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You’re Ruining It (Rant #10)

If you talk to me about something you’re really interested in, say, a movie, a TV show, a band/music group, and you go beyond the point of just telling me what they’re all about, chances are, you’re ruining it. 

I don’t know if I’m the only person in the world that feels like this, but usually, when I find something and I’m interested in it, I enjoy it much better if I don’t talk to anyone about it. That may be because I’m an introvert, and it may be because it’s just me, but I hate it when I could have possibly gotten interested in something on my own, and someone ruins it by discussing it extensively. 

There are a few exceptions-those being the things that I really really like, that no one can ruin for me, but there are only a couple. 

In terms of music, this is always ruined for me. Say, I really like a band, and then after weeks of talking to someone and that’s all they talk about (the band), I start to hate the band. The same goes with movies, especially if I haven’t seen them. For instance, I’m probably never going to see Frozen, because it was so ruined. Everyone talks about it, everyone sings the song “Let it go”, and hence, I will never see it because it will probably disappoint me, or I’ll have heard every line of the movie by then. Another example would be the movie Carrie, the remake that had come out recently. On a lesser level, this movie was also ruined for me by the fans. 

If I could change this view of mine, I would, but the fact of the matter is, I really hate when people exaggerate the things they care about, because it makes me care less about it. 

I have no need of you, 

Leave my presence.  

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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.

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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.

Wow.  No shoes with holes and no winter boots without insulation when I was a kid.  No house without a bathroom (only an outhouse and the kitchen sink for baths) and with a coal stove for heat.  No scrubbing clothes on a washboard in a tin tub and putting them through a wringer.  No walking to a cow trough for water.  No living four people in one room in a welfare hotel.  (No, I’m making none of this up.  This was my teenager-hood.)

No being unable to pay college loans and taxes.  No watching friends flounder because they can’t find work.

I actually believe people would keep working for the most part.  It’s too boring not to, and prices will go up once people have that money.  $33,000 will only go so far.  But they’d be able to choose.  They wouldn’t have to cling to jobs that depress them to the point of depression.  They could try for the jobs they always wanted, that weren’t “practical.”

And people like Walmart, Papa John’s, Amazon, and MacDonald’s would have to pay and decent wage, give decent hours, and stop treating employees like dirt.

1974-1979.

Sure, there would be some people who abused the system, just like they do now. Those people will always abuse a system. Then there are people like me, who would use that money to move out. To pay my student loans. To be confident enough to leave my current job to pursue a new job, maybe in a new state. To feel secure enough in my life to meet a fine man, settle down, maybe have a kid or two, without worrying about how much money that would cost or how I could get a man to love me when I can’t even afford to move out of my parents house or afford grad school.

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Normally when you see “Sexy Superheros” you’d expect to see scantily clad women who’s costumes barely suggest the hero they’re dressing as. Here’s one for the ladies ;)

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I want 20

meanwhile spiderman is squatting in the front like, “hmmmm please pay attention to my delicious anus”

spiderman is posing like all of the women superheroes in every comic book ever made

thor’s REALLY happy to be there……

Suddenly, I feel distressed and in need of saving! Haha

Thor has the biggest hammer unf

Yaaasss

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