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So... all people who are out of work should be paid to run in giant hamster wheels all day in order to make electricity. That simple sentence would solve the energy crisis, global warming, unemployment and obesity all in one.


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Is this voluntary ?

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Fantastic.
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If you think a few thousand men running in hamster wheels can solve all of the things you stated. Lol
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Don't worry there will be regulations~ breaks, holidays etc

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Even nicer
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(Original post by Copperknickers)
So... all people who are out of work should be paid to run in giant hamster wheels all day in order to make electricity. That simple sentence would solve the energy crisis, global warming, unemployment and obesity all in one.


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I remember having a similar idea to this about 3 years ago. However, upon bringing it up to my friend he came up with a series of logical arguments against my idea that rendered it useless. Well, my idea was a gym with machines that when used can generate electricity. He told me that it would be cost a lot to make these machines, build the actual facilities and the large number of people you would need to employ to make a substantial enough of energy. Your idea sounds good though!
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If you think a few thousand men running in hamster wheels can solve all of the things you stated. Lol
1.69 million people are currently out of work in the UK. Minus the 700 odd million disabled people who can't work and you still have 1 million. Frankly even 1/10th of that would still be pretty effective.

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Yes, but if you don't do it you get reduced access to NHS (at least, people who do do it get priority on waiting lists etc given equal level of illness) and have to pay higher tax on alcohol and cigarettes and sugar. But the salary is very good: 14,000 per year, more if you have dependent family. That's about triple the yearly earnings that you'd be receiving anyway on benefits, but it would also reduce crime and benefit fraud and in the longer term reduce NHS bill. You would get leave for any other activity which also contributed to lowering the national deficit or solving a pressing problem, it wouldn't be the only scheme of its type but it would be the primary one.

I also have other ideas relating to solving the housing crisis and the migrant crisis but one thing at a time.
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1.69 million people are currently out of work in the UK. Minus the 700 odd million disabled people who can't work and you still have 1 million. Frankly even 1/10th of that would still be pretty effective.
Who will pay them to do this?
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This is a wheel-y good idea! :clap2:
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Who will pay them to do this?
At first the government, but they will be split into factions which will compete for private contracts (which will surely be made available once businesses realise that it would likely massively reduce their energy costs and thus increase their profits. They might have to fill in surveys and take certain pharmacological test substances while they are running though to cover costs fully. All on a voluntary basis of course, the latter is hardly without precedent, every major drug that passes into the NHS has been tested on willing humans).
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wouldn't this cost like 14 billion pounds a year or something?
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They took ouuur joooooobbbbbs

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its kinda optimistic you think that this will..somehow...resolve global warming
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I would be willing to participate for free/volunteer, it sounds fun. :'3
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wouldn't this cost like 14 billion pounds a year or something?
About that, yes. But annual expenditure on benefits is over 200 billion a year.
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How about the UK beefs up its defense spending and enlists all these moochers into the army. The handicapped can join too - the Royal Wheelchair Corps. That way they can actually do something (contribute to humanitarian efforts, etc.) instead of staying at home, drinking tea and watching Eastenders, or whatever unemployed British people do...
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