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  •  Oh (3+ / 0-)
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    and I would have picked 'all of the above'.

    "If I pay a man enough money to buy my car, he'll buy my car." Henry Ford

    by johnmorris on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 10:30:10 AM PDT

    •  Me too. (4+ / 0-)

      I am currently dating an economist and learning quite a bit.

      We had a discussion last night in which I commented that one of the useful things I had gotten from engaging in BDSM was the ability to spot power plays and dominance displays very early in daily life, and how to deliberately signal dominance or submission to make things easier. That, for example, when one is on food stamps and must go in for review, one must show submission and appropriate contrition. "The lie you must appear to believe," he said, "is that your poverty is entirely your fault. But the system requires that you apologize for existing as a poor person and do the appropriate dance in order to get your benefits."

      We also agreed that some aspects of moral codes are a luxury for the more financially secure.

      When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

      by Alexandra Lynch on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 11:07:33 AM PDT

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      •  How can I obtain this BDSM power over agencies (1+ / 0-)
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        so as to make absolute power the ability to do nothing and have the nothing nothing reliably every month?

        It seems like the way it is now every time you go to an agency your purpose is to fill out some paperwork so they can get the big bucks and you can get some Ramen Noodles. Then they want you to come back so they can charge the government more money.

        Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

        by rktect on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 11:29:15 AM PDT

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        •  I don't worry about the paperwork so much (2+ / 0-)

          as I do dealing with people, who want to see an appropriate attitude on the part of us petitioning poor souls.

          When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

          by Alexandra Lynch on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 12:03:52 PM PDT

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    •  ran out of lines but didn't want all of the above (1+ / 0-)
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      cause everybody always chooses that, so I put in the "other (address in comments)" line. Most of the comments turned out to be really good.  What I'm really going after is where we get the idea of what is "a luxury that society can no longer afford".

      Both political extremes share the idea that something has changed that makes some aspect of our norms and mores expendable, starting with tolerating eachothers ideas. Everything on my list is something a conservative would probably support until you pried it out of their cold dead hands.

      Things they want to get rid of include the Bill of Rights, Liberty, Freedom, Education, Healthcare, Democracy, Climate Change Mediation, Food Stamps, Unemployment Insurance, Generosity, Ethics, Liberalism, Foreign Aid and everything good for the American people.

      Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

      by rktect on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 11:14:40 AM PDT

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