Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from April 2012

I’ll be back soon

April 30th, 2012 · Comments Off

I’m coming off a two-week period where I was offline. I’m catching up on work and emails, but this blog should be back up and kicking later this week.

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Tags: Meta

The Loss of Consensus

April 13th, 2012 · 1 Comment

In his series building up to the announcement of his Wanker of the Decade, Atrios has declared Joe Klein the third runner-up. That post includes a link to a Greg Sargent piece wherein Sargent eviscerates Klein’s casual accusation of Atrios as an “ideological extremist,” with no explanation of what ideas make Atrios extreme. To highlight [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Progressive Infrastructure

Dayen on the DeMarco campaign

April 13th, 2012 · Comments Off

I think David Dayen has consistently offered the best coverage and analysis of the campaign to get the FHFA to change policy to allow for GSEs to pursue principle reduction, be that by Ed DeMarco making a change on his own or him getting fired and replaced by someone who will. No one really disagrees [...]

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Tags: Economy

Membership & Support in the Online Left

April 12th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Matt Stoller has a long and thought-provoking post on two recent Democratic primary elections where ostensibly progressive candidates with strong support from online progressive organizations were handed crushing defeats. The whole post is worth reading, as it’s a chilling look in the mirror that reveals a lack of effective progressive infrastructure. Noting that the IL-10 [...]

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Tags: Democrats · Elections · Progressive Infrastructure

What Atrios Said

April 11th, 2012 · Comments Off

Duncan Black: I’m not sure how anyone expects “the housing market” to “recover” when buying a house now involves handing a bunch of money over to a bank which will then proceed to steal your house from you. This behavior will continue until lots of people go to jail. And that, apparently, is off the [...]

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Tags: Economy · Rule of Law

Field on Foreclosure Fraud Settlement

April 10th, 2012 · Comments Off

As always, Abigail Field is a must-read in her ongoing coverage of the 49 state and federal foreclosure fraud immunization settlement. The fact that the settlement was approved by a federal judge with no hearings into it is both disappointing and truly sickening. Of course, as Field notes, the lack of transparency in this settlement [...]

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Tags: Economy · Rule of Law

The Big Question

April 9th, 2012 · Comments Off

Given how little has happened with the new mortgage fraud task force, will New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman walk away from it? I think now would be the time to start making that threat and it should be followed through on shortly thereafter.

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Tags: Economy · Rule of Law

Bloomberg’s “Clean Halls”

April 4th, 2012 · Comments Off

Matt Taibbi has a stunning report on an NYPD program put in place under Mayor Bloomberg called “Clean Halls,” which extends the already invasive and racist “Stop and Frisk” policy into the hallways of privately owned buildings, with the landlords’ permission. According to the NYCLU, which filed the suit, “virtually every private apartment building [in [...]

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Tags: Rule of Law

Common Ground

April 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off

Apparently President Obama gave a speech today attacking the Ryan budget. In the Q&A he went after the GOP for making rightward shifts which prevented them from finding common ground. Jed Lewison writes: Obama continues hammering Republicans for moving so far to the right. “Cap and trade was originally proposed by Republicans … now they [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Republicans

The PRC vs Internet Rumors

April 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off

This is a good read on the Chinese government’s efforts to crack down on online rumors, particularly those occurring on microblogging platforms. Patrick Meier’s entire piece is worth reading, but the closing captures the challenge the Chinese Communist Party faces in an age of instant communication. So if Chinese authorities and state media aren’t even [...]

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Tags: Tibet & China