TRUMP & THE MAFIA
Trump’s connections with the Mafia date back to his casino days in Atlantic City, New Jersey, from the early 1980’s into the 1990’s. While building his casino empire in the mid-1980’s, Trump was in deep with Mob boss Nicky Scarfo and mobster Daniel Sullivan.
Nicky Sacrfo was the master of Atlantic City election rigging.
Trump was fined $447,000 in 1998 for money laundering, “the largest fine the federal government ever slapped on a casino for violating the Bank Secrecy Act.” Trump violated the rules 106 times the first year the Taj Mahal was open.
In 2015, Trump Taj Mahal was fined again for laundering money, this time for $10 million.
It appears Trump doesn’t correct mistakes even if they’re crimes. Apparently, if you make enough money from committing the crime (i.e. if Trump was rewarded with $700,000 million for laundering Mob money, and only paid a fine of $10 million, it’s very lucrative and might even afford one the opportunity of becoming a billionaire), so there’s no point in stopping.
These types of banking regulations and fines may be the root of why Trump is so anti-regulation.
THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION
On December 5, 2017 Mueller subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for it’s loan records with the Trump Organization following Trump’s six bankruptcies and his inability to secure funding from traditional US banks.
According to Newsweek, Mueller “is looking into whether Russian money laundering fostered the Trump Organizations’s growth and development” after his many bankruptcies. “Earlier this year, the bank paid $630 million to settle charges of laundering $10 billion for the Russians.”
Trump is ultra-sensitive about his finances, refusing to share his taxes. It appears this Deutsche Bank subpoena may have been another trigger that prompted the GOP loyalist aggressive assault on Mueller and his investigators the week before Christmas.
As we learned during Trump’s 2016 campaign, and his first year in office, Trump is retaliatory.
California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra is vigorously fighting Trump on many fronts. Twenty-four lawsuits in 17 different categories. Ten million immigrants call California home. The following is the lawsuit category list:
- Travel ban from Muslim-majority countries
- Border wall
- Sanctuary cities
- Immigration enforcement
- Transgender military ban
- Birth control
- Student loan protections
- EPA’s Scott Pruitt and ethical concerns
- Natural gas rules
- Coal leasing on public land
- Clean Air Act
- Oil and gas royalties
- Energy use in appliances
- Fuel efficiency standards
- Measuring greenhouse gases
Extensive wildfires in Northern California’s wine country in October 2017 and the Thomas wildfires in Southern California raging for 3 weeks this December have tragically obliterated California’s greenhouse gas gains.
According to Live Science, the October wildfires emitted “7.9 million tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of about 25% of the average monthly emissions from all fossil fuel burning in the entire state of California.”
The air quality in some California cities grew so extreme it was paralleled with Beijing’s injurious air quality.
Our sense of smell is a simple and effective way to receive beneficial health remedies. Take for example, pine.
Have you ever run or walked through a neighborhood filled with pine trees? If so, you’ll quickly discover how therapeutic the air is. But even more important than the psychological benefits of breathing healthful air, pine air is also rich in antioxidants (both flavonols and bioflavonoids). Antioxidants help to fight cancer, heart disease and many other diseases.
The Japanese call this de-stress phenomenon shinrin-yoku, “taking in the atmosphere of the forest.”
There are no calories in air. And air is free!