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November 27, 2005

Holiday Opinions...

As we approach the holidays, with the unending parties and gatherings around this most capitalistic times of the year, it's important to reflect on what doesn't piss us off about the human race in general.  Admittedly, it's a short list.

Reading these pages, you've probably decided that we're a bunch of angry, rebellious, vindictive motherfuckers.  Well, that aside we have to set one other thing straight. We're not absolutists. We're actually pretty easy to get along with, even fun and entertaining, providing you don't bore us.

Just don't bore us? Explain that bit please?

OK, since you ask so politely.

If you have an opinion that differs from ours it might surprise you to find out that we're happy to listen. We're thrilled to engage conversation and lively debate. We'll even adjust our expletives to match yours. We'll come away happy and even thank you for the time well spent.  We might even adjust our opinion if you're convincing. (Admittedly a rare thing.)

That is providing you actually have your own opinion.

Opinions come in two categories.  Worthy and Worthless.

Worthy opinions are based on facts, gathered, evaluated, combined, weighed, challenged, reviewed, confirmed, and occasionally debunked.  Facts, not necessarily truths in themselves, are best when based on individual collection from multiple sources, given some discrimination in collection and acceptance, and noted as suspect if they aren't necessarily firm - even when they back up what you want to believe. This last is a key point that racists, fascists, terrorists, ultra left/right, and the "moral" majority neglect: just because you want it to be true, doesn't make it true.

But here's one basic truth about opinions: They're worthless when you get them from someone else - from a single source or a selection of like-minded sources.  If your opinions are primarily based on information from one vector of information then you have committed the unforgivable sin: Your opinion is useless and you're boring. You're a waste of time and bandwidth. You and your ilk are cattle being herded and you should keep your fucking mouth shut so the intelligent people can go on with correcting societies flaws. You on the other hand have permission to moo.

How can you easily tell if you're opinions are worthless?  Well, you should beware if they're based on:

If your opinions primarily come to you in whole cloth, isolated, from of the above, they aren't opinions. You're part of a propaganda machine, you're a herd beast with no social value. You're not contributing to the advancement of the race, you're a muddy spot in the evolutionary road.

Sorry, but someone had to tell you. You're boring and you really need to either recklessly disobey helmet laws or get caught in a meth lab explosion.  That, or you might get a real education, open your mind, and do some research in places where you aren't comfortable. And fucking cut off that mullet; business in the front, party in the back isn't happening.

Everyone else, welcome to the party. 


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