Martin Shkreli, “Hated”, “Price Gouging” Biotech Mogul Arrested For Securities Fraud

The ‘most hated man in America’ just got arrested for securities fraud.
SHKRELI, CEO REVILED FOR DRUG PRICE GOUGING, ARRESTED FOR FRAUD N. Y. LAWYER EVAN GREEBEL ARRESTED IN SHKRELI INVESTIGATION “Pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli was arrested by the FBI on Thursday,” Reuters, whose reporters apparently witnessed the arrest, says.
Shkreli, the baby faced, former Jim Cramer protege and serial biotech mogul who famously raised the price of a toxoplasmosis drug by 5000% in September, igniting a media and political firestorm in the process, is accused of using Retrophin (a company he founded and ran until he was ousted by the board) as a kind of slush fund. As an aside, you’re reminded that Retrophin once raised the price of a drug used to treat a rare condition that causes reoccurring kidney stones from $1.50 a pill to $30.
Retrophin claims that after Shkreli’s hedge fund, MSMB Capital, went bust after a $7 million loss on a ‘disastrous’ trade with Merrill Lynch four years ago, he used a series of complex transactions involving Retrophin to pay back MSMB’s investors.
‘Retrophin sued Shkreli in August for misuse of company funds,’ Bloomberg recounts. The company ‘claims he engineered numerous transactions between investors in MSMB and the biotechnology firm.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/17/2015.

Immigration reformer: I’ve changed. This Is War. Seal the Borders. Stop the Visas!

December 2015 – WASHINGTON – I know this is not my usual position. But this is a war. Therefore I have come to believe there should be no immigration or visa waivers until the U. S. adopts a completely new system to stop radical Islamic terrorists from entering the country. A wartime lockdown. And a big change in my thinking. ISIS and related Islamic terrorists are already here. More are coming. We must stop them. Until FBI director James Comey gives us the green light, I say seal the borders. Here’s what we must do: Completely reform the vetting process for immigrants and foreign visitors. Change the screening process. Come up with a new visa-application review process. Stop this nonsense of marriage-visa fraud. And in the meantime, seal the borders. I agree with Jessica Vaughn, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, who argued many of these points in excellent detail on the National Review website on Friday.

This post was published at UtopiatheCollapse on December 13, 2015.

The Godfather Of Climate Change Calls Obama’s Deal “A Fraud, It’s Bullshit”

Amid all the self-congratulatory mutual masturbation that has effused since the “historic” signing of a climate ‘deal’ with no enforcement mechanism, few are better qualified (or more outspoken) to describe the utter farce that COP21 is than former NASA scientist James Hansen, who as The Guardian notes, is considered the father of global awareness of climate change…
‘It’s a fraud really, a fake,’ he says, rubbing his head. ‘It’s just bullshit for them to say: ‘We’ll have a 2C warming target and then try to do a little better every five years.’ It’s just worthless words. There is no action, just promises. As long as fossil fuels appear to be the cheapest fuels out there, they will be continued to be burned.’ The talks, intended to reach a new global deal on cutting carbon emissions beyond 2020, have spent much time and energy on two major issues: whether the world should aim to contain the temperature rise to 1.5C or 2C above preindustrial levels, and how much funding should be doled out by wealthy countries to developing nations that risk being swamped by rising seas and bashed by escalating extreme weather events.
But, according to Hansen, the international jamboree is pointless unless greenhouse gas emissions aren’t taxed across the board. He argues that only this will force down emissions quickly enough to avoid the worst ravages of climate change.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/13/2015 –.

Two U.S. Military Servicemen Claim the Doctors Without Borders Hospital Was Intentionally Targeted

Over the last month or so, there’s been a bit of a flurry of U. S. military members with conscience coming forward to tell the truth about incidents or practices they deem unethical.
For example, just last month, four former drone operators came forward to denounce the program publicly, coupled with a letter addressed to President Obama. As noted in the post, Drone Whistleblower Claim – Pilots Often High on Drugs; Refer to Children as ‘Fun Size Terrorists’:
The killings, part of the Obama administration’s targeted assassination program, are aiding terrorist recruitment and thus undermining the program’s goal of eliminating such fighters, the veterans added. Drone operators refer to children as ‘fun-size terrorists’ and liken killing them to ‘cutting the grass before it grows too long,’ said one of the operators, Michael Haas, a former senior airman in the Air Force. Haas also described widespread drug and alcohol abuse, further stating that some operators had flown missions while impaired.
Haas also described widespread alcohol and drug abuse among drone pilots. Drone operators, he said, would frequently get intoxicated using bath salts and synthetic marijuana to avoid possible drug testing and in an effort to ‘bend that reality and try to picture yourself not being there.’ Haas said that he knew at least a half-dozen people in his unit who were using bath salts and that drug use had ‘impaired’ them during missions.
Moving along to today’s piece, two U. S. servicemen have come forward to claim that, as opposed to the Pentagon’s official story, the military intentionally targeted the Afghan Doctors without Borders hospital, in an attack that killed 31 civilians.
The AP reports:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Dec 10, 2015.

Intelligence Official on ISIS: ‘if the public knew the truth, Obama would be impeached’

December 2015 – WASHINGTON – President Obama addressed an anxious nation last night in an instantly-forgettable, perfunctory speech that was largely devoid of news and announced no meaningful changes to U. S. policies or military strategy. In an effort to reassure Americans that he’s confronting the terrorist threat aggressively (his public approval rating on handling terrorism and ISIS is weak) Obama said, ‘for seven years, I’ve confronted this evolving threat each morning in my intelligence briefing.’ The public learned several years ago that this president skips his in-person briefings far more frequently than his predecessor, though his staff insists that he reads through the written version of the file on a daily basis.
More important than how he ingests this information is what ends up in front of the president. We’ve been following serious, credible claims leveled by dozens of current and former US intelligence professionals who allege that their work product was regularly altered and manipulated to downplay the growing threat and alarming advance of ISIS. The former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency has stated that the current investigation into these accusations should start at the White House, which he says has subordinated accurate information to political narratives. Other American spies have alleged that the Obama administration also deliberately kept a lid on intel gathered during the Bin Laden raid that contradicted the White House’s messaging about Al Qaeda. Yesterday afternoon, prior to the president’s Oval Office remarks, a former NSA analyst and Naval War College professor with deep ties to the US intelligence community tweeted something provocative: Talked 2 an old friend, snr IC official – who said on #ISIS: ‘If the public knew the truth, Obama would be impeached.’

This post was published at UtopiatheCollapse on December 9, 2015.

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton on Freedom of Speech – A Side By Side Comparison

In effect, he believes that he is running to be the CEO of the country – not just of the government but of the entire country. In this capacity, he believes that he will make deals with other countries that cause the U. S. to come out on top, whatever that could mean. He conjures up visions of himself or one of his associates sitting across the table from some Indian or Chinese leader and making wild demands that they will buy such and such amount of product else ‘we’ won’t buy their product.
What’s distinct about Trumpism, and the tradition of thought it represents, is that it is non-leftist in its cultural and political outlook and yet still totalitarian in the sense that it seeks total control of society and economy and places no limits on state power. The left has long waged war on bourgeois institutions like family, church, and property. In contrast, right fascism has made its peace with all three. It (very wisely) seeks political strategies that call on the organic matter of the social structure and inspire masses of people to rally around the nation as a personified ideal in history, under the leadership of a great and highly accomplished man.
Trump believes himself to be that man.
He sounds fresh, exciting, even thrilling, like a man with a plan and a complete disregard for the existing establishment and all its weakness and corruption. This is how strongmen take over countries. They say some true things, boldly, and conjure up visions of national greatness under their leadership. They’ve got the flags, the music, the hype, the hysteria, the resources, and they work to extract that thing in many people that seeks heroes and momentous struggles in which they can prove their greatness.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Dec 8, 2015.

An Open Letter Calling For The Resignation Of Saudi-Sympathizing Politicians

Whether you are Nobel Peace Prize recipient Barack Obama or unabashed warmonger John McCain, if you hold a federally elected office in the United States and are calling for more military action in the Middle East without first addressing the crimes against humanity carried out by Saudi Arabia, you are a fraud and should resign – effective immediately.
I don’t mean resign next week or later today. I mean now. Stop what you’re doing, write out a letter (or get a staff member to write one for you), and give a press conference. I don’t care how you do it – just resign. Don’t put your name on the ballot for another term in Congress, don’t seek higher office, and certainly don’t run for president. Stop the charade. You do not represent your constituents. You are a disgrace. Resign.
Why do you glorify spending our tax dollars on establishing a military presence in Syria and Iraq for your stated purpose of obliterating ISIS – a group of ‘radical Muslims’ who barbarically behead human beings – all while the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has been responsible for at least 152 public beheadings of their own since January 1, 2015? If you don’t consider a nation that sentences a man to decapitation for writing love poems (which Saudi Arabia recently did) to be ‘radical,’ then you are deranged. Why do one group’s human rights violations warrant swift military action while another group that commits the same transgressions is heralded as an ally?
How stupid do you think ‘we the people’ are?
The world can see you smiling through your scowl as we become wise to the fact that you are using the instability created by ISIS as an excuse to overthrow Assad.
You may retort that President Obama has repeatedly stated there will be no boots on the ground in Syria (even though there have been) – and how dare I claim that ISIS is being used as a tool for American interests? Aside from the 44th president’s words not being worth much, Obama has advanced the U. S. government’s policy to train and arm ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels in the region – while simultaneously launching airstrikes on their behalf. You and I both know this practice has undeniably resulted in theperpetual arming and strengthening of ISIS. And since it is no secret that the U. S. wants Bashar al-Assad out of power as the leader of Syria, it is glaringly obvious you are willing to tolerate a few radical jihadis running amok over in the Middle East as long as your interests are served as a result of their presence. Although we can agree Assad is a dictator who has committed many ruthless acts of his own, we both know this is not why you wish for him to be ousted, nor is it a legitimate reason to overthrow the Syrian government.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/06/2015.

U.S. Military ‘Task Force’ Wasted $150 Million on Luxury Hotels, Private Guards and 3-Star Meals in Afghanistan

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is asking why a small Department of Defense task force charged with developing the Afghan economy spent nearly $150 million on private villas, security guards and luxury meals while operating in the country between 2010 and 2014.
In its letter, SIGAR said that task force employees had solicited military contractor Triple Canopy to provide rooming for them that included ‘Western-style hotel accommodations,’ such as flat-screen televisions, mini-refrigerators and DVD players. Contractors were also hired to provide food service that was ‘at least 3 stars,’ specifying that each meal contain ‘at least two entree choices and three side order choices.’ Triple Canopy was also instructed to ensure that three-course meals were available for ‘special events.’
Triple Canopy is one of the firms that have financially benefited the most from post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning roughly $2.2 billion in government contracts since 2003, according to the Project on Government Oversight. The company has continued to receive lucrative government contracts despite being at the center of several controversies related to the killing of civilians in Iraq by its employees and providing falsified documents for its private security guards.
– From the Intercept article: Pentagon Task Force Spent Nearly $150M on Villas and 3-Star Meals in Afghanistan
For all its failings, one thing the U. S. government has achieved in Afghanistan is a tremendous enrichment of military contractors and warlords on behalf of the American taxpayer.
Of course, today’s story is only the latest in a series of stories related to taxpayer fraud and theft which have been unveiled in the past year alone. Let’s revisit some prior examples.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Dec 3, 2015.

German Intelligence Warns – Saudi Arabia to Play ‘Destabilizing Role’ in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia is at risk of becoming a major destabilizing influence in the Arab world, German intelligence has warned.
Internal power struggles and the desire to emerge as the leading Arab power threaten to make the key Western ally a source of instability, according to the BND intelligence service.
‘The current cautious diplomatic stance of senior members of the Saudi royal family will be replaced by an impulsive intervention policy,’ a BND memo widely distributed to the German press reads.
Saudi Arabia has previously been accused of supplying arms and funding to jihadist groups fighting in Syria, including Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
– From the Telegraph article: Saudi Arabia ‘Destabilizing Arab World’, German Intelligence Warns
To understand the enormously dangerous wildcard that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia represents in modern geopolitics, you must understand what is going on behind the scenes.
While the Saudis were a shady monarchy well before King Abdullah passed away, the disaster that has succeeded him will make the prior rulers look like philosopher kings by comparison. Of course, this is always the risk when it comes to hereditary rule, you never know what kind of psychopath is lurking next in line. In the case of the Saudis, although the current King is Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the guy who really wields power, and who appears to be a ticking time bomb, is his son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as ‘Reckless.’
As I noted in September’s post, Regime Change is Coming – Saudi Prince Calls for Coup to Remove King:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Dec 3, 2015.

NO, THE NSA HASN’T STOPPED MASS SPYING ON AMERICAN CITIZENS

The mainstream press says that the NSA has ‘ended’ its bulk phone records collection program.
Does that mean we can all relax … and forget about mass surveillance?
We asked the highest-level NSA whistleblower in history – William Binney – the high-level NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information, 36-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a ‘legend’ within the agency, who served as the senior technical director within the agency, and managed thousands of NSA employees
WASHINGTON’S BLOG: The mainstream U. S. news is saying that the NSA’s metadata collection program is over.
Can we all relax and enjoy a beer now? Or is the NSA still spying on Americans?
WILLIAM BINNEY: The only thing that ended was the general warrants issued by the FISC [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] for companies to give all their call records to NSA for processing.
Now, the data is held by the companies so NSA has to make a distributed query much like google does to its data centers.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on DECEMBER 2, 2015.

The Mystery of the Constant Flow of JFK Disinformation

For more than half a century, the combined American thought establishment (media, publishing, film, academia, and the like) have been cranking out a steady stream of books, articles, films, plays and more that present a completely false picture of what the assassination of John F. Kennedy was about – including who was behind it, and why.
No mention of the tremendous animus massed against John and Robert Kennedy from every quarter, including but hardly limited to Wall Street, the oil industry, the steel industry, the armaments industry, big publishers, the Pentagon, the CIA, the Mob, the John Birchers. They all hated John and Robert Kennedy and wanted them out. They said it to each other, and virtually spat it in the brothers’ faces. Ruthless men, men who found violence a necessary tool of success.
Yet, who killed John F. Kennedy? We are told that it was one angry, unstable man. Forget that the evidence – massively documented in hundreds of books, government papers and more – is that Oswald was nothing like the way he was portrayed, but instead, a focused, deliberate indiv

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on November 25, 2015.

Europe Will Pay Turkey 3 Billion To Halt Refugee Exodus

In the aftermath of last week’s dramatic events which have seen Turkey make a unilateral breach of NATO’s unwritten rules of engagement by taking down a Russian jet, coupled with an assault on civil right and expression of speech when two journalists were arrested for exposing Turkish arms smuggling to Syria, culminating with the assassination of a prominent enemy of the state on live TV, one would expect that the “democratic, humanistic” western countries would at least issue a harsh condemnation of Erdogan’s behavior.
That won’t happen: instead, the European Union will pay Turkey $3.2 billion to help it stop the flow of refugees to Europe from the conflict in Syria, 2.2 million of whom are currently in Turkey and to prevent Europe’s worst refugee crisis from getting even worse.
In addition, the banana republic that is Turkey will be one step closer to joining the European Union as EU accession talks are restarted. As AFP reminds us, Turkey is the main gateway for migrants and refugees to reach Europe and Brussels has been wooing Ankara for months to secure its cooperation, but relations remain difficult and the devil will be in the details of the deal they will reach on Sunday.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/29/2015.

The Truth About Professional Associations

As societies become increasingly regulated by central bureaucracies, the working man’s traditional freedoms are slowly being extinguished. Less than a century ago, doctors, lawyers and engineers could work without any state oversight, regulation or licensing. The free market employed a system of apprenticing and relied upon reputation to sort the good practitioners from the bad. In this pre-regulatory and pre-licensing world, the sciences, medicine and engineering grew in leaps and bounds. The greatest discoveries were made, great buildings and structures were constructed and standards of living grew faster than ever before.
The Rise of Trade Unions
During the nineteenth century, special interest groups saw that they could use the power of the state to increase their personal wealth. Trade unions were born as organizations that lobbied for changes in law that reduced competition, increased revenue for members and eliminated the need to develop a reputation. They supported a legal framework whereby employers and customers would be required to pay what unions demanded. In moral terms such a tactic is called extortion, but it was given the more palatable term ‘union bargaining’.
Politically, the trade unions were sold as being necessary to protect workers and the public, but it was understood that it was workers’ salaries that were to be protected first and foremost. In 1918, a Saskatchewan engineer named F. H. Peters came clean when he said that ‘only a trade union could give such guarantees [of increased remuneration]… that is the sum and substance of what we want.’ [1].

This post was published at Mises Canada on NOVEMBER 23, 2015.

800 Shotguns Headed To Belgium From Turkey Seized In Italy

Following the ISIS assault on Paris that left 130 dead prompting Francois Hollande to declare that France is ‘at war,’ authorities quickly established a link to the infamous Brussels suburb of Molenbeek.
The working class, immigrant neighborhood – which is separated from the historical district by a canal and is but a 20 minute subway ride from Brussels’ European Quarter – has become synonymous with radicalization and terror. As we put it last week, ‘what Charlestown is to bank robbers, Molenbeek is to European jihadists.’
“The assassination of the Afghan anti-Taliban commander Ahmed Shah Massoud, immediately before the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001; the train bombings in Madrid in 2004; and the killing of four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum in 2014; the foiled shooting on a high-speed train, the anti-terrorist raid in the eastern Belgian town of Verviers, the attack on a Paris kosher supermarket and, finally, the Nov. 13 attacks on the French capital – all had some connection to Molenbeek,’ The New York Times wrote earlier this month.
But it’s not just Molenbeek. In January, two operatives working under the direction of Paris mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud were killed when Belgian police raided a safehouse in Verviers.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/26/2015.

US-NATO Launch New Proxy War Front in Crimea, Neo-Nazis Bomb Electrical Grid Causing National Blackouts

21st Century Wire says…
In 2014, US and EU installed its own hand-picked puppet regime in Kiev, Ukraine. This caused a chain of epic failures that have made many ardent cheerleaders for ‘regime change’ to question whether or not tipping over the elected government in 2014 was a very good idea.
The worst part of the whole operation was that US and EU central planners thought it prudent to activate and partner with NeoNazis and proto-fascist militants in order to achieve their short-term regime change goals. Once the coup d’etat had taken place in February 2014, westernagents of change were stuck with a horrific political Frankenstein they had created.
While the battles have been raging in Syria and elsewhere, few in the west have been aware that the architects of instability have been busy opening up a new front for proxy, asymmetric warfare – in Crimea. To add to the shock and awe, western agents have brought together two of the worst groups of miscreants the world has ever known.
Counterpuch reports on the western media and government collusion in recent attacks on Crimea:
‘Ever since the Maidan coup of February 2014, Western media and governments have all but incited violent actions by extremists against the Crimean people. Unknown to people in the West is the aforementioned, food transport blockade, ongoing since September 20. Western media has self-censored reports of that, including the central role played by the neo-Nazi Right Sector group.’
That’s not all…

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 26, 2015.

DRONE PILOTS CONFESS: WIDESPREAD DRUG ABUSE AND CALLOUSNESS TOWARD CIVILIAN CASUALTIES

Our government would like us to think that drones are a precision weapon, and an essential tool in the war on terror. In reality, the drone program kills far more civilians than terrorists, which ultimately inspires more people to join terror groups. You have to wonder, what is it like to be a crew member for one of these extrajudicial assassination machines, and how do these people cope with such a horrifying job?
According to four former drone operators, they do a lot of drugs. Alcoholism is rampant, and many of the operators use bath salts and synthetic marijuana, which don’t show up in drug tests. They do this to ‘bend that reality and try to picture yourself not being there.’ Oftentimes, they are impaired during their missions.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on NOVEMBER 25, 2015.

Drone Whistleblower Claim – Pilots Often High on Drugs; Refer to Children as ‘Fun Size Terrorists’

The killings, part of the Obama administration’s targeted assassination program, are aiding terrorist recruitment and thus undermining the program’s goal of eliminating such fighters, the veterans added. Drone operators refer to children as ‘fun-size terrorists’ and liken killing them to ‘cutting the grass before it grows too long,’ said one of the operators, Michael Haas, a former senior airman in the Air Force. Haas also described widespread drug and alcohol abuse, further stating that some operators had flown missions while impaired.
Haas also described widespread alcohol and drug abuse among drone pilots. Drone operators, he said, would frequently get intoxicated using bath salts and synthetic marijuana to avoid possible drug testing and in an effort to ‘bend that reality and try to picture yourself not being there.’ Haas said that he knew at least a half-dozen people in his unit who were using bath salts and that drug use had ‘impaired’ them during missions.
– From the Intercept article: Former Drone Operators Say They Were ‘Horrified’ by Cruelty of Assassination Program
I’ve highlighted the plight of several brave drone whistleblowers over the years who came forth to decry the barbaric and likely illegal nature of the U. S. drone program. Recently, four of them came together to denounce it more forcefully and provide more disturbing information. They also wrote a letter to Obama.
The Intercept published a powerful story on them the other day, here are a few excerpts:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Nov 24, 2015.

The Beginning Of The End For The Affordable Care Act? Largest US Health Insurer May Exit ObamaCare

Tracking the slow motion trainwreck of Obamacare has become one of our preferred hobbies: below is just a random sample of headlines covering just the most recent tribulations of the “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it” Unaffordable Care Act:
In Latest Obamacare Fiasco, Most Low-Income Workers Can’t Afford “Affordable Care Act” The Stunning “Explanation” An Insurance Company Just Used To Boost Health Premiums By 60% Your Health Insurance Premiums Are About To Go Through The Roof -The Stunning Reason Why Obama Promised Healthcare Premiums Would Fall $2,500 Per Family; They Have Climbed $4,865 Largest Health Insurer On Colorado Exchange Abruptly Collapses Co-Op Insurers Across America Are Collapsing, And Now There Is Fraud “$19,000 Premiums, Up 4x Since Passage”: The ‘Crippling Effect’ Of Obamacare On The Middle Class Meet The Family That Just Spent Half Its Annual Income Paying For Obamacare But the most surprising article we wrote was our explanation from three weeks ago explaining why “Your Health Insurance Premiums Are About To Go Through The Roof” showing that even insurance companies have been unable to earn a profit under Obamacare, as shown in the following chart:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/19/2015.