The Big Issue : Edition 563
8 THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 1–14 JUN 2018 “UBI [universal basic income] is basically about freedom. What would happen if you said to people: ‘I trust you to decide for yourself what you want to contribute to society?’” Anthropologist and author David Graeber (Bullshit Jobs: A Theory) on wanting a universal basic income. He believes the days of capitalism in its current form are numbered, and if we don’t come up with something better, it will morph into something worse. – The New Statesman (UK) “The chances of injury to the ankle are significant. You need strong core muscles and good support around the ankle. It’s not a simple trick.” Neurosurgeon Manjul Tripathi, from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, on Michael Jackson leaning at a 45-degree angle in his 1987 music video for ‘Smooth Criminal’. The researchers found that most trained dancers can only go to 25 or 30 degrees. MJ was helped by shoes affixed to the ground – which have their own patent. – BBC News (UK) “We need to face up to the fact that [corporate] profits are increasingly produced socially; a result of cooperative, collaborative large-scale projects, many of them financed by the state and state institutions and many of them generated surreptitiously by each one of us.” Yanis Varoufakis, the former finance minister of Greece, on why he thinks there should be a universal basic dividend – that is, money for everyone, sourced from the likes of Google. – New York Magazine (US) “Part of the blame for this trend in happiness might be related to social media. The social isolation of young people might play a role...perhaps that is being expressed through current music.” Dr Natalia Komarova, a mathematician at the University of California, on research that found that music from 2015 was about 20 per cent more unhappy than it was in 1985. The research team analysed more than half a million songs. – The Daily Mail (UK) “Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way. Imagine business and commerce when this love is the way. Imagine our world when love is the way. No child would go to bed hungry in such a world as that. Poverty would become history in such a world as that. The earth would be as a sanctuary in such a world as that.” Bishop Michael Curry calling for a revolutionary kind of love at the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan. – The Evening Standard (UK) HEARSAY WRITER RICHARD CASTLES » CARTOONIST ANDREW WELDON “What’s your favourite smell, cinnamon or sandalwood?” A boy, about nine, to another boy at a martial arts movie night, overheard by Giselle, of Eltham, Vic. EAR2GROUND PHOTOBYGETTY Actor Woody Harrelson (No Country for Old Men; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) on being a lollygagger (a lazy person) who prefers nutso (nothing) to do. – The New York Times (US) I’M A GOOD LITTLE WORKER, A HARD WORKER. BUT I’M ALSO A WORLD-CLASS LOLLYGAGGER. I REALLY WOULD PREFER NUTSO TO DO.