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#1 Calamity_Jones

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Posted 05 August 2007 - 09:01 AM

Well, I've been pondering things for a while recently, thinking I need to get my deep thought hat back on :)

Thought it might be interesting if we told each other about things that get on our nerves and ways we think they could be improved.

So, I'll start with one of my pet hates... The corporation!

I really really don't like them, but I recognise the immense capacity to benefit that they posses. Personal gain i.e. money is a very powerful driving force... And so, companies in the pursuit of profit have driven forward technological development in every field that exists. Computing, electronics, healthcare/medicine, transportation, large scale engineering/construction, energy provision etc. Many things we take for granted in the world today have been developed by companies so that they can reap profits.

Now, that's the beneficial side of things, but there are a whole mountain of bad sides too. Corporations are faceless and inhuman, and they do terrible things in the pursuit of profit. Massive damage to the environment is just a start. Companies dealing out lies to customers, breaking laws because fines are smaller than profits to be gained. Buying out competition to reduce markets to a one party system where you have to pay what they say you pay because you have no choice. (EA anyone?)

So, what to do?

Well, for starts, companies that break the law should face much more severe penalties, I think a system of calculating fines based on the years current revenue would be a very good system. Par example: Company does something naughty, company is fined 100% of its profits for the year so far.

The managers of companies should be personally responsible for the decisions they make, and they should be punished as well as the company, say prison sentences and fines.

There needs to be significant tax levied on companies that unreasonably dominate their markets. Say a company buys out its main competitor, giving it market domination, its taxation should increase exponentially. It makes it financially bad to go buying out every fucker who gets in your way.

Small independent businesses should have an advantage tax wise over companies, they should pay less to encourage more independent start-ups rather than every town being filled with exactly the same fucking chain stores.

Well, they're my thoughts, post your thoughts and what pisses you right off and how to fix it.
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Posted 05 August 2007 - 02:15 PM

Honestly, what pisses me off the most is when someone uses all of the toilet paper and does not put another roll of it back on the holder. Not only are you being extremely lazy, but you're really screwing the next guy guy to poop over.
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Posted 05 August 2007 - 05:21 PM

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Media bias. If I turn on the Republican propaganda channel which disguises itself as a news station, I EXPECT jingo nationalism, blatant racism, and appeals to "American values" (Something which is an amalgamation of religious fanaticism, right wing extremism, aggressive foreign posturing, and a sense of nationalism unheard of since 1914), but when I turn on a news station which I originally thought was balanced, I expect actual journalism. CNN is taking tips from Fox News.

Instead of extending the "CNN Newsroom" programming, which focuses on world events, they've now brought together the unholy trinity of Inside Politics, Wolf Blitzer, and Crossfire (Minus Tucker Carlson) under the guise of the "Situation Room," a melodramatic Fox-style news-drama which over-exaggerates minor domestic news stories (What I mean by this is tiny little stories which are fine on local channels, but are wholly ridiculous for national stations to carry, such as the rescue of a dog from a tree), airs nothing but human interest stories, and takes an hour or so per day to slander Democratic candidates and, in the style of Republican media, leave anyone who isn't Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama (The frontrunners...) alone. Oh, except of course when they say that John Edwards is a joke, which frankly, isn't news, and has no business on a NEWS network.

I already subscribe to ONE propaganda network. At least it's acknowledged that it's a propaganda network. Now, new anchors are coming on CNN and even to an extent MSNBC and they're just trashing liberalism and Democrats.

The solution to this? Read magazines like The Nation or The New Republic. The "liberal" media is anything but anymore.


Another annoying thing: corporate exploitation.

Every single day, we hear something about Halliburton's stock going up, the economy getting better (Something Fox News attributes to our gallant, victorious, untouchable, and dearly beloved President!), or the nation rebounding from the terrible events of the 11th of September (Hey, that reminds me of the whole "11 November, Niemals!" phenomenon in Nazi propaganda!). Ok, that's nice, buuuuut...
Gas prices keep going up.
Taxes went up.
I'm paying 15 cents more for coffee every morning.
Wages are going down for most people I know. Companies are going bankrupt left and right.
Loans aren't being given to as many people because of this ridiculous credit score thing.
Jobs are miraculously disappearing without being filled...
Small businesses are shutting their doors left and right.
People, having to pay more and more for basic necessities (One of which is a car and gas, since the US made those two things mandatory), are getting poorer. Either inflation is rampant, or everyone's getting screwed. And it's not ending. Very soon there will be no middle class in the United States. It used to be that the lower classes would gradually ascend to the middle class, and the middle class would gradually move to the upper classes, but that has decidedly ended. Make sure you tell one of the many Americans who will be filing for bankruptcy that, despite the fact that they're out of money, the economy is going up, thanks to their selfless sale of their future to the corporate state.

Fix this one? I'm not even going to touch this one.


Oh, inaction's another one. I'm a member of MoveOn.org as well as some other "communist liberal anti-war gay-loving religion-hating America-bashing anti-freedom" progressive action groups (Standard Republican taglines added for flavor). I've written three letters to my Congressman, my Senators already have the right idea, and yeah, I do live in the largest Democratic stronghold in the United States, but ultimately, despite the efforts of millions of Americans, this Congress has been utterly unwilling to do what it takes to end this war. The good news, however, is that it looks like the pro-war Republicans who are still clinging to relevance and the President's shoes are going to lose badly in 2008 (If their seat is up for the election). Al Franken has got a really good shot in Minnesota, and from the looks of it, no Republican challengers really have a shot at Senate seats for the incumbent Democrats who will face the polls in a year and a half.

However, we were promised action in 2006. The 2006 mid-term election was one which appealed to the desire of the American people to end this war. Overwhelmingly, people voted Democrat to end the pointless conflict in Iraq. Make Hillary Clinton's flipping an issue all you want, but ultimately, the American people simply want to end the war, and they want a return to rational governance for the people, by the people. Some Americans may call me a communist, a liberal, a hippie, but I am an American, and I am for positive, progressive change in the United States, the end of the current system of exploitation which uses the people like they are assets to the government, the end of the illegal war in Iraq which has already claimed too many lives, and the end of policies which have failed to benefit any more than the elite top 1% which control 80% of the wealth. I advocate a different kind of change than most people do, most people see the beginning of a new America with the end of the Iraq War, and I will accept at the very least, that, but ultimately, with all of these groups, with all of these people who are so violently opposed to the Iraq War, nothing is done. Protests have ceased, partly because the PATRIOT Act ensured that they could be broken up. Letters are not being answered with action by Congress. Ads are being run, but nothing is happening.

The annoyance comes from the fact that the previous Congress did too much, they authorized an illegal war and put the country where it is now, and that the current Congress has done nothing to get out of this kind of situation, and especially that, despite these blatant mistakes, there has been so little concrete action to end this war and improve this country. We all realize these things must be done, I have spoken to no less than fifty people who are staunchly anti-war and who are decidedly pro-change, but they do not know what to do. It's the inaction and the complacency of the American people, the comfort which we've enjoyed for a hundred years, which has brought us to this point, where we see the problems, we recognize them as problems, but we are unable to do anything to fix them because we are unwilling to do anything concrete. We talk, we go on TV and end up belittled and humiliated by powerful, megalomaniacal war hawks, but at the end of the day, nothing is done. The state of affairs is so depraved that, if the United States had a strong National Socialist movement, they would have very little trouble in convincing the 40% that vote that they have a good plan for America, and that they should be elected, and frankly, even with my strong left leanings, my dedication to social libertarianism, and my belief in the self-determination of peoples and universal suffrage, I would rather live in a state which does something than the one we currently live in.

I have a solution which nobody would like. It's a third way, not a Republican or a Democratic ticket, but a coalition of progressive members from all parties in the United States which wish to move forward, which wish to bring change to the United States, and who wish to reopen the dialogue which has ceased in Washington. One of the better politicians of the 21st century once said that politics is the place for the pursuit of noble causes. We must bring back political idealism, political dialogue, and peaceful, civil, non-partisan debate to America to better move forward with whatever actions the people, and not the party leaders, believe should come to pass. A country is more an idea than a place, I believe in the idea that is the United States, and it is time to return to government for the people, by the people. We must discard the party system and move forward with non-partisan and open debate on the issues which face our country, or we are doomed to repeat the past mistakes of this and previous governments.

And that is what annoys me, perhaps not on a daily basis, but I think it's still relevant.

On a side note: Spencer's back.

Edited by MSpencer, 09 August 2007 - 11:48 AM.

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 12:38 AM

You need to learn how to make short paragraphs. This is the web, hard to read. I tried but if there aren't paragraphs it all just looks like a bunch of words.

It looks like a great read, but it's too hard to read a bunch of words all jumbled together. *sends Spence back to school*

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 03:51 AM

So.. you get baffled by Spencer's post without actually even reading it, then you claim he should "go back to school". You also claim there are no paragraphs, when there indeed are, indicated by new lines as per the definition. If it is hard to read for you, the zooming feature is there to help, now commonly available in most modern browsers.

The above post does seem like a silly attempt to discredit Spence without even understanding the point. Didn't quite work out though.

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 11:51 AM

I'm not willing to argue over the people who can't read basic text. There's a copy and paste function for a reason, and the text scaling feature implemented in all modern browsers.
I've edited it and put lines in between every paragraph like a four year old would format a term paper. Perhaps if the forum were better able to display formatting by including a 10pt hang at the end of each paragraph, it would look a bit more professional. Until that day, I'll continue writing paragraphs as I always have. You don't have to read them, I think it would be inconvenient for you to read them anyways, because then you would be forced to put up an argument instead of demonizing the speaker as a communist, which, unless you're Joe McCarthy, isn't as terrible a thing as some Americans would have you think.

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 04:16 PM

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 05:20 PM

I absolutely hate people who use their precious cellphones all the time, especially in public. Bloody annoying.

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 05:51 PM

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 07:10 PM

I hate people who tell people what they hate on internet based message boards.


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Posted 09 August 2007 - 09:13 PM

I hate people who tell people what they hate on internet based message boards.

Hate yourself much? :umad:

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 12:47 AM

I hate to many things to list.
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Posted 10 August 2007 - 02:14 AM

Things i find annoying

people that blame everything and everyone before they blame themselves

self-pity

absolute stupidity

individuals that refuse to learn and grow

drivers that have no concept of how to drive

people that go to work and dont give 100% (why go to work then)

people that don't stop to listen

people that complain all the time

bitter people

rude people

racists

fads

media manipulation

Number One on the list NEGATIVE freakin people!!!!!!!
Number Two PEOPLE THAT FREAKIN PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF man, that will never solve anything!

etc................... :umad:

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 02:51 AM

So.. you get baffled by Spencer's post without actually even reading it, then you claim he should "go back to school". You also claim there are no paragraphs, when there indeed are, indicated by new lines as per the definition. If it is hard to read for you, the zooming feature is there to help, now commonly available in most modern browsers.

The above post does seem like a silly attempt to discredit Spence without even understanding the point. Didn't quite work out though.

Now you're just acting like a jerk. I'm not baffled by his post, I cracked a joke about sending him back to school (he's in uni?!) and paragrahs contain double spaced line breaks that seperate individual thoughts.

Want to see something silly, you by trying to twist every fucking word of my mouth into something beyond what I mean. Then Spence reads your post and derives an expanded twisted view based on your mess of an interpertaion of my post.

I'll have to try to remember to add more of the simple things that you understand better, like:

:umad: :D :D :evgr: :lion: :lol:
:p :p :p :p :p :p

Does that clarify things for you better?

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I think it would be inconvenient for you to read them anyways, because then you would be forced to put up an argument instead of demonizing the speaker as a communist, which, unless you're Joe McCarthy, isn't as terrible a thing as some Americans would have you think.


I read most of it after some eye fatigue, just not much to post about it because it's your opinion, one cannot argue with anothers opinion. Not worth the effort. And there was only a few things I thought differantly on. Take your mccarthy stuff and pack up in a nice box and send it to yourself.

McCarthy was an asshole, so basically you're calling me an asshole. Not that it really matters, I've been called worse.

Almost forgot:

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 05:29 AM

I hate people who tell people what they hate on internet based message boards.


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Posted 10 August 2007 - 11:36 AM

I just generally loathe other people who arent as perfect as i...
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Posted 10 August 2007 - 12:39 PM

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 02:59 PM

Yeah... it's much easier, however there is one thing I hate more than everything else and that is: LITTLE CHILDREN!

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 03:03 PM

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 03:10 PM

Aargh I hate little children too. Little bastards.

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