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SHOW ME THE MONEY! The meanderings of a Cynic, Or … How much is Enough?

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Call me naive if you will but I never cease to enjoy doing things for people for FREE, gratis, no strings attached if you catch my meaning. Perhaps that is why I am flabbergasted by the greed of large corporations or so-called ‘stars’ when it comes to the almighty dollar. Have you ever noticed that you rarely see your favorite actor or music artist unless they are promoting their new movie or CD on Oprah, ‘Larry King Live’ , or patting themselves on the back at an awards show? Otherwise the rich and famous don’t want to be bothered with us ‘fans’ and they go to extreme lengths to protect their ‘privacy’ when it isn’t putting money in their pocket.

Ok, granted they need some semblance of privacy but they chose the public limelight to become celebrities. There is a tradeoff that goes with the territory and they can’t have it both ways. And there may be the odd one that will do a benefit show for ‘free’ but we are the saps who end up paying aren’t we? Haven’t you ever wondered why these so-called ‘stars’ aren’t donating out of their own pockets?

After all they are getting ‘free’ publicity out of the deal. Sure there may be the odd one that donates but they are the exception and not the rule. They justify their self-servingness by saying they are giving us their ‘free time’ and ‘talent’, and we buy into it because we are so happy to see our ‘idols’ in action. Isn’t that rather like the Pastor who preaches a sermon on tithing but doesn’t tithe himself because he (or she) is already in the service of God? And perhaps the reason the old farts seem to do more than their share of ‘free’ benefit shows is so they can grab a fleeting moment of their former glory or to promote their failed attempt at a comeback.

The same goes for the RIAA cartel and their group of thugs et al. When we are paying for their new Ferrari they are quite happy to put up with us, but try and download a duplicate of the same song you already purchased (i.e. that aging tape, album or CD collecting dust on your shelf) and they will sue you into oblivion. I know, I know, I’ve heard all the arguments so please spare me the gory details. What I’m talking about here is not what is right or wrong, legal or not so legal, but plain old fashioned greed. The people that I am talking about are the ones that have already made their money (if you want to talk about the up-and-coming wannabes you can check out my previous articles here).

As you can tell from my title I recently saw a Jerry Maguire rerun and it got me thinking. That line says it all – “Show me the Money”. Actors Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding (most excellently acted might I add) portray greed that is prevalent in the football industry. Late one night Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) has an epiphany that the industry has shifted from relationship building to out and out greed and that it should return to its roots. He writes a mission statement and very quickly finds himself unemployed and in the very difficult position of having to put his money where his mouth is (so to speak). His only client Cuba Gooding learns that showing ‘heart’ on the field is more important than obsessing about his contract and in the end they both get their priorities right and are rewarded for their efforts. Hollywood and RIAA please take note.

In some ways I’m glad all this claptrap has come to a head because now the world can see what our ‘idols’ are truly made of. Perhaps we should remember that the next time we are considering plunking down our hard earned savings. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-capitalist nor am I suggesting we should get music for free. It’s just that I get a little cheesed off when I see the hypocrisy of those that already have much wanting more and more, and trying to justify sicking their pit bull lawyers on us ‘fans’. I’ve been ill with the flu and perhaps that is why I am feeling so despondent. Call me cynical if you want but the whole thing really sickens me (no pun intended) so I think I’ll cheer myself up and play some tunes now. 😉

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  • mr. anderson

    … so what’s wrong with being anti-capitalist?

  • BB

    …so what’s wrong with being a capitalist, or cynic, or…?

  • grandpa stole bets

    Program on the emergence of civilization.

    “14 species of large animals capable of domesitcation in the history of mankind.
    13 from Europe, Asia and northern Africa.
    None from the sub-Saharan African continent. ”
    And disfavor.

    They point out Africans’ failed attempts to domesticate the elephant and zebra, the latter being an animal they illustrate that had utmost importance for it’s applicability in transformation from a hunting/gathering to agrarian-based civilization.

    The roots of racism are not of this earth.

    Austrailia, aboriginals:::No domesticable animals.

    The North American continent had none. Now 99% of that population is gone.

    AIDS in Africa.

    Organizational Heirarchy/Levels of positioning.
    Heirarchical order, from top to bottom:

    1. MUCK – perhaps have experienced multiple universal contractions (have seen multiple big bangs), creator of the artificial intelligence humans ignorantly refer to as “god”
    2. Perhaps some mid-level alien management
    3. Evil/disfavored aliens – runs day-to-day operations here and perhaps elsewhere

    Terrestrial management/positioning:

    4. Chinese/egyptians – this may be separated into the eastern and western worlds
    5. Romans –
    6. Mafia – the real-world 20th century interface that constantly turns over generationally so as to reinforce the widely-held notion of mortality
    7. Jews, corporation, women, politician – Evidence exisits to suggest mafia management over all these groups.

    Movies foreshadowing catastrophy
    1985 James Bond View to a Kill 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake.

    Our society gives clues to the system in place. We all have heard the saying “He has more money than god.” There is also an episode of the Simpsons where god meets Homer and says “I’m too old and rich for this.”

    This is the system on earth because this is the system everywhere.

    I don’t want to suggest the upper eschelons are evil and good is the fringe.

    But they have made it abundantly clear that doing business with evil (disfavored) won’t help people. They say only good would have the ear, since evil is struggling for survival, and therefore only the favored could help.

    The clues are there which companies are favored and which are disfavored, but they conceal it very hard because it is so crucial.

    I offer an example of historical proportions:::

    People point to Walmart and cry “anti-union”.
    Unions enable disfavored people to live satisfactorly without addressing their disfavor. This way their family’s problems are never resolved. Without the union they would have to accept the heirarchy, their own inferiority.
    Unions serve to empower.
    Walmart is anti-union because they are good. They try to help people address and resolve their problems by creating an enviornment where there are fewer hurdles.

    Media ridicule and lawsuits are creations to reinforce people’s belief that Walmart is evil in a subsegment of the indistry dominated by the middle and lower classes.
    Low-cost disfavored Chinese labor is utilized by corporate america to maximize margins. They all do it. Only WalMart gets fingered because they are the ones who help, and those who seek to create confusion in the marketplace want to eliminate the vast middle class who have a real chance and instead stick with lower classes who may not work otherwise. So they dirty him up while allowing the others to appear clean.

    The middle class is being deceived. They are being misled into the unfavored, and subsequently will have no assistance from their purchases with corporate america.

    I believe the coining of the term “Uncle Sam” was a clue alluding to just this::Sam Walton and WalMart is one of few saviors of the peasant class.

    Amercia is a country of castoffs, rejects. Italy sent its criminals, malcontents.
    Between the thrones, the klans and kindred, they “decided” who they didn’t want and acted, creating discontent and/or starvation.
    The u.s. is full of disfavored rejects. It is the reason for the myriad of problems not found in European countries. As far as the Rockafellers and other industrialists of the 19th century go, I suspect these aren’t their real names. I suspect they were chosen to go and head this new empire.

    Royalty is the right way to organize a society. Dictatorships and monarchies are a reflection of the antient’s hierarchical organization.
    Positions go to those who have favor with the rulers, as opposed to being elected.
    Elections bring a false sense of how the world is. Democracy misleads people.
    Which is why the disfavored rejects were sent to the shores of America::To keep them on the wrong path.

    Jews maim the body formed in the image of “god”, and inflicted circumsision upon all other white people, as well as the evil that is Jesus Christ.
    I think about how Jews (were used to) created homosexuality among Slavics, retribution for the Holocaust.
    Then I think of the Catholic Church and its troubles.
    What connection is here between Jews and the Catholic church???
    If it is their sinister motives that’s behind the evil that is Jesus Christ are they being used at all?
    Perhaps it is them who are pulling strings.
    Their centuries of slavery in Egypt proves their disfavor.
    The Jew leaders decided to prey on the up-and-coming Europeans to try to fix their problems with the ruling elite, a recurring aspect of the elite’s methodology.

    Jesus Christ is a religious figure of evil. The seperatist churches formed so they could still capture the rest of the white people, keeping them worshipping the wrong god.
    And now they do it to people of color, Latinos and Asians, after centuries of preying upon them.

    Since Buddism doesn’t recongnize a god, the calls are never heard, and Chinese representation is instead selected by the thrones.
    Budda was the Asian’s Jesus Christ::: bad for the people. “They came up at the same time for a reason.”

    Simpson’s foreshadowing::Helloween IV special, Flanders is Satan. “Last one you ever suspect.”
    “You’ll see lots of nuns where you’re going:::hell!!!” St. Wigham, Helloween VI, missionary work, destroying cultures.
    Over and over, the Simpsons was a source of education and enlightenment, a target of ridicule by the system which wishes to conceal its secrets.

    I believe Islam is the one true religion, and those misled christians who attack “god”‘s most favored people will pay dearly one day.