Ran across this article, and the comments made therein: https://www.aol.com/finance/21-states-now-cancelling-federal-174226951.html?useIntlAdsWrapper=false&utm_source=spotim&utm_medium=spotim_recirculation
Every comment made on the article indicated that plenty of jobs are available, but people were unwilling to take them because unemployment was easier than working. They were buying into the article’s premise — that unemployment should end to force people back to work at a job. ANY job, I guess.
Never mind that the take-home pay offered will not take the worker home, nor feed the family. Get those folk back to work, pronto! Money to earn, gang, so suck it up and hit those grindstones.
I would never have discovered this if it weren’t for the Covid quarantine.
Like many disabled folks, my income comes solely in the form of a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) check once a month. From that, rent, power, food and a few incidentals are paid for, including Medicare premiums.
There’s not much left over after that; it’s pretty much razor thin.
Then Covid hit like a bomb, taking a lot of people’s livelihoods with it.
I, though, could be said to be wealthy now. …
When did this happen?
The Village Elders never prepared us for the change.
Neither did the Village People.
Recently, I came across two Medium articles on my feed, extolling the attitudes and virtues of genital shaving by women. They were reasoned, carefully thought out, and yes — I read both in their entirety, including the comments sections.
Then I began to wonder; where was the equivalent male-oriented article(s)?
This wasn’t just idle wool-gathering (no pun intended) on my part. …
Last year, to much fanfare, Donald Trump announced that we would be leaving Afghanistan after decades of fighting. He loudly proclaimed up until early summer THIS year what a great coup his announcement and agreement to pull out by a certain date was, and the “process couldn’t be stopped” by anyone — it was just so awesome. He’s quickly distanced himself from this cluster he started, though; par for the course when a Trump initiative goes South and he leaves someone else to deal with the carnage left behind. It’s a pattern that has worked well for him for years.
The New Yorker’s Borowitz is known for writing that draws attention to absurd things in life. Sometimes, though, it’s just not funny, because it’s so easy to see happening. Case in point:
Now, I know that most folks would assume this to be ridiculous. They don’t live in Texas like me. It hits pretty close to home, in fact.
After all, this is the state that has a new law allowing open carry by anyone.
We just did our darndest to turn our populace into Stasi-style agents, informing on women who might be getting an abortion beyond an arbitrary time…
As I walk through the valley with a platform of death
I take a look at my life and realize there’s nothin’ left
’Cause I’ve been bitchin’ and lyin’ so long that
Even my momma thinks that my mind is gone
But I always crossed a man even if he didn’t deserve it
Treat him like a punk, you know that’s unheard of
You better watch how you talkin’ and where you walkin’
Or you and your posse might be primaried in chalk
I really hate to trip, but I gotta loc
If I lose I see myself in the polling…
The title is a quote from a comment written in a Boomerangs article on the price that active and valuable people are paying in a quest to keep their heads above water after layoff or termination.
The surprising thing is that it’s not heard more often, and more forcefully, out in the wilds of America’s workplaces.
One reason may be that workers have no real power in the market anymore.
No union protects most workers in right-to-work states, which have been remarkably effective in preventing union formation by various means. …
It must be hard to keep the walls up around the imaginary world that Republican demagogues try to claim is reality.
This especially true when the simple facts are so easy to check out there by anyone willing to make the effort to give them even a cursory look.
Governor Kemp of Georgia is one of those Republicans who wants so much to try and toe the party line that he has invented a talking point that doesn’t exist. He’s trying to use that talking point to shore up the idea that vaccine mandates don’t work.
His example? A failed…
Gold diggers. Sugar babies. Kept women. Mistresses. Trophy wives and girl friends.
They’ve been known throughout recorded history. The women who have bartered their looks, charms, and other skills in order to live lives of ease and luxury, often gaining access to riches, power, and notoriety in the bargain.
They have also been vilified for doing so, for no real reason that I can understand.
Consider the stereotypical gold digger — she’s usually young, attractive (often extremely so) and has no trouble getting attention from potential partners. She literally has to beat them off with the proverbial club.
She knew it and had made her peace with it.
She felt so bad for the young man and woman by her bedside, though. She drifted in and out of awareness that they were her children. It filled her with dread when she realized what would happen to them when she was gone.
The world would end when she drew her last breath, you see.
She knew this for a fact.
Her life had been long and full. Snippets of memory floated before her as she lay there; Spring dances with a boy her own age, Summers spent walking hand-in-hand…