Is Basic Income The Future?

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Monthly checks of $1,000 might be what we need.

Imagine opening your mailbox and grabbing a $1,000 check, courtesy of your government. No, you’re not on welfare. No, you’re not on Social Security. You’re just an average citizen living their life.

Sign at the top and drop $1,000 into the bank. Crazy, right?

Some futurists believe it’s the future.

A mixed bag of globalization and automation mean factory and labor jobs are becoming obsolete. Which means we need a way to combat unemployment while bettering the lives of people in the 21st century.

Basic income could be that backbone to the economy we’ve been looking for.

In addition to a job, those working paycheck-to-paycheck have the luxury of escaping poverty, while remaining in the realm of capitalism. People can work to save and invest in their future – as opposed to simply survive.

What about the free market?

From a capitalist’s perspective, I know you’re thinking this won’t work. You think people will abuse the system and light their cash on fire with non-necessities.

Here’s the good news – when people have free money they buy more goods and services. Which means more money for the businessman or business owner. Which means a stronger economy.

Maybe you spend that extra $1,000 on a startup. Maybe you invest in the stock market. Maybe you buy a gift for your son’s birthday. Ultimately, you’d choose what to do with it because it would feed directly back into the economy.

Of coarse, there’s still many holes to be filled.

For example: Where will this extra income come from? Will taxes be raised? How will this affect unemployment? etc.

While there’s questions to ask, basic income would provide security to poor people, give employees negotiating power for job prospects, and decrease incentive for money fraud.

Basic income is a serious prospect and people should pay attention to it – because it may well be the future.

 

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We have news pieces in addition to opinionated ones.

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And because yesterday was 4/20, I wrote an article about pot.

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3 Ways To Read 10x Faster

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You need to read faster.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed before, everyone has their own pace of reading. Some people read fast and some read slow. Some don’t read at all.

If you have ADD like me, you already know life can get busy sometimes. Sometimes it feels like you lack the time or motivation to lift open those pages. Sometimes distractions get the best of us. What can we do?

The question on readers mind’s is simple – how do I read faster?

Here’s 3 ways to read 10x faster.

1.) Pick up the pace.

Humans have an interesting compartment in our brains allowing us to scan over words quickly. When the first and last letters are in order, we still understand the word. For example, “It’s awseome taht we sitll udnetrnand tihs, eevn wehn the wrods are out of palce. “

We can utilize this and skip over words entirely. Words alone aren’t as important.

2.) Shut off the phone.

Shut off your phone. Put it away. Smash it with a hammer. It doesn’t matter what you do with it. The only thing that matters is that you’re not drawn back into that online world when reading. It’s not uncommon to open up a hardcover, only to find yourself watching Netflix at 2 AM. Believe me, I know better than anyone. Be the bigger person – shut off your phone.

3.) Practice Everyday

I’m going to assume that unless you’re super rich, you can’t read a book a day. There’s not enough time in a day! Luckily for us, there’s other things we can do. Start by reading 25 pages a day. A few days later, bring it up to 50. Then 75. Only stop when you run out of time.

This is because we read at the pace we’re use to reading. The only substantial way to change that pattern is by practicing.

I hope you like my list!

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How Bands Make Their Money

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As regular blog readers know, I’m interested in business and money. Big deal. Who doesn’t like to make a quick buck? A common question appearing in chat boards everywhere, is the conflict between happiness and business. “How can I chase my dream while cashing in money?” It seems like no one climbs ahead anymore. How can we take off the golden handcuffs of a 9-5 grind?

Although pay can be minimal and the cost of living cheap, bands are a perfect example because they already know the ins and outs of the music business – including stuff an average joe has no inclination toward.

This includes money.

Luckily for me, my friend Baxter runs a band called “Monty’s Lobster”. I chatted with him and asked a few questions about his band.

Q: What made you want to start a band?

A:  I didn’t set out to start a band. It was something that happened over time, it was never really declared (until much later when I intentionally sought kids to make music with). Live music is around me and one day I just remember hearing drums coming from my neighbor’s garage. I headed over there with my guitar and met Lukas Bratsos (the drummer). We started jamming . The first song we played was “The Ocean” by Zeppelin. Lukas and I stuck together and developed a great bond musically. It’s as if we can communicate without even speaking. That’s what music is to me, a way of communication. You know? Everybody just wants to be understood. Building off each other inspired me to declare the band as an official “thing”. Like, “Oh shit I’m in a band now, we need a name, we need a logo blah blah blah”. It’s whatever. We were just a drummer and guitarist. So after a large cycle of bassists who have come and gone, we recruited Mike Jones who has helped us so much since and has become a great friend of mine.

Q: Who inspires you?

A: Many people have inspired me. Lukas Bratsos, Mike Jones, my parents, Duke Robillard, George McCann, Warren Haynes, Anson Funderburgh, JD Simo James Montgomery, Joe Bonamassa, amongst others. Whether we’re talking about the nature of blues music, or jamming at Chan’s in Woonsocket RI. Just because someone isn’t perceived as some affluent rock star doesn’t mean they can’t be any less legitimate and just because their status amongst a majority perception is relatively unknown does NOT undermine their musical statements and validity.

I asked him about the music bus, too.

Q: How do you see the music business right now?

A: Make sure that the bus. doesn’t get too complex. Make sure it stays on route, I suppose. That’s a tough question because it’s hard to be retrospective. Its hard to be analytical on “whats going on” right now. It’s all a crucial step, everything you do musically. I try to go about music in a simple way, despite what it may sound like – as long as you keep an open mind. Don’t stress yourself out. Give other people love. Love really is important to all of this. It’s the heart which makes all your art pump. But to speak plainly, there are no static rules right now.

Q: What advice would you give to people who want to make money in the music business?

A: My advice toward people who are into music, but aren’t quite sure how to make money include a couple things:

Don’t worry about the money- it doesn’t affect your music talent. Music is stronger than money because it’s actually worth something. It’s pure. It’s genuine. Actually real. Everybody can profit from it and experience its richness. It’s a very beautiful and spiritual concept we typically don’t muse about in our everyday lives. It creates more solution than it does problems. To make music you need to be ready to be poor… that’s kind of the honest truth from what I hear. You need to be optimistic.

Just NEVER be opposed to an opportunity.

You can buy ‘Monty’s Lobster’s’ album on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/montys-lobster/id1183948572

 

The Best Writing Advice Ever

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A lot of people enjoy rambling about good writing.

But what does good writing mean? You’ll find rambling distort the illusion people know what they’re talking about. Most probably don’t.

Of coarse, there’s many talented authors that could easily school me too. But so for the sake of this article, I’m giving you the easiest writing advice ever:

Keep it short.

There I said it. Make writing easy to understand and brief. That’s it.

You might think this advice contradicts everything we’re taught about writing, with its verbose words and long paragraphs. What you’re missing is that educational writing doesn’t retain attention like a news story. It’s regimented and useless beyond classroom doors.

Picture your audience as a kid with ADD by a window. Make them pay attention. Attention, attention, attention.

Also, some sentences share the same meaning but are more difficult to understand. For example, “The boy kicked the ball” is easier to read than “The ball was kicked by the boy”.

Use this advice and you’ll be a writing pro.

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