Saturday, May 12, 2018

Ukraine approves list of state-owned enterprises for privatization | KyivPost

Ukraine approves list of state-owned enterprises for privatization | KyivPost: "Jump-starting a process that has been stalled for more than two years, Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers on May 10 approved a list of 26 large state-owned companies for privatization. The sale of the state’ stakes in the large companies is expected to bring in Hr 21 billion, or $800 million, to the budget this year- seven times more than privatization raised in in 2017. In addition, the government also approved a “general” list of more than 700 enterprises that are to be privatized over the next three years, Economy Minister Stepan Kubiv wrote in a Facebook post on May 10."

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This isn't fooling the public, though: "According to a sociological survey conducted by the Center for Economic Strategy in November of last year, 80 percent of Ukrainians think that only oligarchs will benefit from the sale of state-owned enterprises." Privatization in neighboring was a massive transfer of trillions of dollars from the government to a small number of people who became known as the oligarchs, and they helped to turn the country into a kleptocracy.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Oregon Business - New kid on the block: The urban gated community

Oregon Business - New kid on the block: The urban gated community: "“You could literally not leave the building,” says Christian Haggarty, a 48-year-old sales manager who lives at Rivage with his wife and their dog. “Sometimes it feels like living in a resort. You have to grocery shop, but you could spend the rest of your time there.” "

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No, thanks.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Woman says her home's being destroyed in the midst of HOA battle - KXAN

Woman says her home's being destroyed in the midst of HOA battle - KXAN

"AUSTIN (KXAN) - An Austin woman says the foundation is beginning to crack under her home after her HOA refused to let her remove an invasive tree in her yard. "

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This looks like one of those cases where the HOA changes their position.

HOA embezzler’s trial to begin | Local News | smdailyjournal.com

HOA embezzler’s trial to begin | Local News | smdailyjournal.com

"The trial for a man accused of scheming to embezzle nearly $2.8 million from the San Mateo Woodlake Condominium Association between 2007 and 2013 is set to begin Wednesday, more than five years after he and a co-conspirator were initially accused of the scheme, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office."

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These HOA embezzlement cases rarely go to trial.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Olathe HOA files police report, calls meeting over shortfall | The Kansas City Star

Olathe HOA files police report, calls meeting over shortfall | The Kansas City Star: "An Olathe HOA has filed a police report and called a special meeting to discuss concerns about its former property manager that it says in a related lawsuit could cause "irreparable harm" to the neighborhood.

Parkhill Manor Homes Association said in the lawsuit that Jonathan Young and his company, Haven Property Management, have "failed and refused to deliver plaintiff's corporate books and records and bank accounts."

The HOA notified homeowners of the problem in a letter sent last week."

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Koch Bodyguards Got Police Badges From Same Tiny Town as Mercer - Bloomberg

Koch Bodyguards Got Police Badges From Same Tiny Town as Mercer - Bloomberg

These rich people love becoming a law unto themselves. What puzzles me is that ordinary people buy this anti-government propaganda, when government is the only thing that can protect them against private tyranny.