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By BadDoggie (Thu Sep 18, 2008 at 06:23:06 AM EST) idiot (all tags)
With a relatively clear understanding of the terms, I accepted initially. Seven hours later I already bore the scars of that decision.  

The question: do I continue? I've looked at this a few ways.

Game Theory
Side A is unilaterally powerful. It calls the shots, is prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner, and even though it makes the rules stipulates that said rules may change at any time without warning. Side B's sole decision is whether to play the game. Any reward for play is brief and fleeting; the goal known to be unattainable from the outset. Once in, Side A's whim determines what, when and for how long.

J. Random Stranger walks into a casino and decides to try his luck. The odds are heavily stacked in the casino's favour both in the short and long terms. Eventually the casino will take all of J. Random's money. J. knows the odds so he knows the score: he has much to risk and little hope of any real gain while the casino has much to gain with very little associated risk. J. Random decides to play anyway.

J. Random Stranger is hungry while in a strange town without his wallet. There are two restaurants on opposite sides of the city and J. only has enough cash for food and a taxi ride to one of the two restaurants. The taxi driver tells him there's a pizza parlour and a steakhouse. Despite his gluten allergy he chooses the pizza joint and when he arrives, orders a steak and a Coke. The manager explains that J. Random can have the Coke but they don't have steaks. Does J. have any reason to be angry that they can't feed him?

Absolute advantage with no comparative advantage for specialisation on the part of the disadvantaged. The marginal benefit slope is almost -1.0 and sits well below the ATC curve. The marginal and average cost curves are exponential curves where f(x)>0 and exceed P at all points.

These are the most positive analogies.

It's more or less three-card monty. The rules of the game are clear. I have been warned by the dealer that it's inherently unfair and that play continues only for the dealer's amusement, an interest which includes observation of me after I've bankrupted myself.

Nowhere near over my last episode, I grab a pair of scissors and start running...
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friends by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Sep 18, 2008 at 07:03:29 AM EST
with benefits always ends in tears.

Odd Couple: 2008 by georgeha (4.00 / 6) #2 Thu Sep 18, 2008 at 07:06:43 AM EST
mns and bd, sharing a small apartment in San Francisco. with guns.

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