Posts Tagged ‘profiteering’

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Despicable den of snakes getting much-needed attention. This is the same rag that employs terrorist-lover Michael Weiss, who probably should be investigated for propaganda aid to Al Qaeda.

Perhaps it’s right in the title: 666…

The Daily Beast EXPOSED itself, not Tulsi Gabbard

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Why does Trump get away with corruption? Because Bill and Hillary Clinton normalized it

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501 Days in Swampland

More than at any time in history, the president of the United States is actively using the power and prestige of his office to line his own pockets: landing loans for his businesses, steering wealthy buyers to his condos, securing cheap foreign labor for his resorts, preserving federal subsidies for his housing projects, easing regulations on his golf courses, licensing his name to overseas projects, even peddling coffee mugs and shot glasses bearing the presidential seal. For Trump, whose business revolves around the marketability of his name, there has proved to be no public policy too big, and no private opportunity too crass, to exploit for personal profit.

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Why doesn’t the federal government ensure reasonable prices for drugs developed with public funds?

 

The U.S. invests more than $32 billion each year in drug and biomedical research. This major public investment in drug research empowers the government to make drugs affordable under the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980. But, even when drug companies price critical drugs at staggeringly high prices, the government has never used this authority. Why doesn’t the federal government ensure reasonable prices for drugs developed with public fundsan appropriate return on the public’s investment?

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David Swanson reviews the new expose by James Risen, who is being persecuted by CIA and Obama for telling the truth.

The root of the problem, as Risen sees it, is that the military and the homeland security complex have been given more money than they can reasonably figure out what to do with. So, they unreasonably figure out what to do with it. This is compounded, Risen writes, by fear so extreme that people don’t want to say no to anything that might possibly work even in their wildest dreams — or what Dick Cheney called the obligation to invest in anything with a 1% chance. Risen told Democracy Now that military spending reminded him of the Wall Street banks. In his book he argues that the big war profiteers have been deemed too big to fail.

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In a time of visual barrages and hyper kinetic filmmaking, Abe Lincoln swinging an axe at vampires and thirteen year old girls kicking the Mafia’s ass, we should expect this film.

The good news is that it’s a funny, quick witted romp that never takes itself too seriously.  Even more lighthearted than the first Downey/Holmes iteration, the relationship between Watson and Holmes is played even more torturous yet inevitable.

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But the reason I wished to bring it up is the plot.  Moriarty is the right bad guy.  An academic (Kissinger?  Neocons?) he’s in it for the war profiteering. Cornering the market on industrialized armament production, he just needs a tipping point to set Europe off on a worldwide war.  This includes false flag bombings, using anarchist groups as dupes, assassinations and exploiting the situation to build a war supply empire.  Not much has changed since the 1890s it turns out.

For that reason, I find the film as a whole compelling and worthy.  Perhaps not a 4 star effort, but 3 anyway.  With decent helpings of humor and witty banter, I could go 3 point something.  Plus there’s not much else worth watching at the Redbox lately; it’s a bit of a post-industrial wasteland in there.