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Mike actually wants to punish the large majority of borrowers who take out loans and pay them back on time and then come back and take out more at a later date.  Removing a useful legal, regulated, credit service from the majority of responsible borrowers in order to protect a minority of people who cannot pay the loan back because they lack the self-control.

Let's ban alcohol, GUNS, gambling, cigarettes, junk food and sugary drinks because a minority of people abuse those too.
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General Catholic Discussion / Re: It is now the 100th
« Last post by Frank on Today at 03:18:34 AM »
I approve of Greg's acting as devil's advocate on this forum. It would be a dull place without him. :D

And since the subject of this thread is the Fatima 100 years it seems to me the things are kicking off with the latest false flag at Vegas.
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Sorry Mike, but I think our devil's advocate has the best of this argument. The companies operate in the open and as has been shown operate within the law and are regulated by the law. This is the least bad of the alternatives.
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So we ban payday loans.  Then what?

What do the borrowers do for the money instead?

When they are going to get their power, water cut off, (and face a high reconnection charge), be unable to fix their car or turn up to their construction job with the right tools, and thus lose their job who lends them the money then?

Unless you can fix stupid then you are merely passing the problem on to the person they rip off, the prison system or the taxpayer or illegal loansharks.

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General Catholic Discussion / Re: It is now the 100th
« Last post by Greg on Today at 02:34:04 AM »
Seems a stretch.  Why would the fate of Portugal rely on the whim of Saint John XXIII, while Russia today has superior public morals and higher Church attendance than Portugal, without any consecration being done?

Who is dictating the rules of this game?  The lexicon of this prophecy.  God, or the Queen of Hearts?

It does seem incredibly stupid to read out the first half of a conditional statement and then say "etc".

All animals are equal...etc.

Though shall have no gods...etc

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.


Let your yes, mean yes and your no, mean no.  God works a cosmic miracle, the likes of which has never been seen, and then allows the only living seer to not object to the non-release for 45 years while her country loses its faith.

Words are important.  If there is an "unless" then either tell us that or don't tell us anything about Portugal and the Dogma of the Faith.


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Lumen, I know it may be pretty overwhelming for you to think through a whole avalanche of feedback right now, & although I am no relationship expert like the rest on this thread (& thus I have virtually nothing to contribute), I pray that you will be able to exercise prudence on this matter & do the Right Thing.

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Thank you, Servus. I appreciate that. :)
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Lumen, I know it may be pretty overwhelming for you to think through a whole avalanche of feedback right now, & although I am no relationship expert like the rest on this thread (& thus I have virtually nothing to contribute), I pray that you will be able to exercise prudence on this matter & do the Right Thing.

:pray2:
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I don't mean to be rude, but I've received quite a bit of advice and have a lot to think about. If you all would please refrain from posting now and say a prayer for us both, as well as his daughter, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
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Qua:

"Generally speaking, online "relationships" that never progress to meeting in person within a reasonable period of time are SCAMS."

We are meeting in person within a reasonable period of time. He's agreed to come up here to see me and my family. I couldn't meet him in person for quite a while because I spent something like over a year trying to get all my travel documents in order.

"How are you sure that your digital messages aren't actually originating from somewhere in Nigeria?"

He's sent me mail personally from this town in New York he talks about in terms of where he lives.

"In any event, if there's some "crisis" that presents itself and you need to wire several thousand dollars right away (or if he wants you to wire him money to pay for his "plane ticket"), RUN, do not walk, for the nearest emergency exist."

He does not ask me for money. When we discussed my flight, he offered to pay. When we discussed his flight, he did not ask me for any financial assistance.

"Sure, many relationships start online and turn out well, but the parties shortly meet after exchanging a few messages back and forth."

That's harder when you have to get your permanent resident card and passport in order. 

"That this "bf" actually exists in reality should be the FIRST question everyone is asking.  And allegedly "working online for Amazon" is a huge red flag as well (his time "online" may be in reality spent scamming other potential victims)."   

I've seen him working on the website personally.

OC:

"MTurk is good for disabled people or moms who need a little income, but it isn't a good way to make a LIVING.  I've used it to pay for an extra dance class for our daughter.  It would never pay the grocery bill, though."

There are certain kinds of HITs that you have to qualify for, that are better quality than what are initially given out. My boyfriend qualifies for these HITs.
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Anyone smart and efficient enough to make a living doing some Mechanical Turk work should be able to apply that speed, efficiency, and brainpower to working towards a job which is less risky.

Failure to plan is to plan failure, ultimately.

Wish in one hand and poop in another -- see which fills up quicker.

Being amenable to doing the right thing is not a substitute for taking steps towards it, and ultimately achieving it.

You have a lot to think and pray about, LC.

This.

MTurk is good for disabled people or moms who need a little income, but it isn't a good way to make a LIVING.  I've used it to pay for an extra dance class for our daughter.  It would never pay the grocery bill, though.
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