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Shameless Disaster Capitalism: How Companies Are Already Planning to Get Rich Off Superstorm Sandy


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Cal
- 653 days ago - alternet.org
Yes that's right: this catastrophe very likely created by climate change--a crisis born of the colossal regulatory failure to prevent corporations from treating the atmosphere as their open sewer--is just one more opportunity for more deregulation



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mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 4:07 am
by Naomi Klein !!!

*highly* recommendable reading:
Naomi Klein - The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007)

"TheShock Doctrine" (2009) : (7 mi summary) on utube , at IMDb
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 4:46 am
Thanks for the update.
 

John S. (300)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 5:48 am
And all the rent control laws that are clearly a hindrance, so much so that the government is saying that it needs to be changed.
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 7:26 am
I'm sure Romney & his pals are right in the middle of it.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 7:58 am
To profit from someone else's misery is obscene --but then so is greed. I wish I could say that I'm surprised, but, unfortunately, it's come to be expected of big business. The only true examples of caring that you see are people helping one another --like people who suffered through Katrina coming through for those who are recovering from Sandy-- and all the donations made by average citizens to the Red Cross and other organizations that provide assistance. The 1% didn't get that way by caring about others.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 8:46 am
Profit (at anyones expense) is all that matters in today's world. Greed Greed, Greed! It's just pathetic.
 

Jaime A. (32)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 1:25 pm
Thanks for info.!!
 

Jaime A. (32)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 1:26 pm
Thanks for info.!!
 

Dianna M. (13)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 3:12 pm

I have no problem with someone making a living, even a profit from providing a useful service, even in times of ndisaster--for example, a funeral home is necessary. It's these greedy [substitute word: Romneys] who will use this disaster to make a killing and also to try to pressure local governments to relaxing the regulations that safeguard the average citizen to maximize their profits at the expense of the people who are already hurting that have a "special place" in my . . . heart.

The word “carpetbagger” comes to mind.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 4:53 pm
if there was a disaster...who would you loot? Mom and Pop store or Walmart that has everything? I would feel sorry for the local store...but...not so much for Walmart. Maybe that's why they have security cameras.
 

Tal H. (8)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 5:19 pm
Horrible :(
 

Gloria picchetti (286)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 6:11 pm
All you need is greed.
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 6:33 pm
It was only a matter of time.
 

Jules W. (61)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 7:46 pm
Geed, money , along with a false sense of power will kill and destroy everything in its way, to try and get more more more, Very sad...
 

Tom Sullivan (99)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 8:05 pm
It's a wrap
 

Michael O. (172)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 8:35 pm
I'm with Wolf - The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism - is a must-read book. I highly recommend it.

 

Pamela C. (75)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:20 pm
Koch brothers again. Each of these entitlement babies need to be made to do a real day's work instead of being burped and coddled.
 

Veronique P. (99)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 12:59 am
Big surprise! Well if you have read The Shock Doctrine by naomi Klein, nothing will surprise you.
 

Robin T. (14)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 3:42 am
The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. So whats new?
Eventually the 1% will shoot themselves in the foot. The 99% are getting wiser and more active.
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 6:37 am
Thanks for this. I have Twittered this latest apologistic blurb from this talking head on my Twitter page. Talk about blaming the victim. Could it be that you engineer the problem then offer a solution that may alleviate the suffering of the poor who are then beholden to the 1% behind it? Ultimately the 1%s get their way and their good buddies at Walmart or some Koch Bros. entity rakes in huge profits. Mom and pop and the little people are then disenfranchised; forced to work for minimum wage at the facilities; and to buy their goods which will ultimately make them sick in the long run. Of course then you need the medicine provided by BIG PHARMA; dispensed by doctors and pharmacists through the AMA. Can't afford life insurance? No problem says BIG INSURANCE. We can give you rates you can afford because it's illegal not to have insurance. Of course we will disallow your claim by any means necessary. Of course the politicians have to collude and conspire in order for this to work. The little people have been getting shafted in America since 1913. Wow, talk about the ROYAL SCAM. Ponzi could only dream about this. So where is Bloomberg? Sitting in his nice comfortable dry abode while Staten Island, Rockaway and Coney Island suffer. Remember him folks come election time. Remember, you get the government you vote for. King Barky too serves the Royal Scam.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 11:34 am
They don't call the Greedy Ones "Vultures" for nothing. I also back up the others on the book Wolf mentions.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 2:42 pm
Noted & thanks, Cal. The Shock Doctrine is also available to watch in the form of a great documentary film which I highly recommend to all.
 
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