Tuesday, July 26, 2005
The Erosion of Personal Property
On my way to work this morning, I overheard a local Radio Host Commenting on a new trend that car dealerships have started to engage in. Apparently there is a new device, sort of a black keyboard, that is attached just underneath the dashboard that, when you are late on your car payment, begins to flash a red light. So, one day late you get a flashing red light. As the late days begin to pile up the red light flashes more and more, I believe. On the fifth day that your car payment is late, THE DEVICE SHUTS OFF YOUR CAR AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DRIVE IT. Once you make a payment, you receive a code that you can enter in and you will be able to start your car and drive normally. You shouldn't be surprised though; this is just another step in a long standing effort by the government and, by extension, big business, to erode Personal Property. Basically the Car dealership is saying, You haven't bought that car, you're just renting our property until you pay it off. THEN you've bought the car. Not only do I expect this type of device to become popular with dealerships, but it wont be far down the line when banks will start requiring such devices in cars before you can be approved for a loan if your credit is less than perfect. Hell, with the advent of keyless entry into houses, I bet the same kind of system for homes is just around the corner. Despite what people have been lead to believe as consumers (Man I hate that term, mostly because it fits so damn well), they don't own anything as long as they are continually paying for it and can have said item taken from them at anytime if they dont make a payment. The future will be a strange and terribly wonderful place; Beautiful for those who can afford it, Hell for those who can't. OH and all water you drink will be bottled by some company whereby you have to pay to drink it. Tap water will be pretty much undrinkable without serious filters. Right now, 90% of the bottled water sold in this country is owned by Coke. COKE! Let that marinate for minute...
'What makes you think I've taken you back then?'
'Well, you don't want to die single, do you?'
Just watched Shaun of the Dead from beginning to end last night. An absolutely GREAT movie. I know, I know, I'm late. But if you haven't seen it, you owe it to yourself to check it out. The way the british handle zombie invasions is just so much funnier than americans. Zombies on the loose, eating people alive and they still have time for tea. Priceless.
Am I all alone? Is anybody out there?
What I need on my blog is one of those People Meters that shows how many people have visited, cause very few people leave comments. So if you've stopped by and read some, please PLEASE just say a word. Hi or helllo, or Guillotine...anything...just let me know I'm not shouting out to the void. And if you happen to live in Japan, I think you should take the time to write to me more. Especially since I comment on every blog YOU write, you lazy bastard...but Im not talking about anybody specifically...oh no, not at all....