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  1. Standard memberSeitse
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    02 Nov '14 14:15
    Please, explain.

    Added bonus if you also comment on how does it feel
    to live under eternal indebtedness and if such a reality
    is palliated by being surrounded with tons of useless
    objects.
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    02 Nov '14 14:17
    Originally posted by Seitse
    Please, explain.

    Added bonus if you also comment on how does it feel
    to live under eternal indebtedness and if such a reality
    is palliated by being surrounded with tons of useless
    objects.
    Question might contain a tiny bit of bias...
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    02 Nov '14 14:23
    No-one thinks, "I'm happy because I'm consuming." Nobody lives just in order to consume. But if a present or an object we buy for ourselves – say, a chess board a remote-controlled car, a magazine or book, a slow cooker, or a tennis racquet makes us happy, if not always for a very long time, what's wrong with that?
  4. Standard memberSeitse
    Doug Stanhope
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    02 Nov '14 14:29
    You sound defensive.

    Shall we interpret that gut reaction as a recognition that
    you are aware of being a manipulated consumer within an
    machinery designed to make you an automaton?
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    02 Nov '14 14:35
    Originally posted by Seitse
    You sound defensive.

    Shall we interpret that gut reaction as a recognition that
    you are aware of being a manipulated consumer within an
    machinery designed to make you an automaton?
    Whatever. You sound paranoid.
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    02 Nov '14 15:01
    Originally posted by Seitse
    You sound defensive.

    Shall we interpret that gut reaction as a recognition that
    you are aware of being a manipulated consumer within an
    machinery designed to make you an automaton?
    You make that sound like a bad thing. Are you saying you are not a manipulated consumer? I'm beginning to think you're just a stingy old fart that thinks Santa Clause should die.
  7. Standard memberSeitse
    Doug Stanhope
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    02 Nov '14 15:51
    Originally posted by NoEarthlyReason
    Whatever. You sound paranoid.
    That response says it all.

    Thank you for your input. You have been added to the database.
  8. Standard memberSeitse
    Doug Stanhope
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    02 Nov '14 15:53
    Originally posted by cashthetrash
    you're just a stingy old fart that thinks Santa Clause should die.
    You make that sound like a bad thing.
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    02 Nov '14 17:36
    Originally posted by Seitse
    You sound defensive.

    Shall we interpret that gut reaction as a recognition that
    you are aware of being a manipulated consumer within an
    machinery designed to make you an automaton?
    I imagine that if someone replied "oooga boooga!" we could find a way to have it imply that preordained conclusion.
  10. Standard memberSeitse
    Doug Stanhope
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    02 Nov '14 17:46
    Originally posted by JS357
    I imagine that if someone replied "oooga boooga!" we could find a way to have it imply that preordained conclusion.
    You sound quite condescending towards the selected few
    who would go down the path of "oooga boooga", which is,
    evidently, a postmodernist criticism of our age through a
    quite smart metaphor of its parallelisms with the stone age.

    P.S. I do sport a quite ironic mustache.
  11. SubscriberSuzianne
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    02 Nov '14 18:09
    Originally posted by Seitse
    Please, explain.

    Added bonus if you also comment on how does it feel
    to live under eternal indebtedness and if such a reality
    is palliated by being surrounded with tons of useless
    objects.
    The people pushing consumerism are the same ones wanting to bring back the 'glory' days of Reaganomics.

    No. Just... no.
  12. Standard memberSeitse
    Doug Stanhope
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    02 Nov '14 18:13
    Originally posted by Suzianne
    Reaganomics.
    I am sorry. Those terms are alien to us, the rest of
    the world not contained within the fence around the
    U.S.

    Is there an equivalent in plebeian, non-murica speak?
  13. SubscriberSuzianne
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    02 Nov '14 18:24
    Originally posted by Seitse
    I am sorry. Those terms are alien to us, the rest of
    the world not contained within the fence around the
    U.S.

    Is there an equivalent in plebeian, non-murica speak?
    US economics during the Reagan administration. Also see "trickle-down economics".

    Google it. Am I holding your hand here?
  14. Standard memberHandyAndy
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    02 Nov '14 19:38
    Originally posted by Seitse
    I am sorry. Those terms are alien to us, the rest of
    the world not contained within the fence around the
    U.S.

    Is there an equivalent in plebeian, non-murica speak?
    Tax breaks and economic policies that benefit the rich in turn create new benefits that (theoretically) drift down,
    like dandruff, to fall on the less fortunate. It looks good on paper, but it doesn't work. The rich keep the dandruff.
  15. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    02 Nov '14 19:58
    Originally posted by Seitse
    Please, explain.

    Added bonus if you also comment on how does it feel
    to live under eternal indebtedness and if such a reality
    is palliated by being surrounded with tons of useless
    objects.
    Of course consuming things that stimulate and please the senses, emotional and/or intellectual appreciations makes a person "happy" but it doesn't last. These things of yesterday become tomorrow's forgotten trash. A poverty stricken man and woman naked and alone in the midst of adversities can be happy being together with their rapport, trust and abiding love. Principle: Forget BYOB; go with BYOHappiness. Please explain the context of "to live under eternal indebtedness".
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