Richard Berman, a lobbyist nicknamed “Dr. Evil”, has made a career out of trying to thwart labor, public health and environmental groups. His specialty is known as “astroturfing”, a tactic he pioneered and has been paid to do from a good slice of Corporate America. Berman sets up front organizations with benign sounding names like the “Center for Consumer Freedom” or the “Employment Policies Institute” to promote interests like the tobacco industry and union busting under pretense of providing the public with information – hiding the company’s financial contributions through a series of non-profits to keep their hands looking clean.
|By: DSWright Friday October 31, 2014 9:01 am|
|By: DSWright Friday August 8, 2014 6:59 am|
Is this Iraq War III? President Barack Obama has ordered airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS forces officially entering America into the civil war in Iraq. The bombing is supposed to stop an ethnic cleaning campaign of the Yazidis by ISIS and protect military advisors that Obama sent into the country a few months ago. Also at stake are US oil contracts in northern Iraq made between the Kurds and US energy companies though that reason for intervention is not being trumpeted.
|By: DSWright Wednesday January 22, 2014 6:54 am|
Four years after the Deep Horizon Oil Spill, with all the big fish long free, one man was set to actually pay for his role in poisoning the gulf then destroying the evidence of it. Anthony Badalamenti was the cementing technology director for Halliburton on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. Badalamenti was charged by prosecutors for telling two Halliburton employees to destroy data that was to be used in a post-spill review. Presumably the data would have shown that Badalamenti had not performed quality work.
|By: DSWright Friday September 20, 2013 10:10 am|
Halliburton Inc. will not be held accountable for criminal acts committed by its employees under a plea agreement with the Department of Justice now accepted by a judge – the firm will pay a fine for a misdemeanor.
|By: dakine01 Thursday September 19, 2013 5:42 pm|
The days of pirates sailing the Spanish Main are long in the past. No more sacking of Cartagena. No, today’s “pirates” wear business suits and do their sailing on Wall St. Just today, we have reports that JPMorgan Chase is paying a $920M fine for the “London Whale Fail” trading losses. Amazingly enough, JP Morgan is even admitting “fault”.
|By: Steve Horn Monday September 16, 2013 7:15 pm|
A peek behind the curtain show the study’s results – described as “unprecedented” by EDF – may have something to do with the broad spectrum of industry-friendly backers of the report which include several major oil and gas companies, individuals and foundations fully committed to promoting the production and use of fracked gas in the U.S.
|By: DSWright Friday July 26, 2013 7:35 am|
Another one of America’s corporate citizens has been caught breaking the law. Halliburton, of Iraq War profiteering fame, pleads guilty to destroying evidence related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
|By: Teddy Partridge Sunday April 7, 2013 8:01 pm|
There has never been anyone in public life like the self-selected Vice President to GWB. And, should it come to pass there ever is again, could America survive it? Have we even survived Dick?
|By: cocktailhag Thursday December 27, 2012 8:00 pm|
In any normal country, there would be no particular reason to expect 2013 to be an awful year. The right-wing Presidential candidate, who preached austerity, family values, and military adventurism, was soundly defeated by the center-left candidate, who favored, well, austerity-lite, personal freedom, and a fiscally convenient “peace dividend.” Overconfident and overfunded Republicans were similarly trounced in the House and Senate, losing seats in both despite stunning structural advantages.
It seemed that the Right’s perennial hobby horses, from favoring the wealthiest above all others and demonizing minorities of every type, to demanding that every non-military expenditure be slashed to the bone, had clearly been sent to the glue factory by the electorate. Alas, things are never what they seem in Washington.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday December 19, 2011 5:00 pm|
Hot Coffee, the fast-paced, info-packed exploration of tort reform exposes the real story behind Stella Liebeck, who sued McDonalds after being badly burned by spilled coffee, an incident which wrongly entered the collective consciousness as a prime example of a “frivolous” lawsuit. First time director Susan Saladoff, a civil litigator with 25 years of experience, uses the McDonalds coffee case as the starting point and from there builds a strong case that tort reform, binding arbitration and non-economic damage caps subvert justice and benefit big business.