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Oct 14, 2020
An October RespiteOctober 14, 2020
The operation of a legitimate democratic government should be a familiar rhythmic and almost boring process. Governmental operations ought not involve a magical invisibility cloak or gossamer curtain. When there is a razzle-dazzle; when there is confusion; when there is a deliberate effort to divide us; stop, look, see, question and act. Something is being obscured that you are not meant to see – and it is right there next to you. While I eschew speedy answers, these are key...
Oct 07, 2020
Fraud in Vermont, I'm ShockedOctober 07, 2020
Fraud in Vermont, I am shocked, shocked. But why not? The state won’t likely investigate. The attorney general won’t likely press criminal charges. The laws are weak. And opportunities abound. In a fine example, of the resource curse, Vermont’s freedoms, views, cheap land are all for sale. Bienvenue, welcome, velkomen, bienvenido, huanying – come on over, especially if you have money. Let’s explore the Jay Peak Resort fraud scheme now.
Sep 30, 2020
Do Something NowSeptember 30, 2020
Roz wants me to “Tell a story that she can do something about.” We are more alike than we ever admit. Today, we struggle to see that. The worst crooks, the crooks who do the most damage to our country walk freely amongst us fully camouflaged. In the recent decade, Vermont fell victim to two massive fraud schemes – these relate to social, economic, and even environmental issues everywhere. If you want to do something, maybe start with this formula: look, see, question, act. At the root of...
Sep 23, 2020
Enron Haunts Us StillSeptember 23, 2020
The Enron debacle of 2 decades ago haunts our legal system today. Enron CEO Jeffery Skilling appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States because claiming that a law related to fraud was too vague. SCOTUS agreed with him thereby weakened key elements of our federal fraud statutes. Now fraudsters have a pathway to avoid convictions. When striving to prevent fraud and corruption with enforcement, we need laws that have teeth and meaning. What you and I might recognize as fraud, may not be...
Sep 16, 2020
Sarah Chayes InterviewSeptember 16, 2020
I interview Sarah Chayes who informs us of how she became an advocate for public integrity as a result of her work in Afghanistan and other parts of the world. We discuss her most recent book: “On Corruption in America and What is at Stake”, published August 2020. We also touch on her 2015 book called “Thieves of State: why corruption threatens global security”. During the interview, explore the mythology of the Hydra, King Midas, and The Cleansing of the Temple while we talk about...
Sep 09, 2020
Fraud at FEMA?!September 09, 2020
FEMA’s suffered numerous high-profile investigations and arrests from top to bottom in 2019. Can we see discover the difference between corruption, confused, or conflicted by exploring the investigations and arrests? How do we save our national emergency response agency together? Explore today’s history with us now.
Sep 02, 2020
Thieves of StateSeptember 02, 2020
Is there a link between governmental corruption and the calamities of 2020 here in the United States? My research led me to two books by Sarah Chayes: “Thieves of State” and “On Corruption in America”. In this episode, I weave Sarah themes and my experiences in Iraq and Puerto Rico. Maybe we should solve the problems of governance before the crisis of security and insurrection take over here too.
Aug 26, 2020
The Department of Homeland SecrecyAugust 26, 2020
The United States Department of Homeland Security obscures its actions with a lack of transparency and it maybe the nation’s largest law enforcement agency. According to U.S. Law, any of the 240,000 employees of DHS may arrest and detain people – in accordance with 40 USC §1315. Maybe they do have the right name? Welcome or not, they certainly became the national police force. I looked at OIG reports, FOIA history, and OpenData find a hint of transparency.
Aug 19, 2020
FEMA - Fiddle, Fumble, FlopAugust 19, 2020
FEMA – widely criticized for failures in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina is on path for the same failures in 2020. What will a major hurricane during a pandemic look like? Is there a plan for transporting, feeding, and/or sheltering people? And will this plan actually prevent the loss of personal data for 2.3M Americans? In 2018, they did a large-scale sheltering program. FEMA fiddled, fumbled, and flopped. Then lost data! Helluva Job FEMA
Aug 12, 2020
Knobs & Twiddly BitsAugust 12, 2020
We continue to deny full rights to 6 million Americans because of racist rulings from the Supreme Court of The United States (SCOTUS) over a century ago. The same court that ruled: "Separate But Equal" was cool, suppresses voting rights for Americans today, 115 years later. Moving closer to economic justice and a fight against corruption requires we welcome all US Passport holders to the voting roles. It maybe as much as 2% of our people.