What's America's problem? Page 171

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  • Bremenacht 30 Jul 2013 22:02:25 17,613 posts
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    What a brilliant way to solve the problem of racial equality: make just as many white people poor and without any hope as the black people. Well done, the USA.

    Hopefully, China will produce enough consumers to make up for all the Americans who drop into poverty.
  • Deleted user 30 July 2013 22:27:54
    The welfare stuff is kind of hard to judge, though. Just in the past couple of years there have been huge changes to the availability, eligibility and immediacy of food stamps, so it's going to look very offset compared to data from the 70s. There's definitely an increasing gap between the haves and have-nots, though, but I think that's equally true of most Western societies at the moment (and arguably many Eastern ones). The poverty thing as well - I think my wife and I would qualify as "economically insecure" based on our income, but we're still driving a brand new 2013 Honda Civic without problems.

    The idea of the "struggling invisible poor whites" is kind of a misnomer too. They do exist, yes, and in frightening numbers, but the reason there's a greater alienation is that (blanket statements incoming) the minorities are more willing to try and do something about it, even if it means cash-in-hand labour day jobs they find by hanging around the back of hardware warehouses, whilst the poor whites are largely sitting inside watching Honey Boo Boo and the like, ironically supporting the shows that demonises them further, waiting for the government to improve things for them, again ironically, given that most "trailer trash" I've encountered are right-wing republicans.
  • Mola_Ram 31 Jul 2013 01:11:03 6,981 posts
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    BoutrosBoutros wrote:
    What Detroit needs is some sort of super cop who can clean the city of crime.
    mobile.avclub.com/articles/detroits-robocop-statue-is-almost-done-and-its-god,97725/
  • mal 31 Jul 2013 02:35:54 22,339 posts
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    Nice work on the blasphemous URL there :D

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Mola_Ram 31 Jul 2013 02:46:38 6,981 posts
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    I didn't change it! :)

    Seriously though, it would be fantastic if the whole Detroit downturn was revealed to be an elaborate ploy to make the setting of the Robocop remake more realistic.
  • Deleted user 2 August 2013 16:33:44
    All embassies in Muslim nations temporarily closed. Worldwide travel alert issued. Something's going down somewhere.
  • El_MUERkO 2 Aug 2013 17:14:36 16,955 posts
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    @BoutrosBoutros The US government time-traveled an agent back to the day and they wedgey Mohammed, hence all the dudes wearing wedgey proof dresses. BOOM!
  • cubbymoore 2 Aug 2013 17:45:12 36,468 posts
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    meme wrote:
    All embassies in Muslim nations temporarily closed. Worldwide travel alert issued. Something's going down somewhere.
    Ramadan innit.
  • Bremenacht 2 Aug 2013 17:52:28 17,613 posts
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    meme wrote:
    All embassies in Muslim nations temporarily closed. Worldwide travel alert issued. Something's going down somewhere.
    http://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/02/politics/us-embassies-close/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
  • fletch7100 5 Aug 2013 18:38:14 6,981 posts
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/05/dea-surveillance-cover-up_n_3706207.html

    DEA Special Operations Division Covers Up Surveillance Used To Investigate Americans: Report

    Previous link didn't work

    Edited by fletch7100 at 10:22:01 06-08-2013
  • fletch7100 6 Aug 2013 10:15:41 6,981 posts
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    A man feuding with officials in his rural Pennsylvania town over living conditions at his ramshackle, trash-filled property killed three people at a municipal meeting including at least one town official in a rampage that blew holes through the walls and sent people crawling for cover, police said.(Huffington Post)

    The shooter has been arrested

    Edited by fletch7100 at 10:16:20 06-08-2013

    Edited by fletch7100 at 10:20:19 06-08-2013
  • Bremenacht 14 Aug 2013 07:51:37 17,613 posts
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    US concealed gun safety teacher shoots student

    Terry Dunlap, 73, was demonstrating a .38-calibre pistol when it went off and struck Michael Piemonte, 26.

    He and his wife were taking the day-long class in order to carry guns for their own safety, he told local media.
    ho ho
  • fletch7100 14 Aug 2013 07:59:53 6,981 posts
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    @Bremenacht

    That story reminded me of this

  • MrTomFTW Moderator 2 Sep 2013 22:09:23 37,364 posts
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    1 year old baby shot dead while being taken for a walk in his pushchair.

    My son is that age, I can't help but put myself in that dad's place :(

    Edited by MrTomFTW at 22:09:46 02-09-2013

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  • El_MUERkO 9 Sep 2013 11:55:52 16,955 posts
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    107 year old shot dead by police
  • Bremenacht 9 Sep 2013 12:47:11 17,613 posts
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    fletch7100 wrote:
    @Bremenacht

    That story reminded me of this

    Only just seen that. Wow! Especially given what he said just beforehand..
  • Bremenacht 10 Sep 2013 01:28:22 17,613 posts
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    More Zimmerman.
  • Futaba 10 Sep 2013 22:48:43 3,462 posts
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    http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2013/sep/10/america-gun-licences-blind-people

    As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a ninja.

  • senso-ji 11 Sep 2013 13:19:51 5,795 posts
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    The American dream just keeps getting better...for some
  • RedSparrows 11 Sep 2013 14:06:52 22,061 posts
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    1% = 19.7%!!! what in holy fuck.
  • glaeken 11 Sep 2013 14:10:02 11,100 posts
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    It would be interesting to know what the figure is for the UK.
  • Mola_Ram 31 Oct 2013 11:01:43 6,981 posts
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    Awww, kids say the darndest things
  • Tuffty 11 Nov 2013 23:35:10 1,505 posts
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    40 Armed Gun Advocates Intimidate Mothers Against Gun Violence In A Restaurant Parking Lot

    Someone in the comments raises a good point. It's terrorism. Had these men been all from an ethnic minority, holding guns staring down at a restaurant, the police and SWAT teams would be down there so fast and you might imagine, shooting first and asking questions later.
  • Bremenacht 12 Nov 2013 01:01:17 17,613 posts
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    That is a good point. Black Panthers or Muslim Brotherhood wandering around with legally held semi-automatics etc would provoke outrage.

    Maybe someone (a US Chris Morris) should do it for a stunt. Get some sympathetic legal gun-owners, dress them up in kaftans with false beards, and have them go for a nice walk in mall somewhere, and stare at rednecks.
  • FWB 12 Nov 2013 08:11:39 43,848 posts
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    It's alwhite.
  • Deleted user 12 November 2013 09:03:53
    glaeken wrote:
    It would be interesting to know what the figure is for the UK.
    Don't have the number for the 1%, but this chart on income distribution provides a comparison:

    Source



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    Edited by EndlessSolitude at 09:13:06 12-11-2013
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