Monday, November 7, 2011

Anger management! Yes, we need to control our anger. My current anger is focused on the large companies that have taken over smaller companies, eliminating the competition and having their way with us, the consumers. Having survived a major snow storm in October and loosing power for a week, I realize how insignificant the consumer is.
The power companies have no competition and can do whatever they want because the public is indebted to them. We are also at the mercy of the cable companies that offer all services like cable, phone and internet for one fee. Well, that also means we can loose all those valuable services at once and are victims to whenever they decide to serve us again.
It makes you understand more and are thankful to those brave nobodies braving the elements and risking being arrested for some stupid scuffle with a frustrated police officer eager to arrest someone. Yes, the wall street protestors that are in many cities now are the latest frustrated victims of corporate greed that are crazy enough to do something dramatic.
If you still don’t understand why they are being so dramatic, watch a new movie called Margin Call that is full of familiar movie stars. It quotes a Nobel Prize Economist, Paul Crewman who described the Wall Street money people as the Masters of the Universe. He says, “They’re people who got rich by peddling complex financial schemes that, far from delivering clear benefits to the American people, helped push us into a crisis whose aftereffects continue to blight the lives of tens of millions of their fellow citizens.”
“Yet they have paid no price. Their institutions were bailed out by taxpayers with few strings attached.” What breaks have the taxpayers gotten ? In this film, you are not down in the street with the unshowered hard core protestors, you are fixed in the offices of a mighty financial firm located in the upper offices of a skyscraper.
A risk management underling played by Zachary Quinto, you know the guy who played the most recent Spock in a Star Wars movie; gets a file from his laid off boss played by Stanley Tucci; and realizes the amount of fraud that is taking place in the financial firm. What is surreal is that the employees are more afraid of people finding out what they have been up to than being appalled at the scope of their fraudulent business deals.
Kevin Spacey’s character is just one of a few that can’t believe that they are selling worthless assets to unsuspecting customers. The head of the firm played by Jeremy Irons, could care less about the very people funneling money into their company. Simon Baker and Demi Moore are really convincing in this movie. It’s nice to see her in a movie again looking great of course and not just being “the older woman” on Ashton Kutcher’s arm.
Watching this movie for just a couple of hours will have you instantly respecting the poor slob protestors on the street of many cities now. I’m just so happy to be in a warm home, taking a hot shower and playing with the internet courtesy of a monopoly of a few powerful companies that I have no choice but to support because they got you by the you know whats! It’s good to be back.

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