Deja vu; White collar crime has become so prevalent in our society, that our minds barely register
any news about another financial crime investigation. Another billionaire gone astray.
Insider trading, its only a crime to get caught. Right? Everyone in the industry does it, a little. Only the really greedy financial criminals are sleazy. Its kind of like getting a good tip on a horse at the track. It’s not like getting filthy rich by smuggling drugs. They don’t put you into a real prison, where you have to worry about dropping the soap. It’s like a country club you can never leave and when you’re accustom to jet-setting around the world in your own Gulfsteam, getting locked up at the club is pretty tough. Billionaire criminals are not a danger to society.
The hell they’re not. Financial criminals hurt everyone, you, me, your kids, grand-ma, the girl next door, apple-pie and American-way as we know it. Sorry Ayn Rand but another one of your heroes is tarnished. What say ye; Republicans, right-wing extremists and their sympathizers. We don’t need more regulation? Maybe we should just put them in a real prison so that these financial gangster will have to shower with Buba.
Citizens, Romans, countrymen hear me! The Wall Street Mafia will continue to wreak havoc on our nation untill you tear your self away from the hot-wings (food) and the wide-screen (circuses) and rise-up angry.
Et Tu Brute.
P.S. I would like to suggest that Forbes magazine have a yearly top 10 of the worlds wealthiest financial criminals.
- How Pursuit of Billionaire Hit One Dead End (dealbook.nytimes.com)
MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE
Why are some companies hated? The answer often depends on who is asking. Corporations can anger their customers, fail their shareholders, and mistreat their employees. Take a look at 10 of the most-hated companies in America. See full story.
I rarely us the word hate and I’m not going to use it now. It is distressing to hear words that have such strong meaning bandied about so frequently and irresponsibly.
The companies mentioned by MarketWatch are J.C.Penny, Dish Network, T-Mobil USA, Facebook, Citigroup, Research in Motion, American Airlines, Nokia, Sears Holding Corp, Hewlett-Packard, all iconic-brands.
There is a thread a common denominator that stands out as the reason for these company’s downfall, a CEO (chief executive officer) who has lost all perspective of what made the enterprise successful to begin with. The most valuable asset of any enterprise are its employees. No matter how effectual you are in cost management, profit capitalization, stock
manipulation (sorry), making the company look attractive to Wall Street.
If as CEO you do not realize that if you treat your employee’s like crap its going to bite you in the ass, then you are an idiot. More than likely you are having illusions of grandeur. The cure for those illusions is for you NOT to use the executive bathroom, go to the urinal your employees use, look over to either side, see;
You’re not such a big man after all. I don’t know of a cure for female CEO’s. SUGGESTIONS?
- Striking Hostess workers express no regret over looming liquidation – MarketWatch (stream.marketwatch.com)
- Online Reputation Management Specialist, JW Maxx Solutions, Not Suprised Dish Network is One of America’s Most Hated Companies (prweb.com)
- MarketWatch story sends marijuana-dispenser stock sky high (rawstory.com)
The Consensus Speaks
The achievement of the thing is even more remarkable when we remember the prevailing opinion
climate of 2008. After the disasters of the George W. Bush presidency had culminated in the catastrophe on Wall Street, the leading lights of the Beltway consensus had deemed that the nation was traveling in a new direction. They had seen this movie before, and they knew how it was supposed to go. The plates were shifting. Conservatism’s decades-long reign was at an end. An era of liberal ascendancy was at hand. This was the unambiguous mandate of history, as unmistakable as the gigantic crowds that gathered to hear Barack Obama speak as he traveled the campaign trail. You could no more defy this plotline than you could write checks on an empty bank account.
And so The Strange Death of Republican America, by the veteran journalist Sidney Blumenthal, appeared in April of 2008—even before the Wall Street crash—and announced that the “radical conservative” George W. Bush had made the GOP “into a minority party.”3 In November, Sean Wilentz, the erstwhile historian of the “Age of Reagan,” took to the pages of U.S. News & World Report to herald that age’s “collapse.” The conservative intellectual Francis Fukuyama had said pretty much the same thing in Newsweek the month before. That chronicler of the DC consensus, Politico, got specific and noted the demise of the word “deregulator,” a proud Reagan-era term that had been mortally wounded by the collapse of (much-deregulated) Wall Street.4 Continue reading
I’m falling now
I’m falling unafraid
Grasping at sacred words
That make no sound
They tumble out
A liquid kaleidoscope
Oozing through my fingers
Colors arranging, composing
Into a siren song Continue reading
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Continue reading
Have you ever heard the phrase, “if I had a nickle for every time….”.
Well, OK. It’s an old one. Originated at a time when you could actually buy something for a nickle. Well, yeah I can still remember a time that when you could actually buy five pieces of candy for a nickle. They weren’t individually wrapped and the little old lady at the counter didn’t wear a plastic glove and most times you found the pennies laying in the street, in the dirt and grim. Mmmm licked your fingers when you were done.
But what I really want to talk about is “I love you”.
If I had a penny for every time someone in the world said “I love you”, today. How much money would I have? Continue reading