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keez wrote

Media writing lots about people being unemployed and businesses getting thousands of applicants as if theres nothing to do with it.

Idk, maybe imposing a 4 hour work day would force employeers to employ more people?

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turquoise_hexagon_sun wrote

also, there was a trend of increasing requirements on job applications in 2008, and it seems like that's happening again.....

In other words, when there are more job seekers out there, employers raise requirements because, as one CEO noted, “[t]he recession is a wonderful opportunity to acquire top talent.” src

so media can be like 'theres no qualified workers!' uhhhhhh

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mofongo wrote

Also, lots of news about mass layoffs.

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keez wrote

Being unemployed sucks.

Or rather, having no money to live

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ziq wrote

The South Park pandemic special was spot on about the "chin diapers". No one seems to be wearing their masks right any more, they just have them over their chins or their mouth at most.

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rot wrote

horny + hungry

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Kinshavo wrote

Sometimes I mix the two, I mean, I think I may be feeling horny but is just because I skipped the lunch..

Dunno if someone else feel the same

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Bird wrote

Just got back in civilization for the first time in more than 9 months, world got weirder while I was gone.

Squawk

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Ennui wrote

Story time?

Caw caw.

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Bird wrote (edited )

Thanks for the interest! Bit of a long story, but the short version is around Decemberish I decided I was just done with civilization and humans and and went out to a property I know of that's been abandoned for a few decades in the absolute middle of nowhere and essentially squatted there in the old log cabin that is there, fixed it up, and started a little substance farm, foraged and fished for food. Probably not a single person within over 200 kilometers of me, and no cellular service, also no electricity. Had told a close friend where I was before I left and told everyone else to talk to him if they need to contact me, and only if it's extremely important. Many months of relatively comfortable solitude pass and then my friend shows up telling me that there's been an emergency in the family, so I packed my things and had to travel over 2000KM to the city so I could help out.

So here I am, back in civilization and unfortunately back to the modern grind for at the very least the next year or so. Won't lie and say I didn't miss some modern amenities though.

Edit: and of course while there I had no news so I didn't even know about the pandemic until I was contacted so that was uhh unusual.

Squawk

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Ennui wrote

That’s pretty amazing. Welcome back to modernity, for the time being.

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Kinshavo wrote

I hope your family be ok and you can return to the wilderness soon

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Bird wrote

Everything is mostly sorted, my family is fine now but there was a bit of a scare. Thank you for caring.

I certainly look forward to getting back out though.

Squawk

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Bird wrote

Additionally I look forward now to returning to where I was, completely disconnected from the modern world and independent of companies.

Squawk

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ziq wrote

Don't look now everyone but an inventor has solved homelessness. Apparently all it took was replacing cardboard boxes with polyethylene boxes so people won't freeze to death as fast while sleeping behind a dumpster.

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bloodrose wrote

Because real compassion is making a coffin sized sleep tube that no one can afford.

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ziq wrote

I hear Gucci is going to make $1000 leather supermarket bags next and Tesla is looking to release a limited edition electric shopping cart. Capitalism sure is good at solving systemic social problems.

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Ennui wrote

Instead of just giving them shelter, I feel like society’s gonna make the homeless the next generation of hunter gatherers. These are their teepees. Having to constantly move from place to place to get support is their curse.

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mikeyy wrote

with the money they'd spend on producing these they could, i dunno, maybe help fund ACTUAL homeless shelters?? or organizations trying to fix the problem at its root (cough cough capitalism)? wouldn't be profitable however so i guess tiny foam box it is! thank you all so much for this innovative technology.

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Vortex wrote

Homeless shelter is a racket for churches and NGO to exploit. As somebody who spent a few years on the street, I'd rather sleep behind the dumpster than in the shelters, and I know many homeless people who share similar sentiment. Shelters are always over-capacity for the past 10 years, extremely cruel and abusive toward marginalized, queer and trans homeless youths. Not to mention people who willing to shank you for a bed. And the churches just keep racking money from the state where those money never go back to funding the shelters. That's the only reason the shelter system exist.

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mikeyy wrote

damn. never realized how much the shelter system sucks too. it’s awful homeless folk get so little options

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Basil wrote

It's been about 3 weeks and I'm already tired of school, especially online when half the time sound cuts out when I try to open a new tab.

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Ennui wrote

My life hasn't changed for the last five years, at least. For the most part, it's been one continuous, overworked struggle to join the workforce with no consent on my part. Something needs to change. I think that starts with anarchism.

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bloodrose wrote

What an apropos user name.

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Ennui wrote

That word is worth at least one euro. Compliments to the chef—I had to look it up.

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bloodrose wrote

Doctor has confirmed I have Osteo-arthritis in my knee. I think all the sciatica I had last year was actually my knee deteriorating (muscles stiffened from trying to support a bum knee and then trapped the sciatic nerve). Annoys me that I wasted so much money on the wrong sort of physical therapy. On the bright side, I now have an NSAID cream and will be getting new physical therapy. I want to get mobile again. New goal: be able to walk 5k in one go.

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Vortex wrote

Osteoarthiris sucks. I have it in both my feet from recurring ankle sprains from the previous jobs. And now I discovered I also have peripheral artery disease. I can no longer go to actions for this reason.

THC and CBD help a lot. Don't listen to some doctor who just tell you to take NSAID, those meds make your symptom worse. Physiotherapy is probably the best but with this economy, even with benefit I can't afford it.

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Ennui wrote

What does the new physical therapy routine look like?

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bloodrose wrote

Don't know yet. I'll find out probably next week. I imagine it'll be leg strengthening so the muscles can support the bum knee.

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Raxalor wrote

End my IWW membership this month.

Joined them a few years ago when I thought the world could still be saved from capitalism and climate change.

Taking that $33 a month and spending it on prepping equipment (rice, beans, water filtration, etc) instead.

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Raxalor wrote

I didn't really get much experience with them lol. For the first several years, there wasn't a chapter within 200 miles of me, but about a year ago one popped up in my city. Their meetings always took place in the middle of my shift and I could never get time off to go. When I was finally in a different position and could go, COVID-19 happened.

I believe that they genuinely care about workers, but they don't have the infrastructure to offer anything other than empty promises. The IWW is too small and has zero networks outside of the organization. They'll never be able to organize a general strike and I don't think they'll ever manage anything on a scale larger than a city block or two.

Just to make a point about how small they are: I live in one of the most populous metropolitan areas within the United States and they didn't have a chapter here until 2019. Based on where they held their meetings, I would wager that less than 2 dozen members would regularly attended meetings before COVID-19.

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86944 wrote (edited )

Mask compliance is pretty high near me. Haven't seen anyone without a mask in a while. Too many people not covering their nose or wearing those useless gaiters though.

There's a mini war going on around me regarding political lawn signs. Biden and trump signs alike have been getting destroyed and vandalized with increasing frequency. Also trumpsters have been sending threatening letters to people with biden signs. And someone blew up a biden supporters mailbox yesterday night.

This year has been such a shitshow.

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Vulgar_Soda wrote

Been unemployed for months, and honestly? It's been fucking amazing (ignoring the pandemic and the horrific shit that's happening to my friends and family). I get to finally live. I garden now. I cook. I do art. I play ALL THE GAMES. I get a full night's rest. I can read! I wonder why I was so stressed over losing my job in the first place. Fuck work. Whether it was flipping burgers, or leading hundreds of volunteers, or teaching children, or organizing game tournaments, or cleaning toilets, or whatever, work is all a farce. Been working since I was 14. It's all the same demeaning bullshit that takes over your life. Some of it comes with more prestige, but I'm now realizing that's all made up bullshit too. I'm over work.

I still need to pay rent, though. Back to work I go ...

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turquoise_hexagon_sun wrote

rn i'm struggling w the idea that being unemployed doesn't have to impact my self worth..so im impressed !! and happy for u 💎

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raindropq wrote

every interaction with the other humans feels so surreal. like everyone is in on it. so many little stories. i am not expecting a check in the mail for the past two weeks of working . i would like to keep on this little gardening project, see it through and its going fine, with flowers. about to sow some more, and i have to hope but now, mad fisher dude who likes to play, on the street said if he ever see me again- and the others who, what are they on?

no more bullshit. no more bullshitting bullshitters. they can just keep that shit to themself and leave me be. i am too busy for it.

and i never go on reddit but what the ?

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