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How to end poverty forever

hello-missmayhem:

cptprocrastination:

doomhamster:

belcanta:

nikkidubs:

attentiondeficitaptitude:

belcanta:

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.











philsandifer:

pepperonideluxe:

A comic about Seagulls.

If you feel like this comic doesn’t accurately represent you, and that you personally don’t act like this, good. That means this comic isn’t about you.

If you DO act like this, and are working on a counter argument about how not all _____ are ______ , well that’s just disappointing. 

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(And about the worst effort to people who will find this funny ratio I’ve ever done on Tumblr.)

All you really need to know about GamerGate









philsandifer:

Yep, that’s the one I knew she meant.





philsandifer:

It works a bit like that. What does? The TARDIS.

This is a much better explanation than that shit with the boxes in Robots of Death.







doctorpuppet:

doctorpuppet:

Indiegogo link here with 8 days left! [x]

Thank you all so much for your support. We can do this!

5 days left! We’re almost over $9,000! Will you help us get there?



zebablah:

lexcanroar:

effingtomb:

you-and-me-divine:

If you didn’t think “Shia LaBeouf” could get better, you were wrong.

I literally can’t believe this exists there are tears in my eyes that I don’t remember crying

I laughed so hard that my mum came in and I had to show her and then she laughed A LOT 

I’M DELETING 

FUCK EVERYTHING

This really is as amazing as people say.



racheldoodles:

doctorpuppet:

songofages:

Excuse the crappy graphic if you will.

But the Doctor Puppet and his crew need your help! They very much need donations to help make their christmas special happen. Not only that, the money raised will also go towards the hiring of live musicians, their time and cover the cost of supplies. 

Here’s a little information about doctorpuppet:

Doctor Puppet is a stop motion animated fan series that celebrates Doctor Who and its rich history through hand-crafted puppets and original stories. The series has been praised on countless websites and podcasts (see a list here,) and even seen on TV and in magazines… but it’s never had proper funding.

We are a small group of professional artists and musicians who have largely spent our free time making Doctor Puppet. Stop motion is a meticulous technique that requires nearly every aspect to be made from scratch. A huge amount of time and care goes into everything you see and hear. 

If we unfortunately fall short of our goal, we’ll scale back production and use what we have to make something shorter or simpler.  (their goal is 15,000)

If we surpass our goal and reach $17,500, we’ll use the extra money to upgrade some well-used equipment. Any money after this will be saved for future episodes.

Also there’s this: 

Earth Conquest” will be on the Series 8 DVD! It features an interview with Alisa, clips from Doctor Puppet with animation by Rachel and music by Scott, and an exclusive Doctor Puppet animation by Erin with the real voices of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman! 
So if that’s not enough reason to support these guys then idk what is. Seriously, you won’t regret watching it or helping them.
Thank-you!

Hey! If all of our fans just gave us ONE dollar we’d be able to fund this campaign 10 times over! Every tiny little bit helps I promise! <3 <3
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-doctor-puppet-stop-motion-christmas-special

Next Saturday, I’ll be introducing Philip Sandifer at the launch party for his new book, TARDIS Eruditorum Vol 5: Tom Baker and the Williams Years:

Philip Sandifer will perform a Kabbalistic Choose Your Own Adventure essay around the Doctor Who serial “Logopolis” followed by a Q&A in this launch party for his new collection.

When: Saturday, October 25th, 3:30pm
Where: The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/485245331615878/

In this fifth volume of essays adapted from the acclaimed blog TARDIS Eruditorum you’ll find a critical history of Tom Baker’s final four seasons of Doctor Who. TARDIS Eruditorum tells the ongoing story of Doctor Who from its beginnings in the 1960s to the present day, pushing beyond received wisdom and fan dogma to understand the story not just as the story of a geeky sci-fi show but as the story of an entire tradition of mystical, avant-garde, and politically radical British culture. It treats Doctor Who as a show that really is about everything that ever happened, and everything that ever will.

This volume focuses on the madcap final years of Tom Baker, looking at its connections with punk, British comic books, the Kabbalah, and more. Every blog post from Tom Baker’s final four seasons has been revised and updated from its original form, along with eight brand new essays exclusive to this collected edition, including a look at how the Guardians can be reconciled with the rest of Doctor Who, an analysis of the many different versions of Shada, and an exclusive interview with Gareth Roberts about his many stories set during the Graham Williams era of Doctor Who. Plus, you’ll learn:

- How Robert Holmes deconstructed the Key to Time arc in its first story.

- Whatever happened to Philip Hinchcliffe.

- What Alan Moore and 2000 AD have to do with the history of Doctor Who.

Book Launch Blog Post:
http://www.philipsandifer.com/2014/10/book-launch-of-fang-rock.html
About TARDIS Eruditorum: http://www.philipsandifer.com/p/tardis-eruditorum.html
Buy the book:
Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/TARDIS-Eruditorum-Unofficial-Critical-Williams-ebook/dp/B00ODIGU1S/
Print: http://www.amazon.com/TARDIS-Eruditorum-Unofficial-Critical-Williams/dp/1502725533/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/482921

thepinkmerimaid:

Okay reblog if you actually like Steven Moffat because I’m beginning to think all of tumblr supports Moffat Hate and it’s bumming me out

The Problems with Moffat:

theonlyspiral:

Hello Fellow Moffat Haters! I thought I’d write a quick post about the terrible things he does and why they’re problematic!

  1. He writes a variety of different female characters. This bothers me because as we all know there is only one way to be feminist!
  2. He includes stories…



philsandifer:

lb-lee:

lakidaa:

baroncaveyeti:

snarkbender:

jamsradio:

 

anyone know what this is from?

"Judgement Day" by EC Comics. From wikipedia:

The story depicted a human astronaut, a representative of the Galactic Republic, visiting the planet Cybrinia inhabited by robots. He finds the robots divided into functionally identical orange and blue races, one of which has fewer rights and privileges than the other. The astronaut decides that due to the robots’ bigotry, the Galactic Republic should not admit the planet. In the final panel, he removes his helmet, revealing himself to be a black man.

Apparently the Comics Code Authority tried to prevent the author from making the main character black.

Boy did they! It took the writer (and the company) threatening the CCA with a lawsuit and telling the guy to fuck off (literally) to get this thing printed: 

Comic Historian Digby Diehl recounted in Tales from the Crypt: The Official Archives:

This really made ‘em go bananas in the Code czar’s office. ‘Judge Murphy was off his nut. He was really out to get us’, recalls [EC editor] Feldstein. ‘I went in there with this story and Murphy says, “It can’t be a Black man”. But … but that’s the whole point of the story!’ Feldstein sputtered. When Murphy continued to insist that the Black man had to go, Feldstein put it on the line. ‘Listen’, he told Murphy, ‘you’ve been riding us and making it impossible to put out anything at all because you guys just want us out of business’. [Feldstein] reported the results of his audience with the czar to Gaines, who was furious [and] immediately picked up the phone and called Murphy. ‘This is ridiculous!’ he bellowed. ‘I’m going to call a press conference on this. You have no grounds, no basis, to do this. I’ll sue you’. Murphy made what he surely thought was a gracious concession. ‘All right. Just take off the beads of sweat’. At that, Gaines and Feldstein both went ballistic. ‘Fuck you!’ they shouted into the telephone in unison. Murphy hung up on them, but the story ran in its original form.[18]

You know, it’s times like this that I am deeply comforted, knowing that history isn’t just everyone being nice and polite and better than the current generation.  Sometimes it really is just people bellowing swear words over the phone to get shit done.

And this isn’t even the most progressive thing EC published. Just before the Senate hearings that led to the Code being put in place, they did an absolutely spectacular story called “A Kind of Justice,” about a woman who’s raped, in which the twist is that her rapist is the sheriff who’s been leading the investigation into the crime, and who deliberately let an innocent man get murdered by an angry mob just to cover his ass, keeping her silent with his threat that if she ever tells anyone, he’ll kill her.

It’s one of the most shockingly anti-authority comics ever, and it single-handedly explains everything you need to know about why people in power wanted to do whatever it took to stop EC.



kierongillen:

tomewing:

jonic:

Cassetteboy - Cameron’s Conference Rap.

Amazing, and a little depressing because it’s all true.

I was just about to post this.

Cassetteboy has got really, REALLY good at this.

Cassetteboy is my favourite superhero.















deathchrist2000:

macrogers:

froborr:

robothugscomic:

New comic!

Yeah, I might have watched a movie and gotten kind of mad.

This is seriously a trope I’d love to never see again though.

The fun part is guessing which movie. Lego Movie? Guardians of the Galaxy?

Bzzt! Wrong!

No, the correct answer was ALL OF THEM.

That’s a trip, the whole time I was reading this I wasn’t even thinking either of those, I was guessing Wanted or Edge of Tomorrow. I guess it really is all of them. 

You know, the sad thing is that The Lego Movie is considered a deconstruction, when, at most, it pokes at the formula before embracing it.

Some thoughts on Harry Potter as a dystopia.:

tomewing:

screwrocknroll:

hellotailor:

Interesting, why do you consider harry potter is a dystopia?

I find it impossible to think of Harry Potter as anything BUT a dystopia. Even Hogwarts itself is a dystopia.

Children are segregated based on a personality test at age 11, and then left to fulfill roles that were set out a thousand years ago, leading to cultural divides that continue for the rest of their lives. The Hogwarts house system is one of the main foundations of the pureblood/muggleborn conflict. And I haven’t even gotten into how Hogwarts is run, how useful it is as a tool for preparing people for adult life, and how dangerous it is to live there.

As for Wizarding Britain at large:

  • There’s no evidence that the Ministry of Magic is organized by anything other than cronyism.
  • The Minister for Magic is not a democratically elected leader.
  • Voldemort easily finds a foothold in mainstream society (even within living memory of his last reign of terror!) and his supporters easily infiltrate the government and implement all sorts of nightmarish and bigoted policies.
  • Azkaban,
  • We rarely see people working to innovate any aspect of wizarding society, with the exception of eccentrics like the Weasley Twins or Luna Lovegood.
  • Wizarding society is so isolated that purebloods find it strange if a witch or wizard takes much interest in muggle culture, even if they are muggleborn.
  • Umbridge is allowed to torture children and spread propaganda at the only major educational institution in the country.
  • There’s a huge amount of discrimination relating to non-human races, particularly House Elf slavery.

I could go on at some length on this topic, but instead I’ll finish with my pet theory: that Wizarding Britain is so fucked up that the rest of the wizarding world has just given up on it.

We know from the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament that there are plenty of magical cultures all over the world, but Britain receives NO kind of international help when Voldemort is on the rise or when the Ministry of Magic is in turmoil.

Obviously the “real” explanation is that the Voldemort/Harry/Hogwarts narrative must to be isolated for Harry’s story to be told… but I still quite like the explanation that Wizarding Britain has been abandoned by the rest of the world. Their society has become so warped, so backward and so beholden to irrational beliefs and traditions that other international wizarding powers have decided the situation is unsalvageable.

There’s no point in stepping in to get rid of Voldemort unless he becomes a threat overseas, because another Dark Lord will probably rise up in a few years anyway. And Wizarding Britain seems functionally incapable of defending itself from this threat without the help of Harry and his team of teen sidekicks — who by the end of the series are all suffering from PTSD because they have spent their formative years fighting in a dystopian war.

(P.S. Even if my pet theory ISN’T true, then the international wizarding community must still have SOME reason not to step in and help Britain fight back against Voldemort. Which, in itself, makes the world of Harry Potter seem even more dystopian than before.)

Super into this person who has exactly the same wacky fan theory of Harry Potter that I do.

It’s almost as if the actual public school educated British Establishment is some kind of dystopian influence.

We were lied to. The women of my generation were told that we could ‘have it all’, as long as ‘it all’ was marriage, babies and a career in finance, a cupboard full of beautiful shoes and terminal exhaustion – and even that is only an option if we’re rich, white, straight and well behaved. These perfect lives would necessarily rely on an army of nannies and care-workers, and nobody has yet bothered to ask whether they can have it all.

We can have everything we want as long as what we want is a life spent searching for exhausting work that doesn’t pay enough, shopping for things we don’t need and sticking to a set of social and sexual rules that turn out, once you plough through the layers of trash and adverts, to be as rigid as ever.

As for young men, they were told they lived in a brave new world of economic and sexual opportunity, and if they felt angry or afraid, if they felt constrained or bewildered by contradictory expectations, by the pressure to act masculine, make money, demonstrate dominance and fuck a lot of pretty women while remaining a decent human being, then their distress was the fault of women and minorities. It was these grasping women, these homosexuals and people of colour who had taken away the power and satisfaction that was once their birthright as men. We were taught, all of us, that if we were dissatisfied, it was our fault, or the fault of those closest to us. We were built wrong, somehow. We had failed to adjust. If we showed any sort of distress, we probably needed to be medicated or incarcerated, depending on our social status. There are supposed to be no structural problems, just individual maladaption.



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Mainstream feminism is tepid and cowardly: Work, sex, race, “having it all” and true liberation - Salon.com (via becauseiamawoman)

Trust me: You need to read this book; it is amazing.

(via amiwithani)





philsandifer:

froborr:

philsandifer:

boyvstheworld:

Wonder Woman is my everything.

I tend to feel that, when done right, Wonder Woman should be as inspirational and utopian as Superman, and about twice as ruthless as Batman.

(Seriously, I think the fact that she will, when she deems it necessary, kill people is one of the most interesting things about her as a character. I’m reminded of Garth Ennis’s claim about why Judge Dredd ruined American superheroes for him - because of that scene in The Apocalypse War where Dredd lets Mega-City One get nuked because it’s the better of the two options he has, and doesn’t fuss about it at all, and Ennis’s view that no American superhero would be that hardcore. Bullshit. Put Wonder Woman in the Apocalypse War, and she’d play it exactly like Dredd, only without being a fascist villain-as-hero.)

Well, except in the sense that all superheroes are fascist villains-as-heroes, because it’s inherently fascist in the same way that, say, space opera is inherently imperialist.

Which is to say, a fairly trivial sense that is usually not the most interesting thing to say about it. (Which is part of why I find more overt fascist villains-as-heroes such as Dredd or anything to come out of Image Comics in the 90s so boring.)

I mean, I don’t think Dredd is boring in the least, at least in the time period he actually emerged from, and in terms of the concerns he actually responds to. As I argued in Last War in Albion here and here, Dredd was a really intelligent, interesting response to a specific bunch of concerns.

What interests me about superheroes, and what I think legitimately is one of the most interesting things to say about them is not so much that they’re inherently fascist as that they’re inherently authoritarian fantasies. Which is distinct. Space opera is, I think, somewhat more inherently imperialist, inasmuch as it comes out of a very specific and dominant ideology. Superheroes are weirder, because they mostly come out of an anti-fascist ideology and then run into loads of problems because they share fascism’s love of authority.

But for all my anarchist sympathies, I tend to be unable to completely discard the idea of legitimate authority. In this regard I become a bit Hegelian, wanting to put the Master/Slave dialectic in exactly the same fundamental and formative part of the historical narrative that he does. There’s something about that dynamic of, shall we say, submission to loving authority that not only remains compelling, but often feels like it probably has to in some sense be necessary to social functioning. 

Which is what I like about Wonder Woman - she’s unabashedly an authoritarian fantasy, but it’s really a stretch to call her a fascist one, in part because hers is a sexualized authority that has manifested as physical/political authority, as opposed to fascism, which I would perhaps suggest is physical authority that has become sexualized.





"When anyone claims they aren’t a feminist, I assume they don’t know what they’re talking about."

comixology:

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Because Moffat is often doing things that are meant to make the audience feel uncomfortable. And the big weakness of the “pick at culture’s scabs and try to reflect its ugliness back at the audience” is that sometimes you get mistaken for the very ugliness you’re critiquing.

See also the grand tragedy of how people responded to Rorschach’s seductive poisons in Watchmen.

Thank you for saying this.

I can promise you that I am very, very bad at giving up at these sorts of things.

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