Category Archives: Economics

Victimless punishment

Eric Holder, Wall Street Double Agent, Comes in From the Cold Barack Obama’s former top cop cashes in after six years of letting banks run wild http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/eric-holder-wall-street-double-agent-comes-in-from-the-cold-20150708 Funny, you don’t hear any libertarians or Tea Partiers carping about this, just … Continue reading

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Amazon causing literature to degrade?

More reasons to hate Amazon: Ursula Le Guin is right about their model of books as commodities “written fast, sold cheap, dumped fast” The online bookseller does more than just shut down indie bookstores, says the venerable fantasy author http://www.salon.com/2015/06/03/more_reasons_to_hate_amazon_ursula_le_guin_is_right_about_their_model_of_books_as_commodities_written_fast_sold_cheap_dumped_fast/ … Continue reading

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Burn it! Burn it all down!

How to demolish the oligarchy in 3 easy steps American democracy has been tainted by lobbying and corporate interests. How do we fix it? Blow it all up http://www.salon.com/2015/04/24/how_to_demolish_the_oligarchy_in_3_easy_steps/ This is a nice clean summary of some of the pivotal … Continue reading

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Our ‘Justice’ system is even more corrupt than I thought!

Will HSBC Deal Come Back to Haunt Loretta Lynch? Deal to save HSBC’s American office looks very bad in retrospect http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/will-hsbc-deal-come-back-to-haunt-loretta-lynch-20150209 Got to be read to be believed, but the gist of the matter is the ‘punishment’ that our so-called … Continue reading

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Wow! Email encryption relies on just ONE guy!

The World’s Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who is Going Broke Werner Koch’s code powers the email encryption programs around the world. If only somebody would pay him for the work. http://www.propublica.org/article/the-worlds-email-encryption-software-relies-on-one-guy-who-is-going-broke Also interesting comments here. It is … Continue reading

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Steadily chipping away…

The Most Important Trial in America The federal government’s case against the proprietor of a ‘darknet’ website could forever alter how we all use the Internet. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/14/the-most-important-trial-in-america.html This is something that deserves higher visibility, so I will do my small … Continue reading

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In other words, people don’t commit crimes, corporate culture commits crimes!

The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase’s Worst Nightmare http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-9-billion-witness-20141106 Matt has moved back to Rolling Stone and I am starting to catch up on his old posts, so this might be the first of a few. I have often … Continue reading

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Have a maximally inefficient Christmas!

Have yourself an inefficient Christmas http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/12/22/have-yourself-an-inefficient-christmas/ This may not be as amusing to my reader(s) as it is to me, but what the heck, I have been rather serious on this blog for a while… The idea is that there … Continue reading

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So sad…

When charter schools are nonprofit in name only Many institutions are paying for-profit companies for management services, and regulators are taking notice http://www.salon.com/2014/12/11/when_charter_schools_are_nonprofit_in_name_only_partner/ The rich get richer, the taxpayer takes it in the ass. Ain’t America Grand? Moveon.org has decided … Continue reading

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When things worked as planned…

The Astonishing Story of the Federal Reserve on 9-11 http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/10/1328813/-The-Astonishing-Story-of-the-Federal-Reserve-on-9-11 Yes, I know that the Fed really isn’t part of the govt, so this really isn’t praise for the govt, but it is an amazing read and remarkably gripping considering … Continue reading

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