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  • spocko commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Paul Bunyan

    2014-08-30 23:59:17View | Delete

    Hi been trying to respond browser crash. Did you see DEAns response to the torture question. N
    I might do a post on that.
    Or his lack of sense of humor.

  • spocko commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Paul Bunyan

    2014-08-30 23:28:56View | Delete

    Nah, don’t give up electronic communications. The NSA has so much stuff they will find out about our secret plot to take over democratic party. I mean just put it out here in broad daylight. Pretty much everyone ignores us. I mean look what the Project for the New America Century people did or the Tea partiers. They told everyone what they were going to do and then did it.

    It’s not a secret conspiracy if it’s not secret.

  • HA! I knew it. New book “Nixon, our un-funniest president” wait scratch that, a Buzzfeed list. “American Presidents with the best, and worse, senses of humor.”
    It would get a million hits. I wonder where Harding would be on the list?
    I heard Taft was a gas and Clinton loved to laugh. Polk? Adams? Not so funny.

  • Thank you! Looking forward to my #114.

    (John Dean is the David Sedaris of online Book Salons!)

  • Conservatives Without Conscience and your writing on authoritarian personalities referencing Bob Altemeyer’s – The Authoritarians is one of my favorite books because it has helped me understand the right wing politicians and especially the RW media.

    I think that by understanding them personalities we can help defeat them. For example if you know that they have a lust for revenge that goes beyond rationality, you look to that place for them to lose their grip.

    And if necessary, prepare for and set up the conditions for them to act as they will in front of people who aren’t as forgiving as their fans.

    I’m somewhat heartened by your comment about Nixon not wanting to torture, which goes back to the line some have made about “Nixon was our last liberal President”

    I’m also disgusted by acceptance of torture by so many in the national stage. Saying ” we tortured some folks” with no follow up prosecution and no comment that “we won’t do it again” is pathetic.

    What would Nixon’s reasons have been for not torturing people? Was he close enough to WWII and the Nuremberg trials to remember war crimes? Was if about American ideals? Religious ideals? Did he not have a John Yoo writing legal memos for him?

  • Thank you. Very interesting. I’m always looking at ways to help people in organizations who see wrong doings. They don’t want to be whistleblowers, but often they don’t know who to go to and how to present a case.

    Sometimes I want to give an entity an excuse/reason to do the right thing.

    Are you saying that people can use Rule 1.13 when talking to a corporate general counsel so that they are now put into the hot seat? Such as, “You serve the institution, not the people. One of the men in our corporations is doing something wrong. You need to report this up, but not to the wrong doer. Also if nothing is changed, you need to report it out.”

    This sounds like a very powerful tool. Is it used very often? I am not a lawyer, but a know people in big companies who have a corp counsel. My friends see wrong doing but don’t know what to do.

    It’s funny just today I wrote about a CEO of a corporation who got caught kicking his dog. I’m wondering what other kind of stuff he does in the office that people are afraid to report for fear of retaliation from a guy who kicks dogs.

  • Yeah, it sounds long, but couldn’t you have saved some time on certain transcripts by just writing “expletives deleted?” :-)

    Seriously, who had the foulest mouth? Also, who was the funniest? Anyone a good joke teller? Andy memorable dirty, sexist, racist jokes?

    I can’t imagine President ‘Sock it too me” was a card, but people might have felt obligated to laugh at his jokes. And getting a bunch of guys together with no women around means someone had to be off color with their comments. Who?

    Maybe there is a quick minibook in this, “The jokes and humor of the Nixon White House.”

  • This one might be for James and well as John, in the James mentions “What are a lawyer’s professional ethical duties when confronted with organizational fraud or crime? Watergate, we teach, changed legal ethics for the good – it is one of Watergate’s few remaining positive legacies”

    I almost want to say, ‘How’s that working out for us?” But since I like to be positive and hope for the future, “What should lawyers have learned to do ethically based on that event? Are they learning that or how to avoid having to act ethical when confronted with organizational fraud. Or are they learning how to make things legal, if not ethical?”

    I’m specifically thinking about all the lawyers working in Wall Street firms and big banks. What are their ethical duties and why haven’t they been showing up on the witness stand?

  • People sometimes joke about what Rumsfeld and Cheney learned from the Nixon White House and Watergate. Number one, don’t get caught. Number two destroy all the evidence. Make everything secret. May formerly illegal acts, legal.

    But what do you think the lessons Cheney and Rumsfeld learned from the Watergate scandal?

    And, on the other side, would a whistleblower inside the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld circle be possible today or are they just too smart to get caught?

  • So what will the police in other communities learn from this and the 40 million dollar law suit? Be like Detroit and pass laws to make it legal.

    This is what to look for next. I’m sure ALEC will probably be behind it as well as the money from defense contractors.

    Gotta have someplace for those tanks to go!

  • spocko commented on the diary post CEO Abuses Puppy. Why RW Media Supports Abusers Instead of Victims by spocko.

    2014-08-30 10:47:47View | Delete

    One more thing, what if they got you dead to rights? That is yet another thing to deal with. Then what? The left politicians often fold, completely. Elliot Spitzer’s case comes to mind. And maybe that is the correct response. On the other hand look at how many “family values” politicians stayed in positions of [...]

  • spocko commented on the diary post CEO Abuses Puppy. Why RW Media Supports Abusers Instead of Victims by spocko.

    2014-08-30 10:33:27View | Delete

    Great thought experiment! And that is the reason I look at these, not just so we can use them ourselves in an ethical appropriate way, but also to be prepared for those who don’t, and use it against us. James O’Keefe and his crew have figures out that they just have to get the top [...]

  • spocko commented on the diary post CEO Abuses Puppy. Why RW Media Supports Abusers Instead of Victims by spocko.

    2014-08-30 10:16:01View | Delete

    That’s a good point Masaccio. I’m always looking for good answers to their responses. That is one of the ways management likes to redirect attacks on them. “You will just be hurting the little people.” As we go into Labor Day think of how often they use this line. That is why I often want [...]

  • spocko commented on the diary post CEO Abuses Puppy. Why RW Media Supports Abusers Instead of Victims by spocko.

    2014-08-30 10:05:12View | Delete

    This is a very interesting point. What if you worked for a nastry boss who was ripping off the public and abused you? You don’t want to be a whistleblower. You don’t want to be fired or get the whole company punished for his actions. This might be a route to have the boss get [...]

  • spocko commented on the diary post CEO Abuses Puppy. Why RW Media Supports Abusers Instead of Victims by spocko.

    2014-08-30 09:37:42View | Delete

    This is a good point. We don’t want to believe he is guilty of that until proved, so they should keep an eye on him.

  • spocko commented on the diary post CEO Abuses Puppy. Why RW Media Supports Abusers Instead of Victims by spocko.

    2014-08-30 09:25:14View | Delete

    The abuse of animals is especially bad, it might also reveal other crimes that are more “acceptable” like white collar crime. I think those crimes can also be very damaging, but unlike violence toward pets, they get away with it, at least in our current society. I think the punishment should fit the crime, and [...]

  • spocko commented on the diary post CEO Abuses Puppy. Why RW Media Supports Abusers Instead of Victims by spocko.

    2014-08-30 09:09:03View | Delete

    Jail time might still be possible, of course they will be keeping an eye on his other activities. Which is a good thing.

  • spocko commented on the diary post Video: CEO Abuses Puppy. Why RW Media Supports Abusers Instead Victims by spocko.

    2014-08-29 16:59:19View | Delete

    I tried to embed the videos, but they didn’t work, just as well. I didn’t really want that image to be up all the time. Instead look at this cute doberman puppy!

  • ThumbnailI spotted this terrible story today CEO Caught on Video Kicking Puppy .  The video is disturbing and seems clear cut. You really feel for the poor dog. But let’s not jump to conclusions until all the facts are in and we hear from all sides. The Vancouver Globe first story describes ” surveillance video shot in an elevator of [...]

  • spocko commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: First You’ve Got To Get Mad

    2014-08-28 23:41:35View | Delete

    Thank you. I was trying to explain what a cool deal this was and someone asked me, “So how much did you get paid?” Sigh.

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