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Switzerland: An Initiative to Establish Basic Income For All

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With all the financial ills of the world, and the decline of American prosperity, we could take a page from the Swiss! An initiative to establish a new federal law that would give a basic monthly income to all citizens, regardless of employment status was formally introduced in Switzerland in April. Stanislas Jourdan looks into the details of the initiative...

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Reporters, Journalists, Cameramen congregate outside the Red Room in the minutes leading up to Governor Andrew Cuomo's news conference. (The moment captured in what I call a "BlackBerry Blur" - wish the unit had a better camera!)

Where I Was Today:

At the Red Room in the New York State Capitol building where Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled new legislation to establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting people with special needs and disabilities. The Governor wants to create a new agency: "The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs" - an initiative he believes will transform how the state protects over a million New Yorkers in State operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs. Cuomo's legislation proposes the agency be empowered with authority to monitor state institutions and nonprofits and investigate incidents of alleged abuse.

Cuomo acknowledged New York Times reports last year that described widespread problems in residential care of some 300,000 people with developmental disabilities. The articles detailed years of frustration by legal advocates getting access to records and some troubling patient deaths and criminal charges against staff. Cuomo wants to get the Justice Center up and running as soon as possible.

Officials say the Justice Center will likely employ about 400 employees, a combination of existing employees as well as new hires.The Governor promised to work with labor unions, including them in the process to create the new Justice Center. Both PEF and the CSEA issued statements indicating their willingness to participate.

Indonesia: Geography Lesson For Justin Bieber

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While explaining the creative process for one of his new tracks, singer Justin Bieber said that it was recorded in some “random country”. The random country is Indonesia and it angered many netizens and even some of his local fans...

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NY Post Racist Attack (???) against rapper Jay-Z

It's black and white and read all over ::: go here and then scroll to "Nets on Jay-Z track" - here's the text in case they "erase" it:

"As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment? Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N------s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B----hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!"
Among the hundreds of comments left on the NY Post website, these are my faves:

"This might sound like a silly question, but does the New York Post not have an Editor? Why was this printed?"

"I'm not a fan of Jay-Z or his lyrics, but really NYPOST? REALLY?"

"Exactly which part of what he wrote is untrue? And how can he be fired for quoting Jay-Z's own lyrics? It would be completely absurd for anyone to get fired. He didn't make those words up out of thin air, folks! Jay-Z makes literally millions using those exact words in the songs- nobody bats an eye. A columnist quotes those words in a critical column of one of Jay-Z's business ventures? Fire the man!..."

"Whover runs WFAN's Facebook fan page is calling for Phil's head. Here's what I put there, and if you read Mushnick regurally, you know this to be true:
WFAN you have missed Mushnick's point. No he should not be fired. He is bemoaning violent, racist, and sexist lyrics in Jay-Z's music, and wonders why the NBA would be in business with someone who repeatedly employs dangerous rhetoric."
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“ تعال عش في قلبي ولا تدفع الايجار
Come, live in my heart, and pay no rent.

— Arabic Proverb via pax-caelestis (via mamma-wolf) ~ as seen on Sharmin's tumblr


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