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14/04/2011

The Governator

While his first post-politics project is a TV cartoon series for kids called The Governator, Schwarzenegger told a press conference at the MipTV conference in Cannes today that the show will spawn comic books, digital content and ultimately a 3D movie.

The show is loosely based on Schwarzenegger’s recent political career, with an animated post-governor Arnie fighting crime and natural disasters while trying to “make it home for dinner every night”. (cont’d…)

Hmm…I suppose fiction and reality are becoming increasingly blurred for the average American.

I guess it helps the ruling elite get away with this sort of thing:

We caused a recession? Trebles all round!

Bankers aren’t known for being particularly demonstrative, but when the head of the Independent Community Banks of America addressed its convention in San Diego last week, he sounded more like a fire-and-brimstone preacher than a buttoned-down financier.

But the evil that ICBA President Cam Fine sermonized about was not demon rum or the corrupting influence of billiard parlors.

Instead, he railed against the excesses at the nation’s biggest banks, which are emerging from the Great Recession larger than ever, with gold-plated pay packages and — so far at least — little threat of prosecution over actions that contributed to the global financial shutdown. (cont’d…)

Rule by the (top) people, of the (top) people, for the (top) people!

The upper 1 percent of Americans are now taking in nearly a quarter of the nation’s income every year. In terms of wealth rather than income, the top 1 percent control 40 percent. Their lot in life has improved considerably. Twenty-five years ago, the corresponding figures were 12 percent and 33 percent. One response might be to celebrate the ingenuity and drive that brought good fortune to these people, and to contend that a rising tide lifts all boats. That response would be misguided. While the top 1 percent have seen their incomes rise 18 percent over the past decade, those in the middle have actually seen their incomes fall. For men with only high-school degrees, the decline has been precipitous—12 percent in the last quarter-century alone. All the growth in recent decades—and more—has gone to those at the top. In terms of income equality, America lags behind any country in the old, ossified Europe that President George W. Bush used to deride. Among our closest counterparts are Russia with its oligarchs and Iran. While many of the old centers of inequality in Latin America, such as Brazil, have been striving in recent years, rather successfully, to improve the plight of the poor and reduce gaps in income, America has allowed inequality to grow. (cont’d…)

But tell that to the kids of 1955, and they wouldn’t believe you!

Dr. Brown: Then tell me, ‘Future Boy’, who’s President in the United States in 1985?
Marty McFly: Ronald Reagan.
Dr. Brown: Ronald Reagan? The actor? Then who’s VICE-President? Jerry Lewis?

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