Wednesday, March 18, 2009

copier machine game

Don’t you think that those central bank people all over the world are having so much fun? They get to play with colors, numbers and hand out pieces of paper that people for some reason use to exchange gods with. And let’s not forget, they get really high salary. So here are some pointers how to have as much fun as those people.

Go out and buy a copier machine. Do not assume that buying a copier machine with tons of features means that you will be paying for unnecessary options. So many features are built into digital machines these days that the "extra" features may have little to no impact on price. Just make sure you stick to your requirements. Then pick up some pieces of paper, choice preferably some paper with nice colors. Always more fun with some bright and shiny paper, just remember to have a couple of different colors. Then figure out some cool name for your money. Lets call our money “Stupidity”, it’s just a name, don’t worry about it, you can call it whatever you like. Then choice a couple of numbers to write on those pieces of papers you bought. Let’s write ‘stupidity 10’ on the red ones ‘stupidity 50’ on the blue and ‘stupidity 100’ on green ones. Before you do anything else, go and join up with Hells Angels and form a protection agency with them. After all, only you should be printing money and if anyone else prints money, you need to “show them the right way”. Now, let’s start printing! When you have a couple of fine piles of those newly printed pieces of papers, hand them out in your neighborhood and convince people to start using them as currency, exchanging them for gods. And now comes the first really fun part, playing with numbers, colors and the printer is fun, but to continue doing the same is even funnier. Especially when you do it all the time, no matter what the problem is. Prices rise on food? Print more money. People are losing their jobs? Print more money. People can’t afford their homes anymore? Print more money. And when your community “needs to borrow” money from another neighborhood, you can also print more money to buy those debts which means that once again your monopoly money saves the day. A copy machine to the rescue! Almost like a superhero isn’t it? Now for the next fun part, you can take out a high salary for doing all this good to your friends and neighbors. After all, you are the hero with pieces of papers and some numbers. But in all neighborhoods there are troublemakers. Like that pesky shop owner at the corner who insists on raising his price higher then he should be doing, but you can show him with the help of some bikers. And then there are those women that seems to wanting to use gold instead of your pieces of paper. They are probably tired of using more and more paper and getting less and less for them, but hey, that’s not your problem. Send bikers on them too!

Now, you have a society deeply in debt with ever increasing prices and inhabitants that’s not really doing as they have been told. Some business has also gone down with more people not working as consequence and some of your neighborhoods debts owners are also having some problems. A recession. What do you do then… I know! You print more money! And then you can use them to increase spending and while you are at it, remember to also borrow even more money.

We can call this the “Weimar republic”-game or “Zimbabwe showed us the way” – game. It’s a great way to spend a couple of years. Especially when you also can play, at the same time, games like: “I know best what to eat, drink, inhale” – game and that fantastically funny: “Let’s send more printed money to some in the neighborhood but not others” – game. In combination with making the best use of Hells Angels bone cracking skills, you have lots of fun ahead of you. Just remember, keep that smile on your face!

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