1%ers, Debit Card Fees and Profiling

A few random political thoughts today:

 The 1% protesting on Wall Street and other locations?  Almost a year ago I wrote that there would be protests and compared the cultural climate of America to that experienced during the French Revolution, albeit more civilized.  It’s like the movie in which people throw open their window and shout, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”  People aren’t asking for answers, they’re showing their frustration.  Why don’t they seek answers?  Because they believe that no one really is interested.  What is the potential outcome?  It’s very possible that we’ll see a resurgence in unions; I wouldn’t be surprised to see the healthcare industry unions grow – and that’ll be a very interesting evolution particularly the more fields/professions that join.  It very well might change the organizational dynamics of physicians within the hospital making it in the physician’s best interest to become a team player.  Many already are.  To some of the others this will be anathema.

All the science fiction stories in which money is replaced by various sensors didn’t factor in the concept that banks would see this as one more way to extract a fee from their customers.  Debit cards are cheaper for banks to process than checks, but greed is a powerful force. Oh by the way, ask a 1%er what he or she thinks of it.  I’m sure you’ll get some interesting comments.

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the underwear bomber is in the news today, as is Manssor Arbabsiar, the individual who tried to hire the drug dealer to blow up a restaurant to kill the Saudi ambassador.  Then of course there’s Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who went on a shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas.  I know profiling is politically incorrect, but do you notice anything similar about these people? 

You’d think others whose ancestors hailed from the middle east would start taking these types out behind the woodshed and say, “Your shenanigans are making my life unpleasant and I’m not going to tolerate it.” 

Maybe an Imam should do his impersonation of the old black and white movies’ stereotypical Irish priest.

“Now tell me, Yahya (Johnnie), what’s gotten into you?  I’ve known you since you were a wee tyke and I never expected you to turn out like this.  You’re not only making yourself look bad, you’re making all of us look bad.  Let’s you and me go over to the gym, put on some boxing gloves and I’ll help you work out those frustrations.”


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