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Dec 30, 2016 GhostDog commented on The Morning News: Seattle Corporation Wants to Put Warehouses in the Sky, Seattle Burglars Only Want Tech, Seattle Is About to Get Very Cold.

That's the thing with a lot of the arguments that economists are making.

They are saying that a lot of this automation job loss will eventually work itself out and that over time we will end up figuring out new stuff to do for jobs.

The problem is the "eventually" part. When self-driving cars become a thing then we'll have an extra two and a half million people we need to find jobs for or they will start starving in about a year or so and, of course, most people will blame them for not submitting lots of stuff on Github to get work as programmers. Which, btw, would mean that you would have to triple the current number of programmers(a bit over a million).

There are many stories like this. The manufacturing sector robots, stores that have no staff, ediscovery software that radically reduces how many lawyers we need(most lawyers don't do courtroom stuff like on the TV shows, most of them do research), pharmacy automation, etc.,etc. You get the idea.

Now, in the past this was easier to cope with because the changes rolled out more slowly. We had lots of time to deal with them. Unfortunately this time is different as we have all of the stuff that I listed above as well as many more before we even fully dealt with the changes that created the rust belt.

Maybe by the time the teenagers among us are grandparents all of this will be worked out. Too bad most of us will be dead by then.

Dec 29, 2016 GhostDog commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Dispatched To (And a Dispatch From) the So-Called "Friend Zone".

I'm not saying that one equals the other, that if you like video games then you are incapable of talking about anything else. I'm saying that the LW's statement that all of his friends have become so focused on video games that they don't want to spend time with him isn't as unlikely as some commenters seem to believe.

Another thing is that I've noticed that those gamers that do get hooked tend to do so in groups. You have a guy who starts playing WoW, then he starts a guild and gets his friends to join WoW and then they do things as a group.

TL;DR: The LW's statement that his friends don't hang out with him and play WoW isn't all that strange.
Dec 29, 2016 GhostDog commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Dispatched To (And a Dispatch From) the So-Called "Friend Zone".
Re; this guy's friends.

It's actually not that unusual that a lot of his friends are dropping out to play video games all the time.

155 million people in the US play video games regularly(most likely more since the research I have is from 2014) and of those around 56% of gamers are male. Him and his friends are right in the age bracket when most guys will get into video games in a serious way. Honestly, it's much more unusual that the LW is interested in the Peace Corps.

Also keep in mind that if they are super interested in video games then they most likely only want to talk with people who have the same interest. Switch out "video games" for "policy", "English literature", or "20th century art" and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Re; Kathy. If being around her is that hard, stop. She has the right to talk about sex all she wants and you have the right to not be around to hear about it. Go do the Peace Corps, stay safe, maybe go home the long way through Europe(I recommend the Scandinavian countries, in particular), get some experiences that will make for good stories under your belt.

Dec 28, 2016 GhostDog commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: New To America & Ready To Get Laid.

I would call out a particular number but wow, there are a lot of them.

First, in regards to your spectrum of what "public" is. I'd say that it doesn't matter. Let's break it down.

1. Obviously public places where nobody wants to socialize. Subways, cafes, etc. You are most likely going to get shot down and irritate the woman.
2. Hobbies. Technically you might be able to make that happen but it can lead to lots of messy drama, even if a relationship happens. I can't tell you how many times I've seen groups that gather around a hobby get torn apart due to relationships. The expression I've heard in regards to that is "don't shit where you eat". That also counts for meeting people at the workplace or any type of religious grouping(congregation, coven, whatever).

You might want to take a look at the link that @47 put up. That's a really, really good example of what I'm talking about.

I'm sorry that my use of the word staggering bothered you as much as it seems to. However, I do maintain that if you use anything other than OKCupid as your dating pool then you'll fare badly in your hobbies and overall be passionately disapproved of in any community you find yourself in. Though this might not be something that 100% of people across the US agree on all the time, the percentage is pretty high. And even if you carefully craft each individual message you send to each woman whose profile you read in detail you still will go through dozens and dozens of messages before you get a bite.

And in regards to being "top of the heap" in relation to the group that you are in, I'm surprised that drew the amount of flak it did. It's basically saying that you need to put in the work specific to the social group you are in in order to get what you are looking for whether it's to be respected,to get a date, or any other goal you might have.

For example, I would never go to a train club and expect to make any sort of good impression at all with anyone. I barely know that Lionel and American Flyer are different brands of trains, let alone what makes them different. I just don't have that background. Or if you aren't in really good shape then maybe trying to use a running club as your dating pool might not work. Or if you aren't good at RPGs then maybe a gaming club might not be your dating pool.

Anyhow, have fun explaining in painful detail over a number of comments how awful I am!
Dec 23, 2016 GhostDog commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: New To America & Ready To Get Laid.

Your exchange with Dan actually brings up another point.

An interesting paradox about dating as a straight man is that you are both right.

As a society we have collectively agreed that in most spaces it is inappropriate for a man to approach a woman in a flirty or, basically any, way.

Because vastly more men use apps than women, the rejection rate is staggering.

This can make dating very challenging for straight men.

My advice is to either go to a venue where you are the relative top of the dating pool or improve yourself so that this is no longer a problem no matter where you find yourself.
Dec 21, 2016 GhostDog commented on Fuck The Nutcracker: Why You Should Go See Every Ballet But This One.
Serious bit.

The analogy to the racism and Empire is noted.

Not so serious bit.

I remember when I worked as a stage hand and the ballet came to the theater that I worked at.

The crew were given one very clear rule. Don't hit on/flirt with/make out with/acknowledge in any way the dancers.

I thought this would be extremely easy as the dancers were very pretty and I, like most stage hands, was very scruffy and for the most part I was right. During the set up I left the dancers be and they left me be. At one point during the show I was watching the performance, arms folded and felt something behind me. Two of the dancers were straining to see what was going on. Being a full foot taller than them I offered to switch places with them so they could see. After that they seemed to become keenly interested in me. I didn't flirt back too too much because the rules were the rules and I didn't want to get myself or anyone else in trouble. Reputation and a paycheck are both very important.
Dec 16, 2016 GhostDog commented on Savage Love.

Re; DONE. I think that you are for the most part spot on. She's freaking out and has every right to.

Re; getting MORE involved.

I'd like to point out that it is entirely possible that some or all of her friends might not be able to get more involved. I know for me..I'm tired.

I marched at the RNC in NYC back in 2004, I was at Occupy Wall Street when things went to shit in 2011(remember that pic of the crying girl with the grey top? I met her the day it happened), and I volunteered for Hillary(and ended up getting bitten by a dog for my trouble) this year.

Sorry to rant off topic. This just kinda touched a nerve.
Dec 14, 2016 GhostDog commented on Bands I Pretended to Like for Boys. Part Three: Bob Dylan.
One of the advantages of liking strange genres like vaporwave is that no woman in her right mind would ever fake being into it.

Dec 13, 2016 GhostDog commented on Trump Names Walter White Head of the DEA on This Week's SNL.
Actually, this makes perfect sense in an awful kind of way. It's what the "Republicans" have been doing for years, Trump's just being way more blatant about it.

The first thing you have to understand is that these people aren't "Republicans" in the sense that Eisenhower or even Nixon were. They are anarcho-capitalists and their goal is to have as close to no government as possible.

Now, in order for them to get to their goal they have to massively erode trust in the government's ability to be effective. Once they undermine this authority they forward the idea of having private enterprise doing whatever it was the government was doing.

In the past this was done by an indirect sort of monkeywrenching(hobbling regulations, defunding the ability of agencies to do their job, etc) but with Trump he's being pretty direct about it. Appointing people who hate the agencies they are going to run is a surefire way to make sure those agencies are poorly run. Once the agencies crash and burn the "Republicans" can point to the wreckage and say how awful government is and maybe we should just hire Raytheon instead to do what the agency failed at.

And that is how they turn the USA into a sort of Randian anarcho-capitalist utopia.