Arrogant fascist douchebag extraordinaire Conrad Black’s trial in Chicago has been a long time coming and Naomi Klein has written a fantastic and hilarious article about the legal battles and jury selection process:-
Black’s lawyers even argued (unsuccessfully) that their client could not get a fair trial because the average Chicagoan “does not reside in more than one residence, employ servants or a chauffeur, enjoy lavish furniture, or host expensive parties”.-
And she also raises the lid on Black’s nefarious Anglosphere idiocy:-
Black is the world’s leading advocate of the “Anglosphere”, a movement calling for the creation of a bloc of English-speaking countries. Adherents claim that the US, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand must join together against the Muslim world and anyone else who poses a threat.
The movement recently gained some notoriety when it emerged that on February 28 the White House had hosted a “literary luncheon” for George Bush and Dick Cheney’s new favourite writer, ultra-right British historian Andrew Roberts, author of A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900, an Anglosphere manifesto. But it is Black who has been the linchpin of Anglosphere campaigns for two decades, using his British and Canadian newspapers to reach out and collectively hug his beloved US. In Britain, this took the form of using the Daily Telegraph as a beachhead against “Euro-integrationism” and insisting that Britain’s future lies not with the EU but with Washington. This vision reached its zenith, of course, with the Bush-Blair team-up in Iraq.-
Best of all is her Fight Club-esque descriptions of the jurors no longer seeing the elites as heroes, they’ve realised the American dream was a con job and they are not going to be rich even if their media still peddles this affluenza:-
As the judge questioned a pool of 140 prospective jurors in order to whittle the group down to 12, plus eight alternates, she found men and women who had “lost every dime” in the WorldCom collapse, whose pensions had evaporated on the stock market, who had been fired thanks to outsourcing,
Asked what they thought of executives who earn tens of millions of dollars, jurors answered almost uniformly in the negative. “Who could possibly do that much work or be that much capable?” one asked.-
And Conrad’s ego is still as deluded as ever:-
Black’s lawyer Edward Genson assured the jury, “In his native Canada and England, he’s a household name.”-
Read it in full here or here. And his darling wife Barbara Amiel is an absolute gem too:-
Her husband is facing charges that could put him in prison for life, but so far a few choice words from Barbara Amiel Black have eclipsed anything that has happened in Conrad Black’s criminal trial. Amiel Black was reported Monday to have referred to journalists at Black’s high-stakes fraud trial as “vermin” and to have called one TV producer a “slut.”-
Funny as it is, these scumbags’ papers have convinced idiots the world over of the rightness of wars, Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and the absolute right of the rich to hoard everything in sight. Schadenfreude is not an attractive trait, but in cases such as this, it’s extremely allowable. Wallow in it a while, it’s Friday.