The Nossiter Net
The net that shall enmesh them all
Edited, Written, and Published by Josh Nossiter
Equal Justice For All
Monday, December 22nd, 2008
The Nossiter Net is cast  to snare some of  the riper rascalities of the day.  Comments?  Send a letter to the editor.
Those who complain about injustice in America simply don't understand the system. Nobody is above the law and the punishment really does fit the crime. It's just a question of degree. For example if you steal fifty bucks in New York City and get caught, you go to Rikers Island to await trial. That's the fifteen thousand inmate penal colony in the East River notorious for its extremely low quality of life. If you've seen the film Escape From New York you've an idea what conditions are like on Rikers. Come to think of it, Rikers Island probably inspired the film.

If you steal fifty billion bucks in New York City and get caught, you await trial at your palatial apartment on Park Avenue. That's been the fate of Bernie Madoff, the aptly named Ponzi artist who's been defrauding big-time investors on a grand scale for decades. While a seven million dollar Upper East Side pad offers softer living than Rikers Island, Madoff will at least be tried and, since he's confessed, doubtless convicted as well.

If you steal 2.7 trillion dollars in New York City, you'll never be arrested, tried, or convicted. Furthermore you'll keep billions out of your heist as bonus money for a theft thoroughly done. That's the fate of Lloyd Blankfein, John Thain, Vikram Pandit, and Edward Liddy, CEOs respectively of Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and AIG. Also a bunch of their closest friends. In addition to the no strings attached $700 billion the Treasury has officially been held up for, Bloomberg News (though nobody else) has been documenting the additional $2 trillion in secret government "loans" the boys have so far received.

Granted the crimes didn't take place in New York City, but if you steal $10.6 trillion and kill or maim over thirty-four thousand of your fellow citizens, you get to live in a government supplied mansion, travel in your own personal government supplied 747, and look forward to a supremely comfortable and immensely lucrative retirement, naturally underwritten by the government. That's the fate of George W. Bush, our president. $10.6 trillion is the current national debt, one measure of the money he's defrauded us of while in office. The over thirty-four thousand are simply the Americans killed and wounded in Iraq; there's much more blood on his hands but nobody's really keeping count of the Iraqi casualties.

So you can see that the founders' goal of equal justice for all still applies. It's simply that, to paraphrase Orwell, some get more of it all than others.

©Joshua C. Nossiter, 2008

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A NOTE TO READERS ***Update***
Another three week plus hiatus, from April 30th until May 23rd, again due to Yahoo Geocities dismal service.

There was nothing new at The Nossiter Net between March 3rd and April 26th, 2007, nearly eight weeks.  The reason:  tech sabotage. Yahoo Geocities, the host for this site, denied access for the entire period.  At one point, they even managed to lose all the files.  In many discussions with Yahoo staff, no clear explanation was forthcoming.  No one seemed able to fix the problem.  Ruling out the possibility of Dubbya’s revenge, I finally wrote to Mr. Terry Semel, Chairman and CEO of Yahoo! Inc and described the ordeal the page had undergone since the beginning of March.  A week later, a helpful Yahooo engineer named Jason called.  He had my letter before him.  Though he couldn’t do the repairs on on the spot, he promised a fix by the next day.  That was April 26th, nearly two months after shutting me down in the first place.

The Nossiter Net apologizes, which is more than I can say for Yahoo Geocities.


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