Who Stands To Profit From Keystone? The Koch Bros, Of Course

Koch Brothers

The Article: Study: Koch Brothers Could Make $100 Billion if Keystone XL Pipeline Approved by Kevin Grandia in The Contributor.

The Text: A new study concludes that Koch Industries and its subsidiaries stand to make as much as $100 billion in profits if the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is granted a presidential permit from U.S. President Barack Obama.

The report, titled Billionaires’ Carbon Bomb, produced by the think tank International Forum on Globalization (IFG), finds that David and Charles Koch and their privately owned company, Koch Industries, own more than 2 million acres of land in Northern Alberta, the source of the tar sands bitumen that would be pumped to the United States via the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Detroit Resident Invites Pension-Cutting Governor Over For Dinner

Get this: to combat the Wall Street-caused financial crisis that quickly pulled Detroit down in its miserable hole, Michigan state “leaders” have chosen to cut pensions from public workers. What the rightly angry pensioner says at the end is haunting. To cut that which men and women have worked for decades to receive is to sever their livelihood. It’s that simple.

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Bob Dylan On Theft

Bob Dylan Stealing

Steal it all and you’re a Job Creator.

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A $13 Billion JP Morgan Settlement Is Fine, But Let’s Put ‘Em In Jail

JP Morgan Ceo

The Article: The $13 Billion JPMorgan Settlement Is a Good Start—Now Someone Should Go to Jail by William Greider in The Nation.

The Text: JPMorgan Chase, the star of mega-banks, is up against the wall at the Justice Department, trying to settle its myriad crimes for $13 billion. That’s real money, even for a trillion-dollar bank. So this is progress. After years of scandalous indifference, the Obama administration appears to have found its backbone.

Better late than never, grumpy citizens can say. But that doesn’t settle the matter. Four years ago, Senator Ted Kaufman of Delaware crisply described the more fundamental problem posed by the wantonly reckless behemoths of Wall Street.

“People know that if they rob a bank they will go to jail,” Kaufman said. “Bankers should know that if they rob people they will go to jail too.” Can we hear an amen on that? Not yet. But the complaint Kaufman voiced repeatedly is now on the table. “At the end of the day,” the senator warned, “This is a test of whether we have one justice system in this country or two. If we do not treat a Wall Street firm that defrauded investors of millions of dollars the same way we treat someone who stole $500 from a cash register, then how can we expect our citizens to have any faith in the rule of law?”

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JFK On Religion

JFK On Religion

I shudder to think of what the late president would have to say about the bottom of the barrel GOP presidential pickings today.

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