Day 442: Boosting our GDP with Sex, Drugs and RocknRoll

 Sex, drugs and smuggling could give Italy’s economy a much-needed economic boost this year, as national statisticians incorporate the country’s underground markets into its calculations.

The Italian National Institute for Statistics said it would include drugs, prostitution and smuggling in its calculation of Italy’s 2014 GDP recalculation, which should help Prime Minister Matteo Renzi achieve his dream of narrowing the country’s deficit to 2.6 percent of the GDP, according to Bloomberg.

“The size of the shadow economy might have surprised some readers if they had seen these estimates two or three years ago,” they wrote. However, the recent Euro crisis “has shone a spotlight on problems in these countries with regard to tax collection and compliance and the problems are more widely known.”

Economists generally consider a “shadow economy” to include any unregistered economic activities that would contribute to the officially calculated gross national product if the activities were recorded. This includes everything from prostitution and arms trafficking to a neighborhood lemonade stand or employee discounts.
 

In Italy, this kind of activity accounts for roughly 20 percent of its total GDP, but these illegal activities account for roughly 18 percent of the entire European Union economy, according to a study by economists Friedrich Schneider and Colin Williams.

 

We are having more and more problems with trying to fit our imaginary economics models to reality and this is proven by the questionable, if not laughable, solutions we seek.

The estimate of the shadow economies of the world is always undervalued, who would like to face the fact that our illicit activities in Italy surpass our gross domestic product by double? No one.

And yet, those that have taken the time to really look into our shadow economy and include ALL THE fifty shades of gray of it, could not come up with anything less.

An illicit activity is just one not accounted for, and it is not legal, meaning it doesn’t follow the Law Scheme that we have designed in protection of the wealthy and powerful of the world; at the moment we don’t want to raise any moral question on what is illicit in an immoral world because many of these activities are what is left for some to participate in to Make a Living, aka prostitution, drugs, smuggling etc.

But there is another huge side to our illicit activities made up of bribes and illegal endeavours we are too ashamed or wary to count in, like untaxed profits hidden away in fiscal paradises by privileged corporations or individuals, or like the huge traffic of toxic waste, the sales of weapons to countries we have agreed should not have access to them (such as those that we come together and decide should not be in the dangerous position to defend and protect themselves and that should never by any means pose a threat to us while we threaten them under pretences such as democracy or freedom) and many other government secret programs which, by their very secret nature, cannot expose and account for their spending into the ‘mainstream economy’.

The point that it’s interesting to me about this whole story is that we are seeking to raise our GDP to increase our public spending, which is now tied into a ratio whose threshold seems made of a stonewall that can’t be overtaken, changed or amended in any way by rational people, even in the face of an austerity we can no longer bear.

Maybe it’s because we don’t have ‘rational people’ anywhere at the top -or at the bottom-, the ‘rational’ ones can’t be on top, we can see the random ones that come with common sense, like senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, made to look like loony bins when they attempt to expose some of the gross and unacceptable inequalities of the system we live in, we live in a world where rationality is feared and exposed. Rationality as in what would be best for all is simply abhorred.

This is because those exposures are rare, nonexistent for the most part, so much so that when one comes and ‘tells it like it is’ we almost feel offended – how dare he/she- and start making up names to define him/her, to defile him/her, to make sure we degrade any effort put forward for real change.

Now, this decision to boost our economy with sex, drugs and illicit activities, so we can have access to more funds, is just ridiculous, first because the economy will not increase in size for real but an underwater part of it, already existing and participating at all effects in the money movement, will be taken into account just for the futile purpose of moving numbers on paper, second because we keep forgetting that whatever we are currently subjected to, including amusing economic models which have no connection to reality, all those make belief restrictions have been created by ourselves, all the prisons we are now attempting to escape one way or another are just ideas that have become models and then have become beliefs and we hold the key to change anytime we agree on something else ‘en masse’.

So, if we don’t raise an eyebrow pondering how we are planning to get more access to funds vs just asking that the current ratio limiting us from moving be raised simply because it’s currently not reasonable nor sustainable (while we work on dismantling for good what is obviously not working anyhow, in any way), and do not raise an eyebrow in questioning why if the submerged economy amounts to a declared 20% of our GDP we include only 3% just to get the approval to further spending and not the whole 20% or why not talk about the real 200% and wonder how did we get there in the first place, we have to ask ourselves why can’t we take a leap into the new from our shenanigans as we admit that we are just screwing around with meaningless numbers for the purpose of keeping everything in place as it is.

Many new economics models and proposals are emerging, proposals that consider Life above everything else and economics at its service, as it should always have been, we don’t need to raise imaginary numbers to walk through an imaginary crack in the system, we need to review this system, it’s not working and what we are doing can’t be sustained nor it should.

Seek solutions, ponder new ways we could make this world work, only when we will embrace a new vision we may take the required steps to walk it through to completion, by giving unconditionally what we would like for ourselves, access to a life worth living – for All.

Check out our Living Income Guaranteed Proposal, we can make it real, we were the designers of our outdated and unequal economic models and, as we awaken to the need to include all, we can redesign our world in support of Life, freeing everyone from the dam-nation of imaginary debt and make belief restrictive and inhumane economics. Join us.

 

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Day 388: Current System is not Educating, Just Indoctrinating

I have watched with great interest a video by Federico Pistono called ‘Learning is for Life’, He is 25 and has the goal to reach 1 billion people through his Educational company, Esplori.

Federico Pistono is a social entrepreneur, author, scientific educator, lecturer, and aspiring filmmaker. He has written on science, technology, Internet communities, artificial intelligence, and climate change. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Verona, and completed the online course at Stanford on Machine Learning. In 2012 he graduated from Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Park, Silicon Valley, a special program whose aim is to solve humanity’s grand challenges by leveraging exponentially growing technologies. He speaks regularly at TEDx events, schools, companies, and symposia around the world.

Federico is not your average Italian boy, he could have been if he had believed that he was stupid and followed his teachers advise that he should quit school but he didn’t. It’s hard to resist the charme of the dinosaurs that came before us – not-, they tell us they know more about life, they say that they have experience and we should listen to them, yeah right, look at the world that they created, chapeau.

Young people out there may learn through trial and err and make many mistakes, but if they depart from the dinos of this world, maybe they won’t grow up as paranoid as them, as empty, as embittered.

A crucial role within this is played by mentors, Federico explained how people who believed in him and his potential granted him a chance to have a life that was not the one that was scripted for him as one born from a poor family and destined to fail.

Frankly he is an oddity within our education system, I know because kids nowadays study just to make their marks and ‘pass’, we, who hold the information, have failed to raise people who have both critical thinking abilities and enough curiosity to understand how everything works, because we taught them that THAT was not the purpose of learning.

This happened last week:

When a young British beautician realised relations between Russia and Ukraine were at crisis point, she decided to share her feelings on Twitter.

Without pausing to check her facts, or her spelling, Gemma Worrall, 20, wrote: ‘If barraco barner is our president, why is he getting involved with Russia, scary.’

Within hours, Miss Worrall, from Blackpool, was trending in countries around the world as her message was retweeted thousands of times.

Is this funny, really?

As teachers and mentors we failed, it is us who have lost the ability to extend our -useful- knowledge to others, we share the crap instead, we don’t bother to make sure to take the time to prevent the dumbing down of the young ones growing up in this system that is exactly designed to do that.

We are taught meaningless dates about wars, genocides, tragedies, all things that leave very little space to include solutions but are meant to put on our shoulders the guilt and the shame for the kind of humanity we have become – fucking useful, we need instead to see solutions, if you are a failed mentor and realize you have nothing to give to the young ones that is of value, then keep your crap to yourself and deal with it – and move out-of-the-way of those that are inspired and inspiring to make a change and believe that a change is possible -against all odds.

We shouldn’t have kids banned from class because they dare to challenge the authority of the teacher, a teacher is only as good as their teaching, a mentor only as good as their mentoring, a dino is only as good as – no a dino is a mistake in creation, that’s why we got rid of them – and did not miss them one bit either.

Today in the news a boy has been excluded from lessons for leading 100 boys in protests over concerns about the standard of the teaching in his school.

The key for us to get out from where we are will be Education, it will have to be given with compassion and humbly, especially by those who have walked the planet longer, having been here longer and having the world still in this state is not a monument to our effectiveness or something to be proud of, so we better hear the message of Federico, understand how we affect other people’s lives, the responsibility of our words and then thread with care on the minds of those who are still searching to get out of the maze, we can open up avenues or load up another truckload of crap into their minds, if we really care about our future we’ll do whatever it takes to realign ourselves to a supportive communication understanding that words are nails and even when we take them back, or try to, they have left a mark.

Let’s mark the children and youth of this world with the assurance that together we can make it, that we stand by them and not against them, that we give up looking down at them with contempt to feel good about ourselves, because we are responsible for the state of this world and if it shall change, we shall be the one telling the young ones how we can do it and not ever, that they are dumb fuckers that are hopeless and will never amount to anything, no matter how hard they try.

If you can, if you have it in you, mentor someone with an open heart, choose supportive words, show them that many of the things we learned are flawed, help them to break free from their accepted limitations, one of them is the idea that we have to work ‘to make a living’, Federico got that through the help of masterful, inspiring mentors, someone managed to align him to what would be best for all and let him know that Life is price-less and should not have a price-tag, we can extend this message to others, standing together for Life as One Life, One World that works for All.

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