Category Archives: corporate

Directv vs Cable. Cable.

I’ve had Directv for probably 5 or 6 years now, and I’ll probably keep them until we move. But I’m not happy. It’s not the reception, that’s fine. And I get Comedy Central, which I understand my local cable company … Continue reading

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“People who discovered they would save money if they switched insurance companies saved some average amount of money upon switching”

In a recent commercial for Allstate, Dennis Haysbert intones that drivers who switched from Geico to Allstate saved an average of $396 per year on their auto insurance. He then intones “Surprised?”* Not really, Dennis, and here’s why:  My guess … Continue reading

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Microsoft spent time and money on this video: Somebody came up with this idea, other people okayed it. Actors were hired. In the paraphrased words of Ignatius J Reilly: “Filth! How dare they pretend to be virgins. Look at their … Continue reading

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It’s time to stop fucking around

The Quiet Coup – The Atlantic May 2009 Anything that is too big to fail is too big to exist. I don’t pretend to understand the convoluted way we got here. I do understand why we got here; we got … Continue reading

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Swoopo

At Jeff Atwood’s Coding Horror blog: Profitable Until Deemed Illegal I’d never heard of this thing before. But it is amazing. Somebody called it a tax on people who are bad at math. Jeff Atwood says In short, swoopo is … Continue reading

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Fredlines

As news has reared its ugly head recently, putinesque, one begins to realize we are living in interesting times. I’ve noticed that magazines and newspapers can’t keep up with the pace.  It’s one flaming brown sack of shit left on … Continue reading

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An artist’s conception of greed and ruin

Remember how a few years ago artists were employed to draw pastels of court scenes because cameras weren’t permitted in? I don’t know, I guess to protect the innocent, on the very off-chance that the accused were somehow found innocent? … Continue reading

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Fool me once, shame on — shame on you.

When the Thundering Herd Comes up Lame –Keith Fitz-Gerald I’m sick and tired of hearing how “we” caused this … how, according to the mainstream media, “we” somehow did this to our financial system. Baloney. For the most part, “we” … Continue reading

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unionism, liberalism, and managed perception

Imagine if your job were set up in such a way that your value within the company rose over time, yet that value could not be extracted and put to work at any other company. For example, you’ve been working … Continue reading

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the Saint of Traffic By-laws

Nobody in the United States is untouchable by the law. Everyone has done something that could have resulted in fines or imprisonment. Everyone. It almost goes without saying, except that I had to say it in order for the next … Continue reading

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my hosting service is falling apart

Recently, my hosting service (Midphase) has started to come apart at the seams. It’s one thing to have no access to the database and get the consequent “WordPress Database Error” message; it’s another thing entirely when whole posts get swallowed … Continue reading

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Periphapalianism

I’m reading a top “worst tech products of all time” thing on pcworld.com…it’s not important why…and it reminds me, again, of how out-of-touch with peripheral crap I can get. Which is of course a good thing, I like to think, … Continue reading

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SHAMS*

I’ve been undergoing indoctrination at my summer job at the VA for the last week. Hours and hours of learning how things are done the VA way. It’s been awhile since I’ve done anything similar, and I’ve noticed things have … Continue reading

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“We are Blithering Idiot. Moving forward, facing things”

“Ladies & Gentlemen, men of the press, your Royal Highness, “We at Blithering Idiot Co are excited about the future. Confidently upbeat. Future-wise, we see ourselves moving forward. And not just moving forward in the sense that everything must move … Continue reading

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Brand X Airlines

This entry has been changed since I can’t depersonalize it enough to guarantee maintenance of total anonymity, which is vital since I don’t get paid. So screw it. It’s the mark of a worker-controlled company if that company will give … Continue reading

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Here’s an excerpt from my Economics book: “Supply-siders believe that how long and how hard people work depends on the amounts of additional after-tax earnings they derive from their efforts. They say that government should reduce marginal tax rates on … Continue reading

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Poverty Targets May Be Missed–BBC

I’ve got an idea: tax the shit out of the rich. You know Forbes’ annual list of the ultra-rich? Tax the living shit out of them.

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a diamond is until next Tuesday

I’m a practical guy. When I proposed to my wife, while it wasn’t exactly out of the blue, it was a spur-of-the-moment thing. I mean, I didn’t bide my time, calculate, buy an engagement ring, and all the stuff a … Continue reading

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confessions of a car salesman

Confessions This should be required reading for anyone who gets within 200 yards of a car dealership. “The other boxes on the 4-square are for the price of the trade-in, the amount of the customer’s down payment, and the amount … Continue reading

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Mayor McCheese and other corporate shills

I despise companies that try to force me to learn new words for old things. I walk into a hamburger joint, I’m ordering a hamburger. A big mac? No, get me a god damn hamburger. Would you like a grande … Continue reading

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