Category: "Filthy Lucre"

Feb/09
2017

To the Trumps the Presidency is only a way to make a LOT of money. It has nothing to do with actually contributing to the country.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- First lady Melania Trump expected to develop "multi-million dollar business relationships" tied to her presence in the White House, according to a lawsuit she filed. And she has yet to step away from the companies that manage royalties from her name-branded products, business documents show.

Ethics watchdogs worry that Mrs. Trump seems to be inappropriately trying to profit from a high-profile position that is usually centered on public service.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The White House has "counseled" a top aide to President Donald Trump after she promoted Ivanka Trump's fashion line during a national cable television appearance from the White House.

My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible! -Dickhead Donald

It's either jaw-dropping or awe-inspiring, whichever, the level of blatant GREED involved. One might think, in fact I'm sure very many hoped, that Dickhead Donald would at some point start acting like a president and boy oh boy has he proven them wrong. In fact it's pretty fair to say he's gotten only worse and we're barely into his tenure. The Clintons were bashed over book deals and speaking engagements, but compared to this? Wow, not even several orders of magnitude within comparison. Even as president Dickhead can find more time to complain about how other businesses are negatively affecting his and why he should be getting MORE money, MORE attention, he still has yet to address the SMALL business person whom he pledged to empower.

Laws? Pffft. He's taking a leaf from Putins playbook, the laws don't apply when you're president. They only apply to everyone else. Including ones he's only just thought up.

Fuck Free Melania, Fuck Ivanka and fuck the entire tRump troupe. Did you vote for him? Are you not sorry yet? No? Then fuck you too.

Jan/29
2017

Kiss Your Salsa Goodbye

So let's talk about the wall. More specifically how Mexico will pay for this wall.

You do realize that it's fucking stupid right?

So the "plan" is for the American taxpayers to ante up $15 BILLION up front to pay for the wall. THEN we're going to start taxing goods from Mexico to pay for it. Put another way: Corona, Ortega and Goya are going to cost 10% - 20% more. So instead of a six costing $18, it's going to cost $20 to $22. Doesn't really take a fucking genius to figure out what happens next... people stop buying Mexican goods.

So really, how exactly does that pay for a wall? And doesn't it kinda seem like the taxpayer (at least those who like Mexican products) is getting punished twice?

Yeah, kinda. See Dickhead Donald CAN'T force Mexico to pay anything. But he can squeeze it out of the morons who voted for him AND the rest of us. Yep, making American great again, one idiot at a time.

Nov/15
2016

The funny thing, the most typical line I heard from Trump voters were "Oh, he's not really like that." Well let's see, in the few minutes of news I've heard so far:

* tRump doesn't want to live in the White House because it doesn't have gold bathroom fixtures
* he's appointed all his kids as "consultants" which enables them to set policies AND profit from them
* he's anointed a card-carrying racist to his cabinet

So what part of "not really like that" is he really? Seems like he really IS as shitty as he proposed to be.

Oh, and best part? He's already backing down on all the promises he made during the election, from leaving NATO, to building a wall, to eliminating Obamacare, to incarcerating Hillary.

Tell me now... what's not to like?

Oct/06
2016

So this isn't a typical WoS post. Because it has a happy ending.

It starts with the purchase of 2 8Gig sticks (in a pretty, metallic red) for a computer I own. Said sticks had problems that manifested slowly over time. Eventually over a period of 8 months it became clear that the RAM had serious issues, enough to cause random crashes and colossal failures.

So I did what some consumers actually try and do these days, I contacted customer service. And I will say that the rest of the experience was nothing less than awesome: my RMA approved in a matter of minutes, printing the return label, and following the progress on their website was as easy as it should be. I even called and talked to a REAL LIVE HUMAN from my country of origin, who recommended (to my, at the time, skeptical) self to follow the website directions. Within a week of mailing my RAM I had replacements (note also, if you want to ante up, you can get the new ones shipped before they receive your returns).

So Corsair now has both my gratitude and my loyalty. Next time I'm going to buy more parts from them. Thank you Corsair!

Sep/02
2016

Really, if it were up to her she would never have THOUGHT of making a profit off your misery. Because she's a nice person, really and truly.

"Capitalising on a horrible situation, that's what tugged at my heart," says Kim O'Connor, about the moral dilemma she faced over whether to make money out of the phone camera footage which has become one of the most-viewed viral videos of this year.

In May she was visiting the Cincinnati Zoo with her family, when a three-year-old boy clambered over a fence, and fell into the gorilla enclosure occupied by Harambe, a 440lb silverback.[..]

A slew of news organisations sought Kim's permission to use the footage, many of them offering money for an exclusive deal. She signed a contract with one of them, a company called ViralHog. That agreement meant that Kim was no longer deluged with direct requests for the footage - ViralHog took on the job of fielding them. It also earned Kim "tens of thousands" of dollars, she says (BBC)

So here's the thing, she says she was "trying to help" by telling people to remain calm and comforting the mom but... at the same time she was doing all this through the lens of her camera. So the question is, how interested was she really in helping, rather than seeing an opportunity?

I think the answer is pretty clear. Kim saw a chance to grab something special. In the article she defends her profit as "well my friends told me to", or "Viral Hog told me to". She does everything except take responsibility for being a vulture looking to make a quick buck. Ok sure, people told you it was ok to be a greedy fuck, sure, that's fine, clearly they had your best interests at heart. But then Kim gets all sanctimonious with "God told me it was ok". Really Bitch?

"I prayed about it, and Ryan [at Viralhog] answered all the questions I had. So I just thought the whole thing was meant to be. It was fate. It was God's hand."

Let's see so you PRAYED about it and the SHITBAG MONEY-MAKER answered your questions. Gee Kim, doesn't seem like it was god that answered you at all, rather your greed answering you. Of course I have no problem when people own up to their human side. If she'd just been honest and said "yeah I saw a newsworthy event first hand and captured it" all would be fine. But being a lying sack of shit and saying "god told me to sell the clip for money"? Bitch please. That's just admitting you're a schadenfreude shithead.

Aug/25
2016

It's hard to deny the assholery in this.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Members of Congress are demanding more information on why the price for lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed.

EpiPens are injection devices used to ward off potentially fatal allergic reactions, and the price has surged in recent years. A two-dose package cost around $94 nine years ago. The average cost was more than six times that in May, according to the Elsevier Clinical Solutions' Gold Standard Drug Database.[..]

A two-dose package sold for an average $608 in May, according to the Elsevier database, and has possibly risen since then.

In a statement issued Monday, Mylan said it has savings programs for patients and is also offering free EpiPens to schools. The company said around half of U.S. schools are participating in that program.

Be it noted for the record that the CEO of said pharma giant gave herself a multi-million dollar bonus on the heels of a massive profit spike. Be it also noted that said cuntbag also is the daughter of a well known politician.

Yeah sure, HALF of the schools are in your program, but with the price being hiked up to SIX TIMES the original cost the other half who are not in the program are more than covering that cost, enough so that a rich businesswoman who was already fucking raking in millions could rake in even more. HOW'S THAT MONEY TASTE? LIKE GREED AMIRITE?

Heather Bresch made $18.9 million total compensation in 2015, 7.7 times greater than her $2.45 million pay when she was Mylan's president in 2007. Her predecessor as CEO made almost $15 million in 2007, according to SEC filings.

Hard to imagine how Heather lives with herself. People with allergies can and probably will die, if not from lack of medication then from poverty. All so you can make an extra 12 MILLION.

I hope the senate and public opinion roasts you alive. In case you're wondering there's a guy named Martin Shkreli who might give you some advice. I hear he has lots of time on his hands these days...

Aug/16
2016

Apparently the gaming community of the "Closers" game is afraid of little girls. Little girls with attitude. Can I get a "whaaaaaaaaaa, boo hoo"?

The "Gamergate" controversy which roiled the world of video gaming has hit a new level. The name was coined as a row over whether Western gamers were mostly male and anti-women. Now, a similar row is rocking South Korea, arguably the country with the strongest culture of gaming in the world. As the BBC's Steve Evans reports from Seoul, it all started with a slogan on a T-shirt.
On the face of it, the slogan "Girls do not need a prince" doesn't seem that controversial.

In many parts of the world, it would pass as the kind of thing any young woman might wear without prompting a second look.

But when the actress, Kim Jayeon, tweeted a photograph of herself wearing the garment, she generated a storm and lost herself a job.

She was the voice of one of the characters in a South Korean online game called "Closers". (BBC)

You'd think a region that prides itself on martial culture and masculinity could deal with a women expressing her independence and inner strength. But then again these are gamers and probably NOT black belts. Gamers whose widdle pride is easily hurt. But misogeny and gaming isn't all that unusual anywhere in the world. But what IS unusual and extraordinary is how quickly and remorselessly the game manufacturer caved into the small-dicked yowling.

Fans of "Closers" inundated Nexon, the company which produced the game, with complaints. Many of the complaints, according to female activists, were offensive and anti-women.

Nexon quickly bowed to the protesters and sacked the actress. It told the BBC that she would be paid in full for her work but her voice would not be used on the game.

It issued a statement saying it had "recognised the voices of concern amongst the Closers community", adding that "we have suddenly decided to seek a replacement in the role".

I can't imagine any internationally known game manufacturers, Blizzard, EA, ID or others EVER caving to the pathetic whinings of injured male egos, much less when that message is delivered on a tidal wave of hate and anti-woman vitriol, but apparently those in charge of Nexon are equally small-dicked and eager to please their small-dicked players.

South Korea is pretty behind when it comes to equality and women's rights. Too bad for Nexon that they didn't recognize the opportunity to open their game up to international users who would have supported them if they had done the right thing, telling their audience to "fucking grow up" and demonstrated a lack of tolerance for discriminatory behavior. But they didn't

So fuck you Nexon and fuck your tiny-dicked users.

Aug/15
2016

Rio, The Rubbish Olympics

I already dissed the Rio Olympics once, now I'm back at it. Between green pool water (the contractor didn't know that adding peroxide to the water when there's already chlorine is useless), athletes getting mugged at gunpoint, others getting bacterial diseases, lack of completion on the venues - like say - signage, and rows upon rows of empty seats the games have proven two things:

1) Rio's claim to just "pull things out" at the last moment is about as bullshit as you'd expect it to be

2) IOC isn't stupid, but just as greedy as FIFA and just badly in need of renovation, because only payoffs could have convinced the members to choose Rio as a destination

I suppose there's always a 3) which laments the greed within Brazil and how much graft there is since there was lots of time and money which could have been spent correctly to meet the minimum standard but didn't. Some Brazilians got mega rich off the deal. Everyone else got screwed.

I'm thinking that the Rio olympics will quietly fade into the distance, the day the last athlete leaves. And life will go back to exactly the same for everyone, the rich being filthy as well as the poor. Literally.

Jul/05
2016

"Look everyone, I gotta woman on the ticket too!"

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is spending part of his July 4th with Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst amid speculation about his vice presidential pick.

Trump tweets, "I look forward to meeting @joniernst today in New Jersey." He says, "She has done a great job as senator of Iowa!"

Ernst is a first-term senator, combat veteran and the first woman elected to Congress from Iowa.

She ran on a platform of cutting wasteful spending, with the slogan "Make 'em squeal."[..]

Trump also spent time over the weekend with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. (AP)

Huh, well knowing how Der Donald makes his choices, he's gonna pick Joni over Pence for the single reason that Trump/Ernst sounds more appealing than Trump/Pence. I mean double-p aside, it conjures notions of pennies and British currency, neither of which is very appealing right now. Plus there's the fact that she's a vet AND a woman (ooooo, double cred there.)

Yep, I think I see slogans and stickers on the horizon. Too bad Ernst is only a vowel away from the honesty Trump really needs these days.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Striking Atlantic City casino workers are using the Fourth of July holiday to highlight their struggle against billionaire Carl Icahn, who owns the Trump Taj Mahal casino.[..]

The main issue in the strike is the termination of union members' health insurance and pension benefits by previous owners. Icahn had offered to restore health care, but not to a level the union deemed sufficient, prompting the strike.

Jun/23
2016

So I have to check a balance for a card I typically never use. Guess what? I never created an online account. Sure, this is EXACTLY what I want to do at the end of a really long day. Should be quick right?

Fuck no, in this day and age of Eastern European fraud fuckers, NOTHING is simple any more. So AFTER you create an acceptable account name (no that's taken, the next one is taken, the one after that is taken HOW CAN MY INDO-HISPANIC-GREEK MOTHERINLAW'S MAIDEN NAME IN SANSKRIT BE TAKEN FFS) and password (128 characters plus with upper and lower case characters, upper and lower case digits, every single punctuation and kanji for supercalifragilisticexpialidocious) then come the fun-time questions!

It USED to be easy: Mom's maiden name. Then it was pets, schools and car models. But now? Given all the id theft it's like "name of the doctor that gave you the second whooping cough vaccine" or "the thing in the freezer that you forgot about." I LIKED the type of car, it was easy, simple but unfortunately the answer was NOT 16 characters long. So fail. I didn't HAVE a favorite elementary school teacher (although naming one I hated might have been hard too since there were a few). But the one I love best was "youngest sibling". DOES **NONE** WORK FOR YOU? The fuck, is this the Amish-people's card or what?

I finally got through it all and then it declined to log me in until it CALLED me (no, texting apparently wasn't good enough, wonder how deaf people manage) and TOLD me the passkey to log in. And then I had to log in again.

Stupid. Sucky. Annoying. And bullshit. Bleh.

May/05
2016

Actually, the GOP does love us, more specifically they'd love us to die.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government announced sweeping new rules Thursday for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has gone largely unregulated.[..]

House Republicans are already pushing back. A House spending committee last month approved industry backed legislation that would prohibit the FDA from requiring retroactive safety reviews of e-cigarettes that are already on the market and exempt some premium and large cigars from those same regulations.

The legislation's chief author, Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, called the announcement an example of the "nanny-state mentality."

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have long enjoyed a close relationship with the tobacco industry, which has already given more than $1.8 million to members of Congress this election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Like that? The tobacco industry has found another way to administer an addictive chemical to young and desperate people and instead of WANTING to protect the population, Uncle Tom Cole wants to protect the PROFITS FIRST, because MONAY MONAY MONAY. Really? A totally unregulated industry that allows the rapid delivery of chemicals through the lungs and EXISTING E-CIGS SHOULD ALL BE EXEMPT? WHAT THE FUCK ASSHOLE? It's as if the whole tobacco industry debacle of the past decade is completely lost on conservatives. They don't care about the people who died from cancer, or the poor who waste their food money on ciggs. They only fucking care about the profit which can be diverted to their own pockets.

It fucking boggles my mind why anyone would vote for someone who doesn't give two shits about if they live or die. But somehow the GOP manages to convince people that it's in their interest to give their money and votes to a party that wants both their money and their life. At least regular robbers usually give you a choice.

Apr/10
2016

Because you know... money is the bottom line here. Not comfort.

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate blocked an amendment Thursday that would have allowed the Federal Aviation Administration to regulate the size and distance between airline seats.

Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., introduced the amendment to a FAA reauthorization bill, saying the width as well as the distance between rows of seats has shrunk over time and there is no current federal mandate on what the distance should be, other than for exit rows.

The amendment was voted down 42-54, mostly along party lines.

Not surprised really. Those nice senators may travel a lot but they don't get crammed into tiny spaces you can't even stand up in. Plus I'm absolutely certain that the airline industry tossed a nice bit of that "extra legroom" change they're earning into the pocket of the GOP. Money, money, money, that's really the bottom line here. Let the industry regulate themselves because profit-driven America is all they care about. Not the fact that humans are, on average, getting bigger.

A while ago I posted the future of where air travel is going to go. Embrace it. And get yourself a nice wedgie while you're at it.

Apr/03
2016

This is going to be the scandal of a century and I predict it will dominate the world news for a long time to come. This will make Wikileaks look like the Sunday funnies.

A huge leak of confidential documents has revealed how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth.

Eleven million documents were leaked from one of the world's most secretive companies, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.[..]

The documents show links to 72 current or former heads of state in the data, including dictators accused of looting their own countries.[..]

It also reveals a suspected billion-dollar money laundering ring that was run by a Russian bank and involved close associates of President Putin.

The operation was run by Bank Rossiya, which is subject to US and EU sanctions following Russia's annexation of Crimea.

The documents reveal for the first time how the bank operates. (BBC)

Here's my prediction: It won't destroy the world order, but it will shake up a whole LOT of governments and international arrangements. I think we'll see Putin decline in power for the first time. I also think we'll see a flurry of impeachments and new rules implemented (albeit not for at least 5 years) to provide more transparency for those at the top in "first world" nations and more accountability of banks in "first world" nations that deal with third world money.

I also think we'll see some of the old political guard quietly disappear in a number of nations, although the new guard will bring its own bag of troubles.

This WILL be big. And it will have major repercussions around the world. I don't think anyone will be left untouched. My only question is: who in the US government is on this list? And are they running for election?

Mar/25
2016

Patrick Morrisey doesn't care about the future of America, he only cares about how much money the coal industry can make right now.

Elected in 2012, West Virginia's first GOP attorney general in eight decades has made fighting "federal overreach" his mantra. He's leading a coalition of attorneys general that won a U.S. Supreme Court stay last month against Obama's clean power plan.[..]

Pressed by Morrisey's group, the justices froze the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to reduce U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions 32 percent by 2030 - while legal challenges are pending.

In West Virginia, seven coal-fired power plants have shut in recent years, and more than 1,000 miners have lost work since December alone.

"I'm very fortunate to have this job at this time so I could fight for coal miners and make West Virginia a better place to live," Morrisey said. (AP)

1000 miners right now versus the health and safety of future generations, that's what lies in the balance. For most of us it's a simple decision, take the pain now to ensure that the future has a place to live, water to drink, polar bears to enjoy.

But not to Pat. See future voters can't affect him, only the ones alive right NOW can give him power and money. So, basically, fuck the future.

Pat, you're a shitbag. You couldn't care less about the planet or even this nation. Bellowing about "Presidential overreach" as our climate becomes worse and worse, more people starve due to drought, and species go extinct because of lack of habitat doesn't weigh on your conscience at ALL. That's because you're a self-centered shitbag, only in it for power, money and the fame a few miners can give you.

I feel for the miners, but they'd be better off having their representatives finding help for them and their kids to get out of a business that WILL go away. Not trying to bail a sinking ship and shit in it at the same time.

Mar/03
2016

The Business Of Politics

And who said "crime doesn't pay"? It sure the fuck does, when it's politics.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ben Carson ran for president, and his consultants won.

The political newcomer, who said Friday that he was ending his bid for the White House, raised $58 million, more money than any other GOP contender raised.

But an Associated Press review of his campaign finance filings show Carson's campaign is an extreme example of the big-money business of presidential politics. His campaign burned through the millions he raised by spending more on fundraising and consultants than on mass media advertising, on-the-ground employees and other things that could have swayed voters, the filings show.[..]

All told, the Carson campaign turned over at least one-quarter of the money it raised - $16 million - to fundraising and marketing firms owned by a pair of his top consultants, Mike Murray and Ken Dawson.

Mike and Ken. Well, they're sitting pretty now eh? At the cost of all the $200 donations made by those who believed in Ben Carson. Imagine that. So basically 80x what was actually spent on actual campaigning was spent on an advertising firm. But heck, it's not all that bad, really they spent 10 of that 15 mil on advertising for SURE.

Payments to TMA and other firms did not all go into the consultants' pockets, he said. Much of it paid for postage, printing and other costs associated with fundraising. Dawson also said much of the $10 million paid to his company went right back out to pay for digital advertising and social media promotion.

But of the remaining $5 mil? Split two ways? Seems like a pretty good deal to me. In fact, it feels like I'm in the wrong business. What a gambit, getting people to GIVE You money for nothing in return other than hope. Pretty impressive business model if you ask me.

Feb/10
2016

When the "something" is for the poor. Because, really, who cares about them?

ndia's telecoms regulator has blocked Facebook's Free Basics internet service app as part of a ruling in favour of net neutrality.

The scheme offered free access to a limited number of websites.

However, it was opposed by supporters of net neutrality who argued that data providers should not favour some online services over others.

The free content included selected local news and weather forecasts, the BBC, Wikipedia and some health sites. (BBC)

So here it is: Facebook was going to offer free internet with a limited set of services to the poorest of the poor. And what happened? India's richest of the rich, those that make a bundle off internet services for everyone else, STOPPED the service on the ground that it should be "all or nothing", meaning, either provide everyone everything or nothing for those that can't afford it.

And India agreed.

It's hard to imagine how fucking selfish a person has to be to prevent a charity from serving the most needy, but apparently India is not immune from utter greed. Facebook, weather, health information, that was all that was being offered, but the greedy fucks of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India basically said that providing SOME people with a little bit of free data was a way of discriminating against those who could afford to pay. Even better, this notion is also supported by idealists who think, improbably, that the whole internet should be free.

The World Wide Web Foundation, founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, welcomed the regulator's decision.

"The message is clear: We can't create a two-tier Internet - one for the haves, and one for the have-nots," said programme manager Renata Avila.

Yeah and communism works on paper too. Fact: the internet runs on computers and maintainers. Fact: electricity and salary costs money. Fact: the internet will NEVER be free. Fact: greedy people are fucking assholes and idealists need to shut their fucking yap so that everyone can at least have SOME access.

Which is a lot better than none.

Feb/08
2016

The recognition has been slow but growing. In Australia feminine products are stamped with a "luxury" tax which condoms and shaving cream aren't. In the US and UK razors for women (in pastels) cost more than the same razor for men. It even goes all the way down to toys, buying a scooter in pink is more than blue.

Boots has reduced the price of "feminine" razors to bring them in line with men's. The chemist chain says it's just an isolated incident, but campaigners say its part of a "pink tax" that discriminates against women. Who's right and what's the bigger story, ask Jessica McCallin and Claire Bates.[..]

Stevie Wise, who launched the petition, was driven by a Times investigation which claimed that women and girls are charged, on average, 37% more for clothes, beauty products and toys. The investigation was inspired by research in the US which found that women's products are routinely more expensive than men's.[..]

Among the examples sent to Wise was Boots selling identical child car seats that cost more in pink. Another retailer was selling children's balance bikes which cost more for a flowery print aimed at girls than a pirate print aimed at boys. (BBC)

When retailers are called on this the response is mostly "oh ooopsie, simple mistake" or, more rarely, "well pink paint costs more". What it really boils down to is twofold: first, that women perceive more value if something is more expensive (the pastel razors must be higher quality) and second, because women won't speak up for the inequality (well, if it costs more, it costs more, what can I do?)

Of course women, on average, make less than their male counterparts so it's a double whammy.

I don't see this as any sort of conspiracy, merely a demonstration that people must pay what their peers are willing to pay. If women want their razors to cost less then they'll have to stand up and draw attention to themselves which means, of course, being trolled (let's just get past all the hairy legged jokes right now ok?) The internet loves trolling women, it's a thing, but at least in the first world people don't typically carry through on the threats to hurt and kill a woman who openly challenges the social status quo. Typically.

As long as business is dominated by men, and women who feel the pressure to conform to male stereotypes, women will always get short shrift. On rare occasion this is a benefit (during the recession more women kept their jobs because they did the same work for less pay) but mostly it's just an accepted standard. Unless everyone decides that it's time for change and that immigrants won't be allowed in unless they adapt their views, we're going to be stuck with this for a very long time.

Just sucks to be a woman.