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u/OnionCuttinNinja 4d ago

The true story behind this was that the her car broke down, she couldn't afford the repair, so she had to walk to and from work, which was 6 miles away. A GoFund me was created by a coworker, $10k was raised and they got her another car.

CBSnews obfuscating the story and turning a story od a full time worker not being able to fix her car into a "symbol of hard work" is frankly disgusting.

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u/ColeSloth 4d ago

I figured they screwed up the 12 miles each way and it was 12 miles total. Walking 24 miles a day, plus working a job 6 days a week just isn't going to happen for a fit 60 year old, or really almost anyone for that matter. 6 miles each way is at least possible.

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u/twobit211 4d ago

yeah, 12 miles is just over 19km and i’ve found that, in good conditions, you can maybe hit 5km/h with minimal traffic light stops. nearly eight hours of marching and basically nine hours of working just isn’t feasible in a 24 hour day

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u/Chris11c 4d ago

In the military, road march speed was 15 minutes a mile. Which if you've ever done, you know it's strenuous. Most seniors simply aren't capable of walking 6 miles in an hour and a half, let alone doing it twice a day with an 8 hour work shift in-between. Kind of amazed a coworker didn't offer her a lift.

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u/GuntherSpiermen 4d ago

I would've made sure she didn't have to do that walking. I'm ashamed no one offered her a ride.

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u/jstenoien 4d ago

I would be pretty surprised if no one did considering they setup a gofundme for her and every other aspect of this story got exaggerated. Probably she didn't tell anyone, had to walk once, then people made sure she didn't have to again.

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u/ShitTalkingAlt980 4d ago

I did 5 miles each way for about a month and half in summer. That sucked. It wasn't all bad because I could get a ride both ways on Friday.

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u/ColeSloth 4d ago

I'm sure this lady didn't have to walk each way every day while her car was broken down either. I'm sure she go ride offers from co-workers. She couldn't have been hated there since they put a go fund me type thing together for her and got her $10k to replace her old vehicle.

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u/gooch_norris 4d ago

Barefoot and in the snow. Uphill, both ways!

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u/Chrona_trigger 4d ago

Average walking speed is 3mph, do 2 hours each way, perfectly plausible

Still fucked

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u/I_Heart_Astronomy 4d ago

Sounds like maybe we ought to inundate their media relations and marketing departments with disparaging emails and letters saying their "journalism" is abhorrent and fundamentally anti-American, since it promotes suffering of Americans.

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u/AbacusWizard 4d ago

fundamentally anti-American, since it promotes suffering of Americans.

If I may be a bit cynical for a moment… there are few things more American than promoting the suffering of Americans.

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u/I_Heart_Astronomy 4d ago

Fair point I suppose!

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u/AbacusWizard 4d ago

I mean, I certainly want to be wrong about this.

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u/casual-waterboarding 4d ago

That’s literally all the news is.

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u/Hiseworns 4d ago

You're not wrong, but how do we get to "this isn't America any more" from here without deciding that things like systemic racism and the blind worship of billionaires aren't American? Is this a thing where we need to quibble about semantics? I don't want to deny the reality about what is and what was, I just want to stop the suffering

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u/AbacusWizard 4d ago

No, yeah, I think that’s a very good point. We need to acknowledge that awful stuff like this is a big part of what America has been and in many ways still is, and that we need to take action to make America not be that anymore.

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u/OldAssHat 4d ago Take My Energy Ally

It sounds to me like she should have budgeted better. Maybe she should have though about making coffee at home and having sleep for dinner every other night or keep fewer pets and children.

But seriously, if you're in your 20s and don't have a Lamborghini you need to sit down and like have a serious discussion with yourself.

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u/Bitlock_Mihawk 4d ago

She should have decided to be born by better parents tbh 🤓

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u/schizophrenicism 4d ago

Didn't help for me. I had to drop out of college due to crippling insomnia. My parents seem to think financial assistance is for people who graduated. I'm very lucky to have found a stable relationship with someone who loves and cares for me cause it takes both of us and our friends together to figure things out without too much credit card use. I love my life now, but it's unfortunately, as of yet, not reconciled with my parents version of success and I'm fine to leave it that way.

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u/ElHammerhead 4d ago

You’re a peasant if you don’t have a Bugatti

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u/superman853 4d ago

Right! It is only $200,000 and there is so much money out there right now for the taking!

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u/OldAssHat 4d ago

Especially with the ai tools you can leverage. Making $200k should be as easy as breathing.

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u/Zederikus 4d ago

It’s really all a lost fight if you don’t have your mindset right! Why drink coffee when you can drink pine needle juice, why eat bread when you can pick wild grains, grind them and make them into your own bread? Smh people spending all this money today just for the sake of convenience!!!

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u/nim_opet 4d ago

Look at mister fancy with all his pine needles!

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u/Nruggia 4d ago

We used to have walk 40 miles in the snow and then 40 miles back through the desert with 150 pound bag to harvest pine needles back in my day, these kids are so entitled now adays

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u/InspectorPipes 4d ago

This social media influencer said if I don’t have a lambo at 22… it’s because I’m lazy and money is everywhere for the taking . Facts

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u/courtofknights 4d ago

She's stopping by Starbucks on her way to work, that's where all her money's going smh

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u/Traditional-Camp-517 4d ago

Sleep for dinner is the best no cooking no dishes.

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u/Decent_Cartoonist 4d ago

Think of the valuable fat and proteins in household pets. How many of your household plants are edible? Identify local edible weeds to find edible plants during your long waits at bus stops.

And just like that you'll see that food stamps are a crutch of the lazy.

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u/nerdiotic-pervert 4d ago

I know! Like, what did they even do with the small million dollar loan their parents gave them??

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u/PupienusMax 4d ago

thank you, this makes way way more sense now. 6 miles each way is still insane but 12 would be completely impossible unless this woman only worked for a couple hours a day

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u/weejawubs 4d ago

Yes this made no sense to me either. I used to (voluntarily) walk 3.5 miles to work and it was about an hour at a brisk pace. No 60 yo is walking nearly 8x that amount in a day because that would be 8+ hours of the day spent on just commuting.

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u/PomegranateUsed7287 4d ago

What is also disgusting is how you are literally force to take a car. No other option and the alternative is seen as horrible to everyone. This whole story is an example of why we should ditch the expensive car which can bankrupt you for 1 little issue to public transportation.

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u/KopiteForever 4d ago Take My Energy

Standard brainwashing techniques from American media. Always portraying the horrible stories as heartwarming takes.

The real story here is that she not only had to do that, but every day and for 6 days a week and then needed charity to get out of that situation.

It's not heartwarming, it's a disgusting indictment of the state of capitalism in America that this woman can't afford to live despite having a full time job.

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u/logicoptional 4d ago All-Seeing Upvote

Not to mention that where she lives evidently lacks any viable alternatives to driving.

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u/submittedanonymously 4d ago edited 4d ago

As is the majority of the US if you’re not near the east coast or a in city that gives a shit about public infrastructure. I live in an area where we could have amazing light and commuter rails… but bring that idea up and suddenly “YoU’rE GoNnA hUrT tHe RaIlRoAdS”. Meanwhile they’re celebrating record profits after the government forced a bad union deal on the workers.

Edit: I live in KCMO which is the second place Rail hub of the US since almost all the same lines that run through Chicago run through KC. KC is an awfully spread out highway-based area. If you don’t have a car then you shouldn’t live here unless you can afford to live downtown. The fact that we’re holding anything for the upcoming world cup is the fact that we have the US Mens Team’s training facility - don’t come here expecting roads or public transport to work (or hear someone fellating on about our one streetcar line). Our highways are litered with fallen furniture, mattresses and other stuff idiots chose not to tie down properly. We refuse to work on the roads and the state is just now debating on expanding highway lanes in the rural areas… which, contrary to my own beliefs, studies say would help alleviate traffic congestion in the sections further out west from St Louis as well as further east from KC (though when you get into the suburbs heading toward the cities, adding lanes is like using a sprinkler in a downpour - pointless). The problem is they don’t want to invest in rail or public transportation because the stats say we don’t use what we have - which is a shitty and VERY poorly scheduled bus line. Why drive to the office in 25 min when you could sit and wait for the bus at 6AM, get on at 6:45 because the bus is late, and arrive at your office at 8:25 late to work? Oh did you miss the bus? Get ready for a 1-2 hour wait.

I also cite the easy coast as an example of densely packed small towns where you can drive down one road and be in “5 towns in 5 minutes” as someone from Pennsylvania pointed out when I was younger. My trips through Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia usually prove this random person correct in my experience. You may not have great public transportation, because Merica… but the fact you can walk the distance of several small towns in certain areas is what I’m talking about. That distance to cross isn’t necessarily a great thing, but the way smaller towns feel interlinked is not something you see in the midwest or further west.

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u/RetardedWabbit 4d ago

“YoU’rE GoNnA hUrT tHe RaIlRoAdS”.

Yo, TF are people worried for the health of railroads in the USA lol?

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u/LockeClone 4d ago

Kind of a strange argument all around because heavy rail tends to deliberately skip around population centers...

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u/SyntheticReality42 4d ago

Except Chicago. It's the rail hub of the nation.

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u/SaliferousStudios 4d ago

Chicago has pretty good public transporation though. I was able to get around the city for like 3-4 days and do things like go to the zoo without a car and very little use of uber.

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u/DrkWlfKnght09 4d ago

Only when it suits a twisted agenda normally.

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u/vaporvendor 4d ago

Politicians care because if railroads fail now they're left holding the bag for having bailed them out so much. So its better for them to obstruct any sort of replacement and continue to shovel more money in the pit.

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u/HashMaster9000 4d ago

We aren't. Their commuter and passenger lines are too far gone, and already are bullied into giving cargo priority (even though passengers are supposed to legally have the right of way) because the Commercial Railroads now own the rail lines, and because we've become a car centric society, rural stops/stations/lines are shut down regularly or have been for years.

There's a whole Wendover Productions video about the state of passenger rail, and essentially it could be better, but no one gives a shit about enforcing the law, and no one is making it a priority (but R's sure as shit wants to complain when the crap infrastructure they caused is attacked by people who want Public Transit locally).

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u/mindspork 4d ago edited 4d ago

Around where I am they built a 7 mile light rail with like 10 stops. Because the next city over (which was basically formed by white flight from my city, but if you try to remind them of that on their subreddit you're immediately banned) was supposed to sign on to it but suddenly were worried about "criminal elements" using it. (Big fucking dogwhistle there)

It's a nice train. Very few people use it anymore though, especially post panedmic due to the fact that it doesn't really go much of anywhere. I used it for about 4 years once a week or so, but that was because there's a station in walking distance from my building and one within walking distance from my office. Only used it cause work paid for it.

Also when they went to build it they had to get the land rights from the major railroad in the area (which hadn't actually used that rail line in like 20 years) and the freaking railroad started negotiations at "Ok, $20M a mile plz."

Edit : thanks for the reddit cares report to whoever did it. Fuck off.

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u/LockeClone 4d ago

That the thing about rail transit: if it's not good enough then it self-reinforces the idea that we don't need it...

But anyone who's been to medium-density places that has good rail knows how great it is... honestly, I think if Americans weren't so poor we'd travel more and that simple fact alone would drastically grease the political wheels of civic design.

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u/rocketlvr 4d ago

I don't even think it's the poverty that prevents Americans from traveling, it's the insanely limited time off.

When I was traveling across Asia, the Middle East and Europe I met dozens upon dozens of people from poorer countries with lesser means like Eastern Europe, Italy, Portugal, even fucking Brazil, but it was insanely rare that I met an American. I made it across 4 countries (Kuwait, Nepal, Cambodia, and Thailand) before I ran into another American in fucking Australia.

and of course, he was military. They're the only Americans that travel.

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u/LockeClone 4d ago

Yeah, I've been trying to put this into words that resonates with people. That it's not really money that's been stolen from the lower and middle classes, but time.

But how do you explain concepts like that to people who are so invested in believing the opposite and have no context because they can't travel?

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u/CuteDescription9562 4d ago

Literally sounds like the story of the metro gold line expanding out of Los Angeles into the suburbs of the San Gabriel valley .

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u/turquoise_amethyst 4d ago

Wait... how does light rail hurt, uh “heavy rail”. Wouldn’t it strengthen it?

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u/Dimitar_Todarchev 4d ago

Probably wouldn't affect it much either way, but it would hurt auto dealers and AAA and such.

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u/ScientificBeastMode 4d ago

It would probably help a lot of auto dealers because the city would become an attractive place to live and would grow in population, leading to more car sales, not less.

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u/makes_witty_remarks 4d ago

You're thinking of the bigger picture. That doesn't smell like next quarters profits to me.

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u/needsmoresteel 4d ago

Same with news reporting. For the most part it’s all about knocking stories out quickly that generally support the overlords’ agendas. Others in this thread are pointing out that this news article (and others) only scratch the surface with the story being framed as a good news story instead of digging deeper about why this is even necessary.

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u/Shdwrptr 4d ago

Near the east coast? I live in New England and there is literally no public transit anywhere outside of extremely small, densely populated areas and even that is like a 10 mile radius if you’re lucky

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u/Morlock19 4d ago

We've been trying for years to get commuter rail from western mass to Boston. You go outside of495 and you're screwed of you don't have a car.

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u/Setku 4d ago

Yea that's 99% of the us. Only 15 metro systems exists and 5 of them have 1 line. Four of them are in new york. Most cities don't have reliable bus transit. There's even less trolleys. We really did let auto makers design the country.

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u/Prime157 4d ago

The Koch brothers hurt mass transportation more than auto makers, but I'm just being pedantic.

Not my favorite article, but it's not pay walled:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/26/koch-activists-phoenix-ban-light-rail

There's a ton of cities for examples too

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u/Professional-Bass308 4d ago

Yep. They came in to Nashville to defeat a big public transit plan several years back. They kept telling people it was going to cost $35K per person or something like that, which is of course an extremely simplistic way to state the cost and make people think they’re going to be sent a bill or something. Sad thing is the people who ended up voting against it are the ones who likely would have benefited most. Of course, that’s nothing new.

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u/PM-ME-YOUR-DND-IDEAS 4d ago

people that commute from the towns surrounding nashville into nashville every day and bitch about the horrible rush hour traffic every day voted against it. they could have taken a 30 minute train ride instead of a 2 hour commute, but nooooo.

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u/Professional-Bass308 4d ago

💯. I live and work downtown so I don’t have to do the commute thing and I was still super excited about the idea.

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u/Zestyclose-Ring7303 SocDem 4d ago

Sad thing is the people who ended up voting against it are the ones who likely would have benefited most. Of course, that’s nothing new

LOL! That's pretty much every American Conservative. I can't wait until all the Right Wing Boomers realize that their beloved Republipuke party is taking away their Social Security and Medicare.

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u/Sirdraketheexplorer 4d ago

They'll blame anyone but themselves, as usual. Inventing new boogeymen and putting a new spin on old, bigoted tropes, the blame will lay at the feet of the out group that causes the most outrage.

All the while they'll probably say something like they're free from the tyranny of a single payer communo-marxist healthcare system where a computer/bureaucrat decides if you live or die. Followed by a shitty meme proudly saying how they aren't paying for freeloaders on Social Seciruty.

The next post will bemoan the costs of medicines they literally need to continue existing and how their pitiful retirement fund isn't enough to survive, much less thrive, without Social Security. Maybe they can ruminate on it while they walk 12 miles to work when they're in their autumn years.

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u/shoryusatsu999 4d ago

At this point, I think they'd actually end up celebrating that happening because it also hurts the people they hate.

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u/TootTootTrainTrain 4d ago

taking away their Social Security and Medicare.

I'm so fucking angry about this. I just had to send my mom money for a prescription because her SS portable got cut and she hasn't had time to find a replacement yet. I didn't even make the connection to the Trump tax cuts until she told me. I'm so livid.

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u/JarJarJarMartin 4d ago

When I lived in the Charlotte area, the city wanted to build light rail, and conservative talk radio was all up in arms about “taxes” and “no one will ride it.” Many people moved out of the city in protest. They lost and the city built the rail corridors. They’ve revitalized the city core and brought connectivity and business growth all along their corridors. They have healthy ridership, and they’re my preferred method of travel when I’m in the area.

Conservatives are the reason for the term “penny wise and pound foolish.”

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u/HOLEPUNCHYOUREYELIDS 4d ago

Conservatives are the reasons we cant have nice functional things for a reasonable price

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u/mojomonkeyfish 4d ago

Conservatives: Putting the tragedy in the commons.

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u/Kataphractoi 4d ago

Imagine moving out of the city because you don't want easier and more transportation options.

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u/JMW007 4d ago

Imagine moving out of the city because you don't want easier and more transportation options.

They don't want those for other people. Especially Other people.

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u/Bingo-Bango-Bong-o 4d ago

It was a big talking point back in the days of white flight.

So many people fought viciously against public transport points being built near their neighborhoods because they claimed that it would bring “undesirables” into their communities where they would pillage the wealthier neighborhoods and run back to their “ghettos”.

It’s been happening for a long long time.

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u/Tavernknight 4d ago

I'm basically at the point where I want the wealthier neighborhoods to get pillaged.

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u/mojomonkeyfish 4d ago

I'm getting the fuck out of here before my home becomes more valuable!

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u/Yara_Flor 4d ago

It was Judge Doom here in LA

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u/Deathwatch72 4d ago

Is that a nickname or is that actually his surname? Badass name for a judge

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u/Yara_Flor 4d ago

It was his actual name. Turns out he was a toon though.

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u/ehchromatic 4d ago

Remember me, Eddie?

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u/someonestopthatman 4d ago

That poor little shoe....

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u/TootTootTrainTrain 4d ago

That scene is so dark and fucked up.

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u/Sconebad 4d ago

He’s the antagonist of Who Framed Roger Rabbit which is ostensibly about the end of mass transit in LA (at least the subtext)

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u/altanic 4d ago

Nobody's gonna drive this lousy freeway when they can take the Red Car for a nickel.

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u/Setku 4d ago

Wild, we can't have public transit because of a group crying it would put shitty businesses out and reduce the need for cars. We are truly living in a time. I've been walking everywhere for the last three years and over that time I've seen others join me in it but I live in the boondocks so some places like major shopping isn't feasible. I refuse to go back to driving every where hopefully I can afford to move to a compact city in the next couple years.

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u/Patiod 4d ago

I was working out near Kansas City KS and a young guy working on the project was parroting some rightwing nonsense about the horrors of public transit. I said "You've never been to a Northeast city, have you? They wouldn't be livable without public transit. You have no idea how great it is to get be able to take a train to and from the airport, or to NY or DC or even Boston. To get on a train and read a book and end up 30 minutes later a few blocks from your work, when a car ride would take over an hour." A lot of folks who have never seen it in action can't even imagine the advantages.

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u/TangerineBand 4d ago

It makes it even better when they whine and cry that if we take away cars it would hurt the disabled. The irony being I have two separate disabled friends where their disability actually prevents them from driving. And also that reducing car usage somehow bans it from everyone.

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u/Glittering-Cellist34 4d ago

Auto makers "destroyed" transit starting in the 1920s. The Kochs (big oil producers) are just trying to keep it that way.

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u/TarnishedHammered 4d ago

The big 3 american automakers famously had the thriving trolley service in Detroit dismantled. They sold the trolley cars to Mexico City, where they were used for decades.

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u/cantwejustbefiends 4d ago

Automakers pushing against public transportation had been going on for half a century before the Koch brothers.

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u/regeya 4d ago

I live at the south end of Illinois, very rural. The state is about the size of England, but only 12 million people, and about 9 million of those are in Chicago. Where I live there's a bunch of little towns clustered together that makes up a population of about 120,000. Mass transit would be awesome. And if it was 100 years ago, you could take a trolley. Where I live, out in the country, there was a train station about a half mile from my house. Now, it's all cars. Chevrolet literally lobbied to have trollies shut down across America. There's mass transit available if you're disabled, no idea how much it costs, and the nearest college town has buses for college students, but other than that it's personal cars, taxis, and Uber.

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u/mojomonkeyfish 4d ago

There's a lot of irony in the fact that people in rural areas are like "mass transit would never work for this town, because it's in the middle of nowhere", but if you were to look at the history of their town, there's a 90% chance it exists because of a rail station.

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u/regeya 4d ago

Yep, the tiny town I grew up in only existed because of train yards and an Illinois Central lake for the water stop.

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u/couldbemage 4d ago

By lobby, you mean bought up and destroyed.

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u/95percentconfident 4d ago

We should rebuild public transit! Wait, rebuild? That’s right, car and tire manufacturers bought up all the trolley companies and shut them down, ripping up all the tracks and paving them over to sell more cars and tires.

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u/Otherwise-Argument56 4d ago

It would be so awesome to have a bus run every hour here. But I live in the south so everyone wants everyone to suffer, and dumbass people are more than willing to suffer a little so someone else can suffer more. It's shocking the lack of empathy shown by most people around me

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u/LadyReika 4d ago

I never realized how spiteful Southerners could be until I moved to Floriduh.

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u/Working_Mastodon2619 4d ago

Light rail, then long distance commuter trains would make this country SO much better. Imagine going from California to New York in a single day, with no driving. Imagine going to a decent paying job and not NEEDING a car. That would save people thousands per year

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u/TootTootTrainTrain 4d ago

I lived that dream for 3 years in Japan. It was incredible. Only got in a car once because I visited someone in a really rural community and she was given a car by the local BoE to use while she worked there.

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u/Charming-Start-3722 4d ago

The US really is an underdeveloped nation.

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u/couldbemage 4d ago

Undeveloping. We had this stuff, and got rid of it.

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u/HarmonyQuinn1618 lazy zennial 👻 4d ago

Exactly this. Every time I see videos and posts celebrating that they were able to raise money for something like a child’s medical operation it just disgusts me. A family should not have to worry if to community seems their childs life as worthy of their donation, bc how many don’t get those donations? They should only have to worry about taking care of their child. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy the child is able to receive the care, but it shouldn’t have taken a gofundme to receive it.

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u/ParkingLack 4d ago

Exactly this. Every time I see videos and posts celebrating that they were able to raise money for something like a child’s medical operation it just disgusts me.

It's just so heartwarming to see a family put themselves in crippling debt to afford life saving surgery that would be free in any other country 🥰🥰🥰

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u/Mikeinthedirt 4d ago

Sshhh. It’s necessary to prove your parental worthiness. Now that the dragons are all dead. We tried the holy war thing but got our ass kicked.

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u/UnluckyHorseman Anarcho-Syndicalist 4d ago

There's a reason r/orphancrushingmachine exists.

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u/HarmonyQuinn1618 lazy zennial 👻 4d ago

Oh my god, the name lolol. But you already know I instantly joined

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u/the_Real_Romak 4d ago

The irony is that in the USSR, the child would have been treated by top medics for free...

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u/So-shu-churned 4d ago

"Determined family of six managing to thrive in a one-bedroom studio apartment shows the real grit of the American workforce."

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u/Mechakoopa 4d ago

"Six year old sells beautiful hand made bracelets to help pay for her mom's cancer treatment."

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u/masterfulnoname 4d ago

"Every heartwarming human interest story in america is like "he raised $20,000 to keep 200 orphans from being crushed in the orphan-crushing machine" and then never asks why an orphan-crushing machine exists or why you'd need to pay to prevent it from being used."

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u/Ryeballs 4d ago

Not sure who you’re quoting but this is great (awful)!

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u/Brs76 4d ago

Further proof our MSM is in bed with our overlords

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u/KopiteForever 4d ago edited 4d ago

Yes. Control the public narrative and you control how people perceive the world around them.

If you can't calm the herd they'll never walk into the abbatoir. If you can they'll walk calmly, make it look fun and they'll be queueing to get in.

https://www.reddit.com/r/PublicFreakout/comments/10ky3qf/the_illusion_of_freedom_be_smart_and_educate

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u/SoYoungSoHigh 4d ago

Thanks to Sean Locks love letters that I know what an abattoir is.

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u/RagingCain 4d ago

Wait till you learn about the Nazis on Nazi Island!

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u/grill_em_aII 4d ago

You know what an abattoir is because of Sean Lock. I know what an abattoir is because of Nick Cave. We are not the same.

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u/GourangaPlusPlus 4d ago

Well no because you've not heard "The Tiger That Came For A Pint"

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u/turquoise_amethyst 4d ago

If anyone wants to know what an abattoir is, here ya go

TLDR: slaughterhouse

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u/mbr4life1 4d ago

"Who controls your mind, your world view, is it the news or the movie you takin' your girl to?"

Dead Prez Propaganda

https://youtu.be/77THtzZVfW0

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u/06210311200805012006 Bioregional Anarchy 4d ago

In bed, bought and paid for, like the prostitutes they are.

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u/bestfrenplank 4d ago

In bed? Who you think owns the msm? Who do you think writes the paychecks to every reporter who gets national coverage? Not saying there aren't legitimate reporters out there but they all answer to someone.

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u/grill_em_aII 4d ago

You know how you get those emails and meetings at work that tell everyone "we're going to do This Thing completely This Way from now on"? I'm pretty sure journalists have that same plight, and as always, the choice is Their way or the highway. On the commute back home the day of that meeting, I'm sure they get pissed off all over again just by thinking about their idiotic management and their idiotic rules, but eventually they think of their family, their debt, their bills, and the intrinsic things that they love about the work they do and think to themselves, "I guess I can take this one on the chin and keep going."

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u/YourFriendNoo 4d ago

Yep, pretty close. The corporate overlords are doing a mix of abusing their employees to make money and selling a point of view to influence the public.

But journalism IS important. We NEED good people to take on these jobs. The folks in the content mines, so to speak, are often sacrificing a great deal just for the little impact they can have.

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u/Don_Gato1 4d ago

There aren’t really email blasts going out telling them to cover a specific story. But the bosses like particular story pitches and not others. And the people who want to garner approval and advance their careers pick up on that.

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u/GrandTusam 4d ago

This 6 year old kid rakes leaves every day to pay for his dialisis

#heartwarmingstories

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u/dragonflyzmaximize 4d ago

The posts I see on LinkedIn are so awful. Someone posting something like "a raise makes you happy once a year, a healthy workplace makes you happy every day." Like okayyyyy those things aren't mutually exclusive?? And people lap it up.

Or posts of Japanese workers being "allowed" to nap at work and people applauding it overwhelmingly in the comments, ignoring the fact that it's because their workforce is severely overworked and that's just a way to squeeze even more life out of someone.

People are sometimes idiots especially when it comes to work/capitalism.

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u/cessiey 4d ago

This is a great example of Toxic Positivity.

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u/iChopPryde 4d ago

Ya it’s like when “I work 3 jobs to keep a roof over my head” like that’s capitalism failing you if you need 3 jobs 🤦🏽‍♂️

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u/EasterBunnyArt 4d ago

Also prime proof of why I hate living in the US: lack of some god damn proper public transportation.

I recently learnt that the city I am in had massive expansionary plans since 1977, and almost none were implemented due to racism (then and now). And even the 1999 proposal was watered so much down it is depressing.

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u/SnooHobbies8473 4d ago

My city, Portland, OR, has pretty decent public transit IF you happen to live near the MAX light-rail lines or major bus lines. If you're poor and happen to live in the northeast part of town or the 'burbs, forget it...

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u/ExterminatingAngel6 4d ago

Which city? I would like to look further into this.

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u/tacodog7 4d ago

I got into a verbal argument with a boomer when i said commute and tolls/parking should be paid for by the company.

They wouldn't have it. They passionately defended the company not paying for that lol.

So fucking weird. Whyyyy? I know YOU pay for those things out of pocket, while the president makes a million in salary and more in stock

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u/bond___vagabond 4d ago

It always makes me think of the super old Walmart greeters in the stores I've lived near. Maybe some places they actually enjoy that job, but it's definitely calculated to reduce theft of rich corporations stuff by peasants, and they use old people cause they are less likely to get assaulted by the peasant. they ones I see always have the dead inside sex worker adjacent eyes.

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u/SkunkMonkey 4d ago

they use old people cause they are less likely to get assaulted by the peasant

Not so sure that's true anymore. Plenty of stories where an old person is knocked down by a shoplifter and is seriously hurt or ends up dying.

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u/RobertPaulson81 4d ago

She looks a lot older than 60. I wonder why

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u/thefragileapparatus 4d ago

I was coming here to say that looks like a hard 60...

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u/shiftry 4d ago

She’s got some city miles on her

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u/Orisara 4d ago

My 85 year old grandma looks younger...

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u/thefragileapparatus 4d ago

I believe it. My mother looked younger at 84. I had a girlfriend years ago whose mother was only 55 and looked worse than this though. She always complained about being old too. I think that probably played a role in it.

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u/ericfromct 4d ago

I was thinking the same thing, my mom's 63 and looks waaaaayyyy younger than this lady. She also only had to drive 10 minutes to and from work for most of her life though, maybe that was the difference..

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u/Kh4lex 4d ago

No. Walking is healthy.

I would assume there are other things that make her appear "older". Propably working 6 days a week for years, some shitty ass low paying stressfull job is the cultrip.

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u/pegothejerk 4d ago

Spending that much time in the sun is definitely not good for your skin, that'll age you fast, too

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u/ericfromct 4d ago

Yea she was waking up to be at work for 4am at fedex, walking 12 miles each way in whatever the weather was. But the headline makes it look different than it was, she had only been doing it for 3 months. Not that that's nothing, but you don't age that much in 3 months. Seems she must have had a tough life

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u/bonjour-robot 4d ago

Walking 24 miles a day every day is not healthy at all, especially at 60. Probably a healthy ideal walk would be no more than 6. I used to walk about that much with hunting dog and I would be really hungry, and felt a little insane.

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u/Prestigious-Tie2049 4d ago

Bad lighting, no makeup, screenshot of a 720p video call.

Could be anything really

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u/anmalyshko 4d ago

If she couldn't afford a car without a gofundme then she couldn't afford to lose the job with homelessness or death. that's not determination that's desperation to stay alive.

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u/UrsulaSeaWitch 4d ago

And if she is living paycheck to paycheck that car isn't going to help any. Gas, maintenance, tabs, upkeep, it becomes a financial burden.

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u/under_the_c 4d ago

I love the idea behind that sub, unfortunately now I feel like it's filled with repost bots and posts from people that don't understand what the sub is.

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u/12baakets 4d ago

Commutism, the belief that commuting runs our economy and is also good for your health

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u/AttyFireWood 4d ago

If people are forced to drive, then they have to work extra and spend money on buying cars, keeping them repaired, filling their tanks with gas, keeping roads in repair, getting food in drive thru, obtaining insurance... The list goes on and on! Think of the economy!

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u/macaronysalad 4d ago

Don't forget the mandatory inspection, fees, taxes, registration and fear of being harassed by cops. The government's take.

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u/Comrade_Jane_Jacobs 4d ago

Their car remains a ball and chain. Anytime they start getting ahead their check engine light comes on or their inspection is up and they need new tires or new brakes. It drags the workers back into a desperate space where they have less leverage over their employers and thus remain dependent on them.

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u/RemarkableExplorer66 4d ago

cum~in~tissues - the believe that...

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u/1singleduck 4d ago

Go on, finish that sentence

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u/Script_Mak3r Fully Automated Luxury Communism 4d ago

... that masturbation is a healthy means of stress relief that harms nobody, and it's the fundamentalists who are wrong.

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u/Dragonwick Together We Bargain, Divided We Beg 4d ago

“During the cold war, the anticommunist ideological framework could transform any data about existing communist societies into hostile evidence. If the Soviets refused to negotiate a point, they were intransigent and belligerent; if they appeared willing to make concessions, this was but a skillful ploy to put us off our guard. By opposing arms limitations, they would have demonstrated their aggressive intent; but when in fact they supported most armament treaties, it was because they were mendacious and manipulative. If the churches in the USSR were empty, this demonstrated that religion was suppressed; but if the churches were full, this meant the people were rejecting the regime's atheistic ideology. If the workers went on strike (as happened on infrequent occasions), this was evidence of their alienation from the collectivist system; if they didn't go on strike, this was because they were intimidated and lacked freedom. A scarcity of consumer goods demonstrated the failure of the economic system; an improvement in consumer supplies meant only that the leaders were attempting to placate a restive population and so maintain a firmer hold over them.

If communists in the United States played an important role struggling for the rights of workers, the poor, African-Americans, women, and others, this was only their guileful way of gathering support among disfranchised groups and gaining power for themselves. How one gained power by fighting for the rights of powerless groups was never explained. What we are dealing with is a nonfalsifiable orthodoxy, so assiduously marketed by the ruling interests that it affected people across the entire political spectrum.”

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u/ArcticBiologist 4d ago

Where is that quote from?

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u/ponguso 4d ago

I know a Michael Parenti quote when I see one. (Specifically a video of his talk on YouTube with a green filter on it)

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u/Hardcorex 4d ago

Yellow* Parenti lol

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u/FormerlyKnownAsMado 4d ago

Nice to see that absolutely nothing has changed since then.

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u/vegdeg 4d ago

And you don't think this is happening today? About current events?

Because any comment trying to point this out on worldnews nets -gazillion votes.

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u/Dragonwick Together We Bargain, Divided We Beg 4d ago

I got banned from worldnews so your point stands lol

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u/XxRocky88xX 4d ago

Very good point. Whenever you hear horrible shit like this communist countries it’s about how the system is failing and people are suffering because of it. Whenever you hear about it in America it’s spun as some testament to American determination and is treated as an example all working class Americans should follow.

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u/ultitaria 4d ago

But she CHOOSES to do it to not starve

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u/Vishnej 4d ago edited 4d ago

At one point an Appalachia town abandoned by road infrastructure wrote to the Soviet Union for development assistance, and was featured in Soviet media.

https://youtu.be/9o19EaposFE

DC built a bridge out of embarrassment.

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u/peri_enitan 4d ago

So everybody in the US with Diabetes might need to ask Russia/China for help? Maybe they'll do something about the lead in the water too?

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u/SolarBoy1 4d ago edited 4d ago

I’m going to write to China that America needs high-speed rail immediately.

I hereby formally invite to CPC or current Russia to help us with our American infrastructure. /satire

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u/TheAskewOne 4d ago

That would probably work honestly.

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u/bhbull 4d ago

I grew up in Yugoslavia, moved to Canada long time ago… the biggest difference between the two systems was that we in Yugoslavia knew we were fed propaganda bullshit. Canadians and Americans eat it all up. Is quite an amazing difference.

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u/grendus 4d ago

The greatest lie the capitalists ever told was that job creator was a virtue.

Creating the job is a job itself. It is no more virtuous than working the job. And there's only virtue in work if you create something worth having - we have a lot of "bullshit jobs" that just exist to keep people busy and build little virtual empires for the management class that keeps the workers in line.

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u/Efficient-Echidna-30 4d ago

Right, job creators can be sweat shop owners.

Employment rate is a bulllshit metric. We all know it.

If you enslaved everyone and force them to work, that’s 100% employment rate.

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u/GreatGearAmidAPizza 4d ago

The real question is why are they credited with created their jobs but we're not credited with creating their jobs? Would Buffet's job of sitting around and letting his money earn more money exist with millions of laborers producing ever more goods and services?

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u/hardknockcock 4d ago

IMO the greatest lie they ever told was that you can join the elites if you just work hard enough and believe in yourself, and if you’re not elite then it’s something wrong with you.

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u/graphiccsp 4d ago edited 4d ago

It got so bad that in the 80's "Greed is good" was an honest phrase.

Ambition is good. Greed is wrong, if not evil. And yet the larger part of a generation that has bought into that maxim

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u/MaxMemphisjunior 4d ago

Thats what you call western propaganda :)

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u/testedonsheep 4d ago

Build a functional public transportation system please. This is ridiculous.

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u/KnowsIittle 4d ago

Person keeps head above water while drowning, look at them presevere!

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u/damn_nation_inc 4d ago

If it happened in a socialist country, they'd print it as a horror story TODAY

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u/BeBetter3334 4d ago

This is almost as tone deaf as when GW Bush praised black single mothers working 3 jobs as the "embodiment of the American dream"

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u/Dooberss13 4d ago

How is this even possible? I'm a fit male and it takes me about 20 minutes to just walk a mile. If I walked 12 miles to work it would take me 4 hours, then work my shift, then walk another 4 hours to home? That barely leaves me any time to eat, sleep, and get ready for the next day...

Of course I know it's physically possible but how is it 'possible' to do this while keeping your sanity / physical well-being?

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u/IllIIIlllllII 4d ago

Probably 6 miles each way. Or somebody is lying.

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u/AFutureForTheForest 4d ago

It is 6 each way. It's written in a way that some people are assuming the 12 is one way when it's both.

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u/Mckooldude 4d ago

It’s not just stuff like this. Describe almost anything to someone 50 years ago, and they’d assume the USSR won the Cold War.

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u/Budo00 4d ago

Has anyone reading this ever walked 6 miles to work then home?

I did it a few times and it sucks ass. No one called me a hero or bought me a car.

I found some ticks on my body when I got home.

It was so scary walking and having cars not even pretend to avoid hitting me.

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u/me_to_me_stfu 4d ago

Yeah, something is off here. Walking 24 miles/day? I'm not buying that, given that most healthy people walk at about 3mph, so is this article really suggesting that this woman actually walks for 8 hours daily and works as well?

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u/CurlSagan 4d ago

Why is their link SexUW?

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u/1Random_User 4d ago

Because SexUwU was taken

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u/neopod9000 4d ago

Randomness is beautiful sometimes

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u/AWildRapBattle 4d ago

they're a professor of sexology at the university of winnington

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u/lankist 4d ago edited 4d ago

Y’all ever notice how whenever socialism/communism/anything remotely Marxist happens, every single death of starvation, famine or disease that ever happens is specifically Karl Marx’s fault? And all the capitalists pretend to care about the humanitarian crisis totally and definitely caused solely by the practice of socialist public policy.

But when people starve or die of preventable illness under capitalism, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles sucks to be you shoulda’ worked harder lazy nerd? Like, why are you even trying to count how many people die under capitalism? It’s not like there’s anything we could do about it.

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u/O_o-22 4d ago

There was a guy a few years back in Detroit that walked some insane amount of miles (like 25-30) every day from Detroit up to Troy in the suburbs. Human interest story on him generated a go fund me plus a free car so he could get to work. The freeloaders he lived with tried to strong arm him out of money so he got an apartment closer to the job and left them in the dust.

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u/DrProfessional77 4d ago

*communism….ffs the word communist is in the pic you linked.