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(NPR)   Give a billionaire a lever long enough, and a fulcrum on which to place it, and he shall destroy the world   (npr.org) divider line
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2022-11-30 4:40:55 PM  
Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.
 
2022-11-30 5:10:13 PM  

Lambskincoat: Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.


Do like mmorpgs. nerf capitalism. You max out at $999M net worth.
 
2022-11-30 5:35:56 PM  
History has shown time and again that, when left to their own devices, the super-rich either cannot or will not behave altruistically.

leeksfromchichis: Lambskincoat: Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.

Do like mmorpgs. nerf capitalism. You max out at $999M net worth.


America needs a maximum wage which won't exceed 20x the minimum wage, i.e. a $30/hour minimum wage means a corresponding maximum wage at $600/hour.
 
2022-11-30 5:44:13 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: History has shown time and again that, when left to their own devices, the super-rich either cannot or will not behave altruistically.

leeksfromchichis: Lambskincoat: Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.

Do like mmorpgs. nerf capitalism. You max out at $999M net worth.

America needs a maximum wage which won't exceed 20x the minimum wage, i.e. a $30/hour minimum wage means a corresponding maximum wage at $600/hour.


Iiirc generals make 25x privates, seems fair.

But billionaires don't become billionaires by wages. even insane wages running 24x7 would take laughable amounts of time to make even one billion.
 
2022-11-30 5:45:39 PM  
Tim Cook shut off communication for Chinese activists, but the Twitter obsession continues unabated because . . . something might happen eventually?  We're into 2 weeks of endless "the end is nigh because of Twitter" stories.  Is it time to just start posting Kenan?

I'm almost happy about Elon taking over Twitter, if it helps people get concerned about billionaires monopolizing speech (which was happening for all of the "they're a private company, they can do whatever they want" years).
 
2022-11-30 5:45:52 PM  
Twitter's chaos could make political violence worse outside of the U.S.

But libs are being owned. And in the end, isn't that all that matters?
 
2022-11-30 5:51:11 PM  

leeksfromchichis: Lambskincoat: Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.

Do like mmorpgs. nerf capitalism. You max out at $999M net worth.


Then merchants would just shout at the corner of Wall Street and trade the higher values with unopened boxes.

Or so they SAY they are unopened.
 
2022-11-30 5:51:12 PM  

Lambskincoat: Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.


Seriously, we should have at least a 90% marginal tax rate on "income," for these assholes.
 
2022-11-30 6:19:12 PM  
Twitter's chaos could make political violence worse outside of the U.S.

And inside as well. That's the price we pay for letting billionaires both exist and do whatever they fark they want.
 
2022-11-30 6:28:51 PM  
Yeah but durr all they were doing was drinking wine and yoga...
 
2022-11-30 6:30:03 PM  
Everything will go off the rails eventually when we can't deal with our problems in a timely manner.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

All the more reason we need to be executing J6 terrorists.
 
2022-11-30 6:31:23 PM  

leeksfromchichis: Lambskincoat: Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.

Do like mmorpgs. nerf capitalism. You max out at $999M net worth.


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2022-11-30 6:31:33 PM  
Thenmozhi Soundararajan, executive director of Equality Labs, which advocates for the rights of Dalits, the community at the bottom of India's caste hierarchy. "I think Musk lacks the cultural competency, he's not getting proper legal advice around this issue, and so he's endangering millions of people's lives just for his whims," she said.

I'm so tired of people like Elon being given so much benefit of the doubt.  Elon is an evil self-righteous asshole who doesn't value human life over his own wealth and ego.  That's it.

It doesn't matter what legal advice he gets, he doesn't need cultural competency, he's just an evil person and he needs to be called that.  Stop acting like this is a problem of the decision maker not getting the right info, like somehow he's not totally at fault for what is going on
 
2022-11-30 6:32:02 PM  
Yay! Another Musky thread! I've been patiently waiting for one. Seems like soooo long ago that we had one!
 
2022-11-30 6:32:39 PM  
don't worry nancy pelosi and obama are going to take down all those smug billionaires
 
2022-11-30 6:32:44 PM  
I don't doubt it. The one time I went to Twitter today "White British" was trending. I clicked on the link, Ray. It was as bad as you might expect: nativist, racist, 4-chan level shiat.
 
2022-11-30 6:36:06 PM  

RyansPrivates: I don't doubt it. The one time I went to Twitter today "White British" was trending. I clicked on the link, Ray. It was as bad as you might expect: nativist, racist, 4-chan level shiat.


$8chan
 
2022-11-30 6:36:19 PM  
All the solutions to wealth inequality here are valid, and neither party wants anything to do with them. Because both sides really are bad, even if not equally so.

I'm so tired of you all retwnding they're not. It's gaslighting at this point. We can see it with our own eyes.
 
2022-11-30 6:36:51 PM  
*you all insisting. What the f*ck is retwnding, phone??
 
2022-11-30 6:37:28 PM  

leeksfromchichis: Lambskincoat: Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.

Do like mmorpgs. nerf capitalism. You max out at $999M net worth.


Two words: integer overflow.  You get more than $2,147,483,647, it flips to negative numbers and you're sold into debt slavery.
 
2022-11-30 6:37:44 PM  
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2022-11-30 6:39:51 PM  

aleister_greynight: Lambskincoat: Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.

Seriously, we should have at least a 90% marginal tax rate on "income," for these assholes.

We did in the 1950s "good-old days." 91%, actually.
 
2022-11-30 6:40:38 PM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: leeksfromchichis: Lambskincoat: Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.

Do like mmorpgs. nerf capitalism. You max out at $999M net worth.

Two words: integer overflow.  You get more than $2,147,483,647, it flips to negative numbers and you're sold into debt slavery.


Ah yes, the Pac-Man/Nuclear Gandhi approach.
 
2022-11-30 6:40:46 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: History has shown time and again that, when left to their own devices, the super-rich either cannot or will not behave altruistically.

leeksfromchichis: Lambskincoat: Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.

Do like mmorpgs. nerf capitalism. You max out at $999M net worth.

America needs a maximum wage which won't exceed 20x the minimum wage, i.e. a $30/hour minimum wage means a corresponding maximum wage at $600/hour.


I agree with the 'no billionaires' bit.  But I also know from over a hundred years of American history that these farks will do anything to keep their power going and any government or laws will soon be perverted to serve their ends.

Unions were created because the alternative was someone being dragged out of their house by their workers in the middle of the night and executed like a rabid dog in front of their family.  I don't think a billionaire can bribe their way out of that.

Just saying.
 
2022-11-30 6:40:59 PM  
(Yes I know the Nuclear Gandhi thing isn't actually real but it's still funny as hell)
 
2022-11-30 6:41:08 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: America needs a maximum wage which won't exceed 20x the minimum wage, i.e. a $30/hour minimum wage means a corresponding maximum wage at $600/hour.


Wages are not the problem.

The super rich don't accumulate wealth through labor. They accumulate through capital -- appreciating values of ownership/assets.

Taxing capital is the only way to reduce inequality. That or a really big war/cataclysm that destroys everything.
 
2022-11-30 6:41:16 PM  
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2022-11-30 6:41:21 PM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: leeksfromchichis: Lambskincoat: Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.

Do like mmorpgs. nerf capitalism. You max out at $999M net worth.

Two words: integer overflow.  You get more than $2,147,483,647, it flips to negative numbers and you're sold into debt slavery.

♪♫ Shave and a hair-cut: 32 bits! ♫♪
 
2022-11-30 6:41:30 PM  

GardenWeasel: [Fark user image 598x1037]


So...

Everywhere.  Neat.
 
2022-11-30 6:41:38 PM  
Also, it's really nice to see Fark shift from "woo capitalism, shut up commies" to "billionaires shouldn't exist" so fast. Welcome to the good side, people!
 
2022-11-30 6:41:47 PM  

GardenWeasel: [Fark user image 598x1037]


holy fark
 
2022-11-30 6:43:59 PM  

gunga galunga: Twitter's chaos could make political violence worse outside of the U.S.

But libs are being owned. And in the end, isn't that all that matters?


The libs are still there.  They haven't left and they're as loud as ever.

But here's the weird thing:  no one forces anyone to use Twitter.

I can understand being 'forced' (in a way) to use Facebook because so many of your friends and relatives are there.

But Twitter?  Nah.


/not the end of the world
 
2022-11-30 6:44:28 PM  

leeksfromchichis: Bith Set Me Up: History has shown time and again that, when left to their own devices, the super-rich either cannot or will not behave altruistically.

leeksfromchichis: Lambskincoat: Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.

Do like mmorpgs. nerf capitalism. You max out at $999M net worth.

America needs a maximum wage which won't exceed 20x the minimum wage, i.e. a $30/hour minimum wage means a corresponding maximum wage at $600/hour.

Iiirc generals make 25x privates, seems fair.

But billionaires don't become billionaires by wages. even insane wages running 24x7 would take laughable amounts of time to make even one billion.


I'm beginning to suspect that becoming a billionaire involves nearly starting out as one, then committing numerous crimes and human rights abuses.
 
2022-11-30 6:46:11 PM  

RyansPrivates: I don't doubt it. The one time I went to Twitter today "White British" was trending. I clicked on the link, Ray. It was as bad as you might expect: nativist, racist, 4-chan level shiat.


I saw people recommending that MAGATS run over "leftists"
 
2022-11-30 6:46:17 PM  
So, when Musk started kicking off about the checkmarks, I thought "just make different kinds of checkmarks." And now he's doing it. So, on the one hand I'm proud to be weeks ahead of mr. genius ceo. On the other hand, Musk, a rancid idiot, thinks my idea is a good idea. Guys, am I... an idiot?
 
2022-11-30 6:46:41 PM  

RyansPrivates: "White British"


Speaking of violent global catastrophes.
 
2022-11-30 6:46:45 PM  

leeksfromchichis: Bith Set Me Up: History has shown time and again that, when left to their own devices, the super-rich either cannot or will not behave altruistically.

leeksfromchichis: Lambskincoat: Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.

Do like mmorpgs. nerf capitalism. You max out at $999M net worth.

America needs a maximum wage which won't exceed 20x the minimum wage, i.e. a $30/hour minimum wage means a corresponding maximum wage at $600/hour.

Iiirc generals make 25x privates, seems fair.

But billionaires don't become billionaires by wages. even insane wages running 24x7 would take laughable amounts of time to make even one billion.


An O-10 (4 star general is in charge of all army units in a command area, i.e. the EUCOM Commander is in charge of all army units in Europe, which google says is 64,000) with 34 years of service has a monthly base pay of $16,794.

An O-5 (lieutenant colonel in a battalion command position is in charge of bout 750-1000 dudes) with 20 years of service has a monthly base pay of $10,384.

An E-2 (private out of basic training that is in charge of not being so hungover they don't show up on time to formation right outside their room) with less than two years in has a monthly base pay of $2,054.


So even then it's only a bit over 8 times (not counting BAH and what have you). Hooray for CEO compensation!

https://www.dfas.mil/Portals/98/Documents/militarymembers/militarymembers/pay-tables/2022%20Military%20Pay%20Tables.pdf
 
2022-11-30 6:47:01 PM  

Dictatorial_Flair: leeksfromchichis: Bith Set Me Up: History has shown time and again that, when left to their own devices, the super-rich either cannot or will not behave altruistically.

leeksfromchichis: Lambskincoat: Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.

Do like mmorpgs. nerf capitalism. You max out at $999M net worth.

America needs a maximum wage which won't exceed 20x the minimum wage, i.e. a $30/hour minimum wage means a corresponding maximum wage at $600/hour.

Iiirc generals make 25x privates, seems fair.

But billionaires don't become billionaires by wages. even insane wages running 24x7 would take laughable amounts of time to make even one billion.

I'm beginning to suspect that becoming a billionaire involves nearly starting out as one, then committing numerous crimes and human rights abuses.


or being bought out by one
 
2022-11-30 6:47:19 PM  
Not really seeing a downside here.
 
2022-11-30 6:50:09 PM  
The Twitter thing isn't as much a billionaire thing as it is a billionaire working specifically in opposition of American interests.  If that guy isn't a foreign agent I'll eat my hat.
 
2022-11-30 6:50:30 PM  
Ishkur:  Taxing capital is the only way to reduce inequality.


How does that make the poor richer?
 
2022-11-30 6:51:14 PM  

Guntram Shatterhand: Bith Set Me Up: History has shown time and again that, when left to their own devices, the super-rich either cannot or will not behave altruistically.

leeksfromchichis: Lambskincoat: Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.

Do like mmorpgs. nerf capitalism. You max out at $999M net worth.

America needs a maximum wage which won't exceed 20x the minimum wage, i.e. a $30/hour minimum wage means a corresponding maximum wage at $600/hour.

I agree with the 'no billionaires' bit.  But I also know from over a hundred years of American history that these farks will do anything to keep their power going and any government or laws will soon be perverted to serve their ends.

Unions were created because the alternative was someone being dragged out of their house by their workers in the middle of the night and executed like a rabid dog in front of their family.  I don't think a billionaire can bribe their way out of that.

Just saying.


Wait, go back to that last one, before bribery...
 
2022-11-30 6:51:41 PM  

Mouser: Not really seeing a downside here.


Political violence tends to spill across borders.  Or did you think all those refugees were coming here for our banging healthcare system?
 
2022-11-30 6:55:21 PM  

leeksfromchichis: Bith Set Me Up: History has shown time and again that, when left to their own devices, the super-rich either cannot or will not behave altruistically.

leeksfromchichis: Lambskincoat: Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.

Do like mmorpgs. nerf capitalism. You max out at $999M net worth.

America needs a maximum wage which won't exceed 20x the minimum wage, i.e. a $30/hour minimum wage means a corresponding maximum wage at $600/hour.

Iiirc generals make 25x privates, seems fair.

But billionaires don't become billionaires by wages. even insane wages running 24x7 would take laughable amounts of time to make even one billion.


Not even! Looks like a 4 star general makes in the vicinity of $200,000 and a private around $22,000. So only 10x
 
2022-11-30 6:55:44 PM  
I can't imagine giving a crap if people become billionaires. Feels a lot like the absolute indifference I have over whatever happens in, on, or around Twitter.

Bill Gates is a billionaire, and he's donated 15 billion to charities...so far. Oh, but there's another rich guy we all hate, so...no more billionaires! We need to make RULES when something annoys us!
 
2022-11-30 6:55:52 PM  

Naido: Tim Cook shut off communication for Chinese activists, but the Twitter obsession continues unabated because . . . something might happen eventually?  We're into 2 weeks of endless "the end is nigh because of Twitter" stories.  Is it time to just start posting Kenan?

I'm almost happy about Elon taking over Twitter, if it helps people get concerned about billionaires monopolizing speech (which was happening for all of the "they're a private company, they can do whatever they want" years).


This is your daily TWITTER IS GOING TO DIE AND TAKE DOWN THE WORLD thread.

Thank you for contributing, although this narrative is adverse to our preferred algorithm.

In the future we anticipate this thread to become the epitome of efficiency.
 
2022-11-30 6:56:09 PM  
Carl Sagan nailed it a long time ago.......

"I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness...

The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance"
 
2022-11-30 7:03:14 PM  

RyansPrivates: I don't doubt it. The one time I went to Twitter today "White British" was trending. I clicked on the link, Ray. It was as bad as you might expect: nativist, racist, 4-chan level shiat.


Fun fact: did you know "Gammon" is an old Dutch word meaning 'vile' or 'low-class'?
 
2022-11-30 7:03:34 PM  

Hinged: Ishkur:  Taxing capital is the only way to reduce inequality.


How does that make the poor richer?


The taxes levied are spent on social services, increasing quality of life for everyone.
 
2022-11-30 7:44:41 PM  

gochuck: leeksfromchichis: Bith Set Me Up: History has shown time and again that, when left to their own devices, the super-rich either cannot or will not behave altruistically.

leeksfromchichis: Lambskincoat: Becoming a multi-billionaire should have become illegal, the moment we made it a crime for a mob to disembowel a multi-billionaire.

Do like mmorpgs. nerf capitalism. You max out at $999M net worth.

America needs a maximum wage which won't exceed 20x the minimum wage, i.e. a $30/hour minimum wage means a corresponding maximum wage at $600/hour.

Iiirc generals make 25x privates, seems fair.

But billionaires don't become billionaires by wages. even insane wages running 24x7 would take laughable amounts of time to make even one billion.

Not even! Looks like a 4 star general makes in the vicinity of $200,000 and a private around $22,000. So only 10x


Wow.  Even better
 
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