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by 7Wannabe5
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage
Replies: 268
Views: 28656

Re: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage

Another rather depressing thing to keep in mind, is that anybody who can at least perform their own personal care, is a huge savings to society over all the Baby Boomers who will soon be losing that functioning. Paying some lazy kid $12,000 a year to stay out of trouble is NOTHING compared to the Me...
by 7Wannabe5
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: Coming to the midwest in summer 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 3478

Re: Coming to the midwest in summer 2019

I lived in Houghton, MI for two years. I think you will like it.
by 7Wannabe5
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: How has your job and income changed in the last 2 decades?
Replies: 7
Views: 676

Re: How has your job and income changed in the last 2 decades?

Twenty years ago I was working for a corporation that twenty years earlier had been on the cutting edge of technology. It went bankrupt a few years after I had quit to start my own micro-lifestyle-business which was based on even more cutting edge technology, which is now at least 4 generations off ...
by 7Wannabe5
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Disappearing Bugs
Replies: 5
Views: 1402

Re: Disappearing Bugs

I absolutely believe it is happening, but I am not currently experiencing any difficulties with insect population in my very messy, quite damp, very fertile poly-cultures. In fact, my forearms are covered with miscellaneous bug bites (tick, ant, spider-mite), and I am a bit worried about West Nile c...
by 7Wannabe5
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage
Replies: 268
Views: 28656

Re: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage

Well, we already have all sorts of income transfer programs in place. What I like about UBI is that it is "universal" rather than means based, thereby reducing disincentives at the margin (obvious motivation to earn less by those just above any hard cutoff.) Expansion of the earned income credit wit...
by 7Wannabe5
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage
Replies: 268
Views: 28656

Re: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage

In breaking news on this topic, "The Technology Trap: Capitol, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation" by Carl Benedict Frey was released today. It is now on the top of my stack along with jennypenny recommended "Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World" and "Plants from Test Tubes: ...
by 7Wannabe5
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: extremely frugal vegan keto,keto, and carnivore diets
Replies: 76
Views: 12822

Re: extremely frugal vegan keto,keto, and carnivore diets

Buying is bad, get a job as a herder or rent some land and raise cattle until they raise rent or something. Cows are mobile plants are less so Or you could just squat in an abandoned house in Detroit and raise shrimp* and marijuana. Land too marginal for agricultural production is kind of yesterday...
by 7Wannabe5
Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Range by David Epstein
Replies: 11
Views: 1892

Re: Range by David Epstein

@jennypenny: Yeah, I started reading adult audience 70s novels at a very young age, anything and everything I found on the coffee tables of my babysitting clients. So, on some level I feel like I was already an adult during that era. On an only semi-related note, I was kind of struck by some sort of...
by 7Wannabe5
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage
Replies: 268
Views: 28656

Re: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage

P.S. Actually, I think we are in agreement if education towards financial literacy includes taking the risk on investing in your own endeavors as well as the very conservative choice of auto-pilot dividing the investment of your funds between businesses being run by a variety of innovators other tha...
by 7Wannabe5
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage
Replies: 268
Views: 28656

Re: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage

@Campitor: I think we may have to agree to disagree, because it seems like my personal experience is in direct opposition to yours. I am one of those super annoying people who when trapped in a corporate environment actually found meetings to be relatively enjoyable, because at least there were snac...
by 7Wannabe5
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage
Replies: 268
Views: 28656

Re: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage

I didn't mean to invoke a debate on the topic of Christian morality. I am not a practicing Christian. I was just thinking about what Harari wrote on the topic of the morals and myths underpinning the American Constitution. All humans created equal very well may be the best assumption for moral socie...
by 7Wannabe5
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage
Replies: 268
Views: 28656

Re: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage

Capitalism is more than capable of being efficient in resource management when the market provides incentives for it. We are part of that feedback loop - how we behave within a capitalist system affects how producers manage their resources. The root of the problem is that "we" identify primarily as...
by 7Wannabe5
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Range by David Epstein
Replies: 11
Views: 1892

Re: Range by David Epstein

Right, nothing published these-a-days can possibly compare to the quality of the best-selling non-fiction of 1923, a year which saw the publication of masterworks such as "Diet and Healthy" by Lulu Peters and "Painted Windows" by A Gentleman in a Duster (pseudonym for Harold Begbie.) And, of course,...
by 7Wannabe5
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage
Replies: 268
Views: 28656

Re: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage

I agree in a sense - but I think this realization still could have been had without drinking a macchiato in a Starbucks. It could have occurred drinking some tap water at home. Multiply this behavior by 250+ million people (adults in the US) and the problems of resource depletion is amplified signi...
by 7Wannabe5
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage
Replies: 268
Views: 28656

Re: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage

-Freedom Dividend gives Warren Buffet as much as it gives anyone else, so there's an inherent inefficiency to it. I actually think this is a point in its favor, because it takes energy to create and maintain a line separating those who need financial assistance from those who don't, and the constan...
by 7Wannabe5
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Garden Log
Replies: 726
Views: 139290

Re: Garden Log

@jennypenny: Add a carnivorous predator to your eco-system? For better or worse, I have a troupe of homeless city cats semi-occupying my garden and my cherries and berries are unmolested. My garden is going gang-busters. I am eating mixed mess of greens (mustard, radish, turnip, lamb's quarter, garl...
by 7Wannabe5
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage
Replies: 268
Views: 28656

Re: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage

Concluding we don't know which is better is akin to not being able to see the net advantage of the government taking money away from one doer and giving it to another doer when the concept is extended to be universal. Well, given that "opening a poorhouse" generally universally takes place at a pop...
by 7Wannabe5
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage
Replies: 268
Views: 28656

Re: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage

@Campitor: On a visceral level, I disagree with your premise that the modern corporation is the center of innovation, unless innovation is defined in some self-referential manner using terms such as "to scale." It puts no measure on what is lost as everything is brought to global market scale. For i...
by 7Wannabe5
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage
Replies: 268
Views: 28656

Re: The benefits of a basic income // much higher min wage

*Here I mean consumer in the widest sense, which could include the person who gives money to charities, purchases securities as investments, invests money in their own business, makes their money available for loans (e.g., bank deposits), or purchases goods and services for personal use/consumption...
by 7Wannabe5
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Trying lifestyle inflation. Need to spend more.
Replies: 44
Views: 6188

Re: Trying lifestyle inflation. Need to spend more.

- Buy up raw land in your area that would otherwise be bought by a developer and let it stay wild. This is not an investment if you don't plan to sell it as it will only cost you further each year in taxes (unless you get out of paying tax by conserving the land). This is a big one as you could ext...