Oct 25, 2007
I believe this is the main reason this news story is not as popular as it should be. The fact that hundreds of people, much less young black people, invaded a Wal-Mart and destroyed property should be HUGE news. It should be on every major network. But there must be some sort of deal with the police or state with the media for this to get shunned so easily. It just shows how passive we have become that we fear events similar, I stress the word similar only, to protests during the early 20th century. I fail to believe that one or two security officers "picking " off these people would have led to the ending that resulted. Instead those two security officers would have died and more people could have been killed or injured. The situation proved that police aren't really useful or necessary, at least in this event. Had police been there it could have resulted differently, in a negative way, as well. I foresee no arrests as it would only bring this issue in the spotlight again. Even though probably a dozen or so of these guys posted videos online to their own accounts. (Jul 18, 2012 | post #8)
I agree with the math, however, I only used that quote to dismiss Toaster's original comment that getting rid of blacks, or whatever, would solve our budget problems. Assuming Toaster was commenting about the budget and the cost of welfare, the proportionality of who uses what doesn't really matter; all that matters it the total number of individuals who use the benefits and the cost of the total expenditures of the welfare (though corporate welfare isn't mentioned either). For example, if $100 billion is spent in welfare programs in Florida and 60% of whites use the welfare then $60 billion is spent on whites. But if 33% of blacks use it then $33 billion is spent on blacks. If an individual then complains that we spend too much on welfare programs, it seems it would be most useful to simply lower the $100 billion spent. But instead, individuals, who seriously need to meet and friend black people, make comments that blacks are to blame EVEN THOUGH whites take more of the total expenditures. Now, if Toaster is arguing that this disproportional use of welfare money is unfair because it is unequal then that is a useful comment that should be debated on. Though simply categorizing me as a butt loving black lover doesn't really help the discussion. :o) (Jul 18, 2012 | post #14)
"Hill and other welfare supporters argue that numbers, and not erroneous stereotypes, tell the real story about public assistance clients: Some 61 percent of welfare recipients are White, while 33 percent are Black, according to 1990 Census Bureau statistics, the latest figures available." "Social Security is the nation's largest welfare program, although many Whites prefer to call it a retirement plan. The government writes retirement and disability benefit checks to 35.4 million recipients of whom 88.7 percent are White and 9.6 percent are Black." "Among the poorest of the poor--single mothers, living below the poverty line with minor children to support 39.7 percent of AFDC clients are Black single mothers and 38.1 percent are White women with children. Food stamp recipients are 37.2 percent Black and 46.2 percent White. Medicaid benefits are paid to 27.5 percent Black recipients compared to 48.5 percent White clients." http://findarticle s.com/p/articles/m i_m1077/is_n2_v48/ ai_12970819/ (Jul 17, 2012 | post #4)
So you would just gun them all down? So, 200 people would die and then the garbage would stop? What about riots in response? I think it is extremely interesting how the news has just now started talking about this story. This is a big deal and we should be talking about how and why this was able to happen so we can try to prevent it. The politics of this story is just ugly and it just shows the depressing nature of our fourth branch. (Jul 17, 2012 | post #2)
Isn't burning the clothes bad for the environment? And couldn't we donate these clothes to the homeless? This is in my top five articles of total political nonsense for 2012. (Jul 16, 2012 | post #2)
We've learned absolutely nothing. (Jul 16, 2012 | post #4)
It's interesting how nobody has mentioned the benefits of outsourcing, especially for those who are poor. As Beaver states, the TV is much cheaper. This helps poor and lower middle class individuals afford luxuries that wealthier people may have. The quality may not be as good, which is debatable, but at least they have access. This access also includes other useful items such as computers, clothes, food, vehicles, etc. I'm not saying outsourcing is great; but it isn't as bad as people suggest as it promotes better lifestyles for the poor and middle class. (Jul 16, 2012 | post #21)
I had a feeling (Jul 16, 2012 | post #1)
It is dangerous and the gov should be liable. (Jul 13, 2012 | post #1)
Wow. The opinion is 193 pages long. http://www.nytimes .com/interactive/2 012/06/29/us/29hea lthcare-scotus-doc s.html (Jun 28, 2012 | post #13)
Are you a Zeitgeist believer then? Can human beings really predict this? We have to input data in the computer in order for it to compute and we are, of course, imperfect. Do you recommend a book or two? Additionally, would you support this simply by having high tariff rates? And wouldn't that raise prices of goods? Or would you have to control and set wages as well? And who does this? Who decides what wages should be provided? (Jun 26, 2012 | post #19)
I would highly disagree with you on the no service idea. Facebook provides many a services. It allows people to instantly talk to one another, share photos and videos, and learn about each other. It is also highly nostalgic and reminds people of good/bad memories. I'll agree with you on the idea that it is also used for "self-exposur e" with the idea to get attention. But isn't this a good thing? If it's so natural isn't it better to flaunt it online then in real life? The day that I buy groceries in a lane with magazines that don't have pictures of half-naked women (air-brushed) is the day I would change my opinion on this matter. But that won't happen, unfortunately, because women seem to love to be jealous. I still don't get that. Men do it too, I suppose, though it isn't offered to us while checking out of the grocery store (a highly discriminatory practice for equality boy to discuss). (Jun 26, 2012 | post #4)
Don't you support at least the idea that this service is free? and that any attempt to "monetize every interaction" one has with Facebook is simply the cost of using a "free" service? Wouldn't the better solution be for someone to come up with a Facebook type service that offers greater protection? For a fee, of course. (Jun 26, 2012 | post #2)
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