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Am I Back?

7 months since my last post… I’m not going to apologize for the absence either. It’s been a fairly brutal time.

The house situation that occupied so many of my posts the last year is now close to resolved. Evil won also, as it almost always does nowadays.

The mortgage company foreclosed on the house, it was supposed to go up for auction 3 days ago but we haven’t heard anything YET. It’s a double edged sword at this point. If they didn’t cover the balance, we’ll be forced into bankruptcy. IF they did, Then we will be free and clear at the expense of somebody else being defrauded by the mortgage company.

Make no mistake also. The reason the mortgage company chose to sell it at auction vs listing it with a realtor is because there’s no legal obligation to disclose ANYTHING to a buyer when a house is sold at auction. This allows the bank to make as much money as possible and to screw over any buyer.

Truth? If it’s some developer or professional house flipper, I don’t care if they got screwed. Speculators and REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) people are responsible for much of the insane inflation in home prices. They don’t care that they’re pricing a growing portion of the population out of the market, only how much money they can make in the process.

THEN… There Was the F’ing Lawyer

What do you call a hundred dead lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?

If you’ve heard that joke before, you probably recall the answer being “A good start”. At this point, I’d call it an environmental disaster. THAT is how little I think of lawyers anymore.

Ours took 10 months, and had only accomplished managing to lose a default judgment motion hearing regarding one of the defendants (the home inspection company) blowing off the lawsuit and refusing to respond to it. At the 10 month mark, we wrote him expressing our concern that he hadn’t even gotten initial discovery filed yet with one party, AND the other party replied to discovery saying that they couldn’t answer it because several key documents were missing.

He refused to answer anything via email and insisted we come to his office. When we did, he said if we didn’t have any faith in him, we should fire him and then he threw us out of his office.

Well, guess what?

I want to file state and federal BAR complaints against him, but he’d probably just weasel out of everything.

The New Wrinkle / Where To Go From Here?

So a new twist came about while I was playing Everquest 2. I met another player who claims to be a high ranking member of the North Carolina Democrat party’s Progressive Caucus. He offered to help with our situation and made a phone call or two.

So far nothing back from his connections (it’s been days), so I expect ZERO will come of it. Politicians, Activists and Lobbyists are all the same in my opinion:

Nothing in it for them, they’re not interested.

It DOES leave the question of where to go next though… Do we try to fight and expose things to the media, etc? Is there any point to that? The house is sold and the statute of limitations has run on the lawsuit, so even if we could find the one in a trillion lawyer who wasn’t afraid of work, we’re out of luck there.

I’d have to erase nearly everything house related here and create a separate site. Nobody is going to take a wannabe author who tried to use erotica to jump start their career seriously. It’d outright be weaponized against us. Everything nowadays is the politics of personal destruction after all.

Anymore, I’m feeling like the world doesn’t want saving nor remotely care what’s right or decent. Everybody is too busy looking for a free ride and to blame others for the problems they helped create themselves.

So am I back? I don’t know. The burnout factor now is massive. I felt like the blog here had a Return on Investment in negative numbers even before I disappeared as well.

Pfizer Planning on COVID Vaccine Price Hike

And I sometimes ask myself why I despise megacorporations….

Yes, you read the headline correctly. Per Business Week, Pfizer execs told investors there was a “significant opportunity” to hike the price of its vaccine.

They also said that it was possible that people would need a third dose to combat emerging variants of the virus, AND that yearly booster shots might also be needed. THAT, I can understand. Such is the nature of rapidly mutating viruses.

However, per the article, once the pandemic downgrades to just an epidemic with smaller hot spots breaking out here and there around the globe, Pfizer thinks that they will have room to boost the price of their vaccine.

Haven’t we seen enough Zaibatsu profiteering in the pharmaceutical industry already? Look at how the price of insulin has skyrocketed as one example:

I respect that businesses exist to make a profit. I’m generally very pro-business Crap like raising the price 700% on insulin that hasn’t changed at all in that time however? NO! Even more so when there were stories and pictures of one of the insulin companies executives proud as hell that he had done it.

Now Pfizer wants to do the same thing with a product they got government (ie taxpayers; the people they’re selling it to) help to create?!?

I’m bringing back my call to have people caned and flogged.

The Root of All Evil…

I saw something elsewhere online yet again misquoting 1st Timothy verse 6:10 – claiming that money itself is the root of ALL evil. This is one of those deliberate misrepresentations that has always annoyed me. First, the actual verse says:

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…

MONEY is nothing but a tool. It can be used to help the poor, feed, clothe and shelter your family, etc… It’s when money and the material possessions it can buy become more important than God and your fellow human being that your attachment to it becomes an evil thing.

This SHOULD be common sense, but the verse is frequently distorted by people promoting class warfare and / or who are simply trying to excuse their failures in life. Unfortunately, too many well meaning people trying to be spiritual just accept the premise without questioning it or the people that spout it.

The same is true with Buddhist teachings on wealth and material possessions. It’s not those things that cause suffering; it’s ATTACHMENT to them. There IS a difference. Too many Western people feigning Buddhist knowledge though can’t differentiate between owning something and worshiping it.

If you’re still not convinced, consider this. It wasn’t money that made Cain smash Abel’s skull in. Emotions like lust, jealousy and hate cause just as much suffering as greed and avarice.

The irony here is that I’m not rich by any means myself. More accurately in the lower half of the middle class. I also despise much of what I see done by SOME mega-corporations and SOME super rich. HOWEVER, it’s not fair to lump anybody that wants more out of life in with those.

Long story short, it’s fine to have as much or as little as you want so long as you came by what you have honestly and don’t think your status or possessions (or lack of them) make you any better than anyone else.