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George Carlin on stuff [Nov. 22nd, 2007|06:29 pm]
Arvind Narayanan

Today, America beings a massive shopping spree that will last the rest of the year. I wanted to say something funny about shopping, consumption and all that, but George Carlin nailed it so brilliantly that I won't even try. Click to play:

Edit: unfortunate phrasing removed.

[User Picture]From: cubby_t_bear
2007-11-23 08:23 am (UTC)
No. That's not true. We take part in a celebration whose roots came of the genocide of Native Americans, but that's not what we celebrate. We celebrate that we're here, we're rich, we're fat and happy, and that does indeed kick off the Christmas shopping season.

Saying we celebrate genocide is like saying that everybody who takes part in Halloween celebrates the harvest festival where it originated. If you want to be nasty about it, I'm reasonably certain that at some point in the last 3000 years there existed a sect of druidism that sacrificed people at Samhain. So you can say Halloween is about human sacrifice, too.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-11-23 08:29 am (UTC)
you're right, i shouldn't have said that. i didn't mean it literally, of course; but i'm pissed in general about the fact that much history pertaining to the native americans appears to have been rewritten. very few people are even aware of the dubious history of the celebration.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-11-24 07:34 pm (UTC)
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-11-26 04:58 am (UTC)
Paul Graham has written about this (http://www.paulgraham.com/stuff.html). Stuff doesn't really (http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2003/465.html) make you happy (video) (http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/97).
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-11-26 05:33 am (UTC)
paul graham is one of my favorite guys. i'm surprised i haven't seen that.


btw, regular html style links will work in comments.
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