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I would say for the entertainment industry, the emergence of the plutocrats there is best represented by acts such as Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Dr Dre, where the artist is just a keystone in a much larger enterprise. They aren't just selling albums and concert tickets, they have clothing lines, signature electronics and gadgets, and their personal brand attached to a dozen different things completely unrelated to music. Another event is for celebrity entertainers to slowly become involved with the operation of government. While this might seem a bit tinfoil hat, but just how many times did the Obamas entertain Jay-Z and Beyonce in the White House?

Dr Dre doesn't care if you buy his albums or not, he's made vastly more money selling Beats headphones than he ever did rapping.

Dolly Parton has her own amusement and theme park, and is vastly more visible and involved in that part of my state, moreso than any government agency. That became apparent when after the Sevier county fires were put out, Dolly showed up with checks in hand to hand out to the people who needed them, while FEMA was busy trying to figure out where their ass was.
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Freeform Roleplaying / Re: The Last Wizards
« Last post by Aramax on May 05, 2017, 10:36:55 AM »
"He's dead Jim."
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n see the Plutocracy best in entertainment prices, mega concerts are for the rich and sadly slowly theme parks too
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Plutonomics

Plutonomics is the economic system wherein the ultra wealthy comprise and control the major factors of the economy. This is contrast to most other models, as the financial might of the ultra-wealthy eclipses the combined economic power of literally everyone else in said country. This in turn sees the commercial and industrial sectors turning away from the national or middle class and to catering to the plutocrats. This is not a matter of science fiction or dystopian frenzy, but something that is already underway today in our Petroleum Era. The United States, Canada, the UK, and China are all in the process of shifting to plutonomic economies.

Plutocrats and Plutarchs

The Plutocrat is the person who buys their seat in the government, regardless of the system of government. The plutarch (unrelated to the Greek Plutarch) is a person who is fine with maintaining their vast wealth and power without entering into the government system.

Corporatism

The Corporate Plutocrat is the leader of a powerful multinational, or even corporate national entity, and leverages this power to place themselves into positions of power. As the head of MegaCorp, the president of the board of directors also has a place in the govt, relating to the corporation itself. Thus, as the wealth and power of the corp grows, as the plutocrats dominate, their power is cemented in place. It only takes one.

Post Scarcity and the Singularity

The plutocrats will maintain their grip on power as the world moves into post-scarcity, and will at their whim, experience artificial scarcity, to ensure their continued power, dominance, and profit.

In the Cosmic Era, the plutocrats are the players behind the scenes, the Secret Societies like the Anunnaki, and the non-canon House of the Forsaken. The economic power of the 1.12 billion humans on 2362 AD Earth is inconsequential to the economic might of the plutocrats, and their machine minions. No one cares about selling smart toys, music albums, or prescription meds (well they do, corps have to start somewhere) but the real meat and potatoes of the pan-solar economy is building space stations, giant ships, mining colonies, colonizing other moons and planets, and the other megastructures. This is mirrored in the common misunderstanding between the middle class car guy and the plutarch car guy. The middle class car guy has a daily driver and a project car he is working on. He is a car guy. The plutarch car guy (like the sort who drops the millions required for a Bugatti Veyron) has 42 cars, 3 helicopters, a personal jet, and a yacht.

How is America becoming a plutonomy? The big car manufacturers are struggling with slumping sales. They are throwing every gadget and trick in every new car they make because they are desperate to sell cars. Despite a growing population, the demand for base and mid range cars is falling, and in the 18-24 year old demographic, this is considered a crisis because compared to a generation ago, demand has fallen 20-30%. On the other hand, the exotic and luxury car makers are churning out limited run, extremely high end cars, and they are selling out, they are pre-selling out. Ferrari floats a proposed limited edition supercar, 200 to be made, $2.3 million each, they will pre-sell all of them. And the same with Maserati, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and so forth. The car industry is making better selling exotic rockets to the obscenely rich than it is making sedans and minivans. Times are changing
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Citadel Tavern / Re: [THACO's Hammer] Splatbook updates
« Last post by DMRendclaw on May 02, 2017, 05:03:47 PM »
Splatbook 131 - Pardon Us, We're A Touch Abbreviated....

We’re a little pressed for time in this episode! Join DMs Glen, Fulongamer, and Brian and they (quickly) tackle the topics of the day. After answer a single, solitary email, the fellas quickly get to work. They first discuss the clerical healing spell sphere, and then quickly move to the second topic, the fifth part of a six-part of a series for novice players.

You can find us on Osrgaming.org, d20radio.com, Tumblr, Facebook, iTunes, Planetadnd.com and Twitter (@thacoshammer), as well as our home page at http://www.thacoshammer.info. If you are looking for an RSS feed or a different way of downloading the show directly, the address is: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/94174. If you are looking for our Actual Play (AP) podcasts, you can find them on iTunes (search for WGP's OSR AP Podcasts), or you can go to http://feeds.feedburner.com/osractualplaypodcasts. You can also email the show at thacoshammer@gmail.com, and you can leave a voicemail for the show at 405-806-0555.

Magic Fingers - Healing Spell Sphere (Clerical)
99% Perspiration - Tips for Beginning Players Part Five: Know your Players, Know your DM

Email from Keith Haddad (question about the Perception stat and how to use it)
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Citadel Tavern / APRIL 2017 HIGHLIGHTS
« Last post by Kevin Cook on April 30, 2017, 01:04:00 PM »
If you are not interested in new or rare dice that were added to the worlds largest collection of dice this month ... Please ignore this post




To see the highlights of dice added in April 2017 
Click on the photo of the Customized Pokemon Throw n Pop d6 above



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Links / Re: Valadaars Link of The day
« Last post by valadaar on April 24, 2017, 08:18:19 AM »
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Fields of Challenge / Re: Freetext Friday
« Last post by Dragonlordmax on April 21, 2017, 08:50:10 PM »
Here's hoping that zombie is just the thing to get some people posting.
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The Singularity

The technological singularity was achieved in the Cosmic Era close to 12 decades before the current date in the setting. Many of the new technologies have minimal human involvement in their design. Humans only developed the first generation of AISCs and arcologies, the first androids. After that, the AISCs took over design improvement and refinement. The machines didn't pioneer many new applications, invention still largely comes from humanity, but once something is made the machines can put a hundred years of improvement in over a day.

The explosion of technology and it's applications changed the world in a subtle way that is still being sorted out decades later. The role of humanity has changed, and mankind is still sorting out it's place.

With the Population contraction, the pressing matter for the emerging world was the shortfall of humanpower. Dozens of avenues were all pursued, cybernetics, clones, extensive automation. This spurred the growth of intelligence technologies, which birthed the AISCs, and the Autons. Various interests looking to profit from the new technology pushed it, and discovered that the new face of humanity, the clones and the machines, were superior to mankind. The breeding incentives and cloning programs are still in place, but the machines have taken over. The most powerful governments are organized and run by AISCs. The labor force is machines, the military is machines and expendables.

The pace of technology and industrial applications has outpaced human capability. Without the use of human hands, wonders have built across the solar system. Sentient machines have built things like the massive Raketenhaus habitat, and the JOSH-Annex, and mines, and spaceships, and seagoing arks.

Machines have done this, and humanity has fallen/grown to embrace arts, entertainment, media consumption, and pursuing their interests and passions
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Fields of Challenge / Re: Freetext Friday
« Last post by Dragonlordmax on April 14, 2017, 05:52:12 PM »
This week, I present Battlefield.
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