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September 16, 2014

Politically Connected: Ties Link Embattled Government Bank, Well-Heeled Consultants

Source: The Daily Signal - Economy

Clients of a high-powered Washington consulting firm appear to have benefited from the outfit’s ties to the Export-Import Bank and the Obama administration, which wants to save the embattled federal agency.

Critics long have faulted the Export-Import Bank for helping politically connected companies secure taxpayer-backed financing. And the consultants at Albright Stonebridge Group, which is headed by a former U.S. secretary of state and bills itself as the “premier strategic advisory and commercial diplomacy firm,” pride themselves on making worldwide connections. The firm’s chairman and one of its namesakes is Madeleine Albright, who served as secretary of state during the Clinton administration.

Among other roles, Albright Stonebridge Group helps clients with government relations and crafts messaging plans for businesses. It is not, however, a registered lobbying firm, according to records at the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit that tracks how money and lobbying affect politics.

Carol Browner works as a senior counselor at ASG and previously served as a senior principal there. A member of the Obama-Biden transition’s advisory board, Browner was appointed to Ex-Im’s advisory committee for fiscal 2013. She was administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration and, under President Obama, directed the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy from 2009 to 2011.

more at link....

Read more: http://dailysignal.com/2014/09/16/politically-connected-ties-link-embattled-government-bank-well-heeled-consultants/?utm_source=heritagefoundation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=morningbell&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonvKTNZKXonjHpfsX56eQuW6e%2BlMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4DT8ZrI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFQrLBMa1ozrgOWxU%3D

September 14, 2014

Who's Paying the Pro-War Pundits? - The Nation

http://m.thenation.com/article/181601-whos-paying-pro-war-pundits

Lee Fang on September 12, 2014 - 3:40PM ET

If you read enough news and watch enough cable television about the threat of the Islamic State, the radical Sunni Muslim militia group better known simply as ISIS, you will inevitably encounter a parade of retired generals demanding an increased US military presence in the region. They will say that our government should deploy, as retired General Anthony Zinni demanded, up to 10,000 American boots on the ground to battle ISIS. Or as in retired General Jack Keane's case, they will make more vague demands, such as for "offensive" air strikes and the deployment of more military advisers to the region.

But what you won't learn from media coverage of ISIS is that many of these former Pentagon officials have skin in the game as paid directors and advisers to some of the largest military contractors in the world. Ramping up America's military presence in Iraq and directly entering the war in Syria, along with greater military spending more broadly, is a debatable solution to a complex political and sectarian conflict. But those goals do unquestionably benefit one player in this saga: America's defense industry.

Keane is a great example of this phenomenon. His think tank, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), which he oversees along with neoconservative partisans Liz Cheney and William Kristol, has provided the data on ISIS used for multiple stories by The New York Times, the BBC and other leading outlets.

Keane has appeared on Fox News at least nine times over the last two months to promote the idea that the best way to stop ISIS is through military action—in particular, through air strikes deep into ISIS-held territory. In one of the only congressional hearings about ISIS over the summer, Keane was there to testify and call for more American military engagement. On Wednesday evening, Keane declared President Obama's speech on defeating ISIS insufficient, arguing that a bolder strategy is necessary. "I truly believe we need to put special operation forces in there," he told host Megyn Kelly.
Left unsaid during his media appearances (and left unmentioned on his congressional witness disclosure form) are Keane's other gigs: as special adviser to Academi, the contractor formerly known as Blackwater; as a board member to tank and aircraft manufacturer General Dynamics; a "venture partner" to SCP Partners, an investment firm that partners with defense contractors, including XVionics, an "operations management decision support system" company used in Air Force drone training; and as president of his own consulting firm, GSI LLC.

more at link above....
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Maybe THEY should pay for it? As of today, no one has said how we'll pay for this escalation of war.

September 14, 2014

Go Bernie! Sanders for President for sure! He nailed it. Ate Chuch Todd for brunch!

And Chuck Todd could not even handle him. Bernie did call out the anger on both sides and included the media in the public's displeasure. He ate Chuck Todd for Brunch!


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I am the adding the NBC video a helpful poster added below. It was not available at the time I posted the thread. I was so excited by what I heard, and the roasting of Todd, I could not wait!



enjoy! If we have his back, he'll be the next president of the U.S.A.
September 12, 2014

Will Boner and the rest tell us how we will pay for this "escalation" in the war on terror??

Or, will we just hear about it later in the form of turning Soc. Sec. into a Wall Street shit fund?

Or, by turning Medicare into a 6K yearly voucher?

Or, that we no longer have the money to fund education the way we really should?

Or, that 1 in 3 instead of 4 U.S. children will now go to bed hungry?

Or, that we must cut medical research?

Anything but taxing corporations like Exxon Mobil who garner over 10 billion in quarterly profits?

The only time Boner's congress stays at work, is when he asks "how we gonna pay for it"?

It doesn't matter if you support this new "escalation" or not. It's about our money and what these bastards tell us LATER what we must sacrifice. When policy really will help us, he wants to know how we are going to pay for it. When ideas are discussed? He closes shop and goes home.

I, want to know how we will pay for this war, that Nelson and Rubio say will probably take YEARS! What will they take from us in the name of the War on Terror?????????

Thanks, I had to ask all of this, as we head into midterms, over "who will keep us safe"? Later, they will tell the little people, we have to cut things, to pay for it. Please don't forget their past tactics!

Can we discuss this and rec so the media will at least ask this question? How will we pay for this?



September 11, 2014

U.S. threatened massive fine to force Yahoo to release data

Source: Washington Post

http://link.email.washingtonpost.com/r/YLCS8G/WTOJ3H/7E9RF8/BMI4OSR/L94M0W/82/h

National/global news alert • Thu., Sep. 11, 2014 4:26 pm

U.S. threatened massive fine to force Yahoo to release data

The U.S threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand to hand over user data that the company believed was unconstitutional, according to court documents unsealed Thursday that illuminate how federal officials forced American tech companies to participate in the NSA’s controversial Prism program.



Read more: http://link.email.washingtonpost.com/r/YLCS8G/WTOJ3H/7E9RF8/BMI4OSR/L94M0W/82/h



September 2, 2014

Floridians, watch out for caterpillars covered in venom

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/local/2014/09/01/caterpillar-puss-venom-poison-florida/14943463/

At first glance it may look harmless.

A fat, furry caterpillar that likes to make its homes in several types of trees in Florida. But a warning: all that fur is covered in venom.

"It's the pain. It is instant and immediate and it's very intense," said Dr. Glenn Hardesty, Emergency Room physician.

Dr. Hardesty describes the pain from a puss caterpillar from first hand experience as worse than that from a sting from a bee, a jellyfish, even a scorpion. And it can also cause vomiting, convulsions and a drop in blood pressure.

"During certain times of the year, they become more prevalent and we are in a time of year they become more prevalent," Hardesty said.

Meaning your chances of an encounter are higher.
Reports of people getting stung-- who end up at the E.R. -- are on the rise.

Doctors say try to look around for them when you're working outdoors. Though they are known to fall out of trees.

And, just as important, talk to your children who may be tempted to pick one up.

According to the Florida Poison Information Center, some people experience severe reactions to the poison released by the spines and require medical attention. Others experience only an itching or burning sensation.

The center recommends placing scotch tape over the affected area and strip off repeatedly to remove spines or applying ice packs to reduce the stinging sensation, and follow with a paste of baking soda and water.


August 28, 2014

Pedophilia enabling follows around GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate Ben Sasse, NE

Pedophilia enabling follows around GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate Ben Sasse, NE
publication date: Aug 27, 2014

US Senate candidate Ben Sasse: Would you trust him around your children?

Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Nebraska Ben Sasse, already struck by allegations that he helped cover up the sexual abuse of underage male pages while tutoring and proctoring the House Page Program in the late 1990s, is now faced with another brush with pederasty and pedophilia as a result of the conviction of the former chief of cyber-security for the Department of Health and Human Services. The chief of cyber-security for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Timothy DeFoggi, was convicted by a jury for the U.S. District Court of Nebraska in Omaha for "engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography, and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography in connection with his membership in a child pornography website." DeFoggi used the sites, including two called PedoBook and Onion Pedo Video Archive, to traffic in child pornography. The sites were operated in Omaha by Aaron McGrath, who used the Tor anonymity service to cover the tracks of himself and clients like DeFoggi. DeFoggi is a former resident of Germantown, Maryland. Last December, Ryan Loskarn, the chief of staff for Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, was arrested at his Capitol Hill home for possession and distribution of child pornography. The following month, he reputedly committed suicide at his parents' home in Sykesville, Maryland. Sykesville is a 45 minute drive from Germantown. Loskarn previously worked for GOP House members from Tennessee and California.

Sasse was the chief of staff for Nebraska GOP U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry when Loskarn also worked in the House. Sasse, who is a home schooler and an extreme right-wing Republican, served as the assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services from January 2008 to January 2009. Sasse's oversight of HHS programs overlapped for one year with DeFoggi's work within the office of the assistant secretary for administration. The two offices, planning/evaluation and administration worked closely with one another, a fact that places Sasse, once again, in a job during a major case involving pedophilia.

Omaha, of course, is infamous for the so-called "Franklin cover-up," the use of the Franklin Credit Union in the 1980s by a top GOP official named Lawrence King to launder money used for the trafficking of children, including orphans from Boy's Town, for purposes of sexual molestation. The scandal involved the Reagan and Bush White Houses and was aggressively investigated in front-page stories by The Washington Times.The FBI's Operation Torpedo targeted DeFoggi's and McGrath's cyber-pedophile operations based in Omaha. DeFoggi used the handles of "fuckchrist” and “PTasseater” to traffic in pornographic images and video of children, including infants. Sasse's sordid record of affiliation with major pederast perpetrators may be exactly what the secret society of pedophiles in Omaha and Boy's Town wants to have representing them in the U.S. Senate.

Nebraska, once again, hit with another major pedophile case as seen in this below-the-fold article in the establishment Omaha World-Herald, which was implicated in the Franklin Cover-up. Nebraska's GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, Ben Sasse, is always one degree of separation from pedophile cases involving places where he has worked. Why would Nebraska want someone who, for almost 20 years, has had the stench of pedophilia around him representing them in the U.S. Senate?

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20140827_3


Now I'm sure we can get the democrat in here and save the senate, right?

August 28, 2014

US Among Top Child Porn Distributors Russian Interior Ministry

US Among Top Child Porn Distributors – Russian Interior Ministry
http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140827/192386295/US-Among-Top-Child-Porn-Distributors--Russian-Interior-Ministry.html

US Among Top Child Porn Distributors – Russian Interio...Russian police have identified more than 3,700 child porn distributors in 75 countries; most of these criminals are based in the United States, Russia’s Interior Mi...

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Russian police have identified more than 3,700 child porn distributors in 75 countries; most of these criminals are based in the United States, Russia’s Interior Ministry announced Wednesday.
The police summarized the results of the first seven months of an international operation which had been launched by the Russian Interior Ministry to identify the distributors of child pornography. Since the beginning of the operation, Russian police have found 3,700 users from 75 foreign countries who distributed pornography involving minors.

“The main share of such lawbreakers is located in the United States (927), Brazil (501), Germany (398), France (266), Great Britain (249), Canada (215), the Netherlands (184), Belgium (115), Mexico (68), Australia (66) and Ukraine (56)," the ministry said in a statement.

August 21, 2014

Why has Marco Rubio so disrespected the parents of beheaded journalist Foley???

They made a simple request. Rubio is OUTRAGEOUS!

I hear the parents are writing him a letter. Don't know if that's true, but they should.

Is Rubio really an American?



Here is the context:

Here is the context...





The front page of the Tampa Bay Times is actually a NYT article. (They're lazy).

It's quoting Obama, "WE WILL BE RELENTLESS"
http://www.tampabay.com/news/nation/world-appalled-by-beheading-obama-says-as-us-continues-airstrikes/2193945


Inside the paper where the article continues, they have "sidebars" on the side of the page. There are not links for this. But I'll type what I'm reading in the paper. The sidebar is called "Daily Developments" and has little short stories, ex: Prime Minister Cameron now wants to investigate the british accent of the beheader. To see if they are actually british. Can he tell this? Not my point.

Then it gets to Rubio: His very own sidebar shortee:

Rubio Criticizes Obama

"At least one lawmaker seized on the beheading as the evidence that Obama had not done enough to confront the Sunni militants and to acknowledge them as a direct threat to Americans.

"I remain deeply concerned that despite the preponderance of evidence that proves ISIL is a fundamentally evil and dangerous terrorist threat to the United States, President Obama continues to appear unwilling to do what is necessary to confront ISIL and communicate clearly to the American people about the threat ISIL poses to our country and to our way of life"
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FLA, said in a statement AFTER the video's release.

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Now, could this be why Foley's mother came out on TV to ask to not CRITICIZE and come together? Is this why she began to cry? Because of fucks like Rubio, who are not statemen, and shoot from the hip at a terrible time when leadership is needed? I know who and what he is, and he does this all the time, when it comes to Obama. But he did this, he jumped right after the video release!

THAT'S MY FECKING CONTEXT. I'm angry he needs to be sanctioned. This needs to be kicked and he needs to apologize to the parents...PRONTO! So I am begging DU members to kick this into outer space and put him on NOTICE. His politicking at times like this WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!!!!! Thank you.

August 21, 2014

PRESS RELEASE - Documentary Film - "The Anatomy of a Great Deception"

PRESS RELEASE
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Debi McMillin

(248) 733-5133, publicity@the513agency.com

Documentary Feature Film

"The Anatomy of a Great Deception"

Makes All Star Red Carpet Premiere at The Fillmore Detroit on September 5th.

Ed Asner, Omar Sharif, Richard Gage and Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth Come Together to Support Detroit Premiere of 9/11-focused Feature Length Documentary Film "The Anatomy of a Great Deception".

Detroit, MI (August 19, 2014) - Documentarian David Hooper premieres feature film The Anatomy of a Great Deception (AGD) about one innocent question turned personal investigation of 9/11. The result? His marriage, relationships and sanity were pushed to the brink - everything crumbling around him. He has one chance to get his life back. This film is that chance.

"The Anatomy of a Great Deception is the result of my initial unanswered questions. How could WTC Building 7 fall when no plane collided into it?" asked David Hooper, AGD Documentarian. "This film is the result of my engagement in conversations with others on their thoughts and findings on 9/11. I hope this film can further that dialogue."

AGD Technical Advisor, Richard Gage (AIA Founder, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth), recently appeared on C-Span's Washington Journal for a 45-minute segment with Host Peter Slen - a notably rare opportunity for the 9/11 Truth Movement to present their message to a national audience of millions. The invitation was a result of a year-long campaign by supporters requesting that AE911Truth appear on the show to spotlight WTC Building 7's story. Gage presented to viewers that the focus of AE911Truth's 2,200 architects and engineers was the science of the event, and based on their conclusions, they are calling for a new, independent investigation.


Hooper's search for answers put him on a direct path with Gage. Gage saw the film after the initial friends and family viewing which ignited a YouTube following and a partnership evolved from there.


"This film has the best chance in years to push the 9/11 debate into the mainstream," said Richard Gage.


As a result of the AGD screening on March 8th at the Motor City Casino's Amnesia Room, Hooper's film received support from AE911Truth's community of 45,000 plus members resulting in over a thousand donations to raise $53,700 to bring the film to its completion. Along the way, Ed Asner and Omar Sharif became supporters, as well.


"This is a very compelling film," said Omar Sharif, Actor, Lawrence of Arabia. "It will open many people's eyes," not to mention the documentary has already become an "Official Selection" of this year's 911 TRUTH Film Festival (Oakland, CA)and is already in negotiations for domestic and foreign distribution.


"This is a tremendous film," said Ed Asner, Actor, The Mary Tyler Moore Show.


The Anatomy of a Great Deception makes its Detroit Premiere on September 5, 2014 at The Fillmore Detroit. In addition to the red carpet, VIP lounge, gift bags and gifting suite, DJ Lady Leb and Mr. Jeffrey Woodwardwill be providing the musical entertainment. Richard Gage will also be on site to deliver the film's introduction.

Anatomy of a Great Deception Premiere:

The Fillmore Detroit

2115 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, MI 48201

(313) 961-5451



Parking.

Paid parking is available across the street at the Comerica Park lots, behind HockeyTown in the Fox Garage, in Supreme Parking on Elizabeth Street and behind the Fillmore at Park and Elizabeth Streets.

7:00pm Doors Open / Red Carpet Arrivals

8:00pm Introduction by Richard Gage

8:15pm Premiere Begins

9:30pm After Party Begins

Tickets.

$12 in advance, $15 at the door.

TicketWeb.

bit.ly/AGDRSVP

About Anatomy of a Great Deception.

This docu-thriller follows family-man-turned-filmmaker, David Hooper, as he unknowingly begins his own 9/11 investigation by asking one innocent question. Within months, his belief system is in shambles and he's been tuned-out by those closest to him, including his wife, mom and sister. With his relationships on the brink of disaster and facing financial ruin, he risks everything on one last chance to tell his story and recover his life by making a movie for those closest to him. It worked. This is that movie.

Official Website.

AGDMovie.com
Official Social Media.

@AGDMovie

About Documentarian David Hooper.

Since graduating from the University of Michigan in 1991, David Hooper has started five different companies, which have generated about $100 million in sales while employing over a thousand people. The companies have ranged from healthcare to recruiting. He sold his staffing company to Fortune 500, Modis. Eldercare, which operates in Southeast Michigan, and Myjobs.com were two of the more well-known businesses. Prior to making the film, he grew White Elephant Media into an $18 million per year online seller of movies, music, books and games. In 2014, he established Moving Flicks to promote and distribute thought-provoking independent films, starting with his own, "The Anatomy of a Great Deception," set for release September 5, 2014 at The Fillmore Detroit.

Official Website.

MovingFlicks.com

About Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

Below is a summary of information that AE911Truth feels the public needs to know regarding the events of September 11, 2001, in New York City.

AE911Truth has carefully studied the publicly available information on the destruction of World Trade Center Buildings 1, 2, and 7. This evidence includes video and audio recordings, photographs, eyewitness accounts, and physical evidence.

As building and technical professionals, the architects and engineers research and comment on only this forensic and recorded evidence, which has led them to the inevitable conclusion that the three skyscrapers were willfully destroyed by controlled demolition using explosives and incendiaries, supporting the conclusion that the hypotheses for the buildings' destruction given in the official reports published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an arm of the U.S. government, are seriously flawed and scientifically impossible.

Official Website.

ae911truth.org

Richard Gage. C-SPAN Interview.

bit.ly/CSPANRichardGageInterview

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Headquartered in Detroit, MI, USA with an affiliate office in Nashville, TN, USA.

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Media Inquiries regarding Anatomy of a Great Deception or David Hooper please contact Debi McMillin at (248) 733-5133 or email pr@the513agency.




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