Is hard work the new status symbol we ask, how precious crab blood really is, the race to build the first sex robot and that’s it!
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I like articles that make you actually think instead of reading endless drivel from online credit card salesmen posing as experts. This is another fascinating article. About conspicuous consumption, hmmm can you guess which blogger(s) come to mind? Is our society changing?
But the acquisition of insanely expensive commodities isn’t the only way that modern elites project power. More recently, another form of status display has emerged. In the new Gilded Age, identifying oneself as a member of the ruling class doesn’t just require conspicuous consumption. It requires conspicuous production.
But conspicuous production isn’t about meeting one’s material needs. It’s about the public display of productivity as a symbol of class power. In an era of extreme inequality, elites need to demonstrate to themselves and others that they deserve to own orders of magnitude more wealth than everyone else. Cook is approximately 500,000% richer than the average American – but he wakes up at 3.45 in the morning. This is the hallmark of conspicuous production: it justifies the existence of an imperial class by showcasing their superhuman levels of industry.
Goes on about elites, technology, “working on yourself” like fitness and yoga centers, etc…
This is the genius of conspicuous production. It not only promotes a culture of overwork, it makes our dwindling amount of leisure time economically productive. There is no escape: either we’re working for the company or we’re working on ourselves, but we’re always working. “Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight hours of what we will” was the anthem of the workers who first demanded the eight-hour-day more than a century ago. Those distinctions don’t make sense any more. Even our sleep is factored into our productivity score – the entrepreneur of the self never gets to clock out.
Hmm, not sure this is positive. Or is it?
Today, the old slogan of the labor movement sounds like utopian science fiction. Imagine a society that claimed so little of our labor. Imagine a world where the poor didn’t have to work so hard to exist, and the rich didn’t have to work so hard to appear worthy of their wealth, because rich and poor didn’t exist.
A society that claimed so little of our labor? Yeah, right! But what if it was true?
This blew my mind, I had no idea that horseshoe crab blood is so valuable, an “irreplaceable medical marvel”! It can be worth up to $14,000 per quart! #mindblowndone. Why?
Their distinctive blue blood is used to detect dangerous Gram-negative bacteria such as E. coli in injectable drugs such as insulin, implantable medical devices such as knee replacements, and hospital instruments such as scalpels and IVs. Components of this crab blood have a unique and invaluable talent for finding infection, and that has driven up an insatiable demand. Every year the medical testing industry catches a half-million horseshoe crabs to sample their blood.
The article goes on about researching crabs, what will happen if we keep bleeding them, questions if we are going to run out and how to preserve them, the ethical aspects of treating them this way and research findings that they must be way smarter than we previously thought!
Long time readers of this blog would not be surprised I included this as I have touched on this subject several times. Hey, give me a break for originality here, no other blogger blogs about edgy stuff like this! One of my favorite movies is “Ex-Machina”. When you see that robot in that film you will understand hehe.
There is a sixteen minute video in the article. It is NOT SAFE FOR WORK, you have been warned! All the implications of owning a robot, a machine really, for sex are profound. And of course then you see a weird guy (to put it mildly) from Detroit (!!!!) with his three dolls and posing with them…WTF to infinity! And then the mother talking about her entrreprenur son who is in his garage working on sex robot Eva and comparing him to, please sit down, Steve Jobs! I mean, is this entertainment or what on a Sunday morning where ever you are dear TBB reader.
If you were offended by this article, perhaps, how shall I put this? My blog and you may not be a good fit ok? I don’t get paid by page views so it is okay if you move on, I am not going to get hurt.
If there was a travel rewards credit card that earned 5x on sex robots I could get paid….LOL, that was a joke!
Or maybe this article fits me as I have no integrity whatsoever, according to one miserable troll with way too much time in his hands. Speaking of trolls, why are they almost always men? Hmmmm. Maybe I could do a giveaway of a sex doll. For trolls only woohoo!
Ok, enjoy your Sunday!
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