social funding

on the topic of net neutrality, do you know how many people would just straight up lose their fucking jobs? thousands of websites would be forced to cut employees in favor of paying big cable’s ridiculous fees to keep their websites up and running smoothly. thousands of people would straight up stop using social media apps (i know i would have to), which means things like youtubers losing funding and social media based/sponsored businesses losing tons of attention and profit. this is what Big Cable wants - to cut out the small businesses and make the rich richer. it’s more than just us, as the consumers, paying $10 a month for access to instagram, it’s about big cable not only having a complete monopoly over the cable and internet industry, but about them having total control of what the American public views and how they spend their money. but yeah keep ignoring the issue

I’m fairly certain that the people who make the “batman could make himself obsolete by using his money to solve the economic strain that drives many people to crime” posts are only familiar with Batman through Will Arnett’s spoof performance in the Lego movie, since that’s the only version of Batman I know where he isn’t hiring so many ex-convicts at his company so they have a legitimate source of income and using so much money to fund social programs that all the other bigwigs at Wayne Enterprises hate him and want him gone

Literally every version of his origin story I can remember involves him realizing that he can’t just treat the symptoms as Batman, he has to treat the root cause as Bruce Wayne. A huge part of the plot of “The Dark Knight Rises” is that his company is on the verge of bankruptcy because Bruce keeps spending all their profits on things like “clean energy” and “food and shelter for orphans.”

The opening of “Arkham City” shows him campaigning against mass incarceration because the majority of the inmates in Arkham City are not public menaces like the Joker, they’re desperate people with no other options, and Gotham should be providing them with legitimate means of stability rather than punishing them for having none.

Especially since the majority of his villains are independently wealthy people (doctors, lawyers, business executives) who are exploiting people’s desperation in order to get themselves henchmen, and the henchmen almost always have jobs with a living wage waiting for them on the other side of their sentence, and Bruce has a standing offer to pay out-of-pocket for the therapy of any of his villains whose crimes are the result of a mental illness (which Bruce is sympathetic to since he is mentally ill himself)

But what’s really damning about these posts is that a lot of them suggest Bruce should use his money to give the police the resources they need to deal with crime on their own, which makes it clear they’ve never actually consumed a piece of Batman media, since the issue with the Gotham Police is not that they’re underfunded. They have a bloated budget, they’re almost militant, and they’re so corrupt that they actually encourage crime, both violent and economic, because they’re on the payroll of the richest criminals. 

Also, some of them refer to Batman as a “old rich white man’s wet dream” and I really disagree here. A story that says the only rich dude in the world who’s not a criminal drain on society is the one who spends the majority of his hefty inheritance and all his corporate profits trying to correct the imbalance that allowed him his wealth in the first place, whose staunch belief is that the best crime control policy is building a world where no one feels crime is necessary, as well as refusing to support mass incarceration or police corruption, systems which stand to benefit him financially? Batman is an old rich white man’s worst nightmare

‘Developing’ countries are still 'developing’ because they are exploited by multinational corporations from rich 'developed’ countries.

Globalized capitalism paints a gruesome picture of the appalling, deadly practices these corporations engage in to use cheap labor and suppress any opposition through force.

The outsourcing of jobs from developed countries occurred when workers won their rights: protection from unsafe working conditions and products, a guaranteed wage, abolition of child labor, et cetera.

The fact that multinational corporations outsourced jobs to vulnerable developing countries where they can neglect basic human rights proves that capitalism is built on the backs of the poor, who suffer and starve despite resources being abundant.

Neoliberalism has identified exploited countries as 'developing’ to shift the blame and promote a disastrous agenda.

Arguments defending this exploitation usually are along the lines of “well, you can’t expect corporations to protect these people, it’s always the government who is at fault”. Those arguments prove that neoliberals have succeeded in their agenda.

Globalization, under capitalism, has not created a world government, but rather a connection between the ruling class worldwide, allowing for legal agreements that promote their interests above all.

Capitalism kills millions, regularly. Globalization has not only made that easier, it has legalized and normalized it.

📣📣📣 this is a public service announcement for those following the grenfell tower story abroad 📣📣📣

a lot of the foreign press seems to ignore the main tenets of the story so if you may here is a brief breakdown of why it’s shaping up to be a defining national moment in the uk:

***the housing tower is located in north kensington. it is social housing for poor and working class londoners of which a huge number are BME. the borough of kensington and chelsea is the richest in london and marked by devastating inequality and gentrification that some poorer residents describe as social cleansing. non-luxury housing in london is generally a huge issue that has gone unaddressed for decades now, and privatisation of social housing provision has meant that profit motive and cost cutting have been strongly featured in poor people’s housing. race, housing and poverty are also tightly linked in london; this was a poor and ethnically diverse community as you can see if you watch videos from the scene. first victims we knew that sadly perished were a black british female photographer and her mum, and and a syrian refugee.

***the council is tory and they have done less and less for the housing of its poorer residents and more to accommodate wealthy people. for example, the council is sitting on 300 million in cash reserves yet somehow didn’t find cash to install basic fire sprinklers that the residents asked for? not only that but the 8 billion refurbishment that included the now notorious cladding was partly done for insulation but partly also to make the ugly 1970s council estate look more aesthetically pleasing for the swanky neighbourhoods nearby. the more flammable material used in the cladding saved the building contractor a whopping £5000

***government has been tory for the past 7 years and the order of the day has been austerity. public services have been cut to the bone and so has local authority funding. social housing managers who often work for subcontracted private providers paid by the council have a huge case load. they are encouraged to spend less and less time on health and safety (including fire safety) and more on asking intrusive questions about people’s jobs and incomes because of the tory culture of dividing people into the “deserving and undeserving poor” ie those who work and those who don’t. people on benefits are not prioritised when it comes to housing despite individual circumstances, which is why in grenfell you had 70 year olds with limited mobility living on the 22nd floor.

***uk has probably the most entrenched class system in the world and trashing of the working classes and the poor is almost a national hobby for some people. right-wing tabloid media is extremely powerful and they paint a picture of benefit cheats and non-working immigrants even though most poor people in britain work (they are the new working poor who have terrible wages and live in squalid and unaffordable housing) and most BME people were born here, they’re not immigrants

***if you are poor you are largely voiceless and meaningless to this neoliberal tory government. the tenants had written letters raising concerns about fire safety and in response were threatened with legal action. of course they couldn’t respond because tories have cut legal aid because of… yes, austerity. meanwhile tory ministers have been sitting on reports about fire safety in council flats including one from a coroner of a case where six people died in a housing block in south london in 2009. the prime minister didn’t meet the people affected at the scene and the response has generally been very poor. local council has been nowhere to be seen and the donations have come from ordinary people – proper working class solidarity in the face of state that treats them with utter contempt.

TL;DR: austerity kills, gentrification kills, indifference kills. people want justice, they are angry. why did up to 150 people die? this was preventable – it’s scandalous, horrific. it’s like poor people’s lives don’t matter in britain – a hurricane katrina moment for the uk. so please watch videos of THE PEOPLE, poor and working class londoners, who are suffering and expressing anger. don’t listen to theresa may, tories and the bbc trying to sanitise the story. this has everything to do with inequality, poverty, race and most of all CLASS. make those people visible again and help us change things because honestly this is the breaking point and we don’t need people spreading a false narrative abroad. cheers, peace out

latimes.com
These are the 19 agencies Trump would stop funding entirely
March 16, 2017.
By Kelly Parker, Dan Watson

Here’s a snapshot of the mission and history of the 19 independent agencies President Trump said he would stop funding entirely under his “budget blueprint.” Trump’s proposal also calls for deep cuts in other agencies and departments, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department, and shifts federal resources to defense.

  • African Development Foundation
  • Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Chemical Safety Board 
  • Corporation for National and Community Service 
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting 
  • Delta Regional Authority 
  • Denali Commission 
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services 
  • Inter-American Foundation 
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency 
  • Legal Services Corporation 
  • National Endowment for the Arts 
  • National Endowment for the Humanities 
  • Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation 
  • Northern Border Regional Commission 
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation 
  • U.S. Institute of Peace 
  • U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness 
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Self-Sustainability As A Business Value

Bootstrap as a metaphor, meaning to better oneself by one’s own unaided efforts.

Money continues to be a point of discussion for a lot of game developers in the industry. It can be daunting at times, but that stress never goes away.

Most developers assume that crowdfunding is the only way to go, when in fact, it is one of the many options for funding. Most requirements demand undivided commitment to organizational skills, deadline compromises, and financial responsibility. Crowdfunding is not exempt of all of the things just listed, it only seems to make crowdfunding the most attractive based on the lack of legal consequences. However, regardless of how this might be misconstrued by developers, options do exist for every industry out there. Hopefully, presenting healthier business options will provide for better choices regarding money.

Recently, I ran into an article about business bootstrapping. As a concept, this is what defines entrepreneurs starting out a business with next to no money. Exchanging the word ‘entrepreneur’ with ‘developer’, and it is pretty much an everyday process in the gaming industry.

In order to showcase how it works in practice, these are few of the many companies that started out self-funded, and eventually grew without external financial support. Tech companies that have thrived from keeping their goals in check, and most importantly, keeping their finances in order:

Go-Pro

Nick Woodman got started with a $35,000 loan in 2002, originally named Woodman’s Lab. Woodman kept full responsibility of his finances until 2012, when then he opened up the company to a $200 million investment from Foxconn. Eventually, the company finally goes public in 2014 with a value of $2.96 billion.

GitHub

Originally started in 2008 by Tom Preston-Werner, Chris Wanstrath, and PJ Hyett. It only took a few thousand dollars from their own savings to get things going, which provided enough revenue for all of them at the time. There wasn’t even an office then, they would meet up at coffee places to work a few times a week. It wasn’t until 2012, that they started to take on employees into the company. Years later, GitHub found $100 million investment through venture capital, and achieved $250 million in a second round of venture capital back in 2015. Nowadays, the company makes about $140 million annual revenue. GitHub value is about $2 billion.

Craigslist

It all started in 1995 as some sort of casual newsletter among friends to showcase events around San Francisco. Obviously, the service became a wide spread phenomenon online reaching a million page views per month by 1997, great milestone at the time. Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, was financially independent until 2004 when eBay paid $32 million for a piece of the company, which did not end up well because years later, a lawsuit happened and Newmark bought back the shares. Craigslist, with over 20 billion page views per month, is present in over 70 countries nowadays – tops with $690 million (revenue by 2016), and is roughly appraised in $5 billion these days.

Bootstrapping requires understanding of the financial risk that, as a developer and entrepreneur, they accept. Unlike venture capital, there is a form of total control on every decision as well as full ownership of failure. Personal finance might not be initially enough to provide success at a reasonable rate, but it educates on responsibility by becoming accountable on every financial choice made. Unlike many other ways of funding, mostly when money is third party sourced.

Startups cultivate growth from reinvesting their own profit as it comes, ideally when costs are low and return on investment is high. This financing approach allows developers to maintain control of their business and forces them to spend with discipline. Money can always become a problem when there is absence or abundance of it: if there is too much, it all gets spent now instead of saving to reinvest later; just as there is not enough, it ‘justifies’ lack of quality.

This idea isn’t limiting to startups only, it’s a valid way for business owners to treat valuable resources at any stage of their business’ growth. Considered one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to ensure a business’ positive cash flow. Also, allows businesses to focus on customers rather than investors, increasing the chances of creating a self-sustaining business.

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anonymous asked:

Is there any real reason why we shouldn't deport illegal immigrants? All I've heard is moral arguments, most of which aren't very convincing.

I mean there are several reasons, both moral, ethical, legal and economic. 

Moral: these are people who have come into our country seeking a better life. 

Ethical: these are people who have been exploited.

Legal: there is no actual law in the criminal code that says being here without proper documentation is a crime. There are laws on the books saying that you may not enter the country without the proper paperwork, a misdemeanor charge for Illegal Entry, which is punishable by $250 fine and up to 6 months in prison. 

While it is not criminal is to be here in the US without proper documentation it is against the immigration law. These are not criminal statutes, all punishments are civil with a maximum penalty of deportation.

Additionally, there are already visa statuses for those that are victims of crimes. U Visas allow those that are victims of specific crimes to be allowed to stay in the country. T Visas are for those that are victims of human trafficking. While the U visas are for those that have been through physical or mental abuse, a simple expansion could include abuse by employers, including monetary. Additionally, many migrant communities have already been physically and/or mentally abused by employers. 

Economic: Undocumented Workers provided almost $12 billion in tax revenues in 2015. They have paid approximately 10% of the social security trust fund, to which they will not be eligible for benefits from. Due to Undocumented Immigrants, the average American has seen an improvement in their personal wealth by about 1%. Even the state of Texas, not exactly a bastion of progressive politics, has said that their economy would shrink 2.1% without the work of Undocumented Workers

These are points that have been made over and over again by many people. If you are only hearing moral arguments, you aren’t really listening. 

- @theliberaltony

Lego Brutalism by Arndt Schlaudraff

LEGO STOPS ADVERTISING WITH DAILY MAIL (2016)

In response to the social media campaign Stop Funding Hate, which urges companies to drop adverts from newspapers accused of promoting “hatred, discrimination and demonisation,” the Danish company has announced they will no longer advertise with The Daily Mail :-).  (Link to the video: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/lego-ends-advertising-daily-mail-stop-funding-hate-campaign-a7413361.html)

anonymous asked:

You are so cool man. Okay, I just got into investing as in I opened an account with bank of america merrill edge for retirement but haven't done anything else. I know I should like buy safe stocks and stuff, but I am so wary of researching this. like i just don't trust sources that i google or magazines (my dad was interested in stocks and lost a lot of money so I just can't trust him or those magazines). I see that you have set up different markets (target retirement, inflation protected), (1/2

(2/2) and other funds. How did you get started? Where did you research? Like books or things. Thank you for your time!

Aw, thank you Anon! So, this is a little bit of a narrative, buckle up. (There is a readmore below! Read more!) 

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“THAT VEGAN WAS RUDE TO ME SO NOW I’M NEVER GOING TO GO VEGAN”

Translation: “I was never considering going vegan in the first place and now I have another ridiculous excuse to keep unnecessarily buying animal products”

Capitalist argument against welfare, single payer health care, a universal basic income, or any other social programs funded by taxes: “You’re not entitled to benefit from other people’s labor.”

Capitalist argument against business being required to pay a minimum wage that’s a living wage: “You’re entitled to benefit from other people’s labor as much as possible.”

The idea that businesses, churches and privately funded social service organizations would step up to help the disadvantaged in a stateless society is often laughed at and dismissed as wishful thinking, misunderstanding people’s greedy nature. Meanwhile every week or so we see examples of the government actively preventing these organizations from helping… churches are fined or shutdown for letting homeless people sleep there, people are arrested and fined for trying to feed people, grocery stores are not allowed to donate perfectly good food. This is not even taking into consideration the increased revenue and income these people and organizations would have if the government wasn’t taking it.

telegraph.co.uk
NHS provokes fury with indefinite surgery ban for smokers and obese
Around 15 per cent of the population smoke, while 22 per cent of adults are obese, the report estimates.

The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire.

The restrictions - thought to be the most extreme yet to be introduced by health services - immediately came under attack from the Royal College of Surgeons.

Its vice president called for an “urgent rethink” of policies which he said were “discriminatory” and went against the fundamental principles of the NHS.

Its vice president called for an “urgent rethink” of policies which he said were “discriminatory” and went against the fundamental principles of the NHS.

In recent years, a number of areas have introduced delays for such patients - with some told operations will be put back for months, during which time they are expected to try to lose weight or stop smoking.

But the new rules, drawn up by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Hertfordshire, say that obese patients “will not get non-urgent surgery until they reduce their weight” at all, unless the circumstances are exceptional.

The criteria also mean smokers will only be referred for operations if they have stopped smoking for at least eight weeks, with such patients breathalysed before referral.

East and North Hertfordshire CCG and  Herts Valleys said the plans aimed to encourage people “to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, wherever possible, freeing up limited NHS resources for priority treatment”.

Both are in financial difficulty, and between them seeking to save £68m during this financial year.

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“uhhh giving money to help the poor is different than the government STEAEAARAEAEALINGGIFJNH from you :(”

what the HELL do you think your bandaid charities are gonna do?? :) you’re gonna give a man a fish and tell him tough shit go get a job and buy a fishing pole if he wants more, even though everyone knows he doesnt have anything besides the fish you JUST gave him. WHAT?? :))))

Taxation is NOT theft. You live in civil society, you pay your God damn taxes so you can have shit like

-roads

-schools

-social programs

-healthcare

-childcare

and all other things that make life at large NOT suck for millions of people :)))))

your cute little charities spend half the money they make on advertising themselves. your cute little charities waste their time attacking the branches on the problem tree rather than the roots. your cute little charities are nowhere near as effective as properly funded social programs.

Your taxes ARE your charity, my guys. They ARE your charity when you fight to make sure they do the work they should be doing.

Just pay your fucking taxes and elect people who are gonna put those taxes towards shit OTHER than bloodsucking corporate welfare and warmongering horror. Try that.