• @OpenStars
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    173 months ago

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    To be fair, the journey of a thousand miles does - or at least should - not begin with a single step, but rather with figuring out which direction to go in.

      • @OpenStars
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        33 months ago

        Make sure to turn left at the… um… well you know the thing.

    • @OpenStars
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      73 months ago

      I want to add much more detail to my own reply, so here goes:

      I recall a story that I read on the site-that-shall-not-be-named where this guy ran a business, and he tried to be part of the solution but after dealing with people’s dumb-shitty-STUPIDNESS he just gave up. The issue is that due to capitalism, many pricing structures in the USA are enormously opaque with tons of hidden fees (like internet service for “$5” - plus also $100 in fees that they don’t tell you about in advance). Rather than a price such as “$1.99 + tax”, which depending on area could be I dunno lets say $2.17, he instead sold his wares (whatever they were) for “$2 flat”. So not only did he single-handedly fix the opaqueness issue, at least in his own business, but he offered the item for LESS than the competition.

      But… - can you spot where this is going? - people chose the $1.99 + tax option, b/c when you sort online by “price”, 1.99 + tax shows up above the $2 flat price, even when the former is actually $2.17 after tax so the latter is significantly lower cost.

      i.e., There are REASONS for why things are the way they are. And we ignore these at our peril. Case in point: Trump did not “win” in 2016 so much as Hillary Clinton lost. And now we are going to try the same experiment again in 2024… Trump vs. democracy. All they have to do is keep playing the Russian Roulette game - the odds are, after all, in their favor.

      So back to this aforementioned business guy: he gave up. I think he went out of business entirely rather than just caving in to do the same pricing structures that everyone else did. He apparently could not both fight the system and win, so he lost both instead.

      But that begs the question: if he had just “advertised” his “prices” as $1.82 (or whatever price would, when combined with taxes, even out to $2 flat) online, but then when people walk in the door there are signs saying like “just pay $2 flat”, could he have succeeded? i.e., if he had flexed just a little, would it have saved his business? We will never know I suppose, nor am I advocating for caving in especially as it pertains to ethical matters - I have walked away from jobs rather than cave on such a line, so I mean it when I say that I am NOT suggesting to do so at all costs!!!

      It is not enough to have a desire to save the world, or even your own little corner of it. THEY won’t let you. I think that is why liberals fight amongst ourselves so much though: b/c while it is SO VERY EASY to fail, it is so very hard to get an answer correct. Like to the question of “what is 1+1=?”, there are so MANY wrong answers, but only one CORRECT one. And even fewer when you factor in economic and other business necessities.

      That is why I am super impressed with the job that Biden is doing. Walking that tightrope is HARD. But the media does not seem to report on half of the positive stuff that he does, so I fear that Trump will win this next election as a result. It is not enough to make the hard calls - you apparently also have to be the right kind of clown that drives clickbait engagement media stats that brings media corps higher profits too. All I know is that whatever comes next, we absolutely seem to deserve all of it, b/c we brought this on ourselves.

      • 420blazeit69 [he/him]
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        113 months ago

        That is why I am super impressed with the job that Biden is doing. Walking that tightrope is HARD.

        Is he walking that tightrope in Palestine?

        • Alaskaball [comrade/them]
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          93 months ago

          The tightrope between arming the israelis to bomb Palestine and sending a carrier group to Israel to bomb Palestine on behalf of israel

      • jack [he/him, comrade/them]
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        53 months ago

        All I know is that whatever comes next, we absolutely seem to deserve all of it, b/c we brought this on ourselves.

        Speak for your fucking self. What the fuck did Palestine do to deserve this? Migrants? Trans kids? Women?