The blog of the wandering douche

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

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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

So here I was, innocently pondering semi-retirement in my dotage –

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– When along came a cocksocket called Terry Jones. Tracey Barnett put it in a more work-internet-filter safe manner than I could ever restrain myself to do, in this editorial for the NZHerald.

There have been too many assholes for me to track in recent months, really there have. I’m sorry for my apparent recalcitrance…shout-out to my booooeeeeee Mubarak!

Muammar Gaddafi

Tepco

The republican senate, for passing legislation denying the existance of climate change

This power-tripping brownshirt in blue…

Yeah, ok – I’m all worn out now. Too much pointless evil and stupidity gets me down. Suffice it to say that there seems to be an oppressive amount of asshole in the world right now eh? Bedtime, I think.

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April 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Before-I-forget-his-name douche

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Greg Glendining. I was in Dunedin a few days ago, mooching about the gardens, the bars, and conference facilities of the southern-most city worth a damn in NZ (shut up, Invercargill). On my last day there, I picked up a copy of the Otago Daily Times whilst killing departure time, and came across a few letters to the editor.

Four of the letters were aside, in a column of their own. They were each responding to an editorial piece written by one “Greg Glendining”….and each respondent was pretty pissed off. If their responses were accurate, and if I recall them correctly, it seems that Mr Glendining was hypothesising as to the cause of the tragic death of 29 miners on the west coast. Now, I have to qualify my following comments with the understanding that 1) I have not been able to find his original piece of writing, and 2) I did find a great bottle of Yalumbra Cab Sav earlier on this evening. Great bottle.

Anyways, based on the four irate responses, I can put forward that Mr Glendining asserted in principle the following: That the west coast needs to embrace open-cast mining instead of tunnel mining…jesus, I can’t think of a worse time to shout “You’re doing it wrong” at a small community. Did it not occur to him that they may have chosen to tunnel for the coal because the suff was so damn deep?  Secondly, he said that they did not use open cast mining or build extra air-vents because some conservationist saw a rare Blue Duck on the land where the coal was situated…which several of the four respondents called “fucking bullshit”. Mr Glendining alluded that if extra airshafts or if open-cast mining were employed, the dead miners would be alive, and that therefore, their death was directly attributable to the “Green agenda”.

I believe at least one of the respondents gave a very geologically and legally detailed reply on that point – namely that the mine was too deep for open cast techniques, and that the mining company got permission for every accessway and air-shaft it wanted to drill anyway.

So basically, 29 people die, and some jerk with a stupid personal agenda comes along with a blinkered attitude and a shocking lack of research ability, and blames the environmental movement for not allowing the parent mining company to rape the shit out of the area in the first place. I should point out that the mining company themselves have made no such assertion at all, and seem to have tried to do what it is that they do in accordance with best-practice from both an ecological standpoint and an engineering standpoint.

Fuck you, Greg Glendining. I bet one of your friends has more money than you. You are a self-serving douche.

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December 6, 2010 at 10:53 am

Douche-of-the-dietary-left

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Saw this on metafilter. It’s clearly heartfelt, and the end result of a lot of self-reflection and careful consideration. I admire anyone who can radically re-appraise their own fundamental beliefs; yeah, that’s right – I like flip-floppers. Ideological gymnasts. When informed by good critical thinking, it implies a flexible adaptive mind lies behind the decision, and I can only admire that.

Anyways,  it’s the comments section that contain the meat in this debate (JAPES)…we’ll start out with a mild douche….commentary tapwater, really.

Paul York November 19, 2010 at 11:58 pm

All you have to do is eat correctly. If veganism did not work for you, it’s because you did not do it correctly. It is the healthier diet option by far, and also more ethically and environmentally good. Keep trying and don’t give up. The people who said it was unhealthy are wrong.

Hmmm….citation needed, I think. Nice deployment of the sweeping assertion in that closing statement – I mean, I’m a big fan of the sweeping assertion, but I generally only use them when I’m talking to myself. Because that’s pretty much the only time you can get away without a punchdown. Paul York, mild douche, ladies and gentlemen! Anyway, onwards – after a few mild punchdowns, the vegan rebuttal:

Rick November 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm

One place she went wrong was exercise. over-exercise to be exact. health, longevity and wellness comes from lowering food intake and lowering core body temperature (thousands of years of ayurveda prove that point). extreme exercise does neither of those. it robs the body of nutrients needed for repair and healing, while also keeping the core body temperature dangerously high.

So exercise is demonised. Note that in the original blog post, the author points out that she becomes incapable of mild exercise, not that she rabidly exercises to the point of self-digestion from lactic acid buildup. So “Rick” above is just a dumbass douche. A vegan tea-bagger, if you will. And then:

jka November 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm

agreed completely paul. I can only wonder what would have happened if she’d visited a different doctor — follow the advice of your doctor blindly… and drool at the taste of animal flesh… and then write about it as if on some ethical/intellectual high ground… sounds like a major cop-out to me!

Fucking snob….RTFA. The lack of meat in his diet has clearly deprived his brain of the high-energy protein required for interpreting the written word…clearly, Tasha, the author, did not “…follow the advice of her doctor blindly”. This guy gets a dumb fuck douche award.

Janet November 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I agree. And, Tasha, you might consider what all that time you seem to feel you need on an elliptical trainer has to do with loving and/or hating your body.

What I find most troubling about this, Tasha, is your need (as JKA notes) to try to justify this as if eating meat is some sort of moral responsibility. You don’t need what you call ‘organic matter’ for a rich and fertile garden. Plants also make rich soil (newsflash: organic means it’s carbon-based).

Perhaps you’re sure that your new meat-based diet is making you feel better. It doesn’t seem to have helped much with your tendency toward melodrama.

OOOoooooo. Now it gets catty. Janet is rebutted by Rachel thus –

Rachel November 21, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Paul, JKA, Janet,
How’s the view from your pedestals. Hopefully us peasants aren’t ruining your view as we take care of your high horses.

To which Janet replies:

I don’t think ad hominem attacks do much to advance the conversation.

So Rachel kicks her ass with –

So you can come on here and tell her that she is being melodramatic about the fact that she was dealing with a serious health issue, but I can’t state that you are acting superior to her?
I didn’t realize that you felt your judging her actually advanced the conversation.

I like Rachel.

John West, he named after the tinned-tuna ocean-rapist canned products, offers this:

john west November 20, 2010 at 3:40 am

just shows how powerful the meat and dairy lobby are making things like this up
what a joke

To which I can only say “Go fuck yourself Mr West”. Also, Vegan November 20, 2010 at 7:44 am, Vegan November 20, 2010 at 7:58 am, and Vegan November 20, 2010 at 8:06 am. That person is a fucking dickbox. Seriously, using an entire lifestyle choice as a handle? Ego much? It’s like a christian calling themselves “I AM JESUS”.

Shannon November 20, 2010 at 8:27 am

You guys, this person is just a plant from the meat and/or dairy industry.

Shannon’s tinfoil hat is clearly working well…

Anyway, I guess the cliff notes of this post is that I think judgemental vegans are fucking douchebags, pretty much like judgmental douchebags of any other ilk/belief system/lifestyle choice out there. Read the full comments if you can be bothered, it’s some funny-ass stuff.

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November 22, 2010 at 10:05 am

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Douching their way to irrelevance –

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Today’s recipient is the Christian Fundamentalist movement, for trying to prove that nothing is more relevant to the modern world than a set of ancient oral folk stories collated between 200AD and 1200AD by men living in religious seclusion in the mediterranean and middle east.

Specifically, they win for stating that the Killer Whale at the center of the recent tragic death at Seaworld, should be stoned to death. I just can’t accept that they literally mean that the best response is to throw stones at a fucking whale. Perhaps they just mean the far more predictable (but hilarious) idiomatic scenario wherein the whale is made to smoke enough Marijuana to cause his death…..on some levels, this actually seems less ridiculous, and possibly has some scientific merit somewhere too. Hell, how do you hotbox a whale? And could you turn his pool into a bong somehow? Would this possibly make him more hungry/psychotic/paranoid? I just don’t know. In any case, in this scenario, these fundamentalists are confirmed douchebags for suggesting such a stupid, stupid idea.

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March 8, 2010 at 3:45 am

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