I'll be blunt - the no so-called "conspiracy theories" policy on this site has always made me cringe. The very purpose of the pejorative term "conspiracy theory" is to discourage any sort of critical thinking, and it's highly unbecoming of a self-styled "reality-based community" to discourage individuals from offering various interpretations of the meaning and/or origins of inarguably real events. The very notion that the only acceptable discussion of reality must be centered around the accounts which we're spoon-fed by the corporate media and/or corporate puppet government, fully discredits any claim of being "reality-based" that the the powers that be on Daily Kos make.
Welcome to the new feudalism, where financial parasites can loot the few hundred bucks a month retirees receive to survive, in order to take their bullshit fees. Next stop: debtor's prisons.
The California Supreme Court unanimously overturned a billion-dollar class-action award against Bank of America Corp. on Monday, ruling that banks can collect overdraft fees from accounts in which government benefits intended for subsistence are directly deposited.
The ruling threw out a 2004 verdict by a San Francisco jury that found the bank violated state law by taking fees for insufficient funds from accounts set up to receive Social Security benefits.
The LA Times has the full story.
Whenever a bunch of wealthy parasites meet in secret to go over their plans for the "herd," there's damn good reason to be suspicious - even more so when the topic is the favorite ideological fetish of useless economic royalists, the literally fantastic non-problem of so-called "overpopulation."
Well, if the bailout heist, the criminal cover-up of bankster fraud, the escalation in Afghanistan, the exclusion of single-payer, and the continued support for Turbo Timmy Geithner and Larry "The Chins" Summers didn't already put me in the "disapprove" column, this definitely does:
The Obama administration is preparing to revive the system of military commissions established at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, under new rules that would offer terrorism suspects greater legal protections, government officials said.
The rules would block the use of evidence obtained from coercive interrogations, tighten the admissibility of hearsay testimony and allow detainees greater freedom to choose their attorneys, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
Since President Obama seems intent on sinking his administration with insane Hooverite attempts to bailout hopelessly bankrupt financial institutions whilst ignoring the ongoing and accelerating collapse of the physical economy, I thought it relevant to inform my readers as to the precise value of these type of firms.
Hint: It's not much.
I'll be honest, I'm pretty damn sick of this lot of infantile bed-wetters whining about what to do with the high-level radioactive waste (e.g., spent fuel rods) of nuclear power plants. This whole line of objection just screams "look, everyone, I can grasp at straws!" However, in the interest of provoking less angry outrage than my last bit of commentary on the subject, I've decided to offer only constructive solutions to our energy and environmental issues in this post.
Washington - (Fux News): Nobel Laureate in physics, biology, chemistry, and economics, the esteemed Congresswoman; Lord of the Realm; Defender of the Faith; the Right Honorable Rep. Dr. Michelle Bachmann, M.D., today announced that her research into the myth of anthropogenic global warming has yielded another startling result - according to Dr. Bachmann, Albert Einstein's theories of both special and general relativity are actually a hoax.
Weeks before the great stock market collapse in October 1929, proto-Chicago School economist Irving Fisher predicted that "stocks have reached what looks to be a permanently high plateau." Such a prominent and epic failure in forecasting the outlook of equities prices cost Fisher much of his personal fortune, as well as his academic and popular prestige.
Now, suppose that even after earning such immense discredit, and even after his economic views had been roundly discredited by the stock market crash and economic collapse, the headline of the New York Times on a day in early March 1933 read:
I've been meaning to write something on this topic for a while now, and with the recent passing of the 30th anniversary of the Three Mile Island disaster (and by "disaster," I mean "hyped-up accident which claimed no victims, other than the rationality of millions of Americans"), it seems a good time. Frankly, I've had it with anti-nuclear reactionaries. As I shall explain, if they realize their agenda of imposed energy scarcity, they're going to kill not thousands, not millions, but billions of people. Frankly, a bunch of spoiled, well-fed, air-conditioned white westerners running around drumming up discontent and irrational fear over nuclear power is
damn near a crime against humanity.
And on France 24, no less. Just watch.
These guys are financial terrorists, and they should be decapitated. Throughout history, when bankers have seized control of the system and impoverished the community, there's been some penalties to pay. And this is one of those inflection points in history, where a group of individuals has taken it upon themselves to bankrupt the State. They deserve to be punished with the harshest possible terms, and I do not rule out decapitation."
I've gotten a few emails bemoaning my lack of "constructive suggestions" as of late, so I've written out a revised set of steps that need to be taken to repair the world. Fair warning - if you're looking for a foolishly optimistic, well-documented but poorly reasoned, dryly worded, in-depth technical proposal, this ain't it. So now, as I'm somewhat tired, let's just cut to the chase, shall we?
I hate to break it to you, but you've been had.
I know you may not want to hear it, but you're just a tool of the oligarchy.
A single line of code in an operating system.
A cog in an immense machine.
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