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2014-07-14 04:44:11 PM  
well done oliver. americans need to wake the fark up.
 
2014-07-14 05:13:36 PM  
But, when I'm rich, I'll really regret voting for income equality. Right up to the moment the peasants come with pitchforks to take me to the guillotine.
 
2014-07-14 05:40:16 PM  

some_beer_drinker: well done oliver. americans need to wake the fark up.


Yeah, I'm sure that'll do it.
 
2014-07-14 06:13:50 PM  
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2014-07-14 06:18:38 PM  
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2014-07-14 06:19:49 PM  

LordJiro: [i.imgur.com image 625x500]


Came in for this. Leaving satisfied.

/Watch your step.
 
2014-07-14 06:20:49 PM  
When I get elected, I promise to get rid of laws that are never enforced.
 
2014-07-14 06:21:39 PM  
"We are not gonna live in a world that thinks the Baldwins are all equally talented".

That slayed me.

Also the bland mashed potato joke.

Awesome rant is awesome. More people need to see that.

Good eye, Subs.
 
2014-07-14 06:23:45 PM  
This show has exceeded my wildest expectations
 
2014-07-14 06:24:22 PM  
"A British guy just told you that your mashed potatoes were bland." "That's gotta hurt!"

lol

We can easily decrease inequality with more tax cuts.
 
2014-07-14 06:24:39 PM  

Mugato: some_beer_drinker: well done oliver. americans need to wake the fark up.

Yeah, I'm sure that'll do it.


Yeah, the sleeping ones won't see it... And the ones who do won't comprehend it.

Remember how many 47%ers complained about the 47%? This issue is no different.
 
2014-07-14 06:33:23 PM  
The sad thing is, a line from the play (and movie) '1776' explains it all too well:

"Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor."

The reality is, 99.99% of the population will NEVER, EVER be rich.
 
2014-07-14 06:37:46 PM  
Depressing, isn't it? Even if you can clearly see the massive lies and fraud, it doesn't matter one iota - without drastic effort, those in power will not change, because it's in their benefit to maintain this status quo. The next few decades are going to be hard, until enough environmental, social, and technological pressure force change.
 
2014-07-14 06:38:41 PM  
Income inequality needs to positioned as a threat to national security
 
2014-07-14 06:39:26 PM  

AurizenDarkstar: The sad thing is, a line from the play (and movie) '1776' explains it all too well:


I could never get past the singing Dr. Mark Craig to make it all the way through that movie.
 
2014-07-14 06:42:04 PM  
Am I the only one who remembers John Oliver's appearence in the HBO miniseries "John Adams", where he played a representative of the King's government? Hard to impossible to even find a image of him online in that role. It's as like the HBO Powers That Be are trying to erase that fact from everyone's memory.
 
2014-07-14 06:45:22 PM  

AurizenDarkstar: The sad thing is, a line from the play (and movie) '1776' explains it all too well:

"Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor."

The reality is, 99.99% of the population will NEVER, EVER be rich.


Typically for a poor man to become rich he has to actually make some money. Not spend his time trying to keep money from others.
 
2014-07-14 06:47:16 PM  

teenage mutant ninja rapist: Typically for a poor man to become rich he has to actually make some money. Not spend his time trying to keep money from others.


Well, bless your heart.  You really think that the poor of the US have ANY power whatsoever to stop the rich from making money?

And people call ME delusional.
 
2014-07-14 06:48:27 PM  
Oliver doesn't understand that Americans know the odds are stacked against them but always believe that he or she will be the one to beat the odds.  The American way of thinking;  If they don't repeal the estate tax on estates worth over $5 million, it will be my dirty rotten bad luck to wind up with an estate valued at over $5 million and I will have no one to blame but myself for my bad luck.
 
2014-07-14 06:48:58 PM  

kronicfeld: This show has exceeded my wildest expectations


Mine, too.
 
2014-07-14 06:49:13 PM  

FormlessOne: Depressing, isn't it? Even if you can clearly see the massive lies and fraud, it doesn't matter one iota - without drastic effort, those in power will not change, because it's in their benefit to maintain this status quo. The next few decades are going to be hard, until enough environmental, social, and technological pressure force change.


One may not be able to change the system, but they can certainly monkey-wrench it and slow it down to a near crawl so that it costs the Bigshots far more than what they expected. Little bits of defiance here and there can be like little grains of sand in the gears of totalitarianism. Eventually, it can no longer function and that's when you move in.

For fun, do things to drive the NSA nuts like doing Google searches with such phrases as "Tea Party Child Rape" or "Justin Bieber is building a dirty bomb". Send the algorithms into a nervous breakdown so that the data is unreliable to the snoopers.
 
2014-07-14 06:49:14 PM  

teenage mutant ninja rapist: Typically for a poor man to become rich he has to actually make some money. Not spend his time trying to keep money from others.


Yeah, except the opposite of that. Seriously, that is the dumbest thing I've read today, congrats.
 
2014-07-14 06:53:26 PM  

AurizenDarkstar: The sad thing is, a line from the play (and movie) '1776' explains it all too well:

"Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor."

The reality is, 99.99% of the population will NEVER, EVER be rich.


That was from the Director's Cut.  Nixon asked the producer (who was a friend) to cut that part out of the release.  It didn't appear in the movie until the DVD.  Oh, and by the way:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vsql45M4c64
 
2014-07-14 06:53:45 PM  
Few strong unions in the right sectors and you might see some change but I don't see that happening anywhere.  I thought Obama was going to be a bigger force for the middle class but he got cock-blocked in 2010 and since.  It's good to see the push for the min wage here, but WA is also a state the rejected an income tax for millionaires recently.

I really don't think it's going to get better, but I do think it getting worse may slow down.  Some.
 
2014-07-14 06:56:11 PM  
John Oliver has been on fire with this show. I've yet to see anything bad.
 
2014-07-14 07:01:38 PM  

gingerjet: AurizenDarkstar: The sad thing is, a line from the play (and movie) '1776' explains it all too well:

I could never get past the singing Dr. Mark Craig to make it all the way through that movie.


Well, he is obnoxious and disliked.

Too bad, it's a classic, I watch it every 4th of July.  This is my favorite part:

Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Please Mr. Dickinson, but must you start banging? How is a man to sleep?

John Dickinson: Forgive me, Dr. Franklin, but must YOU start speaking? How is a man to stay awake?  We'll promise to be quiet - I'm sure everyone prefers that you remained asleep.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin: If I'm to hear myself called an Englishman, sir, I assure you I prefer I'd remained asleep.

John Dickinson: What's so terrible about being called an Englishman? The English don't seem to mind.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Nor would I, were I given the full rights of an Englishman. But to call me one without those rights is like calling an ox a bull. He's thankful for the honor, but he'd much rather have restored what's rightfully his.

John Dickinson: When did you first notice they were missing, sir?
 
2014-07-14 07:08:02 PM  

runwiz: Oliver doesn't understand that Americans know the odds are stacked against them but always believe that he or she will be the one to beat the odds.  The American way of thinking;  If they don't repeal the estate tax on estates worth over $5 million, it will be my dirty rotten bad luck to wind up with an estate valued at over $5 million and I will have no one to blame but myself for my bad luck.


Wut?  That was EXACTLY his premise in that clip.  He articulated that exact thought, just much better.
 
2014-07-14 07:12:19 PM  

runwiz: Oliver doesn't understand that Americans know the odds are stacked against them but always believe that he or she will be the one to beat the odds.  The American way of thinking;  If they don't repeal the estate tax on estates worth over $5 million, it will be my dirty rotten bad luck to wind up with an estate valued at over $5 million and I will have no one to blame but myself for my bad luck.


You do realize that Megyn Kelly was quoted in the video making this exact point and that John Oliver landed a haymaker on her chin in response to this delusional way of thinking, right?
 
2014-07-14 07:14:38 PM  
Why the hate for estate tax? "This is the practical embodiment of everything you want; this is the government literally taking your money over your dead body."

Nice.
 
2014-07-14 07:15:02 PM  
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2014-07-14 07:18:00 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Am I the only one who remembers John Oliver's appearence in the HBO miniseries "John Adams", where he played a representative of the King's government? Hard to impossible to even find a image of him online in that role. It's as like the HBO Powers That Be are trying to erase that fact from everyone's memory.


The series available on Amazon Prime, so they're not doing a very good job.
 
2014-07-14 07:19:57 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Am I the only one who remembers John Oliver's appearence in the HBO miniseries "John Adams", where he played a representative of the King's government? Hard to impossible to even find a image of him online in that role. It's as like the HBO Powers That Be are trying to erase that fact from everyone's memory.


Yes, it's quite the scandal that the British actor portrayed a British character in a movie.

Next you'll be repeating that myth about Jon Stewart playing a corporate sellout asshole in a movie where he screws over Robin Williams.
 
2014-07-14 07:22:13 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: I thought Obama was going to be a bigger force for the middle class but he got cock-blocked in 2010 and since.


As someone who campaigned for and voted for Obama twice I have to say I find this horribly naive.  The guy surrounds himself with dudes like Jack Lew, Peter Orzag & Timothy Geithner.  He couldn't have been elected without strong support from Wall Street and he would never actually employ policies that would piss them off.
 
2014-07-14 07:23:32 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Am I the only one who remembers John Oliver's appearence in the HBO miniseries "John Adams", where he played a representative of the King's government? Hard to impossible to even find a image of him online in that role. It's as like the HBO Powers That Be are trying to erase that fact from everyone's memory.


No he wasn't in the series. Please prove me wrong, I wasted a lot of google time looking. You're high aren't you?
 
2014-07-14 07:24:29 PM  
God, people sure do whine a lot about successful people. And a lot of the whiners are successful people themselves. Seriously, you think that's the problem with this country? Even Obama has toned down that rhetoric.
 
2014-07-14 07:26:57 PM  

Blathering Idjut: Soup4Bonnie: I thought Obama was going to be a bigger force for the middle class but he got cock-blocked in 2010 and since.

As someone who campaigned for and voted for Obama twice I have to say I find this horribly naive.  The guy surrounds himself with dudes like Jack Lew, Peter Orzag & Timothy Geithner.  He couldn't have been elected without strong support from Wall Street and he would never actually employ policies that would piss them off.


Well, so far, Obama's shiat lookin bad.

/also voted for this yahoo & company twice
//not impressed with the current admin
///I got yer "fu*k you they all bad
 
2014-07-14 07:28:06 PM  

Cletus C.: God, people sure do whine a lot about successful people. And a lot of the whiners are successful people themselves. Seriously, you think that's the problem with this country? Even Obama has toned down that rhetoric.


Says the guy white knighting for the ones whining about paying their farking taxes.

/fished in
 
2014-07-14 07:29:04 PM  

Cletus C.: Seriously, you think that's the problem with this country?


Go ahead and present an argument to the contrary.
 
2014-07-14 07:31:24 PM  

Blathering Idjut: As someone who campaigned for and voted for Obama twice I have to say I find this horribly naive.  The guy surrounds himself with dudes like Jack Lew, Peter Orzag & Timothy Geithner.  He couldn't have been elected without strong support from Wall Street and he would never actually employ policies that would piss them off.


Oh, I didn't think he'd do anything radical to Wall Street.  I just think a Congress that wasn't so hostile would have allowed him to do more, like minimum wage increases, tax reforms, etc.  High speed rail, alternative energies, infrastructure improvements, these types of programs he was willing to support would have opened up jobs and put more money in the pockets of the middle class.
 
2014-07-14 07:32:58 PM  

Cletus C.: God, people sure do whine a lot about successful people. And a lot of the whiners are successful people themselves. Seriously, you think that's the problem with this country? Even Obama has toned down that rhetoric.


You're high too?  I don't give a shiat about Shirley Temple/tap dancing "jus folks" either. Same time I'd like to use the Public razor on half you elitist Pollyannas.
 
2014-07-14 07:34:25 PM  

Hickory-smoked: Cletus C.: Seriously, you think that's the problem with this country?

Go ahead and present an argument to the contrary.


I consider myself successful. I am not uber-wealthy. I am happy and do not harbor resentment against people better off than me, whether they inherited their wealth or built it up from nothing.

There.
 
2014-07-14 07:35:32 PM  

Cletus C.: Hickory-smoked: Cletus C.: Seriously, you think that's the problem with this country?

Go ahead and present an argument to the contrary.

I consider myself successful. I am not uber-wealthy. I am happy and do not harbor resentment against people better off than me, whether they inherited their wealth or built it up from nothing.

There.


This
 
2014-07-14 07:36:27 PM  
/and if are rich and invest your riches they will continue to grow at a good rate.

If you scale that up until the billions of dollars apparently it IS possible to win at capitalism.

what we need is winning conditions where the extremely rich get respect and all the mansions, supermodels and sailboats they need to be happy and beyond that (a few hundred million dollars should do) and the excess funds get put back into circulation.

//a use it or lose it clause would work, spend the money beyond a certain total, not invest, spend it.
 
2014-07-14 07:44:12 PM  

Cletus C.: Hickory-smoked: Cletus C.: Seriously, you think that's the problem with this country?

Go ahead and present an argument to the contrary.

I consider myself successful. I am not uber-wealthy. I am happy and do not harbor resentment against people better off than me, whether they inherited their wealth or built it up from nothing.

There.


It is strange you think asking people to pay for a system that allows them to accumulate and maintain their wealth as "harboring resentment"
 
2014-07-14 07:45:12 PM  

Cletus C.: God, people sure do whine a lot about successful people. And a lot of the whiners are successful people themselves. Seriously, you think that's the problem with this country? Even Obama has toned down that rhetoric.


Exactly. I successfully inherited a bunch of money. You whiners should have been born to rich parents like me.
 
2014-07-14 07:49:19 PM  
Why do we have a land tax? Because land costs money all on it's own, and so only if you can afford it, can you reserve for private use some piece of the country. When you can no longer pay that tax, the land goes back to the people to be redistributed.

The inheritance tax is the same thing. You can use a capitalist society to extract wealth for your own use, but it's actually evil, passing naive, to believe the earth itself or anything on it will always be anyone's without continuing effort.

Thats what makes america great. That. That right there.
 
2014-07-14 07:49:55 PM  

Cletus C.: God, people sure do whine a lot about successful people. And a lot of the whiners are successful people themselves. Seriously, you think that's the problem with this country? Even Obama has toned down that rhetoric.


i think it's deeper than that, did anyone ever think if they work hard they would be rich? I mean really, did anyone actually think that? You work hard and try to make good decisions to build a life and save for retirement but rich? No. I find it fascinating that it seems like a very large portion of the population feels they would eventually be, or flat out deserve to be, rich.

I can't put my finger on it and I don't want to pull out the cliche "millennials self entitlement" argument but I get the feeling a large portion of the population have been getting a nasty dose of reality the past 10 years or so.

( i define rich as top 0.01% )
 
2014-07-14 07:50:51 PM  

haemaker: gingerjet: AurizenDarkstar: The sad thing is, a line from the play (and movie) '1776' explains it all too well:

I could never get past the singing Dr. Mark Craig to make it all the way through that movie.

Well, he is obnoxious and disliked.

Too bad, it's a classic, I watch it every 4th of July.  This is my favorite part:

Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Please Mr. Dickinson, but must you start banging? How is a man to sleep?

John Dickinson: Forgive me, Dr. Franklin, but must YOU start speaking? How is a man to stay awake?  We'll promise to be quiet - I'm sure everyone prefers that you remained asleep.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin: If I'm to hear myself called an Englishman, sir, I assure you I prefer I'd remained asleep.

John Dickinson: What's so terrible about being called an Englishman? The English don't seem to mind.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Nor would I, were I given the full rights of an Englishman. But to call me one without those rights is like calling an ox a bull. He's thankful for the honor, but he'd much rather have restored what's rightfully his.

John Dickinson: When did you first notice they were missing, sir?

Mugato: teenage mutant ninja rapist: Typically for a poor man to become rich he has to actually make some money. Not spend his time trying to keep money from others.

Yeah, except the opposite of that. Seriously, that is the dumbest thing I've read today, congrats.

Obligatory for 1776 fans.
 
2014-07-14 07:53:52 PM  

kronicfeld: This show has exceeded my wildest expectations


It pretty much persuaded me to keep my HBO subscription.
 
2014-07-14 07:55:21 PM  

gingerjet: AurizenDarkstar: The sad thing is, a line from the play (and movie) '1776' explains it all too well:

I could never get past the singing  Dr. Mark Craig MR. FEE-HEE-HEEE-NEY! to make it all the way through that movie.


FTFY
 
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