AverageAmericanGuy: Too bad he's a communist. He seems like a good guy.
mikewadestr: All the big charity heads with their seven figure salaries say: "Only 90%! You selfish bastard!"
bulok: Hero tag hiding Subby?I consider myself a capitalist because I find socialism to just be a way for the power hungry fascists to control the masses, however for this man, I would gladly be a socialist.
TWX: Pure capitalism does not function any better than any other imaginary system.
LZeitgeist: 'Interesting' trumps the 'Hero' tag?I wish the US had a leader who knew what it was like to live on just the basics...
10MM: you sound poor.
bunner: TWX: Pure capitalism does not function any better than any other imaginary system.[coachotis.files.wordpress.com image 500x419]Precisely. Components.So what does work? That's simple. We all KNOW what works already. Nobody steals, lies, abuses, cons, suckers, manipulates or does violence for gain. Nobody kicks the poor, fellates the rich or allows dishonest men to spread dishonest ideas. It's the simplest rule on earth and it would solve MOST of the sewage we seem to be OK with wading through, every day.Here it is. Here's the plaque. Here's the soundbite. Ready? Don't be a douchebag. Yeah, I ain't holding my hand on my ass waiting, either.
signaljammer: Cuba life expectancy: m78.3 f76.2USA: 78.2 75.6//rationalize//away
TWX: AverageAmericanGuy: Too bad he's a communist. He seems like a good guy.Honestly, if he's a Communist, he's the first Communist who has actually lived as a proletariat while holding the highest office in his nation that I've heard of, and one that I could respect for his beliefs even if I don't agree with them.Though I'm not going to disagree with his perspective on the rat race most of us participate in. My wife and I have chosen to live below our means and we've watched friends and associates crash and burn when hit by comparatively minor setbacks while spending every dime trying to keep up with Madison Avenue's suggested lifestyle, and we've weathered it by actually figuring out what we want and moderating our acquisition of it. It's not much of a hardship to refrain from buying new TVs or new cars or new computers when what we have still works. I played that game for awhile, and I learned that regardless of how many new video cards I bought, there would always be a better one out shortly.So, we buy things when we need them. We use tube TVs. My 'new' car six months ago is seventeen years old, though admittedly had only 6500 miles on it. Her laptop still has a built-in optical drive, but is a Thinkpad and will easily last another five years, probably more like eight tp ten. I replaced my T-Mobile G1 smartphone when the keyboard finally fully croaked. She replaced her analog cell phone when the provider started charging extra for analog service, and it probably would still work if there was service available.Live for yourself, not just for appearance sake or because advertisers say to do something.
bunner: Socialism, capitalism, and a couple of other isms being touted, fought over and stapled to various nation states are not absolutes. They are not all in one, One True Ways™. They are useful components of something that, when stewarded by honest man, mostly work to the benefit of everybody. Until we get a call from Diogenes saying "Touchdown!", it's largely a moot point whether or not you subscribe to ANY of them but please know that if you subscribe, all in, patch-sewn-on-my-coat to ANY of them exclusively, you've already missed the part where our ideas are supposed to serve us, not give other men leverage to make us serve them.
legion_of_doo: oh, an independently wealthy landowner doesn't need all his official government salary?shocking. give the man an award or whatever.
miniflea: AverageAmericanGuy: Too bad he's a communist. He seems like a good guy.I may be asking a dumbass question here, but is this a troll account, or what?My wife is from Uruguay, and she's never met him but much of her family has. He had lunch with her grandmother a few weeks ago. Her father (who has also met him) could be his younger brother, they are in many ways cut from the same cloth.
ZAZ: Rev.K: For anyone with an ounce of interest in European soccer or the World Cup, Uruguay is not a country no one has heard of.OK: He's the poor president of a country nobody in North America has ever heard of.I mean, North America north of Mexico. Because technically Mexico is part of North America.North America north of Mexico and south of Canada.
TastyEloi: "Does this planet have enough resources so seven or eight billion can have the same level of consumption and waste that today is seen in rich societies?" No, of course it doesn't--at our current level of technology. Fortunately, ever-advancing technology may allow more people to live at a higher standard of living.
Mistymtnhop: Uruguay rocks!
ZAZ: He's the poor president of a country nobody has heard of
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