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    NYDN: How Bloomberg Used his $ For Silence and Support

    Very interesting article in the Daily News about Bloomberg's 12 year term as NYC Mayor. It says essentially:

    Bloomberg would cut the budgets of a groups heavily dependent on city funding, then make an "anonymous contribution" to the same group under the name "the Carnegie Corporation. "This strategy made all the groups he “saved” dependent on his personal largesse, thus silencing every would be independent voice and/or critic.

    On the plus side, he cut some government spending, i guess. And he put his money where is mouth was. He did fund a lot of art and cultural programs from his own pocket.

    But there's a whole lot of downside, mainly in that
    a) it's nearly effortless, weasely and akin to bribery
    b) unless his successor has pockets as deep as his, he's been set up for failure.

    thoughts?

    Edit: updated link: http://nypost.com/2013/06/23/ilence-was-golden/
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    Will we be able to get a Big Gulp at Yankee Stadium once he's gone?

    You ever see the Security Detail around that Shrimp? I guess he thought his Goons would take the Iranian Drone Hit first and he'd escape into a manhole to be saved by the rats.
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    He does put his money where his mouth is. It would just be nice if he did it once in a while for the people instead of against them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForWhoForWhat? View Post
    Very interesting article in the Daily News about Bloomberg's 12 year term as NYC Mayor. It says essentially:

    Bloomberg would cut the budgets of a groups heavily dependent on city funding, then make an "anonymous contribution" to the same group under the name "the Carnegie Corporation. "This strategy made all the groups he “saved” dependent on his personal largesse, thus silencing every would be independent voice and/or critic.

    On the plus side, he cut some government spending, i guess. And he put his money where is mouth was. He did fund a lot of art and cultural programs from his own pocket.

    But there's a whole lot of downside, mainly in that
    a) it's nearly effortless, weasely and akin to bribery
    b) unless his successor has pockets as deep as his, he's been set up for failure.

    thoughts?
    Looks like he was killing stuff he didn't think the government should be doing, but didn't want to be holding the bag as it died so he's subsidizing them all until he's out of the limelight.

    You can always hide your intentions if you have the money to lose while doing it. People buy that right up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rear Admiral View Post
    Will we be able to get a Big Gulp at Yankee Stadium once he's gone?
    Yes, but it will cost $42
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    Via a Gov't Whistleblower: Bloomberg Admin to Dump Emails
    NEW YORK CITY — The Bloomberg administration could let an important part of its legacy end up in a digital Dumpster.

    Currently, the city only has plans to retain the emails of a finite number of agencies from the Bloomberg era — and those are mainly being saved to protect itself in the event of future litigation, DNAinfo New York has learned.

    But the city still hasn’t decided whether to preserve the emails of major agencies like the mayor's office, NYPD, the Department of Education and FDNY, sources said.

    If the emails are not saved, an unvarnished window into the decision-making and thoughts of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and top deputies like Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly could vanish.

    When DNAinfo New York asked the mayor's office and the city Law Department about the possibility that these agencies' emails would eventually disappear, both called that account "incorrect and inaccurate" but wouldn't elaborate.

    They also said that an email retention plan has not been finalized.

    What to do with the city's copious emails from the past decade became the topic of a presentation that Larry Kahn, the city Law Department's chief litigating assistant, delivered to multiple agencies late last year, sources said.

    In his talk, he explained that certain agencies’ emails may not be preserved, according to sources.

    DNAinfo New York asked under the state's Freedom of Information Law for copies of memos and documents connected to the Law Department’s email retention presentation. The Law Department denied the request, citing attorney-client privilege, but acknowledged that city lawyers had met to speak about the issue.

    However, DNAinfo New York learned that Kahn’s presentation discussed recent legal decisions where an institution was found liable for retaining emails for a certain period in case they are relevant to future litigation.

    For that reason, the city plans to retain the emails of the Administration for Children’s Services, the Department of Buildings, the Law Department, the Office of Collective Bargaining, the Department of Aging, the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, the Business Integrity Commission, the Parks Department, the Department of Youth and Community Development, the Department of Probation, the Department of Small Business Services, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, the Department of Consumer Affairs and smaller agencies.
    link

    Granted, this is the only link on the topic i could could find, so there's that. But its really not out of the realm of possibility that something like this would happen.

    Outrage? no. Raised eyebrow? Definitely.
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    Bloomberg is a fascist oligarch who only cares about keeping people under his thumb. Hes a racist prick who lead the charge to harass black and brown new yorkers for a decade. He may not have started the racial profiling policy (stop and frisk) but he perfected its racist touch. He could get hit by a bus full of fat girls and i wouldnt care one bit. Absolutely horrible human being.
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    Would you care if the fat girls were black and/or brown?
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    Link fail on the 1st post FWFW.

    here http://nypost.com/2013/06/23/ilence-was-golden/
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    thanks; updated OP
    "Stop doing the wrong things. Stop promoting competition and choice as answers to the very inequality that was created by competition and choice."
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    I'm pretty sure I've read and heard this before, quite a long time ago.

    Don't worry, guys like Bloomberg are straight shooters.
    "There were many ways of not burdening one's conscience, of shunning responsibility, looking away, keeping mum. When the unspeakable truth of the holocaust then became known at the end of the war, all too many of us claimed that they had not known anything about it or even suspected anything."

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    Here's the US criminal code definition of blackmail:

    "Whoever, under a threat of informing, or as a consideration for not informing, against any violation of any law of the United States, demands or receives any money or other valuable thing, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both."

    Could make an interesting case.
    "There were many ways of not burdening one's conscience, of shunning responsibility, looking away, keeping mum. When the unspeakable truth of the holocaust then became known at the end of the war, all too many of us claimed that they had not known anything about it or even suspected anything."

    - Richard Von Weizsaecker

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    NYers elected this guy 3 times???

    Mayor Says More Billionaires Would Ease City's Economic Situation
    Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday it would be a "godsend" if every other billionaire around the globe moved to New York City, a clarion call for the rich just days after new U.S. Census figures showed an increase in the city's poverty rate and a wide gap between the wealthy and poor.

    On his weekly radio show, Mr. Bloomberg, who has been accused over the years of being out of touch, suggested New Yorkers would benefit if the income gap were even wider because the wealthy pay for a big portion of city services.

    According to new Census figures, the city's poverty rate rose to 21.2% last year, up from 20.9% in 2011 and 20.1% in 2010. The figures also showed the mean household income of the lowest fifth at $8,993, compared with $222,871 for the highest fifth.
    "Stop doing the wrong things. Stop promoting competition and choice as answers to the very inequality that was created by competition and choice."
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