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Can't afford necessities? Try an iPhone

by escaping slave
on 7/10/2008 @ 8:03am
As bad as it seems here, it could be worse. Our dollar is falling and people can no longer afford the basic necessities we've grown dependent on, but at least you can get your iPhone/homing device for a better rate than those in Belgium. Talk about freedom, baby!

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Belgians finally get the chance to buy one of Apple Inc.'s coveted iPhones on Friday — at the highest prices in the world.

The 8-gigabyte iPhone will retail for 525 euros ($825) — more than four times the U.S. price of $199. The 16-gigabyte version costs 615 euros ($966). The same phone would cost $299 in the U.S.

You may not be able to get around town in your own vehicle, eating your own food anymore, but you can look soooooo cool on your iPhone! All the chicks will dig it.

by Nick on 7/10/2008 @ 1:52pm
Haha, that's pretty nuts. It is worth mentioning that Belgium's laws currently prohibit subsidizing cell phones the way they often are in the US. It's slightly less dramatic when you compare the US un-subsidized price to that of Belgium, but its still about a $400+ difference.

by escaping slave on 7/10/2008 @ 2:38pm
Nick, thanks for the input.

Maybe Belgium has their laws that way for a reason, so people don't buy them, or so only those who can afford them buy them. In the U.S., everything non-essential needs to be affordable it seems, so even needy people have the right to enjoy it, whether they buy it with their money or not. How is that helping the needy, shoving stuff in front of them they don't need, only to keep up with the Joneses?

France stopped accepting iPods until they fixed the volume levels because they were too loud for their standards (but obviously okay by U.S. standards.)

I'm disturbed that technology is more affordable than what people need to live every day. For everybody having money problems lately, I'm curious how much they pay for cell phones/texting, daily coffee/cigarette habits, cable, and other non-essentials that cut into their fundage for the essentials.

by NineInchNachos on 7/10/2008 @ 4:22pm
Hey, did you know that if you called Belgium on your iphone the contents of your phone conversation is likely going to be listened to by a warrantless wiretap? Did you know the only way to fight this erosion of our constitutional rights was killed by a democratically controlled congress with a 9% approval rating? Instead of throwing the bush admin in prison we're giving them the thumbs up.

that's wac.

by escaping slave on 7/10/2008 @ 6:34pm

But the congress and senate are giving the administration the thumbs up, not the people. I never gave the thumbs up. And now the phone companies have been granted immunity of ever having legal action brought against them. Just because Bush signs it, doesn't mean he's the one in control. It's the people we vote for, our public servants/elected officials, that are doing this to us.

People like Carlin, but did they actually listen to him?

And the only way to fight the erosion of our constitutionally upheld rights (the Constitution doesn't give them to us, just affirms them - they're always our rights) is not through congress.

As stated in Federalist 28:
"If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense, which is paramount to all positive forms of government."

Here's the story of one man who decided to take matters into his own hands. Cookie is considered a hero to some. At least he didn't go shooting at innocent people in a mall. He took it out on who he had problems with - the government.

by NineInchNachos on 7/10/2008 @ 7:41pm
hmm. I think when you start dreaming up solutions where shooting people is involved you cross some kind of line.

but don't take my word for it. lets ask our resident philosopher.

Mofo is it wrong to shoot people?

also, why do bad things happen to good people?

also also ruin your life too

by escaping slave on 7/10/2008 @ 7:59pm
"I think when you start dreaming up solutions where shooting people is involved you cross some kind of line."

You wouldn't be living in a place called America if people didn't do that exact thing. It wasn't the dream to kill people. The dream was to defend what was theirs - their rights and freedoms. They didn't kill innocent people. The government came to take from innocent people and the people fought back. That's what you have to do sometimes.

The Patriot Act is what happens when people don't fight back.

by NineInchNachos on 7/10/2008 @ 8:14pm
hey hey... all I know is THOUGHT CRIME is double plus bad. Also I don't live in America. I live in the body that is typing this comment. America is like an abstract concept yo.

by escaping slave on 7/11/2008 @ 8:05am
Way to be apathetic. No wonder your rights are being taken away.

by NineInchNachos on 7/11/2008 @ 8:59am
lol poor escaping slave. i'm all to happy to give a way my civil liberties, just so long as I am safe. [they got me] or atleast perceive that I am safer. ha ha. [quick] You only have to be worried if you're a terrorist or a traitor [get away while you still can].

by escaping slave on 7/11/2008 @ 11:07am
"You only have to be worried if you're a terrorist or a traitor"

Apparently you don't. They're getting elected all the time. I see a sign across the street for one now: Norm Dicks.

by izenmania on 7/11/2008 @ 3:26pm
Out of curiosity, which one is he? Terrorist or traitor?

by escaping slave on 7/11/2008 @ 6:46pm
He's a traitor of the people, which makes him a terrorist.

by izenmania on 7/11/2008 @ 11:16pm
Way to explain absolutely nothing there in a sentence that makes no sense at all..