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The People v. Goldman Sachs

Posted on Nov 8, 2011

Last Thursday, Chris Hedges, Cornel West and others held a mock trial of Goldman Sachs in Zuccotti Park. via YouTube:


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By galeww, November 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm Link to this comment

Chris—your 8/29 column was written 3 weeks before OWS.  Has the movement moved you?  I am 66 years old, arrested after two days with the Occupy Coachella group.  It hasn’t stopped me but my night in jail was sobering.
Thanks for all you do,
Inspiration is critical!
Gale Wheat

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By Zoroastrian Beastmaster, November 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment
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1. Rothschild family of London and New York
2. Warburg Family of Germany and New York
3. Oppenheimer Family of London, Germany and New York
4. Kuhn & Loeb of Germany and New York
5. Lehman Brothers of New York
6. Goldman Sachs of New York
7. Rockefeller Family of New York
8. JP Morgan Chase of New York (Queen of England is the largest shareholder)
9. Lazard Brothers of Paris and New York
10. Israel Seif and Moses of Italy (Bank of Italy -> became Bank of America)

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By cclauson, November 9, 2011 at 8:27 am Link to this comment
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“they have this kind of narrow analytical intelligence, and the emotional intelligence of a 12-year-old”

(I watch this between doing algorithms homework problems, the current one is dynamic programming algorithms that maximize profit from stock sales)

I object! I resemble that remark!

Seriously, though, I would have loved to get a liberal education.  I didn’t get one in high school, it would have been nice in college.  I just worked enough low wage jobs so that I was job scared on entering college.

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By Haudenosaun, November 8, 2011 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment

Some great inspirational speaches.  When manipulation of hate and fear no longer
work for them, they’re finished.

And I believe Chris is right that movement should remain alienated from power so
that no Faustian bargains need be made.

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By EmileZ, November 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm Link to this comment

Mr. Hedges and Mr. West should collaborate more often.

All participants were great.

Never declare any kind of final victory, just keep on keeping on.

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By Paul Watkins, November 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment
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I feel this quote encapsulates Chris Hedges;

...In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth
becomes a revolutionary act…

George Orwell 1984.

Keep telling the truth Chris.

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By Alison Maynard, November 8, 2011 at 6:49 am Link to this comment
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I am very glad to see this, at long last, especially the inclusion of corrupt
judges as part of the picture of the organized crime takeover of all our

I believe the rise of Goldman Sachs and its affiliated criminal interests was enabled through the savings & loan debacle, where, upon deregulation, billions of dollars flowed out of these
institutions into the private pockets.  One thing not often mentioned is the
Colorado connection to the national takeover (and that is because there is no enforcement of white collar crime in Colorado).  Obviously, Neil Bush on the
board of Silverado is one—but the most important is
the law firm of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck, which is directly linked to
organized crime. 

Partner Steve Farber was responsible for bringing the Democratic National
Convention to Denver in 2008, where Obama was nominated.  As apparent
payback, Farber was given the right to fill the top slots at the Dept. of Interior.  That is why
his stooge Ken Salazar, along with several other Coloradans (including former
Brownstein partner Tom Strickland), were put in charge.  The law firm of
Brownstein, Farber had earlier RUN Salazar’s re-election campaign for Colorado
Attorney General, as well as his Senate campaign, with lawyers serving in key
positions in the campaign as “volunteers”.  Goldman Sachs and Jon Corzine,
Lehman Bros, Citigroup, that lot, gave tens of thousands of dollars to Salazar,
as well as Salazar’s mentor Roy Romer (who also was head of the Democratic
National Committee in the 1990’s, even while serving as Colorado governor).  I wondered, for years—seeing Goldman Sachs and these other big out-of-state banks pouring money into the campaigns of Romer and Salazar—what their interest was.  Now we know.

I believe Romer and Salazar perfected the art of disaster capitalism with the Summitville
mining disaster in SW Colorado.  By “disaster capitalism,” I mean the
artificial creation of disasters so that others, with inside information that the
disaster is coming, can make a bunch of money off a stock play, either selling
short or selling high right before the disaster happens.  We have, I believe, seen
this scenario many times in recent years, not only in Summitville (where Bill
Clinton is among the likely beneficiaries), but Katrina, the oil well blowout in
the Gulf, 9/11, and the implosion of Lehman Brothers.  Both Romer and Salazar
used their positions of trust in Colorado to enrich developers, such as by secretly transferring valuable state lands to them for pennies on the dollar.  There is strong evidence they have also instructed judges how to rule in cases where the giveaways of state land and water rights were challenged.

In Colorado, judges are appointed by the governor, and Romer appointed his
cronies.  Elections are crooked here, too—it’s the Democrats working for the real estate developers.  Another important piece of the puzzle is the
takeover of the press:  William Dean Singleton, who owns most of the
newspapers on the Front Range, including the Denver Post, is a plant likely funded from the outside (can we guess by whom?) whose acquisitions of newspapers were strategically geared at shutting
down these papers’ investigations into the S&L disaster, as well as
Summitville.  Lots of good reporters lost their jobs (or were possibly bought off).  Singleton is good friends with Larry Mizel:  they were introduced
by Michael Milken. 

It all has been orchestrated by the banksters, to enrich themselves at the
expense of the rest of us.

Key information about the S&L disaster, as well as the CIA and Mafia
connections to it, is presented in a book by former Houston Post reporter Pete
Brewton, from 1992,  “The Mafia, CIA, and George Bush.”

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