Positive thinking feels nice, but it won’t fix the climate

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“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

— Albert Einstein

Not too long ago, I warned a coworker that our jobs would end due to technological unemployment. I showed them a press release announcing that our employer planned on replacing us with artificial intelligent computer programs.

My background includes researching and writing about Universal Basic Income, so my interest had exposed me to the the realities of disappearing jobs.

“I suggest you update your resume,” I said…


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If Stephen King started writing today, would he be successful?

Before answering, you may want me to clarify if he is using the same methods to promote his work as he did in the past, or if he will be self-publishing his stories. You may also question whether he writes the exact same books from the beginning of his career or if he is publishing his latest novels. We might also have to stipulate whether he has any social media following.

I bet you didn’t immediately respond, “That is a stupid question. Of course, Stephen King would be successful today.”


In the age of Zoom, males dominate the shared spaces

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Recently, I took an online course which was conducted via Zoom. There were 20 participants, evenly split between men and women.

Whenever there was down time, often at the end of the day, men would dominate the conversation by talking about topics of interest to them. The topics ranged from sports to gaming, and occasionally it wandered into the vast wasteland of 90s goth music. Don’t ask.

The same six guys lorded over this shared free time, seemingly unconcerned that they had been monopolizing the discussion. …


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After a mandatory Friday company get-together, one worker quipped, “It would be different if they threw us a real party, instead of tossing us the cheapest pizza they could get, served on paper towels from the restroom,” she said. “No one wants to be here. Why not let everyone have the afternoon off?”

The answer is simple.

Employers don’t want to give workers what they want — a living wage, healthcare, shorter work week, three-day weekends, and less micromanaging. …


Addressing the fallacy of a solution to technological unemployment.

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Politicians and higher education pundits who are unaffected by withering job prospects love the idea of the public taking on more debt to keep working bullshit jobs as they slip further into poverty. What they don’t tell you is 35% of those laid off in the past three years won’t find work.

The problem isn’t a lack of relevant skills, but long-term employment opportunities.

The sad fact is those individuals beating the retraining drum are often deeply mired in a stable, high-paying career and yet are the very people who have the data to realize this isn’t a solution for…


Unity & compromise won’t help conservatives

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“ [Cindy McCain] has supported leftist causes such as gay marriage, growth of the administrative state, and others that run counter to Republican values, a Republican form of government, and the U.S. Constitution.” Arizona Republican Party

Now that America has returned to a sense of political normalcy — and relief — with the white-knuckle inauguration of President Joe Biden, the calls for unity have started right on cue. Just a few Scaramucci’s after a failed coup attempt, Republican leadership clutched its pearls and preached about the need to “reach across the aisle.”

Working with GOP politicians will not serve conservative…


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There is one group more than any other that needs a Universal Basic Income (UBI).

The not-quite-disabled desperately need rescuing from their long, slow slide into poverty.

Miranda, a middle-aged sales professional, found herself wandering in this no-man’s land after a nasty automobile accident left her with a debilitating neck injury. She asked to use a pseudonym and to keep the details of her job confidential because she was afraid future employers might learn of her medical condition.

“I went from a very comfortable lifestyle at the top of my field to poverty level in about two years,” Miranda said…


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After Trump’s failed coup d’etat, America is rightfully obsessed with rooting out Republican traitors at the Capitol. But perhaps it is time we look closer to home and condemn those in our circle of influence who fought to overturn the election.

If you thought Crazy Uncle Joe made the holidays uncomfortable, think about how you will feel when he voices his support for the insurrection.

Is it time we stop enabling this behavior and cut off our QAnon family members, banishing them from our society as traitors to their country?

It’s painful to consider since fully 31 percent of those…


Don’t ask America to move on.

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You can expect to hear calls for Democrats to “reach across the aisle” to start a national healing.

The public will be admonished to forget the seditious actions of many of our elected leaders in order to “move on”.

I don’t care who is calling for this – it is wrong.

May we all be reminded in order for a body to heal first you must rid the disease.

There is a festering moral decay in our country that starts in Washington. Legislators choose the politically advantageous path above doing what is right.

And most of the time, we learn…


Regardless of their vote to certify

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On January 6, lawmakers vote to certify the election, and by doing so, they will also publicly state if they support democratic institutions or if they seek to undermine more than 200 years of American history.

Each legislator will signify whether they support an autocracy or functioning democracy. Regardless of which side congressional Republicans choose, it will be the end of their Party as we know it.

Led by Senator Ted Cruz, the stunt to derail Joe Biden’s victory will cause GOP to explicitly state a bold-faced lie. …

Shelly Fagan

Complicated subjects accessible. Politics, Basic Income, Philosophy. I follow back.

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