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650,000 Americans Joined Credit Unions Last Month — More Than In All Of 2010 Combined

Posted on November 4th, 2011 at 17:58 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


One of the tactics the 99 Percenters are using to take back the country from the 1 percent is to move their money from big banks to credit unions, community banks, and other smaller financial unions that aren’t gambling with our nation’s future.

Now, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) reports that a whopping 650,000 Americans have joined credit unions since Sept. 29 — the date that Bank of America announced it would start charging a $5 monthly debit fee, a move it backed down on this week.

To put that in perspective, there were only 600,000 new members for credit unions in all of 2010. “These results indicate that consumers are clearly making a smarter choice by moving to credit unions where, on average, they will save about $70 a year in fewer or no fees, lower rates on loans and higher return on savings,” said CUNA President Bill Cheney.

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  1. I’ve been wondering why the Occupy protesters aren’t more active about displaying “dump your bank, join a credit union” signs. Instead of barricading bank lobbies and getting arrested, why not picket branches of the big banks and hand out flyers about credit unions?

  2. Tomorrow.

    They’ve been promoting it for quite a while.

  3. I’d be surprised if credit unions will be able to sustain those customer gains. I was in one for 20+ years. Mine was inconvenient and not competitive. That may have changed since I left them but I doubt it.

  4. Remember that there are a lot of states where credit unions are limited in what they can do – limited by law, created by lobbying by the big banks. For example, lots of credit unions have limits on how much interest they can give on a savings account. The inconveniences you experienced may very well be the result of similar idiocies.

  5. I don’t think it was the law that was hampering them. It was the lack of branches convenient to many of their customers, the lack of services they were able to provide that banks could, and I would think their smaller asset portfolio hurt them, too. They’re still around, though, so some people must still like them. I really did like the people and I stayed in it long after it became a disadvantage for me.

Popular intoxicants: what lessons can be learned from the last 40 years of alcohol and cannabis regulation?

Posted on November 4th, 2011 at 17:34 by John Sinteur in category: News


In this paper we discuss the relative physical, psychological and social harms of the two most frequently used intoxicant drugs in the UK, namely cannabis and alcohol. Over the past 40 years, the use of both drugs has risen significantly with differential consequences. It is argued that increased policing of cannabis use under the current drug classification system will lead to increased criminalization of young people, but is unlikely to significantly reduce the rates of schizophrenia and psychosis. In comparison, increases in alcohol drinking are related to significant increases in liver cirrhosis hospital admissions and mortality, at a time when mortality rates from other major causes are on the decline. A recent expert-led comparison of the health and social harms to the user and to others caused by the most commonly used drugs in the UK showed alcohol to be more than twice as harmful as cannabis to users, and five times as harmful as cannabis to others. The findings underline the need for a coherent, evidence-based drugs policy that enables individuals to make informed decisions about the consequences of their drug use.

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Jon Stewart on the Republicans’ waste of time reaffirming “in God we trust”

Posted on November 4th, 2011 at 17:29 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Apple’s Supply-Chain Secret? Hoard Lasers

Posted on November 4th, 2011 at 16:49 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


About five years ago, Apple design guru Jony Ive decided he wanted a new feature for the next MacBook: a small dot of green light above the screen, shining through the computer’s aluminum casing to indicate when its camera was on. The problem? It’s physically impossible to shine light through metal.


Most of Apple’s customers have probably never given that green light a second thought, but its creation speaks to a massive competitive advantage for Apple: Operations. This is the world of manufacturing, procurement, and logistics in which the new chief executive officer, Tim Cook, excelled, earning him the trust of Steve Jobs. According to more than a dozen interviews with former employees, executives at suppliers, and management experts familiar with the company’s operations, Apple has built a closed ecosystem where it exerts control over nearly every piece of the supply chain, from design to retail store. Because of its volume—and its occasional ruthlessness—Apple gets big discounts on parts, manufacturing capacity, and air freight. “Operations expertise is as big an asset for Apple as product innovation or marketing,” says Mike Fawkes, the former supply-chain chief at Hewlett-Packard and now a venture capitalist with VantagePoint Capital Partners. “They’ve taken operational excellence to a level never seen before.”

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We ask a OPD officer why he had his name badge covered….

Posted on November 4th, 2011 at 10:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


We ask a OPD officer why he had his name badge covered…. from BLK PXLS on Vimeo.

This how to properly engage with police when they do suspicious things. We were riding by on bikes and noticed hes hiding his name and has no badge number. SO we decided to ask him. He did not answer, we asked a ranking officer is that policy? The LT. quickly went about fixing his attitude. This is a common practice among cops at occupy’s around the US .That way he/she cannot be named or referenced if he participates in police miss-conduct . Its in most police departments policies that all officers in uniform must show some form of identification. OPD does not wear badges with #’s, how do we hold anyone accountable?

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The Kitten Covers

Posted on November 4th, 2011 at 9:59 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

I’m amazed it took so long for the internet to do this.

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  1. What? No Sgt Pepper?

The Big Girl

Posted on November 4th, 2011 at 9:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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