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If corporations are people, they are very bad people

Posted by Charles II on January 16, 2012

John LaForge, truthout, on the latest atrocity:

In the amoral milieu of the corporate bottom line, you can’t blame Tokyo Electric Power Co. for trying.

Tepco owns the six-reactor Fukushima complex that was wrecked by Japan’s March 11 earthquake and smashed by the resulting tsunami. It faces more than $350 billion in compensation and clean-up costs, as well as likely prosecution for withholding crucial information that may have prevented some radiation exposures and for operating the giant station after being warned about the inadequacy of its protections against disasters.

So, when the company was hauled into Tokyo District Court October 31 by the Sunfield Golf Club, which was demanding decontamination of the golf course, Tepco lawyers tried something novel. They claimed the company isn’t liable because it no longer “owned” the radioactive poisons that were spewed from its destroyed reactors.

“Radioactive materials that scattered and fell from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant belong to individual landowners there, not Tepco,” the company said. This stunned the court, the plaintiffs and the press. An attorney for the golf club said, “We are flabbergasted….”

You gotta admit, that’s a novel defense. If they get away with it, I wonder what’s next? Guys claiming that they are not responsible for the deaths of people they shoot because the bullet is not longer in their gun?

Anyway, as we groan about the outrageous conduct of our corporations, it’s good to keep in mind that foreign corporations aren’t sweethearts either.

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FOX In the Henhouse: Murdoch Protector Darrell Issa Hit With Yet Another Ethics Scandal

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 13, 2011

Speaking of Rupert Murdoch and his media empire, the House Ethics guy who has so far flatly refused to investigate News Corp’s hacking the phones of 9/11 victims has been hit with yet another ethics scandal:

This morning, the group American Family Voices filed a formal ethics complaint against Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, regarding the “symbiotic relationship” the congressman has established between his business interests and public responsibilities.

The AFV letter showcases a laundry list of Darrell Issa’s more questionable deeds, among them his purchasing millions of dollars of high-yield Goldman Sachs mutual funds at the same time he was pressuring the Securities and Exchange Commission to drop a fraud lawsuit against Goldman Sachs.

And what does Darrell Issa do when caught out like this? What every Republican caught out does: scream and squeal to his media buddies that Democrats ate his baby are picking on him!

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