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My level of frustration is overwhelming right now. I don’t want to live here anymore, I don’t want to work at my job anymore, I have NO IDEA WHY THE HELL I AM GOING BACK TO COLLEGE ANYMORE! I feel lost, and I thought part of the reason was because I am in my 30s and I don’t know what I want to do with my life. But the problem is I don’t really want to do anything, NONE of these occupations are really appealing to me. I enjoy science, I love crocheting, I enjoy gardening and canning, and the outdoors, and I have no damn clue how to turn all of that into something I like doing. All of the things I keep doing I keep approaching with the “I wouldn’t mind doing______ for the rest of my life.” But what the hell do I WANT to do? I have no damn clue… No clue… 

The only thing I know right now is that I am really not happy with my current job, my current living situation, and the current town I live in… If I could change even ONE of those things it would be a dramatic improvement, but that is WAY easier said than done it seems. 

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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.

The picture is awesome, but read the commentary, that’s what I’m reblogging for.

The result of two weeks of canning items from my CSA! Starting at the top left and proceeding toward the bottom right: a gallon of cucumbers with spicy pickling spice being set aside to ferment, pickled beets with onions and dill, dill spears, dilly beans (one with a tsp of crushed red pepper), beet relish, and golden beets with dill. I really love the colors!
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The result of two weeks of canning items from my CSA! Starting at the top left and proceeding toward the bottom right: a gallon of cucumbers with spicy pickling spice being set aside to ferment, pickled beets with onions and dill, dill spears, dilly beans (one with a tsp of crushed red pepper), beet relish, and golden beets with dill. I really love the colors!
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The result of two weeks of canning items from my CSA! Starting at the top left and proceeding toward the bottom right: a gallon of cucumbers with spicy pickling spice being set aside to ferment, pickled beets with onions and dill, dill spears, dilly beans (one with a tsp of crushed red pepper), beet relish, and golden beets with dill. I really love the colors!
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The result of two weeks of canning items from my CSA! Starting at the top left and proceeding toward the bottom right: a gallon of cucumbers with spicy pickling spice being set aside to ferment, pickled beets with onions and dill, dill spears, dilly beans (one with a tsp of crushed red pepper), beet relish, and golden beets with dill. I really love the colors!
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The result of two weeks of canning items from my CSA! Starting at the top left and proceeding toward the bottom right: a gallon of cucumbers with spicy pickling spice being set aside to ferment, pickled beets with onions and dill, dill spears, dilly beans (one with a tsp of crushed red pepper), beet relish, and golden beets with dill. I really love the colors!
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The result of two weeks of canning items from my CSA! Starting at the top left and proceeding toward the bottom right: a gallon of cucumbers with spicy pickling spice being set aside to ferment, pickled beets with onions and dill, dill spears, dilly beans (one with a tsp of crushed red pepper), beet relish, and golden beets with dill. I really love the colors!
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The result of two weeks of canning items from my CSA! Starting at the top left and proceeding toward the bottom right: a gallon of cucumbers with spicy pickling spice being set aside to ferment, pickled beets with onions and dill, dill spears, dilly beans (one with a tsp of crushed red pepper), beet relish, and golden beets with dill. I really love the colors!

I just signed up for Amazon student, and I feel like this first email that I’ve received from them is a pretty good indicator of everything that is wrong with our educational system. It’s definitely not a focus on getting an education, it’s just a 4 year extension of high school that’s really expensive.. So of course, what are you going to need if you’re heading to college? A PS4, a GoPro, a 42” TV?!?! Only once did this email mention textbooks, and it was at the bottom of the paragraph and the last item in a list behind video games, and MP3s… Why the hell am I returning to college, I’ve lost all faith in higher education… 

This picture pretty much sums up how I deal with getting sick. I drink as many hot liquids and eat as many spicy foods as I can. Makes sense right? Burn ‘em out! 

So aside from drinking a ton of chamomile tea, with spoonfuls of local honey, I am also eating all of my food drenched in sriracha, and trying to just relax. So took the kiddo to see Guardians of the Galaxy, and then picked up yarn to make a little Groot amigurumi. It has been a long while since I have done this so it’s a kind of slow going. All I have are legs and a torso, and his right arm. I’m somehow out of poly-fill (not sure when that happened, I feel like I’ve had the same bag for like 5 years), so I can’t do much more until I get some. Oh well, I’ll be making his head and other arm before bed probably.. 

I am super happy with the surface texture I’ve been able to get.. I’m less happy with the fact that his pinky looks broken, or like a second thumb. 

I’ve been feeling really positive about the application packet I submitted, until about 30 minutes ago. Then I just had this realization that I am probably not going to get it, so I’m going to be stuck at my shitty job for who knows how long, and everything just sucks.

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A cool GIF of Archie that google created for me. Brought my son to his first ever wrestling match, and he loved it. He cheered for the bad guys, got to boo and scream, and even high five some of the wrestlers. He was super excited to meet a member of the colony. It’s really great seeing my son get super excited about new things. He’s now a huge fan of Chikara. 

Chuck Taylor’s first child-fan

He was so happy to get his photo with Chuck. 

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