+Jerry Bowley Write out the opening scene in Innanna's Descent into the Underworld. When you're done read it over, then think about how you could make it more interesting.
"Tammuz got himself killed. Out shagging one of his bimbos last night, he then got plastered on cheap wine and went out staggering around the streets. Now sister dear had him, which meant his dutiful wife had to retrieve him. Innanna was tempted to let her sibling keep him, but daddy dear would raise a fuss. Enril was still having a snit about that flood last year, his fault. and the goddess of love and war was starting to wear out on the subject. So, it was off to rescue a blind fool. Having Gilgamesh reject her was bad enough. Now?'
"When a legendary mathematician found a mistake in his own work, he embarked on a computer-aided quest to eliminate human error. To succeed, he has to rewrite the century-old rules underlying all of mathematics."
"A world where workers will be empowered to dictate their own hours, their own wages, and most importantly, their own freedom to explore their passions. A massive shift that opens up the opportunity for numerous peer-to-peer services and networks."+Peter Yared
Technology is allowing many people to opt out of the traditional work structure to take on artisan-type jobs, such as brewing craft beer or teaching yoga -- jobs that they're passionate about and that have flexible hours.
I think of capitalism in terms of what you might over there call Mom & Pop businesses. I think of small / medium / large businesses working in a well regulated system where the small one has as much of a chance of thriving as the next.
Corporatism to me is the take over of global giants who squeeze everyone else out and pour money into the political system for their own gain.
There was a board game I had for a long time and played only twice. It was called "The Third Reich" and was about, naturally enough, the European theater during WWII. The game had many starting scenarios and included provision for economic activities such as lend-lease and aid to allies. The rules were such that straying too far from historical events was often a losing strategy, but some innovation was possible. It was very complicated. The reason I played it through only twice was that it took hours to set up, weeks to play, and other players were hard to find. It was most interesting when there were five players because each one could run a nation. I could never keep it above four for very long so usually one player would take Germany and Italy.
Anyway, Sim Central Banker! You could run BCCR, "Welcome to the Banco Central de Costa Rica. Our main goal is to control ..."
Imagine a US that fractured for political reasons. For example Texas declares independence, as has attempted in the past, but this time it sticks. What collection of states would band together by common interest and need? Would any state solicit Canada or Mexico? Does California join with Washington state or go alone?
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