Daily Archives: September 11, 2016

Wells Fargo settled over its bogus accounts, but it still faces a fight from customers and ex-employees



LA Times:

Despite a blockbuster settlement announced Thursday, Wells Fargo isn’t done fighting allegations that its aggressive sales culture pushed employees to create accounts that customers never authorized.

The San Francisco banking giant still faces lawsuits from customers who say they were harmed by the bank’s practices, as well as from former employees who claim that they were were fired or forced to quit when they wouldn’t resort to breaking rules to meet the bank’s strict sales quotas.


Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Lone Vote on Sept. 14, 2001, Was as Prescient as it was Brave and Heroic


The Intercept:

ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER the 9/11 attack, while bodies were still buried in the rubble, George W. Bush demanded from Congress the legal authorization to use military force against those responsible for the attack, which everyone understood would start with an invasion of Afghanistan. Theresulting resolution that was immediately cooked up was both vague and broad, providing that “the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons.”

Despite this broadness, or because of it, the House of Representatives on September 14 approved the Resolution by a vote of 420-1. The Senate approved it the same day by a vote of 98-0. The lone dissenting vote was Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California, who – three days after the 9/11 attack, in a climate of virtually full-scale homogeneity – not only voted “no” but stood up on the House floor to deliver this eloquent, unflinching and, as it turns out, extremely prescient explanation for her opposition:

In an op-ed she published in The San Francisco Chronicle 9 days later, she explained her vote by pointing out that the resolution “was a blank check to the president to attack anyone involved in the Sept. 11 events — anywhere, in any country, without regard to our nation’s long-term foreign policy, economic and national security interests, and without time limit.” She added: “A rush to launch precipitous military counterattacks runs too great a risk that more innocent men, women, children will be killed.”

Trump University Students Fight to Keep Positive, ‘Non-Representative’ Testimony from Trial

In a motion filed on Friday, ex-students of Trump University want positive, ‘non-representative’ testimony kept from phase 1 of the trial. It’s all part of a class lawsuit working its way through the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. Plaintiffs say the school was a scam while the defendants, Trump University, LLC and Donald J. Trump himself, want to bring eight pro-school alumni up to the stand.

Plaintiffs insist using the testimony would be absurd. They say that out of 7,611 former students in this and a related lawsuit filed by Art Cohen, only 13 opted out of class action.

Read on.

Goldman Sachs : EU opens ethics probe into Barroso Goldman job

EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker has launched an unprecedented ethics investigationinto his predecessor, Jose Manuel Barroso, questioning whether he broke EU law by taking a job at Goldman Sachs.

In a letter released on Sunday by the European Ombudsman who has been pressuring Juncker to inquire into how Barroso plans to help the U.S. investment bank deal with Brexit, European Commission President Juncker said he was formally asking the former Portuguese premier to “clarify” his role at Goldman.

An independent panel of senior former EU figures, including a judge and a member of parliament, would review the case, which the Commission has previously said did not appear to breach its code of conduct as Barroso had been retired for over 18 months.

The uproar over him joining an American institution held partly responsible by many Europeans for a financial crisis that nearly broke the euro, comes as the EU is battling in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the bloc in June to dispel public perceptions that it is a technocratic pawn of global capital.

Read on.


15th anniversary of 9/11 US attack


A very powerful statement by George Carlin


He may have been a comedian but he’s sure as hell is telling the hard truth that many people still don’t admit to themselves.

Wall Street bankers shamed for taking bachelor party selfies with sex doll at Ground Zero memorial


The British stag-do caused outrage by taking selfies with a blow-up sex doll at Ground Zero two days before the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks

A British stag-do caused outrage by taking selfies with a blow-up sex doll at Ground Zero on the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

The group of men – who said they were from London – were eventually confronted by a police officer and asked to leave the area.

When asked what they were doing, a man believed to be the groom said ‘it’s just a bachelor party’ before answering other questions with ‘no comment’.

One person who claimed to know the party, said three of the men work together at a bank in New York.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3782563/I-lost-husband-sacred-ground-m-disgusted-British-stag-cause-outrage-taking-selfies-NAKED-BLOW-DOLL-Ground-Zero-eve-15th-anniversary-9-11-police-order-leave.html#ixzz4Jvnxzw9W