Old Media Whistleblower Announces Partnership 

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Whistleblowers |


Shocking fans all over the world, Anthony Bourdain recently announced his partnership with none other than The Belvenie Single Malt Whisky company.

Known mostly for being a rebellious whistleblower which led to him becoming a media hero when it came to food, an author of “Kitchen Confidential” as well as starring on CNN’s “Parts Unknown” too, Bourdain has stepped away from this previous persona of being anti-commercial and partnered up with the whisky company which came to light at his recent Craft Fair.

Bourdain’s Part in The Recent Artisanal Craft Fair

On Monday, Bourdain showcased his new persona to the world by debuting the Balvenie 2015 Rare Craft Collection in New York City’s Midtown-West neighborhood with his own traveling exhibition to showcase the dedication, hard work and outright pure talent of America’s finest craftspeople.

While there Bourdain didn’t miss a beat, posing for dozens of photos with fans and the craftspeople at the event and kept a professional smile throughout.

The Exhibition


Bourdain’s traveling exhibition is open to the public until October 8th at Hudson Mercantile, 500 W. 36th Street if you want to go and have a look at some of the amazing work being showcased there.

The event itself is promoting the Balvenie online video series from when Bourdain travelled the breadth of America to meet the craftspeople and artisans. This huge adventure and journey across America has resulted in only the best coming together all under one roof for a short time only and giving everyone a chance to appreciate their skills. The video series is called “Raw Craft” if you want to watch it yourself.

The Whisky

So what made Bourdain change his ways and go from the guy who had never even endorsed a product to someone now not only endorsing and promoting something, but actually partnering up with them too?

At a private Q&A he said “I’ve always said no, but this was a whisky that I drink. It’s actually good. And everyone knows it’s good”. So there you have it, Bourdain the whistleblower now changed forever and a fond drinker and partner of The Belvenie Single Malt Whisky.

So is This Really a Complete Persona Change for Bourdain?

Not really. His promotion and partnership with the Scotch Whisky company (actually a Scotch brand and produced by the family owned William Grant & Sons company) isn’t actually all that commercial as they are well known for their handcrafted expressions and heritage.

The collaboration has been done in a very tasteful manner and it genuinely seems that Bourdain is just a fan of the whisky and the way it’s made. Bourdain said he wasn’t an expert on whisky and “I’m learning. It seems nonsensically old-school, difficult, multi-generational, dedicating themselves to things people don’t even teach anymore. To take these time-consuming, non-modern modes to creating what elsewhere is an industrial product. It seems uncompetitive. It’s not American dammit!”.

However he has obviously taken a keen interest in learning more about the process behind whisky and also visited a distillery and enjoyed a 21 year old Portwood.  So it seems he genuinely is still the same person and making whisky is still a craft, even if it is now done on a much larger commercial scale in our modern day and age.

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Whistle-blowers ethics 

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Edward Snowden |

Whistle-blowers are sometimes considered as knights of modern era. They are sometimes referred as the Robin Hoods of the modern ages. This is because they are risking everything they have in this life for some higher ethical and moral reasons. They are trying to present us a real world of spy networks and intelligence agencies. Everything is telling us that these organizations are very complex and that they are requiring attention just as whistleblower law.

46546324-whistleblower-hatWikiLeaks is the most known site when it comes to publication some confidential information. This has been founded by Julian Assange. He is the Australian Internet activist. Assange became very popular to the public when the Chelsea Manning affair leaked out. This was a story about United States soldier who was based in Iraq and transferred some important military and diplomatic confidential documents to the enemy. Chelsea was sentenced to a 35 year sentence in prison because of this leak. Assange used this to promote his new organization. Assange was under the investigation and prosecution by the United States since that time. Assange, in order to protect himself searched for asylum in the Embassy of Ecuador in London and he was granted.

 Wikileaks_logo.svgThe goal of WikiLeaks is to bring important news to the public. Their motivation is the truth. They are tired of lies which are presented every day by mass media and they are trying to change it. Wikileaks reviled a number of important documents mostly about US politics around the world. There are many classified documents about Afghanistan War and footage from Baghdad airstrike where two Iraqi journalists were murdered by the Apache helicopter. There are also many files about the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay prison.

They are doing this all in the sense of real human liberty and rights. Countries and states are doing all sorts of illegal murders and acts which are violating all sorts of human rights. They aren’t protected in any way and they are trying to give people information about their own lives and to show them how those lives are dangerous.  We are thinking that we are living in a world of happiness and freedom but it is vice versa. The government is spying us and watching our very step. Anybody who is trying to fight against the system is represented as a threat and there are all sorts of media which are trying to make that look real.


Whistle-blowers are doing a big job here. They are the main source of information to Internet sites, news agencies and journalists. Edward Snowden is probably the main name in this story. He did a great thing when he spoke publicly about the US government global surveillance system and its intentions. All of this has opened other types of similar stories. He was prosecuted and forced to leave his country because of his own safety only for the willingness to speak the truth to people about their countries policies and politics. Without the ethics of: Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning. Edward Snowden and all other whistle-blowers much information about our everyday life would remain hidden.

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Indiana Economist Blows Whistle on Citigroup 

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Citigroup |

citigroup_logoThe giant Citigroup is under scrutiny from the Indiana economist Eric Rasmusen as he attempts to force their hand into paying over 2 billion in penalties and taxes he says they should owe the government in New York State. Although he hasn’t received the full support of everyone either. In fact Rasmusen has to go at it solo as General Eric Schneiderman notified the courts that his office and law firm refuses to join in the law suit; however he does have the Buffalo law form of Hodgson Russ on his side.

A Costly Mistake from an Indiana Economist or the Case of his Career?

whistleblower-back-stabbingSomeone from Schneiderman explained that the Attorney General will not be joining the case (which is paid for by the tax payers of New York) but refused to give an explanation as to why. However taking on a company as large as Citigroup could end up in a battle of who has the most money, which when you’re trying to make Citigroup pay out over 2 billion dollars isn’t going to be an easy case to actually win unfortunately.

The fact the Attorney General refuses to get involved in the case also makes it more difficult for them to obtain all of the information they probably need to seal the deal and win the case for certain.

Rasmusen said “It makes it more difficult. They have investigative powers that we don’t have to get a hold of documents, interview witnesses. It adds to the credibility to have the attorney general on your side”.

The Case Itself

Rasmusen is using the “False Claims Act” to try and prosecute Citigroup which is a law that has extremely strong protections favoring the whistleblower or allegation maker, a law which the Schneiderman Group used successfully while he was state senate.

Professor Eric RasmusenThe law also means that Rasmusen as the prosecutor would also be eligible to receive a proportion of the 2 billion sought after if the case is successful and Citigroup are found guilty. Which could be the whole reason behind the economist even thinking of going at it alone without the support he really needs from the Attorney General. This may work in Rasmusen’s favor though as if he does win then he stands to gain 25 to 30%, whereas if the Attorney General was involved he would only take home 15 to 25%.

However the economist has said he expects he would just give away the money if he was to win the case. Only time will tell if that is true of it is just a ploy to try and make everyone think he isn’t continuing to pursue this without the needed support for the moral reasons alone VS the large financial reward if he is successful.

What Are Citigroup Saying?

“We believe the claims are without merit,” Danielle Romero-Apsilos, a Citigroup spokeswoman, said in an email response when asked about the case.

However they have had the case moved from state court to federal court in Manhattan and this isn’t the first time Citigroup has been accused of wrong doings. In 2014 the bank’s mortgage activities came under scrutiny and a $182 million deal was settled with Schneiderman.

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