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Jail Wall Street Crooks! April 4, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Sustainable Living.
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Wikipedia ~ Wall St. (in Public Domain)

Greedy bankers are running amok on Wall Street and running this country (and the global economy) into the ground.

Dishonest financiers, who took home multi-million dollar salaries and bonuses for ripping off the American people, put  politicians in office.

Politicians pay them back by granting them key political appointments ~ effectively  putting sly foxes in charge of regulating and overseeing our investments in chicken coops and hen houses.

For a sobering and disturbing look at the dishonesty and greed that led to the 2008 global recession, watch Inside Job:

From filmmaker Charles Ferguson comes this sobering, Oscar-winning documentary that presents in comprehensive yet cogent detail the pervasive and deep-rooted corruption that led to the global economic meltdown of 2008.

Through unflinching interviews with key financial insiders, politicos, journalists and academics, Ferguson paints a galling portrait of an unfettered financial system run amok ~ without accountability.

Actor Matt Damon narrates.

Watching the film amply illustrates that both parties, Republicans and Democrats, have facilitated the take-over of government by investment bankers.

To date, those responsible for the collapse of the sub-prime mortgages have not been prosecuted for fraud.  Instead, Obama put them in charge of the Federal Reserve and appointed them as his financial advisors.

While answering many questions, the film leaves unanswered one of the most pressing:

* What do we do now?

Answer:  Take back our democracy from the corporations.

 Here’s how:

(1) Call your state’s Attorney General and tell him or her to stand up to the Big Banks.

Here’s why:

The Obama administration and federal banking regulators are pushing state attorneys general to accept a settlement with the major mortgage firms that would impose no criminal penalties for breaking the law.

If we let that happen, we send the message to giant financial firms that it’s okay to rip off millions of people and make obscene amounts of money doing so. Civil penalties will simply be part of the cost doing business, the law be damned.

To find the phone number for your state’s AG office:  Make The Call!

(2) Visit The Story of Citizens United vs. FEC.

OMPM: Overkill April 4, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, People.
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Happiness surfaces of its own accord when we are fully in the moment engaged in simple pleasures.

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That’s why I smile at the folly of spending vast sums of money and time to create magical memories which will grow dusty in short order requiring a new outlay of capital.

Let’s take Senior Proms, for example.

Instead of hosting a Come-As-You-Are Party with great music playing, and laughter flowing, teens become obsessive about excess:

Tickets ~ Tux ~ Gown ~ Shoes (dyed to match, natch) ~ Alterations ~ Handbag  ~ Haircut  ~ Stylish Updo ~ Manicure ~ Pedicure ~ Make Up ~  Limo ~ Driver ~ Dinner ~ Corsage . . .

For what?

A few hours of playing grown up?

No rules.  Just write!

What say you?  Do you think that spending this much time, energy, and money on one night makes sense?

Or is it Overkill?

Related posts:  One Mistake People Make * Narcissistic Consumerism is NOT Green * The Past . . . Take Charge *  I Need A Thneed * Living Green = Green LivingYou Better Stop Shopping Around *  Those Alluring Lures * Annie Leonard & The Story of Stuff  * Between The Wish & The Thing