One down …

… more to go? Scotland Yard chief quits over Murdoch link.
Here, please!

… more to go?

Scotland Yard chief out over Murdoch link.

You have to wonder whether the unexpected arrest of Rebekah Brooks was designed to remind her that – right now – the police can damage her much more than can the House of Commons, and that it might not be wise to remember too many of the wrong things.

And of course I’m waiting for the political fallout on my side of the Atlantic. It seems very likely that U.S. laws were not broken so much as shattered and left in little pieces on the ground.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

10 thoughts on “One down …”

  1. No comments? Hmmmm.

    Well, let me just say that . . .

    I, for one, lament this temporary setback to the fortunes of our great and good overlords.

  2. A subsidiary of a powerful multinational corporation breaks US law. If it gets a serious investigation and if that investigation finds proof and if the justice dept then takes action and if after years of trials and appeals some lakey actually gets convicted and after all that actually gets fined/imprisoned will it really be more than a blip in the news of 2017?

    As to public outrage: The american people are quite used to the idea that the rich and powerful can tap into their private information any time they want to.

    Unless the Obama administration decides to go after Rupert with a will to destroy him (yeah right) because he’s an enemy of democracy Fox and friends will weather this storm with nary a boo boo.

  3. Pfff…what RM did in/to the UK is nothing compared to what he’s done in/to the US. Take a segment of the population that I will delicately call *cognitively vulnerable*… Consistently feed them one side of the story…one side of the story that’s been exaggerated, nipped, tucked, stretched and twisted until it perfectly fits a certain preconception about the world–a preconception that plays on hate, ignorance, tribalism, militarism, and fear. Oh…and which promotes economic views tailor-made to make uber-rich and powerful folks like Murdoch even richer and more powerful. Now assure those watching that they are the only ones getting a “fair and balanced” account of things… Murdoch has used America’s intellectual weakness against it…and it’s turned out to be a powerful weapon. Personally, I hope the man rots in Hades.

  4. We MUST have at least one honest network.

    OR… Think of the power for good if Elizabeth Warren and Paul krugman teamed up to create an honest banking, insurance, investment group. This could be a game changer.

    Actually help people instead of ripping them off.

    Think of the good you could do for the whole country, whole world, by issuing an actually honest credit card, for example

    Nobody wants to be ripped off, so the vast majority, Democrat and Republican, would be attracted to a truly honest credit card.

    From there, with millions of cardmembers on board, you use all that power to push back against the forces of scam that have been crushing the American family.

  5. Brilliance builds a media empire! OR… just build the blackmail files, and the rest falls into place.

    Brilliance creates Wall Street magic! OR… just get the rating agencies to stamp AAA or crap.

  6. I’ve also had similar thoughts. Do today’s bankers possess intellectual assets so great that only a payday of tens/hundreds of millions of dollars is required to keep them at their desks toiling away? I mean, if they left banking who would hire them? Do district managers at Wendy’s pay that kind of money?

    And, as to “honest” people opening banks that would deal fairly with the public; that brings up another unanswered question I’ve had. I thought that “competition” and the “unfettered marketplace” was supposed to work its magic giving the public the best service at the best possible price.

    What happened?

  7. In my experience, there are credit unions that provide honest banking services and deal fairly with the public and most people would probably be eligible to join one. Big banks are more visibly available and that’s where most people end up.

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