Koch Brothers to Spend Nearly a BILLION DOLLARS on the 2016 Presidential Election

Who says you can’t buy politics?
Wait, that’s right, no one says that. Ever. Especially not in America where 91% of the time, the candidate with the most money (not who does the best job, who has the best policies or who even gives the most charismatic speeches) wins.
The New York Times is now reporting that the Koch Brothers plan to spend $889 million dollars on the next presidential election:
The political network overseen by the conservative billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch plans to spend close to $900 million on the 2016 campaign, an unparalleled effort by coordinated outside groups to shape a presidential election that is already on track to be the most expensive in history.
The spending goal, revealed Monday at the Kochs’ annual winter donor retreat near Palm Springs, Calif., would allow their political organization to operate at the same financial scale as the Democratic and Republican Parties. It would require a significant financial commitment from the Kochs and roughly 300 other donors they have recruited over the years, and covers both the presidential and congressional races. In the last presidential election, the Republican National Committee and the party’s two congressional campaign committees spent a total of $657 million…
Now the Kochs’ network will embark on its largest drive ever to influence legislation and campaigns across the country, leveraging Republican control of Congress and the party’s dominance of state capitols to push for deregulation, tax cuts and smaller government. In 2012, the Kochs’ network spent just under $400 million, an astonishing sum at the time. The $889 million spending goal for 2016 would put it on track to spend nearly as much as the campaigns of each party’s presidential nominee. [emphasis added]


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on January 27th, 2015.

The Real Age of Stupid: Talking Heads Blame Latest Snowstorm on ‘Global Warming’

This week, we’re told that the eastern seaboard is under a ‘state of emergency’ because of a the snowfall ranging from 7.8 inches in New York to 18-22 inches in Boston as of tonight. With all the hype, you’d think it was the Little Ice Age.
Growing up in New England, I remember every winter being pretty much the same: lot of snow. Believe it or not, that’s what happens in the winter time. Sometimes it got up to 2 or 3 feet, but there was never a ‘state of emergency’. This is the gelding of America happening right before your eyes. Welcome to their brave new world of crisis management.
‘Weather experts’ started warning that the snow could reach ‘up to two feet’. Wild claims began to emerge on Monday afternoon like, ‘Severe weather is set to affect 60 million people’. Meaningless numbers perhaps, but their campaign worked: the public reacted with fear. Panic buying quickly spread throughout the Tri-State area, with many stores completely cleaned out of staple foods and essentials – all for a snow storm which would only last a few days.
Emergencies and crises are coming cheaper and cheaper these days. They even gave it a name, ‘Juno 2015′. Wonderful occult symbology there by the way, but before you laugh, mythology is exactly what we’re dealing with here…

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JANUARY 27, 2015.

Clash Over Sanctions: Syriza Opposes Sanctions on Russia, Calls Them “Neocolonial Bulimia”; Negotiation Rules

The Blowout Victory of Syriza has taken on some new meaning outside of Grexit possibilities.
Please consider Greeks Rebuff EU Call for More Russia Sanctions.
A spokesman for the ruling coalition of Alexis Tsipras, prime minister, said Greece had not approved a statement from EU heads of government that asked their foreign ministers to review further sanctions in response to the latest flare-up of violence in eastern Ukraine, blamed by the US and most European nations on Russian-backed separatists.
The Greek statement raised questions over whether the new government, led by the radical leftist Syriza party, would support a continuation of existing EU sanctions, including visa bans and asset freezes on Russian officials and Moscow-supported separatists, when they come up for renewal in March.
German chancellor Angela Merkel warned last month that Moscow was trying to make some Balkan states ‘politically and economically dependent’.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

Iran, Russia to create joint bank for national currency trade

Iran and Russia plan to create a joint account for national currency trade, Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei told RIA Novosti in an interview on Tuesday.
“Both sides plan to create a joint bank, or joint account, so that payments may be made in rubles and rials and there is an agreement to create a working group [for this],” Sanaei said.
The Iranian ambassador added that relations between Moscow and Tehran “are actively developing” and that 2014 was “a very fruitful year” for both countries.
He also said that Tehran expects to sign a contract or memorandum of mutual understanding in 2015 with the Eurasian Economic Union to begin exports to Russia.

This post was published at Tehran Times

Greece says NO to E.U. statement on Russia

The new far-left government in Greece dropped a bombshell on its first day in office by abjuring an E.U. statement on Russia.
It said in a press communique on Tuesday (27 January): “the aforementioned statement was released without the prescribed procedure to obtain consent by the member states and particularly without ensuring the consent of Greece”.
“In this context, it is underlined that Greece does not consent to this statement”.
It added that its new PM, Alexis Tsipras, expressed “discontent” in a phone call to E.U. foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini.

This post was published at EU Observer

Lord Christopher Monckton-Climate Change is Really a Basis for Elite Control

The following video was published by Greg Hunter on Jan 27, 2015
Lord Christopher Monckton believes there is climate change, but he does not believe man has anything to do with it. Lord Monckton says science will ultimately back up that claim. Why the recent push to do something about climate change that is also called global warming? Lord Monckton says, ‘I think they are panicking because they know that this process . . . cannot be kept going for very much longer because . . . it’s been 25 years since the UN produces a report saying we were all doomed, and since then, the rate of warming has been half of what they predicted and well below their entire range of estimates.’ Also, former Vice President Al Gore predicted the polar ice caps would be melted by now. Just the opposite has happened, as Lord Monckton points out, ‘If you took the Artic and the Antarctic together, global sea ice was the greatest it’s been throughout the 35 years of the satellite era. It is greater than it has ever been before.’
Lord Monckton, former award winning journalist and Margaret Thatcher advisor, also says, ‘Let’s not forget, it was Hitler who first founded the green movement and first used the environmental movement, not for the basis for genuine concern about the environment, but as a basis for getting control over every detail over people lives so they couldn’t argue back. That’s what this is really all about. . . . I get criticized all the time as to why I don’t just stick to the science. I say somebody has to tell the truth, not only about the science, but also about the politics.’

Pure Hypocrisy – As Government Spies on Millions of Americans’ Cars, Police Want Google to Ban Cop Tracking Feature on App

Sometime last year, a friend introduced me to the Waze App, which Google had purchased for $966 million in 2013. I immediately thought the concept was awesome, particularly the feature that allows users to crowdsource information on where police are stationed. Considering how dangerous interactions with police have become, with theft or death being an increasingly real possibility, the idea seemed helpful.
Well fast forward a few months, and we find out that several sheriffs are actively campaigning to make Google disable the feature. This is simply incredible to me, since this would effectively be a ban on people informing each other voluntarily where police may be present. A ban on the exchange of information between citizens.
Meanwhile, at the same time police are so concerned about plebs being able to figure out where they are, the U. S. government has been surreptitiously spying on millions of Americans’ cars via license plate readers. No public debate. Nothing.
That’s how the authorities roll in a police state.
First, on the spying on cars from the Wall Street Journal:
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U. S., a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists, according to current and former officials and government documents.
‘A secret domestic intelligence gathering program.’ Nice to see our rulers bothered to get our opinion on the matter, you know, for all that empty talk about our vibrant democracy.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Tuesday Jan 27, 2015.

U.S. Government Preparing To Blame Russia For The Economic Collapse – Episode 576

The following video was published by X22Report on Jan 27, 2015
Greece will not pay the entire debt back, its not possible. Central bankers using terrorism in on the new Greek government. Caterpillar sales implode. Housing market numbers revised lower to keep the illusion alive that housing is improving. Baltic Dry Index below 700. Iran joining the Eurasian Union. The wealthy 1% are ready for the collapse and they have planned their escape routes. Ukraine wants the Donetsk and Luhansk areas declared terrorists. Russians have been arrested and charged with spying on American financial system. The US is preparing to blame Russia for the economic collapse.

Email From US Special Forces Veteran; 500 US Blackwater Mercenaries in Ukraine? US Backs Ukrainian Neo-Nazis

US Special Forces in Ukraine?
In response to US Special Forces in Mariupol? I received an interesting email from “Dan” a 23-year Army veteran with four years in special services.
Dan writes …
I was a soldier in the US Army for 23 years including four years in Special forces Stationed in Germany. I would agree that there is a strong likelihood that this is a US Special Forces soldier.
I can tell you that we were issued AK 74s and would use them on a mission such as this. That is about all I would really want to say at this point.
It is obvious to me that our strategy is the Balkanization of the various hot spots in the world, Syria, Ukraine, Iraq and so forth.
You can call me if you want I’d be happy to talk with you. All the Best
I did call Dan. We chatted a bit. He pointed out special fireproof gloves on the soldier.
I asked him about the rifles. Dan had high praise for them. “Exceptional” was the exact word. They are widely distributed to special forces units in Europe.
Dan was “disgusted” with US operations stirring up trouble in numerous hotspots including Ukraine.
More English Speaking Soldiers in Mariupol
Over the weekend more videos of English speaking soldiers in Mariupol turned up. Around the 14:40 mark, talk is in English. This time it sounds British rather than US.


This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on January 27, 2015.

Federal Bill Would Make Owning Body Armor a Crime Punishable by 10 Years in Prison

Democratic members of Congress apparently aren’t going to be satisfied until American citizens are completely and utterly defenseless.
Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) has introduced a bill for consideration of the new Congress which would prohibit the ownership of certain types of body armor for civilians.
H. R. 378 would make it a crime to own Type III body armor which would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Yeah, 10 years in prison.
Of course, there are carve-outs in the bill for state/federal employees and agencies. The bill does also include a grandfather clause for people who currently own this type of armor.
Fortunately, with the GOP solidly in control of both houses of Congress this bill will likely never see the light of day. That said, it’s a great insight into how little some members of Congress care about the personal safety of their constituents.
The bill is co-sponsored by Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Robin L. Kelly (D-IL), and Danny K. Davis (D-IL).
The bill is currently sitting in the House Committee on the Judiciary.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on January 27th, 2015.

Medvedev Warns Of “Unlimited Reaction” If Russia Cut From SWIFT

While nations around the world continue to de-dollarize, Russia signed into law its anti-crisis plan today (though details will not be released until tomorrow). Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, however, was quite vociferous in some of his threats, warning The West that the “Russian response – economically and otherwise – will know no limits” if Russia is cut off from the SWIFT payments system. Additionally, as Royce, the chairman of the House foreign affairs committee, explains Iran nuclear talks “appear to be stalemated,” just days after Iran completes its de-dollarization and news today, that Russia and Iran plan to create a mutual account for bilateral payments in national currencies.
As ITAR-TASS reports,
Western countries’ threats to restrict Russia’s operations through the SWIFT international bank transaction system will prompt Russia’s counter-response without limits, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday.
“We’ll watch developments and if such decisions are made, I want to note that our economic reaction and generally any other reaction will be without limits,” he said.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 01/27/2015.

THIS CHART Tells a Story… America’s Middle Class Thrived After WWII and Died Under Obama

The Davos World Economic Summit has long been a parade for the insider agenda, putting the power players’ plans for the world’s economies on display as a preview to their playing out for the rest of the year.
But so far, the 2015 elite retreat in the Swiss Alps has proven to be full of apprehension, and even horror… with many of its own members expressing regret at the world they have built.
The Guardian reported:
The billionaires and corporate oligarchs meeting in Davos this week are getting worried about inequality… even the architects of the crisis-ridden international economic order are starting to see the dangers. It’s not just the maverick hedge-funder George Soros, who likes to describe himself as a class traitor. Paul Polman, Unilever chief executive, frets about the ‘capitalist threat to capitalism’. Christine Lagarde, the IMF managing director, fears capitalism might indeed carry Marx’s ‘seeds of its own destruction’ and warns that something needs to be done.
The scale of the crisis has been laid out for them by the charity Oxfam. Just 80 individuals now have the same net wealth as 3.5 billion people – half the entire global population. Last year, the best-off 1% owned 48% of the world’s wealth, up from 44% five years ago. On current trends, the richest 1% will have pocketed more than the other 99% put together next year. The 0.1% have been doing even better, quadrupling their share of US income since the 1980s.
These billionaires are not concerned with a fair or truly equitable world, of course. But they may well be concerned about having pushed the system beyond the brink, and triggering global collapse or unrest as a result of things gone way too far.
On top of a bloated super-surveillance police state that is still expanding in the age of Big Data and continuing terrorism, it is a ‘wealth grab on a grotesque scale’ that has stood out the most in 2015.
In 2015, it has become obvious that inequality has become just plain cynical, unsettling and, perhaps, downright revolutionary… and even the insulated, egocentric billionaires have taken notice.

This post was published at shtfplan on January 27th, 2015.

A whole branch of science turns out to be fake

‘The ‘Reality Manufacturing Company’ not only turns out the past, present, and future for mass consumption. It explains why things are the way they are. It appoints itself the master of attributing causes, the king of cause and effect.’ (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
Devotees of science often assume that what is called science is real and true. It must be. Otherwise, their faith is broken. Their superficial understanding is shattered. Their ‘superior view’ of the world is torpedoed.
Such people choose unofficial ‘anti-science’ targets to attack. They never think of inspecting their own house for enormous fraud.
For example: psychiatry.
An open secret has been slowly bleeding out into public consciousness for the past ten years.
THERE ARE NO DEFINITIVE LABORATORY TESTS FOR ANY SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDER.
And along with that:
ALL SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDERS ARE CONCOCTED, NAMED, LABELED, DESCRIBED, AND CATEGORIZED by a committee of psychiatrists, from menus of human behaviors.
Their findings are published in periodically updated editions of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), printed by the American Psychiatric Association.
For years, even psychiatrists have been blowing the whistle on this hazy crazy process of ‘research.’
Of course, pharmaceutical companies, who manufacture highly toxic drugs to treat every one of these ‘disorders,’ are leading the charge to invent more and more mental-health categories, so they can sell more drugs and make more money.
But we have a mind-boggling twist. Under the radar, one of the great psychiatric stars, who has been out in front in inventing mental disorders, went public. He blew the whistle on himself and his colleagues. And for several years, almost no one noticed.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on January 27, 2015.

Meet the Extreme Super Rich – A List of the 80 People Who Own Half the World

Before I get into the meat of this post, I want to make it clear that the definition of oligarch, a term I use a lot, does not center solely around money.
Late last year, in the post Inside the Mind of an Oligarch – Sheldon Adelson Proclaims ‘I Don’t Like Journalism,’ I attempted to frame the word oligarch as I use it. I wrote the following:
In a nutshell, while many oligarchs are extremely wealthy (or have access to extreme wealth), not all people with extreme wealth are oligarchs. The term oligarch is reserved for those with extreme wealth who also want to control the political process, policy levers and most other aspects of the lives of the citizenry in a top-down tyrannical and undemocratic manner. They think they know best about pretty much everything, and believe unelected technocrats who share their worldview should be empowered so that they can unilaterally make all of society’s important decisions. The unwashed masses (plebs) in their minds are unnecessary distractions who must to be told what to do. Useless eaters who need to be brainwashed into worshipping the oligarch mindset, or turned into apathetic automatons incapable or unwilling to engage in critical thought. Either outcome is equally acceptable and equally encouraged.
With that out of the way, Five-Thirty-Eight provided the following:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Jan 27, 2015.

HOTEL HELL: Attack at Luxury Hotel in Libya Reveals ‘False Flag’ Event

21st Century Wire
A luxury hotel has been stormed by gunmen in Libya’s capital Tripoli earlier today, killing at least eight people.
As reports are pouring in from the scene, we’ve been told that the shooting attack on theCorinthia Hotel, was accompanied by a car bombing and that the ‘Tripoli branch of ISIS’ claimed responsibility, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
According to SITE, an offshoot new terror brand called ‘Tripoli Province’ had claimed credit for the attacks.
Here is a link to SITE’s website announcing the new group, embossed with their logo, and here is the description of the group as told by SITE:
‘The newly-established provincial division of the Islamic State (IS) for Tripoli, Libya, published a photo report showing the ‘lions of the Caliphate’.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JANUARY 27, 2015.

Comcast Cronyism – How Politicians are Sending Letters Written by Comcast to the FCC as Evidence of Grassroots Support for Time Warner Merger

On August 21st, 2014, Mayor Jere Wood of Roswell, Georgia, sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission expressing emphatic support for Comcast’s controversial effort to merge with Time Warner Cable. Not only did the mayor’s letter express personal excitement for the gargantuan deal – which critics say will create a monopoly that will harm millions of consumers – but it also claimed that the entire town of Roswell adored Comcast. ‘When Comcast makes a promise to act, it is comforting to know that they will always follow through,’ Wood’s letter explained. ‘This is the type of attitude that makes Roswell proud to be involved with such a company,’ the letter asserts, ‘our residents are happy with the services it has provided and continues to provide each day.’
Yet Wood’s letter made one key omission: Neither Wood nor anyone representing Roswell’s residents wrote his letter to the FCC. Instead, a vice president of external affairs at Comcast authored the missive word for word in Mayor Wood’s voice. According to email correspondence obtained through a public records request, the Republican mayor’s office apparently added one sign-off sentence and his signature to the corporate PR document, then sent it to federal regulators on the official letterhead of Roswell, Georgia.
– From The Verge article: Exclusive: Politicians are Supporting Comcast’s TWC Merger with Letters Ghostwritten by Comcast
So what does a mega corporation do when there’s no grassroots support for a mega merger? Invent grassroots support, naturally.
It’s one thing for cutthroat corporate executives to think this way. It’s quite another for shameless, unethical, incompetent politicians to so eagerly play along. Readers of Liberty Blitzkrieg know that I have very little respect for America’s cadre of professional authoritarians and thieves, i.e., politicians. Due to a combination of apathy, ignorance and huge sums of bribe money from large corporations, our elected politicians are about as useless as you can get. Greedy, self-interested and immoral. The following article describes what is likely happening every single day, on pretty much every single issue of importance.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Jan 27, 2015.

Global Warming Mounting Weird Comeback in 2015 – Agenda 21 Looming

Get ready for another global warming hoax campaign in 2015 designed to convince people that CO2 is the cause of global warming and that humanity is in trouble unless we do something to control human behavior. When the money starts getting thrown around again and they start planning the concerts to make people feel good, remember they are mind hunting for believers again.
Just like a religious ceremony, the new 2015 global warming hoax events will call on believers to lay down their sins of ‘denial’ and come to the Lord Al Gore who was ahead of humanity decades ago when he figured all this out. Gore was not stopped by the fact that CO2 is a natural, necessary gas that makes life possible on earth. Not a chance. Gore postulated that CO2 was a ‘pollutant’ and he convinced himself and the ‘scientific community’ that somehow he was right.
His personal agenda that has made him millions $$, all incidental, was not intended to impede his message. Followers of the global warming religion and new converts alike were asked to ignore Al Gore himself and to ignore all historic temperature data and just focus on the ‘sea level’ theory. They were asked to shut off all forms of reason and logic and follow, and that they did.
Because of this politically motivated religion and occasional deep funding, the movement has literally died and come back to life many times. It has shown itself to be resistant to any and all data that exposes their movement as a fraud and has developed a type of short-term memory that comes in handy for side-stepping strong arguments against it, and historical data that blows their fraudulent theories wide open.
Are you wondering by now why? Why does the global warming movement imitate Jason from Friday the 13th and continue coming back from the dead? Wonder why these global warming theories get debunked only to come back for more? Are you aware that in 2013 Emperor Obama actually took over ‘climate change’ legislation with a bizarre executive order as a way of ignoring anyone who opposes their private climate agenda?

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on January 27th, 2015.

Is The US Preparing To Blame The Next Market Crash On “Russian Spies”

As reported yesterday, in a surprise announcement late in the day, and shortly before the S&P downgraded Russia to junk (perhaps as part of the fine-print of its $1.5 settlement with the DOJ for daring to downgrade the US in 2011), the US Department of Justice announced it had busted a Russian spy ring in New York City, where at least one of the three people was said to be involved with finance and potentially, capital markets.
Specifically, the DOJ announced “charges against Evgeny Buryakov, aka ‘Zhenya,’ Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy in connection with Buryakov’s service as a covert intelligence agent on behalf of the Russian Federation (Russia) in New York City, without notifying the U. S. Attorney General of Buryakov’s status as an agent of Russia, as required by federal law. Buryakov was placed under arrest earlier today in Bronx, New York, and is scheduled to appear before U. S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn in federal court in Manhattan later today. Sporyshev and Podobnyy no longer reside in the United States and have not been arrested. By virtue of their prior positions in the United States on behalf of Russia, both of them were protected by diplomatic immunity from arrest and prosecution while in the United States.”
On the surface this sounds like your plain vanilla diplomatic escalation, in which a lowly spy, or rather alleged spy, is exposed to show the displeasure of the host regime toward the opposing country, an action which will surely result, within 24-48 hours, in a comparable arrest of a US spy in Russia.
And yet, reading through the complaint we were dumbfounded when we encountered the following exchange:
On or about May 21, 2013, IGOR SPORYSHEV, the defendant, called EVGENY BURYAKOV, a/k/a “Zhenya,” the defendant, to ask for BURYAKOV’s help in formulating questions to be used for intelligence-gathering purposes by others associated with a leading Russian state-owned news organization (the “News Organization”).
From my training and experience, I know that the News Organization has been publicly identified by former SVR agents as an organization that is sometimes used by Russian intelligence to gain access to and gather intelligence under the cover of the news media.
During the May 21, 2013 telephone call between EVGENY BURYAKOV, a/k/a “Zhenya,” and IGOR SPORYSHEV, the defendants, which was intercepted by the FBI, the following exchange occurred:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 01/27/2015.

When Real Disaster Strikes: These Are The People Who Will Loot, Pillage and Kill You For Your Food

Time and again we are reminded why it is prudent to have a back up plan just in case things go wrong. You’ve already got car insurance, house insurance, medical insurance and life insurance. But what about disaster insurance? And no, we’re not talking about a piece of paper guarantee issued by some behemoth corporation who you’re supposed to call when things go wrong.
Real disaster insurance in this context refers to your own personal and familialemergency reserve supplies and strategies, to be consumed and implemented when all hell breaks loose.
What’s happening in the North Eastern part of the United States right now – ‘Snowpacolypse’ – should convince anyone who hasn’t done so yet to prepare themselves for short- and long-term calamities. They happen quite regularly all over the world. We’ve seen them hit time and again in both, first and third world nations in the form of storms, natural disasters and even economic meltdowns. Yet, despite the repeated media broadcasts of suffering and complete destitution often wrought by these events, millions of people still laugh at the notion that, as even the government recommends, you should have a two week emergency supply of food, water and other disaster gear.
It is these very people – the ones who call preppers crazy and snicker at their idea of prudent preparedness and self sustainability – who will be out in force to loot, pillage and kill for these critical lifesaving supplies when a widespread disaster or emergency strikes their area. And no, we’re not talking about a 3-day scenario like a snow storm, which is limited in scope and comes with warnings ahead of time, with supply lines being restocked soon after the storm passes.
Rather, we’re talking about any number of events that are capable of crippling our entire nation in one fell swoop for an extended period of time lasting two weeks or more. These may include national-scale disasters such as a cyber-attack on our utility infrastructure, a super electro-magnetic pulse weapon that takes down our power grid, or a massive financial collapse that locks credit markets and makes resupply of essentials like food, medicine and gas impossible.

This post was published at shtfplan on January 27th, 2015.

Keiser Report: If It Bleeds, It Leads (E711)

The following video was published by RT on Jan 27, 2015
In this episode of the Keiser Report from Mexico City, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the significance of Teotihuacan to the modern era of semi-divine elite hoarding wealth during a time of financial crop failures and lending droughts. In the second half, Max interviews media, retail and banking tycoon, Ricardo Salinas Pliego about ending prohibition, a buffet of ideas at the Festival of Ideas and the news business mantra of ‘if it bleeds, it leads’ leading to the bad PR of Mexico. Finally, Max puts him in the ‘shark tank’ to pitch Mexico to China which has $250 billion to spend in the region.