EMTs vs the Poor Sep05

EMTs vs the Poor

More stupid bullshit from the ‘temporarily embarrassed millionaire generation’ currently circulating on Facebook:     Good. Fucking quit. But maybe instead of doing it to begrudge the poor, grow a spine and do it to force the ambulance companies who currently charge as much as $2206.00 to give a people a ride to the hospital to pay you a fair wage for doing the majority of the work. — Whoever publishes this bullshit has definitely found their nitch. What better occupation to pull peoples heart-strings than ’emergency medical technicians’ who ride around saving peoples lives. Surprisingly enough, the average wage of EMTs really is only about $15-20 / hr.  EMT Training however is also only about 6 months (120-150 hours), so despite loose association they are not exactly doctors or as much a commodity as highly trained medical personnel. Regardless, underpaid EMTs have become the poster children for the war against poor people fighting for livable wages. But its a tragedy that so many look at the wage disparity and conclude that the solution is to keep paying entry level positions so little that there is no incentive to even get one … while simultaneously complaining about the number of people who decide to abuse the welfare system instead. But then again, when you have a generation of people who think being a hustler is a virtue its no surprise that so few want to shatter a system that might some day give them the chance to get rich on the back of everyone else.   — Information regarding case study and effects of minimum wage increases: http://www.dol.gov/minwage/mythbuster.htm http://www.attn.com/stories/1349/6-biggest-myths-about-raising-minimum-wage...

The Great Pac Sun Controversy May26

The Great Pac Sun Controversy...

  Pacific Sunwear, Inc. sold a shirt with an Anarchy sign and an upside down flag … a universally and formally acknowledged symbol of distress. Clothing designer, A$AP Rocky explained his design with the following statement … ‘The reason that those flags are upside down are because our world is upside down. We’re just trying to be understood’. So basically its a just t-shirt that like most t-shirts with anarchy signs portrays a confusing and inconclusive social message of ‘rebellion’, likely to be bought and worn by people who will put little to no thought into any part of it. Who cares. But this Memorial Day 2015 the facebook patriots have decided that they are not going to take it. And as yet another testimony that most have never had a real problem in life … they have launched a massive social media campaign threatening to boycott Pac Sun, a retailer that most of them never even heard of prior to their conservative social media feeds alerting them to this ‘problem’. While I normally would not give a F and just ad this to the long list of meaningless bullshit modern conservatives complain about, there are 3 glaring ironies to the great Pac Sun controversy that I just cant get over … 1. Those taking issue with the ‘horribly offensive t-shirt’ that has no baring on their life whatsoever are ironically almost always the same people conveying the very messages on this t-shirt. If your social media feed is full of rants about the president being a Kenyan Antichrist, how American policy is precursor to the apocalypse and how Rand Paul’s political ideals make sense … you probably should be wearing anarchy symbols and upside down flags. 2. Rabid conservatives have been using this imagery to convey their disdain for modern american policy since the evil black Kenyan was elected president. Even soldiers who actually understand what an upside...

Republicans Hit a New Low Mar10

Republicans Hit a New Low...

While Obama is pursuing diplomacy to keep the US from going to war with nuclear capable Iran, 47 Republican senators, in an unprecedented low sent a letter out the back door of Washington informing Iran’s leaders (the same ones Obama is negotiating non-military intervention with) that the president doesn’t speak for them with a reminder that he will only be in power until 2017. Never before in US history has this level of undermining a political authority taken place. Like everything Republicans do, their actions in no way represent the best interests of any part of the American public. This letter is a political stunt … aka Joe Wilson style political posturing where ‘defiance’ is embraced by the radical right as an act of patriotism. It is a means of advancing a political career, so the people who pay them money to make sure they stay rich will continue to do so … even at the expense of leading the country into another war that we cant afford, for no good reason with a place that has the potential of killing hundreds of millions of Americans. Despite radical disagreement between past political parties … partisanship always stopped at the boarder. Even when Bush (Rove) invaded Iraq on false pretenses to make his campaign contributors rich and secure the boarders of the oil pipelines into the gulf … the in-fighting stayed in the US. As the military fought their best fight, the disagreements revolved around exit strategy and cleaning up the mess to maintain a positive global perception. Had democrats penned letters to foreign leaders saying the presidents actions didn’t represent their own with the implication that as soon as Bush was out of office they were going to rescind all support … it would have been a global embarrassment and completely undermined the integrity...

FoodBabe – Information Prostitute & Conservative Shill Sep04

FoodBabe – Information Prostitute & Conservative Shill...

Among one of the latest to join the ranks of the Fox News sleeveless bimbo army is the jenny mccarthy of Food (and fellow anti-vax pos) Vani Hari aka ‘Food Babe’. And what this whore specializes in (and I am calling her that by definition not spite) is reporting on the hazards of non-hazerdous things to scare her constituency, known as the #foodbabearmy into continuing to listen to her bullshit. Of coarse Fox News, seeing the obvious similarity in marketing strategy has picked this trick up faster than a sailor in Thailand with a fist full of $100 bills. And like the asshole from Duck Dynasty they have her on every virtual street corner they own peddling her (and now their) bullshit. Because what I noticed … Starbucks coffee has recently made headlines for standing their ground against a few core conservative issues (not hating gays, not wanting people to bring guns in their stores, etc). Are we really supposed to believe that out of all the shitty places that sell shitty food that its just a coincidence that ‘food babe’ has recently chosen to put Starbucks in the cross hairs ..? As with ‘food babe’s recent Subway rant accusing them of adding scary sounding chemicals to their sandwiches which turned out to lack any evidence that it was actually harmful … food babe’s recent stand against Starbucks’s pumpkin whatever is equally baseless. A dissection of the bullshit can be found on snopes here or if you want to get scientific on the FDA’s website here. And while the #foodbabearmy has jumped on the conspiracy bandwagon alleging that snopes is ‘in on it’ and that the opinion of rogue bloggers should be respected more than that of  the professionals … those of us not wearing foil hats know there is really no argument. But aside from the coincidence of who, the bigger annoyance is that this is all coming from the network that accuses...

Freedom Patriots vs Evildoers Aug28

Freedom Patriots vs Evildoers...

The photo speaks for itself and there is no point in disecting it any further than the internet has alrady done … What is bizarre is the right calling everyones reaction “intolerance” … ? in·tol·er·ant  adjective \-rənt\ : 1. unable or unwilling to endure 2. unwilling to grant equal freedom of expression especially in religious matters And while Holly is exploiting every opportunity to cash in touting her bizarre taliban-like photo as a testimonial of traditional american values … she has been in no danger of losing her life (like abortion doctors) nobody has taken her voodoo temple (like mosques) nobody has legally designated her as a terrorist to circumnavigate her legal rights (like muslims) nobody has told her that her views disqualify her as an american (like atheists). All that did happen is the internet made an association … because Holly Fishers photo of her holding her bible and a machine gun in front of her American flag is very much like the photos militant extremists from other religions take with theirs. The punchline … many agree that the modern extreme right bare a striking resemblance to the jihadists they so openly openly claim to hate (fear). Consequently … Holly solidified a talking point and people laughed. HaHa. Heads aren’t exploding. Holly didn’t make the left ‘sad’. Nobody is treating her unfairly in life because of this. And the inability to rationalize hypocrisy doesn’t make her a victim. For once … just once, the right just needs to own...