…the congress, not of the us, of football – fifa…

…as the corporate us msm, with the obviousness of the name, football, insists pretzel-ianly on soccer….

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). So, the US DoJ has found the time from its hectic schedule to indict a bunch of officials in Zurich, Switzerland, for stuff like racketeering, conspiracy and corruption. And these are FIFA officials, most of whom reside in other independent countries. The sums? Some US$150m, and a decades long business, an ‘open’ secret.

Yes, but those sums, multiples upon multiples of US$150m, involved in LIBOR rigging, laundering drug money, and similar not so minor transgressions by officials of financial institutions who make US campaign contributions? And those charges laid against which officials, when, where? Curious business, corporate democracy. What next, the US DoJ confiscates FIFA and its funds? Read the rest of this entry »

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…poverty, alms for arms, ‘free trade’? and other tithings of great joy…

…some poor we never will have with us…

So many of the inner cities, and elsewhere, of the US feel they are exceptional in their poverty and hopeless existence. Little do they know how others around them are suffering – such is the elitist exceptionalism of poverty.

Beyond the borders of the US, this has long been known, so no announcement was necessary. But we still let The Guardian reinforce that observation, Hillary Clinton memoir: we ‘were broke’ after presidency. Maestro, Please. Plaintive notes from the violin,  Read the rest of this entry »


…’free’ trade, ‘the defining issue of our time’?…  

…surely, this is no ‘pivot’?…

The perils abound. Only ‘look forward’ the US President had so grandly exhorted then as he failed to act on such wanton slaughter, destruction and torture; and increasing inequality and festering unemployment domestically. Unfortunately, there has to be some context, especially where a justice is being denied; and lives and livelihoods in peril; and reputation and credibility of policy-makers, even if not prospective rewards, in jeopardy.

Those who wisely choose to ignore that counsel to only ‘look forward’ can remember the Pope’s comments on inequality, and the US President’s immediately seizing upon them, and his sudden, albeit momentary and very politic, ‘pivot’ to inequality on which he pronounced with such stentorian gravity.

From WaPo would come, Inequality is ‘the defining issue of our time’

The LA Times would confidently report, Obama takes populist economic message to the heartland. With the impressive (violins?), Read the rest of this entry »