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...

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...

Fuck Phil Robertson Dec19

Fuck Phil Robertson

In the Latest installment of conservatives blaming liberals for that which their own party has been most guilty of, junk television star Phil Robertson has been crowned the new poster child of religious oppression. Despite conservatives long standing history of stuffing the first amendment every time it hasn’t fit their own personal narrative by way of book bans, censorship, and dictating what grown adults do and see in the privacy of their own home … they claim the A&E television network (which many apparently have confused with being a government) has oppressed Phils right to free speech by suspending business relations due to remarks made during an interview with GQ magazine. While my personal knowledge of Phil, who the F he is, and what he is even famous for is fuzzy due to my lack of reality television knowledge … apparently his statements compared gays to drunkards and prostitutes with all the normal conservative biblical rhetoric about going to hell, bestiality and how those who are not like them are responsible for the downfall of society (including a little something about African Americans being better off without civil rights). Whatever, Phil has the right to say whatever the F he wants and if someone were stopping him from doing that this post would be about them. And while I applaud Phil for at least being honest (vs. pretending personal bias and intolerance have nothing to do with it like most who support him) … be it genuine ignorance or business savvy Phil is a racist, homophobic douche-bag. But there is a big difference between A&E not wanting to keep a person like Phil on payroll as a representative of their network … and stripping Phils right to say and believe what he wants. And while A&E may have...

On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs Oct16

On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs...

So there is this stupid fucking article thats been circulating conservative fantasy land for a while now titled ‘On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs‘ that details ‘the gift of aggression’ and the make believe scenario that gun-obsessed armchair patriots are really just misunderstood combat ready Rambo bad-asses who are essential to the survival of everyone else. Excerpts of this stupid bullshit here: Most of the people in our society are sheep. I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin’s egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful. For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators. — Let me expand on this old soldier’s excellent model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. We know that the sheep live in denial; that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. — Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, “Thank God I wasn’t on one of those planes.” The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, “Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes” Its sad in a way to pick this apart as for many the desperation to believe the above is just a defense mechanism for fear and paranoia. All you have to do is look at the...

The Social Experiment Sep20

The Social Experiment...

The Toyota Prius is the most economical vehicle in the US. They are quiet, get 48.5 mpg and have comfortable back seats. Despite some conservative tabloid misinformation campaigns* there are no manufacturing or emissions drawbacks created by the Prius. They don’t require higher maintenance. They don’t consume a higher rate of any raw materials. Even the former director of the CIA drives one and has been quoted saying there is a “patriotic obligation to drive more efficient vehicles”. The proposed experiment goes like this. Find any flag waving, armchair facebook patriot blog or forum that allows 3rd party contributions and post a picture of a Toyota Prius with an open invite to caption the image. The result is like throwing red meat to a pack of starving dumb animals. A frenzy of hate that will have nothing to do with preference or styling … but political stereotypes involving queers, hippies and diesel trucks memes.     When did it get this stupid? Its no secret that the oil companies funnel billions in lobbyist funding to republicans who often pander to the knuckle dragging Ted Nugents of the world. Consequently their propaganda machines perpetuate a negative image of anything that threatens oil consumption. But the mystery is how far past common sense this goes. This isn’t division over social issues like abortion or gay marriage … predicated on junk science or mythology that some are just too stupid to look past. This is staring at a technological advancement that mutually benefits everyone … and then saying  fuck it because it opposes the motives of those they unconditionally (and non-reciprocally) support. Political division has literally escalated to a point where its unfashionable to even respect cars that are economical … because they get good gas mileage and good gas...