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Reposted from [ profile] lupabitch.

Because I and lots of you live in a country where insurance companies can deny claims for life-saving cancer treatment, please help this person raise the money to keep her mother alive. As far as I can tell, the sum hasn't been made yet and the fundraising effort is still in progress.
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[ profile] nieceytee spent her rent money on antibiotics so as not to die of pneumonia and her landlord is threatening to evict her for it, and all the local agencies tell her she's screwed.

I trust, fellow Internet warriors, that we will make it not so.

Paypal funds are to be sent to
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Someone was fired for saying, on their Facebook account, that their job was boring.*

Most jobs are boring. Not necessarily in all aspects, but most jobs have boring work involved somewhere along the line.

That doesn't mean we don't do them, do them well or respect them. It's not a slander, it's an acceptance of basic facts. It has no bearing on public respect for the company, or on employee efficiency.

Can you imagine the type of person who thinks basic secretarial or customer service work is exciting? I can, but only because I've seen them presented as comic relief characters in movies.

I'm familiar with this type of corporate thinking. It was the stuff we got at Radio Shack in sales seminars where I was supposed to be excited about the possibility that I would sell huge numbers of cell phones and get a trip to Las Vegas, despite the fact that I worked in a low-traffic store and was furthermore not old enough to do anything in Vegas should I be sent there.

Work ethic should apply to work, not to how you feel about it. My feelings are my own, thanks.

*The headlines refer to this individual as a 'teen', but that strikes me as unnecessary information of the kind that invites stereotyping. Boring work is not particularly less boring to older adults - in fact, I'd say I was more patient doing crap all day at sixteen than I am now, and my older partners are less patient doing crap all day than I am, which gives the lie to that kind of characterization by age.
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This one Northwest-specific:

Only one in ten adult job-seekers in the Pacific Northwest will find a living-wage job.

(P.S. - some of their math seems a little odd, but I'm guessing they mean that one in three seekers will find a job, and 28% of jobs are living wage, which is reasonably supported by other numbers I've seen.)

I look at what I'm doing right now - making ends meet month to month with unreported work I can't put on my resume - and suddenly, I feel kind of clever for it, instead of wanting to kick myself for getting into a rut. Rut, hell. My lifestyle's a lot more reliable than it might be!

I have some things to be thankful for, damned straight. I'm not happy about the general picture right now, though. The Obama administration is going to have a heap of work to do. I want to point out [ profile] elfwreck's and [ profile] greenling's comments here, and I was interested as well in what the rest of you had to say in response to my previous post - a lot of good points were brought up.
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"Like the USSR, we are slowly breaking the connection between effort and reward."

"To keep from falling, the 1999 middle class had to work six more weeks a year for free."

Apparently, someone has pieced together, mathematically, the stuff I have conjectured from social observation of older adults, younger adults and the job market.

This is one of those times when I hate to be right.


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