Hank Paulson “Needs More” to Knife Wolfowitz: How About Wolfowitz’s Employment Contract that He Be Allowed to Take Speaker Fees?

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Secretary of the Treasury “Hank Paulson can easily control his enthusiasm for Paul Wolfowitz,” according to a source close to Paulson, “but he does not have enough yet to stick the final knife in.”
Next week, a special subcommittee will further investigate and advise the Board of the World Bank on what to do with the embattled World Bank President who has shaken the confidence and trust of his own employees as well as client and stakeholder governments of the Bank.
blue ribbon.jpgGraeme Wheeler, a Managing Director of the World Bank of one of two of Wolfowitz’s top deputies, has publicly called for Wolfowitz to resign. Bank staffers are now wearing blue ribbons inside the bank, in the same manner as red AIDS awareness ribbons or yellow ribbons commemorating soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, to protest Wolfowitz’s nepotism and support the World Bank Staff Committee. (This morning I ran with a group of about 50 runners and one prominent former World Bank official was wearing his blue ribbon on his running shirt.)
Sidney Blumenthal has written a devastating indictment of Paul Wolfowitz’s earlier misjudgments involving girlfriend Shaha Riza, who is Libyan and raised in Saudi Arabia. According to Blumenthal, Riza was hired by defense contractor SAIC at the instruction and through a contract issued by Douglas Feith’s office. She would have needed a security clearance for this work and according to State Department officials, that clearance would have been provided by the Department of Defense and then recognized by State. Again according to Blumenthal, details of that clearance — in required correspondence between the two departments — cannot now be found. Nonetheless, State Department officials have confirmed to Blumenthal — and additionally to me — that Shaha Riza had “unescorted access” at the State Department when then working with Elizabeth Cheney.
Contrast the potential national security breaches by those at the top of the ladder to those further down the food chain.
A well respected Foreign Service officer, Donald Keyser, who also had a girlfriend problem and who mismanaged intelligence responsibilities far less severely than former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger and former CIA director John Deutsch, nonetheless is now serving jail time for his error. The judge in the case made it clear that he felt the government attorneys had over-reached and that the law was being misapplied.
But in the Wolfowitz-Riza case, his interventions on her behalf produced unfettered, unescorted access to the State Department — and we still don’t have information on whether her clearance was even valid at DoD or State.
AVAAZ.org now has more than 35,000 signatures on a petition calling for Wolfowitz to be fired. It’s time that that entire roster of Wolfowitz opponents be put on Secretary of Treasury Paulson’s desk.
But. . .if that is not enough, let me add one more item that should disgust the high and mighty who must at least pretend that public service is what motivates their participation in public life and top positions.
According to an internal source at the Bank, Paul Wolfowitz negotiated a different contractual arrangement when he became President of the Bank than did James Wolfensohn. Well, of course. . .one might say. . .they are different people with different issues.
However, one of the key items that Wolfowitz allegedly had removed from his employment contract was a restriction on “speaking fees.”
Former UN Ambassador John Bolton is raking in the cash now as a hired public speaker. Bill Clinton has put away tens of millions of dollars. Secretary of State Colin Powell has also assembled a speaker fee loaded chest of wealth way into the eight figures. Wolfowitz wanted that option as well.
I have not found evidence yet that Wolfowitz has accepted a speaking fee as of yet — and can’t find him overtly listed on any of the major speakers bureau websites, not even those focused exclusively on neocon representation. (but do email me if you have any particular insights into any speaker fee activity by the former Deputy Defense Secretary.)
The speaker fee issue — if not restricted by his Bank employment contract — would not violate any “rules” of the Bank. However, it further demonstrates how Wolfowitz’s personal judgment and moral code of conduct clearly runs across the line of publicly acceptable, credible behavior, particularly when encumbered with a position of “public trust” as important as the head of the World Bank.
Others will soon be writing about this speaker fee issue. Wolfowitz should address it immediately.
What is the rest of the story? Why did Wolfowitz want this exemption? Why would he feel that that would be appropriate?
Is this another item for which he will have to issue an apology?
— Steve Clemons

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29 comments on “Hank Paulson “Needs More” to Knife Wolfowitz: How About Wolfowitz’s Employment Contract that He Be Allowed to Take Speaker Fees?

  1. Gadfly says:

    Dirk,
    WB staff are calling Wolfie’s whore:– “neo-concubine”.
    Wolfie no longer garner’s any respect whatsoever amongst WB staff, nor amongst the civilized nations of the world.
    Wolfie is seen for the fraudulent neo-con criminal that he is:– lacking ethics, lacking morality, lacking honesty, lacking integrity, lacking wisdom, lacking sound judgement.
    In short, Wolfie is a pathetic loser– a creep who belongs in prison, perhaps Guantanamo Bay, alongst with his neo-con cohorts who have betrayed our nation and the world community.

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  2. Dirk says:

    I can’t find the article anymore but I swear I was reading an item in a German newspaper where the WB staff was calling “0 for 2” Wolfowitz’s honey a “neoconsort”. I almost fell of my chair laughing.

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  3. Carroll says:

    http://tinyurl.com/388rn7
    From Reuters..
    42 Former WB Officals call for Wolfowitz to resign.
    Germany calls for Wolfowitz to resign.
    >>>>>>>
    Wolfowitz is dead he but he doesn’t have the decency to let anyone remove his rotting corpse.
    This man has no pride at all. I think he is hanging on only for the money in the job since he isn’t rich and will have no where to go after this except the boneyard at the AEI or some other neo holding tank.

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  4. ... says:

    i was thinking of that joke about freedom fries, and thinking of the american coorelation.. france was slammed with this kind of crap for not supporting bushs invasion of iraq.. what word could convey to americans an acknowledgement of their own ineptitude at failing to see the errors of their ways?

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  5. Pissed Off American says:

    Here is Cheney, once more telling the world that the United States no longer enjoys a representative government…
    http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/breaking/100844.html
    Cheney: Iraq pullout would hurt Israel
    A U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq would be damaging to Israel, Dick Cheney said.
    “We must consider, as well, just what a precipitous withdrawal would mean to our other efforts in the war on terror, to our interests in the broader Middle East, and to Israel,” the U.S. vice president said over the weekend to a Republican Jewish Coalition leadership gathering in Latana, Fla.
    “Commentators enjoy pointing out mistakes through 20/20 hindsight. But the biggest mistake of all can be seen in advance: A sudden withdrawal of our coalition would dissipate much of the effort that has gone into fighting the global war on terror, and result in chaos and mounting danger. AND FOR THE SAKE OF OUR OWN SECURITY, WE WILL NOT STAND BY AND LET IT HAPPEN,” Cheney said. He has a similar message earlier this month to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy forum.

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  6. Carroll says:

    The petition to fire Wolf is now up to almost 44,000. I hope everyone who reads here sent it to their friends and families.

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  7. JonU says:

    Speaking fees and girlfriends?
    Wolfowitz is one of the singular fools of the Middle East debacle. He is of the prominent few who is, quite literally, deserving of being tarred and feathered, and ridden out of town on a rail. So gross his betrayals and misdeceptions, and their tragic results.
    Someone asked if a neocon might ever apologize for any of their numerous and constant miscalculations that result in so much disaster. Not likely. Not for anything serious. The neocons are the penultimate form of the coddled, well-fed, pampered, divorced-from-reality, Washington think-tank culture. They believe in their own unjustifiably self-inflated intellects more than anything. Their psuedo-intellectual “ideas” are laughable when heard spoken aloud, yet somehow this radical fringe element continues to be regarded as legitimate. People this arrogant and delusional aren’t likely to ever be capable of admitting they were wrong about anything, except perhaps what they ordered for lunch.
    This is a culture of people who continue to insist their mishappen strategy was correct, just that the implementation was bad. This is ridiculous to anyone who looks at the results, and to many who looked at the “strategy” before it was implemented. 5+ years ago, it looked to many like the exact disaster it came to be. Yet no neocon has the spine, true intellect, or depth of character to admit they were wrong in both strategy and tactics. Basically everything.
    It must be painful to be so wrong about everything, when you think so much of yourself. Yet again, perhap it is not. For it to be painful would require them to be capable of even the most basic level of objective analysis.

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  8. marky says:

    Yeah, instead of the close-up of Wolfy, how about something symbolic—you know, the way Doonesbury does.
    For Wolfowitz, I think a wet comb would be great.

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  9. Diane says:

    And this guy says corruption is the biggest problem in developing countries? I guess the corruption he participates in while working for the US and the World Bank are ok? I can hardly stand to read about these people anymore, and there is no outrage…

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  10. erichwwk says:

    PS. In case it wasn’t clear, the real danger is not so much in rewarding cronies and using the WB as a personal cash cow, as in using the WB as a vehicle for a much wider agenda: unilateral US resource and power exploitation. THAT is a surefire agenda for WWIII, a war the US would certainly lose- big time-
    contrary to what Wohlstetter taught Wolfowitz and Perle as a seventeen year old.
    I do believe most WB staffers (especially those that resigned) recognize that.

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  11. erichwwk says:

    From Emad Mekay and Jim Lobe:
    http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=37350
    “I believe that Paul Wolfowitz has used his tenure in part to reward those governments and individuals who were particularly helpful to the U.S. in the Iraq War,” said Steven Clemons, director of the American Strategy Programme of the New America Foundation, who has closely followed Wolfowitz’s career on his much-read blog.
    “To me, that’s a completely irresponsible approach to managing one of the world’s most important economic development institutions,” he added.
    Well said, Steve!
    Riza is the least of our problems. I am so grateful you recognize the danger of Paul Wolfowitz. As Toto pulls the veil away from all the Professor Marvels, is there any institution left that is not in tatters from replacing professionals with incompetent cronies? Are we replicating Iraqi and Katrina incompetence everywhere? Do these folks really believe there is a boogyman under every bed? That loyalty is the only relevant criteria for staffing?
    We created a monster after WWII, and there is no way out of shouldering that blowback. The US needs its own Marshall Plan to recover.

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  12. eCAHNomics says:

    Blah blah blah. Cronyism. Speaker’s fees. Yeah, I know we got Capone on income tax evasion, but I wish non-corporate media would pay more attention to Wolfie’s REAL program, which is to make WB neocon subsidiary of U.S. New Yorker article reveals the familiar pattern. Anti-corruption is code for gracing U.S. friends and cutting off U.S. foes. Uzebekistan’s cutoff after they kicked out U.S. base is perfect example.
    Silver lining: I read Europe is making more of its antipoverty donations outside WB. I hope WB & IMF go out of business because Washington consensus has caused nothing but misery.

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  13. Gadfly says:

    Why would anyone (with brains) pay to listen to anything (lies, deceptions, falsehoods) that Wolfie vomits?
    * Wolfie is a bald-faced liar:– treasonously mis-leading the American people into the insane neo-con Bushies’ blood-bath in Iraq with lies about non-existent WMDs; non-existent links between Saddam Hussein & Al Qaeda; and fabricating “bush*t” about it costing almost nothing.
    * Wolfie is an incompetent, arrogant crook:– traitorously firing General Shinseki for daring to tell Congress the truth about Wolfie-n-Feith’s catastrophic deceptions about troop levels. Shinseki confirmed that stabilizing Congress would require several thousand U.S. troops– whilst the imbecilic fools Wolfie-n-Feith said it would take around 50,000 U.S. troops.
    * Wolfie is a despicable thief:– par for the course in the neo-con Bush regime. Wolfie violated World Bank rules by lining his “girlfriend’s” pockets with gold.
    Wolfie isn’t fit to serve in public office– and should be in prison (wiping toilets) for his War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity.
    Like Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rove & Gonzales– Wolfie, Feith, Perle and the rest of the despicable cowardly neo-con arm-chair chicken-hawks, are all a plague- a blight upon our Republic.

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  14. gil says:

    Steve,
    I wish you could give us a less “in your face” photo illustrations of your posts.
    I really don’t want to have a Wolfowitz or Bolton face laid upon me when I open your blog….
    Tx

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  15. john somer says:

    I wonder about the size of the golden parachute he managed to negoatiate for himself

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  16. Carroll says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_Rohrabacher#Payment_for_30-year-old_screenplay
    I hope Rohrabacher is on the Abramhof FBI list…he could be, I have read that the list is long and the FBI is no where near finished with all Abramhof’s friends.
    Two more repubs went down this week with the FBI raiding their respective “biznesses”.
    BTW, he was also a draft dodger. Strange how draft dodgers are always tough guys with their mouths only.

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  17. Carroll says:

    The sheer arrogance and inhumanity that was illustrated by Scheur’s and Rohrabacher’s comments perfectly underscore why the United States is becoming loathed by the rest of the world community. Again, one must apply Den’s label of “monsters” to someone of Scheuer’s ilk. If you get a chance to see the hearing, note the smirking little twit sitting behind Rohrabacher, who thought it proper to snicker, guffaw, and smirk in agreement with Rohrabacher’s comments. I assume she was an intern or an aide. If Rohrabacher didn’t send her packing after such a performance, then his arrogance is further underscored. The little bitch deserves a turn in one of Cheney’s waterboarding sessions, then perhaps she will understand that there is nothing laughable about torture or extraordinary rendition. I was absolutely disgusted by tyhe performancxe of Scheur, Rohrabacher, and the little urchin he had stroking his ego. Fuck these people, they are despicable.
    Posted by Pissed Off American at April 22, 2007 02:46 AM
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    I got up at 5am to watch the rerun of the hearing and you are right Scheur is a freaking freak. I think he said about 15 times by my count that he didn’t care who was tortured whether they were gulity or not, it wasn’t his business. That he only cared about his children. Talk about devoid of morals and compartmentalizing!…he should be whacked on general principles alone. And those two twits sitting behind Rohrabacher looked liked 17 year olds who had just come in from a drug party.
    I admire the European delgation for keeping their cool in the face such low life trash as those two.

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  18. Pissed Off American says:

    “I though I heard Rohrabacher say “he hope it was the Europeans families that died” for something or other… but I thought to myself no, I must have misheard him.”
    Posted by Carroll
    You musta missed Scheuer’s comments, that preceded Rohrabacher’s comments. Scheuer was despicable. Describing the European community as being in “decline”, and commenting that he could care less about the captives subjected to extraordinary rendition, “because they aren’t American”. The sheer arrogance and inhumanity that was illustrated by Scheur’s and Rohrabacher’s comments perfectly underscore why the United States is becoming loathed by the rest of the world community. Again, one must apply Den’s label of “monsters” to someone of Scheuer’s ilk. If you get a chance to see the hearing, note the smirking little twit sitting behind Rohrabacher, who thought it proper to snicker, guffaw, and smirk in agreement with Rohrabacher’s comments. I assume she was an intern or an aide. If Rohrabacher didn’t send her packing after such a performance, then his arrogance is further underscored. The little bitch deserves a turn in one of Cheney’s waterboarding sessions, then perhaps she will understand that there is nothing laughable about torture or extraordinary rendition. I was absolutely disgusted by tyhe performancxe of Scheur, Rohrabacher, and the little urchin he had stroking his ego. Fuck these people, they are despicable.

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  19. Carroll says:

    Posted by Armadillo at April 21, 2007 11:13 PM
    >>>>>>>>>
    Adding to Armadillo’s accurate description of our much of our political class.. get this.
    I was half listening to C-span yesterday during the hearings with European Representives on the torture renditions by the US.
    I though I heard Rohrabacher say “he hope it was the Europeans families that died” for something or other… but I thought to myself no, I must have misheard him.
    Lo and behold…evidently he did say that cause other people picked on on it too.
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    RandyMI’s diary DKOS
    “It’s Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) who sunk to such a low that he wished death upon the family members of European Union Members.
    There are many Americans who question what we are so much hated around the world. Maybe, it is because people all over the world have met the likes of Dana Rohrabacher, Congressman with the big mouth. The latest flap that came from his flapping lips is this quote:
    “I HOPE IT’S YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS THAT DIE”
    The recipients of his diatribe? Members of the European Union Parliament. The embarrassment? Every American’s.
    If there is any doubt regarding the veracity of the report, all you have to do is go to Calitics to watch the video.”

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  20. AC says:

    A rumor emerging on other blogs that Wolfowitz pushed hard for the notion that the DPRK had restarted uranium enrichment allowed the US the excuse to break out of the Agreed Framework in 2002. Which gave the DPRK the reasoning to actually start enriching again, and then to build the bomb.
    But Wolfowitz was wrong – the NorKs had not restarted. At least not until the US stopped negotiating and made it clear that anybody on their (the US’) “Axis of Evil” was liable to get invaded. So the NorKs built a bomb. Thanks Neocons.
    http://totalwonkerr.com/1408/north-korean-heu-bad-decisions
    This won’t have any obvious effect on his tenuous position at the Bank, but it’s a good thing to know about the man.

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  21. Robert Morrow says:

    hey, you left off Ashcroft.

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  22. Armadillo says:

    I’m with POA. We’re toast.
    These people have no shame. The idea of resigning as a chance to preserve some semblence of honor is completely lost on these self-centered bastards.
    It seems government has become the ticket to big bucks. “Public service” is cover for “personal service” in the form of speaker fees, think tank jobs, university jobs, K street positions, etc.
    Americans lust after stardom. Politics has become yet another hollywood. Filled with celebrity, dynasty, fanfare, blow jobs…and big bucks.
    Wolfowitz is a fucking asshole. Gonzales is an utter bafoon. Feith a fucking idiot. Perle a crook. Yoo a blind zealot. Tenet a car salesman. Miers a freak. Cambone a hitman in training. Rumsfeld a blowhard. Rove…no descriptor strong enough. Cheney a sociopath. Powell a disappointment. Rice a stooge. Card a sicophant. Fleischer a derelict. Brownie…heck of a job. Anyone with even an inkling of potential is long gone (O’neil, once upon a time Powell). Despite a few flushes pure turds remain…we’re toast.

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  23. Robert M. says:

    Steve,
    Rather than simple greed, such a provision reflects the broader position of the neocon elites: “I am entitled”. They act this out in behaviors we call arrogant, visualized for us in all those sneering pictures of Dick Cheney. (And its Lynne Cheney taking the cash & not Dick, but “same difference”, eh?) Wolfowitz consistently does this as “rules don’t apply to me, as I am a brilliant SOB so don’t mess with me.” He writes HR deal for girlfriend; he gets her phantom security clearance (E. Cheney waived her magic wand & C Rice said “Whatever”); he gets speaking fees deal & there must be more. He’s doing it now in not resigning, instead forcing everyone else to confront this governance issue in struggling through the muck he’s left around. (Those GOP elephants…) (Also, note how Riza tried to play the victim card so soon in the story-line. Its all about me is slight variant on the entitled theme.)
    If he stays, then PW IS THE WORLD BANK. And if that’s the case, the institution can only go through the motions until the Dems are back in power. And two years of twiddling your big toes can cause a lot of damage.
    Paulson has more leverage within the Bush administration than he knows. Having screwed up Treasury for five years, the R/C admin wants only placidity on this front. Paulson is untouchable as a cabinet member as WH does not want to do ANOTHER confirmation with the Dem Congress. R/C is focused exclusively on Gonzales & Bush’s relationship. AG is the ONE person Bush seems to be willing to hang tough on. (Now watch AG quit on Sunday!) PW has no support from Bush, not the way that DUI-fixing Judge Alberto does. Paulson CAN act on what he already has.
    But as to PW’s NEED for these rule-breakers… Well, I suspect one reason for the fees-deal in his mind is its a “make-up” clause–his reward to himself for his public service years plus there was that divorce within the past 5 years. He doesn’t feel he’s that well off whatever his actual income, savings & investments are in comparison to other former administrators. And to see Bolton rake in $ now must be really galling to his intellect!
    So he wants the option to cash in NOW, rather than waiting until out of office like Powell (who’s fees are ludicrous but at least he’s got some positive things accomplished to talk about). Its the NOW need to further salve his wounded ego that pushes this over the line. Plus a little fear that there is no next act.
    And the BANK signed off on it, further confirming to PW how “special” he was. Shame on the Bank for feeding this monster.
    My solution is for him to marry Riza and then have her do the speaking engagements at places like Associated Industrial Manufacturers with themes like “You TOO Can Score Big on Tailored Government Contracts”, “Bright Girls are Best Tail”, “4Languages 4U”, and more.
    But if PW stays, its another R/C coup d’tat of a governmental agency, as big as the DOJ subversion in the long run.

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  24. Angry One says:

    With the exploding scandals at the Justice Department and the World Bank enveloping his administration, President Bush voiced “full confidence” in Alberto Gonzales and Paul Wolfowitz this week. But as history has shown, there is no more certain confirmation of the criminality, ethical-wrong doing or imminent departure of a Bush team player than the President’s expression of confidence in him.
    For the background, see:
    “President Bush, Confidence Man.”

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  25. Carroll says:

    http://www.benadorassociates.com/speakers.php
    If Wolfie was on a speakers list it would probably be this one but he not on there…yet.
    I have wondered before about Eleana Benado since she is so stacked with neos and some crazy ones at that. Maybe she is just a business woman, but if she is, she must be practicing “niche” marketing only.
    Please, please please let Wolf be sent in shame from the WB and all civil society.
    And we need to do something about making assholes filthy rich while ethical,honest and real patriots toil away as good public servants and policy makers.
    I would pay to read this blog, I would pay to hear Larry Wilkerson and Carter and some others I admire, but I wouldn’t give a cent to listen Clinton, Powell or the rest of the crew who is out peddling their past political positions just for the money.

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  26. ... says:

    i don’t think the idea of ‘apology’ is in the vocabulary of ‘neocons’.. not only that, but they resist public sentiment towards them that they should step down… gonzalas and wolfowitz are only the latest 2 to fit this pattern. i guess that is what makes them conservative, lol.. they don’t do change even when it is forced on them for the obvious reasons – complete lapse of judgement – being the biggest.

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  27. km4 says:

    and always use a spellchecker before posting…
    Only rabid zealot or uninformed organizations pay these outrageous speaker fees to hear people who preach and peddle the same tired pitches and propaganda with little to no informed perspective.
    Just stay away from the MSM drivel and get your news and info from internet, blogs ( like this one ) subscribe to RSS feeds, and do smart networking.
    2015 – Collective Intelligence 2.0
    Currently most people still get their views from the MSM (and the government) but these views suffer from bias, narrowness, lack of granularity, lack of real-time data, and the fact that they are one-way, biased, top-down services with no feedback loop capabilities.
    In 2015 the Web continues to evolve from a world ruled by mass media to new Collective Intelligence services like a “Google Zeitgeist” on steroids with real-time, interactive, participatory, comprehensive, democratic, self-organization features.
    Prediction: Speaker fees in 2015 will much much lower 😉

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  28. km4 says:

    Only rabid zealot or uninformed organizations pay these outrageous speaker fees to hear people who preach and peddle the same tired pitches and propaganda with little to no informaned perspective.
    Just stay away from the MSM drivel and get you news and info form internet, read blogs ( like this one ) subscribe to RSS feeds, amd do smart networking.
    2015 – Collective Intelligence 2.0
    Currently most people still get their views from the MSM (and the government) but these views suffer from bias, narrowness, lack of granularity, lack of real-time data, and the fact that they are one-way, biased, top-down services with no feedback loop capabilities.
    In 2015 the Web continues to evolve from a world ruled by mass media to new Collective Intelligence services like a “Google Zeitgeist” on steroids with real-time, interactive, participatory, comprehensive, democratic, self-organization features.
    Prediction: Speaker fees in 2015 will much much lower 😉

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