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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Stingy aid update! Ohh and Michael Moore madness!

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? Michael Moore. 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! Sigh....

17 Comments:

At 1/04/2005 08:42:00 AM, Blogger WakkaJewbacca said...

Please don't give links to Michael Moores site, Do you realize that every time someone clicks on that link, you are giving him advertising $'s!

 
At 1/04/2005 10:00:00 AM, Blogger NBS said...

if someone doesnt like the jfk game, THEN DONT FUCKING PLAY IT, every one goes though bad times, or does bad things, but it is our reaction to that action that makes us what we really are, be it a crying little bitch or someone with strong morals, cheers mate look forward to more fo your shit, peace out from ya man down under

 
At 1/04/2005 10:24:00 AM, Blogger AlanK said...

sandman

I agree with some of this in general, but i dont remember hearing bono criticise the president before, sure he did a support role when he was donating to africa to fight aids

 
At 1/04/2005 01:39:00 PM, Blogger WakkaJewbacca said...

I also don't remeber Bono ever coming out against the Pres., being the lefty that he is that is suprising!

 
At 1/04/2005 05:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sir: (I don't like using ethnic epithets, now thatyou've told me what "Sandmonkey" means) The Lefties don't give because they want to tax it out of everyone else, then use it to assassinate people they don't like or foment uprisings, while claiming the money is used for "humanitarian" purposes. Indeed, their history is of taking over and destroying institutions rather than building them. Regards, Cephas.

 
At 1/04/2005 07:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Hollywood crowd is incredible isn't it. It's as if they can't distinguish between the attention from merit or demerit. Just as long as they get attention, they're happy.

Michael Moore: Hollywood & elite media types love this guy I'm, afraid were gonna be stuck with him for quite awhile.

Ricardo

 
At 1/04/2005 08:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sandman, (may I call you Sandman? I just can't help it, white guilt overwhelms me when I try to address you as Sandmonkey)

I replayed the video of the Dan Rather apology over and over and over again, laughing maniacally and jumping up and down with glee. I guess that makes me a serial abuser or something.

Bridget

 
At 1/04/2005 09:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i got some pro terrorists on a board in the bahamas, you might want to join in ... or not, either way, i posted a link to your web site, they probably arent even arab or in the middle east, just brainwashed like others, or maybe they just search forums that title the word Iraq and then keep coming back, as this is the only forums the 2 of them have taken part in on this particular board

...http://www.bahamasissues.com/showthread.php?t=156&page=18&pp=15

.. peace, rory

 
At 1/04/2005 09:02:00 PM, Blogger Tina said...

Abuser? Victem? Why don't they call it what it really is? They are poor sports.

This is what comes from telling children there are no winners and losers. They have done away with things like blue ribbons for highest place, done away with grades (after all, wouldn't want to hurt anyones feelings) and the result is a bunch of people who simply can not function in the real world.

 
At 1/04/2005 11:10:00 PM, Blogger Twosret said...

Sandmonkey,

I'm not a fan of Moore just don't like his style but, my brother is a doctor and he doesn't deal with any drug reps. Those drug companies are beyond corrupt trust me.

So many evidence and they need to be nailed down but not by Moore by the US legal FDA.

 
At 1/05/2005 03:05:00 AM, Blogger jedati said...

Sandmonkey,
Here, for your amusement, pertaining to some of your commentors, I want to quote some statements in the Australian Journal of Psychology 1972.

"Such statements clearly go to the heart of contemporary politics in contemporary Western societies. They are very much of the political Left rather than of the political Right. They reflect the core Leftist orientation of being critical of whatever is seen as authoritative in their society and wanting to tear down everything that is accepted around them and replace it with something else.

And the present results show that it is anti-authority attitudes of a clearly Leftist kind that are unintelligent.

So WHY do Leftists in the general population tend to be less intelligent? One reason could be that the most anti-authority people in society are criminals (certainly when judged by behaviour and even when judged by attitudes) and various studies show criminals to be in general of low IQ and poorly educated.

The findings above could then be held to indicate only that criminality is merely the extreme case of a general lower class syndrome that includes low IQ and some types of anti-authority attitudes.

Note however that IQ is, in the results above, a much stronger predictor of attitudes than are any of the social class indicators so a failure to recognize conventional authority would seem to be unintelligent in its own right. And criminals are a very small minority in the population so would have had a very small presence in the present sample -- if any at all. So class and criminality can reasonably ruled out as an explanation of the present finding.

It may therefore be most fruitful to turn the question around: Why do less intelligent people adopt typically Leftist attitudes? And that is relatively easy to answer. Leftist thinking is simplistic."

Enjoy!

 
At 1/05/2005 03:08:00 AM, Blogger jedati said...

Concerning my post above:
I didn't mean just the one commentor above, but some of the ones you had answered to already in other rants.

I placed it here because of Michael Moore.......

 
At 1/05/2005 04:52:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Twosret, check the link that i posted that reports the michael moore haunting the pharmaceutical industry story. You will see mentions on how they have been cleaning their act since 2001. check it otu. It's worth a read!

 
At 1/05/2005 05:04:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

And Bridget, just call me Sam.

 
At 1/05/2005 09:57:00 AM, Blogger Twosret said...

I didn't read it but I will tonight.

 
At 1/06/2005 05:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sandmand,

I work as a medical secretary and the Michaeal Moore's claims about the pharmaceutical industry are correct. They do indeed offer doctors free stuff...mostly in the form of trips, cruises, stuff like that...it is very VERY sickening!! So although I did not agree with Michael Moore on his 9/11 film this one sounds accurate....

ACS

 
At 8/16/2005 02:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your boy Bu$h may have pledged 350 Million but COngress must approve it. Guess what? they haven't. STFU.

 

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