Ah, the holidays. A time when people come together and show love and empathy to their fellow men in the spirit of peace and goodwill.
Already Black Friday is upon us, an aptly named time when people descend upon stores like heartless consumer zombies on crack to partake in supposedly super amazing splendiferous door buster crapfest extravaganza explosions. Most of America won’t be the same until after New Year’s.
Every Black Friday, I find myself losing what little faith in humanity I had managed to attempt to build up from the year before when I lost all faith in humanity on Black Friday.
It’s not even Black Friday anymore. In more recent years, Black Friday has oozed over and infected Thanksgiving. Some call it “Gray Thursday” but it might as well be black, too, as headlines this year declare “Millions add shopping, sales to Thanksgiving traditions” and “Shoppers Camp Out, Forgo Turkey For Thanksgiving Deals“. Kmart reportedly opened its doors at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving morning for a 41-hour sales madness marathon.
And commercial-driven madness it is. This is how pathetic people act, not because it’s Christmas, but because corporations and propaganda tell them to.
Here’s a compilation. Watch for yourself. The only thing missing is the Christmas muzak looping in the background.
People are not only brainwashed, totally conditioned to act like dumb, dangerous animals, but they actually believe they are entitled to. Why? To buy shit?
It’s being reported now that someone has already been shot at a Kohl’s department store this year.
Does getting up at 3 a.m. to wait in line outside of a Walmart Supercenter with a bunch of other greedy, manic strangers so that you can beat the crap out of those strangers when the doors open (or maybe even get trampled to death) to then hand over your Federal Reserve Notes or debt slave imaginary credit to billionaire mega corporations that benefit from corporate welfare just to get your grandma another cheap Chinese food processor made by actual slaves sound anything remotely like holiday spirit to you?
Speaking of Black Friday at “Made in China” Wally World —
Walmart still hasn’t paid the $7,000 fine given to them for the death of someone who was trampled during their Black Friday event in 2008.
— UberFacts (@UberFacts) November 27, 2013
It’s true. Walmart still has not ponied up the measly $7,000 fine (apparently the max allowed under the law) levied by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for failing to properly protect their employees from stampeding Black Friday shoppers, resulting in the asphyxiation death of a worker trampled by some 2,000 shoppers five years ago. The $450-billion corporation has appealed OSHA’s $7,000 ruling. I tried to think of a sarcastic, witty retort aimed at Walmart for that, but the whole thing is already the biggest, sickest joke yet.
Black Friday has actually killed four people and injured at least 74. How do I know that? Why, I just popped on over to Black Friday Death Count.com. (Yes, that actually exists.)
Do people even realize that these corporations in China which make all this ultimately worthless crap have to actually put up suicide nets around the buildings because the working conditions are so terrible, their workers regularly attempt to commit suicide? Nothing says “I love you” on Christmas morning like a piece of plastic someone would have rather killed themselves over than make for you.
China is working on dumping the U.S. dollar, by the way, and the nation owns more of America’s debt than anyone else. Do these people lined up in droves around Target to hand over more money to China even get the magnitude of what that means for the future of this nation, for their very way of life?
While over 30 million Americans are rushing out to spend all of their money on junk made by slave labor in other countries (read: China), the behavior Black Friday induces in these people each year actually drives the rest of the country to shop online (a real American job builder, that) in an attempt to completely avoid their fellow zombies, er, citizens.
Or to avoid having to leave their homes at all. In a time of supposed holiday cheer, I notice every year how more and more people drive like total selfish assholes in their own magical traffic universe as if they are extras from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Everyone is in such a huge hurry to do whatever it takes to avoid everyone else.
Do people ever stop flash mobbing over low-quality electronics marked up just to be marked down for even half a second to consider that when Walmart opens its doors at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving night, it is taking away employees who are already not even paid a livable wage (employees so freaking poor, they have started holding canned food drives for themselves) from their own families who, like them, are probably being slow-killed from the inside out due to the stress of just trying to live in a country that is being economically destroyed by design?
No, because they are the ones necessitating this obscenity.
Now I have to attempt to explain to my daughter why a YouTube video exists of someone beating a complete stranger over the head with a package of socks in a big box store they supposedly went to buy Christmas presents. Three years ago, my mother called me from a Target on Black Friday, her voice thick with sobs of “never again,” simply because she couldn’t believe how fast the promise of cheap television sets and marked down iPods degraded people to the point where they were basically nonverbal, slobbering, rabid animals.
Back when I was in college, I worked at a Toys ‘R Us for some extra present money and I remember when a woman was arrested, the cops taking her out of my store in handcuffs on Black Friday after she bit another woman’s hand, actually drawing blood just to get the last special edition Barbie left out of her clenched fist.
What does a mother like that tell her child on Christmas morning, by the way? “Here honey, I got this for you because I know you just had to have it…just let me wipe that blood off first…” Literally.
If I was part of an alien race watching this sick debacle from the safe distance of outer space, it’d be like a reality TV show of a perpetual train wreck that I’d be too frozen in horror to look away from even as it melted my eyeballs out of the sockets.
How can anything ever change in this fucked up country if so many Americans are all-too-ready and willing to shed their humanity and be shown so easily for the sheep they are just because a bunch of mega corporations that continue to contribute to the total destruction of said nation are selling half-price microwaves?
Where’s the holiday spirit? If some liken the word “spirit” to “ghost,” can you kill something that’s already dead?
‘Tis the season.