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I think the “women are mysterious” thing can also come from:
1) Women actually being quite clear, but not telling men what they want to hear.  ”She said she doesn’t want to talk to me?  So many mixed messages and confusing signals!”
2) Women not having cheat codes.  ”I tried being nice, and she didn’t have sex with me.  I tried being an asshole, and she didn’t have sex with me.  Come on, there’s got to be some kind of solution to this puzzle!”
3) Women not being a hive mind.  ”First a woman told me that she likes guys with big muscles.  Then the very next day a woman told me she thinks muscles aren’t attractive at all.  Make up your mind, women!”
4) An individual woman doing something confusing, and instead of asking “why is she doing this now?” men ask “why do women always do this?”

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femmenace-t:

pervocracy:

postwhitesociety:

hm

I think the “women are mysterious” thing can also come from:

1) Women actually being quite clear, but not telling men what they want to hear.  ”She said she doesn’t want to talk to me?  So many mixed messages and confusing signals!”

2) Women not having cheat codes.  ”I tried being nice, and she didn’t have sex with me.  I tried being an asshole, and she didn’t have sex with me.  Come on, there’s got to be some kind of solution to this puzzle!”

3) Women not being a hive mind.  ”First a woman told me that she likes guys with big muscles.  Then the very next day a woman told me she thinks muscles aren’t attractive at all.  Make up your mind, women!”

4) An individual woman doing something confusing, and instead of asking “why is she doing this now?” men ask “why do women always do this?”

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One of my favorite things about Buffy is how it routinely smashes apart the idea that just because something is “traditional” that means it’s right.


timeiord requested: “Buffy stays dead after “The Gift”, and Willow and Tara adopt Dawn.”
Willow and Tara were already like moms to her, so when they offered to adopt her, Dawn said yes without a second thought. Her sister had been dead for 2 years, and the Hellmouth seemed to be losing some of its bad mojo. The three of them got a black lab, and named it Buffy in memory of her. Tara and Willow bought a magic shop on the other side of town. When Dawn hesitantly ventured into the world of ice skating, the lovers supported her all the way. Dawn Summers may have been a latecomer to the world of competitive figure skating, but she was a natural. Willow and Tara are at every competition, cheering her on. They can’t wait to grow old together, and raise Dawn as if she were their own.
(previous au)
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timeiord requested: “Buffy stays dead after “The Gift”, and Willow and Tara adopt Dawn.”
Willow and Tara were already like moms to her, so when they offered to adopt her, Dawn said yes without a second thought. Her sister had been dead for 2 years, and the Hellmouth seemed to be losing some of its bad mojo. The three of them got a black lab, and named it Buffy in memory of her. Tara and Willow bought a magic shop on the other side of town. When Dawn hesitantly ventured into the world of ice skating, the lovers supported her all the way. Dawn Summers may have been a latecomer to the world of competitive figure skating, but she was a natural. Willow and Tara are at every competition, cheering her on. They can’t wait to grow old together, and raise Dawn as if she were their own.
(previous au)
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timeiord requested: “Buffy stays dead after “The Gift”, and Willow and Tara adopt Dawn.”

Willow and Tara were already like moms to her, so when they offered to adopt her, Dawn said yes without a second thought. Her sister had been dead for 2 years, and the Hellmouth seemed to be losing some of its bad mojo. The three of them got a black lab, and named it Buffy in memory of her. Tara and Willow bought a magic shop on the other side of town. When Dawn hesitantly ventured into the world of ice skating, the lovers supported her all the way. Dawn Summers may have been a latecomer to the world of competitive figure skating, but she was a natural. Willow and Tara are at every competition, cheering her on. They can’t wait to grow old together, and raise Dawn as if she were their own.

(previous au)

The reason women are turning you down for casual sex seems to be that, for one thing, a lot of you are calling them sluts afterward. Also, a lot of you aren’t bothering to try to be good in bed.

Terri Conley, professor of psychology and women’s studies at the University of Michigan ( link )

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I have seen a lot of ridiculous, offensive, and hypocritical anti-abortion propaganda in my time, but I do believe that this one takes the metaphorical cake. I am not entirely sure where to begin, but I will attempt to explain all of the things that are wrong here. Time for a history lesson.
First off, anyone who openly questioned the Nazis during World War II was killed. Period. If you were a German citizen at that time, you did not talk about your political opinions to anybody, because anybody could be an informant. I will make an attempt to further emphasize this point by adding in a personal story. My father once attended a church service where whoever was preaching decided to go off on a tangent about how German citizens should have done the good, Christian thing and spoken out against Hitler. A man in the congregation stood up, laughed, and told the priest that “with all due respect, if they had done that, they would be dead”. This man actually wrote a book, which I have read, entitled Hitler’s Willing Warrior. It is a more or less autobiographical account of this man’s experience as a young man in Germany who expressed his political opinions and was imprisoned and tortured as a result. I would highly recommend it to anyone who takes this graphic seriously.
Secondly, a good number of the Nazis who were committing the atrocities of the Holocaust were Christians. Therefore, if anyone had actually been stupid enough to try to use signs to protest the Nazis, it wouldn’t have been Christians, because they often were the Nazis. And, again, those probably-not-Christians would have been brutally tortured and/or killed.
Now, I will address the point where this graphic completely lost all possible credibility. This may come as a shock to anyone who never took high school history, but the majority of German citizens did not know much (if anything at all) about what exactly was going on in concentration camps until after the Allies showed up and started releasing information. The images like the one that this offensive statement is so tastelessly plastered over were not available to be made into signs for people with death wishes until it was too late for millions Jews, other minorities, and prisoners of war.
The use of this image really sickens me, as it highlights exactly why abortion and the Holocaust have absolutely nothing to do with each other, by exploiting the images of innocent people, most or all of whom probably died miserable deaths. These are living, sentient people. They are starving. They are probably cold. They are in pain. They do not look very happy. They can feel every single horrible thing that happens to them. They can see the people around them dying or being killed. They can physically dig their own graves (which many of them did have to do), and they can feel the dread of knowing what’s coming.
A fetus, on the other hand, feels nothing, sees nothing, thinks nothing, and is probably pretty well-fed, since it is taking nutrients from the body of a woman who may or may not want it there. Millions of people died in the Holocaust; people who had friends, families, lives, jobs, and futures before the Nazis (who, again, were often Christians as well) decided that they did not deserve those things. These people suffered, and felt every bit of the pain. They experienced horrible things that the person who made this graphic can not begin to imagine. I probably cannot begin to imagine many of them. And someone still had the nerve to compare this widespread, almost unimaginable suffering to a medical procedure that terminates a non-sentient, not-yet-developed fetus.
After taking a moment to compose myself after nearly being crushed under the weight of the ignorance and hate that this image represents, I will circle back to my first point. Given all the things I have pointed out, and the fact that this graphic claims the people on the ‘right side of history’ (meaning those who believe in the misguided pro-‘life’ movement) should have held up signs protesting the Holocaust, then I can only conclude that the message here is that all pro-‘lifers’ should be captured, tortured, and murdered, because that is exactly what would have happened if they had tried to do what they think is ‘right’.
All the creator of this graphic has done is single-handedly proven what is wrong with the pro-‘life’ movement. Nothing is sacred to them. They will twist every tragedy, every death, every historical disaster, and every situation to try to force their views on others. They care nothing for the victims of these tragedies, just like they care nothing for the women who are incubating their precious fetuses. It sickens me to think how many people there are in the world who might not see anything wrong with this image.
Regardless of how you feel about abortion, if you have a single ounce of empathy for others or a single regard for the mass suffering of the Jews during the Holocaust, this image should make you feel sick. You should feel physically unclean after viewing it and pondering its implications. If you truly do not see anything wrong with this graphic, I fear that humanity has lost its way.

A friend of mine also said that if you get an abortion, you’re basically as bad as the man who committed the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Long story short, I no longer consider him my friend.

And YOU obviously don’t know anything about abortions or anyone who is pro-life. A fetus begins to be able feel after only 8 weeks. Most abortions take place in the 12 to 13 weeks, but many take place later on. There are several forms of abortion, and they all someway or another involve the fetus being violently ripped from the placenta and then either left to die or chopped up by a machine. The latter includes being ripped apart, shredded and decapitated. 
Secondly, how DARE you say that “all pro-‘lifers’ should be captured, tortured, and murdered”. You are literally lowering yourself to the level that the Nazi’s were on by declaring that your opinion justifies the murders of millions of people. You just wished a slow and painful death upon millions of people because you got hot-headed over one misguided picture. Just because one pro-life person got off target while trying to make a point does not mean that every person who is pro-life thinks this way. I am openly admitting that this picture was wrong, but I am also stating that your response was just, if not more, unjustifiable. 
Now lets talk about the part where your argument lost all credibility. First, you accuse Christians of making up most of the Nazi party. This statement makes me sick. If people in Nazi Germany knew little of what was actually going on, then how can you think that the Christians magically knew what they were getting into. Most of them were forced to join, or were given false depictions of what their goal was. There wasn’t a job description for them to read, and there was no backing out once they were there. Many of them were probably disgusted as you are about what they had to do, but they did it out of fear for their lives and the lives of there families.
Now, After taking a moment to compose myself after nearly being crushed under the weight of the ignorance and hate that your response represents, I am going to forgive you. As a Christians myself, I have been taught not to hold a grudge or attack you back. I hope I have shed some light on this subject for you, and I pray that God will grant you peace and understanding the next time you feel obligated to verbally attack and judge a group of people over one false impression. Have a good day and god bless. 

I hate to break it to you, but nearly all scientists would disagree with your assertion that a fetus can feel pain at 8 weeks. The general consensus seems to be that “fetal pain” is not possible until 20+ weeks into a pregnancy. Most abortions occur during the first trimester of pregnancy, so at least that statistic you gave was correct. Real science indicates that it is extremely unlikely that a fetus could feel pain at that point in its gestation, thus rendering your fetal pain argument moot.
As for my statement that “all pro-‘lifers’ should be captured, tortured, and murdered,” you are deliberately taking that out of context. That was a deliberate exaggeration to highlight the absurdity of the above graphic’s claim that publicly protesting the horrors of Nazi Germany would not have been a well-intentioned but ultimately suicidal move. The pro-choice movement very strongly believes in protecting autonomous persons’ rights to their own bodies; obviously, I would not want pro-‘lifers’ (or anyone else) to be yanked from their homes, tortured, and painfully, violently killed against their will because that would violate their bodily autonomy and is just generally not a nice thing to wish upon a group of people. This philosophy does not extend to zygotes, embryos, or fetuses because they are not autonomous; that is, they depend on another person’s body to survive and it is up to that person to decide whether or not they want to provide for another being for 9 months and then 18 more years.
Moving on to your next point, I never suggested that the Nazis who were Christians knew what they were getting into. However, my assertion that most Nazis were Christians is accurate; you can read more by following the link above or by simply cracking open a high school history textbook. I have no doubt in my mind that most people, Christians or otherwise, who cooperated with the Nazis did not do so entirely willingly, nor did they understand the true gravity of what they were participating in. They likely did become trapped, and I have no doubt that many of them feared for their lives and families, and that is why everything about the Nazis and the Holocaust is a completely different and much more horrific tragedy than abortion ever has been or will be. That is why it is wrong to compare the two, or to exploit the Holocaust to attempt to further a completely unrelated agenda. My earlier statements about Christians were made to point out the logical flaws in the text on the graphic, not to somehow criticize or condemn all Christians, and I apologize if my remarks could somehow be interpreted any other way. 
I hope that my reply has cleared a few things up for you, and I, too, hold no grudge against you. My goal is simply to share accurate information about reproductive health issues, including abortion, with others in hopes of creating a more loving, more informed society. I understand that many people have moral and/or religious objections to abortion, and I believe they are completely entitled to those objections, but it is wrong to deliberately spread misinformation or pass legislation that imposes one person’s or group’s personal views onto an entire population. You do not have to like abortion or support it, but please understand that comparing it to the Holocaust is wrong, no matter how you spin it. Suggesting that abortion and the Holocaust have anything in common is disrespectful to every single living, breathing person who has ever suffered as the result of a real tragedy, and I know that we can all be better than that.

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officalcuddlebuddy:

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I have seen a lot of ridiculous, offensive, and hypocritical anti-abortion propaganda in my time, but I do believe that this one takes the metaphorical cake. I am not entirely sure where to begin, but I will attempt to explain all of the things that are wrong here. Time for a history lesson.

First off, anyone who openly questioned the Nazis during World War II was killed. Period. If you were a German citizen at that time, you did not talk about your political opinions to anybody, because anybody could be an informant. I will make an attempt to further emphasize this point by adding in a personal story. My father once attended a church service where whoever was preaching decided to go off on a tangent about how German citizens should have done the good, Christian thing and spoken out against Hitler. A man in the congregation stood up, laughed, and told the priest that “with all due respect, if they had done that, they would be dead”. This man actually wrote a book, which I have read, entitled Hitler’s Willing Warrior. It is a more or less autobiographical account of this man’s experience as a young man in Germany who expressed his political opinions and was imprisoned and tortured as a result. I would highly recommend it to anyone who takes this graphic seriously.

Secondly, a good number of the Nazis who were committing the atrocities of the Holocaust were Christians. Therefore, if anyone had actually been stupid enough to try to use signs to protest the Nazis, it wouldn’t have been Christians, because they often were the Nazis. And, again, those probably-not-Christians would have been brutally tortured and/or killed.

Now, I will address the point where this graphic completely lost all possible credibility. This may come as a shock to anyone who never took high school history, but the majority of German citizens did not know much (if anything at all) about what exactly was going on in concentration camps until after the Allies showed up and started releasing information. The images like the one that this offensive statement is so tastelessly plastered over were not available to be made into signs for people with death wishes until it was too late for millions Jews, other minorities, and prisoners of war.

The use of this image really sickens me, as it highlights exactly why abortion and the Holocaust have absolutely nothing to do with each other, by exploiting the images of innocent people, most or all of whom probably died miserable deaths. These are living, sentient people. They are starving. They are probably cold. They are in pain. They do not look very happy. They can feel every single horrible thing that happens to them. They can see the people around them dying or being killed. They can physically dig their own graves (which many of them did have to do), and they can feel the dread of knowing what’s coming.

A fetus, on the other hand, feels nothing, sees nothing, thinks nothing, and is probably pretty well-fed, since it is taking nutrients from the body of a woman who may or may not want it there. Millions of people died in the Holocaust; people who had friends, families, lives, jobs, and futures before the Nazis (who, again, were often Christians as well) decided that they did not deserve those things. These people suffered, and felt every bit of the pain. They experienced horrible things that the person who made this graphic can not begin to imagine. I probably cannot begin to imagine many of them. And someone still had the nerve to compare this widespread, almost unimaginable suffering to a medical procedure that terminates a non-sentient, not-yet-developed fetus.

After taking a moment to compose myself after nearly being crushed under the weight of the ignorance and hate that this image represents, I will circle back to my first point. Given all the things I have pointed out, and the fact that this graphic claims the people on the ‘right side of history’ (meaning those who believe in the misguided pro-‘life’ movement) should have held up signs protesting the Holocaust, then I can only conclude that the message here is that all pro-‘lifers’ should be captured, tortured, and murdered, because that is exactly what would have happened if they had tried to do what they think is ‘right’.

All the creator of this graphic has done is single-handedly proven what is wrong with the pro-‘life’ movement. Nothing is sacred to them. They will twist every tragedy, every death, every historical disaster, and every situation to try to force their views on others. They care nothing for the victims of these tragedies, just like they care nothing for the women who are incubating their precious fetuses. It sickens me to think how many people there are in the world who might not see anything wrong with this image.

Regardless of how you feel about abortion, if you have a single ounce of empathy for others or a single regard for the mass suffering of the Jews during the Holocaust, this image should make you feel sick. You should feel physically unclean after viewing it and pondering its implications. If you truly do not see anything wrong with this graphic, I fear that humanity has lost its way.

A friend of mine also said that if you get an abortion, you’re basically as bad as the man who committed the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Long story short, I no longer consider him my friend.

And YOU obviously don’t know anything about abortions or anyone who is pro-life. A fetus begins to be able feel after only 8 weeks. Most abortions take place in the 12 to 13 weeks, but many take place later on. There are several forms of abortion, and they all someway or another involve the fetus being violently ripped from the placenta and then either left to die or chopped up by a machine. The latter includes being ripped apart, shredded and decapitated. 

Secondly, how DARE you say that “all pro-‘lifers’ should be captured, tortured, and murdered”. You are literally lowering yourself to the level that the Nazi’s were on by declaring that your opinion justifies the murders of millions of people. You just wished a slow and painful death upon millions of people because you got hot-headed over one misguided picture. Just because one pro-life person got off target while trying to make a point does not mean that every person who is pro-life thinks this way. I am openly admitting that this picture was wrong, but I am also stating that your response was just, if not more, unjustifiable. 

Now lets talk about the part where your argument lost all credibility. First, you accuse Christians of making up most of the Nazi party. This statement makes me sick. If people in Nazi Germany knew little of what was actually going on, then how can you think that the Christians magically knew what they were getting into. Most of them were forced to join, or were given false depictions of what their goal was. There wasn’t a job description for them to read, and there was no backing out once they were there. Many of them were probably disgusted as you are about what they had to do, but they did it out of fear for their lives and the lives of there families.

Now, After taking a moment to compose myself after nearly being crushed under the weight of the ignorance and hate that your response represents, I am going to forgive you. As a Christians myself, I have been taught not to hold a grudge or attack you back. I hope I have shed some light on this subject for you, and I pray that God will grant you peace and understanding the next time you feel obligated to verbally attack and judge a group of people over one false impression. Have a good day and god bless. 

I hate to break it to you, but nearly all scientists would disagree with your assertion that a fetus can feel pain at 8 weeks. The general consensus seems to be that “fetal pain” is not possible until 20+ weeks into a pregnancy. Most abortions occur during the first trimester of pregnancy, so at least that statistic you gave was correct. Real science indicates that it is extremely unlikely that a fetus could feel pain at that point in its gestation, thus rendering your fetal pain argument moot.

As for my statement that “all pro-‘lifers’ should be captured, tortured, and murdered,” you are deliberately taking that out of context. That was a deliberate exaggeration to highlight the absurdity of the above graphic’s claim that publicly protesting the horrors of Nazi Germany would not have been a well-intentioned but ultimately suicidal move. The pro-choice movement very strongly believes in protecting autonomous persons’ rights to their own bodies; obviously, I would not want pro-‘lifers’ (or anyone else) to be yanked from their homes, tortured, and painfully, violently killed against their will because that would violate their bodily autonomy and is just generally not a nice thing to wish upon a group of people. This philosophy does not extend to zygotes, embryos, or fetuses because they are not autonomous; that is, they depend on another person’s body to survive and it is up to that person to decide whether or not they want to provide for another being for 9 months and then 18 more years.

Moving on to your next point, I never suggested that the Nazis who were Christians knew what they were getting into. However, my assertion that most Nazis were Christians is accurate; you can read more by following the link above or by simply cracking open a high school history textbook. I have no doubt in my mind that most people, Christians or otherwise, who cooperated with the Nazis did not do so entirely willingly, nor did they understand the true gravity of what they were participating in. They likely did become trapped, and I have no doubt that many of them feared for their lives and families, and that is why everything about the Nazis and the Holocaust is a completely different and much more horrific tragedy than abortion ever has been or will be. That is why it is wrong to compare the two, or to exploit the Holocaust to attempt to further a completely unrelated agenda. My earlier statements about Christians were made to point out the logical flaws in the text on the graphic, not to somehow criticize or condemn all Christians, and I apologize if my remarks could somehow be interpreted any other way.

I hope that my reply has cleared a few things up for you, and I, too, hold no grudge against you. My goal is simply to share accurate information about reproductive health issues, including abortion, with others in hopes of creating a more loving, more informed society. I understand that many people have moral and/or religious objections to abortion, and I believe they are completely entitled to those objections, but it is wrong to deliberately spread misinformation or pass legislation that imposes one person’s or group’s personal views onto an entire population. You do not have to like abortion or support it, but please understand that comparing it to the Holocaust is wrong, no matter how you spin it. Suggesting that abortion and the Holocaust have anything in common is disrespectful to every single living, breathing person who has ever suffered as the result of a real tragedy, and I know that we can all be better than that.

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belcanta:

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

brutalboobs:

silhouettes-of-my-soul:

here’s a tip: if you start dating a depressed person, don’t be surprised if they are still depressed while they are dating you.
they’re not depressed because they’re single, and you are not an all-powerful cure for mental illnesses. just be there for them.

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