Have you seen the ads by the credit card company about the difference between the things you can buy with your credit card and the experiences that are priceless? The purpose of the ads is to persuade you that things with a price tag are worth buying because those things can create a priceless experience.
Joe Versus the Volcano is about the opposite effect. It is a money story about the high cost of trading the priceless for something that comes with a price tag.
What People Do For Money
Traditional stories are full of examples of people who traded the priceless for a price.
The Bible has many such stories of what people do for money and things that money can buy.
Esau traded his birthright as the first-born son for a bowl of lentils. How much is a bowl of lentils worth? You can put a price tag on that. You cannot put a price tag on your status as the first-born son in a patriarchal society.
In the best known example of all, Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. What is the price tag of any life? What is the tradeoff between honor and money?
A Money Story About Tradeoffs
If you can get past the over-the-top silly stuff in Joe Versus The Volcano, particularly about orange soda guzzling Polynesians, who roll out a huge red carpet on a wheel, while eating grapes on a South Pacific atoll that has never seen a grapevine, and mocking their hired hero with preposterous antics, all the while singing and dancing a Hebrew hora, you will see a money story about people who have made tradeoffs of the priceless in exchange for something with a price tag.
What People Do For Money
How much is health worth? Joe trades his health for $300 a week.
How much is a life worth? Mr. Granamore is willing to trade Joe’s life for a rare mineral “boobaroo” that comes with a high price tag.
How much is self-respect worth? Angelica trades her self-respect for Daddy’s money, and all the things that Daddy’s money can buy.
How much is preservation of your island and the lives of your people? The Waponis are willing to trade the well-being of their people for orange soda.
These are the tradeoffs between things with a price and things that are truly priceless in the movie.
Some know they have done it. Some haven’t. But all pay a high price for trading the priceless for something with a price tag.
In a handful of cases around the country, Citigroup has reached settlements with homeowners who accused the bank of filing fraudulent mortgage documents  to prove its legal standing to collect the debt in bankruptcy proceedings, Bloomberg reported today.
The cases put a twist on recent efforts by banks to patch over problems created because lenders and securitizers were sloppy with documentation during the housing bubble. These homeowners alleged that Citigroup’s mortgage assignments—a key document produced whenever the ownership of a mortgage changed hands—were flawed because they were dated after the bankruptcy was filed.
Mortgage assignments, as we’ve noted , are sometimes processed in-house by mortgage servicers, but they may also be contracted out to companies, in this case a Texas company called Orion Financial Group. (Orion has not been accused of wrongdoing but told Bloomberg it does not “create fraudulent documents.”)
In the settlement agreements with homeowners, Citigroup did not admit wrongdoing but agreed to cover their legal costs and slash their interest rates. In a few cases, the bank also reduced the amount outstanding on mortgages. Here’s Bloomberg:
Citigroup paid almost $82,000 in opponents’ legal costs when settling challenges to four bankruptcy claims that used Orion letters in 2010, according to agreements filed with federal bankruptcy courts in New York and Arkansas. The bank reduced interest rates on the remaining debt by an average of 49 percent, while cutting the outstanding mortgage balance in three cases by a combined $55,000, the filings show.
A Citigroup spokesman told Bloomberg that it reaches settlements in cases for “a variety of reasons, usually so both parties can avoid the expense of ongoing litigation.”
The documents from these cases get into some of the technicalities. Take this case in New York, in which Citigroup’s mortgage unit, Citimortgage, filed this proof of claim . Both the promissory note  and the mortgage  produced were agreements between the borrower, Replique D’Amelio, and the lender, Home Loan Center. Citimortgage also included an assignment of mortgage , dated June 24, 2010, to prove that ownership of the mortgage had been transferred to Citimortgage.
The homeowner’s attorney objected, however, questioning the validity of the mortgage assignment and noting that bankruptcy proceedings had started June 2, 2010—before the supposed transfer of ownership was executed.
“The assignment of mortgage is an attempt to perfect a lien  after the commencement of the case and therefore is voidable by this Court,” attorney Linda Tirelli argued in a motion objecting to Citimortgage’s proof of claim.
Rather than produce an original assignment to prove its claim, the company chose to settle. Though the cases cited by Bloomberg took place in bankruptcy courts in New York and Arkansas, they bear similarity to a recent ruling in Massachusetts. In that case, the state’s highest court voided two foreclosures because neither U.S. Bank nor Wells Fargo could produce an original assignment or evidence of an original assignment  when it sought to foreclose on two Massachusetts properties.
The Massachusetts court, as we noted, ruled that “confirmatory assignments,” or assignments produced after a foreclosure had been attempted, were insufficient to prove the bank’s legal standing to foreclose unless there was sufficient evidence of an earlier assignment.
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Is anyone else out there struggling with this like my family is?
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How can we budget ourselves during this mess?
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Who here has started planning their retirement and have all their fund in order?
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