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(BBC-US)   So the rich are getting richer during the current pandemic. Just a replay of the Bubonic Plague Era   (bbc.com) divider line
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2020-07-03 1:32:35 PM  
Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.
 
2020-07-03 1:39:29 PM  

AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.


Just like the bubonic plague era.
 
2020-07-03 1:52:51 PM  

SurfaceTension: AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.

Just like the bubonic plague era.


Good for the gravediggers though.
 
2020-07-03 1:57:32 PM  
A deadly disease sweeping through that was brought over from an area that is now part of China?

What are the odds?
 
2020-07-03 1:57:38 PM  
Its already happened. Racism is the plague
 
2020-07-03 1:58:39 PM  

AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.


^

The black death actually gave workers power.
 
2020-07-03 2:09:13 PM  

Sexy Jesus: SurfaceTension: AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.

Just like the bubonic plague era.

Good for the gravediggers though.


Not really, back then the gravediggers usually caught the plague because of their close proximity to the infected deceased.

...but I suppose they were always looking to hire, so there was that.
 
2020-07-03 2:11:30 PM  

dkulprit: AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.

^

The black death actually gave workers power.


In England yes, it essentially ended feudalism as the social consensus was destroyed.  But by the time of the Peasant's revolt in 1381 the backlash had hit.
 
2020-07-03 2:12:43 PM  

Sexy Jesus: SurfaceTension: AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.

Just like the bubonic plague era.

Good for the gravediggers though.


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"Well, the world needs gravediggers, too!"
 
2020-07-03 2:12:49 PM  

Sexy Jesus: SurfaceTension: AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.

Just like the bubonic plague era.

Good for the gravediggers though.


Or natural gas futures thanks to crematoriums.
 
2020-07-03 2:14:11 PM  
Sunshine on my shoulders
Buboes in my groin
 
2020-07-03 2:14:14 PM  

Snaptastic: Sexy Jesus: SurfaceTension: AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.

Just like the bubonic plague era.

Good for the gravediggers though.

Not really, back then the gravediggers usually caught the plague because of their close proximity to the infected deceased.

...but I suppose they were always looking to hire, so there was that.


There you go, that's the spirit!
 
2020-07-03 2:18:25 PM  

SurfaceTension: AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.

Just like the bubonic plague era.


except now we have a domestic military that is happy to shoot up people with rubber bullets and stun grenades and that's only their first level of force.  Who needs the Pinkertons to break up strikes anymore?
 
2020-07-03 2:22:46 PM  
Speaking of which...

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2020-07-03 2:24:21 PM  

gar1013: A deadly disease sweeping through that was brought over from an area that is now part of China?

What are the odds?


This is nothing compared to the Plague.  No one who isn't a loon is predicting more than 2-3% deaths.  The plague killed 60%+ in Europe and 40%+ worldwide.  That outbreak is in an entirely different weight class than COVID-19

dkulprit: AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.

^

The black death actually gave workers power.


For a while, yes.  But there was a backlash against that, with rulers heavily curtailing the gains made, in some cases simply negating agreements that allowed higher wages than pre-Plague.  One thing that was used were sumptuary laws, where certain people could only own certain things (particularly clothes).  Basically, if you could not show your family had wealth before the Plague, and you were seen owning certain luxury goods, they could fine you and confiscate the goods.  The Plague created cracks in the feudal system, but most of those were plastered over rather quickly and heavyhandedly.
 
2020-07-03 2:25:07 PM  
rent-seeking is a time honed and proven tradition, pandemic or not.
 
2020-07-03 2:25:45 PM  

GardenWeasel: Speaking of which...

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So?  Same thing happens to about a dozen people in the American Southwest each year.  We also now know how to stop it dead.  Basic antibiotics simply destroy it.
 
2020-07-03 2:26:04 PM  
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2020-07-03 2:29:22 PM  
Could probably count on one hand the number of years since the plague that rich haven't gotten richer.
 
2020-07-03 2:32:55 PM  
The American taxpayer is being robbed blind.  We got a 500 billion dollar stimulus to split between us, meanwhile the Federal Reserve has printed up 6 Trillion dollars and spent it on stocks for the donor class. Trump's elites only pandemic response has been the largest smash and grab in the history of humanity, worse even than that which occurred at the fall of the Soviet Union.
 
2020-07-03 2:36:26 PM  
The rich get richer during any situation because they tend to have better money management skills than the poor.
 
2020-07-03 2:42:29 PM  
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2020-07-03 2:47:02 PM  
Switzerland (Germany, Austria, etc) paid employees their normal wages during the lockdown. My wife and I did quiet well in our jobs during the lockdown - we both work in industries that did well in the pandemic. Our unemployment and pension taxes went up and we gladly paid the increase.

General taxes and interest rates probably won't go up here for at least a few years according to the government. Borrowing is still incredibly cheap. They do expect to have to raise taxes and interest rates once the pandemic is over in order to pay for the deficit spending now.

/ Just a brief from one of the more responsible parts of the world.
 
2020-07-03 2:50:24 PM  
As a modern peasant, I got a kick out of this article.
 
2020-07-03 2:58:57 PM  
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Seems like a good time to throw a high society party.
 
2020-07-03 3:30:37 PM  
My low pay friends that are laid off are better off now making $600 a week.  So some Low income peeps are getting richer.
 
2020-07-03 3:32:55 PM  

AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.


Don't be absurd. There's all these unemployed workers, and they've been out of work for *months*, so they're not "fresh" (as a headhunter once had the gaul to tell me), so they'll take whatever low wages the companies offer.

I'll bet you think that you can beat a casino, too.
 
2020-07-03 3:34:08 PM  

zpaul: My low pay friends that are laid off are better off now making $600 a week.  So some Low income peeps are getting richer.


In other words, they were paid slave wages....

But we can't afford to raise the minimum wage, now, I mean, think of the loss of ROI for the CEO!
 
2020-07-03 3:35:55 PM  
Maybe the workers should form some sort of anarcho-syndicalist commune where they they take turns to act as sort of executive officer for the week...
 
2020-07-03 3:39:44 PM  

whitroth: zpaul: My low pay friends that are laid off are better off now making $600 a week.  So some Low income peeps are getting richer.

In other words, they were paid slave wages....

But we can't afford to raise the minimum wage, now, I mean, think of the loss of ROI for the CEO!


They were happy.  I work in a hospital, I'm
Talking nurse aides. PT techs, ect. They were cool making what they made. Plus insurance was covered.  It just wasn't $1,200 a check.
 
2020-07-03 3:53:16 PM  

AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.


Automation will replace those positions so the Virus is actually helping the stock holders since they didn't have to spend money on pink slips and severance packages.
 
2020-07-03 4:04:40 PM  
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2020-07-03 4:10:26 PM  

phalamir: That outbreak is in an entirely different weight class than COVID-19



That outbreak is in an entirely different weight class than COVID-19

/wait, you were supposed to put "altogether" at the end
 
2020-07-03 4:10:41 PM  

zpaul: whitroth: zpaul: My low pay friends that are laid off are better off now making $600 a week.  So some Low income peeps are getting richer.

In other words, they were paid slave wages....

But we can't afford to raise the minimum wage, now, I mean, think of the loss of ROI for the CEO!

They were happy.  I work in a hospital, I'm
Talking nurse aides. PT techs, ect. They were cool making what they made. Plus insurance was covered.  It just wasn't $1,200 a check.


So they were happy slaves.  Sing and dancing for Massa's amusement too?
 
2020-07-03 4:22:36 PM  

zpaul: whitroth: zpaul: My low pay friends that are laid off are better off now making $600 a week.  So some Low income peeps are getting richer.

In other words, they were paid slave wages....

But we can't afford to raise the minimum wage, now, I mean, think of the loss of ROI for the CEO!

They were happy.  I work in a hospital, I'm
Talking nurse aides. PT techs, ect. They were cool making what they made. Plus insurance was covered.  It just wasn't $1,200 a check.


As I said, they should be paid more in *normal* times.
 
2020-07-03 5:01:46 PM  

phalamir: zpaul: whitroth: zpaul: My low pay friends that are laid off are better off now making $600 a week.  So some Low income peeps are getting richer.

In other words, they were paid slave wages....

But we can't afford to raise the minimum wage, now, I mean, think of the loss of ROI for the CEO!

They were happy.  I work in a hospital, I'm
Talking nurse aides. PT techs, ect. They were cool making what they made. Plus insurance was covered.  It just wasn't $1,200 a check.

So they were happy slaves.  Sing and dancing for Massa's amusement too?


Aren't we all?
 
2020-07-03 5:28:07 PM  

zpaul: phalamir: zpaul: whitroth: zpaul: My low pay friends that are laid off are better off now making $600 a week.  So some Low income peeps are getting richer.

In other words, they were paid slave wages....

But we can't afford to raise the minimum wage, now, I mean, think of the loss of ROI for the CEO!

They were happy.  I work in a hospital, I'm
Talking nurse aides. PT techs, ect. They were cool making what they made. Plus insurance was covered.  It just wasn't $1,200 a check.

So they were happy slaves.  Sing and dancing for Massa's amusement too?

Aren't we all?


No.
 
2020-07-03 7:17:07 PM  

Sexy Jesus: SurfaceTension: AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.

Just like the bubonic plague era.

Good for the gravediggers though.


Not really. No one buys fancy graves if they can't make sure the stiff gets in there in person so while they are busy it comes at the cost of future profits.
 
2020-07-03 10:20:15 PM  
As long as the multitude of idiots have their attention diverted elsewhere, not a thing will change how this country is being run. Keep that course steady!!
 
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