The Anatomy of Public Corruption

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More Dead CEOs

On their own not much really to worry about together in a straight line think again

Former CEO of HP and Oracle somebody that's a name that in the Tech Industries well-known and his peer is the next posting

Oct 18, 2019 - Hurd's time at Oracle came to a halt in September when he announced he was taking a leave of absence to recover from an ongoing illness. At ...
Without knowing the cause of death, I think it's premature to say that he worked himself to death. It was probably some kind of cancer that probably would have ...
Oct 18, 2019 - Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, 62, has died, according to the company, just a little more than a month after taking a leave of absence for health-related reasons, Hurd had a distinguished career in the technology industry where he began his career more than 30 years ago.

The Brandon Marshall Incident - The Class Action Anti-Trust Case Killers

It's the Attorneys and Venture Capitalists

The Brandon Marshall Incident whose life ended with a confrontation with Santa Clara deputies who faced few options like Anthony Banta Jr his fate was sealed when he lost it?  Your next clue is the suicide of Ian Murdock.

Was it Unfornuate Drugging or Perhaps Tainted Medicine

Since you're medical records have been outsourced or your pharmacists records vanished?
You may recall the sad story of Brandon Marshall, which I wrote about last September: The 43-year-old quality assurance engineer, who had a history of mental illness, was fatally shot in December 2013 by a sheriff’s deputy outside his workplace at Roku,the
set-top device maker.

In the litigation that followed, the chronology did not look good for Santa Clara County. Marshall, who had furiously ingested pills that morning and was described as acting “manic,” was negotiating with a paramedic to get help when deputies arrived at
the Saratoga site.

The deputies say he swung a key fob, or “kubaton,” at them before Deputy Aldo Groba fired a shot at the engineer’s stomach. His family’s attorneys contend that the deputies had no reason to confront Marshall, who posed no significant threat: He was simply
waving his keys in his agitation.
Among the heartbreaking details was that Marshall’s father, Steven Marshall, was on the telephone with the paramedic when he heard his son cry out from the shot. Brandon Marshall died several hours later at Valley Medical Center despite desperate attempts
to save him.
Now, from filings by the family’s attorney, James McManis, several more details have emerged about the case. And little of it strengthens the county’s position. Here are a few key points:
A) None of the four deputies who responded to the scene had CIT (crisis intervention training), which teaches authorities how to deal with the mentally ill. Like many departments, the sheriff’s office offers such training but does not make it mandatory.
B) Brandon Marshall showed signs of delusion that morning. He insisted that unknown gunmen were training guns on him from above. He referred repeatedly to the Secret Service and told bystanders that he needed help.
C) When the first deputy on the scene, Kristen Anderson, approached Marshall, he became more agitated. His family’s attorneys say he was fidgeting with his keys, which were attached to a thin, rounded aluminum rod. When Anderson asked if it was a weapon,
Marshall said it was and put it away at her request.
D) Groba initially had been standing some distance away when Anderson — according to the family’s filing — looked over at him. Groba then approached with a gun drawn, prompting Marshall to back up and say, “No, no, no” or “whoa, whoa, whoa,” witnesses
said. As Marshall swung his key chain at deputies, Groba fired a single shot.
E) After he fell from the gunshot, the deputies put the injured Marshall’s hands behind him and knelt on his back, causing more pain to the engineer. The deputies refused a request from the paramedic to treat Marshall until they had restrained him.
It’s important to understand that the bulk of this, although based on police reports and interviews, represents one side of the case. The county says it does not expect to file its detailed response until August. County Counsel Orry Korb told me by email
that the county does not comment on pending litigation.
But it is clear that the defense wants to portray the key fob as a weapon. “It is undisputed that Marshall attacked Groba” with a kubaton, said one filing by the county. “Groba fired a single shot from his service weapon in response to the attack.”
Just exactly how Brandon held that key fob — and how it was shaped — are crucial elements in this case. So, too, is the testimony of the paramedic who was negotiating with Marshall’s father to get the troubled engineer a ride to the hospital.
“This guy had a key chain,” said family attorney McManis. “They’re trying to turn it into a weapon. But the fact of the matter is that the only thing he did was hold on to the business end of the fob and wave his keys around. And they gun him down. To
me, it’s appalling.”
Contact Scott Herhold at 408-275-0917 or .

The Actors, Victims and Agencies

Understanding the moving parts, every incident filled with moving parts that often do not match.

The Weapon

Possessed by: The Victim
Kubotan (sometimes erroneously spelled as kubaton or kobutan) is a genericized trademark for a self-defense keychain weapon developed by Sōke Takayuki Kubota in the late 1960s. It is typically no more than 5.5 inches (14 centimetres) long and about half
an inch (1.25 centimetres) in diameter, slightly thicker or the same size as a marker pen.


Former Symantec Programmer Speaks About Cyberterrorism

Connecting Success Factors to Bennett to other deals

The folks at TPG will have to answer to my Whistleblower Complaints on the truly odd collection of RFPs emanating from companies connected to Richard Blum, William McGlashan, CBRE, Regency Centers, Trammell Crow, Lennar, Catellus and more. .
My story is about witness murders, private equity, mergers and acquisitions linked back to the Matter of Bennett v. Southern Pacific lost in 1989. It was a winnable case as long the witnesses testified.

In 2013 my letter to Fremont Group in San Francisco triggered of You by Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme. 
I watched his post regarding his cancer sadly in 2019 he was gone.
Several months later they arrested the CEO of tpg growth, who has a relationship the success factors and tpg Newbridge Richard Blum, and tpg purchased Prepaid Legal renamed it as LegalShield are the same people that walked away from my legal case involving the Russians in 2001 something about 9/11.

Intel and TPG in talks to sell McAfee to Thoma Bravo for significantly more than $4.2 billion

  • Private equity firm Thoma Bravo is in early talks to acquire all of McAfee from TPG and Intel, sources say.
  • TPG acquired a majority stake in McAfee in 2017 in a deal that valued the cybersecurity company at $4.2 billion.
  • Thoma Bravo would pay a “significant” premium to $4.2 billion if a deal occurs, sources say.
  • Thoma Bravo isn’t likely to pursue a deal for Symantec if it acquires McAfee, sources say.

Private equity firm Thoma Bravo is in early discussions to acquire security software company McAfee from TPG and Intel for a significant premium over the company’s 2016 $4.2 billion valuation, according to people familiar with the matter.

Talks may still fall apart and a deal announcement isn’t expected soon, said the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private.

McAfee, founded by John McAfee in 1987, historically developed cybersecurity software for personal computers and servers, protecting users from malware and other viruses. This type of computer security prevented attacks on personal devices. More recently, it has expanded into mobile devices and cloud computing, which is where hackers have migrated.

The company was publicly traded until 2010, when Intel bought it for $7.6 billion. The chipmaker hoped to closely align its chips with McAfee’s security technology. That vision didn’t pan out for Intel, which took a haircut of more than $3 billion when it sold 51 percent of the business to TPG in a deal announced in 2016 at a valuation of $4.2 billion. Several months later, TPG brought on Thoma Bravo to make a minority investment.

TPG’s majority ownership has helped transform the McAfee business in less than two years with add-on acquisitions. In January, McAfee closed its takeover of Skyhigh Networks, which helps companies monitor which cloud services employees are using. In March, McAfee also acquired Tunnelbear, which provides virtual private networks that protect data when using shared WiFi accounts.

Intel sees itself as purely a financial investor in McAfee now, according to one of the people. Still, Intel has participated in the recent value creation of the standalone McAfee by holding its minority stake and stands in line to recoup some of the lost value if the Thoma Bravo deal goes though. A deal would unify the ownership of McAfee and could put it in position to go public again, two of the people said.

Reuters reported in November that Thoma Bravo had approached Symantec with a takeover offer. A deal for McAfee would rule out a Symantec purchase, one of the people said.

Spokespeople for TPG and Intel declined to comment. A spokesman for Thoma Bravo did not immediately respond.

--CNBC’s Jon Fortt contributed to this report.

Correction: When Intel sold its partial stake in McAfee to TPG in 2016, McAfee’s total valuation in that transaction was $4.2 billion.



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Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme - Feinstein Donor

Top 100 Contributors, 2011-2016

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Senator Dianne Feinstein has reported a total of 88 contributions ($200 or more) totaling $129,350 in 2013-2014. Search

Top 100 Contributors to Campaign Cmte

Hires lobbyists?
Lobbying firm?*
give to
1 JStreetPAC $82,171 $75,525 $6,646
2 General Atomics $54,750 $46,750 $8,000
3 PG&E Corp $52,600 $51,600 $1,000
4 Edison International $51,350 $44,250 $7,100
5 BAE Systems $36,000 $29,500 $6,500
6 General Dynamics $34,250 $28,750 $5,500
7 Intl Alliance Theatrical Stage Employees $30,000 $0 $30,000
8 Wells Fargo $29,250 $17,250 $12,000
9 Van Scoyoc Assoc $23,051 $17,650 $5,401
10 DISH Network $22,500 $12,500 $10,000
11 Time Warner $22,424 $17,924 $4,500
12 University of California $22,372 $22,372 $0
13 THL Partners $22,359 $17,359 $5,000
14 Northrop Grumman $21,800 $20,800 $1,000
15 Munger, Tolles & Olson $21,600 $21,600 $0
16 EMILY's List $20,350 $20,350 $0
17 Holland & Knight $19,100 $10,100 $9,000
18 WPP Group $18,750 $12,500 $6,250
19 Walt Disney Co $18,550 $9,050 $9,500
20 Akin, Gump et al $18,250 $13,750 $4,500
20 Pfizer Inc $18,250 $8,250 $10,000
22 21st Century Fox $18,125 $13,625 $4,500
23 Alston & Bird $18,000 $11,000 $7,000
24 National Amusements Inc $17,875 $13,875 $4,000
25 Vivendi $17,750 $13,250 $4,500
26 Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy $17,550 $17,550 $0
27 Intel Corp $17,500 $10,000 $7,500
28 Sony Corp $17,050 $8,050 $9,000
29 Blackstone Group $16,500 $5,000 $11,500
30 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher $15,000 $10,000 $5,000
30 Occidental Petroleum $15,000 $5,000 $10,000
32 Sempra Energy $14,600 $8,100 $6,500
33 Denken Farms $14,300 $14,300 $0
34 Manatt, Phelps & Phillips $14,100 $12,100 $2,000
35 Credit Union National Assn $14,000 $2,500 $11,500
36 Bee Sweet Citrus $13,750 $13,750 $0
36 Oracle Corp $13,750 $7,750 $6,000
38 Yucaipa Companies $13,700 $13,700 $0
39 Brownstein, Hyatt et al $13,575 $9,075 $4,500
40 Comcast Corp $13,525 $5,025 $8,500
41 Chevron Corp $12,500 $2,500 $10,000
41 Deloitte LLP $12,500 $2,500 $10,000
41 F&T Farms $12,500 $12,500 $0
41 Sierra Pacific Industries $12,500 $12,500 $0
45 Google Inc $12,000 $4,500 $7,500
45 JPMorgan Chase & Co $12,000 $12,000 $0
45 Nossaman LLP $12,000 $7,500 $4,500
48 Gallo Winery $11,800 $11,800 $0
49 TPG Capital $11,200 $11,200 $0
50 Stanford University $11,012 $11,012 $0
51 3M Co $11,000 $0 $11,000
51 DLA Piper $11,000 $8,000 $3,000
51 Home Depot $11,000 $0 $11,000
51 Motion Picture Assn of America $11,000 $0 $11,000
51 Recording Industry Assn of America $11,000 $5,000 $6,000
51 Semantic Research $11,000 $11,000 $0
57 Wonderful Co $10,800 $10,800 $0
58 O'Melveny & Myers $10,750 $5,750 $5,000
59 Cisco Systems $10,500 $5,500 $5,000
59 National Assn of Broadcasters $10,500 $0 $10,500
61 Bank of America $10,250 $3,750 $6,500
61 Facebook Inc $10,250 $2,750 $7,500
61 Hewlett-Packard $10,250 $250 $10,000
64 American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 American Institute of CPAs $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 American Postal Workers Union $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Amys Kitchen $10,000 $10,000 $0
64 Broadcom Corp $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Building A Majority PAC $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 California Westside Farmers Inc $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 DANPAC $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Family Ranch $10,000 $10,000 $0
64 Fluor Corp $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Forward Together PAC $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Glacier PAC $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Hain Celestial Group $10,000 $10,000 $0
64 Harbor Freight Tools $10,000 $10,000 $0
64 Impact $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 International Assn of Fire Fighters $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Klein Financial $10,000 $10,000 $0
64 KPMG LLP $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Lockheed Martin $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Marvell Technology Group $10,000 $10,000 $0
64 McKesson Corp $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 National Assn of Realtors $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Operating Engineers Union $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 PAC for a Change $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Plumbers/Pipefitters Union $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Podesta Group $10,000 $10,000 $0
64 Prairie PAC $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 PricewaterhouseCoopers $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Procter & Gamble $10,000 $1,000 $9,000
64 Qualcomm Inc $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Rocketship Education $10,000 $10,000 $0
64 Searchlight Leadership Fund $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Service Employees International Union $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Sheet Metal Workers Union $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Simpson Strong-Tie $10,000 $10,000 $0
64 UNITE HERE $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 United Technologies $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Wal-Mart Stores $10,000 $0 $10,000
64 Women's Political Cmte $10,000 $0 $10,000

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