Since the terrible tornado that struck the city of Joplin, Missouri several weeks ago, there is a story out there that the corporate meatheads at Direct TV were assessing the unfortunates that lost their homes and business, a $500 penalty unless their equipment was returned. Now I do not know how true or false the story is, but I had a similar experience several years back with another heartless corporation that is entirely true, and illustrates just how cold and greedy the corporate mindset thinks. Our house and business burned to the ground in April of 2007, and a short time later we contacted Comcast our internet and TV service provider to inform them of the circumstance. We lost virtually everything we owned not only personally as well as most of the business equipment and inventory. Comcrap oops I meant to say Comcast (actually not a slip of the pen) on hearing of our situation demanded that we reimburse them for their equipment lost with no regard to the apparent facts. They not only wanted the equipment price (at full retail no discounting here) but they also wanted the full month's service charge even though we could not use the service for almost half that time. Corporate greed (bottom line profit) won out , and they eventually got their full greed money. Oh I should say in their defense, they did generously allow us a payment schedule so that we could pay out (through the nose) over a six month period of time, as long as they got their money. Personally I no longer have anykind of respect for Comcrap (Comcast) and if ever given any real chance of an equal or better provider I will jump their ship and thumb my nose at them as I leave. Comcast has proven to me that their only concern is how to rip money out of everyone's pocket, no matter the situation. I firmly believe if someone were to die, Comcast probably has a ghoul collector who will constantly harass the mourning family members so that they will get their almighty dollar. They probably even have a morgue patrol who go around and search the pockets of the dead for loose change. Gotta make sure they get their money. I realize that some scam artist might try to take advantage of the company and claim to have suffered terrible loss such as flood or fire, but it would have been easily verified our fire loss with the police, fire and news reports. Why can't these corporations set aside a certain amount of cash in a fund to help alleviate the stress on the owner's lives instead of heaping another financial burden on an obviously poor time in their lives. Heck I know for a fact that these corporation crapper heads waste money left and right , it would not be a drop in their buckets of corporate profit to provide such a service. One last thought, I earlier referenced the Direct TV Corp as the opening of this rant, and I would like to make it clear, the story has not been proven, and that according to some reports, one of the corporate heads has come out and said that the story was entirely false, that their contract with users states there is no penalty due to acts of god (IE: natural disasters).
While sitting here watching the news regarding the recent tornado disasters all over the country, I was amused by the usual din from the looney tunes regarding what is about to actually happen around the world. Now I am assuming you by now have heard the anguished cries from the Koo Koo Klan debating the end of the world is just about an everyday occurence . The last well published nut case claimed the world was going to end on May 21st around 6PM in parts of the world. When that prediction went flat he immediately came out the next day or so and said the world was not going to end until October 21st of this year. (This way he can still sell T-shirts and survival robes to his long list of rubes.)Understand this is the same fruitcake who claimed to his followers that the world was ending a while back......then came back with "Oh My bad!" Sorry Charlie....I need even more donations to help me see the true future ahead. I have to admit, personally I think the brainless flock of mindless robots that follow him should be pitied for listening to even one single world uttered from this idiot's worthless cake hole. I have no respect for these supposed and self proclaimed religious zealot (at least usually religion is the background behind their preaching) knuckleheads who spew forth their messages of doom, then when their time table comes due, they speak of a slight miscalculations, or a miniscule error in their thinking, or perhaps a new proclamation from GOD! Most of these dopes are simply preying on the simple minded, or low esteemed persons who populate every nook and cranny of the world. These false idols are like the snake oil salesmen of old who preyed on fear and on insecurity. Now we are suppose to wait holding our breath for October 21st, and if that doesn't happen, I am sure he will have another "revelation" , or then wait a little more than one year and viola we have the great 2012 end of the Mayan Calendar debacle. Supposedly according to these self proclaimed "seers" the Mayan calendar only goes to the date December 21st ,2012. This is said to be true because that is the last written record from the Mayans regarding time. It brings to mind a cartoon I saw a while back where two Mayan Indians are standing over a stone tablet, and the one holding the chisel turns to his Mayan buddy and proclaims "This ought to drive them crazy! I ran out of space to continue the calendar". What is even more perplexing is the number of so called "experts", scientists,scholars and general pain in the butts,who are falling in line with the doomsday predictions. You have this or that astronomer saying the planets will align on that date causing the Earth's poles to shift, and the spin of the Earth to reverse itself. This will cause the continents around the world to shake an shimmy with massive earthquakes,tidal waves, and tempatures changing in wild swings. They then start spouting gibberish that will prove their theories. Oh no the world is coming to an end. Or that a comet or asteroid or other astral body will hit our planet and render the surface uninhabitable. Not to be left behind, Hollywood is spewing out various themes that beat the mantra the world is about to end!!! (Nothing against Hollywood, I like entertainment, but some fools actually believe the cow patty crunchies put into a movie as being real. ) Now really folks, first of all, prognosticators have since the beginning of time predicted the Earth's demise. Way back when we were barely beginning to stand on two legs, the elders or priest would predict the Earth's end whenever there was a full eclipse. Lo and behold that didn't happen. Then there was the change of the century from one to another such as 1899 to 1900, people claimed the world would cease whenever the calendar went from one century to the next. Remember the great Y2K scare of 2000? Many learned experts claimed that the world would collapse in chaos whenever the calendar changed from 1999 to 2000 due to the computers being based on a calendar from the 1900s calendar not the new 2000. Companies across the United States and even the world spent millions if not billions checking all the line codes to correct this evil. It didn't even cause a hiccup on the radar screen when the new year actually came. Some people panicked in 1899 when the new year approached and caused some stirring of fear until the new year arrived and nothing happened. One other example I remember when I was a young man (No my daughter not back in the Stone Age as you thought), I read a book called Criswell Predicts. In this book, the author according to the cover of his book was 87 % accurate on previous predictions he had made, and he predicted a whole slew of horrible events for the next few decades, including the city of Denver, Colorado would be attacked by some sort of alien ray that would turn all buildings and hard structures into rubber and collapse on the hapless occupants, crushing them to death and basically wiping out the entire city's population. Another of his predictions had a lake somewhere in the center of Europe (I do not remember if an exact lake was mentioned) would be full of tourists and swimmers, and suddenly in a very short span of time a new volcano would rise out of the center of the lake and boil alive everyone in it. The last prediction I remember said that a terrible disease would sweep thru the world causing our skin to dry up and crack with painful and deadly results. The only help was to rub the skin with quantities of oil to help defeat this evil. None of these predictions came about, the Denver Donkeys still run the field at Mile High Stadium, only mild sunburns have been reported from the lakes in Europe, and my skin is still baby bottom soft without the use of oil. (kind of screwed up his batting average of 87 % huh?) I learned from this not to believe something just because it was in a book or on TV. Finally I look at these end of the world predictions not only to be false and misleading, but even if they are true, when it hits, there is not a lot I can do to prevent it, so I will simply bend over and kiss my ass goodbye! Grab a can of Michelob Ultra and flip off the cosmos and the comet about to tap dance on the top of my head.