Seriously, is this the best the financial elite can do? The Money Party is running on fumes.
The Financial Times reported that French Finance minister Christine Lagarde was the leading candidate for Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She would replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn, now charged with sexual assault in New York City. (Images: Wiki Commons)
Christine Lagarde, France’s finance minister, has emerged as the leading contender to run the International Monetary Fund after being strongly endorsed by her German and British counterparts, eager to extend Europe’s 65-year grip on the global financial institution. Financial Times May 22
With the UK, Germany, and France supporting Lagarde, a favorable nod from the Obama Administration would assure her the job.
Since its creation in 1945, IMF has had an unbroken string of European managing directors.
BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE
While viewing America's solemn commemoration of the eighth anniversary of 911, I began to reflect upon its many ironies. The very first thing that came to mind was Dick Cheney's claim that Bush administration policies have kept us safe. My second thought was he must think we're crazy - and too many of us are.
When one looks upon the trauma, anger, and pain still etched upon the face of America eight years after the loss of 3000 of its citizens, one can only imagine what the Iraqi people are feeling after the documented murder, by name, of over 101,552 innocent men, women, and Iraqi children. Only after we begin to recognize the gravity of the atrocity that we committed in Iraq will America begin to understand that we will never be safe until we make the people responsible for that carnage accountable for their actions. Make the jump»
Promoted. Here's another thoughtful piece from Hello Dolly Llama, originally crossposted on 2009-08-09 22:46:02 -0400 from the blog Hello Dolly Llama. -- GH
GLBTQ rights in Uganda have sucked for years, with open persecution by of gay, lesbians and other queers being propagated by hateful and ignorant people in positions of power. The country has instilled oppressive laws against homosexuality and court cases have challenged these. The police and mobs have taken to routinely beating, torturing and killing gays, ostensibly to protect the population from immorality. (Apparently, killing unarmed people who love each other is not immoral in Uganda. Lucky break, there.)Make the jump»
Bumped and promoted. Originally posted 2009-03-16 17:59:47 -0500. -- GH
|VAHALLA, NY. Recently, there has been a stream of people quoting Ayn Rand and her novel, Atlas Shrugged as justification for the economic policies that created the current financial crisis. Ms. Rand's polemic novel which assaulted altruism and government has been quoted and promoted by CEO's, government officials, lobbyists as well as print, radio and television - and apparently, they've all got it wrong.
The source of this claim? None other than the ghost of Ayn Rand herself, who recently appeared near her tombstone in Kensico Cemetery. According to several witnesses, the image of Ms. Rand first appeared several weeks ago. Initial observers assumed that the spirit was simply another CEO come to Ms. Rand's tombstone to meditate and give herself permission to lie, cheat and steal in the name of some Libertarian higher moral code. Make the jump»
BENEATH THE SPIN
Those of us who pointed out that Michael Steele was elevated to Chairman of the Republican National Committee as both a token, and as attack-dog-in-chief against President Obama should feel completely vindicated. No further evidence need be presented than what recently took place when Mr. Steele had the audacity to say that he was the head of the Republican Party, not Rush Limbaugh. In response Limbaugh all but literally told him to stay in his place.
BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE
Is Rush Limbaugh on Drugs Again, or Simply the World's Biggest Ego Trip?
Ultra Conservative Political shock jock, Rush Limbaugh, seems to have finally slipped off the reservation. It is hard to know whether he's back on drugs, or if the recent election returns have caused him to lose his mind all together. Make the jump»
Is the United States of America the world's largest dealer of illegal drugs? What about the world's largest gun runner? For years our government has used the CIA, NSA & other super-secret 'intelligence' agencies to cultivate drug harvest and distribution in SE Asia and Afghanistan. We offer 'aid' and 'trade' to countries in the forms of weapons and ammunition. The drugs come home to the US to poison and kill our own population. The weapons we sell are used either against us directly by people to kill others, who then seek to kill Americans. Did the founding fathers envision a country that would become the world's largest debtor and blood merchant? Make the jump»
(Image courtesy of indiesocial.com)
I walked onto the train platform in downtown Chicago today. A woman had just finished shopping at Macy's and had several red shopping bags. She was trying to put everything into one bag. The wind picked up and blew some of the empty bags down the platform. I took off running and stopped them from blowing out onto the street. Make the jump»
Bumped for more/better air time. Originally posted 2008-12-13 15:54:23 -0500. :) -- GH And bumped again by Carol. I think it really is a discussion that we need to continue.
When times are good, when everyone seems to be making more than last year, the abundance seems so extensive that we don't really notice when certain people begin skimming off more than their share. When the growth, in general, is so much greater than can be reasonably expected, it's hard to imagine that it might even be greater, were not someone sneaking away with a part of what we know, in our hearts, is undeserved gain, anyway. Make the jump»
Originally published 2008-09-25 05:41:19 -1000. Promoted by Roxy.
Dealing in Debt!!
Everyone, almost, is in a complete Rage at what is happening, and has been allowed to happen by not only soft regulation but the ease on any regulation in the Banking Industry, Morgage Industry, Wall Street, and in a Rage you should be.
But want a better picture of the who got us here any why, leave your computer and go to the nearest mirror and take a Good Hard Long Look at the reflection coming back, Yep Folks, it's most of you, and the rest of the shit hasn't yet hit the fan, but it's quickly coming!
Remember the clowns you hire to represent you in Washington, and local and state, are your clowns, you pay them.
Make the jump»
If you missed the PBS Bill Moyers Journal, this past friday night, or if not on your local PBS station, this is an Interview that should be seen, absorbed and discussed!
For Retired Army Colonel Andrew J. Bacevich, Conservative, lays out, very clearly, the wrong direction this country has set it's course on which is leading it towards destruction or a meaningless society as others fill the void of the real World Leadership!
August 15, 2008 Make the jump»