61.) Xenophobic (And Hypocritical!) Stupidity
Around a year ago or so, a phenomenon known as #KetchupGate swept social media. For English and European readers, I am not referring to Richard Philips. Indeed, a quite dated reference. But best cover all my bases.
As for what I am talking about, this western producer article from last March does a great job.
Pretty much sums it up nicely. But, the cherry on top.
Though supporting the local economy is arguably important (the key to a greener tommorow, and all that hippy stuff), one has to be weary of social media campaigns. The article above is a perfect example. People wrapped a Canadian flag around an american company, just for using Canadian source materials already utilized by other companies botg past and present. ALL companies are dictated by economics, yet one is regarded highly just because of a meme. A meme that could be planted by anyone.
Rest assured though. Kraft Hockeyville is in full swing, so I have no doubt that EVIL Kraft Heinz (the company that closed a plant, and temporarily screwed up the livelihood of those Onterio farmers) will sell a ton of ketchup.
A.) Its the official ketchup of the NHL.
B.) “Whats this about Frenches Ketchup?”
C.) People are FUCKING stupid. Be it sucking off an American company engaged in business as usual, or lapping up blatent manipulation based around an extremely popular and almost patriotic passtime . . . people are STUpid!
But hey . . . if you want to spend huge amounts on foods that are mostly garbage to your health, have at it. At least the worst of you, in your conforming Jerseys, make yourselves easy to avoid!
Many may wonder where I got this from. How is supporting your local (or in this case, national) economy a form of xenophobia?
In all honesty, its a loose connection. One could conceivably make the case. But its also fairly easy to dismiss. Either way, the hypocrisy factor is much easier to demonstrate.
Roughly half of Canadians who took part in a recent Nanos survey said that if Trump wants to play hard ball, they’d support imposing tariffs on U.S. items.
Unfortunately I didn’t participate in said survey. Had I of, I would not have been in the reactionary support side. Because my life is expensive enough as it is. Half of Canadians have so much disposable income that they can afford higher costs on . . . EVERYTHING?
Or half of Canadians pulled a Brexit or a Trump protest vote, and didn’t think it though? I would bet money on the latter.
What is more important however, is the reasoning behind the tarrif. In response to Trumps protectionist patriotism (make imported items less desirable to US made goods), Canadians want to retaliate be essentially playing tit for tat.
A stupid reaction not taking into consideration all circumstances? Certainly. But more importantly, a very hypocritical reaction on the part of many.
Half of Canadians want a retaliatory tarrif. I would bet that almost as many Canadians (if not more) joined the social media crusade to support an American ketchup brand (not to mention campaigning to save it from the loblaws chopping block).
So, Canadians are allowed to prioritize home products over alternatives in the interest of keeping a few jobs here. But people of other nations are not supposed to do the same thing?
Indeed, this does expose an obviois flaw in the free trade system (there will always be losers). But it should also serve as a good example of why the global economy requires more scope than the merely nationalistic (or patriot).
This is not even taking into consideration the increasing saturation of automation in all areas of business. If the ketchup factory is employing only a small number of actual people with machines replacing hundreds of others, does it really matter if the plant is in India, China, The United States or Canada?
62.) Atheistic Habits And Arguments That Need To Die
Enough of this already. It’s not clever. It’s so painfully obvious to the point of being stupid. A bit like listening to these 2 gab for the benefit of an enthralled choir.
Also, it’s funny that Atheism surcumbs to those very same 2 words, from a strictly logical veiwpoint. Yes, many get around that with a series of flair.
I can’t be bothered anymore. My opinion on the matter.
Fuck if I know. Next!
63.) Fake News / The Alt Right / The Regressive Left
Though many of us have known of this phenomenon for arguably years (for me, in a more encompassing context than just news), it has now gone viral after this election. Like the Alt Right of which many of us also knew about for (at minimum!) a year or 2, fake news only seemed to break the surface after becoming a genuine thorn in the side of the traditional establishment machine. And like the Alt Right, both terms have become catch all pejoratives for opposition criticism.
The Alt Right does have (and give credance to) a great many ridiculous people. As does the progressive left, more commonly known now in many circles as the regressive left. However, I am careful not to associate entire groups (beit writing off the entire Alt Right, or labeling the entire progressive movement as regressive) by its most prominent media figureheads. Simply because of the mentality of social media (if it clicks, it sticks!). Nuanced and balenced conversation is not nearly as engaging as trashing Steve Bannon or Reza Aslan.
The combination of this popularity bias and knowledge of our increasingly microtargeted digital world makes me extremly careful in evaluating trends in society in general. This is not to say that all popular conclusions are not without merit. I just also have to take into consideration that many (most?) others tend to be ignorant to how much power an algorithm can have on ones world view. While we all likely know of many EXTREMELY notable examples of this in our easily led friends and family, anyone that is not paying much attention is vulnerable. You don’t have to be stupid. You just have to be a typically busy person with a passive (but continuous) social media presence.
It all comes down to digital literacy. Society has always done a shitty job of preparing its citizens for the increasingly complex and ever changing digital world (aside from often idiotic and detrimental reactionary laws, anyway). And that vacuum seems to be becoming increasingly visible, in often completly unexpected ways. Though as always, its affects are being scapegoated.
That exploration of complexity aside, there are many increasingly thoughtless usages of fake news, Alt Right and regressive left.
Something that is written from an opposition (or just ANOTHER) point of view than yours does not automatically mean its fake news.
Someone that has diffrent ideals than you (be it in the context of the right or the left) is not automatically a member of the alt right or the regressive left. Though this would seem to be transparent to anyone with a brain, I see this all over the internet. From comment sections on youtube and elsewhere (even one of my posts), to AP news retractions on Twitter.
Don’t be stupid. Think before you post the stupid bullshit you put all of 2 nanoseconds of thought into.
64.) Tom Cruise \ John Travolta
An interesting thing . . .in the past, neither of these celebrities really meant anything to me. I know them from some movies I had seen, but that’s it really. Though my family was fairly culturally sheltered growing up (people were SHOCKED I didn’t see Ghostbusters until my mid twenties. OMG!), our celebrity favorites were more Jackie Chan (those mad skills), Robin Williams (what’s not to like?), and maybe Danny Devito (his part as the greedy rich guy in many movies, my favorite being Ruthless People, was always good for a laugh).
Before, I didn’t really have anything negative to say about either Cruise or Travolta. Well, with the exception of the Greece aftermath. While not QUITE as likely to make me want to swallow lead (as an alternative to watching it again), it’s a close 2ed.
This changed however, after seeing the HBO documentary Going Clear however. Getting the inside scoop (or, as close as you are going to get, anyway) to the inner workings, insanity and criminality of L. Ron Hubbard’s dianetics based brainchild. And also learning that it be likely almost impossible for high profile members Cruise and Travolta to NOT know about some (many?) of the more underhanded activities of the church (including false imprisonment, amoung others).
They are likely not the only high profile members that choose to take the perks that come with being a very high profile Scientologist over the ethical alternative (doing the right thing!). It again, goes back to human instinct.
It’s still not a valid excuse however. Travolta, Cruise and others complacent in this are still garbage people, unworthy or my (or ANYONE’S!) respect or attention (let alone money!).
Fuck John Travolta. Fuck Tom Cruise.
And most of all, FUCK L Ron Hubbard and his fraudulent organization of thieves.
65.) Collateral (2004 film)
Fuck both Tom Cruise AND Milo Yiannopoulos for ruining this film for me!
Speaking of Milo . . . Has he ever done anything with those charitable donations yet?
Set up a charity? A transparent bank account?