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6 hours ago, SteveAJones said:

 I am so fed up with people constantly criticizing wealth and bashing the rich.    

If it weren't for the rich, there'd be no jobs. Duh!

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On ‎2‎/‎6‎/‎2019 at 10:20 PM, Strider said:

I love y'all.

I love "yer" Liverpool avatar.

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2 hours ago, rm2551 said:

Huh??? IF you are lucky enough to be born into a family that is in the top 10% of the wealthy, you are given vastly more opportunity than a trailer park or ghetto child. Not to say trailer park/ghetto baby cannot achieve whatever,  but I don't agree the opportunities are equal to both. Opportunities somewhat depend on environment and history. A public school kid from the ghetto who goes for it against a private schooled kid from a "captain of industry" go for the same job. Who wins?

Were they not all born free men? Are they not all afforded equal protection under the law? In 2019, given government grants/scholarships, do you agree that anyone who seeks to go to college can? Of course a person born into wealth will have certain financial and social advantages, but that has always held true and always will. My point is this notion that "millionaires and billionaires" are to be demonized and the system blown up is absurd.  

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2 hours ago, SteveAJones said:

Were they not all born free men? Are they not all afforded equal protection under the law? In 2019, given government grants/scholarships, do you agree that anyone who seeks to go to college can? Of course a person born into wealth will have certain financial and social advantages, but that has always held true and always will. My point is this notion that "millionaires and billionaires" are to be demonized and the system blown up is absurd.  

Yes.

Yes.

I don't know enough about who can go to college and how hard that actually is - I'll concede it's likely.

Of course a person born into wealth will have certain financial and social advantages, but that has always held true and always will.

Yes. But when there is an entrenched separation of classes that result in vastly different opportunities for each, that is an issue. The wealth disparity is the biggest threat to social order in the US. How much have wages grown for average Joe in the last decade? NIL - but the top earners? - SIGNIFICANTLY. it's not sustainable and will end in tears if it keeps going like it has.

Demonized...

That's a different point and the demonising of them largely extends from the weak laws that allow billionaires and their companies to pay FUCK ALL tax. (personal tax equal to their secretaries for instance). I don't blame them and they shouldn't be demonised for taking advantage of the law. You get the Government and legislation you deserve. And when half the country can't be assed voting, well, good luck with that. Seems to be working out for y'all.

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44 minutes ago, rm2551 said:

The wealth disparity is the biggest threat to social order in the US. How much have wages grown for average Joe in the last decade? NIL - but the top earners? - SIGNIFICANTLY. it's not sustainable and will end in tears if it keeps going like it has.

I completely agree that wage stagnation is the central challenge to American society -- not plastic bags or unregulated cow flatulence! The continued devaluation of American labor is, in my opinion, a direct consequence of globalization.   

https://www.epi.org/publication/charting-wage-stagnation/

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I heard a Hendrix song on the radio today (not sure which one, just caught the start on the way to lunch) and it took about 15 seconds of intro for me to really think it was Hendrix and not SRV. Turns out I was right once Hendrix started singing, but it was very close...

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10 hours ago, rm2551 said:

I heard a Hendrix song on the radio today (not sure which one, just caught the start on the way to lunch) and it took about 15 seconds of intro for me to really think it was Hendrix and not SRV. Turns out I was right once Hendrix started singing, but it was very close...

What always gives it away for me is the tone and the flow. Hendrix tone was fatter and had more fuzz, plus his playing sounded more natural, which makes sense as it was his song. SRV's tone I can't stand as it sounds way to thin and twangy to me, plus he plays much cleaner than Hendrix but yet his flow is not as natural.

Either way, both were great players, though I prefer Hendrix.

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On 2/6/2019 at 1:01 AM, redrum said:

Sounds good to me.

Is your house heated?

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14 hours ago, Freeyyaa said:

Is your house heated?

Yes. We have a pellet stove, electric baseboard heat and a heat pump. Also, an old wood stove we can hook up easily. :)

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4 minutes ago, Strider said:

I would like to die at age 77...the last year I saw Led Zeppelin.

I won't allow it. 😎

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13 minutes ago, redrum said:

I won't allow it. 😎

Hahaha. You plan on killing me earlier? Living to 100 holds no appeal to me.

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