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Sitting with a number eight platter at the restaurant

Four twenty nine for almost anything I want

Add it up it's cheaper than the stuff I make myself

I get by, I never needed anybody's help

And I tore out an ad and they told me that...


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    Feb 2nd, 2011 2:03am report

    It's about how we all are complicit in the suffering of others. In that lab experiment people believed they were literally hurting other people. In real life we buy cheap meals (platter number 8) that have a price that is well below the real cost of the labor and food. We push the buzzer and let others suffer when we do that. We buy clothing made in sweatshops by children. Zap. Buzzer. We look at the price of our stocks instead of the cost to humanity of our actions. In that, we push the buzzer.


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    Jan 13th, 2009 1:27am report

    This was written in 2008 about the 1961 Milgram Experiment and a follow up Dar heard about that occurred in 2005. In 2005 the results of the experiment were practically the same as 40 years earlier, and she found that shocking. It got her thinking about what she would do in the same situation and she wrote this about a young woman who did the experiment and discovered how easy it had been to influence and control her actions.

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