An Ocean County, NJ, resident contacted @ProPublica after seeing his name attached to a Kabbage loan for a nonexistent “melon farm.”
That was just the beginning.
We found 378 loans worth $7M to fake companies in dozens of states.
An online lending platform called Kabbage sent 378 pandemic loans worth $7 million to fake companies (mostly farms) with names like “Deely Nuts” and “Beefy King.”
— Read on http://www.propublica.org/article/ppp-farms
“People are literally making more money on unemployment with the plussed-up federal benefits than they made at their job,”
So, the problem is the people, not the market
— Read on www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/ron-johnson-wages-childcare-1173533/
French Commissioner Thierry Breton, a doyen of big business, is moving in to play a key role on the file.
— Read on www.politico.eu/article/europe-inc-puts-brussels-new-business-rules-on-ice/
The deadline to release the Justice Department documents federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled must be revealed is Monday, May 24. Judge Berman Jackson’s 35-page opinion in Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that former Attorney General Bill…
— Read on www.rawstory.com/fake-investigation-bill-barr-documents/
America’s Toxic Capitalists
Between 2017 and 2019, Koch’s foundation contributed almost $7.7m to three conservative US groups leading court battle
— Read on www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/21/charles-koch-foundation-eviction-real-estate
A US District Judge has ordered Trump flack Jason Miller to pay Gizmodo nearly $42,000 to cover legal expenses from his failed $100 million defamation suit. The judge found Gizmodo accurately reported a court filing alleging Miller slipped an abortion pill into a woman’s smoothie
Voters in some urban, Democratic areas of Harris and Tarrant counties would see a drastic drop in polling places under the Senate version of Senate Bill 7, a Texas Tribune analysis shows.
— Read on www.texastribune.org/2021/05/23/texas-voting-polling-restrictions/
Leaked files show how police stepped up surveillance efforts after January insurrections for signs of violence from far-right groups
— Read on www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/23/police-records-capitol-attack-lawmakers
Thoughts and prayers
A little-noticed news event this week with potentially major long-term implications for the U.S
— Read on seekingalpha.com/news/3699303-energy-producers-fear-biden-executive-order-on-climate-related-financial-risk
The “COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act” signed into law Thursday by President Joe Biden has been hailed as a rare breakthrough in the partisan gridlock that poisons American politics.That’s a fair assessment, given that the law was passed by whopping margins of 94-1 in the Senate and 364-62 in the House…
— Read on www.rawstory.com/hate-crime-bill/
King Alfred was reduced to skulking in a Somerset bog. A distraught Napoleon talked to coffee bushes on St Helena. Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia hung around the haberdashery department of Jolly’s in Bath. Uganda’s Idi Amin plotted bloody revenge from a Novotel in Jeddah.
— Read on http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/23/lock-him-up-why-is-repeat-offender-donald-trump-still-a-free-man
Propaganda Puppets be like…
Brian Williams named the GOP senator “Kremlin Cruz” after noting that he hated being called “Cancun Cruz” when he fled Texas during a storm.
— Read on www.businessinsider.com/ted-cruz-reacts-kremlin-cruz-nickname-sharing-russian-propaganda-2021-5
Amy Donofrio hung a Black Lives Matter flag at Robert E. Lee High as a sign her class was a safe place to talk about race. She is under investigation.
Long before George Floyd was killed – and many Americans turned a serious eye toward acknowledging, understanding and even uprooting systemic racism – English high school teacher Amy Donofrio was encouraging her students in Jacksonville, Florida to push for equality and empowerment, for justice and personal achievement.
— Read on eu.usatoday.com/in-depth/opinion/2021/05/23/teacher-amy-donofrio-black-lives-matter-flag-jacksonville-florida/5147034001/
-17 voicemails in one day- it’s an outrage
In Stark County, Ohio, a continuation of the fight over the 2020 presidential election is in full swing
— Read on http://www.salon.com/2021/05/23/former-trump-campaign-staffers-file-lawsuit-in-ohio_partner/
After working for years in the Trump Organization, she apparently couldn’t recall Allen Weisselberg has been the company’s chief financial officer for de…
— Read on www.huffpost.com/entry/ivanka-trump-allen-weisselberg-deposition-inauguration_n_60a99e71e4b0d45b752a0f25
Astronomers have never seen a black hole being formed. But we have, and it swallowed an entire political party
— Read on www.salon.com/2021/05/22/formation-of-a-black-hole-on-the-spectacular-implosion-of-the-republican-party/