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  • Soros faces Congress over hedge funds' role in meltdown

    11/13/2008 1:52:43 PM PST · by flattorney · 47 replies · 1,928+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | November 13, 2008 | James Quinn/Louise Armitstead
    Abstract: Five of the world's richest hedge fund managers, including George Soros, the man who the broke the Bank of England, have been called to account by US politicians for their role in the collapse of the global financial system. The quintet – including John Paulson, who made $3.7bn (£2.49bn) last year betting against the US mortgage market – were grilled over their roles in buying unregulated derivatives products, which some politicians believe contributed to the financial markets' meltdown. The men, who each earned more than $1bn each last year, were called to account by Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman, who...

    01/14/2007 5:06:04 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 2 replies · 370+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 1/14/07 | Purple Mountains
    In a startling development today, United Nations troops from the Sudan, Tanzania and Chad, in a series of landings at San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, occupied the state of California in a dramatic step to ensure and protect the independent movement of the majority Mexicans there. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, recently elected to replace the departed Kofi Annan, said that the UN’s experience in Kosovo provided ample precedence and justification for the serious escalation of the conflict.
  • Price-gouging?

    09/29/2005 11:36:23 AM PDT · by JZelle · 97 replies · 1,312+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-29-05 | Richard W. Rahn
    If you bought a home 10 years ago for $100,000 and just sold it for $300,000, have you engaged in price gouging? Most people would say "no," provided there were willing buyers and sellers of both sides of the transaction merely responding to the market at the time. As a result of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, some politicians have demanded prosecution of "price gougers." In many states, like Florida, "price gouging" is illegal. The Florida statutes say, "It is illegal to charge unconscionable prices for goods or services following a declared state of emergency." Hmmm, I know what the law...