Dante’s Vestibule

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“THE VESTIBULE: This Is The First Part Of Hell That You Come Across In Dante’s Inferno. It Is Reserved For The Indecisive. The Souls Here In The Vestibule Were Called “Opportunists” Who In Life Were Only For Themselves, And Were Neither Good Nor Bad. It Was Also Where All Of The Angels [Were] Who Didn’t Take […]

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Q-Rant! Portland Business Journal’s Sensationalized Headline: “White males have the easiest time getting doctor’s appointments”

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A Slow News Day.  After a good week, it’s Friday, November 4, I’m closing up shop, looking forward to a relaxing weekend of doing absolutely nothing. As I start to turn off my computer, I make a last minute scan of emails. A Portland Business Journal feed caught my eye; it screamed: “White males have […]

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What Would Voltaire Say?

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I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it. ~Voltaire Voltaire (born February 20, 1694), spent much of his life writing and saying what many didn’t want to read or hear, including the Catholic Church.[1] He was imprisoned in France, his home country, and […]

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Ocwen: The Servicing Industry’s Corporate Piñata

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Ocwen, the servicing industry’s version of a corporate piñata, is, once again, stealing the wrong kind of headlines.  In a November 8, 2014 article [“Firm Accused Of Illegal Practices That Push Families Into Foreclosure”] appearing on npr.org, here, the servicing behemoth is accused of – gasp! – gouging borrowers. No! Not Ocwen! How can that […]

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What’s In Your Bank?

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In one of the most insightful articles I’ve read about Big Banks from the Great Depression to the present, authors Frank Partnoy and Jesse Eisinger, writing in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of The Atlantic, discuss why America’s big lending institutions are no safer today, than the months leading up to the 2008 collapse of the […]

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