Unemployed men outside Al Capone's soup kitchen in Chicago during the Great Depression, 1931


The website for the St. Valentine's Massacre is also a parking lot, so I'd call it a wash day. Great pizza spot over the street, however. Today, the wall surface is on display in Las Las vegas ...



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  • The site of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre is also a parking lot, so I'd call it a wash. Great pizza place across the street, though.
  • Today, the wall is on display in Las Vegas
  • ''bloodstains enhanced for your viewing pleasure''
  • Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder. We love that place!
  • He wasn't really a humanitarian - his orders killed other people, even if no one involved was truly innocent. His aim to help the poor was to cement a legacy of goodwill, so he'd have the people on his side.
  • Can't you say the same of governments? Yeah, they bomb innocents and murder brown people abroad, but they take semi-decent care of their poor at home, so they're alright? The only difference between your Al Capones and Pablo Escobars and the various governments of the world these days is scale.
  • Can't you say the same of governments? Absolutely. It's the same concept. It's also the reason why huge corporations make a show of giving to charity and doing public interest work. It's PR.
  • I've always thought this. Coca-Cola doesn't give two shits about Martin Luther King Jr, but you bet your uss they'll fund his memorial for the extra black dollars they'll get.
  • It's not to say that the CEO of Coke doesn't give a hsit about MLK, they might really like the guy. The benefit of coming down on the right side of things translates into public goodwill, which translates into more money and good public opinion. Are you going to finger Capone's man who is selling black market items on the corner when the cops come around when last year you were down on your luck and he fed you at his free soup kitchen? Probably not. It's not to say Capone didn't give a hsit about the unemployed, maybe he did, but the added benefit of doing things like this wasn't lost on him.
  • He gave as much hsit about them as Pablo Escobar did - and damn is that ever a good comparison. I think he actually did care, coming from a poor background as he did. That said, I think he realized how politically expedient it was to have the proletariat on his side. At his time, anti-Prohibition activities were tremendously popular. Hell, to this day, you'd be hard pressed to find supporters of the ATF where I live. I dunno, maybe I'm biased, but from where I stand it looks like he had a solid strategy. After all, if you win the proles, you win the war.
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