As someone who's been broke as fuck and addicted to smoking at the same time while not having the capacity to quit there was no way I was not having cigarettes. I never robbed anyone but I can see how you'd get there and I did buy tobacco on the black market (smuggled in and sold illegally not stolen) when I could. It's harder to quit when you're under the poverty line and pushing people by making it more expensive is going to have negative consequences like an increase in crime!
So there's been this dramatic increase in diary (superettes/corner-stores) robberies over the last few years in New Zealand and apart from many areas having major hikes in the cost of living a really obvious factor has to be the rise in taxes on cigarettes which a) has put major financial pressure on smokers unable to quit and b) has created a black market. Plus tobacco and cigarettes are always stolen. But no one is making this connection.
This is Police Constable Eliot, I move that all police should look like him.
@maloki I think most native English speakers discovered the word meme through the Internet definition. Before that it was an obscure term coined by Richard Dawkins and never permeated the popular vernacular with it's intended definition. I think any lexicographer worth their salt would list the internet version as the primary definition.
It's May 1st and on this day I want you all as you enjoy your meals to picture the people who suffered to bring them to your plate. And I want you to be angry that this burden is attached to your every bite, that this suffering exists with no good reason. I want you to understand that you are forced to hurt people to and very possibly be hurt to survive and that's fucking wrong.
Can't complain when the beautiful people I worked along side, and many others like them are still suffering that exploitation. The families that left a land where they were respected and fed in the hopes of giving their children the best only to be welcomed by the grimmest face of capital. The kids, fresh from high school, failed by the education system trying to support mum at home. The others who just needed the money to survive themselves in an economy where that's the best there is.
A year and a half ago I was running all day up and down unstable ladders, carrying my weight (sometimes more) in apples, in an insecure job where I could be doing 12+ hour days or barely getting enough hours to pay my rent depending on the weather, working for free far too often. I was 20 kgs below a healthy body weight, suffering the terrible mental health consequences of choosing employment over transition. I can't really complain about my current situation.
Warning: silly girl complains about cushy office job
I can't wait until Thursday when I can be done with this stupid under-performing Mayoral publicity stunt they've got me organising (over and above my regular workload) and I can focus on my own project. One of the reasons I was excited to work at Council was the the chance to scam knowledge and resources out of the establishment which is all well and good but ultimately useless if they use up all my additional energy on fluff.
@cypnk okay well I'd be quite well off in the potato economy so I can get behind it. Is the value per potato or per weight?
@cypnk you say it works in any century but for most of human history people who didn't live in very specific regions would be confused as to why you were offering them a weird hard lump of ground. Also square foot potato growers like myself might hyper inflate the economy
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@Elizafox yea I can see where you're coming from, I know some great anarcho-communists but ideology is a wonderful place to hang out for assholes and that is an ideology that attracts that. It's all very 'edgy'.
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@Elizafox do you mean anarchists or "anarcho-capitalists"? Because with the former I would say they are vulnerable to being taken over by authoritarian forces but historically they have distributed power evenly and democratically but with the latter I'd absolutely agree.
@Elizafox you would have, but you'd now be a good couple of decades into the services being lapped away by liberalism while the senseless bureaucracy would bloat into an expensive hell maze. The inevitability of private healthcare haunting you.
@mayel I see no evidence that the left is actually prepared to rise up. We've done no real ground work in three generations in the west and in the rest of the world resources are severely lacking and often the left is actively under siege. If there is an uprising of scale it will be reactionary at this point. We cannot tack ourselves on to that, we have to offer an alternative to the working class.
@u2764 it's been months since I ate a potato chip and it's all I want from life.
@tariqk the jittery, paranoia happens to me when I'm particularly tired I think I need the willpower to channel it in to useful energy. It wasn't that long ago
@tariqk that makes sense. I'm very sensitive to caffeine (like most mind altering substances) though and it works very quickly on me. I wouldn't get far before bouncing off the walls
Aspiring champagne socialist.
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