Doctor’s insight: Bookies call it the “vig,” insurance companies call it a “PPO Repricing Fee.” It allows them to go around state insurance laws.
This type of corruption is costly for retirees and very lucrative for Wall Street and politicians. Now they want to legalize it as “free speech.”
Just 103 days remain before Catalonia’s scheduled and already explosive referendum on independence from Spain, and now this.
Meet the secretive powers behind the trade negotiations that attempt to rewrite US and EU laws and regulations to their liking and beyond democratic controls.
Money has no moral compunction, moves with ease from drug traffickers into mega construction projects, and politicians need it for campaigns and other purposes.
GM blamed a low-level engineer for its ignition switch fiasco. That doesn’t even merit an “oh puleese!” I speak from personal experience: I owned a supplier that was smashed to smithereens by GM’s engineering and purchasing bureaucracy.
Grins were on the faces of CNPC executives as they celebrated a blockbuster 30-year deal for Russian gas. For some, however, those grins might turn to grimaces; CNPC has been caught up in a series of highest profile corruption investigations.
By Don Quijones: “I don’t think the government will want this to go to the courts, as it won’t benefit anyone.”
By Don Quijones: The Spanish magistrate Elpidio Silva is just about the only judge in the Western hemisphere to have sent the CEO of a bailed-out too-big-to-fail bank to jail. Turns out, that was huge mistake.
By Don Quijones: Political corruption has already become synonymous with political leadership in Spain. But now there’s a spectacle of political hubris and impunity so farcical and obscene that it leaves no doubt in one’s mind: Spain is run by a mafia state!