Why It’s Harder To Take Down Sex Abusers In Washington Than In Hollywood

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Marina Fang

Over the last month, Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey and other influential men in the entertainment industry have seen their careers all but destroyed because of reports detailing serial sexual predation.

While it took years to corroborate what had been open secrets, once the stories of those men went public, the consequences were swift: movies and television shows canceled, awards and honors rescinded.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the voting body for the Oscars, held an emergency meeting to expel Weinstein — striking action from an institution that usually moves at a glacial pace.

Yet as politicians (of both political parties) face accusations of sexual misconduct, it has been much rarer for them to face such dramatic consequences, if any at all.

Perhaps the starkest example of this discrepancy came after the release of the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape last October: Host Billy Bush was fired from his job at NBC’s “Today” show, while reality TV star-turned-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump — who boasted on the tape that “when you are a star, they let you do it. You can do anything” — was elected president of the United States.

Voters are not going to the ballot thinking that the problem of sexual predatory behavior is one that should influence their vote, and that’s where our real work lies.” Noreen Farrell, executive director of Equal Rights Advocates

So why has the political realm proved less willing to hand out moral payback? In part because political and ideological stakes are involved.

Voters who choose to overlook moral transgressions do so out of “political calculus” and “expediency,” according to Ellen Bravo, a longtime activist for policies helping women in the workplace.

“Even it it’s true, we have too much to gain by having that person in, and so we’ll put up with it,” she said of voters weighing sexual harassment allegations against their favored candidates.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) recently admitted that politics was the key factor in her decision on how handle the scandal that’s erupted in her state’s U.S. Senate election. Even though candidate Roy Moore has faced accusations of sexual misconduct from nearly 10 women, Ivey said she still backs him because ultimately, it’s important that he is a member of the Republican Party.

I believe in the Republican Party, what we stand for, and most important, we need to have a Republican in the United States Senate to vote on things like Supreme Court justices, other appointments the Senate has to confirm, and make major decisions,” Ivey said.

People are also more likely to dismiss sexual assault survivors if they see their accusations as partisan, said Caroline Heldman, professor of politics at Occidental College. And that is much easier if the accused is already a partisan figure, like a politician.

The accusers are assessed “through the lens of partisanship,” Heldman said, “as in, ‘Oh, maybe this is just a woman from the Republican Party who’s going after a Democrat.’”

Moore has played on this tendency, characterizing the allegations against him as a conspiracy.

“For many of his supporters, they view it as just being a partisan attack, which allows complete dismissal of multiple survivors coming forward, from different periods of time, telling the exact same story or similar stories,” Heldman said.

There are fewer means for holding lawmakers accountable.

Other dynamics that make it harder to punish alleged sexual harassers in politics go beyond the voters’ immediate considerations.

For one, there are more individual entities in private industry with the power to take decisive action.

“The pressure points there come from employees, come from customers, and should come from a board and from shareholders,” said Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center. “There are a range of people who have a vested interest in a company getting it right.”

In the case of Weinstein, the board of his production company removed him from his post and sold off or shelved the company’s upcoming movies. The distributors of Louis C.K.’s latest movie scrapped plans for its release, and HBO removed his comedy specials from its website.

If the powers that be within Hollywood see these dynamics hurting their investments and/or causing them some very serious liability issues, then people will get fired. Vanessa Tyson, assistant professor of politics at Scripps College

“The burden just isn’t as steep when it comes to toppling a sexual predator in Hollywood,” said Noreen Farrell, executive director of Equal Rights Advocates, a legal organization focusing on gender equality. “Bad PR generated by a few complaints can be enough to damage a celebrity permanently. And the industry has other tools to oust sexual predators, and justice can be served by the few in charge of those tools, like the producer of a show cancels it rather than feature a predator or the academy, which has control over its membership.”

Contrast that with the options for punishing lawmakers.

“The rules are very, very limited for holding members of the House or the Senate accountable and non-existent for the presidency, essentially, unless there’s some criminal investigation or charges,” Heldman said.

To report sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, lawmakers and staffers must go through a byzantine system that offers little transparency or recourse for accusers.

“Congress right now is in the business of policing itself,” Goss Graves said. “There isn’t really another body that’s an effective counter to what’s happening.”

Farrell said it isn’t a coincidence that “politicians make it hard for people to complain about them.”

“It’s made arduous by design,” she said. “This is the fox guarding the henhouse.”

The fear of economic consequences can push a private company to take quick action against harassers.

“If the powers that be within Hollywood see these dynamics hurting their investments and/or causing them some very serious liability issues, then people will get fired and can get fired,” said Vanessa Tyson, assistant professor of politics at Scripps College. “I don’t know that this, for instance, changes the hearts or minds of any number of executives that may have misogynist tendencies, but a lot of social movements have been able to demonstrate over time that speaking with your pocketbook, that hitting power with your pocketbook can achieve certain gains.”

By contrast, with lawmakers, the only concrete action that individuals outside Congress can take is through elections, which Heldman pointed out is an “imperfect mechanism” because it “doesn’t lend itself to immediate response.”

In other words, if Trump had faced accusations of sexual assault while he was still the host of “The Apprentice,” he might have faced swifter and harsher punishment than he did as a presidential candidate.

Famous accusers can expedite the process of taking claims seriously.

Farrell referred to Weinstein as “a convenient fall guy when it comes to talking about sexual predators,” because the number and nature of his accusers, who included A-list actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, “helped elevate the issue” and “move beyond the question of whether it happened to why it happened and the broader system.”

Of the accusations, Farrell said, “it was very clear that many knew them to be true, and his board knew them to be true,” in part because of the level of fame involved.

Bravo similarly noted that celebrity status can reduce attacks on accusers’ credibility. “They have a high-profile, visible position and a fan base that makes it hard to discredit them,” she said.

As a group, the women accusing politicians of sexual assault and harassment are simply not as famous as movie stars, and many had no significant public profile before they came forward.

“I actually think if famous white actresses had come forward and accused Donald Trump, that things would have gone differently,” Heldman said. “If Gwyneth Paltrow comes forward, I think most Americans are more likely to believe that it happened than if a nobody comes forward.”

In one key aspect, however, the situations in entertainment and politics may not be that different.

“Both in Congress and in Hollywood, you see processes where institutions are protecting the institutions themselves, certainly not protecting those who have been victimized by sexual predators and predatory behavior,” Tyson said.

While men like Weinstein have suffered direct consequences, they may yet make career comebacks, as society tends to be forgiving of men’s transgressions.

The men being punished now might just be “sacrificial lambs,” Heldman cautioned, rather than catalysts for significant, long-term change in Hollywood.

“There’s some action being taken, although my guess is that these men will work in the industry again,” she said. “Woody Allen and Roman Polanski have been working in the industry for decades, with very serious allegations, so I’m not entirely sure if there’s a big difference.”

A common theme in sexual harassment stories across industries is women being forced out of their jobs and denied opportunities for advancement, which Tyson said is “part of the economic oppression of women.”

“That is such a massive amount of human capital that is essentially leaving these industries where they could make a profound difference, but they are being driven out in various ways, either by misogynists or by people who are unwilling to stand up to [the misogynists],” she said.

Farrell described the fact that politicians face relatively few consequences for sexual misconduct as “a really good barometer on how far we have to go” in raising awareness of the broader issue.

“We’ve seen really good progress, really great outrage, in response to complaints, but the fact that politicians march on is an indication of how far we have to go in this country to really have the cultural shift we need to oust predators,” she said. “Voters are not going to the ballot thinking that the problem of sexual predatory behavior is one that should influence their vote, and that’s where our real work lies.”

 

Learn the Secret Behind CBS Firing Charlie Rose

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Find out what is behind the recent surge of sexual harassment allegations

Learn the Secret Behind CBS Firing Charlie Rose

Alex Jones | Infowars.com

 

Rose was a part of the old power structure that is being thrown under the bus by certain elements within the establishment.

 

 

Head Of Russian Orthodox Church Warns Of Approaching End Times

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Patriarch Kirill told congregants that the coming apocalypse “is already visible to the naked eye.”

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox church, said on Monday that the end of the world is approaching.

In a public speech in the main Moscow cathedral, Kirill said that signs from the Book of Revelation are now clearly apparent.

He urged politicians and citizens alike to unite and stop the movement towards the abyss.

RT reports: “All people who love the Motherland must be together because we are entering a critical period in the course of human civilization. This can already be seen with the naked eye. You have to be blind not to notice the approaching awe-inspiring moments in history that the apostle and evangelist John was talking about in the Book of Revelation,” the patriarch was quoted as saying by Interfax.

Patriarch Kirill added, however, that the exact time of the end times depends on everyone’s actions. He called on people to understand their responsibility regarding Russia and the whole of mankind, and to stop “the movement towards the end of history’s abyss.”

He emphasized that many representatives of the modern Russian intelligentsia are repeating the mistakes made by their predecessors, who led the country into the ruinous revolutionary events of the early 20th century.

“Today is the wrong time to rock the boat of human passions because there is already too much negative influence on people’s spiritual lives,” Kirill said.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia turned 71 on Monday. After holding mass in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral, the Holy Synod presented the head of the Russian Orthodox Church with a copy of ceremonial headwear worn by Patriarch Tikhon – the man who was elected head of the Church 100 years ago.

Charles Manson Was CIA Stooge Tasked With Destroying Hippie Movement

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Charles Manson was a CIA stooge, tasked with bringing down the 1960’s hippie movement which was seen as an economical and sociological threat to both the government and its Vietnam war. 

On the 9th August 1969, an 8-month pregnant Sharon Tate along with 4 of her tinseltown friends were brutally murdered at the Hollywood home she shared with Director Roman Polanski.

Prepareforchange.net reports: It is widely believed that these were ritualistic killings ordered by the notorious Charles Manson and carried out by his followers the Manson Family. However, government whistleblower Charles August Schlund III (better known as Chuck Schlund), suggests that these murders may have, in fact, been a covert operation carried out by the CIA …

Schlund, (now deceased) came across the ‘Don Bolles Papers’ during the ’70’s which, amongst other things, gave information on the CIA’s involvement in the Manson family Murders. Schlund actually filed a lawsuit against George W. Bush, for unlawful attempts, upon his person, to suppress this information, though this never went to trial.

Schlund claims that the CIA’s prime objective, at the time, was to to debunk the ‘hippie’ movement which was proving to be an economical and sociological threat to both the government and its Vietnam war effort.

“The war was going badly and the American people were protesting in ever-greater numbers with pictures of pretty flower girls on TV nightly, protesting. The CIA needed a way of showing the American people that these pretty little flower girls were really Satanists and evil and that the government was right and just in the war. To do this the government needed to conduct a massive covert operation to convince the American people that these little flower girls were evil, and the free love and peace they talked of was really to cover-up evil.”

Schlund suggests that Charles Manson was, in fact, a social experiment and that the CIA had not only been supplying drugs to the Manson family but also funding their living.

It’s no secret that the CIA regularly experimented with Drugs in an attempt at mass mind control. MKULTRA is one of their most famous projects and Manson was in prison at the time they were known to be using inmates at Vacaville prison in the MKULTRA experiments.

Tex Watson (family member and one of the convicted Tate-LaBianca Murderer) claimed that in the months leading up to the murders the Manson family had all been taking a drug called ‘Orange Sunshine’ which was manufactured and distributed exclusively by a group known as “The Brotherhood of Eternal Love” where one of the dealers Ronald Stark had known connections to the CIA.

There is no doubt the Manson family were under some sort of mind control; In the book, Helter Skelter, Manson’s prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi talks, in-depth, of Manson’s mind control abilities, and claims they are comparable with those used by the US military…Again suggesting that he may have been a product of the CIA.

If Schlunds claims were true that the CIA objective was to debunk the hippie movement the aftermath of the Tate-LaBianca Murderer certainly suggested they had reached their objective.

As Vincent Bugliosi told the Observer newspaper in 2009

“The Manson murders sounded the death knell for hippies and all they symbolically represented… They closed an era. The 60s, the decade of love, ended on that night, on 9 August 1969.”

Even though there is no physical evidence of the ‘Don Bolles Papers’ there is physical evidence for ‘Operation Northwood’ This document shows the CIA proposal to the Kennedy administration to commit acts of terror on US citizens in an attempt to blame Cuba thus justify a war; Your News wire also recently reported on the confession of a 78-year-old CIA agent claiming to have carried out 37 associations included Marilyn Monroe. With all this evidence we need to keep an open mind on what Schlund claimed.

Iceland Placed On High Alert As Mega Volcano Prepares To Erupt

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Iceland has been placed on high alert as its biggest volcano is set to erupt for the first time in 290 years. 

The Icelandic Met Office has warned that a massive ice cauldron measuring one km in diameter has formed at the epicenter of the Öræfajökull volcano.

Dailystar.co.uk reports: Stunning satellite images taken during a flyover of the region show the new ice cauldron has developed within the volcano in the last week.

This suggests that activity at the volcano, located in Vatnajökull, Iceland’s largest glacier, is increasing, according to the Icelandic Met Office (IMO).

A river in the glacier has been spewing sulfuric gases and seismic activity has been on the rise in the region in recent months, the forecast said.

“This data indicates increased activity of the volcano which has not erupted since 1727,” the IMO said in a press release published on November 17.

There are no signs of an imminent eruption, the IMO said.

However, the spike in activity has raised the eruption warning level to yellow – the third highest level out of five.

The IMO said it has “increased surveillance of the area and is monitoring the volcano closely”.

A yellow warning code denotes the volcano is “experiencing signs of elevated unrest above known background levels”.

Memories of the 2014 eruption and the flight chaos caused by the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano the may worry airlines and locals.

Seven years ago Iceland’s massive Eyjafjallajökull erupted and spewed a choking veil of ash across Europe.

The deadly volcanic dust wiped out skies and grounded 100,000 flights, resulting in the economy losing £4 billion.

Should an eruption of Öræfajökull take place, it’s possible there could be a repeat.

Last month Iceland’s biggest volcano, 6,591ft tall Bardarbunga, was rattled by the four largest earthquakes since it last erupted in 2014.

Páll Einarsson, a volcanology expert at the University of Iceland, said the latest quakes are part of a series that have been “in progress for two years”.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, he said the volcano is “clearly preparing for its next eruption” within the next few years.

Soros Funded ‘Media Matters’ Under Fire For Hiding $1 Million From IRS

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

David Brock, the person behind the Soros-funded organization ‘Media Matters for America,‘ has been caught hiding over $1 million dollars from the IRS. 

Media Matters failed to report to the IRS huge sums of money in sublet rental income from between 2010 to 2014.

Thecitizensaudit.com reports: David Brock and his allies are most likely pocketing that money for themselves.

Media Matters shares office space with 13 separate organizations

The 13 organizations are documented in a previous report.

Media Matters holds the lease to the 6th floor of 455 Massachusetts Avenue NW in Washington D.C, and the other organizations sublease space from Media Matters.

For example, here’s a rent payment American Bridge 21st Century made to Media Matters in 2014.

There’s nothing wrong with over a dozen organizations sharing office space, but there’s a lot wrong with how Media Matters fails to report their sublet rental income to the IRS.

Financial Statements for Media Matters

Audited financial statements for Media Matters from 2007 to 2014 can be found in the Massachusetts non-profit document search database using the following credentials:

In comparison to Media Matter’s IRS form 990 annual returns, these financial statements provide much more insight into how Media Matters operates.

By comparing these two sets of documents, we discovered how David Brock and his allies are pocketing sublet rental income.

Here’s what’s happening

This report will focus on fiscal year 2014. Media Matters is claiming two separate values for occupancy expenses in 2014.

To the IRS, Media Matters is claiming:

  • Total occupancy expenses: $924,454
  • Sublet rental income: $0

In their financial statements, Media Matters is claiming:

  • Total occupancy expenses: $1,214,454
  • Sublet rental income: $290,000

Here’s how

Media Matters reported to the IRS in 2014 that their occupancy expenses were $924,454.

IRS instructions state “Do not net any rental income received from leasing or subletting rented space against the amount reported on line 16 for occupancy expenses.”

However, Media Matters’ 2014 financial statements show that the reported occupancy expenses of $924,454 includes net of sublease income of approximately $290,000.

This means that Media Matters broke IRS guidelines.

Already, this uncovers a massive discrepancy.

  • Media Matters claimed to the IRS in 2014 that their total occupancy expenses in 2014 were $924,454.
  • Media Matters claimed in their 2014 financial statements that their total occupancy expenses were $1,214,454.

Only one of these can be true.

What happened to the $290,000 in sublet rent income?

Well, Media Matters didn’t report any sublet rental income to the IRS in 2014.

The IRS provides two options in regard to reporting sublet rental income.

  • Report sublet rental income as program-service revenue, or
  • Report rental income as gross rents.

As we can see below, Media Matters reported $0 in both fields in their 2014 IRS form 990.

How much did Media Matters really pay for occupancy?

This is the most likely scenario:

  • Media Matters total occupancy expenses for 2014 were $924,454.
  • David Brock and allies pocketed the $290,000 in sublet rental income for personal use.

Why is this the most likely scenario?

$1,214,454 is an unrealistic amount for occupancy expenses in the building Media Matters operates out of.

455 Massachusetts Avenue NW is a 12 floor, 242,366 square feet office building. This amounts to an average of 20,197 square feet per floor.

General Services Administration, a government organization, signed a 10 year lease in 2009 for the entire 5th floor of 455 Massachusetts avenue (22,432 square feet).

GSA’s lease for the 5th floor is $942,021 per year. The lease agreement makes no mention of an escalation clause, and includes operating expenses and real estate taxes.

Also in 2009, Media Matters signed a 10 year lease for the entire 6th floor of 455 Massachusetts Avenue NW. However, they claim to spend a lot more in rent than GSA.

Furthermore, Media Matters specifies that this amount does not include operating expenses and real estate taxes.


Media Matters is paying a lot more than GSA for rent, despite the fact they operate in the same building and lease the same amount of floor space

It just doesn’t make sense. Media Matters pays over $270,000 more than GSA, despite the fact that both organizations own the same amount of floor space, and Media Matters’ lease doesn’t include operating expenses and real estate taxes.

Media Matters is paying so much more, yet getting so much less than GSA.

It doesn’t add up.

Unless Media Matters can produce a lease agreement for our review, it’s safe to assume that their lease is comparable to GSA’s at around $924,000 per year.

What is Media Matters doing with the sublet rent income?

It appears that Media Matters is being truthful to the IRS when it claims it’s 2014 occupancy expenses were $924,454.

But Media Matters is lying to the IRS when they claim to collect $0 in sublet rent income in 2014.

Make no mistake, Media Matters is receiving rental payments. Here’s a rent payment from American Bridge 21st Century to Media Matters in 2014.

Media Matters is artificially increasing occupancy expenses in it’s financial statements, then ‘buying down’ by netting sublet rent income.

But IRS instructions prohibit organizations from ‘buying down’ occupancy expenses by netting sublet rent income.

The truth is, David Brock and his allies are most likely pocketing the sublet rent income for their own personal use.

How much has David Brock and his allies pocketed through this scheme?

Every year since 2010, Media Matters has reported $0 to the IRS in sublet rent income.

But Media Matters reports a significant amount of sublet rent income in their financial statements:

  • 2010: $115,000
  • 2011: $193,000
  • 2012: $237,500
  • 2013: $217,000
  • 2014: $290,000

Total: $1,052,500 in sublet rent income hidden from the IRS.

See for yourself by comparing Media Matters’ IRS form 990s and their financial statements found in Massachusetts non-profit document search database.

How do we know for sure Media Matters is being dishonest in its IRS form 990s?

American Bridge 21st Century sublet office space from the American College of Preventative Medicine in early 2014.

The ACPM operates out of the 2nd floor of 455 Massachusetts Avenue NW, and collected $8,920 in sublet rent payments from American Bridge in 2014.

In it’s 2014 IRS form 990, the ACPM demonstrates how to correctly report sublet rental income:

This is the final nail in the coffin for Media Matters. They have no wiggle room left. It should be clear now that Media Matters is lying to the IRS by failing to report sublet rent income.

Birds of a feather flock together

  • From 2010 to 2014, financial statements show that Media Matters received $1,052,500 in sublet rental income from related organizations.
  • From 2010 to 2014, Media Matters reported $0 in sublet rental income to the IRS in their annual form 990s.
  • Media Matters has hidden over $1 million of income from the IRS since 2010.

This situation is strikingly similar to how Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion.

Al Capone was hiding income from the IRS. Media Matters is hiding income from the IRS.

It’s that simple.

What’s next?

Please share this report, and consider signing our petition to the Department of Justice to investigate David Brock’s Media Matters for America.

We’ve barely scratched the surface with this report – The Citizens Audit will continue to expose findings from Media Matters’ financial statements.

When we are finished documenting all our findings, we will draft and submit official complaints to the IRS, the Federal Election Commission, and the Department of Justice in hopes to force an investigation into David Brock and his organizations.

Cross-Dressing Pedophile Who Raped Girl Moved To Female Prison

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Cross dressing pedophile who raped little girl allowed to serve sentence in female prison

A cross-dressing pedophile who raped a 15-year-old girl could be moved to a female prison due to a ridiculous new law.

David Ayrton says he identifies as a girl, and despite his brutal rape of a girl in Portsmouth in 2004, the UK government looks set to fulfil his wishes and incarcerate him in a female prison for eight years.

Thesun.co.uk reports: Ayrton pinned the girl down in a garage in Portsmouth in 2004 when she was a 23-year-old man called David.

She transitioned to a woman in 2013 before she got eight years last year.

Ayrton was sent to a male facility against her wishes after the court heard she had a previous conviction for possessing indecent images of children and a sexual interest in teenage girls.

Convicts currently need a gender recognition certificate approved by an expert panel and a doctor if they wish to move.

They can be blocked if they are thought to have changed gender to make sexual offending easier.

The law change would remove restrictions and Fair Play for Women’s Nicola Williams fears the number of biological men in female jails could soar.

She told the Sunday Times: “Trans-identifying males will become eligible for transfer to women’s prisons, representing a serious risk.

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