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  1. Misaki

    Survey: Is there a better way to help people in other countries than charity?

    If you want people in poor countries to have fewer babies, the best way is to make it so their country isn't poor. There is a strong inverse correlation between GDP and fertility: The Link between Fertility and Income (Edit: normally when saying "strong correlation" you would also give the...
  2. Misaki

    Survey: Is there a better way to help people in other countries than charity?

    Is there a better way to help people in other countries than charity? NO REGISTRATION or Google account is required. I'm looking for two main types of people to take the survey: people who are potentially interested in making donations to poor people in other countries, and people who are poor...
  3. Misaki

    Survey: importance of different global problems

    I'd never even heard of the sex vs gender distinction. Maybe it comes from being a typical US citizen who never becomes fluent in another language. (Therefore not thinking of "gender" as a grammar term. The US is well-known for being big on violence but not allowing sex in movies aimed at...
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    Survey: importance of different global problems

    Here's a quick survey on Google Forms, no registration required. It asks about various topics, including the environment: Cost of Fixing Global Problems None of the questions are required, and you can skip any question you don't like. I want to get as much data as possible, so if you like it...
  5. Misaki

    Why the hell are we in Syria to begin with?

    Because President Obama was concerned that the US embassy in Baghdad could get flooded. Writing to Congress, President Obama cited the potentially massive loss of civilian life and the possible threat to the US embassy in Baghdad. Those dangers, he wrote, were sufficient reasons for deploying...
  6. Misaki

    Want to create more jobs than Trump's Economy? This is how!

    If you want to say anything that I should reply to, please let me know. I guess views on this thread don't update instantly, but I think this thread has a bad title that isn't controversial enough to get many views. Changed it
  7. Misaki

    Want to create more jobs than Trump's Economy? This is how!

    Read the summary and the last paragraph. If that isn't enough, read the rest. The basic idea can be easily summarized: pay people a higher rate when they work less time. For example, 1.2x their normal pay rate for the first 24 hours of work each week, and 0.7x their normal pay rate for all...
  8. Misaki

    Want to create more jobs than Trump's Economy? This is how!

    I'm posting this in the political discussion forum for a change of pace, even though it might seem to belong in the economic forum. The basic idea can be easily summarized: pay people a higher rate when they work less time. For example, 1.2x their normal pay rate for the first 24 hours of work...
  9. Misaki

    Building support for a change that would revolutionize the world economy

    I hope the post is clear enough that it can be understood though, even if it requires more than one reading. The hope here is that some people read and understand it, they vote in the poll, and then it's possible for someone to link to this and someone who hasn't read it knows that it works...
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    Building support for a change that would revolutionize the world economy

    I don't think it really matters if the government gets involved with this system. It shouldn't need to, but you can imagine a hypothetical situation, such as the one envisaged by the Occupy Wall Street movement, where owners of capital ("the 1%") are at war with the rest of the country. The 99%...
  11. Misaki

    Building support for a change that would revolutionize the world economy

    I have written extensively on this topic, but most people find it hard to understand, even my brother who scored over 1500 on the 1600-point SAT. At one level, it's better than the current system because it creates more jobs than the current system. (You might say the current system is the...
  12. Misaki

    Building support for a change that would revolutionize the world economy

    In a lot of jobs, it's the boss who stays late. Do you leave the office before your boss? : korea I read a comment from a boss who said their employees were horrified when they learned this boss usually had to stay 4~5 hours later than their employees. Sometimes, the boss has to stay late...
  13. Misaki

    Building support for a change that would revolutionize the world economy

    I won't say this is impossible. People get special advantages all the time, like having the opportunity to do overtime work or getting extra days off. A police officer talks about this on another forum: If you're one of the mega-rich Golden Boys, you do whatever you want, get sneaky...
  14. Misaki

    Building support for a change that would revolutionize the world economy

    This didn't fit in the original post because of Math™, but what do you think? Analysis here. For businesses to support this system, they must benefit from it. The amount of work done per dollar paid to an employee must increase. 24 * 1.2 / 40 = 0.72, pay for 24 hours of work as a proportion...
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    Building support for a change that would revolutionize the world economy

    People who don't work DO get paid. Foodstamps and stuff like free housing, because we say it's not their fault that they can't work. And lots of people who want to work more can't, like 18% of the work force in Greece. The US isn't in a trade war with Greece, but it is (I think? maybe it's...
  16. Misaki

    Building support for a change that would revolutionize the world economy

    What do you think about overtime laws? They don't work with this system, and using this system might even be illegal based on overtime laws. Should the current government interference remain as it is?
  17. Misaki

    Building support for a change that would revolutionize the world economy

    What if someone's boss says they can leave early if they finish all their work? (A lot of the time, people with salaries are discouraged from doing this.) Would they assume they'll always finish early and will always be able to reach their second job in time? The argument also does not talk...
  18. Misaki

    Building support for a change that would revolutionize the world economy

    I worry about whether this paragraph is confusing: Should it be revised?
  19. Misaki

    Building support for a change that would revolutionize the world economy

    The greatest barrier to change in the world is people's desire to stay within the herd. This is especially true when it comes to decisions that affect other people. This message is meant to let people show how they feel about this issue, so that someone who fully supports it doesn't feel as...
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    Rate this argument about job creation

    (Note late edit, re: National Sword) In the general sense, you can just think of health issues as "lacking the capability to stay healthy or energetic while doing work". Substitute "lacking capabilities" in for "lacking skills" and the argument is unchanged, although people might think of it...
  21. Misaki

    Rate this argument about job creation

    I appreciate you giving an example. It is so easy to say things like that without being specific. For hundreds, or possibly thousands of years, government posts in China were based on taking an examination. Anyone could get the post, probably; it wasn't restricted to being related to, or a...
  22. Misaki

    Rate this argument about job creation

    Afraid to vote? Or do people just not see the poll at the start? Everyone is supposed to benefit. It's just hard to see that with the way many people seem to be content with their little diversions, including probably many people that all of us know, and the resistance that people naturally...
  23. Misaki

    Rate this argument about job creation

    The argument has a logical train. Unemployed people are less skilled. If we buy from less skilled people, they become employed. Then, >The reward that many people need to convince them to buy from less skilled people is time. >If the reward structure from work made it easier to accomplish goals...
  24. Misaki

    Rate this argument about job creation

    I surmise that it has convinced you that it would create jobs, but it didn't convince you that people should use it (response 2 in the poll).
  25. Misaki

    Rate this argument about job creation

    The world needs more jobs. Someone could say the world needs more of a lot of things. It needs more faster-than-light spaceships; it needs more fish in the ocean; it needs more fossil fuels. Unlike many things, jobs are an achievable goal with no drawbacks. For there to be more fish, we need to...
  26. Misaki

    If you don't support this...................

    Most people are doing fine. That's why think they are happier than the rich.
  27. Misaki

    Obama Eliminates Breakfast for US Troops in Afghanistan

    War is Obsolete
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    If you don't support this...................

    Only if wages went up proportionally. Current prices already include a significant markup that goes directly to corporate profits. Corporate Profits Just Hit An All-Time High, Wages Just Hit An All-Time Low - Business Insider This is because people with lots of money, such as the middle...
  29. Misaki

    If you don't support this...................

    Her family was rich, so I'm not sure. The point is that most rich people work, and the economy would be better off if they worked less, because they already have more money than they can spend. Getting people jobs is more important than a slightly improved iPhone to sell to China when that...

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