Catching up with some news items I’ve meaning to bring you.
Accusation that five members of Joe Biden’s family have benefited through him:
one particular politician — Joe Biden — emerges as the king of the sweetheart deal, with no less than five family members benefiting from his largesse, favorable access and powerful position for commercial gain. In Biden’s case, these deals include foreign partners and, in some cases, even US taxpayer dollars.
The Biden family’s apparent self-enrichment involves five family members: Joe’s son Hunter, son-in-law Howard, brothers James and Frank, and sister Valerie.
When this subject came up in 2019, Biden declared, “I never talked with my son or my brother or anyone else — even distant family — about their business interests. Period.”
As we will see, this is far from the case …
NBCUniversal marketing chief wins massive damages after a #MeToo-inspired sacking:
The studio’s former marketing chief, who was ousted in March 2018 amid a misconduct investigation, has won an arbitration award in the ballpark of $20 million.
Former Universal Pictures marketing chief Josh Goldstine has won a multimillion-dollar legal judgment against the studio in a case that an arbitrator appears to have deemed a devastating misfire of the #MeToo era.
Another massive solar energy scam:
An executive of a San Francisco Bay Area solar energy company pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in what federal prosecutors said was a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of $1 billion.
Ryan Guidry, 43, of Pleasant Hill entered pleas involving the scam and money laundering. He could face up to 15 years in federal prison.
Which new civil servant has Boris Johnson brought in to head up the new Brexit talks? Why, it’s none other than the same guy he used before:
Which brings us to the question of exactly who are the men we have to rely on for this – who is doing the negotiating for us? Who (hopefully) will be squaring up to the EU bullies on our behalf? The same team as before is the worrying answer. And that surely is a matter of grave concern.
That David Frost, the civil servant in charge of the last round of negotiations, who secured so little, is still heading up the UK negotiating team, is disturbing, just when the UK needs to execute a Copernican revolution in its orientation to these talks; and when, since the Conservatives’ decisive electoral victory, we should be in a prime position to do so.
Frost is a former advisor to the Open Europe think tank, known for their squishiness on the EU. Some more on this here at Politico.
Finally, the idiots who run Pink News these days thought that Laurence Fox was being serious when he was engaged in a humorous argument with satirical Twitter account Jarvis Dupont (an account that pretty much everyone on right-wing Twitter knows is satirical, including Laurence Fox).