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  •  Checks and (5+ / 0-)

    You'd never find a post like this on a Conservative site. Those folks are so self centered and jingoistic that even if they did come across information about anyone different from themselves they'd skip it.

    Knowing lots of stuff is one of the characteristics of Liberals.

    A word in a light defense of checks. Total dependance on the internet may not be such a good thing, from a security angle, from a privacy angle, and even from an efficiency angle (software failures, difficulty in getting things corrected, etc.)

    Checks are nicely physical. With faults, of course, but they also give one the opportunity to utter that self-satisfying sentence, "The check's in the mail."

    REI, thanks very, very much for this excellent diary – and the great photos. Real life is fascinating; government posturing less so. A fabulous post, and I'll be watching for more.

    How independent is Iceland? Water, energy, heat seem to be no problem. How abut food? Home grown vegetables in quantity year around? Hothouses? With the weather I would guess that books are important, but it's a guess. An ethnically homogeneous population – and if so is that limiting?

    Thanks again,
    A Southerner in Yaneeland

    •  about checks (1+ / 0-)
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      Checks are nicely physical. With faults, of course, but they also give one the opportunity to utter that self-satisfying sentence, "The check's in the mail."
      I have to agree.  For us, checks are kind of a backup system.  We pay most of our bills on-line or even automatically.  It might be nice to get bills sent to an in-box of our online checking account but that may even be doable and we're just not using it.

      One of my favorite quotes from Big Trouble in Little China:

      When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."

      I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

      by Satya1 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:58:09 AM PST

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      •  It's not just an "ability" which "might" be (1+ / 0-)
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        offered.  Here it is "the" system which "must" be offered.  Nobody would dream of having a bank account that didn't support greiðsluseðlar; it'd make no sense.  You don't need a "backup system" because everyone has it and everyone uses it.  All the banks use the same system and there's no fees.  By law.  So you can use it as much or as little as you want, for as big or as small of payments as you want.

        My mother sometimes sends checks from the US.  It confuses the poor cashiers who always have to try to figure out what to do with them.  It takes a good chunk of a month for them to clear.

        •  Why not keep a checking account in the USA? (2+ / 0-)
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          That's what I do, and the occasional US check goes into that account.  Checks aren't used in Norway, either.

          The Republicans are defunding, not defending, America.

          by DSPS owl on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:56:16 PM PST

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        •  I mean backup system in the widest sense (1+ / 0-)
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          If I have a plumber here on site he expects to be paid before he leaves the house.  (He might be a small business who isn't set up for credit cards.)  Is that doable with your system?  Here it would be but it involves a couple of steps that make a checkbook just as easy.

          I send checks to a variety of folks globally.  Checks are cheaper than wiring (usually about $25).  Is there a way for your Mom to send you funds without incurring a fee?

          Sometimes I'm out with a friend and need to reimburse her or him but don't have cash on me.  I'm not ready yet to use smartphone browser yet for that due to lack of security.

          Sometimes power goes down and I have to complete a transaction with someone.

          I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

          by Satya1 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 01:43:00 PM PST

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          •  Absolutely. (0+ / 0-)

            You can pay anyone, anywhere, any time.  It's one of the things I love about the country.  Now, internationally, I really don't know.  I really don't know what's the best way for my mother to send me money.  I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually.  

            Oh, and pretty much everyone here has at least one cell phone too, most people with smartphones which can still use the net with the power out.  And I can't imagine why paying someone from your home couldn't wait a few hours even when the power's out.  Are you writing checks by candlelight?  Stuffing them into envelopes in the dark, etc?  And if we really want to play the game, what happens if the power is out on the other end?  It still comes down to getting the data into a computer system either way.

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