Cognitive Dissonance

"Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!" - Allen Ginsberg

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My Doritos is a taco! My corporation is a person!

Have y’all seen that commercial? It’s for the Doritos Taco Locos at Taco Bell, which was sent from heaven as proof baby jeebus is cool with stoners. Or something. Seriously, they’re awesome.

Anyways…

Every damn time I see that commercial, I’ve taken to yelling, “My corporation is a person!” But my person can’t be a corporation, no matter how much I as a Uterused-American wish it to be so. That’s TOO freedomish! Therefore, less rights for you, Meg!

Sigh.

And now with SCOTUS shooting down Montana’s defense of their campaign finance law, it’s more likely the Citizens United decision is here to stay. And it’s more likely other states could see their campaign finance laws go the way of Montana’s.

My Doritos is a taco, my corporation is a person…

Tastes like freedoms!

Filed under America Taco Bell corporations are people? politics SCOTUS corporations Citizens United campaign finance reform now consumerism

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Report: Shoppers unfazed as man dies at Target

Family and friends were stunned by the loss of a West Virginia man who died while shopping on Black Friday as fellow bargain hunters reportedly walked around — and even over — the man’s body.

Family members told WSAZ-TV that 61-year-old Walter Vance of Logan County, W. Va., had become ill and collapsed while shopping for Christmas decorations inside Target in South Charleston. He later died after being taken to the hospital, family said.

Witnesses told the NBC News affiliate in Charleston, W. Wa., that shoppers walked around and even over Vance’s body.

"Where is the good Samaritan side of people?’ Vance’s co-worker and friend Sue Compton told WSAZ. "How could you not notice someone was in trouble? I just don’t understand if people didn’t help what their reason was, other than greed because of a sale."

The bystander effect taken to the extreme or a serious lack of compassion? I’m afraid to know the answer because either choice is disturbing. I could understand not initially noticing someone collapsing in a massive crowd - but having to step over his unconscious body to reach a bargain? That’s a new level of dispassionate. Or is it? Is this what we’ve become? Mindless consuming automatons? 

Ouch. My soul.

Filed under Target Black Friday West Virginia bystander effect consumerism compassion Charleston shopping disturbing

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Black Friday Worker on the All-Night Shift Drives Into Canal

Besides striving to stay awake on their drives home, what else did retail employees do to cope with the Black Friday experience?

  • Boise, Idaho Best Buy employee Daniel Wood stayed awake for 24 hours straight (just like a doctor, minus the wages!) so he could celebrate his holiday and then run off to work. He stayed alert at work by drinking four energy drinks during his 12-hour shift.
  • Wood’s coworker Riley Zahm, who hadn’t slept “in three days,” drank two cups of black coffee and sang Soft Cell and Clash songs. That’s what we did during our entire freshman year in college, so maybe his ordeal wasn’t so bad.
  • Workers at a North Carolina Best Buy subsisted on free food and drinks donated by the store.
  • On Twitter, @TravyBoyy says he “still smell[s] like [he] took a swim in a pool of Fierce” after working Abercrombie & Fitch and taking five showers.
  • People worked insane shifts: 28 hours, 28 hours again, covered the 3:15 AM to 9:55 PM shift, worked 17 hours then got called in for more. Sounds awful.
  • Massachusetts workers enjoyed the protection of the state’s blue laws, which prohibited their employers from making them come in to work at 11 PM on Thanksgiving Day. Those workers got to eat pie for a whole extra hour or hour-and-a-half before starting their shifts at 12:30 AM or 1 AM. No, it’s not much of a respite, but it’s the principle of the thing.

So, can we get over the Black Friday thing? How come there’s no family values groups decrying the war on Thanksgiving, where people are forced to give up time with their families to worship at the altar of consumerism?

Oh, wait… Answered my own question there… Altar of capitalism + no Jesus = totally cool, right? WWJT (Who Would Jesus Trample?)

This highlights the exploitation of retail workers as well. Tell the boss no and sacrifice your job - especially when temp labor is plentiful and cheap. Ignore your family to sleep for work, and be the one that ruined Thanksgiving this year. So you drink several Red Bulls and hope you don’t fall asleep on the drive home. There is power in a union, folks. 

Filed under Black Friday Consumerism Work Wage slaves retail exploitation Thanksgiving economy

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More Black Friday madness: Riot Over $2 Waffle Maker in Wal-Mart

Things got out of control at one Wal-Mart near Little Rock, Arkansas on Black Friday as shoppers went wild over a good deal on kitchen appliances.

Screams could be heard as the greedy shoppers struggled to grab one (or five) of the $2 waffle irons… Consumers at the store didn’t seem to mind that, as WBTV noted, the waffle iron can only cook two waffles at a time. The store also offers a more expensive model that can cook up to four at once.

Goddammit, America. I know waffles are a big deal, but this is ridiculous. Grabbing six, seven at once and getting trampled? Is that worth it? I know, it’s not like anyone has died or anything… Oh, wait.

Filed under Wal Mart Wal-Mart Black Friday shopping consumerism Seriously? Riot Arkansas Little Rock violence

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ThinkProgress brings us the latest 9/11 consumerism, topped off with a dollop of bigotry:

Believing that the upcoming 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 is best memorialized in crayon, Really Big Coloring Books, Inc. is publishing a new coloring book entitled “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom." In offering kids the option of coloring the Twin Towers burning, mourning survivors, or the Navy SEALs shooting Osama Bin Laden, publisher Wayne Bell insists that "the doodles represent patriotism," a "simplistic, honest tool" to "help educate children on events on 9/11." But many Muslims describe it as, in a word, "disgusting."
Pointing out that Muslims are already dealing with an environment of increasing Islamophobia, Michigan Council on American Islamic Relations representative Dawud Walid noted that “nearly all of the mentions of Muslims in the book are accompanied by the words ‘terrorist’ or ‘extremist.’” Indeed, the page depicting a Navy SEAL aiming at bin Laden cowering behind is veiled wife reads “Children, the truth is, these terrorist acts were done by freedom-hating Islamic Muslim extremists. These crazy people hate the American way of life because we are FREE and our society is FREE.” Bell’s response? “The truth is the truth”

The truth is the truth, only when it isn’t… Let’s not even go into the depravity of a coloring book depicting the military operation which killed Bin Laden, complete with a bullet flying towards him.
This is the same company that began selling The Tea Party Coloring Book For Kids! roughly one year ago:

The controversy isn’t hurting the sales - the coloring book has apparently sold out its first run of 10,000 copies.

ThinkProgress brings us the latest 9/11 consumerism, topped off with a dollop of bigotry:

Believing that the upcoming 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 is best memorialized in crayon, Really Big Coloring Books, Inc. is publishing a new coloring book entitled “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom." In offering kids the option of coloring the Twin Towers burning, mourning survivors, or the Navy SEALs shooting Osama Bin Laden, publisher Wayne Bell insists that "the doodles represent patriotism," a "simplistic, honest tool" to "help educate children on events on 9/11." But many Muslims describe it as, in a word, "disgusting."

Pointing out that Muslims are already dealing with an environment of increasing Islamophobia, Michigan Council on American Islamic Relations representative Dawud Walid noted that “nearly all of the mentions of Muslims in the book are accompanied by the words ‘terrorist’ or ‘extremist.’” Indeed, the page depicting a Navy SEAL aiming at bin Laden cowering behind is veiled wife reads “Children, the truth is, these terrorist acts were done by freedom-hating Islamic Muslim extremists. These crazy people hate the American way of life because we are FREE and our society is FREE.” Bell’s response? “The truth is the truth

The truth is the truth, only when it isn’t… Let’s not even go into the depravity of a coloring book depicting the military operation which killed Bin Laden, complete with a bullet flying towards him.

This is the same company that began selling The Tea Party Coloring Book For Kids! roughly one year ago:

The controversy isn’t hurting the sales - the coloring book has apparently sold out its first run of 10,000 copies.

Filed under 9/11 Politics Coloring book Wayne Bell Islamophobia children's book Tea Party disgusting consumerism Teabaggery