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.
From the front page of the New York Times website:
Of the crises facing American troops today, suicide ranks among the most emotionally wrenching — and confounding.
Confounding? What’s confounding is that the New York Times would say soldier suicide is confounding.
War kills people and destroys the survivors, some of them so destroyed by war they don’t want to live any more.
Call me simple minded.
(CBS News) Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left claiming responsibility for the April 13 attack on the Boston Marathon, reports CBS News senior correspondent John Miller.
Sources tell Miller that Tsarnaev wrote the note in the boat he was hiding in as police pursued him, and as he bled from gunshot wounds sustained in an earlier shootout between police and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
The note, scrawled with a pen on the interior wall of the cabin, said the bombings were retribution for U.S. military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, and called the Boston victims collateral damage in the same way Muslims have been in the American-led wars. “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” the note added.
People are free to ignore this sentiment as they please. Christians do not feel this way about other Christians.
Read Malcolm X’s autobiography — the parts towards the end. He openly expresses the Muslim brotherhood.
Our family has a friend who grew up in India and they were told you were Muslim first and everything else came after that.
White folks should not be surprised when this sentiment continues to be expressed either before or after.
I don’t consider this idea to be a justificiation for what the Tsarnaev’s did, but the idea that they are crazed, mentally ill psychos is not accurate.
Upon finding itself a target of the administration’s spying program, the establishment press suddenly disapproves of the president’s record on “civil liberties, transparency, press freedoms, and a whole variety of other issues on which he based his first campaign,” Glenn Greenwald writes in The Guardian.
Oh, that same mainstream media that has been denouncing ‘the crazy left wing’ blogosphere that’s been denouncing Obama’s war on whistleblowers, his secret drone war, his manipulation of the press, his fellatio of the banks while he portrays himself as the Great Trust Buster.
You stupid assholes clearly have no principles and now that you’ve been bent over by Obama, you’re all indignant and trying to retain just a scrap of dignity?
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.
He argues that many people who champion work-life balance aren’t overworked, but are using the term as a politically correct tool, a smokescreen for the desire to not do work.
Is it my imagination or is this a space age, new wrapping on the old argument that raising kids is not work.
Only money work is work.
It’s no wonder our society is plagued with obesity, mental illness, alienation, and drug use.
Invisible corporate parents.
…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?
Recently, Glencore Xstrata PC CEO Ivan Glasenberg argued that executives who start to focus on family and hobbies will find themselves undercut and replaced by ones who don’t.
It’s easy to dismiss these attitudes as outdated, macho, and unreasonable. But it’s possible that people seeking work-life balance are just avoiding finding a way to work extremely hard and be very happy about it.
Marty Nemko, a career coach, author, columnist, and radio host, argues that the most successful and contented people prefer a heavily work-centric life over work-life balance.
“The real winners of the world, the people that are the most productive, think that this notion of work-life balance is grossly overrated,” Nemko told Business Insider. “Most of the highly successful and not-burned out people I know work single-mindendly towards a goal they think is important, whether it’s developing a new piece of software, inventing something, or a cardiologist who’s seeing patients on nights and weekends instead of playing Monopoly with his kids on the weekend.”
The real winners of the world are, in my opinion, the ones most responsible for ruining the world and making it the toilet that it is. I know this would come as a shock to these folks who think they are improving my life, but I don’t see it that way.
That’s the answer to the question in the jpeg below.
Shameful fucker that Tom Friedman is.