This is a video Shawn McTigue made as part of a creative submission for the MasterCard Intern 2012 Challenge as he was applying to be a Marketing Intern with MasterCard Canada for a summer job! Don't agree "cashless society" is necessarily better (nor safer) for the reasons he states or otherwise, but its good to know that Credit Card companies are so fixated on eliminating cash that they make a cashless society creative contest.
Do you have a lot of outstanding credit card debt? Ever feel like it’s in charge of your life? Well in this sketch from The Second City Network, that feeling like you lost your freedom becomes a lot more than just a feeling.
Director: Joshua Funk
Producer: Meghan O'Brien
Written By: Joshua Funk, Willis Turner, and Andy Cobb
Starring: Willis Turner, Michael McLendon & Nyima Funk
Featuring: Kyle McGrath, Ed Zareh, Andrew Friedberg, Christopher Senger, Ric Rosario, Gilbert Garza & Charlene Yang
Music by: Joshua Funk
©2012 The Second City Inc./Willis Turner
Many of today's biggest names got their start at The Second City main stages -including Tina Fey of 30 Rock, Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report, and Steve Carell of The Office.
Visit the Second City website.
Why the recession happened and may become a double-dip recession.
College education is the largest scam in U.S. or perhaps even WORLD history! This excellent documentary look into the problems plaguing today's education system was put together by Inflation.US
Retailers offer great incentives to make you take out their store cards, but if you don't use them you could get stung, as Nathalie Bonney discovered.
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Lost in all the Obama furor, the world's leading economic powers â€” the so-called G-20 nations â€” are quietly laying plans for a November 15th summit in Washington, D.C., that may effect a revolution in world finance and global governance, a revolution with potentially much greater long-term impact on America than anything on President-elect Obama's agenda.
According to an AP report, "EU leaders are set to call on the Nov. 15 summit to agree immediately on five principles: submit ratings agencies to more surveillance; align accounting standards; close loopholes; set banking codes of conduct to reduce excessive risk-taking; and ask the International Monetary Fund to suggest ways of calming the turmoil."
Even discounting the deliberate vagueness of the phrase "closing loopholes," such an agenda obviously contemplates a significant increase in the level of international regulation, presumably to be implemented and enforced by an international regulatory body or bodies. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), created at the Bretton Woods economic summit near the end of World War II, is being touted as the obvious candidate for a global financial regulatory organization. Historically, the IMF's mandate has been far more limited than many of its creators, including British economist John Maynard Keynes (one of the organizers of the Bretton Woods conference), originally envisioned. Keynes and the rest of the British and American delegations to Bretton Woods wanted the agreement to create a global reserve currency (which Keynes wanted to call the bancor), but ended up establishing the dollar as the world's fallback currency instead. They also created the SDR (Special Drawing Right), a quasi-currency in which all acounts at the IMF were and are reckoned.
Now, it appears, the IMF is being primed for a much larger role, to be remade into a bona fide instrument of global governance â€” just as the original General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), also created at Bretton Woods, was later transformed into the World Trade Organization (WTO). The latter is a de facto global trade ministry with supranational authority, and it has already wielded over the United States and many other nations.
The IMF, in other words, is apparently being prepared to become for global finance what the WTO has become for international trade. At a recent planning session for the upcoming summit, "[EU leaders] discussed making the International Monetary Fund the world's financial watchdog, suggesting it be given more power to curb financial crises and give more money to aid countries in trouble," the AP reported.
EU leaders like France's President Nicholas Sarkozy and Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown have seized the initiative in setting the agenda for the November 15 summit, which some are informally referring to as "Bretton Woods II." The EU will be calling for an agreement to overhaul the global financial system within 100 days, with a second international summit to be held in March.
Additional proposals that may be implied by the aformentioned five agenda items might include: creating a world central bank; creating an international reserve currency to replace the ailing U.S. dollar; and levying fees or taxes on international financial transactions. Any of these would be potentially devastating blows to American sovereignty, and would immeasurably strengthen the UN-centered embryonic world government.
A global central bank with the power to create a truly international currency would give the international system the same power globally that the Federal Reserve enjoys domestically â€” the power to create money at will. In other words, the UN system would acquire at a stroke the power to fund itself by printing money, emancipating it from reliance on the contributions of member states. An international tax or fee assessed on financial activity would be the realization of another long-cherished but still-unfulfilled dream of globalists: a truly global tax.
Make no mistake about it: the upcoming series of global summits will be about creating and empowering new organs of world government. It will be about curtailing international economic and financial freedom, not enhancing it.
A number of credit card companies now issue credit cards with embedded RFIDs (radio frequency ID tags), with promises of enhanced security and speedy transactions. But on today's episode of Boing Boing tv, hacker and inventor Pablos Holman shows Xeni how you can use about $8 worth of gear bought on eBay to read personal data from those credit cards -- cardholder name, credit card number, and whatever else your bank embeds in this manner. Fears over data leaks from RFID-enabled cards aren't new, and some argue they're overblown -- but this demo shows just how cheap and easy the "sniffing" can be. This episode is part of our ongoing series of interviews with some of the thinkers, hackers, and tinkerers at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology conference this year. For more episodes of Boing Boing tv, visit tv.boingboing.net.
Having difficulty understanding the 2008 US Financial Crisis? Here's a short animated video that explains, slowly - and - visually!!!
We switched out top box videos recently, so here again is the previous featured video - the powerful "Philosopher's Stone" by Aravoth.
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