August 2009 Archives
I know we are entreprenurial geeks, but this is a staggering statistic:
Though Indians make up barely half a percent of the U.S. population, between 1995 and 2005, they founded more than 15 percent of all the startups in the greatest technological center (Silicon Valley) the world has ever known.
Unfortunately, there are far too many believers in this Gospel of Getting Rich.
The main idea: wealth is a reward for following God.
So that makes Halliburton, Exxon and the health insurance companies all paragons of virtue. They are doing god's work - ripping off the rest of society.
And people like Stephen Hemsley must be a saints.
So how come Jesus was a poor carpenter? Or the Buddha had nothing but a begging bowl? Must be because they weren't very blessed... Poor beggars.
It's nice to see how democracy works, or not.
Let's allow the insurance companies to deny people health care in order to maximize profits.
Let's look the other way while Oil companies stop alternative energy strategies from taking off...
Is this a last gasp for Capitalism 1.0?
Why is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation silent?
Where's the Pope? Again, the silence of "the church" is deafening.
A few weeks ago I gave up on Silk Soy.
Now, I'm done with Whole Foods.
How does the CEO of a company justify his "politics" when it goes against the brand of his company?
The short answer is: he's not the right person for the job. I mean, you won't see the NRA electing Howard Dean as CEO. So how does Whole Foods have a CEO so out of touch with his customers values? Or his company's values? On Rupert Murdoch's WSJ no less. What's next, FOX?
Bye-bye, Whole Foods.
AlterNet's Joshua Holland tells us about some of the highlights of what's really in the more progressive legislation working it's way through Congress.
Let's pass health care reform, and become a civilized country that's run "for the people."
The New York Times reports:
A patient in Illinois was charged $12,712 for cataract surgery. Medicare pays $675 for the same procedure. In California, a patient was charged $20,120 for a knee operation that Medicare pays $584 for. And a New Jersey patient was charged $72,000 for a spinal fusion procedure that Medicare covers for $1,629.
Wake up everybody!
Tammy Erickson describes her banking nightmare. What should be a simple 10-minute transaction turns into a week-long disaster.
This is, all too often, the "corporate way." We pay lip service to customers, but in fact, we don't do anything to actually make the customer experience any better.
The Rethuglicans are freaking out.
But what's depressing is the way in which it's being orchestrated.
Online, it's troll-time.
What a business model!
Nice job, health care insurance industry.
C'mon Obama, don't punk us.
The sad truth is that 30% of Americans are so out of touch with reality that they won't see the truth, preferring instead to chant their prepared slogans and lies - prepared for them by those bastions of morality: Rush Limbaugh, FOX News, and the good old GOP.
There is no reasoning with them. They are fascists.
The saddest part is that they are hurting themselves to help the very companies which would deny them care at the drop of a hat.
Any questions? This is the business model for the Health Insurance industry. Time to disrupt it - once and for all.
What happens when the right-wing runs out of ideas. They turn to stupidity, lies, fear, hate, and hypocrisy - the five cardinal virtues of the Republican right.
An example of how the current system of death-care maximizes shareholder value >>