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Immigrant, Inc.

by on Aug.05, 2011, under Stuff>Books>Social Science

Immigrant, Inc. is a book that will change the way you look at immigrants …and America.

“Immigration reform stokes enough emotion and controversy to silence civil discussion. The debate stalls at what to do about illegal immigrants. Lost in the civic dialogue, tragically, has been the impact of legal immigrants — who make up the vast majority of all immigrants — and their remarkable success in the New Economy.”

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13 Bankers – by Simon Johnson and James Kwak

by on Apr.17, 2010, under Stuff>Books>Social Science

The following paragraphs are taken from the website for the book “13 Bankers”. I am of the view that even though the businesses, which include frauds, conducted by these bankers have caused major problems to the US economy, what really brought down the US economy is not just what they did. They only accelerated the downfall and profited from it. Stocks and options traders do that all the time.

“The title of this book is taken from a meeting held at the White House on March 27, 2009. In attendance were the heads of thirteen major U.S. banks (as well as representatives of two banking industry associations).”

“We chose this meeting because it aptly symbolizes the solidarity between the new Obama administration and the major banks at the depths of the financial crisis and recession. Speaking with reporters after the meeting, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, “We’re all in this together,” a phrase repeated by multiple bank CEOs. This contrasted with the new Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration of 1933, which largely froze out the bankers, much to their chagrin.

This is also the meeting at which Obama said, “My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.” This was the point at which the government had to decide if it would defend the financial oligarchy from populist outrage, or whether it would reform the financial system that brought us the financial crisis and severe recession. We do not think it was an easy choice. But ultimately Obama and his advisers chose to bet on the bankers they knew. The result has been even larger banks and an even more concentrated financial sector.”

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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

by on Mar.30, 2010, under Stuff>Books>Social Science


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The owner of a company that I used to work for was a Wall Street insider. He got an MBA from Columbia University before working for Wall Street firms. When he tried to take his company public after working in Wall Street for decades, he did take advantage of his knowledge of how things work in Wall Street to cheat investors and was able to take his company public without a solid balance sheet. Of course, such a company could not last long, let alone staying on the stock exchange.

Greedy people are often dumb. It could be because their greed makes them dumb. They can only see short term interests. They are so much into pursuing short term interests that they can not care for their long term interests. That is also the reason why most governments that corrupted collapsed.

By the way, from these stories we can see that a person’s intelligence, education, knowledge, and experience does not automatically make that person an asset to a society. Whether he is an asset or a liability to a society all depends on what the purpose of his life is.

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On The Trail Of The Assassins – by Jim Garrison

by on Jul.30, 2009, under Stuff>Books>Social Science

It is about Jim Garrison’s investigation of the JFK assassination. You can find it on Amazon.com. Below is an excerpt from the book. Jim Garrison had servered in WWII. So I guess he knew what we ought to fight for.

“The government’s cover-up and ratification of the assassination have been aided by a flood of disinformation appearing in the major media. Dissemination of disinformation is the last element necessary for a successful coup d’etat, and it also happens to be one of the specialties of the C.I.A. For many years the Agency secretly had on its payroll journalists ostensibly working for the major media but in fact disseminating propaganda for consumption by the American people. It has also subsidized the publication of more than 1,000 books. As Richard Barnet, the co-director of the Institute for Policy Studies, put it:

The stock in trade of the intelligence underworld is deceit. Its purpose is to create contrived realities, to make things appear other than they are for the purpose of manipulation and subversion. More than two hundred agents … pose as businessmen abroad. The C.I.A. has admitted that it has had more than thirty journalists on its payroll since World War II. “Proprietary” corporations — Air America and other agency fronts, fake foundations, student organizations, church organizations, and so forth — are all part of the false-bottom world that has ended up confusing the American people as much as it has confounded foreign governments.

For 25 years the American people have been bombarded by propaganda pointing insistently to a variety of irrelevant “false sponsors” as the supposed instigators of the Kennedy assassination. (False sponsor is a term used in covert intelligence actions which describes the individual or organization to be publicly blamed after the action, thus diverting attention away from the intelligence community.) Americans have been so thoroughly brainwashed by such disinformation, paid for by their own taxes, that many of them today are only able to sigh mournfully to one another that they “probably never will know the truth.”

Meanwhile, an unending stream of news service releases, newspaper articles, television “documentaries,” magazine features, and books repetitively reinforce this bewilderment and continue to point the public’s attention in the wrong direction. The incredible accumulation of false sponsors laid upon the American people includes Lee Harvey Oswald, the K.G.B., Howard Hughes, Texas oil barons, organized crime, and Fidel Castro.”

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The Politics of Immigration

by on Aug.23, 2007, under Stuff>Books>Social Science

The Politics of Immigration is a book about immigration politics. It is written in a question and answer format, which allows the authors to directly address some of the most heated issues in this national debate.

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