Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Couple Sells Children to Play Online Games

Sadly, this comes as no surprise in a society that values human life so little, but it's still disturbing:
A young Chinese couple has sold all three of their children in exchange for money to play online games at Internet cafes, reports a southern Chinese newspaper.
According to Sanxiang City News, the couple met in an Internet cafe back in 2007 and bonded over their obsession with online video games. A year later, the parents -- who are both under 21 -- welcomed their first child, a son. Days after his birth, they left him home alone while they went to play online games at an Internet cafe 30 km away.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Life Imitates Bioshock

I'm still working on the big issue, but I had to share this eerie story about an Objectivist billionaire attempting to build floating libertarian utopias.

Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal "has been a big backer of the Seasteading Institute, which seeks to build sovereign nations on oil rig-like platforms to occupy waters beyond the reach of law-of-the-sea treaties. The idea is for these countries to start from scratch--free from the laws, regulations, and moral codes of any existing place."

What could possibly go wrong?

Yesterday's outrageous plot for Bioshock is tomorrow's reality. I wonder if they'll call it "Rapture."

H/T Sean Dailey (check out his awesome magazine, Gilbert)