In which a Hollywood star actually says that his salary is "ridiculous by any normal standard" and that "No one should feel sorry for any of us."
While Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) law dismantling collective bargaining rights has harmed teachers, nurses, and other civil servants, it’s helping a different group in Wisconsinites — inmates. Prisoners are now taking up jobs that used to be held by unionized workers in some parts of the state.
We make up indefensible laws to incarcerate citizens (for video taping police officers, sending their children to good schools or smoking marijuana), then enslave those citizens for cheap labor. It’s very similar to indentured servitude, but without consent (and thus less morally defensible). Will we continue to allow the upper class to make serfs out of us?
AT LEAST THE STOCK PRICE LOOKS GOOD!!!11
You want to know what causes a recession? A middle class that doesn’t have enough money to put back in.
Capitalism is not self healing future tech. It seems to be more of sadomasochist.
Governor ANDREW CUOMO, reacting to the news that a town clerk in upstate New York had resigned rather than issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Good riddance, Laura Fotusky.
Although I agree with the spirit of the quote, with the amount of laws we have ‘in the books’ there is no way we enforce all of them. So to some degree we do pick and choose what laws to enforce, don’t we?
Also, I really get a kick out of religious folk who don’t see the pattern where society decides a tradition or law or taboo isn’t worth keeping around, they find a few holy verses to back up their awful idea, and then everyone in the future thinks they’re a crazy asshole.
Heliocentrism, crusades, inquisitions, women as property, slavery, abortion, gay marriage…
Religion is the worst. Rational thought and intellectual discourse on the other hand, is pretty fucking suweet.
Bank of America announced plans on Wednesday to set aside $14 billion to pay investors who bought securities it assembled from mortgages that later soured, an agreement that the company expected would lead to a second-quarter loss of $8.6 billion to $9.1 billion.
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The whopping charge represents the banking industry’s biggest single settlement tied to the subprime mortgage boom and the subsequent financial crisis of 2008.
Of the $14 billion, $8.5 billion will go to help settle claims by a group of heavyweight holders of the securities, including Pimco, BlackRock and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, that have been pressing for a settlement since last fall.
The losses stem largely from mortgages underwritten by Countrywide Financial, the subprime mortgage lender that Bank of America bought in 2008.
The deal will also require Bank of America to improve its payment collection process by hiring specialists to focus on high-risk loans and to do a better job of tracking whether the bank is adhering to its own internal loan-servicing standards.
Sure, it’s a $14 billion hit. But ever get the feeling BoA is like that de-appendaged knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, with his arms cut off and boldly stating “‘Tis but a flesh wound!”?
American resident (and future American president) Barack Obama, age 6, with his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, in Hawaii — where Barack was born; she is the subject of a New York Times Magazine profile:
To describe Dunham as a white woman from Kansas turns out to be about as illuminating as describing her son as a politician who likes golf. Intentionally or not, the label obscures an extraordinary story — of a girl with a boy’s name who grew up in the years before the women’s movement, the pill and the antiwar movement; who married an African at a time when nearly two dozen states still had laws against interracial marriage; who, at 24, moved to Jakarta with her son in the waning days of an anticommunist bloodbath in which hundreds of thousands of Indonesians were slaughtered; who lived more than half her adult life in a place barely known to most Americans, in the country with the largest Muslim population in the world; who spent years working in villages where a lone Western woman was a rarity; who immersed herself in the study of blacksmithing, a craft long practiced exclusively by men; who, as a working and mostly single mother, brought up two biracial children; who believed her son in particular had the potential to be great; who raised him to be, as he has put it jokingly, a combination of Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and Harry Belafonte; and then died at 52, never knowing who or what he would become.
(Photo via friends and family of Stanley Ann Dunham / The New York Times)
Pete King stated that “not one terror-related case in the last two years involved neo-Nazis” literally one day after a neo-Nazi tried to bomb a Martin Luther King, Jr. day celebration. Meanwhile (in the real world), investigators are learning that less and less terrorism is related to Islamic extremists:
The FBI has reported that roughly two-thirds of terrorism in the United States was conducted by non-Islamic American extremists from 1980 to 2001; and from 2002 to 2005, it went up to 95 percent.
Imagine that you’ve arrived at the local multiplex for a weekend flick. Popcorn in hand, you settle in to watch Matt Damon star in a new thriller as a young American soldier imprisoned by the government for blowing the whistle on crimes witnessed while serving in a foreign country.
Last night, PFC Manning was inexplicably stripped of all clothing by the Quantico Brig. He remained in his cell, naked, for the next seven hours. At 5:00 a.m., the Brig sounded the wake-up call for the detainees. At this point, PFC Manning was forced to stand naked at the front of his cell.
The Duty Brig Supervisor (DBS) arrived shortly after 5:00 a.m. When he arrived, PFC Manning was called to attention. The DBS walked through the facility to conduct his detainee count. Afterwards, PFC Manning was told to sit on his bed. About ten minutes later, a guard came to his cell to return his clothing.
This type of degrading treatment is inexcusable and without justification. It is an embarrassment to our military justice system and should not be tolerated. PFC Manning has been told that the same thing will happen to him again tonight. No other detainee at the Brig is forced to endure this type of isolation and humiliation.
This is just despicable and it gets continually worse. How far can they push a person before they break?