Thursday, December 15, 2016

Donald Trump and the End of the Great Democratic Experiment

Donald Trump and the End of the
Great Democratic Experiment

The people of the United States of America voted for the Presidency on Nov. 8th, 2016. The people voted for Hillary Clinton. Due to a dated system of election calculation, invented to prevent corrupt plantation owners from buying the office, a reality television star name Donald Trump (DT – I do not like mentioning or typing its name) was appointed as the new President Elect. This unbelievable result could very well end the reign of the proud and strong union of independent states, known as The United States of America, and its adaption and support of democratic government, is coming to an end. The democracy and the republic are in jeopardy; The Great Experiment is over.

What is The Great Experiment and why is this in jeopardy? George Washington called the American political ideal "The Great Experiment." Contemporary English historian Paul Johnson writes, "The creation of the United States is the greatest of all human adventure” (Johnson 6). The great American republican experiment is "a human achievement without parallel."(Johnson 8). The early days of the Great Experiment bristled with questions. Can human beings establish good government simply through reflection and choice? Can a free people govern itself? Can a self-governing people sustain its freedom? What form of government best suits those who are neither angels nor animals, but imperfect human beings? Can a nation rise above the injustices of its origins and, by its moral purpose and performance, atone for them?

The history of the United States and its people is on of conflicts, conquests and crimes. Yet in the darkest of times, the foresight and wisdom of our founders, the authors of our own Constitution, has shown the way to conflict resolution and leadership by example on the world stage. This country bred generations of great men and women, a history of excellence, grace and leadership. One of my favorite heroes, R.R. Wilson (see Attachment 1), represents the best in us as a people as a citizen of the world. Those time are over, where have these men gone to, where are when we need them?
The election of DT has divided our nation, destroyed 240 years of leadership and good will. How did this reality TV star get elected and what does it mean in the future? Who is responsible for this insult? Can anything be done to prevent such perversions in the future?

In modern America, another element of influence in which the Founding Fathers did not address is the advent of modern media. 90% of all media outlets in the United States are owned by six companies: General Electric (GE), News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time-Warner and CBS. In 1983, this 90% was owned by a diverse array of 50 companies, today, it is six.

According to the publication Business Insider, as of 2012, “232 Media Executives control the information diet of 277 Million Americans.” (Lutz 1). These conglomerates are in the business of entertainment. In 2012, they controlled over 70% of your cable companies and generated income in excess of 275.9 BILLION dollars. News outlets as a division of these companies are a small but important wing of this Retail Infotainment [1] business. Over the last decade, how well a newly released movie performed financially on the opening day has been deemed News. Prior to these mergers, this information was internal information relevant to movie studios and their executives. What modern media executives have found is; If we make our business the consumers business, the consumer can be guided to consume the media properties they direct. How well a motion picture does financially on its opening weekend is not News, it’s an advertising campaign (not a press release), targeted to the consumer for greater media property consumption.

What this means is there is no news, there are however Retail Infotainment events and personalities to maximize their income. Period. There is no Independent Objective Journalism anymore. If it’s not on TV, the internet or your screen, it does not exist. The 6 companies control that, what is and what is not news. If its profitable, its news. If its unprofitable, its rumor and innuendo. Walter Cronkite is dead and no one is or will replace him.

DT, with his 14 years of Reality Television success for his master General Electric, has learned how to feed and manipulate these media giants at will. Numerous times during the 2016 presidential campaign, DT would make inflammatory statements, that were purposely structured to be plausibly denied (or taken out of context), which would then focus the Media spotlight on DT and his campaign. Soft news and controversy took the spotlight away from hard (boring and unprofitable) news. Media broadcast time DT did not have to pay for.

A typical DT story of free advertising goes as follows:

Everyone in television news production knows that sound bites have been getting shorter as time goes by. So it was curious to see the reverse of this trend on Megyn Kelly’s show The Kelly File on Fox at 9 p.m. Thursday night.

She introduced a segment on Clinton’s email “scandal” by playing a clip from a Trump speech early in the day. The clip began with “Hillary Clinton’s staff deleted and digitally bleached, which is acid cleaning her emails after receiving a Congressional subpoena.”

The clip ended with “ . . . the world was falling apart.” The clip lasted 90 seconds, uninterrupted. That’s the length of three commercials. In the 24th minute, Kelly introduced another clip of Trump speaking. This time, it was many short quotes from the same speech presented back-to-back.

It, too, lasted 90 seconds—the length of three commercials. And at 9:32 p.m., introducing a segment about moderator Matt Lauer, Kelly showed a string of clips of Lauer firing hostile questions at Clinton. Clinton’s responses were eliminated from the clips except for a couple stray words.

This lasted 50 seconds—almost the length of two more commercials. That give us, what, almost four minutes of free air time that backed attacks against Clinton, who—surprise! —appeared only in brief still and moving images and never was heard speaking on The Kelly File on the “Fair and Balanced” network.

What does it cost to buy four minutes of commercial time on the hottest prime-time show on the most-watched cable news outlet? Doesn’t matter DT did not pay for it. When you are a Favorite Son of the media giants, you get perks.

So who did the Media manipulate to award their favorite earner into the White House? The uneducated, unemployed middle to lower class, white alienated population. DT reached out the poor, the disenfranchised, the beaten, and he fed them exactly what they wanted to hear.

What’s the first rule of control, management and domination? The application of Fear. Fear of losing your job, fear of losing your home, your children. What’s the best way for media companies to focus their campaign of Fear, to reach the most people and causes of Fear? Blame the Immigrants!
This time tested, age old campaign against immigrants goes back further than the founding of America, in Europe, goes back to the beginning of recorded time. Blame the Negroes, blame the Mexicans, blame the Irish, the Italians, the German, the Vietnamese, blame whatever the last wave of immigrants are or whatever race, color or creed that fits your agenda. Muslim, Islam, Persian or Arab, it’s all the same, a religion, a belief, a people, all fair game when it comes to blame.

The Arizona Senator and Naval Hero[2] John McCain, took some heat over his blaming wildfires on Mexican immigrants. According to an article in Mother Jones, you can blame immigrants for anything:
“Car Accidents: Thank Arizona's senior senator for this one, too. McCain told Bill O'Reilly (who else?) that Arizona's highways were plagued by illegal immigrants who intentionally crash into other drivers. No word on how doing so could possibly be to their benefit.
Swine Flu: Remember this? While everyone was running around buying face masks and speculating on Swine Flu's origin, CNN's Jack Cafferty suggested that illegal immigrants—not just anyone traveling from Mexico—might be at fault.
The Mortgage Crisis: Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin argued that banks specifically targeted illegal immigrants for shady home loans, and when they couldn't pay up... well, you know what happened.
America's Drug Problem: The majority of illegal immigrants coming from Mexico are "drug mules," according to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.
Litter: Some officials think border crossers need to brush up on their "Leave No Trace" etiquette.
California's Budget Deficit: Forget about mismanagement and overspending: some argue that California ran out of money because of illegal immigrants, who used services like hospitals and schools without paying for them. (Actually, many undocumented immigrants pay taxes.) Immigrants had a friend in the Governator, though, who said they were an "easy scapegoat" and not the real source of the problem.
Bad Traffic: The American Immigration Control Foundation ran ads accusing immigrants (illegal and otherwise) of worsening gridlock and pushing urban sprawl.
Various Episodes of Violence: Something scary happened in your neighborhood and you can't find the criminal? No problem! It was probably illegal immigrants (this rule applies internationally, too). (McDonnell 1)

Yes, Mexican Immigrants were DT’s scapegoats. Thief’s, Liars, Rapists and uneducated, according to DT. The solution? Build a wall to keep them out, and even better, make their corrupt, crooked Government pay for it! Propaganda guaranteed to make the masses scream ‘Merica! …. And that’s what happened, DT riled up the uneducated, the unemployed middle to lower class, white alienated population that’s scared.

Here’s what we know now. DT was being a favorite Retail Infotainment Personality that has the proven track record to cost-effectively generate maximum profits of Advertising income for their Media outlets.

The media outlets followed in lock step, showering the DT campaign with endless free advertising and screen time every day of the campaign. He would get airtime if he did nothing that day. When it comes to DT, doing nothing, is news.

So now we understand the HOW of DT being elected, the final question we have to answer is the WHY?

In any problem, question or dilemma, it is best to work a backwards to find your answer. Now, assuming a given end result (the Presidency of DT), who or what stands to gain the most? Or in matters financial: follow the money. The winners in this race are the 6 companies that control the media and the companies the 6 companies control. See listing 1 (attached for all the 6 company’s holdings).  Basically, the 6 companies that control 90% of all media outlets, control in total 1376 companies in all including 490 of the top 500 consumer brands worldwide.

In his 1961 farewell address, Dwight Eisenhower warned: "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.” We as a country failed to heed this lesson and began 50 years of the Cold War, where outspend your opponent on weapon would guarantee your survival. It was, in the end, a hoax, a means of using Fear as a weapon, so these corporation (a majority of them on the enclosed list) could profit from this fear.

Retail Infotainment is the new Military Industrial Complex, except its more powerful, more profitable across all business ventures not just weapons manufacturers. Its cleaner, more fun, more distractions, but clearly very much more profitable. GE itself diversified its weapons assets in order to seek greater profits in the Retail Infotainment sector. DT represents the interests of all of these companies as they have been his masters literally his whole business career. DT as a business friendly President? Very profitable.

Letting Bernie Sander of Hillary Clinton get elected? Smart, honest and driven people who have served their fellow man in some form or fashion for over 100 years combined, where is the profit in that?

Maybe the last questions to ask are how did these companies get so powerful and what can we do to prevent this from happening again? I have no answer. We allowed this to happen to us, we stare at screens, being distracted, intentionally from things that really matter, our youngest generations have never known it to be different.

A curious observation in conclusion is that during and after the election, no one, no entity, no group or organization, has done a single thing to hold DT accountable for the myriads and hundreds of lies he has spouted. No government agency has commissioned an inquiry into this and other allegations of election hacking, Russian intervention, even reviewing the influence of the FBI in the election.
Literally, you can control the national dialog, the conversations we have at the dinner table, if you control the media. And that’s exactly what has happened to us.

We don’t sit at the family dinner table and talk anymore. We are all working too many jobs or school to schedule family time. We tweet each other, or message on Facebook. There is no modern dialog other than Facebook memes (which are more false that true) and scores or intentional false news sites. 27% of Americans did not read a book last year, its less this year as well. 17% of Americans read actual newspapers (if there is one printed in your community). The dearth of hard news, real information you can trust, is getting harder and harder to find. We are being manipulated, distracted, we are being played for others profit, and we let it happen to ourselves.

The Great Democratic Experiment is over. Democracy lost.
It’s as if we are walking into the ovens willingly, staring at our little screens.
God Help Us.

Attachment 1: American Hero –R.R. Wilson

The builder of Fermilab, R.R. Wilson, perhaps explained best why studying fundamental physics is so important in his testimony before the Congress of the United States in 1969. Congress was looking for some sort of justification in spending $200 million. 

What follows is an excerpt from Wilson's testimony before the Congressional Joint Committee on Atomic Energy by Senator Pastore:

Pastore: Is there anything connected in the hopes of this accelerator that in any way involves the security of this country?

Wilson: No sir; I do not believe so.

Pastore: Nothing at all?

Wilson: Nothing at all.

Pastore: It has no value in that respect?

Wilson: It only has to do with the respect with which we regard one another, the dignity of men, our love of culture. It has to do with those things. It has nothing to do with the military, I am sorry.

Pastore: Don't be sorry for it.

Wilson: I am not, but I cannot in honesty say it has any such application.

Pastore: Is there anything here that projects us in a position of being competitive with the Russians, with regard to this race?

Wilson: Only from a long-range point of view, of a developing technology. Otherwise, it has to do with: Are we good painters, good sculptors, great poets? I mean all the things that we really venerate and honor in our country and are patriotic about. In that sense, this new knowledge has all to do with honor and country but it has nothing to do directly with defending our country, except to make it worth defending.

Figure 1: R.R. Wilson - American

Works Cited:
Johnson, Paul. “A History of the American People”.  Harper Perineal – 1999
Lutz, Ashley.  Business Insider – June 14th, 2012. “These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media in America”.
McDonnell, Tim. Mother Jones –22nd June 2011 “Got A Problem? “Blame It On Illegal Immigrants”

Listing 1: 6 Companies Holdings
General Electric and its Holdings and Assets:

GE Capital Aviation Services
GE Energy Financial Services
GE Real Estate
GE Americas
GE Asia
GE Europe, Middle East & Africa
GE Energy Connections
GE Power Electronics
GE Power Components
GE Critical Power
GE Intelligent Platforms
Power Conversion
Digital Energy
GE Oil & Gas
GE Power & Water
GE Home & Business Solutions
GE Appliances
Consumer Electronics
GE Lighting
GE Intelligent Platforms
Electric Insurance Company
GE Technology Infrastructure
GE Aviation
GE Transportation
GE Healthcare
Amersham plc
API Healthcare
Datex Ohmeda
NBCUniversal (now owned by Comcast)
NBC - National Broadcasting Company
NBC Entertainment
NBC News
Peacock Productions
NBC Sports
NBC Studios
NBCUniversal Sports & Olympics
NBCUniversal Television Group
Universal Television
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
NBCUniversal International Television
NBC Owned Television Stations
WNBC 4 - New York
KNBC 4 - Los Angeles
WMAQ 5 - Chicago
WCAU 10 - Philadelphia
KNTV 11 - San Jose/San Francisco
KXAS 5 - Dallas/Fort Worth
WRC 4 - Washington
WTVJ 6 - Miami
KNSD 39 (cable 7) - San Diego
WVIT 30 - Hartford
NBC Nonstop
EMKA, Ltd.
NBC Universal Digital Media
NBC Universal Cable
A&E Television Networks (co-owned with The Hearst Corporation and Disney/ABC):
The Biography Channel
Crime & Investigation Network
The History Channel
The History Channel en Español
History Channel International
Military History Channel
CNBC World
MSNBC (co-owned with Microsoft)
USA Network
Universal HD
Weather Channel Companies
The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel Interactive
The Weather Channel Mobile
The Weather Channel Desktop
Weather Services International
Comcast Sports Group
NBCUniversal Global Networks
NBCUniversal Global Networks
LAPTV (Latin America)
Telecine (Brazil
Universal Channel Latin America
Universal Channel Brazil
Sci Fi Channel (Latin America)
NBCUniversal Global Networks España.
KVEA/KWHY - Los Angeles
WNJU - New York
WSCV - Miami
KTMD - Houston
WSNS - Chicago
KXTX - Dallas/Fort Worth
KVDA - San Antonio
KSTS - San Jose/San Francisco
KTAZ - Phoenix
KBLR - Las Vegas
KNSO - Fresno
KDEN-TV - Longmont, Colorado
WNEU - Boston/Merrimack
KHRR - Tucson
WKAQ - Puerto Rico (independent Spanish station)
Universal Studios (co-owned with Comcast)
Universal Pictures
Focus Features
Working Title Films
Universal Studios Licensing
Universal Animation Studios
Universal Interactive
Universal Pictures International
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Universal Home Entertainment Productions
United International Pictures (co-owned with Paramount Pictures/Viacom);
Universal Operations Group
Universal Production Studios
Universal Parks & Resorts
Qubo - Qubo Venture, LLC

News-Corp Holdings and Assets:

Foxtel- News Corp (50%) & Telstra (50%)
BallBall—Online soccer broadcasts to Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam
All titles sourced from News
Australian Golf Digest
Australian Good Taste (with Woolworths Supermarkets)
Australian Parents (with Woolworths Supermarkets)
Best of the Gold Coast Magazine
Big League
Country Style
delicious. (with the ABC)
donna hay
Gardening Australia (with the ABC)
GQ Australia
Inside Out
Lifestyle Pools + outdoor design
MasterChef Magazine
National Geographic
Smart Source Magazine
Super Food Ideas
Vogue Australia
Newspapers and information services
News UK
The Sun
The Times
The Sunday Times
Press Association (part owned, News UK is one of 26 shareholders)
News Corp Australia
Metropolitan newspapers, magazines and news distribution channels
The Australian including weekly insert magazine The Deal and monthly insert magazine (wish)[2]
The Weekend Australian including insert magazine The Weekend Australian Magazine[3]
Australian Associated Press (45%) National online news website
New South Wales
The Daily Telegraph
The Sunday Telegraph including insert magazine sundaymagazine[5]
Herald Sun
Sunday Herald Sun including insert magazine Sunday magazine
Lions Raw
The Courier-Mail including weekly insert magazine QWeekend[8]
The Sunday Mail[9]
Brisbane News[10]
South Australia
The Advertiser including the monthly insert the Adelaide* magazine
Sunday Mail
The Sunday Times
The Mercury
The Sunday Tasmanian
Northern Territory
Northern Territory News
Sunday Territorian
Community suburban newspapers
Cumberland/Courier (NSW) newspapers
Blacktown Advocate
Canterbury-Bankstown Express
Central Coast Express Advocate
Fairfield Advance
Hills Shire Times
Hornsby and Upper North Shore Advocate
Inner West Courier
Liverpool Leader
Macarthur Chronicle
Mt Druitt-St Marys Standard
North Shore Times
Northern District Times
Parramatta Advertiser
Penrith Press
Rouse Hill Times
Southern Courier
The Manly Daily
The Mosman Daily
Village Voice Balmain
Wentworth Courier
Leader (Vic) newspapers[19]
Bayside Leader
Berwick/Pakenham Cardinia Leader
Brimbank Leader
Caulfield Glen Eira/Port Philip Leader
Cranbourne Leader
Dandenong/Springvale Dandenong Leader
Diamond Valley Leader
Frankston Standard/Hastings Leader
Free Press Leader
Heidelberg Leader
Hobsons Bay Leader
Hume Leader
Knox Leader
Lilydale & Yarra Valley Leader
Manningham Leader
Maribyrnong Leader
Maroondah Leader
Melbourne Leader
Melton/Moorabool Leader
Moonee Valley Leader
Moorabbin Kingston/Moorabbin Glen Eira Leader
Mordialloc Chelsea Leader
Moreland Leader
Mornington Peninsula Leader
Northcote Leader
Preston Leader
Progress Leader
Stonnington Leader
Sunbury/Macedon Ranges Leader
Waverley/Oakleigh Monash Leader
Whitehorse Leader
Whittlesea Leader
Wyndham Leader
Quest (QLD) newspapers[20]
Albert & Logan News (Fri)
Albert & Logan News (Wed)
Caboolture Shire Herald
Caloundra Journal
City News
City North News
City South News
Ipswich News
Logan West Leader
Maroochy Journal
North-West News
Northern Times
Northside Chronicle
Pine Rivers Press/North Lakes Times
Redcliffe and Bayside Herald
South-East Advertiser
South-West News/Springfield News
Southern Star
The Noosa Journal
Westside News
Wynnum Herald
Weekender Essential Sunshine Coast
Messenger (SA) newspapers[21]
Adelaide Matters
City Messenger
City North Messenger
East Torrens Messenger
Eastern Courier Messenger
Guardian Messenger
Hills & Valley Messenger
Leader Messenger
News Review Messenger
Portside Messenger
Southern Times Messenger
Weekly Times Messenger
Community (WA) newspapers] (50.1%)
Canning Times
Comment News
Eastern Reporter
Fremantle-Cockburn Gazette
Guardian Express
Hills-Avon Valley Gazette
Joondalup-Wanneroo Times
Mandurah Coastal / Pinjarra Murray Times
Melville Times
Midland-Kalamunda Reporter
North Coast Times
Southern Gazette
Stirling Times
Weekend-Kwinana Courier
Western Suburbs Weekly
Sun (NT) newspapers
Darwin Sun
Litchfield Sun
Palmerston Sun
Regional and rural newspapers
New South Wales
Tweed Sun'
Geelong Advertiser
The Weekly Times
Bowen Independent
Burdiken Advocate
Cairns Sun
Gold Coast Bulletin
Gold Coast Sun
Herbert River Express
Home Hill Observer
Innisfail Advocate
Northern Miner
Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette
Tablelander – Atherton
Tablelands Advertiser
The Cairns Post
The Noosa Journal
Townsville Bulletin
Townsville Sun
Derwent Valley Gazette
Tasmanian Country
Northern Territory
Centralian Advocate
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea Post-Courier (63%)
United States
New York Post
Wall Street Journal
Community Newspaper Group
The Brooklyn Paper
Courier-Life Publications
TimesLedger Newspapers
Bronx Times Reporter Inc.
The Corning Leader
Dow Jones & Company

Consumer Media Group
The Wall Street Journal – the leading US financial newspaper.
Wall Street Journal Europe
Wall Street Journal Asia
Barron's – weekly financial markets magazine.
Marketwatch – Financial news and information website.
Financial News
Heat Street - News and opinion website
Mansion Global - Global Luxury Property Website
Enterprise Media Group
Dow Jones Newswires – global, real-time news and information provider.
Factiva – provides business news and information together with content delivery tools and services.
Dow Jones Indexes – stock market indexes and indicators, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average. (10% ownership)
Dow Jones Financial Information Services — produces databases, electronic media, newsletters, conferences, directories, and other information services on specialised markets and industry sectors.
Betten Financial News — leading Dutch language financial and economic news service.
Harlequin Enterprises

Kappa Books
Modern Publishing
Unisystems Inc.
Zondervan Publishing
Christian publishing company taken over by HarperCollins in 1988
Inspirio — religious gift production.

Disney Corporation Holdings and Assets:
Walt Disney Pictures: common name for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
DisneyToon Studios
Pixar Animation Studios
Lucasfilm Ltd
Industrial Light & Magic
Lucasfilm Animation
Lucasfilm Animation Singapore
LucasArts: All in-house development was ceased in April 2013, but they remained open as a publisher and licensor.
Lucas Licensing
Lucas Books, licensed book publishing imprint
Lucas Online
Skywalker Sound
Lucasfilm Story Group
Marvel Studios
Marvel Music
Marvel Film Productions LLC (Delaware)
MVL Development LLC (Delaware)
MVL Productions LLC: an indirect wholly owned film development subsidiary
MVL Film Finance LLC: holder of Marvel's Movie debt and theatrical film rights to the twelve characters and supporting characters as collateral.
MVL Rights, LLC: subsidiary holding movie rights of all Marvel Characters with some on contract with MVL Film Finance
Iron Works Productions LLC: subsidiary holding debt to finance the Iron Man films.
Incredible Production (Delaware)
Asgard Productions LLC (Delaware)
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, theatrical distribution unit formerly known as Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
Touchstone Pictures
Walt Disney Studios Marketing
Worldwide Special Events
Buena Vista Theatres, Inc.
Disney Studio Store: collocated with a Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in the El Capitan Building next to the theater
El Capitan Theatre
El Capitan Entertainment Centre
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc. doing business as)
Disney Movies Anywhere
Disney Music Group
Walt Disney Records
Hollywood Records
DMG Nashville
Disney Music Publishing
Agarita Music[
Buena Vista Music Co.
Falferious Music[5]
Five Hundred South Songs.
Fuzzy Muppet Songs
Holpic Music, Inc.
Hollywood Pictures Music
Mad Muppet Melodies
Marvel Comics Music
Pixar Music
Pixar Talking Pictures
Seven Peaks Music
Seven Summits Music
Touchstone Pictures Music & Songs, Inc.
Utapau Music
Walt Disney Music Company
Wampa-Tauntaun Music
Wonderland Music Company
Buena Vista Concerts[6]
Disney Theatrical Group
Disney Theatrical Productions
Disney Live Family Entertainment
Disney on Ice (produced by Feld Entertainment
Disney Live  (produced by Feld Entertainment)
Walt Disney Special Events Group[7]
Disney Theatrical Licensing
New Amsterdam Development Corp.
New Amsterdam Theatre (long term lease)
New Amsterdam Theatrical Productions, Inc.
Walt Disney Theatrical Worldwide, Inc.
Buena Vista Theatrical Ventures, Inc.[2]
Buena Vista Theatrical Merchandise, LLC
Disney Studio Services
Disney Digital Studio Services - Studio Post Production
Studio Production Services
Walt Disney Studios (Burbank)
Golden Oak Ranch
Prospect Studios
KABC7 Studio B
Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media
DCPI Labs team[10]
The Muppets Studio (formerly Muppets Holding Company LLC)
Disney Consumer Products
Disney Licensing: directly a part of DCP
Disney Baby
Disney Store
Disney Shopping, Inc. (formerly Disney Direct Marketing Services, Inc.) catalog and direct marketing channels[12]
The Walt Disney Catalog
Disney Direct Response Publishing, Inc.
Disney Interactive
Disney Mobile
Starwave Mobile[13]
Disney Canada Inc.
Club Penguin
Maker Studios [14]
Maker Music
Disney Online
Disney Online Kerpoof Studios
DigiSynd, social media marketing
Disney Family Network websites: also called Mom and Family Portfolio
Disney Family ( formerly GO Network
Disney Interactive Studios
Rocket Pack
Disney Publishing Worldwide
Core Publishing
Disney Magazine Publishing, Inc.
Disney Comics, Inc.
Disney Book Group (Disney Book Publishing, Inc)
Disney·Jump at the Sun
Disney Press
Disney Editions
Disney Libri
Disney Libros (Spain)
Marvel Press
ABC Daytime Press
ESPN Books
Kingswell imprint
Freeform imprint
Digital Publishing - Disney Book Apps
Disney Learning
Disney Educational Productions
Disney English
Disney Imagicademy
CrossGen: restarted & discontinued as an imprint by Marvel Comics
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. owns and operates two resorts in the United States and another three internationally through various joint ventures and licensing agreements.

Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development, Inc.
Walt Disney Creative Entertainment
Disney Parks Merchandising
World of Disney Stores
Disneyland International, oversees Disney's interest in Tokyo Disney Resort[18]
Disney Destinations, LLC, runs the website
Disneyland Resort
Disneyland, Inc.

Disneyland: 1955
Club 33[2]
Disney California Adventure: 2001
Downtown Disney
Disneyland Hotel: WCO Hotels, Inc.
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel
Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Company Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States

Magic Kingdom: 1971
Epcot: 1982
Disney's Hollywood Studios: 1989
Disney's Animal Kingdom: 1998
Disney Springs
Downtown Disney Marketplace
Downtown Disney Westside
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Water Parks:
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon: 1989
Disney's Blizzard Beach: 1995
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Disney's Old Key West Resort
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney's Beach Club Resort
Disney's BoardWalk Inn
Disney's Contemporary Resort
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Disney's Yacht Club Resort
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Disney's Port Orleans Resort: French Quarter
Disney's Port Orleans Resort: Riverside (formerly known as Disney's Dixie Landings Resort)
Disney's All-Star Movies Resort
Disney's All-Star Music Resort
Disney's All-Star Sports Resort
Disney's Pop Century Resort
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Landholding companies
Compass Rose Corporation
Walt Disney Travel Company
Disneyland Paris
Opened on 12 April 1992 as the Euro Disney Resort. Located in Marne-la-Vallée, France (Disney 51%, public shareholders 49%) Euro Disney Investments, Inc.

Euro Disney S.A.S.: 100% Disney owned—manages Euro Disney S.C.A., Euro Disney Associés and EDL Hotels SCA
Euro Disney Investment SAS: owning 9% and general partner of Euro Disney Associés
Centre de Congrès Newport S.A.S
Newport Bay Club Convention Centre: leased to EDL Hôtels S.C.A.
EDL Holding Co.: 99.9% owned by Disney — holds 82% ownership of Euro Disney S.C.A.
EDL Participations S.A.S.: sole general partner of Euro Disney S.C.A.
Euro Disney S.C.A.: 2% owned by public shareholders, directly owns 82% of Euro Disney Associés
Euro Disney Commandité S.A.S.: a general partner of Euro Disney Associés
Euro Disney Associés S.C.A.: operating company of Disney Paris
EDL Hôtels S.C.A.: owns the Phase IB land and operates the hotels
EDL Services SAS: manages Phase IB Financing Companies, owners of the various hotels and Disney Village
Euro Disneyland Participations S.A.S.: 100% Disney owned and owns 17% of

Euro Disneyland Park S.N.C.: owns Disneyland Park (Paris)
Disneyland Park: 1992 (opened as Euro Disneyland)
Walt Disney Studios Park: 2002
Disney Village: 1992 (Opened as Festival Disney)
Golf Disney
Disney's Davy Crockett Ranch
Disneyland Hotel
Disney's Hotel Cheyenne
Disney's Hotel New York
Disney's Hotel Santa Fe
Disney's Newport Bay Club
Disney's Sequoia Lodge
Hong Kong International Theme Parks
Disney 48%, Hong Kong Government 52%

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort -Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Disneyland: 2005
Inspiration Lake: 2005
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
Disney's Hollywood Hotel
Disney's Explorer Lodge
Hong Kong Disneyland Management Limited: owned 100% by Disney and manages the park
Shanghai Disney Resort
Shanghai International Theme Park Company Limited: 43% owned by Disney, 57% owned by Shanghai Shendi Group: owner company for theme parks within the resort
Shanghai Disneyland Park
Shanghai International Theme Park Associated Facilities Company Limited: 43% owned by Disney, 57% owned by Shanghai Shendi Group—owner company for associated facilities within the resort
Shanghai International Theme Park and Resort Management Company Limited: 70% owned by Disney, 30% owned by Shanghai Shendi Group—manages the resort as a whole as well as the project to develop it
New Vacation Operations
Fully: New Vacation Operations and Disney Cruise Line

Adventures by Disney
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Magic (1998)
Disney Wonder (1999)
Disney Dream (2011)
Disney Fantasy (2012)
Castaway Cay (1998)
Port Canaveral, Florida
Disney Vacation Club
Disney Vacation Development, Inc.
Disney Vacation Club Management Corp.

Disney's Vero Beach Resort, Vero Beach, Florida
Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
also hotel at the major resorts and Aulani are involved and are listed under their respective resorts, see Disney Vacation Club article
Palm Financial Services, Inc.,financing arm
Disney Media Networks
Disney–ABC Television Group
ABC, Inc. d.b.a. Disney–ABC Television Group

American Broadcasting Companies, Inc - generally seen as the copyright holder for ABC owned shows
Disney/ABC Television Group Digital Media
Walt Disney Television
Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution
Disney–ABC Domestic Television - formerly Buena Vista Television
Disney Media Distribution - formerly Disney-ABC International Television and before that, ABC Cable and International Broadcast Group
American Broadcasting Company (1943 – Radio) (1948 – Television)
ABC News (1945)
ABC News Radio (1968)
ABC News All Media
ABC News production unit
ABC News Productions(1994—)
Lincoln Square Productions (2003—present)
A&E Networks
joint venture with Hearst Corporation; 50% equity holding

A&E network
Crime & Investigation Network
History network
Military History
History en Español
A+E Networks International
A+E Networks Latin America (joint venture with Ole Communications)
A+E Networks UK (joint venture with British Sky Broadcasting)
A+E Networks Asia (joint venture with Astro Overseas Limited)
A+E Networks India
A+E Networks Consumer Products
A+E Studios
A&E IndieFilms
A+E Films
A+E Networks Digital
Lifetime Entertainment Services
Lifetime Real Women
Lifetime Movie Club
Lifetime Radio for Women
Lifetime Press
Lifetime Digital
Lifetime Games
Vice Media, Inc. a 10% minority stake with an additional direct Disney investment at a 10% stake
ABC Entertainment Group
ABC Digital
ABC Entertainment
ABC Studios (formerly Touchstone Television and ABC Television Studios)
ABC Signature
Greengrass Productions
Keep Calm and Carry On Productions
Victor Television Productions
ABC/Kane Productions
Times Square Studios (division)
ABC Daytime (1960)
Valleycrest Productions Ltd.
ABC Media Productions - formerly Buena Vista Productions
ABC Family Worldwide
Freeform (TV channel)
ABC Spark IP (licensed by Corus Entertainment)
ABC Family Digital
ProdCo, Inc., ABC Family production company
BVS Entertainment
Saban Entertainment / Fox Kids library
DePatie-Freleng Enterprises / Marvel Productions, Ltd. library
BVS Entertainment, formerly Saban Entertainment
Saban / Fox Kids library.
DePatie-Freleng Enterprises / Marvel Productions, Ltd library.
ABC Owned Television Stations
WLS-7 Chicago, Illinois
KFSN-30 Fresno, California
KTRK-13 Houston, Texas
KABC-7 Los Angeles, California
WABC-7 New York City
WPVI-6 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
WTVD-11 Raleigh-Durham
KGO-7 San Francisco, California
Live Well Network
ABC National Television Sales
ABC Regional Sports and Entertainment Sales
Disney Channels Worldwide
Disney Channel
Disney Cinemagic
Disney Junior
Disney XD
Broadcast Satellite Disney Co., Ltd. (April 2009) operator of Dlife channel (Japan)
Hungama TV (2006)
Radio Disney

Disney Television Animation
It's a Laugh Productions
(Disney (80%)

ESPN on ABC: formerly ABC Sports
ESPN Deportes
ESPN Films
ESPN Classic
Longhorn Network (joint venture with the University of Texas at Austin and IMG College)
SEC Network
ESPN Regional Television dba ESPN Events
ESPN Radio
ESPN The Magazine
ESPN Books
ESPN Home Entertainment
ESPN Outdoors
ESPN Digital Center
ESPN International (see for complete list of channels)
CTV Speciality Television Inc. is a jointly venture by ESPN International and Bell Canada's Bell Media division. Any percentages below refer to the portion of each channel owned by CTV Specialty, with the balance in each case being owned by additional partners such as Discovery Communications.
Discovery Channel Canada (80%, joint venture with Discovery Communications)
RDS Info
Animal Planet Canada (80%, joint venture with Discovery Communications)
Discovery Science Canada (80%, joint venture with Discovery Communications)
Discovery Velocity (80%, joint venture with Discovery Communications)
ESPN Classic Canada
Réseau des sports (RDS)
Marvel Entertainment
Cover Concepts, Inc.
Marvel Characters, Inc.
Marvel Television division
Marvel Animation
Marvel Animation Studios (2012–present)
SH DTV Partners (2012–present)
Squad Productions LLC (Delaware)
Green Guy Toons LLC (Delaware)
MVL Iron Works Productions Canada, Inc. (Province of Ontario)
MVL Incredible Productions Canada, Inc. (Province of Ontario)
Marvel Entertainment International Limited (United Kingdom)
Marvel Internet Productions LLC (Delaware)
Marvel Property, Inc. (Delaware)
Marvel Toys Limited (Hong Kong)
MVL Development LLC (Delaware)
Marvel International Character Holdings LLC (Delaware)
MRV, Inc. (Delaware)
MVL International C.V. (The Netherlands)
Marvel Characters B.V. (The Netherlands)
Marvel Worldwide, Inc.
Marvel Comics
Marvel Custom Solutions, customized comic books
Icon Comics
Ultimate Comics
Marvel Press
Other Marvel Comics imprints
Marvel Toys
Marvel Toys Limited (Hong Kong)
Disney International

The Walt Disney Company Latin America
Miravista Films
The Walt Disney Company Argentina
Patagonik Film Group, an Argentina-based production company and joint venture[30]
Disney Television (Germany), Inc.
RTL Disney TV Limited Partnership (RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG) a 50% joint venture of TWDC with RTL Group
Kidvidoo - kids SVOD service
Scoyo learning platform
Super RTL network, Germany
Toggolino Club
Toggo Plus network (June 4, 2016)
Tele-Munich Television Media Participation Limited Partnership (Tele-Müchen Fernseh-GMBH & Co. Medienbeteiligung KG)oint venture
ATV Private Limited Partnership (ATV PrivatFernseh-GMBH)
ATV2 channel, Austria
RTL 2 Limited Partnership (RTL 2 FERNSEHEN GMBH & CO. kg)
RTL II channel, Germany
RTL II HD channel, Germany
RTL 2 Austria
Tele 5 (Germany)
Tele 5 HD (Germany)
Tele 5 (Austria)
Walt Disney Co., Ltd. Japan
Studio Entertainment
Walt Disney Studios Japan
Disney Music Group
Disney Character Voice International
Disney Theatrical Group
Media Networks
Walt Disney Television International Japan
Disney Channel
Media Distribution
Disney Interactive Group Japan
Disney Online
Disney Mobile
Disney Interactive Studios
Parks and Resort
Disney Destination International
Disney Vacation Club Japan
Disney Consumer Products
Disney Publishing Worldwide Japan
Disney Store Japan
Broadcast Satellite Disney Co.
Dlife channel[33]
Disney India Inc.
UTV Software Communications (100% stake since 2/2012)
UTV Communications (USA) LLC
IG Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
UTV Global Broadcasting Ltd.
UTV TV Content Ltd.
UTV Games Ltd.
First Future Agri & Developers Ltd.
UTV Motion Pictures PLC
UTV Toons
UTV New Media Ltd
Indiagames Ltd
group's stepdown subsidiaries
UTV Ignition Entertainment Ltd.
True Games Interactive
Genx Entertainment Ltd.
UTV Entertainment Television Ltd.
UTV Tele-Talkies Ltd.
RB Entertainment Ltd.
Vikatan UTV Content Ltd.
Screenshot Television Ltd
The Walt Disney Company Iberia S.L.
Sociedad Gestora de Television NET TV SA, joint venture with Vocento SA, Intereconomía Corporation SA[35]

Disney Channel (Spain) HD
Disney Channel (Spain)
Intereconomía TV
Disney Channel Spanish +1
Disney Character Voices International
Times Square Studios
Silver Creek Pictures, Inc.
Catalyst Investments, LLC
POW! Entertainment: 10% of the outstanding shares of stock[36]
Reedy Creek Energy Services
BVCC, Inc. (Buena Vista Construction Company) Disney World general contractor
Sphero (June 2015) TWDC purchased a stake in the robotic toys company then approached them about building BB-8[37]
Property holding companies
Carousel Holdings EAT LLC, Carousel Inn & Suites, Anaheim, California
Axman Realty Corp.
Boss Realty, Inc.
Commercial Apartment Properties, Inc.
The Celebration Co.
Disney Keystone Properties, Inc.
Disney Realty, Inc.
Dutchman Realty, Inc.
The Dolphin Hotel, Inc.
Homestead Homes, Inc.
The Little Lake Bryan Co.
Maple Leaf Commercial Properties, Inc.
The Swan Hotel, Inc.
Walt Disney Properties Corp.[2]
Buena Vista Street, Burbank CA
Pine Woods Properties, Inc.
Holmes Houses, Inc.
Key Bridge Properties, Inc.
Florida properties
Lake Bryan, Inc.
Madeira Land Co., Inc.
Magnolia Creek Development Co.[2]
Arvida Disney Financial Services Inc.
Arvida Real Estate Capital Inc., a commercial real estate investment banking subsidiary to arrange financing for commercial, industrial and retail projects
Venture capital
Steamboat Ventures: ownership positions not revealed

Elemental Technologies
Fanzter, Inc.
Kapow Software
Chinese holdings
Cocoa China
Gridsum Technology
Yoyi Media
2139 Empire Avenue Corp.
Alameda Payroll, Inc.
Andes Productions, Inc.
Animation Collectors, Inc.
BVHV Services
Before & After Productions, Inc.
Berl Holding Co.
Billy B. Productions, Inc.
Bird-In-Hand Woodworks, Inc.
Blue Note Management Corp.
Buena Vista Catalog Co.
Buena Vista Laboratories, Inc.
Buena Vista Trading Co.
C.A. Productions, Inc.
DCSR, Inc.
Devonson Corp.
Disney Art Editions, Inc.
Disney Computer Magazine Group, Inc.
Disney Interfinance Corp.
Disney International Employment Services, Inc.
Disney Media Ventures, Inc.
Disney Special Programs, Inc.
Disney, Inc.
DreamWorks II Distribution Co. LLC, originally a copyright holder of DreamWorks-branded properties[42][43]
ERS Investment Ltd.
Entertainment Development, Inc.
Film Brothers Property Corp.
From Time to Time Inc.
Hardware Distribution, Inc.
Heavy Weight, Inc.
Hodi Investments, Inc.
Hughes Flying Boat Corp.
IJR, Inc.(inactive)
Indian Warrior Productions, Inc.
J.B. Productions, Inc.
Kelly Management, Inc.
LBV Services, Inc.
Merriweather Productions, Inc. (inactive)
Montrose Corp.
One For All Productions, Inc.
PNLH Payroll Inc.
Palm Hospitality Co.
Plymouth Productions
RCE Services, Inc.
Stakeout Two Productions, Inc.
Supercomm International, Inc.
Swing Kids Productions, Inc.
The Inn Corp.
The Quiz Show Co.
Theme Park Productions, Inc.
Toon Town, Inc.
Voice Quality Coordination, Inc.
WCO Leisure, Inc.
WCO Parent Corp.
WCO Port Management Corp.
WCO Port Properties, Ltd.
WCO Vacationland, Inc.
WDT Services, Inc.
WDW Services, Inc.
Wanderlust Productions, Inc.

Viacom Holdings and Assets:
Paramount Motion Pictures Group
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Vantage
Insurge Pictures
Paramount Animation
Paramount Licensing, Inc.
Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Famous Productions
Viacom Media Networks branded labels
Comedy Central Films
MTV Films
Nickelodeon Movies
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Paramount Television (current)
United International Pictures (UIP), It is a joint venture with NBCUniversal's Universal Studios.
Melange Pictures, LLC, library holder of Insurge Pictures films
Paramount Pictures International
Paramount Studio Group – physical studio and post production
The Studios at Paramount – production facilities & lot
Paramount on Location – production support facilities throughout North America including New York, Vancouver, and Atlanta
Worldwide Technical Operations – archives, restoration and preservation programs, the mastering and distribution fulfillment services, on-lot post production facilities management
Worldwide Television Distribution
Paramount Parks & Resorts, licensing and design for parks and resorts
Viacom Media Networks[edit]
MTV Live
MTV Classic
Logo TV
Comedy Central
Nick at Nite
Nick Jr.
TV Land
CMT Music
CMT (Canada) (10%)
BET Hip-Hop
BET Gospel
BET Jams
BET Soul
Viacom International Media Networks
Viacom 18 (50% with Network 18)
MTV Tres
Channel 5
Telefe International
Paramount Channel
Paramount Comedy
Record Labels[edit]
Comedy Central Records
Nick Records
Other assets
Viacom International, Inc.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)
Bellator MMA
Rainbow S.r.l. (30%)
Bardel Entertainment
Defy Media (7%)

Time Warner Holdings and Assets:
HBO Multiplexes
HBO on Demand
Cinemax Multiplexes
Cinemax on Demand
HBO Home Entertainment
HBO Domestic and International Program Distribution
HBO Films
HBO Miniseries
HBO Sports
HBO Entertainment
HBO Documentary Films
HBO International
HBO Asia
HBO Europe
HBO Hungary
HBO India
HBO Poland
HBO Romania
HBO Latin America Group
HBO Latin America
HBO Brazil
Warner Channel
E! Latin America
Cinemax Latin America
Turner Broadcasting System
Turner Broadcasting International
Millennium Media Group
Turner Broadcasting System Latin America
Turner Entertainment Networks
truTV Original Productions
TCM Productions
Turner Sports
Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network
Bleacher Report
March Madness Live
NBA Digital (joint venture with the NBA)
NBA Mobile
NBA Game Time App
Esporte Interativo (Brazil)
Turner Entertainment Digital Network
The Smoking Gun
Universal Wrestling Corporation (formerly World Championship Wrestling, Inc. - assets now owned by WWE, Inc.)
TBS, Inc. Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media (AYAKM) division
Cartoon Network
Adult Swim
Cartoon Network Studios
Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe
Williams Street
NonStop Television
Cartoon Network Nordic
Voom HD
Showtime Scandinavia
CNN News Group
CNN en Español
KBEH (co-owned by Viacom)
CNN International
CNN Originals
HLN Productions
CNN Digital Network
CNN Mobile
CNN Newsource
CNN ImageSource
CNN Wire
Turner Private Networks
CNN Airport
AccentHealth Waiting Room Television Network
Turner Inflight Services
Amtrak Acela Network
Dealer Entertainment Network - with TCG Enterprises, Inc,
The Checking Network
TCM & Cartoon Network / Asia Pacific
TNT Latin America
MuchMusic Latin America
Turner Japan K.K. (formerly Japan Entertainment Network K.K. and Japan Image Communications Co.,Ltd.)
Cartoon Network
TABI Channel
Joint Ventures
CNN Chile
CNN TÜRK (Japanese)
Zee Turner Ltd (India)
Turner International India Private Limited
Lumiere Movies
Imagine TV
WB Channel
Cartoon Network (India)
Websites/Broadband Services
Play On! Powered by ACC Select
Super Deluxe
TNT Overtime
PGA and
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.[edit]
Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures
Warner Bros. Pictures International
Warner Bros. International Cinemas
DC Entertainment
DC Comics
Mad (magazine)
Vertigo (DC Comics)
Warner Bros. Digital Networks
Machinima Inc.
Inside Gaming
Realm Games
Warner Archive Instant
Warner Bros. Pictures Group
New Line Cinema
Turner Entertainment Co.
Warner Bros. Pictures
Domestic Distribution
Castle Rock Entertainment
Warner Bros. Television Group
Warner Bros. Television
Warner Horizon Television
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Warner Bros. International Television Production
Warner Bros. Television Productions UK
Alloy Entertainment
The CW (50% with CBS Corporation)
The CW Plus
The CW Daytime
CW Seed
The WB(60% joint venture with Tribune Broadcasting)
Warner Bros. Animation
Hanna-Barbera (In Name-only unit)
Looney Tunes
WB Kids
Warner Bros. Television Media to Go (online)
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group
Warner Home Video
Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Monolith Productions
NetherRealm Studios
Rocksteady Studios
TT Games
TT Games Publishing
TT Fusion
Traveller's Tales
TT Animation
Turbine (company)
WB Games Montréal
WB Games San Francisco
Other units
Hulu (10%) (in partnership with 21st Century Fox, Comcast and The Walt Disney Company)
Global Media Group
Time Warner Medialab
Time Warner Investments - venture capital unit
Bluefin Labs
Dynamic Signal
Double Fusion
Everyday Health
Gaia Online
tvtag previously as GetGlue
Tremor Video
Trion Worlds

CBS Holdings and Assets:

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CBS Radio
CBS Radio News
CBS Sports Radio
Operated under the Cumulus Media Networks division.
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CBS Interactive
Simon & Schuster
Charles Scribner's Sons
Pocket Books
AXS TV (minority stake)
HDNet Movies
CBS Sports Network
CBS Television Stations
The CW Television Network (50/50 joint venture with Time Warner's Warner Bros. division resulting from merger of defunct UPN and WB networks)
Decades (50/50 joint venture with Weigel Broadcasting)
Eleven (33% share, with Network Ten holding 66%)
Showtime Networks
The Movie Channel
Smithsonian Channel
Pop (50% with Lionsgate)
Television production and distribution
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CBS Television Studios
Big Ticket Entertainment
CBS Television Distribution

[1] This phrase is my invention, its media, advertising, fake news, eye-candy, click-bait, all rolled into one.
[2] My addition, I’m a vet. Regardless of his politics I still respect the man (even though he WAS captured).

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