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Attn: UNPAID Interns at Hearst, Fox Searchlight & Charlie Rose Can Join Class Action Lawsuit Under FLSA

If you are/were an UNPAID intern at Hearst since February 2009 (some news sources listed as 2006 instead of 2009, best to contact attorneys below to confirm), you can join the class action lawsuit by contacting the attorneys at Outten & Golden, LLP listed below. Also, there are at least 2 other active class action lawsuits against Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. and the Charlie Rose Show that use(d) UNPAID interns (see below):

General office phone number of the law firm Outten & Golden, LLP:  1-212-245-1000. E-mail: internlawsuits@outtengolden.com

For the civil complaints filed with the Federal/State courts for the 3 cases, click on links provided here: Hearst Corporation, Fox Searchlight, Charlie Rose. See attorney Elizabeth Wagoner interviewed by Employment Law Channel about the UNPAID interns at Fox Searchlight who worked on the Oscar-winning movie Black Swan, she discussed how UNPAID interns at Fox Searchlight are illegal practices. My take: it’s also TAX EVASION by these large corporations to avoid paying Federal and State payroll taxes by using UNPAID interns to do the same duty and same work as full-time employee.

Across the pond in the United Kingdom, Keri Hudson who was an UNPAID intern for website “My Village” recently won the lawsuit to be recognized as a PAID worker.

Rachel M. Bien at the law firm Outten & Golden LLP – Email: rmb@outtengolden.com Ms. Bien represents employees in individual discrimination cases and wage-and-hour class actions.

Elizabeth Wagoner at the law firm Outten & Golden LLP – Email: ewagoner@outtengolden.com Ms. Wagoner represents employees in all areas of employment law, including both individual and class actions.

The case is Xuedan Wang v. The Hearst Corporation, at the Federal Court in the Southern District of New York, Class Action Complaint No. 12 Civ. 0793.

NOTE that Outten & Golden LLP is also representing plaintiffs in two other UNPAID intern lawsuits. They are:

1) Bickerton v. Charles Rose and Charlie Rose, Inc., Index No. 650780/2012 (N.Y. Supreme Court), which was filed with the court in March 2012, and

2) Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc., No. 11 Civ. 6784 (at the Federal Court in Southern District New York), which is in the discovery stage of the legal process.

PRESS RELEASE via PR Newswire

July 13, 2012, 9:46 a.m. EDT

Court Conditionally Certifies Unpaid Intern Collective Under FLSA, According to Outten & Golden LLP

NEW YORK, July 13, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — U.S. District Judge Harold Baer ruled late Thursday that a federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawsuit filed on behalf of all unpaid interns who worked in Hearst’s Magazines division since February 2009 can go forward as a collective action.

The class action complaint, filed by Outten & Golden LLP on Feb. 2, 2012 on behalf of Xuedan Wang, a former Harper’s Bazaar intern, accuses Hearst of illegally failing to pay interns for their work and taking unlawful deductions by requiring interns to purchase academic credit as a condition of employment. Ms. Wang regularly worked more than 40 hours per week, and sometimes as many as 55 hours per week, without compensation.

The Court made a preliminary determination that unpaid interns at Hearst are “similarly situated” because Hearst made a uniform determination that they are not “employees,” required them to submit college credit letters, and used them to perform entry-level work with little supervision.

The Court’s Order means that interns who worked for Hearst Magazines within the past three years will soon receive a Court-authorized notice of the lawsuit and information about how to join it to protect their rights under federal law.

The Court also rejected Hearst’s argument that the case could not be certified as a class action under the New York Labor Law, explaining that Hearst’s arguments were “premature.” At a later phase in the litigation, Outten & Golden will ask the Court to certify a New York Labor Law class of unpaid interns who have worked for Hearst since Feb. 2, 2006.

Rachel Bien, of Outten & Golden LLP, said, “We are pleased that the Court agreed that this case should move forward to the merits and that interns deserve to be notified about the lawsuit and have the chance to join it.”

The case is Xuedan Wang v. The Hearst Corporation, in the Southern District of New York, Class Action Complaint No. 12 Civ. 0793.

Outten & Golden also has filed two other lawsuits on behalf of unpaid interns, Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc., No. 11 Civ. 6784 (S.D.N.Y.), which is in discovery, and Bickerton v. Charles Rose and Charlie Rose, Inc., No. Index No. 650780/2012 (N.Y. Supreme), which was recently filed.

Pleadings and related documents for Outten & Golden LLP’s intern cases are available at: http://www.unpaidinternslawsuit.com .

Attorney Contacts: Rachel Bien and Elizabeth Wagoner, Outten & Golden LLP, New York, 212.245.1000, http://www.outtengolden.com .

SOURCE Outten & Golden LLP

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Fashion designer Alexander Wang Is a Slave Driver Boss, Ex-Employees Exposed His Dirty Laundry

Lawsuit Title: Lu et al v. Alexander Wang Incorporated et al (the Sweatshop lawsuit)
Case number: 1:12-cv-02187
Court filed: Federal Court (New York Southern District)
Outcome: Both parties came to MUTUAL and CONFIDENTIAL $$$$$ Monetary Settlement before escalating to trial stage.

Scroll down this blog to view many photos related to Alexander Wang, his abused employees, his family members, his luxury apartments in Manhattan, etc.

UPDATE August 16, 2012: When it comes to matters related to NYC Chinese communities (Alexander Wang Sweatshop working conditions happening in NYC Chinatown), leave it to the NYC Chinese newspapers to dig up the juicy information in their ‘hood.

According to Chinese World Journal‘s unrelenting pursuit of the truth (after all, Chinese World Journal snapped the EXCLUSIVE photo outside of Alexander Wang’s NYC Chinatown sweatshop room when no other media were able to do it), the Chinese news reporters contacted Ming Hai, Esq (he is the former attorney for the sweatshop workers as filed with the NY State Supreme Court, but he stayed on as an external legal consultant to the sweatshop lawsuit filed at the Federal Court). He told the Chinese World Journal that the terms of the private settlement (how much $$$ paid out to the plaintiffs) cannot be revealed due to Confidentiality clause spelled out in the private agreement, but he said the $$$$ amount is “satisfactory”. In other words, amidst Ming Hai’s “Mona Lisa smile”, one can imagine the sweatshop workers (the plaintiffs) are laughing all the way to their banks with a boatload of $$$$ Monetary Settlement. These sweatshop workers were owed unpaid Over-Time wages and BIG medical bills, among other things such as Daily Verbal Abuse and Assault and Unsafe Working Conditions (scroll down below to see their ordeals with photos provided).

As I mentioned before, the private settlement stipulated that the parties involved must keep the $$$$ Monetary Settlement private. As someone astutely pointed out, the Federal judge was NOT granting a motion to dismiss the sweatshop lawsuit normally filed by the defense attorneys. The judge NEVER said the lawsuit was dismissed due to lack of merit, the judge dismissed the sweatshop lawsuit simply because both parties (the Sweatshop workers & Alexander Wang) made PRIVATE SETTLEMENT, therefore BOTH parties mutually agree to rescind the civil lawsuit after they reached their PRIVATE settlement.  The judge was merely acting PASSIVELY to sign-off on and closed the lawsuit due to both parties (the Sweatshop workers and Alexander Wang) signing the Private Settlement Agreement before it reached the trial stage.

Are you still confused? If yes, let me give you an example. If you can recall a recent Child Support case filed with the Family Court in New York (Manhattan, NYC) between former supermodel Linda Evangelista and her $Billionaire baby daddy Francois-Henri Pinault, the civil lawsuit ended on Day 3 of the trial when both parties reached a “Satisfactory” but Confidential Private Settlement to prevent details and data that might embarrass the $Billionaire from leaking out to the public if the lawsuit dragged on further. You have to be really gullible to believe that Linda Evangelista “suddenly” had a change of heart on Day 3 of the trial to rescind the lawsuit by NOT accepting any $$$$$ Monetary Settlement from Pinault. Likewise, the Sweatshop workers and their attorneys would not be stupid enough to have reached mutual agreement by NOT accepting any $$$$$ Monetary Settlement from Alexander Wang. I bet Pinault (being a French man) was not familiar with how open the American legal system is. By Day 2 of the trial, it must have been a culture shock to Pinault that anyone on the street (including the tabloid and paparazzi) could simply walk into the court room to listen to his Child Support lawsuit in New York with Linda Evangelista. Hence the judge in New York dismissed the Evangelista vs. Pinault (baby daddy) Child Support lawsuit due to both parties reaching PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL settlement agreement on Day 3 of the trial. If you still want to bug Linda Evangelista or Francois-Henri Pinault, neither of them will reveal the $$$$$$$$ amount to you, because they have signed the Settlement Agreement to keep their lips sealed.

You can ask legal and financial experts to make Guess-timate on the ballpark figure that the sweatshop workers received from Alexander Wang. Or you can play Sherlock Holmes, find out how much the Insurance Company paid out to the Sweatshop Workers beyond the deductible amount (if Alexander Wang bought Insurance on litigation liabilities). If the Insurance coverage is NOT sufficient to cover the Private $$$$$ Settlement or Alexander Wang did not buy litigation insurance, check how much $$$$$$ were wired out of the bank accounts of Alexander Wang, his older brother Dennis Wang & Dennis’ wife Aimie Wang, or their filthy rich mother Ying Ying-Wang (Her first name and maiden name are both spelled as Ying), father Jerry ChiYu Wang or AW’s older sister Theresa Wang (note: Theresa’s last name may have been changed due to marriage(s)/divorce(s), etc) Check their Real Estate records too. They might have to unload some real estate holdings to pay out to the Sweatshop workers. Scroll down this blog to see the fairly large collection of Real Estate owned by the Alexander Wang and his parents and siblings in New York. I haven’t included the Real Estate the Wang Family owned in California and around the world.

The Ming Pao Daily (in the bottom left-hand corner of the page) also covered the $$$$$$ Monetary Settlement of the Alexander Wang Sweatshop lawsuit. Here is an advertiser profile (in Chinese) of Ming Hai, Esq. who took the case as the plaintiffs’ attorney in the Alexander Wang Sweatshop lawsuit.

UPDATE August 14, 2012: Per Law360, Alexander Wang has reportedly settled the sweatshop lawsuit with the plaintiffs outside of court – paying the plaintiffs an UNDISCLOSED amount of $$$$ money to avoid the embarrassment of a public jury trial. Anyone who had been in a car accident civil lawsuit would know, attorneys representing the defendants would estimate their clients’ chance of winning the civil lawsuits. If the defendants’ chances of winning are slim, the defendants’ attorneys generally advise their clients to settle civil lawsuits outside of court to avoid the “UNPREDICTABLE” jurors from awarding “SURPRISING & MASSIVE $$$$” payouts to the plaintiffs, not to mention the exorbitant amount of attorney hourly fees involved in a full jury trial. So Alexander Wang has EATEN his words, he originally vowed to fight in court to clear his name in a court of law, but instead he went the easy route – paying the defendants an UNDISCLOSED amount of money to avoid a PUBLIC and HUMILIATING trial. When the Plaintiffs and Defendants have agreed on a mutual $$$ Monetary Settlement (in this case Alexander Wang came to a private UNDISCLOSED $$$$ Settlement Agreement with the Sweatshop Workers, and both sides filed a notice with the Federal Court on August 1, 2012), then almost 2 weeks later on August 13, Federal judge Harold Baer reviewed the legal notice filed on August 1 . And Judge Baer approved the legal notice that they are settling the lawsuit outside of court, hence the judge dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice (legal dictionary definition of “Dismiss With Prejudice” means it has been judged or adjudicated already, that it can’t be re-filed by the plaintiff). Law360 is the first news outlet that is reporting the settlement of the sweatshop lawsuit.

Si usted trabaja para Alexander Wang en 386 Broadway en Nueva York y quiere participar en la demanda colectiva. Contacto el abogado de los trabajadores – señor C.K. Lee, tel: 1-212-465-1188, dirección de la oficina: Kraselnik & Lee, PLLC, 30 East 39th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10016 (entre Madison Avenue y Park Avenue). 31 trabajadores han participado en la demanda colectiva

如果你在紐約市百老匯386號的 Alexander Wang 王大仁 *血汗廠* 工作, 希望加入集體訴訟血汗衣廠, 請聯絡C.K. Lee 律師. C.K. 李律師電話: 1-212-465-1188, 辦公室地址: Kraselnik & Lee, PLLC, 曼哈頓東39街30號, 2樓 (麥迪遜大道和公園大道之間) 30 East 39th St, 2nd Fl, New York, NY 10016. 31名員工已加入集體訴訟控告Alexander Wang 王大仁的血汗衣廠.

Lawyer Hugh Mo is representing Alexander Wang. Office Phone# of Hugh Mo: 1-212-385-1500. Office address: 225 Broadway Ste 2702 New York, NY 10007. E-mail: hhmo8@verizon.net

NOTE: The 200 Square-Feet (19 Square Meters) AW sweatshop is not for the claustrophobic. The tiny AW sweatshop regularly houses 15 workers and 22 machines without air ventilation and window.

Alexander Wang was very ??*generous*?? to show off his $2 Million, 2,200 square feet (204 Sq. M) Tribeca apartment to the W magazine (see his home photos below, including his PRIVATE bedroom), but the AW has hired security guards 24/7 to prevent any intruders and spies from inspecting the 200 square feet (19 Sq. M) sweatshop where non-English speaking immigrants work at least 16 hours per day. Contrast this stinginess and cruelty on the sweatshop workers to the Alexander Wang & family members buying a collection of expensive luxury homes for themselves in New York, California and the world. See below a photo that the NYC Chinese media managed to snap outside the sweatshop. I put this heavily-guarded sweatshop photo next to the photos of the AW family’s luxury homes collection. 

UPDATE May 14, 2012: I just read the comment section of a news article from New York magazine. One person made the following comment about the stingy Alexander Wang and his family. Not only are the Wangs cruel and nasty to sweatshop workers, they treat tenants in the building they own very badly. The former tenant is currently suing the Wang family in a separate lawsuit. Here’s the comments written by a self-described tenant of the Wang family.

My wife and I are both presently involved in a separate lawsuit against the Wang’s.
We lived in San Francisco in a building owned by the Wang family trust from March ’08 -Dec ’10. The same building Alexander began his business from years ago.
His brother Dennis was our absentee landlord and we had issues with his inattention to a number of problems at the basement apartment.
Whenever we had a problem such as plumbing, washer/dryer failure and a host of others basic service issues we never had any help in regard to repairs. We paid our rent on time and were good tenants but were subject to tirades from Dennis if we ever brought up problems with the apartment.
We were forced to move and threatened with utility shut down if we did not voluntarily leave within the three week notice.
We moved out just to avoid the stress and never got our sizable security deposit back.
We were forced to seek legal council and the matter is still in dispute.
They were the worst landlords my wife and I have had in the 20+ years of apartment dwelling.
We sympathize with the plaintiffs because we know the type of people they are dealing with and just how irresponsible and antagonistic they are. I wish the plaintiffs luck in their case v. the Wangs. You would think that with all the success they have had in their business they might treat employees and tenants a little better.

UPDATE May 11, 2012: To all gullible fashionista out there, the sweatshop lawsuit is still very much alive and kicking against Alexander Wang. Reporter(s) at the NY Observers recently interviewed the lawyer, C.K. Lee, who represents the sweatshop workers at Alexander Wang about the Federal lawsuit and about sweatshop boss Alexander Wang designing $95 campaign T-shirt for Barack Obama. It’s a “nice” touch by President Obama to support a sweatshop boss. I bet Alexander Wang and his greedy family is a major campaign donor and bundler for Obama.

UPDATE March 27, 2012: I’m glad that we won’t see any “Cat Fights” between 2 grown men (Lawyers Hugh Mo and Ming Hai) over the Alexander Wang lawsuit. These 2 grown men (their combined age exceeds 100, by the way) made their feud very public in NYC Chinese community. Because the Alexander Wang sweatshop lawsuit has successfully transferred to the Federal Court last Friday (March 23, 2012) by new lawyer C.K. Lee from Kraselnik & Lee, PLLC. Lawyer Hugh Mo who represents Alexander Wang has 20 days to respond to the federal civil complaints. The Team AW made some very lame statements to the WWD saying that the lawsuit was raised by one disgruntled ex-employee (Wenyu Lu) who was harassing and bullying other workers. But the Team AW did not address why another worker Flor Duarte joined the sweatshop lawsuit as the 31st worker against Alexander Wang – the other 29 or so workers do NOT want to be named publicly for fear of getting fired for revenge reasons. Team AW also did not address why Wenyu Lu was able to work peacefully at another fashion/garment business owned by an Italian boss for 12 years (1996 to 2008) until the Italian boss retired and closed down the shop in NYC before taking on the AW sweatshop job in August 2008. Wenyu Lu worked 3 1/2 years (August 2008 to February 2012) at the Alexander Wang sweatshop.

UPDATE March 20, 2012:

According to Racked NY and Refinery 29, the 10-feet tall windows at the 4,000 sq. ft (372 sq. m ) Alexander Wang flagship store at 103 Grand Street had been egged by unknown person(s). I suggest they check the surveillance camera footage in the area to see who did it. Either the AW haters did it, or the Team AW people did it themselves to elicit sympathy from fashionista and socialite who shop his sweatshop fashion. If you have good eyesight and observation, this “egged” photo was taken by a woman with long blonde hair with a cell phone. By the way, my Chinese friend said the AW could be intentionally hiring lawyer Hugh Mo to handle the sweatshop lawsuit in order to distract people from the real sweatshop issues. It’s an open secret among NYC Chinese community that lawyers Ming Hai and Hugh Mo have bitter feud in the past – their male version of the “Cat Fights” could end up being the center of the media attention instead of the Sweatshop workers. Imagine how hilarious it will sound in the English-speaking media, “Mo and Hai”, “Hai and Mo” this and that. Think about bitter rivals Angelina Jolie vs. Jennifer Aniston and bad neighbors India vs. Pakistan starting their Cat Fights or their Nuclear War (both countries have Nuclear weapons). It’s a wise decision for Ming Hai to take the sweatshop lawsuit to lawyers who are specialists in labor/employment law at the Federal Court level to duke it out.

UPDATE March 18, 2012: According to the New York Post, the lawsuit is changing its venue from Queens County Supreme Court to the Federal Court. Lawyer Ming Hai said this Alexander Wang sweatshop lawsuit will be refiled in the Federal Court and handed off to a lawyer specializing in labor/employment law. Ming Hai will continue to be a consultant on the Alexander Wang lawsuit.

The Associated Press reported on March 6, 2012 via NorthJersey.com that there were30 workers named in the lawsuit against Alexander Wang.

Lawyer Ming Hai (left) and Flor Duarte (right) who is an ex-employee of Alexander Wang at a news conference on Friday, March 9, 2012 in Flushing, NY. Ming Hai announced to the Chinese media on Friday that Flor Duarte has joined 30 other workers in a group lawsuit against Alexander Wang. Read her story below: item #4 and 5 that my Chinese friend translated. She had to work 90 hours per week immediately AFTER her surgery to meet the Fashion Week deadline. And despite not speaking English, she was tricked into signing a letter in English that robbed her basic rights. She was fired by the AW because he claimed he did not see her work performance during Fashion Week. If you can read Chinese, read the news about Flor Duarte from Sing Tao News, Chinese World Journal, and Ming Pao News.

Photo of post-surgery scar on a worker, Wenyu Lu 陸文宇, who was fired shortly after he had 3 major surgeries in 2012. Read his story below: item #1, 3 and 5 that my Chinese friend translated, scroll to the bottom of this blog for the original Chinese news coverage about him and the Multi-Million dollar lawsuit against Alexander Wang.

Photo of Wenyu Lu with damaged eyesight, broken blood vessels in the eye, redness, etc. due to excessive overwork.

Wenyu Lu is an experienced tailor with 30+ years of tailoring experience. He legally immigrated to the US with his family in 1996. Before this AW sweatshop job, he worked for a fashion/garment business owned by Italian in NYC for 12 years until the boss retired and closed down the shop.  Since he joined the AW sweatshop in August 2008, he had been overworked so badly that he developed gallstones and other health problems, requiring 3 major surgeries in 2012. He showed his paystub for February 2012 showing that he worked nearly 100 hours per week. Click on the Paystub photo itself to ENLARGE it for better viewing. During Christmas to New Year period, he was working 16 hours per day at the AW. On Feb 12, 2012, this worker had worked 25 hours straight without a break, he eventually fainted and collapsed at the sweatshop. Read more about why the ruthless AW chose NOT to send the blatantly ill Wenyu Lu to a hospital below.

How ironic! Do these leather jackets look OK and presentable to you? According to the AW, the sweatshop workers Wenyu Lu, Flor Duarte and others who made these leather jackets did such lousy job that they should be terminated without basic rights. While the sweatshop worker Wenyu Lu collapsed at the sweatshop on Feb 13, 2012, struggling to work nearly 100 hours per week with major health problems. On Feb 12, 2012 at the Alexander Wang fashion show in New York, these fashion models (L-R) Karolina Kurkova, Gisele Bundchen, Shalom Harlow, and Carmen Kass were all smiling and laughing while wearing leather jackets made by sweatshop workers Wenyu Lu, Flor Duarte and others. Is Gisele doing her part as Jinxele again? See my other blog posts about Gisele Bundchen jinx, and about Gisele’s plastic surgeries on her breasts and nose.

Photos of fashion designer Alexander Wang 王大仁 (aka: the accused Slave Driver boss). Why the disgruntled face on the left photo? Is this the face you show to your sweatshop workers when you verbally abuse them by saying they are “lazy“, “stupid“, “want to be on work-strike“? (NOTE: literal translations). The photo on the right is what you normally see in public.

The accused Sweatshop family in the wholly family-owned AW business: (L-R) Brother Dennis T. Wang 王大鯤, mother Ying Ying-Wang 應鶯, designer Alexander Wang 王大仁 and sister-in-law Aimie Wang (née Lim). Missing in this photo are father Jerry ChiYu Wang 王啟瑜 and older sister Theresa Yi Wang. NOTE: sister-in-law Aimie Wang (née Lim) is the CEO at the AW accused sweatshop, and brother Dennis Wang is the Chief Principal Officer at the sweatshop and mother Ying Ying Wang also work at the AW accused sweatshop.

The accused Sweatshop family: the young niece Aila Wang. Look what little Aila was wearing! She must be thinking, “If you think my uncle is cruel to sweatshop workers, do you know where he stands on animal cruelty? Have you been to my uncle’s $2 Million Tribeca apartment? He’s got a lot of dead animals, pictures of nude woman exposing breasts and buttocks”. See AW’s home photos below.

The accused Sweatshop family: the young niece Aila Wang with her mother Aimie Wang and her uncle the accused Sweatshop Slave Driver boss Alexander Wang

If there are any Chinese news update, I will provide on this blog later pending translations from my friend.

Although fashion designer Alexander Wang and basketball player Jeremy Lin were both born to immigrant parents from Taiwan, and both grew up in California, the similarities end there. Jeremy Lin 林書豪 is considered the Pride of Taiwan, but Alexander Wang 王大仁 represents the Shame of Taiwan to some of my Chinese sources. Fashion designer Alexander Wang 王大仁 (AW) is NO struggling designer having trouble paying his rent and utilities bills. In 2011, Alexander Wang reportedly earned $25 Million ($25,000,000).  AW grew up in a wealthy family in San Francisco, California. His immigrant parents Jerry ChiYu Wang 王啟瑜 and Ying Ying Wang 應鶯 own a successful business called Pan Pacific Plastics Manufacturing, Inc in California, the actual plastics factories are located in China. I believe AW’s mother Ying Ying Wang also owns a real estate development company called Hegenberger Land, Inc in California.  AW’s paternal uncle 王啟元 is the owner of a construction company called I Cheng Construction & Development Corporation 毅成建設股份有限公司 in Taiwan, responsible for building the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall 國父紀念館and the National Taiwan University Hospital 台大醫院 in Taiwan.

One can imagine the level of shame Alexander Wang is bringing to his own name: the accused ruthless Sweatshop boss, as well as embarrassment to his relatives in Taiwan. The rumor in Chinatown is that Alexander Wang also evades Payroll taxes by hiring illegal immigrants off-the-book. As my Chinese friend says, “What else is new from a cheap and cruel Chinese family (from mother to adult children) whose single obsession in life is to make big profit?”. In case you didn’t know, Alexander Wang is very focused on designing ready-to-wear clothing (as opposed to couture) that can sell for money (good for the profit margin).  

Photo of Alexander Wang 王大仁 and his very wealthy mother Ying Ying Wang 應鶯.  His immigrant parents Jerry ChiYu Wang 王啟瑜 and Ying Ying Wang 應鶯 own a successful business called Pan Pacific Plastics Manufacturing, Inc in California, the actual plastics factories are located in China.

Consistent with the Chinese family business belief that the most qualified job candidates are within the family (aka: nepotism), AW’s older cousin 王大任 works as the Vice President at the I Cheng Construction & Development Corp 毅成建設股份有限公司 where his father 王啟元 (aka: AW’s paternal uncle) is the big boss. This construction company was established in 1950 in Taiwan.  For anyone who believed they were poor immigrants when they moved to California in the 1970’s (before AW was born), you were just too gullible. See the photo of AW’s cousin below.

Bottom row, the 3rd person from the left with the light grey tie and smiling, showing his teeth is AW’s older cousin 王大任 (literally, his Chinese first name means “big responsibility). You can click on the photo to ENLARGE it for better viewing.

Alexander Wang went to a privileged boarding school, the Drew School, alongside his best friend the socialite Victoria Traina. Victoria Traina is the daughter of novelist Danielle Steele whose net worth is about $50 Million ($50,000,000). Instead of sharing rooms with his classmates in the boarding school, Alexander Wang was living in an apartment in a building owned by his parents Jerry ChiYu Wang 王啟瑜 and Ying Ying Wang 應鶯 in Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. Since AW launched his alleged sweatshop, his mother Ying Ying Wang 應鶯 and brother Dennis T. Wang 王大鯤 are “helping out” (Hmm) on the AW business. Dennis Wang is the Chief Principal Officer at the AW accused sweatshop. His sister-in-law Aimie Wang (née Lim) works as the CEO at the accused AW sweatshop. By the way, when mother Ying Ying Wang was 41-years-old, she did not anticipate having Alexander Wang – the future accused Slave Driver Sweatshop boss, with her regular birth control protection. There is a big age gap between Alexander Wang and his two older siblings: sister Theresa and brother Dennis. His older brother Dennis Wang is 19 years older than AW. Dennis’ wife Aimie is 9 years younger than Dennis, and she is 10 years older than AW.

My Chinese friend says Chinese people like to own real estate for asset appreciation. No kidding! And that the cheapest and stingiest Chinese bosses tend to be the wealthiest, because they don’t know how to shareMy Chinese sources tell me Alexander Wang looks at every number and profit margin in the sweatshop business, quite a micromanaging boss. As Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren famously said, “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own”. Warren rejects the concept that it is possible for Americans to become wealthy in isolation.

“You built a factory out there? Good for you,” she says. “But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.”

She continues: “Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”

Of course, cheap Sweatshop bosses don’t think like that. When the AW sweatshop workers become ill and hospitalized due to extensive overwork, the AW deems the workers no longer u$eful and a big liability to him. My take on “becoming a liability “as in raising the group medical insurance premium of the AW, slowing down his sweatshop factory production and hurting the profitability of his multi-million dollar fashion empire. The Wang family wants to buy as many real estate property as possible. It’s not enough for them to own less than a handful of expensive apartments in NYC. There are 5 major points translated by my friend (listed later in the blog, next to the photo of model Gisele Bundchen in black leather jacket), read point #1 to understand the rationale and mentality of the cheap Chinese Sweatshop bosses on why the AW chose NOT to send a collapsed worker to the hospital. Besides owning an ENTIRE apartment building in Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, California, the Wang family owns quite a few expensive real estate property in California and New York City. Here is a list of apartments owned by the various Wang family members in NYC. FYI, the building housing the accused AW sweatshop at 386 Broadway, New York, NY 10013 is owned by Florentine Music & Tutorial, Inc.

1) 39 Worth Street, #3E, New York, NY 10013 – Alexander Wang bought this 2,200 square feet apartment in June 2010 for $2,000,000 (a discount of $950,000). See the pictures of this Tribeca townhouse with 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms and 6 rooms in total. The first 4 interior photos were taken BEFORE the apartment was sold to Alexander Wang. See how Alexander Wang spent 8 months to redecorate his $2,000,000 home.

   

AFTER Alexander Wang spent 8 months renovating his $2,000,000 apartment. To see his $Million home up close, click on the photo itself to ENLARGE it for better viewing. The W magazine got the interview and home photos of AW.

 

Notice lots of dead animals and fur. Alexander Wang is making a big statement about PETA either for or against (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), you decide.

 

Alexander Wang feels 100% fine to show you his PRIVATE bedroom and the rest of his 2,200 square feet (204 Square Meters) apartment for one (or two people), but he feels “It’s none of your business” to show you his 200 square feet (19 Square Meters) sweatshop occupied by 22 machines and 15 workers on a normal work day.

The NYC Chinese media know their way around NYC Chinatown, they snapped this cell phone-quality photo in a hurry shortly after they got off the elevator. Alexander Wang hires security guards 24/7 to guard against “intruders and spies” from entering the 200 square feet (19 square meters) sweatshop. Why so evasive if he has nothing to hide? Unless he does have lots of dirty stuff to hide. Looks like the AW is hiding something. Is the truth too ugly to be shown to the fashionista and socialite who buy his $10,000 coat?

2) 175 East 2nd Street, #3B, New York, NY 10009 – Alexander Wang and his very wealthy mother Ying Ying Wang bought this apartment in 2005 for $675,000, and the Wangs sold it in September 2009 for $750,000.

3) 132 Greene Street, #4F, New York, NY 10012 – CEO Aimie Wang and CPO Dennis Wang bought this apartment in Decemeber 2007 for $1,575,000. My Chinese sources say this apartment at 132 Greene Street is the Wang *power* couple’s primary residence. Feel free to verify for yourself.

4) 16 Crosby Street, #2F, New York, NY 10013 – CEO Aimie Wang and CPO Dennis Wang bought this 2,700 square-feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths apartment in July 2011 for $2,375,000.

    

5) 35 Mercer Street, #2W, New York, NY 10013 – CEO Aimie Wang and CPO Dennis Wang are renting this 1,850 square-feet 2 bedroom, 2 baths apartment for about $10,500 per month.

   

6) 275 Greenwich Street, #5ON, New York, NY 10007 – CEO Aimie Wang and CPO Dennis Wang bought this 464 square-feet studio apartment in August 2010 for $480,000. See pictures of this Tribeca apartment.

    

My Chinese friend has translated some of the Chinese media coverage about AW that were not reported in the English-speaking media. The Chinese media coverage are listed at the end of this blog for anyone who can read Chinese. I organized the Chinese news sorted by date in links and JPEG format, newspapers only, excluding Chinese TV and radio coverages. The accused AW sweatshop factory sounded like the harsh factory conditions in the Charles Dickins novels according to one of the NYC Chinese newspaper. NOTE: in the AW accused sweatshop, 15 workers and 22 machines regularly occupy inside the 200 square feet factory (18.5 Square Meters) at 386 Broadway in New York City. The alleged sweatshop has NO air-ventilation, and NO windows.

Contrast Alexander Wang’s “??openness??” about his big 2,200 Square Feet Apartment and the 4,000 Sq. Ft. Flagship store with his *evasiveness* about the sweatshop, how his security guards block the media from inspecting the 200 Sq. Ft. sweatshop. The Chinese media managed to snap this cell phone quality photo to show that Alexander Wang has hired security guards 24/7 to prevent “intruders and spies” from entering the accused forbidden sweatshop. 

Watch this YouTube video where Alexander Wang was so eager to show the public “The Making of 103 Grand Street” – his 4,000 square feet (372 square meters) flagship store, but he’s so secretive (is he ashamed?) about the 200 square feet (19 square meters) sweatshop factory at 386 Broadway.

You are probably asking, why is AW setting up such a small 200 square feet sweatshop in Lower Manhattan? The AW needs an on-site accused sweatshop factory (on either the 5th or 6th Fl. ) and a showroom (on the 3rd Floor) at 386 Broadway in NYC for the following reason: if the clients like the garment samples made by the NYC sweatshop workers, the AW then notifies the accused sweatshop factories in China to mass-produced the garment.

I read a very ignorant fashionista (probably a Trust-Fund baby) asked this question about these sweatshop workers: these workers have a choice to quit the sweatshop, don’t they? How about this ignorant fashionista try living in a foreign country when you don’t understand the local language, and you are over 40 years old with no education degree, no job skills other than handling garment? On top of all that, you have children to support hoping your kids will get a good education in the new country with a brighter future than your own. Some sweatshop workers are undocumented/illegal immigrants, the AW knows very well that he could be as abusive as he wants on illegal immigrants fearing deportation.

US immigration officials beware: my Chinese sources say some of the NYC sweatshop workers at the AW are undocumented/illegal immigrants. All the self-righteous fashion customers who are anti-illegal immigrants (such as in France, or most Republican voters in the US), you are unconsciously supporting the very illegal immigrants you work so hard against. Tax evasion alert! Attention Internal Revenue Service and the New York State Tax Department: Has Alexander Wang been evading taxes? It’s very easy to evade Federal, State and Local Payroll taxes on illegal immigrants. They are undocumented and they are most likely paid in cash for their work, with no audit trail.

I am urging all journalists worth his/her press credentials to investigate the Alexander Wang factories in foreign countries as well as in the US for sweatshop working conditions. I heard the AW has a factory in Shanghai, China. You should interview the factory workers in China to see if the AW systematically treats all workers as slaves.

The AW allegedly wants his workers to cut corners, and take short cuts in the production of high-end fashion. So much for *Snobbish* fashionista paying hefty prices for low-quality, super-rush job done by over-stressed, and over-worked slaves, some workers are actually the same undocumented workers that these fashionista are so against. What an irony!

Hire Chinese translators for the following news published in the 3 largest NYC Chinese newspapers about the Alexander Wang (AW) accused sweatshop. There are a few local NYC Chinese TV and Chinese radio stations that also made coverage about Alexander Wang’s accused sweatshop, but my Chinese friend is only translating the essential points, not the entire news from the newspapers. These NYC Chinese newspapers have sister affiliates, or parent companies in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan which regularly re-broadcast these news to the Asian affiliates.

Certain points brought up by the workers in the accused Alexander Wang sweatshop, as reported in the much more extensive coverage by the Chinese media. The English-speaking media failed to pick up these details about the Slave Driver story.

1) One of the worker, Wenyu Lu, had been overworked so much that he developed gallstones (or stones in the stomach, literal translation). His eyesight damaged and filled with redness, broken blood vessels in the eyes due to extensive overwork. He also has breathing/respiratory problems. So far, he has had 3 major surgeries due to extensive overwork. On February 12, 2012, he was working from 9am to 10am the next day (25 consecutive work hours without a break), he wanted to take a break (literal translation). But the AW warned him that if he took a break, he would be fired. On the same long work day, he fainted in the sweatshop factory. Instead of sending the worker to a hospital, the AW called a cab to send the worker to his home in Elmhurst, Queens. My Chinese friend understands the typical Chinese “Slave Driver” boss mentality and made the following presumptions and explainations on why the AW sent the fainting worker home instead of to a hospital:  (1) The AW doesn’t want the group medical insurance Claims to go up (and jacking up the group medical insurance Premiums), (2) the AW was hoping the worker could have died at home (not triggering workers compensation), (3) should the worker not die at home, the AW did not want the worker to see a doctor, incurring medical claims and eventually leading to an increase in group medical insurance premium. Again, these are Chinese presumptions on Chinese “Slave Driver” boss behavior. Purely behavioral observations on fellow Chinese cheap bosses. Seven days later (Feb 19 or 20), the worker felt very sick and he was sent to the Emergency Room at Elmhurst Hospital. He was hospitalized for 12 days receiving 3 major surgeries. The AW was unhappy with him being “absent” from work for 12 long days for multiple surgeries. The AW penalized this hospitalized worker by docking his Sick Days pay!!! Then the AW fired him and then tried to force him to sign letters in English he doesn’t understand, see #5 below.

Gisele Bundchen wore this black leather jacket at the Alexander Wang fashion show on Feb 12, 2012 in New York City. This black leather jacket was made by sweatshop workers Wenyu Lu and others. Wenyu Lu was recently fired by the AW shortly after having 3 major surgeries. The AW docked his Sick Days Pay when he was hospitalized for 12 days at Elmhurst Hospital.

2) A number of workers worked 16 hours per day, 84 hours per week but did NOT get overtime pay.

3) A number of workers complained that a good-quality leather pants normally require 12 hours in total production time, from cutting to finish, but Alexander Wang required them to finish it in less than 4 hours. The AW threatened the worker not to go home without finishing it under such compressed time demand. The AW also verbally abused these workers telling them they are “lazy“, “stupid“, “want to be on work-strike” (NOTE: literal translations).

4) In early January, 2012 a Latino worker Flor Duarte was diagnosed with health problems in her breasts which require surgery. Her doctor said her health problem was due to excessive overwork, that she needed resting time to recover. But this worker went back to work 2 days after surgery to meet the Fashion Week deadline. That meant working 90 hours per week immediately after the surgery. The AW told her that if she took a sick day, she would be fired. A good-quality leather jacket required 8 hours of production time, but AW demanded her to finish it in 1 hour! She was fired by the AW because he claimed he did not see her work performance during Fashion Week.

5) A Chinese worker, Wenyu Lu, who doesn’t understand English complained that when he was fired, he was asked to sign a letter in English. Because he doesn’t understand English, he refused to sign it. It turned out this letter was the Confidential Separation Agreement & General Release letter relinquishing the ex-employee’s rights to sue AW or bad-mouth about the AW to the public. Separately, the Latino worker Flor Duarte mentioned in #4 was fired at the end of February. She doesn’t speak English but she was asked to sign the same letter on March 6 to relinquish her rights to sue AW or bad-mouth about the AW. She was misled to sign the letter. But the workers’ lawyer said the worker has 8 days to change his/her mind regarding this letter to give up the rights to sue the employer. Therefore, on March 9 (still within 8 days period) the lawyer helped her notarized another letter to notify AW that she has changed her mind within the legally allowed period under the law, that she intends to sue the AW instead of giving up her rights to sue her ex-employer.

Below are the links and news in JPEG format. If you can read Chinese, click on the “Date and the Chinese news organization” to read the link in Chinese. For Ming Pao News, you can click on the photo itself to enlarge the JPEG file for better viewing of the Chinese news.

March 10, 2012: Chinese World Journal Five days after the sweatshop/slave driver story broke out, the Alexander Wang camp had been silent on the lawsuit filed according to the CWJ. They finally woke up on Day 5, sipped some coffee and spoke to the Chinese media to do some damage control. There are more details in the news which my friend doesn’t have time to translate word-for-word. But you can pay professional translators if you want.

March 9, 2012: Chinese World Journal Latino worker Flor Duarte is joining the lawsuit against fashion designer Alexander Wang for the sweatshop working conditions. She is the 31st worker named in the group lawsuit against Alexander Wang.

March 9, 2012: Sing Tao News Latino worker Flor Duarte at lawyer Ming Hai’s office. This offers a bit more details than what the CWJ published on the same date.

March 9, 2012: Ming Pao News – click on the picture itself to enlarge it for better viewing.

March 8, 2012: Chinese World Journal When Chinese worker Wenyu Lu was fired by Alexander Wang, Mr. Lu was asked (Hmm, tricked/misled) to sign a letter in English which he doesn’t understand. It turned out this letter was meant to prevent Mr. Lu from ever suing the fashion designer Alexander Wang or bad-mouth about his ex-employer. Luckily, Mr. Lu refused to sign it.

March 8, 2012: Sing Tao News The alleged sweatshop at Alexander Wang is a big topic among NYC Chinese in the garment industry.

March 8, 2012: Ming Pao News – click on the picture itself to enlarge it for better viewing.

March 7, 2012: Chinese World Journal Chinese worker Wenyu Lu’s lawyer Ming Hai released photos of the injuries of the worker due to sweatshop work conditions.

March 7, 2012: Sing Tao News  similar to the news by the CWJ on the same date. But with much more details. The ST news reporter got extensive coverage about the sweatshop working conditions, about the civil lawsuit complaints, etc.

March 7, 2012: Sing Tao News description about Alexander Wang 

March 6, 2012: Chinese World Journal  Chinese worker Wenyu Lu and a few dozen co-workers are filing a group lawsuit against fashion designer Alexander Wang for the sweatshop working conditions. This news was translated from the New York Post into Chinese.

March 6, 2012: Sing Tao News This news was translated from the New York Post into Chinese, similar to the news from Chinese World Journal published on the same date 3/16/2012.

March 6, 2012: Ming Pao News – click on the picture itself to enlarge it for better viewing.

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Sick of Bank Fees? 4 Credit Unions for Musician, Actor, Writer, Backstage worker, etc.

Watch this 2 minute 15 second YouTube video to learn about the major differences between Banks vs. Credit Unions

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Section 1: News update and money-saving tips
Section 2: Benefits of Credit Unions vs. Banks
Section 3: List of 4 Credit Unions for people who work in the entertainment/performing industries, including backstage workers.
Section 4: The HOW-TO guide on bank switching if you have Automatic Bill Pay and Direct Deposits.
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Section 1: News update and money-saving tips

News Update: Pity the *cash-strapped* bankers for making less money on overdraft fee – in 2011, the Fat Cat bankers *only* made $31.6 Billion in overdraft fee according to this Daily Finance report.

News Update: Avoid any Banks or Credit Unions that offer you Pay Day Loans. Read this Los Angeles Times article dated March 11, 2012 for more details about how these financial institutions are ripping people off.

News update: You can now submit your complaints about banking issues with the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) headed by Richard Cordray. The 5 categories of complaints you can submit to CFPB are: (1) Bank Account, Bank Fees & Services (2) Credit Card issues (3) Mortgage complaints (4) Student Loan issues (5) Vehicle & Consumer Loan issues. In addition, you can submit your complaints as a Confidential Informant (aka: Whistleblower). See the LINK to the CFPB “Submit Your Complaint” section.

Money-saving tip 1: If you need to buy Cashier’s Check or Money Order, try US Post Office’s Money Order. Avoid the “highway robbery charges” at the Big Banks ($10 or more). It costs less than $2 to buy US Postal Money Order in value up to $1,000. The fee is only $4.45 for International Money Order that can be cashed in 29 countries (see list in the USPS website link below). For example, if you need to buy $2,000 Domestic Money Order, you only pay $1.55 x 2 = $3.10 in fee from US Postal Money Order. See this LINK to the USPS Postal website about Postal Money Order.

Money-saving tip 2: If you need to order personal or business checks, it’s generally cheaper to get checks from mail-order check-printing companies than through the bank or credit unions (cut out the middlemen’s commissions). Pay attention to the weekly coupon in your Sunday newspapers for more mail-order check-printing companies and DISCOUNTS for FIRST-TIME customers – as low as $5.50 for 1 box of Checks. Check out: Artistic Checks, 4Checks.com, Carousel Checks, Check Gallery offers Green Checks option printed on recycled paper, Checks In The Mail, Checks Unlimited, Current Catalog Checks, Costco Checks, Designer Checks, Sam’s Club Checks, Walmart Checks.

Section 2: Benefits of Credit Unions vs. Banks.

Credit Unions are more convenient than you think. Learn the following about Credit Unions, they are actually more convenient than the Big Banks.

(1) Credit Unions with over 28,000 Surcharge-Free CO-OP network ATM nationwide (including surcharge-free ATMs at 7-Eleven, McDonald’s and many more),

(2) Thousands of Shared branches nationwide – What is Shared Branch network? If your CU is a member of Shared Branch network (aka: CU Service Center), even if you have moved from NYC to Miami, you can use human-tellers (as well as ATM) at THE OTHER Credit Unions in Miami for deposit & withdrawals as though you are still in NYC – no need to close Credit Union accounts if you move to another town or state,

Other features and benefits of Credit Unions.
(1) Credit Union Makes You a Priority, because as a member of CU, you’re a part owner. Unlike Big Banks that have to answer to their shareholders in the stock markets.
(2) Low or Minimum Balance Requirement on Accounts
(3) Lower Fees on Banking Products
(4) Lower Interest Rates on Loans (Mortgage, Credit Cards, Auto & Personal Loans)
(5) Online Banking & Account Access
(6) Some credit unions offer Check Deposit via Smartphones or Scanners
(7) Secure Funds: look for Credit Union that are members of NCUA insuring up to $250,000 per depositor
(8) Bonus Checks: Credit Union share profits with members – For real, they do! Because each Credit Union MEMBER = part owner, so you have the right to vote as a part owner, and the right to profit participation when the Credit Union turns in a profit!
(9) If You’ve Been Denied Credit at banks, Credit Unions are Less Restrictive about Credit Eligibility Requirements than the Big Banks.

Section 3: List of 4 Credit Unions for people who work in the entertainment/performing industries, including backstage workers

If you work in the entertainment industry (musicians, actors, writers, backstage personnel, etc) belonging to groups/unions/guilds, check out these 3 credit unions for membership eligibility. You get more customized services due to your work affiliation: Example 1: loans for plastic surgery for actors. Example 2: These specialized Credit Unions are familiar with processing and complying with the law related to the Coogan Accounts for child actors/performers. Example 3: child actors/performers using stage names that may be an issue with some banks when depositing or cashing checks, but these 3 Credit Unions are familiar with handling accounts for child actors/performers with stage names. They should understand your needs better than the Big Banks. Don’t Settle for Less! Shop around for a Credit Union that fits your needs the best.

(1) Actors Federal Credit Union – check their website LINK here. Actors FCU gets A-grade for convenience, it is a member of the Shared Branch network (aka: CU Service Centers) and a member of the CO-OP Free ATM Network.

(2) AFTRA-SAG Federal Credit Union – check their website LINK here. As of March 6, 2012, AFTRA-SAG FCU does not appear to be a member of the Shared Branch network (aka: CU Service Center), but it is a member of the CO-OP network. You can request AFTRA-SAG FCU to join CU Service Centers for the members’ convenience. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

(3) First Entertainment Credit Union – check their website LINK here. First Entertainment CU also gets an A-grade for convenience, it is a member of Shared Branch network and a member of the CO-OP Free ATM network.

(4) Musician’s Interguild Credit Union – check their website LINK here. Musician’s Interguild CU is a member of the CO-OP Free ATM network. Check with this CU to see if they are a member of Shared Branch network. This CU is also opened to people who live in certain zip codes in California, besides the artistic professional guild membership.

Read this piece by Amy Sohn, who is a member of the Writers’ Guild. She was so frustrated with the Big Banks that she wrote this in early 2010 why she ditched the Big Banks. Amy Sohn: Why I Joined Actors Federal Credit Union via Huffington Post, see LINK here.

Section 4: The HOW-TO guide on bank switching if you have Automatic Bill Pay and Direct Deposits.

If you have Automatic Bill Pay and Direct Deposit, see Sections 3-5 in this LINK for the HOW-TO guide on bank switching with “To-Do” list reminders and standard forms. You may also be eligible for Community-based Credit Unions with better deals than the 3 Credit Unions listed above. Shop around for the Credit Union that best fits your needs. The Step-by-Step HOW-TO guide (see link above) has useful information on how to search for credit unions based on ZIP code/address.

Shop around for Credit Unions that best fit your needs, ask them about their Fee Schedules, the interest rates on loans and deposits, the minimum balances required to avoid fees, what ATM-network they belong to (how many surcharge-FREE ATM nationwide?), whether they are members of CU Service Centers (aka: Shared Branch network,), and whether they are members of the NCUA (similar to FDIC for banks) insuring each depositor up to $250,00o. Don’t be shy to ask the Credit Union employees to help you switch your accounts, they are there to provide service. As a member of a Credit Union, you are a part-owner of the Credit Union.

According to a Associated Press article as of October 2011, here are some of the fees the big banks will soon unveil:
• Bank of America plans to introduce a $5/month fee for making debit card purchases. (This fee has been cancelled due to PR pressure, but the Big Banks will find other ways to make up for the losses via other means).
• Beginning in December, Citi will charge $20/month to some customers who carry a balance of less than $15,000 on their combined accounts.
• Last week, Wells Fargo began charging $3/month for debit cards in five states.
• Earlier this year, JPMorgan Chase began charging a $3/month debit card fee in Wisconsin and Georgia.
• In June, SunTrust Banks of Georgia introduced a $5/month debit card fee for customers with basic checking accounts.
• Earlier this month, Regions Financial Corp. of Alabama began charging customers a $4/month fee for debit cards.

Other issues that deserve attention

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See the 10-Year Karma cycle of politicians and famous people, including Steve Jobs, DSK, Mubarak, Mike Bloomberg, John Gotti, Karl Lagerfeld, Anthony Weiner, etc.

UPDATE September 10, 2014:

Just like the Obama-Romney election in 2012, the 10-year Karma chart really helped predict the winner and loser in the NY Senate District 11 race between Tony Avella and John Liu. Scroll down this blog to see the Obama and Romney 10-year Karma chart. Also, scroll down to see John Liu’s 10-Year Karma chart.

Although John Liu out-raised Tony Avella in campaign donations by (I believe 4-to-1 margin), when Lady Luck has abandoned John Liu since his 2011 Karma turning point year, no amount of money can buy you a political job that require thousands of voters’ consent. During this heated race, John Liu not only displayed his ugly side toward Tony Avella, he also showed he is an UNclassy man toward Tim Wu and Andrew Cuomo. Liu was lying on NY1 Inside City Hall debate with Avella hinting that somehow the frequent airplane noise over NE Queens happened around the time Tony Avella first became NY Senator in 2010, Liu chuckled and sounded gleeful to hint that Avella was the cause of the airplane noise. HELLO! NY Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) also first became Assemblyman in 2010, so did Braunstein caused the frequent airplane noise in NE Queens?

Liu also showed he is an UNclassy man by making extremely hostile statements reacting to Tim Wu’s endorsement of him. Likewise, on the WNYC radio Brian Lehrer’s show, Liu made very sick-sounding noise when he made a shady reply on the “Who does he endorse in the NY Governor race? Cuomo or Teachout?”. The Brian Lehrer’s radio interview should be available as podcast, take a listen to John Liu making that sick-sounding noise.

Again, the 10-Year Karma chart for Tony Avella is not easy to analyze due to limited data available to the public. But John Liu’s Karma Chart is MUCH EASIER to do, his chart just SCREAMS OUT: “After 2011, Get the hell out of voter-elected political jobs“.

UPDATE August 8, 2014:

Pardon for the belated 10-Year Karma Charting on Tony Avella. My information is limited to his Wikipedia profile and the local news coverage on his legislative work as a local politician. At first, I was unsure. But once I stick with Avella’s more than 10 years of continuous service as an elected politician (from 2002 – 2014 present time), it becomes very clear to me that he is well within his second consecutive period of 10-Year Good Luck period. NOTE that Avella won his first-term City Council election in Nov 2001, and Avella won his second-term NY Senate election in Nov 2012 in a landslide victory. This indicates to me that Avella‘s 10-Year Karma was not over by 2011. Hence in 2014, Avella is definitely within his second consecutive period of 10-Year Good Luck Karma period. Feel free to re-visit this blog page after the September 9, 2014 Primary Election.

Political life is very different from a regular job. In a regular job, you only have to please your boss (1 person) and perhaps his/her boss to save your job. In politics, you need enormous popularity to win the hearts and votes of thousands of people which require excellent Good Karma Luck.

Tony Avella – born October 27, 1951 in the USA. I am uncertain exactly when his 10-year Karma Luck changes, because Avella basically served as an aide or chief of staff to several local politicians (Peter Vallone, Sr, Ed Koch, David Dinkins, Leonard Stavisky and Toby Stavisky) for over 20 years. Many data are not provided. But one unique thing about Political life is the quote above. In order to win the votes of a large group of people, you need enormous amount of luck.

I cannot say definitely whether Avella’s 10-Year Karma Luck changes when the year ended with “1”, or “2” or some other numbers (when he was first elected to City Council in 2001 and officially began his term on January 1, 2002). But what I can say is that Avella got re-elected as State Senator in 2012 with about 3/4 of the votes (won in a landslide in 2012). This shows that Avella has 2nd consecutive 10-Year Karma Luck.

In November 2001, Avella won the 19th District NYC City Council election. He began serving in City Council on January 1, 2002.

In November, 2005, Avella won re-election in the 19th District NYC City Council election. He continued his second term on January 1, 2006 till December 31, 2009.

Note that Avella had one gap year in 2010. He tried but failed to topple ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the Fall 2009 Mayoral election. Scroll down to read Michael Bloomberg’s 10-Year Karma Chart. In 2009, Bloomberg still had about 1 more year of enormously good 10-year Karma Luck left. In 2009, Bloomberg was still within his “I can do NO wrong even if I did something bad” type of 10-Year Good Karma Luck period. In 2010, Bloomberg finally entered his 10-Year of BAD Karma period, facing heavy criticism for the mishandling of Blizzard 2010 while he was vacationing in Bermuda, the Cathy Black fiasco, etc. This shows that Avella may have 10-Year Karma Luck on his side to win a regional State Senate election in November 2010, but his Karma luck wasn’t as strong as Michael Bloomberg‘s.

In November 2010, Avella beat 38-year incumbent Frank Padavan in the 11th District State Senate election. He began serving in the NY Senate on January 1, 2011.

In November 2012, Avella easily won re-election against GOP candidate John Concannon in the 11th District State Senate election. He continues to serve his second term on January 2013.

In summary, Tony Avella has been in public office from 2002 to the 2014 present time (with one gap year in 2010). Basically, Avella has been carrying the Good Luck Karma period for more than 13 years so far. In fairness, when Avella went head-to-head with Michael Bloomberg in 2009. Bloomberg still had 1 year remained in his enormously Lucky lifetime, so Avella naturally was no match to Bloomberg in 2009. But we all saw that Bloomberg became significantly weakened starting in 2010 (from Cathy Black fiasco, to Blizzard 2010 Blunder, etc). New Yorkers chose ultra-liberal left-leaning Democrat Bill de Blasio in 2013 as the next Mayor partly because they were fed up with the conservative Bloomberg.

In contrast, read Avella‘s current opponent John Liu‘s 10-Year Karma Chart. John Liu‘s Good Luck period has been over since 2011 (Yet, he doesn’t even realize this basic Karma fact). Basically, John Liu‘s luck has significantly dwindled since 2011. John Liu is a MUCH WEAKER candidate than before his campaign Fraud scandal broke in Fall 2011.

In terms of Karma Luck, I believe Tony Avella has stronger advantage than John Liu in the September 9, 2014 Primary Election.

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I will do Tony Avella‘s Karma chart in a week or so. Meanwhile, John Liu 2014 will be like Mitt Romney 2012, experiencing temporary illusions of being the front-runner in the 2014 election. Scroll down further to read Karma Charts on Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney in this blog post.

UPDATE June 8, 2014:

John Chun-Yi Liu -born in Taiwan on January 8, 1967. His 10-year karma luck changes whenever the year ends with “1“. His 5-year karma luck changes whenever the year ends with “6“.

The curious case of John C. Liu who is a former NYC City Council member and former NYC Comptroller. In May 2014, Liu officially announced that he is running against incumbent Tony Avella in the NY Senate District 11 election. Liu does not seem to realize the musical chair has moved and changed over the years. He seems to dwell on the past too much. In his latest 10-year Karma luck year 2011 (the year ending with “1”), the October 2011 New York Times article broke the story implicating campaign FRAUD in John Liu’s campaign. Two staffers of  John Liu (Jia “Jenny” Hou and Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan) would later be convicted of campaign FRAUD. Although Liu’s camp claimed that Liu is not personally implicated in the fraud. One would seriously question John Liu’s ability as an effective leader if campaign FRAUD committed under his nose by 2 staffers were not detected and resolved before the Feds took legal action. Another analogy is the fictional “Tony Soprano” and real-life “Steven A. Cohen” scenarios. The Feds nailed Soprano’s and Cohen’s respective Mafia and Hedge Fund associates (the Fed asked them to be “rats”, wore wire, etc) but never quite got to Soprano or Cohen directly because “The Men” were extremely cautious. The mere fact that the Feds are unable to nail “The Man” himself does not completely exonerate ‘The Man” from his associates’ illegal dealings. As a matter of fact, despite Jenny Hou being arrested and eventually convicted, John Liu is still very defensive and protective of Hou. This shows you some serious problems.

  • From 1971 (age 4) – 1981 (age 14) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD: Per Wikipedia, Liu immigrated from Taiwan to America at the age of 5. Naturally, the immigration process required extensive paperwork and time, so his and his family’s luck should have begun in 1971 when the immigration process was in the approval-in-process stage. Liu’s father Chang F. “Joseph” Liu was a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) who co-founded a small community bank called Great Eastern Bank in Flushing, Queens where he was the bank president. Father Chang F. “Joseph” Liu would later be found guilty and sentenced to jail time for bank FRAUD in 2001 (notice his family’s Turning Point 10-Year Karma cycle also ends with “1”). Meanwhile, John Liu would campaign in 2009 on the “Sob story??” that his mother was a sweatshop garment factory worker who took batches of garment to work at home at their middle-class tree-lined Bayside home. If you don’t believe me that John Liu lived in fairly priviledged, Middle-Class Bayside Queens as a child, ask “The Man” himself where he attended elementary school. John Liu is a proud graduate of P.S. 203 which is right in the heart of Bayside Queens.UNLESS the Liu family lied about their home address (as in, living in the basement of a Flushing apartment but “borrowed” Bayside address of another person) in order to attend the great schools in School District 26, it is unlikely for John Liu and his family to live in Low-Income Housing Project in Bayside Queens. If John Liu’s mother truly worked as a sweatshop worker when he was a child, one would seriously question the Community Bank Executive husband (papa Joseph Liu) for putting his wife (aka: Mama Liu) in such a situation.
  • From 1981 (age 14) – 1991 (age 24) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD: John Liu apparently performed well in the Middle-Class Bayside School District #26. He went on to attend Bronx High School of Science and obtained a bachelor degree in mathematical physics at the SUNY (State University of NY) at Binghamton. He worked as an Actuary at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) before entering politics, eventually promoted to be Actuary manager at PwC in the next 10-year Karma cycle.
  • From 1991 (age 24) – 2001 (age 34) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD: Similar to the prior 10-year period, John Liu rose through the rank to become Actuary manager at PwC. This 10-year period (1991 to 2001) was meant for him to stay in Private Sector. Prior to 2001, John Liu ran unsuccessfully against Julia Harrison for the City Council seat in 1997. But in 2001, Julia Harrison was term-limited by a then-new rule on City Council office duration. In the same year (2001) despite Liu’s father Chang F. “Joseph” being convicted & sentenced for bank FRAUD, John Liu finally won the City Council seat in District 20. Liu began his political career in January 2002. WHY IS THAT? Because when you are WITHIN your 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK period, lady luck is on your side even if you do bad things. On the flip side, DURING your 10-YEAR BAD KARMA period, the bad stuff you did in the past (DURING 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK period) will accumulate and implode right in front of you, leaving you with the consequences.
  • From 2001 (age 34) – 2011 (age 44) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD: Liu had his 10-year Good Luck period for Politics from 2001 to 2011. Political life is very different from a regular job. In a regular job, you only have to please your boss (1 person) and perhaps his/her boss to save your job. In politics, you need enormous popularity to win the hearts and votes of thousands of people which require excellent Good Karma Luck. He served two-terms (8 years from 2002-2009) in the City Council, and one-term (2010-2013) as a Comptroller. Although Liu continued to work as NYC Comptroller in 2012-2013, the whole picture changed after the arrests of his two staffers, Oliver Pan in November 2011 and Jenny Hou in February 2012. The general public no longer viewed John Liu in a positive light in the Post-Scandal period.  He can keep dwelling on the past on how he ran against David Yassky in the Democratic primary run-off in 2009 earning 55.6% of the Democratic votes, and received 76% of the General Election votes against a “What’s his name, again?” Republican candidate for Comptroller race. Liu didn’t exactly receive 40% of the votes to avoid a run-off against David Yassky. In the run-off, Liu received 55.6% of the Democratic votes. Although Liu did receive 76% of the votes in the 2009 General Election against a Republican candidate whose name everybody has forgotten. It isn’t surprising for a Democrat to win Primary Election in NYC because more than two-thirds of registered voters in NYC are Democrats. Then all good things came to an end when the New York Times broke the story in 2011 (NOTE: toward the end of his 10-year good luck cycle ending with “1”) implicating campaign FRAUD in John Liu’s campaign.
  • From 2011 (age 44) – 2021 (age 54) 10-YEAR BAD KARMA PERIOD: John Liu’s two staffers (Jia “Jenny” Hou and Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan) would later be arrested (in November 2011 for Pan, and February 2012 for Hou) and convicted of campaign FRAUD (in 2013). I am raising the analogy of “Tony Soprano” and “Steven A. Cohen” here. Both men walked away scot-free despite their respective Mafia and Hedge Fund associates being nailed by the Feds. You be the judge on the curious case of John Liu. In the 2013 Mayoral election, John Liu is living within his 10-Year BAD KARMA period. So it is not surprising for him to lose the 2013 Mayoral election with only 7% of the votes.
  • Meanwhile, the Queens Democratic Party boss Joe Crowley is betting on the wrong horse. Time will tell if Bad Karma will suddenly find compassion for John Liu or not. Since I began writing this post about the 10-Year Karma cycle of famous people, I haven’t seen anybody rebouncing WITHIN their 10-year BAD KARMA cycle. (NOTE: Scroll down further to read the 10-Year Karma chart on Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. You don’t need fancy statistical poll and survey to forecast election winning chances. The 10-year Karma charts on Obama and Romney were quite obvious on the two men’s chances of winning in 2012 elections).
  • The fact that the Democratic Party is endorsing a WEAK (or significantly WEAKENED) candidate like John Liu is actually creating a big and wide opening for a Republican candidate to sweep back into the historically conservative Senate District 11 covering Whitestone, Bayside, College Point, etc.

UPDATE June 17, 2013:

Wendi Deng Murdoch – born in China on December 8, 1968 (some reports show her DOB to be December 5, 1968). Her 10-year karma luck changes whenever the year ends with “8“. Her 5-year mini karma luck changes whenever the year ends with “3“.

My guess on the reasons for divorce: The external corners of her eyes (lines of wrinkles near her temples and ears) have tell-tale signs of her history of sexual pleasures. She obviously enjoys sex. But is Murdoch able to satisfy a middle-age wife in her 40s who is at her peak sexual age? If not from Murdoch, she has to get it from someone else – as in adultery, anyone?

I guess Murdoch was initially blindsided by what he thought was love. If he had hired a private investigator before he married for the third time in 1999, it wouldn’t be hard for him to tell that Wendi is an Olympic social climber. But then, Murdoch has always wanted his News Corporation to gain entry into the unexplored and lucrative China market. He probably thought the Yale MBA-educated Wendi could help him navigate the China market. As a matter of fact, Wendi did work at MySpace and StarTV in Asia at some point. But Murdoch could have hired a seasoned executive who is a China insider to help his media empire gain entry into the China market, hence no need to marry a black-haired Chinese woman. In case you didn’t notice, Murdoch consistently preferred blondes with blue eyes as his first and second wives. But suddenly, he did a 360 in 1999 by marrying a black-haired Chinese wife.

On the other hand, shortly after Murdoch married his third wife Wendi, he was interviewed by a magazine saying that Wendi’s interest was home decorations. I guess by 2008, Murdoch realizes Wendi has a lot more ambitions than he thought. Despite their 2 young daughters being 7 and 5 years old in 2008, Wendi co-founded a movie production company that year called “Big Feet Productions” with Florence Sloan who is the wife of a former MGM executive Harry Sloan. Murdoch reportedly did NOT invest in “Big Feet Productions”. Wendi lost money in her first movie investment “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” which was a flop in the box office.

  • From 1978 (age 10) – 1988 (age 20) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD: Not sure what year Wendi and her parents moved from the northern province to the southern province in China called Guangdong. My guess is 1977 or 1978. She obviously did well in academic and even in sports during her good luck period. Her athletic abilities boost her self-confidence too (not just a bookworm). She was on the volleyball team in school. And she was studying in medical school in China from 1984 to 1987 (not sure if she was studying Chinese herbal medicine or Western medicine) at such a a young age.
  • In 1987, the 18-year-old Wendi was studying medicine in China when she met Joyce and Jake Cherry who were working in China at that time. Joyce Cherry offered to teach Wendi the English language. They even sponsored her to study in America. The next year (1998), Wendi began her study at California State University at Northridge. In 1987, (one year before her next 10-year of good luck), the road was paved for her to make the transition to America.
  • From 1988 (age 20) – 1998 (age 30) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD: After moving to America for college, Jake Cherry’s wife discovered lewd photos of Wendi and her husband in 1990. Joyce Cherry soon divorced from Jake. Then in February 1990, Wendi married Jake Cherry (born 1938) who is 30 years older than her. Although the marriage lasted for about 2 years (1990-1992), Jake Cherry said they had only lived together for about 4 or 5 months only. Then Wendi began seeing another man called David Wolf who was very tall and only 2 years older than her. On paper, Jake Cherry and Wendi were married longer than the 2 year requirement for Wendi to get her green card. In reality, Wendi provided him with sexual services for only 4 or 5 months before taking off. Wendi said Jake Cherry who is 30 years older than her was merely a “father figure concept” to her. Then we can safely assume that Rupert Murdoch who is 38 years older than Wendi is an even older “father figure concept” to her. Joyce Cherry reportedly said that Wendi told her the divorce between Joyce and Jake Cherry was not Wendi’s fault. So I guess Wendi wanted to believe that she was not a home wrecker material in the Joyce & Jake Cherry marriage or Anna & Rupert Murdoch marriage.
  • After divorcing Jake Cherry in 1993, Wendi continued her education. She was accepted to the MBA program at Yale University. In 1996, Wendi graduated from Yale MBA program. Then she began to work at StarTV in Asia which was a subsidiary of News Corp. In 1998, Wendi caught Murdoch’s attention at an employee conference. Wendi asked why Murdoch insisted on running an awful strategy in the Asian media market. This must have piqued Murdoch’s interest because he desperately wanted his media empire (including his tabloids) to enter the China market.
  • From 1998 (age 30) – 2008 (age 40) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD: Per this New York magazine article , In April 1998, Rupert’s Post columnist Liz Smith delivered the news of an “amicable separation”—amicable enough that Anna was to remain on News Corp.’s board. Therefore, we can deduce that Murdoch began seeing Wendi as early as April 1998 and that the divorce from Anna Torv took more than 12 months to finalize (from April 1998 to early June 1999). Then Wendi married Murdoch on June 25, 1999 which was 17 days after Murdoch finalized his divorce from his second wife Anna. Ex-wife Anna and her 3 grown children, plus 1 adult daughter from the first wife vehemently opposed Wendi getting control and access to Murdoch’s money and his media empire. Wendi didn’t hold any management position, but she did work at MySpace and StarTV in China which were both owned by News Corp.
  • In this 10-year luck period, Wendi was able to give birth to 2 daughters via artificial insemination for Murdoch despite Murdoch’s inability to produce children naturally. Grace Murdoch was born on November 19, 2001 and Chloe Murdoch was born on July 17, 2003. Having children for Murdoch gave her leverage to get more money from this “billionaire father figure concept”. Prior to the 1999 marriage, Murdoch received treatment for early stage prostate cancer. But he froze his sperms, hence Wendi was able to get artificial insemination to give him 2 daughters.
  • As mentioned above, Wendi’s has quite a lot of wrinkles around the outer corner of her eyes which are signs of a history of sexual pleasures. For a woman in her sexual peak (between her 40s and 50s), her sexual desires are unlikely to be fulfilled by Rupert who is 83 (born 1931).
  • From 2008 (age 40) – 2018 (age 50) 10-YEAR BAD KARMA PERIOD: Wendi has been very lucky earlier in her life. Even when she enters her 10-Year of Bad Karma starting in 2008, her bad karma seemed to slowly simmer for 5 years until 2013 when Rupert initiated divorce proceedings. The divorce paperwork in process, and the rest is history. Wendi now belongs to a list of “Former Wives Club” of Rupert. Being no stranger to divorces, Wendi herself was married twice. I am sure she will find ways to conquer the world again. But since Wendi is bounded by her 10-Year Bad Karma period, her bad luck won’t change too much until 2018. Or perhaps the next 10 year period from 2018 to 2028 is even harsher than the current one for her.

UPDATE Feb 22, 2013:

Jesse Jackson, Jr – born in 1965. The disgraced former Congressman recently admitted that he illegally used campaign money to support his lavish lifestyle. He and his wife also admitted that they under-reported income on tax returns (aka: tax evasion). I checked Wikipedia, it’s fuzzy on when he began his community organizer/political headstart. Eventhough he has a famous father very active in Civil Rights movement, Jackson still needed to put his foot in the door, to add credible community/political work to his curriculum vitae in order to win voters’ heart in his first elected office. Thank goodness for the Washington Post which made a very helpful timeline on the rise and fall of Jesse Jackson, Jr.

  • From 1989 (age 24) – 2009 (age 44) 20-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD: Jackson launched his political career as president of the Keep Hope Alive PAC, a job he held from 1989 to 1990. He then served as vice president of Operation PUSH (1991 to 1995) and as national field director for the National Rainbow Coalition (1993 to 1995). In 1995, Jackson launched his campaign for Congress when Rep. Mel Reynolds (D) resigned after his conviction for sexual assault stemming from a relationship with a teenager. Jackson prevailed in a primary challenge and scores an easy victory in the general election. Jackson had been a Congressman since then.
  • From 2009 (age 44) – 2019 (age 54) 10-YEAR BAD KARMA PERIOD: In April 2009, Jackson’s 20-year good luck ran out. But due to his famous father’s influence and connections, the press took a relatively low-key position on Jackson’s scandals initially. In April 2009, Jackson became the subject of an Office of Congressional Ethics inquiry into his role in attempting to succeed Obama in the Senate. Jackson was referred to in the media as “Candidate A” in the April 2, 2009, indictment of then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.), which alleged that a Jackson emissary discussed raising money for the governor in exchange for promoting Jackson to the Senate seat. Read the Washington Post for a strings of Bad Karma events since 2009: from his extramarital affairs, to his health problems (bipolar disorder), to selling his multi-million dollar home in Washington D.C. to help pay his medical bills, to his resignation shortly after he won re-election in Nov 2012. Then on Feb 20, 2013, Jackson admitted that he spent $750,000 campaign money to buy luxury items.

UPDATE Feb 6, 2013:

Lance Armstrong – born in 1971. The disgraced former professional cycling champion who recently made sort of a confession to Oprah Winfrey that he used illegal performance enhancing drugs to win numerous championships. His 10-year cylce begins whenever the year ends with “1”.

  • From 1981 (age 12) – 1991 (age 22) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD: Lance Armstrong showed great atheletic potential since the age of 12 in 1981. Directly quoting from Wikipedia page: At age 12, he started racing in his sporting career as a swimmer at the City of Plano Swim Club and finished fourth in Texas state 1,500-meter freestyle. He stopped swimming-only races after seeing a poster for a junior triathlon, called the Iron Kids Triathlon, which he won at age 13. In the 1987–1988 Tri-Fed/Texas (“Tri-Fed” was the former name of USA Triathlon), Armstrong was ranked the number-one triathlete in the 19-and-under group. Armstrong’s total points in 1987 as an amateur were better than those of five professionals ranked higher than he was that year. At 16, Lance Armstrong became a professional triathlete and became national sprint-course triathlon champion in 1989 and 1990 at 18 and 19, respectively.
  • From 1991 (age 22) – 2011 (age 42) TWO DECADES 20 YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD: In 1992, Armstrong turned professional. You can check his Wikipedia page for more details. This past two decades earned him fame and fortune through professional cycling activities and commercial endorsements. This is SUCH a GOOD LUCK period that Armstrong even beat cancer in February 1997. He became cancer-free less than one year after the cancer diagnosis in October 1996. Despite constant rumors that he used illegal drugs to cheat in cycling competitions, this is SUCH a GOOD LUCK period that he also beat all the rumors and allegations easily.
  • From 2011 (age 42) – 2021 (age 52) 10-YEAR of BAD KARMA: But all good things must come to and end. In February 2011 (the beginning of Armstrong’s 10 year Bad Karma period) while Armstrong announced his retirement from competitive cycling, he began facing a US federal investigation into doping allegations. You can read the rest of the doping investigations in his Wikipedia page.

UPDATE Nov 7, 2012: Check out President Barack Obama’s re-election victory acceptance speech. As I had mentioned before (see his chart below), Obama is still within his 10-year of Good Karma period until 2017. Meanwhile Romney is solidly within his 10-year of “Jobless, Lost Decade” Karma period until 2016. Romney’s timing is absolutely wrong (see his chart below). I hope Hillary Clinton runs for President in 2016.

UPDATE Oct 28, 2012: I briefly looked at President Barack Obama’s Wikipedia page, if I’m not mistaken, Obama still has 5 more years of good luck in his 10-Year Karma cycle. I also briefly looked at Mitt Romney’s Wikipedia page, Romney is still within his 10-Year of “Lost Decade” until 2016. Despite the very tight and very close election, I think Obama will be re-elected in 2012. Several high profile astrologers also predicted Obama’s re-election victory too by using astrology terms that I don’t understand. They also said the Mercury Retrograde from late evening on Nov 6, 2012 to Nov 26, 2012 will cause controversy in the election, perhaps a possible repeat of the Bush vs. Gore vote re-count when Mercury Retrograde happened to occur during the 2000 election.

Barack Obama – born in 1961 (age 51 in 2012). His 10-Year Karma cycle begins whenever the year ends with “7”.

  • From 1967 (age 6) – 1977 (age 16) 10-YEAR NEUTRAL PERIOD: Obama moved to Indonesia in 1967 to live with his mother and step-father. It was the first major change (major turning point) in his life. He moved to a foreign land with totally different culture and language from his homeland. Then he moved back to the US to continue his education.
  • From 1977 (age 16) – 1987 (age 26) 10-YEAR NEUTRAL PERIOD: Schooling and community organizer experience in his teenage to early adulthood years.
  • From 1987 (age 26) – 1997 (age 36) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD: Entered Harvard Law School in 1988. After graduation from law school, he worked as a lawyer and he was still very active in community organizer activities.
  • From 1997 (age 36) – 2007 (age 46) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD: Obama became state senator of Illinois in 1997. He was re-elected 3 times. He served as state senator of Illinois until 2004. Then he succeeded in running for US Senate in 2004, became US Senator in January 2005.
  • From 2007 (age 46) – 2017 (age 56) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD: Obama continued to serve as US Senator representing the state of Illinois until mid-November 2008 when he was elected to be President of the US. He sworn in as President of the US in January 2009. Between 2013 to 2017, Obama is still within his 10-year Karma of good luck. He is unlikely to have a major career change until 2017.

In summary, President Obama’s 10-year Karma cycle is far from over. He may see short-term obstacles and incidents one month before the Nov 2012 election, but he is very likely to be re-elected. Obama’s 10-year good luck period still has about 4 or 5 years left.

Mitt Romney – born in 1947  (age 65 in 2012). His 10-year Karma Cycle begins whenever the year ends with “6”.

  • From 1966 (age 19) – 1976 (age 29) 10-YEAR NEUTRAL or GOOD LUCK PERIOD: Went to France in 1966 to try to convert wine-drinking French people into Mormons. It was the first major change in his life, to a foreign land with a different language and different culture than what he’s accustomed to in the US. Romney was involved in a fatal car accident in France that killed Leola Anderson. There are various reports that he may be responsible for the car crash. It it is true, this was his good luck 10-year period dodging legal liabilities.
  • From 1976 (age 29) – 1986 (age 39) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD: In 1977, he got a job at Bain & Company. This decade shapes his ruthless corporate life persona.
  • From 1986 (age 39) – 1996 (age 49) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD: In Corporate World: Still working at Bain while he made unsuccessful run in politics. He returned to his job at Bain after losing the election. In 1994, he ran as a Republican and lost the US Senate (Massachusetts) election. Another decade shaping his ruthless corporate life persona.
  • From 1996 (age 49) – 2006 (age 59) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD: Still working at Bain while he made another attempt at politics. This time he ran successfully and became a one-term Governor of Massachusetts from 2002 to 2006. In November 2006, Romney’s approval rating was 36%. With such pitiful approval ratings, he wasn’t likely to be re-elected even if he wanted to run again. Clearly, he was bracing for his 10-Year of “Lost Decade” to follow.
  • From 2006 (age 59) – 2016 (age 69) 10-YEAR “LOST DECADE” RETIREMENT PERIOD: After being in “jobless” retirement mode from 2006 to early 2008, Romney turned his focus to running for President in 2008. But he lost the Republican primary nomination to John McCain which fit his 10-Year of “jobless” retirement mode. Within the 10-YEAR “LOST DECADE” PERIOD, I think Romney will lose in 2012.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn (aka: DSK) – born in 1949 (age 63 in 2012). His 10-year period always starts whenever the year ends with “1”. DSK is a former managing director of IMF. More famously known as the horny old man who sexually assaulted a hotel maid in Manhattan, costing him his reputation and his bid for Presidency in France.

  • From 1951 (age 2) – 1961 (age 12) 10-YEAR NEUTRAL PERIOD. Per Wikipedia page, DSK’s family settled in Morocco in 1951.
  • From 1961 (age 12) – 1971 (age 22) 10-YEAR NEUTRAL PERIOD. DSK’s family relocated and resided in Monaco after the 1960 earthquake in Morocco.
  • From 1971 (age 22) -1981 (age 32) 10-YEAR NEUTRAL PERIOD. DSK worked at various teaching posts in universities after graduation from HEC Paris in 1971.
  • From 1981 (age 32) – 1991 (age 42) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. In 1981, DSK got involved in the Socialist Party (PS). Then in 1982, DSK got a job in the Planning Commission. The 1981-1991 period was DSK’s entry into politics.
  • From 1991 (age 42) – 2001 (age 52) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. DSK got his golden ticket to wealth and power in 1991 – he married wealthy heiress Anne Sinclair who has helped him tremendously. 1991 was the start of DSK’s good luck 10-year period. He worked in various government positions including mayor of Sarcelles in 1995 and 2 years as Minister of Finance (June 1997 to November 1999). In 1999, DSK was accused of corruption related to Elf Aquitaine and the MNEF. But it didn’t dent hisreputation one bit since he was living within his 10-year of good luck period (eg: The “he could dono wrong” golden period).
  • From 2001 (age 52) – 2011 (age 62) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. The 2001 to 2011 period was again DSK’s lucky period (he had 2 consecutive 10-year period of good luck from 1991 to 2011, where he “could do no wrong”). He made it to the top spot at the IMF.
  • From 2011 (age 62) – 2021 (age 72) 10-YEAR BAD KARMA PERIOD. However, starting from mid-2011, DSK has entered his next 10-year of bad karma period where his past sins and sadistic attacks on women began to re-surface after his arrest in New York on May 14, 2011. His reputation is irreparably damaged. Although some French people had hopes that DSK may be the panacea, the sage to rescue France from financial crisis. Based on my observation of other famous people who had fallen down during their bad karma 10-year period, from this point on, everything DSK touches upon will become rotten and stale.

Hosni Mubarak – born in 1928 (age 84 in 2012). Former Presiden of Egypt for 30 years. His 10-year period starts whenever the year ends with “1”. He had been lucky for 50 years(from 1961 to 2011). Then he faced humiliated downfall in 2011 – the start of his next 10-year of bad karma period, he was on trial in a cage in Summer 2011.

  • From 1951 (age 23) – 1961 (age 33) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. In this 10-year period, Mubarak was training in the military academy. He was working in the Air Force. For Arab men in this era, joining the military was a ticket to upward mobility.Therefore, I think this is Mubarak’s beginning of his good luck 10-year period or at least the preparation of good luck period. It is debatable, so I consider this 10-year cycle his neutral period.
  • From 1961 (age 33) – 1971 (age 43) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. Mubarak still worked in the military in this 10-year period (age 33-43), further honing his skills as a rising star military man. He was promoted and he gained moreresponsibilities in the Air Force. This is obviously his good luck 10-year period.
  • From 1971 (age 43) – 1981 (age 53) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. The previous 10-year good luck period set the stage forMubarak to enter politics in the 1970’s (age 43 –53). In 1972, Mubarak became the Egyptian DeputyMinister of Defense and Commander in the Air Force. In 1975, Mubarak’s accomplishments in the militarycaught the attention of Anwar Sadat, he became the Vice President to President Anwar Sadat.
  • From 1981 (age 53) – 2011 (age 83) THREE DECADES 30-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. In October 1981, President Anwar Sadat was assassinated. OnOctober 14, 1981, Mubarak succeeded Sadat as President after he was killed. During these consecutive 30-year period (age 53-83), Mubarak enjoyed enormous power and wealth. He received financial backingfrom the US and other Western countries. His personal wealth is rumored to be enormous, due tocorruption and abuse of power as the state leader.
  • From 2011 (age 83) – 2021 (age 93) 10-YEAR BAD KARMA PERIOD. The prospects do not look good for Mubarak who is on trial for various charges (age 83 –??). All good things came to an end on February 11, 2011. The Arab Spring uprisings forced Mubarak to resign as President of Egypt in 2011. Within a few months, Mubarak saw his fortune reversed dramatically. In the summer of 2011, Mubarak was transported to the court in a cage. Mubarak is on trial for charges of premeditated murders of peaceful protesters during the revolution, on charges of corruption and abuseof power, and on charges of plotting the assassination of former President Anwar Sadat.

Muammar Gaddafi – born in 1942 (age 70). Former leader of Libya for 40 years. His 10-year cycle starts whenever the year ends with ”1”.

  • From 1951 (age 9) – 1961 (age 19) 10-YEAR NEUTRAL PERIOD. During Gaddafi’s childhood and teenage years (age 9-19), he admired Egyptian President Abdel Nasser, considered Nasser as his hero. He was inspired by Nasser’s call for Arab nationalism which meant a military career for him. In this era for an Arab man without money, joining the military meant a meal ticket and a chance to gainupward mobility. I initially didn’t understand this part. But after re-reading the time line, I now believe the next 10 year period (1961-1971 or age 19-29) was Gaddafi’s good luck period as he entered the military academy to start his military career, he was promoted and he rose through the ranks in the military during the 1960’s. Without the intensive military training during the 1960’s, Gaddafi would not be able tolead the coup that took over Libya from King Idris on Sept 1, 1969.
  • From 1961 (age 19) – 1971 (age 29) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. This 10-year period provided Gaddafi the military academy training he needed toward upward mobility (age 19-29). To Arab men without money, the military career itself was the golden ticket to a better future. He was rumored to have received military training in the UK. Toward the tail end of this 10-year period, Gaddafi’s military training paid off. The training was useful for him to seize power in a military coup on September 1, 1969 against King Idris of Libya to become theautocratic leader in Libya. He was 27 years old when he became the leader in Libya.
  • From 1971 (age 29) – 2011 (age 69) FOUR DECADES 40-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. Gaddafi enjoyed nearly 40 years of good luck period as the autocratic leader (age 29-69). Similar to Mubarak, Gaddafi amassed enormous fortune through corruption. During this golden period, he skirted multiple assassination attempts. During a person’s lucky period, he indeed “could do no wrong” including escaping from assassinations.
  • From 2011 (age 69) – ??: 10-YEAR BAD KARMA PERIOD. Like Mubarak, all good things come to an end. As of August 2011, Gaddafi lost his domestic and international political recognitions as the leader in Libya, and he lost control of most of the Libyan territories. It is unlikely for Gaddafi to regain his power as the leader again. Gaddafi may have to live the rest of his life in exile, or face trials for his crimes. The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for him.

John Gotti – born in 1940, the infamous crime boss of the Gambino family in New York City. Fis 10-year cycle started whenever the year ended with “2”.

  • From 1952 (age 12) -1962 (age 22) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCKPERIOD. Per John Gotti’s Wikipedia page, Gotti began his involvement in street gang activities at the age of 12 and continued for the remaining portion of this 10-year period (age 12-22). His “career” in the organized crime business certainly started much earlier than most people. This 10-year period set the stage for his adult hood “career” in organized crime activities. While his peers were busy studying in schools, Gotti already was “working” and “earning money” during his pre-teen andteenage years.
  • From 1962 (age 22) -1972 (age 32) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. Gotti married Victoria DiGiorgio in 1962 (age 22) and had 5 children. At this point in his life, he wanted to leave the mobster business but Gotti just couldn’t stay crime free. By 1966 (age 26), Gotti had been in jail twice. The reason I still labeled this 10-year period (age 22-32
    ) as “good luck” period is because without the experience from this period, Gotti would not have become the high-profile crime boss that he was destined to become in the next few 10-year cycles.
  • From 1972 (age 32) -1992 (age 52) 20-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. In 1972, at the age of 32 and with 20 years of crime experience under his belt, Gotti became the acting “capo” in the crime family. In Italian, the word “capo”means the chief or the boss. Gotti achieved “great success” as the crime boss at the Gambino familyduring this 10-year “good luck” period (age 32-42). Ask any New Yorkers, Gotti is a household name for his notoriety.
  • From 1992 (age 52) – 2002 (age 62) 10-YEAR BAD KARMA PERIOD. In 1992 (age 42), Gotti was convicted of 5 murders, racketeering, obstruction of justice, tax evasion, etc. He was sentenced to Federal prison. On June 10,2002, Gotti died of throat cancer in the Federal prison at the age of 61.

Steve Jobs – born in 1955, the co-founder, chairman and former chief executive officer of Apple, Inc. I had read his biography a few years ago. He’s got the ruthlessness and competiveness to succeed in business,the iPods, iPhones, iPads are so ubiquitous around the world. He has faced both rise and fall in his career. His 10-year cycle began whenever the years ended with “6”.

  • From 1976 (age 21) -1986 (age 31) 10 YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. In 1976, at the age of 21, Steve Jobs co-founded Apple, Inc with Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne and A.C. “Mike” Markkula Jr. Based on a biography about Steve Jobs, he seems to be an arrogant and obnoxious nerd with good ideas. Following an internal power struggle and personality clash with the board at Apple, the board decided to fire Steve Jobs in 1985. According to Steve Jobs, the firing in 1985 was a blessing in disguise. He said, “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed meto enter one of the most creative periods of my life”.
  • From 1986 (age 31) -1996 (age 41) 10 YEAR NEUTRAL PERIOD. Steve Jobs founded the NeXT computer company during this period. He also got involved in Pixar and Disney making animated movies.
  • From 1996 (age 41) – 2006 (age 51) 10 YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. In 1996, Apple decided to buy NeXT computer –the company that Steve Jobs founded in 1986. The buyout brought Steve Jobs back to Apple – the company he founded before NeXT. Shortly after Jobs came back, Apple ousted the then-CEO to makeroom for Steve Jobs to take over. Steve Jobs has the uncanny ability to understand what consumers want. In 2001, the first iPod was born. The small, portable design brings music to the next level.
  • From 2006 (age 51) – 2016 (age 61) 10 YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. In 2007, the iPhone was born. The smartphone became very popular with consumers. In 2010, the iPad was born. Despite critics’ comments that the iPad had many drawbacks & limitations, iPads have been selling very well. Each of these products became instant consumer favorites. Remember this is Steve Jobs’ golden period, every gadget he introduces is supposed to be a success.If Steve Jobs is able to overcome his health problems, he may survive the current 10-year period from 2006-2016. But of course, we have to wait and see.

Anthony Weiner – born in 1964. Former Congressman who had to resign in disgrace due to lewd photos and indecent messages to young female on Twitter and Facebook. His 10-year cycle began whenever the years ended with “1”.

  • From 1991 (age 27) – 2011 (age 47) TWO DECADES 20 YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. In 1991, extra City Council districts were created in NYC after re-districting. Weiner won the election in the newly-created City Council district in 1991 at the age of 27. He was the youngest elected City Council member at the time. Overall, the past two 10-year period from 1991 to 2011 had been Weiner’s lucky period. He had great deal of luck during the consecutive 20-year period since 1991, but he squandered it totally with lewd photos of himself and indecent messages to young female on Twitter and Facebook during his good luck period, only to be caught doing theseembarassing things during the start of his bad luck period in 2011.
  • From 2011 (age 47) – 2021 (age 57) 10-YEAR BAD KARMA PERIOD. The bad karma finally caught up with Weiner, he lost his job as a Congressman in 2011, his reputation and the lewd photos will forever stay on the internet. Weiner has just entered his next 10 year of bad karma period from 2011 to 2021, we can observe more on what will happen to Anthony Weiner.

Donald Manes – born in 1934. Former Queens Borough President in New York City. His 10-year cycle began whenever the year ended with “1”.

  • From 1961 (age 27) – 1971 (age 37) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. At 27 (in 1961), Donald Manes was the youngest assistant district attorney in the Queens office. At age 31, he was elected the youngest City Councilman – running as an insurgent as part of the Robert Wagner reform campaign. He worked as a Councilman for the next few years.
  • From 1971 (age 37) – 1981 (age 47) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. Manes became the 16th Queens borough president – the youngest in the county’s history. In 1975 (at age 41) Manes assisted then-mayor Abe Beame and then-Governor Hugh Carey in deposing his mentor as Democratic county chairman. Holding the twin hats of borough president and county leader enabled Manes to wield unprecedented power over the borough and in City affairs in general.
  • From 1981 (age 47) – 1991 (age 57, ended by suicide in 1986) 10 YEAR BAD KARMA PERIOD. Donald Manes’ life was cut short by his suicide at age 52 (1986). In 1985 (age 51), Manes found himself in a growing controversy over the Kick-Back scandal related to the Parking Violation Bureau. Manes’ involvement in the Kick-Back scandal under the Mayor Ed Koch administration made him extremely unpopular with NYC voters and residents. In other words, Manes was no longer the golden boy, the “he could do no wrong” lucky 10-year. Might as well commit suicide then rot in prison.

Michael Bloomberg – born in 1942. current Mayor of New York City, has enjoyed a remarkably long period of good luck (from 1960-2010). It was only until the last quarter of 2010 that he hit major roadblock. His 10-year cycle begins whenever the year ends with “0”

  • From 1960 (age 18) – 1970 (age 28) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. Bloomberg started college at Johns Hopkins University. He graduated in 1964 (age 22) with a Bachelor degree in electrical engineering. While he was in college, he worked as a parking attendant to pay for tuition. During this 10-year period (age 18-28), he had obtained both a Bachelor degree and an MBA degree in Business School. He had also started working on Wall Street.
  • From 1970 (age 28) – 1980 (age 38) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. Bloomberg’s luck still continued in the next 10-year period (age 28-38). In 1973, he became general partner at Salomon Brothers. During his lucky period, his skills and work experience were valued and recognized.
  • From 1980 (age 38) – 2000 (age 58) 20 YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. I read Bloomberg’s biography a few years ago. I think that if there were no outside forces driving Bloomberg to take risks and think outside-the-box, he may have been content with a general partner job on Wall Street earning his steady income instead of starting his own media empire. But then, I have read that layoffs on Wall Street (at the top levels) are quite common.In 1981, Bloomberg was fired from Salomon Brothers, he received $10 million severance package.Remember this was $10 million in 1981, feel free to search for the inflation-adjusted amounts of $10 million in 1981 translated into 2011 dollars. I would hardly consider Bloomberg an unlucky man for receiving $10 million severance package in 1981 after being fired by a big Wall Street firm. The $10 million severance package in 1981 would have been enough for Bloomberg to retire at the age of 39. Instead, Bloomberg used the money to start his own business selling the Bloomberg terminals to Wall Street firmsduring this 20-year period (age 38-58). He had a joint venture with Merrill Lynch. It is a lucrative businessselling stock quotes and other financial data to Wall Street firms. His Bloomberg terminals are very popular and ubiquitous on Wall Street.
  • From 2000 (age 58) -2010 (age 68) 10-YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. Another 10-year of good luck for Bloomberg (age 58-68). After accumulating immense wealth & success from his Bloomberg media empire, Bloomberg wanted the taste of political power. After NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican, finished his 2nd term as Mayor and Giuliani was restricted by the law from running a 3rd term, Bloomberg decided to run on the Republican line in the mayoral election. Bloomberg never had any political experience before, but he emphasized his entrepreneurial experience. He persuaded the NYC voters that his business experience made him the best person to lead the City in the post-9/11 terrorist-related recession. This was still Bloomberg’s 10-yeargood luck period, the voters bought his promises that he would bring his business experience running a big media empire to the City government, and duplicate the success.
  • From 2010 (age 68) -2020 (age 78) 10-YEAR BAD KARMA PERIOD. As I had mentioned earlier, New Yorkers have been furious with Mayor Bloomberg. The list of people unhappy with him is just growing by days. The bad strings of karma:

1) The Cathie Black fiasco from November 2010 to April 2011, Bloomberg had to fire the     very person (Cathie Black) on April 7, 2011 that he spent a lot of money and efforts to defend in the last 2 months of 2010 in the courtroom.

2) The Christmas Blizzard of 2010 disaster snow cleanup job that led to a dozen of deaths in NYC because the ambulances and FDNY fire trucks were stuck in very thick piles of unplowed snow on the streets for many days. Bloomberg refused to tell New Yorkers where he was during the Christmas Blizzard 2010. But a few months later, one newspaper confirmed with Bloomberg’s neighbors in Bermuda that Bloomberg was in his luxury Bermuda mansion during Christmas 2010.Other local residents confirmed the sighting of Bloomberg’s private jet in the airport in Bermuda during Christmas 2010.

3) The massive fraud in the CityTime scandal exposed in December 2010. Bloomberg reportedly ignored all warnings from various people throughout the entire time, until an investigative reporter from NY Daily News exposed the massive fraud scandal in December 2010 and forced Bloomberg to admit the embarrassing fact that it happened during his watch as a Mayor.

4) The cover-up of the true reason his top aide Stephen Goldsmith resigned in August 2011. The true reason was that Goldsmith was arrested and detained in jail for 2 days after a domestic violence complaint from Goldsmith’s wife. Goldsmith was a public servant who was accountable to the public, Bloomberg was heavily criticized for acting like he is the CEO of a private corporation protecting his former subordinate through cover-up. The NY Post leaked out the true reason of Goldsmith’s resignation on Sept 1, 2011, then Bloomberg was under pressure to explain his decision to cover-up Goldsmith’s arrest and jail detention. Bloomberg chose the quiet Labor Dayholiday weekend – Sept 4, 2011 – to hold a news conference about Goldsmith.

5) During the Labor Day Parade in early Sept 2011, City Councilman Jumaane Williams and Kirsten John Foy (an aide to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio) were arrested at the parade simply by being young African-American male who “looked like trouble”. Bloomberg offered to invite Williams and Foy to a meeting over beer to settle the racially-motivated arrest and detention. But Williams and Foy flat-out refused Bloomberg’s cheap-shot beer meeting. Note: Bloomberg was fantasizing that he was President Obama in the White House. President Obama did invite a Harvard University professor who was unlawfully arrested by the police because he is Black, Obama invited him to a meeting in the White House over beer. But unfortunately, when Bloomberg is currently living in his bad karma 10-year period, he simply does not get any respect from people.

6) Speaking of lack of respect, it is now much easier to poke fun of Bloomberg than at any time during his previous good luck period as a Mayor (from Jan 2002 to Oct 2010). By Aug 28, 2011, a young woman in Manhattan opened up a Twitter account @ElBloombito to poke fun of Bloomberg’s SpanGLISH (Spanish that sound like English).

7) The John Haggerty trial in mid-Sept 2011 may potentially expose embarrassing details about Bloomberg’s 2009 campaign finance. The judge ruled on Sept 12, 2011 that he is not limiting any queries which meant that Bloomberg may be the star witness to testify in the court by the defense lawyers of John Haggerty. Despite Bloomberg’s very high-profile job as the Mayor of NYC, he always fought very hard to keep his private life private. His status as the media mogul in his Bloomberg media empire has kept his private life somewhat private. But the current John Haggerty trial may potentially tarnish his claims that he is a financial wizard. Will Bloomberg look awful in the court testimony or will his high-priced lawyers help him avoid the bad stuff? There are still about 9 years to Bloomberg’s 10-year bad karma period, so we may have to wait and see what other embarrassing news about Bloomberg will leak out in the future.

8) And the list may continue to grow longer in the next 9 years or so. Feel free to read about Bloomberg’s long strings of bad karma since November 2010 until now. I would expect to keep reading bad press and bad news surrounding Bloomberg in the next 9 years or so.

Karl Lagerfeld – born in 1933. The dinosaur-like fashion designer who seemed to have too much plastic surgery done on his face. His 10-year cycle begins whenever the year ends with “2”.

  • From 1952 (age 19) – 1962 (age 29) 10-YEAR NEUTRAL PERIOD. Karl Lagerfeld moved to Paris in 1953, this was his entry into the fashion business.
Feel free to read the Wikipedia page on Karl Lagerfeld. They have done the legwork for me, they labeled the freelance career and international fame as it is.
  • From 1962 (age 29) – 1982 (age 49) TWO DECADES 20 YEAR NEUTRAL PERIOD. Freelance career in fashion industry – check details in KL’s Wikipedia page
  • From 1982 (age 49) – 2012 (age 79) THREE DECADES 30 YEAR GOOD LUCK PERIOD. International fame in fashion industry – check details in KL’s Wikipedia page
  • From 2012 (age 79) -2022 (age 89) – Anything can happen in this period.

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See Gisele Bündchen’s wrinkles under her eyes, her NOSE Job & BOOB Job, she is starting to look like tennis star Steffi Graf

UPDATE March 12, 2012: Gisele Bundchen recently walked the runway for fashion designer Alexander Wang who is a ruthless Slave Driver Sweatshop Boss according to his 31 employees currently suing him in Court. Do not miss reading this: Ex-Employees Exposed the Dirty Laundry of Alexander Wang to the Chinese media with photos and evidence.

UPDATE as of Feb 16, 2012: Wow! I found Gisele’s BEFORE and AFTER plastic surgery photos.
 

She obviously had nose job, and breast augmentation done on her. This is besides the premature aging – wrinkles under her eyes as spotted in the Feb 11, 2012 photo (the Gisele-wrinkle photo is in the mid-section of the blog dated Feb 12, 2012). No wonder her son Benjamin Brady (born Dec 2009) looks so ordinary and dull as a little kid. Unlike cutie-pie Suri Cruise, this little guy is probably going to get plastic surgery in the future to enhance his looks. I found this LINK and also attaching the BEFORE and AFTER photos. Gisele’s REAL breast cup-size is A-Cup (see her photo in the tight white outfit, how flat her boobs are) Click on the White outfit photo to ENLARGE it to FULL-SIZE. When she was a Victoria’s Secrets Model, she got boob job to enlarge her breasts to C-Cup and sometimes D-Cup sizes. But in recent years, she downsized her breasts to B-Cup, still larger than her real A-Cup size.

For an impossibly thin lingerie model like Gisele who has a body of a 14-year-old boy, I always thought it’s impossible for her to have big boobs – you need body fat for breasts. This photo above and below proves my thinking. See how flat Gisele’s real boobs are in the above photo in white outfit. You can click on the photo itself to ENLARGE it to FULL-SIZE for better viewing.

See the photo below. Without the nose job, Gisele’s nose would have been much larger, almost identical to Steffi Graf (both are of German ancestry). Click on the photo itself to ENLARGE it to FULL-SIZE for better viewing.

 

This photo above is the young Gisele Bündchen, BEFORE she could afford plastic surgery to cut down on her BIG nose. Her natural hair color is brown. Click on the photo itself to ENLARGE it for better viewing.

1994 photo of Gisele Bunchen (14 years old, second left) with models Cláudia Menezes (far left),  Fabiana Sabah (far right) and Sérgio Mattos. Click on the photo itself to ENLARGE to FULL-SIZE. Notice the young Gisele had BIG NOSE  before her nose job.

Another photo of young Gisele (14 years old) with BIG NOSE before plastic surgery to reduce it. 

 

Click on the photos above to ENLARGE them to FULL-SIZE for better viewing. The photo on the left is Gisele in her A-Cup breast size, before her D-Cup boob job. Notice her body figure looked like a teenage boy (flat cardboard, no curves). See her wearing white short pants, looked like she had a bulging PENIS. The photo on the right is Gisele in her D-Cup size breast. See the big difference from plastic surgeries?FEB 12, 2012: See Gisele’s wrinkles underneath her eyes below. See my other blog post (periodically updated) on the Gisele jinx on Tom Brady and the NE Patriots team HERE. 

  

31-year-old Gisele Bundchen (born July 1980) is starting to look more and more like the Germany aging former tennis star Steffi Graf (born June 1969) who is 11 years older than her. Not surprising since Gisele is a Brazilian of German ancestry. See how Gisele is going to look in a few years (see photos in the middle and far right, from “twin sister” Steffi Graf. I’m attaching the full-size photos below). Take a look at the first photo (far left) taken on Feb 11, 2012 after the Alexander Wang fashion show in New York City – see instructions below on how to enlarge the photo to full-size. This Gisele eye-wrinkle photo was taken by the paparazzi WITHOUT PhotoShop enhancement, you can see Gisele has quite a lot of wrinkles underneath her eyes and the freckles on her nose that were partially concealed by makeup. And she’s only 31-years-old! Talk about pre-mature aging. I wouldn’t buy Gisele’s fake skin-care products even if it’s free – obviously they can’t cure her eye wrinkles. I sure don’t want to get so much wrinkles around the eyes.My blog shrinks the full-size Gisele wrinkle photo, so you have 2 options: (1)  you can  click on the far left photo above to enlarge it to TRUE FULL-SIZE to see the very OBVIOUS WRINKLES running from the inner corner of Gisele’s eyes that make SEMI-CIRCULAR LINES around her OUTER CHEEKS. Gisele also put on a bit TOO MUCH CONCEALER that is a shade lighter than her skin tone. You can also see the FRECKLES on Gisele’s NOSE that were PARTIALLY HIDDEN by concealer. (2) Alternatively, click on this LINK to see the full-size Gisele eye-wrinkle photo fully enlarged. Likewise, you can click on the middle and far right photo to enlarge the photos of Steffi Graf. 

 Sadly, I see very good “click” traffic to my gossipy blog post about Gisele. I want to bring this real-life, real-world news to your attention. Sorry if this picture below may disturb you, but the actual person suffering from a serious hit-and-run accident needs help. He needs to get more surgeries, and he has a wife and children to support. See this LINK for more details on how to help. I am disturbed that the English-speaking media has NOT yet made any news coverage about this very real hit-and-run victim.

  

Jin Bin Wang worked as a food delivery man at a Chinese restaurant on Murray Street in Manhattan. On Nov 21, 2011 he was hit by a car near City Hall in New York City at around 5pm. The driver fled the scene of the accident, but luckily the NYPD found and arrested the driver later. This news story was first reported by two NYC Chinese-language newspapers. After the Chinese news was published, Mr. Wang has found a lawyer to help him. As of Feb 14, 2012 (nearly 3 months after the car accident), the lawyer has NOT received the police report, only the EMS report. Therefore, Mr. Wang is not yet able to file insurance claims against the hit-and-run driver. He has a wife and children to support in China.

 

This is how Gisele is going to look like (non close-up shot) in a few years.

 This is how Gisele is going to look like (close-up shot) in a few years.

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The Gisele Bündchen bad luck POISON on Tom Brady & Patriots?

UPDATE March 12, 2012: Gisele Bundchen recently walked the runway for fashion designer Alexander Wang who is a ruthless Slave Driver Sweatshop Boss according to his 31 employees currently suing him in Court. Do not miss reading this: Ex-Employees Exposed the Dirty Laundry of Alexander Wang to the Chinese media with photos and evidence.

Update as of Feb 12, 2012:   (1) See this video in slow-motion. When Gisele cursed at teammates, you can see Bianca Wilfork (wife of Vince Wilfork in NE Patriots team) had a few seconds of the micro expression of “disgust” on her face – thanks to slow-motion video, you can see the micro-facial expression clearly. Bianca is obviously NOT happy with Gisele lashing out at the teammates including her husband Vince Wilfork. The other woman in the video with red highlights on her hair looked like Latisha Faulk (wife of Kevin Faulk in NE Patriots team).

(2) I noticed that Gisele has lots of wrinkles underneath her eyes in photos WITHOUT PhotoShop enhancements. Gisele is starting to look more and more like Germany’s aging tennis star Steffi Graf. Not surprising that Gisele may start to resemble Steff Graf since Gisele is a Brazilian of German ancestry. If you look at side-view photos of Gisele and Steffi, both have very similar nose feature. Due to the size of the photos, I had to put the photo comparisons on this blog post. Follow this LINK to see Gisele’s apparent wrinkles underneath her eyes and how she  is going to look like a few years from now. I’ve also added BEFORE and AFTER plastic surgery photos of Gisele. She obviously had nose job, and breast augmentation done on her. See the link for the photos.


Update as of Feb 10, 2012: I have included 2 new photos (see below in the blog). One photo is the bad Feng Shui newly constructed 22,000 square-feet home of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen in California. NOTE: I just found out Eli Manning and his family live in a modest 3,000 square feet apartment in the New Jersey waterfront. It’s a sensible size which won’t hurt Eli Manning’s luck. But living in a Mega Mansion over 22,000 square feet definitely would hurt. Give it a year, you will see the effect of bad Feng Shui from a jinx Mega Mansion. I hope Tom Brady moves in to the Mega Mansion ASAP! See the 2 new photos inserted below.

Update as of Feb 9, 2012: (1) My gut feeling tells me there is more behind Gisele’s cursing outburst right after the 2012 Super Bowl. Her nasty attitude may be a reflection on her tense and possibly shaky relationship with Tom Brady. NOTE: Gisele was totally disrespectful and insensitive because she was cursing at the Patriots teammates in front of their OWN wives and girlfriends. I recognize at least one wife, Bianca Wilfork, who had the misfortune of hearing Gisele cursed at the incompetence of Patriots teammates including her own husband, Vince Wilfork and others in the Patriots team. Celebrities cannot show their private inner side to the public, but their “shaking my head” behavior and body language often betray them. Don’t be fooled by those photos of Gisele consoling Tom Brady after losing 2012 Super Bowl! From some of the photos’ angles, you can see a large group of photographers surrounding them, so Gisele and Brady were simply putting on a Reality TV show for the photographers to sell some photos. Don’t forget both Gisele and Brady earn a living in front of the cameras. Think about it, a few days before the big game, why did Gisele write an e-mail to her close friends and family to pray for her husband’s victory at the Super Bowl? In Boston, people have been talking about the Gisele Jinx for years. In 2008, the NY Giants broke the NE Patriots’ perfect, uninterrupted win. And Gisele obviously felt very insecure this time, a repeat of 2008. When I began watching the 2012 Super Bowl, I couldn’t believe a so-called star QB such as Tom Brady could make a huge and dumb mistake so early in the game – delivering 2 Freebie points to the NY Giants just because he was *BLIND* – he couldn’t blame it on fatigue and exhaustion when it’s so early in the game, he didn’t see that he was stepping in the end zone for intentional grounding? Or was it because there were more that went on in the Brady household that got Tom Brady SO distracted – as in Jinxele in the way? If Gisele is not feeling the doubt and pressure from her husband, then she wouldn’t care. She would just be any other WAG in the big game. But no, Gisele really wanted to prove to the world that she’s not Boston’s most-hated Jinxele who brings Brady bad luck. And Gisele was still in denial after the game, blaming the teammates, saying Brady played the best game ever. Hmm,  the “best” game ever???? I thought Tom Brady was stupid to give the NY Giants the very first 2 Freebie Points in the 2012 Super Bowl by stepping into the end zone early in the game. It’s a big mistake on Tom Brady’s part. Or should we do the Gisele-impersonation and blame it all on the F**king teammates for Tom Brady’s inability to tell which is the end zone? See below, Gisele is hated by the other WAGs in the Patriots team. And Gisele obviously doesn’t have friends in the supermodel world, since they were very slow in expressing any kind of support for the arrogant Gisele’s cursing outbursts and guess which “loyal friends” of Gisele leaked the “Pray for Tom” e-mail to the New York Post tabloid? Wow, some seriously “loyal and good friends” that Gisele has – when we otherwise would call it an act of betrayal – to Gisele they are all her BFF!

(2) Maybe Tom Brady has been around his spoiled and arrogant wife for too long, he unwittingly insulted one of his favorite teammate by trashing Buffalo, NY. Did you know tight end Rob Gronkowski was born in Buffalo, NY and grew up in the Greater Buffalo area (Williamsville, NY)? But Tom Brady felt the need to trash Buffalo, NY. Whether it is the work of karma or not, I am “glad” to see Gronkowski injured his ankle, rendered him useless in the 2012 Super Bowl. So much for Tom Brady bashing Buffalo NY but ironically became so dependent on Buffalo-native Gronkowski on the game. Tom Brady is probably thinking, if Wes Welker was as tall as Gronkowski, maybe Welker wouldn’t have dropped the ball (LOL!). The Buffalo man has the right to celebrate the Patriots’ loss at the Super Bowl. After all, if I was Buffalo-native Gronkowski, I’d feel offended when someone trashes my hometown. Karma rules!

(3) Have you also noticed that Gisele doesn’t have any friends in both the modelling world and the WAG (Wives and Girlfriends of teammates) world? Only fellow Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima expressed half-baked support to the media by saying, “I think we should leave the girl (Gisele) alone” and then Lima quickly shifted the subject, busy hard-selling her Super Bowl TV ad for TeleFlora.com. Four days after Gisele’s outburst, Adriana Lima was the only model expressing some support for Giselle while Lima was marketing for TeleFlora. Gisele must be busy calling her supermodel “friends” to show some fake support for her, the same loyal “friends” who leaked the “PRAY for Tom” e-mail to the New York Post tabloid. The same loyal “friends” who are on good terms with Gisele on the fake surface, but not on good terms with the arrogant Gisele in private. None of the WAGs have anything nice to say about Gisele, see these quotes they gave to the media. 

“Gisele has very few friends among the wives. Of course, many are jealous of her looks and all that, but she doesn’t make it easy to like her — since she obviously feels so superior to all of us.”

“Gisele is . . . so stuck up and treats them all like yahoos. . . . In many cases, the other wives are not all that sophisticated, but Gisele has been openly snotty to several of them — making cracks about how they dress and use too much makeup. Stuff like that.”

NOTE: I re-watched the Gisele cursing at the Patriots teammates video. Gisele was cursing right in front of the WIVES of the Patriots teammates. At first, I thought it was Gisele’s entourage walking with her to the elevator. On closer look, it appeared that the people around Gisele were the WAG (Wives and Girlfriends of the Patriots teammates). Out of all the people in the video, I only recognize Bianca Wilfork (wife of Vince Wilfork) who stood right in front of Gisele as Gisele was cursing about the teammates’ incompetence, but NOT her husband. Vince Wilfork is a defensive tackle in the NE Patriots. Therefore, Gisele was cursing the teammates with the FULL intention and awareness that she was surrounded by the wives of these same teammates.

If Tom Brady is asking “Why me?”, he has to ask himself if he had worried about Karma catching up with him when he broke up with his 3-months pregnant ex-girlfriend of 3 years, making her a single mother, and their son John Edward Brady a bastard child out of wedlock. Before I start the Gisele/Jinxele effect on Tom Brady and the NE Patriots, please read and help this cause. Please Help this Couple – parents of Baby Annie! Genetic Conditions “Osteogenesis Imperfecta” vs. Shaken Baby Syndrome. See this LINK to read their story. The parents of Baby Annie are held without bail (locked up in prison BEFORE trial) for more than 3 years in New York City, eventhough at least 5 direct family members of the mother of Baby Annie died at infancy age due to weak bone condition (Osteogenesis Imperfecta). Thanks for your attention!

NOTE: my Asian Buddhist friends have been talking about karma frequently. I did a study on politicians whose lives tend to mimic the 10-year karma period. If you want to read more examples about famous people and their 10-year Karma cycle, see this LINK to read my study on it. I also have Part 2 of 2 in the Karma study, see LINK here.

I’m not a football fan but as a New Yorker, I’m glad to see the NY Giants win the Super Bowl once again. I haven’t been following football news closely, but I do agree with the Gisele curse on Tom Brady and the NE Patriots.

The following is written by Susan Prima on the FB page of CBS New York, see LINK here. I couldn’t agree more with Susan Prima and the Business Insider columnist regarding the Gisele Bündchen Poison/Curse on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

THE GISELE BUNDCHEN CURSE!

Tom Brady and the Patriots, despite great success in the regular season, have not won another Super Bowl since Gisele Bündchen and Brady began dating in 2006, and at least one columnist for the ‘Business Insider’ (see below) has suggested that the relationship may be cursed, as Brady (who was 3-0 in Super Bowls before leaving the mother of his first child for Bündchen) has failed for five straight years to win another NFL championship.

NOTE: Before the year 2006, the NE Patriots won the Super Bowls in 2002, 2004, and 2005 with Tom Brady as the winning Quarterback. And guess what? In 2006, Tom Brady began dating his “bad luck charm” Gisele Bündchen and then married her in 2009. Do you call it concidence or “bad luck poison” that the NE Patriots has NOT won a Super Bowl after its star QB Tom Brady began relationship with Gisele?  

MY personal take: (1) Recently, Gisele Bündchen is adding further curse to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots by building a $20 Million Mega Mansion in California. According to the unscientific *Feng Shui*, it’s bad luck for a small number of people to live in a 22,000 square-feet giant monster house. Ask any Feng Shui expert to explain to you why.

 
Take this Gisele: Eli Manning, his wife Abbie and daugther Ava live in a 3,000 square feet apartment in Hoboken, NJ. This modest space is a sensible size for the Manning family of 3. Whereas your 22,000 square feet, $20 Million Mega Mansion in Brentwood, California (pictured above) is a major Feng Shui killer. Just ask any Feng Shui consultants why your house is part of the jinx, too. So much for being a green environmentalist Gisele, you have killed a few thousands trees and grass to make room for the Mega Mansion, the front yard and back yard. This recently completed Mega Mansion will demonstrate the bad Feng Shui to you.
 

(2) Karma catches up with people. When Tom Brady’s ex-girlfriend, Bridget Moynahan was 3 months pregnant, Tom Brady initiated the break up with Bridget for supermodel Gisele Bündchen. Bridget Moynahan is an actress on the current TV show “Blue Bloods” on CBS, Moynahan co-stars with Donnie Wahlberg and Tom Selleck. Some may say Gisele was a homewracker, others may say Tom Brady was a cheater. In the future, I wonder if karma will turn up another twist whereby Tom Brady will leave Gisele Bündchen for yet another woman. Meanwhile, Bridget Moynahan has remained quite classy for a woman who had endured the ultimate betrayal in a relationship. I wish Bridget Moynahan well. NOTE: ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan has remained very classy and mum about being dumped by Tom Brady when she was 3 months pregnant in this interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine July 2008 issue, see LINK to interview.

Tom Brady making his “Bradying” pose after losing the 2012 Super Bowl.
Remember the 2008 Super Bowl? Gisele Bündchen infamously drank red wine from a champagne glass inside the Sky Box watching her then-boyfriend (now-husband) Tom Brady beaten by the NY Giants? Nice way for Gisele to mock American football fans who actually drink beer (not red wine) for the game. Is Gisele a secret closet-supporter of the NY Giants? Gisele = Jinxele to Tom Brady and NE Patriots?

In 2008, supermodel Gisele Bündchen was watching Super Bowl XLII while drinking a glass of red wine, enjoying and celebrating ?? her then-boyfriend (now-husband) Tom Brady beaten by the NY Giants.
See the Business Insider news LINK here or below.
Why The Knives Are Going To Come Out For Gisele If The Patriots Lose on Sunday

Tony Manfred|February 04, 2012|Business Insider 

Has Gisele Bundchen poisoned Tom Brady, undermined Bill Belichick, and cursed the New England Patriots for the rest of eternity?

YOU DECIDE.

The reality is this: the Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl since Gisele and Tom Brady started dating in the winter of 2007.

Pre-Gisele, the Brady-led Pats won three Super Bowls and looked primed to dominate the rest of the decade.

But then Gisele happened. And now look at them: zilch in five years.

As dumb as it is, we all know that New England has a penchant for latching onto irrational curses. The poet laureate of Boston sports, Bill Simmons, even acknowledge in his podcast this week that anti-Gisele hysteria is simmering below the surface in Patriotsland.

Yet another ridiculous storyline to add in to the mix tomorrow.

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