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2014-01-26 09:03:30 PM  

FnkyTwn: I don't know which is worse, that this letter was written or that some editor at the Wall Street Journal decided to run it.

The answer is: The WSJ printing it is worse.

There are tons of crackpots out there, and just because somebody is a rich old coont, it doesn't make their crackpottery print-worthy.


My dad was editorial page editor of a medium-sized newspaper. He read all the mail and chose which letters were printed. He would bring home letters from people like this Perkins guy so we could laugh and laugh at the morans.

Long before the Internet existed, I had little window into Freeperville.
 
2014-01-26 09:12:12 PM  
Are the 1% the Jews, is that what he's saying?
 
2014-01-26 09:18:38 PM  

jjorsett: 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."


Would you say that Liberals are all for ideology purity?
 
2014-01-26 09:22:15 PM  

FnkyTwn: I don't know which is worse, that this letter was written or that some editor at the Wall Street Journal decided to run it.

The answer is: The WSJ printing it is worse.

There are tons of crackpots out there, and just because somebody is a rich old coont, it doesn't make their crackpottery print-worthy.


Thank God for the Financial Times, I say.
 
2014-01-26 09:27:40 PM  
I have no words. Normally, I'd rant & rave, but the simple fact is that he is right in one very key point.

It is, indeed, time to deal with the appalling income inequity generated by a globe that encourages the rich to exploit the poor to the point of brutality, even as the rich laugh at the poor for complaining about it.

Now, at this point, I'd express some pithy statement about remembering this come the next election, but what's the point? The candidates for which you will be groomed have largely been chosen, and they're not going to be people who plan on dealing with this inequity - because they're in on the gig. They, too, are rich. They, too, plan on staying rich. They, too, will perform whatever action is necessary to placate the poor while ensuring that the rich stay rich, because as long as the illusion remains, we'll remain content.

Our representative democracy is broken. It was broken about three decades or so ago, and rich assholes like this one, who believe that ethics & morality are just games to be played as their actions directly contribute to the harm of millions, if not billions, on this planet, continued to widen the breach for their own benefit. And we let them - hell, some of us are cheering these bastards on. We won't push back hard enough, because of the illusion that, gee, if we're really lucky or if we really work hard, we, too, might become one of them. The odds are about 85 in 7,139,000,000. You're better off betting your future on a Lotto ticket.
 
2014-01-26 09:31:55 PM  

coeyagi: Boloxor the Insipid: The lesson of Nazi Germany is not that crazy people get into office and do bad things, it is that an entire population can group think its way to concentration camps.

The jews of germany and the 1% in America are the same thing: they are scapegoats.

Well, I guess we'd all better stockpile pepper spray so we can protect ourselves against the Occupy Hippie Horde.

And how are the hippies going to exterminate the 1%ers? Make them eat Applebee's until they die?

Also, before they kill them with "Eatin' Good in the Neighborhood", what are the 1%ers going to do for pieces of flair? Grey Poupon-laced $1000 bills stapled to their foreheads?

And are Hollywood 1%er Jews getting an exemption from extermination? It would seem a bit hash, doing it twice in 100 years.


Sure, why not?
 
2014-01-26 09:44:24 PM  

FlippityFlap: 2Wolves


I'm thinking more Jackie Treehorn,,,,


Let's see it.
 
2014-01-26 09:46:02 PM  

coeyagi: Well, I guess we'd all better stockpile pepper spray

Old Spice body wash so we can protect ourselves against the Occupy Hippie Horde.

FTFY.
 
2014-01-26 09:52:15 PM  
The fact that all these rich people are protesting so much leads me to believe they whiff that the people are on to them. They know their riches are ill gotten and BS. Like it could all come crashing down. It's one thing to be rich, but they have to all be such colossal dicks?
 
2014-01-26 09:52:36 PM  
I'm looking for a term that escapes me at this moment. It is a logical fallacy in which someone with expertise and great success in one field somehow makes them an expert in another field and that their opinions in the other field are now more valid.
 
2014-01-26 09:54:49 PM  
Or I don't know what's worse - about 30% of the US population will agree with what this idiot is saying.
 
2014-01-26 09:58:25 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-26 10:05:11 PM  

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


Kinda reminds me of Doctor Zachary Smith, but without the redeeming social value.
 
2014-01-26 10:06:51 PM  
I said it the other night, but at this point I really don't care if somebody starts knifing the rich in the streets for their money.

If you want to claim yourself a victim of a Kristallnacht, I want your companies ransacked, and you and your managers beaten and killed.
 
2014-01-26 10:07:39 PM  

jso2897: jjorsett: 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."

Why do you always seem to think that you can defend evil, stupid right wingers who exist, and are the actual subject of the articles we are discussing, by citing the alleged behavior of imaginary "leftists"?


Because it's easier than thinking.

I will give Bill Clinton credit--someone who I'm not real fond of, but who I will give props to on occasion because the Big Dog wasn't a fool--he recognized the NeoCon tendency to lockstep, and used that tendency, to push them further Right. Intransigence became a hallmark of the opposition he faced, and he led them down the Merry Garden Path to support some things that have proved simply asinine, and to expend a lot of cash to "prove" their asininity has some logical, scholastic base. By putting a stamp firmly in the middle of the road, the GOP was forced to take further right positions just to set themselves apart from their opposition, and the vilify such things as Head Start, school lunches, and even the thought of infrastructure improvements. It has been effective, because the GOP keeps trying to ascribe the lockstep mentality to everyone else as well. Both sides are bad et all, but what he did was set out a strategy for putting the GOP to keep on a defensive strategy, and when they do go out on an attack, they've left a LOT of ground open, because of widespread opposition to things that...well, they ain't exactly terrible.

I will likewise give Obama some credit, for doing something similar. I still think he needs to come out in favor of football, baseball, apple pie, and express his admiration for Ford and Chevy brand trucks, just to watch the Congress line up to tell everyone how terrible it is that the President sided with such Pinko-Commie institutions, and just let the knee jerk opponents twist themselves up to find reasons to tell their constituents how terrible a thing it was.

At this point, the captive press does have a lot of cash in it, and good advertising to keep their voters listening, even if it can be torn down when they have to leave the bubble. It's easier to talk about "leftists" because examining the corruption in the ranks makes less waves. It's nice to have distractions. And the more untenable the positions, the quicker folks are to invoke the ebbil Commie-Socio-Fascists, even if those folks are espousing positions that the GOP found palatable, or even forwarded themselves at one point. Yes, I'm looking at the ACA right now. With some withering gaze, but you'll have to imagine it.

The Party has become reactionary, and knee jerk in that reactionism. And that's what's sad, because it's firmly rooted in that subjective reality bubble that the NeoCons really like to live in. Not as a useful concept to understand human relations, but as a place to live in, and scatter furniture about to make it comfy. New position, they've got a horde of nice folks who are willing to play fetch and carry for them to move said furniture to the new digs, and who don't seem to realize that all those tables and chairs that they're lugging actually mean that the position has moved. It takes some serious work to get that level of cognitive dissonance, and at least we can take some comfort that the talking heads, with a few notable exceptions like Ted Nuget and Victoria Jackson, understand their role, and are perfectly willing to trade their dignity and integrity for cash in hand. That they then try to claim some moral superiority for this sudden shift, and a refusal to even recognize their shift, well, I think that one of their heroes said something about hypocrites and those who pray in public, but THAT particular cat isn't so popular, what with the whole message about helping folks, forgiveness and charity and kindness.

The sad thing is: if you want to take the moral high ground, you have to actually occupy that territory first. And far too many folks just figure you just keep shouting that you HAVE IT! all the while spilling lies, cash, and detailed receipts for hookers and blow from pockets, and figure that the rubes will NEVER connect the dots, so long as the media keeps it quiet. And America isn't quite there to waking up, but a few more dings in the economy by shipping yet another round of jobs overseas while bolstering Wall Street positions, and we may get there.
 
2014-01-26 10:12:59 PM  
I wouldn't make the comparison of 1%ers:The 99% :: Jews : Nazis...  I think it's more along the lines of 1%ers : The 99% :: French Aristocracy : French Commoners.
 
2014-01-26 10:16:02 PM  

jso2897: I caught how he refers to the wealthiest 1% as the "successful" 1%.
Nice to know that all us dumb assholes out here who work or have worked all our lives, feeding, clothing and housing ourselves and our families, educating our kids, making and providing everything his soft, spoiled, lazy ass uses - are all failures.

Scapegoat, my foot.
Christ, what an asshole.


That and the bullshiat belief that everyone with lots of money EARNED it.  They'd like everyone to believe they started as poor dirt farmers and crawled their way to the top with no help from no one.
 
2014-01-26 10:18:26 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: jso2897: I caught how he refers to the wealthiest 1% as the "successful" 1%.
Nice to know that all us dumb assholes out here who work or have worked all our lives, feeding, clothing and housing ourselves and our families, educating our kids, making and providing everything his soft, spoiled, lazy ass uses - are all failures.

Scapegoat, my foot.
Christ, what an asshole.

That and the bullshiat belief that everyone with lots of money EARNED it.  They'd like everyone to believe they started as poor dirt farmers and crawled their way to the top with no help from no one.


Or as Molly Ivins once said about George Bush, "He was born on third-base, and thinks he hit a triple."
 
2014-01-26 10:18:34 PM  
Also, has no one pointed out yet that the WSJ is owned by Rupert Murdoch?

/WTF did you expect?
 
2014-01-26 10:19:18 PM  
I hope this group gets tattooed assholes.
 
2014-01-26 10:21:52 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: jso2897: I caught how he refers to the wealthiest 1% as the "successful" 1%.
Nice to know that all us dumb assholes out here who work or have worked all our lives, feeding, clothing and housing ourselves and our families, educating our kids, making and providing everything his soft, spoiled, lazy ass uses - are all failures.

Scapegoat, my foot.
Christ, what an asshole.

That and the bullshiat belief that everyone with lots of money EARNED it.  They'd like everyone to believe they started as poor dirt farmers and crawled their way to the top with no help from no one.


Signing forms prepared by your accountants, advisors, and attorneys is hard work.
 
2014-01-26 10:26:52 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Also, has no one pointed out yet that the WSJ is owned by Rupert Murdoch?

/WTF did you expect?


Unsurprisingly, the asshat who wrote the original editorial sat on the board of directors for News Corp. until 2012.
 
2014-01-26 10:29:04 PM  
I'd be okay with a night of broken glass for tax cheats in the top .1%
 
2014-01-26 10:33:31 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


^This is what my husband and I are thinking.  I'm seeing massive layoffs at Google/Apple/etc within the next year or two.  Just not enough new products, and consumers don't have the cash to keep the momentum rolling.  Hopefully, should make the price of a first home a bit more affordable.
/engineer at a semiconductor company, so here's hoping I stay employed.....
 
2014-01-26 10:33:49 PM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Satanic_Hamster: jso2897: I caught how he refers to the wealthiest 1% as the "successful" 1%.
Nice to know that all us dumb assholes out here who work or have worked all our lives, feeding, clothing and housing ourselves and our families, educating our kids, making and providing everything his soft, spoiled, lazy ass uses - are all failures.

Scapegoat, my foot.
Christ, what an asshole.

That and the bullshiat belief that everyone with lots of money EARNED it.  They'd like everyone to believe they started as poor dirt farmers and crawled their way to the top with no help from no one.

Or as Molly Ivins once said about George Bush, "He was born on third-base, and thinks he hit a triple."


Not an Ivins quote.  She was like an fourth thief, or something.
 
2014-01-26 10:45:30 PM  
vernonFL:
img.fark.net

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



Hmmm....

static2.wikia.nocookie.net


I though Jean-Luc Picard got rid of his Evil Nemesis Clone...

1.bp.blogspot.com

Well, time to stab another worthless clone through the heart.  Pass me a sheared off bulkhead...
 
2014-01-26 10:49:49 PM  

img.fark.net


EVACUATE?  IN OUR MOMENT OF TRIUMPH?

 
2014-01-26 11:09:41 PM  

Zombie Butler: 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.


I disagree, the rent in SF is silly high always has been. Living in SF proper is a "thing" there are plenty more less expensive rentals in south city, San Bruno and OH NOES! Oakland.

If it doesn't plateau at some point soon then there will be trouble. However if you look around the city all you see is cranes and buildings going up, easily half of those are high density condos.

We also just recently took a major digger economically due to a tech bubble and crash, we are booming right now and no one forgets what happened in 2000. I don't think it will happen again.

Thread jack aside, Judging by the pic of this ass polyp he is on an upper floor of Embarcadero 4. Next time I am up there I will be sure to fart in the elevator.
 
2014-01-26 11:09:58 PM  
Ignore me if this isn't a new observation, but something just clicked for me... These tools are genuinely a little bit scared, aren't they?

I mean, we make jokes about the French Revolution and show pictures of the guillotine, mostly out of frustration that these people don't seem to realize that they're living in a different world and don't understand that true victimization isn't a 1% capital gains tax increase. But I'm starting to think that some of them are getting a little nervous that the riff-raff might actually start coming after them. If this tool can compare the harassment of the Jews in Germany with civil unrest among the 99%, there's some part of his brain that really actually honestly genuinely does feel a little bit threatened.

And the thing about the 1% getting scared is that they honestly don't know how to defuse the situation they've created. They can't increase the moribund wages of their employees or ensure better access to the privileges of employment, nor can they pay more in progressive taxes to prevent the collapse of our social system, because everything they've heard and read for the last thirty years has told them that that's Wrong. So they're wracking their brains trying to come up with something else. A lot of them, like this idiot here, have decided to tell us how put-upon and victimized they feel. Don't you feel sorry for him now? Don't you feel bad that you hurt his feelings? Poor little thing. ...Why are you looking at him that way?
 
2014-01-26 11:21:10 PM  

peasandcarrots: Don't you feel sorry for him now? Don't you feel bad that you hurt his feelings? Poor little thing. ...Why are you looking at him that way?


*sniff

/wipes tear from cheek
 
2014-01-26 11:29:57 PM  
How the 1% sees themselves:

www.eonline.com

How everyone else sees them:

blogs.suntimes.com
 
2014-01-26 11:36:39 PM  

coeyagi: Boloxor the Insipid: The lesson of Nazi Germany is not that crazy people get into office and do bad things, it is that an entire population can group think its way to concentration camps.

The jews of germany and the 1% in America are the same thing: they are scapegoats.

Well, I guess we'd all better stockpile pepper spray so we can protect ourselves against the Occupy Hippie Horde.

And how are the hippies going to exterminate the 1%ers? Make them eat Applebee's until they die?

Also, before they kill them with "Eatin' Good in the Neighborhood", what are the 1%ers going to do for pieces of flair? Grey Poupon-laced $1000 bills stapled to their foreheads?

And are Hollywood 1%er Jews getting an exemption from extermination? It would seem a bit hash, doing it twice in 100 years.


You are a very poor substitute for Mr. Coffee Nerves.
 
2014-01-26 11:41:16 PM  
And if you're still breathing, I don't believe you're really starving to death.
 
2014-01-26 11:44:29 PM  

Lsherm: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Satanic_Hamster: jso2897: I caught how he refers to the wealthiest 1% as the "successful" 1%.
Nice to know that all us dumb assholes out here who work or have worked all our lives, feeding, clothing and housing ourselves and our families, educating our kids, making and providing everything his soft, spoiled, lazy ass uses - are all failures.

Scapegoat, my foot.
Christ, what an asshole.

That and the bullshiat belief that everyone with lots of money EARNED it.  They'd like everyone to believe they started as poor dirt farmers and crawled their way to the top with no help from no one.

Or as Molly Ivins once said about George Bush, "He was born on third-base, and thinks he hit a triple."

Not an Ivins quote.  She was like an fourth thief, or something.


Yeah, that was my bad, I misattributed it to Ivins. She quoted Jim Hightower in one of her books, and I forgot that he said it. Still a great quote, and she knew Bush from school days. Thanks for setting that straight. :)
 
2014-01-26 11:47:56 PM  

peasandcarrots: They can't increase the moribund wages of their employees or ensure better access to the privileges of employment, nor can they pay more in progressive taxes to prevent the collapse of our social system, because everything they've heard and read for the last thirty years has told them that that's Wrong


That and (being really, really insanely ruthless):

* If you don't raise costs (via higher wages or more taxes to fund yet more ineffective welfare handouts instead of some infrastructure), there's a riot.
* If you raise costs and don't raise prices, your profit goes down, your personal wealth goes down and the stock price collapses.
* Sub: If you raise costs by hiring better workers, you've just farked over the poor, and haven't prevented that damn riot.  (Just saying.  Costco pays more than Walmart, and in general, the people at Costco are better workers, IMO).  In fact, you've made it worse because now the poor are unemployed.
* If everyone raises costs and doesn't raise prices, the stock market collapses and every pension fund and retirement account in the USA becomes insolvent overnight (and then there's a riot and a recession.  Just saying.  There's a reason why Wall Street is untouchable and it's not just "Fark you, we're rich.".  It's "Fark you, we own your retirement funds.").
* If you raise costs AND prices, your competitors put you out of business.
* If you raise prices by shifting to serving a richer clientele, you've just farked over the poor and now there's a riot.
* If everyone raises costs and prices, you put a squeeze on the middle class, kick off massive inflation,  and put the poor right back to where they were (And then there's a  bigriot by both the poor and middle-class whites.  And trust me.  Middle class whites are a LOT more effective at rioting than poor blacks when they really put a mind to it.  Among other things, they own all the legal guns.)

So there's absolutely no way out of this that doesn't involve getting shot at by poor people or middle-class people.

Well, actually there's one.  You ruthlessly prioritize productivity over everything else so that that better class of worker doesn't force you to raise costs, put just enough money into welfare to keep the poor from shooting at you, and then shove about half the extra profit into charity so that the middle class doesn't shoot at you because they're too busy admiring the new elementary school.  And as a super bonus, you get even richer.
 
2014-01-26 11:50:35 PM  
Rich or poor; crazy still looks the same.


img.fark.net

img.fark.net
 
2014-01-26 11:55:26 PM  

peasandcarrots: Ignore me if this isn't a new observation, but something just clicked for me... These tools are genuinely a little bit scared, aren't they?

I mean, we make jokes about the French Revolution and show pictures of the guillotine, mostly out of frustration that these people don't seem to realize that they're living in a different world and don't understand that true victimization isn't a 1% capital gains tax increase. But I'm starting to think that some of them are getting a little nervous that the riff-raff might actually start coming after them. If this tool can compare the harassment of the Jews in Germany with civil unrest among the 99%, there's some part of his brain that really actually honestly genuinely does feel a little bit threatened.

And the thing about the 1% getting scared is that they honestly don't know how to defuse the situation they've created. They can't increase the moribund wages of their employees or ensure better access to the privileges of employment, nor can they pay more in progressive taxes to prevent the collapse of our social system, because everything they've heard and read for the last thirty years has told them that that's Wrong. So they're wracking their brains trying to come up with something else. A lot of them, like this idiot here, have decided to tell us how put-upon and victimized they feel. Don't you feel sorry for him now? Don't you feel bad that you hurt his feelings? Poor little thing. ...Why are you looking at him that way?


That was as twisted and nonsensical as Mein Kampf.
 
2014-01-27 12:09:28 AM  

Cletus C.: peasandcarrots: Ignore me if this isn't a new observation, but something just clicked for me... These tools are genuinely a little bit scared, aren't they?

I mean, we make jokes about the French Revolution and show pictures of the guillotine, mostly out of frustration that these people don't seem to realize that they're living in a different world and don't understand that true victimization isn't a 1% capital gains tax increase. But I'm starting to think that some of them are getting a little nervous that the riff-raff might actually start coming after them. If this tool can compare the harassment of the Jews in Germany with civil unrest among the 99%, there's some part of his brain that really actually honestly genuinely does feel a little bit threatened.

And the thing about the 1% getting scared is that they honestly don't know how to defuse the situation they've created. They can't increase the moribund wages of their employees or ensure better access to the privileges of employment, nor can they pay more in progressive taxes to prevent the collapse of our social system, because everything they've heard and read for the last thirty years has told them that that's Wrong. So they're wracking their brains trying to come up with something else. A lot of them, like this idiot here, have decided to tell us how put-upon and victimized they feel. Don't you feel sorry for him now? Don't you feel bad that you hurt his feelings? Poor little thing. ...Why are you looking at him that way?

That was as twisted and nonsensical as Mein Kampf.


Thanks for bringing that post to my attention. I skipped over it the first time, and your mention caused me to trace backward and "Smart" it.
 
2014-01-27 12:18:31 AM  

Cletus C.: peasandcarrots: Ignore me if this isn't a new observation, but something just clicked for me... These tools are genuinely a little bit scared, aren't they?

I mean, we make jokes about the French Revolution and show pictures of the guillotine, mostly out of frustration that these people don't seem to realize that they're living in a different world and don't understand that true victimization isn't a 1% capital gains tax increase. But I'm starting to think that some of them are getting a little nervous that the riff-raff might actually start coming after them. If this tool can compare the harassment of the Jews in Germany with civil unrest among the 99%, there's some part of his brain that really actually honestly genuinely does feel a little bit threatened.

And the thing about the 1% getting scared is that they honestly don't know how to defuse the situation they've created. They can't increase the moribund wages of their employees or ensure better access to the privileges of employment, nor can they pay more in progressive taxes to prevent the collapse of our social system, because everything they've heard and read for the last thirty years has told them that that's Wrong. So they're wracking their brains trying to come up with something else. A lot of them, like this idiot here, have decided to tell us how put-upon and victimized they feel. Don't you feel sorry for him now? Don't you feel bad that you hurt his feelings? Poor little thing. ...Why are you looking at him that way?

That was as twisted and nonsensical as Mein Kampf.


But how does it compare to Mein Kapmfy Chair?
 
2014-01-27 12:29:05 AM  

peasandcarrots: Ignore me if this isn't a new observation, but something just clicked for me... These tools are genuinely a little bit scared, aren't they?


Some are.  From what I can tell, there seem to be three major camps:

1.) People like (seemingly) Warren Buffet, who are concerned by the growing gap between rich and poor
2.) People like Lee Iacocca who don't really seem all that troubled by income inequality but do nice things because they understand that they don't want to be at the wrong end of a revolution
3.) People like Jamie Dimon who are looking out for #1 and are oblivious to the social unrest caused by this sort of behavior

It's the idiots in category three that are causing all the trouble.
 
2014-01-27 12:38:32 AM  

hubiestubert: I will likewise give Obama some credit, for doing something similar. I still think he needs to come out in favor of football, baseball, apple pie, and express his admiration for Ford and Chevy brand trucks, just to watch the Congress line up to tell everyone how terrible it is that the President sided with such Pinko-Commie institutions, and just let the knee jerk opponents twist themselves up to find reasons to tell their constituents how terrible a thing it was.


i40.tinypic.com
 
2014-01-27 01:07:50 AM  

Cletus C.: peasandcarrots: Ignore me if this isn't a new observation, but something just clicked for me... These tools are genuinely a little bit scared, aren't they?

I mean, we make jokes about the French Revolution and show pictures of the guillotine, mostly out of frustration that these people don't seem to realize that they're living in a different world and don't understand that true victimization isn't a 1% capital gains tax increase. But I'm starting to think that some of them are getting a little nervous that the riff-raff might actually start coming after them. If this tool can compare the harassment of the Jews in Germany with civil unrest among the 99%, there's some part of his brain that really actually honestly genuinely does feel a little bit threatened.

And the thing about the 1% getting scared is that they honestly don't know how to defuse the situation they've created. They can't increase the moribund wages of their employees or ensure better access to the privileges of employment, nor can they pay more in progressive taxes to prevent the collapse of our social system, because everything they've heard and read for the last thirty years has told them that that's Wrong. So they're wracking their brains trying to come up with something else. A lot of them, like this idiot here, have decided to tell us how put-upon and victimized they feel. Don't you feel sorry for him now? Don't you feel bad that you hurt his feelings? Poor little thing. ...Why are you looking at him that way?

That was as twisted and nonsensical as Mein Kampf.


Compared to Hitler by a Fark Independent. I can cross another thing off my Bucket List.
 
2014-01-27 01:41:22 AM  
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You're probably making 10% less than you were 10 years ago. The top 0.01% is making 76.2% more. pic.twitter.com/nYQIpWobfC

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Leave the rich alone! They're barely surviving!
 
2014-01-27 01:45:33 AM  
Look, if we vilify rich business titans like Tom Perkins, he might be forced to live on his little boat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9Mvu57FP3c

... oh crap he sold the boat to a hedge fund.  Well that option is out.  I guess he'll just have to suffer in his small proletariat apartment.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000087239639044402520457754598 0 352957576

Seriously though, why don't we get how oppressed guys like poor Tommy P are?  Why can't we just worship them with a heavy dose of supply side reverence as the Wall St. Journal suggests we should?
 
2014-01-27 01:48:44 AM  
... sorry bad penthouse link.

You can't fully appreciate how oppressed this guy is and how much the 99% should really sympathize with his hurt feelings until you check this out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rybHYiRcbo
 
2014-01-27 02:00:24 AM  

andrewagill: peasandcarrots: Ignore me if this isn't a new observation, but something just clicked for me... These tools are genuinely a little bit scared, aren't they?

Some are.  From what I can tell, there seem to be three major camps:

1.) People like (seemingly) Warren Buffet, who are concerned by the growing gap between rich and poor
2.) People like Lee Iacocca who don't really seem all that troubled by income inequality but do nice things because they understand that they don't want to be at the wrong end of a revolution
3.) People like Jamie Dimon who are looking out for #1 and are oblivious to the social unrest caused by this sort of behavior

It's the idiots in category three that are causing all the trouble.


Interestingly, Warren Buffett's son is off in Africa working on sustainable agriculture, since Warren wouldn't give him all the money his heart desired; Howard actually had to do some work to get where he is today. Possibly that is the key--these ultra-rich fools need to get their hands in the dirt and actually SEE what income inequality is at the ground level. It's not just having a refrigerator or a flat-screen TV.
 
2014-01-27 02:14:56 AM  
Your standard Google employee is not part of the 1%.

Why would they be employed and take a bus to work if they could take a helicopter to the beach?

Assuming that someone in an employment relationship is part of the 1% is the biggest lie the 1% has ever perpetuated. 1% wealth does not come from employment.
 
2014-01-27 02:22:35 AM  

Boloxor the Insipid: The lesson of Nazi Germany is not that crazy people get into office and do bad things, it is that an entire population can group think its way to concentration camps.

The jews of germany and the 1% in America are the same thing: they are scapegoats.


Really, and how many were sent - justifiably - to the gas chambers for destroying the US economy?
 
2014-01-27 03:07:11 AM  
Motherfarking fark. I can't tell if I'm more infuriated by people being so uneducated they really only know the holocaust as a buzzword synonym for something people didn't like experiencing or people lacking empathy so goddamn hard they feel justified comparing every little bruised feeling to the atrocities that work evokes.

Nevermind, it's the latter.
 
2014-01-27 05:00:18 AM  

TV's Vinnie: The big motivation that drives corksuckers like this isn't just from the owning of craptons of luxury items and vast amounts of wealth. They want, no, insist upon us proles worshiping them for being rich. The idea of us worms all adoring them for being so stinkin' loaded with cash gives them that little rush they feel of thinking that they are better than the rest of us.

So of course, the fact that us drones dare to not sing  praises from the work pits any longer baffles and troubles the Elites. There's no longer that big rush they get from flaunting around in their fur coats and 4 million dollar Venenos because they get glares & scowls instead of the OOOs and AHHHs they are accustomed to.

And so, in their little poutrage, they have their secretaries type up missives like this, where the Masters of the Universe declare their superiority over all to Know Their Place and not even make a single peep of their umbrage. Shut up! Obey! Resume worshiping us rich, your Gods! Obey!


He bleeds red just like a real human, doesn't he?

If he can bleed he's no god.
 
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