Awan Plot Thickens As NY Democrat Yvette Clarke “Quietly” Wrote-Off $120,000 Of Missing Tech Equipment | Zero Hedge

Seth Rich, Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz

When we reported last week that Imran Awan and his wife had been indicted by a grand jury on 4 counts, including bank fraud and making false statements related to some home equity loans, we also noted that those charges could simply be placeholders for further developments yet to come.  Now, according to a new report from the Daily Caller, the more interesting component of the FBI’s investigation could be tied to precisely why New York Democrat Representative Yvette Clarke quietly agreed in early 2016 to simply write-off $120,000 in missing electronics tied to the Awans.

 A chief of staff for Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke quietly agreed in early 2016 to sign away a $120,000 missing electronics problem on behalf of two former IT aides now suspected of stealing equipment from Congress, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.


Clarke’s chief of staff at the time effectively dismissed the loss and prevented it from coming up in future audits by signing a form removing the missing equipment from a House-wide tracking system
 after one of the Awan brothers alerted the office the equipment was gone. The Pakistani-born brothers are now at the center of an FBI investigation over their IT work with dozens of Congressional offices.

The $120,000 figure amounts to about a tenth of the office’s annual budget, or enough to hire four legislative assistants to handle the concerns of constituents in her New York district. Yet when one of the brothers alerted the office to the massive loss, the chief of staff signed a form that quietly reconciled the missing equipment in the office budget, the official told The DCNF. Abid Awan remained employed by the office for months after the loss of the equipment was flagged.

If true, of course this new information would seem to support previously reported rumors that the Awans orchestrated a long-running fraud scheme in which their office would purchase equipment in a way that avoided tracking by central House-wide administrators and then sell that equipment for a personal gain while simultaneously defrauding taxpayers of $1,000’s of dollars.

Meanwhile, according to the Daily Caller, CDW Government could have been in on the scheme.

 They’re suspected of working with an employee of CDW Government Inc. — one of the Hill’s largest technology providers — to alter invoices in order to avoid tracking. The result would be that no one outside the office would notice if the equipment disappeared, and investigators think the goal of the scheme was to remove and sell the equipment outside of Congress.

CDW spokeswoman Kelly Caraher told TheDCNF the company is cooperating with investigators, and has assurance from prosecutors its employees are not targets of the investigation. “CDW and its employees have cooperated fully with investigators and will continue to do so,” Caraher said. “The prosecutors directing this investigation have informed CDW and its coworkers that they are not subjects or targets of the investigation.”

Not surprisingly, Clarke’s office apparently felt no need whatsoever to report the $120,000 worth of missing IT equipment to the authorities…it’s just taxpayer money afterall…

 According to the official who talked to TheDCNF, Clarke’s chief of staff did not alert authorities to the huge sum of missing money when it was brought to the attention of the office around February of 2016. A request to sign away that much lost equipment would have been “way outside any realm of normalcy,” the official said, but the office did not bring it to the attention of authorities until months later when House administrators told the office they were reviewing finances connected to the Awans.

The administrators informed the office that September they were independently looking into discrepancies surrounding the Awans, including a review of finances connected to the brothers in all the congressional offices that employed them. The House administrators asked Clarke’s then-chief of staff, Wendy Anderson, whether she had noticed any anomalies, and at that time she alerted them to the $120,000 write-off, the official told TheDCNF.

Of course, the missing $120,000 covers only Clarke’s office. As we’ve noted before, Imran and his relatives worked for more than 40 current House members when they were banned from the House network in February, and have together worked for dozens more in past years so who know just how deep this particular rabbit hole goes.

Also makes you wonder what else Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the Awans might be hiding.  Certainly the decision by Wasserman-Shultz to keep Awan on her taxpayer funded payroll, right up until he was arrested by the FBI while trying to flee the country, is looking increasingly fishy with each passing day.

Read More: www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-21/awan-plot-thickens-ny-democrat-yvette-clarke-quietly-wrote-120000-missing-tech-equip

Communism, Where Dreams Go to Die: A Personal Experience in the Socialist Republic of Romania – Liberty Hangout

 

There are a lot of journalists, media pundits, and intellectuals in the West that think that communism is the only choice and that communism greatly improved our lives. Much of these opinions are due to total ignorance and lack of knowledge regarding communist regimes and life in a communist country.  I’m not trying to convince them of otherwise. I’m merely showing them and everyone interested in communism the reality of life in a communist dictatorship.

My Childhood

I was born 35 years go in Romania, a country in the Balkans, a country though full of resources, corrupted and oppressed by its own ruling class. Those who were in power in my country were not aristocrats, did not inherit any titles. Some of them were part of the communist party (agitators, criminals, terrorists) before the war, others climbed the social ladder by being informants and reporting on others.

It is obvious since I was quite small at the time of the Revolution (the revolution through which Romania ousted its dictator) I did not know much of the politics. I of course, remember Marx’s, Lenin’s and Ceausescu’s (our dictator) portraits on the walls of my kindergarten and later my school.

One of the earliest memories I had at kindergarten is when, one day I went to the kindergarten dressed a little bit different from my colleagues. My uncle had sent some clothes from USA (where he defected), normal clothing, trousers and shirt. Osh Kosh Bigosh was the brand of the clothing as I remember. That day I was punished for a few hours, locked in a room and sent home. My teacher was scandalized that I was not dressed in my uniform, blue trousers, red shirt and red tie. In kindergarten kids were organized into a sort of boy scouts, named “Motherland’s Hawks”. We all had to wear that specific uniform in the colors of our flag. I didn’t understand the outrage my teacher had shown towards my mother’s choice of clothing regarding me but I told my parents and from that day I never dared to put on those “imperialist, capitalist, fascist american clothing”

Another memory from kindergarten years was when, one daym I invented a silly nursery rhyme with our dictators name in it. I remember my father’s face as it went pale and him telling me to never say that thing again as he feared the Militia. Any kind of negative speech against our dearest leader was of course banned.

These were just a few of my memories that I remember, very clearly.

Survival and food

My father was a dentist working in conditions, of which no western doctor could ever work and survive in. My mother was working at a light bulb factory, in better conditions but all under the vigilant eyes of Communist Party informants. To have a better image of what went on in an office, imagine now you could not even crack a joke about your president. Those who told jokes, or cursed the dictator were interrogated, demoted and eventually arrested.

As food was scarce because of rationing, my father often went at night to buy food from the black market. Yes try to imagine going into a supermarket and finding no food, except maybe,maybe, a few canned sardines, expired and long overdue. Yes getting food was like getting drugs nowadays.

I remember one night as my father came home with oranges (which where impossible to find at any supermarket) and some meat, but scared to death. The local dealer, he said, had been murdered.

Getting food for your family of course was a risk that you had to assume, as you had no other choices.

As I said before food was scarce, but not because we didn’t have any, we had plenty of resources. Our dictator choose to lend Saddam Hussein and others, such as Muammar Qaddafi with large sums of money and he also started repaying every debt we had to the west or to USSR. The latter in itself was not a bad idea. The bad idea that led to our starvation and eventually to his demise, was the fact that he started rationing the food, thus creating the infamous “bread line” or “bread queues”.

Bread queues were also a risk that you had to assume. As I already said, getting food was a risky business in the Socialist Republic of Romania, and as a matter of fact in any eastern european and soviet countries. Others, in countries as Cambodia, or Mao’s China were not as fortunate and died of starvation.

In order to get in line and buy food( meaning only one quarter of bread and a quarter of milk) ordinary people (as opposed to the ruling class) had to wake up at around 4:00 am and get in the line. If you woke up too late, there was no more food, those shops were closed and the supermarket such as the one above in the picture closed. And even if you woke up early and got in the line, sometimes the supermarket would ran out of food.

You could easily bribe someone in charge of that “supermarket” (of course owned by the state). A pack of Kent cigarettes or good coffee from Germany would go a long way. A bottle of Ballantines  Johnie Walker would get you a passport, and a pack of Kent cigarettes would get even get you some meat. But that happened only if you had relatives in the West, as there was no way you could buy Western cigarettes, coffee or whiskey in any supermarket from any corner in Romania. Money of course had no value, as you could not buy much with it. For a car you had to wait years, and for an apartment in of these buildings.

Read More: libertyhangout.org/2017/08/communism-dreams-go-die-personal-experience-balkans/

Orwell’s Nightmare: Temperature Adjustments and Climate Change

Who controls the temperature datasets controls the past, and who controls the past controls the future. Welcome to the Orwellian world of temperature adjustments and climate alarmism. Sit up straight and buckle up tight, because this is consensus science as brought to you by Big Brother.

 

SHOW NOTES:

What Is The Average Global Temperature?

The Global Warming Pause Explained

Roy Spencer’s Prediction

Major correction to satellite data shows 140% faster warming since 1998

A satellite-derived lower tropospheric atmospheric temperature dataset using an optimized adjustment for diurnal effects

FAQ about the RSS V4.0 TLT Update

Systematic Destruction Of The Temperature Record

Study Finds Temperature Adjustments Account For ‘Nearly All Of Recent Warming’ In Climate Data Sets

On the Validity of NOAA, NASA and Hadley CRU Global Average Surface Temperature Data

New Satellite Data Still Shows Less Global Warming Than Climate Models

How They airbrushed out the Inconvenient Pause

Elana Freeland – Chemtrails, HAARP, and the Full Spectrum Dominance of Planet Earth

Synopsis
We are entering a Space Age, but not the kind President Kennedy originally envisioned. This Space Age is replacing resource wars and redefines planet earth as a “battlespace” in accordance with the military doctrine of “Full-Spectrum Dominance.”

This interview examines how chemtrails and ionospheric heaters like the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Project (HAARP) in Alaska service a full-spectrum dominance. This “Revolution in Military Affairs” needs an atmospheric medium to assure wireless access to the bodies and brains of anyone on Earth” from heat-seeking missiles to a form of mind control.

How sinister are these technologies? Are we being prepared for a “global village” lockdown? The recent release of NSA records have reminded Americans that “eyes in the sky” are tracking us as supercomputers record the phone calls, e-mails, internet posts, and even the brain frequencies of millions.

Elana M. Freeland’s sifts through the confusion surrounding chemtrails-versus-contrails and how extreme weather is being “geo-engineered” to enrich disaster capitalists and intimidate nations.

A deconstruction of Bernard J. Eastlund’s HAARP patent points to other covert agendas, such as a global Smart Grid infrastructure that enables access to every body and brain on Earth, a “Transhumanist” future that erases lines between human and machine, and Nanobiological hybrids armed with microprocessers that infest and harm human bodies.

Is this what the fifth-generation wireless broadband technology, better known as 5G, is all about? To electrify our atmosphere?

We also discussed the creation, mechanization, and steering of hurricanes as disaster capitalism thrives. Is weather scheduled or forecast?

The Mattress Girl Saga

After being spurned by a lover, Emma Sulkowicz and the feminist establishment set about destroying the young man’s life with false allegations. Taking advantage of the media storm, Sulkowicz incorporated her lies into an art project that saw her saddled with the monicker “Mattress Girl”.

…We’ve reached peak feminism…

Katherine Horton on the Criminal Global Economic System

Dr. Katherine Horton returns to Our Interesting Times to discuss the transnational criminal network that comprises the global economic system. We talk about the weaponization of finance and how wars, revolutions and economic crises have been used by the globalists elite to asset strip entire nations and consolidate wealth and power.  Dr. Horton is a physicist, particle scientist, former research fellow at Oxford in the UK. Her website is  Stop 007.org.

 

Woowoo Wednesdays: Baron Trump and the Tropical Ice World

Baron Trump's Excellent Adventure

However to really swallow the red pill, we must consider the idea stated at the beginning of this blog, that when there are too many coincidences, then they are no longer coincidences.

The Cabal’s Agenda Moves Steadily Forward

that wonderful sub-culture of weird Internet news has been seething with a “sudden” discovery of a book, or rather, a set of books, that has been in existence for 124 years and easily found via a Google search in one minute or less. Nevertheless that elusive “somebody” of the Puppet Master class apparently feels that now is the right time to draw that book out into the public’s stream of consciousness. The book is entitled “Baron Trump’s Marvellous Underground Journey,” authored by a New York lawyer named Ingersoll Lockwood and published in the year 1893. The book can be downloaded or read online via this link at Archive.org.

If you have been following my work on the elite interest in Antarctica during the last 130 years, then this book’s publication date of 1893 should sound like a klaxon in your brain. This juvenile sci-fi tale of a boy named “Baron Trump” was published only 12 years after another wildly popular book was published about the “Vril” and a fantastical land of wonder that existed under the ice. For reference, here is my Episode #6 of that series where I published a timeline of Antarctica interest [linked here].

In this book about the fictional character “Baron Trump,” a young boy travels with his dog Bulger to Russia. The illustration on the book cover is found within the chapter that begins on page 213, entitled “The Tropics of the Underworld”. Now stop there for a moment. By mentioning “Russia,” the book is setting its tale, supposedly, in the lands of the frozen north, the Arctic rather than the Antarctic. However, in all the research that I have seen related to the ancient esoteric interest in Antarctica, the South Pole has always been associated with the dark “Underworld” of mythology whereas the North Pole was seen as the lit up “Upper World,” the land from whence the superior Aryan race originated.

Remember that the original publication of this book fits neatly alongside the publication of so many other authors and spiritualists of the time. Ideas were being spread of an ancient race of Super Men, Aryans, human-hybrids who held the keys to lost technology. Even in this Baron Trump book, within the first chapter, the boy is given access to a 15th century manuscript that shows the way to the secret tropical, yet icy, underworld. As readers of my Antarctica series should recall, that places this particular plot contrivance smack in the time period when the Piri Reis map of Antarctica and the New World was being circulated along with other Hermetic literature.

Read More: www.roguemoney.net/blog/2017/8/6/baron-trump-and-the-tropical-ice-world

Foxconn To Get $230,000 In Incentives For Every Wisconsin Job Created

To much fanfare, President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn, best known for making the iPhone, will build a new plant producing LCD panels in Wisconsin that will bring thousands of jobs to the state. On the surface it’s a great deal: in what’s being called the largest economic development project in state history, Foxconn plans to build a $10 billion plant that will eventually employ as many as 13,000 people, according to the White House and Gov. Scott Walker.

“It starts today with this investment in Wisconsin,” Foxconn chairman Terry Gou said at announcement in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

The plant is expected to open in 2020 and be on a 20 million square-foot campus on at least 1,000 acres, a campus Walker’s office has dubbed “Wisconn Valley” according to the Wisconsin State Journal.  The plant could be the first of several facilities the company intends to build in the United States and will start with 3,000 employees, a staff that could eventually grow by 10,000.

Furthermore, Walker’s office projected the project would create at least 22,000 “indirect and induced jobs” throughout Wisconsin and will generate an estimated $181 million in state and local tax revenues annually, including $60 million in local property taxes.

In making the announcement, Trump was near-euphoric: “This is a great day for American workers and manufacturers and for everybody who believes in the concept and the label ’Made in the USA,” the president said. “The construction of this facility represents the return of LCD electronics and electronic manufacturing to the United States, the country that we love, that’s where we want our jobs,” he continued.

Trump gave himself credit for the deal: “To make such an incredible investment, [Foxconn Chairman Terry] Gou put his faith and confidence in the future of the American economy,” the president said. “In other words, If I didn’t get elected, he definitely would not be spending $10 billion.”

The Foxconn chairman validated Trump’s boast, crediting the president with spurring the investment: “I met you three times. Each time you emphasized the importance of manufacturing in America and providing high-skilled jobs for American workers,” Gou said about Trump. He also explained why here, and why now: “Why do it here? TV was invented in America, yet America does not have a single LCD factory. We are going to change that. And it starts today with this investment in Wisconsin. This is a win-win-win strategy,” Gou said, adding he is “committed to great, great jobs for American people.”

According to the State Journal, the deal with Foxconn was “a culmination of many months of discussion” between a team of Republicans from the White House, Wisconsin and Foxconn officials, a White House official said. The negotiations included Trump, his senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, chief-of-staff Reince Priebus, Ryan and Walker.

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And while superficially the agreement is a slam dunk for both Wisconsin, and US workers – especially in a high-tech sector that has over the years shifted to China – reading between the lines of the deal makes one wonder who is getting the best deal.

While a White House official said there will be no new federal programs to provide new incentives for Foxconn to build in Wisconsin, he added that the company could be eligible for existing incentives offered by the federal government.

What subsidies? The “incentive package” contemplated as part of the Foxconn deal will total $3 billion over 15 years, including $1.5 billion in state income tax credits for job creation; up to $1.35 billion in state income tax credits for capital investment and up to $150 million for the sales and use tax exemption. In other words, just over $230,000 for each new job that Foxconn may (or may not) create.

To some this is a problem: “The bottom line is this company has a concerning track record of big announcements with little follow through. Given the lack of details, I’m skeptical about this announcement and we will have to see if there is a legislative appetite for a $1 to $3 billion corporate welfare package,” Sen. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, said, referring to the company’s 2013 announced plans to build in Pennsylvania that never materialized. Fitchburg Democratic Rep. Jimmy Anderson blasted the deal as a multibillion-dollar handout” and said “taxpayers should not be subsidizing private corporations at the expense of our children, school and roads.”

Yet not all Democrats blasted the deal: lawmakers from the region where Foxconn is expected to locate were more receptive to the news. Sen. Robert Wirch, D-Pleasant Prairie, called the news “a great thing for southeastern Wisconsin;” Barca hailed it as “an exciting opportunity.” Barca, D-Kenosha, said he met with Foxconn officials earlier this month and has been in touch with the Walker administration about its discussions with the company. “I’ve heard that they are family-supporting jobs and that the wages, on average, are actually more on the high end of the spectrum,” Barca said.

However, besides one’s view on incentives – which ultimately have to be funded somehow by taxpayers – there is another potential problem: this is not the first time Foxconn has come out with bombastic promises to create US jobs, only to quietly reneg on its pledge.

In 2013, Foxconn said it would spend $30 million to build a plant in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Then-Gov. Tom Corbett (R) personally helped craft the deal and hailed the plan in a statement, saying “Pennsylvania is once again leading the way through integrating technology into manufacturing.” The plant didn’t get built. The next year, Foxconn announced a $1 billion investment in Indonesia. The year after that, $5 billion in India. Though the announcements caused many excited headlines, the ambitious plans never came to fruition, according to an investigation published in March.

Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, a group that advocates for favorable manufacturing trade policies, applauded the Trump administration for trying to bring consumer electronics manufacturing to the U.S., but said he’s skeptical of Wednesday’s news. “I’ll be excited about this Foxconn announcement when I see actual paychecks going to workers in Wisconsin,”Paul said.

Furthermore, Gou has regularly made noise about bringing a Foxconn factory to the United States. Earlier this year, the company said it was considering several states for a new plant that would make digital display panels. An administration official said the deal had been in the works for months, with talks being led by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. At a speech in Wisconsin in June, Trump hinted an announcement could be on the horizon. “Just backstage, we were negotiating with a major, major, incredible manufacturer of phones and computers and televisions, and I think they’re going to give the governor a very happy surprise very soon,” Trump said.

Whether or not the deal is real or just another mirage, remains to be seen, but another question involves relative wages: it is clear that Foxconn would not pursue US expansion if the economics were not right. Surely the generous incentives were a key part of the calculus, but from a bigger picture perspective, one wonders if – in at least one industry – the US has not reached wage parity with China.

As Forbes recently reported, “average wages in China’s manufacturing sector have soared above those in countries such as Brazil and Mexico and are fast catching up with Greece and Portugal after a decade of breakneck growth that has seen Chinese pay packets treble.” That’s average: wages for highly skilled sectors such as LCD production are far greater; in fact, it is distinctly possible that they are now higher in China than equivalent all-in comp (with incentives) in the US, especially for a company like Foxconn.


Foxconn factory

Recall that this is the same Foxconn that not so long ago Foxconn replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots due to rising labor costs

In a statement to the BBC, Foxconn Technology Group confirmed that it was automating “many of the manufacturing tasks associated with our operations” but denied that it meant long-term job losses.

“We are applying robotics engineering and other innovative manufacturing technologies to replace repetitive tasks previously done by employees, and through training, also enable our employees to focus on higher value-added elements in the manufacturing process, such as research and development, process control and quality control.

“We will continue to harness automation and manpower in our manufacturing operations, and we expect to maintain our significant workforce in China.”

… and perhaps add to it in the US, with the proper amount of sweeteners of course. Because if the wage equivalency tipping point between high-tech jobs in China and the US has indeed been reached (or is close to it) the consequences for both the Chinese and US economy would be dramatic. If that is the case, Foxconn’s first foray into the US may be just the beginning.

Read More: www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-26/foxconn-get-230000-incentives-every-wisconsin-job-created