The Friday Five – People Are Jerks

Robin Williams

Rest in Peace, Robin

Aug 8th – Aug 14th

Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five. This is where I share what I consider the week’s top-five money related articles from around the web.  There are a lot of great personal finance websites publishing amazing content daily and I feel that I must share them with you.  I hope you enjoy my five favorite articles of the week.

If you haven’t, please read this week’s posts on Your Credit Score Might Go Up Soon and on How to Invest $1000 or Less.  Please don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Google+, and like Million Dollar Ninja on Facebook.

In no particular order here are The Friday Five

1.  Kali Hawlk at Your Personal Finance Pro writes, 8 Great Digital Tools for Personal Finance.  A great list that could help you on your personal finance endeavors.

2.  Stefanie at See Debt Run writes, It Pays To Be Nice.  A great write-up on how we should all strive to be better people.

3.  E.M. at Journey to Saving writes, Don’t Let Perfect Be The Enemy of Good.  This is for all the perfectionist out there who feel like nothing they do is good enough.

4.  Kassandra at More Than Just Money writes, Is Your Spare Room Costing You?  Kassandra couldn’t decide between a one bedroom or getting a two bedroom apartment to have a spare room for guests.  The calculator helped her decide.

5.  Shannon Ryan is at it again, but this time she was a guest at Luke 1428. 4 Guiding Money Principles That Every Child (and Adult) Must Learn.  If I knew these when I was younger I wouldn’t have gotten myself into a financial mess.

Please check out all these great articles. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Some People Are Jerks

By know we have all heard the tragic news that Robin Williams committed suicide.  This news was shocking to a lot of people, myself included, because Robin Williams seemed like the happiest person in the world.  All he wanted to do was make people laugh all the time.

Robin Williams was always on.  He was full of energy and laughter and life… at least on the outside.

We also came to find out that he was suffering from depression and was not really as happy as we thought he was.

Our hearts and deepest sympathy should be going out to his family who adored him, as any family should.  Regardless of fame or fortune, we all feel sad about his death because he was a human being.

A couple of days ago I read that Zelda Williams, daughter of Robin Williams, was driven off twitter because of a couple of complete jerks that were sending her nasty messages and Photoshopped pictures of her dad.  Are you effing serious?  You’re going to harass a person that’s grieving the death of her father?  WTF is wrong with people?

We all know that twitter and the internet is full of immature little jerks that have nothing better to do than to be trolls, but I also read about so called news people also being jerks.

New York’s own Daily News decided it was a good idea to put a picture of Robin Williams with the headline “HANGED.”  Really Daily News, really?  I know the internet is killing you and you need to do something to sell newspapers, but really?

Luckily Alan Scherstuhl of the Village Voice and who apparently has a heart, re-edited the Daily News’ cover.

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Re-edited Daily News’ Cover

 Photo: Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

And let me not get started on Rush Limbaugh, who just has so much hate in his soul.  Limaugh, because he’s an asshole, somehow linked Robin Williams’ death to him being a liberal.

Why are some people such jerks?  Why can’t they let Robin’s family grieve his death in peace?

I know this has nothing to do with personal finance, but it upsets me to know that there’s so much hate and lack of compassion in this world.

I mean, this is really nothing compared to all the other travesty that’s happening around the world, but it is still upsetting.

The good thing is that there are good people in the world too.  We just got back from a free concert of Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution, and all of their songs have the message of loving one another, celebrating each other, and all kinds of positivity.

Let’s just hope that love will outweigh the hatefulness.

[Photo Credit: EWN]

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  1. Kassandra says:

    Thanks for including me this week Aldo. As for the amount of negativity and hate people spew nowadays, it’s a real shame.

  2. Thanks for pointing out Shannon’s article on my site this week. She did a great job. And just for clarification, I’ve listened to Rush all week and he never said Robin Williams killed himself because he was a liberal. Not sure what your source was on that.
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    • Aldo says:

      No problem Brian, Shannon really did a great job.

      I really don’t like getting into conversations about Rush Limbaugh because it only ends up in more fighting. People that like him don’t seem to hear the stupid and hateful things that he says, and people that don’t like him only hear the stupid and hateful things he says.

      But since you asked here’s a quote of what he said when discussing Robin Williams’ death, “Now, what is the left’s worldview in general? What is it? If you had to attach not a philosophy but an attitude to a leftist worldview, it’s one of pessimism and darkness, sadness. They’re never happy, are they? They’re always angry about something. No matter what they get, they’re always angry.”

      Mr. Limbaugh then continued by saying, “He had it all, but he had nothing. He made everybody else laugh but was miserable inside. I mean, it fits a certain picture, or a certain image that the left has. Talk about low expectations and general unhappiness and so forth.”

      This is taken from the trascript of his show, which you can check out on his website.

      I mean, what does Williams’ death, or anybody’s death for that matter, have to do with being from the left, the right, the north, the south, liberal, or conservative?

      And if you want more evidence of what a jerk Rush is here are some quotes on things he has said throughout the years.

      “What does it say about the college co-ed [Sandra] Fluke who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex — what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.” -Rush Limbaugh, referring to a Georgetown Law School student who was denied the right to speak at a congressional hearing on contraception, in which she planned to discuss a friend of hers who needed contraception to prevent the growth of cysts, February 29, 2012

      “A Georgetown coed told Nancy Pelosi’s hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex they’re going broke, so you and I should have to pay for their birth control. So what would you call that? I called it what it is. So, I’m offering a compromise today: I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want. … So Miss Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.” -Rush Limbaugh, March 1, 2012

      “We’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax.” –Rush Limbaugh, discouraging donations to relief efforts in Haiti after the devastating earthquake, Jan. 13, 2010

      “Obama’s got a health care logo that’s right out of Adolf Hitler’s playbook … Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, also ruled by dictate.” –Rush Limbaugh, Aug. 6, 2009

      “Holocaust 90 million Indians? Only four million left? They all have casinos, what’s to complain about?” –Rush Limbaugh in 2009

      “Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.” –Rush Limbaugh, Jan. 19, 2007

      “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.” –Rush Limbaugh

      I can keep going. He’s just a disgusting human being and I’m sorry that you like him. I understand people with different points of view on being a progressive or a conservative, or being a Democrat, a Republican, or Independent, but there’s no need to be a jerk, and Rush is just a jerk.

      There’s plenty of people that argue the same points Rush does and they do it without calling Sandra Fluke “a slut” or saying that it’s okay we killed 90 Million Native Americans because now they have Casinos. I mean, really?
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  3. Lauren says:

    The internet can bring out the worst in people, that’s for sure. Have a great weekend 🙂
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  4. Nicola says:

    People say the worst things when hidden behind a computer screen. Hope you have a good weekend 🙂
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  5. Even Steven says:

    I like Robin Williams and the majority of the press I heard was positive about his career and his willingness to help others. Thanks for making me laugh Robin Williams, RIP.
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  6. E.M. says:

    Thanks for sharing my post! I agree that some people are being really insensitive. I can’t imagine how his family must feel right now. There’s absolutely no need to make matters worse for them. I really don’t understand how people can lack such empathy.
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