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  • heavenlyboy34's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:37 PM
    This thread reminds me of my godmother. She pays cash and negotiates prices with doctors and so on. Hasn't carried insurance for years. God bless her. <3
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    Yesterday, 10:30 PM
    Them's impressive shenannigans, oldster! :D:cool:
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    Yesterday, 08:09 PM
    Loved that program. :( R.I.P. One of the reasons I'm a grammar nerd, and part time translator/teacher/tutor toady. h/t angela for giving me the story via FB Go ahead, Generation X and Millennials, pour one out for Bob Dorough. The musician and composer, 94, died Monday of natural causes at his home in Mount Bethel, Pa., his son told the Associated Press. You may not know Dorough's name but if you were parked in front of your TV on Saturday mornings growing up in the 1970s or '80s (or your teachers did), you can probably still recite the lyrics he wrote for Schoolhouse Rock. And the lessons he imparted may have helped you pass a grammar or math test along the way. He wrote all of the music and lyrics for the Multiplication Rock math series and two of the best-known Grammar Rock numbers, Conjunction Junction and Lolly, Lolly Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here. Dorough also wrote the song Devil May Care, which jazz great Miles Davis recorded as an instrumental version. Dorough was born in Arkansas and raised in Texas. After arranging music and playing multiple instruments for army bands during World War II, he studied composition and piano at the University of North Texas, graduating in 1949.
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    Yesterday, 02:20 PM
    Indeed. And now so can everyone! :D
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    04-23-2018, 08:50 PM
    SMFH. If they were to be consistent, they would also have to ban Torah (at least the Pentateuch), and IIRC Talmud and Koran. #Thoughtcrimes
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  • GunnyFreedom's Avatar
    04-23-2018, 04:53 PM
    For some politicians (puke), it's still not a good thing. I wish to God the folks in my district had memories like an elephant.
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  • heavenlyboy34's Avatar
    04-23-2018, 12:38 PM
    Some shocking un-libertarian shenannigans going on in this thread, Angie. :eek:
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    04-23-2018, 07:53 AM
    And is not giving SNAP and/or Section 8 to working people an intervention that distorts the labor market? There was a time--I remember it--when full time workers were not eligible for such benefits. There's yet another case of conservatives shooting conservatism in the foot. If people who don't work deserve it, how is it that people who do work don't deserve it? That's just a dog whistle argument for corporate welfare. If a person can work sixty hours a week and have to choose between being homeless and eating, or having shelter and starving, that person is not going to do that job. The only reason these people do these jobs is because the taxpayer is picking up the slack. Which means the taxpayer is enabling the CEO and the stockholders to pocket more. Yes, of course the CEO is going to do that, if the taxpayers are dumb enough to put up with it, and the stockholders won't complain either. There's nothing free market about it. People owing their souls to the company store, people working for a wage which doesn't allow them to meet their basic necessities for survival, does not happen in a free market. It does not happen. People do not work for the right to starve to death. Suggesting such a thing is 'free market' is laughable. The State is intervening in the labor transaction to Amazon's benefit. And Amazon is using political clout to ensure it continues. They are paying politicians with money that should be going to their employees. The labor market is distorted. If the State weren't making it possible for Amazon employees to survive, they would leave the company and find a way to survive. To say that libertarians should defend Amazon because it's an enterprise is laughable. When the corporations are in bed with the politicians, you have fascism, and fascism is no more free market than socialism. And the more libertarians babble about how enterprises are good no matter what--even to the point of winking at obvious distortions of markets and turning a blind eye to fascism--the less people looking for the answers the media obviously isn't giving them will look to libertarians for those answers.
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  • heavenlyboy34's Avatar
    04-23-2018, 12:06 AM
    It's regulated AF, but not totally State controlled *yet*. They're working on it, tho.
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    04-22-2018, 08:27 PM
    "Seem" being the key word. They may well offer the value to the company they get paid for all you know. What people earn in the private sector is none of your damn business.
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  • heavenlyboy34's Avatar
    04-22-2018, 08:24 PM
    This^^ People buy from Amazon for the brand and convenience. Plenty of times I've bought from ebay, etc because the item in question was cheaper.
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  • heavenlyboy34's Avatar
    04-22-2018, 07:00 PM
    There's this thing called the Division of Labor, bro. Amazon isn't going to magically suck people up into jobs they don't want just to destroy the community. *dramatic Michael Moore-esque scene here* Amazon jobs are low-skill and even in small communities would only draw people who are interested in such work anyway. And since value is subjective, we know plenty of people value working locally over working for national brands.
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  • heavenlyboy34's Avatar
    04-22-2018, 03:05 PM
    My poor heart bleeds. :rolleyes: Amazon is not a welfare operation. It is a for-profit business. They compensate employees for their labor. If Amazon employees want more money they can do what everyone else does in this situation-get a second job. My sister works for Amazon at a warehouse. She has more than enough time for a second job-she's just too lazy to go find one. Watching TV is more her thing. :p
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    04-22-2018, 10:03 AM
    So why no tariff on wood? It's a perfect way to troll liberals. Do liberals support a tariff that preserves CO2-absorbing forests, or do liberals support the myth that English Socialists (IngSoc) are always right about everything? Or does Trump only troll conservatives?
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    04-21-2018, 04:09 PM
    Sorry to hear. That song in the OP is the only song in that genre I can tolerate.
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    04-21-2018, 01:22 PM
    I thought that was withheld from employees' checks as a tax everywhere... But I've only employed myself so far. Hopefully in the not too distant future I'll have a chance to employ people. :o:toady:
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    04-21-2018, 08:24 AM
    What? A person of color harmed by the federal government while a Democrat occupied the White House? Can that happen? This guy should be the libertarian mascot. This is what faith in the Feds can do for you.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    04-21-2018, 08:14 AM
    Bridenstein was out in any case. He went up there and did his best, and got attack ads for his trouble. He went to Washington an ex-Navy pilot and still convinced American policy in the Middle East still made sense, and figuring the Powers that Be would surely have no problem with an ex-sailor, and a few good votes got him attacked. He got reelected anyway--handily--but you could tell by the 2016 state convention that he was finally getting a whiff of the odor all about him. He'd already had enough of Congress. It'll be interesting to see if being a bureaucrat suits him better. At least it's not a committee. The chain of command might suit him better. Yes, I heartily endorse Nathan! Anyone looking to make a Liberty contribution for the 2018 midterms could do no better than invest in Dahm for Congress! Help us trade a decent representative for a great one!
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    04-19-2018, 10:25 PM
    That's interesting. Calling this "Universal Basic Income" seems like kind of a misnomer. Everyone on the webbernets who's described such a thing in my experience has explained to me that it wouldn't have a work requirement in practice.
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