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The local "news" papers shoulder a lot of responsibility for the winners in this last election. Probably most of the responsibility. It's no secret that the election winners in this last election had a ridiculous amount of money and almost all of it from special interests. That money certainly helped them. But I'm convinced that no amount of money would have gotten them elected if the residents of Germantown were truly informed.

I subscribed to the Daily Memphian last year because Abigail Warren was covering the important issues and doing a good job. At some point, it appeared to me that someone at the paper shut her down. Then I learn that Clay Bailey is her editor. Clay Bailey has been very open about his complete contempt for those who speak out against the corruption in Germantown. I certainly don't think my assumption that he shut Ms. Warren down in her reporting is a stretch. And the management at the Daily Memphian's response when many of us complained? They made their sites closed to comments from anyone who wasn't a subscriber.

The Commercial Appeal doesn't even pretend not to be bias against anyone who speaks out against "Smart Growth" and all the apartments that come with it.

Both papers throw us just enough crumbs to give us hope that someone will finally start to actually report all the facts, and so we keep buying their papers. We see what recently happened to the Germantown News and Mark Randle when it/he dared to report the truth without spin. Don't we wonder why the powers that be don't go after the CA and the DM? I think it's because these papers give them cover.

By subscribing to these papers, we support the very entities that work against what we all know is the will of the vast majority of residents.
I cancelled my subscription to the Daily Memphian. I would encourage everyone who subscribes to either of these two "news" papers to do the same. Unless and until these papers are held accountable for their lack of reporting (DM) and their outright spin (CA), we will get more of the same and only have ourselves to blame.

General Discussion / Re: Are Elections safe from tampering?
« Last post by SandyMansel on November 09, 2020, 04:57:24 AM »
PAPER BALLOTS would be more reliable, verifiable and cost less.  So why is our SCEC Administrator pushing for a certain touch screen system.

Contrary to what Ms. Phillips and other members of the SCEC assert, paper ballots are more secure, more economical, more voter-friendly, and with fewer and shorter lines at the polls. Purchasing BMDs is a prescription for disaster built on misleading information. AUDIT USA letter to Shelby County Board of Commissioners, Citizens, and Media of June 1, 2020t that predicted these findings of bid-manipulation: Respectfully, John R Brakey Here are the links to the 3 actual bids to Shelby Co Elections RFP 20-008-09 Jan 23, 2020, made into a PDF:
Illumination Library / Re: Door-to-door Solicitors – WE STILL NEED AN ORDINANCE
« Last post by SandyMansel on November 08, 2020, 10:15:24 AM »
Article in Commercial Appeal, November 8, 2020

Magazine fraud scheme busted by FBI, Department of Justice

The scheme involved dozens of fraudulent magazine sales companies located across the United States and Canada. The 60 people indicted are located in 14 states and two Canadian provinces.

Randy Hutchinson - Special to Memphis Commercial Appeal USA TODAY NETWORK – TENNESSEE

The U.S. Department of Justice, FBI, and Postal Inspection Service collaborated to bring down the largest elder fraud scheme in the nation. That’s the good news. The bad news is that during the 20 years it operated, over 150,000 mostly elderly, vulnerable victims lost $300 million paying for fraudulent magazine subscriptions.

The scheme involved dozens of fraudulent magazine sales companies located across the United States and Canada. The 60 people indicted are located in 14 states and two Canadian provinces. Six operated from Oxford and Abbeville in Mississippi.

The Department of Justice cites two tactics defendants used to defraud people. Some employed a “renewal script” in which telemarketers falsely claimed to be calling from the consumer’s current magazine subscription company.

They also made a bogus offer to reduce the cost of a current subscription, but in reality signed victims up for new, expensive subscriptions. One consumer went from having one subscription to 12 .

Other defendants used a “cancellation” script to target people who had previously fallen victim to a magazine scam and were desperate to stop the subscriptions. Telemarketers claimed to be calling from a magazine’s “cancellation department” and offered to cancel the subscriptions and pay off outstanding balances for a large lump-sum payment. They weren’t actually affiliated with any magazine and consumers didn’t really owe the money they paid.

The indictments describe the different roles of defendants:

Company Owners operated the call centers and provided lists and scripts to the Telemarketers, who were trained by Call Center Managers.

Scheme Leaders provided a variety of services, including software programs that tracked orders and other customer information. They also sent invoices and collection letters to victims.

Lead brokers furnished the call lists. They charged premium prices of as much as $15 per name because many people on the lists were elderly and susceptible to fraudulent sales tactics.

In bringing the indictments, the U.S. Attorney said, “Unfortunately, we live in a world where fraudsters are willing to take advantage of seniors, who are often trusting and polite.”

The FBI special agent in charge said the scam artists left many victims financially devastated in their retirement years.

It appears all of these defendants conducted their schemes via telemarketing, but other magazine scammers go door-to-door. Over the years, we’ve issued consumer alerts about six local companies that victimized consumers here and in other states.

A common tactic is for young people to falsely claim they’re selling subscriptions to fund a school trip or earn a scholarship. People who fall for their bogus story often never receive their magazines.

The BBB offers these tips to avoid becoming the victim of a magazine sales scam:

Check out the company with the BBB.

Be wary of high-pressure sales tactics that rely on emotion.

Ask to see, or have sent to you, the terms and conditions of your subscription. Legitimate magazine companies will have and give them to you; crooks likely won’t.

It’s okay to hang up.

Pay with a credit card so you’ll have some recourse if something goes wrong.

Be wary if you can only pay by cash or check.

Remember that the FTC’s Cooling-Off Rule gives you three days to cancel a sale over $25 made in your home. But also recognize that getting a refund from a scammer will likely be impossible.

Randy Hutchinson is the president of the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South. Reach the BBB at 800-222-8754.
Illumination Library / Re: Shining the Light on Germantown blog links at a glance
« Last post by SandyMansel on November 06, 2020, 10:05:38 AM »
Updated thru November 1, 2020
Local Politics / Re: McCreery-$81, 675 Campaign Donations
« Last post by SandyMansel on November 02, 2020, 05:48:48 PM »
TV Ads -- $30,050 to WestRogers -- When you have $$ to burn to run for a part-time alderman position that pays $1,000 a month.
Expenditure on 10-27-20 Campaign Finance Disclosure
Local Politics / Re: McCreery-$74, 975 Campaign Donations
« Last post by SandyMansel on October 28, 2020, 07:45:29 PM »
Clothiers Buy Prime Germantown Office Building ----
Memphis Invest plans to spend several hundred thousand dollars renovating the property, especially the unusually large lobby with its atrium and skylight, other common areas and landscaping.
Construction contractor Chamberlain & McCreery, which renovates many of the houses Memphis Invest and its client-investors purchase, will make the improvements to 1900 Exeter, too.
BTW, this Ezon building is absolutely beautiful and a great commercial building within our Smart Growth Central Business District. Certainly hope that any renovations retain the charm befitting Germantown.  Would hate to see it morph to a Smart Growth high rise.

Phil Chamberlain served on the Tennessee  Housing Development Agency

12 Foreclosure Notices Filed Against Chamberlain & McCreery

Homes Still Heart of the Matter for Builders - Posted in Boyle header

This solves some mysteries and creates many more questions that hopefully someone who has authority can get answers to.
Local Politics / Re: McCreery-$74, 975 Campaign Donations
« Last post by NancyDrew on October 25, 2020, 05:12:48 PM »
Why would there be such substantial donations with lots of tv commercials for a $1,000 a month job? 
Another nysterry, why is important information not on the city website?
Development in Germantown / Re: Purchase of GTown Country Club by shell company?
« Last post by NancyDrew on October 25, 2020, 12:32:18 PM »
So one of the rubber stamp aldermen endorsed candidates won’t talk about it. One wants an ambiguous something special, another basically made ambiguous feel good political statements. Could these be promises like the last election that went away when the masks came off and people were told to move if they didn’t like it?
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