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2013-09-08 02:12:20 AM
I was prepared to toss off a cynical "no shiat Sherlock" comment, and then I read the article. It's a good one, worthy of reading despite the fark-troll headline.
 
2013-09-08 02:38:57 AM
Awesome article.
 
2013-09-08 05:03:50 AM
Good article, but not exactly ground breaking.
 
2013-09-08 06:20:05 AM
The Lizard people played the 99% like they were a fiddle
 
2013-09-08 06:44:57 AM
I can't help but see in my mind's eye the school yard bully holding the little kid's wrist and making him punch himself in his face with his own fist.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-09-08 07:33:48 AM

marcpen: I can't help but see in my mind's eye the school yard bully holding the little kid's wrist and making him punch himself in his face with his own fist.


But it's better that that.  It's more like being talked into wanting to punch himself in the face.
 
2013-09-08 07:49:52 AM
Rich puppetmasters do that.

/skimmed the article, but my 'weekend' is about to start.
 
2013-09-08 07:52:49 AM
When the super-rich feel threatened, they foment grass-roots uprising on their behalf. Here's why it always works: Um, because the "grass-roots" demographic is largely comprised of narcissistic idiots?

/Just spitballin'
 
2013-09-08 07:58:27 AM

vpb: marcpen: I can't help but see in my mind's eye the school yard bully holding the little kid's wrist and making him punch himself in his face with his own fist.

But it's better that that.  It's more like being talked into wanting to punch himself in the face.


"If you want to get big and tough like me, the way to do it is to punch yourself in the face!"

There's a sizeable portion of the American electorate that believes they're right around the corner from being millionaires, and are thus prepared to defend millionaire's interests over their own.
 
2013-09-08 08:00:31 AM
To paraphrase Lewis Black:

The Kochs and the Tea Party leaders have managed to convince a group of people, a group that doesn't have a pot to piss in between the lot of them, that the best way to save the country is to not tax the rich.  That, my friends, is leadership.
 
2013-09-08 08:02:58 AM

Wolf_Blitzer: vpb: marcpen: I can't help but see in my mind's eye the school yard bully holding the little kid's wrist and making him punch himself in his face with his own fist.

But it's better that that.  It's more like being talked into wanting to punch himself in the face.

"If you want to get big and tough like me, the way to do it is to punch yourself in the face!"

There's a sizeable portion of the American electorate that believes they're right around the corner from being millionaires, and are thus prepared to defend millionaire's interests over their own.


I had a former co-worked who thought this.  She seemed to believe, that during course of her lifetime so far, she's made $1 million in salary.  "So, you're saying that for  20 years you've made $50,000 per year?"  She's quite a bit younger than me, so she hasn't even been working for 20 years.  She thought about it a moment and shrugged it off.
 
2013-09-08 08:03:01 AM
viewsfromthesofa.files.wordpress.com
I would have gone with hog from hell
 
2013-09-08 08:09:10 AM
This shouldn't be a surprise. The financial news channel CNBC practically invented the Tea Party to make sure homeowners didn't get bailed out the way Wall Street was. /Trolling is fun.
 
2013-09-08 08:10:19 AM
I know a few Teabaggers who are municipal employees. A couple of years ago they were marching and carrying signs and advocating for tax cuts. Their efforts were rewarded with pay cuts, benefits cuts, pension cuts, and having a quarter of their coworkers were laid off. Think they learned their lessons? Or do you think they blame Obama because they've lost their houses and had to declare bankruptcy?
 
2013-09-08 08:10:26 AM
Tea Party backer David Koch likened the electoral success of the Tea Party to the American Revolution. "It's probably the best grassroots uprising since 1776 in my opinion."

Ahhhhh hahahahahahahahahahaha

Ohhhh, was it?

When smug billionaires start patting you on the head for being a good dog and telling you what a wonderful thing you've done, it's time to take a hard look at what you will or won't believe.
 
2013-09-08 08:14:45 AM

Herr Docktor Heinrich Wisenheimer: This shouldn't be a surprise. The financial news channel CNBC practically invented the Tea Party to make sure homeowners didn't get bailed out the way Wall Street was. /Trolling is fun.


You mean, it's just one huge business consortium with a pony in every stable, all designed to keep them rich and out of jail?

We don't need a separation of church and state anymore.

We need a separation of inc. and .gov.

I think we should all meet under the elm tree and eat Cheeos and trade Honey Boo Boo box sets and discuss our strategy until we start getting tear gassed by the nice men in the bullet resistant ninja outfits.
 
2013-09-08 08:20:41 AM

Wolf_Blitzer: vpb: marcpen: I can't help but see in my mind's eye the school yard bully holding the little kid's wrist and making him punch himself in his face with his own fist.

But it's better that that.  It's more like being talked into wanting to punch himself in the face.

"If you want to get big and tough like me, the way to do it is to punch yourself in the face!"

There's a sizeable portion of the American electorate that believes they're right around the corner from being millionaires, and are thus prepared to defend millionaire's interests over their own.


I don't think they do.  However the American people want to do what is "fair" and the super-rich have convinced them that even though they own 95% of everything a 50% tax rate is unfair.
 
2013-09-08 08:20:57 AM

Dr. DJ Duckhunt: [viewsfromthesofa.files.wordpress.com image 360x205]
I would have gone with hog from hell


I thought the line was 'harp from hell' (because he played him like an instrument).
 
2013-09-08 08:26:57 AM

bunner: Tea Party backer David Koch likened the electoral success of the Tea Party to the American Revolution. "It's probably the best grassroots uprising since 1776 in my opinion."

Ahhhhh hahahahahahahahahahaha

Ohhhh, was it?

When smug billionaires start patting you on the head for being a good dog and telling you what a wonderful thing you've done, it's time to take a hard look at what you will or won't believe.



So the difference is that Soros sends all you drones checks?
 
2013-09-08 08:27:01 AM

vpb: marcpen: I can't help but see in my mind's eye the school yard bully holding the little kid's wrist and making him punch himself in his face with his own fist.

But it's better that that.  It's more like being talked into wanting to punch himself in the face.


I'll take a stab at it.

It's more like a dentist telling someone that he will pay them a hundred bucks to smack themselves in the teeth with a brick, and so long as he's the only dentist they visit to repair the damage, the money is theirs.
 
2013-09-08 08:30:07 AM
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2013-09-08 08:31:02 AM
See, if you get all the wealth and power in one small sector of the populace, and that sector returns nothing, then they are the government.

They control the purse strings, labor, legislation, availability of capital and disbursement to projects of public benefit, because you can't get it done without asking them pretty please because all you have handy is a stack of bad checks written against the taxes from the poor and middle class that are collected in the form of bad IOUs with no available wealth behind them.

We're all running, as a nation, on a credit card that should have been snapped and discarded decades ago.

And the people stuffing all the arable land, estate, potable water, means of production and research, minerals, energy sources and precious metals up their asses are leveraging it with these crappy IOUs.  And they don't even return any of them to the stack because that would reduce their leverage.  You are on the ass end of a very long and drawn out business plan / Monopoly game and you do NOT have a token on the board.  And any time ANYBODY starts telling you why it's crucial that you "vote for ~n", it's to get you to move THEIR token up three spaces and then get out of their way.
 
2013-09-08 08:32:33 AM

Day that will live in Infamy: bunner: Tea Party backer David Koch likened the electoral success of the Tea Party to the American Revolution. "It's probably the best grassroots uprising since 1776 in my opinion."

Ahhhhh hahahahahahahahahahaha

Ohhhh, was it?

When smug billionaires start patting you on the head for being a good dog and telling you what a wonderful thing you've done, it's time to take a hard look at what you will or won't believe.


So the difference is that Soros sends all you drones checks?


Derpaderpaderpadoo when has Soros ever support gutting the social infrastructure?
 
2013-09-08 08:32:41 AM

Day that will live in Infamy: So the difference is that Soros sends all you drones checks?


:  /

:  \

:  |


You... think there's something, like.. actually going on when people vote, don't you?
 
2013-09-08 08:33:10 AM

Crotchrocket Slim: Day that will live in Infamy: bunner: Tea Party backer David Koch likened the electoral success of the Tea Party to the American Revolution. "It's probably the best grassroots uprising since 1776 in my opinion."

Ahhhhh hahahahahahahahahahaha

Ohhhh, was it?

When smug billionaires start patting you on the head for being a good dog and telling you what a wonderful thing you've done, it's time to take a hard look at what you will or won't believe.


So the difference is that Soros sends all you drones checks?

Derpaderpaderpadoo when has Soros ever supported gutting the social infrastructure?


Too early for this sheyot
 
2013-09-08 08:34:38 AM
and the fact that these activists seem to demand the preservation of comfortable consumer lifestyles, rather than the realization of some utopian vision of the future

I take issue with this assertion.

It is I, the libby lib, who seeks to preserve my comfortable consumer (aka middle class) lifestyle.

These Tea Party loons DO have a utopian vision, it's just one in which there is no government, and they each live as a sovereign warlord/farmer/kings on their own compounds with tricorn hats, harems of submissive wives, and nary a minority in sight.
 
2013-09-08 08:35:08 AM

Dog Welder: To paraphrase Lewis Black:

The Kochs and the Tea Party leaders have managed to convince a group of people, a group that doesn't have a pot to piss in between the lot of them, that the best way to save the country is to not tax the rich.  That, my friends, is leadership.




To be fair, they are trying to propose an alternative to ideas thar haven't worked very well so far. Its not like taxing specific people is a solution to an economy (and national debt) of our scale.

We want rich folks to spend money expanding their businesses, on productive investments, or even wasteful luxuries, so their activities create jobs and new opportunities. We need more wealthy people and a middle class.
We should be looking at how they spend their money and why they aren't passing on the wealth, not simply gauging up how much to take from them. They have a beneficial effect on society that government cannot duplicate.

/Putting more money in government coffers doesn't mean they won't blow it on another stealth bomber.
/Taxing the Robber barons more is unlikely to increase wages, reduce prices, or stem their desire to influence elections.
 
2013-09-08 08:36:27 AM
How hard can it be to fool a man whose only possessions are a dilapidated trailer, a 1992 Chevy Silverado, a Medicaid-paid Hoveround, diabetes, a meticulously-cared-for shelf of Dale Earnhardt commemorative plates and the unshakable belief that "Things are tough for us here on top of the heap?"
 
2013-09-08 08:36:44 AM

Wendy's Chili: and nary a minority in sight.


That back 400 ain't gonna plow itself whilst thy handmaidens mulleth the cider from harvyst, sirrah.
 
2013-09-08 08:37:10 AM

way south: We want rich folks to spend money expanding their businesses, on productive investments, or even wasteful luxuries, so their activities create jobs and new opportunities.


BWAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! *GASP*BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
 
2013-09-08 08:38:45 AM

way south: We need more wealthy people and a middle class.


Yeah, cause so far they have been a f*cking beacon of hope to every mook turning a wrench 39 hours a week for 10.00 an hour.
 
2013-09-08 08:38:52 AM
This is just more lies from the liberal mainstream media, I'm sure.
 
2013-09-08 08:41:21 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: How hard can it be to fool a man whose only possessions are a dilapidated trailer, a 1992 Chevy Silverado, a Medicaid-paid Hoveround, diabetes, a meticulously-cared-for shelf of Dale Earnhardt commemorative plates and the unshakable belief that "Things are tough for us here on top of the heap?"


Hey, pal. Brandine and me is Gordon fans.
 
2013-09-08 08:42:51 AM

starsrift: This is just more lies from the liberal mainstream media, I'm sure.


To be fair, there is no real bias in the media.  They suck the dick of any agenda with a hefty check wrapped around the shaft.  Sure, not a lot of actual news gets out, but who cares if a kitten got stuck in a tree in Des Moines?
 
2013-09-08 08:44:17 AM
homebrewedtheology.com
 
2013-09-08 08:51:26 AM
This article is surprisingly weighty, given the subject matter and day of the week.
 
2013-09-08 08:53:06 AM

winterbraid: This article is surprisingly weighty, given the subject matter and day of the week.


Yeah, that sort of gravitas is for, like, Wed. afternoons and stuff.  You have to have rules.  Revolution?  We can't be buggered to wash our clothes on the "wrong" day of the week or agree what day it is.
 
2013-09-08 08:53:58 AM
Who would trust corrupting the government to volunteers?
 
2013-09-08 08:54:12 AM
Have no fear, people!  My daughter is preparing to fix everything.
 As of right now, her 5-point plan is:


1)  Ubble (bubbles)
2)  Tiao (jump.  She's bilingual.)
3)  Ehmo (Elmo)
4)  eh da bhan (elephant)
5)  pdbln (peanut butter)

/Granted, she's not quite 2 years old, so it will take a little while for her to implement her plan.
//I kinda like her plan as it is.
 
2013-09-08 08:58:26 AM
way south: "To be fair, they are trying to propose an alternative to ideas thar haven't worked very well so far. Its not like taxing specific people is a solution to an economy (and national debt) of our scale.

We want rich folks to spend money expanding their businesses, on productive investments, or even wasteful luxuries, so their activities create jobs and new opportunities. We need more wealthy people and a middle class.
We should be looking at how they spend their money and why they aren't passing on the wealth, not simply gauging up how much to take from them. They have a beneficial effect on society that government cannot duplicate.

/Putting more money in government coffers doesn't mean they won't blow it on another stealth bomber.
/Taxing the Robber barons more is unlikely to increase wages, reduce prices, or stem their desire to influence elections."



THIS, ladies and gentleman, is not a parody.  This is a real-life, true example of one of the people being played by the 1%.  Yes, they actually believe this.
 
2013-09-08 09:01:49 AM
Decades ago, a bunch of smelly ne'er do wells and social pariahs thought it would be a good idea to sit around listening to music, reading books, sniffing flowers and stepping back a few feet from the cavalcade of well dressed harrumphing dolts flogging an endless sense of urgency about bombing foreigners and keeping the harrumphing dolt class rich.  It took a while to dismantle, admittedly, and the propaganda was relentless for a couple of decades and frankly, hoisting them on their own petard of dope smoke was a cinch, but now we're all level headed and we know who the WINNERS are and you, yes you, can GET THAT MERCEDES BENZ!

content7.flixster.com

Ah ha ha.  Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?
 
2013-09-08 09:02:18 AM
An interesting but not particularly well written article. You don't need to write:

"Another body of scholarship argues that the professionalization of social movement organizations in the late twentieth century made possible a mainstreaming of social protest, by taming the more disruptive protesters and by standardizing tactics so that they became easier for ordinary citizens to learn and apply in new contexts"

When what you mean is:

"Other scholars argue that ordinary citizens could take up protesting after it had entered the mainstream in the late 20th century due to social movements becoming more professional and less disruptive in their tactics".


Longer and more circuitous explanations don't make you sound smart, they make you sound muddled. There is also no situation in which you should ever feel the need to type "professionalization".
 
2013-09-08 09:03:20 AM

way south: Dog Welder: To paraphrase Lewis Black:

The Kochs and the Tea Party leaders have managed to convince a group of people, a group that doesn't have a pot to piss in between the lot of them, that the best way to save the country is to not tax the rich.  That, my friends, is leadership.

To be fair, they are trying to propose an alternative to ideas thar haven't worked very well so far. Its not like taxing specific people is a solution to an economy (and national debt) of our scale.

We want rich folks to spend money expanding their businesses, on productive investments, or even wasteful luxuries, so their activities create jobs and new opportunities. We need more wealthy people and a middle class.
We should be looking at how they spend their money and why they aren't passing on the wealth, not simply gauging up how much to take from them. They have a beneficial effect on society that government cannot duplicate.

/Putting more money in government coffers doesn't mean they won't blow it on another stealth bomber.
/Taxing the Robber barons more is unlikely to increase wages, reduce prices, or stem their desire to influence elections.


I love how you talk about how ideas not working, then you float Trickle Down Economics as if it hasn't been dismissed as an idea after several decades of it being applied in the US and failing.

Meanwhile you also ignore the fact that social reinvestment in the way of subsidizing education etc. actually has had very dramatically positive results in the US. Are you a student of Karl Rove?
 
2013-09-08 09:04:20 AM

Gunther: Longer and more circuitous explanations don't make you sound smart, they make you sound muddled. There is also no situation in which you should ever feel the need to type "professionalization".


I feel the same way about subscribing to hard and fast  rules.
 
2013-09-08 09:07:13 AM
And here we have the inherent problem of businesses instigating legislation.

The Bunne Rabb Greater Motherf*cker Theory of Economics.

"If you give anybody anything of any value whatsoever, they tend to keep it."

Does anybody really believe that the dog and pony show in DC exists for any reason other than to move money around?  Preferably in one direction?
 
2013-09-08 09:07:18 AM
25.media.tumblr.com

fark Washington.  fark the Tea Party.  fark the rich.
 
2013-09-08 09:09:40 AM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-09-08 09:12:54 AM
"Was?"
 
2013-09-08 09:12:57 AM
i1.ytimg.com

"They're only as good as the world allows them to be.  When the chips are down?
These.. these civilized people?  They'll eat each other."


 
2013-09-08 09:13:53 AM

bunner: Herr Docktor Heinrich Wisenheimer: This shouldn't be a surprise. The financial news channel CNBC practically invented the Tea Party to make sure homeowners didn't get bailed out the way Wall Street was. /Trolling is fun.

You mean, it's just one huge business consortium with a pony in every stable, all designed to keep them rich and out of jail?

We don't need a separation of church and state anymore.

We need a separation of inc. and .gov.

I think we should all meet under the elm tree and eat Cheeos and trade Honey Boo Boo box sets and discuss our strategy until we start getting tear gassed by the nice men in the bullet resistant ninja outfits.


Wait, there is a Honey Boo Boo boxed set?  Shut up and take my money!!!
 
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