Dear Donnie: Hey up there! Listen, I know that I'm deceased and should, by the laws of nature, desist, but I just can't sit around here in Hell (which is basically Miami without any Publix supermarkets) and watch you people let the Commies take over America. Did you and your people not learn anything from my anti-red scare tactics of the 1950s? Sure, there were suicides and hundreds of lives were destroyed, but damn, how good did I look on TV! Just like you, right? During the recent election, I thought you were literally me all over again, saying all kinds of crazy shit, blaming minorities, making people paranoid and hostile. Nice. Oh, did they not get my absentee ballot/Hallmark card? It may have never been sent. Hell, after all, is run by the GOP who have turned voter suppression into a fine art form. A big shout out to my bro, Mitch McConnell! Mitch for the rich! We got a seat waiting for you. Anyhoo, thanks to Satan -- I'm sorry, I mean Vladimir. Ha! Jesus, I honest to God can't tell them apart If it weren't for the cloven hoofs and horns on Putin they would be twins; communism today is the complete opposite of what I took on back in the day. I mean they were our mortal enemy. I just made everything far worse. And as a result, thanks to me, science fiction totally blew up, so you're welcome for that. God forbid those cheap bastards Asimov or Bradbury should ever give me a taste of some of those sick residuals! The point is, look at the widespread damage and havoc that I was able to pull off by exaggerating the evil power and power hungry reach of the Soviets! And now here you are, armed to the teeth with indisputable, substantiated evidence by all your intelligence organizations who are offering you on a silver platter proof positive of Russia's well-orchestrated plan to undermine our coveted democratic election process, and what are you doing? Pretending that the Comey of Errors is just another dumb-ass Shakespeare play that no one understands, so why bother paying any attention to it? I mean, come on, Donnie! Mussolini, Hitler and I just the other day were having brunch (to remind us that this is hell, they play only play Kenny G. music) and we were just laughing our asses off at your antics. It's a bit of irony that the headline could read "Trump vs. Intelligence." I mean look at what is being handed to you! Concrete proof that our mortal enemies, and perversely, my best friends, are not only infiltrating America, they are starting to literally control it. And what do you do? You praise Vlad The Impale-skin and say what a buh-bie he is! Even better than Obama! And when the Washington Post reported about this, you Kelly Ann Conway-ed your way out of it by reminding people that those are the same folks who believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Well, they reported that because that was the story that Dick Cheney made up and hand delivered so he could make a huge buck in Iraq. Oh. Wait. Wow. I just got it! Doh! You are doing the exact same thing! By denying or deflecting the hardcore facts with things like middle school-quality "Thank Me, I'm Incredible" pep rallies and sending out all those nutty Tweety Bird Tweets you, at your leisure, are privately making all kinds of real estate deals behind the Iron Curtain, while you hire all those Goldman-Sachs guys (those yarmulke fellas that you said you love so much) to turn the entire planet into your own personal Monopoly board! You sly monkey dog nut! Me, Hitler and Mussolini just high-fived you. Fuck me. It's science fiction all over again! Just like me, you get to control the truth of anything and disseminate information however you see fit, just like Fox News -- which is all we watch down here. That and Kanye West videos. Did he get my note about bleaching his hair blonde? Man, this just gets better and better. Now I totally get your evil plan. Since most (but not all) of your pre-programmed followers are treating you like the electronic preacher/game show celebrity that you are, and since they will believe anything that virtually any preacher will say, you have them believing to their core that they are the chosen people as opposed to the lambs heading for slaughter that they really are. Damn, you're good. Plus you have our buddies like Stevie Bannon, Mike Flynn and Jeff Sessions in the mix, and even Linda McMahon joining in the WWE-style fun! How left out do I fucking feel? Okay, you can pretty much forget this little email, brah, because obviously, to my relief, the country is in really, really bad hands. So all is well. By the way: when are your kids coming down to visit their Uncle Joe-Joe? It's been days! Did Melania get the fruitcake I sent for Christmas? Remember last year when she thought it was a hat and wore it on the flight down to the Turks and Caicos Islands? (You did say she was confused when you said you liked her hair in a bun). Okay, it's lights off here in Hell. I will certainly sleep better knowing that you are in charge. Best to you and the Puti-boy. By the way: privatizing Medicare and fucking with Social Security got a "bigly" thumbs up down here. No wonder pot is recreational in a bunch of states now. If you are fucked up, life becomes a big who cares! See you on your birthday, dummy. Best, Joe -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Some take for granted the importance of foreign economies having access to the U.S. financial system. For the nations of the Caribbean region, access to U.S. correspondent banking relationships are essential to local economies, including paying for imported goods, processing credit cards of tourists, exchanging currencies, and receiving remittances from friends and families living in the United States and abroad. For us in the United States, these cross-border banking relationships maintain our connectivity to our neighbors to the south, facilitating economic development that is good for the United States as well as for Caribbean nations. These important themes underpinned the U.S.-Caribbean Public-Private Dialogue on Correspondent Banking, held in Kingston, Jamaica, on April 5 and hosted by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Bank of Jamaica. I had the distinct pleasure of joining Brian Wynter, Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, in chairing this robust and frank dialogue, which enabled banks, supervisors, and policy-makers to directly engage on multiple issues of high-level economic and political importance to Caribbean nations and the United States. Our dialogue included very open and honest discussions on an array of issues related to cross-border correspondent banking, including trends, challenges, expectations, and implementation practices in Caribbean countries and in the United States. The success of our dialogue rests squarely on the active and direct engagement of 110 public and private sector representatives from 26 jurisdictions, including the United States, Canada, Belize, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Maarten, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands. The importance of our dialogue was clear from the outset, with opening remarks provided by the Honorable Audley Shaw, Minister of Finance, Jamaica, and the Honorable Luis G. Moreno, U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica, as well as key statements from the Honorable Glenford Ysaguirre, Governor of the Central Bank of Belize, and the Honorable Dr. Ensley Tromp, Governor of the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten. These key public figures highlighted the importance of cross-border relationships between the Caribbean and the United States and stressed that open dialogue is essential to achieve objectives of transparency and access to the international financial system. Particularly valuable were the discussions on the money laundering and terrorist financing risks facing jurisdictions and their financial institutions as well as advances in legal and regulatory frameworks to mitigate those risks. Moving ahead, participants in the dialogue agreed to continue the spirit of cooperation and communication. We will continue to strive to improve communication, cooperation, and information sharing, as well as fostering the understanding of expectations related to correspondent banking. Sarah Runge is the Director of the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes’ Office of Strategic Policy at the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Clint Buffington has found more than 80 messages in bottles washed up on beaches and made it his mission to track down and meet some of the senders I was 22 and on a family holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands when it first happened. My dad and I had got a boat to an uninhabited island only for rain to start pelting down the moment we arrived. As we strode along the beach, I saw a glint of blue glass on the shoreline. I realised it was a wine bottle – and that there was something inside it. A jolt of excitement ran through me.I’d always dreamed of finding a message in a bottle and my hands were shaking as I uncorked it. It turned out the bottle had been dropped eight months previously, in October 2006, by a couple on board a cruise from the Portuguese island of Madeira. It wasn’t a treasure map or a cry for help but to me, it was a miracle. The bottle had survived its journey across the Atlantic and I’d found it. Continue reading...
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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Aug. 18, CMC – The police here have confirmed reports of a Facebook money scam that is being headed by a local woman who has so far fleeced individuals of thousands of dollars.
LONDON, Jun 30, CMC – The London-based Privy Council has dismissed an appeal filed by former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and several other government ministers challenging their trial before a Jamaican--born judge whom they claimed did not have sufficient security of tenure and, thus, was not independent.
Продолжая недавно возникшую в Заметках традицию на вишенки в пересечении двух информационных потоков, появился смысл написать несколько строк на пересечении тем укродефолта с «арестами» российского имущества. Тем более у них нашлась общая точка. Как ни странно – Аргентина. Тема аналогий соседней неплатежеспособности с аргентинским дефолтом-2002 уже покорила пишущее пространство, а вот аресты аргентинского имущества как-то выпали […]
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Jun. 18, CMC – David Smith, the head of the failed Jamaican investment scheme, Olint, was ordered extradited to the United States when he appeared in court here on Thursday.
TURKS AND CAICOS COURT-Court urged to drop US extradition request for head of failed Jamaican investment scheme
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Jun. 6, CMC - David Smith, the former head of the failed Jamaican investment scheme, Olint, will know on June 18 whether he will be ordered extradited to the United States .
NEW YORK, Jun 4, CMC- The Turks and Caicos Islands Community College (TCICC) has won the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) annual Students Colloquium.
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, May 13, CMC– An application has been made to the Court of Appeal in a bid to overturn the refusal of the Supreme Court to review the legality of recent decisions by the Turks and Caicos Islands Airport Authority (TCIAA) and representatives of the British Crown, that have accused the British Crown and the TCIAA of an apparent illegal land grab.
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MIAMI (Reuters) - As many as 40 Haitian migrants were feared dead after their ship bound for the Turks and Caicos Islands capsized in the Caribbean off Haiti's north coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Friday.
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Jan. 15, CMC – Former Solicitor General of Dominica, Wynante Adrien-Roberts, has been appointed as the new Deputy Attorney General of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Oct 21, CMC – The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Court of Appeal Monday granted permission for several government ministers including former premier Michael Misick to take their concerns to the London-based Privy Council.
WASHINGTON, Oct 4, CMC - The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says Eric St-Cyr, an investment advisor, and Patrick Poulin, an attorney, have been sentenced to serve 14 months in prison for conspiring to launder monetary instruments in the Cayman islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands.