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#1 Ghost in the Machine

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 05:34 PM

I recently watched this documentary and it poses some scenarios to think about. 
 
 
 
It has ideas that include no cell phones, or TV. No screens of any kind. How long could a community last in a situation of term resource depletion? Not only in the United States, but the rest of the world, too!
 
How about a short term failure of power? Say one to three months? How would we be able to accomplish the various public programs that we all so much depend on. Would a hospital be able to function without keeping a detailed accounting of the resources they use? 
 
Would a break down occur when imagination and survival are in full production mode? Then what happens when the power gets turned back on. Will the big guns roll on down the streets to quash insurrection and re-establish control with an iron fist?
 
 

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#2 Jesse Jimmie

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 05:39 PM

Without computers? Nothing much would get done. Gas stations probably couldn't pump gas unless they were fitted with manual machinery. Everything today is automated.

Where do you want to go with this thread?

 

Create a scenario?

 

EMP blasts are good. I think maybe I've seen that video and those are mentioned in it.

 

They can create power failures for much longer than 3 months. All order of commerce would be shut down quite effectively.


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Posted 13 March 2016 - 06:15 PM

Small communities would then have to rely more upon themselves.


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Posted 13 March 2016 - 06:30 PM

That's heavy shit! What about a lighter side to the problem. We could ask what would people do with themselves without the tech that we're all so used to? Beyond the immediate survival aspects. Once communities do get organized they need entertainment. Limited tech would force us to use our imaginations more. Get back to the older ways of keeping our minds occupied with positive distractions and learning techniques to keep the moral clean.

 


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Posted 13 March 2016 - 06:41 PM

That's heavy shit! What about a lighter side to the problem. We could ask what would people do with themselves without the tech that we're all so used to? Beyond the immediate survival aspects. Once communities do get organized they need entertainment. Limited tech would force us to use our imaginations more. Get back to the older ways of keeping our minds occupied with positive distractions and learning techniques to keep the moral clean.

 

Clean morals?  Please, you jest! Probably would have to regulate the gambling and cat houses that crop up. Gotta keep an eye on safety for those kinds of entertainments.

 

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#6 Ghost in the Machine

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 07:07 PM

Indeed! People would be gathering together in little groups. Consorting in drinking houses and private residences to discuss things of import with impromptu entertainments for all.

 

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 07:13 PM

Indeed! People would be gathering together in little groups. Consorting in drinking houses and private residences to discuss things of import with impromptu entertainments for all.

 

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Like crack brothels?


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#8 Jesse Jimmie

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 07:22 PM

Like crack brothels?

 

I don't think there would be any crack brothels. Remember, outside commerce is harder to obtain in this scenario. Drugs, of any sort, would be hard to get.

 

 

Got any homemade liquor or some grass?

 

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 07:52 PM

WTF! Crack brothels. The seamier side of commerce. A lot of that would not be such a factor unless men with guns decided to set up business. Always a possibility. But, I think, after a while, communities will be able to take care of themselves well enough.


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Posted 13 March 2016 - 09:02 PM

How about the musicians and actors. Craft makers and wood workers. Neighborhood civic centers would spring up with people selling their wares and skills. Small carnivals and maybe some traveling salesman to con us with snake oil.


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