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(Internet Archive)   The Community Chest wasn't just a Monopoly trope after all. While this would be derided as Socialist Propaganda today, it reminds us that there was once a time when people cared about their neighbors. Ah well, what's the worst that could happen?   (archive.org) divider line
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2020-04-23 6:51:13 PM  
This "socialist" program still exists, subby. It's called the United Way.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communi​t​y_Chest_(organization)

/Conservatives will argue (with some merit) that it's not socialism if it is voluntary.
//You're free to choose whether you give or not.
///three for those in need of a slashie
 
2020-04-23 10:55:06 PM  
Notice the segregation. Love the old films.
 
2020-04-23 11:00:07 PM  
Yeah, never mind the community chest. Make a call to the police for a wellness check in the US today and the person might get murdered by the police.
 
2020-04-23 11:02:37 PM  
Hey, I got one.  Only took 15 years.

I did get this is a volunteer thing, and it's not tax money being given to people.  But even the general tone was far more "C'mere, we'll give you some cash, and there's no shame in that" than you'd see today.  We've been taught that to be poor is something to be ashamed of, and it culminated in the worst case scenario megalomaniac serial bailout-taker asshole rich kid.  One who just keeps appointing other asshole rich kids to (sometimes lifetime) posts.

We've been finding ways to help out people who need it.  I know there are fundraisers for getting delivery service to hospital employees, that seems like a good place to start.
 
2020-04-23 11:11:42 PM  
Did someone say Community chest?

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2020-04-23 11:55:00 PM  
To have a community chest, you have to have a community.
 
2020-04-24 12:02:13 AM  
I've had two "wellness checks" in the past couple of weeks from the police in my town, and this video reminded me of that.  Those encounters were both courteous and thoughtful.

I'm glad to see that there are still people working in law enforcement, adhering to this standard.

This video has change my perspective on those encounters in a good way.
 
2020-04-24 12:21:33 AM  
Sweep faster, Sally, or I'll piss again!

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runwiz: Notice the segregation. Love the old films.


And the cop starts talking about "gangs" when they cut to the African American kids.
 
2020-04-24 12:42:34 AM  

DoctorCal: Yeah, never mind the community chest. Make a call to the police for a wellness check in the US today and the person might get murdered by the police.


A guy in Chicago called the police because his mentally ill son was having an episode, and he told them exactly what was going on. It ended with two people dead, his son and a neighbor, because the son was in a stand off with them with a baseball bat.

So yeah.
 
2020-04-24 1:05:49 AM  
Community chest was what we called the big boobed slutty girl in high school
 
2020-04-24 2:07:18 AM  

AceGently: I've had two "wellness checks" in the past couple of weeks from the police in my town, and this video reminded me of that.  Those encounters were both courteous and thoughtful.

I'm glad to see that there are still people working in law enforcement, adhering to this standard.

This video has change my perspective on those encounters in a good way.


Given that cops are militarized to an extent they weren't even when I was growing up in the '80s, even in small towns like mine, it's hard to remember that most cops join up because they actually do want to help people in their community.  The force then self-selects for the median intelligence, rule enforcers and roid-heads.  Not to mention the fact that most towns near me now have cartoonish cop cars with a dozen blinding lights and POLICE in huge block letters at a rakish angle down the side.

I'm firmly in the ACAB camp, but it's not necessarily because of each individual cop.  On the whole I've got to believe they're largely decent people with a weird set of values that lead to not-decent outcomes.

/hoping your wellness checks out.
//stay strong
///three for luck
 
2020-04-24 2:17:04 AM  
But if you dig out a spot for your car, it is somehow not free parking because you put a lawn chair in the space?

Come on.
 
2020-04-24 2:26:08 AM  
$10 for second place in a beauty contest is always nice.
 
2020-04-24 6:16:48 AM  

stilted: Conservatives will argue (with some merit) that it's not socialism if it is voluntary.



Or to put it another way, it's only socialism if it helps people who Conservatives don't approve their lifestyle, skin color, religion, voting patterns.
 
2020-04-24 8:59:40 AM  
Long before there were state lotteries, the local protection racket would run a numbers game: Collect payment for entries from everyone and draw a lucky number every week.  The neighborhood widow or family with a disabled kid or sick father would win disproportionally.  Of course that was back when there were such things as neighborhoods and communities.
 
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