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Unfortunately I seem to be the only human being on planet earth that thinks inventing trillions of shiny new dollars and pumping it into the third world makes more sense than inventing trillions of shiny new dollars and giving it to a bunch of gold plated scam artists.

I can agree with large chunks of that, but I have to counter this with "Zimbabwe". Not alone in creating cash to try and raise living standards but the end result was less than pleasant. Brazil managed to deal with the same kind of problem with the introduction of the Real(?) and had a good degree of success.

There's another potential issue with where exactly the neediest people are located. A line of thinking could end up with "So if they lived over there, shit will be better for them". Which again, in Africa has had unfortunate consequences.

While the above may sound a little shitty, I'd rather cover as many of the potential pitfalls as possible. Last thing that anyone really wants is a system that fucks up in the exact same ways.

Economics 1.0 is fucking over Zimbabwe. A result of Artificial Scarcity is not an argument against Post-Scarcity Economics.
Many other problems can be prevented by not singling out the poor. I think this can only work if everyone social stratum gets it.

It needs to become as much a Right as breathing.

My thinking, right now is that cash doesn't trickle down, it flows up. Pump it in at the bottom and everyone will end up better off. The priority is humanitarian - elevate the lowest out of poverty but, in doing so should elevate everyone's standard of living. So we will still be better off than the third world by roughly the same factor. The only difference is now the third world have food, water, housing and maybe one or two luxury items.

Next we decide do we want to stop there or do we want to see it through to it's logical conclusion and keep making the ones at the bottom better off, given that we are all made better off as a direct result? I'm assuming the bottom tier of humanity will end up developing their own socio-economic thing, once all their time isn't taken up with the business of starving to death. I could be wrong but, if I'm not, then some sort of equilibrium may be achievable where the whole world is split into comfortably well off and filthy rich.

It occurs to me that maybe we've been looking at the economy backwards all along, if we're to use the flowing of water as a model for the movement of money. It isn't a pyramid, with the wealthy elite at the top and the workers at the bottom, and the money running downhill. It's a funnel. The narrow point may be the top of the social hierarchy, but I find the model is far more intuitive the other way around.

I mean, maybe that's what we should call this. Funnel economics. It still trickles down, but from the wide end.

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Or Kill Me / Re: Another reason to hate the world. True or False?
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:44:36 am »
At the risk of reopening a can of worms that has only recently been sealed, has it never occurred to you that maybe you have problems with women because they don't like the kind of people that view them as shallow caricatures and retreat into pathetic half-assed defense mechanisms and predictable tropes the moment their assertions are questioned?

STFU - if he figures that one out, the bastard might actually manage to reproduce  :argh!:

 :regret:

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Or Kill Me / Re: Another reason to hate the world. True or False?
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:17:01 am »
At the risk of reopening a can of worms that has only recently been sealed, has it never occurred to you that maybe you have problems with women because they don't like the kind of people that view them as shallow caricatures and retreat into pathetic half-assed defense mechanisms and predictable tropes the moment their assertions are questioned?

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I'm just waiting for my moddable AR glasses so I can see the world as William Gibson intended: In neon magenta wire frame.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: THUG
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:30:45 am »
It's a word that I've noticed predominantly black hiphop culture has appropriated. It never used to be a black thing, it was just some wanker that solved every problem with a hammer. Now it means something about black people. Same way "gay" never used to be a sexuality issue.

I think it's like Alty said. It generally means what you said, and in the specific context of hip hop it means what Tupac said, and uninformed/intellectually dishonest racists have conflated the general definition with the specific context of black people and decided that there's a connection, if on no more than a rhetorical level. It's insidious.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: THUG
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:11:44 am »
It started creeping up on me. Then it took Kayne West to see it more clearly. Someone on twitter said this is Zimmerman's 3rd violent offense why isn't he called a thug by the media. I'm giving it one more year before I become a true believer. But for now I'm just going to keep tabs on teabillys.

I think you're correct about the teabaggers.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Dragon Age: Origins playthrough and commentary thread
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:02:36 am »
I'm going with Alistair. The merchant's full of shit, and the way you've played Neria so far, I think that'd piss her off more than the price gouging. This protagonist seems to like brutal honesty, and half-assed justifications like the ones the merchant's spewing won't fly.

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Hmm. It might be a good idea to frame it in terms of freedom, as in freedom to fail(or, more specifically, freedom to survive failure). Generally speaking, this smacks of socialism, and the exact people who are most likely to oppose that are libertarians. It might help to highlight the liberating effect this should have on the poor, and the idea that a stronger safety net will encourage people to take risks(starting businesses, etc.)

Though one thing nags at me. Wouldn't printing lots of money cause massive inflation? Or are you talking about redistribution?

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While we're at it: FUCK STEAMPUNK.

Steampunk = people who are nostalgia-blinded by the Victorian era yet are too scared to leave their computers behind.

Where cyberpunk at least has the grace to look to the future, steampunk looked at the future, wet itself, and decided to pretend it's over 100 years ago. Then they slapped brass gears and some fake wood panelling on an Ipad so they can pretend it's "alternate universe tech" because they just can't live without youtube. Yes, we really were better off with mass social and sexual repression, women being treated as second-class citizens unable to even vote, rampant Syphilis outbreaks, zero labor laws, and coal smoke blotting out the sun. Great choice.

Bonus points: there's a large overlap between the guys in my first paragraph and Steampunks. I'm pretty sure it's not a coincidence.

I wouldn't mind steampunk if it weren't so historically denialist. The Victorian era has great potential as a setting for horror and dark fantasy, but the steampunk kids love to sweep that shit under the rug in favour of a world where everyone's a lovable, happy-go-lucky street urchin or an eccentric inventor with an airship and goggles. I think Dishonoured's the only steampunk thing I've seen that had the stones not to romanticize its setting.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Color Revolutions: Coming to Amerika Soon?
« on: February 19, 2014, 08:50:53 pm »
I find it amusing that he repeatedly claims not to be a Nazi while using the logo of a fictional neo-Nazi organization as his avatar.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Dragon Age: Origins playthrough and commentary thread
« on: February 19, 2014, 01:07:40 pm »
Ah. My suspicion was that they were the descendants of the original Tevinter mages, and that they had some kind of splinter culture derived from that one, but twisted and focused singlemindedly on the goal of reclaiming their old homeland. I suppose this leaves open the other possibility I had in mind, that they're some kind of metaphysical immune response to the intrusion on the Golden/Black City. Something like a cosmic allergy, I guess.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Dragon Age: Origins playthrough and commentary thread
« on: February 19, 2014, 04:10:05 am »
What's going on with the Darkspawn, anyway? I suspect there's far more to them than there appears, since they apparently know how to make crossbows and siege weapons. They're clearly intelligent, so why haven't they ever opened negotiations, or at least made demands? There's got to be some motivation behind their attacks.

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To me, as someone who actually has been molested as a kid, it seems glaringly obvious that Woody Allen is guilty. I didn't tell anyone for years because I was terrified that nobody would believe me and I'd end up in the exact position Farrow did. It was only when I came to realize that everyone hated my molester anyway that I began to open up. What people fail to realize is that there really isn't anything to gain from false accusations of this sort that makes them worth the massive wave of public hate. It's not like I can sue him for money. Attention? Most of the time, the names of the victims are censored in the press, so there goes the fame angle. And whatever attention we do get is... exactly the kind of attention Dylan Farrow's getting. It's because of cases like this that I still haven't taken the bastard to court. If he walks, I'm fucked forever. I wouldn't want to be in Farrow's shoes.

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