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Non-Violence

Ted Rall will be my guest on Virtually Speaking Susie this week. Discuss!

Stupendously stupid 60 Dems

And of course my ambitious congress critter, Rep. Allyson Schwartz, is among them.

FDR economic bill of rights

From “Capitalism: A Love Story”:

Rusty old American dream

This is one of my favorite car songs, and this particular David Wilcox performance is hysterical because his son Nate lipsyncs along:

Goldman Sachs

Chris Hedges made this speech before he was arrrested this week:

Goldman Sachs, which received more subsidies and bailout-related funds than any other investment bank because the Federal Reserve permitted it to become a bank holding company under its “emergency situation,” has used billions in taxpayer money to enrich itself and reward its top executives. It handed its senior employees a staggering $18 billion in 2009, $16 billion in 2010 and $10 billion in 2011 in mega-bonuses. This massive transfer of wealth upwards by the Bush and Obama administrations, now estimated at $13 trillion to $14 trillion, went into the pockets of those who carried out fraud and criminal activity rather than the victims who lost their jobs, their savings and often their homes.

Goldman Sachs’ commodities index is the most heavily traded in the world. Goldman Sachs hoards rice, wheat, corn, sugar and livestock and jacks up commodity prices around the globe so that poor families can no longer afford basic staples and literally starve. Goldman Sachs is able to carry out its malfeasance at home and in global markets because it has former officials filtered throughout the government and lavishly funds compliant politicians—including Barack Obama, who received $1 million from employees at Goldman Sachs in 2008 when he ran for president.

These politicians, in return, permit Goldman Sachs to ignore security laws that under a functioning judiciary system would see the firm indicted for felony fraud. Or, as in the case of Bill Clinton, these politicians pass laws such as the 2000 Commodity Futures Modernization Act that effectively removed all oversight and outside control over the speculation in commodities, one of the major reasons food prices have soared. In 2008 and again in 2010 prices for crops such as rice, wheat and corn doubled and even tripled, making life precarious for hundreds of millions of people. And it was all done so a few corporate oligarchs, the 1 percent, could make personal fortunes in the tens and hundreds of millions of dollars. Despite a damning 650-page Senate subcommittee investigation report, no individual at Goldman Sachs has been indicted, although the report accuses Goldman of defrauding its clients.
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Internationale

Tony Bambino:

The NYPD scooped up Chris Hedges and 15 other protesters on Thursday. Meanwhile, Lloyd Blankfein and his fellow rats remained free and presumably busy in their gilded sewer, where they package shit and call it securities. More here.



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Pacing the cage

Bruce Cockburn:

Meanwhile, in saner parts of the world

People are actually worried about this.

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