New ACLU publication looks at how “debt collection industry uses prosecutors and judges as weapons against millions of Americans who can’t afford to pay their bills.”
via Common Dreams – Threatened with arrest for a case involving a few dollars in debt held by a collection agency?
This is not a science fiction, nor a scenario from the United States more than 185 years ago when debtors prisons were still allowed. Rather, it’s a part of the current justice system where, in states across the country, state courts and local prosecutors abet debt collectors in arresting and jailing some of the tens of millions of Americans who have debt held by private collection agencies.
The injustice is laid out in new report from the ACLU, “A Pound of Flesh: The Criminalization of Private Debt.”
“The private debt collection industry uses prosecutors and judges as weapons against millions of Americans who can’t afford to pay their bills,” said report author Jennifer Turner, also a principal human rights researcher at the ACLU. “Consumers have little chance of justice when our courts take the debt collector’s side in almost every case—even to the point of ordering people jailed until they pay up,” she said.
Continue reading Prosecutors and Judges used as Weapons against millions of Americans that can’t pay bills
via ZeroHedge – Back on July 13, when the Bank of Canada hiked rates by 25bps to 0.75% – its first rate hike in 7 years – followed by another unexpected rate hike in September, we documented some troubling trends among Canadian households, including the record household debt-to-income ratio…
… the sliding average hourly wages…
… as well as the unprecedented Canadian housing bubble which puts US home prices to shame…
Continue reading 4 In 10 Canadians Can Not Cover Basic Expenses Without Going Deeper In Debt
via ZeroHedge – Back in July, the state of Illinois narrowly avoided a junk bond rating with a last minute budget deal that included a 32% in hike in income taxes. Republican Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed the budget and called it a “disaster,” but both houses of the state legislature voted to override his veto. Meanwhile, S&P and Moody’s were apparently both convinced that the budget deal was sufficient for the state to remain an investment grade credit and all lived happily ever after, if just for a few months.
But, with the state’s past due payables hovering around a record $16 billion…
…which is a 3-fold increase over the past two years…
…one has to wonder, as we have on many occasions, just how solid Illinois’ credit rating really is.
Continue reading Illinois Debt Crisis Deepens As Comptroller Admits No Idea What True Balance Of Outstanding Bills Is
(ANTIMEDIA) Miami-Dade County, FL — At a time when South Floridians rocked by Hurricane Irma were still surveying the damage to their properties, the county of Miami-Dade apparently thought it appropriate to begin handing out safety notices.
Celso Perez told local WSVN-TV that he, his family, and his neighbors were starting to clear fallen trees from the streets after the storm passed through at nine in the morning on Monday. Hours later, in the afternoon, Perez got a visit from the county.
“And we thought he was here to help us or offer some type of assistance with the trees, maybe he was going to bring us ice or something,” Perez told WSVN. Instead, the official slapped a safety notice on the only part of Perez’s fence still standing.
“I laughed,” he said. “I thought he was kidding. ‘You are kidding right? We just had a hurricane six hours ago.’ ‘No, I’m not kidding. I have to cite you for this.’ I just laughed. OK, whatever; knock yourself out!”
Continue reading FL Residents Warned They’ll Be Ticketed for Hurricane-Damaged Homes
Four years ago, JPMorgan Chase reached a then-record settlement with the Department of Justice after, among other things, the bank received a copy of a U.S. attorney’s draft complaint documenting its alleged role in underwriting fraudulent securities in the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. Following the bank’s $13 billion financial agreement, the draft complaint was never filed. Then the bank paid another settlement to prevent a separate legal case from potentially unearthing it. The contents of the draft complaint have long been a financial-crisis mystery, a Great White Whale of a document. At least until now.
Continue reading The Unfiled Draft JPMorgan Mortgage Lawsuit the CEO paid $13B to Keep Secret with Government Collusion
The “United Nations” is a singularly unique thing in the world. Here are some truly stunning facts about the United Nations:
- The United Nations was established on October 24th, 1945.
- Only Warring “Allied” nations qualified to join the United Nations in the beginning, and some nations declared war (to be in a state of belligerency) after the meeting solidifying the formation of the UN just to be able to join.
- Germany surrendered to the “United Nations” on May 9th, 1945 -and was made retroactive to May 8th- months before the United Nations was officially established.
- The German Instrument of Surrender made the German Nazi Government the First unofficial Member of the United Nations, which was then “dissolved.”
- The United States deposited their ratification of the United Nations Charter on August 8th, 1945. Continue reading 55 Truly Stunning Facts about the United Nations
Venezuela’s currency, the bolivar, is disintegrating at an incredible pace under the country’s political and economic crisis that has left citizens broke, desperate and in many cases, homicidal. The depreciation accelerated this week, after a disputed vote electing an all-powerful “Constituent Assembly” filled with allies of President Nicolas Maduro, which the opposition and dozens of countries have called illegitimate.
Just two days ago, on August 2, we reported that one dollar would buy 14,100 bolivars, up from 11,280 the day before.
The next day, the bolivar slumped nearly 15 percent on the black market, to 17,000 to one US dollar. Today, it has crashed again, tumbling 16% to 20,142, and down almost 40% in just the past three days.
The rise of the greenback: unstoppable?
Continue reading Venezuela Currency Disintegrates: Down 16% in 24 hours
All transactions in the entire FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM are literally DOUBLE PAID through the Social security-Birth Certificate account.
All Bills across the board are TRIPLE paid. Utility Companies insist that if they don’t get a “customer payment” then the account is turned off… but the Customer payment is literally EXTORTION for a third payment.
Every “Person” is their own “private” central bank. That’s how they access and create our accounts.
This form has been created so that people can fill in the Doings that they have created so far. The data can then be exported to a spread sheet so the success and fails can be worked through. Clean up the block with the fails and create recipes and best practices from the successes. Here is a shortened link to use for the google doc form. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxnofrWHQZF8IqUCG9EUj0feeCjXi5pdWUPEgsHkFH3WpyBw/viewform
Just the first pass at the content for this page. More to come moment by moment… bz
Continue reading Accessing Birth Certificate-Social Security Accounts Multi-Country
Generally, it is discussed among the knowledgable that the Vatican City, City of London, and Washington DC were sovereign city-states. These city-states essentially owned the world by uninformed consent and franchises. There are other City-States and they are just as important as these three. The handful of City-States are the United Nations, CERN, Republic and Canton of Geneva, Monaco, Singapore, World, and several other lesser important city-states (for this discussion, that is).
The Vatican City
The Vatican City owned the earth, all property, all humans, and all spirit through its “posted and recorded” magical Papel Bulls. It gained “City-State”-hood through an international treaty with the Fascist Benito Mussolini for the Vatican’s Support of Hitler’s Nazi Regime.
Continue reading The Many Sovereign City-States: Vatican City, City of London & Westminster, DC, UN (New York City), CERN, Monaco, Geneva, Singapore and the World
As human beings, we should all be interested in basic human rights. Rights cannot be pre-defined by their very nature nor can the be taken away. They can be overstood, exercised, and even unlawfully threatened -usually under color of law with unannounced prejudice- into non-use. As such we are all free! um… no?
Humanity shouldn’t have to be concerned with gross overt abuse of such rights, however, the institutions that are claiming to “rule” and “operate” human society seem to want to continue claiming that Fictitious Instruments are worthy of real physical violence and legal persecution; not just prosecution. The rules and procedures the UN use to “authorize themselves” to commit such treason and crimes against Humanity is very legal, very fictitious, and very suspicious.
Continue reading United Nations- Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The Definitive Document for Human Slavery
Democratic Representative VAL DEMINGS tells Facebook Commenter “My first amendment right is different from yours” yet refuses to explain her Statement. The question is: What First Amendment Rights? and Who’s First Amendment Rights? Here is Demings Facebook Statement:
First, The Freedom of Speech is the “right” that is in question. To the Corporation that the SENATOR runs, SPEECH is DEBT according to the US Supreme Court. The next question produces the answer of how these rights might be different.
Continue reading Democratic Rep. Val Demings Tells Facebook Commenter: ‘My First Amendment Right Is Different From Yours’
The attention that Taibbi is receiving for the Rolling Stone essay, The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase’s Worst Nightmare, may push forward a serious debate on the systemic corruption that is common knowledge among informed observers of the financial structure. Zero Hedge can always be depended upon to incisively sum up the issue.
“In reality, there is nothing surprising in Matt Taibbi’s latest piece since returning to Rolling Stone from the Intercept, as it tells a story everyone is by now is all too familiar with: a former bank employee (in this case Alayne Fleischmann) who was a worker in a bank’s (in this case JPM) mortgage operations group, where she observed and engaged in what she describes as “massive criminal securities fraud” and who was fired after trying to bring the attention of those above her to said “criminal” activity.
The story doesn’t end there, and as Carmen Segarra already showed, when she revealed that Goldman runs the NY Fed, once Alayne was let go and tried to “whistleblow” on the house of Jimon from the outside, she found the that US Department of Justice headed by Eric Holder is just as, if not more, corrupt, and in his desperate attempt to prevent discovery and bring JPM et al to justice, he would stretch the statue of limitations on frauds committed during the crisis long enough to where nobody had any legal recourse any more, up to and including the US taxpayer.” Continue reading Matt Taibbi on JPMorgan Chase’s Worst Nightmare