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Thrust of argument: 21st Century Wire reports << It was all the rage back in February - Sir Richard Branson, the maverick billionaire entrepreneur of Virgin fame, proudly announced he was organizing a new "Live Aid" benefit concert in the Colombian city Cúcuta, all to help the 'poor people' of Venezuela who we're told were being starved to death by the evil Maduro regime. The event was held on February 22, and attracted some 200,000 punters, with the goal of raising $100 million to buy food and medicine for Venezuelans teetering on the brink of a mass famine. 'Feed the world' rang once more. But the media fairy tale would be short-lived.

Four months later, the story has ended in tears, with associates of Washington's own hand-picked "interim president" of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, implicated in the embezzlement of funds raised by Branson's high-profile 'charity event.' According to reports, the Guaidó camp apparently siphoned off the cash which was meant for humanitarian aid, and instead spend it on lavish hotels, posh nightclubs and designer retail shopping sprees.

Guaidó has been forced to sack some of his appointees who were allegedly running the cash embezzlement scheme. >>
Direction of resistance / implied resistance: They also inform us: << Guaidó's staff botched the distribution of aid sent by the US, with an estimated 60 percent rotting in the warehouses and having to be thrown away. The full extent of the scandal is yet to be revealed >>.

 

 

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Removal of resistance: Meanwhile Mark Steel recommends, on Twitter, that we contribute to the Venezuelan economy by drinking more Venezuelan rum. Given the state of British politics, I feel that a lot of MPs and civil servants could kill two birds with one stone, help Venezuela (with this excellent rum-drinking scheme) and lessen their own misery just a little. Unification: Almost a year ago today, RT reported: << Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Care group has successfully sued the NHS, after losing out on an £82m contract to provide children's healthcare services in Surrey - pocketing £2m of public money in the process. >>

Virgin, RT reports, says they did not pocket the money, and insists: << We took this action because we were concerned that there may have been serious flaws in the procurement process. >>

The question is this: is inviting vulture/'venture' capitalists to make a profit out of our health a serious flaw in the procurement process or not? Just wondering. You know? Throwing it out there. Whaddaya think Richie? Is it or is it not a flawed healthcare procurement process which factors profits for companies into how we deliver medicine? Any statement for the public on that? Anything? I'm curious. I don't think you can possibly rebut me. I'd love to see you try, though.
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Another Branson scheme goes tits up.

21st Century Wire reports << It was all the rage back in February - Sir Richard Branson, the maverick billionaire entrepreneur of Virgin fame, proudly announced he was organizing a new "Live Aid" benefit concert in the Colombian city Cúcuta, all to help the 'poor people' of Venezuela who we're told were being starved to death by the evil Maduro regime. The event was held on February 22, and attracted some 200,000 punters, with the goal of raising $100 million to buy food and medicine for Venezuelans teetering on the brink of a mass famine. 'Feed the world' rang once more. But the media fairy tale would be short-lived.

Four months later, the story has ended in tears, with associates of Washington's own hand-picked "interim president" of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, implicated in the embezzlement of funds raised by Branson's high-profile 'charity event.' According to reports, the Guaidó camp apparently siphoned off the cash which was meant for humanitarian aid, and instead spend it on lavish hotels, posh nightclubs and designer retail shopping sprees.

Guaidó has been forced to sack some of his appointees who were allegedly running the cash embezzlement scheme. >>

They also inform us: << Guaidó's staff botched the distribution of aid sent by the US, with an estimated 60 percent rotting in the warehouses and having to be thrown away. The full extent of the scandal is yet to be revealed >>.

Meanwhile Mark Steel recommends, on Twitter, that we contribute to the Venezuelan economy by drinking more Venezuelan rum. Given the state of British politics, I feel that a lot of MPs and civil servants could kill two birds with one stone, help Venezuela (with this excellent rum-drinking scheme) and lessen their own misery just a little.

Almost a year ago today, RT reported: << Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Care group has successfully sued the NHS, after losing out on an £82m contract to provide children's healthcare services in Surrey - pocketing £2m of public money in the process. >>

Virgin, RT reports, says they did not pocket the money, and insists: << We took this action because we were concerned that there may have been serious flaws in the procurement process. >>

The question is this: is inviting vulture/'venture' capitalists to make a profit out of our health a serious flaw in the procurement process or not? Just wondering. You know? Throwing it out there. Whaddaya think Richie? Is it or is it not a flawed healthcare procurement process which factors profits for companies into how we deliver medicine? Any statement for the public on that? Anything? I'm curious. I don't think you can possibly rebut me. I'd love to see you try, though.



https://21stcenturywire.com/[..]-aid-benefit-cash-embezzled-by-guaido-camp-for-luxury-sprees/
https://www.rt.com/news/462175-guaido-aides-embezzled-aid/
https://www.rt.com/uk/430468-branson-virgin-sues-nhs/