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  1. Chief executives have long earned some of the largest paychecks in America, but at what point does their compensation defy reason? If you're Abigail Disney, the granddaughter of the Disney company's co-founder Roy Disney, the tipping point is about $66 million — or what Disney CEO Bob Iger earned last year. In a series of tweets posted on April 21, Abigail Disney criticized the level of compensation Iger receives, stating that "by any objective measure a pay ratio over a thousand is insane." Twitter The $65.7 million Iger earned last year is indeed more than 1,000 times the median salary of all Disney employees, which is $46,127, according to a study from Equilar . Thanks to incentives associated with his contract extension, that imbalance amounted to a paycheck 1,424 times greater than his workers' in 2018. (This year, his compensation is projected to be a more modest $35 million.) And while the median income for chief executives was $189,600 in 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , Iger is not alone in receiving multi-million dollar packages for his efforts at the helm of a company. Median compensation for 132 chief executives of S&P 500 companies hit $12.4 million last year, according to the Wall Street Journal . But Iger's much higher pay doesn't make him an outlier. In fact, Iger joins a fairly full club of CEOs who earn over a 1,000 times more than their typical employee does. Here are the 12 other S&P 500 industry titans also earning an "insane" amount more than their staff, if we go by Abigail Disney's definition. The data used here is from a report complied earlier this month by MyLogIQ, an aggregator of public company information. 13. James Quincey Company: The Coca-Cola Company CEO annual pay: $16.7 million (1,016 times the typical employee) Median annual employee pay : $16,440 No. of hours it takes the CEO to earn median employee pay: 2 Annual corporate profit: $6.5 billion 12. Kevin R. Johnson Company: Starbucks Corp CEO annual pay: $13.4 million (1,049 times the typical employee) Median annual employee pay: $12,754 No. of hours it takes the CEO to earn median employee pay: 2 Annual corporate profit: $4.5 billion 11. Michelle Gass Company: Kohl's Corporation CEO annual pay: $12.3 million (1,115 times the typical employee) Median annual employee pay: $11,070No. of hours it takes the CEO to earn median employee pay: 1.9 Annual corporate profit: $801 million 10. Greg Creed Company: Yum! Brands, Inc. CEO annual pay: $14.0 million (1,181 times the typical employee) Median annual employee pay: $11,865 No. of hours it takes the CEO to earn median employee pay: 1.8 Annual corporate profit: $1.5 billion 9. Barbara Rentler Company: Ross Stores, Inc. CEO annual pay: $12.3 million (1,222 times the typical employee) Median annual employee pay: $10,027 No. of hours it takes the CEO to earn median employee pay: 1.7 Annual corporate profit: $1.6 billion 8. Gerald W. Evans Jr. Company: Hanesbrands Inc. CEO annual pay: $8.8 million (1,391 times the typical employee) Median annual employee pay: $6,348 No. of hours it takes the CEO to earn median employee pay: 0.5 Annual corporate profit: $868.0 million 7. Robert "Bob" A. Iger Company: The Walt Disney Company CEO annual pay: $65.7 million (1,424 times the typical employee) Median annual employee pay: $46,127 No. of hours it takes the CEO to earn median employee pay: 1.5 Annual corporate profit: $13.1 billion 6. David M. Zaslav Company: Discovery, Inc. CEO annual pay: $129.5 million (1,511 times the typical employee) Median annual employee pay: $85,704 No. of hours it takes the CEO to earn median employee pay: 1.4 Annual corporate profit: $681 million 5. Brian R. Niccol Company: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. CEO annual pay: $33.6 million (2,438 times the typical employee) Median annual employee pay: $13,779 No. of hours it takes the CEO to earn median employee pay: 0.9 Annual corporate profit: $176.6 million 4. Kevin P. Clark Company: Aptiv PLC CEO annual pay: $14.1 million (2,609 times the typical employee) Median annual employee pay: $5,414 No. of hours it takes the CEO to earn median employee pay: 0.8 Annual corporate profit: $1.1 billion 3. Joseph M. Hogan Company: Align Technology Inc. CEO annual pay: $41.8 million (3,168 times the typical employee) Median annual employee pay: $13,180 No. of hours it takes the CEO to earn median employee pay: 0.7 Annual corporate profit: $400.2 million 2. Ynon Kreiz Company: Mattel, Inc. CEO annual pay: $18.7 million (3,408 times the typical employee) Median annual employee pay: $5,489 No. of hours it takes the CEO to earn median employee pay: 0.6 Annual corporate profit: -$531.0 million 1. Arthur L. Peck Company: The Gap, Inc. CEO annual pay: $20.8 million (3,566 times the typical employee) Median annual employee pay: $5,831 No. of hours it takes the CEO to earn median employee pay: 0.6 Annual corporate profit: $1.0 billion Wow... B/A
  2. An intelligence service branch of the Russian government used bitcoin to finance several operations including the DNC hack, the Mueller report has revealed. | Source: Shutterstock Mueller Report: Russia Funded U.S. Election Snooping, Manipulation with Bitcoin David Hundeyin 22/04/2019 Bitcoin Crime, Crypto, News, Politics Get Exclusive Analysis and Investing Ideas of Future Assets on Join the community today and get up to $400 in discount by using the code: "CCN+Hacked". Sign up here. By It is no news by now that the long-awaited Mueller Report has revealed extensive Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. While much attention has been focused on whether or not president Donald Trump was in any way complicit with these efforts, what is less reported is that the report showed that state-backed Russian operatives used bitcoin extensively in their attempts to impede Hilary Clinton and help Donald Trump’s campaign. According to the report, agents working on behalf of Russian military intelligence used bitcoin to do everything from purchasing VPNs to buying domains hosting political propaganda. This was part of a wide-reaching and apparently successful attempt to hack the 2016 election that saw Trump emerge victorious against all expectations. Bitcoin Transactions Are Very Traceable While this may not be news to anyone familiar with cryptocurrencies, the Russian agents apparently worked under the mistaken assumption that the mere fact of their transactions being carried out using cryptocurrency made them anonymous and untraceable. In fact, as has been demonstrated several times, bitcoin transactions are not that difficult to trace, given the presence of some key data. In this case, while Russian agents from the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) tried to work outside the realm of conventional financial systems by transacting exclusively in BTC, Mueller’s investigating team was able to sniff them out because of their use of crypto exchanges. One of such exchanges is the notorious BTC-e, run by Alexander Vinnik who is currently imprisoned in Greece amid a 3-way diplomatic tussle involving Russia, the U.S. and France FBI agents who managed to gain access to a few of the email addresses used to create accounts on these exchanges were then able to piece together a wider picture of who carried out what BTC transaction by using publicly available blockchain transaction history. In other words, even Russian intelligence assets did not figure out that if they left even the slightest crumb for investigators, their entire paper trail could be uncovered, as Mueller’s term did. The effect of using bitcoin to carry out every transaction linked to hacking the 2016 election was that Mueller’s team did not have to do too much work identifying and linking transactions , because blockchain records basically did all the work for them. Instead of scouring the blockchain for clues and evidence, Mueller was basically given a Trojan horse giving him access to the entire financial dealings of covert Russian intelligence assets meddling in an American election. A Very Russian Screw Up While the Russians celebrated their apparent breakthrough in hacking America’s internal democracy, they apparently did not think to cover their tracks sufficiently. The report states that GRU agents used a mix of false and stolen identities to set up crypto exchange accounts . These accounts were then used to buy servers and domains instrumental to the DNC server hack, as well as leaking and publishing material stolen during the hack. Mueller’s team was even able to trace the purchase of a VPN – carried out using bitcoin – to the GRU agents. According to the report, this VPN was then used to manage @Guccifer_2, a Twitter account that leaked hacked information to Wikileaks and engaged in other activities aimed at interfering with the U.S. election. The full implication of Mueller’s report remains unknown, with Trump’s team claiming victory and Democrats proposing impeachment, but what does seem clear at this time is that the use of bitcoin to carry out clandestine transactions can now be filed away under “dinosaur activity.” CCN has previously reported that U.S. law enforcement has invested millions in blockchain tracking capacity, but the Mueller report is conclusive evidence that crypto transaction monitoring is now mainstream practice. B/A
  3. Like North Korea and ah Russia... Sadly he is one of them... A politician. B/A
  4. No hard feelings Pitcher... We can agree to disagree. And thank you for not being a rubymiester. Good luck in your trading and may good fortunes continue to come your way... B/A
  5. And yet you support a president who lies for a living. I'm not dishonest at all. I post news (I know you think it is fake news because Trump says so, but even his own staff says the news has been accurate) and I give my opinions. If posting news and giving opinion is to be deemed dishonest, then every poster on this board would be dishonest by your standard... B/A
  6. All you numbers are actually the result of the Bush years... The banking scandal. The economic collapse. The down markets. All that started after 2 terms of Bush... B/A
  7. I said long ago Trump would finish his one term. So yes, 04/20/19 still there as I expected. But I can't give him a pass for at the very least not coming out and admitting his people broke laws and are criminals. I'm amazed at all these good people who are not disturbed to the continuing crooks of D.C.. I understand people supported Trump because they thought he was different, but we now see he is just one of them. I don't understand why people continue to believe him and more importantly trust him when he gets busted on lying on a daily basis. How many lies does it take for some to finally admit he is just another politician? B/A
  8. Bogus? Indictments abound... That's not fake. White House council said if they did what Trump asked they would breaking the law. Sadly our president thinks laws don't matter. The only thing bogus is that instead of worrying about draining the swamp, he's been filling it. He has increased spending to new heights thus more debt. He is breaking the backs of American farmers. He is handing out corporate welfare like he is a member of the Bush family. He is losing the trust of allies. He calls dictators good people. His staff is either indicted or refuse to do his dirty work and leak his kookie ideas to the world. What's bogus is that people still fall the ploys of a conman. People drink up the conspiracy Kool-Aid. How many actually believed the Pizza Gate fantasy? How many believe there is a secret coup in the works? How many believe the crazy fake news rhetoric, now that we see his own people saying most of the reporting has been accurate? Why do his supporters believe everything his people say one day and then all his best hires are liars and part of the Deep State the next day? What is truly bogus is that good honest people are being swindled by someone who says one thing today and the opposite tomorrow. So I don't apologize for calling a spade a spade. I don't apologize for posting news stories that are not fake according to members of the administration. And again I don't apologize for wondering why there is an abundance of evidence pointing to the Kommies infiltrating our election process and being pissed off our president thinks the most evil guy on the planet is our buddy and does nothing to stop the invasion. And I will not apologize for thinking that anyone who calls themselves a patriot should be outraged by the fact our democracy is under attack and they yet they support a guy who is hellbent on tearing down the foundation our country is built on. America doesn't need some egomaniac who's biggest concern is how this week plays out on SNL. And besides he cheats at golf... Doesn't get much worse than that. B/A
  9. That's like hiring a plumber to unclog your drain, only to find out the plumber was the one who clogged it... Hmmm a bit unethical. But we are talking about someone who only hires the best... LOL B/A
  10. Lives ruined? They are crooks... So they get what they deserve. No collusion, but plenty of proof the Kommies were messing with our electoral process. I don't know about you, but I think most Americans would want our government to do something about it. Has our government and current administration made any moves to thwart the Kommies… I hope so, but I don't recall seeing anything being done. But we can go over the facts on Monday. In the meantime, enjoy the freedom to celebrate this holy holiday with your family before the kommies come take away our rights while our government debates nothingness and meaningless rhetoric. B/A
  11. I don't know jg... Defense may be a better plan. According what I'm reading I can come steal your car and I'm off the hook if I'm a Trump supporter... Even if I confess, it would be fake news and a conspiracy against the party. B/A
  12. So the fact all these people are criminals means nothing? Does it matter if they are republicans or democrats if they broke the law? If a guy stole your lawnmower would you care what political party he belonged to? That's the part I don't understand. People here want to look the other way because of politics and to hell with the law... I don't get it. The people who pled guilty are confessed criminals. So if I come rob your house I guess you'll let me go if I am wearing a Make America Great Again hat... That's good to know. B/A
  13. How does the Mueller investigation compare historically? As we’ve reported, the investigation of President Bill Clinton over Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky — headed by Kenneth Starr and then by his successor, Robert Ray — cost upward of $52 million over half a decade. Another $40 million-plus went toward a handful of other Clinton-era independent counsel investigations. Meanwhile, the investigation of Reagan administration officials over the Iran-Contra Affair, headed by Lawrence Walsh, topped out at more than $47 million over a roughly similar period. Those figures are direct costs only, and are not adjusted for inflation. Their price tags would be far higher if converted to 2018 dollars. On top of the millions of dollars worth of luxury apartments and homes, Manafort was also forced to forfeit money he had in three of his bank accounts and a life insurance policy. In all, Manafort had to give up an estimated $46 million in assets between the homes and bank accounts. Mueller’s office has not yet filed an expense report for the last six months of his investigation, but including the DOJ’s contributions, the total reported cost so far is $25.2 million. Given that the last three expense reports have covered about six-month timespans, and the last report was approximately six months ago, it is likely that the office will file its fourth and final one soon. The first three reports totaled approximately $6.8 million, $10 million and $8.5 million, respectively. So the last one, if comparable to the others, would make the final dollar amount of Mueller’s probe between $32 million and $35 million. Though that is a lot of money, the investigation may have actually paid for itself by uncovering tax evasion and fraud. Paid for without government monies... No added debt... A win win. B/A
  14. Thanks Kev enjoy your family this weekend. I agree with Rock too. It does make sense. I also agree with cranman… If coins show up excitement will follow. B/A
  15. I guess your definition of nothing is different than it is for most of the world. This ain't nothing. The full list of Mueller indictments and plea deals 1) George Papadopoulos, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, was arrested in July 2017 and pleaded guilty in October 2017 to making false statements to the FBI. He got a 14-day sentence. 2) Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chair, was indicted on a total of 25 different counts by Mueller’s team, related mainly to his past work for Ukrainian politicians and his finances. He had two trials scheduled, and the first ended in a conviction on eight counts of financial crimes. To avert the second trial, Manafort struck a plea deal with Mueller in September 2018 (though Mueller’s team said in November that he breached that agreement by lying to them). He was sentenced to a combined seven and a half years in prison. 3) Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide and Manafort’s longtime junior business partner, was indicted on similar charges to Manafort. But in February 2018 he agreed to a plea deal with Mueller’s team, pleading guilty to just one false statements charge and one conspiracy charge. 4) Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to making false statements to the FBI. 5-20) 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies were indicted on conspiracy charges, with some also being accused of identity theft. The charges related to a Russian propaganda effort designed to interfere with the 2016 campaign. The companies involved are the Internet Research Agency, often described as a “Russian troll farm,” and two other companies that helped finance it. The Russian nationals indicted include 12 of the agency’s employees and its alleged financier, Yevgeny Prigozhin. 21) Richard Pinedo: This California man pleaded guilty to an identity theft charge in connection with the Russian indictments, and has agreed to cooperate with Mueller. He was sentenced to 6 months in prison and 6 months of home detention in October 2018. 22) Alex van der Zwaan: This London lawyer pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Rick Gates and another unnamed person based in Ukraine. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and has completed his sentence. 23) Konstantin Kilimnik: This longtime business associate of Manafort and Gates, who’s currently based in Russia, was charged alongside Manafort with attempting to obstruct justice by tampering with witnesses in Manafort’s pending case last year. 24-35) 12 Russian GRU officers: These officers of Russia’s military intelligence service were charged with crimes related to the hacking and leaking of leading Democrats’ emails in 2016. 36) Michael Cohen: In August 2018, Trump’s former lawyer pleaded guilty to 8 counts — tax and bank charges, related to his finances and taxi business, and campaign finance violations — related to hush money payments to women who alleged affairs with Donald Trump, as part of a separate investigation in New York (that Mueller had handed off). But in November, he made a plea deal with Mueller too, for lying to Congress about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. 37) Roger Stone: In January 2019, Mueller indicted longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone on 7 counts. He accused Stone of lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his efforts to get in touch with WikiLeaks during the campaign, and tampering with a witness who could have debunked his story. Finally, there is one other person Mueller initially investigated, but handed over to others in the Justice Department to charge: Sam Patten. This Republican operative and lobbyist pleaded guilty to not registering as a foreign agent with his work for Ukrainian political bigwigs, and agreed to cooperate with the government
  16. I hear ya... Protect the nads!!! LOL The investigation did bring criminals to light. People who confessed their guilt. Forfeitures that will pay or it. And like the Ken Starr investigation. It started for one reason and ended up finding other things... Like our disgusting president was doing his intern. But by today's standards and the actions of our current president, I guess that is accepted. I guess all these people who are cool with Trump's lies must be cool with Clinton's lies... What a wacky world. B/A
  17. I know right? I swear Trump could kick these guys in the nads and they would be happy... The cult thing is really strange. They hate liars and crooks, but when evidence shows this administration lies and is crooked they give them a pass. Sarah admitted she lied. Trump's attorney says the report is true, Trump told him to do illegal things, which he refused to do in order to stop the unlawful acts and still they give their man a pass... It amazes me how all these good people have just traded their basic values for a guy with non... B/A
  18. But Mueller found a criminal. His fines will pay for the investigation, so it is not a total lost. And we did find out that Trump didn't care about the law and a few of his people didn't follow his orders, otherwise there would have been crimes committed. He would be in much more trouble. So in retrospect this has been a positive thing for the voter and the ideals our founding fathers envisioned. B/A
  19. Come on now Pitcher you left off FAUX NEWS and a whole host of others who make their living that way. As for the DEM Party being a bunch of liars. I don't disagree, but unlike a lot of people I can say all parties are corrupt. B/A
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