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CREW Asks For Investigation Into Why Wall Street Is Getting H1n1 Vaccine Ahead Of Those Who Most Need It

Posted on November 6th, 2009 at 10:54 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked Health and Human Service (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to investigate why the Center for Disease Control (CDC) approved the distribution of the H1NI vaccine to Wall Street firms at a time when the vaccine is unavailable to most Americans.

Recent news reports indicate 13 companies, including Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and Time Warner, have been cleared to receive the vaccine.


Goldman Sachs has received 200 doses, and Citigroup has received 1,200, health officials said.

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Goldman One-Ups Gordon Gekko, Says Jesus Embraced Greed

Posted on November 6th, 2009 at 9:42 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


“The injunction of Jesus to love others as ourselves is an endorsement of self-interest,” Goldman’s Griffiths said Oct. 20, his voice echoing around the gold-mosaic walls of St. Paul’s Cathedral, whose 365-feet-high dome towers over the City, London’s financial district. “We have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieving greater prosperity and opportunity for all.”

via Profit `Not Satanic,’ Barclays Says, After Goldman Invokes Jesus – Bloomberg.com.

Goldman Sachs international adviser Brian Griffiths explains it this way: that Christ’s famous injunction to love others as one would love oneself actually means that one should love oneself as one would love oneself. This seemingly baffling outburst by a Goldman executive in what appears to have been a prepared speech — someone actually wrote this, and thought about it, before saying it out loud — gets even weirder when one tries to figure out what could possibly have motivated this person, and by extension his employer Goldman Sachs, to make such statements in such a place as St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Because there are only a couple of possibilities, and both of them are equally unnerving. One is that they know how preposterous this is and are just saying this shit because they think enough people will fall for it that it will end up being a net plus, optics-wise.

I seriously doubt this and think the converse is much more likely: that they actually believe this to be true, or are trying to believe it is true, and by making the case publicly hope to persuade the world to see the light (and just maybe reaffirm to themselves in the process) and embrace the Orwellian propositions that greed is love and taking is sharing.

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  1. “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” — Jesus (in theory, anyway, as per Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25, and Luke 18:25).

    And even if he *was* talking about the Gate to Jerusalem like the Calvinist nutcases will tell you, or if it was a mistranslation of the Greek word for “cable” instead of “camel”, it’s still a metaphor for “really fucking difficult.”

    Sigh. Just another asshat justifying his egregious behavior by attributing it to religion.

  2. Oh, my…the moneychangers running rampant in the temple…
    Off with their heads!

Alan Grayson

Posted on November 6th, 2009 at 8:35 by John Sinteur in category: News


Representative Alan Grayson (Dem- Florida) has recently been supporting the Democrats health care plan. Well, ‘support’ is an understatement. His first speech on the subject outlined the Republicans plan: “Don’t get sick. And if you do, die quickly.” After mass outrage from the GOP, Grayson made an apology, but not to the GOP. Instead, he apologized to the 44,000 Americans who die each year due to lack of insurance. Yesterday, Grayson took the floor and named the number of people expected to die in each Republican representative district. This time, the Republicans tried to stop him.

And how did they stop him?

From the House rules [pdf]:
“12. (a) To suspend the business of the House for a short time when no question is pending before the House, the Speaker may declare a recess subject to the call of the Chair.”

Basically, there was no actual voting or debate going on, and whoever was standing in for the Speaker used Rule 12(a) to declare a recess, effectively ending Grayson’s speech.

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  1. And yet, I haven’t seen a Repiblican plan other than ‘die quickly’