Category Archives: Ridiculously obvious scams

CalPERS Tries to Hide Its Dirty Laundry, Threatens Most Effective Board Member: “Quit or Else”

CalPERS has managed to descend to a new low. Its strategy of trying to sweep fundamental problems under the rug has reached the point that the rug is not just lumpy but also starting to move. The latest shocker (and it is shocking) is that the board has launched a plan to strip JJ Jelincic, […]

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The Obama Administration Bails Out Private Equity Landlords at the Expense of the Middle Class: Government Guarantees for Rental Securitization

So how much did Blackstone promise to give to the Obama library for this huge grift, um, parting gift? As regular readers may recall, private equity firms piled into buying foreclosed single family homes on the belief that if the government (in this case, Fannie and Freddie) was selling, they wanted to be buying. And […]

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How Experts Enable Corruption: The Role of Conflicted Lawyers at CalPERS and Other Public Pension Funds

As Trump is about to be sworn in, the press and pundits are agog about his and his fellow Cabinet members’ deep and extensive conflicts of interest, and how dangerous they is for democracy.1 But the hue and cry about conflicts of interest is late in coming. They’ve been tolerated more and more over time […]

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Can Uber Ever Deliver? Part Six: Latest Data Confirms Bleak P&L Performance While Stephen Levitt Makes Indefensible Consumer Welfare Claims

More on Uber’s questionable prospects and the dubious defenses offered by boosters, in this case, “Freakonomics” professor Stephen Levitt.

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Bill Black: White Collar Crime Will Have a Field Day Under Trump

In this Real News Network segment, Bill Black describes why elite banksters will have a free hand if Trump gets his appointees through. Although Black focuses here on just departed Goldmanite Gary Cohn, the Democrats ought to put up a pitched battle over another Goldman alum, Steve Mnuchin, Trump’s Treasury Secretary nominee. Mnuchin is unqualified […]

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