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Posted by Richardo in General Discussion
Fri Dec 09th 2011, 08:10 AM
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Posted by Richardo in General Discussion
Sat Oct 15th 2011, 09:17 PM

Here Are The Four Charts That Explain What The Protesters Are Angry About...

(Henry Blodget is CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Business Insider.)

Here are the four key points:

1. Unemployment is at the highest level since the Great Depression (with the exception of a brief blip in the early 1980s).

2. At the same time, corporate profits are at an all-time high, both in absolute dollars and as a share of the economy.

3. Wages as a percent of the economy are at an all-time low. In other words, corporate profits are at an all-time high, in part, because corporations are paying less of their revenue to employees than they ever have. There are lots of reasons for this, many of which are not the fault of the corporations. (It's a global economy now, and 2-3 billion new low-cost employees in China, India, et al, have recently entered the global workforce. This is putting pressure on wages the world over.)

4. Income and wealth inequality in the US economy is near an all-time high: The owners of the country's assets (capital) are winning, everyone else (labor) is losing.

So, Facebook idiots, the message is not 'anti-capitalism', it's not 'blaming wall street' or 'anti-americanism'.

The message is not at all confusing, muddled or unclear, despite what the deep-thinkers on Fox and CNN tell you.

It's very plain: Ninety nine percent of this country's citizenry have been held down, downsized, off-shored, impoverished, so that the other 1% could reap financial benefit at unheard of levels AT OUR EXPENSE. And they refuse to repay in any way those that they have exploited, whether through livable wage growth, or even just ponying up a few more tax dollars to sustain the country, its citizens, and the infrastructure that have contributed so much to their success.

THAT'S why there are people in the streets all over the country, and those right wing tools who are mocking them should realize that those people are speaking on their behalf as well. Not they'd ever acknowledge that.
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Posted by Richardo in General Discussion
Mon Jul 25th 2011, 08:14 AM
John Dickinson: "...don't forget that most men without property would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich, than face the reality of being poor."

The film was released in 1972.
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Posted by Richardo in The DU Lounge
Wed Aug 05th 2009, 12:40 PM

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama jokes with his nasal spray after being asked his opinion on the swine flu during a press conference. (AFP/Getty Images)

"And he says, 'Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.' So I got that goin' for me, which is nice."
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Posted by Richardo in The DU Lounge
Sat Jan 10th 2009, 03:32 PM
I've searched the archives from 2003 through January 1, 2009 for the frequency of some of the funniest Loungisms extant, by thread count. If, as you say, the merciless beating of a word or phrase enhances its comedic value, then let's look at the development of some of the funniest words and phrases ever posted:


Let's start with 'kitteh'. This coinage was likely popularized by the website, and its use in the Lounge reflects how fast its humor level is growing:

Before the appearance of icanhazcheezburger in 2007, there were no instances of the word 'kitteh' in Lounge posts. In its first year, 243 threads contained 'kitteh'. In 2008, 977 threads contained this humorous nugget. It's literally 4x funnier than it was in 2007!

"Nice post, ___"

One of the first known uses of the 'Nice Post' construction was by Stop The Morans in his thread entitled "Nice Post, Hitler" on December 8, 2005. An instant Lounge classic, its humorous appeal was imediately evident. But look at how much funnier it has gotten since then:

(Note: data includes thread titles with either 'nice' or 'post' or 'nice post')

In its first year of usage (2006), the appearance of the words 'nice' and 'post' in Lounge thread titles actually declined. But then, in 2007, the Lounge resurrected this construction and made it not just funny, but downright hilarious. Threads containing these words in the title grew to 472 in 2007 and an astounding 1,069 in 2008.


(Note: Threads containing the string 'pev', including such words as 'grapevine')

Threads containing the word 'pev' are also increasing in hilarity, but despite huge growth from 2006 to 2007, showed a disturbing slowdown in humor growth rate from 2007 to 2008. However, the good news is that the trend is still on the rise for the comedic value of this Lounge favorite.


Long an artifact of fumble-fingered or hurried typists attempting to write 'the', 'teh' has always had an intrinsic amusement value. Nowhere is this more evident than in the hard work of the members of the Lounge, who are expending untold energy to make this modest misspelled article the funniest usage on DU, if not the internet as a whole.

Note that after a precipitous decline in thread count from 2005-2006 from 1,241 to a mere 688, Lounge humorists redoubled their efforts, and have restored the amusement value of 'teh', and increased it nearly five-fold through 2008. Nice work, everyone.

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Tue Apr 22nd 2008, 09:48 AM
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