Daily Archives: January 21, 2016

Pennsylvania Man’s Obituary Pleads: ‘Do Not Vote For Donald Trump’


“The meaning of life is ‘OOPS!'” was the preeminent philosophy of Jeffrey H. Cohen, D.C., who unexpectedly passed away Sunday morning at age 70 in the Squirrel Hill home where he was raised. He bids “so long but not goodbye” to his fabulous wife, Carol Chisholm Cohen; sons, Dr. Michael (Nicole) Cohen of Tucson, Dr. Joshua (Maria) Cohen of Squirrel Hill, Jason Brown of New York and Justin Brown of Wilkinsburg; grandchildren, Cole, Julien, and Ava Cohen; and siblings, Sarah Cohen Brickenstein of Shadyside, Jane B. Cohen of Australia, and Mortimer “Herc” Cohen of California. He joins his parents, Dr. Harold and Harriet Cohen in the next world. As a teenager, Jeff spent his summers working at Bear Creek Ranch in Montana, where he learned to ride horses, chew tobacco, and “shovel more horse manure than you’ve ever seen in your life.” He took pride in being the only Jewish cowboy that he knew of. Jeffrey completed his undergrad at Pitt, then received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic, where he studied under mentor Dr. Raymond Nimmo, adopting his specialized brand of trigger-point (non-“cracking”) chiropractic. Jeff opened his private practice on April Fools Day 1976, and would often joke that in those early years he had two waiting rooms: one where the patients would wait, and one where he would wait for the patients. In time his practice grew and he became a renowned chiropractor, helping thousands of people in Pittsburgh and around the world. He became known as “The Chiropractor to the Stars,” treating Gold Medal winning Olympians, members of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Pittsburgh Symphony, and professional boxers. He treated many of the Pittsburgh Steelers from the 1970s through the 2000s, including Franco Harris and L.C. Greenwood, with whom he would come to have a close, decades-long friendship. Liza Minelli flew Dr. Cohen to New York on several occasions, but at the time his sons were more impressed when he treated “Weird Al” Yankovic. One of Jeffrey’s most meaningful relationships was with Fred Rogers, to whom he became a confidant and source of relief from physical pain. Jeffrey wooed his wife Carol by singing her cowboy songs on his Martin guitar. Together they raised their four sons, imbuing them with the love of all things weird and quirky they shared. The family had many wonderful adventures together, often vacationing in Chautauqua, NY and at his beloved Bear Creek Ranch. In later years Jeffrey established the Nimmo Educational Foundation and published many articles in scientific journals. He also became an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York Chiropractic College, where he passed on his wide knowledge-base of chiropractic technique to a new generation of chiropractors. His Fifth Avenue practice remains open and continues under the leadership of his son, Dr. Joshua Cohen. Recently, Jeffrey’s prime source of joy was his family, especially his grandchildren. He also delighted in the many Akita dogs he had over the years, including current partners-in-crime, Indie and Jesse James. Compassionate and kind, Jeffrey always put others before himself, happily and without hesitation. He had a special, healing touch and he brought relief to thousands of people over the decades. He was also a voracious teller of jokes of all kinds, especially dirty and groan-inducing ones. He had a great smile and all his teeth were still his. Friends received at McCABE BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut Street, Shadyside on Friday from 12-3 p.m., followed immediately by a celebration of his life from 3-4:30 p.m., with a reception for friends and family at the Bartlett Street home following the celebration. Jeffrey would ask that in lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Donald Trump. (Also acceptable – donations to the Nimmo Educational Foundation – www.nimmoed.org – or a charity of your choice .)

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, 2016– See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/postgazette/obituary.aspx?n=jeffrey-h-cohen&pid=177366473&c#sthash.Ab6NOjLZ.dpuf

Drug exec Shkreli, lawmakers clash ahead of congressional hearing

Former drug executive Martin Shkreli plans to assert his right against self-incrimination and remain silent if he is forced to appear next week at a congressional hearing about drug prices, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

Shkreli’s lawyer informed the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of his intent not to answer questions and asked that Shkreli be excused from appearing, committee chairman Jason Chaffetz wrote in the letter dated Wednesday to his lawyer, Baruch Weiss.

Shkreli, who created a fire storm last year after raising the price of Daraprim, a life-saving medicine by more than 5,000 percent, is also facing federal criminal charges that he defrauded investors.

Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, wrote to Weiss that Shkreli could face criminal prosecution for contempt if he fails to appear at the hearing, scheduled for Tuesday. “Mr. Shkreli is uniquely qualified to answer questions about rising prescription drug prices,” Chaffetz wrote.

Shkreli told lawmakers on Twitter on Thursday: “Your attempt to subvert my constitutional right to the 5th amendment are disgusting & insulting to all Americans.”

Read on.

Fear spreads from Wall Street to World Economic Forum in Davos

The sense of panic has spread from Wall Street to the Swiss mountains.

Interest rates. Oil prices. Market turmoil in China. Business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos are worried about a slew of problem areas that could derail global growth.

“Everybody is worried about growth at the global level,” Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan told CNNMoney.

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Deutsche Bank Sued by Trader Fired Over Libor Manipulation

Deutsche Bank AG sought to throw out allegations of wrongdoing by “senior individuals” at the bank that are part of a London employment lawsuit filed by a trader fired over her involvement in Libor manipulation.

Shivani Mathur, a trader dismissed at the request of regulators amid the Libor-rigging scandal, submitted a 70-page document to the London employment tribunal containing allegations that are too old to be considered, said Christopher Jeans, a lawyer for Deutsche Bank. The witness statement, which hasn’t been released, spells out claims she suffered sexual discrimination and was punished for blowing the whistle on corporate misconduct, according to court records.

“What’s happening here is that the claimant is bringing an ‘in-time’ claim in relation to her dismissal and wanting to use it as a vehicle for complaining about a huge list of historic events,” Jeans said Thursday. “There is a world of difference between focusing on the dismissal and the reasons for it and any immediate surrounding events and one in which goes into a whole history of matters which over many years she chose not to pursue.”

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Condoleezza Rice has been drafted in to advise HSBC on the review of its headquarters, Sky News learns

The former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been drafted in to advise HSBC on the future location of its headquarters even as the bank’s board has ruled out a move across the Atlantic.

Sky News understands that Ms Rice is among a number of global political figures who have been asked by HSBC’s board to provide advice about the geopolitical context of its looming decision.

Europe’s biggest bank has said it will provide an update on its review when it reports annual results next month, but insiders say that HSBC is keen to announce a firm decision that day, which falls ten months after it said it would look at leaving London.

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Former drug CEO Shkreli seeks to shield Congressional testimony so that it can’t be used in a federal prosecution

Memo to Congress: Don’t grant Shkreli immunity….

Martin Shkreli, the former drug-company executive criticized for dramatically raising a pill’s price, has asked a congressional committee seeking his testimony to guarantee it can’t be used in a federal prosecution, according to materials reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Shkreli is seeking immunity similar to that granted Lt. Col. Oliver North when he testified to Congress in 1987 regarding the Iran-Contra scandal.

Read on.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo chooses Maria Vullo to lead NYDFS


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that his office is nominating Maria Vullo to serve as the superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services, ending a tumultuous period that saw rumors of tension between the governor’s office and the NYDFS surrounding the departure of the Anthony Albanese as acting superintendent of New York’s top financial regulator.

Albanese took over as NYDFS superintendent last year after the NYDFS’ first superintendent, Benjamin Lawsky, announced his departure in May 2014.


According to the Wall Street Journal, Cuomo’s office has “faced pressure from Wall Street and the insurance industry to ease its aggressive oversight” in the wake of Lawsky’s departure.

But Wall Street wasn’t alone in trying to exert influence on the direction of the NYDFS.

The Wall Street Journal also reported that none other than Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, seen by many as the scourge of Wall Street, was involved in searching for Lawksy’s replacement.

According to the WSJ report, Warren lobbied for the selection of Rohit Chopra, the former student-loan ombudsman and assistant director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to serve as NYDFS superintendent.

But Chopra wasn’t the choice, especially considering that last week he joined theDepartment of Education as a senior adviser.

Vullo, on the other hand, is a former staffer of Cuomo’s, having served as Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice when Cuomo was the New York State Attorney General.

Currently, Vullo is of counsel at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she was a partner for 20 years.

In a press release, Cuomo’s office calls Vullo an “experienced senior litigator and manager, with more than 25 years of practice in business litigation and investigations.”

We Need To Speak Up, Loud and Clear!

Over 450 educators were in my audience this last weekend when I addressed the members of the American Accounting Association Auditors Section, the largest community of accountants and auditors in academia,
So what happened, I asked them? In the financial crisis, how was it possible that all of the large financial institutions that either failed or were bailed out had been given clean audit opinions?! Bear Sterns, Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual, Fannie Mae, and Citigroup;each one went bust or had to be bailed out shortly thereafter, leaving their investors with billions and billions in losses.
I asked them, were the auditors asleep at the switch or just stupid? I asked these accountants and auditors in academia to take off their auditor’s hat and, for a moment, imagine themselves as bank employees. So, I asked, what would you do if you saw unethical or illegal behavior, or possibly fraud or the mishandling of monies? What would you do if you witnessed deliberate cover ups, or just mistakes that would take the bank down the wrong path?


flint water letter

Source: Flint Journal Facebook page

You read more on the timeline of the Flint, Michigan toxic water crisis. Click here.

A Look At Bernie Sanders’ Civil Rights, LGBT Activism: 1960s-Present


In a letter he wrote, Sanders called for gay equality and an end to the drug war, he also talked about the need to tax corporations, end unjust overseas …


Here is a letter that Sanders wrote in 1985 of a proclamation to celebrate gay pride.


And here is a letter that was written to Sanders thanking him for endorsement of Lesbian and Gay Pride Day in Burlington, Vermont.

On a side note: fighting for equality for gay and lesbians in the 60’s, ’70’s, ’80’s etc. was nothing only tough but a very risk taker for anyone in the political world.