By Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood, TomDispatch —
While in these last months the NSA has cast a long, dark shadow over American privacy, don’t for a second imagine that it’s the only government agency systematically and often secretly intruding on our lives. A remarkable traffic jam of local, state, and federal government authorities turn out to be exploiting technology to wriggle into the most intimate crevices of our lives.
Swiss pharmaceutical manufacturer Novartis paid doctors to push three of its products by holding “educational events” on fishing trips and at Hooters restaurants that amounted to little more than parties, according to the federal government.
In the ultimate act of corporate greed, the insurance giant—which received a bailout from the government to the tune of $182 billion—is showing what a truly unscrupulous and morally bankrupt organization it is by mulling whether to join a lawsuit against Uncle Sam over unfair bailout terms.
Since oil began leaking into the Gulf of Mexico more than a month ago, the U.S. government and oil giant BP have been engaged in a marriage of convenience that has left the public—and public commentators—furious at both. (continued)
The U.S. government is finally jumping on the green bandwagon, announcing it will make efforts to cut energy use and reduce emissions by 28 percent by 2020, a move that could save $8 billion to $11 billion. The reduction figure is based on 2008 levels.
Those dangerous socialists in our federal government have really done it this time. Why, they’ve ... engineered a way to give the American auto industry a much-needed boost with their successful “Cash for Clunkers” program.