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TheDale TheDale (@TheDale) on
Casinos are a great way to voluntarily siphon money out of your state. Locals play...lose....and some company somewhere else makes the money. It's a basically a scam.
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Jumper Jumper (@Jumper) on
There are a lot of taverns on this list. It's pretty cool that they've remained open so long and proof that alcohol is timeless!
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on
Oh yea, Trump's BS meter is on a whole new level and the only thing worse than a liar is a liar who is also a hypocrite. Conveniently ignoring facts is not limited to a segment of Trump supporters; I've certainly seen my fair share of Clinton & Bernie supporters repeatedly bury their head in the sand when faced with unpleasant truths #confirmation-bias

Personally, I'd rather be hurt by the truth than protected/comforted by a lie.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on
This whole Caste system is another significant point to keep in mind while discussing India's transition into 21st century.
In ancient Persia we also had a Caste system of our own, which some claim was basically another import from our Indian brethren.
Another 'import' from India that had very significant ramifications on Iran's history was when Khomeini's grandfather was imported as a Shia clergy from India to the area around Isfahan, which is called today Khomein.
Incidentally with advent of Islam in Iran our ancient Persian caste system was abolished in favor of another caste system: the ruling caste of Shia clergy.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on
...as an addition to your last point, India will never truly be democratic (or unified) so long as its inhuman and immoral caste system denies people of equal rights -- equal rights irrespective of caste, creed or color.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to ashianeh (@ashianeh) on
Sobering reminders, while we're at it let's not forget that India surpasses England and most of the world also in:
- Defecation in the streets
- Femicide
- Rape and sexual harassment
- Child hunger
and a number of other very disturbing social pathologies.
India is on trajectory to become a world economic power, in terms of its annual GDP and other economic macro indices. But how much of this economic growth is going to actually translate into social harmony and equality is an open question.
What is undeniable is that Narendra Modi's hyper neoliberalism will further polarize social and class inequalities in India. His latest "currency" fiasco is a stark reminder.

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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on
So does poverty. So does income inequality.
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Kargar Kargar (@Kargar) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on
"Is capitalism sustainable? (no, most likely not)"
We underestimate Capitalism at our own peril.
As a mode of production Capitalism has proven to be an incredibly dynamic and resilient mode of production, and as long as it is able to accumulate capital and generate profit it will be able to sustain itself.
In recent years global environmental crisis and advent of AI assisted automation are once again raising the prospects of Capitalism's demise, but it's not inconceivable that both these crises won't be able to resolved through a Capitalist approach, without any major, qualitative disruption into process of capital accumulation or profit generation.
Hypothetically speaking Capitalism could be overcome through a global, long-term, protracted war of attrition by a working class organized on an international scale, but the international working class is years away from initiating such a campaign.
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PersianReporter PersianReporter (@PersianReporter) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on
When you get to work and realize that the end is near!
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Kargar (@Kargar) on
Is capitalism sustainable? (no, most likely not)

There was plenty of Internet ridicule when Elon Musk recently said that "There is a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation." Well, that sure doesn't sound so far-fetched to me.

The speed of technological advancement is moving faster than 'The Flash'. Research shows that every 12 to 18 months, computers double their capabilities, and so do the information technologies that use them. That's crazy, or more to the point, disruptive.

What is low-skill/entry level labor to do? As you said, their jobs will soon disappear. Forever. So as to make ends meet they'll need a college education (unaffordable to many) or will need to teach themselves skills that are in demand (albeit at a disadvantage when competing for jobs against people who have the same skill AND a college education).

The irony is that as companies jump on the latest innovations/tech advancements to help them achieve greater efficiencies and profits, they are contributing to a shrinking middle class. A shrinking middle class is not only bad for the health of the economy at large, it's also bad for businesses that will eventually find themselves with less customers able to afford their goods and services.
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Kargar Kargar (@Kargar) on
Not only this is true for many other cities across the US, but it is also true for ALL OVER the world.
The big news which not too many people are talking about right now is that even most of these service sector, low-skill, entry level jobs will be gone forever is a decade or so (mainly due to AI and automation).
If it's hard right now (which is pretty challenging) just imagine what the circumstances will be in an economy inundated with AI and automation.
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on
Expansion of automation is nothing new, the novelty of this latest round of automation is how it's combining with AI, on a global scale, leading to elimination of many low-skilled positions.
This is the future and to a large extent unstoppable and unavoidable.
The same way automobiles replaced horse-carts in the beginning of 20th century, AI will replace our current cars with self-driving cars of the 21st century.
According to an "Economist" report, in a decade or so 15% to 25% of current low-skilled positions will be eliminated due to advances in AI and automation.

The Solution: Guaranteed Basic Income.

Basic Income European Network (BIEN)
basicincome.org/
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john John Skorick (@john) on
I've commented on Theranos before but each time more news like this comes out, I can't help but feel disappointed. What looked like such promising technology, with the potential to help multiple millions, was mostly smoke and mirrors.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on
Hopefully, this ruling will encourage other uber drivers across the world to go after the company and win against exploitation.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on
This article is good on exposing the hazards and limitations of "Gig economy", but there are also massive possibilities for organizing created through the emergence of "Gig economy" which are not addressed at all.
The interview below discusses those organizing capacities as well as providing a panoramic view for the future of workers' movement in the US.

Interview: Busting the Myths of a Workerless Future
labornotes.org/2016/07/interview-busting-myths-workerless-future
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PersianReporter PersianReporter (@PersianReporter) replied to MichaelMars (@MichaelMars) on
You've been handed a gift w/ this news bro, but it's too little too late to push your boy ahead. Not to be an ass or anything but you'll need a miracle, or as some call it, Divine Intervention.
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MichaelMars MichaelMars (@MichaelMars) on
Like I didn't see this train wreck coming from a mile away. There's nothing "affordable" in Obama's "Affordable Care Act".
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on
Here are three select articles discussing the problems with Obamacare and possible alternatives to it.

Obamacare: The Biggest Insurance Scam in History
www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/19692-obamacare-the-biggest-insurance-scam-in-history


More Americans Want Socialist Healthcare Than You Think
www.vice.com/read/more-americans-want-socialist-healthcare-than-you-think



21 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare
blog.nader.org/2013/11/21/21-ways-canadian-health-care-system-better-obamacare/



SiCKO Trailer



If you want to stay healthy in America, don't get sick.
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PersianReporter PersianReporter (@PersianReporter) on
Sweet Jesus, 2008 - 2010 were absolutely disastrous!! This video reminds me of the severe doom and gloom felt during that period.
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