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(Bloomberg)   The middle class is better off now than 10 years ago because they have Duck Dynasty argues Bloomberg columnist   (bloomberg.com) divider line 73
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2013-12-05 10:49:54 AM
are you not entertained?
 
2013-12-05 10:53:25 AM
....& Circuses
 
2013-12-05 10:55:26 AM

Voiceofreason01: are you not entertained?


www.quickmeme.com


//had to
 
2013-12-05 11:04:08 AM

grokca: ....& Circuses


well sure, they're already cutting funding for the bread
 
2013-12-05 11:18:51 AM
happy happy happy...
 
2013-12-05 11:21:46 AM
The recession may be over officially, but a lot of smart people are convinced that broad-based improvements in the standard of living are largely a thing of the past

The security of the 1% is what is going to become a thing of the past.
 
2013-12-05 12:41:04 PM
Our wealth gap is at pre-Great Depression levels.

You know how often scenarios like this turn out well (especially for the elites)?

Never.
 
2013-12-05 12:41:52 PM

Marcus Aurelius: The recession may be over officially, but a lot of smart people are convinced that broad-based improvements in the standard of living are largely a thing of the past

The security of the 1% is what is going to become a thing of the past.


At Thanksgiving I had to listen to my dad's cautionary tale of how if the little people didn't toe the line the rich were all just going to go Galt and live on an oil rig or something (I'm pretty sure he said Bolivia, actually, which means they'd have a bad time IMO).

I think it'd only take one Mitt Romney out on international waters getting beheaded and robbed by pirates for the others to figure it out.
 
2013-12-05 12:41:55 PM
You should be happy that you don't have bread because you have better circuses.

That's a cynical argument from a conceited asshole, if I've ever seen one.
 
2013-12-05 12:42:06 PM
wow. That was idiotic.
 
2013-12-05 12:43:13 PM
And I thought Duck Dynasty had put us back 10 years.
 
2013-12-05 12:43:51 PM
I blame Obama.
 
2013-12-05 12:44:33 PM
The author is basically telling us to be dazzled by distractions instead of realizing how shiatty we truly have it.
 
2013-12-05 12:46:13 PM
Wow.

"Little of this customized entertainment would have been possible a decade ago -- and almost none of it shows up in the income and productivity statistics that dominate our understanding of the economy."

Because it has nothing to do with income or productivity.

"A form of progress that large numbers of people experience every day, the increase in entertainment variety and convenience represents a challenge to the increasingly conventional wisdom that American living standards have stagnated, at least for the middle class."

The economy was great in the 1920's, but they didn't have movies with sound; therefore, people were better off during the Depression.
 
2013-12-05 12:48:30 PM
To sum up:

www.wildolive.co.uk

/with apologies to Mr. Watterson
 
2013-12-05 12:50:30 PM
That's an awful argument. Before TV and the internet, movies and radio shows were cheap entertainment. Before that, books and public performances. Before that, storytelling and games.

Therefore we must conclude there has never been poverty.
 
2013-12-05 12:52:19 PM
The poor have all those refrigerators, that should be entertaining.
 
2013-12-05 12:52:47 PM
Well that was dumb.
 
2013-12-05 12:53:31 PM

Biff_Steel: wow. That was idiotic.


I almost think the author has to be trolling.

No way would he be that obvious about "shut up and deal with being poor because we have a lot to distract you."
 
2013-12-05 12:56:54 PM
Not sure the middle class is the benefactor here. I would aim a little lower.
 
2013-12-05 12:56:58 PM

The Lizard People: I think it'd only take one Mitt Romney out on international waters getting beheaded and robbed by pirates for the others to figure it out.


Probably wouldn't even take that much. The first time someone had explosive diarrhea they'd all freak out that there wasn't some blood sucking parasite there to clean it up for the masters of humanity.
 
2013-12-05 12:59:23 PM
Duck Dynasty is awesome.  All of you haters think you're better than rednecks like us, but they are RICH!  They have built a huge business  and sell all kinds of stuff.

I own Duck Commander hats, coozies, shirts, flip-flops, flashlight, keychain, bandana, garden gnome, trailer hitch cover, travel mugs, a cooler, christmas tree ornament, bible, license plate, a bracelet, a necklace, and I purchased TWO CASES of Duck Commander Mallard Merlot.

Who's the dumb redneck now?
 
2013-12-05 01:01:03 PM
Look at the Brave New World!   Never mind you're in debt that will keep you working into the grave.
 
2013-12-05 01:01:57 PM

odinsposse: That's an awful argument. Before TV and the internet, movies and radio shows were cheap entertainment. Before that, books and public performances. Before that, storytelling and games.

Therefore we must conclude there has never been poverty.


Nah, it is much better now than 100 years ago when people actually had to leave the house and congregate for their entertainment. When the poor had to engage their fellow citizens there was the dreaded chance that they might common cause in their dire economic situation and form unions.

Now we have the rabble under control as mindless and divided drones with their Xboxes, TV and internet.
 
2013-12-05 01:02:21 PM
Good christ you farking poors, what the fark do you want! We gave you a bunch of bearded assholes chasing ducks! What's it gonna take? farking decent jobs? Well you can farking forget it!
 
2013-12-05 01:03:49 PM
wesmon:
 When the poor had to engage their fellow citizens there was the dreaded chance that they might common cause in their dire economic situation and form unions.


might find common cause even
 
2013-12-05 01:04:45 PM
The biggest cost isn't money but time. When we consider how many hours people spend consuming it, entertainment starts to look a lot more valuable.

Amazing that they can get the thought this far and then stop... Sure it's "more valuable", but not to the masses. It's "more valuable" to the entertainment companies and the marketing groups. The people? It's really just a distraction that even keeps the poor from thinking about being poor. You go home every night and watch a few things on TV, and you go to bed without really having sat down and assessed your life. And that's exactly how it's supposed to work. We keep feeding the machine, and they make sure that the channels are cheap enough for even poor people to afford.
 
2013-12-05 01:06:03 PM

Voiceofreason01: grokca: ....& Circuses

well sure, they're already cutting funding for the bread


Let them eat cake.
 
2013-12-05 01:07:16 PM

Marcus Aurelius: The recession may be over officially, but a lot of smart people are convinced that broad-based improvements in the standard of living are largely a thing of the past

The security of the 1% is what is going to become a thing of the past.


That is one thing I think of constantly. People get murdered over the stupidest things. Insane people go out and murder a bunch of little kids at school, but no lunatic has scaled the walls of a gated community to exact revenge (real or imaginary). I am not condoning bloodshed, but I am really surprised there have been no "Fired Worker Executes CEO and Family" headlines, really ever. Especially after the financial meltdown, the subsequent rebound of the ultra-wealthy and bleak future of middle-class Americans. Is it just easier to shoot the guy begins the liquor store counter?
 
2013-12-05 01:07:42 PM
I was actually arguing with some left wing farker a few months ago who suspected that the 1%ers conspired to create Netflix and other entertainment options to keep the poor and middle class distracted.

He said something like "seriously, $8 a month for unlimited streaming? No way that's profitable...it has to be supported by someone"
 
2013-12-05 01:07:48 PM
What a load of crap!
 
2013-12-05 01:08:03 PM

Rapmaster2000: Duck Dynasty is awesome.  All of you haters think you're better than rednecks like us, but they are RICH!  They have built a huge business  and sell all kinds of stuff.

I own Duck Commander hats, coozies, shirts, flip-flops, flashlight, keychain, bandana, garden gnome, trailer hitch cover, travel mugs, a cooler, christmas tree ornament, bible, license plate, a bracelet, a necklace, and I purchased TWO CASES of Duck Commander Mallard Merlot.

Who's the dumb redneck now?


you forgot about the Duck Commander cigar

//yes it does exist, it's from Ted's
 
2013-12-05 01:08:04 PM

wesmon: odinsposse: That's an awful argument. Before TV and the internet, movies and radio shows were cheap entertainment. Before that, books and public performances. Before that, storytelling and games.

Therefore we must conclude there has never been poverty.

Nah, it is much better now than 100 years ago when people actually had to leave the house and congregate for their entertainment. When the poor had to engage their fellow citizens there was the dreaded chance that they might common cause in their dire economic situation and form unions.

Now we have the rabble under control as mindless and divided drones with their Xboxes, TV and internet.


I don't think you've thought this through. Now the popes don't even have to PUT ON PANTS to assemble. That's pretty powerful.
 
2013-12-05 01:11:09 PM

SovietCanuckistan: Marcus Aurelius: The recession may be over officially, but a lot of smart people are convinced that broad-based improvements in the standard of living are largely a thing of the past

The security of the 1% is what is going to become a thing of the past.

That is one thing I think of constantly. People get murdered over the stupidest things. Insane people go out and murder a bunch of little kids at school, but no lunatic has scaled the walls of a gated community to exact revenge (real or imaginary). I am not condoning bloodshed, but I am really surprised there have been no "Fired Worker Executes CEO and Family" headlines, really ever. Especially after the financial meltdown, the subsequent rebound of the ultra-wealthy and bleak future of middle-class Americans. Is it just easier to shoot the guy begins the liquor store counter?


Have you never seen how they deal with riots? SOP is to wall off and protect the affluent communities while letting the poor go ahead and destroy and loot their own neighborhoods.
 
2013-12-05 01:12:17 PM
"On a flight across the country..."

So, you are speaking only of those who can afford such a flight and its in-flight entertainment?

Let's talk about minimum wage earners, you condescending, self-absorbed coont
 
2013-12-05 01:12:50 PM

Summoner101: wesmon: odinsposse: That's an awful argument. Before TV and the internet, movies and radio shows were cheap entertainment. Before that, books and public performances. Before that, storytelling and games.

Therefore we must conclude there has never been poverty.

Nah, it is much better now than 100 years ago when people actually had to leave the house and congregate for their entertainment. When the poor had to engage their fellow citizens there was the dreaded chance that they might common cause in their dire economic situation and form unions.

Now we have the rabble under control as mindless and divided drones with their Xboxes, TV and internet.

I don't think you've thought this through. Now the popes don't even have to PUT ON PANTS to assemble. That's pretty powerful.

99% percent of the internet isn't assembling though. It is just anonymously letting off steam. Your internet friends aren't real friends.

 
2013-12-05 01:17:10 PM
You will never see extensive space travel until you first see the destruction of capitalism.
 
2013-12-05 01:17:13 PM
On a flight across the country...

I love how the discussion starts out here, then moves on to talking about "average" households, then ends with commentary about what poor people want. As if everybody in this country is just one big happy ball of yarn taking cross-country flights and watching their DVR'ed programs and streaming Netflix whenever they want.

/ out of touch idiots are out of touch
 
2013-12-05 01:18:31 PM

Debeo Summa Credo: I was actually arguing with some left wing farker a few months ago who suspected that the 1%ers conspired to create Netflix and other entertainment options to keep the poor and middle class distracted.

He said something like "seriously, $8 a month for unlimited streaming? No way that's profitable...it has to be supported by someone"


Wow. Some people on the left are crazy. Congrats for proving something we already know.
 
2013-12-05 01:19:55 PM

FarkedOver: You will never see extensive space travel until you first see the destruction of capitalism.


*Looks at SpaceX and Virgin Galactic*

I'm sorry, what?
 
2013-12-05 01:22:20 PM

EngineerAU: The Lizard People: I think it'd only take one Mitt Romney out on international waters getting beheaded and robbed by pirates for the others to figure it out.

Probably wouldn't even take that much. The first time someone had explosive diarrhea they'd all freak out that there wasn't some blood sucking parasite there to clean it up for the masters of humanity.


In a land of John Galts, the man who scrubs the toilets and throws sawdust on hurl is paid the most.
 
2013-12-05 01:24:13 PM

Debeo Summa Credo: I was actually arguing with some left wing farker a few months ago who suspected that the 1%ers conspired to create Netflix and other entertainment options to keep the poor and middle class distracted.

He said something like "seriously, $8 a month for unlimited streaming? No way that's profitable...it has to be supported by someone"


This person was serious?
 
2013-12-05 01:28:52 PM

cameroncrazy1984: FarkedOver: You will never see extensive space travel until you first see the destruction of capitalism.

*Looks at SpaceX and Virgin Galactic*

I'm sorry, what?


Extensive.... there's a word there that you may have missed.
 
2013-12-05 01:30:28 PM
I especially loved this quote from the article:

"Quality of life is as much an assortment of happy frivolities as it is the bare essentials of survival."

Yeah, this author has to be a troll.
 
2013-12-05 01:31:56 PM

FarkedOver: cameroncrazy1984: FarkedOver: You will never see extensive space travel until you first see the destruction of capitalism.

*Looks at SpaceX and Virgin Galactic*

I'm sorry, what?

Extensive.... there's a word there that you may have missed.


And...what is it that you think Virgin is working toward?
 
2013-12-05 01:38:53 PM

CPennypacker: Debeo Summa Credo: I was actually arguing with some left wing farker a few months ago who suspected that the 1%ers conspired to create Netflix and other entertainment options to keep the poor and middle class distracted.

He said something like "seriously, $8 a month for unlimited streaming? No way that's profitable...it has to be supported by someone"

This person was serious?


Yes, he came across as sincere. As in "I know it sounds crazy but $8 a month!?! No way that's legit."
 
2013-12-05 01:39:08 PM

cameroncrazy1984: FarkedOver: cameroncrazy1984: FarkedOver: You will never see extensive space travel until you first see the destruction of capitalism.

*Looks at SpaceX and Virgin Galactic*

I'm sorry, what?

Extensive.... there's a word there that you may have missed.

And...what is it that you think Virgin is working toward?


A rich man's pipe dream?

As for SpaceX

"On 18 August 2006, NASA announced that SpaceX had won a NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) contract to demonstrate cargo delivery to the International Space Station (ISS) with a possible option for crew transport."

Why not let the free market decide instead of crying poor to government agencies?
 
2013-12-05 01:39:56 PM

wesmon: I especially loved this quote from the article:

"Quality of life is as much an assortment of happy frivolities as it is the bare essentials of survival."

Yeah, this author has to be a troll.


Obviously written by someone who never had to do without the bare essentials for survival.
 
2013-12-05 01:42:50 PM
FACT: 95% of African children have plates. Even the richest cave man didn't have that.

cdn1.wn.com
 
2013-12-05 01:43:11 PM

FarkedOver: "On 18 August 2006, NASA announced that SpaceX had won a NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) contract to demonstrate cargo delivery to the International Space Station (ISS) with a possible option for crew transport."

Why not let the free market decide instead of crying poor to government agencies?


You say that now, but if a Commercial Orbital Transportation Service could be bought at any hardware store, we'd have a COTS COTS solution, and that's just silly.
 
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