Daily Archives: October 9, 2013


Taking on Capitalism, U.S. Torture & Dictatorships, Costa-Gavras on Decades of Political Filmmaking

Democracy Now has an extended interview Taking on Capitalism, U.S. Torture & Dictatorships, Costa-Gavras on Decades of Political Filmmaking.


As a big fan of his movies Z and Missing, I couldn’t resist seeing what he is up to now. His latest film, Capital, looks to be a film worth seeing.(If nothing else, the scenery is very interesting.) (If Sharon were looking over my shoulder right now, she would say “I knew you would say that.”)


Six of One – Obamacare vs. The Affordable Care Act

Jimmy Kimmel did a Person On The Street segment – Six of One – Obamacare vs. The Affordable Care Act.


I think Obama should compromise. Agree to postpone Obamacare and let’s first see if the Affordable Care Act works. If it does, than we can forgo Obamacare altogether.

No, seriously. If this is what people want, then just give it to them.

Thanks to RichardH for bringing this scientific poll to my attention.


Exposed: California’s Secret Plan to Gut Public Pensions

The Real News Network has the video and transcript Exposed: California’s Secret Plan to Gut Public Pensions.  From the transcript with a “you know” filter applied:

A bunch of plutocrats have gotten together and decided that it’s a good time to swindle the American people yet again. And this time they’re going after public pensions. They are waging war on people whose only crime is to get up in the morning and go to work and serve their communities. It’s an audacious and cynical attack on people who have no responsibility for the state budget shortfalls that some of these groups are screaming about.

You will have to do research yourself to find out what is actually in the swindle.  Taking the video at its word, we have to realize that it is not only government “entitlements” like social security that these people are after.

Just think that since the 401k and IRA were introduced, the private pension has all but disappeared.  Even worse than that, the 401k has been turned into a corporate profit center because the company gives the contract to manage your 401K to a management company.  And by “gives” I don’t mean for free.

Since the top 1% of the country has most of the income and assets, you wonder what there is left to squeeze out of the bottom 99%.  I guess they make it up in volume.  Then again, the top 0.5% can start taking  from the next 0.5%.  Does this increasing concentration of wealth at the top have a happy outcome for the rest of us?  What do you think?