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achates-the-brave asked: But... Digital copies also cost $3.99... How can they justify raising the price on digital copies when they have no paper to print on?

They can’t, really. The reason they do it is to try to keep comic book stores happy, since there’s a fear that digital will make comic stores completely obsolete and lose business.

In reality, for me, happy as I am at the increase in digital, I prefer having an actual comic in my hands.

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adrianianam asked: The problem is, automation is quickly poised to take over the majority of service jobs as well, leaving only skilled service jobs left. The service sector won't have enough openings to support the population as a whole.

I don’t think we have automated waiters/waitresses, cleaners, gardeners, accountants, cooks, writers, plumbers, architects, reviewers, entertainers, programmers, teachers, and etc.

Hell, even large-scale construction is still outside the realm of robots and automation. And there’s still something to be said for hand-made craftsmen, anyway. Even today we get products that boast hand-painted as a selling-point as well as people preferring a human touch to the creation of an object rather than mass-produced.

I’m not saying it’s going to be easy nor am I saying it’s going to end well for everyone. I’m saying it’s going to CHANGE.

therobotmonster:

tank-grrl:

hello-missmayhem:

cptprocrastination:

doomhamster:

belcanta:

nikkidubs:

attentiondeficitaptitude:

belcanta:

Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole. 

Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.
The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.
But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.

"BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!""But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”
"But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”

I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!

The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)
And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!
Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.
And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.
Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.
And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.
The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?
TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.

reblogging for more top commentary

They tried something like this out in Canada as a sort of social experiment, called Mincome. What they found was that, on the whole, people continued to work about as much as they did before. Only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less hours. 
But wait, there’s more. Because parents were spending just a little more time at home and involved with their families, test scores increased. Because teens didn’t have to work to support their families, drop-out rates decreased. Crime rates, hospital visits, psychiatric hospitalizations and domestic abuse rates all dropped, as well. More adults pursued higher education. Those who continued to work reported more job flexibility and more opportunity to choose employment they preferred.
Basically, now you can go prove to your asshole family members that society won’t collapse without poor people for you to feel better than.

The picture is awesome, but read the commentary, that’s what I’m reblogging for.

Assuming society doesn’t collapse in the next 15 years, this is going to become a necessity, due to a number of technologies:
3d Printing - This is getting more and more flexible, inexpensive and impressive. 3d Printing has the potential to completely alter how manufacturing, and thus retail, works. While we’re centuries off from a full on Star Trek style replicator, all manner of minor utility items and luxury goods are already printable. This will heavily alter not just the manufacturing landscape, but the retail landscape as well.
Automation. Those things that are still cheaper to mass produce rather than print will continue to be increasingly produced by robots. This will further erode manufacturing’s position as a major employer. This will also start affecting retail environments and even food service. 
Power. So the retail jobs, food service jobs and manufacturing jobs are all obsolete. At least there’s still value in electricity to run all that, right? Well, while computers compound her computing power solar energy divides its cost per kilowatt-hour. It doesn’t have to be efficient if its cheap enough, and there’s no sign of this trend stopping.
So in the next few decades we can see a potential landscape wherein entire sectors of employment vanish to automation and the power needed to run that automation becomes essentially free. Suddenly we hit a conundrum: can we continue to value people based on their labor when there literally isn’t enough labor to go around? 
This is basically the Star Trek: TNG conundrum. If power can be turned into stuff, and there’s no shortage of power, then stuff has no value. This is the “post-scarcity” economy, which our current economic principles cannot handle. We won’t hit post-scarcity in the next few decades, but we’ll start getting close enough that the cracks in the system will start to show.
Once you hit that point, or even approach it, you have a choice: either people have to be valued as people and given a certain level of comfort and security so that they can pursue their interests and abilities (STTNG), or you have labor-as-value in a world with a vastly decreased need for labor resulting in a massive poverty-class and a small wealthy over-class (Hunger Games). There is a third option, but is a weird sort of ‘make work’ situation, where people are made to do meaningless tasks to ‘earn’ their living despite the tasks being essentially theater to make sure no one gets ‘a free ride’. 
Imagine a hunter-gatherer society where a small fraction of the hunters can feed the whole tribe, but the ones who don’t have to hunt go on pretend-hunts that net no game and do nothing but occupy their time in order to get their share. 
Even if you accept Capitalism as the best answer in a zero-sum economic game it becomes a moral and ethical sinkhole when the economy is no longer zero-sum. At that point the existence of poverty isn’t about an uneven distribution of limited resources. It is about the denial of distribution of nigh-unlimited resources. 

Oooooor, just throwing this out there, manufacturing jobs shift more and more towards the service sector, which they’ve been doing for a while anyway. Manufacturing is not the only type of job out there. Not to dispute the other stuff you’re saying, I’m just saying we need not fear for TNG’s rather bizarre economy or the Hunger Games - just that the employment landscape will continue to change as it has been for a while and we will adapt.

therobotmonster:

tank-grrl:

hello-missmayhem:

cptprocrastination:

doomhamster:

belcanta:

nikkidubs:

attentiondeficitaptitude:

belcanta:

Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole. 

Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.

The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.

But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.

"BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!"

"But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”

"But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”

I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!

The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)

And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!

Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.

And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.

Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.

And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.

The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?

TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.

reblogging for more top commentary

They tried something like this out in Canada as a sort of social experiment, called Mincome. What they found was that, on the whole, people continued to work about as much as they did before. Only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less hours. 

But wait, there’s more. Because parents were spending just a little more time at home and involved with their families, test scores increased. Because teens didn’t have to work to support their families, drop-out rates decreased. Crime rates, hospital visits, psychiatric hospitalizations and domestic abuse rates all dropped, as well. More adults pursued higher education. Those who continued to work reported more job flexibility and more opportunity to choose employment they preferred.

Basically, now you can go prove to your asshole family members that society won’t collapse without poor people for you to feel better than.

The picture is awesome, but read the commentary, that’s what I’m reblogging for.

Assuming society doesn’t collapse in the next 15 years, this is going to become a necessity, due to a number of technologies:

  • 3d Printing - This is getting more and more flexible, inexpensive and impressive. 3d Printing has the potential to completely alter how manufacturing, and thus retail, works. While we’re centuries off from a full on Star Trek style replicator, all manner of minor utility items and luxury goods are already printable. This will heavily alter not just the manufacturing landscape, but the retail landscape as well.
  • Automation. Those things that are still cheaper to mass produce rather than print will continue to be increasingly produced by robots. This will further erode manufacturing’s position as a major employer. This will also start affecting retail environments and even food service. 
  • Power. So the retail jobs, food service jobs and manufacturing jobs are all obsolete. At least there’s still value in electricity to run all that, right? Well, while computers compound her computing power solar energy divides its cost per kilowatt-hour. It doesn’t have to be efficient if its cheap enough, and there’s no sign of this trend stopping.

So in the next few decades we can see a potential landscape wherein entire sectors of employment vanish to automation and the power needed to run that automation becomes essentially free. Suddenly we hit a conundrum: can we continue to value people based on their labor when there literally isn’t enough labor to go around? 

This is basically the Star Trek: TNG conundrum. If power can be turned into stuff, and there’s no shortage of power, then stuff has no value. This is the “post-scarcity” economy, which our current economic principles cannot handle. We won’t hit post-scarcity in the next few decades, but we’ll start getting close enough that the cracks in the system will start to show.

Once you hit that point, or even approach it, you have a choice: either people have to be valued as people and given a certain level of comfort and security so that they can pursue their interests and abilities (STTNG), or you have labor-as-value in a world with a vastly decreased need for labor resulting in a massive poverty-class and a small wealthy over-class (Hunger Games). There is a third option, but is a weird sort of ‘make work’ situation, where people are made to do meaningless tasks to ‘earn’ their living despite the tasks being essentially theater to make sure no one gets ‘a free ride’. 

Imagine a hunter-gatherer society where a small fraction of the hunters can feed the whole tribe, but the ones who don’t have to hunt go on pretend-hunts that net no game and do nothing but occupy their time in order to get their share. 

Even if you accept Capitalism as the best answer in a zero-sum economic game it becomes a moral and ethical sinkhole when the economy is no longer zero-sum. At that point the existence of poverty isn’t about an uneven distribution of limited resources. It is about the denial of distribution of nigh-unlimited resources. 

Oooooor, just throwing this out there, manufacturing jobs shift more and more towards the service sector, which they’ve been doing for a while anyway. Manufacturing is not the only type of job out there. Not to dispute the other stuff you’re saying, I’m just saying we need not fear for TNG’s rather bizarre economy or the Hunger Games - just that the employment landscape will continue to change as it has been for a while and we will adapt.

monstrosities1138:

FamiKamen Rider RIDES AGAIN! [FKR Completion Project]

FamiKamen Rider returns in a project headed by Kaylyn Saucedo (MarzGurl of ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com) and I’m excited to announce my involvement in it. However, it still needs your help—-and not necessarily through financial means.

More information can be found here: http://fkrcompletion.wordpress.com 

For MarzGurl and JoshKnightTheFirst’s announcement video, check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWxJhH0SxsU.

The film’s Amazon wishlist for costumes and props can be found here: http://amzn.com/w/3BWAXIJP13GFB

If you choose to send a monetary donation, you can do so through PayPal - marzgurl@marzgurlproductions.com

Here is Marzgurl’s mailing address if you would like to send items to help complete the project:
Kaylyn Dicksion
PO Box 5516
San Antonio, TX 78201

MONSTROSITIES is a video blog dedicated to the weird and wild world of Japanese sci-fi and fantasy special effect films and television shows.

(via marzgurl)

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clothinthesand asked: In an earlier HOPR, you mentioned that you watch the following season before reviewing the current season. Was that stopped in lieu of time?

Pretty much.

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luck-ethan-charms asked: So i recently rewatched your Secret Defenders review and in it you said you'd get into Thunderstrike's deal in another video but i don't think you ever did. (and this is coming from someone who marathoned every single episode last year though i still could be wrong, i just wanted to brag about that) anyway what did you want to say about him?

I always figured I’d redo the text review of Thunderstrike #1. Never did.  XD

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tardisman14 asked: In your video, I recall hearing that there were still two seasons of Power Rangers that you still had not seem yet. Were you referring to Jungle Fury and RPM or Samurai and Megaforce?

Jungle Fury and RPM. I’ve seen all of Samurai (except for Clash of the Red Rangers) and everything that’s out for MegaForce.

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szaeth asked: Any thoughts you'd be willing to share on the work of artist like Carmin Di Giandomenico (All-New X-Factor), Ryan Stegman(Inhuman #4/Wolverine 2014) and Humberto Ramos (Alpha: Big Time/Amazing Spider-man 2014)?

Unfortunately, I’m only familiar with Humberto ramos’ work and I am not a fan. I think his artwork would work much better in general cartoons or animated series with a distinctive artistic style, but for sequential art? Blegh. But that’s just my own personal preferences speaking.

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selfishmisery asked: Linkara, did you hear the rumor announcing Warner Brother's "No Jokes" policy behind their live-action DC films?

I have. If it’s true, it’s eye-roll-worthy in how completely out of touch they are if they think a lack of humor will make people want to go see the film.

It is, yet again, an example of the awkward adolescent jumping up and down and screaming how they’re so mature and adult and to take them seriously when all they’re doing is acting childish.