Graham Banas

Burlington, Vermont, United States
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I've had a few different jobs, a couple of which were fun, while the rest were not so fun. I've had a few retail jobs (Dollar Tree, Game-Stop), neither of which were pleasant (Dollar Tree was exceptionally easy however), but they were jobs. From those I learned that I hated retail. The other jobs I've held were less formal but far more entertaining. I have been a soccer referee and a baseball umpire as well. Making money for refereeing soccer was one of the best ways to earn money as I loved soccer and happened to get paid for watching it. It was marvelous. And as far as changes in work or workplace, I'm not sure how drastic a change in workspace I'll see. If i continue with retail (hopefully not) there will need to be some degree of human interaction as opposed to a purely automated system, but I'd rather not still be in retail by the time it's predominantly automated. Apr 11, 2013

I'm not sure if choosing one of these would be a more appropriate thought than stating that could be both be equally dangerous if certain prerequisites were to be met. The absence of rules can result people feeling like they can and should do anything they they feel like doing, which for particularly disturbed individuals could be quite bad. However, the misrule of the powerful can be equally detrimental to people and the rights they are given. Or you could have mass genocides or people thinking they deserve to be allowed to do something so horrid. Look at Stalin. At Hitler. Obviously practically cliché answers, but they still remain glowing examples of what not to do if you care about people. A more recent example of misrule and misuse stems from North Korea and the shenanigans they are getting up to. The "War Declaration" that stemmed from them while in no fit state to back that up or be able to be taken seriously is a gross misuse of power that did nothing more than burn some of the bridges the country still had standing as far as friendly relationships. It made them look like fools. Apr 1, 2013

I certainly agree that global markets are going to be or have already become a bigger threat to human rights than terrorists or the wars against them. A cursory glance at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will reveal that this declaration is certainly not enforced in its entirety , even in the more \\\"civilized\\\" nations where bicker back and forth about how much money we deserve compared to other \\\"savage\\\" nations who aren\\\'t familiar with the likes of clean water. Another instance is the horrendous working conditions linked to major corporations, with Apple recently being put under the gun for horrendous business practices concerning the treatment of its workers. Those people may know how to construct and iPad, but they certainly won\\\'t have an opportunity to use one. Many of the nations around the world are too busy concerning themselves with their own internal struggles. If all the nations joined together and tried to secure equal treatment for all, we\\\'d be more likely to see everyone being properly treated, maybe not to the T according to the declaration, but at least in the ballpark, which is a right side better than can be said currently. Unfortunately, if we had that unity and sense of respect for everyone, then there probably wouldn\\\'t be as harsh a disparity of wealth, and then how would that make all the \\\"rich\\\" people feel? Feb 18, 2013

I agree with the above statements in that it is not a guarantee that both of these scenarios could lead to chaos. In spite of simply just regurgitating the same points, looking back on history does offer excellent glimpses as to what could be expected or at least more or less likely based upon when these situations have arisen before. Mar 30, 2013

The distinction between each group of people as a different species is a nice touch so far, and makes it easier to distinguish what might otherwise have been difficult to read for select people. My favorite part so far through in the book is the sequence where he is asking his wife (I believe she's his wife) about what species they should be, before settling upon mice even though they are already mice and the book is already written, which is a very entertaining sequence to read. Apr 11, 2013

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