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Common arguments against @AndrewYang ’s Universal Basic Income, debunked.. a thread! +some common questions..👍
1. How do we pay for it?
2. Does UBI cause inflation? Note: No new money is being printed. Real life example: Alaska doesn’t see inflation when residents receive their oil dividends.
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Meet @FellowGoy, a mostly-automated "Honkler"/"Clown Pepe" account that recently canceled its support for the #YangGang in an automated fashion.

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The majority of @FellowGoy's tweets are automated via IFTTT, with a smattering of tweets posted via dlvr(dot)it as well as some potentially organic tweets by way of the Twitter website.
Most of @FellowGoy's automated tweets consist of links to dubious news sites with the headline copied. All the news sources are far-right Western sites (some new to us) with the exception of Russia Insider (which has publicly solicited submissions of anti-Semitic content.)
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In preparation for @andrewyang in the Democratic Debates, please like and retweet!!! #Yang2020 #YangGang

1/Who is that Asian man standing next to Joe Biden? 👇 Answer in thread below.
2/ @AndrewYang built nonprofit Venture for America and ran it for 7 years. Trained entrepreneurs to help create jobs in cities like Detroit, Cleveland, St Louis, Birmingham, New Orleans. Work was given awards by Obama Administration and had documentary made by Netflix.
3/ Yang discovered there was a deeper problem. Every job he helped create, he realized we lost a thousand. “I saw that we were pouring water into a bathtub that has a giant hole ripped in the bottom.”
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Okay, #YangGang, listen up, because I asked @AndrewYang about this detail. When it comes to disability, there are essentially two programs: SSDI and SSI. The former is contribution-based and the latter is income-based. SSDI will exist on top of the Freedom Dividend. SSI will not.
If you have a disability ♿ and you're among the 20% of that population receiving 💵 because of it, here's how Yang's UBI could affect you: Let's say you're receiving $1,300 in SSDI right now + $500 in SSI + $100 in SNAP. Opting into the FD would mean $2,300/mo instead of $1,900.
This is an important design detail because the average SSDI payment for disabled workers is $1,235/mo, and the average SSI payment is $566/mo. Stacking the larger payment and replacing the smaller payment means Yang’s Freedom Dividend is a *net boost* for most with disabilities.
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Holy shit. They did it. The crazy bastards did it. @MSNBC created a graphic with photos of the 20 candidates to appear in the first debates, and they actually went so far as to remove @AndrewYang and include someone who didn't even qualify. This is shameless in how brazen it is.
Looks like we made enough noise, #YangGang. @AndrewYang has been unerased by @MSNBC (and @marwilliamson too). #Yang2020
Good Lord. @MSNBC just can't help themselves. In the latest example, they include his photo in a list of top 8, and manage to read every name but @AndrewYang's??

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#YangGang #Yang2020 #HumanityFirst #FreedomDividend
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Meet @IanRoberts9 and @JoanneB37379026, two curiously similar Twitter accounts that are in all likelihood retweet bots implemented by automating the Twitter website. (Amusingly, @IanRoberts9 was restricted by Twitter while we were looking at these accounts.)

cc: @ZellaQuixote
By examining other accounts that retweeted the same tweets as the two bots, we found 16 matching the pattern (web browser + 24/7 activity.) The newest batch (from 5/11) all have the same hashtags (#PresidentPelosi, #PelosiPower, #TeamPelosi, and #StillWithHer) on their profiles.
To the total surprise of probably no one anywhere, these accounts use stolen profile pictures easily found via reverse image search.
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THREAD: So @naval goes on @joerogan, talks trash about #basicincome & in response I share my article that counters his concerns & he blocks me. To be fair I said he doesn't know shit about UBI but it's true. He's a victim of the expert on everything trap.

medium.com/basic-income/i…
So many points he makes in his @joerogan interview are just absurd. I also laughed out loud when he claimed that UBI is a slippery slope to socialism & then said universal services is the way to go. So Alaska is falling into socialism, & government services is market capitalism?
One of the dumbest things he says is that #basicincome is bad for entrepreneurship, and that all the entrepreneurs would flee. All the evidence is clearly in favor of UBI boosting entrepreneurship. It's capital, reduced risk, and consumer spending.

evonomics.com/universal-basi…
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Yang needs to engage indigenous communities. The impact on rural indigenous communities would be astounding. It would allow us to stand up, develop our economies, and help finally end the Indian Wars. #YangGang
There are more than 5 million of us and the #FreedomDividend would change everything. some families have been here since BEFORE the Younger Dryas, mass migration to cities for work, healthcare, education is not the answer. Economic sovereignty is.
Other candidates play Indian or just give lip service. true engagement, nation to nation, human to human, and real economic empowerment is what we need.
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A brief word about what Yang does *not* mention:

Foreign policy. Not even a word.

I hate to break it to his fans, but this is the arena in which a president has the most power and makes the most difference.
If people think having their jobs taken by a robot sounds dystopian, they need to remember what the consequences of catastrophic foreign policy look like. (Last week's D-Day commemorations might help.)
Other things Yang doesn't mention: The Constitution, even once. How he plans, as president, to work with Congress to "reformat" the American economy. The Supreme Court.
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So you've decided to vote for @AndrewYang.

But what else can you to do help him win?

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#Yang2020 #YangGang #HumanityFirst
1. DONATE.

For new donors, as little as $1 counts, and will increase Yang's individual donor count, which is a crucial metric.

Money is the fuel that campaigns run on. The more money raised, the farther he can go. Fundraising also = press coverage.

secure.actblue.com/donate/ayorgan…
2. Donate again!

If you've donated in the past, please consider making another contribution, and/or setting up recurring donations. This is important. If you can afford to chip in another $20, it moves the needle. #SecureTheBag

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31% of American workers would be unable to cover basic living expenses after missing a single paycheck. Missing two would lead to over half the country being unable to meet their basic needs without relying on savings or debt.

marketwatch.com/story/half-of-… #BasicIncome #YangGang
Economists and politicians love to ignore stuff like this and instead focus on the employment rate. Half the friggin country is economically insecure despite being employed. Most Americans are spending most of their time just trying to survive another month.

We're bailing water.
Not only does this level of insecurity lead to stress and the physiological consequences of stress, it also makes us mostly unable to really think much about anything else. Climate change? Ha, yeah right. What matters is eating tomorrow, not the long-term survival of our species.
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Trick question: Which slices of this pie would benefit most from $1,000/month?

If so many people benefit, why are the detractors obsessed with groups that don't even make a dark line on the chart?

#YangGang #BasicIncome #FreedomDividend @AndrewYang
If your argument is against #FreedomDividend or #BasicIncome because "something, something, people in the black part of this graph," then why are you willing to hold back 88% of the nation over it? It took me a while to compile this visualization, but opposition seems petty.
Clearly, I feel for the "working poor," but they are this many of us. Less than 4% work 40+hrs/week and earn below the poverty line. If a policy will benefit them ... AND another 84% of the nation significantly, then which is the better policy? #MATH
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RANT INCOMING

1/11 I’m so over establishment politicians—Republican and Democrat. I want my government officials to have ONE agenda: improving citizens’ lives and making this country the best it can be. @AndrewYang has this agenda and this agenda alone. For our current...
2/11 ...politicians, the goal seems to be to always shame and destroy the other side, regardless of whether or not they have a good idea. And people actually buy into this tribal BS. Tribal republicans: you’re full of shit or just extremely ignorant if you honestly believe...
3/11 ...that Trump and the anchors at @FoxNews’ (who constantly lie and cover for him) goal is to make your lives better. Tribal democrats: you’re full of shit or just extremely ignorant if you honestly believe that Trump supporters are all evil and that establishment...
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Long Reads Sunday #43.

Welcome to the epically exhausted Easter Bunny edition of LRS, brought to you from a Red Eye en route back to JFK.

May this 40,000 foot view of the world bring some insight (or at least some extra snark). Let’s dive in, shall we? 👇
2/ We have to start the week with #delistBSV. As we shared last week, BSV’s backers have started to get extra litigious, arising the ire of the community, warnings, and subsequent call to delist from exchanges.
3/ Subsequently, @binance @krakenfx and @ShapeShift_io delisted BSV.

It is an interesting moment - I’ve seen some argue that it demonstrates an industry immaturity that will turn off investors, while others see it as the community defending its values. theblockcrypto.com/2019/04/16/kra…
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Many people don't seem to understand that if you install UBI within a conditional benefits system and keep all the conditional benefits without replacing any of them with UBI then all the counterproductive effects are still there. Paid work is still punished. Paternalism remains.
This is a problem mainly among those on the left, who see UBI as just more money where more is always better, when this is about far more than money. It's about unconditionality. Without UBI we need SNAP, but SNAP should be replaced by UBI because SNAP is a paternalistic program.
It also makes no sense to me to look at a group of people equally in poverty & decide that some of them should get more than others if they're already receiving assistance. Our safety net has too many holes. It's unjust to help those in the net more than those who hit the ground.
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Yang is on Point tonight!

#YangTownHall #YangGang #math #FreedomDividend
I love how effortlessly @AndrewYang talks about solving complex problems. #refreshing
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Starting tonight, we will see a lot of new people having a lot of questions and gut reactions about the idea of universal basic income. Please help direct them to answers using my UBI FAQ by either linking to it or the urls it links to.

#YangTownHall

scottsantens.com/basic-income-f…
Among the most frequently asked questions of all among those first hearing about universal basic income is the concern that prices will rise. This goes into that question in-depth & even includes applicable evidence from the Alaska dividend.

#CNNTownHall

medium.com/basic-income/w…
Another one of the most asked questions about universal basic income is if too many people will stop working if they no longer are forced to work to live. I wrote this article to answer that question and about the question itself.

#YangGang #Yang2020

medium.com/basic-income/i…
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We decided to take a look at accounts that use the Honkler/Clown Pepe meme as a userpic (example shown here). First problem: how do we gather a set of Twitter accounts with similar pictures?

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We could train an image recognition model to find the Honkler images, but we'd need to already have a large set of examples. Instead, we took advantage of the fact that the meme has a very specific color scheme, and looked for images that shared it.
To test the color scheme, we transformed the image into a distribution of the colors used, normalized for brightness. Eight specific color tones (the Pepe green, red for the nose, and six colors of the rainbow) comprise the signature of the Honkler meme.
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Day 2 of #NordicUBI is beginning. Here's the live stream link.

We're starting out the day talking about the Finland UBI experiment, and of course the first thing mentioned is just how much misinformation and propaganda is out there about the experiment.

Here's my summary of the Finland story:

medium.com/basic-income/w… #basicincome #NordicUBI
"A lot of people that need UBI most are mostly invisible in Norway... They're just falling through the cracks."

This is one of the things that I think progressives have the hardest time coming to terms with. Without UBI, all safety nets have holes, even in the Nordic nations.
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I'm in Oslo, Norway, and the UBI Nordic 2019 conference has just begun. Here's the link to the live stream.



#BasicIncome #UBI #UBINordic
VAT is the most efficient tax that exists, besides other corrective taxes like carbon taxes, and land value taxes. Instead of taxing what people put into the economy, VAT taxes what people take from the economy. VAT on its own is regressive but with UBI is the optimal tax system.
"I want real freedom of movement in Europe where people have the ability to move, but they also have the ability to stay."

Barb Jacobson making the vital point that an EU-wide dividend would not only eliminate holes in national UBI systems, but also reduce desperation migration.
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Who else is gonna be there? I figure we should take this show on the road.
Are you planning on going to Detroit/ any of the Dem debates?
Also I know some folks in Kamala's campaign who are cool and Bernie's campaign who are cool and Mayor Pete's campaign who are cool so if I come through be ready to shotgun Coors light all night.

No one in Beto's campaign likes me tho wtf do they not like to rage during debates?
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If you take a gander at the replies to some of @BetoORourke's recent tweets, you might notice a bit of a theme: the phrase "Beto is a furry" turn ups over. And over. And over.

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We downloaded tweets containing "Beto is a furry" or "Beto O'Rourke is a furry", yielding 3957 original tweets from 2362 accounts. All but two were tweeted since the beginning of 2019. Let's see where this got started. . .
The third tweet (Jan 23 2019), featuring a video of a younger O'Rourke singing Ramones songs in a sheep mask, seems to be the catalyst for the trend. The first tweet from October 2018 was posted by @AubreyLaVentana, an account that references several mass shooters on its profile.
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We decided to take a closer look at the #YangGang hashtag in light of its prominent appearance in this earlier analysis (most frequently used hashtag by accounts that retweet @AndrewYang.)

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We downloaded tweets containing #YangGang, removing tweets unrelated to Andrew Yang's campaign from the early data. We ended up with 28863 original tweets from 9146 accounts; the first on-topic use appears to be on March 20, 2018.
Something potentially interesting turns up when looking at the creation dates of the accounts - 1038 of 9146 (11.3%) were created within the last three months. Those accounts tweeted 5897 of 28863 #YangGang tweets (20.4%).
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The real purpose of the 4chan backed #YangGang memes is re-electing Donald Trump in 2020 by driving a wedge through the Dem party. The goal is to repeat what Bernie did to Hillary in 2016, only this time with multiple candidates.

Dems: ignore the GOP's tactics at your own peril.
Do #Yang2020 #YangGang #YangGang2020 supporters realize Microchip's partner (Ricky Vaughn) was a GOP operative? Guess what that makes Microchip...
Oh, the former aide to well known anti-establishment figure Rudolph Giuliani! What could go wrong? 🙄
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