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20 July 2015 @ 05:56 am
Assisted suicide  
You don't have to be as old as I am to remember when the bookstore chains were the Great Satan. Then Amazon came along to give us a new appreciation of them. Here is Sarah A. Hoyt, explaining that Borders killed itself and Amazon merely helped.

Content note: This being a Sarah A. Hoyt post, it contains a bit of Commie Menace Boogie Boogie. I believe she is a PTSD anticommunist, so traumatized by what Marxism did to her beloved Portugal that she sees it everywhere and thinks it's even worse than it is.

Thanx to File 770
 
 
 
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on July 20th, 2015 10:36 am (UTC)
Goodness. It's been a while since I've seen such a combination of "capitalism is natchral" and reds under the beds paranoia, and with a sideways slam on humanities majors to boot. The nugget of a point she's got in there is rather obscured by the crowd of straw men and ad-ing hominems.
et in Arcadia egoboo: Chicago (from Adler)apostle_of_eris on July 20th, 2015 12:10 pm (UTC)
I live convenient to a big Barnes & Noble, and I've given up on trying to give them money. They seem to stock the science fiction section with a pitchfork, and no one in the store is empowered to make any improvements.
El Coyote Gordo: Blackaddersupergee on July 20th, 2015 12:40 pm (UTC)
I am unsurprised.
The Weasel King: pic#32302970theweaselking on July 20th, 2015 06:12 pm (UTC)
I believe she is a PTSD anticommunist,

No, she's just a generic reactionary bigoted asshole. Ascribing her terrified xenophobia to mental illness is deeply, incredibly rude to the mentally ill people who *didn't* let it turn them into complete assholes.
El Coyote Gordo: coy1supergee on July 20th, 2015 07:12 pm (UTC)
Your comment lacks charity. It is difficult to determine in many cases whether the Mentally Ill or Asshole label should be applied, especially given the lack of agreement as to which is worse.

The Weasel Kingtheweaselking on July 20th, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
You misunderstand.

She's not acting "mentally ill", she's acting "bigoted asshole". She may be a toxic idiot without redeeming features because she's mentally ill, or she might be a toxic idiot without redeeming features and not be mentally ill at all. There are, after all, lots of creepy xenophobes who *aren't* mentally ill.

And suggesting that her terrible behaviour is *because* she's mentally ill is deeply offensive and very rude to mentally ill people who *aren't* abusive assholes like Sarah Hoyt.
El Coyote Gordo: Joshuasupergee on July 20th, 2015 10:18 pm (UTC)
There is a case for applying either or both tags to her.
the room is full of ghostsyamamanama on July 20th, 2015 10:29 pm (UTC)
Because Portugal was such a wonderful place under Salazar and the Estado Novo.
msrat1900 on July 21st, 2015 08:31 pm (UTC)
She's right, and not just about books. I would love to
support local businesses, but some of them make it awfully hard. They don't have what I want, yes, a lot of people have asked, but they don't carry that in the store, because there wouldn't be enough of a demand for it.

So I order it online, it takes a few minutes, but not many really, because I haven't been asking for something esoteric.

And that store, which in theory I would love to support, has essentially lost me as a customer.

Interestingly, in my town there are quite a few locally owned businesses that don't act that way. They seem to be getting along very well.