Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Think I better knock on wood - Updated

Very strange thunderstorm here. Started out on only one side of the house, thankfully the north where most of the windows are so it will blow some cooler air into the apartment. Meanwhile, it's been much too long since I made the rounds on my blogroll so let's see what the other fine bloggers in my world are talking about these days.

I suppose I'm going to rot in hell for laughing at this.

My pals at the Swashzone are blogging up a storm. Always worth starting at the top and just scrolling and don't miss Captain Fogg who never fails to bowl me over with his eloquence and his eye for underreported stories. Like drones on the US border.
Of course there are legitimate uses for drones, but there are legitimate dangers, not all of which concern collisions and the urge to deploy more eyes in the sky; the insistence that we can and must trust the government with another spy tool seems to make liars out of the people making careers out of telling us we can't trust anyone but them.
And his encounter with the refined wingnuts in the South is somewhat heartbreaking.
I'd ask her to define liberal, but I know she's define it as its opposite. I know she has no awareness of current events, history or anything outside the Yacht Club Republican cocktail-hour school of economics and social criticism.
Avedon is posting a bit less these days but still has posts chock full of not to missed links. Like the comeback of debtor's prisons.
One afternoon last spring, Deborah Poplawski, 38, of Minneapolis was digging in her purse for coins to feed a downtown parking meter when she saw the flashing lights of a Minneapolis police squad car behind her. Poplawski, a restaurant cook, assumed she had parked illegally. Instead, she was headed to jail over a $250 credit card debt.
My friend Dan at Pruning Shears wonders if the Gulf gusher will be a lost opportunity to come together in common purpose, or not.

[Link fixed] And Hart has a fascinating post on a past environmental disaster that created the Salton Sea, that big, impossibly blue body of water in the middle of seemingly nowhere that you might sometime fly over on trips to the West Coast. Addendum: Sorry bad link. Fixed now and there's a part two since I posted.

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Anonymous Ruth said...

That blasted jesus statue probably cheered for the wrong team. We all laughed.

3:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comment about debtors prisons is disingenuous at best. The arrest was made over failing to appear at a legal court hearing, which carries criminal penalties. Merely defaulting on your debt does not, although you can certainly be sued and required to appear in court (see above).

4:07:00 PM  
Blogger danps said...

Thanks for the link, Libby!

Funny enough, I've got one coming right back at you in my next post. Simpatico!

10:01:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Ruth it was pretty impossible not to laugh.

Anon, we're still talking about $250 and if you read the link you'll see people are being jailed for even smaller amounts. Our prisons are overcrowded already and how is anyone going to pay the bill if they're in jail? When they start putting people in jail who defaulted on millions in debt, get back to me.

Hey Dan. Glad to know we're on the same wavelength. Thanks for the link back.

9:05:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin McKague said...

I pass that "Big Butter Jesus" statue a couple of times a month, and will pass it again today. I don't think it's blasphemous to say it was a bit tacky, especially considering its $700,000 cost to build, and the fact that apparently it was built with a lot of Styrofoam.

You might like this little ditty:

"Big Butter Jesus", by Heywood Banks

9:53:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

"disingenuous at best."

Is that cliche another typical snark by the numbers playbook tactic or just snotty hyperbole? It says you'd call her a liar but you don't because you're so polite.

Is this "principle" perhaps -- or maybe you have undisclosed allegiances to the usury industry. You know, those corporate folks who get free money and lend it out at 40% and harass people literally to death or trap them in a cycle of ever escalating fees and hikes if they miss a payment by one minute: the folks who make "payday loans" at 400% -- feel warm and protective about them? The system is rigged for entrapment, to legally squeeze every last dime out of people, not to encourage thrift or responsibility.

So no, the woman didn't exactly go to debtor's prison, unless the condition of helpless penury imposed by the piratical lending industry is considered as such -- and I think it is.

Think any of those bastards or the Republican racketeers who enable them will ever face any kind of justice for ruining people's lives over $250?

Anyway, your righteous hauteur seems disingenuous at best.

10:23:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Fogg, have I told you lately how much I love you. No one puts downs the trolls with greater eloquence.

2:14:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Aw shucks - and thanks for the compliment. For what it's worth, the Fed today put a $25 cap on credit card late fees, but it's still the dirtiest game in town. They make very little on people who charge wisely and pay promptly, they make a goddamn fortune squeezing people they trick by changing pay by dates and more. Twice I've caught a credit company for sending an invoice to arrive on or after the due date and made them back down. In the fine print it often has the deadline as 12:01 AM so if you pay on that date, you're late.

Once Chase decided not to send a monthly invoice - out of the goodness of their heart. I use automatic payments and so, not having an invoice, my bank didn't pay. Next month I had a hefty interest charge which of course rolls over into the next month even after you've torn the card to little pieces and flushed it down the toilet like a dead cockroach.

The Mafia doesn't dare charge interest like Wells Fargo - a big name in "payday" loans.

4:02:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

There was time when such usury was against the law. Long past now I'm afraid.

5:31:00 PM  
Blogger Speck said...

I would have liked to read the Hart article on the Salton Sea, but clicking the link took me directly to my email instead. Can this be fixed?

10:00:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Thanks for the heads up Speck. I so rarely screw up links that I don't check them anymore. Fixed now.

8:59:00 AM  

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