Forgive me if I'm a little coy in this post. I'm working on a local story that is very, very mysterious. Certain names must go unmentioned, because I don't want anyone googling those names to stumble across this blog.
The main focus of this story concerns a young fellow who fell to his death from the roof of a famous building. There were no indications of depression, no reason to suspect suicide. The circumstances were very enigmatic
This young man was weirdly obsessed with the Freemasons. Although other writers have focused on that angle, I consider it a red herring.
I'm more interested in the company he worked for -- a publishing firm which came to prominence hyping penny stocks in their newsletters. Nowadays, the business seems more focused on health-related operations in foreign countries. (Some have used the term "snake oil" to describe their approach to medicine, but I don't want to use that kind of language until I've done more research.)
The company is run by hard-core Ayn Randroid libertarians. You know the type: Quasi-superhuman John Galtian pursuers of rational self-interest and the virtues of selfishness and all of that there stuff. They operate out of a growing number of splendid old buildings in my favorite part of town.
Some believe that this firm mixes scam operations and legit enterprises. Does this accusation have merit? I don't know.
More than that. Some
websites have accused this firm of being involved with the CIA.
It has even been said that this company somehow helped to bring about the mysterious death of a famous veteran of the Agency. Unfortunately, I'm unclear as to the details, because the sites which level this accusation are...
Well, let's just say that they're frustrating
If you've spent any time trying to plod through conspiracy-oriented websites, you'll know that the writing style usually isn't a model of clarity.
Nevertheless, this firm reminds me of a very similar operation which came to my attention back in 2011: The National Inflation Association, run by Jonathan Lebed (the notorious pump-and-dumper) and his buddy Gerard Adams. I made a small video about the NIA and its claims. That video has been embedded at the end of this post.
. If you've seen it before, nobody is forcing you to watch it now.)
The astounding thing about the NIA was the heavy promotion it received from Fox News. At about the 6:30 mark, my video features a clip in which a female Fox Newser (dressed like a high-class escort) interviews Gerry Adams (who looks like a kid). Why would anyone with serious money take financial advice from those
two? Ya got me!
One Fox host dared to criticize the NIA and was soon thereafter kicked off the air.
The NIA's main shtick involved scaring viewers with hilariously wrong-headed predictions about runaway inflation (which never showed up, and which won't hit us any time soon). But their real
business concerned a free newsletter, which many people considered a pump-and-dump vehicle. The newsletter touted certain stocks, thereby driving up the price. When the price reached its peak, the original shareholders could dump their holdings and make a killing.
The NIA also promoted the literary productions of one A. Rand -- a.k.a. The Most Rational Human Being Ever.
What continues to astound me about the NIA is the Fox News connection. Why did the Murdochian hordes give so much publicity to a couple of youthful penny stock enthusiasts whom certain critics have uncharitably called scammers
Fox is owned by Rupert Murdoch, one of the richest people in the world. He operates on a much more elevated level.
And so we return our attention to that other
company -- the one that makes its home here in Baltimore. This operation has certain similarities to the NIA, although the head of this firm would undoubtedly sneer at any comparison to Lebed.
I have not yet confirmed the persistent reports that this company has CIA connections, but the rumors are certainly intriguing.
The question is: Why?
Why would a penny stock company be of interest to high-level spooks? How would the spooks make use of such a business? And what's with all this Ayn Rand shit?
I'm asking my readers for their ideas. Feel free to spitball. Conjecture may suggest new avenues of investigation. (If you have already guessed the name of the firm, please don't use it in your comments. And please don't talk about the Mystery Jumper by name either.)