The Economist/YouGov poll of Aug. 3-6 on Wednesday, last week, listed the standings of candidates for the 2020 Democrat Party primary, and it was a somewhat different result than last week’s blog on the Harvard-Harris survey.
Joseph Biden – 22%
Elizabeth Warren – 16%
Bernie Sanders – 13%
Pete Buttigieg – 8%
Kamala Harris – 8%
Tulsi Gabbard – 3%
Andrew Yang – 2%
Beto O’Rourke – 2%
All others – 1% or less
Unfortunately for some of the candidates, this was not one of the DNC-selected polls, which count as the four 2% results required to qualify for the September tv debates.
For example, Gabbard’s 3% finish is meaningless, and since she is facing two weeks overseas as an Army Major on reserve duty, it seems unlikely she will be on the stage next month.
Who would sit on the phone and answer that many questions without falling asleep?
The answer is: no phone necessary or ever used.
If you have loads of time and a computer, you, too, can be a molder of public opinion, simply by filling out an online form and waiting for an email. And you can earn money for doing this. Just sign in here:
A look inside the primary poll reveals the type of respondent participating to YouGov on the Internet.
Question: Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable opinion of the following people?
Here’s the list of those who just said “Don’t know” by % – lower is better:
Joe Biden – 18%
Cory Booker – 34%
Pete Buttigieg – 39%
Julian Castro – 34%
Bill de Blasio – 42%
John Delaney – 58%
Tulsi Gabbard – 48%
Kirsten Gillibrand – 42%
Kamala Harris – 29%
Jay Inslee – 59%
Amy Klobuchar – 47%
Beto O’Rourke – 35%
Tim Ryan – 56%
Bernie Sanders – 18%
Elizabeth Warren – 24%
Marianne Williamson – 50%
Andrew Yang – 48%
This raises the question of how do you ask someone’s opinion on voting when they have no opinion at all on the candidate(s)?
Some 34% said they weren’t sure or just wouldn’t vote in the 2020 primary, and 58% said they were not interested in watching the most recent debates. Only 12% said they watched an entire debate.
And these are the folks who reflect public opinion for the rest of us?
Two high-ranking conservative British politicians Stephan Adrian Shakespeare and Nadhim Zahawi – founded YouGov in 2000. Major shareholders of the company are BlackRock and Standard Life Aberdeen.
BlackRock, Inc. is an American global investment management corporation founded in 1988, and is is the world’s largest asset manager with $6.84 trillion in assets under management as of June 2019. It was founded in 1988 by Larry Fink, who had worked at First Boston, where he pioneered mortgage-backed securities.
Fink sought funding (for initial capital) from the late Pete Peterson of The Blackstone Group. Peterson called it Blackstone Financial Management for a 50 percent stake in the bond business.
Peterson spent some $1 billion in a campaign since 2008 to raise the Social Security retirement age, cut its benefits and ultimately make it into a Wall Street-managed pension fund. He also wanted to end Medicare and Medicaid, and was a confidant of our Presidents since Richard Nixon, headed the Federal Reserve, and was active in the Trilateral Commission (TC).
You don’t take sexual advantage of girls more than 20 years younger than you, and then lie about it.
Tell that to Bill Clinton and Jeff Epstein, close friends who flew together, worked on charities together, partied together, and plotted together as members of the world government secret organization – the Trilateral Commission.
Epstein is in jail, suffering a throat ache, and Bill has his own pain in the rump.
But you can’t feel sorry for either of them, because perhaps, their biggest sins are in the arenas of power, finance and their distaste and rules for treatment of the “deplorable” class.
Clinton – to his everlasting discredit – changed the Democrat Party from a populist advocate of working folks into a cesspool of corporate hacks and international elites, sick supplicants to lobbyists and their masters.
It was Bill Clinton, who reduced our Social Security benefits, signed NAFTA into law, “reformed” welfare, eliminated tariffs, lowered capital gains taxes on the very rich and pushed us into the World Trade Organization.
A committed philanthropist with a keen sense of global markets and an in-depth knowledge of twenty-first-century science. I especially appreciated his insights and generosity during the recent trip to Africa.
He reached that judgment after spending a month with Epstein on a trip to Africa to boost AIDS awareness, according to a letter that attorneys Gerald Lefcourt and Alan Dershowitz wrote to federal prosecutors in defense of Epstein in 2007.
The letter also said Epstein was a founding donor to the Clinton Global Initiative.
Epstein was more than a convicted pervert. He was a power broker, who managed money for businessmen, who could afford a minimum investment of $1 billion. Epstein made a fortune from this enterprise, buying giant private jets and a $77 million house in Upper Manhattan East. The property has a heated sidewalk so his servants don’t have to shovel snow.
He admitted most of his money came from one client, Leslie Wexner, whose holdings included Victoria’s Secret and Abercrombie & Fitch.
The big headline was that Epstein flew Clinton and actor Kevin Spacey to Africa to promote AIDS awareness, but flight logs show Clinton traveling on Epstein’s private Boeing 727 more than 20 times in the early 2000s, to destinations in Asia, Europe as well as Africa.
Epstein’s Palm Beach butler, the late Alfredo Rodriguez, stole his phone book and allegedly turned it over to the FBI. He died in 2015.
Epstein’s phone numbers included Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Alec Baldwin, Naomi Campbell, Jimmy Buffett, Barbara Walters, Mike Wallace, Rupert Murdoch, Conrad Black, Michael Bloomberg, Richard Branson, Steve Forbes, Edgar Bronfman Jr., Kennedys and Rockefellers.
The book lists 16 phone numbers for the Duke of York and his aides, and 18 for the Duchess of York and her court, according to one report.
Not everyone agrees these numbers are just business or social contacts. Conchita Sarnoff, executive director of the Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking and author of the book TrafficKing, said:
Celebrities, politicians and Hollywood producers hang out with Epstein for one reason … he’s got all the toys.
Sarnoff, who met Epstein when a mutual friend showed him her photo and he came knocking at her door, said that he was “no party boy.”
I spent several New Year’s at parties where he was, and he always left early and he never drank. But he had a purpose in being there: he was always focused on being seen with the right people.
A New York Times recent article recalls how Epstein allegedly operated as a pervert:
In May 1997, Alicia Arden, a model in California, was introduced to a man who identified himself as a talent scout for Victoria’s Secret. He invited her to his Santa Monica hotel room to audition for the brand’s catalog. When she arrived, Ms. Arden said, the man grabbed her, tried to undress her and said he wanted to “manhandle” her. Ms. Arden, then 27, fled in tears.
It was the type of crisis that should not have come as a complete surprise to leaders at L Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret. In the mid-1990s, two senior executives had discovered that the same man, a close adviser to the company’s chief executive, Leslie H. Wexner, was trying to pitch himself as a recruiter for Victoria’s Secret models. Mr. Wexner was alerted, according to the two executives.
…the man — Jeffrey E. Epstein, a New York financier — had developed an unusually strong hold on Mr. Wexner, one of the country’s most influential corporate titans.
When Epstein was charged, Wexner broke all ties with the soon-to-be convicted pervert. The Trilateral Commission also had removed him from the rolls.
But Clinton was not the first or last of President associating closely with the Trilateral Commission.
President George H. Walker Bush was a founding member of the Trilaterals in the 70s.
Within two weeks, President Barack Obama had appointed these commission members to his administration:
* Secretary of Treasury, Tim Geithner
* Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice
* National Security Advisor, Gen. James L. Jones
* Deputy National Security Advisor, Thomas Donilon
* Chairman, Economic Recovery Committee, Paul Volker
* Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis C. Blair
* Assistant Secretary of State, Asia & Pacific, Kurt M. Campbell
* Deputy Secretary of State, James Steinberg
* State Department, Special Envoys, Richard Haass, Dennis Ross and Richard Holbrooke
Like Bush and Clinton, Obama perpetuated the ideals of the Commission – create an international order that eliminates tariffs and separate currencies, promote unlimited immigration of labor, reduce taxes on individuals, corporations and foreign investments, all while continuing to feed more money to the defense establishment.
Fortunately, Epstein will just be a footnote to history, but sadly the Trilaterals and their allies like Clinton, will continue to use association to the best and brightest as a way to continuer their quest for world dominance by their members – the most favored elite.
Television’s historic moments include: America’s landing on the moon, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the tearing down of the Berlin Wall and for some, various Super Bowl touchdowns, and for others, multi-millionaires accepting honors from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
An interview in 1994 of Sir James Goldsmith by recently humiliated PBS legend Charlie Rose is never on the list of great TV moments, but it should be.
Rose – longtime darling of the Trilateral Commission (TC) and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) – was ecstatic with the Bill Clinton administration and the globalism the President promoted with NAFTA and other trade treaties.
Goldsmith was one of the world’s richest men. He believed that America would lose its middle class when manufacturing moved overseas, and he argued that so-called free trade would eventually reduce America to a third world country.
In the video above from 25 years ago, the usually cordial Rose grows angrier as the interview continues, and when Goldsmith overwhelms him with facts, Rose adds Laura Tyson, Clinton’s economic whiz, in an attempt to shout down Goldsmith.
There are amazing predictions of job loses, and Goldsmith muses that American workers will be competing with four billion workers around the world, most earning about 2% of our average wage. He also predicted the world will be involved in mass migration from poor to rich countries, as they search for better wages.
While Rose and Tyson argued in the video that American factories will only open in foreign lands to produce for foreign consumption, Goldsmith explains that the factories will produce overseas at dirt wages and import these goods here.
That was before virtually all production of appliances, electronics and clothing moved overseas, and Made in China was this nation’s most favored label.
Rose and Tyson scoffed at the suggestion that auto production would move to Mexico.
The United States now imports 4 million vehicles a year from Mexican plants. We produced 3.1 million cars in America in 2017, and China manufactured 24.8 million cars the same year – up from just 7 million in 2008.
Goldsmith said that when faced with the choice of cheap foreign labor, corporations would see no viable choice, and the American worker would lose bargaining power. Who needs to pay for American labor, plus vacations, FICA, health insurance, overtime, when the minimum wage is 59 cents an hour in Mexico, and a fraction of even that in China?
Goldsmith predicted that we would lose jobs with trade treaties like the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Later events proved him right. America removed tariffs and quotas, but other nations have continued usual business practices, blocking our imports, while we allow free access to U.S. markets.
The above is a long video – some 56 minutes. It can be watched in snatches, and you are excused for yelling at the screen when Laura and Charlie try to talk over Goldsmith.
Rose, 76, is no longer on TV. Most of his awards have been withdrawn after 37 women accused him of abusive behavior and sexual harassment.
His downfall began in November, 2017, when eight women, who were employees or wanted to work for Rose, accused the news emperor of contriving to be naked in their presence, groping them, and making lewd phone calls.
Tyson is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at UC Berkeley’s Blum Center for Developing Economies. She has published a number of books and articles on industrial competitiveness, trade, and also on the economies of Central Europe.
Goldsmith was a critic of the mass media. After he started the Referendum Party in 1994 to withdraw from the European Union, he mailed a VHS video cassette film to some five million homes in Great Britain “to allow him to address the electorate free from the editorial control of the nation’s mainstream media.”
Goldsmith died in July, 1997, and is probably best known as the man who retired from his financial empire and liquidated his assets, when he correctly predicted the Black Monday stock market crash in 1987.
The 2018 Trilateral Commission complete membership list is included in today’s blog. Each member’s current and past major affiliations are described.
UPDATE: 2019 Trilateral list now available.View here!
This group meets annually in secret and participants are primarily from media, big business, think tanks, finance, education, lobbying and government. All major countries are represented, except Russia. The organization’s goal is a new world order without nationalist interests and a future dictated by elite technocrats.
Former North American Trilateral chairman Joseph Nye last month outlined the group’s opposition to President Trump’s populist trade policies, comparing him to Richard Nixon:
Will US leadership in Asia survive the Trump years?
History provides some perspective. In 1972, President Richard Nixon unilaterally imposed tariffs on America’s allies without warning, violated the framework of the International Monetary Fund, and pursued an unpopular war in Vietnam…The following year, David Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzezinski created the Trilateral Commission, which meets once a year to discuss such problems.
When the right and left political wings agree, you can bet middle-class Americans are in trouble.
And if you are talking about Social Security, a new bipartisan plan spells major cuts in benefits, as the establishment is set to privatize our public retirement system after the mid-term elections next year.
About $2.8 trillion (2,800,000,000) has been borrowed since the 1980s from your Social Security contributions to pay for bureaucratic wars on poverty. to fight real wars on ungrateful Arabs, to sweetheart deals to campaign contributors, and to create a war machine larger than all other countries combined.
“The Trilateral Commission is a skillful, coordinated effort to seize control and consolidate the four centers of power – political, monetary, intellectual, and ecclesiastical. All this is to be done in the interest of creating a more peaceful, more productive world.” – Senator Barry Goldwater
If you ever wondered how to feed the alligators in the swamp…
In February, former globalist Trilateral Commission star Kenneth Juster became a member of the National Security Council. He had to resign from the Trilaterals, because they don’t allow you to have two masters at the same time. In just seconds he went from hugs for fellow traveler Madam Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright to shrugs for alleged swamp drainer Mr. Donald Trump.
There is no more powerful organization than the Trilateral Commission, founded 40 years ago by Jimmy Carter’s acolyte Zbigniew Brzezinski, along with David Rockefeller, Alan Greenspan, Paul Volcker, Henry Kissinger, Bill Scranton and representatives of the Council on Foreign Relations, Brookings Institute and Harvard University.
Trilaterals have led the way to unfair trade with China and other policies that only benefit huge corporations and investors. Fiscal austerity and privatization goals by the commission have eliminated millions of middle class jobs for Americans and Europeans.
This is the most current complete 2017 membership list:
Trilateral North American Members
Madeleine K. Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group, Washington; former U.S Secretary of State
A study by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich has found that a mere 147 corporations control the world – orchestrating events and controlling governments. Many of their officials are members of the Trilateral Commission, participants in world economic forums and leaders of national governments.
The analysis examined the relations between 43,000 transnational corporations (TNC), and decided that the top 147 mega-corporations had huge power over world events.
James Glattfelder, who directed the Zurich team, said they began with a database listing 37 million companies and investors in the world. They identified 43,060 TNCs and the share ownership linking them. A model of which companies controlled others through shareholding networks, along with each company’s operating revenues, was created to map the structure of economic power.