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.

Socialism!!!!! Dirty, Filthy SOCIALISM!!!!!

Well, the government now owns a controlling share of General Motors.

What could possibly go wrong?

Of course, while the federal government is an unwieldy, sluggish, blundering, rarely competent, bureaucratic behemoth, at least it’s not an unwieldy, sluggish, blundering, rarely competent, bureaucratic behemoth with the sole purpose of sucking the blood from the dessicated revenant of of the American consumer base. Mind you, they have been the biggest enablers of the people who’s sole purpose is to suck the blood from the dessicated revenant of of the American consumer base, so don’t get … There’s more of this shit. Click here.

California, Uber Assholes

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition Hate. Okay, Prop 8. Spot the difference if you can. Here, I give you my open letter to those who funded, supported, campaigned and voted for yet another attempt to create a precedent for second-class citizens:

“Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” – Matthew 25:40

Is there something unclear about that passage? Are you so ignorant of the tenets of your own religion that you don’t … There’s more of this shit. Click here.

Just Say No To Drugs – Now Take These

I have written before about my various and wonderful medical issues. To be clear, none are immediately life-threatening, so there are a lot of people out there further along on the misery scale than I. Which has never been the issue with me; I have a high threshold for suffering. Lots of training. But again, that’s not the issue.

The issue is – and always has been – why I believe they call inflicting health care on people “practice”. It’s not just an amusing coincidence of synonymous terms.

For example, I have a … There’s more of this shit. Click here.