Trump and immigration

Businesses run and owned by Donald Trump and his adult children have been certified to legally hire 1,371 foreign visa workers since 2001. In addition, Trump-branded real estate has raised at least $50 million in foreign investor money through a program that gives foreign investors access to green cards, according to the company that did the development of the real estate. The Trump enterprise has made use of low-skilled permits for vineyard seasonal workers, for example, and has used high-skilled visas to bring in models for its modeling agency.

Trumps’ businesses have received 283 H-1B visas since 2001. The high-skilled visas have been used for Trump’s modeling venture, Trump Model Management, Mar-A-Lago, the Trump Corporation and businesses associated with his hotels and resorts. Yes, the H-1B visa is to be used for scientists, doctors and the like – not for models, cooks and accountants [all which can be found quite easily].

Trump businesses have received 1,024 H-2B visas since 2000, according to Labor records. Those visas have gone to Mar-A-Lago, Jupiter Gold Club, Lamington Farm and the Trump National Golf Club for jobs like cooks, waiters and waitresses and housekeepers. Trump Vineyards has received 64 H-2A permits since 2006 for agricultural work.

Melania Trump is Slovenian, but began modeling in the US with H-1B visas and was given a green card in 2001, before she married Trump. Trump self-sponsored herself for residency, according to a letter by her attorney released during the campaign. She became a US citizen in 2006. [She also had some run-ins with others claiming she was an escort while at Trump Model Management.]

Trump’s first wife, Ivana, was also an immigrant, coming to the US via Canada from Czechoslovakia. Ivana became a US citizen in 1988, 11 years after she married Trump.

Trump faced a lawsuit in the 1980s that accused him and business partners of withholding wages from undocumented Polish immigrants and union workers hired by a contracting company called Kaszycki & Sons to demolish the building that would make room for Trump Tower.

A judge ruled in 1991 that Trump and his associates owed the workers more than $300,000 plus interest. The ruling was appealed, and the case was eventually settled under a sealed agreement, according to a source familiar with the proceedings.

The Washington Post reported in 2015 that it interviewed workers on the construction of Trump’s hotel in the nation’s capital who said they entered the country illegally, several of whom were still lacking authorization to live and work in the US.

Ever notice that the only Trump business that didn’t fit the same area of ownership is the Trump Model Management which would have little to do with the other businesses unless the models need a room to stay or take a vacation at Mar-A-Lago.

 

Something is wrong. Trump was a bit quiet this week.

Donald Trump is claiming he cannot be sued now that he has won the White House — a defense in a lawsuit that alleges Trump incited rally-goers to violence when they allegedly assaulted protesters during the 2016 campaign. The lawsuit also names Trump for allegedly inciting the men’s actions, pointing to Trump telling the crowd, “Get them out of here” with regard to protesters during the rally. Trump’s lawyers contended that Trump was speaking to security and not the crowd. The judge said no. But in Clinton v. Jones, judges ruled that Bill Clinton’s “actions” against Paula Jones occurred before he was president. We’ll see who foots the bill for the legal stuff…. Ya. The taxpayer I’m sure.

Trump had no intention of making his public. Democrats have seized on that decision, uniting around a pledge not to cooperate on any rewriting of the tax code unless they know specifically how that revision would benefit the billionaire president and his family. The Trump administration’s tax plan, promised in February, has yet to materialize. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the administration’s goal of getting a tax plan signed by August was “not realistic at this point.” The potential repeal of the estate tax or elimination of the alternative minimum tax as provisions would enrich Trump. More than a dozen Republicans have agreed that Mr. Trump should release his returns.

Allan Lichtman, a distinguished professor of history at American University, has stated there are 8 reasons why Trump could be impeached. On top of the list is if Trump knew about or participated in Russia’s role in the elections last year. Second on the list is if Trump has received any foreign money or gifts while being president. The latter is because of his supposedly dealings in Russia and elsewhere. “Donald Trump is the president most vulnerable to impeachment among all first-time elected American presidents.”

Trump will sign an executive order that will stop short of the one- to two-year moratorium on new skilled worker visas that Trump called for during the campaign. It comes too late to have a direct effect on this year’s visa season, which opened April 3. Trump has accused mostly information technology companies of “importing low-wage workers on H-1B visas to take jobs from young college-trained Americans” except few companies give H-1B visa employees “low-wage” salaries for them.

At an executive order signing this week, Trump went after the Canadian dairy industry saying Canada’s supply-managed dairy industry is “very unfair” to U.S. farmers and “another typical one-sided deal against the United States.” Once again he doesn’t know the facts. United States “heavily subsidizes” their agricultural sector. Imports of U.S. milk products have increased since 199, and now account for three-quarters of milk products in Canada. U.S. farmers have claimed they are losing up the US$150 million per year because of heavy import tariffs on ultra-filtered milk used to produce cheese. Obviously not from Canada.

In a special election to replace new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th District — long a reliable Republican stronghold Trump tweeted “The super Liberal Democrat in the Georgia Congressioal [it is how Trump typed it] race tomorrow wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!” Standard propaganda from the right. Meanwhile he urged Republicans to vote for any Republican. But that would split the vote instead of selecting a single candidate. Expect Trump to take credit if the Republicans win the seat claiming it is the voters who are approving his policies.

In the end, in the special election, in a conservative stronghold, the Democrat ultimately fell just short of the percent needed to avoid a runoff. There will be a June 20th runoff between the Democrat and a Republican. The Democrat fell 1.9% short. Combined with the votes of the four other Democrats that ran [assuming roughly the same number of people vote and vote by party], the Democrats could pull off a big victory. Mitt Romney won by 23 points in 2012. Tom Price won 62% of the vote in 2016 before being named health and human services secretary.

Laughingly Trump tweeted after “Dems failed in Kansas and are now failing in Georgia. Great job Karen Handel!” Doesn’t he know there is a runoff? Doesn’t he know how many voters the GOP lost in just 5 months?

He also tweeted “Despite major outside money, FAKE media support & eleven Republican candidates, BIG “R” win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!” Yup. He helped in almost costing the GOP the election.

Karen Handel will make residency the central issue of the runoff since the Democrat contender doesn’t live in the district. He use to and said he’d move back there. That’s the only thing she could think of?

Residency? Federal laws says Members of Congress only need to live in the state they represent but he doesn’t represent them…. Yet. The law says nothing about living in the district.

The US government could shut down at the end of April [or early/mid-May if an extension] if the parties don’t agree on spending issues. Already Trump’s wall, Obamacare, military spending, research and other aspects could affect things. On top of that the GOP’s Freedom Caucus is against any extra spending. So Trump’s people may have to try and get some Democrats on their side. Good luck. You know who Trump will blame if there is a shut down – and it won’t be the Freedom Caucus.

Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, was hammered recently during a town hall while defending President Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns.

Funny how Trump called China a currency manipulator during the election campaign and now doesn’t because China is supposedly helping in trying to straighten out North Korea. So when you help Trump, everything Trump previously said about you goes out the door.

A new Gallup poll shows that only 45% of people surveyed trust President Trump to keep his promises, a 17% decrease from February.

Trump has become the first Western leader to congratulate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for winning a controversial referendum that grants him far-reaching, largely unchecked powers. So one dictator-wanna-be congratulates the latest dictator. No western governments have congratulated Erdpgan in is power grab.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he was not disrespecting Hawaii or a judge in the state when he said he was “amazed” that the official was able to block President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban halting immigration from several majority Muslim countries. I guess Sessions doesn’t believe in democracy.

Trump had Kid Rock, Sarah “There’s Russia” Palin and Ted “Motor City Madman” [a.k.a. nut ball] Nugent over for dinner [see here]. What a motley crew. Palin and the others also were in the Oval office. I guess Palin finally got to go in there. The background picture is a portrait of Hillary Clinton, which hangs in the White House basement along with paintings of other first ladies. The basement? [Palin recently said that the women in former Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly scandal should of resigned. Why should they resign when he is guilty.]

Ivanka Trump’s company won provisional approval from the Chinese government for three new trademarks, giving it monopoly rights to sell Ivanka brand jewelry, bags and spa services in the world’s second-largest economy. That night, the first daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner, sat next to the president of China and his wife for a steak and Dover sole dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Coincidence? Meanwhile, even with some boycotting [and her father’s Twitter tirades about them], U.S. imports, almost all of them from China, shot up an estimated 166 per cent last year, while sales hit record levels in 2017. Ivanka Trump Marks LLC applied for at least nine new trademarks in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Canada and the U.S. after the election.

Super Bowl winners, the New England Patriots, visited the White House. Absent were at least 7 members including Tom Brady who cited “family matters”. Trump is supposedly a big fan and friend of Brady, Patriots owner Bob Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick. During the election Brady never publicly endorsed Trump even though Trump claimed [hmmm] that he did.

Emirates, the Middle East’s biggest airline, said that it is cutting flights to the United States because of a drop in demand caused by heightened U.S. security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travelers from Muslim-majority nations.

Interesting to note that at this time into the first term for George W. Bush, he visited roughly have the states in America. Barack Obama had visited a bunch of states plus 3 visits elsewhere. Trump? He has visited his Mar-a-Lago compound/resort more times than the number of states he visited [seven] and visits elsewhere [none] during the same period as the other two. Trump does seem to like receiving dignitaries [sounds like something a king would do].

Windows Vista [support] is dead…

Miss it yet?

For anyone still using it, there will be no further support. No updates. whatever is in Microsoft’s web site will be come static.

Most if not all software developers and those supporting peripherals [such as printers] have probably already stopped supporting Vista long ago.

If you still have it, good luck!

[Windows Server 2008 support ends in January 2020.]

 

Trump was quietish this week – wow

Within hours, Donald Trump backtracked on various campaign issues. NATO, he said, is “no longer obsolete.” He backed down a threat to brand China a currency manipulator [was guilty of “rape” against the US economy]. Trump praised Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, whom he had previously pledged to replace when her term expires, and once accused of holding interest rates low as a political boost for former President Barack Obama.

White House press secretary Sean “Garlic” Spicer pointed to an interview with the Secretary General, where he indicated that NATO countries have been performing better in terms of their financial commitments. So it’s just about the money.

Paul Manafort’s [Trump’s former campaign chairman] finances and consulting work are drawing attention as Ukrainian officials try to determine whether he received improper payments as part of a corruption case into ex-President Victor Yanukovych—Manafort’s former client. US authorities also are investigating possible Ukrainian corruption and any role Manafort may have played in Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

For example, from 2006 to 2012, records show, Manafort and his wife Kathleen spent $12 million on four residential units in New York City, including a $3.7-million apartment in Trump Tower. They also bought a $2.7-million condominium in Alexandria, Va., and a $1.5-million house home in Palm Beach, Fla.

Trump is threatening not to reimburse health insurers for covering low income people as a way of forcing Democrats to the negotiating table on health care. “I don’t want people to get hurt,” Trump said in an interview. Sure. This will hurt people. It is unfair to do this to low incomers when it is a political issue. Meanwhile, cowardly, the Trump administration this time is negotiating without doing it in the public’s view.

Garlic was widely condemned for claiming that Adolf Hitler, who gassed millions of Jews during the Holocaust, did not use chemical weapons. Comparing the Nazi leader with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Garlic told journalists during his regular press briefing at the White House: “We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War Two. You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.” He later apologized.

Trump tweeted in 2013 “What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.” Yet he bombed Syria twice in a week. No Congressional approval.

Moody’s Investor Service said earlier this year that the number of “distressed” retailers –those with cash problems and lots of debt that are facing strong competition — is at the highest rate since 2009. Some of the problems could be attributed to the economy or the administration. In addition Staples [in the US at least] wants a new owner.

Trump claims he was “the best baseball player in New York when I was young” in a book. Of course, this is Trump – the guy who exaggerates everything. In his narcissist ways, “he always wanted to hit the ball through people. He wanted to overpower them” even if they gave him the option to hit to the opposite field.

The surprisingly close results of a special election for a House seat in deep-red Kansas should serve as “a warning sign” to the GOP, Sen. Ted Cruz said. Trump had carried the Kansas district by 27 percentage points but on Tuesday, Republican Ron Estes only bested Democrat Jim Thompson for the seat previously represented by new CIA Director Mike Pompeo by 7 points.

Trump declared April to be National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Tina Fey, who was hosting a telethon for the ACLU at the end of March, commented: “Earlier tonight, in what is surely an April Fools’ joke, the president proclaimed that next month (April) will be National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, so now we know what he gave up for Lent.”

In the 14 weeks since his inauguration, Trump has been at his Mar-a-Lago estate seven times.

The Trump administration said it will not release logs of White House visitors, breaking with a precedent set by the Obama administration and shrouding Trump’s activities in the West Wing in secrecy. The decision was made in light of the “grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually,” according to White House Communications Director Michael Dubke. Funny how the Obama and previous administrations had no issues. Maybe they don’t want to show “visitors” that have entered the White House but shouldn’t.

The Trump administration was sued this week by several watchdog groups seeking access to the records, which have not been released since Trump took office, insisting the records are actually the property of the Secret Service, which is subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

Meanwhile, the Democrats in Congress have also introduced legislation that would require the Trump administration to maintain and disclose the names of visitors at places aside the White House where he conducts business, including his private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

The stock market had been on a nearly nonstop rip higher since Election Day on the belief that Trump and a Republican-led Congress will cut income taxes, loosen regulations for companies and institute other business-friendly policies. But now there are worries that the Trump White House may not be able to help businesses as much as once thought.

Sears and Kmart are just the latest U.S. retailers to jump ship on some Trump brand products.

Lawyers for Trump have sent not one, but two cease-and-desist letters to a website featuring his face being pawed by kittens, it is claimed. The person behind trumpscratch.com (be warned, not safe for work), a San Francisco teenager named Lucy, says she set the site up for a laugh, but was amazed to receive the letters from The Trump Organization informing her she was infringing the Trump trademark. Lucy has sold the domain to a UK organization, which has redirected it to another website featuring the name “Trump” – trumptytrump.com – a porn site. Lucy changed the name of the site to KittenFeed.com “But after changing, they still came at me,” she said.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came to Washington to visit Trump. Seems the Commander in Chief still likes to cozy up to dictators and thugs who ignore democracy or human rights.

Trump slipped 220 spots in Forbes magazine list of the world’s richest billionaires to number 544 with an estimated $3.5 billion. Forbes attributed Trump’s drop to sluggishness in the Manhattan real estate market which is responsible for a disproportionate amount of his wealth.

The heavily pro-Trump Drudge Report is the third most-visited media site on the Internet (behind only ESPN and MSN [the automatic homepage for many PCs]), and is one of a small handful of sites to have broken the 1 billion hits per month mark.

Trump’s job approval rating has dropped to 37%, while 58% of Americans disapprove of his performance so far as president, new Gallup figures show.

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith said, “We really don’t quote [Conway] much anymore because, well, history,” as he reported on her explanation of “microwaves that turn into cameras.”

UPS announced that it will add Saturday delivery in the US, creating an estimated 6,000 new lower paying jobs in mostly delivery and distribution. I’m expecting to see Trump take credit for this.

Trump Hotels has planned to develop a $50 million property in downtown Dallas, using the organization’s new brand, Scion. The project is currently being developed with international investors and a Turkish businessman, Mukemmel “Mike” Sarimsakci, despite Sarimsakci’s history of lawsuits and tax trouble. Trump Organization had no signed agreement with Sarimsakci.

Yikes. The private account used by US Vice President Mike Pence when he was governor that was hacked was an AOL account. People still use AOL?

A White House statement congratulating ExxonMobil for increasing investment in Texas and Louisiana cribbed multiple lines from the oil giant’s statement as well as from ExxonMobil’s CEO without citation.

After the electronics ban for some Muslim countries, Royal Jordanian have they tweeted, “Stay tuned for more fun…” and “Every week a new ban”.

The Union for Concerned Scientists, Sierra Club and Earthjustice plan to jointly file a motion to intervene in a lawsuit filed by fossil fuel groups in March that asks the Environmental Protection Agency to delay or reconsider a rule that places more regulations on chemical plants. tHis was ordered by the Trump administration.

 

Google’s Chrome browser isn’t secure

A word of warning when you use the Google Chrome web browser. The browser uses a misleading notification system.

When you see the “Secure” notification in the browser location bar, this means that the connection between the browser and the website you went to is encrypted. But this does not mean that the you should fully trust the web site. It isn’t guaranteed that the web site is safe from phishing, malware, etc.

This is [as I said] because the “Secure” notification only means that there is encryption between your computer’s browser and that site. You can encrypt anything.

If the encryption certificate for the site has been revoked, the Chrome browser will still show it as “Secure”. Google knows about the issue but hasn’t corrected the issue.

In addition, according to year end reports [2016, 2017], Google’s Chrome browser continues to lead all browsers in vulnerabilities making it less secure.

[Note: Both links above may be technical for some. The results appear on page 20 for both reviews and the comparison of web browsers are on page 21. As well, they are external links. View at your own risk.]

Some vulnerabilities are more critical than others. But with the Chrome browser picking up users over the past few years, some vulnerabilities have been aimed at the browsers. Others are from sloppy programming.

This doesn’t mean you should stop using the Chrome web browser. More like you should understand that the browser isn’t 100% secure and Google’s claim that it is, is misleading. But no web browser is secure.

The ups and downs of Mr. Trump

Donald Trump denounced the chemical attack in Syria as an “affront to humanity”, declaring that it crossed “many, many lines” and cannot be tolerated. While Trump declared no retaliation initially, the US launched some 60 Tomahawk missiles at a base in northern Syria [let alone not far from Lebanon and Israel] to damage the base that was probably where the chemical came from. Trump had previously responded said disclosing military action ahead of time was a mistake the Obama administration had repeatedly made.

While some of the base was damaged, some of the Syrian fighters are housed under thick concrete barns [for a lack of better words] and may have suffered little damage.

The Russians were notified in advance of the attack. Unsure if they warned the Syrian government of the attack [which could allow them to move equipment away].

Senator Marco Rubio defended Trumps action saying it was legal as Syria used chemical weapons against international law as well as against previous agreements. He claims that trump did not have to notify congress of the attack because of what Syria did [and Americans are in the region] and it is up to Trump decide if he wants to do it again. A full scale attack would require Congress’ approval.

Russian President Vladimir Putin regards the US attacks on Syria as “an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law, and under a trumped-up pretext at that,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. As if they never went into Ukraine, Georgia, Afghanistan, … for any real reasons.

Seems only those with “interests” in Syria [Russia, Iran and China] were against the airstrike. Even the UN Secretary General was not opposed but also not in favor of the airstrike. Instead he said basically Syria deserves what they got for using chemical weapons.

“President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a ‘red line’ against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing,” Press Secretary Sean “Garlic” Spicer said. Obama’s “red line” at the time was a threat of U.S. military action if Syria continued to use chemical weapons. Such consequences never came to pass, in part because the Republican-led Congress declined to hold a vote approving Obama’s proposed military action.

Trump himself had tweeted as recent as September 2013 that he agreed with Obama on not attacking unless crossing that “red line” and wanted no military in Syria. This included “President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside. Save your “powder” for another (and more important) day!”

So the line crossed with him in charge and he has done nothing. Shortly after Trump’s last tweets on the subject until now, Syria didn’t fire any chemical weapons until Trump was in charge. Does this mean that Trump is weak? Pushing buttons [dare] like North Korea does?

“Garlic” said in a Trump press release that a gas attack in a rebel-controlled area of Syria was perpetrated by the forces tied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and are a “consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution.” And yet US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said “Our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out.” So nothing changes. As well, Trump tweeted during Obama’s presidency for saying it is “not our problem” and advocated restraint.

In fact, there seems to be more bombings done by US warplanes in Syria since Trump took charge – some causing civilian casualties including one a week ago that had 100+ deaths.

The US Senate is heading towards a showdown.

On January 31, Trump announced Neil Gorsuch as his pick for the next Supreme Court justice, filling a seat vacated when Antonin Scalia passed away in early 2016.

President Barack Obama named Merrick Garland after Scalia’s death. But in the midst of a heated presidential election, Republicans refused to consider Garland’s nomination and kept the seat empty until the next president was sworn in.

Democrats also took issue with Gorsuch’s performance at his hearings, saying he was evasive in his answers, and they zeroed in on his decisions in a few cases, painting him as far-right and out-of-the-mainstream.

The GOP do not have enough votes to elect Gorsuch as a Supreme Court justice [52-48]. 60 votes are needed. Four Democrats have said they’d vote for Gorsuch – but still not enough.

Since the GOP don’t have enough votes, the Democrats can sustain ae filibuster. Republicans can still get around the obstacle, but it would require using the unprecedented “nuclear option,” a change in Senate rules that would lower that 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees down to a simple majority of 51.

No one wants a change in the rules because it could lead to even more partisan animosity down the road, forever changing a historic element of the Senate.

The Democrats can’t prevent a vote on Gorsuch, however. After more voting and debating, a vote would be expected late Friday [April 7th].

Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky raised a point of order, suggesting that Supreme Court nominees should not be subjected to a 60-vote threshold but instead a simple majority in the 100-member Senate. So basically McConnell wants to rewrite rules and laws to suit what favors the GOP fter how many years?

Trump will be able to claim the biggest victory of his presidency to date if Gorsuch is confirmed as expected. But at what cost?

Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, has been removed from his permanent seat at the National Security Council. He supposedly only attended one meeting since he was invited to join the council in January. Tom Bossert, the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, also had his role downgraded as part of the changes.

House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes announced that he was temporarily stepping aside from leading the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 elections. Nunes cited a series of ethics complaints filed against him alleging that he violated terms of discussing classified material following his clandestine meeting at the White House just over two weeks ago.

The Massachusetts city of Cambridge is weighing whether to call for an impeachment investigation into U.S. President Donald Trump. The proposed order calls on the U.S. House to back a resolution directing the Judiciary Committee to investigate whether there are grounds to impeach Trump. The city believes Trump has violated the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution that prohibits government officials from profiting from foreign businesses.

The White house continues to deflect three investigations into the Kremlin’s interference in last year’s election and possible Russian ties to President Donald Trump or his associates. They are claiming how Obama administration officials allegedly leaked and mishandled classified material about Americans. Trump aides also contend that Hillary Clinton had more extensive ties to Moscow than Trump. They used the excuse that The truth is buried somewhere in classified material that is illegal to disclose.

Interesting to note that the Trump administration is whining about the “leaks” prior to Trump forming his government and further “leaks” with the new government. So nothing has changed. So either the “leaker” is part of both administrations or there is no “leaker”. I’m betting on the latter.

White House officials say some Obama holdovers are part of a so-called deep state out to tear Trump down. The White House latched onto a month-old television interview from an Obama administration official who said she encouraged congressional aides to gather as much information on Russia as possible before the inauguration. That official left the Pentagon in 2015. So they are wring again.

Some of the White House’s allegations against Hillary Clinton stem from her four years as secretary of state, a role that gave her ample reasons to have frequent contacts with Russia. That would be true, but unlike Trump’s dealings with Russia, there is no information out there that states that Clinton had any business dealings with them. No one [except trump] knows what kind of business dealings he has with Russia because he didn’t reveal his taxes. Meanwhile, Rex Tillerson, Trump’s secretary of state, has deep ties to Russia from his time running ExxonMobil.

Again with the laying unproven blame, the Trump administration says the Clinton-led State Department was among nine U.S. government agencies that had to approve the purchase of Uranium One. Some investors in the company had relationships with former President Bill Clinton and donated to the Clinton Foundation. Most of those donations occurred well before Clinton became secretary of state and was in position to have a say in the agreement. As well, 9 agencies had to approve of the sale.

Interesting. In a November 2012, tweet Trump said “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.” But 4 years later, a week after he won the election he said ” The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!”

In July 2012, Trump tweeted “Why is @BarackObama constantly issuing executive orders that are major power grabs of authority?” Meanwhile how many executive orders has he issued?

Quinnipiac approval rating for Trump is at 35%. Approval rate for “millennials” is at 21%.

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has made a few attempts already to sell his baseball team. There was a “handshake agreement” worth $1.6 billion but the Kushner family backed out after it was revealed Loria was up for ambassadorship under Trump.

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, while as governor of Texas, vetoed a bill that would make it illegal to text or use the Internet while driving even though the state politicians approved the measure. The number of road deaths [some attributed to texting] has increased by about 7% since he left office. Just this past week, 13 died when a driver, texting at night, was at least partially responsible for the cause. A new bill to try the bill again is in the works but not voted on yet. About 5 states allow texting while driving.

Trump dumped his first three months of his salary to the to the National Park Service with a check. Previously, Trump has clashed with the Park Service. A budget blueprint submitted by the Trump administration last month proposed an 11.7% funding cut for the Department of the Interior. He called the acting director in January to complain about a department re-tweet that compared crowd size at his inauguration to Barack Obama’s in 2009.

A federal judge has rejected President Donald Trump’s free speech defense against a lawsuit accusing him of inciting violence against protesters at a campaign rally. Trump’s lawyers sought to dismiss the lawsuit by three protesters who say they were roughed up by his supporters at a March 1, 2016 rally in Louisville, Kentucky. They argued that Trump didn’t intend for his supporters to use force. Much of it was captured on video and widely broadcast during the campaign, showing Trump pointing at the protesters and repeating “get them out.”

How to fix VMware Tools and black screens with Windows 10 Creator Update

At “press time”, Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 Creator Update [i.e. Redstone 2, a.k.a. build 15063, a.k.a. v1703] has been released. Those on the technical side probably know how to get it. For the rest, it will be on or after April 11th.

This article deals with VMware Workstation 11 [and probably older] as well as VMware Player. So most likely the audience are those who are technical.

If you are like me and are using an unsupported VMware Workstation or Player and get a black screen for the video [or at least that] after upgrading Windows 10 or installing VMware Tools in a fresh Windows 10 installation, the following may make Windows 10 Creator Edition [a.k.a. blah, blah, blah] run better with VMware Workstation or Player:

Go here and download either the ISO image or the applicable EXE for the architecture. You probably want the ISO as you may not be able to copy over the executable but you can attach the ISO. Tested with version 10.1.5 build 5055683.

What you are doing is installing the VMware Tools for the latest version of VMware Workstation 12.5. The video issue gets corrected. I am guessing you can install any VMware Tools for your product [and not VMware Tools for ESX].

I tested this on two VMs, one upgraded from v1607 to v1703 and a fresh installation of v1703 and both worked but I recommend removing the current VMware Tools first.

Prior to trying this, I would suggest you take a snapshot [applies to Workstation only] or back up your VM.