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  • Finland just launched a radical experiment in giving people free money - How 5 People Will Use

    03/07/2017 9:37:43 AM PST · by blam · 65 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3-7-2017 | Chris Weller
    Mire Ibrahim waves the Finnish flag during a demonstration against racism where an estimated 15,000 people attended in Helsinki, Finland July 28, 2015. Reuters/Vesa Moilanen For the next two years, 2,000 unemployed people in Finland will share a special bond: Thanks to a new federal program, they'll each receive a free $600 per month, no questions asked. Even if people get a job, the money will keep coming in. The program, put on by the country's social security agency, Kela, is testing out a modified version of basic income. Under basic income, every citizen gets a regular allowance regardless...
  • Program paying asylum applicants to leave Germany voluntarily begins

    02/02/2017 7:32:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.01.2017 | se/sms (dpa, AFP, epd)
    A program to pay asylum applicants in Germany to return to their home countries, often before a decision is made on their status, has begun. The government wants to increase the number of people who choose to leave. The program “StartHilfe Plus,” which loosely translates to “start help plus,” began on Wednesday. Administered by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the initiative aims to financially reward asylum applicants if they are willing to return to their homelands. About €40 million ($43 million) has been set aside for payments. “In...
  • Finland to pay unemployed basic income of $587 per month

    01/02/2017 10:56:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 83 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2017 1:49 PM EST | Jari Tanner
    Finland has become the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income, amounting to €560 ($587), in a unique social experiment which is hoped to cut government red tape, reduce poverty and boost employment. Olli Kangas from the Finnish government agency KELA, which is responsible for the country’s social benefits, said Monday that the two-year trial with the 2,000 randomly-picked citizens who receive unemployment benefits kicked off Jan. 1. Those chosen will receive €560 every month, with no reporting requirements on how they spend it. The amount will be deducted from any benefits they already...
  • German MP proposes 'free basic income' for parents

    11/30/2016 9:22:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.28.2016 | Ben Knight
    It wouldn’t be the first progressive idea to be taken on by conservatives. A group of Bundestag members in the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) have proposed offering parents a basic state income — independent of their own financial situation. The fixed monthly payment, the exact amount of which was not mentioned, would be tied to child care costs and would be subject to social insurance contributions. The payment, part of what the CDU calls its “family pact,” would also be paid out from birth until the child starts school, regardless of whether the parents send their children to kindergartens or...
  • Referendum offered money for nothing, and the Swiss say 'no'

    06/05/2016 10:25:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 5, 2016 9:43 AM EDT
    Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal that would have guaranteed everyone in the Alpine nation an unconditional basic income, according to projections published Sunday by public broadcaster SRF1. The plan could have seen people in this wealthy nation of 8 million people receive about 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,560) per month — enough to cover their basic needs. Proponents argued that a basic income would free people from meaningless toil and allow them to pursue more productive or creative goals in life. Critics said the plan would explode the state budget and encourage idleness, arguments that appear to have convinced voters....
  • Canada Plans To Experiment With Giving People Unconditional Free Money

    03/05/2016 7:39:37 AM PST · by blam · 97 replies
    Tech Insider/BI ^ | Chris Weller
    Chris Weller March 5, 2016 Finland and The Netherlands have already shown their interest in giving people a regular monthly allowance regardless of working status, and now Ontario, Canada, is onboard. Ontario's government announced in February that a pilot program will be coming to the Canadian province sometime later this year. The premise: Send people monthly checks to cover living expenses such as food, transportation, clothing, and utilities — no questions asked. It's a radical idea, and one that has been around since the 1960s. It's called "basic income." In the decades since it was first proposed, various researchers and...
  • Live Thread Democrat Debate on PBS (keep your enemies close)

    02/11/2016 6:05:32 PM PST · by Yaelle · 264 replies
    PBS ^ | 02/11/16 | Self
    Anyone have strong enough stomach and information junkie brain to dare watch with me?
  • The Only State Where Everyone Gets Free Money

    09/07/2015 7:10:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Motherboard ^ | September 4, 2015 // 08:20 AM EST 09/05/2015 | Written by Brian Merchant
    Every year, the state of Alaska hands each of its citizens hundreds to thousands of dollars, no strings attached. The only requirement for receiving the cash is that a person has a) held residence in Alaska for more than one year and is b) alive.To citizens in the state, the Permanent Fund Dividend is a deeply beloved if sometimes controversial policy. To those outside it, it’s often regarded as a curiosity. The annual payout makes headlines when it happens—Alaska’s giving people free money!—and has, typically, been forgotten just as quickly. Recent years, however, have seen a groundswell of attention...
  • Research help

    06/03/2015 5:02:28 AM PDT · by shoff · 27 replies
    Self | 06/03/2015 | Steven Hoffman
    I have tried in many different ways to find a listing of government grants. I am not looking to apply but I want to know who is granted my tax dollars. I have found when a group brags about getting one, but is there a listing of grants issued? Similar to the radicals in the sixties who complained their tax dollars going to the “military industrial complex” I don’t think mine should go to La-Raza, Blacklivesmatter, National Action Network, or CAIR among others. Am I looking in the wrong place or is this information purposely not published?
  • Operation Helicopter: Could Free Money Help the Euro Zone?

    01/09/2015 1:19:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 06, 2015 – 12:22 PM | Anne Seith
    It sounds at first like a crazy thought experiment: One morning, every resident of the eurozone comes home to find a check in their mailbox worth over €500 ($597) and possibly as much as €3,000. A gift, just like that, sent by the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt. The scenario is less absurd than it may sound. Indeed, many serious academics and financial experts are demanding exactly that. They want ECB chief Mario Draghi to fire up the printing presses and hand out money directly to the people. The logic behind the idea is that recipients of the money...
  • Should We All Get €12,000 a year? ($16k)

    07/31/2014 3:20:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    The Local ^ | 25 Jul 2014
    What would happen if everyone was suddenly paid €1,000 a month with no strings attached? "Let's try it," says Michael Bohmeyer, who raised the money through crowdfunding and will now experiment with the idea of a basic income for one year. The 29-year-old lives in a rented apartment in Berlin with his wife and their daughter and eats lunch in a welfare kitchen. Having time is more important than having money, he says. He has come to that conclusion after living on a self-imposed basic income for half a year. As a web developer who helped start two companies, he...
  • Free money "Magic Christian" - Peter Sellers gave it away before Twitter benefactor

    06/01/2014 1:33:43 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 16 replies
    youtube ^ | 6-14
    This free money giveway is even better than than the Twitter lunacy we are witnessing in the Bay Area, SoCal, and Colorado. FREE MONEY! Watch people jump into a huge vat of cow fertilizer, urine, and blood to get the free money in the classic 1969 movie -- THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN. Quite a commentary on society.
  • After 43 years, St. Paul's Union Depot marks return of passenger trains

    05/09/2014 4:59:55 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | Fred Melo
    Passenger trains are again rolling into St. Paul's historic Union Depot. Ramsey County leaders joined their peers from St. Paul and the state Wednesday to welcome Amtrak to their meticulously restored depot. The first train, the westbound Empire Builder from Chicago, arrived at 11:13 p.m. -- 70 minutes late -- en route to Seattle and Portland, Ore. "Our beautifully restored building is achieving our vision as a multimodal transit facility and a unique gathering place for people," said Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega, chair of the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, said during ceremonies earlier in the day. But don't...
  • Yellen Echoes Bernanke In First Congressional Testimony As Fed Chair

    02/11/2014 10:21:25 AM PST · by Rodamala · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | Tuesday 2/11/2014 11:45AM | Samantha Sharf
    In her first testimony before Congress as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen pledged to continue on the path set by her predecessor Ben Bernanke. “His leadership helped make our economy and financial system stronger and ensured that the Federal Reserve is transparent and accountable,” said Yellen in a remarks delivered before the House Committee of Financial Services Tuesday morning.Speaking about the economic recovery, monetary policy and the financial systems Yellen expressed optimism about developments in recent months, but also made it clear work must be done to meet the Federal Open Market Committee’s objectives for the economy.In a note following...
  • Food gift card campaign thrown together to make Wynne look good

    01/03/2014 7:11:48 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 4 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | January 2, 2014 | Christina Blizzard
    TORONTO - There are two kinds of math at work in the chaotic gift card program thrown together by Premier Kathleen Wynne and the brain trust in her office. As a math-challenged journalist, I’ll hand over the calculations to an accountant reader, who e-mailed me some startling numbers. Those who lost power and food in the pre-Christmas ice storm were promised gift cards to the value of either $100 per family or $50 for an individual. Loblaws, Sobeys, Metro, Shoppers Drug Mart are among the supporters of the program. They’ll donate $25,000 each — to be matched by the province....
  • Minn. health exchange seeks $55M federal grant

    08/08/2013 5:08:57 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-8-13 | Administration Propaganda(AP)
    ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota's health insurance exchange is seeking a $55 million federal grant to pay for its operations next year. The board of directors of MNsure met Wednesday to review the grant request. Five previous federal grants to Minnesota's exchange added up to $110 million. The $55 million request would cover salaries for about 166 full-time employees who would work on MNsure operations, and would also cover spending on technology, marketing, customer service, administration and other items. The director of MNsure says that by 2015, the exchange is expected to be able to cover its own operating costs through a...
  • Bottomless Subsidies Needed to Keep DOE Electric Truck Project Alive

    07/08/2013 8:29:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo
    NLPC ^ | July 8, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    Despite little news over the past nine months since its last-minute abandonment of an initial public offering that was supposed to raise $76 million in cash, stimulus recipient Smith Electric Vehicles is showing little evidence it can inspire demand for its commercial trucks, like its plug-in car counterparts. Smith’s selling point for its step vans was that, unlike electric automobiles, delivery routes in urban areas did not require a long range between refueling (or, recharging). Frequent stops and short distances alleviated the “range anxiety” that accompanies cars like the Nissan Leaf. Frito-Lay, Coca-Cola and Staples were cited as early adopters...
  • German (political) parties get record state handouts

    05/14/2013 12:16:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 May 13 12:01 CET | (The Local/jcw)
    Germany’s political parties will receive more state money than ever before, it was reported on Monday. In the run-up to September’s election, the country’s parties will be fueled by over €154 million ($199.7 million). The ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens, socialist Linke party, and the ailing junior coalition partner the Free Democratic Party (FDP) will be getting four percent more state funding this year, the Saarbrücker Zeitung reported. …
  • CALIFORNIA: SEIU Local 1000 president supports retirement for all

    05/08/2012 3:10:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies
    SacBee: The State Worker ^ | 5/8/12 | Jon Ortiz
    Risky retirement plans aren't doing right by U.S. workers, SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker says in a CNN.com piece published today, and she thinks a California retirement-for-all bill is a "step in the right direction." Walker's op-ed item refers to Senate Bill 1234, by Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, which would establish a state-administered retirement fund for private-sector workers.
  • ‘Obama Money’ Rumor Has People Lining Up In NYC...Again

    04/17/2012 9:02:33 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 38 replies
    theblaze ^ | 4-2012
    (VIDEOS AS THE LINK) ‘Obama Money’ Rumor Has People Lining Up In NYC...Again Remember in the fall of 2009 when thousands turned out in Michigan try and get free “Obama money?” Well, it’s happened again — but this time it could be a scam. Responding to a local rumor, people are standing in line for hours, turning over valuable personal information and expecting to receive a government handout in New York City. If this sounds familiar, it is. Back in the fall of 2009, thousands of people stood in line in Michigan expecting to be given some Obama money. It...