Thursday, November 27, 2008

Choreographing Larceny

Choreographing larceny for the largest heist in history would seem to be a monumental task, but the only thing monumental about it is the mountain of cash being conveyed from the federal vaults into Wall Street moving vans on its way to numbered bank accounts around the globe. With the aid of new developments in television news scripting services, reporters have become -- like politicians -- little more than supporting actors in the story. Videos produced by corporations to simulate what used to pass for news coverage, have now replaced correspondents with stand-ins literally reading from a script written by public relations firms representing the corporations pulling the heist.

I can only imagine the astonishment of golden-parachute CEOs as they continually push the envelope on a corrupt Congress and a credulous public, indeed pushing into the near double-digit trillion zone faster than Arthur Andersen can cook the claimants' books. Whether the extortion of threatening to close down credit (based on a fraudulent claim of illiquidity by the white-collar gang pulling this heist) is ever prosecuted under racketeering laws is one thing. Stopping this larceny before there's nothing left to fund federal obligations is quite another.

The question remains: Who will stop them?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Birds of a Feather

Notorious war criminal and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger supports Hillary Clinton's bid for Secretary of State. What more can we possibly say?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A New Story

Indigenous legal scholars discuss relations today with modern states and international state-centric institutions like the UN. Making Contact is a program of National Radio Project.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Supply and Demand

Dying to Leave by PBS is a video documentary on the modern institution of slavery and the corollary multi-billion dollar business of smuggling humans worldwide for slave labor and prostitution. Watch it online. It'll change forever the way you think about free trade and migration.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

True Colors

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of corporate America, the US Congress will not give the American people anything without us organizing ourselves to make demands. That strategy applies to Obama as well.

While Obama is unlikely to invite Nader to be part of his cabinet, the fact that Obama insisted that Nader not be allowed into any of the presidential debates means he is committed to denying the American people a voice in its governance. Love Nader or not, he has walked the talk for democracy in our country, and excluding him from the discussion about our future shows Obama's true colors.

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