As Bob Hope and Bing Crosby might have sang, had
1). they gone there, and
2). there was an actual road to it,
we’re off on the road to Jamaica.

Then, of course, ol’ Bing would have slapped you around a little.

See you all after I find out just how authentic this Jamaican Jerk is. In the meantime, you can play spot-the-tag-that-doesn’t-belong. Hint: it’s not “Blurb”.

With Crocodile Tears And A Pocketful Of Tissues

Pardon my harping on the subject, but, oh, how the profiteers of our symptom-treatment-for-blood-money wail at the prospect of a so-called “public option”.

The Lewin Group, cited beyond reason and out of context by the henchmen of the opposing industries, is a wholly owned arm of the private insurance engine.

And right now, that arm is flailing madly, trying to distract the public from what everyone knows and has known for a long time now: that despite unprecedented (in scale) attempts by private insurance companies and pharma giants to indoctrinate the public with … There’s more of this shit. Click here.

The Profit Motive, Part Two

Much as I am loathe to take cues from Bill Maher, he had a point recently that spoke to my last entry regarding the ubiquitous “What’s wrong with making money?” dodge.

Put simply, not everything should make a profit.

The news, for example.

As Ben Bagdikan pointed out in The Media Monopoly, in 1983, over 90% of all media (movies, television, radio, magazines, books, newspapers, the recording industry, photo agencies, etc) was in the hands of about 50 corporations.

As of 2004, that number has dropped. … There’s more of this shit. Click here.

The Profit Motive

I hear it all too often: “What’s wrong with making money?!?”

Of course, this little bit of misdirection is usually delivered in an angry tone by someone who is oblivious to the nonsensical non sequitur it is. Whenever the argument is made that perhaps those who have benefited greatly from the past 30 years of deregulation, massive decrease in taxation, massive public subsidy, criminal refusal to enforce laws protecting labor, the environment, public interest – you get the idea; you’ll be treated to a rousing chorus of that dogmatic propaganda line so inextricably driven into the public … There’s more of this shit. Click here.

I’m A Winner!

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of this sort of thing in my inbox (my comments in red):

MICROWORD CORPORATIONS: (It sounds close enough to “Microsoft”, doesn’t it? Sort of like how K-Mart has “Sanyo” so that stupid people will think they’re buying Sony)
CUSTOMER SERVICE, MADRID SPAIN (Won’t work. I’ve known too many Spaniards.)

We are pleased to inform you of the released results of the Sweepstakes Promotion organized by Microword Corporations … There’s more of this shit. Click here.