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Ex-PDVSA unit executive extradited from Spain to face U.S. bribe case

(Reuters) – A former executive at a unit of Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] has been extradited from Spain to face U.S. charges that he and others solicited bribes in exchange for helping vendors secure business, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday.

Sexual Assault Case Against Seal Rejected by L.A. District Attorney's Office: Report

The sexual battery case filed against Seal by a former neighbor has been rejected by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, TMZ reports. The 54-year-old “Kiss from a Rose” singer will not face any criminal charges.

In January, TMZ reported that Seal was under criminal investigation for sexual battery, stemming from an alleged incident at his home in the fall of 2016 with actress Tracey Birdsall.

According to Birdsall, 54, Seal had allegedly forced himself on her in his kitchen — attempting to kiss her and later groping her breasts in advances she quickly pushed off and demanded he stop.

Though they were neighbors and developed a close friendship, Birdsall told TMZ there was never anything romantic between them and that his advances came out of nowhere. She claimed he belittled her outfit, insinuating the tank top and shorts she was wearing implied she was asking for it. After Seal allegedly groped her again, she said she left and has not had contact with him since.

Seal refuted Birdsall’s claims, with reps for the star telling PEOPLE in a statement he “vehemently denies the recent allegations made against him by a former neighbor for alleged misconduct more than a year ago.”

In the wake of Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech, Seal found himself in hot water when he posted a meme of Winfrey with disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein that read “When you have been part of the problem for decades, but suddenly they all think you are the solution.”

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Seal added in the caption, “Oh I forgot, that’s right….. you’d heard the but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young -eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad. #SanctimoniousHollywood.”

While the post appeared to be an attack on Winfrey — causing many, including Chrissy Teigen, to knock him — Seal posted an impassioned video to Facebook days later explaining that wasn’t his intention.

“What I reposted was commentary on the hypocritical and double standard nature and behavior of Hollywood,” he said. “To those of us who support the #MeToo movement, just know this: not one of the women who have been sexually abused, not one of the women who have come forward, has received any real justice whatsoever. Losing your job because you either a) raped, 2) sexually abused, or even sexually harassed a woman is not real punishment. You steal from the post office, you go to jail. And #RealTalk, we all know what would happen to any one of those power abusers if they looked like me.”

It appears his words resonated with Birdsall, who told TMZ she was inspired to contact authorities after watching his video.

Saturday open thread for night owls. Aronoff: The case for nationalizing Elon Musk

Kate Aronoff at In These Times writes—The Case for Nationalizing Elon Musk. When companies like SpaceX make it big, they’d be obligated to return some portion of their gains to the public infrastructure that helped them succeed, expanding the government’s capacity to facilitate more innovative development:

On Tuesday, Elon Musk launched some stuff into space. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket was shot into the Solar System, tailed by a Tesla Roadster blasting David Bowie songs, reportedly the fastest car ever to be released into orbit. Each Falcon launch is only expected to cost around $90 million—a bargain in the world of extraterrestrial exploration.

Scientific American gawked, “Elon Musk Does It Again,” praising the “bold technological innovations and newfound operational efficiencies that allow SpaceX to not only build its rockets for less money, but also reuse them.” That view—shared by several other outlets—fits comfortably with the Tony Stark-like image Musk has crafted for himself over the years: a quirky and slightly off-kilter playboy genius inventor capable of conquering everything from outer space to the climate crisis with the sheer force of his imagination.

One of Musk’s long-term goals is to create a self-sustaining colony on Mars, and make humanity an interplanetary species. He hopes to shoot two very wealthy people around the moon at some point this year. Musk has invested an awful lot of public money into making those dreams a reality. But why should Americans keep footing the bill for projects where only Musk and his wealthy friends can reap the rewards? Enter: the case for nationalizing Elon Musk, and making the U.S. government a major stakeholder in his companies.

The common logic now holds that the private sector—and prodigies like Musk, in particular—are better at coming up with world-changing ideas than the public sector, which is allegedly bloated and allergic to new, outside-the-box thinking. Corporations’ hunt for profits and lack of bureaucratic constraints, it’s said, compel cutting-edge research and development in a way that the government is simply incapable of. With any hope, more of these billionaires’ breakthroughs than not will be in the public interest.

The reality, as economist Mariana Mazzucato argues in her 2013 book The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths, is very different. Many of the companies that are today considered to be headed by brilliant savants—people like Steve Jobs and, yes, Elon Musk—owe much of their success to decades of public sector innovation, through repackaging technologies developed over the course of several decades into new products. Take the iPhone, essentially a collection of Defense Department research and National Science Foundation-grant projects packed into one shiny machine.

“The prospect of the State owning a stake in a private corporation may be anathema to many parts of the capitalist world,” Mazzucato writes, “but given that governments are already investing in the private sector, they may as well earn a return on those investments.”

As she notes, Musk’s future-oriented empire—Tesla Motors, SolarCity and SpaceX—has benefitted from around $5 billion in local, state and federal government support, not to mention many years of foundational public research into programs like rocket technology. SpaceX itself exists largely for the sake of competing for government contracts, like its $5.5 billion partnership with NASA and the U.S. Air Force. The U.S. Department of Energy invested directly in that company, as well as in Tesla’s work on battery technology and solar panels. The latter is perhaps the biggest success story of the Department of Energy stimulus grant that also supported Solyndra, a solar energy company reliably held up by the Right as an example of the government’s failure to make wise investment decisions. “Taxpayers footed the bill for Solyndra’s losses—yet got hardly any of Tesla’s profits,” Mazzucato notes. […]

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On this date at Daily Kos in 2011—House GOP meltdown over budget cuts: 

Basically we’re seeing two factions in the GOP these days, the ORCs and the YATs.

The first are the Opportunist Republican Cynics (ORCs), and they are still the dominant faction. They are led by John Boehner, and they are basically the same people who drove America’s economy into the ground under George W. Bush. They’ve regained power thanks to tea partiers, Fox News, and a willingness to parrot the doomsdayer teahadist rhetoric about spending and debt, but they also understand that actually following through on what they promised would be a political disaster of epic proportion. The problem for ORCs is that they don’t have anything else to offer because they last time they were allowed to drive policy decisions for the GOP, they ended up thoroughly discrediting the party.

The other faction are the Yelling Angry Teahadists (YATs). They don’t control the GOP leadership, but there’s enough of them that the GOP needs them to maintain its majority. The YATs believe everything they said during the campaign about how Obama is the second coming of Karl Marx and how spending is destroying America. They really believe the only way to save America is to eliminate the deficit and they believe the deficit can be balanced by immediately cutting spending by hundreds of billions of dollars. And they believe the rest of America agrees with them. YATs are the only Republicans with any real enthusiasm, but that’s mostly because their ideas haven’t yet been discredited by the test of reality.

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#SproutChat Recap: The Importance of Case Studies

We all understand that customer stories are a hugely integral part of marketing collateral, but how exactly does one go about creating a case study? And how can one showcase these case studies to their audiences and prospects?

In this week’s #SproutChat, Sprout All Star Elite, Erika Heald, joined us to share her insights on the value of case studies. This week’s participants chatted about the distinctions between case studies and use cases, best practices for conducting a case study and how to leverage them in your social strategy.

Full Context Creates a Better Story

We often conflate the terms use case and case study. Both are great for highlighting customer stories in your content strategy, but there are key differences. A use cases speaks to the benefit of a specific feature or use, while case studies provide a story in full-context—including the issue at hand, the resolution reached and key metrics throughout.

Think Beyond B2B

While case studies may seem like a strictly B2B marketing move, they can be used in consumer marketing as well. Consumers are genuinely interested in hearing how brands have helped people achieve their goals.

Highlight Quick Information for Social

If you want to pull from case study content for social keep in mind that speaking to your social audience is much different than a one-on-one sales call. Tailor how you deliver content on your social platforms by sharing small nuggets of hard-hitting information or engaging visuals.

Communicate With Success Teams

While in the process of identifying potential case study interviewees, take care to connect with any individual that has an existing relationship with the point of contact for the account. This might be someone on your client success or sales team, but could also be a personal contact. Be sure to check in on the status of this person’s account and how happy they are as a client.

Test out Videos

Videos can be a great addition to your overall content plan for case studies. Even if you don’t have the resources for larger video production, you can utilize video for conversations with your interviewee to set a more conversational tone.

Put the Customer First

First and foremost, when interviewing someone for a case study, take the time to get to know them. Start the conversation off about their role at the company and background about themselves professionally. Setting this tone from the start tells customers right off the bat that this project isn’t merely about work, but about putting them first.

Join us next Wednesday, February 14, to chat with special guest, Marketo, about the relationship between social media and email marketing. Until then be sure to join our Facebook group to connect with other folks in the industry.

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