copyright © 2012 Betsy L. Angert. Empathy And Education; BeThink or BeThink.org
Dearest Mitt . . .
I am unsure if we have had the pleasure of an in-person exchange. I too travel in political circles. However, I do not recall. Perhaps we met in the past. I trust I have done business with you and your firm, Bain Capital. Bravo on your successes.
Please allow me to introduce myself by way of this letter. This morning, I caught a glimpse of your Today Show interview with Matt Lauer. I heard you speak of the exaggerated envy now heard on the campaign trail. Oh, my friend Mitt, how I relate. If I might; well stated my man. People do want what they do not have. First Bain, then the White House. Indeed, one Chief Executive position ensured that you were a world power. The other is but a natural transition. Instead of having a seat at the table of global influence, as President of the United States, you, old man, will own the table.
Posted in Economy Economics, Elections
Tagged Bain Capital, bankruptcy, big business, capitalism, Elections 2012, Envy, Equity Firms, Free Enterprise, Free Market, Gains and Losses, Ill Gotten Gains, income inequality, influence, Matt Lauer, Mitt Romney, money, poverty, Presidential Politics, profits, Rick Perry, Venture Capitalism, Vulture Capitalism, Wealth
By Michael Collins
How will they get rid of Rupert Murdoch and his toxic enterprises?
July 4, 2011 may turn into the people’s Independence Day. On that day, stellar journalist Nick Davies of the Guardian released his story; Missing Milly Dowler’s voicemail was hacked by News of the World. Twelve year old Milly Dowler had been kidnapped with foul play feared. The Murdoch tabloid couldn’t resist. News of the World (the News) hired a private detective to hack Milly’s voicemail. Finding the mail box full, the News or its hired dick deleted existing messages to make room for new ones, all to fuel their ongoing coverage. The deleted messages raised hopes by Milly’s parents that she was still alive and using her voicemail. (Image)
Posted in 911, Censorship, War and Peace
Tagged 911, bribery, Brooks, bskyb, Coulson, Fox, Great Britain, investigation, money, Murdoch, police, Rockefeller
By Michael Collins
The legitimate demands of the people everywhere have no color, nor do their revolutions. These are not the revolutions arising from staged events by the White House, the National Endowment for Democracy, and other meddlers. We are witnessing what Mark Levine called human nationalism. The people of Tunisia, now Egypt, are, “taking control of their politics, economy and identity away from foreign interests and local elites alike in a manner that has not been seen in more than half a century.” (Image)
By Michael Collins
Not if a state owes you money!
Jeb Bush and Newt Gingrich just published an OpEd in the Los Angeles Times arguing that states would be wise to consider filing bankruptcy to relieve their financial troubles. They cite three states, California, Illinois and New York, while failing to mention the angry elephant in the living room with similar problems, Texas.
Texas faces a $25 billion shortfall for a $95 billion two-year budget. That equals California’s 18-month deficit inherited by the recently inaugurated Governor Jerry Brown.
“So why haven’t we heard more about Texas, one of the most important economy’s [sic] in America? Well, it’s because it doesn’t fit the script. It’s a pro-business, lean-spending, no-union state. You can’t fit it into a nice storyline, so it’s ignored,” said Business Insider.
Posted in Economy Economics, Military, Neoliberalism
Tagged bankruptcy, brown, bush, Debt, gingrich, greed, malthus, money, people, sates
By Chris Hedges
The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” The debate, between those who watched our descent towards corporate totalitarianism, was who was right. Would we be, as Orwell wrote, dominated by a repressive surveillance and security state that used crude and violent forms of control? Or would we be, as Huxley envisioned, entranced by entertainment and spectacle, captivated by technology and seduced by profligate consumption to embrace our own oppression? It turns out Orwell and Huxley were both right. Huxley saw the first stage of our enslavement. Orwell saw the second.
Posted in 4th Estate, Art, Books, Music & Film, Censorship, Constitution, Economy Economics, NWO, Obama and Company, Privacy, Resistance, War and Peace
Tagged 1984, aldous huxley, big brother, bradley manning, brave new world, chris hedges, corporate america, corporate fascism, Corporations, democracy, dystopia, george orwell, Government, Healthcare, history, internet, literature, military, money, obama, prison, Privacy
The peoples’ oligarch Warren Buffett just wrote a thank you letter to “Uncle Sam” published in the New York Times. It is the height of cynicism. (Image)
Buffett has a carefully crafted public image as a brilliant but people-friendly master of investments. We hear about his regular table at an Omaha diner where he conducts business (just plain Warren) and we see his occasional public stands for reasonable policies like the inheritance tax.
He claims that “Uncle Sam”, the government, saved us from a financial catastrophe that would have swallowed up his company. He then endorses the notion that the housing bubble was based on “mass delusion” – meaning it was our fault. But he forgets to mention that he took advantage of the 2008 crisis to purchase a $5 billion interest in Goldman Sachs. And he forgets whose money “Uncle Sam” stole from the Treasury to save him and the rest of his cronies. What a hypocrite. Continue reading
GMA – Elizabeth Edwards on Oprah
copyright © 2010 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org
She is an eloquent speaker, an expressive author. Elizabeth Edwards is effervescent, effusive, and has an excellent mind. She understands profound policy issues as easily as she prepares a sandwich. Her memoir appeared on The New York Times bestseller list. Few think of Elizabeth Edwards as every woman. Other daughters of Eve might say Edwards is exceptional; surely, she is not as I am. Yet, life experiences might have taught Elizabeth Edwards otherwise. Just as other ladies, she is brilliant, beautiful, and not nearly equal to a man. Continue reading
Posted in Human Rights Civil Liberties
Tagged Divorce, Divorcee, Education, Elizabeth Edwards, Equal Pay, Equal Rights, Finances, Game Change, Gender Gap, Gossip, John Edwards, Man’s World, Marriage, money, politics, Post-Divorce Health, Psychology, Societal Standards, The Redemptive Self, Women, Women’s Wages
By Chris Hedges
The warlords we champion in Afghanistan are as venal, as opposed to the rights of women and basic democratic freedoms, and as heavily involved in opium trafficking as the Taliban. The moral lines we draw between us and our adversaries are fictional. The uplifting narratives used to justify the war in Afghanistan are pathetic attempts to redeem acts of senseless brutality.
Posted in Land Grab, Neoliberalism, NWO, Obama and Company, Region: Middle East, Slavery, Women
Tagged afghan election, afghanistan, bush, chris hedges, corruption, democracy, drugs, hamid karzai, hedges, heroin, joya, law, malalai, military, money, obama, opium, rape, security, terrorism, war, Women