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Dear Metaconscious, I like your blog very much. I feel like sometimes there is a lack of appreciation for the beauty in science, and although this may not be your specialty, I appreciate your science related posts the best. I was wondering if you had heard of loop quantum cosmology (LQC) and read The Last Question by Isaac Asimov. If not, I highly suggest that you do. It will give you the shivers!
Thank you so much for your recommendation! I will be sure to look into The Last Question. I’m not well versed in LQC, but I have been meaning to get back to reading up on developments in quantum physics and posting more science articles. I’ll take this as a nudge to get back to my rss feeds. :)
Stumblers , Istanbul , 2014
For four years Dauphin was a place where anyone living below the poverty line could receive monthly cheques to boost their income, no questions asked. Single mothers could afford to put their kids through school and low-income families weren’t scrambling to pay the rent each month.
Initially, the Mincome program was conceived as a labour market experiment. The government wanted to know what would happen if everybody in town received a guaranteed income, and specifically, they wanted to know whether people would still work.
It turns out they did.
Only two segments of Dauphin’s labour force worked less as a result of Mincome—new mothers and teenagers. Mothers with newborns stopped working because they wanted to stay at home longer with their babies. And teenagers worked less because they weren’t under as much pressure to support their families.
The end result was that they spent more time at school and more teenagers graduated. Those who continued to work were given more opportunities to choose what type of work they did.
If a guaranteed income program can target more people and is more efficient than other social assistance programs, then why doesn’t Canada have such a program in place already? Perhaps the biggest barrier is the prevalence of negative stereotypes about poor people.
“There’s very strong feelings out there that we shouldn’t give people money for nothing,”
So here’s some evidence that unconditional benefits make people happier and healthier and do not lead to laziness.
In the period that Mincome was administered, hospital visits dropped 8.5 per cent. An 8.5 per cent decrease in hospital visits across Canada would save the government $4 billion annually, by her calculations. And $4 billion is the amount that the federal government is currently trying to save by slashing social programming and arts funding.
but seriously people who are like “never choose a job for the money!” “money shouldn’t matter when you pick a career!” have never been poor in their entire lives
i will literally do anything and everything to make sure i am never poor again do not test me on this i am ready and willing to have a moral grey area in this situation
I fortunately have been determined enough to never hit an “anything and everything” level of degradation (I have never seriously considered a life of crime or prostitution to avoid destitution, for example), but I do understand the desperation of poverty. I have been homeless and crashed on couches for extended periods of time. I have survived on ramen packets, beans and rice, bananas, and cheapest of the cheap in order to live on a $20/week food budget. And I definitely have had to drop out of school for a spell more than once or twice, because no one else is paying for my education.
I’m willing to work hard in a job that isn’t necessarily ideal to sustain myself, as sustainability has always been a priority of mine. I would never hold it against another human being or think less of them for doing the same. When you finally get to a place in which you are paying all your bills and have money left over to save or do something fun with, it is a fucking wonderful and well-earned feeling. I wouldn’t blame a single fucking soul for never wanting to fall out of that position again. You can hate on capitalism and try to go off the grid, but for all our efforts it is very difficult to live outside the system. What we can do is continue to strive for transparency, and social and ecological responsibility.
I do believe in the necessity to make time for our passions, and to always keep our options open for a better work avenue that can bring those passions into play. I find resolve in the notion that ”It’s not what you have; it’s what you do with it.” The line between limitation and opportunity is ingenuity.
Maidentrip Official Trailer
14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out-camera in hand-on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. Jillian Schlesinger’s debut feature amplifies Laura’s brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura’s own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa.
From left to right: Icelandic magical staff, vodou veve, goetic sigil.
The visual similarities among these three ritual symbolic traditions are striking.
I saw this image hidden in the 7 of Cups
Photo by Fabio Stachi.
Advertising from Tesla: Origins
You’ve got to hand it to Tesla, they do things differently.
Director : David Holm
DP : David Holm
Editor : Ben Jordan
Sound Design : Joe Mount
Executive Producer : Tim Case
Here’s the full video about UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital’s Music Therapy Program featuring music therapist Oliver Jacobson. Hope you enjoy & thank you for taking your time to watch.