The people I’d like to punch in the face right through the computer are legion. Normally, they troop in and out of my field of vision, but occasionally, a bunch will come to the fore at the same time. It’s like people have nothing better to do lately than sit at home on the internet and tick me off.
Oh. Yeah. I forgot.
I’ve never punched anyone before, so punching people in the face might show up on my bucket list. If it does and a random stranger then does something on this list, they can’t say they weren’t warned.
The first lovely candidates for soon-to-be-flattened-noses are: The US Bashers.
These people are everywhere. The most vitriolic and hateful of them live in Europe or Canada, and some of those have never been to the United States. Not even to change planes at LAX or JFK on their way to somewhere else. What they know about us comes from watching episodes of Jersey Shore or Friends.
If you think I exaggerate, you are not a comment reader. A few from Canada, Ireland, and England, join Quora, or other sites, I’m sure, to spread the hate. As if this will make a difference somehow in the world at large.
Age is not a factor; they are both young and old. A few of them will expound repeatedly on how “ignorant, ill-behaved, loud, selfish, idiotic, and uncivilized” Americans are, while using sites built by Americans and maintained in the United States.
Is it just me, or is this fuzzy logic? They make generalizations as if they are facts, and talk about things of which they know nothing, and then call us ignorant. They say we’re ill-behaved, impolite, and uncivilized while making rude, ignorant, uncivilized statements about 340 million people they’ve never met.
They hate American tourists, but in the same breath, proclaim that we never travel and we know nothing of the world.
No wonder I feel like Alice in Wonderland half the time.
One of the better known bashers is Umair Haque, or Hack, as one of his detractors calls him. He says the same things every week on Medium: That as a country, the US is failed, doomed, disintegrating, and Americans are selfish, crazy, and a lot of other stuff along those lines.
We’re imploding, exploding, downloading, whatever. Yawn.
Umair is nicely holed up in London, and graduated–I think–from Hahvahd–that bastion of old school American capitalism and elitism, and he writes for the Harvard Business Review. He’s also listed as a “thinker,” though I can’t think why he’s a CT. But then, I’m not a celebrated thinker.
Occasionally, he says something thought provoking, which he then spoils with the same ol’, same ol’ I’ve heard for the last 50 years, by talking about our horribleness, and weaving in school shootings, caging people at the border, and denying medical care to everyone and their dog.
These people sometimes insert the disclaimer that they aren’t “generalizing” nor are they tarring ALL Americans with the same brush. They then proceed to do just that.
Before the 70s–when I became conscious of these proclamations for the first time– our parents had to listen to Commies and New Ageists proclaim our failed state. Before that, their parents heard it from earlier Commies, leftists, more “intellectuals”, and snooty Europeans (who hated Americans, but loved their dollars and still do).
And so on back to when The Village People snuck aboard a ship and threw a guy named the Earl of Grey and his tea pot into the harbor.
With the unerring instincts of a true coward, Umair writes weekly about our “laughable idiocy” from 3500 miles away. He should be afraid of violent American tendencies. Wonder why he didn’t go to Oxford.
I’ll be pulling my support for Medium, because I see no reason to pay to read stuff that trashes an entire country, or race, or ethnicity. There are always dozens of people who agree vehemently with him in the comments. Bootlickers of the first water.
(The typing monitor suggested “footlocker,” which isn’t even close.)
We should hope fervently another Hitler doesn’t take power, because your neighbor would sooner join him and kill their fellow Americans, than go to Disneyland even.
Next up is the “I hate white people” crowd:
These people are a subset of the US bashers, because naturally, when they refer to Americans, they are referring to white people, and vice versa. Which is pretty insulting to the millions of people of color who are Americans.
Last week on Medium–again–I ran into this woman: Marley K.
If you disagree with any, and I mean any of her pronouncements about white people, she will call you a racist, even if you are black. Those she calls “Gatekeepers for the white supremacy,” among other things. Straight outta the 70s. I’m telling you.
She called me a racist when I told her people weren’t necessarily blocking her way in the grocery store because she’s black. (That was just one example of how white people are out to get her and only her, so help me God.)
People are self-absorbed twits regardless of color, but nothing daunted, she’s determined to hate white people. After she called me a racist, I told her she’d be seeing the business end of a warrant for libel.
Oh, what fools these mortals be!
Hate and vitriol are what the bashers and trashers are about, and if I keep reading Medium, that’s what I’m going to be about, too. If you see Marley’s page, hate is all there is to her. I can’t even imagine trying to write about the same topic week after week and finding a new way to phrase the same tired hyperbole. You’ve got to hand it to them.
Arguably, the worst aspect of these people is that they keep on kicking everyone in the middle of a pandemic and global distress. No letting up for a second, no sirree.
One Medium writer claimed she made $10,000 on Medium last November. That’s a lot of bread. It comes from the $5 that we “partners” pay for membership.
One writer told everyone to cancel all subscriptions in the new economy. That would include Medium. Thanks for the advice. They’ve changed their algorithm to reward those that get claps and views from hundreds and thousands of slavish self-haters, who can be found in the comments.
Imagine what they’re raking in with this trash. The more views and reads, the more cash they make. Marley and Umair. Sounds like a rom-com. Too bad it isn’t.
Next up: the Name Callers.
They are differentiated from the other groups because they are equal opportunity name callers of people on both sides of the political fence–which is really what it’s about.
“Stupid” is their favorite word lately. It doesn’t matter what, when I go on FBook, someone is calling someone else–or a group of people–stupid. Generally, the ones they are calling stupid are white people who want to go back to work so they can pay their mortgages and feed the fam, but that doesn’t matter–they are stupid for wanting that.
I was so fed up with it the other day that I posted my distaste for this state of affairs on a comment thread where the word “stupid” was flying freely. The post was a news item about the South Dakota governor who was deemed “stupid” for telling the Sioux to remove their checkpoints for Covid-19 from a US federal highway. The governor gave them 48 hours to remove the checkpoints.
If I was driving on the highway and some random person directed me to stop and then began questioning me about my “contacts” and any symptoms I might have, I’d be a mite suspicious and even a bit outraged, which is what I said in the comment thread after telling people to quit calling other people “stupid.”
As usual, the cheese stood alone.
The thread commenters were outraged at my lack of compassion for a group of people blocking a US highway. I inquired whether it was okay for me to set up checkpoints in either direction on Charleston Blvd, a major artery in Vegas that runs past our street. I have a right to make sure no one passing by is sick.
Or maybe I just want to sell lemonade.
A former colleague on the thread interjected and told me it was indeed “stupid” to remove the check points because “science sez so”. This guy is a chiropractor, so he is eminently qualified in all things medical and scientifical, doncha know.
When I asked what driving past a place had to do with “science,” he couldn’t tell me. How does a person transmit a virus through a car driving by Sioux tribal lands? Because drivers are doing it right now to us out on Charleston Blvd and I’m outraged!
Little Covid is no doubt in the backseat of the car, kicking his heels against his dad’s seat and whining to get out. So his dad pulls over and lets him out in South Dakota. Only five people live in the entire state and one of them is the governor. I think we can pinpoint who is bringing in the virus without too much trouble.
In one news article, there’s a picture of a young Native American man at a checkpoint talking to a driver and not wearing a mask. That there is some fancy science. The articles were distressingly bare of pertinent facts, but that is of no consequence to name calling virtue signallers.
Facts are just pesky things that get in the way of outrage.
Another former Pan Am person said that the Sioux “had more rights than the rest of us because we stole their land.” But he didn’t want to give them his house and property as per my suggestion. He thought I was making a nasty comment. I was not. I was serious.
These people are outraged on behalf of minorities only if it doesn’t inconvenience them. Were the Sioux to block a freeway, and consequently the trucks carrying supplies, near their house, cheating them of their beer, toilet paper, and Cheetos, or blocking them from their jobs, homes, and families, it would be a different story.
It’s all hot air. Name callers hope to be seen as smart, and virtue siganllers hope to win a free pass into Heaven.
These next people are a category of the Name Caller. May I present the….Virtue Signaller!
The virtue signaller doesn’t always call names, but they pass judgements on anyone who doesn’t agree with their signal. Or they signal their virtue to let everyone know how awesome they are.
There’s a young woman on a Q and A site who became lovers and then engaged to a deaf, gay, handicapped woman. That’s stacking the deck right there. She is so enamored with the wonder that is her, that she wants the two of them to have a baby. But, wait. There’s more. She would, if she could, engineer this baby to be deaf–as well as female. She doesn’t trust herself with a male baby.
She wants to take away one of the main senses from a helpless human being in order to prove her virtue. And we’re the monsters for not agreeing to this.
Those darn engineers are prejudiced against deaf babies, and don’t want to engineer them. Are engineers against science? Are they stupid?
Her face I want to use like one of those little punching bags fighters use–wop, wop, wop, wop.
Over and over again until she figures out what is wrong with her. She gave me a little speech once in a comment saying she wanted to get rid of “hate” in her lifetime towards anyone who is “different.”
This was after I said that parents had the right to decide who interacted with their children. Shame on me.
That’s it for the big guns. There are other perps and peeves, like the ones who accuse me of being either a Democrat or a Republican–depending on the issue for which I have on opinion opposed to theirs–and say them as if they are dirty words.
It isn’t so much they assign me a party, it’s that they proclaim I’ve been listening to CNN and/or Fox News. I’ve never listened to either of them, but the accusation is meant as an insult, and I oblige them by taking it as one. This is a peeve because they are essentially saying I’m a brainless twit who can’t form my own informed opinions. Or misinformed. I have a right to those, too.
One guy stands alone in the recent pantheon of the surreal. I was looking for a web development guy and asked one young man on Craigslist what he charged per hour. His terse answer: “It’s too expensive.” So I responded, “Thank you”, and went on my way. My thank you ticked him off somehow and he texted back, “What’s that mean? I guess you want someone to work on your website for 8 bucks an hour, you cheapskate.”
I answered him, but I won’t tell you what I said. It’s not fit for polite company.
The march goes on with the trolls and the perpetually insulted. They show up on this blog now and then.
Not only has it made me decide to leave the Democratic Party for the Independent or Green Party, and dump Medium, too, but now, I want to go to South Dakota on a road trip.