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6 Tricks Banks Use to Drive Homeowners Into Foreclosure

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[Corporatocratic crime. "Banks have become just mortgage servicing agents and foreclosure of your home is their new business model. Protect your home by learning about the tricks they play." Please note that this article is from 4 days ago; not 2008. *RON*]
By Carla Faraldo, Newswire.net, 19 April 2015

(Newswire.net -- April 19, 2015) Los Angeles, CA -- Most homeowners are unaware that their mortgage banks make more money from foreclosure than actual payment. Mortgage banks give as few modifications as possible and comply minimally with statutes put in place to protect borrowers, all while employing tricks to “cash in” on homeowners’ defaults, pushing them to foreclosure. The banks take the risk of litigation because few people sue, but getting legal assistance as soon as possible can make the difference between homeowners asserting their rights or losing their homes while being bulldozed by the bank.

Securitization is the reason banks…

I am a cook in the US Senate but I still need food stamps to feed my children

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[The corporatocracy, US politics, and income inequality. "I work 70 hours a week doing two jobs but cannot make ends meet. Presidential hopefuls must make profitable federal contractors pay living wages." Some of the reader comments in the original article are quite remarkable. See also Is Wal-Mart closing stores for 'repairs,' or to punish activist workers? *RON*]

Bertrand Olotara, The Guardian, 22 April 2015

Every day, I serve food to some of the most powerful people on earth, including many of the senators who are running for president: I’m a cook for the federal contractor that runs the US Senate cafeteria. But today, they’ll have to get their meals from someone else’s hands, because I’m on strike.
I am walking off my job because I want the presidential hopefuls to know that I live in poverty. Many senators canvas the country giving speeches about creating “opportunity” for workers and helping our kids achieve the “American …

How beliefs became truths for the political establishment

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[Ideology, epistemology & politics. The concept of 'truthiness', when conviction is prized over facts, evolved in George W Bush era. This piece was written about the UK elections, but it perfectly fits the launch of the Canadian elections with Joe Oliver's election budget speech about the economic stewardship of the Conservative Party who, according to him, are fighting the good fight for the middle class and the poor and maybe even saving the environment! By the way, Joseph Heath's book Enlightenment 2.0, mentioned below, is thoroughly excellent. *RON*]

John Kay, Financial Times, 21 April 2015
A decade ago, Stephen Colbert, the American political commentator and satirist, who will soon become the new host of CBS’s Late Show, coined the term “truthiness”.

We are all subject to confirmation bias — a tendency to find, or interpret, facts to support opinions we already hold. But truthiness takes us further. Mr Colbert has describ…

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation as Russians Pressed for Control of Uranium Company

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["Uranium investors' efforts to buy mining assets in Kazakhstan and the United States led to a takeover bid by a Russian state-owned energy company. The investors gave millions to the Clinton Foundation over the same period, while Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s office was involved with approving the Russian bid." *RON*]

By Jo Becker & Mike McIntire, New York Times, 23 April 2015

The headline in Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when the newspaper served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.”

The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of control…

Jason Kenney Says $12B Military Budget Boost A 'Huge Improvement'

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[I feel so much better knowing Kenney has his retirement paid for now. Plainly there's no cushy retirement to be had by investing in benefits for veterans, or our federal information watchdog, or by ensuring the safety of oil and gas transport by rail or tanker, or providing clean drinking water for Aboriginal people, or health services for refugees, or by erasing our shameful record on child poverty. Yet somehow we cobble together the money for wars, bank bail-outs, tax cuts for the rich, subsidies for giant oil companies, and Chinese pandas. But ignore all that because we have a surplus (really, we do!), and we're smiling, so vote for us because we're financially responsible. See also Environment, First Nations Get Small Slices Of Budget Pie. *RON*]
By Katharine Starr, CBC News / Huffington Post, 22 April 2015


Defence Minister Jason Kenney says the federal budget's commitment of an additional $11.8 billion in military funding o…

Vancouver fuel spill underscores gap in research after federal cuts: aquarium

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[The corporatocracy and 'austerity'. Harper cut millions in funding to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in 2012. Including a marine toxicology program. So, conveniently enough for oil companies, we can't monitor the effect oil spills have in our water. Likewise, see An Open Letter To Minister James Moore, which straight out accuses the Coast Guard brass of lying to the public. Also, After touting English Bay cleanup, Industry Minister confronted by activists with oil-covered rocks. *RON*]

Laura Kane, Canadian Press / Globe & Mail, 16 April 2015

The toxic fuel spill off Vancouver’s harbour underscores a major gap in research and preparedness because of federal cuts to science programs, says an expert with the city’s aquarium.

Peter Ross, director of the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Pollution Research Program, said there is no cohesive long-term monitoring of British Columbia’s coastal ecosystems. The lack of baseline data make…

Redacted diary reveals oil's hidden route to Harper

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[Let's all chip in to get Senator Mike Duffy an inkier felt pen (and a time machine) for Christmas! Poorly redacted entries in Duffy’s diary have left evidence suggesting the suspended senator had regular phone and e-mail conversations with top-level Enbridge executives during the height of the federal government's attacks on environmental activists and charities in 2012. The problem with this? Enbridge never declared these exchanges to the federal lobbyist registry. Uh oh. *RON*]

By Mychaylo Prystupa, National Observer, 22 April 2015

Redacted entries in Mike Duffy’s diary suggest he was in regular undisclosed contact with pipeline giant Enbridge during the height of the federal government's scorching attacks on environmental activists and charities in 2012.

The suspended senator’s journal shows a flurry of conversations and emails with or about top-level Enbridge executives, then PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright and the Prime Ministe…