A very erudite reply!
One thing I'd comment on here is the idea that if someone is willing to pay for something, it must have some productive value.
That assumption is definitely a side effect of capitalist thinking, in my opinion, and can be used to justify a large number of morally worthless activities.
Let's take that button, and put it in a real world context. Say now that the button now creates trades on the stock exchange, and can be pressed once every hour, day or week. Say that the button presser is a churner who makes trades for the benefit of broker commission rather than because he believes the investor will profit. Or let's say that the button presser is at the top of a pyramid scheme, and each button press is a metaphor for selling the scheme to dupes.
Here we have economic activity that is legal but unethical, and which generates the movement of money. Does it still have productive value?
Or to put it another way, a bloke nicks lead off the church roof, makes £100, but does £10,000 of damage. From a personal profit point of view, he's engaging in (admittedly illegal) economic activity.
So the fact that an activity makes money does not automatically mean it has productive value.
Legality and productivity are distinct entities, which can both hold in several combination. Churner and Bloke are engaged in illegal and/or unethical activities**, but are so engaged precisely because they anticipate the activities to be productive nonetheless. Their judgement may prove incorrect (investments fail, the securities exchange authority comes knocking, or the local vicar just got his new shotgun license...) but the anticipation is productivity of some sort.
Plus, there appears to be a built in assumption in these examples that the productivity we should be concerned with occurs at the macroeconomic level. However, I'd suspect that most individual-level economic decision making considers mostly (if not exclusively) micro/individual level factors instead. The production of macroeconomic productivity en mass is not all that miraculous a result, since the vast majority of individuals end up choosing moral/legal ways of being productive (just as a vast majority of people aren't serial killers, etc). But yes, macroeconomic productivity is the, well, product, and not so much the opening premise.
At any rate, the question was whether I would push the button, so the primary criteria for evaluating that question is benefit to me. Thus, if I'm of relatively shaky morality, then immoral/illegal means are on the table. Unfortunately.
** We can argue about how trading in securities is or isn't ethical. For the moment, my retirement accounts are probably invested in things I'd find distasteful, however, they must be so if I am to secure even a chance at a sufficient return that will fund my dotage. Am I acting unethically?
I prefer "labor" over "work" because the former stresses the nature of that which is actually being traded. Labor is not just some widget that one pulls off a store shelf (although, this is largely how the owner class see it). Labor, by definition, is a direct product of my physical body; ergo, purchasing my labor means necessarily purchasing my person and my freedom. That is what is being traded when I am paid a wage by a member of the owning class.
Thus, why the owning class should not be surprised when the workers band together to get the best deal possible. Those are the stakes, and, frankly, it would be inexplicable if we didn't.
18 $/hour is theoretical upper limit.
Machine with built-in clock could keep close to perfect timekeeping, but a human would probably struggle to keep it above 10-12 $/hour for any extended period of time.
Then the taxman would come (and we all have different taxmen)...
But for how long would you force yourself to do this debilitating task if rate was 1$/click? What about 10$/click? 100$/click?
It might just be what I've observed (disclaimer: data vs. anecdote, etc) but the problem may be, in the latter case, precisely that it's not her own living space. If she's left her own employment in order to make house, then it's very much the spouse's living space which she has permission to occupy so long as she pays rent with housework. It's precisely the same owner/wage slave capitalist dialectic, except dressed up in semi-religious garb (a la "marriage").
Thus, women who maintain their own careers and economic self-sufficiency are "feminist" corruptions. At least to the more "traditionally" minded, anyway.
This is just a test to see how my new flag will look on an RMB post.
Has anyone seen the show Mindhunter on Netflix? It's the first show I've 'binge' watched in a while, and I was honestly fascinated with it through both seasons. If not, are there any other good shows worth watching on Netflix that someone can recommend to me?
Yeah, not too many WA nations and also only ~25 % of WA nations voting on a matter that involves our constitution. It's ok not to be a WA nation, but still lots of puppets, sleeping nations etc.
My wife watched and enjoyed Mindhunter, and recommends Criminal Minds as a follow-on. Where Mindhunter follows the early days of the Behvioral Sciences Unit, Criminal Minds is a long running series set later in the unit's existence. It is different - Criminal Minds is entirely fictitious (it's a procedural drama), but she said it was an enjoyable follow up - especially its earlier seasons.
I use to watch How to Make A Murderer back when it first came out, but never watched past the first season. Iíll add it to my list! I havenít even heard the other names you suggested, so Iíll do a little research into them.
Also, thanks! I like the transparent background.
Iíve caught a few episodes here and there while just casually watching TV, but I never have watched in a coherent viewing of multiple episodes in a row. This will also be added to the list.
New issue draft!
(TL;DR: a new virtual game, AI Dungeon (not called that in the issue), is causing nationwide addiction problems)
Joining the WA is voluntary and many have perfectly good reasons for not doing so. Plus, due to the way game defaults are set, you can get so many crap telegrams a day that it pushes everything else down. I think there should be a notification for region polls that doesn't require you to get a telegram like how new RMB posts are alerted to you.
As many of you may have the noted, the amendment to Article 6 of the Forest Constitution has received a positive ballot from the people of Forest. With twenty two votes cast, all valid under our laws, the results were unanimous: 22 in favor, 0 opposed. As such, I have asked our Foreign Affairs Branch Ruinenlust to begin operating under the terms of this newly adopted section with immediate effect.
Specifically, be on the look-out for a several embassy votes in the coming days and weeks. We have two continuation embassies I would like to have voted upon, representing the formal re-establishment of embassy allies in new regions. This is one of the things we could not previously expedite, but which the new text allows us to do much more easily.
Additionally, expect a few votes may come up for the closure of embassies with regions that are no longer significantly active, and don't have an established successor. There is discussion of which embassies to include on our Forums - if you have thoughts on this subject, or want to know which embassies may be up for consideration, please hop over to the forum thread and make yourself heard.
Finally, interested in being an ambassador? With the formalization of ambassador positions in our laws, we will be looking for volunteers to serve as friendly liaisons with our embassy allies. We'll work on a formal definition of duties (which are not massive - largely just checking in regularly to keep up with news, say hello, and notify them of events we're holding or vice versa). Keep an eye out for a call for these slots!
Yeah, you get more compliance telegrams for being in the WA than recruiting and lobbying stuff. I resigned from the WA with this nation just a few months after I first created it as I didn't like it affecting my stats against my consent. I keep it going with another nation though so that I can endorse Ransium and vote in WA only regional polls.
We haven't yet solidified the "job description" officially, which is basically "duties as assigned," but the tasks one would expect are:
- Regularly visit your embassy region's page and keep current on any notable discussion in their RMB or forums
- Introduce yourself, and occasionally chime in to say hello, add a comment where it's appropriate, and respond to any inquiries about Forest
- Notify the region when Forest has an event that our allies are welcome to join, and notify Forest when the ally has an event we can join
- If something major goes down (positive, negative, or just especially interesting), pass along word to Forest's government so we are aware of what is going on.
Other minor tasks may come up, but generally speaking, it is a social role focused on maintaining pleasant relationships with our friends in other regions.
Don't listen to Verdant Haven, we mostly host extravagant parties and abuse diplomatic immunity while we have our underlings handle the tasks that he listed. ;-P
We really should get an embassy with Evergreen Conifer up and running. They are the legitimate successore to Conifer and have a stable government. I would be delighted to handle that ambassadorship using Forest Breeze as it appears that Seagull's ambassadorial puppet has CtEd.
I've spoken with Ruinenlust already about exactly this, and you can expect to see that poll come up in the next day or so. If Seagull is no longer available for the post, we may just take you up on that offer! If not, well... we'll have a number of other seats looking for worthy ambassadors in the very near future.