Fun work? Is that even possible? What do you think?
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this is the philosophy I’ve lived by for years and it hasn’t failed me yet
The revolution itself may not be televised, but on last night’s edition of the BBC’s Newsnight, viewers may have witnessed the start of one.
Actor-slash-comedian-slash-Messiah Russell Brand, in his capacity as guest editor of the New Statesman’s just-published revolution-themed issue, was invited to explain to Jeremy Paxman why anyone should listen to a man who has never voted in his life.
"I don’t get my authority from this preexisting paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people," Russell responded. "I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity."
And with that, the first shots of Russell’s revolutionary interview were fired.
Over the course of the following ten-or-so minutes, Brand and Paxo volleyed back and forth over subjects ranging from political apathy, to corporate greed, to gorgeous beards.
Throughout the interview, Brand repeatedly dodged Paxman’s efforts to trivialize his message — at one point Paxman literally called Brand a “very trivial man” — until finally, even the entrenched newsman appeared to relent against the rushing tide of Brand’s valid arguments.
After Brand reminded Paxman that he cried after learning that his grandma too had been “fucked over” by aristocrats, the Newsnight host was stunned into silence.
"If we can engage that feeling and change things, why wouldn’t we?" Brand crescendoed. "Why is that naive? Why is that not my right because I’m an ‘actor’? I’ve taken the right. I don’t need the right from you. I don’t need the right from anybody. I’m taking it."
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Daniel Danger - #1: I Never Had A Plan For You, 2011 #2: I’d Sink To Your City Streets If I Wasn’t Buried In Your Hands, 2009 #3: Hear, 2011 #4: I’m Sorry Again For Everything I’ve Been, 2010 #5: I Am A Rabbit Out Of Room, 2009 #6: There’s Nothing Out There, I Do Not Hear What You Hear, 2008 #7: Wet Teeth In The Darkness, 2011 Paintings
Fast food workers “occupying” Wall Street. #imlovinit
If you can’t fucking survive on fucking $7.25 go to fucking school and get another fucking job. Those people who run the fucking restaurants and shops who fucking give out minimum fucking wage need to make a fucking profit too. Get off your lazy fucking ass and make way for the fucking high school students and college students who fucking need that job that pays $7.25.
Funny thing: the workers who are stuck in minimum wage jobs (many of whom have degrees… and huge amounts of debt racked up getting them, because of the myth that going to school is THE path to a high-paying job) are also the biggest single customer base for these sorts of corporations, and most other ones.
You know the thing that’s really going to imperil corporate profits?
The way they pay their workers.
The news keeps saying things about “consumer confidence” being low. Supposedly, it’s low “confidence” that is depressing sales of big ticket items like homes and cars, and if the current trends continue, it’s taking bites out of things like… eating out. Going to the movies. And other things that drive the minimum wage sectors of the economy.
Funny thing: people have to have money to spend money. Right now, most revenue goes straight into the accounts of the major stakeholders in the company. What does it there? It… accrues. It… adds up. What doesn’t it do? It doesn’t circulate. It doesn’t get spent. It doesn’t do anyone any good.
If you gave everyone working at McDonald’s another dollar an hour out of the profits that are currently just being pocketed, those dollars… well, they’d be spent. Almost immediately. And in the end, they’d probably end up being stuck in some millionaire’s low risk, steady return, not-at-all entrepreneurial portfolio, which is where most money ends up.
But just by the magic passing through more hands before it comes to rest, those same dollars would each be spent several more times. MAGIC, right? Same dollar, getting spent again and again and again. And every time, someone benefits. In effect, every time, everyone benefits.
When money goes to the top, it stops moving. Money that isn’t moving isn’t really money any more. It’s as useless as the high score of a video game.
This is why the places in the world—even just in this country—with the best minimum wage and the best social safety nets also have the lowest unemployment, and why unemployment grows or stays stable the more we “tighten belts”. This is just how the world works. This is how the world has always worked. If conservatives would give up their fairy tale fantasyland logic and join the rest of us in the real world, we could have the economy on its feet in no time.
And you are living in a fantasy land. You are. What jobs? What jobs are these people supposed to get? If they had no job, you would tell them “McDonald’s is always hiring.” and act like that’s an answer. Well, they’re working at McDonald’s. And they had to beat ten applicants to get those jobs, because only in your magical fantasy land does “always hiring” mean “has enough job openings to magically accommodate everybody who applies”. Your logic literally requires magic to work.
What are you doing with your life? What are you doing that is so noble and great an endeavor that you can tell people who bust their backs to do a job you probably couldn’t do and definitely wouldn’t want to that they’re lazy for working for $7.25. Would you take $7.25 an hour to do what they do? No? Then they’re being underpaid. The invisible hand of the free market is apparently taking a vacation.
Let me tell you how things work in the real world. In the real world *everyone has to* make a living wage. Has to. If businesses aren’t paying living wages, then they should inevitably go under since no one could afford to work for them. Fortunately or unfortunately, the economy… like an ecology… is all interconnected. So instead of these businesses suffering alone for what should be a fatal decision on their part, they drag everyone else down with them in a slow death spiral that poisons the whole economy.
See, if these business owners aren’t paying their employees a living wage but they’re not going out of business, then their incompetence or greed (pick one, or both) is being subsidized by everyone else. Their incompetence or greed is being paid for by everyone who pays ABOVE a minimum wage so that their employees can afford to eat out and shop and see movies, and by everybody who pays the taxes that go to the public assistance programs that allow their employees to keep scraping by.
Of course, the employees themselves are bearing the brunt of the death spiral, because they’re trapped between an immovable object—a job that against all real-world logic expects full time employees to accept wages that won’t get them through the week—and an inexorable force—the fact that human beings have basic needs that require more money than they’re getting to meet.
Since we actually do live in the real world, it’s inevitable that a system that is unsustainable will fall apart, and this one will… it will reach a breaking point where we’ll either have to acknowledge the problem and fix it, or… well, it will just break. It would be better to fix it sooner rather than later, especially since there are actual people being literally worked to death while smug jerks like you who don’t understand how the world works and who wouldn’t be able to do what they do lecture them about how their plight is somehow their fault.
"John William Keedy explores themes of anxiety and varied neuroses in his photography."
I’ve never seen anxiety so accurately translated into art before…
La religión se asemeja un partido político, cuantos más seguidores, más poder tienen. Llega un momento que ya no se trata de intereses económicos, sino de aspectos mucho más importantes. Lo que la religión persigue es aunarnos a todos bajo un mismo pensamiento, lo cual, en esencia, es positivo pues eliminaría la mayoría de discrepancias y conflictos de la humanidad. Nos une en pos de una causa y nos hace sentir parte de algo superior. El problema de las religiones es que persiguen esta utopía a costa de eliminar y rechazar todo tipo de heterogeneidad y cualquier pensamiento que no esté en sintonía con estas doctrinas. Personalmente no tengo ningún problema con aquellos que decidan pertenecer o pertenezcan a una religión mediante la cual consiguen una realización personal. Cada uno es libre de hacer lo que le dé la gana con su vida y no tenemos ninguna autoridad para faltarles al respeto o insultar sus creencias. Ahora, el problema llega cuando tratan por todos los medios posibles de imponernos sus creencias a todos los demás, y esto va tanto para los creyentes como para los no creyentes. Desde el mismo momento en que faltas al respeto, todos tus argumentos pierden validez. Puedo entender muy fácilmente por qué la gente está tan enfadada tanto con la religión como con la clase política (que en este país van muy de la mano, dicho sea de paso) pero hay que reconocer que no ocurrirá absolutamente nada (al menos positivo) si lo único que somos capaces de hacer frente a esta situación es sentarnos a observar y comentar lo mucho que nos putean y lo que nos han puteado. Todo el mundo comenta lo mal que va la sociedad en general, pero no se de nadie que haya hecho una lista con los fallos que tiene como persona y lo que pretende hacer para solucionarlos, y pienso que ahí reside el problema; el cambio comienza por uno mismo. En resumen, que esto se está alargando más de lo que tenía pensado, todos tenemos nuestra parte de razón pero estamos utilizando los argumentos equivocados. Como dijo un sabio; a lo largo de la historia hemos tenido períodos en los que reinaba la igualdad y períodos en los que reinaba la libertad, pero aún sigo esperando por aquel en el que reine la fraternidad.
This gave me chills.
Jack Nicholson, who played the Joker in 1989 - and who was furious he wasn’t consulted about the creepy role - offered a cryptic comment when told Ledger was dead.
“Well,” Nicholson told reporters in London early Wednesday, “I warned him.”That last quote gave me chills
Really? Interesting if true
I read something that said he told him not to do it. Joker is one of, if not the, most sadistic villains. He kills to kill. There’s no method. Which is why all of the previous portrails were campy or jokey.
There is no way you can portray a character like that and not bring home even the smallest bits of it. It’s kind of sad. The Joker was scary as shit, and I honestly believe that getting into that character messed with his head.
It would be really interesting to see the notebook Ledger kept while working up the character, maybe it did mess with his head.. and that quote is something to think about, if true.
Also take in to consideration that Ledger was a method actor. Method actors don’t just study for the sake of mimicking a character they’re playing. They quite literally BECOMEsaid character. They delve in to the mind of the person they are to play. They relive their lives, adjust themselves to follow their mindsets and behavioral patterns. They live the good times and the bad. They wallow in their sorrows and relive their joys. They become that character to such an alarmingly realistic degree that sometimes they lose themselves in it. To become someone like the Joker means to go down in to a place that is very dark, very cold and very unforgiving. You throw away your sense of humanity. You throw away compassion, happiness, reason, and only find joy in the sadistic torture of other people. The issue with becoming this person is that there is no guarantee that you can pull yourself back out when it was all said and done. That’s what happened with Ledger.