Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Constant Struggle

Today’s news, all from the pages of Newsday.

911 Widow Wins Benefits.
Forget the actual story, what is important is that she had to win.
And against whom do you think she had to win?
She had to fight the insurance industry. Well actually not a new story but indicative of how they act and react when faced with the prospect of paying out on a policy they sold to the public who bought it and in good faith paid the premiums on.  And what goes unnoticed is it's now TEN YEARS after 911!

Some Long Islanders wrote letters, printed today railing against people who want the wealthy to pay more taxes.
These are average people who I assume do not make millions yet still fight the fight for the wealthy who, frankly wouldn't stop or stoop to close their eyes and place coins on them if they found their corpse in the gutter.
I don’t want the wealthy to pay too much, just their fair share and stop with the bullshit loopholes.

Among all his other crazy ideas such as calling for the death penalty for being gay Ron Paul is promising to eliminate the IRS if he wins the Presidency.
And just how will government run without any cash sir?
Oh I forgot, you don’t think government should run!
Can this tiny minded Anti-Semitic racist pig moron troll be more insane?

A new tactic on Long Island has turned up as thieves acting in pairs trick the elderly into letting them in to their homes by posing as new neighbors or electric company employees, etc. One chats with the owner and walks a little way away from the front door allowing his partner to gain entrance and rummage through the house undetected.
This is repulsive. Why can’t they rob and steal from the poor and middle class the honest way, they way most employers are doing it these days?
Business owners threaten unemployment or hint at it while demanding more hours and harder work in return for lower wages, less benefits and higher costs on health care.
They then reap the benefits of this nearly slave labor in excess profit and cry all the way to the bank about how business is down before heading out on another vacation.

A man had to sue his insurance company after he was forced to pay for a ‘well doctor’ visit that he was told would be fully covered.
I guess the agent who told him that had his fingers crossed behind his back!
According to the law, until the Republicans can repeal it insurance companies must fully cover ‘preventive care’ doctor visits and not even charge a co-pay unless something terrible is found and a procedure must be performed.
This tactic is the latest one by all insurance companies in their ongoing effort to totally screw the public.
No bill will be approved and no claim will be paid until and unless all possible avenues of obfuscation have been explored and the sheriff is at the door with a warrant to arrest the lying son of a bitch CEO with a separate subpoena for all of his records!

More letters in the paper from smokers who are angry at smoking bans.
HEY, in case you missed the news from a couple of decades ago SMOKING KILLS!
It kills the smoker which is fine but it also kills the innocent people around the smoker who inhale the vile second hand smoke.
And when the smoker uses the argument that there are other pollutants in the air so why only go after cigarettes the only possible answer is, WE’RE GOING AFTER ALL OF THEM YOU IDIOT! Now would you please going into a hermetically sealed room and light up!

And finally come the letters from those who are so angry at President Obama for ramming health care down their throats.
I almost do not know where to begin so I won’t.
But I would like to suggest that those people not opt in for any health care and then go out and smoke a few cartons of unfiltered cigarettes.
Then calmly drop dead somewhere not too close to an emergency room.
We wouldn’t want you to accidentally have health care rammed down your asinine throat!

I cannot wait for tomorrow's edition.
I need a drink!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Favorite Last Words - Hollywood Style

There’s an old one about a guy sent to jail where the inmates must work in the field all day and no talking is allowed.
Suddenly one guy jumps up and yells “49” and the field erupts in laughter.
Then another inmate pops up with, “72” and more laughs abound.
After five times the new guy leans over and asks his neighbor “what the hell’s going on.”
He’s told to wait.
That night the new guy us given a book of jokes and told to memorize them. “We can’t talk so we yell out the number of a joke and everyone remembers it and laughs.”
The next day exhausted from a lack of sleep our new guy waits his turn.
He hears “42” and laughter – “91” more laughter and then a lull.
He sees his chance so he jumps up and screams out “24!”
Not a sound.
He shakes his head and tries again. “24!!”
He looks at his neighbor who shrugs and says, “It’s your delivery!"

In that spirit I offer my favorite individual lines from some of the movies I’ve seen. It’s up to you to determine the movie and decide if you agree or not.
I hope my delivery suits your taste.

My Favorite last Movie Lines (not in any order):

Well, nobody’s perfect!

May God bless us everyone.

Eliza, where the devil are my slippers?

There’s no place like home!

As you wish.

Where we’re going we don’t need roads.

All right Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.

Twas beauty killed the beast.

This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Hey Stella!

(How do I make out the report captain?) Better make it ‘dead on arrival.’

That’s right, that’s right. Atta boy Clarence!

It’s the stuff dreams are made of.

They can’t lick us, we’ll go on forever, Pa cause we’re the people! (An original Occupy Group!)

Te adoro Anton

Mother will love it up here!!!

Captain, I just threw your stinking palm tree overboard. Now what’s all this crap about no movie?

This is your life Lillian Roth

Merry Christmas!

I now pronounce you men and wives.

Come back Shane.

Go proclaim liberty throughout all the lands and to the inhabitants thereof.

I loved you Julie. Know that I loved you.

He would be in Jem’s room all night and he’d be there when Jem waked in the morning. (One of the greatest movies ever!)

Love means never having to say you’re sorry. (One of the corniest movies ever!)

And in a very special way I lost Hermie forever.

Even the orchestra is beautiful.

Oh sweet mystery of life at last I found you.

I’ll be right here!


Happy Birthday Sam, make a wish. (Pause) It already came true.

I think I’ll have a drink.

Hey, uh dad? Do you wanna have a catch? I’d like that.

I’m having an old friend for dinner. (Dr. Lecter – Dr. Lecter – Dr. Lecter ?)

I thought you didn’t care. I don’t. Don’t tell anyone.

Vanity, definitely my favorite sin!

Say friend, you got any more of that good sarsaparilla?

Good night you princes of Maine, you kings of New England.

To boldly go where no man has gone before.


And now some non-last but still great lines many used every day!

Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn. (Tomorrow is another day.) {First ever million dollar movie}

Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. (Play Ball.)

YOU’RE NEXT! (Police talk about seed pods falling off a truck in an accident.)

Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me aren’t you? (Early in the film)

We’re going to need a bigger boat! (Come on, everyone knows this line!)

I could’ve been a contender! (I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.)

My daughter, my sister, my daughter, my sister, my daughter, my sister. (MAKE UP YOUR MIND!)

Get away from her you BITCH! (Final confrontation)

Open the pod bay doors please Hal. (Nearly the last line spoken by a live character in a film with a lot left!)

Excuse me while I whip this out. (One of my many favorite Mel Brooks lines, most of them of the ‘potty’ variety.)

No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die! (Early on in the 3rd 007 flick while Sean Connery – the real one & only James Bond is being tortured by Odd Job’s boss Goldfinger.)

Here’s Johnny! (So much scarier when Jack Nicholson said it to Shelley, Olive Oyl Duvall than when jolly old Ed McMahon said it to Johnny Carson.)

You want answers? - I want the truth! - YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH! (Whoa!)

Use the force, Luke!

We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!

If you build it he will come.

Beam me up Scotty!

Life's like a box of chocolate.

Live long & prosper.

You do know how to whistle don't you? You just put your lips together and blow!

I’m the king of the world! (Or at least the box office!)

Pay no attention to the man behind that curtain.

They call me Mr. Tibbs!

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.

Play it again Sam (Never actually said but ‘when the legend becomes fact print the legend’ – Which is of course another great line from a John Wayne Jimmy Stewart western.)

I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.

Go ahead, make my day.

You talking to me? You talking to me?? I don't see anybody else here!!

In years to come when you speak of this, and you shall, be kind.

Here’s looking at you kid.

I'm walking here, I'm walking here!

To my big brother George, the richest man in town.

Show me the money.

Why don’t you come up and see me sometime?

E.T. phone home.

I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

 Attica  Attica!

Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!

I’ll have what she’s having.

Lah Di Dah.

I’ll be back.

Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.

Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night.

I see dead people.

Rosebud (Belongs as the first line of the movie and the last word seen in the film.) The film was written by produced by directed by and starred a great man in film-dom with an incredible knack for a war of the words!

There’s no crying in baseball!

Wanna dance or would you like to suck face? 

Of course it’s hard. If it was easy everybody’d do it.

Hasta la vista, baby.

Are there no prisons, are there no workhouses?

Yo Adrian!

Is it safe? (My teeth always tingle when I hear that line.)

Nobody puts baby in a corner.


And for anyone who actually read this entire long piece of my personal favorites I have but one thing left to say:

My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my brother (variant) thanks you, And I thank you!

Anyone who does not know the movies attached to the quotes or the circumstances under which they were uttered leave a comment or tweet (@reschzoo) and I’ll be glad to fill you in. (Don’t google, that’s no fun.)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Pessimistically Optimistic

Getting out of bed every morning is a little more painful each day. My back aches or my neck creeks or something hurts that didn’t the night before or shouldn’t no matter what.
My wife suggests we get a new mattress but I would prefer a new back!
Naturally that’s not covered in our world ruled by insurance companies and their puppets in government.
Those guys are the real pains although not necessarily in the back.
But I started thinking about how my life is generally ruled by costs when it comes to many things and in that way I guess I am normal.
(Me, normal? Nahhh!)
I don’t just buy the first new item that hits store shelves even if I want it or even need it. Like most others I tend to shop around or wait for coupons or some way to lower the cost before plunking down my hard earned cash.
And if you know me you also know my motto when it comes to discounts is, “30% off is still 70% on!”
So when I find a good price on something I also make a final determination of need.
I have become a slightly open-door closet pessimist in that I feel everything that can go right or wrong will tend to lean toward the latter first!
That philosophy is not as bad as it might sound since if you feel things will always go wrong you may occasionally be pleasantly surprised, although far less these days than you might believe.
I guess I have felt that way for a long time because in college I always expected a ‘D’ grade or worse so that when I got ‘C’ and above I was ecstatic!
Of course being a pessimist has its downside especially when you tend to be correct!
I mean if you think something bad is going to happen to you and then it does should you be happy and feel vindicated?
Using that logic I must be happy to have trouble rising in the morning.
But painful personal pessimism aside I would like to address our nation’s outlook on life as we know it.
More and more of our day to day lives is being ruled by that supposed bane of the Republican Party, big government. But contrary to their lip service mantra that is as it should be in a recession.
During hard times the people occupying the lower levels of the wage earning spectrum have more trouble making ends meet. Government programs such as unemployment insurance and free or low cost health care become life lines against financial ruin and even death.
But the problem is these people don’t tend to have a cohesive voice and definitely don’t have a powerful lobby through which to get their plights heard.
And thus they are an easy target for those in power to point to as financial drains on our economy.
Does anyone believe a Koch brother would offer a penny to save a sick poor man?
Alan Grayson famously put it more succinctly if in a less politically correct way with his “die quickly” label of the Republican healthcare plan.
But when the opposition to a fair policy for all Americans continues to chip away at every facet of our democratic ideals we the people are faced with a struggle beyond precedent.
We even lost an incredibly intelligent well spoken champion of all humans in the fight for fair and balanced health care when the Republican Party blocked President Obama’s appointment of Dr. Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid.
Why you may ask would they do so?
Who is this awful terrorist wannabe that our leaders on the right feel must be booted out of existence?
Read about him – I cannot do this great man justice here.
Simple changes that go unnoticed have hidden agenda that turn out to be ways for the wealthy or big businesses to retain more profit at the expense of the individual.
For example the recent push to stop prostate screening for men until they have symptoms will negate the yearly PSA exams for millions. Proponents of stalling the test say it is a pain in the butt and could have false positives.
But a quick “light of day” exam of the motives of the proponents reveals a simple fact, the benefit to stopping those life saving blood tests goes directly into the pockets of the insurers.
Personally my first PSA exam was just as I hit 50 and lo and behold the discovery and subsequent treatment of what was found most likely saved my life.
Another huge savings of profit for the poor insurance industry is the lessening of mammogram frequencies.
What does the Republican Party have against women?
When the poor die due to a lack of quality health care they do so quietly. Their passing will not be announced as Breaking News on Fox. (This just in, a homeless and former Viet Nam veteran died outside the emergency room today saving tax payers thousands. Thanks Sarge! And now here’s Gretchen with other fun news.)
Naturally wealthy people pass away as well but if there is a ‘cure that money can buy’ rest assured they will not rest trying to find it before resting in peace!
One common thread in both of the above cases, insurance companies did not have to pay a penny.
Now all of these policy changes may be lumped under the heading of getting government out of your lives, making it less intrusive. Yet how does that square with the concurrent push for laws such as “personhood” which would allow the government to peer into a woman’s uterus at time of conception?
Zygotes of the fallopian tubes unite!
Clearly when it comes to the policy wishes of the Republican Party hypocrisy should be its middle name.
So why are so many average Americans still willing to vote for the phony party of family values? Why do so many voters tend to be masochists?
Remember, “What does a sadist do to a masochist – NOTHING!”
But in this case the sadistic tendencies of the ‘right’ are doing quite a bit to the electorate.
The middle class and poor have been used as wallets from which the wealthy and large corporations have dipped into as needed.
In order to get policies in place to help the majority of Americans it will take a touch less spending on foreign wars and defense as well as a bit more tax revenue overall.
Let’s see if we can help the lives and livelihood of the American voters as much as we appear to be trying to help the rest of the world. Don’t stop foreign aid but at least match it with the same fervor here.
And when it comes to taxes simple minded logic will say that a one dollar increase from three hundred million Americans should hurt less than a three hundred million increase from one guy! But anyone with a modicum of intelligence knows that percentages of wealth will show the fallacy in that thinking.
The pessimist in me feels I may never be able to rise out of bed totally pain free again but a tiny optimistic voice is wondering if I could cure the pain for less than a co-pay large enough to fund the CEO’s next vacation home.
Oh well, it look as though I’m in the market for a new mattress! 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanks - Revised Two Years Later!

Exactly 2 years ago I wrote this piece about Thanksgiving.
The country and the world have made tremendous changes since then.
My life has changed in many ways as well but many of the thoughts and wishes have not.
The post below is mainly a reprint with fresh comments noting the changes since 2009 in deep blue.

Thanksgiving week is greeted with many different emotions throughout this country and it is the official/unofficial start of a traditional holiday season.  Although this year many stores hurting for sales had their Christmas trees and decorations out before Halloween!

In the past we celebrated the day and or weekend by having a Thursday dinner with friends and family and then getting to sleep early so we could get up and bust some doors at a local retailer.

Those who eschewed the "Black Friday" crowds in favor of a more restful day off might play with their kids or sit around a fire and talk.  (You do remember sitting and talking, right? NO, NOT TEXTING - TALKING!)  No change there!

The stores start putting out their 'countdown' calendars letting us know in no uncertain terms how many shopping days we have left until Christmas. The pressure builds. I think they chose Christmas because it was always easy to subtract from December 25th instead of having to figure out when Hanukkah was. (I think it's early this year!)  Nope - It's right on time as the 2 holidays coincide - A rarity that is sure to fire up and focus a friendly frenzy of feverish shopping. (Too many "F" words?)

Every year this is a particularly bad time for those among us who are suffering from depression. The sight of others being happy tends to exacerbate anxiety and the bad thoughts occasionally culminate in tragedy around the end of December.  
We should all be on the lookout for anyone we feel might fall prey to feelings such as those because with the economy in the dumps there may be many more than in previous years.  
And with the economy continuing to be in the toilet for all but the well to do please keep an eye out for loved ones, friends and acquaintances who may be suffering silently.  Don't let them become a statistical footnote to the recession.

I have suffered through my own year of living dangerously as I was a victim to economic pressures at my old job. Luckily I am not smart enough to get too depressed. But seriously, it is not good and it is important to lend a hand where possible.  My hand was finally received by my new employer this March and I have been working ever since.  I am not earning at the level of my past employment but far more than my unemployment.  I hope others can join me soon.

Personally I could never consider doing myself harm. As my mother used to say, "I could never commit suicide, I'm way too much of a coward!"  No change there!

So in the spirit of this post and going against my Eclectic Curmudgeon title allow me to list a few things of which I am thankful for. I hope you will add your own to the list.

I am thankful that:

... I still have my father around as he nears the 92nd anniversary of his birth.
He will be joining my family for Thanksgiving dinner. (I'm driving.)  Sadly this has changed.  My incredibly kindhearted dad fell victim to a fall just before his 93rd birthday and entered peaceful eternity on April 13.  Aside from his family many disabled vets will miss him dearly.

... I am also picking up my (few years younger) mother-in-law (That's right, I said mother-in-law! Get over it.)  
She is still vibrant and living on her own as a snowbird. But for full disclosure I will not be driving her this year. :-)

... My wife is a good intelligent woman and she still has her job.
 She still works for NYC full time but is classified as a part timer so benefits can be withheld.  Hey Bloomberg didn't get to be a billionaire by accident!

... My two children are healthy and beautiful. (I dream of their bright futures regularly.)  
This will never change.
AND they are both finished with the money pit of college - Whew.  

... I still have much of my hair although more and more of it finds its way onto the brush every 
day.  YUP!

... I have most of my health, 'nuff said.  

... I can still see very well. (And it only cost $700 for the glasses!)  
And several hundred for the exams etc. Luckily the costs are covered by my insur, wait, uh, oh well never mind.

... I have some good friends. (Are there truly any other kind?)  I could always use more and this year I lost some really wonderful ones.  So call me, we'll do lunch.

... I can still finish the Sunday Times crossword puzzle - usually without too much help.
 Surprisingly ditto - although I sometimes lack the patience to actually do it!

... I am able to find humor in the strangest of places which is good since more places are strange these days than ever before.  

And most of all I am thankful that I can put all these things down on this blog, because maybe, just maybe someone who doesn't think they have anything to be thankful for will find something here that they missed. And if I can save someone from being miserable then I will be even more thankful.

Think of that and these two phrases during this holiday season:

'Save a life; save the world'
'It is better to give than receive.'  (I'm a 40 regular with a 34 waist medium build & I love vodka.)

May you have the best of all worlds.

Have a Happy Bird Day! (And a Happy Holiday Season)
Have a Happy Bird Day! (And a Happy Holiday Season)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

I'll Respect You in the Morning

Those of you old enough to remember the Robert Klein routine hinted at in the title will understand that there are many things people say that are clearly not true.
And the people who say them know they are lying but they rely on the naivete of the people to whom they are speaking to get away with, well whatever.

So in the spirit of that restless legged stand-up old timer I hereby submit:

Things Americans seem to accept without question that are inherently unfair and clearly untrue:

1 - Paying insurance companies tremendously high premiums for coverage is needed to ensure that I am covered for all illnesses.
       The coverage we pay so dearly for does not kick in until an equally unfair deductible is met and a Co-Pay is given at time of service.
We seem to allow without thinking that we should be giving money away with no true belief it will ever be used for our well being to large corporations who in turn wish to make that feeling a reality by hiring intelligent people to find loopholes in their own policies or write them in in the first place.
Just what exactly is a deductible or a co-pay or a co-insurance?
Simply put they are inherent future revenue streams that insurance companies bank on should a policy holder have the nerve to try to access the fruits of their policy.

Voting for a politician because he or she states they will stick up for your rights and because their beliefs most closely resemble yours on a majority of issues will ensure you have a friend in government.
     And then re-electing them when they prove to have lied because you believe their promise that they will do so this time!
By nature we have been a forgiving society and somewhat naïve when it comes to questioning authority or those in power.
We are not comprised of a mentality rampant in so-called third world countries where the people not only think their leaders are corrupt but they know for a fact they are!
Sadly those people cannot have ‘Occupy’ movements, or at least have then and survive to talk about them.
Luckily we have freedoms written into our constitution that protect our rights to congregate and dissent and do so openly, at least for now.
But as we continue to elect politicians who are of the ‘in name only’ variety we move closer to a police state where elections are a mere formality and a small few control and rule the country.
We already have a tiny percentage of citizens controlling the conversation who have successfully moved all the playing fields to the right and beyond.
How else could a civilized nation be talking seriously about turning a once free woman’s uterus into a crime scene?
These same small minded individuals stir up unreal fears and campaign to outlaw Sharia Law in America while trying to push women toward the path of wearing Birkas.
With regulations being proposed and even placed on ballots for supposedly religious people to vote on that will vilify a pregnant woman who has a miscarriage and possibly send her to prison we are heading not only down a dangerous path but back to the dark ages.

We have the best health care system in the world and changing it would lead to socialism.  This is true because we are told that by a great many of our leaders and some television personalities.

With so many of our citizens simply dying due to limited access to health care how can anyone say something as blatantly false as that, let alone believe it?
When people propagate lies they must either be doing so for personal gain or an increased level of power over their world.  Or maybe they are just plain evil.
Evil does exist and in a truly intelligent futuristic world that kind of evil would be considered a mental disease to be treated with the best level of care the society could muster.
Unfortunately in our world that type of person is not considered diseased but rather the leader of a sect as in the Westboro Baptist so-called Church.

A person by virtue of his or her standing on the ladder of celebrity should be considered intelligent and all knowing as befits the level above others on that ladder.
     We see and hear hate filled speeches coming from polarizing figures on the radio or the web or any broadcasting medium attempting to pinpoint the cause of all our problems and point their despicable fingers in that direction.
One named Rush or former good actor named Mel come to mind, although using the word mind in connection with these two seems far fetched.
And in a true ‘Physician heal thyself’ way those people are generally the worst offenders.

We have a majority rule political system in America that is the best and most envied system currently in use in the world.
     Those are great patriotic words and were they accurate we would truly be the envy of the world.  But sadly the words are a mere smoke screen obscuring reality.
This one is actually easy to disprove by looking at Congress and noting that once the Republican Party became the minority in Congress they stopped allowing anything to get done. They did so by utilizing the childish tactic of covering their ears and humming so they couldn’t even hear the majority.
And since they won the House of Representatives by using that tactic they felt emboldened to continue using it until they had removed any semblance of fairness from DC.
To wit: There are 100 elected officials in the Senate and as anyone familiar with first grade math will tell you that means 51 votes on any issue would constitute a majority; but not in America and not now. Counter intuitively in order to get something through that body of planned inaction you must receive 60 votes or more!

When Americans speak to foreigners who do not understand our language if we say the words louder they will finally get it!
     Do I really have to explain this one away?

While waiting for a tardy elevator pressing the button with increased rapidity will cause the cabin to arrive sooner.
     As with the one above, seriously?

The Earth is approximately 6,000 years old.
     Right, and I just celebrated my 1 month birthday!
With rocks found all over the planet that have been shown to be at least a million years old can people really believe this ridiculous notion?
Do they dress themselves in the morning?
Can they really have graduated from one of our schools?
If so I need the names of those institutions to make sure they are removed from any accreditation system and certainly from getting any federal funding. They are obviously theologically rooted and must be called churches!

As long as big business is regulated we are safe from any fraud or from any harmful products hitting our shelves.
     If regulations were all we needed then we wouldn’t need police or agencies such as the FDA.
Businesses have long played the role of cheese lover in the cat and mouse game of regulations. Agencies are constantly trying to build better mouse traps to no avail.
As one of the executives at Gerber once said when asked if they should pull an awful tasting baby food from the shelf, "Who's gonna complain?"
As long as we have fraud minded greedy wealthy CEOs and board members who want to be greedy wealthy CEOs we will never be able to have a big enough mouse trap.
And even when caught these immoral law breakers weasel their way out of any convictions by bribing those in power to look the other way at best or bail them out at worst!
Bernie Madoff is an exception but don’t think there aren't tons of others waiting and watching in the wings trying to learn where he went wrong so that they can perfect the scheme.

When companies or corporations are found to be breaking the law and convicted of doing so in a court of law the fines levied against them will be paid and the bad behavior will cease. After all that’s the law.
     And Santa will bring joy to the world all year round!
Remember the movie about Erin Brockovich entitled surprisingly, “Erin Brockovich?” The movie chronicles her struggles to bring PG&E to justice for dumping carcinogens into the Earth thus polluting it and threatening the lives and livelihoods of thousands of innocent Americans.
The movie is from 2000 and therefore concerns the illegal acts of that corporation from earlier times.
It should surprise no one that after being found guilty of performing that anti-human dangerous dumping act they have yet to pay a fine or be totally brought to justice and the plume of carcinogenic liquid is spreading and ruining more lives and killing more people.
Rather than clean up the area and thus save lives these bastards have spent nearly a billion dollars to forestall any further legal action!
Rather than do the right thing that would have ultimately cost less and made them look good in the eyes of the public they chose to appeal!
In the corporate world it is all about winning no matter the cost, and if a few or a million lives are lost along they way, well fortunes of war. After all, they had a choice of where to live, nobody forced them to buy homes over our current and future dump sites!

We are too trusting of authority and either that or our definition of authority must change. Until that time we are all going to be treated as naïve fools only to be led to our slaughter after we cast our vote for the wrong candidates every November.
Stop accepting – start learning – Become involved. You’ll ultimately be glad that you did.