While we may imagine a dystopian future of thought police, killer robots, and nuclear fallout, the real future predictions are much more boring. Instead of being brutally brainwashed and enslaved by fascist, authoritarian regimes, we have willingly enslaved ourselves. By allowing the top 1% to get exponentially richer, we drown in a sea of debts, tech, advertising, endless wars, environmental destruction, addictions, depression... the list goes on.

Brilliant, isn't it? But it's ok; there's always Facebook to scroll through (Bored Panda too, obvs), Netflix to watch, chemical-laden meals to consume, manufactured outrages over a mermaid's skin color to comment on. Who's got time for thoughtful resistance in this sick, sad world? Even those that think they are resisting by electing bigoted billionaires, bankers and Eton toffs to represent them are simply playing into their hands, as their dishonest, scaremongering claptrap divides us ever further over political, racial and gender lines!

Sometimes we need to take a step back and see the forest for the trees. This list, compiled by Bored Panda, contains some pretty terrifying examples of present-day dystopian society, things that make you realize that beyond all the distractions of trying to survive and thrive in the rat race, something's not quite right with this world.

So if you didn't find the sinister scenes of mindless automatons chanting “send her back” chilling enough, scroll down below to get a reality check on the spookily Orwellian society we are allowing to be constructed, and let's see if we can fix our near future in the comments! If you want to see even more proof of our dystopian world, be sure to check out our previous list!

#1

Immigrants

Immigrants

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

up-voting this! #truth

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The term 'boring dystopia was coined by the late academic and cultural theorist Mark Fisher in 2015. He used it to refer to the "bland, mildly coercive signs that abound in late-stage capitalist society, which foster a vague sense of isolation or unease."

He started a Facebook group that documented these signs as a way to develop consciousness about the world around us. "It was understood from the start to be a consciousness-raising exercise, encouraging people to perceive the actual state of Britain rather than the PR state," Fisher said in an interview with Vice. "Which is surprisingly hard, because there's this mixture of Silicon Valley ideology, PR and advertising which distracts us from our own aesthetic poverty, and the reality of what we have. Which is just all these crap robots…"

#2

This Is Caleb. Caleb Has A Degree In Zoology And Asks His Customers What Their Favorite Animal Is. He Gives Them Facts While Completing Their Orders!

This Is Caleb. Caleb Has A Degree In Zoology And Asks His Customers What Their Favorite Animal Is. He Gives Them Facts While Completing Their Orders!

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Koalamonster
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1 year ago

That's both very cute and very depressing all at once.

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#3

Real Problem

Real Problem

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

Is America "Great" yet?

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 year ago

It's unlikely to ever be, with the system that it lives under. I'm from the UK and the news I hear from there appals me. Things like abortion becoming illegal now, the horrible racism, how evil the cops are, how many homeless people there are (over 600,000), how it bullies smaller countries, etc., etc.

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He is love
Community Member
1 year ago

This is true. Targeting poor people is just another diversion from the real issues. The rich just want to get richer. Their greed is sickening.

Neo Conderson
Community Member
1 year ago

The only people targeting the poor are Democrats, with phony propaganda like this.

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BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Ironically, one of those 8 could be the father of some of those children.

Josurf
Community Member
1 year ago

THIS is the real problem. But relatively poor people prefer to believe a rich sob who's only aim is filling his and his friends pockets and applaud him when he tells them he never paid his taxes.

Jessica Russian Sifontes
Community Member
1 year ago

So it's their fault they were able to amass fortunes?

Marina
Community Member
1 year ago

Are you serious? Do you have any idea about how many big companies are build on the back of exploited people?

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Max Harkins
Community Member
1 year ago

The people are rich because they made the money...

why not
Community Member
1 year ago

when their employees need food stamps to survive, when they offer insurance that cost 1/4 of a paycheck for those lucky enough to make it past the probationary period. when they pay no cooperate taxes we are subsidizing them not the people.on welfare. Greed plain and simple

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Dave G.
Community Member
1 year ago

yet the same person who posted this tweet continues to blindly support many of those 8 guys he claims to hate and even votes them into office. they belong to a political party that starts with a "D". ill let you guess what it is

Guy Stuff
Community Member
1 year ago

Let's assume these 8 guys have $1 Trillion. Divide that by 4 Billion...$250 each. Congratulations, you've solved everyone's money problems...or Divide by 150 Million...$6.5k. Maybe solves things for a year or two but what are you going to do after that? Those 8 people won't make $1 Trillion in 2 years.

Guy Stuff
Community Member
1 year ago

Lets say those guys have a $1 Trillion, divide that by 4 billion. Each person gets $250. Congrats you've solved the problem.

Brent Kaufman
Community Member
1 year ago

So... the problem is that there are really really rich people?

Charlie Jody Mayton
Community Member
1 year ago

And they support hundreds of thousands of workers grow up.

Brenda Swann
Community Member
1 year ago

And the divide gets bigger.

KT Trondsen
Community Member
1 year ago

People are easily distracted from the real problems in the world by triviality inflamed by their sense of injustice and hate.

Tara B.
Community Member
1 year ago

I’m sorry that someone earning and amassing a fortune offends your SJW sensibilities.

Larry Helms
Community Member
1 year ago

I hate that there's no date/timestamp on this.

Louise Brigance
Community Member
1 year ago

This more than anything is so telling of how our country has been sold out by the politicians. It is their desire to continue to "rule" and they enrich themselves and their masters at our expense. Wake up America!!

Brenda Pipher
Community Member
1 year ago

Stop trying to start class wars. I say, they came by that money honestly so good for them. Wish I was smart enough to make that kind of money but I'm not so I'll just have to dream about it.

Marcella Schechter
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah let's put everyone on food stamps! That's a fair society. Happy now?

Jess Anderson
Community Member
1 year ago

The new generation has a large percentage of people in it who refuse to work. See it time and time again. Its too easy to get food stamps or panhandle. I was in a Home Depoe and couldn't get anyone to help me. I went to the manager and told him. He said he had 26 job openings and couldn't get anyone to apply. I told him about 10 young guys who were panhandling on the adjacent corner. He said he had gone over to them, told them he would help them fill out the paperwork, and they could start the same day. He was told to go fuck off! That was just one instance. I've seen many more. Its easy to blame the guy who has worked his whole life and made a lot of money. But, at least he worked for it.

Kanga9ine
Community Member
1 year ago

What about the guy who works his whole life and scrimps and saved to put food on the table, goes without and pays taxes o. Top of what they pull from his check. Why do the rich get breaks? Because if it was truly applied the same way to all, those rich guys wouldn't be quite as rich. And how come every president, including Obama when Trump demanded he release his tax info, had done so without problem. Trump doesn't pay taxes and won't let anyone see his returns. And who do you think got stuck paying off his myriad of bankruptcy. How many folks got reimbursed for him and his joke of a university. He has so much to hide. And after today he will have his moment to tell the truth about how he compromised everybody so he can build a hotel in Russia's for Russia's elite. Just maybe he needs to actually see the great america before he throws everybody that is proof positive he ain't done shit but lie. Kim Kardashian got him to get a rapper released. He will get his. But we'll pay the price.

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JonandLynn Venable
Community Member
1 year ago

So what? They made their money by hard work. Are we to penalize them because they had the intelligence ti know what to do to make money? Are you telling me that if you could come up with a product like Steve Jobs, you would blow it off because you would become rich? Do you even realize how hard these people have worked, or yes (gasp) their parents or grandparents have worked? Give a guess at how much money these people give to charities (more than your pea sized socialistic brain can come up with).

Mike
Community Member
1 year ago

Sometimes it wasn't hard at all, just steady and consistent. Knowing WHEN to do something and presenting it so that other people are willing to spend their money on it. SALESMANSHIP or BRINKSMANSHIP, so similar.

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Danish Dynomummy
Community Member
1 year ago

Im from Denmark and grew up with this idea, that USA was the greatest (Thank you tv). However, as Im now grown I would NEVER even consider going there! Your minimum wage is so freaking low (ours is like 17$/hour), your healthcare system?? Your educationsystem?? We may have high taxes, but at least we can go to the doctor/hospital for free and we get paid to get an Education! Also, us with kids get a kind of childsupport from the government.

Ameara
Community Member
1 year ago

Denmark looks like a socialist utopia from an American perspective. In reality Denmark is a leading example of how the entire world should aim to be. Btw I'm in love with Mads Mikkelsen haha~~

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Kanga9ine
Community Member
1 year ago

What is trump going to do with his failed businesses. His daughter has her work done overseas. Make America Great. I would love to see this man in a real prison and spend some time with real Americans. He would not last 5 minutes. Bendover for your cavity search Mr. T. That thing on your head can't go with you. No pets allowed. Although there are plenty of rats you can feed. Just can't stay in your cell. Enjoy your stay.

Kanga9ine
Community Member
1 year ago

I remember when no presidents could be divorced, were not Catholic or Jewish let alone black, and the First Lady did not share a bed when it was time to go night night. Trump is on marriage #3, Gusty Winds, Stormy Daniels who cares. He treats women like shit. I am embarrassed by how this man has made this country look like a joke. I hope to God we outnumber his minions. His loyalty is to no one. He's the fox in the hen house. Ask yourself this; would you want your daughter to date this man?

Brenda Pipher
Community Member
1 year ago

No, but I didn't hire him to date my daughter. I hired him to run the country and so far he's doing a pretty good job, or do you not like the Dow hitting 27,000, lowest black unemployment; prison reform, etc.?

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Mya Lugar
Community Member
1 year ago

People who work for/use their brains for their money deserve it.Those who only use their hand to show a credit card they didn't earn to feed the 3-5 children they chose to have others feed...???Are you thinking??

Ameara
Community Member
1 year ago

You're mad because a very minuscule percent of your tax dollars go to ensure that poor children and families can buy food? The problem is with you I'm afraid.

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marnidarr
Community Member
1 year ago

Truth.

Dave G.
Community Member
1 year ago

yet those 8 guys are all democrats and you support them

Marina
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't believe the oblivion of some of your comments...

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

Move to a communist country if you want more financial equality.

June Bankes
Community Member
1 year ago

This is shameful.

Vincent Chung
Community Member
1 year ago

haha dream on.

Barbara Ceder
Community Member
1 year ago

Just sucks

Sandy Bercheck
Community Member
1 year ago

So true!

Jessica Temple
Community Member
1 year ago

THANK YOU!!!! ****** AMEN!

Eddie
Community Member
1 year ago

Haters gonna hate, hate, hate.

Ruth Norman
Community Member
1 year ago

👍👍👍👍

PAN-cake ;)
Community Member
1 year ago

I have food stamps and get groceries when we have enough money

dutamulia
Community Member
1 year ago

Try to lift and make poor people rich Not drag the rich down you envious low life.

Fran Morasco
Community Member
1 year ago

those that resent other peoples wealth are those that are unwilling to work for it . Usually the participation trophy generation.

Ellie Mae
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, I’ve never been a problem. :-)

Leslie Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

I DONT WANT NUNNA DAT

Sue Sanders
Community Member
1 year ago

The 8 guys are cyborgs with no emotional baggage.

Dana Dara
Community Member
1 year ago

Lmao those people earned their money and shouldn’t have to give their money to other people just because they aren’t as lucky, hard working or fortunate.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/jul/10/100-fossil-fuel-companies-investors-responsible-71-global-emissions-cdp-study-climate-change

BostonGreekGirl BGG
Community Member
1 year ago

We are so screwed

Carol Lewis
Community Member
1 year ago

None of this is new, it's been going on, in one form or the other since the begining of time. Sometimes worse than others.

Andy Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

Most of this class war fare, poor folks against rich folks/, doesn't ask a simple question. If you want to be rich/successful. "why don't you do what the rich and successful to become that way?"

Leo H
Community Member
1 year ago

It is when you realise a certain party is more interested in immigration than improving the economics of its own people. Yes the more immigrants that flood in the more the middle class has to support them and their families ( housing, food,schooling, etc Until your left with the scenario of a wealthy class and everyonelse is poor...isn't socialism grand

Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

Unsurprisingly, countries with a low Gini coefficient have much happier people!

Neo Conderson
Community Member
1 year ago

Idiotic. Nobody ever said the mom buying the groceries with food stamps is the problem. NOBODY.

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Are you completely blind?? The "welfare mom buying lobster with her food stamps" trope has been an ongoing crap line for conservatives for DECADES now....have you been under a rock since the 80's or something??

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Andrea F
Community Member
1 year ago

The entire problem is the 1%

Falcon
Community Member
1 year ago

If you live in the west, you are the 1%.

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moeless
Community Member
1 year ago

So, let's kill the rich guys and spend their money? Sure, sounds rational.

Don Flynn
Community Member
1 year ago

Vote vote vote.... Get the swampmaster bigly lying piece of shit out of the White House and also vote out his republican enablers... These jackasses have finally destroyed the party of Lincoln for their own greed

Maomi Neven du Mont
Community Member
1 year ago

And they call us GREAT? It just saddens me!

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

And yet there at millions living hand to mouth that voted in the current czar, believing he'd give them money and jobs. How's that working for ya?

JonandLynn Venable
Community Member
1 year ago

I think you’re thinking of Obama. No one who voted for Trump wanted hand outs. Trump didn’t come up with free phones.

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Betty Arsenault
Community Member
1 year ago

She's a real American

Andy Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

Why don't you, rather than criticize, offer the simple answer so the people who are poor become more wealthy. If you want to be rich, successful, "why don't you do what the rich and successful people did to get that way?.. Don't hang around losers, Associate with people who are successful. Repeating the same loser style of actions and expect a different result, according to Einstein, is insanity.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

Progressive taxation. Free education. including university. Easy.

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SParker
Community Member
1 year ago

The wealthy ones? The ones that earned it and give back through philanthropic works and donations? Those guys? Oh yeah. They are horrible. SMDH.

MammaG
Community Member
1 year ago

What percentage of the wealthy do that? Not trump. He uses his foundation money for personal expenses.

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Tacitus86
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes and No. Those rich people earned what they have or at least their families did. The woman on foodstamps may or may not be a problem, depending on if she actually needs it or is gaming the system, there are plenty of both.

Patrick Watkins
Community Member
1 year ago

those rich also are famous for not paying a cent in taxes and getting away with it.

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Charley CharleyEx
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1 year ago

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And Mom popped her first retard child at age 15?

Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

How old was your mother??? Just sayin'.

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"Boring Dystopia was partly about the fact that no one can care about stuff any more," said Fisher. "It's not that they don't care, but in a city like London, or any intensely pressured urban metropolis—add to that the pressures of capitalist cyberspace and people just feel like they perpetually have no time."

"Our resources for caring are depleted, and that has aesthetic consequences."

#4

Charity

Charity

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Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
1 year ago

Saddest part is that a lot of celebs even get paid to promote a charity.

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#5

Put The Blame Where It Belongs

Put The Blame Where It Belongs

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Kathie Leonetti
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1 year ago

Let's not forget the politicians and celebrities who fly all over who have huge SUVs .

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The Facebook group was short-lived, with Fisher quickly becoming disillusioned with Facebook itself. "For me the point at which the group started to go downhill was when it became like every other Facebook group. It was just recirculating 'content' and sending links, keeping people inside what I would call capitalist cyberspace instead of looking outside at their own environment. It felt like it was reinforcing the condition it was intended to displace," he explained.

"It didn't work at that scale, and you could feel that it wasn't the right place for it… It was just an experiment, and Facebook probably wasn't the right platform. I didn't want it to be diluted."

#6

A Child Can’t Stay On The Transplant List, Solely Because He’s Homeless

A Child Can’t Stay On The Transplant List, Solely Because He’s Homeless

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frank0ys
Community Member
1 year ago

...This is sad.

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#7

Calling An Ambulance In USA

Calling An Ambulance In USA

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giovanna
Community Member
1 year ago

That is just RIDICULOUS. I really, honestly don't understand how come the American people are not crazy mad in the streets protesting about that. Like, protesting all the time.

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After Fisher's tragic death in 2017 at the age of 48, his work remains as his legacy and is as important and relevant as it's ever been. His 2009 book Capitalist Realism is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand the modern world, and his 'Boring Dystopia' group lives on mainly in the subreddit r/ABoringDystopia.

What do you think? Are we truly living in a boring dystopia? Scroll down below to see the rest of the examples for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#8

Stealing An Education

Stealing An Education

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Miklós Nagy
Community Member
1 year ago

Land of free? :D

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#9

Need Books? Donate Plasma!

Need Books? Donate Plasma!

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Bill
Community Member
1 year ago

You are supposed to sell plasma for beer at that age. This isn't right

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#10

I Had To Pay $39.35 To Hold My Baby After He Was Born

I Had To Pay $39.35 To Hold My Baby After He Was Born

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Mick Hambleton
Community Member
1 year ago

What??? That is absolutely disgusting

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#11

Anything Different Would Simply Be Un-American

Anything Different Would Simply Be Un-American

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Beverly
Community Member
1 year ago

There is one thing we can do: Get out and vote. Vote for the senators and representatives who aren't afraid to push for single-payer, universal health care. And if someone calls you a socialist, tell them to look at Japan, which a) is hardly socialist, b) has the world's longest life expectancy, and c) has a well-established universal health care system.

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#12

Health Care

Health Care

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Tamara Neimet
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't have to wait for it. Come to Ukraine, we are constantly crowdfunding some sick child's care.

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#13

Watch This Advert Or Choke To Death

Watch This Advert Or Choke To Death

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María Hermida
Community Member
1 year ago

If you need to watch a video before trying to do something to help, it doesn't matter whether there are ads or not; the person will probably die anyway. That's the reason why everybody should learn some very basic first aid skills, like the Hemilich Maneuver, at school, instead of soooo much useless rubbish.

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#14

Only In America Would A Restaurant Display On The Wall That They Don’t Pay Their Staff Enough To Live On

Only In America Would A Restaurant Display On The Wall That They Don’t Pay Their Staff Enough To Live On

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nanashi
Community Member
1 year ago

I always wonder why they made it that it's the customer's job to make sure if the workers/servers are paid or not. does this system works?

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#15

Public Relations

Public Relations

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Miklós Nagy
Community Member
1 year ago

And people working in the media industry earn way more than any manual laborer or most of the engineers, scientists, medical doctors...

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#16

Remember The Panama Papers?

Remember The Panama Papers?

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Christina Sersif
Community Member
1 year ago

Nothing hardly ever happens to rich people

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#17

"Today My Client Was Excited To Push The Elevator Buttons On The Way To Her First Deportation Hearing"

"Today My Client Was Excited To Push The Elevator Buttons On The Way To Her First Deportation Hearing"

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Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

My niece is 5. I cannot imagine her having to represent herself in any legal matters. I'm 30, and I can't imagine representing myself in any legal matters.

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#18

I Don't Like This Episode Of Black Mirror

I Don't Like This Episode Of Black Mirror

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Anne
Community Member
1 year ago

Well.. we are too far in killing bees and the environment.. so.. we will need to do both at the same time. There is no planet B.

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#19

Capitalism In A Nutshell

Capitalism In A Nutshell

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MJ
Community Member
1 year ago

Government: cricket sounds, cricket sounds, cricket sounds, cricket sounds....

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#20

Good Article. No Surprises. “It’s Not About Wanting A Pay Raise Or Extra Income, It’s Just About Wanting A Livable Wage”

Good Article. No Surprises. “It’s Not About Wanting A Pay Raise Or Extra Income, It’s Just About Wanting A Livable Wage”

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Daniel Morgan
Community Member
1 year ago

And yet Trump has the audacity to say how amazing the country is doing and how everyone is wealthier than ever. Prick.

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#21

Both Are In The Wrong But Look At How The Pictures Are Depicted

Both Are In The Wrong But Look At How The Pictures Are Depicted

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Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
1 year ago

The blindfold of Lady Justice is eaten by the moths and she turns out to be a racist, conservative b!tch.

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#22

Not A Bad Plan

Not A Bad Plan

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Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

I knew a girl who got Hep C from her ex-boyfriend. Her insurance would not pay to fix it unless she was very very ill. As far as I know she still has it. Had she gone to jail she would have been treated and it wouldn't be an issue anymore.

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#23

It's All About Priorities

It's All About Priorities

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

Orange is the new black

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#24

Bathroom Sticker

Bathroom Sticker

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Chris Mugea
Community Member
1 year ago

Definitely a joke.

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#25

Teeth Are A Luxury Only Paying Customers Are Allowed

Teeth Are A Luxury Only Paying Customers Are Allowed

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Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

I still have all of my teeth- one of them just stays in my drawer now.

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#26

Ambulances For 3k? Lets Just Call An Uber

Ambulances For 3k? Lets Just Call An Uber

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

in the US, the cost for an ambulance to take you to the ER is as expensive as buying a new car.

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#27

Positive News

Positive News

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Magic567
Community Member
1 year ago

same with bored panda thou- bring on the downvotes!

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#28

This Feels Straight Out Of 1984...

This Feels Straight Out Of 1984...

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 year ago

turn off your gps. ;)

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#29

This Is How Expensive It Is To Attempt Suicide In The US

This Is How Expensive It Is To Attempt Suicide In The US

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Care
Community Member
1 year ago

Hope they're doing better now. Debt definitely doesn't help depression.

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#30

Open Office

Open Office

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Miklós Nagy
Community Member
1 year ago

The 90s when people were angry about their well paid, stable jobs and about their peaceful life...

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