Data Deniers and News Hogs


On 4 March, the grand jury investigating possible crimes related to the Mueller investigation issued a subpoena for documents. According to a NBC News report, the subjects include the president and nine of his most intimate associates. The subpoena seeks three years’ worth of correspondence, enough evidence to bring forth an indictment or two at the highest levels of the Executive branch. This, for those who have forgotten the definition, is hard news.


The announcement, like many related to Donald Trump and bad news, was upended by a little known Trump associate named Sam Nunberg. This person popped into the cable news circuit and literally dominated the headlines and air time for days. Nunberg, who has no active association with Trump and no formal involvement with his campaign or presidency, was among those subpoenaed. Although in possession of a law degree, he sounded more like a stand-in for the Jerry Springer show, spilling nonsense and contradictions. When his time on stage was over, we were left asking: Who cares?


That dramatic performance was followed two days later by an even more brain-rattling announcement that an adult film actor was suing Trump over a non-disclosure agreement. Day after day, Americans were treated to the unseemly details of a tryst between the man in the Oval Office, a buxom blonde and her level-headed lawyer. Again, we wonder why does this matter? The Stormy Daniels saga continues. There may be some nugget of significance in her censored story – perhaps a Trump train of illegitimate children – but who knows?


Another 48 hours yielded yet another eye-popping headline. Trump agreed on-the-spot to a sit-down meeting with North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jung-un. Details of the meet up are a mystery. Thus far, we have a South Korean official extending the invite on behalf of Rocket Boy but no confirmation from Kim. People in the State department were left in the lurch of ignorance along with just about everyone else in the Executive branch along with members of Congress.

Republicans were still recoiling from the threat of tariffs, a declaration made by Trump at the opening of this month. In something resembling coherence, over 100 House members sent their party leader a letter imploring reason. The missive read in part: “We are writing to express deep concern about the prospect of broad, global tariffs on aluminum and steel imports.”

All of the above occurred in just four days. Continue reading “Data Deniers and News Hogs”


Russian Oil Comes To Florida – Part 1

The Itera/Areti Building in Jacksonville’s Deerwood office park. In 2017, Itera was bought out by the Russian state’s largest oil-producing entity, Rosneft.

In 1991, a married couple from Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia immigrated to the United States. They left their home on the banks of the Volga River to settle at another river city, Jacksonville, FL.

A few years after arriving, the wife Raisa Frenkel, was the named officer of a corporation, along with Jacksonville resident Theodorus Kavalieros. That business is the Itera International Energy Corporation, a rapidly expanding enterprise that many locals long-viewed as mysterious. During its 20-something year existence, Itera has produced a number of spin-off businesses. Today, it operates from a massive, Gothic style building in the upscale commercial district of Deerwood. Continue reading “Russian Oil Comes To Florida – Part 1”