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Jeffrey Epstein escapes federal jail

Even petty blackmailer extortionists know to warn "if anything happens to me, incriminating evidence will be released to the media." Billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is already fading from the news and not one manila envelope has dropped. What does that tell you about what "happened" to Jeffrey Epstein? It didn't. You might think his suicide was really a murder, but let's remember he counted the most powerful pervs among his friends. Fat chance any of them wanted their friend and primo procurer killed. Before his suicide, Jeffrey Epstein signed a will, his last legal opportunity to do so, then he did El Chapo one better. With allegedly dozing guards (one of them a temp with a shorter personnel record, maybe more easily impersonated), and under faulty surveillance cameras, El Epstein disappeared from federal custody into his own self-financed witness protection plan. What's it take? An anesthetic cocktail for the short gurney ride, not that many parties to pay off or knock off later, your body is released to an unnamed "Epstein Associate," and it's party time again at your Virgin Island! Pretty damn obvious.

Immaturity is not a juvenile crime

Should five teenagers, who dropped rocks from an overpass until one killed a random motorist, be tried as adults? The inconceavably thoughtless act was murder, sure, or aggravated premeditated manslaughter for certain, but was it the crime of an adult? It was not. I'll concede that immaturity can be criminal as an adult, it should be impeachable for adult presidents, but not for juveniles. What is the point of differentiating juveniles from grown ups if you're going prosecute bored stone throwers as adults?

Paul Castaway and a mother’s grief

DENVER, COLORADO- On July 19th 2015, I met the Mother of Paul Castaway, a young native American man who was shot four times by the Denver Police Department and died of those fatal shots. At the memorial service she saw me sitting there watching her, she quietly walked up and held out her hand and ask me my name, then in a very soft and quiet voice she said "Thank You, for coming" With her eyes and slow movement of her step you could see the weight of her grief. I was stunned into silence. [Paul Castaway's Mother and the memorial for her son, killed by the Denver Police Department one week ago on July 13th 2015.] When we arrived at the memorial site, she knelt down in prayer placing flowers there. I started to reach for my camera, and then I heard her first quiet sob. I was frozen in place as I listen to her sobbing, a mother's grief for a lost son that only she can suffer alone. There would be no clicking of the camera in this moment of sorrow. Earlier in the day I had been to a support the police rally in the Civic Center Park, I was there as part of a group of counter demonstrators. The police support group were very loud and unyielding in their support for their police Department. As I sat listening to the Mother quietly sobbing for her lost son, I wondered; If those police supporters could hear this Mother's grief, if they could see her tears; would they still fell the same about their blind support of the Denver Police Department. [The police protecting their KILLER COPS supporters from peace activists.]

President Obama concedes there is no mechanism for punishing rich rapists.

In light of the unsealed deposition where Bill Cosby admitted to procuring Quaaludes to facilitate raping young women, a reporter asked President Obama if the celebrity's Freedom Medal could be revoked. There is no mechanism to do so, was Obama's reply. Not one pundit asked if there wasn't a precedent to seek a remedy within the justice system or law enforcement or department of corrections. Not all Bill Cosby's assaults fall beyond the statute of limitation, if even that should apply to rape.

The Death Penalty

In May of 1960, I was place in the "Hole" for ten days, at that time they would feed you a bowl of spinach once a day. The "Hole" was in cell house three, which also housed death row. When the guard came to my cell, I refused the spinach. He told me that he bet I'd be eating it by the end of ten days. Directly on the tier above me was death row. One of the prisoners on death row (David F. Early) over-heard my conversation with the guard. At meal time, David would share his meals with me; he had a string made from his mattress and would lower part of his meal down to me. On Aug. 12th 1961, David was gassed in the gas chamber. For those who would cry out, that the death penalty is a deterrent, I would say: we've had a few hundred years of this "deterrent" and it doesn't seem to be working. My opposition to the death penalty does not come from the kindness or compassion that David showed to me, but rather from the fact that I believed we as a society were more cruel to put a person in a small concrete room and then day after day tell them we were going to kill them. It seemed to me then as it does now that our crime is far greater than theirs. It was also a lesson for me about kindness and compassion; it's possible to find even on death row.

Are escapees Richard Matt and David Sweat hardened criminals? Maybe, but they’re only dangerous if you’re a cop.

New York State authorities are warning the pubic that prison escapees David Sweat, 34, and Richard Matt, 48, are hardened criminals and extremely dangerous. However, they didn't kill anyone while making their escape from a maximum security prison, and unless you are Matt's former boss, who he killed, or a Sheriff's deputy who stood in their way, such as Sweat plead guilty to co-killing, there's no past record to suggest the pair mean you any harm. Having the police tell everyone "if you see something, say something" does make everyone the fugitives encounter a potential snitch. NY law enforcement should be held accountable for what the pair might be forced to do as a result. Freedom for prisoners. Abolish all prisons.   Now we need homeless vagabonds to head to New York state in pairs to assist the manhunt.

Deadliest motorcycle “gang” in Waco shoot-out was not Bandidos, Cossacks, Scimitars, or Vaqueros. It was police.

Was the Waco Shoot-out a gunfight between rival gangs or an ambush laid by law enforcement? Police are monopolizing the testimony but the evidence suggests a barroom brawl became a pretext to kill or arrest club officers, essentially grassroots organizers, now charged with "organized crime". Investigators can litter the crime scene with brass-knuckles, knives and wallet chains, but the shell casings are going to be police issue. Motorcycle headlights were on, indicating club members were trying to leave. Police claim that the brawlers redirected their fire toward officers, but did that happen while the bikers were trying to ride off? Because riding requires both hands. This gangland "shoot-out" was a St Valentine's Day Massacre executed by cops.   [5/20 Update: HA! The nine casualties died of gunshot wounds, sustained outside the restaurant. No shell casings were found around the bodies. Eight of the nine were Cossacks. The eighteen wounded are not expected to be charged. So much for the narrative that gangs were fighting each other, or that Bandidos were the aggressors.] It's described as being a gang shoot-out, but what happened in Waco is still shrouded in the fog of the official POV. Did motorcycle club members shoot at each other? They're unavailable for interviews, locked up on million dollar bonds. The Twin Peaks restaurant claims the shooting started outside. The only witnesses reaching reporters are the sergeant giving the press briefing and undercover cops purporting to describe the tensions between the "gangs". By my reading, informant provocateurs incited trouble by "rocking" patches which claimed the territory of "Texas" for the Cossacks Motorcycle Club. Something like three dozen undercover officers were monitoring the usually uneventful bi-monthly meeting of the Confederation of Clubs and Independents, in anticipation that the "Texas" patch would offend the Bandidos MC. They were able to respond within 45 seconds of the alleged altercation. What might have been an unremarkable barroom brawl, if even that was not contrived, turned into an ambush that killed nine and wounded eighteen. Zero officers were hit and I will bet every bullet was theirs. Let's say the melee happened as the police and media describe. Why the blackout on the club affiliations? Why are the 170 arrestees being detained on a million dollar bond each? Why aren't reporters challenging the police narrative? Witnesses assert that at least four of the dead were killed by police. How long before we learn how many undercover officers had fired their guns? The media is making much of the anticipation that fellow gang members are converging on Texas to avenge their comrades. I think the police know that it's themselves who are the targets of the bikers' vengeance. No doubt one can say the bikers were not boy scouts, but have you seen the photos? These "gangs" wore their colors, in this case patches, like boy scout badges. And everyone in uniform creased jeans and leather vests as tidy as bowling shirts. Did you see the mugshots? If you look past the long hair and tattoos you'll note

Corporate coup leaders foil TPP protest by faking Democrat defeat of fast-track

NOW WHAT? Years of agitating for the media to EXPOSE THE TPP, culminating in last week's call-your-senator call-your-senator call-your-senator full court press, yielded what looked like Congress finally standing up against the trade pact corporate coup. Activists were ecstatic to see Democrats in the Senate unite to block to the fast-tracking of the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership, only to learn a day later that Dem objections had been placated and TPP approval would follow. Not only had the conversation been diverted from "what's the TPP" to "what's fast-track", demonstrations converted to celebrations, and now a pubic response would be too confused and short-noticed. Give the corporations credit for being in full control of their media, their puppets, and what's left of the skeptics among their subjects.

Film critics toe corporate line to re-kill messenger Gary Webb, after Hollywood

AT BEST "KILL THE MESSENGER" portrays suspiciously deceased journalist Gary Webb as a heroic sleuth who refused to compromise his principles. At best, the film re-reports the enormous crime which Webb exposed in his series DARK ALLIANCE, that the CIA's support of the Nicaraguan CONTRAs in the 1980s involved facilitating the smuggling of drugs into the US, in such large quantities as to precipitate the crack cocaine epidemic, delivered to our major inner cities by the CIA. UNFORTUNATELY the film muddies the crack connection, as Webb's detractors did back then. Two deliberate plot omissions suggest this is probably not a coincidence. Conveniently the screenplay ends before the years when Gary Webb was able to elaborate on those links. By then he'd lost his audience. Unfortunately the film that might have given his life's work a main stage reprise chose not to go that far. Does it matter anymore? These days the CIA and its covert cohorts are understood to have authored a litany of unimaginable evils. So it's not too early to demonize the CIA. Evidently someone thinks the American public is not ready to be shown the racist stratagems of corportate class war. Exposing the genesis of the crack attack on African American ghettos is clearly a missed opportunity for a film in 2014. Given Ferguson. Given the rising awareness of our government's coordinated and premeditated containment and criminalization of dark-skinned populations. Let's remember that while the US was fighting Nicaraguan rebels, it was also at war with the Black Liberation Army. Funding and arming drug warlords was the same strategy Brazil used to administrate the favelas, via proxy gangs. One might say that LA's Bloods and Crips played domestic Contras set loose to destabilize community building efforts by militant Black Power. UNPARDONABLE however are the film's departures from the truth, which paint a curious fiction as if to indemnify the national press from its complicity with the intelligence community. Two lies will stand out to anyone who was there. (Did the filmmakers think their audience would be only millennials?) First, the San Jose Mercury News was hardly a "local news outlet" unfamiliar with handling national stories and unknown to the average reader. The Mercury News was an award winning paper which competed with metropolitan mastheads. I can't imagine its employees aren't indignant by the film's yokel characterization. The Los Angeles Times' vindictive campaign to defame Gary Webb was hardly driven by professional embarassment over a missed scoop. Second, the Contra-CIA drug smuggling link was suspected well before Gary Webb brought it to the mainstream. I remember during the Iran-Contra Hearings a decade earlier, the alternative media often lamented that the official investigation had been narrowed to exclude mention of the cocaine connection. These amendments might be excused for simplifying the plot except that they minimize the breadth of the corporate identity of Webb's censors. How very 90s of this narrative to pretend that Capitalist media outlets compete for news scoops like highschoolers at a science olympics. Newspapers and networks

It turns out the Pittsburgh Sophomore who stabbed classmates was an adult

Yes the crime was horific, highschoolers being stabbed from behind, their assailant without character enough to face his random victims, without motive, armed with such a weapon as any amateur can pick up in their parent's kitchen. Though signs migh point to medication or mental illness, the troubled 16-year-old is being charged as an adult, because schools have been failing Americans for generations before Alex Hribal.

Amanda Knox wishes Italy was like US where a black man in jail means whites go free

Amanda Knox is disappointed with the Italian judicial system. In America of course, if you can pin the crime on a black guy, white perpetrators go free. For the 2007 murder of Meredith Kerchner, African male Rudy Guede is serving 16 years, but Italian judges are convinced he was an accessory. And remember, first Knox tried to give them ANOTHER. Knox is appealing her slander conviction for falsely naming Patrick Lumumba, and now, instead of speaking appreciatively of her two year respite from prison after political pressure muddled an appeals court reversal, Knox says she "expected more". Not just that, she reminds us "this isn't going to bring Meredith Kercher back." Post-Zimmerman, post Troy Davis, post Goddamn Iraq War, torture and war crimes, it could easily be argued that any nation has better courts than the US. Italy's in fact convicted CIA agents who kidnapped an unconvicted suspect in Italy and rendered him for torture. In what other Western courts have today's most grotesque perps been brought to justice? Italy has called for the agents' extradiction but the US is not complying. Now American yahoos are cheering about resisting Knox's extradiction. Both Knox and the CIA gents have been convicted and sentenced. Meanwhile the US is insisting that Julian Assange comply with extradiction and he's not even charged with the crime. I don't care if Knox is extradited, or goes to prison. I'd rather no one did, she's probably learned her lesson. How likely is it she'll kill another roommate or follow another drunken murderous impulse. A psychotherapist ought to be able to assure us whether know is tapped out. Inequal justice isn't rectified by punishing one side more. What upsets me more is the pageant of Knox's contempt and dishonesty to which the media offers no critique. It's become the familiar meme of the 21st century, unblinking denial. There were psychopaths before George W. Bush, but I believe he pioneered the role as foil to modern media's knave. There is no honor, there is no accountability, and on TV it isn't even missing.

Fuck the Police, say it for those who can’t

If you're bleeding from a rollover accident and you're a black male who's prompted a white suburbanite to call the police, who arrive and shoot you; if you're a non-suicidale teen who's fallen from an overpass, broken your back, only to be tased a dozen times for non-compliance; or if you're a 107-year-old man in his bedroom tormented by mischievous tenants who connive to have you terminated by SWAT, you can't say "fuck the police". We can hope each of these victims had the chance to curse the officers before their demise. It's probably not unimaginable that these law enforcement overreactions might have been occasioned by the victims' expressed astonishment, no doubt profane, that one, police were called without cause, two, they responded anyway, and three, their reaction was to escalate. If you are breaking no law and police are obstructing your pursuit of happiness, disabuse them of their misconception of authority, or they will kill all of us.

Bored Oklahoma teen murder suspects not bored or under-educated enough to be considered teens

Bored Oklahoma teens who shot a random jogger in the back are being tried as adults not juveniles because "it was an adult crime"; though killing while bored seems a juvenile crime by definition. So does immediately confessing a motive, "we were bored," to the police, it would seem to me. But there's more. Despite the confessions, it was not immediately clear who pulled the trigger as the three teens trailed their victim, Australian college baseball player Christopher Lane, in their car, then sped away to find a next target. But that didn't stop Oklahoma police from charging just TWO of the boys with first degree murder, bail denied, with the third considered an accessory. I've provided the mug shots to give you a hint. For which 15 and 16 year-old do you think the state of Oklahoma is seeking the death penalty? (Spoiler: YES) And the older accessory --17 but white-- gets bail and will be tried as a juvenile.   Pundits deride African American leaders for not decrying the Lane murder like they did that of Trayvon Martin, presumably because the victim was white. But I'll ask where is the community outcry for young James Edwards and Chancy Luna, joy-killers they may be? Though I understand full well that other than the "doing it for fun" headlines, this event is unexceptional. Black children bear the brunt of law enforcement everyday, our prison system follows in the lynching tradition.

No! No War On Syria! Bad Dog of War! Bad Dog! Off my leg you ill-mannered Yankee cur!

The carnage in Syria should "shock our conscience" really? It's fraternity hazing compared to US collateral atrocities. And how simply grotesque for an American statesman to accuse anyone of "moral obscenity". Is the USG so sure another Maning or Snowden isn't going to unveil the real agents behind the "chemical attack" and the unidentified snipers firing on UN inspectors? And using Kosovo as a precedent for an air war to depose Bashar Assad, we've seen it before, and it was illegal then.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is no loser, his critics are louts

Apparently Edward Snowden is a good for nothing high school dropout, but he's a better man than you. Petty technocrats are splitting hairs to pretend that the NSA whistleblower broke the law while corporate mouthpieces are obfuscating that the public doesn't care about its privacy. But there's an easy legal precedent to judge whether Snowden's act was criminal. Was his leak worse than the crime he exposed? Of course ratting on the security apparatus is illegal, and the fact that the public doesn't know the extent to which their civil liberties are being violated is a clue the NSA is deeply in the wrong. The everyone upset about Edward Snowden are those exposed for their nefarious functions, those who don't condemn them, and more so, those who could have blown the whistle well before a 29 year old unemployable hero.

Police are pretty much thugs here, there, and everywhere

Mexico's and the USA's prison system is run by thugs!   Capitalism has long created and enforced a thug-like prison system. I have recently been told the experience of someone in this system and which thousands of people do too. I am also reading The Trial by Franz Kafka and  I was reminded of this experience. As I listened to this person in tears both of relief because he got out, but also because of complete fear for what happened to those not as lucky as him, I felt sorry for him because even if he was not put back in jail, he won't be able to become anything else because of capitalism's structure. And so here is his story and I hope that this will not be the fate of him, and that someday Mexico's thug-jails will be gone as will the criminality produced by poverty  in an alienating system like Capitalism. "I was at a party and two friends went to a store and stole some alcohol. They went back to the party and continued listening to loud music. The police showed up and  I tried to run. I would have gotten away but my brother was in the house and I couldn't  leave him. The police caught us and lined us up against a wall where they began to hit us. They hit the girl with the butt of their gun on her head and she fainted. They hit us on the shoulders, the head and the face and they kicked us and stepped on us. My brother yells as they hit him and I scream at them to let him go but they continue punching us on the face and then they put us in the car. My brother is sixteen and so he gets lucky and is only kept over night. I, however, was there for three months. My  friend was sent to Topo Chico where they tied  him up and hit him with wooden boards. They then soaked  him and connected  him to the light where he was electrocuted. They are tied up for three months where they lie in their own filth and some are shot in front of all the other prisoners. My friend owes the Zetas 20,000 Pesos and the police will continue to hit him until he pays the Zetas.   Sometimes when the police shoot someone that is tied up, they offer a prisoner to take the blame in return for 20 years in prison but without being tied up in their own filth and without the daily starvation and blows. Most of them are innocent but they get us on the street and they torture us to get money from us; which isn't much and sometimes their parents are forced to accept the cruelty of which is bestowed upon their kids. Sometimes it's 4,000, sometimes it's 30,000 but if you don't give them money, they torture you. They get us to confess by putting us on a board and then a towel on

Do you care about two white people in post colonial South Africa? Me either

Could this ugly crime matter less? Except that the media is exploiting the story to deny domestic violence (The Blade Runner couldn't have meant to kill his model girlfriend, she was so beautiful). And except now that it looks like the Oscar Pistorius case is taking a JonBenet Ramsey turn. A celebrity shoots his girlfriend through a locked bathroom door, and suddenly detectives are reported to be botching the case, misidentifying evidence and contaminating the crime scene. This is big league defense where the moneyed class walks even as one of their own dies, justice usually failing a woman. Why should a crime of passion ruin a second affluent life?

Rogue vigilante Chris Dorner burned at the stake by angry hooded white men

Tuning in to developments with fugitive cop-killer Chris Dorner in Big Bear on Tuesday, I half expected a televised denouement like Fahrenheit 451, where impatient viewers were given a contrived final scene, fitting the short arc of the average attention span for corporate media fodder. As I recall, that renegade fireman watched his pursuers stage his capture/demise, because authorities favored truncating a felon-on-the-lam narrative lest it generate a deviant hopeful following; it didn't matter if the criminal really escaped. Could Ray Bradbury have envisioned the expectations which reality TV has created to satiate real blood lust? No doubt Bradbury foresaw the ferocity with which a vengeful police state would immolate their one-man insurgent, with a compliant media averting their cameras so American viewers didn't witness another Waco. Americans should be attuned to these out of sight infernos, all our wars for example. Except that we know Dorner was set aflame with an paramilitary incendiary device dubbed "the burner", this is what our extrajudicial executions look like via drones. Only last week news junkies were treated to the legal argument which the USG made to justify killing untried suspects, even US citizens. A if international law differentiated among infidels. One man's infidel may be another's exemplar, but he's every government's infidel. So Chris Dorner had snapped. His manifesto, rambling only as much as those were his parting words, Dorner a Falling Down avenger who knew there would be no Hollywood ending. But Dorner had bought into the Rambo Army-of-One mythology. No disrespect intended toward Dorner's feat, but elite military training proved more of a dud than a fighting machine, did it? What a laugh that American forces deign to train Afghan recruits. Any one mujahideen is likely the equivalent of a high-capacity magazine clip of US special forces in their underwear. But it's likely authorities will never reveal Dorner's actual superhuman achievement. He knew what he was up against, and now so do we. The crooked police machine has proven to be worse than Dorner's complaints. Perhaps that was meant to be the audience takeaway. We didn't get to see Chris Dorner burn at the stake, but we sure as hell felt the heat.

Lance Armstrong setback for Team America, retroactive, so totally unfair

You can see why Lance Armstrong fans are upset. Even President Obama is satisfied not to look back, why should the sports-doping authority? Lance Armstrong beat their drug tests fair and square, what right have they to retest his blood and urine samples, based on the probable cause of mounting witness testimonies, and now that superior tests can detect his workarounds? IF Team America ever cheated, it was fair and square. All our ducks in a row. If US proof of Saddam Hussein's Weapons of Mass Destruction turned out to be fabricated, it was fabricated to the standards required by veracity tests of the time. No fair revisiting spilt lives. If Barack Obama took the USADA's lead, he could rid American politics of all the Neocon cheats who still dominate the airwaves today. If Obama wanted to get lying, cheating, or taking unfair advantage out of the system. But breaking the rules, international law for example, the disproportionate use of force being a cherished national specialty, is the American Way.

One man’s war hero is another’s snitch. Iraqi informant Jasim Mohammed Ramadon is also an American rapist.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- Haha. Iraqi "war hero" Jasim Mohammed "Steve-O" Ramadon was granted asylum in the US after snitching on his countrymen, his tribe, and own father, as a youth informer for the US Army. An American soldier brought Ramadon back to Ft. Carson and praised him as a war hero in his memoir. Now Ramadan has been getting himself into trouble for drunk driving and beating women. Recently, he and four other Iraqi expats were arrested for the violent sexual assault of a neighbor, probably the everyday rape M.O. of American soldiers in occupied lands. I'm laughing because while Ramadon betrayed his dad, beat his girlfriend, and now faces charges of rape, local teabag Red White & Blue guy Jim Cross stepped forward as character witness for Ramadon, saying "his heart is in the right place." Does being a conservative jingoist mean you have to hit every sour note?   I was reminded of Cross today because our City Hall fracking protest was interrupted by the stereotypical blimp-neck sticking his smartphone in our faces with lame gotcha questions, beginning with the usual insincere "So what's this about?" Today's idiot was no brighter than Cross, and thought he'd caught us up because we protested oil drilling yet drove there burning fossil fuels. These guys are almost worth having cameras turned on them, so dopey are their leading questions and smug oversimplifications. This one seemed too dumb to actually be of interest, but it turns out we could have unmasked a local media bully. I learned only later that our camera-wielding heckler was the Gazette's editorialist Wayne Laugesen. So now I've confirmed my suspicion that Mr. Laugesen's relentlessly backward editorials must be cribbed verbatim from right-wing PR mills. For all their nauseating inanity, the editorials are too consistent with the corporate talking points to emit from the moron we saw today. Of course, one man's idiot is a ditto-head's intellectual. Laugesen trailed us as we walked to lunch, but filmed it like we were running away from his lard ass.

Crime versus American Football – Where in the Hell are the police?

Oh American pro football! What warlock/ warlike glory! Gotta root for the home team we all do! But what if it degenerates down into criminal activity, where would the police be? Well now we have the answer.... They will be totally ABSENT from the scene of the crime, although they seem to have hundreds of millions to fight the Free Speech Rights of participants in Occupy Wall Street and all its local spinoffs. Here we have the case of New Orleans, and its police... NFL suspends New Orleans Saints coaches, GM for 'bounties' on opponents Notice what's missing from this piece of reporting? Why it's the lack of any action taken by the New Orleans police! Here we have the NFL taking action but we see no action taken by the police. Why is that? Engaging in a criminal conspiracy that organizes group activities by people all trying to severely injure and maybe even kill other people is a crime, New Orleans police. It's a crime, Barack Obama Administration and FBI. The participants in this type of CRIME if found guilty by a jury, should receive many years in prison, but that can't happen if the police and government simply sit back and do nothing. So where in the Hell are the police? The fact that this criminal activity occurred during 'football season' is no reason for the police to not bring criminal charges against the authors of this criminal conspiracy! This incident from American pro football illustrates the depths of degeneracy that American society has allowed itself to be pulled down into. It shows us all that it is way past time to start demanding real policing and not just an American military and police State. It's time that Americans demand that it's police POLICE, and not merely harass the poor and those trying to voice opposition to Big Business and Big Business dictatorship in America. It's time that Americans begin to demand that the military also defend the country, and not just occupy foreign countries while committing multiple war crimes and crimes against humanity. It is way past time to begin to do what we must begin to do!

Real estate is not for you

Here's how real estate works, though not for you or me, or the millions of Americans losing their homes to foreclosure. The Gazette recorded real estate developer Lars Akerberg, reacting to the foreclosure of the Chidlaw Building which he bought in 1993 for $2 million. "It kind of hurts in a way." Lars is actually defaulting on a 2006 loan for $14 million, only $1 million of it repaid. The article doesn't mention how much of that went into the building, to whom it was paid, or the property's current value, so Akerberg can probably say "It's a little bit emotional, but what can you do?" because he's losing $2 million but gets to keep an undisclosed part of the $13m. The Gazette article is a lesson in real estate, banking, and how the media obscures the swindles. Akerberg adds the salt, I think talking to you and me: "But that's the way things are. You can't help it."

It’s not a recession, it’s a robbery.

This image gets my vote for the KILLER APP of internet memes to explain what the "economic crisis" and its global banking "austerity measures" are really about: pure greed. All the rich have ever wanted is everything. Damn the middle class, the working class and the poor. Economists are part of their getaway illusionist crew, if you want to understand Milton Friedman and the banking economy, call CSI.

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