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KOCHs Leave Confidential Doc At Last Donor Conference---Mother Jones Publishes Secret Meeting List

WED FEB 05, 2014 AT 11:32 AM PST
Mother Jones Publishes Koch Brothers Secret Meeting Guest List
From Mother Jones:

The Koch Brothers Left a Confidential Document at Their Last Donor Conference—Read It Here

one main rule at the conservative donor conclaves held twice a year by Charles and David Koch at luxury resorts: What happens there stays there.

The billionaire industrialists and their political operatives strive to ensure the anonymity of the wealthy conservatives who fund their sprawling political operation—which funneled more than $400 million into the 2012 elections—and to keep their plans private. Attendees of these summits are warned that the seminars, where the Kochs and their allies hatch strategies for electing Republicans and advancing conservative initiatives on the state and national levels, are strictly confidential; they are cautioned to keep a close eye on their meeting notes and materials. But last week, following the Kochs' first donor gathering of 2014, one attendee left behind a sensitive document at the Renaissance Esmeralda resort outside of Palm Springs, California, where the Kochs and their comrades had spent three days focused on winning the 2014 midterm elections and more. The document lists VIP donors—including John Schnatter, the founder of the Papa John's pizza chain—who were scheduled for one-on-one meetings with representatives of the political, corporate, and philanthropic wings of Kochworld. The one-page document, provided to Mother Jones by a hotel guest who discovered it, offers a fascinating glimpse into the Kochs' political machine and shows how closely intertwined it is with Koch Industries, their $115 billion conglomerate.

The more than 40 donors courted by the Kochs include hedge fund and private-equity billionaires, real estate tycoons, and executives of top corporations, including Jockey International and TRT Holdings, owner of Omni Hotels and Gold's Gym. A number of them have never been identified as members of the Koch donor network, including Schnatter, one of the more prominent names on the list. An outspoken opponent of the Affordable Care Act, he is a longtime Republican donor who hosted a fundraiser for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. The document notes that the pizza mogul was scheduled to meet with Ryan Stowers, the director of higher education at the Charles G. Koch Foundation. (Schnatter did not respond to requests for comment.)

Anyway, this is kind of a big deal, as these forty lizard people in the left column had hoped they would remain anonymous. Please check out the Mother Jones link, as it contains brief descriptions of everyone on the page:



Here's a quick list from the MotherJones info
And some of these major conservative donors are "government-tit suckers."
Along with the requisite OIL & GAS & COAL & BIG AG folks

Carl Berg : Silicon Valley real estate
Ronnie Cameron : agribusiness MOUNTAIRE CORP

Charles Chandler : INTRUST BANK in Wichita KA

John Childs : Boston-based private equity firm J.W. CHILDS & ASSOCIATES

Jamie Coulter : former CEO of LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE restaurants

Bog and Steve Fettig : run a metal fabrication company TANKCRAFT in Darien Wisconsin

Richard and Leslie Gilliam : coal mining.. founded CUMBERLAND RESOURCES CORP and sold it to MASSEY ENERGY

Ken Griffin : founded hedge fund CITADEL in Chicago

John Griffin : founded a NY hedge fund BLUE RIDGE CAPITAL

Dick Haworth : chairman of office furniture company HAWORTH in Holland, Michigan

Richard Kayne : founded and chairman of KAYNE ANDERSON CAPITAL ADVISORS in LA

Dan Kirby : President of KIRBY FINANCIAL in Sioux Falls, SD

Fred Klipsch : chairman of KLIPSCH GROUP which manufacturers speakers / headphones

Frank Kozel : principal of KEYSTONE ENERGY OIL & GAS in Pittsburgh

Francis Lee : president and CEO of lender FIRST TOWER LLC in Flowood, Mississippi (some kind of PayDay loan company?)

Robert Luddy : president of CativeAire SYSTEMS in Raleigh NC (ventilation systems and GOVERNMENT CONTRACT corp)

Hugh Mcclellan : chairman of MCCLELLAN FOUNDATION in Chattanooga TN (makes grants to Christian causes)

Cecil O’Brate : CEO of PALMER MANUFACTURING & TANK in Garden City KS (Worthington Industries acquired Palmer ... which makes HUGE 10,000 gallon FUEL TANKS)

Verl Purdy : chairman CEO of AGDATA INC in Charlotte NC

Tom Rastin /Karen Buchwald Wright: direction / vice chair of ARIEL FOUNDATION in Mt Vernon OH ; NATURAL GAS-COMPRESSOR MANUFACTURER. Karen is the driver behind the biz, so not sure why SHE wasn’t the one at the Koch meeting.

George Records : HOOVER INSTITUTE Board of Overseers member, retired from MIDLAND GROUP in Oklahoma City

Robert Rowling : cofounder of TRT HOLDINGS , GOLD’S GYM & OMNI HOTELS

John Schnatter : PAPA JOHN PIZZA dude

Tina and Craig Snider : children of Ed Snider, of AYN RAND INSTITUTE and chairman of COMCAST SPECTACOR that owns PHILLI FLYERS

Dian Stai : founded OWEN HEALTHCARE out of Houston, Texas

Jim Stephenson : president and CEO of YANCEY BROS CO in Georgia (sells CATERPILLAR)

Jim Von Ehr : CEO and founder of ZYVEX LABS in Richardson Texas (Zyvex is a nanotechnology research company and a division of DCG SYSTEMS INC which is a semiconductor company out of Fremont CA)

Debra Waller : CEO of JOCKEY INTERNATIONAL (underwear)

Lew Ward : founder of WARD PETROLEUM CORP in Oklahoma

Dick Weiss : core equity senior portfolio manager of WELLS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

Lawsky (NY's top financial regulator) Said to Open Currency Probe of Over Dozen Banks

Source: Bloomberg

Lawsky Said to Open Currency Probe of Over Dozen Banks
By Greg Farrell Feb 5, 2014

Benjamin Lawsky, New York’s top financial regulator, has asked more than a dozen banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) and Deutsche Bank AG (DB) for documents related to their currency trading practices, a person familiar with the matter said.

Lawsky also requested information from Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LLOY), Royal Bank of Scotland Plc, Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) and Standard Chartered Plc (STAN), according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the investigation isn’t public. Lawsky has asked for traders’ e-mails and instant messages to review whether they manipulated currency rates, the person said.

At least 20 people have been fired, suspended or put on leave by banks since Bloomberg News reported in June that employees at some firms shared information about their currency positions with counterparts at other lenders. At least a dozen regulators and agencies on three continents are investigating the rigging allegations.

Spokesmen for Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Standard Chartered declined to comment, while spokesmen for Lloyds and RBS didn’t immediately respond to phone calls and e-mails.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-05/lawsky-said-to-open-currency-probe-of-more-than-one-dozen-banks.html


OBAMACARE FREES PEOPLE FROM THE “INSURANCE TRAP”: Relatedly, the New York Times has a good editorial laying out how the CBO’s findings actually show that Obamacare is freeing people from being tied to jobs because they need insurance:

Some workers may have had a pre-existing condition and will now be able to leave work because insurers must accept all applicants…Some may have felt they needed to keep working to pay for health insurance, but now new government subsidies will help pay premiums, making it more possible for them to leave their jobs…The new law will free people, young and old, to pursue careers or retirement without having to worry about health coverage. Workers can seek positions they are most qualified for and will no longer need to feel locked into a job they don’t like because they need insurance for themselves or their families

"The Ascent Of Man"

For Dr. Bronowski, the moral consequence of knowledge is that we must never judge others on the basis of some absolute, God-like conception of certainty.

The Dangers of Certainty: A Lesson From Auschwitz


The ascent of man was secured through scientific creativity. But unlike many of his more glossy and glib contemporary epigones, Dr. Bronowski was never reductive in his commitment to science. Scientific activity was always linked to artistic creation. For Bronowski, science and art were two neighboring mighty rivers that flowed from a common source: the human imagination. Newton and Shakespeare, Darwin and Coleridge, Einstein and Braque: all were interdependent facets of the human mind and constituted what was best and most noble about the human adventure.

For most of the series, Dr. Bronowski’s account of human development was a relentlessly optimistic one. Then, in the 11th episode, called “Knowledge or Certainty,” the mood changed to something more somber. Let me try and recount what has stuck in my memory for all these years.

He began the show with the words, “One aim of the physical sciences has been to give an actual picture of the material world. One achievement of physics in the 20th century has been to show that such an aim is unattainable.” For Dr. Bronowski, there was no absolute knowledge and anyone who claims it — whether a scientist, a politician or a religious believer — opens the door to tragedy. All scientific information is imperfect and we have to treat it with humility. Such, for him, was the human condition.

This is the condition for what we can know, but it is also, crucially, a moral lesson. It is the lesson of 20th-century painting from Cubism onwards, but also that of quantum physics. All we can do is to push deeper and deeper into better approximations of an ever-evasive reality. The goal of complete understanding seems to recede as we approach it.


More please:

O'Really Still Smarting From Obama Interview


O'Reilly Unloads On 'Weasel,' 'Beneath Contempt' WaPo Columnist Dana Milbank :

But O'Reilly hasn't responded well to even the faintest criticism of his interview. On Tuesday, he blasted the Associated Press for its characterization of the interview.

"The Associated Press, their headline of the interview was: ‘President Obama Defends Himself from Republican Charges,'" O'Reilly said on "Fox and Friends." "These aren't questions that all Americans should be interested in? No. Just Republicans should be."

Obama himself made note of O'Reilly's choice of questions, arguing that Fox's top host is "absolutely" unfair in his coverage.


Blame the Democrats for everyone else's stupidity

WED FEB 05, 2014 AT 07:30 AM PST
Blame the Democrats for everyone else's stupidity

much reporting & GOP response to new CBO report on ACA is inaccurate/false, problem for Dems: If you're explainin', you're losin'
— @calmesnyt

Got that?

If Republicans lie about the report, and the media totally gets it wrong because
a) they bought the GOP spin or b) they're too stupid to read the report, then ...

it's the Dems' fault!

Thanks Jackie Calmes, White House reporter for the NY Times! Remind me again, why do you exist?

Border Patrol Accused Of Teaching Children To Shoot Human-Shaped Targets Made To Look Like Immigrant

Border Patrol Accused Of Teaching Children To Shoot At Human-Shaped Targets Made To Look Like Immigrants

Controversial photographs from a recent Border Patrol event show agents teaching children to aim and shoot a paintball gun at a human-shaped target. Immigrant activists have accused Border Patrol of using this activity to encourage children how to shoot immigrants in an area where migrants have died.

“The target is dressed to resemble a migrant and is located within 100 feet from Virginia Avenue where actual persons have been killed by Border Patrol gunfire,” Immigrants Rights Consortium’s Pedro Rios said, according to NBC San Diego News. “While encouraging children to use guns to shoot at a migrant effigy is unconscionable, it is also symbolic of the agency’s unabashed culture of violence which has grown from a lack of accountability, oversight and unprofessional standards that rebuke best practices in situations involving use-of-force.”

Border Patrol claims it is “standard” practice to use targets dressed in jeans and a t-shirt. It denies, however, that the target was meant to look specifically like an immigrant, and said the “activity was meant to create awareness about law enforcement tools used to address some violent situations without the use of deadly force.”
“The photos in question are from an activity at the event that allowed members of the community to fire a pepper ball launch system that had been loaded with ‘inert rounds’ — filled with a baby powder-type substance to be able to see whether the intended target had been hit,” a spokesperson said. “The target is a standard practice used by law enforcement and even amateurs throughout the U.S., and is clothed in plain jeans and a t-shirt, also standard when conducting exercises/demonstrations.”

Local activists maintain the activity was insensitive, especially at a time Border Patrol is under scrutiny for deadly force in suspicious circumstances. Since 2010, border patrol has killed more than 20 people. One was a 16-year-old Mexican boy who was throwing rocks at the fence. Today, Customs and Border Protection has refused to curb its policy to use deadly force against rock-throwers, defying recommendations to reconsider.

Matt Bors Cartoon: No more Woody Allen flicks

Pussy Riot mocks Putin on Colbert: ‘We don’t want a shirtless man on a horse leading us’

Colbert asked Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina about their arrests and imprisonment for performing a protest song at a Russian Orthodox Church, whose leadership had supported Vladimir Putin’s presidential campaign.

“We sang a fun song in a church,” Tolokonnikova said. “Yes, and seemingly we broke many times before that because we had a lot of fun songs. One of them was called ‘Putin Piss Off.’”


Colbert told the women they seemed nice, but he didn’t understand why they would oppose Putin, who he described as a “strong man” who was “just trying to preserve the peace and bring Russia into a brighter future.”

“We have different ideas about a bright future, and we don’t want a shirtless man on a horse leading us to that,” Tolokonnikova said.

MORE: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/05/pussy-riot-mocks-putin-on-colbert-we-dont-want-a-shirtless-man-on-a-horse-leading-us/

Tennessee Governor Urges 2 Free Years of Community College and Technical School

Tennessee Governor Urges 2 Free Years of Community College and Technical School

Gov. Bill Haslam, left, with legislators on Monday night in Nashville, proposed bolstering Tennessee’s work force with two years of free schooling.

Public colleges have sharply raised their prices since the 1990s in the face of declining state support, but a plan by Tennessee’s governor to make two years of community college and technical school free for all students represents a striking reversal of that trend.

Tennessee would be the only state in the country to charge no tuition or fees to incoming students under the proposal by Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, which policy analysts called a big step toward a better-educated work force.

“This is the best idea to boost participation in higher education in a generation,” said Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education, a major association of public and private colleges.

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