Millions are only one or two paychecks away from ruin. Poverty rates have soared. In the midst of misery, more and more of the nation's wealth is being captured by the top 0.1 percent of earners. And yet, some of the most powerful and wealthy people in America are feeling persecuted.
I imagine it's easier to engage in illegal conduct when you don't know the victim. When hedge fund managers engage in insider trading, they don't know who is on the other side of the trade. I assume they believe it's a victimless crime. They are mistaken.
Soon we might see headlines asking: "Is Dianne Feinstein a whistleblower or a traitor?" It may already be a fact that Feinstein's speech yesterday blew a whistle on CIA surveillance of the Senate intelligence committee, which she chairs. But if that makes her a whistleblower, then Colonel Sanders is a vegetarian evangelist.
Jane Rosenberg has to choose carefully whom she tells what to: "When I go to a party, if I tell people I'm a painter, they say, 'That's nice' and then they walk away; but if I tell them I'm a courtroom artist, they say 'Wow' and want to talk to me all night.
Are we not all "well kept Jasmines" now, at least those of us in the financial elite, looking the other way while our economic system has morphed into a financial system, "lacking a sound economic basis, and without economic virtues?"
The love for ourselves is already there. It doesn't need to be created. It's getting clouded over by behavioral patterns, beliefs and images from the media. I think we all naturally want to be at peace. We just need to look and see what's getting in our way.
Woody Allen has managed to tell a juicy, colorful social tale rife with undertones that speak volumes of the dark times we are living in. He manages to make the characters' lives not only theirs, but ours -- whichever side of the dollar we have found ourselves on.
The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin raises fabulous questions about the strength of family ties amid a father's struggle to resurrect his life after a moral and financial failing.
Will California Attorney General Kamala Harris hang tough in her new lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase, the first to target individual bankers accused of defrauding the public? If so, it would be the first time in five years that executives at a major bank have personally paid a price for their misdeeds.
In In God We Trust, interview subjects talk about what they knew of Bernie Madoff's empire, especially as far as who knew what about the "investing" of funds for an elite clientele, and the goings on at the mysterious 17th floor where no one dared tread.
If you think you have it all and only blue skies await, you may want to consider these warning signs of impending discharmament.
We need to consider when results, whether for cyclists, pitchers, runners, fund managers, or public companies are perhaps too good to be true and how we might look for the signs.
What do Lance Armstrong and Bernie Madoff have in common? Are they a different species from each other and from us? No, they are all too human. Like many of us, they want to be superhuman. The difference? They feel driven and entitled to go for it at any cost.
Len Cariou may well be the most persistently employed performer on the planet. He leaps fleetly from role to role, format to format and venue to venue -- theater, film, television, recordings, narration, voiceovers, documentaries and audio books.
Does having an affair lead you to make bad decisions across the board? Does it impact your ability to lead, manage or govern, or just your ability to stick to your marital vows? And if it doesn't impact your ability to lead, manage or govern, why would you have to resign or be ousted?
It became clear that my ex-husband had been deceptively spending large amounts of money and that his financial house of cards was in the process of crashing down.