I think you're being deliberately obtuse. The implants or pills would be temporary, and could be removed if children were desired for sure. Otherwise few people would submit to such a thig voluntarily. We already have chemical castration. This would be like the pill for men.
"What part of "solid ball of flesh" don't you get?"
Obviously the solution to halting population expansion must eventually be implemented. But the train has left the station. It will either be technology that solves this problem or unimaginable horror. The Holocaust would be a minor blip of awfulness in comparison to what is coming if we don't solve our way out of this problem.
I'd suggest a technology solution like an implant that makes males sterile until it's removed would be quite effective. Or a more voluntary male "pill" would help tremendously. Female contraceptives have helped a lot, but that's still asking the fox to watch the henhouse. Girls love babies. Even when it's impractical in the extreme, women will want babies. However, men could control this situation more effectively if you could divorce the desire for sex from reproduction.
Imagine clinics across Africa that inject these implants into males in return for compensation. Imagine the Philippines or India with this.
Tech IS the only humane solution. To deny this is to admit to the most extreme sort of schadenfreude.
"Crowding is not an aesthetic problem.
And it's not a problem that can be solved with technology. Except maybe in a terminator/swarms of drone kind of way."
Sure it is! You're telling me that single story barrios can house more people than high rise apartments? Technology also has allowed people to live outside of cities and still perform a function needful to society at large. Technology development is in lockstep with population expansion. Whether we continue to expand or have a population crash is entirely up to technology! Can we invent fast enough to stave off the horrors of crowding and starvation? Can we work effectively enough in politics to avoid crippling wars and/or anarchy? Can we invent and organize our way out of this mess?
The world is like a juggler who keeps adding more balls. We're up to nearly 7 billion now. How far can we go before we drop them?
Or you can look at it this way: expanding population puts increasing pressure on humanity to solve problems, leading to exponential expansion of technology. And this is exactly what we have seen. Therefore the argument can be soundly made that quick technology growth requires large populations. The very crowding that is such an aesthetic anathema is necessary to fuel the betterment of the species.
Anyway, if the Mexicans had building codes the picture would look like high rise apartments and fashionable condos rather than a squallid barrio. What more can you expect from a failed state?
@Rin have you seen the 1971 film "Carnal Knowledge?" Aside from having Jack Nicholson in it, it's a poignant review of what happens to both The Romantic who places all his hopes on a woman who is supposed to complete him and The Sensualist (Jack) who is a womanizer of the first order who sees the act of love as merely an act to be enjoyed and discarded.
Sorry, Dan. Owning people and forcing them to work for you under horrendous conditions is NOTHING LIKE simply denying religious affirmation to their homosexual perversions. Because that's what gay marriage is really about. It's not enough to have equal rights to form partnerships between two people. It's not enough to have laws forbidding workplace discrimination and ensuring equal treatment. What the gays really want is for the government and the church to declare their unions virtuous and holy. Otherwise they'd be pushing for civil unions to be recognized more widely. Instead, they want to force Christian cake artists to draw two dudes and a dildo on a wedding cake.
Clearly Italy has decided to commit suicide as a nation.
I talked with an acquaintance yesterday whose mother is from Italy. Her dead husband's pension is what she's been living off for years. Now Italy says they won't pay it anymore because they are out of money.
Why? Too many refugees on automatic welfare. Why do you think they take such risks to get there? Now there are almost more Africans in Italy than Italians.
Cancer always was a failure of the immune system to recognize and destroy a harmful growing thing in our bodies. It only makes sense to use the immune system to combat it. I remember learning about monoclonal antibodies and their projected use in fighting cancer way back in 1998 when I was taking Biochem. Of course, this avenue wasn't a "pill" so it wasn't explored for years and years. The last five to seven years have seen a lot of this sort of therapy used successfully however.
In the end, the real problem for the pharmaceuticals was how to monetize the cure, deliver it in a way that could make them a lot of money.
Sad but true.
I pay $50 a month for fast cable 50mps internet. $9 for Netflix.
Then the cell bills. Why pay for crappy TV?
Just more REALTOR LIES!!!!!
Kids are going to do naughty things. It's absolutely inevitable that they will push boundaries and try to assert their own power. How a parent responds to this is the difference between good and bad parenting. It all starts with self security on the parent's part. Will I lose it and take the child's defiance as a slight on my own power? Or will I recognize the child's ploy for what it is, and take the appropriate steps to give them what they would otherwise get from an indifferent world?
In this case, the child would get no allowance for the week, just as if they'd ripped up their paycheck. Too often parents get caught between their love for the kid and their desire to make them behave a certain way. You've got to accept the hard consequences even if you don't like enforcing them. That means:
1) one warning, then time out.
2) respect time out or get a swat.
3) if you threaten a consequence, make it one you are fine with enforcing, because you will have to actually do it at least a few times!
4) positive reinforcement for good deeds. Encourage the behavior you want, and you'll get more of it! ("That was nice asking!" "Those were kind words." "It makes me happy to see you playing nicely with your sister!")
Control yourself first.
No, the greatest incentive to man is immortality. Everyone pursues this in some way, even if only through their descendants. Others want to make their mark on the world in an attempt to leave something that endures. To do this in a meaningful way requires some essence of power!
There are two types of power:
1) personal power - This is what you have the power to accomplish without the aid of others. It encompasses strength of body and mind and character, but you don't get any help. Think of Tom Hanks with his buddy Wilson.
2)granted power - This is power that is given to you by others. It could be granted by friendship, love, money, or titles or government, but it's the ability to get others to do stuff for you.
Of the two, granted power is the most powerful, enabling one to use the services of others to further his own immortality project. This is why we say that money talks, because especially under our government system, money is an almost direct stand-in for granted power.
So yah, money is a great motivator, but it's very indirect to what truly motivates people. How else can you explain a young man's willingness to fight and die on a battlefield for wages most others would scoff at? He's undertaking a hero's journey, buying immortality through heroic acts, and not using money at all.
I've never run a business. I've never been wealthy. I've spent most of my working life paying off debts and trying to establish a home for my family. I've done better at that than most people expected, but I'm still a long ways from being rich or even well enough off to start a business. I was born into poverty, not family money.
My father has started a business though, in his later years, and has a few employees. He's not rich either but he treats his employees as well as he can afford to. He's had to fire people for malfeasance, had to find new talent, and honestly made a lot of mistakes in hiring. Bad employees have hurt his business before he wised up and made better hiring choices.
I'm sorry your one business didn't work out. Sounds more like a personality problem with your employee, or perhaps you played your cards a bit too close to the vest. Good employees will try their asses off for a good employer who is struggling. I know this because that's been my story in the past. Our boss came to meet with U.S. and told us the grim news in 2008. The company was struggling due to the downturn. We worked harder, took voluntary furlough days, worked with a smaller crew, and things turned around. I pursued strategies that have saved my company tens of millions, and things got better, we went from laying off to hiring more people than ever.
It's great that you know how a small business is run, but small business owners have very very little in common with large corporations. You're the boss of it all in your business, but I've scarcely ever even met my boss. Instead I have middle managers to deal with who have questionable skills. So much so that longtime employees have left for greener pastures. People generally do whatever is in their best interests, and managers are no exception. Employees often have no recourse except to quit, and a bad manager can run off your best talent.
Good people make you money. Bad managers lose you money.
Employees must retain the right to collectively bargain for wages and benefits, and the government must secure them this right. When this fails, and employees are isolated, they can fall to predatory management practices and wind up getting paid less than they pay to be able to work. Since wages in excess of the cost of living are what drives the economy, this is bad for the economy and bad for America. That's why I care, not because I can't game the current system into providing me a living, but because this same system is destructive to my Homeland.
It might be time to abolish banks!
So she's charged with giving beer to Underaged people. Who hasn't done that?
Got a job yet, Cap'n? I hear Walmart is hiring.
Nuke a gay whale for Allah!
The point is this simply: if we demand that people with lots of hard-won education work for peanuts, they will go elsewhere and do other things. Then we will have no one to fill such jobs, and even the students will become wise to the situation and forego higher learning. Is that a positive direction for the nation? History says a very emphatic "NO." So as a patriot I must object to such destructive practices, even if wealthy capitalists are promoting them.
My own career exemplifies this. I have a BS in Chemistry but forewent that field because it was low paid and failing. I now work as a highly paid technician on cranes. I met a guy with my same degree a few years ago, a recent college grad. He was struggling to make ends meet, going from biotech job to biotech job. He's now trying to get a music career off the ground.
So we really don't care that our brightest minds are being wasted? Really? Is filthy lucre and the fast buck the only true religion of America?
Lately, it sure seems that way...
Yah Dan is right about this. One of the times I'm forced to admit such a thing. The GOP has shown over and over that they don't give a shit about working Americans. The only good policy choice I've EVER seen from them was the Bush tax cuts, which they then totally undercut by starting two wars and Expanding Medicare by a hundred billion.
Imagine that: pay workers a reasonable wage, treat them fairly, and you get workers who gain experience to do their jobs well and efficiently, and stay to make you money. Amazeballz!
Mell, I'm sorry man, but you have no idea what you're talking about. The pay doesn't change whether the class is a humanities or engineering or biology. She's taught biochemistry and been paid the same crappy wages. It's not a meritocracy, it's a gimmick to keep teachers from making a decent living. Those who speak up are blackballed, and suddenly they don't have any classes scheduled for the next semester.
There's a union but it doesn't seem to do anything. What they need is a real union who will organize big messy strikes for real wages for these most hight educated workers.
Know where the money goes? Athletic programs, perks for management, hiring bonuses for executives, and a multitude of "liberal" think tanks that accomplish nothing but aggravation and reinforcement of political correctness.
Oh and a department secretary is a secretary who takes care of paperwork and misc tasks for a department in a university. Just a regular plain old secretary in other words.
The supercapitalists already did away with millions of high paying jobs by outsourcing everything from data jobs to programming to manufacturing. The jobs that are "created" are lower skill jobs that Americans don't feel should be paid Well enough to let a worker subsist. So Americans have to support these low wage workers with tax money.
Nothing is free!
We are living in the 1890s, thanks to massive wealth gap and horrendous crony capitalism in government.
But you know what those conditions spawned? Trade unions! They're coming back, baby! You can't fight history!