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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Deutsche Bank to pay $150 million penalty for transactions with Jeffrey Epstein, 2 foreign banks
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6529 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Notice if you will, the complete absence of the term "money laundering." Oh yes, and then there's the almost laughable "German banker lack of oversight" and attention to detail. If you have made some sort of mental connection between these foreign transactions and intelligence source operations, you are obviously a deranged conspiracy theorist.

All tidy and cleaned up now for a paltry $150. Financial 'damage control,' amazing, isn't it ?

USA Today - Deutsche Bank to pay $150 million for dealings with Jeffrey Epstein, foreign banks

New York regulators faulted Deutsche Bank for a lack of oversight, saying the bank ignored a wide variety of red flags after taking on Epstein's accounts in 2013 despite him previously pleading guilty to prostitution-related charges involving a minor.

Among the suspicious Deutsche Bank transactions, according to DFS:

  • Numerous payments to alleged Epstein co-conspirators who aided in his sexual abuse
  • Nearly $7 million in settlement cost, as well as $6 million in legal costs for Epstein and his co-conspirators
  • Various payments to Russian models and women with eastern European names, as well as rent and tuition payments
  • More than $800,000 in cash withdrawals over four years

    When Epstein was charged with sex trafficking in 2019, he was accused of systematically grooming and abusing young women, many of them minors. His close associate, Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested last week on federal charges accusing her of rounding up young women for Epstein's sex-trafficking operation.

    One of his bank accounts, belonging to an Epstein trust known as "The Butterfly Trust," made regular payments to three co-conspirators and a number of women with eastern European names.

    When Deutsche Bank inquired about the payments, Epstein and his team said the payments were to employees and friends. The bank at the time was aware that payments were made to one person who was previously accused but never charged as a co-conspirator, but still approved the transactions, according to the settlement.

    The settlement, known as a "consent order," was signed by New York regulators and representatives of Deutsche Bank and its affiliates.

  • Posted by: Besoeker || 07/08/2020 5:45 Comments || Top||

    #2  If you have made some sort of mental connection between these foreign transactions and intelligence source operations, you are obviously a deranged conspiracy theorist.

    "deranged conspiracy theorist." O.K. But recently, there have been far too many conspiracies theories proven to be actual conspiracies.

    $150 million. Epstein, a simple math teacher who became an investment genius was juggling large amounts of money. He had little St. James Island. He had the ranch in New Mexico where he was promoting eugenics and trying to breed super humans. He had the largest apartment in New York. All these were worth millions.

    But the kicker is that he only had one billionaire client in Ohio.
    Posted by: JohnQC || 07/08/2020 13:38 Comments || Top||

    #3  I'm a simpleton here but why is a bank expected to interrogate its depositors about where they get and send their money?
    Posted by: Ho Chi Gonque9285 || 07/08/2020 16:19 Comments || Top||

    #4  I know one thing, Ho, whenever you make a deposit of $10,000 or more, they have to notify the IRS.
    Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/08/2020 17:08 Comments || Top||

    #5  Hush payment.
    Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/08/2020 18:24 Comments || Top||

    #6  $150M Deutsche Bank settlement shines light on Epstein finances | Miami Herald

    Epstein finances.
    Posted by: JohnQC || 07/08/2020 19:17 Comments || Top||

    #7  Press Release - July 07, 2020: Superintendent Lacewell Announces DFS Imposes $150 Million Penalty on Deutsche Bank in Connection with Bank’s Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and Correspondent Relationships with Danske Estonia And FBME Bank | Department of Financial Services

    More on Epstein finances.

    Access to 38 page legal doc at end of article.
    Posted by: JohnQC || 07/08/2020 19:28 Comments || Top||

    -Short Attention Span Theater-
    Lt. Col. Vindman Retires from Military; Impeachment Witness Blames Trump
    [Breitbart] Lt. Col.
    Alexander Vindman, a key witness in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, announced his retirement from the U.S. military on Wednesday, blaming Trump for shortening his military career.

    Vindman, a Purple Heart recipient in the Iraq War, had worked at the National Security Council (NSC) and heard the telephone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July which Democrats claimed Trump coerced his counterpart to interfere in the 2020 presidential election by launching investigations into Joe Biden.
    So now Tammy Duckworth (D- Ill Hates America) is left holding the bag. Nice play, idiot
    Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/08/2020 12:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6567 views] Top|| File under:

    #1  Good, he will leave the Army in shame...
    Posted by: 49 Pan || 07/08/2020 13:05 Comments || Top||

    #2  That's if he's capable of shame.
    Posted by: Raj || 07/08/2020 13:06 Comments || Top||

    #3  Trying to retire so he can avoid being forced to testify, hmmm? His careers toast anyway.
    Posted by: magpie || 07/08/2020 13:11 Comments || Top||

    #4  I wonder if he'll be offered a position with Ukrainian military?
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/08/2020 13:13 Comments || Top||

    #5  ...Makes you wonder if anyone sat him down and explained how his fellow 05s were going to feel about him if their promotions got scrubbed.

    Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/08/2020 13:24 Comments || Top||

    #6  Memo to Military Officers: Pissing off the Commander in Chief is a bad career move.
    Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/08/2020 13:27 Comments || Top||

    #7  Wonder if he'll get his payoff from a book deal or GoFundMe.
    Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/08/2020 13:27 Comments || Top||

    #8  In the words of the original COL Potter, 'Alright Hotlips, go ahead and resign your G__ damned commission'. Champagne and more normative companion are extra.
    Posted by: Cesare || 07/08/2020 13:28 Comments || Top||

    #9  Good riddance the army is rid of this arrogant, elitist deep-state twit. He is like Jonathan Gruber but with a uniform.
    Posted by: JohnQC || 07/08/2020 14:10 Comments || Top||

    #10  When you aim for the king, make sure you don't miss.
    Posted by: Iblis || 07/08/2020 14:19 Comments || Top||

    #11  Found out his 'peer' group back in the uniform ranks didn't greet him like the hero he thought he was.
    Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/08/2020 15:35 Comments || Top||

    #12  Didn't some Congresscritter just threaten to hold up legislation or Judges or something if this guy wasn't promoted? Guess the bluff was called.
    Posted by: rjschwarz || 07/08/2020 16:42 Comments || Top||

    #13  Nobody wants to work with a 'Blue Falcon'...
    Posted by: magpie || 07/08/2020 17:00 Comments || Top||

    #14  He is leaving to work on his hardening arteries with more bearclaws.

    (Stolen from Ace)
    Posted by: DarthVader || 07/08/2020 17:16 Comments || Top||

    #15  To be Biden’s Defense Secretary?
    Posted by: Glenmore || 07/08/2020 17:51 Comments || Top||

    #16  Good. But just the other day it seemed like the talk was of his [up-coming] promotion to O6.
    Posted by: Clem || 07/08/2020 18:17 Comments || Top||

    #17  'Sure thing buddy, I got your back. Ka kaa!'
    Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/08/2020 18:22 Comments || Top||

    #18  ^ He retired as LTC
    Posted by: Frank G || 07/08/2020 18:23 Comments || Top||

    #19  Netflix movie coming soon. Widescreen only.
    Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/08/2020 18:40 Comments || Top||

    #20  So I guess all promos AREN't stalled?
    Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 20:34 Comments || Top||

    #21  Might be more to the retirement story.
    Posted by: Besoeker || 07/08/2020 20:37 Comments || Top||

    #22  Where's that Clinton suicide line picture?
    Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 20:39 Comments || Top||

    #23  So I guess all promos AREN't stalled?

    Maybe Duckworth figured out that stalling promotions wasn't the best way to build on her vet cred.
    Posted by: SteveS || 07/08/2020 22:53 Comments || Top||

    -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
    After sending 1000s of COVID patients into nursing homes, New York blames deaths on 'infected staff'
    [Just The News] New York officials issue a report this week concluding that the high number of coronavirus deaths in state care facilities was the result of infected workers, not sick residents, spreading the contagion.

    New York has face sharp criticism over the past several months for its policy of allowing COVID-19-positive patients to return to nursing homes before they were declared free of the virus.

    Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state policy of allowing residents to return to elderly-care facilities was in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, PolitiFact in May rated that claim "mostly false," pointing out the state appeared to pressure nursing homes to take COVID-19 patients regardless of whether they could properly house them.

    The report by the New York Department of Health states that "an analysis of the timing between known nursing home staff infections and nursing home fatalities indicates that they are correlated." It also states that "the peak number of nursing home staff reporting COVID-19 symptoms occurred 23 days prior to the date of the peak nursing home fatalities."

    The data "does not support [the] assertion" that infected patients were the spreaders of the disease, the department argues.

    "Nursing home resident fatalities peaked on April 8, 2020," the report also states. "The peak of nursing home admissions from hospitals did not occur until April 14, 2020, a week after peak nursing home fatalities — suggesting the policy was not the cause."

    The report also finds that "most patients readmitted to nursing homes were likely not infectious," claiming that they would likely have spent enough time in the hospital to have entered a non-infectious stage of the disease.

    Data also "do not show a consistent relationship between admissions and increased mortality," the report says, adding that "there were cases where nursing homes did not admit any COVID-positive patients, yet still had a high number of COVID-related deaths."

    The report states that any staff who spread the disease did so "through no fault of their own," insofar as they would have been unaware they were infectious while working.
    Posted by: Clem || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6555 views] Top|| File under:

    #1  And the State of New York would like to thank the infected staff for paying its taxes.
    Posted by: Clem || 07/08/2020 8:07 Comments || Top||

    #2  The decline of New York is accelerating. Thanks to Cuomo, deBlasio et al. In the next world you are on your own.
    Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/08/2020 10:21 Comments || Top||

    #3  Those dang ol'e out of state volunteers who don't think they owe NY income tax!
    Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/08/2020 17:03 Comments || Top||

    #4  Some folks have lost the lessons of 911 history in NYC.
    Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 20:58 Comments || Top||

    Home Front: Politix
    Ilhan Omar Calls for 'Dismantling' America's 'Economy and Political System' to Root Out 'Oppression'
    [PJ] In a speech at the Minnesota State House on Tuesday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) called for the "dismantling" of America’s "economy and political system" in an effort to root out "oppression." She insisted that any wealth disparity between blacks and whites is the result of oppression and urged her fellow Democrats to "tear down systems of oppression" in various sectors of American society.

    Omar began her remarks by attacking Minnesota Republicans for refusing to pass the Democrats’ radical criminal justice reform bill, and then moved on to other claims of "systemic racism."

    "We can’t stop at criminal justice reform or policing reform for that matter," Omar said. "We are not merely fighting to tear down the systems of oppression in the criminal justice system, we are fighting to tear down systems of oppression that exist in housing, in education, in health care, in employment, in the air we breathe."

    "In America today, white families have 42 percent more wealth than black families," she argued. "We are speaking to the fact that homeownership rates are nearly twice as high for white families than they are for black families."

    Omar also argued that "environmental racism is real," claiming that black people suffer worse than white people when a natural disaster hits. She noted that the coronavirus pandemic has done more damage in the black community. "When America gets a cold, black communities get pneumonia," she said. "Because I lost my own father to the coronavirus, I see the pain and the havoc it’s wrecking on black communities in Minneapolis."

    Then she delivered the telling lines about "dismantling" the "economic and political system" that is based on "profit."
    Posted by: Besoeker || 07/08/2020 05:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6554 views] Top|| File under:

    #1  There really are no words.
    Posted by: Besoeker || 07/08/2020 5:30 Comments || Top||

    #2  Obviously, there is not enough oppression.
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/08/2020 5:39 Comments || Top||

    #3  If she wants real oppression, she's going to the correct way to discover it.

    There's not much short of a call for treason.
    Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/08/2020 5:47 Comments || Top||

    #4  Deport the bitch.
    Posted by: Dave D. || 07/08/2020 7:03 Comments || Top||

    #5  Start with your native country first, beeotch.
    Posted by: Raj || 07/08/2020 7:16 Comments || Top||

    #6  You can take the brother marrying whore out of Somalia, but ...
    Posted by: Chunky Ebbanter9368 || 07/08/2020 7:36 Comments || Top||

    #7  See Angry African Bees
    Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 8:01 Comments || Top||

    #9  I'm all for dismantling the demoncrats
    Posted by: DarthVader || 07/08/2020 9:18 Comments || Top||

    #10  ...and there it is, folks. It's a Cambodia-style Year Zero she wants. Nice of her to admit it.
    Posted by: Maggie Poodle6767 || 07/08/2020 10:09 Comments || Top||

    #11  So we can all live like they do in Somalia.
    Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/08/2020 11:55 Comments || Top||

    #12  Dismantling America? Leave America alone. How about boot Omar out of office and prosecuting her for her crimes?
    Posted by: JohnQC || 07/08/2020 13:42 Comments || Top||

    #13  Thanks for sending those troops to Somalia and starting this whole thing, Poppy!
    Posted by: charger || 07/08/2020 14:01 Comments || Top||

    #14  IIRC, it was Bubba who sent the troops to Somalia, although not enough of them to avoid the Blackhawk Down situation. Typical of a Democrat to send troops into harm's way with inadequate numbers and firepower.

    IIRC, that was when people over there were starving because of a famine and warlords were stealing UN food shipments.

    You try to help them and this is what you get. But no worries. If Omar has her way, the collectivization of all those capitalist American farms will cause a famine here so there will be none left over for Somali famine relief.
    Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/08/2020 17:23 Comments || Top||

    #15  ^ Les Aspin Secty of Def - without armor
    Posted by: Frank G || 07/08/2020 18:29 Comments || Top||

    #16  Clinton approved of and continued the policy, but it began with Bush.
    Posted by: charger || 07/08/2020 19:52 Comments || Top||

    #17  There really are no words.

    Oh, yeah there are.

    not enough of them to avoid the Blackhawk Down situation

    Fly down the main street freeway often enough and somebody might get the idea y'all are gonna do it again. Sometimes the 'white supremacy' mindset makes people complacent.
    Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 20:54 Comments || Top||

    Tucker Carlson: We Cannot Let Democrats Run This Country Because They Hate It
    [BREITBART] Monday, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson opened his show by giving President Donald Trump
    ...Oh, noze! Not him!...
    ’s speech at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota high marks. He then pointed to the Democrat backlash and concluded that Democrats and their allies in the media hate the country.

    He alluded to remarks made by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
    ...When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'...
    and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to bolster that point. Carlson then posed the question: Could the left in America lead a country that it hates?

    "So what to make of all of this," Carlson said. "It’s long been considered out-of-bounds to question a person’s patriotism. It’s a very strong charge, and we try not ever to make it. But in the face of all of this, the conclusion can’t be avoided — these people actually hate America. There’s no longer a question about that. And yet paradoxically, at the same time, they desperately want to control America more than anything. And that leads to the most basic of all questions: Can you really lead a country that you hate? Ask yourself, what kind of parent would you be if you hated your children?"

    "What kind of officer would you make if you didn’t care about your troops?" he continued. "It would be awful. The results would be ugly. It would not work. Loving the people you lead, caring deeply about them is the basic prerequisite of leadership. The leaders of today’s Democratic Party do not. They despise this country. They have said so. They continue to. That is shocking, but it is also disqualifying. We cannot let them run this nation because they hate it. Imagine what they would do to it."
    Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6545 views] Top|| File under:

    #1  Tucker Carlson's question would make a good question for the Presidential debate with Joe Biden (if that actually happens). "Why should the American people elect you as POTUS given your apparent hatred for America?"
    Posted by: JohnQC || 07/08/2020 14:19 Comments || Top||

    #2  Tucker is fed-up and won't take it any more. Too bad there aren't more like him.
    Posted by: b || 07/08/2020 17:57 Comments || Top||

    -PC Follies
    School Board Member melts down because white man held a brown baby

    in New York somewhere

    partial transcript below

    "We had over 100 parents write you [Maron] a letter explaining why a member of this council was extraordinarily offensive and racist during a meeting . . . A member of this council was racist and I did nothing and I'm ashamed I did nothing and I can sit here during a public meeting and say I'm sorry, I made a mistake, I didn't speak out verbally when multiple times during the meeting one of the members engaged in behavior that made me ache and hurt for the non-white people that were logged in."

    What was the offensive behavior?

    Said council member, during the meeting, had a family member visiting, with a child "of color" (his nephew/a family friend – it isn't clear), as they say, and held that child on his lap during the meeting, saying "my living room is integrated."

    Posted by: lord garth || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6536 views] Top|| File under:

    #1  The "woke" are indistinguishable from the Klan.
    Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/08/2020 0:17 Comments || Top||

    #2  Misandry is Anti-Sexist
    Apartheid is Anti-Racist
    Diversity is uniformity
    Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/08/2020 2:32 Comments || Top||

    #3  As a noob reporter I covered a lot of school board meetings. People unqualified to be dog catcher or sewer authority board member often serve on school boards.
    Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/08/2020 7:27 Comments || Top||

    #4  School boards remind me of the olden days when military ranks were purchased. That second or third son given a purpose in life beyond his capacities. Not that having 'education professionals' run the place would do it any better. School choice and let the market decide.
    Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/08/2020 7:45 Comments || Top||

    #5  ^Khan Academy!
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/08/2020 7:47 Comments || Top||

    #6  My family has been described as a 'United Nations Family', Blacks, Whites, Asians, Native Americans, Inuit, and so one.

    My nephew's wife, a sweet 6'1" robust African-American, would have gutted this women like a deer had she said something disparaging about me holding my cute grand-niece on my lap.

    And yes, she's a hunter and knows how to do that.
    Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/08/2020 8:20 Comments || Top||

    #7  The leftist ideology is racist and would put people in those separate races into a caste system.

    They want to bring everything back that we fought so hard to eradicate.
    Posted by: DarthVader || 07/08/2020 9:20 Comments || Top||

    #8  ^Divide et empera.
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/08/2020 9:37 Comments || Top||

    #9  Not that having 'education professionals' run the place would do it any better.

    That's basically what happens now. The school board usually rubber stamps what the superintendent asks for and there are usually several board members who are also working or retired teachers who always vote the union line.
    Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/08/2020 9:44 Comments || Top||

    #10  Apartheid lives in the Leftist mind... always.
    Posted by: magpie || 07/08/2020 9:51 Comments || Top||

    #11  The social justice warriors always impart the worst of motives to everyone except themselves; and they come up lacking. They have tried to set themselves up as the arbiters of morality for the rest of us. This young women ought to shut up and watch and listen more.
    Posted by: JohnQC || 07/08/2020 14:28 Comments || Top||

    #12  One has to understand that these communist campaigns are never about the purported issues.

    The goal is to keep the populace in a permanent state of terror and insecurity.

    Even if the subject of a totalitarian regime meticulously obeys the draconian and unjust rules he can never be secure in any rights and assets, however meager.

    This is always about total obedience brought on by permanent terror.

    This is why discussing the merits of communist complaints is futile.

    As long as the regime hasn't been established in earnest, the proper counter strategy is uncompromising defiance by unapologetically exercising each and every civil and human right.

    They're just a bunch of sadistic megalomaniacs demanding absolute power, and our absolute submission.
    Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 07/08/2020 15:22 Comments || Top||

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