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Jamie Dimon Complains More, As JPMorgan Chase Losses Eclipse $30 Billion

Jamie Dimon Complains More, As JPMorgan Chase Losses Eclipse $30 Billion

Commented May 22, 2012 at 04:50:57 in Business

“what i find more absorbing is what this story really tells us about the leaders of corporations...and how they differ from public servants. or, to be more specific, why willard mitt romney is comprehensively NOT the man to run this country. months ago when this story first surfaced dimon assured a concerned wall street that there was nothing at all to bother about...until he came back to admit what a bunch of idiots they really were.

less than 5 years ago, these same "idiots" collapsed the global economy & got a handout for their efforts. now they're back to business as usual. mr.r dimon by all accounts is one of the street's brightest & yet even he was powerless to stop the tsunami. the only reason why mr. dimon still has a job is because he's seen a something of the chief wall street crier...AND that he's made billions for the bank. can you imagine if you had lost even $30,000 of your employer's cash on bad bets...???

i am an actual chase customer and i have nothing against mr. dimon. i'm just thankful he's NOT running for president of the united states...!!!”
Syria Crisis: 100 Civilians Killed A Day; U.N.: Death Toll Exceeds 7,500

Syria Crisis: 100 Civilians Killed A Day; U.N.: Death Toll Exceeds 7,500

Commented Feb 28, 2012 at 23:11:54 in World

“it's a sad, sad day for humanity when we continue to let these kinds of situations fester unabated. of course china & russia are going to veto security council sessions to sanction assad else risk virtual open rebellion in their respective countries. the idea of 'permanent members' of the security council is as ridiculous as an electoral college in a democracy...!!! exactly who's "security" are they looking after...??? look at the continuing civil war in sudan...!!! if the united nations wishes to be relevant in the future, then it needs to redress the way it defines & manages "security" worldwide.
and if the u.n. won't act, then it's time for regional pact countries i.e the arab league to DO SOMETHING about these human rights violations in their backyards. we can blame the u.n. all we want but at the end of the day, you gotta look after your own...else you're just as GUILTY...!!!”

persiankat on Feb 29, 2012 at 00:52:24

“Why is it that being a permanent member of the council, vetoing bill after bill protecting crimes in is...l suite you just fine but in cases when veto is not in our favor then it is a bad system.”
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Israel Won't Warn U.S. Before Strike On Iran: AP Source

Commented Feb 28, 2012 at 22:04:45 in World

“it's time for us to get real about this iran nuclear weapons issue: SERIOUSLY...!!! it's called Mutually Assured Destruction: MAD for a reason...and whether we want to believe it or not, iranians LOVE their children too...!!! if iran REALLY wished to bomb tel aviv all it needs to do is the obtain some weapons grade plutonium from north korea; build a dirty bomb; smuggle it via lebanon...and VOILA...!!! to risk constant threat of being bombed into submission; facing crippling economic sanctions is an exhaustive; expensive and not terribly clever strategy if your SOLE purpose is to destroy israel! the entire point of starting a war is to GAIN something. but if all the participants on both sides are nuclear then what exactly is to be gained...???
however, IF israel were to launch a pre-emptive strike then iran will acquire the moral high ground; garner international sympathy, especially among arab nations not to mention an incentive for retaliation...!!!
every action has an equal an opposite reaction. its the law of cause & effect. and while israel may think that bombing tehran solves one problem, they risk pushing humpty off the wall. good luck putting him back together again...!!!”

alexandra23 on Feb 29, 2012 at 03:42:16

“Fanned & faved, Garbaj.”
Obama And McConnell: Debt Ceiling Gives GOP's Great Dismantler His Moment

Obama And McConnell: Debt Ceiling Gives GOP's Great Dismantler His Moment

Commented Aug 3, 2011 at 00:42:13 in Politics

“well, i suppose if you don't consider the budget surplus that miraculously disappeared even before 9/11...or the fiasco called the iraq war...not to mention the economic collapse of 2008, then you'd make a very persuasive argument...!!!”

notwaff on Aug 3, 2011 at 00:45:32

“true - and not to forget we were already in a recession when Bush took office, 9/11 came during his watch and the financial meltdown was decades in the making and brought on by both parties.”
Obama And McConnell: Debt Ceiling Gives GOP's Great Dismantler His Moment

Obama And McConnell: Debt Ceiling Gives GOP's Great Dismantler His Moment

Commented Aug 3, 2011 at 00:24:54 in Politics

“At some point, WE THE PEOPLE should stop complaining about the President and DO SOMETHING about their elected leadership. After all, its WE, THE PEOPLE who bought into the rubbish the Repubs were spouting & gave them control of the House last November. If WE, THE PEOPLE say in just about every public poll made that they support raising taxes on the rich in exchange for cuts in SS & Medicare, then who are the Repubs to say HELL NO...!!! And why isn't there a severe public outcry against this "hostage situation"...???

People can cast blame against the President all they want: that's the nature of politics. But at some point, WE, THE PEOPLE also have to OWN the decisions that we make...and the consequences that attach to them...!!! This sort of nonsense would never happen in Europe...there'd be all sorts of hell to pay.

Funny how this country is ready to drop bombs on anyone silly enough to insult America(ns) or who don't share its system of values...but are so lethargic to do anything about its own elected representatives...!!!

That said, this president is no fool and mcconnell's seeming victory provides an ARSENAL of ammunition to be used against the gop come next election cycle...it promises to be truly epic...!!!”

Debra Crump on Aug 3, 2011 at 01:35:20

“Very strong post....my sentiments exactly...WE THE PEOPLE are the consumers who help keep money in the well of the wealthy and the politicians, WE THE PEOPLE need to exercise our power through our votes and our consumption. We seem to be getting more and more angry but we don't seem to be angry enough to do anything about it. Well maybe these recall elections will serve to motivate more of us to stick together for the good of all of us. Thanks for your comment Garbaj f&f”

margoharris on Aug 3, 2011 at 01:00:53

“Because of people like Howard Fineman. They pander to the elite for access. What else is new?
Our MSM is owned by 6 big multinational conglomerates.”
Israel Willing To Negotiate On Borders In Dramatic Policy Change: Report

Israel Willing To Negotiate On Borders In Dramatic Policy Change: Report

Commented Aug 3, 2011 at 00:13:42 in World

“"Part of the reason, he said, was that Israel is seeking to persuade the Palestinians to drop their initiative to win U.N. recognition of their state next month, something the Palestinians are doing out of frustration with stalled peace efforts."

part of the reason...??? how about the MAJORITY of the reason...!!!

so, after all that bluster at the white house...and at the aipac meeting a couple months ago, here he is now, tail tucked firmly between legs, doing the SAME THING THE PRESIDENT ASKED HIM TO DO...!!!

recognise that u.n. recognition of a sovereign palestine spells all sorts of DISASTER for the state of israel...its time that the leadership swallow their collective pride & do what they know its right...and in the BEST interests of their country...!!!

enough said...!!!”

Michael II on Aug 3, 2011 at 04:59:20

“Recognition is not even a disaster for Israel. It just makes the need for a solution to the issue more pressing.”
Could We Have Civil Unrest and Riots in the U.S. as a Result of Extreme Inequality?

Could We Have Civil Unrest and Riots in the U.S. as a Result of Extreme Inequality?

Commented Jul 25, 2011 at 05:16:04 in Politics

“i'm not entirely certain how to interpret that...would you care to elaborate...?”
Could We Have Civil Unrest and Riots in the U.S. as a Result of Extreme Inequality?

Could We Have Civil Unrest and Riots in the U.S. as a Result of Extreme Inequality?

Commented Jul 23, 2011 at 15:24:52 in Politics

“students of history and/or political economy can read the tea leaves and see that this country is not far off from civil unrest & riots. its an inevitable consequence of a decaying capitalist structure & an inability of the leadership to act in the best interests of the PEOPLE...!!!

when you have 40% of a population living at/below the poverty line at the same time that new millionaires & billionaires are being minted by forbes magazine; its not difficult to see where we're headed.

and then we have a faction of govt who BELIEVES that reductions in the social welfare system should not be bolstered by taxing the wealthy who profit off those less fortunate than themselves...!!!

"...fundamental changes in the economic & political structure of a social system are often achieved only after traumatic and violent social conflict..." ~ History of Economic Thought: A Critical Perspective by E.K. Hunt”

rda1911a1 on Jul 23, 2011 at 16:26:32

“yes a good killing fields scenario would reduce the amount of dead weight leeching off the labor of others”
Ohio Guns In Bars Bill Passed By State Lawmakers, Sent To Governor John Kasich For Approval

Ohio Guns In Bars Bill Passed By State Lawmakers, Sent To Governor John Kasich For Approval

Commented Jun 16, 2011 at 05:36:55 in Politics

“well, it would appear that the days of the wild, wild west are once more upon us. hmmm....now where did i put those "Deadwood" dvds...???

SERIOUSLY...???

lol...i think folks should prepare for troubled days ahead in america...

...now where did i put that handbasket...???”

BUSTERtheCAT on Jun 16, 2011 at 05:54:29

“deadwood was the greatest HBO show ever”
Netanyahu Is Driving Israel Towards Dark Times

Netanyahu Is Driving Israel Towards Dark Times

Commented Jun 9, 2011 at 22:11:45 in World

“a timely plea, mr. strenger. just yesterday, i wrote a commentary in response to mj rosenberg asking where were the moderate voices in israeli politics who disagreed with netanyahu's stance. whilst you are not a politician, it nevertheless gives me some Hope that perhaps there ARE those in israel willing to stand up and say: ENOUGH...!!!

but why should INTERNAL israeli politics hinge on what the u.s. president does...?

is it to say that the israeli people cannot decide for themselves what's in their BEST interests...??

if you seriously wish to change the narrative in israel, then DO SOMETHING: have daily protests outside govt offices; get on israeli tv and speak out against the madness; have politicians speak out more forcefully against the govt in the knesset...!!!

waiting for obama to "do you a solid" is a risky move at best; especially with a national election right around the corner. take a page from those in the arab countries and let your voices be heard...!!!

do you really wish to hang the fate of israel...and those dark times you envision...on an american president who has virtually no support at home politically on this issue...???

FINALLY, the palestinians are doing something progressive that actually helps them...perhaps its time for the people of israel who reject it's government's policies to do the same...!!!”
Killing the Peace in the Name of Peace

Killing the Peace in the Name of Peace

Commented Jun 9, 2011 at 18:07:31 in World

“lol...while i'm surprised that you're a california girl, i'm pleased to hear of your english roots. i also share that heritage on my mother's side. i've lived in london for several years and i do miss it terribly sometimes; especially tower bridge & big ben...!!!

good luck with your studies & such. perhaps we'll run into each other next year at the olympics...lol...!!!

as for livni, well netanyahu had an agenda he wanted to pursue and she wasn't part of the plan. they squeezed her out and basically marinalized herslf & kadima as a force in israeli politics which is why i made the comment about the moderate voices. perhaps she will fare better in the next election: let's wait and see...!!! :)))”

courtb on Jun 9, 2011 at 20:52:15

“Ugh, do not talk to me about the Olympics. I'm still bitter that I didn't get any tickets!

I do have my fingers crossed for a Kadima resurgence. Every time Bibi screws with the peace process, or supports settlements, I ask where Livni is.”
Republicans Calling For Anthony Weiner Resignation Backed David Vitter's Reelection

Republicans Calling For Anthony Weiner Resignation Backed David Vitter's Reelection

Commented Jun 9, 2011 at 17:54:48 in Politics

“rachel maddow said it best: IOKIYAR...!!!

the HYPOCRISY is truly astounding. I feel badly for weiner's family but under the circumstances, i COMPLETELY support his desire to complete his term in office. if vitter & craig can do it, then why can't he...???

enough said...!!!”
Alabama Law Bans Transporting, Housing Undocumented Immigrants

Alabama Law Bans Transporting, Housing Undocumented Immigrants

Commented Jun 9, 2011 at 17:38:19 in Politics

“hmmm.....so let's say i'm driving down the street and i see a pregnant woman in labour...or someone who has been shot...or a victim of a hit n run...and let's say that in ALL of these cases, the victims ARE illegal residents. does that mean that i simply IGNORE them because to offer to help get any of them to a hospital is breaking the law...???

and how does a school check the citizenship status of a child when, UNDER THE LAW that child is allowed to go to school from k-12...???

does the state of alabama really have the FINANCIAL RESOURCES to be fighting the number of lawsuits that this RIDICULOUS law will initiate...???

and whatever happened to : JOBS, JOBS JOBS...???”
Killing the Peace in the Name of Peace

Killing the Peace in the Name of Peace

Commented Jun 8, 2011 at 21:12:30 in World

“lol...excellent point on the leno angle.

actually, i like livni...she's probably the only one of the major politicos in israel that i respect...and i really do hope that she becomes relevant once again. i think she'd make a pretty good prime minister, if she's given half a chance...!

i get the impression you weren't born here...it's something we share in common. by chance would that be a certain bridge in london as your avatar...???”

courtb on Jun 9, 2011 at 06:53:09

“I am a California girl, born and bred. But my mom's family is from England and I've been working and studying here on and off for the past three years. And yes, it's my favorite bridge in London as my avatar. It makes me happy to look at.

And we do agree on Livni - I'm still made that she wasn't given the chance to build a coalition, considering Kadima got the most votes in the election.”
Killing the Peace in the Name of Peace

Killing the Peace in the Name of Peace

Commented Jun 8, 2011 at 17:57:30 in World

“i know of the protests in tel aviv...and i'm well aware of the sentiment amongst the populace in israel. i think if you were to take a poll of americans not too many of them can name ANY israeli politicians who are VOCALLY or IDEALOGICALLY OPPOSED to netanyahu and the hawks in the knesset...!!!

that may be attributed to the "ignorance" of the american public regarding israeli politics...BUT...it may also be attributed to the fact that the american media tends to IGNORE such voices within israel itself...!!!

as for livni, i don't think she's much different from netanyahu when it comes to the palestinian issue. certainly, she may be more "moderate" in her view, but even she supports the view of a demilitarized palestinian state and i'm sure she's not keen on removing the illegal settlements form the west bank. her position in israeli politics has been relegated to the sidelines ever since netanyahu made that infamous deal with barak and got him to defect from labour.

how many americans even know WHO she is...???

i'm CERTAIN that there are dissenting voices & opinions in israel. i'm more concerned that the american news media FAILS to inform its public of who they are...after all...when was the last time you saw any of them being interviewed on a u.s. network...???

thanks for your post...! :)”
Killing the Peace in the Name of Peace

Killing the Peace in the Name of Peace

Commented Jun 7, 2011 at 18:05:57 in World

“another excellent article, mr. ben-meir. i congratulate you for your honest & frank commentary regarding the untenable position of netanyahu...and israel by extension...!!!

what i can't wrap my head around is WHY there aren't more politicians & other notables in ISRAEL who won't speak out against the rhetoric of its leaders...???

sure there are a few writers such as yourself & other courageous persons at the jerusalem post & ha'aretz...and notables such as noam chomsky...but where are the POLITICIANS...???

americans are left with the view that practically the ENTIRE political establishment in israel is standing shoulder to shoulder with netanyahu and that i find next to impossible.

so why aren't we hearing from them...and if they REALY don't exist, then what does that say about the state of israeli politics...???”

courtb on Jun 8, 2011 at 18:10:12

“Hi, I see your reply to me (although it has yet to make it through on here). You asked if Americans would know any Israeli politician against Netanyahu - I ask...would they even know who he is? Have you ever watched Jay Leno's "Jay Walking"? Most Americans don't know who our own politicians are, let alone foreign ones.

And don't count Livni out. People forget what Kadima's entire platform was - dismantling the settlements. Sharon removed settlements in Gaza and Kadima was elected to do the same in the West Bank. That was their entire platform. The only reason it didn't happen was due to the increased rocket fire from Gaza...it made people nervous. She's the leader of a party whose entire purpose was settlement removal. As for Palestine being a demilitarized state - I don't think you'd even find those in opposition to Netanyahu who don't support this policy.

I don't know who does or doesn't get interviewed on American TV as I'm currently abroad. But then again, American news media doesn't inform Americans about domestic issues - can we really expect them to have in depth information about foreign ones? American media does a great disservice to the American people.”

courtb on Jun 8, 2011 at 10:15:03

“Except there are. There was a protest last week in Tel Aviv with over 5,000 people who rallied in support of Obama and the two-state solution. Livni came out harshly against Netanyahu. Israeli leaders, politicians, and "notables" (not noam chomsky) who have put forward peace plans, been vocal about ending the occupation, etc.

We hear from them more often in the States than we hear from moderates on the other side (not saying there are none, just that Fayyad is often left out to dry by other Palestinian moderates).”
huffingtonpost entry

U.S. Boat to Gaza is a Quarter Jewish -- "Not Too Shabby!"

Commented Jun 7, 2011 at 17:31:09 in World

“thats' what happens when the u.s. starts shelling out billions in aid packages...dollar diplomacy is alive & well...!!!”

Anbreen on Jun 9, 2011 at 23:35:23

“Yes, and dollar diplomacy ALWAYS bites us in the butt. We need to stop it COLD.”

BestGuest on Jun 8, 2011 at 07:58:26

“Yup.... fnf”
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Sarah Palin On Paul Revere Ride: I Didn't Get History Wrong (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 7, 2011 at 17:06:56 in Politics

“that sarah palin flashed her intellectual brilliance once again is NOT newsworthy...even with something as quintessentially american as paul revere's ride...!!!

no, what IS truly newsworthy is that those tea potty-ers who support her had the audacity to actually attempt to REVISE wikipedia to match her version of events...!!!

it's bad enough when intellectually challenged people do stupid things...but when others collude to pervert the historical record to justify that same stupidity then you know the caboose has gone off the rails...or gone rogue...pick your poison...!!!

it also shows just how SERIOUSLY screwed this country is...!!!”
Netanyahu's Stance Jeopardizes Israel's Security

Netanyahu's Stance Jeopardizes Israel's Security

Commented May 27, 2011 at 00:21:11 in World

“thank you, mr. ben-meir...i've been trying to say this for the last 2 days...but somehow my comments seem to have been "misplaced"...!!!

THANK YOU FOR CONFIRMING MY CONTENTION...!!!”
Rafah Crossing Permanently Opened By Egypt

Rafah Crossing Permanently Opened By Egypt

Commented May 25, 2011 at 19:58:19 in World

“HURRAH FOR EGYPT...AND THE PALESTINIANS...!!! :)))”
Obama AIPAC Speech 2011: President Seeks To Smooth Out U.S.-Israel Tensions (VIDEO)

Obama AIPAC Speech 2011: President Seeks To Smooth Out U.S.-Israel Tensions (VIDEO)

Commented May 22, 2011 at 17:36:55 in Politics

“were you to have the final word in this tete-a-tete mr. president, i would find your remarks pragmatic & perhaps hopeful.

however, netanyahu will arrive at the same podium tomorrow & he will be hailed as a conquering hero...and from there he next addresses the u.s. congress where he enjoys as much "admiration"...!!!

mr. president, it is TELLING when american politicians favour israeli foreign policy over that of their own country's interests. and because yours in not the last voice they will hear or remember on this subject, i fear your address will become largely irrelevant...!!!

netanyahu is NOT a visionary and therefore lacks the requisite amount of common sense to address israel's reality; therefore he is not interested in peace, especially when he's being hailed as a hero by the jewish-american lobby...and a significant portion of the american congress...!!!

such hubris is a dangerous thing...and in view of the changing geo-political landscape of the middle east...could have lasting consequences on the state of israel...!!!”

Deleuzian Nomad on May 22, 2011 at 17:44:25

“c'est la vie...”
Disconnected and Dysfunctional

Disconnected and Dysfunctional

Commented May 22, 2011 at 15:49:47 in World

“hmmm...israel has sneered at the u.n. because historically it has had world public opinion on its side: that's no longer the case. even here in america, that overwhelming support has worn thin. israel will have to care because it would no longer be able to maintain current policy in gaza & the west bank.

that said, i DO agree with you that the powers that be in hamas & the israeli govt are NOT interested in peace: too much $$$ in maintaining the conflict. hoever, this still remains palestine's BEST hope of creating a sovereign state...and if hamas were clever, they'd do what needs to be done & get on with it...!

thank you for your post...!!! :)”
Disconnected and Dysfunctional

Disconnected and Dysfunctional

Commented May 22, 2011 at 15:39:49 in World

“the palestinians will NEVER "beg" israel for anything, including being part of an israeli state...not that the israeli public would ever support such a notion...!!! Perhaps the strategy over the years has been unsuccessful, but the recent drive towards u.n. recognition, a la israel, is the BEST move they could ever make...!!!
like pakistan & india; these two HAVE to learn to get along: by hook or by crook. but they surely can't occupy the same state...and neither group is going anywhere...!!! a 2 state solution is the only one that works, over time...!!!

thank you for your post...! :)”
Disconnected and Dysfunctional

Disconnected and Dysfunctional

Commented May 21, 2011 at 23:20:51 in World

“interesting question: "then what?"

israel will HAVE to make peace or try to explain to the i.c.c. why they have an illegal blockade & illegal settlements in a SOVEREIGN country. either way, peace happens with the advantage going to palestine...!!!

sovereignty means that palestine has the right to defend itself, else the u.n. commits troops for an infinite amount of time until these two can prove that they can co-exist. either way, it'll be a testy time a la pakistan/india until cooler, more moderate heads prevail.

anything beyond that is very difficult to tell...made all the more difficult because we have no idea what happens in egypt; syria & lebanon...and the effect these countries will have on sovereign palestine...and israel...!!!

any thoughts...? :)”

Stoopid American on May 22, 2011 at 13:38:53

“Possibly, but my best prognostication is that a UN recognition of Palestine will be a symbolic victory for the PA at best. Israel already sneers at the UN; why would they start caring what it does or says now?

At the end of the day, the people in power both in Israel and Hamas do not want peace. The conflict serves their interests, in my opinion. Consequently, I fear there will be no peace until these extremists can be marginalized.”
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