Artysim's Articles
May 20, 2010 by Artysim
 

The Deep Water Horizon catastrophe is a clear-cut case of criminal negligence on the part of BP, Haliburton and Transocean. All 3 companies are responsible and so is the U.S government for years of lax enforcement of regulations. But this disaster goes far, far beyond that- the manner in which it happened and more importantly, our reaction to it is a damning indictment of our entire civilization.

Let's go over a few details surrounding the accident and why this serves as a microcosm...
March 13, 2010 by Artysim
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This article is not "American Bashing" although I am sure some will interpret it that way. Since I don't post very frequently anymore I'm also going to combine several topics into a somewhat nonsensical rant. If you don't like it, or are unable to stomach my observations/criticisms or writing style, please go and stick your head in the nearest toilet (preferably a dirty one) and flush repeatedly. I guarantee you'll get more enjoyment out of it than reading what comes n...
February 11, 2010 by Artysim
"Well doctor, what have we got- A Republic or a Monarchy?"

"A Republic, if you can keep it"

-Benjamin Franklin, 1787.

The above mentioned Republic is, for all intents and purposes, finished. It was done with the flick of a pen by your supreme court last month. For anyone not aware, the determination was made that corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money to support political candidates in their run for office.

The fallacy of this should be obvious to a five year old...
November 28, 2009 by Artysim
It's time for another edition of "Evil Corporations", a fun game in which we expose and lambast those slimy sons of bitches we all love to hate. These are the folks who wantonly ruin the planet with their activities and would gladly curb-stomp your grandmother if it meant another dollar of profit for them. Most importantly, they outright depend on YOUR ignorance so that they can continue to reap in whirlwind profits without too many uncomfortable questions getting asked.

So, who's i...
November 14, 2009 by Artysim
Hey did you hear? It turns out that the recession is over! Nevermind that the real unemployment rate is creeping up on 20%

Never mind that companies and individuals the world over have had to cut their spending to the bone, close their doors, lose their homes, declare bankruptcy, or visit pawn shops to make an extra buck.

Never mind that trillions of dollars of public money has gone into private hands "for the good of the economy" all the while causing governments to make tough decisions b...
October 31, 2009 by Artysim
Hello fellow JoeUsers,

I'd like to invite you to be a member of a jury today. I'm going to blab for a bit about boring stuff you probably don't want to read (feel free to skip ahead if you so choose) and then I'm going to present three criminal cases that are 100% real and take place in Canada. If you could be so kind, please respond with your verdict and if guilty, sentence, for each one. The first case is already closed but I won't reveal just yet what the final verdict ...
October 17, 2009 by Artysim
Do you remember that timeless saying, it aint over till the fat lady sings? Well folks, I'm sorry to say that she's backstage right now and is just finishing her warm-up. The United States as we know it has about nine years of life left, so you might as well enjoy it while it lasts. It is my opinion that by 2018 the United States could very well be in a state of collapse or worse. Why do I say this? The answer might surprise you, so please read on.

My proposed reason for such a calamity has n...
September 13, 2009 by Artysim
I've always been a believer that numbers don't lie. They can be misinterpreted, rationalized, argued or downplayed but at the end of the day cold hard numbers are usually a good indicator as to whether or not you are delivering the goods as promised.

Today, I'd like to look at the numbers in Afghanistan.

This is a country in which we "won" between late 2001 and early 2002. And, almost 8 years into it we're still fighting. We still don't have control of the countryside (the reverse has...
August 21, 2009 by Artysim
I'm a big believer in the concept that anything you've got to say has probably already been said better by somebody else. In this case, one of my favorite redneck authors has weighed into the healthcare debate:

The Entertainment Value of Snuffing GrandmaA nation of children roots for the Mafia
 
By Joe Bageant

Every day I get letters asking me to weigh in on the healthcare fracas. As if a redneck writer armed with a keyboard, a pack of smokes and all the mis...
August 1, 2009 by Artysim
Who's your favorite evil corporation? You know, that company that is so slimy, so insipid, you actually love to hate them? We've all got at least one.

Sit back and think about it for a minute. Is it a utility provider? How about an insurance company? (those are real easy to hate) the possibilities are varied and endless.

What kills me is there's a lot of truly nasty companies out there that are also very profitable, have great P.R and 90% of folks either ...
July 23, 2009 by Artysim
According to Microsoft, Windows 7 is complete, and P.C users will have a smooth transition to the new O.S.....

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BWA HA HA HA!!!!!!!
June 9, 2009 by Artysim
Obama Drastically Scales Back Goals For America After Visitting Deny's:

http://www.theonion.com/content/video/obama_drastically_scales_back?utm_source=a-section

A little tuesday morning pick-me up.
June 7, 2009 by Artysim
"Bankruptcies due to medical bills increased by nearly 50 percent in a six-year period, from 46 percent in 2001 to 62 percent in 2007, and most of those who filed for bankruptcy were middle-class, well-educated homeowners, according to a report that will be published in the August issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

"Unless you're a Warren Buffett or Bill Gates, you're one illness away from financial ruin in this country," says lead author Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., of the Harvard Medi...
May 31, 2009 by Artysim
 

I'm confused by all the ruckus going on in the States (or various states I should say) about allowing gay marriage.

I live in the Northwest Territories of Canada and here gay marriage has been allowed for years. In fact, some of my friends and co-workers are married homosexuals. Has it had any measurable effect on our society? Has it caused our "morals" to erode and all the local children to turn into hell-spawn? Nope. In fact, I can't notice a damn thing different about our society...
May 31, 2009 by Artysim
One of my favorite authors (Joe Bageant) has posted a wonderful piece about Redneck America's view of the top.

A redneck view of the ObamaramaThis column originally appeared on the web site of the Australian Broadcasting Company.

By Joe BageantWhen it comes to expressing plain truths, few are as gifted as American rednecks. During recent travels in the Appalachian communities of West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky I've collected scores of their comments on our national condition and...