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  • Thiel's Republicans Depart from Reagan

    07/27/2016 7:04:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies ^ | July 27, 2016 | Star Parker
    The primetime airing of remarks of billionaire technology entrepreneur Peter Thiel at the Republican National Convention was no accident. Thiel was given a starring role at the convention to make some things clear. That although lip service may be paid in the party platform to traditional, biblical values and opposition to gay marriage, this is really no longer what the GOP is about. Thiel brought his credentials as a high-tech billionaire to the stage to announce to the world that he is gay. In this, those organizing the convention told the world that, despite what the platform says, Thiel represents...
  • Unity through racism: Trump makes his big play to make the GOP a white nationalist party

    07/23/2016 7:43:41 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 67 replies
    Salon ^ | 22 Jul, 1016 | AMANDA MARCOTTE
    The final night of the Republican National Convention was as confusing and incoherent as it was disturbing. Before Donald Trump brought forward his chilling imitation of history’s greatest fascists, Ivanka Trump and Peter Thiel made bizarre plays for the votes of women and LGBT people. Ivanka Trump riffed on issues like equal pay and affordable childcare, which are typically Democratic issues. Thiel announced that he’s “proud to be gay” to wild applause from a roomful of people who are the very base that voted against the rights and dignity of LGBT people, over and over again. “This is a distraction...
  • Peter Thiel’s Embrace of Trump Has Silicon Valley Squirming

    07/20/2016 11:32:35 AM PDT · by 867V309 · 23 replies
    The Slimes ^ | JULY 20, 2016 | Farhad Manjoo
    A bigger problem than Mr. Trump’s policy ideas was his tone. Though Silicon Valley has well-known problems with diversity in its work force, people here pride themselves on a kind of militant open-mindedness. It is the kind of place that will severely punish any deviations from accepted schools of thought...
  • Facebook considers adding profile photos to facial recognition

    08/29/2013 11:28:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:17pm EDT | Alexei Oreskovic
    Facebook Inc is considering incorporating most of its 1 billion-plus members’ profile photos into its growing facial recognition database, expanding the scope of the social network’s controversial technology. The possible move, which Facebook revealed in an update to its data use policy on Thursday, is intended to improve the performance of its “Tag Suggest” feature. The feature uses facial recognition technology to speed up the process of labeling or “tagging” friends and acquaintances who appear in photos posted on the network. … The changes would come at a time when Facebook and other Internet companies’ privacy practices are under scrutiny,...
  • NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies

    08/24/2013 9:46:18 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    Guardian ^ | Aug 22, 2013 | By Ewen MacAskill in New York
    The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism surveillance program after a court ruled that some of the agency's activities were unconstitutional, according to top-secret material passed to the Guardian. The technology companies, which the NSA says includes Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook, incurred the costs to meet new certification demands in the wake of the ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Fisa) court. The October 2011 judgment, which was declassified on Wednesday by the Obama administration, found that the NSA's inability to separate purely domestic communications from...
  • Is This Who Runs Prism? (PALANTIR)

    06/07/2013 8:48:09 AM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 32 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 6/7/2013 | TPM Editor
    “PRISM” is the government’s name for a program that uses technology from Palantir. Palantir is a Silicon Valley start-up that’s now valued at well over $1B, that focuses on data analysis for the government. Here’s how Palantir describes themselves: “We build software that allows organizations to make sense of massive amounts of disparate data. We solve the technical problems, so they can solve the human ones. Combating terrorism. Prosecuting crimes. Fighting fraud. Eliminating waste. From Silicon Valley to your doorstep, we deploy our data fusion platforms against the hardest problems we can find, wherever we are needed most.”
  • How A 'Deviant' Philosopher Built Palantir, A CIA-Funded Data-Mining Juggernaut

    08/28/2013 3:03:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 2, 2013 | Andy Greenberg and Ryan Mac
    Since rumors began to spread that a startup called Palantir helped to kill Osama bin Laden, Alex Karp hasn’t had much time to himself. On one sun-baked July morning in Silicon Valley Palantir’s lean 45-year-old chief executive, with a top-heavy mop of frazzled hair, hikes the grassy hills around Stanford University’s massive satellite antennae known as the Dish, a favorite meditative pastime. But his solitude is disturbed somewhat by “Mike,” an ex-Marine–silent, 6 foot 1, 270 pounds of mostly pectoral muscle–who trails him everywhere he goes. Even on the suburban streets of Palo Alto, steps from Palantir’s headquarters, the bodyguard...
  • PayPal’s Links to Palantir, a..Technology Used by Intelligence, Law Enforcement and Military

    11/30/2011 6:58:23 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 16 replies
    Cryptogon ^ | 27 November 2011 | Kevin Flaherty
    And guess where they’re located? That’s right: Facebook’s former building.I couldn’t make it up if I tried.Via: Bloomberg:An organization like the CIA or FBI can have thousands of different databases, each with its own quirks: financial records, DNA samples, sound samples, video clips, maps, floor plans, human intelligence reports from all over the world. Gluing all that into a coherent whole can take years. Even if that system comes together, it will struggle to handle different types of data—sales records on a spreadsheet, say, plus video surveillance images. What Palantir (pronounced Pal-an-TEER) does, says Avivah Litan, an analyst at Gartner...
  • Spy Kidz

    09/05/2009 1:40:46 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 504+ views
    Posted in ubiwar Tagged intelligence, terrorism SNIPPET: "Friends of this blog and others, Palantir Technologies, are profiled in a new article by Siobhan Gorman in the Wall Street Journal, How Team of Geeks Cracked Spy Trade: From a Silicon Valley office strewn with bean-bag chairs, a group of twenty-something software engineers is building an unlikely following of terrorist hunters at US spy agencies."
  • Goodbye and good riddance to Gawker

    06/12/2016 7:11:18 AM PDT · by ak267 · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6-10-2016 | Michelle Malkin
    The bottom feeders at Gawker are going under. Arrivederci, a- -holes! News of the slime Web site’s bankruptcy filing is schadenfreude-licious for those of us who, like wrestler Hulk Hogan and Silicon Valley financier Peter Thiel, were victimized by these Internet thugs but didn’t have the resources to fight back in court.
  • Shattuck: Sleazy internet bully finally gets its comeuppance

    06/11/2016 9:07:41 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 83 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | June 11, 2016 | Tom Shattuck
    “Gawker Media has filed for bankruptcy.” Those words were the most positive assembly of pixels to have ever appeared on the smear site and are reason for all of us to celebrate. Gawker finally got theirs yesterday. After years of gossip-terrorism and vile internet bullying — all masquerading under the guise of journalism — someone finally put a knife in the wretched, pablum Orc once and for all.
  • Silicon Valley Finds Trump’s Disruption Unwelcome

    06/01/2016 6:36:36 PM PDT · by Mariner · 39 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 1st, 2016 | Jason Henry for The New York Times
    PALO ALTO, Calif. — Donald J. Trump would not be Silicon Valley’s first choice as president. Or its second. Or maybe even its third. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee wants to restrict immigration while bringing back manufacturing. He compulsively uses tech products like Twitter but is not in awe of the people who built them. He made his fortune the old-fashioned way, by going into the family business, in the old-fashioned industry of real estate. He’s not the valley’s kind of entrepreneur. Worst of all, Mr. Trump is revealing Silicon Valley’s vulnerability. In recent years, technology companies have extended their...
  • This top Rand Paul donor just made a big endorsement in the presidential race

    02/05/2016 8:40:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Rare ^ | February 3, 2016 | Corie W. Stephens
    Tech entrepreneur Scott Banister has long been an ally to the liberty movement. The angel investor, IronPort founder, and PayPal board member donated $3 million to a Rand Paul supporting Super PAC, and has been a vocal supporter of the libertarian Republican. Now that Rand Paul is out of the presidential race, Banister has thrown his support behind Ted Cruz. Cruz is a self-described constitutional conservative who earned the endorsements of both Rand and Ron Paul in his 2012 Texas Senate race. Scott Banister Our best chance for a constitutional presidency is now @tedcruz. #LibertariansForCruz Cruz's relationship with the Pauls...
  • Ted Cruz mega-donor is a gay, pro-pot, PayPal-founding billionaire (7/3/12)

    02/03/2016 11:16:06 AM PST · by drewh · 80 replies
    Tea Party-backed Senate candidate Ted Cruz points with pride to the army of small conservative donors supporting him. But his largest longtime contributor is a gay billionaire who supports same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, campaign finance filings show. Peter Thiel, a German-born hedge fund manager and founder of the online payment system PayPal, gave Cruz $251,000 in 2009 for his aborted run for attorney general. The money represented 19 percent of the total raised for that campaign, which Cruz ended after Attorney General Greg Abbott decided to run for re-election. Thiel’s political and financial support for gay rights and legal...
  • Trump open to campaign finance reform

    01/18/2016 4:29:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 119 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 17, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Pointing to the effects of "horrible" super-PACs, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Sunday said America needs to come up with a solution to keep big money out of politics. "Well, I think you need it, because I think PACs are a horrible thing," Trump said on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked if he would pursue campaign finance reform. The billionaire businessman, who said he is self-financing his campaign, said the wall separating super-PACs and candidates running for public office is illusory. "First of all, everyone's dealing with their PAC. You know, it's supposed to be like this...
  • Trent Lott Blames Your Beloved Host for Killing Amnesty in 2007

    12/05/2014 6:52:11 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 20 replies ^ | December 05, 2014
    RUSH: Yesterday in Washington, the Christian Science Monitor breakfast -- (interruption) You know what's coming? Senator Trent Lott, former Senator Trent Lott, Republican, Mississippi, was the guest, and he was speaking about immigration reform and told a story about immigration reform and the Republicans' attempt to do it in 2007. LOTT: My phones were jammed for a week or two. Rush Limbaugh gave out my phone number. We lost that vote in 2007 on a procedural vote. I thought we were gonna be able to win that. But over the weekend Rush Limbaugh labeled it amnesty, and labor got a...
  • Last Chance to Call your Senators and Stop Amnesty -- 888-995-8349

    06/26/2013 6:55:31 AM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 63 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | June 26, 2013 | Numbers USA
    Updated: Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:05 AM Today may be your last chance to make a difference in the Senate amnesty fight. Three votes are scheduled for today with the final cloture vote likely to come tomorrow morning. Call your Senators NOW toll-free at 888-995-8349. Tell them to vote NO on S.744. The bill grants amnesty first with only promises of future enforcement, and, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, it increases unemployment while decreasing wages.
  • Before you try to influence Congress, watch this.

    04/13/2012 7:24:35 AM PDT · by dangus · 11 replies
    NumbersUSA ^ | April 12, 2002 | Numbers USA
    This video was created for instruct members of NumbersUSA to help get a bill passed (E-Verify), but I can picture a more perfect lesson in civics for any grass-roots conservative movement. The bill being discussed would mandate E-Verify, a program which helps business detect identity fraud by illegal aliens, so that immigration laws can be enforced. NumbersUSA is *not* a conservative organization, per se; like the NRA, they focus on a single issue, which happens to be very popular among conservatives. Vast majorities of all Americans support NumbersUSA's goal of reducing illegal immigration (and certain types of "legal" immigration,...
  • 2012 Presidential Hopefuls' Immigration Stances

    04/19/2011 5:37:31 PM PDT · by magna carta · 27 replies ^ | 4/06/11 | NUMBERSUSA
    Updated: 04/06/11 2012 Presidential Hopefuls' Immigration Stances Chart at link.
  • We Need 7-10 More Votes to NO on Cloture Next Week (Shamnesty)

    06/22/2007 3:44:18 PM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 112 replies · 4,479+ views
    Numbers USA (e-mail) ^ | 06.22.07 | Roy Beck
         From:   Roy Beck, President, NumbersUSA Date:   Friday 22JUN07     4:30 p.m. EDT   Take a look at this list -- figure out what you should do with Senators from your state or neighbor   DEAR FRIENDS, We need 41 Senators to vote NO on cloture next Tuesday or to not show up for the vote. Sen. Johnson (D-S.D.) is still seriously ill and expected to be a no-show. We believe we have solid commitments from 32 other Senators that they will vote NO on cloture that would allow the Kennedy/Bush amnesty (S. 1639) to come to the Senate...
  • Your phoning, faxing and visiting made a real difference today (Immigration update)

    06/17/2007 2:47:50 PM PDT · by notes2005 · 47 replies · 1,926+ views
    NumbersUSA ^ | Friday 15JUN07 | Roy Beck, President, NumbersUSA
    From: Roy Beck, President, NumbersUSA Date: Friday 15JUN07 8 p.m. EDT Your phoning, faxing and visiting made a real difference today ... Flippin' Fifteen softening DEAR FRIENDS, What an incredible job tens of thousands of you did today! Thanks. The feedback we are getting from you about your phone calls and the intelligence your NumbersUSA Capitol Hill Team is picking up suggests that Senate Republican Whip Trent Lott (R-Miss.) is not nearly as solid in passing the Bush/Kennedy amnesty tonight as he was last night. A couple of the Republicans who we thought were likely YES votes on amnesty are...
  • Fight the Amnesty Bill - Send a Free Fax to your Senators - NumbersUSA

    06/16/2007 5:55:13 PM PDT · by AmericaOne · 37 replies · 3,150+ views
    NumbersUSA ^ | June 16, 2007 | Roy Beck/NumbersUSA
    If you want to send a FREE FAX to your Senators urging them to oppose the Senate's Amnesty for Illegal Aliens Bill (S-1348), just click on the link below, courtesy of NumbersUSA: Please feel free to forward this link to anyone you know who opposes Amnesty for Illegal Aliens and would like to send a FREE FAX to their Senators urging them to oppose the Senate's Amnesty for Illegal Aliens Bill (S-1348)!!!
  • Turn up the anti-amnesty pressure on Friday

    05/17/2007 6:26:52 PM PDT · by AmericaOne · 80 replies · 2,324+ views
    NumbersUSA E-mail ^ | May 17, 2007 | Roy Beck
       From:   Roy Beck, President, NumbersUSA Date:   Thursday 17MAY07     4:30 p.m. EDT   Senate offices overwhelmed by your calls ... Some more things to do before Monday vote   "This morning I called Sen. Kyl's office both in Washigton, DC, and in Phoenix. In both cases a recording said, "Sen. Kyl's mailbox is full." I also called Sen. McCain's office in Washington, and received the same response. It's no wonder that senators say they are NOT receiving phone calls from their constituents. What can we do? I'd like to go to congress and knock on their door, but...
  • American Legion hosting Immigration Presentation by NumbersUSA on Monday

    03/04/2007 9:33:53 PM PST · by AmericaOne · 9 replies · 504+ views
    E-Mail Alert from NumbersUSA ^ | March 4, 2007 | Roy Beck
       From:   Roy Beck, President, NumbersUSA Date:   Sunday 4MAR07     10 p.m. EST   I'm giving my immigration presentation Monday to the national American Legion legis. conference   DEAR VETERANS AND FAMILIES OF VETERANS, Thanks for taking the interest survey so I knew to whom to send this email. I just wanted to let you know about a very nice opportunity for our movement that happens tomorrow. Perhaps you can use this information to help leverage what happens tomorrow into a burgeoning national movement of veterans to protect the American way of life from radical immigration policies. Today began...
  • Media in ERROR -- Immigration-Reduction did NOT lose at the polls

    11/12/2006 10:01:22 AM PST · by AmericaOne · 32 replies · 2,308+ views
    From: Roy Beck, President, NumbersUSA Date: Saturday, November 11, 2006 11:30 ET Veterans Day Get this info out to others -- Toughness on immigration did NOT cost candidates their election DEAR FRIENDS, AMERICAN VOTERS DID not TURN AGAINST TOUGHER ENFORCEMENT OR LOWER IMMIGRATION. I have some important new statistics that should give you comfort -- and that you may want to share with a lot of others. Oh, I'm sure you've seen or read discouraging claims from Fred Barnes, Michael Barone, the Wall Street Journal, the L.A. Times, Tamar Jacoby or dozens of ivory tower newspaper editorial writers since the...
  • AgJOBS Amnesty Sneak Attempt Thwarted, How to Do More

    07/07/2004 12:47:29 PM PDT · by NewRomeTacitus · 58 replies · 1,310+ views
    NumbersUSA ^ | 07-07-2004 | Roy Beck
    Victory!!! All of your phone calls and faxes have made the AgJOBS amnesty so controversial that Senate leaders a few minutes ago barred the AgJOBS amnesty from being submitted as an amendment today to the legislation on the floor. As of last night, that amnesty definitely was coming up for a vote today. The power of constituency reaction was proven spectacularly this morning. The open-borders Senators and lobbyists had failed to bring the AgJOBS amnesty up for a vote on the Senate floor in previous attempts to add as an amendment to Department of Defense appropriations and others. The only...
  • Swimming Upstream (My Analysis of Roy Beck's Speech to the Penn Club)

    04/08/2012 2:40:36 AM PDT · by OddLane · 4 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | April 8, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    That, of course, is Roy Beck, the founder and executive director of Numbers USA, which-as I’m sure my readers are well aware-is the single most effective grassroots organization lobbying on Capitol Hill for immigration enforcement. I had the pleasure of listening to a fascinating address he delivered at the Penn Club in Manhattan last month, the penultimate in a series of lectures sponsored by the Center for Immigration Studies-events that attempt to cultivate journalists, writers, and intellects living and working in New York who share a common interest in the subject of immigration. Mr. Beck’s speech focused largely upon the...
  • Numbers USA Live Webcast (3:30 This Afternoon)

    11/10/2011 12:24:56 PM PST · by OddLane · 2 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | November 10, 2011 | Roy Beck
    Live webcast starts in 1 HOUR (3:30 pm EST) at a href=""> Numbers USA TV . Submit your questions via Twitter at @NumbersUSA or on our Facebook page.
  • Why did Ted Kennedy Flood America with 100 Million Poor? .

    05/06/2011 4:53:52 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 18 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 4 May 2011 | F Woodbridge
    In this continuing series, Roy Beck, director of , asks the question as to why the late U.S. Senator Teddy Kennedy pushed the 1965 Immigration Reform Act through Congress without any debate? What was the purpose for flooding America with 100 million more people in the last 40 years and another 100 million within 30 years by 2035? Please give us some background Mr. Beck: “I was dining in downtown Boston with a long-time acquaintance of Teddy Kennedy at the very time he died,” said Beck. “We had discussed what had caused Kennedy to pursueimmigration policies that so fundamentally...
  • Ron Paul's New Book Sinks His Immigration Grade to an 'F'

    05/02/2011 4:53:50 PM PDT · by DangerZone · 16 replies
    NumbersUSA ^ | Monday, May 2, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT | Roy Beck
    The biggest problem with Rep. Paul's (R-Texas) latest comments on immigration is that they are NOT just some ad hoc thoughts tossed off carelessly at some speaking event. These are engraved in a brand new book. Until the release of the book, Liberty Defined, Dr. Paul had a mixed record in Congress and the fact that he had taken the NumbersUSA "No Amnesty" pledge at the end of his Presidential campaign in 2008. That had earned him a C-minus on our 2012 Presidential Hopefuls Immigration Stances Report Card. Not impressive, but the third best (behind Rep. Bachman with a B-minus...
  • (THE WELFARE EXAMPLE) Want Smaller Government? You Have To Reduce Immigration

    02/15/2010 10:29:33 AM PST · by AuntB · 21 replies · 619+ views
    Numbers USA ^ | Feb. 11, 2010 | Roy Beck
    For those of you whose primary political interest is stopping the growth of government or even shrinking it, you have to contend with national leaders who say they agree with you but who refuse to deal with immigration. They say immigration is a "social" issue that isn't related to government spending and deficit issues. They couldn't be more wrong. . . . Let's start with this tidbit from government data provided by the Center for Immigration Studies (Table 13: "Immigrant Households with Children Under 18"): Roughly ONE-HALF of all immigrant households with kids are accessing the welfare system, especially food...
  • Bi-partisan Senate push for amnesty starts--U.S. jobless workers thrown under the bus

    05/01/2009 8:46:36 AM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 19 replies · 1,143+ views
    Numbers USA via email ^ | May 1, 2009 | Roy Beck
    FRIENDS, THE SENATE NEEDS YOUR IMMEDIATE RESPONSE! Your Senators need phone calls today before the rancid thinking of yesterday's immigration hearing infects their views on what makes political sense this year. Did you think Senators might be too smart this year -- or too moral or at least too embarrassed -- to push for more foreign workers while millions of Americans are losing their jobs? Such modest faith in U.S. Senators was dashed yesterday by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a first hearing of its immigration panel. Senators made it clear that they are hopeful that the American people will...
  • What Huckabee Signed (no-amnesty pledge)

    01/29/2008 10:22:55 AM PST · by unspun · 67 replies · 64+ views
    NumbersUSA ^ | 1-16-2008 | Roy Beck
    What Huckabee Signed Report by Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSAand president of Americans for Better Immigration (January 16, 2008) I just returned from a day in Greenville, South Carolina where I monitored campaign rallies of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.). (Please see item at the bottom of this about Sen. Thompson, Gov. Romney, Rep. Paul and Rep. Hunter.) Newspapers and internet news purveyors are beginning to report on a press conference held late afternoon at North Greenville University in which Huckabee signed a No-Amnesty pledge sponsored by Americans for Better Immigration, which rates Members of...
  • NumbersUSA’s Roy Beck Assesses Republican Presidential Candidates On Immigration Issues

    12/13/2007 7:45:07 AM PST · by Man50D · 17 replies · 72+ views
    NumbersUSA's Roy Beck has revised his ratings on 15 Presidential candidates of both Parties. Although every candidate wants voters to think he/she would end future illegal immigration, Roy finds that only six are making promises that rate as "good" or "excellent" in this category. Likewise, only four of these 15 are making promises that rate them as “good” or “excellent” on reducing legal immigration, which is at its highest level in history. In the Republican race, former Senator Fred Thompson (Tenn.) and former Governors Mitt Romney (Mass.) and Mike Huckabee (Ark.) are outdoing each other to adopt policies to try...
  • OPEN-BORDERS SENATORS PLAN END-RUN DREAM ACT AMNESTY phone calls & faxes needed at once

    09/14/2007 4:39:51 AM PDT · by Liz · 294 replies · 7,119+ views
    NumbersUSA | Sept 13, 2007 | Roy Beck, President
    Friends, this is not a do-it-if-you-have-time request. This is the most urgent kind of request for your action Friday — and again Monday.... In the middle of actions on Defense next week, the open-borders Senators are going to attempt to attach three proposals that would give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and dramatically increase the importation of additional foreign labor for American jobs. Many of the Senators who helped us kill the Comprehensive Amnesty in June are indicating they are in favor of these preferences for illegal foreign workers and new foreign workers over American workers. We must keep...
  • Little Known Group Claims Win on Immigration

    07/15/2007 7:07:42 PM PDT · by ripnbang · 11 replies · 967+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 15, 2007 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON, July 14 — When a comprehensive immigration bill collapsed last month on the Senate floor, it was a victory for a small group that had been lobbying Congress for a decade to reduce the number of immigrants — legal and illegal — in the United States. The group, Numbers USA, tracked every twist and turn of the bill. Its members flooded the Senate with more than a million faxes, sent through the organization’s Web site. It supplied arguments and information to senators opposing the bill. “It was a David-and-Goliath struggle,” said Roy H. Beck, the president of Numbers USA,...
  • Cruz Mega-Donor is Gay, Pro-Pot Billionaire

    06/12/2015 6:59:38 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 51 replies ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jay Root
    Tea Party-backed Senate candidate Ted Cruz points with pride to the army of small conservative donors supporting him. But his largest longtime contributor is a gay billionaire who supports same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, campaign finance filings show. Peter Thiel, a German-born hedge fund manager and founder of the online payment system PayPal, gave Cruz $251,000 in 2009 for his aborted run for attorney general. The money represented 19 percent of the total raised for that campaign, which Cruz ended after Attorney General Greg Abbott decided to run for re-election. ...
  • Founders Fund joins historic $75M marijuana investment round

    01/08/2015 11:46:12 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 114 replies
    Upstart Online ^ | January 8, 2015 | Michael del Castillo
    In one epic journey four and a half years ago, stretching from Denver to Boulder, Colo., Privateer Holdings co-founder and CEO, Brendan Kennedy hit up 40 medical marijuana dispensaries in a single day. At the time, his unusual new business was just getting started. Today, his private equity firm, which invests in legal marijuana-related startups, crossed another milestone with the announcement of its first institutional investor, Founders Fund—perhaps the first ever to invest in the cannabis industry, Kennedy says. "This is a key milestone for us as a company, but it's also important for the industry as a whole," said...

    12/11/2014 11:58:19 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 11 2104 | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    On Wednesday evening, in the very hall where the University of California at Berkeley had just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, demonstrators shut down a speech by billionaire tech guru--and noted libertarian--Peter Thiel. The activists who broke into Wheeler Hall were protesting the non-indictment of police officers in the deaths of black suspects Michael Brown and Eric Garner in Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, NY for the fifth straight evening.
  • Peter Thiel: the billionaire tech entrepreneur on a mission to cheat death

    09/21/2014 10:33:15 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 47 replies ^ | Sept 21, 2014 | Mick Brown
    The co-founder of PayPal and likely the most successful venture capitalist in Silicon Valley is on a mission to change the world through technology – and to find a cure for death An hour into my conversation with Peter Thiel the conversation turns, as it seems conversations with Thiel often do, to the question of death. ‘Basically,’ Thiel says earnestly, ‘I’m against it.
  • Peter Thiel on Twitter and pot, Google, Uber and gay CEOs

    09/17/2014 8:36:13 AM PDT · by illiac · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 9/17/14 | Matthew J Belvedere
    Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel is famously outspoken and sharp-tongued, and on CNBC on Wednesday he did not disappoint. In a "Squawk Box" interview.Thiel trashed Twitter, Uber and Apple, among others, "Twitter is hard to evaluate. They have a lot of potential. It's a horribly mismanaged company—probably a lot of pot-smoking going on there. But it's such a solid franchise it may even work with all that," the co-founder of PayPal and early Facebook investor said.
  • Trump, George W. Bush among donors to Abbott’s campaign for Texas governor

    09/08/2013 2:16:41 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 14 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 08/30/2013 | Wayne Slater
    AUSTIN — What do Donald Trump and former President George W. Bush have in common? They both want Greg Abbott to be the next governor of Texas. Both men are among the contributors listed in Abbott’s latest campaign finance report to the state, which covers fundraising over six weeks in June and July that the Legislature was in special session. Trump, the millionaire developer, gave the Republican candidate for governor $25,000 last month. Bush contributed $5,000 in July. Abbott, the state attorney general, raised $1 million, while Republican rival Tom Pauken, the former state GOP chairman, raised $44,395. During the...
  • How College is Harming American Entrepreneurship:

    02/03/2013 8:45:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | February 3, 2013 | Charlie Kirk
    When I was in grade school, I remember going to birthday parties at the local bowling alley. Before the games would begin, the workers would install bumpers inside the gutters in order to prevent gutter balls and avoid "failure." When I was growing up, it was common for sports teams to award trophies to all the players so no little kid would have his or her feelings hurt at the end of the season. Today, there are school districts which no longer give out "F'" grades, and hundreds of high schools have removed class ranks so that my generation...
  • S.F. billionaire quietly funds Ron Paul super PAC (Peter Thiel, homosexual, GOProud fundraiser)

    02/27/2012 6:27:43 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 2/26/12 | Richard S. Dunham,Carla Marinucci
    Ron Paul revels in the fact that he is the presidential candidate of America's small donors, receiving more contributions under $200 than any other Republican seeking the White House in 2012. But, like every other GOP presidential contender, he also has a mega-millionaire "sugar daddy" helping to fund a super PAC that is promoting Paul's candidacy. Yet while Newt Gingrich underwriter Sheldon Adelson and Rick Santorum super-supporter Foster Friess have shared the campaign stage - and the national political spotlight - with their candidates, Paul's benefactor, San Francisco entrepreneur Peter Thiel, has never met the Texas congressman he's aiding.
  • S.F. billionaire quietly funds Ron Paul super PAC

    02/26/2012 12:39:38 PM PST · by SmithL · 48 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/26/12 | Richard S. Dunham, Carla Marinucci
    Ron Paul revels in the fact that he is the presidential candidate of America's small donors, receiving more contributions under $200 than any other Republican seeking the White House in 2012.But, like every other GOP presidential contender, he also has a mega-millionaire "sugar daddy" helping to fund a super PAC that is promoting Paul's candidacy.Yet while Newt Gingrich underwriter Sheldon Adelson and Rick Santorum super-supporter Foster Friess have shared the campaign stage - and the national political spotlight - with their candidates, Paul's benefactor, San Francisco entrepreneur Peter Thiel, has never met the Texas congressman he's aiding.Who is this mystery...
  • COLLUSION ADMITTED – Ron Paul Fingered, Attacking Gingrich & Santorum for Romney

    02/25/2012 8:28:26 AM PST · by unspun · 112 replies · 1+ views
    Gulag Bound ^ | February 25, 2012 | Arlen Williams
    Weekly calls between the Paul and Romney campaigns This entire stream, uploaded this Thursday from Mark Levin, is very important, but be sure to catch what he plays at the 7:04 mark. It is from a recent "Morning Joe," telecast. at YouTube, "Mark Levin Helps the American People more than Ron Paul could ever hope for" "There is a de facto alliance between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney; there's no question about it. At this point, it's an open partnership, I mean Jesse Benton, Ron Paul's campaign manager, has talked about the extent to which they're cooperating with the Romney...
  • Campaign for Ron Paul Fingered: Attacking Gingrich & Santorum for Romney

    02/22/2012 3:18:05 PM PST · by mnehring · 6 replies
    What is behind this Alinsky-style pattern of attack?We suggest one possible answer to this riddle is Ron Paul’s principle political benefactor, globalist financier and libertarian activist for the homosexual agenda, Peter Thiel.As has been noted: Romney is the U.N. Agenda 21 candidate favored by the bankster/globalist manipulators; a very alarming, perhaps treasonous allianceRomney has a track record of strong ties to the homosexual agendaThe global governance (para-Marxist) movement is about sexual as well as socioeconomic revolutionRon Paul has numerous problematic liaisons that call his conservative persona into question For more on Thiel, see “Follow Ron Paul’s Money too: Peter...
  • Libertarian Peter Thiel Shocks With Political Island Project

    08/21/2011 2:27:23 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 41 replies
    The Winston Review ^ | August 21, 2011 | -TWR-
    Billionaire Peter Thiel shocks again. Details magazine, reports he’s supporting what could be described as “Fantasy Island” or “Lord of the Flies” – revolutionary manmade floating nation-states, only 200 miles off the coast of San Francisco. It’s a story now receiving both national and international interest. From The Washington Post: The micro-countries Thiel proposes are diesel-powered, moveable, 2,000-ton structures built on oil rig-like platforms, with space for 270 residents to live. Thiel believes these islands may be important in “experimenting with new ideas for government,” such as no welfare, no minimum wage, fewer weapons restrictions, and looser building codes. The...
  • Silicon Valley billionaire funding creation of artificial libertarian islands

    08/16/2011 11:28:05 AM PDT · by Freeport · 56 replies
    The Lookout ^ | Aug, 16 2011 | Liz Goodwin
    Pay Pal founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel has given $1.25 million to an initiative to create floating libertarian countries in international waters, according to a profile of the billionaire in Details magazine. Thiel has been a big backer of the Seasteading Institute, which seeks to build sovereign nations on oil rig-like platforms to occupy waters beyond the reach of law-of-the-sea treaties. The idea is for these countries to start from scratch--free from the laws, regulations, and moral codes of any existing place. Details says the experiment would be "a kind of floating petri dish for implementing policies that...
  • Facebook Funder Linked to ACORN Sting

    09/23/2009 2:04:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies · 1,703+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wed, Sep 23, 2009 | Jackson West
    Videos of young couple posing as sex workers getting financial advice made possible by a generous handoutIn the world of far-right libertarian economics, altruism is considered a sin. However, that didn't stop billionaire ideologue Peter Thiel, who minted his fortune as a cofounder of PayPal and investor in Facebook, from giving "about $10,000" after being approached by provocateur James O'Keefe. That money, and other funds from the Leadership Institute, a conservative think-tank, was used to film a number of stunts, from surprising taxpayers with bills for the bank bailout to offering Planned Parenthood donations, but with racist intent. O'Keefe is...