❖ Mussolini bought Vatican recognition of his regime–a sum that’s since grown to its present £500m+ and has been used to purchase UK, Paris and Swiss properties. But the Vatican doesn’t do such purchases openly, relying instead on shadowy entities–and offshore tax havens. JP Morgan is also involved.
❖ “Former Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) [is now] chief executive officer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners”, responsible for implementing the Affordable Care Act. He’ll also be “advising” a K-street outfit, Agenda–which is exempt from the requirement that two years must elapse before former senators can be hired by lobbying firms.
❖ That recent West Point right-wing domestic terrorism report has hit a nerve. E.g., according to David Sirota, the report “exposes the depths of conservatives’ denial”, such as accepting reports of Muslim security threats without concern “for the whole ‘innocent until proven guilty’ stuff” but reacting to being identified as a security threat themselves by “insisting that the Big Bad Government is wrongly demonizing them.”