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The Academy Awards of Democratic Party politics continued into its fourth day on Thursday after Hillary Clinton clinched the nomination from the party of the people on Tuesday.

Protests outside the Wells Fargo Center continue, and sometimes include dissident Bernie Sanders’ delegates who have come to feel the Democratic party doesn’t want them around, and that security confiscates their signs.

“The DNC has its reps ripping up signs that support Palestinian rights so ppl can’t take them out of the trash,” tweeted journalist Rania Khalek.

Other issues are taboo, too. Clinton delegates themselves had been verbally abusive to Sanders counterparts, the Bernie believers say, even one guy carrying a sign reading “No TPP,” the Trans Pacific Partnership, a free trade deal that probably makes sense if you read a lot of New York Times columnists but don’t smelt much steel. One delegate put it this way:

“After the session closed last night, I covered my mouth again, and walked around the Wells Fargo Center 3 times holding my NO TPP sign high. The things that were said to me like; I should kick your ass. You’re an idiot. Ignorant. Go back to school and get an education. You’re a joke. Fuck You. I know we will never be welcomed into the fold, luckily for most of us Bernie Sanders have never really fit in,” said Gary West, a Texas delegate.

“In our hotel lobby myself and another delegate were called filthy, and we were called trash by the same delegate,” he added in a Facebook post Wednesday night.

Mark Lesser, a Colorado delegate, told me that sleep deprivation and coercive tactics to get delegates to fall in line.

“Looks like they’re brainwashing the entire crowd,” Lasser said.

Lasser is blind, and his cane slipped out of his hand on Wednesday night. A yellow-shirted security guard confiscated his cane, citing security concerns. Luckily, Lasser had a spare, and was able to walk out of the Arena on his own.

Disaffected, many fans of Sanders are now saying they will vote for Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein, who has been wooing voters with rock-star like appearances outside the convention. People wearing Sanders buttons were chanting “Thank you Jill!” or home-made signs saying “Jill not Hill.”

Stumping for Clinton on Wednesday night, President Barack Obama spoke about the need to reject fear, while the entire Clinton campaign is banking on fear of Trump to drive voters to the polls. In fact, that’s their main message.

“We’re not a fragile people,” Obama said. “We’re not a frightful people. Our power doesn’t come from a self declared savior…We don’t look to be ruled.”

But that’s how Sanders supporters see Clinton: a self-declared savior who looks to rule them against their will. But what do you expect from a political party? Some people have taken too many political science classes and forget what political parties are: Mafias with affiliated think tanks.

But on Tuesday, about 1400 Sanders delegates stood up to this mafia, according to protest organizers, walking out in protest at the “coronation,” some called it, of Hillary Clinton who had shattered the most important glass ceiling of her life.

Millions of women across the United States remain unimpressed and unconvinced that this will help them, and hundreds of those women, Bernie Sanders’ delegates and their staffers, left the convention center when Clinton received the nomination following a contested roll call vote. Hundreds of seats in the center sat empty afterwards, and a few dozen of these delegates held a sit-in in the media tent.

One of those women was Giselle Herzfeld, 19, a Bernie delegate from Colorado. She put it this way: “If Hillary can rig the primary, then she can rig the election. I’m not going to degrade myself from fear to vote for her,” she said.

Giselle Herzfeld, 19, explains that Clinton doesn't deserve her vote if it's only done out of fear. (Photo: Wilson Dizard)

Giselle Herzfeld, 19, explains that Clinton doesn’t deserve her vote if it’s only done out of fear. (Photo: Wilson Dizard)

Meanwhile, CNN and MSNBC are wall to wall hagiography of the Clintons as the ultimate political dynasty, and Clinton’s nomination as “historic.” You know what else would be historic? Being the first American woman to lose a presidential election. That is a very real possibility, and Herzfeld doesn’t want to undermine the integrity of her vote.

Herzfeld said she felt the Clinton supporters were rude and condescending to her and her fellow delegates, a theme throughout the whole campaign.

“We don’t need them basically telling us that because we’re young that we’re stupid and reckless and naive and that we don’t know anything about pol or how the world works. I’m sick of them being so condescending with us,” Herzfeld said.

“I’ve said this multiple times to multiple reporters: Hillary, the Establishment has tried to silence an entire generation and she’s destroyed the hope of every American. Hope is dangerous to the Establishment. Fear is a tool and hope is the antithesis of fear. And we have hope. We don’t have fear and that’s how they can’t control us,” she explained.

“They can’t control you because you don’t have fear?” I asked.

Protesters against the DNC (Photo: Wilson Dizard)

Protesters against the DNC (Photo: Wilson Dizard)

“Yeah. The scariest thing happening now is the stuff they’re trying to to ignore. I’m glad the Democratic party acknowledge global warming, and they they’re in the pockets of corporations contribution to global warming. So really the anti-global warming thing a PR face they put on, but they don’t really care. They just care about money and money doesn’t care, money doesn’t have sympathy. Money doesn’t feel love.”

“Or breath air or eat food or drink water,” I ventured.

Herzfeld is going to major in sociology, in order to understand humans better.

“You can understand why people who you think are evil, act evil,” she said about studying the social science.

“And nobody thinks they’re the bad guy,” I said.

“Exactly, everybody thinks they’re on the right track. And everybody just wants what’s best for their children and their family and their future. But people dehumanize those they disagree with. They’re obviously wrong and they want to hurt me and my children. Let’s bomb them. That’s our reaction in America,” she explained. “It’s so easy to dehumanize people. What’s difficult is coming to an understanding about your enemies. I mean the people in ISIS think they’re good people, and they think that they’re helping the world. I don’t know how. I don’t understand it, but I know that they do,” she said.

“Some of them are just total sociopaths, psychos,” I offered, cynically.

“Even sociopaths need to validate themselves. And told they are valid human beings and that there’s a reason they exist.

“And if they’re psychopaths, they still have human rights,” I said.

Moments before however, Clinton had given a speech about Clinton and offered a line that shows how out-of-touch and tragically unwoke they are when it comes to one of the most important instances of misunderstanding in our time.

“If you’re a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win,” Clinton said, to cheers. “We want you.”

Yalla the problems with this. Where to even begin.

First of all, it creates a conditional on which a religious group can be “wanted” or not, and, more terrifying, it supposes the disposability of the unwanted. Why not say the same thing about White supremacists, who are today questioning the value of democracy itself? Their candidate’s convention went off without much protesting. Trump bragged about it today over a text message to supporters.

It also requires someone to “hate terror,” whatever that means. It didn’t say something like “Muslims are our fellow citizens who are entitled by natural law to all the rights all of us are, and human rights unenumerated as well.” No, rather, we “want” Muslims because they are national security asset, like the Muslim sidekick in the very special TV movie the Clintons portray national security as.

The reason rightists are having so much success now in tearing down the constitution is because the Democratic party only plays the constitutionality card when it suits them. In this speech, trying to triangulate, Clinton put just a spin of Islamophobia on the ball, that right bit of elbowy English to not be noticed by the mainstream media too much.

Anyway, back to the issues. I got to the Wells Fargo Arena at about 8:30 pm Tuesday.

A counter terrorism police officer on Tuesday night outside the convention. (Photo: Wilson Dizard)

A counter terrorism police officer on Tuesday night outside the convention. (Photo: Wilson Dizard)

“They’ve taken over the media tent,” somebody told me when I arrived, after an exciting ride on Philadelphia’s SEPTA train system. I had been walking with a Black Lives Matter march, chatting about Palestine and the North of Ireland (aka Northern Ireland) with some sweaty, determined folks, when I walked ahead and met a photographer with a police scanner saying that the police were scrambling the riot cops.

I would be doing you an injustice if I didn’t mention the supremely gorgeous sunset I saw when I got down there. Indeed, it’s the buried lede to all stories about Tuesday. The clouds were lit up a brilliant orange and purple, sun streaking through the trillions of particulate matter the modern world emits. As a metaphor for the coming of a dangerous lightless future (aka night), it was right terrifying. If you like protesting, get used to it, because there will be plenty of opportunities going forward.

There was clearly something chaotic happening when I got there. School busses full of riot cops rolled down Broad St. and the photographers lugging back breaking levels of stuff hoofed it fast to the gate of the center, where protesters had been trying to break open the gates surrounding the SEPTA stop. We had had to get off a station early, at Oregon Ave., since the unrest had shuttered the station, one of my photographer pals said.

Turned out that a liberal application of Philadelphia Police Department pepper spray turned away most of the protesters, but also got into the eye of a 63-year-old woman, whom protest medics from protest organizers at helped treat. The website is a hub for information and resources about events surrounding the DNC. More on that later.

I just got this text message from the Trump campaign: “Chaos isn’t just happening inside the convention. Reports of violent protests outside the DNC, too. Law and order is not the Dems strong suit.”

I get texts from both campaigns. Trump’s are much better propaganda because they connect news events to the worldview Trump hawks as a philosopher king of “Law and Order.” What’s interesting about this election is that the Libertarians, Green Party and dissident Berniecrats are the ones who refuse to be ruled by some kind of monarch. I met Trump supporters who want to see a return to monarchy. They profess as much online. The Democrats, meanwhile, have so fallen in love with a vision of history they think they can control that they nominated someone who really might lose in November.

Wilson Dizard

Wilson Dizard is a freelance reporter and photojournalist covering politics, civil rights, drug policy and everything else. He lives in Brooklyn with his bicycle, camera and drum set.

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  1. Talkback on July 28, 2016, 2:36 pm

    “If you’re a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win,” Clinton said, to cheers. “We want you.”

    And what if the hate of terror includes the hate of the terror of an occupation?

    • Marnie on July 29, 2016, 12:52 am

      Gives me visions of loyalty oaths in america’s future.

      I made myself watch HRC’s acceptance speech and listen to her political ‘vision’. She can put on lipstick, makeup, a new hairdo and a just lovely pantsuit ensemble but she still screeches like HRC and I can’t stand her. When she said something about ‘our allies’ and threw in the pledge to the zionist enterprise, I thought there would be boos. All I heard was loud cheering and a few minutes later the camera landed on the smarmy mug of Chuck Schumer. I didn’t see Haim Saban; maybe he was backstage? It was as if the entire arena had been given a drug (thanks for that thought Wilson). You know the system is rigged, especially considering how shitty clinton staffers/supporters are treating sander’s supporters. I think sander’s treated his own supporters pretty shabbily too when he could have taken Dr. Stein’s offer and stepped in as the green party candidate for president. They’re loyal to a system and don’t give a damn about the people. So do votes really matter anyway or is it all just a game to make the peasants feel invested in the ‘process’ and actually think they have the final say on who’s gonna run the show . HRC/Donald Trump – don’t see much difference, both are demagogues and america isn’t a democracy but an oligarchy. I hope the folks that were all charged up to stand behind bernie spark a revolution – its way overdue.

      • echinococcus on July 29, 2016, 1:55 am


        sander’s treated his own supporters pretty shabbily too when he could have taken Dr. Stein’s offer and stepped in as the green party candidate for president.

        That was an offer conditioned on joining the Greens (see text); joining is conditioned on adhering to the program/platform, which enjoins fighting against imperialism, supporting resistance, taking down the military presence abroad, cutting the budget to pay schools, etc: the opposite of what Sanders has defended for 30 years.

        There was no chance on earth that the old mountebank would give up his imperialism and, perhaps even more important, his umbilical attachment to the Dim “party”. The offer was sincere, however, although principled. Even if there was no chance of Sanders joining, a number of his followers may consider it.

  2. wondering jew on July 28, 2016, 4:28 pm

    Based upon a main stream media perusal of the events: if Hillary loses the election to Donald, one could not blame Bernie or even “Bernie or bust” people for the loss. History will blame: 2 terms seldom followed by same party, Hillary a weak candidate and probably some terrorist attack(s) in October will be necessary to give Trump the boost towards victory, so the Bernie or bust people need to be kept off camera by the conscientious party faithful during the convention (ever hear the phrase toe the party line, well, that’s what parties are unfortunately like) but in the end, history will not blame them for Hillary’s defeat, if god forbid, trump gets elected.

    if trump gets elected, bernie 2020 will begin on november 9th and not only bernie 2020 but warren 2020, as well, will begin on that day.

    if hillary gets elected, then things are iffier, warren will be coopted by the clinton administration, but hillary will not satisfy the bernie or bust wing, and add to that the fact that hillary probably lacks the political skills to make a success out of an obama 3rd term, so she is very vulnerable to defeat by a republican in 2020, so sanders should run again. (sanders has a unique appeal that is not easy to duplicate. that’s what living in vermont with a brooklyn accent and as a social democrat will do for you, create a personality that is not easy to duplicate, so though it does not have to be sanders, it won’t be that easy finding a replacement.) the first two years of clinton will be the most difficult for the sanders wing of the party, because the run against her cannot begin (by sanders, at least) until november 2018, so the first two years of hillary’s administration (unless she goes to war right away, which will lead to an immediate sanders wing rebellion, but unless that, the first two years) will be a difficult period of waiting for the sanders wing of the party.

    • Raphael on July 29, 2016, 10:59 am

      I’m registered as as a no party affiliation voter. I was all set to vote for Hillary until she picked Kaine as VP. I may not vote at all. I’m guessing that Trump will win easily. Some of the key swing states are German ethnic oriented, in the north. They will likely vote for Trump. I’m opposed to the Iran Deal, because, I’m opposed to all nuclear technology.

      I would of liked to have voted for Stein on the Green ticket. I’ve voted for the Greens before; but I’m opposed to the BDS movement, so I cannot vote for her.

      About the only promising Dem I see is Debbie Wasserman Schultz… I hope she runs for President in 2020; if Clinton does not win. It turns out she was right about Sanders, because, he recently left the Democratic Party.

      • echinococcus on July 29, 2016, 11:51 am

        While you’re at it, Raphael, tell us about what you ate yesterday, your diarrheas and arthritis, your erectile dysfunction, and other things that are eminently interesting to everybody on a discussion group in solidarity with Palestinian resistance. Of course we’re all dying to know about the wise Raphael the Zionist.

        I wouldn’t mind if the moderators weren’t busy censoring other posts, some of them just for being critical of Zionist riffraff.

      • Mooser on July 29, 2016, 12:05 pm

        Comment deleted! Far be it from me to trespass on a “Yonah”- “Rafael” conversation. I’ll just listen and learn.

      • Mooser on July 29, 2016, 12:57 pm

        “I wouldn’t mind if the moderators weren’t busy censoring other posts, some of them just for being critical of Zionist riffraff.”

        You mean when people fall into the traps, or bite on the baits, that “Raphael”, “Silmacuz” and so many others offer, and the Moderators have to help them out?

        And there is no Zionist riff-raff! Like the song says:

        “They are not members of the common throng,
        They are all Nobleman, who have gone wrong!”

      • Keith on July 29, 2016, 8:54 pm

        RAPHAEL- “I’m guessing that Trump will win easily.”

        Funny, I am guessing that Hillary will win in a landslide. Now that neocons like the Kagans and right-wing social engineers like the Koch brothers have abandoned Trump for Hillary, the warmongering imperial elite have united behind Hillary and the empire is being psychologically prepared for war. With Victoria Nuland as Secretary of State (watch for it), and the rest of Hillary’s uber warmongers in high positions, we will have a war administration which will risk nuclear war to control and weaken Russia. The demonization of Putin is without precedent, and is part of this campaign. Between the money, Madison Avenue and the mainstream media, the public will be made terrified of Trump, Hillary the only hope against consummate evil, Jill Stein supporters aiding and abetting Trump and his puppet master Putin, who is worse than Hitler, etc, etc. Ludicrous as all of this sounds, it is the way American elections are decided. No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people. And now that “progressives” like Chomsky have de facto supported Hillary (lesser evilism BS), the totalitarian nature of the system will crush all opposition to the preferred candidate of the global elite. I have long ago concluded that the American people will never revolt at the polls. Once upon a time, perhaps, but no longer.

      • RoHa on July 29, 2016, 9:57 pm

        I think that Trump would easily win an honest election, but that is irrelevant. The big question is whether he can out-cheat Clinton.

      • Mooser on July 29, 2016, 10:00 pm

        The more the Democrats get from the right, the less they need from the left.

      • Raphael on July 29, 2016, 10:30 pm

        neocons like the Kagans and right-wing social engineers like the Koch brother

        Why don’t the politicians and lobbyists just wear military uniforms, in the future… and as they are campaigning and lobbying for perpetual wars. It will be easier for the voting public, to know who has more rank in the military-industrial-congressional complex.

      • RoHa on July 29, 2016, 11:31 pm

        I thought you were an Israeli? What are you doing voting in a US election?

      • oldgeezer on July 30, 2016, 12:01 am


        No no he is a catholic jew with Us citizenship that decided that he’d take advantage of a religious faith he doesn’t believe in to gain israeli citizenship and support a human rights abusing rogue state in the oppression and dispossession of palestinian natives.

        You know… your typical zionist low life.

      • echinococcus on July 30, 2016, 3:41 am


        You definitely need a guide to these here States.
        Israelians here are supercitizens. Being from the Superstate, their immigration is pure formality. A lot of them are US-born, anyway.
        And, of course, they are Supervoters.
        Meaning, their vote counts way more than ours. Because the real US election law says “One dollar, one vote!”

      • echinococcus on July 30, 2016, 11:51 am

        Mooser, I never expressed anything but undying gratitude for the protection offered by Our Moderators. Don’t you go around insinuating.

      • Mooser on July 30, 2016, 12:45 pm

        ” Don’t you go around insinuating.”

        I apologize. I shouldn’a done that. Like I know how they moderate? I don’t.

      • Mooser on July 30, 2016, 1:06 pm

        “Why don’t the politicians and lobbyists just wear military uniforms,”

        Thank G-d, we will never see a lobbyist or politician wearing an Israeli-flag pin!

      • Mooser on July 30, 2016, 1:19 pm

        “You know… your typical zionist”

        Yes, but he brings a hint of summertime with him. His Daddy’s rich, and his Ma is good -lookin’.

  3. Kay24 on July 28, 2016, 5:30 pm

    Using Caterpillar equipment as a weapon:

    “Israel uses Caterpillar equipment in apparent extrajudicial killing”

  4. JLewisDickerson on July 28, 2016, 7:54 pm

    RE: “But that’s how Sanders supporters see Clinton: a self-declared savior who looks to rule them against their will. But what do you expect from a political party? Some people have taken too many political science classes and forget what political parties are: Mafias with affiliated think tanks.” ~ Dizard

    SPEAKING OF “MAFIAS” (circa late 1800s):

    . . . The submissive loyalty that the leaders of the New Departure commanded in Georgia conformed to a pattern found in all Southern states after home rule was restored. “The ‘Solid South,’ ” wrote Henry Watterson in 1879, “is a reaction against proscription, attended by misgovernment, and a protest against the ever-recurring menace of Federal interference.” 25 Thus the new discipline was feudal rather than democratic. It was based upon fear—fear of the Negro menace [i.e., the “super predators”* – J.L.D.], the scalawag menace, the Federal menace, menaces real and imaginary. As the price of protection, it demanded unquestioning allegiance. White men could not divide on lines of class interest, nor could differences over measures and candidates be expressed at the ballot box. Such matters were settled by the small clique that ran the machine. Democratic forms were observed, but their observance was entirely perfunctory. Party platforms contained nothing but such platitudes as all white men could agree upon. Incompetency and weakness in candidates had to be overlooked for the sake of white solidarity. Suspected graft in public office could not be exposed for fear of Negro domination. Ballot-box stuffing had to be tolerated when white supremacy was threatened. Such was the moral intimidation of this feudal discipline that it was widely felt that to scratch a ticket was “treason to the white race,” and to make open declaration of independence was “an effort to africanize the state.” . . . ~ from page 57 of “Tom Watson: Agrarian Rebel”, by C. Vann Woodward –

    * Bill Clinton’s Racist Defense of the ‘Super Predator’ Myth | Observer

    * Reality Check: Hillary Clinton Not Telling Truth About Her “Super-Predator” Claims

  5. JLewisDickerson on July 28, 2016, 8:50 pm

    RE: Anyway, back to the issues. I got to the Wells Fargo Arena at about 8:30 pm Tuesday. “They’ve taken over the media tent,” somebody told me when I arrived . . . ~ Drizard

    “You may know a man by the company he keeps.” ~ proverb

    FROM WIKIPEDIA (Wells Fargo):

    [EXCERPTS] Wells Fargo & Company is an American international banking and financial services holding company headquartered in San Francisco, California, with “hubquarters” throughout the country.[5] It is the world’s largest bank by market capitalization and the third largest bank in the U.S. by assets.[6] In July 2015, Wells Fargo became the world’s largest bank by market capitalization, edging past ICBC.[6] . . .

    ■ Controversies

    • Higher costs charged to African-American and Latino borrowers
    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed suit against Wells Fargo on July 31, 2009, alleging that the bank steers African Americans and Latinos into high-cost subprime loans. A Wells Fargo spokesman responded that “The policies, systems, and controls we have in place – including in Illinois – ensure race is not a factor…”[56] According to Beth Jacobson, a loan officer at Wells Fargo interviewed for a report in The New York Times, “We just went right after them. Wells Fargo mortgage had an emerging-markets unit that specifically targeted black churches, because it figured church leaders had a lot of influence and could convince congregants to take out subprime loans.” The report goes on to present data from the city of Baltimore, where “more than half the properties subject to foreclosure on a Wells Fargo loan from 2005 to 2008 now stand vacant. And 71 percent of those are in predominantly black neighborhoods.”[57]

    • Failure to monitor suspected money laundering
    In a March 2010 agreement with federal prosecutors, Wells Fargo acknowledged that between 2004 and 2007 Wachovia had failed to monitor and report suspected money laundering by narcotics traffickers, including the cash used to buy four planes that shipped a total of 22 tons of cocaine into Mexico.[58]

    • Overdraft fees
    In August 2010, Wells Fargo was fined by U.S. District Judge William Alsup for overdraft practices designed to “gouge” consumers and “profiteer” at their expense, and for misleading consumers about how the bank processed transactions and assessed overdraft fees.[59][60][61]

    • Settlement and fines regarding mortgage servicing practices
    On February 9, 2012, it was announced that the five largest mortgage servicers (Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo) agreed to a historic settlement with the federal government and 49 states.[62] The settlement, known as the National Mortgage Settlement (NMS), required the servicers to provide about $26 billion in relief to distressed homeowners and in direct payments to the states and federal government. This settlement amount makes the NMS the second largest civil settlement in U.S. history, only trailing the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.[63] The five banks were also required to comply with 305 new mortgage servicing standards. Oklahoma held out and agreed to settle with the banks separately.
    On April 5, 2012, a federal judge ordered Wells Fargo to pay $3.1 million in punitive damages over a single loan, one of the largest fines for a bank ever for mortgaging service misconduct.[64] Elizabeth Magner, a federal bankruptcy judge in the Eastern District of Louisiana, cited the bank’s behavior as “highly reprehensible”,[65] stating that Wells Fargo has taken advantage of borrowers who rely on the bank’s accurate calculations. She went on to add, “perhaps more disturbing is Wells Fargo’s refusal to voluntarily correct its errors. It prefers to rely on the ignorance of borrowers or their inability to fund a challenge to its demands, rather than voluntarily relinquish gains obtained through improper accounting methods.”[66]

    • Alleged racial discrimination during foreclosures
    In 2011, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched an investigation of Wells Fargo into racial discrimination practices, the second federal probe in 2012 of alleged violations of misconduct with regard to race. The other, began in 2011 by the National Fair Housing Alliance has found “overwhelming” and “troubling” evidence that six of the nation’s major banks handle foreclosures in neighborhoods populated primarily by minorities differently than in white communities.[67]
    On July 13, 2012, Wells Fargo entered a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly discriminating against African-American and Hispanic borrowers from 2004 to 2009. Wells Fargo agreed to pay $125 million to subprime borrowers and $50 million in direct down payment assistance in certain areas, for a total of $175 million.[68][69] Wells Fargo spokespersons denied all claims and are settling only to avoid contested litigation.[69][70]

    • SEC fine due to inadequate risk disclosures
    On August 14, 2012, Wells Fargo agreed to pay around $6.5 million to settle SEC charges that in 2007 it sold risky mortgage-backed securities without fully realizing their dangers.[71][72]

    • Lawsuit by FHA over loan underwriting
    On October 9, 2012, the U.S. federal government sued the bank under the False Claims Act at the federal court in Manhattan, New York. The suit alleges that Wells Fargo defrauded the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) over the past ten years, underwriting over 100,000 FHA backed loans when over half did not qualify for the program. This suit is the third allegation levied against Wells Fargo in 2012.[73]
    In October 2012, Wells Fargo was sued by U.S. federal attorney Preet Bharara over questionable mortgage deals.[74]

    • Lawsuit due to premium inflation on forced place insurance
    In April 2013, Wells Fargo settled a suit with 24,000 Florida homeowners alongside insurer QBE, in which Wells Fargo was accused of inflating premiums on forced-place insurance.[75]

    • Lawsuit regarding excessive overdraft fees
    In May 2013, Wells Fargo paid $203 million to settle class-action litigation accusing the bank of imposing excessive overdraft fees on checking-account customers. Also in May, the New York attorney-general, Eric Scheidermann, announced a lawsuit against Wells Fargo over alleged violations of the national mortgage settlement, a $25 billion deal struck between 49 state attorneys and the five-largest mortgage servicers in the US. Schneidermann claimed Wells Fargo had violated rules over giving fair and timely serving.[17]

    • Violation of New York credit card laws
    In February 2015, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $4 million for violations where an affiliate took interest in the homes of borrowers in exchange for opening credit card accounts for the homeowners. This is illegal according to New York credit card laws. There was a $2 million penalty with the other $2 million going towards restitution to customers.[76]

    • Executive compensation
    With CEO John Stumpf being paid 473 times more than the median employee, Wells Fargo ranks number 33 among the S&P 500 companies for CEO–employee pay inequality. In October 2014, a Wells Fargo employee earning $15 per hour emailed the CEO – copying 200,000 other employees – asking that all employees be given a $10,000 per year raise taken from a portion of annual corporate profits to address wage stagnation and income inequality. After being contacted by the media, Wells Fargo responded that all employees receive “market competitive” pay and benefits significantly above federal minimums.[77][78]

    • Tax avoidance and lobbying
    In December 2011, the non-partisan organization Public Campaign criticized Wells Fargo for spending $11 million on lobbying and not paying any taxes during 2008–10, instead getting $681 million in tax rebates, despite making a profit of $49 billion, laying off 6,385 workers since 2008, and increasing executive pay by 180% to $49.8 million in 2010 for its top five executives.[79] As of 2014 however, at an effective tax rate of 31.2% of its income, Wells Fargo is the fourth-largest payer of corporation tax in the US.[80]

    • Prison industry investment
    Main article: Prison–industrial complex
    The GEO Group, Inc., a multi-national provider of for-profit private prisons, received investments made by Wells Fargo mutual funds on behalf of clients, not investments made by Wells Fargo and Company, according to company statements.[81] By March 2012, its stake had grown to more than 4.4 million shares worth $86.7 million.[82] As of November, 2012, the latest SEC filings reveal that Wells Fargo has divested 33% of its dispositive holdings of GEO’s stock, which reduces Wells Fargo’s holdings to 4.98% of Geo Group’s common stock. By reducing its holdings to less than 5%, Wells Fargo will no longer be required to disclose some financial dealings with GEO.[83] . . .

    SOURCE –

  6. RoHa on July 28, 2016, 10:06 pm

    “In this speech, trying to triangulate, Clinton put just a spin of Islamophobia on the ball, that right bit of elbowy English to not be noticed by the mainstream media too much.”

    Could someone translate that sentence into English, please?

  7. RoHa on July 28, 2016, 10:07 pm
  8. Mooser on July 29, 2016, 2:58 pm

    There is no pressure on the Dems from the right, it’s an open field. Everything purporting to be to the left of insane (and not looking for political impotence) is looking for a place to go, and the Dems are it.
    Who needs anything to the left, when you can get everything to the right of Trump?

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