The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said that “they muddy the water to make it seem deep.” It is a paradox of propaganda, to make everything look so muddy that the masses start believing imagined conspiracy theories and the accusations leveled by the propagandists. This is the case with almost every state where propaganda is used to control people’s conscious and subconscious. From the corporate joints selling brands to the regimes waging wars and imposing their agendas in and outside the country, all use propaganda to their own advantage. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The public relations pioneer Edward Bernays said, “If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it?” The world today is being controlled and even the desires of the masses are manufactured. What you will like to wear, … [Read more...] about Masses manipulated by manufactured consent and desires
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By Sandro Contenta Feature Writer Fri., Oct. 5, 2018 Sam Sorbara was 14 when his family fled the poverty of an Italian village in 1925 and settled in southern Ontario. His alcoholic father all but abandoned the family and his mother died within a few years of arrival. After the Great Depression hit, Sam’s family worked the streets to survive. They bootlegged booze and stole coal to stay warm. Sam was caught using counterfeit bills in Toronto and sentenced to three years in jail. Later, he sold mineral feed to farmers in the Toronto region and started buying land from those anxious to sell. His efforts eventually made him a leader in Toronto’s Italian-Canadian community and a wealthy man. When he died in 2002, at the age of 91, he left behind the family-run Sorbara Group, a multi-faceted real estate company with current assets estimated by one of its owners at $1.4 billion. His legacy is now under threat. The company he founded has torn his family apart. His … [Read more...] about Greg Sorbara in the middle of ugly feud that threatens family’s billion-dollar company
caption Elizabeth Holmes was charged with massive fraud in March. source Jamie McCarthy / Getty Financial fraud is a major crime which often comes with heavy punishment and fines for those involved. Enron, Cendant, and WorldCom are examples of massive companies torn apart by financial fraud and scandal. Other cases include fraudsters trying to sell the Eiffel Tower and the Brooklyn Bridge. Financial fraud is a serious white-collar crime that often comes with heavy punishment and fines, but the details of the misdeeds can be stranger than fiction. Recently, numerous charges of fraud – and alleged fraud – have made headlines. In April, Wells Fargo was fined $1 billion to resolve probes into lending abuses. Elizabeth Holmes founded Theranos at 19 but her success came to a sudden halt when she was charged with “massive fraud” in March. Financial fraud isn’t new, and the extent of … [Read more...] about The most memorable and expensive financial fraud cases of all time
By Haroon Siddiqui Special to the Star Sat., April 7, 2018 More and more governments are rushing to confront the dangers posed by Facebook, Google, Netflix and other digital giants. But Ottawa has yet to grow out of its infatuation with them. In genuflecting to these rapacious American corporations, Justin Trudeau and his two cabinet colleagues entrusted with the file, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, are failing to stand up for Canadians, Canadian companies and Canadian sovereignty. Several reasons are proffered for their deference: They don’t want to risk antagonizing the Donald Trump administration in the middle of testy NAFTA negotiations. They are being particularly nice to Facebook since they are lobbying it to locate a data centre in Canada. Article Continued Below They want Facebook to ensure that the Liberals are not undermined in the 2019 federal election the way Hillary Clinton was in … [Read more...] about Why is Justin Trudeau bowing down before the U.S. internet giants?
The owner of Arby’s, Roark Capital Group, announced it would buy Buffalo Wild Wings for $2.9 billion in November 2017. The deal was finalized on Monday. The two restaurants will be run separately under the name of a new company, Inspire Brands Inc. With the merging could come some changes for the two chains. Arby’s parent company, Roark Capital Group, confirmed on Monday that its deal to acquire fast-casual restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings has been completed. The deal was initially announced in November 2017. Roark Capital, which also owns Arby’s and Cinnabon, agreed to buy Buffalo Wild Wings for about $2.9 billion. The two chains will fall under the new name of Inspire Brands Inc. but will be kept as separate and distinct brands, a spokesperson for Arby’s told Business Insider on Monday. But, we can certainly expect to see some changes. “Arby’s and Buffalo Wild … [Read more...] about Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings are joining forces to create a fast-food empire — here’s what could change