Do you get the feeling that Goldman Sachs has friends in high places?

PRESIDENTGOLDMANSACHSSergey Aleynikov’s second trial, this time in New York State Court, begins.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former Goldman Sachs Group Inc computer programmer charged with stealing code from the investment bank is scheduled to go on trial on Wednesday, the second time in five years he will be in front of a jury for essentially the same accusations.

The trial for Sergey Aleynikov, 45, is scheduled to take place in Manhattan state court over a 2009 episode in which Goldman says he stole the computer code as he prepared to leave for a high-frequency trading startup.

Aleynikov’s case inspired “Flash Boys,” Michael Lewis’ best-selling book last year about high-frequency trading.

Aleynikov went to prison after his first trial, when a jury in federal court convicted him of violating a corporate espionage law. An appeals court threw out the conviction, saying the anti-espionage law did not apply and setting him free after about a year.

The U.S. Constitution generally bars prosecuting someone twice for the same crime, a concept known as double jeopardy, but the prohibition is not absolute.

A Manhattan state judge ruled in 2013 that New York prosecutors could pursue Aleynikov even though the earlier case brought by federal prosecutors collapsed. State Supreme Court Justice Ronald Zweibel ruled that the federal and state charges were different, and he said that the federal case was dismissed because the indictment, rather than the evidence, was inadequate.

There are lots of high crimes and misdemeanors floating around, and the case of one computer programmer allegedly stealing Goldman Sachs codes and take them to a competitor hardly seems to rank among them, yet first the federal government, and now the state of New York spent, and continue to spend enormous resources to punish this man. Goldman clearly wants a message sent, and the government is only too happy to oblige.

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Oh God, now every woman in Greenwich will want one

Maybe if you looked more like Katie ....

Maybe if you looked more like Katie ….

Katie Holmes has her own secret entrance into Whole Foods. I can hear them now, whining to their husbands about the absolute humiliation of having to use the same entrance as the hoi  polloi: “if, if that actress can have one ….”

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But it remains a best seller at Whole Foods

Hook,line and sinker

Hook, line and sinker

NYT: Fish oil is nothing but snake oil

Fish oil is now the third most widely used dietary supplement in the United States, after vitamins and minerals, according to a recent report from the National Institutes of Health. At least 10 percent of Americans take fish oil regularly, most believing that the omega-3 fatty acids in the supplements will protect their cardiovascular health.

But there is one big problem: The vast majority of clinical trials involving fish oil have found no evidence that it lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.

From 2005 to 2012, at least two dozen rigorous studies of fish oil were published in leading medical journals, most of which looked at whether fish oil could prevent cardiovascular events in high-risk populations. These were people who had a history of heart disease or strong risk factors for it, like high cholesterol, hypertension or Type 2 diabetes.

All but two of these studies found that compared with a placebo, fish oil showed no benefit.

And yet during this time, sales of fish oil more than doubled, not just in the United States but worldwide, said Andrew Grey, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and the author of a 2014 study on fish oil in JAMA Internal Medicine.

“There’s a major disconnect,” Dr. Grey said. “The sales are going up despite the progressive accumulation of trials that show no effect.”

I myself intend to follow the advice of my doctors (especially my primary care physician, Dr. Jeffery Weinberger, of Riverside)  – if you can’t trust Jeff, who’s left?

Dr. Jeff relaxes after running the NY Marathon

Dr. Jeff relaxes after running the NYC Marathon (and what the HELL is going on with that arm?)


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Some relationships just never heal

Man crushed when mother-in-law embraces him.


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It took eight years, but Ogilvy’s found a buyer

33 Twin Lakes

33 Twin Lakes

He listed 33 Twin Lakes (Gilliam Lane South) back in 2007 for $8.2 million, an aggressive price even then, and the property’s been on and off the market ever since, at a gradually diminishing price. A year ago he dropped it to $5.6, and there’s  a contract reported on it today.

Given the lengthy time spent on the market even at this last price, I doubt the selling price will be close to it. Then again, it’s Riverside, so who knows?


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Swift boating John Kerry, again

And while I was getting a bandaid on my scratched knee, I personally witnessed my fellow sailors raping women, children and puppy dogs and then I ....

And while I was getting a bandaid on my scratched knee, I personally witnessed my fellow sailors raping women, children and puppy dogs and then I ….

Al Gore may have invented the internet, but it turns out John Kerry did not ring out the warning bell on global warming back in 1988, despite his repeated claims that he did.

Secretary of State John Kerry is taking heat for exaggerating his role as a senator in organizing the chamber’s first climate-change hearings.

Questions about Kerry’s repeated assertions that he helped organize and participated in the Senate hearings roughly 27 years ago resurfaced after a March 12 speech before the Atlantic Council, in Washington, D.C.

“Climate change is an issue that is personal to me, and it has been since the 1980s, when we were organizing the very first climate hearings in the Senate,” Kerry told the audience. “Al Gore, Tim Wirth and a group of us organized the first hearings in the Senate on this, 1988. We heard Jim Hansen sit in front of us and tell us it’s happening now, 1988.”

The Washington Post fact-checker concluded that Kerry at least exaggerated about his involvement and — comparing his statements to recent tall tales by anchor Brian Williams — gave him four “Pinocchios.”

The paper concluded he likely didn’t attend the June 23, 1988, hearing and perpetuated often-told details about the event that proved to be false. According to the Post, the March 12 speech was hardly the first time the tale was told.

Liars lie – it’s in their genetic makeup; just ask Dick Blumenthal.


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Sale price reported

17 Pintail Lane

17 Pintail Lane

17 PintailLane, new construction, $2.5 million. Pintail is off Mallard, removed from the traffic, and that makes it far more desirable, in my opinion.


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