Comments & Commentary

This is a blog to share things I think people should see/hear/think about in todays world.
cptprocrastination:

doomhamster:

belcanta:

nikkidubs:

attentiondeficitaptitude:

belcanta:

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

cptprocrastination:

doomhamster:

belcanta:

nikkidubs:

attentiondeficitaptitude:

belcanta:

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

(via aperilousjourney)

Something is very wrong in America.

  • United Kingdom: Has a public universal coverage healthcare system.
  • Canada: Has a public/private universal coverage healthcare system.
  • France: Has the number one public/private universal coverage healthcare system in the world.
  • A ton of other countries: similar thing.
  • USA: Does not have a public universal healthcare system. Spends more money on health than the UK, Canada or France do but still US citizens have a shorter life-expectancy, a higher bankruptcy rate and a much higher infant death rate. Also shuts down its government while politicians fight over health insurance plans.

theamericannegras:

specialnights:

Little Sarah Rector, a former slave, became one of the richest little girls in America in 1914. Rector had been born among the Creek Indians, as a descendant of slaves. As a result of an earlier land treaty from the government. Back in 1887, the government awarded the Creek minors children 160 acres of land, which passed to Rector after her parents’ deaths. Though her land was thought to be useless, oil was discovered in its depths in 1913, when she was just 10 years old.

Her wealth caused immediate alarm and all efforts were made to put the child Sarah under “guardianship” of whites whose lives became comfortable immediately.  Meanwhile Sarah still lived in humble surroundings. As white businessmen took control of her estate, efforts were also made to put her under control of officials at Tuskegee Institute.

Much attention was given to Sarah in the press.  In 1913, there was an effort to have her declared white, so that because of her millions she could ride in a first class car on the trains. 

file that under black history they could be teaching us in February

(via land-of-violet-curtains)

mrrriahleigh:

bunnika:

electripants:

vixxey:

Today, a female great white shark had her fins hacked off in Inhambane, Mozambique (South Africa). Nets had been put up in the area by Chinese shark fin traders, as South Africa is known as the White Shark capital of the world and ,surely, their huge fins bring in pretty pennies to those who can barely make a living. This shark was dragged to shore and left to slowly suffocate. White Sharks have been listed as a protected species in South Africa since 1991, they are one of the most important predators of the sea. Their decline is not natural selection, it is completely human caused. It’s our fault. 

This is horrendous. If you don’t think shark finning is an issue that needs to be addressed, please read up on it. Put your fears, your dislikes to the side.If these pictures were of a lion, of a wolf, of a human, how would you feel?This poor girl deserved to live, deserved to breed, not die in humiliation. 

I’ve stated many times on my blog that I respect the cultural aspect of shark finning, I really do. But there are too many people in this world to abide by traditions that were deemed valid back when the number of humans wasn’t at a disgustingly high number. 

Read more about this here.

it makes me really fricking angry that this thing has only a handful of notes god

Sharks are extremely important animals in our ecosystem, and important creatures to me, personally. I started hard at that first picture, but the fact is, most people wouldn’t. Because it’s not furry and fluffy. But this is not a practice that should persist, regardless of the cuddle-factor of the victims.

Sharks get a bad rep.  I’m chill with the sharks. Let’s all just be chill with sharks and quit doing stupid shit to fuck up a shark’s day aight?

(via fjardyozzfjard)

crablouse:

fan-troll:

footmeetsface:

albel-is-mine:

bechnokid:

shycustis:

zarggg:

We only have one month until the petition closes, and there are only about 1700 signatures on it!
Go sign!

I keep these sorts of posts off my art blog, typically, but this would be a massive benefit to Americans, including Coey and myself. It’s something I’ve dreamed of for years, and it’s a week from being over and not even half full. Please. It’s worth the 5 to 10 minutes taken to create an account and sign.

Does this mean Amtrak will go out of business?

cmon guys sign this baby
how can it have over 77,000 notes and the petition have less than 50,000?

>likes
GUYS SIGN THIS

Signatures needed by March 07, 2013 to reach goal of 100,000: 51,060
stuff that isn’t happening: this

how can it have over 77,000 notes and the petition have less than 50,000?
^ My thoughts exactly.

crablouse:

fan-troll:

footmeetsface:

albel-is-mine:

bechnokid:

shycustis:

zarggg:

We only have one month until the petition closes, and there are only about 1700 signatures on it!

Go sign!

I keep these sorts of posts off my art blog, typically, but this would be a massive benefit to Americans, including Coey and myself. It’s something I’ve dreamed of for years, and it’s a week from being over and not even half full. Please. It’s worth the 5 to 10 minutes taken to create an account and sign.

Does this mean Amtrak will go out of business?

cmon guys sign this baby

how can it have over 77,000 notes and the petition have less than 50,000?

>likes

GUYS SIGN THIS

Signatures needed by March 07, 2013 to reach goal of 100,000: 51,060

stuff that isn’t happening: this

how can it have over 77,000 notes and the petition have less than 50,000?

^ My thoughts exactly.

shrap-null:

penotbutter:

Cute and beautiful by *Darkstripe4ever
“This is mostly inspired by an article I read (honestly a while ago) about a certain scientist who had suggested letting giant pandas die out since they refused to mate in captivity and did not seem cabable of adapting to their rapidly changing environment. The backlash that it got was truly something. People hated the scientist for even suggesting such blasphemy. After all, pandas are adorable and lovable creatures that deserve to live another day, regardless of how they only eat one type of plant (that is disappearing) and won’t adapt. Now, I don’t hate pandas, and I’d loathe to see them go as much as the next person, but what got me was the pure hypocrisy.People will jump up at the sound of the bugle to defend “beautiful” and “majestic” animals. But when other animals like, say, sharks are hunted and abused people don’t care. How backwards is that? I guess because the animal is ugly to us means that it doesn’t deserve to live. We’re so holy and amazing that we just have that much power.Some people need to jump off their pedestals and realize that we’re not all that awesome, that certain animals are not better than others, and that we’re total hypocrites. Some may say that pandas should live because they’re so wonderful and amusing to see on documentaries or at the zoo, and others may dare to include that God put them here for a reason, and that they must be preserved. Now, what about animals that are also endangered or more so that get no attention whatsoever? People cheer when they hear that sharks are being killed by the thousands, but when they hear about a kitten being kicked in the skull or a wolf being shot from an airplane it’s total madness.Someone please explain to me this logic because it just escapes me. We don’t shed a tear when a cow is slaughtered or a pig is lashed to bits. We neither get upset when a neighbor or best friend steps on a spider or tramples on a beetle. It also doesn’t seem to bother a good majority of us when we hear about ugly alligator gars being hunted excessively, or disgusting sharks being pulled up from the ocean, dragged onto boats, torn apart, and then kicked off to then sink, bleeding and still alive, to the bottom of the ocean. But God forbid someone uses a fox skin for taxidermy, or a scientist suggests letting a doomed species just fade out of existence. Because that would be totally awful and an afront to all generations to come.”
i wasnt going to post at first but the description is rly good

people only care about kidnappings when it’s a white girl or a cute black girl
a minority was kidnapped on mexican soil? lmao fuck good luck with THAT shit

shrap-null:

penotbutter:

Cute and beautiful by *Darkstripe4ever

“This is mostly inspired by an article I read (honestly a while ago) about a certain scientist who had suggested letting giant pandas die out since they refused to mate in captivity and did not seem cabable of adapting to their rapidly changing environment. The backlash that it got was truly something. People hated the scientist for even suggesting such blasphemy. After all, pandas are adorable and lovable creatures that deserve to live another day, regardless of how they only eat one type of plant (that is disappearing) and won’t adapt. Now, I don’t hate pandas, and I’d loathe to see them go as much as the next person, but what got me was the pure hypocrisy.

People will jump up at the sound of the bugle to defend “beautiful” and “majestic” animals. But when other animals like, say, sharks are hunted and abused people don’t care. How backwards is that? I guess because the animal is ugly to us means that it doesn’t deserve to live. We’re so holy and amazing that we just have that much power.

Some people need to jump off their pedestals and realize that we’re not all that awesome, that certain animals are not better than others, and that we’re total hypocrites. Some may say that pandas should live because they’re so wonderful and amusing to see on documentaries or at the zoo, and others may dare to include that God put them here for a reason, and that they must be preserved. Now, what about animals that are also endangered or more so that get no attention whatsoever? People cheer when they hear that sharks are being killed by the thousands, but when they hear about a kitten being kicked in the skull or a wolf being shot from an airplane it’s total madness.

Someone please explain to me this logic because it just escapes me. We don’t shed a tear when a cow is slaughtered or a pig is lashed to bits. We neither get upset when a neighbor or best friend steps on a spider or tramples on a beetle. It also doesn’t seem to bother a good majority of us when we hear about ugly alligator gars being hunted excessively, or disgusting sharks being pulled up from the ocean, dragged onto boats, torn apart, and then kicked off to then sink, bleeding and still alive, to the bottom of the ocean. But God forbid someone uses a fox skin for taxidermy, or a scientist suggests letting a doomed species just fade out of existence. Because that would be totally awful and an afront to all generations to come.”

i wasnt going to post at first but the description is rly good

people only care about kidnappings when it’s a white girl or a cute black girl

a minority was kidnapped on mexican soil? lmao fuck good luck with THAT shit

(Source: penotbutter, via senatorwong)