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  • IMF's World Tax Is a Puzzling Ploy

    01/07/2014 9:35:16 AM PST · by Renfield · 7 replies
    The Daily Bell ^ | 1-3-2014
    IMF paper warns of 'savings tax' and mass write-offs as West's debt hits 200-year high ... Debt burdens in developed nations have become extreme by any historical measure and will require a wave of haircuts, warns IMF paper. The paper said policy elites in the West are still clinging to the illusion that rich countries can chip away at their debts with a blend of austerity cuts and growth. – UK Telegraph Dominant Social Theme: The West is out of control and only taxes can save it. Free-Market Analysis: The UK Telegraph has discovered that the IMF wants to inflict...
  • "Going Postal", husband of Dianne Feinstein has been selling post offices to his friends, cheap.

    12/10/2013 1:27:53 PM PST · by wtd · 16 replies
    East Bay Express ^ | November 1, 2013 | Peter Byrne
    Link to "an edited version of the introductory chapter of a new e-book, Going Postal, by investigative journalist Peter Byrne." snip "The post office is being killed for political reasons, they assert, pointing out that the corporation with the exclusive contract to negotiate sales for the Postal Service's $85 billion real estate portfolio is C.B. Richard Ellis (CBRE). And that the company is chaired by Richard C. Blum, who is the husband of US Senator Dianne Feinstein and a member of the University of California Board of Regents. CBRE's connection to a politically powerful family with a history of accessing...
  • Wheelchair-bound woman, son accused of massive retail theft scheme

    04/25/2013 5:40:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    azfamily.com ^ | 4/22/13 | Marie Saavedra
    When you see the image of 61-year-old Larry Ruthenberg pushing his mother, 89-year-old Doris, through a store in her wheelchair, you probably think there's a caring son looking after his elderly mother. But Gilbert Police see something very different. They see the duo caught in the act; stealing. "They kept pretty much to themselves," said Timothy Thomas, who lives in Mesa. He says the two moved in to the home next door for a short time in March. What he noticed about his new neighbors was their huge amount of stuff. "There were all of these trucks and stuff parked...
  • Woodland Heists: Rising Energy Costs Drive Up Forest Thievery (Germany)

    01/20/2013 12:29:03 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 20 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 17JAN2013 | Renuka Rayasam
    With energy costs escalating, more Germans are turning to wood burning stoves for heat. That, though, has also led to a rise in tree theft in the country's forests. Woodsmen have become more watchful. With snow blanketing the ground, it's the perfect time of year to snuggle up in front of a fireplace. That, though, makes German foresters nervous. When the mercury falls, the theft of wood in the country's woodlands goes up as people turn to cheaper ways to heat their homes. ----clip---- The problem has been compounded this winter by rising energy costs. The Germany's Renters Association estimates...
  • Brownsville minister accused of bilking Miami-Dade Children’s Trust [Black on black crime]

    10/06/2012 5:50:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | October 5, 2012 | Scott Hiassen
    A well-known Brownsville minister was arrested Friday on charges that he stole more than $70,000 in taxpayer money through a community nonprofit agency that he controlled. Miami-Dade prosecutors say the Rev. Larrie Lovett, minister at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Brownsville, took grant money from the nonprofit Brownsville Community Development Corp. and used it to pay for personal expenses — from rent on his Pembroke Pines home to car payments on his Lexus to a family vacation in Orlando, according to an arrest warrant. Lovett, 48, was charged with grand theft and organized scheme to defraud.
  • Forgive us our student loan debt (Is forgiving debt a moral issue?)

    04/28/2012 6:42:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/28/2012 | By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
    We need to start taking student loan debt seriously, both as a troubling moral issue and as a ticking economic time bomb. By some reports, student loan debt will exceed 1 trillion dollars this year, more than the credit card debt of all Americans. A whole generation of young Americans is at risk in this excessive borrowing. They fall further and further behind in “servicing their debt” because they have no way to keep up with the payments as many of them are unemployed or underemployed. They will delay starting marriage and families; they dare not take the risk of...
  • The Bain Capital Bonfire

    01/11/2012 5:04:47 PM PST · by PAR · 53 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1/11/12 | OpEd
    About the best that can be said about the Republican attacks on Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital is that President Obama is going to do the same thing eventually, so GOP primary voters might as well know what's coming. Yet that hardly absolves Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and others for their crude and damaging caricatures of modern business and capitalism.
  • Romney's False Choice: You Either Support Asset-Stripping Or You Are Anti-Free Market Capitalism

    01/09/2012 4:20:37 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 72 replies
    1/9/2012 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    Gordon Gekko Romney is being taken to task over his proclivities, and activities at Bain. To make it short, Romney engaged in what is commonly known as asset-stripping. My point in this thread isn't to delve into the minutiae of what asset-stripping entails, but rather to point out that Romney is attempting to pigeonhole Gingrich as being anti-free market capitalism through the use of a false choice: If Gingrich doesn't support what Romney did at Bain, then he is anti-free market capitalism. Romney's false choice... And all the while, Romney is trying to use a smokescreen to cover what he...
  • Duluth City Council takes stand against 'corporate personhood' ruling

    12/31/2011 11:23:42 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-31-11 | Peter Passi
    Duluth made history last week when it became the first city in the state to pass a resolution in support of a constitutional amendment that would essentially overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision, namely Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission. The court ruled in 2010 that corporations are entitled to the same constitutional rights as individual U.S. citizens. A majority of justices also concluded that political spending was a form of free speech and that corporations should be able to spend an unlimited sum of money to influence voters, without disclosing financial details of their activities. Although Duluth is...
  • Everyone's Asking Their Broker Today: "Why Are My China Stocks Getting Killed?"

    09/29/2011 11:30:37 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-29-2011 | Simone Foxman
    Everyone's Asking Their Broker Today: "Why Are My China Stocks Getting Killed?" Simone Foxman Sep. 29, 2011, 1:30 PM Chinese stocks are getting killed. Why? Goldman put out the following desk note specifically in response to the flood of questions coming from investors. 1) Concerns about Chinese PMI and possible slowdown of Chinese economy. 2) Merrill note yday discussing possible slowdown in China. 3) Market selling things that worked in the past - Gold, NFLX, etc. 4) Ongoing corp governance issues. 5) Qtr end might cause wholesale selling of anything Chinese due to uncertainty of "growth issue" in China. 6)...
  • Freep a Poll! (Pubbies yield on tax increases for debt deal?)

    07/14/2011 2:20:47 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    toledoblade.com ^ | 7-14-11 | Toledo Blade
    Should Republicans yield on tax increases to compromise in U.S. debt crisis? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Absolutely, end breaks for the ultra rich Maybe, but it's their job to keep government small No way, not an inch, cut funding instead Vote
  • New tax tab for Rev. Al

    02/06/2011 10:57:14 AM PST · by La Lydia · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 6, 2011
    The Rev. Al Sharpton, who has vowed to clean up his fiscal house, has a new tax lien to pay. Sharpton owes $359,973 to the IRS for 2009 personal income tax, according to documents on file with the city. Public records show he owes a total of $3.7 million in city, state and federal taxes, including penalties, dating to 2002. But Sharpton's spokeswoman, Rachel Noerdlinger, said that he had paid back "well over seven figures" as part of agreements with the state and IRS and that the liens remained on the books as "a matter of bureaucracy." Sharpton made $250,000...
  • Who's Being Served?

    02/26/2010 3:09:17 PM PST · by bloodmeridian · 2 replies · 119+ views
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 2/26/2010 | sig94
    What is a servant? This is a perfectly good question that should have a simple answer; except when it comes to politics. The word "servant" is from an Old French noun meaning to attend or wait upon. A trusted servant was (and still is) a valuable commodity. Servants ran the household, reared children and in many instances preserved the fortune of the family. Because of the position of trust they enjoyed, some were treated almost as members of the family. In this sense, who are our public servants? Who are those who attend to and serve the citizens of the...
  • Big Calif. solar project gets tentative OK from US (BrightSource, $1.4 billion in loan guarantees)

    02/22/2010 8:52:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 517+ views
    LOS ANGELES — The Obama administration has given preliminary approval for $1.4 billion in loan guarantees for a massive solar-energy project in California's Mojave Desert. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Monday that BrightSource Energy was in line for the financing help to build solar-energy plants to power 140,000 homes. ... Environmentalists want the complex relocated because they say it will harm protected desert tortoises. BrightSource has made design changes in an attempt to alleviate environmental concerns.
  • Steep rise in jobless tax hitting Florida businesses

    01/05/2010 8:01:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies · 883+ views
    Herald tribune ^ | 01/04/09 | LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
    Florida businesses are being hit by a sharp increase in unemployment compensation taxes coming due...At a minimum, the annual tax for each employee would increase from $8.40 to $100.30. The maximum rate would rise from $378 per worker to $459.
  • Seizure of Mexican Utility Spurs Protests

    10/16/2009 6:26:13 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 4 replies · 297+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 16, 2009 | William Booth
    MEXICO CITY -- Union members and their political allies filled the streets of the Mexican capital Thursday night to condemn President Felipe Calderón's recent liquidation of a state-run power utility, a surprise move seen by many as an assault on organized labor. Declaring the state-owned company so poorly managed as to be "unsustainable," Calderón on Saturday night authorized the seizure of Central Light and Power. He also deployed about 1,000 federal police officers in riot gear to enforce his decree; workers from another state-run power company swept in to take over the electric grid and keep the lights on. For...
  • Democrats, White House get closer on rescue plan

    09/22/2008 3:48:03 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 26 replies · 148+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | 9-22-08 | Robert Schroeder
    Congressional Democrats and the Bush administration appeared to move closer to agreement on the details of a massive rescue plan for the financial system on Monday as U.S. markets fell while waiting for the plan to be approved. "We seem to be making progress," said House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank. "There is a lot more agreement today." Frank, D-Mass., told reporters that the Treasury has agreed to an arrangement in which the government will take an equity position in companies that participate in the $700 billion program for the government to buy bad mortgage-related assets from financial firms.
  • The Salaries of Disney Execs

    01/21/2008 9:43:03 PM PST · by B-Chan · 35 replies · 925+ views
    cartoonbrew.com ^ | 2008.01.22 | "Amid"
    While Disney artists bring their imaginations to life through animation, Disney executives are living a lifestyle that animators can’t even begin to imagine. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Disney chief executive Bob Iger received a 7% pay increase in 2007 for a total financial compensation of $27.7 million. According to the company’s proxy statement, the breakdown is as follows: $2 million salary, which remained the same as 2006; a $13.7 million bonus, which was a decrease from his $15 million bonus in ‘06; stock awards totaling $7.9 million, and $740,000 for personal air travel, security and a car...
  • Parents Upset After Kids Complain About Strip-Search at Indiana Day Camp

    08/11/2007 5:53:52 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 11 replies · 561+ views
    Associated Press/ Fox News ^ | August 9, 2007 | Staff
    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — Parents say their children were strip-searched at a city-run day camp by counselors who were searching for $140 that disappeared from another worker's backpack. April Hinton said her 8-year-old son told her about the search that happened at the Martin Luther King Center last week. Snip Ivan Bodensteiner, a civil rights lawyer and Valparaiso University Law School professor, said even law enforcement officers have fairly limited powers to strip-search suspects. "Government would have a very difficult time justifying a strip search of kids just because they happened to be around when some money was stolen," he...
  • China Pirates Less Software

    05/18/2007 8:51:50 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 4 replies · 462+ views
    InTech ^ | 5/17/2007 | ISA Staff
    China pirates less softwareInTech News, 17 May 2007 The software piracy rate in China is down for the third consecutive year. That’s the good news. The bad news is about 82% of the software the Chinese use is illegal. The Wall Street Journal reported piracy has been declining for three years, according to new estimates from an industry group, creating hundreds of millions of dollars in new business in the world's second largest personal-computer market by unit sales. Software piracy is still high by international standards: The study, conducted by research firm International Data Corp. for the Business Software Alliance,...
  • Hey Neighbor, Stop Piggybacking on My Wireless

    03/04/2006 11:44:18 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 354 replies · 9,490+ views
    New York Times ^ | 3/5/06 | MICHEL MARRIOTT
    For a while, the wireless Internet connection Christine and Randy Brodeur installed last year seemed perfect. They were able to sit in their sunny Los Angeles backyard working on their laptop computers. But they soon began noticing that their high-speed Internet access had become as slow as rush-hour traffic on the 405 freeway. "I didn't know whether to blame it on the Santa Ana winds or what," recalled Mrs. Brodeur, the chief executive of Socket Media, a marketing and public relations agency. The "what" turned out to be neighbors who had tapped into their system. The additional online traffic nearly...
  • I've given up on trying to teach anyone here anything (They gave Socrates hemlock, now this guy.)

    02/12/2006 7:39:47 AM PST · by a true thinker · 336 replies · 7,739+ views
    There's no helping you. This site is now just a diversion -- like a train wreck. This site is inherently for and about raving egomaniacs, and Jim's site policies -- which amount to excluding reality and actual dialogue in favor of political/militaristic pornography -- is conducive to cognitive dissonance, which at the times your worldview is threatened leads you into psychotic breaks (on the political cognitive plane, that is, and just maybe in other realms too). Not to mention that your baseline politics is based in mythology about American demographics, science, economics, ethics etc. You spoonfeed each other in the...
  • Report: U.S. Overpaid $32M in Katrina Evacuation

    01/21/2006 10:15:12 AM PST · by stm · 4 replies · 238+ views
    Fox News ^ | Saturday, January 21, 2006 | AP
    WASHINGTON — A bill for busing evacuees from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was $32 million more than it should have been, and the government paid it without question, the Transportation Department inspector general said Friday.
  • DFU SONG: This Land Is Your Land (or, it was yours before the developer wanted it)

    06/28/2005 10:22:36 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 7 replies · 459+ views
    DFU SONGS | 6-2005 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    MIDI - THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND This land was your land...but you must be leaving And as we stole it...we saw you grieving Here's the bulldozer...it will be rubble This land is not yours anymore We want new buildings and bigger tax base So stop your whining...wipe the tears from your face Here's a little money...you have one more hour This land is not yours anymore With condemnation, we'll take what we're needing And we'll be deaf too all of your pleading Your memories you'll be taking with you This land is not yours anymore We make the...
  • Philadelphia outdoes itself again

    11/03/2004 9:36:47 AM PST · by aft_lizard · 11 replies · 1,026+ views
    CNN,FR ^ | 03nov2004 | me
    y2k election totals for Philadelphia: 100,967 Bush 451,321 Gore 2004 election totals for Philladelphia: Bush 124,710 Kerry 517,040 Not bad considering Philly has been losing population http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/8398836.htm?1c The numbers were clear enough. The Census Bureau estimated the city's population at 1,513,684 four years ago, 1,499,758 three years ago, 1,488,780 two years ago, and 1,479,339 last year.
  • Update on site copier swiftvets.org

    08/25/2004 2:09:03 PM PDT · by aft_lizard · 7 replies · 728+ views
    http://www.swiftvets.org/ ^ | 25 Aug 2004 | me
    A few days ago I notified freepers that a website was copying swiftvets.com layout and name. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1196092/posts "We are an independent group with no relationship to the Kerry-Edwards and Bush-Cheney Campaigns " Is what is written at the bottom right hand corner of the webpage. The column to the left the very first link says "contribute to our cause" the link is to contribute to the kerry campaign. They provide many links to anti-Bush sites and anti-Bush orgs including Center for American Progress. To those of you who have been to swiftvets.com you will notice that swiftvets.org has an "uncanny"...
  • Salem once home to spy suspect ( Mehalba, arrested at Logan,

    10/01/2003 9:32:41 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 20 replies · 2,124+ views
    Salem News MA ^ | 10/1/2003 | DAVE GERSHMAN
    SALEM - He was the quiet, well-groomed man in the suit, who kept to himself in this neighborhood nestled at the edge of a bustling college, where almost everybody seemed to be from somewhere else and nobody stood out. But yesterday, a different Ahmed Fathy Mehalba was on display, this time in a federal court, where he appeared in jeans and an orange golf shirt, accused of possessing classified information he allegedly acquired at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he worked as a civilian translator. Just what route the Egyptian-born Mehalba, 31, took after his days...
  • 2 Years Ago Today, The Supreme Court Ended Al Gore's Attempt to Steal The Election of 2000

    12/12/2002 8:41:08 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 46 replies · 480+ views
    Supreme Court of the United States
    Remember where you were 2 years ago tonight? 7-2, SCOTUS ruled the recount was unconstitutional. 5-4, the Court ruled that the Florida Kangaroos' needed to stop the recount altogether. Thank God.