podcast: ” LOLOLoligarchy” , Lovett or Leave It

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Listen on your favorite ipod app or at the Crooked Media website: https://crooked.com/podcast/lolololigarchy/

I think Lovett or Leave It is generally relevant to “us folks’ ” interests here but this latest episode focuses particularly on economic inequality. I’m also going to forever side with Franchesca Ramsey on those Paul Ryan workout pics.

There wasn’t  a single mention of universal basic income. That was disappointing. I know some people feel there isn’t much point in discussing it as a serious way to help bridge inequality because “it’ll never happen” but at this point let’s just throw all the ideas out there because UBI has just as much chance right now of being a thing in our country as truly universal health care but we’re still talking about that a lot.

7.5.17

Healthcare: tweeted the other day about Senate quietly pushing for a change in the new bill that would allow states to eliminate Medicaid entirely. Read the whole thread here

basic income: Rutger Bregman’s TED talk “Poverty isn’t a lack of character;It’s a lack of cash”
There’s a lot in this TED talk that poor people already know (but no one listens to us). Like that poor people aren’t stupid but the stress and conditions of poverty make them do stupid things. Like that the best way out of poverty is to give people money, not for rich people to send them teddy bears and shoes. Unconditional basic income is how to end poverty.

 

 

wages: Missouri Republicans Lower St. Louis Minimum Wage From $10 To $7.70.  

LOWERED minimum wage. Those same Republicans probably won’t understand why more people will now be applying for assistance. “Get another job or two, slackers”

podcast: Radio Free Dystopia–  Dystopian fiction is my jam so of course I was going to love this podcast immediately.

A podcast about what we learn when facts and dystopian fiction start to look the same. Join dystopian novelist Toby Ball, journalist Meg Heckman and assorted guests as they talk about authoritarianism, free speech, environmental decay and what it means to commit acts of resistance. Also: Power, privilege, freedom and – perhaps most importantly of all – hope.

soundtrack: “Tin Foil Hat”, Todd Rundgren feat Donald Fagan

It’s about you-know-who

 

 


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Weekend Reading

Basically, this is my link dump from everything I read over the week. I’m gifting it to you.

“Effective health care activism & advocacy needs to include disabled and chronically ill people.” https://t.co/jKxkMJ0gH0
Resistance: Pick a cause, make it yours – excellent advice for a lot of us who are overwhelmed with the magnitude of work to be done. I can’t say that I’ve narrowed down to any one cause but I would probably be better off if I did
The Criminalization of Poverty – we all know this story but still,great coverage by SPIN magazine
I am so Angry and Tired and Sad but I Refuse to Stop Rising Up – One my my most beloved bloggers wrote this. I love her and this,too ♥♥♥
5 Ways to Support Undocumented Folks – These are all good ways. Also check locally to see if there’s an advocacy group. Last week my local county sheriff made a statement following efforts to not only make Ithaca a sanctuary city but the entire county that essentially said he would never instruct his deputies to actively alert authorities about undocumented people (and added that if someone commits a crime and they’re undocumented, then obviously they’re not going to get away with it because that’s basic common sense). I intend to write him a thank you letter.
How to Boycott DAPL Banks – this is honestly the best and probably only chance to stopping DAPL but it’s going to take more than individuals. We need whole cities and companies to divest & withdraw
Amazon’s Supposed Automated Grocery Store Will Have as Little as 3 Human Employees — Grocery News–  yet another example of why we need universal basic income here in the U.S.
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Also…
Thor Harris from Swans gave a brief tutorial on Nazi-punching
Ok,that’s all. Have a great weekend. Here’s a song of the day:
“Angelina” by Pinegrove. It’s a live version but not the same live version that’s on their new live album “Elsewhere”, currently available to purchase HERE as a “pay what you want” with ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER. Good cause, good music.

recent podcasts listened to

Well, I listen to a lot of podcasts but these particular ones/episodes felt relevant to share here.

Out of the Box podcast ep 105- Scott Santens on Universal Basic Income – Whenever I mention Basic Income, either here or elsewhere on social media, there are always questions. Most people have never heard of it and a lot of those who are in the know just have a lot of questions about how it would work. This episode is great because it covers just about everything about UBI you could possibly wonder. Universal Basic Income is how we can lift people out of poverty, reduce crime, boost the economy, improve health and well being, and create a much happier society.

In the Dark –  episode 6 – This may be a hard podcast to listen to, even if you’re a fan of true crime like I am. I had to take breaks to get through it sometimes and that’s undoubtedly in part because I have a 11 year old son and this podcast focuses on the 1989 abduction of 11 year old Jacob Wetterling. Yep, it’s a tough one. I know this doesn’t on the surface seem relevant here but episode 6 talks about the effects of legislation regarding sex offenders and the national registry. It was Jacob’s mom Patty who pioneered and pushed for a sex offender registry and now she’s not so fond of the monster it’s become. The overwhelming research on pedophiles and other sex offenders says that the lack of stable housing,jobs, and support after incarceration increases the chance of recidivism but because the consequences of being on the registry is so damaging to all of those things, that stability is impossible. The registry covers a broad range of offenses and there’s many people who really shouldn’t even be on it. The intention was to keep children safe and it hasn’t actually done that but it has pushed people into poverty.

On to happier things. Literally…

Happier with Gretchen Rubin – This is a super complicated podcast for me, even if I do love it. As someone who struggles with ADHD, I am constantly looking for strategies that help keep my mind and life better organized and aid in productivity and this really fills that need .I can’t say that it really makes me happier but at the present time, my mood is very influenced by my financial status, so I feel like all the little things suggested (sometimes they’re things I already do) don’t really make anything better but they may reduce some stress or help me embrace the things that are awesome in my life, which helps me get through the day . Poverty-induced depression isn’t a thing that I can fix by  making my bed every morning or taking photos of my everyday life but it can’t hurt either.

 

 

10 Reasons To Get Behind Basic Income

This is aimed at Bernie supporters who need to focus their fire on something now that he’s out of the race but the points are laid out so well for anyone else who is interested in solutions to making life better for low income people in the U.S.

One minor irk: The first reason given states that ALL people deserve to have money for work, no matter what work they do but excludes those who don’t or can’t work who are susceptible to living in poverty. I’m thinking of disabled and elderly people specifically. Yes,there’s disability and social security but those usually do not meet all the economic needs.

 

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12.14.15

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[content notes: basic income, homelessness,education,domestic violence,

χ NYC Low-income high school seniors march their college application to the post office  – “I am going someplace and no one can stop me.” Bless them.

χ Interview with Guy Standing o Basic Income

χ  Meathead Movers offers their services free to domestic violence victims fleeing abusive homes  – It might not sound like much but it is. It’s a big deal.

χ Parenting while homeless– An excellent long read focusing on the stress of parenting while living in a shelter and one initiative to support those families to build strong families despite homelessness

χ How Boise, Idaho has criminalized homelessness– they just shut down a homeless camp behind a church that was a refuge to 135 homeless folks.

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