Park Avenue’s Billionaires: How They Stay That Way

Park Avenue’s Billionaires: How They Stay That Way

Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream is the riveting new documentary by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), which presents his perspective on the increasingly glaring disparity between rich and poor Americans. Gibney contends that America’s wealthiest citizens have rigged the game in their favor, creating an unprecedented degree of financial inequality in the United States.

Gibney proposes that this is nowhere more evident than on New York City’s Park Avenue. 740 Park Avenue in Manhattan is currently home to the highest concentration of billionaires in America. However, just across the river, less than five miles away, Park Avenue runs through the South Bronx, an area that is home to the poorest congressional district in the United States.

In Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream, Gibney states that while income disparity has always existed in America, over the last 40 years it has accelerated sharply. As of 2010, the 400 richest Americans controlled more wealth than the bottom 50 percent of the population, or 150 million people. In the film, Gibney explains why he believes upward mobility is increasingly out of reach for both members of the middle class and the poor.

Park Avenue’s Billionaires: How They Stay That Way

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Growing Up Buckley: Mum and Pup and Me

Growing Up Buckley: Mum and Pup and Me

“To the extent that the story of my present life has a dimension beyond the purely personal, I suppose it’s an account of becoming an orphan. My mother and father died within 11 months of each other in 2007 and 2008. One realization does dawn upon the death of the second parent, namely that you’ve now moved into the green room to the River Styx. You’re next. Another thing about parental mortality: No matter how much you’ve prepared for the moment, when it comes, it comes at you hot, hard and unrehearsed.”
-Christopher Buckley, March 2009

Growing Up Buckley: Mum and Pup and Me

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Sarah Palin Sings “The Bridge to Nowhere” Anthem

Sarah Palin Sings “The Bridge to Nowhere” Anthem

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Sarah Palin: United States Head of Skate

Sarah Palin: United States Head of Skate

Opening Soon on a Planet Near You:

Sarah Palin: Head of Skate

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Face of the Day: Sadly, Cindy McCain Lost Her “Nicey-Nice Mask”

Face of the the Day: Sadly, Cindy McCain Lost Her “Nicey-Nice Mask”

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Photos of the Day: Republican National Convention Guns

Photos of the Day: Republican National Convention Guns

This are extremely frightening photographs of what protesters might be faced with at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul this week.

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Let Us Call It by Its Proper Name: Torture

Let Us Call It by Its Proper Name: Torture

Let us not forget that on Saturday, March 8, 2008, President Bush announced that he had vetoed legislation that would have banned the CIA from using harsh interrogation methods, such as waterboarding, to break suspected terrorists because it would end practices that he said have prevented attacks. The bill that he rejected would have provided guidelines for intelligence activities and has the interrogation requirement as one provision. The bill would have limited CIA interrogators to the 19 techniques that are allowed for use by military questioners. In 2006, the Army Field Manual banned the use of methods such as waterboarding or sensory deprivation on uncooperative prisoners.

Therefore, at this moment in history, let us not forget what is still being executed by our government. Rather than simply describing it as an “advanced” or “enhanced” interrogation technique, let us call it by its proper name: Torture.

Let Us Call It by Its Proper Name: Torture

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