There is this guy I know, his name is Donald. Internally he suffers from low self esteem. This is his song.
I have for some time favoured the idea of basic income, or negative income tax. Both of these are not need based, but they allow a basic income to people that don't have any other source. The idea is that it would reduce the overhead of feeding them, because feed them we must. On moral grounds, and if imbalances get really bad, to avoid nasty uprisings and such.
We are also currently seeing populists being more popular (again), in response to perceived problems and imbalances.
Are we getting to the point already, where we have too many people with too little to do that they get paid for?
It is a lot easier to blame Mexicans for job losses, than to actually address economic problems.
Are we there yet, is automation eliminating jobs faster than people can learn new skills? And what do you do with the left-over people that can't learn anything new that they will get paid for?
Because of this Trump stuff, there had been all this debate about whether California should become a seperate nation. Some folks in the SF Bay area want that, they think they are better than the rest of the world.
Other people say that California shoul become part of Canada. This won't happen, because Californians outnumber Canadians. Canada won't let them in.
So the simplest solution is let California seperate, and give if back to Mexico. That will help alleviate the influence of Mexicans in the USA. It will help Mexico. It may help me, since I have spent so much time in California, I could be considered a citizen. As long as we keep the money, the industries and all that, we will be fine. The US can keep Arizona. Probably Nevada should go with California, Vegas is part of LA anyway.
As you can see in this article https://www.newscientist.com/article/211...
most of the Iron in the planet (not on the planet, inside it) is headed to its rightful owners - Russia.
NBC reports (here http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/zika-vi...) that news stories that are calm and accurate are less popular than inaccurate but loud stories, particularly if those stories predict disaster.
So if you want your story to catch some attention, include end-of-the-world predictions and be aggressive and loud.
Probably it helps to blame someone. Who to blame? I would tend to pick dark nefarious groups that can't be found, because hey, they won't defend themselves. But others will do, "the elite", or "the scientists", or "the mass media".
Observable Universe contains ten times more galaxies than previously thought
says in this place:
So for those who are informed, what does that do to dark matter? Do we sitll need it to balance the books ?
If you follow business news at all, you will know that Bayer is buying out Monsanto. The deal is done, pending allowance by a whole pile of governments and their anti-trust agencies. I should have written Pending, with at least one capital letter.
Anyway, perhaps Bayer is paying too much, $66Billion for a company worth $48B.
California will legalize Marihuana for recreational use. Other states will follow, or have led this already. That, and the drugs to follow, will be produced agriculturally in the US (and Europe), in controlled ways. Like, in industrial agricultural ways. This will be a really big new market. Bayer can't ignore that, can they?
I have been invited to 2 events. Donald Trump says he will fly me out to wherever his event is, as long as I donate.
And then Stevie Nicks has a commercial deal, I pay the ticket and that's it.
Donald or Stevie? Let me think :)
I just noticed the numbers. I have been here for more than 11 years. Kind of scary.
Happy new year to everyone.
I miss hanging out here and discussing things, especially the folks that I don't agree with :)
Be good, or be bad, but be safe.