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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiodome View Post
    people are forgetting how much poetry was going on in the 60's, modern times aren't nearly as bad.
    Allen Ginsberg did 'nuffin rong!
    Schopenhauer:

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    First, it is ridiculed.
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    Third, it is accepted as being self-evident..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiodome View Post
    people are forgetting how much poetry was going on in the 60's, modern times aren't nearly as bad.
    Sabotaged by AutoCorrect, I assume...

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    The numbers touted at Davos and Ted talks ignore the purchasing power and national statistics of the respective countries by going for a number set by the World Bank which is laughably low (1.90/day, 3.10/day etc). The minimum wage in many Latin American countries will be around 200-300/mo. but with "global poverty statistics" we're supposed to think Brazil has less than 10% poverty rate

    Also climate change has the potential to erase any progress in the extreme poverty and famine category, so things are probably gonna get worse
    Last edited by mewninn; October 29 2019 at 07:48:26 PM.

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    USA: No data.

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    Yeah well when you're on food stamps and have a untreated bump under your arm, everything is fine because others have it worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mewninn View Post
    Yeah well when you're on food stamps and have a untreated bump under your arm, everything is fine because others have it worse.
    Right. At least the untreated bump isn't plague.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lachesis VII View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mewninn View Post
    Yeah well when you're on food stamps and have a untreated bump under your arm, everything is fine because others have it worse.
    Right. At least the untreated bump isn't plague.
    nope.

    https://www.cdc.gov/plague/maps/index.html
    meh

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    Quote Originally Posted by erichkknaar View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lachesis VII View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mewninn View Post
    Yeah well when you're on food stamps and have a untreated bump under your arm, everything is fine because others have it worse.
    Right. At least the untreated bump isn't plague.
    nope.

    https://www.cdc.gov/plague/maps/index.html
    Okay. At least the untreated bump under your arm probably isn't plague. Fewer than 10 cases a year isn't too bad.

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    https://www.politico.com/news/2019/1...mocrats-060187

    “They will not get my vote on [nuking the filibuster],” Sinema said in her office, outfitted with shiny leather and translucent chairs and boasting a vivid shade of purple that pops from the walls. “In fact, whether I’m in the majority or the minority I would always vote to reinstate the protections for the minority. … It is the right thing for the country.”
    Sinema isn’t out for revenge, either. She’s currently uncommitted in McSally’s campaign against Democrat Mark Kelly and has no plans to weigh in. She said her constituents “don’t care” about endorsements.

    That neutral stance might buy her goodwill with her Republican colleagues, who are in the majority, after all. But it’s another reminder that her moderate stance doesn’t play well with all Democrats. The state Democratic Party put off a censure vote against her this year, but could revive it next year.
    And missing votes on the EPA chief for an Ironman race?

    “Ironman’s pretty badass. It’s awesome,” she responded when asked if she got any criticism for skipping town for New Zealand just two months into her term.










    Can we just skip these noxious Gen-X politicians and go for the millennial and zoomers, please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mewninn View Post
    https://www.politico.com/news/2019/1...mocrats-060187

    “They will not get my vote on [nuking the filibuster],” Sinema said in her office, outfitted with shiny leather and translucent chairs and boasting a vivid shade of purple that pops from the walls. “In fact, whether I’m in the majority or the minority I would always vote to reinstate the protections for the minority. … It is the right thing for the country.”
    Sinema isn’t out for revenge, either. She’s currently uncommitted in McSally’s campaign against Democrat Mark Kelly and has no plans to weigh in. She said her constituents “don’t care” about endorsements.

    That neutral stance might buy her goodwill with her Republican colleagues, who are in the majority, after all. But it’s another reminder that her moderate stance doesn’t play well with all Democrats. The state Democratic Party put off a censure vote against her this year, but could revive it next year.
    And missing votes on the EPA chief for an Ironman race?

    “Ironman’s pretty badass. It’s awesome,” she responded when asked if she got any criticism for skipping town for New Zealand just two months into her term.










    Can we just skip these noxious Gen-X politicians and go for the millennial and zoomers, please?
    Jesus fucking christ what a dumb cunt. Ugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isyel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mewninn View Post
    https://www.politico.com/news/2019/1...mocrats-060187

    “They will not get my vote on [nuking the filibuster],” Sinema said in her office, outfitted with shiny leather and translucent chairs and boasting a vivid shade of purple that pops from the walls. “In fact, whether I’m in the majority or the minority I would always vote to reinstate the protections for the minority. … It is the right thing for the country.”
    Sinema isn’t out for revenge, either. She’s currently uncommitted in McSally’s campaign against Democrat Mark Kelly and has no plans to weigh in. She said her constituents “don’t care” about endorsements.

    That neutral stance might buy her goodwill with her Republican colleagues, who are in the majority, after all. But it’s another reminder that her moderate stance doesn’t play well with all Democrats. The state Democratic Party put off a censure vote against her this year, but could revive it next year.
    And missing votes on the EPA chief for an Ironman race?

    “Ironman’s pretty badass. It’s awesome,” she responded when asked if she got any criticism for skipping town for New Zealand just two months into her term.










    Can we just skip these noxious Gen-X politicians and go for the millennial and zoomers, please?
    Jesus fucking christ what a dumb cunt. Ugh.
    A politician skipping a vote that will decide health outcomes for millions so she can indulge in her yuppified marathon is the type of narcissism that only Trump can beat

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    Meanwhile, studies proving what some of us knew all along...

    http://www.centernyc.org/new-york-citys-15-minimum-wage
    meh

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    Meanwhile, here’s a wholesome youth trend we can all get behind.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-...cisms-n1073331

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    Quote Originally Posted by erichkknaar View Post
    Meanwhile, studies proving what some of us knew all along...

    http://www.centernyc.org/new-york-citys-15-minimum-wage
    It's a shame that real wages are pathetically below what they were decades ago. Boomers with zero perspective and an insatiable lust for larger profit margins to pay for their bigger pool in their overpriced McMansion retirement home haven't even done basic math to see that minimum wage should be ~$15 an hour just to match 1970s wages. Half the income they once earned for their employees yet demanding more labor.

    (Not really since 1968 minimum wage today would be ~10, but federal minimum is still $7.25 and do we want increased working class wages or not?).

    Kill the war, shoot the boomer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaztick View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by erichkknaar View Post
    Meanwhile, studies proving what some of us knew all along...

    http://www.centernyc.org/new-york-citys-15-minimum-wage
    It's a shame that real wages are pathetically below what they were decades ago. Boomers with zero perspective and an insatiable lust for larger profit margins to pay for their bigger pool in their overpriced McMansion retirement home haven't even done basic math to see that minimum wage should be ~$15 an hour just to match 1970s wages. Half the income they once earned for their employees yet demanding more labor.

    (Not really since 1968 minimum wage today would be ~10, but federal minimum is still $7.25 and do we want increased working class wages or not?).

    Kill the war, shoot the boomer.
    That's a bit of an oxymoron.

    But you should click that link I posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lachesis VII View Post
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    Meanwhile, studies proving what some of us knew all along...

    http://www.centernyc.org/new-york-citys-15-minimum-wage
    It's a shame that real wages are pathetically below what they were decades ago. Boomers with zero perspective and an insatiable lust for larger profit margins to pay for their bigger pool in their overpriced McMansion retirement home haven't even done basic math to see that minimum wage should be ~$15 an hour just to match 1970s wages. Half the income they once earned for their employees yet demanding more labor.

    (Not really since 1968 minimum wage today would be ~10, but federal minimum is still $7.25 and do we want increased working class wages or not?).

    Kill the war, shoot the boomer.
    That's a bit of an oxymoron.

    But you should click that link I posted.
    His Kill the war, shoot the boomer remark is funny because its a shtick on an apartheid era liberation chant.



    (The Joe Slovo they are singing about was white (jewish), btw, so this isn't a racist thing in the slightest)
    meh

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    The Epic Store is amazing, I've been able to save so much money by not buying their games.

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    Trade wars are easy to win!

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKBN1X90BW
    WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand that Beijing commit to big purchases of American farm products has become a major sticking point in talks to end the Sino-U.S. trade war, according to several people briefed on the negotiations.

    Trump has said publicly that China could buy as much as $50 billion of U.S. farm products, more than double the annual amount it did the year before the trade war started.

    U.S. officials continue to push for that in talks, while Beijing is balking at committing to a large figure and a specific time frame. Chinese buyers would like the discretion to buy based on market conditions.

    “China does not want to buy a lot of products that people here don’t need or to buy something at a time when it is not in demand,” an official from a Chinese state-owned company explained.

    If U.S. agricultural products “enter China in a concentrated way, it might be hard for the domestic market to digest,” the Chinese official added.

    Oversupply of agricultural products in China would hit local prices really hard, he said, “and break the supply-demand balance.”

    Moreover, a massive outbreak of African swine fever has decimated the pig herd in China, battering demand for soybeans, a key feed ingredient and the biggest agricultural import from the United States.

    Chinese agricultural buyers, representing a mix of state and private enterprise, typically import from the cheapest source. The U.S. demand that China commit to buying a huge volume of products, regardless of whether they were economical or in demand, would require state intervention to be implemented.

    That contradicts a core demand the United States is making of China in the current trade war, and a U.S. policy goal for decades: that China become a more market-based economy and stop subsidizing state companies and favoring local firms at the expense of foreign competitors.

    The upside-down nature of the situation is striking, some trade experts say.

    “The U.S. government doesn’t normally regulate the pricing or timing of ag exports — a private sector role — but in this case the president has already taken this step,” said Miriam Sapiro, former acting U.S. Trade Representative under Barack Obama and advisor to president Bill Clinton, now managing director at Sard Verbinnen.

    “It is ironic that China is pushing back, saying ‘We want the market to address this,’” said Nicole Lamb-Hale, a former assistant secretary of Commerce and a managing director at Kroll, a risk management firm.

    The hefty agricultural purchases Trump is asking for are market distortive, Lamb-Hale said. China is telling Trump they are “just not feasible.”
    In recent weeks, China has purchased large amounts of soybeans from Brazil, after prices of U.S. soybeans jumped as investors bet on big China buys.
    D'OH!
    "Holy shit, I ask you to stop being autistic and you debate what autistic is." - spasm
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    WTF I hate white people now...

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    Gee I wonder exactly why those investors felt confident in making that bet

    Gosh, I wonder if the Chinese, not being entirely fucking stupid, were aware of those bets


    Well, I guess we can add a few more rich and powerful people to the list of those whom Trump has cost real money with his stupidity.
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