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Posted in: Virus 'pingdemic' causes havoc for UK businesses See in context

Interestingly enough, wage increases have been kept BELOW the rate of inflation while housing prices increase ABOVE the rate of inflation.

And you wanna know why? I’ll let you in on a secret. A house is a product; a wage is an expense. And more than JUST inflation acts on wages. You wanna know what else acts to keep wages down? Employer greed. In fact, employers paying wages are incentivized to keep wages suppressed while real estate owners are incentivized to increase house prices as much as possible.

And another funny fact. Remember all those people who want the US minimum was to be raised to $15/hr? Wolfie? Do you remember? They didn’t just pull that number from betwixt their quivering cheeks. That’s what the minimum wage WOULD be if it had risen at the average rate of inflation, without artificial suppression from employers.

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Posted in: Virus 'pingdemic' causes havoc for UK businesses See in context

Wages going up as is inflation. What are you talking about?

Heres the funny thing, Wolfie, old boy: wages and normal inflation don’t inflate at the same rate.

Median household income has risen 29% since 1960 in the US

Median house price has risen 121% in that same timeframe.

The average US worker’s wage increases a little less than 3% a year

The average house price increases over 8% a year.

So, basically, mathematically, those ‘rising wages’ mean absolutely nothing when the things people need to buy rise in price faster.

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Posted in: Virus 'pingdemic' causes havoc for UK businesses See in context

"We are very worried. I have a very good team, but if they decide to move on if they get poached, we struggle to fill up those positions," he added

Thats an odd way to spell “We’re worried the pre-pandemic crap wages we were paying won’t be enough and the plebs now have the gall to go to greener pastures”.

Capitalism at its finest.

Employers then: “If you don’t like it, you can leave.

Employers now: “Wait, no, please, you’re not actually supposed to DO IT.”

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Posted in: Norway mourns 77 slain a decade ago in extremist attack See in context

Would he be called a bomb nutter?

Yes. Yes he would. And you’ll notice that he was able to kill far more people with the guns than the bomb because, unlike a bomb, he has direct control over the guns. He can choose where to aim it, when to pull the trigger, when to reload, when to finish off the wounded etc. Bombs are random. If the US gun site had been required to verify the legality of their own products, the death toll would almost certainly have been less.

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Posted in: Australian PM apologizes for slow vaccine rollout See in context

the vaccines do not work well against new variants and some persons can get reinfected.

The Pfizer vaccine is confirmed to give immunity to the Delta Variant.

And there will be people who get reinfected. That’s how it works with literally every vaccine since the Dawn of medicine. The difference is, the disease will be FAR less severe and less likely to, ya know, kill ya.

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Posted in: Vietnamese woman gets suspended sentence for abandoning bodies of newborn twins See in context

Wouldn’t an autopsy have determined the cause of death? Seems to me stillbirths would be distinguishable to death after birth

They can and likely did, considering the sentence. If there had even been an inkling these newborns were anything other than stillborn, she would have been charged with more than just abandoning a corpse.

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Posted in: Mother arrested after 1-year-old daughter, left in car, dies of heatstroke See in context

Happens every summer the world over. It’s gotten to where there are signs in the grocery store letting people know that the temp in a car can rise up to a degree a minute in direct sunlight.

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Posted in: Norway mourns 77 slain a decade ago in extremist attack See in context

Oh! Fun fact! Did you know that America’s lax gun laws played a big role in this tragedy too??

The high-capacity magazines used in the massacre on the island are illegal to buy or possess in Norway. So Anders turned to good ol’ Uncle Sam! He purchased the high capacity magazines from an American website, who didn’t bother to check whether or not they were shipping the magazines to a place where they were legal to own.

The reason they didn’t check? They weren’t required to! Isn’t the Second Amendment amazing? So powerful, it’s ability to kill innocent people transcends international boundaries and supersedes foreign laws!

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Posted in: Norway mourns 77 slain a decade ago in extremist attack See in context

So sad. Where are all the moderate Christians speaking out?

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Posted in: Fury cross the Mersey: Liverpool loses world heritage status See in context

For some context, Liverpool is only the third UNESCO site ever to be stripped of its status. The first was an oryx sanctuary in Oman that was reduced by 90% so they could drill for oil and the second was a scenic nature area in Saxony that they build a bridge slap-bang in the middle of.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police arrest 5 trade union members for sedition See in context

Not usually a fan of imperialism, but the brits returning Hong Kong was probably a mistake

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Posted in: Jeff Bezos blasts into space on own rocket See in context

At least private companies developing vehicles to space not for war

Oh just you wait. I’m sure Raytheon et al will be putting weapons in space as soon as the checks clear.

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Posted in: Jeff Bezos blasts into space on own rocket See in context

The best part was when he admitted that people criticizing him for spending millions on a vanity project when there are problems on earth his money could be solving were right.

And then went into space anyway.

And then had the audacity to say his Amazon employees ‘made it possible’. No, your refusal to to pay a decent wage to people who aren’t even allowed bathroom breaks made it possible, you absolute rifle.

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Posted in: Man gets 9 years in prison for killing woman with drink laced with stimulants See in context

but also that she was prostituting herself, and her 70 years old John killed her trying to spice up the affair.

Amazing how in a story about a woman being murdered, people have the most sympathy for the men involved. But hey, I’m sure she had it comin’, right? I’m surprised no one here has trotted out the old standby of “what was she wearing?”

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Posted in: Fauci, Republican U.S. Senator Paul clash over COVID See in context

Aww, looks like Randy was getting bored out of the spotlight. I'm sure his degree in ophthalmology qualifies him to know what 'gain of function' research is more than the infectious disease expert. Fauci's right about what he said: If guys like Rand Paul had been around in the days of Jonas Salk, we'd all be dead from polio.

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Posted in: Johnson resisted 2nd lockdown as 'most of those dying were over 80': ex-aide See in context

You heard it here first. Take one for the team, Granny. Ol’ Boris needs to see his hairdresser.

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Posted in: South Australia locks down after 5 virus cases detected; 14 mil nationwide under lockdown See in context

so they are responsible for what happens to them.

And all the people who want the vaccine, but either haven’t been able to get it yet, or people who can’t get the vaccine for one reason or another.

Unfortunately, anti-vaxxers’ stupidity doesn’t just kill anti-vaxxers. Sadly, we haven’t yet encountered a virus that solely targets idiots too dumb to take it seriously, so we have to protect the vulnerable people from dipsticks who think their rights include spreading deadly diseases to people who don’t want it.

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Posted in: South Australia locks down after 5 virus cases detected; 14 mil nationwide under lockdown See in context

@Haaa Nemui

Misread the sarcasm, my bad.

Just leaves me bemused that some people here will talk about how “The world isn’t 100% risk-free” yet will demand that their vaccines be 100% risk-free.

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Posted in: American father, son get prison terms for helping Ghosn escape See in context

I see so many comments like “When they get out, they’ll get a fat paycheck from Ghosn”. My question is

Why?

Why on earth do you all think Ghosn is gonna give them a red cent? He paid em $1.3 million for the job. Deal’s done. Why would he throw more money at them, when he was clearly willing to let them twist in the wind for his sake?

“You did the job and got paid. You’re on your own.”

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Posted in: South Australia locks down after 5 virus cases detected; 14 mil nationwide under lockdown See in context

“But doctors confronting a new epidemic caused by a highly fatal infectious agent are much like fire fighters confronting a fire. Early aggressive action pays off, whereas slow passive action leads to massive destruction.”

It’s as true today with Covid as it was in the 80s with AIDS

can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hypotension (low blood pressure), allergic reactions (itching and hives), dizziness, ataxia (problems with balance), seizures, coma and even death. 

Can’t believe people are suggesting this is safe

May cause: stomach pain, heartburn, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, gas, constipation, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, ulcers, bleeding in the GI tract, allergic reactions, liver failure, and death.

These are the possible side effects of: IBUPROFEN.

And I’m sure you’ve had no problems taking it.

Literally EVERY drug on earth has possible side effects. The operant word is POSSIBLE. People whining about a 1 in a million chance of temporary myocarditis are like people standing in the middle of a burning house and going, “But do we really know all the long term effects of fire extinguishers?”

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Posted in: Taliban say they want Afghan deal, even as they battle on See in context

Just further news highlighting the complete and utter failure of the trillions of dollars spent by the US in the region.

Well done America. Well done.

Sometimes it’s better to just take the L instead of throwing good money after bad.

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Posted in: Taliban say they want Afghan deal, even as they battle on See in context

The US should support these warlords

Because supporting warlords strictly because ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ has worked out so well for the US in the past. Remember when we were supporting Saddam Hussein cuz he fought the Iranians? Right up until he invaded Kuwait? Or how about that time we gave money and training and Stinger missiles to the mujahideen cuz they fought the Soviets? Right up until they decided they didn’t like the US anymore and turned those weapons on us? Oh! Oh! How about that time we sold weapons to Central American death squads using money from selling weapons to Iran, who had fought against Saddam Hussein, who we supported?

I’m sure none of these short-sighted deals had any long term geo-political consequences whatsoever /s

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Posted in: Man slashes junior high school girl with knife in Hokkaido See in context

why on earth would any sane person do this? fetish? bizarre intrest? just a nut job? poor girl, I hope she gets some help on this and I hope the J cops find this nut job PDQ

Willing to bet it’s some kind of mental illness. We hear all the time about people who do insane things ‘because they wanted to know what it would be like’. That’s a pathological issue of impulse control.

Every person, even normal ones, have weird thoughts. Those are ‘intrusive thoughts’. It’s like, for example, you’re at a grocery store and you pick up a cantaloupe and a part of your brain goes “Drop-kick the cantaloupe. Do it. It’ll make a cool sound”. And then we go “No, that’s bad and stupid” and then we don’t kick the cantaloupe.

Now imagine someone whose intrusive thoughts are a LOT worse and they’re so mentally messed up, they don’t get the “That’s bad and stupid” part.

That kind of mental illness can be VERY dangerous, especially if the person isn’t lucid enough to recognize something is wrong.

All in all, this guy’s clearly not all together upstairs and needs to be found and put away before he can hurt anyone else.

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Posted in: New Zealand's Ardern to host emergency APEC virus summit See in context

The big problem seems to be with central governments trying to run nationwide vaccine distribution programs

It ain’t really the central governments fault when a bunch of flag-humpers decide not to get vaccinated in some kind of perverse, “you can’t control me” protest against their own best interests. Just look at the US: is there any wonder that the new Delta variant hotspots are cropping up in MAGA strongholds? It’s be one thing if the delta variant just torched those too dumb to get vaccinated, but these people have made themselves and their states into living incubators for new, ever more virulent strains.

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Posted in: Merkel urges Germans to get vaccinated for 'more freedom' See in context

More freedom from the dictatorial measures that she pushed through. What irony.

Yeah! How dare she stomp on people’s constitutional right to die of a preventable disease and take as many people as possible with them! Oh wait…that’s not in the constitution

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Posted in: More than 160 unmarked graves found near indigenous Canadian school See in context

How come it could coverup for so long?

The reason is because it wasn’t covered up. It was forgotten. For a century, this sort of thing was considered normal and acceptable. Why cover up what the ‘real’ Canadians (read: white) we’re doing when it was considered a service to the natives?

Or perhaps time to ascertain exactly WHO is buried in the graves,

Yeah! Those thousands of graves could be filled with all the WHITE kids who went to schools created expressly for native children! /s

Cmon, man. If you’re going to be an apologist for genocide, you’re gonna have to have a better angle than “W-Well, those corpses could be long to A-ANYBODY”. These are mass, unmarked graves filled with the bones of children, found on the grounds of schools created solely to erase the ‘native’ from native children.

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Posted in: For top #MeToo legal duo, a pandemic year brings no pause See in context

Hope that predator gets what he deserves. Despicable

Good to hear you condemning sexual misconduct. Three women, three accusers, is far, far too many.

Man, could you imagine how despicable someone must be to have - I dunno, just pulling a number out of the aether - 26 accusers?

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Posted in: Taliban say they now control 85% of Afghanistan's territory See in context

Could you not have asked that question of biden and Obama 12 years ago when they assumed the wars and ended up surging in more troops after they prematurely reduced US forces? So biden waited 12 years to ask the troops not to die for a mistake. The fact that this perpetually wrong politician is president is a huge mistake.

Uh. Yeah. Yeah I did. After the US killed Bin Laden, I said we should get out. Who was at the helm wasn’t relevant. Continuing to stay was a mistake under Obama and a mistake under Trump and if Biden had continued to keep US troops there, that’d be a mistake too.

I know you thought that statement was some kind of ‘gotcha’, but it doesn’t really work if your opponent is consistent.

Also, Biden didn’t ‘wait twelve years’. He’s been president for…checks notes…seven months. He was Vice President under Obama, a position with precisely TWO functions: breaking Senate ties and being President-on-deck in case Obama died. And what did you expect him to do during the four years Trump ran things? Biden won the election, got the power to actually end the war, and is ending it within his first year.

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Posted in: Taliban say they now control 85% of Afghanistan's territory See in context

Trump and Biden, between them, have conspired to throw Afghanistan under a bus.

I think it’s less “we threw them under the bus” and more “they’re standing in the path of a bus and refusing to move and we’re not willing to jump between them and it.”

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Posted in: Taliban say they now control 85% of Afghanistan's territory See in context

Sadly, what this tells me is that the Afghanis’ commitment to democracy was never all that strong. At the end of the day, it’s like the South Vietnamese; you can give them all the money, guns, and training in the world, but the one thing you can’t give them is the will and determination to fight. War is cruel calculus and at some point, you have to step back and ask yourself “Is another folded flag or gold star going to make a difference?” To quote John Kerry, “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?”

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