Corruption

Peter Schiff Warns: "Nothing Has Changed Under Trump... We're Headed For A Major Crisis"

"Trump doesn’t want to preside over a major decline in our standard of living, but ultimately that has to happen. Because this is the consequence of all this excess consumption that went on before he was president. You know, we sacrificed our future to indulge our past. The future is now the present. We’re here, and it’s time to pay the piper."

Assange Reminds The World: "The Potential For The Disastrous Rise Of Misplaced Power Persists"

"Vested interests deflect from the facts that WikiLeaks publishes by demonizing its brave staff and me. We are mischaracterized as America-hating servants to hostile foreign powers. But in fact I harbor an overwhelming admiration for both America and the idea of America...I have given up years of my own liberty for the risks we have taken at WikiLeaks to bring truth to the public."

Americans' Self-Contradictory Views Of Socialized Healthcare

Majorities want single-payer, but not from the government...  Lots of other countries are more corrupt in the pettier forms of corruption such as bribery, but perhaps few match America’s higher-level, and far more complex, systemic corruption.

When Government Evil Triumphs, Freedom Falls

"No matter how you rationalize it, the lesser of two evils is still evil." It is often said that if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great. Unfortunately, the American government has been the opposite of good for too long now... "

 

A Heightened Sense Of Vulnerability

The gap between the happy-story fantasies of easy fixes to institutionalized corruption and systemic stagnation and the fraying-rope reality is widening, straining the bonds holding the whole contraption together to the breaking point.

Julian Assange Safe As Leftist Moreno Defeats Banker Lasso; Recount Demanded

According to Telesur, Lenin Moreno has won the Ecuadorian presidential election Sunday. With 94 percent of the vote counted, Lenin defeated former banker Guillermo Lasso, with 51.15 percent to 48.85 percent. A victory for Moreno means that Assange will be safe from expulsion from Ecuador's London embassy  for the immediate future.

Gordhan Learned He Was Fired On TV

South Africa's sacked finance minister Gordhan told reporters that he and his deputy "learnt our fate from the TV screen. Not from any phonecall, chat or conversation. So that was I’m sure as interesting for us as it was for you."