August 31, 2011
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“When you’re young, you look at television and think - There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought.”

This is another example of the BS that Jobs says and of his inadequacy at being a Messiah. I mean: perhaps when you are old you stop thinking that there is a conspiracy because they brainwashed you during all these years, don’t you think, my dear guru?

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— Steve Jobs (via sirmitchell)

(via manshit)

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Filed under: sad truth 
August 25, 2011
"There are gonna be heads exploding all over Washington."

Dick Cheney, regarding the upcoming publication of his candid memoir. (via washingtonpoststyle)

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Filed under: rants sad truth 
August 20, 2011

I want to get back to the topic of planned obsolescence, because it is an important one. I know, the video I posted a couple of days ago is long, and people have little time (although that video is a real eye opener). 

Wikipedia has a very long and exhaustive page about planned obsolescence, that is defined as follows: 

Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence in industrial design is a policy of deliberately planning or designing a product with a limited useful life, so it will become obsolete or nonfunctional after a certain period of time.[1] Planned obsolescence has potential benefits for a producer because to obtain continuing use of the product the consumer is under pressure to purchase again, whether from the same manufacturer (a replacement part or a newer model), or from a competitor which might also rely on planned obsolescence.”

Again, in simpler words: the products that you buy every day are DESIGNED by manufacturers so as to FAIL within a LIMITED amount of time, forcing you to BUY them again. Products are purportedly engineered BELOW the current achievable standards, so as to force consumers to replace them sooner than technology would allow. 

If you think I am joking, watch the video that I put up a few days ago. Or else, think about these very simple examples of planned obsolescence in your life: 

  • MP3 players. The most famous is Apple’s ipod, which comes with a sealed-in battery that you cannot replace yourself. Surprise: the battery fails well before the product does, forcing you to either buy a new ipod, or to send the ipod to Cupertino for an expensive replacement. Do you really think that Apple - or Sony, or any other - can’t make batteries that last more than 2 years? Do you think that there isn’t the technology to do that? PLEAAAAAAZE.
  • Home printers: there is a chip in most home printers that, after a certain amount of printed pages, will activate a switch that will block your printer. In other words: the company manufacturing the printers decides after how many pages your printers will stop functioning, so that you will be forced to replace it. Beware: I didn’t say the printer will break, because it won’t. The printer will do exactly what it is supposed to do: the chip will activate and the  printer will stop printing, even if all its components are perfectly functioning. You may object that the printer’s manufacturer may not benefit from it, because you may end up buying a printer from a different brand. But you are missing the big picture, my friend: ALL MANUFACTURERS do exactly the same, this is a sort of industry agreement. The industry as such will benefit. 
  • Lightbulbs: there is a lightbulb in California that was switched on for the first time in 1901 (yes: 110 years ago), and it is still working. Check it out for yourself. Now you tell me: how often do you have to change your lightbulbs? Do you really think we do not have the technology to make lightbulbs last longer? The technology to manufacture lightbulbs that last tens of years existed already 110 years ago. We have proof of that! When lightbulbs manufacturers realized what they had done, i.e. that they had created a perfect, durable product, that consumers would only need to buy perhaps once every 20-30 years, they realized they were shooting themselves in the foot. So they got together and agreed among themselves to manufacture and market products BELOW the technical standards of the time: the life of a lightbulbs was reduced by designed from thousands and thousands of hours, to only a few hundreds. 

Governments, corporations and green fascists will tell you that planned obsolescence is necessary to upgrade products and make them safer and more environmentally friendly. This is bullshit. They are all in on this. They all want your money, they all want you to believe the lies they tell you. 

Start thinking for yourself. You have options. We will get to those soon.

August 18, 2011

"Planned obsolescence". Get familiar with this expression. It means that most of the technological products you buy, from a lightbulb to a printer, from a fridge to a stereo, from an ipod to a TV are designed to fail and break down after a certain amount of time. 

Yes, you got that right: products are designed and manufactured to fail. 

We all had the feeling that that damned printer broke down for no reason after 2 years, right? Not to mention those smartphones that phone companies sell you with two-year contracts, to lock you in, and that MYSTERIOUSLY break down exactly after two years from the purchase. So that you are locked in again for an additional two years, if you want to buy another one…

Were you really so stupid to think this was all coincidence?

This video explains how it all started: from a lightbulb. When the cocksuckers manufacturing light-bulbs realized that their products would last thousands of hours, they also realized that they wouldn’t make money out of them, because there would be no need for consumers to buy them. They were perfect products, lasting a lifetime. 

Enter planned obsolescence. An agreement among corporation to design in all products we use so that they FAIL after a limited amount of time, and we - consumers - are pushed to buy again. We are pushed to spend more money. We are pushed to buy other products which are FLAWED BY DESIGN.

The video is long, but do yourself a favor and carve out some time for you to watch it. And then start thinking. For instance, think about it next time you are about to buy that ipod that has an in-built system that does NOT let you change the battery. A battery that is designed to last only 2 years. 

And then say it with me: FUCK YOU. 

August 16, 2011

Such a little bundle of joy. 

August 15, 2011

August 14, 2011
"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking."

— Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

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Filed under: books sad truth 
August 12, 2011
Forget the politicians, they are an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. you have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They’ve got the judges in their back pocket. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They’ve got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying, lobbying, lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want: they want more for themselves and less for everybody else. 
But I’ll tell you what they don’t  want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They are not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago.
You know what they want? Obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork but just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And now they’re coming for your Social Security. They want your fucking retirement money. They want it back, so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all sooner or later, because they own this fucking place. It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club. By the way, it is the same club they used to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think, what to buy. 
The table has tilted, folks, the game is rigged. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good honest hard working people - white collar, blue collar, it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard working people continue - these are people of modest means - continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you at all. At all. At all. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. 
That’s what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes every day, because the owners of this country know the true: it’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it”.
George Carlin (May 12, 1937 - June 22, 2008) 

Forget the politicians, they are an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. you have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They’ve got the judges in their back pocket. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They’ve got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying, lobbying, lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want: they want more for themselves and less for everybody else. 

But I’ll tell you what they don’t  want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They are not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago.

You know what they want? Obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork but just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And now they’re coming for your Social Security. They want your fucking retirement money. They want it back, so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all sooner or later, because they own this fucking place. It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club. By the way, it is the same club they used to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think, what to buy. 

The table has tilted, folks, the game is rigged. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good honest hard working people - white collar, blue collar, it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard working people continue - these are people of modest means - continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you at all. At all. At all. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. 

That’s what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes every day, because the owners of this country know the true: it’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it”.

George Carlin (May 12, 1937 - June 22, 2008) 

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