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Some of the most insensitive, crass and grasping behaviour has been in the name of maximising income for good causes.

There was an instance not long since when the C of E were busily booting out largely poor tenants from one of the few blocks of affordable housing in Central London so as to maximise candle-holder value.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Thu Oct 8th, 2009 at 11:13:22 AM EST
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Opulence in the name of faith doesn't come cheap: incense doesn't grow on trees, you know.

Oh, wait...

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Thu Oct 8th, 2009 at 11:35:44 AM EST
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Maybe they should start selling indulgences? I mean, the money would go to a charitable cause...

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Thu Oct 8th, 2009 at 05:04:11 PM EST
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Starvid:
Maybe they should start selling indulgences?

No, no, no.

That's been reinvented as Islamic Finance.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Fri Oct 9th, 2009 at 10:19:46 AM EST
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At least one could argue that selling indulgences is a victimless crime.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Oct 9th, 2009 at 01:14:34 PM EST
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I don't know about that. You could argue that it's a form of blackmail. If people really seriously believe that they are going to be tortured for a longish time in purgatory if they don't buy them, then you're positively threatening them.

If you rob somebody with a toy gun, it's still robbery.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Oct 10th, 2009 at 06:35:31 AM EST
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