i want someone who will sit on a rooftop with me at 3 am and shave their head while i shave my head and then hotglue the hair to the roof so the roof will have hair
Sorry but I’m not prepared to part with my hair.
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
Also worth mentioning: by providing spending power to the lowest classes where they otherwise would have none, the poor can buy more stuff. When the poor can buy more stuff, demand for stuff grows. When demand for stuff grows, businesses hire more people to meet the demand. When businesses hire more people, people who previously relied on welfare will have jobs available to take and further increase their salary (and therefore their spending power, starting the cycle all over again).
This is Keynesian economics in its final form and it is glorious
this is too good to be true
Allegaeon Premiere New Song on Metal Sucks!
Beginning today, the second full-length song from “Elements of the Infinite” entitled “Threshold of Perception” is available for streaming exclusively on Metal Sucks. Get a first listen to the song Here-
Guitarist Greg Burgess spoke about “Threshold of Perception”:
"This song took me literally forever to "get right". I give Joe Ferris loads of credit for putting up with my nitpicking on the intro. "I want that choir bigger in the D Major section!" We should’ve knocked up T-Shirts for that part. Dude took my crap midi sketch and made it come alive. Other than that this is a pretty straight forward thrash tune, with a few polyrhythms thrown in to drive Mike and Brandon nuts."
"Elements of the Infinite" will be released on June 24, 2014 in North America, and June 23 in the UK/Europe and June 20 in the European G|A|S territories. Allegaeon recently completed work on a video for the song "1.618". The video which has over 100,000 views can be seen exclusively onhttp://www.metalblade.com/allegaeon. While there, fans can also pre-order the new album in various bundle packages.
In support of their new album “Elements of the Infinite” Allegaeon will be hitting the road this August with Chimaira, The Plot in You, Upon This Dawning and Silence the Messenger as part of “The Artery Metal Tour”. The tour begins August 5th in Joliet, IL and runs through August 30th in Oklahoma City, OK. A complete list of dates can be found below. Tickets for the tour can be purchased HERE.
Artery Metal Tour w/ Chimaira, The Plot in You, Upon This Dawning
8/5: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
8/6: Spring Lake Park, MN @ Pov
8/7: Peoria, IL @ Rail II
8/8: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
8/9: Lansing, MI @ The Loft
8/10: Akron, OH @ Rock Factory
8/11: St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
8/12: Shawnee, KS @ Aftershock
8/13: Denver, CO @ Maruqis Theater
8/14: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
8/15: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
8/16: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
8/17: Spokane, WA @ The Hop
8/19: Sacramento, CA @ Assembly
8/20: Hollywood, CA @ Whisky a Go Go
8/21: San Diego, CA @ Soma-Sidestage
8/22: Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
8/23: Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
8/25: Odessa, TX @ Club Patron
8/26: San Antonio, TX @ Korova (basement)
8/27: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
8/28: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
8/29: Dallas, TX @ Trees
8/30: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
Ezra Haynes - Vocals
Michael Stancel - Guitar
Greg Burgess - Guitar
Corey Archuleta - Bass
Brandon Park - Drums
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