Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Everything too radical for academia, and the problem of diminishing attention spans

Operating outside the realm of academia, where there are no "safe spaces" for pale, fearful denziens of delusion... where the relevant context cannot even begin to be established until it includes 725+ years of land acknowledgements (and more than a few extinct relics) ...

What's that? You've been asleep under a rock and haven't heard about land acknowledgements? Nah, you just haven't been paying close enough attention.

Understanding the occupation of Turtle Island requires eliminating the problem of diminishing attention spans: academia goes too short-term and too Euro-centric in its bias, and it incorrectly dismisses too much as it attempts to center itself somewhere it will never be centered. Petulant teenagers still have so much to learn!

 Folks who don't admit they were wrong die without a shift in world view, as losers; there are no prizes or magical inheritances in their dead planet. This is the inevitable result of universal energies distributing momentum from actions taken long ago. Only the ancient peoples understand the depth of that betrayal. Three hundred sixty-two and a half revolutions ago, there were no English names on the back of Turtle Island.

Nobody wanted or needed Greco-Roman anything, and the greed of Italian accountants was only beginning to become apparent to the masses. This is a story rooted in fact, not fiction.

2018: https://ecosteader.com/@indie/104144979730748397

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

A few Reddit posts for syndication (and why the IRS commissioner lacks integrity)

To classify these corrupt individuals requires both precision and integrity. The current IRS commissioner obviously has neither integrity nor precision; if he did, Trump would have been arrested already.  Trump's son-in-law, too. 

Mobsters are Bullies

The key word here is "Bully".  Does your landlord or HOA bully you? 

On The Homeless Crisis

... lots of them preach: blame the addicts. Certain sects of religious zealots do this a lot: Blame the sick people for being sick in a society that is literally and figuratively poisoning them. They say they want to help by putting them in temporary housing (rentals).

But does that help? No. 

Meanwhile... oh, nevermind the burgeoning population of "landlords" profiting on on their illness, profiting on fake rehab centers designed to steal the government funds allocated to help these sick people. There's a reason Utah has so many failed rehabs and corrupt nonprofits.

The homelessness crisis is not due to drugs; it's due to greed of landlords, period. Landlords are addicts too; but their fix is rental income. They will destroy their communities and society at large before admitting any wrong though.

People cannot get healthy when they are constantly pushed into decaying, unhealthy environments (this includes low-income rental housing). Furthermore is gerrymandering of people once they are nudged into those less than ideal places: effectively take away their vote by jacking the rents and forcing them to move so often they can't ever get attached to any community that can help them.

The problem is society has made it way too easy to turn everything into a rental: rent your Ubers, rent an AirBnB, rent or subscribe to a thing monthly for this or that. ... this creates incentive for people to hoard rentals (rental income), which to me is so obviously the source of most problems rearing their ugly heads in the last decade.

Source: https://old.reddit.com/r/collapse/comments/b81an0/monthly_observations_april_2019_what_signs_of/eksa5dm

Almost 100 percent of the corruption in the US has a strong link to real estate "property management".
The US could close its deficits, get all homeless off the streets, and reduce rentership from over 60 percent to < 20 percent if only it would punish-tax these corrupt Republicans what they should be punished for their real estate "deals".

Property management is not a job, and income earned from collecting rents or leases should not be given any breaks or leniency from the IRS.

Of course, every time these truths are pointed out, there emerges some haughty whiner whining about how rough and tough it is managing renters.  "Of course it's a job!" they complain.  No, it's not a job.     

Some more history to back up the facts, as they've been documented extensively for over a decade. 
Collecting rent checks and taking them to the bank is not a job.

That IS what most PMCs do.  They devise long, complex "contracts" and try to absolve themselves from any liability for "providing" uninhabitable "housing".  To "maintain" the properties, they pay peon minimum wage "handymen" (usually illegals or addicts they can intimidate into being quiet), often under the table, to do the grunt work cleaning or putting the lipstick on pigs, ripping out cheap carpet and replacing it with even cheaper carpet so they "justify" stealing the security deposits. 

It is not a business when you do shit under the table.  For tax reasons, most REALTORS and LANDLORDS do all kinds of shit under the table.  THIS is what the IRS needs to go after. Trump is trying his best to make it so people who do this are not in trouble (because it is literally how he made his "fortune").  

A decade or so ago, I was being held hostage (yeah, sort of hyperbole, but not really; it's a long story) to work for a PMC designing an Internet site for some new high-end villa condo development in San Jose.  (As a side note: they later stole my code, removed my CSS copyright, and sold dozens of units thanks to my work, for over 600K each.) 

I'll also mention that all I could afford to live in after working for them was a literal slum in Mountain View: a dirt floor garage infested with California's nastiest spiders and other disgusting insects. Totally illegal slumlord stuff! 

They also used me as a temporary "secretary" because, hey any time you can get a woman to do min wage work you should totally exploit her as much as possible when she's desperate! And as this "secretary", another thing they made me do for this "job" was spam Craigslist, posting their fancy rentals. Silly valley elite would come in the office with checks made out to "[PMC] Trust" 5000+ dollars for rent and rent deposits (yes, 10 years ago).  Vilest pieces of shit. The PMC in downtown Palo Alto run by Mormons, of course. 

Definitely lots of Mormons going into the Black Hole of Doom.  It's my theory that what "religion" you say you won't matter: everybody "associated" (even tangentially) with the sustaining the Realtor cartel (NAR), PMCs (property management companies AKA landlords) and others who do collect or think it's their "right" to collect rents (even temporary AirBnB rents!), will be right in the middle of it with Donald Trump's MAGA team.  Donnie's followers will never have to be without Donnie!  They are probably so thrilled. 

That must be one of the reasons the Black Hole was made visible to us here on Earth: thank goodness for Science to show us where the bad guys all end up.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Tri-level logosmography for data and financial auditing.

Logismography as a concept has been derived from a storied historical past.
In one of my graduate-level management accounting classes, the lore was of a system more advanced and informative than double-entry bookkeeping. This mythical entity was a system that used a method of triple entry accounting, called Logismography. At one point several years ago, I even checked Wikipedia; there was no entry for this idea. There is still no entry for this idea.
No results for articles containing the term, either.

Okay, well what about the most authoritative authority on the attribution of authors? That's right... I'm talking about our good friend, Google.
Top-level skim yields nothing significant. What about peeking into the mountain of student-funded research[3] available to students and professors whist they are ensconced in the Ivory towers? Why yes; I'm referring to greedy database hoarders like EBSCO host and JSTOR that continue to squelch access to the actual research part of student and taxpayer-funded research.
But we digress. Back to this
For what this system might be used, the authors could only speculate. Today, after about a decade of "in the field professional experience", I have some ideas.

Logismography was thought to have been developed in Renaissance times, and later generations of accountants dismissed it as being "unviable", preferring the double entry version developed by Pacioli. Given that the physical limitations of his time didn't include the computational or cryptographical boundaries that we enjoy today, would a Logismography-like system be a natural and obvious choice for present day?

(Footnote): Patent possibly pending.

  • [1] Ancient Double-Entry Bookkeeping. Scholars' Book Co. 1974: p 33.
  • [2] Filios, Vassilios P. "Four Schools of European Accounting Thought." The Accounting Historians Journal (1981): pp 61-78.
  • [3] http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N61/swartz.html
  • [4] https://web.archive.org/web/20161008012416/http://transparentaccounting.org/
  • Monday, September 17, 2018

    Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) smells like Enron

    Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) smells like Enron

    The most egregious accounting fraud, insider trading, and ENRON-like practices are perpetuating at Salesforce, where they're cooking the books

    It's open season for looting on Wall Street. The regulators, it seems, have put on their blinders. For a holder of a hard-earned Baccalaureate degree in Accountancy and a staunch promoter and maintainer professional accounting ethics, it's sickening. The warning sirens are screaming but nobody is listening. Although I could never do the wardrobe of an auditor CPA, I can still share my findings....

    One of the worst offenders is headquartered in downtown San Francisco, in a lofty tower stuffed full of headset-wearing marketing people and "engineers"  tucked in with a splattering of corporate motivational posters.

    The corporation for which these lipsticked pigs work does not produce anything tangible; it does not have any saleable inventory. This corporation didn't invent anything noteworthy; nor does it hold any significant patents. It doesn't contribute anything of appreciable value to its customers.  

    If, on December 30, 2016, you'd looked at the income statement of this corporation, you'd wonder how on Earth did it get to a 46.9 Billion dollar market cap? (Yes, that is billion with a "B"; 46 billion +900 million).

    You'd be baffled, and perhaps dig a bit into the balance sheet and quarterlies. In them, you would discover what are factually negative GAAP Earnings-Per-Share (EPS) for all seven out of seven of the last seven years since it IPO'd (2009 - 2016). In fact, you'd see a company that has largely been inventing its own "earnings" and selling those fake numbers to shareholders.  The numbers which do not adhere to any accounting standards, they say, are an indication of their "growth".  Growing what, exactly?  You'd see a company with vague business model and poor-to-mediocre digital products haphazardly glued together with wads and wads of cold and limp spaghetti.  You might try a few random searches to see what the big deal is... how has this company managed to stay in business? What are they selling, exactly?

    What you'd discover instead of answers is droves and droves of pigs: pigs that are singing and tap-dancing incessantly about the cold spaghetti. There are literally thousands of troll accounts on social media sites, all of them incessantly praising this company. You might wonder what the hell was going on.  How does a company that can't explain what it does in one clear sentence have so many fanboys?  And why are there so many tactics being used to promote Salesforce so similar to what we saw with the Russian troll farm accounts used to steal our elections?

    Then maybe you'd decide to take a listen to a conference call hosted by the chief pig himself -- Marc Benioff.  Just one listen and it becomes clear that this is company is nothing more than spew of mouthful after mouthful of slobbering and regurgitated pie-in-the-sky lies. Benioff & Co. assault the listener with an irrational barrage of buzzwords about digital apps, the "cloud" growth, customer-facing solutions and blah, blah blah.  The detachment from reality is quite alarming.

    For any real software engineer, it's too much to swallow.  Real hackers know that you CANNOT scale customized spaghetti. Adding more spaghetti on top of others' forgotten and moldy spaghetti doesn't make the spaghetti any more efficient.  Benioff's delusions about growth have zero substance, like marshmallow fluff whipped up with green olive baloney puked on top of that cold spaghetti.

    Are you getting sick yet?  If not, you should be.  This is not right.   

    These days, society is so well-acquainted with delusional men that it lets them get away with way more than it should. Sometimes society even likes to encourage them by lapping up their vomit.

    Fast forward to today.  A mere 21 months later, and that Salesforce vomit is now being "valued" by shareholders at an astounding 115.58 billion dollar market cap.  It has increased in value by 69.5 Billion dollars in only 21 months.

    Let me spell that out for you. The ACCOUNTING FRAUD at SALESFORCE has stolen over 115 billion, 580 million from investors who believed the fake numbers Benioff and Co have been selling as "real" GAAP numbers!

    For some other perspective, consider the breakdown of what the best analysts on Wall Street make out in difference between "small" cap and "large" cap stock.  The journey between a small and large cap ($10B of value) is long and arduous, and here is key:  It takes a long time.  It takes a long time of solid earnings that produce positive EPS, not on the back of "bridge loans" for billions and other shady deals derived from other co-conspirators who profit from borrowed money inflated like a blimp.

    What this means is that when the fraud and corrupt accounting practices are exposed, all of the Salesforce "insiders" will have effectively stolen over 100 billion dollars.   It's being reported that Benioff is going to buy Time Magazine with his booty. 

    This ALSO means Marc Benioff's attempt to acquire TIME Magazine for $190M is being done with Unlawful Proceeds from Stock Sale!


    It's easier to fake the short-term than it is the long term.

    • Egregious balance sheet manipulation  --  Even Tesla, which everybody knows is maybe probably prematurely overvalued, doesn't try to defraud people with fake Goodwill or "Intangible" assets. 

      For a peek as to how the insiders "really" feel about their growth, take a look at insider dumping (NOTE: this does not include 3 of the most egregious dumps in the last 4 weeks)

      Insider dumping


    Factual GAAP accounting numbers are being suppressed, and instead the salesmen direct investors to the fraudulent and manipulated non-GAAP earnings they repeat ad nauseum.

    Since most of what Salesforce can claim as its revenue comes from unenforcable "contracts" (prepay forward contracts are fully refundable by law!) and which it has not yet delivered (and for which no real engineers will work), it has been emulating tactics used by ENRON insiders to mislead investors about growth.  Like ENRON, Salesforce has a fishy credit rating with one of its most intimate bed mates, including Merril Lynch, the company that fronted $3 billion of the $6.5 billion acquisition cost for Mulesoft.   
    • Borrowing practices parallel those used by ENRON 
    Enron entered into circular transactions that were characterized as prepay forward contracts in order to disguise borrowings as cash from operations. Lay was aware of the importance and magnitude of prepay transactions to create operating cash flow and thereby maintain Enron's investment grade credit rating. Lay was aware that the credit rating agencies were not told the magnitude of Enron's prepay obligations and that this information was not disclosed in Enron's public filings.1   

    In Conclusion...

    You shouldn't need a CPA's wardrobe to catch this kind of crime.  It's wrong on every level: it diverts dollars from investment in truly worthy companies, for one.  It enables sleazebags like Benioff to cash out hundreds of millions of dollars, for two.  It makes places like San Francisco even worse than it already is.

    PLEASE write to the SEC and tell them time to start jailing criminals like Marc Benioff and Keith Block; this kind of fraud will ruin America; criminals and enablers doing this stuff on purpose need to be locked up and throw away the key.

    1. https://www.sec.gov/news/press/2004-94.htm

    Saturday, March 24, 2018

    CLOUD Act: "Corruption Leaks On USA Datacenters"

    CLOUD Act:  "Corruption Leaks On USA Datacenters" 

    This will come back to bite you in the ass, Republiscams

    Whenever a group or entity attempts to fly under the radar to enact rules and restrictions that bind others while extracting themselves from legal repercussions, my intuitive hackles go off.  Big time.

    What on Earth is this odd piece of legislation doing, and why was it sneaked into the spendy-spendy spending bill with absolutely no citizen input?

    That is exactly what happened, though, when Congress hurredly passed legislation that included "DIVISION V -- CLOUD ACT".

    It never received a hearing. It was robbed of a stand-alone floor vote because Congressional leadership decided, behind closed doors, to attach this un-vetted, unrelated data bill to the $1.3 trillion government spending bill.

    The bill originated with one of the most corrupt of the corrupt politicians, Orrin Hatch.  Orrin is evil and corrupt because all throughout his career, he's done nothing but endorse and ensure the torture of Mother Earth.  Devoid of integrity and selfish beyond belief, he has sought only to protect only his own incumbency, choosing party over Country time and time again.  Along with his comrades from the state operating more criminally-negligent corporations than any other in the US, his "holier than thou" religious nutbags think it is their "right" to rape the world of its beauty, to trash her soil, and to poison her air ... all in the name of Capitalism.

    But back to this bill.

    See page 2201 of the 2232-page spending bill: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vTp-DOU9fbImz1YnRaKPEAeRtMAi8pUu/view?usp=sharing

    In reading the text of this bill, it becomes obvious pretty quickly that they want us to believe that the point of this law is to "[Clarify] the Legal Use of Overseas Data".  It would be easy enough to fall into this trap ; it seems well-intentioned enough.  

    Unfortunately, that is not what it does.  At all.  That is not what they want it to do at all.  They are in full panic mode, attempting to hide and cover up their attacks on environmentally-minded US (or aspiring to be US) citizens, and on the US democratic process itself.  They want this law to obfuscate the definition of what is "legal" where it benefits them in some places (by using the word "Overseas"), and to remove criminal penalties from what would otherwise be US jurisdiction in others (by imposing private-citizen protections on corporate entities).

    Corporations and associations should NEVER be granted the protections of private citizens.  Never ever ever ever.  Furthermore, all officials working in the public sector -- especially those with "private citizen business" on the side -- should not be provided protections from their criminal activities (financial fraud, tax evasion, conspiracy to defraud the US of its land trust, etc) or from the penalties of those crimes. 

    And yet, that is exactly what they are trying to do here. Notice the interesting word choice of "Overseas"? How ridiculous that is in a world that is already digitally connected!

    The obfuscation here is that by convincing people there are unknown and "possibly" malicious actors in a hazy and ill-defined place "Overseas", the private-businesses-minded "Government" should be granted rights that allow it to cover up whatever crimes it deems need covered up, especially those crimes perpetrated by the executive branch of power.

    Indeed, the goal of the senators and representatives under Trump's thumb -- as is the goal of most corrupt persons -- is to extract themselves from legal repercussions of their criminal activities.  They are fully aware of, and fearful of being accountable after they've already broken laws or betrayed their ethics.  There's proof out there, somewhere, that they broke the law or violated promises to constituents.  Maybe somebody is blackmailing them.  They know they'll be caught sometime... when they will be caught is the big question.  If they try and hurry up to make it "illegal" to use that data against them, they erroneously reason that they can't be caught or punished.

    The motto of the most corrupt people is that as long as it's not "illegal" it can't be "unethical", right?


    Sorry Republiscams; that is not how it works.  Let's interpret a few key pieces of text from this bill to reveal your corruption in those underlying motivations for changing the laws:

    Such efforts by the United States Government are being impeded by the inability to access data stored outside the United States that is in the custody, control, or possession of communications-service providers that are subject to jurisdiction of the United States.

    can be interpreted to mean:

    "Now that the Republicans are in power, it's important that we wipe all evidence of our knowledge of, and cooperation with the Kremlin who helped us rig the election that put Trump in the White House.  We want our "official" guys to see what you have on us and let us decide if it should be legal or not to have that.  We must also be able to buy Get Out Of Jail Free cards for members of our party who have committed financial crimes and/or crimes against the Earth; likewise, we want to get more dirt on our rivals in the Democratic party and use that to distract the public.  We need access to our rivals' private lives where it competes with our interests, and we're going to make this here law make makes you do just that."

    Next let's examine the Republican's use of "associations" to bloat their power and to circumvent the laws that are meant to protect individual persons, not corporations.

    § 2523.  ... the term ‘United States person’ means a citizen or national of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, an unincorporated association a substantial number of members of which are citizens of the United States or aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence, or a corporation that is incorporated in the United States. 

    Let's break this down.  They are trying to define a "person" as each one of these things :
    1) human person born in the US (citizen)
    2) human person not born in the US with permanent residence status
    3) US association (e.g. National Rifle Association, National Association of Realtors)
    4) US corporation

    And to then say that each of these "persons" should be granted private-citizen protections!  What a grotesque distortion of the intent of the law.  Indeed, this is not at all what civil liberties are about.

    A citizen on her own is inherently less able to defend herself against a corrupt government (and against the corruption of associations and corporations!). Why would the law want to extend protections meant for private citizens' to public corporations and associations? 

    There is only one possible answer.  

    Proof of corruption will be (or has been) migrated to datacenters in countries with the least amount of regulation.  With this "proof" in their LANs, those countries are ripe for their own potential entanglement of corruption.   As the Republicans' dream is to corrupt the entire world with monstrous dictators like Donald Trump, they hope this CLOUD Act will scare more people than it will empower. 

    Just as EVIL COMPANIES operate "shell corporations" out of the Cayman Islands to obfuscate and hide the source and movement of their billionaire private-citizens financial data, so too was this bill written to favor protections of the already-powerful at the expense of the low and humble citizens.

    Datacenter admins from Planet Earth, this is your opportunity to choose to do good.  Let this bill come back to bite all of the bad guys in the ass: if you know of useful information on corrupt Earth-raping associations, corporations, or governments, you should absolutely share them outside your LAN.  Let us all make backups, and backups of backups such that there will be no doubt that the voice of the ecologically-minded citizens who are speaking up and out against the rape of Mother Earth... let there be no doubt that their voices will be heard.