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Comment Re:In a sane job market, (Score 2) 161

Even with open borders and a global economy I think UBI is inevitable; the real question is whether we get there through carefully crafted laws and human compassion, or whether we get there kicking and screaming through half-measures and bureaucratic red tape.

Throughout history there was always a way to use additional labor productively (more farmers more factory workers more whatever), so we based our method of divvying up our resources by how much you contributed. Well with robots and drones, and self driving vehicles, and computers taking over jobs that used to need to be done by humans that system won't work. When there's only 50 jobs for every 100 people who need to make a living, something's going to have to give. We've already decided that we're generally not ok with the idea of our populace starving or being homeless, so we need to implement some sort of welfare system, the question really is what form it will ultimately take.

Comment Re:Sounds like RadioShack (Score 2) 161

This is retail in general, the upper management wants sales on high margin crap, so they spin it like the employees are doing a disservice to their customers when they don't push it. For a responsible consumer extended warranties are the worst offender. Most of the time it's just free money for the seller because the product lasts longer than the warranty anyways, but if it does happen to break down while covered they make you jump through hoops to actually take advantage of the damn thing.

Comment Re:Falling Between the Cracks (Score 1) 1052

Frankly, if you ultimately can't make due on a serious UBI program because you're 'bad with money' there should be some programs to get you to be better with money. Or perhaps a new business model will arise of people offering to 'manage' someone's UBI and in exchange provide them with food and shelter. But when all of that inevitably fails maybe those sorts of people are just the ones who need to be committed and made wards of the state. If you are not capable of surviving on your own when you are literally being given the means to do so, then there is something fundamentally wrong with you, and you should probably be getting mental health treatment. (Darwin would say you should die but I'm not quite that cruel)

Comment Re:Simplification or More Bureaucracy? (Score 1) 1052

I think the point is to scrap all welfare, SNAP included, and frankly even $700 a month is far from a livable wage in most of America. That wouldn't even cover rent on a 1 bedroom apartment in central MA. I can't even imagine trying to stretch that out in Boston or any of the bigger cities. I think $1500 a month (especially if it was untaxed) would be enough to support a modest lifestyle without stressing about meals or shelter. There would be some money left over for a person to save up, or to put towards things like schooling. It wouldn't give you the kind of money you need to take a trip to Paris whenever you feel like it, but it's enough that your basic needs are met, and if an emergency comes up (like sudden medical expenses) you don't need to beg or go into bankruptcy just to cover it.

Comment Re:I'm not entirely happy about this. (Score 4, Insightful) 113

If it weren't for the fact I'd be put on a government watchlist for the rest of my life, I might even suggest that perhaps the issue is more complex than we think.

Like almost everything, the issue IS more complex than we think. Drugs, for profit prisons, whether or not 'hitting your kids' is acceptable. You name a topic and I'm sure I can come up with a half dozen different sides to it. As for the government watch lists, I'm sure we're both on a couple dozen already. There's just the matter of 'is this an issue people care about right now'.

Comment Re:Should have satellite internet; not very smart (Score 1) 139

To be fair, everything indicated they would be able to get Comcast internet before they moved in, it wasn't until they signed the lease for the office space that they found out, no no they could not. And they did have internet of a sorts, AT&T dsl, which was at least as good if not better for their purposes than satellite internet would have been (not to say that DSL in this case is 'good' just that it's better than satellite).

Comment Re:Increase the punishment (Score 1) 292

Court records are not necessarily available online (partly because there is an enormous amount of data, and partly because the records aren't necessarily stored in a format that is digital friendly, there's a lot of paper still in use in the legal system). Also a lot of 'background check' type websites don't really do their due diligence to make sure the information they have is accurate (absolving themselves of that responsibility in their 'terms'), but they still fight to get top SEO ratings for search. Finally even if court documents are public record, I don't think that it should be 'easy' to look at them. Say you have a drug conviction from 20 years ago. Is that really relevant to a casual search of your name if you've been clean for 20 years? The records should still be there, and they should be accessible, but it shouldn't be 'easy', you should need very specific information about what type of record you're looking for, and why you're looking for it. Because you want to snoop on your neighbor isn't good enough.

Comment Re:um (Score 1) 303

How can "the belief that climate change is a fraud" a conspiracy theory when climate change has yet to be proven? Climate change can be proven to be false just by going threw all the research, we already know there are many things that are wrong and edited data to make it look real

*Citation needed*

I'll admit that I haven't gone through ALL the research, but the research I have seen is pretty compelling that climate change exists. NASA has some good and well cited evidence in support of it here but if you're one of those people who refuse to change your mind even in the face of overwhelming evidence, I doubt there's much I can do to change your mind on the subject.

Comment Re:Stream 11 (Score 1) 508

That fails requirement #3, it can't be assumed that the students have the technical know how to fix up a salvation army type computer.

Sure, a techie (even a poor techie) could make that work. But when something goes foo-bar on that laptop, the teacher doesn't have the time to provide the free tech support to make it work again.

Comment Re:4/5 in favor (Score 1) 755

I disagree with you on the size of said groups. But even if you are correct, and the number of 'lazy people' out number the number of people willing to work. So what, in the grand scheme of things, these are the sorts of people who would be on welfare or leeching off of family or whatever anyways, changing welfare to a minimum income doesn't change that; it just simplifies the process by which lazy people can be lazy, and makes it so people who are currently working in the bottom most rungs of society can reclaim some personal dignity.

As someone who worked at McDonald's for several years, I can honestly claim that I put up with some pretty shady business practices, and the bosses made me feel like I should be excited that I was making $7.75 an hour. But at the time I felt trapped, because I needed the job to support myself, so I couldn't just quit. I saw several other people in the same boat, or worse (single mothers who have to support themselves and their kids). If I knew I could count on a minimum income A) most companies probably wouldn't try pulling some of the shady crap, and B) if they did I would feel free to leave that job and know I was at least going to have a roof over my head until I found the next one.

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