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Each morning, the world is greeted with new, fascinating, and potentially very dangerous disclosures on the WikiLeaks website. Abuzz with the possibility of what might be next and whose names might be exposed, politicos and plebeians alike are hooked.

You might be pondering the legitimacy of the organization. But I'm curious about something else. What about all the stuff that really needs to be leaked that we're never going to hear about?

I've gathered a few stories from various walks of life whose mysteries continue to befuddle me. If WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange got a hold of these cables, I'd most certainly support their dissemination.

Wouldn't it be nice if we knew the answers to:

1. The Lehman Brothers/Bear Stearns story
Why did the government save one of these investment banking icons and let the other fail? In one case, the government essentially threw its hands up and said it was unable and unwilling to step in and stop a bank from failing. In the other, roughly six months before, the U.S. government proved it could do a hell of a lot to stop a bank from failing, as it helped arrange Bear Stearns' sale to JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM  ) . What exactly was the thinking, and why were our elected officials playing favorites here?

2. Lance Armstrong and steroids
Without a doubt, Lance Armstrong is a phenomenal athlete, and winning the Tour de France as he did seven consecutive times is simply remarkable. However, if the use of performance-enhancing drugs is as widespread as it appears to be in cycling, then how could he possibly be as successful as he was without them? It seems that just about every other cyclist was using the drugs, and yet his tests were clean. Did he use them? If so, why was he so much better at beating the tests than everyone else?

3. The other Madoffs
So far, only three people have pleaded guilty for the largest theft in American history. Only one of them (Bernard) appears to have actually started serving his sentence. I refuse to believe that Madoff's wife and sons, as well as numerous others close to him (some of whom are, indeed, being very slowly implicated in the fraud) didn't know about this criminal entity long before they "turned him in." Who else knew, and why aren't they in jail right now?

4. The mysterious disappearance of Crystal Pepsi
Crystal Pepsi was a pretty awesome idea that came in with as much thunder as it disappeared with anonymity. The drink didn't sell badly -- in fact, it did quite well. People generally liked it. Why did execs at PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP  ) can it so quickly?

5. 'Rogue' trader Jerome Kerviel
Kerviel managed to lose a whopping $7 billion of Societe Generale's money in a matter of days in 2008. Management at the company claims the guy went rogue. Kerviel claims that management knew of his behind-the-scenes activities and was OK with it since he was making tons of money doing it. Given the lax amount of oversight typically aimed at profitable individuals at banks of all kinds, I actually kinda believe the guy. What really happened here?

6. Our continued dependence on foreign oil
I'm not really against the use of oil as an energy source. I am, however, absolutely against the empowerment of all sorts of unsavory individuals and nations as a result of our continued dependence on the stuff. Given the abundance of legitimate and increasingly economic alternatives, why haven't we made a lot more progress toward owning our own energy future?

7. The epic collapse of AOL
I can't think of another business that went from being so incredibly important to so incredibly irrelevant as quickly as AOL did. The company could have easily written its own ticket with just one or two savvy decisions back in the day. Pride, arrogance, myopia, and stupidity are just some of the words that I would use to describe this company's decision making. Why, AOL, why?

8. Mars and Steven Spielberg
If a budding star director with a few massive hits already under his belt eagerly asks if he can prominently feature your product in his new film, it's probably something you should green-light. Unfortunately, candymaker Mars said "no" to putting M&Ms in the 1982 blockbuster ET, and so Spielberg instead hit up Hershey's (NYSE: HSY  ) to use its Reese's Pieces. Sales of the peanut-butter delight subsequently exploded. Man, I would love to be a fly on the wall in that meeting. Mars, please explain to me how that was not a no-brainer?

9. The embarrassing lack of college football playoffs
When the president of the United States declares on national television that he is fed up with your system, it's time to consider a change. Yet, the BCS is still alive and well with its perverse and notorious calculus. A playoff system is looooong overdue. NCAA, what the hell are you thinking?

10. The Steve Jobs dismissal
Of all the business-related mysteries that confuse me, this one is pretty much the most confusing. The guy's personality is not all that endearing, but Steve Jobs is undoubtedly one of the most visionary and accomplished individuals in American corporate history. Even before Jobs invented the iPad, the iPhone, and the iPod, how could Apple's board (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) allow John Sculley to oust the guy? Why would you ever voluntarily get rid of your top talent?

So, there you have it -- 10 stories that I wish would be explained via WikiLeaks. Incidentally, we're just days away from a massive bundle of damning materials involving a major American bank, supposedly either Bank of America or Citigroup. No doubt it will be fascinating to see where that takes us. But what are yours? What mysteries of the world do you hope would be explained? Share below.

Fool Nick Kapur hopes his cables don't wind up on WikiLeaks one day. He owns shares of Apple and Pepsi. Apple is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection. Motley Fool Options has recommended a diagonal call position on PepsiCo, which is a Motley Fool Income Investor recommendation. The Fool owns shares of Apple, Bank of America, and JPMorgan Chase. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 11:08 AM, mdtopper wrote:

    How the heck did a nation of somewhat intelligent individuals buy the load of crap Obama was shovelling AND elect him?

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 12:04 PM, FishSRQ wrote:

    .... Obama's college papers.

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 12:07 PM, Alpo8181 wrote:

    I'm with you on #6... unreal.

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 12:13 PM, ETFsRule wrote:

    "A playoff system is looooong overdue. NCAA, what the hell are you thinking?"

    What, and get rid of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, the Discover Orange Bowl, and the Allstate Sugar Bowl? Gee, I wonder why this hasn't happened yet...

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 12:25 PM, lewellen180 wrote:

    The last question in the last item was "Why would you ever voluntarily get rid of your top talent?"

    As a relative newcomer to the whole management thing, I have an answer to this.

    It's simply: When the benefits you get from the star aren't worth the sunburn.

    If you have one person that makes everyone on an otherwise excellent team miserable, something needs to happen - no matter how good that one person is. Maybe you don't want to get of them, but you do have to take steps to keep the rest of that excellent team from getting demoralized and unproductive. That's not necessarily firing someone, but the options do tend to get more limited as the problem person gets higher up the management chain.

    I've no idea if something like this was the case with SJ. (Nor do I care, really.) But I could see that being the rationale behind the decision.

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 12:25 PM, CPACAPitalist wrote:

    A nice mix of lighthearted and serious questions - I enjoyed it.

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 12:30 PM, AKRiekena wrote:

    El Oh El, funny stuff. Thanks for the fun article, a nice mix of whimsy and serious WTF?!?!

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 12:38 PM, smhikida wrote:

    How the heck did a nation of somewhat intelligent individuals buy the load of crap Boehner and the Republicans were shovelling AND elect them?

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 12:50 PM, shoemaker17 wrote:

    come on guys really?

    how bout the UFO stuff. everything else listed is just about money, where it is going, and who is not getting enough of it.

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 12:57 PM, TMFBane wrote:

    Joe Nocera's "Lehman Had to Die So Global Finance Could Live" provides a very compelling take on the Lehman "mystery."


    Ultimately, I think Bernanke and Paulson couldn't stomach the idea of being proponents of bailouts. So they let Lehman fail, and soon learned, "um, we'd best not try that again..."

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 1:27 PM, JBKirtley wrote:

    How do they get those ships in those itty bitty bottles?

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 1:40 PM, TangoSukka wrote:

    Yes Crystal Pepsi! I have been wondering about that ALMOST as must as I have been pondering the disappearance of 3D Doritos. Julian Assange if you are listeing, please break the 3D Doritos story!!

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 2:10 PM, FracturedVision wrote:

    As I hear it from some Apple employees, Jobs repeatedly tried to kill some of what turned out to be their best golden eggs.

    And AOL never understood what it really was until it was too late.

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 2:23 PM, Flishiz wrote:

    I'd like to know what really went down between China and Google.

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 3:11 PM, BlueJacketFan wrote:

    "How the heck did a nation of somewhat intelligent individuals buy the load of crap Obama was shovelling AND elect him? "

    Maybe because supply-side economics doesn't work....and never has? Just ask the first Bush!

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 3:23 PM, goalie37 wrote:

    Aliens. Definitely should have aliens included.

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 3:27 PM, BlueJacketFan wrote:

    Regarding #1...the way Paulson described it was:

    1. There was no TARP money available yet

    2. No one wanted to buy them

    End of game.

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 3:34 PM, jrod87 wrote:

    If O.J didnt kill nicole???? then who did he Kill?

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 3:37 PM, easynow7 wrote:

    Anyone shorting Bank of America or Citigroup? Do you think the leaks will have an adverse effect of the share price. I have heard its Bank of amercia not Citi?

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 3:45 PM, Acesnyper wrote:

    I'm thrilled to see someone was able to have some fun on a hot button issue!

    I would go back to drinking soda if Crystal Pepsi was back around. What a fun childhood memory!

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 4:36 PM, Tomohawk52 wrote:

    From number six:

    "Given the abundance of legitimate and increasingly economic alternatives, why haven't we made a lot more progress toward owning our own energy future?"

    Maybe it's because the alternatives are neither as economic nor legitimate as they appear?

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 5:00 PM, goalie37 wrote:

    I would also like Wikileaks to find out what happened to the Hypnotoad.

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 5:05 PM, RDSTOCKS wrote:

    Tomohawk52 nailed it.

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 5:15 PM, misskimberly1 wrote:

    @easynow - this is what i have been wondering for some time as well (re: Bank of America). Personally, i doubt WikiLeaks' upcoming release against BoA will hurt that much since for the most part the market just cares about whether returns are up or down.

    It also doesnt help that this witch hunt that the world is obsessed on in taking down WikiLeaks and humiliating Assange with fake charges is aiding in distracting the important issue which is that many governments and corporations are in cahoots in a wide spread corruption game.


  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 6:41 PM, BeachPHool wrote:

    #6 - Ronald Reagan. He canceled all of the alternative energy research programs set up by Jimmy Carter (BTW, I'm an Independent that hates Carter...). "Why spend all that money when oil is so cheap?" Why? I think we ALL know the answer to that now. Look at Brazil... they got off oil and on renewable alternatives. It took 15-20 years to do it, but you have to start sometime.

    #9 - That's easy... $$$$. The major Conferences make too much money sending multiple schools to bowl games. The Exex Dir of the Big 10 (again, I grew up in Michigan, lifelong Big 10 fan) is on record as saying he is in favor of a playoff system, but "I don't work for the NCAA. I work for the Presidents of the Big 10 schools. Until they tell me to support it, I will continue to vote no."

    The others are still a mystery to me, tho.

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 8:52 PM, thelunger wrote:

    Re: #6 "...the abundance of legitimate and increasingly economic alternatives..."

    There exists NO "legitimate"/"economic" energy alternative that comes even CLOSE to filling the place of petroleum in our economy...not even close. If gas was priced properly there _might_ be a chance. But that isn't going to happen because elected officials are compromised in SO many ways and they are leading a country of pathetic entitled whiners.

    Doesn't matter anyway, the game is changing:

    mtopper: he was elected because, among other reasons, the alternative was appalling. What is amazing is that he won by such a small margin (considering the alternative)

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2010, at 10:00 PM, Pipilongstocking wrote:

    Who really wrote Dreams of my father? And where are those grades or any other thing that h wrote- Harvard Law Review?

  • Report this Comment On December 09, 2010, at 12:33 AM, ThriveCounseling wrote:

    This was a great article. I did some research on Crystal Pepsi on Wikipedia. Apparently, while initial sales were strong, they quickly dropped off leading to Pepsi pulling the product (they tried to reformulate it into a Citrus drink called "Crystal, from Pepsi, but that also didn't sell). -- I want to know why Vanilla Pepsi is gone. -- The business writer Al Reis wants to know why companies are addicted to brand extensions (Answer: Because sometimes they're awesome).

  • Report this Comment On December 09, 2010, at 2:20 AM, jaketen2001 wrote:

    Back to investing--the major bank will be BofA, not Citi. And I imagine it will have something to do with Countrywide. Not a shocker. Fire away Wiki.

  • Report this Comment On December 09, 2010, at 9:51 AM, cqqke wrote:

    #6 is an ease one to answer George Bush said “America is addicted oil” well he implied that you and I are addicted, but in reality the Federal/State and local governments/Municipalities are addicted to TAX revenue it generates. (Royalties/Federal/State and Local Taxes)

    If the government doubled the fuel economy standards say from 20 MPG to 40 MPG wouldn’t that cut the tax revenue in half?

    Also the price of oil is a great way to control the entire economy.

    We put a man on the moon with an electric buggy in the early 1970’s, but can’t deliver an electric car on main Street until 2010/11.

  • Report this Comment On December 09, 2010, at 10:33 AM, WhiteHatBobby wrote:

    Oil -- What is the reason we can't drill here? Why can't we do our own oil? Don't forget Pelosi and her gang want us in wind, solar, and booze, and refuse to drill for oil.

    Blue Oval Kickbacks -- why Obama seized automakers based on who gave to whom?

    College Football Playoffs -- Disney. With premium cable only now and PPV in the future, they can corrupt the sport with PPV. Nobody will pay for a PPV BCS title except a few. And fewer viewers on premium PPV/cable will mean better revenues than if it was broadcast on network television or radio.

    We need to cut the CAFE back to pre-2000 standards with no CAFE standards for trucks (and reward building vehicles that aren't dangerous monocoques) and drill here, drill now.

  • Report this Comment On December 09, 2010, at 10:43 AM, GrumpyOldGuy wrote:

    I wish they had told us who really killed OJs wife.

  • Report this Comment On December 09, 2010, at 11:42 AM, bigkansasfool wrote:

    Crystal Pepsi is the greatest mystery of our time. It was selling great for a newly introduced drink, I personally loved it, and it couldn't have been that much more to produce than regular Pepsi. SO WHAT HAPPENED?

  • Report this Comment On December 09, 2010, at 12:14 PM, CassandraSays wrote:

    How did Rummy, one of the more morally challenged figures of these our times, get Aspartame approved by FDA with all safety data negative or known to be faked?

    It's pretty obvious how, actually, just from the timeline, below, but wouldn't it be nice to get a smoking gun email?

  • Report this Comment On December 09, 2010, at 12:40 PM, CassandraSays wrote:

    Oh, Bobby:

    The answers to your "questions" are soooo obvious. You can't drill there, drill now, because drilling does not manufacture oil where it isn't. You've burned your oil. It's up in smoke. (Or lying on the ocean floor in tar balls.

    Do you really think corruption of sport is a dismal future prospect?

  • Report this Comment On December 09, 2010, at 1:38 PM, Trinita22 wrote:

    Is Number 10 true? I haven't heard anything about that.

  • Report this Comment On December 09, 2010, at 3:50 PM, dlchase24 wrote:

    #9 - The more I look into and consider options, the more I personally consider a fool's (lower case f) errand. The bottom line appears to be, however, it's all lip service and no one is willing to take action. We complain every year about the BCS process, but then ESPN comes along and outbids Fox by millions of dollars to broadcast the game. Factor in all the free advertising as we complain before, during and after the bowl games about how it was unfair to team X or Y and I have a hard time seeing a financial reason for the NCAA to change. In my humble opinion, if we truly want to get rid of the BCS, we are going to have to stop watching college football.

    @Trinita22: Number 10 is definitely true. It was back when Jobs was the president and butted heads with Scully. That's why his eventual appointment as CEO and his ability to mold Apple into the current powerhouse it is is such a big deal.

  • Report this Comment On December 09, 2010, at 8:33 PM, hyuofersap678543 wrote:

    We can force drilling here but what refineries do we use?

    Maybe we should look at it like, if the world is 3/4 water why do we have water shortages? Because the cost of the producing clean water needs to be higher then the pay and benefits that the people running them need to get( throughout life) and get a good retirement.Also the city uses the extra money to help with their pet projects that don't produce enough money to cover their costs. It's all about the money..It doesn't matter which subject you cover it's all about the money.Just ask congress...

  • Report this Comment On December 09, 2010, at 8:46 PM, hyuofersap678543 wrote:

    OH yea and that $700. dollar hammer??? Why cant we pay the IRS in hammers? IF we print our own money Why do we need to buy it? The whole system is messed up...How about a 2000 mark up on a car?you say no way, but we pay that much for prescriptions..Why can a women buy over the counter a medicine for an yeast infection but the man can't buy medicine for a bladder infection? The laws are wrong and we need to do something about them.But what? its to big now..Why are eggs $.50 a dozen in Texas but $1.38 a dozen in Florida?

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2010, at 12:30 AM, JavaChipFool wrote:

    Be sure and go to the Aspertame link. Why do we believe in conspiracy theories? Because Republicans continue to act so conspiratorialy.

    Also, Republicans who worship Reagan? raised taxes 12 times.

    I still can't figure how keeping tax cuts (income tax-not capital gains) for the top 1% of income earners is going to create jobs. Wikileak that one.

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2010, at 11:41 AM, merlotdrinker wrote:

    The answer to #6 is Dick Cheney and the energy task force, created to bleed to world of oil for our purposes.

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2010, at 11:49 AM, sthomson31 wrote:

    #1: Bear Stearns was a clearinghouse in addition to other reasons already mentioned

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2010, at 12:24 PM, tedbm wrote:

    Oil is easy to figure out; use the other guys first or you will get stuck with a very high price when you run out, or even a real war over it. The same goes for any other commodity.

    Always remember to follow the money to solve any mystery.

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2010, at 1:04 PM, GreenbackCafe wrote:

    What, you don't want to see any of the secret CIA orders behind the Kennedy assassinations?!

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2010, at 1:14 PM, TMFJake wrote:

    Bottled Water. Why?????

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2010, at 1:29 PM, Goddessofmusic wrote:

    How could the Coast Guard permit BP to use emulsifiers and solvents on the oil spill, as a PR move to hide the evidence of their crime? These "cleanup" efforts merely dissolved the majority of the oil into the eco-system, where the toxic components would be forever irretrievable, and were certain to do the most environmental damage over time, but made BP's crime appear to quickly vanish.

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2010, at 1:31 PM, Goddessofmusic wrote:

    Why is the FDA continually allowed to harass and intimidate the makers and sellers of vitamins and alternative health remedies that, at least, do no harm, while continuing to promote and allow the sales of expensive drugs that have often been shown to be either carcinogenic or otherwise deadly?

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2010, at 2:06 PM, myfoolsaccount wrote:

    I loved Crystal Pepsi! I would definitely start drinking soda again if they bring it back.

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2010, at 2:50 PM, bebop52st wrote:

    Why does our totally corrupt Congress allow its members to trade stocks on inside information, while other citizens go to jail for the same crime?It's clear they have no shame. How can we limit them to a single term. K.B

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2010, at 3:29 PM, d2mccarthy wrote:

    a first grader asks "Why has no one ever discovered a cure for butt-itch in first graders?"

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2010, at 4:59 PM, BeachPHool wrote:

    @Goddessofmusic - Back in the 80's the FDA Drug standard was changed from "show benefit" to "show no harm". In order to be approved for sale, a drug company no longer needs to prove the new drug provides an actual benefit, only that it doesn't have a negative effect (forgetting that it is impossible to prove a negative...). The harm doesn't show up until years after approval when the company has made enough money to pay those damages.

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2010, at 5:06 PM, badnicolez wrote:

    bebop52st: We can limit them to a single term by voting them out after one term, no matter what party. They'll all get significantly less partisan if we start (and never stop) voting out the incumbents every election. No term limits needed.

    #4: My boyfriend at the time and I drank a ton of Crystal Pepsi in our 20s and were totally bummed when they yanked it. I don't drink soda at all now, but I bet they'd have massive sales on a hyped-up, limited-time release, a la the McRib.

    #6 is easy: Because Republicans support cheap oil from any source and Democrats refuse to explore our domestic resources.

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2010, at 6:10 PM, rovobo wrote:

    Ronald Reagan, a Democrat who found out after becoming shill for General Electric in hosting T.V. programing and taking bribes from MCA to stop Hollywood unions from bettering their pay and working conditions that it is better to follow the money and forget about the working class,I think I'll become a Republican and pretend I believe all this communist takeover of the movie industry after Lew Wasserman gives me all this property on the Pacific coast,I can live in luxury and maybe run for Governor or who knows even President, hey if Nixon could fool all those people, me being an actor,though not a great one I should do great.

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2010, at 6:23 PM, 123spot wrote:

    lewellen, just since said you are new to management and I wish you success, let me offer this counterpoint from a fired "disrupter". I am not SJ, but I delivered quite a bit of "sunburn" at work. To preserve an "excellent team", I recognized some of the nepotism in their promotion heirarchy and laziness in effort by the few team members who caused the rest to carry a higher burden. I pushed administration to support my team with better safety and educational support. I opposed firing excellent older workers, experienced self starters, so that new grads who couldn't find their pockets with their hands in a lighted room could replace them at lower salaries and benefits. I made some people miserable as a result. But after management got rid of me, the excellent members of the team saw the writing on the wall and departed as soon as they could, leaving management with the sorry assed remainders in a horrible working environment they created and deserved.

    Good luck in recognizing the creative and productive disrupter who demands things that make your job harder, but your company the best. That disrupter will bounce higher and do well; after all, you were making him miserable too if all you wanted was an "excellent" herd of sheep. Your business, on the other hand, will poorly compete with the one he joins.

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2010, at 7:03 PM, rovobo wrote:

    Speaking of oil and our coddling of Saudi Arabia I was stranded in Vegas on 9/ii and could not get back due to fact all air traffic was grounded except -for the relatives of OSAMA BIN LADEN and various other Saudi big wigs this was approved by none other than Bush 43, how amazing. Now they want us to go to war with IRAN to save their ass,so they can raise Oil Prices higher than they are.It's a sad world after all


  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2010, at 7:25 PM, rovobo wrote:

    To hell with college basket ball lets turn out some engineering ,medical,chemistry and microbiology stars.We have an abundance of basketball greats coming out of our urban areas,who need the only opportunity available to them to better their lives

    Maybe we should follow the TEXAS example where the accolades go to the star quarterback and the hottest cheerleader and valedictorians take a back row seat. GOD BLESS AMERICA

  • Report this Comment On December 11, 2010, at 1:23 AM, gfischer13 wrote:

    Biggest mystery of all time:

    Why are there people out there making less than 200k a year but supporting Republicans?

  • Report this Comment On December 11, 2010, at 10:13 AM, TMFMileHigh wrote:

    Hey Nick,

    Interesting piece. For anyone who hasn't seen, Mark Madoff has committed suicide:

    Whether he did so because of his guilt or some other reason, it's a tragedy.


    Tim (TMFMileHigh and @milehighfool on Twitter)

  • Report this Comment On December 11, 2010, at 4:43 PM, catbug wrote:

    Just as it becomes clear that everything real estate is going south, bofa buys countrywide the mortgage co. that would give a loan to your pet if it had a good fica score.

  • Report this Comment On December 11, 2010, at 4:59 PM, teemwithlife4evr wrote:

    I would like it see leaks of the conversations by which the government or other powers that be have decided to stonewall any public discussion of repealing the "Patriot" Act. The increase in executive power against civil liberties was in the top 3 problems that most people had with the Bush regime. Why hasn't one official speech or interview in the new administration discussed this. A case of meet the new boss, same as the old boss? For the establishment of a "permanent" Executive with excessive powers ("permanent" in quotes because this typically causes a country to fall). Again, please, show me why no official talk of striking down the "Patriot" Act?

  • Report this Comment On December 11, 2010, at 9:41 PM, cunundrum wrote:

    Wikileaks Cunundrum

    1. Many of those who back up wikileaks, do so because they believe that the US is a corrupt country that topples Governments, "eliminates" enemies, and stifles true "free speech."

    2. Wikileaks and Assange have somehow managed to publish embarrassing details about America.

    3. Wikileaks and Assange are still alive and pretty much well (other than a "sex by surprise" scandal)

    4. Is Wikileaks actually a front for the US to publish the information the US Government and the CIA want us to believe is the truth about the CIA? Shouldn't those in #1 be asking themselves this?

    5. Can we ever truly know?

    The Truth is out there.

  • Report this Comment On December 11, 2010, at 10:01 PM, zzjackson99 wrote:

    A couple weeks ago it was reported that Google among many other U.S. companies use the Cayman

    Islands Banks to hide profits made in the U.S..One of the banks welcomed embezzlers, tax dodgers and

    money laundering. Why is it still a mystery that countries including the U.S. are broke? Simple greed. Come on Assange the middle class tax payers need schools and teachers for their kids too.

    Pull the covers on crooks who enjoy gourmet dining

    then don't leave a tip.

    Your ball Julian.

  • Report this Comment On December 11, 2010, at 10:23 PM, xbt wrote:

    WikiLeaks: Please leak the extent to which U.S. citizens are monitored.

  • Report this Comment On December 12, 2010, at 9:57 AM, Pennyperson wrote:


    Bottled Water - why. Because we're lazy and I really didn't like water fountains = Nasty germs. I installed a water filter in my house and we now re-use the bottles so not to waste - trying the green thing. But, don't ya wish you would have thought of the water idea first? ($$$$$)Tis bigger than AOL could of, would of and should have been.

    UFO - good question?

    BAC or C - who cares. I own C. Damage is already done to both.= not concerned.

  • Report this Comment On December 12, 2010, at 10:23 AM, moosedude939 wrote:

    The answers to all these are obvious, if not provable.

    They all come down to greed, fraud, or stupidity.

    #1 - Simple. They already planed to bail out all the banks, figuring hey, we just pay it all back in 2 months profits and we go on with business as usual.

    (see the continued bonus disgrace). But public outrage about bailing them out rose so they threw a sacrificial lamb under the bus,, And since Paulson didn't like Fuld to begin with .. he got tossed. And they used the resulting panic to ensure the rest of the boys club would get bailed out. - Corruption and Greed

    #2 - Of course he used them. They all do. And they all test clean most of the time but they eventually slip up on there regime and get caught.

    He has a larger heart than the rest, so when he is clean he can keep up with those that aren't. And when he isn't he is dominating them. - Corruption and greed

    #3 - Most of the Madoffs are just as guilty as Bernie, but they have to trace who did what and who knew what to make sure before they accuse.

    They will get there. Corruption and greed

    #4 - Crystal pepsi was good in small amounts. But after awhile you got that sickly sweet after taste. So while it would sell, it would not sell in the volumes that they would consider worth the cost.

    (not profitable enough) Greed

    #5 - Of course they knew what he was doing. And of course they knew how risky it was. But they knew how profitable it was. So they set up the old

    plausible deny-ability so they could toss him under a bus when it all fell apart. And he enjoyed it while it lasted. (greed, corruption and stupidity) The trifecta.

    #6 - Isn't this totally obvious?

    Oil companies are making money hand over fist.

    So keep e addicted while we still have oil to sell

    and keep th green renewable stuff in your back pocket until you run out. And use up the other guys before your own. (oh.. ignore the whole global worming thing... that just cuts into our profits),,, Another trifecta

    #7 - AOL decided to become the internet's moral conscience. If they didn't like or agree with it, you weren't allowed to see it. We didn't like you AOL, so we can't see you anymore. (Stupidity)

    #8 - Can you really not see that Mars wanted to get paid to allow the to use their stuff? Woopsie...

    Bad all there ya schmucks.... greed and stupidity

    #9 - Money... pure and simple... yes, the bowl games could be used for the playoff games.. and they could be rotated each year.... and there would still be plenty of bowl games left for those that didn't make the playoffs.... But then the conferences would lose control... and wouldn't be able to maintain the sweetheart deals and kickbacks... yet another trifecta

    #10 - This is a shining example of corporate america today... Get one idiot who is skilled in office politics... who kisses the right rear ends and makes it sound good to the morons who have no

    skills or clue about what they are running... and this is what you end up with. Those that do get booted and the idiot is allowed to run things right into the ground (and collect nice bonuses to do it).

    greed - and stupidity (A corporate standard these days).

  • Report this Comment On December 12, 2010, at 1:37 PM, actuallyMichael wrote:

    I would like to know who profited by selling airline stock short before 9/11. There have to be records? Who knew, who made a killing, and why haven't they been prosecuted for acting on what they knew.

  • Report this Comment On December 12, 2010, at 1:48 PM, DocMemory wrote:

    Dan Quayle as VP candidate?

  • Report this Comment On December 12, 2010, at 2:44 PM, ladyvivace wrote:

    As an Arizona resident, I would like to know how John Mc Cain and Jan Brewer continue to hold elected office, AND how Joe Arpaio continues to be allowed to stomp all over the civil liberties of ANYONE in this state who even questions him. Specifically, what have they added to the unbottled water available to us???????

  • Report this Comment On December 12, 2010, at 2:47 PM, ladyvivace wrote:

    Also - how has John McCain been in office in AZ since Jesus was a kid and we STILL not have solar power on (at least) our schools and gov't buildings - if not as a prime export?

  • Report this Comment On December 12, 2010, at 3:04 PM, Jeronomo wrote:

    I would like to know what is actually going on with the Michigan court system of so-called "justice". I'd like to know who is the one responsible for implementing the "S.O.P" [standard operating procedure] that Prejudices Against a person Presumed to be "Gay" and thereby, Deliberately Denying ALL that person's Constitutional Rights. As case in point, they did this in the case dubbed, "The Stalking Teddy Bear" / ref:

  • Report this Comment On December 12, 2010, at 6:39 PM, Monngie wrote:

    For MTopper......

    How did a nation of somewhat intelligent individuals buy the load of crap that George W. Bush was shovelling and elect him TWICE!!!!!!!

    I'll take our Presidents crap anytime over GWs

  • Report this Comment On December 13, 2010, at 11:34 AM, LALIBERTEW wrote:


  • Report this Comment On December 13, 2010, at 11:48 AM, LALIBERTEW wrote:

    A flat tax that gives everyone 35kwith no tax and everything else at 12% no deductions-Corporations deduct all expenses,based on a busines profile( airlines,rails grocery chains etc )they pay dividends to shareholders no tax then pay 12% on net earnings TO GOV'T

    Congress would have to get 60 % vote to change rate


    uniform taxation

    no paperwork

    supercharged economy(investments)


  • Report this Comment On December 13, 2010, at 12:03 PM, SoupSoap wrote:

    Re: #6 and @CassandraSays, @WhiteHatBobby, etc...

    We do have oil here, and there are companies working to demonstrate its extractability. One is (Lord Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch recently invested in its parent company, Genie Oil and Gas.)

    America's reserves are not usable just yet, but as @BeachPHool mentioned in re: Brazil, we have to start somewhere, some time...and I'm glad someone is.

  • Report this Comment On December 13, 2010, at 1:23 PM, LALIBERTEW wrote:

    CORRECTION: Corporations are perpetual individuals,pay taxes 12% on net profits dividends to shareholders not taxed

  • Report this Comment On December 13, 2010, at 4:37 PM, riffdex wrote:

    4. The bigger question is why Pepsi is not out of business? I'm from NC and even I can tell you that Pepsi is horrible.

  • Report this Comment On December 13, 2010, at 5:12 PM, kmacattack wrote:

    OK, LALIBERTEW, let's see how much you really believe in a FLAT TAX. We already have a flat tax on the books, called Social Security. Income is taxed at 6.2 percent, or 12.4 percent for the self employed, like myself. Now, republicans are pushing a scheme to "protect" Social Security by raising the retirement age to 69. Why don't you just go ahead and ask for what you really want, and that is to write a check to the recepient upon death (that can't be cashed by their spouse or heirs, of course). Social Security would have no funding issues whatsoever, if it weren't for the welfare program for the wealthy built in, the cap on contributions that stops payments at $106,000 in income. If you make $106 k per year, you pay in about $7 k to Social Security. If you make $50 million per year, you still pay ....$7,000 for you Social Security Contribution. Eliminating this cap would provide a "flat tax" that you pretend to believe in, and the Average American's rates could actually be lowered, without raising the retirement age. Let's face it, there are quite a few people in the top 2 percent who don't think they should pay any tax at all, and they aren't going to be happy until everyone else is paying their share, which has been the trend for about 40 years.

  • Report this Comment On December 13, 2010, at 5:21 PM, WileyCyote wrote:

    With all the razz-matazz about financial reform, what happens? We of course let Dodd and (of all people)

    Barny Frank generate new legislation that will fix everything. I feel much better now!!

  • Report this Comment On December 13, 2010, at 7:35 PM, asaworker wrote:

    How did building 7 fall down at the World Trade Center?

    How did the other buildings fall down at the World Trade Center?

    Who killed JFK?

    How did 150 Enron employees end up working for the last Bush administration?

    What happened in the Gulf of Tonkin?

    What was Dick Cheney doing on 9/11?

    How did Halliburton get a no-bid contract in Iraq?

    Who won the Bush/Gore election?

  • Report this Comment On December 13, 2010, at 9:36 PM, moosedude939 wrote:

    @LALIBERTEW... Really???

    Goldman Sachs expected in December 2008 to pay $14 million in taxes worldwide for 2008 compared with $6 billion the previous year, after making $2.3 billion profit and paying $10.9 billion in employee pay and bonuses. The company’s effective income tax rate dropped to nearly 1 percent from 34.1 percent in 2007 due to an increase in permanent benefits as a percentage of lower earnings and changes in geographic earnings mix.[64][65]


    65 ^ "Form 8-K for Goldman Sachs Group Inc.". Goldman Sachs. December 16, 2008. p. 6. Retrieved November 18, 2009

    What good little perpetual individuals....

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2010, at 4:57 PM, defridgerator wrote:

    #10. To answer your question. It wasn't Sculley that fired him, it was the board. In the interview , John Sculley explains that Steve left after his bid to replace him as CEO was denied by the board of directors, in 1986. Sculley knew advertising, but didn't know computers. Steve Jobs was 25/26 at the time and the board of directors wasn't prepared to make someone so young CEO at the time, even though it would have been the right decision. Reading the interview, John Sculley explains that after Steve left the company, the direction that they went was credited to Steve Job's. Powerbook, Quicktime. In fact, the company was on the verge of failure when Steve Jobs returned to save the day so to speak. Still reading this interview, but it's definetely a good read. Hope you read it too, it's worthwhile.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2010, at 5:27 PM, defridgerator wrote:

    Sculley: "At the time when Steve was gone and I took over I was highly criticized. They said, “How could they put a guy who knows nothing about computers in charge of a computer company?” What a lot of people didn’t realize was that Apple wasn’t just about computers. It was about designing products and designing marketing and it was about positioning."

    Sculley on being hired as CEO.

    "Looking back, it was a big mistake that I was ever hired as CEO. I was not the first choice that Steve wanted to be the CEO. He was the first choice, but the board wasn’t prepared to make him CEO when he was 25, 26 years old.

    They exhausted all of the obvious high-tech candidates to be CEO… Ultimately, David Rockefeller, who was a shareholder in Apple, said let’s try a different industry and let’s go to the top head hunter in the United States who isn’t in high tech: Gerry Roche.

    They went and recruited me. I came in not knowing anything about computers. The idea was that Steve and I were going to work as partners. He would be the technical person and I would be the marketing person."

    After Jobs returned to the company:

    "Q: People say he killed the Newton – your pet project – out of revenge. Do you think he did it for revenge?

    Sculley: Probably. He won’t talk to me, so I don’t know."

    Sculley has a lot to say about Job's. And you can read into alot of respect that he has for Job's. He learned alot from him.

    I can imagine what lead Job's into leaving the company back in 1986. After the board chose his friend that he brought into the company over him, the successful yet young designer. Apple owes its success to Job's, and yet they chose someone who knew nothing about computers. And when his bid for CEO failed again, who wouldn't leave after that. Perhaps he felt like the teacher who is being taught by his student:

    "The reason why I said it was a mistake to have hired me as CEO was Steve always wanted to be CEO. It would have been much more honest if the board had said, “Let’s figure out a way for him to be CEO. You could focus on the stuff that you bring and he focuses on the stuff he brings.”

    Remember, he was the chairman of the board, the largest shareholder and he ran the Macintosh division, so he was above me and below me. It was a little bit of a façade and my guess is that we never would have had the breakup if the board had done a better job of thinking through not just how do we get a CEO to come and join the company that Steve will approve of, but how do we make sure that we create a situation where this thing is going to be successful over time?


    So the board of directors at the time in 1986 were deeply set in their ways and were unable to justify bringing in a young person to run the company. Who they looked at to be CEO before choosing John Sculley? David Rockefeller (71 at the time) and Gerry Rosche (In his 50s). So they chose the 47 year old over the 25 year old. So set in their ways they were.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2010, at 8:31 PM, mythshakr wrote:

    #10. Because Wall Street and business in general is anti visionary. Visionaries are too unpredictable and usually temperamental. Once the founding visionary has been dispensed with by pro Wall Street boards business people can put a quarterly numbers person in charge and the company can become just another alsoran. Happened with HP and Microsoft and... GM too.

    #11. What's the deal with the so called regulators, etal, disinterest in the translucent, closed cartel of 9 banks now in charge of derivatives trading. Haven't we been here before, RECENTLY.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2010, at 3:05 PM, anneberg8 wrote:

    Is everyone stupid?

    Wikileaks can't "find out","disclose", "get the lowdown" on anything.

    They just publish what other people send to them, you want to know what happened to Crystal Pepsi?

    someone working at pepsi has to send the info to wikileaks.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2010, at 5:29 PM, JGBFool wrote:

    The BCS is what free market capitalism has given us. Therefore, a playoff would be communism.

  • Report this Comment On January 25, 2011, at 3:47 PM, calcool99 wrote:

    What is the real reason Dan Rather was fired when he exposed George Bush re his (bush's) military performance.

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