Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lee Camp ~~ "A Moment of Clarity.": Ethics/Lightbulbs

And I agree with him, except for the part about there being any such thing as "corporat" or "business" ethics.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

There Are 630 "Private" Contractors, & 170 "Mercenary" Companies At Work In Iraq

When you outsource your military operations, you cede to CorpoRats the powers that were once the sole province of the People.

Coalition of the Billing: An Interview with Jeremy Scahill from Cultures of Resistance on Vimeo.



Coalition of the Billing: An Interview with Jeremy Scahill from Cultures of Resistance on Vimeo.

When the Bush administration chose to invade Iraq, it assumed that the war would be short and decisive. Yet by early 2010 the war had already cost over $700 billion, much of which went to corporations that profit from the conflict. Jeremy Scahill, best-selling author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, has been a leading voice in opposing the war and in denouncing the radical privatization of the military. According to Scahill, at the time of this interview there were 630 companies on the U.S. government’s payroll in Iraq. More shocking are the 170 mercenary corporations operating in Iraq. Despite repeatedly committing criminal violations, these companies have been immune from prosecution and have repeatedly been rewarded no-bid contracts. Cultures of Resistance sat down for an exclusive interview with Scahill, in which he discusses the most recent stage of the military-industrial complex's evolution.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Dawkins on militant atheism



And besides, nobody ever said atheists couldn't behave like randy assholes.

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Perils of Appearing Prosperous While Being Black

If you patronize Chase Bank (or any of their offshoots), you're participating in this shit, too. The "help" doesn't do what there is not at least tacit permission from the "Top" to do:
Ikenna, a 28-year old construction worker, went to deposit a $8,463.21 Chase cashier's check at his local Chase branch, only for the teller to decide that neither he nor his check looked right and he got tossed in jail for forgery, KING5 reports. The next day, a Friday the bank realized its mistake and left a message with the detective. But it was her day off, so he spent the entire weekend in jail.

By the time he got out, he had been fired from his job for not showing up to work. His car had been towed as well. It ended up getting sold off at auction because he couldn't afford to get it out of the pound. He had been relying on that cashier's check for his money but it was taken as evidence and by the time he got it back it was auctioned off.

All this while the cashier's check had been issued by the very bank he was trying to cash it at.

Chase didn't even apologize, not even after a year. A lawyer volunteered to help write a strongly-worded letter requesting damages. After trying hard to get a response, they sent KING 5 a two-sentence reply: "We received the letter and are reviewing the situation. We'll be reaching out to the customer."

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

It's a Life-And-Death Struggle...



This is a non-commercial attempt to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporates and mindless 'consumers' are combining to destroy life on earth. It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network (www.sanctuaryasia.com).