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Sunday, June 01, 2021

Apparently, the usual fee-gouging by credit card issuers has gotten so egregious that the Federal Reserve’s push for stricter controls over what customers have to pay for carrying balances might actually have a chance of becoming reality. In response, the banks are pulling back a bit on their usual nickel-and-diming, and Chaz has already seen material benefit, including the abolition of the infamous two-cycle billing method by two of his plastic-pushers.

But he does detect an ulterior motive:

This is not to say that they’re turning into the Good Guys all of a sudden; I have to figure that they’ll point to little incremental changes like this and tell the Fed, “See? We really don’t need any new regulations.”

Amazing what the mere threat of tighter regulations can accomplish, especially when a practical license to print money is threatened.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 06/01/2021 08:46:21 PM
Category: Business, Politics
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Check it out: The no-nonsense BBC News has an online video player with a built-in volume-control slider that shoots past the usual maximum of “10″, all the way to “11″.

The significance of which should be obvious to anyone who’s ever seen This Is Spinal Tap. And just in case you’ve never seen that classic rock mockumentary, here’s the significant scene:

And that same scene, transcribed:

Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and…
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don’t know.
Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

You just know that a movie has hit the highest possible cultural plateau when the British Broadcasting Corporation starts integrating its elements.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 06/01/2021 12:15:16 PM
Category: Comedy, Internet, Media, Pop Culture
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