Untrustworthy Hall of Shame

Untrustworthy Hall of Shame

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Hall of Shame

A fish rots from the head down.

Banks: Collusion by Nomi Prins | massive corruption: Australian Banks | money laundering: Deutsche Bank, Wells Fargo

Corporations, CEOs, Boards: NRA, United Airlines, Volkswagen, Massey Energy, fake it ‘til you make it: The Inventor

Courts, Justices, Attorneys: justice department: William Barr | crooked lawyer: Michael Avenatti | obstruction: Matthew Whitaker | West Virginia

Data Privacy: Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

Despots: greed: The Despot’s Guide to Wealth Management Sharman

Education: Secretary DOE: Betsy DeVos

Entertainment: Seaworld: Blackfish | sexual harassment: Bill Cosby, Louis C. K., Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein

Immigration: separation & abuse: Immigrant Children

Legal Profession: sexual harassment: Alan Dershowitz, Brett Kavanaugh

Media: extortion: American Media/National Inquirer | evangelical extremism: Sinclair Broadcasting

Oil & Gas Industry: climate change disinformation, oil & gas extractors: Blowout Maddow

Pay-to-Play: largest admissions scandal in history | The Price of Admission Golden | anything for a profit: Heineken in Africa van Beemen 

Pharmaceutical Industry: opioid addiction conspiracy: Sackler Family, Purdue Pharma

Politics:

Ponzi: Bernie Madoff

Religion: do as I say, not as I do: Jerry Falwell Jr. | 20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist Convention | Catholic church: Australian cardinal George Pell, Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, Pennsylvania, Spotlight

Not holier than thou.

Schools: child abuse: The Quiet Rooms, St. George’s School, Boy Scouts of America

Sports & Athletes: cheating: Astros | sexual harassment: Larry Nassar/MSU/Olympics | doping: Russian Olympic Athletes | corruption: FIFA

Trump: coronavirus: Mike Pence | list of dismissals and resignations: Trump Administration | Russia: The Apprentice Miller

Big Questions

Will the Sackler Family behind Purdue Pharma ever face justice for the opioid epidemic?

What is it with Mike Pence? Is he

  • arrogant
  • stubborn
  • narcissistic
  • vain
  • stupid
  • a non-organic species who can’t infect or be infected
  • the real Chosen One (instead of Trump), or
  • all of the above?

Are Trump and Barr undermining the integrity of the Justice Department? Is the normalization of redaction creating a fog of secrecy that obstructs democratic vigilance, accountability, and justice?

Should Russia be banned from all global sport including 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup for planting fake evidence and deleted files linked to positive doping tests?

Is Boeing being made fully accountable for its actions?

What is the greater risk to our democracy: That our adversaries lie to us? Or that our own government, politicians, and corporations lie to us?

What can/should Congress do when Trump appointees defy it?

Social Parasites

Religion, sports, corporations, government, entertainment, police, and the military are massive global communities that attract people who want to do good to make a difference in the world. But because they are so huge and complex, they also attract a percentage of impostors with bad intentions who infiltrate and hide within these professions to silently and secretly pursue evil and wreak havoc.

...some bad cops will occasionally murder people on the street…

Like parasites, they hide inside their host. Their leverage is magnified by many times because they operate in an environment of trust which enables them to ambush kids and adults and minorities and immigrants and people of color they are sworn to serve and protect.

This is a dark corner of human nature that will be very difficult to stamp out. Some priests and ministers will molest children; some bad cops will occasionally murder people on the street; some soldiers will rape the women of their enemies.

Our only hope is to be constantly vigilant, make bad actors accountable, and never give up on the ideal of giving every woman, man, and child a chance to grow up and pursue life in a safe and loving environment without abuse, without violence, without trauma, so that we stop replanting over and over the seeds of evil that may someday sprout again.

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