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Gender: Female
Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 01:09 PM
Number of posts: 36,475

About Me

Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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T-Mobile Accused Of Making A Ton Of Cash From Bogus Charges On Phone Bills

T-Mobile is just the latest phone service to do this crap.
And T-Mobile stole customer money 2 ways:
by cramming unapproved charges on your bill ( they get a kickback for this)
and
by subtracting the cramming fee from your minutes if you are a pre-paid customer.Go to link to see what the phony charges look like on a T-Mobile bill.


The self-described “Un-carrier” has been accused in federal court of making hundreds of millions of dollars off of so-called “premium” text-messaging subscriptions that were often never requested by subscribers.

According to the complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission in a U.S. District Court in Seattle, T-Mobile allowed third parties to participate in what’s known as “bill cramming,” the placing of often-questionable charges for premium services on a phone customers’ bill.

The FTC alleges that T-Mobile received anywhere from 35-40% of the total amount charged to consumers for subscriptions (mostly $9.99/month) for things like “flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip.”

Making matters worse, the government claims that T-Mobile sometimes continued to bill customers for these services even after being made aware that they were being operated by scammers.
http://consumerist.com/2014/07/01/t-mobile-accused-of-making-a-ton-of-cash-from-bogus-charges-on-phone-bills/


If you had a mortgage serviced by Ocwen Loan Servicing, and were forclosed on

this may be of interest to you:
There was a 2.1 billion Ocwen national mortgage foreclosure settlement approved in February.
Claims letters are being sent to people who were foreclosed on.

The below info is from the Fla. news, but the settlement and claims also pertain to other states.
Pls. read below to find contact information if you have questions:

The settlement set aside for payments to Ocwen borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012. Those eligible include borrowers who had mortgages serviced by Ocwen, Homeward Residential Holdings LLC (also known as American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc) or Litton Loan Servicing LP.
Ocwen Financial Corporation and its subsidiary, Ocwen Loan Servicing, agreed to the $2.1 billion joint state-federal settlement to resolve allegations of mortgage servicing misconduct resulting in premature and unauthorized foreclosures, violations of homeowners’ rights and protections, and the use of false and deceptive documents and affidavits. In addition to the $125 million payment fund, the settlement also provides for $2 billion in the form of first lien principal relief with an estimated $342 million being provided to Florida homeowners.

Packages including a cover letter, claim form, and instructions are being mailed to eligible borrowers beginning last week. A reminder mailing will be sent out the week of Aug. 11. All claims must be submitted by the Sept. 15 deadline. Payment checks should be mailed starting Dec. 3.

People who have questions can call 866-783-5382 for assistance in either English or Spanish. Claimants can file their claims electronically at the website below or submit claims to the address below:

www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com

National Ocwen Settlement Administrator
P.O. Box 1917
Fairbault, MN 55021-7172


http://realtime.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2014/06/30/ocwen-mortgage-sending-claims-forms-to-26000-floridians/

Officer’s Conviction in Cannibalism Case Overturned

This decision has all sorts of implications...........

The 2013 conviction of a former New York City police officer in a plot to kidnap, torture, kill and eat women was overturned late Monday by a federal judge who said there was not sufficient evidence to support it.

The judge, Paul G. Gardephe of Federal District Court in Manhattan, granted the former officer, Gilberto Valle, a verdict of acquittal on the most serious count that he faced, kidnapping conspiracy. He could have faced life in prison on that count.


snip....

“The evidentiary record is such that it is more likely than not the case that all of Valle’s Internet communications about kidnapping are fantasy role-play,” Judge Gardephe said in a 118-page opinion issued late Monday night.

Mr. Valle, who was convicted in March 2013, had not yet been sentenced, and his federal public defenders had asked Judge Gardephe to grant him a new trial, arguing that the Constitution granted people — including police officers — “the right to fantasize about whatever and whomever they like, free from government interference.”
The case had drawn widespread attention both because it involved a police officer and because it raised the question of when does a virtual crime, discussed and plotted in Internet chat rooms, cross over into actual criminal activity, including what kinds of additional steps are needed to create an actual crime.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/01/nyregion/officers-conviction-in-cannibalism-case-overturned.html?_r=0

What if an agency..say the FBI..had been snooping on those internet chats, and had chosen this guy for one of their sting operations?
You know, like "helping" him go out and buy various things for his fantasy, to stalk a woman, etc?
Sorta like the terrorist cases they have "solved" by setting some nutjob up.

"because of environmental laws, there's not enough paper, thus everybody in the P.O. is out of work"



I watched last night's Real Time, one of the guests was an energetic conservative kid who appeared totally serious when making some of stupidest comments I have ever heard.
Awesomely stupid. He achieved heights of idiotic thinking that even Palin would admire.

For a long time now, I have been able to laugh when fossilized Reich Wingers like McCain and his gang provided fodder for outrage of the day. I figured they would die off soon and leave a vacuum which would be filled with smarter people.
But THIS guy last night..he was a kid...and seemingly dedicated to sharing his cherished views made absolutely no sense whatsoever.
Glenn Beck lite, so to speak.

Damn it...they are breeding.
We are doomed.


Why is Petreus briefing the GOP House Conference? Didn't he retire?

From Breaking News:
House GOP Conference to get Iraq briefing with Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Robert Ford, former Ambassador to Syria .


He retired from the Army in 2011, got fired from the CIA in 2012 for his adulterous affair....
did he take some other job?

And, Kerry ramps up his rhetoric..
Secretary of State John Kerry calls ISIS 'a terrorist army that threatens not only Iraq but every country in the region' -
in his video commnets after Nato meeting this am.

Anti Peacenik McCain just said...

"After classified briefing on Iraq, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says he's not sure if US can wait on airstrikes - @ChadPergram"
Breaking News headline...

I was bothered that Kerry said much the same thing yesterday.
suddenly there is a great push to have us rush to judgement.

Boehner, is planning lawsuit against President Obama over executive actions

Just now on Breaking news:
Aide confirms House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is planning lawsuit against President Obama over executive actions - @LukeRussert

Which actions might those be...

You want joy? I have joy, right here:

(Hums happy tune as she pastes the below)

Snipping a bit off the introduction...
The High Frequency trading Lswsuit That Has Wall Street Running Scared.

....... a class-action lawsuit in the matter( High Frequency Trading) that was filed last month on April 18 in Federal Court in the Southern District of New York.
.............
A more careful look at the lawsuit, however, is sending shivers across Wall Street. The law firm that made the filing is Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP – a firm staffed with former prosecutors from the U.S. Justice Department and a legal powerhouse whose bread and butter is securities fraud.

Robbins Geller played a pivotal role in the securities class action against Enron, securing a $7.3 billion recovery; $5.7 billion in the Visa/MasterCard antitrust class action; $2.46 billlion in a Household International class action judgment; $925 million in the UnitedHealth Group stock option backdating case; and $657 million in a securities action involving WorldCom – to name just a few.

The firm’s biggest threat to Wall Street is that it actually knows how to define securities fraud to a court, what to ask for in discovery, and it prepares its cases on the basis that they may go to trial – producing deep archives of smoking gun documents.
http://wallstreetonparade.com/2014/05/the-high-frequency-trading-lawsuit-that-has-wall-street-running-scared/

The intro mentions Michael Lewis' new book on Hight Frequency Trading.

Plus...more joy.., thanks to Lewis' book..
Guy Featured In Best-Seller About The Financial Crisis Faces Fraud Trial

An investment advisor featured in "The Big Short," a best-selling book about the financial crisis, faced an administrative trial Monday on claims he misled investors in a complex investment product linked to mortgages.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission called its first witnesses in administrative proceedings in New York in a fraud case launched in October against Wing Chau and his New Jersey investment advisory firm Harding Advisory LLC.
http://www.businessinsider.com/r-investment-advisor-featured-in-the-big-short-faces-sec-trial-2014-31

Very helpful maps and graphics to show the Iraq/Iran/Syria events.

I keep up on current events, at least I try, but the language that MSM uses to describe the ..rebels...no, wait,
the militants....ok, ok..the insurgents....unless they are.....jihadists....
THAT is not going to clear up.
But..
These graphics and maps are helpful, esp. the one showing what the Middle East will look like
if the combined Islamist forces have their way:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/06/12/world/middleeast/the-iraq-isis-conflict-in-maps-photos-and-video.html

Today's Meet the Press .......Transcript

Next on Meet the Press, Iraq on the brink of collapse. We're back at fault. And how will the U.S. prevent a terrorist state from emerging? With the politic of Iraq raging again, we'll hear exclusively from 2012 Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney and other key voices from the House and Senate. Plus political earthquake.

Romney will also weigh in on the biggest political upset of the year, which saw the Tea Party claim its biggest prize yet, House Leader Eric Cantor.
And a very special moment this Father's Day. Luke Russert here to remember his father on the tenth anniversary of Tim's book, Big Russ and Me, why this holiday was Tim Russert’s favorite.

ANNOUNCER:

From NBC News in Washington, Meet the Press with David Gregory.

DAVID GREGORY:

And good Sunday morning. We're going to start with the breaking news, the deteriorating situation in Iraq. This morning, there are reports of a suicide attack in Baghdad. And Islamist terrorists are threatening the Iraqi capital, although their advance has slowed. Right now, the U.S. aircraft carrier George H. W. Bush is in the Persian Gulf.

http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/meet-press-transcript-june-15-2014-n131601
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