Intolerable Meeting Mistakes Still Being Made

I'm a pretty patient guy, but I have finally reached my breaking point after experiencing all of the following basic meeting planner blunders at one or more conferences during the past 10 months:
  • Name badges you can't read unless you bury your head in the participant's breasts.
  • The "sugar-only" afternoon break buffet of cookies the size of your head.
  • General session speakers who are nothing but general because either they weren't prepped with enough specifics about the audience or they didn't care/weren't capable of being specific for the audience.
  • "Smiley-face" evaluations only asking whether or not I liked a speaker, event, or conference.
  • Banning handouts that could help facilitate learning under the guise of going green, but then serving bottled water and having enough printed promotional crap laying around the registration area to grow a forest. 
  • The all-carb continental breakfast because it's always best to start the day drowsy.
  • Kicking off the first conference general session with 15 minutes or more of mind-numbing logistics announcements from a parade of increasingly uninteresting talking heads.
  • Sessions trying to save on AV costs using LCD projectors with barely enough lumens to do shadow puppets in the comfort of your home living room.
  • Mandatory workshop slide templates using garish clip art or graphics that consume more than 20% of a slide but add absolutely no educational value to the visual.
  • An apparent inability to find anyone other than older white males to make keynote presentations.
  • Room sets meant for certification exams being the only available option for highly interactive sessions.
  • Session descriptions limited to 100 words being the only available info to help you select your learning options even though the only program is an online version that technically could have unlimited length.
  • Bland, catalog-look stock photos being used for marketing instead of actual members of the community.
I have to stop here because my blood is beginning to boil.  How can it be that in the year 2010 so many basic blunders remain so prevalent, ones often perpetrated by individuals with one or more of the alphabet-soup certification designations following their name?  What's even more obscene is that these fundamental faux pas are prevalent enough that meeting attendees just shrug their shoulders as if to say "what can we do?"

So I ask you, what can we do?