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  1. But that's precisely the point. An individual can have his phone tapped, his email watched and his every bank transaction scrutinized! The banks seem to be immune to this, or they couldn't get away with the money laundering! Like the video said, if they succeed with the money laundering they will score big, if caught, they pay very small penalties. I'm a firm believer in everybody being held to the same standard, 'fair for the goose, fair for the gander' and all that. This sounds like not much has changed since the Iran-Contra/BCCI scandal, at least for the banks. Enforce the law for them, or leave us alone. IMHO, the 'protect the stock market' excuse is bogus, the market is a gamble. If the banks are corrupt and get caught, and as a consequence they lose a lot of money, the investors will know better than to buy their stock next time. The market will police itself, or more accurately, force the banks to police themselves.
  2. Blumberg's reporting the ties between Mexican Drug cartels and US banks! I can't wait 'til they dig a little deeper. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-06-29/banks-financing-mexico-s-drug-cartels-admitted-in-wells-fargo-s-u-s-deal.html The 1970 Bank Secrecy Act requires banks to report all cash transactions above $10,000 to regulators and to tell the government about other suspected money-laundering activity. Big banks employ hundreds of investigators and spend millions of dollars on software programs to scour accounts. No big U.S. bank -- Wells Fargo included -- has ever been indicted for violating the Bank Secrecy Act or any other federal law. Instead, the Justice Department settles criminal charges by using deferred-prosecution agreements, in which a bank pays a fine and promises not to break the law again. ‘No Capacity to Regulate’ Large banks are protected from indictments by a variant of the too-big-to-fail theory. Indicting a big bank could trigger a mad dash by investors to dump shares and cause panic in financial markets, says Jack Blum, a U.S. Senate investigator for 14 years and a consultant to international banks and brokerage firms on money laundering. The theory is like a get-out-of-jail-free card for big banks, Blum says. “There’s no capacity to regulate or punish them because they’re too big to be threatened with failure,” Blum says. “They seem to be willing to do anything that improves their bottom line, until they’re caught.”
  3. What's really scary is that El Reno, OK has a population of 16,535 according to their own website. How do you find 10 cops this thuggish on a police force suitable for a city of 16,000 people?
  4. cloudy, the advice jq gave you is excellent! Bankruptcy is not a quick-fix, but it's much better than letting someone roll over you, for sure! Sooner or later (hopefully sooner) your situation is going to improve, so try to set yourself up for that next time by minimizing the damage done by this mess. The heavy-handedness of the financial sector is going to come back to bite them in the end. I know you can't see it right now, but maybe they did us a favor, in the long run, by showing everybody what worms they really are. IMHO, they are trying to grab something of some real value to replace the worthless junk that they bought into. Anyway, I predict some cheap property in the future, so try to position yourself to take advantage of that. The folks that survived the Depression didn't trust bankers, and avoided debt, for a reason! I must have listened, although not closely enough to totally avoid the trap, unfortunately. Take this opportunity to educate yourself so the next "rainy day" is not so devastating. And fight back, what ya got to lose? Best of luck to you and your family!
  5. Wow! This is waaay above my pay grade! I suggest you post in 'Legal Issues- Is There a Lawyer in the House'. You need to do something fast to head this off and that's where you're apt to find legal advice pertaining to your situation. Your being on public assistance may work to your advantage in regard to legal assistance, but you'll need to act quickly. A solution is out there, but it's up to you to find it. Wish you and your family the best of luck!
  6. Ahh, macaroni! My favorite medium! Oh, the memories... 10 things found in a daycare..... 1. Screaming Kids 2. Little Tables 3. Musical instruments (I was a child prodigy, nay a virtuoso, on the triangle) 4. Macaroni artwork on the walls 5. Cookies and milk 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
  7. 10 things found in a daycare..... 1. Screaming Kids 2. Little Tables 3. Musical instruments (I was a child prodigy, nay a virtuoso, on the triangle) 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
  8. I went through this with a family member, the guilt trip and all. First, stop kicking yourself! What's done is done, face it, hit it head-on and get over it! Fear of failure leads to inaction and that's hard enough to overcome without self blame thrown in. Second, pick one target and plan how you're going to handle it. You may want to pick the easiest one to gain experience and confidence. This forum and Kristy's books are excellent resourses, just follow the instructions, one step at a time. Keep accurate records of everything you do, a system will emerge. If you don't win them all at first, consider it a learning experience and fine tune your plan. It's not rocket surgery if you follow the steps! Best of luck!
  9. Shhh! You're supposed to pretend not to notice. 10 things found in ... the living room 1. big screen TV 2. Couch 3. Recliner 4. Elephant 5. Game Console 6. remote 7. coffee table 8. 9. 10.
  10. 10 things found in ... the living room 1. big screen TV 2. Couch 3. Recliner 4. Elephant 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
  11. 10 things found in... Tony Hayward's office 1. Dartboard 2.His Desk , That he's Hiding Under 3. Puddles of sweat on his carpet 4. ACME Oil Pipe Plug box and directions 5. A lot of "while you were out" notes 6. Yacht racing schedule 7. Pink Slip 8. Golden parachute 9. 10.
  12. 10 things found in... Tony Hayward's office 1. Dartboard 2.His Desk , That he's Hiding Under 3. Puddles of sweat on his carpet 4. ACME Oil Pipe Plug box and directions 5. A lot of "while you were out" notes 6. Yacht racing schedule 7. 8. 9. 10.
  13. The way I see it, if you win you're out $4000, if you lose you're out the house. The fact that it has gone this far is proof that "your friend" means business. I, personally, would go for blood-prosecute for fraud and sue for damages. Also, I fail to see the humor in trying to commit fraud and steal someone's property! Sue 'em, put 'em in jail, everyone that's honest will benefit.
  14. Good points jq! It will be interesting to see how they sell it, not that they really care what "We the people" say anyway.
  15. Just a heads-up, I didn't know where else to put this. It seems to me this, if it goes through, is really going to hurt the housing market. Like it needs another hit! http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2010/06/ax-may-fall-.html June 10, 2010 Ax May Fall on Mortgage Interest Deduction The Hill, Ax May Fall on Tax Break for Mortgages: The popular tax break for mortgage interest, once considered untouchable, is falling under the scrutiny of policymakers and economic experts seeking ways to close huge deficits. Although Congress last year rejected the White House’s proposed cut to the amount wealthier taxpayers can deduct for home mortgage interest payments, the administration included it again in its 2010 budget — saying it could save $208 billion over the next decade. And now that sentiment has turned against all the federal red ink — and cost-cutting is in vogue — Democrats on President Barack Obama’s financial commission are considering the wisdom of permanent tax breaks such as the mortgage deduction and corporate deferral. Calling them “tax entitlements,” senior Democratic lawmakers have argued they should be on the table for reform just like traditional entitlement programs Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. ... Although the backers of the mortgage interest tax break defend it as a key incentive for people to own rather than rent their homes, some say that’s not so. A Brookings-Urban Tax Policy Center study found that the mortgage interest tax break costs more than $100 billion annually but does little to encourage the middle class and less wealthy to buy homes. “I’m not sure that we need to subsidize homeownership at all through the tax system,” said Eric Toder, the study’s lead author.
  16. Here's a video that ya'll may find interesting if you haven't seen it. Oil eating microbes:
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  20. Since you can't access the link this is for you jq. Conspiracy? I honestly have trouble telling these days, truth seems to be weirder than anything someone can make up. The Iraq/Kuwait/oil field link was well documented, albeit, after the fact, and the oil blobs have been reported often, and now there are reports of two or more oil plumes from different leaks. Madsen seems to be pretty well connected, he's former Naval Intelligence and NSA, but who knows. It, at least, gives you a place to start if you want to do the research. That's MHO, anyway.
  21. Gallows humor. http://oilprice.com/Environment/Oil-Spills/White-House-Covers-Up-Menacing-Oil-Blob.html An interesting article that puts things in perspective, if you've been keeping up.
  22. Just a side note: You may want to check and see if the "another JDB" is, in fact, a subsidiary of LVNV. That seems to be one of their favorite tricks. I've read a lot about LVNV or Sherman, etc., none of it good!
  23. Do a search on LVNV, you'll be reading for hours. Apparently they are of the Devil:shock:, with many subsidiaries that trade paper back and forth, so it appears to be different companies. Lots of luck!
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