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Virtual Property Tours Get Staged: The Use of Virtual Enhancements

You look at what computers can do, and the property looks fabulous. A wall is removed. The color of the trim around doors is changed. The kitchen cabinets are a different color. And, of course, the furniture is much better … Continue reading

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Prison Sentences in the Adidas – Basketball Scheme

Former Adidas executive, Jim Gatto, was sentenced to 9 months in prison, following his convictions on wire fraud and conspiracy. Sentenced to six months for their role in the basketball scheme to sign players to schools that Adidas sponsored were … Continue reading

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Richard III and Lessons on Truth

Shakespeare viewed Richard III as a “poisonous hunchback’s toad.” A disfigured sociopath. However, in 2012, researchers uncovered a skeleton in an unmarked grave under a parking lot. The mitochondrial DNA was matched with the DNA of Richard’s maternal relatives. What … Continue reading

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[Truth]”is something that can’t be thought about in a linear, binary true-false-facts-non-facts–you can’t do that anymore. It’s just not the way it works.”

Jacob Wohl, a 21-year-old hatcher of online rumors, tales, etc. such as Ruth Bader Ginsberg being secretly held in a vegetative state. Except that Justice Ginsberg was just seen walking through Reagan National Airport. There is truth, and it is … Continue reading

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Former Enron CEO, Jeffrey Skilling, Released From Prison After 12 Years

The bankruptcy of Enron (2001) was nearly two decades ago. Jeffrey Skilling, the McKinsey-alum-Harvard-MBA- former CFO, was released from prison after 12 long years. He was convicted of fraud, conspiracy, and insider trading. The last one means that he was … Continue reading

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“The monsters are the men [who frequent the massage spas in Florida].”

Sheriff William D. Snyder, in charge of the joint FBI/Martin County, Florida task force investigating massage spas in Florida for human trafficking. The investigation became public when New England Patriots owner and billionaire, Robert Kraft, and former Citigroup president, John … Continue reading

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Deutsche Bank Hid $1.6 Billion Loss From 2008 Until, Well, Now

For over a decade, Deutsche Bank hid a $1.6 billion loss it racked up in 2008 on some municipal bonds it purchased in the wild markets that led to the 2008 market collapse. The loss was first reported on February … Continue reading

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McKinsey Settles Its Failure to Disclose Bankruptcy Positions for $15 Million

As the Barometer noted some months ago, McKinsey & Company, the management consulting firm, was under fire for its failure to disclose conflicts of interest in bankruptcy cases. The issue was McKinsey providing counsel and advice on distinction of estates … Continue reading

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Millennials and Trust: Misguided or Misinformed Views

A Deseret News study finds that millennials have the greatest trust in the military and colleges and universities. Those are the only two categories that garner a majority of millennials in trust. Oddly, their third highest level of trust is … Continue reading

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However, We Would Do Anything For Love, All Due Credit to Meat Loaf

They are only 1.5% of the total number of scams reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), but the amount lost is $143 million. “They, all 21,000 in 2018 alone,” are the reports that come in to the government agency … Continue reading

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Staying on Welfare by Applying For Jobs Well Over Your Pay Grade

Senator JimCarlin, after receiving three reports from Iowa Workforce Development, is targeting what he calls the “habitually unemployed.” These folks, in order to stay on unemployment, fulfill their requirement for seeking employment by applying only for jobs for which they … Continue reading

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56% of affluent consumers want financial security; 44% want “head over heels” love

O tempora! O mores! Does that mean 44% do not want financial security? Or does it mean that 56% don’t need “head over heels” love? Or does it mean that they are fine with “run of the mill” love? SOURCE: … Continue reading

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“I would consider it cheating.”

The words of a parent of a child seeking admission to one of New York City’s hoity-toity high schools upon having an admissions exam tutor offer a copy of the high school’s admission exam. The parent said that he/she did … Continue reading

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Jeff Bezos: Amazon CEO, the National Enquirer, Lewd Photos, and Extortion

The richest man in the United States blogged that he has a problem. The National Enquirer threatened him with publishing photos that were obtained somehow from his private e-mail. The photos were of Mr. Bezos were described as follows: “A … Continue reading

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