This is an article that needs to be read.
I have serious issues with Warren Buffett but when he sold The Washington Post to Jeff Bezos I sensed that it was probably a good move for Buffett. Originally Buffett bought The Post because it was the chosen news source within the power circles of Washington DC. In addition to this important factor Washpo had a strong readership based in a wealthy city. Good for ad revenue. There was deep value in the publication. But, to Buffett’s credit he probably sensed the winds shifting (even if he did think Hillary was going to win) and sold The Post when he could before the real serious decline in value became too obvious and too expensive even for someone who wanted to revamp the newspaper for delivery on Kindle devices.
In a post dated April 24th 2015 we quoted The New York Times on the Uranium One uranium deal that was executed with the permission of the Department of State.
As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation.
As we said in an earlier post, the guys running the show in Eastern Bloc countries weren’t happy when the Berlin Wall came down. Likewise the apparatchiks of various sorts deeply embedded in and often reliant on the European Union system have had heart attacks in the face of Brexit.
Brexit is not on par with the collapse of communism however. The end of the Cold War was more than surprising, or even mind blowing,
$1 billion is a lot of money, even in the United States. In tiny Hungary it is however a massive sum. This, according to a report from Bloomberg is the amount the head of the Hungarian central bank has siphoned off for himself, friends, and allies in just 3 years. It appears to be a brazen and Putinesque (not a coincidence) act of crony capitalism. And Hungary is not the wealthiest country in Europe either.
The Podestas revel in their insider super lobbyist image. They are the quintessential connected Washington big shots. That the Podesta group would lobby for Vladimir Putin’s favorite bank, which is partially owned by the central bank of Russia (it is the largest shareholder), and which operates as a de facto spy agency (according to the article) is a little bizarre.
It must be made clear that neither John Podesta, nor his brother Anthony Podesta have been accused of any wrongdoing.
This is pretty heady and heavy stuff. I don’t agree with every point made in this short clip but it asks an interesting question.
How much of what is presented to us as news, as important, is just manufactured?
Likely a good bit. If so, why are these narratives manufactured in the first place? Is the public deliberately presented with contusing information and concepts by powerful interests? If so can this be countered?
Image: Times of London
We often say that China is the Ultimate Crony Capitalist State, but Russia is right there with China when it comes to cronyism. Putin’s Russia is a strongman’s realm. With Putin as capo di tutti capi his underlings, his cronies, exploit the state and economy for amazing wealth. So long as they stay in the good graces of Putin they get to enjoy it. It’s not unlike the royal systems of old and no doubt Putin sees himself at least as much czar as president.
The American people need to pay close attention to what is happening in Syria. There is a lot more going on there than just terrorism, civil war, and ISIS. If we are going to put our people in harm’s way, yet again, we should know why we are really there. Is it to fight ISIS? Is it to depose Assad? Is it to support “moderate” rebels? Is it to put a check on Putin? Is it to protect Turkish revenue streams?
Clinton Cash is certainly making an impact. It is quickly becoming the most important book of the year and it hasn’t even come out yet.
The number of sweetheart deals the Clintons have been a part of is staggering. From Chelsea’s unbelievable “job” at NBC News, to the string of $250,000 1 hour speeches, to deals like the one detailed below, it is extraordinary.
“Now, I only tolerate lap dogs. Do we understand each other?”
There is no doubt that this is a soft spot for the Russian leader. Putin is a crony of the highest order and he is surrounded by a constellation of lesser cronies. Russia is pretty much a cronocracy and has been for a long time.
It should be noted that no one is clean here. It’s not like Britain isn’t full of all sorts of financial nastiness.
Well, that would be weird. I’ll take this report with a grain, but if true…