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  1. http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/09/01/gree...an-agriculture/ Examples of urban agriculture in Tokyo. As more people move into cities, will we see more of this in order to improve diets, provide foods for marginal people and the environmental benefits.
  2. http://gcaptain.com/non-state-navy-shepherd-case/
  3. I am thinking of working of a setting for Texas 2050 for a Cyberpunk game in which the major cities of Texas (Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston) have grown into a massive sprawl called the Texaplex. How to determine the type of cities since today's poor neighborhood may be gentrified in twenty years and sinking to middle class in another twenty. How would you determine type of neighborhood and law code? D6 or something else.
  4. http://n1on.com/ Awesome visuals and a good story. Prime fodder for a game setting.
  5. http://gizmodo.com/5942294/the-next-indust...pping-container The company http://www.re-char.com/
  6. http://io9.com/5943053/a-brand-new-cyberpu...y-lauren-beukes http://worldsf.wordpress.com/fiction/
  7. http://www.gsnmagazine.com/node/26007?c=la...irst_responders Basically it is a system that sits on a door overhead. When someone breaks in it sprays a cloud which is invisible to the robber but can be visible under UV light. It cannot be washed off for several days. I would think by 2026 this leads to a cloud which causes a disease after several days. Guess who has the treatment.
  8. Europe is dominated by Preservationist parties. Not anti-technology but slowly developing technologies that must pass strict safety and environmental rules. Prototypes are developed in European labs then manufactured (copied, reverse-engineered and just plain stolen) in the massive industrial parks in India, Indonesia and China. Infosocialist activists and guerrillas dispense and build nano fabricators and minifacs across the Global South. It is not the global village, it is the global apartment. North America and the Pacific Rim are dominated by the biotechnology companies, a fraction of t
  9. http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/ Book Review by Frank Kaminski Neither an economist nor a formally trained scholar, Dmitry Orlov is perhaps best described in his own words, as "more of an eyewitness" to the phenomenon on which he writes. He's a Russian émigré who saw the Soviet Union fall firsthand and has been drawing on this experience in warning of the coming U.S. collapse. He came to fame five years ago with a smash-hit Internet article that won him a loyal following and a subsequent book deal. The book, Reinventing Collapse, is now in its second edition—and regardless of how well it
  10. http://www.businessinsider.com/check-out-t...-cartels-2011-5
  11. There is always something to smuggle. If it isn't drugs it's people, guns, tech and other stuff. Look at Gaza on the Egyptian border. They smuggle fuel, food, construction materials, everything.
  12. I would think that a lot of system would be dependent on local sources. Couple days ago I read an article on a stove developed in a Kenyan slum that burned trash to cook food. People collected trash in return for tokens to be used to pay for food. As a result. The place was cleaner since the trash was collected. I can see lots of methane used from garbage heaps and waste fills to fill up gas canisters. In the Windup Girl, you had the Lord of Dung who was a Godfather figure who gained power from supplying fuel. Guess how he disposed of the dead. You might have better battery but you
  13. I would like to see the setting for these companies.
  14. I would say the line is. Go to your local strip mall. Not the fancy one, or the middle class one. The one on the poor side of town. Between the used book stores, the local conveyance store, the Goodwill and Salvation Army. Could you find it there? Could you find in a Army/Navy store or a dozen knockoffs from overseas on the Street (roll 1d6 for quality/chance of malfunction). I would not give the players the latest tech without raising prices. Make them work for it.
  15. The Running Man as a setting One of my favorite action-sci/fi movies is the Running Man (1987). This was before Arnold started doing more serious and family/comedy roles and was an action hero. Here is the plot courtesy of Wikipedia: By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and American society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight for their lives, including the gladiator-style The Running Man, hosted by the ruthless Damon Killian, where
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