a few of you may have noticed my minimal posting since the last half of last year, if you didn’t, it’s okay ha! Glory goes to God with or without posting. And some of you may have noticed my random, sporadic moments of actually posting since the half of last year, if you didn’t, it’s okay too haaha.
i just want to brag real quick and real loud about my main, named Jesus.
but before that,
a little background
i haven’t been on as much on here as much as I would have liked to. That’s due to the fact I was studying fervently and if it wasn’t that I was maintaining this minimal wage job I have. The combination of two led me to literally having no social life. My social life was characterized of little conversations with my co-workers (which was my main source of social sanity if little convos with co-workers counts as having a social life…), super-delayed texts on my part between good friends cause sadly something always gotta give, limited to barely face-to-face interactions with like 2 of my close friends, limited time with family… okay okay, I think I made the point clear of having no social life somewhat clear. lol.
studying for my pre-pharmacy requirements classes in my undergraduate (I am in college 4th year now, what?!? Some of you have been with me since I started this blog when I was 17 and in my last year of Highschool) and then picking up studying for the PCAT 😳 (pharmacy school entrance exam, which is equivalent to the MCAT which is an entrance exam for medical school) plus my part-time job was a daunting task filled with no social life.
so I began praying fervently and trusting God that He is gonna help me study for the PCAT, cause I know with the evidence of His peace that He has called me to become it. I prayed expectantly that I will become what He says I will become, I prayed that He be the one doing it for Me cause lol I can’t, I can barely feed myself and work and go to school nonetheless study to the best capability for one of the biggest test of my life, life changing tests - PCAT.
I also spoke the fact I’m gonna be in Pharm School and that there’s no plan B for me in existence because there’s life and death in the tongue Proverbs 8:21.
i knew my God was great, and I knew in Him I will do great and receive great things - even in my PCAT. Even though there was that nagging feeling I didn’t know how I can do great things like doing great on the PCAT… and how I felt inadequate (oh devil, you’re such a lie)
today, Jan 5th 2017, I had my PCAT exam today. At 8am. My favorite time to have a test. Said no one ever.
of course the test went like how test goes. Ooo I know that!
Bro, what is that…?
Did I learn….what’s it asking?
Forget this, imma guess!!
on top of it all the PCAT is timed, a total of 3.4 hours in total without its one 15 minute break in the halflpoint of the 3.4hrs, with 5 sections including writing, biology, chemistry, reading, and math.
at the end of the test, I was expecting to do well but the real me was like “have low expectations” so lol I settled for somewhere in between because hey Jesus was doing it for me, and even when I guessed.
i got the preliminary results of how I did and I was on cloud 9.
like my Jesus did all that.
like He came through as He said He would. His faithfulness in saying those who trust in Him will never lack was a reality!! all my hope was in Jesus that he’ll see me through on this PCAT since last half of last year. And my goodness, He didn’t fail me nor disappoint.
with my scores most pharmacy school will accept me.
and my favorite did that!!! Jesus did that!!!
now I’m filled with joy cause He carried my burden of this test and gave me a lighter weight, His peace.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” Romans 15:13
fam. Jesus fam. what i already knew was and is further cemented - Jesus is really for you. Ask and ye shall receive. Give Him your burdens and your worry and He’ll take care of it. Put His words of truth to the test and He’ll come though because He doesn’t disappoint. Trust Him with your life and all you have and He will make your life prosper. Do your part (studying/whatever) and He’ll do the rest.
and one of the most awesome things I got out of this is knowing so certainly on a whole different level that God loves his own, and if we are His children what good thing will He not give us?
fam. Continue trusting in Jesus, keep the good fight. He will reward you, He will carry you through. He will not disappoint in even the littlest thing you give Him. I trusted Him with my future (my career) and He gave me a good score that will enable me a good future.
Trust in Him with everything else
I’ve kept practically all of my opinions the same since I started my Tumblr. I’m for numerous social safety nets, I’m all for the decriminalization of different drugs and I believe those that suffer from addiction should be helped via medicine and not jail.
I’m in favor a minimal living wage. I don’t think Trickle Down economics works and I feel that taxing the rich for marginally more is better than cutting them tax breaks. I’m all for free, or at least extremely cheap, post secondary education and socalized health care.
I, honestly, think that nordic countries have the right idea for their general framework. Though I hate places like Sweden flat out fetishizing feminism and ‘progressive’ virtue signaling.
Fact of the matter is, I voted for Trudeau. Think about that.
I am forced to constantly condemn the left, the democrats, and have to constantly defend fucking Trump, because people CONSTANTLY blow what he does out of proportion and downright lie about him.
I’m not so far fucking left that I think that is okay to do just because somebody is my political opposite. Trump is president. And despite not agreeing with him on many of his policies, I’d at least try to give him the same level of scrutiny and fairness Obama got from the left.
Only NOW, after 8 years of kissing Obama’s ass, is the media acting adversarial to the president. To the point where they’re freaking out about everything he does and ignoring the good things he has done.
You have the left flat out rioting, condoning violence. With the media cheering them on.
I’m sick of it. I’m sick of the hypocrisy on the left. And at this point, as I’ve said before, I seriously am hoping Trump actually does turn out to be a good president, does all the things he does and puts America on the road to recovery, SIMPLY OUT OF SPITE for all the whiny idiots who act like he’s the fucking next Hitler.
I’d rather Trump do good by America because America needs help, rather than see him turn America to shit just because it might prove my side was right.
10$ an hour is still under your minimal wage???? How???? I live in a first world country and my wage is 2.3€ an hour which is about 3$ an hour
Yes it is. Minimum wage in my province just got bumped to $11 an hour back in April, which is actually below the national average. Which I actually think is appallingly low - let me tell you, you can’t live on $11 an hour in my city. As a university/college city, the cost of living iseems to be on par with cities three and four times the size (though the fact that our HST/GST is an equally appalling 15% doesn’t help).
requested: lol no, this came to me in a daydream hehe
Plotline: Single dad CEO!luke running into problems with his ex-wife.
A/N: this was supposed to be short haha, it’s kinda long. I just got this idea while studying and couldn’t stop thinking about it until I wrote it :3
feedback is very much welcomed lovelies :)
Jumping out of the black tinted BMW in a
scurry, Luke dashed into the daycare center, only sparing his driver a little
nod of his head. His legs led him through the all too familiar corridors, eyes
frantically glancing at every classroom, his beating heart only calming down as
he spotted an anxious figure at the end of the hall.
“Hey” he breathed out, his lungs still
recovering from his previous run. “You called, what’s wrong?” Luke had received
an urgent call during a meeting, his body bolting out of the building the
minute he read the caller ID, before he could even comprehend what was going
“Yeah I did. Luke, it’s about your ex-wife.”
you carefully informed him, your eyes gauging his reaction to the spoken words.
Luke’s whole demeanor changed at the mention of the word ‘ex’, the usually composed
and poised CEO coming baffled.
You had known, of course; everyone knew. It
was no secret to the rest of the globe how two of the most successful CEO’s in
the business world turned their divorce into an all out war. It was a sickening
scene really; how she had fought to get as much profit as she could from the
separation, pursuing alimony and attempting to get a precentage of the
financial shares of his own company, hiring a team of lawyers in the process as
if it were her only purpose in life. She had fought for the financial outcome
of the divorce much harder than the custody of Jace, their one year old son.
Luke was well aware as soon as she had filed for divorce that she was coldly
aiming at tearing his company down; the company he had worked hard for, the
company he had started from scratch as he first began as a simple employee who
was barely making the minimal wage.
Unlike his previous spouse, Hemmings.Inc
wasn’t handed to him on a golden plate from his father. He had gotten where he
was through hard work and restless labor, making his name known to every
businessman out there. It was given that the divorce and the following lawsuits
filed by his ex could severely damage everything he had worked hard to uphold;
and it nearly did. But his enterprise had made it through, and he was able to
bring everything back where it was, maybe even more successful than before.
had known about everything; how he had struggled to bring his business back to
life all while juggling the new single-parent life he found himself thrown
into; how he had suffered through the first few months, breaking down every now
and then as the weight he was bearing became agonizingly heavy for him to hold
up by himself. The single parent life wasn’t something he chose, nor was it
something he wished for his child. Although it was notable that if anything,
the divorce had at least been beneficial for Jace, as he no longer had to live
in the poisonous atmosphere caused by the conflicts his parents faced.
You had known all of that; but unlike the
rest, it wasn’t through gossip sites or boldly printed headlines; it was through
a candle-lit dinner with Luke, the composure in which he spoke making you
wonder if he had anticipated the question.
Meeting you had been the epitome of
hapiness and alleviation, not only because the Daycare you maintained had been
delightfully indulgent when it came to his tight –and not always suitable-
schedule, but mainly because of the relief you had brought into his life.
couldn’t possibly deny how much of a mess he had been, completely clueless on
what to do or how to even start. He had been more than ecstatic to have gained
full custody over Jace, however the sleepless nights he had been through as the
little toddler cried out for his mother had brought him over the edge. He often
found himself crying along with his son in the early morning hours, fully aware
that a hard day of work was awaiting him yet unable to stop the heartbroken
sobs that rocked his body, not even after the crying child had fallen asleep.
And when you came along, he had already fallen deeply into a perpetual cycle
that almost tore him apart.
Maybe it was the support you had offered
him as he broke down one early morning whilst dropping Jace, looking like an
absolute mess, that lead him into trusting you.
Indeed, you had been expecting
some kind of turbulence once you had realised that the new enrolled toddler’s
last name was Hemmings. What you hadn’t predicted, though, was a 6’4 businessman
breaking down in a miniature child chair; his longs legs tugged uncomfortably
as he furiously wiped his tear-stained face.
You had been the one to carefully listen to his heartbreaking struggles,
providing him with the support he –oh so desperately- needed, helping him see
the light at the end of the tunnel. The mutual attraction was not hard to miss;
even your co-workers and his employees could tell. And although you had both
agreed that no relationship could be pursued between the two of you until Jace
was no longer in your care, you were both eager to know more about each other,
the unspoken care you two held for the other growing deeper with every passing
day. And as Jace was nearing three years old, he would soon be out of your
Daycare, moving into Kindergarten.
In the end of the day, Luke was finally
able to get his mind back into work, feeling at ease that you of all people
were taking care of his son.
And now, a year and half after the most
aggravating event in Luke’s life, she was back once again. The woman that had
broken his heart and tore apart his family and business, disturbing the
peaceful harmony he had managed to sustain.
“What about her?” Luke asked, trying to get
a grip and understand furthermore.
“She came in almost an hour ago –I don’t even
know how she got the address. She wants to take Jace with her, but I
tried to explain that since there was no information regarding her in the
registration papers, it’s against policy to let her take him.”
There had been
no mention of Jace’s mother in the papers Luke had filled; he had listed his
parents and even hers, yet her space had been left blank. You had been
considerate, fully aware of his difficult situation, so you didn’t try and push
it any further.
“I wouldn’t have called, I shouldn’t
have called. But she wouldn’t stop screaming and the kids were getting scared…
I-I wanted to call your secretary first but I didn’t have your office number-”
“Hey” Luke shushed you, raising his hands
to rest them over your shoulders, his thumbs soothingly rubbing your shoulder
blades. “You did the right thing by calling me.” He knew for a fact that it was
near impossible for anyone else to convince his ex, him being entirely
conscious of her character. For a second, he even started doubting if he
could handle the situation at hand.
“Come on, lead the way.” Luke instucted,
his eyes reassuring you that he was already planning what to do.
As requested, you lead him into the back
office, warily opening the door for him to come in. There she stood, right in
front of him, in all of her fanciness and smugness, shouting at the
receptionnist who was trying to keep her cool.
Luke’s mind lead him back into
their first encounter, recalling the star-struck feeling he got as he laid his
eyes on her. He had been charmed by her beauty and grace, instantly forming an
ideal perception of her. It was his first time falling in love, his first time
handing over his heart completely to someone else; his first time having his
entire being shattered like broken glass.
He had been blind, totally ignoring
everyone else’s concern about getting married at a young age. He wasn’t worried
about any of that, he was in love with her and they both could understand each
other as they made money the same way; working in their respective companies.
And not even the unplanned pregnancy could change his mind; a child with the
woman he loved seemed so delightful at the time.
That being until he realised
how much of a fool he had been to not understand that the whole marriage was
nothing but a business deal for his spouse, all in the purpose of merging the
companies and increasing the profit. Their marriage had already been condemned
to fail by the time he had finally opened his eyes to see that the love was
one-sided, and that the angelic idea he had of his wife was no where near true.
“Ma’am, I am not allowed to let someone
pick up a child without the consent of his legal guardian.” The receptionist
explained once again, growing very tired as the shouting hadn’t stopped for an
“For the hundred’th time; I am not
‘someone’, I am his mother!” Jane, Jace’s mother, screamed the words venomously
at the worker, her manicured and red tinted forefinger pointing at her.
receptionist’s relieved eyes met yours as you sent her away with a nod towards
the door. It was very clear that the situation needed privacy, even you were
thinking about leaving the two alone. As if reading your mind; Luke turned his
head to face you, shooting you a reassuring smile before turning back to face
“Ah! Finally the legal guardian arrives!
Now would you please tell them that I’m allowed to pick up my damned child if I
wished? Honestly, what kind of place is this?” she huffed angrily, her eyes
staring at her ex-husband.
“Jane, you are allowed to pick up Jace; but
on the visiting hours the court decided. The visiting hours you have completely
disregarded for the past 10 months, may I remind you?” Luke’s hand
uncousciously moved to loosen his tie, the unplanned encounter with his ex
turning out to be far stressful than anticipated.
“Look, I am in no way trying to take your
son away from you; I could never. But you’re not giving me much to work with,
and barging into his daycare to take him without a court order is definitely
Luke leaned back on the desk behind him, his right hand sliding
into the pocket of his dress pants as the other rubbed his eyes in frustration.
Business he could do, parenting he could handle, but fighting with her wasn’t
something he could take. It only brought up old memories that had poisoned his
mind for a long while, memories that had only stopped tormenting him after
Before Jane could shoot her comeback, the
door cracked open revealing a crying Jace. He had been shaken up the entire
morning due to the screaming, instantly seeking the comfort of his father as
soon as he had heard his voice.
An incoherent babble of words escaped his pouty
lips, the two and half year old still struggling with his words. At the mention
of the word “ma ma”, a proud smile appeared on Jane’s face, feeling victorious
in a way.
The proud smile instantly dropped into a nasty scowl upon realizing
that Jace was running into your arms intead of hers. You picked up the toddler,
rocking him in your arms to sooth him.
It wasn’t unusual for him to call you
‘mama’ or ‘m’my’; you were the one taking care of him whilst his daddy was at
work. More so, you were the one Luke would call late at night when Jace
wouldn’t stop crying or when his tempature was worryingly high; you were the
one to dress him in that spare hoodie you always had when Luke hadn’t predicted
the sudden change in the weather; you were the one taking him back to your
place when his father would stay in his office until unholy hours. You weren’t
complaining though, your actions were driven by the love you beared for the two
“So that’s what this is about?” Jane let
out a wicked, dry laugh, “You didn’t want to hand me my son because you somehow
believe you could ever replace me? Honey, don’t get too caught up in your
You stood right in your place, arms still
holding up Jace who was fisting your shirt, his burning forehead resting in the
crook of your neck, feeling intimidated with every click of her designer heels
as she stepped closer to you.
Luke however, didn’t seem to lose his composure,
his eyes not leaving her as he adressed you; “Why don’t you take Jace out to
the playground for a while?”
“Come on muffin, let’s go play!” You cooed
at Jace, stepping out of the tense atmosphere. Setting the child down so he
could play, you took a step back as you watched him. As much as you tried to drown
out the nervous feeling welling up in your stomach, you couldn’t. Your mind was
caught up in the discussion happening back in the room, wondering where it
would leave not only her and Luke, but also you and him.
It was past your closing time, and all the
workers and kids had already left, leaving only you and Jace in the playground.
Your ears picked up the sound of foot steps coming closer to where you stood.
“Hey” Luke breathed out, sitting down on
the bench to join you.
“Is she gone..?” you trailed off, watching
as Luke bobbed his head as a yes. Nodding your head along, you looked back to
Jace, not knowing if you should ask more questions or just leave it be.
“I’ll make sure she doesn’t create more
trouble in the future.” Luke affirmed, making you direct your attention towards
him again. His appearance was much different than it was when he first came in;
his gelled hair was pushed back from running his anxious hands through it, his suit
no longer neatly ironed as usual, his eyes looking tired as ever.
“About what she said before,” Luke began,
his eyes glancing at his son instead of yours, “You’re in no way a replacement
for her. You’re nothing like her; if anything, you’re more of a mother figure
to Jace than she ever was.”
The last words were spitten angrily, the collected
personna he had managed to keep in front of his ex wearing down for he knew that
he could strip himself in front of you, the composed façade no longer needed.
As strong as Luke pried himself to be, you could tell that the encounter had
brought back the doubts that had surrounded him during the first lonely months.
That pained you. Why does he have to torment himself for things she caused?
“You’re doing an amazing job” You mumbled,
leaning your head on his shoulder, your arms wrapping around his waist in an
attempt to shield him from his demons that had resurfaced. “Jace is by far the
loveliest kid I have ever encountered; he’s really sweet and well-mannered.”
You lifted your head from where it rested, bringing
your hand to his cup his face and turning it gently so he faced you, speaking
every word clearly for him to hear; “He has an amazing, hardworking, and
ridiculously handsome father. He takes so much after him, and I couldn’t be any
A fond smile adorned Luke’s face at your words, his hands wrapping
around you to bring you into a warm hug, his lips tenderly pecking your temple.
You found yourself curling your arms around him, enjoying his warmth and the
scent of his cologne.
“Wait! Shouldn’t you be back to work?” your
head shot up at the thought, Luke chuckling at your behavior.
cleared the whole day. So what do you say the three of us go somewhere no one
His proposal was quickly met with your
excited smile, your head vigorously nodding.
“Come my little prince” you called
out for Jace, who shot his head up from the sea of toys he was playing with,
finally noticing the presence of his father.
“Daddy” he squealed, jumping into
his father’s open arms; giggling as Luke kissed him and playfully rubbed his
scruffy jawline against his cheek. Jace
was –predictabely- such a daddy’s boy, and the joy adorning his face was an incredible sight to witness.
From afar, the three of you looked like the
perfect family. And you truly were, albeit there was no blood tie connecting you.
Hi! My bf doesn't have a job & lives alone (parents are 💀). He wants to start saving money. He blows it on alcohol & stupid things, and doesn't know where to start. I read your post about budgeting on minimal wage, but it doesn't apply to him. He has aspbergers, so he gets some money from the gov. If you need to know how much to help I can see ask. He's trying to sell his current place to move to a smaller one, & we're LDR & he wants to save up for a plane ticket from UK to US. We're clueless.
Alright, I have some questions for you!
1. What does he do (school, work, etc)?
2. How long has he been on his own?
3. Is him coming to the US just for a vacation or to move there?
For many of us in our late teens through mid 20's, we have an older generation of parents whom seem to forget what it's like to be young and starting out. They forget the fact that our generation is the generation that's been declared screwed over from the start. For example, back when our parents were our age, the world in general was cheaper when it came to prices and taxes, a bit more flexible when it came to jobs and education standards, and a minimum wage job could get you somewhere. Not everywhere but, you were able to save up to get your own car without a loan; which is something you can't do today unless you want something that'll break down within the hour you first bought and drove it. Then there's the fact that when they were in school, they were actually taught. Not droned. They learned how to work on, fix, and create things, do paperwork, cook, sew, knit, and etc. Skills that prepared you for the adult world, unlike us. We just learned how to press buttons for an answer and maybe half-assed taught maybe two of the above skills I mentioned our parents learned in school. They don't realize that we have been taught nothing at all other than most teachers saying we're shit people, probably not going anywhere in life, and good luck. School doesn't prepare us for life anymore. It prepares us for, hopefully, minimal standards for a job at most. And even then, that doesn't seem to get us anywhere either. Our parents, at most, just needed to pass and graduate high school to get a good, supporting job when they were our age, along with free benefits such as health insurance and etc. Now, in today's society, we can pass through high school and college and still not be eligible to work somewhere that would give us financial stability and benefits (which we now have to pay for as well through our paychecks).
Might I add as well that I've also noticed and experienced that older generation parents think we're lazy, don't do anything productive, and don't understand how we can be tired from our jobs? Let me rant on this as well. Parents, 30-40 hours a week jobs DO NOT FUCKING PAY FOR SHIT ANYMORE. Especially when they're minimal wage or close to it! We are literally WORKING OUR ASSES OFF just trying to scrape the bottom of the barrel for some pay. Then, again, there's that wonderful fact that we are either NOT hired or ELIGIBLE for a job that could financially stabilize us because we are under qualified, over qualified, or people are cheap and don't want to hire nor train anyone anymore like they're SUPPOSED TO! We literally have to get 3-4 shit jobs and run our bodies into the ground before we will be able to achieve financial stability and be able to support ourselves, alone. And once again, that's only if we can get hired at this point. Employers expect us to have 30-50 years of work experience under our belts and have been hired by, what it seems to be,100 places already at the ages of 16-25 years old. Obviously, that's not how it works in the real world. The standards for a job are ridiculous now! We are jumping through hoops and breaking our backs constantly just to get a minimum wage job, and especially for a financially and beneficially stable job! You worked 2 jobs and were able to afford a car and an apartment at the age of 18-20 years old? Good for fucking you. That's not how it works anymore.
Parents, let's also remember that if any of us want to even attempt to get anywhere anymore, we have to go to college. College that requires us to cough up 1k-200k EVERY SEMESTER, or take out student loans that'll put us in DEBT for the REST OF OUR LIVES while we work low income jobs with little or no benefits that we're struggling to survive off of IN THE FIRST PLACE?! Yeah, mom and/or dad, it's easy as fuck for us. We're totally lazy low-life fucks just trying to make your life hell.
No. That's not what we're trying to do to you. We're sorry we can't afford our own place, afford our own car/health insurances, or to buy our own cars. Life, or in our circumstances, attempts to start a life are harder than ever for us at this point. This world is now stacked against us. We no longer have those happy-go-lucky opportunities waiting for us anymore. It's why we either give up, run our bodies into the ground working, not working, or doing malicious things (drug dealing, stealing, etc) to gain money and make a living off of. Hard work and education no longer seems to pay off/reward/benefit us anymore; or does very little.
Stop belittling us. Stop nagging at us. Stop putting us down for things we can't control!
We need support! We need a guide! We need love and positivity! Not you screaming at us for being "useless", "worthless", "lazy", and etc!
We need understanding parents. Not drill sergeants pushing us to our deaths. If we wanted that, we'd go and get ourselves killed in a war.
Respect and love us for our endless and failing attempts. Give us a break. We're under more pressure and stress than you're acknowledging.
Sometimes I’m frustrated because I KNOW I’m talented and I KNOW I’ve good some really good skills but I’m forced to work minimal wage at McDonalds because I dropped out of university and officially have no higher education.
Like there’s this investigator in my branch who works as an English teacher… but I had to translate for her because she’s not able to communicate with native English speakers. Like… that shit is so frustrating it physically hurts.
(And please note that I pretty much learned English by myself as a teenager using crappy TV shows and Harry Potter)
I am looking for another job. I currently work at a dealership as internet coordinator. My job is to schedule appointments which called VIP appointments for the dealership. My BDC Director has choice words of talking to us coordinators. Put it this way if he did this with a major company I could file a complaint with HR. However since this is a locally own dealership I can’t. So as of today I am going with walk away or get fired. I have had it up to here with his terms of choice words.
I have never met a person who dogs his employees before. I don’t have to put up with it. I make a dollar more than minimal wage. I have to rely on commission. They don’t pay us enough with said commission.
My hubs had to force me to eat last night because I felt that low. I didn’t want to speak or do anything when I got home. I just wanted to crawl in a hole and never get out.
I am going to a therapist on Thursday. I am hoping to be on something to tune him out. If I get fired due to my speech disabilities. He will be in a world of shit. I am a special needs person. I do not rely on SSI because I feel like I do not need it. I have a ton of learning and speech disabilities. They do believe I may have a form of autism I haven’t been able to see someone for that until now. So with all that said.
If you don’t think capitalism is close to it’s end in relevance, you’re certainly quite ignorant to reality. Automation, changing climate, and economic globalization will render the economic system impossible and inhumane. When there aren’t enough jobs for the populace to be effectively supported, when the world is going through catastrophic environmental changes, and when all labor can be shipped to third-world countries where wages are minimal, it’s difficult to come up with any scenario in which a system that requires plentiful labor will survive.
When labor itself becomes scarce, capitalism is no longer a possible path, and labor scarcity is a fast-approaching bullet. Even now, American production output is at an all-time high, while unemployment increases due to technological advances and ecological constraints. This trend will only continue until a crisis emerges.
This is why the current political discussion in the United States is particularly dangerous. As we ask ourselves whether we should drift towards a free-market system or increase national welfare spending, we are ignoring the fact that the former has absolutely no possible future, and the latter is an absolute future necessity. The only possible result of the current debate is future violent revolution. When people cannot work, and they cannot eat, they will revolt and depose the current government and system for their own survival. Both Democrats and Republicans are directly complicit in the necessity of the revolution, and until they accept the socialist reality, neither should be supported or encouraged.
Violent revolution is, however, of course, not ideal. It breeds the exact seeds needed for an authoritarian government to arise, it threatens lives, and with nations holding nuclear arsenals and oligarchies desperate to retain power, it threatens the world. This is why reform is needed.
We must stop asking ourselves whether socialism is the right path for the United States and accept reality: socialism is the only path for the United States, because socialism is the only path for our survival. Then, we must employ preventative measures, and drastically reform the way we currently view our economy, before we enter a period of gradual change that will eventually lead us to a communist society. Gradual here is the key word, as we must assess our path step-by-step in this fragile process of changing both our culture and the economic structure of our society.
The most important of these reforms is universal basic income. Everybody, regardless of work status, must be given a basic living wage, adjusted for inflation, that can cover their cost of survival - enough to pay for food, shelter, and basic comfort services such as the internet and phone service, which have become practical necessities in modern society. The minimum wage can be lowered in relation, as people will be paid it on top of their income, and large companies must be taxed higher to compensate for this (and to pay for the UBI).
Until such a period of reforms can be reached, the left-wing must not support gun control measures. If the status quo remains, revolution is an absolutely inevitable scenario, and opening our gun laws should be priority over limiting them. All of those on the left (whose numbers will swell as capitalism enters its death throes) must arm themselves with the most powerful weapons available to them, and be trained in their usage. When the system begins to collapse, the police and military is likely to continue its defense of the bourgeosie, and an unarmed populace cannot stand against the force of either. When fighting erupts, our force must be greater, for if the revolution is to fail at such a point, the alternative will not be capitalism, but authoritarian rule. The success of the bourgeosie will usher their supremacy, not economic freedom, for economic freedom will be obsolete in a world of machinery and slaves.
I’ve got numbers from Pew Survey on Religion and Public life 2007, and wiki page on GDP in USA, ran simple regression in R, plotted using lattice package (xyplot). Rsquare is 0.67, so it explains that much of variation. Interestingly the intercept at 0% is minimal wage.
Erm that’s hard to tell, as everywhere there’s nice people and assholes. We’re a bit pessimistic though, but we try to be nice to foreigners and unlike Americans we show our emotions we don’t fake happiness so if you ask someone how they’re doing they’re going to tell you they have problems. And if you get invited to someone’s house you’re probably not going to leave because you’ll be too drunk and full of home-cooked food :’) It’s not all sugary here lot of people are trying to get through with minimal wage yet the government says we get paid enough (we really don’t).
Uh other than that we have loooots of castles all over the country, there’s plenty to places to visit, every castle has its history. And you know the story of Báthory? Well she was born in Hungary but later moved to the Čachtice Castle. You can visit that too (I think so at least I haven’t travelled much here) We have nice hills where you can go skiing during winter and lots of thermal spas.
That’s like in general how this mess of a country is, well there’s lot of ruined buildings and our roads are terrible that’s why people prefer to buy older cars (and they’re cheaper) so yeah…this country’s a mess. But there’s still nice places to visit if you know where to look.
With the start to Season Nine of Doctor Who, so begins the
final episodes with Clara Oswald as the Doctor’s Companion. As Oscar Wilde stated,
rather metaphysically, “Memory is the diary that we all carry about us.” Then,
like River Song and flipping through her infamous blue journal, we propose a return to—
CLARA OSWIN OSWALD.
Oswin Oswald may have been our first glimpse of Clara Oswald’s
Merry Band of Splintered Wenches (trademarked, hereof), but “The Snowmen” introduces her as a potential companion. It also introduces her as a typical post-modern-idealization
“The Snowmen” opens with a small, lonely boy in 1842
solemnly packing a snowman’s forehead to the pre-recorded laughter of children.
Like many Englishmen living under “The White Man’s Burden,” the boy is soon set
on far-reaching genocide after his snowman companion vaguely infringes on the
creative license of rankin bass productions.
Though this turn of events is, perhaps, understandable, as
we too would murder millions if the voice of Sir Ian McKellen asked it of us.
Enter Clara Oswin Oswald (hereon referred to as simply “Corset
Clara” “Clara”), looking like the cast of Oliver!
will soon crowd around as she belts the final notes of “As Long as He Needs Me.”
A barmaid—full of spunk, lovely, a little overeager, charmingly upside-down. Seemingly
unrelated to the birth of a giant snowglobe hell-bent on world domination as she
walks on a picturesque snowfall that has somehow avoided the feces and
grime involved in a budding industrial world.
And so Moffat presents the Whovian adaptation of Victorian
London. The Dickensian elements all present—orphans, barmaids, Christmas—we reach
the most well-known trope of the Victorian age, the governess. Where the 1990s
had the renovated “nerd girl,” the 1890s had the young governess: teacher of
children, owner of minimal wages and vague social status. Unmarried
Englishwomen of the middle-class were (unsurprisingly—we recommend Googling “Misogyny”
for further details) limited in their employment opportunities, to the dramatic
finality that a governess position was the only job where a woman could both
earn money and retain some sort of gentility. “Governess novels” as a genre
overwhelm popular Victorian literature, with examples like Jane Eyre, Vanity Fair, and
The Turn of the Screw.
identity as proper governess “Miss Montague” provides the groundwork for a very
Romantic class-crossing that would have made Victorians cringe. But as Mr. Moffat might claim in his defense, “Dat aesthetic, though.” Modern
viewers see Clara’s double life as appealing; a beautiful girl with “ideas above her station,” working class, relatable but respected, clever but grounded. But cry the Victorians: cheeky upstart! From barmaid to governess, the social leap would have been
nearly impossible under the strict class-policing of the time. The likelihood
that Clara would have been able to navigate both social spheres successfully,
finding even the minimal education necessary to teach if she has been raised as lower class, matches the likelihood
of a Victorian themed piece coming to completion without referencing—
We’ll put a stopper, with your indulgence, on the multiple mentions
of Sherlock Holmes. Though we understand; one can never toot one’s
own horn too many times over the course of fifty-eight minutes.You
currently dominate two successful creative enterprises. You are Writer-Man
Victorious, Mister Moffat. Hurrah and bully.
Clara is beloved by the family she works for–an overly generous reflection of the position of the governess in the average household. As the maid, Alice, tells Clara when she first enters the house, the governess should enter through the back if she’s unaccompanied by the children. In reality, this protocol would have been strictly upheld; somewhere between servant and family member, the governess was often isolated from both spheres of fellow employees and employers. While the loving, admiring household helps to endear viewers to Clara as a character, her situation would have been unlikely. More popularly, though, Clara’s relationship with the father of her students does have a traditional root in the governess genre of literature–the employer falling in love with the governess is in and of itself a trope (we present you with a side-eye, Edward Rochester).
The plot that now unfolds makes Henry James perk up in his
grave and frown sternly in the general direction of public domain laws–in a
clever reference to The Turn of The Screw,
one of Clara’s two wards feels
haunted by her last governess who died. Clara’s behavior during this adventure may be wonderfully sharp and the build-up to a wonderful companionship, but Clara’s blunt flirtation and general cheek would have tap-danced over the line of impropriety in her era. Clara is surprisingly, delightfully crass, especially during a time when sex education made our modern approach look comprehensive, and when women were told they had no sexual drives whatsoever. It should be noted, however, that the ability to flirt, while disdained in a proper governess, was the primary criteria for a good barmaid–so perhaps her Romantic dichotomy is not entirely unbalanced. Perhaps it’s the Doctor’s “out-of-place-hails-from-space” that lets Clara unabashedly make remarks on his bottom. Or perhaps it’s just one more proof that the Impossible Girl is an Impossible Governess–
but whatever is the fun in things that are completely possible?
A certain person wondered why
a big strong girl like me
wouldn’t keep a job
which paid a normal salary.
I took my time to lead her
and to read her every page.
Even minimal people
can’t survive on minimal wage.
A certain person wondered why
I wait all week for you.
I didn’t have the words
to describe just what you do.
I said you had the motion
of the ocean in your walk,
and when you solve my riddles
you don’t even have to talk.