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Late stage Rome is as depressing as I thought it would be

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All a grift my friends. Country is compromised and no longer meant for We the People. Pretty obvious at this point.

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Oh, people in poor neighborhoods have known that for a LONG time. Payday lenders, pawnshops, liquor stores, bail bonds, plasma collection centers, and even abortion clinics are some of the more visible predators on the poor. The latter, of course, is to the advantage of the better-off, because every fetus aborted, especially every black fetus aborted, is one less burden on taxpayers, one less social problem. This is called "choice", but for many women who reluctantly undergo the procedure, it is "no choice", as in "I really didn't want to do it but I didn't feel I had a choice." That's ok. Because it really isn't about what THOSE women want, but what is more convenient for the rest of us. Meanwhile corporations like Blackrock, Havenpark, and others are buying up apartment complexes and mobile home parks and jacking up rents $100 at a time and adding fee upon fee upon fee because this is the new get rich scheme. Mobile Home University (an online site) openly tells would-be investors to hide behind firewalls so that tenants can't reach them and that tenants who complain about unreasonable rent hikes are themselves unreasonable, and brainwashed by media and outside agitators who don't understand that they (owners) are not running a charity. Government agencies likewise play a part, because they are not really interested in helping the poor. Instead poor people become a necessary part in keeping indifferent inefficient bureaucracies afloat. I could go on, but to be poor in America is to be preyed upon. And, as we've recently seen in Chicago, there is no shortage of people in well-off positions who excuse and defend self-destructive behaviors of those who live in poor communities, thus keeping the cycle going--until it ends, where?

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Apr 21, 2023·edited Apr 22, 2023

"Shut up and sell your petroleum-fueled vehicle so AOC can buy an EV Mercedes, you selfish feline."

(Edit: She is a demon who identifies as an innocent cat, so ... ) AOC licks her paws and purrs because there are no term limits on perfidy....

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I want off this ride 🤦🏻‍♂️

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It is among the great mysteries of the world how year after year, decade after decade, century after century, and millennium after millennium, the vast majority of humans continue to have faith in the efficacy and benevolence of the State in general, and the mountebanks and apparatchiks infesting it in particular.

The State is an utterly parasitical institution with an almost perfect historical track record of deceit, oppression, impoverishment, displacement and genocide.

In the 20th century alone, States have murdered some 250 million people, most of them their own tax cattle (a.k.a. "citizens") and destroyed the lives of countless more with wars, pogroms and other atrocities far too numerous to list here.

And yet despite this self-evident and indisputable truth, we still have vast herds not just lining up and voting for their continued oppression and enslavement in the periodic charades called elections, but actually cheer and lionize whichever sleazy mountebank that promises to enrich them at the expense of, or at least gore the ox of, the "other side".

I am seriously starting to wonder if there is some genetic, hard-wired difference between those of us that can see this and those that cannot. Almost like a cognitive sub-species that retains the ability to interbreed.

Given its permanence despite the almost incomprehensible destruction it has wrought, this unshakable faith in the State and the apparently endless cycle of initial euphoria over promised "change" by one charlatan after another, followed inevitably by disappointment and disillusionment until the cycle starts anew, appears to be a permanent part of the human psyche.

This paradigm has been the undoing of every society in history, almost without exception, and the writing is nearly indistinguishable from the wall for our own.

We need a new paradigm.

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I can hear a dog whistle even without my hearing aids. Do any of my brothers think it is offensive that we are now getting advice about "belt tightening"? Ain't like all of us got saggy pants. Harrumph!

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but Bill Gates has that special private jet that flies by non-polluting magic

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When she was running to dethrone Joe Crowley I was (from afar--not my district and I was no longer a Noo Yawkuh) delighted by what seemed to be a fresh new candidate.

Please add her name to the ever-growing list of people for whom my regard imploded in an uncontrolled explosion.

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Holy kitty litter!

Is it possible dogs and cats can communicate telepathically?

(How’s this for timing?):

https://envmental.substack.com/p/the-super-dupers

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I guess AOC shows how much better prostitution pays in DC than in the Bronx. "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs," is the communist slogan. Funny how the communist leaders always seem to have similar "needs" to the capitalists they replace.

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What's the problem? They are being completely straightforward. It is a "green" new deal - for themselves.

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founding

Hypocrisy, along with profound ignorance, astonishing credulity and breathtaking arrogance, are the foundational pillars of the modern left.

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$93 TRILLION...over how many years? Until the end of time? Oh wait , this Green New Deal prevents the end of time...but seriously, how could anyone have drafted a bill of that proportion with specific detail and allocation to accurately put that price tag on it??? Poppycock! Reminiscent of Pelosi’s “ we have to pass it to what is in it”, this is }we have to pass it to figure out how to piss away $93 Trillion”.....I’m betting it has not even been written.

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i'm glad i'm old

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After they round me up and force mRNA poisons into me, I will give up the ghost and come back as a cat. A throughly haunting black cat.

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