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    I certainly bleed my Panther blue, and have followed the team so long, that I'm beginning to feel like history as opposed to remembering history. That being said, I follow the Panthers very closely and am truly a Panthers fanatic in the best sense of the word.

    In addition to following the Panthers and the NFL, I also write poems and essays regarding different aspects of race relations in America, and sometimes the world. You can see some of my poetry at blackpoems.net, and perhaps more importantly read my essays on race at racerelations.net. Yes, I know that dealing with racial issues can seem somewhat taboo at times, but my goal is to provide forums where people can at least open up a dialogue and discuss racial issues forthrightly, but respectfully. It is my dream that people will get to a point where, like Dr. martin Luther King expressed, people will be judged by their character and not skin color. Moreover, I have been known to write reviews and opinions on different aspects of the wireless industry, and other issues that affect consumers.

    Lastly, I am a family man who works a penny ante job, enjoys sports and very few TV shows, and plays video games. I am in some ways the quintessential "starving artist", who somewhat revels in being a rebel and covets a Bohemian lifestyle.

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  1. My wife said they were $40, and the box says Foco. I usually wear a 13 (can't hardly find 12½), but she got lucky with the 12. I think they run a little big like Chucks. My Chucks are actually 11½. Here you go M-F-ers! Represent! https://www.foco.com/search?q=Carolina+Panthers+Shoes
  2. Well, I have it fat in the front, but you know I'm used to that...
  3. Pizza, Blue Bunny Cherrific Cheesecake Ice cream(yummy), chocolate cake and Biltmore Wild Blueberry Torta (yummy).
  4. I hear you. Not wanting to sound like a broken robot (LOL), but that's one thing I like about AY. He doesn't play those games.
  5. I'd just like to add that Yang is not just some thickheaded guy with tunnel vision. He sees the bigger picture. The tax code, the insurance industry, the industrial prison complex (including private prisons, the military industrial complex, universities and colleges, housing and real estate, big pharma, and big petro among other things will be addressed.
  6. If people are getting different amounts based upon income or other thresholds, that becomes an administrative and bureaucratic nightmare. Furthermore, if everyone gets the same amount, then you'll have infinitely less resistance to actually getting it passed. It's a win-win. Wages, capital gains, etc. will no doubt continue to be taxed, and those with more will be taxed at a higher rate. Why worry about a millionaire getting a thousand dollars when he is paying more of his share overall because of fairer tax laws and corporate tax laws that are run by millionaires and billionaires? In the end, they're still going to pay more. The Freedom Dividend will mean exponentially less to the rich (if anything at all) than it does to most Americans. The optics of making a law that excludes people may not look at all good and become an unnecessary point of contention. I mean, the rich are going to be rich unless they make bad investments. At least the Freedom Dividend will give some that just don't have access to greats amount of money now some seed money (if they so choose) to get rich or simply just gain social and financial normalcy. I think that that's more important than caring about the guy across the tracks getting $1000 just like you and everyone else. UBI really does increase business creation and ownership by some.
  7. That's exactly why we need more money flowing in the hands of people who will be motivated to use it by creating new companies so that innovation can actually thrive as opposed to being stifled by effective industrial oligarchs in certain sectors.
  8. Damn straight! I am not going to let major points of contention and misperceptions be buried. Whether or not inflation will nullify UBI absolutely deserves its own thread.
  9. It is UBI, it just happens annually and to not as great of a scale. Just imagine if it were more and/or more frequent based upon technology. I'd like to add that the great majority of Alaskans don't want to get rid of it, regardless if it's mainly heating their homes and being affected by shipping costs as you suggest.
  10. First of all, like I said in the other thread, I am not going to argue about the policies of President-to-be Andrew Yang, the centerpiece being the Freedom Dividend. What I will do is to lay out arguments as to why it's not impossible and why it will work. As an aside, I will again say that having a can't-do type of attitude NOT the thing to have if you believe that universal basic income WILL help this nation. I understand that the concept is new to most of us, but it wasn't created by Andrew Yang, but was around before he was born. It's not some New Age concept. Moving beyond money as currency in reality would be a true new age concept, as anyone who is a Trekkie may know. Coming back down to earth, UBI is a totally sensible way to help society today as it transitions to a future where advanced automated machinery replace people in the workforce. One of the main issues that is brought up about the Freedom Dividend by naysayers is that it will effectively be rendered to zero value by inflation. Rich people and corporations will raise prices to counteract all the good that could be accomplished by UBI! Nope! That's not what's going to happen. Capitalism doesn't automatically disappear because every adult receives $1000 per month. To simplify it, all it takes is one person or corporation in any given sector/field to buck price gouging, and everyone will flock to them. That's how capitalism works. That's what has helped Walmart become the historical retail monster that it is today and K-mart and Sears future roadkill. Businesses will still have to compete for your dollars! Now, speaking of dollars, it's not like the Freedom Dividend is going to be made from newly printed money that is suddenly showered upon the economy. The money will be the same money that is in the economy now, it's just going to change hands. "The money for a basic income guarantee would be already existing money circulated through the economic system. It would not be new money, just money shifted from one location to another. This means that the value of each dollar has not changed. The dollar itself has only changed hands." Indeed, if money were to be printed and flushed upon the market, that would cause bad inflation, but that's not what's going to happen. https://medium.com/basic-income/wouldnt-unconditional-basic-income-just-cause-massive-inflation-fe71d69f15e7 Getting back to my point about competition for dollars, which is essential to capitalism, as the article explains, housing plays a prominent role. Is hyperinflation in the housing market really going to be an issue when not only are there five times more homes than "homeless" in this country, but businesses will find ways to create cheaper homes due to technology and will still have to compete for those dollars. "Technology represents a major factor in future housing prices, especially a future where everyone has a basic income. Everyone will receive a monthly check to afford rent, and will want to spend as little of it as possible on rent. Meanwhile, owners will want to compete for this money with other owners. Those offering the lowest rents will win. One example of this would be Google deciding to create Google Homes and leasing them out to people for a fraction of what people are paying now. Another example would be super affordable WikiHouses." There is always someone looking at ways to produce products cheaper and more effectively in order to present their product to as large of a market as possible, and homes aren't going to be any different. So between what's already here and what's coming, competition will again rule the day. There are a few other misperceptions and misconceptions about UBI discussed in the article, but it is very informative and should give anyone pause as to why arguments about inflation are likely overblown. There is plenty of solid data, some of it right here in the U.S., sourced from the great state of Alaska. Moreover, Kuwait is a case study as well. I don't like to quote large parts of an article, but seeing is believing and educating: "In 1982, Alaska began providing a partial basic income annually to all its residents. Until the first dividend, Alaska had a higher rate of inflation than the rest of the United States. But ever since the dividend was introduced, Alaska has had a lower rate of inflation than the rest of the United States. "A partial basic income was also provided in Kuwait in 2011, when every citizen was given $4,000. Fears of increasing inflation were rampant, as Kuwait already had high inflation. Instead of bad inflation getting worse, it actually got better, decreasing from record highs to under 4 percent. "Elsewhere, where basic income experiments have been actually tried and studied, the result in each case is increased entrepreneurship. People use their basic incomes to invest in themselves and their futures, creating new businesses and helping to drive the economy beyond what would be possible without it. This means more people competing for basic income dollars, with better goods and services and lower costs." Suffice it to say that Andrew Yang has done his homework pertaining to the Freedom Dividend. It's not something that he has cast into the national conversation willy nilly. He knows way more than me on the subject. My wife has an econ degree specializing in quantitative macroeconomics. She tells me that UBI is sound, and she is not a dumb person. Basically, the Freedom Dividend will be a net positive to the economy and will most definitely happen if people get behind it and stop parroting excuses---excuses born of trying to divide the masses and keeping an economic foothold upon people's necks. It all starts with getting money in the hands of people that need it. Inflation will not thwart the positives that arise from strengthening the economy. https://medium.com/basic-income/wouldnt-unconditional-basic-income-just-cause-massive-inflation-fe71d69f15e7
  11. You're right. It will take a concerted effort by many people from the bottom to the top to transform the nation to where it needs to be, but we need leaders with vision to facilitate the change. Yang not only has the vision, he's on the forefront of it, so why not vote for Yang. It makes perfect sense.
  12. I am a Democrat and have been a Democrat all of my adult life. The party has become decidedly weak-willed and able to be pushed around by Republicans, big pharma, big petro, and other special interests to the detriment of the extreme majority of the American people. The status quo is simply detrimental to the continued success of the nation, and if we continue to let the party take votes for granted, then we'll keep getting the same thing. And some would say that is "insane." Sometimes you have to take a stand to make people know that you're serious. If we can get through Trump for one term, then four more years might be worth the risk to finally make people listen and bring about the change that is necessary to strengthen the nation, and meet the coming challenges of the near future.
  13. If you're asking whether or not I will vote if Yang isn't ultimately on the ticket, the answer is "maybe." I don't particularly like what I've heard about Kamala Harris during her time as Cali AG, and I don't care for South Bend Mayor Buttigieg for similar reasons. Am I above a protest no-show? No. They would have to convince me that they are actually caring people towards African-Americans in light of some of their choices running their offices. I'm not so opposed to anyone else, but establishment politics is ruining this country, and the same old thing just ain't doing it for me anymore, particularly as we near the crossroads of so many important decisions like automation of a good part of the economy, and climate change. Yang is the guy to steer the ship. People need to just make it happen. This election is not only a repudiation on the utter corruption and train wreck that is Donald Trump, it also is a referendum on the perverse politic that has run roughshod over working class Americans for the last 50 years by big corporations and PACs and their governmental cronies.
  14. It's too early to be shortsighted. Yang has earned a fair amount of money in.a short amount of time, and more Twitter followers than all of them since the debate. And remember, he spoke the least out of 20 candidates. His polling numbers are moving towards 5 percent also. He's in a really good spot for this early in the game, and trending, just like Obama did way back when, and Sanders did in 2016. And as far as a cabinet position "in a Joe Biden administration" (and you can probably extrapolate that he means this for some of the others), listen to him around 1:08. In fact, the entire three minute vid describes his plan and what's going to happen (and it's already started): I'll cross that bridge if I get to it. I think Yang has a legit shot because I see the early indicators. He will not be an afterthought as you guys are suggesting.
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