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bird food bathtub
Aug 9, 2003

College Slice
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jun/03/trump-big-oil-campaign-pitch-corruption

quote:

Top Democrats launch inquiry into Trump’s brazen $1bn pitch to oil execs.
Good loving luck with that one my dudes. Ain't none of you got the balls to actually follow this line of thought all the way to what needs to be done to save this country.

"I'm shocked! Shocked to find that gambling bribery campaign funding is going on in here!"

"Here's your Koch check sir."

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OddObserver
Apr 3, 2009
If there is one person who can manage to be corrupt in the way that fits the Supreme Court's ridiculously narrow definition it's Donald Trump. If there are two, it's Donald Trump and Bob Mendez.

A.o.D.
Jan 15, 2006

pmchem posted:

walgreens and target are perhaps not the best examples. their margins the past two years are lower than they were pre-pandemic and walgreens is not making money as a business:
https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/WBA/walgreens/profit-margins
https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/TGT/target/profit-margins
https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/WBA/walgreens/operating-income

instead look at the companies who produce the products which are stocked inside TGT and WBA. such as proctor and gamble, which has underwent a seemingly permanent margin expansion post-pandemic:
https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/PG/procter-gamble/profit-margins

Are profit margins calculated before or after stock buybacks?

Zamujasa
Oct 27, 2010



Bread Liar

pmchem posted:

walgreens and target are perhaps not the best examples. their margins the past two years are lower than they were pre-pandemic and walgreens is not making money as a business:
https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/WBA/walgreens/profit-margins
https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/TGT/target/profit-margins
https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/WBA/walgreens/operating-income

instead look at the companies who produce the products which are stocked inside TGT and WBA. such as proctor and gamble, which has underwent a seemingly permanent margin expansion post-pandemic:
https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/PG/procter-gamble/profit-margins

walgreens has made plenty of idiotic money-losing decisions tho, like "what if we replaced glass fridge doors with giant tv screens", which went about as well as you'd expect

quote:

“Customer experience is a top priority for Walgreens, and we terminated our contract with Cooler Screens earlier this year due to their failure to meet contractual obligations,” Walgreens senior communications director Emily Hartwig-Mekstan said.

The companies had hoped that ads on the screens could help connect marketers with consumers and generate ad revenue for both companies.

so, yeah, greed

Discussion Quorum
Dec 5, 2002
Armchair Philistine

A.o.D. posted:

Are profit margins calculated before or after stock buybacks?

Neither. Stock buybacks appear on a different financial statement altogether.

CainFortea
Oct 15, 2004


Discussion Quorum posted:

Neither. Stock buybacks appear on a different financial statement altogether.

So, before then.

Hyrax Attack!
Jan 13, 2009

We demand to be taken seriously

Zamujasa posted:

walgreens has made plenty of idiotic money-losing decisions tho, like "what if we replaced glass fridge doors with giant tv screens", which went about as well as you'd expect

so, yeah, greed

quote:

The doors’ digital screens regularly froze or went dark, preventing customers from seeing what was available inside, and some even sparked and caught fire, according to the court documents.
lol

A.o.D. posted:

Are profit margins calculated before or after stock buybacks?

Wasn’t one of Boeing many problems that they did way too much buybacks instead of investing in R&D?

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
Looks like we now know how the Epoch Times makes their money, even as a kinda-sorta news outlet: cryptofraud!

https://twitter.com/BrandyZadrozny/status/1797738958597619996

https://twitter.com/willsommer/status/1797743446368891133

Nuclear Tourist
Apr 7, 2005

"Falun Gong-affiliated MAGA outlet" was not a phrase I ever expected to see.

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


Nuclear Tourist posted:

"Falun Gong-affiliated MAGA outlet" was not a phrase I ever expected to see.

Some Snowcrash flavored poo poo for sure

Bored As Fuck
Jan 1, 2006
Fun Shoe
Just tell me how Shen Yun is involved.

Terrifying Effigies
Oct 22, 2008

Problems look mighty small from 150 miles up.

Nuclear Tourist posted:

"Falun Gong-affiliated MAGA outlet" was not a phrase I ever expected to see.

Yeah that's usually Moonie turf.

A.o.D.
Jan 15, 2006

Hyrax Attack! posted:

lol

Wasn’t one of Boeing many problems that they did way too much buybacks instead of investing in R&D?

The current company I work for does a wave of layoffs shortly after every round of Stock buybacks they do.

Grip it and rip it
Apr 28, 2020

A.o.D. posted:

The current company I work for does a wave of layoffs shortly after every round of Stock buybacks they do.

That seems like they're doing it wrong? Shouldn't you do the buybacks before the layoffs? That way your getting a cheaper purchase price for the buyback?

A.o.D.
Jan 15, 2006

Grip it and rip it posted:

That seems like they're doing it wrong? Shouldn't you do the buybacks before the layoffs? That way your getting a cheaper purchase price for the buyback?

Yes that's what I said. Buybacks first, layoffs second. You get the price spike before the negative press hits. edit: They also keep the number of people laid off low so they don't have to do WARN notices.

A.o.D. fucked around with this message at 23:45 on Jun 3, 2024

Grip it and rip it
Apr 28, 2020
Doh I misread that! Sounds hosed :/

Midjack
Dec 24, 2007



Nuclear Tourist posted:

"Falun Gong-affiliated MAGA outlet" was not a phrase I ever expected to see.

Yeah same.

Qtotonibudinibudet
Nov 7, 2011



Omich poluyobok, skazhi ty narkoman? ya prosto tozhe gde to tam zhivu, mogli by vmeste uyobyvat' narkotiki

Nuclear Tourist posted:

"Falun Gong-affiliated MAGA outlet" was not a phrase I ever expected to see.

they have a very basic "trump mad at CHYNA, we are also mad at CHYNA" rationale for promoting him

which, idk, afaik it's not like biden is a big friend of the PRC either, but whatever, cults with enough resources to wield political influence gonna do weird poo poo vov

Nuclear Tourist
Apr 7, 2005

A brief look at Falun Gong's wiki page makes the story slightly less surprising. I know the CCP has been giving them poo poo for a long time but I wasn't aware how yay-MAGA they were.

I also wasn't aware that the Shen Yun dance troupe were Falun Gong, their billboards saying CHINA BEFORE COMMUNISM make a bit more sense now.

Discussion Quorum
Dec 5, 2002
Armchair Philistine

Nuclear Tourist posted:

I also wasn't aware that the Shen Yun dance troupe were Falun Gong, their billboards saying CHINA BEFORE COMMUNISM make a bit more sense now.

It goes way deeper than that. poo poo's wild.

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/stepping-into-the-uncanny-unsettling-world-of-shen-yun

quote:

The dances continued, sleeves swirling, skirts rippling. A man came onstage to sing a song in Chinese, which was translated on the screen behind him. “We follow Dafa, the Great Way,” he began, singing about a Creator who saved mankind and made the world anew. “Atheism and evolution are deadly ideas. Modern trends destroy what makes us human,” he sang. At the end of the song, the row of older white people sitting behind me clapped fervently. In the final dance number, a group of Falun Dafa followers, who wore blue and yellow and clutched books of religious teachings, battled for space in a public square with corrupt youth. (Their corruption was evident because they were wearing black, looking at their cell phones, and, in the case of two men, holding hands.)

Then think of all the know-nothings who wander out of these shows and provide the advertising sound bites about how much they "learned" about "Chinese history" from the show.

Thwomp
Apr 10, 2003

BA-DUHHH

Grimey Drawer
Yeah the poo poo is wild:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D374Q253TA0

Steezo
Jun 16, 2003


They want to do Boxer Rebellion 2 Electric Boogaloo. I call dibs on Dan Daly.


Edit.: phone post fst fingering.

Steezo fucked around with this message at 05:08 on Jun 4, 2024

Nuclear Tourist
Apr 7, 2005


Yeah, I had somehow completely forgotten about how insane Falun Gong is.

golden bubble
Jun 3, 2011

yospos

https://x.com/justin_fenton/status/1797767929892905169

Just casually riding in my Mazda 3 dropping off $120k in unmarked bills in a trashy gift bag on the front porch of a juror's father-in-law with a note that there will be another bag tomorrow if the jury acquits on the corruption and fraud case.

Spoggerific
May 28, 2009
Make sure you click through to see a picture of how they left over a hundred grand on someone's doorstep.

Platystemon
Feb 13, 2012

BREADS
Verdicts in all federal trials must be unanimous.

Getting a hung jury is one thing, but flipping the whole dozen? lol good one

Arrath
Apr 14, 2011


smdh, make the money disappear and vote guilty cause they are obviously crooked as hell.

Elviscat
Jan 1, 2008

Well don't you know I'm caught in a trap?

Stealing money that was supposed to go to kids? Hope they rot in the pen a little longer thanks to that stunt.

Speaking of stealing money. https://www.stripes.com/veterans/2024-06-03/veterans-affairs-senior-managers-bonuses-14069378.html

A.o.D.
Jan 15, 2006

Arrath posted:

smdh, make the money disappear and vote guilty cause they are obviously crooked as hell.

Nah, they'd flip on you, probably have proof, and they'd end up with an overturned conviction, your own rear end in jail, and no money to show for it. Don't do stupid crimes, people.

Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005

bone shaking.
soul baking.

Elviscat posted:

Stealing money that was supposed to go to kids? Hope they rot in the pen a little longer thanks to that stunt.

Speaking of stealing money. https://www.stripes.com/veterans/2024-06-03/veterans-affairs-senior-managers-bonuses-14069378.html

I haven’t had a primary care doctor since January because my old one left for a much higher paying and less stressful job.

CommieGIR
Aug 22, 2006

The blue glow is a feature, not a bug


Pillbug

Mr. Nice! posted:

I haven’t had a primary care doctor since January because my old one left for a much higher paying and less stressful job.

Same, there's a local clinic I use and they keep telling me I need a Primary Care Doctor but every doctor I try isn't taking new patients.

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010
Av blanked by Admin request.

golden bubble posted:

https://x.com/justin_fenton/status/1797767929892905169

Just casually riding in my Mazda 3 dropping off $120k in unmarked bills in a trashy gift bag on the front porch of a juror's father-in-law with a note that there will be another bag tomorrow if the jury acquits on the corruption and fraud case.

I'm surprised the orange one didn't do this.

A.o.D.
Jan 15, 2006

CBJSprague24 posted:

I'm surprised the orange one didn't do this.

He doesn't pay anyone for anything. His MO would have been to make vague threats and promises, and then renege on his end of the bargsin when he gets what he wants.

Cugel the Clever
Apr 5, 2009
I LOVE AMERICA AND CAPITALISM DESPITE BEING POOR AS FUCK. I WILL NEVER RETIRE BUT HERE'S ANOTHER 200$ FOR UKRAINE, SLAVA

A.o.D. posted:

Nah, they'd flip on you, probably have proof, and they'd end up with an overturned conviction, your own rear end in jail, and no money to show for it. Don't do stupid crimes, people.
Since they dropped the money off at the home, there's also the whole "we know where you live" implication. Reporting the bribe attempt likely gets some degree of Federal protection for a time.

facialimpediment
Feb 11, 2005

as the world turns
Looks like Farage got milkshaked again, this time banana :v:

https://x.com/Millar_Colin/status/1797986387381342437?t=zkC42N2w-KKh9KQPrL2nYw&s=19

Stultus Maximus
Dec 21, 2009

USPOL May

golden bubble posted:

https://x.com/justin_fenton/status/1797767929892905169

Just casually riding in my Mazda 3 dropping off $120k in unmarked bills in a trashy gift bag on the front porch of a juror's father-in-law with a note that there will be another bag tomorrow if the jury acquits on the corruption and fraud case.

Hm, but would this fit the Supreme Court's definition of bribery?

quote:

The defendants — Mukhtar Mohamed Shariff, Abdiaziz Shafii Farah, Mohamed Jama Ismail, Abdimajid Mohamed Nur, Said Shafii Farah, Abdiwahab Maalim Aftin and Hayat Mohmed Nur — are the first to go on trial out of 70 people charged in the massive federal case so far.

Oh yeah, they're hosed.

Crab Dad
Dec 28, 2002

behold i have tempered and refined thee, but not as silver; as CRAB


Is this the first big case of this nature from Covid relief funds?

hobbesmaster
Jan 28, 2008

Cugel the Clever posted:

Since they dropped the money off at the home, there's also the whole "we know where you live" implication. Reporting the bribe attempt likely gets some degree of Federal protection for a time.

They also specifically went after the youngest juror - a 23 year old woman. There definitely was an intended intimidation message here.

Here’s a thread from the reporter with more details

https://x.com/deenafaywinter/status/1797623367157322205?s=46

Also, this must suck

https://x.com/deenafaywinter/status/1797745478601490609?s=46

Bored As Fuck
Jan 1, 2006
Fun Shoe
Speaking of bribes

https://x.com/drvolts/status/1797704022234927233?t=XT-Z3b4vIzV-nhNqbOAMAQ&s=19

https://x.com/ericuman/status/1797612481688519153?t=rEmaYtT9pO-uq2dmXGkmrA&s=19

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bird food bathtub
Aug 9, 2003

College Slice
If anyone wants some hearty lols at a despicable shitstain of humanity, Alex Jones is apparently having a real one.

Over the weekend he was apparently so drunk on air that it appears the co-hosts turned the camera around off of him so he could vomit in the studio. The co-hosts didn't even bat an eye at this and seemed to have some practice at it, and for someone with as much of an apparent alcohol problem and tolerance as he has to be that drunk it must have been a real solid bender at a high rate of intake.

It gets better.

He then apparently slept in the studio overnight, claiming after the fact the justification was that he had to do it to protect the studio after god gave him psychic vibes through his bodyguard (or some poo poo, it was really confusing what the gently caress he was saying) that his court-mandated restructuring officer was going to be sending law enforcement to shut down the studio and change the locks but good old Jones' knows the law and if he's there in the studio nothing can be done because he's just protecting his property or, again, some poo poo. Anyway he has multiple recording of the restructuring officer taken in secret that he played live on air before going into a profanity laced tirade. I hear people in the legal profession enjoy having secret recording of them taken.

We aren't done yet.

On Sunday he took a flat-earther guest on the show that he was extraordinarily hostile towards, which resulted in the new catchphrase going around "They burn to the loving ground, Eddie!". It makes about the same amount of sense listening to it live, but is a lot funnier. At some point he had what could probably be considered a nervous breakdown for a normal person. Blubbering in tears and all, but which, Alex being Alex, was probably faked to get more clicks and hock more dick pills as it doesn't seem he actually was crying and he's done this poo poo before.

Almost there.

So it came out around Sunday evening to mid-day Monday that all of this was maybe prompted by him getting notice that the lawyers for the families suing the gently caress out of him for the Sandy Hook poo poo have finally given up playing his bullshit games, and the courts are apparently agreeing with them, and are moving to have his corporation liquidated since he refuses to do anything, at all, period, resembling making progress with his bankruptcy proceedings that are being used to hold off collection of their judgement.

So, yeah. I think I have that right, it's been a wild loving weekend and I might have the chronology of some stuff mixed up. If you have nothing better to do for an entire evening than laugh at a hateful rear end in a top hat coming apart at the seams the Knowledge Fight guys have an almost 4 hour podcast episode covering it so far, because poo poo is apparently still happening with Alex. I'm doing about an hour a night and enjoying every minute of it.

https://knowledgefight.libsyn.com/

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