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Vern Gill
Just a man trying to find someone who will walk this world with him
Just a man trying to find someone who will walk this world with him

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I wonder how many people watch a movie like Django Unchained, and completely miss the underlying message that if it were not for men like Dr. Schultz, free, white men, who had nothing to gain, and everything to lose, putting themselves, their own lives, on the line, for what is right, there might still be institutionalized slavery, on a mass scale.

I call out bigotry at every possible opportunity. I don't give a fuck who I alienate, I don't give a fuck who I anger, I don't give a fuck who hates me for it.

There is right, and there is wrong.

Every time I driver takes a pot shot at someone driving a Volvo, and acts like they must wear a turban, every time a driver takes a pot shot at a black man, and acts like he must be from the hood, every time a driver, takes a pot shot at anyone who is not a white male American, and acts like they are in any way less than, I will always fucking call them out on that bullshit.

And not just drivers, people in general.

I have zero tolerance for your bigotry. Go fuck yourself.

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Dude in the CB shop here just told me "I don't try to make radios do more than they already can, that's when you end up with a piece of crap radio".

LOL, k.

Dude has "Eskimo" in his name but lives in Indiana. That's like claiming to be Satan, to someone who lives in Arizona, while you live in.... FUCKING INDIANA!! AHAHAHAHAHAHA! ‪#‎tool‬ ‪#‎dumbass‬ ‪#‎howsyourmotelmaintanencejob‬ ‪#‎howisonedirection‬ ‪#‎busdriver‬ ‪#‎washout‬ ‪#‎nobody‬

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This is a long read. It is worth it.

But for the tl/dr crowd, here's a few important parts;

"No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn’t eventually come out. You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s when."

"During the past three decades, compensation for CEOs grew 127 times faster than it did for workers. Since 1950, the CEO-to-worker pay ratio has increased 1,000 percent, and that is not a typo. CEOs used to earn 30 times the median wage; now they rake in 500 times."

"We rich people have been falsely persuaded by our schooling and the affirmation of society, and have convinced ourselves, that we are the main job creators. It’s simply not true. There can never be enough super-rich Americans to power a great economy. I earn about 1,000 times the median American annually, but I don’t buy thousands of times more stuff. My family purchased three cars over the past few years, not 3,000. I buy a few pairs of pants and a few shirts a year, just like most American men. I bought two pairs of the fancy wool pants I am wearing as I write, what my partner Mike calls my “manager pants.” I guess I could have bought 1,000 pairs. But why would I? Instead, I sock my extra money away in savings, where it doesn’t do the country much good."

"Dear 1%ers, many of our fellow citizens are starting to believe that capitalism itself is the problem. I disagree, and I’m sure you do too. Capitalism, when well managed, is the greatest social technology ever invented to create prosperity in human societies. But capitalism left unchecked tends toward concentration and collapse. It can be managed either to benefit the few in the near term or the many in the long term. The work of democracies is to bend it to the latter. That is why investments in the middle class work. And tax breaks for rich people like us don’t. Balancing the power of workers and billionaires by raising the minimum wage isn’t bad for capitalism. It’s an indispensable tool smart capitalists use to make capitalism stable and sustainable. And no one has a bigger stake in that than zillionaires like us."

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A couple of observations about this;
it is wonderful that they included same-sex couples. A project like this could easily have alienated same-sex couples if it only featured heterosexual pairings.

The producers did seem to have "skinny" as the required body type. I think that was an unfortunate decision.

I would be very interested in a followup story, if any of the pairings ended up dating, or more.

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Today in Geek History: TRON saw its theatrical release in 1982. Always remember arcade culture. Always.

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"Here's the thing about this way of eating. With the exception of the wet almonds and the poo-shake, every recipe I tried was fucking great. But in order to cook two full meals from scratch every day, I had to take hours out of the middle of my workday to chop, essentially, one of every vegetable, and then clean my entire kitchen three times a day. If I didn't work from home, have a flexible, non-physically-exhausting job, have the money to afford kitchen gadgets like juicers and blenders, and have a supportive partner willing to run back-up, I would have been shit out of luck. Not to mention the disposable income needed for groceries alone. And with a full house, I couldn't even bank on leftovers. The workload is CONSTANT. This is a meal plan for people with a housekeeper and a chef"


These points are missed, or flat ignored by so many people who zealously preach about "eating better".

Sure, you can do it, but if you have, you know, a job but no car, for instance , and must ride the bus, don't plan on sleeping.

There are some other gems in the article.

Give it a read.
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