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Is our society ready for "Basic Income"?

If our society guaranteed each individual a "Basic Income" would you quit your job? The big question is: how much are we talking here?

If the rate of basic income were set too high, ppl would quit their jobs in droves and modern capitalistic society as we know it would collapse. Also there is an ecological justification for enticing at least some ppl to downsize consumption. From that perspective, Basic Income ought to be just low enough, perhaps, that the person relying only on it would have trouble affording a car, or housing more grand than a room with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.

The practical advantages of Basic Income are enormous: it could completely replace in one fell swoop complex welfare, housing and countless other welfare-ish subsidy programs, and also obviate the need for earned income tax credit, minimum wage and ALL mandatory employee benefits. Freed from necessity for survival, employment becomes as it should be: a fully voluntary transaction.

Equal for each person no matter what, Basic Income would be 100% fair. It would have no requirements that could be cheated, so most forms of welfare fraud would immediately disappear. That includes the current enticement of earning money in the black market. And unlike most forms of welfare it would not disincentivize work, because Basic Income would be the same rate regardless of income. Even millionaires would earn it.

The other point I would like to make is that allowing some ppl to quit their day job will likely benefit society in enormous and unforseen ways. For example I know for a fact many computer programmers would quit or reduce hours at their day job if they could and dedicate their life to their passion: developing free and open source software. How much have projects like Linux benefited society? Billions? Trillions?

Across all sectors we would see creativity and innovation blossom like never before. "Renaissance v2.0"

Bottom line is that Basic Income is also ethically the right thing to do. As technology systematically replaces job after job, sooner or later society will need some solution beyond prisons to handle the vast numbers of under- and unemployed.

#basicincome #social #economy #renaissance

http://www.scottsantens.com/shouldn-t-all-this-talk-about-money-actually-be-talk-about-resources
Shouldn't All This Talk About Basic Income Actually Be Talk About Basic Resources? - An introduction to basic income as basic resources
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Clinically significant vaccine-associated illness is rare, but when it occurs it is indistinguishable from wild-type measles, except by genotyping [8]. Detection of vaccine virus has been documented up to 14 days post-immunisation by RT-PCR, and up to 16 days by immunofluorescence microscopy of urine sediment [9-12]. Complications from vaccine-associated measles have been documented in both immune-competent and compromised individuals [13,14]. Of note, only one case report of transmission from vaccine-associated measles has been identified [15,16].

#measles #virus #vaccine #immunization

http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20649
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Yay! My favorite island back in the news. At this rate in few decades the full depth of dark "Torture Island" truth will be revealed.

#diegogarcia #torture #island #cia #blacksite

https://news.vice.com/article/exclusive-cia-interrogations-took-place-on-british-territory-of-diego-garcia-senior-bush-administration-official-says
It is the first time a senior Bush administration official has stated on the record that the remote island, leased by the UK to the US since the 1960s, was a part of the CIA's global network of black sites.
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Cute, but really the band should have been called "1023 megabytes"
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It seems like thanks to the recent measles outbreaks there is a crescendo of vitriol against parents who are vaccine skeptical. What strikes me is that everybody seems to be mad at the parents rather than mad at the root causes of concern that make many parents skeptical in the first place: namely the corrupted science of profit seeking megacorporations, the corrupted government agencies regulating them, and the corrupted politicians acting as their spokespeople.
If you are genuinely concerned about the herd immunity, and those who are immuno-suppressed, and want me to fully vax my kids so badly, then please help fix the bigger problem that almost everybody is pathologically ignoring: figure out how to take the profit motive out of what has become an obvious pattern of unnecessary medical interventions.
Jonas Salk refused to patent his polio vaccine, saying "Would you patent the sun?" HIS vaccine I would trust. He was a man standing on a bedrock of ethics. In contrast, the modern for profit pharmaceutical megacorporations are of the same ethical caliber as Monsanto, Halliburton and Walmart. I do not consent to giving them carte blanche to put whatever they want in the veins of my kids, ESPECIALLY when they make egregious amounts of money doing so. No way!
The other aspect of the vaccine debate that bothers me is that there is no fair debate. There are vaccine skeptical doctors. We know this from personal experience. But they suffer an unforgiving gag order that prevents them from speaking openly about how they really feel, under real risk of having their right to practice medicine revoked. In this climate of fear bordering on panic there is no true free speech. Skeptical voices are being repressed. That has to change.
I wish the vax absolutists would understand that vax skeptical parents serve an important function in society: a pressure release valve that prevents the medical industrial complex from getting overly tyrannical, and greedy.

#vaccine #skepticism #medicalindustrialcomplex #corruption
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