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2014-01-26 06:15:29 PM  
On the bright side this thread has given me a new addition to my "Stupidest Things Ever Said on Fark" file.
 
2014-01-26 06:15:44 PM  
He reminds me of Patrick Stewart, but with more hair. Appearance, anyway.

Internally, in the metaphysical sense... he strikes me as an uncanny doppelganger to Montgomery Burns without the charm.
 
2014-01-26 06:16:06 PM  

gnosis301: Relatively Obscure: Unlike him, most people, including progressive types, have never killed anyone.

This is probably the kind of guy who thinks Nazis, Bolsheviks, Maoists, and Stalinists were progressives.


Um... Bolshevism and Maoism  were progressive ideologies, they were class-based revolutions that ejected the upper classes entirely for the benefit of the lower.  Are you perhaps unclear on what "progressive" means?  Because it's not just the name of your favorite football team or whatever, it's a word, with a definition and shiat.
 
2014-01-26 06:19:00 PM  
So workers wanting to get paid a living wage is the equivalent of the Nazi Holocaust to this dude. Well there might be a vague comparison but not what he thinks. It certainly will not garner him any sympathy for his cause except from the "derp" crowd.
 
2014-01-26 06:19:29 PM  
Shut the fark up. Shut the fark up.  Shut the fark up.  Shut the fark up.  Shut the fark up.

You're making money because you happen to have skills that the market currently likes.  And in a general sense, you and people like you are creating a farkton of wealth (Given that people can afford to pay you whatever they paid you, and keep going, and you're not showing up with jackbooted thugs at people's doorsteps and forcing them to buy whatever you're selling, you're clearly giving them something worth more than they're paying you).

And we know for a fact that trying to redistribute the wealth is a fantastic way to destroy the wealth creation.  No one likes this, no one's happy about it.  But it's necessary.

And yes, SF is FARKING STUPID in the way that they're dealing with the massive influx of wealth into their city.

But you don't deserve that.  It's not inherent.  It was skill plus luck (or possibly inheritance, which was just plain luck, though not blowing it all on hookers and blow required some exceedingly minimal skill).  And it's not Kristallnacht  yet.  Among other things, the Republicans have all the guns, and most of the actual military training*.  And shutting the fark up and just carrying on about your day is a MUCH BETTER way to prevent that from ever happening than coming across as an entitled asshole.

Shut the fark up.

*To wit:  "Nobody really thinks whites are as evil as portrayed by white liberals and black demagogues. If they really thought so, they'd be too afraid to ever leave the house, since a) there are a lot more whites, b) those whites are much better armed, c) they're more likely to be veterans of the Army's and Marine Corps' ground gaining combat arms, and d) they have an historically demonstrated cultural aptitude for mass, organized violence."
 
2014-01-26 06:20:10 PM  
Cry moar, you farking emo biatch. With a simple transaction from any of your numbered Swiss bank accounts, you could have any Occupy protestor snuffed out. You wouldn't even have to kill them, you could just destroy their life with legalities, loss of employment, what have you. So take your whiny emo Kristalnacht bullshiat and get the fark over yourself.
 
2014-01-26 06:20:54 PM  
All of you complaining about how you have suffered at the hands of America's Job Creators, I have some questions for you.

How many of you are underweight?

How many of you lack clothing or shelter?

How many of you have a refrigerator, television, internet connection, and computer?  HA HA trick question, or else you wouldn't be reading this right now!

Well then, I fail to see what you are complaining about.

While you may resent the higher station of your betters, rather than enviously carp about their moral failings, why not spit out those sour grapes, get off your duffs, pull on those bootstraps, and make something out of your worthless selves?  You could be working right now at a second or third job to improve your lot in life!

If you'd rather not, because you feel that you are entitled to a life of undeserved luxury paid for by stealing the fruits of others' labors, well... the world needs easily disposable drone workers, too.

sent from my iPhone 6, via satellite internet connection on my Gulfstream G650
 
2014-01-26 06:21:17 PM  
He seems like such a nice man - I can't imagine why so many people seem to dislike him.
 
2014-01-26 06:24:13 PM  
Why did the WSJ publish this? Might have something to do with the fact that Perkins is Murdoch's buddy and used to sit on the board of directors of News Corp.
 
2014-01-26 06:24:14 PM  
Oh Noes, the poors didnt ask for permission first before they started hating your guts.

You'll get over it.

Maybe...
 
2014-01-26 06:25:17 PM  
What's really scary is this guy actually thinks this way.  How isolated from your fellow humans do you have to be to have the world view this letter shows.

While you think about that, think about this; him and people like him are the people who have the power currently.

This letter doesn't make me angry it scares the shyte out of me.  Gods only knows what those crazy, isolated, and powerful people are contemplating.
 
2014-01-26 06:25:26 PM  
OH!!!  I get it now!  Is money is the jews and hippies are Hitler.
 
2014-01-26 06:25:45 PM  

Jim_Callahan: Are you perhaps unclear on what "progressive" means?


I haz a sad. You're usually smarter than that.

"Progressivism is a broad political philosophy based on the Idea of Progress, which asserts that advances in science, technology, economic development, and social organization can improve the human condition." First sentence of the wiki on "Progressivism". I don't see much about class in that.
 
2014-01-26 06:26:54 PM  

meyerkev: Among other things, the Republicans have all the guns, and most of the actual military training*.


Military is just about evenly split between registered Democrats and Republicans, actually.  All the right-wingers fantasizing about the day the military overthrows the tyrannical federal government are going to have a big surprise that day.

Parthenogenetic: All of you complaining about how you have suffered at the hands of America's Job Creators, I have some questions for you.

How many of you are underweight?

How many of you lack clothing or shelter?

How many of you have a refrigerator, television, internet connection, and computer?  HA HA trick question, or else you wouldn't be reading this right now!

Well then, I fail to see what you are complaining about.


Remember, if you aren't literally starving to death, you have no right to complain about systemic inequalities built into our economic systems.
 
2014-01-26 06:28:35 PM  
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2014-01-26 06:28:37 PM  
Well the nice part is that he didn't go shattering any stereotypes or anything. I believed most super rich people were total pieces of shiat who have no real world perspective, and he reinforced that belief.
 
2014-01-26 06:32:00 PM  
So yes, it's possible to be a mentally retarded diaper-shiatting billionaire
 
2014-01-26 06:32:13 PM  

Mikey1969: Well the nice part is that he didn't go shattering any stereotypes or anything. I believed most super rich people were total pieces of shiat who have no real world perspective, and he reinforced that belief.


It's almost as if super-rich people care nothing about anyone else but themselves and will actively fark over any other human being if it means a higher payday.

The comparisons between the super-rich and super-successful businessmen on Wall Street and your manipulative sociopath in the psych ward are uncanny at times. You basically have to be mentally ill and willing to harm other human beings without guilt or remorse in order to be extremely rich.

Not always the rule. Warren Buffet and Bill Gates for example. But for the most part the economic 'leaders' of this country are sociopaths who care only for their own purse and their immediate family who are similarly self-centered.
 
2014-01-26 06:33:03 PM  
i hope he's from the future and not being hyperbolic.
 
2014-01-26 06:35:21 PM  

Mrtraveler01: LittleJoeSF: Mrtraveler01: gaslight: From the Occupy movement to the demonization of the rich embedded in virtually every word of our local newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, I perceive a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent. There is outraged public reaction to the Google buses carrying technology workers from the city to the peninsula high-tech companies which employ them. We have outrage over the rising real-estate prices which these "techno geeks" can pay.   We have, for example, libelous and cruel attacks in the Chronicle on our number-one celebrity, the author Danielle Steel, alleging that she is a "snob" despite the millions she has spent on our city's homeless and mentally ill over the past decades.

San Franciscans always find something to biatch about. I think the anger over the Google buses and the rising number of tech workers in the city is pretty stupid and misguided but I don't think that San Francisco is about to lead them to the gas chambers either.

I drive in the city almost every day and the number of buses waiting at almost every bus stop is freaking ridiculous and seriously holds up traffic. It is actually an issue.

The price of rentals is seriously inflated, this happened before in 2000 I was renting a tiny ass studio for 1200 and when the bubble burst I got it dropped to 900. Now we are in the same kind of crisis with not enough apartments and too much demand, the only difference is I don't care any more since I live in Marin.

Back in 2000 people were basically saying the same thing as they are now. And not one person has been put in an oven.

yet...

Do you think this is another bubble in the making?

/honest question, it's good to see SF growing again but I remember the 1990's all too well


It is totally different this time around because the current tech boom is being pushed by companies that actually have a real value (Most of them anyway), or a viable product that is or will become profitable. In the late 90's it seemed everyone was just starting companies for the sake of starting a company and maybe then selling it off for a ridiculous amount if cash.

I sure as hell hope that I am right.
 
2014-01-26 06:37:05 PM  
What a schmuck.
 
2014-01-26 06:37:38 PM  

Jim_Callahan: gnosis301: Relatively Obscure: Unlike him, most people, including progressive types, have never killed anyone.

This is probably the kind of guy who thinks Nazis, Bolsheviks, Maoists, and Stalinists were progressives.

Um... Bolshevism and Maoism  were progressive ideologies, they were class-based revolutions that ejected the upper classes entirely for the benefit of the lower.  Are you perhaps unclear on what "progressive" means?  Because it's not just the name of your favorite football team or whatever, it's a word, with a definition and shiat.


Wow you don't normally pedddle weapons-grade bullshiat.

"Progtessivism means mass murder! Like doy! Look it up!"

In other news, fiscally-responsuble conservatism rapes and murders Honduran nuns. SCIENTIFIC FACT. It's a word with definition and shiat. Look it up!
 
2014-01-26 06:38:14 PM  
The WSJ clearly has it out for Mr. Perkins. There's no way this piece runs if they didn't want him to ESAD.
 
2014-01-26 06:38:44 PM  

Kibbler: So yes, it's possible to be a mentally retarded diaper-shiatting billionaire


In Europe, historically, the expression for that has been "your Majesty."
 
2014-01-26 06:38:54 PM  

Chameleon: Remember, if you aren't literally starving to death, you have no right to complain about systemic inequalities built into our economic systems.


Not just literally, but personally. No sticking up for those less fortunate than you!
 
2014-01-26 06:41:58 PM  

LittleJoeSF: Mrtraveler01: LittleJoeSF: Mrtraveler01: gaslight:
Do you think this is another bubble in the making?

/honest question, it's good to see SF growing again but I remember the 1990's all too well

It is totally different this time around because the current tech boom is being pushed by companies that actually have a real value (Most of them anyway), or a viable product that is or will become profitable. In the late 90's it seemed everyone was just starting companies for the sake of starting a company and maybe then selling it off for a ridiculous amount if cash.

I sure as hell hope that I am right.


.




Nah, it's a bubble and it will crash. Only way to keep it going is to keep raising salaries to keep up with the rents. This is counter to what the companies want which is higher and higher profit. Bubble.
 
2014-01-26 06:44:10 PM  
Pretty much every VC guy that I have ever dealt with was a complete self-absorbed douchebag. This guy is pretty much standard issue.
 
2014-01-26 06:44:26 PM  

vernonFL: [i.huffpost.com image 570x238]

He looks like a Bond villain, or maybe evil Mr. Rogers.


I was thinking Patrick Stewart's douchey brother.
 
2014-01-26 06:44:36 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-01-26 06:44:47 PM  

vernonFL: [i.huffpost.com image 570x238]

He looks like a Bond villain, or maybe evil Mr. Rogers.


He looks to me like this "evil" science fiction character.  Oh the pain, the pain.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Harris

On a serious note, this abhorrent letter came out at the same time that personal letters and correspondence from a real Nazi, Heinrich Himmler were released.  Himmler was one of the creators of the real Holocaust.  This character should do a little reading on Himmler, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust before he concludes that there could be any comparison between criticism of the richest  1% in the US, to the murder of 12 million people plus in the Holocaust.
 
2014-01-26 06:47:14 PM  

theorellior: Jim_Callahan: Are you perhaps unclear on what "progressive" means?

I haz a sad. You're usually smarter than that.

"Progressivism is a broad political philosophy based on the Idea of Progress, which asserts that advances in science, technology, economic development, and social organization can improve the human condition." First sentence of the wiki on "Progressivism". I don't see much about class in that.


Yeah, don't go to wikipedia for anything related to politics.  "Progressive" refers to a specific economic policy where the proportional costs of government are increased progressively as income increases, thus the term.  And more broadly to policies that advocate placing proportionally more of the figurative "cost of doing business" of operating the country on the more affluent.

The word isn't derived from progress as in movement along the world-line in the direction of increasing entropy, it's from "progressive" in the sense of escalation/growth.  The word originated in politics to describe differing philosophies on taxation specifically.

It's expanded to more generally mean or imply advocacy for social reform because that's usually the motivation, but if you go that general then the Nazis actually do get added to the list, so you've sort of reduced it to a meaningless label that can be applied to everything.  And I'm going to object to that for basically the same reasons I object to idiots using 'liberal' and 'conservative' as general team labels.  It's stupid and actively makes the language less useful.
 
2014-01-26 06:47:32 PM  
www.rawstory.com

"I think the classist garbage coming from the - uh, a lot of poors right now who are just filled with bitterness and rage is just amazing to me.  It is classism, I am seeing it constantly here in D.C., you know, I think - and it's causing rich citizens to become more classist than they ever were."
 
2014-01-26 06:48:03 PM  

vernonFL: [i.huffpost.com image 570x238]

He looks like a Bond villain, or maybe evil Mr. Rogers.


It's the turtleneck, right?
 
2014-01-26 06:48:49 PM  

Arkanaut: vernonFL: [i.huffpost.com image 570x238]

He looks like a Bond villain, or maybe evil Mr. Rogers.

It's the turtleneck, right?


He gave Roger Ebert cancer so he could steal his wardrobe.
 
2014-01-26 06:49:22 PM  

2wolves: [www.theartblog.org image 247x388][img.fark.net image 570x238]

Closer match.

We had the same idea. But you beat me to it. I didn't see your posting before I posted mine.

 
2014-01-26 06:49:42 PM  
The best solace that the 99% of us can have is that no matter how much profit, how many capital gains, how many tax breaks, how many superbly starved and artificially enhanced women jump into his bed, no matter what kind of car he drives or homes he owns, a man like this can never, never purchase the one thing that he craves-genuine, heartfelt respect and admiration.
 
2014-01-26 06:50:05 PM  
I'm ok with this, lets put the 1% into concentration camps.
 
2014-01-26 06:50:41 PM  

Lsherm: Relatively Obscure: Unlike him, most people, including progressive types, have never killed anyone.

With a farking yacht, no less.  That's like, mad bonus points if you're a 1%er.


GTA: Martha's Vineyard?
 
2014-01-26 06:51:54 PM  
I, for one, am looking forward to Monday's Daily Show.
 
2014-01-26 06:52:02 PM  

vernonFL: [i.huffpost.com image 570x238]

He looks like a Bond villain, or maybe evil Mr. Rogers.


He's a psychopath.  No need to make up fake villains to compare him to.
 
2014-01-26 06:52:25 PM  
We don't hate you because you're rich, we hate you because of how you're rich.

Besides, the Nazis were the very wealthy. Fascism is the union between big business and state.
 
2014-01-26 06:53:21 PM  
People who compare things they don't like to Nazi Germany are worse than Hitler.
 
2014-01-26 06:58:14 PM  

fusillade762: 2wolves: [www.theartblog.org image 247x388][img.fark.net image 570x238]

Closer match.

He's also got kind of a Christopher Plummer thing going on. Which ties things back to Nazis quite nicely.


I was thinking of Robert Loggia, but I like that yours brings it back to the Nazis.
 
2014-01-26 07:01:39 PM  

capn' fun: The best solace that the 99% of us can have is that no matter how much profit, how many capital gains, how many tax breaks, how many superbly starved and artificially enhanced women jump into his bed, no matter what kind of car he drives or homes he owns, a man like this can never, never purchase the one thing that he craves-genuine, heartfelt respect and admiration.


Meh. With all that other stuff, an entourage of fawning sycophants is good enough.
 
2014-01-26 07:01:57 PM  

vpb: The odd thing is that he basically proves that hatred of the "1%" is pretty appropriate.


Warlordtrooper: I'm ok with this, lets put the 1% into concentration camps.


Thanks for proving his point.
 
2014-01-26 07:03:00 PM  

jjorsett: vpb: The odd thing is that he basically proves that hatred of the "1%" is pretty appropriate.

Warlordtrooper: I'm ok with this, lets put the 1% into concentration camps.

Thanks for proving his point.


Well, we sure don't want to prove him wrong, now do we?
 
2014-01-26 07:05:28 PM  

Jim_Callahan: theorellior: Jim_Callahan: Are you perhaps unclear on what "progressive" means?

I haz a sad. You're usually smarter than that.

"Progressivism is a broad political philosophy based on the Idea of Progress, which asserts that advances in science, technology, economic development, and social organization can improve the human condition." First sentence of the wiki on "Progressivism". I don't see much about class in that.

Yeah, don't go to wikipedia for anything related to politics.  "Progressive" refers to a specific economic policy where the proportional costs of government are increased progressively as income increases, thus the term.  And more broadly to policies that advocate placing proportionally more of the figurative "cost of doing business" of operating the country on the more affluent.

The word isn't derived from progress as in movement along the world-line in the direction of increasing entropy, it's from "progressive" in the sense of escalation/growth.  The word originated in politics to describe differing philosophies on taxation specifically.

It's expanded to more generally mean or imply advocacy for social reform because that's usually the motivation, but if you go that general then the Nazis actually do get added to the list, so you've sort of reduced it to a meaningless label that can be applied to everything.  And I'm going to object to that for basically the same reasons I object to idiots using 'liberal' and 'conservative' as general team labels.  It's stupid and actively makes the language less useful.


Having just read a book on the early years of Communist rule in China, what you describe is nothing like Maoism.  They may have been seeking to redistribute wealth, but less through taxation than murder.
 
2014-01-26 07:05:47 PM  

gaslight: From the Occupy movement


...so, who's gonna find out how much he's donated to the various Tea Party "grassroots" movements?
 
2014-01-26 07:06:11 PM  

Super Chronic: Why did the WSJ publish this? Might have something to do with the fact that Perkins is Murdoch's buddy and used to sit on the board of directors of News Corp.


Maybe they think airing a wide range of opinion is good. Viewpoint discrimination is more of a lefty thing. You know, like, "We're not publishing any more letters disagreeing with climate change," or, "If you hold conservative values I dislike, get the hell out of New York."
 
2014-01-26 07:08:37 PM  
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