The airlines are considering a novel move: charge their overweight passengers more than what their more attractive counterparts pay. This would be good; it would provide a needed incentive. Since no-one wants to visit or do business with fat, ugly people, those people who've let themselves go clearly need to stay near to home and work extensively on their problem, venturing out when they are presentable.

Once travelers see the benefits of not having to sit next to fat people, not having to look at them, and having more room when they eat, I predict a hue and cry will arise for the extension of similar restrictions to all avenues. Workplaces will soon become more pleasant, with fat and ugly workers having to work at reduced wages until they fix themselves up. Similarly, schools and universities will be pleasanter, with fat students being required to attend exercise classes after class, and where students ugly for other reasons will attend lessons in grooming, make-up, dress, health and skin care, admittedly being somewhat stuck with the faces they have.
For newsgroups, one solution might be to enforce a quota on the number of daily posts accepted from fat, ugly people . For unmonitored groups, simple upgrades to newsreaders could be designed that would filter out superfluous posts based on the physical condition of the various members posting. A consensus on who fits the bill and who doesn't of yet would be based on each group's Picture Gallery: it'd be necessary for everyone to send in two recently updated pictures of themselves: one of their face, one head-to-toe, but that's a small price to pay for a benefit to one and all.

Restrictions or not, we all want to know what the posters we're associating with look like: we just might find ourselves in a situation where meeting them is a real possibility, for example, and no-one wants to dine, or do other things, with fat and ugly people.
Better days ahead, especially when one considers that after ugliness is much reduced in the world, we can get to work on some of the other failings we people have, incentivising the traits, one after another, until all are improved, if not eliminated: shortages of knowledge, lack of sophistication, racism and prejudice, unwarranted patriotism, poor senses of humour, laziness, lack of creativity and originality, conservative political views the sky's the limit.

Charles
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The airlines are considering a novel move: charge their overweight passengers more than what their more attractive counterparts pay. This would be good; it would provide a needed incentive. Since no-one wants to visit or do business with fat, ugly people,

Whoa!
Adrian
The airlines are considering a novel move: charge their overweight passengers more than what their more attractive counterparts pay. This ... go clearly need to stay near to home and work extensively on their problem, venturing out when they are presentable.

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Why are you conflating "fat" and "ugly"? Are you trying to be funny? Do you really not see why airlines might be justified in charging overweight people more? (Hint - many of them take up two seats. Another hint. I get the same baggage allowance as someone twice my weight (147 lb))
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The airlines are considering a novel move: charge their overweight ... extensively on their problem, venturing out when they are presentable.

(fatuous drivel snipped) Why are you conflating "fat" and "ugly"? Are you trying to be funny? Do you really not ... them take up two seats. Another hint. I get the same baggage allowance as someone twice my weight (147 lb).

Presumably (my reader wouldn't fetch the news item) the airlines' intention would be to set a particular, perhaps an average, weight and then charge for poundage over that. Whether you exceeded the limit because of pounds and pounds of gorgeous fat, because of heavy bones TM ( like ahem me) or because you were a 6'5" football-playing Adonis, you would pay the excess. Ninety-eight-pound people could then agitate (weakly) for a rebate. CB
Better days ahead, especially when one considers that after ugliness is much reduced in the world, we can get to ... unwarranted patriotism, poor senses of humour, laziness, lack of creativity and originality, conservative political views the sky's the limit.

Is that you, Dean Swift? If so, welcome back. We need you.

Better days ahead, especially when one considers that after ugliness ... and originality, conservative political views the sky's the limit.

That's an optimistic evolutionary POV. My take is that after all people will become uniformly beautiful, the esthetic taste will change drastically: the asymmetry will be the ideal of beauty.
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That's an optimistic evolutionary POV. My take is that after all people will become uniformly beautiful, the esthetic taste will change drastically: the asymmetry will be the ideal of beauty.

Theory 1: Men want to have sex with every attractive woman they see. Theory 2: Because they will only impregnate the pretty ones, evolution will see that ugly women eventually disappear.
Theory 3: Theory 2 would already have proved itself, had it not been for the invention of alcohol which makes most women attractive after the first 8 pints.
Theory 4: Those men who drink 8 or more pints of beer regularly are not exactly attractive to women.
Theory 5: Young women these days drink a lot more and so get trapped by unattractive men.
Luckily for most of us, none of these theories really work out in practice, but for those with money, there are braces for teeth, silicon for breasts, botul... (I can't spell it) ...poisons for faces and operations for tummies and butts.

Rob Bannister
Presumably (my reader wouldn't fetch the news item) the airlines' intention

What news item?
would be to set a particular, perhaps an average, weight and then charge for poundage over that.

Not at all. The problem is grossly obese people who literally take up more than one seat. I believe that the objective test is: if you can't sit in the seat and fold both arms down then you must pay for two seats.

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Remember the old adverts - must have been back in the 50s - "as comfortable as an airline seat"? They wouldn't dare say that now. The problem is not just grossly obese people, but also the way airlines have squashed everyone together. I really hate it when the small person in front of me pushes their seat back, spilling my meal on me. Then, there are those people who bring masses of "hand luggage" on board, taking most of the overhead luggage space and forcing the extra under my seat.

Rob Bannister
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