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BlackRock, Vanguard, State Street -Ticket prices

Post by Firestarter » Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:26 pm

I guess that most people don’t even realise how bad it is that a small number of investment funds completely dominate our economy. The last time the financial power was this concentrated was in the days of J.P. Morgan (1837-1913)...

Here are a couple of things “they” could do.

Inflate stock prices, currency and orchestrate crashes of the economy.
When you know in advance that a crash will come, it’s even easier to get huge profits (while eliminating the “competition” at the same time) than in a “normal” market.

When the media (controlled by the big investment funds) report that the “passive funds” of BlackRock and Vanguard outperform the competition, this doesn’t really mean that they perform “better”.
This is the logical result of dominating the financial markets.

Because the same funds own (thus control) all the major corporations, these corporations aren’t competing against each other, but are colluding against the customer.

It becomes even more interesting when you think about what they could do, as they completely dominating several (or all) sectors (diversified portfolios).

Let’s assume a situation where a small amount of tenants prevent the destruction of some houses to build a huge building that is expected to make profits of many million dollars.
They could for example use psychiatrists, on the take of big pharma, to have some of these tenants declared mentally ill to get rid of them...


I’ve found a story about the effects of concentration of ownership on the price of airline tickets. If one company has an effective monopoly, the price of tickets will be higher than with competition.
Three investment funds — BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street — collectively control about 15% of the shares of major US airlines.

José Azar discussed with his colleague Isabel Tecu on how corporate behaviour might change when large investors hold diversified portfolios. Tecu had worked with airline data, and they decided to test whether airfares had been influenced by the concentration of shareholders. They asked an old classmate, Martin Schmalz, to join them.

Azar found a 1984 paper by Julio Rotemberg, who posited that “firms, acting in the interest of their shareholders” might “tend to act collusively when their shareholders have diversified portfolios”.
Rotemberg figured that if investors own a stake in every firm, they will make more money if firms compete less and collude against their customers.
Customers have already found this out, and rightfully complain about their treatment by big firms.

Index funds have grown exponentially since John Bogle founded Vanguard in the mid-1970s. BlackRock and Vanguard each manage trillions of dollars, and together with State Street hold 15 to 20 % of the stock in (almost all) major US corporations.
One journalist argues that large index funds are violating antitrust law. Another recommends that index funds should be prohibited to own stock in more than one company in one sector of the economy.

In April 2015, Azar, Schmalz, and Tecu published a draft of their paper.
They claimed that: the high concentration of share ownership had caused that ticket prices were 12% higher than they would have been with less concentration of the shareholders.

BlackRock subsequently published a 24-page report, discrediting not only the claims but even the facts. Executives at Vanguard likewise expressed scepticism.
In defence, BlackRock claimed that it votes with activists more than it votes with managers. This is a blatant lie, but please don’t let the facts get in the way of the truth...

Azar, Schmalz, and Tecu subsequently published the paper with some less harsh conclusions: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/ar ... il/534183/
(archived here: http://archive.is/TfOVU)


I’ve also looked at the full paper.
It’s sort of boring because it spends so many pages on describing the model they used.

They use the December 2009 acquisition by BlackRock of Barclays Global Investors (BGI), to estimate the effects. After the acquisition the ownership became more concentrated.
Until the first quarter of 2011, ticket prices in the treatment and control markets co-moved very closely. Since 2011, ticket prices in the treatment market (with concentrated ownership) noticeably increased more than in the control market.
See Figure 5.
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Here’s the (draft) paper - Azar, Schmalz, Tecu – Anti-competitive Effects of Common Ownership (2015): https://www.hhs.se/contentassets/ab3211 ... 427345.pdf
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Vanguard, BlackRock – Supermarkets

Post by Firestarter » Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:32 pm

I’ve searched for the major shareholders of the biggest supermarket chains in the US. I was surprised that relatively a lot of these chains aren’t publicly traded because they are “privately owned”. Many of these corporations are reportedly owned by its employees.
In the last couple of years a relatively large amount of the biggest supermarket chains have been merged to form even bigger companies.

Not publicly traded are:
Albertsons Companies LLC - “privately” owned by investors (including Cerberus Capital Management).
Aldi – privately owned (founded by ALbrecht brothers, from Germany).
H.E. Butt Grocery Company - privately owned.
Giant Eagle, Inc - privately owned.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc - privately owned.

Hy-Vee, Inc – employee owned.
WinCo Foods LLC – employee owned.
Publix Super Markets – employee owned: http://www.4-traders.com/PUBLIX-SUPER-M ... 2/company/

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) - ceased supermarket operations in November 2015, after 156 years in business.
Southeastern Grocers, LLC – In May 2018, its restructuring plan was confirmed by a U.S. Bankruptcy judge in Delaware.


Amazon acquired Whole Food Market, Inc in August 2017 (labelled as a merger): https://www.reuters.com/article/us-whol ... SKCN1B31W6


Major Shareholders in The Kroger Co. include – Vanguard Group (more than 12.9%); Blackrock; State Street; Capital; Fidelity (FMR): https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/KR/holders?ltr=1
(archived here: http://archive.is/qa9yP)


Major Shareholders in Walmart Inc. include – Vanguard Group; Blackrock; State Street; Fidelity (FMR): https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/wmt/holders?ltr=1
(archived here: http://archive.is/U1M1E)


Major Shareholders in SuperValu Inc. include – Vanguard Group (more than 19%!); Blackrock (12.7%); State Street; and iShares Core S&P Smallcap ETF; Dimensional Fund Advisors LP; Lsv Asset Management; Towle & Company: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/SVU/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/Os5S8)


Major Shareholders in Ingles Markets, Incorporated include – Vanguard Group; Blackrock; State Street; and Gamco Investors Inc (more than 14%); Gabelli Funds, LLC (more than 11%); Janus Henderson Group PLC; Dimensional Fund Advisors LP; River Road Asset Management, LLC; Lsv Asset Management; iShares Russell 2000 ETF: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/IMKTA/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/UI3Xi)
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ABCD traders and giant food corporations

Post by Firestarter » Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:36 pm

In reality it are not the supermarkets that decide what we eat, but the major corporations that supply the giant food companies like Unilever, Nestlé, Heinz, Mars, Kellogg’s and Tchibo.
These companies aren’t only the top suppliers of supermarket chains but also of the “smaller” shops. In Germany, 4 of these companies account for 85% of retail food sales.

There are a total of 4 corporations - the so-called ABCD traders - Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge, Cargill and Dreyfus that completely dominate the wheat, maize and soybeans markets. The farmers, after they harvest their products, have no choice but to sell to the ABCD traders.
According to Corporate Atlas these 4 corporations have a share of 70 % of the world market.

Since 2015, 15 mega-mergers have occurred in the food and agriculture industry.
Today, 5 corporations are controlling the production of seeds and pesticides worldwide, but their number is likely to shrink to merely four by the end of 2017.

Germany’s Bayer has acquired Monsanto in the USA to become the world’s largest provider of agrochemicals.
The US-based corporations DuPont and Dow Chemical have merged into DowDuPont.
ChemChina has acquired the Swiss-based multinational Syngenta.
These 3 corporations (after being merged) control more than 60% of the seed and agrochemical markets: https://www.dandc.eu/en/article/small-n ... rket-shelf
(archived here: http://archive.is/oIqA1)


I survive in the Netherlands, but I had never even heard of the gigantic Louis Dreyfus Company with its head office in Rotterdam.
The company's parent, Louis Dreyfus Holding B.V., is headquartered at the World Trade Center in Amsterdam (my home town). Louis Dreyfus companies has 72 offices in more than 100 countries.
Louis Dreyfus controls more than 75% of the global grain trade.

Cargill, Incorporated is a privately owned corporation based in Minnetonka, Minnesota and incorporated in Wilmington, Delaware.
It is the largest privately held corporation in the US in terms of revenue.


Major Shareholders in Archer-Daniels-Midland Company include – Vanguard (more than 13.5%); BlackRock; State Street; and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance (more than 10%): https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/ADM/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/5k4fP)


Major Shareholders in Bunge Limited include – Vanguard (more than 17%!); BlackRock; State Street; Fidelity (FMR); and Price (T.Rowe) Associates (more than 11.5%); Franklin Resources: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/BG/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/M0mVk)


Even though Monsanto has already been acquired by Bayer, it’s still publicly traded…
Major Shareholders in Monsanto Company include – Vanguard (more than 14%); BlackRock; State Street; Fidelity (FMR); and Berkshire Hathaway; Primecap Management Company: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/MON/hol ... ccounter=1
(archived here: http://archive.is/Ra0X6)


Major Shareholders in DowDuPont Inc. include – Vanguard (more than 12%); BlackRock; Fidelity (FMR); and Capital: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/DWDP/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/uFFAP)


Following some information on the giant food corporations...


In 2012, Kraft Foods split into two separate companies, Kraft Foods Group and Mondelez International. Mondelez took the snacks and candies brands, including Cadbury, Nabisco, and Oreo.
Major Shareholders in Mondelez International, Inc. include – Vanguard; BlackRock; State Street; Fidelity (FMR); and Trian Fund Management; JP Morgan Chase: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/MDLZ/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/l1EqV)


Major Shareholders in The Kraft Heinz Company include – Vanguard Group; BlackRock; State Street; and Berkshire Hathaway (more than 26.7%!); Capital: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/KHC/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/NKiRF)


Major Shareholders in Kellogg Company include – Vanguard; BlackRock; State Street; and Kellogg W K Foundation Trust (more than 19.5%); Keybank National Association; Capital: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/k/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/mJOUa)


Major Shareholders in General Mills, Inc. include – Vanguard; BlackRock; State Street; and Massachusetts Financial Services; Invesco: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/GIS/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/fsXip)


Major Shareholders in The Coca-Cola Company include – Vanguard; BlackRock; State Street; Fidelity (FMR); and Berkshire Hathaway; Capital: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/KO/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/F8WIs)
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Major shareholders – Restaurant chains

Post by Firestarter » Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:56 pm

It’s strange that BlackRock is widely known as the biggest investment fund in the world, but for just about all the big corporations I checked Vanguard is the bigger shareholder.

When I looked for the major shareholders of PepsiCo on Finance.yahoo.com, for some reason it doesn’t present the detailed information I was looking for...
Major Shareholders in PepsiCo Inc. include – Vanguard (more than 15%); BlackRock; and SSgA Funds Management; Wellington Management: https://money.cnn.com/quote/shareholder ... titutional
(archived here: http://archive.is/FBieb)


Subway is the largest single-brand restaurant chain in the world and is privately owned.

Chick-fil-A is privately owned. Reportedly its founder and long-time CEO set up a contract before he died in 2014 so that his children can never go public with the chain.


Major Shareholders in McDonald's Corporation include – Vanguard (more than 13%); BlackRock; State Street; Fidelity (FMR); and Capital: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/mcd/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/4VTzb)


Major Shareholders in Starbucks Corporation include – Vanguard (more than 12.5%); BlackRock; State Street; Fidelity (FMR); and Capital; Morgan Stanley; Magellan Asset Management; Bank Of New York Mellon Corporation: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/SBUX/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/yJR1j)


YUM! Brands is the parent company of amongst others Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC.
Major Shareholders in YUM! Brands, Inc. include – Vanguard; BlackRock; State Street; and Price (T.Rowe) Associates (more than 14.5%); Magellan Asset Management; Bank Of New York Mellon Corporation: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/yum/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/p5QRp)


Restaurant Brands International is the (Canadian) parent company of amongst others Burger King.
Major Shareholders in Restaurant Brands International Inc. include – Fidelity (FMR); Vanguard; and Pershing Square Capital Management (10.9%); Price (T.Rowe) Associates; Royal Bank of Canada; Principal Financial Group; Berkshire Hathaway; Franklin Resources; Principal Mid Cap Fund; Bank of Montreal/Can/: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/QSR/hol ... ccounter=1
(archived here: http://archive.is/iuuIc)


Major Shareholders in The Wendy's Company include – Vanguard (more than 12%); BlackRock; State Street; and Trian Fund Management (16.3%!); Eminence Capital; Wells Fargo; Janus Henderson; Victory Capital: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/WEN/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/ztNXE)


Only 3 companies own more than 52% of Dunkin' Brands – Vanguard; Price (T.Rowe); Janus Henderson.
Major Shareholders in Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. include – Vanguard (more than 16.5%!); BlackRock; Fidelity (FMR); State Street; and Price (T.Rowe) Associates (more than 20%!); Janus Henderson (more than 15.5%!); Goldman Sachs: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/dnkn/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/DEr0q)


Major Shareholders in Domino's Pizza, Inc. include – Vanguard (more than 16%!); BlackRock (12.4%); State Street; and Renaissance Technologies; Tiger Global Management; Viking Global Investors; Capital; William Blair Investment Management; iShares; Smallcap World Fund: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/DPZ/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/UDLfS)
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Hollywood slump

Post by Firestarter » Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:25 pm

In tickets bought per US adult 2016 was the worst year for movies since before the 1920s and 2016 also had the fewest total ticket sales in 2 decades.
Ten percent of monthly filmgoers buy half of all movie tickets. Most people that watch movies in the cinema are young people (between 18 and 39). The most important demographic group for Hollywood, 18-to-24-year-olds, is going less and less to the cinema. Image

In 1980, Hollywood spent less than 20 cents on advertising for every $1 it earned at the box office. Now it spends 60 cents to earn a buck. Movie makers are spending an enormous amount of advertising money to create “blockbusters”.
In 1996, none of the 10 biggest films were sequels or superhero movies. In 2016, out of the 371 movies released, 4 superhero films — Captain America: Civil War; Deadpool; Batman vs. Superman; X-Men: Apocalypse — accounted for 29% of the total box office.

Hollywood has been shoving sequels down our throats for more than a decade. In 2011, the 7 top films were all sequels, including Fast 5 and Harry Potter.
Both in 2015 and 2016, 6 of the top 10 and 11 of the top 20 films were sequels. In 2015, the 8 biggest opening weekends were all sequels, including Furious 7 and the latest Star Wars.
It appears that even in the 21th century, people can get enough of seeing the same story retold over and over again.

That Hollywood is less influential in brainwashing us, doesn’t mean that people are “waking up” though. arguably the “new” mind control techniques are even more successful than the movies…
Our attention is now pouring into mobile devices, using Netflix, premium cable apps, YouTube, Facebook, and Snapchat: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/ar ... em/486209/
(archived here: http://archive.is/nof5W)


In 2017, theatrical revenues in the US dropped another 2%, ending the year a little over $11 billion, while attendance went down another 4% to 5%. By inflating prices, the worldwide box office will likely hit new heights and could come close to a record breaking $40 billion.

At the beginning of 2017, the results looked even more devastating.
Beginning in September, when “It” (another remake) made $327.5 million in the US, theatres began to draw more visitors.

Indie favourites like “Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” helped to bring people to the theatres, while “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Coco” became box office smashes.
Other sequels - “Transformers: The Last Knight” and “Alien: Covenant” - performed less than expected.

Could Hollywood be trying to attract more people by using “adverse publicity”?!?
Several big moguls and movie stars have been accused of sexual harassment generating a huge amount of “publicity”: https://variety.com/2017/film/news/holl ... 202647206/
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Henry C. Carey – The Slave Trade

Post by Firestarter » Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:55 pm

I’ve found an interesting book by Henry C. Carey (1793−1879), born in Philadelphia, on how so-called “free races” are enslaved. The strange thing is that it’s from 1853 (165 years old) and most of it is still actual. It really explains why the United Nations, World Bank and IMF were founded.
A lot of it is based on Adam Smith’s views. While Carey pinpoints a lot of strategies used against “us”, some of the solutions he presents miss the mark…


Under the Spanish system, labour is valuable so slaves continue to be imported. Under the English one, labour is valueless and men sell themselves for long years of slavery at the sugar culture in the Mauritius, Jamaica, and in Guiana.
England is engaged in a war against the labour of all other countries employed in other activity than raising raw produce to be sent to England, there to be manufactured into end products at the factories of her millionaires, who have accumulated their vast fortunes at the expense of Ireland, India, Portugal, Turkey, and other countries that have been ruined.
The nation that exports raw produce exhausts its land, and then it must export its men, leaving women and children to perish.

Cotton is produced in countries like India, Egypt, Brazil, the West Indies, and the Southern States of the US. It’s then made into cloth in England and becomes valuable. The trick is to keep the value of the raw material low and the end product high. In this way the rich of England become even richer, while the poor become poorer.
This also shows how deceptive calculations based upon statements on the value of exports and imports are; that always “prove” the growing prosperity of England.
If the people of Cuba, Brazil, India, and other countries produce cloth, iron, and other commodities for which they now depend on Europe, and thus diminish their need to export, it would increase the price of their products while making cloth and iron cheaper. This would make these “third world” countries more “free”.

Ever since India came under English rule, their condition has become hopelessly miserable. Cholera became very common.
The Hindu, like the black, is shut out from the workshop. If he attempts to make cloth, he’s heavily taxed, from which his wealthy English competitor is exempt. His iron ore and his coal must remain in the ground, and if he dares to collect the salt which crystallizes before his door, he is fined and imprisoned.
The sub-renter extorts whatever he thinks the unfortunate borrower could pay, for example 1% interest a week. In this way, no matter how large the crop, the poor borrower will never make a profit.

The very best parts of India were selected for the cultivation of the poppy. If the people refused, they were forced. The same company that forced them to grow opium, forced them to sell it back to them for the price they decided. It was exported to China.
In 1839, the emperor of China finally seized a huge amount of opium to be destroyed. Then Britain started the “opium wars”, to force the Chinese to repay them for the destroyed opium.

Britain calls her opponents “despots”, while the British elite are the real despots.
Portugal, India, Turkey and Ireland yield to the British system, become poorer and weaker every year, and their people more enslaved.
In 1801, the copyright and patent laws of England were extended to Ireland, and publishing books was stopped. As a result Ireland couldn’t compete anymore. Irish workers were forced to go to England looking for a job to pay the rent at home. It is common to blame the rapid growth of population for the poor state of Ireland, but in reality this wasn’t the cause.
The Irish went from being land owners, to tenants. The land passed from many into the hands of the few. In the days of Adam Smith there were 220,000 English land-owners, in 1853 only 80,000 were left, while all the land of Scotland is accumulated in the hands of only 6000 people.

In Britain children were sold. Girls brought the highest price; girls aged 12 to 18 cost $500-800.
The poor enter their children in so-called “burial clubs”. A small sum is paid every year by the parent, and this entitles him to receive a larger sum when the child dies. Many parents enter their children in several clubs. One man in Manchester had his child in 19 different clubs.
Parents are so miserable that they actually kill their helpless little offspring to receive the reward from the “burial clubs”.

In 1825, Germany exported almost 30 million pounds of raw wool to England, where it was subjected to a duty of 12 cents per pound for the privilege of being manufactured into cloth.
Germany, Russia, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, and some other states, are trying to protect their farmers. The King of Prussia tries to strengthen his people by enabling them to find employment, manure for their farms, and strengthens Germany by the formation of a great Union, that gives 30 million people the freedom of internal trade.
In contrast, all the measures of England in India are to enslave a hundred million. Of course Russia and Germany haven’t bothered England anymore since the first and second World Wars…

According to Carey, the way to freedom is increasing the value of labour and land. He proposes to export machines to (for example) Africa to increase the labour “value” of Africans. I don’t agree with these ideas…
The additional profits from using machines go to the same elite that control the manufacture of machines. In the 21th century we have computer technology that has reduced the value of a human to an all-time low…
Increasing the value of land, makes the poor: slaves of (the interest rates of) the banks.


The Hindu sells his cotton for a penny a pound, and buys it back as cloth at 18-20 pence.
The Virginia slave sells tobacco for 6 shillings' worth of commodities, of which he and his owner obtain 3 pence.
The poor Irishman raises chickens which sell in London for shillings, of which he receives a pence.
A pound of sugar which had yielded the “free” black of Jamaica two pence, exchanges in Ireland for 2 chickens or 12 lobsters.
It would be much better if labour and capital would be locally applied, reducing exports. The home trade, instead of import-export would increase prosperity.

Henry C. Carey – The Slave Trade, Domestic and Foreign: why it exists, and how it may be extinguished (1853): https://archive.org/stream/slavetradedo ... e_djvu.txt
(or try the PDF version (28 MB): https://ia800603.us.archive.org/6/items ... 01care.pdf)
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Dutch patent on Ethiopian grain thousands years old

Post by Firestarter » Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:54 pm

I’ve found an interesting example of “bio-piracy”: the misappropriation of traditional knowledge of indigenous communities for the purpose of seeking exclusive patent ownership over the knowledge.
According to history books, between 4,000 BC and 1,000 BC Ethiopia was the first country to produce teff grain.

In 2005, the Dutch company Health and Performance Food International (HPFI) of Jans Roosjen secured patent rights on teff grain in the Netherlands and later Italy, Britain, Germany, and Austria. These rights will expire in 2024.
In 2007, the company stopped communicating with Ethiopian authorities.

Since then, the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO) has tried in vain to claim the patent right through negotiations, public campaign and “legal means”.
Ethiopia's government finally filed charges at the International Court of Arbitration to get (back?) its patent right for teff grain: https://www.newtimes.co.rw/africa/ethio ... eff-patent

Following is a longer story on this clear example of “bio-piracy”:
Teff is becoming quite the health rage, because it’s gluten-free, rich in phosphorous, copper, aluminium, thiamine, protein, amino acids and carbohydrates. Teff is also high in fibres, important in dealing with diabetes.
In Ethiopia, with nearly 90 million people, Teff accounts for about 15% of all calories consumed.

In 2005, Ethiopia agreed on a MOU that stated that this agreement will strengthen the position of Ethiopia as a leading Teff producer.
Requirements for a patent include novelty and an inventive step: http://www.academia.edu/31939275/The_Re ... tent_Right

My “logic” tells me that as this grain is thousands of years old, the Dutch patent should be rejected.
But I’m no crooked lawyer and have found out the hard way that in our Brave new world the courts protect the big criminals…
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Vanguard, BlackRock – Social media

Post by Firestarter » Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:27 pm

Today I’ve searched for information on the major shareholders of the biggest social media networks.


Major Shareholders in Facebook, Inc. include – Vanguard (more than 12.6%), Blackrock, Fidelity (FMR), State Street; and Price (T.Rowe) Associates, Capital: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/FB/hold ... ccounter=1
(archived here: http://archive.is/YDC27)


There is something peculiar about the corporate structure of Facebook. The Class B shares have 10 times as much voting rights as the “normal” Class A shares.
By this construction Mark Zuckerberg (who owns 60% of the Class B shares) has most voting rights.

By similar protective structures:
News Corp is controlled by Rupert Murdoch and his family (with Class A shares without voting rights);
Google, where B shares have 60% of the total voting power, is controlled by insiders Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/20/shareho ... ement.html


Major Shareholders in Weibo Corporation include – Blackrock; and Alibaba Group Holding, Harding Loevner, Wellington, Wells Fargo: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/WB/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/uwVwD)
Strangely of the “big four” investment funds only BlackRock is a major shareholder, but nowhere near the stake owned by Alibaba Group Holding and Harding Loevner…


Major Shareholders in Twitter, Inc. include – Vanguard (more than 12.8%), Blackrock, State Street; and ClearBridge Investments, Morgan Stanley, Coatue Management: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/TWTR/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/DUSCS)


American holding company IAC (InterActiveCorp) owns Ask.fm (since August 2014) that also owns Ask.com.
Barry Diller is chairman of IAC, with Edgar Bronfman Jr., Michael Eisner and Chelsea Clinton on the board of directors.

Major Shareholders in IAC/InterActiveCorp include – Vanguard (more than 15.1%), Blackrock; and Price (T.Rowe) Associates, Canada Pension plan, TIAA-CREF Investment Management, Boston Partners, Steadfast Capital Management, Goldman Sachs: https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/iac/holders/
(archived here: http://archive.is/kxwhG)


Since 2012, the controlling shareholder in Reddit is Condé Nast's parent company, Advance Publications that is owned by the descendants of the Newhouse family.
Josh Kushner is named “angel investor” in Reddit: https://redditblog.com/2013/08/06/reddi ... reddit-inc


To finish this post...
Youtube is owned by Google (Alphabet).

Instagram is owned by Facebook.

Tumblr and Flickr are part of Yahoo (owned by Verizon).

LinkedIn is part of Microsoft.
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Tatum O’Neal, Corey Feldman - sexual abuse

Post by Firestarter » Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:52 pm

Actress Tatum O’Neal recently posted on Instagram about the repeated sexually abuse she suffered as a child star by older men.
O’Neal is the youngest person to win an Oscar aged 10 playing opposite her father Ryan O’Neal in 1973’s “Paper Moon”.

She said both her mother, the late actress Joanna Moore, and her father struggled with addiction: “When your parents are off getting drunk or high, they are not watching what happens to their children”.

In her 2004 autobiography “A Paper Life”, O’Neal wrote she was molested by a family acquaintance aged 6 and by her father’s drug dealer when she was 12.
She has added that she was once assaulted by a friend of her father’s and on another occasion her mother’s boyfriend tried to rape her: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... -star.html


Here’s Tatum O’Neal’s Instagram post:
M O O D!! I am a woman and i have been sexually assaulted more than once !! It was not my fault when i was 5, 6 12 , 13 , 15. - All by older men who i thought were safe ! I rarely have known safety and was always blamed for for the assaults and,my loudness , and curiosity. It’s taken in me almost 55 years to know how to advocate for myself

But I learn fast and here I go!! To see the president of US.Mock a woman, let alone a sexual assault victim. We’ve sunk to a depth of depravity that I never thought the president of the United States could ever sink to you. With uproarious laughter for someone who was assaulted at 15 years old. Whether it was 35 years ago to a 75-year-old man at 15 I remember everything !!

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But we , victims the victim of sexual Assault,or violence,must NOT put down our armor.It’s time to fight for one another and each other in this dark time ! America We can do better - we will be better!!
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I’ve found some serious accusations against self-proclaimed whistleblower Corey Feldman by former Corey’s angels, including: mental, physical and sexual abuse.

Former Corey's angel Mara Moon tells that she had a strange contract where Corey provided food and living arrangements.
Moon complains that these were insufficient and even claims that she was starved by giving her too little food. She tells that they, Corey and wife, yelled at her.
Because of the constant assaults, her physical and mental health was in danger.

She also complains that they were using drugs, so it’s no surprise that the cops found drugs when they searched the car.
Moon tells that Corey had already told everyone on tour that he was going to start a campaign in order to generate some funds (before he launched his “truth campaign”), so it must be a complete fraud.

Mara Moon tells that she left the tour because she wasn’t comfortable with what she was asked to do by Corey Feldman (so NOT because her life was in danger): http://ccreports.ca/2017/12/09/exclusiv ... peaks-out/

Another former Corey’s angel, Poeina Suddarth, told about the abuse she and other former “angels” faced.
She tells that she was sexually harassed by Corey’s manager Phil Shapiro, who confirmed to her that Shapiro also harassed other girls (even Corey’s wife), but he didn’t do anything about it.

Suddarth revealed that the women faced psychological, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse while working for Corey Feldman.
Suddarth tells that Feldman worked her to the point that she ended up in the emergency room: http://affinitymagazine.us/2018/01/09/f ... -campaign/

The following 2 hour video features Mara Moon and Poeina Suddarth that tell all about their experience with Corey Feldman: https://youtu.be/EEH4WPQEv9E

Another former member of Corey’s Angels, Jackie von Rueden, made assault allegations against Feldman at sex orgy parties, where drugs was used and that she stated to the Los Angeles Police that Feldman raped a girl (I think NOT underage) while others were present. The LAPD refused to investigate further.
She tells that Corey repeatedly grabbed her ass.

Von Rueden and the other angels were forced to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements; so they aren’t allowed to speak out about their experiences and the abuse they witnessed: http://celebrityinsider.org/corey-feldm ... eo-163537/

Here’s a 1 hour video with Jackie von Rueden.
https://youtu.be/XomehSbwCcA
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