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First Annual Noble Prize In Eco-nomics (October 10, 2016)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Banks and Banking System, Courage, Credit Unions, Crime/Punishment, Economics, Economics Nobel, FDIC, Journalism, Kleptocracy, Law, Newspapers, Nobel Prize, Noble Prize, Press/Media, Rule of Law, Song Reference on October 10, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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K          “An award dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating the work of someone on the planet who really knows something about eco-nomics.”

J          “Novel.  Appropriate.  Necessary.  And unprecedented.”

K          “The recipient of the first annual Noble Prize In Eco-nomics is . . . Professor William Kurt Black, Esq. professor of law and economics with the University of Missouri at Kansas City.  With decades of substantial and substantive real world experience, Professor Black examines and explicates the workings of banks and the banking system in the United States and the world with insight and conviction.  In his classic, timely and timeless magnum opus The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One, he advances the conservative notion that those in the banking industry who commit systematic and rampant fraud should be convicted.  In an inspiring TEDxUMKC presentation available at TED the national public forum, he notes that bankers deploy banks as weapons of mass destruction against the public.  Unlike so many other law professors and judges who explore the interface of law and economics, he contends that law and economics should serve more than the interests of the wealthy and the powerful.  A felicitous contributor to the public discourse and dialogue, Professor Black’s continuing academic and personal commitment to the common weal and greater good is a good thing.”

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[“This is Walter Kingsbury Brinkley, XYZ News, New York.  Earlier today, the highly coveted Noble Prize In Eco-nomics was awarded to Professor William K. Black, Esq. of the University of Missouri at Kansas City.  In his most celebrated work, Professor Black contends among other observations that the adoption of the rule of law in America is a swell idea.  In a related development, the Swedish bankers convened and announced the 2016 Nobel Prize in E-con-omics given to the individual who has or individuals who have done the most during his, her or their career to advance the interests of the wealthy and powerful.  . . . “]

[See the e-commentary at “Announcing The First Annual Noble Prize In Eco-nomics (May 2, 2016)”, “Award Deadlines (Livelines?) (July 25, 2016)”, “From e-con-omics to eco-nomics? (August 1, 2011)” and “Skip the Nobel in Economics (Oct. 6, 2009).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“Yes, as through this world I’ve wandered I’ve seen lots of funny men; Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen.”  “The Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd” by Woody Guthrie (c) 1958 (renewed) Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank; give a man a bank and he can rob the world.

“Terrorism” And “Terrorist” Defined.  Definitely.  Definitively.  Finally. (November 23, 2015)  

Posted in Song Reference, Terrorism, War on November 23, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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?          “So if a bomb falls on a wedding party and extinguishes the ring bearer and the flower girl, is it an ‘act of terror’ and is the perpetrator/actor a ‘terrorist’?”

!          “It depends on who dropped the bomb and who the bomb was dropped on.”

?          “So there is no such thing as an inherent ‘act of terror’ apart from the identity of the perpetrator/actor?”

!          “It depends on who is good and who is bad.”

?          “So who is good and who is bad?”

!          “It depends.  Those who fight terrorism are good and those who foment terrorism are bad.”

?          “So if a bomb dropped by the Swiss falls on a wedding party and extinguishes the ring bearer and the flower girl, is it an act of terrorism?”

!          “It depends.  The good folks are good and the bad folks are bad.  The Swiss are the good folks.”

?          “So that ‘act of terror’ is not an ‘act of terror’ and thus is good?”

!          “It depends.”

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?          “So if a bomb dropped by the U.S. falls on a wedding party and extinguishes the ring bearer and the flower girl, is it an ‘act of terror’ and is the perpetrator/actor a ‘terrorist’?”

!          “It depends.”

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[See the e-commentary at The Drums of War (February 20, 2012).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

It depends.

Fox shows them launching, Al Jazeera shows them landing.

“Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex.”  Frank Zappa

Iraq: Right On Track (June 16, 2014)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Foreign Policy, Iraq, Journalism, Newspapers, Peace Prize Nobel, Press/Media, Song Reference, Syria, Terrorism on June 16, 2014 by e-commentary.org

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1          “Iraq is the slow-moving car crash that has been careening into the ditch for over two dozen years.”

2          “The nightmare does not go away even when the sun returns.  The nightmare has not been on the horizon for years because it was no longer novel or sexy.”

1          “Now it is returning to our screens and the Neo-Con propaganda machine is flooding the conventional media with misinformation.  The Truth is a casualty again.”

2          “The Press was at its zenith in 1973 during Watergate and at its nadir in 2003 during the cheerleading up to the unwarranted war.”

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2          “The Bush Administration undertook an unprovoked and illegal attack on Iraq in March of 2003 at the urging of the Neo-Cons.”

1          “And ‘Another three trillion down the drain’ turned out to be painfully prescient.  And then Stiglitz provided the footnotes.”

2          “Three trillion dollars was a conservative estimate.”

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1          “The ‘Surge’ in Iraq was nothing more than short-term bribes to local war lords that was doomed to fail when the funds ran out.  The funds ran out and the scheme ceased.  The few additional troops were nothing more than paymasters and traffic cops.”

2          “Every five years, the Nobel and Pulitzer people should give a special award for Truth.  That fact is lost in the fog.  A second surge is just as futile.”

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1          “The Neo-Cons are back on the warpath and urging a second surge.  Someone with one of the conventional media outlets should investigate how many of the Neo-Cons’ sons or daughters have enlisted in the last dozen years.”

2          “The Neo-Cons themselves are cowards, draft dodgers and chicken hawks.  And they are too busy investing in war stocks.”

1          “The Neo-Cons or some conventional media mouth pieces?”

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[Some citizens are interested in presenting eco-nomics as a counterpoise to e-con-omics.  http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-05-29/rewriting-economics-what-is-taught-matters.%5D

Bumper stickers of the week:

Gods don’t kill people.  People with Gods kill people.

“Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics, And the Catholics hate the Protestants . . . .”  Tom Lehrer, “National Brotherhood Week.”  “Oh, the Sunnis hate the . . . .”

“Iraq” is Arabic for “Vietnam.”

Why Johnny And Roger? (April 30, 2012)

Posted in Citizens United Decision, Courts, Crime/Punishment, Judges, Perjury, Song Reference, Supreme Court on April 30, 2012 by e-commentary.org

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1          “And not Jon and Lloyd.”

2          “Because the American legal system is fundamentally corrupt?  Is that the answer.”

1          “The jury selection in the Roger Clemens retrial began a fortnight ago.  Because it was in federal district court, no cameras are allowed in the court room.”

2          “Better to keep everything as hidden from the public eye as possible.”

1          “Roger may have lied under oath, but it is a noble American pursuit pursued by Supreme Court nominees who appear before the Senate.”

2          “The Supreme Court Justices who hurl balls and strikes rather than call balls and strikes.”

1          “Johnny Reid Edwards may have played some games with campaign contributions, but the Five Lobbyists on the Supreme Court basically decreed that anything goes in the campaign arena.”

2          “And Johnny is indicted and Jonny Corzine is running free.”

1          “And Lloyd Blankfein continues to inflict violence on the world.”

2          “And now we learn again that Justice Department officials who were aware that flawed forensic work may have contributed to the convictions of potentially innocent individuals fetched another cup of coffee and counted the days until their retirement.”

1          “Are courts expected to exhibit a modicum of integrity or at some point are they illegitimate.”

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[See http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/convicted-defendants-left-uninformed-of-forensic-flaws-found-by-justice-dept/2012/04/16/gIQAWTcgMT_story.html]

[See the “e-ssays” titled “Perjury, The American Way (February 20, 2006),” “Balls and Strikes and Perjury: America’s Pastimes (August 23, 2010),” and “Losing Faith: MF Global and Kodak (January 9, 2012).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Prosecute the prosecutors; prosecute the judges

“Through this world I’ve wandered I’ve seen lots of funny men / Some rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen.”

“The Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd” by Woody Guthrie (c) 1958 (renewed) Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.