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Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs -recipe

1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 medium green sweet pepper, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
1 medium carrot, coarsely chopped (1/2 cup)
1 stalk celery, sliced (1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon cooking oil
4 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped (4 cups), or two 14.5 oz cans tomatoes, cut up
1 6oz can (2/3 cup) tomato paste
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
12 oz packaged dried spaghetti or mostaccioli

-Turkey Meatballs
1lb ground turkey
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1/2 teaspoon pepper


Turkey Meatballs:
1. In a medium mixing bowl combine 1 beaten egg; 2 tablespoons milk; 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs; 1/2 teaspoon salt; 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
2. Add 1 pound ground raw turkey; mix well.
3. With wet hands, shape mixture into twenty-four 1-inch meatballs.
4. Place meatballs in a greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
5. Bake at 375f for 20 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink.
6. Drain fat.

1. In a Dutch oven; cook green pepper, carrot, and celery in hot oil till tender.
2. Stir in fresh or undrained canned tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt, and garlic powder.
3. Bring to a boil.
4. Add Turkey meatballs; reduce heat.
5. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
6. If necessary, uncover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes more or until sauce is desired consistency, stirring occasionally.

1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Drain pasta.

Finishing Up:
1. Arrange pasta on individual plates or on a large platter.
2. Spoon meatballs and sauce over pasta.

Makes 6 servings.

Peanut Butter Cookies -recipe

1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup canola (vegitable) oil
1 banana
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons baking soda
6 tablespoons cornstarch

1. Place applesauce, oil, and banana in blender or food processor and process until smooth and slightly foamy. Place in large mixing bowl.

2. Add peanut butter, brown sugar, 1 cup flour, salt, and water. Mix well.

3. Add other 2 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, and cornstarch. Mix well.

4. Place cookie dough by rounded teaspoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. Dip fork in water and flatten each mound of cookie dough to for a cookie that’s aproximately 1/2 inch in thickness.

5. Bake at 325f for 12 to 15 minutes, or until top is light brown. Edges and bottoms should be golden brown, and the centers should still be slightly soft. When cookies cool, they will get harder, so if you like soft cookies, undercook them slightly. If you like crispy cookies, cook the full 15 minutes.

five dozen 2 1/2 inch cookies
prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 12-15 minutes








Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole. 

Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.

The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.

But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.

"BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!"

"But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”

"But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”

I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!

The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)

And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!

Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.

And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.

Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.

And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.

The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?

TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.

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They tried something like this out in Canada as a sort of social experiment, called Mincome. What they found was that, on the whole, people continued to work about as much as they did before. Only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less hours. 

But wait, there’s more. Because parents were spending just a little more time at home and involved with their families, test scores increased. Because teens didn’t have to work to support their families, drop-out rates decreased. Crime rates, hospital visits, psychiatric hospitalizations and domestic abuse rates all dropped, as well. More adults pursued higher education. Those who continued to work reported more job flexibility and more opportunity to choose employment they preferred.

Basically, now you can go prove to your asshole family members that society won’t collapse without poor people for you to feel better than.

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