HATE LISTPosted: January 21, 2011 Filed under: Uncategorized 24 Comments
In no particular order:
- People who ‘speak’ Marketing and refer to ordinary transactions as an ‘experience.’ On the radio this morning I heard some wonk calling the process of someone downloading a coupon an ‘experience.’ Listen, you assholes: You should only call something an experience if it radically changes your life. Sorry, but saving 25 cents on Jimmy Dean sausages probably does not qualify. Having a heart attack from eating too many Jimmy Dean’s sausages? Qualifies.
- Politicians who are about to vote down the Obama health care law ‘because it’s unfair to ask the taxpayer to pay for other people’s health care‘ or ‘because it’s socialism!‘ ought to have the courage of their own convictions to voluntarily drop out of their cushy government health care and start paying for it or doing without.
- Anyone who listens to Limbaugh and claims to have an IQ over 80 should be retested.
- If you consider yourself ‘pro-life’ but currently support slashing social programs and dismantling the US Department of Education, you are an incredible asshole.
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Honestly I've never understood how someone could be against public health care. But our premier is a commonly recognized tax evader, corrupter and pedophile, so probably your issues are not that strange.
Italy is beautiful, isn't it?
I'm pro-life, and I also ardently desire for the entire U. S. government to cease to exist and to be replaced by nothing.
No social programs.
No Dept. of _________ [anything].
No federal courts.
No more alphabet-agencies (CIA, FBI, TSA, IRS, etc.).
No more Code of Federal Regulations.
I wish each of the 50 states were its own country. I consider the U. S. federal government to be the single most dangerous thing in the world to our life, liberty, and property.
“Sorry, I can't be kind about this.”
Oh yes you can be kind, you simply choose not to be; while excusing it as an inability on your part. Perhaps you should take a few moments to ponder what your own words reveal about your character.
Sorry for lighting up your blog, I am just tired of the anti-federal govt nonsense that has infected this country.
@Geoffrey: If you live in a democracy, you are the government.
HATE IS A STRONG OF WORD,BUT THEIR IS LOTS OF DICKS TO BE PISSED FROM. I SEE ALOTS OF STUFF ON THE INTERNET…………..SOMETIME THE COP BUSTS OPEN A DOOR AND SHOOTS THE INOCENT DOG DEAD, FOR WHY?………….SOMETIME THE COP GET A DEPLOY FOR AFGANASTAN AND THE BANK FORECLOSE A HOUSE FROM ONE ACCIDENTAL MISSED PAYMENT RENT……..
THE DICK IS MAYBE A PERSON, OR THE DICK IS A ORGANIZATION. IT CAN CHANGE, OR BE BOTH. BUT CAN I COMPLAINE TO MUCH? NOT TOO MUCH BECAUSE I LIVE HERE, WHICH MEANS THE DICK IS ME TOO.
BUT I DO HATE THE FUCKERS WHO WALKA DOG IN FORNT OF MY ROOM AND DONT PICK UP THE POO…………MY CARETAKER MAKES ME CLEAN IT UP,. SO SOME HATE FROM ME TO YOU IF YOU DONT SCOOP THE POOP!!!!!!
Afraid I have to disagree with you. As ineffectual and maddening as the Feds are, I think they better than the alternative. There is no doubt in my mind that if the anti-Federalists got their wish and the US government was disbanded tommorow, that within 3 years the US middle class would probably cease to exist and within less than 8 years ~70% of the population would live in virtual wage slavery while a small specialized class would serve the top 01-05% of the elites. Multinational corporations would have the power of life and death (moreso than they already do). Like in the 19th century, consumer protections and safety regulation would be non-existant. The corporate elites would have immunity to prosecution much like multinational corporations avoid prosecution today… and there wouldn't be any laws or regulators to check them anyway… so they would have carte blanche to do whatever they wanted. And, if you look at the life many of our ancestors led in the factory towns of the 19th century that led to many of the Federal regulations that bedevil the imaginations of the anti-Federalists, the life that most of us would be living would be 'Grapes of Wrath' all over again (i.e.: people starving while agribusiness plows crops under to drive the price up).
@Justin: are you crazy, stupid or both? My father had leukemia, and at one point (after the chemotherapy and TWO marrow transplantations) he had to take an antifungal worth over 1,000€ a vial. We had not only all the cures, but also the antifungal for free. And you know what? You can have leukemia also if you don't smoke. Actually, you could wake up tomorrow morning and discover you have cancer or everything else, because smoke only “speed up” cancer (even not in every cases).
So what? Are you really sure that if you get hill is your fault?! Than you're not only ignorant and shortsighted, but also a criminal in a sense.
I'm sorry, I live in a country where the only thing that works, so far, is our health care policy. And guess what? We are still a FREE country.
I'm mad I have to support lazy cops and firefighters. I want a third world infant mortality rate. The rich should be in charge of charity, blah blah blah…
I think that the U. S. federal government is what makes possible the immense concentrations of financial power in the hands of a very, very few. The people in Big Government and in Big Business are typically the exact same people. When is the last time we had a poor (or even middle-class) president? Congressmen are typically rich. So are federal judges. Need I say more than Bush-Cheney-Halliburton?
Look at the multi-billion dollar gifts given by the U. S. federal government to gargantuan companies such as Boeing. Look at the bank bailouts, and Goldman Sachs (“too big to fail”).
Big Business and Big Government are not antagonistic towards each other. They literally sleep together. It is typical that Chelsey Clinton (daughter of a former president) married a man who is both an investment banker for Goldman Sachs and is the son of parents who are both former congressmen.
There is a revolving door between Big Business and Big Government, as Big Businessmen go into Big Government to use it as their own personal tool to further increase their already obscene wealth.
If Big Business were at all antagonistic to Big Government, then where are the libertarian Big Businessmen? Where are the anarchist Big Businessmen? Where are the Big Businessmen joining the protests against G-20 meetings? With perhaps some exceptions that you can count on your fingers (though I am not aware of a single exception), all Big Businessmen regularly vote Democrat or Republican and broadly support the existence of the U. S. federal government (though perhaps wanting some minor reforms).
In a nutshell, Big Government is what makes Big Business possible. With the dissolution of the U. S. federal government, a wave of liberty, peace, and prosperity would wash over this land.
“Last time I looked it up, the US lagged behind every EU nation and most others in 'how many babies survive being born.' Even Cuba does better at that than we do.”
France and a few other countries cook the books in this regard. In France, a baby has to live 24 hrs for it to be “viable” and reported as an infant death; in the US, you are considered alive the minute you come out, and if you die in the next five minutes you are considered an infant death. Other countries do this also. Not to disagree with your main point…but this stat is great abused when you start checking out how it is measured worldwide.
I'm afraid I think you are naive. Every time within my lifetime we have seen less Federal regulation rather than more, we have not seen anything other than an upward spike in corporate profits and an erosion of the middle class. The housing bubble and the mortgage shell game played by banks are recent examples. Yes, that is an example of the Government and Corporations working in collusion, but 'releasing corpoartions from the shackles of Federal regulation' served only to impoverish the middle and lower classes and enrich the elite. Like Greg, I think reform is needed. But I consider the Federal Government a necessary evil to protect me and mine from those who pull the strings on “the invisible hand.” Reading my US social history, I see a connection between the building of Federalism and the rise of the middle class. That's not by mistake.
Badmike: Was not aware of that; will have to look into it. Would be interested in seeing ammended statistics where every country is using the same measurement. Even so, the last study I saw (I think from ~2005 and put out by WHO) placed the US at around 28. Even if reformation of methods of study moved us up in the study, we would still likely lag behind the EU partners. Since every preganant French citizen who wants it can get health care (especially pre-natal care for the baby) whether or not they can afford it, even without any statistical shenanigans I'm sure France would still come out on top of the US. Now maybe the wealthy (+250k per year) in the US get better care than the middle or lower classes in France… but the wealthy in France can still buy MORE healthcare putting them at parity with the US.
Geoffrey “I'm an idealist that highly prioritizes PEACE”
Greg “You're a fucking asshole!!”
I swear to God that the next jerkwad I see being an over the top dick to Geoffery on the internet is going to get an email with “punchintheface.you” as an attachment 😀
My Hate List:
People that are dicks to Geoffrey
That's a very short list!
I look at things like the mortgage blowup and economic melt down following years of de-regulation of the financial sector and “perfectly legal” shenanigans in the banking industry. I look at the wave of avoidable mining and industrial disasters following the defunding of the regulatory bodies and the appointment of more industry friendly leadership. I look at accidents like the Deepwater Horizon/BP spill in Mexico following years of underfunding and erosion of powers of the EPA and other similar groups. And don't even get me started on what is happening to the environment as a result of deregulation or regulators turning a blind eye or the Bush administration rewriting much of the regualtion to rely on 'voluntary cooperation' by industry rather than inspection.
The current 'Randian' philosophy (which I oppose) is that regulators should be abolished and then peace and prosperity will shower over the deserving. History shows that when regulation is abolished, the most ruthless prosper and everyone else suffers. Look at the life of the 19th/early 20th century mill towns and mining towns. Look at how multinational corperations have moved nearly all manufacturing to places like China… a country where 'anything goes' as far as working conditions, emissions and workers rights are concearned. I am convinced we are headed back to that life where workers were, for the most part, no more free than indentured servants and attempts by workers to organize were put down by management with guns.
An individual policeman's level of corruption does not invalidate the need for law enforcement. Reform of the regualtion is what is needed.
Let me correct that for you;
Geoffrey: I am an idealist that highly prioritizes peace by destroying the infrastructure that makes life possible for millions of people, thus ensuring that those people die in a violent anarchic environment which forms in the vacuum created by the destruction of said entity.
Oh yeah, a real idealist.
My Ignore List:
You have to take account of the mentality of your opponent if you want to use vibrant emotional language. There are plenty who deserve roughhousing but Geoffrey is intelligent and *always* placid.
I suspect you did not have the opportunity to air your views at a good university where eventually you would have been content to leave them behind as so many do after their freshman years.
No way to take his mentality into account when I do not know the man, Kent. Regardless, folly of that magnitude must be met with total scorn. Believe me, for many years I thought that people were inherently good and could be changed by reasoned debate. Then I met some people. Now I know better.
There are only a handful of people out there whose minds are flexible enough to even bother talking to. The sad thing is that I could easily see myself raising many of the sins Geoffrey points out in the USA in support of a variety of other points. I do not disagree with the facts he raises but the conclusion he draws.
His ignorance of the colossal cost to humanity for following his suggested course of action is beyond the pale and must be met with fire.
Hilarious since I am almost always Chaotic Neutral in games.
@Greg: Well yeah, CN is the fun alignment. They not just do as they what short of an all-out killing spree, they get the most pussy! Just never loan them any money, as you'll never get it back.
…this is why I smoke herb…