Saturday, September 23, 2017

Filthy Lucre

Filthy Lucre
Hey everyone, Happy Yom Kippur! Meet Theo Papathanasis. Best known as Theo. Pronounced..... Anyway, in reply to a recent Facebook post -- "Are you looking to destroy your career and future before it even begins? Well I have great news for you....
OK, after a long gap-like chasm and lacuna the size of the Grand Canyon, Washington Babylon, America’s leading news source, has started publishing a bit more the past week. Why, you’re wondering, were we silent for so long? I’ll...
Walter Benjamin said "Behind every fascism, there is a failed revolution." Those words are horribly relevant when considering the ultra-right Breitbart website, which is seeking to mainstream an overtly xenophobic, white nationalist current among American workers. Consider this recent...
Generally speaking, if you’re a serial sexter who’s been caught multiple times by your spouse it’s best to accept your shame and punishment in silence and not try to blame others for your downfall. However, if you are a...
I’m really glad I didn’t go to bed early last night because something marvelous unfolded on Twitter: Ted Cruz’s official Twitter account 'Liked' a clip of a Reality Kings porn scene starring Cory Chase, Bruce Venture and Kacey Jordan. This...
He’s a crude provocateur whose racism, sexism, misogyny, and other reactionary ideas disgust me to no end. Yet as a queer writer who generally believes the absolute opposite of Milo Yiannopoulos on most issues I can only offer a robust...
John Legere, the “hip” CEO of T-Mobile, the allegedly pro-consumer telecom “un-company” that markets heavily to millennials, repeatedly trashed Donald Trump on Twitter last year but quickly began sucking up to him ever since he won November's  election. The T-Mobile CEO has nearly...
One thing I've learned the past few months is just how hard it is to raise money to support independent journalism. We started out with a bang back in August but increasingly have had to spend more time raising...
You may have noticed that Washington Babylon came out with a roar in August and has been pretty quiet for the past month or so. That’s because it turns out that it’s a lot of work to create and...
I admit I’m baffled by all the praise being heaped on Senator Elizabeth Warren for her comments to Well Fargo criminal mastermind and CEO, John Stumpf. She “grilled” him, “ripped” him, “excoriated” him, and “eviscerated” him, ran the headlines....
Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, you may recall, was forced to resign as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee when hacked documents showed she was rigging the primaries for Hillary Clinton. She was booed off the stage at the...
The Rhode Island Retired Teachers Association is one of the most innocuous-sounding organizations one could imagine, ranking up there with the Canadian ice growers lobby and the like. What scary political demands are likely to emanate from Sinatra fans whose most audacious...
The sad tale of "pension reform" — less politely put, the construction of a pipeline from the public treasury to Wall Street — provides a unique, panoramic view of Democratic Party corruption through the tiny keyhole of every public...
One of the major foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation is a Nigerian billionaire named Gilbert Chagoury, who’s best known for helping former dictator Sani Abacha hide vast sums of money offshore. Chagoury, who has an estate in Los...
We’ve heard a lot about problems surrounding Trump University, which sounds like a pretty big scam. We’ve heard a lot less about Baltimore-based Laureate Education, which is one of the world’s largest for-profit schools. Unlike its major American competitors,...
As the primaries were starting to heat up last March and Bernie Sanders was starting to look like an actual threat to Queen Hillary’s coronation, the Democratic monarch  felt she needed to spring into action. On March 6, two...
Read this great item by Michael Smith, about the Clinton Foundation's horrifying conduct in Papua New Guinea. Here's a lightly edited excerpt: By the mid-2000s PNG had a raging HIV/Aids epidemic, with TB outbreaks closely following. The proximity of our two...
The Pinellas County courthouse sits in a rectangular 1960’s glass and concrete structure, the bad execution of International style architecture so prevalent in Florida. The fronds of the royal palms dotting the neighborhood sway slightly in the briny breezes...