Now that the grand jury has returned with their decision on the extrajudicial killing of Michael Brown, we should be reminded that even though Darren Wilson was not indicted, Blackness was certainly indicted by the grand jury. Black Americans have been reminded again that their lives are regarded as of little worth. However, the burden of what needs to be done to change this issue is not a Black problem.
We are concerned about our intelligence agencies. They spy on us, toy with their appointed overseers, lie with impunity, ride roughshod over the US Constitution and torture folks. Their operations are global; the questions they raise, fundamental. But the controversy over US spy agencies is a footnote to a larger intelligence question raised by the most influential and lasting achievement of human action - the permanent degradation of earth's capacity to sustain life. We thought we were intelligent. Are we really?
A New York Times story manages to bury the lede, even given the salacious material, in an important story that provides more evidence of the overly-cozy relationship between the New York Fed and its favored large banks, particularly Goldman. The issue is sensitive in the wake of former New York Fed staffer Carmen Segarra releasing hours of tape recordings.