by A. Richard Miller
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On the eve of USA's November 2008 national election, an urgent proposal for an unsecured $700-Billion, maybe $800-Billion (would you believe, $3- or 4-Trillion?) loan to mismanaged banks and stockbrokers was generating understandable controversy. In its initial form the Bush Buddies Bailout was one more Weapon of Mass Deception. But the problem remains. What ARE reasonable goals, what are NOT, and how might a more populist government reach good ones?

Jill and I searched, asked friends, and found part of the discussion in the mainline U.S. Press. It is dominated by large corporations, and is quickly becoming a large corporation that reports with bias and too-often avoids reporting. We find the parts they don't want us to find - overseas, and in the Alternative Press. Some favorites are: Alternet, Common Dreams, Democracy Now, The Huffington Post, Mother Jones, The Nation, Nation of Change, The Raw Story, TruthOut.

We also link to some black humor...

(- Golden bullets mark items I posted recently; most-recently-published items are at the top.)

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. What I mean by that, is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before."
- Rahm Emanuel (Wall Street Journal Weekend Interview, Nov. 7, 2008)

"Never waste the opportunities offered by a good crisis."
- Niccolo Machiavelli (Fifteenth Cent. 
Florentine writer and statesman)

"What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?"
- Bertolt Brecht

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron."
- U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower (April 16, 1953)

"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution."
- John Adams, letter to Jonathan Jackson (2 October 1780), The Works of John Adams, vol 9, p.511.

"This planet has -- or rather had -- a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy."
- Douglas Adams, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (1979)

US National Debt Clock, by Ed Hall

Time Trade Circle (Time Banking in eastern Massachusetts)

Calculated Risk (blog)

The Conscience of a Liberal (NY Times blog by Paul Krugman)

"Only when the last tree has been cut down, only when the last river has been poisoned, only when the last fish has been caught, only then will you realize your money cannot be eaten."
- an old Cree saying? Maybe not; but good.

What Occupy, the Climate March and #BlackLivesMatter have in common--and why that should inspire us all, by Jim Hightower (Hightower Lowdown, February 2015)

The Real World War III: Corporations vs. Nationhood (Popular Resistance, February 19, 2015)

Monopoly’s Inventor: The Progressive Who Didn’t Pass ‘Go’, by Mary Pilon (New York Times, February 13, 2015)

The Pentagon & Climate Change: How Deniers Put National Security at Risk, by Jeff Goodell (Rolling Stone, February 12, 2015)

That Was Easy: In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth (Common Dreams, 2015)

VC Madness Redux: Stop them Before they Kill the Economy Again, by Andy Updegrove (December 17, 2014)
Humor: One man seeks revenge.

Kevin Yoder MIA After Tucking Wall Street Bailout Into Government Spending Bill (Huffington Post, December 15, 2014)

Angela Davis: ‘There is an unbroken line of police violence in the US that takes us all the way back to the days of slavery’, by Stuart Jeffries (The Guardian, December 14, 2014)
"The increasing shift of capital from human services, from housing, jobs, education, to profitable arenas has meant there are huge numbers of people everywhere in the world who are not able to sustain themselves. They are made surplus, and as a result they are often forced to engage in practices that are deemed criminal."

The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next President of the United States (Huffington Post, December 13, 2014)

The Global Bankers’ Coup: Bail-In and the Shadowy Financial Stability Board, by Ellen Brown (The Web of Debt blog, December 12, 2014)

New Law Would Make Taxpayers Potentially Liable For TRILLIONS In Derivatives Losses, by Michael Snyder (The Economic Collapse, December 7, 2014)

New G20 Rules: Cyprus-style Bail-ins to Hit Depositors AND Pensioners, by Ellen Brown (The Web of Debt blog, December 1, 2014)

Scarily Plausible Doomsday Scenarios For Dystopian Fans, by Cary NcNeal (Huffington Post, November 10, 2014)

The Democrats' Political Suicide, by Michael Brenner (Huffington Post, November 10, 2014)

How American voters fell out of love with their own parties, by Leon Neyfakh (Boston Globe, November 9, 2014)

Millennial voters feel abandoned by Democrats, by Catherine Rampell (Washington Post, October 30, 2014)

Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change, by Jordan Michael Smith (Boston Globe, October 19, 2014)

Can Climate Change Unite The Left?, by Naomi Klein (Popular Resistance, October 19, 2014)

Of Marches and Movements, by Bruce Lesnick (Counterpunch, October 13, 2014)

We Don’t Need Climate Marches, We Need a Political Awakening, by Joshua Frank (Counterpunch, October 5, 2014)

Inside the Koch Brothers' Toxic Empire (Rolling Stone, September 24, 2014)
Koch Industries Responds to Rolling Stone – And We Answer Back (Rolling Stone, September 29, 2014)

How to Win the Climate Fight, by Harvey Wasserman (Counterpunch, September 23, 2014)

US elites beginning to realize there's a problem, by NB Books (Daily Kos, September 21, 2014)

Corporate Personhood Is The Ebola Virus Of Climate Chaos, by Harvey Wasserman (Ecowatch, September 18, 2014)

Three Years Later, What Has Come of Occupy Wall Street? (Huffington Post, September 17, 2014)

The Kingpins of Carbon and Their War on Democracy (Greenpeace, September 17, 2014)

The Astonishing Story of the Federal Reserve on 9-11 (September 10, 2014)

Is ‘shareholder value’ bad for business? It sounds like great management philosophy—but critics say we need to get back to a broader vision of the purpose of corporations, by Leon Neyfakh (Boston Globe, August 3, 2014)

The rich want us to believe their wealth is good for us all, by George Monbiot (The Guardian, July 29, 2014)

Buddhist Economics: How to Stop Prioritizing Goods Over People and Consumption Over Creative Activity (Brain Pickings, July 13, 2014)

Less-Independence Day 2014, by A. Richard Miller (MMS, July 8, 2014)

Americans Consensus: Fix The Corrupt System; It’s Candidate Smith by a Landslide (Popular Resistance, July 4, 2014)

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats, by Nick Hanauer (Politico Magazine, June 28, 2014)

US continues its losing streak in health care quality comparison (Yahoo, June 16, 2014)

Gates urges Stanford grads not to focus on profit alone (June 15, 2014)

How the Recession Reshaped the Economy, in 255 Charts (NY Times, June 6, 2014)

Will Bitcoin Replace the Dollar? (Edelman Financial Services, April 15, 2014)

Eli Lilly Enlists Congress In Fight Against Canada For Refusing Patent On Useless Drug (Techdirt, April 17, 2014)

New labour laws in France protect workers from responding to emails after 6pm, and a trial in Sweden is reducing work hours to just 30 hours a week (The Guardian, April 9, 2014)
"We must always come back to what is normal, which is to unplug, to stop being permanently at work."-- Michel de la Force, Chairman of the General Confederation of Managers, Franc

U.S. policy has gone liberals’ way for 70 years (Washington Post, April 8, 2014)
Or, as I learned about 1950: "First the Socialists propose it; ten years later, the Democrats support it; ten years after that, the Republicans claim it's their idea and vote it in."

Supreme oligarchy, by E.J. Dionne, Jr. (Washington Post, April 6, 2014)

Why the government should provide internet access (March 7, 2014)

Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science (NY Times, March 15, 2014)

Obama's Commandments, by Karen J. Greenberg (TomDispatch, February 27, 2014)
(Also see the derivative version in the Los Angeles Times.)

Which Corporations Control the World? (Global Research News (February 21, 2014)

Obama Admin’s TPP Trade Officials Received Hefty Bonuses From Big Banks (Republic Report, February 17, 2014)

The Vampire Squid Strikes Again: The Mega Banks' Most Devious Scam Yet, by Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone, February 12, 2014)

What happens with digital rights management in the real world? DRM is one of the most salient, and least understood, facts about technology in the contemporary world, by Cory Doctorow (Guardian, February 5, 2014)

50 Reasons We Should Fear the Worst from Fukushima, by Harvey Wasserman (EcoWatch, February 2, 2014)

Ending the World the Human Way; Climate Change as the Anti-News, by Tom Engelhardt (, February 2, 2014)

How your boss can keep you on a leash, by Bob Greene (CNN, February 2, 2014)

Now We Know. JPMorgan Chase is Worse Than Enron, by Richard Eskow (Information Clearing House, January 22, 2014)

Seven Sustainable Technologies, by John Michael Greer (The Archdruid Report, January 15, 2014)

Beyond Growth or Beyond Capitalism?, by Richard Smith (Truthout, January 15, 2014)

Congress, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Why "Fast Track" Means Less Democracy (, January 14, 2014)

Exclusive: More well-known U.S. retailers victims of cyber attacks (Chicago Tribune, January 14, 2014)

701,000 Hours in Custody, by French sci-fi author Alain Damasio on the NSA (January 14, 2014)

Occupy’s Top 10 of 2013 (Occupy Wall Street, January 10, 2014)

Banished for Questioning the Gospel of Guns (NY Times, January 4, 2014)

Susan George on the secret capitalist cabal behind European austerity (Guardian, December 30, 2013)

Monsanto’s scary new scheme: Why does it really want all this data? (Salon, December 29, 2013)

The Fear Economy, by Paul Krugman (NY Times, December 26, 2013)

A Christmas Speculation, by John Michael Greer (The Archdruid Report, December 25, 2013)

The Financial Crisis: Why Have No High-Level Executives Been Prosecuted?, by Jed S. Rakoff (NY Times , January 9, 2014)
Why No Wall Street CEOs Were Prosecuted For Causing The Financial Crisis (review of above; Daily Kos, December 25, 2013)

U.S. judge rules phone surveillance program is likely unlawful (Reuters, December 16, 2013)
And here is the actual Klayman vs. Obama ruling.

The Volcker rule cites the Occupy Movement 284 times (Washington Post, December 11, 2013)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership's Not Dead Yet; But It's Close (The Diplomat, December 7, 2013)

Here’s why Obama trade negotiators push the interests of Hollywood and drug companies (Washington Post, November 26, 2013)

U.S. No Longer Among 20 Most Economically Prosperous Countries; A new ranking says the U.S. is behind Norway, Thailand, Malaysia in prosperity (U.S. News & World Report, October 29, 2013)

France Says Frack Off: Abandons Shale Gas Drilling (, October 23, 2013)

Fukushima - A Global Threat That Requires a Global Response (Truthout, October 23, 2013)

28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima (Global Research, October 23, 2013)
(A U.S. campaign to build new nukes seeks public underwriting of the risks...)

The South is holding America hostage, by Michael Lind (Salon, October 13, 2013)

Christian Delusions Are Driving The GOP Insane, by Amanda Marcotte (Salon, October 10, 2013)

How the feds took down the Dread Pirate Roberts (Ars Technica, October 3, 2013)

Congratulations, You're Paying $6k a Year to Prop Up Big Businesses (The Contributor, September 23, 2013)

Why I Occupy, by Dave Pruett (Huffington Post, September 18, 2013)

Occupy Wall Street, Two Years On: We're Still The 99% (The Guardian, September 17, 2013)

The Economic and Political Consequences of the Last 10 Years of Renewable Energy Development, by Jerome Paris (, September 6, 2013)

The Surprising Reason Americans Are Far Less Healthy Than Other People in Developed Nations, by Sam Pizzigati (AlterNet, August 20, 2013)

Movements Without Leaders, by Bill McKibben (Huffington Post, August 18, 2013)

Take Two 'Normal' People, Add Money To Just One Of Them, And Watch What Happens Next (Upworthy, July 12, 2013)

You May Not Like Weev, But Your Online Freedom Depends on His Appeal (Wired, July 2, 2013)

How Elite Economic Hucksters Drive America’s Biggest Fraud Epidemics, by William K. Black (Alternet, May 29, 2013)
The work of Alan Greenspan and other unethical economists has cost us trillions of dollars, millions of jobs and endless suffering.

How to Worry Less About Money; What Goethe can teach us about cultivating a healthy relationship with our finances, by Maria Popova (Brain Pickings, May 13, 2013)

Everyone's Missing the Bigger Picture in the Reinhart-Rogoff Debate, by  "George Washington" (, April 26, 2013)

The Copyright Lobotomy: How Intellectual Property Makes Us Pretend To Be Stupid, by Leigh Beadon (TechDirt, April 23, 2013)

Researchers Finally Replicated Reinhart-Rogoff, and There Are Serious Problems, by Mike Konczal (Next New Deal, April 16, 2013)

Derivatives Managed by Mega-Banks Threaten Your Bank Account. All Depositors, Secured and Unsecured, May Be at Risk,
by Ellen Brown (Global Research, April 9, 2013)

Debunking Almost Every Republican Lie Against President Obama, by Allen Clifton (Forward Progressives, March 24, 2013)

Paid to Lose; The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats, by John Stauber (CounterPunch, March 15, 2013)

How Many Billions Of Drug-Laundered Money Does It Take To Shut Down A Bank?, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge, March 7, 2013)

Representative Conyers needs our Support to Kill the Sequestration’s Austerity, by William K. Black (New Economic Perspectives, March 1, 2013)
Note: Its Comments contain good links.

Facebook's Multi-Billion Dollar Tax Break: Executive-Pay Tax Break Slashes Income Taxes on Facebook-- and Other Fortune 500 Companies (Citizens for Tax Justice, February 14, 2013)

The One Percent Gobbled Up the Recovery, Too; in fact, it put the 99 percent back in recession, by Timothy Noah (New Republic, February 12, 2013)

The Trillion-Dollar Coin: Joke or Game-Changer?, by Ellen Brown (Nation of Change, January 20, 2013)

46 Trillion Reasons To  Evolve Society Right Now, by David DeGraw (Occupy Evolver, December 8, 2012)

To Move Forward, We Must Learn From Our Progressive Past, by Sam Pizzigati (Nation of Change, December 2, 2012)

8 Reasons Wall Street Greed Is the Cause, and the Solution, To Phony Fiscal Cliff Crisis, by Les Leopold (Alternet, November 30, 2012)

The Pirates Behind The Campaign To Fix The Debt, by Charles P. Pierce (Esquire, November 29, 2012)

6 Reasons the Fiscal Cliff is a Scam, by James K. Galbraith (Information Clearing House, November 25, 2012)

A Minimum Tax for the Wealthy, by Warren E. Buffett (NY Times, November 25, 2012)

An Open Letter to President Obama, by Michael Moore (November 19th, 2012)

It’s the Interest, Stupid! Why Bankers Rule the World, (Ellen Brown, Global Research, November 8, 2012)

Who Controls the World?, by James B. Glattfelder (TED Talk, October 2012; see paper of September 19, 2011, below)

Power in America: Wealth, Income and Power, by G. William Domhoff (Who Rules America?, October 2012; originally, 2005)

Occupy 2.0: Strike Debt, by Astra Taylor (The Nation, September 15, 2012)

Can Debt Spark a Revolution?, by David Graeber (The Nation, September 14, 2012)

Cui Bono Fed: Who Benefits from the Federal Reserve? (Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds, September 12, 2012)

The Case Against Patents, by Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine (Research Div., Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; September 2012)

The Next President’s Inaugural Speech (If Only…) (Brent Blackwater, Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy; September 5, 2012)
And Dick Miller comments:
Right on!

Well, almost right on.

1. There is a need to clearly separate "steady-state economy" from a continuation of the current world population level. They are mutually incompatible. A steady-state economy for 2- to 3-billion people probably is sustainable, but even that range becomes optimistic with our continuing depletion of resources (including our oceans and atmosphere).

2. The proposed move to a four-day work week misses an important point. Instead of a four-day, 7.5-hour-day work week, aim for my Miller Time-Share Solution: Two work shifts, each with a three-day, 10-hour-day work week. In addition to the identical redistribution of gainful employment, the three-day solution removes rush-hour traffic jams, downtown parking problems, can free up great amounts of building space for more useful functions, and will free up one-third more economy-boosting time (two-thirds more, compared with now) for one's personal life! Only our failing economic system stands in the way of this efficiency.

3. Then,
when possible,
reduce that work week further. Modern technology's continuous increase in efficiency should decrease the number of working hours per day required to sustain a person. Sadly, for many recent decades this increased efficiency only benefited the rich - worse, it harms those who are unemployed, while many others work overtime and in poor conditions to avoid the new efficiency that we distort into "Unemployment". Again, only our failing economic system stands in the way of more equitable distribution of these fruits of efficiency. And no, this correction does not require Communism; the last person to make a big change in this direction was Henry Ford.

Cheers from
--Dick Miller

An end to the perpetual welfare trap? Guaranteed incomes debated (Winnipeg Free Press, August 22, 2012)

America's Deficit Attention Disorder (David Korten, Nation of Change; August 11, 2012)

The Story of the Housing Crash Recession That Politicians Don't Want To Tell (Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research; June 19, 2012)
Also with Comments thread (Nation of Change, June 20, 2012)

Five Ways the Facebook IPO Teaches Us About How Wall Street Games the System (Pat Garofalo and Travis Waldron, ThinkProgress, May 25, 2012)

Our Country Is Ruled by Bullies And Cheats (Chuck Lorre Productions, #383, April 5, 2012)

Psychos on Wall Street (Wall Street Journal, March 3, 2012)

America Has Lost Almost A Decade Of Progress To The Financial Crisis (The Economist, February 23, 2012)

Peak Everything (Bloomberg News, February 2012)

Made in the World, by Thomas L. Friedman (NY Times, January 29, 2012)
Yes, but now who leads, regulates fairly, and ensures public representation?

Look Out Below - The Nightmarish Decline Of The Euro Has Begun, by Michael Snyder (Economic Collapse Blog, January 6, 2012)

A Christmas Message From America's Rich, by Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone, December 22, 2011)

Havel, hero of anti-communist revolution, dies, by Karel Janicek (Associated Press, December 18, 2011)
"Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred." -- Vclav Havel (5 Oct 1936-18 Dec 2011)

Advancing Prosperity Through Debt Forgiveness, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge, December 2, 2011)

A Banker Speaks, With Regret, by Nicholas D. Kristof (NY Times, November 30, 2011)

OWS and the Power of Creative Protest, by Allison Kilkenny (The Nation, November 21, 2011)

Money Poster ( #980; November, 2011)

Rep. Deutch Unveils OCCUPIED Constitutional Amendment; Bans Corporate Money in Elections and Declares Corporations Are Not People (Dem/FL; November 18, 2011)

Speech to U.S. Congressional Debt Committee, by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Ind/VT (November 17, 2011)
Urging it not to propose any cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, Sen. Sanders said:
“This country does in fact have a serious deficit problem, but the reality is that the deficit was caused by two wars - unpaid for. It was caused by huge tax breaks for the wealthiest people in the country. It was caused by a recession as a result of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street. And if those are the causes of the deficit, I will be damned if we’re going to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the sick, the children, and the poor. That’s wrong.”.

Graphic: European debt crisis explained, by Conrad Quilty-Harper and Daniel Palmer (The Telegraph, November 10, 2011)

Paramilitary Policing From Seattle to Occupy Wall Street, by Norm Stamper (The Nation, November 9, 2011)

The War On The Home Front, by Frances Fox Piven (, November 6, 2011) Be sure to read its second part, "The War Against the Poor".

How Wall Street Occupied America, by Bill Moyers (The Nation, November 4, 2011)

19 Sad Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America, by Michael Snyder (Business Insider, November 2, 2011)

Goldman Sachs and Occupy Wall Street's Bank: The Real Story, by Greg Palast (Nation of Change, October 28, 2011)

Immunity and Impunity in Elite America, by Glenn Greenwald (Nation of Change, October 26, 2011) - Read the comments, too!

Revealed - The Capitalist Network That Runs The World (New Scientist, October 20, 2011; see paper of September 19, 2011, below)

Who Are The Top 1%? They Are Distorting Our Economy, by Mike Konczal (Next New Deal, October 14, 2011)

Thoughts on Corporations, by Chris Bickerton and Alex Gourevitch (The Current Moment, October 13, 2011)

Diebold voting machines can be hacked by remote control. Exclusive: A laboratory shows how an e-voting machine used by a third of all voters can be easily manipulated, by Brad Friedman (Salon, September 27, 2011)

Sentencing Shift Gives New Leverage to Prosecutors (NY Times, September 25, 2011)

The Network of Global Corporate Control (ETH Zurich, September 19, 2011)

Stop Coddling the Super-Rich, by Warren E. Buffett (NY Times, August 14, 2011)

What Happened to Obama?, by Drew Westen (NY Times Sunday Review, August 6, 2011)

30 Years Ago Today: The Day the Middle Class Died, by Michael Moore (August 5, 2011)

The Bad Deal, by James K. Galbraith (economist, son of John Kenneth Galbraith; Deutsche Welle, August 4, 2011)

Anyone Who Thinks The Debt Deal Is A Victory For America Understands Neither Economics Nor Politics, by Robert Reich (Business Insider, August 1, 2011)

Super Congress Getting Even More Super Powers In Debt Deal, by Michael McAuliff (Huffington Post, July 31, 2011)

Debt Tantrum On A Sinking Ship, by Richard Heinberg (Post Carbon Institute, July 26, 2011)

Wealth, Income, and Powe, by G. William Domhoff (Who Rules America?, September 2005; updated July 2011)

How The Deficit Got This Big, by Teresa Tritch (NY Times, July 23, 2011) - See graphs!

Don't Blame Goldman Sachs for the Food Crisis rebuttal by Lucas van Praag, Managing Director. Goldman, Sachs & Co. (plus a counter-rebuttal by Frederick Kaufman; May 3, 2011; see below)

How Goldman Sachs Created the Food Crisis, by Frederick Kaufman (Foreign Policy, April 27, 2011)

The New Geopolitics of Food, by Lester R. Brown (Foreign Policy, April 27, 2011)

Beyond Conspiracy Theory: Patterns of High Crime in American Government, by Lance deHaven-Smith (American Behavioral Scientist; February, 2010)

The Cost of Care (Graphic Sociology, April 26th, 2011; graphic from National Geographic blog, Dec. 18, 2009)

Assault on Social Spending, Pro-Rich Tax Cuts Turning U.S. into Nation "Of the 1 Percent, by the 1 Percent, for the 1 Percent", by Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz (Democracy Now, April 7, 2011)

Alert: Nuclear (and Economic) Meltdown In Progress (Chris Martenson, March 16, 2011)

God On The Table, by Michael C. Ruppert (Collapse Network, November 1, 2010)
"Arguably, the cause of the collapse of human industrial civilization has been a fundamental disconnect in consciousness that has led humankind to tell itself that it is exempt from the laws of physics and nature – that infinite growth is possible on a finite planet."

Larry Summers and the Subversion of Economics (The Chronicle of Education, October 3, 2010)

Heavy in dollars, China warns of depreciation, (Reuters, September 2, 2010)

This Is Not a Recovery, by Paul Krugman (NY Times, August 27, 2010)

Ask Not Whether Governments Will Default, but How, by Arnaud Mares (Morgan Stanley, August 26, 2010)

Enough is Enough (report of the Steady State Economic Conference, June 19, 2010)

Wind's latest problem: it . . . makes power too cheap, by Jerome Paris (, May 1, 2010)

Poll: Majority favors increased taxes on wealthy Americans (NorthEast Pennsylvania Business Journal, April 6, 2010)

A Sad Obituary; Conservative Supreme Court Kills Uncle Sam, by Ferguson Foont (Bare-Knuckles Politics 3.0, January 21, 2010)

Copenhagen's Hidden Agenda: The Multibillion Trade in Carbon Derivatives, Washington's Blog, (Centre for Research and Globalization, November 8, 2009)

Obama team makes it official: Budget deficit hits record. By a lot. (Today, October 16, 2009)

How Did Economists Get It So Wrong?, by Paul Krugman (NY Times, September 2, 2009)

Goodbye, GM, a letter from Michael Moore (, June 1, 2009)

The cost of wind, the price of wind, the value of wind, by Jerome a Paris (The Oil Drum, May 6, 2009)

Builders & Titans: Bernie Madoff, by Michael Moore (The 2009 TIME 100, May 1, 2009)

"We the People" to "King of the World": "YOU'RE FIRED!", a letter from Michael Moore (, April 1, 2009)

Oh, What a Lovely Class War!, by Michael Winship (Bill Moyers Journal, March 13, 2009)

Sold Out: How Wall Street and Washington Betrayed America, by Robert Weissman and Harvey Rosenfield (Wall Street Watch, March 4, 2009)

A Proven Framework to End the US Banking Crisis Including Some Temporary Nationalizations (Adam S. Posen, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Testimony before the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress hearing, “Restoring the Economy: Strategies for Short-term and Long-term Change”; February 26, 2009) belonged to the U.S. Government (February 24, 2009). But on May 19, 2014 we were notified that this URL no longer is appropriate.

Taking Apart the $819 billion Stimulus Package (Washington Post, February 1, 2009)

Orlov: Russia Was Better Prepared for Collapse than the U.S., by Dmitry Orlov (; January 16, 2008, originallly published December 4, 2006)

China factory output dips further (BBC News, January 4, 2009)

A guide to the credit crunch, audio slideshow (6 minutes) by BBC's Business Editor Robert Peston (BBC, January 1, 2009)

Protectionist dominoes are beginning to tumble across the world, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard (Telegraph, Dec. 22, 2008)

Madoff: The man who sold the world, by Rupert Cornwell (Independent, Dec. 21, 2008)

Revving China's auto industry, by Peter Day (BBC News, Dec. 13, 2008)

Senate to Middle Class: Drop Dead, a message from Michael Moore (, Dec. 12, 2008)

Automakers fail to cash in on big GOP donations, by Ken Bensinger (LA Times, Dec. 12, 2008)

White House, Democrats Near Short-Term Deal For Automakers; Loans to Carry Firms to March, by Lon Montgomery and Kendra Marr (Washington Post, Dec. 6, 2008)

Saving the Big 3 for You and Me, a message from Michael Moore (, Dec. 3, 2008)

Baltic Dry Index Falls 93%; Are We Heading into a Global Recession or Possibly a Worldwide Depression?, by Nick DuBay (Associated Content, Dec. 1, 2008)

Sync, and Swim Together, by Daniel Kahneman and Andrew Rosenfield (NYTimes, Nov. 24, 2008)

Colossal Financial Collapse: The Truth behind the Citigroup Bank 'Nationalization', by F. William Engdahl (Global Research, Nov. 24, 2008)

Systemic Risk, Contagion and Trade Finance - Back to the Bad Old Days, by London Banker (RGE Monitor, Nov. 14, 2008)
A Credit Crisis or a Collapsing Ponzi Scheme? The Two Trillion Dollar Black Hole, by Pam Martens (Counterpunch, Nov. 13, 2008)

Financial Crisis: Washington's $5 Trillion Tab, by Elizabeth Moyer (, Nov. 12, 2008)

Failing Like Japan, by Bill Mann (Motley Fool, November 11, 2008)

US Taxpayers Violated; The Looting Operation Continues, by Chris Martenson (Financial Sense University, Nov. 11, 2008)

The First 100 Days (The GOOD Sheet, Nov. 6, 2008)

This Is Not The End Of Capitalism, by Mark Shuttleworth (Here Be Dragons, Nov. 4, 2008)

Hedge Fund Manager: Goodbye and F---- You, by Matthew Malone (, Oct. 17, 2008)

It's a Solvency Problem, Not a Liquidity Problem, by Mark Shuttleworth (Here Be Dragons, Oct. 9, 2008)

Taking Hard New Look at a Greenspan Legacy, by Peter Goodman (NY Times, Oct. 8, 2008)

Europe Struggles for a Response to the Bank Crisis, by Andrew Purvis (Time, Oct. 7, 2008)

Why the $700 Billion Isn't Helping, by Jeremy Caplan (Time, Oct. 7, 2008)

"There were still aspects of this package that I didn't like.", by Senator Barbara Boxer (Calculated Risk blog, Oct. 4, 2008)

Here's How to Fix the Wall Street Mess, by Michael Moore (, Oct. 1, 2008)

Congresswoman Kaptur Votes Against Bill To Bail Out ‘Reckless’ Wall Street (Sept. 30, 2008)

Congratulations, Corporate Crime Fighters! Coup Averted for Three Days!, by Michael Moore (, Sept. 30, 2008)

Shocked the Bailout Plan Failed? You Shouldn't Be., by Robert Zimmer (Sept. 29, 2008)

The Rich Are Staging A Coup This Morning, by Michael Moore (, Sept. 29, 2008)

A Shattering Moment in America's Fall from Power, by John Gray (The Observer, Sept. 28, 2008)

Is this the United States Congress or the board of directors of Goldman Sachs?, by Congressman Dennis Kucinich (US House of Representatives, Sept. 28, 2008)

Last Chance for the Truth, by Martin Weiss (Money and Markets, Sept. 28, 2008)

The Bailout: What's At Stake, by Chris Isidore, senior writer (, Sept. 26, 2008)

Proposed $700 Billion Bailout Is Too Little, Too Late to End the Debt Crisis; Too Much, Too Soon for the U.S. Bond Market, by Martin Weiss and Michael Larson (Weiss Research, Inc., Sept. 25, 2008)

Real reform or nothing, by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (US House of Representatives, Sept. 25, 2008)

The 'Oracle' Speaks: Listen Up, Hank, by Jeff Matthews (blog, Sept. 24,

Our Federal Economy, by George Will (Washington Post, Sept. 24, 2008)

Main Street Before Wall Street, by David Korten (Yes! Magazine, Sept. 24, 2008)

Stocks and Stockbrokers, by Paul Lutus (Lutus website, June, 2008)

Living Wealth: Better Than Money, by David Korten (Yes! Magazine, Fall 2007)

Orlov: Russia Was Better Prepared for Collapse than the U.S., by Dmitry Orlov (; Jan. 16, 2008, originallly published Dec. 4, 2006)

The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry, by William K. Black (Amazon listing; April 1, 2005)

CyberInsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly, by Dr. Daniel Geer and others (Computer & Communications Industry Association, Sep. 27, 2003):
In free market economies as in life, some failure is essential; the “creative destruction” of markets builds more than it breaks. Wise governments are those able to distinguish that which must be tolerated as it cannot be changed from that which must be changed as it cannot be tolerated. The reapportionment of risk and responsibility through regulatory intervention embodies that wisdom in action.

Money Vs. Wealth, by David Korten (Yes! Magazine's special "Money: Print Your Own!" issue, Summer 1997).  Yes, this article was written early in the inflation phase of the now-infamous Dot-Com bubble. When will they ever learn?

To confront the poverty of satisfaction—purpose and dignity—that afflicts us all, by Robert F. Kennedy (Remarks at the University of Kansas, Mar. 18, 1968)

The following links offer some Black Humor.

The Strip, by Brian McFadden (the series, via NY Times)

Unemployment Isn't a Bug -- It's a Feature, Tom the Dancing Bug cartoon by Ruben Bolling (Sep. 24, 2014)

The One Rich Guy; He Owns Everything, by Tom Tomorrow (This Modern World, Feb. 19, 2014)

Nation of Moochers cartoon (Jen Sorensen, Jan. 13, 2014)

Pretend We're Not Watching,
Tom the Dancing Bug cartoon by Ruben Bolling (Jan. 1, 2014)

Inequality in Six Panels, Tom the Dancing Bug cartoon by Ruben Bolling (Dec. 18, 2013)

The Power Pyramid: The 1%, cartoon by Unknown (Global Research, Dec. 1, 2011)

The Ten Stupidest Objections to the Occupy Wall Street Movement, cartoon by Barry Deutsch (Nov. 14, 2011)

Percentage of Millionaires (Chris Piascik, Oct. 20, 2011)

Wall Street Demonstrators/Wall Street Bankers, cartoon by Steve Sack (Oct. 5, 2011)

Cartoons: Here's What The World Thinks About America's Political Crisis (Business Insider, Aug. 4, 2011)

Bailout Cartoons (

The Government Can, singing video by Tim Hawkins (ca. 2009)

GM unveils its new, made-in-America bankruptcy, by Philip Maddocks (Natick Bulletin & Tab, Jun. 5th, 2009)

Investing in the Dogbert Investment Fund, cartoon by Scott Adams (, Apr. 12, 2009)

SapSeason, cartoon by Dave Granlund (, Mar. 6, 2009)

They're too small to let succeed, cartoon by J.D. "Iliad" Frazer (UserFriendly, Feb. 11, 2009)

Orlov: Russia Was Better Prepared for Collapse than the U.S., by Dmitry Orlov (; Jan. 16, 2008, originallly published Dec. 4, 2006)

Santa Claus Bailout Hearing (National Lampoon, Dec. 18, 2008)

Financial Bailout Explained (YouTube, Nov. 19, 2008)

Detroit Rescue Attempt, cartoon by Dave Granlund (, Nov. 13, 2008)

I went as the stock market, cartoon by J.D. "Iliad" Frazer (UserFriendly, Nov.1, 2008)

The markets are crashing!, cartoon by J.D. "Iliad" Frazer (UserFriendly, Oct. 15, 2008)

Congress & Bailouts, cartoon by Dave Granlund (, Sept. 23, 2008)

Keeping Fannie & Freddie Afloat, cartoon by Dave Granlund (, Sept. 8, 2008)

McCain asks Congress for a bailout of his bankrupt straight-talk image, by Philip Maddocks (Natick Bulletin & Tab, Sept. 26, 2008)

Hank Paulson's 419 Nigerian-spam bailout letter (Sept. 22, 2008)

Four Prominent Bastards, song by Ogden Nash This was, the story went, written by Ogden Nash for a Gridiron Club dinner ca. 1941, and was broadcast on Armed Service Radio by mistake. It's been published as "A Ballad to be Sung By Four Prominent Love Children" and other names. In fact, Nash first wrote it for the Dutch Treat Club in 1933 (see
I remember Pappy telling me, "Boy, rapin' is a crime,
Unless you rape the voters, a million at a time."

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