1. Once again, nobody had to confess.
2. Once again the criminals won’t pay for their crimes – you will.
3. Criminals who aren’t punished commit more crimes.
4. Bank CEOs keep getting rich while misdeeds happen on their watch – and are still treated like respectable people.
5. Citigroup was “conceived in sin” by government officials – some of whom got very rich there afterwards.
Archive for 2011/10/21
Five Reasons to Be Outraged – Neither the President nor his party will be able to tap the public’s outrage with words alonePosted: 2011/10/21 in Education / Awareness
1. Once again, nobody had to confess.
Researchers from the University of Zurich, having analyzed the information about the world’s biggest companies, came to the conclusion that 40 per cent of the global economy is under the control of a few corporations, which supervise not only the financial flows but also the world politicsPosted: 2011/10/21 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
With the help of mathematical analysis Swiss scientists have proved that transnational holdings are the world’s rulers. In order to present the proofs in favour of the above-mentioned, the researchers have processed the information about 37 million firms around the world in a bid to find out who has what. The results were surprising enough: 147 companies which account for 40 per cent of the world economy make up its backbone. There’s also a separate list, including 10 financial institutions, which, as the scientists believe, are part of the previously mentioned “world super-corporation”. Thus, we can say that a plot aimed at the seizure of the world riches has been revealed.
The top 10 agencies include the well-known banks – such as Barclays, Merrill, Lynch, JP Morgan Chase, and UBS. There’re little-known names on that list too – for example, Capital Group Companies, FMR Corporation, AXA, and State Street Corporation, which are known only in the narrow investment-banking circles. At the same time, Managing Director of the Company AG Capital Alexander Agibalov warns against exaggeration. He acknowledges though that today the financiers are actually the world’s main lobbyists.
We’re living in a time in the United States when the consensus about reality is so fractured, even among the people who are supposed to know what’s going on, that we cannot construct a coherent story about what’s happening to us and what we’re going to do about itPosted: 2011/10/21 in Education / Awareness
So, to expect the young people to be able to construct a coherent narrative when nobody else in the culture is capable of doing that is, I think, a little unfair
Flashback. President Obama: If I don’t have this done in 3 years, then there’s gonna be a one term propositionPosted: 2011/10/21 in Education / Awareness
Boat was originally exposed by security experts on Sky News, while The INQUIRER exclusively revealed the first pictures of the mysterious hacker woman who is famed for her monocle, top hat and false moustache.
Boat’s husband, Luke Sec, who was exposed by the prosecutor of the hacker known as Topiary, was also in attendance, though he refused to comment beyond saying that he was mainly there to support his wife. Both Boat and Sec disappeared almost as quickly as they appeared, vanishing into the night and a sea of anonymous faces.
About 300 religious congregations and spiritual leaders have signed a statement supporting the values of Occupy Wall Street activists, a New York church saidPosted: 2011/10/21 in Education / Awareness
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today that the city is going to take a hard line with demonstrators making camp in Lower Manhattan after going easy on the throngs for weeksPosted: 2011/10/21 in Education / Awareness
Thomas Hoenig, a former Federal Reserve bank president, will be nominated by President Obama to become vice chairman at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the federal agency that insures banks and closes them when they failPosted: 2011/10/21 in Education / Awareness
Andrew Auernheimer ( a.k.a. Weev), one of the most martyred heroes of the hacker community, showed up at Occupy Wall Street earlier this week (video)Posted: 2011/10/21 in Education / Awareness
Isaacson said that Jobs downplayed the severity of his illness, even receiving cancer treatment in secret but eventually came to regret his decision to delay the surgeryPosted: 2011/10/21 in Education / Awareness
Several reports of the event (here, here and here) noted from Ofcom that a number of key issues still need to be resolved. Problems surround everything from the definition of an ISP and subscriber to which ISPs will be subject to the code. In particular Ofcom pointed to the difficulty in ensuring a good standard of evidence.
Meanwhile Rights Holders took the oppertunity to criticise both BT and TalkTalk for their continued efforts to delay the DEAct through a shaky Judicial Review process, which was recently put back on the table after a successful appeal (here).
At this point Richard Mollet, CEO of the Publishers Association (Rights Holder), weighed in to praise BSkyB ( Sky Broadband ) and Virgin Media for not obstructing the DEA, helping to develop legal alternatives and “looking at ways in which we can develop voluntary solutions on things like site blocking“.
The European Parliament’s (EP) committee for Industry, Transport, Research and Energy (ITRE) has “unanimously adopted” a new amendment that seeks to nudge the European Commission (EC) into accepting a tougher stance on the protection of Net Neutrality (i.e. the principal of treating all internet traffic as equal).
NYPD Finally Admit That Police Broke The Rules With Pepper Spraying; May Slap Anthony Bologna On The WristPosted: 2011/10/21 in Education / Awareness
The Connection Between Wikileaks Censorship And PROTECT IP: Censorship Through Cutting Off Service ProvidersPosted: 2011/10/21 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Public Policy
As promised here is the entire user database of the 1589 users active on Lolita City, an darknet trading site for pedosPosted: 2011/10/21 in Education / Awareness
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