In June 2011, when Levon Tyler, a 37-year-old staff sergeant in the Marines, walked into Smart Choice Title Loans in Columbia, S.C., it was the first time he’d ever gone to such a place, he said. But his bills were mounting. He needed cash right away.
Smart Choice agreed to lend him $1,600. In return, Tyler handed over the title to his 1998 Ford SUV and a copy of his keys. Tyler recalled the saleswoman telling him he’d probably be able to pay off the loan in a year. He said he did not scrutinize the contract he signed that day.
If he had, Tyler would have seen that in exchange for that $1,600, he’d agreed to pay a total of $17,228 over two and a half years. The loan’s annual percentage rate, which includes interest and fees, was 400 percent.
1. Only in America!
2. Collective low self-esteem in action.
3. We’re all on the same side.
4. Greatest country the planet has ever seen.
5. War is a scam.
6. Capitalism is a predatory system.
Wow, this story encapsulates most of the key points of my blog.
Monsanto Co. (MON) opponents who want to block genetically modified foods are guilty of “elitism” that’s fanned by social media and fail to consider the needs of the rest of the world, Chief Executive Officer Hugh Grant said.
The global population is growing and food consumption will rise even faster as people enter the middle class and eat more protein, the head of the world’s largest seed maker said in an interview. Those who can pay more for organic food want to block others from choosing more affordable options, Grant said.
From Scientific American:
Used in yards, farms and parks throughout the world, Roundup has long been a top-selling weed killer. But now researchers have found that one of Roundup’s inert ingredients can kill human cells, particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells.
1. Monsanto modifies the seed to make if more resistant to Roundup.
2. Those who don’t want modified seed, don’t want it partially because they fear Monsanto will claim ownership of all seed as the GMO seeds start to cross breed with unmodified seed.
3. This is familiar corporate propaganda to start these little class wars if middle class people protest a product that is forced on the working class due to economic conditions.
…and all she saw were gay, Communist Muslims everywhere!!!
And she saw black people on welfare and no white people on food stamps!!
And perverts, she saw perverts like me.
Following the death of father of four, David Sal Silva last week, his family’s attorneys are calling for police to release bystander video evidence that reportedly shows California Highway Patrol officers brutally beating the 33-year-old. A video from a surveillance camera (which does not show the scene close up) has been released and shows the man repeatedly struck with a baton.
The police confiscated this bystander video evidence.
Is that legal? It certainly doesn’t sound fair to have the police on one side of the cameras and then when it doesn’t look good for them they get to confiscate the footage.
What happened to what’s good for the peasant is good for the po po?
“Now the Pentagon, the White House and the State Department intend to show the world what vindictive losers they are through the persecution of Bradley Manning, myself and the organization more generally.”
If the U.S. government can’t protect its information they should do a better job of keeping internal information internal instead of shooting the messenger.
Wikileaks dude is right, they are fucking losers. Just like that loser federal attorney in Boston that tortured Aaron Swartz until he committed suicide.
God, Obama blows.
Stephen Hawking’s decision to boycott an Israeli conference in protest at the state’s 46-year occupation of Palestine was derided as hypocritical by some, who pointed out that the celebrated scientist and author uses Israeli technology in the computer equipment that allows him to function.
Am I prohibited from criticizing Israel because I eat bagels and the Jewish people invented bagels?
I must say, this is a pretty high school defense of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.
Hey, America invented the computer and terrorists use computers so you can’t hate us and try to kill us.
As the US chicken industry has sped up kill lines in recent years, it has resorted to heavier use of chlorine-based washes to “decrease microbial loads on carcasses,” The Washington Post recently reported, quoting a previously unreleased USDA document. As I’ve noted, the USDA is preparing to release new rules that would speed up kill lines still more as well as allow companies to douse every carcasses that comes down the line with antimicrobial sprays, “whether they are contaminated or not.”
This is a variation of that saying ‘a chicken in every pot’.
Some chlorine on every chicken! What could be better? If you eat the chicken in your swimming pool you won’t have to chlorinate your pool.
Talk about capitalist efficiency.
Arsenic in chicken, turkey, and pig feed
Why it’s a problem: Arsenic is beloved of industrial-scale livestock producers because it makes animals grow faster and turns their meat a rosy pink. It enters feed in organic form, which isn’t harmful to humans. Trouble is, in animals guts, it quickly goes inorganic, and thus becomes poisonous.
Banned in Europe, still being used here in the USA.
Friggin’ European Communists.
This is the kind of shit that doomed the Roman empire, and I must say it’s smelling pretty Roman around here these days.
Based on the public record, even if you combine all the released Guantanamo prisoners who are confirmed or suspected to have taken part in any form of militant activity anywhere in the world, the total comes to 53, or 8.8%, which is much lower than the 27% being cited by the U.S. intelligence community.
This 8.8% rate is also far smaller than the recidivism rate of criminals in the United States, which currently stands around 67.5%, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Becoming more detached from reality as time passes. Just like the drug war.
Becoming a profitable industry instead of a push that gets wound down.
Becoming a tool for politicians to maintain their power. And in that way it’s much better for politicians than the war on drugs.
In a small study out last week, researchers asked a group of teenage girls to hand over their lipsticks and glosses and tested them for toxic metals, including lead and cadmium. Though metal content varied widely from brand to brand, they found that women who apply lipstick two to three times daily can ingest a significant amount—20 percent of the daily amount that’s considered safe in drinking water or more—of aluminum, cadmium, chromium, and manganese.
They care about you and your health ladies AND they want you to look good too.
What could be sweeter than that?