The Unbearable Banishment: They did that on purpose...didn't they?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

They did that on purpose...didn't they?

Take a look at the cover of the new issue of Cosmopolitan:

PLEASE tell me that the Gyno News feature blurb is placed there intentionally. Because I don't want to believe that the editors of Cosmo are so vapid and clueless that they didn't realize what they were doing. Am I thinking too much?

Speaking of clueless...I love the lead article—50 Ways to Seduce a Man (In a Minute or Less). Don't make me laugh. Ladies, I will tell you how to seduce a man in two seconds. Walk up to your intended prey and in a soft voice, purr the following:

Would you like to sleep with me?

Presto! Men have a hard time putting up any resistance to a girl who is offering up her goodies. It's biology!

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In 2010, General Electric posted a profit of $14.2 billion. The portion of that profit generated in the United States was $5.1 billion. That's profit, folks, above operating costs. A pretty damn good year considering there's a worldwide recession.

Guess how much General Electric paid in taxes on that $5.1 billion?


Not only did they not pay a cent in taxes, they actually claimed a $3.2 billion tax benefit.

They accomplished this through perfectly legal accounting practices. They employ an army of aggressive tax lobbyists in Washington and have a tax department that's staffed by former officials of the Treasury Department, the I.R.S. and members of Congressional tax-writing committees.

I cannot tell you how angry I get when I read this stuff. I actively try to avoid news of this ilk because it causes me to lay in bed at night, stare at the ceiling and stew in my juices. It's very difficult for me to un-read something.


Anonymous daisyfae said...

of course it is on purpose. as for the "ways to seduce a man"? check every issue of Cosmo for the past 30 years and there will be SOMETHING on the cover of the same ilk.

Should you bother to read the article - which i will only do when i see a dog-eared copy lying about at Big Gay Chuck's Big Gay Hair Salon? You will find the "advice" to be idiotic. And not too far off from your suggestion...

my astonishment lies in the fact that women keep paying good money for that stinkin' bullshit.

March 27, 2011 at 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose there will always be airheads who like that stuff...

But GE gets my goat far more than Cosmo. Bet they didn't switch off their lights the other night!

March 27, 2011 at 10:40 PM  
Anonymous nursemyra said...

GE is giving me an ulcer. Well maybe it's not GE but I've got ulcer symptoms and that news just made it flare up even more

March 28, 2011 at 3:51 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

daisy: I am shocked to hear that so much theory and discussion has been put into seducing a man. I always assumed it was pretty easy pickings. Big Gay Chuck's Big Gay Hair Salon = LOL!

MIT: Its so bloody unfair. I pay my taxes. You pay yours. Why should they be exempt? I hate them. I hate politicians. I hate Washington.

nurse: Sorry to exacerbate your symptoms with my blog post. I'm up all night thinking about this. You have ulcers. We're a mess!

March 28, 2011 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger Ms Scarlet said...

Yep, the gyno blurb is placed deliberatly. They are so witty.

March 28, 2011 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger savannah said...

just let me try some of that "perfectly legal accounting" crap and see how far the irs would crawl up my ass with an audit! jaysus! now, tell me why anyone in their right mind thinks that tax code reform is going to hurt people making UNDER 250k a year? arrgggghhh!

p.s. good thing it grey and rainy here otherwise i'd be pissed about a gorgeous day being ruined, sugar! xoxox ;~D

March 28, 2011 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Eryl said...


March 28, 2011 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Scarlet: I can't decide if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

sav: It's infuriating, isn't it? And it'll never change. NEVER. Those guys have all the money and, therefore, all the power.

Eryl: Who? Cosmo or GE? Both?

March 28, 2011 at 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Hospitable Scots Bachelor said...

Can I have the number of General Electric's accountant, pleeeeeeeeeze?

March 28, 2011 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

I could feel your bile rising:)

I think men should rise up against those crappy magazines. They make men seem such idiots.
Oh! Hang on!

March 28, 2011 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

HSB: Hey! A new guy! Welcome. We love Scots here. The Tartan Festival starts this week. I believe the number for the accountants at GE is unavailable to the likes of you and I.

Pat: *I* think those magazines give us men too much credit. We're not that complicated! Especially when it comes to bedding us.

March 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger mapstew said...

I have an image in my head of you taking a picture of the above magazine in the newsagents, and people watching you thinking, "What a fuckin' weirdo! Buy the shit if it turns you on that much!" Hey that's how my head works! :¬)

March 28, 2011 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger tennysoneehemingway said...

Not only do GE not pay tax, they also make a good deal of the nuclear weaponary that so many countries seem to be fighting for these days. Of course, they won't admit it openly but those parts have to come from somewhere.....

March 28, 2011 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger kyknoord said...

True, but if you say "Would you like to sleep with me?" fifty times, you come across as a bit of a nag. That's not very attractive.

March 29, 2011 at 6:59 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

map: You haven't taken into account my stealth camera skills. As clandestine as anything in an Ian Fleming novel.

Hem: Did you have to say that? Did I not hate GE enough? Now I hate them with special sauce on top.

kykn: Would it take 50 times? And I don't like nagging, but if you're going to be nagged, this is the way to go, if you ask me.

March 29, 2011 at 7:20 AM  
Anonymous looby said...

Do men need to "be seduced"? Surely it's the other way round - how to stop them trying it on at every opportunity?

March 31, 2011 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger Blues said...

This is one of the few posts that I've read of yours that I would like to unread.

April 11, 2011 at 7:14 AM  

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