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Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: SW Alabama. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
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About Me

Long time political activist, working to tint my lil "Mayberry" more blue. Collector of strays of various species and minds.

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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)
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 [PDF] 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.

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:


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


"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.

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.

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.

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.


From NBC News in Washington, Meet the Press with 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.


Dexter Filkins knows plenty about Iraq, his comments on the current mess are worth a look

First Falluja, then Mosul, and now the oil-refinery town of Bayji. The rapid advance of Al Qaeda-inspired militants across the Sunni heartland of northern and western Iraq has been stunning and relentless—and utterly predictable. Here’s a forecast: the bad news is just beginning.
Iraq’s collapse has been driven by three things:.


Major foreclosure law firm just got hit by the Karma train.

Thanks to DU's own ms. smiler for this ....

Tables are turned for foreclosure law firm
(Helped along the road to ruin by one of its executives, to boot)

A law firm that profited for years by helping banks foreclose on Massachusetts homeowners is learning what it feels like to be on the receiving end of the boot.

Woburn-based Connolly, Geaney, Ablitt & Willard employed approximately 150 people earlier this year and, at one point, billed up to $100,000 a day, according to internal documents and emails obtained by Lawyers Weekly.

Now the well-known foreclosure firm is facing eviction following several tumultuous months that saw forensic accountants investigating its books and the firm bouncing checks, failing to pay employee insurance premiums, and laying off the majority of its lawyers, paralegals and other staff en masse. Meanwhile, a Florida whistleblower lawsuit against the firm is scheduled to go to trial later this year.

Many of the problems surfaced with the departure of the firm’s chief financial officer, Robert F. Feige, in February. Feige’s checkered past includes numerous allegations and findings of financial misdeeds. For example, a federal consent judgment in 2009 required him to restore more than $25,000 to Michael Benes Communications’ 401(k) plan and barred him from overseeing retirement plans in the future. The U.S. Department of Labor had accused Feige of failing “to forward employee salary deferrals to the plan and to take prudent steps to collect contributions owed to the plan,” according to a DOL summary of the case.

While partner Kevin P. Geaney steadfastly insists that Connolly, Geaney, Ablitt & Willard “is presently growing and is clearly moving in a positive direction for the future,” former employees, public records and other documents tell a different story.


Sha na-na-na-na.......hey hey goodbye.............

Lindsey Graham, R-SC, advocates for US airstrikes to stop ISIS advance in Iraq

" 'without some kind of intervention, Baghdad will fall'"
from breaking News 10 min. ago.

Place your bets, ladie and gents...
how soon until we have boots on the ground or planes in the air for Iraq, Part 3 ?

First there was Florida man..now there is Florida woman:

FL woman sentenced for burning down 3,500-year-old tree so she could see her meth

A Florida woman was sentenced on Wednesday to 2 1/2 years in prison, with all time suspended if she completes the terms of her probation, for her part in burning down a landmark 3,500-year-old cypress tree in 2012 so she could see the drugs she was using in the dark.

Sara Barnes, 28, pleaded no contest to unlawful burning of lands and possession of methamphetamine and must perform 250 hours of manual labor, pay restitution, and must submit to a substance-abuse testing, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Barnes set fire to The Senator in Big Tree Park, reputed to be one of the largest and oldest baldcypress trees in the world. The Senator was 118 feet tall and about 18 feet wide, and was estimated to be 3,500 years old.

I'm just gonna lay this here....have at it.

GOP rep.: Global warming is a hoax because dinosaurs went extinct without car pollution

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) on Monday cited the extinction of the dinosaurs as proof that man-made global warming was a hoax.


gonna find the aspirin, be back in a bit....
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