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Book Description
Release Date: September 19, 2012

The New York Times bestselling author of Armed Madhouse offers a globetrotting, Sam Spade-style investigation that blows the lid off the oil industry, the banking industry, and the governmental agencies that aren’t regulating either.

This is the story of the corporate vultures that feed on the weak and ruin our planet in the process-a story that spans the globe and decades.

For Vultures’ Picnic, investigative journalist Greg Palast has spent his career uncovering the connection between the world of energy (read: oil) and finance. He’s built a team that reads like a casting call for a Hollywood thriller-a Swiss multilingual investigator, a punk journalist, and a gonzo cameraman-to reveal how environmental disasters like the Gulf oil spill, the Exxon Valdez, and lesser-known tragedies such as Tatitlek and Torrey Canyon are caused by corporate corruption, failed legislation, and, most interestingly, veiled connections between the billionaires of financial industry and energy titans. Palast shows how the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization, and Central Banks act as puppets and bandits for Big Oil.

With Palast at the center of an investigation that takes us from the Arctic to Africa to the Amazon, Vultures’ Picnic shows how the big powers in the money and oil game slip the bonds of regulation over and over again, and simply destroy the rules that they themselves can’t write-and take advantage of nations and everyday people in the process.

Vultures’ Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores

With the US presidential election only weeks away, I thought this book would be a perfect read to tell you what neither of the ‘mainstream’ [i.e. hand-picked/business friendly] candidates want to discuss. Namely, out of control and unchecked petrol/gasoline companies/prices.

The price gouging at the gas pump, indicative of a larger across the board push by business to suppress workers’ raises/salaries; while increasing, seemingly without end, the cost of goods.

An unsurportable dichotomy.

A one-book WEDNESDAYS WORDS, but it’s a good book.

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UPCOMING MOVIES SPRING 2012: Piranha 3DD?! Really??

Upcoming Movies Spring 2012: PIRANHA 3DD

I really didn’t like the first movie. It was just… ehh. By the numbers, and even for a stupid movie… too stupid. But hey I’m sure it appealed to its intended demographic, and hence this sequel.

But being more of the same I had no interest in seeing the remake. I mean I like DD’s as much as the next guy but to pay theater AND 3D prices for a boring, dumb, and stupid movie kinda negates any joy seeing the bouncies (yes I did just say bouncies, uggggh I’m so juvenile) may give you. :).

It’s just not enough reason to sit through a bad movie. Plus I’m not really a gore, carnage guy. To have beautiful bodies, and the draw of your movie is having these beautiful bodies torn and ripped up?? Really?

I don’t get that. I don’t get that at all. Being not a convert to America’s cannibal zombie serial killer nation… that has no appeal to me, and no humor in it for me.

So all that’s on the minus. The pluses are Ving Rhames, he was one of the few good parts of the first film. That said would it kill the filmmakers to have more than two characters of color? I’m getting a bit sick of that Hollywood 50s style ‘back of the bus’ casting.

But the real potential hope for this film may lie in its creative team. A different director and writer is helming this sequel, and it’s the director who brought us the horror film FEAST.

Feast 3 Pack

Which was an irreverent and fun horror movie, that played with the tropes of the medium while remaining suspenseful and fun. If the creators, Director John Gulager (his dad starred with Lee Marvin in THE KILLERS)

The Killers (The Criterion Collection)

and writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan can bring that to this film, it’s possible they can make it something worth watching.

Time will tell.