Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

I work for my beautiful things.

http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=2957709&page=1 - It's in the Bag

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Sitting in her London loft, surrounded collection of handbags, Jasmine Lennard says, "It sort of means you've achieved a certain level of success if you've got a certain type of handbag."

Even though "£20,000 [about $39,000] for a bag is insane. You know, I see that when there are children starving," Lennard continues. "But I work for my beautiful things."
</quote>

I've never been good at fashion, but this is silly.

I think this more on point though:
<quote>
"I'm not a fan of shoulder straps," she says with raised eyebrow. "I think it's a little bit peasant."
</quote>

It's more of a class thing. The whole god loves me because I'm rich I need you to know.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 17th, 2007 10:30am
I'd love to condemn her, but ... I'm not running around in a hair shirt myself - or dressed in repurposed potato sacks and a pair of flipflops.
Permalink possibly maybe 
March 17th, 2007 10:38am
Big gap between a hair shirt and a $45,000 purse. A very big gap.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 17th, 2007 10:40am
You guys are totally looking at this from the wrong angle. You need to ask yourself 'what can I sell to these fools so as to part them from their money'. There is a sucker born every minute. Make sure you know where to find them and make your pitch.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 17th, 2007 10:59am
> There is a sucker born every minute.

The greater sucker is the one who feeds on suckers. It's empty, meaningless, and degrading.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 17th, 2007 11:00am
Hey I don't build suckers. You use credit cards maybe? Vote for the major parties? Suffer from restless leg syndrome? These are all signs of suckerdom - meaning people who can't think for themselves, but let marketers do their thinking for them. They have money to blow on stupid crap, and you might as well have some stupid crap to sell them.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 17th, 2007 11:12am
> Hey I don't build suckers.

When you feed someone's torment you also build.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 17th, 2007 11:15am
Torment? Is that what that women who blew $40k on a handbag is going through? She seems pretty happy since it means she's not a 'peasant', in her own words. I think you got some strange ideas about who's tormented, and who's doing the tormenting - let's not forget she makes her money as a high fashion model. You think that is a career that is helping people?

Divesting fools from their money is doing the world a favor. She has ill gotten gains to spend and selling handbags to her for $40k harms no one.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 17th, 2007 11:31am
> Divesting fools from their money is doing the world a favor.

Ah humanity. It's so...human.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 17th, 2007 11:32am
Harms no one?  $40K would send a poor kid to college for a year or two.
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
March 17th, 2007 11:38am
Uh huh. You think that woman will donate $40k to the NAACP scholarship fund because she decided not to buy a handbag? Is that really the choice she is planning to make?
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 17th, 2007 12:13pm
I'm with PE on this one ... divesting fools from their money means one can invest it in more meaningful ways. All three parties benefit.

Really which is better? Forcing the fool to donate to some foolish charity or taking their cash and donating yourself in ways you see fit?

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Permalink Send private email sour grape snowflake 
March 17th, 2007 12:33pm
> one can invest it in more meaningful ways.

I can imagine that someone who thinks of everyone else as a fool and spends their mental resources trying to take them, will have an interesting definition of meaningful.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 17th, 2007 12:36pm
You might also point out that conspicuous consumption repairs some of the dis-incentves to productivity created by increasing marginal tax rates.
Permalink zed 
March 17th, 2007 12:41pm
Here's my plan: get everyone addicted on a new drug to make as much money as possible. Then I want to destroy the earth by converting it into cash. And then when I am all done I'll use all my money in meaningful ways.

LOL. Meaning is what you do. Not what you do after you are a shit.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 17th, 2007 12:44pm
Yeah but you're destroying things to personally profit, which makes you a user.

Selling $40k handbags to fools isn't the same thing at all.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 17th, 2007 1:04pm
> Selling $40k handbags to fools isn't the same thing at all.

No, of course not. Because they are fools! You've dehumanized them so you can do anything you wish. I would sell only to fools too.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 17th, 2007 1:05pm
The distance between the posters here and the lady spending $40K on a handbag isn't all that huge.  Many here would spend $400 on something and think about the same way.  Well, it's a lot, but I work hard. 

There are a lot of people in the world living on $2 a day.  I worry more about them and my $400 purchases then some lady tracking down to say some outrageous for ABC news.

Incidentally, what the hell happened to Nick Watt, the reporter of the piece?  He started out reporting on the 2nd assault on Fallujah  for which he won an Emmy. Then he covered the tsunami. Now this?  Come on Nicky.....
Permalink zed 
March 17th, 2007 1:13pm
The distance between the posters here and the lady spending $40K on a handbag isn't all that huge.  Many here would spend $400 on something and think about the same way.  Well, it's a lot, but I work hard. 

There are a lot of people in the world living on $2 a day.  I worry more about them and my $400 purchases then some lady tracking down to say some outrageous for ABC news.

Incidentally, what the hell happened to Nick Watt, the reporter of the piece?  He started out reporting on the 2nd assault on Fallujah  for which he won an Emmy. Then he covered the tsunami. Now this?  Come on Nicky.....
Permalink zed 
March 17th, 2007 1:13pm
>> I can imagine that someone who thinks of everyone else as a fool

Well, it's all you folks who are judging this $40K-handbag woman to be a fool. If you're good enough to judge her foolish, I dare hope you're good enough to judge what's a meaningful charity to donate to.
Permalink Send private email sour grape snowflake 
March 17th, 2007 1:24pm
I agree with Zed. Everybody falls for the marketing schpiel one time or another, and blowing $40k on a purse or $400 on some crap you don't really need is the same thing. Anyone here buy bottled water that costs more than gasoline? Most of those brands are just tap water put in a cheap plastic bottle with a goofy name invented by admen. Suckers!

It's not just products, but it's everything that is being marketed to you. It may be a pretty purse, a pink pill, or a political pundit. In all these cases, you all are buying because that's easier than thinking.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 17th, 2007 1:32pm
Bottled water is for suckers.
Permalink Tap is tops 
March 17th, 2007 2:12pm
> Harms no one?  $40K would send a poor kid to college for a year or two.

So she's supposed to give it away to charity instead? Don't blame her because the "system" doesn't give poor people what they want, blame the system.
Permalink Send private email ~~~x 
March 17th, 2007 2:40pm
And fuck your kid who wants to go to college.  I presume that means he's not risking death from malaria or civil war and recieved some kind of basic education in reading and writing.  He's well ahead of the rest of the world. Tell him to get a job and pay for college!
Permalink zed 
March 17th, 2007 2:43pm
Women are meant to be bullied and shamed by other women. It's in the designer genes.
Permalink blahty heartsheep 
March 17th, 2007 2:44pm

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