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(The New York Times)   The Inequality Map: a guide to socially accepted inequality in America. Tag may need a "?"   (nytimes.com) divider line 98
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2011-11-14 04:25:30 AM
Man... those commenters are a humorless bunch.
 
2011-11-14 05:29:06 AM
What a stupid 'article.'
 
2011-11-14 06:52:01 AM
I can't be sure if Poe's Law applies here, but this passage FTA made me think of Chris Rock observation from a few years ago:

"Income inequality is acceptable. If you are a star baseball player, it is socially acceptable to sell your services for $25 million per year (after all, you have to do what's best for your family). If you are a star C.E.O., it's no longer quite polite to receive an $18 million compensation package, but everybody who can still does it."

Paraphrasing Chris Rock: "The difference between being rich and wealthy is this; Shaq is rich. The man who signs his check is wealthy."
 
2011-11-14 08:36:10 AM
blechh
 
2011-11-14 08:51:31 AM

lomnoir: "Income inequality is acceptable. If you are a star baseball player, it is socially acceptable to sell your services for $25 million per year (after all, you have to do what's best for your family). If you are a star C.E.O., it's no longer quite polite to receive an $18 million compensation package, but everybody who can still does it."

Paraphrasing Chris Rock: "The difference between being rich and wealthy is this; Shaq is rich. The man who signs his check is wealthy."


Chris Rock is teetering dangerously on the Dennis Miller precipice. He's complained about his taxes on more than one occasion. He should get back on crack.

/doesn't know if he was ever on crack
 
2011-11-14 08:56:58 AM
Wait, so I can't buy a Maserati when the trickle gets to me?
 
2011-11-14 09:40:09 AM
I just need clarification, it's still OK for TotalFarkers to look down on Liters, right?
 
2011-11-14 09:50:58 AM
FTA: Cupcake inequality is on the way up. People will stand for hours outside of gourmet cupcake stores even though there are other adequate cupcakes on offer with no waiting at nearby Safeways.

This man is a farking moron.

Don't ever compare Crave cupcakes to Safeway cupcakes, you tasteless coont.
 
2011-11-14 09:59:27 AM

Ennuipoet: I just need clarification, it's still OK for TotalFarkers to look down on Liters, right?


That would be pretty lame.
 
2011-11-14 10:24:46 AM
David Brooks: still an asinine douchebag
 
2011-11-14 10:38:15 AM

Ennuipoet: I just need clarification, it's still OK for TotalFarkers to look down on Liters, right?


Well, it doesn't matter if it's ok or not. Like a dog, you have no choice but to actually look down on them. I have always thought we should treat liters like Spartan slaves, but we need to come up with a better manner of protecting against a helot rebellion.
 
2011-11-14 10:40:54 AM

PC LOAD LETTER: I have always thought we should treat liters like Spartan slaves, but we need to come up with a better manner of protecting against a helot rebellion


Just lure them towards the edge of Farkistan's Bottomless Pit and kick them down in slow motion.
 
2011-11-14 10:54:56 AM

Mugato: Ennuipoet: I just need clarification, it's still OK for TotalFarkers to look down on Liters, right?

That would be pretty lame.


Ennuipoet, I believe that's Mugato's comment translates to a "yes."
 
2011-11-14 11:08:35 AM
Am I the only one who thought that article was pretty OK?

I mean, it's not particularly insightful or anything, but I was mildly amused and it made me think a little bit (mostly about how convenient it would be to have dedicated lines at Safeway for people my weight and above).
 
2011-11-14 11:09:52 AM
Moral fitness inequality is unacceptable. It is out of bounds to boast of your superior chastity, integrity, honor or honesty.

No, it's just that people who boast of their superior chastity, integrity, honor or honesty, are generally lying.
 
2011-11-14 11:26:22 AM

PC LOAD LETTER: Ennuipoet: I just need clarification, it's still OK for TotalFarkers to look down on Liters, right?

Well, it doesn't matter if it's ok or not. Like a dog, you have no choice but to actually look down on them. I have always thought we should treat liters like Spartan slaves, but we need to come up with a better manner of protecting against a helot rebellion.


The Romans had some success with crucifixion, but the side effects of new religions cropping up can be difficult. I suppose we should stick with image macros and snarky condescension.
 
2011-11-14 12:20:58 PM
Whar map whar
 
2011-11-14 12:23:00 PM
farm2.static.flickr.com

I was promised a map, and all I got was words
 
2011-11-14 12:25:51 PM
Brooks is a colossal douchebag.
 
2011-11-14 12:29:23 PM
Read that article and the first thought that came to mind was "What an asshole."
 
2011-11-14 12:34:05 PM
FTFA: "Dear visitor, we are a democratic, egalitarian people who spend our days desperately trying to climb over each other. Have a nice stay."


Yeah, that's sums it up nicely.
 
2011-11-14 12:40:37 PM
I hate to be that guy, but

www.seriousland.com
 
2011-11-14 12:47:12 PM

fifthhorseman: FTFA: "Dear visitor, we are a democratic, egalitarian people who spend our days desperately trying to climb over each other. Have a nice stay."

Yeah, that's sums it up nicely.


Basically the one part of it I didn't feel was dripping with resentment.

// is this a "screw libs" or a "damn fundies"?
// from which gland should my outrage secrete?!?
 
2011-11-14 12:47:39 PM
When I read the headline, my thought was "this is either going to be hilarious or David Brooks." Then I decided to rtfa and came away more annoyed than usual for a Brooks column, thanks to this:

"Beer inequality is on the way down. There used to be a high status difference between microbrews and regular old Budweiser. In academic jargon, beer had a high Gini Coefficient. But as microbrews went mainstream, these status differences diminished."

Oh, I'm sorry David Brooks! I didn't realize you had no taste, and only drank good beer to seem hip! It's a shame those dirty Poors started drinking the same stuff. I know how much you hate dealing with them when you aren't at the Applebee's salad bar doing "research" for your next column. By all means, go back to drinking Blue Moon, you won't lose any Status Points now.
 
2011-11-14 12:47:58 PM
img.memecenter.com
 
2011-11-14 12:48:54 PM
Jock inequality is unacceptable if your kid is an average performer on his or her youth soccer team. If your kid is a star, then his or her accomplishments validate your entire existence.

This is familiar. My brother-in-law, despite being a wealthy and successful surgeon, has also not gotten over sucking at sports.
 
2011-11-14 12:50:21 PM
Cultural inequality is unacceptable. If you are the sort of person who attends opera or enjoys Ibsen plays, it is not acceptable to believe that you have a more refined sensibility than people who like Lady Gaga, Ke$ha or graffiti.

This might be true, but I'd aim to change it. Fully-grown adults who haven't evolved beyond loving the newest crappy pop music or movies are farking deficient as human beings, and it should be perfectly acceptable to chastise them for it - it's their ignorant choices and taste that do so much damage to our culture.
 
2011-11-14 12:55:58 PM
WHERE MAP, WHER?
 
2011-11-14 12:56:05 PM
David Brooks: If I can make fun of people who focus too much on inequality, I can subtly beat up OWS without attacking them by name!!

Guinness Beer Guys: BRILLIANT!
 
2011-11-14 12:57:19 PM

Mugato: Chris Rock is teetering dangerously on the Dennis Miller precipice. He's complained about his taxes on more than one occasion.


He lives in Alpine, NJ, which is currently the richest zip code in the US.
 
2011-11-14 12:57:26 PM
Ah. David Brooks.

/eye roll and index finger twirl.
 
2011-11-14 12:58:09 PM

Virtuoso80: Cultural inequality is unacceptable. If you are the sort of person who attends opera or enjoys Ibsen plays, it is not acceptable to believe that you have a more refined sensibility than people who like Lady Gaga, Ke$ha or graffiti.

This might be true, but I'd aim to change it. Fully-grown adults who haven't evolved beyond loving the newest crappy pop music or movies are farking deficient as human beings, and it should be perfectly acceptable to chastise them for it - it's their ignorant choices and taste that do so much damage to our culture.


Well the important thing is you've found a way to look down on others.
 
2011-11-14 12:59:06 PM

Skleenar: Ah. David Brooks.

/eye roll and index finger twirl.


/makes jerkoff motion
 
2011-11-14 01:01:54 PM
The NY Times opinion page is the most valuable real estate in print. And yet they pay David Brooks (and Ross Douthat) for these scribbles.
 
2011-11-14 01:06:07 PM
I was expecting insightful or funny. This was neither.
 
2011-11-14 01:06:22 PM
That was terribad
 
2011-11-14 01:06:47 PM
"Foreign tourists are coming up to me on the streets and asking, "David, you have so many different kinds of inequality in your country. How can I tell which are socially acceptable and which are not?""

I get irritated by this a lot too. I am constantly approached by foreigners that say things like "David, there are so many various types of cars in your country. How can I tell which one are the best to rent?" or "David, there are so many american movies showing underground arenas where combatants fight to the death for the amusement of the aristocracy. Where can I find such a place?"

I'm always like man come on now i am just trying to eat a hoagie, get off me with these questions.
 
2011-11-14 01:10:06 PM
Public school teachers don't choose the students they get, and socio-economic status of parents is the most important variable when it comes to predicting how those students will do in standardized tests.

Universities get to choose who gets in the door. Public schools don't.

So comparing the two in a vacuum of context is a total dick move. Brooks, in my world you have a deluxe express pass that gets you first in line status at the EABOD station whenever you want.
 
2011-11-14 01:11:26 PM

PC LOAD LETTER: Ennuipoet: I just need clarification, it's still OK for TotalFarkers to look down on Liters, right?

Well, it doesn't matter if it's ok or not. Like a dog, you have no choice but to actually look down on them. I have always thought we should treat liters like Spartan slaves, but we need to come up with a better manner of protecting against a helot rebellion.


Yes, for we will one day rise and smite the legion of idiots who spend $5/ month for free content and the right to be trolled.
 
2011-11-14 01:11:29 PM
Ancestor inequality is not socially acceptable. It is not permissible to go around bragging that your family came over on the Mayflower and that you are descended from generations of Throgmorton-Winthrops who bequeathed a legacy of good breeding and fine manners.

This isn't true in Massachusetts. I've met a handful of people who claim their families came over on the Mayflower, and it vaguely impresses people. Is this looked down on outside of New England?
 
2011-11-14 01:12:58 PM
Aw shiat. And just as I sent my last smart-ass post I realized I was sponsered on 11/2. So, thanks Brandyelf. You;re not one of the idiots.
 
2011-11-14 01:14:38 PM

ketheriel: I'm always like man come on now i am just trying to eat a hoagie, get off me with these questions.


David, there are so many different places to get a hoagie in this country, where can I find one where the hoagies are served by nude women, trim, with large breasts between the ages of 18 and 24? Oh, and they are good at Tetris.
 
2011-11-14 01:15:03 PM

Xythero: Ancestor inequality is not socially acceptable. It is not permissible to go around bragging that your family came over on the Mayflower and that you are descended from generations of Throgmorton-Winthrops who bequeathed a legacy of good breeding and fine manners.

This isn't true in Massachusetts. I've met a handful of people who claim their families came over on the Mayflower, and it vaguely impresses people. Is this looked down on outside of New England?


I think it is impresses people because being able to trace your heritage back that far especially to such a momentous historical event is pretty cool. I don't think the Blue Blood cachet does much for people anymore though.
 
2011-11-14 01:15:47 PM

DROxINxTHExWIND: Aw shiat. And just as I sent my last smart-ass post I realized I was sponsered on 11/2. So, thanks Brandyelf. You;re not one of the idiots.


Whatever, elitist.

/jerkoff motion
 
2011-11-14 01:16:29 PM
Speaking of hoagies, I am more interested in the inequalities of mustard.
 
2011-11-14 01:17:10 PM

ketheriel: "Foreign tourists are coming up to me on the streets and asking, "David, you have so many different kinds of inequality in your country. How can I tell which are socially acceptable and which are not?""

I get irritated by this a lot too. I am constantly approached by foreigners that say things like "David, there are so many various types of cars in your country. How can I tell which one are the best to rent?" or "David, there are so many american movies showing underground arenas where combatants fight to the death for the amusement of the aristocracy. Where can I find such a place?"

I'm always like man come on now i am just trying to eat a hoagie, get off me with these questions.


I always get these kind of questions as well. I find them rather irritating, especially considering that my name is not David.
 
2011-11-14 01:18:18 PM

numbone: Speaking of hoagies, I am more interested in the inequalities of mustard.


Speaking of hoagies, the Eagles suck.
 
2011-11-14 01:18:20 PM

Xythero: This isn't true in Massachusetts. I've met a handful of people who claim their families came over on the Mayflower, and it vaguely impresses people. Is this looked down on outside of New England?


Where I come from, people are impressed if your ancestors came over on the Thaddeus.
 
2011-11-14 01:20:51 PM

Xythero: Ancestor inequality is not socially acceptable. It is not permissible to go around bragging that your family came over on the Mayflower and that you are descended from generations of Throgmorton-Winthrops who bequeathed a legacy of good breeding and fine manners.

This isn't true in Massachusetts. I've met a handful of people who claim their families came over on the Mayflower, and it vaguely impresses people. Is this looked down on outside of New England?


I think David Brooks tried to impress a woman at a cocktail party in DC by mentioning that his ancestors came over on the Mayflower and she was unimpressed by this and now he's mad about it.
 
2011-11-14 01:22:33 PM

Rapmaster2000: Xythero: Ancestor inequality is not socially acceptable. It is not permissible to go around bragging that your family came over on the Mayflower and that you are descended from generations of Throgmorton-Winthrops who bequeathed a legacy of good breeding and fine manners.

This isn't true in Massachusetts. I've met a handful of people who claim their families came over on the Mayflower, and it vaguely impresses people. Is this looked down on outside of New England?

I think David Brooks tried to impress a woman at a cocktail party in DC by mentioning that his ancestors came over on the Mayflower and she was unimpressed by this and now he's mad about it.


"Brooks was born into a Jewish family [4][5]"

if he tried, he lied.
 
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