|Binro the Heretic - 2014-10-28 |
I worry the only way things will change involves a lot of riots & deaths.
lol, probably. Good luck out there, dipshit.
|The Mothership - 2014-10-28 |
Lucky he just got his head bitten.
|The Mothership - 2014-10-28 |
Bravely rated and reviewed, That Guy.
I've just stopped mentioning it in the comments because I'm not trying to give people grief about it. I'll be 1-starring MLP and Star Wars related videos on here until the end of time.
I lived in Aberdeen almost 20 years. Where abouts were you mothership?
It's not MLP, you dork. It's the Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas.
If that's a veiled criticism about me, I won't hear it, and I won't respond to it.
There's nothing veiled about it. USA is a crude parody of MLP and has no real connection to Da Ponies whatsoever.
That Guy is obligated to 5-star a My Little Pony video to make up for this mistake.
Might I suggest Fluttershy Pantsu?
Nope, 1-star for all MLP and Star Wars videos, parodies included.
|Corpus Delectable - 2014-10-28 |
I'm glad it wasn't heavy-handed. Err, heavy-hoofed, or whatever. It really plodded along. Trotsky.
Pony up some money, Mr. Alpaca.
|Xenocide - 2014-10-29 |
Damn, that's some a-list voice talent.
I want a whole series where these alpacas confront the many, many ways in which modern American capitalism is a crumbling sham. Every week they write a letter to Princess Peruvia where they express their all-consuming disillusionment and take her to task for the lies she told them about the American Dream being within their reach. Eventually they just start sending her anthrax envelopes.
They're completely in control of the used furniture/shit you dig up or find on the ground industry in Animal Crossing too. Sneaky little fluffy bastards.
|Meerkat - 2014-10-29 |
When I started working it was the 80's and Reagan's policies had stunted the economy. Companies used this as an excuse to cut way back on wages, company pensions, and engage in rounds of layoffs.
Sound familiar? Prior to this there had been a sort of mutual loyalty between employees and employers. You got a good job and worked hard and the company would reward you with a decent wage, medical benefits and a pension plan.
Then the employers stopped holding up their end of the bargain while still expecting the employees to hold up theirs. But the illusion of that mutual loyalty arrangement still persists to this day, reinforced by media and culture.
Now there is this new thing where all the money goes to CEO's and their buddies (I just left a company where the CEO hired some pal from their last company to work for a big salary as basically VP of standing around the water cooler) while the salaries for Engineers are cut and work is outsourced to China and Mexico.
Boards of Directors are useless because they are buddies with the CEO's. Institutional shareholders are useless because they control the majority of shares and just vote however the Board tells them to.
I recommend learning Mandarin and Spanish.
What is the solution?
I'm more curious about where the endgame will take place. A lot of actual "make stuff" businesses rely on there being a consumer-based middle class. A lot of megacorps are finally at least paying lip service to the thought that MAYBE slave-wages aren't going to let their bottom lines grow.
On the other hand, we've got shitloads of money (and out-and-out corruption, bribery, taxpayer payouts) going to investment banking and the like which contributes nothing to the economy other than yet another middleman who leeches off of businesses and consumers while making wild bets that fuck things up for everyone. Not to mention corporate entities that exist for no reason other than to play math games with the stock market (again, contributing nothing; it's all just a numbers game where someone gets rich via computer algorithm).
The question seems to be, when will those who are already obscenely wealthy hit a point where the lower classes can't keep their investment gravy-train rolling, unless said oligarchs own the Dollar Store? Money is more fictional than ever (and no, I'm not suggesting precious metals or anything) in that to the uber-rich, their grand totals are meaningless in that they could never spend it all yet the thought of it somehow diminishing, even when they'd never notice, is something they claim is just shy of Nazism.
I think it'll come down to whether or not the wealthy can build a domed fortress somewhere before this system somehow falls apart. I don't see an armed revolution taking place per se, but a full-on swing to corporate feudalism seems in the offing, and that doesn't seem like a system that could last.
In other words, not with a bang or a revolution, but with a balance sheet full of meaningless numbers clutched to a CEO's chest while our infrastructure falls apart.
There are a few easy steps, none of which will be taken.
1. Financial transaction tax on purchase/selling of shares. I myself buy and sell stuff and I would happily pay a transaction tax. It would kill off the automated trades, leading to better stability and more long-term investing instead of the micro-trading bullshit.
2. Public campaign financing. Get the power away from the lobbyists and back into the hands of the people they are supposed to be representing.
3. Base tariffs on imported manufactured goods on median worker compensation for the producers. People can buy tube socks because some poor fuck in Indonesia gets paid in pennies per day.
4. One thing that I think would be nice is a salary cap for CEO's but I don't see that ever happening. So re-introducing the higher progressive rates for the high income earners would definitely help.
I could go on and on but these all presuppose a cooperative government and I don't see that ever happening without either #2 or a public uprising of some sort.
"(I just left a company where the CEO hired some pal from their last company to work for a big salary as basically VP of standing around the water cooler)"
This is not a new thing.
Exactly, OZ. I don't see why people are *just now* waking up to this, and acting like income equality is something *brand new* that only started happening since, conveniently, right around the time they were born. You have never had opportunities. You were never going to get a Porsche. A hundred years ago there were no cars or shitty schools or sugar factories, and thirty years from now there probably won't be any drinking water left. Want to fix things? Tough shit. Your jobs will be outsourced to parts of the world your current lifestyle was built on through ruthless exploitation, and the only question is how quickly you'll drive the jobs there. Those Third World folks won't ever have Porsches, either, but at least they'll start to get some of the stupid bullshit that *we* measure our standards of success against, like overpriced socks and factory-made sugar treats... at least until their drinking water runs out, too.
I think a lot of it too is that whatever country provides the cheapest labour wins. Like the UK was the top dog until all the manufacturing jobs moved to the US, and then the US became top dog. Now all the manufacturing jobs are moving to China, so will China be top dog next?
America's glory days were over in the 80's, she's like an aging actress that needs someone to keep telling her she's beautiful.
|Caminante Nocturno - 2014-10-29 |
Sunshine was pretty quick with all of that information about her unequal society. She was clearly well aware of all of this long before she applied for this job, probably even before she went to college. I seriously suspect that all of Sunshine's life choices were made to better facilitate her hand-wringing and victim complex, up to and including whatever useless social science degree she got.
Typical Internet-Age liberal. Bitch probably doesn't even bother to vote.
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