Let The Eat Cake, Or Brine Shrimp: NYT Celebrates "Six-Figure" Home Aquariums
How are cutting-edge conspicuous consumers blowing their excess cash? Fantasy fish tanks, according to the New York Times. The Home and Garden section devoted hundreds of words to the "six-figure fish tank" trend. One super-custom tank cost $750,000, according to the article.
People who pay over $50,000 for a custom architectural fish tank reminiscent of their favorite night club or orthodontist aren't going to clean their own bubblers. Some of them won't even feed their own fish. Instead, they pay someone $150 a visit to come in every other day.
One guy, who's probably paying at least a thousand dollars a month for tank maintenance, couldn't even name the species of fish he owns.
Time to repeal the Bush tax cuts.
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Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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