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March/April/May 2009 (updated 5/7/09)
Tortured Democracy(Zeus Y.)
"Good faith" may have limited application in contract law, but it has no place in constitutional law. If you flout the highest law of the land, especially if you are a top-level decision-maker, you should be brought to justice. If you provably condoned, approved, and justified torture against established national and international law, you should be prosecuted.
Madoffing the U.S. Financial System(Zeus Y.)
We are seeing unfold before us nothing short than the Madoffing of the U.S. financial system. The recent reports of profitability for the major financial companiesóBank of America, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, etc. are exactly Bernie Madoff on a large scale.
Thoughts on the USA Ė 1968 to 2009
It is now forty years since my first visit to the USA. As a young engineer I travelled to New York, Pittsburgh and the Tri-Cities area of West Virginia. Times and values have moved on in those forty years. Then, somewhat dazzled on my arrival in New York, just before Christmas in 1968, I was met by the US agent of the company I worked for, a friendly and cultivated man, certainly older than my father, and a representative of the Westinghouse Company. I was delivered to the Biltmore Hotel and remember the next evening being invited to a fashionable French restaurant, which to my surprise was really like a Parisian restaurant.
Hanging On, or How to Get Through a Depression and Enjoy Life
Though there are many short accounts and (e.g., Studs Terkel's Hard Times), novels (e.g., Grapes of Wrath), movies and historical analyses of how various populations (e.g., migrant workers, Okies, etc.), Iíve seen few interesting, in-depth accounts of how middle class and upper middle class Americans in particular experienced the 1930s depression.
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