A really strong piece from a Finnish source on how necessary and amazing basic universal income will be.
It’s not just about automation and robots…
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Two features from well-regarded Canadian magazines about how we might produce cash for things of public good:
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Barely anyone at large in the industrial, consumer, automotive, real estate complex we call home has escaped the call of the lottery ticket. Deep down, even the most sensible and realistic of us harbours a fantasy of something for nothing here. We think of all the good things we could do for those we care about or all the crazy shit we could do for ourselves. Either way, we frequently line up at that most suburban of settings, the gas station, and lay down several hours pay in our minimum wage job for a piece of paper that could change everything. Time to think a little more about the psycho-social effects of the lotteries, yeah?
EIther way, good luck and don’t forget to give us some.
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Enormous pressure will soon be placed on the world’s croplands as they are exchanged for human habitat. Mind boggling stuff, even without consideration of climate change!
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The more we look at this Strong Towns feature the more of a knockout it becomes. The author was part of a municipal financial data project in a US city recently. Part of the project’s output was a map of local costs and revenues. Check out the cost of those post-war ‘burbs for this fairly typical North American city, you’ll be amazed.
The real reason your city has no money
Then they came for the suburbs. And I did nothing because I didn’t have a car, or a job, medical coverage, or mortgage insurance.
Hopefully the Trump presidency will be shortened by litigation, impeachment, or the man’s general unfitness.
Meantime, looks like Prince Cheeto isn’t wasting time putting the boots to people.
On his first day in office, Trump raises taxes on middle-class homebuyers
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Teeth have appeared a couple of times at suburban-poverty.com of late. Not just our editor’s either! Today we have a piece from the CBC about the availability of free services from orthodontists available to children in socio-economic difficulty. Now, it isn’t just about Little Timmy having to get that modelling quality smile via ten grand worth of ortho or he’ll end up a syphilitic serial killer. No, orthodontics is genuinely health related, making this an interesting piece.
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