When Memes Collide

Nov 03 2014 Published by under media

I can’t wait for this impending three-way collision of memes.

What will it look like when the street harassment video meme collides with the Chelsea Handler nipple controversy, and then ricochets into the hot guy from target meme?

What kind of train wreck would that be?

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August 6

Aug 06 2013 Published by under media

On August 6, 1945, The United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, making the United States the first, and still the only, nation to use a nuclear weapon against another nation.

I live in the United States, and I did not see this acknowledged anywhere in any media at all today. So I thought I would acknowledge it.

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Obama Speak With Forked Tongue

Jul 31 2013 Published by under politics

The Audacity of Doublespeak.

Not-My-President Obama’s speech at an Amazon warehouse in Tennessee on Tuesday is the most glaring example in recent memory of a sitting President flaunting a lie, flaunting a crime, and flaunting an agenda, all at the same time. At least Nixon thought enough to attempt to cover up his criminality while in office. Obama feels no such pressure.

Prior to the speech, The White House had said “Tuesday’s speech will focus on manufacturing and high wage jobs for durable economic growth” and that “the President will discuss proposals he has laid out to jump-start private sector job growth and make America more competitive, and will also talk about new ideas to create American jobs.” [Thank you, Shelf Awareness]

Reception to the speech has been negative. Some of the responses, and the White House’s lack of response to the negative responses, are captured here at Publisher’s Weekly. Shelf Awareness details several publishing industry letters to the President here, though negative responses have come from many non-publishing sources.

These are not manufacturing jobs. These are jobs packing boxes with goods manufactured in other countries. When Obama talks about jump-starting private sector growth, he is saying that the American people are going to need to rely on the charity of multinational corporate bullies. That would be a different approach from the public-works and citizen-centric approach President Roosevelt undertook attempting to mitigate the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Obama’s speech is just one glaring example of his disdain for the American middle class.

Once you get past the fact that these are jobs that require no higher education, offer no health benefits, entail long hours of physical labor and substandard salary, as a middle class American you can only say “what the fuck is he talking about?!?”

There is nothing about these retail warehouse jobs that could be construed as beneficial for middle class Americans. And why would Obama advocate for a corporation who has spent billions lobbying state governments for exemption from payment of sales tax? How does corporate tax avoidance help the middle class?

Then you look back at the antitrust case the Department of Justice pursued against the leading book publishers and Apple, led by Stooge General Eric Holder. The DOJ had one of the weakest cases in the history of antitrust cases. The DOJ only triumphed because the publishers folded and settled rather than sink money into exorbitant legal fees. Even though Apple put up a good fight, and witnesses from B&N and Google showed the DOJ had no case, the court found in favor of the DOJ anyway, treating the outcome as a foregone conclusion of the accusation. So what was the motivation behind the DOJ’s case?

The agency-model pricing of the publishing companies was to ensure competition in the retail sphere. Amazon is mounting an aggressive war to destroy all competition for retail book sales, and is striving toward a monopoly. We have not seen such a powerful monopoly as that since the days of Standard Oil, the ‘gold standard’ of monopolies. If Amazon succeeds in creating a monopoly, they will raise prices to any absurdly high level. That is what monopolies do – history, Wall Street, and common sense all tell us this. Amazon has already begun.

It is somewhat tawdry that the publishing industry had to get into bed with Apple in order to fight Amazon, but preventing Amazon from becoming the only book retailer in America would ensure multiple retail sales channels continue to exist for the book-buying public – not just Apple and B&N, but also the thousands of independent booksellers located throughout the country.

The DOJ case handed Amazon the keys to their monopoly. Why would they do that? Shouldn’t they oppose monopolies and all such attempts at stifling competition? And why would Wall Street continue to allow Amazon’s stock to trade at absurdly high prices, despite the fact they are not yet profitable? The answer to both is that these entities want to see Amazon become a monopoly. And not just for books. For all retail.

All this, combined with that infamous no-bid contract for Kindles for the Government that was strangely canceled even though the government somehow felt a DRM-only-walled-garden e-reader was somehow best for public use, seem to point to Obama getting payola from Amazon.

Still another peanut for this pile of hot steaming shit: Obama is giving Amazon an interview for its Kindle Singles line, handing them an interview with a sitting President.

The goal of an Amazon total-monopoly-of-everything would ultimately be to move us to neo-feudalism – Everyone working for one company, purchasing for one company, one company to rule them all – Feudalism with e-ink screens, tablets and always-trackable smartphones. There’s no middle class in feudalism, so ultimately Obama’s speech is one of the most bald-faced examples of publicly disseminated unadulterated bullshit in the history of the United States.

Let me know what you think of White House collusion with Amazon and Wall Street – Comment as you see fit.

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Comrade Stalin Notebooks

Apr 09 2012 Published by under thoughtarrhea

Stalin Notebooks are hot sellers in Moscow. [via Boing Boing]

Banning them would be Stalinist.

Perhaps it’s better if we just make them disappear . . .

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How to Destroy the Middle Class

Sep 22 2011 Published by under politics

Check out these two stories that came out within days of each other:

Mayor Bloomberg is the second richest person in New York, while 1 out of 5 New Yorkers lives in poverty. I don’t think Jay-Z or that annoying chick who does the chorus are among those.

Blatant doublethink. None of the major media outlets makes the connection between these two items. It’s as if each of these facts exists in a vacuum from the other.

Bloomberg’s New York is the blueprint for how to destroy the American middle class. His tenure has seen the greatest city in the country turned into a banana republic. He has overseen the implementation of omnipresent surveillance, yet somehow has allowed Mexican and Salvadoran gangs to take control of the city. He has laid off scores of skilled workers, while declaring the city a haven from American immigration laws. While welcoming these illegal immigrants, many of whom are involved in identity theft and trafficking of hard drugs, he has overseen increased, needless enforcement of outdated marijuana prohibitions at great cost to the taxpayers.

Bloomberg destroyed or cut back many services once considered crucial to the survival of the city, while funneling much of the civic business that survived to his own companies, run through shadow corporations. In the meantime, he allowed what was once the greatest infrastructure in the country – subways, buses, bridges, tunnels – to crumble. The last time the city eliminated multiple subway routes was when President Ford famously told us to go to hell. Bloomberg turned the city into his own personal coffer – far worse than anything the notorious Boss Tweed ever did to this city. He not only used his office as Mayor to personally enrich himself, but managed to also destroy the quality of life of middle class New Yorkers.

New York doesn’t exist anymore. It’s just a marketing concept. In reality, it’s little more than a third-world resort, without the beach, but with Spider-Man the Musical and five dollar coffee. If you want a glimpse of what will happen to the middle class in the rest of America in the coming years, take a look at New York. The plan has been effectively implemented here, and it is coming soon to a town near you.

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New York Times Racist Doublethink

Aug 31 2011 Published by under media

The New York Times lauds a blogger who pokes fun at Mayor Bloomberg speaking Spanish with a pronounced American accent.

I’m sure if my blog ridiculed Hispanics who speak English with a foreign accent, The Times would label me racist. But making fun of white people is ok.

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