Bank Exec Gets 8 Years in Prison: How is this different from the big banks?

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Bank Exec Gets 8 Years in Prison: How is this different from the big banks?

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The problem I have here is not that this guy went to jail, but rather that he was doing the same thing that the other banks were doing, in one form or another. It looks like he is thrown under the bus in place of several hundred people who deserve the same fate. Taking the money from investors under false pretenses and then keeping a substantial chunk of it as trading profits seems to be right in line with what this guy did. Making false claims about losses and taking bailout money to cover those losses sounds pretty much like this case as well. False entries and fabrications are the stock and trade of every bank that is trying to foreclose on loans that a e subject to claims of securitization. And THAT is why I am a proponent…

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Judgment for Borrower: Winning Foreclosure Cases By Challenging Presumptions

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See Final Judgment: PURSGLOVE FINAL JUDGMENT DOC031715-001

See Transcript of Judge’s Order: Pursglove – Excerpt of Trial Transcript

Besides rescission, there are many other heavy duty weapons available to borrowers when it comes to defending foreclosure cases. The assumption that the party named as Plaintiff even knows of the existence of the foreclosure is false. The assumption that there ever was a transaction in which the Plaintiff EVER acquired the loan, the note or the mortgage is false. And the assumption that the “servicer” is the party authorized to manage the loan is false — because they are the agent of a Trust that does not own the loan, note or mortgage. And the assumption that the foreclosing party actually knows the balance due from…

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Occupy Christmas, 2014

OurHome2The spirit of Occupy, which continues to endure long after Occupy Wall Street, 2011, is actually the same spirit that Christ–and other spiritual leaders throughout history–proclaimed (and what we hopefully remember at this time of year): peace, hope, faith and love conquer all; monetary gain is worthless compared to living a moral life; giving is more important than receiving; love others as you would love yourself; be stewards of the earth; punish wrong-doing; practice non-violent resistance in the face of evil. As a former Occupier (or forever Occupier, shall I say?), with time on my hands now that my children are away for the holidays, I thought I would take this opportunity to discuss what we have accomplished, and where I believe we ought to go.

I was arrested along with hundreds of others at Occupy Los Angeles on November 30th, 2011, after what seemed like lifetimes of occupying Los Angeles City Hall lawns. I had been a Welless Tent volunteer–wrapping bandages, handing out water, doing clinic referrals and reiki, teaching about the plant-based diet, and helping run support groups for Occupiers–but I ended up also getting involved with the Demands and Objectives Committee. That committee folded after having put out a survey of demands/objectives gathered from Occupiers, and I helped craft a vision statement to hopefully enshrine what the people wanted, to make clear demands that many had dropped into the “Demands and Objectives” box the Demands and Objectives Committee had set up, and to fulfill to promise of demands set forth at the time of the Declaration of the Occupation of New York City. The Voice to the Voiceless Solidarity Declaration, as it came to be called, was somewhat popular among Occupiers in L.A. and was vetted and modified throughout 2011 and 2012 and during the 2014 Occupy National Gathering. The Voice to the Voiceless Solidarity Declaration, 2014, was one of two statements coming out of Occupy National Gathering 2014 given media attention (see The declaration basically declared our solidarity and our intentions to save our humanity and our planet through challenging our society’s out-dated, dangerously-entrenched socio-political institutions–without going into details about HOW exactly we would do that.

However, the original did discuss some specific current goals for our society that seemed important and popular such as stopping banks from stealing homes, prosecuting our own high-level war criminals, shutting down the possibility of nuclear disaster, stopping frakking, protecting the rights of all people, including the indigenous, immigrants, the imprisoned, women, the mentally disordered and other oppressed peoples, ensuring a healthy food supply, ending income inequality, stopping police brutality, stopping global warming and protecting animals’ rights among others. What I was struck by during the 2014 National Gathering vetting last July was that NONE of these goals had been met since the Declaration of the Occupation of New York City and the Voice to the Voiceless’ original writing in 2011. People, we can’t stop now! Another world is not only possible–it is urgently needed, NOW, for all of the same reasons we originally protested in 2011!!!!

Since last summer a few moves by politicians seemed to provide a bit of sunlight: Congress took some action on reducing nuclear weaponry, Kerry slammed the oil industry at an international anti-global warming event, a few companies divested from fossil fuels, an immigrant’s rights package was introduced by the President, pro-marijuana laws have been passed, and a European NGO is finally attempting to prosecute Bush, Cheney and friends of war crimes. And there has been some positive activism which has led both to consciousness-raising as well as being movement-builders: the stop global warming actions, the stop-police-murder movement, the internet freedom movement, the housing justice and the immigrant rights movements, most notably. In my location, a neighborhood association is considering taking over a zombie foreclosure to make a community center, which is causing friendships and connections to form. However, it is so difficult for people to think of the future, outside of themselves and outside the box–that’s where we come in, embodying the Occupy spirit!

We need to remember that–despite the corrupt government and the corporate vultures that are increasingly making life in our society unbearable–we have built a movement that cannot be stopped and we have voiced a spirit that cannot be quieted. I have been working over the past couple of months to get people to sign the online (or paper) versions of the people’s solidarity declaration (please sign it here and to organize a regular every-other-Sunday Interoccupy conference calls to build on the 99% vision and objectives, especially in the face of what I call the upcoming Republicrat Farce of 2016. What direction should we be heading now? We need to get together with our Occupy compatriots again–or just anyone we know who embodies that spirit (since many are now reluctant to identify as Occupiers due to main-stream media hype)–to create a mandate and an agenda for real change in 2016. Although participation in the calls could be said to be little,so far, what I have noticed in our conversations is the theme of persevering, of continuing to act in local issues that matter, of being the change one wants to see in the world and of organizing one’s neighborhoods and communities around issues of importance. So, yes, pledge to sign the Voice to the Voiceless Declaration, join our conference calls (, message us on Twitter and at least throw an Occupy-style house party this New Years!!!

100,000 Wells About to Go Dry? NASA Finds California Drought Removing 4 Trillion Gallons of Water Each Year

We need to plant trees, tons and tons of trees. I am not an expert, but I know planting the right kinds of trees help bring and save rainwater…


As of October 4, the State of California had entered its 4th year of a raging drought that shows no sign of abating. A drought that a growing number of studies are linking to human-caused climate change. A drought that appears to be readying to level a terrible blow at residents, communities and farmers living in the increasingly dessicated Central Valley region.

State reservoirs, despite ever-heightening restrictions on water use, were 43 percent lower than is typical for this time of year. And the state’s largest reservoir — Lake Oroville — had declined to 30% of capacity by early October (record lowest level is 27 percent capacity set in 1977).

All the while, NASA’s GRACE gravity sensor is providing a record of a historic drying that has been ongoing since at least 2002.


(NASA/UC Urvine graphic showing California water loss through June of 2014.)

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Remove Judge Gallen



Unfortunately, many judges in Florida foreclosure courts are biased in favor of the banks. However some judges–like Judge Gallen in Florida District Court 12–always support the bank position in foreclosure cases, a flagrant act of court corruption. Right now, many senior judges across the state are up for review and Judge Gallen is one of them. Instructions–a la Maia of the Mortgage Justice Group– for all people who want justice in our foreclosure courts follow. We must contact the judicial review board regarding Gallen by April 14th via email, phone or snail mail (Maia recommends snail mail for greatest impact).


Call any or all of the numbers below:

Script ideas:

>Judge Thomas Gallen is so biased that the bank plaintiff always wins no matter what the law is. Do not reinstate him as a senior judge.


>Judge Thomas Gallen does not abide by the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure. Do not reinstate him as a senior judge.


>Judge Thomas Gallen rules one way for the bank plaintiff and within a few minutes rules completely opposite for the defendant on the same issue. Do not reinstate him as a senior judge.


send to: John A. Tomassio, Clerk, Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399

AND CALL Review board Judges:

Judge Joseph Lewis, Jr. Chair 850-717-8199

Judge Craig C. Villanti, Chair 813-272-3430

Judge Frank A. Shepard, Chair 305-229-3200

Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian, Chair 561-242-2033

Vincent G. Torpy, Jr. Chair 386-947-1523