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
Community Member
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?

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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
Community Member
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.

Felicia Murphy
Community Member
1 year ago

Exactly!

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Rosesinmyhair
Community Member
1 year ago

Unfrickinbelievable! How is that not a gross violation of human rights!?

Ian Carter
Community Member
1 year ago

People in the west need to stop seeing immigrants as a disease and start seeing them as Humans. If somebody is a film star or sports star they dont care where they are from but if the drive a taxi or work in a shop the are seen as "scum" by some but they are just people trying to get by like everyone else.

D r e a m l a n d s
Community Member
1 year ago

Exactly! In the end, we all are human, we're stuck on this little blue planet together forever. We as human beings need to unite and love one another. How hard is it to just think about others and be kind?

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

WTF! The only Americans who are not immigrants are the Native Americans anyway.

Joannie Goulet
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

And you could even argue that humans are not indigenous to this continent. The earliest known humans in North America crossed over from Asia. Since the dawn of our species, humans have relied on migration to survive and thrive.

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Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
1 year ago

This is just appalling jow are people ok with this get rid of Trump

Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
12 months ago

obama DID the same!!!

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Sill Marien
Community Member
1 year ago

land of the free much?

Susan
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm ashamed of so many of my fellow Americans. They've always been there of course. Since the very beginning of our republic there have been those on the wrong side of history. Not until Trump did I realize just how many of them there are.

Mer
Community Member
1 year ago

The orange chucklejerk made me realize just how many cold, cruel, heartless people there are - people I choose to no longer know.

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BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

At least TRump finally realised he made a major mistake by separating these families. Not that it helped those who were already separated. Some families don't even know the fate of their loved ones. A lot of money wasted detaining these people, instead of using the money to help them.

Jace
Community Member
1 year ago

Trump supporters think this is all completely ethical. Oh, wait... never mind: they don’t believe in ethics.

David Hollenshead
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, but then I had a MAGA Hatter yell "GET THAT GOD D#MN PEICE OF JUNK OFF THE ROAD YOU M#THER F#CKING INDIAN" while his friend tried to run me off the road... [ I'm of mixed European / First Nations Ancestry, and my car is 35 years old but legal, but at least this time they didn't use the S-word and tell me to go back to Mexico... ]

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PeachesEDM
Community Member
1 year ago

What the actual F**k?!

Kat Hoth
Community Member
1 year ago

Things like this make me so angry!

graffitiwomen
Community Member
1 year ago

I gave money to both KIND(Kids In Need Of Defense) I was humanitarian groups on July 4th, because what this country(the US) is doing is SO, SO WRONG!

HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK
Community Member
1 year ago

Beyond sad and beyond ridiculous.

Aminat Temicheva
Community Member
1 year ago

The illiterate Drumpf fanatics are easy to spot in the comments underneath.... It's so sad. The USA, the continents of the Americas and Australia have been built by immigrants. The only ones who should have the right to say "Send them back" are the Native Americans and the Aboriginals. Some people should be ashamed of themselves. This child has more wisdom than thousands of these MAGA Nazis. God bless that pure sweetheart. I hope everything turns out well for her!

Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
1 year ago

obama did the same

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Katharine Lancaster
Community Member
1 year ago

This breaks my fucking heart!

WaitingtokissGregDavis
Community Member
1 year ago

So fucked up. I thought the UK was pretty broken...

Oathbraker
Community Member
1 year ago

Can you even bring kids in court? I'm pretty sure it's their parents who should be there.

URA_HippoCritter
Community Member
1 year ago

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Unaccompanied minors can be brought. They were either with human traffickers or someone that couldn't prove they were the parent once caught crossing the border illegally. As sad as the situation is, this lawyer's post is purposely misleading.

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Kuuipo Correa
Community Member
1 year ago

Most of us are here living this so called american dream because our ancestors had to do and go through what these modern day refugees/ immigrants are going through now! Why dont you all look up where your parents ate from then go further.... Right the natives are the real americans! The rest was taken from everyone else thats the american way! California, texas, arizona, etc all used to be part of mexico until amerikkka took it from mexico because they could now they have 50 states instead of 47.....you know what the fu$k I'm trying to say! Read your history. American and human rights are the same

Katinka Min
Community Member
1 year ago

The US are just totally fucked up. Tiny kids at court - it'S insane.

KCN
Community Member
1 year ago

Holy shit.

Dave G.
Community Member
1 year ago

mindless virtue signalling by folks who don't actually care and use this stuff for political gain. beto is a scumbag if you actually do your research and learn about his history

Brent Kaufman
Community Member
1 year ago

What WE ARE DOING to them??? Who put them in this position? Who sent them here by themselves? Who is responsible for the lives of these children? Over worked, under staffed, and under resourced foreigners? NO!!!!!!! We are doing kindness and charity by helping these people.

Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
1 year ago

obama did the same

Alex Craig
Community Member
1 year ago

This is heart breaking, gut wrenching and absolutely absurd.

He is love
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't even read this it's so upsetting

Ashley Paine
Community Member
1 year ago

crying :(

Lola Bunz
Community Member
1 year ago

This is just sick

Sue Sanders
Community Member
1 year ago

This flies way beyond just a "sad" emoji, beyond even an "angry" one. How far it goes is beyond me and a WHOLE lot of other people with functioning hearts.

Lavendar rose
Community Member
1 year ago

😢

Rae
Community Member
1 year ago

:(

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

That's horrible, but their parents should not be putting them in that situation in the first place.

RME
Community Member
1 year ago

This is absolutely heartbreaking and I cannot wrap my head around some people just flat out not giving a f*ck what happens to these kids, just because they weren't born in the U.S. "ShOuLd'Ve CoMe HeRe LeGaLlY tHeN." They're KIDS. C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N. There isn't a baby alive who deserves to be traumatized for their parents' perceived crimes.

John Bourne
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe her parents shouldn't have dragged her up to her and then abandon her.

Joannie Goulet
Community Member
1 year ago

This is disgusting and heartbreaking. I have a 6 years old son and a 5 years old daughter. I can't imagine them being alone, facing this. My daughter can't zip her own coat half the time.

Georgann Haeffner
Community Member
1 year ago

I am glad Ms Barrera is at least trying to help. This is worse that what we did to the Japanese in WWII! That was illegal and inhumane, but at least the families got to stay together. This is unconscionable!

JZhao
Community Member
1 year ago

So why is she alone?

Fran Morasco
Community Member
1 year ago

beto ORourke-----Climbing on table ?? Like you do????

Johanna Villena
Community Member
1 year ago

heartbreaking.... the worst part of all is that people still believe in the american dream

Louise Brigance
Community Member
1 year ago

We have sunk into the absurdity and stupidity of believing we can achieve some kind of nirvana of purity of race by deporting "illegals" Regardless of their true status. We have so corrupted ourselves and our objectives we deserve to cease to exist.

Dave G.
Community Member
1 year ago

especially as an immigrant myself, i support deporting illegals not because of some weird "nirvana" or "purity of race" goal, i just want them to stand in line and go through the same process I did. I don't think people should be allowed to cut in front of other people like my family who waited and immigrated legally. it's a slap in the face to all of us legal immigrants

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D.J. Thorb
Community Member
1 year ago

This is actually criminal on the part of your government .... all facilitators should be jailed.

Dave G.
Community Member
1 year ago

can you specify what laws we are breaking

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Caroline Driver
Community Member
1 year ago

As someone said somewhere else, is America Great...yet?

Miyuki Nohara
Community Member
1 year ago

Is heart breaking but reality is USA needs to cancel asylum laws only that way inmigrants would stop coming.

Alice Jena
Community Member
1 year ago

obviously if people are seeking Asylum; they are in dire straits. Do you not think that people would rather stay where they are comfortable and know the language? But life or death is no flippant situation

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Markus Holstein
Community Member
1 year ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygVX1z6tDGI

Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

In the Netherlands we have ' bureau HALT', it's a police service especially created voor children who break the law. Anyways, what did this five year old do to face court?

Frances Høvig
Community Member
1 year ago

MJ je mist waar het over gaat. Het gaat niet over een strafzaak maar een uitzettingsprocedure. Bureau Halt is voor minderjarigen vanaf 14 jaar (jongere kinderen kunnen niet strafrechtelijk vervolgd worden) die strafbare feiten plegen. Illegale immigratie is in NL niet strafbaar, er is geen enkel artikel in het wetboek van strafrecht dat dat strafbaar stelt. Deze kinderen plegen geen strafbaar feit dus, als je ze al verantwoordelijk zou willen stellen voor de keuzes die hun ouders maken. Een 5-jarige heeft niet echt veel keuze lijkt me.

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

This is sad and I’m always torn on the topic. There are plenty of in need children from countries across the globe. Why would we only take them in from Mexico if the argument is if a child has a bad life in their country we should take them and their family in?

David Hollenshead
Community Member
1 year ago

The children are from El Salvador, Guatemala & Honduras and many of them are mostly indigenous, so they can be killed without risk of prosecution in their birth country, the reason they need for us to respect our Asylum Policy and International Law...

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Sue Clasen
Community Member
1 year ago

Nobody asks why her parents didn't go to USA the right way, legally? Why must a country be different from a home? It's O.K. if somebody comes to your home invited, or calls before hand saying he/her will drop in. but if somebody knocks at your door and pushes in.....

moeless
Community Member
1 year ago

Bullshit. The Service does not institute proceedings against anyone under 18. Ever. If mom has effed up and gotten herself deported, yes, it is expected that she will take her offspring with her. If the kids are USCs, they can remain in the US forever. That does not change the adult's situation at all.

Michael Reed
Community Member
1 year ago

So, how did this 5 year old get to the U.S.? And who's responsible for that? ICE? Trump? Me?

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

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Why are we not blaming the country of origin for not promoting education and birth control? Why are these people having children in such a hostile and poverty stricken area? We are expected to pay for their irresponsibility for some reason. My husband can't go see a doctor because he can't afford one. We have a record number of homeless and the cheeto cut funding to the VA (because f*ck our veterans, right?) and he also cut funding to meals on wheels for our sick and elderly. How about we work on helping our own citizens first in this unprecedented crisis? Why are these issues not a major concern for the people screaming that we should be opening our doors to everyone who wants to come here? I guess their fellow countrymen who have no home or no way to care for themselves or their children don't matter as much as those from other countries.

Wendy Vetting
Community Member
1 year ago

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Umm...well if their stupid parents wouldn’t have come here ILLEGALLY, the kids would be home where they belong. They aren’t American citizens, so they cannot be allowed American rights. Study it!

María Hermida
Community Member
1 year ago

Even if they are not American they are human beings, even if people like you refuse to see it. They "cannot be allowed American rights", but they still have human rights.

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Leo H
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1 year ago

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The kid isnt representing themselves..this isn't a criminal trial. The judge will simply look at the reports and recommendations and make a ruling. There is no need for expensive lawyers

David Hollenshead
Community Member
1 year ago

WTF is wrong with you ???

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Jim Ellington
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1 year ago

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Don't force your children to break the law.

Leo H
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1 year ago

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Wondering out loud how many immigrant kids Beto orourke has personally taken in or supported...yet he expects the US taxpayer to foot the bill for thousands of these kids

Leo H
Community Member
1 year ago

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They aren't citizens..why should the US taxpayer pay for them to have a trial lawyer

wusah
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1 year ago

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Too bad. I need a lawyer desperately and couldn't afford one either.

Charley CharleyEx
Community Member
1 year ago

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Straight out of the jungle. Will do your job for $3.00 per hour.

David Hollenshead
Community Member
1 year ago

You really need to look in the mirror and ask "how did I become such a nasty piece of work???"

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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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