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  •  Evening, bluesters (9+ / 0-)

    Everybody is doing okay at the moment, safe and sound, one short term emergency solved, one longer term emergency in early stages of improvement.  

    Looking forward to reading a couple of those articles and watching a few of the videos.

    And, can somebody help me find our anti-trust laws?  We do have them somewhere, right?  First amendment or whatever it is that causes judges to say no you can't consolidate the media any further into the same hands?  Still exist?  Is there anybody who can work on this problem of so few people owning/controlling everything? Oh I guess money is speech.  Forgot about that.  Corps are people.  


    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:19:01 PM PDT

    •  evening joanne... (3+ / 0-)
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      glad to hear that things are sorting themselves out.

      the granddaddy of all anti-trust laws is the 1890 sherman anti-trust act. it's still the basis of most anti-trust suits.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:31:30 PM PDT

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      •  Did that get lost in the Capitol building (2+ / 0-)
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        or the DoJ building or something?  Buried under a bunch of war authorizations and supplemental emergency funding bills and austerity policy drafts?  

        I know, it's buried under a bunch of whistleblower prosecution investigation reports, and white papers weaseling around justifications for extrajudicial killing.

        I don't think anybody knows where it is! We need to put out an APB.

        Or maybe everybody who knows anything about Sherman was furloughed under the sequester.

        "Justice is a commodity"

        by joanneleon on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:40:35 PM PDT

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    •  I've been meaning to write a bit about this, (3+ / 0-)

      its on my To Do list. Most people would be surprised if they knew how monopolized every sector of our national economy is, and monopoly profits are just another form of rents. It was a conscious decision, back in the Reagan administration, to just stop enforcing anti-trust laws. They justified it on the grounds of efficiency and nobody seemed to care that efficiency for the seller means higher prices for the buyer. They're still using that argument, by the way, I heard it on NPR just a couple of weeks ago in defense of the American/US Air merger.

      The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

      by Azazello on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 06:49:01 PM PDT

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