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Challenge #04058-K040: Starting With Staples

I made over five centuries this time. Of that, I get to keep 5 decades and the other four and a half centuries the Alliance takes from me to pay for taxes. Yeah that does seem like a lot, that I only get to keep ten percent of what I earn, but I don't mind at all. It helps a lot of people With my 5 decades, I now, maybe, have enough to fix this old clunker of a ship. And, of course, if I am careful, I can put in a kitchen to cook REAL food this time, not just printed. I can't wait! -- Anon Guest

There are very few legal ways to make five Centuries. Keep that in mind. One of them is to make or share something so incredibly useful that the Seconds mount up to Years, Decades and, well... you know.

I had three such strokes of genius. So I'm lucky in that way.

Dereggers are horrified about the taxes I pay. Four hundred and fifty Years of my earnings go to the greater good and I get to keep "only" five Decades.

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Challenge #03941-J289: In Every Home, a Garden

"But.... you're wealthier than I am!"

"Yes, so?"

"But they're making you pay those insanely high taxes!"

"Your point?"

"Why aren't you mad? Why don't you take it out of your people's wages??"

"Do you know why my empire is continuing to grow and so many of your people's empires collapse?"


"Come, let me show you a new path forward." -- Anon Guest

The heretic lead the oligarch around a heretical polity. The air was so clean all over the world

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Monday, Doctor's and Debts

It's going to cost us money we don't have yet before I even get my medication. This sucks.

Why the FUCK do we keep trying to be USA Lite?


I am watching the clock and consider myself ready to launch. I shall be doing the biggest offering of the day in the afternoon. least they aren't making us pay to go into the doctor. Only after we get out. [Don't give them ideas dangit]

I can explain we have money

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Challenge #02704-G147: The Dying of the Might

They were wealthy. Beyond wealthy. They owned two space stations and an entire solar system, and ran these places harshly. Those that displeased them lost their jobs and were often left in ruin, even for the smallest infractions. Entire families sent into desperate poverty and isolation just because a single member made a mistake on the job.

And for them? Life was excellent. They had everything they could ever need or want. They lived in utter luxury. They had more Time than

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Challenge #01938-E114: Shark Generosity

Temptation comes in many forms, 30% off for one. -- Knitnan

Sale season was something Shayde was used to happening during the new financial year. Something that this new age didn't have. What they had, instead, was tax season. Which lead to the tax season charity sales. Excess stock that the companies could no longer afford to store, was to be sold at a discount to those who could otherwise not afford it.

Shayde, who could afford anything she liked now-a-days, still

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Challenge #01901-E077: Ordering the New World

The bookkeeper of a new evil organisation to their superior:

I'm sorry but no, a "giant robot of doom with lasers that go pew pew" is not feasible. Because not only it sounds silly, but we lack the funding. And no, I won't allow any medium or high destruction plan as long as you didn't find a way to increase our income. If you want to blow things up, I'll only allow dynamite. And we can't pay more than 5 minions at

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Challenge #01835-E011: The Caring Gap

Their world was games, and Facebook and selfies. Then they wound up in an emergency ward and discovered electric lives are no substitute for the real thing. -- Knitnan

[AN: You clearly have no understanding of modern connectivity. AKA: "You dang kids get off of your social media and get a real life!" ::shakes cane::]

Alice was technically a Cam Girl and technically a Gamer. In reality, that meant grinding assorted games for a pitiful income per game per hour, and taking

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Challenge #01772-D311: The New Landlord

You once wrote an Instant about a Company owning 99.99% of the World. What they wouldn't realise is "If you own it, you have to fix it. Lousy Hospital, Education, Roads, transport. It's Your responsibility. enjoy!" government retires. -- Knitnan

When you've just bought the world, you never expect it to be a fixer-upper. The previous administration neglected to mention things like noisy and annoying tennants. Rising damp. The fact that the heating needed to be fixed. And they had the

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1 2 3 What are we fighting for? I was just on the phone to MeMum, yesterday, about the minimum wage in the States. She was stunned that...




What are we fighting for?

I was just on the phone to MeMum, yesterday, about the minimum wage in the States. She was stunned that folks are forced to get by on $7.50 an hour.

She was even more stunned when I told her that that’s what some folks are fighting to get.

It’s pretty bad when you have to explain to a grandmother that the richest country on Earth, filled with the most

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Dear Moneymakers, (an open letter)

And by this, I mean all corporate “persons”, executives, super-rich and basically, everyone who is making their money by just having money.

You’re doing it wrong.

Current economic theory states that if you give enough money to the already-rich, some of it will inevitably “trickle down” to the lower classes, the world will become everyone’s oyster and we’ll all be knee deep in pearls.

Everyone not amongst the already-rich knows this theory

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One important lesson on economics from someone who's picked up on a few things...

Put basically: If they’re offering it to plebes like you, the bubble is about to burst.

There are numerous economic bubbles in past and present. The stock bubble. The internet bubble. The housing bubble. The quantum chocolate bubble. Okay, I just wish there was a quantum chocolate bubble…

The point is, bubbles are just like pyramid schemes. Sooner or later, they’re going to run out of people to sell it to and the whole shebang is going

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Tax Receipt Not Going Far Enough

I’ve been seeing a lot of retweets endorsing the idea of a “tax receipt”, a document telling you, the taxpayer, where your tax dollars are going.

I say it’s a good first step.

A better move would be a Tax Vote. You fill out the form declaring whatever and indicate exactly where you want your dollars to go. And list them in order of importance.

THAT would be a government of true democracy.

Just think about

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