Trump’s transportation secretary used her profile to help her family’s business interests in China, NYT reports

I wonder if Trump got a cut, not just of this, but other administration members’ rackets.

According to an NYT investigation, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has “repeatedly used her connections and celebrity status in China to boost the profile” of her family’s shipping company. This has resulted in the company seeking benefits from the expansive industrial policies in Beijing.

Illusion of Value

Illusion of Value

It costs more to make a penny than it’s worth. The materials, manufacturing, and distribution add up to 1.5 cents for each cent, and at an estimated 13 billion pennies made each year, the mint loses almost $200 million a year on them.

For Flickr Friday’s “Illusion” and Macro Mondays’ “Copper” challenges.

John Oliver Buys and Forgives $15 Million in Debt – ABC News

John Oliver Buys and Forgives $15 Million in Debt – ABC News



Oliver started a debt collection company to show how easy it was for anyone to start one and buy consumer debt, purchased $15 million of medical debt from Texas hospitals for $60,000, and forgave it all.  He says it was the biggest TV show giveaway since Oprah gave away $8 million in cars.

Mission Congo: how Pat Robertson raised millions on the back of a non-existent aid project | Film | theguardian.com

Mission Congo: how Pat Robertson raised millions on the back of a non-existent aid project | Film | theguardian.com.

Why are we being shown a picture of Alfred E. Newman?