Friday, November 23, 2007

NUTZO Friday

I would not shop there if it was the last store in town and I was out of underwear.

What is with the rush to spend hard earned money on stuff from a container ship?

This nothing more than people gone mad with the herd mentality, trampling, kicking and stumbling through the just opened doors to get at stuff they don't need in the first place. Like trained monkeys, they shop on command, weird.

You know how tough it is trampling with a belly full of turkey and stuffing? I'm sure when it is all over today children will be found among the uprooted piles of consumer items lost amongst the shelves of toys and trinkets, abandoned in the feeding frenzy to get the $50 TeeVees and $25 Ipods (for future mental masturbation while ignoring the gross reality of war) and all the other must have things that will in 6 months get tossed in a landfill because they no longer work.

Tis the season to lose all reason.

Spend it till ya drop, it's the American way!



DEN said...

I hope everyone made it through yesterday without food poisoning or family splitting arguments. T-Day is one day to let it all hang out (wear sweats) and enjoy good food.

Now that the table is cleared and leftovers are put away, it's time to spend money we don't have on stuff we don't need.

Thank goodness I shop online.

Hajji said...

It took a while, but amid the usual confusion and intensity of an ER holiday, I got a few of the "Black Friday" shopping hardcores to admit that it wasn't really the great money savings they were was the rush of the crowd, the persuit of the "Doorbuster Deal" and, ultimately the "winning" over the others that they sought.

Due to Julie, an outgoing associate who completely out-did herself, we managed to feed a proper Thanksgiving meal to every ER, x-ray, lab, EMS, county and city police worker who worked yesterday. We had leftovers that went to the many homeless who "live" in the Hospital neighborhood.


carey said...


So you had to commiserate with those stuck in ER, the patients and the nurses and techs. It sounds like a true Thanksgiving. Giving and receiving thanks all around.

We all know what we're thankful for, each other. We're thankful Spanky made it home alive and in sound body. His mind undoubtedly needs a little work, though. All of the returning soldiers do. And the mind always takes longer.

This shopping psychology you write of Den. In a contemplation one day I realized I was starting to like the look of SUVs. WHAT????

That effect is called consumerism as we all know. But do we know its strength? When it is entrenched as it is from a century and a half of rampant capitalism and industrialization, there is no escape. Even unseen pressures everywhere.

Part of that psychological effect is the same one that comes over you when you see a particular clothing fad suddenly start to look good when you despised it only a few days ago. I started to think SUVs looked cool because of their close proximity. It's the frequency with which you are innundated with these images. Closeness, in a physical sense, proximity to something, that's what causes the desire.

It's a no win situation. Those unseen pressures all around you.

micki said...

it was the rush of the crowd, the persuit of the "Doorbuster Deal" and, ultimately the "winning" over the others that they sought.

Hajji, I saw a story on Northwest Cable News last night about this strange phenomonen. Men and women, without a trace of embarrassment or wit, said they looked forward to the "thrill of the game" -- one woman said she "sort of" trained for these holiday shopping sprees, sketching out the mall floorplan, so that she could get to her fave stores in the least amount of time, and "if I had to grab for something and give a little nudge to the shoulder" to claim the prize, well, "that's the way it is."

H.L. Mencken was right.

micki said...

Admittedly, I haven't always been this way, but I am the mass marketers' nightmare.

I have deep resistance, thoroughly ingrained in me.

It's easy for me to say NO to "stuff." I loathe stuff.

Shedding stuff, not buying stuff is freedom.

carey said...

College football today. That's not really my thing. Too many teams. Besides, I went to UCSD. We didn't have a football team. Too many science nerds studying at this university.

I'm joking, of course.


I went to town on pumkin pie last night. I told you I wasn't going to skip it entirely.

You know it's not so much for the beauty. That's a little unachievable now due to age. HEALTH AND WELL-BEING! That's what it's all about. As we all know, when you feel better inside, you look great.


H.L. Mencken was right.

You could not be more correct.

carey said...

With the morning news of all the shoppers on in the background, I found myself pondering the psychology of the sale. Stores, even your local grocer, like Vons, all arrange their darkly lit isles and walking paths to confuse you. The going thinking is the more confused you are, the more you will buy.

Uh--no. That confusion sends me running out of the store. Not kidding. It can be overwhelming and unpleasant.

Do you buy when you feel confused and unsettled? I don't. I skedaddle right on out of there due to a panic of sorts.

carey said...


With your description of the ER you brought back one of my fondest memories. I spent Halloween, also my last day, in a rehab hospital in 2000. I was relearning to walk.

I cannot tell you how much fun the entre staff gave us patients. It was party city. I couldn't eat all the goodies as I was N/R or whatever the designation is for unable to swallow. But man, did I have a blast.

I will never forget that experience. I am so, so, god damn it, sooooo grateful for my health people. A cooler bunch of people you will not find.

carey said...

I came running back to correct a tiny something.

Dr. B,

I don't think sciency people are nerds!!!! No, no, no. I went to school with the children of some of the finest scientists in the world. Salk Institute opened here when I was a bitzie. Talk about an enriching environment.

My son, Brandon, is a writer nerd for God's sakes. Not atheletc at all, very unlike his Ma.

carey said...

Excuse me, athletic.

I have deep resistance, thoroughly ingrained in me.

Somehow, that sounds peculiarly Irish to me sister. Akin to my Scottish.

But the resistance factor--has to be strengthed with a psychological bulwark now and then. You know how I remind myself not to buy?

"You'll have too much stuff in a house you're leaving." Or really I just remember it will cause clutter. That's a bad word and a bad thing.

Gerald said...

A True Revolutionary Believes in God Alone

Please read this article! This Iraq War has been a total travesty. Nazi America must fall to her knees and beg for God's forgiveness.

Gerald said...

So far, about 10,000 veterans have killed themselves as a result of what they were made to do in Iraq. This is currently happening at the rate of 120 suicides a week according to CBS news. What has been the response in the Christian community?

The words of Daniel Berrigan still resound in the current situation: "We have assumed the name of peacemakers, but we have been, by and large, unwilling to pay any significant price. And because we want the peace with half a heart and half a life and will, the war, of course, continues, because the waging of war, by its nature, is total -- but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial. So a whole will and a whole heart and a whole national life bent toward war prevail over the velleities of peace. There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war -- at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake." - Daniel Berrigan

Gerald said...

The Spiritual Means of Warfare

Gerald said...

Courage is one of the four cardinal virtues which defines how to build ourselves into the image of Christ to which we are called. When we think of courage in the modern context, we normally conjure up images of fearlessness in battle, but this does not form the essence of this virtue according to traditional teachings. According to these teachings, for instance as found in Thomas Aquinas, there are two kinds of courage: "...the courage that attacks and the courage that endures, the force of coercion or aggression and the force of patience, the force that inflicts suffering on others and the force that endures suffering inflicted on oneself." - Jacques Maritain, "Freedom in the Modern World". Maritain's analysis reveals that the essential act of this virtue is found in the inner force that endures suffering inflicted on oneself, not its power of attack. The current manufacturers of consent dramatize the attack aspect of courage in order to draw us into wars by appealing to our love for this virtue. But this aspect is not the essential part of courage, but only a superficial manifestation of it.

Gerald said...

To wage peace in Nazi America will bring death to the peacemakers. That is the modern day Nazi thinking by our mass murderers and war criminal against humanity, a.k.a. Hitler Bush and Hitler Cheney.

carey said...


We pray for the ones who have been sacrificed or maimed at the altar of Big Oil.

Gerald said...

Carey, I fear that there will be more sacrifices, killing, and maiming for the black gold.

When will we come to grips that war is outmoded in resolving problems?

War is for losers.

David B. Benson said...

Holocost Denial, Amerikan style

Right down Gerald's lane...

David B. Benson said...

Here it is: the future of the world, in 23 pages

I doubt it will be that rosy...

Which is'nt much. More like kudzu and poison ivy.

Know any receipes for those?

micki said...

Poison Ivy Recipe

Not for adherents of teetotalism. This may make one itch in a different way.

Kudzu recipes -- for real

micki said...

From Dr. B's link about holocaust denial, American style about counting Iraqi deaths in bush's illegal War of Choice on a sovereign nation:

Amazingly, some journalists and editors - and of course some politicians - dismiss such measurements because they are based on random sampling of the population rather than a complete count of the dead.

Selective aren't they? They'll yammer about the accuracy of political polls based on random sampling, but dismiss the Lancet's numbers on Iraqi deaths.

Should the lab technicians take all your blood the next time your doctor orders up a blood test? (Well, I'm reaching there....but still.)

Carey said...

If it's succinct and clearly worded, it will do its intended work. The thing is, Dr. B, I just don't hold out much hope it can be overcome.

Something interesting occured in the spiritual world recently. A renowned, and to my mind, highly intelligent psychic, Sylvia Browne, has said it's over for humanity on earth in 95 years because of global warming.

She's been saying something to that effect for sometime now. Now she feels sure, no doubt about it.

I debated whether to tell a scientist about a psychic. You opened the portal, so to speak. But then again, that is the daily topic of conversation on this blog, global warming, as it should be.

micki said...

I sure hope all those shoppers had a fine time today buying stuff to help the War Effort and Bolster the Economy.

True patriots, one and all!

micki said...

As one of history's most important documents, I hope those 23 pages survive whatever's in store for Mother Earth and her inhabitants.

Carey said...

Darn, it's a double "r". I checked. (*Occurred".)

When you think of this shopping craze occurring today, doesn't it make you less hopeful that anything good can come from man?

It's a deep concern you cannot avoid when viewing those blobs of people out there giving up their Thanksgivings to campout at the mall.

Carey said...

Oh, I forgot! I saw the movie Infamous last night.

I highly recommend it. It's Truman Capote's story about the writing of In Cold Blood and, my gosh it's extremely well done. The acting is wowingly good.

The story alone is rather compelling.

micki said...

Carey, I don't know. I think psychics can be interesting, especially since many of them hold BS degrees in astrology. :-))

PS I don't know Sylvia Browne -- I'm just being flippant.

micki said...

Oh...movies! We saw "Greenfingers" yesterday and I highly recommend it. It's based on actual events, though I don't know how far the screenwriters wandered from the facts.

It's set in an "open prison" in England -- a wonderful story about the possibilities of rehabilitation during incarceration. The men become GARDENERS!