Tuesday, August 11, 2009

guess who's back in the m'fin house

I haven't been over here as much lately, I'm trying to stay off the computer more because I don't want to be one of those moms who's always online or glued to her phone. So it's good.

So okay. Matt Tiabbi was on Adam Carolla's podcast yesterday talking about the AIG which I know about only by name, pretty much, and he was saying it's so complicated that people just glaze over and don't try to figure it out because it's so involved. Which is totally right, that's why I don't really understand what's going on with the economic collapse. He wrote an article on Goldman-Sachs for Rolling Stone and he was saying he had to study for six weeks before interviewing people for it because the subject is that convoluted, and the fact that we don't know anything about it is to their advantage and they were pretty easily able to create this economic crisis since most of us don't really know what's going on. They created all this artificial demand and it's so wrong it's dizzying, that they could get away with it. Like for oil, the reason gas prices were so high last summer is because they traded each barrel of oil 27 times before it was used in the US. But the oil supply was actually really high so the price should have been low but they created artificial demand! Bastards! I'm almost boring myself typing that so thanks if you're still reading, but I'm just interested enough to say I'm going to read more about this cause it pisses me off that they're using the boringness to get away with everything. /end rant

Okay, not end rant. Here's the article he wrote. I love this guy.

Then yesterday, still on my usual podcast-fest, I heard on Grapes of Rad that Starbucks is going stealth and opening coffee shops that don't say Starbucks anywhere to compete with the independent shops. Here in Seattle there's already one on 15th on Capitol Hill called 15th Ave Coffee & Tea. The Grapes also said that the owner of Victrola saw all these people in his store recently carrying notebooks that said "observations" and making notes about how they did things! Those douchenozzles! And we're not going to be able to tell these supposedly independent coffee places are actually Starbucks. Well, I bet we'll be able to tell. But I really don't like the idea of them doing that. Not sure why I care when it's just coffee but it came on the heels of the AIG information and the false demand and how just a few people can own everything and eff all the consumers. I don't know why I'm watching my language on this blog but oh well. So then after listening to that message I went over and listened to a sermon by our pastor from a few weeks ago on the Sabbath and rest vs. unrest. It was so beautiful I cried and cried and I went back and listened to it again. In case my christian homies or whoever are interested it's here. Then today my therapist brought up unrest and turmoil. It's interesting how everything is melding together with me becoming more aware of my tumult and what that comes from, what's under that, and what the sabbath and true rest mean. And as it goes away I'll have so much more space to explore and all that and be free from all that bullshit. (Guess I'm not watching my language anymore.) *Since I posted this I've been feeling weird about posting something so personal to me. But I don't know if I should delete all this. Yet.*

This post has been sort of a departure from my usual random youtube video posts and weird pictures I find online. Yesterday I went back to find the farting preacher video and was wailing from laughing at it. David said "Oh, you found that again? A few months ago you used to watch it over and over and laugh harder each time." He's right.


Anonymous said...

Ah! I went to that fake Starbucks on 15th. It's lame. One of the girls working there seemed to me to be a talking mole. She was shaped like a mole and no chin and was short so she had to look up at everyone and putting her face at that angle aligned it with her neck so it was just a flat surface with a hole in it and loud noises were coming out of the hole. She would not shut UP. Every time a stupid yuppie came in she had to explaaaaain all over again how the place is "independently owned" even though it's NOT. "Inspired" by Starbucks?! Wtf does that mean?

I disagree on the issue of finance people and oil people using the boringness to get away with things, although I love calling it "the boringness." I think it's our fault for not powering through the boringness to see what they're doing. If we let them get away with it then that's just it--we have LET them get away with it. (This is an issue where I lean libertarian rather than authoritarian.)

Anonymous said...

or wait wait wait maybe I DO agree.

I can't decide.

I don't know.


stephy said...

INSPIRED BY STARBUCKS! That is such blasphemy to the pure institution of coffee and the god-given nectar that it is that I want to start my own blog about it, in the spirit of Stuff Christian Culture Likes. It'll be called Shit Starbucks Passes Off. Yesssss!

You can totally disagree with the issue of the finance people. It's awesome to disagree and it's kind of the point, to think about it more. I think disagreement can be totally awesome in relationships. If we were all the same it would be so boring.

I heart you Steven.

Still Breathing said...

That is a beautiful sermon. My mother had a picture of her father, a farmer, with a yoke across his shoulders carrying 2 very large buckets of milk which he used to take down the lane to a convent. I have a vague memory of going with him once (I was only 3 when he retired) but I think that was by car or tractor. The point is he could never have carried that weight using his hands but with a well fitted yoke it was possible. Jesus is our yoke helping us bear the burdens of this life.

Anonymous said...

heheh good. It's so hard to decide. And I can't slavishly turn to The Economist for an answer!

...because my subscription expired!