Comic 878 - Ask Jury some things

Posted on 2nd Apr 2018, 4:17 PM in Shipping Off to Southden
Ask Jury some things

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Morgenstern 2nd Apr 2018, 4:17 PM edit delete
You bring up the (possibly tainted) biopaste in the city. Is there anything the feds can do about that...?

"Not quickly," Jury replies. "Someone would have to file an official complaint with the food and drug administration--"

"Wait," Fuse interjects, almost laughing, "wait no, why are they in charge of biopaste related stuff?"

"It's... a long story," Dr. Finch states.

"And not an exciting one," Jury adds before continuing. "They would need to evaluate the report and build a case, then take it to court, which could take months."

"That's if nobody gets bought off before then," Michelle throws in. "Geez, that's lame."

Jury nods. "That's the system."

Dr. Finch gives a small sigh. "Privately owned corporations have a substantial number of protections in place, and the government proper has very little means to penetrate them. I'm not... entirely surprised that federal hands would be tied on this matter."

"But we know who's doin' it and why," Caius protests. "Ya can't just go bust 'em?"

Jury shakes her head. "It's rarely that simple. I would need very concrete evidence of deliberate law breaking to take action and have it stick. I would need the names of the exact offenders, not just whoever's pulling their strings. I would need to know what they're putting in the biopaste, and if it's not explicitly banned I would need to be able to prove its negative effects."

Caius scowls, crossing his arms. "An' naturally Thale works behind eight layers o' bullshit, so nobody can prove nothin'. Even if we could tie this all to Gargan or whoever, Thale'd just toss 'em under tha bus."

"Exactly," Jury replies. "Patton Thale having mind control makes it even tougher. Thale has someone trying to taint the biopaste supplies, but that figure probably has others working for them. No one will flip. Not one. By the third or fouth questionable arrest of some no-name underling, my office will be dragging me out of the city. My suggestion? Buy from out of town. All my intel suggests Thale has little to no stock beyond the city limits. Whatever he's planning to do with all that biopaste... well, maybe we can stop him before it gets that far. If we can get to Patton himself, his whole operation will come unwound."

You also ask about buying a town. ...In another country, admittedly, but Jury could still know something. Ilworth is abandoned, but you think you might have some use for it.

"How abandoned?," she asks. "I know how it works here, it might be different over there. Property has to be sold to someone, and property in a dead town plummets in value as time goes on. To officially 'buy Ilworth,' I think you'd need to buy up all the property that's in it... but you might get it cheap if it's been empty that long."

"Who would you even buy it from...?," Michelle asks. "How would you find out?"

"I'll bet there's a database somewhere," Fuse replies. "We'd just need to look up who currently owns all the properties in Ilworth."

"It may be a ridiculous number of people," Dr. Finch speculates. "...Or, if all the citizens sold to a handful of buyers, we may only need to negotiate with a few individuals. Depending on how many hands the properties are distributed across, currently, the effort and time may be a bigger sink than the money would be."

"And they're gonna want it in lady bucks," Caius says.

"Lady bucks...?," Michelle asks.

Caius shrugs. "Their money's got some woman on 'em."

Michelle grins, shaking her head. "We still gotta rig up the power in Ilworth, too, if we're really wantin' to do this."

"I feel odd suggesting it," Dr. Finch says, "but... even after Faraday is rescued from that horrid contraption, that bunker will have enough energy to last it and all attached bunkers a couple millenia, at minimum. That's stored in the cells and already running through the generators, not simply Faraday's essence hanging in the atmosphere. If we drilled a hole into Bunker E, we could run a cable to Ilworth's power station. It would be free power, and because the energy is already processed, it wouldn't affect Faraday."

He pauses, slightly, before adding more quietly, "...The devices in Bunker E will continue operating at the same pace regardless, until we can find a way to remove her from the environment."


psychoshen 2nd Apr 2018, 5:30 PM edit delete reply
Any of the properties in Ilworth that were not completely paid off are probably owned by the banks. From my own experience, banks are only interested in recouping their costs, they'll sell for what's left of the debt, not the entire property value. That should give the group a significant discount on purchasing a large percent of Ilworth.

Can the cells be disconnected? Transporting them to be local might be safer than drilling out from Bunker B and laying cable.
37212513 2nd Apr 2018, 7:44 PM edit delete reply
I agree with hallin batteries over punching holes in paradoxical space. The extra time n labor is worth the safety.
Swagner 2nd Apr 2018, 9:49 PM edit delete reply
If they've been abandoned for a while, I can't imagine the banks wouldn't have sold them off already. In fact, we still don't know why it's abandoned, do we? I would think land there would be pretty pricy, so it's weird nobody's done anything with it.
lil Joshu 3rd Apr 2018, 1:03 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
From the way it was described, work just dried up. Probably, unknown to those who lived there, it's primary financial input was people coming in from Zone 50, and once zone fifty dried up, the town had more financial exports than financial imports, money just siphoned slowly away from the town, people left for better jobs in the larger cities, which meant even less money in the local economy, local businesses got less customers, so had to sell and relocate but to sell in a dying down means lower sell value so town loses more financial territory, etc. It's a downward spiral.
Leafia_Barrett 2nd Apr 2018, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
Fuse, try looking into Ilworth property owners. If there's anything more you can offer to help us refine the search, Judy, let us know, but you've already been a big help - thank you. ^_^

The power idea would work perfectly in fact... once we get Faraday out. And not a moment sooner. I refuse to be responsible for sticking another plug into her arm. So, with that in mind, let's brainstorm further! How can we condense an electro-ghost back into existence?
Frission 2nd Apr 2018, 6:11 PM edit delete reply
Man, talk about soul power!

....too soon? D:
pkrankow 2nd Apr 2018, 8:38 PM edit delete reply
Secret knocks?

Test radio through a magic door, as in the door is encoded but not yet opened.

If Dr Finch can workup an analysis on Queen and Thale's dormant blood, can these be forwarded as suspicion of contamination? We are asking for courier service not having Jury's name on everything.
Hambone 2nd Apr 2018, 9:07 PM edit delete reply
Might be able to rig the spare door up to the power room in ilworth.
rufiangel 2nd Apr 2018, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
Aaas a side-note. Has Jury actually managed to make any progress with the Dicers dealing Crawl? ._.; I think we did get around to asking her about that, finally, after we put her back together. If I am remembering correctly.
Madd 2nd Apr 2018, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
I guess we could go pick up Telsa and bring her to Bunker E to talk.

We can sort through what we got with Jury sometime.

Look into why Ilworth was abandoned.