#8092827 at 2020-02-10 19:06:55 (UTC+1) Q Research General #10359: Putting the Spin on Bezos Edition
The 11 top U.S. companies targeted by China
China is looking to buy American - at a never-before-seen clip. Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) is just the biggest and latest target.
Chinese investors and buyers have announced plans to spend $39 billion so far this year buying U.S. companies, says RichardPeterson, senior director at S&P Global Market Intelligence. This whopping total includes Anbang Insurance Group's offer for hotel chain Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which S&P Global says values at $15.2 billion.
The pace of Chinese buying of U.S. companies is unprecedented, Peterson says. The value of Chinese bids for U.S. companies just this year is roughly four times the $9.4 billion of Sino-U.S. deals announced last year and already well above the previous record of $11.8 billion Chinese companies announced spending in 2013. 2013 was the year China's Henan Shineway Industry Group agreed to buy food processor Smithfield Foods for $7.3 billion.
"The deal flow is self-explanatory," Peterson says. "It will be a record year for Chinese acquisitions of companies based in the U.S."
China's shopping spree in the U.S. is starting to get harder to ignore given some of the high-profile targets. Five of the six largest Chinese buyouts of U.S. companies have all occurred this year, Peterson says. Ingram Micro, a U.S.-based company that distributes electronics made by companies ranging from Apple (AAPL) to Microsoft (MSFT) was bought in February by China's Tianjin Tianhai for $7.3 billion - making it the third largest China offer for a U.S. company after Starwood and Smithfield.
Then there was China's Qingdao Haier's $5.4 billion buy of General Electric's (GE) GE Appliances unit in January.
Chinese buying is getting to levels that investors can't write off as just a blip, Peterson says. The dollar value of Chinese buyouts account for about a third of the total spent by all foreign buyers. "This could be a topic for the elections," he says.
LARGEST INVESTMENTS IN U.S. COMPANIES INVOLVING CHINESE BUYERS *
Target, $ value ($ millions), Buyer
Starwood Hotels, $15,188, Anbang Insurance
Smithfield Foods, $7,276, Henan Shineway Industry
Ingram Micro, $7,247, Tianjin Tianhai Investment
GE Appliances, $5,400, Qingdao Haier
Terex, $5,122, Zoomlion Heavy Industry
Legend Pictures, $3,500, Dalian Wanda
AMC Entertainment, $2,909, Dalian Wanda
Fairchild Semiconductor, FCS, $2,659
Devon Energy (5 U.S. shale oil and gas fields), $2,442, Sinopec Int'l Petroleum
Activision Blizzard (stake bought by group of investors), $2,339, Tencent Holdings (was one of several investors, including Los Angeles-based Leonard Green)
Waldorf Astoria New York, $1,950, Anbang Insurance
#6636777 at 2019-05-31 17:38:56 (UTC+1) Q Research General #8486: May Ends.. PAIN Begins Edition
Imagine the cracks that are forming from this massive narrative shift in the media. These people who have been brainwashed to hate all that is good in America are now having to swallow a bitter pill. CNN is about to lose it's cameramen. CBS Interviewed the US Attorney General. And here, that magnificent bastard, Barr, is actually out working for the common man, in the middle of fucking nowhere addressing issues that have plagued man since the formation of societies. God Bless this whole Administration.
'Enough is enough': AG Barr hears from Alaska Native leaders about rural justice problems
U.S. Attorney General William Barr met with Alaska Native leaders from around the state today in Anchorage to discuss law enforcement challenges in rural Alaska.
Barr will spend four days traveling around Alaska, learning about the unique challenges rural areas, particularly villages, face.
"Because of its vast size, and because of the diverse communities, and because of the lack sometimes of easy transportation, it created a lot of serious law enforcement challenges," Barr said. "And it piqued my interest."
At a roundtable discussion at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Barr heard from Native leaders about high rates of violence towards Native women and children, the lack of law enforcement in many communities and the limited funding for the resources that currently exist.
"Imagine picking up the phone and calling for help in an emergency, knowing that help is hours away and may be dependent on weather," said Northwest Arctic Borough mayor Lucy Nelson. She was one of the leaders who met with Barr.
"Enough is enough," said Victor Joseph of the Tanana Chiefs Conference during his testimony.
"We can't accept these problems as being normal for life in Alaska," Ralph Andersen of the Bristol Bay Native Association told Barr.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr, center, shakes hands with RichardPeterson, president of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, in Anchorage on May 29, 2019. U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, is at right.U.S. Attorney General William Barr, center, shakes hands with RichardPeterson, president of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, in Anchorage on May 29, 2019. U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, is at right. (Photo by Joey Mendolia/Alaska's Energy Desk)
"I believe we are the solution. I believe the tribes are the solution," said RichardPeterson of the Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. "And I believe, if we're properly funded and we're able to build the infrastructure we need, we're the answer."
Many of the leaders noted that it's often hard to qualify for federal resources because of legal confusion between federal Indian Country laws and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Barr agrees.
"I understand exactly what you say, and I get frustrated, too, when all these little categories ... 'Well they don't qualify because of this,' and so forth," Barr said. "I'd like to try and marshal what we have and address the problem."
Barr described the Wednesday meeting as the first of several he'd like to hold in the state or in Washington, D.C., to help address problems in Native communities.
U.S. Justice Department officials wouldn't go into full detail about the attorney general's itinerary in Alaska, but a spokesman for Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, said Barr will travel to Galena tomorrow and will visit the Yukon-Kuskokwim hub of Bethel and the village of Napaskiak on Friday.
Barr declined to answer a reporter question about statements White House Special Counsel Robert Mueller made today on whether or not President Donald Trump had broken the law and aided in Russian interference of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
#5741190 at 2019-03-18 00:25:33 (UTC+1) Q Research General #7343: WRWY!!! Edition
Christchurch mosque shootings: Brenton Tarrant sacks lawyer, will represent himself in court
18 Mar, 2019 11:40am
5 minutes to read
The death toll has risen by one - 50 now confirmed dead... 34 in hospital 12 in critical condition - one of them four-year-old girl Alin Alsati. Bodies are now being returned to families.
By: Derek Cheng
Accused mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant has dismissed his lawyer and plans to represent himself in court - raising concerns he could attempt to turn a trial into a platform for his beliefs.
The duty lawyer who represented Tarrant in court on Saturday confirmed to the Herald today that he was no longer acting for him.
RichardPeters said Tarrant appeared to be lucid and was not mentally unstable - other than the extreme views that he held.
Peters said that his job representing Tarrant ceased on Saturday - and that the accused gunman had told him he wanted to represent himself in future.
This raises the prospect of Tarrant conducting his own defence at trial and using the high-profile prosecution to promote his beliefs, which were detailed in a manifesto before Friday's shootings.
"What did seem apparent to me is he seemed quite clear and lucid, whereas this may seem like very irrational behavior," Peters said.
"He didn't appear to me to be facing any challenges or mental impairment, other than holding fairly extreme views."
Tarrant is facing one charge of murder, but is likely to face more. He was remanded in custody to appear in the High Court on April 5, and did not apply for bail or name suppression.
Brenton Tarrant is lead into the dock for his appearance in the Christchurch District Court. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Brenton Tarrant is lead into the dock for his appearance in the Christchurch District Court. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Peters said that Tarrant had not displayed any condolences or regret, but "our discussion didn't touch on that".
He said Tarrant may want to use the trial to amplify his views, and it would be up to the trial judge to deal with that.
#5140835 at 2019-02-12 17:26:06 (UTC+1) Q Research General #6566: Shall We Play A Game? Edition
A unique letter written by George Washington that makes reference to God and the Constitution is up for sale after spending decades in a private collection.
The remarkable piece of correspondence is expected to fetch in excess of $100,000.
The Raab Collection, a dealer in historical documents, called the artifact in a news release on Feb. 11, "a remarkable original letter signed by George Washington praising the providence of God for the ratification of the Constitution, the founding moment in American democracy."
"Raab is not aware of any other letter of Washington casting divine ?influence on the passage of the Constitution having reached the market," the release states.
America's first President makes a remarkable statement in the letter, according to Nathan Raab, President of the Raab Collection, with Washington writing that "his victory in battle and his stewardship over the Convention that led to our Constitution came with the guiding influence of a higher power."
"This letter has been in a private collection for decades and is valued at $140,000," writes the Raab Collection.
A Challenge to the Constitution
Washington signed the letter Sept. 7, 1788. He addressed it to RichardPeters, speaker of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and a former member of the Continental Congress.
In the document, Washington praises God for the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, which had been drafted in Philadelphia a year earlier.
The Constitution was signed by 39 of the 55 delegates to the convention on Sept. 17, 1787.
Washington's letter was written at a time when the Constitution faced a stiff challenge. Representatives of some states even wanted to hold a second convention to possibly rewrite it, according to a note on the Raab Collection website.
"This 'second convention' movement was a real threat," the Raab Collection noted. "Several states were attempting to organize them. Only Pennsylvania succeeded. They were also strong in Virginia and Massachusetts. Nothing ever came of them but it was not a given and Pennsylvania's early September meeting gave Washington reason to be concerned."
In his letter to Peters, Washington expressed hope that divine providence would see proponents of the Constitution withstand the challenge.
"It would seem from the public Gazettes that the Minority in your State are preparing for another attack of the-now-adopted Government; how formidable it may be; I know not," Washington wrote. "But that Providence which has hitherto smiled on the honest endeavors of the well-meaning part of the People of this Country will not, I trust, withdraw its support from them at this crisis."
The Raab Collection news release notes that Washington's use of the term "Providence" signifies "Divine Providence," citing Mount Vernon, George Washington's home. The release adds that Mount Vernon has indicated his theological beliefs as follows: "It is clear that he believed in a Creator God of some manner, and seemingly one that was also active in the universe. This God had three main traits; he was wise, inscrutable, and irresistible. Washington referred to this God by many names, but most often by the name of 'Providence.'"
#3217758 at 2018-09-28 00:33:36 (UTC+1) Q Research General #4074: Bumbling Blumenthal Edition
Anon digging on Murkowski, native owned. I found this which may be helpful.
"Tlingit-Haida Central Council President RichardPeterson wrote to Murkowski and said that the 30,000 tribal members his organization represents would be endangered by Kavanaugh's confirmation, "because of his erroneous views on indigenous rights and tribal sovereignty."