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HSBC: ‘The Preferred Financial Institution for Drug Cartels and Money-Launderers’

Finally, now we know what HSBC was apparently doing while it was flashing signs on its American ATMs about how proud it was to do business with that hotbed of activist cinematic feminist empowerment...Iran:

And this is an awfully ironic ad campaign as well, in retrospect:

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Responsibility. You use that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Update: Back in 2008, Slate looked at "HSBC's Bizarre Lumberjack Ad" and asked, "What does a violent environmental protest have to do with banking?" I don't know, but in years since, we've seen plenty of radical environmentalism creep into network television sports, as well as multiple credit card related ads.

Which is a reminder that Victor Davis Hanson's "Bloomberg Syndrome" doesn't just apply to the government anymore:

Quite simply, the next time your elected local or state official holds a press conference about global warming, the Middle East, or the national political climate, expect to experience poor county law enforcement, bad municipal services, or regional insolvency.

Similarly, it couldn't hurt to ask what's going on, and/or what they're trying to hide if a financial business is obsessed with any of those topics.