Tuesday, October 6

Mid-Week Update

Hello faithful readers,

Just a brief note to let you know why you have not heard from me in the last month. I am hard at work changing this update from a text-based to a video-based update. It's taking longer than I anticipated, but we will get there.

In the meantime, I want to share with you a couple of things:

The first is a video I just found today. This is from Dylan Ratigan's show on MSNBC back in July. (Don't know why it took me so long to find it.) Dylan is one of the very few people in the MSM who asks good questions and doesn't kow-tow to his corporate masters. I have the utmost respect for him. (When he left CNBC, I quit watching it.)

This video is the clearest, simplest explanation of what happened with the banks and the Fed in the last year. If you're not angry, you're not paying attention.

Of particular interest is the presence of Eliot Spitzer, the disgraced former governnor of New York who was forced to resign in March 2008 when it was discovered he had paid for sex. Spitzer was the most powerful public figure fighting corruption on Wall Street. His forced resignation occurred exactly one week prior to Bear Stearns being forced to sell itself to JPMorgan Chase. This was no coincidence.

The second is to recommend to you Matt Taibbi's article in the most recent issue of Rolling Stone. Taibbi is an investigative journalist of the highest quality. He has authored two of the best pieces I have read on the banking crisis. (Link is here.) It actually amazes me that he is still walking around, because he exposes malfeasance at the highest levels of our government and banking system. Please do yourself a favor and read it either online, (once it is posted) or pick up a copy at the newsstand today. It is the issue with U2 on the cover.

1 comment:

Jim said...

Spitzer's analysis in this situation is dead on, but his downfall has a lot more to do with his personal character than any set-up by the financial industry. He's made tons of enemies over the years; he's a typical American neo-puritan moralist, and as such he's by definition a hypocrite. That neither takes away from nor adds credibility to his comments on the Fed.