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|Private Bank Consultants Pocket Your Money
Semantics are key in governmental nomenclature. Bribery is known as “lobbying”. Siphoning off government money is known as “privatization.” Because, theoretically, regulatory agencies ...
|Too Big to Fail or Too Big to Jail?
If you knew your broker called a stock “toxic waste” and nicknamed it as “Subprime Meltdown”, “Hitman” “Nuclear Holocaust” and “Mike Tyson’s Punchout” (a reference to a bag of ...
|Dare I use the "U" word? The NLRB says it will protect you
Shocking, shocking: Many companies insist that their employees give them their social network logins. An article in The New York Times, Even if it Enrages Your Boss, Social Net Speak is Protected , ...
|No One Comes Back Alive From the Austerity Cliff
Or, conventional wisdom kills. The economic truisms we live and breathe with every day aren’t challenged, yet they direct policy. Are they true? Do they work? Did they work in the past? In ...
|Familes get work, only to freeze
Ordinary Americans, the 99%, are travelling thousands of miles to get a job only to find out they have nowhere to live . Fleeing unemployment, boarded-up storefronts and foreclosures nationwide, ...
|National Response to Newtown Massacre: Buy that gun and magazine
The killing of 20 children trapped in classrooms, not to mention 6 adults who died trying to protect them, has unleashed an unprecedented rush to buy the very same weapon and high capacity magazine ...
|Cenk Out! White House In Charge of Neutering MSNBC
My diary has a different take from The Troubadour's yesterday. ...
|Cenk Out! White House In Charge of Neutering MSNBC
The Troubadour wrote about Cenk yesterday, especially focusing on ...
|AARP Says to Seniors: Let Them Eat Cat Food
In a 6/16/11 article in the Wall Street Journal, AARP puts its ...
|Will Tea Party become Osama Deniers?
Will right-wing (Tea Party) propaganda seek to deny the death of Bin Laden to further vilify President Obama? Despite DNA evidence proving Bin Laden was killed in a firefight in Pakistan as ...
|UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CAUSES UNEMPLOYMENT: New Right Propaganda
SORRY: Revised Version of Previous Diary People wonder (me) how the deficit hawks took control of the narrative despite historical evidence (1937 dip), reasoned shouting from esteemed Nobel-prize ...
|Who Are the Enemies of the State?
[cross-posted from Where Is Cassandra? ] What about them Russian spies living under "Deep Cover" in the U.S.? Here with their anti-capitalist ...
|For American Workers, Germany Is Better
Cross-posted on Where Is Cassandra? : In America, workers are an overpriced commodity ...
|It's Not The Republicans-Teflon Obama, 2/2/08
I'm reprinting my diary from February 8, 2008. Don't kill the messenger. by mariesamuels [Unsubscribe] [Edit Diary] Share this on Twitter - Teflon Obama Sat Feb 02, 2008 at ...
|The Manchurian Candidate
What a joke. I took my blows as a non-Koolaid drinker though a staunch progressive and eventual supporter of the President. Now you decry your saviour and cannot believe he would betray everything ...
|Why can't angry European (and Canadian!) workers be more like us?
I've read a number of articles lately questioning why Americans aren't angry in the face of economic hardship and injustice whereas the Europeans take to the streets. A NY ...
|Larry Summers should be fired. Now.
The escalating official unemployment rate made the front page of both the Wall Street Journal and ...
|Stop Whining, You Losers (tip o' the hat to Rick Santelli)
Floyd Norris, a business columnist for the New York Times, sternly lectured us in his column today that we should ...
|Richard Shelby adds to Republican bonfire
The other day I saw an interview with Alan Keyes broadcast on Keith Olbermann's Countdown where Keyes kept harping on the legitimacy of President Obama's office because supposedly Obama's birth ...
|Satire--$50 trillion worth of CDS vs. $15 trillion U.S. GDP
You may well be asking yourself, what the hell? How come the banks are getting trillions of dollars and they’re still broken? Didn’t I give them all my deposits and now my taxes? And ...
|The Foreclosed May Not Be Able To Vote
The Republicans are up to their disenfranchisement tricks again. Apart from the recent Supreme Court ruling that you practically need a passport to identify yourself in order to vote, it seems that ...
|Sarah Palin at Nuremberg (oops!) I mean NY Rally
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is having an anti-Iran rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in NYC on Monday. The executive director, Malcolm Hoenlein, invited ...
|If Obama Doesn't Do This, He Will Lose
He has to appeal to the emotions. Like Frank Capra. Mr. Deeds Goes To Washington. The chips are down, the Republicans are closing in ready to take the millions Gary Cooper's trying to give to the ...
|Rupert Murdoch runs the world
Rupert Murdoch is an obsession of mine. Is it his handsome good looks or down under freewheeling ways? No, it's his ability to control the message through every corner of his vast News Corp empire ...
|Sarah Palin, Veco, Ted Stevens & Bush Ltd
I'm writing a quick one because I want to get this out fast re: Sarah Palin: I wrote about the Veco scandal (Alaska, Ted Stevens, et al) in July of last year:
|Medicare Part D, or how to sicken and bankrupt the elderly
The party line on the Medicare Part D program was that it would finally provide prescription drug coverage for the elderly and disabled. AARP, the powerful advocacy organization, rallied behind it, ...
|$100 Billion Spent in Iraq to Endanger Our Security
According to The New York Times , The Congressional Budget Office is releasing a report today that ...
|A 20% Vig, or Bet With The House
Raising money is becoming harder and harder. Because of worthless derivatives and bravura leveraging, lenders won't lend money on the same terms as they did one year ago. Many entities, ...
|Fugitive Credit Suisse Broker goes Bulgarian etc.
As I research the alarming condition of the financial sector and Henry Paulson's bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which will cost taxpayers probably a trillion dollars, I wanted to share some ...
|Blast McCain with Youtube
In honor of the passing of Tony Schwartz, the creator of the "Daisy Ad" that only ran once during the 1964 presidential campaign and marked Goldwater as a nuclear nut forever, I present the ...
|Black Gold: Bubble, Bubble, Oil and Trouble
Many people wonder: why has oil gone up 800%+ since 2003? That's a mightly high inflation rate. Are China and India soaking up the stuff? Is OPEC stingy? My theory is that speculators, just as ...
|Stagflation the Sequel
No one is uttering that incendiary phrase, "Stagflation", but things seem a lot worse than they did when "Stagflation" helped unseat a president in 1979 and usher in voodoo economics. We've been ...
|The Latest Scoop on Stone's "W" Movie
Cindy Adams, one of the elder stateswomen of the New York Post, got her hot little hands on the script of Oliver Stone's "W" movie. ...
|Say You Want A Revolution? Bring a Guillotine
The ability to survive is rapidly becoming a major concern for 99.9% of people. Globalization is just another word for cheap labor. Inflation is rampant and exacerbated by traders in commodities ...
|NYC Black Man Shot 50 Times--Killers Go Free
This just in: nytimes.com reported that 3 policemen were found innocent of shooting a young black man 50 times. This young ...
|Rupert Murdoch Tells You What To Think
Before you sputter in indignation, hear me out. He just bought Newsday . He owns The Wall Street Journal, ...
|Test Your Financial Intelligence Quotient (FIQ)
Which of the following phrases sound innocuous? a) Moral hazard b) Externalities c) Opaque d) NINAs (continued below)
|$$$ and Cents
I've always admired and learned a great deal from the diaries of Jerome a Paris. Yesterday he wrote a particularly cogent one ...
|FDR Is On The Way! Happy Valentine's Day!
It's truly amazing: the Bush administration has presided over such a grand breakdown of our economy (and incidentally, the global economy) that even bankers are begging for government insurance. ...
|Henry Paulson Saves the Housing Market
Horray! Henry Paulson, Treasury Secretary, formerly of Goldman Sachs, put his foot down in the tender part of the financial services sector and passed laws requiring mortgage lenders to modify the ...
|Teflon Obama (Cont'd)
Before you attack me with fangs bared: I am very impressed and excited by Barack Obama's showing on Super Tuesday. He carried states that I didn't dream he could such as Idaho. I just have ...
I just read the diary entry of State Rep Mark Cohen (PA), "The Coming Obama Explosion". According to him, Obama is the Second Coming. It's amazing to me. So many of those (Arianna Huffington, are ...
|Criminal Organization Loots Unsuspecting Homeowners
Countrywide, the nation's largest mortgage originator and loan servicer, is being investigated by Lisa Madigan, the Illinois state attorney general as part of the state's expanding inquiry into ...
|Horrifying CIA Story Exposed, Then Spun by AP
The New York Times story, "CIA Destroyed 2 Tapes Showing Interrogations" is an incredibly big deal. This is criminal activity of the highest order. As far as I'm concerned, Bush is the instigator ...
|True Horror Right Out of Dickens
An article in today's Wall Street Journal, As Medical Costs Soar, The Insured Pay Huge Tab made my ...
|Giuliani is a corrupt, murderous liar
Soon Giuliani will unveil his "official" version of his bio. He is uncritically examined by most of the MSM; in fact, I would venture to say that he is given a free pass. I want to set the record ...
|Rudolph Giuliani--using the race card
As a native New Yorker who lived under Giuliani's white-knuckled leadership from 1994-2001, I am surprised at the current stories coming out of his campaign. Yes, he is running as the Mayor of 9/11.
|Candidate Clinton: We Won't Be Fooled Again!
If I learned anything from the viral destruction of the Bush presidency, it's that you can only judge a politician by his or her actions, not words. ("Compassionate conservative?) I want to ...
|Mistress of Her Domain?
Speaking as a writer who admires "Seinfeld" the sitcom, I was "shocked, shocked" to find out that Jerry's wife Jessica had probably been given the material for her new bestseller "Deceptively ...
|Billionaire Bailout--What about homeowners?
This country is undergoing an unprecedented mortgage crisis. I can't go into all the details right now (buy my book after it's finished!). It is estimated that 2.5 million people will end up in ...
|Socialism for the Rich
There is a mortgage crisis going on. Millions of people are in foreclosure and there's more trouble ahead. The administration and Congress are belatedly debating about what to do about the rising ...
|Wall Street Fairy Tale turns into Nightmare
Wall Street financiers are supposed to be hard-headed, risk-taking, brilliant as cut diamonds types (see: Gordon Gecko) who can size things up and make the tough decisions. That's why they get paid ...
|Dems-Stop %#@! Around and Communicate
My Commandments: I fervently want the Democrats in Congress to seize the agenda from the Bushco and the Republicans, stand up and say: WE SUPPORT THE TROOPS. YOU ARE ALLOWING YOUNG PEOPLE TO ...
|Billionaire Vultures Will Strip Your Bones
Private equity firms invest middle-class pension money in brain-dead schemes, steal taxpayer money, strip the companies they buy of workers, collect huge paychecks and pay little or no taxes. The ...
|Mass Foreclosures Under Radar
There is a huge nationwide problem that I haven't heard any of the candidates mention that is only beginning to escalate. That is the increasing rate of foreclosures with families forced to leave ...
|Can Kennedy Save Us? Anthony Kennedy, that is
Many of us are in despair over the criminal activities of Bushco, which extend to all 3 branches of the government and don't fire up the American people as much as the iPhone. This latest indignity (
|Dems: Walk the walk, don't just talk the talk
Yesterday was one example as to why people are faulting the Democrats for talking the talk but not walking the walk. John A. Rizzo faced confirmation in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee ...
|U.S. Uses K.G.B. Torture Methods
Are we a country of laws or men? If we are not a country of laws, then we are a society waiting for a strong man to tell us what to do. As a democratic republic, we are only as strong as our ...
|Slave Labor Builds Embassy in Iraq
The U.S. has been having a darned hard time with reconstruction projects in Iraq. Halliburton and its subsidiaries could not finish a project even with cost-overruns, profiteering and nonexistent ...
|How the Democrats Can Beat the Republicans...
at their own game. The Democrats have got to become spinmeisters. Let's look at a recent example: the Iraq War supplemental funding bill. They started strong, getting out in front with tough ...
The chickens have come home to roost. Global warming, pshaw! We are being poisoned daily not so slowly. The FDA inspects only a fraction of imported foods, and most of what they inspect is toxic.
|Are we living in The Trial of 1984?
It is said that Bush uses the Constitution as toilet paper. That our government runs like the fictional authorities in Orwell's 1984 and Kafka's The Trial . Do ...
|Bush, the mad scientist
In my previous diary, "How To Get Those Emails", I outlined the limitations of the claim of executive privilege. The facts also disprove Bush's assertion that only he can interpret the law (see ...
|How To Get Those Emails
I'm trying to keep up-to-date on the RNC's missing emails. What I know so far: Representative John Conyers (D-MI) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) exchanged letters with White House Counsel Fred ...
|Prosecutorgate is worse than Watergate, Part II
At this point, the question is no longer why did Rove, Bush, Gonzales, Cheney et al get rid of the federal 8. They were not reliable "Bushies". The question then becomes, who did they put in place ...
|Prosecutorgate is worse than Watergate
Judging by the evidence, the 8 federal prosecutors were fired because they weren't loyal "Bushies". Firing almost 10% of federal prosecutors in the middle of a President's second term is ...
|A Key to the Unraveling of Bush II
Using the fired federal prosecutor scheme as a jumping off point, the unitary executive theory espoused by Bush II combined with executive privilege gives rise to certain questions. In 1974, the ...
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