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Man Says He's Not Dead. Court Doesn't Buy It
Constantin Reliu, a dead man, has been having himself a rough year.
The Turkish government deported him in January for having expired documents, sending him back to a Romania he says he hadn't seen since the late 1990s.
And you can imagine his surprise when, upon his return, he found out he died back in 2003. There was an official death certificate registered by his wife and everything.
"I am officially dead, although I'm alive," the deceased told The Associated Press by phone Friday. "I have no income and because I am listed as dead, I can't do anything."
romania  govt_fail 
march 2018 by jimmykduong
Vietnamese Blogger Gets 7 Years in Jail for Reporting on Toxic Spill
"Nguyen Van Hoa was convicted of spreading information about the discharge that killed marine life and sickened people along a 120-mile stretch of coastline."
vietnam  journalism  business  politics  govt.censorship  govt_fail 
november 2017 by jimmykduong
Hell Is New York City’s Transit Situation
"The subways are a mess. Penn Station is a disgrace. Who is to blame?"
nyc  govt_fail 
june 2017 by jimmykduong
As Trump’s woes mount, congressional Republicans arrive at a moment of reckoning
"Last week brought the unexpected firing of James B. Comey as FBI director and shifting explanations of the reasons. On Monday, The Washington Post dropped another bombshell, reporting that Trump has shared highly classified intelligence with Russian officials. As the White House went into full damage control over that revelation on Tuesday, the New York Times published another stunner, reporting that in February the president sought to persuade Comey to back off the FBI investigation into fired national security adviser Michael Flynn."
politics  politics_fail  government  govt_fail  govt.corruption 
may 2017 by jimmykduong
In New Jersey Student Loan Program, Even Death May Not Bring a Reprieve
"Called “state-sanctioned loan-sharking” by a bankruptcy lawyer, the program’s aggressive collections and stringent rules can easily mean financial ruin for borrowers."

https://www.propublica.org/article/new-jerseys-student-loan-program-is-state-sanctioned-loan-sharking
New Jersey’s Student Loan Program is ‘State-Sanctioned Loan-Sharking’
The loans have extraordinarily stringent rules, aggressive collections and few reprieves, even for borrowers who’ve died. The head of the loan agency was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie.
education  debt  government  govt_fail 
july 2016 by jimmykduong
Uber’s Siege on San Antonio
"The company threw a tantrum in Alamo City—and got everything it wanted."
uber  uber_fail  govt_fail  business  fail 
october 2015 by jimmykduong
As Hollywood Lobbied State Department, It Built Free Home Theaters for U.S. Embassies
"Four U.S. Embassies got upgraded screening rooms last year, paid for by the lobbying arm of the big studios. The industry and the government say there were no strings attached."
business  politics  government  movies  lobbying  govt_fail 
july 2015 by jimmykduong
How States Are Fighting to Keep Towns From Offering Their Own Broadband
"North Carolina and Tennessee are the latest states to side with telecoms, which have long lobbied against allowing cities to become Internet providers."
business  politics  government  fail  govt_fail  internet 
june 2015 by jimmykduong

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