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Al Gore Sues Al Jazeera for Withholding Money From Sale of Current TV

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THR.com: Current TV co-founders Al Gore and Joel Hyratt have launched a fraud and breach-of-contract lawsuit claiming that Al Jazeera is withholding money from its $500 million purchase of the cable news network.

The complaint was filed under seal in the Delaware Court of Chancery, but information provided reveals that the plaintiffs are seeking $65 million held in escrow.

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is being represented by David Boies, the attorney who memorably represented him in the 2000 battle over a Florida election recount.

“Al Jazeera America wants to give itself a discount on the purchase price that was agreed to nearly two years ago,” said Boies in a statement. “We are asking the Court to order Al Jazeera America to stop wrongfully withholding the escrow funds that belong to Current’s former shareholders.” According to Boies, the plaintiff is also filing the case under seal with some objection.

“We do not believe that our complaint should be sealed,” he says. “However, despite being a news organization, Al Jazeera America has said that the full complaint should be kept from the public file. We have therefore filed the complaint under seal until the Court can resolve this issue.  We expect that the Court will reject Al Jazeera America’s argument.”

An Al Jazeera spokesperson says in a statement, “Our outside counsel is reviewing the complaint. We think it relates to a commercial dispute between former shareholders of Current Media and Al Jazeera America. We may have further comment once they’ve fully reviewed everything.”

The announcement that Current TV would be sold to Al Jazeera came in January 2013. It was believed at the time that the Qatari royal family, which owns Al Jazeera, was most interested in attaining Current’s favorable distribution deals with cable and satellite TV providers. However, since the deal was made, Al Jazeera America has faced litigation from AT&T and DirecTV. In both cases, Al Jazeera has fought hard to keep details of the lawsuits under wraps.

Al Jazeera America also was dropped by Time Warner Cable for a time, but eventually returned to that service.

When launching, Al Jazeera America went on an aggressive hiring spree. However, its ambitions have been dampened by weak ratings, sometimes falling below Current’s. Nevertheless, the cable news network has made waves, most recently in Ferguson, Missouri, where it called for an investigation into media mistreatment after seeing its reporters in the vicinity of tear gas. The network called that an “egregious assault on freedom of the press.”

When Gore sold Current to Al Jazeera, the climate change activist faced tough questions from the likes of Comedy Central host Jon Stewart for choosing to sell to an oil-rich Middle Eastern nation. “I’m proud of the transaction,” Gore responded. “It’s going to really be a positive addition to the U.S. media landscape.”

After the sale, Gore was sued for not compensating a media consultant who allegedly came up with the idea for the distribution of an American version of Al Jazeera. The complaint alleged that the former veep was originally opposed to the deal but had a “change of heart.”

The defendants beat the lawsuit, although not before having to give depositions in the case.

At the time the Current-Al Jazeera transaction was announced, word was circulated that Gore would continue to play an advisory role. But during a deposition, Hyatt testified, “We had indicated our willingness to serve on an advisory board, if they wanted us, but they never went ahead and constituted an advisory board, and we never served on one.”

Hyatt also said that secrecy was a paramount consideration for Al Jazeera (“they made it quite clear the importance of confidentiality”), and that the deal was closed on Jan. 2, 2013, “because that’s when Al Jazeera wired the money to the escrow fund,” he said.

The former Current executive was also asked, “Are there any obligations left to — on behalf of either yourself or Mr. Gore to fulfill in the courts with the — that deals with Al Jazeera?” He answered, “There are no obligations.”

Someone on Twitter suggested they pay off Gore with carbon credits – brilliant!

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ManBearPig Warning: ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Producers Talking Sequel

 

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Hollywood Reporter: Al Gore might need to dust off his projector. The creative forces behind the Oscar-winning environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth are hatching plans for a sequel to the film that raised global awareness of climate change. “We have had conversations,” producer Lawrence Bendertells THR. “We’ve met; we’ve discussed. If we are going to make a movie, we want it to have an impact.”

The first film certainly did. Released in 2006 by Paramount and Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media, the Davis Guggenheim-directed doc grossed nearly $50 million worldwide and helped propel Gore, its narrator, to a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. But Bender believes that during the ensuing years, the fossil-fuel industry has changed the dialogue with a misinformation campaign. “They did a really good job of pushing back and confusing people,” he says. “Some people actually believe global warming doesn’t exist.”

Environmental activist Laurie David also believes a sequel should be on the agenda. “God, do we need one,” she says. “Everything in that movie has come to pass. At the time we did the movie, there was Hurricane Katrina; now we have extreme weather events every other week. The update has to be incredible and shocking.

(Note about David – from Wikipedia)

Global Warming "do as I say, not as I do" hypocrites

Global Warming “do as I say, not as I do” hypocrites

“In an interview with The Guardian in November 2006, David acknowledged that owning two homes on opposite sides of the country and flying in a private jet several times per year is at odds with her message to others. In the interview she notes “Yes, I take a private plane on holiday a couple of times a year, and I feel horribly guilty about it. I probably shouldn’t do it. But the truth is, I’m not perfect. This is not about perfection. I don’t expect anybody else to be perfect either. That’s what hurts the environmental movement – holding people to a standard they cannot meet. That just pushes people away.”

In 2005, and then again in 2009, David was cited by the Chilmark Conservation Commission for paving over protected wetland areas on her estate on Martha’s Vineyard.”

Despite the desire, a sequel is far from a sure thing, and producer Scott Z. Burns says he “would only support doing a follow-up if we have a really, really amazing way of attacking the issue and reinvigorating it.”

But Inconvenient Truth and the issues it raised were on Bender’s mind as he accepted an award during a Beverly Hills fundraiser March 21 that collected $700,000 for UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. At the gala, hosted by Jeanne and Anthony Pritzker, the producer called for renewed activism on climate change and cited the film’s impact. “At the time, we hoped to provoke a global conversation about climate change,” Bender told the audience, which included Courteney Cox, Anjelica Huston, Johnny McDaid, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. “Our new inconvenient truth is that not nearly enough concrete action has been taken.”

Read more about David’s environmental hypocrisy here.

Read more about Al Gore’s environmental hypocrisy:

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Weird face in satellite pic of major U.S. winter storm!

Headline news on Drudge Report this morning:

In an exclusive, Michael Hausam reports for Independent Journal Review, Feb. 13, 2014, that an impressive weather satellite picture shows the major winter storm now impacting the United States.

But there is something especially weird about the pic . . . .

Impressive Satellite Picture of Major Winter Storm Reveals an Unusual Figure
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Let’s take a closer look by zooming in on the unusual cloud formation . . . .

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Al Gore

It’s world renowned scientist global warmist ManBearPig Al Gore!!

THIS JUST IN ON THE ‘SETTLED SCIENCE’: 95% OF GLOBAL WARMING MODELS ARE WRONG

H/t FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska

~Eowyn

School psychologists behaving badly: bestiality & adultery

A school psychologist is a psychologist employed in U.S. public and private schools who provides psychological and psychoeducational assessment, counseling, and consultation to students, parents, and teachers. A school psychologist is also trained in the ethical, legal and administrative codes of their profession.

Given their professional training in psychology and their supposed commitment to ethics and morality, the behavior of two school psychologists who are in the news reminds me of that old chestnut about nuts being especially attracted to the psychological profession.

Stephanie MiklesMaryland school psychologist Stephanie Mikles

Brian Keubler reports for ABC2News that a school psychologist (“behavioral specialist”) in Maryland’s Hartford County Schools, 42-year-old Stephanie Mikles, has been indicted for bestiality.

School psychologists are called behavioral specialists in Harford County Public Schools and are required by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to have a master’s degree, advanced graduate specialist’s, or doctoral degree in psychology, education, or human development from a state or regionally accredited institution. In the case of Mikles, her LinkedIn page says she has a M.A. in Counseling from Rivier College, and B.A. in Education and Sociology from U. of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Stephanie Mikles was hired in 2009 to be the behavioral specialist for Bel Air, Maryland’s Harford County Public Schools. Last year, the child advocacy center of Harford County began investigating Mikles, in the course of which the investigators were surprised and shocked to discover still photos of Mikles engaged in “unnatural or perverted sexual practice” — having “sexual intercourse with a dog.”

Police say the bestiality happened in August of 2008 but in Maryland, there is no statute of limitations for bestiality. Sources tell ABC2 the pet still lives with the family at their Jarrettsville home.

Mikles is out on a $5,000 bond and is currently on administrative leave without pay from the Harford County Schools System. If convicted of the misdemeanor of bestiality, she could be punished for up to 10 years in prison and a $1000 fine.

SidwellSidwell Friends School, Washington, DC

Then there is James F. Huntington, the school psychologist at Sidwell Friends School — the elite private school in Washington, DC, with an annual tuition of around $34,000, to which President Lucifer sends his two daughters, Sasha and Malia. Sidwell is also the school of Joe Biden’s grandchildren. Chelsea Clinton and Al Gore III both attended the school, as did the children of cabinet secretaries, journalists, business leaders, senators, and congressmen, among others.

According to an account by Mary Yarrison and Harry Jaffe in The Washingtonian, the school and its staff psychologist, Huntington, are the defendants in a lawsuit brought by Arthur “Terry” Newmyer, the father of a Sidwell student. The lawsuit has a trial date of November 18, 2013.

Newmyer claims the school psychologist had an affair with his wife, Tara Mehrbach, while treating the couple’s 5-year-old daughter, and that Sidwell administrators knew about the adulterous affair but took “flagrant and outrageous actions” that “allowed its staff psychologist to have an open sexual relationship with the married mother of a then five-year-old Sidwell student he was treating.” Newmyer asks for $10 million in damages. (Newmyer and Mehrbach are now divorced.)

According to the lawsuit, during the course of the affair, Huntington sent a number of lewd e-mails to Mehrbach from his Sidwell account—sometimes in the middle of the workday:

  • The e-mails graphically recounted their encounters, including oral and anal sex, role-playing, and “manic rubbing and touching when [Huntington is] under the influence.”
  • In emails in March, 2010, Huntington expressed his desire “to be busy with [Mehrbach's] body” and why he missed her phone call: “Your call enabled me to kick out some 8th grade girls from my room. They were winners from Twin Day, so they were eating their prizes in here and talking about male P.E. teachers that try to hit on them.”
  • In one e-mail to Mehrbach, Huntington wonders whether he should discuss their adulterous affair with her daughter: “Do I talk about masturbating on your face or your marital situation with Terry . . . ? Decisions, decisions, decisions.”
  • Huntington had little respect for his profession. In an e-mail to Mehrbach dated March 10, 2010, Huntington wrote that “Shrinks are a last resort in my book” and that “Drugs, alcohol, shamans, chakras, faith healers, voodoo doctor, and people that work with crystals and Ouija boards” are better than psychologists and are his recommended “first choice route to go for help.”

Newmyer says he had contacted Sidwell numerous times to register his concern that the school psychologist was having an affair with his wife at the same time he was treating his daughter. Despite many entreaties, little changed. On February 11, 2011, Newmyer sent copies of a detailed memorandum on the matter to Sidwell’s board, along with some e-mails between Huntington and Mehrbach. On February 16, 2011, Sidwell fired Huntington. Three months later, Terry Newmyer filed suit against Sidwell and Huntington.

You can read Newmyer’s complaint in pdf, here.

See also “Teachers behaving badly: lesbian rape and urinating in classroom,” April 25, 2013.

UPDATE (July 11, 2013):

On July 10, 2013, a judge ruled that 46-year-old Stephanie Mikles will stand trial for allegedly having sex with the family dog between August 1 and August 31, 2008. What prompted the police search of her home were allegations made by a boy who claimed he had sex with Mikles, after which she showed him a recording of her bestiality with her pet dog. Mikles had been put on unpaid administrative leave but yesterday, a school district spokesperson said she no longer works for the school system.  [Source]

~Eowyn

Dianne “gun-ban” Feinstein wants you to know she’s not a 6th grader

Yesterday, during a committee hearing in the U.S. Senate on gun control legislation, newly elected Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and long-time Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) engaged in a heated exchange over the constitutionality of her proposed bill, Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, to ban “assault weapons” that include more than 150 rifles, shotguns, and handguns.

By far the most ambitious of and just like the gun-control bills introduced across the United States in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, Feinstein’s bill exempts government officials (including Congress, of course), law enforcement and retired law enforcement personnel.

At yesterday’s hearing, Sen. Cruz questioned the constitutionality of new gun laws: “It seems to me that all of us should begin, as our foundational document, with the Constitution. And the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights provides that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Cruz went on to expound on the phrase “the right of the people,” its origins and its prolific use by the Founding Fathers in a number of Constitutional provisions, including the First and Fourth Amendments.

To that, Feinstein huffily replied: “I’m not a sixth grader.” Blah. Blah. Blah.

Like another Democrat senator, Chucky Schumer, Feinstein carries a concealed weapon and is also protected by armed police escorts, although she has plenty of moolah to hire her own body guards. One of the 10 wealthiest members of Congress, Feinstein reported a net worth of between $46 million and $108.1 million in 2010, according to financial disclosures.

Feinstein’s investment-banker husband Richard Blum was on the Board of Directors of Current TV and had facilitated the $500 million sale of Al Gore’s failing TV network to Al Jazeera.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that according to a lawsuit filed by John Terenzio, who claims it was his idea to sell to Al Jazeera but he was cut out of the lucrative deal, Gore at first was reluctant to sell to Al Jazeera but was persuaded by Blum. Feinstein’s husband pushed for the sale because “he and other Current investors were concerned about the prospect of losing their shirts in the financially troubled Current.”

As the spouse of a powerful senior U.S. senator, some of Blum’s lucrative business dealings have been questioned for potential conflicts-of-interest. From Wikipedia:

Blum’s wife, Senator Dianne Feinstein, has received scrutiny due to her husband’s government contracts and extensive business dealings with China and her past votes on trade issues with the country. Blum has denied any wrongdoing, however Critics have argued that business contracts with the US government awarded to a company (Perini) controlled by Blum may raise a potential conflict-of-interest issue with the voting and policy activities of his wife. URS Corp, which Blum had a substantial stake in, bought EG&G, a leading provider of technical services and management to the U.S. military, from The Carlyle Group in 2002; EG&G subsequently won a $600m defense contract.

In 2009 it was reported that Blum’s wife Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to provide $25 billion in taxpayer money to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, a government agency that had recently awarded her husband’s real estate firm, CB Richard Ellis, what the Washington Times called “a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms.”

Hey, Dianne Feinstein.

At age 79, you are most certainly not a sixth-grader. But I doubt there’s even ONE sixth-grader in all of America who’s as hypocritical as you!

H/t FOTM’s CSM

~Eowyn

Ozone hole above Earth shrinks to record low

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Good news about planet Earth!

The evil ozone hole over Antarctica is shrinking to record low dimensions!

But did you hear or see it on the MSM?

Stephanie Pappas reports for LiveScience, Feb. 12, 2013, that new satellite observations show that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is shrinking.

Ozone is a molecule made of three oxygen atoms. It’s relatively highly concentrated in a particular layer of the stratosphere about 12 to 19 miles above Earth’s surface. This ozone layer prevents ultraviolet (UV) light from reaching Earth’s surface, which is a good thing because UV light causes sunburn and skin cancer.

Ever since the early 1980s, though, a hole in the ozone layer has developed over Antarctica during September to November, decreasing ozone concentration by as much as 70%. The cause is human-produced chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which were once heavily used in aerosols and refrigeration.

Antarctica is particularly vulnerable to ozone-depleting substances, because high winds cause a vortex of cold air to circulate over the continent. In the resulting frigid temperatures, CFCs are especially effective at depleting ozone. The result is that people in the Southern Hemisphere are at increased risk of exposure from UV radiation.

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By international agreement, CFCs have been phased out of use, which has resulted in tangible measurable effects. The latest satellite data indicate that in 2012, the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica was smaller than it has ever been in the last 10 years.

The new observations, announced by the European Space Agency (ESA) on Feb. 8, come from Europe’s Met Op weather satellite, which has an instrument specifically designed to sense ozone concentrations. The findings suggest that the phase-out of CFCs is working, the ESA reports.

CFCs persist in the atmosphere for a long time, so it may take until the middle of the century for ozone concentrations to rebound to 1960s levels, the ESA reports. However, the hole in the ozone over Antarctica should completely close in the next few decades.

Of course, none of this changes the Global Warming/Climate Change ideologues, because they are a cult masquerading as science. It’s a cult immune to reason and empirical evidence (“Global Cooling For Last 10 Years”; “UN admits the sun may cause global warming”), sustained by fraud (“Employees of Al Gore discover he’s a bullsh*t hypocrite”) and lies (“New Emails Show Global Warming Scientists to be Frauds”), and hell-bent on imposing their will via intimidation (“Professor compares global warming skepticism to racism”), propaganda, coercion and power (“Here’s proof that environmentalists really are Nazis”).

Like the POS in the White House.

In his State Of The Union address on February 12, Obama made it clear that action by the federal government on global-warming legislation will be a major priority in his second term, declaring that “for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change.”

It’s always about “the children.” Yeah, Obama cares so much about “the children” that he favors the killing of unborn children up to the third trimester and even when they survive a botched abortion.

The POS then threatened Congress. If Congress wouldn’t act soon to enact “climate change” legislation, then he will take action without them:

But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will (applause) I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.” Blah, blah, blah.

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Who needs Congress to make laws when there’s Emperor Obama? Who needs three branches of government? Who needs the Constitution?

Obama will rule all by himself with executive orders. Kings used to do that by issuing edicts.

As for all those braying hyenas in the media who had whined about Richard Nixon’s “Imperial Presidency,” there is only the sound of crickets….

H/t The New American

~Eowyn

UN admits the sun may cause global warming

Skeptics of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming have been saying for years now, that if the Earth indeed is warming — which is also disputed (see “Global Cooling for Last 10 Years” and “Climategate scientist: no global warming since 1995“) — the cause is not human but rather solar activities.

The United Nations’  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the world’s most powerful proponent of both global warming (now called “climate change”) and man-made global warming. The IPCC’s report on global warming even garnered a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, which the UN body shared with climate hypocrite-fraudster Al Gore.

GorePachauriAl Gore and Chair of UN’s IPCC Rajendra Pachauri (a porn writer) with their Nobel Peace Prize

But the IPCC report was found to be riddled with mistakes: The Himalayan glaciers are not melting. The Amazon rain forest are not disappearing. And it’s 20%, not 55%, of the Netherlands that is below sea level.

Now another report by the same IPCC finally admits what some scientists have been saying for years — our Sun’s activities may play a significant role in global warming!

solar flareNASA image of a solar flare on the Sun, taken in June 2012.

 

Maxim Lott reports for FoxNews, February 01, 2013, that a leaked draft of an upcoming report by the United Nations’ IPCC says that heat from the sun may play a larger role than previously thought: “[Results] do suggest the possibility of a much larger impact of solar variations on the stratosphere than previously thought, and some studies have suggested that this may lead to significant regional impacts on climate.”

The report was leaked by StopGreenSuicide blogger Alec Rawls, who told FoxNews.com that the U.N.’s statements on solar activity were his main motivation for leaking the document.

Rawls first leaked the report last December. He wrote on his blog: “The public needs to know now how the main premises and conclusions of the IPCC story line have been undercut by the IPCC itself.”

He also blames the U.N. for burying its point about the effect of the sun in Chapter 11 of the report: “Even after the IPCC acknowledges extensive evidence for … solar forcing beyond what they included in their models, they still make no attempt to account for this omission in their predictions. … It’s insane.”

Despite the IPCC’s admission, some climatologists still say that the report is important, but not game-changing.

Pat Michaels, the former president of the American Association of State Climatologists, and current director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute, said: “The solar component is real but not of sufficient magnitude to have driven most of the warming of the late 20th century.” Michaels also points out that the U.N. report says the effect of solar activity will be “much smaller than the warming expected from increases in [man-made] greenhouse gases.”

But even Michaels admits that while the Earth had warmed over the last two decades, it did so more slowly than the U.N. had predicted: “Climate science has the problem of trying to explain why we are now in our 17th year without a significant warming trend. As a result, you are seeing many forecasts of warming for this century being ratcheted down.”

Aaron Huertas of the Union of Concerned Scientists says that the focus on solar activity distracts from the big picture — the fact that the Earth is warming: “I see climate contrarians try this trick almost every time a big new solar study comes out. They somehow tend to neglect mentioning that solar variation is smaller than the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide. The basic evidence is that solar activity has varied a bit while global temperature keeps going up.”

Blogger Rawls argues what should really worry us is not global warming, but global cooling, due to a fall in solar activity: “Unlike warming, cooling really is dangerous, regularly dropping the planet into hundred-thousand-year-long glacial periods.”

An estimate from NASA said that solar variations caused 25% of the 1.1 degree Fahrenheit warming that has been observed over the past century. NASA has said that there is evidence that the most recent “Little Ice Age” was caused by a dip in solar activity: “Almost no sunspots were observed on the sun’s surface during the period from 1650 to 1715. This extended absence of solar activity may have been partly responsible for the Little Ice Age in Europe,” during which temperatures were colder by about 1.8 degrees F than they are today.

Global Warming, man-made or sun-made, is no idle chatter among scientists.

Global Warming has very serious implications and consequences because it is used by very powerful forces in our world, behind the façade of the United Nations, to push for Agenda 21 — a blueprint for global political control.

The number 21 refers to an agenda for the 21st Century. In the name of environmentalism and sustainability, Agenda 21 is a comprehensive blueprint of action to be taken globally, nationally, and locally by organizations of the UN, governments, and major groups in every area in which humans directly affect the environment.

For Fellowship of the Minds’ many posts on Agenda 21, go to the links colored dark red on our “Police State / NWO” page. Click here.

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A report by the Royal Academy of Engineering warns that a solar “superstorm” will hit Earth some time in the near future, knocking out  communications satellites, and cause dangerous power surges in the national grid and disrupt crucial navigation aids and aircraft avionics. But it’s impossible to predict more than about 30 minutes before it actually happens. Solar superstorms are estimated to occur once every 100 or 200 years, with the last one hitting the Earth in 1859.

~Eowyn