Found the following comment at Les Visible's excellent blog, "Smoking Mirrors: The Royal Lizard Emporium of the Feckless Doom."
For the last few years, while watching TV, I would occasionally feel the same urge that drove Mr Cowan off the cliff. [Who shot his TV after seeing Bristol Palin dancing, then held the cops at bay for 15 hours]
And I can assure you, at least in my case, it wasn't about dancing with the stars. Sometimes I would lose control and start shouting at blue screen. One day I suddenly realized: I don't have to do this, all I need to do is just cancel my TV subscription. And that's exactly what I did. Believe it or not, my health has improved considerably since then both mentally and physically, not to mention I saved some money that otherwise would go to the brainwashing industry.
Now when I get a call from ATT suggesting I get U-verse bundle, I ask them how much ATT would pay me if I except the deal. Usually a moment of silence follows on the other side of the phone line, which I cease promptly to explain to them, in civilized terms of course, what they should do with their bundle deals.
But ATT keeps calling. I have tried to plead with them not to call me. I would hang up on them, I would let them do the sales pitch and keep silent until they hang up on me, I would let my 6-year old kid do the talking with them - nothing worked. The last time they called, I thought of a solution (a final solution, hopefully): I asked them whether the conversation has being recorded or not. After I got affirmative answer, I said I have a message for you of my own, and played the following into the receiver:
If they call me back, I have some more messages to play for them. This is my little way of letting 'the rich and the powerful' their time is running out.
Every one of you can do the same. Be little creative in your own way and let the bastards know we have had enough.
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