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Philosophy of Futility

flaming turkeyAnd now a word from the father of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky, on the whys of Black Fridays:

“The goal for the corporations is to maximize profit and market share. And they also have a goal for their target, namely the population. They have to be turned into completely mindless consumers of goods that they do not want. You have to develop what are called 'Created Wants'. So you have to create wants. You have to impose on people what's called a Philosophy of Futility. You have to focus them on the insignificant things of life, like fashionable consumption. I'm just basically quoting business literature. And it makes perfect sense. The ideal is to have individuals who are totally disassociated from one another. Whose conception of themselves, the sense of value is just, 'how many created wants can I satisfy?' We have huge industries, public relations industry, monstrous industry, advertising and so on, which are designed from infancy to mold people into this desired pattern.”


covenenant houseEvery day in this country young adults are forced into the streets with no place to go and little to eat. Luckily for them there's places like Covenant House. It not only meets the immediate needs of homeless kids but also helps guide them to a self-sufficient future.

So if you have a few bucks left over after buying Aunt Thelma a new snood please consider making a small donation this holiday season to this worthy organization. Thanks!


Uncle Lefty's Saturnalian Shopping Tips

Looking for that special example of commercial excess to impress the jaded kin on your Xmas list? Well howzabout one of these?

steampunk phoneSteampunk Phone

This reproduction of an 1892 French phone is pretty cool but, unfortunately, it requires a landline connection in order to work properly. However, somewhere out there I'm certain some bright spark is, even as I write this, converting one to wireless use. And when I see this little genius trudging down the aisle of my local grocery store, base in one hand, mouthpiece tucked under his chin, taking orders from his wife on the proper diapers to buy, I will stop and salute this man for making life just that much more delightfully weird.


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Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creationFor those interested in such things (That's YOU!), I've updated the (non)Job Creation website to prepare it for the coming four years of conservative indolence. For the full list of Republican sloth please visit republicanjobcreation.com.

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