Quote of the week

“The central irony of the financial crisis is that while it is caused by too much confidence, too much borrowing and lending and too much spending, it can only be resolved with more confidence, more borrowing and lending, and more spending.” Larry Summers (United States Secretary of the Treasury from 1999 to 2001)

Glenn Greenwald on Two-Tiered U.S. Justice System, Obama’s Assassination Program & the Arab Spring

The US imprisons a higher percentage of its population than any other country on the planet including China and any dictatorship you can think of.  The majority of those imprisoned are poor and black. 50% are for non violent crimes and 20% are ‘guilty’ of minor drugs offenses, often as a result of police forces enthusiastically achieving or exceeding their ‘targets’. At the same time the rich, powerful or simply those with the right friends are able to commit crimes with impunity.

This is not a political issue.

It is not a right or left issue.

It is simply a right or wrong issue.

A moral issue.

If you have 30 minutes to spare find out more by watching this interesting interview with Glen Greenwald on US TV programme ‘Democracy Now’  (Includes our own Billy Bragg) But be prepared to be outraged.

or take a look at Glen Greenwald‘s Blog.

Please let me know if you think that Glen’s interview comments were inaccurate, unjustified or even just rubbish. Just use the comments box/link.

The US may be about to self destruct.

 

The US may be about to self destruct and take the rest of us with it. If you are surprised about this you have not been paying attention.

There is nothing new in this observation but we are witnessing the climax of a process where religious and political fundamentalists with virtually no grounding in reality or rational thought have managed, with the self serving support of corporate sponsors, to take a strangle hold on government. These forces are preventing any attempt to overcome the serious problems faced by the US and its population and are prepared to bring the US government and the world economy to its knees in pursuit of their ideological beliefs. Continue reading “The US may be about to self destruct.”