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Category Archives: Creativity

Open source time….

Well… I’ve been over at Riski all the time… and on Twitter too… Visit over there… and I’ll have a new project coming soon…

Mad meat… how securitized lending collapsed the financial system

Mad meat! how securitized lending collapsed the financial system View more presentations from catelong.

How to untangle the credit rating agency’s conflicts of interest

The House and Senate conferees worked hard to today to reconcile their versions of financial reform. Agreement was reached on private funds, insurance regulation and the merger of bank regulators. A sticking point was on Subtitle C of Title IX which covers credit rating agencies. I’d like to recommend to Chairman Barney Frank and others that they propose […]

6 things worth fighting for in the Senate bill

Excellent table via Rortybomb… although it’s actually 7 or 8 things worth fighting for in the Senate financial reform bill… Mr. Rortybomb misses a big one related to legislation on the Federal Reserve… Ryan Grim of HuffPo writes about it the grant of $4 trillion of lending authority to the Federal Reserve with no Congressional […]

Mashup the money!

Kudos to the Sunlight Foundation… we need a way to see what large and powerful corporations are doing on the state and federal level… From Flowing Data… ~~~ “Anyone who’s looked at campaign finance data knows it can get messy really quick (especially if you’re getting it directly from the FEC). Sunlight Labs’ newly launched TransparencyData […]

Our English cousins lay it out…

The House of Commons Treasury Committee Ninth Report of Session 2009–10 Report, together with formal minutes Ordered by the House of Commons, to be published 22 March 2010 Too important to fail– too important to ignore Summary The banking crisis of the last two years resulted in government support for the sector around the world amounting to almost a […]

13 bankers and too big to fail

March 30 (Bloomberg) — Simon Johnson, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, talks with Bloomberg’s Matt Miller about his new book “13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown.” From Publishers Weekly Though this blistering book identifies many causes of the recent financial crisis, from housing policy to minimum […]

Opening muni

Brilliance is so exciting… Welcome to OpenMuni By Philip Ashlock A tool for facilitating collaboration and cataloging case studies, best practices, and standards for open data and open source on the local level. OpenMuni is a resource to spread knowledge and connect localities to better provide open channels of information to improve quality of life, increase […]

Populism VIII

MAPLight.org… The site uses three data sets to create a detailed picture that illustrates money’s influence over elected officials: campaign contributions voting records and the supporting and opposing interests of a bill For example… ~~~ “Government Transparency Tool, Money Near Votes, Zooms in on Banking Industry Contribs given w/in 2 wks of Credit Card Bill […]

Rationalizing consumer protection

The Huffington Post has a visual aid, put together by the  Consumer Federation of America,  that shows how a Consumer Financial Products Agency would consolidate the federal laws that relate to retail products… Click on the image for a larger version…