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of the agonizing pain that is Ross Gittens' life
Economics Wussy at the Sydney Morning Herald, Ross Gittens, is
moaning again about the abundance of choice and freedom capitalism
latest word-bilge, Gittens fawns over some godawful "the world is
going to hell" book written by Labor party muppet Lindsay Tanner.
After more than
a decade of A-grade economic performance and rising prosperity, the
question a lot of people are asking is: if we're so rich, why aren't
we happy? Tanner's answer is that developments in the modern world -
not just economic reforms, but changing technology and our move to more
liberated, individualistic lives - are causing our relationships to
- of course - cites no evidence for this.
Humans are social
beings. Our lives have meaning essentially in the context of our relationships
with other human beings. So relationships are central to the wellbeing
of individuals and society as a whole.
Gittens' powers of
sociological insight are a thing of wonder.
Tanner says information
technology is changing the way we relate to each other more dramatically
than we realise. On the face of it, mobile phones and internet emails
greatly increase our contact with friends and relations. That may be
a plus - but there are also negatives.
phone might help me stay in touch, but it also interrupts face-to-face
conversation and personal interaction," Tanner says. "Mobile
phones can seriously detract from the quality - and quantity - of time
we spend with our children."
So? Turn the fucking
thing off, you dickhead.
Here comes the obligatory
whinge about customer service:
the advent of telephone call centres, the great "efficiency"
I think has done most to depersonalise (that is, damage) relationships
between big businesses and their customers.
Yes, it means someone
will be able to take your call when you phone them. What a horrible development.
He goes on to state
the revelatory point that free markets are a result of individualism and
libertarianism. You know, unlike all those collectivist free markets
we've heard so much about.
And he comes his grand
Freedom for the
individual is fine - up to a point. That point is reached when the pursuit
of individualism starts to erode the relationships that provide our
emotional sustenance. It's reached when noble sentiments about individual
freedom degenerate into the mindless pursuit of materialism.
of materialism" - ie. buying a nice home, a car, the yearly holiday,
Xmas presents for your family, and building up retirement savings. Things
which will provide for your future and the future of your family. As a
capitalist-fearing wussy, one shudders at the thought. You greedy bastards
all of you. You should be unemployed at home, reading Heidegger to your
kids and teaching them about an "authentic existence".
It's worth noting
too, that the grossly obese Gittens' idea of "mindless materialism"
doesn't inlcude gorging himself with donuts.
Which I guess explains
the continued popularity of this,
that by now, our crowded lives are gradually shredding our relationships
with each other.
a society in which we have less time for our children, less interaction
with our neighbours, less involvement in the community, and less participation
in collective activities,"
It's taken the
economic rationalists years to twig that the free market system depends
on an elaborate network of community relationships and social trust
in order to function properly.
No, Mr. Economics
Writer, the free market system depends on people being able to spend their
money on what they want, without twats like you telling them what they
should be spending it on.
So rampant individualism
is undermining the very economic system that champions the interests
of the individual. Without an underpinning of social inclusion and economic
co-operation, a market system first becomes a lot more costly to run
(because you can't trust anyone) and ultimately descends into gangster
And we've already
seen what Gittens means by "gangster capitalism": the nightmare
of people being able to choose between different products. Let's recap
said a few weeks ago, when he wrote one of the biggest howlers in
the history of australian journalism;
For a start,
consumers often find the choices they're presented with quite confusing.
You're being asked to compare an apple with
Those vicious "gangster"
capitalists, mercilessly inflicting different fruits upon us.
How has this
unsatisfactory state of our relationships come about? Through neglect.
Tanner says that, since the industrial revolution, it's the material
aspects of human relationships - economics, in other words - that have
dominated politics in the developed countries.
A stunning development that, given that since the industrial revolution,
people have actually gained the ability to vote and earn money.
I guess Gittens and Tanner prefer the love and hugs you only get with
political parties have largely ignored relationship issues, perhaps
assuming they're the responsibility of priests and psychologists.
they assumed these were private matters for individuals and families and
that, just maybe, politicians should keep their bloody noses out
And then we've
had the attitude that we don't want governments engaging in "social
engineering". What's apparent now, however, is that - whether they
think about it or not - government policies do affect relationships.
Ross wants some good old government micro-management of our private lives.
We can have Brian Harradine, Natasha Stott-Despoja, Martin Ferguson and
Bob Katter determining our relationships. Gee, does this sound like fun
that, just as major cabinet decisions are required to be accompanied
by formal assessments of their likely implications for the budget and
for the environment, so they should be accompanied by assessments of
their implications for our relationships.
Yes, and the answer
to those implications is for the government to do a lot less of
everything. That's not the way for Tanner and Gittens though. They
want a Ministry of Cuddles.
It would be no
magic solution, obviously. But at least it might help move our politicians
to a higher level of enlightenment
of course, meaning bigger government.
beats space travel
people dream of riding a motorcycle than going in to space according
to a recent survey conducted for the BBC.
The pole asked 20,000
people the one thing they most wanted to do before they died and more
of them said they wanted to ride a motorcycle than go in to space, climb
Mount Everest, or
visit Disney World.
See? This is what
I've been telling you people all along.
Tyson vs. Foreman: the great fight that never was
fatter & slower, but still packing a punch that could kill elephants:
George Foreman in the 90's
piece over at East
Side Boxing about the reasons a Mike Tyson vs. George Foreman bout
never eventuated back in 1990.
the jolly old fat bald guy, 15 years past his prime really have been a
match for the seemingly invincible Iron Mike? Most laughed at the idea.
Everyone it seems, except Tyson himself.
that Tyson said Foreman was much better than people thought, and was
a dangerous fight for any of the top heavyweights. Goodman proceeded
to explain how Tyson was calling Foreman a big con man, and explained
that the grandpop act was just a front. He said Tyson saw Foreman as
trying to set up the boxing world into thinking he was a pushover, knowing
that he really wasn't. Tyson said Foreman was a wolf in sheep's clothing.
Goodman continued to say that after seeing Tyson's response to King
trying to push him into a fight with Foreman, he had no doubt that Tyson
had fear of Foreman.
It is absolutely
a fact that Mike Tyson was afraid to fight 41-year-old George Foreman--the
same Foreman who Evander Holyfield would fight and beat in April of
1991. I have not a doubt that had Foreman and Tyson fought anytime between
1990 and 1997 that Foreman would have knocked Tyson out inside of three
rounds. Tyson just has nothing to beat Foreman with; his edge in hand
speed would have been a non-factor. He can't beat him by backing away,
and he would have gotten his head handed to him if he brought the fight
to Foreman. In addition, Foreman was bigger, stronger, tougher and hit
harder. Not to mention the fact that Foreman had a better chin and no
fear or doubt, unlike Tyson, who was full of fear and self-doubt.
I haven't a morsel
of a doubt that Tyson just doesn't match up with Foreman, and he knows
it. If Tyson of 1990 was afraid of an old Foreman, think how petrified
he would of been of a prime Foreman, the one who stared down both Joe
Frazier and Muhammad Ali in 1973 and 1974.
agree. Foreman in his prime would have destroyed Tyson within two rounds.
I disagree that the older George would have finished off Iron Mike so
easily, though my money would still be on the old man. His sheer size,
concrete chin and savage hitting power would get Tyson in the end. What
a shame we never saw this.
Do me with your big wand Bubba!!
load of simpering drivel from that noted cheesebrain Anne Summers,
already recoiling from the upcoming visit of Evil Dubya, and pining for
the days when we were visited by the world's most famous sex-predator.
is likely to trigger anti-US demonstrations of a kind we have not seen
since October 1966 when president Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) became
the first US president to visit Australia.
In November 1996
Bill and Hillary Clinton stayed in the country a whole five days. They
shopped, went snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, played golf and
jogged (him), investigated women's issues (her) and generally relaxed.
Everywhere they went, they were mobbed by friendly, even adoring crowds.
A notable highlight
of the trip was on November 21 when Clinton stood in Sydney's Domain
and addressed a lunchtime crowd. Thousands of people had streamed from
the city to get a first-hand look at the famous president (and this
was pre-Monica) and to have the incredible experience of hearing him
speak in person.
That day Clinton
looked ahead towards the 2000 Olympics and said he could not think of
a better place for the athletes of the world to come together: he spoke
eloquently of how Sydney was, in his eyes, a model multicultural city.
Clinton spoke that day, many in the crowd were in tears. He had held
up a mirror to our society and many, if not most, of those who were
there preferred his image to the one being proffered by Hanson. We liked
what he said about our city and, by implication, our country. We felt
proud and we were moved.
Bush will not brave an outdoor crowd. He will speak to the Australian
people from the safety of the Federal Parliament. Given his reputation
for rhetorical bumbling, we know not to expect to be inspired, let alone
also not expect him to bomb pharmaceutical factories to distract the public
from his weird sexual obessions, nor expect him to ignore several offers
to hand over Osama Bin Laden on account of being too busy getting blowjobs
in the oval office.
The Death Penalty
article by my libertarian
& ANU colleague Alex Robson.
the mistake of channel surfing at 10.30pm and accidentally came across
talentless commie Brit singer Billy Bragg singing some atonal dirge about
Evil White People, or something. Fucking mullet.
Where can I buy this stuff?
to John B. for this: some bitchingly cool new-style
Living on the edge
to the latest thrillseeking activity: Extreme
to Dan for the link)
A crash-course in languages
I especially liked some of the useful french phrases:
Nous nous rendons!
Yiaaaam! Du fromage de castor!
A pot of
rabbit-noses in cream, please.
Une casserole de museau de lapin à la crème, s'il vous
I am not
a saboteur disguised as a camembert. I am a real cheese, lieutenant. Honestly.
Je ne suis pas un saboteur en déguisément de camembert.
Je suis un véritable fromage, Lieutenant. Je vous le jure.
My God! They're
throwing Danish mustard! Run for your life!
Mon Dieu! Ils lancent de la moutarde danoise! Sauvez-vous!
Is that a problem? Everything is edible.
Rationalisation? Cela pose-t-il problème? Tout est tout de même
I cannot come and eat poodle guts on Friday. I'm attending a revolution.
Je ne puis malheureusement pas venir à votre dîner d'intestins
de caniche ce vendredi. Je participe à une révolution.
I grow up, I want a whole farm of cows with a cold, so we can always eat
Maman, quand je serais grande je veux être propriétaire
d'une ferme entière de vaches enrhumées, ainsi nous pouvons
toujours manger de la morve de bétail.
have you ever eaten an exploded pacific isle? Me neither. We must do something
Dis-moi, as-tu déjà mangé de l'île de l'océan
pacifique sautée? Moi non-plus. Il faut qu'on fasse quelque chose.
for Carol for the heads-up.)
of the day
"When it comes
to defending a terrorist like Yasser Arafat the world mobilises, but
when women and children are killed in the streets of Israel, the UN
Security Council is silent it's hypocrisy"
Israeli official speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity
When penguins feel mischievous
to Dan for this.
to a bug, the Draggin Jeans
link on the right-hand menu had been pointing elsewhere for god knows
how long. I've fixed it. (Draggin Jeans makes kevlar-lined jeans for motorcyclists,
in case you were wondering).
a big boxing fan, I've added the excellent East
Side Boxing to the menu. Any sport which makes the medical profession
and the weasels at The Canberra Times that angry has got to be
happened to the World Superbikes
site? It's gone back to it's pre-2001 "under construction" notice,
so I've removed it from the menu.
reading this should head over to the Red
Max online store: they're selling their protective
riding jeans at 50% off. They make a great alternative to bulky leather
pants and are vastly more protective than normal jeans or cargo pants.
They're offering a similar deal on their jackets
of the day
prefer the hands-on touch you only get with hired goons"
was the week from hell at work, hence the low posting. Full service should
Cash dead at 71.
In Peace man...
Emily takes on Noam Chomsky
gives the sociopathic professor a
Bloody filthy savages
peace and love, muslim-style.
More vehicle pondering
possibilities. I'm not buying a V8. Get over it.
of the day
so Mother Nature needs a favor? Well maybe she should have thought of
that when she was besetting us with droughts and floods and poison monkeys!
Nature started the fight for survival, and now she wants to quit because
she's losing. Well, I say, hard cheese.
Dangergirl moves sideways
Castel has a new URL: http://sasha.coldfury.com
The Earth Stops: Richard Neville has a new essay
own nutmonger is back. His latest effort is the utterly batty anti-war
howl "Poor Fellah my Planet".
Check out the very first sentence;
I would feel
much better today if Id been wrong about the war on terror,
because well over 60 thousand people
would still be alive. Ten times that number
would not be seriously injured.
Six hundred and
sixty thousand killed and injured? His sources? John Pilger, an Iraqi
doctor living in Britain, and the Iraqi branch of Nazimedia.
Later in the same
paragraph, this stomach-churner:
Israel, an assassins
lair, would not have turned Gaza into a concentration
you, Dr. Streicher.
of the essay is not for the weak-of-stomach. I think I prefered Richard
when he was unintelligible.
King needs another beating
Rodney King was arrested again. He was speeding at 100 miles an hour,
high on PCP, when he ran a red light in Rialto, California on August
27. It is just a matter of luck that King hasnt killed someone
yet. This was his fifth arrest since a kangaroo court awarded him $3.8
million some years ago because the LAPD had violated his civil
Horowitz's piece on this degenerate, wife-beating thug makes for great
reading. Espcially this bit:
Will Rodney Kings
fifth arrest teach anyone anything? Hardly. First, because no one wants
to even talk about it. But second, nothing will be learned for the same
reason that liberals reading this column will consider it mean-spirited
and lacking compassion. Of course the same liberals have already forgotten
the 58 people who are dead because of Rodney King and the criminals
he and his supporters inspired (I am thinking of the late unlamented
murderer Damian Football Williams). Nobody cares about the
innocent victims of the protesters for social justice the 2000
Koreans who lost their businesses to black rage; the four
cops who lost their careers because they beat a reckless criminal who
was resisting arrest and refused to go prone.
Personally, I'll never
forget when the first Prez Bush visited Australia after the LA riots -
a huge group of white, stinky middle-class uni students furiously screaming
slogans at Bush's motorcade: No Peace!! No Justice!! Burn, LA, Burn!!
The Wog is on a roll right
now, giving the boot to Germaine Greer and Paul Keating, amongst other
stuff. Welcome back to the blogroll woggy.....
as motorbike racing goes, last weekend blew goats.
Neil Hodgson the World Superbike title at Assen, which says more about
the standard of competition this year than it does about Neil.
is a good rider, and has won a few races in the past, but has never been
anywhere near championship-grade in the face of real competition. This
year, his Ducati 999 was one of only two full-factory superbikes in the
field, with Honda,Yamaha, Aprilia, Benelli and Kawasaki all withdrawing
from the competition, and the top riders had all left for greener pastures.
Ducatis have won every race this year, making it the dullest championship
in years. What a bore.
one of the greatest GP races of all time a few weeks ago in Brno, Sunday's
MotoGP race was a snoozefest from start to finish. Rossi and Honda won
of the day
Who cares about
what the French are doing when my tits feel heavy?
great Cantinera, explaining why she's
never taken up blogging
that blubbering rag, The
Prime Minister John Howard... conservative = terrorist
clever and witty these leftie commentators. Check out Pryor's other
hurts don't it Mr. Fisk?
Imagine the date
is September 12, 2001. Ask yourself this question: Are you willing to
bet that two years will pass and there will not be another terrorist
attack on American soil?
I will wager that
there is not one person reading this column who would have made that
bet two years ago.
There is only one
reason for this relative security that Americans enjoy. It is not that
the terrorists have given up their violent agendas or their hatred for
us. They have not. It is not because Americas borders are secure
or because Americas internal security systems have been successfully
There is one reason
and one reason alone that Americans have been safe for
the almost two years since the 9/11 attacks.
That reason is the
aggressive war that President Bush and the American military have waged
against international terror and its Axis of Evil. The war on terror
has been fought in the streets of Baghdad and Kabul instead of Washington
and New York. By taking the battle to the enemy camp, by making the
terrorists the hunted instead of the hunters, President Bush and the
American military have kept Americans safe.
big red heart, one brain cell
ploughing through my copies of Two
Wheels, when I came across a column by Grant Roff.
is an example of so many petrolheads I meet: reverse rednecks. Fat, ageing,
leftist yobbo gastropods who spend their lives drinking beer, farting,
talking bikes and screeching about how the Americans are to blame for
them becoming ugly old cunts with no girlfriends, crappy jobs, zero IQs
and low incomes.
particular cockstain - writing under the name "Groff" - is a
confessed 'former' communist who is perpetually grumbling on about evil
capitalism not giving him stuff for free, about how capitalism is evil
coz he doesn't earn as much money as Bill Gates, and how he has a permanently
shrivelled dick because he's weally, weally scared of big, bad
you these particularly brilliant comments:
America has been
in the news quite a bit recently. It's president, despite knowing that
his country consumes about 80 percent of the world's resources and its
economic and foreign policy enslaves most of the planet, doesn't understand
why it's the subject of terrorist attacks. Here's a tip even Althea
could give your George: assist in the more equal distribution of wealth
maybe he could stop all the foreign aid to Africa give some money to the
billionaire Osama Bin Laden.
out his self-righteous America-hating rage has less to do with his kindergarten
geopolitical analysis, and more to do with the fact he was refused entry
for lying about being president of this
bunch of scumbags.
like all socialists, this man who proudly allied himself with the most
murderous ideology in history now blithers about the vicious nature of
finest citizen rips into Euroweenie
culture snobs and the horrid Yoko
Saddam's bum-boy wails again
journalist pines for his would-be paramour, who was deposed before
he could receive the analingus only a tongue as skilled as Pilger's
Pilger - who has never met a mass-murdering psychopath he didn't adore
- becomes more of a west-hating
sociopath every day.....
of the occupation of Iraq in which children are shot or arrested
by the Americans, and countless people have disappeared
in concentration camps
camps". Sweet jesus. I loved this line:
toppled statues and encouraged wholesale looting
apparently the evil white people are slaughtering protestors:
When Iraqis have
protested about this, the extremists from outside have shot them dead.
opinion of American & British troops?
They are no different
from the death squads the Americans trained in Latin America.
Lots of fearless, intelligent journalism here folks.
Freedom of speech, commie-style
at International Socialist Organisation reckons
the real reason Pauline Hanson deserved to go to jail was not electoral
fraud, but racism.
crime is that she talked about "freedoms" while taking advantage
of democracy to attack the rights of blacks, migrants and refugees.
a little short on detail as to what "rights" hanson was attacking.
If Hanson's appeal
is successful or her sentence reduced, it will legitimise undemocratic
practices and give a green light to racism.
you say Tovarich. They hate Hanson, but they seem awfully keen
on that noted humanitarian, V.I.
Lenin. Hanson used impolite language, Lenin implemented a system which
to modern socialist thought.
Bickford has finally scored himself a readable
of the day
The only reasons
Guevara is on T-shirts is because he is good-looking and he was too
stupid to live, reasons known to create long-lasting icons. Look at
One vote, one beer
LDP has asked me to be a
candidate in the next federal election. I said I'd do it if they bought
me enough beer.
it'd be perverse fun running a campaign along the lines of: vote for
me - I'll cut all your welfare payments and you'll have to pay
to send your kids to school. But hey, cheap beer!
A quick word from the management
to all who responded to my car post some weeks back, offering advice,
commentary and colourful insults. I've hardly answered any of those e-mails
yet, so I just wanted to thank everyone who wrote in.
went motorbike testing today, the ride of choice was Honda's new but low-key
naked bikes have never done well in Oz, and Honda's latest has arrived
with little fanfare. Frankly, I had little interest in it. Honda tend
to make very well-built but characterless motorcycles, and I haven't been
impressed by big nakeds recently. They tend to be heavy, bulky, with awkward
top-heavy handling. I thought the CB1300 was going to be another one of
these with a dull, detuned engine, especially as I had recently
been underwhelmed by that company's CB900.
about a surprise. The CB1300 is a gem of a motorcycle, and a genuine alrounder.
The 1284cc injected in-line four-cylinder powerplant offers plenty of
most other big nakeds, the ergonomics feel good too, with a comfy seat
and well-positioned handlebars. The old-style needle-n-clock speedo and
tacho work well, and are well-complimented by the digital clock and fuel
biggest surprise was the handling: it steered beautifully, with none of
the top-heavy "oil barge" feeling displayed by Kawasaki's ZRX1200.
It flicked from side-to-side with little effort and was beautifully stable.
It is a heavy bike but it doesn't feel it. The suspension felt well-sorted
- soaking up the bumps while retaining enough stiffness for fast rides
through the twisty stuff. The brakes are easy to use but offer lots of
do get a lot of windblast on the bike, but Honda offers an accessory windscreen
(albeit for a whopping $478). Pillion accomodation looks good too, with
a decent rear seat and large grab-handle.
$15,990 ride-away, the CB1300 is a great all rounder: comfy enough for
touring, sporty enough to go nuts on. It's also $500 cheaper than Kawasaki's
That bike is lighter, has a more flickable chassis, a more "fun"
engine and much, much sexier styling. The Honda has better stability,
pillion accomodation and a price advantage.
like I'll need to do a back-to-back comparison soon.
The orange devil's little brother
well, well, it seems Kawasaki is releasing a smaller version of the wonderful
next year: the z750.
have a 748cc version of the bigger brother's four-cylinder injected engine,
an (obviously) lighter chassis, and the single exhaust instead of the
attractive (but admittedly inefficient) four-in-one system of the bigger
wait to ride one. Kawasaki are making a serious comeback, after years
of plummeting sales resulting from a conservative, outdated range of machines.
It looks like ex-Mazda guru Shunji Tanaka has done wonders in his short
time at the head the big K's bike division. With this new bike, the Z1000,
the sexy ZX6 and the upcoming flagship - the ZX10,
Kawasaki have transformed themselves into a manufacturer that now offers
the sexiest, most futuristic-looking performance bike lineup.
done lads, great to see you back.
Anti-Semitism in the old country
in Frontpage about jew-hatred in the UK.
Something very strange
has happened when middle-aged and elderly Conservative Britain applauds
the anti-American, anti-Israel sentiments of someone who a few years
ago they would have thought was a dangerous revolutionary. So why does
Middle Britain now think Israel and the United States, rather than al-Qaeda,
Saddam Hussein and the axis of evil, are the root cause
of world terror?
This has produced
an Orwellian situation in which hatred of the Jews now marches behind
the banner of anti-racism and human rights; and in which, moreover,
a strategic nexus has been forged between Europe and the Arabs. Europe
has waited more than 50 years for a way to blame the Jews for their
own destruction. So instead of sounding the alarm over genocidal Islamist
Jew-hatred, the Europeans have embraced a narrative that depicts the
Jews as Nazis.
The result is that
anti-Semitism, underground since the Holocaust, has reemerged under
the guise of anti-Israelism. The old anti-Semitism wanted to destroy
the Jews; the new anti-Semitism wants to destroy the Jewish state. So
Israel is demonized and delegitimized. Many in Britain now believe Israel
is as illegitimate as was apartheid South Africa.
of course, the left still bleat about racism against Muslims.
Rall: portrait of a lunatic
rant against leftist sociopath cartoonist Ted Rall by Al Maviva over
at Sasha's site. A sample:
I'd say that
he is a left wing fuckwit, but I think left wing fuckwits actually believe
in something, at least to the extent their little deluded brains are
capable of it.
No, Rall is something
worsen than a fuckwit. He's a nihilist. He lives at that far left wing
of the far left wing, where it morphs into marxist-tainted lunacy. He's
a feces flinging monkey, but for the fact that calling him a monkey
would be a slur on primates.
There's more, much
The problem with Simon
post by Steve Edwards on our woeful Federal opposition leader, though
I'm dubious about his assertion that Crean can never be elected
More geopolitical wisdom from aus.motorcycles
two-wheeled losers are
blubbering again, celebrating a bunch of greenie psycho arseholes
some brand-new SUVs:
I like their
they get around to talking about Iraq:
it is bad for
Americans to kill Iraqis, but Iraqis are quite justified in killing
enough to make me want to drive a Volvo.
The last political post?
isn't Scott's last political post, because it's a damned good-'un.
The Liberal Party
has always said that it was the party of smaller government, of self-reliance
and the rights of the individual against the state. And it has made
the occasional genuflection to these ideals. There have been some modest
tax cuts. Moves have been made to improve public choice in medical insurance,
(in what has been a very difficult climate.) But there has been no concerted
effort to persuade the public as a whole that the public can and should
take the lead role in organising their own affairs. It seems to me that
the Australian public remains as wedded as ever to the idea that Canberra
of the day
I'll keep the money
and you can have the rope.
Good, The Bad and The Ugly
His divine right to a free lunch
analysis worthy of capitalism-fearing wussy Ross
Gittens, Niall Cook is
whinging about the horrors of paying fees for ATM use.
people are prepared to pay a fee to withdraw money from another bank's
ATM. It's called making a consumer choice. A choice noone is obliged to
make. Niall's having none of it though, and blows his lid with this childish
We're a captive
audience, a dedicated user group, an addicted collective of easy access
money junkies. Who gives a shit where it comes from, as long as it comes.
Yeh, so what if I have to pay $1.30 to use a Commonfilth ATM. The Wankbank
machine is 100 metres away & I need money NOW!!
us some history:
So, here we are,
twenty years after the introduction of the ubiquitous ATM and everyone
has their plastic access card & PIN. Of course, a few things have
changed. Like the fact that we originally sold our customers on the
idea that this was a totally free service being offered by your friends,
the banks. Fucking idiots we were, staff & customers alike.
the "fucking idiots" were people like Niall who seemed to have
trouble comprehending that banks operate as businesses and not charities,
and that if he didn't like their service, he didn't need to bloody well
some fantasy-land nostalgic whining:
It's all a part
of what banking has become. Gone is the edict of service.
I miss that wonderful "service":
- I really miss having to travel to a branch and standing in queues for
40 minutes just to get that good old-fashioned "service".
- I just hate the fact I have 24/7 access to cash.
- I just hate the fact that the nasty banks are enabling me to conduct
all my transactions online, any time of the night or day.
- I just hate the control this gives me over all my own accounts without
ever having to visit a branch.
- I just hate the mass of information that is available on banking fees
and charges on the web, in bank brochures and over the phone.
- I just hated the fact that I was able to travel to the USA & Canada
with no cash or travellers cheques, and was able to stick my ANZ card
into any ATM in that continent and pull out as much cash as I needed.
- I just hate the fact that in the last two years I have been able to
take out two bank loans without being obliged to visit a branch.
I sure do miss all that service we used to get in our pre-ATM paradise.
This stuff is bad, because cheapskate luddite mumblers like Niall hate
having to pay for his massively expanded ability to manage his money.
Guess it sounds too much like hard work.
cometh the big revelation:
The moral of
the story, and the associated link, is that of the major con job. We've
all been conned, customer & bank staff alike. This is how banks
to break this to you boyo, but most of us are already aware that banks
make profits. And we know fees are part of it. Go read your bank statements
sometime, or the documents available from your bank upon request: this
means you haven't been conned. You have made
a choice to use a service for which there is a cost. Don't
blame the bank if you're too bloody lazy to examine their fees and services,
or shop around for a better deal.
don't want to pay the price, don't use the service. And stop moaning your
sorry arse off about not getting something for nothing.
Sex on wheels
release in 2004 is Aprilia's totally revamped RSVR. I want one of these
so bad I can taste it. Sleek, sexy, with that big, booming and utterly
horny V-twin engine. I mean a real v-twin, with horsepower,
and handling. Not those big, fat,
boring tubs of tractor-shite known as Harleys.
- my friends - is a real motorcycle.
The Green Left Nazis
heap is out. Among this week's gems....
Jews apparently sabotaged the ceasefire & roadmap to peace. You know,
the one where Palestinians keep murdering Jews but the Jews can't shoot
back. The article includes this classic quote:
In the eyes of
Bush, to kill terrorists is a good thing.
terrible news that Mumia Abu Jamal is
advocacy for the poor and oppressed has made him a target of the repressive
Well, that and murdering
- Oh, and lots of
America-Is-Evil stuff. Go read.
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