The blog of the wandering douche

For recognition of the inhumane, thoughtless, greedy, and the negligent. And douchebags.

Corporate bioengineering douche

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Jesus, I’m linking CBS today…have the end-times come about after all? Fucking hurrah, if so – it’s about time we got fundamentalist mentalism corrected. The one downside is that I’m guessing any real or hypothetical “Rapture” would have bypassed the Monsanto Corporation wholesale, on the grounds that the devoted worship of profits-at-any-cost of that company would fall under the category of “false idols”, I’m pretty damn sure.

Anyways, credit where it’s due – CBS’s BNet site has a good article here, ten million times better than the crap I serve up – chock full of links, and with vimeo goodness thrown in. The take-away is, screw Monsanto to hell. We all knew that already, but in this goldfish-attention-span world it’s always worth re-iterating.

Stolen from a deleted post on Metafilter.

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May 22, 2011 at 8:44 am

The ghost of racism past is still alive in Rick

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Every kiwi’s secret news fix, stuff.co.nz, posted a federated article on a whale that washed up on the Wairarapa coast. Some comments were posted, and as per usual, that’s where the more meaty reveal took place. Before I proceed, I should make clear that the most reprehensible racist I knew happened to be named Rick, and Rick came from the rural part of the country just north of Wellington – the Manawatu/Wairarapa area. Anyways, I was reminded of precisely him today when the article above was posted, and promptly commented on, by a racist douche named Rick. I find the comment interesting because it articulates the profound ignorance of the racist NZ honky, the person for whom the biggest issue on earth is those “bloody maoris” and the “dole bludgers”. Rick represents all of those pakeha too stupid to bother to actually learn what the Treaty of Waitangi means, who just want the maori to roll over and take the cultural genocide they suffered at the hands of the colonial government of the 19th century. Take a bow, Rick the douche.

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May 11, 2011 at 8:50 am

Cab-sav o’clock? Must be time to do a roundup

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Here’s a chunk of links, some of which will be qualified as douchery, and some as anti-douche (or something to that effect). I’ve been really enjoying the increasingly socially-aware boing boing recently. Cory Doctorow’s link articles have been providing particularly good coverage of the mess that the UK is devolving into, which is my segue for their callout of Facebook’s  latest foray into civil felching.

Oh! Oh! Totally saw this on boing boing too, while we’re at it –

Next up, this post’s quota of copyright PYAITK. Courtesy of slashdot.

Lastly – an epic hero, because it’s always good to end with a story of good triumphing over evil.

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May 1, 2011 at 11:25 am

A response to the NZ Internet Copyright Infringement bill

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So I was just sitting here eating my baked beans, reading the morning news, when a thunderbolt struck in the form of a tangental link between my choice of 2am listening material and this mornings federated news. Let’s start firstly with the 2am listening material in question, and make it the backdrop to the news I was reading.

The thunderbolt was Mark E Smith’s appropriation of Hunter S Thompson’s observation that “when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro”. What a fucking revelation. With that in mind I thought of a civic response to the bill –

I hereby assert copyright over everything that I produce that is unique to me – this includes such items as my email address, my image, hell, why not my DNA? In the event that anybody abuses this copyrighted information (for example, to email me an infringement notice) I will assert my copyright and request that their offensive and improper use of that material cease. People who use this material in a reasonable way (reasonable being where no-one fucks up my shit) can do whatever they want.

So I say that if this mechanism has been created and applies to New Zealanders to give copyright holders protection from copyright abusers, then clearly we all need to become copyright holders so that the abuse of copyright cannot proceed. Simple.

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April 24, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Karma gives the noble act of civil protest a cuddle in England

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Two-link one-source posts seem to be my fleeting fancy. Here’s a heads-up on the douchebaggery of the metropolitan fuzz. It’s nice however when it’s possible to point out that justice is on to them. Go, justice, go.

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April 23, 2011 at 4:47 pm

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Canada, North America’s sensible conscience.

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This is just a quick post to make the point that coming up soon, Canadians will have the chance to choose between the future or the past.

Hi Canada – don’t fuck it up like we did. Just saying.

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April 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Two cool blogs reminded me of a whole category of douchery I haven’t brought up yet –

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One of my pet hates is the depiction in advertisements of men as stupid. I’ve been criticised in the past as being too sensitive on the issue, invariably by people aligned with the second wave of feminism. I’ve learned that it doesn’t fly so well with that crowd when your instinctive comeback is “Suck my sensitive dick”. There are elements within the “stupid man” stereotype that are hilarious – the underlying archetype of the Fool, for example – but placed within a narrative that speaks to families it’s just a scumbag move. Why? Because males are now a minority of university/college graduates. Because young men make up the majority of suicides. Because in the popular 2nd-wave view, empowering young women is good and thinking about nurturing young men in a similar manner is weird. Then there are the other circumstances that may or may not be causally related, but are noted statistical phenomena – that men are more likely to be unemployed, more likely to have to spend more hours a day in paid employment, and (in the 20-30 age demograph in the US at least) paid less than women.

Hey, so keep up the negative portrayals of one of the genders, advertisers. All that unconscious seeding of stereotypes in peoples perceptions could hardly have any serious repercussions, surely?

Anyone subscribing to the idea that one of the genders is somehow less worthy than the other should get the full “baby seal population correction” treatment for repeating the obvious stupidity of historic precedent. Thanks metafilter. Now go read a real blog.

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April 17, 2011 at 11:45 pm

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