Sunday, November 22, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
New York Medicaid Fraud May Reach Into Billions
The inefficiency and ineffectiveness of public services...what a waste of resources. The guy had been busted for fraudulent claims before, and it still took them 10 years to figure this out!
At the table on May 26 were about 20 donors willing to fork over $10,000 or more to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, including executives of major insurance companies, hospitals and other health-care firms.
"Most people there had an agenda; they wanted the ear of a senator, and they got it," said Aaron Roland, a San Francisco health-care activist who paid half price to attend the gathering. "Money gets you in the door. The only thing the other side can do is march around and protest outside."Health-Care Firms Have Supported Lawmakers Debating Reform - washingtonpost.com
Regulations are put in place to help individual companies, not to help "us." The only way to prevent this is to minimize the ability to make regulations.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Japanese gov't didn't want to upset U.S. authorities, so tried to sell 'em on the sly.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Torture gets people to say what you want them to say, so the pain will stop.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
More welfare for the rich. When you total this sort of shit up, it makes food stamps look like pocket change.
Monday, June 1, 2009
BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Geithner assures China investors
We are now a laughing stock to China...
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
“I saw many more pictures than were ever published in the press,
including, I believe, many—if not most—of the photos that president
would now prefer that you don’t see,” he writes.
He can see them, but we can’t.
So Philip Gourevitch Can See the Torture Photos, But We Can’t? | The Progressive
"General David Petraeus said this past weekend that President Obama's decision to close down Gitmo and end harsh interrogation techniques would benefit the United States in the broader war on terror.In an appearance on Radio Free Europe on Sunday, the man hailed by conservatives as the preeminent military figure of his generation left little room for doubt about where he stands on some of Obama's most contentious policies.
"I think, on balance, that those moves help [us]," said the chief of U.S. Central Command. "In fact, I have long been on record as having testified and also in helping write doctrine for interrogation techniques that are completely in line with the Geneva Convention."
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Bush believed the time had now come for that battle, telling Chirac:
Bush's Shocking Biblical Prophecy Emerges: God Wants to "Erase" Mid-East Enemies "Before a New Age Begins" | Politics | AlterNet
"This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people's enemies before a New Age begins".
China is dictating our policies. Do you feel "safer?"
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
A) China has bought at least 454 tonnes of gold
B) China has been importing 70 percent more copper than they consume
C) China has been filling up its strategic petroleum reserve
D) China has been building up its grain inventory.
E) China has been going around the world making deals for raw materials and acquisitions of small-enough companies that they fly under the radar
4) In contrast, the Federal Reserve has been accumulating debt of insolvent institutions:
A) Making uncollateralized loans to insolvent banks.
B) Swaping banking system’s toxic assets (subprime CDOs squared) for dollars.
C) Buying US treasuries
D) Buying mortgage backed securities
Market Skeptics: *****Have China watchers never heard of a decoy?*****
Which strategy is better the their country's long-term health?
Sunday, May 17, 2009
stealth bailout for AIG's counterparties: another way to shovel
taxpayer dollars to Wall Street and European banks without going to
Congress for permission. Aig CEO Edward Liddy admitted as much
yesterday in his testimony before the House Oversight Committee under
questioning from California Republican Darrell Issa. Liddy said he
acted under explicit instructions from the Fed to pay AIG counterpary
obligations at 100 cents on the dollar (par), even though the contracts
were trading at substantial discounts and could have been settled for
Liddy On AIG Payouts At Par: "The Fed Made Us Do It" (Video) - Home - The Daily Bail - The Bailout News Central Depository. News, Interviews,Videos, Comedy, Songs, Opinion & Analysis
Hmmm, who benefits?
Saturday, May 16, 2009
In Ehrman's latest book, "Jesus, Interrupted," he concludes:
Doctrines such as the divinity of Jesus and heaven and hell are not based on anything Jesus or his earlier followers said.
At least 19 of the 27 books in the New Testament are forgeries.
Believing the Bible is infallible is not a condition for being a Christian.
"Christianity has never been about the Bible being the inerrant word of
God," Ehrman says. "Christianity is about the belief in Christ."
Former fundamentalist 'debunks' Bible - CNN.com
the Bush-era system for trying terrorism suspects and to block the
release of pictures showing abuse of American-held prisoners abroad are
the most graphic examples yet of how he has backtracked, in
substantial if often nuanced ways, from the approach to national
security that he preached as a candidate, and even from his first days
in the Oval Office."
The NYT sums up Obama's civil liberties record in one paragraph - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
The Washington Independent » Ron Paul’s Economic Theories Winning GOP Converts
Monday, May 4, 2009
"Conservative Christians were the biggest backers of the Iraq war.
One of the top Pentagon officials involved in the Iraq war - General William Boykin - literally:
Sees the "war on terror" as a religious war between Judeo-Christian civilization and Satan, with Islam of course cast in the latter role."
"When Bush administration lawyers wrote their memos authorizing extreme interrogation tactics at Guantanamo, they had to conjure up horrible images: Prisoners gagging and sputtering as their interrogators reproduced the sensation of drowning. Human heads slammed repeatedly into walls. Insect-phobic prisoners cowering in fear in 8-by-10-foot cages.
How can the lawyers live with those images? And what damage did the interrogators who used the techniques sustain to their souls?
These are not academic questions for me. As a CIA interrogator in Vietnam during the last five years of the war, I know I put my soul at extreme peril. I am still haunted by what I did, and I suspect that what I witnessed and perpetrated in those years set the stage for the Bush Justice Department's approach to torture"
Frank Snepp: Tortured by the Past
Sunday, May 3, 2009
As M.A. Rothschild asserted, “Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws.”
Banking as Economic Parasitism « Quantum Pranx
Oh Bummer: Obama may use torture "confessions" in prosecutions
This year, after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made public comments that seemingly may have questioned the need for more protection of private information, Reidenberg assigned the same project. Except this time Scalia was the subject, the prof explains to the ABA Journal in a telephone interview.
His class turned in a 15-page dossier that included not only Scalia's home address, home phone number and home value, but his food and movie preferences, his wife's personal e-mail address and photos of his grandchildren, reports Above the Law.
And, as Scalia himself made clear in a statement to Above the Law, he isn't happy about the invasion of his privacy..."
Fordham Law Class Collects Personal Info About Scalia; Supreme Ct. Justice Is Steamed | ABA Journal - Law News Now
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Sadly, the Obama administration also embraced this tactic, even though President Obama criticized the cult of secrecy while running for office, leaving it to the courts to stand up for transparency and accountability.
And that is just what a panel of the federal appeals court in San Francisco did on Tuesday by firmly rejecting the claim that the government can prevent a judge from even hearing those who say they were hurt by federal polices and actions.The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reinstated a civil lawsuit brought against a government contractor by five victims of the extraordinary rendition program, under which foreigners were kidnapped and flown to other countries for interrogation and torture."
Editorial - The State-Secrets Privilege, Tamed - NYTimes.com
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
"I call on all governments to join with the United States... in prohibiting, investigating, and prosecuting all acts of torture." -George W. Bush, June 2003
U.S. Pledges to Avoid Torture (washingtonpost.com)
Warren Buffett called them “weapons of mass destruction” in 2003.
President Bush said they had to be regulated.
So did the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the current head of the Federal reserve.
As did the G-20 group of the world’s 20 richest nations.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan - after being one of their biggest cheerleaders - now says they are dangerous.
And a Nobel prize-winning economist said they should be “blown up or burned”, and we should start fresh.
What Are They Talking About?
What are the above-listed folks talking about?
A financial instrument called “credit default swaps” (CDS for short).
What Caused the Economic Crisis?
Monday, April 27, 2009
Craig Murray - Waterboarding Approved Specifically To Justify Iraq War
Pelosi Now Remembers Harman Wiretap - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com
Torture? It probably killed more Americans than 9/11 - Middle East, World - The Independent
Paul Begala: Yes, National Review, We Did Execute Japanese for Waterboarding
“What happened at Abu Ghraib is what endangers our troops. It's the practices that were authorized by high-level civilian people in the Bush administration which endangers our troops,” Levin said on the same TV program."
TheHill.com - Bond says torture photos endanger troops
t r u t h o u t | Reagan's DOJ Prosecuted Texas Sheriff for Waterboarding Prisoners
Will anything about the U.S. torture scandal ever scandalize us again? - By Dahlia Lithwick - Slate Magazine
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
FT.com print article
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Spreading democracy only works when you can legitimately claim moral superiority...
More Obama unwinding of the evil Bush had wrought...
China buys less U.S. debt as reserve growth slows - USATODAY.com
The world is buying less, just as we are creating more than we ever have.
Desperate veterans turn to suicide | detnews.com | The Detroit News
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Investments Can Yield More on K Street, Study Indicates - Wall Street Examiner Forums
...and here is the answer to "how do we fix it?" (It's a Washington Post link, but you have to register at that site.)
Think Progress » Bush officials: After Iraq invasion, Europeans hid Iran intel because they feared a U.S. attack.