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Dear Family and Friends,
October 19, 2020

With the election only a few weeks away there are definitely some trades that will make money.   Attached in the webinar below are a  few of my ideas.    I am confident some of them will pay off.   Good trading!!

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Mike tackles the BLM Movement
September 9, 2020

In this video Mike does not hold back.
Referring to a grouping (first identified by a former President – but now with a new ‘spin’) he talks about The Silent Majority.  
He discusses what this group of Americans either refuse or are afraid to state.   
He continues to tackle his concerns with the Black Lives Matter Movement, affirmative action programs and why the 2nd Amendment must be preserved in order to keep an overzealous government in check.   
He finishes by discussing the fact that the Democratic Party has had a long history of the support of slavery and that the efforts of the BLM really should be directed at changing the name of that party. 
As ever, he offers not only these challenges but also shares a vision of the options we could avail ourselves of – towards a more equitable America for everyone.

Please see the intro to Mike’s newest presentation.  

This talk was sent to a conservative think tank group and already has over 1000 views and many thumbs up.   We think this is an important message to communicate and if you agree please share this video with others and post on your social media.  

It is time for the ‘silent majority’ to be heard!

Click here to view the original video with over 1k views youtube.

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ICOA – Meeting  – August 26 at Ahern Hotel / Video / Mike Lathigee on Gold & Silver
September 3, 2020

The ICOA meeting  – August 26
at the Ahern Hotel.

Below is a link to the video of the Mike Lathigee UPDATE
on Gold and Silver


Mike Lathigee updates members on Gold and Silver positioning

Mike provides an understanding or what to do right now in order to position oneself in these turbulent times.

From physical possession to ETF’s to more aggressive strategies he details specific ‘plays’.

He also advises on what to watch for, stay away from
& how to maximize on market fluctuations.

To view this video please click on the button below

ICOA Meeting August 26 at Ahern Hotel / Mike Lathigee on Gold and Silver

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Mike Lathigee on BCSC and Recent Press | Michael Lathigee $16 Million Judgment
August 18, 2020

Mike Lathigee has a strong following of club members across America. Recently the British Columbia Securities Commission domiciled a judgment against Mr Lathigee for $16 million. In this video Mr Lathigee fully discloses what happened in Canada and updates members on what is happening in the case. In addition, you will learn all the details of Mr Lathigee projects in Nevada and the track record to date. Michael “Mike” Lathigee fully transparent on BCSC ruling, recent coverage on the Review Journal and his participation in the Investment Club of America.

Please see attached youtube link with over 6000 views

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ICOA – A message from the desk of Mike Lathigee
August 9, 2020


The last week I have received more than the regular number of communications (from members) on what to do with respect to the huge run up in gold and silver prices. 

As members are well aware “I have been screaming at the top of my lungs” for the last year and especially in January when I provided guidance for members – to hold at least 10% of your total net worth in gold and silver – and consider bringing that up to 20% of your total net worth. I have gone into great detail, at many club meetings regarding the fundamentals of gold and silver and why there were compelling reasons for investors to ‘get positioned’.   Based on the communications I am getting – many of you listened – and congratulations!

Many of you are invested in gold and silver stocks and ETFs – which have doubled or tripled your money since January.   So, the common question is what do I do now?

It is never bad to take some profit.   The gold and silver market has moved up very quickly and this will be a trend that continues for the foreseeable future.   However, at this stage consider taking out your original capital and let “the house money ride”.  

We will see a consolidation period and then – buying again on the sell off is prudent.    

So my quick feedback to members is IT IS OK TO TAKE PROFITS NOW – AND YOU SHOULD TAKE PROFITS.  If you have doubled this position in your portfolio then sell half and sit in cash and wait for a consolidation period. 


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July 14 meeting Video 4 Guest Speaker Mark Skousen / Hosted by Mike Lathigee and ICOA
August 5, 2020

Economist Mark Skousen. Guest Speaker

Mark Skousen, Ph. D., editor of Forecasts & Strategies, is a nationally known investment expert, economist, university professor and author of more than 25 books. In July 2018 Dr Skousen was awarded the inaugural Triple Crown in Economics for his work in economic theory, history and education, and has been identified as one of the 20 most influential living economists.  

Read the Full article here!

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July 14 meeting / Guest Speaker Jo Ann Skousen / Hosted by Mike Lathigee and ICOA
August 1, 2020

Jo Ann Skousen – Guest Speaker
Founding Director
Anthem Film Festival
Jo Ann Skousen is the co-producer of FreedomFest and the founding director of the Anthem Libertarian Film Festival. She also serves as the entertainment editor and chief reviewer of Liberty magazine (www.libertyunbound.com) and teaches English literature and composition at Chapman University and Sing Sing Correctional Facility, where she has encountered some of the finest students of her teaching career. She is featured in the HBO documentary Zero Percent, about Sing Sing’s college program (www.zeropercentfilm.com). Jo Ann has a master’s degree in English literature from University of Florida, and has taught English at Rollins College in Florida, Mercy College in New York, and Chapman University in California. Jo Ann is also the author of Matriarchs of the Messiah: Valiant Women in the Lineage of Jesus Christ, which offers a bold new perspective on women in the Bible as intelligent, courageous problem-solvers who used their agency to make wise and often clever choices. 

Joanne does a great job of addressing the current civil rights movement and her thoughts on the Black Lives Movement.   Joanne is a huge advocate for making a positive difference but what is so amazing is that her well meaning intentions can be misperceived as racist.  Things have become crazy!

Joanne is an advocate for making a better world and in her scholarly manner she addresses what is happening with today’s civil rights movement and many of the dangers in this current movement.   Joanne discusses similar historic civil rights movements and then points out the limitations of the BLM movement, that the BLM movement is ‘political’ and while she agrees with the BLM as she describes it in “small letters” she takes the stand that the BLM in “Capital Letters” is an organization that every American must be concerned about.

There are old customs that are under siege as we are in lock down. We are missing out on many events that are key to maintaining our culture. Habits are being replaced with overeating, drinking too much which is leading to depression.   Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly are no longer American Rights.   Even hateful speech must be allowed in this environment and now many forms of speech as now being attacked as Hate Speech. She points out that – In the same way as someone can write an opinion that involves hate we have the right to disagree and express our own opinion as to why we do not agree.  But we cannot take away the Right of Free Speech.
The mask is a sign of executive power going too far.  We are losing our personal liberties, which is what America is founded upon.  The laws are changing daily, and she describes it as psychological torture.  It is causing confusion and depression. Lockdowns are meant to force people into compliance. It is time to reclaim our Freedom.
Joanne does an incredible job on outlining that Americans must realize we are losing our Freedom and that power-hungry Governors are repressing citizen freedoms.   This meeting was a strong voice that we must not comply, and Liberty and Freedom must be protected and fought for by all Americans.
“Persuade Americans and don’t force us” was her message.
After Joanne speaks Mike Lathigee asks – how is it that a person like Joanne, who deeply cares for humanity and is on the front lines helping people, can be called a racist? Then Mike discusses the insincerity of corporate and high-profile individuals who support BLM due to compliance to pressure rather than what they really believe.
Mike does express one positive aspect of the BLM moment which is – much needed changes to the judicial system. Those charged with Federal Crimes are bullied into taking a pleas bargain deal -even if they are innocent.  Judges will rule routinely in favor of their ‘employer’ (the government) as they do not want to “rock the boat”. Overzealous prosecutors have been known to withhold information that can vindicate a defendant.   Mike uses Lori Laughlin as a great example of the governments bully tactics.

ICOA July 14 meeting video 3 Jo Ann Skousen
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A message from the desk of Mike Lathigee.
July 28, 2020


As you are all aware – for the last year, and especially since January, I have been telling members to increase your gold/silver holdings to at least 10% of your total net worth. 

I then encouraged members (based on the ‘fundamentals’ as well as what is happening globally) to increase that position to 20% of your net worth.  This guidance is documented in many club meetings and writings that have been sent to members.  Historic articles and videos can be found at mikelathigee.com and the club website. 

So the question now is – What do I do right now to make money?   Well I have stated on numerous occasions that silver moves very violently up and down.   Since March, it has skyrocketed from $14 to today over $24 an ounce.   Many of the silver and gold mining stocks have doubled or tripled during this same time.    For those who still do not have exposure to gold or silver I would suggest to take a position. The main reason is – I see continued weak US economic performance, which is very bullish for gold and silver – due to a weakening US dollar.    I also believe a position in an ETF that focuses on gold and silver mining companies has much more upside potential than an ETF that simply focuses on the spot price of silver.  

Platinum is the next precious metal that I see having an opportunity to move (it is ‘lagging’ for now).   At some point, I believe platinum will catch up to gold.  I will keep you posted. 

One of the main reasons I remain so focused on gold and silver is because of the non stop printing of money by the Feds while corporations have leveraged their balance sheets from 3 trillion in 2005 to $71 trillion today.  In that same period US companies have spent over $6 trillion on share buy backs  instead of investing in the business and share buy backs create no economic benefit except inflate share prices and make executives rich. 

Precious metals will continue to move up due to the the following factors – ongoing financial crisis, negative US Treasury yields, a flood of ‘quantitative easing’ by central banks, fiat currency debasement, zero to negative official interest rates, out of control government spending, huge global debt, a weakening US dollar & the risks of hyperinflation. Not in the last several decades have all these factors happened all at the same time making gold and silver so attractive. 

I know my message has been the same for a long time and those who listened are seeing massive gains through taking past action but it is not too late. 

I believe silver will continue to move up much faster than gold – with wild consolidation periods.  Industrial demand for silver remains strong. More than 100 silver mines around the world are closed due this ‘covid’ phenomenon and now there is unprecedented strong demand for silver coins.  In addition, when I was looking at historical data, silver peaks before gold and it does ‘moves’ that are significantly more dramatic both upward and then downward.   As I watch CNBC today, (July 28) the main story all day has been the bullish run on gold and silver – as the masses take some profits along the way and enjoy the ride.  We were a year ahead of the masses in our conversations about gold and silver. 

For those of you holding now – a large position in gold and silver – I believe we will continue to see the move upward but expect consolidation periods along the way which will open up for new buying opportunities.    Silver is always of particular concern when investors hold it because it moves up and down faster than any other commodity I have seen.  It is for that reason that – for those holding a silver position – it is good to take profits along the way.  I believe silver has much more room to run however. Taking some profit in your silver mining companies, silver ETFs etc. makes sense at above $23.5 an ounce.   I suggest take about 10% profits on your silver holdings now and stay long the rest of the position.  For more conservative investors you might take more profits at this time.  

Despite the uncertainty in the markets, the ‘LVIC Fund’ continues to perform and 350k of 2 million was allocated into the stock market.  In less than 60 days that 350k has increased to over 450k.   In addition, a few of the private placements that manager / member Praveen has overseen are now engaged in additional financings at higher prices than those when we became involved. 

In the oil project – Mark and Paul are in an incredibly strong cash position and that bodes well for all involved.   Their prudent management style of sound negotiation and buying at a massive discount will pay off in volumes to all those involved.  At the moment the team is deep into negotiation on an acquisition target.

Our largest project led by Jeff Clark is being masterfully managed.  You all received an update that he is now leading the industry by moving his gyms outside.   We are already seeing a influx of new gym members who  were unable to work out anywhere else; however, he is juggling regulations and with only one outdoor gym opened so far he is working on the others to try to get results and generate income.  I have said it many times in the past and will say it again – Jeff will ensure we see our way through this difficult time and I am confident we will prosper and have several new opportunities because of the many other gyms going out of business.  This is a testament to Jeff’s capability as many other entities are either gone or will not make it. 

I took some “heat’ after our last club meeting from “Big Brother” for having an event that was in excess of 50 people and no face masks.   Big brother is watching and I am doing my best to keep up communications and balance it with regulations.      

What I see in the coming months is tremendous opportunities in the stock market and the beaten up commodities sector as a result of a weak US dollar because commodities are priced in US dollars.   I am looking at specific sectors that I believe will be beneficiaries.  In the early 2000s, I oversaw a $1 million investment in uranium stocks at under $8 a pound that skyrocketed to over $120 a pound and many investors made huge sums of money by investing in the portfolio and investing on their own following my teachings.    I believe there is potential again and I will update members as I see opportunities.  

In addition, many parts of the commercial real estate industry are in a shambles.   In about a year I believe we, as club members, will be looking at “bottom feeding” at cap rates that will be better than we saw in the residential real estate in 2010. These are just my quick thoughts on this week and as we prepare for the upcoming opportunities. With a solid track record of success – please share this narrative with friends and associates and post on your social media.   By growing our membership base, it will allow us to look at larger deals with less competition. It will be several months – but it is prudent we start to grow our membership base and all members will benefit with extra buying power. 

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Lathigee expresses concerns about Black Lives Matter Movement
July 26, 2020

I wanted to follow up a little more on my handle on BLM after our interaction yesterday and why I take issue with BLM and communicating at the same time I support racial equality but not by bully means of BLM.

With regard to Black Lives Matter, one thing that I will say for them is that they were brilliant in naming their group, because this means that, if you disagree with them, they can say that you do not believe that black lives matter, simply because that is the name of their group. It would be like if I created a group and called it “The Sky Is Blue.” It could stand for all sorts of nonsense, but, simply because of its name, if you disagree with it, I could then say that you do not believe that the sky is blue. While this sounds crazy, I have seen it over and over again; whenever people denounce the Black Lives Matter group, those people are then condemned as racist for supposedly believing that black lives do not, in fact, matter (again, just because that happens to be the name of the group).

Furthermore, the Black Lives Matter group has little to do with the protection of black lives (even putting aside all other lives, which deserve just as much protection, one would think). The Black Lives Matter group certainly has not been protecting black business owners from violent rioters. They do not seem to care about black victims of gangs and violent crime, since defunding the police will mean more such victims. (Maybe they would be more honest if they called themselves CERTAIN Black Lives Matter, but I suppose that it does not have the same ring to it.)

Instead, the Black Lives Matter group seems to stand for anarchy, violence, and the total destruction of the freest society in history. In addition, they have even taken several stances against Israel, the only free country in the Middle East, one where minority rights are enshrined in the law and protected by the police — in fact, the Israel Police just swore in its newest cops, which included both an Orthodox Jewish man and a religiously observant Muslim woman; there is no other country in the Middle East where that has happened. I suppose that this is consistent with the Black Lives Matter group’s goal of destroying free societies.

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Lathigee expresses concerns about Black Lives Matter Movement
July 24, 2020
In the video below (beginning at 31 minutes) Mike address ‘head on’ his concerns with the
Black Lives Matter Movement.  

He does not hold back with his support of
“All Lives Matter”
and articulates the short comings of the BLM movement – with no clear message or leadership  

When Mike said to people prior to the meeting that one of his topics would be “All Lives Matter” people said
“are you crazy Mike?”.    

Mike has stated – he will not be bullied by the BML movement and goes on to convey his position that so many politicians, business leaders and celebrities are cowards – unwilling or unable to stand up and be counted.

It is sickening that people can be called racists for saying
“All Lives Matter”.  
Mike goes on to state that he believes we are being bullied by the BLM Moment and when he asked if the BLM movement uses bully tactics and if people were concerned with this approach every hand in the room was raised.. 
It is the silent majority that is afraid to speak up – but Mike did not hold back.  

In addition, Mike gives guidance on how to best “play” the current investing environment.
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Economic Outlook and Challenges with the Black Lives Movement
July 15, 2020


In approximately a dozen articles (that I have written since January) I have guided members to increase their position in gold and silver to at least 10% of your net worth.  For those who listened gold hit a 9 year high last week and silver is showing strength and is in a break out pattern to go higher.

I want to remind members that during the January club meeting ‘Economic Outlook for 2020’ I discussed (for 90 minutes – which is on video) that, although not likely, a Recession was possible and one of the 3 major reasons I discussed was a possible pandemic – long before it was being reported in the news.

In addition, in April I told members when the oil futures market went ‘negative’ to load up on oil ETFs and then sell when it hit $40 a barrel. 

For those who listened and followed (and some of you did it) – is very likely you saw a doubling in value of your investments.

Read the full article below.

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British Columbia Securities Expert Witness Admits Mike Lathigee Had No Personal Gain When His Company Collapsed During Subprime Mortgage Crisis!
July 14, 2020

For more than a decade it has been falsely reported in the media that — in a ruling by the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) against Mike Lathigee — he had amassed personal gains as a result of the collapse of his company.

‘That is not the case, I owned more shares and options than any other investor and when my company collapsed, I lost more than anyone else, I was quite simply — wiped out’, said Lathigee.

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A dialogue between ICOA’s Mike Lathigee and – ever popular ICOA speaker and lawyer Josh Effron
July 11, 2020

Josh Effron has spoken at our club events several times over the last decade.  He is always highly rated as a top educator and over the last several weeks I have been sharing my thoughts with him. I will share a few of the recent interactions.
Josh has a balanced, peaceful and responsible approach to the hot topic of “Black Lives Matter”.   His family has endured extreme racism with the ‘elimination’ of his grandparents because of their race.   He watches the movement closely.

Query from Mike:
Josh, I continue to be saddened about the removal of statues and other news of the day, but I have lately been posting more than usual, because I am very concerned, not with the sheer number of news stories (that has always been the case) but with people drawing the wrong lessons from these news stories and taking down a great society along the way.

In the case of the statues, I am concerned with the erasing of history, particularly when people are toppling statues of great figures, such as Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant.

In the case of news stories of police brutality, I am concerned with people who are drawing the conclusion that this means that this is representative of all law enforcement, which it most definitely is not.

In the case of racist attacks, I am concerned with people who are drawing the conclusion that this is representative of a trend in society, rather than the exception to the rule that I know it to be.

The danger with people drawing the wrong conclusions is that it could result in the destruction of the just and moral society that we have created, and that scares me a lot more than individual incidents of police brutality, racism, etc.

What do you think?

Response from Josh:
With that in mind, here is my newest post, in response to https://www.jpost.com/international/hate-crime-investigation-opened-after-jewish-biracial-woman-set-on-fire-633044?fbclid=IwAR2lB22MpFGHycCf6m9WdF0v62EmN_M0t67sUa5AG_FdPzqHNdHSCD4Z9qs :

I hope that they catch those responsible for this. Whenever there is an incident like this one, or the brutal murder of my own grandparents, or any of the incidents of violence against innocents making the news today (whether that violence was motivated by racism/anti-Semitism or occurred for other reasons), I am reminded of the proverbial glass being half empty or half full. While both are correct (i.e., the glass is both half empty and half full), it is a matter of where we put our focus.

I am truly grateful to live in a time and place where we do not need to call upon other people to condemn these actions — they are already doing that on their own. We do not need to demand that those who did this be brought to justice – the relevant law enforcement agencies are already working to do just that. We do not need to demand that society change its ways as a result of this – people’s widespread condemnation of this and similar actions shows that we have already reached the point where more people condemn this than support it, and the perpetrators of this are the pariahs that they should be.
That is why the thing that keeps me sane when confronted with evil is both to work to fight that evil in my own way and to remember that those who perpetrate such actions are in the minority in the Western world of today.

Indeed, when it comes to my grandparents’ murder, I keep my sanity by focusing on the many good people who sign the petitions that we put out every few years to ensure that justice is done (as much as possible, given the legal and political considerations involved, but those are a subject for a whole other conversation).
When studying the history of slavery and white racism in the United States, I keep my sanity by remembering the thousands who died in the Civil War to free the slaves and the many who risked their lives and livelihoods by violating the law to get escaped slaves to safety (the Underground Railroad).
When studying the history of the Holocaust, I keep my sanity by remembering the many Gentiles who risked their lives and livelihoods to save as many Jews as they could (including my hero, Chiune Sugihara, who issued thousands of life-saving Japanese visas to European Jews, throwing out his entire career in the process, as well as the many others, such as Miep Gies, who hid European Jews and/or risked their own lives to get these Jews to safety).
With contemporary incidents of police brutality, I keep my sanity by focusing on the majority of good people (both members of the general public and members of various law enforcement agencies) who, without hesitation, condemn such aberrant actions and demand that those who engage in these crimes be brought to justice.
And with incidents like what happened to this woman, I keep my sanity by focusing on the majority of good people who have come to her support, proving that the thugs who did this to her are the exception, not the rule.
Yes, humanity can get pretty disgusting, but we will only keep our sanity by fighting that evil and by focusing on the good whose deeds, likewise, combat evil.
Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi once said, “A little bit of light dispels a lot of darkness.” And if that is so of just a LITTLE bit of light, then we are so fortunate that, today, there is a whole lot of light out there combating and overpowering evil. 
Josh Effron

Then Josh and I were interacting about our concerns with respect to tearing down statues.  We discussed several leaders, and this is one response that Josh sent to me. 

Query from Mike:
Here is something I recently posted regarding the movement to remove statues honoring Ulysses S. Grant:

I am extremely disturbed by the effort to remove statues honoring President Ulysses. S. Grant, simply because he once owned a slave. Grant’s life is one of repentance and of working to constantly better himself, a lesson that we all need to learn.

Yes, it is true that Grant did briefly own one slave – a man named William Jones, who was a “gift” from his father-in-law in late 1857 – but he freed Jones about a year later (March of 1859 ), before the Civil War even started.
Years later, as President, he worked to ensure the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1875 , which could have resolved the issue of black equality and prevented segregation but ended up being struck down by the Supreme Court in 1883, setting civil rights back almost a century.

Grant underwent a similar moral evolution with regard to his relationship to the Jews. During the Civil War, General Grant enforced General Orders Number 11, which was the most anti-Semitic order in American history. It gave the Jews of Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee just 24 hours to leave their homes, because it was suspected that the Jews were Southern sympathizers. (When President Lincoln found out about this order, he immediately countermanded it.)

However, Grant’s story does not end there. He felt so guilty about what he had done that he spent the remainder of his life repenting, to the point where, as President, he became one of the best friends the Jews ever had in the White House, appointing more Jews to various offices than any President before him. He also attended a synagogue service at Adas Israel Congregation, along with his entire cabinet. This was the first time that a President had attended a synagogue service. When President Grant died, Jews all over sincerely mourned him as a truly great man.

Yes, Ulysses S. Grant was not a perfect person (who is?), but he should be honored for his moral evolution, from slave owner to protector of black rights and from anti-Semite to friend of and advocate for the Jews. His story teaches us that it is never too late for most of us to morally evolve.

Finally, one area that I have spoken about extensively is judicial reform.    At length I have written about my concerns how how the US judicial system is draconian in its ways.   The Black Lives Movement in many respects does not have a clear message and I certainly do not agree with many of its tactics and lack of any meaningful messaging however, one area I hope it can impact is a system where a defendant charged with a crime has less than a 2% chance of winning statistically and that is why so many innocent people take a plea deal. 

In this example below, Josh and I were discussing a “white person” and although what they did was wrong we believed they could have won at trial but the government is always able to find a way to bully a victory.   

Query from Mike:
As requested, below is the Lori Loughlin opinion that I wrote a couple of weeks ago. (It was in response to what you wrote about the police officers being prosecuted for George Floyd’s death; I said that the Lori Loughlin case is another example of a high-profile prosecution that seems to be a miscarriage of justice.)


Response from Josh:
Thank you for your thought-provoking, original, and independent analysis of the situation. It is great to have the situation looked at with fresh eyes and a perspective unencumbered by political correctness, etc.

You are quite correct that all three officers deserve a fair trial. Kueng and Lane seem to have already been tried and convicted by the press, which is quite unfair, particularly given the facts that you laid out about not only how new they were to the police force but also how they had, in fact, questioned Chauvin’s actions. (What more could they have done in their situation, as novice police officers in the presence of a veteran officer who would reasonably be expected to know what he was doing?)

Even Chauvin, who certainly appears guilty and deservant of punishment, must first get a fair trial, have his day in court, and truly be “presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Another high-profile prosecution that has bothered me in recent months – on a completely different topic – is what is happening to actress Lori Loughlin. It certainly appears that she is guilty of paying the money to falsify her kids’ backgrounds to get them into college, but the threat of 40 years in prison for this? That is more than we give most people convicted of rape, in many cases. Frankly, I do not understand how justice is served with her serving any time in prison for this, rather than having to pay a fine and then moving on with life, as this was a white collar crime, not a violent crime. The prosecutors seem to be pandering to the media, rather than truly seeking justice there.

In the end, she was, essentially, forced to plead guilty just to avoid a punishment that seems far too harsh under these circumstances, completely flying in the face of the idea that the burden of proof must be 100% on the government to prove the elements of a crime; basically, her guilty plea seems akin to a forced confession, something that we normally associate with Third World dictatorships and not with the Anglo-American justice system that I so revere. 

Josh Effron
Attorney at Law
Immigrant Rep, Inc.

Tel: (310) 427-7705
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I feel I should be permitted to protest the treatment of police officers in the same manner – as protestors are able to demonstrate against the mistreatment and subsequent death of George Floyd

Some people will say that I am crazy to write this article.  Some people will tell me I will get death threats.  Well in the same way the protestors want to be heard I am going to stick up for a few of the officers who have been charged in the George Floyd death.
I am tired of listening to CEO after CEO speak about racial equality and how ‘things have to change’ – and then try to guess which ones are sincere and which ones are just using this whole situation as leverage to further their corporate interests.   CNBC is a long run ‘talk show’ which seems to be just one commercial after another staging executives spouting politically correct things about racial equality – when many of them have never shown any previous interest in the subject matter in their entire career(s). 
I am asking people to consider a few facts before this group of officers is convicted – without a fair trial.  
I see these officers as sacrificial lambs with no chance of a fair trial. I think the Power Brokers across the USA, (who think what is coming will make the Rodney King Los Angeles Riots seem small) will push hard for convictions in the case(s) of these officers.   
Here are a few facts to consider before you rush to judgment on all the officers:
Officer J. Alexander Kueng had not yet completed his third full shift as a police officer.  That is right his third night on the job!   During the arrest he said the words, “You shouldn’t be doing that”. 
He along with officers Tou Thao and Thomas Lane are charged with aiding and abetting murder, as well as aiding and abetting manslaughter.   
Lane was also new to the job, only on the force for four days when the incident occurred.   On the video you can hear Lane saying, “Shall we roll him over” in his concern that Floyd may be in delirium.  He seemed to think things were not being done properly.
Lane, prior to his arrest, worked as a volunteer at the Somali Youth Center helping to tutor disadvantaged kids with science and math activities.  I mention this to put a human face to this officer. 
Two of these officers were new on the job and following the direction of the senior officer Derek Chauvin who worked on the force for more than 18 years.   Chauvin had 18 prior complaints against him.  Tou Thao, who was also involved in Floyd’s arrest, had six complaints filed and five were closed without discipline.  Keung and Lane had no complaints filed.  
Kueng and Lane were new on the job and it reasonable to expect that they would follow the lead of a veteran of 18 years. 
Each of these officers is now facing up to 40 years in prison and if convicted would likely be put into solitary confinement as there is no way they could be put in the general prison population given the circumstances and high profile of this case. 
Yes, these officers used excessive force but one consideration is Floyd had underlying conditions including hypertensive heart disease, fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use.     
In large part I believe Chauvin can be held accountable but before the entire country rushes to judgement let’s give these police officers a fair trial.    
From a personal perspective, when I went down to the Las Vegas Strip to witness the protest marches I noticed that a large majority of the protestors were white – in their teens and early twenties.   I had expected to see a large section of African Americans between 30 to 70 years old.   Some people seemed sincere and some seemed as though they were just excited to have something to do.  It really made me question that, other than possibly showing support, what these young white kids were doing was filling in time without any understanding of what was going on. Again, some were genuine, but many seemed not to be.
I will speak my truth and people may not like my position but I am sure I am saying what many people are thinking.
You might say I am likely a white privileged male.  Well I am 55 and white but grew up in a house with 6 kids where both parents worked 2 jobs each to provide.  There were no perks, and nothing ever ‘handed’ to is – in any form. I certainly did not grow up in an environment of entitlement. 
The most intense personal example that I had, on the front lines of racial discrimination, was when I was in grade 12. I was a disc jockey and had a gig at the Derby Night Club on Gottingen Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia.   I was told not to play “hip hop” music and only “white” music.  The owner said he wanted a “more white” clientele.
As the night progressed & as I played music, I did not think this was right and so reverted to playing a cross section of music in order to play for everyone. At the end of the shift was fired. 
I believe that there are times when officers use inappropriate force – especially when making arrests on warrants for nonviolent crimes (with implementation first thing in the morning) with many officers – guns drawn – kicking down doors.  In such cases ‘excessive’ seems to cover these procedures.  
Police; however, deal with difficult situations and, with the current pressure on them, they are going to think twice about what they are doing – which will likely lead to unintended consequences – where force may be merited and not utilized resulting in perhaps even more deaths.
We did not know George Floyd and I certainly believe he did not deserve to die this way; however, let’s not convict these officers without knowing all the facts. 
It looks bad for Derek Chauvin and on the face of it hard to defend him in this article but again let’s let the proper judicial process happen. 
One final important point is the media’s coverage of the Corona Virus as – the worst thing to hit humanity in 100 years – resulting in television ratings being off the charts with viewership.   Now the racial protests are getting even more viewership than corona virus and the virus is barely mentioned and it makes me wonder – is it just about the ratings?
I believe the nonstop media coverage of the Floyd story is counter indicated as, in many respects, it tends to feedthe protests.
I really wonder if stations like CNN and MSNBC help to mobilize the protestors by glorifying their actions as guest after guest comes on these channels in support of what they are doing.   I think any rational person will think the looting in some cities was out of control but any discussion on a tougher crackdown is generally being met with widespread condemnation or at least seen as being “politically incorrect”.   
The media has helped feed the protests and thus the consequences.   
Many people are questioning the sincerity of a large number of those protesting. 
In conclusion, people are afraid to speak the truth; however, I will stand and state for anyone who will listen
These officers deserve a fair trial.    

Mike Lathigee

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My philosophical evolution – Robert Mich
June 24, 2020
Below is a link to an article – published by member
Robert Mish.
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However; we share this submission because it seems to represent a unique perspective on our ever changing political environment and its impact on our perception of ‘self’ – within that environment.

We hope that it may bring some value in these relatively disconcerting times …

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My philosophical evolution – Robert Mich
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Further to – George Floyd Police Officers Deserve Fair Trial but Doubt they will get one!
June 11, 2020

Updating after the last article I wrote about the police officers in the George Floyd case.   I had a few dozen responses and all but one were in agreement and supportive of what I wrote.   That is exactly why I wrote the article – because there is a large percentage of the population whose voices are completely drowned out by the media.  Per my article I was getting sick of watching CEO’s appearing (nonstop) with words of support for this movement which seems to have no clear message – as it has evolved to cover many social inequality issues now. That said It seems the CEO’s agenda is more about enriching their own corporate branding than sincerity. 

Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints Quarterback (for whatever reason) sent a tweet that he was not in agreement with players kneeling during the national anthem and would never agree with anybody disrespecting the United States Flag.   Then he received enormous pressure from the protestor moment and other NFL players and was “forced” to apologize.  Don’t for a second think that what he said he thought was wrong. Today it is for personal safety or under enormous pressure that people have become afraid to speak up for what they think is right – as almost everything is now perceived as racist.  Then Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner has done a complete 180 degree position reverse on players kneeling during the national anthem.    Again this is about pressure and not what he really thinks (if you read and watch countless interviews he has done in the past on the subject).  For him it is just about the money and how to guard his interests and that of owners. 
In summation – these are complicated times and any kind of position is fraught with complicated variables. 

Members know I have spoken extensively about the abuse in our judicial system.   We have 4% of the world’s population and 26% of the world’s inmates.    I have discussed draconian laws, a bail system that forces the accused to accept rather than fight, lobbyists who make money through more people in prison etc.  If the protest moment makes changes to this part of the system it has my full support.  The problem I have is that this protest has no clear message and in many ways I see it being used to further the American system to more entitlement through polarization.  That is not what made America great.  It is Capitalism and citizens in a free America pursuing the American Dream that made it the economic powerhouse that it is.  I agree some things need to improve (certainly in the social justice area) but moving to bigger government and more entitlements is not the way to go. 

Anecdotally a friend of mine applied for a government job and was told, on a few occasions, he was the most qualified candidate.  However, he never got a job and one interviewer told him that they had to hire from a minority pool.  He is a white 31 year old man.  Is this racist?  

Also for the record I went to another protest a few days ago and I continue to observe that a large majority of the protesters are very young and many are white – and for many it just seems to be something to do with their time.   Then the next morning I found out there was several break-ins at places that never had been broken into before.   

We all would like to see change in many areas. However, anyone who seems to challenge the message of the protest moment is attacked. The parade of high profile CEOs speaking to what people want to hear (& unlikely what they really think) with the effect of furthering a polarizing agenda – seems counter indicated to what any of us would like to see – resulting from all of this.
Mike Lathigee