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Joel Sucher

New York's Utilities Are Waging War On New York's Ratepayers...

Joel Sucher | Posted 06.30.2016 | New York
Joel Sucher

Con-Ed has recently filed for another increase that would boost electric rates by 9.5% and natural gas rates by 13.4%, making it more difficult to pay bills for those already struggling to stay afloat.

Wall Street's "Legacy" Problem

Joel Sucher | Posted 06.13.2016 | Business
Joel Sucher

In Orwell's dystopic 1984 Winston Smith - working at the Ministry of Truth - finds it easy to dispose of the past: simply take an old news story that ...

R.I.P. Judge Arthur Schack

Joel Sucher | Posted 05.17.2016 | Business
Joel Sucher

Arthur Schack started calling the foreclosure industry's bluff back in 2007 when the eviction hammer began targeting homes in many of Brooklyn's working-class, largely minority, neighborhoods.

Reviewing Boom Bust Boom: A Documentary

Joel Sucher | Posted 03.10.2016 | Business
Joel Sucher

Boom Bust Boom picks up on the notion that financial crashes like 2008 -- the result of an overheated housing market -- are nothing new and to prove it the film takes you on an excursion to 17th century Holland.

'The Big Short': So What Now?

Joel Sucher | Posted 12.18.2015 | Entertainment
Joel Sucher

The Big Short is as powerful an indictment of Wall Street's major con job as you can expect from Hollywood and a title card at the end makes this abundantly clear (no need to proffer any spoiler alerts).

Another Displaced Person...

Joel Sucher | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Joel Sucher

With all the Sturm und Drang surrounding the movement of displaced refugees -- and the hostile pushback from self-serving politicians -- I'm reminded of my own situation.

The Garbage Collectors...

Joel Sucher | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Joel Sucher

The article focused on Fortress Investment's Peter Briger, a/k/a "king of debt" a/k/a "junkyard dog," a man who scored big by buying up the so-called "distressed assets" that banks didn't want and were willing to sell off cheap. So, if you're one of millions of struggling homeowners be afraid, be very afraid.

Deutsche Bank über alles...

Joel Sucher | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Joel Sucher

While other mega-banks have suffered the slings and arrows of regulatory retaliation there's something unique about Deutsche's problems and for me it's personal. I was born in Lubeck in Deutschland's north a few years after the war

Mega-Banking's "Lipstick Summit"

Joel Sucher | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Joel Sucher

They were summoned and most did come, traipsing over to the 51st floor of the Bank of America Tower in lower Manhattan. Others in distant climes signed on to a secure conference line.

Qui Tam, Anyone?

Joel Sucher | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Joel Sucher

If New York AG Schneiderman's proposal becomes law it may create another lucrative revenue stream for potential do-gooders; one that may rival the New York State lottery in payouts.

The Relentless Vision of an Old Anarchist

Joel Sucher | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Joel Sucher

Anarchism as a political and social movement had made its way to Spain in 1868 care of a middle-aged Italian revolutionary, Giuseppi Fannelli.

Moviola Redux

Joel Sucher | Posted 11.23.2014 | Entertainment
Joel Sucher

Waxing nostalgic makes me want to get my hands on an old upright Moviola. It's a magical machine that captures a bygone age of cinema, a tactile one where you held images in your hand and then fed the delivery system, celluloid, through metal sprockets, rubber belts and optics.

Jacob Lew Hasn't a Clue

Joel Sucher | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Joel Sucher

At the conference Lew cast some bread upon the water -- announcing an extension of HAMP and related programs through 2016 -- and these crumbs were eagerly consumed by so-called housing advocates

Has Anyone Heard of the Uniform Law Commission?

Joel Sucher | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Joel Sucher

I doubt many American know anything about this group composed mainly of business and real estate lawyers and now engaged in drafting something called the Home Foreclosure Procedures Act.

Distressed Homeowners Need Lots of Help

Joel Sucher | Posted 08.06.2014 | Money
Joel Sucher

Statistics don't reveal the faces behind the numbers. While trillions were lost in housing values the human cost, measured in lost dreams, dislocation, divorce, depression, suicide, addiction, is incalculable.

How Many Ways Can You Untie the Knot?

Joel Sucher | Posted 08.03.2014 | Entertainment
Joel Sucher

Can Untying the Knot capture what viewers really expect from divorce? I'm talking about the outright meanness, the slinging of vitriol and the wielding of vengeance studded cudgels all meant to reduce your other half to a blubbering mess ready to give it all up.

Stink Bugs: A Bad Rap?

Joel Sucher | Posted 07.05.2014 | Comedy
Joel Sucher

Yes, I think these creatures -- officially known as the brown marmorated stink bug -- have gotten a bad rap. I've been living with them for more than a year and in my experience, they don't stink.

Men of Tai Chi

Joel Sucher | Posted 06.21.2014 | Entertainment
Joel Sucher

I saw this movie, Man of Tai Chi (helmed by Keanu Reeves), and at first blush thought it ridiculous, and relentlessly so, but being that it was on str...

Essie Shor: Pistol Packin' Yiddishe Mamma

Joel Sucher | Posted 05.26.2014 | Religion
Joel Sucher

Reality for the partisans wasn't as much combat as simply a day to day struggle to stay out of harm's way while offering fellow Jews a sanctuary from the hell that was consuming the world outside.

Men With Balls

Joel Sucher | Posted 02.19.2014 | Entertainment
Joel Sucher

John Waters: There's something perpetually endearing about a guy -- now 67 -- who refuses to grow up and with a sensibility that makes most hipster-d...

Feral Cats Boot Out Baby Jesus in Brooklyn

Joel Sucher | Posted 02.11.2014 | Weird News
Joel Sucher

How dare they? Hardly sacrilegious given two cat lovers, Annette and Susan Amendola, welcome the incursion; after all they own the vacant lot on Va...

Wall Street's Celluloid Nightmare

Joel Sucher | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Joel Sucher

This is definitely a word-of-mouth film that should gain traction with time and light some tinder under all those disaffected, disempowered victims of Wall Street greed.

If You See Something Evil, Do Something: The Legacy of Chiune Sugihara

Joel Sucher | Posted 11.15.2013 | World
Joel Sucher

Sugihara was one of those unique human beings who couldn't fail but do the right thing because simply to do otherwise was to flirt with dishonor -- and given that his lineage on his mother's side was Samurai, he felt challenged to live up to his warrior ethos.

'Nobody Is Listening to Your Phone Calls'

Joel Sucher | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Joel Sucher

Chronic surveillance is an addiction and one that's fed by an industry that has billions invested in creating the technology and supplying the operatives (like Snowden) that become cogs in the machinery that supports the larger matrix.

Where Has All The Info Gone, Long Time Passing

Joel Sucher | Posted 07.31.2013 | Business
Joel Sucher

With the termination of the Independent Foreclosure Reviews (IFR) via OCC caveat the question remains: What's going to happen to the so-called "work ...