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spockosbrain417 karma

In the Robot Chicken short about Palpatine and Vader Who wrote these lines. "What's an Aluminum Falcon?" and "Go for Papa Palpatine."

Please thank everyone connected with that short for the laughs.

spockosbrain64 karma

Thanks for coming on. I'm very interested in your faith conversion and how it changed your world view and actions.

One of the disconnects shown in movies are Mafia people committing terrible crimes during the week and then going to Catholic church on Sunday, as if the tenants of Jesus as recounted in the synoptic gospels of the New Testament don't count the rest of the week.

Did your faith conversion bring with it a stronger sense of how you treat others?

I'm especially interested in how, since you are Christian now, you have been following Jesus' message of love and forgiveness.

*As a Mafia leader who had great wealth, has your understanding and attitude toward the poor changed with your conversion? *

Do you have anything to say to Christians who are still living a life where they actively lie, cheat, steal and violently hurt others in order to accumulate money?

spockosbrain24 karma

Will it ever be possible to create a high frequency trading tax?

I'm sure that Wall Street will hate it and will give a million reasons why it is a bad idea, it will never work, will hurt the small investor, will make baby Jesus cry, etc. They will also spend millions of dollars in lobbying fees to defeat it.

The HFTT revenue could be used to fund a lot of things-- like full staffing of the SEC, and better paid regulators for the financial industry so they don't leave to industry after a few years.

If this is a good idea, how could we make it happen?

P.S. Calling it a Tobin tax isn't helpful. I don't know who Tobin is and I don't really want to tax him. :-)

spockosbrain16 karma

Hi. I understand exactly what you are struggling with. I write forthe blog Crooks and Liars and I can't keep up. So I write stories about what I believe will happen in the future (Let's Prepare For Wilbur Ross Getting Fired ) based on what we know has happened in the past. I often end up correctly predicting the future. But the point isn't to guess right but to talk about WHY this happens.What areas will you be focusing on and WHY did you pick these areas?

spockosbrain12 karma

Hi. Can you give us any insight what role of the Justice Department will have moving forward on the Jeffery Epstein case? I'm especially interested in who is pressuring them to keep parts of the case sealed: This is the March 20th story From Julie K. Smith in the Miami Herald

Two mysterious parties, labeling themselves Jane Doe and John Doe, have filed separate legal briefs in an attempt to limit the public release of personal information that could connect them to an underage sex trafficking operation allegedly run by New York financier Jeffrey Epstein and his partner, Ghislaine Maxwell.

Jane Doe, represented by Kerrie Campbell, a Washington-based gender equality lawyer, appears to be a victim who wants to remain unidentified, but indicated she is amicable to the release of some information — as long as it doesn’t identify her, court documents filed this week show.

The other party, John Doe, submitted a brief in support of Maxwell, who continues to mount a last-ditch legal campaign to keep court records that allegedly contain details of their sex exploits involving young girls — and other third party people who may be involved — under seal.