I have had a small number of readers disputing credit card or PayPal charges for donations made during the Naked Capitalism fundraiser. The charges made via the non-PayPal portal are in the name of “Bicycle, Inc.” which was clearly indicated on the input form. The PayPal charges are likely to include “auroraadvisors.com” which if you scroll to the bottom of the page, is the copyright holder for this site (and my corporation).
Chargebacks and disputes have resulted in fees that exceed the amount of the donation. If you have mistakenly disputed a charge, we will wind up eating the related fees.
Breaking News: Feds Falsely Censor Popular Blog For Over A Year, Deny All Due Process, Hide All Details…TechDirt (hat tip reader Lance N)
Europe’s Deadly Transition From Social Democracy to Oligarchy Michael Hudson via Phil’s Stock World (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
Euro lacks a government banker, not lender of last resort Thomas Palley, Financial Times
Euro Crisis Pits Germany and U.S. in Tactical Fight New York Times
The Merkelization of Europe Foreign Policy (hat tip Marshall Auerback)
Swedish Lex reminds of this 2009 post: Guest Post: Ambrose Evans-Pritchard & the City’s hard EU choices
Tens of thousands protest against Putin Financial Times
The Saudi Arab Spring Nobody Noticed Russ Baker (hat tip Lambert Strether)
China vows pursuit of more balanced trade Financial Times
Robert Fisk: Bankers are the dictators of the West Independent (hat tip Doug Smith)
Negative Equity: How Many Loans are Underwater in Your State? creditsesame (hat tip reader Carol B)
Court Cases Revealing Massive Fraud in Mortgage Business Dave Dayen, Firedoglake
30 Major U.S. Corporations Paid More to Lobby Congress Than Income Taxes, 2008-2010 International Business Times (hat tip reader 1 SK)
How The West Helped Invent Russia’s Election Fraud: OSCE Whistleblower Exposes 1996 Whitewash Alexander Zaitchik and Mark Ames, eXiled
Irony alert: U.S. calls on Russia to respect peaceful protests Raw Story (hat tip reader 1 SK)
The Walmart Heirs Have The Same Net Worth As The Bottom 30 Percent Of Americans Think Progress (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
How Goldman Sachs and Other Companies Exploit Port Truck Drivers — Occupy Protesters Plan to Shut Down West Coast Ports in Protest AlterNet (hat tip reader Aquifer)
Occupy Our Homes Chris Hayes, MSNBC (hat tip reader MBH)
New Nevada law spurs big drop in homes entering foreclosure LA Times (hat tip Lisa Epstein). Um, we wrote about this last month.
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