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  •  And they built grand cathederals (6+ / 0-)

    and sponsored wonderful art, while the poor were counted lucky if they managed to earn enough bread to survive one more day by poling barges through shit filled canals for 16 hours.

    But, well, at least there are some pretty pictures to show for it.

    This place needs a PVP server.

    by JesseCW on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 01:41:40 PM PST

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    •  Yes, I'm sure the starving wretches really (2+ / 0-)
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      thought those fantastic buildings and artworks were fabulous.  Beat eating, that's for sure.  

      Keep a foot on the throat of the poor and praise the rich.  The Medicis were an organized crime ring far uglier than a lot of the present day examples.  Just because they used their ill-gotten gains for art and architecture doesn't cleanse their blood money.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 06:28:50 PM PST

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      •  The life expectancy in a Carnegie steel mill (0+ / 0-)

        was 11 years in the 1890's.

        I don't mean turn over.  I mean one in eleven men died on the job every year.

        But, well, he sure did build a nice hall.

        That's Nobilis Obliges.

        This place needs a PVP server.

        by JesseCW on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 03:44:25 AM PST

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