‘Demons’ Premieres Tonight 10/9C on BBCAmerica

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Premieres after DW TEOT PT 2, then moves to Saturdays 9/8C.

From the show’s page on BBCAmerica:

On the surface Luke Rutherford (Christian Cooke) is every bit the average teenager, but with the arrival of his dead father’s best friend Rupert Galvin (Philip Glenister), Luke’s life is about to change. Galvin has come to inform Luke that his father’s death fifteen years ago wasn’t an accident, and that he holds a secret destiny as the great-great grandson of Abraham Van Helsing, the vampire hunter in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Now Luke must carry the torch and do battle against the inhumans and the freaks that walk among us, but he must keep it all hidden and maintain his normal life as a son and a student.

To train Luke in his quest, Galvin calls on the beautiful but icy Mina Harker (Zoe Tapper), a blind concert pianist with a history. She also happens to be the foremost authority on the undesirable entities preying on humanity. The sinister and moldering Father Simeon (Richard Wilson) is Luke’s other counselor on the lore and myths behind the creatures he faces.

Luke’s first opponent is the villainous Gladiolus Thrip (Mackenzie Crook), a “type 12” vampire with a burning hatred for the Van Helsing line. The list of terrifying adversaries grows with the cockroach-munching “type 5” called Redlip (Martin Hancock); a “type 9” child-snatching demon-in-angel’s clothing called Gilgamel (Rick English); and the half-man half-rat Mr. Tibbs (Kevin McNally), who bears a deep and personal grudge against a member of the team.

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January 2, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . English Literature, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

NYTimes notices Obama Housing Plan an abject failure, but which way are they spinning for Team O…

I am so sick of both the banks and the Administration playing HEAD GAMES with homeowners on these modifications, That is what it is. Just tell us what your intentions are and we will make decisions based on that reality. Jeebus it isn’t that hard people. Our many posts on housing, HOLC, HAMP FAN FRED etc here

Read the outcome for a woman who entered into a trial mod with Chase and did everything right at the end of this post before you judge homeowners too harshly. The vast majority of the loans now in trouble are people who have lost income NOT people who bought a McMansion. Allowing the 5-6 million currently delinquent loans to enter foreclosure in 2010 will mean an EXTENDED recession for the ENTIRE economy.

So here is the question. Is the NYT spinning for Obama premptively, heh, to show how hopeless, lol, it would be to continue to try and help homeowners? OR are they spinning to show readers why we must embark on principal writedowns since allowing the banks to modify ‘voluntarily’ without them has done absolutely nothing?…You read it and judge for yourself.

But behind the scenes, Treasury officials appear to have concluded that growing numbers of delinquent borrowers simply lack enough income to afford their homes and must be eased out.

In late November, with scant public disclosure, the Treasury Department started the Foreclosure Alternatives Program, through which it will encourage arrangements that result in distressed borrowers surrendering their homes. The program will pay incentives to mortgage companies that allow homeowners to sell properties for less than they owe on their mortgages — short sales, in real estate parlance. The government will also pay incentives to mortgage companies that allow delinquent borrowers to hand over their deeds in lieu of foreclosing.

Ms. Reilly, the Treasury spokeswoman, said the foreclosure alternatives program did not represent a new policy. “We have said from the start that modifications will not be the solution for all homeowners and will not solve the housing crisis alone,” Ms. Reilly said by e-mail. “This has always been a multi-pronged effort.”…

(The article can be viewed both as portraying the ‘best thing for all’ to be giving up the ghost on Making HomeAffordable, the ghost being the idea they ever intended to give meaningful help to the homeOWNERS in the first place) (and letting approx. 5-6 million homes enter foreclosure in 2010 alone)

…Critics increasingly argue that the program, Making Home Affordable, has raised false hopes among people who simply cannot afford their homes

…Some experts argue the program has impeded economic recovery by delaying a wrenching yet cleansing process through which borrowers give up unaffordable homes and banks fully reckon with their disastrous bets on real estate, enabling money to flow more freely through the financial system.

Now it is ‘cleansing’ like a colonic, lol. This must be like FUNemployment!

“The choice we appear to be making is trying to modify our way out of this, which has the effect of lengthening the crisis,” said Kevin Katari, managing member of Watershed Asset Management, a San Francisco-based hedge fund. “We have simply slowed the foreclosure pipeline, with people staying in houses they are ultimately not going to be able to afford anyway.”…

Now the NYT is turning to HEDGE FUND Managers for their views of what is RIGHT for the economy? Big change there. I thought capitalist investors were Teh Evil? Pivot readers! Pivot like the wind!!

The NYT is talking out of both sides of its mouth in this piece. Since they are never loathe to take a stand (usually against capitalism and investors), it seems they are voting PRESENT.  Hard to carry water for your overlord when he doesn’t know which direction he is going in eh journOlists?

And/or this piece  could also be used as advance work for actually doing something USEFUL with the unlimited BAILOUT the WH just gave FANNIE/FREDDIE/FHA. Something like, oh I dunno, THE DAMNED HOLC!!!!!!

Good news for homeowners is that Nancy Pelosi’s favorite economist Mark Zandi, is on board with principal writedowns and after bailing out the banks and playing the class warfare card, this ‘pivot’ to letting the banks foreclose on millions of Americans might be hard to make stick..

..Mr. Zandi argues that the administration needs a new initiative that attacks a primary source of foreclosures: the roughly 15 million American homeowners who are underwater, meaning they owe the bank more than their home is worth.

..Mr. Zandi proposes that the Treasury Department push banks to write down some loan balances by reimbursing the companies for their losses. He pointedly rejects the notion that government ought to get out of the way and let foreclosures work their way through the market, saying that course risks a surge of foreclosures and declining house prices that could pull the economy back into recession.

“We want to overwhelm this problem,” he said. “If we do go back into recession, it will be very difficult to get out.”..

Look I finally agree with Mark Zandi! The double dip we have been forecasting will be positively Japan-like in its duration if Team Obama lets these foreclosures happen, believe it.


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January 2, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, TARP, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. 3 comments.

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