Corruption is a truly global crisis and the wealth addiction that feeds it is hiding in plain sight by Sarah Chayes is the author of On Corruption in America: And What Is at Stake (2020), published in the UK as Everybody Knows: Corruption in America, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security (2015) and The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban (2006). In Kandahar, Afghanistan, in late 2001, I watched a girl of about nine strip a Kalashnikov rifle, inspect the bullets and reload the sound ones in a matter of minutes. That child lived in a … Continue reading The Midas Disease
Archival documents set the timeline of coverups even further back. BY BENJAMIN FRANTA/THE CONVERSATION Four years ago, I traveled around America, visiting historical archives. I was looking for documents that might reveal the hidden history of climate change—and in particular, when the major coal, oil and gas companies became aware of the problem, and what they knew about it. I pored over boxes of papers, thousands of pages. I began to recognize typewriter fonts from the 1960s and ‘70s and marveled at the legibility of past penmanship, and got used to squinting when it wasn’t so clear. What those papers revealed … Continue reading The oil and gas industry knew about climate change in the 1950s
John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead, TRI Waking Times “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” ― Frédéric Bastiat, French economist If there is an absolute maxim by which the American government seems to operate, it is that the taxpayer always gets ripped off. Not only are Americans forced to “spend more on state, municipal, and federal taxes than the annual financial burdens of food, clothing, and housing combined,” but we’re … Continue reading ONE NATION UNDER GREED: THE PROFIT INCENTIVES DRIVING THE AMERICAN POLICE STATE
Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project Waking Times When the politicians on taxpayer funded salaries sit around and discuss which businesses to keep open and which businesses to shut down, they never consider limiting their salaries or cutting their funding. They simply force people out of business and offer nothing in return. In states that do offer some relief to shuttered businesses, the programs fall far short of the mark for small business owners, enrich already large corporations, or, like we reported out of California, puts millions in the pockets of murders, rapists, and child traffickers — some of whom are on death … Continue reading FOOD LINES GROW MILES LONG AS POLITICIANS BREAK RULES TO DINE AT FANCY RESTAURANTS, TAKE VACATIONS
The Free Thought Project, Guest Waking Times After reading months of ridiculously goalseeked Wall Street commentary, where first a Trump victory was the best outcome for stocks (at a time when Trump was seen as a favorite to win), then a Biden victory becoming the best-case outcome for risk assets (this predictably emerged around the time Biden took a lead in the polls), then a Blue Wave emerging as the most bullish outcome (around the time a Democratic sweep became the most likely outcome according to polls), and then following a brief detour when Wall Street briefly freaked out about Congressional … Continue reading JP MORGAN ADMITS THAT MORE ECONOMIC DISASTER & MORE LOCKDOWNS WILL BE GREAT FOR STOCKS
Forecasts once again substantially underestimated the extent of support for Trump. But does that mean they failed? BY MICHAEL SCHULSON FOUR YEARS AGO, polls indicated that then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would handily beat her Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump. Based on those polls, one prominent election forecaster, Princeton University neuroscience professor Sam Wang, even called the race for Clinton several weeks before Election Day, promising to eat an insect if he was wrong. Wang ate a cricket on CNN, and in May of 2017, a committee at the American Association for Public Opinion Research, or AAPOR, released a post-mortem of the polls’ performance. The report … Continue reading Another Election, Another Round of Poll Bashing. Is That Fair?
What kind of man was disco-era pals with Jeffrey Epstein and wishes Ghislaine Maxwell “well”? You know what kind by LUCIAN K. TRUSCOTT IV Can we put aside for the moment Trump’s corruption, ignorance, incompetence, arrogance, racism, stupidity, criminality, greed and buffoonery, and just deal with the fact that he’s a pig? You know what I’m talking about. Look at one of the photographs of Trump and his wife Melania alongside their good friends Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, and you’ve got the whole thing in a proverbial nutshell. I mean, do you have any photographs of yourself with a … Continue reading Let’s remember that along with everything else, Donald Trump’s a total pig
Posted byLauren Geall Feeling guilty about how you’re feeling or not being productive “enough” during lockdown? You’re not alone. Lockdown has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions. One minute, you find yourself randomly bursting out in tears, and the next, you’re comparing your situation to all the fun things people are doing on social media. All of the feelings we would have experienced pre-lockdown – sadness, happiness, jealousy etc – are now amplified.https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html One such feeling which seems to have been given a massive boost under lockdown is guilt. Now more than ever, our actions (and non-actions) seem to come with a newfound sense of moral responsibility – we feel guilty … Continue reading Lockdown guilt: why your inner critic is louder than ever right now
by Eddie Kim The government put us in this position by failing to prepare and provide aid. Now they want small businesses and workers to carry the load of the recovery? The money disappeared before my parents ever had a chance. Turns out, $350 billion isn’t much under the weight of a COVID-19 pandemic that’s reshaping the American economy. My dad laughs as he tells me their little Italian restaurant in a Hawaii suburb, a 40-minute drive from downtown Honolulu, feels like a metaphoric dinghy in a storm. We don’t know what to do with the news that Congress is set to … Continue reading REOPENING SMALL BUSINESSES IS JUST A PYRAMID SCHEME FOR THE RICH
By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies The waves of protests breaking out in country after country around the world beg the question: Why aren’t Americans rising up in peaceful protest like our neighbors? We live at the very heart of this neoliberal system that is force-feeding the systemic injustice and inequality of 19th century laissez-faire capitalism to the people of the 21st century. So we are subject to many of the same abuses that have fueled mass protest movements in other countries, including high rents, stagnant wages, cradle-to-grave debt, ever-rising economic inequality, privatized healthcare, a shredded social safety net, abysmal public transportation, systemic … Continue reading Why Aren’t Americans Rising Up Like the People of Chile and Lebanon?