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Went for a walk today, released some milkweed seeds from their pods and was able to get some pictures that stitched together nicely into this GIF… I love milkweed and I love dandelions. They are both considered weeds by many, but that’s because so many people can’t look deeper into their beneficial uses. Dandelions are a completely edible plant, and the are rich in vitamins. Milkweed is the preferred food of Monarch butterfly caterpillars, and hence that’s where adult Monarchs choose to lay their eggs. So beautiful. 

I think I am going to start streamlining my social media… I am going to be dropping off of Tumblr for a bit, and maybe when I return it will be more focused on crochet specifically, I have some things in the works, but have also realized that there are a lot of wrenches in the way since some asshole messed with my PayPal account and I can no longer fix it, so I have to start from scratch in that department… Also that was one big run on sentence. Oops. But yeah, I’m taking a break, I’m figuring some things out. Take care, and good bye for now. 

Very cute and nerdy wedding. It was a lot of fun hanging out with friends, and knowing so many people there. There were so many cute accents, and the couple were just so friendly and warm. The bride even hugged me at the end of the night and that was my first time meeting her! I wish them all the best!

Sometimes I think if I had the opportunity to just go completely off grid, I would take it in a minute. I’m just so sick of struggling to make ends meet working at a job I don’t like. But to be able to use my gardening/canning skills as part of my survival, would be amazing. To be able to spend my days doing things that would directly result in my livelihood. To be able to homeschool my son, to chose my interactions with the outside world. To just be able to live in a more simple way… Ugh, I think I’ve figured out why I experience so much discontent, I want to be a hermit when I grow up. 

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. 









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.

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

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