The Rule of Law

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So there’s been a bit of discussion about libertarians who want to establish a bunch of off-shore countries on floating oil-rig type platforms that would be lil’ loonitarian paradises: Thiel has been a big backer of the Seasteading Institute, which seeks to build sovereign nations on oil rig-like platforms to occupy waters beyond the reach…

Monday, I wrote about how Standard & Poor’s (S&P) downgrade of U.S. debt had political motivations–avoiding fraud investigations as well as ‘convincing’ the Securities and Exchange Commission to remove new regulations that could undercut their business: …I won’t rule out that S&P is stupid incompetent and ideologically blinkered. But they routinely commit fraud (and I’m…

There’s been a lot of excellent posts debunking Standard & Poor’s recent downgrade of U.S. debt on the merits–it is poor assessment of risk. Yes, there are substantive economic arguments against S&P’s evaluation. But S&P is also fundamentally corrupt. The Coalition of the Sane must point this out too–there is an ethical dimension here, not…

Not that either the SEC or the Holder-led Justice Department would do anything about it. This happened July 21: Jack Barnes writes : Someone dropped a bomb on the bond market Thursday – a $1 billion Armageddon trade betting the United States will lose its AAA credit rating. In one moment, an invisible trader placed…

One of the most frustrating things about Obama’s playing the role of The Great Conciliator is his belief that we should ‘look forward, not back’, that there should be no accountability for those who have failed or committed fraud. Leaving aside notions of justice (which these days is best for one’s sanity), this idiotic belief…

I haven’t talked about Big Shitpile (the housing-initiated economic collapse in a while), but this report from the Essex County Register of Deeds (Massachusetts) describes nothing less than the breakdown of the property title system in the U.S.: Yesterday at the Annual Conference of The International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers (IACREOT),…

Five More Lone Wolves in Alaska

And I’m not talking about the four-legged kind. As I’ve noted before, whenever some right-wing associated nut shoots someone, we always hear it described as the actions of a ‘lone wolf.’ Because members of another militia group were arrested for planning to kidnap and murder police officers and judges: Five people in the Fairbanks area…

A couple of weeks ago, I found a post, “Is HIV ‘fingerprinting’ junk courtroom science?“, which argues: But calling the comparison of HIV strains’ genes “fingerprinting” — calling to mind the more-familiar matching of human suspects’ DNA to blood at a crime scene — is dangerously misleading, they warn. “By calling such investigations HIV fingerprinting,…

The Foreclosure Mess Is About the Rule of Law

Note: I wrote this before stumbling across this post which provides pretty good evidence that President Obama’s recent sale of his house was also signed by a robosigner. Brazen doesn’t even begin to describe the situation…. It’s beyond trite to state that the foreclosure crisis has had a huge effect on the economy. But I…

Why Big Sh-tpile Required Fraud on the Court

Have no doubt, despite the claims of propagandists, the foreclosure documentation crisis is not nitpicking. Providing the court with affidavits with unverified information is fraud: were you or I to do this, we would go to jail. One of Yves Smith’s commenters describes this in more detail: An affidavit is a legal document which can…