Professional Scam Artists – part 77

“Why The World Needs a Google Detox” by Joseph Mercola (SOTT)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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In this interview, Google whistleblower Zach Vorhies, who worked as a senior software engineer at Google and YouTube for over eight years, shares his inside knowledge of this global monopoly, revealing why Google is not a reliable source of information anymore…

The point of sharing this information is that Google is manipulating search results to reflect its views, and to influence our social behavior while denying this is happening.

The Wall Street Journal just published a thorough investigation covering these same points.

Vorhies recently released about 950 pages of internal Google documents that paint a comprehensive picture of what’s really going on. You can find all of those documents on the Project Veritas website.
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See the original, above, to access the links.

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“Beyond Meat’s Run Up was as Artificial as Their Burgers” by Bert Dohmen (ZeroHedge)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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n mid-July this year I wrote an article on ZeroHedge about Beyond Meat (BYND) and fake meats and how their products (and the stock) are unhealthy for investors and their portfolios. Just one week after publishing my article, Beyond Meat topped out after hitting a record high. Since then, just under four months later, the stock has plummeted more than 68%.

Contrary to most analysts and investors, I was not thrilled about the firm’s products nor the stock. The IPO of the stock occurred in May and the mania was in full swing. I wrote that I missed it; I didn’t buy the stock of BYND the day it went public. Yup, I perhaps missed making a lot of money in a short time, assuming I had bought it on the IPO and sold it within a month or two, two timing events which are fraught with potential failure…

n regard to “fake meat” it is only a matter of time before health conscious consumers discover that some of the “fake meats” have questionable ingredients. In fact, I am a fanatic about reading food labels and know what I don’t want to put in my body.

I am all in favor of vegetable proteins in the imitation meats, but not when they add GMO (genetically modified) ingredients, especially when the FDA has not approved some of them.

Here is an excerpt from “GMO Science” about the ingredients in ‘Impossible Burger,’ now sold by numerous well-known restaurant chains”

‘Impossible Foods’ meatless burger is marketed as a healthy and environmentally responsible choice.

The key ingredient that gives the Impossible Burger its meaty taste and makes it bleed like meat when cut is soy leghemoglobin (SLH), derived from genetically engineered yeast.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused to sign off on the safety of SLH, which has never been in the human food supply before.

The FDA is also concerned that SLH may be an allergen.

The Impossible Burger contains a number of other ingredients that are derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The GM yeast must be grown in a nutrient-rich broth made of chemically synthesized ingredients that are themselves industrially manufactured.

The Impossible Burger represents the opposite of what today’s health-aware and environmentally conscious consumers want from their food: pure, natural, non-GMO ingredients that are transparently sourced.

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I very much appreciated Bert’s examination. I wonder though; If he thought that Beyond Meat was a sure-fire investment success, instead of an investor-unfriendly fad, Would he have invested in it? He’s coming at the whole thing from a business, not moral, standpoint. That’s his call.

related: “Fake Food, Fake Meat: Big Food’s Desperate Attempt to Further the Industrialisation of Food” by Vanadana Shiva (Independent Science News)

Elizabeth Warren

“Elizabeth Warren endorses Trump’s economic war on Venezuela, then soft-pedals far-right Bolivia coup” by Ben Norton (The Grayzone)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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In a nauseating interview on Pod Save America, Elizabeth Warren endorsed suffocating US sanctions on Venezuela, backing Trump’s strategy to stop its “ability to have an economy” while parroting neocon regime-change myths. She then whitewashed the far-right military coup in Bolivia.
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Norton writes: “After praising the US government’s sanctions on Venezuela, which violate international law and have led to the preventable deaths of tens of thousands of civilians, Warren went on whitewash the far-right military coup in Bolivia, where the Trump administration has helped put racist Christian extremists and actual fascists in power.” This is something that leftists and rightists do. They mystify fascism. They talk about fashion when they should be talking about fascism. So, Is Luis Fernando Camacho no longer a fascist if he takes off his goofy, but scary, shirt sporting that Christian fascist symbol?

Graphic by Claudio Cabrera

“The New York Times’ Long History of Endorsing US-Backed Coups” by Alan McCleod (Mint Press News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Bolivian President Evo Morales was overthrown in a U.S.-backed military coup d’état earlier this month after Bolivian army generals appeared on television demanding his resignation. As Morales fled to Mexico, the army appointed right-wing Senator Jeanine Añez as his successor. Añez, a Christian conservative who has described Bolivia’s indigenous majority as “satanic”, arrived at the presidential palace holding an oversized Bible, declaring that Christianity was re-entering the government. She immediately announced she would “take all measures necessary” to “pacify” the indigenous resistance to her takeover.

This included pre-exonerating the country’s notorious security services of all future crimes in their “re-establishment of order,” leading to massacres of dozens of mostly indigenous people.

The New York Times, the United States’ most influential newspaper, immediately applauded the events, its editorial board refusing to use the word “coup” to describe the overthrow, claiming instead that Morales had “resigned,” leaving a “vacuum of power” into which Añez was forced to move. The Times presented the deposed president as an “arrogant” and “increasingly autocratic” populist tyrant “brazenly abusing” power, “stuffing” the Supreme Court with his loyalists, “crushing any institution” standing in his way, and presiding over a “highly fishy” vote.
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Colin Kaepernick

“Colin Kaepernick Shows that American Innocence is a White Supremacist Sport” by Danny Haiphong (Black Agenda Report)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The Black struggle for dignity and self-determination will forever be criminalized as a problem by the white elite and their hirelings in the Black misleadership class…

Colin Kaepernick hasn’t played an NFL game in more than three seasons. The 32-year-old quarterback was vanquished from the NFL in 2016 for his protest of police brutality during the pre-game national anthem ceremony. In mid-November, Kaepernick was invited to a workout in Atlanta by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell offered the workout in exchange for a signed waiver that would have prevented Kaepernick from taking future legal action against the NFL. The NFL further demanded that Kaepernick participate in the workout without the presence of the media.

Kaepernick understandably rejected the proposal. He instead opted to hold the workout at a self-selected location. Kaepernick invited the media to his workout and threw to receivers of his own choosing. Only a fraction of the owners invited to the NFL’s original workout showed up to the alternative arrangement. After a stellar workout performance, Kaepernick demanded that NFL ownership “stop running” from him.

The latest chapter in the ruling class effort to keep Kaepernick out of the NFL has opened the floodgates for mainly Black corporate sports analysts to carry the torch of white supremacy. FS1 and ESPN analysts condemned Kaepernick for the workout debacle. Pundits such as Stephen A. Smith claimed that Kaepernick’s actions have proven once and for all that he doesn’t want to play another game in the NFL. Other commentators such as Shannon Sharpe posited that Kaepernick did not handle the situation “professionally” and even mocked him for wearing a Kunta Kinte shirt. In lock-step unity, the corporate sports media slandered Kaepernick’s character and demonstrated why the presumed innocence of the American Empire is nothing but white supremacist sport.
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related: “Don’t Let Colin Kaepernick’s Message Get Swamped by the Nike Swoosh” by David Zirin (Common Dreams)

David’s above linked-to article is a keeper for the info presented, which, in my view, doesn’t really justify the title of the article. Kaepernick is politicized enough to protest the way he did, but not to turn his back on an awful company like Nike. That’s how it goes.

From WSWS:
In this July 14, 2015, file photo, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, left, and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams shake hands during a ceremony to mark the opening of contract negotiations in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

“GM lawsuit: UAW engaged in criminal conspiracy with FCA to cut labor costs” by Eric London (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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On Wednesday, General Motors filed a 95-page federal lawsuit asserting that Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) and the UAW engaged in “a systematic and near decade-long conspiracy to bribe senior officials to corrupt the collective bargaining process,” “buy labor peace,” “slash labor costs,” and thereby “gain a wage advantage over its competitors.”

GM’s lawsuit was not filed on behalf of autoworkers. GM is demanding billions of dollars for itself on the grounds that the UAW gave billions more in concessions to FCA than it did to GM. And having just conspired with the UAW to starve out 50,000 striking autoworkers in the US, GM makes clear its gratitude for UAW collaboration. The first paragraph of the complaint reads: “The UAW and its officials are not Defendants to this lawsuit,” while GM stresses its aim to build a “stronger future” between the UAW and the company.

But the complaint includes critical and previously unknown details from court filings and internal GM-UAW deliberations that workers must know. These details expose the UAW as a legal arm of the corporations…

The Democratic Party, “socialist” publications like Jacobin magazine (which has not written a single article on the UAW corruption scandal in 2019) and self-described “reformers” claim the UAW can be “cleaned up” or changed from within. This has as much likelihood of success as efforts to transform the mafia into a charitable society.

The UAW is not a “workers’ organization” capable of reform, it is a labor contractor that functions as an arm of the corporation, as the GM complaint shows. It is legally indistinguishable from the corporations. They function, GM asserts, as a single legal entity.

The betrayal of the GM strike and the ramming through of a concession-ridden contract at Ford does not mean the fight is over. On the contrary. Industry publications have warned of growing opposition among FCA workers, and GM and Ford workers will quickly come into conflict with the companies and the UAW as the UAW seeks to impose the terms of its new agreements. This opposition must be mobilized against the illegitimate contracts and the union-company dictatorship in the factories.
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Bernie Sanders

“Bernie Sanders dispenses with his “political revolution” at fifth Democratic presidential debate” by Niles Niemuth (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Wednesday night’s Democratic Party presidential debate in Atlanta, Georgia was largely unremarkable save for the degree to which the candidates sought to submit themselves to President Barack Obama’s declaration last week that the party must distance itself from “revolutionary” proposals if it hopes to defeat Trump in the 2020 elections.

The word has been sent down for the candidates to knock off the funny stuff about Medicare for All and other pie in the sky reforms and to get down to business.

Senator Bernie Sanders led the way Wednesday night with regards to political cravenness, walking back his own rhetoric about waging a “political revolution” and declaring that he agreed with Obama that it wasn’t necessary to “tear down the system and remake it.”

The purpose of Sanders’ campaign, in 2016 and again in 2020, is not to challenge the Democratic Party but to support it. His talk about reining in the billionaires is just that. His aim is to promote illusions among the millions of young people and workers who are hostile to capitalism and sympathetic to socialism that this party of Wall Street and war can be a vehicle for progressive change.

Sanders does not challenge the basic framework of the Democratic Party’s foreign policy and he supports the reactionary basis upon which it is seeking to impeach Trump. For his services up to this point, he has become a leading figure within the Democratic Party establishment.

In 2016, he campaigned for Hillary Clinton after it was exposed by WikiLeaks that the primary was rigged against him. In 2020, likewise, if he does not win the nomination Sanders will campaign for the eventual nominee, no matter how right-wing and militaristic. And in the unlikely event he does win the nomination and secure the presidency, once in office he will immediately bend the knee to the dictates of Wall Street and the “billionaire class.”
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Niemuth mentions “the millions of young people and workers who are hostile to capitalism and sympathetic to socialism.” Are they millions? How many of those ‘millions’ can describe capitalism as it exists today? How many of them have a clue about what socialism is? Are they clamoring for the WSWS’s version of socialism or just fed up with being abused? I’m just asking.

POTUS visit the Western Wall, accompanied by the Western Wall’s rabbi, Shmuel Rabinovitz and Mordechai “Solly” Eliav, Director General of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. Jerusalem, May 22, 2017
Photo credit: Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv

“Trump Goes to Israel: Another Settler from the United States?” by Philip Giraldi (American Herald Tribune)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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President Donald Trump’s lack of any precision when he speaks or tweets sometimes means that multiple meanings can be construed from what he chooses to say or write. At a private gathering last week in which he was wooing potential Orthodox Jewish donors, he responded to a blessing from a rabbi with what he thought to be a joke. Fighting for his political life in the middle of an impeachment process, he observed that if things do no go well in the United States, he could always move to Israel and run for office, saying “if anything happens here, I’m taking a trip over to Israel. I’ll be prime minister.”

The fund-raiser at the Intercontinental Hotel in Manhattan was arranged by the America First Super PAC. Trump’s son-in-law and principal adviser Jared Kushner and his special representative for international negotiations Avi Berkowitz, both Orthodox Jews, also were in attendance. Numerous Trump supporters were present in the ballroom and began shouting out “Four more years!” when the president rose to speak. Rabbi Y.Y. Jacobson offered a blessing, saying “Blessed are you, our Lord, King of the universe, that you have shared of your glory and love and compassion with a human being who maintains the honor of every innocent person and Jew. Thank you, amen.”

Also, in a statement that should offend and serve as a wake-up call for all of America’s remaining Arab friends, Trump described how he was able to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He claimed that when he received calls from Arab leaders objecting to the proposed shift, he refused to speak to them, saying to his aides “Just tell them I’m very busy, I’ll call them back. And then I did it, we got it done, it’s done. And then I announced it, and then I went into the office, I made about 25 calls…. I said, ‘Don’t worry about it, it’s done already; there’s nothing I could do about it.’ It’s much easier. I say, ‘I’m sorry, I wish I could have gotten back to you sooner.’”
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Norman Finkelstein

“Norman Finkelstein: Fatou Bensouda Has Done Everything in Her Power to Prevent an Investigation of the Israeli Crimes by the ICC” by Slava Zilber (American Herald Tribune)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Slava Zilber: I would like to interview you about your new book. Could you please explain the title: “I Accuse!: Herewith A Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt That ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda Whitewashed Israel”

Norman Finkelstein: As you know, Israel has been occupying Gaza since 1967, which is more now than a half-century. Israel has imposed an illegal, immoral, and inhumane blockade on Gaza since January 2006, and Gaza is rapidly becoming – it might have already become – physically an unlivable space. Now, it’s important to keep in mind that the population of Gaza is more than half children. And 70 percent of the population consists of refugees and children of refugees and successive generations of refugees.

So you have a population more than half of which is children, 70 percent of which is refugees and successive generations which for more than half a century has been living under a brutal Israeli occupation and since 2006 has been living under an illegal, an immoral, an inhuman blockade that has rendered Gaza, in effect, physicallyunlivable.

Now, in the course of the occupation and the blockade, there have been several incidents as they are called in international law jargon. They have been referred to the International Criminal Court, the ICC. And the chief prosecutor is named Fatou Bensouda. And Fatou Bensouda has been desperately trying to quash these complaints – the technical term is referrals – to the ICC.

And on one of the two complaints, there have been proceedings that have gone on since 2013, which is more than six years ago now. A complaint was filed with her office. And Bensouda has repeatedly declared that she will not launch an investigation of the complaint filed with the ICC. And the case is closed. She said that twice now…

So I think part of the reason Bensouda has been lying, fabricating, falsifying is the fear that she will become the target of the very same agencies that brought down Richard Goldstone. And also the US has made plain under the Trump administration – they have said literally, in no subtle language: If the ICC investigates the United States or Israel, the US will destroy the ICC.

So there are both personal motives, the fear that the many skeletons in Bensouda’s closet will be exposed to public view, and the institutional fear that the ICC itself will be under attack. On both those grounds, she has done everything in her power to prevent an investigation of the Israeli crimes by the ICC…

One could argue that this whitewashing by Ms. Bensouda and her predecessors is basically the function of this court. It’s fulfilling its function as International Caucasian Court.

I know a very good jurist, one of the leading international law jurists in the world. He is very respected. And I talk to him privately. He says the ICC is not a court; it’s a joke. It’s so corrupt. It’s so contemptible, just put into power to prosecute war criminals, for sure, but criminals in the great scheme of things who don’t really compare to, say, a Tony Blair, a George Bush or any of the others who are culpable for massive war crimes and crimes against humanity.
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When Slava Zilber asks Norman what’s next for him, his response is seriously alarming (not in a good way). He says: “I don’t know. It depends on what happens in the world. For the moment, I am focused on the Bernie Sanders candidacy. If he wins, it’s a game changer. We will be living in a new country. I should amend that. We will be living in a country in which the left will have the potential to exercise serious institutional power and that would be a very good change. So let’s wait and see what happens.” How could a good man like Norman Finkelstein suggest that, if the ‘right’ candidate – the ‘least’ bloodstained?!! – wins the Democratic Party nomination then he will support that Party?!!

“Big Telecom wants to make lower internet prices in Canada virtually impossible” by Marie Aspiazu (OpenMedia via Rabble)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Back in August, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) significantly lowered the rates Big Telecom can charge small internet providers for access to their networks.

As a result, a handful of small internet providers like Teksavvy, Start.ca, Oricom and Distributel passed the savings of lower wholesale rates on to their customers in the form of lower internet bills and faster speeds, and reaffirmed their commitment to invest in rural broadband.

The CRTC’s decision also ruled that the final wholesale rates were going to be applied retroactively to the date the interim rates were set in 2016. This meant smaller providers would receive a three-year refund for being grossly overcharged by Big Telecom for access to their network. As you can imagine, Big Telecom is not happy and is doing everything in its power to hike Canada’s internet prices by reversing this landmark CRTC decision.

Following the CRTC’s decision in August, Bell announced it would cut its investment in rural communities by 20 per cent as a result of lower wholesale rates. This move would leave up to 20,000 homes without an internet connection.

But their greed didn’t stop there. Big Telecom immediately filed to overturn the CRTC’s decision at the Federal Court of Appeal. Most recently, they’ve gone a step further and asked the newly minted cabinet to reverse this decision. Their efforts reek of desperation, and if they succeed, we will see our internet prices go back up and small providers would struggle to compete.
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All well and good, except that OpenMedia, with whom Marie is associated, is not progressive. I stopped my donations to that org a few years back when I caught them jumping on the ‘Putin’ hacked the 2016 US election’ bandwagon. While I’m at it, Rabble is phony baloney too. While it still carries some good article by good writers (I’m thinking mainly of Yves Engler), they are awful, carrying articles by the pro-empire, Rwanda genocide propagandist Gerald Caplan. It doesn’t surprise me that they’ve never, in all the many years that they’ve been online pretending to be progressive, bothered to create a decent discussion forum. They have one. If it was food, I would give it to my dog.

“Trudeau drives a stake through the heart of any hope for electoral reform” by Karl Nerenberg (Rabble)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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n one of his less-noticed cabinet changes, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has abolished the job of minister for democratic reform. He replaced what had been a key role in the Liberals’ first government with a new position bearing the Gilbert-and-Sullivan-ish title of minister of middle-class prosperity.

That change tells us a lot.

It says the Liberals have abandoned any pretence to an idealistic and aspirational spirit of reform that, at least rhetorically, informed their first mandate. Their new look is entirely managerial and practical. They want Canadians to know the 2019 Liberal government is focused on pocketbook issues and nothing else, certainly not such trivia as the health and effectiveness of our democratic institutions.

Ironically, three days after the cabinet announcement, the Angus Reid Institute came out with a poll showing a big spike in support for electoral reform, which was one of the main preoccupations of the now defunct democratic institutions ministry.
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Karl Nerenberg is focussing on one hole in a dike that is riddle with more holes than you can count. One hole includes the actual choices that we have. If we had a democratic electoral system but no real choices in it, then we wouldn’t really have a democratic electoral system, Would we?

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2 Responses to Professional Scam Artists – part 77

  1. Hey Rick,

    It’s been a while and I have been busy with family and work. All is well with me. I still keep in touch with Peter and every few weeks I stop by 320 Bay Street to say “hello” to him. I currently work at the Shangri-la hotel, which a 7 minutes walk from 320 Bay.

    How are you? Healthwise and all?

    On Thu, Dec 5, 2019, 7:09 PM A Yappy Trade Barrier, wrote:

    > Arrby posted: ” “Why The World Needs a Google Detox” by Joseph Mercola > (SOTT) An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows: (- In this > interview, Google whistleblower Zach Vorhies, who worked as a senior > software engineer at Google and YouTube for over ” >

    • Arrby says:

      Hello! It’s good to hear from you. I hope all is well. I’m okay. Today has been frustrating. My relatively new Asus ss laptop (Vivobook) is now a paperweight. I can’t afford a computer right now. I’m still making minimum wage with G4S.

      I didn’t realize that Bay St had anyone inside. It’s all boarded up. Peter never calls me. He used to. I leave it to him. He’s a good guy, but I think he needs to make lifestyle changes, mainly in the area of getting a cheaper apt. I have a beater apt, but I’m happy and it’s affordable ($738 per month), thank goodness.

      My health is fine for a 63 yr old going on 64 (Jan). I need to squeeze in more exercise. I can’t tell you how sick I am of working for the man. But I can’t retire. I do get a montly CPP top up ($400 clear) that will be added to by about the same amount (I assume) on my birthday in 2021. My health ‘has to’ hold out or else I’m in trouble.

      Glad to hear from you. Take care!

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