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    "There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
    James Adams, from his essay "To 'Be' or to 'Do': A Note on American Education", 1929

    We're a Canadian family of five, farming, home schooling, and building our own house. I'm nowhere near as regular a blogger as I used to be.

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Don’t try this at home

Matt Apuzzo at the Associated Press tries to find out how the banks are spending their bailout moneyOur bailout money.  Try these answers at the bank the next time you need to borrow some money:

“We’re choosing not to disclose that,” said Kevin Heine, spokesman for Bank of New York Mellon, which received about $3 billion.


“We’re declining to [disclose that information]” (Thomas Kelly, speaking for JPMorgan Chase, which received $25 billion)


“I just would prefer if you wouldn’t say that we’re not going to discuss those details.” (A spokesman for New York Mellon Corp.)

Not for nothing is it called the Troubled Asset Relief Program.  That giant sucking sound you hear?  Down the toilet.  Which means you might want to turn up the Christmas carols and pass the rum balls…


3 Responses

  1. Depressing, yes. But, on the sort of kind of bright side — in that bailout of the Big 3 auto makers, Ford has said “no thanks.” I think it might be one of the smartest marketing moves they could have possibly ever made. I know I’ve got my eye on an Escape Hybrid. I’ll probably never be able to afford it, but they made it just *that* much more tempting.

  2. Mind boggling. I can just see me walking into the bank and saying “I REALLY need this money, but I’d rather not tell you what I’m spending it on.”

    Of course, the bigger problem is that the whole damn economy runs on debt and if the banks stop lending the whole thing really does go down the pan.

  3. And I have spent many hours in the past week figuring out how to deal with the regulations around the funds allocated to help cities and counties deal with vacant and foreclosed properties. At the meeting on Monday I asked if people though the banks were sitting around puzzling thru regulations. I’m going to try the “I’m not going to disclose it.” And see what happens.

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