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    alizard, mainefem, Sand Hill Crane

    I've actually had people tell me I'm not poor because "You have a computer and a microwave. Look at Obama's brother over in Africa in his hut. Now HE'S poor!" (exact quote).

    As if thats even REMOTELY a valid comparison. Drives me up a wall.

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    "The future of man is not one billion of us fighting over limited resources on a soon-to-be dead planet. . .I won't go back into the cave for anyone."

    by Whimsical on Sat Dec 25, 2010 at 04:08:13 AM PST

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      Sand Hill Crane

      consumer electronics have a) gotten "relatively cheaper" over time, compared to things like housing, education and medical care, which have gotten "relatively costlier" and b) rapidly depreciate in value. Thus possession of consumer electronics is a singularly bad marker of one's standard of living; one can easily own a computer, TV, video game system, cell phone, etc. and still not be able to afford necessities. And all those "luxuries", if sold at a yard sale, would probably fetch at most $50 total (most pawn shops, for example, won't even take a TV more than 5 years old).

      To a fundamentalist, God is an abusive alcoholic father.

      by ebohlman on Sat Dec 25, 2010 at 11:07:55 AM PST

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