Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Mayor Nancy Vaughan, Sharon Hightower, Marikay Abuzuaiter, Nancy Hoffmann and Goldie Wells voted against a measure requiring police to get written consent before they search a person, car or property.

In Greensboro, these searches overwhelmingly target our black population.

"Under a written consent procedure, police must inform you that you have the right to refuse consent and that if you are waiving that right, you must do so in writing. ...Consent searches, like many things in the criminal justice system, are subject to implicit racial bias because discretion is involved when it comes to choosing which motorists get asked.  There are some very concerning numbers about the racial disparity in Greensboro over who gets stopped and asked to have their cars searched. ...Despite contraband hits being roughly similar across the racial spectrum, black drivers are searched at more than double the rate of white drivers."

https://www.aberleandwall.com/blog-writing/written-consent-policy-greensboro-lawyers
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Nancy Vaughan, Sharon Hightower, Marikay Abuzuaiter, Nancy Hoffmann and Goldie Wells should not be reelected.

Greensboro's Search by Stop Cause; Black v. White.

https://opendatapolicing.com/nc/agency/105/#search-percentage-dept


Thursday, March 4, 2021

Remember when Greensboro mayor Nancy Vaughan went after Duke Energy over tree trimming around power lines?

"Greensboro leaders, residents take on Duke over trees

...It was a David-and-Goliath battle between residents in several communities scattered across Greensboro who were outraged at what they said were extreme tree trimming practices by Duke Energy to protect power lines.

...At-large Councilwoman Nancy Vaughan, who several residents said had championed their cause, said a meeting between herself, Mayor Robbie Perkins, Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson, city staff and Duke Energy on Dec. 21 had been fruitful.

Nancy Vaughan, who got a restrictive tree trimming ordinance passed, 
is now wondering why fix it crews can't get to downed power lines
caused by trees falling over power lines, 
a situation which she led the charge to create an environment 
in which more downed trees would cause larger, longer outages

...Residents took their concerns to the city after several meetings with Duke Energy proved to be unproductive, they said, and they have been thrilled with the city council’s rapid and supportive response. While some are hopeful that the work team will be able to come up with solutions that residents will get behind, others are concerned it won’t go far enough or move quickly enough to prevent further cuts.

...Duke Energy agreed to temporarily suspend its line-maintenance work that entails cutting branches it says threaten power lines after the city council demanded the company cease and desist to provide time for discussion.

Gail Barger, the community watch chair in Westerwood who has been outspoken on the issue, said she hopes the city will pass a tree ordinance that would force Duke Energy to modify its practices enough to protect older trees, some of which she said have been around for 100 years.

...District 3 Councilman Zack Matheny, who represents Westerwood and Fisher Park, said he felt similarly.

“In some cases Duke has done kind of a hack job,” Matheny said. “It’s about keeping the green in Greensboro; it beautifies our city.

...Vaughan also said modifying the rules Duke is required to abide by on a state level might be necessary.

“They are changing the characters of homes and neighborhoods,” she said. “As a city we need to perhaps contact the utilities commission and see if we can perhaps get the tree-trimming plan changed.”

http://yesweekly.com/Greensboro-leaders-residents-take-on-Duke-over-trees-a19254/
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Greensboro, Duke Energy attempt to sort out tree ordinance

It’s been months since community outrage at Duke Energy’s tree trimming line maintenance work boiled over, but Greensboro Councilwoman Nancy Vaughan said the e-mails haven’t stopped.

“People certainly are still very passionate about this issue,” Vaughan said.

...Council established a work team including residents, city staff and representatives of Duke Energy to try and hammer out a tree ordinance that all parties would find agreeable and that would protect against what many residents said were extreme cuts. Vaughan, who chairs an ad-hoc council subcommittee on trees, said things have progressed.

...Vaughan said after the meeting that one of the most important aspects of improved communication wasn’t between Duke Energy and residents, but between Duke and Asplundh. Without a change in practice, forewarning of residents wouldn’t constitute enough change.

...A draft ordinance that has been passed between Greensboro City Attorney Mujeeb Shah-Khan and Kendrick Fentress, an associate general counsel for Duke, included a proposed four-year trimming cycle but was rejected by Duke as unnecessary and possibly illegal. Duke Energy currently trims about every 10 years, and proponents of the change say the more frequent trimming would lead to less severe cuts.

...Vaughan and other council members are interested in modeling Greensboro’s ordinance after Raleigh’s and extending provisions to protect trees to private property...

...“From what I read, Duke Energy is a very profitable company so it really depends on how they choose to treat their customers,” Vaughan said. “We all want to make money, but at what expense?”

...After a major ice storm in 2002, when fallen trees and branches caused widespread power outages, Layne said the NC Utilities Commission recognized that restrictive tree ordinances led to longer power outages."

http://yesweekly.com/Greensboro-Duke-Energy-attempt-to-sort-out-tree-ordinance-a19574/





 "Greensboro tree ordinance beginning to bud

...Cusimano said branch trimming would sometimes require a limb to be completely removed rather than cutting a third off the end — Duke’s general practice on the books — for the health of the tree, while Vaughan said aesthetics needed to be considered and that it should be up to the property owner.

...Cusimano said homeowners shouldn’t be able to override biology and that he would be bound by professional standards in appeals. He said he has a professional responsibility to stick to trimming practices that would be most biologically sound for the tree, and Vaughan questioned whether the appeal should go to someone who was more of a neighborhood advocate.

“I was not happy with the answers I heard with the appeals process,” Vaughan said immediately after the meeting.

...The need for large debris removal would likely decrease with the new trim standards, Montgomery said. In some cases Duke Energy has removed trees when cuts are severe enough to warrant it, but the ordinance will give property owners the option to keep the tree in almost all instances, Montgomery said, further decreasing debris removal needs.

Duke Energy opposes the plan for appeals to go from the commission on the status of trees after passing through the urban forester’s office because it wasn’t an impartial body like the utility commission, Montgomery said. Vaughan said she hoped the appeals process could be worked out with Duke within the ordinance rather than sent to the utilities commission separately, but Montgomery said discussions on the issue had already reached an impasse."

http://yesweekly.com/Greensboro-tree-ordinance-beginning-to-bud-a19849/
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"Greensboro passes tree ordinance

The city has a new tree ordinance that limits trimming by utility companies.

The City Council unanimously approved the ordinance Tuesday, giving residents more protection from what some characterized as overzealous trimming by Duke Energy.

“I think it’s a large improvement,” said Councilwoman Nancy Vaughan, who was the chairwoman of a committee that addressed the issue and worked closely with community activists.

...At issue: complaints of over-trimming by Duke Energy, which the N.C. Utilities Commission gives the authority to cut tree limbs that could interfere with power lines.

...The new ordinance applies to the entire city. Separately, Duke Energy has agreed to modify how it trims trees in parts of the city with older, lower voltage power lines.

Duke maintains that the more limited the company is in its ability to trim tree branches, the more — and more sustained — power outages the area will experience during winter and major storms.

...Under the new city ordinance, utility companies do not have to remove tree limbs larger than 6 inches in diameter.

It will allow the city to ask — with a single phone call — for work on tree trimming to stop, will extend the city’s power to stop Duke Energy from trimming on public and private property.

“Overall, definitely a substantial improvement,” Vaughan said."

https://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/greensboro-passes-tree-ordinance/article_e2760584-d8a1-11e2-b27f-001a4bcf6878.html

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving

"May 23, 1541: Francisco Vásquez de Coronado
and the Teya Indians have a feast in Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
to celebrate his expedition's discovery of food supplies.

Many people consider this
to be the first true North American Thanksgiving.

Sept. 8, 1565: Pedro Menéndez de Avilés
lands in St. Augustine and he and his men share a feast with the natives.

1578: The first North American celebration
of European harvest festivals is held in Newfoundland
by the Frobisher Expedition.

...At Jamestown, established in 1607,
out of every shipload of settlers that arrived,
less than half would survive their first twelve months in America.

Most of the work was being done by only one-fifth of the men,
the other four-fifths choosing to be parasites.

In the winter of 1609-10, called "The Starving Time,"
the population fell from five-hundred to sixty.

Dec. 4, 1619: 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish in England
land in Virginia and give thanks to God.

Dec. 11, 1620: The Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock.

"The English Puritans, who left Great Britain and sailed across the Atlantic on the Mayflower in 1620, were not only escaping from religious persecution in their homeland.

A couple of years before, there’d been an epidemic 
that wiped out most of the coastal population of New England, 
and Plymouth was on top of a village that had been deserted by disease

They also wanted to turn their back on what they viewed as the materialistic and greedy corruption of the Old World.

An engraving depicts the Mayflower pilgrims 
landing at Plymouth Rock in 1620. 

In reality, the pilgrims never wrote of any such rock. 

The first written mention of Plymouth Rock was in 1835. 

...In the New World, they wanted to erect a New Jerusalem that would not only be religiously devout, but be built on a new foundation of communal sharing and social altruism. Their goal was the communism of Plato’s “Republic,” in which all would work and share in common, knowing neither private property nor self-interested acquisitiveness.

"all profits and benefits that are got by trade,
working, fishing, or any other means" 
were to be placed in the common stock of the colony,
and "all such persons as are of this colony, 
are to have their meat, drink, apparel,
and all provisions out of the common stock."

A person was to put into the common stock all he could,
and take out only what he needed.

This "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need"
was an early form of socialism...

So the young and strong refused to work
and the total amount of food produced was never adequate.

What resulted is recorded in the diary of Governor William Bradford, the head of the colony.

The colonists collectively cleared and worked the land, but they brought forth neither the bountiful harvest they hoped for, nor did it create a spirit of shared and cheerful brotherhood.

...the harvest of 1621 was not bountiful,
nor were the colonists hardworking or tenacious.

1621 was a famine year 
and many of the colonists were lazy thieves.

,,,the colonists went hungry for years, 
because they refused to work in the fields.

They preferred instead to steal food.

...the colony was riddled with "corruption," 
and with "confusion and discontent."

The crops were small because "much was stolen both by night and day,
before it became scarce eatable."

The first "Thanksgiving" was not so much a celebration
as it was the last meal of condemned men.

The less industrious members of the colony came late to their work in the fields, and were slow and easy in their labors. Knowing that they and their families were to receive an equal share of whatever the group produced, they saw little reason to be more diligent in their efforts. The harder working among the colonists became resentful that their efforts would be redistributed to the more malingering members of the colony. Soon they, too, were coming late to work and were less energetic in the fields.

Social Security, Crony Capitalism  etc...

...Because of the disincentives and resentments that spread among the population, crops were sparse and the rationed equal shares from the collective harvest were not enough to ward off starvation and death. Two years of communism in practice had left alive only a fraction of the original number of the Plymouth colonists.

Their first winter in the New World is hard
and their number of 102 is reduced to 56.

Realizing that another season like those that had just passed would mean the extinction of the entire community, the elders of the colony decided to try something radically different: the introduction of private property rights and the right of the individual families to keep the fruits of their own labor.

To rectify this situation, in 1623 Bradford abolished socialism.

He gave each household a parcel of land 
and told them they could keep what they produced,
or trade it away as they saw fit.

The Plymouth Colony experienced a great bounty of food. Private ownership meant that there was now a close link between work and reward. Industry became the order of the day as the men and women in each family went to the fields on their separate private farms. When the harvest time came, not only did many families produce enough for their own needs, but also they had surpluses that they could freely exchange with their neighbors for mutual benefit and improvement.

Fall 1621: The Pilgrims hold a three-day feast
to celebrate their first bountiful harvest.

They include 91 Indians in the festivities
to thank them for helping them with the harvest.

This is often cited as the first Thanksgiving.

...The desire to “spread the wealth” and for government to plan and regulate people’s lives is as old as the utopian fantasy in Plato’s “Republic.” The Pilgrim Fathers tried and soon realized its bankruptcy and failure as a way for men to live together in society.

Aug. 1939: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
declares the second-to-last Thursday in November
to be Thanksgiving Day
instead of the last Thursday in the month.

This is done to benefit retailers
by extending the Christmas shopping season by one week
as the holiday season officially starts
the day after Thanksgiving.

They, instead, accepted man as he is: hardworking, productive, and innovative when allowed the liberty to follow his own interests in improving his own circumstances and that of his family.

Thanksgiving Day, 1956: The first television broadcast
of the Thanksgiving Day football game."

And even more, out of his industry result the quantities of useful goods that enable men to trade to their mutual benefit..."

http://www.epictimes.com/richardebeling/2015/11/thanksgiving-celebrating-the-birth-of-american-free-enterprise/



Thanksgiving Pilgrims, Indians, Christopher Columbus and Genocide




















The Great Thanksgiving Hoax, by Richard J. Maybury

"...school children all over America are taught the official Thanksgiving story,
and newspapers, radio, TV, and magazines devote vast amounts of time and space to it.

...This official story is nothing like what really happened.

...The official story has the pilgrims boarding the Mayflower,
coming to America and establishing the Plymouth colony
in the winter of 1620-21.

This first winter is hard, and half the colonists die.

But the survivors are hard working and tenacious,
and they learn new farming techniques from the Indians.

The harvest of 1621 is bountiful.

The Pilgrims hold a celebration, and give thanks to God.

They are grateful for the wonderful new abundant land
He has given them.

The official story then has the Pilgrims living more or less happily ever after,
each year repeating the first Thanksgiving...

The problem with this official story is that the harvest of 1621 was not bountiful,
nor were the colonists hardworking or tenacious.

1621 was a famine year and many of the colonists were lazy thieves.

In his History of Plymouth Plantation, the governor of the colony, William Bradford,
reported that the colonists went hungry for years, because they refused to work in the fields.

They preferred instead to steal food.

He says the colony was riddled with "corruption," and with "confusion and discontent."

The crops were small because "much was stolen both by night and day,
before it became scarce eatable."

In the harvest feasts of 1621 and 1622, "all had their hungry bellies filled," but only briefly.

The prevailing condition during those years was not the abundance the official story claims,
it was famine and death.

The first "Thanksgiving" was not so much a celebration
as it was the last meal of condemned men.

But in subsequent years something changes.

The harvest of 1623 was different.

Suddenly, "instead of famine now God gave them plenty,"
Bradford wrote, "and the face of things was changed,
to the rejoicing of the hearts of many, for which they blessed God."

Thereafter, he wrote,
"any general want or famine hath not been amongst them since to this day."

...After the poor harvest of 1622, writes Bradford,
"they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could,
and obtain a better crop."

They began to question their form of economic organization.

This had required that "all profits & benefits that are got by trade,
working, fishing, or any other means" were to be placed in the common stock of the colony,
and that, "all such persons as are of this colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel,
and all provisions out of the common stock."

A person was to put into the common stock all he could,
and take out only what he needed.

This "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need"
was an early form of socialism...

Bradford writes that "young men that are most able and fit
for labor and service" complained about being forced to
"spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children."

...So the young and strong refused to work
and the total amount of food produced was never adequate.

To rectify this situation, in 1623 Bradford abolished socialism.

He gave each household a parcel of land and told them they could keep what they produced,
or trade it away as they saw fit.

In other words, he replaced socialism with a free market,
and that was the end of famines.



...At Jamestown, established in 1607,
out of every shipload of settlers that arrived,
less than half would survive their first twelve months in America.

Most of the work was being done by only one-fifth of the men,
the other four-fifths choosing to be parasites.

In the winter of 1609-10, called "The Starving Time,"
the population fell from five-hundred to sixty.

Then the Jamestown colony was converted to a free market,
and the results were every bit as dramatic as those at Plymouth.

...after the switch there was "plenty of food,
which every man by his own industry may easily and doth procure."

...when the socialist system had prevailed,
"we reaped not so much corn from the labors of thirty men
as three men have done for themselves now."



...Thus the real reason for Thanksgiving, deleted from the official story, is:

Socialism does not work;
the one and only source of abundance is free markets."

Richard J. Maybury

Thanksgiving History Timeline

"May 23, 1541: Francisco Vásquez de Coronado
and the Teya Indians have a feast in Palo Duro Canyon in Texas
to celebrate his expedition's discovery of food supplies.

Many people consider this
to be the first true North American Thanksgiving.

Sept. 8, 1565: Pedro Menéndez de Avilés
lands in St. Augustine and he and his men share a feast with the natives.

1578: The first North American celebration
of European harvest festivals is held in Newfoundland
by the Frobisher Expedition.

Dec. 4, 1619: 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish in England
land in Virginia and give thanks to God.

Dec. 11, 1620: The Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock.

Their first winter in the New World is hard
and their number of 102 is reduced to 56.

Fall 1621: The Pilgrims hold a three-day feast
to celebrate their first bountiful harvest.

They include 91 Indians in the festivities
to thank them for helping them with the harvest.

This is often cited as the first Thanksgiving.

1623: After a severe drought ends in heavy rainshowers,
the Pilgrims invite the Indians for another feast
to give thanks for the welcome rain.

June 20, 1676: The governing council of Charlestown, Massachusettes
holds a meeting to decide how to express thanks for their good fortune.

They proclaim June 29th as a day of thanksgiving.

June 29, 1676: The scheduled day of thanksgiving is celebrated.

Oct. 1777: All 13 colonies
participate in the thanksgiving celebration.

1789: After members of Congress request it,
George Washington declares that a national day of thanksgiving
will be held on November 26th.

...Nov. 1846: Sarah Hale, now the editor of Godey's Lady's Book,
begins a letter-writing campaign
to have the last Thursday in November
named national Thanksgiving Day.

Sept. 28, 1863: During the Civil War,
Sarah Hale sends a letter to President Abraham Lincoln
asking him to proclaim a national Thanksgiving Day.

Oct. 3, 1863: In the midst of the Civil War,
President Lincoln proclaims a national Thanksgiving Day
on the last Thursday in November.

The proclamation reads, in part:
"...care all those who have become widows, orphans,
mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife
in which we are unavoidably engaged...

Aug. 1939: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
declares the second-to-last Thursday in November
to be Thanksgiving Day
instead of the last Thursday in the month.

This is done to benefit retailers
by extending the Christmas shopping season by one week
as the holiday season officially starts
the day after Thanksgiving.

1941: President Roosevelt signs legislation [after national date confusion]
to reestablish Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November,
but it doesn't take effect until 1942.

Thanksgiving Eve, 1947: President Truman pardons a turkey
that is marked for Thanksgiving dinner in the White House.

Thanksgiving Day, 1956: The first television broadcast
of the Thanksgiving Day football game."

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Guilford County Covid Charts as of 11/24/2020; Highest Seven Day Average New Cases, Hospitalizations and Positive Tests by Age and Death

 Highest Seven Day Average New Cases;

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article241168731.html


New Cases per day;


Hospitalizations;

https://www.guilfordcountync.gov/our-county/human-services/health-department/coronavirus-covid-19-info/covid-19-data

Most Positive Tests are Low Risk Individuals;

https://www.guilfordcountync.gov/our-county/human-services/health-department/coronavirus-covid-19-info/covid-19-data

Death by Age is skewed to those getting infected less, relative to the rates of younger individuals, but that may change after Thanksgiving congregations;


Previously;

10/30/20; Guilford County, North Carolina Covid-19 Cases Spiking


10/16/20; Guilford County and North Carolina Total Covid-19 Cases and Deaths YTD; What may likely happen next


4/29/2020 Links etc...; COVID-19, Social Unrest, Central Banks, Demand Shift, Bailouts etc...


April 15, 2020; COVID-19 severity thoughts based on monthly global temperatures compared to 1918-1919


4/11/20; COVID-19; Homeowners with federally backed loans can skip mortgage payments for up to a year, regardless of what their banks say"


Monday, March 23, 2020; High blood pressure and Covid-19 with links etc... Guilford County NC at 11 cases


Tuesday, February 25, 2020; February 2020 Stuff; Corona Virus, Bloomberg, Covid-19 Economics, Healthcare, Bernie Sanders and some fun etc...


Monday, November 23, 2020

On the closing of the American Hebrew Academy; Glenn Drew, Leader of Failed AHA International School in Greensboro, and Massively Indebted by its Board in 2017, leaving at the end of November

Nov 18, 2020; Glenn Drew, Leader of Failed and Massively Indebted AHA International School in Greensboro, leaving at the end of November

AHA International School leader Glenn Drew is stepping down from the school at the end of this month, he announced on Wednesday. 

AHA International School is a new incarnation for the former American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro which closed in 2019.

It has yet to open to students, however Drew reiterated in his message that the school expects to launch in August 2021.

"As a founding member of the Board of Trustees, CEO, President, Executive Director and General Counsel, the time has come to step down and permit others to take the reins of an exceptional educational institution and lead it into the future under the new AHA banner," he wrote in a letter to families, colleagues and supporters.

According to Drew's Linked-In profile, he served as executive director or chief executive officer of American Hebrew Academy since 2003, just two years after the school opened to students. 

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2017's IRS form 990 shows $571,043 for Drew with $35,449,874 in liabilities at year end, up from $25,927,918 in 2016, with $16,293,863, up from $6,500,000 in "Loans and other payables to current and former officers, directors, trustees, key employees, highest compensated employees, and disqualified persons."

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2013's IRS form 990 shows $90,521 in debt at the beginning of the year, and $4,066,634 at the end, rising $3,976,113 in one year while Glen Drew made $402,549 in total compensation.

2016's IRS form 990 shows $538,362 for Drew with $25,927,918 in liabilities at year end.
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Debt Popped $16,293,863, up from $6,500,000 in "Loans and other payables to current and former officers, directors, trustees, key employees, highest compensated employees, and disqualified persons."


Look who left the outfit drowning in debt;

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"Glenn Drew, executive director of the American Hebrew Academy"

2019
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"Glenn Drew presently serves as CEO and General Counsel at the American Hebrew Academy. The Academy is the only international Jewish college prep boarding school in the world. Mr. Drew is a founding member of the Academy's Board of Trustees and has been the principal most responsible for the $150mm development, construction and operation of the Academy since it's opening in 2001.

From vision planning, through construction to operation, Glenn Drew has overseen every aspect of the American Hebrew Academy's development including design and implementation of the 100 acre campus master plan, strategic operations, national accreditation, fiscal oversight and student recruitment. During his tenure international student recruitment has grown by fifty percent and over forty million dollars has been raised in philanthropic gifts. Tuition revenues have more than doubled."

LinkedIn
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"An email to faculty and staff from Glenn A. Drew, the school’s CEO, and Leeor Sabbah, chair of the school’s board, announced the closing.

Tax records also show that the school’s liabilities had ballooned over the years, from about $1.5 million in the fiscal year ending in 2011, to over $25 million in the 2017 filings."

Fast Forward
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"Fortress Re Inc. was an American aviation reinsurance agency, based in Burlington, North Carolina, and co-owned by Maurice 'Chico' Sabbah.

Their auditor was Deloitte & Touche.

Legal actions began from a number of Japanese insurance companies at the start of 2002 towards the directors of Fortress Re, alleging Fortress Re had misrepresented losses and performed other improper acts, including Sabbah and his partner "amassing personal fortunes" by skimming money off the top from Sompo’s funds. Sabbah denied any wrongdoing.

In 2004, the two directors of Fortress Re were collectively forced to pay $1.12bn by a court in New York, for defrauding Sompo Japan Insurance.

Maurice Sabbah was the donor of a reported $100 million to American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina. Japanese insurers who were covered by Fortress Re reached an agreement in their effort to recover some of their losses by suits against the Hebrew Academy. The specifics in regard to the settlement remain undisclosed."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortress_Re
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N.C. Hebrew academy settles lawsuits: funder accused of diverting $100 million of 9-11 money to school

Tuesday, January 11, 2005
N.C. Hebrew academy says it's settled lawsuits
Associated Press [Actual source unknown, as the story appears to have been wiped by AP]

GREENSBORO, N.C. - An elite Jewish prep school said it has settled lawsuits by three Japanese insurance companies squeezed by the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a settlement its founder says leaves the academy's future secure.

Officials at American Hebrew Academy on Monday announced a settlement that "quiets all pending claims" against the school, yet allows the academy to keep "a significant financial endowment."

...For nearly two years, the school had been entangled in a billion-dollar fraud lawsuit that involved Sabbah, business partner Kenneth Kornfeld and their aviation reinsurance company, Fortress Re.

Fortress Re managed a risk-sharing insurance group for the three Japanese companies, which paid Fortress Re management fees in addition to premiums to cover potential claims.

Fortress Re was the reinsurance manager for the four airplanes hijacked and destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001.

The three Japanese companies claimed they couldn't pay the estimated $3 billion in losses related to the attacks because Sabbah and Kornfeld kept hundreds of millions for themselves instead of saving it to cover claims.

In December 2003, an arbitration panel awarded the companies $1.12 billion, finding that Fortress Re engaged in fraud and "wilful and deliberate misconduct." Sabbah and Kornfeld settled last year for $400 million.

The Japanese companies also claimed Fortress Re wrongly diverted about $100 million to the academy, a lavish, state-of-the-art boarding school where tuition is $15,000.

BusinessWeek magazine estimated Sabbah's donations to the academy at $100 million when the publication named him to its list of the 50 most generous American philanthropists in 2003.

The school had assets of $127 million in June 2003. Officials haven't disclosed the amount in the endowment.

Glenn Drew, Sabbah's nephew and former attorney for his business, has been named the academy's interim executive director.

...According to BusinessWeek, Sabbah donated $100 million from 1999 to 2003 -- primarily to Greensboro's American Hebrew Academy

...They artificially inflated the financial picture of Fortress Re in several ways. First, it is alleged that Mr Kornfeld and his partner purchased financial reinsurances which transferred no risk, and failed to account for the reinstatement premiums related to them. Second, they ceded 25% of all assumed risk (along with the accompanying premium) to Carolina Re, a Bermuda vehicle which they owned. Carolina Re owes Fortress a large fortune, but the bankrupt company has capital of just $62m. Mr Kornfeld and his associates were alleged to have siphoned away its earnings through dividends payable to themselves.

...Fortress Re itself paid out hundreds of millions in unwarranted profit commissions, the arbitrators found. They were unwarranted because Fortress Re did not, in fact, make any profits. Sompo accused Mr Kornfeld and Mr Sabbah of extracting about $408m from the business in this way. Sompo attorney Elizabeth Sandza said in court: "This is not an ordinary commercial dispute. A few individuals skimmed off hundreds of millions of dollars from the pool." Fortress Re's lawyer countered with the claim that Fortress Re had paid profits of nearly $2bn to the Japanese pool backers over the years, but now that losses were due, they were crying foul.

Both parties appear to have been at fault. While the documents which Fortress Re sent to its pool members were incomplete, non-standard and misleading, the Japanese backers of the pool were naive in failing to demand better disclosure, and should have realised that the business Fortress Re was writing could only be uneconomic in the long run (and indeed, had they asked any aviation reinsurer other than Kenny Kornfeld or his colleagues, they would have been told as much).

http://jewishwhistleblower.blogspot.com/2005/01/nc-hebrew-academy-settles-lawsuits.html
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"Glenn Drew, Sabbah's nephew and general counsel of Fortress Re, says the Japanese companies got all the information they requested and that Fortress and Carolina played by the rules."

Ed Cone
Sep 30, 2002
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NEW GARDEN LAND TO HOUSE JEWISH SCHOOL
by JUSTIN CATANOSO Staff Writer
Greensboro News & Record
February 6, 1998

A quarter of Jefferson-Pilot's New Garden property will become home to a private Jewish boarding school.

A private Jewish boarding school for high school students is being planned for 100 acres of Jefferson-Pilot's high-profile New Garden Road property, with the land purchase made possible by a small group of anonymous donors from Greensboro's Jewish community.

..."This is a one-of-a-kind school," said Glenn Drew, a lawyer and spokesman for the group. "While you can search this country and find parochial schools for different religions, to the best of my knowledge you cannot find a traditional boarding school for the Jewish faith."

..."The design of the campus will be truly a parklike setting with a significant emphasis placed on preserving the natural areas," Drew said. "We will keep natural buffers around the perimeter of the property, and access will be limited to one or two entrances."

...Drew declined to identify the Greensboro donors underwriting the land purchase and founding of the boarding school. He also declined to disclose the land purchase price.

However, because JP sold the 100 acres at market value, it's likely that land costs alone exceed $5 million, based on the overall estimated value of the JP's New Garden property.

"In the Jewish tradition, the highest form of charity is to give anonymously," said Rabbi Fred Guttman of Temple Emanuel in Greensboro, who has been consulted about the project. He said the donors are committed to remaining anonymous.

...About 18 months ago, the Greensboro group began looking for land in both the city and county. Greensboro attorney Jim Phillips later assisted the group in its search.

About a year ago, Drew said he approached Jay Yelton, JP's chief investment officer who was leading the negotiations with the New Garden residents. They discussed some options, but Yelton and Drew did not begin seriously discussing a land purchase until last fall.

...With a signed contract to buy the land, Drew said the American Hebrew Academy is now turning its attention to developing policies and curriculum for the school, and how to develop the land. A preliminary search for a headmaster is under way.

...Although no market studies have been done to gauge the demand for a Jewish boarding high school, Cook, of B'nai Shalom, said attracting students should not be difficult.

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ON THE BOARD

Board members of American Hebrew Academy Inc.

Glenn Drew, attorney, Fortress RE Inc.

Bill Cassell, private developer, Cassell Properties

Victor Ackerman, retired furniture executive with Bernards Inc. of High Point.

Freddy Robinson, certified public accountant, Bernard Robinson & Co.

Chico Sabbah, chairman, Fortress RE Inc.

Rabbi Eli Havivi, Beth David Synagogue

Rabbi Fred Guttman, Temple Emanuel
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The Japanese insurers accused Kornfeld and Maurice Sabbah of Greensboro, partners in a company called Fortress Re, of bookkeeping irregularities in managing a risk-sharing insurance pool that consisted of three Japanese companies and a Fortress Re subsidiary, Carolina Re.

...Besides allegedly paying themselves exorbitant fees and commissions to manage the pool, Kornfeld and Sabbah, in the words of one lawyer for the Japanese insurers, allegedly “skimmed’’ an estimated $400 million in premiums paid to Carolina Re. Carolina Re lacked money to pay its

$600 million share of Sept. 11 losses and several other claims against the pool. The Japanese insurers had to cover Carolina Re’s losses.

...It’s also not clear why Sabbah, who also has repeatedly declined interviews, chose to base Fortress Re and Carolina Re in Burlington rather than Greensboro where he lived.

Kornfeld and Sabbah made no attempt to become part of Burlington’s corporate community. They didn’t join the Chamber of Commerce and other civic groups...

...as the 1980s gave way to the 1990s, the company developed a new system that increased fees and commissions. Fortress Re quietly became one of the major players in international aviation reinsurance, although few people in Burlington or Greensboro knew it existed.

In 1992, according to Insider Quarterly, Fortress Re revenues had zoomed to $584 million and profits to $145 million — of which $60 million was Sabbah and Kornfeld’s share..."

https://www.greensboro.com/news/general_assignment/fortress-re-s-kornfeld-had-fast-rise-faster-fall/article_23c280f8-45f2-5f2c-8ed5-cbf30dba31ee.html
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REINSURER COMPLETES 3 PARTIAL PAYMENTS ; JAPANESE COMPANIES HOPE TO SETTLE WITH FORTRESS RE BY LATE FEBRUARY, A LAWYER SAYS. 

by Margaret Moffett Banks Staff Writer 
Greensboro News & Record
February 4, 2004

Six weeks after losing a $1.1 billion arbitration award brought by a Japanese insurer, Fortress Re has paid $265 million to that company and two others. 

...Glenn Drew, Fortress Re's attorney, declined to answer questions Tuesday, including whether the company or its owners - philanthropist Maurice "Chico" Sabbah and Kenneth Kornfeld of Greensboro - paid the $265 million. 

In December, an arbitration panel in New York ruled that Fortress Re engaged in fraud and "wilful and deliberate misconduct" when doing business with Sompo. The $69 million Fortress Re has paid to Sompo represents only 6 percent of the $1.1 billion arbitration award. 

...The Japanese companies claim the tragedy revealed years of deception by Fortress Re: It couldn't pay those losses because Sabbah and Kornfeld kept hundreds of millions for themselves instead of saving it to cover claims. 

Sompo and the other Japanese companies claim Sabbah funded the school with their money, which explains why the school is named as a defendant in various lawsuits. 
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By 2004, Maurice "Chico" Sabbah and his family had given nearly $53 million to the Oklahoma foundation, all earmarked for the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro. And by then, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation was entangled in a billion-dollar fraud suit. 

The arrangement, revealed in documents filed in the fraud case, shows the lengths to which Sabbah would go to protect his privacy. Though anonymous giving is common, Greensboro is more accustomed to millionaire-philanthropists named Bryan, Sternberger and Cone, who routinely attach their names to their legacies. 

..."It's only as a result of unwanted publicity in the past few years that Mr. Sabbah's philanthropic activities have become public knowledge," said Sabbah's nephew, Greensboro attorney Glenn Drew. 

...The Oklahoma City Community Foundation and the American Hebrew Academy were named as defendants in the suits, though not because those organizations were accused of any wrongdoing. The Japanese companies claimed Sabbah gave the nonprofits tens of millions that rightfully belonged to them. 

...Drew, who also is an attorney for the Sabbah Family Foundation and the Hebrew Academy, attributes that to a Jewish tenet strongly emphasizing silent charity. Sabbah believes that "through anonymous giving, no person in need of charity or who has requested help from others be beholden to those who are more fortunate and willing to give to his fellow man," Drew said. 

That's what he tried to do with the American Hebrew Academy. When trustees announced plans to build the nation's only non-Orthodox Jewish boarding school, they cited a small group of anonymous donors in Greensboro's Jewish community. 

In fact, Sabbah was bankrolling the academy almost single- handedly, while laying out a rigorous plan for Jewish education in Greensboro. 

It was his deep love of his Jewish faith and tradition, and a fear that fewer and fewer young people were embracing it, that inspired him, his daughter, academy spokeswoman Leeor Sabbah, told the News & Record earlier this year. 

...In 1999, Nancy Anthony received her first call from Freddy Robinson, the accountant who handled business for the Sabbah Family Foundation. 

Anthony later learned Robinson had arranged a similar deal with the California Community Foundation in Los Angeles, which tax records show received at least $31.4 million from Sabbah's charity. It's not clear through court records where that money went. 

By October 2000, Anthony and the Oklahoma foundation were able to meet Robinson's requirements for establishing a fund: a multimillion- dollar gift, a private fund manager and, above all, anonymity. 

Robinson, who said he hasn't read Anthony's deposition, declined to comment. 

In her deposition, Anthony said Robinson's objective was to lessen the Sabbah foundation's "visibility in the Greensboro community for the size of its assets." 

...Robinson actually established five anonymous funds for Sabbah in Oklahoma: A $20 million endowment for the academy and four temporary funds for end-of-the-year donations. For three years, Sabbah and his family gave $32.7 million to the temporary funds in late December. In early January, the foundation would donate the same amount to the academy. 


Thursday, November 5, 2020

Voting for the lesser of two evils compromises moral values, condones our Oligarch's shoddy treatment of millions of consumers and sabotages needed structural change

 If the US political system produced two very not good candidates for President, either of who will advance objectionable agendas or a corrupt status quo while in office, why is it considered a moral duty to pick one?  

Every four years in most memories, we have been presented with false choices, essentially a continuation of a bought and paid for status quo led by one of two different teams, both politically and economically very similar, but optically opposed.

Voting condones and endorses the process and subsequently, the actions elected ‘representatives’ do and say in the names of the voting enablers.  Both the R and D parties are systemic threats to our future, preserving power and the economy with Potemkin bailouts funded by Federal Reserve fiat printing to buy up treasury bonds to paper over unsustainable federal and corporate debt as each additional dollar created from nothingness diminishes the value of those already in circulation. This inflation Ponzi, supported by both parties, is confiscating the wealth of our poorest to enrich our 1% as those at the top finance what's left of our political system. 

There’s probably never been a US presidential election where both likely nominees are more incompetent / despised etc... by more people, other than 2016. A Gallup poll conducted in May 2020 found that while 31 percent of Americans identify as Democrats and 25 percent identify as Republican, a whopping 40 percent of the country identified their political position as Independent.  

The election is already over and most lost. We will spend more on war. The top military brass want to keep fighting wars so that all of the companies making the hardware etc... stay happy. In the mid-1990s nearly 50% of three- and four-star generals went on to work as consultants or executives for the arms industry. In 2006, at the height of the Iraq War, that number swelled to over 80% of retirees. The current hierarchy is just waiting to cash in.

More taxpayer money for zombie corporations. More for lobbyist's interests and to the rich who fund their court jesters. 

Our political system is corrupt to the core. Thank mainstream media, a part of corporate America, for the optics of only two sides planning to vote for the least worse without considering other choices on the ballot. The ability to make an informed choice has been severely diminished as most referenced information comes from an overtly biased and censoring 'news' industry paid for with corporate cash from the healthcare conglomerates among others, and censorship by Google, Facebook, Twitter etc... to maintain the monopolies.

The D and Rs are two factions of the same 'Party of Money'. Supporting the lesser of only two evils, a logical fallacy called 'false dilemma', is still supporting evil, in this case a preferred enemy of most voter's perceived enemies.  The lesser of two evils tactic has not worked out very well in reality for most citizens, while establishment politicians and monopolies are strengthened as chances for free markets and political change get flushed year after year, over and over again.

Even if voting helps defeat Trump, the message for the D elites will be that they can betray  peasant concerns as long as they offer someone marginally better than the R alternative, and then vice versa next time.

If Trump wins, it won’t be the fault of Bernie Sanders supporters voting their conscience. The fault will lye with elites forcing a tarnished and worn establishment puppet down the throats of the electorate too stupid to know how they are being played for fools.

We shouldn’t be coerced to compromise moral principles and merely vote against someone. Political elites are blackmailing voters by claiming, “if you don’t vote for our chosen one, it’s your fault if XYZ wins.” Maybe it may be the Democratic Party's fault for ignoring and marginalizing the far left and minorities, who they claim to have represented for generations to little effect. 

The party elites shouldn’t be exonerated for second-rate judgment by convincing supporters to violate their moral principles. Voting for the lesser of two evils is not like choosing to switch a runaway train to another track so it kills one person instead of five if you do nothing. In this hypothetical, there are only two plausible choices, just like national elections. If you aren’t fooled by propaganda, you’ll see the real lesser of two evils choice here is voting for the lesser of two evils versus refusing to vote for the lesser of the two. 

When faced with two repulsive candidates for office, we can abstain from voting, vote for a third party candidate or write someone in until actual change occurs.  

Voting for the lesser of two evils compromises moral values, condones our Oligarch's shoddy treatment of millions of consumers and sabotages needed structural change, virtually guaranteeing the Party elites will do it again and again. If enough refuse to vote as indoctrinated, a write-in or third party choice will win at some point. But the electorate could certainly send a very clear message that many will no longer tolerate being ignored, marginalized or shamed into terrible, crooked choices.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Guilford County and North Carolina Total Covid-19 Cases and Deaths YTD; What may likely happen next

Guilford County Covid-19

Total Cases;

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article241168731.html

Total Deaths;

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article241168731.html

Data back to September 26, 2020;

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article241168731.html

Guilford County Deaths by Age;

https://www.guilfordcountync.gov/our-county/human-services/health-department/coronavirus-covid-19-info/covid-19-data



Pre Air Conditioning Days = US had uptick in hottest Summer weather

The influenza pandemic in 1918 and 1919 occurred in three waves, killing about 675,000 in the United States and between 20 to 100 million worldwide.

The first wave eased during the Summer of 1918, which looks to be similar to current COVID-19 events, taking the effect of 2020's Summer time air conditioning had into account. 

In the Autumn of 1918, the second biggest wave began, consistent with the onset of Winter/Flu Season in the Northern Hemisphere with lower humidity and temperatures. 

2020's Fall outbreak looks to be less severe than 1918, as Covid appears to leave younger patients with much fewer complications and morbidity, as well as better wide spread social distancing and elder seclusion.

The third wave hit in the first half of 1919, and by the summer the pandemic relatively ended as those that were infected either died or developed immunity.

COVID-19 “established significant community spread in cities and regions along a narrow east-west distribution roughly along the 30-50 North latitude corridor at consistently similar weather patterns (5-11 degrees C [41 to 51 F] and 47-79 percent humidity)";

https://www.accuweather.com/en/health-wellness/higher-temperatures-affect-survival-of-new-coronavirus-pathologist-says/700800

If known infections retard significantly enough as asymptomatic spread goes relatively undetected in warmer weather, a new wave could hit the areas around the yellow with reported infections spreading through next Fall/Winter/Flu season.

Dropping amounts of water vapor in cold, dry Winter air makes it easier for Covid to become airborne. 

30 year average temperatures between 1988-2018 October through May indicate when a larger second wave will likely occur. Areas around Yellow to Green are most likely to experience higher case loads.

October;

https://gvn.org/sars-cov-2-response-efforts/

November;


December;


January;


February;


March;


Covid-19 should start dissipating for North Carolina by April;