Martin Shkreli’s Arrogant Body Language Will Do Him In During His Trial

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As a litigation consultant who helps people prepare for court cases so they can best present themselves in front of a jury, as  as well as being  someone who helps select I can assure you that after seeing  the body language and how pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, the man  who gouged prices drugs, acted in front of Congress, he will never succeed in front of a jury.

While he had every right to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights, his arrogant body language spoke volumes about him. It left a lot to be desired .

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His crossed arms indicated defiance as did his smug facial expression. He repeatedly read from a piece of paper which stated  that he was invoking his Fifth Amendment rights to not incriminate himself  and therefore refused to answer any question that was posed to him..

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His inappropriate smiles and his looking around the room instead of facing ahead and respectfully acknowledging those who were speaking, will raise ire among jurors if he exhibits those behaviors in a court of law.

Martin Shkreli  is the one who  hiked the price of a life-saving drug from $13.50 to $750 and showed no sympathy or compassion when asked how it would affect others who needed the drug but who could not afford it. The drug at the center of  the questioning is  Daraprim, used to treat toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease that affects those with weakened immune systems.

Even though he is 32 years old, he acted like an immature 1o year old as he  continued to smirk and grin as he refused to answer any question, with the exception of his name. But he managed a disrespectful tweet right after leaving the hearing, tweeting “Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government.

Shkreli is accused of  repeatedly losing money for investors and lying to them and illegally taking assets from one of his companies to pay off debtors in another, running his company like a Ponzi scheme where he used each subsequent company to pay off defrauded investors from the prior company, according to  Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Robert Capers.

When he does go to court, if she shows this arrogant and immature behavior, there will be no mercy or sympathy towards him from either a judge or a jury. He may end up with the same fate as another  infamous Ponzi Schemer, Bernard Madoff, who is  now serving 150 years in prison. Then Mr. Shkreli will find out who is the real “imbecile.”

 

 

 

Obama and Netanyahu Body Language Shows They Still Can’t Stand One Another

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Even though the two world leaders, Benjamin Netanyahu and Barak Obama finally got together  to meet after a year, there is still no love lost between them. Netanyahu was in the US to to discuss the nuclear deal with Iran and other regional conflicts, including the violence in Palestine.

While it had been no secret that the prime minister of Israel and the President of the United States  have had a strong disagreements in the past, their common thread is that they are both in favor of making sure Iran does not get a nuclear weapon. Another point of agreement is regarding the importance of dealing with violence.

But in terms of their body language Obama still can’t seem to hide his disdain for Netanyahu ever since the Israeli Prime Minister accepted an invitation to speak, whereby Obama took the move as a personal affront by  netanyahu and Republicans  in Congress going around the White House to invite him to give a joint address to th Senate and the House of Representatives.

Look at the photo above and you will see the tightness in Obama’s jaw signifying anger. He is pursing his lips as he looks at Netanyahu eye to eye. Obama slunches  over when he reaches out to shake Netanyahu’s han. There also seems to be an aggressive power handshake with Obama as you can see his thumb deliberately pressing hard on Netanyahu’s hand.

Netanyahu is also not pleased about Obama  a you can see from the tension in his jaw and tight lips.

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Feet can tell a lot about how a person is feeling towards the other  as well.In this case we see Obama’s legs are crossed and his foot and toes are positioned upwards. This means that he can’t wait to leave the meeting.  This in in contrast to Netanyahu’s fet which are firmly planted on the ground.Also their feet are not pointing directly in one another’s direction which further indicates  they don’t feel good about one another.

Hands are also telling as both men are holding on to themselves in order to contain their true feelings. Netanyahu hold;s on to his fingers while Obama self comforts by olding on to his thighs. It shows how uncomfortable they are with one another.

Another telling signal of their disdain towards one another is that their heads are completely turned away from one another. Netanyahu turns his head to the left and looks away from Obama while Obama looks straight ahead, not  relating to Netanyahu’s presence.

So even though the two allies – the US and Israel  met to demonstrate their bond, there was definitely no bonding going on between the two leaders as you can see in this photo op.

Trump’s Body Language and Delivery Wins in Third Debate Despite Insulting Questions As Rubio and Cruz Impresses

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When Donald Trump was asked the most ugly and disrespectful question by  cnbc’s John Harwood, who publicly called him a narcissist and then further insulted Trump by calling him a cartoon character, Trump appropriately responded that ‘ it was not a nicely stated question.” He then went on to respond in a calm and collected manner. He was also the most real  and genuine in terms of his demeanor and what he said. For instance  he was the only candidate who gave an honest and open answer to  the question regarding his flaw ( that he was too trusting and he doesn’t forgive).

He was the only candidate who answered the question openly and honestly. The others all went into a rehearsed rhetoric  that had nothing to do with addressing their flaw. Instead they used that time to address what they felt was important in their campaign.This turned many people off.

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One of the biggest turnoffs was when Huckabee said he didn’t have any flaws and then went on to say to ask his wife. He did not gain any Presidential points for that. He was also rehearsed and made body language gestures which were contrived. His facial language did not reflect that he was being genuine.

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Carla Fiorino had the worst body language throughout the evening which made her appear annoying. Her cocked head made her seem insecure and her tone was very defensive. When she said that he flaw was that she didn’t smile and then went off topic it was a turn off. The tone of her voice needs a lot of work. A while back  Donald Trump made reference to her looks as he asked how people could look at her for four years. I say, how can anyone listen to that voice for 4 years as it is so annoying and off putting. She loses the message she is trying to send because  of it. Also annoying, are the extraneous movements she makes when she speaks. One could also see a glimpse into her character as she mentions her former boss  as an endorsement and claims he said that in retrospect she did things right. Then when the character  flaw of her boss is brought up, she immediately throws him under the bus and distances herself from him and says that is why they didn’t get along. To me it showed a lack of loyalty as she was willing to turn on a dime if it would make her look good. To many that was a turn off.

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And someone who has an equally annoying vocal tone is Ben Carson. His voice with his monotonous drone that dies off at the end of when he speaks  puts  one to sleep. He too loses his message because of his voice. His voice lacks energy and passion.  His mono-faced expression also lacks enthusiasm and confuses his message.

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While his gestures were a bit contrived at times and his voice  and delivery stilted Marco Rubio came across as very level headed and in control. He came across as a peacemaker who wouldn’t take the bait when he was insulted. This was evident in his retort to Jeb Bush, who came across as weak and whiney. Rubio took the high road which made him sound like a leader. While he was bashed by Bush, Rubio responded in an opposite manner as he said he had respect for Bush. He also said he was not in competition with anyone on the stage and refused to say negative things about them. This gave Rubio points while the bashing and whining Bush lost many points.

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” The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,’ Cruz said. He then went on to say,  ‘This is not a cage match. And, you look at the questions — “Donald Trump, are you a comic-book villain?” “Ben Carson, can you do math?” “John Kasich, will you insult two people over here?” “Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign?” “Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?”‘How about talking about the substantive issues the people care about?’

CNBC host John Harwood didn’t like that so he tried to go to another candidate and discuss  another issue, but Cruz wouldn’t let him. He called Harwood on his toxic behavior and asked  ‘You don’t want to hear my answer?’
to which Harwood sharply responded, in a nasty tone ‘You spent your time on something else.’

Cruz clearly got points for this as he showed that he was direct and called it like it is.

So the winners of the evening in terms of their body language, facial language an delivery were Trump, Rubio, and Cruz. The loser of the evening was the nasty CNBC panel who were out to be provocative in an attempt to garner a name for themselves and increase ratings. But unfortunately for them, their attempts backfired.

Democratic Debate Body Language: Sanders Passion, Down Home Style and Hillary’ Warm, Poised Control

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All politics aside, if there was a winner in terms of body language and delivery in the first  Democratic debate it would be a tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Saunders. All politics aside she has made significant positive changes in terms of her delivery since she first announced her candidacy. She was warm, engaging, handled herself well under pressure, smiled more, was respectful to her fellow candidates when they spoke had appropriate gestures which matched what she was saying and only on a few occasions  did the silly political gesture of pressing her thumb and two fingers together when she emphasized points.  She was also strong voiced and spoke loudly when she expressed her disagreemt. This was in stark contrast to her previous public speeches where she was robotoc and monotone.  During this debate, she  had excellent posture and moved more  fluidly than she had in the past. She seemed very comfortable and was not  stiff and mechanical as she had been in the past. She expressed a range of emotiona and appeared more genuine and real than she shad presented in the past

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Bernie Sanders was warm and engaging as well. He had a down home style that was very appealing as it seemed as though he was talking directly to you. He is tone sounded like a familiar uncle. While he had a somewhat cartoonish Elmer Fudd type  accent, it was rather appealing. He was the most passionate of all the candidates in terms of his delivery. Sometimes it was over the top but her was very watchable, much like Donald Trump in terms of his  of not being reserved about speaking his mind without worries of political correctness. He made many open handed gestures where you often saw the palm of his hand, indicating his openness and having  nothing to hide. His body language and gestures matched what he said.

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While the handsomest candidate was O’Malley, after hearing him speak in his monotonous droning voice that was muffled and breathy, he lost a lot of points.  He was so monotone, staccato, and boring in his delivery that it negated his good looks and whatever he had to say. While he seemed cordial and polite, he was so boring that it was very easy for the viewer to tune out when she spoke. His absence of inflection and vocal enthusiasm could have easily put some to sleep.

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The same was true for  Chafee who had a high pitch tinny sounding voice. It did not have a leadership sound. There was a significant whine to his tone which was not appealing. You really heard the whine when she talked about the first time he voted and made a lame excuse about his father’s death which did not put him in a good light. He also smiled inappropriately and his gestures often didnt match what he was saying. He didnt sound like  a leader in terms of his delivery and presentation

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Webb appeared angry with a fixed scowl on his face. His posture was too rigid and mechanical . So was his facial expression. He was not engaging but consistently angry sounding. His staccato tone was also off putting.

It is clear that Webb, Chafee, and O’Malley need some serious voice and speech and body language coaching if they plan on getting their message heard in the second debate. Communication  skills are key to winning a Presidency. If you are boring,  monotonous, whiney, or your body language doesn’t match what you say, people are turned off with you.

Once again I will reiterate that this is not a political blog and that this is not about politics but rather about their delivery in terms of how the candidates presented themselves in front of  voters.

BODY LANGUAGE OF 13 YOUTUBE STAR CALEB LOGAN BRATAYLEY VERY ODD BEFORE HE DIED

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Thirteen year old youtube sensation Caleb Logan Bratayley was a star.  He had “it” as they say in Hollywood- good looks, a brightness, and an effervescent personality. He was highly watchable on his family’s daily vlog. Then all of a sudden this boy is dead. The family released a statement that he died of :natural causes.”  There is nothing natural about a 13 year old dropping dead for no reason. They also left a  rather strange and disturbing  statement  at the end of their vblog  https://youtu.be/oZpJN86pNoA  where they said

” Unfortunatey Caleb passed away right after we made the video. He will never get to meet his future self. None of us will and we are sad because he could have been great. “

Then they go on to say to kiss your kids and tell them that you love the everyday. “You never know what day will be their last.”
WHAT????? The last thing parents think of is that their child will die before them. The Bratayley’s giving encouraging advice for people to kiss their kids is absurd to me in my view in light of their circumstance.

It may perhaps  show that this family may have been more concerned about their youtube presence and their vlog and their 15 minutes of fame.

In closely examining the boy’s last video I found it strange. While he and his 2 sisters are eating breakfast,  he can barely focus  and looks out of it. His eyes are half closed  as you can see below.

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Then he looks into the distance and doesn’t focus n the question he is asked by his mother.

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His eyes look even more at half mast. As he slowly chews his muffin, he suddenly closes his eyes as he can barely keep them open.The muffin suddenly drops out of his hand.

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His head and body collapses on to the counter. After a few seconds he lifts his head up and holds up his head with his hand. You hear the mother saying  that he’s not a morning person. What???? The child just collapsed on the counter and this is what she says? I personally found that disturbing.

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Unsteadily, he  rocks back and forth in his seat as he still can barely keep his eyes open. Perhaps the mother needed to interject whether the child was Ok at this point.

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He then saunters over to the sink where he looks off to the side and leans over the counter as though he is not feeling well. He  remains in that position for a few seconds.  His mother who is filming the entire time neglects to address this. Instead she says “Isn’t he cute?’  I would have asked if the boy was OK at that point.

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He then turns around and stumbles twice  as he walks and eventually ends up lying down on the couch. The mother doesn’t seem to notice as she is too busy trying to be cute for the camera talking about how she will film how the “Bratayley eat lunch.”

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Then he buries his head in his arms as he continues to lie on the couch. He then moves his head around to get into a more comfortable position.

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Next we see a shot of the boy not looking great as he stumbles around. Then he mumbles that he caught the camera he almost dropped which sounded to many people  like he said “he dropped a narcotic”. He may or may not have said that.  But he looks a little too surprised and reactive for this as he opens his eyes widely and does a second take of surprise.

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But he looks a little too surprised and reactive after he says  this. Then seconds later  he oddly shuts his eyes as if he is doing a double take and so surprised that he caught the camera he was about to drop. Then he opens his eyes wide and looks into the camera  seconds later and says WOW!  My reaction to his was  what did he say?  Did he say  maybe  he “dropped a narcotic” like many thought he said.  Many may  hear that and  may  think that his reaction was akin to those may have ingested a narcotic with slow reaction time and being amazed at the most benign occurrence and pondering over it.  But it should be pointed out that there is some question as to exactly what he said (dropping a camera etc.)  but his mumbling was cause for concern.

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He then seems confused as he tries to answer a question as he continues to mumble. He can barely focus and  read the question he is supposed to answer as he stammers and stumbles over his words as he reads the question-” What he would ask his future self.” He then mumbles  and slurs his words “Is Taco Bell still around?”

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Then he looks pained and looks away from the camera as he mumbles what he would really ask is if there are any new sports. He then licks his lips which may indicate that he is getting cotton mouth or that his mouth is dry. Perhaps  that was another indication that something was not right with him.

He then says he would ask if there are any new sports. He looks pained as he says this. Then he stcks out hs tongue and makes an inappropriate motor boat type of noise.It made no sense in terms of the context in which he was speaking.

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Then he does something that is even more absurd. He pulls his cheeks and asks if his cheeks look fat. This is clearly a young man that has spent too many hours in front of the camera as his vanity seems to have gotten best of him. It made no sense whatsoever. Then he scrunches up is face and begins to make absurd noises and sounds no one can understand.

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Then he goes through an array of facial expressions that also make no sense as he seems to be mugging into the camera.

Then he goes back to the question he was asked and mumbles something about his 5 second earlier self talking to his other self. It  sounded like something someone who may possibly  be  high on something would ponder about.

He continues to make  more inappropriate and over the top facial expressions  as you see above.

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He continues to mumble and make inappropriate noises. Then we see a statement on the video that the boy “unforuntaley” died shortly after doing this video.

WHAT???? It was such a cold statement and not a normal reaction from any parent who just lost a child. Also who would be releasing a videotape of something like his if the person just died? I personally found that to be problematic

This is makes me very concerned to wonder whether  that something was wrong with this boy. Did the  parents neglect to take care of the problem. We don’t know at this point. Many questions arise.

Was he on medication and had a bad reaction to it?

Did he have an underlying illness?

Did he have some underlying neurolgical condition that affected his behavior ?

Did he take narcotics?

Did he commit suicide?

Was there foul play?

These are fair questions to ask whenever a child dies unexpectedly. These questions in no way accuse or insinuate any of these  things happened. They are merely questions most people consider under these circumstances.

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Now the parents have released a statement that Caleb had an undetected medical condition but have yet to release to the public what that medical condition was that took This young and precious boy’s life.

In my personal opinion, maybe if  these parents  had spent more time observing Caleb’s  off behavior when they were filming him right before he died and sought medical attention for him, perhaps his undetected medical condition may have been detected. It is just a cause for concern.

The parents have also decided to livestream their child’s funeral which I also personally found disturbing.

In any event it is very sad that this beautiful and vibrant young man who had  all the hopes of a full life ahead of him is gone. May he Rest In Peace.

ADDENDUM # 2

For Caleb’s and the Bratayley family fans I understand  that this is a very difficult time for many of you in terms of continuing to mourn Caleb’s sudden and unexpected death. If you are having difficulty coping, talk to someone who is a professional who can help you during your grieving process. Many of you may be going through the various stages of grief from shock, to denial to anger etc.

There have been a few  individuals who are clearly going through their anger phase of the grief process who have decided to take their anger out on this blog .  They have misinterpreted what was said in the blog and have made personal attacks.

No personal attacks, or hate will be tolerated in this blog. If you have a difference of opinion you are certainly  welcome to express yourself in a civil and respectful manner. Otherwise your comment will not be read and will be  be deleted. I stand by what I said in the blog. While I do not blame anyone for Caleb’s death, my only concern was that his parent kept filming when there was clearly something wrong as I saw it in the  video and relayed in these screen shots.  Perhaps the mother’s focus  was on her filming  that didn’t notice something was wrong. At any rate,  I  personally found that  to be disturbing .

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Donald Trump Shows Most Confident Body Language of All Candidates

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Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 12.13.54 AMThere is no question  the candidate who showed the most self confidence  through his body language during the debates was

Donald Trump. He  was the candidate who appeared to be the most at ease even when difficult questions were thrown his way.

As you can see in this photo he is the only candidate leaning forward which indicated his eagerness and readiness.

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His gestures were fluid  which reflected his ease on the stage. He did not make any of the mechanical gestures which

many of the politicians made where the thumb and the index finger was pinched. Instead he made gestures which matched

his emotions and what he was saying.

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candidate who did this.

Regarding his response to the Megan Kelly question, he handled it well.  While there is no dispute that a  question about  how

Trump feels about women should have been asked, the way in which it was asked was sneaky and inappropriate in my view.

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First Megyn starts the question off with a very pleasant face as she looks directly at trump and says One of the things people love about you is that you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. ”

Then she says however it is not without it’s downsides particularly when it comes to women. You’ve called women fat pigs, slobs, and disgusting animals.”

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Trump then interrupts  with stating “Only Rosie O’Donnell” which received a roaring applause from the crowd. And by the way Rose O’Donnell was the one who began the fight with Donald Trump with her name calling and  disparaging remarks about his physical appearance. Trump in turn, fought back and mirrored her Toxic name calling.Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 12.41.21 AM

Megyn Kelly then recounts that Trump said to a Celebrity Apprentice contestant  “It would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees” In the first place. the contestant  was Brande Roderick who can’t recall this ever being said to her and strongly defends Trump on this matter. ”

Megyn then appears to sneer at Trump as she looks directly at him with narrowed eyes as you can see in this photo above and says in an admonishing tone”  Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?” She doesn’t ask :what do you have to say about this? Instead she attacks his temperament. When Trump subsequently said there was “Blood in her eyes” what he was saying  was that she was out for blood and it showed in her eyes. We saw her narrowed eyes on screen, but trump saw her piercing eyes glaring  directly at him while she asked the question, so clearly he saw a lot more of the negative emotion coming from Megan than the viewer watching the debate.

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Trump was visibly disturbed about her question as he purses his lips and tightens his jaw in anger. Then Megyn in essence associates him with the “War on Women.”  Trumps answer was that he has no time to be politically correct  and then says how the country has no time  to be politically correct as he

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made karate chop like gestures to emphasize his point which also reflected his anger and annoyance at the question.

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He then shows his palms in an open gesture as he explains that oftentimes what he says is fun and kidding and we have a good time.  He then goes on to let Megyn know that he has been nice to her even though she has treated him not so nice and that he said he could not be so nice to her  based on the way she has treated him. He also reached out and said he was sorry that she felt that way.

Then after  the debate, Trump was true to his word and was not so nice to Megyn as she let everyone know that she had blood coming out of her eyes and had other disparaging things to say about her.

One thing about  about Donald Trump which everyone  should know from reading his book The Art of the Deal, is that  his philosophy is that if someone hits you hard, you hit them back harder. And he did that in business  which was  one of the key;s to his success and has been doing it with everyone who attacks him, including Megyn Kelly.

And once again to refresh everyone’s memory  as I have said throughout my blogs, I am not a political person and have no agenda here as I merely report what I observe from a body language and communication standpoint.