Top Senate Democrat: bankers “own” the U.S. Congress

by Glen Greenwald, Salon

Sen. Dick Durbin, on a local Chicago radio station this week, blurted out an obvious truth about Congress that, despite being blindingly obvious, is rarely spoken:  “And the banks — hard to believe in a time when we’re facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created — are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place.”  The blunt acknowledgment that the same banks that caused the financial crisis “own” the U.S. Congress — according to one of that institution’s most powerful members — demonstrates just how extreme this institutional corruption is.

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For $1.5 Billion, they are “acting AS IF it is a pandemic” to “Implement Social Distancing”

by Scott Creighton

Implementing social distancing

Implementing social distancing

**UPDATE** I GOT IT!  AH HA!  Dr. Schuchat at the hearing just said it. “We will be, on a community by community basis, considering whether or not to cancel large gatherings or suggesting IMPLEMENTING SOCIAL DISTANCING…”  social distancing at a time when people are gathering and protesting the banker bailouts and the fiasco of a stimulus package… PLUS the bank stress tests are coming out in a week… they are making people afraid of gathering in large groups to PROTEST!!!  They are using this scare to line certain pockets… and as CROWD CONTROL!

**UPDATE** – The World Health Organization says this strain of flu won’t be as bad as the 1918 flu bug, or for that matter, as bad as the average winter seasonal flu

But, Team DLC Obama Brand is still pushing hard for their 1.5 billion dollars and whatever else they can milk this manufactured “crisis” for…

Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.” Rahm Emanuel

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What the Hell is Happening in Mexico?

by Scott Creighton

The recent “flu” outbreak in Mexico has sparked some rather curious responses from the Mexican government, namely the shutting down of non-emergency government offices till at  least May 5th (another odd coincidence as that the bank stress tests are due to be released on May 4th 2009 and by all accounts those reports will cause serious problems for the financial industry) and the mandatory closing of restaurants, nightclubs, gyms, libraries, stores of all kinds, and businesses in general in certain localities, as well as the cancellation of several May Day celebrations all across the country.  Mexican officials acknowledged on Wednesday that there have only been 7 confirmed deaths caused by the flu and 46 confirmed cases of infection, total.  A far cry from the 157 “suspected” deaths that many MSM sources are citing today.

The Mexican government has closed schools in all 32 of the country’s states, putting 34 million students, from pre-school to university, out of their classrooms at least until May 6.”   WSWS

The economic impact of this apparent overreaction is crippling the already reeling economy of Mexico.  Hundreds of thousands of Mexico’s working class have lost their sole source of income in a nation that was already suffering from recent global banking crisis.

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