So, this piece of idiocy won’t die:
Now, the major problem with this nonsense is the 4th Amendment, which protects citizens from unlawful search and seizure by the government, requiring a warrant and probable cause. Being poor is not a probable cause, so piss-testing the poor is unconstitutional. However, the 4th Amendment does not protect citizens from their private employers, so having to pee in a cup at work is not unconstitutional.
Sadly, a depressing number of people seem to be too stupid to make this very simple … There’s more of this shit. Click here.
It happened while I was on the line with the Charter Communications automated tech support.
The stilted, creepily cheery faux-female voice was droning on in the usual blend of dumbed-down legalese and unhelpful suggestions when I grew irritated enough with the lack of results that I spoke the magic word.
I’ve learned to use the word, since most of those automated “help” systems are not remotely helpful. The magic word is, “person”. It is the word which will whisk you away from the horribly stunted, electronic options and sends you to a living, breathing human being … There’s more of this shit. Click here.
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.
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.
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.)
REFERENCE NUMBER: SUN/ESP/E-6587
BATCH NUMBER: 2008/430/CA
OFFICIAL WINNING NOTIFICATION. (OFFICIAL CAPS LOCK KEY BROKEN)
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.