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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 27, 2015, 09:32:06 am »
Peaceable contact is made with seemingly benevolent space aliens. The aliens give humanity access to many fantastic new technologies ushering in a new era pf prosperity. This era of prospsrity is, however, beset by an increased frequency of natural disasters, and by a worldwide rash of increasingly bizarre and bloody large-scale accidents.

Unbeknownst to anyone the actual purpose of the aliens' visit is to engineer these accidents for their own sadistic amusement. Furthermore it was the aliens who seeded this planet - one of thousands - with intelligent life solely for this purpose.

After carefully orchestrated series of orchestrated misunderstandings, diplomatic gaffes, and faulty readings from spy equipment, civilization is wiped out by a massive nuclear exchange on a day when all of the otherworldly visitors are conveniently off world. The Earth is then replanted and ldft "until next time".

(think of it as sort of a thematic combination of the works of the Wachowski bros, Rod Sterling, and the Marquis de Sade)

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 27, 2015, 08:56:01 am »
The movie follows the life of a Japanese youth who Joins the Japanese army during World War 2. The religious aspect of WW2 era Japanese propaganda is featured prominently; the protagonist buys into it. The film comes to an abrupt end when the protagonist is unceremoniously killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before even shipping out. In place of music, the end credits are accompanied by an audio sample of the scene from Beneath the Planet of the Apes where Mendez and his followers worship a nuclear bomb.

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Ok, the US department of labor says that the studies they've reviewed indicate that increases to the minimum wage are not correlated with layoffs, so I was wrong about that. It also says that raising it is not in general bad for the economy. The idea that it may speed up inflation however is conspicuously absent from their list of common myths about the minimum wage

There's a billion excuses to lay off people, one of them has been the machinization of production, which isnt necesarrily a matter of cost-efficiency most of the time, but rather to break the power of unions and make factory workers/employeees a malleable mass that can be subdued.

How many cases are there where a working hand is replaced with a bot that requires a huge investment and it also requires specialized maintenance by a specially trained engineer that ends up costing more than the original working hand?

But im sure you are pre-rich, so does it even matter?


Wait, are you saying that raising the minimum wage will or won't lead to layoffs?

Also, mechanization is necessary for the eventual advent of a post-scarcity society. People get screwed over by it now, but that's because society hasn't caught up with the technology and the technology isn't yet quite to where it needs to be. It hurts people now, but in a rather short time on a historical timescale (still rather long subjectively though, as compared to a human lifespan, I'll admit) things will be better than they ever were. Eventually it will seem absurd to expect people to work because there will quite visibly be only a tiny handful of things that need doing. Change should hopefully cascade upwards once there's nobody left for managers to manage.

Also regardless of which side is winning the conflict between capitalists/management and workers/proletariat has the primary effect of screwing over the consumer. A plague on both their houses.

Who is the consumer, then? You speak of them as if they are some third party to the management/labor conflict.

In a way they are, and despite the fact that nearly all of them overlap with at least one of the other two groups they are nevertheless, in this role, inherently at odds with the other two groups. It comes down to what the main point of business is and wherein lies its value to society... does it exist to enrich fatcats? Does it exist to create jobs so that the common man can make a living? No to both, it's primary value to society is to provide goods and services; jobs and profits are both merely incidental bonuses (or, depending on how you look at it, necessary evils)

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 22, 2015, 07:44:57 pm »
In the near future, Russia and Japan join forces to standardize a method by which they can assuage their shared problem of declining birth rates and aging populations without allowing an influx of immigrants, essentially by taking enforced sperm and egg donations from their existing population (from high school seniors once a year) and then combining them entirely at random, raising the children via the orphanage system. Fast forward seventy years and there's an international culture wherein most of the population in first-world countries grew up as wards of the state, mate selection plays essentially no part in the general direction of population attributes, giving birth is a high-paced high-paying profession comparable to professional sports where women who have given birth a large number of times get medals for achievement and reality TV shows when they hit menopause, and having children for free or raising children is considered gauche and a little uncivilized -- something that only poor people do. Being pregnant has the same cultural stigma as being sixteen and pregnant has now. Furthermore, the particular neuroses common to people raised in orphanages without the support of caring elders become more or less universal elements of society and popular culture (to a greater extreme, because these state-run child-rearing facilities are now mostly being staffed by Japanese-made health-care robots). On the positive side, in this society there's no stigma attached to any shade of sexuality aside from breeding (there are, essentially, no siblings anymore and there's no nuclear-family-driven ideologies), and gender identity is mostly very fluid because it's cheaper to discourage strong gender roles in large child-care facilities. On the negative side, overt aggression and competitiveness is common, as is depression and difficulty demonstrating affection in healthy ways.

That sounds kind of like Brave New World, possibly combined with Shock Treatment and Hivebent

It does sound like it would make a good dystopian sci-fi movie

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"...and her rack was like..."

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take out some insurance policies

randomly crank call New Yorkers and hope chaos theory takes care of the rest from there

Publicly pronounce a curse upon the city of New York; convince everyone I have supernatural powers.

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THAT BEING SAID:

The reality is that previous rises in the minimum wage have not resulted in inflation.  That isn't theory, it's historical, measurable, and verifiable fact.

If previous rises in the minimum wage didn't affect inflation then I agree that another raise in the minimum wage will not affect it either.

Do you have a source for this?

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Ok, the US department of labor says that the studies they've reviewed indicate that increases to the minimum wage are not correlated with layoffs, so I was wrong about that. It also says that raising it is not in general bad for the economy. The idea that it may speed up inflation however is conspicuously absent from their list of common myths about the minimum wage

There's a billion excuses to lay off people, one of them has been the machinization of production, which isnt necesarrily a matter of cost-efficiency most of the time, but rather to break the power of unions and make factory workers/employeees a malleable mass that can be subdued.

How many cases are there where a working hand is replaced with a bot that requires a huge investment and it also requires specialized maintenance by a specially trained engineer that ends up costing more than the original working hand?

But im sure you are pre-rich, so does it even matter?


Wait, are you saying that raising the minimum wage will or won't lead to layoffs?

Also, mechanization is necessary for the eventual advent of a post-scarcity society. People get screwed over by it now, but that's because society hasn't caught up with the technology and the technology isn't yet quite to where it needs to be. It hurts people now, but in a rather short time on a historical timescale (still rather long subjectively though, as compared to a human lifespan, I'll admit) things will be better than they ever were. Eventually it will seem absurd to expect people to work because there will quite visibly be only a tiny handful of things that need doing. Change should hopefully cascade upwards once there's nobody left for managers to manage.

Also regardless of which side is winning the conflict between capitalists/management and workers/proletariat has the primary effect of screwing over the consumer. A plague on both their houses.

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Ok, the US department of labor says that the studies they've reviewed indicate that increases to the minimum wage are not correlated with layoffs, so I was wrong about that. It also says that raising it is not in general bad for the economy. The idea that it may speed up inflation however is conspicuously absent from their list of common myths about the minimum wage


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As soon as they raise the minumum wage the corporations will raise prices and/or lay people off in order to recoup the increased personnel expenses (unless it passes in conjunction with other laws specifically forbidding the corporations from doing that), quickly returning the overall levels of poverty and human misery back to where they were before. It is acceptable as a temporary stopgap fix but will likely be useless for effecting lasting change.

Also, when did flipping burgers at McDonalds become a career???

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I think the idea, to summarize it admittedly somewhat glibly, is that if you could have paralell universes then why not a perpindicular universe

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: June 20, 2015, 10:07:58 pm »
For sale: One dead baby

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RPG Ghetto / Re: The Emperor's blockparty RPG ghetto style
« on: June 15, 2015, 03:42:57 am »
So there's this game that has a fairly modest but fanatical following out in the gamerculture called Warhammer 40k. Set in the year 40,000, humanity lives in all corners of the galaxy and has a central government of sorts on the world of Holy Terra. That would be Earth after several apocalypses, failed petty interstellar empires, and colonization attempts. Then something like the year 30,000 or so a hyper-human perfect being stepped up from the population of Earth, unified the techno-barbarian tribes, re established a peace with the Martian colony, and ultimately began the impossible task of establishing a unified Galactic Empire of Humanity. He is known only as the Emperor in all established records of the setting and was both the best and worst thing that ever happened to humanity.

To make a long, epicly styled, and marvelous story short, The Emperor is betrayed by one of his clone-generals and the Empire nearly falls to the forces of Chaos. I do not mean nice, cutesy chaos either. Raw forces of sentient corruption and madness that hunger beyond the walls of spacetime. The kind that make you eat your family for kicks and burn whole worlds to test a new toy.

That's kind of a biased account. The forces of chaos are evil, but (assuming that the party line is true and the emperor is conscious and in control and that the Adeptus haven't simply been running a 10000 year long rehash of Weekend at Bernie's) the Emperor of Mankind is pretty evil to. He's so evil he makes the emperor from Star Wars look like a hippie by comparison.

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I assumed it was some kind of satire. Especially paragraph 6, which definitely seems particularly satirical

I'm not quite sure of what

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If you're going to play modded Skyrim...it will eat all of your free time.

Especially if you install those mods I linked to there.  That's an extra 50 hours of gameplay, right there.

Though possibly not as much as modded Fallout: New Vegas

Also, if you're going to install mods to Skyrim, I reccommend installing "Uncle Sheogorath's Really Helpful Hints and Tips"

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