Showing posts with label Video. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Video. Show all posts

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Devastating Ad That Explains Bain Capital Better Than Anything Else

When you ask people, "What is Bain Capital?" more often than not, you're going to get puzzled stares. That's because much of the defining and explaining that went on happened in the early summer.

Bain Capital was Mitt Romney's version of predatory capitalism. It bought companies, it sold companies, it rearranged them, and it tore them apart to make profits. And while Republicans claim that Bain created jobs, here's a testimonial as to what the tearing apart looked and sounded like.

Friday, November 25, 2011

At Some Point, People Will Stop Caring About This Stuff

Bear in mind, this is just stuff.

People need stuff. They need comfort and they need consumer goods. But they are now realizing that this stuff is drying up. The money isn't there anymore. The goods aren't as necessary anymore. People are going to turn on this kind of thinking and figure out something else.

It won't be an austerity kick or a threadbare sort of vogue. People will realize that they just need less stuff. Information wakes people up, almost intrinsically. You can do more with less. You can have a comfortable, joyful life. You just need to do it without as much money and with less crap. Everyone can get there. Hopefully, someone will show the way.

What empowers the 1% is the fact that they have spent the last few hundred years figuring out how to tame and placate the populace. That opiate for the masses? It isn't religion anymore. It's stuff.

What broke about five years ago was the mechanism through which the 1% would stop absorbing wealth and allow some of that comfort and that "stuff" to filter back down to the masses to keep them fat, dumb and happy. The mechanism snapped, breaking itself into a multi-trillion dollar loss that no one knows how to adequately explain. Well, I know--your home value, your 401K, and all the raises you're not getting--that's where those trillions went.

I don't condemn these people for fighting over stuff. Everyone needs to get just a little bit of it. We're talking about a basic human need. But when people get smart and start doing more with less, the 1% will have a little less leverage. That is the price of breaking the mechanism.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

When Will the Police Brutality Wake Up a Sleeping Nation?

At some point, enough people will wake up to the fact that their right to protest is gone. We have a little more than eleven months until election day, 2012. Is that the day when the people will take back their country? Take it back from whom? I don't know, either.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Over the Moon in Brisbane

No, you shouldn't moon the Queen of England. I can't believe we're even having this discussion.

Unsanitary and unpleasant, yes. But, what do you accomplish by mooning the Queen? You accomplish nothing, you end up bothering a lot of busy people who have to protect the Queen from real outrages and the like, and you end up ruining a perfectly good Australian flag.

There's no victory here. Only chafing and poor hygiene choices.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A New Take on Homelessness

Miss Colorado Blair Griffith had this to say about her experiences with being homeless:

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All too often, we associate "ugliness" of some kind with homelessness. That's impossible in this case.