Higgenbotham wrote:> Here's a hypothetical situation where they might. Let's say a
> company is formed by some Boomers to recycle PCBs from old
> transformers, etc. The Boomers are incompetent, of course, and
> pretty soon there's a PCB contamination problem in the vicinity of
> the plant that is growing worse by the day. The Xer regulator
> notifies the plant that they are in violation and will need to
> correct the violation or shut down. The Boomer owner hires a
> Boomer lawyer who calls the Boomer regulatory agency manager and
> informs him that, overall, the recycler is doing a great service
> to the environment because otherwise the PCBs would end up in a
> landfill and eventually leach out decades hence. The Boomers all
> agree with that concept. The Heros and the Silents, on the other
> hand, would have fixed the leakage and the Xer can't figure out
> why the Boomers won't just go ahead and bring the plant into
Once again, this scenario is discordant with the evidence I've seen.
The sentence "The Xer regulator notifies the plant that they are in
violation and will need to correct the violation or shut down" is
particularly jarring, because this is not what Xers do.
Once the Boomer managers are notified that there is a problem and have the type of discussion I referred to, the Xer is typically overturned and severely punished, the case will sit in limbo and no action will be taken unless the media gets a hold of the story and there is an uproar. I've personally seen this happen a few times and have read about dozens of such cases, if not hundreds.
Here's a typical case I read about recently:
A RICO lawsuit by tax whistleblower Mike DeGuelle alleges that since 1997, S.C. Johnson & Son has taken advantage of audit errors, and filed fraudulent tax returns, underpaying its taxes by millions of dollars. H. Fisk Johnson ordered an inquiry into the allegations, and told Tax.com that he learned "other details of the decisions they (the tax department) made that I didn't like. I didn't like what I heard." The lawsuit is currently pending at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Case No. 10-2172, which on November 24, 2010, appointed counsel for DeGuelle and ordered rebriefing of the case.
Mike DeGuelle is 43. SC Johnson is the largest company in Wisconsin and its Boomer owners/heirs occupy 4 positions in the Forbes 400 list of the richest people in the world.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._C._Johnson_%26_Son
One of those Boomer owners/heirs was recently arrested for "repeated sexual assault" of an underage girl.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42259390/ns ... x-assault/
RACINE, Wis. — A billionaire executive whose family has run SC Johnson for five generations was charged Thursday with having sexual contact with a now 15-year-old girl over the course of several years.
Samuel Curtis Johnson III, who goes by Curt, faces a count of repeated sexual assault of a child. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Johnson, 55, is the former chairman of Sturtevant-based Diversey Inc., a cleaning-products company that was spun off from SC Johnson in the late 1990s. Privately held SC Johnson makes household products including Pledge, Glade, Windex and Ziploc.
Good story here.http://www.scfl.org/files/WhoDoesNotPay2.pdf
The Wackenhut Corporation provided armed security services for many nuclear power plants. In September 2007, former employee Kerry Beal and Paul A. Kennedy videotaped fellow security guards at the Peach Bottom Nuclear Generating Station sleeping while on duty. Beal had previously tried to notify supervisors at Wackenhut and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Wackenhut was fired from its role guarding Peach Bottom and nine other nuclear plants.
Kerry Beal is 41. Note Beal is a former employee. If I remember this case correctly, it is a particularly sordid tale of Boomer management abuse.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wackenhut
Yet another Wackenhut case:
When eight current and former employees, supervisors and executives for Wackenhut Security, now called G4S, were arrested recently and charged with racketeering, one man felt justice.
"I felt vindicated, vindicated," said Marty Bair.
Bair was a senior supervisor for Wackenhut when he told top executives there that the company was dramatically overbilling Miami-Dade County for empty guard posts on transit systems.
They fired him.
"They did everything they could to try to destroy me, and prevent me from telling the truth," said Bair.
Marty Bair is 45.http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Fire ... 34674.html
Wackenhut management are Boomers. Bair says he informed them.http://investing.businessweek.com/resea ... pId=312981
Edmonds gained public attention following her firing from her position as a language specialist at the FBI's Washington Field Office in March, 2002, after she accused a colleague of covering up illicit activity involving foreign nationals, alleging serious acts of security breaches, cover-ups, and intentional blocking of intelligence which, she contended, presented a danger to the United States' security. Her later claims have gained her awards and fame as a whistleblower.
Sibel Edmonds is 41. Another horrific tale of Boomer management abuse.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibel_Edmonds
Most cases like these never see the light of day.
The reason these Xers have to go to such lengths (such as videotaping sleeping security guards in nuclear power plants) is because their Boomer managers, when presented with such information, refuse to do anything about it until they are forced to. When the Silents were in charge, they would fix the problems, order prosecutions, or do whatever was necessary to set things right.
Black also gives some amazing statistics about criminal convictions:
"And the problem is we have zero criminal referrals out of most of the regulatory agencies. In comparison in the savings and loan debacle again - maybe 1/40th of the size -- we had thousands of criminal referrals , we got over a thousand priority felony convictions of the elites - these are not the little tellers, the vice presidents -- these are the top people at the savings and loans.
The reason there are zero criminal referrals is because, while the honest Xers who haven't been driven out of the financial regulatory agencies will do the investigations and write them up, the Boomers will refuse to sign them. In my personal experience, there was ostensibly never quite enough information in a referral to satisy a Boomer decision maker.