Kleptocrats at Work

Kleptocracy is as old as government. Exotic car broker Michael Sheehan discovered an amazing case nine years ago when he was invited to purchase rare Ferraris and McLaren F1s from a Brunei collection. He writes about it in the current issue of Sports Car Market. Brunei is a family-owned oil sultanate of 400,000 people located … Continue reading “Kleptocrats at Work”

Things Have to Change in Order to Remain the Same

The hypocrisy of the U.S. government is yet again demonstrated in full force. The U.S. government invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, laid waste to much of the countries, including entire villages and towns, and massacred untold numbers of civilians in order “to bring democracy” to Iraq and Afghanistan. Now after days of Egyptians in the streets … Continue reading “Things Have to Change in Order to Remain the Same”


”Dissent is what rescues democracy from a quiet death behind closed doors.” – Lewis H. Lapham The year 2011 will bring Americans a larger and more intrusive police state, more unemployment and home foreclosures, no economic recovery, more disregard by the U.S. government of U.S. law, international law, the Constitution, and truth, more suspicion and … Continue reading “2011”

Western Civilization Has Shed Its Values

Western Civilization no longer upholds the values it proclaims, so what is the basis for its claim to virtue? For example, the U.S. print and TV media and the U.S. government have made it completely clear that they have no regard for the First Amendment. Consider CNN’s Wolf Blitzer’s reaction to the leaked diplomatic cables … Continue reading “Western Civilization Has Shed Its Values”

Who, Precisely, Is Attacking the World?

The stuck pigs are squealing. To shift the onus from the U.S. State Department, Hillary Clinton paints WikiLeaks’ release of the “diplomatic cables” as an “attack on the international community.” To reveal truth is equivalent, in the eyes of the U.S. government, to an attack on the world. It is WikiLeaks’ fault that all those … Continue reading “Who, Precisely, Is Attacking the World?”