It’s hard to do it because you gotta look people in the eye and tell ‘em they’re irresponsible and lazy. And who’s gonna wanna do that? Because that’s what poverty is, ladies and gentlemen. In this country, you can succeed if you get educated and work hard. Period. Period.
Bill “Poverty is a lack of hard work” O’Reilly, for Fox News
When are people going to realize how ignorant this statement is? Social mobility is becoming more and more limited each day, and poverty has nothing to do with hard work. It is blatantly obvious that,
1. Bill O’Reilly has never had a service job in his life
2. inherited wealth, and
3. has never studied sociological theory or any sociology related topic in his life, or else he might actually understand the concepts of social mobility and oppression/greed.
I wonder how many of his fans he just called “irresponsible and lazy” in this?
A guy who gets paid millions for working an hour a day gets to call full-time minimum-wage workers irresponsible and lazy?
[animated image: Judge Judy sits in her courtroom in front of an American flag and New York state flag. She glances to towards the right side of the image and gives an incredulous smirk.]
The 99% posters I see MOSTLY complain about this lie. This piece of shit we all get fed that “getting educated” will put us on the path to success. Now we all took out student loans to pay hyper-inflated tuition prices for bullshit degrees that don’t matter when there are NO JOBS you can put that degree to work with.
of course he’s insulting his fans and dissenters alike, but the difference is his fans will agree with him. They’re the 53%-ers, the ones who think it’s okay to work 100 hours a week to make ends meet. Because they believe this bullshit myth of “hard work.”
Newsflash: The people telling us we just have to “work hard” have no fucking idea what that really even means. It’s just like being told you didn’t pray hard enough for something to come. If you’re provided for, you’re working hard enough, whether that means broadcasting one hour a day on television or working 100 hours a week with no benefits. If you’re not provided for, then you’re not working hard enough. Even if you’re working 110 hours a week.
Just like God can’t lose, Capitalism can’t lose either. Corporations can’t lose. It’s not their fault when the economy collapses, it’s not their fault when they don’t create any jobs for people to “work hard” at. It IS their doing when things are going well, though.
Fuck this fucktard. Poverty is not a lack of hard work. It’s a lack of luck. Fuck you rich people and fuck you Bill O’Reilly.
It’s opinions and attitudes like O’Reilly’s that will raise the collective temperature of the lower class to a boiling point. History shows us that poor people, if pushed, will turn to violence to quench their thirst for “justice” or “fairness” when, really it will be about jealousy and revenge. But what you call it won’t matter. Back during the late 1800s and early 1900s, rich people’s homes were sacked in cities like New York. Rich people hired guards to make sure no one would burn their homes down. See—they weren’t common thieves—they wanted revenge and it’ll happen again, just like back then (read Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” for more on this—it’s a brilliant history book as it is told from the loser’s point-of-view).
But the thing is, the attitude of the rich isn’t entirely inaccurate—if you work hard you are more likely to do well. After all, success is when preparation meets opportunity. So the rich are right in this way. Of course, they don’t talk about the lack of opportunities. Also, just because the rich are partially right doesn’t give them license to be douchebags about it. And the bigger the douchebag they are, the more anxious the “unprivileged” will be to pop that bag and shower in that vinegar and water goodness (sorry, metaphor went off the rails there).
Now, when the rich get all uppity about “class warfare” they’re just Orwellian-style doublespeaking. In other words, when rich people talk of “class warfare” they’re doing it to distract us from noticing that they, themselves are committing acts of class war.
When a rich person says to a jobless, homeless or penniless person (JHP), “work hard and you will succeed!” that is class warfare. The rich person is withholding all aid and resources from this “JHP” person. Now consider what you do to your enemy in a time of war: you cut off their resources.
Therefore cutting funding to social programs, health programs, libraries and education is literally class warfare. It’s wonderful since they get mad when they’re accused of class warfare, but they don’t have a problem accusing everyone else.
And capitalism is JUST like God, as one of the rebloggers above said. And it’s just as impossible to have a rational conversation with someone who has an irrational belief in something.
The system is failing us—and it will continue to fail us because of this absurd faith in the magical properties of capitalism. So, until something dramatically changes, the system will continue to fall apart because the people in charge are just ignoring the problems, even denying they exist—as though belief is enough. They’re like economic Christian Scientists.
When’s the last time you were offended?
“You have adults going, “I was offended! I was offended!” Well, so what? Be offended! Nothing happens! You’re an adult, grow up, deal with it. “But I was offended!” I don’t care! Nothing happens when you’re offended. It’s not like, “I went to a comedy show, and the comedian said something about the Lord, and I was offended, and when I woke up in the morning, I had leprosy!” Nothing happens. “I want to live in a democracy, but I never want to be offended again!” Well, you’re an idiot.”
Steve Hughes (via cocknbull)
I get around this by understanding people are allowed their own views and so long as said views don’t effect me, I don’t care. So if I see a show or a comic that offends me, I walk out. That’s it. If they’re preaching hate or violence, I might send them a nasty email or post something nasty about them on my blog. But that’s it. I’ve got better things to do than waste time being offended.
Which reminds me, I’ve got better things to do that belaboring this point. :)
How I see the universe and how I (don’t) see God (at all).
A week or two ago, I stumbled across a post somewhere on some blog that featured a TED video of a pastor/minister/priest/somethingorother giving a talk about how God can let terrible tragedy happen.
I won’t go into my honest surprise at seeing God being the topic of a TED video. I wasn’t about to watch the thing, but I did glance over a bit of what the guy who posted the video had to say. As with all believers, I’m puzzled as to why people have this seemingly impossible-to-deny desire to believe in a supreme being. The video was apparently about how silly it is that most believers agree that God is infinite and yet they’ve also decided that God is “this” or “that.” Yes, it is silly. But what about the part where you accept that God is infinite right along the idea that God can ever be comprehended or understood in the first place? Why even bother trying to comprehend him if you know the human brain can never fully do it? And since He is just so far above you, why do you even bother believing at all? What’s the point?
I left some of that in a comment on the already commented upon post (most of the comments were from believers). And I did get a response from the original poster explaining that we should try to understand God so we can understand existence, understand how we understand and understand how we relate to each other.
Being careful to only slightly stretch my own 3 Rules of Internet Arguing, I decided to leave one more comment. Here it is:
I guess I just don’t see much to *understand*. I mean, I read the science, I understand how certain conditions lined up and allowed me to exist. Understanding existence in this way tells me that life is incredibly fragile. Seeing how lifeless the universe appears to be, suggests how incredibly special and unique we are. It also tells me that it is we who bring meaning to the universe—that without us, existence would just be a bunch of planets, asteroids, stars and space dust. Without us, no one would be able to attribute meaning to any of it. So, that makes human life invaluable.
So, to me, when someone I know dies or gets cancer or stubs his toe, I understand this as the way the universe works. I don’t really see a need to describe it in terms of God. I don’t see evidence of God. I actually see evidence of a lack of God.
But I’ll shut up now. I know how useful it is for you believers to hear from a non-believer (not at all).
To me, there can’t really be meaning without anyone around the comprehend that meaning. If meaning was so important to God, you’d think that He’d create a universe teaming with life forms—plenty of people to understand the meaning He has created.
Instead, we are the only ones. We are the only ones who see the patterns. We see star systems and galaxies and shapes and beauty. We bring the meaning. Not God.
We see the stunning mechanics of the universe, while the universe itself, sees nothing.
And that’s OK with me.
"It’s all about the truth, people." Haha, easy for you to say…
“It’s all about the truth, people. And all the evidence is crystal clear right now: the earth is far older than 6,000 years. Evolution is a real, and it is a process built on raw chance driven by the brutal engines of selection, and there is no sign of a loving, personal god, but only billions of years of pitiless winnowing without any direction other than short-term survival and reproduction. It’s not pretty, it’s not consoling, it doesn’t sanctify virginity, or tell you that god really loves your foreskin, but it’s got one soaring virtue that trumps all the others: it’s true.”
Brilliant. Read this, all of it, now.
YES! GO READ IT NOW! I COMMAND IT!
Dude, why are we still having this conversation? We’ve ALL been saying this shit for years! I’m sick of people telling me to go read stuff I already know. It’s just replacing one dogma with another. QUICK! GO READ THIS, IT SHALL REINFORCE EVERYTHING YOU BELIEVE!
Gee, thanks, but I’m already pretty firm in my point-of-view. I don’t need to read someone state the obvious.
And for God’s sake (!) stop using the word “selection” when referring to evolution. That suggests there’s a thought process behind things that happen. It’s not “the brutal engines of selection” it’s the brutal engines of FATE. There’s no being or even “unit” that “makes” a choice: “You get to live, YOU do not.”
It’s just random luck meeting random preparedness—fate.
It’s like when people call evolution a “process”. It isn’t. It may look like one because we line the evidence up in a nice easy-to-understand fashion. But the reality is that it’s not a process. It’s a mess of random events that cause things randomly. It’s not even “survival of the fittest,” it’s more “survival of the lucky.”
When we use words like “process” and “selection” we just give the believers room to wiggle and redefine what “truth” even means. That, in turn, allows them to keep preaching. And THAT, in turn, makes me want to walk away from the discussion, sit down and wait for the believers to die.
This is why I asked: why are we still having this discussion?
THAT’S how bedbugs procreate? So, uh, what’s up with that, God?
Don’t let the bedbugs bite? That’s not the only thing we want to stop them from doing!
So, I saw this post and thought it provided a nice example of an argument I’ve been making for years:
"Another Resons To Avoid Bedbugs: Traumatic Insemination" from underpaidgenius:
Bedbugs are swiftly becoming the bane of humanity, plaguing homes, offices, movie theaters and malls alike. But the fight against the red and brown bloodsuckers has gained a new weapon. E! ScienceNews reports that researchers in Sweden have discovered immature bedbugs release a pheromone to dissuade adult males from mating with them. Scientists say the findings can be applied towards a solution to the bedbug dilemma.
When bedbugs mate, they do so by “traumatic insemination.” As the female lacks a genital opening, the male pierces her abdomen with his hypodermic genitalia to leave his sperm in her abdominal cavity. And because male bedbugs don’t discriminate between partners, they will climb on top of the nearest comrade — be it male or sexually immature. In these situations, they fatally wound the unsuspecting recipient of their amorous advances.
Luckily for bedbugs, nature has developed an alarm system to defend against unwanted embraces. When a male bedbug approaches a sexually immature nymph or male bedbug, the insect releases pheromones to let the male know he should find another friend.
Man, animals like this shouldn’t exist in the first place.
That last comment there is from Stowe Boyd, the “Underpaid Genius” behind UnderpaidGenius.com. I agree with him—but hey, God works in mysterious ways, right? The thing is, this isn’t just mysterious—this is downright fucked up.
I remember the exact moment I became an atheist. I was about 12 and was in Sunday School. My teacher was telling us how God was “all around us.” I thought about that for a moment and then pointed to the middle of the table I was sitting at and asked “God is there? In the middle of this table?”
"Yes, of course!" replied the teacher.
"But that’s stupid,” I said.
But God being in the middle of a table is just the tip of the “stupid” iceberg. Look at how bedbugs reproduce for Christ’s sake ;) Their males have sword penises that wound their mates with sperm. And check it out homophobes! There are GAY BEDBUGS, TOO!
So much for homosexuality being “unnatural,” but I digress…
The point is, there are too many seriously twisted things in nature that are just too illogical and, frankly, messed up, to think a “just” god would allow them to occur.
So, rather than give the female bedbug a nice, identifiable orifice for sex, it gives the male a stabbing tool for a penis.
WHAT A DICK—and I’m not talking about a male bedbug’s reproductive organs. Why is God a dick? “Because He works in mysterious ways.”
Orrrrr, God doesn’t exist and the “process” of evolution, the hit-and-miss style of life’s random attempts to work, yields some pretty bizarre results.
What’s both scary and heartening is that the “evolution” argument seems much more rational and suggests the universe is much more stable than the “God” argument.
According to believers, if I piss off God I could end up with cancer or dead.
I’ll try my chances with random fate, thanks.
Just keep those fucking bedbugs away from me, though—those things are MESSED UP.
Who needs God? Not the Universe, says one of the smartest people on Earth (Stephen Hawking)
Wow! The universe and I have a lot in common! Neither of us need God! It’s like we think alike, the universe and me!! I bet we’d get along really well! I wish the universe would come by my apartment once in a while. We’d have a blast!!
Er, a bang!
Wait, I don’t want to have sex with the universe!
Hey, All You Believers, Maybe This is God Sending Us a Message?
Found via underpaidgenius:
Andrew Nikiforuk @ The Tyee ~ The Enbridge Dirty Dozen: Michigan disaster follows 12 other big spills or penalties this decade for giant aiming to pipe tar sands oil to Kitimat
Enbridge Inc, based in Calgary, Alberta, employs 6,000 workers and ranks 18th as one of Canada’s largest companies in revenue. It operates the world’s longest crude oil pipelines, through which it transports 12 per cent U.S. oil imports.
Between 1999 and 2008 Enbridge recorded 610 spills that released 132,000 barrels of hydrocarbons into farms, wetlands and waterways on the continent. According to the Polaris Institute, this volume of crude “amounts to approximately half of the oil that spilled from the oil tanker the Exxon Valdez after it struck a rock in Prince William Sound, Alaska in 1988.” (…)
As an atheist, I hate to even play along that there might be a god, but since so very much is at stake, I’ll do it this once:
< believe >
HEY, LOOK AT ALL OF THESE OIL MISHAPS! CLEARLY, IT’S THE ALMIGHTY GOD TELLING US TO GET OFF THE OIL!
All the evidence is there. All you need to do is Accept His Will and get off the oil. What’s your problem? YOU’LL GO TO HELL IF YOU DON’T SUPPORT ALTERNATIVE ENERGY AND FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING!!
JUST LOOK AT THE SIGNS, IGNORE THEM AND YOU ARE A DENIER OF GOD’S WILL!!
Look, in a moment of weakness, I, an atheist, prayed to God and asked Him: “God, do you want us to get off oil or not?”
THEN ALL OF THESE SPILLS HAPPENED.
CLEARLY, IT IS GOD’S WILL THAT WE GET OFF OIL. DO NO BLASHPHEME ANY LONGER.
OIL=SATAN THAT IS ALL.
< /Believe >
This had better work—I even learned of enough of their language to converse with them and everything!