I would argue that although hate groups are worse than barring people from hate groups, the government can stop the latter immediately, so it should be stopped. Work toward making the choice unattractive, not just illegal.
It basically mostly supports the states that refused to set up their own exchanges, I believe. The 34 it supports should include all 27 or so that refused to set up exchanges, plus a few here and there. I was disappointed that Massachusetts wasn't included, because I'm curious what I would pay if my employer didn't provide insurance.
If a guy on the street was screaming that the NSA was tapping the phones of world leaders, we would have called him crazy. The fact that it later came out that the NSA was tapping the phones of world leaders doesn't retroactively make that person not crazy. Or was your point "Yes, I may be crazy, but sometimes crazy people are coincidentally correct!" I'm sure there are paranoid schizophrenic people that are right now being investigated by the FBI -- but they are still paranoid schizophrenic.
No. First of all, half a million in assets does not make you a billionaire. Second, if all of your assets are illiquid, you are either terrible with money, or you think your assets are worth far more than they are. "Someone will pay $500 million for this SOME day, but today, I can only get $200 million."
They don't minimize it, they delay it. If someone offloads 100k shares of IBM into a dark pool, that pool is going to eventually want to remedy the sudden glut of IBM shares, and minimize their exposure to the level necessary to provide liquidity their clients demand. The converse is also true.
Loss of reputation. Also, he probably violated laws in the process. Lastly, there's a risk he screws up enough that the US Gov't not only disavows any association with him, but also prosecutes him to prove even more that he's not a co-conspirator.
Maybe not if you adjust for inflation, but it is certainly more than could have possibly been laundered. Even at a 1% fee for laundering it, which I imagine is on the low end, HSBC would be the largest organization in the world, by far.