Well, it seems that the conventional wisdom that you really don't know people's true colors until they are put under the test is, well, ehh, true. In the wake of the Asia Tsunami disaster, I wrote this post ranting about the fact that people are accusing the US government- the world leader in porviding aid- of being stingy. People responded by pointing out that in the US people tend to not wait on the government and chose to donate themselves alongside of the "EEEEEEEVIL" corporations, who are always attacked by the saint-like hollywood lefty Anti-Bush people like Barbra Streissand, Bruce Springsteen and Bono. Ironically enough, not a single one of those people who care oh so much about the world have actually donated something or even started a fundraising effort ( Sandra Bullock and the awesome Linkin Park being the only exception so far) until now ( more then a week later), while those evil corporate entities are actually donating money by the millions!
Here is what the Pharmaceutical companies have donated and/or pledged for the Southeast Asia tsunami disaster relief effort As of December 31, 2004:
- Pfizer Inc. $10 million cash and $25 million in drugs to relief agencies
- Merck & Co. $3 million in cash
- Both Abbott Laboratories and Johnson and Johnson have pledged $2 million in cash.
- Johnson and Johnson is also supplying needed medical supplies and drugs.
- Bristol Myers Squibb $1 million in cash and $4 Million in much needed anti-biotics.
And the generosity isn't limited to the Phrmaceutical companies either: GM has pledged over $2 million in cash, and agreed to match employee donations and will provide vehicles to transport medical supplies and food to the stricken region.
As for the evil Heartless President Bush, well, he just upped the US donations to 350 million dollars. 10 times the initial pledge. And you know, i can hear someone who will read this and will go like :"only 350 million? That's nothing? The US should donate 350 Billion cause its so rich. Yeah, when it comes to killing iraqis, they spend the billions, but to save disaster victims, they only donate in the nine digits area. Evil capitalist imperialist bastards!"
I guess there is no pleasing some people huh?
But those people aside, do you know who GM, the Pharmaceutical Industry and G.W. Bush have in common?
Yep, you heard me!
Apparently Michael Moore is making a new docudrama about the Pharmaceutical Industry
and how evil and corrupt they are. The following are describtions of methods he is rumored to be using to make his movie as "Fair and balanced" as possible:
Moore, it is said, has hired actors to portray pharmaceutical salesmen who offer gifts to doctors who promote their products. There's also word that he's offered physicians $50,000 apiece to install secret cameras in their offices in an effort to document alleged corruption.
In September, employees said that Moore was shoving a microphone at people at GlaxoSmithKline, Bloom notes, even though he was in town only for a radio appearance.
"We have six business centers nationwide, all of which report `sightings,' " Bloom said. "Michael Moore is becoming an urban legend."
The new documentary, which will be titled "Sicko" by the way, should be released around 2006, which is not that far away, but should make 2005 more or less Moore free.
And since we are talking about him anyway, wanna see what's his latest piece of advice to the Michael Moore supporters
who are very heartbroken over this past election?
Well, there is a moneyshot for ya ( stuff in bold = my favorite parts):
The answer is quite simple. They beat us because they are abusers. We can call it hate. We can call it fear. We can say it is unfair. But we are looped into the cycle of violence, and we need to start calling the dominating side what they are: abusive. And we need to recognize that we are the victims of verbal, mental, and even, in the case of Iraq, physical violence.
How to break free? Again, the answer is quite simple.
First, you must admit you are a victim. Then, you must declare the state of affairs unacceptable. Next, you must promise to protect yourself and everyone around you that is being victimized. You don't do this by responding to their demands, or becoming more like them, or engaging in logical conversation, or trying to persuade them that you are right. You also don't do this by going catatonic and resigned, by closing up your ears and eyes and covering your head and submitting to the blows, figuring its over faster and hurts less if you don't resist and fight back.
Instead, you walk away. You find other folks like yourself, 57 million of them, who are hurting, broken, and beating themselves up. You tell them what you've learned, and that you aren't going to take it anymore. You stand tall, with 57 million people at your side and behind you, and you look right into the eyes of the abuser and you tell him to go to hell. Then you walk out the door, taking the kids and gays and minorities with you, and you start a new life. The new life is hard. But it's better than the abuse.
We have a mandate to be as radical and liberal and steadfast as we need to be. The progressive beliefs and social justice we stand for, our core, must not be altered. We are 57 million strong. We are building from the bottom up. We are meeting, on the net, in church basements, at work, in small groups, and right now, we are crying, because we are trying to break free and we don't know how.
Michael Moore, doing his part of ensuring that liberals remain crybabies!