Category Archives: Ridiculously obvious scams

The North Korean Connections of US Billionaire Naguib Sawiris and US Defence Company Contrack Watts

US Billionaire Naguib Sawiris and his Contrack Watts, a major US defence contractor, turn out to have ties to North Korea, via an amazingly profitable mobile phone company

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SEC Data Show Reduction in Criminal Prosecutions Since 2010

Every year the SEC delivers an annual report right around the holidays that gets virtually forgotten by everyone. But a tipster highlighted one part of the document that matches recent research about the way in which the agency plays with numbers. Urska Velikonja, assistant professor at Emory School of Law, released the study late last […]

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Geithner Ghostwriter Mike Grunwald Tries to Shift Financial Crisis Narrative Away From The Big Short

It’s sad that you have to be something of a detective to decipher what passes for content at most major American news outlets. In the case of Michael Grunwald, however, we have a decent set of indicators about the normally hidden agenda. The Politico writer worked with Tim Geithner on his memoir. In fact, I believe he has said publicly that he didn’t know a lot about finance before meeting Geithner. So when Grunwald decides to leap into anything involving this topic, we can assume the end result is not altogether different than what it would look like if Geithner wrote it with his own byline.

The latest example is a nominal review of The Big Short, which is not really a review. It’s an attempt to steer the narrative of what happened, in the financial crisis and its aftermath, to territory that comforts elites.

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Oxford City Football Club and its Onanistic Owner, Thomas Guerriero

Let’s start our latest illustration of how easily a reckless, internationally mobile crook can sidestep national regulators, with a helpful observation by Bess Levin at Dealbreaker in May 2010: Let it be known: if you are not interested in having your supervisor (circle all that apply:) send you videos of himself masturbating, texts about the […]

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