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(Salon)   America is now a banana republic. Ooh, I like Banana Republic. But my friend Stacy says that it's the same stuff as Old Navy, just with higher prices   (salon.com) divider line 120
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2013-09-11 12:28:03 PM
not a banana republic - we're heading into a second gilded age.
 
2013-09-11 12:31:45 PM
Why can't we be an Abercrombie and Fitch with a bunch of underdressed hardbody teenagers throwing themselves all over each other in a playful way that can seem at the same time innocent yet with a nascent sense of naughtiness at their burgeoning sexuality?
 
2013-09-11 12:40:11 PM

FlashHarry: not a banana republic - we're heading into a second gilded age.


I'd say we've been in one for about 25 years
 
2013-09-11 12:40:45 PM

NuttierThanEver: Why can't we be an Abercrombie and Fitch with a bunch of underdressed hardbody teenagers throwing themselves all over each other in a playful way that can seem at the same time innocent yet with a nascent sense of naughtiness at their burgeoning sexuality?


Why don't you have a seat over there....
 
2013-09-11 12:55:10 PM

FlashHarry: not a banana republic - we're heading into a second gilded age.


shifty lookin bleeder: I'd say we've been in one for about 25 years


This and that. Thank you Ronald Reagan for getting this ball rolling.
 
2013-09-11 01:42:43 PM
i1151.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-11 02:08:42 PM
Woody Allen for El Presidente!!!?!!
 
2013-09-11 02:21:10 PM
This shiat is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
 
2013-09-11 02:22:34 PM
Not a repeat from Election 2000.
 
2013-09-11 02:22:39 PM
Seems like a Tilly's-ocracy to me
 
2013-09-11 02:23:22 PM
The people who own the people who tell you what to think don't need you to have spending money anymore, they have developing nations to exploit.
 
2013-09-11 02:23:38 PM
thanks a lot, Obanana.
 
2013-09-11 02:24:21 PM

shifty lookin bleeder: FlashHarry: not a banana republic - we're heading into a second gilded age.

I'd say we've been in one for about 25 years


Excellent. I've been perfecting my Tropico play style. Look forward to Presidente Fano.
 
2013-09-11 02:24:42 PM
content8.flixster.com
 
2013-09-11 02:24:43 PM
Canada too. Montreal especially.
 
2013-09-11 02:25:35 PM
I miss when Banana Republic used to sell foreign military surplus gear.
 
2013-09-11 02:25:46 PM
Weather isn't good enough all year long...

upload.wikimedia.org

Also banana republics are much more fun in video game form.
 
2013-09-11 02:26:08 PM
Are we talking the current Banana Republic, or the original?

/original BR was awesome.
 
2013-09-11 02:26:18 PM
In some ways, we always were.
 
2013-09-11 02:26:32 PM
Now all we need is a strong leader; with a bunch of gaudy medals and shiat. And Cuban cigars; obviously.
 
2013-09-11 02:26:43 PM

Fano: shifty lookin bleeder: FlashHarry: not a banana republic - we're heading into a second gilded age.

I'd say we've been in one for about 25 years

Excellent. I've been perfecting my Tropico play style. Look forward to Presidente Fano.


Darn, if only I hadn't taken the time to go look up the picture...
 
2013-09-11 02:27:21 PM
Banana Republic was cool before they got bought out.  Good, tough travel clothes.
 
2013-09-11 02:27:38 PM
Racism is the reason for our high infant mortality rate?
 
2013-09-11 02:27:50 PM
Probably a generation or two before the USA stops being the world's only superpower and it's influence severely diminished. We'll be the United Kingdom 2.0. Still rather be in the US than in a lot of other nations but things aren't what they could be.
 
2013-09-11 02:29:18 PM

NuttierThanEver: Why can't we be an Abercrombie and Fitch with a bunch of underdressed hardbody teenagers throwing themselves all over each other in a playful way that can seem at the same time innocent yet with a nascent sense of naughtiness at their burgeoning sexuality?


Go on.......
 
2013-09-11 02:29:36 PM
saidinsilence.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-09-11 02:30:41 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Canada too. Montreal especially.


No love for Fordist Toronto?
 
2013-09-11 02:31:21 PM

NuttierThanEver: Why can't we be an Abercrombie and Fitch with a bunch of underdressed hardbody teenagers throwing themselves all over each other in a playful way that can seem at the same time innocent yet with a nascent sense of naughtiness at their burgeoning sexuality?


assets.nydailynews.com
 
2013-09-11 02:32:16 PM

cretinbob:


Criminally underrated movie. I want it on DVD/br
 
2013-09-11 02:32:22 PM
Isn't a defining characteristic of a banana republic an economy based on the exportation of a single commodity?
Like bananas, for instance?
 
2013-09-11 02:33:22 PM
www.woodyallenpages.com
 
2013-09-11 02:33:28 PM
Hope n Change Deniers!
 
2013-09-11 02:33:33 PM

FlyingJ: Seems like a Tilly's-ocracy to me


Come Mr. Tilly-man, tilly me bananas...
 
2013-09-11 02:34:49 PM

give me doughnuts: Isn't a defining characteristic of a banana republic an economy based on the exportation of a single commodity?
Like bananas, for instance?


Apparently not to the butthurt Marxists at Salon.
 
2013-09-11 02:35:15 PM

T-Servo: Quantum Apostrophe: Canada too. Montreal especially.

No love for Fordist Toronto?


You can't even come close to the level of institutionalized rot we have here. Just when you think it's as bad as it can get, it goes to the next level. I hate Quebec and all its limp citizens, and I hate the corrupt governments we have here. It never ends.
 
2013-09-11 02:36:03 PM
F*ck Yeah!
 
2013-09-11 02:36:17 PM
I don't think subby realizes just how crappy Old Navy's merchandise is.
 
2013-09-11 02:39:47 PM

lockers: In some ways, we always were.


Eight years ago we were a fascist state.  Now we're just a banana republic.  I blame the economy.
 
2013-09-11 02:41:05 PM
Honestly, the people behind all these plutocratic changes are the grandkids of the old Railroad owners, the Captains of Industry, and the grew up listening to the stories of how those were the 'good ole days'.

Also, we're pretty much in a Cyberpunk novel nowadays. All we need now is for superhuman cybernetic implants to be more viable not just as a medical, but also cosmetic choice, and Replicants.
 
2013-09-11 02:41:33 PM
Stacy sounds lower-middle to me...and fat.
 
2013-09-11 02:41:50 PM
I wish we could go back to the times when America was like a Chess King....with velour shirts, Jordache jeans, and combs with handles on them so you could feather your hair more easily.
 
2013-09-11 02:41:52 PM
I love how they quote some guy that frequents Russia Today about how we're becoming fascist.
 
2013-09-11 02:42:34 PM
We don't have to go do that road, but since we are becoming exporters of energy (LNG, North American Shale Oil, Oil Sands, Coal) all of our railroads are now leading to the seas and bays that once exported finished goods and now export raw materials.

This is what happened to China in the 1800's when colonial powers were "cutting up the Melon of Asia".

We could reverse the trend, by using these robots to compete with chinese labor costs, and we'd be the ones to benefit by making them in mass every 3 years.
http://robohub.org/rethink-robotics-baxter-and-universal-robots-ur5-a n d-ur10-succeeding/">http://robohub.org/rethink-robotics-baxter-and-un iversal-robots-ur5-an d-ur10-succeeding/

and of course my usual screed about manufacturing and installing the new and plausible water, electrical, solar, wind and anti-sprawl technology and city planning measures I've talked about ad nauseum, and then export those solutions elsewhere. This would double the US GDP growth annually from ~2.2 to 4.4-5.0% for 20 years, protect our natural resources, improve living conditions, save every household $13,000 a year in energy costs and then decrease the need for 7 fleets of ships to guard the energy/trade routes as most of the trade routes themselves would not be neccessary anymore.
 
2013-09-11 02:45:07 PM
The report found that "the United States has the highest first-day death rate in the industrialized world" (babies dying the day they are born)

I gotta admit, that's the first time I've ever heard of that statistic (let alone heard it equated with "infant mortality").  Sure would like to see a citation about how precisely it's defined and determined.  For example, does it include abortions?
 
2013-09-11 02:45:33 PM

give me doughnuts: Isn't a defining characteristic of a banana republic an economy based on the exportation of a single commodity?
Like bananas, for instance?


No. It refers to the nations which had their native governments subverted be external interests.
 
2013-09-11 02:46:42 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Canada too. Montreal especially.


Canada is more of a Mark's Work Wearhouse.
 
2013-09-11 02:46:55 PM
a report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD also found that the U.S. now leads the developed industrialized world in income inequality.

We're #1! We're #1! We're 1! WOOOOOOOOO!
 
2013-09-11 02:46:59 PM
Does US have problems? Yes
Some severe? Yes

Does author know what a banana republic is? No
 
2013-09-11 02:49:19 PM

bingethinker: Quantum Apostrophe: Canada too. Montreal especially.

Canada is more of a Mark's Work Wearhouse.


whore mouth, etc.
 
2013-09-11 02:49:23 PM

give me doughnuts: Isn't a defining characteristic of a banana republic an economy based on the exportation of a single commodity?
Like bananas, for instance?


Hush you.
 
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