A Short Halloween Play: The Night of the Living Heartless
The Ekos Gap: Addicted readers probably noticed despairingly that there were no new posts from September 22 until October 28. I was on the road.
Armenia: On September 25, Claudia and I flew to Yerevan, the incredibly beautiful capital ofArmenia. We went to visit our son, Yevgeniy (Genya) who has been a Peace Corps volunteer there for the past year and a half. We returned home on October 10. In about a week, we will feature a post on the trip and what we learned about this amazing country.
Wisconsin: Soon thereafter, I set out for my old stomping grounds in Wisconsin – this time to deliver a lecture in Milwaukee for a Clean Wisconsin event known as the Doug La Follette Speaker Series. And what an honor! Doug is the long-time Secretary of State in Wisconsin and an old friend and colleague. This past spring Governor Scott Walker attempted to coerce La Follette to publish the GOP’s union busting law before the 10-day deadline elapsed. The law deprived public employees of their right to bargain collectively. La Follette’s stand (under duress) allowed public employee unions to negotiate and secure contracts with many local governments before the draconian law took effect. For a full accounting go to our previous post.
A synopsis of the speech will be posted soon.
THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING HEARTLESS
Preface: Thank God for Joe Nocera. His column in this past Friday’s New York Times Nocera describes how the Halloween party that Steven J. Baum threw in which employees mocked the homeowners it foreclosed against, wearing horrific “squatter” and “homeless” costumes and setting up a fake foreclosure sale tent city. Baum’s firm happens to be the largest foreclosure mill firm in New York state and carries out the dirty work for Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo, and other Wall Street lenders. Baum’s firm recently agreed to pay $2 million to the Department of Justice with regard to unscrupulous legal maneuverings to throw families out of their homes and is now under investigation by the NY Attorney General. You can see Nocera’s column along with pictures (sent by former Baum employee) here. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/29/opinion/what-the-costumes-reveal.html