atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5179: It's pathetic and annoying

People who are otherwise able-bodied who claim to be disabled and do nothing but fap around on the government's dime--and then buy $500 cell phones and complain that they don't have the money to pay for them because they're disabled.

Had an idiot like that today. Holy crap, what a douchebag. "I'm disabled! I'm on a fixed income!" Then why the hell did you spend $500 on a frickin' cell phone? If you're actually disabled and on a fixed income, you shouldn't be spending that kind of money for something whose functions can be adequately supplied by a $100 device.

One thing I've noticed is how people who claim to be disabled--who apparently are perfectly able to do a lot of things except hold down a job--cling to their "disability" because it is the only thing keeping them from having to get their lazy asses out of bed and go to work.

One psychological theory, Transactional Analysis, calls this the "wooden leg game". People who do this get validation from people trying to help them, and will do anything they possibly can to avoid fixing the problem so they can continue to get validation. People who play the wooden leg game get, from it, "Sympathy, [and] avoidance of responsibility".

Until the other people around them twig to the game being played, at which point they give up and stop bothering. At this point, the person playing the wooden leg game tries to up the ante. They don't realize that others are onto you, buddy and no one cares about your wooden leg. That ship has sailed.

...and it's annoying and pathetic.

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Mexicans protesting against Trump, who's promising to end the gravy train. The very fact that leftists are rioting over the possibility of a Trump Presidency is enough to convince me we have to elect Trump soonest.

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Under Obama, the US public debt has "necessarily skyrocketed". Thanks, Obama! Thanks, Democrats! Thanks, Republicans!
Here is the real kicker, though. In 2014, the Federal Government spent $3.5 Trillion which was equivalent to 20% of the nation’s entire GDP. Of that total spending, $3.15 Trillion was financed by Federal revenues and $485 billion was financed through debt. In other words, it took almost all of the revenue received by the Government just to cover social welfare and service interest on the debt. In the financial markets, when you borrow from others to pay obligations you can’t afford it is known as a "Ponzi scheme."
Okay, so let's break that down. $3,635 billion divided by 525,600 minutes (in a year) comes to...

$6,915,906 per minute. 75% of which is social spending. That means that our government is spending $5,186,930 a minute on social spending.

$5,186,930 a minute.

$5,186,930 a minute.

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Asshole cop needs not to be a cop any longer.

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Denninger gets it.
Tuesday Indiana votes and we shall see how that comes out. There's a lot of noise there in terms of the polls and the state is both an open primary and notoriously thin and hard to read. The latest poll shows Trump with a 15 point lead, one that has grown materially in the last couple of week as the Cruz "dirty tricks" machine has picked up speed.

The voters are not happy about this sort of crap -- at all -- with two thirds of the Republicans in the latest polls stating that if nobody has 1237 going into the convention the candidate with the PLURALITY should be nominated.

The GOP ought to pay damn good attention to that figure because if two thirds of registered Republicans stay home after the nomination is stolen not only will Hillary be President the party will be destroyed both in terms of vote-getting and fundraising. The GOP will quite-literally go from being a contender to a tiny minority party with no more chance of winning a Presidential contest in the future than the Libertarian party has since only electoral votes count in a Presidential contest and you will win exactly zero electoral votes with 25% of the electorate supporting you.
I am not the only person who thinks so. I knew it.

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Yesterday I handled a call from an idiot who apparently doesn't realize that if your monthly charges approximate $340 and you only pay $170 a month, your bill will rapidly get very large. When I tried to explain this to him he simply said, "That's not right! I paid my bills! That's not right!"

The third or fourth time he did that, I merely said, "Well, I am open to an alternate interpretation." His response was that he didn't know what was going on, but that I was wrong. Uh huh.

The fact is, I can see the payments you've made. They're all listed right there. If you pay half your bill for months on end, your service won't be cut off--at least not right away--but you will see your "past due balance" line item get ever larger. There's no way around it. Simply denying the fact is not going to help, either.

All of this is painfully simple. If you don't like getting late fees and reconnect fees pay your fucking phone bill on time and you won't incur the fees. #Major_Telecom will bend over backwards to help you keep your service turned on but you have to make an effort, and if you don't, it's on you.

When I see that someone has multiple nonpay disconnects, and has recently had their reconnect fees waived, I almost never give them additional waivers. You had your chance already. This time it's not a mystery what is going to happen if you haven't paid your bill, and you already got your fees waived once.

Gah. People are idiots, and I hate them.

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