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Disclosed: Donald Trump’s History Background With the Mafia

It’s not any surprise that Donald Trump has the close history with the biggest mafia families in New York, at that time. I think that everyone in the politic sphere have some secrets in the form of corruption or cooperating with mafia and gangsters. It’s all hazed out, the kind of grey zone, that no one could 100% tell. Every noun again something comes up on the surface, getting all the attention while the 10 times worse tings are happening in the background. Therefore, it’s in everybody’s best favor to keep things under the lid.

This article was originally published by the Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focused on the U.S. criminal justice system.

Donald Trump’s views on criminal justice remain one of those mysteries he will presumably carry with him, if elected, into the Oval Office, where he’ll sort it all out with the help of the nation’s best minds.

We do know that he’s a “huge fan” of the police and that he’d like to see them get more power. But he hasn’t suggested what kind of power, or how he’d do that.

More jobs would solve the problem of mass incarceration, he told the Washington Post editorial board last month. And he has been crystal clear on the death penalty, which he would make harsher by eliminating lethal injections since they’re “too comfortable.”

But one helpful lens for determining Trump’s views on crime and law enforcement is via his past encounters with those alleged to be on the wrong side of the law. That’s his history with the mob.

And for all of his tough law-and-order rhetoric, the record shows the GOP front-runner has been remarkably tolerant. In the course of his 40 years of business deals, Trump has encountered a steady stream of mob-tainted offers that he apparently couldn’t refuse.

On the campaign trail, Trump has been coy about his past dealings with unsavory characters. But he couldn’t resist a Trump-style boast: “I’ve known some tough cookies over the years,” he told Chris Matthews in February. “I’ve known the people that make the politicians you and I deal with every day look like little babies.”

Actually, there’s an old FBI memo that puts a different spin on Trump’s attitude about the mob. It is a classic example of a young but already shrewd Trump hard at work. It was written in 1981 by a veteran bureau agent, reflecting meetings that he and a fellow FBI official were having with the 35-year-old developer from Queens, then a rising star in New York’s business firmament.

The topic of the meetings was Trump’s pending plunge into the Atlantic City casino industry. And while the memo was written in the stilted language of FBI bureaucratese, Trump’s wide-eyed comments were recorded with what seems like barely suppressed amusement.

“Trump advised agents that he had read in the press and media and had heard from various acquaintances that Organized Crime elements were known to operate in Atlantic City,” the memo states.

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A memo detailing Trump’s meeting with FBI agents.

This was a little like saying he had heard that there had once been a man named Al Capone who failed to pay all of his taxes. But Trump, presumably shaping an argument he might need somewhere down the road, pressed on: “Trump advised that he wanted to build a casino in Atlantic City but he did not wish to tarnish his family’s name inadvertently.”

There were a few reasons why the FBI agents may have found this claim slightly disingenuous.

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Donald Trump with magazine editor Edward Kosner, center, and Roy Cohn, a Trump’s mentor and lawyer whose clients included bosses of two major New York crime families. SONIA MOSKOWITZ/GETTY IMAGES

For starters, at the time, Trump’s mentor on issues of politics and business was Roy Cohn, a lawyer whose other clients included a passel of mobsters, among them the bosses of the Genovese and Gambino crime families.

Cohn, who served as Senator Joseph McCarthy’s chief witch hunter before going into private practice, operated out of a townhouse on East 68th Street where clients Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno and Paul “Big Paul” Castellano were regular visitors.

Besides getting advice on their legal problems, as a former secretary later recalled to Wayne Barrett in his 1992 book, Trump: The Deals and the Downfall, the visits by the mob titans to their lawyer’s office allowed them to talk shop without having to worry about FBI bugs.

Cohn told a reporter that Trump called him “15 to 20 times a day, asking what’s the status of this, what’s the status of that,” according to Barrett’s book.

Another reason the FBI might not have taken Trump’s professed ignorance at face value was that Trump had already brushed up against his share of wiseguys in New York’s gritty construction business, without apparent concern.

To help build his first big Manhattan project, the Grand Hyatt New York on East 42nd Street, Trump had chosen a notorious demolition company secretly owned in part, according to the FBI, by a top Philadelphia mobster who doubled as crime lord of Atlantic City.

To pour concrete for the new hotel, Trump picked a firm run by a man named Biff Halloran who was convicted a few years later for his role in what prosecutors dubbed a mob-run cartel that jacked up construction prices throughout the city.

For the carpentry contract, Trump settled on a Genovese family-controlled enterprise that was central to another mob price-fixing racket, as found by a subsequent federal probe.

And then there was the person who had introduced Trump to the FBI agents in the first place. This was a 6-foot-5 bear of a man named Daniel Sullivan, a former Teamsters leader who was serving as what Trump called his “labor consultant” at the time.

Sullivan wore other hats as well: He was partners with a reputed Atlantic City mobster named Kenneth Shapiro who controlled the local scrap market and who was in the process of selling Trump a large plot of land at top dollar on which to build his casino.

Sullivan, who had once been close to Jimmy Hoffa, was also secretly operating as an FBI informant, filling in the bureau on the various mobsters who crossed his path. I know this because Sullivan, who died of a heart attack in 1993, told me all about it, proudly providing copies of the FBI memos as proof.

And Sullivan wasn’t just bragging. The FBI agents confirmed to me both the authenticity of the documents and the meetings Sullivan had arranged for them with the budding casino kingpin.

I met the burly ex-Teamster in the late 1980s when I was working on a story for the New York Daily News about Trump’s use of yet another dubious contractor to demolish the old Bonwit Teller building to make way for the edifice that would serve as the emblem of his empire. That was Trump Tower, the brassy condominium high-rise on Fifth Avenue where he resides and from the lobby of which he announced his presidential bid in June.

On paper, the demolition contractor was a union company, as were all of Trump’s vendors at the time. But Local 95 of the demolition workers was essentially a subsidiary of the Genovese crime family, and few union rules were enforced.

Most of the workers were undocumented immigrants from Poland, and they were paid so little and so sporadically that many were forced to sleep on the job site. A rank-and-file union dissident later sued Trump for failing to pay pension and medical benefits required under the union contract.

Trump denied knowing about conditions at the work site. Sullivan, who by now had his own gripes with Trump, said otherwise. He testified in the civil suit that he had repeatedly warned the developer about the problems. Trump, in a rush to clear the site, had dismissed his concerns, he said.

Despite Trump’s insistence that he never settles lawsuits, he wound up settling that one for an undisclosed sum. Whatever the amount, it seemed to make the union dissident and his attorneys quite satisfied.

In Trump’s defense, as a developer of major projects in New York, it was hard back then to avoid the mob. From the 1970s through the ’90s, the Five Families had a chokehold on both major construction firms and most of the unions that represented workers on job sites. And no one has ever labeled Trump a mob associate, the FBI’s term of art for those under the sway of organized crime.

But for someone who expressed such concern about possible entrapment by the Cosa Nostra in his Atlantic City casino ventures, Trump has willingly teamed up with a succession of mob-tied figures who had nothing to do with the construction industry.

Take the time Trump decided to lend his name to a line of luxury stretch limousines. The entrepreneur who came up with this wonderfully Trumpian idea was a wealthy and successful auto dealer from Long Island named John Staluppi. According to the FBI and its informants, Staluppi was also a made member of the Colombo crime family.

As William Bastone detailed recently on The Smoking Gun, Trump proudly unveiled the lavish autos – complete with Italian leather upholstery, liquor dispensers, TVs, and paper shredders – at a trade show in Atlantic City in 1988.

Staluppi, whose record included convictions for theft of auto parts, wisely kept out of camera range at the trade show. He had been under steady investigation by federal and state law enforcement for more than a decade and detectives had followed him to meetings with Colombo family boss Carmine “The Snake” Persico. Trump insisted he knew nothing about those problems and ordered 20 of the limos for his casinos.

The builder had few reservations as well about his dealings with another allegedly mob-tied businessman with a problematic background who ran a helicopter service ferrying high rollers to Trump’s casinos.

read more at http://thecrux.com/donald-trumps-history-with-the-mob/

 

Panama: Where Super-Rich People Hide Their Money?

More dirt coming up and all the time. It’s always funny how they still make such a big deal about these things. I am not even surprised, but the small percentage of everything that is going on in the world, this is just ridiculous.

Organised crime prosecutors raided the offices of the Mossack Fonseca law firm on Tuesday looking for evidence of money laundering and financing terrorism following a leak of documents about tax havens it set up for wealthy international clients.

A half dozen police officers set up a perimeter around the offices while prosecutors searched inside for documents. Shortly after news reports based on a trove of documents from the firm began emerging more than a week ago, Panama’s government had said it would investigate.

The attorney general’s office said in a statement that the objective of the raid was “to obtain documentation linked to the information published in news articles that establish the use of the firm in illicit activities.”

Mossack Fonseca has denied any wrongdoing, saying it only set up offshore financial accounts and anonymous shell companies for clients and was not involved in how those accounts were used. Co-founder Roman Fonseca told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the firm was preparing a statement.

The search came a day after intellectual property prosecutors visited Mossack Fonseca to follow up on the firm’s allegations that a computer hack led to the leak of millions of documents about tax havens.

The firm filed a complaint charging the security breach shortly before the first media reports working with the documents offered details on how politicians, celebrities and companies around the globe were hiding assets in offshore accounts and shell companies.

“Finally the real criminals are being investigated,” Fonseca said in a message to the AP on Monday.

Fonseca has maintained that the only crime which can be taken from the leak was the computer hack itself. He has said he suspects the hack originated outsidePanama, possibly in Europe, but has not given any details.

read more at http://www.theguardian.com/news/2016/apr/13/mossack-fonseca-raided-offices-investigators-panama?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H&utm_term=166812&subid=14983316&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

Trump Refused to Participate in Fox News Debate

Milti billionaire investor and candidate for the president of United States of America Mr. D. Trump has his own ways of doing things, especially in politics. Just wondering what would US be alike if he was elected for the president of USA?

Donald Trump made clear in a press conference in Marshalltown, Iowa, that he would not participate in a Fox News debate after the network sent out a press release that he viewed as derogatory.

His campaign released a statement saying he will not be participating in the debate and will instead host an event in Iowa to raise money for “the Veterans and Wounded Warriors, who have been treated so horribly by our all talk, no action politicians.”

“Like running for office as an extremely successful person, this takes guts and it is the kind mentality that our country needs in order to Make America Great Again,” the statement continued.

Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told the Guardian matter-of-factly: “He’s not participating in the Fox News debate.”

Lewandowski said that this didn’t mean Trump was avoiding press scrutiny. “Look, he’s the clear frontrunner, he’s been in six debates already, answered more questions from the media than any other candidate on the stage combined.”

The Fox News press release that irked Trump and led to his withdrawal read: “We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president – a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.”

Trump derided it as “a wise guy press release . . . done by some PR person along with Roger Ailes”. He said that after seeing the release, “I said ‘bye bye’ ” to the debate.”

“They can’t toy with me like they toy with everybody else” Trump said of the news channel, long considered a kingmaker in GOP politics

Trump had long been cagey about participating in Thursday’s debate because ofadversarial questioning from anchor Megyn Kelly in the first debate. Her questioning led Trump to say that he thought “there was blood coming out of her wherever”, a comment widely believed to refer to menstruation. In his press conference on Tuesday, Trump merely called Kelly a lightweight.

Coca-Cola Crossed the Line | New Coca-Cola Ad Banned in Mexico

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 Mexican Government Has Been Called on to Ban the New Christmas Commercial Ad by Coca-Cola

Of course, when it comes down to the huge corporate companies such as Coca-Cola, there always will be some conflict from the side of the activists such as consumer rights and health groups. Coca-Cola is one of the biggest companies in the world, and specially those have to be really careful what they put out. The certain amount of supporters will also have the number of enemies, that’s how it works in this world. “I could say that I hate Coca-Cola and oppositely my neighbor would say I love it and don’t care about the amount of sugar and other things ruining my health and body.”

So everything comes down to the education and knowledge of this matter, and acceptance that if I am going to drink a lot of Coke, my health could be damaged. And of course, the Coca-Cola commercials will be endorsing their product as “One of the best and most pleasant things that you can do is to open the bottle of Coke.” Mostly the their commercials are taking and showing the places of poorer countries, almost saying that “No matter how poor you are, just open the bottle of Coca-Cola and your struggles go away.” Its the commercial AD and of course they will push their product to be sold all around the world, even in the poorest countries, which is actually happening.

Consumer rights and health groups are calling on the Mexican government to ban a new Coca-Cola ad depicting young white people handing out Coke as a service project at an indigenous community in southern Oaxaca state.

How one of the most obese countries on earth took on the soda giants

The ad has been criticised for its depiction of light-skinned, model-like young people joyously constructing a Coca-Cola tree in town and hauling in coolers of Coke.

Mexico has skyrocketing rates of obesity and diabetes, especially among indigenous people.

The Alliance for Food Health is calling on the National Council to Prevent Discrimination to pull the ad campaign immediately.

The alliance, a coalition of consumer rights and health groups, says it is an attack on the dignity of indigenous people and contributes to their deteriorating health. Mexico is a major consumer of soda and other sugared drinks.

The ad was publicly posted on a Coca-Cola YouTube channel until Tuesday night when it was removed, after news of the campaign about it broke. However it continued to appear elsewhere, including in third-party postings.

“It’s outrageous for the indigenous,” said Diana Turner, a spokeswoman for Consumer Power, one of the groups in the alliance.

In the commercial, the company says the campaign is meant to encourage people to “break down prejudice and share”.

“This Christmas a group of young people decided to give something very special to the indigenous community of Totontepec [Villa] de Morelos in Oaxaca. You, too, open your heart,” Coca-Cola says in the ad.

It says 81.6% of Mexico’s indigenous people feel rejected for speaking a language other than Spanish, though it doesn’t cite the source.

The ad shows young women and men joyously sawing wood, welding and painting before they playfully head off in an El Camino pickup to the eastern mountains of Oaxaca where Totontepec is located. They build a red tree with Coca-Cola lights to the smiles, hugs and appreciation of the locals, who belong to the Mixe community. Across the lighted tree are the words “We will stay united” in the Mixe language.

The commercial on YouTube and its hashtag #AbreTuCorazon (open your heart) have drawn a slew of critical comments.

“Coca-Cola is working on some genius colonial branding in Mexico with its out-of-touch, racist #AbreTuCorazon campaign,” one critic said. Another asks: “Why don’t you have the people of Oaxaca taking their culture to other countries?”

Coca-Cola responded: “We appreciated you sharing your concerns. We will be sure to pass along your comments.”

Comment was sought from Coca-Cola.

via TheGuardian.com

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Hundreds of Dead Whales Over Patagonia Fjords, Chile

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What Is the Reason For the Mass Whale Deaths?

The whale beaching is something that is happening for quiet a while now. This is not the first case and surely not the last either. For last 15 years there’s been several cases of dead whales on the beaches all around the world. “I am living in Ireland, specifically north west coast of Ireland, and I remember back in summer 2006 there was massive dead whale rotting on the Strandhill beach for weeks. Strandhill is very popular surfing destination in Europe, and thousands of people could see the dead whale disaster. A few years later same thing happened.

The conclusion that would make the most sense of this, is that either its some  kind of whale’s suicide mission, or their echolocation system is being confused by moving electro-magnetic fields around the Earth, which would make more sense to me. Whales are traveling the oceans and seas using electro-magnetic field of our planet. South and north pole are creating that EM field, like a highways for the whales. But as we know, that field is changing, someone would call it pole shifting, and perhaps that’s what makes the whales confused, and end up trapped and dead on the shore. The south and north pole are already 15 degrees out of their previous original location, and that might be an issue.

Its not only whales using this echo system for orienting in the waters, its also dolphins, and there’s been also cases of mass dolphin’s suicide. Maybe all of this is trying to tell us something important about our planet.

From Guardian today

Biologist reports discovery made in June during observation flight over Patagonia region, as cause of whales’ death remains unknown.

The coast of southern Chile has become a grave for 337 sei whales that were found beached in what scientists say is one of the biggest whale strandings ever recorded.

Biologist Vreni Haussermann told the Associated Press Tuesday that she made the discovery along with other scientists in June during an observation flight over fjords in Chile’s southern Patagonia region.

The team has been collecting samples since then. She declined to disclose the conclusions, which will be published by a scientific journal later this year.

The cause of death of the whales is unknown, although human intervention has been ruled out.

The scientific expedition counted 305 bodies and 32 skeletons of whales through aerial and satellite photography in an area between the Gulf of Penas and Puerto Natales.

Via the Guardian – 337 whales dead in Chile in one of history’s biggest beachings

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