Saturday, October 31, 2009

Hahahahaha... Senior SEC Investigator dresses in TV Fed drag!

There's a hilarious (if ever so pathetic) mention in a Wall Street Journal article about Bernie Madoff and all the times he was investigated by the SEC, and their numerous failures to turn up any bad behavior.
One of those failures occurred during a 2006 examination when senior compliance examiner William Ostrow and another examiner visited the Madoff office over a period of two months... Mr. Ostrow in particular got on Mr. Madoff's nerves...
"Madoff indicated that Ostrow was an 'obnoxious guy' and noted that Mr. Ostrow wore an SEC jacket with the word 'enforcement' emblazoned across the back," the account of the interview says. "Madoff … stated that this jacket 'caused an uproar' " in the office.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Food labelling initiative quietly dropped

Smart Choices, an initiative taken by several food conglomerates right at the end of the Bush/Cheney dynasty to "help consumers make healthy choices" at the supermarket, has been quietly dropped just as the first products (Fruit Loops? Now there's a healthy choice!) arrived on store shelves. The big green check mark was supposed to inform consumers overwhelmed by the huge selection of fat-, sugar-, and chemicals- laced food products exactly which of those products wouldn't kill them or their families, or would at least kill them slower.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Stunningly stupid editorial

The once venerable Washington Post has published a snarky anti-marijuana opinion piece that just reeks of the kind of muddled thinking that has proven to be a gateway to fascism and fundamentalism and other acute mental illnesses on the part of misinformed conservatives. So sad. The Washington Post used to be a reliable source of information and clear thinking.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Arrogant British firm busted, may be tried in the Netherlands

The large and breathtakingly arrogant British oil trading firm called Trafigura (you know, oil trading, the industry who jacks the price of heating oil in the winter and gasoline in the summer and brought us all $150/barrel oil last year, those nice guys-- think Enron, Jr.) in the last couple of days had to stop threatening libel lawsuits against the media and announce they'd agreed to pay out $100 million pounds to settle injury suits brought by over 30,000 people of Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast in Africa, where the company had arranged to dispose of thousands of gallons of sludge so toxic it's against Dutch law to remove it from the European Union (the Dutch are working on filing criminal charges now).

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Foxnews posts stupid, ludicrous, and paranoid pap

Once again Foxnews has posted a story that is paranoid drivel for who-knows-what purpose--the only use I can see for posting this kind of diarrhea is to keep Americans ignorant and scared. Are people actually afraid that bands of Somali nationalists are planning to come to the US to open a new front in their worldwide war against democracy and Christian values and yo mama?