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Is modern capitalism currently experiencing corruption or is capitalism corrupt by design?

Would capitalism in America experience a sea change for the better if more democratic initiatives were gradually introduced or is it doomed to the Iron Law of Oligarchy no matter what happens to it?

No real right or wrong answer here, just asking.

Yahoo Commenters: The Window To America's Embarrassments.


Don't go any further than the story if you don't want to be pissed the hell off. I mean, the story is infuriating as it is, but I wouldn't go any further than that.

Yahoo's commenters are a fucking disgrace. An absolute fucking disgrace to humanity.

Bullied 11-year-old in coma after brutal schoolyard attack.


Bailey O'Neil, a 6th grader was allegedly beaten up by several students and was left with a broken nose and concussion.

Along with the fact that a bullied 11-year-old boy is in a coma; one of his attackers reportedly only received a two-day suspension.

Bailey's parents took him to a local Children's Hospital. There, he began to show signs that something was wrong after several days. In the beginning, his mood was low, he was angry and wasn't sleeping.

But then things took a bad turn; the bullied kid began having violent seizures. As a result, doctors were forced to sedate him for medical reasons.

I don't know, would being a karate master have taken care of a seven-on-one problem???

What would happen to you if you beat up another adult bad enough to send them to the hospital?

What would happen to you if you beat up an 11 year old bad enough to send him to a hospital?

What would happen to you if you beat up YOUR 11 year old bad enough to send him to a fucking hospital?

So, if these sorts of rules and expectations apply to adults, why exactly is it PERFECTLY OK TO ALLOW FUCKING KIDS TO BEAT UP OUR KIDS AND SUFFER ZERO REPERCUSSIONS FOR IT???? WHY??? SAY IT, SAY IT??????

Let’s see . . . .

The average real dollar wage hasn’t been keeping pace with productivity or the cost of living in 32 years . . .

Americans cannot save a dime of their earnings because they have too much month at the end of the money . . .

This year breaks the longest extended period of low top marginal tax rates on the wealthy this century; which, by the way, resulted in the weakest 10 year period of job creation since that statistic's been measured, along with the worst chasm of wealth inequality between the have-too-littles and the have-way-too-damned-muches . . .

Debt and deficits somehow don’t matter when Republicans want to borrow and waste, but any notion of economic repair via spending/influx by a Democratic administration results in fictional cliffs, ceilings and (insert cute prefix here)pocalypses . . .

Back in 1969, an average house cost 1.5 to 2 times as much as an average household income. Now, it’s nearly 3-5 times as much . . .

Corporate America’s response to average Americans getting even one crumb speck of a break in their fiscal situations is to raise prices on everything . . .

We’re expected to fund our educations, our job training, our child care, our health care, our life/auto/home insurance, our retirements, our deaths and our accidents, all while somehow paying for our necessities, which are killing us . . .

Men with 9-to-11-figure net worths and their own planes can somehow spare nearly a half a billion dollars to influence a presidential election but finger-wag heavily at any suggestion of economic fairness towards their workers, stating it will stifle profit, competition and shareholder value . . .

Corporate America will lobby and propagandize the American public on an austerity-stained, faith-based trickle-down model of wealth transfer, when they don’t even practice any such nonsense in their own businesses. . .

Corporate America wants you to continually buy, but doesn’t want to hire you or raise your wage so you can buy . . .

Corporate America expects you to supply them with perpetual productivity and profit, but doesn’t want to give up even one red cent of the spoils when they get it . . .

Corporate America can now get Mom and Dad for the same relative wage as they used to get Mom OR Dad, and both Mom and Dad are now working longer average hours than their 1970s counterparts. To make matters worse, their newly-college-degreed kids live with them and can’t find work because the unable-to-retire Grandparents either have to stay at their jobs until they’re slopped on the gurney or have to take even the entry-level fall-back service jobs so they can eat and get medicine . . .

. . . “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”

Dish Network, the Meanest Company In America.


Still, the volume of miserable tales about Dish is impressive; 346 former or current employees had taken the time to write not-so-nice things about the company. On a scale of 1 to 5, they ranked their company an average of 2.2, beating Dillard’s (DDS) and RadioShack (RSH) for the spot at the bottom.

The most common complaints were long hours, lack of paid holidays, and way too much mandatory overtime. Some posts suggest that merely setting foot in Dish’s headquarters is a danger to the soul. “Quit” was the recommendation to one Dish employee who sought management advice. “You’re part of a poisonous environment … go find a job where you can use your talents for good rather than evil.” The roundup noted one other thing: The share price was up more than 30 percent for most of the year.


Ergen founded Dish more than 30 years ago, installing satellite systems with partner Jim DeFranco. Dish is now the second-largest satellite TV provider in the U.S., with 26,000 employees. Ergen, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, has an estimated net worth of $11 billion. That puts him among the world’s richest men and makes him one of America’s greatest entrepreneurial success stories. He’s also a living rebuke to a library of management textbooks that suggest fostering happy, self-actualized employees in a transparent environment of trust and communal effort is the path to wealth.

Judianne Atencio left Dish not long after. As head of communications for a decade, she had witnessed some of the company’s biggest triumphs, including the successful launch of its satellites and the signing of its 10 millionth subscriber. She had also been around for some of its most crushing defeats, such as Murdoch’s last-minute cancellation of a planned merger and the federal government’s denial of another with competitor DirecTV.

“I didn’t have a life for 10 years,” she says. “I couldn’t even have a dog.” There were times when Ergen screamed so loud at Atencio that she packed up her stuff and had to be persuaded in the parking lot to return to work by an apologetic board member. A friend who had worked in the White House even tried to comfort her by saying, “Charlie’s like Clinton—he only screams at the ones he cares about.”

Charlie Ergen is not the solution. "Charlie Ergen" is the problem.

This Modern World: Generic Cartoon, To Be Reused Over and Over Again, Unfortunately.



So, CNBC. You know, the "MISSION CRITICAL FISCAL CLIFF" Channel. What's the End Game?

Is this station, with all of it's Republican anchors and Republican guests paying disgusting hourly fealty to Wall Street and Trickle Down, seriously trying to imply that keeping the Bewsh Tax Cuts permanent and starving/squeezing/screwing/austeritizing the middle/working/poor Boomers, Busters, X-ers and Millennials is the most feasible solution in this over-contrived budget "crisis"??

All in the name of not harming their precious, hard working, benevolent and "better" wealthy? All in the name of not harming Beeg Beezness? All in the name of not harming their national treasure war machine?

We're 16 trillion in debt. This was in large part caused by the Borrow-and-Waste disaster of the Bewsh Administration. Those tax cuts are costing us billions each year. They're not even doing what they're hypothetically (or mythically, if you ask me and anyone else with a brain stem) supposed to be doing: providing incentive for the "Job Curators" to pull some hiring out of their asses. How much is our bloated war machine costing us? How much are these occupations of choice costing us? How much is corporate pork/welfare costing us? How much is ChinaMart costing us??

What did they think . . . that you'd never raise taxes ever again, no matter what? No matter that corporations and businesses aren't hiring like they used to, no matter that wages have been stagnant in real dollars for 33 years, no matter that we have a serious revenue problem?? What if we had a war? What if we had a national emergency? What if we had another financial crash like 2008?? How would we pay for it?? How would we build? How do you run America with no additional business and no revenue??

What's CNBC's End Game to this ginned-up "crisis"? "Euro-style austerity for thee, Sultan-quality mansions and caviar for ME"?? Who is buying it? Chances are, if you're hosting or guesting on CNBC, you're part of the top 3% of earners in America and you're a dyed-in-the-wool Republican. Are these the people YOU'RE going to be listening to when you want to know what YOUR best interests are?

Do we just sit and take this childish, Grover Norquist crybaby nonsense?? Are WE the ones that are expected to pick up the bill; a margin call, if you will, for this real-life game of "Kick the Can"??

Do me a favor.

Get a Lego set of a building, try to construct it starting from the top without support or holding any of the bricks and see how far you go.



Where's the Advil . . . .

Ask Your Favorite Conservative: If the U.S. system of "health care" is "NUMMER ONE" . . . .

. . . then name for me just ONE, or several, industrialized nations working as we speak to switch OVER to a completely for-profit model.

I'll be here all DAY.

Oh yeah, "President-Elect Romney" will be coming to my kid's HS tomorrow.

The joke is, I'm not kidding. In the e-mail they sent out to the parents, they referred to him as "President-Elect Romney".

Uh . . . don't you have to, you know, actually WIN a presidency before you can be a "President-Elect"?

An -elect is a political candidate who has been elected to an office but who has not yet been sworn in or officially taken office. These may include an incoming president, senator, representative, governor and mayor.

Oh, that's right, you DO.


"Work Hard! Millions of Obama Supporters Are Depending On You!"

- Seen on the tree lawn of a Bay Village, OH home. Bay Village is a mighty Repub-urb in Cuyahoga County.

You know, of all shite catchphrases conservatives come up with, this has to be one of the DUMBEST and most insulting. I can call a conservative all kinds of things . . . such as "astronomically stupid", "foot-shooting", "selfish", "hateful", "gullible beyond redemption" . . . but I would never call them "lazy" or question their work ethic.

What, people who vote Democratic don't WORK? REALLY??

Also . . . I saw . . . in Bay Village, of course . . . my first "Joe the Plumber" sign. Except it's under his real name, in white letters with red background: "WURZELBACHER"

Not Joe the Not Plumber who did NOT buy a plumbing business has as much a chance to beat Marcy Kaptur in our district as I do in beating LeBron James in a one-on-one basketball match.
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