Monday, February 09, 2009

crank it up

Dan Leger writes in The Chronicle Herald that after the bailouts, justice ought to be served.

THERE MUST have been millions of people grinning with satisfaction...when they read about...Obama’s plan to cap executive pay at companies bailed out by the American taxpayer.

After all, these are the greed heads in red suspenders who helped crush the world economy. They are the ones who caused the crisis now threatening the economic security of millions. It wasn’t accidental.

(It) would limit the top salary at bailed-out firms to $500,000.

That’s fine for many of the CEOs. But here’s what I’d propose for those whose greed caused the crisis: hard time in the house of pain.

Obama’s move...falls far short of what the banking bandits deserve...it falls short (because) most of the latter-day bank robbers have already absconded with the loot. Most are lolling in the sun somewhere in Paradise, sipping champagne as they’re fanned by servant girls. They are far removed from the travails of ordinary people.

So why not send some of those underemployed anti-terrorism cops out to find, arrest and bring to justice the miscreants who have destroyed the security of so many?
Leger points out further into the article that Conrad Black was "a piker" by comparison, and he got six years...

This is part of why I think that much bigger trouble is coming. People are starting to awaken to the sham of governments, corporations, taxation, greed, graft and tazers, "free market" Milton Friedman tripe, and so on. There is going to be a mighty blow-back at some point, but by then, the banks will be bankrupt, the government will be bankrupt, and we will have RFID-enhanced secure documents, which will need to be produced for receipt of your food allotment. You can always plant a garden, but what is produced will be seized by thugs, or the government - same thing, maybe.

Forget about On The Beach, I am going to get into civil rights and the Olympics next.

But, all that gloom and disgust aside, here is another fun video. It's only 1:40 long, so wait 'til the boss goes for a smoke, and crank it up.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

haha...funny vid. I agree...find those CEOs and bring 'em to justice..

looking forward to the next post...

pbell

Peter said...

Great post. agree 100%

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah. All corporations will do is outsource their CEO's.

Think I'm kidding?

Art Vandelay said...

Your most asinine post yet.

You complain about corporations who lobby for governments to steal our tax money so it can be distributed upwards to corporate fatcats, and yet you call Milton Friedman's work "tripe."

You need to hit a library and actually read some Friedman.

Anonymous said...

Outsource the CEO'S? Brilliant observation!!

They'll outsource the jobs so they can pay workers in foreign countries less (and domestic workers NOTHING) and outsource the CEO's so they can keep paying their exorbitant salaries.

Could there be any more perfect indicator of the rich getting richer and eating the middle class?

The game is rigged.

Anonymous said...

solipsis, renovate the kitchen and bathroom.

1706 Glendale Av
Central Coquitlam, Coquitlam, V3K 1X4

2009 Property Assessment Value: $296,900
1 Sty Home - Fair

A/P : $299,900
MLS®: V748320
Property Type: House
Basement: Separate Entry, part unfinished
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: (Total:1, Half:)
Finished Floor Area: 1055.0 sqft.
Garage: none
Lot Frontage: Not Available
Lot Depth: Not Available
Lot Size Area: 4200
Age: Old Timer
Est Property: R1789.28

Features:
Shopping nearby
Appliances Included

Hands down the best deal in Coquitlam!!! This is not a typo, this home is really available for the price. A perfectly liveable/rentable house with a view in Central Coquitlam for the price of a condo! Phone now as this is an absolute bargain!!!!

-.-.-.-.-.-.-.

2009 assessment values of houses in the neighborhood

1710 GLENDALE AVE COQUITLAM $382,3002007 $398,900 1 Sty Home - Moderate 10-305-08309000

1714 GLENDALE AVE COQUITLAM $440,6002007 $458,500 1 Sty Home - Moderate 10-305-08310000

1715 GLENDALE AVE COQUITLAM $457,9002007 $471,500 1 Sty Home - Average 10-305-08332000

1718 GLENDALE AVE COQUITLAM $420,9002007 $439,500 1 Sty Home - Moderate 10-305-08311000

1723 GLENDALE AVE COQUITLAM V3K 1X5 $442,4002007 $457,400 1 Sty Home - Average 10-305-08333000

1726 GLENDALE AVE COQUITLAM $461,9002007 $476,600 1 Sty Home - Average 10-305-08312000

1735 GLENDALE AVE COQUITLAM $434,7002007 $448,800 1 Sty Home - Average 10-305-08334000

1736 GLENDALE AVE COQUITLAM $421,2002007 $439,800 1 Sty Home - Moderate 10-305-08313000

1739 GLENDALE AVE COQUITLAM V3K 1X5 $529,0002007 $542,000
last sale date: 24/Apr/2007 for: $655,000
1 1/2 Sty Home - Average 10-305-08335000

1740 GLENDALE AVE COQUITLAM $420,8002007 $438,800 1 Sty Home - Moderate 10-305-08314000

1748 GLENDALE AVE COQUITLAM $423,1002007 $441,600 1 Sty Home - Moderate 10-305-08315000

1750 GLENDALE AVE COQUITLAM $510,5002007 $526,500
27/Mar/2008 $592,000
1 Sty Home - Average 10-305-08316000

1751 GLENDALE AVE COQUITLAM V3K 1X5 $487,1002007 $508,900 1 Sty Home - Average 10-305-08336000

solipsist said...

Art - you seem to have reading comprehension problems. Nowhere did I complain about corporations who lobby for governments to steal our tax money so it can be distributed upwards to corporate fatcats, and yet you call Milton Friedman's work "tripe."

I really appreciate how you start your comments off with insults. I also really appreciate you telling me what I need. Can you come over and wipe my ass for me?

If you have nothing to contribute beyond insults, why don't you... I don't know... Fu** off?

greg said...

What happened to the tagline about (un)real estate? Surely you don't mean that at this point in the drop it has started to become "real" again. There's a lot further to drop, IMHO, before we get back to "Reality".

solipsist said...

greg - I dropped the RE aspect of the tag line because I am diversifying.

I was trying to be clever (not working), but it is a bit abstract. Kind of like the Republic of East Vancouver, but the state of vancouver, the real state. A state of disarray, a state of misery, a state of mind...

I don't think that Vancouver RE will be real again for a very long time.

I am not satisfied though, so I might just go back to what is was - vancouver (un)real estate - all lower case to please my morbid adolescence.

solipsist said...

anon - re: Coquitlam house.

That does seem like a smoking deal - comparatively - but still a good $100K too much, in my opinion.

It almost makes me think that someone is doing a sacrifice in order to bring all the other properties in the area down. Perhaps a developer who wants to snap up the surrounding properties? That is a stretch, but that price throbs like a sore thumb.

streel said...

Hey Sol,

I am liking the new slant on the blog, you have an amusing mind and I enjoy your view on the state of things.

Nice job with the Chronicle Herald quote. I believe it is the largest independant paper left in the country, which by the way just layed off 25% of it's news staff.

Interesting times........

Anonymous said...

It's a good thing to re-invent oneself. Oh and 'keep the change' :>)

patriotz said...

Good title mod Sol.

Both "state" and "estate" originate from the Latin "status". "state" comes directly but "estate" comes from Old French - modern French "état". Compare "school" and modern French "école", Latin "schola", Old French "escole".

You can do neat things with English.

streel said...

Hello.
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone home?

Anonymous said...

Always. Sometimes there's just nothing to say.

Things are THAT eff'ed.

streel said...

Hey Sol,

You OK? I am still checking in to see if you have resurfaced. Hope all is well with you and I miss your slant on the madness.

Anonymous said...

oh dear... I for (two)... am getting a bit worried ...just want to know that you are ok ...

Anonymous said...

This blogger probably bought. Another bear gives up.

solipsist said...

Goodness...

No, I did not buy, and did not die... I have, however, been "suffering" from a neurological disorder that stole my sight for quite a while. I went blind - literally - overnight. That has made reading, and writing, (and everything else) very difficult. (Things are "looking up" now...)

I miss the blogging. I miss a lot of things. Real Estate (and so much else) is totally f***ked, and I still have much to rant about. I might be back in the swing of things (soon). Maybe not. My life has changed.

(Hey, cool! Blogger has spell check all of a sudden!)

If there is ay one who still checks in, thanks, and I will try to get back at it.

solipsist

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear what happened. Glad you are now better. Keep posting.

Anonymous said...

Great to see you posting, Solipsist, but sorry to hear of your troubles. Looking forward to reading your posts in future, because you've been missed!
Sharon

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Anonymous said...

I think some of you are on the wrong track. Maybe I should start my own blog?

I think Consumers are to blame for rising prices and economic downturns. We borrow money from the bank to buy things and claim we are "owners". It is comical.

How would the CEO of GM get his money? If you own a GM product... you helped pay his salary.

When I see the price of a car at $35,000 bucks. I know I don't have that in my savings account. I wonder at how anyone else does.

If people used cash only to buy things, prices would have to drop, or companies like GM would go bankrupt.

The power to change the economy is in consumer's hands...

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solipsist said...

Anonymous said...

I think some of you are on the wrong track. Maybe I should start my own blog?

I think Consumers are to blame for rising prices and economic downturns. We borrow money from the bank to buy things and claim we are "owners". It is comical.

How would the CEO of GM get his money? If you own a GM product... you helped pay his salary.

When I see the price of a car at $35,000 bucks. I know I don't have that in my savings account. I wonder at how anyone else does.

If people used cash only to buy things, prices would have to drop, or companies like GM would go bankrupt.

The power to change the economy is in consumer's hands...

11/07/2009 9:24 AM


Gotta agree with that!

To anyone wondering: I have been dealing with Multiple Sclerosis for quite a while. Things got bad a while ago, and I had to quit blogging (and a few other things...) There has been a breakthrough in MS, and I am scheduled for treatment in May, in Poland. I hope to be back to my "old self" by summer sometime, and will be back to blog the apocalypse - finally (higher interest rates, etc.).

Until then, I am disabling comments, as the spammers have been hard at work, and I do not have the time, or energy, to moderate.

I will likely post my return on Van. Condo, or Rob's place - when I return.

Thanks to you who still check in once in a while.

solipsist


ps - anybody who wants to contact, can - through my profile.