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If any of them spawn an extended discussion, please spawn it off into its own thread. Replies to non-picture replies should take the form of a link pointing to a post on a different discussion thread.

And I shouldn't have to say it, but the images still need to abide by the rules.

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polypusher wrote:

Why is Emperor Palpatine drinking tea and wearing a leopard shirt?

The photo was taken on casual Benduday, a new Imperial initiative that allows subjects to dress less formally once a standard week.

polypusher wrote:

Why is Emperor Palpatine drinking tea and wearing a leopard shirt?

Trying to sell people on Brexit with a more casual image.

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But... but personal connection!

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Executive compensation must not count as "wages".

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Executive compensation must not count as "wages".

Of course not. Then they'd have to pay taxes on it.

I don't know if this applies to the statistics used, but from a legal standpoint a salary and a wage are different things. so most likely, executive compensation, including their salaries, are not wages.

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Hilarious.

What a solid joke.

Rolling on the floor laughing.

Nothing quite like human rights violations committed by my own government to tickle that funny bone.

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oilypenguin wrote:

Hilarious.

What a solid joke.

Rolling on the floor laughing.

Nothing quite like human rights violations committed by my own government to tickle that funny bone.

Or, like a Modest Proposal, or other works of satire it is meant to show the absolute absurdity of the action.

Oh man, I'm embarrassed. You're right, I just didn't get it.

Please accept social media currency in exchange for your service.

NP.

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Are we supposed to know who Trent Tueller is?

I don't beleive so. I think it is more just a response to people generally who complain about "socialism"

There are so many things that we, as a society, have decided are better to do centrally but we don't call them socialism.

Socialized fire fighting is one of my favorite responses to the idea that socialism is inherently bad. There is a reason that we have the term "fire company". Fire fighting has not always been a public endevor, but we are all (even those who do not own a house) better off with it socialized; so much so that people are shocked and appalled by the idea of fire fighters showing up at a fire they could put out easily, but only hosing down the house nextdoor because the house on fire doesn't have a medallion, but their neighbors do. It used to be that fire insurance companies not only covered losses from fires, they covered the cost of the fire fighting too; no fire insurance, then you better be able to come up with cash quickly when your house catches fire.

Losing your house to a fire is an obvious personal failing. If you're too lazy to fireproof your belongings, you deserve to live in a pile of ashes.

I think this is funny because we currently live in a country where the administration routinely lies to the citizens and millions are fine with it. But those silly North Koreans! We need to educate them.

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ElectricPi wrote:

Socialized fire fighting is one of my favorite responses to the idea that socialism is inherently bad. There is a reason that we have the term "fire company". Fire fighting has not always been a public endevor, but we are all (even those who do not own a house) better off with it socialized; so much so that people are shocked and appalled by the idea of fire fighters showing up at a fire they could put out easily, but only hosing down the house nextdoor because the house on fire doesn't have a medallion, but their neighbors do. It used to be that fire insurance companies not only covered losses from fires, they covered the cost of the fire fighting too; no fire insurance, then you better be able to come up with cash quickly when your house catches fire.

The richest man in Rome, Marcus Licinius Crassus, figured out the private fire fighting business 2,100 years ago.

Plutarch, The Parallel Lives, The Life of Crassus wrote:

The Romans, it is true, say that the many virtues of Crassus were obscured by his sole vice of avarice; and it is likely that the one vice which became stronger than all the others in him weakened the rest. The chief proofs of his avarice are found in the way he got his property and in the amount of it. For at the outset he was possessed of not more than three hundred talents;1 then during his consulship he sacrificed the tenth of his goods to Hercules, feasted the people, gave every Roman out of his own means enough to live on for three months, and still, when he made a private inventory of his property before his Parthian expedition, he found that it had a value of seventy-one hundred talents. The greatest part of this, if one must tell the scandalous truth, he got together out of fire and war, making the public calamities his greatest source of revenue.

For when Sulla took the city and sold the property of those whom he had put to death, considering it and calling it spoil of war, and wishing to defile with his crime as many and as influential men as he could, Crassus was never tired of accepting or of buying it. And besides this, observing how natural and familiar at Rome were such fatalities as the conflagration and collapse of buildings, owing to their being too massive and close together, he proceeded to buy slaves who were architects and builders. Then, when he had over five hundred of these, he would buy houses that were afire, and houses which adjoined those that were afire, and these their owners would let go at a trifling price owing to their fear and uncertainty. In this way the largest part of Rome came into his possession.

farley3k wrote:

I think this is funny because we currently live in a country where the administration routinely lies to the citizens and millions are fine with it. But those silly North Koreans! We need to educate them.

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Also, am I just paranoid or is it shady as sh*t to give USB drives with content on them to an organization that will transport them to NK? My first thought is that that they might not erase them first.

Interesting to talk about contract fire fighting - this new game was just announced.

To Paleo's quote the other day:

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A tale of two cities? They live on the same streets but in different worlds.

Mixolyde wrote:

To Paleo's quote the other day:

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more and more, it looks like a death cult.

Thing is, I also wonder more and more what anyone really has to offer them. If some guy comes around lying about making where they live great again, well, maybe they believe the lie because on some level they know the places they live are terminal. What if Democrats can't offer anything more than a better hospice?

It's no excuse to take other people down with you, but it does supply a method to explain the madness.

The other thing I can’t shake is that this may be symptomatic of climate unease. MAGAs are evil, but they’re not blind. Anyone who has worked with their hands in the earth in the last 20 years knows in their bones that climate change is happening, even if they deny it. It’s possible - even likely - that they’re attributing the increase natural disasters to displeasure from their God. It’s not a stretch to claim a significant portion of humanity will, in the face of impending climate catastrophe, will blame perceived moral failings of their neighbors over reality. Many of them still blame the fall of Rome on homosexuality.

Perhaps that unease, coupled with the fact that Christianity has been, since its inception, an apocalyptic death cult, better explains the self harming racism you seem among MAGAs.

Or perhaps not.

Maybe if the Democratic Party was offering real alternatives or policy positions people would vote differently. But the big power players, from Nancy Pelosi to Joe Biden to Chuck Schumer seem to be trying to get by with just saying "But we're not Trump" over and over again.