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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dispatch From Colombia: Fear And Greed

Burning U.S. Passport
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[Note: This is a guest post derived from a message I received from my good friend Sylvanus (aka Edgar Cave) Urbanus, triggered by the virally spreading resignation letter by ex-ex director Greg Smith of Goldman Sachs. Click through to read Senor Urbanus' contribution from last fall, Dispatch From Colombia: Another Ex-Pat Speaks Out.]

So, Mr. Smith leaves in a flurry hacking at the branches of evil, but does not even come close to striking a single root! The good old "change of heart" that Orwell detested so deeply. What is the root that Mr. Smith missed with his axe, assisted by the NYT? I have a feeling that it is all anchored in fear. Fear of what? The fear of becoming poor. The deep hatred and fear of the poor in America is at the core of its cultural rot. This reality fully came home to me while living in Colombia.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Turn, Turn, Turn: The Shaming

I Disapprove

[Update: From The Guardian:
[Occupy Wall Street activist Jeff] Smith saw the op-ed in part as illustrating the success of Occupy's impact on the public impression of the finance industry. "If there is shame, if there is guilt starting to emerge in these guys, that's Occupy Wall Street's contribution..."

Last mid-September, I posted an essay entreating us all to begin a shaming process upon the mongers of finance (Shunning The Money Changers, - September 16, 2012 - unbeknownst to me at the time, Day 1 of #OccupyWallStreet):
...There are few things more powerful than shunning that will dissuade undesirable behavior. When it comes to the money changers, we have made a terrible mistake.


There are few more soulless endeavors in the world than making money from money. While I certainly have problems with capitalism in general, I am not talking about the bankers who provide capital to kick-start or expand businesses - I am talking about the Masters Of The Universe who frenetically shift money from one place to the next, their eyes only upon maximum profit, even if that profit comes at the expense of others.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Andrew "The Rorschach" Breitbart

Trailer for Hating Breitbart

I've got no obit for Mr. Breitbart - it's all been said and anyone who has a passing acquaintance with me could accurately write it for me anyway.

I just found my reaction fascinating to the trailer for the upcoming mockumentary... dammit, sorry... documentary Hating Breitbart. To me, it looked like the preview for a hit piece on the man.