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Fiddlin Bill

Meanwhile, life's great successes, such as Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, David Brooks, and Rush Limbaugh himself, just keep getting free passes. Because, gosh darn it, they deserve it.


The writer David Gerrold has been repeatedly posting FB rants against the Eriksons of the world. Gerrold emphasizes the dignity of all work. Those who denigrate the so-called "menial" workers are quickly given the boot.

Anyway, there is no such thing as unskilled work. Whatever the job is, it requires some sort of ability. I refuse to use the term.

bad Jim

I'll let go of my anger long enough to say that was beautiful.

Life is failure. And trouble, and sorrow, and struggle, and pain. Goethe wrote something similar: "We fuck up whenever we try to do anything" (Es irrt der Mensch, so lang er strebt)

"A man riding a bus to work at age 26 may count himself a failure", is, according to Wikiquote, misattributed to Margaret Thatcher. Nevertheless, the sentiment is commonplace: certain sorts of jobs ought to be ill-paid. However, there are countries where waiting on tables is a respected occupation with decent pay and benefits, which suggests that there ought to be no bad jobs.


A man riding the bus (or subway/metro/tube, or bicycle) to work at age 26 may merely be saving money and the planet. Consider this: a recent NYT article described a PARKING SPACE in a Manhattan condo building selling for 10 million bucks - and that was just a lifetime interest in the parking space, which could not be sold separate from the unit. WTF? World-class public transit - lots of rent-a-car places - ability to store car in a garage on Long Island or Westchester Co where cars are actually needed - and some Manhattanite with more money than sense pays ten mil to house a car?

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