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Showing posts with label Koch Industries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Koch Industries. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Kochs "Whitesplaining WIKI? (The Daily Kos)

The Specific Allegation
This evidence strongly suggests that, over a period of YEARS (at least 2012), individual accounts directed by Koch Industries and/or operating on its behalf have:
1) Systematically removed content containing specific citations that paint the company in a negative light.2) Responded to negative content with a "playbook" that consists of objecting on the grounds of various arcane Wikipedia rules and/or making broad sweeping objections while steadfastly refusing to engage with or discuss the specific negative content itself.3) Posted company statements, and other astroturf that links to company-owned websites, both in place of and in addition to organic Wikipedia content.
The evidence presented is strongly suggestive of a pattern of long-term abuse, by multiple users, who have diligently worked to exclude and divert negative information from pages related to the Kochs over a multi-year period. Furthermore, the sophisticated efforts to divert negative information from SERPS and seeming use of a "playbook" to suppress negative content are suggestive of an organized reputation management effort.
How We Exposed Koch Industries' Alleged Scheme

Our "undercover agent" tried to post a "Legal and Regulatory Events" section to the Koch Industries article. This is what the article looked like with our edit. After our edit was reverted, users associated with the scheme interacted with our "undercover agent" on the Koch Industries talk thread. Users Arthur Rubin, springee, Capitalismojo, and AdventurousSquirrel repeatedly tried to cite arcane Wikipedia rules and make broad statements that the content wasn't relevant. However, when we posted a complete list of specific proposed changes, each with supporting detail, it was impossible for them to continue the ruse. The "truth-blitz" caught them off-guard!
What our "agent" did not know at the time was that the pattern of behavior we observed, and worse, had been going on for years.  Per the case before the Wikipedia administrators:

FOR YEARS, anybody who has tried to cite either of these two critical articles (Jane Mayer's New Yorker article or the Rolling Stone's "Inside the Koch Brothers' Toxic Empire), for any reason, has had their content summarily reverted without explanation. The talk archives for Koch_Industries have multiple angry posts asking why such posts had been taken down, such as this one, which implicates our own Arthur Rubin.  In other cases, the same type of behavior that I observed (objecting to the posting of critical content from new users by citing obscure Wikipedia WP: policies while refusing to engage with the content, itself) has been discussed.
Furthermore, the Koch Industries article was not the only one being Astroturfed:

Some of the comments in the cited Americans For Prosperity thread above also show a strong reluctance, from a "loyal opposition", to allow noteworthy (but unflattering) information about the Kochs to appear....Springee wrote "I don't think the citations rise to the level of rock solid" (the primary, but not even the only, citations in question were articles that appeared in the The Washington Post, one of the most widely circulated and respected newspapers in the United States). Arthur Rubin argued "current coverage of the Kochs is excessive". AdventurousSquirrel is also very active in the thread but his arguments (again, against the negative information--which seems to be a consistent position for him as well) are reasonable and justified.

And, the Charles Koch article has been "whitewashed" by this same cast of characters going back as far as 2013:

It seems this same cast of characters has also been involved with sanitizing the Charles Koch page over an extended period of time.

In response to one anonymous user's observation on the talk page that "This bio reads like it was written by Mr. Koch himself or his staff" roughly two years ago, Arthur Rubin justifies having all of the critical information on a separate page (that conveniently doesn't rank in SERPS for "Charles Koch").

AdventurousSquirrel also objected to including negative information from the separate page in the main Charles Koch profile on the Charles Koch talk page (under "inclusion of JBS") in 2012.
This type of abuse impugns the integrity of Wikipedia and constitutes a clear violation of its Terms of Service.  We are calling on the Wikimedia Foundation to do swift justice to Koch Industries and all users involved in its protracted Astroturf campaign!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Kochs Want To Own America (Romney is their lynchpin)

I was recently re-introduced to the Kochs from a perspective that I will admit to being shamelessly ignorant. David and Charles Koch come from 'stock' that many might consider dangerous to any society.  Dangerous if one considers that so many of our traits, character, and motivations are passed down through our DNA. If you or I somehow avoid physical and mental family DNA, think about the significant impact of our 'upbringing" (lineage, environment and parenting).  The Kochs have a lineage that includes societal horrors in Nazi German and the 1950's US John Birch Society(JBS).

Writers admit to difficulty in finding information about the Koch family. A history that may connect to Nazi war Crimes.   How about a quick journey through the Koch's contribution to the Third Reich. 

Let's start with a Ilse Koch: (many bloggers are reporting this same information . The root origin of the information is not easy to locate)

 Ilse Koch

Notorious Nazis Ilse Koch, her husband Karl Otto Koch and Erich Koch are the ghosts of  Koch Industries, who seized the U.S. conservative political agenda years ago and seem capable of seizing the government in total through the Tea Party. Ilse Koch was the Nazi’s specialist in making objects from human skin; was the only woman charged with war crimes; and along with her husband was in charge of one of the most horrific horror camps in Nazi Germany. Ilse and her husband Karl were tried by the SS before the war ended, accused of corruption. Her husband Karl Otto Koch was tried and sentenced to death in Nazi Germany. After the war, Ilse was arrested in the German American Zone, tried in front of a tribunal and sentenced, but was quickly pardoned by the American general appointed leader of the zone.
Erich Koch
Koch reported to Hitler that unemployment had been banished entirely from East Prussia, a feat that gained admiration throughout the Reich.

On September 1, Koch became Reichskommissar of Reichskommissariat Ukraine with control of the Gestapo and the police. His domain was extended from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea; he captured ethnic German, Polish, Belarus and Ukrainian’s declaring that “Ukraine children need no schools. What they’ll have to learn will be taught them by their German masters” and “If I meet a Ukrainian worthy of being seated at my table, I must have him shot..”.
Brother of Erich Koch, Karl Otto Koch
….(August 2, 1897 – April 5, 1945), a Standartenf├╝hrer (Colonel) in the German Schutzstaffel (SS), was the first commandant of the Nazi concentration camps at Buchenwald. On August 1, 1937 he was given command of the new concentration camp at Buchenwald. Investigation into his improper conduct at Buchenwald included corruption, fraud, embezzlement, drunkenness, sexual offences and a murder. Koch’s orders to kill prisoners at the camp were revealed, as well as embezzlement of property stolen from prisoners.
Fred Chase Koch
….(September 23, 1900 – November 17, 1967) chemical engineer and founded the TEXACO oil refinery firm that later became Koch Industries (Chevron). Koch and its customers were sued for patent infringement, process for turning crude oil into gasoline. Litigation effectively put Winkler-Koch out of business in the U.S. for several years. Koch turned his focus to foreign markets, including the Soviet Union and NAZI GERMANY, reportedly with the help of ERICH KOCH.

During his time in the Soviet Union, Fred Koch came to despise communism and Josef Stalin’s regime “a land of hunger, misery and terror”.

Fred C. Koch married Mary Robinson in Kansas City, Missouri in 1932. They had four sons, Frederick (b. 1933), Charles (b. 1935), David (b. 1940) and William (b. 1940). His sons are Charles de Ganahl Koch and David H. Koch.
Now let's move forward to the 1950's and Fred Koch, David and Charles Koch's father.

The John Birch Society


The society was established in Indianapolis, Indiana, on December 9, 1958, by a group of 12 led by Robert Welch, Jr., a retired candy manufacturer from Belmont, Massachusetts. Welch named the new organization after John Birch, an American Baptist missionary and United States military intelligence officer who was shot by communist forces in China in August 1945, shortly after the conclusion of World War II. Welch claimed that Birch was an unknown, but dedicated anti-communist,[7] and the first American casualty of the Cold War.

One of the founding members[22][23][24] was Fred Koch,[25] founder of Koch Industries, one of the largest private corporations in America.[26]

Robert Welch, JR,. on , "What is the John Birch Society". 

Youtube.... (4:13 Minutes. The primary focus for posting here is the last 2 minutes of the video)

If Fred Koch was one of 20 founders of the JBS, I posit it is impossible his children (at least the two most visible) managed to avoid a paradigm that coincided with the following.   

The John Birch Society is as anti-civil Rights, as the Ku Klux Klan. The basic difference between the two cancers in US society are tactics for achievement of a 'snow white' society. The JBS's possible acceptance of African-Americans living in servitude and certainly in a state akin to American Southern Jim Crowe is both offset and complimented by the Ku Klux Klan and many other white supremacist groups. While the Ku Klux Klan is generally about the uneducated, and guttural business of hatred of blacks, Jews and Catholics, the Welch/Koch founded JBS is much more crippling to the basic fabric of a fair America. 

If you watched Point 2 of the video, you heard Welch speak about JBS's concern with communism.  Much written material indicate the JBS aversion to civil rights was, and is, based in its concern for infiltration of communist and associated doctrine. Nonetheless, we lump the Ku Klux Klan, the John Birch Society as well as the Mormon Church are similarly anti-minority and harbor beliefs contrary to American principles as a republic democracy.  

Have you noticed the sprinkling of Republicnas we are openly using the word, "communism" in their opratory?  One has to wonder if they are not pandering to the Kochs.

If you take a bit of time and educate yourself about Charles and David Koch, you might get a better feel for progressive contempt at every mention of their names.  The name is forever emblazoned in world history.   Why allow the descendants of such shame take a financial hold on the Executive branch of the US Government?