Lorelle: topcon:Get real.I can relate to what that tribe's going through, because I'm 1/4 San Carlos Apache.
Quantum Apostrophe: Mentalpatient87: Quantum Apostrophe: Um, we'll be mining asteroids (with 3D printers, no less!) within montns, nay, hours. What's the obsession with digging in this rock?/Oh yeah, realityAre we testing the waters to see if it's safe to threadshiat the Geek tab again? You're so predictable.Not a lot of faith in your fantasies, eh? Face it, in ten years we'll all still be here, using mass manufactured items right here on this planet. We'll be spinning metal in turbines and burning chemicals to fly, not using warp drives. We'll grow our food in the ground with fertilizers, not 3D printing food. We'll mine gold from mines with shovels and poor people, just like now. Space will still be an empty hostile vacuum with nothing in it.Every single story about mining, fracking and science just confirms that there is no other way to do things. There is no glorious future of space mining and 3D printed plenty.But you'll keep hoping and wishing. I'm not the only predictable one here.Ten years will go by in a flash. You'll lose some hair, gain some weight, get some wrinkles, buy a house, start a family, and not a single one of your fantasies will come even remotely true.Yet you'll go to the hospital and use the latest technologies and drugs to live as long as possible.
Lorelle: topcon: Yeah, great. Yet you've been living in and enjoying the benefits of having lived in the United States your entire life.But then you like to talk about how horrible it is.WTF?!? Where did I mention anything about "how horrible it is?"Dude, please share with the rest of us whatever it is you're smoking.Now that I think about it, occasionally I have "enjoyed" the "benefits" of being discriminated against for not being white.
topcon: Yeah, great. Yet you've been living in and enjoying the benefits of having lived in the United States your entire life.But then you like to talk about how horrible it is.
topcon: Look at what the Chinese are doing in Africa. They're the new slavemasters. They'll do the same thing wherever they're allowed to go.
Mentalpatient87: Quantum Apostrophe: Um, we'll be mining asteroids (with 3D printers, no less!) within montns, nay, hours. What's the obsession with digging in this rock?/Oh yeah, realityAre we testing the waters to see if it's safe to threadshiat the Geek tab again? You're so predictable.
ecmoRandomNumbers: This crap has been happening all over South America for too many years. The last time I flew through Lima, I literally thought we were going to have a stopover in Tokyo. I asked the azafata at the Aerolineas Argentinas desk, "This IS the flight to Buenos Aires, correct? Really?" Get on any flight to Peru and half the people on the plane will be speaking Japanese. They own the country. Holy shiat, they even elected a guy named Fujimori, ruled for like a DECADE when I was in South America. He was like Margaret Thatcher.Almost everybody I knew in Chile in the 90s is now part of the Chilean Indigenous Movement. They want to restore lands to the displaced, especially the Mapuches in Southern Chile. It kinda started when the music group Illapu was allowed back into the country after being exiled by Pinochet. Really interesting history. I don't think there's a book. Maybe I can find a publisher. Anyways... The Indigenous Movement really took off in the 90s, and Chileans became very European about recycling, dams, and how they WRECK ecosystems, etc. It's all very annoying for a person trying to get a job. But holy crap... MY friends are the leading generation of a movement of fairness. It's all very inspiring.One of my best friends grew up in a really bad part of Santiago in the 80s. Just imagine the lifestyle. But as teenagers, I loved him because he was like a New-Yorker. He was polite, but sharp. We were in a cab once in Osorno, Chile, and he tells the cab driver, "Look, I'm going to talk to you like a Santiaguino. I know this craphole and I don't want to 'see the sights,' so let's just skip this shiat and get us to where I told you we need to go."He and his whole generation (my generation) is part of the hippy indigenous rights movement in South America. There are a lot of them, and they believe in social justice, especially the ones from my generation who grew up under a dictatorship. (Do yourself a favor and buy some iTunes stuff from Illapu and Los Prisioneros. ...
naughtyrev: Sadly, I'm sure some in the government and the corporations would be more than happy to do that. Instead they'll probably get a forced relocation to slums.
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