I want to look these next few days at how the fraud we see especially in the financial sector is really throughout our business system. I know as a progressive tired of the Bush Administration's hands off regarding regulation and oversight that I was keen on Obama's mantra to hold these corporations accountable......he would use regulation to protect the people! Just what everyone wanted to hear and at that point we assumed the Democratic Party would step up to protect the people. So, when Obama announced his Cabinet and Financial team we knew we were in trouble. My friends kept saying 'be patient, he can't change things overnight'. Well, four years later and copious appointments to agencies all of which still allow free reign on crime and corruption.....we know it isn't the political party.....it is the people in these leadership positions.I was listening to the NBC news and one news item......FISH FRAUD ACROSS AMERICA.....CHEFS IN A LIST RESTAURANTS DEMAND OVERSIGHT. Isn't that pitiful. We are being bombarded by food from all over the world thanks to free-trade and no one knows what the food is or where it originates. IF YOU AND I DO NOT SHOUT LOUDLY AND STRONGLY THAT WE WON'T TOLERATE THIS ANY MORE, THEY WILL CONTINUE TO IGNORE US AND MAKE IT THE NORM AS WITH ALL THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES.....THESE PEOPLE WILL DO THAT!!
We heard as well that HSBC, a UK bank that was found blatantly money laundering drug money and moving money from targeted regimes, was fined $1 billion and let go with nothing .....no charge, no guilt. This involved international crimes against the country and it was huge. This time mainstream media actually asked the Justice Department how it could allow this crime to go unpunished and the Justice person looked incredulous as she said......but we told them they would be in big trouble if they re-offend in the next 5 years! She said that closing the business down, which is what we want for all of these big banks would cause some 6,000 jobs to be lost.....the business was too large and important. These last 4 years have seen hundreds of thousands of government jobs eliminated so the Bush Tax Cuts for all could be extended in 2010 with taxes at a decade low. We just watched 18,000 Hostess workers lose their jobs because the company wanted to drive them into poverty and union-bust. So, 6,000 jobs is a killer for this government for massive fraud? DO YOU HEAR YOUR INCUMBENT SHOUTING LOUDLY AND STRONGLY THAT THIS MUST STOP!!!!!!
VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT OF OFFICE!!!!!!
Dr. Nancy Snydermann on NBC Nightly news has been told to get the country used to little health care access so she comes on last night to tell us how to care for a chronically ill senior at home since they are closing all state run senior care centers and those that are opening are for paying/insured people. So one man and one woman were managing Alzheimer family members while doing the 'sandwich generation'. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CARE FOR ALZHEIMER PATIENTS ALONE AND WHO CAN BE A ROUND THE CLOCK CARETAKER? SNYDERMANN WAS TELLING THESE PEOPLE TO LEARN TO NETWORK BECAUSE THE RESPONSIBILITY WAS THEIRS.....THERE WOULD BE NO STATE CARE FOR SENIORS.
So, I wrote the following to Snydermann:
I have listened to Snydermann prepare the nation for ever increasing lack of health care access as she tells us we will not have state nursing homes to care for our family members or hospice/adult day care centers because the money just isn't there any more. This is my question to Nancy Snydermann......
where do you think the money is Nancy? Do you think that you and your fellow doctors and the health industry in which many doctors are heavily invested systematically drained entitlements with fraud over decades, enriching yourselves by filling your pockets with one hand will falsifying paperwork with the other? Do you feel at all shameful as you look into a TV camera to tell people what they will have to get used to because hundreds of billions of dollars were stolen each year by doctors from the poor and elderly?
I would say to you Nancy that the shame must be overwhelming, but, like all of you that rode this fraud free-for-all these past few Clinton/Bush decades, you could care less. So I need to say that I feel the shame for you as you make more money telling people the care they should have had is gone with the fraud!!!
Citizens Oversight Maryland.com
Caregivers neglect their own health in order to look after othersAmericans are living longer than ever before, which means baby boomers are doing double duty caring for both parents and children. NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.
By Linda CarrollEach morning, 48-year-old Troy Prater starts his day by getting breakfast for his teenage triplets. On weekdays he checks homework and then hurries them off to school. Then it’s back home to take care of his mom, Ella, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Life, Prater says, “is organized chaos.”
Prater is among the millions of Americans who have stepped up to do the right thing and take care of family members who can’t take care of themselves. Unfortunately, most caregivers are spread so thin that they don’t have time to take care of their own needs, NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.
“Caregivers don’t go to the dentist; they don’t get mammograms or annual checkups,” says Melissa Gartenberg Livney, a clinical
psychologist with the PENN Memory Center at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “So they get sick.”
Even worse, Livney says, “there’s some evidence that this kind of stress can contribute to the onset of dementia" which is why she and others are trying to encourage caregivers to get help, to find ways to take breaks, and to make and keep their own doctors’ appointments.
A single father and sole caregiver to his mother suffering from Alzheimer's, Troy Prater is one of a growing number of caregivers providing care to two generations.
How many people have stepped up to take care of a family member?
One survey found that nearly one third of American households had someone serving as an unpaid family caregiver. That adds up to almost 40 million households with a caregiver present, according to the 2009 survey conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving in conjunction with the AARP.
Many of those caregivers are dealing with Alzheimer’s, which Livney says can be incredibly stressful.
"Alzheimer's disease is 10 or 15 years of slow and steady loss of the person you once knew," she says. "Caregivers often suffer in silence and feel guilty when they don't feel up to the work."
Currently, there are 5 million Americans who have been diagnosed with the disease, says Beth Kallmyer, vice president of constituent services at the Alzheimer’s Association. “And we estimate that there are 15 million people caring for them.”
Unfortunately, the number of Alzheimer's patients is growing. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that there will be 16 million Americans with the disease by mid-century if nothing changes. And that means there will be even more of us taking care of spouses and parents suffering from dementia.
Prater, who juggles caregiving along with his normal responsibilities as a dad, acknowledges the dual roles can be very taxing.
“I’m running on adrenaline,” he says. “I’ve lost quite a few pounds.”
What's the answer to getting caregivers to care for themselves?
People like Prater need to ask for help, Kallmyer says. But most seem to feel that caregiving is something they need to do on their own. And that's a setup for disaster, she says.
“When you’re taking care of someone over a period of time, you can’t just soldier on,” Kallmyer says. “At some point your health will be impacted and that will keep you from being the best caregiver you can be. We often ask people, ‘If you get sick and land in the hospital then what is going to happen?’”
Kallmyer suspects that the urge to go it alone is part of the American character. She’d like to see that change.
So would Livney.
"[Caregivers] need to allow themselves to not be perfect," she says.
They also need to learn to look after their own needs.
“People need to give themselves permission to take care of themselves,” says Livney. “That’s what we focus on. We don’t spend much time talking about the disease and functional aspects of caring for someone with dementia. We try to help people understand how to take care of themselves."
THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TELLS THESE CRIMINALS THAT IF THEY BREAK THE LAW IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS THEY ARE REALLY GOING TO GET IT!!! THE PROBLEM FOR THE PUBLIC IS THAT THESE FRAUDS ALWAYS OPERATE OPENLY FOR SEVERAL YEARS BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT 'DISCOVERS' THE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. THIS BANK COULD START TOMORROW AND WON'T BE CAUGHT IN THOSE 5 YEARS.
WE MUST HOLD OUR INCUMBENTS RESPONSIBLE. YOU MUST RUN LABOR/JUSTICE CANDIDATES AGAINST THESE INCUMBENTS AND VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT OF OFFICE!!!!!
December 11, 2012 6:38 PM
By John Miller Play CBS News Video (CBS News)
As bank slogans go, they don't come worse than this: "The preferred financial institution of drug cartels and money launderers."
That's a quote Tuesday in a U.S. Department of Justice report about HSBC Holdings, one of the largest banks in the world.
To avoid criminal prosecution, HSBC admitted Tuesday that it laundered more than $800 million for Mexican drug cartels, and covered up illegal transactions for Burma, Iran, Sudan, Cuba, and Libya.
Those nations were under banking sanctions because of human rights atrocities, terrorism, or -- in Iran's case -- a nuclear program.
The British bank will pay $1.9 billion to the U.S. government, the largest such fine in history. THEY KEEP SAYING LARGEST FINE BUT THE SUMS INVOLVED IN THE FRAUD ARE RECORD-BREAKING. THE GOVERNMENT ONLY FINDS PART OF THE FRAUD.
It's a case that has everything -- everything accept an arrest. That struck some as odd, because in 80 pages of court documents, the bank admits to almost going out of its way to act as a financial clearing house for international pariahs and drug dealers.
- Feds outline HSBC ties to laundering, drug money
- HSBC chief apologizes for lax controls
- HSBC legal costs rise by $1.1B, shares slump
U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said: "The investigation revealed that staggering amounts of cash, hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars daily, were being deposited into HSBC Mexico using boxes specially made to fit through tellers' windows to speed the transactions."
It wasn't just the cartels that benefited from what prosecutors called the HSBC's "willful failure" to report suspicious activity. HSBC instructed an Iranian bank how to conceal $183 million in transactions. HSBC also admitted to cutting the number of internal watchdogs to save money.
Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said: "HSBC is paying a heavy price for its conduct, and under the terms of today's agreement, if the bank fails to comply with the agreement in any way, any way at all, we reserve the right as the government to fully prosecute it." OHHHHHHHHHH......WOWWWWW! THAT WILL SHOW THEM!
Under the terms of Tuesday's settlement, nobody at HSBC will face criminal charges.
Notre Dame professor Jimmy Gurule, who investigated money-laundering cases for the Treasury Department, said: "We're not talking about mere negligence. We're talking about a criminal scheme that was adopted as a policy of HSBC that involved looking the other way in regard to suspicious transactions involving money laundering."
Some would say that the message is, if you break all the laws you can, until you get caught, you may have to pay a lot of money, but you're not gonna go to jail.
U.S Attorney Lynch, who is one of the architects of Tuesday's settlement, disputed that idea, and said: "That's a very short-sighted view, I think, because in this case they're obviously paying a great deal of money, but they also have to literally had to turn their company inside out. And the message should be that that's what you have to do."
In a statement from its London headquarters, HSBC said it has cleaned house, firing top executives and taking back their bonuses.
Now, the bank has to demonstrate to a federal monitor that they are in compliance with all laws for five years.
As for the lack of criminal prosecutions, the feds said that they never found one bank official, or any collection of bank officials acting together, that were doing this on purpose. They painted a picture of a disorganized bank that was collecting all these fees either not knowing, or not wanting to know where it all came from.
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FOR THOSE THINKING FISH ISN'T A BIG DEAL THIS IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF HOW IT ALL IS FALSIFIED. WHETHER WHOLEFOODS AND ITS ASSURANCE OF ORGANIC OR FAIR TRADE AND ITS ASSURANCE OF HUMANE LABOR LAWS.....IT IS RIFE WITH LIES. IT IS BECAUSE THEY KNOW NO ONE IS WATCHING. THIS IS EXACTLY THE WAY THESE US CORPORATIONS AND NGOs OPERATE OVERSEAS ......AND YOU WONDER WHY PEOPLE WANT TO ATTACK US? DEMOCRATS DO NOT TREAT PEOPLE THIS WAY.....THESE THIRD WAY CORPORATE POLS ARE NOT DEMOCRATS!!!!
VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT OF OFFICE!!!!
By Megan Gannon, News Editor updated 12/12/2012 7:19:30 AM ET NBC News
Fish being sold in New York City shops and restaurants are frequently mislabeled, a new report says.
For consumers, this means the wild salmon you ordered might actually be farm-raised, and more troubling, the tilefish you were avoiding because of its high mercury content might end up on your plate anyway, disguised as red snapper.
Between June and September of this year, researchers with conservation organization Oceana collected 142 samples from 81 retail outlets across New York, mostly in Manhattan. Eighty-nine of the samples were from grocery stores, 28 were from restaurants and 25 were from sushi bars.
DNA tests showed that 56 of the samples were mislabeled according to FDA guidelines, putting the overall fish fraud rate in the city at 39 percent.
Of the 13 different types of fish studied, tuna was the most frequently mislabeled, with 17 out of 18 samples found to be frauds. Oceana officials say fish labeled as "white tuna" was usually escolar, a snake mackerel that has a toxin, which, when consumed in more than small amounts, can cause gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea.
A wide variety of fish was passed off as red snapper, from porgy to white bass to tilapia. One sham red snapper sample was actually found to be tilefish, which, because of its high mercury content, is on the FDA's do-not-eat list for pregnant women, nursing mothers and young children. Tilefish was also sold as halibut in another instance, the report says.
Among retailers, 100 percent of sushi bars sampled had sold at least one mislabeled fish. The fraud rate at restaurants was 39 percent and 29 percent among grocery stores, with small markets found to be worse offenders than national chains.
Mislabeling rips off consumers and could pose health risks to those with dietary restrictions, Oceana officials say, and it's not a problem exclusive to New York. Previous studies found that the rate of fish fraud was 55 percent in Los Angeles, 48 percent in Boston and 31 percent in Miami.
Moreover, it's not easy to trace where the deception is taking place along the supply chain.
"As of 2011, the U.S. now imports more than 90 percent of the seafood consumed in this country," the group wrote in its report. "With an increasingly complex and obscure seafood supply chain, plus lagging federal oversight and inspection of rising seafood imports, it is difficult to identify who along the supply chain perpetrates the fraud."