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2021-06-09 7:02:18 PM  
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2021-06-09 7:09:39 PM  
1- We are paying taxes to support what our employers feel is their child care support system (school)in order to keep the amount of workers high and wages low.

If they feel that way we should make them pay for it.
 
2021-06-09 7:22:36 PM  
he should be president
 
2021-06-09 7:27:38 PM  
We haven't learned a god damn thing.

Wait...we learned that some people are too selfish and entitled to do simple shiat like put on a damn mask. Other than that, nothing.
 
2021-06-09 7:38:25 PM  

Alley Rat: We haven't learned a god damn thing.

Wait...we learned that some people are too selfish and entitled to do simple shiat like put on a damn mask. Other than that, nothing.


We also learned that Conservatives hate every single one of his 7 points and that Mitch McConnell will make sure none of them ever gets discussed in the Senate.

Of course, we already knew that Conservatives hate everything that might potentially be good for somebody and Mitch McConnell doesn't let anything get discussed in the Senate, but we were reminded again by how they acted during the pandemic.
 
2021-06-09 7:53:06 PM  
1) Workers keep America going, not billionaires
2) Health care must be a human right
3) Conspiracy theories can be deadly
4) Wages are too low to get by on
5) Government is vital
6) It's past time for a wealth tax

Awesome.  #3 is more complicated.  Anti-intellectualism, Ignorance and bigotry are deadly.

In terms of #4, yes wages are too low and people surviving cheque to cheque is formula for disaster.  They have no reserves.  No freezer full of meat.  No empty credit cards.

Overall, there is no resilience in the system.  Health care too dependent on employment.

Critical supply chain issues too dependent on cheap labour; and people too poor to wait out a crisis.
 
2021-06-09 8:05:49 PM  
7) Roughly half of our fellow Americans are so selfish that they would literally kill other people rather than be mildly inconvenienced by wearing a mask in public.
 
2021-06-09 8:16:28 PM  
8) There are a lot of dumb Americans.
 
2021-06-09 8:19:47 PM  
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7) The damage Christianity has done to humanity will never cease. Once a person has been conditioned to believe, they will fall for anything.
 
2021-06-09 8:20:04 PM  
Rousseau is a lying son of a b*tch
 
2021-06-09 8:27:32 PM  
#1: Conservatives and MAGA are hateful and selfish and would rather watch the world burn than cooperate with outsiders.
 
2021-06-09 8:33:10 PM  
This is America

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2021-06-09 8:53:54 PM  
the only lesson I learned during the pandemic is that 40 percent of folks are just assholes

/that number may be higher in some states
 
2021-06-09 9:01:08 PM  
Seven lessons America will never learn from the pandemic

FTFY subby.
 
2021-06-09 9:35:36 PM  

poconojoe: the only lesson I learned during the pandemic is that 40 percent of folks are just assholes

/that number may be higher in some states


I learned that I like being home more than I guessed possible, and that apparently cleaning is my fetish
 
2021-06-09 9:41:08 PM  

revrendjim: 7) Roughly half of our fellow Americans are so selfish that they would literally kill other people rather than be mildly inconvenienced by wearing a mask in public.


That's kind of why I wanted to elaborate on 3 a bit.  It isn't just because they believe in conspiracy theories.  They are hateful, selfish bigots.  The conspiracy theories are just a lazy tool they allow themselves to believe.
 
2021-06-09 11:02:31 PM  

mrshowrules: 1) Workers keep America going, not billionaires
2) Health care must be a human right
3) Conspiracy theories can be deadly
4) Wages are too low to get by on
5) Government is vital
6) It's past time for a wealth tax

Awesome.  #3 is more complicated.  Anti-intellectualism, Ignorance and bigotry are deadly.

In terms of #4, yes wages are too low and people surviving cheque to cheque is formula for disaster.  They have no reserves.  No freezer full of meat.  No empty credit cards.

Overall, there is no resilience in the system.  Health care too dependent on employment.

Critical supply chain issues too dependent on cheap labour; and people too poor to wait out a crisis.


What bothers me about #4 is that it really isn't about wages. If you waived a magic wand and doubled minimum wage you would end up doubling the cost of rent, food, and car prices. More dollars will chase the same goods. It's not what I want but it's an economic fact. I'm more than willing to spend more for my burrito
 
2021-06-09 11:21:45 PM  
1. We don't give a rat turd about each other of it's even a minor inconvenience to ourselves.

The rest is window dressing.
 
2021-06-09 11:22:09 PM  

b2theory: mrshowrules: 1) Workers keep America going, not billionaires
2) Health care must be a human right
3) Conspiracy theories can be deadly
4) Wages are too low to get by on
5) Government is vital
6) It's past time for a wealth tax

Awesome.  #3 is more complicated.  Anti-intellectualism, Ignorance and bigotry are deadly.

In terms of #4, yes wages are too low and people surviving cheque to cheque is formula for disaster.  They have no reserves.  No freezer full of meat.  No empty credit cards.

Overall, there is no resilience in the system.  Health care too dependent on employment.

Critical supply chain issues too dependent on cheap labour; and people too poor to wait out a crisis.

What bothers me about #4 is that it really isn't about wages. If you waived a magic wand and doubled minimum wage you would end up doubling the cost of rent, food, and car prices. More dollars will chase the same goods. It's not what I want but it's an economic fact. I'm more than willing to spend more for my burrito


I say better to test that hypothesis than simply assume it's true and hopeless.
 
2021-06-09 11:23:34 PM  

b2theory: What bothers me about #4 is that it really isn't about wages. If you waived a magic wand and doubled minimum wage you would end up doubling the cost of rent, food, and car prices. More dollars will chase the same goods. It's not what I want but it's an economic fact.


No, it isn't.

Minimum wage increases are not completely consumed by inflation. There is enough empirical data on this that the question is considered settled among legitimate economists.

Further, in an economy as unbalanced as that of the United States, there is an enormous amount of theoretical room to pay for wage increases by cutting money expropriated to profits instead of by increasing prices.
 
2021-06-09 11:24:05 PM  
And I should have read the thread figuring my comment would already be covered. Ah, well nevertheless.
 
2021-06-09 11:24:21 PM  

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7) The damage Christianity has done to humanity will never cease. Once a person has been conditioned to believe, they will fall for anything.


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2021-06-09 11:31:12 PM  

OdradekRex: 8) There are a lot of dumb Americans.


You said this waaay nicer than I was thinking.
 
2021-06-09 11:31:22 PM  

b2theory: mrshowrules: 1) Workers keep America going, not billionaires
2) Health care must be a human right
3) Conspiracy theories can be deadly
4) Wages are too low to get by on
5) Government is vital
6) It's past time for a wealth tax

Awesome.  #3 is more complicated.  Anti-intellectualism, Ignorance and bigotry are deadly.

In terms of #4, yes wages are too low and people surviving cheque to cheque is formula for disaster.  They have no reserves.  No freezer full of meat.  No empty credit cards.

Overall, there is no resilience in the system.  Health care too dependent on employment.

Critical supply chain issues too dependent on cheap labour; and people too poor to wait out a crisis.

What bothers me about #4 is that it really isn't about wages. If you waived a magic wand and doubled minimum wage you would end up doubling the cost of rent, food, and car prices. More dollars will chase the same goods. It's not what I want but it's an economic fact. I'm more than willing to spend more for my burrito


Not to pile on, but the cost of rent, medical care higher education, etc. have all increased by leaps an bounds over the past 30 years even without corresponding increases in wages. It's almost like wages aren't the cause of observed inflation in recent history.

As an aside, I have learned that just in time logistics systems work really well in optimal circumstances.
 
2021-06-09 11:31:44 PM  

WalkingSedgwick: b2theory: What bothers me about #4 is that it really isn't about wages. If you waived a magic wand and doubled minimum wage you would end up doubling the cost of rent, food, and car prices. More dollars will chase the same goods. It's not what I want but it's an economic fact.

No, it isn't.

Minimum wage increases are not completely consumed by inflation. There is enough empirical data on this that the question is considered settled among legitimate economists.

Further, in an economy as unbalanced as that of the United States, there is an enormous amount of theoretical room to pay for wage increases by cutting money expropriated to profits instead of by increasing prices.


Yeah, nobody seems to biatch about price hikes when the CEO gets massive bonuses on top of his massive salary.
 
2021-06-09 11:33:16 PM  
9) In a crisis, Republicans will try to kill people.
 
2021-06-09 11:33:24 PM  
What rankles me about the healthcare issue in the US is every working taxpayer pays for it 3 times over: two forms of government provided healthcare they are not allowed to use, Medicare and Medicaid, and then again for private health insurance.

It's 4 times if you count Tricare for the military, which also is paid from taxes. I'll give that a pass because the military is a special case and necessary (even if not in it's current form).

So every working American pays for 2 types of healthcare they are then denied.
 
2021-06-09 11:35:00 PM  
7) That lowering the bar on presidential behavior lowered acceptable behavior standards on everyone. People have gone farking feral.
 
2021-06-09 11:35:24 PM  

b2theory: It's not what I want but it's an economic fact.


Ontario had rent control that pegged rent increases to the past year's inflation rate. Then, the province decided that they would stimulate the economy with condo construction, so they made all new buildings after 2007 exempt from rent control.

We know that rent can be controled, and it is not an economic fact that rents go up. But rental increase is a choice that governments make.
 
2021-06-09 11:35:30 PM  
What? None of that was learned. Everyone of those points we are steam rolling hard in the wrong direction on.
Only thing that was learned is that Ma Freedums are more important than the survival of society
 
2021-06-09 11:36:05 PM  
9) "Just-in-time" supply chains are fragile, vulnerable, and don't have any meaningful backup.
 
2021-06-09 11:40:04 PM  

mrshowrules: Critical supply chain issues too dependent on cheap labour; and people too poor to wait out a crisis.


It's a little more complicated than that, and of course it involves maximizing profits, per the usual.

I forget the name of the system used these days, but basically the grocery stores are maximizing profits by not controlling inventory anymore.

It used to be that grocery stores would have attached storage for stuff, then would have local storage/distribution not far from locations, then regional distribution centers, so on so forth to cover the areas that they had their stores in.

These days they've gotten rid of that.  Third party distributors own the inventory and they only keep in store what they need based on analytics.

So in an emergency, the stores don't have reserves to fall back on like they used to.

But it sure as hell is more profitable! They're selling stuff for the same price but have reduced labor costs, real estate costs, and inventory costs.  They don't have to pay people to work in warehouses to manage, track, and distribute food.  That's a lot of money savings and reduced overhead.
 
2021-06-09 11:41:09 PM  
1. delivery is too farkin expensive
2. stop giving me plastic forks, i'm at home
3. that's enough porn
4. if you keep whining about freedom i'm sending the skateboard kids to grind on the curb in front of your house
5. jesus christ figure out farking video calling already
6. stop voting for people who won't give you better broadband in the sticks, you idiot
7. don't put your black lives matter sign back up every time someone gets shot, they should matter three weeks later too
 
2021-06-09 11:43:22 PM  

adamatari: What rankles me about the healthcare issue in the US is every working taxpayer pays for it 3 times over: two forms of government provided healthcare they are not allowed to use, Medicare and Medicaid, and then again for private health insurance.

It's 4 times if you count Tricare for the military, which also is paid from taxes. I'll give that a pass because the military is a special case and necessary (even if not in it's current form).

So every working American pays for 2 types of healthcare they are then denied.


there are like 8 federal health insurance programs including IHS and CHIP
medicaid is not funded through payroll taxes
 
2021-06-09 11:45:03 PM  
Learning experiences are for pussies. Reality is whatever I want it to be.
 
2021-06-09 11:45:34 PM  
I'll sum it up in one: capitalism was not equipped to deal with a disaster of this magnitude and it has failed us.
 
2021-06-09 11:47:02 PM  

moothemagiccow: adamatari: What rankles me about the healthcare issue in the US is every working taxpayer pays for it 3 times over: two forms of government provided healthcare they are not allowed to use, Medicare and Medicaid, and then again for private health insurance.

It's 4 times if you count Tricare for the military, which also is paid from taxes. I'll give that a pass because the military is a special case and necessary (even if not in it's current form).

So every working American pays for 2 types of healthcare they are then denied.

there are like 8 federal health insurance programs including IHS and CHIP
medicaid is not funded through payroll taxes


Where did he mention payroll taxes?
 
2021-06-09 11:47:04 PM  

revrendjim: 7) Roughly half of our fellow Americans are so selfish that they would literally kill other people rather than be mildly inconvenienced by wearing a mask in public.


... and would punch a grandma in the face to make their views clear.
 
2021-06-09 11:47:19 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: 1. We don't give a rat turd about each other of it's even a minor inconvenience to ourselves.

The rest is window dressing.


It's not that I don't care, but really what can you expect me to do when I am stranded out here on this boat?

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2021-06-09 11:48:03 PM  

some_beer_drinker: he should be president


In 2002 he ran for Governor of MA, but lost the Dem primary to the person who ultimately lost to Mitt Romney.  I had some friends who worked on his campaign who (only half-jokingly) lamented afterwards over beers that he only lost because he's short (like 4' 10" short), which really sucked because if he had made it to the general election, he could have cleaned RMoney's clock in the live debates.
 
2021-06-09 11:48:52 PM  
1. Never trust a republican
2. Whatever a republican says, do the opposite
 
2021-06-09 11:49:12 PM  
42) Oh no, not again
 
2021-06-09 11:52:42 PM  

MattytheMouse: I'll sum it up in one: capitalism was not equipped to deal with a disaster of this magnitude and it has failed us.


There is a reason why the vaccines and treatments were developed here in the US, and there is a reason why we can afford to give away 500 million doses to other countries. Capitalism.

If you think about it, what failed was individual liberty. I think if you were honest, you would have preferred to see the government compelling by force these lockdowns and mask regulations etc.

But that is a very dangerous line to straddle.
 
2021-06-09 11:53:28 PM  

ElPrimitivo: Peter von Nostrand: 1. We don't give a rat turd about each other of it's even a minor inconvenience to ourselves.

The rest is window dressing.

It's not that I don't care, but really what can you expect me to do when I am stranded out here on this boat?

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2021-06-09 11:54:52 PM  

b2theory: mrshowrules: 1) Workers keep America going, not billionaires
2) Health care must be a human right
3) Conspiracy theories can be deadly
4) Wages are too low to get by on
5) Government is vital
6) It's past time for a wealth tax

Awesome.  #3 is more complicated.  Anti-intellectualism, Ignorance and bigotry are deadly.

In terms of #4, yes wages are too low and people surviving cheque to cheque is formula for disaster.  They have no reserves.  No freezer full of meat.  No empty credit cards.

Overall, there is no resilience in the system.  Health care too dependent on employment.

Critical supply chain issues too dependent on cheap labour; and people too poor to wait out a crisis.

What bothers me about #4 is that it really isn't about wages. If you waived a magic wand and doubled minimum wage you would end up doubling the cost of rent, food, and car prices. More dollars will chase the same goods. It's not what I want but it's an economic fact. I'm more than willing to spend more for my burrito


Is that an economic fact? Are you sure? You must have data to back that claim, right?
 
2021-06-09 11:54:55 PM  
Robert Reich is a frickin national treasure.
 
2021-06-09 11:55:35 PM  
I can't be the only one who noticed there's only 6 right?
Is the new math everyone is biatching about?
 
2021-06-09 11:56:02 PM  

dkulprit: mrshowrules: Critical supply chain issues too dependent on cheap labour; and people too poor to wait out a crisis.

It's a little more complicated than that, and of course it involves maximizing profits, per the usual.

I forget the name of the system used these days, but basically the grocery stores are maximizing profits by not controlling inventory anymore.

It used to be that grocery stores would have attached storage for stuff, then would have local storage/distribution not far from locations, then regional distribution centers, so on so forth to cover the areas that they had their stores in.

These days they've gotten rid of that.  Third party distributors own the inventory and they only keep in store what they need based on analytics.

So in an emergency, the stores don't have reserves to fall back on like they used to.

But it sure as hell is more profitable! They're selling stuff for the same price but have reduced labor costs, real estate costs, and inventory costs.  They don't have to pay people to work in warehouses to manage, track, and distribute food.  That's a lot of money savings and reduced overhead.


Unless those 3rd party distributors operate as charities they are still paying for all that stuff.
 
2021-06-09 11:56:25 PM  

Magnanimous_J: MattytheMouse: I'll sum it up in one: capitalism was not equipped to deal with a disaster of this magnitude and it has failed us.

There is a reason why the vaccines and treatments were developed here in the US, and there is a reason why we can afford to give away 500 million doses to other countries. Capitalism.

If you think about it, what failed was individual liberty. I think if you were honest, you would have preferred to see the government compelling by force these lockdowns and mask regulations etc.

But that is a very dangerous line to straddle.


Yeah, next thing you know, politicians could be riling up idiots to attack Congress to prevent a hand over of power after an election. 🙄
 
2021-06-09 11:56:49 PM  
Seven lessons America won't learn, or will take entirely the wrong lessons from the Pandemic.
 
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