(DAILY MAIL) As a New Yorker from humble beginnings, Jeffrey Epstein played on his blue-collar credentials and enormous wealth to extend tentacles of influence throughout America’s liberal political elite.
During the outcry over the Epstein case, it emerged that another man with a notorious appetite for young women, Bill Clinton, traveled with Epstein to a number of destinations, including three times on the billionaire’s private aircraft.
On one occasion, Epstein flew the former President, Hollywood actor and staunch Democrat Kevin Spacey and another actor friend of Mr Clinton’s, Chris Tucker, to Africa, to ‘discuss AIDS policy’.
(FEDERALJACK) Ex-Bloomberg editor Ben Richardson on why he decided to leave the company in response to the censoring of his news story about corruption in the Chinese government.
(FEDERALJACK) While on an interstate drive to his next assignment, a young man got in a minor traffic accident. When police arrived to help, they shot him in the stomach. The man will now face permanent disabilities and the police are standing by the shooting.
(RevolutionNewsUS) Speaking to Spanish-language media health care town hall meeting last week, President Obama dismissed concerns from a low-income man that the monthly premiums for the cheapest plans were too expensive for his family to afford. The president said the man should “prioritize health care” and cut spending on things like cable, cell phone, and other things to afford insurance.
The host of the town hall read the following to the president:
This question here comes from a gentleman who says that, yes, he wanted Obamacare for a family of three. He says, “I make about $36,000 per year. The minimum amount is $350 per month. I think that’s too much for me.” That’s a question from this gentleman here.
Who then responded, naturally, by blaming the consumer instead of the unaffordability of the “Affordable” Care Act plans.
I guess what I would say, if you looked at that person’s budget, and you looked at their cable bill, their cell phone bill, other things that they’re spending on, it may turn out that it’s just they haven’t prioritized health care because right now everybody is healthy.
I don’t think it’s likely that someone who makes around $36,000 a year is subscribed to premium cable channels and expensive cell phone coverage. Unlike the current health insurance market, affordable alternatives to expensive plans for cell phones exist. At Walmart, a consumer can purchase home telephone service for $15 a month, or could buy unlimited cell phone service for six months for only $249.99. That breaks down to about $41.50 a month for cell phone (and, by virtue of a smartphone, which can be purchased for around $50) and internet service. That’s far less expensive than over $300 a month for health insurance, plus the plans with lower premiums carry comparatively high deductibles. Even if the premiums were subsidized via some sort of credit, it’s still asking quite a lot of a person to pay the equivalent of a seventh of their income before the plan even kicks in. Also: the man asking the question is healthy.
This is just another example of President Obama being condescending and out of touch.
(BUSINESS INSIDER) An investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs while Sinaloa provided information on rival cartels.
Sinaloa, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, supplies 80% of the drugs entering the Chicago area and has a presence in cities across the U.S.
But the El Universal investigation is the first to publish court documents that include corroborating testimony from a DEA agent and a Justice Department official.
(FEDERALJACK) After speaking at CPAC and Google about the very same idea, Senator Marco Rubio appeared on The Kudlow Report pushing for a “New American Century.” He is pushing certain policy, and law changes in order to help herald in this idea. During the interview Rubio vaguely speaks about changing the corporate tax code; A “regulatory budget”; Immigration reform that “allows us to bring in a work force”; Free trade agreements; The Keystone pipeline, and opening up more fracking sites in the country. After hearing his speech at CPAC, and seeing the video below one has to wonder if PNAC is back to writing policy papers for our “elected” officials to push as government policy.
Just in case the name PNAC, also known as The Project for a New American Century, doesn’t sound familiar to you allow me to introduce you to them. PNAC is a think-tank whose members include many of the core policy advisors for the Bush Administration. PNAC has become notorious for articulating the need for a “new Pearl Harbor” in its 2000 policy paper Rebuilding America’s Defenses.
In the document, they cite a potential problem with their plan. Referring to the goals of transforming U.S. and global power structure, the paper states that because of the American Public’s slant toward ideas of democracy and freedom:
“This process of transformation is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl Harbor.”
PNAC members and signators to its policy documents include: Dick Cheney; Donald Rumsfeld; Paul Wofowitz; Jeb Bush; Richard Perle; John Bolton; Scooter Libby; Elliot Abrams; Richard Armitage; William Bennet; William Kristol; and Zalmy Khalilzad. All men with their hands deep in the private defense, oil, and multinational corporate industries poised to make vast sums of money, and secure huge tracts of power / influence if this PNAC policy evolved into U.S. Government policy.
Nine months after they rose to power, and assumed central positions of leadership all over the spectrum of military, civilian, domestic, and international agencies, they got their “New Pearl Harbor” in the form of September 11th 2001. PNAC policy evolved into the Bush Administration’s official agenda, and the rest is history.
It looks like they, the powers that shouldn’t be, have their new generations of faux “conservative” sell outs in public office to push their agendas with a different face. Unfortunately until people wake up and realize that no government or politician can solve their problems, only they can, they will still fall prey to politicians pandering to either side of the left / right lie.
(COUNTER CURRENT NEWS) A report by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation revealed that the largest mercenary army in the world, Blackwater (later called Xe Services and more recently “Academi”) clandestine intelligence services was sold to the multinational Monsanto. Blackwater was renamed in 2009 after becoming famous in the world with numerous reports of abuses in Iraq, including massacres of civilians. It remains the largest private contractor of the U.S. Department of State “security services,” that practices state terrorism by giving the government the opportunity to deny it.
Many military and former CIA officers work for Blackwater or related companies created to divert attention from their bad reputation and make more profit selling their nefarious services-ranging from information and intelligence to infiltration, political lobbying and paramilitary training – for other governments, banks and multinational corporations. According to Scahill, business with multinationals, like Monsanto, Chevron, and financial giants such as Barclays and Deutsche Bank, are channeled through two companies owned by Erik Prince, owner of Blackwater: Total Intelligence Solutions and Terrorism Research Center. These officers and directors share Blackwater.
One of them, Cofer Black, known for his brutality as one of the directors of the CIA, was the one who made contact with Monsanto in 2008 as director of Total Intelligence, entering into the contract with the company to spy on and infiltrate organizations of animal rights activists, anti-GM and other dirty activities of the biotech giant.
Contacted by Scahill, the Monsanto executive Kevin Wilson declined to comment, but later confirmed to The Nation that they had hired Total Intelligence in 2008 and 2009, according to Monsanto only to keep track of “public disclosure” of its opponents. He also said that Total Intelligence was a “totally separate entity from Blackwater.”
However, Scahill has copies of emails from Cofer Black after the meeting with Wilson for Monsanto, where he explains to other former CIA agents, using their Blackwater e-mails, that the discussion with Wilson was that Total Intelligence had become “Monsanto’s intelligence arm,” spying on activists and other actions, including “our people to legally integrate these groups.” Total Intelligence Monsanto paid $ 127,000 in 2008 and $ 105,000 in 2009.
No wonder that a company engaged in the “science of death” as Monsanto, which has been dedicated from the outset to produce toxic poisons spilling from Agent Orange to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), pesticides, hormones and genetically modified seeds, is associated with another company of thugs.
(REASON TV) You may already know Juggalos, the fans of Detroit horrorcore rap group Insane Clown Posse (ICP), from Buzzfeed lists, television shows like Workaholics, or music videos like “Juggalo Island.” But, you may not know that Juggalos are one of the best examples of a self reliant (but demonized) community.
Juggalos began to garner a lot of mainstream attention in 2011 when they were classified as a “hybrid gang” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in their National Gang Threat Assessment report. The report says Juggalos could “exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence.”
Juggalos at the 2013 Gathering of the Juggalos, a music festival held in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, told Reason TV that they disputed the claims made by the FBI.
“That’s stereotyping pretty much,” said one Juggalo. “You know people who don’t listen to the music or are not a fan or a family are going to think we are violent people when they see hatchet men [emblem of Juggalos] or Juggalo stuff.”
Insane Clown Posse’s members, Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J, agree and are suing the FBI along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, claiming that profiling Juggalos as a gang violates Juggalos’ constitutional right to express themselves. Further, the gang classification could subject Juggalos to routine stops, detainment, and interrogation by local and federal law enforcement based solely on their music preferences.
“I think it’s ridiculous to consider the Juggalos a gang,” says journalist Camille Dodero, who has written about Juggalos and Insane Clown Posse for Gawker and the Village Voice. “In some ways it’s almost ironic. These are a group of people that no one else in America has ever cared about and then this one band gave them a sense of identity–like it was a support group.”
Dodero says Juggalos often come from lower class backgrounds and although some of them commit crimes, not all of them do.
“And that’s not to say that there are that many kids doing it. It just so happened that somebody caught onto the fact that those kids who have that hatchet man sometimes steal things,” says Dodero. “That is part of who ICP has been reaching though, people with really bad upbringings.”
ICP, who grew up in lower class households just like their fans, have targeted victims as their audience. These include kids who were homeless, came from an abusive family, or were molested. The result is a world where these young people have escaped the life they were dealt for a supportive community they’ve helped create. One they lovingly refer to as “family.”
The FBI said it could not comment on pending litigation, but the effects of the gang label may have already impacted the next Gathering of the Juggalos. The 2014 music festival had to change locations multiple times thanks in part to the fears of local residents, fears Insane Clown Posse has said are associated with the gang classification.
(FEDERALJACK) The US has many billionaires, and many of them have decided to make specific government policies their pet projects. They sink millions of dollars into agendas that affect our everyday lives, even when those agendas have nothing to do with – or stand in stark contrast to – the verticals where they made their money.