Chinese Billionaire Long Liyuan died on Dec. 23, 2011, after enjoying a hot pot made with, among other things, cat meat. Later, Police detained Huang Guang, a local forestry official. They believe that Guang “spiked” Liyuan’s stew with gelsemium elegans, a poisonous flowering plant native to China. According to The Star.com
Long and Huang had met for lunch to discuss a business contract. Long, who ran a forestry company in Guangdong, wanted to lease a piece of woodland and develop it, the Nanfang Daily, the mouthpiece of the Guangdong Communist Party, reported Tuesday.
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According to The Telegraph,
The fondness for eating dogs in northern China is well known, but cats are also prized in the country’s south. One of the most famous Cantonese dishes is “Tiger and Dragon locked in Battle”, in which the flavours of cat and snake vie for attention.
The Cantonese appetite has already made cats scarce and expensive in Guangdong itself, forcing restaurants to look elsewhere for a steady supply. Nanjing, with its excellent transport links and central position in China, has emerged as the hub of cat trading.
“Because of the bad economy, more and more people have turned to cat-snatching. You don’t need to be skilled – you just bait a box with some meat and wait.
“It happens all over Nanjing. There is nothing illegal about taking cats. If you try and call the police, they will not help you. You can take cats with collars without any problems.”
So Ron Paul’s in bed with George Soros? That’s the take away from Daniel Greenfield in a column he wrote yesterday for frontpagemag.com titled “Ron Paul’s Soros Defense Plan”. Another blog, MarkAmerica.com quoting, Daniel Greenfield’s piece, ratchets up the rhetoric a whole “nother” notch, with this headline “Ron Paul: Soros Puppet?
The basis for Greenfield’s claim is this. Paul co-authored (with Barney Frank!) a Huffington Post editorial in July of 2010, that called for reduced military spending. In the Huffington piece, Paul and Frank introduced (and provide a link to) the Sustainable Defense Task Force.
The task force recommended a $trillion in defense cuts. Greenfield takes exception to Paul and Frank’s claim that the task force consisted of “experts on military expenditures that span the ideological spectrum”. Greenfield wrote, “The experts, however, didn’t quite “span the ideological spectrum” — more like float under it.”
I’m getting to the “Soros connection, keep reading!
Greenfield goes on to describe the task force as “The panel of experts who would decide how to best gut national defense”. He points to Lawrence J. Kolb who is affiliated with the Center for American Progress, and Miriam Pemberton of the Institute for Policy Studies.
If you want to know what the Center, the Foundation and the Institute all have in common, it’s Hungarian and smells like stale cabbage and the death of nations.
We all presumably know that George Soros is Hungarian.
Greentfield cites several other task force members with connections to Soros funded groups including: Christopher Hellman of the National Priorities Project (NPP). The mission of NPP, according to its website, is to make “complex federal budget information transparent and accessible so people can prioritize and influence how their tax dollars are spent.” Miriam Pemberton is also connected to the NPP. acording to Greenfield, “The man behind the curtain at NPP? (is) none other than our favorite Hungarian James Bond villain.” (Oh that’s right, Oddjob wasn’t Hungarian.)
Greenfield connects nine other members of The Sustainable Defense Task Force to groups linked to Soros. He then offers three suggestions as to “why Ron Paul would allow George Soros that much power and influence over America’s defense policy.”
1. Paul just didn’t do his homework
2. He knew and didn’t care, “that he had no objection to being part of a left-right alliance against the American Empire”.
3. Paul “put his (Soros’s) experts in charge of America’s defense policy”, because Soros (through a web of front organizations of course) paid for an ad during the 2008 primaries, which praised Paul’s opposition to the Iraq War.
Greenfield concludes with this
I’m not one to dabble in conspiracy theories, (Oh really?!) but when Soros pays for an ad praising you during the Republican primaries and then you put his experts in charge of America’s defense policy, then maybe some questions should be asked.
Greenfield’s report might not be as viral as The Dancing Baby, but considering the subject matter, it’s getting pretty good play. Most of it is supportive of Greenfield’s anti Paul, anti Soros views.
A post went up today on Ulsterman Report titled “Ron Paul Endorsed by George Soros “Blue Republican” Organization”. Here’s how the Blue Republicans identify themselves on their website
We are people who have never before thought of joining the Republican party, but are going to do so for one year to ensure that Ron Paul wins the Republican nomination for President in 2012.
Most of us identify as Democrats or Independents and/or supported Obama in 2008. We believe that on issues that matter most – war vs. peace (Iraq, Yemen etc.), civil liberties (Patriot Act etc.), and crony corporatism (bailouts etc.) – Obama has pursued a course similar to George Bush.
So how do we know that the Blue Republicans are another Soros front? Ulsterman.com explains
The term Blue Republican was coined by leftist Robin Koerner, who runs an organization called WatchingAmerica.com. The current cover story on the front page of that website is an article detailing how Barack Obama’s victory in 2012 is essential to saving the “American model” and draws heavily from a George Soros-sponsored Center forAmerican Progress study as proof. A WatchingAmerica linked article SAID THE FOLLOWING regarding Mr. Soros:
Hedge fund financier George Soros is actively advocating for freedom of the press and thespread of democracy through the Open Society Foundations.
Advertisers on the website include MSNBC and the Al Waref Institute – a pro-Muslim anti-Israel think tank based in Washington D.C. whose founder, Marah Bukai takes meetings with such figures as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
It seems interesting then that an organization that appears quite hopeful to see Barack Obama re-elected in 2012, and is clearly linked to progressive anti-American globalist George Soros is simultaneously calling for Democrats to register as Republicans and support Ron Paul in the Republican primaries does it not?
Did you follow that? Robin Koerner runs an organization called WatchingAmerica.com. Watchingamerica.com posts a pro Obama piece that quotes a George Soros-sponsored Center forAmerican Progress study. (That’s true.) Therefore, Soros has endorsed Ron Paul, via “his” Blue Republican Organization.
It’s got to be true. I read it on the internet. And you know what else? If Ron Paul gets the nomination, Soros is going to be his running mate.
NBA New Jersey Nets owner, Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, announced yesterday that he is going to challenge Vladimir Putin in Russia’s upcoming presidential election, scheduled to take place in March of 2012. Prokhorov said it was “the most serious decision” of his life.
Prokhorov’s announcement comes in the wake of last weekend’s enormous anti government protest in Moscow. The BBC reported that “As many as 50,000 people gathered on an island near the Kremlin to condemn alleged ballot-rigging in parliamentary elections and demand a re-run.”
The “official results” of the widely disputed election, show Putin’s United Russia Party winning 52.88% of the Duma seats, down from the 70% they won in 2007.
After the elections took place on December 4, AP reported that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev “told reporters that the law may have been violated during Sunday’s vote.”
On Septmeber 15, as he was about to either quit or be ousted from the leadership of The Right Cause Party, The New York Times reported that “Prokhorov described Russia’s party system as an elaborate sham orchestrated by a ‘puppet master’ within the Kremlin walls.” Just a few months earlier, Prokhorov had taken over the leadership of that party which supposedly had a liberal, pro business agenda.
On September 16, The Moscow Times wrote that Prokhorov had quit The Right Cause Party. He is reported to have said “There is a puppet master in our country who has privatized the whole political system — (Vladislav) Surkov. He needs to be fired. Only then we can have real politics,” Surkov is First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration and is strongly allied with Putin. Prokhorov’s opponents inside the Right Cause Party were led by political strategist Andrei Bogdanov and party executive committee member, Andrei Dunayev. According to The Moscow Times,
Dissenters, led by political strategist Andrei Bogdanov and party boss Andrei Dunayev, blamed the rift on Prokhorov’s dictatorial leadership style and his enlistment of radical anti-drug activist and nationalist Yevgeny Roizman.
When asked at Monday’s press conference, how he planned to deal with Surkov in the course of his campaign, Prokhorov answered, “I plan to become his boss.”
The fact that Prokhovov is now suggesting that he might become Surkov, “The Puppet master’s” boss, rather than just firing him, might have added to the rampant speculation that Prokhorov is not going to wage a serious campaign, and that he is actually working in accord with Putin, helping to cast a veneer of legitimacy over the election, and to siphon votes from other opposition parties.
Today, RFERL.org The Website of Radio Free Europe, noted that
It took under an hour for news of Mikhail Prokhorov’s surprise bid for the presidency to be written off on blogs as a Kremlin ruse to siphon off votes from would-be challengers to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
RFERL cited a blog post by political analyst Marina Litvinovitch. Litvinovich wrote:
“Prokhorov may position himself entirely like an opposition candidate in order to draw attention to himself, votes, and the aspirations of people on Bolotnaya [Square]. And so that people like [opposition leaders Eduard] Limonov, [Boris] Nemtsov, [Aleksei] Navalny, [Boris] Akunin, and [Yevgenia] Chirikova disappear from the field of vision, leaving behind one opposition candidate.”
While acknowledging that “opposition leaders quickly alleged that Monday’s surprise decision is a Kremlin ploy to split the vote”, The Globe and Mail (UK) also speculated that “the mining magnate and owner of the New Jersey Nets could be a galvanizing figure to the thousands of Russians protesting alleged election fraud and widespread corruption.”
When asked at a press conference about the risks of challenging Putin, Prokhovov responded. “There is saying in Russia: Never say never, anyone can end up behind bars. But I am not afraid,”
He no doubt is aware of what happened to Russian Billionaires Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. They both now reside in Russian jails, “prisoners of conscience”, according to Amnesty International.
Russian International News Agency (RIA Novosti) reports,
Khodorkovsky and Lebedev were originally convicted of fraud and tax evasion in a separate trial in 2005 after spending two years in pre-trial detention. The new ruling means they will stay in prison until at least 2016, well after next year’s presidential election.
The case is widely viewed as a political vendetta by Russia’s powerful prime minister, Vladimir Putin, whom Khodorkovsky challenged by funding liberal opposition parties in the early 2000s.
Based on the experiences of his fellow Russian Billionaires, Prokohov might want to consider campaigning from the comfy confines of New York City. He could probably find a reasonably priced hotel there, if he goes on Priceline or Hotwire. Prokhorov should probably try to find a room somewhere around Times Square. That way, he could walk from to the Port Authority and get a shuttle bus to see his Nets play in East Rutherford, NJ. The neighborhood is also convenient to the subway. He could take that to Atlantic Ave. and watch the Construction of Barclays Center, which starting next Fall, will be the home of Prokhovov’s Brooklyn Nets.
You might have heard that Billionaire Donald Trump is attempting to “stage” a presidential debate. (Operative word is attempt. Trump called Don Imus’s show this morning and indicated that that he might call it off.). The debate is scheduled to take place December 27 in Des Moines, exactly one week before the Iowa Caucuses.
Newsmax, a popular conservative magazine and online news source, is sponsoring the debate. Billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, is a co-founder of Newsmax. He reportedly owns about 40% of Newsmax. Scaife is the great nephew of famed Pittsburgh banker, and former Treasury Secretary, Andrew Mellon. He is also an heir to the Mellon fortune and has a net worth (according to Forbes) of $1.2 billion.
Mellon’s conservative/Republican bonafides were called into question this week by Joseph Farah, the editor of Worldnetdaily.com, a competing conservative website. On December 6, Farah wrote
Knowing what I know about both Scaife and Trump, I think Ron Paul made the right call in turning down the debate invitation.
Neither Scaife nor Trump could or should be thought of as constitutionally minded conservative Republicans. They’re just billionaires who use their money and power to promote their own narrow interests.
Farah’s primary complaint about Scaife is that last April, he published an op. ed., “An open letter to fellow conservatives, “Why conservatives should oppose efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.” The following day, Planned Parenthood used his editorial in a full page Wall Street Journal Ad.
One of Scaife’s own deep, dark secrets is that, although he has spread millions around in conservative establishment causes and organizations, including some of Newt Gingrich’s pet projects, his real heart and passion has always been supporting the wholesale slaughter of unborn Americans
Richard Branson, billionaire head of Virgin Group, did an interview recently with Brazil’s Exame. The interview was published on Virgin.com today. In the interview, Branson talks about how “criticizing people is counter-productive”.
This was in response to the question “How do you react when people make mistakes?”
He went on to say, ‘A good leader is someone who praises a person for his or her best efforts, not someone who criticizes. People know when they make mistakes. Of course, sometimes I just can’t resist and end up saying something, but never more than once. The secret of success is finding good people.”
When asked “Who do you admire in the business world?” he responded, “I admired Steve Jobs, although he was completely different from me. He used to shout at employees that made mistakes. He did not delegate much, and broke all the rules I believe in. Somehow it worked for him. Apple is one the best brands in the world.”
Then Branson said, “The person that I respect most in the world is Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He and Nelson Mandela came to power in South Africa, and forgave white people for the atrocities they had committed during the apartheid era. That was a great lesson on how to forgive our enemies and move on.”