I am no expert on graphic design but it doesn't take an expert to know what images are striking and which are not. On a recent trip to Lisbon I had the pleasure of talking to Robin Fior, now I had no idea who he was, turns out he is a graphic designer who used to work for International Socialism, the precursor to the Socialist Worker. These are a few of his covers.
He also worked on propaganda for Betrand Russel's break away direct action group from the CND, committee of 100 with Ken Garland.
While searching for Robins work today I came across this.
Even some of the better pieces of recent political propaganda like the COR poster for 26th March.
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
Moody's cut its ratings on the senior debt and some guaranteed subsidiaries of Lehman Brothers Holdings, the parent of Lehman Brothers Inc, by 10 notches to B3 from A2. It also cut the group's subordinated debt to Caa2 from A3 and its preferred stock to Ca from Baa1.
"Today's rating action follows the collapse in market confidence in the firm, and Lehman's announcement that it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after its failure to reach a merger agreement with a stronger strategic partner," Moody's said.
So Moody's, the geniuses that they are, downgraded their rating of Lehman stock only after the company had already filed for Bankruptcy. But of course that's not all these 'smartest guys in the room' were at.
Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings face scrutiny by Congress and state insurance regulators after assigning top grades to U.S. subprime-mortgage bonds just before that market collapsed in 2007, sparking the financial crisis. Moody’s said last month it may be sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for filing false and misleading descriptions of its credit-ratings policies.These are two examples of the conflict of interest at work in the heart of the financial services industry.