@machado i mean, a town should exist as long as people want to live there, because forced relocation would be bad.

From a free-market perspective, the government shouldn't spend any money keeping small towns on life-support.

From a democratic socialist perspective, maybe it's worth picking an economically sub-optimal policy to preserve a way of life that people enjoy.

Ironically, those small towns in the USA mostly vote for the party with the free-market policies that are killing them.

@Elmkast Speaking as an econ major, I’m sad to report that imho the best reason to learn economics is to learn how its assumptions and ideal scenarios don’t match up with observed reality.

Also, In climate where we’re told to leave the running of things to the experts, there’s also a certain brutal clarity of vision in asking things like “my parent’s generation had houses at my age, why don’t we have houses?”. Naive, concrete questions can cut through layers of complex ideological obfuscation.

@Elmkast That kind of self-image seems to work through social proof. So you see yourself based on how people treat you. But your interpretation of how people treat you is calibrated based on childhood experience.

@anarchiv

image description: A pentagram, with the points labelled Sad, Angry, Horny, Angry, and Stressed. Lines connect the points, forming the mood portmanteaus Strungry (stressed and hungry), Strorny (stressed and horny), Horngry (horny and angry), Sangry (sad and angry), Sungry (hungry and sad), Strad (stressed and sad), Strangry (stressed and angry), Sorny (sad and horny), Hurngry (hungry and horny), Hangry (hungry and angry), Strurngry (stressed, hungry, and horny), Strorngry (stressed, horny, and angry), Horngrad (sad, horny, and angry), Hungerad (hungry, sad, and angry), and Strungrad (stressed, hungry, and sad).

*explaining to a civil engineer how cowboy stuff works*
and that serves as a high traffic thoroughfare leading to a public cow plaza

Would anybody here like to practice improv?

I've recently learned about discord and realized that the group voice chat is the perfect place to do some improv comedy online. I was really surprised it's not a thing yet, so I've made a server:

discord.gg/XHwFXQs

Come join us! You don't have to be good at this, English doesn't need to be your first language, socially awkward people are welcome! (I am one)

If you'd like to chat and make up some funny scenes - come have fun with us!

Just hear the great term "Narrative Basin of Attraction"

I.E. sex and violence are both narrative basins of attraction

People think they have 20/20 hindsight. Actually most hindsight conclusions are just another theory that hasn't been tested against reality yet.

the United States makes three things well: software, entertainment, and weapons.

The new Opportunity Zone tax laws allow for a lot of tax-minimization for the rich investor.
7goldfish.com/Leering_Opportun

"It might be a consequence of the hookup culture, of . . . economic pressures, of surging anxiety rates, of psychological frailty, of . . .antidepressant use, of . . . television, of . . . estrogens leaked by plastics, dropping testosterone levels, of digital porn, of . . . vibrator’s . . . of dating apps, of option paralysis, of helicopter parents . . . of smartphones . . . Name a modern blight, and someone . . . is ready to blame it for messing with the modern libido."

theatlantic.com/amp/article/57

Hot take: pretentiousness has an up-or-out trajectory. In young adulthood you either learn to stop taking yourself so seriously or become committed to being an unbearable ass.

The Wall Street Journal has become "Rich Kids of Instagram" for old people.

On information superhighway you compare vendors, with big data vendors compare YOU!

in days of information super highway you had pictures of clouds on your desktop, with big data cloud has pictures of your desktop on it!

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