Posted by Ken Wolfson
Stamford, Conn. -- The bizarre "Ultimate Severance" murder case is taking on a whole new level of importance today as Pentagon investigators reportedly have now also weighed in. It has been learned that the U.S. Department of Defense has launched its own probe into the cover up.
According to sources, the secret reopening of a previously suppressed Fairfield County grand jury investigation into the two-year old slaying of executives Pasqual Valentine and Al Tate, set off alarms at the DoD. Apparently, the grand jury found ties to unregistered lobbyists and black-bag PRs promoting terrorist agendas.
High-level PR consultancy Valentine-Tate was noted for its secretive, behind-the-scenes work for global enterprises. But insiders are now testifying that the company virtually pioneered the establishment of the now widely popular "cut-off" consultancy. It is also now known that the company's entire clientele was composed of organizations on the State Department "undesirable" list.
Another line of investigation the Pentagon is now pursuing is an in-depth high-tech review of the use of powerful webware stealth technologies. These "crawler bots" are designed to scrub targeted Internet files and block search engines from locating them. Two such bots are said to have been employed in the "Ultimate Severance" murder cover up. According to one source, the so-called "searchmangler" developed in Beijing, as well as the nefarious "fielder mole" out of Mumbai, have all but whitewashed the entire investigation.
Meantime, despite denials, broad hints that would seem to be abetting the investigations continue to be found in the novel "Ultimate Severance" by author James Baar. The fictional account featuring the silencing of two PR execs has turned out to be an almost exact portrayal of the actual murders of Valentine and Tate.
Pentagon investigators are now particularly interested in the whereabouts of a certain Hamid al-Sammmara. In "Ultimate Severance," following the murder of Trotter Pugg Mitchell CEO Marvin Runnymede, one Hamid al-Sammmara was named the agency's new Senior VP for Media Relations.
Again reached for comment, Baar repeatedly denied the connection between his novel and the murders. "It's purely coincidental," he said. Baar added only that on advice of counsel he could not comment further.
Ken Wolfson is a freelance investigative reporter. Wolfson's career spans more than 25 years. He began his career in the late 1980s at the infamous San Francisco alternative paper, People's Gazette; and in 1986, joined the Financial News Network as director of investigative reporting. In 1993 Ken gained national notoriety for his investigation into the pharma industry which was the subject of the Academy-Award-nominated documentary film "Dr. Feel Good." Wolfson co-founder of the Stamford Center for Investigative Journalism. He is also the recipient of numerous Emmys and other honors, including five Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University silver and golden Baton awards, three Peabodys and a Polk Award.
Posted by Amanda Chapel
Ya know, it's the little things that set me off. The toilet seat up, the mismixed cocktail (for the third time!), the douche bag in front of me at Starbucks holding up the line flirting with the barista... Arrrrgh, I hate that. It can just put me in a funk for days.
See, it's not any one thing. It's because the brain connects the dots to make a big thing. There's no Big Dipper. We're just hard wired to connect it up; give it a name; and assign it significance.
Well, here's my "constellation" for the day. For those unfamiliar, "cunny constellations" were conceived as a method of bypassing obscenity laws in eighteenth-century Britain. Hugely successful, the belief was that distributors were immune to arrest and seizure. By the mid-1880s, erotic connect-the-dots had been abandoned in favor of less cryptic illustrations.
Well, this is surely obscene, connect these dots:
Sound the alarm -- "Diplomacy and sanctions have failed," says John Bolton, former top nonproliferation official at the State Department and ex-US ambassador to the UN. "We have to look at overthrowing the [Iranian] regime... or a last-resort use of force," he told The Jerusalem Post.
Conflict may erupt this summer -- Iran, Hizbullah, Hamas, World Jihad, and Syria are all actively working against Israel, and may force a conflict as early as this summer, head of Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin told ministers on Sunday during the weekly cabinet meeting.
Bank of International Settlements: Credit Boom May Spark Depression -- The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) is warning that the global economy could be on the brink of a major depression similar to the one that passed in the 1930s. The BIS said that years of loose monetary policy have fueled a dangerous credit bubble leaving the global economy more vulnerable to an economic catastrophe than is generally understood.
Olmert wants public relations, not a peace process -- Arab member of Knesset, head of the Democratic Front parliamentarian block at the Knesset, Mohammad Baraka, stated on Tuesday that the statements of Israel’s Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, during the Monday summit in Egypt, are only statements of public relations, and are not meant to push forward the peace process.
Paris Hilton: PEOPLE's Exclusive Interview -- In an exclusive interview and photo shoot with PEOPLE Magazine, Hilton, gives a candid glimpse into her 23 days in jail – including her explanation of the medical problems that led to her brief transfer to house arrest, and what she says she's learned from her experience. "I was basically in the fetal position, basically in hysterics," Hilton says of her first sleepless nights in jail. As for her fellow inmates, she adds, "All of the inmates were very supportive. There were girls next to me. We could talk through the vents and they were just really sweet."
Why do I bring that up here on Strumpette? In light of that picture, how can you pitch a story about tooth paste today? "APCO, Cassidy Complain About 'Lies"? Please... how would they know? "Kempner named Best Communications Executive for 2007 by the American Business Association." Cut me a break; IT'S JUNE! And my favorite, "Secrets of Winning PR Awards: How to Create Superior Entries"... Total Bulldog doo!!
Posted by Amanda Chapel
Fresh on the heals of the Harpers Magazine sting operation where PR firm APCO Worldwide was seduced into courting Turkmenistan, one of central Asia's most repressive countries... now we've got one for real! A leading expert in international relations says that the Taliban is getting PR counsel. Can you guess who's their firm? Yikes!
First, by way of a little background, according to a CBC News interview with Doug McArthur, a political scientist at Simon Fraser University:
And their new communications strategy is working! "It's happening quite quickly and they are getting a big payoff for their efforts," McAuthur said.
PR'S INCREASING MORAL FLEXIBILITY
Add to that, big international conglomerates are not moored necessarily to any national affiliation. Money is money. And if one firm won't take it, another firm will.
TAKE THE POLL
Directly below is a poll. Who do you think might be the Taliban's new PR Firm? Guess. (Note: Poll closed 6/30/07.)
The firms we offer here are the most likely suspects. They either have an international capability or can quickly fashion a network of firms. Also, it is in our opinion that the firms here would not necessarily be dissuaded by a suspension of human rights, the occasional beheading or the total annihilation of Israel. If you think another firm should be considered, please add it in the comments.
Posted by Amanda Chapel
BOSTON /PRUrgent/ - DoItRight Public Relations, a Boston-based communications firm specializing in business copywriting and online promotion, today announced the launch of a $20 per press release writing program.
Where top PR firms typically charge in excess of $1,200 per press release, DIR-PR has been able to smash that standard by reportedly keeping the firm's overheard down and by purchasing the raw materials in volume.
“We believe that public relations services should not be absurdly priced and should be affordable for small business owners,” said Abhishek Sontakke co-founder of DoItRight.
With regard to any question about quality, DIR-PR client Wade W., founder of DriverEducationOnline.us, said: "I’m thoroughly impressed with the press release. It was very well written and they took the time to research my site and nailed some observations that would otherwise have been lost."
When asked about the rumor that DIR PR releases were actually used press releases repainted and their odometers reset in a sweat shop in Mumbia, Sontakke said emphatically, "All our press releases are custom made to order."
Aside from the press release writing services, at an additional charge DoItRight PR also offers press release Web submission and distribution.
For more information, visit DoItRight Public Relations at http://www.DoItRightPr.com.
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