The USA needs heroes…

October 26, 2007

There is one guy running for President in the USA worth anything. He is a whistle blower, releasing the “Pentagon Papers” (information on the Vietnam war being kept secret by Nixon) and the man who effectively ended the draft in the USA during the Vietnam war. The Senator for Alaska is in no-one’s pocket and was just dropped from the Democratic Nomination debates on NBC for not doing things he did and not being rich enough. This would be the second televised debate that he will be excluded from. Gravel is against the war and vocally for substantial cutting the USA military. NBC is owned by General Electric*, the USA’s biggest arms contractor and the second biggest company in the world. The USA spends more on military than the rest of the world combined (even excluding the cost of the Iraq war).

Mike Gravel asks inconvenient questions like “are you genuinely talking about dropping a nuclear weapon on Iran?” Particularly important for Americans since Putin, yesterday, assured Iran that any attack on its sovereignty will be seen as an attack on Russia.

Come a hero: a young multimillionaire, Gregory Chase, who agreed, if necessary, to simply hand NBC the $1million they say Gravel needs to be taken seriously as a candidate and allowed to debate. He says he is happy to buy advertising on their network for Gravel to that amount if but will hand over the money gratis if required. Chase, a man who seems to understand “sound-bite” culture, said: “We could put it (the &1mil) in a fireplace and burn it for all I care, as long as he gets in the debate.”

Chase has also put up $25,000 for the person posting the Mike Gravel YouTube Video that gets the most hits before January 1st 2008.

Oddly enough this story has been missed by The BBC, Sky and CNN.


*- GE was convicted in 1990 of defrauding the U.S. Department of Defence, and again in 1992 on charges of corrupt practices in the sale of jet engines to Israel.- wikipedia


Jester saves the world…! bit by bit… part 3 (or something).

When a person commits a murder they get a portion of their life taken from them in punishment. When a company is found liable of killing people it receives a fine. But companies are legal personalities… shouldn’t they give up a portion of their existence just like people?

Companies always make a calculation when they find out one of their products is faulty and could result in death or disability. Will it cost more to recall the product or just pay out for the lawsuits when people die? If a recall costs more than a fine and a couple of lawsuits they let the people die. Simple.

But if you took, say, 33% of the existence of a company (equivalent to 25yrs of a 75yr life) and added the asset to the country’s tax base (goes to the people) you would have investors a little more concerned with their company’s ethics alongside the bottom line. Companies that add to the suffering of a country and get caught end up contributing to education, security, hospitals and so- on. And, maybe, eventually, one day, we could stop paying taxes.

Or we could just shoot the CEOs of the companies. That would be more fun and more satisfying.