Thursday, November 24, 2011

Buy NOTHING To Show Them You Mean BUSINESS? (Mittens Says Give VA $$$ To Private Voucher Interests and Gingrich Says Abolish CBO (Numbers Too Scary!!!)

Over the holidays we learn that Romney the Mittens Man thinks vouchers (so private interests get to skim off the cream) are the way for the Veterans Hospitals to be more ably administered.

And Newton the Great (Thinker) wants to:

Gingrich: Abolish 'Socialist' Congressional Budget Office

I guess if they don't come up with the figures that sell your sour premises, you can just get rid of the accountants.

That'll show'em. (Just like they got rid of the Congress.)

I like the existential statement (reply to the challenge?) of buying nothing on certain days to demonstrate that consumers, poor and misused as they are, still have some clout - at least in the dissemination of capital to those who actually support their lives.

How about you?

Lifted gently from the Wily Coyote:

"You’ve been sleeping on the streets for two months pleading peacefully for a new spirit in economics. And just as your camps are raided, your eyes pepper sprayed and your head’s knocked in, another group of people are preparing to camp-out. Only these people aren’t here to support occupy Wall Street, they’re here to secure their spot in line for a Black Friday bargain at Super Target and Macy’s.

Occupy gave the world a new way of thinking about the fat cats and financial pirates on Wall Street. Now let's give them a new way of thinking about the holidays, about our own consumption habits. Let's use the coming 20th annual Buy Nothing Day to launch an all-out offensive to unseat the corporate kings on the holiday throne. This year’s Black Friday will be the first campaign of the holiday season where we set the tone for a new type of holiday culminating with #OCCUPYXMAS. As the global protests of the 99% against corporate greed and casino capitalism continues, lets take the opportunity to hit the empire where it really hurts . . . the wallet.
On Nov 25/26th we escape the mayhem and unease of the biggest shopping day in North America and put the breaks on rabid consumerism for 24 hours. Flash mobs, consumer fasts, mall sit-ins, community events, credit card-ups, whirly-marts and jams, jams, jams! We don’t camp on the sidewalk for a reduced price tag on a flat screen TV or psycho-killer video game. Instead, we occupy the very paradigm that is fueling our eco, social and political decline. Historically, Buy Nothing Day has been about fasting from hyper consumerism – a break from the cash register and reflecting on how dependent we really are on conspicuous consumption. On this 20th anniversary of Buy Nothing Day, we take it to the next level, marrying it with the message of #occupy . . . We #OCCUPYXMAS."

Start today friends.



James Murdoch Steps Down at News Corp.

Not really the announcement that anyone should have been expecting from this ménage in order to try to clear their name, but the PR can't hurt. It strikes you as a positive for about a minute or two . . . until you read the whole article.

He is looking for another dream job though.

He'd run for President except for that tricky birth certificate thing.

But as they said at Crooks and Liars:

Nobody ever truly leaves the mafia, do they?

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