“Newt Gingrich is still receiving Secret Service Protection.
What are they protecting him from? Reality?”
~ Bill Maher
- 1 year ago
There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there – good for you.
But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of the police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory…
Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea – God bless! Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward to the next kid who comes along."
— Elizabeth warren - A lawyer with a soul? Say it ain’t so!
- 1 year ago
- 2 years ago
Let’s talk about shit, for example. It happens, as the bumper sticker says, and it happens to a cleaning person every day. The first time I encountered a shit-stained toilet as a maid, I was shocked by the sense of unwanted intimacy. A few hours ago, some well-fed butt was straining away on this toilet seat, and now here I am wiping up after it. For those who have never cleaned a really dirty toilet, I should explain that there are three different kinds of shit stains. There are remnants of landslides running down the inside of toilet bowls. There are the splash-back remains on the underside of toilet seats. And, perhaps most repulsively, there’s sometimes a crust of brown on the rim of a toilet seat, where a turd happened to collide on its dive to the water. You don’t want to know this? Well, it’s not something I would have chosen to dwell on myself, but the different kinds of stains require different cleaning approaches. One prefers those that are interior to the toilet bowl, since they can be attacked by a brush, which is a kind of action-at-a-distance weapon. And one dreads the crusts on the seats, especially when they require the intervention of a Dobie as well as a rag.
Or we might talk about that other great nemesis of the bathroom cleaner: pubic hair. I don’t know what it is abour the American upper class, but they seem to be shedding heir pubic hair at an alarming rate. You find it in quantity in shower stalls, bathtubs, Jacuzzis, drains and even, unaccountably, in sinks. Once I spent fifteen minutes crouching in a huge four-person Jacuzzi, maddened by the effort of finding the dark little coils camouflaged against the eggplant-coloured ceramic background but fascinated by the image of the pubes of the economic elite, which must by this time be completely bald."
An excerpt from Barbara Ehrenreich’s fantastic book Nickel and Dimed. The book is a frank and darkly-comedic account of the noted Journalist’s year spent working incognito as a minimum-wager in the United States. It’s a secret and mundane existence faced by many, an American lifestyle obscured and largely unkown to foreigners such as myself, on account of my being bombarded by the idealised notions of life in the ‘States.
Then again, we have our own troubles here in Australia with stupid fucks living off the backs of the hard-working educated, so the pendulum swings both ways. Sometimes I wish we didn’t have so much social welfare, but I’m convinced certain ethnic minorities here in Australia would resort even more to stealing other people’s shit if the government didn’t give them so many cash handouts because of historical guilt.
- 2 years ago