Via Progressive Populist.
A city boy will never learn everything a country boy knows by instinct. A country boy will learn everything a city boy knows in six months.
In a longer post about Tim Draper’s plan to separate California into six states (George Smith delivers a scathing take-down of that exercise in narcissism at his place), Tom Hilton highlights the one of the (many) logical fallacies inherent in Libertarianism:
The whole thing is an object lesson in the poverty of libertarianism. Libertarians think governing is easy. They think it’s easy because they don’t really care about the details, and they don’t really care about the details because they think it’s easy. (And of course they think it’s easy because at heart they’re fundamentally anti-democratic, fetishizing the dictatorial rule of all-powerful CEOs as their model for governance.)
And because they think governing is easy, because they don’t care about the details, whenever by some hideous mischance one of them is given a position of responsibility, they invariably prove spectacularly inept at governing.
At Delaware Liberal, one of the regulars compares persons and “corporate persons” and wonders which gets the “Get Out of Jail Free” card. A nugget:
Harming Neighbors-Real people harming neighbors, like throwing garbage in their gutter or flooding the neighborhood with the garden hose, can be sued, stopped by health authorities or given restraining orders. Corporate people go on for years polluting neighbors with toxins and it requires a monumental, expensive legal effort to stop or restrain them. Often they are excused because they “give people jobs”.
Follow the link. The whole post is worth your while.
“Corporate personhood” is a Frankenstein’s monster which, like its original, has the potential to destroy its creators while laying waste to the polity and its environs–and its environment.
Also, pigs, wings.
After a 16-year struggle, Nationwide gets adjudged to pay a $25,000 claim, plus $18,000,000 in punitive damages, described in the story as the largest punitive damages award against an insurance company for “bad faith” dealings in Pennsylvania history.
He found that the Jeep remained unsafe even after repairs.
Rather than replace it, he said, Nationwide had engaged in an extensive cover-up, hiding crash photos and other relevant information from Berg and her husband.
He said Nationwide followed a written “litigation strategy” that called for it to fight smaller claims tenaciously – even though such a strategy had been denounced by Pennsylvania courts as “unethical and unprofessional.”
Follow the link for more, including delightful quotations from the judge’s ruling.
They have ways to get out of jail for free.
Cenk is sometime a bit over-the-top, even for me, but not here.
This golf course development is in the trap.
So much for that title search thingee.
Attorneys say it appears the loan, which is still tied to the homeowners’ properties, was not discovered during title searches when the homes were bought. About 16 homeowners and additional land in Fox Den are affected by the foreclosure, according to attorneys.
The more news I read, the more I wonder whether some “real estate developers” are just one three-piece suit away from duping rubes at a carny.
Another bank bites the dust, because, natch, bankers are financial geniuses. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be bankers, now would they?
My father was a banker, one of integrity. Were he alive today, he would be ashamed to admit his profession.
Another master of the universe is missing in action.