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Class Struggle
« on: May 06, 2020, 07:34:50 AM »
As the stay at home policy continues, everyone must be getting really bored by now.  I have just noticed a board game which should brighten up everyone’s lives (hat tip to Guido).  It is called Class Struggle and is based upon Monopoly.  It is a struggle between oppressed workers and bloated capitalist bosses.  It was the favorite game of the UK’s Shadow Business Minister, Ed Milliband. 

Here is the rest of Guido’s urine extraction of Comrade Ed:-


Ed Miliband returned to the dispatch box for the first time in half a decade yesterday in his new role as Shadow Business Secretary. Guido took a trip down memory lane to see what the former Labour election loser has been up to over his five years in the wilderness. Red sky thinking Ed has come up with some wacky ideas…

Supported banning cars on certain days. Saying “I don’t see why we shouldn’t have some car-free days” on Episode 3 his Reasons to be Cheerful podcast. A bonkers policy that would cause huge disruption to commuters and businesses…

Backed ‘sex licences’. Proposed Government-issued certificates which would show others whether or not individuals could perform intimate acts with sufficient precaution and prowess. Asked by the co-host of his podcast if he thought the idea was a goer he said: “Yeah, I’d buy it”.

Called a land value tax ‘convincing’ and ‘compelling’. On episode 8 of his Reasons to be cheerful podcast, the new Shadow Business Secretary said: “It is definitely worth thinking about how you put the very convincing principles that we heard from our guests into practice. I think both Joe and Catherine were pretty compelling about the reasons for doing this… a small number of people own a huge section of rural land and you know I do think a lot of that land probably isn’t being properly used, just being sat on – don’t we need to put that land to good use?” Because the Garden Tax played so well for Labour last time round…

Supports moving Parliament out of Westminster. He said: ‘I don’t see why we shouldn’t go to Birmingham or have some way in which Parliament sits elsewhere in the country.’ on the second of his Reasons to be Cheerful podcast…

U-turned on his ‘no second jobs for MPs stance. Miliband took up a £2,500 BBC Radio job and launched a podcast, despite his previous opposition to double, or triple jobbing. These are my principles and if you don’t like them I have others…

Supported a nationalised secret Santa scheme across the UK. He said: “New Zealand has something which I think we should have here, they have a nationwide secret Santa.” Even his lefty podcast guests weren’t keen on this one…

Called for a climate emergency to be declared, despite raking up more than 43,000 air miles in 26 months. Readers may remember this one…

Insulted the UK’s largest trading partner by saying the USA acted like a ‘tin-pot dictatorship’. Speaking in the House of Commons said: “accounts of what happened to individuals over the weekend sounded like the results of the actions of a tin-pot dictatorship. They did not sound like what we would expect or hope for from the United States” If Labour doesn’t want a US-UK FTA they’re going the right way about it…

Admitted the government he was a Cabinet Minister in, and previously advised, did not build enough homes. He told the Commons ‘I am proud of some of the things that the previous Labour Government did, but we did not build enough homes’. Will he be as honest back on the front bench?

Lied to his constituents about ‘voting for Brexit nine times’. Just bonkers.

Revealed that as a child he spent time playing the board game ‘Class Struggle’, a Communist-compliant version of Monopoly. Again on his podcast (Episode 8, for readers interested), Miliband said “What board game did I play as a child? There was a board game called Class Struggle and it was invented by a big Marxist called Bertel Oldman.” Classic.



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Re: Class Struggle
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2020, 11:35:43 AM »
Interesting read T.T. and nice to get away from the coronavirus. a copy of Class Struggle has gone on display at the British Museum.
The board had 75 squares and you roll at the beginning to work out whether you get to be the worker, the capitalist, the small businessperson, the shopkeeper or the student. You are then supposed to form alliances between the different classes and somebody is supposed to win the game eventually.

A truly leftist board game invented by NYU Professor Bertell Ollman in 1978. In the game, players compete as social classes, collect assets and debits along the way, and have to work together to win the revolution. Only the capitalists or the workers can win. but, to be honest, we all know how this ends. Bit like Monopoly the game takes a very long time. but so does class struggle in real life.

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Re: Class Struggle
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2020, 12:19:43 AM »
Will the class gap widen due to the coronavirus if it hasn't already

On that subject of class struggle as we go through or even come out of the coronavirus, who will be hit hardest the rich or the poor. yes the rich will lose the most as they had it to lose, what about the poor what riches have they got to lose, apart from losing their mind, with all the worry of putting some food on the table for their family, oh! and their self respect maybe.

for those that have lost that job that paid so little, but meant so much. heartbreaking for all, not knowing where to turn next

the coronavirus seems to be a great leveler in some aspects, rich and poor alike, no one is not immune, is that all the rich and poor have in common. some of the poor have lost more in values or even their pride, than the world’s richest 500 people who had lost $444 billion.

since the last financial crisis. billionaires fortunes bounced back very rapidly and have more than doubled. but what did the poor get in their daily wage, as prices go on the increase. no wonder they scramble for a tipple, i should think they need it, a sort of release from todays problems. Hundreds line up daily for food donations across Bangkok, what did most of the rich suffer apart from the inconvenience of restricted movement.

The rich with their disaster bunkers and their private jets, but the virus just aint fussy who it latches onto. no class gap there, but only the rich will be able to afford better care. As Hotel cleaners, street sweepers, delivery drivers, waiters, shop assistants, market traders, and street vendors do not have the luxury of being able to work from home, tucked up nice n safe from the germs. the rest suffer, scared and skint, fighting for their survival against, something they can't see, the deadly virus.

how can you have social distancing with the poorest who live in densely packed slum, they dont stand a chance, maybe the poor dont have an update phone to download the appliance to get the 5,000 bht allowance the government handed out. with that i hear a lot of people who wasn't really desperate applied and got it.

maybe the pyb should have had a say in distribution as he should know all in his area, who really needed help most, but again trust would have to come into that.

poverty reduction is needed the whole world over, even the The World Health Organization is concerned that old communicable diseases are re-emerging, some in virulent drug-resistant forms.

the gap between rich and poor will the coronavirus lockdown make it even wider.

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Re: Class Struggle - do you know who i am
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2020, 07:56:05 PM »
expat cartoonist Stephff gives us some fun
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Re: Class Struggle Thailand's 83-year-old 'billionaire Barbie'
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2020, 01:35:38 PM »
The lady who wants for nothing - but there is something missing in her life - you can almost see the sadness behind that smile - All kinds of people adore me - is that because your rich - but ... she does what she wants regardless of her age.

A glimpse into the world of Thailand's 83-year-old 'billionaire Barbie'

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Re: Class Struggle - Will billionaires live forever
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2020, 05:08:39 PM »
New blood, computer brains and frozen heads: How billionaires 'will live forever'
The super-rich are already living the best lives. Now they're trying to make those lives last forever with a wide array of weird and wonderful ideas from the fringes of science

Over the past year, the gap between the super-rich and the rest of us has grown wider than ever before.

But the difference between ordinary people and billionaires might be more than just money. Some high net worth individuals have been looking into extending their lives far beyond the 70 or 80 years most of us might hope for.

Peter Thiel, for example, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal, has invested in a number medical research start-ups looking extending life expectancy though his Breakout Labs fund.

One of the companies longevity obsessive Thiel has bankrolled is Ambrosia.

Ambrosia is one of three outfits looking at experimental “vampire” blood transfusions that put the blood of young people into the lens of oldies.

According to commercial finance experts ABC Finance, the cost of the trials currently ranges from £6,000 to about £215,000.

The technique has worked well in mice, although as yet there are no positive results from human trials. The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a statement waning that the process “has no proven clinical benefits” and could be “potentially harmful.”

If warm blood can’t make you immortal, what about freezing it instead? The idea of chilling a body to postpone death until a future society has the technology to repair any injury or illness.

For years, the story circulated that Disney founder Walt Disney had been frozen shortly before his death from lung cancer in December 1966. There’s no evidence that there’s any truth in the rumour, but research into cryonics has been progressing since the early 60s.

The first living subject was frozen in 1967. No-one has yet been revived after cryonic freezing but several people have been frozen, or had their heads removed and frozen, over the years.  full article dailystar.co.uk
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