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Obviously the above pie chart is a put-on. It is well-documented that working conditions for most employees of Amazon are abysmal, dehumanizing, bordering on abuse we normally associate with slavery.

Moreover, the median employee's salary under Jeff Bezos' imperial lordship is $28,446. No one working a regular job there has paid off their credit cards and is driving to work in a Mercedes.

Jeff Bezos is referred to as The Richest Man in the World and his personal fortune, while growing by $191,000 each minute, is currently estimated at $168 billion.

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$28,446 vs. $168,000,000,000? While I can acknowledge the simple math, I find the contrast of such numbers on a gut level difficult to grasp.

To get a handle on such inequality, let's try approaching it from different angles.

One way to put the disparity into perspective is to recognize it takes Bezos just under 9 seconds to earn what Amazon's median worker does in an entire year.

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Another is to recognize that for a worker to go through Jeff Bezos' current personal fortune -- and of course, it continues mounting at accelerating levels as I write this -- at his/her current median annual income of $28,446 per year, WOULD TAKE 5,905,927 YEARS! That's close to 6 million years!

For Jeff Bezos himself to go through his current $168 billion, assuming his earnings stopped dead this very moment -- which as you and I know they won't -- SPENDING $1,000,000 A DAY, would take NEARLY 460 years. Yes, even spending $1 million a day, in the year 2475 he'd still have plenty of cash, tens of million of dollars mad money. We can feel confident that he wouldn't be foraging through the dumpster behind 7-11.

Now, further consider that while the $28,446 median salary is above the national poverty line for a single individual if that person is the sole breadwinner for a family of four, it is marginally above it, which is why many Amazon employees must rely on government assistance to keep from starving.

As well as calculation, I did some speculation -- a simple exercise in imagination.

Apparently Bezos' wealth generating machine is raking it in so fast, he's currently making $11.5 million per hour ... every hour ... 24 hours a day ... seven days a week. $11,500,000 per hour!

So here's what I was picturing in my mind's eye ...

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If for 40 hours of the 168 hours in a week, Bezos were willing to scrape by on a mere $5,840,000 per hour, he could give every one of his 566,000 Amazon employees a $10 per hour raise. Of course, the remaining 128 hours in each week, Bezos could continue earning his normal $11.5 million per hour, not having to share any of it with the pathetic slobs who work for him.

Rhetorical question: Does Jeff Bezos have any concept of what that $10 per hour increase would mean to his employees?

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Jeff Bezos is now universally acclaimed as The Richest Man in the World, as his personal fortune, while growing by $191,000 each minute, is currently estimated at $168 billion. His insensitivity to his employees, basic lack of decency, his gluttonous obsession with an obscene level of wealth, suggests he's not a fully-formed human being. If we're going to keep lionizing him with the dubious glory of being the "richest", let's at least apply to him the only appropriate and fully accurate label: Jeff Bezos, The Richest Sociopath in the World.

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Jeff Bezos single handedly could end World Hunger overnight, I bet that thought never occurred to him!

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I can't begin to imagine what crowds out in his skull the simple, humane gestures which probably occur to most of us many times a day. There's no evidence that he thinks of anything but building his Amazon empire and I'm not sure what he imagines the end game of that is.

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Capitalism itself is a psychopathic system.

Its mission is psychopathic, and psychopaths are needed to carry it out to any successful degree.

Bezos is just one in a huge culture. The Walton family isn't that far behind him.

Did you know the Queen of England has an apparent worth of $22 Trillion, if you factor in all the land assets, etc? When you wrap your head around that one, and consider how much philanthropy that enormous wealth could have contributed to (but didn't!), you really see the depths psychopathy can reach.

(God doesn't need to save the Queen.)

BTW, Love the chart!

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I completely agree, it's systemic. It's built into the DNA of everything that architects the environment within which we function. The idea that people "own" land and animals is foreign to many cultures. It starts right with the fundamental assumptions we have built our form of "civilization" on, though what's civil about perpetual war, rampant oppression, and pervasive starvation throughout the world somehow escapes me. At least the Queen's jewels get regularly polishing, something you don't see among the Inuits.

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"According to Forbes, Queen Elizabeth II had an estimated net worth of $530 millionas of 2016. Forbes also reports the British monarchy "contributes nearly 1.8 billion to the UK economy" annually, including 550 million in tourism."

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She's a lovely lady, a real role model. All young lasses should grow up to be the Queen.

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Thanks John, for the astute analysis which actually sickens me. The income disparity between those who have more than they could possibly ever need or spend and those who are truly poor is somehow immoral as far as I'm concerned. In 2016 an estimated 43.1 million Americans were identified as living in poverty. The statistics ranged from 12.7 to 14.0 percent.


In this country, there is no valid reason to have a group of "working poor". Nor for CEO's and managers to earn far, far more than their actual needs. Being rich is okay but grossly so? Is that a "mine's bigger than yours" type of thing??? Geez...

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Now we don't even try to hide the grotesque income and wealth disparities. It's becoming business-as-usual to blame the victims. I grew up poor and know first hand the enormous disadvantage lower and working class people are at. None of us chose our lot. I certainly couldn't call most of those around me at that time lazy or unmotivated. Most of them were very good, decent people who gave disproportionately to charity and church. Those were spectacularly innocent times compared to what we now have. If The Apprentice had been on TV, right after the Lucy Show, I would've watched it in black-and-white.

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Can Bezos unilaterally raise employee wages? Amazon is a corporation and presumably salary policy would be set by its board which is responsible to the shareholders not Bezos personally. If he retains controlling interest in the corporation presumably he could force it though if he wanted but I don't know if that is true. Does anyone actually know that?

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That's another psychopathic "feature" of corporate capitalism. People like Bezos, who own controlling interest of a company can, TECHNICALLY, change things like salaries, etc., BUT, that kind of act would not be in the interest of the shareholders, who only want "maximum profit from minimal expenditure".

Raising employees' compensation would cause an immediate fall in the companies stocks, the same way laying off employees causes a rise in those stocks.

Bezos would probably tell you the same... with a smile on his face.

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I have no idea what Bezos would think of raising salaries by any amount. The point I was trying to make is that this article is accusing Bezos of being a sociopath for not doing something that may not be in his power to do in the first place. That strikes me as unfair.

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If you look at the whole Amazon story, it's quite clear why most people would conclude Bezos is a sociopath. The company was built on his own model, which includes the low-paying jobs that enabled Amazon to grow so fast and huge in the first place. He obviously had no reservations about grabbing all the wealth for himself, or any concern for the lack of workers' living wages.

He could have shared the spoils more equitably from the beginning, but that would have meant accepting a slower company growth and a smaller piece of the pie.

That is, literally, the definition of sociopathy. Sociopaths have no concern for others and only care what happens to themselves.

Part of that self-preservation is learning how not make the same mistakes other sociopaths have made that tend to lower their profits. Like the way Walmart put its foot in its collective mouth by holding food drives for their own employees, and giving "financial advice" to its employees on their website. Bezos seems to have avoided that kind of bad publicity.

But, a number of his employees are now making news with this stuff, so it's not like John Rachel is just coming out and making the accusation out of the blue.

All in all, exploiting and milking a desperate labour market seems to be a good indication of psychopathy/sociopathy.

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Not unfair one iota!

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Yes, Boards of Directors are part and parcel of the excuse built into the corporate architecture which shields them from moral responsibility and displaying the better instincts of humans. Your technicality is noted and appreciated but simply highlights what a pathological creature we've engineered as central to our economy. Think about it: If you and I "wisely" choose to invest in Amazon, Inc. we now become complicit in its inhumanity. Isn't that just ducky! A system that encourages individuals to trample others, all in pursuit of manna.

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Luckily, only the well-to-do can afford to play the Stock Market.

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What about our patriotic duties? Shop and buy stock. Fill the planet with junk and keep the Ponzi scheme going.

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Well done, John. I particularly liked your observation that "[this] is the stuff of steroid-laced neo-feudalism." It's a reminder that five years ago --when Bezios was just a run of the mill plutocrat -- I wrote the following comment pointing out that the US is not sliding toward 20th C fascism, which at least had the ostensible stated goal of improving the national middle class, but rather reverting to classic feudalism. Your article puts an exclamation point on it:

Humanity has been obsessed throughout history with the search for an immutable principle to justify "greed." It's the elephant in the classroom, at the root of racism and forms the pretext of national sovereignty and exceptionalism.

Apologists for American exceptionalism who dismiss comparisons between the purges of the Stalinist regime and the genocide of the Third Reich with the massive destructive force the US has exerted on the developing world for over a century of treachery, murder and environmental warfare, fail to remember that each of these regimes believes its murderous intentions should be understood as a justified means in advancing the best interests of the world and the higher aspirations of the human species -- whether they be in the guise of tribal superiority and religious ambition or an inalienable free market right to own everything -- viz., the plutocrats.

Here in the US, the clique of plutocrats will now begin its plunder of the upper bourgeoisie. It will follow Euro historical precedent and first relieve the professional class of any semblance of socio-economic power it once believed brought with it entitlement to a privileged lifestyle.

It happened to the gentry and the Spanish Jews in the middle ages when a psychopathic triad consisting of the Papal States and the royals of Spain and Portugal unleashed an inquisition. Its net effect was that it salvaged the papacy from further materialist attacks from an emboldened, agnostic gentry and created the greatest land grab in Euro history, as the confiscated seisins of the Jews and "heretic" knights helped fund the armadas that pillaged the new world.

Similarly, the ever increasing military expense of maintaining an armada to defend the US clique's global spoils (referred to in the media as "our national interests") will now demand it, as the former middle class and lower middle classes have been bled dry and ground into a single amorphous debtor class. In the zoology of capitalism, this amounts to a behavioral transformation from parasitic to amensalistic, as the benefits these classes provide can no longer advance the plutocracy's pyramid of expansion.

It will also not be difficult for the US plutocrats to plunder the upper middle class, as all regulatory obstacles have been removed by a legislature dominated for decades by regressive, classic lumpen sycophants who serve the clique's interests, and by a succession of chief executive entourages bought and paid for, regardless of party affiliation.

It will be a scene blended from quantum physics where the royal clique is passing by itself simultaneously on the up and down escalators of history. The first nation to declare the dictates of royal privilege to be void of any moral justification 250 years ago, will soon be the most lopsided royalty on earth.

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"Here in the US, the clique of plutocrats will now begin its plunder of the upper bourgeoisie. It will follow Euro historical precedent and first relieve the professional class of any semblance of socio-economic power it once believed brought with it entitlement to a privileged lifestyle."

"It will also not be difficult for the US plutocrats to plunder the upper middle class, as all regulatory obstacles have been removed by a legislature dominated for decades by regressive, classic lumpen sycophants who serve the clique's interests, and by a succession of chief executive entourages bought and paid for, regardless of party affiliation."

It's embarrassingly predictable, isn't it?

If we were truly the exceptional nation we claim we are, we would be more original in the arc we choose for our evolution. Looks like it'll be the same-ol same-ol': Rise and fall, lots of suffering and stacks of corpses.

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You're right of course John. Trouble is, this type of sociopathic behavior has become so normalized that I wonder if labeling him the richest sociopath in the world would change people's behavior. Instant gratification seems to be a higher priority than understanding the concept of right and wrong or valuing our collective humanity.


There are exceptions of course. I've just been observing how little has changed since Bezos' severe mistreatment of his workers became public knowledge.

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Most people I know would call him a genius for getting so rich. I would call him something different. And probably unprintable here.

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Now why couldn't I have written that?

Absolutely right on with great visuals as well!!

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You write many hard-hitting, mind-expanding pieces, Shad. I like your style. Keep it up.

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Sorry Lois, the above comment was meant for John Re'.

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"... I wonder if labeling him the richest sociopath in the world would change people's behavior."

No, it won't change behavior. As I pointed out, the system "creates, incentivizes, and lionizes, the obscenely wealthy."

The only way to change behavior is to change the system. That's surely coming. We could transition creatively and non-destructively, but that's far too rational and dreamy-eyed. When capitalism finally fails and falls, it'll be ugly and bloody. History is on my side in making that dire and pessimistic prediction.

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Thanks for putting the magnitude of Bezo's prickishness in perspective.

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My pleasure? Why do I feel so dirty? Maybe I need to order some body soap from Amazon.

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John-- I'd like to add my little voice to the chorus of praise you've deservedly garnered here. From the splendid, hypothetical--i.e., "made in heaven" or "fantasyland"--pie-chart that immediately catches the eye and fills the heart with wit-and-more-to-come, thru the various twists and turns of your calculations and unabashed name-calling and disrespect for the unrespectable, you keep the reader engrossed, chuckling, angry, and involved.

My only cavil is your reference to yourself and others as "lower-class." (That is how I would put it myself--in quotes, coming from the ignorant.)

The absurdity of our current "System" of politics, economics, cultural values was foreseen thousands of years ago, and pithily stated by "Solomon, the Wise": "A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is His delight." (Proverbs, 11.1.) We can skip the "Lord" business now (if one wants) and merely substitute, "Humanity," "Good Sense," "Fairness," "Justice," "Durability," etc.

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Claiming to be working or lower class is not melodrama or an attempt to garner sympathy. It's simply the truth. My mom never finished high school. My dad worked in a factory, then as a hardware clerk. When I was 14, when they both died, we were living in a mobile home in a blue collar suburb of Detroit. In the summer, I could hear them announcing the race results at the nearby Hazel Park Race Track. I started working part-time in a factory at 14 to make ends meet while I finished high school. This is life. I had no choice. I will also say, we were never wanting. I always had food, clothing, books, toys. I didn't have any idea I was lower class until I went to university and saw the rich kids driving new cars, going off to the Bahamas for Spring Break. It's all relative. I do know that a hardware clerk could support a family back then. We bought a new 1956 Ford a few years before death destroyed our comfortable and harmonious home. Everything has changed for the worse. The thing many of us didn't realize back then was the devolution of America from a relatively classless society to the oligarchy of the rich and powerful we now have was inevitable. We now see the consequences of our lack of foresight. Worst of all, no one with any leverage over our corporate tyranny seems to want to do anything about it. That includes us as well. The people still have just enough power to change all this. But apparently, that's not as important as watching TV or salivating over the latest salacious gossip coming out of the Oval Office.

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Hope I don't regret this. What the hell! You might find this mildly interesting ...

What's in a name?

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Holy s**t! Just when I thought I couldn't have more respect for you, you go and do that. Just. Wow.

On a lighter note, did you know my name really isn't "Devil's"? ;)

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But when I tell people "the Devil made me do it", then who am I blaming for being the troublemaker I am?

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Might you also be known as the Duke of Darkness???

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Thanks for the insights about your background, John.

I, too, was born into the "lower class." My father was a high-school dropout--the last of 8 siblings and the only one born in the US to immigrant parents. My mother graduated high-school with a degree in book-keeping.

But, they were both smart, worked hard, had some good breaks, and by the time I was 5, I guess we'd graduated to "middle class" status.

As you sagely note: "Everything has changed for the worse. The thing many of us didn't realize back then was the devolution of America from a relatively classless society to the oligarchy of the rich and powerful we now have was inevitable. We now see the consequences of our lack of foresight."

"Lower class" has been too often used by the elite and privileged to put down and discount those who were not born into privilege (as well as those who are often more honest, hard-working and moral!). I suggest we stop thinking in terms of "classes" of people and start thinking in terms of individuals--what do we have in common and what kind of Bezos-like excesses tear us apart? How do we work together to save our endangered planet?

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"I suggest we stop thinking in terms of "classes" of people and start thinking in terms of individuals--what do we have in common and what kind of Bezos-like excesses tear us apart? How do we work together to save our endangered planet?"


I'm with you 100% on that! A powerful and ambitious sentiment.

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"No one working a regular job there has paid off their credit cards and is driving to work in a Mercedes." This is wrong. Many of his long term employees are now rich, having been granted RSU (restricted stock units) back when the stock price was $40 a share. Recently the price is about $2000. But, yes, the warehouse workers are struggling.


Also, Jeff Bezos donated $100,000 back in 2010 to help defeat a state income tax in Washington. Our tax system system here is the most regressive in the nation. See this article.

Also, Bezos opposed a "head tax" on Seattle employees of large companies, to help pay for homeless services in Seattle, which has a big problem with housing because of Amazon's voracious appetite for workers, who bid up prices.

So, yes, Bezos is a sociopath.

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Appreciate your exactitude. I'm given to hyperbole and hyperbolic claims don't flaunt exceptions. I would be curious how many of these long term employees there are who've become wealthy, and how many work regular jobs. Having said that, I don't think we can reasonably expect those answers to blunt the essential message of my article, which by the way, is not an attack on Bezos personally. It's an indictment of systemic greed and a flawed system which spawns and rewards sociopaths.

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Find a standard of ethics that is above all else and incorporate it into the local, curriculum. It will spread like a a hurricane in a generation. But start now. Sadly it is like searching for the Holy Grail.

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I think it is overly optimistic to think that ethics would find much of an audience for a generation weened on smart phones, apps, gaming, and movies which are just comic books animated by live actors. Besides, why would our corporate masters go along with anything in an official institutional setting which down the road could challenge their supremacy?

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I am sorry I did not get to this sooner. Please do not take me wrong but I need all of you people to put things into perspective. All of you think Bezos is worth too much money. But I respectfully disagree and will prove it to you right now. Let me show you how a stack of $100 bills really Stacks up. A person worth $25,000 is equal to a stack of $100 bills stacking up to 1 inch high. I understand $25,000 does not make one rich. But $25,000 buys quite a few things. Yes, Bezos is worth quite a bit more than that, but even so and even being the richest sociopath in the world and his net worth being at what I read to be 165 billion dollars, his stack of $100 bills is only 102.5 Miles High. Some of you might try to point out that 102.5 miles reaches past the troposphere, the stratosphere, the mesosphere and into the thermosphere. But, and this is important, it does not reach into the exosphere. So, don't come down so hard on Bezos.

He is only trying to win the race to the most. All of the employees should be cheering him on. Do you not agree? I think all of you should agree but please let me know if I might be wrong... I am after all a bit high on MSM... :)

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Actually, the point never was that Bezos is worth too much money. This criticism is of systemic malfeasance and dysfuncion, the mechanism which "creates, incentivizes, and lionizes, the obscenely wealthy." It's not that Bezos has too much money, it's that 99.9% of us have too little. Certainly I take him to task for not treating his employees better, a choice he will have to live and die with. But again, the problem is a system which gives those employees no other options, and puts value on keeping those options limited as a very effective means of control, social and political, of the underclasses.

I will give you this. Now that I realize his wealth stacked as $100 bills does not penetrate the exosphere, I see him in a very different light. If I could, I'd nominate him for next year's Nobel Wealth Prize, or recommend him for canonization by the Catholic Church. He could be the patron saint of excess and self-indulgence.

As always, David, I much enjoy your input and benefit enormously from your unique perspective. If God didn't intend us to laugh, He wouldn't have invented nitrous oxide. He's certainly a very thorough, if somewhat enigmatic Creator.

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Your sense of humor is dryer than a vermouthless vodka martini!

Thanks!!

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I do understand what you say Shad. But I will stick with gin martinis. Of course, no vermouth.

Thanks. I will have one with you and we can raise our glasses to ... I don't know. Maybe each other and several others here at oen. We will just have to coordinate the time.

Not sure why I am saying this but I think maybe you should get together with a woman named Leslie Johnson and have a visit. Understand it is just a thought that occurred to me. Why? I don't know. Thoughts just occurr to me. Why? Again I don't know... :)

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I can only afford Sterno martinis right now, but with a couple dehydrated olives, I can't tell the difference.

Yes! Getting together is a phenomenal idea! We should do one of those work/play sea cruises. There's one that leaves Miami for Guantanamo Bay every September 11th. Shall we shoot for next year?

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I have no idea what a sterno martini is or might be. But i have read enough of what you have writen to know you know of what you talk. Dehydrated olives? Never had one or even two. But unlike you, I would bet I could tell the difference.

Doing a cruise would be really good. I know who I would invite from OEN. But to wait until next Sept 11th -- Sept 11th rings a bell, I think -- might be a bad idea. The reason is the world might end before then.

In case you did not know, I am pretty good at saying stupid stuff like I just did. I entertain myself, at least.

Don't know what else to do... I forgot to say, a lovely day on the beach at Guantanamo bay sounds like a really good place to drink martinis. Or margaritas, or maybe a Jameson or two... Maybe even Sake.

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"I entertain myself, at least."

You entertain all of us, David. Why don't you have your own show on Comedy Central?

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Oh! I know sterno. Pretty healthy stuff.

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Hey, David! Shad and I met a week or so ago in Cape Cod. Delightful!! ...and I'm off to see/meet Lois this afternoon.

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Some good things are happening here!

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Ever notice how people who live alone rattle on and on? I put on my dusty pontiff cone head hat and pontificated. Leslie full of grace, politely listened! It is difficult to hear others when one is the only one talking!!

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Shad, you have hit on something that has really bothered me. But, i try not to let it bother me much anymore. What it is, is (I got the "is is" from a past president) I will listen, even at length, to other people. But after listening, even at length, to other people and responding with something that lets them know I listened? When it is my turn to talk and I start talking some too many people cut me off often after only a sentence or two and begin talking again about whatever THEY want to talk about.

Understand, I have few I can talk to who are worth talking to about 'important' things. I play a lot of pool -- long story of why I do -- but most pool is played in bars and pool halls and the people in 'general' are thinking about making pool shots and having another drink or another beer and taking a break to go outside and have a cigarette and look at some good looking girl. (To be fair I have to stipulate I am sometims guilty of some of that that too. :) ) But, it is people like Leslie that listened to you, and others that listen to others -- even me-- here at oen that makes me feel I have people I can talk to. And, I like listening too...

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You met with Shad!? That makes me jealous. Please don't ask me which one of you I am jealous of...

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You may have gifts of an Oracle David!

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A gift of an Oracle. Sounds nice and I have heard of oracles but I need to look it up and get back to you. :)

Hope you spelled it right so i can find it.

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It's sliding off my mind's tongue right now, like the desert breeze of an acetylene torch. If only I had some sea salt peanuts, I'd be in Heaven!

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The mind's tongue is a terrible thing to waste, John. Please keep it away from hot flames, salt and rough legumes!

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I love OEN and John Rachel is one of the many good writers is has, writing about important bs going on. When got my 10% signed up to OEN for life. Will live and die by Rob Kall's bottom up message.But not enough understand my call for a rekindled Group W Bench movement out to occupy the North Bridge, or sleeping under all bridges, or stocking up for home parties. We demand all troops are brought back home and we take apart the $100 million a day nuclear weapons program we still pay for over 25 years after we were told we won the cold war. That is this generations calling of starting to beat swords into plowshares. As long as Nucs are gone, take another 100 years after I am dead and gone to finish it.

Michael's Revolution Number 9 call to rekindled Arlo's Group W Bench Movement, where this time those not moral enough to kil for empire do get what ever they want.

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Working on a way to shut the established church up, so it minds it's own business, so we all can in this crowded melting pot. If Michael of Daniel 12:1, number 9 from that crazy Beatles song where Lennon says near the end, "take this brother may it serve you well," can't get them to end war and poverty, NOBODY CAN.


Just wishing for the days can walk into a bar or cyberspace thread and say, "Hey I'm the prophet Michael of Daniel 12:1, and wish the powers that be would listen to me. I only want all to have enough food, shelter and as much fun as they can have. And that is all the Ancient of Days (Arlo Guthrie.) who takes away the powers of them beasts in Daniel 7 to kill, and gives authority to those who stand for peace.


This is a little drunken post but care not. Sick of all see going on, knowing lots of good is also.

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"This is a little drunken post but care not."

Alcohol is a synaptic lubricant. No apologies necessary.

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"We demand all troops are brought back home and we take apart the $100 million a day nuclear weapons program we still pay for over 25 years after we were told we won the cold war. That is this generations calling of starting to beat swords into plowshares."

You've got my full support on this. American Empire's addiction to war is crippling our present and destroying the future.

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Amen.

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I said 'yes' to boycotting Nike and they banned me from commenting on the site. On the one hand, I give a rat's ass, on the other, I find it despicable.. I'm old enough to know a lot of US history,. I have also lived a total of 8 years overseas...don't even bother to ask me how much I '"love the US".. I don't..we're hypocrites, dishonest, and completely money oriented..you know, the money that is "the root of all evil".

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Money is the best way to root for evil.

Go Team America!

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Oh dear :). You make me laugh AND cry, John. Beam me up, Scotty, now I want to go to Japan!

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Leslie I will try to remember how I might be able to beam you up. The tv show ended a long time ago and I am not sure I can remember how I used to do it. Why would I say that? Because my real name is Scott(y). I go by David here at OEN. Shad, hope I didn't lose you. :)

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Very good. That is why I root for Bozo. Anybody know when he changed his name from Bozo?

Once again a bit short on sleep. Couch time.

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