(Excerpted from The Grateful Unrich: Chapter 11: Sushi, Day Work & Crazy Horse)
Honolulu’s homeless hoards gather at the city’s parks to bed down for another 65 degree night. The nightly parade of shopping carts, garbage bags and tattered sheets keeps watch over seedy Waikiki like a sentinel- as if beckoning to the conscience of the revelers, who prepare for another night of opulence and orgy.
Japanese investors continue to swallow up real estate in the islands, driving prices beyond the reach of locals, evicting delinquent tenants, usurping native Hawaiian land and destroying small businesses. Even this oasis has given much ground regarding its old wise ways, now sold to the highest most ignorant new bidder. The neon tourist glow of Waikiki is like a beacon of darkness and a death knell to homeless and native Hawaiian alike. Continue reading
Oil drilling has been on the rise in the US for the last few years. Hundreds of wells in Louisiana and Texas have been permitted and capped. Germany and Japan – two countries that drill virtually no oil – pay the same as we do at the pump.
But these are mere facts and Republicans are the party of slogans and fear. Facts are meaningless. Continue reading
The Sudan Tribune reported on Saturday that Ethiopian troops would hand over the recently captured Somalian towns of Beledweyne and Baidoa – which had been strongholds of al Qaeda-allied Al-Shabab Islamist militants – to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Ethiopian had sent hundreds of troops to Somalia in December to help Mogadishu fight Al-Shabab.
(Excerpted from Chapter 13: USS Persian Gulf: Big Oil & Their Bankers…) Western intelligence agencies used these Islamists to split Somalia into three different nations. On September 10, 1992 the US sent 2000 Marines and four warships led by the USS Tarawa to lurk off the Somali coast in the Gulf of Aden which separates Somalia from Saudi Arabia. Continue reading
Any meaningful prosecutions to come from Attorney General Eric Holder’s many ongoing investigations of financial crimes related to 2008 bank implosions caused by shady sub-prime housing loan deals will need to be targeted squarely at Goldman Sachs.
For over a century Goldman Sachs has joined the Houses of Morgan, Rockefeller, Rothschild, Warburg and Lazard in lording over the US industrial base – not to mention “our” central bank the Federal Reserve – profiting from boom and depression alike.
In July 1929 Goldman launched the Shenandoah and Blue Ridge investment trusts, at a time when the burgeoning middle classes were eager to hop on the Wall Street easy money bandwagon. Continue reading