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John Harding’s book, Escape from Paradise – Paperback and Kindle Versions


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Now, available in Kindle and Paperback! Free Kindle if you purchase Paperback. After buying Paperback, go for the free Kindle!

It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book…it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it. C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can’t put it down! It’s a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That’s the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei’s latest film is The Blue Mansion – Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It’s quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

ThunderBall Films is successfully putting together the movie production of Escape from Paradise and has received a new LOI (Letter of Intent) from actress Bai Ling who starred with Richard Gere in the film Red Cross.

This includes a commitment from a CPA firm who does tax credit financing in Ireland, a possible location to film, as part of the package needed for investors – along with the CPA firm’s commitment to apply for and finance the tax credits if ThunderBall does shoot in Ireland and what portion of the budget they would provide.
For inquiries, please contact John Harding at jbharding@gmail.com.

Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

Timothy Geither’s gift of $36 billion to foreigners

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U. S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

The $700 billion U.S. bailout program launched in response to the global economic meltdown had a far greater impact overseas than other countries’ financial rescue plans did on the U.S., according to a new report from a congressional watchdog.

Apparently, tax cheat and US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has caused billions of dollars in U.S. rescue funds (TARP) to wind up in big banks in France, Germany and other nations.

Whereas Geithner failed to keep the TARP funds from foreigners, most of our foreign friens cleverly focused their efforts on banks in their nations that lacked major U.S. operations.

Major French and German banks were among the biggest beneficiaries of the U.S. rescue of American International Group Inc. (AIG).

Much of the $182 billion in federal aid to AIG flowed through to its partners, including French banks Societe Generale, which received $11.9 billion in AIG money, and BNP Paribas, which got $4.9 billion, and Germany’s Deutsche Bank, $11.8 billion.

That’s a $28 billion gift of America’s funds from Timothy Geithner to the three European banks. In all 43 foreign banks benefited the AID bonanza including also banks in Canada, Britain and Switzerland.

Geithner’s TARP funds wound up injecting capital into around 700 banks, while foreign governments combined aided fewer than 50.

Unlike Geithner, foreign governments watched where their funds were going.

In addition to AIG, many of the U.S. banks and automakers that received billions in bailout aid passed through a large proportion of their TARP funds to operations outside the U.S., especially in Japan and Europe.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that taxpayers will lose $36 billion, thanks to Geithner’s “negligence.”

But was Geithner really negligent?

Maybe there will be a cushy job waiting for him after he leaves the U.S. Treasury Department.

To be continued…

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