Matt Taibbi: GRIFTOPIA – RECAP

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Phi Beta Iota: If there were one book that could be said to have at a minimum lent credence to Occupy when others were scornful, and at best been an inspiration to millions who had ignored many other excellent works in the past dealing with both the corruption of politics and the corruption of finance, that book would be Griftopia–Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America.

As an end of year review, honoring not just Matt Taibbi but all the other works that “connect” to his magnetic “hub” work, here is a RECAP on GRIFTOPIA.

#OWS Rolling Update + US Revolution RECAP

2008 ELECTION 2008: Lipstick on the Pig

America’s Core Values: We the People vs. Them Crooks

Anti-Corruption in USA–A First Step

Blackwater’s New Ethics Chief: John Ashcroft

Chuck Spinney: How Real is Versailles on the Potomac?

CURVEBALL: The Interview + Integrity RECAP

DefDog: Those ‘Coining the Blood of War’ Should Sacrifice Too

DefDog: Wall Street Corrupts Congress Again…

General Electric 2010: No Taxes, Claimed 3.2B Credit

George Soros: Eleven Economic Insights + RECAP

G.I. Wilson: Killer Drones, Moral Disengagement, + War Crimes RECAP

Goldman Sachs Target of Major RICO Lawsuit

Gold Paper About to Crash–Plus Gold Fraud RECAP

Graphic(s): #OWS Facts of Life from Business Insider — 90% of the USA Screwed for 30 Years

Graphic: 99% Demand a Very Different Budget

Graphic: American Catastrophe I of III

Graphic: American Catastrophe II of III

Graphic: American Catastrophe III of III

Graphic: Americans Getting Poorer — FAST

Graphic: Candidates on the Issues (2008)

Graphic: Cartoon of the Century – Crime Rules

Graphic: Corruption Slide 1 Nine Zones of Concern

Graphic: Corruption Slide 2 Empire as Terrorism

Graphic: Corruption Slide 3 Holistic Analysis

Graphic: Revolving Door–Goldman, Citi, Morgan Et Al

Graphic: Crony Capitalism, Goldman Sachs Variant

Graphic: Cutting US Deficit $11.7 Trillion

Graphic: Government Budget Increase = More Unemployment

Graphic: Government Executive Cuts 1 Trillion Over Ten Years – Still Borrows a Trillion a Year

Graphic: Information Pathologies

Graphic: No Labels No Faces

Graphic: Patterns of Public Debt Burden 1929-2011

Graphic: Public Common Sense: Cut Military Budget and Raise Taxes on Those Earning Over $250,000 As Individuals

Graphic: Rebooting USA Operating System

Graphic: Strategic Trends (Negative)

Graphic: Strategic Trends (Positive)

Graphic: U.S. Debt

Graphic: USA Economic Split from 1980 Onwards

Graphic: US Counties Protected by Levees

Graphic: US Defense Spending 2000-2011 ($B)

Graphic: US DoD Budget 1948-2011

Graphic: US Dollar Decline (4 Periods Compared)

Graphic: Visualization of Left versus Right (False Gods)

Graphic: Water and Cites–Urban Shortages

Graphic: Water Aquifers (Groundwater)

Graphic: Water Stress (Global) in 2050

GRIFTOPIA Part II: The Next Mega-Meltdown

Guest Post: Analysis of the Global Insurrection Against Neo-Liberal Economic Domination and the Coming American Rebellion

John Bogle: ENOUGH – Speculation Bad Investment Good

John Robb: Federal Reserve Corruption Graphed

John Steiner: Declaration of Occupation of NYC + Revolution USA RECAP

Journal: Chuck Spinney on Why Obama Failed…

Journal: Deep Secrets, Copenhagen World Government, the M-Fund, and the Future

Journal: F for Democrats by Ben Gilad

Journal: Huffington Post–Congress is Corrupt

Journal: Obama Trashing US Dollar & Economy

Journal: ‘Systemic Corruption’–Daunting Challenge in Globalized Era

Journal: Third Party Desired by 58% in America + ReCap

Journal: US Govenment Accepts Fraud as “Normal”

Journal: Wall Street Financial Crime Spree Spins On….

Koko: One Simple Demand — Electoral Reform — Photographic Essay in Search of the Truth

Koko: Wall Street Occupation Continues, Ignored by Media

Marcus Aurelius: US at Permanent “War” + War RECAP

Marginalization Not Al Quada the Real Atrocity

Matt Taibbi: Bloomberg’s Marie Antoinette Moment

Matt Taibbi: The Real Housewives Of Wall Street–How Morgan Stanley Wives Christy Mack & Susan Karches Ripped Off Taxpayers In Geithner-Bernanke Bailout Scheme

Michel Bauwens: Moody’s Analyst on Core Corruption

Mini-Me: Cry from the Heart On US Electoral Fraud

Mini-Me: European-US Banking–Tangled Web — Tell Me Again, Why Shouldn’t We Default and Let the Banks Fry? + Financial Terrorism RECAP

Mini-Me: TheyRule Web Site Back Online

Mini-Me: Vaclav Havel – Reflections on Dissent & Democracy

Mini-Me: WWIII, from Gold Circles, A Whiff of…? + RECAP

MIT on Economic Policy, Ignores Government Corruption

Obama’s Failure of Intelligence & Integrity

Onset of Death for the Two-Party Tyranny….

QUESTION Wells Fargo–John G. Stumpf Especially

Reference: Building National Knowledge Infrastructure–How Dutch Pragmatism Nurtures a 21st Century Economy (The Cook Report on Internet Protocol)

Reference: Citizens Fiddle, Obama Dances

Reference: Empire of Lies & Secrecy [Ron Paul Q&A]

Reference: How Goldman Sachs Looted America

Review: How The World Really Works

Reference: Invisible Empire New World Order DVD + RECAP

Reference: US Secret Intelligence, US Banks, Illicit Gold, Murder of the Global Economy, RECAP

Review (DVD): Inside Job

Review (Guest) DVD: I.O.U.S.A. DVD on US Bankruptcy

Review (Guest): Juggernaut — Why the System Crushes the Only People Who Can Save It

Review DVD: American Drug War: The Last White Hope

Review DVD: Why We Fight (2006)

Review: American Theocracy–The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century (Hardcover)

Review: Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush

Review: Breach of Trust–How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders (Hardcover)

Review: Comeback America–Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility (Hardcover)

Review: Critical Choices – The United Nations, Networks, and the Future of Global Goverance

Review: Day of Reckoning–How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart

Review: Dunces of Doomsday–10 Blunders That Gave Rise to Radical Islam, Terrorist Regimes, And the Threat of an American Hiroshima

Review: Exporting America–Why Corporate Greed Is Shipping American Jobs Overseas

Review: Extreme Prejudice – The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover-Ups of 9/11 and Iraq – The Ultimate Conspiracy to Silence the Truth

Review: Family of Secrets – The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years

Review: Gag Rule–On the Suppression of Dissent and Stifling of Democracy

Review: Getting a Grip–Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad

Review: Global Public Policy – Governing Without Government?

Review: Gods of Money – Wall Street and the Death of the American Century

Review: Grand Illusion–The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny

Review: Harvest Of Rage–Why Oklahoma City Is Only The Beginning

Review: Hostile Takeover–How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government–and How We Take It Back (Hardcover)

Review: How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok (Paperback)

Review: Lines of Fire – A Renegade Writes on Strategy, Intelligence, and Security

Review: National Suicide: How Washington Is Destroying the American Dream from A to Z

Review: Other People’s Money by Louis Brandeis

Review: Our Endangered Values–America’s Moral Crisis (Hardcover)

Review: Palestine–Peace Not Apartheid

Review: Pathology of Power

Review: Reckless Endangerment — How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon

Review: Running on Empty–How the Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It (Paperback)

Review: The Ambition and the Power–The Fall of Jim Wright : A True Story of Washington

Review: The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism

Review: The Broken Branch–How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track (Institutions of American Democracy)

Review: The Case for Impeachment–The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office (Hardcover)

Review: The Long Twentieth Century – Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times

Review: The Power of Israel in the United States

Review: The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown–Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash

Review: They Dare to Speak Out–People and Institutions Confront Israel’s Lobby

Review: VICE–Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency

Review: Wastrels of Defense–How Congress Sabotages U.S. Security

Review: We Meant Well – How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People

Review: When Corporations Rule the World

Review: Where the Right Went Wrong–How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency

Review: Who Governs the Globe?

Robert Steele: #OWS is Not Hitler Against the Jews

Robert Steele: Ignored 1994, Ignored 2011–Deja Vu

Robert Steele: Resetting Global Governance & Capitalism

Robert Steele: Trip Report – Occupy Wall Street 6 October 2011 – Second American Revolution is Real

Robert Steele: US Day of Rage = Electoral Reform & Integrity Plus General RECAP on Purple Public & Third Party Rising

Search: China Fake Gold + Fraud RECAP

Search: cost of corruption + Corruption RECAP

Search: slide designs corruption + RECAP

Seven Promises to America–Who Will Do This?

Strong Signals: Truth or Tyrannicide + RECAP

Tim Geithner: Con Man, Dupe, Idiot? Dangerous!

Tom Atlee: Paul Krugman Gets It – Protesting Rigged System

Turkey to USA: This is where you get off….+ RECAP

US Goverment 2011 Revenue, Costs, & Debt–Two Party Tyranny Lies Straight Up, Media Goes Along

US Government Bails Out and Pardons Wall Street, Sends Barry Bonds to Jail–What’s the Difference?

Video: Jesse Ventura Rips Wall St & Goldman Sachs

Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail? + US Fraud RECAP

Phi Beta Iota:  The above barely scratch the surface, but are the most directly related citations.  For a more complete list of reviews, both negative and positive, see the two lists below.

Worth a Look: Book Review Lists (Negative)

Worth a Look: Book Review Lists (Positive)