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Many years ago, Martin Mull hosted a parody late night talk show called Fernwood 2Night, purportedly the UBS network, “the network that puts you before the BS.” (It turned me into a confirmed Martin Mull fan.)

Now comes UBS bank, the bank that puts the BS before you.

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19 March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

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14 March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

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14 March 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Sergeant Schultz, you may remember if you are old enough, turned a blind eye to the antics of Colonel Hogan and his motley band, saying, “I know nothink! I see nothink!.”

Jonathan Freedland points out that this same defense is used by international banksters to deny culpability in the antics of their underlings in stealing from their customers, violating the public trust, and destroying national economies. A snippet:

Get out of JailIn a way, the buck-passing has a logic. In an organisation such as HSBC, with 300,000 employees, it’s a Herculean task for one individual to know what they’re all up to. But that’s why these top jobs get Herculean rewards. The implicit deal for top chief executives and chairmen should be quite simple. Either you’re blessed with an extraordinary managerial talent that enables you to watch over so many people at once that you deserve these stratospheric sums of money – or you’re not, in which case you should be paid on a par with lesser mortals.

At present the financial uber-class expect to have the best of both worlds – all the rewards of being in charge without paying the price of responsibility. It’s an individual version of the injustice laid bare during the great crash: that while gains are privatised, losses are socialised. The bankers get the big bonuses when things go right, the taxpayers bail them out when things go wrong.

Catch-22. It’s the best catch there is.

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27 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

A former travel agent from New Jersey has been ordered to sell his house and car to pay restitution to 20 customers who paid him for a Mediterranean cruise that never happened.

Now, if that remedy could be extended to Wall Street banksters . . . .

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23 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

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19 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

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13 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Another one bites the dust. This casino is now out of business:

My father was banker. He had integrity, and, in his days, so too did banks; he was, indeed, the straightest shooter I have ever known.

He has passed, and so too has the integrity of banking. I suspect that, were he still with us, he would identify himself simply as an agronomist, as that was his field of study.

He would have been ashamed of what “banking” has become.

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13 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

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30 January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Two persons walking by the

Via Juanita Jean.

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29 January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Visiting king to the King of Id:  I'm surpriised you abolished slavery in your kingdom.  King of Id:  We haven't really.  Now we call them


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24 January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

I was wondering whether it was time to retire “Dustbiters,” but another one bit the dust.

ain’t no more.

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31 December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Warning: Language.

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16 December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Big casino sign:  Welcome to Fabulous Wall Street Nirvana.  Man says,

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15 December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

This is a hoot, even if it is 50% promo.

Below the fold in case it autoplays.

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05 December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

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01 December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Get more Harry Shearer.

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20 November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

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03 November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

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