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Seriously, all of this hate is getting me down, man. I especially don’t understand all of you Halliburton people who are slamming the RIAA people as idiot pathetic narrow-minded moronic nerds who can’t find Iraq on a map (it’s somewhere in the middle, right?). There’s plenty of factual awfulness in Halliburton without resorting to name-calling.
I have seen the Evil, and it is us.
I must agree with the poster who stated this this is a case of evil apples versus evil oranges. Each of these companies have damaged us in many, many ways.
I can’t stop laughing at Kanchi, I LOVE it when people try to sound important and knowledgable, especially when they’re totally outclassed, out-smarted, and out-witted.
To me, I’m much more concerned about the future of these indsutries. Haliburton is evil, and companies like them have always existed, and screwed people over as much as possible. However, they are doing nothing outside of the normal laws of economics. They may be bastards, and need to stop thier dishonest practices, but once they do, they’re just another bad company.
However, the RIAA and thier cohorts are doing much more permanent damage to our society. To me, it’s not about free music, it’s about copyright law. Organizations like them do nothing put hard vital concepts like public domain, copyright reform, free speech, fair use, etc. I am apalled that they continue to behave as they have, and are allowed to do so. If you were to stop thier illegal tactics, like the extortion, the suing dead people, and thier abuses of the american judcial system, I think they are, at thier very core, an evil, damaging group of felons who should not be allowed to exist, in any form, for any reason.
No words I can say can properly admonish them for thier hienous deeds, and thier blatant disregard of non-scarce economics (to say nothing of thier aforementioned abuse of the judical system) Every man and women who makes those decisions should be declared a felon, and serve jail time as appropriate.
Man, this was a tough vote for me… I decided to flip a coin.
My vote was for Halliburton.
Haliburton is just one out of a flock of evil, conniving, heartless, gluttonous, ghoulish flock of vultures. Although it’s the fattest because of its priveledged status. And Dick is a dick. And they commited major fraud. But still… Their very existance is evil, so they can’t do much better.
Meanwhile the RIAA could do alot better, if it wasn’t headed by and made up of such big assholes. They’re digging themselves further and further into a big rut with their assholedness- angering NPR and Apple and royally screwing artist and consumer alike, while bullying students, 12-year olds, handicappeds, and dead people. They’re just being really stupid, and eventually, they’ll fall apart. Which will be a glorious event to witness. But now, as we are currently watching this car-wreck of an escalation of such assholedness, I think that it’s more timely to vote for RIAA this year as worst company of the year- to capture for posterity the utter jackassedry of the RIAA this year.
Aw, poor biddy biddy boo boos, Halliburton’s all gone aways.
“And those with no homes to go to,
please dig yourselves out holes.”
Halliburton vs. RIAA….on the one hand, Halliburton is indirectly responsible for far more deaths, on the other hand the RIAA (though representing multiple companies) commits their evil all by themselves. They own whole categories of evil.
I voted RIAA.
Also, what services does Halliburton provide that no other company could have?
I voted RIAA. As much as I hate Halliburton, I feel the RIAA is causing the most long-term damage. The RIAA has set a precedent of legal judicial abuse for trampling our rights as consumers and citizens while avoiding true due process.
Huh? Monsanto did not make it to the finals?
I voted for the RIAA because I think it would be kind of pointless to have this contest and just give the award to Halliburton every year (even though they’ll be ineligible next year due to their relocation). Also, bashing Halliburton is so passe.
The RIAA is also doing more harm than just suing people. Look at all the laws and international treaties they’ve (with the help of the MPAA) pushed through with all the Congresspeople they’ve bought. Look at the prevalence of DRM.
They are literally trying to take our culture away from us so that they can rent it back to us for a profit.
We can’t change what Haliburton does. They “own” our government and as it’s been made obvious in the past couple of elections, not even our own votes count. You can’t blame Haliburton directly because it’s the government that lets them get away with it.
On the other hand, if enough people stood up and said “I’m done buying your crappy DRM’d music” the RIAA would have to listen. WE actually have an opportunity to send a message to the RIAA and let them know we aren’t impressed and will not stand for it.
@nakmario: Wow. I must say, living in Southern California my whole life, you are by far the most angry, elitist, pompous Mexican I have ever had the displeasure of being exposed to. After your snobbish condescending remarks regarding Americans, I decided to read some of your other postings and I’m glad that I did. Before you go getting all huffy about being insulted, let me tell you that although I’m a “wedo”, I was raised in a Mexican household for much of my life. I’m glad that you are proud of being Mexican, but that doesn’t mean you have to hate America and Americans.
You said in another topic that Catholics = Latinos, but I think my Irish/Italian wife would dispute that. Good job talking down on Americans, all the while revealing what a true self-absorbed prick you are. By the way, Fuck You Very Much. Some Americans may not be able to locate Iraq on a map, but that didn’t stop your family from coming to our country so you could have an American life, did it? Go back to drinking your Starbucks and smiling to yourself, safe in the knowledge that you are so much better than the rest of us.
RIAA gets the vote. The sheeple can squawk Haliburton all day long. Nobody had a problem with Haliburton in the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s and 90′s. Yet all of a sudden Haliburton was bad right around the year 2000/2001.
Odd coincidence, huh?
Bush sucks people. Republicans suck. Democrats suck. The Hollywood celebrities many of you drool over whenever they tell you to do what they say, not do suck.
But hey, you just know you feel much better now after squawking “HALIBURTON IS EEEEEVVIIIIILLLL!”
First off Halliburton is ripping off every person in the U.S. by overbilling our government for gas, services, and equipment. That money comes from every tax paying person in this country. The RIAA only affects those that take an interest in music. The RIAA aren’t a company as much as a group of businesses acting in collusion to extort money from their fans. You have a choice to download music or not you don’t have a choice on how your tax dollars are being spent. The government has the authority but not the responsibility the goverened has the responsibility but not the authority. Without polls like this to raise awareness, Halliburton will continue to swidle the good people of the U.S. I don’t agree with or support the RIAA but hopefully the prevalence of home recording studios and internet marketing will remove and eventually starve these thugs out of business.
Halliburton is akin to most government subcontractors except they do the work IN THE WARZONE! Yeah, it’s gonna cos a lot to operate over there when there you’re driving a truck with 60,000 pounds of explosive (or useful gasoline) behind you. Setting up infrastructure where people are constantly trying to destroy it is difficult. I voted for the RIAA not because of their ridiculous lawsuits, but because of the decline in the quality of music over the years. To find talented ARTISTS (not singers that have decent writers) is difficult. I listen to just about every band on http://www.archive.org When you let your fans record your stuff you got trust!
There should be an actual Consolation Side or Miss Congeniality award, for organizations that actually sell something to us consumers, unlike both the finalists. I would have loved to see UHell go up against Walmort for instance.
But in terms of pernicious and evil influence on the world of us consumers, RIAA is hard to beat. Haliburton only screws me on my taxes and foreign policy, they don’t sell me anything, nor have much direct effect on those that do. The chances of me ever directly interacting with them are zilch. RIAA may not sell me anything, but they will sue me personally, and they do have an effect on other people that might want to sell or give me something.
So from a consumerist viewpoint, clearly no contest at all.
“They “own” our government and as it’s been made obvious in the past couple of elections, not even our own votes count. “
It hurts me that your vote counts as much as mine.
Sorry, the Republicans (I dislike both parties equally) didn’t steal the election. In fact, Diebold executives give money to the Democrats – so there’s a better conspiracy at that end.
Halliburton doesn’t own our government. They’re, in fact, losing money.
“Your naivetÃ© is breath taking. You sir are proof that these companies marketing dollars, and paid apologists are money well spent. And here I thought their talking points were so clumsy, obtuse, and transparent that no one could be stupid enough to actually fall for them, let alone repeat them. On that (and only that) you have proven me wrong.”
If you look up irony in the dictionary, you’d find this post.
I am no apologist for Halliburton, but they have no effect on my life. And I contained no talking points – look it up, they’re losing money. Their net income last year was negative 2.3 billion dollars.
“If your world view works for you, then by all means stay shallow, selfish, and ignorant.”
My worldview works because it’s HOW THE WORLD WORKS. It’s actually the exact opposite of being naive and ignorant. How someone so deficient in logic, reason, or facts could have the gall to write such a post in response to mine is mind-boggling. I don’t think you even understood my post, based on yours.
You only proved my point in your response. Good show.
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