Archive for March, 2010

Always a nice surprise when someone writes a nice article about you, and you have nothing to do with it other than providing the material through your actions. John Baldoni, leadership guru has done this for me again. I opened my email on Monday, and there the article was about Mavericks.


How to Buck the System the Right Way BY FC Expert Blogger John BaldoniTue Mar 16, 2010 This blog is written by a member of our expert blogging community and expresses that expert’s views alone.


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Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-Winning Economist, Says Federal Reserve System ‘Corrupt’
One of the world’s leading economists said Wednesday that the very structure of the Federal Reserve system is so fraught with conflicts that it’s “corrupt.”


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The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review is so oblivious of the problems in our defenses, and the entire QDR process is so broken, nay corrupted, that it is time to put the quadrennial QDR charade out of its misery.  That is the inevitable conclusion from reading an outstanding analysis of the latest iteration of this phony and quite banal drill.  It is written by my friend and mentor Chuck Spinney for the March 3 issue of CounterPunch.  It is below.

March 3, 2010

The MICC Moves to Hose the Taxpayer One More Time

Eisenhower’s Nightmare Arrives



In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

Dwight D. Eisenhower,
President of the United States
Farewell Address, 17 January 1961

A s I indicated in CounterPunch on 3 February 2010, the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) just released by the Obama Pentagon is a bad joke. That bad joke is about to be given the good housekeeping seal of approval by a special panel appointed jointly by the Secretary of Defense and the defense barons of the Armed Services committees in Congress. When this happens, rest assured, any desire to get control of the out-of-control defense budget will plunge far below its already low level. Chalk up another victory in the Military – Industrial – Congressional Complex’s (MICC’s) war on the Constitution, the American taxpayer, and programs like Social Security and Medicare, which are hallmarks of civilized society.


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