Between them, Jeff and Jennifer Felts had seven children when they wed in 2002, so they decided a bigger house was in order.
Last week, with him out of work and her earnings down, they won a 60-day delay in foreclosure on their Kannapolis home. Their case is one of more than 63,000 started last year in North Carolina, a record jump in foreclosure filings amid a weak economy.
"It's a nightmare," he said.
Their ordeal began in December 2004 when they contracted with a builder for a custom house costing about $800,000. They were comfortable with the debt, based on his earnings as a truck driver for 28 years and her higher income as an insurance agent.
Get that? A trucker and an insurance agent, and they feel entitled to a $800,000 house. The entitlement of the buyers annoys me almost as much as the stupidity and cupidity of the lenders. To read about their nightmare [inevitable word in one of these tear-jerker stories], click here.
From a site called OutsourcePortfolio, a piece on outsourcing of publishing work to India:
The trend of outsourcing in this industry is in fact so well-established and profit margins so high that a deluge of Indian BPOs further outsource their work (Nearly 70%) to local printers. The Indian publishing BPOs currently employ about 35,000 professionals and there is demand for 20,000 more in the next couple of years. Seeing the opportunity venture capitalists re also getting drawn to the sunshine sector. American Capital Strategies recently announced (http://www.mydigitalfc.com/jobs/india-hub-publishing-bpos-565) $45 million fresh investment in Techbooks
With all this and more, the publishing BPO business is clocking an annual growth of 30% in India with profit margins oscillating between 30-40%. The sector mainly caters to the US and UK markets.
Read the whole post here. American companies that do this are evil and approach treasonous.
Then, Richard Rodriguez on the role that newspapers formerly played in our civilization and where they are now. There was a time when ordinary Americans aspired to more of culture than the hope of winning on American Idol. Rodriguez writes
A scholar I know, a woman who is ninety-six years old, grew up in a tin shack on the American prairie, near the Canadian border. She learned to read from the pages of the Chicago Tribune in a one-room schoolhouse. Her teacher, who had no more than an eighth-grade education, had once been to Chicago—had been to the opera! Women in Chicago went to the opera with bare shoulders and long gloves, the teacher imparted to her pupils. Because the teacher had once been to Chicago, she subscribed to the Sunday edition of the Chicago Tribune, which came on the train by Tuesday, Wednesday at the latest.
For that sad story, click here. It's in Harper's mag. The coarsening of the ordinary American is the unremarked tragedy of the last forty years. Not so long ago we had a working class that was engaged politically and culturally with a wider world. The methodical destruction of that class has been the greatest tragedy of the years since 1973.
I apologize – A dreary lash-up of news, and here we are, another damn day closer to death.