Category Archives: Misc.

Five ways banks rip you off

Careless consumers share the blame for forking over $24 billion to banks in overdraft fees last year, but, as the NY Times points out, bank policies encourage these penalties. (If you have over drafted with Wachovia/Wells Fargo, call customer service and ask them to waive your fees.) Since 45% of U.S. banks rely on these […]

Fight Wachovia overdraft fees

Last year, American banks collected $24 billion from their customers in overdraft fees – up 35% from 2007. About 51 million Americans overdrew their accounts, incurring penalties averaging $34 per transaction. Financial analysts expect these numbers to increase for 2009. Without the money they raked in from overdraft penalties, 45% of U.S. banks would not […]

NPR To Be Saviour Of Journalism

Ok, so the title is a bit far-fetched yet there are some experiments going on in that sphere as public issues and accountability journalism is newspapers and the general mass media goes on the decline.

A Borderless World

Excellent talk by Parag Khanna about the true nature and value of borders in our world today. About 19 minutes but well worth it (as is any at TEDTalk). Additional TED interview here.

ACORN crusaders going after the wrong people

For the last week or so, there has been a growing controversy over the activities of ACORN which Wikipedia describes as “a collection of community-based organizations in the United States that advocate for low- and moderate-income families by working on neighborhood safety, voter registration, health care, affordable housing, and other social issues.” ACORN became a flashpoint during the last […]

The Trouble With Twitter

The Kanye West backlash has already reached its pinnacle with even the President chiming in that Kanye was “a jackass”. This was an entertaining factoid to most but the way in which it was revealed was rather bothersome (to me at least). It seems during an off-the-record part of an interview, Obama uttered this statement […]

Keywords/Roundup

– A couple of weeks ago I wrote about keywords for the site. Since then, one of the more amusing phrases, “Got caught with weed and a scale how do I beat it?”, has led to 37 more hits to the Web site. – There’s an interesting post at the Confluence Blog claiming that Hillary […]

A pattern is emerging

Short version: Congress has given Attorney General Alberto Gonzales the power to spy on Americans and foreigners with little to no oversight. Long version: I’ve written a bit about the destruction of the 4th Amendment that is the NSA wiretapping scandal. I’ve wanted to write about this particular story since Friday night. It’s just so […]

Happy 4th!

Glenn Greenwald: In Federalist No. 70, Alexander Hamilton described the defining power of the King which made the British monarchy intolerably corrupt: “In England, the king is a perpetual magistrate; and it is a maxim which has obtained for the sake of the public peace, that he is unaccountable for his administration, and his person […]

Pastor buys adult products with taxpayer dollars

Jimmy Weber, 45, of Sioux City, Iowa was getting ready for some lonely nights. The Des Moines Register says he used the money to buy this: A home theater surround-sound system; a laptop computer for personal use; accessories for an iPod personal stereo; the books “Pleasure Beach” and “The Kama Sutra;” the CD “Sex Machine” […]