Sally Coulter (via judygrimes)
#being alive to the world is enough (via wintercreek)
God yes, thank you for this.
I know a professional musician who has a song that is literally about how much better they are than other people because they do the exciting thing that they love for a living and are not boring and mundane like… like… well, like the people in the audience, if one actually thought about the lyrics. Like the people who buy their albums. Like the people who put them up when they travel.
That attitude sets my teeth on edge.
- Most media falsely portrayed Ferguson protests as riots and Mike Brown as a criminal
- Grand jury now has until JANUARY to decide whether to charge Darren Wilson (x) (x) (x) (x)
- Congresswoman Elanor H. Norton stands with Ferguson
- Ferguson teach-in tomorrow
- National labor leader says unions, like the nation, must confront racism
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.
Benito Cereno recently tasked folks with putting together an all-female Justice League roster. Well, I actually did that back in November of last year, so here it is again!
Really into Beautia Sivana becoming a prominent character …
It’s dumb nerd fantasy casting time again!
Back when Brian Wood was announced as the author of a book featuring an all-female X-Men roster, the news was met with a sizable contingent of contrarians who fussed about the gender-inaccuracy of the name. Personally, I thought that the debate underlined the problem with the name “X-Men” itself, that it’s an archaic structuring of an unnecessarily gendered form which is no longer accurate or appropriate for the people and personalities it represents. BUT - all of that being said, why can’t the X-Men be all women? What is this, the Dark Ages?
Anyway, the idea appealed to me, and I jotted down some ideas for what I’d like to have seen in an all-female Justice League, at the time. Just found the notes while cleaning up my desktop, here’s what I had, a team divided into Veterans and New Recruits…
The Vets / Trinity:
Wonder Woman • Big Barda • Power Girl
I’m bored with the usual “Big Three” arrangement at DC, so I wanted to create a new dynamic for its premiere trinity; three strong, distinct characters with very different backgrounds who nonetheless share a lot in common (an orphan, a zealot and a princess – warriors, every one of them). Besides raw power and experience, they also bring connections with almost every arm of the DC Universe from the Fourth World to JSA to the Amazons, the Titans, the Superman Family, et al. Bound to have personality conflicts, but professional enough to work through them, three natural leaders who’d struggle to craft nuanced roles as the team co-chairs. Likewise, this is a good opportunity to add some nuance to the personalities of some of DC’s highest profile female characters…
The Core Team:
A thirty-something crimefighter who’s been doing this since she was a teenager, still trying to define herself in the shadow of her famous father and to come back after having been lost in the wilderness for a few years. World-weary but determined…
A novice superhero who has lost everything and needs the League to give her some sense of purpose. The invulnerable Leaguer who’s nonetheless the most likely to break, she’s punching her way through her trauma.
Willful and fiercely independent, a former socialite and troublemaker turned secret agent and superhero. She’s been through the shredder and is desperate to prove to herself that she has what it takes to be a world-class hero. She’s her own harshest critic.
Empress of Venus and the daughter of the world’s wickedest scientist, Beautia possesses her family’s trademark brilliance but is hobbled by her almost-all-consuming loyalty to her father. Her heroism is the most in doubt, and half the team doesn’t yet trust her…
RazorSharp • Sparx • Anima
Survivors of the Bloodlines event, who never got much of their due. Razorsharp acts in the capacity of Barbara Gordon’s ORACLE persona, managing communications and intelligence for the team. Sparx – an eager heroine from a long line of superheroes – is all-action and enthusiasm. Anima is sullen and withdrawn. The three of them resent being treated by the others as a sorority of Bloodlines victims, and initially resist forming emotional bonds with one another.
Steel/Natasha Irons • Spoiler
I like the idea of taking the Superman- and Batman-related members and making them two of the youngest, most inexperienced members of the team, instead of the stand-out characters everyone else looks to for leadership. Resourceful Natasha and indomitable Stephanie make fast friends and terrific partners and represent the best in the next generation of young heroes.
(Them super-hawt Power Girl and Barda illos at the top are courtesy of Mike Hawthorne, btw. Everyone else is sourced from different DC Comics…)
If you’re protesting abortion, the Supreme Court says you can get right in women’s faces and scream at them on their way into the clinic. Because freedom of speech.
But if you try and protest the murder of a black man, you get tear gas fired at you.
Never, ever enough love for this. She looked like a grown-ass woman trying to get her interior thoughts together before an interview. Because she was not flinging herself into Charming Monkey behavior for your pleasure yet, you think she looks “worn out?”
"Fuck you" is really the ONLY possible response to that.