“You're right. I'd do the same thing in your shoes--we got rid of the cards, though, because we have no self-discipline. It was too easy for me to buy stuff I couldn't afford. Eventually, we quit paying off the balance and it got ugly.”
“Right now we have no credit cards. We consciously decided to live a cash-only lifestyle. It's better, believe me. We have no debt (except for our mortgage) and if we get to the end of the month with no money, we don't buy anything. In my opinion, we all need to re-learn this skill. We have all been trained by the banks and our corporatocracy (and the media) to buy, buy, buy. We need to stop this.”
Doho2008 on Jun 4, 2014 at 12:11:58
“What works for you doesn't work for all. We need to have credit cards because our federal credit union is over an hour away, and yes, that's the closest. If we go over our 10 transactions limit (10/month) with our debit card (even when using as a credit card) we get dinged $1 for ever transaction that's over that 10 limit. So, we use our credit cards for everything and just pay off the balance at the end of each month. What's more, is we get cash back for it, we save up until we have accumulated the points needed for a $100 Visa card. Sure it's not much, but they essentially are paying me to use their card.”
dc8s on Jun 2, 2014 at 13:03:34
“I totally agree with you! I have cards, but stopped using them and only use one to get rid of the balance with a 0% transfer offer. After that's paid off, it had better be a dire emergency and wiping my savings. I started retraining myself after a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace class. People can say all they want about Dave, but he can definitely give you tools and the right way to live a cash lifestyle easily!”
“Gary, I'm with you. The idea that banks are honorable and deserve our respect and honesty is a joke. If what you're doing is within the law, and it's a choice between your money and the bank's, why would anyone take the bank's side?”
May 16, 2014 at 11:51:05
“I respect what Tyson is saying here, but come on. It's the fashion industry. It has zero to do with reality . . . lots of fat people buy clothes too, if you get my drift. There needs to be two fashion industries: haute couture for the insular crowd of nobodies and one for the people who run the world (the rest of us).”
“I think there's a wide, sidewalk-like path he's running along, and that the guy happens to be a very agile, fast runner. The uncanny thing is that no one seems to see him, or move out of his way. But I think it's just a guy running.”
“I think there's something primal at our natural revulsion at a badly done/over done bit of plastic surgery. Absolutely not excusing the bullies. No one needs to take to twitter and insult someone for how they look. But people, bad plastic surgery is monstrous. It's scary. Better to risk looking your age . . . even on the oscar's stage.”
Apr 20, 2014 at 11:06:36
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“By the way, young one, rape is the issue here as well as power imbalance. 17 or 70, the man is saying he didn't consent.”
gentryt9 on Apr 20, 2014 at 13:06:45
“Yeah and it isn't considered true unless proven. Thankfully we live in a place where our emotional response isn't all that's necessary to convict someone. Well most if the time.”
gentryt9 on Apr 20, 2014 at 12:36:43
“That sounds like it should be in a criminal court rather than a civil court where the only justice he'll get is money. I wonder where the parents were in all this? I had a fake id at 17 and went to bars, I knew exactly what I was doing and it would be ridiculous for me to go back and hold the men I was with responsible. 17 is a little old to be so easily beguiled.”
Apr 20, 2014 at 00:26:38
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“Oh, my goodness! Such a clever response. So thoughtful. It really helped me to understand everything in such a different light. And guess what? I now love the religious too!!!!”
AllenMcw on Apr 20, 2014 at 02:49:30
“Betty, the point is that even though it is wrong to get sex by making promises of a career in show biz or what have you, 17 is not considered a child in many states. In fact in HI the legal age of consent is 16. In fact if you google age of consent (I just did) there are more states with age of consent at 16 than 18. The ages range from 16-18 overall.”
gentryt9 on Apr 20, 2014 at 02:40:40
“Glad my message inspired you to live, even the hateful faithful. Though you may find some of them are rather unlovable.”
Apr 19, 2014 at 13:15:15
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“A few people here are commenting disparagingly about the victim's only coming out now with a lawsuit. Look, I have a friend who was raped by her uncle as a small child. She repressed the memory for many years (not saying that's the case here) and her ENTIRE ADULT LIFE has been informed by this long-ago rape. I'll wager this guy is not about trying to get money, but trying to put his psyche at rest. He is trying to gain back some of the power he lost as a young boy. It's far more complicated than seeking money. Money is part of it, for sure, but I hope he wins. I believe him. This Singer guy is just gross.”
Ginger Fires on Apr 19, 2014 at 23:40:33
“I'm sorry about your friend.
Obviously we all use personal experiences to inform us.
What I find strange is Egan already had a lawsuit against three other Hollywood men. All three fled the country and he was issues a $2 million default judgement. Singer was never named in those lawsuits.
Maybe Singer wasn't someone of interest in pursuing then.
I just don't like multiple forms of exploitation.
I don't like the rich exploiting the youth. I don't like people blaming the victim.
But I also don't like young people who don't want to admit any wrong doing for their actions.
Can you imagine these headlines "young men sexually exploited for coveted position as McDonalds cashier".
For some reason, the culture of exploitation in Hollywood seems to be all encompassing... The powerful looking to corrupt, and the corrupt who want power.
It's different to me when you're exploited by family members - or a so-called friend in college ... But when it's a "prospective" employer... I don't understand how that works. I don't understand how multiple men continually rape a young man for years in mansions around the world.
This makes no sense to me.
Are mansions that seductive to risk your life? Is getting a role in Hollywood that important?
I don't get it.
So I change the job title, "McDonald's cashier" and suddenly this story seems even more insane.”
gentryt9 on Apr 19, 2014 at 14:46:49
“He was 17 at the time he is alleging it occurred, not a small child. Reading the article helps.”
“And yet this: How has our current society given the message that other people matter at all? Look at the Koch brothers? Look at how the banks shafted thousands of our fellow human beings? Why does it surprise us that this woman has gotten the message that compassion is for the birds?”
Moira Faulds on Apr 19, 2014 at 04:36:57
“Well, first of all this has nothing to do with the Koch brothers. And good people know the difference between right and wrong regardless of which politicians and corporate raiders are stealing what from whom. It has always been so.”
“People are bored out here . . . people have no opportunities that excite them anymore. It's a dog-eat-dog existence. It's no wonder people are choosing to buy the high. I think it doesn't help to strangle off the supply. People will find their drugs. The only answer is education, decriminalization, and compassion for addicts. In the libertarian world we live in now, where social programs and compassion are labeled weak and "taking," I just feel this problem will only get worse.”
“If everyone in this study were doing everything perfectly and the diet soda were their only vice, then this study would be worth the ink used to type it. Until we know all the variables, the specifics about how the participants eat and exercise, it really tells you nothing.”