Grumping for Thursday

I wanted to write a brilliant and witty essay for today, but by 6:00 p.m. yesterday, when I got around to sitting at the computer to compose this post, I found that Qwest Communications DSL had again gone bad somewhere upstream of my humble home network. Again.

So naturally I got mad. Again. (And also switched off my modem for a full minute and then switched it back on, to prove to the Qwest ISP and servers that I did in fact deserve/require an internet connection. Again.)

Qwest fails at providing competent service at least twice a day, making me wonder why I have to pay for “service” that canʼt regularly measure up to demand (also making me grumpy). Of course, miserable, lousy Qwest isnʼt alone among the vile corporate entities plaguing our lives for their profit and our misery.

BP has killed workers and let millions of barrels of crude explode in the Gulf of Mexico for a month now, inadequately clowning at resolutions to their problem. They blame their tawdry and vile companion companies (yeah, I mean you, Halliburton, satanic viceroy of degeneracy) instead of owning up to their own shoddy disaster-preparations, proving repeatedly that corporate turpitude is not confined to our nation alone. (Decades ago, I would never have imagined that I might imagine that Amoco — such a stupid corporate name, right along with Exxon — could seem like a business friend, until they were gone. And I have known since the feds broke up the phone company that Ma Bell did everything better than the supposedly competing lackluster little communication corporations that have sprung up like business toadstools in the fecal matter of our lives).

I am again reminded why I think that corporations should never be trusted whatsoever. Big business wants to do just one thing — make money. And making money is not a worthy endeavor for moral beings, although admittedly we all have to do it in a greed-based, capitalistic society just to exist (talk about moral conundra!). Unlike most individuals, however, corporations have no morality, just anonymous and therefore terrible corporate greed (viz. BP right now). Supposedly, a company provides something — products, services — to the public, for which we are willing to fork over cash, enhancing the companyʼs profit. In reality, companies provide just as little as possible (nothing whatsoever would be ideal — thus cell phone contracts) to make maximum profit for their stockholders (yes, indeed, money not even for not corporate employees, but outsiders whose interest in the corporation and its activities is completely limited simply and blindly to how much cash the corporate cow can put in their equally corporate pockets — viz. the Wall Street/banking fiasco of the last decade[s]*).

Anyone who believes a company has oneʼs individual good at heart, somehow, deserves the society we have created for ourselves (and should also live in padded comfort in an asylum, preferably right on the Louisiana Gulf Coast). And I hope Qwest provides such people their internet service.

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)

I admit the quote was said by an envious bad man to prod at another manʼs tragic weakness. But it fits, oh, too closely…

I am not sure this has gotten anything off my chest, but here it was anyway. Thank you for your tolerance (much tested, I admit).

*Come on, who besides naive realtors and hoodwinked home buyers thought the housing bubble was anything except a bubble (viz. the Dutch tulip-bulb bubble of which our housing market was so perfect a reflection)?

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