"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury." Attributed to Alexander Tytler
They publicly humiliated a local socialist politician, by parading him through the streets wearing a sign saying "Red scum", later they participated in handing him over to the Gestapo who sent him to Dachau. They also were part in a purge of a local jewish paper manufacturing buisness, the owners had left in a haste vefore, yet their property was seized and then sold to another company.
Can you show me this behavior conducted by democrats?
seems gibson is trying to recover some of its losses. it had to pay fines in the settlement:
Under the settlement, Gibson agreed to pay a $300,000 fine for the ebony from Madagascar that was taken in the first raid. The company also agreed to make a $50,000 donation to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to promote conservation work and forfeited the seized illegal wood, which was valued at $261,844.Gibson Guitars and Feds Settle in Illegal Wood Case | Mother Jonesthe DOJ released some additional information about the case, none of which makes Gibson look very good:
Gibson purchased “fingerboard blanks,” consisting of sawn boards of Madagascar ebony, for use in manufacturing guitars. The Madagascar ebony fingerboard blanks were ordered from a supplier who obtained them from an exporter in Madagascar. Gibson’s supplier continued to receive Madagascar ebony fingerboard blanks from its Madagascar exporter after the 2006 ban. The Madagascar exporter did not have authority to export ebony fingerboard blanks after the law issued in Madagascar in 2006.
In 2008, an employee of Gibson participated in a trip to Madagascar, sponsored by a non-profit organization. Participants on the trip, including the Gibson employee, were told that a law passed in 2006 in Madagascar banned the harvest of ebony and the export of any ebony products that were not in finished form. They were further told by trip organizers that instrument parts, such as fingerboard blanks, would be considered unfinished and therefore illegal to export under the 2006 law. Participants also visited the facility of the exporter in Madagascar, from which Gibson’s supplier sourced its Madagascar ebony, and were informed that the wood at the facility was under seizure at that time and could not be moved.
After the Gibson employee returned from Madagascar with this information, he conveyed the information to superiors and others at Gibson. The information received by the Gibson employee during the June 2008 trip, and sent to company management by the employee and others following the June 2008 trip, was not further investigated or acted upon prior to Gibson continuing to place orders with its supplier. Gibson received four shipments of Madagascar ebony fingerboard blanks from its supplier between October 2008 and September 2009.
the wood in these guitars includes the wood from india which was a part of the federal dispute:
i would not find this instrument investment grade. for about the same money, buy a Derek Trucks signature SG. you will not lose a dime and over time, it may be one of the current models that will increase in valueThe [settlement] agreement allows Gibson to keep the rosewood and ebony from India that was taken in the second raid and continue importing from India.
I admit that I have ebony that's probably illegal according to the law. I purchased it from someone who bought it over 20 years ago, and I have no documentation that it was properly harvested and all the other stuff the law requires. I'm going to turn it in, pay the fines, and fall on a table saw. I hear the government takes the wood back to the point of origin and sticks it in the ground, and hopes a tree grows from it.
He claims that Gibson prevailed in court. Untrue. The case was settled out of court
Gibson Settles Lawsuit in Exotic Guitar Wood Case
Guitar maker, Gibson, has settled U.S. allegations that it illegally bought protected species’ wood for manufacturing instruments, ending a criminal probe and forfeiture proceedings in federal court in Tennessee.
Gibson, based in Nashville, will pay $350,000 in penalties and agreed to implement a compliance program. The company also will withdraw its claims to about $261,000 of ebony and rosewood from India and Madagascar seized during the investigation, according to a statement today by the U.S. Justice Department.
“Gibson has acknowledged that it failed to act on information that the Madagascar ebony it was purchasing may have violated laws intended to limit over harvesting and conserve valuable wood species from Madagascar, a country which has been severely impacted by deforestation,” Ignacia Moreno, head of the department’s environment and natural resources division, said in the statement
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