Diamond magnate Lev Leviev was served with a summons by police Tuesday night upon his arrival at Ben Gurion Airport from Russia, as he is wanted for questioning in relation to the multimillion-dollar “Black Diamond” fraud investigation that began in 2018. timesofisrael.com/diamond-tycoon…
Lev Leviev, the Israeli Billionaire With Ties to Jared Kushner and Putin
Leviev is best known for having cracked the world diamond market monopoly of the De Beers cartel in the 1980s, and for real estate holdings and construction deals.
Portland’s Japanese Garden is huge and spectacular and not to be missed if you are in the area. Also, the adjacent rose test garden is amazing as well.
Portland’s Japanese Garden website: japanesegarden.org
Federal prosecutors and regulators are now investigating the merger between Digital World and Trump Media, including the frenzied trading in the SPAC’s warrants, according to people familiar with the investigation and public disclosures.
Jul 18 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
2017: Alexander Dugin and Steve Bannon's Ideological Ties to Vladimir Putin's Russia newsweek.com/2017/05/05/ste…
Alexander Dugin - The one Russian linking Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan
In 2022, political committees tied to Trump routed more payments than ever to one firm involved in the Jan. 6 rally — Event Strategies Inc., the firm named in a permit for the rally that also employed two individuals involved in the protest. #Manafort
Chinese operative Guo Wengui Spent Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars to Overturn the 2020 Election
Bannon patron Guo Wengui sent hundreds of supporters to the “Million MAGA March” and helped fund a Georgia lawsuit. motherjones.com/politics/2022/…
Chinese Tycoon Holed Up in Manhattan Hotel Is Accused of Spying for Beijing
U.S. research firm in commercial dispute alleges exiled businessman Guo Wengui, a frequent critic of China’s Communist Party, is a spy for Beijing
The filing lays out evidence that General Allen joined in the secret lobbying plan along with Richard G. Olson, a former United States ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, and Imaad Zuberi, a business executive with ties in the Middle East.
In June 2017 General Allen was recruited by Mr. Olson and Mr. Zuberi to meet with top Qatari and American officials to diffuse the Gulf crisis — and how General Allen saw the money making potential for his involvement.
May 31 • 19 tweets • 7 min read
“The word “woke” once meant something, kind of.
But now it’s just an empty, all-purpose insult hurled by conservative propagandists, anti-vaccine fabulists, lazy journalists and people who don’t want to know history.
“Republicans accuse Democrats of being woke, trying to make the word into a synonym for un-American and implying some imaginary threat to Whites posed by African Americans and other people of color.”
I am impressed with the quality of this iphone close up shot. The detail rendered is incredible.
Sweet Mademoiselle (peachy pink tea rose)
White Meidiland groundcover rose
Marc Chagall (yellow & pink tea rose)
America is a classic climbing rose. It is incredibly hardy and simply blooms it’s heart out spring through fall — fabulous rose. Also, I really like these climbers: Sombreuil, Eden & Teasing Georgia.
May 6 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
Saudi Arabian investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on Thursday billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk will be an "excellent leader" for Twitter, as he agreed to roll his $1.89 billion stake into the deal rather than cashing out. reuters.com/business/alwal…
2015 Reminder: Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed doubles his stake in Twitter. He now (2015) owns over 5% of the company.
Roses! It’s time to take a break and smell the roses.
This is State of Grace. This rose was bred to resemble its old fashioned English cousins, but exhibit a rounded habit & robust disease resistance.
The shape is cupped & quartered. #Grandiflora #Roses
This rose is a David Austin rose, Abraham Darby. It’s a beautiful rose, but quite delicate overall.
Apr 11 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
Timeline cleanser: Rain and roses.
🌿Tournament of Roses (excellent rose, Blooms constantly);
🌿Heavens Scent (V. Good rose, blooms a lot & is tenacious);
🌿Easy Does It (V. Good rose - impressed with it this year 3 yrs old).
🌿Sweet Madame Blue (new);
Pop Art is another new rose I am testing.
Last year I bought Marc Chagall which is another really pretty sunset pink and yellow striped rose.
Feb 5 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
On Feb. 3, long-time Trump associate Felix Sater filed a cross-complaint in a NY federal court. The complaint alleges that Russian and Kazakhstan-connected individuals and entities conducted “a shadow intelligence operation of Sater and Trump. 🙄😂🙄 thefederalist.com/2022/02/04/law…
Homemade Blood Orange Marmalade is scrumptious and easy to make.
I have two trees that produced a good crop & I didn’t want them to go to waste so I did this experiment making marmalade.
Blood oranges are in season now and are available at most markets.
Step one: wash the fruit.
Nov 2, 2021 • 10 tweets • 8 min read
Please join me on a photo tour of beautiful & tranquil Père-Lachaise cemetery?
A visit to the Père-Lachaise cemetery is always on my itinerary — it is always so relaxing exploring the paths, lanes & trails as you always see something new & different & leave feeling relaxed.
This 1995 infrared photo is my favorite and standard I seek to duplicate each time I visit Père-Lachaise cemetery. 🤷♀️
Infrared photography is #oldskoll, but today I played in PhotoShop to see if I could render my newer color images w/ similar effects achieved as infrared film.
Sep 14, 2021 • 16 tweets • 5 min read
Woodward book: Worried Trump could 'go rogue,' Milley took top-secret action to protect nuclear weapons cnn.com/2021/09/14/pol…
Gen. Milley 'was certain that Trump had gone into a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election, with Trump now all but manic, screaming at officials and constructing his own alternate reality about endless election conspiracies.'
High-profile supporters of Trump descended on Brazil to throw their weight behind president Jair Bolsonaro, as the populist gears up for a re-election campaign next year viewed as a key battle for the global anti-establishment [anti-democratic] right. ft.com/content/6e81d7…
Jason Miller: Former Trump spokesman questioned for three hours by police in Brazil
“This afternoon my travelling party was questioned for three hours at the airport in Brasilia, after having attended this weekend’s CPAC Brasil Conference.”
Former top Republican congressman registers as lobbyist for Saudi Arabia
Ed Royce registers to work with Saudi foreign ministry to 'facilitate meetings with federal government officials,' Politico reports middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-ara…
Ed Royce was involved in Elliott Broidy’s Romanian Arms deal.