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In case you missed it, the New York Times ran an opinion piece by Joe Nocera last Friday that exposed the seemy underside of the foreclosure mill industry.

It turns out that employees at one of New York’s biggest foreclosure mills had a big Halloween party in which many people dressed up in costumes and created props that were designed to make fun of the “deadbeats” whose homes their firm has been doing its best to take away. Six amazingly tasteless photos of the shindig are posted in the article.

This morning, Mike Konczal at New Deal 2.0 has a good follow-up post on the matter. Here’s the excellent conclusion:

“Though the Halloween pictures are disgusting, they are a symptom of a larger view of the way the law should work that is even worse — one in which debtor’s protections are mocked, the rule of law is ignored, and shantytowns proudly display their creditor’s name over them. This is the way many elites view the rules when it comes to debt. Thankfully, there is more and more mass opposition to this perversion of the law.”

 

 

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Memo to the good people of the Occupy movement:

Hey folks — Looking for a place where the forces of corporate avarice in North Carolina spell out their agenda and identify their most loyal toadies? 

Then check out this new report.

And if you want to know who the lawmakers are who give two hoots about their actual constituents, just read the “ratings” from bottom to top.

 

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One of the most insightful progressive voices weighs in with an optimistic take:

“Anyone who expressed difficulty seeing or understanding what motivates these protests revealed many things about themselves. None is flattering. The only thing that’s surprising is that these protests didn’t happen sooner and that they’re not more widespread and intense. I think it’s become increasingly clear that that is likely to change, and soon. Like the Arab Spring, the rapid growth of these protests should be a permanent antidote against defeatism. It’s unclear what these protests will accomplish — that still depends on how many people join them and what they cause it to be — but, already, they prove that the possibility always exists for subverting even the most seemingly invulnerable power factions.”

Read the entire post (“What are those OWS people so angry about?”) by clicking here.

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Dean Baker’s newest column in the Huffington Post is simply outstanding. The whole thing is so good it’s hard to pick a highlight, so here’s just one:

“In short, we have an economic system that, even when it is working, has been rigged to redistribute income to the rich. And we have a political system that at a time of immense economic distress is more focused on undercutting the means of support for working families than fixing the economy. It is hard to understand why everyone is not occupying Wall Street.”