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Resort Attracts Men With Virtual Girlfriends

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the all-you-need-is-love dept.

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disco_tracy writes "Long a favorite of lovers and honeymooners, a Japanese beach town with fading sparkle has found a new tourism niche in the wired age. A resort based on a game called 'Love Plus,' encourages players to develop long-term relationships with virtual women. From the article: 'Local souvenir shops in the resort town have caught on and capitalized on the love-struck new clientele, selling Love Plus-themed souvenirs, from good-luck charms to steamed buns and fish sausages. The local Ohnoya hotel even offers traditional rooms to the unusual couples, which feature two sets of futon beds and another barcode panel that allows the men to visualize their girlfriends in a flattering summer kimono.'"

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Define 'real girl' (3, Funny)

alphatel (1450715) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427610)

What happens when the AR wears off and rogue LovePlus boys start kissing real girls by mistake? Find out tonight on VR-Smackdown.

Re:Define 'real girl' (2, Funny)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428578)

"But honey, I didn't know she was real!"

Oh no, they never saw the film! (4, Funny)

istartedi (132515) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427624)

Oh no, they must have never seen the film:

DON'T DATE ROBOTS!

Re:Oh no, they never saw the film! (1)

E IS mC(Square) (721736) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427640)

Or they have watched too much of Dollhouse?

Re:Oh no, they never saw the film! (1)

denis-The-menace (471988) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428170)

At least in DollHouse you get a REAL Ve-j-j

Re:Oh no, they never saw the film! (1)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427810)

Vote "NO!" on prop infinity.

Re:Oh no, they never saw the film! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428606)

Electro-gonorrhea! The noisy killer!

Real...or virtual (1)

Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427632)

Are those steamed buns real, or just virtual. I'm guessing they'll be a popular room-service item.

I love you PHILIP J FRY. (4, Funny)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427648)

Please tell me about the CAN'T EAT MORE. (Would you like to take 5 minutes to register me?)

Re:I love you PHILIP J FRY. (1)

Kepesk (1093871) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428062)

Ha ha, awesome.

Did I just read an article that had the terms "virtual women", "steamed buns", and "fish sausages" in the same paragraph?

Re:I love you PHILIP J FRY. (4, Funny)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428078)

Did I just read an article that had the terms "virtual women", "steamed buns", and "fish sausages" in the same paragraph?

This is Slashdot, so the answer is probably no. :p

Re:I love you PHILIP J FRY. (1)

mike260 (224212) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428554)

"Say honey, I'm famished; would you buy me some STEAMED BUNS AND FISH SAUSAGES please?"

Oh, Japanese beach town. (1)

spyked (1878060) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427668)

Well, it is Japan we're talking about, right? Therefore, there's nothing weird about it.

Re:Oh, Japanese beach town. (2, Funny)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427728)

Strangely enough, this COULD catch on with much of the slashdot crowd. All you'd have to do, is get those barcodes down in the basements of many a /.dweller....then they could live with Mom AND girlfriend.

Re:Oh, Japanese beach town. (1)

Nesman64 (1093657) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427878)

Are you suggesting I get a robotic mom? My wife has already vetoed the robotic girlfriend.

Actually, that might not be a bad idea. What do they have a la Rosie the Robot?

Re:Oh, Japanese beach town. (2, Funny)

treeves (963993) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428012)

Sorry, Sounds like you'll have to settle for Rosie Palm.

Re:Oh, Japanese beach town. (4, Interesting)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428586)

"My wife has already vetoed the robotic girlfriend."

I know you're joking...BUT, I wonder, would real women (GF or spousal unit) really be mad if you had a robotic GF if technology got good enough for you to really want one?

I mean...just using it for physical pleasure...since it isn't a real human, would it be cheating? I'd think it would be MUCH less so, than Clinton's definition of sex...?

What about a step further, if VR got good enough to where you just plugged in? Would that be in any form cheating or just REALLY REALLY good porn?

Then again..I could see a future...where if the VR stuff was THAT good, would men start shying away from real women and reality? I mean, you get a VR chick that never ages, never says no, always looks JUST like you want her....and never complains or nags you. Who'd want the real thing after that (unless you wanted to reproduce).

Just some random ideas...

Re:Oh, Japanese beach town. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428660)

would men start shying away from real women and reality? I mean, you get a VR chick that never ages, never says no, always looks JUST like you want her....and never complains or nags you. Who'd want the real thing after that (unless you wanted to reproduce).

I never wanted kids, so I've been doing that since her name was .gif, never mind .jpg.

Re:Oh, Japanese beach town. (1)

Redlazer (786403) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428716)

He's thinking of the end of humanity! Quickly, he must be silenced!

Re:Oh, Japanese beach town. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428730)

And this my geeky friend, is why you need to put the slashdot down and meet some real live woman. My wife is an open minded geek, and would still never let this fly.

Re:Oh, Japanese beach town. (4, Informative)

oatworm (969674) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428738)

Like most things, I think it would depend on the woman. I've met more than a few women that get extremely upset when they realize their man has a porn collection and the willingness to use it ("What, am I not good enough for you?!"). I've also met more than a few women that just write it off as "boys will be boys", and a subset of those that watch and enjoy the porn with the guys.

If I had to hazard a guess, I'd assume that those that get upset about porn would get extremely upset about the robot sex slave, those that write porn off as "boys will be boys" might get a bit uncomfortable about the robot (there's a fine line between "porn's on the TV" and "my guy is with a robotic sex toy") but may or may not keep their discomfort to themselves, and those that watch and enjoy the porn will be arranging robotic threesomes, assuming they don't already have matching male sex robots to play with.

Re:Oh, Japanese beach town. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428918)

I've met more than a few women that get extremely upset when they realize their man has a porn collection and the willingness to use it

Any guy who tolerates this kind of attitude from his partner is a beta male who will eventually get cheated on or dumped once she finds a better prospect.

Re:Oh, Japanese beach town. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428786)

Sounds perfect, doesn't it? "The last invention of man was the Holodeck."

Problem is, perfect gets boring. The inconvenient truth about all those little relationship annoyances is that they challenge you to grow in ways you'd never think to explore otherwise.

Re:Oh, Japanese beach town. (5, Insightful)

poity (465672) | more than 4 years ago | (#33429068)

How would you feel if your girlfriend told you robot dick feels better than yours?

Re:Oh, Japanese beach town. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428126)

You mean: "It's not Ocidental so it's not Embarrassing"

Japan's primary export (5, Funny)

Iamthecheese (1264298) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427698)

is WTF. Large quantities of WTF

Re:Japan's primary export (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427740)

Don't forget cars that drive themselves at expeditious velocity. Unfortunately, they still haven't figured out how to get them to steer themselves.

Re:Japan's primary export (4, Funny)

Blue Stone (582566) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427772)

Speaking as someone from a land that has a surplus of FFS and a deficit of WTF, I can say in no uncertain terms, thank you Japan for your wonderful, ludicrous exports.

Re:Japan's primary export (1)

hamburger lady (218108) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427856)

yeah, you know it's japan when " selling Love Plus-themed souvenirs, from good-luck charms to steamed buns and fish sausages" is the sanest part of the story.

Re:Japan's primary export (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428018)

I'm not sure I have ever head of a fish sausage before, but the very idea of it makes me feel ill...

Re:Japan's primary export (1)

oatworm (969674) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428748)

Do you like fish sticks?

Re:Japan's primary export (2, Interesting)

couchslug (175151) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428070)

They live in a boring, conformist hive culture so when they blow off steam, they REALLY need to blow off steam. An accepted social outlet is a non-disruptive way to do that.
The old way to vent was upon the neighbors, and we've seen (Nanjing) what that leads to. Better they watch that stuff as a cartoon, fap, and go about their day. Every culture does this to some extent, but the Nips are less prudish than USians.

Re:Japan's primary export (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428584)

This isn't about blowing off steam; it's about filling the void for men who don't have a woman for whatever reason, be it gender disparity, social ineptitude, a schedule that doesn't permit a normal social life, or a distaste for relationships.

The "old way" to cope was to get a hooker, but apparently Japan's become too prudish for that.

Re:Japan's primary export (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428908)

Ewww! Hookers are real women and therefore, scary!

Re:Japan's primary export (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#33429084)

Who doesn't live in one roughly like that? (I'm not asking for "but mine is obviously special!")

Re:Japan's primary export (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428740)

...wrapped in a Hello Kitty tortilla.

Inflatables? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33427726)

do the local shops sell inflatable virtual dolls?

I wonder... (1)

FreonTrip (694097) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427734)

Would a power outage result in a scene that was sad, or genuinely horrifying?

"steamed buns and fish sausages" (2, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427738)

ROR

Re:"steamed buns and fish sausages" (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428336)

RUR. But those weren't love robots, were they?

Wait... (1)

countSudoku() (1047544) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427770)

Love Plus [something =] fish sausages

Where have I seen this equation before? Oh yeah, in my pants! I love you, Japan! Keep up the weird work!

Just a guess... (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427854)

...but I have to believe the rooms come with a large, king-size box of tissues in every room.

Aptly named (1)

jpvlsmv (583001) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427882)

The hotel (or maybe the town itself) is named "Ohnoya"

As in Oh No Ya gotta get a real girlfriend?

--Joe

Virtual babies? (5, Insightful)

twoallbeefpatties (615632) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427886)

I can't imagine why Japan is having a population problem with low birth rates.

Re:Virtual babies? (1)

sourcerror (1718066) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428506)

Low birth rate, high bit rate.

Re:Virtual babies? (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428596)

And yet, Japan still has more virtual babies than any other country!

Re:Virtual babies? (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428818)

They're making up for it with robots--lots and lots of robots.

Re:Virtual babies? (1)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428856)

Does Japan suffer from the same sort of "girls are terrible, we only want boys" prejudice that's supposed to leave China with an extra 30+ million men by the end of the decade?

Re:Virtual babies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428900)

No.

Re:Virtual babies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33429050)

Definitely *not* the case.

Why live? (1, Insightful)

junglebeast (1497399) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427908)

If you have so utterly given up on the hope of ever actually forming a relationship with a female, yet are emotionally dependent on such a relationship to the point where you are willing to entertain the concept of voluntary insanity by trying to convince your mind into thinking that a "virtual girlfriend" is real, then you should just kill yourself.

Re:Why live? (4, Funny)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427946)

...then you should just kill yourself.

After the steamed buns and fish sausages, of course.

Re:Why live? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428268)

Sadly, many do just as you have suggested... :(

Re:Why live? (1)

Wonko the Sane (25252) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428714)

Isn't prostitution legal, or at least tolerated there? Why hasn't the free market solved this problem yet?

suicide in Japan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428758)

Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Coincidence? I think not.

Re:Why live? (1)

bsharp8256 (1372285) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428872)

The ones who modded this Flamebait are the kind of guys who would have a virtual girlfriend.

Eh? (5, Funny)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427952)

What's the matter, Japanese men? Japanese women not good enough for you? They are widely held by many cultures as the best women in the world. It reminds me of that ancient joke that goes:

Heaven is:
an American salary,
a Chinese Cook,
a British Home,
and a Japanese Wife.

Hell is:
a Chinese salary,
a British Cook,
a Japanese House,
and an American Wife.

Re:Eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428342)

Chinese cook being heaven?

I believe you've never had Dim Sum. That's the last level of hell. About the same as Fear Factor.

Re:Eh? (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428446)

Chinese cook being heaven?

I believe you've never had Dim Sum. That's the last level of hell. About the same as Fear Factor.

The worst dim sum I ever had was a whole octopus coated in hot sauce; it had the texture an eraser and burned like fire. The worst episode of Fear Factor I ever watched involved a pizza with a bile-based crust, coagulated cow blood for sauce, stinky cheese, fish eyes, and live worms.

I'll stick with the dim sum, thanks.

Re:Eh? (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428514)

Shit, I accidentally a word out. So much for preview helping prevent errors and omissions.

Re:Eh? (4, Insightful)

metamechanical (545566) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428464)

Ironic then that the name means something to the effect of "pointing to your heart's desire". Having eaten a fair amount of Dim Sum, I somehow think that it got that name for a reason.

Feel free to leave all of the worthwhile food in the world to people with taste buds, though. We'll leave you all the Whoppers you can eat.

Re:Eh? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428350)

Originally it was this one:

Heaven is a place where the police are English; the chefs are Italian; the car mechanics are German; the lovers are French and it's all organized by the Swiss.

Hell is a place where the police are German; the chefs are English; the car mechanics are French; the lovers are Swiss and it's all organized by the Italians.

Re:Eh? (1)

BitwizeGHC (145393) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428472)

I've heard this variation:

Canada should have been the perfect blend of French cuisine, British culture, and American industry. But what they got instead was British cuisine, American culture and French industry.

Re:Eh? (2, Informative)

BitwizeGHC (145393) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428398)

That's just the problem. A Japanese wife is too good for the target audience of this game. Just like us, Japan has no shortage of pudgy, sweaty, repugnant turbo nerds who repel any decent girl with their offensive BO and even more offensive sexual proclivities. Hence the need for a virtual girlfriend, a computer entity which always reacts in the same sweet way and doesn't care what kind of pig you are.

Re:Eh? (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#33429020)

Once again, this is why I love crack whores. If you've got $20, they'll put up with anything.

Culture shift in Japan (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428658)

Japan is undergoing a huge cultural shift. In the past corporate loyalty was a big concept in Japan; workers expected to work long hours for their entire lives for a single employer, and in return they would get paid well and never get laid off. The economic problems of Japan have led to this culture going away. For most older workers it is still in place (although some have been laid off), but for most young people the situation is pretty awful. There is huge unemployment among young people, and the jobs available are mostly contract positions that don't pay well and may end with little notice. A particularly harsh problem for a country that puts a large emphasis on employment as a basis for personal success and has relied on the corporate benevolance that was present in the past instead of creating extensive social safety net programs.

This has led to poverty and disillusionment, with many younger people reacting by withdrawing from society to various degrees. This is presumably why Japan has some of the lowest numbers in the world for children born per capita and frequency of sexual contact. The virtual girlfriend is an attempt to capitalize on those withdrawn young men who are still active in society but do not have the interest or self-confidence necessary to pursue a human female. It isn't so much a rejection of Japanese women as a reaction of despair to a society that treats them as if they have no value. It's a cautionary note for the United States too. The fact that the corporate loyalty culture here is much weaker probably means that the impact won't be as bad, but the potential for a generation that is poorer, less motivated, and less active socially is definitely present.

BTW, make sure your Chinese cook is a gourmet--a great Chinese cook can make lots of great food, but an ok Chinese cook makes food that is very greasy and salty, which tastes great once in a while but is monotonous (not to mention very unhealthy) if eaten regularly. Contrast that to an ok French or Italian cook, who makes food that isn't inspired but is still good to eat any or every day.

Re:Culture shift in Japan (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428796)

Greasy and salty is some sort of bizarre regional variation. China is a huge place. The cooking styles are not even the same from region to region. It's not unknown for a happy couple to break up before marriage because she likes to cook sweet food and he can only eat spicy. Actually I find the basic Chinese diet to be quite healthy, as it is vegetables, rice (or other grain in such form as noodles), and a little bit of meat. You'll lose weight eating it every day, that's for sure.

Re:Culture shift in Japan (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#33429004)

Greasy and salty is some sort of bizarre regional variation.

Yeah... American Chinese.

Of course, that’s no different from American Mexican (greasy and salty), American Italian (greasy and salty), ... I think “gourmet” in his post could pretty easily be replaced with “authentic” without changing the meaning of his statement.

Re:Eh? (1)

volpe (58112) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428708)

Hell is:
[...]
a British Cook,

Hmmm. I think there's some truth here. What's Gordon Ramsay's nationality? And what's the name of his show?

Re:Eh? (1)

darkfeline (1890882) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428896)

Actually, from what I've heard, Japanese women are vicious, especially with their husband's salaries. If you make a lot (A LOT) of money, then it's easy to get a wife (but don't quote me on this)

Re:Eh? (2, Funny)

Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428936)

Heaven is: an American salary, a Chinese Cook, a British Home, and a Japanese Wife.

...and a virtual girlfriend.

"Best women in the world" (1)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428982)

I think by this you mean "most tolerant of male bad behaviour." This is not a feminist definition of "best". In terms of overall national achievement, I think the French might want to make some claims.

Re:Eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33429072)

I knew it as:

In heaven,
the lovers are Italian,
the police are English,
the mechanics are German,
the cooks are French,
the bankers are Swiss


In hell,
the lovers are Swiss,
the police are German,
the mechanics are French,
the cooks are English,
the bankers are Italian

How. Fucking. Sad (1)

luis_a_espinal (1810296) | more than 4 years ago | (#33427990)

I mean, really. Words aren't enough to describe how sad (and pathetic) this is.

Creepy much? (2, Insightful)

sabs (255763) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428034)

Cause that's not creepy at all...

No.
Though I would expect it to appeal to the average /. poster

I read the headline as ... (2, Funny)

joelsanda (619660) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428084)

"Resort ATTACKS Men With Virtual Girlfriends".

Re:I read the headline as ... (3, Funny)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428482)

Now that's a wave of destruction that's easy on the eyes.

To the Urban Dictionary, Robin! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428088)

So the new euphemism for jacking off to internet pr0n at home is "staycation"?

More of same on the way (3, Interesting)

rbrander (73222) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428136)

I'm just guessing, here, no research done (hey, a /. tradition) but I suspect that if your culture continues to have a deeply-embedded prejudice for treating women like crap, and wives in particular as servants for yourself and her mother-in-law, it could be tough finding a wife.

This problem exists to varying degrees in Asia, and is already being hugely exacerbated by a plummeting female/male ratio in some countries due to selective abortion and even (quiet) infanticide.

A whole generation of men the size of the whole US population won't be able to find women in the coming generation.

And if you aren't sympathetic, maybe you will be later. Because that's also the generation that's going to enjoy a whole new level of industrialized prosperity - enough to basically come bidding for women from other countries.

Women from America's growing underclass, as rich and poor grow further apart might find a nice condo in Bangalore and a (pathetically) grateful south Asian hubby more attractive than a trailer park...

Re:More of same on the way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428502)

You know that Japan is not China, right?

Re:More of same on the way (1)

poptones (653660) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428508)

American women? Women from the hive mind of christian feminism traipsing off to live in a culture where women are treated as possessions?

More likely Chinese, which are right next door, will end up fitting this bill.

Re:More of same on the way (1)

PaulWhoIsAGhost (1862940) | more than 4 years ago | (#33429026)

"Christian feminism"? Do you actually know anything about feminism? A Christian brand certainly exists, but the majority of modern feminist thought emphasizes individual freedom, a position that is rather at odds with the traditional formulations of Abrahamic belief systems. Obviously, you'll find liberal Christians who subscribe to third-wave feminism, and you'll find a bastardized feminism among some more conservative Christians (generally designed to give some basis to Christian sex-negativity, a function that is in opposition to modern sex-positive feminism); however, true third-wave feminism and conservative Christianity don't have a lot in common.

Re:More of same on the way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428582)

Rampant xenophobia ruling out your plan for world domination aside (what Japanese man would taint his pure bloodline with halfling children? They'd have to be even more desperate than the guy fapping to 3D porn), the real problem is that both genders in Japan have serious entitlement issues. They're all holding out for Mr and Ms Right, where guys are looking for 9+ and women are looking for millionaires. Not actress/model material? Not rich? Sucks to be you.

Eventually they'll lower their standards, but by then the childbearing years have ticked on by.

Re:More of same on the way (1)

rbrander (73222) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428588)

I know that Japan is practically the only south-east Asian nation that *doesn't* have the selective abortion issue. If they all have it, there won't be any place in SE Asia with an excess of women dropping from the trees.

Granted, the "Asia Needs Women" (so much for Mars) scenario does involve a dramatic attitude change on the part of the husbands.

A dramatic attitude change in Japan might work wonders, as their ratio is still about even, but it won't help in China which now has a 1.19 male/female at birth and 24 million men face single lives. They'll need a dramatic attitude change. AND more women.

Re:More of same on the way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33429006)

Japan is EAST Asia. Not Southeast.

Re:More of same on the way (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428816)

I think the Japanese will eventually get over the whole atom bomb thing, but if we start exporting our women over there then they'll never forgive us.

The enormous discrepancy between brides imported into the US vs grooms says a lot about the relative desirability of our women.

Re:More of same on the way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428992)

Women from America's growing underclass, as rich and poor grow further apart might find a nice condo in Bangalore and a (pathetically) grateful south Asian hubby more attractive than a trailer park...

Poor white folks in the US would never adjust to a diet heavy in vegetables and rice. We'd have to ship fried Twinkies there first.

1 of the world's highest ranking slimeballs (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33428142)

'fresh' from his set-up (appointed by the ongoing bushwellian regime) job (had to leave in disgrace, 'cause of a real chick in the mix) as president of the (new)world(order) bank, no mention of same in his 'story'. same guy, who along with big dick cheney, wrote the plan (being followed to the letter as we fail to discuss anything) of pre-empting any problems in the world using tactical nuclear weapons (starting with iran). now the same guy writes on the nyt as though he's some sort of knowledgeable god-sent (to help US) patriot, instead of the cold-heartdead glowbull warmonger/whoremonger he really is.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/31/opinion/31wolfowitz.html

meanwhile (hopefully not much longer); the corepirate nazi illuminati is always hunting that patch of red on almost everyones' neck. if they cannot find yours (greed, fear ego etc...) then you can go starve. that's their (slippery/slimy) 'platform' now. see also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisocial_personality_disorder

never a better time to consult with/trust in our creators. the lights are coming up rapidly all over now. see you there?

greed, fear & ego (in any order) are unprecedented evile's primary weapons. those, along with deception & coercion, helps most of us remain (unwittingly?) dependent on its' life0cidal hired goons' agenda. most of our dwindling resources are being squandered on the 'wars', & continuation of the billionerrors stock markup FraUD/pyramid schemes. nobody ever mentions the real long term costs of those debacles in both life & any notion of prosperity for us, or our children. not to mention the abuse of the consciences of those of us who still have one, & the terminal damage to our atmosphere (see also: manufactured 'weather', hot etc...). see you on the other side of it? the lights are coming up all over now. the fairytail is winding down now. let your conscience be your guide. you can be more helpful than you might have imagined. we now have some choices. meanwhile; don't forget to get a little more oxygen on your brain, & look up in the sky from time to time, starting early in the day. there's lots going on up there.

"The current rate of extinction is around 10 to 100 times the usual background level, and has been elevated above the background level since the Pleistocene. The current extinction rate is more rapid than in any other extinction event in earth history, and 50% of species could be extinct by the end of this century. While the role of humans is unclear in the longer-term extinction pattern, it is clear that factors such as deforestation, habitat destruction, hunting, the introduction of non-native species, pollution and climate change have reduced biodiversity profoundly.' (wiki)

"I think the bottom line is, what kind of a world do you want to leave for your children," Andrew Smith, a professor in the Arizona State University School of Life Sciences, said in a telephone interview. "How impoverished we would be if we lost 25 percent of the world's mammals," said Smith, one of more than 100 co-authors of the report. "Within our lifetime hundreds of species could be lost as a result of our own actions, a frightening sign of what is happening to the ecosystems where they live," added Julia Marton-Lefevre, IUCN director general. "We must now set clear targets for the future to reverse this trend to ensure that our enduring legacy is not to wipe out many of our closest relatives."--

"The wealth of the universe is for me. Every thing is explicable and practical for me .... I am defeated all the time; yet to victory I am born." --emerson

no need to confuse 'religion' with being a spiritual being. our soul purpose here is to care for one another. failing that, we're simply passing through (excess baggage) being distracted/consumed by the guaranteed to fail illusionary trappings of man'kind'. & recently (about 10,000 years ago) it was determined that hoarding & excess by a few, resulted in negative consequences for all.

consult with/trust in your creators. providing more than enough of everything for everyone (without any distracting/spiritdead personal gain motives), whilst badtolling unprecedented evile, using an unlimited supply of newclear power, since/until forever. see you there?

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." )one does not need to agree whois in charge to grasp the notion that there may be some assistance available to us(

boeing, boeing, gone.

I may have to try this. (1)

Baalzac (1885050) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428252)

Virtual girlfriends may be better than none. How advanced is the software controlling their behavior and communication?

Re:I may have to try this. (3, Insightful)

Spazntwich (208070) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428934)

Your resignation makes me sad, because courtship ultimately boils down to a game many nerds are more suited to than they realize.

Granted, it's a grind, but the loot... or dare I say booty beats anything virtual.

The hardest part is getting over yourself. "But who could possibly want me?" is a self-fulfilling prophecy. I think that might actually be the whole nerd social issue... we get too "meta" with social interaction over shit that just doesn't occur to most people.

Hmm. I'm gonna go write an entirely unsubstantiated self-help book.

Wired age or Weird age? (1)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428490)

Did anyone else misread "wired age" as "weird age"? :)

Does this mean... (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428528)

...we'll get Kingdom Hearts III soon?

I'm guessing (1)

Fizzol (598030) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428636)

Love Plus hand lotion and tissues are the biggest sellers at the gift shop.

Love Plus Resort (4, Funny)

secolactico (519805) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428784)

Judgind by the picture, the resort is located in the picturesque Uncanny Valley.

Business idea...it's mine, I patent it (1)

OnePumpChump (1560417) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428880)

Virtual Pet Groomer

Why? (1)

jewishbaconzombies (1861376) | more than 4 years ago | (#33428954)

Because JAPAN that's why!
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