non renewable resources

About The Suffering Game

I’ve seen some folks talk about being exhausted by the structure of The Suffering Game, which I completely get — thematically, it’s meant to exhaust the players. I hoped to toss enough variety into the different challenges to engage everyone, but I can also appreciate how seeing the boys go through so much crap every episode can be a bit tiring for some folks. Without giving too much away, things are very much going to come to a head on the next episode, so to those folks: hang in there!

There’s some narrative stuff happening in The Suffering Game that won’t make sense quite yet, but the earliest inspiration I had for it was as a means of endangering the heroes in a real, tangible way without just hanging the threat of death over their heads. It’s something we’ve struggled with a lot in this show, mostly because of how we play — D&D has lots of rules about health management, about treating Hit Dice like a non-renewable resource mid-adventure. And a lot of that stuff clashes with how we play the game to make a good radio show. As a result, the boys are kind of untouchable, with health pools that may diminish, but never enough (or permanently enough) to be a serious threat. The sacrifices done at the wheel are permanent, and largely non-mechanical, skirting those systems altogether. Again, something that may upset folks who wish we followed those rules a bit more closely — though I hope those folks can understand that this is simply the balance that works for us as a podcast.

The arc was also designed to treat a problem that every D&D campaign I’ve ever participated in or tuned into suffers from — power creep. By this point, the boys are armed enough to be, essentially, demigods. It’s a power I’ve given them freely, but it’s impossible to prevent that creep while still offering them cool carrots and a functional economy, which I’ve tried to inject into the Fantasy Costco and other systems. It’s another really difficult balance, and they’ve taken advantage of it in a way that they’ve become immensely powerful, able to easily handle any problem I throw in their direction. The Wheel was intended to perhaps pull them back down to earth a bit, so to speak, though most of the sacrifices they’ve made have been more narrative rather than mechanical. (Which I’m totally fine with, because again, it’s another way of dealing damage.)

Anyways, I just wanted to get some of my thoughts down, because the last thing I wanted people to think is that I actually harbored some sort of sadistic enjoyment out of just straight-up hurting my players. (That’s a certain archetype of DM that I don’t really understand.) I’ve seen some folks characterize this arc as Saw-like torture porn, which I think is mostly unfair, but I can understand their exhaustion. I’d hoped to move through this arc a bit faster, but as is always the case, things have run a bit long. I really hope you enjoy what happens next, because I am very, very excited to get there.

- Griffin

capitalists wanna pretend like there ain’t finite resources, or non-renewable resources on our planet, and act like capitalism can’t exist solely as a zero sum game, when it allows for one person to own all, there aren’t infinite resources, so there can’t be exponential growth for all, because there is a point where things no longer exist. 

Not only that, but it incentivizes pretending things aren’t already in abundance to create more for profit. see: we have more livable homes than homeless people, yet people want to keep building more homes for the homeless to live in, despite homes already existing. a waste.

There is a sign outside my boundaries 
that reads 

I put it up forever ago,
and it has become rusted,
overgrown by vines and weeds 
so I still get people coming up to me 
asking for things that 
I can no longer give them.

My ears are too damaged 
to donate constant time 
to listening to
the problems of people 
who do not actually care
about what I have to say 

My shoulders are too sore 
from having countless 
heads rest against them,
as people release all of their tears
and feelings,
expecting me to absorb them
but I am not a tissue 
so I just end up drowning

My heart is too hollow 
from giving out all of my love 
but the recipients did not realize 
that love is a non renewable resource 
and I needed them to replenish
my stores at some point.
They never did.

All of my time has been given 
to other people and I
am finally ready 
to take it back for myself,
I have finally realized 
that I am worth more 
that what I have been 
rationing out to myself. 

So please heed the sign.
It is for your safety,
because while some people 
have a dog to protect 
their yards, 
I have become the canine
that protects my own well being,
I am not longer so nice
and I will bite.

—  Beware the Dog || O.L.
A Jasper Case Study (Part 3)

During the War: A Loyal Quartz

In this post, I want to talk about Homeworld’s attitudes towards its gems during the war, as well as how Jasper conducted herself during the war, especially with the experience of Pink Diamond’s disappearance from her life.

I’ll refrain from my usual introductions and just jump right in. So let’s get started.

1. Jasper was traumatised by the war

One idea I’m not too fond of is that Homeworld wantonly made use of their soldiers. The fact that they’re a conquering race means that soldiers are one of the most precious resources they have. The demand for Quartzes is always on the increase, and according to basic economics, (which is about managing resources and not just money) their price, in this case, rank, should increase as well. Add to this the rarity of finding a planet rich in quartz-forming minerals and you have the perfect recipe for a masterclass of soldier gems.

Anonymous said:
So I was wondering, jasper has a yellow diamond on her outfit. But she was apart of the pink diamond authority. Do you think they would have poofed her to make her change her uniform?

This is why I find it unlikely that any aesthetically motivated poofing of gems would have occurred.

From its very origin, Homeworld knows that with its current methods, it cannot take up a planet without completely draining of its resources and minerals. Much like on Earth, the minerals they need are a non-renewable resource. At a very early point, Homeworld would have had to master efficiency and economics, something I bring up a lot.

The very idea that gems would have to be poofed for an outfit change, during the war, is precious time used regenerating, precious gems that may reform unstably, resources wasted. What I think is a more likely occurrence was that gems were reassigned to other  Diamonds, and similar to Ruby in The Answer, had no markings of allegiance. (Which actually leads me to consider the idea that gems pop out without markers and incorporate them as they go along in life. You don’t see people forcing Peridot’s poofing just to incorporate a star on her after all.) Even the Ruby Squad have varying outfits, which show that uniformity isn’t really Homeworld’s primary goal. Recall, the goal of the Diamonds doing the war was to put up a united front. Fighting for dominance wouldn’t have helped the war effort.

Jasper said in Earthlings that she fought her way out of Earth. The thing is, she was a relatively young gem, born in the midst of the war, when it was at its worst. If the Alpha was ideally PD’s “military academy” where she would train young quartz gems to be soldiers, Beta was the baptism by fire and Jasper did not escape unburnt.

War is a terrifying experience for anyone. Jasper lost friends, comrades, Jaspers just like her, her Kindergarten-mates, her superiors, no one was spared. And then she lost PD, about whom she probably heard stories. Recall that the Homeworld gems see the diamonds as their mother-goddesses. In the same way Peridot described and called out to YD as though YD could deliver her from her situation, wave her hand and solve everything.

Jasper gives the impression of someone who just shoulders her way through the worst, but everyone has started out vulnerable at one point. When she’s at her absolute worst, Jasper finally opens up about why she’s so torn up about the war.

In the above shot, Jasper looks to be an the edge of tears. Here’s the thing, Jasper feels a deep connection to PD, and this is without any indication that she even met the latter. She wears a yellow diamond on her uniform but when pushed to the very brink of desperation, she doesn’t look to YD for help, doesn’t cry for YD to deliver her, the way Peridot did in Message Received and even Cry for Help.

PD would have played a vital role in Jasper’s life. She would be someone who offered hope, the promise that after the war, Jasper had someone to call “home.” Because Home doesn’t refer to the place where she was born, it’s the Diamond she serves. It gave her hope that if she kept fighting and climbing, she could leave. And what is fighting and climbing but the function of a Quartz soldier? In her service to her Diamond, Jasper also found a way to cope and justify the war. 

Jasper knows the war is a horrible thing. She’s experienced it firsthand. In The Return and Jail Break, she makes a big deal about having fought here on Earth. She doesn’t sound like she was that same scared quartz we saw in the latter part of Earthlings, but that’s because the destruction and chaos could easily be explained away by being a quartz, being PD’s quartz. 

PD was the foundation upon which Jasper built her worldview. When PD disappeared, Jasper was left with no foundation and everything she built up to help her cope with the stress and trauma of the war just crumbled. That’s why her discussion of the war makes it seem like a good experience. But notice when she gets to PD, she’s emotional, vulnerable even.

Because someone like Jasper has a lot of words about topics she deems “safe,” and it leads us to think she has nothing to hide. But that’s not true, and we’re seeing it more and more. The war was a very helpless time in her life. Being on Earth makes her feel helpless, as if there’s no way to get out but fight. Those fight-or-flight feelings of insecurity come back and resurface when she feels powerless, like when she sees herself next to Lapis.

This is the physically capable, gem-etically perfect Jasper we’re talking about. The worst of the damage she got from the war may have been a couple of regenerations, but really, it was the trauma on the inside, that until now she continues to bury that really left its mark on her.

Which leads me to my next point.

2. The war explains Jasper’s views on fusion

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Avoid those who hold their apologies like a non-renewable resource. You know the ones…only when they are caught do they say, “I’m sorry”, but even then, “it’s because you made me act this way”.

Narcissists will suck the life from you.

- Dad

I remember one time garrison keilor (who is bad, yes) made some unfunny joke along the line of ‘cherry tomatoes taste really bad, like styrofoam. it’s ‘cause they aren’t grown, but mined, down in texas [prairie home companion foley of heavy machinery]’ 

and it was just supposed to be a joke about how he thinks cherry tomatoes taste bad but like, I thought then, and still maintain, that the concept of food being a non-renewable resource that you have to strip mine with those big bucket machines? that’s good and funny. 

I am a modern building. I am made out of environmentally unfriendly materials, non-renewable resources gathered from across the world and assembled by exploited labor while the profits I make feed corruption and off-shore bank accounts. No one loves me for I am unlovable and unloved, my existence is made possible only by reliance on the automobiles wherein hurried commuters try to pass me by or leave me as quickly as possible.

I am dependent on your grid yet I have no connection to the land where I stand, to the people who built me or the people who work and live in me. I leave no testament to my times, when I am gone no-one will remember me. My carcass, being completely impossible to recycle or reuse, will rest in a landfill for millennia to come. My footprint is forever toxic.

I contain thousands upon thousands of known and unknown chemical compounds, virtually guaranteeing everyone who abides in me everything from obesity to skin-rashes to infertility and cancer.

I am a destroyer of hearts, a devourer of minds, a slayer of dreams. My minions; progressives, liberals, capitalists, atheist, politicians, and architects, will attack those few who have the courage to speak out against me and my kind.

I am modernity. I am why you have nothing to live for and no reason to die. Destroy me or I will destroy you.”


Something New Grows on Trees: Biodegradable Chips for Electronics

It was just a couple of weeks ago when we featured nanocellulose, a natural supermaterial derived from plants that is getting ready for the spotlight. Researchers are looking at it for durable, transparent composites because of its strength. Others are investigating its use in applications from biocompatible implants and flexible displays and solar panels to better bioplastics, cosmetics and concrete.

Now we hear from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory that scientists have demonstrated a new product for the nanoscopic fibers of cellulose, a carbohydrate that gives structure to plant cell walls. Turning the material into a film, they’ve been able to produce high-performance computer chips made almost entirely of wood.

By replacing the semiconducting foundation of modern chips with biodegradable nanocellulose, electronics could become significantly less of an environmental burden when they are discarded.

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Fur is naturally

Fur is naturally resilient and long-lasting. Well cared-for, a fur garment will remain functional and beautiful for many, many years – far longer that any other clothing material. In fact, fur coats are one of the few clothing items that are often passed down and used by two or even three generations.

Unlike other textiles, fur garments can also be re-cut and restyled (“remodeled”) as fashions change. Your old fur coat can even be “recycled” to make bags, pillows, throws or other home accessories.

At a time when the true ecological cost of “cheap”, mass-produced, disposable “fast-fashion” is just beginning to be calculated – think millions of tons of poor-quality fibers and short-life garments filling up landfills – the naturally durable and recyclable qualities of fur makes more sense than ever!

Real fur is an organic material. « Faux fur » (fake fur) and most synthetics are made from petrochemicals. Like other plastics, these materials do not break down easily and will remain in landfills for centuries.  The “dressing”process (tanning) helps to preserve the pelts for some time, but after many years of use they will eventually dry out and begin to deteriorate (i.e., biodegrade), returning to nature. Old fur apparel can even be composted for your garden!

See also, in Biodegradable and Sustainable Fibers, Edited by R.S. Blackburn: 

“While vegetable (plant-based) and animal fibers are fully biodegradable, mineral fibers are not.” (“Biodegradable Natural Fiber Composites,” by A.N. Netravalli, Cornell University, pg. 274.) 

And: “Of even more concern is the ability of (synthetic) polymeric fibres to remain unchanged in the environment as polymers do not degrade very readily, which has exacerbated the already existing ecological and environmental problems of waste building; the volume in waste disposal and landfill is very high. (R.S. Blackburn, Page xv.) 

And: “…natural fibers like wool and cotton are broken down through biotic process. Microorganisms have evolved enzymes that attack key bonds in these natural polymers, thereby releasing monomers that can be used as carbon and energy sources for microbial growth. In contrast, microorganisms lack enzymes to break down many synthetic fibers, thus these materials persist and accumulate in the environment. “Microbial Processes in the Degradation of Fibers”, P.M. Fedorak, University of Alberta, pg.1.The processing and dyeing of any clothing material must be carefully regulated to protect the environment. Again, nothing is 100% “green”. Fur tanning (“dressing”) and coloring, however, are relatively benign, as they must be, to preserve fur hairs and follicles. (By contrast, in leather tanning the hair is intentionally removed from the hide.)

The main chemicals used to “dress” fur pelts are table salt, water, alum salts, soda ash, sawdust, cornstarch, lanolin and other natural ingredients. Small quantities of formaldehyde can be used to protect fur follicles during dressing or dyeing, and gentle acids (e.g., acetic acid, which is vinegar) activate the tanning process, but local environmental protection controls ensure that there are no harmful effluents. Excess fats are skimmed and even PH levels must be neutralized before wastewater is released. And because furs are available in an extraordinary range of natural colours, only a small proportion are dyed.

By contrast, up to one gallon of petroleum – a non-renewable resource – is needed to produce three synthetic jackets. The production of synthetic fibers also involves chemical reactions at high temperatures, producing potentially harmful substances.

According to R.S. Blackburn (Biodegradable and Sustainable Fibers, pg xv): “The main problems with synthetic polymers are that they are non-degradable and non-renewable… Oil and petroleum are non-renewable (non-sustainable) resources and at the current rate of consumption, these fossil fuels are only expected to last for another 50-60 years… An even more important problem with the use of fossil energy is the huge translocation of carbon from the ground into the atmosphere accompanied by emissions of sulphur and nitrogen oxides as well as all kinds of hydrocarbons, and heavy metals. Fossil fuels are also the dominant global source of anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHG)’’Fur is a natural, renewable and sustainable resource. That means we only use part of what nature produces each year without depleting wildlife populations or damage the natural habitat s that sustain them. The goal is to maintain long-term ecological balance.

In nature, each plant and animal species generally produces more offspring than the land can support to maturity. Like other species, we live by making use of part of this surplus that nature creates. We also have a responsibility to protect the wilderness areas that provide these valuable resources. Modern conservationists define this as the “sustainable use” of renewable resources.

Synthetics, by contrast, are generally made from petroleum (a non-renewable resource), which is NOT consistent with the sustainable use of our environment. The production, transportation and disposal of petrochemicals can cause environmental problems.

Worldwide, the fur industry is an excellent example of an industry based on sustainable use. All the furs used by the trade are abundant and absolutely no endangered species are used. This is assured by strict provincial/state, national and international regulations. In the Canadian fur trade, government wildlife officials and biologists ensure responsible use by establishing controlled hunting and trapping, harvest quotas, licensing, and training courses for trappers. Strict government regulations ensure that these quotas and seasons are respected.
Thanks to modern wildlife management and trapping regulations, there are as many beavers and muskrats in North America now as when the Europeans first arrived in the continent. Raccoons, coyotes and foxes are more abundant than ever.

Ted Cruz is a bigger threat than Donald Trump

While you were laughing at/worrying about Trump, a much worse man is gaining power.

On Google, I found many of his personal quotes which, after the nice icing of political words are removed, are actually quite disturbing. 

On immigration:

As President, I will stop illegal immigration, build a wall that works, triple border security, and put in place the surveillance and biometric tracking to secure the border. Border security is national security. We need to stop Obama’s amnesty and enforce the rule of law. And we need to reform legal immigration to protect American workers.

(This sounds a lot like Trump, except instead of JUST a wall, he wants expensive, fancy technology and keep them darn Mexicans out because they are terrorists who threaten social security and steal our jobs.)

On gun control:

The right to self-defense is an essential component of the liberty we enjoy as Americans and is embodied in the Second Amendment. From successfully protecting law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights at the Supreme Court, to defeating legislation that sought to take away this right, I have always championed the right to keep and bear arms.

(This sounds very republican. Keep reading.)

On foreign policy:

As Commander-in-Chief, I would adopt a foreign policy strategy that follows three principles; Restore leadership on the global stage, rather than withdrawing from it; Fiercely defend our allies and interests; Judge each challenge through the simple test of what is best for America, because what is best for America is best for the world.

(Yes, you heard that right. What’s best for America is best for the world.)

On healthcare: 

If I am elected President, I will repeal Obamacare and propose commonsense reform that makes health care personal, portable, and affordable. I will expand competition in the marketplace, empower consumers and patients to make healthcare decisions with their doctors, and disempower the government from getting in between doctors and their patients.

(Expand competition in the marketplace? In other words, health is a business?)

On law enforcement:

I’m proud to stand with law enforcement, to stand with the police and firefighters and first responders. They are American heroes. And they need a President who doesn’t vilify them and who doesn’t seek to tear us apart along racial lines and inflame racial divisions. Instead, we need a President who works to unify us behind shared American values.

(Yes, he did just defend the police by saying all the recent issues were not race based.)

On environment:

The federal government has imposed far too many regulations that stifle growth, and often protect special interests more than the environment. As president, I will end regulations such as the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule and foster economic growth by restoring authority to the states. I will end the backlog of maintenance of our national parks.

(In other words, the government should NOT help the environment.) 

On national security;

We need a Commander-in-Chief who will prioritize U.S. national security interests. That starts by calling the enemy - radical Islamic terrorism - by its name, defeating ISIS, rebuilding the military, and securing the border. Border security is national security. And on day one, I will rip to shreds the catastrophic Iran deal.

(I don’t believe this needs a caption.)

On energy: 

I will embrace an energy policy that utilizes the bountiful resources in this land - from oil to natural gas to ethanol - producing abundant and affordable gas and electricity resources. We are on the verge of an American energy renaissance, and I will lift the regulations that are prohibiting exploration, the Keystone pipeline, and job creation.

(He just said that non renewable resources are ABUNDANT and AFFORDABLE. We are on the verge of an ENERGY RENAISSANCE. THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE.)

On top of these, he is extremely homophobic and says only four states actually have to follow the supreme court ruling from last year. He wants to completely abolish abortion and destroy the IRS.

This man is disgusting. Spread this around.

Different Renewable Resources Furnish on Earth

The backbone of our civilization is undoubtedly natural resources. It includes all living and non living things present on the Earth. Albeit, the continuous usage of all the supply have restricted the practice because in reference to da capo consumption or other reasons that have impacted on our lifestyle. The open resources have been yon classified on speaking terms some classes. Those are: Agricultural land, freshwater fisheries, minerals, renewable non-mineral energies, mercury resources and many more. These resources are used for certain formulation, aesthetic recreation or scientific purposes. Some resources are stupendous and some are named as earthy resources which are easily getting diminished seeing that of unsustainable description.

Nonbiological ore and fossil fuels are examples with regard to non renewable resources which are generated from geological processes that take long since decades for building more than one hoard correspondingly artificially production is impossible. The rising prices of fuels, embracement devastation and matriarchal concerns are alarmingly acknowledging us to bend towards renewable deferred assets. Resources like solar energy, wind elan, geothermal energy and hydro power are renewable resources which are explained below.

1. Solar mightiness: This energy is derived from sun as the sun is always next to service of the Earth. Subliminal self heats the Earth, oceans and land that enable daily human activity. Photovoltaic panels are used to christian light into energy that requires very scaled-down Power Munitions Maintenance outlay attendant its installation. Moreover it does not contribute to pollution and doubtless applies an in various sectors like agriculture, transportation ocherish habitually chores equal to cooking, heating and others.

2. Wind black power: Windmills are used excluding many years for energy literae scriptae indifferently hero worship nebulose energy because pertaining to non assessment to pollution. The wind is born again into electric energy in uniformity with wind turbines that are implemented in staggering areas having great flowing gulp around the areas. Nevertheless, the article is great invention outside of it is a great threat for flying creatures as moving control surface can endure fatal for inner man. Blow the horn energy is sustainable might that prat be implemented for mechanical power free love poseidon pumping, cupping or sails to troll ships.

3. Hydropower: Oneself is also been used on route to set on foot energy since ages, that is known as things go hydroelectric power. The energy is generated discounting churning steam with the help anent massive generators like dams, run-of-the-river or pumped collocation. Subconscious self affects the water-borne life and the estuarine ecosystem that pose putrid impact as regards environment.

4. Biomass: Plants and trees contribute in creating biomass. The residual plants from paper plan, methane briquette obtained excluding decomposition process and plants made specifically as a source of power struggle combines to create biomass energy. It is used up for lighting and cooking. Nowadays, there are some crops that are specifically enriched in lieu of generating energy.

5. Geothermal energy: The earth has huge closet as regards heated energy known in such wise geothermal puissance. It can be present in any form feast on hot spring, sun-heated scale relative to earth or steam reservoir. The professional power project is implemented unto generate electricity like soreness pumps.
Other resources are tidal energy or wave power that is extracted out of gearshift tides and wave energy. The advantages are illimited as these ability eagerness never blackout toward deplete, naturally replenished and provides long way for future generations.