Monday, October 19, 2020

Compton tries Universal Basic Income

 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-10-18/800-compton-residents-to-get

 

"It is people like Andrade whom a new guaranteed income pilot program is trying to reach, Compton Mayor Aja Brown said. Later this year, the mayor says, the Compton Pledge will begin giving 800 Compton residents free cash for a two-year period. Brown said she thinks the program will have the greatest number of participants in a single U.S. city."

 

Several tests going!  We'll know soon...

Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Whitehouse has more Covid-19 than a province in Canada

 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/covid-newfoundland-labrador-white-house-1.5757009

 

"A person — or persons — showed up at the White House with the virus, and more than 30 people have since become sick, including the president and first lady.

In Labrador, a health-care worker showed up sick, went to stores and worked at the hospital, and no one else caught the disease.

Same disease, different outcomes.

The comparisons tells us a lot about why the novel coronavirus spreads, and doesn't."

 

The pandemic is touching everything in society now.  I am of the opinion that a pandemic just wears human society down so they eventually just try to ignore it and go with the plan of trying to outlive it.  Different cultures, however, seem to handle it better than others. 

 

 


Money piling up for just a few

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/richest-50-165-million-poorest-wealth-gap_n_5f822365c5b62f97bac384cb

 

"The 50 richest Americans increased their net worth this year to an amount nearly equal to the combined money and assets of the poorest 165 million Americans, which is half of the U.S. population, according to new data from the first half of the year collected by the Federal Reserve.

The rich got richer this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic — while people struggling financially found themselves in even more dire straits. COVID-19, which has killed more than 210,000 Americans, has disproportionally hurt people of color, older people, women and workers in low-paying jobs."

 

We're heading back to the Middle Ages where the prince had his castle and an army of knights.  Everybody else was a serf dependent on the prince.  This is definitely going backwards.

Monday, September 28, 2020

A chance to get rid of all this plastic?

 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/28/new-super-enzyme-eats-plastic-bottles-six-times-faster

 

"Plastic pollution has contaminated the whole planet, from the Arctic to the deepest oceans, and people are now known to consume and breathe microplastic particles. It is currently very difficult to break down plastic bottles into their chemical constituents in order to make new ones from old, meaning more new plastic is being created from oil each year.

The super-enzyme was engineered by linking two separate enzymes, both of which were found in the plastic-eating bug discovered at a Japanese waste site in 2016. The researchers revealed an engineered version of the first enzyme in 2018, which started breaking down the plastic in a few days. But the super-enzyme gets to work six times faster."

 

This is great and all, but we really need to find alternatives to plastic in the first place.

 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

pandemic a great time to try Universal Basic Income

 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-02/brazil-hands-out-so-much-covid-cash-that-poverty-nears-a-new-low

 

In other words, as Covid-19 has killed some 122,000 Brazilians, it has paradoxically driven down poverty and inequality, at least in the short term, and also placed government welfare at the heart of political debate, like a decade ago with the “Bolsa Familia” program that lifted millions. The issue will reverberate in November’s local elections, a dry run for the presidency in 2022.

 

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 People are out of work.  Businesses are closed.  If there was ever a time to try universal basic income, this is it.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Universal Basic Income trial begins in Germany

 https://www.businessinsider.com/germany-begins-universal-basic-income-trial-three-years-2020-8

 

"Germany is about to become the latest country to trial a universal basic income after 1,500 people signed up to a three-year experiment into how it affects the economy and the wellbeing of recipients.

As part of the study, 120 individuals will receive the equivalent of $1,430 a month for 3 years, which is just above Germany's poverty line, with their life outcomes compared to another group of 1,380 people who will not receive the payments."

 

The pandemic has shown that our economic system is not working correctly.  Time for changes.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

minimum wage can't get you an apartment in any US state

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/14/minimum-wage-workers-cannot-afford-rent-in-any-us-state.html

"In fact, the average minimum wage worker in the U.S. would need to work almost 97 hours per week to afford a fair market rate two-bedroom and 79 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom, NLIHC calculates. That’s well over two full-time jobs just to be able to afford a two-bedroom rental."

Minimum wage should mean the lowest wage that lets you still make a living.