Ethan Explains RICO and Karma 6/1/16

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What comes around goes around. Greenpeace wants the Department of Justice to use the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act on those who oppose climate change legislation. One of their targets, Resolute Forest Products has filed a RICO suit against Greenpeace.

From The Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy by Jonathan H. AdlerNo peace for Greenpeace“:

In December, Greenpeace urged the federal government to investigate oil companies and organizations that dispute the risks of climate change under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. 
Specifically, Greenpeace media officer Cassady Sharp called upon the Justice Department to undertake a “broad” investigation to “look into the role of [ExxonMobil and] other fossil fuel companies, trade associations, and think tanks in sowing doubt about the risks of climate change.”
Earlier today, Resolute Forest Products filed a civil RICO suit in a federal district court in Georgia, alleging a pattern of defamatory and fraudulent behavior by Greenpeace and allied organizations.  
According to the 100-plus-page complaint (and appendix), Greenpeace and its affiliates are a RICO “enterprise” that have waged a deliberately defamatory campaign against Resolute, misrepresenting the company’s practices and environmental record in order to raise funds and promote Greenpeace’s environmentalist agenda

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Ethan Explains Defamation Privacy 5/27/16

shutterstock_391180594Hulk Hogan won a $140 million invasion of privacy suit against Gawker. Come to find out tech billionaire Peter Thiel funded this suit and others against Gawker because founder Nick Denton outed Thiel in 2007. What is the balance of slander & libel versus a billionaire who can hold journalists accountable?

From The Washington Post:

“It’s less about revenge and more about specific deterrence,” Thiel told the New York Times. 
“I saw Gawker pioneer a unique and incredibly damaging way of getting attention by bullying people even when there was no connection with the public interest.”

Gawker founder Nick Denton disagrees. 
On Thursday, he posted an open letter to Thiel, in which he wrote, “Your revenge has been served well, cold and (until now) anonymously.”
In the letter, Denton offered his opinion as to why Thiel in particular is funding this litigation:
I can see how irritating Gawker would be to you and other figures in the technology industry. 
For Silicon Valley, the media spotlight is a relatively recent phenomenon. 
Most executives and venture capitalists are accustomed to dealing with acquiescent trade journalists and a dazzled mainstream media, who will typically play along with embargoes, join in enthusiasm for new products, and hew to the authorized version of a story. 
They do not have the sophistication, and the thicker skins, of public figures in other older power centers such as New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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More Cyberterrorism today?

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The news today is deeply disturbing regarding United Airlines and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) having major computer system shutdowns due to “technical glitches.”

Coincidence or cyberterrorism? This matches patterns of escalation from malware in our infrastructure, attacks on banks, hacks on companies like Anthem Blue Cross, our government under siege with the theft of records. It only makes sense that the hacks continue to reach new levels in their attempts at theft and undermining the American economy.

First thing this morning United Airlines reported that their systems were hung, taking almost two hours to recover. This “glitch” affected over 3,500 flights and hundreds of thousands of travelers throughout the air travel system

Then the NYSE halted all trading at 11:32am EDT as a major technical issue crashed the trading systems. The highly redundant and scalable systems implemented for trading don’t just crash from a glitch.

These both have the hallmarks of attacks, probing for weaknesses, resulting in tests to determine the capability to damage systems and our economy.

World War III might not be found with weapons in the sense that you know them. It is very possible a war could happen with just electrons, destroying our way of life.

I get more into CyberSecurity in chapter nine of my new book Liars & Whores: How Big Government and Big Business Are Working to Save Their Own Assets, Not Yours

UPDATE 11:16am PDT 7/8/2015 – The Los Angeles Times is reporting that NYSE officials are claiming there was no attack, “internal technical issue.” While entirely possible, it is actually more plausible that the highly redundant, highly available systems that they use were actually shutdown the moment a breach was monitored and the shutdown was a precautionary measure to isolate the incident before it could cause any major damage or theft. The hardware and software architecture used in the NYSE trading systems have multiple redundancies built-in, so an internal technical issue is nearly impossible.

President Obama’s Hypocrisy on Trade and Freedom

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Time for Congress to stop selling out the American people and the time has come for all of us to finally recognize that President Obama really does not support Israel.

The vile, anti-American, Constitution-undermining, Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill passed and has been signed by the President (check out chapter 8 of my new book to learn more). Not only that, the President and his administration are openly refusing to support the pro-Israel language (another problem with legislation is mixing topics), which essentially blocks the anti-Israel, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) movement. In other words, the President likes the corrupt TPA but not the part that supports Israel.

Who says the President hasn’t thrown Israel under the bus every chance he gets?

The one country in the Middle East that allows practicing one’s religion, freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, women’s rights, children’s rights, LGBT rights, and an open economic system. Israel is the one country the President doesn’t support. He’ll go out of his way to work with theocratically genocidal Iran, to open borders and normalize relations with oppressive Communist regimes like Cuba who harbor fugitive cop-killers, and supported the pro-Sharia anti-everyone else Muslim Brotherhood Egypt, but he won’t support the one country who shares our concepts of universal human rights.

I grant that the disputed territories are disputed and international law is unclear because of the way Israel won the territory in the 1967 war with Jordan (legal), but didn’t formally annex the territory (puts it in unclear legal area).

But that means the President should continuously kow-tow to the anti-Israel groups? It should not.

And the weak-kneed Congress ever focused on funding their re-election campaigns handed over their constitutional authority to authorize foreign deals with a two-thirds vote.

For shame.

On the Rick Amato Show May 20 2015 Politics News Entertainment

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I had the pleasure of joining the Rick Amato Show on One American News Network, Wednesday, May 20, 2015 for politics news entertainment discussion. On the panel we discussed Martin O’Malley entering the presidential race for the Democratic Party nominations, the U.S. State Department delays the release of Hillary Clinton emails until January 2016, Governor Scott Walker leading the GOP polls, and ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos $75k donations to the Clinton Foundation damages his ability to report on politics.

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TV Appearance Rick Amato Show May 12 2015

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I made a TV appearance the panel on the Rick Amato Show on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. We discussed Hollywood writer/director Lee Daniels comments on diversity, The Catholic University of America sued for displaying too many crosses, mother of Mississippi police killer says he was on “Spice” and had mental issues, violence against police, muggings in Central Park New York, 200 people in Massachusetts riot because police arrest a thief, and Governor Christie of New Jersey spent over $82k taxpayer dollars at NFL games.

Appearance on Rick Amato Show May 8 2015 UK NSA UN US Citizenship

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I had a great time with an appearance on The Rick Amato Show Friday, May 8, 2015. We discussed the UK Elections, more people renting wealth gap widens, NSA surveillance violates the Patriot Act, journalists prevented from UN PEN event, people giving up US citizenship, off-duty officer bites man’s groin. Let me know your comments below!

Guest Hosting The Nationally Televised Rick Amato Show

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I had the privilege of guest hosting the Rick Amato Show on the One America News Network Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific. My guests were Barry Nussbaum, President of the Israel Group,  we discussed a rocket fired at Israel from Gaza, the Iran deal and $50 billion payoff, and the Temple Mount Sifting Project. Post your comments below and share it with your friends!

I presented the Mamaluke of the Day, and then interview Mireya Solis, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

The third segment I interviewed Cabot Phillips, Campus Correspondent with CampusReform.org. We discussed students at the University of Washington saying they will vote for Hillary Clinton simply because of her gender. Plus UT Dallas didn’t allow a conservative campus group to speak with other students while on campus.

And the Grassroots Citizens Panel featuring Michelle Moons, Breitbart.com investigative reporter, Shawn Steel, Republican National Committeeman from California, and Manuel Avitia, public defender in southern California. We discussed the President’s drone war and the President backing away from the word “genocide” regarding the Turkish genocide of Armenians 100 years ago.

The GRCP discussed the Hillary Clinton Foundation scandal affecting her chances or not, and why are Americans so bad at saving money?

We discussed the new discovery of magma in the Yellowstone super volcano, Americans rank 15th in the world for happiness according to a recent survey, and a lightning round of Presidential picks.

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I joined the Rick Amato Show on One America News Network April 7, 2015 discussing alongside other panelists: Affirmative action, Rand Paul running for President in 2016 and his appeal in California, and Libya becoming Jihadi-land under President Obama.

You can see me every Tuesday night on the Rick Amato Show, 10 pm Eastern time/7 pm Pacific time on AT&T U-verse channels 1208/208, Verizon FiOS channels 616/116, CenturyLink PRISM channels 1209/209 and GCI cable channels 703/64

It Is On – This Weekend

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We could potentially have our first Hispanic President in Senator Ted Cruz, Germanwings co-pilot twisted 9/11 safety rules resulting in 150 deaths, computers are writing the news, and knapsack halting quantum hacks, and so much more this weekend!

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First, I would like to thank TALKERS magazine for honoring me with a second year in their list of the Heavy Hundred of talk radio.

2015 Good Times Best of Santa Cruz

March 25th was a two-fer with my loyal listeners in Santa Cruz, where I haven’t been a local host for a full year now, voted me runner-up Best Radio Personality in Santa Cruz County, against music stations, NPR, sports, etc., in the Good Times Reader Poll. Thank you!

Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Pacific Time is the Ethan Bearman Program on Hot Talk 560 KSFO in San Francisco, covering the latest in Bay Area and California news and current events. Strange stories abound, from the scientist backing off his one year of water left claim to an alleged, complex kidnapping hoax. Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for President on Monday, I’ll speak with International Business Times Breaking News Editor Cristina Silva regarding her article “Ted Cruz 2016: Why Hispanic Voters Might Not Be Thrilled If Texas Senator Becomes First Latino President.” A discussion with California’s RNC Commiteeman Shawn Steel will bring the latest news on the 2016 political races. And the #NotTheOnion segment points out news that sounds like satire, but is real.

Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. Central Time is the Ethan Bearman Show on affiliates of the Genesis Communications Network, with the latest national and international events, plus science and technology news. Horrible news from the Alps with Germanwings 9525 intentionally taken down by the co-pilot. Psychologist Doctor Bart Rossi join me to discuss. Robots taking over? I’ll discuss with IBT writer Max Willens and his article “SXSW 2015: Robots, Algorithms Infiltrate The News Business, Selecting Stories And Writing Them.” Plus more disastrous moves by President Obama in retaliation against Israel, which didn’t make the headlines, and more!

Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern Time is the Rick Amato Show on One America News Network on Verizon FiOS 116/616, AT&T U-verse 208/1208, GCI 64/703, Frontier 208/1208, CenturyLink 209/1209 where I’ll be a featured guest in studio discussing the latest political and cultural topics with Rick.

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