I'm starting to loathe the actions of President Trump (General Discussion)
YAWNCapitalism and socialism aren't just boogeymen, so we needs must refer to them when we speak of the world.
YAWNJust to be clear, that is NOT my contention. My entire point is that we need to stop thinking of self-worth in Thomas the Tank Engine terms (i.e., are you a useful engine for Sir Topham Hat or are you causing confusion and delay?) and in terms that we define for ourselves. As the need for labor diminishes, we need to find a way to ground human meaning and dignity on something other than laboring for someone in some shop or in some field.
YAWN"Diversified and dynamic vocational vector" sounds great, but our productivity has been skyrocketing since the 1960s while wages have remained stagnant.
YAWNAs for teachers, most college educators are now PTI, adjunct, and GTAs. Average pay for adjuncts is less than half that of their full time counterparts. Online offerings are ever increasing with more and more content modules that can automated or supervised by anyone.
YAWNWhen automation creates so much of a competitive advantage that you must shed your office drones to stay competitive, however, you will. That's the law of the jungle.
YAWNMeantime, climate change is still happening, ocean fisheries are being depleted, aquifers are being depleted, the coral reefs are going bye-bye, mass migrations are just getting started, vertebrates are still dying off at an alarming rate. In short, capitalism is running out of runway right at the moment when the anthropocene is really taking off.
YAWNHowever, I do not believe that a human being, by definition, should have to produce objective value for anyone else in order deserve access to resources needed for survival and minimally comfortable life. What do we do when we no longer need the majority of people to produce anything for us all to live comfortable lives? Your notion that meaning in life is deeply tied to being some sort of producer of value of goods and services to be sold, is a very capitalist one. I'd rather see people just work on what they would prefer to work on regardless of whether they make any money. No one, for example, is buying Konnor's music, but his music is keeping him occupied and happy, so who gives a shit? Let him do his thing. If someone wants to buy it, great. If not, give him a cut of the great bounty of all machine production out there.
HORRORCRAM XIV: DaMU you all to Hell (General Discussion)
Captain TerrorIt's silent
Captain Terrorit's full of clowns
Captain Terrorthe main character's name is "HE"
Captain TerrorIt's a hard sell.
Ben Affleck is no longer The Batman (General Discussion)
Films i saw this Month (from crappiest to greatest) (General Discussion)
Rumpled 4 SkinGawd... i hate those phony youtube links [img]https://s25.postimg.org/vkr04c4gv/angry10.gif[/img]
Ready Player One Trailer!! (General Discussion)
Yawn. (General Discussion)
Rated NCC-1701Janson's Remo Williams.
YAWNSelf-driving cars alone will put millions of Americans out of work.
YAWNAre we just going to tell 8 million former drivers to become quality artists?
YAWNIn the future, these are systems that will be able to grade student papers.
YAWNWe're not all going to get out of this by being YouTubers getting paid for clicks.
YAWNThe world doesn't need that many musicians and poets and writers.
YAWNThe elephant sitting in the room is we're hurtling towards post-capitalism and we're not mentally equipped to think in post-capitalist terms. We believe in the morality of debt, the virtue of work, and the reality of invisible hands. We don't presently have the imagination to play another game. Capitalism depends on labor (i.e., how we little people get our coins so that we may consume) and labor is not only being outsourced globally, but increasingly being eroded by machine intelligence. It ain't going to work with rich people owning all the factories and platforms and consumers with no money to spend.
Baker's Dozen Game - Split Thread Part 7 (General Discussion)
YAWNAmazon doesn't charge sales tax for most sales, so they're cheaper there. Amazon is subsidized by our taxes, so they're able to be cheaper there. Amazon doesn't have brick and mortar locations to maintain, so they have an edge there. Amazon has never turned a profit because their end goal is to control everything, so they must be cheaper. How many fucking edges and advantages do they and other companies need? I would be for removing sales taxes on locally produced goods and also taxing internet sales, or something like that rather than just sending more cash off to the government to fritter away on F-35s while kids in Flint still can't drink the water.
YAWNHe's not. While you nimnodes lament the fact that you lost the election to the most beatable Republican in history, a million other things are still happening.
YAWNAnd TIL that Janson doesn't know the difference between libel and slander.
Izzy BlackWhat is odd, though, is that HR acknowledges similar comments made by WB executives of their intentions to keep Affleck on, and also Reeves' claims that he wants to keep Affleck. That means it looks they're not only basing their argument entirely on their anonymous source and some inferential evidence about Affleck's age and motivations, but they're doing so in spite of WB and Reeves' claims to the contrary.
Takoma1I'm also a big fan of the scene where Arbogast is attacked. It is shocking (the people who hadn't seen the movie before jumped) and despite the practical effect being a bit obvious, it does kind of capture the experience of falling backwards down the stairs.
YAWN At any rate, what amuses me is not that you seek attention but rather that you called me out for a shitty source in a thread that's turned out to be a shit source.
YAWNPair that with the flat assertion that is the title of the thread and your unsubtlety is compounded into the clickbait that it is.