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Today, Even If Maybe Not Tomorrow …

… T.B. Wisdom endorses Mr. Andrew Yang for president.

I’m not enamored with the “$1000/mo per adult” slogan, but otherwise, the guy comes off as genuine, knowledgeable, and forward-looking.

The suggestion that the UBI program may be partially funded through a VAT also doesn’t sit quite right with me; in Europe, it’s ultimately the consumer of the final product that pays it, so it’s quite far from his “tech check” equivalent to Alaska’s “oil check.” In one speech, Mr. Yang did bring up the possibility of taxing the tech giants for using data that is currently freely reaped by them. Taxing every displayed / targeted ad, every bit of stored, processed, and analyzed data, every transaction from which a tech giant takes a cut, sign me up. But that’s the only time I heard it (or maybe misheard it?). Most of the time, he simply refers to Europe (and that implementing half the VAT in Europe will be sufficient to prop up UBI as an opt-in system that doesn’t stack with other social programs). I hope he refines this plan and speaks in more detail in the future.

Another peeve is the idea that his version of UBI will count as income for determining eligibility for other matters (even if not actually taxed). So if UBI hits before Medicare for All, a whole lot of people will suddenly not qualify for the ACA. People will be pushed into different tax brackets. A whole lot of divorced parents will take their exes to court for increased child support. Etc. etc. Again, I hope that it’s something he works out as his campaign matures.

That said… at least it’s a conversation that doesn’t exhaust at “tax the rich” for “free everything.”

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Free Will

You are your brain (neurological network) as developed through your biology and experiences, as affected by the instantaneous chemistry of your body (glands, etc.). That there’s a time period between the brain finishing its processing of data / reaching a conclusion and the de-abstraction of this conclusion is irrelevant.

You are literally how you process data. Continue reading “Free Will”

NOT QUITE A BAR JOKE..

A theist, an antitheist, and an atheist walk into a bar.

The theist looks at the other two, feels threatened, and yells: “God is great!”

The antitheist feels attacked and immediately starts arguing with the theist.

The atheist chats with the bartender, orders a beer, and daydreams how nice it would be if the theist and the antitheist shut up and let him enjoy the evening before the bar closes in, like, 30 minutes.

Feminism Fail #72 or #9843

Your logline:

A female <profession #1> and a <profession #2> <go do things>.

Because obviously the femaleness is far, far more of a factor in <profession #1>’s story than whatever the gender/sex of <profession #2> is in, we’re of course supposed to assume, “his” story.

Fail.

Or maybe your hook / selling point is that your protagonist is female with a *gasp* profession?

Fail.

HONOR GUARD

Today, November 9th, 2016, is the official establishment date of Honor Guard.

Right now (and maybe forever), it’s just me.

This is not an organization, however. It isn’t a social circle.

It’s a pledge.

That no matter what, I will remain true to myself.

That I will uphold my principles, even when it’s easier, safer for me, and harmless to others, not to do so.

That I will take a loss, if a win requires me to act against my conscience.

That I will treat people, regardless of birth, status, world view, or financial situation, like fellow human beings deserving of basic decency.

That I will be kind whenever I can, and respectful whenever I can’t.

That even when someone behaves inappropriately or hurtfully, I will not veer from my principles. I will act in the name of justice, but not for the sake of vindication, self-validation, or gratification. I will direct my anger into resolve, but not into affront or harm.

It’s not for anyone else’s sake. It’s for my own.

I will keep myself to a high standard.

To guard my honor.

And Then, Part 2.

I did want to elaborate, I suppose. I don’t know what happened in this election. There are plenty of articles out there about how we ended up stuck with two dislikable candidates. Plenty of theories and plenty of discourse. Some conclusions. Some speculation on what comes next.

The point is, we have the new face of our country. The person who will represent us, who will meet with foreign dignitaries on our behalf, the person who will be signing treaties and forging relationships that are supposed to protect and benefit our society.

The leader who is supposed to hold up our honor as a nation.

Excuse me that I’m skeptical.

And Then…

It was Nov. 9th, 2016, and life seemed to go on.

Privilege

Definition: “a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people.”

Stop alienating people by throwing this word in their face. There’s a difference between “lacking a privilege” and “being denied basic rights and decency.”

Being treated like a human being is NOT A PRIVILEGE. It’s the baseline, which some people are denied. Get the difference?

What you should be fighting is a segment of society being denied their constitutional rights.

What you should be fighting is the reduction of people to stereotypes and second class citizens, for merely being born a certain way.

Make it your business to actually help the suffering, instead of making it your life goal to make the rest suffer too.

Because when you scream “privilege” at your target of preference, you’re not addressing the problem. You’re picking a fight, often for the sole reason that the person not shouting the same slogans as you was born a certain way. Which makes you either too dumb to realize what you’re doing, or an asshat trying to appear “righteous” for self-serving purposes.

British Vote To Exit EU…

… has it prevented a Trump presidency?

(your votes matter, people! And, yes, protest voting has pitfalls too)

(July 15th Update: I know November is still a while away, but by what I’ve been seeing — no, probably not)

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