Day 459: Feudal Employers and Basic Income

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Lexmark and a #BasicIncome or LETSMARK a #BasicIncome for All

Printer and software giant Lexmark has fired dozens of workers from its factory in the Mexican city of Ciudad Júarez after they demanded a pay rise of $0.35 per day.

Hundreds of workers at the printer cartridge plant went on strike last week, calling for the company to increase its daily rate for experienced employees from 114 to 120 pesos – a raise of approximately $0.35.

Days later, Lexmark fired around 120 of the striking workers. Most of those dismissed had been involved in attempts to set up an independent union to advocate pay increases and improvements in working conditions.

It would seem impossible, but many of us don’t yet realize that the true asset of a company is it’s working force, no matter how much money a company has to invest, no matter how much they claim that ‘they are creating job opportunities’ -for which they get juicy tax rebates if not full tax holiday like in some third world countries, eager to attract foreign investments-, they are NOTHING and they can go NOWHERE without their working force.

We have become accustomed to a culture of replace-ability, our commercial system thrives on making people irrelevant in the working place, we have developed production models that alienate people while making them insignificant  – or attempting to with all our might.

Of course it will be hard to put an end to this culture, mainly because it works, not for the people, but for the corporatism who is willing to trade the lives they don’t care to know anything about – for profit.

They are demanding better working conditions, a living wage, recognition of their right to form independent unions, a halt to sexual harassment, and legal protection from handling hazardous chemicals among other things. The maquila scene has not changed that much for workers since the city established manufacturing facilities fifty years ago.

Most of the demonstrators are laborers who are not paid sufficient wages to provide their families with enough food, clothing, and schooling, much less giving the families the opportunity to move out of poverty. Both the government and employers consider low wages as a “competitive advantage” that is used to attract foreign business interests. The laborers are caught in an impossible situation.

This feudal style corporate employment is a global problem, it pays for some to keep people too busy, too worried, too poor to even consider  other solutions.

regardless of ‘what they are doing to keep things as they are’ we have a solution right up our sleeve, it’s a #BasicIncome, a #livingincomeguaranteed for All, can you see how such a simple solution would turn the negotiating table upside down -for good?

People who have enough to live, pay for a housing, pay for their food, their kids’ needs, their health needs would not have to put up with the hope of ‘having someone generous enough to lift them out of poverty in exchange for their hard work’ – that would be a given, then all the Feudal Employers of the Planet would have to reconsider how they attract their workers and would have to offer much more than sexual harassment and impossible living conditions -that some are now forced to accept.

They would have to provide an attractive working environment, benefits, working models that remember they are often times dealing with talented people eager to learn and do their best to participate in the company’s growth, and then a company like Lexmark,  whose ‘revenue totaled $3.7bn’ last year, would be forced to reconsider how to share the profit including the bottom of the pyramid, because such pyramids can exist only if there is a bottom and unless the Feuda-tards start to realize that, they could go Topsy-turvy in a moment, when their ex-workers move on to more rewarding lives with a Basic Income or with Employers who have had no difficulty understanding or rewarding their companies’ True Assets.

Here is an example of the Future of Employment (an ad by a fast growing IT company)

What We Value

Clear communication, transparency, open-mindedness, empathy and patience are just a few of Buffer’s cultural values. We are looking for a person who understands this culture and will thrive within a team of people passionate about self-improvement, honesty and openness.

Where You’ll Work

You will work in the place that makes you happy, that inspires you daily, and helps you to become the person that you wish to be. You will work daily with team members scattered around the world and across time zones to build a better culture and product.

Get it?

The biggest oppositions to a Basic Income is Fear, the Pharaohs can see that implementing a Given Living for All would dis-empower them, which is not even true, unless one considers ‘Power’ making others lives a living hell to make sure their fear of survival ensures their fidelization to the company.

A Basic Income would change our social models to their very core- equality on the negotiating table will start only when all have a Living Guaranteed – why are not yet giving it to each other – if we are the 99%, who are we waiting for?

#BasicIncome – it’s not just a Solution- it’s a Revolution on the grounds of social justice and equality – we all have the same right to Life, that’s a given, so why isn’t a Basic Income A Given yet?

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Day 336: Pop Star Bankers and the Dumb Populace

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A building society boss provoked fury yesterday by saying the issue of fatcat pay was too ‘hard’ for the man in the street to understand. Nationwide chairman Geoffrey Howe compared bankers to pop stars and footballers and said they were worth their massive bonuses. Mr Howe, who is paid £300,000 a year for working less than three days a week, said it was a ‘society problem’ that people find it ‘hard to understand’ why finance chiefs earn so much more than them.

We are facing a Grave problem in our Society,

It was clearly explained by Nationwide chairman Geoffrey Howe how the common man is just too dumb to understand why bankers are worth 30% raises while others have to face Austerity.

At the AGM, retired teacher Ken Cridland said Nationwide was failing to live up to its ‘We’re a bank which isn’t a bank’ slogan, saying the company was no better than the big banks.

‘If I understand rightly, all of our executive directors are millionaires and the non-executive often have other part time jobs,’ he said. Alan Debenham, honorary secretary of the Building Societies Members Association, described Nationwide directors’ pay as ‘daylight robbery’ and ‘morally obscene’.

How mutuals six-a-side team took home £8.3m

‘Yet again, and this year in times of great national austerity, our directors have awarded themselves, as greedily as ever, extremely excessive bonuses, more than doubling their excessive annual salaries, which already had an outlandish 30 per cent uplift last year.’

PhD student Asa Cusack, 33, said: ‘You could be offering lower pay packets but you’re choosing not to and, frankly, I find your justification immoral and very immodest.’

He added: ‘You’re not magicians… you’re not irreplaceable and you’re taking money from the rest of us, essentially, for yourselves.’

I recently told that to my Bank staff ‘ you are not Magicians’,  I wrote them ‘if you can take this relationship to court, prove that you stood in and for my interest at all times, made every effort to inform me every step of the way of what you were doing -without my consent, then you are not Bankers, you are Magicians’. Never heard from them again.

I like the context I used better, for the simple reason that I don’t want to be having the same discussion about unequal, immoral pay gap with the Magicians Unions a few years down the line – it’s just pretty simple, each Life has a Time Value, if Time=Life no one would have any objection in seeing the common sense of Equal Pay – let’s be reasonable as in system reasonable for the time being, no one had the same chance at an education, some are in fact dumb, mostly by design, for the time being we can accept that re-equalizing the play field will have to start with a Living Income Guaranteed, just because Life should not have a price tag and that some giving  themselves a 30% raise while cutting from the wages at the bottom, it’s just plain wrong.

Apparently, Mr. Howe said,  we are just too stupid to comprehend the pivotal role those figures play in our society, pop stars, football players and bankers, we surely need them, we can’t conceive a world that would run smoothly without their precious contribution, what if Lady Gaga no longer existed, or if AC Milan players would stop their entertaining matches, and ultimately, what if Bankers would stop thieving people by moving digital imaginary currencies as guarantees for Real Assets like Homes or worse, like People’s Lives?

That would be inconceivable, while we think we are clever by believing that in a world of finite resources, of which Money has become the embodiment of them all, what is pulled out on one side of the Equation will not cause consequences in the lives of those that find themselves on the other side and have to go without.

This world exists by our design, we accept and allow some to have more than others because we believe they are worth more than others even when their contribution to the world and to the good of All is nowhere to be seen.

Look at Royalty, we are paying royalties to have the Royals exist, we are the  royalties fan club, we want Kings and Queens because we believe their existence gives Us Value in our own country, there is a whole industry moving around the idea of Royalty, Royal Watchers, Royal Advisors, Royal Suppliers, redefining our society will have to include this group that will lose their jobs, their sense of self, their worth, because when you are no longer royally involved, who the fuck are you?

and yet, what gives us our Worth on this planet are things that we cannot control, such as a Birth Place, a Nationality, a Geographical Location, the kind of wealth we are born into which will determine what kind of choices we will be able to make., what kind of education will we be able to access, what kind of traumas will we have to face before we even enter the education system as impaired goodfornothing meatbags just to come out unable to see through this Unequal Worth  game and stop it, it would just take the majority who is struggling to speak up and no longer accept Inequality as a livable, sustainable  system,  it’s that simple.

Millions of lives go wasted each year so that some pompous asses can have it their way, the whole way and the responsibility is not in the hands of those perched on top of the food chain but in the hands of all those at the bottom that spend their lives staring upward in adoration, while they get screwed out of what should be everyone’s birthright, The Right to a Dignified Life for All.

We are only as Dumb as we allow ourselves to be, have a Dumbness test, are you in adoration for the Royal Baby? Gooing at his pictures – while thousands of kids die every day of starvation? Yeah? Your are truly pretty dumb then. Stop it.

A Living Income Guaranteed, will put an end to abuses, some are doing what they do because we accept it and allow it, You can say STOP and Stand for a World that works for All.

 

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Day 334: Fly me a Flag – the New Hit from Drones.

Drone flag souvenirs a hit for US air force

Souvenir sales coming to the aid of the meager USA Military budget.

The USA Army could not do what was done with the Berlin wall when it was taken apart and pieces of it were sold everywhere in the world, as souvenirs, because the Drones are still flying, yes, they are not mainstream media because some god-fearing-folks may have objections to them and raise troubles, but the people hit by them on a daily basis know, they don’t need to read about it in the papers.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the Bureau the present Pakistani government opposes drone strikes: ‘Pakistan’s position on drone strikes has been stipulated on several occasions. The drone strikes violate our sovereignty and international law. These also entail human rights and humanitarian implications.

No that we care, we the First World are on a mission to devour the poorest countries, this is why the United States of America has a ‘declared’ Military Budget (conveniently defined Defense Budget – because anyone would feel threatened by Pakistan and the Middle East in general being so close and unrelentlessly warmongering …) of 1.75 trillion dollars, which is Equal to the total sum of the Military spending of the following countries put together: China, Russia, Britain, Japan, France, Saudi Arabia, India, Germany, Italy, Brazil, South Korea, Australia, Canada and Turkey.

Of course they lie about it, there are ways to divide the Military budget is subcategories like Social Security -for the Military- or MedicAid – for the Military- to show that Public Money go into Social spending as well, but reality shows different numbers, Using the existing poverty line, there are 45.8 million poor people in the United States, or about 15 percent of the population. Using the supplemental measure, there are 2.6 million more.

Obviously no one wants to update the Poverty Line to the ‘supplemental measure’ because it would show that there are more poor than the ones acknowledged and that they are on the increase, meanwhile the USA is sending unmanned planes around the world to keep up the amazing American dream Lifestyle for just a bunch of people. War is a racket, and those at the top of the pyramid lose nothing but keep making money, while those at the bottom die.

Additionally if you are a rapacious predator with an unbending attitude toward stealing World resources, you have to live in FEAR, some may be motivated, as the fear of a payback from those abused, then there are the manufactured ones, with events that go from 9/11 to the Patriot Act to ensure that security could keep tightening without complains but with the side effect that everyone, everywhere, would feel constantly under threat. The Perfect Scenario for keeping up the Lie of the Need for Defense.

Setting up organizations such as The World bank, the IMF and Nato, is not enough to disguise some true colours, it just provides legality to otherwise offensive actions that would be otherwise condemned world wide plus they provide the perfect machinery to make sure that Consent can be Manufactured -at will.

Now, back to the original article I quoted with the Military Spending of 1.75 Trillion dollars -let me write it out in numbers 1.750.000.000.000 –  clear in mind, can anyone be going short anywhere in the Military in the USA, is 1,75 trillion dollars Not Enough that you have to resort to selling Drone Souvenirs?

According to the article quoted you can now have your own Flag flown inside one of the Drone fusiliers, once the Mission is completed they will send it to you with a Certificate detailing , where it was flown and for how long, and that would be an otherwise ‘secret’, oh oh.

Those Missions are War Missions, no matter what they are called, during those unmanned flights civilians are killed, 94 children died since those mission started and if you can’t coinceive calling Your Kids collateral damages, you should not allow others to do it either. No one needs your Money, selling flags flown on Drones is not about Money, even if they try and make them ‘precious’ by adding in ‘a secret’ for extra value, no one is  selling you Souvenirs for Money, they are buying Your Consent, your complicity, they are asking that you put your Seal of Approval on what they are doing to civilians where they fly the Drones, they ask you to VOTE with your Money.

Feel free to lust after a flag flown in a war zone, you can even have Turkish flags, personal flags, flags for people back home, churches (even though THAT should be hard to reconcile?), state organizations, because the more the merrier, just remember what you are voting for, no one needs your pennies in a 1.75 trillions budget, but they need Your Blessings, they want your Consent and if you will give it nicely, they’ll fly a flag for you and if you don’t you may end up having to be scared some more into giving the Consent they Ask to keep doing what they are doing or you will have to be made poor enough to be willing to go to War for Money.

So what will it be, Fly the flag, Fear the Flag or Die for the flag?

In a World where everyone has enough to live, it will be hard to find people that go to war.

Do you want to STOP all Wars? Support a Basic Income Guaranteed, grant to All the Right to Life and End All Wars by standing for Life vs. Death,  Yours or the One of Others. Life for All is Possible, give up the Flag.

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Day 318: Are you BIG Enough for B.I.G. ?

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We have set up a new website to explain our proposal for a Basic Income Grant that shall benefit All Humanity.

It’s hard to take all parts of a faulty system into consideration when writing a proposal that can find the widest acceptance, but it’s not impossible.

For the time being it would be enough if we could marry the 2 mainstream currents of this world, one runs on Greed and one runs on Desperation.

The Greedy are the ones best off, with Money you have access to the full Range of Human Rights that have become optional for most, isn’t it funny how we are going topsy turvy in this world, we are fitting cars with full options some of which are even useless unless we buy into the belief that we need them (The Subaru XV’s fabric seats come with a pair of switches to heat them) while we deprive human beings of basic human rights in the name of Profit and Greed.

And as enlightened as we claim to be, we are not even noticing, we are celebrating our progress and our ability to access the ‘moreness’ of technology and the wonderment of ever more stupid entertainments while we willingly give up our rights, including the right to Life, which for most has become a dream, so while some dream of the ‘more options’ they could have if they could put their hand on some more cash, some are left dreaming if they will ever be able to have a life at all, to feed their children and put a roof over their heads, we are still the proud creators of slavery, abuse, exploitation, wars all in the name of an imaginary and mostly unattainable ‘moreness’ in the face of a ‘Hereness’ that is becoming more and more elusive and that we ended up believing to be just an illusion.

If you support a Basic Income Grant you are hopefully looking for ways to make it come true, unless it’s just another pipe dream, a bandwagon to jump on to show we are interested in the world and in the fate of the many suffering unbearable lives that show no sign in sight of being on the way to improve.

If you support a Basic Income Grant for the purpose of relieving the suffering of those that don’t have a Life at all it -and not just yours, so you can be able to finally afford an exotic holiday- it would be sane to consider HOW we are going to bring this into reality within the way this system is set up and not within an imaginary system through an unfounded ideology.

We live in a Capitalistic Model, every year we raise new waves of dumb economists, that will justify to their grave why this is the best system we can come up with, and an education system that starts with parenting that has found millions of excuses to explain away the otherwise unexplainable point of Inequality as if it was justifiable just because it’s here and has always been, so it will take a lot of effort to break through the programming we have been submitted to and then later submitted ourselves to, in order to see that we don’t have to live this way, unless we keep choosing it either by our refusal to see real solutions or by our refusal to consider that we actually hold the power to change it all if we stop believing that we don’t.

Within this model, the one we live in, the amount of money in circulation is finite, yes, there would be solutions to solve this point as well but for the time being this is the model we have to work with, which means that to allow B.I.G. to become a reality we’ll have to reshuffle the cards around and either rewrite our public spending and prioritize our shopping lists  for example putting food for all BEFORE our demented need to fund the purchase of nuclear weapons or other destructive toys that we don’t seem to get enough of, and this alone will damage some, such as those that are making money through faceless corporations in those kind of businesses, hence the idea that the rich will not lose anything if we implement a basic income grant, whose funding must come from somewhere, is just another example of disconnection from reality that needs a reality check, because the rich won’t be convinced to give up millions in profit by being given 1500 or 2000 euro a month (hello??), but they may see the possibility of their businesses thriving even more when everyone will have more money to spend and invest in this economic model which is now to the benefit of just some and even be willing to extend the cash to all since they own the system and we can’t go shopping on another planet for now, so what they will gain from is in the future if they are willing to give back something now to allow this economic model to flow again, until we come up with another one that works for all, for real.

So, if you support a Basic Income Grant, please, read the blogs we are writing where we offer practical solutions to make this a reality, clear your mind, breathe, see the common sense about how B.I.G should start, which means by benefiting those that don’t have enough to live first and foremost and from there walk the steps required in your mind to close the gap between an ideology and a real proposal, so as to not turn big in another Occupy Wall Street, from where we will just be kicked out with no regret without leaving a mark of any kind, instead Occupy Your Mind with Common Sense, see why we should walk those steps the way we propose, participate, bring to the table other proposals if you see a point in a way that is clearer and more doable or let this go, it’s possible that you are not BIG enough for B.I.G., maybe you have not yet self realized the point of Response-Ability we have in and as members of this world, maybe you are kid-ding yourself and others, maybe you are having a temper tantrum about the idea that you may not come in first along with those that have bigger needs than yours, such as the need to have a Life, and that may be possible because we have 1 billion people who are starving and close to 3 billion living below the poverty line. Are you one of those? If so you will be attended to unconditionally as soon as BIG will be implemented, if you are one of those that own a home, already make a living, although not as good as you would like it, then you may have to wait in line because BIG will be the reverse line from the ones this system has sold to us so far, serving those on a ‘need bases’ first and then those on a ‘want basis’ second, is this something you can handle?

If not then there are other games to play out there that won’t damage this proposal in the eyes of those that have a firmer grip on reality than the BIG Dreamers who have lost contact with it and with the solutions that could come out of it if we walked together a path of making a dignified life for All a priority and something real within our lifetime.

Once we implement BIG and understand the power we hold, nothing will stop us from creating a world that works for all and make it so solid that it may never revert back to this monstruosity we created so far and that we fight to keep going for future generations to ‘enjoy’.

Join us, B.I.G. is Here, how BIG are you?