Human Life Is Worth $20 To Corporate America

Ah dear reader, so in case you still don’t believe me about the state of our country and our little known servitude to the machine of corporate America and the wealthy, here is a story where even the Government holds a second tier status to a vast Corporate Giant. Now, before you say, well, yeah the Government shouldn’t be in a superior position to anyone, our rights are more important. This was about the public welfare and the search for a distressed man.

According to The Times-Reporter on May 20, 2009 Ohio’s Carroll County sheriff organized a search party for a 62-year-old Carrollton area man man after deputies responded to a domestic call Wednesday at 2:21 p.m. The sheriff said the caller said the man was destroying the house and breaking windows and other items. But when deputies arrived they were told the man had fled and had taken several bottles of pills. So the sheriff’s department initiated an intense search overnight by Carroll County sheriff deputies, an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper and the patrol’s airplane. Two K-9 units, several fire departments and 100 individuals on foot also were involved in the search for the man. Sheriff Sgt. Ron Clapper and firefighters found the man about 1 a.m. the morning of May 21st after 11 hours of searching.

Now, you may be saying at this point, “So what? It’s terrible that some man in Ohio had a bit of a breakdown, but what does this have to do with the Tyranny of American Greed?” Continue reading Human Life Is Worth $20 To Corporate America

You Know If They Could Get Away With Putting Nicotine In Macaroni & Cheese They Would

For those of you who only think I rant about financial issues, I have an excellent example of how we are all just slave to the elite and the corporations. Dr. David Kessler, a renowned scientist and former FDA director, set out some seven years ago to figure out the reasons behind the obesity crisis besetting the nation and what he found is laid out in his new book, The End of Overeating. He puts fourth the theory of "Hypereating". Hypereating is eating that is excessive, out of control and has nothing to do with satisfying hunger. You wouldn’t give your child a cigarette, or a shot of whiskey, or a snort of cocaine, but every day millions of American parents are giving thier children something almost as addictive—meals laden with sugar, salt and fat. And this is priming them for a lifetime of “conditioned hypereating.”

Corporate America, the modern version of the Feudal Lord, has found another way to get us to spend what we don’t have and buy what we don’t need. It turns out that our national weight gain is not, contrary to popular belief, because we are far less active. Studies have found little difference in the average energy expended now compared to the 1950s. Continue reading You Know If They Could Get Away With Putting Nicotine In Macaroni & Cheese They Would

The United States of Banking and Serfdom

Ahhhh, smell that, it is the smell of destroyed dreams in the morning.  For those of you who thought my post on April 2, “This Country Needs An Enema”, was overwrought, pedantic, unrealistic, Utopian….  (umm, let me see what else did I hear, oh yeah, I forgot there were those of you who said “On the mark”, correct, the truth, a sad fact….  well you get the point) here is another post that ought to generate some emails.

So at the end of April we got a huge neon sign of a message explaining who OWNS this country.  A country “of the people, by the people, for the people” my ass… it’s a country of “the Rich”, by “the Rich”, for “the rich”.  And don’t start, I am not criticizing Lincoln , he is one of the very few true Americans ever!  And one of my personal heroes. So the neon sign of which I speak is the defeat of the measure that would have allowed judges to modify primary mortgages for borrowers in bankruptcy court by the Banking industry and it’s minions in the Senate (mostly Republicans, but with 12 Democrats sprinkled in for good measure).  Continue reading The United States of Banking and Serfdom

The Fish Stinks From The Head

A few thoughts about AIG. Personally, I am as upset as anyone about the $160 million that AIG paid in bonuses but, I am more concerned about finding out EXACTLY what they did with the rest of the $160 billion that they got.  How many foreign firms were paid from that on policies they had, etc.  There are two things about the bonus money that would be interesting.  One of them is from Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), he had suggested that a great idea would have been to directed the board of AIG to NOT make the payments, thus forcing the executives to sue AIG.  Now, most likely AIG would loose and the contract would have been enforced but, it would have made them go on public record asking for the money, and they would have had to suffer a little indignity.

The other thing I have heard is that Congress could pass a law implementing a 100% income tax on the bonuses.  This might be unconstitutional and certainly contains a lot of "moral hazard" but, it is an interesting idea.