ravan: (451F)
( Sep. 29th, 2008 12:08 pm)
Just say NO!!

The more I think about this mess, the less and less I like it.

None of the proposals protect Main Street from Wall Street.

None of them re-regulate the greedy bastards who did this.

None of them protect and help homeowners.

No Fucking Bailout with Taxpayer Money!!!
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:48 pm)
The more I read about the details of this fucking bailout plan, the less I like it.

Yeah, if there's no bailout, the markets will crash, and the world will be very unhappy. BUT, any bailout will just reward the very people who've fucked us all over for years, with fantasy investment products and phony paper.

The people who perpetrated this fraud must pay the price, not have their pockets re-lined with taxpayer money after they've squandered investor capital.

This Jane Q Taxpayer wants all of those fancy pants brokers and shills and their CEOs to be out of work. These investment and credit bankers have beggared a generation of Americans, made us into a nation of debtors, sold us a bill of goods and then made it harder to start over with bankruptcy.

Actions have consequences, damnit, and the Paulson plan plain SUCKS!!!

No bailout without these items:
  1. Strong congressional oversight - no closed door deals.
  2. Equity for taxpayer cash - no equity stake in the company, no bailout money.
  3. Salary caps for executives of any company receiving federal funds - they get federal assistance, they get GS pay.
  4. Firms under bailout/restructuring can't dispense golden parachutes - standard severance of 1 week's pay for year of service.
  5. All non-real securities are deprecated and not sold - futures, derivatives, anything that requires an MBA to see the actual, hard value in.

Pass these 5 around.
The Bush government is now busy telling us that our economy is great, and that they can fix what ails it. Bullshit.

They started the foreplay on the economic fuckover with Reaganomics (trickle down, my ass). They stripped us bare with the Rethuglican "Contract WithOn America". Now, as they are about to come screaming "Oh, thank you God for the profits", we realize that we, the citizens and taxpayers of the US, are the stars in a bizarre economic snuff flick scripted out by rich, Republican run corporations and institutes.

When management has to tell employees "Oh, yeah, we're really solvent, we have money in the bank, yada yada", that means "We're losing our shirt, about to do layoffs, but don't want you to leave before we stiff you on your last paycheck."

When the government tells its citizens "Oh, the economy is sound, the fundamentals are great, it's just a minor correction.", that means "Your investments are screwed, your pension is screwed, you'd do better stuffing cash in a mattress, but we don't want you to panic because our rich pals would lose too and you'd stand us all up against the wall."

Same type of bullshit, different scale.

Please get this through your head - Banks Are Failing!! Even if these behemoth financial institutions built on slick Ponzi schemes are bailed out, they are still failed. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have failed, and had to be bailed out with your money. AIG has been "rescued" - with your money. Will John Q Taxpayer see any return on that investment? No. Just like Iraq has been another colossal waste of taxpayer funds, so is the Big Bank Bailout of 2008. The Bridge to Nowhere hasn't got anything on this bunko scam - at least building it would have put cash into the pockets of the workers who built it!!. Bailouts are just a fancy way of playing disappearing Houdini tricks with our money, and the money of the next three generations of Americans!

Have money in 401Ks? You are now paying twice (once with your contribution, again as a taxpayer when the funds in your portfolio get bailed out) for a loss of value. Great, huh?

If you will check this post from nine months ago, you will see that I told you so.

Yeah, the feds are "bailing out" the financial giants - but they aren't fixing the hole in our economy, so the rest of us will sink, homeless, jobless and penniless, into a sea of debt and poverty, while the rich will drink champagne in their reserved lifeboats.

Until we flip them over, that is...
ravan: (451F)
( May. 31st, 2007 10:08 pm)
However, there are a few legal issues here that bug me:

1) If you suspect a crime is or has been committed, don't delete a journal, call the cops!!
2) If you accuse someone publicly of criminal behavior, but can't/don't/won't back it up with evidence and reporting it to the authorities, you could be committing libel and defamation.
3) Deleting journals and communities on the basis of keywords in interests is pretty slipshod.
4) Fiction, fantasy, or discussion of lusts and thoughts is not the same as doing them, even under the current mess of US Law. Really.
5) Isn't breaking/violating your own process as described in your ToS a breach of contract??
6) Trying to claim listed "interests" mean that a person "likes" or "advocates" them would probably get laughed out of court, IMO.
7) As I understand it, a person's content is theirs, and a hosting service is shielded by the "common carrier" provisions of the law *if* they do not exercise editorial control over it. Deleting "objectionable", but not illegal, content could be construed as exercising editorial control.

Again, IANAL, nor do I play one on TV.

I need to have defined for me what rights I have under my permanent membership contract with LJ. If they can blithely change their ToS on the fly about this stuff, what else can they do, without me having any recourse other than abandoning my journal (and money)? Will I log in one day to a page full of ads for fundie churches, my journal redacted of all content not fit for sheltered 5 year olds??
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ravan: (lj revenue - fireflypenance)
( May. 30th, 2007 06:42 pm)
Because LJ has "decided" that having interests that are "illegal" is somehow a solicitation to break the law, or is not the "kind" of "community" that they want to have, I will not be updating this journal with anything but posts about the deletions, bigotry, and judgemental crap that is involved.

Quotes from LJ CEO Berkowitz on CNet:
"We did a review of our policies related to how we review those sites, those journals, and came up with the fact that we actually did have a number of journals up that we didn't think met our policies and didn't think they were appropriate to have up," Barak Berkowitz, chairman and chief executive of Six Apart, said in a telephone interview.

...

"Our decision here was not based on pure legal issues. It was based on what community we want to build and what we think is appropriate within that community and what's not."
--Barak Berkowitz, chairman and CEO, Six Apart


This kind of knee-jerk, bigoted, "sanitization" of the LJ environment by daddy-knows-best corporate jerks turns my stomach. The fact that they bowed down and kissed the ass of dominionist, "Joels Army" type fundamentalist scum like WfI is just appalling!

Saying fanfic containing torture of villians or underage sex is promoting torture and pedophilia is like saying murder mysteries are manuals for murder. Dumb.
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