurehead and aspiring Dictator had been whining on his social networking account for months there was no link at all, in addition to denying ever meeting Putin and even advisors with ties to Russian oligarchs in his inner circle. And the perceived massive favor the former FBI director did to dismantle the campaign of Manifest Hillary in the final week before election day, it certainly looked as if Comey’s job was safe and Trump was eager to let the investigation roll on, with the assured, by Trump, outcome to go in his, Trump’s, favor. It would have been another thing to brag about incessantly, which where the President is an artisan.

But it was all too much. And like something out of the Godfather, recent reports have shown that since his pathetic inauguration, Trump has been putting the screws on the top law enforcer of the nation. Needling Comey to pledge his loyalty to him to end the investigation of the alleged and yet to be proven Russian ties. It’s like Trump thought that firing Gen. Flynn for his 45 large payday would be enough to let it go so he can run the country into the toilet, enact arbitrary laws and regressive policies, plunder the treasury and continue to run the Trump Organization at the same time.

It’s still amazing that Flynn got the ax. I can only imagine the amount of bullshit Trump told him when he assigned him to the NSA position, which did not need congressional approval. Like how safe the general thought he would be because of Trump’s debts of billions of dollars to his properties and, as recently noted by a sportswriter, golf courses, and most omnipresently, Trump’s familial advisers and the Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson’s ties to the obscenely wealthy in Mother Russia.

The problem, for the President, is that Comey, despite his flaws and his humiliating recent testimony at the last hearing involving this burgeoning scandal, is a true public servant and did not sell out to the lame ass aspiring dictator. So Trump fired him like the coward he is. And in the heinous way of manipulating the analysis of recently appointed deputy attorney Rod Rosenstein and using the blatantly illegal advice of A.G. Sessions who a day after his confirmation, recused himself from this case for speaking briefly with a Russian diplomat. Of course, being the glory hog and ignorant jerkoff that is his nature, the President/Godfather bragged to Lester Holt that he was going to can Comey anyway. With this national display of hubris and shit-talkin’, Trump did the same thing Flynn did to Vice President Pence when he lied about taking cash from a Russian TV network featuring Putin and undermined his defense of Comey’s firing by the advise of his top cabinet members by lying to him. (as well as members of congress and his doormat press secretary, forcing him to hide in the dark by some bushes). This amoral admission by Trump solidifies his impulsive power tripping firings of interim AG Sally Yates concerns of Russian compromising and DA Preet Bharara’s similar investigations and actual charges of Russian money laundering in NYC luxury apartments (although Preet might have actually been canned for delving into the misdeeds involving a nefarious pal of the fiendish President of Turkey currently held in a prison cell in Manhattan)

This of course led to an uproar in D.C. and the nation, (and probably the Deep State, but they will probably adapt if Trump remains in power), despite all the conflicting outcry from both political parties that have called for Comey’s removal in the past 8 months. But all that was put to rest when the following day, the subject and catalyst of the Comey investigation, Russian Diplomat Sergei Klysiak  was invited to the White House and Oval Office with the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov. And kept out the fourth estate from the meeting but permitted a Russian government owned media photographer to the oval office.

That is some gangsta shit.

And now it turns out that Trump, in a total display of boastful hypocrisy, revealed pertinent information and classified intelligence to the Sergeis about the Islamic State provided by staunch and perennially trusted ally Israel. And he followed this up with bilious aplomb that he had the right, as President, to do it. The same bilious aplomb when he said that the President never has a conflict of interest and how he can go out on the streets of New York, shoot a guy, get away with it, and still be adored.

That is something that is learned and ingrained indefinitely in a person. In a person that had relied on illicit mob money and manpower to build his empire as a young scion who inherited his dad’s wealth and empire, and who has relied on free flowing and unregulated Russian (and Chinese, Indian, and Arabian) money to grow his empire, market his name and spread his tower pestilence and fabricated worth and reputation around the world.

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The aftermath of the Tuesday Night Sacrifice (one person doesn’t make a massacre), The Godfather/President has made a bunch of power moves.

First he gave an address to Liberty University, a college founded by evangelist, sinner and philander Jerry Falwell, a symbolic gesture to his only base, the wealthy hypocritical christian minority. Overlooking the fact that religion is the last refuge of a scoundrel, he enlightened the audience of recent graduates that we are a nation that worships god more than government, which jibes with his recent moronic and redundant executive order to promote free speech and religious liberty. And his recent EO on instituting a commission on voting integrity, based on his lunatic belief that he should have won the popular vote, but scholars and experts rightly claim is just a harbinger for more voter oppression.

But nothing can be more gangster than what happened on May 16, 2017 in the nation’s capital in the United States Of America, when the recently and grossly empowered President Recep Tayipp Erdogan came to the White House. Erdogan, with the aid of sycophants and patsies in his nation’s parliament and a very shady electoral process, took over control of all branches of government in his country. This has led to strife and unrest in his nation. It’s also reached out to Turkish citizens of this nation, as a small group showed up at the Turkish embassy in D.C. to protest Erdrogan’s presence there.

It did not go well at all. Unless you were part of Tayipp’s crack security team of violent oppressors.

These motherfucking lowlifes basically committed an attack on a sovereign country. America. These bags of dicks and shit in suits and possessing loaded guns oppressed the 1st amendment rights of those people, Kurdish people whom this nation is allied with in War On Terror. And they did this with total impunity and the salient fact that they have virtual permission since their leader has the respect and sympathy of our President.

These are the days, hours, minutes and seconds of reckoning of liberty and justice in this country and even though he refuses to acknowledge it, President/Godfather Don “Senza Valore” Trump, now that Comey’s predecessor and fellow New Yorker Robert Mueller has been tapped to assist in the independent investigation. Although the above video is reason enough to demand justice for the victims and spur solidarity among the hundreds of elected officials, the fact that the nation is at the mercy of a gangster is arguably worse.

This power hungry, power mad, stupid, greedy man in the White House has to go. And he has to go to prison like the gangster he kept company with and the dictator he aspires to be. No more, no less. There is no way to condone his behavior and his decisions. There are no more chances. This is over. President Trump truly has become the living embodiment of two words that don’t belong together.

There is not enough time left. He has to be removed before his disastrous budget, foreign and domestic policies and his dismantling of the constitution becomes official.

Mostly, he has to be charged with high crimes, that way if that sinner Vice President “Lying” Pence takes over, his presidency will be undermined and will not get any of his fundamentalist Christian acts effecting the economies and beliefs on the majority of citizens.

These acts of sedition will not and cannot stand. And cannot wait.

Lady Justice has been raped
Truth assassin
Rolls of red tape seal your lips
Now you’re done in
Their money tips her scales again
Make your deal
Just what is truth? I cannot tell
Cannot feel

The ultimate in vanity
Exploiting their supremacy
I can’t believe the things you say
I can’t believe
I can’t believe the price we pay
Nothing can save us

Justice is lost
Justice is raped
Justice is gone
Pulling your strings
Justice is done
Seeking no truth
Winning is all
Find it so grim
So true
So real

                                     “…And Justice For All”, Metallica

Update:

I kinda partially regret writing this post. Because Comey, Mueller, Rosenstein and all the other resisters in the FBI turned out to be discredited in their investigation of President Trump. But I don’t regret at all citing his financial ties of these foreign wealthy adversaries and that he is continuing to abuse his power and the government to enrich himself, which is still going on in plain sight.

 

 

 

Executive Carnage at 13 Weeks: Committee Malfeasance, Alternative Complicity And Beautiful Nepotism, And Cake And Armaments

     Thanks, Keith

Mar-A-Lago Country Club, The Weekend White House, Miami, Florida

It is now officially the 13th week of the Figurehead Trump Presidency and it has culminated in a modern day missile crisis with a fellow jackass leader that had a country handed to him by inheritance, riots in the streets over Trump’s evasiveness about his personal taxes in the past 2 decades, deluding federal investigations over his election victory and what’s close to looking like Russian influence and acts of treason by wealthy campaigners, and shoddy foreign policy making by the Figurehead’s son-in-law and daughter and incompetent bombing missions by his appointed generals.

It’s looking clearer minute by minute that machinations behind the revolting successful presidential campaign of Don Worthless of shady Russian ties with the hapless shenanigans of David “Nunbnuts” Nunes.

While the FBI way belatedly figured out that the hacking of Hillary’s campaign staffs and the DNC’s phones, laptops or pads were from sources connected to Russian spy agencies and used world renowned hacker Glucifer 2.0 as a channel as they were combing North,Central and South America searching for Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey, Our Figurehead got the word that his 5th avenue ugly ass skyscraper home tower was under surveillance by the feds for some reasons. At the bequest of our complicity and corruption prone leader, he wanted to know why there was so much surveillance in his luxury monolith and wanted concrete evidence that it was at the behest of the last president so his social media feeds would have validity.  David did his best Maxwell Smart/Ace Ventura impression and hid from his colleagues in the Intelligence Committee to get whatever incriminating intel or discussions of interest of the wiretaps like a good lapdoggie to his voter-elected boss. Supposedly, Nunbnuts got this intel from leaks in the White House, which Trump usually frowns upon when similar venues get used to expose flaws and burgeoning rivalries among his cabinet and staff. Because of this idiocy, Nunbnuts has been deposed and relieved of his duties to this allegedly independent and tax payer money wasting committee which found no truth to another one of the Figurehead’s twitter troll screeds.

As another one of Trumpy’s conspiracy theories was debunked as with his prior fever delusions and mass media distractions of inauguration day crowd size and those millions of illegal citizen votes in blue states, his offspring and protege son-in-law have taken on bigger roles in their lives revolving around their father’s (and father-in-law) prior and new responsibilities in enriching himself even more.

After the massive failure in his attempt to implode or explode the Affordable Care Act, content with letting the program kill itself leaving mass casualties, and in way punish his young ward Jared “8 up” Kushner for going skiing as him and everyone in D.C. was bickering over the offensive replacement to ACA, Skipper Trump symbolically punished his figurative Gilligan to new assignments involving drug addiction and foreign policy and relations, the latter basically picking up slack or undermining real Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson so he can avoid going to nations that are deemed a threat and probably didn’t have prior deals with his current former business Exxon. Apparently this seemingly royal appointment to the Figurehead’s son in law has turned out to be an executive power move and gave Jared more influence and authority.

But the optics of Trump’s decision isn’t making good impressions for the U.S. as a superpower.

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As with everything involving this shitswirl labyrinth administration, Kushner, close advisor to his daddy-in-law and now virtually a one man staff of the state department, had ties and held talks with a Russian banker with a background in military intelligence and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kilsiak during the transition phase to the White House. But since he’s married to the first daughter/second lady and not General Mike Flynn, according to our opportunistic elected leader, the convenience of being the President not having a conflict of interest can easily be applied to those who he chooses. Ahh, the beauty that is nepotism, right blind trust holder co-executive Eric Trump?

The younger Mr Trump recently faced a barrage of criticism for arguing that nepotism was a “factor of life” but, instead of retracting this assessment, he goes further by arguing it was completely logical for his father to appoint him to look after the family’s business interests.

“You trust the people who are closest to you. Who is he going to trust most to run a company? He is going to trust somebody who he trusts implicitly,” he says.

“He knows I care about the family. He knows I care about the brand. He knows I deeply care about the properties, our amazing teams. And he knows I’m going to do everything I can humanly possible to take care of that.

 

“Is that nepotism? Absolutely. Is that also a beautiful thing? Absolutely. Family business is a beautiful thing. The same applies for Ivanka. Ivanka is by his side in Washington.”

Mr Trump argues that a family member was more likely to tell the President “no disrespect but you might want to think about this” or “maybe you crossed the line here” rather than someone who “will say yes just because you happen to be the boss.”

          The Telegraph UK

Beautiful. And with this defiant arrogant justification and lame attempt to show encouraging transparency, and also showing a display of genetic brashness and stupidly incriminating himself (if that’s possible now) and his dad, he recently announced that he is giving quarterly reports to the commander-in-chief Figurehead about the businesses that he falsely divested himself from since taking over the reins of the nation’s economy and nuclear codes.

Being a layman when it comes to running a business, but aren’t distributing these reports the usual process for evaluation by a chief executive of a company or companies? Emoluments and complicity be damned. Aren’t laws being broken and conflicts committed in plain sight being brazenly committed here?

“The President can’t have a conflict of interest” said Donald J. Trump to Lesley Stahl on 60 minutes. He also said he can shoot somebody on the street and nothing would happen.

Speaking of incriminating one self and others related to you and the uncertainty of the and current lack of consequences, Ivanka extolled some similar bullshit in an attempt to whitewash all the blatant civic and political malfeasance going on in the White House and everywhere in the free and non-free world the Trump brand is laid, now that her poppop has given her an official advisor role in the plutocabinet:

What we have here, in a nod to the now hardly visible game show model presenter Kelly Ann Conway, is alternative complicity.

That should temporarily put the nation to rest easier, knowing that the kakistocracy and kleptocracy that will further enrich all under the Brand Of Trump and all those elected refusing to investigate these blatant violations in the House and Senate by the Cesspool On The Potomac, will keep the nation’s economy remaining robust and security remaining strong, right?

Wrong.

After assurances by the real Secretary Of State Tillerson, top UN diplomat Nikki Haley, and months after a secret meeting in the winter with the dictator of Syria by Congresswoman and either future Defense Secretary or Vice President Tulsi Gabbard, our nation decided not to interfere with the government process and ongoing civil wars of that nation.

Then a day later, chemical weapons were disbursed in a rebel held city causing the deaths of hundreds of citizens. So with all this diplomatic leeway, the next day President Assad decides to commit genocide.

The reaction by the general public was furious, and according to kid brother Eric, so devastating and upsetting to sis and new advisor Ivanka that Trump, during an opulent dinner and dessert featuring, reverentially detailed by the Figurehead as the biggest piece of chocolate cake he’s ever seen, so big and delicious that he flustered to remember what country he was attacking, ordered his military to drop bombs on Syria’s war plane air fields. This was the second time Trump ordered a military mission during dinner, the last being the disastrous raid in Yemen that killed civilian women and children and a Navy Seal.

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Dramatization of cake described by Don

Despite the perceived success of the mission and the aesthetics described by discredited anchorman now drooling M.I.C. stenographer sycophant Brian Williams as he butchered Leonard Cohen lyrics, the beautiful and costly weapons ($54,000,000) only hit less than half of it’s targets and Assad was able to send planes on bombing missions the next day. Speaking of sycophants, none worse than our elected members of congress, whom were not even counseled about this attack as standard procedure is to get congressional approval to order them, the majority of them praised the decision made by our determined leader anyway.

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So much for all the rhetoric by these established and college educated officials about the mental capacities of their chief executive.

The reasons are plentiful and not at all cynical for this attack. That Trump may have personally profited yet again from his policies. That this was a vain attempt to bolster his approval rating. That this was just an arbitrary reaction because of the weapons used since regular bombs that destroy villages and kill civilians, especially children and babies are basically permitted, especially by royal empirical dictators we like and have businesses in their wealth segregated cities there. That this was spurred by what is now being determined as a false flag attack comparable to the Gulf Of Tonkin, since Assad is claiming he never sent planes with sarin bombs and the actual bomb was and I.E.D. set off in the ground by an Al Qaeda squadron. And despite Trump’s proclaimed strategy of not giving the enemy warning or a schedule when he would strike, him or his staff informed Russia that they were attacking so they can move any troops they have stationed there. So much for further legitimization for impeachment hearings.

Then during the high holy week of the Catholic, Christian, Baptist and Jewish faiths, Figurehead Trump orders to drop the biggest, the baddest and the motherist of all bombs on a camp in Afghanistan on an Isis faction, killing close to 100 of them. Reportedly, the Taliban felt temporarily relieved although not much grateful, they are still our adversary there as our nation is approaching 20 years in combat in that mountainous and lucrative poppy and natural gas filled nation.

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This should answer your question, Pink

Ultimately it’s turning out that this is an attempt, and in the wake of confirming the nation’s draconian budget coming in May filled with billions more for more beautiful weapons and cuts to the American infrastructure, science, culture and livelihoods, to intimidate and diminish the military might of North Korea. A nation like us now who for decades prioritize the preparedness for war and who has nuclear capabilities, and like us (more extremely though) is willing to starve it’s citizens to maintain the M.I.C. there.

I don’t want to undermine the severity of the geopolitical climate right now, but with Pence making this announcement while Trump golfs every weekend in his chill out resort and attends an easter egg hunt obnoxiously arranged by his resurfaced wife in Mar-A-Lego for their wealthy clientele instead of the traditional White House, it can’t be any more clearer who is really running this country right now. Especially after the recent decision to defund Planned Parenthood.

Is this what the people asked for when they entrusted Trump with their vote, as with the recent decision to give up their 1st and 4th amendment rights and personal privacy for their internet usage for telecom corporations to sell and profit from?

And what of the fourth estate of what passes for responsible journalism, as with the lobotomized responses and observations of Brian Williams and Fareed Zakaria, the latter who basically called the Figurehead full of shit a week earlier, is now praising him for changing his mind and opinions on everything he espoused to pander and garner votes from the people.

And now we got disparate ideological groups rioting in the streets just for rightfully demanding to see Trump’s tax returns

And so this existential madness rambles on as if to normalize every cynical thing about the recent historical and current workings of governmental process. And possibly that the Trump presidency is just a spin off reality show bred from his NBC series. The position of chief executive is now officially the Chief Executive Producer. Every time he announces some proposal he does it to build suspense as if to get people to stay tuned for the next episode.

No matter how much they try to normalize this in order to keep the people undistracted from such established widespread bullshit so to keep working and contributing a fifth of their paycheck to keep this systemic farce running…

The Class Action Lawsuit Against de Blasio’s CONYgate ally Two Trees: The First Strike At The Gentrification Industrial Complex

Brooklyn Goddamn*, NY.

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NY Post: Billionaire landlords extorted tenants ripped off city: lawsuit

The billionaire real-estate dynasty behind Brooklyn’s hipster DUMBO neighborhood bilked struggling tenants out of a fortune in rent, a new lawsuit alleges. The Walentas family — whose ties to Mayor de Blasio have been scrutinized in the investigations into the city’s pay-to-play scandal — allegedly filed false statements to help land $92 million in city tax breaks and other subsidies, the suit says.  Then patriarch David, son Jed and associates used “extortion’’ and other alleged forms of deceit to jack up the rents at downtown 125 Court St. over the years and illegally pocket $10 million, according to the residents’ lawyer and the document, which was filed in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday. “This is a racketeering enterprise — it’s basically organized fraudulent activity,’’ the tenants’ lawyer, Matthew Berman, told The Post.

The plaintiffs even claim to have a company mole as a witness. That person is a former rental agent and Two Trees worker who acknowledged that the defendants “intentionally sat down and agreed in advance to take part in an unlawful scheme to illegally charge inflated rents to rent-stabilized tenants,” the suit says.

According to the suit, the family’s powerhouse company, Two Trees:

  • Duped the city and state to net lucrative tax breaks meant for rent-stabilized and affordable-housing properties.
  • “Committed extortion’’ by allegedly tricking tenants into shelling out more than they owed in monthly rent by sending phony notices saying rent was due.
  • “Coerced’’ the cheaper-paying residents into vacating their apartments so the developer could charge new tenants 20 percent higher rents.

The lawsuit suggests that government officials turned a blind eye to the allegedly illegal shenanigans because they were “influenced no doubt by campaign contributions made by Defendants and their associates.

“It is a matter of public record that seven developers wrote checks totaling $245,000 to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Campaign for One New York before de Blasio announced plans for a streetcar along the Brooklyn waterfront, with stops near the developers’ projects, including $100,000 from Defendant Jed Walentas,’’ the suit says. De Blasio has denied any connection between the big bucks and pushing his street-car plan.

Court papers describe the Walentases as a $4 billion family empire “known for its singular role in transforming the Brooklyn neighborhood of “DUMBO” (an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) where the company’s holdings include 12 buildings comprising more than 3 million square feet of commercial and residential real estate.’’ The family also is behind the $3 billion conversion of the old Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg into luxury pads.

Two Trees bought the 125 Court St, property at Atlantic Avenue in 2003 for $16.5 million, according to reports. They then went after millions of dollars in public funding by promising to provide rent-stabilized and affordable housing, the suit says. But over the years, the developers knowingly misrepresented the market value of units so they could illegally inflate rents, the court papers say.The lawsuit adds that “despicably, Defendants even perpetrated this fraud upon the low-income tenants of the units designated as ‘affordable housing.’ ” The tactics led to a 300 percent tenant turnover rate at the building between 2005 and 2013, or 10 times the citywide figure, the suit says.

Finally. Even though this lawsuit is in it’s nascent stage, let this be the absolute confirmation of the superficial intentions and broken false promise to end the tale of two cities Mayor de Faustio exhorted on his public inauguration ceremony 3 years ago, and the horrid existence of the gentrification industrial complex of avaricious real estate and venture capital interests, compromised government officials and an complicit apparatus of public relations firms, housing website services and a fawning news media to drive up combined fabricated speculations of rental and housing market rates.

These two repulsive maggots are just a few of the enabling predatory developer cabal that is the Real Estate Board Of New York, of whom Dad and Boy Walentas are members, which is beyond any doubt where the last word on whatever legislation regarding what areas get re- and up-zoned, what exemptions are dealt and how the hardhats will get compensated for the difficult and at times perilously hazardous work they will do to build their unsightly out of scale behemoths in established hurricane flood zones.

As this damning lawsuit states, they allegedly utilized the dirty tactic exploiting the perennially outlandish trendy status of the borough of Brooklyn via following the constant refraining bogus real estate speculation derived from the news media (none more garrilous than the NY Times real estate section) and various apt. rental service providers and blogrolls like Streeteasy and Propertyshark. They also got millions in tax breaks from the 421a law to provide a sliver of affordable housing and reneged on that state contract by raising the rents on the rent-stabilized tenants on their building on 125 Court St. in downtown Brooklyn.

This pilfering of tax payer and tenant dollars and their collective sanity and dignity is akin to other odious ploys to drive out poorer and even modest salaried tenants who are deemed unworthy and uncool. Like those who offer lowball buyouts and gut renovations of neighboring apartments. The refusal of basic utilities and maintenance requests; The denial of check payments; And the use of hired goons to intimidate residents by stalking and violating their privacy. These fiendish tactics are bit more sophisticated than the days when slumlords used the dregs of society; gangs and rodents and the use of arson to free up their buildings and properties. Although the latter tactic might be making a not so subtle comeback. Not to be overlooked is the neutered, weak and borderline indifferent enforcement of the Department of Buildings officers.

All this was made possible to make the branding of the hottest borough in the world (but not the world’s borough, that was dubiously regaled to Queens) that made it the faux luxury resort theme park, and upscale bar and food court that it is today. With the help of dispensing a few hundred large to a 501 (c) (4) kitty run in a government office in City Hall.

The devious philanthropy provided by the Walentases towards our whoring and now troubled mayor also led to minor to non-existent monitoring of their new developments, like the former Domino sugar plant and the hastening process of the idiotic BQX trolley line that happens to traverse their Blade Runner towers of glass properties. The latter giving them access to the offices of city hall via a shady group concern or how they are more commonly know as “friends of the BQX”, not at all as pathetically opaque as the “agents of the city”.

Speaking of those “agents”, the wormtongue adviser firm, BerlinRosen that was illegally loitering in the conference rooms of city hall during meetings regarding city services and planning represents Two Trees. And also the abominable Forest City Ratner, who for the past decade and a half has been destroying and rebuilding the downtown Brooklyn area to the detriment of the residents who don’t reside in their towers and the sunlight that used to shine there. The BQX, not so coincidentally will run by the streets by Ratner’s synthetic metropolis.

The slithering machinations the Gentrification Industrial Complex has done to reshape the shorelines of Brooklyn has wreaked havoc on the rest of the borough, causing rents to ludicrously skyrocket even in still high crime risk areas like Bushwick, Bed-Stuy and East New York, in still middle class and poor areas like Crown Heights and Sunset Park, and is now bleeding into the middle class enclaves in Queens, none more apparent than the hastening out-of-scale tower development in Long Island City.

It also is having a pernicious effect on the area median rates for affordable housing, influencing the fabricated speculative market rates that the Walentas duo engaged in, even leading low level slumlords to exploit this hustle in addition to devaluing their buildings and denying tenants rights and demands for maintenance. Which may have not only led to the further tax paying sanctions of public funded condo housing, but also the incredible record rise of the homeless consensus, which includes working families and veterans.

This lawsuit, long overdue and looks pretty cut and dry, cannot be more timely since it’s coinciding with the impending hearings with D.A. Preet Bharara and the meltdown of their of their long time pal and personal aide, Mayor “Big Slow”” de Faustio” de Blasio and his merry band of neo-liberal deputies and staffers, who still insist on claiming legality for their chicanery and that they have committed no wrong-doing. They will probably cite precedent by mentioning when Donald Trump was buying elected officials and exploiting similar loopholes back in his baby predator days building hotels and a shrine tower to himself in the 80’s

This may be a stretch and maybe hoping too much, but these subhumans might actually see hard time for their twisted ties and underhanded nefarious acts. Maybe it will bring a semblance of closure to all those choosing between eating and paying rent, all those trying to transition from a crappy existence in an apt. filled with mold and vermin, a room with barely any privacy and security, or shacking up in hotel room with no kitchen at the mercy of security contractors and subsiding on shitty city provided sandwiches for lunch and dinner as they wait to win the lottery for that sliver of 20 % affordable housing because of the greed for money and land of Two Trees and the concentration and control of power for our corrupt mayor and his staff.

*apologies to Nina Simone

Executive Carnage; President Trump Is Fucking With You, Everyone And Fucking Himself

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It would be an understatement to say that Figurehead President Trump has had a quite prolific week and that he has taken his reputation as a cutthroat landlord, contract squelching developer, and petty litigious dickface to the White House. But in this humble and bitter curmudgeon’s opinion and fellow resident from Queens, it can’t be anymore apparent than the look on that formerly orange and now Spalding Handball hued face of his.

It all started with the lying about the inauguration attendance and the emergency press conference to perpetuate and promote the lie while millions of ladies around the world organized solidarity marches to remind the world of his repulsive sexual advances and sexist shit talking, thus leading to the major network coverage diversion of news interest. An attempt to shut down social media capabilities at the Dept. of Interior backfired for the National Parks debunked the Trump’s proxy Spicer tantrum with their Twitter publication of Obama’s turnout. Which subsequently led to Trump’s chief counsel and continuing campaign manager Kellyanne Conway’s defense by adding the creative adage “alternative facts” to the nation’s intellectual diminishing lexicon.

But President Trump doesn’t give a fuck what you think, what you saw or even what the facts are

He went to CIA headquarters to address the agents and regaled them with his delusions about the crowd size and the news media he declared war on at the previous press conference. The speech was filled with President Trump’s natural proclivity for repetitive usage of positive adjectives (great, tremendous, you all know them) and was peppered with strange uproarious laughter from the agency’s memorial room as the President spoke. Reportedly, it was coming from staffers Trump bought in. Also reportedly, the CIA agents there, who are trained to kill with their bare hands, were spooked and unnerved by the President’s speech to them.

But President Trump doesn’t give a fuck.

Then came the executive orders, which were clearly written hurriedly and haphazardly without thought to reactions and consequences and to compliment the attention span of the renegade commander-in-chief. Influenced by those great generous minds at the Heritage Foundation.

The Affordable Care Act went first of course, which isn’t that objectionable because of the high deductable that makes it practically useless and universal health care would be cheaper. Still, this decision is going to give a lot of people on the plan anxiety, it might lead citizens to rush to join a plan that might be detrimental in the long run, and may discourage new customers from signing one, which may be the intent.

Then for some reason, there was an EO to enact fees on homeowners, which shouldn’t be shocking coming from this President and other multiple home owning elected and appointed officials who harp about the estate tax. This was a cut by President Obama, although in retrospect meager, to give homeowners some relief especially after the 2008 crashing of the economy by scumbag banks and predatory lenders.

After these two sadistic but mostly symbolic decisions, he found time to bitch and moan about the crowd size of the people at the inauguration. But that diversion bore some fruit because he went and signed an EO to track down on voter fraud. For he thinks that the 3 million who voted for Manifest Failure Hillary should have went to him, even the dead ones who registered and voted, presumably from the netherworld counties of these states and a glut of voters who are registered in 2 states. Contradicting his prior claim about if he bothered to campaign in the blue states he would have won them. Trump’s peculiar knowledge of the latter theory is ironic for the fact that his top advisors and family members are also registered in two states. Maybe the President is relying more on experience than misinterpreting a poll.

But the man doesn’t give a fuck what you all think and what you heard.

Then there were a flurry of EO’s that focused on trade and government bureaucracy. TPP was never ratified for this to mean anything and it’s despised in other nations (like New Zealand),  this was just a sentimental token signing. The federal hiring freeze sounds good to taxpayers, but the people that have these jobs most likely are middle class. So much for our President’s concern for the forgotten. Those pesky federal regulation guidelines got the symbolic axe from the President’s giant signature, so there will not be any impediments for cheap oligarchs from getting obese wealth at the expense of the safety of their employees and residents who live near their power plants or pipelines.

Speaking of pipelines, there is the utter moronic decision to revive the construction of the potentially disastrous Keystone XL and the government sanctioned plundering of the Dakota Access pipelines. Keystone is a massive risk to the environment and may be ultimately unprofitable and the Dakota pipeline has been rife with chaos due to the resistance of the Native American tribes to protect their only source of clean water and sacred burial grounds in the face of sadistic and quasi-legal oppression of the protests by using tactics like siccing dogs, shotgunning tear gas bombs and using firehoses in freezing weather. It should be noted that our President has a financial stake in the destructive Dakota access venture.

But we all know the President doesn’t give a fuck about emoluments.

As if there is any wonder if Figurehead President Trump is his own man and not one to owe some other people, say a foreign leader a favor for his recent and first real job, there is the EO and part theological edict of the “Global Gag” rule. Which basically defunds health programs by including or even mentioning the word abortion and expands to contraception use across the nation and the world, which can’t be more of a generous sop to Mike Pence and the GOP establishment religious ideologues that helped secure Trump’s nomination to the party. So much for fears of the President being compromised and allegory comparisons to Sharia Law. There is also the decision to end the funding of sanctuary cities, which is understandable considering how it’s being exploited in New York for example, but there would not be a need for them if other states weren’t so rigid and did their fair share taking care of their own poverty situations instead of forcing people out to more populous and denser regions.

These executive decisions would be intimidating except for the underwhelming fact that they are mostly symbolic and were reportedly filled with vague and conflicting language and not even confirmed by a key judicial branch. Which may have led to the devastating blowback to Trump’s most ardent supporters and immigrants who have a right to be in this country over the weekend.

The fucking wall in Mexico, the one that nation is supposed to pay for, that now has been decided by President Trump to proceed, has been botched and it now turns out that you the people are going to pay for it after all, maybe twice as revealed on the President’s bizarre interview on ABC last week. After the cancellation of the meeting by the very unpopular president of that nation, which Trump lied was mutual, it now turns out that we are going to pay for it first, via all the federal cuts and reactivation of fees mentioned earlier, and then Trump is going to slap a massive tariff at 20% for all Mexican imports, which will make this generations beloved Coronas and tequila, and even auto parts manufactured there and subsequently cars made here that need them more expensive. It’s practically a double dip on the American Taxpayer. So this fantasy that Mexico will pay for the fucking wall is based on wild-eyed speculation. Which is natural coming from a predatory real estate scion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This interview had some other ostentatious displays of self-aggrandizement and prideful cognitive dissonance. Notably when the President was showing a expansive photo of his inauguration and his perceived millions that were there like when the dictator in the In-Laws was showing off his art collection and when he was dressing down the interviewer, David Muir, to his face by bringing up how Fox News depicts reports about him and how he derives his opinions on the news medias reporting on him by watching himself on television akin to Peter Sellers character in Being There. (Even Rush Limbaugh gets it, although wrong as usual)

Following this interview, he promoted his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, to head the National Security Council, a position formally held by generals. A rise in stature that was alarmingly fast and a disturbing break in executive protocol. A lot of conjecture is bandied about Trump being vulnerable to nation’s where he has financial interests and his political ties to Putin, but the rise of Bannon might be the guy he owes the biggest debt to.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Bannon

And now we come to the Big Kahuna of executive orders. The temporary immigration ban on Muslim majority nations that are hotbeds of terrorism attacks and have ties to funding of terrorist groups, notably a permanent ban on people from Syria. With the exception of Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and The United Arab Emirates, nations that have actual ties to the Taliban, Al Qaeda and Isis and with the exception of Pakistan, palatial hotels and golf courses with the Trump Brand. Unlike the other orders, the actions demanded on the order happen on day one and on the weekend when plane traveling is highest. Hundreds of immigrants with legal work visas and green cards, people that were already vetted by this nation (though not extremely) were detained by the TSA officers and officials. Which led to protests to all of the cities major airports and apparently preemptive action by civil rights lawyers and elected officials to strike down the unconstitutionality of Trump’s arbitrary and draconian action. It has led to the invocation of habeas corpus in the acquittal of 2 immigrants at JFK and the Trump administrations lifting of the ban and the release of all those detained mercilessly.

This has led to the sudden action and awakening of elected officials in congress, after years of mutual complacency and toleration of Obama’s unconstitutional executive decisions and policies,  to boycott confirmation hearings of the attorney general. Trump may have possibly ruined Jeff Sessions chance to enforce the laws of the nation. Especially after the firing of the temporary AG Sally Yates for refusing to enforce his selective religious ban. Notably, in a sick Machiavellian twist, Sessions asked during Yates’ confirmation a few years ago if she would resist if she felt if the president went above the law. I guess that was only for the last guy.

But in spite of the widespread resistance from the masses and electeds, the dropping poll numbers and the embarrassing results from the EO hastily closing the borders to this nation, Trump still doesn’t give a fuck. His conviction that the world is a mess justifies his decisions. What does it matter when people who went through the proper channels to live and work here get caught up in the anti-terror ringer? According to the President, the nation and the world is a mess and has bigger problems to solve, even though none of the nations on the Muslim ban has even attacked our country, and two of them are known allies where our military are training those nations’ armies, Somalia and Iraq.

This may be just a shock doctrine test to see how the nation’s laws and judges react to this mess that he created. President Trump wants to rule by chaos and disorder and it doesn’t matter what those on the street with the funny signs or what the democrat minority in the houses in DC say.

President Trump is just fucking with people. Plain and simple. It’s what power tripping, unscrupulous bosses have always done since the dawn of man. He is the boss of America and he decides who profits and and who gets to live here.

This is the new normal. I am sure President Trump doesn’t give a fuck what Lindsay Crouse thinks either.