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Had a friend in college who would sneak into an All-You-Can-Eat buffet restaurant through the kitchen (former dishwasher who had some friends there) and carry off boxes of food at the end of every night. He claimed that his food costs were under $.15/day, with most of that just going to dishwasher detergent.

Significantly healthier than the All-Ramen diet and cheaper even than the dorm cafeteria which typically clocked in at around $2-3/day.

He saved up about $2000 by the end of the year as a result and - being the savvy investor that he was - bet it all on LUNA coin. I got to hear this as I was in his dorm room to talk him out of killing himself.

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I’m not convinced the cost of everything else justifies the annihilation of the Dollar Menu.

McDonalds adopted the same strategy that bankrupted Sears over a decade ago. Rather than running it as a single business, they’ve got the corporate offices divided up into “sectors” that are rivalrous to one another. So they have a real estate division that controls the actual property that the restaurants sit on, and then they’ve got an agricultural department that manages where and how they source raw materials (including farmland which they own and manage and holy shit the labor practices there are a whole different kind of nightmare), and then they’ve actually got the retail storefronts.

Each division is expected to turn a profit by charging competitive market rates. So if you have a McDs franchise license as a retail venue, but you don’t actually own the building, your rent jumps up at the same rate as all the other units around you. If there’s a bad crop of potatoes or a sudden glut of pork, you adjust your menu accordingly.

In fact, there’s a dirty secret in the agricultural industry called the McRib Arbitrage which describes a soft price floor for hog futures based on the assumption that once prices dip below a certain point, McDonalds will start buying pork in bulk and clear the surplus to make their iconic sandwiches.

All this is to say “The Dollar Menu” has absolutely nothing to do with wage rates and everything to do with real estate and agricultural costs, combined with the clearing price for a hamburger at neighboring fast food restaurants. If nobody else is offering $1 burgers, McDonalds will make it cost-prohibitive for any of their franchises to do it, too.

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If they’re shoplifting, I’m shoplifting.

Its only fair.

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let’s not pretend that people aren’t stealing to make some money

When you rob one grocery store of a 10 lb brisket, its called shoplifting.

But when you rob every grocery store of 10% of their net revenue, its called paying your shareholders a dividend.

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Hey, this is a thread about supporting shoplifters not price gougers.

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I’ve got a spot bet on at least three of them being accused of pedophile conspiracies before the case is done

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Wouldn’t be the first New York Don to leverage jury intimidation as a court strategy

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That will take Putin.

Why do people assume a guy on the opposite side of the world has more leverage than the majority party of the country the case is happening in?

I swear to God, you wouldn’t even know the GOP base exists the way people talk

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Either Russian software and networking IT folks are a generation ahead of their American peers, our army of hackers (ie, the NSA - the world’s largest employer of Mathematician PhDs) is completely asleep at the switch, or the call is coming from inside the house.

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TIL, Putin is Chinese and the Southern District of New York jury pool is a pipeline company.

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So you’re saying the NSA could definitely catch Russian hackers hacking into the New York State criminal justice system

I’m saying that if I had to put money down on who will be outing a member of the Trump jury on my bingo card, I’d put a lot more dollars on “MAGA New Yorker who works at the New York State criminal justice office” than “Guy with a laptop in Moscow”.

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Inshallah

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To drag the US into an Afghanistan-style quagmire conflict with Iran, something American evangelicals and far-right military gumbas have been chomping at the bit for since the Carter Administration?

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Listen, Israel has a right to exist, and part of Israeli’s existence is firing missiles at its neighbors, so maybe back off and stop being anti-Semitic about this why dontcha?

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whatever your politics, welcome to team

Nothing an old anarchist hates more than a new anarchist. They ruined anarchism, I tell you!

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I’m sure this is a given reason.

I can’t help think posting ads on a platform owned by the head of a rival car company just as that company is tanking out and desperately flailing around to improve sales might be inadvisable for a whole host of reasons, though.

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Well, the Swiss have it now, but the Nazis did loot a bunch of it from the corpses of their victims at one point.

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You’re not getting out of climate change that easily.

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We should pool together and buy ourselves some politicians, y’all.

Traditionally, one calls that “forming a party” but unfortunately we live in a two-party system.

It should be noted that the $4B Israel got wasn’t just $4B for Israel. It was $4B for purchase of US weapons systems too Israel. And it wasn’t just Israel lobbying for this spending. You had a host of MIC lobbyists throwing in their own millions.

It should further be noted that AIPAC isn’t just doing a one-time $4M retail purchase of legislation. They’ve spend decades building up an enormous back bench of former US Congresscritters, allied staffers, political bundlers, event organizers, and religious affiliates. They injected $4M down the funnel in an 11th-hour push for the next traunch of military kick-backs that they’ve been receiving since the Bush 43 administration.

No other investment reliably returns 1000:1.

Its important to recognize that Israel provides an incredibly vital service to the US military in the form of maintaining control of the Suez Canal. Its not just a 1000:1 ROI. They’re holding Egyptian national leadership at gunpoint and we’re kicking them over some money to keep the gun loaded.

*braces for down votes and possible ban* (pawb.social)

I’ve been seeing a worrying number of these people on Lemmy lately, sharing enlightened takes including but not limited to “voting for Biden is tantamount to fascism” and “the concept of an assigned gender, or even an assigned name, at birth is transphobic” and none of them seem to be interested in reading more than...

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I’m saying you use the same bad faith tactics

Uh-huh

Namely, you both believe that nothing short of perfection on the first go

Biden has been in office since 1973. Crack open the '94 Crime Bill, the '05 Bankruptcy Bill, and the How Does This Keep Getting Worse Every Time They Renewed It Patriot Act.

We are well past his first go and nowhere in the ballpark of perfection.

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I believe that’s basically everyone’s position who isn’t multi-millionaire.

Its a bit more layered than that.

https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/3f6409e0-6dfe-4b27-a9a8-b6cc17c1d8b6.jpeg

Also engaging with society is not the same thing as “turning the handle”.

Never suggested it was. But the folks who take the most offense inevitable come back with the “My uncle’s a police officer and he’s not so bad, really” or “Yeah sure I work for Lockhead Martin but we actually help protect a lot of people!”

The internet is rife with folks who simply refuse to see the forest for the trees and cannot imagine being on the receiving end of a system that radiates its worst aspects beyond the borders.

The only people who think like that are absolutists and they are as unreasonable as the most ravid of Trump supporters

You know, I’m old enough to remember the pandemic, when folks who were asked to wear masks and get vaccines would scream “Authoritarian!” and “Absolutist!” and “Religious Zealot!” at everyone from the head of the CDC on down to the guy delivering them french fries. I never got to hear it used against proponents of the Iraq War, back when “You’re either with us or you’re with the Terrorists!” though.

The term has a peculiar usage, in my experience.

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Broke: Republicans

Woke: Democrats

Bespoke: Cum

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People keep fleeing to the cities for some crazy reason.

But then its time to redraw the districts and you still end up with a State Senate Seat represented by the five angriest racist grandpas a computer can draw a line around.

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if they stop being literal facists than maybe, just fucking maybe, kids won’t be as depressed

A lot of these school shootings involve a kid from a very conservative family getting utterly blackpilled on some QAnon conspiracy bullshit and going off to do an adventurism against the PoC in school who have been bullying him merely by existing. And I can’t help but feel that conservative adults are quietly thinking to themselves “Good, I wish more people would behave like this” as they publicly shake their heads in disapproval.

Whether its Dylann Roof or Patrick Wood Crusius or Kyle Rittenhouse or Daniel Perry, this is just a Kristallnacht by drips and drabs.

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