I have been researching for sometime the connections between Jewish billionaires, the drug industry and the art world and planned on writing an article about it. My plans to do this were put on hold when the COVID-19 “plandemic” became the biggest story taking up everyone’s attention. Renegade Tribune has been doing an admirable job of covering the situation and I didn’t feel I had very much new to offer. However, something recently occurred that seemed to tie into what is going on with my original research and so I am going ahead and presenting some of my findings. I must first say that my findings most certainly only scratch the surface and one could get lost searching unending connections in this bottomless rabbit hole.
What was it that recently came on the scene connecting another dot? Everyone is aware of how Bill Gate’s of Microsoft has a hand in just about every aspect of the current “crisis,” from his involvement in vaccination programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, epidemic modelling scenarios, plans on bringing tracking software to the world population and population reduction. But now Microsoft just linked up with the modern art world by providing the augmented reality hardware and software to the infamous Marina Abramovic of “spirit cooking” and “pizza-gate” fame for her new mixed reality art piece at the New York Museum of Modern Art called “The Life.” It is to be auctioned off by Christie’s London auction house in October 2020. This video has since been “made private” on the Microsoft site but you can see it here:
My first reaction to this was “She’s displaying herself as a red witch” (think of the occult leader in “Eyes Wide Shut”) and my second thought was “How many other augmented reality pieces has she created for her “special friends” in which she performs much darker things than just walking around?” She makes it clear that she is trying to achieve some form of immortality through this technology (trans-humanism). What “Life” is she referring to?
They [the Sacklers] are far from a harmonious clan. Their distinctive name is displayed at Harvard, the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum, and behind research facilities and professorships at MIT, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford and others in the US. Sackler is also inscribed on British cultural altars such as the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, the new forecourt at the Victoria & Albert Museum, a bridge at Kew Gardens, the Tate, the National Gallery, the Royal Opera House and behind research centers at several UK universities.
But fortunes and reputations are not shared evenly between relatives of the three deceased Brooklyn brothers, Arthur, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler, who trained as psychiatrists [Jews and psychiatry go hand in hand], worked as pharmaceutical researchers [Jews and the drug trade go hand in hand] and grew a tiny company, which specialised in laxatives [Jews and poop go hand in hand] when Arthur bought it in 1952, into a pharmaceutical empire.
Much of the family’s current wealth came from the production of the Purdue Pharmaceutical pain-killer drug OxyContin introduced in 1996. It is now known that the pill is stronger than morphine and created an opioid crisis that, at the time the Guardian article was written, was killing more than 100 people a day. OxyContin sales hit $1.6 billion by 2003. Peak sales of the drug occurred in 2012 with doctors writing more than 282 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers, including OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet, enough for almost every American to have a bottle.
Purdue under Mortimer and Raymond, and Raymond’s son Richard, sold OxyContin in the US as a revolutionary, slow-release narcotic, rooted in the opium poppy but approved by regulators as safe. Via aggressive marketing to doctors and misleading use of research, according to the US government, Purdue promoted OxyContin to block out chronic pain. But it was addictive even when taken as instructed and was easily abused, as was their late 80s forerunner drug MS Contin. Forbes magazine estimates that a core group of 20 Sacklers in the Mortimer and Raymond branches of the family are collectively worth $13bn. Arthur’s daughter Elizabeth Sackler, 69, benefactor of an eponymous gallery at the Brooklyn Museum, called her aunts’ and cousins’ $13bn fortune “morally abhorrent”.
Elizabeth Sackler in an above linked The New Yorker article is quoted as saying that “she finds the word “philanthropy” old-fashioned. She considers herself a “social entrepreneur.” She tries to distance herself from the drug controversy by pointing out that her father, Arthur Sackler, died before OxyContin was brought to the market. But was he so innocent? It was Arthur who was known as the adman behind the concept of marketing prescription drugs to physicians. In 1997 he was posthumously inducted into the Medical Advertising Hall of Fame. In another quote from The New Yorker article it is stated that “As both a doctor and an adman, Arthur displayed a Don Draper-style [AMC TV series “Mad Men”] intuition for the alchemy of marketing. He recognized that selling new drugs requires a seduction of not just the patient but the doctor who writes the prescription…Allen Frances [said] Most of the questionable practices that propelled the pharmaceutical industry into the scourge it is today can be attributed to Arthur Sackler.” Arthur achieved his fortune in the sixties marketing the tranquilizers Librium and Valium. Third wife, Jillian Sackler defends her husband saying any “assertion that Arthur’s marketing of Valium makes him culpable with his brothers is simply wrong.” Obfuscation at its finest.
Deceased Raymond Sackler was made an honorary knight by the Queen and his widow Beverly was until recently on the board of Purdue. At the time of the Guardian article Raymond’s sons Richard and Jonathan and Richard’s son David were also on the Purdue board. In 2016 a “foundation named after Richard and his ex-wife Beth donated to rightwing thinktanks, including $50,000 to the neo-conservative, fervently pro-Israel Foundation for Defense of Democracies.” “David and wife Joss are fixtures in New York charity and fashion circles…” “Jonathan Sackler advocates for conservative education reform and charter schools.”
Deceased Mortimer Sackler was considered a Europhile and was also given an honorary knighthood by the Queen. His third wife, Dame Theresa, “lived in London, with additional houses in Berkshire, Switzerland and the French Riviera.” They were known to have graced charity events.
At the time of the Guardian article it was stated that:
Proceedings are now under way before a federal judge in Ohio, where more than 300 city and county federal cases against Purdue and others are bundled together. Fifteen states are suing separately and lawyer Mike Moore predicts that figure will reach 25 by summer, with all the others investigating.
Purdue has settled cases before on a relatively small scale, and in the 2007 prosecution was forced to pay $600m to the federal government. But current legal action eclipses what has gone before.
“Purdue Pharma could go bankrupt,” said Moore.
In a 19 September 2019 ABC News article comes the following quote, “Plaintiffs in the lawsuits have seized on his [Richard Sackler] words, especially his remarks to the company sales force at a 1996 launch party for OxyContin held just after a major snowstorm. He said the launch of the tablets would “be followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition. The prescription blizzard will be so deep, dense and white.”
Purdue filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September in White Plains, New York, to put thousands of lawsuits on hold and give it time to broaden support for its wide-ranging settlement proposal.
The company is also working to resolve Justice Department probes.
Purdue still faces U.S. Justice Department criminal and civil investigations over its handling of OxyContin. Any financial penalty emerging from those cases could eat into funds that might go to U.S. communities to help mitigate the crisis in a broad settlement.
Purdue and the Sacklers have denied the allegations in the lawsuits that allege they aggressively marketed addictive prescription painkillers while misleading doctors and patients about their abuse and overdose risks.
Purdue has responded to subpoenas and other investigative demands from federal prosecutors and is engaged in discussions with U.S. officials to resolve the probes, the company has said in bankruptcy court papers.
The Sacklers could attempt to use bankruptcy proceedings to largely shield themselves from future legal exposure and the possible financial liabilities associated with it. Settlements approved in bankruptcy court often come with legal releases. Some states would be expected to fight that.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain (Southern District of New York) encouraged state attorneys general to come to an agreement on a multi-billion dollar settlement proposed by Purdue Pharma LP.
Right now, the government is looking for solutions to get money flowing into the hands of those people who need it, and a lot of people need it. This is particularly true of those who are financially vulnerable as the economy is sinking at a pace unthinkable only a few months ago. However, a few state attorneys general have stepped in the way of allowing the bankruptcy settlement, demanding more money, particular from the Sackler family, heirs to the Purdue fortune.
As part of the settlement, Purdue will be converted to a public benefit corporation that will not include any involvement by the Sackler family. Basically, the American people will become owners of the manufacturing facilities producing OxyContin, a drug that is still effectively taken for pain management, approved by the Food and Drug Administration and regulated by the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The problem is that not every attorney general is on board with the agreement. Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey penned an OpEd in The Washington Post last year stating that individuals were not held accountable for the crisis.
The US Court system is currently grinding to a halt as a result of COVID-19 and its near-term remedy, social distancing. It will take months, or years to restart the courts and catch up with the backlog. This settlement, if not approved, has the potential to languish in the court for many more months or years at a time when people need money now.
The time has come to settle this Purdue case and government officials need to stop playing politics. There is no reason to pursue the Sackler family at the expense of those in need of relief.
In 2017 as things started going sour for the Sacklers due to the OxyContin opioid crisis, Mortimer Sackler decided to tap his old friend Mike Bloomberg for some help. “I am meeting with Michael Bloomberg tomorrow morning at 10 am to seek his help and guidance on the current issues we are facing,” Sackler wrote to Purdue’s top executives in December 2017. “I plan to discuss the following with him: 1. Current narrative vs the truth. 2. What advice does he have on how best to deal with it? 3. Does he have a journalist that he would recommend who could get the FULL story out there?”
Previously undisclosed emails, including some filed in lawsuits against Purdue and others provided by sources, reveal a little-known relationship, forged in part by mutual philanthropic interests, between the Sacklers and Michael Bloomberg. They show that when the Sacklers were facing critical media coverage, they looked to Bloomberg and his news and philanthropic organizations for help. Bloomberg advised Mortimer Sackler on how to handle negative coverage in 2017, and steered the family to a crisis communications specialist who had been his mayoral press secretary. In 2018, Bloomberg Philanthropies staff met with Sackler to discuss launching a joint initiative to combat the opioid crisis.
Bloomberg and the Sacklers began crossing paths at charity events around New York in the 2000s. Bloomberg and the Sacklers supported several of the same arts institutions. Bloomberg and Mortimer Sackler were formally introduced by an event coordinator working for Bloomberg’s corporate arm. Jonathan Sackler, another Purdue board member, donated to some of the same school causes as Bloomberg and attended a charter school fundraiser at Bloomberg’s New York home.
The most visible sign of the relationship came in 2013, when Bloomberg co-hosted a gala at the opening of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. Mortimer Sackler and other family members attended and were feted as major donors. Other guests included Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, royal relative Pippa Middleton, and then-London Mayor Boris Johnson. Bloomberg was named the next chair of the Serpentine Galleries — his organization had given about $2 million to the new wing — and posed for photos with Theresa Sackler, Mortimer’s stepmother and a fellow member of the Purdue board.
Mortimer Sackler and Michael Bloomberg met at the Bloomberg LP offices in New York, joined by Bloomberg Philanthropies CEO Patricia Harris. A spokesperson for Bloomberg said he took the meeting out of courtesy. Bloomberg told Sackler that the company should develop a list of 10 talking points, according to people familiar with the conversation. He also encouraged Sackler to have a conversation with Bloomberg Philanthropies, a spokesperson for Sackler said.
Bloomberg also helped the Sacklers find a crisis communications manager. He recommended his longtime mayoral spokesman Stu Loeser, who was running a private firm that touted his “political instincts and deep connections.”
Since the Sackler’s connection to the opioid crisis has tarnished the family’s name many of their former rich “friends” have started abandoning them as noted in several articles:
I now want to point the reader to an excellent Swordfish blog post that, among many things, tells about the history of the U.S. Department of State’s Art In Embassies (AIE) program with its ties to the Rockefellers, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), intelligence agencies, the drug trade, pop culture celebrities, child trafficking, modern art and the artists behind what is considered to be art. There is simply too much information in this article, with its many links, to do it justice, but I will reference some interesting quotes from the post.
Teresa Duncan launches a blog where she accuses art critic Jerry Saltzand Podesta-backed artist Anna Gaskell of being ‘Project Mockingbird’ assets. She also claims that the Rothschilds have infiltrated the New York art world through clandestine assets. She and her husband are found dead days later in separate suicides. Further investigation shows they were associated with Washington DC’s art-punk scene and had mutual friends with Alefantis.
The Transformer Gallery [Alefantis] hosts an annual silent auction, but few have picked up on the detail that every auction requires the transportation of art from another country that we can now know is shipped through diplomatic channels and part of the same larger network of diplomatically-exchanged art. [The question arises – what else might be being shipped secretly through diplomatic channels?]
The Art in Embassies program is run by many members/alumni of the Yale circle of elites, including John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Robert Storr (Dean of Yale School of Art) and many other industrialist families behind some of America’s best-known brands. The Sackler’s, the family behind Purdue Pharma (Valium and Oxycontin), clearly took time away from their role as drug-pushers to promote the arts with the global elite. Here they are with their esteemed lapdog Alec Baldwin. This is an important detail I can’t stress enough. They literally controlled the Opium market with a prescription drug, exactly as the United States did in Afghanistan, all the way back to the era of the Opium Wars in China…which Skull and Bones controlled. Remember, these families are primarily located around Connecticut. The Sacklers, who have coordinated events with James Alefantis, presented medals to Marina Abramovic and Jeff Koons, [See this link to Jeff Koons bio] both of whose work have been transported on these aircraft multiple times, some directly through the Tony and Heather Podesta collection. In fact, Podesta “gifted” transported some of Abramovic’s “bloody” work to Whitechapel, London, supported in part by the “UK Friends of the National Museum of Women Artists”. Notice how they conceal their organizations–diplomatic groups functioning within art galleries.The event shows that it’s not simply celebrating art, but actually announcing the sending of the paintings.
As example of how sick some of this “art” is I provide a link to the blog of ArtBrut.com Outsider Art at Beverly Kaye Gallery. There is a link on the site to RealArtForKids. The site states:
Private dealer specializing in Non-Mainstream Art, Outsider Art, Artbrut Art, Self-Taught Art, and the Art of Trauma. Also Vernacular Art, Neuve Invention, Visionary, Folk and Contemporary Art, Photography, Pueblo pottery and Found Art and Oddities. Museum quality paintings, sculpture, and collage, including work in oil, acrylic, ink, and recycled materials by emerging artists as well as masters. Very strong, sometimes confrontational work, illustrated through over 400 images and thoughtful text by both the psychiatric and art communities.
The gallery is open by appointment or by chance and there are several Open Houses a year, including the popular Sculpture in the Garden Show held each Spring. Welcome to the website, come visit the gallery and enjoy!
Also, check out the logo for Occasions Caterers in Washington, D.C. It is often used by the in-crowd at their gala events and said to have been used by James Alefantis.
I include here a short 2015 CNN Money video interview with Economist Nouriel Roubini:
I also include here a documentary about the Geneva, Switzerland freeport called the Black Box of the Art Business.
In Switzerland, covering an area of 120,000 square meters, Geneva freeport shelters tens of billions of Euros of merchandise. A tax free area where the world’s wealthiest, speculators, collectors and art dealers store exceptional wines, diamonds, and especially works of art, in the greatest secrecy. A secrecy that can allow questionable financial operations. At a time when the secrecy of Swiss banking is under international pressure, art is the new shelter of hidden international finance. Geneva freeport is today a place linked to the concealment of stolen art pieces, money laundering, and tax evasion. Under the freeport’s rules, objects could remain in untaxed limbo, in theory, forever. Treasures have come and they have not left. What does Geneva freeport really contain? Let’s investigate the most secret vault in the world. –
And finally a more amusing post covering how Microsoft’s use of Marina Abramovic to tout its new HoloLens 2 roll-out came back to bite them. With the public at large becoming more aware of these people, it is getting harder for corporations like Microsoft to flaunt their sick connections.