From NPR News: Cassini Spacecraft Starts Weaving Between Saturn And Its Rings http://n.pr/2q4ZQtm

Something positive, apolitical. Expanding humanity’s knowledge base.

EDIT (2017-04-28):

Cassini Craft Beams Closest Images Ever Taken Of Saturn http://n.pr/2q9SJjq

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“Universal Basic [ blank ]”

Is the World Ready for a Guaranteed Basic Income? – Freakonomics Freakonomics (2016/04): http://freakonomics.com/podcast/mincome/

AMP | Marketplace: Universal Basic Income & Markets (2016/06): https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.marketplace.org/amp/2016/12/05/world/why-idea-universal-basic-income-could-become-reality

Money/currency systems are tools, a way measuring “value”, and a tool to manage resources.

UBI: I can’t wrap my head around it.

Individual human beings require at minimum ‘energy’ (nourishing foodstuffs, drinkable water) and ‘security’ (protection from the elements, like clothing and shelter).

It’s to the individual’s advantage in survival terms to pool resources with other human beings. Need for ‘pecking order’ arises. Hierarchy is inevitable, as is inequity.

UBI: tries to sidestep this? Puts ‘value’ of any individual’s productive contributions to the larger civilization in jeopardy, but attempts to correct the inefficiency of inequity?? I don’t know.

“Robot-Class”

Ended up pondering “self-driving” vehicles. Thought about the vehicle as property, and all that goes with it: maintenance, fuel, insurance, time and money.

Need the car to get to work to rarn the living to agford the car.

A funny-but-dark thought had me thinking about living in my car, which had me thinking about “home ownership”, and how i really don’t want a house on a plot of land with a lawn. The way the ‘market’ seems to be rigged, you have to own a house on a plot of land with a yard. Apartments are too expensive.

Too bad my pipe-dream self-driving plug-in hybrid car couldn’t also be my “tiny house” that I take to work everyday. Eventually, even such an “RV” has to be parked somewhere, maintained, repaired, cleaned of shit. Have to do laundry, get a decent shower, et cetera.

Got me thinking of how ‘mobile’ jobs and labor are. Taxes, and what they pay for; types of taxes; who pays, how much, and how wisely it’s spent.

Darker reflections about how American society seems to have evolved. People have to either work, or ‘own” the workers. “Slave-masters” begat “robber-barons”, will it lead to “robot masters”? And I don’t mean robot ruling over humans. More like, human using “robots” [physical and/or internet-bot] to control other humans.