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LIKE, AN ENTIRE GENERATION OF, LIKE, IDIOTS…..LIKE!

Watch  an old movie or TV show made anywhere from the earliest days of Hollywood to sometime around the mid 1980s.   Pay close attention to how the people in the old show are speaking.   Besides the obvious differences in speech patterns and slang phrases,  one thing jumps out at me every time I see an old program from those bygone eras;  the fact that NOBODY, young or old,  used the word “like” twenty times in a sentence the way people today do!    Here is a typical verbal communication from someone today :  “Like, I was, like, walking down the street, and like, I didn’t see the truck, like, speeding, and like, I had to, like,  jump out-of-the-way to keep from, like, getting run over, and like, killed……like!”   Oh, how eloquently put!   A shear master of verbal communication skills!   Yes, our public school system should certainly be proud of the job they’re doing!   Like, it’s amazing…..like!

So what is the cause of this seeming obsession that people today have with the word “like”?   Well, in the 1980’s, the popularization of  excessively using the word “like”  probably started with the Valley Girl culture in Southern California,  and the subsequent teen movie that was made about it.   Anyone who was young in the 80s remembers the phrases “gag me with a spoon”, and “fur sure”.   One aspect of Valley Girl lingo was using the word “like” repetitively in a sentence.   There is an old adage in sociology that what usually starts as an urban fad or trend eventually becomes a full-blown part of mainstream culture.   Somehow,  the process of being unable to communicate a complete thought without interjecting the word “like” between almost every other word has actually become acceptable.

Okay, eh hem,… I’m learning to communicate in the modern era:   Like,  I really enjoy, like, blogging.  Like, it’s a great, like, outlet, like, for anyone who is, like, creative, or just wants to, like,  share their thoughts and, like, ideas.

Like, thanks for, like, reading……like!

THE UNNATURAL AND DEGRADING BUSINESS OF WORK

Many years ago, I happened across a manual written for college graduates entering the work force.   It contained the usual information about having a successful job interview, etc.,  but one particular paragraph was very interesting.   It dealt with the psychology of accepting submissiveness to authority.  It clearly stated that while yielding to a superiors authority may feel degrading and unnatural, one must learn to accept it  in order to function effectively and productively in the business world.  So in other words, we MUST deliberately allow ourselves to feel unnaturally degraded in order to work for a company.  This concept brings to mind the old process of “breaking” wild horses on a ranch.  The idea being that the untamed spirit of a wild animal must be broken, and the will of the master must be imposed in order to make the animal AGREEABLE to being ridden.  So when a person enters the work force they must willingly become “agreeable” to being submissive, no matter how unnaturally degrading it feels. How nice.

Whenever a company (large or small) puts you on their payroll they believe they own your very soul.  You are now bought and paid for.  Typically,  to an employer you’re nothing more than a number.  In their minds you were born into this world ONLY to perform whatever silly, trivial tasks they need completed.  Surely no one is so naive as to think they actually are “valued” as a human being by their employer?  And, of course,  if  they do not like the way you perform their silly, trivial tasks, they’ll  find another number to replace you.   Its almost humorous (in a grotesque sort of way) how companies demand the utmost loyalty and honesty from their employees,  yet show absolutely no reciprocation of that loyalty and honesty whatsoever.  You exist only for them, and the accomplishment of their silly menial tasks.  After all, they’re paying you, remember?  Therefore,  you owe them your life.  That’s the reality of being a hired hand,  an employee of a company.  If you think not, then you are truly fooling yourself.

I’ve known many people who worked nearly their entire lives for one company or another only to be let go because of “downsizing”, or “efficiency ratings”, or some other BS nonsense.   Some of them were let go without warning or notice.  Oh, but companies have the nerve to DEMAND that they are given at least two weeks notice before an employee quits his or her position.  What a joke!   Oh, but wait… they’re paying you, remember?

Most bosses are ego maniacal idiots, drunk on the power of authority.   They secretly (and sometimes not so secretly) enjoy making employees jump through hoops when they bark out an order.  They enjoy feeling the Godly power of life and death they wield in the work environment.  They may be nobody in the real world,  they may feel powerless outside the office, but inside those four walls they are King Kong.   And if you don’t like the selfish, cold, uncaring, inhuman way your boss treats you, well,  just remember….. they’re paying you.

And the subject of pay is a perfect example of just how “loyal” and “honest” a company is to its employees.   A long time ago, employees of all types were paid on a weekly basis.  At the end of the work week, you received your pay for the total hours worked that week.  Then, companies discovered something very interesting.  They discovered that by paying their employees, whom remember, they DEMAND the utmost honesty and loyalty from,  on the 1st and 15th of every month,  at the end of the year the employee will have unknowingly worked for approximately 2 weeks without pay!   Oh, how “loyal and honest” of all of these dirt bag companies to do such a thing to their trusted employees.

So remember, if a company wants to treat you like a meaningless number, well hey, they have that right, don’t they?  After all,  we were all born for  ONLY one reason;  to work for the company and ensure that they accomplish their oh so important bottom line, right?

Oh wait, and remember…..they’re paying you.

PROPEL FITNESS WATER NOT ABOUT FITNESS ANYMORE

propel-oldIf you are a drinker of Propel Fitness Water you may want to take a close look at the ingredients label on the product’s newly redesigned bottles.  The people at Gatorade, the makers of Propel, have decided to introduce High Fructose Corn Syrup as the drinks primary sweetener, replacing the previously used Sucrose.   Of course, NOWHERE on Propel’s fancy new bottles is there a declaration of this change of sweeteners to alert consumers of what they are now drinking.   Anyone who hasn’t been living in a cave these last few years will undoubtedly have heard the findings from the medical community warning consumers that drinking beverages containing High Fructose Corn Syrup is not healthy.  It can increase a person’s risk of developing sugar diabetes by 80% by just consuming  ONE  12 oz.  beverage.   Most regular sodas contain High Fructose Corn Syrup,  and while many companies,  such as Hanson’s Natural Sodas,  have been removing High Fructose Corn Syrup from their products,  the good people at Gatorade have decided to ADD it, unannounced, to theirs!   And of course,  Propel is marketed as a vitamin filled “fitness” drink.  Just another example of a company not really giving a damn about anything other than profit.

If you would like to tell the geniuses at Gatorade what you think about the addition of High Fructose Corn Syrup to Propel “Fitness” Water,  copy this address into your browser and go to their home page:

http://www.gatorade.com/

(NOTE: pictured is the old Propel bottle)

WHAT THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS REALLY ALL ABOUT

Well,  here we are in the middle of another holiday season.  Even though the current economic slump has put a damper on some of this year’s celebration,  people still find a way to indulge in their most favorite holiday activity:  getting fat and drunk.   Does anyone seriously believe that if food and alcohol were removed from the equation that people would still celebrate ANY holiday?   I don’t think anyone would even care what new year it was, or anything at all about “Old Saint Nick” if they couldn’t load themselves full of pastries and booze.  So spare me the  “Holiday Wishes” and the spirit of “The Season”, because the reality is holidays are about one thing and one thing only:  getting fat and drunk!  Sure, children enjoy the holidays because they get a break from  school,  and they can bug their parents into buying them the latest x-box crap, but adults only see one thing appealing in all of the holiday madness, and that is the opportunity to eat too much and drink too much.   As someone who doesn’t drink or eat very much,  I find the lack of dignified self control among my fellow humans during the holidays to be transparently ridiculous.  Oh sure,  I’m told to “get into the holiday spirit”, or “lighten up” (hilarious),  or to “live a little”.  All of these slogans become laughable when all of the morons who spew them discover they have gained 10 unwanted pounds after their drunken,  hung over festivities.  Yes, there’s nothing like polluting your body to demonstrate how to “live a little”!  So as the new year begins, last year’s holiday revelers will regain consciousness,  and begin new diet regimens and workout routines.  All in preparation for the next holiday season when they can get into the spirit again, and indulge in the most festive of holiday traditions;  getting fat and drunk!  Bah Humbug!

MORE STUPIDITY FROM FANATICAL IDIOTS

al-qaidaHere is Al-Qaeda’s No. 2 man,  Ayman al-Zawahri.  If ever there was a poster boy for stupidity it would have to be this low life jackass.  Judging by the two blank craters that pass for his eyeballs it’s easy to see that there’s nobody home inside his empty cranium. 

This idiot appears on a video tape “leaked” to Arab TV by the terrorist group in which he refers to Barack Obama as a “House Negro”, and goes on to say that American foreign policy will not change under the new administration.  Al-Zawahri babbles the usual fantatical  nonsense throughout the video, inciting more violence against western civilization, while making a complete ass out of himself  in typical terrorist fashion.  

It’s easy to dismiss this living garbage bucket as your average run of the mill lunatic, but on closer analysis, there’s more here to be learned. Particularly, this is a perfect example of what happens when you mix religious fanaticism and politics.  This is a perfect example of what happens when you have a culture that sees a religious significance behind every political issue or idea.  This is a perfect example of what religious fanaticism can become if you have a population that is so uneducated that they cannot distinguish between reality and mythology.  This is what happens when you have a religious culture that insists on keeping people’s minds frozen in the superstitions of the ancient past. This clown, and others like him, practice their fanaticism in the middle east.  In America, we have Pat Robertson and the religious right.   Robertson once attempted to become President of The United States in order to impose right wing christian fundamentalist laws.   Different geography,  same fanaticism,  same dangerous primitive stupidity.

COMPANIES PUT CUSTOMERS AT RISK FOR PROFIT AND CONVENIENCE

We all like convenience.  Make things quicker and easier, and everyone is happy, right?  But quicker doesn’t always mean better, and sometimes when things are too easy,  it can be dangerous.  many companies are trying desperately to convince customers to agree to the new, easy way to pay for goods and services with direct withdrawals from the customer’s bank account.  Just give a company your bank account information, and they will conveniently withdraw funds needed to pay bills or other services at the appropriate time, saving the customer the effort of having to remember to make payments, and the hassle of writing checks or money orders.  Golly gee, how nice!  But why,  we should all ask, would companies be so willing to make things so easy for their customers?  Are they just so darn thoughtful?

There are several reasons why companies are pushing this new “convenient” method of getting their money.  First, no more delinquent payments.  No more having to track down and harass Joe Deadbeat who thinks he can slide for two or three months.  Second,  lower  administrative costs for the company, since fewer employees will be needed to do less paperwork.  And third,  lower company cost for postage, stationary, and miscellaneous supplies.  So you see, companies really have their own best interests in mind when asking customers to allow direct withdrawals.  But is that any surprise?  Since when has ANY company EVER put the best interests of it’s customers first?

Amazingly, many people have already signed on to the direct withdrawal system, supplying numerous companies with their private banking information, and allowing them to dip into their account whenever they deem necessary.  But for the cautious people who see a problem with allowing such invasion into private financial territory, companies are trying to stiff arm those customers into playing the direct withdrawal game by imposing extra “administrative costs” on bills and statements.  Charges of anywhere from $3 to $7 a month may be added to try to “entice” the customer to give in and turn over their bank account information to eliminate the extra fees.  Now, this all wouldn’t be so problematic if it weren’t for the fact that recent government statistics show 60 PERCENT of all businesses in America have suffered security breaches, and the personal information of 218 million Americans has been exposed to identity thieves in just the last 3 years!  And we’re  supposed to just hand over our private bank account information to companies, who obviously cannot protect the information, just so they can save a few bucks on paper and postage?  Yeah, right!

Many years ago, I worked in an office which took financial information from customers, and kept both computer and hard paper files on site.  It was eventually discovered that the young receptionist, whose job it was to maintain the files, was stealing the customer’s identities and selling them for money.  So I’ve seen up close just how easy it is for someone’s private information to be  compromised.  And yet, companies now are trying to force customers into giving them direct access to their bank accounts!  Only a complete idiot would submit to this stupidity!

So here’s a message to all the penny pinching company geeks out there who think that someday, everyone will drink the poison and sign up for direct withdrawal;  NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS,  YOU PATHETIC MORONS!

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