Sunday, April 14, 2019

Eat the Rich

Ok, we don't really want to eat the rich. They are either extremely thin or very fat.

But we can protest like Kyle has about the excesses of capitalism and aren't we being overwhelmed by private and public advertising! Good on ya Kyle. Luv ya man. (Thanks to Marcus W? for the Retweet)


20 comments:

  1. Advertising everywhere, all about consuming, to make rich people richer. Good for him!!!

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    1. Strayer, we have been so trained to consume and spend. You at least do resist.

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  2. Since I am in the country about the only signs I see are to sell Farm Fresh Eggs. Trust me, no one gets rich doing that.

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    1. Maribeth, no, you remain quite oblivious, aside from what you see on the net and tv.

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  3. I loathe rich people, and it's not lost on me that even when they're found guilty of felonies (fraud usually), their sentences tend to be light, and they almost never go to jail. While giving testimony before the US Congress last week, a banking CEO was asked how HE would feel if he worked for someone who earned 485 times more than what he (the CEO) made. He lauded the fact that his bank provided upward mobility, implying that all of his bank's employees could be filthy rich if they only applied themselves. My worst problem with mass murderers is that they never target meetings of the super rich. They instead murder children, Jews, country music fans, people who are running a marathon, members of another religion, in short people who, simply by the nature of what they did for a living, harmed no one.

    The trouble with loathing rich people is that hundreds of millions of my fellow human beings would regard me as rich based upon the fact that I'm seventy years old and have enough money to live comfortably on for the rest of my life, that is if I spend it wisely and don't have any health problems that would land me in a nursing home for months or years. What am I to say to those citizens of my own country who worked harder than I and lived as prudently as I, yet, through no fault of their own can't afford the medications that they need to sustain their lives?

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    1. Snowy, many of us are all similarly conflicted, but we do know who the real rich are and how they get to be so rich. At least here our healthcare and care for the aged is somewhat better. Nevertheless, rich people certainly do live longer.

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    2. What you might not know is that once a person reaches 65, he can get the government insurance called Medicare. Even with Medicare, most people also have private insurance, but Medicare is pretty good all but itself.

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    3. Yes, I do know that. I don't know about aged care and where a person without money would be housed.

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  4. Wow.
    Definitely someone who has the courage of his convictions. And more courage than I can muster.

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    1. EC, we can only admire him for what we would like to do.

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  5. I'd forgive him almost everything, but not those socks.

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    1. Cro, they are way weird. Protection of some kind?

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  6. I don't agree with a lot of advertising, but I also don't agree with what he did. Those screens now have to be cleaned at whatever cost from whatever he sprayed on them and I bet he won't be doing the cleaning or paying for it. In my opinion the best way to object to advertising is to ignore it and don't spend, spend, spend, just because "they" tell you to.

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    1. I am rarely influenced by advertising, but I can no more ignore it than I can ignore litter, graffiti, and loud music. I should think that one's ability to ignore it would be inseparable from being oblivious.

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    2. River, the point of such advertising is not for you to make an active choice in whether to buy a product or not. It is brand awareness and product awareness. While many of us might ignore ads, billions of dollars aren't spent on advertising for no reason. Also, a train station is public space, owned by the government, that is us. It should not be turned over to private company advertising. Small ads on government owned buses, to all over wrap advertising that prevents you from seeing out of the bus properly is a classic example.

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    3. Snowy, you are quite correct. We may not intentionally look at it, but it is there, in our faces and in this case, on a wall owned by the citizens of our country.

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    4. Airports, buses, bus stations, subways, and subway terminals, in America all have advertising, subways and buses both on the inside and on the outside. I can't imagine how anyone can ignore an abundance of ads without also ignoring a great many other things, and in many case, advertising even obscures those other things, as in the case of billboards in front of natural scenery. I, as you I'm sure, have even known bloggers who advertised, although I doubt that they made more than pennies per year. When I was a public school teacher, there was even pressure to sell space inside the school for junk foods, soft drinks, and related advertising, the rationale being, "Just think of all the good things we can do with that [bad] money."

      I think that the man with the spray can was protesting in almost the only way that is left to the individual in a society that is bought and paid for by commercial interests. Idealists break the law when that's the only way they think they can be heard, and in many cases, they are right that any and all other efforts would be ignored.

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    5. Snowy, I suppose we pick up this excess of advertising from your country. I think it is much more restricted in the US and UK. Our dominant phone company, formally government owned had put in huge new public phone boxes in the city when no one can remember the last time they saw anyone use a public phone box. It is all about the electronic advertising on the phone box. The City of Melbourne tried to stop them, but the company apparently has the right.

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  7. Speaking of obnoxious advertising: https://myjustsostory.blogspot.com/2019/04/balloon-spectacular-2019.html?showComment=1555605123863#c141326377734479702

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    1. Snowy, we see many balloons here and off the top of my head, I can't remember what any of them have advertised, like I can't remember any of the ads in the photos posted by the quite lovely EC. I don't think it is very effective advertising. The senses are overwhelmed by seeing the balloons. Balloons are private enterprise and if advertising has to subsidise them, I don't really care.

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