Riley on Marketing

From Jezebel:

Video Of Little Girl Getting Pissed Off At Gender-Specific Toy Colors Will Make Your Heart Swell
I kind of knew I would love this video when I clicked on it and I was right. I just didn’t know how much I would love it.

In the video, awesome little kid Riley paces around the doll aisle while trying to figure out why companies are trying to “trick girls into buying the pink stuff instead of stuff that boys want to buy”.

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Uniting Occupy and Labor Over Health Care

From Common Dreams:

by Shamus Cooke
Published on Sunday, December 25, 2011 by

Politicians are attacking Medicare and Medicaid on all sides–Democrats and Republicans alike. Obama’s national health care bill will slash hundreds of billions from Medicare over the next decade, an act supported by so-called “progressive” Democrats. Soon after this “victory” Obama created the Super Committee to balance the budget, which included automatic  “triggers”– if no decision was reached — that are now slated to cut $600 billion more from Medicare.

On a state-by-state basis, Medicaid — a program that provides health care to the poor —  is being cut in virtually every state, where they are using their manufactured budget crises as an excuse. This under-funding of Medicaid has created a lack of doctors for patients, according to USA today:

“With a shortage of doctors…[Medicaid] patients have little choice but to use hospital emergency rooms for more routine care.” (July 5th, 2011).

But it gets worse. Now, “long term solutions” are being sought. After critically wounding the system with disfiguring cuts, Medicare’s plug is about to be pulled. Different privatization plans have been put forth that would instantly kill Medicare. One such plan was recently announced by Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, which, if enacted, would deliver a deathblow to Medicare as we know it. Some commentators have wrongly dismissed Wyden as a “crackpot” risking political suicide; in fact, Wyden is a cautious, “pragmatic” politician, i.e. he blindly follows party leaders and their corporate bosses.

The Wyden-Ryan plan has deep roots not only amongst Republicans, but also Blue Dog Democrats and the New Democrat Coalition– the powerful congressional caucuses that actually run the Democratic Party. These are the people that create the right-wing economic policies that President Obama has been pursuing since his election victory– thus Obama’s ability to work in a bi-partisan manner with the Republican Party. The Wall Street Journal commented on Obama’s right-wing health care plan:

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Tom Lehrer – A Christmas Carol

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Hartmann: Why the 1% are Less Empathetic to the Poor

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What if We Occupied Language?

Many of our battles over the next few years are going to be fought over language, what George Lakoff calls framing.

Propaganda is all about framing as is addressing power relationships.  The use of framing defines us vs. them as well as who has cause for complaint regarding the abuse of power or the fairness of labels.

Hence protesters being defined as “Dirty Fucking Hippie Commie Queers” and the 1% as the noble put upon hard working geniuses who create all that is good and wonderful.

The 99% movement/Occupy has the Masters of the Fucking Universe scared and trying to get control of the framing and language.

They are doing everything in their power to frame themselves as the good guys, who really deserve the 10,000 dollars  an hour, more than the actually hard working people who do the work that earns that 10,000 dollars  in the first place.  The workers aren’t worth even 10 dollars per hour and the idea that they might organize and form a union for better wages is counter-productive.

Counter-productive for who?

From The New York Times:

December 21, 2011

When I flew out from the San Francisco airport last October, we crossed above the ports that Occupy Oakland helped shut down, and arrived in Germany to be met by traffic caused by Occupy Berlin protestors. But the movement has not only transformed public space, it has transformed the public discourse as well.


It is now nearly impossible to hear the word and not think of the Occupy movement.

Even as distinguished an expert as the lexicographer and columnist Ben Zimmer admitted as much this week: “occupy,” he said, is the odds-on favorite to be chosen as the American Dialect Society’s Word of the Year.

It has already succeeded in shifting the terms of the debate, taking phrases like “debt-ceiling” and “budget crisis” out of the limelight and putting terms like “inequality” and “greed” squarely in the center. This discursive shift has made it more difficult for Washington to continue to promote the spurious reasons for the financial meltdown and the unequal outcomes it has exposed and further produced.

To most, the irony of a progressive social movement using the term “occupy” to reshape how Americans think about issues of democracy and equality has been clear. After all, it is generally nations, armies and police who occupy, usually by force. And in this, the United States has been a leader. The American government is just now after nine years ending its overt occupation of Iraq, is still entrenched in Afghanistan and is maintaining troops on the ground in dozens of countries worldwide. All this is not to obscure the fact that the United States as we know it came into being by way of an occupation —  a gradual and devastatingly violent one that all but extinguished entire Native American populations across thousands of miles of land.

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Vs.  The right wing framing.

From Yahoo News:

Quoting ultra right wing Republican Propagandist, Frank Luntz

1. Don’t say ‘capitalism.’

“I’m trying to get that word removed and we’re replacing it with either ‘economic freedom’ or ‘free market,’ ” Luntz said. “The public . . . still prefers capitalism to socialism, but they think capitalism is immoral. And if we’re seen as defenders of quote, Wall Street, end quote, we’ve got a problem.”

2. Don’t say that the government ‘taxes the rich.’ Instead, tell them that the government ‘takes from the rich.’

“If you talk about raising taxes on the rich,” the public responds favorably, Luntz cautioned. But  “if you talk about government taking the money from hardworking Americans, the public says no. Taxing, the public will say yes.”

3. Republicans should forget about winning the battle over the ‘middle class.’ Call them ‘hardworking taxpayers.’

“They cannot win if the fight is on hardworking taxpayers. We can say we defend the ‘middle class’ and the public will say, I’m not sure about that. But defending ‘hardworking taxpayers’ and Republicans have the advantage.”

4. Don’t talk about ‘jobs.’ Talk about ‘careers.’

“Everyone in this room talks about ‘jobs,'” Luntz said. “Watch this.”

He then asked everyone to raise their hand if they want a “job.” Few hands went up. Then he asked who wants a “career.” Almost every hand was raised.

“So why are we talking about jobs?”

5. Don’t say ‘government spending.’ Call it ‘waste.’

“It’s not about ‘government spending.’ It’s about ‘waste.’ That’s what makes people angry.”

6. Don’t ever say you’re willing to ‘compromise.’

“If you talk about ‘compromise,’ they’ll say you’re selling out. Your side doesn’t want you to ‘compromise.’ What you use in that to replace it with is ‘cooperation.’ It means the same thing. But cooperation means you stick to your principles but still get the job done. Compromise says that you’re selling out those principles.”

7. The three most important words you can say to an Occupier: ‘I get it.’

“First off, here are three words for you all: ‘I get it.’ . . . ‘I get that you’re angry. I get that you’ve seen inequality. I get that you want to fix the system.”

Then, he instructed, offer Republican solutions to the problem.

8. Out: ‘Entrepreneur.’ In: ‘Job creator.’

Use the phrases “small business owners” and “job creators” instead of “entrepreneurs” and “innovators.”

9. Don’t ever ask anyone to ‘sacrifice.’

“There isn’t an American today in November of 2011 who doesn’t think they’ve already sacrificed. If you tell them you want them to ‘sacrifice,’ they’re going to be be pretty angry at you. You talk about how ‘we’re all in this together.’ We either succeed together or we fail together.”

10. Always blame Washington.

Tell them, “You shouldn’t be occupying Wall Street, you should be occupying Washington. You should occupy the White House because it’s the policies over the past few years that have created this problem.”


Don’t say ‘bonus!’

Luntz advised that if they give their employees an income boost during the holiday season, they should never refer to it as a “bonus.”

“If you give out a bonus at a time of financial hardship, you’re going to make people angry. It’s ‘pay for performance.'”


We should all describe the rich fat cats as the spoiled elite scum that exploits the majority of the hard working and poor people.

We should describe they wealth as earned through exploitation and basically criminal actions.  They should always be described as tax dodgers and exploiters.

And so on and so on.  Matt Taibbi hit the nail on the head with “face eating vampire squid”  Describe their greed as loathsome.

Never let them define themselves as job creators when they have destroyed so many jobs with globalization and the “free market”, which is anything but free.

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Holidays are Hard for many of us

When I was a child I used to dread the holidays and family gatherings because of how I could be criticized by relatives.

As an adult I’ve had good holidays and bad.

The best ones have been when I was with a lover or with family of choice where I wasn’t made to feel like an outcast.

The worst have been when I was a lone because that was when I would crawl inside a bottle, especially at Christmas time when I would go on a binge that lasted until the New Year.

It isn’t good, it isn’t healthy and the drinking only makes the depression worse.

Too many of us are too alone, too afraid to reach out to others, to open up with others, or to even make friends.

We try to drink or drug away the pain.

And if you are in that space I understand.

Do what ever it takes to get through today.

Its nearly 2:30 here, I was writing and checked the Blog before shutting down and saw I had some 40 hits within the last couple of hours.  That tells me that people are up late or very early and probably alone.

During the day today reach out and call a friend, talk to some one, do something you enjoy.  Maybe even go to a Christmas Mass if that was part of your childhood and would bring back happy memories.

I know some of you have been disowned, some of you have been disconnected from your children because you came out.

I wish I had something that could ease that sort of pain.

Tina and I are possibly going to a matinee this afternoon but will otherwise be here.

If you need personal contact and post a comment to this message you don’t have to leave an e-mail address because I get that when a comment is posted.  Just leave a message and I’ll at least write you an e-mail

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John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

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