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MORE news about the Koch Brothers

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  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    the link below (Koch brothers exposed) turned up this morning as a result of a posting from a Facebook friend:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTwqkl8BqSc

    If you've got the patience to spend an hour watching a TV show, I'd recommend watching it.

    You may remember that "Citizen Koch" was due to be aired on PBS a while back. However, since David Koch is on the board of WNET (New York's public television channel) and has contributed $23 million to public television since the 1980's, the film never got to its intended viewing audience.

    http://americablog.com/2013/05/david-koch-self-censorship-at-pbs-we-have-to-be-aware-that-people-with-power-have-power.html

    However, since the Koch brothers DON'T own YouTube (Google bought the company in 2006 for $1.65 billion) you can watch the whole thing here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP63xJNg4Gg
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Arizona --

    Thanks for sharing the video of the Koch brothers. I would like to see it played on a major network. People need to be more informed about how they use their money to buy influence. This point sticks out regarding PBS:

    "Today, the federal government contributes only 12% of public broadcasting’s costs. The rest comes from wealthy donors, corporations, and other non-governmental contributors. No better way to bring something (or someone) under control than to make them financially dependent, right?"

    David Koch has contributed $23 million to public television since the 1980s.

    PBS cannot be entirely independent and objective if they depend on donations from private corporations and individuals for their existence.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Schmidt Wrote: Arizona --

    Thanks for sharing the video of the Koch brothers. I would like to see it played on a major network. People need to be more informed about how they use their money to buy influence. This point sticks out regarding PBS:

    "Today, the federal government contributes only 12% of public broadcasting’s costs. The rest comes from wealthy donors, corporations, and other non-governmental contributors. No better way to bring something (or someone) under control than to make them financially dependent, right?"

    David Koch has contributed $23 million to public television since the 1980s.

    PBS cannot be entirely independent and objective if they depend on donations from private corporations and individuals for their existence.
    The thing is nothing in this country can be run as independant because there will always be influence peddling for one reason or an other.

    I guess even if I would want to start a bakery and it works someone wants part of the take; the old maffia way.
    Like I said many times we are not governed by who we elect, but by their lobbyists and rich cronies. The same applies to the media here.
    Luckily I get the Dutch news channel, so I can clearly see the difference in how they here selectively give the news; as soon it is negative related to US things, which makes them look bad, it is not publisized here.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    There's been a LOT of information posted on this site so far about the Koch brothers, but two articles that wound up in my inbox this morning provide EVEN MORE information about these two scoundrels.

    Although both articles detail the tangled web of financial shenanigans orchestrated by them, the focus is slightly different.

    Most intriguing is the article in the Huff Post, which details how the Koch brothers are actually THE people responsible for the government shutdown, which cost our economy $24 billion:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-zuesse/how-the-koch-brothers-did_1_b_4143928.html?ncid=txtlnkushpmg00000037

    An article in yesterday's New York Times also goes into more detail about the shell game they use for campaign financing. In this case, however, a California law designed to prevent the sneaky tactics that they are prone to use achieved its purpose, and imposed a $16.000,000 fine on some of the groups involved:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/03/opinion/sunday/a-victory-against-dark-money.html?src=rechp
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    Interesting information from Arizona....."Most intriguing is the article in the Huff Post, which details how the Koch brothers are actually THE people responsible for the government shutdown, which cost our economy $24 billion". If any truth to this, I'm not surprised. However, it is the covert forces against America, such as being discussed about the Koch brothers empire which makes NSA spying for personal data a necessity to prevent these treasonous acts on our society. Please all hackers in America locate the dope on the Koch brothers and provide this to the media.

    The other post on NSA spying is going on at this time and I find this exactly why I support spying on people like the Koch brothers and businesses that have agendas to subvert our lives. This is a clear example of the shadows hiding covert activities that destroy our country.
  • Liberal
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    Llos Angeles, CA
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    AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: Interesting information from Arizona....."Most intriguing is the article in the Huff Post, which details how the Koch brothers are actually THE people responsible for the government shutdown, which cost our economy $24 billion". If any truth to this, I'm not surprised. However, it is the covert forces against America, such as being discussed about the Koch brothers empire which makes NSA spying for personal data a necessity to prevent these treasonous acts on our society. Please all hackers in America locate the dope on the Koch brothers and provide this to the media.

    The other post on NSA spying is going on at this time and I find this exactly why I support spying on people like the Koch brothers and businesses that have agendas to subvert our lives. This is a clear example of the shadows hiding covert activities that destroy our country.
    This country still operates under One Person/ One vote.
    The Koch brothers do this because WE allow them to. We actually help them with our silence, stupidity, and absolutely no desire to do our civic duties.

    All the money in the world could never defeat One person/ One vote if people actually voted in their own interest. Stop pointing the finger outward.

    The problem is in the mirror