Monday, February 28, 2011

The Story of Citizens United v. FEC (2011) ---- Season Two launches on March 1st with The Story of Citizens United v. FEC , also our first film for 2011, and it's an exploration of the inordinate power that corporations exercise in our democracy.

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Mideast Dictators: Talk to Chuck

Barbados Feb 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

25 Guys to Avoid on Wall Street

Ash Bennington, former  vice-president at Credit Suisse and BB&T—and current NetNet reporter 

  1. Avoid the guy who calls you 'Chief'.  He doesn't remember your name.
  2. Avoid the guy who went to Hotchkiss and Yale and wears Nantucket reds during the summer. He doesn't think you belong.
  3. Avoid the dim-witted back-slapping managing director. He's not as smart as you are—but he's been throwing guys like you under the bus since you were in grade school.
  4. Avoid the consultant hired by the dumb managing director to do his math for him. Not only will he throw you under the bus, he's smarter than you are.
  5. Avoid the guy who always wants you to be his alibi when he cheats on his wife. ("Hey man, is it cool if I tell Kathy that we're going fly fishing in Canada this weekend?"). No, dude: It's not cool.
  6. Avoid the guy who keeps failing the CFA Level 1. He's looking for someone to blame.
  7. Avoid the girl who cries at her desk. (You can ignore my advice on this one—but either way, you won't make that mistake twice.)
  8. Avoid the guy who offers his clients 'a very special opportunity' to invest in anything. He has a problem with cocaine.
  9. Avoid any man who has floppy hair after age 30—he's a complete toolbox.
  10. Avoid the guy who throws his phone across the trading floor whenever his positions go south. He's an angry dude, and the more time you spend with him the more reasons he'll find to dislike you.
  11. Avoid anyone who tells you that you should relax and have a couple of drinks—at 9:15 on a Tuesday morning. You're not cool enough to hang out with this guy.
  12. Avoid anyone who won't relax and have a couple of drinks—at 9:15 on a Thursday night. They're not cool enough to hang out with you—and ultimately they'll resent you for it.
  13. Avoid any broker who tells you his client is going to DTC in 50MM in securities from Europe and he needs to borrow a C-Note. Just for the weekend. And this is the last time.
  14. Avoid the banker who never seems to close a deal but still manages to remain employed. He's got something ugly on somebody—and you don't want to be involved.
  15. Avoid anyone who tells you to 'take one for the team'. He got where he is by convincing dopes like you to jump in front of an oncoming train.
  16. Avoid the guy who tells you, "Seriously, all I do is work and then go home and lift." He's telling you the truth—and he's as dumb as a stone.
  17. Avoid anyone who sits within eye-line of your desk: They know what time you show up and what time you leave—and chances are they think you're a lazy punk.
  18. Avoid anyone who is ten years older than you are—and is still more junior in the reporting structure. He hates you more than you could ever imagine.
  19. Avoid the guy who posts Facebook pictures of himself getting arrested at the Saint Patrick's Day parade. The guy is fearless—and he thinks you're a complete coward.
  20. Avoid the guy who hangs his suit coat on the back of his chair to show off his suspenders. He either still thinks it's 1985 or he's trying to compensate for something.
  21. Avoid the guy who can drink all night, take a shower, and come into the office as crisp as a $100 bill. He's got an oxlike constitution—and it will be fatal to your career to try to emulate his example.
  22. Avoid the guy who keeps telling you: "Without the back office, you overpaid clowns wouldn't even have a job." He's right—but you don't need to hear it.
  23. Avoid the guy who won't share his Adderall: It just speaks to his character.
  24. Avoid anyone on Wall Street dumb enough to pick a fight with Bess Levin.
  25. Avoid the guy who gets drunk and loves to brag about never losing in arbitration: He's going to get indicted. (Trust me on this one.) 


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Friday, February 25, 2011

Anti-Union Opportunism

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dirty Mind

Dirty Mind

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP War on Women

Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP War on Women

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women's access to abortion care, they're actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven't.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to "accuser." But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain "victims."

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids. 

5) In Congress, Republicans have proposed a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids' preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

9) Congress voted yesterday on a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

10) And if that wasn't enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can't make this stuff up).

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1. "'Forcible Rape' Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding," The Huffington Post, February 9, 2011

"Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011

2. "Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As 'Accusers,'" The Huffington Post, February 4, 2011

3. "South Dakota bill would legalize killing abortion doctors," Salon, February 15, 2011

4. "House GOP Proposes Cuts to Scores of Sacred Cows," National Journal, February 9, 2011

5. "New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion," Talking Points Memo, February 4, 2011

6. "Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should be Married and Home with Kids," Think Progress, February 16, 2011

7. "Bye Bye, Big Bird. Hello, E. Coli," The New Republic, Feburary 12, 2011

8. "House GOP spending cuts will devastate women, families and economy," The Hill, February 16, 2011

9. "House passes measure stripping Planned Parenthood funding," MSNBC, February 18,2011

"GOP Spending Plan: X-ing Out Title X Family Planning Funds," Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2011

10. Ibid.

Birth Control for Horses, Not for Women," Blog for Choice, February 17, 2011

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Friday, February 18, 2011

New Ways of saying things

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about that Obama meeting with the Tech Elite.


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