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|Censorship & Freedom
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|Intelligence, Boston Bombing & Expectations
In any emergency we tend to respond with narrowed focus, details become background and survival preeminent. The remarkable feat of the security apparatus in identifying and apprehending (...
|Russell City: A Self-Governed African American Town
A book by Megan Wilkinson describes the foundation of an African American community along the shores of San Francisco Bay in the mid 19th century. This book, What Ever Happened to Russell City ...
|Boston Bombing & The Mob
Speculation on events like the recent Boston Bombing are fraught with difficulties, but one should examine all the possibilities. People might want to look into recent problems Boston's mob is ...
|North Korea & U.S. Maneuvers
Every time the U.S. and South Korean military conduct maneuvers North Korea threatens to attack someone. This reality is absent in the current news media. In July of 2010 the dance of maneuvers ...
|North Korea: The Mouse That Roared?
It is amazing the response that North Korea is able to achieve from the world just by making threats. It is a very low cost investment to a huge result. Has the country been watching "The Mouse ...
|Obama's 100 Days: So Far Defeat
We are near the end of Obama's first 100 days of his second term and what we have to show for it is nothing. He has wasted it in a tilting at the Gun Lobby and energizing the Republican base ...
|Banks "Personhood" Greater than Citizens: The Case of Sharon Henry
Imagine you go into a bank to cash a check and are arrested for fraud, placed in a cell and chained to a wall for hours and denied a phone call or the medication you need for survival. This ...
|Marriage, Christians & Equality
The current arguments before the Supreme Court touch on the issues of equality before the law and of precedent in Common Law. The former seems clear that it cannot be Constitutional to deny ...
|Cyprus, Russian Billionaires & the EU
It is hard to read the current media on the economic crisis in Cyprus as it is defined in the absence of history. Articles like that by Peter Spiegel, Kerin Hope and Quentin Peel, "A poor ...
|Banks, Speculators Win! Regulators Down
It is dismaying evidence of the growth and power of corporations as opposed to civil government that America's attorney-general fails to do his duty when faced with the awesome power of ...
|Wars Against Communism & Religion
For the past 12 years the West has been engaged in a determined effort to suppress the fundamentalist sects of Islam that it organized against the potential threat of communism and socialism ...
|Winner In Kenya & Future
It is likely that Uhuru Kenyatta will win the current election in Kenya. What he should do as a first focus of his administration is address practically the problem of landownership. His family ...
|Supreme Court Absolves Financial Criminals
In a decision that was unanimous, the Supreme Court ruled this week that financial criminals (bankers, financial advisors, producers of financial devices, Hedge Fund managers, etc.) cannot be ...
|Pope's Abdication & No Pope?
On April 25th 2010 I called for the Pope's abdication (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/04/25/860710/-The-Pope-Should-Abdicate). My reasons were many, but one can understand my surprise when ...
|Syria: Scuds, No Fly Zone
The violence in Syria has reached a level that is horrendous. The West must act and it is not a matter of unintended consequences of such action, rather it is the fact of the consequences of ...
|Guns, Bullets and Tax
As someone who has a history with hunting and guns I appreciate the fact that people want to use them. However, I think it is ok for people to have guns, but it is the bullets that are the ...
|Legal Cases Shake Israel
The government of Bebe Netanyahu is threatened this month with two dramatic cases that could have far reaching consequences for Israeli liberty and democracy. One is the trial of former Israeli ...
|The Future of Libraries
Gillian Tett's article in the Financial Times of February 16th ("Library books are on borrowed time") reviews some of the challenges facing libraries today. We should recall that libraries ...
|Afghanistan the U.S.'s Dien Bien Phu?
In March of 1954 the French put into motion a plan to devastate the Viet Minh forces in Vietnam. The problem was they did not understand their enemy, had no compelling reason for being there ...
|Israeli Attack on Syria: For Domestic Consumption
Much has been made of the Israeli attack on Syria last week. Speculation on Israeli concern for weapons of mass destruction in Syria falling into the hands of Hezbollah (see for example Time ...
|Online Education & Scams
The article by Mr. Edgeclifffe-Johnson and Mr. Cook in the Janaury 16th edition of the Financial Times ("Blackboard to Keyboard") touches on important questions in education. I have ...
|Obama Wastes Momentum on Guns
Obama is wasting his victory and the election momentum on trying to change the gun laws. This will not happen with a Republican House, or the result will be a huge battle and only a watered ...
|Algeria & Mali: Ghost Wars
Whether in Algeria or in Mali the prospects of fighting insurgent desert forces requires considerable determination and resources. The two experiences with this in the 20th century, the ...
|Democratic Concessions & History
Present commentary concerning the conflict between Republicans and Democrats over taxes and the budget is takes place in a historical vacuum. It situates the struggle entirely in a contemporary ...
|Republican Tactics & the End of the Republic
Current debate over the fiscal cliff and the recent history of calumny and obstructionism on the part of the Republicans is not new, it shows the same design as carried out by the extreme ...
|Libya and Reconstruction
"yakhtar akhaf al-dararain" (the choice of the lighter of two evils) Today the Libyan people are faced with the enormous task of rebuilding their country. They are faced with the ...
|Secret History of Credit Crisis
In 2005 I wrote a letter to the Financial Times describing the unsustainable nature of the financial instruments (derivatives) then being sold as insurance to protect investors from losses ...
|Scripture and Marriage
There is much debate over the nature of marriage, of what is the religious foundation and of what marriage means in the Christian tradition. Often I read people quoting scripture on this issue. ...
|Wages, Taxation & Recovery
We have been hearing a lot about the weak American recovery and the soft Chinese landing as well as the Indian economic slowdown. In this Saturday's Financial Times we read of the ...
|Let's Go Over 'Fiscal Cliff'!!!
We should go over the "fiscal cliff" to prove to the Republicans that they cannot act like terrorists and we will not always respond like frightened gerbils. More than just a game of "chicken"
|Retain DeMarco Head of Fannie & Freddie
News reports (e.g., Financial Times, article by Stephen Foley, 11/13/12) reports that the Obama administration is telling Wall Street that the President will fire Edward DeMarco, Head of the GSAs (
|What Netanyahu does best
What Benjamin Netanyahu has learned over the years is that if he is in political trouble the best thing to do is attack the Palestinians, or manufacture some crisis surrounding evil Islamic ...
|Fairness Doctrine & House Majority
The Democrats cannot hope to capture the House in the future unless they undo work the Republicans started after Nixon's fall. In a concerted assault on the American electoral process ...
|GOP Lies, Marxists & Karl Rove
While Democrats and some of the media (http://video.msnbc.msn.com/martin-bashir/47819120/#47819120) are finally waking up to the use of lies as a propaganda technique among Republicans, one ...
|Save Democracy in Israel
Israel is in danger of losing its free press. The Financial Times reported on Friday October 5th 2012, that cuts in the budget of liberal newspaper Haaretz by owner Amos Schocken have led to a ...
|'Natural' Rate of Unemployment & Obama
In the midst of the global economic recession of the late 1970s and early 1980s, James Tobin (Nobel Prize Winner in 1981) faced the problem of continued high unemployment (over 7%) at a time when ...
|Fiscal Cliff & Planning Hiatus a Hoax?
We are told over and over again in the press that industry cannot plan for the future due to the lack of certainty over the "fiscal cliff." We are also told that the US cannot compete with ...
|Fed Bond Purchases: No Future
The present plan of the Fed to buy more Asset Backed Securities (ABS) will have no effect on jobs but will continue to relieve the banks of the time bombs they created in the past decade that ...
|GOP $$$: Libya, Cairo & Iran
As Gibbon displays in his book, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, conspiracies are the core of the secret history of the world. If we recall the "October Surprise" (http://en.wikipedia.org/...
|Logic of War: Afghanistan
It is not strange that few people are talking about Afghanistan right now, with the exception of repeated scandal information. While we hear of the war winding down, like Iraq it is unlikely to ...
|Goldman Sachs Inside Deal
One can find by searching the website of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York an interesting document assigning to Goldman Sachs rights to sell and manage a range of bonds and securities of the ...
|The USA, "Thucydides 'Trap" and China
In a recent article in the Financial Times Professor Allison of Harvard University, argued that a parallel could be drawn between the actors in the Peloponnesian War and the contemporary ...
|Pussy Riot & The Orthodoxy
The decision of guilty against the Russian band Pussy Riot underlines the political and social degradation of Russian society. Not only do gangsters run the economy and political apparatus, but ...
|Putin, Paul Ryan & Pussy Riot
Russia is in the throes of a third revolution within 100 years. Putin and his former KGB oligarchs are being challenged in every sector, across income levels, geography and cultural boundaries.
|Syria: One Way Left Out
It is unfortunate that al-Assad did not respond to the initial demonstrations creatively, or reward people's expectations that he would democratize the country. The situation has spiraled out of ...
|Syria: Make or Break?
Every day images and reports from reporters in Syria show increased devastation and death (http://www.aljazeera.com/). The world is intent on ignoring the chaos of bloodshed and paralysis ...
|Russia-China Promote Radical Islam
The outcome of the refusal of Russia and China to support intervention in Syria will be an increase in the strength and influence of radical jihadists in the new Syria. Syrian state TV is ...
|Syria: Partition or Turkish Mandate
No one has a solution for the continuing civil war in Syria. China and Russia are opposed to any international intervention. However, as the civil war takes share and the death rate ...
|Russia, China & Intervention
The tables are turning in Syria, the Syrian army is cracking but the results will be a catastrophe for the Alawites. Where will they go? Turkey? Jordan? Lebanon? How many deaths will result. ...
|Russia Responsible for Syrian Debacle
Russia's objections to UN intervention in Syria have prevented an end to the fighting. No matter what the excuses put forward by Russia's spokespeople, the end result is the killing has continued.
|Barclays, Regulation & Democracy
Barclays bank has seen two top managers leave in the past week. More are expected to resign, and there will probably be fines as well. This is not enough to staunch the swamp of deplorable ...
|Mexico, Detective Stories & Crime
John Rathbone's "Global Insight" in Friday's Financial Times was amusing until it evoked a memory of an article written by G.J. Demko on the history of crime novels in Mexico (see quote below ...
|Barclays Caught in Fraud!
Yesterday's Financial Times reported that Barclays Banks traders who are involved in setting the Libor or the interbank loan rate that everyone's mortgages and credit depends, were fined $450 ...
|Lives of Children & Parent's Needs
A BOOK by Marin therapist Madeline Levine, "Price of Privilege," Harper/Collins, focuses on the children of privilege, but there are other books with a much wider scope. Problems with ...
|Globalism, Union & the Kayapo
The effects of globalism are appearing less appealing everyday, from the mining juggernaut about to crush the Kayapo and other Native peoples in Brazil (Financial Times article by Joe Leahy, ...
|EU Crisis, Germany & Inflation
One of J.M. Keynes' clearest political statements was his analysis of the disastrous economic consequences of the Treaty of Versailles (The Economic Consequences of Peace, John M. Keynes, ...
|Russia & Syria & Obama
As the massacres increase in size and in broadcast intensity in the media, we are now shown a remarkable conflict between Russia and the USA in the news. Clinton claims the Russians are sending ...
|Greece, The Euro and California
What is confusing here is Europe for a visiting American is the fear over debt by member states. The fact that Greece, Iceland and Spain have spent more than they can pay as members of the ...
|Machiavelli & Leadership
It is unfortunate that the misunderstanding of Machiavelli's book, The Prince, continues unabated today. I refer to the book by Henriksen and Lassenius reviewed in the Financial Times (The ...
|Taxation, Tax Cuts & Revolution
Benjamin Franklin relates in his Autobiography that during the French and Indian War Governor Morris continually "worried the colonists" with demands for money to defend the province. Franklin ...
|Conscription and Universal Education
Recent news stories have focused on the educational success of Finnish schools in comparison with other nations. Most of the reporting has noted that Finnish schools are less regimented that ...
|EU Should not Break up Banks Should
We are seeing an unfolding crisis in the breakup of the European Union when we should be designing the break up of the giant "too big to fail" banks and hedge funds that have brought us to ...
|All Our Presidents Protestant
It is curious to see Mitt Romney the apparent nominee as the Republican Party presidential candidate. It will be interesting to see if he is made the candidate at the convention. This, in my ...
|Empty Housing in America
There are two pressing problems we have: housing and inequality. Everyone seems to be searching for an answer to the housing situation, but ideas need to be examined carefully. Citizens might ...
|Banks the Problem Not Governments
We can change governments, but we cannot change corporations. Revolutions bought with blood our right to change our government, but only the 1% change change the corporations' policies.
|Stop Export-Import Bank Cap Rise
Presently there is a bill passed by the House on May 9th that allows for a $140 billion rise in the lending cap for the Export Import Bank. It is to go to the Senate shortly. Essentially ...
|Gay Marriage and Scripture
It is amazing that we are seeing such contentious arguments about marriage right now. Obama makes a change of public position, Mitt Romney pretends that Mormons never held scriptural positions ...
|Ron Paul, Banks & Crisis
On Thursday of last week (May 3rd) Rep. Ron Paul attacked international banking at the highest level, the central banks. Paul asserts that interest rates are "prices" on money and that ...
|Turkish Officers' Trial
The present government of Turkey has embarked upon a dangerous journey of revenge in the pursuit of justice and stability. While one might understand the desire to even scores in many venues ...
|Dissent in China & the USA
Current media concentration on the potential problems created by the escape of Mr. Chen Guangcheng is rather curious. We should consider that Mr. Chen's career as a human rights advocate is ...
|Rand Paul Protects Tax Cheats
Senator Rand Paul has applied his right as a U.S. Senator to hold up the long negotiated treaty with Switzerland over accounts held in Swiss banks by U.S. citizens. This is a cynical act of ...
|Annan Peace Dead
Mr. Kofi Annan's peace plan has failed, just as his attempts to resolve the problems in Rwanda in 1994 that led to the holocaust there with the massacre of nearly a million innocent people. ...
|Wealth Taxes vs Wealth Category Tax
Since some people tried to obfuscate my meaning in my last post on income tax (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/04/23/1085586/-Tax-Code-1-), I would like to undermine their assertions so that ...
|Tax Code & 1%
Efforts by the Obama administration and the Democrats to produce a viable policy for dealing with the deficit and the problem of increasing inequality are hampered by both ideas of "being ...
|Banks Win Over Pensions Thanks to Demos
The world's biggest banks have been given another plum cash cow by the Democrats and the Obama administration. In addition to making the GSAs ( Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) into ATM machines ...
|States Rights & Augusta National
Lincoln and Johnson after him tried to divide revolutionary determination in the South by offering pardons for rebels. This had little effect to slow or end the war. After the war ended these ...
|Black out Augusta National
The discrimination against women that is blatantly displayed in the Augusta National should be blacked out on national airwaves. Broadcasting events and programs over the nation's airwaves is a ...
|Tuareg Self-Rule, Not Civil War
The civil war in Mali has erupted onto the world stage this past winter with significant gains by the Tuareg people in the north and the collapse of the corrupt regime in a coup. The ...
|The Future of American Recovery
The Retreat From America Much is being said about an American recovery. On both the Republican side with the various candidates arguing about jobs and tax cuts to promote recovery, and on the ...
|Economic Repression for 95%
Currently most people earning less than $200,000 a year are suffering from what economists call financial "repression." These means there are factors operating that reduce the ability to save,
|Obamacare: Let it go
Pundits are debating what effect a Supreme Court decision to strike down the Obama health care law will have on Obama's reelection and Democratic aspirations to retake the House and keep the ...
|Israeli Peace Party Alive & Kicking!
The Financial Times reported yesterday that about 1,000 demonstrators gathered in the streets of Tel Aviv to protest the rightwing war party of Netanyahu's threats of war against Iran. ...
|New Banking Bailout!
Today the Financial Times reported that Edward DeMarco, acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is resisting banking lobbyists' efforts ...
|The 1% and History
A number of concerns surrounding inequality have been produced in the past year as the idea of 1% of the population owning 90% of the wealth has began to be a popular subject. Figures differ ...
|Blunt Amendment & Religious Dogma
The Blunt Amendment would allow employers to opt out of provisions of the nation's health care laws if any procedure or product violated the employer's religious belief (http://news.yahoo.com/...
|Homs, Russia & Srebrenica
Today as the world watches another massacre in Syria, we hear all the usual arguments for non-intervention amid the images of murdered civilians. Like the ignominious and murderous riot that took ...
|War In Iran
Arguments that Israel must act against the threat of nuclear progress in Iran are a diversion from where Israel must act to promote its own people and save them from the oppression they live ...
|General Strike in Israel
Israel's main labor union began a general strike today, shutting airports, government offices, the stock exchange and parts of some hospitals due to treatment of nonunion contract workers. ...
|Obama, Catholics & Sharia Law
The current controversy over the Obama administration's determination that religious hospitals involved in taking federal money must participate in family planning is just another example of the ...
|NPR/Planet Money Report on Debt
The report released by NPR seems real has anyone seen more documentation?During the Clinton years American and European debt had reached such low levels that there was concern there would not be ...
|Syria: Obama Act Now Without UN
It is obvious that Russia and China will not allow UN intervention in any way as they are fearful of similar acts against them in their own territories. However, the USA could act in ways that ...
|American Airlines Dumping Pensions
American Airlines is planning to dump it pension liabilities on the public. Joshua Gotbaum, head of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, with already a 23 billion dollar deficit, stated ...
|Engineered Financial Fraud
There is a forced complexity to this recent spate of financial innovation, forced in that it appears designed to be obscure to all who try and understand before they invest. Consider also that ...
|Trillions More for Banks!
If this was not clear before, then today's report in the Financial Times that banks will ask for another 1 trillion Euros, twice the 489 bn Euros the European Central Bank already made available.
|The Evolution of Capitalism
Much has been said recently in the Financial times series on capitalism and in letters in response to this series about the history and future of capitalism. Most of the proposals for ...
|Iran, Israel and the IAEA
The present threats against Iran concerning supposed efforts by that nation to produce nuclear weapons are not constructive. The idea that Israel or the USA will attack Iran and destroy some ...
|Liability, Debt, Bonds & the Business Cycle
A number of commentators recently, like Martin Wolf, have commented on the role of the business cycle as a correction to the recession. Wolf, a journalist for the Financial Times and former ...
|Ending the Recession Without Government Intervention
We can end the recession without government intervention. All we need is for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to get all the corporations who are siting on piles of cash to increase the wages of ...
|Destroying Debt, Break Up Banks
Attempts to eliminate debts in traditional societies were often associated with customary means of doing so. While they were not always personal, for example, debts to the priesthood described ...
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