Tuesday, December 17, 2013

These Tech Execs Are in the White House Right Now

The Mussolini-type relationship between government and big business continues to develop. From CNBC:



  1. All of those businesses could be described fairly as novelty businesses, i.e. involved in what is new and exciting. The Fascists, too, made a fetish of novelty.

  2. Which attendees' visit is more of a snub than a serious appearance? Not every company sent their top guy/gal.

  3. Why Have No High-Level Executives Been Prosecuted?

    To a federal judge, who takes an oath to apply the law equally to rich and to poor, this excuse—sometimes labeled the “too big to jail” excuse—is disturbing, frankly, in what it says about the department’s apparent disregard for equality under the law.


    1. Yup. But, here's an even better one: Why have no politicians been prosecuted? Oops....we know the answer to that.

    2. In particular one of those doors leads you back over a hundred years to a time in America that was rather like our own. There was a realisation back then that the power of money and vast corporate wealth was overwhelming politics and corrupting public life. But journalism was struggling to make sense of the full dimensions of it - and grab the public's imagination.

      This transparency paradox is part of a much wider present-day confusion. Over the past few years we have been presented with scandals that seem to be evidence of powerful forces that are busy undermining both individual freedoms and the political system that is supposed to protect those freedoms.

      At the same time American society was rocked by scandal after scandal along with terrible stories of the effect of growing inequalities. Politicians were bribed, policemen arrested and beat up innocent men and women, adulterated food was sold, and terrorists threw bombs. While the gap between rich and poor grew wider and wider.

      But none knew what to do about it. The genteel middle classes who believed in reform were baffled and confused.


      sounds like...?.......today.

  4. Small businesses claim US government stealing their ideas

    "They stole all my stuff and used taxpayer money to do it," John Hnatio, a Maryland small business owner, says of the U.S. government. Hnatio claims the government has put his company, FoodquestTQ, nearly out of business by stealing his firm's software that was designed to be licensed to the Food and Drug Administration to monitor food safety. The FDA "took our ideas, plagiarized my doctoral dissertation on which a patent was based, and then they infringed on our patent. The result was that it decimated our business," he adds.