Six hundred of the top bank executives received $1.6 BILLION of the tax-payer bailout in the form of bonuses.
Some of the money was cash, some was used “for personal use of company jets and chauffeurs, home security, country club memberships and professional money management.”
I was appalled the other day while some of my friends complained that the 3 million auto workers wanted to keep their health care and retirement benefits during this crisis. Yet, nobody questioned benefits for the rich.
To give my friends the benefit of the doubt, they were merely parroting the media as they questioned the auto workers, while the media didn’t stress the fact that the bailout to the banks came with no strings attached.
But now the media is finally starting the squawk—at least the Associated Press is. Check out these two articles: one on how the banks’ use of the bailout money is a secret, and one on the billion and a half on bonuses.
Watch a VIDEO about this story here.
It seems Iraqis from the North, South, Sadr City, etc. are applauding the actions of Muntader al-Zaidi, a 29-year-old journalist, who hurled both his black dress shoes at President Bush’s head during his visit to Baghdad on Sunday. People are talking about it all over the Middle East. Read more about it here. A quote from the New York Times article:
“As Mr. Bush was speaking, Mr. Zaidi rose abruptly from about 12 feet away, reared his right arm and fired a shoe at the president’s head while shouting in Arabic: ‘This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!’
“Mr. Bush deftly ducked and the shoe narrowly missed him. A few seconds later, the journalist tossed his other shoe, again with great force, this time shouting, ‘This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!’ Again, the shoe sailed over the president’s head.”
Go here to see a slide show of demonstrations around Iraq this week, with Iraqiswaving their shoes and protesting the U.S. occupation.
The Organic Consumers Association posted these tips on how to get a Christmas tree that won’t contaminate your home with dangerous pesticides:
- Buy a used artificial tree. People are always buying the latest and greatest and looking to dispose of perfectly beautiful ornamentation. Check out ebay, craigslist, freecycle or your local newspaper.
- Shopping for a tree at a big box store, large garden center or city lot usually means you’ll have no idea where the tree was grown or what chemicals were used.
- Trees found at “cut-your-own-tree” farms and farmers’ markets usually have little to no pesticides. Find an organic local tree farm here Just enter “Christmas tree” into the box below “What are you looking for?” and then type your zip code.
Salon.com reports that Seattle artist Deborah Lawrence had her Christmas ornament removed from the White House tree after Laura Bush discovered from a gossip columnist that the art on the ornament contained the Articles of Impeachment in teeny-tiny lettering.
Over 350 artists designed ornaments for the White House tree using the colors of the flag.
Jeremy Olshan of Salon.com writes:
“Lawrence was actually flummoxed when she first got the commission this summer. ‘I had an immediate, convulsive reaction to the request,’ she says. “Why would I want to put a smiley face of tacit approval on an administration famous for lies, greed, warmongering and religious fundamentalism?’
“Along with the impeachment resolution, Lawrence noted moments of civil disobedience and activism in Washington state: the 1919 Seattle General Strike, in which 65,000 workers walked off the job, and the 1999 WTO protests.”
But because the ornament was discovered, and in spite of its being censored, we all get to know about it. Merry Christmas!