Austerity:  Punishing the poor for the mistakes of the rich.

Via Job’s Anger.

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17 August 2015 · Comments Off on Wheeler-Dealers · Categories: Masters of the Universe

It’s all just one big game of three-card monte.

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11 August 2015 · Comments Off on Koch Deals Take Place in Secret · Categories: Masters of the Universe

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06 August 2015 · Comments Off on All the News that Fits · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Graphic:  There are 1500 newspapers, 1100 magazine, 9000 radio stations, 1500 TB stations, 2400 publishers, owned by 6 corporations and 272 executives that control 90% of what 277 million Americans see, hear, and read.

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04 August 2015 · Comments Off on State of the SHAFTA · Categories: Masters of the Universe

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03 August 2015 · Comments Off on “Just the Equifax, Ma’am” · Categories: Masters of the Universe

A 40-year-old St. Louis woman isn’t dead, but she said she spent months trying to convince credit reporting agencies that she’s alive.

Alexandria Goree is suing Experian, TransUnion and Equifax over the glitch, contending that it was difficult to get loans or a new home, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1SnvzRT ) reported.

For some reason, this hampered her attempts to get credit. For some more fool reason, it has taken her months to convince them that she’s not dead.

The credit reporting agencies have no comment because of course they don’t.

More stupid at the link.

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03 August 2015 · Comments Off on Credit Where Credit Is Don’t · Categories: Masters of the Universe

John Gelles explains how Visa and Mastercard’s new credit card chips won’t live up to their billing as protecting against fraud. Here’s the crucial bit (emphasis added), but I recommend following the link and reading the entire article:

The Merchant Advisory Group, a coalition of companies reliant on plastic payments, had long urged Visa and MasterCard to adopt the chip cards as an anti-fraud tool – and to require PINs with them, as are used almost everywhere else.

Why did it fail? Mark Horwedel, the group’s CEO, says a key reason is that different rules cover different kinds of fraud – and that, once again, Visa, MasterCard, and the big banks are chiefly taking care of themselves.

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Studies show that PINs cut fraud losses by as much as 85 percent or more–one reason their use is also urged by such advocates as U.S. PIRG’s Ed Mierzwinski, who says consumers ultimately pay the costs of fraud either indirectly or as its victims.

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31 July 2015 · Comments Off on “. . . with Justice for All” · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Graphic with caption:  Jeff in Missouri is found guilty of selling pot.--21 years into a life sentence without parole.  Big Wall Street Banks plead guilty to felony rigging of markets to enrich themselves--pay a fine, no one goes to jail, get special waivers to keep doing business despite the felony conviction.

Via Bad Tux.

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27 July 2015 · Comments Off on Coming Soon: Career Choices · Categories: Masters of the Universe

A new Dickensian tale, in which Artful Dodger gives up the streets and the gangs, gets a three-piece suit, and becomes a banker.

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Robert Reich explains how Goldman Sach helped Greece the skids, while filling its sacks. A snippet:

The crisis was exacerbated years ago by a deal with Goldman Sachs, engineered by Goldman’s current CEO, Lloyd Blankfein. Blankfein and his Goldman team helped Greece hide the true extent of its debt, and in the process almost doubled it. And just as with the American subprime crisis, and the current plight of many American cities, Wall Street’s predatory lending played an important although little-recognized role.

Follow the link, where Reich explains the mechanics of the con worked.

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08 July 2015 · Comments Off on Greece, Reprise · Categories: Masters of the Universe

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I don’t pretend to understand the nuts and bolts of what’s going on with the EU, Germany, and Greece, and I’ve been busy studying BSD because it’s fun.

Bad Tux, though, has studied up on it and thinks it’s not just about the money.

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04 July 2015 · Comments Off on ROI · Categories: Masters of the Universe

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17 June 2015 · Comments Off on The Snaring Economy · Categories: Masters of the Universe

The California labor commissioner sees through the con:

The California labor commissioner has ruled that an Uber driver is an employee of the company, not a contract worker as Uber has insisted all its drivers are, setting up another battle between state regulators and the ride-hailing giant.

Uber, natch, will fight back, because where’s the fun in treating workers fairly? Remember, in the “sharing” economy, “sharing” goes in only one direction.

Much more at the link.

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14 June 2015 · Comments Off on On the Lam · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Escaped New York criminals:  Matt and Sweat, from prison;  Wall Street bankers, from prosecution.

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01 June 2015 · Comments Off on Granting Banket Immunity · Categories: Masters of the Universe

The Charlotte Observer’s Eric Frazier has a question for you:

A justice system pop quiz:

Defendant A – A young con artist who cooks up a luxury home-buying scheme that helps him steal more than $75 million from investors and banks over seven years. It prompts one of the largest mortgage fraud investigations in U.S. history.Get out of Jail

Defendant B – The CEO of what was once the nation’s fourth-largest bank. His aggressive pursuit of subprime mortgage assets helps precipitate the 2008 banking meltdown and the Great Recession. During the crisis, he conveys ownership of a $13.75 million Florida mansion to his wife and the firm manipulates its balance sheet to hide $50 billion worth of risky assets.

Follow the link for the answer.

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28 May 2015 · Comments Off on A Header. Why Not a Bank Shot? · Categories: Masters of the Universe, The Sporting Life

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14 May 2015 · Comments Off on All the News That Fits · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Eric Alterman wonders about what’s left unsaid:

Take, for example, a recent story by Neil Irwin that appeared in The New York Times’s “Upshot” section, purported to be the paper’s most thoughtful and knowledgeable organ of political analysis. Irwin argues that Americans’ alleged disinclination to “soak the rich” is reflected in “the actual policies espoused by candidates for office and enacted by Congress.” When he notes that taxes on the wealthy have fallen in the past decade, he offers both a “liberal” and a “conservative” explanation for why this happened. Irwin and his editors don’t appear to think it worth mentioning that fewer than 1 percent of Americans contribute more than 80 percent of the campaign funding for the politicians who write these laws.

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10 May 2015 · Comments Off on How Stuff Works, Bankster Dept. · Categories: Masters of the Universe

How to steal a house.

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