Category Archives: Banks and Finance

Friday Feminism – Abortion & Reproductive Rights, Animals & the Environment and Education

Lead Story ♀ Breaking: Clintons Got Millions from Swiss Bank Sec Clinton Shielded From IRS  Here’s the long and short of it. Shortly after she became Secretary of State, Clinton went to Switzerland at the request of her Swiss counterpart. The IRS had sued UBS demanding the identities of some 50,000 account holders. – Read the full article

Friday Feminism – Abortion & Reproductive Rights, Good Cop/Bad Cop and Racism

Lead Story ♀ The women of New Horizons’ Pluto flyby Women make up 25 percent of the New Horizons flyby team. Science team leader Fran Bagenal said, “This isn’t remarkable – it’s just how it is.” Abortion & Reproductive Rights ♀ Who’s Behind the Planned Parenthood Sting Video? – Read the full article

Jamie Dimon: Too Darned Many Regulators!

Jamie Dimon Thinks Banks Have Too Many Regulators to Deal With In a conference call with reporters last week, JPMorgan CEO, Jamie Dimon, complained that there are too many regulators watching the big banks: “In the old days, you dealt with one regulator when you had an issue, maybe two. – Read the full article

In Defense of Obama

Paul Krugman authored an at length & POSITIVE foreshadowing critique of history’s judgment of the Obama Presidency in Rolling Stone. He surmises the momentous issues both successes /failures of healthcare, financial reform, national security, economy, social change and head winds arising from the environmental movement guide legislation.  – Read the full article

Thank You Mr. Holder for Your Leadership Toward American Justice, Fairness

Today Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, the country’s top law enforcement official gave the public notice of his departure. A sad and disappointing day for me to have an honorable man leave public life when so few occupy pollute national politics. – Read the full article

Just Who Are The Job Creators? Hint: Not Who Republicans Say

Henry Blodget is the CEO of Business Insider, a site that has over 25 million visitors a month. Simply put, Blodget’s resume as a financial analyst, and success in the world of business is impressive. Blodget has written a column for Business Insider that succinctly defines who is and who is not responsible for job creation in the American economy.  – Read the full article

Pope Francis Officially Wins Me Over

“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.” Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 11/26/2013 In a document described as a roadmap for issues that are likely to define his papacy, Pope Francis took direct aim at the fundamental economic theory of the modern conservative movement. – Read the full article

Angry Republican Donors Give To Democratic GA. Senate Candidate Nunn

Citing anger at Washington Republicans for shutting down the government and threatening to default on the national debt, major donors to Republican causes in Georgia are now donating to Michelle Nunn, daughter of four term Senator Sam Nunn and the favorite to win the Democratic nomination for the seat of retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss. – Read the full article

Today’s Stupid Conservative Quotes

I guess Ted Cruz has decided to be part of the “blame God for everything” crowd. At a Value Voters Summit over the weekend, Cruz was asked by David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network if God played a role in Cruz’s government shutdown fight, to which Cruz replied: Well, David, you know at every stage, my prayer to God is that His will be done. – Read the full article

TRUMP SUED FOR GET RICH SCHEME

Michael Gormley of the Associated Press Reported: ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s attorney general sued Donald Trump for $40 million Saturday, saying the real estate mogul helped run a phony “Trump University” that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars, and even failed to deliver promised apprenticeships….The $40 million he seeks is mostly to pay restitution to consumers. – Read the full article

Conservative Studies: Another Case Study In Just Making Stuff Up.

Several days ago I posted  about a George Will quote from last Sunday: “Conservatism begins by facing facts.” Beyond Will’s own record of willfully lying whenever he feels like it the last several weeks have seen the dismantling of two widely cited “studies” supposedly proving conservative points.   – Read the full article

England’s Austerity Measures Lead To Credit Rating Downgrade

In the latest example of austerity crippling economic growth, England’s credit rating has been downgraded by Moody’s Investors Service. Moody’s cited continued sluggish economic growth paired with continuing budget deficits in the decision.  “We expect the country’s debt will continue to grow in coming years.” Essentially, everything I’m about to write is self evident so most readers of ATD already know it,  but I’ll spell it out anyway:    Odd as this may sound to most modern western economic gurus, the best way out of recession is for the central government to spend more during an economic downturn.  – Read the full article