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Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole. 

Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.

The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.

But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.

"BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. “You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!”

"But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”

"But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”

I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!

The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)

And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!

Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.

And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.

Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.

And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.

The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?

TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.

reblogging for more top commentary

They tried something like this out in Canada as a sort of social experiment, called Mincome. What they found was that, on the whole, people continued to work about as much as they did before. Only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less hours. 

But wait, there’s more. Because parents were spending just a little more time at home and involved with their families, test scores increased. Because teens didn’t have to work to support their families, drop-out rates decreased. Crime rates, hospital visits, psychiatric hospitalizations and domestic abuse rates all dropped, as well. More adults pursued higher education. Those who continued to work reported more job flexibility and more opportunity to choose employment they preferred.

Basically, now you can go prove to your asshole family members that society won’t collapse without poor people for you to feel better than.

Why did they stop in canada?


Fascinating! I’m from the Canadian prairies and I’ve never heard of this.




i always end up thinking about the economic damage in superhero movies


My mom (who is clearly the best) in an email this morning. <3 (via slodwick)

This. This is why I wanted my degrees.

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fake film meme: kulap vilaysack, stephanie beatriz, june diane raphael, hannah simone and aubrey plaza as an all-girl heist team (lauranicus)



after an apparent attack by a fox, a street cat named bob was found injured and curled up in the hallway outside of a support housing flat in tottenham were james bowen, a recovering heroin addict and homeless busker, was staying. james took the cat in, got him to the rspca, and nursed him back to health using what little drug money he had for antibiotics.

but in the process, bob helped to nurse james back to health as well, giving him a reason to get up in the morning and get clean. since his recovery, bob has refused to leave james side, following him everywhere for the last six years.

thanks to a literary agent who passed him on the streets, james has since written an international bestselling book about his hardships and friendship with bob. “we’re two injured souls looking for someone we can trust,” james says. done in collaboration with the writer garry jenkins from an islington café, the book also attempts to dispel some of the social stigma that goes with homelessness.

photos by silvertony45 and analog photos


*cries more*

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Can this be my life, tho?

Who’s driving the car?

The Spirit of Jazz and the Knowledge of Impending Racism

im done w/ you note-a-bear


money can’t buy happiness but it can buy a false sense of security and fruity alcoholic beverages to numb the pain and honestly what’s the difference

- Kate Middleton probably spent less on childbirth than the average American woman (via theweekmagazine)

I’m sure CNN will find time in their wall-to-wall Royal Baby coverage to report on this.

(via wilwheaton)

I can confirm: Alice’s (totally healthy, complication-free) birth cost over $25,000.

We could’ve had the princess suite! And $10,000!

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Warren Andrews had just finished putting up balloons for his stepdaughter’s 18th birthday party at their suburban home in Mayflower, Arkansas, when his wife came inside and said something was wrong. After stepping out of his house, and taking one glance, he immediately dialed 911.

“I don’t know what’s going on, but I’ve got a river of oil coming down the street at me,” Andrews told the operator. Five minutes later, the slick of noxious black crude spewing from a ruptured Exxon Mobil pipeline was eight feet wide, six inches deep and growing fast.

In this photo, spilled oil from Exxon pipeline runs through a neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas on March 29, 2013. Reuters was recently given access to the photo from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Exxon is refusing to let reporters anywhere near the accident. They’re also controlling the airspace above the spill. They don’t want you to see what’s happening. TOO BAD, EXXON.

Signal boost the shit outta this, y’all.

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I don’t know what to do. I am so upset. Can anyone help me?

My painting was created back in 2010, (see it HERE) and since then so many people have expressed their love for it, not just on tumblr, but in many places. At least 9 people had it tattooed on their bodies. It’s one of my favourite images I created at University and I was proud of it in many ways.

Disney have used it on a cosmetics bag HERE (look at the back)
and they have produced a Tshirt HERE with a really similar design clearly modeled from my painting

I’m so mad because I have no chance at getting Disney to do anything about it. I had so much respect for the company and now I am just SO upset and disappointed.

Any help, advice or signal boosting would be amazing. And thank you so much to the kind person who messaged me about this.

This is really sad. 

Look at the bag. It is the EXACT drawing. This is terrible. For the company responsible for a lot of current copyright law to do this - wow.

Please signal boost. Literally the only thing someone can do against Disney’s stealing someone’s work. Without all the lawyers.

This is so sad. :(

Signal Boost…DISNEY! One of  your designers stole this and no one noticed. Please give Katie a fair (7%) royalty WITHOUT going through the unnecessary hassle of a law suit…THANK YOU! That would be the only way to prove to me that you don’t suck.

Not okay.






The Atlantic Wire (which has said some truly nice things about Nerdfighteria) just published a nasty set of words on the proposed skeezyiness of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter, and because I cannot help myself, I would like to talk about that.

The proposal (if you…

I’m not actually sure what I think about this. On one hand, I love that fans of something could finally get what they want by helping fund it, but on the other hand I do agree that it doesn’t really seem right for profits from something funded by the public not to go back to them in some way. 

Like this is how stocks became a thing, if you help fund something, you should get some of the profits of it.

I’m very excited that this happened, but I still think that the first 2m of profits should be spent paying back the people who funded it.

But back on the other hand, Kickstarters most of the time, like this time, is less of “help me by giving me money for this” and more of just a fundraiser of “help me fund this thing by buying my stuff”

So really, this whole post is me talking this out to my self and seeing if anyone else wants to respond to me and help me decide what I do really think of this.

I agree that it would be really cool if the profits came back to the givers in the same way profits come back to investors in the corporate world. Unfortunately that is currently illegal. It’s a big fat load of poo that it’s illegal, but it’s illegal. 

I’m not sure if it /really/ matters though. People aren’t giving $50 in the hopes that they’ll get $60 back, they’re giving $50 for a pre-release of the movie, a t-shirt, behind the scenes production notes and updates, a copy of the shooting script, and a DVD of the movie. That is actually a pretty damn good deal.

Until crowd investment is truly legal in this country (20 years from now?) this is an excellent alternative in my book. Most people don’t care about the monetary benefit anyway, they care about the cultural and personal benefit. That’s just something economists will never understand.

I had no idea that crowd investment WAS illegal. Maybe this is my Communist side peeking through, but it seems illegal to impose a law on who is and who is not allowed to invest in a project! I mean, COME ON, that is just pure elitism.

These laws were originally created after the Great Depression when people were being taken in by con men with fancy plans. They’d take everyone’s money for some lovely-sounding project and then skip town. So it was created to protect consumers from assholes.

Now to invest in a start-up you have to be an accredited investor (which means you /literally/ have to have a networth of over $2M or a yearly income of more than $200,000 to invest in a startup.)

And yes, that is one of the thousands of reasons why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer…and the reason the law exists? Assholes. Assholes are the only thing standing between us and utopia y’all. 

Also companies can only take a limited number of investors, and if the stock becomes publicly traded there is a HUGE AMOUNT OF PAPERWORK and the lawyers just to get it drawn up and taken care of cost like hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is something I’ve thought about a lot because I’ve always been interested in letting Nerdfighteria own itself. For a brief moment in 2010 I actually considered whether it would be possible to sell myself to Nerdfighteria, but then I realized that I am in fact happy that it is illegal for corporations to own people, LoL.





[For folks new to this issue, women are already serving in de facto combat roles and have been for years.  Now they are eligible for combat pay and services.  THIS IS HUGE.]