Oh, Great — More OWS Stuff

I like Floyd. I especially like Meddle, Dark Side, Momentary Lapse of Reason, and Division Bell. I even appreciate The Wall…

Now, go watch the video on this page.

Consider that the current costs of a

  • concert ticket to The Roger Waters’ The Wall 2012 (the Denver show) $375 each — prices vary, but that’s the cheapest I’ve found so far
  • a newly-remastered, newly re-released box set of each Floyd album: $110 each — and there are several

I’ll be skipping the show for sure. No, not because I can’t afford it (I could easily save and take a few friends — that’s how finance works) but because Roger’s logic doesn’t follow.

It goes something like this:

  • 99% of people are being raped financially by 1% of people
  • We should redistribute the wealth from the 1% to the 99%
  • I’m rich beyond my wildest dreams because I’ve become part of the 1%
  • I’m going to charge you out the ass to see my show because I know that you’ll pay

Gargle my balls.

I’m going to go to Australian Pink Floyd instead. Sure, I know you’re a founding member of the original Tea Set, er Pink Floyd, but I simply don’t like you… so I’ll give my money to somebody else.

Carry on.

Last Chance! Buy Now!

I think the marketing department for dead-tree magazines needs to go back and think carefully about their sales model.

I used to have a subscription to a certain magazine that focused on Pacific Coast/Mountain lifestyle and modern architecture. I didn’t renew. So they poured on the marketing to try getting me to resubscribe. I keep getting these stupid-assed “Last chance to renew!” “You’ll never get another!” letters, postcards, and emails.
Really? Last chance? Never get another? I don’t think those phrases mean what you think those phrases mean.
What’s to stop me from picking up another copy from a newsstand, taking out one of the four hundred little post-paid subscription cards, and filling it out to get another 24 months for ten bucks?
Oh, right: my loss of interest in your magazine.

You Do It

If any of these things applies to you:
  • one or more cars
  • you’re overweight
  • one or more televisions
  • you live in house or an apartment
  • you have heat in the winter
  • air conditioning in the summer
  • a credit card or credit account
  • one or more pets
  • a mobile phone
  • two or more years of college
then you are neither poor nor impoverished. By the standards that the rest of the world has, all of those things are luxuries and you are, in fact, wealthy. If you have three or more, you are well-off. If you have all of them and then some, then good for you.
Look, I’ve been below that arbitrary poverty line — nearly 20 years ago. We accepted public assistance for our family, but only after much discussion and begging from extended family. There was a point in my past where I was not only jobless but also homeless and ended up squatting in a few parks and forests.
I’ve worked jobs at minimum wage and in some pretty unsafe environments. That’s the way it goes. I didn’t like it, so I worked harder and dragged myself out.
Don’t like your pay at your current job? Work harder to get noticed then negotiate a pay raise.
Don’t like the job you have now? Spend your time away from work looking for a better one.
Unhappy with the amount of debt you have? Stop incurring more debt and pay off what you’ve racked up. Would also help to understand some basics about personal finance (like “don’t spend more than you earn”)
Don’t like where you live? Find somewhere else.
You do it. Nobody can do it for you.