March 13th, 2010

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Ponzi Nation

Yes: ponzi crime, ponzi economy, ponzi politicians, ponzi executives, ponzi society.  It all ends the same way.

Ponzi Nation: How Get-Rich-Quick Crime Came to Define an Era
Andy Kroll, TomDispatch.com: "Every great American boom and bust makes and breaks its share of crooks. The past decade - call it the Ponzi Era - has been no different, except for the gargantuan scale of white-collar crime. A vast wave of financial fraud swelled in the first years of the new century. Then, in 2008, with the subprime mortgage collapse, it crashed on the shore as a full-scale global economic meltdown. As that wave receded, it left hundreds of Ponzi and pyramid schemes, as well as other get-rich-quick rackets that helped fuel our recent economic frenzy, flopping on the beach."
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Visions of the Dragon's Hoard

One of my writer-friends, John Ottinger, runs a series of posts called "Inside the Blogosphere," for which he requests input from various people.  The latest thing he asked us was about our book organization.  I thought it would be fun to expand my reply here, including more snapshots.  I took the pictures that don't have me in them; Doug took the ones that do.

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Torture and Illegality

Here's a thorough article about torture.

My stance: Torture is evil.  It is something that evil people and nations do, and consider okay to do.  It is not something that good people and nations do or consider okay to do; they are wholeheartedly against it, as it is evil.  Torture is illegal in America and many other countries.  Counting torture illegal is a sign of civilization; permitting it is a sign of barbarism. 
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