The thermometer showed a 103.5-degree fever, and her 10-year-old’s asthma was flaring up. Mary Bolender, who lives in Las Vegas, needed to get her daughter to an emergency room, but her 2005 Chrysler van would not start.
The cause was not a mechanical problem — it was her lender.
Ms. Bolender was three days behind on her monthly car payment. Her lender, C.A.G. Acceptance of Mesa, Ariz., remotely activated a device in her car’s dashboard that prevented her car from starting. Before she could get back on the road, she had to pay more than $389, money she did not have that morning in March.
“I felt absolutely helpless,” said Ms. Bolender, a single mother who stopped working to care for her daughter. It was not the only time this happened: Her car was shut down that March, once in April and again in June.
This new technology is bringing auto loans — and Wall Street’s version of Big Brother — into the lives of people with credit scores battered by the financial downturn.
*Internet-of-Things property hack. You imagined that you owned and controlled that vehicle, only to find that, in fact, you shared its operation with distant rentiers who have seized wireless control of it.
Being good to each other is so important, guys.
This movie’s been popping into my subconscious randomly over the last couple months. Kate Beaton just uploaded a comic naming it (I had forgot the name!) so I had to drop everything and watch it.
Now do I move on to Robin Hood, Iron Giant, or The Incredibles?
*Gosh what awful rubbish this is. Even lolcats and selfies lack this dreadful, Sinclair Lewis “Babbitt” atmosphere of Freudian repression. What would J. G. Ballard say?
1. Work without wealth
2. Conscience without pleasure
3. Character without knowledge
4. Ethics without business
5. Humanity without science
6. Sacrifice without religion
7. Principle without politics
*I wonder if those seven are any less dangerous