Virtually Speaking Thursday

This will be a really good one!

Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd: 6pm pacific|9pm eastern. Listen live or later on BlogTalkRadio:

Reuters columnist David Cay Johnston is the president of Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), an education organization with 4,200 members. A 13-year veteran of The New York Times, David won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for enterprise reporting that uncovered loopholes and inequities in the U.S. tax code. He wrote the best selling tax books Perfectly Legal, which won an IRE medal, and Free Lunch.

With Jay Ackroyd, David discusses his latest book, The Fine Print:How Big Companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind

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BP to pay record fine

This is good, but when will ex-CEO Tony Hayward and other BP big shots be held personally accountable, i.e., charged with crimes? From Huffington Post:

BP said Thursday that it will pay $4.5 billion in a settlement with the U.S. government over the massive 2010 oil spill and will plead guilty to felony counts related to the deaths of 11 workers and lying to Congress.

The figure includes nearly $1.3 billion in criminal fines – the largest such penalty ever – along with payments to several government entities.

A person familiar with the settlement said two BP employees will also face manslaughter charges over the deaths of 11 people in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that triggered the massive spill. The person was not authorized to discuss the matter on the record and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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