Friday, May 5, 2023

SECU Hosts Meeting Of The Minds With "Small" N.C Credit Unions - The Spider And The Fly?


"Will you walk into my parlour?" said a spider to a fly; .... 

Before we get started on thinking about those emails, here's a brief update on what SECU and its' partner in  political prevarikari - (just made that up, so don't look it up - combination of prevarication and hari kari) - the Carolinas' Credit Union League (CCUL) are "up to" (or is that "down to"?) this week.

SECU hosted a meeting of "small" credit unions from North and South Carolina on Tuesday in Raleigh. Twenty or so "small" credit unions attended. The meeting was scheduled for five hours (10am/3pm), but SECU refused to publish an agenda. SECU did invite attendees to submit any questions in writing in advance. (Why does this sound vaguely familiar...oh yeah, those Fireside Chats with SECU advisory boards!) 

Dan Schline was spotted lurking in the back of the room, but claimed he was simply an invited guest. of the meeting content to "small" credit union: "Don't Worry Be Happy!" 

Thoughtful folks, however, might find a more accurate and disquieting message in the 1829 poem by Mary Howitt, "The Spider and the Fly": [full]

"Will you walk into my parlour?" said a spider to a fly;
" 'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy.
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I have many pretty things to shew when you are there."
"Oh no, no!" said the little fly, "to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."

....verses II - VI............

He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
Within his little parlour – but she ne'er came out again!
– And now, dear little children, who may this story read,
To idle, silly, flattering words, I pray you ne'er give heed:
Unto an evil counsellor, close heart, and ear, and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale, of the Spider and the Fly.[1]

— Mary Howitt (1829)
... "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!" - Sir Walter Scott 
Better duck!