Matt Taibbi (photo: GRuban/wiikimedia)

How the heck is this guy still alive?  Does he have armed guards 24-7?  I wonder if he checks under his car every day?  (I would if I were him.)  Is he always looking over his shoulders?  Does he sleep in a closet instead of his bed because the bed is too “easy” a target?  Does he even sleep?  I am really curious as to how he has managed to stay alive this long?  No convenient car “accident”?  Yet.  No “random” mugging gone “wrong”?  How has this guy not been trapped with some sort of sex scandal?  You can’t kill them, discredit them, right?  That’s how the 1% work.  These days they can just do it openly and then buy the courts (yes, they do already own the courts, but it’s more like buying an insurance policy, … you pay the monthly fee if things are OK, but when things go bad, then you have to pay more, … it’s called capitalism, look it up).

Ok Taibbi, you either are packing some serious cajones, or you’re a naive idiot, or some combination.  So how did you oppose the 1% today?

Mike Bloomberg’s New York: Cops in Your Hallways, a recent piece in Rolling Stone by Mat Taibbi, showcases … well keep on reading …

An amazing lawsuit was filed in New York last week. It seems Mike Bloomberg’s notorious “stop-and-frisk” policy – known colloquially in these parts by silently-cheering white voters as the “Let’s have cops feel up any nonwhite person caught walking in the wrong neighborhood” policy – isn’t even the most repressive search policy in the NYPD arsenal.

Bloomberg, that great crossover Republican, has long been celebrated by the Upper West Side bourgeoisie for his enlightened views on gay rights and the environment, but also targeted for criticism by civil rights activists because of stop-and-frisk, a program that led to a record 684,330 street searches just last year.

Ah yes, “stop and frisk”.  Randomly of course.  It’s not like it’s targeted at a specific part of the population (*cough* poor minorities *cough*), right?

92 percent of those stopped were males, and 87 percent of those stopped were black or Hispanic, a glaring disparity considering blacks and Hispanics make up only 59 percent of the city’s population

Oops.  Let the spin begin:

The police department defends the policy by pointing to a reduction in murders over the last 10 years since Mayor Michael Bloomberg came into office. According to NYPD deputy commissioner Paul Browne the police recovered 8,263 weapons as a result of last year’s stops, including 819 guns.

“One would think that as crime goes down, the incidents of stop-and-frisks would diminish but that has not been the case at all,” says Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Lieberman notes that the opposite has been true. “There’s been almost almost an inverse relationship between crime and stop-and-frisk activity, and the stop-and-frisk numbers are through the roof.”

No no no!  Don’t you people get it, it’s working.  You don’t stop something when it’s working.  This is the American Surge.  Murders are down?  So if we increase this tactic, at a certain point murders won’t happen.  Can’t you people see this (grabs hair, bangs head against imaginary wall)?  And if we enlarge the scope to include full internet and phone monitoring, we can not only stop all murders, we can stop all crime all together (except for financial “crimes”, because Osterity himself said they did nothing illegal, so it’s all “good”).  Oh wait, the NSA has read my mind (nobody worry, the NSA is on it):

As Wired says, “there is no doubt that it has transformed itself into the largest, most covert, and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever created.

And as former NSA operative William Binney who was a senior NSA crypto-mathematician, and is the basis for the Wired article (which we guess makes him merely the latest whistleblower to step up: is America suddenly experiencing an ethical revulsion?), and quit his job only after he realized that the NSA is now openly trampling the constitution, says as he holds his thumb and forefinger close together. “We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state.

Imagine it, no more crime.  How’s that sound?  Pretty good huh?

Well considering I’m spinning for the 1%, I might as well spin for their pawns, the NYPD.  Yo, NYPD, get your head out of your asses, and try spinning this better than a smoking chimp.  Here’s an idea of what you can say:

“Well, although the blacks (who are not white!) and Hispanics (who are brown, and also not white!) may represent only 59% of the population, and 87% of those stopped are either black (remember, not white!) or Hispanics (brown, and also not white!), this does not take into account of the ethnic percentages of those areas where we do the “stop and frisk”, ie. where poor people live.  It’s not “our” fault, ie. the NYPD’s fault, that so many minorities are poor.  Not “our” fault that poor people tend to steal, murder, and rape more often than rich people.  Rich people are just “better” (BTW, check out, not bad and a good read).  (Remember, Osterity himself said they did nothing “illegal“.)  Not “our” fault that poor people are lazy and dependent on welfare (“Rep. Mary Franson (R-MN.): Giving Poor People Welfare is Like Feeding “Wild Animals”“).  Not “our” fault that as the police, we go where the crime is (remember, our defending Wall Street is perfectly OK, Osterity said so).

So there.  I hope the NYPD PR dept. appreciates it and sends me a consulting check.  And while we’re at it, as a 1% shill, I believe a little compensation is in order.  I’ll wait for the check in the mail …

According to the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the body responsible for holding the department accountable, the practice of NYPD stop-and-frisks generated 1,985 complaints in 2010, and 1,720 complaints in 2011. Since 2005, stop-and-frisk complaints have accounted for one third of all complaints against the NYPD.

In the city’s African American and Latino communities, residents say the policy criminalizes young people and fosters a sense of fear and distrust towards the police.

This is another spin opportunity.  The NYPD can say that those 1/3 of complaints are from criminals.  Why would you listen to criminals?  Still waiting for that check in the mail …

They distrust and fear the police?  No shite.  Criminals, ie. minorities and the poor, should fear the police.  Fear?  You should be literally peeing yourself when one of them is anywhere near you.

That of course is the point.  Protect and serve the 1%.  Scare the piss out of the 99%.

Stories like this “Clean Halls” program are beginning to make me see that journalists like myself have undersold the white-collar corruption story in recent years by ignoring its flip side. We have two definitely connected phenomena, often treated as separate and unconnected: a growing lawlessness in the financial sector, and an expanding, repressive, increasingly lunatic police apparatus trained at the poor, and especially the nonwhite poor.


When I read this “Clean Halls” story I immediately thought of the various robosigning scandals. If even one law enforcement official had been able to take just one stroll through, say, the credit card collections office of a Chase or a Bank of America at any time in the last decade, he would have seen rows of cubicles full of entry-level employees whose entire job was to sit around all day long, right out in the open, forging court documents. Whole departments attended to this job for years and years and somehow nobody with a badge ever got a whiff of it.

Congratulations to Mr. Taibbi for finally catching on.  Good job.  Now maybe you can stop with BS fantasy-based (“hope and change” baby) stories like Why the Foreclosure Deal May Not Be So Hot After All, and keep on with stories that are reality-based like Why Obama’s JOBS Act Couldn’t Suck Worse, and Yes, Virginia, This Is Obama’s JOBS Act.  Welcome to reality.  Welcome to the new rule of “law”.  Osterity said so!

Well to me, watching the state of the union in this day and age, this is just more of the same.  Another day, another outrage.

P.S. I’m always amused by the antics and denizens of the 51st state as the vast majority goes along living their naive and blissfully ignorant lives.  A friend from there recently sent me these links.  He wrote he is saddened by what is happening to his country, but he sees it declining faster than ever before.  Cold water for the children in the 51st state: Books: Thieves of Bay Street, by Bruce Livesey.

That sector is the financial industry. In Thieves of Bay Street, investigative journalist Bruce Livesey looks at how Canada’s banks, brokerages, funds, and financial advisers have been ripping off Canadians for years. And while headline makers like Conrad Black and Earl Jones dominate Livesey’s chronicles of white collar crime, the not-so-few bad apples aren’t as important as the rotten barrel he describes.

In brief, the case he makes is that Canada’s economy has gone from being one based on manufacturing, or producing things, to one of simply moving money around (which basically means moving more and more of it into the bank accounts of the very rich). As one of the economists interviewed by Livesey puts it, the financial sector today is structured to extract value, not create it. This is done in a variety of ways, from fleecing retirees of their life savings to running whole companies into the ground. And then, once the deed is done, there comes the best part of all — there are no comebacks.

The gist of Livesey’s argument is that Canada’s regulatory agencies are an international joke, some lawyers are in bed with the fraudsters, and some police are so out of their league they often don’t even bother with investigations. If you’re caught with your hand in the cookie jar you just might get a slap on the wrist . . . but probably not.

Suckers are pawned by the same plutocrats as us in the other 50 states.  They’re entire system is also corrupt.  It’s not capture, but totally pawned.  (Oh ya, Canadian banks also got a bailout, … and they did not need to be, … but no way they’re saying no to Canadian AND US taxpayer dollars.)  Oh ya, Harper has started starving the medical care beast so that he can then have his friends implement insurance care, just like here.  And of course, look how like lemmings, they ALL ignore their housing bubble. (more here, and here)  They’re raising their retirement age (eventually to the simple point of work till you die).  (More here, here, here, here, … the list goes on.)