…en garde! too late, you lazy greeks…

…with a pliant media, the culprit transforms the victim into a horrid, despicable criminal…

As leading economists such as Paul Krugman, Simon Wren-Lewis, James K Galbraith, and Joe Stiglitz revisit the Greek austerity crisis, its Great Depression, from varying perspectives to attract and educate a wider readership, others have also joined the fray, and with a focus also on the personal and political motives of the individual players involved.

Whereas the expectation of the layperson is that the professional would dispense duties based on specific terms of reference, the reality may be somewhat different, indeed very different. The Greek crisis is a case in point. Motives of participants from the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Union, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) can often not coincide with their respective, specific duties and responsibilities. In case of the IMF, Michael Hudson weaves into his analysis alarming details, Why No Means Yes. Read the rest of this entry »

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…corporate enrichment for inaction? all hail the conquering us hero…

…anybody remembers lanny breuer? qed…

It was patently obvious. Yet, most elsewhere would know what most in the US chose to ignore. US democracy is a fiction, a fraud perpetrated on a distracted population. Prof William Black had constantly highlighted the signal failures of the Obama administration to hold financial transgressors to account, to prosecute them. Aside stacking regulatory and enforcement agencies with industry representatives, the US administration would function to promote and serve the interests of corporate and financial interests at the expense of the voters, the populace.

Thanks to the blogs and alternative media, the information is there for even the slightly curious. The news that comes holds little surprise. Thanks to The Intercept, we learn, Eric Holder Returns as Hero to Law Firm That Lobbies for Big Banks. And more, as confirmation of expectation than surprise,  Read the rest of this entry »


…as we await the sunset, a new beginning for a rich culture?…

…a dance – as we wait, and even after?…


…comrades, remember thermopylae!…

…history restores national pride and dignity – against neoliberalism…

Something of a long and inspiring read. Rigorous analysis and, well, forceful language.

From this analysis, we can, unlike the US John McCain and his ‘We are all Georgians’ nonsense, declare, ‘We are all Greeks!’ The diatribe against the forces of economic enslavement demands forceful language, and the writer, Steve Randy Waldmann, does not disappoint, not at all, with, Greece. A sampler, Read the rest of this entry »


…a mug of the brew, and some toes for tapping…

…silence is golden, until broken by golden sounds…


…4th july of the us! holy guacamole!…

…as the atmosphere is shattered by the patriotic speeches and the barbecues and the fireworks…

Amy Goodman with her Democracy Now! revisits, with some detail, the celebration of the US Independence Day – pretensions and reality, “What to the Slave is 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech.

…To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes that would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour.

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