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  • When Your Identity Is Tossed Out the Window… Literally

    Data Security Blog Privacy Identity Theft 

    The scene of the crime is the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year was spectacular — great entertainment with many new balloons and floats. Fall was in the air and so, too, was the confetti. This year, however, some of it was comprised of shredded confidential documents, floating to the ground, courtesy of the Nassau County Police Department. You see, the confetti strips dumped on the parade route at 65th Street and Central Park […]

  • What Black Friday and the Fiscal Cliff Have in Common

    Government Politics Blog 

    Black Friday is upon us. Yes, it’s time once again for intrepid American consumers to hit the stores like there’s no tomorrow — nudging hundreds of thousands of retailers into the black and ourselves into the red, only to spend the balance of the year clawing our way back to some semblance of solvency. But this year, things are different. While visions of sugarplums may dance in our heads, we have butterflies fluttering in our […]

  • How the SEC Almost Shut Down Wall Street

    Government Blog 

    Here’s a fun fact: Hackers, just like bankers, real estate agents and collectors of Star Trek memorabilia, attend conferences. Even better: they play games at the conferences. One of the games they play has attendees aggressively competing to access any device in the hall, thereby demonstrating prowess in obtaining sensitive information. The goal is to exploit any vulnerability, or crack that which is perceived to be impenetrable, and share details for both educational purposes and […]

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    Europe: The Confidence Game That Could Break the Bank

    Government Banking Blog Money 

    The word “economy” comes from the Greek “oikos” or “house.” Lately, the global economy has been like a nightmare episode of “Holmes Inspection.” You know the one. The owner fixes one problem only to find a more insidious problem underneath. Confidence in the contractor quickly turns into fear of the unknown and soon a new floor turns into a new foundation. It all goes way over budget and none of it is to code. It’s […]

  • Senator Mitch McConnell, Meet Senator Elizabeth Warren

    Politics Blog 

    In 2010, as Americans were fighting with all their strength to survive the meltdown of 2007-2009, Sen. Mitch McConnell infamously said, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” The line was repeated again and again by Democrats and the folks on MSNBC. How could this Republican Senator’s primary goal in his capacity as a public servant be to defeat the president? What about the […]

  • ‘Corporations Are People’ and They Don’t Want You to Vote

    Government Politics Blog 

    It’s hard to miss the coincidence: those who want to limit voting hours and demand stricter voter ID protocols also believe that corporations are people. They want to control women’s bodies, and pay them less than men. They’re against higher taxes for the wealthy, and they want to do away with consumer protections. And make no mistake about it, this is a consumer issue. Are they racist and ageist when it comes to voting? Of […]

  • Hurricane Sandy, You Got My Home, but Not My Identity

    Blog Identity Theft Money 

    Like millions of Americans, I was hammered by Hurricane Sandy. The home that I own on the New Jersey shore was obliterated by the storm. It is nothing but a pile of rubble. Gone. While I have 30 years of memories, there is nothing left but the memories. It is incredibly painful. I saw it coming and did the best I could to prepare for it, and yet I could never be fully prepared. I […]

  • FEMA, Dodd-Frank and the CFPB: It’s All the Same to Mitt Romney

    Government Politics Blog 

    When the long-predicted storm finally hit us, it struck with so much destructive force that it caught even grizzled New Yorkers by surprise. The storm’s surge quickly overran our defenses, overwhelming all emergency responders, causing mayhem across an unprecedented swath of territory, and leaving millions of homes underwater in its wake. I could be talking about Hurricane Sandy, but I’m not. I’m talking about the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008. Four years ago, the […]

  • Back From the Vomitorium: The Looting of the Mortgage Settlement Agreement

    Personal Finance 

    States are looting the Mortgage Settlement Fund, and the odds are good that you or someone you know is getting robbed — for the second time. According to recent reports, politicians, not bankers, are the culprits this time around — siphoning billions from that historic settlement and pumping it into their broken state budgets. Instead of “manning up” and changing their diet, they’re taking a cue from ancient Rome: After a quick trip to the […]

  • When Debt Collectors Attack (Disabled American War Heroes)

    Government Blog Personal Finance Money 

    When it comes to scandalous behavior by debt collectors, I thought I’d heard it all. This is an industry known for its bottom feeders, who routinely bully and intimidate the weakest and most vulnerable among us. Many debt collectors berate and humiliate people into paying off debts that never existed, and pursue people for years, even after the law, common sense, and human decency all demand that they cease and desist. Now, not all debt […]

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