Khaleesi did nothing wrong

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  1. Me and a couple of friends attempted to convince a guy we know who works for Herbalife that it was a scam and that he shouldn't dedicate so much time on it, but it really felt like talking to a religious cultist. I wonder what kind of things they tell these people at all those meetings and training sessions they go to. Because it sure seems to work.
  2. It is pretty apparent if you look at the Lorenz Curve for the United States. As can be seen the top 20% of American households appropriate aproximately 50% of the income, whereas for example the bottom 20% appropriate only 3-4%. So, pretty big income disparities.
  3. Possible, not probable. We have no experiences with either alien life or extremely technologically advanced civilizations, so we have no way of estimating any probabilities for how they would behave. You can make up all sorts of scenarios for why they could be either friendly or hostile. We are also far more technologically advanced right now than humans have ever been, yet I don't think we have progressed beyond either prejudice against others or resource based conflicts. I think many people would agree that the main reason we haven't had a world war three yet is because of the mutually assured destruction through nuclear weapons, more than any moral development on our part.
  4. So I started reading the books and I like them. The world building is more developed than in the series, and it fills in some blanks I had. However, I am bothered a bit by the dialogues. Too many characters come off like they don't take things seriously*, and speak in jargons that sound more like 20 year old college students hanging out with friends than military officers on duty, or whatever they are supposed to be. I think the TV show does a better job in that regard. *Which is especially jarring when you consider the things they go through.
  5. That depends a lot on how automation ends up affecting the labor market. Many thinkers are now fearing that we in the next decade or two may have to deal with unemployment levels not even seen during the Great Depression as a result of the digitalization and robotization of many jobs. Technological innovation is also a relevant factor for your second suggestion. There are a lot of resources being funneled into life extension and anti-aging research nowadays. It is not at all impossible that they will discover something highly potent there in the next few decades, in which case even the low birth rates of developed nations today may suddenly look unsustainably high.
  6. Ahh, right. I had forgotten about the time frames involved. Most Belters aren't recent arrivals, and maybe they didn't always have basic income back on Earth. Makes sense.
  7. Mmh. That reminds me though, why would people even move to the Belt? It appears that everyone gets free NEETbux on Earth, so why would people choose to do poorly paid manual labor out in the Asteroid fields? Are living standards for those jobless individuals on Earth even lower than they are for Belters?
  8. Hmm, I guess. But considering that they have had the tech to automate away most tasks on Earth, I don't really see why that wouldn't also work for the asteroid-cities. The spaceships and mining stations themselves I can sort of understand, but Ceres has like, what, a couple million people? Should it really be that much different than a city on Earth for most of its inhabitants? But nah, it's not that much of an issue in the grand scheme of things, you're right. Oh, I have no trouble at all in believing that the Belters could be economically oppressed, and have most of the surplus they produce be sucked away to bank accounts on Earth or Mars. I was more talking about that they seem to use pretty primitive and ineffective production technology compared to the rest of human civilization. You'd think their overlords in the inner rings would be interested in getting as much value out of them as possible, after all.
  9. Yeah well, I'm not claiming that it is pleasant. But at least it becomes bearable.
  10. After a rough adjustment period, you would probably be fine. That was how it was for me and all the other guys when I did military service. It's funny how adaptable the human brain is. That said, you definitely learn to appreciate the basic comforts of civilization afterwards.
  11. Oh, for sure. People have consciences after all, so the violence needs to be directed at some sort of "enemies", or justified in some other way. But the desire for it definitely seems to be there. I also agree that I don't think that has much to do with any particular religion.
  12. Just look at our popular culture. Books, movies, games, older stories and legends... a huge proportion of them contain significant amounts of violence, regardless of if they are aimed at children or adults, or if they are hundreds of years old or modern. If popular culture reflects what most people find interesting or entertaining, which I think is a reasonable assumption, then that paints a perhaps not entirely positive picture of the human mind.
  13. That situation could easily reverse itself in the future if some conditions change, though. For example, presumably one of the big reasons for the low birth rates in the developed world right now is that child rearing takes up too time when both parents have to work. Hence why developed countries with more generous maternity/paternity leave policies and access to kindergartens and so on, have higher birth rates than those that don't. In a future where the majority of people don't even have any jobs to go to, that might not be much of an issue anymore. What I found more unrealistic in the show was rather the very primitive conditions that the Belters seemed to work in. A lot of the stuff they do looks like the kinds of 20th century industrial jobs that are already being replaced by robots in our societies, nevermind how things will look like 250 (?) years from now. If automation has eliminated most jobs on Earth, which seems to be the case, I wonder why the same thing hasn't happened to the Belt? Anyway, I really liked the show, and it does feel a lot more realistic overall than most Science Fiction series. Are the books worth reading as well?
  14. Well, living standards for upper middle class Brits in the 1920's probably weren't very impressive by today's measures though, considering that GDP per capita in developed countries has increased several times over since then. Would you take a 20 hour work week for half the salary you are currently earning (assuming you work 40 hours)? I don't think many people would, even though that would still be a very good income for 1920's people. So yeah, our metrics for what is considered decent living standards have certainly risen a lot throughout the years, which is why people still work quite a lot so as to be able to afford the things they want. Although it should be said that working hours actually have been reduced throughout the 20th century. The extent varies from country from country, but in general we do have more vacation weeks and less hours worked in total now than we did before. In Sweden, Saturdays were 4 hour work days up until the 1960's for example, don't know if that was the case in the rest of the West as well.
  15. Hehe, there are so many good Alex Jones remixes out there. This one is pretty catchy: