Oliver Stone slams tech giants accusing them of “collaborating” with the government, calls it “form of fascism”

Oliver Stone is not my favorite guy in the world. He has said and done a number of things with which I strongly do not not agree. However he is a hell of a director and Wall Street and Platoon rank in my personal all time top 20 movies. And he is absolutely correct about the cozy relationship between some tech companies, particularly Google (which has visited the White House far more than any other company during Obama’s presidency) and the government.

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This video may blow your mind, the best illustration of the post Crash bailouts I’ve ever seen

This is from 2011 when the wounds of the Crash were still fresh.

Now we’ve been conditioned. Time has passed and the banks want you to forget what happened and the dull economic pain which still dogs the world.*

We at ACC will never forget.

At the end of this video is a very short ad for someone who was running for Congress. We do not endorse candidates ever. We don’t know who this person is.

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Kirchner Official Caught Burying Millions Outside Convent (Argentina’s crony capitalists on the run)

Obama and Kirchner cuddling during happier times.

As reality takes hold in South America and as the socialists/crony capitalists are sent scurrying to the hinterlands the wreckage of the cronies is being unearthed – literally.

With the change in government sweetheart deals are no more. Connections once worth millions have evaporated. Laws which could be broken with impunity are now valid again. Hell has to be paid.

(From Bloomberg)

Jose Lopez, who served as public works secretary under ex-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her late husband,

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Obama endorses Hillary even though she is under investigation by the FBI, Message to the FBI?

If there is anything that I personally resent about Mr. Obama it is his introduction, or really reintroduction, of Chicago style politics to the White House. There’s a reason why Chicago is a hole of dysfunction – Chicago politics. And our current president brought it to Washington for all of us to endure.

How is the FBI supposed to do its job when they know that the head of the Executive Branch, the President, their boss, is endorsing for president someone they are investigating.

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Ron Paul: U.S. does not have democracy

From the dawn of the revolt.

And he wasn’t saying it in the “we don’t have a democracy, we have a republic” sense.

Sadly he’s largely right.

Though I do get the sense that people are pretty fed up with the political duopoly. Perhaps even fed up enough to actually do something about it. We are in the midst of a significant and complicated political realignment. I might be a bit more optimistic than Doctor Paul here.

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How much of US corporate profits comes from cronyism? Maybe a lot and growing

This is a big problem people. Businesses are increasingly getting addicted to the government extracted money which comes from you and me. (And from our children and their children’s children.) Good to see even the folks at Harvard getting hip to this. Now if we could just reduce the key to crony capitalism, the thing which insulates these businesses from competition and which costs consumers billions, crony government. (And really there is no other kind.)

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The Anger of the Unprivileged Is Rising Globally

This goes nicely with the previous post.

People are waking up. They are using the information at their disposal. Do not take this information for granted.

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America: A Nation of Idiots (?)

I added the question mark to the headline.

I have to say that we do some pretty stupid things. We vote for people who take away our rights, who lie straight faced to us. We continue to prop a banking system which plays us for, well, idiots. We continue to let a political class act as it wishes even as it gives the rest of America the finger. We allow wars to be waged in distant places at great cost to life,

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Robert’s Rules get raw, Nevada Dems revolt, Bernie folks draw the line in the desert? (VIDEO)

My favorite part of this video is when a guy holding a Bernie sign looks over at the other side of the room and says, “Democracy… You got something against it?”

Lights were turned on. Old people got upset. (As did the young people.) It was ugly. I’ve got to figure out which convention I’m going to go see this year and at this point the Democratic convention looks like it will be the most fun to watch.

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The Clinton Business Model . . .A case study in what to expect from a Hillary Presidency.

Many people in government, in the political class, think they can do this sort of thing forever. That in the end the voters either don’t understand, don’t care, or hopefully both. That in the end many voters will just vote for whatever candidate because that candidate is of the same party, or same gender, the same ethnicity or some combination. To date the American political class has been correct in its assessment.

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