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by Azurius
Fri May 11, 2018 6:01 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Scientist Chooses to End His Life
Replies: 234
Views: 3355

I'm kind of wondering where you get the idea that we're having an overpopulation problem right now, anyway. We might have one down the road if the population continues to grow, but the issues that we have right now are more about doing a crap job of managing our resources, not an overpopulation eme...
by Azurius
Tue May 01, 2018 9:57 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Finland to cancel its pilot UBI program.
Replies: 417
Views: 3370

A very crude explanation : you create inflation when, for example, the government creates money without an increase of the country's GDP : you have more money circulating in the country but the overral wealth of the country hasn't changed, meaning that the value of your currency goes down. Not nece...
by Azurius
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:23 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: On the Starbucks controversy and loitering laws
Replies: 383
Views: 3510

Gee jet another, while despicable, incident that was just way overblown... Yet another social media shitstorm. What so say? It´s practically impossible to deny that racism was involved. People frequently visit cafes etc. without ordering anything, it rarely happens that you are forced to leave unles...
by Azurius
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:20 am
 
Forum: Got Issues?
Topic: NationStates issue results
Replies: 135
Views: 4962

Finally someone bypassed the problem of unreliable contributions letting a program collect the data. Must have been a lot of work to set that up. Nice one Trotterdam! You have my gratitude.
by Azurius
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:12 am
 
Forum: Forum 7
Topic: NS Skyscraper: Full Version
Replies: 206
Views: 1705

Floor 50 contains an alpine landscape and a gate to Sovngarde.
by Azurius
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:32 pm
 
Forum: Technical
Topic: Beta 010: Agriculture-based industry & environment
Replies: 28
Views: 1271

Okay since this has gone a bit too silent for my taste, and to undermine my earlier point: Problem first of all is: I cannot copy and paste a nation in beta, do it yourself and you will notice that the website adress does not allow specific links of nations for NS Beta. So here is the link for NS Be...
by Azurius
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:02 pm
 
Forum: Technical
Topic: Suggestion: Better management of ties in World Census Ranks
Replies: 24
Views: 1184

Okay, then you should also create: Extended Civil Rights and Extended Political Freedom. I personaly object here because: 1: Civil rights and political freedom when maxed out, are "corrupted" literaly, to the core, already. Makes sense too, absolute freedom, aka no laws at all, allows for...
by Azurius
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:58 pm
 
Forum: WA Archives
Topic: [PASSED] Liberate Nazi Europa
Replies: 422
Views: 7425

And what is the term "Nazi" a shortened version of, Nazi? English is short for 'Anglo-Saxon', but English people stereotypically drink tea and watch Doctor Who while living in town homes and mansions, while Anglo-Saxons stereotypically run around with axes, herd sheep, and live in wooden ...
by Azurius
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:46 pm
 
Forum: WA Archives
Topic: [PASSED] Liberate Nazi Europa
Replies: 422
Views: 7425

Typical. It’s saying that they did not kill just plain Germans (with a few exceptions). The communists did. Pretty sure the jews were Germans, dude. Exactly, german jews basically. You will find that most of them even had german or at least "germanized" first and last names, this goes bac...
by Azurius
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:26 pm
 
Forum: WA Archives
Topic: [PASSED] Liberate Nazi Europa
Replies: 422
Views: 7425

Then you’re not a very good Nazi, because National Socialim advocates genocide as the central tenant. I don't think this is accurate--it's not 'the central tenet'. I think they advocated genocide because it was convenient to scapegoat minority groups to create an 'other' to oppose and unite 'agains...
by Azurius
Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:45 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Billionaires took enough money in '17 to end extreme poverty
Replies: 851
Views: 12788

Middle class in most countries certainly ain't poor either; it's a fucking good fall-back point, in fact, for children who take risks. Poor people and lower middle class don't have the choice to take that kinda risk. And besides that, why the fuck should people be forced to be defining their lives ...
by Azurius
Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:09 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: The Incoming Rise of China
Replies: 159
Views: 2778

The US is objectively the nicest superpower that has ever dominated the world, and I'd rather not have Russia or China taking that role. It does seem however inevitable that China (should they solve their debt problems) will dominate the world in two or three decades unless we merely slow that proc...
by Azurius
Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:55 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: The Incoming Rise of China
Replies: 159
Views: 2778

Yeah, because China is the country with the history of invading other countries, and installing sympathetic dictators. No wait, that's not right... :lol: You mean like what they did with North Korea? Or when they invaded Tibet? Or when they ran the Nationalists off their mainland and to the island ...
by Azurius
Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:04 pm
 
Forum: Technical
Topic: Suggestion: Better management of ties in World Census Ranks
Replies: 24
Views: 1184

Authoritarianism still has a large tie at the top (170+ nations). I doubt any scaling or precision changes to economy would help, because most of the nations at 100 are solidly at that value. Maybe the best way to do it would be to continue to track economic improvements past 100. Kinda like tax ra...
by Azurius
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:35 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Is universal basic income a good idea?
Replies: 206
Views: 3832

Is that why you hold the position you do? Yes; there are 320 Million Americans, and supplying them $1,000 a month would come out to $3,840,000,000,000 a year. Now add in things like demand pull inflation. Which would be 3,84 trillion out of a GDP of 18,57 trillion which would be about... 20% of Ame...
by Azurius
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:24 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Is universal basic income a good idea?
Replies: 206
Views: 3832

That presumes that current and potential production is insufficient to meet increased demand to the tune of $1,000/month from the lowest 80% of the population. That's laughable. Fire and foremost, it's not the "80%" of the bottom; universal means universal or it's not a true UBI. Burden o...
by Azurius
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:15 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Is universal basic income a good idea?
Replies: 206
Views: 3832

1: Not true, I did the math multiple times for Germany. And America per capita is in fact richer then Germany. Even if you literally gave EVERY single of the 82,1 million people an UBI 1.500€ per month you´d end up spending 3-4% of our total GDP, which isn´t that much. Especially considering that t...
by Azurius
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:33 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Is universal basic income a good idea?
Replies: 206
Views: 3832

Some possibilities: . Higher taxes (could tax things like financial transactions, land value, capital, carbon emissions or even robots) . Cutting existing welfare programs . Cutting other areas of spending i.e. defence budgets All of these have their own advantages and disadvantages 1. Yes, tobin t...
by Azurius
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:25 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Is universal basic income a good idea?
Replies: 206
Views: 3832

No: 1. It puts essentially all economic ( and in turn ) political power into the hands of a few super elite. The only ones paying taxes are the ones who own the means of production ( a means of production now not reliant upon actual human laborers ). The UBI would funded by these people, and indeed...
by Azurius
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:16 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Is universal basic income a good idea?
Replies: 206
Views: 3832

More like "unless you act like a subservient little worker, kissing employers' asses no matter how much they mistreat you." Nordic countries have easier access to welfare without as much use. It's almost as if a saner workplace with capitalism's worst excesses reined in is one where peopl...
by Azurius
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:55 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Is universal basic income a good idea?
Replies: 206
Views: 3832

Nah. UBI fails to be an ideal policy due to three important things: 1. Extremely high cost (around 20-25% of American GDP for a minimum wage one and 40-50% for a living wage one); 2. Fails to address regional cost variation -- goods sold in the Midwest are far more cheaper than in S.F. or NYC for i...
by Azurius
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:54 pm
 
Forum: Technical
Topic: Beta 010: Agriculture-based industry & environment
Replies: 28
Views: 1271

Okay I have another question: With enough environment my current agriculture industry lies around 21-22k for example. Does my raw output of 22k still stay the same or do I receive a drop? Because from what I saw nations with high environments often receive drops in their industries. Why? It shouldn´...
by Azurius
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:48 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: FCC to repeal Net Neutrality Bill
Replies: 3179
Views: 49798

This is not how it works. The average guy will still pay about the same, but they will have a much stricter or slower internet to access. It may not be obvious (e.g: Throttling competitors) but it will not be like the internet we have right now. Meanwhile, rich people will pay much, much more to ac...
by Azurius
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:24 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Why isn't Socialism/Communism as frowned upon as Fascism?
Replies: 1691
Views: 22842

Kay a few more and then i´m out anyway...: Well Nazi Germany tried to take over the world and murder everyone Hitler had designated as inferior. Slightly worse than trying to spread a different economic system. Communism being just about a "different economic system" is a statement detache...
by Azurius
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:12 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Why isn't Socialism/Communism as frowned upon as Fascism?
Replies: 1691
Views: 22842

For tha sake of correctness, the thread will compare countries, regimes and movements which represented these ideologies. The argument that there was "no real" Socialist/Communist country might stand but they all aimed for it, and worked towards it. As for Fascism, the general broad view ...
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