THESE ARE THE REAL LOOTERS
I was curious about how the New York Times covered the rise of Hitler. I wondered whether their sense of “journalistic neutrality” prevented them from telling the truth about fascism and exposing Nazism for what it was. And when I looked in the archives, sure enough, it was full of everything from neutral horse-race articles to flattering profiles that minimized Hitler’s anti-Semitism and never called his terrifying ideology what it was. (“Hitler is a man of the people, a carpenter by trade… His entire being breathes dynamic energy combined with a marked reserve.”) Hitler himself even got a byline in the Times when it excerpted Mein Kampf in 1941 (not sympathetically, but it is still strange to see “by Adolf Hitler” in front of a Times article).
BETSY DEVOS Inside the Financial Holdings of Billionaire Betsy DeVos
Overall, DeVos’ paperwork showcases an extensive web of investments, several of which raise eyebrows. She has investments in companies that hound students to pay their federal loan debts, as well as in psychiatric hospitals under federal investigation for Medicare fraud. She also has more than $1 million in an undisclosed venture related to education. And although her filings do not show any direct ownership stake in a private for-profit college, she has chosen to put some of her money into firms that are invested in that industry.
The Charter Schools Program (CSP) is a long-running federal grant program aimed at helping the charter school industry with new start-ups and expansions. It has had some serious problems with waste and fraud in the past, but Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Friday that CSP will be awarding$65 million in grants to thirteen charter management organizations—some of which have had problems of their own.
Since 1995, CSP has distributed about $4 billion. A study by the Network for Public Education found that roughly $1 billion on that had been lost to waste and fraud, including charters that accepted grants and soon closed, or never even opened. A follow-up study found that nearly 1800 charter schools had failed after accepting CSP grants. The report has been criticized for some small errors, but the source of key data for the study was Betsy DeVos. To date, there has been no real debunking of the major findings of the report. But DeVos herself has repeatedly dismissed the study (”I’m not sure you can really call it a study”) and claimed it is just the product of people with a political agenda.
extensive self-dealing, with school founders essentially renting properties from themselves, all tied to a pair of brothers who had built a small real estate empire in Florida. If nothing else, Mater’s early history is a reminder that there are many ways to turn a profit from a non-profit charter, and real estate dealings are among the best.
Responsive Education Solutions is another Texas-based charter company set to receive a hefty CSP grant ($14 million). RES is notable for its strong connections to the creationist movement. In 2014, Zack Kopplin published an investigation at Slate:
When public-school students enrolled in Texas’ largest charter program open their biology workbooks, they will read that the fossil record is “sketchy.”That evolution is “dogma” and an “unproved theory” with no experimental basis. They will be told that leading scientists dispute the mechanisms of evolution and the age of the Earth. These are all lies.
BROTHER ERIK PRINCE
K12 Department of Education #BetsyDevos Brother Founder Of Blackwater, Is Setting Up A Private Army For China
ALT RIGHT founder of the private military company Blackwater USA, now called Academi served as Blackwater’s CEO until 2009 and as its chairman until its sale to a group of investors in 2010. Prince now heads the private equity firm Frontier Resource Group.
Twitter Tried to Curb Abuse. Now It Has to Handle the Backlash
The Project Veritas videos are embarrassing, but mean Twitter is doing something right.
Blackwater founder Erik Prince’s new company is building concentration camp for UYGHURS a “re education” in Xinjiang China. The Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighurs were traditionally the dominant ethnic group in the region whose Mandarin name, Xinjiang, means simply “New Frontier” — perhaps a reflection of the fact that the region was only brought under Beijing’s control in its entirety during the 19th century rein of the Qing dynasty.
Blackwater Renames Itself
Prince now heads the private equity firm Frontier Resource Group
Blackwater Founder’s New Company Strikes a Deal in China. … of a deal by Frontier Services Group to build a concentration camp over a million people in Xinjiang in northwestern China, that Chinese Communist Party calls a “re education camp” Just like Chairman Mao did. Hong Kong-listed Frontier Services Group (FSG), co-founded by former U.S. military services contractor Erik Prince, has signed a deal to build a training base in China’s far western region of Xinjiang, the company said in a statement.
Erik Prince Recruits Ex-Spies to Help Infiltrate Liberal Groups
Prince, a contractor close to the Trump administration, contacted veteran spies for operations by Project Veritas, #projectveritas.com the conservative group known for conducting stings on news organizations and other groups.
BlackRock Is Bailing Out Its ETFs with Fed Money and Taxpayers Eating Losses;
It’s Also the Sole Manager for $335 Billion of Federal Employees’
Retirement Funds ` By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: June 4, 2020 Laurence (Larry) Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock
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