There is no doubt that USA Discounters’ business model is centered on enticing military customers, but these people getting themselves in debt buying things they cannot afford need to take some personal responsibility:
Army Spc. Angel Aguirre needed a washer and dryer.
Money was tight, and neither Aguirre, 21, nor his wife had much credit history as they settled into life at Fort Carson in Colorado in 2010.
That’s when he saw an ad for USA Discounters, guaranteeing loan approval for servicemembers. In military newspapers and magazines, on the radio, and on TV, the Virginia-based company’s ads shout, “NO CREDIT? NEED CREDIT? NO PROBLEM!” The store was only a few miles from Fort Carson. [Stars and Stripes]
You can read more at the link.
This actually looks like an incentive to become a video game addict:
Game addicts in South Korea could be exempt from performing mandatory service in the country’s military, according to a news report.
Video game addiction is in the spotlight in South Korea as the country considers a proposed law to tackle the issue.
CNET, citing local media, recently highlighted a policy amendment made by South Korea’s Military Manpower Administration in 2010 exempting video game addicts their mandatory military service. South Korean men between the ages of 18 and 35 are required to perform military service.
Citing the “Regulations Relating to the Discharge of Military Public Service”, CNET reported that exemption from military service can be granted if the person has “received six or more months of treatment for alcohol, drug, or video game addiction and has demonstrated ineptitude of carrying out normal duties.” [FOX News via reader tip]
You can read the rest at the link, but the ROK military says they have yet to give anyone a video game addict exemption which means this is probably much to do about nothing.
With all the rumors I keep hearing about shenanigans at the USFK banks I wonder if there is more to this story?:
U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) in February, fired nine Korean employees at its Community Bank.
Now the nine are taking the military bank operated by Bank of America to court to get their jobs back.
According to an internal document, the copy of which The Korea Times obtained, they were fired for allegedly violating the bank’s work timekeeping policies.
In April, the nine affected workers filed an appeal to the USFK Korean Employee Appeals Board (KEAB) claiming that the decision was “unfair.”
An appeal board is expected to open as early as December to review the appeal case, said Kim Chang-guen, a former senior teller at Community Bank’s Osan Banking Center by telephone. [Korea Times via reader tip]
You can read more at the link.
— CSIS Korea Chair (@CSISKoreaChair) July 25, 2014
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The US continues to fund improvements to its strategic missile defenses:
The United States plans to spend about $5.8 billion over the next five years on a missile defense program designed to intercept incoming warheads from countries like North Korea, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
In a report made public Tuesday, the budget office provided the historical and future budgets for the Missile Defense Agency’s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program, a missile defense system aimed at fending off ballistic missile threats from North Korea and Iran. (…………)
Experts say, however, that the communist nation is not believed to have mastered the technology to make nuclear warheads small enough to fit on a missile. [Korea Herald]
You can read more at the link, but the fact that the North Koreans have not mastered the nuclear warhead technology is irrelevant to this funding because the Kim regime has clearly shown its intent to master this technology. The US in response is trying to perfect its strategic missile defense technology to keep ahead of this threat.
This is the thing that baffles me: let’s say Hamas is using human shields. Does that make it suddenly okay for Israel to bomb civilians?
— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) July 25, 2014