Assist immediately please

Dear Madame/Sir:

Compliments of the day. I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion USD. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.

I am working with Mr. Phil Gramm, lobbyist for UBS, who (God willing) will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a former U.S. congressional leader and the architect of the PALIN / McCain Financial Doctrine, you may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. As such, you can be assured that this transaction is 100% safe.

This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred.

Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to wallstreetbailout@treasury.gov so that we may transfer your commission for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds.

Yours Faithfully in the Name of God,

Minister of Treasury Paulson

Published in: on September 25, 2008 at 8:01 am  Leave a Comment  

Hey you libertarian deregulation devotees and believers in the benevolence of Business…

Endocrine disruptors are perfectly okay! The plastics industry says so and they must have our best interests at heart! Right?

Learn about BPA, what it is and why you should care that it leaches from the plastic in baby bottles, the lining of all of the alumimum cans we drink from, and more… It’s in 93% of us. Studies funded by corporations found no problems with the chemical. Independent studies showed that BPA causes testicular, breast cancer, diabetes, obesity, miscarriage, hyperactivity in lab animals. Hmm. And where do our [corporatist] government regulators stand? On the side of the industry of course.

Find out more by watching Bill Moyers Journal which aired today.

and by reading the expose referenced in it…

Chemical Fallout

WARNING: The chemical bisphenol A has been known to pose severe health risks to laboratory animals. AND THE CHEMICAL IS IN YOU.

Published in: on May 23, 2008 at 10:04 pm  Comments (23)  

Author Naomi Klein: America is succumbing to fascism

Naomi Klein sits down with Bill Maher to discuss her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

Calling it the “mission statement of the Bush administration,” Klein says that politicians are seeing themselves as facilitators between disasters and their friends in the private sector. Each time there’s a disaster, says Klein, politicians use the “shock” felt by the citizenry to “push through a further privatization agenda” with little opposition.

Published in: on October 14, 2007 at 1:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Despite Rhetoric, Obama Pushed Lobbyists’ Interests

Away from the bright lights and high-minded rhetoric of the campaign trail, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has quietly worked with corporate lobbyists to help pass breaks worth $12 million.

Justin Rood Reports

Published in: on July 17, 2007 at 11:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Prospects for renewable power are promising

But it means nothing if the public interest is drowned by corporate power

George Monbiot

Published in: on July 15, 2007 at 5:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tax Loopholes Sweeten a Deal for Blackstone

The Blackstone Group, the big buyout firm, has devised a way for its partners to effectively avoid paying taxes on $3.7 billion, the bulk of what it raised last month from selling shares to the public.

Published in: on July 15, 2007 at 12:12 am  Leave a Comment  

An Unjustified Privilege

By PAUL KRUGMAN

During the 2000 presidential campaign, Ralph Nader mocked politicians of both parties as “Republicrats,” equally subservient to corporations and the wealthy. It was nonsense, of course: the modern G.O.P. is so devoted to the cause of making the rich richer that it makes even the most business-friendly Democrats look like F.D.R.


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Published in: on July 12, 2007 at 11:46 pm  Comments (1)  

SICKO, Part One

The Human Tragedy

By ROBERT WEISSMAN

When word got out that Michael Moore was working on a movie with the working title SiCKO, about the U.S. healthcare industry, the industry went bananas.

Published in: on June 23, 2007 at 1:30 am  Leave a Comment  

The Bushites Have Outsourced Our Government to Their Pals

By Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

The sprawling $43 billion homeland security department is known for being in charge of America’s color-coded terrorist-threat alarm system, a sham that obscures HSD’s real mission: to serve as a giant federal cookie jar for corporate America.

Published in: on June 20, 2007 at 8:04 am  Leave a Comment  

After Sanctions, Doctors Get Drug Company Pay

Dr. Abuzzahab is far from the only doctor to have been disciplined or criticized by a medical board but later paid by drug makers.

Published in: on June 4, 2007 at 9:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tell Congress to Pass a Strong Price Gouging Bill

Here’s the bad news: Gas prices hit a record high around Memorial Day and show no sign of declining anytime soon.

Here’s the good news: Already, 500,000 people have signed last week’s petition asking Congress to make gas price gouging illegal. The American people have had enough, and it’s time for a change. (more…)

Published in: on June 4, 2007 at 3:49 pm  Comments (2)  

The Corporate Takeover of U.S. Intelligence

The U.S. government now outsources a vast portion of its spying operations to private firms — with zero public accountability.

Published in: on June 3, 2007 at 10:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Poverty Business

Inside U.S. companies’ audacious drive to extract more profits from the nation’s working poor

Published in: on May 14, 2007 at 11:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tenet Healthcare Hands Jeb Bush a Big Windfall

Jeb Bush will get over $450,000 in the next year from Tenet for being a board member — about three times what the average director makes at major U.S. corporations.

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 3:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Another Economic Disconnect

April 30, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Last fall Edward Lazear, the Bush administration’s top economist, explained that what’s good for corporations is good for America. “Profits,” he declared, “provide the incentive for physical capital investment, and physical capital growth contributes to productivity growth. Thus profits are important not only for investors but also for the workers who benefit from the growth in productivity.”

In other words, ask not for whom the closing bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Unfortunately, these days none of what Mr. Lazear said seems to be true. In the Bush years high profits haven’t led to high investment, and rising productivity hasn’t led to rising wages. (more…)

Published in: on April 29, 2007 at 10:55 pm  Comments (4)  

Putting Corporations First

The free market is the engine of our economy, conservatives like to say, so be quiet and let corporations take us for a ride. But the reminders are piling up that blind reliance on the private sector doesn’t lead to a strong economy that works for everyone.

Published in: on April 17, 2007 at 11:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Giving Management All The Cards

So, why don’t workers join unions? Are they really that scared of employers that they won’t take a risk? Americans are not a people unduly obeisant to authority, so why are they so compliant at work—a place that takes up one-third of their lives and determines where they spend the other two-thirds?

Published in: on April 17, 2007 at 11:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Chinese heat is on US sweatshop lobby

On the one side are Wal-Mart, Google, General Electric (GE) and other global corporations that have been aggressively lobbying to limit new rights for Chinese workers. On the other side are pro-worker-rights forces in China, backed by labor, human rights, and political forces in the US and around the world.

Published in: on April 5, 2007 at 1:57 am  Leave a Comment  

A Modest Proposal For Job Flexibility

April 4, 2007, 5:30 pm
Floyd Norris
Notions on High and Low Finance

Circuit City’s move to fire its better-paid workers, the subject of David Leonhardt’s column in Wednesday’s Times, is a logical extension of the flexibile employment market that is more often praised than practiced in this country. Americans regularly criticize Western Europe for job protection policies that, by making it hard to fire people, also discourage hiring them in the first place. (more…)

Published in: on April 5, 2007 at 1:09 am  Leave a Comment  

Bush Again Proposes Unsuitable EPA Nominees

One Bush Nominee Devalues Older People Regarding Arsenic in Drinking Water

Published in: on April 3, 2007 at 6:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Why the Cincinnati Enquirer Was Forced to Apologize

In 1998, the Cincinnati Enquirer published an 18-page expose of Chiquita’s dealings in Latin America. The paper found that Chiquita exposed entire communities to dangerous U.S.-banned pesticides, forced the eviction of an entire Honduran village at gunpoint, suppressed unions and paid a fortune to
U.S. politicians to influence trade policy. The Enquirer was later forced to issue a front-page apology and pay Chiquita a reported $14 million after it was revealed the lead reporter, Mike Gallagher, illegally accessed more than 2,000 Chiquita voice mails.

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 2:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Chiquita’s Slipping Appeal

What do Osama bin Laden and Chiquita bananas have in common? Both have used their millions to finance terrorism.

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 2:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pet Food Company Knew Of Deadly Problem Weeks Before Recall Issued

In Tests Of Food After Complaints, As Many As 1 In 6 Animals Died; Cause Still A Mystery

A Chicago woman sued Menu Foods on Tuesday, alleging the pet food manufacturer delayed announcing a recall of 60 million containers of dog and cat food despite knowing its products were contaminated and potentially deadly.

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 12:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cost of War

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Published in: on March 20, 2007 at 1:26 am  Leave a Comment  

Chiquita to Pay $25M Fine in Terror Case

Banana company Chiquita Brands International said Wednesday it has agreed to a $25 million fine after admitting it paid terrorists for protection in a volatile farming region of Colombia. The settlement resolves a lengthy Justice Department investigation into the company’s financial dealings with right-wing paramilitaries and leftist rebels the U.S. government deems terrorist groups.

Published in: on March 15, 2007 at 7:39 am  Leave a Comment  

Halliburton Will Move HQ to Dubai

Halliburton Will Shift Headquarters From Houston to Mideast Financial Powerhouse of Dubai

Published in: on March 14, 2007 at 12:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Western companies will officially control Iraq’s oil soon

By: Ahmed Abdullah

Nearly four years have passed since the U.S. sent its troops to “liberate Iraq” through an illegal war, described by most analysts and experts as well as most of Iraqis, as a hidden attempt by the Bush administration, which claimed that reasons for the war was the former Iraqi leader’s alleged link to Al Qaeda network and possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction, to lay hands on the country’s oil riches.

Published in: on February 22, 2007 at 9:35 am  Leave a Comment  

JetBlue’s Corporate Meltdown

JetBlue’s outbreak of passenger abuse reflects larger problems in corporate America.

Published in: on February 20, 2007 at 3:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Get Promoted with a YES! Attitude?

Yuck.

Published in: on February 17, 2007 at 6:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mystery: How Wealth Creates Poverty in the World

There is a “mystery” we must explain: How is it that as corporate investments and foreign aid and international loans to poor countries have increased dramatically throughout the world over the last half century, so has poverty? The number of people living in poverty is growing at a faster rate than the world’s population. What do we make of this?

Published in: on February 17, 2007 at 10:30 am  Comments (1)  

Cheney’s Fund Manager Attacks … Cheney

The oil-based energy policies usually associated with Vice President Dick Cheney have just come under scathing attack. There’s nothing remarkable about that, of course — except the person doing the attacking.

Published in: on February 7, 2007 at 1:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

“You Have No Chance to Retaliate”

Former Deputy Secretary of Labor Steven Law attacks The Employee Free Choice Act

Published in: on February 7, 2007 at 1:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Defense Official Resigns Over Detainee Remarks

Stimson said he was leaving because of the controversy over a radio interview in which he said he found it shocking that lawyers at many of the nation’s top law firms represent detainees held at the U.S. military prison in Cuba.

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…he also suggested some attorneys were being untruthful about doing the work free of charge and instead were ”receiving moneys from who knows where.”

He also said companies might want to consider taking their legal business to other firms that do not represent suspected terrorists.

”I think, quite honestly, when corporate CEOs see that those firms are representing the very terrorists who hit their bottom line back in 2001, those CEOs are going to make those law firms choose between representing terrorists or representing reputable firms,” Stimson told Federal News Radio.

Published in: on February 2, 2007 at 6:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Exxon’s ‘outlandish’ earnings spark furor from Democrats in Congress

With UN poised to blame global warming on fossil fuels, firm posts $40-billion profit