Desperately Seeking

And just to prove that I cannot … I am not capable of producing art that is even remotely marketable … Not even in barter for its weight in French or Romanisn wine … Here is all I’ve managed to do lately …

Artwork by MSO

Invisible woman series ongoing artwork at 212 St Andrew St Bathurst NB Canada

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BI Might Be The Answer

BI MIGHT BE THE ANSWER!

I feel that providing a basic income for each person might be the answer to some of the problems that face our world. That way people can look after their own basic needs such as food and shelter. I think the idea of the Basic Income movement has great potential but only if we are able each to have our own voice and receive our own “dignity cheque”.

Why do we need to lobby politicians? The politicians should already know about the choice that basic income offers. If they don’t know then what are they doing there? Who are they representing?

Contrary to what we are led to believe, the politicians we are given to vote for are not chosen by the people. Candidates are selected by whatever group happens to make up the nominating committee of each political party. And yes, at each party nominating convention the final party candidate will be chosen because he is seen as being a winner. While there is some notion that nominations may arise from the floor, in all seriousness, does this ever happen? Who in their right mind would ever dare to challenge the nominating committee or stare down the stern looks cast by party executives?

It is doubtful that any homeless person has ever been on one of these nomination committees let alone been chosen as a candidate. Homeless people are not exactly seen as winners, are they?

Party members themselves are a particular breed of followers who are expected to comply and once their winner gets in, the party members are expected to support him unconditionally. I say he because women are not usually favoured under this system.

Anyone who has had to deal with civil servants or politicians or other agents soon discovers that the individual person matters very little. What matters is where some rulebook places you on whatever bell curve the agent is using during that budget period. If you happen to be favoured with a job or an education or nice housing or a lucrative contract or a good career are you going to dare speak up and endanger your own chance in order to speak up for those who are not so fortunate?

We all know what happens to the individual who does not quietly go along with mob-rule of any movement that claims to act in their best interest. This mob may be run by families or governments or religions or powerful corporations or CEOs or NGOs or other groups we might not even know about. It really doesn’t matter. Mob is still mob. I think of it as the Godfather Clause. It is some group taking advantage of some system for the benefit of its own members. This is what now happens all over our world.

If we think it should be the people then it is to the people we need to appeal, not to politicians. Going to politicians for support is yet another top-down way of operating and not the grass roots I believe we need.

My one real concern is that, like any movement, this will turn into yet another cash cow to provide power and position to those who are able to grab what they can. Will people be forced to choose once more between blindly joining in or risk being left behind jobless, powerless, voiceless and destitute?

Yes But

Is it true?
Where is the proof to back up all that Shite?

What did that cost?

What about all those women who lost jobs as a result of cuts to programs for women? Who were they and where are they now?

How many other tax-funded social events are held? How many of us would refuse an invitation to one? Oh yeah was it Canadian wine?

Who needs friends anyway?

What to do? If some poor Canadian suspects their auntie is a terrorist, what are they to do without an auntie-terrorist law to spell it out for them?
Oops … Wrong auntie

Bill who?
Well, who really gets auntie Bill anyway?

Sour Milk

Maybe it is too late.
Maybe the cash-cow
Has been out to pasture
For too long
That it has turned
So what to do about
Mad-cow in hard times.
Ask someone who was thereM

Well it looks like the old grey cash cow “ain’t what she used to be” as the song goes. Ok right song wrong animal, I agree.
So who has another solution besides cash for all?

It seems there is always barter.

So if I can figure out which cash to go to at Sobey’s or Superstore, I suppose I would just March down there with one of my artworks and exchange it for a cart of groceries.
Meanwhile, in the tradition of all those great French artists who bartered their works away, let it be known that I am open to bottles of wine, my favourite being just about any red wine from France or Romania.
Hard times calling for hard measures, as they say, I might even consider some home-made wine as long as it’s not to vinegary.

Cut the Crap

Give us money. BIG money.

NAP? No more NAPS. We need money.

Enough with the NAPS!

MONEY!

Ho-hum

MONEY!

Old news is no news
.

Cut the Crap. Give us MONEY!

More napping stories?

MONEY!

Is that sleeping beauty finished with her NAP?

Where is her share of the MONEY? Well of course a Princess needs money too. So wake her up.

More old no news? MONEY

So where are the women
here?
Do we need to show boobies to get money?

Not if you have a good job.

Oh, by the way, the policy framework idea? Pretty rickety. Besides, she can’t eat policy. GIVE MONEY!

Wouldn’t minimum wage be a better idea? Maybe only for those with jobs … Especially certain jobs.

OK, then what about Peace? Would world peace be better than an individual basic income?
I guess that would depend. Besides, why not both? Have there been any Peace & Income Meetings? Any Peace & Income Conferences?
Promise one thing. No more NAPping.
We need money. Now is the time for Basic Income Action and Basic Peace Action

Voice

If we really had a voice what might we say?

Give us money or give us peace.

We have no money
We have no peace.
Do we have voice?

We need a voice
A BIG voice

“There is a significant gap between language inscribed in our Security Resolutions, our declarations, our action plans, and the actual reality of women’s participation in decision-making when it comes to peace and security issues.”
– Radhika Coomaraswamy

What do I think?

Well if anyone really wants to know … if the war-mongers are not going to allow women a voice then they should be paying women for this enforced silence. How? Basic Income. Guarantee every woman a basic income.

Maybe that is something the UN might consider.
Yes the reports are valuable. What might be better is to give the money to individual women. Help women buy back their lives and the lives of their children.

an Action Plan

Action Plan? … Cut the Crap and give us money … BIG money!

20 Years ago, if we had had a voice, what might we have said?

Cut the Crap. Give us money.

Are there no women of voice? Hardly … Unless they belong to certain SIGs
That would be Special Interest Groups … Meaning that they work for their own special interests, whatever that might mean …
Business for example.
Yes, it is a women’s organization. It probably does take good care of its members. If you are not a member? If you happen to be an independent artist, especially one that dares try to paddle her canoe upstream? Hmmmmm well I’ve never been privy to their constitution. I guess I think of them as the old girls’ network. I don’t know that they would support basic income.

UBI

Ubiquitous?
Yes! Eureka! You got it!
That is exactly what I will vote for.

And what about being a global citizen

” we believe that people also want what is good for others. We don’t want other people to suffer; we all would prefer to live in a world where everybody can lead a worthy, fulfilling, happy live. That is the basic conviction that underlies our goals. The challenge, therefore, is to organise our societies and the world community in such ways, that the fulfilment of our own personal needs does not harm others. A basic income that guarantees every man, woman and child freedom from starvation and degrading poverty would be an important step to achieve this goal.”
Source:http://www.globalincome.org/English/Global-Basic-Income.html

I read somewhere today … something about some psychologist saying that if you ignore people long enough they will just go away and thus you get rid of people who keep making demands … That was how I interpreted what I read …

But I think …
Do you really really
Want to know
Like the song goes
It ain’t necessarily so

Definitely not Ubiquitous:

“…urrently receiving provincial welfare cheque”
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The VOTE

That time is nearly here
I’m trying to decide
Make up my mind
Oh no not who
Not this time
Here and now
My question is if
In that frame
I look around
What do I see
Policy Resolution 100
Wearing Depends I smell
What else, what choices
Promises are less binding
Besides who reallly
Believes that swaddling
Ever brought security
As for teaching new ways
What would Bible Bill do
If he were alive today
Study the studies
Same old the hacks might say
What can they tell you
About those not holding stakes
When even Deloitte must know
It is always the same
Same old stakeholders
Same old recipients
Same old political game
Same old shafters’ gain
While I left as usual
Behind thinking
Beyond the vote
Still not who but if
That cap matters
As it might
Where are the voices
Of real people
Are they really those
Who work only between
Or would that be
Betwixt the dole
What about the souls
Never counted never seen
Buried by sheafs of
Sheafs of
Muteness
Left despairing
Over final payments
Never paid
From salaries never made
PEI wants the Pilot
To go to them
How could I agree
When New Brunswick
No better situated
Indeed all the Maritimes
Are in equal need
And fair is fair
From sea to sea
We see not
A great deal better
Or across the continent
And as long as I have gone
So far from my own backyard
There is need across the world.

So if I lived in PEI
What would I do
Even if I did believe
As I tend to not
Pre-power or re-power promises

What if I were … American?

Let me study this issue

Let me ponder.