Archiv: billionaires


15.10.2021 - 02:38 [ Haaretz ]

It’s Official: The Netanyahu Era Is Over

Yuli Edelstein did it, big-time. He said out loud what other senior Likud politicians have been whispering to journalists “not for attribution” – that former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no chance of being able to form a government even after the next election. Edelstein broke the fear barrier.

16.09.2021 - 19:10 [ .theDailyBeast.com ]

Netanyahu’s Ultra-Luxurious Hawaii Vacation Is a Total Legal Shitstorm

It is doubtful whether Netanyahu, who was on vacation from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1, should have been there at all: Ellison, who is seventh on the Forbes list of the richest people on earth, is also listed as a witness for the prosecution in Netanyahu’s trial on three charges of criminal corruption, which resumed this week after a three month break.

The major drama on opening day came from outside the courtroom—and outside the country—with news that Haim Geron, a former deputy director general of the communications ministry and another witness for the prosecution, died in a mysterious private plane crash near the Greek island of Samos.

26.07.2021 - 19:42 [ France24 ]

Lebanese billionaire Najib Mikati picked as new PM-designate

France’s plan includes a government of specialists capable of initiating enough reforms to attract foreign aid.

Mikati, who has been prime minister twice before and unlike many Lebanese leaders does not hail from a political bloc or dynasty, received 72 votes out of a total of 118 members of parliament.

20.07.2021 - 17:50 [ ABC News ]

Blue Origin launch live updates: Jeff Bezos soars to the edge of space in historic flight

Newly minted astronaut Jeff Bezos says spaceflight left him ‘speechless’

Shortly after landing back on Earth, the elated Amazon founder opened up about his experience in a brief interview with ABC News’ Michael Strahan.

“I’m speechless in a way … I don’t have the talent to put into words what we just experienced, maybe we need to send a poet up at some point or something,”

15.07.2021 - 18:26 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Billionaire Dan Gertler Embroil Him in One of Biggest Graft Probes Ever

Surprisingly, Gertler submitted the documents that got him into trouble while he was receiving legal counsel from top lawyers in Israel. In the arbitration, Gertler is represented by attorneys Dori Klagsbald and Boaz Ben Zur. The latter is also former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s defense attorney in the so-called Case 4000, in which Netanyahu is accused of offering favors for positive media coverage.

12.07.2021 - 08:36 [ Richard Branson / Twitter ]

I was once a child with a dream looking up to the stars. Now I’m an adult in a spaceship looking down to our beautiful Earth. To the next generation of dreamers: if we can do this, just imagine what you can do #Unity22 @virgingalactic

12.07.2021 - 08:33 [ Virgin.com ]

Flying to space onboard Virgin Galactic

I have dreamt about this moment since I was a child, but nothing could have prepared me for the view of Earth from space. It was magical.

11.06.2021 - 11:25 [ Haaretz ]

Ex-Mossad Chief Cohen Calls Cash Gift From Australian Billionaire ‚Honest Mistake‘

Cohen was asked about his relationship with Packer following a Haaretz investigation, which revealed he had received a $20,000 gift for his daughter’s wedding, though the figure cited in ‚Uvda‘ was lower.

The recently retired Mossad chief, who is a close confidant of outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also asserted that „everything was done in consultation and with the approval of the attorney general“ and that Packer wanted to give „much more.“

07.06.2021 - 13:17 [ Jerusalem Post ]

PM Netanyahu shares article calling him an ‚icon of the global right‘

(05.06.2021)

„The overthrowing of Netanyahu will cause a collapse of the global right-wing – from the United States to The Hague,“ read the tweet shared by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official Twitter account.

04.05.2021 - 19:39 [ Haaretz ]

How a Drunk, Unstable Billionaire Became Netanyahu and Mossad Chief’s Confidant

(29.04.2021)

James Packer wasn’t just another billionaire who developed relationships with Israel’s elite. The Australian media and casino tycoon with the troubled psyche mingled with those in the most secret circles in the country. Benjamin Netanyahu exploited him to the hilt – and he wasn’t the only one who did so.

22.04.2021 - 15:02 [ teleSUR ]

Chile’s Chamber of Deputies Passes Bill To Tax „Super-Rich“

Lawmakers voted 105- 18 in favor of the bill, and there were 26 abstentions. The deputies remarked on the importance of the tax since hundreds of low and middle-income families have seen their finances affected amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, the largest fortunes continue to increase.

05.04.2021 - 13:53 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Corruption Trial: Witnesses Set to Take the Stand

(today)

The second group of witnesses are to testify in the so-called Case 1000 – the illicit gifts affair. First up will be businessman Arnon Milchan, who according to the indictment gave Netanyahu gifts valued at hundreds of thousands of shekels. The prosecution recently announced that it had moved up the testimony of the witnesses in this case, following a report in Haaretz that the prosecutors feared the prime minister could exert undue influence on Milchan.

05.04.2021 - 13:47 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu made ‘highly irregular’ phone calls to key witness in graft case — TV

(17.02.2021)

According to Channel 13 news, Netanyahu phoned Milchan on consecutive days last year around May or June, apparently around the time of the Shavuot holiday, telling him how much he and his wife Sara love the Hollywood producer and his family.

The calls came after Netanyahu pressured Milchan to release lawyer Boaz Ben Tzur so he could instead represent the prime minister, the network said.

12.03.2021 - 11:31 [ Haaretz ]

The U.S. Billionaires Secretly Funding the Right-wing Effort to Reshape Israel

The Kohelet Policy Forum has wielded increasing influence on Israel’s decision-making centers, with an ideology that weds conservative, settlement-supporting politics to free-market economics. Who is the guiding force behind this under-the-radar enterprise – and who’s bankrolling it?

23.02.2021 - 05:36 [ Haaretz ]

5 U.S. Billionaires Who Are Potential Witnesses at Netanyahu’s Corruption Trial

(04.12.2019)

Several prominent U.S. billionaires are on the list of over 300 people who could potentially be called as witnesses at Prime Minister Benjamin’s Netanyahu’s upcoming corruption trial.

08.02.2021 - 12:30 [ Haaretz ]

5 U.S. Billionaires Who Are Potential Witnesses at Netanyahu’s Corruption Trial

(04.12.2019)

Several prominent U.S. billionaires are on the list of over 300 people who could potentially be called as witnesses at Prime Minister Benjamin’s Netanyahu’s upcoming corruption trial.

02.02.2021 - 08:02 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

Elon Musk says Neuralink implanted a chip in a monkey’s brain, and now he ‚can play video games using his mind‘

Neuralink has been testing neural interfaces on animals for years. In a video released last year, Neuralink demonstrated its work on a pig named Gertrude.

02.02.2021 - 08:00 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

Elon Musk says there’s a chance his AI-brain-chip company will be putting implants in humans within a year

(May 7, 2020)

Elon Musk says the brain implant his company Neuralink is working on could potentially be ready to be put inside a patient within a year.
Musk made similar claims in 2019, saying that he hoped to have an implant in a patient by the end of 2020.

01.02.2021 - 21:54 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Elon Musk now controls over a quarter of all active satellites as SpaceX prepares to launch 1,000th Starlink

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk now controls a quarter of all active satellites orbiting Earth after launching more than a dozen Starlink missions over the last two years.

A Falcon 9 rocket will deliver the latest batch of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida this week, weather permitting, taking the total number of Starlinks in orbit to over 1,000.

01.02.2021 - 21:30 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Elon Musk says he has ‘totally happy’ monkey with brain chip so it can play video games using its mind

Elon Musk has revealed that his Neuralink startup has implanted a wireless chip into a monkey’s brain in order to allow it to play video games.

The technology billionaire, who also heads SpaceX and Tesla, said the monkey “looks totally happy” and that Neuralink’s facilities meet US regulatory requirements.

28.12.2020 - 11:55 [ Haaretz ]

This Incredible Story Proves Netanyahu Has No Limits

The High Court, its president, Esther Hayut, the prosecution, Mendelblit, all have been subjected to brutal, ugly attacks. There’s no reason to envy them. But if there’s one thing they understand from their own life experience: Silence and capitulation is no way to stop a serial attacker.

23.10.2020 - 03:49 [ alexandriabrown / Twitter ]

So. I finally read the NYT Trump tax story because I wanted to see what line was being reported for taxes owed and I came across this about the $750 in 2016 and 2017. Per the NYT own story, Trump actually paid to the US Treasury $1 million in 2016 and $4.2 million in 2017.

(28.09.2020)

21.10.2020 - 11:16 [ SkyNews.com.au ]

Trump: ‚Joe Biden a servant of the globalists, lobbyists and Washington vultures‘

President Donald Trump says “big deals” are being done behind the scenes between the Democratic party and large companies in order rake in large donations for the campaign trail.

Mr Trump accused Democratic nominee Joe Biden of being a “servant of the globalists, lobbyists and Washington vultures who got rich bleeding America dry”.

21.10.2020 - 11:09 [ theHill.com ]

Biden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day

According to new filings with the Federal Election Commission, Biden entered October with over $177 million in the bank, compared with $63.1 million for the president, marking a sharp reversal from earlier in the cycle when Trump’s cash advantage seemed insurmountable.

28.09.2020 - 16:53 [ @travisburgess / Twitter ]

Who was President at the time when Trump wasn’t paying any income tax?

28.09.2020 - 16:40 [ New York Times ]

The President’s Taxes: Long-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses and Years of Tax Avoidance

Donald J. Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750.

He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.

25.08.2020 - 05:38 [ Robert Reich, Berkeley prof, frmr Sec of Labor / Twitter ]

In the middle of a pandemic and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, America’s billionaires have made a fortune:

10.08.2020 - 04:09 [ Politico.com ]

Trump antagonizes GOP megadonor Adelson in heated phone call

Now, Republican leaders are pleading to billionaires for help. Trump advisers are pining for new outside groups to form, and the White House is growing anxious to see what Adelson, who has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into Republican super PACs over the past decade, will do.

10.08.2020 - 03:54 [ Haaretz ]

Trump Lashes Out at Mega-donor Adelson for Not Giving Enough to His Campaign, Report Says

Republican Party officials had to intervene in order to assess the damage to the key relationship. Sources close to Adelson said it’s not clear whether this will dissuade Adelson from donating more to Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign. Adelson was the largest single political donor during the 2018 mid-term elections in the U.S. – giving some $113 million dollars to conservative candidates.

05.07.2020 - 10:02 [ Deadline.com ]

Kanye West Sets Off July 4th Fireworks With White House 2020 Bid; “Power” Rapper Plans To Take On Trump & Biden

Whether or not, Ye will truly square off against the former Celebrity Apprentice host (who West once said was a “Superman” in an often bizarre 2018 Oval Office meeting) and former Vice-President Joe Biden in November, today’s declaration is not the first time the multiple Grammy winner has said he has eyes on the White House. Back in 2015, West told the MTV VMA Awards he would launch a Presidential race for 2020, in January 2019 the “Trump all day” fan teased a 2024 bid and just last November the Jesus Is King star asserted to a Fast Company corporate conference that he would be going for the ballot box in 2024.

16.04.2020 - 06:07 [ teleSUR ]

Billionaire Jeff Bezos Makes US$24 Billion More Amid Pandemic

The index updates followed a report published Saturday by Forbes about how „market gains led to a combined US$51.3 billion boost for 10 of the world’s billionaires since the market closed a week ago, on April 2.“ Bezos gained US$6.8 billion in that time.

28.02.2020 - 06:19 [ theHill.com ]

Poll: Two-thirds of voters say billionaires should pay a wealth tax

The survey found majority support for such a tax among Democrats and independents, at 85 percent and 66 percent, respectively. Republicans were more divided, with 53 percent saying the ultra-rich should not be subjected to an additional tax and 47 percent in favor.

25.02.2020 - 21:06 [ Walker Bragman / Twitter ]

Michael Bloomberg in 2010 on government: He begins with, „I’m not suggesting we shouldn’t have democracy, BUT…,“ lamenting the lack of qualifications required to seek public office. Then he says progress depends on executives having „far and away“ more power than legislatures.

19.02.2020 - 17:45 [ RealClearPolitics.com ]

Sanders: Bloomberg Doesn’t Have The Right To Buy This Election, „Obscene“ That He Skipped Early States

SANDERS: You know, we pride ourselves on being the longest-standing democracy in the world. And we’re proud of that. To me, what that means, one person, one vote. If you want to run for president, you run for president. You’ve got good ideas, maybe you win, maybe you don’t win.

But I do think it’s a bit obscene that we have somebody who, by the way, chose not to contest in Iowa, in Nevada, in South Carolina, in New Hampshire where all of the candidates, we did town meetings, we were talking to thousands and thousands of people, working hard. He said, I don’t have to do that. I’m worth $60 billion. I have more wealth than the bottom 125 million Americans. I’ll buy the presidency. That offends me very much.

And tomorrow night…

(APPLAUSE)

19.02.2020 - 17:34 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Bloomberg’s Rising Polls Show The Power Of Billionaire Narrative Control

Back in November Mike Bloomberg was polling at four percent nationally and had the highest disapproval rating of any potential Democratic presidential candidate, and understandably so; the man has a uniquely horrible record and no redeeming traits to speak of.

Now, after spending $400 million in broadcast, radio and cable ads, $42 million on Facebook ads, $36 million on Google ads, and an unknown fortune on other shady manipulations, a national Quinnipiac poll released last week put him at 15 percent nationally in the Democratic primary. This week national polls released by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist and Zogby put him at 19 and 20 percent, respectively.

18.02.2020 - 16:51 [ The Grayzone / Youtube ]

Max Blumenthal on the imperial NGOs that ignore Julian Assange – and the billionaires behind them

The Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal speaks about the witch hunt against WikiLeaks publisher and political prisoner Julian Assange, and how billionaire-funded „human rights“ and „press freedom“ non-profit organizations have refused to support him.

This talk was hosted by the Courage Foundation in New York City on February 15, 2020.

18.02.2020 - 13:21 [ Vox.com ]

Jeff Bezos asked Michael Bloomberg months ago if he’d consider running for president

(09.11.2019)

A spokesperson for Bloomberg confirmed the conversation. An Amazon spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

05.02.2020 - 18:37 [ Salon.com ]

DNC chair Tom Perez under fire for Iowa disaster, favoritism for billionaire oligarch Bloomberg

Calls for Tom Perez to step down as the head of the Democratic National Committee grew louder Tuesday in the aftermath of the Iowa caucus fiasco in which party mismanagement of the process delayed the results from Monday night’s contest and left the 2020 Democratic presidential primary in disarray.

05.02.2020 - 11:35 [ theIntercept.com ]

New Details Show How Deeply Iowa Caucus App Developer Was Embedded in Democratic Establishment

Acronym, which includes a hybrid model of a 501(c)4 entity that does not disclose donors and a Super PAC that does, has been a favorite for deep-pocketed Democratic donors. Donald Sussman, the founder of Paloma Partners, and Michael Moritz, a partner at Sequoia Capital, each donated $1 million to Acronym last year. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg gave $500,000. Investor Seth Klarman, once a major donor to Republican causes, gave $1.5 million to Acronym.

20.01.2020 - 06:08 [ CBS News ]

World’s billionaires have more wealth than 4.6 billion people

The richest 22 men in the world — including Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates — own more wealth than all the women in Africa, Oxfam found.

28.12.2019 - 17:05 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

DNC’s Billionaire Bonanza

The ultra-wealthy are pouring money into the 2020 Democratic Primary. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, and John Fugelsang, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

28.12.2019 - 12:59 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

1 in 6 of our children lives in poverty. 500,000+ Americans are homeless. 87 million are uninsured or underinsured. Half live paycheck to paycheck. But the billionaire class is doing better every day. This is a rigged economy and we are going to change it.

28.12.2019 - 12:40 [ QuickTake by Bloomberg / Twitter ]

The world’s 3 richest people in 2019 have added a total of $231 billion to their fortune over the past decade, according to @wealth.

Here’s how they got here

26.12.2019 - 13:33 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

US, UK & Aussie Capitalists Donate to Netanyahu and Sa’ar Campaigns

Far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his challenger in today’s (December 26) internal Likud election for the party leadership, MK Gideon Sa’ar, each received hundreds of thousands of shekels in campaign contributions from American, British millionaires, the State Comptroller’s Office website revealed on Sunday, December 22.

The Knesset passed a law last year preventing Knesset candidates from raising money from private donations and instead providing public funds for primaries. However, the law does not apply to races for the leadership of a party.

08.12.2019 - 15:52 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Shocking photo shows paedo Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein & ‘pimp’ Ghislaine Maxwell at Beatrice’s 18th birthday bash

DEPRAVED Jeffrey Epstein, his alleged pimp Ghislaine Maxwell and disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein grin at Princess Beatrice’s Windsor Castle party.

08.12.2019 - 13:18 [ apnews.com ]

Case against Netanyahu includes billionaire witnesses

(02.12.2019)

Mandelblit’s indictment listed 333 potential witnesses, including Milchan and Packer, as well as U.S. casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a longtime supporter of Netanyahu, and Oracle Corp. co-founder and chairman Larry Ellison. Cosmetics heir Ron Lauder, another longtime Netanyahu associate, and British-American billionaire Len Blavatnik, also appear on the list.

05.12.2019 - 16:13 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

I’m proud we don’t have any billionaires supporting our campaign. The time for the 0.1% calling the shots in our economic and political life is over. We will tax their wealth to raise $4.35 trillion over 10 years, break up their power and give it back to the working class.

04.12.2019 - 06:57 [ Haaretz ]

5 U.S. Billionaires Who Are Potential Witnesses at Netanyahu’s Corruption Trial

The full indictment against Netanyahu, which was made public by Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit on Monday, includes the names of every person who was either questioned by the police as part of the criminal investigation or testified about it to investigators, plus others who could be relevant to the court cases. The list of 333 names also includes dozens of police officers who were part of the probe.

28.11.2019 - 17:52 [ theIntercept.com ]

Michael Bloomberg’s Right-Wing Views on Foreign Policy Make Him a Perfect Candidate for the Republican Nomination

Remember: Biden, for all his sins, is a lifelong Democrat. Bloomberg, however, served as an elected Republican between 2001 and 2007. This was a period during which he enthusiastically endorsed the reelection of George W. Bush and also addressed the Conservative Party’s annual conference in the U.K.

Bloomberg is so right-wing that he makes Biden sound like Bernie.

23.11.2019 - 11:04 [ Shane Goldmacher, New York Times national political reporter / Twitter ]

NEW: Bloomberg has reserved more than $30 million TV ads beginning on Monday. A huge show of financial force. Story:

23.11.2019 - 10:59 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

I’m disgusted by the idea that Michael Bloomberg or any billionaire thinks they can circumvent the political process and spend tens of millions of dollars to buy elections. If you can’t build grassroots support for your candidacy, you have no business running for president.

24.08.2019 - 09:29 [ New York Times ]

How David Koch and His Brother Shaped American Politics

The billionaire, who died Friday, understood the power of changing ‘hearts and minds.’ He spent almost unlimited money on behalf of limited government.

24.08.2019 - 08:58 [ New York Times ]

David Koch, Billionaire Who Fueled Right-Wing Movement, Dies at 79

Since the 1970s, the Kochs have spent at least $100 million — some estimates put it at much more — to transform a fringe movement into a formidable political force aimed at moving America to the far right by influencing the outcome of elections, undoing limits on campaign contributions and promoting conservative candidacies, think tanks and policies.

23.08.2019 - 19:46 [ Taiwan News ]

Hong Kong millionaires eye Australia as haven amid unrest

A notable rise in applications for the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) program, which grants direct residency to applicants, has been filed with the New South Wales state migration department over the past months, reported Reuters. Interested individuals have to invest at least A$5 million (US$3.4 million) to be eligible for the program.

13.08.2019 - 15:26 [ theHill.com ]

Washington Post editor calls Sanders claim about campaign coverage a ‚conspiracy theory‘

Sanders and his campaign have begun arguing recently that a variety of news outlets, including the Post and the Times, are biased in their coverage of his 2020 White House bid.

„We have pointed out over and over again that Amazon made $10 billion in profits last year. You know how much they paid in taxes? You got it, zero! Any wonder why The Washington Post is not one of my great supporters, I wonder why?“ Sanders said in North Conway, N.H. on Monday night, according to CNN.

13.08.2019 - 15:19 [ BBC ]

Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz to be tried over ‚Guinea bribes‘

sraeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz and two associates are to stand trial for allegedly bribing Guinean officials to win mining licences, Swiss prosecutors say.

The trio allegedly paid $10m (£8.2m) to one of the wives of former Guinean President Lansana Conte.

Mr Steinmetz and his mining company Beny Steinmetz Group Resources (BSGR) have previously denied any wrongdoing.

30.07.2019 - 07:14 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

Greed is the religion of the billionaire class. And a nation based on greed will not survive morally, economically or politically. That is why we fight to take power back from the billionaires and put it in the hands of the people, where it belongs.

12.07.2019 - 19:27 [ CNN ]

Jeffrey Epstein allegedly hired private investigators and engaged in a campaign of intimidation against accusers in Florida

In the end, Acosta negotiated a controversial federal nonprosecution agreement for Epstein and four alleged co-conspirators. Epstein served time on two state charges of solicitation of prostitution. The alleged co-conspirators were not charged, and Epstein was not charged with obstruction or witness tampering.

12.07.2019 - 19:03 [ New York Times ]

Acosta to Resign as Trump’s Labor Secretary Over Epstein Plea Deal

President Trump’s embattled labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta, on Friday announced his plans to resign as controversy lingered over his handling of a sex crimes case involving a financier, Jeffrey E. Epstein, when Mr. Acosta was a federal prosecutor in Florida.

10.06.2019 - 13:37 [ Nikhil Goyal / The Nation ]

Bernie’s Plan to Save Public Schools

The Sanders education agenda is an embodiment of the demands of the thousands of teachers who have gone on strike and youth, particularly of color, in cities like Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Newark, and Providence who in recent years have walked out and railed against privatization, high-stakes standardized testing, budget cuts, and school closures. As Sanders has repeatedly said, if we can give tax breaks to billionaires and corporations, there is no excuse for not guaranteeing a dignified public education for all. This sets Sanders apart in a crowded primary field.

12.02.2019 - 15:58 [ Forbes.com ]

#1638 Edir Macedo & family

Edir Macedo, founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, is among the richest religious leaders in the world and a Brazilian media mogul to boot. Raised a Catholic, he converted to evangelical Christianity in the early 1970s. In 1977 he founded his own sect in Rio de Janeiro, which follows „prosperity theology,“ asserting that faith and commitment to a church are rewarded with wealth. In July of 2013 he also became a banker after acquiring a 49% stake in privately-held bank Banco Renner, which boasts among the highest interest rates in Brazil.

12.02.2019 - 15:38 [ CBS News ]

Richest people in the world

n October 2018, Forbes released its annual Forbes 400 list, which ranks the richest people in the United States by net worth.

The list that follows here ranks the richest people on the planet, using information from both Forbes’s annual list of 400 Americans, and its tally of the richest billionaires worldwide, which is updated every spring.

09.02.2019 - 20:10 [ Bloomberg.com ]

The Bezos-National Enquirer Story Has *Everything*

Bezos’s accusation last night that National Enquirer owner American Media Inc. is trying to blackmail him had everything: Extortion, murder, politics, a billionaire’s private parts. It inspired both HuffPost and the elder Post to write the mathematically perfect tabloid headline, which I will not reprint in this wholesome family newsletter. More seriously, this is the latest and weirdest front in a clash of titans pitting the President of the United States against the World’s Richest Man.

30.12.2018 - 18:19 [ TheRealNews / Youtube ]

Bernie Sanders: Concentrated Wealth is Concentrated Power

Sen. Sanders joins Paul Jay who asks if breaking up the big banks is enough to weaken the power of Wall St.

30.12.2018 - 17:59 [ CNBC.com ]

Bernie Sanders: America is ‚owned and controlled by a small number of multi-billionaires‘

„We live in a nation owned and controlled by a small number of multi-billionaires whose greed, incredible greed, insatiable greed, is having an unbelievably negative impact on the fabric of our entire country,“ Sanders told Paul Jay, CEO and senior editor of The Real News Network, in an interview posted Thursday.

25.08.2018 - 12:49 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

More Ops, More Secrets, More Money: Mossad’s Supercharged Transformation

Technological developments are obliging espionage agencies to adopt diverse methods of operation: not only to dispatch agents to enemy countries and to recruit local sources for intelligence, but also to dupe people into serving as agents without their knowledge, to use mercenaries and to rely on new capabilities, such as cyberattacks. To avoid biometric identification, as well as to evade security cameras, espionage organizations are being compelled to make increasing use of unwitting local agents.

12.05.2018 - 19:48 [ American Civil Liberties Union ]

Hollywood Offers Ominous Visions of Facial Recognition’s Future

Facial recognition technology stars in three recent Hollywood movies: Isle of Dogs, Ready Player One, and Black Panther. In Wes Anderson’s stop-motion near-future Japan, a corrupt mayor uses the technology to capture the Little Pilot who only wants to save his dog. In Steven Spielberg’s dystopic America, a megalomaniacal billionaire uses drones equipped with face scanners to find one of the movie’s heroes as she drives her van through an impoverished futuristic cityscape. And in Ryan Coogler’s Wakanda, the royal technologist’s team uses her facial recognition tool to identify intruders in the kingdom.

07.05.2018 - 09:23 [ DailyDot.com ]

What is Black Cube, the Cambridge Analytica-linked intelligence firm?

(7.4.2018) In his testimony last month to the U.K. Parliament, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie threw an Israeli private intelligence firm known as Black Cube under the bus.

Wylie claimed that Cambridge Analytica hired Black Cube to hack Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari.