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O'Reilly's Pay-Off Mere Pocket Change Compared To What Murdoch Faces Now


      So Bill O'Reilly was a nuisance that had to be silenced through a few judiciously placed dollars numbering in the millions. Ailes, too. And there are others, but the real threat is 100 times greater to the suddenly suffering Murdoch corporate purse.

      The blowback in the States is just a bit of scandal in the grand scheme of things, and a constant state of existence for FOX News. It turns out to be a bit more than that though, for now the band of Murdoch and the Sex Predators are taking the center ring in England.

      You see there is this little matter of a 14.6 Billion dollar deal that Uncle Rupert wants to close, and Sky is the limit. At this point in time, Murdoch holds 36% of Sky, but the government is not too keen on how he has been conducting business in the good old U S of A. It is not just that FOX had become a haven for sexual predators, as delightfully salacious as that is. No, it is the fact that News America Marketing has been utilizing predatory business practuces as a primary strategy in such an open manner that the Murdochs have had to shell out somewhere around a billion bucks in settlements the last couple of years.

      The past twelve years has witnessed over 900 million in checks written to various competitors - certainly out of the goodness of Rupert's heart, for there has always been the Trump-like no admission of guilt, of course. 500 million for a major competitor called Valassis; an additional $125 million for Insignia, based in Minnesota, a paltry 29.6 million to Floorgraphics who stuck all those little ads on some of your favorite grocery store floors. The latest, $280 million, was incurred just a year ago to cut short a class-action lawsuit filed by News America's own clients, one of which is the soap manufacturer Dial and the ketchup giant H.J. Heinz.

      Sorry, no, that man's fingers are just too big to be you-know-who under the case - maybe next time...

      The English regulators reviewing the media giant Murdoch's efforts to acquire SKY have slammed him down before - remember the criminal investigation into corporate sponsored wire-tapping back in the early 2010s? No, not Hewlett-Packard...guess again...

      So six years ago the Murdochs lost their first chance to acquire SKY, the largest media company in Europe because of a little scandal. As part of its role, Ofcom must ensure that holders of broadcast licences are 'fit and proper' - and some politicians and campaigners have questioned whether Murdoch and his family fit the bill since the phone-hacking scandal exploded in 2011.

      Murdoch has held a unique position in Britain in years gone by, with former prime ministers such as Tony Blair and David Cameron lining up to secure the blessing of the media mogul and the backing of his newspapers. Critics say this has given him too much say over public and political life in Britain.

      The phone-hacking scandal prompted Ofcom to investigate whether Sky was still a fit and proper broadcast licensee due to its links to James and Rupert Murdoch. James Murdoch was at the time a former CEO and chairman of Sky while Rupert Murdoch was linked due to his role at biggest shareholder News Corp. - The Daily Mail 25 APR 2017

      And just a few days ago NPR reported yet another lawsuit filed against Murdoch's showpiece that is fighting to lose the Internet moniker "Faux News" it garnered over the last few years (Tucker Carlson, really?).

      According to NPR’s David Folkenflik, Andrea Tantaros, former Fox News host and plaintiff in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the network and its former CEO Roger Ailes, has presented a new lawsuit against the network. The new lawsuit, according to Folkenflik, says the network arranged “to have her private communications spied on as part of a campaign of intimidation” that involved Twitter “sock puppet” accounts tweeting the contents of her private conversations after she reported sexual harassment incidents at Fox News

      So here Murdoch stews a bit more as the regulators have decided to include in their investigations News America Advertising's highly suspect business actions, with the possible consequences of that research resulting in the decision that the Murdochs are not socially fit to own SKY, potentially forcing Rupert and the boys to divest the significant interest they already hold.

      It has a poor week for Fox owner Murdoch, and there are damn few signs of it getting better anytime soon.

      Geoffrey S Jade Barrett, Chairman, SANE60



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      Lock Him Up? Michael Flynn In More Hot Water


          Seems that Flynn was told it was illegal for him to accept money from foreign governments, but did it anyway. There goes his plea of ignorance of the law and the outcome could be five years in prison.


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          Why Can't We Be More Like This?



              This is a Heineken ad, so WARNING, but the concept behind the ad blew me away, and I hope it fits with Yabberz's attempt to restore sanity and common decency to conversation. I hope it's of interest to you all.

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              An Actual Prospect For Middle East Peace???


                  Perhaps as advocated in this article peace will someday break out between the Jewish State and Palestinians due to business people on both sides forming strong economic bonds with mutual interests.

                  This article discusses some efforts by Austria to capitalize on Israeli and Palestinian entrepreneurs coming together for economic benefit. It's the opposite of the "BDS" boycott approach.

                  What do you think?


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                  PPTS April 30, 2017


                      Here's Something YOU CAN do about it!

                      We hope you will join us on Sunday, April 30th, 2017, from 2-4 PM (Central Time USA) as we discuss with our callers and visitors to our always lively chat room some of the things you, citizen, can do to make a difference in the reality of your American life this very day, and beyond.

                      For our Yabberz community, a very special invitation is extended to you as PPTS entertains our very own Geoffrey S Jade Barrett, Chairman SANE60 for this episode.

                      We're on the air! We'll see YOU there!

                      For the entire team,

                      The Tennessee Progressive

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                      Chaffetz Says Flynn Did Not Follow The Law, But He Did Not Break It.


                          This morning, Jason Chaffetz told reporters that Flynn did not follow the law, but he did not do anything criminal. I wonder how many criminals are going to use this as a defense now? Did you drive under the influence? Why yes, I did not follow the DUI law, but I did not break the law. Did you steal money from that bank? Why yes, I did, but I did not do anything criminal? Did you sell drugs? Why yes, I did, but I did not do anything criminal.


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                          Jews Flee Europe - Lessons From The 1930s


                              The day after Holocaust Remembrance Day - a friend forwarded me the article below about Jews fleeing Europe. This followed another I had read in HuffPost about how Jews have no future in Europe.

                              European Jews face increasing attack from both the Left and the Right. At the same time that the Left embraces the influx of violently anti-Jew Muslim populations, and College campuses become unwelcome to Jews who support Jewish Liberation, we see the growing Right Wing reactionary elements that despise anything not of "true" European culture/roots.

                              What both groups have in common is that they frequently blame "the Jews" for whatever ills they are focused on at the moment. We see a similar but far less intense tide growing even in the USA.

                              A few months ago we were even treated to the spectacle of two German Courts ruling that firebombing a synagogue is not a "hate crime" because it was an expression of political opposition to Israel - even though not a single Israeli has ever even attended that synagogue. Morals are turned upside down and common sense is left by the wayside when an issue involves "the Jews."

                              Squeezed from both sides - many are picking up and leaving. As in the 1930s - the arguments to stay are strong and relentless. People are again being told things will straighten out, that they can't get much worse, that the local populations have their backs.

                              However, unlike in the 1930s, we now have the lesson of History - and more importantly we now have the culmination of Jewish Liberation in the form of the state of Israel - waiting with open arms to not only take them in, but pledged to protect them as best it can.

                              So, unlike in the 1930s, people are making the difficult and painful decision earlier than their ancestors who tragically waited too late.

                              I wonder what will be the impact in Europe as the numbers of Jews leaving reaches unprecedented heights.


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                              Twice The Money Half The Crowds - So Where Did All The Money Go?


                                  Rebecca Ballhaus Wall Street Journal

                                  Updated April 19, 2017 11:12 a.m. ET

                                  After a campaign in which Donald Trump touted his success among small-dollar donors, his inauguration as president was bankrolled by dozens of billionaires and corporations, a new campaign-finance report shows.

                                  Mr. Trump raised more than $106 million for his inauguration festivities, doubling what former President Barack Obama raised for each of his two inaugurations—$53 million in 2009 and $44 million four years later.

                                  Roughly half of the funds Mr. Trump raised came from about three dozen wealthy donors and corporations, which each gave $1 million or more. They include billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson, who gave $5 million; hedge-fund executive Robert Mercer, who gave $1 million; Marlene Ricketts, a member of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs, who gave $1 million; and Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, who gave $1 million.

                                  Hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer gave $1 million to the inauguration fund in December, after criticizing Mr. Trump frequently during the campaign. Mr. Singer, a Republican megadonor, had backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign and didn’t support Mr. Trump after he won the nomination. Mr. Trump said at a news conference in February that Mr. Singer had visited him at the White House, saying, “He’s given us his total support and it’s all about unification.

                                  Ken Griffin, another hedge-fund billionaire and Republican megadonor who resisted giving to Mr. Trump’s campaign, gave $100,000 to the inaugural fund in December.

                                  The fund also took $1 million from Alexander Shustorovich, a Russian-American businessman whose business dealings and relationships with top Russian officials and state-owned companies—dealings that prompted the U.S. to refuse to allow him to be part of a uranium deal two decades ago, on national-security grounds—led the Republican National Committee to return a $250,000 check from him in 2000.

                                  At least six owners of National Football League teams each gave $1 million, including Houston Texans owner Bob McNair and Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

                                  Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal Holdings Inc. who has advised Mr. Trump, gave $100,000 in January.

                                  Among the major corporations that donated to the committee werePfizer Inc., Boeing Co. , AT&T Inc. and Qualcomm Inc., which each gave $1 million. Corporate donations have come under scrutiny as Mr. Trump has often singled out companies for praise or criticism in recent months. Boeing’s donation, for instance, came about a month after Mr. Trump took to Twitter in December to criticize Boeing’s price tag for its new 747 Air Force One as “out of control.”

                                  A Boeing spokesman had previously said the donation was made before Mr. Trump’s tweet. The spokesman on Wednesday said the company had committed to the donation before the tweet.

                                  The concentration of donations of $1 million or more threaten to undercut the message Mr. Trump delivered during the inauguration that he wasn’t beholden to special interests or wealthy donors. Mr. Trump’s inaugural committee elected not to ban corporate funding, as Mr. Obama did in 2009.

                                  In some instances, corporate donations came shortly after Mr. Trump tapped executives who worked at those companies to serve in his administration.

                                  Exxon Mobil Corp. donated $500,000 to the fund on Dec. 19, less than a week after Mr. Trump officially tapped then-Exxon chief executive Rex Tillerson to serve as secretary of state. In 2013, the company gave half that amount to Mr. Obama’s inauguration fund.

                                  Dow Chemical Co. , which didn’t donate to Mr. Obama in 2013, gave $1 million to the inaugural fund about two weeks after Mr. Trump tapped the company’s CEO, Andrew Liveris, to head a manufacturing council.

                                  The donations from major companies follow a campaign in which corporations were wary of linking themselves to the Republican candidate. At least four corporations that declined to support, or reduced their donations to, the Republican convention in July subsequently gave to Mr. Trump’s inauguration.

                                  Donors who gave $500,000 or more to the inaugural fund were invited to a “candlelight dinner” during inauguration weekend with Mr. Trump and his wife, Melania, and Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen. They could also attend a separate “intimate dinner” with the Pences and lunch alongside “select cabinet appointees.”

                                  Thomas Barrack, chairman of the inaugural committee and a longtime friend of Mr. Trump’s, said in a statement that the haul offered Americans “a chance to experience the incredible moment in our democracy where we witness the peaceful transition of power.”

                                  The committee will now decide to which charities it will send the funds it has left over after the inauguration, and it will disclose that information “when the organization’s books are fully closed,” according to a statement. Inaugural committees aren’t required to report their spending to the Federal Election Commission or to disclose how much money they have left over after the January event.

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                                  From The USA Congress With Less Love For Russia Than Previously Expressed


                                      On this week's "Look Who's Talking Now - US House Of Representatives Edition" we have Rep Mike Conaway leading the panel as Devin Nunes discovered he better be leaving the room before the door hits him on the ass. Ethics watchdogs are already nipping at his tender hindquarters and the investigators are turning over rocks that the Chairman would just as soon not seen lifted.

                                      This week's guests? Behind the closed doors we have the FBI Director James Comey in the mystery role - is he for or agin Trump and the Russians, inquiring minds want to know! Also paying a visit hidden from public view will be Admiral Mike Rogers - now that will be interesting, but we will have to wait for the patriots - I mean "leakers" - to tell us what happened.

                                      In the Circus Maximus we will be delighted to see former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and the woman we all have been waiting for, the former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates testifying sometime after May second.

                                      Now Nunes had told everybody:

                                      but a few of his fellow Congressmen were a bit perturbed when they found out how fiscally connected to Russia Nunes might be - you could say vulnerable, for his net wealth is listed at 51K and 50 of that is invested in his wine export business. Though to be fair, Snopes rated his connection to the Russians as "Unproven". What is known is that the possibly tainted Congressman made a few hasty and perhaps rash decisions:

                                      Tensions with Nunes spiked after a press conference last week in which he revealed he went around the committee to obtain evidence that court-approved spying on foreign targets had scooped up "incidental" surveillance involving people associated with Trump. There's also an ongoing feud over a decision by Nunes to cancel a series of hearings on the issue. - NBC News 29 March 2017

                                      I hear that the ushers are recommending fans come early, for they are expecting a full house to witness all the entertainment - and keep this chart handy! (thanks czook )

                                      Geoffrey S Jade Barrett, Chairman SANE60 24 April 2017

                                      #Sane60 #resist #Pretendisent

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                                      Another Reason For China To Pressure N. Korea

                                      I see now that Japan is threatening to work with the US to create it's own missile system that it says it would use preemptively against N. Korea if N. Korea continues down the Nuke development path.

                                      China certainly doesn't want Japan to re-militarize.

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