Two Giant Banks, Seen as Immune, Become Targets
‘Federal prosecutors are nearing criminal charges against some of the world’s biggest banks, according to lawyers briefed on the matter, a development that could produce the first guilty plea from a major bank in more than two decades.
‘In doing so, prosecutors are confronting the popular belief that Wall Street institutions have grown so important to the economy that they cannot be charged. A lack of criminal prosecutions of banks and their leaders fueled a public outcry over the perception that Wall Street giants are “too big to jail.”…’
Famine Victims Don’t Need Dumb Rock Stars
‘…Have celebrity famine fighters gotten any better since the 1980s? Another outburst of celebrity rock stars singing against African misery occurred on July 2, 2005, with the Live 8 concert, aimed at convincing the Group of Eight (the eight leading developed powers), which was meeting in the United Kingdom at the same time, to increase foreign aid to Africa, to combat famine and hunger in Africa, as well as to address other afflictions of the poor. It included some of the same rock stars as Live Aid, headlining again Bono and Paul McCartney. The Live 8 poster once again embraces the degrading stereotype of an emaciated African child.
‘The original “We” in “We Are the World” and “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” did not include “They” Africans. How about including Africans in the “we” of another, much better song suggestion?…’
Possible Food Poisoning Sickens 100 at Food Safety Summit
Remember the gun experts who accidental shot themselves dead while teaching gun safety? This one happened en masse but with poison!
‘More than 100 people have now reported they got sick with suspected food poisoning at a national Food Safety Summit held earlier this month in Baltimore.
‘Maryland state health officials say they still don’t know what caused the outbreak of gastroenteritis that left participants suffering symptoms that included diarrhea and nausea.
‘“We are working on evaluating possible exposures and doing testing at the Maryland state public health laboratory to attempt to identify an agent,” officials said in a letter to attendees…’
This celeb really doesn’t take no for an answer
George Clooney‘s Fiance Rejected Him—3 Times
‘“She was engaging in the conversation after the introduction was made, and then did the unthinkable,” the source continued. “Amal walked away from the group George was with! He was instantly more intrigued by her. George then inserted himself into another group Amal was talking with. She just wasn’t impressed by the Hollywood actor persona.”
‘In fact, the source revealed, “George asked for her phone number at the end of the night, and she refused to give it to him! Again, another first.”
‘And when the called to ask her on a date the next morning, the source said, “She turned him down! He was absolutely shocked. No one turns George down for a date. Amal had no interest in dating an actor, but George was eventually able to convince her to go out with him to discuss his humanitarian work.”…’