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Warren Buffett: Predator, Scumlord

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Warren Buffett’s mobile home empire preys on the poor

And near Bug Tussle, Alabama, Carol Carroll has been paying down her home for more than a decade but still owes nearly 90 percent of the sale price — and more than twice what the home is worth.

The families’ dealers and lenders went by different names — Luv Homes, Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt, 21st Mortgage. Yet the disastrous loans that threaten them with homelessness or the loss of family land stem from a single company: Clayton Homes, the nation’s biggest homebuilder, which is controlled by its second-richest man — Warren Buffett.

I didn’t learn about this until now, via another article:

America’s trailer parks: the residents may be poor but the owners are getting rich

Asked by an eager investor how regularly tenants leave her parks, Lee says: “When they die. [They] stay forever, they have no place to go.”

Charles Dickens, Jack London, Upton Sinclair, Eugene V. Debs, Jacob Riis, and countless others who fought for progress and a fair deal, spin in their graves.

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The Entire Tech World In One Photo

BuildPeePhoto

The Microsoft Build conference.

Techies and what looks like a homeless guy sitting in his own piss.

— via Twitter

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How The Hell Does This Even Make Any Sense?!

POLICE: FIGHT OVER $500 LOTTERY WIN LED TO MURDER-SUICIDE

A guy wins $500 on a scratch-off lottery ticket. His girlfriend wants some. He doesn’t want to share. He shoots her and then shoots himself dead. She later dies at the hospital.

Neither one of them gets the money.

This country is spinning into a whirlpool of insanity.

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Ignorance And Hubris In Silicon Valley

How Silicon Valley Shapes Our Future

In such a worldview, politics and policymakers are the great enemy because they slow down progress. “Rules are made to cement existing structures,” Thrun says. “We are trying to circumvent them.”

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

He’s absolutely ignorant of social history and doesn’t even realize it.

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire

Their findings led to thirty-eight new laws regulating labor in New York state, and gave each of them a reputation as leading progressive reformers working on behalf of the working class. In the process, they changed Tammany’s reputation from mere corruption to progressive endeavors to help the workers. New York City’s Fire Chief John Kenlon told the investigators that his department had identified more than 200 factories where conditions made a fire like that at the Triangle Factory possible. The State Commissions’s reports helped modernize the state’s labor laws, making New York State “one of the most progressive states in terms of labor reform.” New laws mandated better building access and egress, fireproofing requirements, the availability of fire extinguishers, the installation of alarm systems and automatic sprinklers, better eating and toilet facilities for workers, and limited the number of hours that women and children could work. In the years from 1911 to 1913, sixty of the sixty-four new laws recommended by the Commission were legislated with the support of Governor William Sulzer.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

The overarching “existing structure” of everything is human beings. If you don’t understand that, you shouldn’t have the power to do anything.

Previously here:

More Reasons To Despise The Techies
The Silicants
Sellouts, Shills, Con Men, And Egress Pushers

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The Lowest Bastards Are Book Burners

Because they promote ignorance. And ignorance leads to all other evils and ills.

Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas.

Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books — including children’s stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes on sports, health, culture and science — into six pickup trucks. They left only Islamic texts.

The rest?

“These books promote infidelity and call for disobeying Allah. So they will be burned,” a bearded militant in traditional Afghani two-piece clothing told residents, according to one man living nearby who spoke to The Associated Press.

We need a worldwide program to digitize every damn library.

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Grave-Robbing The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Sequel to Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy set for 35 countries

This is the world as remade by lawyers. This is why movies are shit reboot after shit reboot. This is why TV does shit reboot after shit reboot. Art becomes “property,” like fucking real estate. Those who can’t do, who can never understand, rape the dreams of creators and turn them into whores for all the world to see.

Previously here:

The Girl With The Bank Account Tattoo
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Book And Movie Versions
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trailer Mashups
Shot By Shot: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Red Band Trailer
New Statesman – Girls, tattoos and men who hate women

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No IQ Wanted

Overqualified and Unemployable

Sally had applied for a job at a college teaching the computer language she’d been writing about for years. In fact, the college was using her book as the textbook for the course. But they wouldn’t hire her. Why? She didn’t have a Master’s degree.

And:

It gets worse. Sally wanted to work for a local organization that has a tendency to hire young people at low starting salaries. When she applied, she even offered to work at that low salary. And she was turned down.

I know why. Young people are inexperienced and far more likely to do what they’re told instead of tapping into experience to suggest improvements as they work. Employers don’t want smart, helpful people. They want drones — bodies to fill seats, push pencils, and get a job done without questioning what they’re told to do.

Yep.

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Our Bleak Turing Spambot Future

Persado Raises $21 Million to Replace Human Copywriters With Computers

Citi uses Persado for its credit card business and says the rate at which its emails are opened has increased by 70%. In addition, the rate at which recipients who open those emails go on to click on them has increased by 114%.

“We have never lost to a human,” Mr. Vratskides said. “I’m a mathematician , and I can guarantee you, it’s like a computer losing to a human on a chess game, even worse than that…It incorporates a lot of randomness to get there, it’s like getting a needle in a haystack. We built the haystack. The human brain does not work this way.”

Enjoy your Algorithmic Armageddon, asshole.

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American Wasteland

The Cruel Waste of America’s Tech Talent

This ragtag group from Carl Hayden Community High School in West Phoenix constructed the robot out of cheap plastic tubing and garbage. It smelled so bad, they called the machine Stinky. The other entrants — almost all college students — had corporate sponsors and serious budgets. This was an underwater robotics contest, but Carl Hayden didn’t even have a swimming pool. Nonetheless, Stinky came in first place.

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
— Thomas Jefferson

Previously here:

What Having No Help Can Lead To

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Finally! The Q Word.

Former White House Official Warns Of Terrifying Cyprus-Style Global Endgame

Let’s look at the facts: The value of global derivatives contracts now exceeds more than one quadrillion dollars. People can’t even understand the magnitude of it. One of the reasons regulators everywhere have been so insistent that banks raise their capital or liquid cash on their balance sheets is to try to be prepared for the next derivatives crisis.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Anyone surprised by that figure wasn’t paying any damned attention back in 2008 when I tried to spread the word.

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