“The vast majority of my teenage feelings of hopelessness and despair were related to the feeling of my mother that she can cut hair.”
Tweet of the year courtesy of @VeryShortStory.
I went to RadioShack (yes, that shitty battery store that’s been in business for nearly 30 years now) the other day to buy a new case for my iPhone. The checkout process was rather silly:
Cashier: “Did you find everything you were looking for?”
Cashier: “Cash or credit?”
Cashier: “Would you like to purchase a protection plan for $1.78?”
Cashier: “Are you sure? It’s only $1.78!”
Me: “Do you really expect me to buy a ‘protection’ for ‘protection’? I mean.. I really don’t see the point.”
Cashier: “Fair enough.”
Cashier: “Would you like to donate $1 to cancer research?”
Cashier: “Would you like a bag?”
I appreciate good customer service – but why all these questions?
“If I leave the prices the same, but say on the menu that there is a 5 percent surcharge for Obamacare, customers have two choices. They can either pay it and tip 15 or 20 percent, or if they really feel so inclined, they can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server, who is the primary beneficiary of Obamacare. Although it may sound terrible that I’m doing this, it’s the only alternative. I’ve got to pass the cost on to the consumer.”
Hey Mr. Metz, fuck you and fuck your artery-clogging restaurants.
Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter said he plans on passing the costs of health care reform to his business onto his workers. Schnatter said he will likely reduce workers’ hours, as a result of President Obama’s reelection, the Naples News reports. Schnatter made headlines over the summer when he told shareholders that the cost of a Papa John’s pizza will increase by between 11 and 14 cents due to Obamacare.
Fucking coward. I mean, really.
Universal healthcare is a major positive for America and its citizens and how anyone can be against this is beyond me. For employers and people who already pay for healthcare, the new system may actually save them money. However, some employers (for example: Papa John’s Pizza) seem to hate it because it’s still more than the nothing that they were paying before. Instead of Obamacare, people’s anger should be directed at the insurance companies, who have increased their premiums so much over the years and made it unaffordable in the first place. There is absolutely no reason why someone’s health insurance should cost more than their mortgage – plain and simple.
What Romney Lost [NYR]
Romney, who avoided military service as a missionary, said none of his sons of military age could serve because they were serving the nation by helping him, year after year, run for president. Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your country can do for your family.
Many losing candidates became elder statesmen of their parties. What lessons will Romney have to teach his party? The art of crawling uselessly? How to contemn 47 percent of Americans less privileged and beautiful than his family? How to repudiate the past while damaging the future? It is said that he will write a book. Really? Does he want to relive a five-year-long experience of degradation? What can be worse than to sell your soul and find it not valuable enough to get anything for it? His friends can only hope he is too morally obtuse to realize that crushing truth.
Well worth reading. Short, but devastating.
It’s Global Warming, Stupid [Businessweek]
The Horrible Future of Social [ted.io]
We have begun to pollute and desecrate and cheapen all of our experiences. We are creating neat little life-boxes for everything, all tied up with a geo-tag, a photo, a check-in; our daily existence transformed into database entries in some NoSQL database on some spinning disk in some rack in suburban Virginia.
The end-game is this. Slowly, gradually, without realizing: we stop participating in our own lives. We become spectators, checking off life achievements for reasons we do not know. At some point, everything we do is done soley to broadcast these things to casual friends, stalkers, and sycophants.