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Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Have you blazed a wide swath of rotten credit? Rather than go through the unpleasantness of rebuilding your financial health, just have a kid or two and then leech off their virgin credit scores:

If a parent has a child’s social security number, they can do almost anything — no matter how young the child is — because a credit check does not reveal a person’s age, said Robert Siciliano, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com…

Because of the availability of personal information to close family members, more than half of identity theft cases are typically committed by parents, he said.

“Parents who are compromising their child’s identity are generally doing it because of a need, like a single mom whose electric bill is too high and the lights get turned off, so the path of least resistance is putting it under the baby’s name,” said Siciliano. “But then a light bulb goes off in her head and she opens a mobile phone account, and the next thing you know she has a credit card under her kid’s name or gets a car loan,” he said.

Way to start Junior off in life, with a subpar credit score before s/he is out of diapers. If this isn’t child abuse, I don’t know what is.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 06/08/2021 11:26pm
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According to some, liberalism travels on its stomach:

…The idea of being in a city without a decent Thai restaurant drives [liberals] frantic. As long as they can point to a Cambodian eatery or a Syrian cafĂ© in their town they can reassure themselves that they are among the civilized. Their greatest fear is to be stuck in some flyover burg where the only food available is exactly like the stuff they were raised on in their bland, white, upper middle class childhoods.

Well, yeah — if you were, in fact, raised on bland tripe, I’d think you would want to branch out culinarily once you’ve grown up. Sticking with the same meat-and-potato options your entire life — including what goes into your head, as well as your mouth — doesn’t seem all that appealing to me.

Anyway, demographic shifts are helping that traveling army of thought infiltrate even flyover country. If Oklahoma City can boast of an Ethiopian restaurant (sub-Saharan cuisine being an apparent marker for diverse discourse), there’s no telling where the dining/thought experiment will end.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 06/08/2021 08:05am
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