The Tsarnaev Trial, Big Bank Felonies, & the Patriot Act (E06)

Kade breaks down what’s going on with the Patriot Act, and why even if it sunsets, more reforms are needed. Alexis discusses the five banks that pled guilty to felony charges…and why the consequences for the felonies these big banks pled guilty to are totally different than felonies that mere mortals face. And Kade gives an in-depth overview of the Tsarnaev trial: It’s finally over—or is it? What we learned in the final weeks, and what’s likely to come.

Further Reading

To read more about the Big Banks’ felony pleas in the FX price rigging scandal, read Alexis’s piece “When is a Felony Not a Felony? When You’re a Bank!

To read more about the Tsarnaev trial, read Kade’s extensive prior coverage of the trial.

And as a general reminder, please RATE US on iTunes, and help Kade with her dream of knocking NPR shows out of the top five News & Politics podcasts on iTunes.

Credit Where Due

The theme for this show is the song “Missing You” by Jahzzar, also know as Javier Suarez. You can find his work at betterwithmusic.com. Theme music for BITCH PLEASE is “Hachiko (The Faithful Dog)” a song by The Kyoto Connection. Finally, you should know that the font for our logo is by the graphic designer Marisa Passos.

License Plate Readers, and Citigroup Foreclosure Failures (E5)

We discuss news that Citigroup never bothered to mail checks to 23,000 Americans who were wrongfully foreclosed on, despite owing them a combined total of $22 million. We also talk about license plate readers, the NYPD, and a shadowy surveillance corporation called Vigilant Solutions, which has a massive spy database full of photos of license plates. Does the thought that the cops can get a text notification if a car with a certain license plate enters a given area creep you out? Then you need to listen to this segment.

We also give an update on the latest scandals of Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Instagram), and tell Fox Business pundit Dagen McDowell to quit her job.

Further Reading

To read more about the failures of the Independent Foreclosure Review, and the regulator overseeing it, the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, see Alexis’ article for The Nation, “Foreclosure Review Report Shows That the OCC Continues to Bury Wall Street’s Bodies,” this storify summarizing the MONSTROSITY that was the Office of the Comptroller for the Currency’s “Independent” Foreclosure Review settlement, or Alexis’ “What You Can Buy for Having Your House Stolen” Tumblr.

The Independent Foreclosure Review Settlement was a monstrosity

To read more about Kade’s nemesis, Vigilant Solutions, see PrivacySos.org.

For more on the latest scandals burying Rep. Aaron Schock, see this article by Luke Brinker at Salon. And for more on why Fox Business pundit Dagen McDowell should quit her job, read Alexis’s post on BecauseFinanceIsBoring.com.

And as a general reminder, please RATE US on iTunes, and help Kade with her dream of knocking NPR shows out of the top five News & Politics podcasts on iTunes.

Credit Where Due

 

The theme for this show is the song “Missing You” by Jahzzar, also know as Javier Suarez. You can find his work at betterwithmusic.com. Theme music for BITCH PLEASE is “Hachiko (The Faithful Dog)” a song by The Kyoto Connection. And the theme for QUIT YOUR JOB is “Fortitude” by J.O. Finally, you should know that the font for our logo is by the graphic designer Marisa Passos.

Email Privacy Laws, and Rep. Aaron Schock (E04)

We discuss legislation to bring our electronic communication laws out of the big hair era, the latest news on Rep. Aaron Schock, and how much he sets off our gaydar (the segment “Queen Please” is dedicated to him), why Bill Bratton should quit his job, and the fine print buried in your bank contract that denies you the right to your day in court should your bank rip you off.

Special THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our Indiegogo campaign to raise money to buy Kade a mic. The show sounds much better this episode because of you!

Ep 3: Problems with the Tsarnaev trial, Wall Street reform in 2015

Kade discusses problems with the Tsarnaev trial (United States v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev), including troubling secrecy and civil liberties violations. And Alexis talks about what we can expect in the realm of Wall Street reform in 2015, especially given the action-packed first week in the House of Representatives.

We also review which news producers really need to quit their jobs, and why the NYTimes editorial board, usually decent on civil liberties, earns a “b*tch, please!” for a December 30 oped on the NYPD.

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Ep 2: Virginia’s “The Wire” Room, and Wall Street’s “Broken Windows”

Why a Wall Street regulator embracing “broken windows” policing is a bad idea, and how surveillance info may be sitting in a “wire room” in Virginia.

Proposal for "Hampton Roads Telephone Intercept Sharing Network," obtained by Cyrus Farivar for Ars Technica
Proposal for “Hampton Roads Telephone Intercept Sharing Network,” obtained by Cyrus Farivar for Ars Technica

B**** Please goes to Secretary Arne Duncan of the Department of Education. And an editor at the Chicago Tribune earns our demand to “QUIT YOUR JOB.”

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Ep 1: Government Spying from the Sky, Obama (Still) Loves Bankers

In the inaugural episode of Humorless Queers, we discuss U.S. Marshalls spying on your cell phone from the sky, and President Obama’s latest banker nomination to Treasury. Continue reading Ep 1: Government Spying from the Sky, Obama (Still) Loves Bankers