Evidence that national banks are engaged in predatory lending practices is scant to non-existent. — Office of the Comptroller of Currency, 68 FR 46264-02 (2004) and Exhibit 93522 in the case of In re Regulators Who Were Asleep at the Switch*.
Selfies at Funerals, Leaders of the Free World Edition
Two prime ministers and a president appear to have taken a photo of themselves this morning at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. First Lady Michelle Obama is Rihanna-level unmoved. This image quickly became the most important thing on the Internet. What does it mean? Is a selfie in a group not a selfie at all, but a groupie? (The Oxford English Dictionary named selfie Word of the Year and defines it as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”) These people don’t work for the dictionary, though; the dictionary works for them.
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Eric holder is in the shadows. It may look like he’s listening to an earpiece rather than paying attention—but that’s just how DoJ works these days. They have planted a bug at the funeral—which Holder is listening to during the funeral.
And Michelle is still like, “Barack, you’re embarrassing us.”
I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator. — Mother Jones
What do we find so appealing about The Hunger Games?
If I had to guess for you, Heritage, it’s the fantasy of a hyper-consumeristic future where food stamps have been replaced by a system where the least fortunate fight to the death for the entertainment of the richest and the pacification of the poorest.
Or maybe it’s a world where the down-trodden are so down trodden that you finally get a chance to root for them. It’s not that you don’t care about the poor! You like the Hunger Games! And you totally like it when some charitable rich guy sends in a tiny drone to deliver them some bootstraps. It’s a lesson, right. I mean, all those whiners you see today with their cell phones and indoor plumbing aren’t really poor. You’re not really poor unless you’re simultaneously starving and fighting for your life in a dystopic murder-arena.
But in fully implementing Obamacare, Sandoval faces a double-edged sword: He’s helping bring health care coverage to a state with the second highest uninsured rate in the country, while he may be hurting his national ambitions because he’s not actively blocking the president’s law. —
Nevada’s Republican governor is ‘all in’ - Jennifer Haberkorn - POLITICO.com
I love that Politico writes this sort of thing without any apparent self awareness. The good news is that he’s vastly expanded medical coverage in a state that really needs it. It’s going to save a lot of lives. BUT of if he ever wants to run for President, there might be some angry Republicans. So, on one hand, competent governance and thousands of lives saved. On the other hand, maybe an awkward explanation to some angry people. It’s tough to balance this sort of thing.
The FBI has been able to covertly activate a computer’s camera — without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording — for several years, and has used that technique mainly in terrorism cases or the most serious criminal investigations, said Marcus Thomas, former assistant director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in Quantico, now on the advisory board of Subsentio, a firm that helps telecommunications carriers comply with federal wiretap statutes. —
Get enraged. Published at The Washington Post. (via shortformblog)
Help me understand which part of this I’m supposed to be enraged about—and upon whom the hammer of my rage should descend. According to the article:
Every law enforcement agency ever has been capable of extraordinarily invasive searches. The question is when these capabilities are used.
They who feed, clothe and lodge the whole body of the people should have such a share of the produce of their own labor as to be themselves tolerably well-fed, clothed and lodged. —
Adam Smith (via azspot)
Here’s Adam Smith essentially arguing for living wages.
It gets worse with the holidays. Thanksgiving means that an entire weeks worth of the bank’s post-foreclosure evictions got bumped to today. And all the banks want to get their evicting done before Christmas. So there’s an entire courthouse is packed to the gills with people believing they’ll be homeless in a few hours.
Or, rather, there’s the people who are worried they’re about to be homeless, the court staff, the attorneys doing the evicting, and a handful of us trying to keep people in their houses. It’s exhausting and exhilarating.
The legal system is violent thing. Navigating it without an attorney is difficult for most and impossible for many.
On the other hand, if you know what you’re doing, you can generally get things to work out okay. After today, quite a few more people will be home for the holidays.
Swiss guards confirmed that the pope has ventured out at night, dressed as a regular priest, to meet with homeless men and women. — Pope Francis Sneaks Out Of The Vatican At Night To Serve The Homeless | ThinkProgress