This Is The War On Drugs (via “The House I Live In”)
A call to national conscience, the activist documentary via NY Times)is persuasively urgent. Directed with heart by Eugene Jarecki, the movie is an insistently personal and political look at the war on drugs and its thousands of casualties, including those serving hard time for minor offenses. It is, Mr. Jarecki asserts — as he sifts through the data, weighs the evidence and checks in with those on both sides of the law — a war that has led to mass incarcerations characterized by profound racial disparities and that has created another front in the civil rights movement. (
Here’s the thing, going into this film I KNEW our criminal justice system was messed up, but I didn’t expect to see politicians, judges and corrections officers chiming in and demanding that the system change. THAT was incredibly eye opening for me and all the more reason that more people need to see this film. If you haven’t seen it already, this amazing documentary is currently available for rent and instant streaming on Netflix. And if you don’t have Netflix, you’re in luck because April is officially the last month I’m able to offer my followers a free month subscription through netflix.com/chescaleigh
I have to go to a thing but I am a horror-movie blob monster and don’t want to. Ugh.
Happy 450th birthday, William Shakespeare!
These images are from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library’s collection of Works Progress Administration (WPA) photos, showing an African American production of Macbeth circa 1935. You can find these photos, and several more, online.
Hahahaha, it’s funny because she won’t get the job, since she is overqualified, and young part-time workers are cheaper.
Anyone who thinks our generation are lazy, unambitious layabouts… need to fucking lay down and die.
The harsh reality is that we are over-ambitious. We are told we can’t get anywhere without a good college degree, so we study hard, and learn all we can, and walk away with a piece of paper and skills to back it up… then we fight to break into a workforce that is already filled.
Every year more people graduate college, and the competition keeps mounting. There are a finite number of jobs, and the big-business fat-cats are cutting every corner they can to get away with NOT hiring new people, in order to maximise profits for themselves.
Then there’s the other problem of people having to work MULTIPLE jobs to support their families. Because they’re not paid enough to live on just one, they need to work three jobs to make ends meet - and that means two more jobs are filled by one person.
I’m not saying it’s “greedy” to work multiple jobs - I’m saying it’s disgusting that people are paid so little in them that they need to.
How are we supposed to get jobs when the job market is so limited - there’s not even enough work for everyone to have ONE job, much less two or three.
And the people who maintain the unemployment system have no idea how bad it really is - because they’ve had their jobs for twenty fucking years or more.
The only big company I know of that hired a graduate from my college did so because he invented a system that would cut their work down by almost 50%. That is what you need to do to get a job around here.
I have applied for every job I am qualified for.
I have applied for jobs I am almost qualified for.
I have applied for entry-level retail and fast-food jobs.
I have gotten nowhere.
And now I have the added bonus of being unable to work much at all due to my health issues. The irony of this is that I will be better off on disability - I will have the freedom to stop searching for dead-end temporary jobs, and be able to take the time to work on my own games and such. Albeit slow and in small bursts.
Also, employers want relevant experience, even for entry level jobs. Most job postings for waitressing require 2 years minimum of waitressing experience. I’m not even talking about fancy restaurants, I mean bussing tables in a pizza bar.
The problem of breaking into the job market at all is something seriously fucked up. No-one wants to hire an 18 year old when they can hire a 14 year old for the bare minimum. No-one will hire a 21 year old who is legally required to be paid a full adult wage if they can get anyone younger.
Getting into university was so important that I couldn’t even consider paid employment until finishing year 12. When I started applying for entry level fast food jobs at age 17? Rejection after rejection. If I got any feedback at all it was “Sorry, you don’t have any relevant experience” or ”We can’t know you’ll be able to cope with the work, since you’ve never worked before.”
AH, yes! How did I ever forget to mention the “experience barrier” - everyone trying to break into a job has to contend with this.
They want to take on someone with lots of experience - 2 years, 4 years, sometimes 6 or more.
I see things like “4 years, and you must have worked on at least Multi-Million Dollar Film, or AAA Game.”
Now how on earth am I going to do that if I can’t even get my foot in the door at fucking McDonalds?
And you know why they can put “2 years minimum experience” on their ads? Because there are plenty of people out there looking for those jobs with 2, 4, 8 years of experience in that role who need a job desperately.
If you want to work, you basically have to know someone in the company. If your parents run the joint, you can get in there, and get that experience. My sister has no trouble finding work now, because she has a couple years of experience - she got her first job through a combination of lying, and making very good friends with a number of people who worked there, by going to parties.
She barely made it through tenth grade.
I graduated 12th grade and college.
She has a job.
The system is broken, and only maintains a broken status quo. It puts barriers up to the outsiders, and puts minimal value on the insiders.
Humans are expendable assets - if they fire you, there’s a queue of people waiting to do your job.
Then there are places that exploit internships.
Some companies bring students in to work for a month for free - the old “pay you in experience” trick. Problem is, they’re not giving you the level of experience you need to secure a job, and there are dozens more students and graduates who want to get those unpaid internships, So they can just keep getting work from desperate students and grads for free.
It’s like all those artists who get asked to do something “for the exposure” - the exposure is an empty promise, and they really just want you to work for free.
The big CEOs want to keep their billion-dollar bank accounts floating. And they don’t care who has to suffer and die for that to happen.
If you wonder why so many young people are trying to make a name for themselves on the internet - “social media stars” and whatnot - it’s because it’s about the only chance we have to do something and be noticed.
We now have platforms where we can put ourselves out there, and try to make money based on our talents.
Is it a long-shot?
But it’s about the only chance we have.
This right here explains every thing read closely children cause it’s important
I never did figure out the cause of my unrelenting arm/boob pain. I also never went to physical therapy, so I guess it’s all my fault.
It is adorable, I won’t lie. If you have ever been hospitalized, you might know about those tiny finger cuffs. That’s what they use on cats.
That’s the great thing about taxidermy, it goes with everything.
My appointment today was the free appointment given to people who adopt from Seattle Humane Society.
I know it was free, but they wanted $35 to check Oscar’s blood pressure.
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?
I’ll take him to my regular vet soon.
I’m worried that his dialated pupils are a sign of hypertension. LMF had big pupils because of her blood pressure and she went blind. Most hypertensive cats have heart or kidney disease or some other kind of illness, and his bloodwork is good so we don’t have to worry about that for a while, but I do want to check. The vet said he was a bit too young for hypertension without heart or kidney disease and that this was just his personal “normal.” She also said that his eyes look 100% healthy. I just want to make sure and keep an eye on it.
Blood pressure pills are cheap for cats and I have NO problems with giving him meds every day if necessary. I just want to know.
I’m pretty sure my regular vet doesn’t charge extra for blood pressure checks. I had LMF checked twice. They just use a tiny cuff, FFS.
Hari Kondabolu tells a feminist dick joke.
So I thought I should let everyone know that I’m in love, no big deal.
excuse me but
this man has impaired my judgement
Oooh, new comedian who doesn’t piss me off. Time to track down videos of him.
You are in for a treat, poster above me.
always reblog hari kondabolu
On the album version of this joke that was just released, he also makes reference to the trans community and talks about the gender binary. It is even better.
Hari: For those of you who don’t know, the theme of my set tonight will be colonialism.
Moi, alone, at home, out loud: HAH! I LOVE YOU!
I generally always reblog Hari Kondabolu, but I always ALWAYS reblog the feminist dick joke.